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NYPD Spyed on Rappers
Before 2004 GOP Convention
It was revealed last week that the New York Police Department placed
a number of African American recording artists under surveillance in the
months before the 2004 Republican National Convention, which was
held in New York.
According to the documents, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, LL Cool J
and Alicia Keys were all monitored by police in the months before the
2004 RNC. All four of the artists had attended a rally held by Russell
Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network in Aug 2004, which raised
political and voter awareness among urban youth.
This information was among some 600 pages of secret files released
Wednesday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, who is suing the city
on behalf of demonstrators who were arrested, reports Allhiphop.com.
New York authorities reportedly tried to block the documents from
going public, but a judge ruled in favor of the NYCLU on May 4.
Little Rock Featured on $1 Coin
Fifty years ago, nine black students faced down a
SImob to integrate Little Rock Central High
School. Now they are being honored on a com-
imemorative silver coin.
SThe U.S. Mint introduced the coin last wek-
tf'~- a t enl d at the NAACP's Daisy Bates Education
Summit, which pays tribute to the Arkansas
NA gCP leader who served as adviser to the
Lirtle Rock Nine.
Integration at Central High in 1957 was the first
major test of the Supreme Court's ruling, three years earlier, against racial
discrimination in public schools. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dis-
patched the 101st Airborne Division to enforce the court order after
Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus tried to prevent black students from
enrolling at the school.
One side of the $1 coin depicts a group of students being escorted by a
soldier. It features the phrase "Desegregation in Education" and contains
nine stars. The other side depicts Central High as it looked in 1957.
Little Rock plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the integration in
September with a series of events, including the dedication of a new
Central High School Historic Site visitor center.
Memorial Service Set
For Yolanda King
Yolanda King's body was brought back to
Atlanta by private plane last week courtesy
of Bishop Eddie Long -- head of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church and a friend of
the King family on his private plane.
Long says Yolanda King was to meet with
Dexter King and his longtime friend, Phillip
Jones, last Tuesday night in California. She
and Dexter King arrived separately. When
she arrived at Jones' Santa Monica home, she
collapsed and was not able to be revived. Yolanda King
The family says there will be no public viewing of her body. She will be
cremated -- according to her wishes. A public memorial service will be
held in Atlanta on Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizons
Sanctuary -- across Auburn Avenue from Ebenezer's historic sanctuary
where Yolanda King's father once preached. Another service will be held
in Los Angeles.
Yolanda King lived in California and appeared in numerous films,
including "Ghosts of Mississippi," and played Rosa Parks in the 1978
miniseries "King." She also ran a production company.
Her death came less than a year and a half after Coretta Scott King died
in January 2006 after battling ovarian cancer and the effects of a stroke.
23 Year Old is First African American
on Solo Flight Around the World
Barrington Irving, a 23-year-old Miami man, is set to
make history. When the Jamaican-born pilot arrives
home in his custom-built Lancair Columbia 400 jet
next week, he will become the first African-American
and youngest person to ever fly solo around the globe.
"I wish I had a chance to bring every child tracking
the flight on my adventure," Irving said when he left
Miami on March 23. "But I will be carrying all their
hearts with me in the plane. This is what fuels me having youth believe
in what I can do, so they can also begin to believe in themselves."
So far, in the plane he named "Inspiration," the young man who grew
up in inner-city Miami has stopped in Spain, Greece, Egypt, Dubai, India,
Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
Irving, who counts the Tuskegee airmen and aviation legend Charles
Lindbergh as his heroes, says his interest in flying was sparked as a
teenager when he met a black airline pilot at a Christian bookstore his
parents owned in Miami. The man, Gary Robinson, took him on a tour of
a United Airlines cockpit.
He began working odd jobs to pay for flying lessons and even turned
down a football scholarship to study aeronautics at a local community
college. By 19, he had obtained his license to fly.
Talking about the high school students he mentors through a charity he
set up to teach young people about aviation, Irving says, "they can look
at me and realize that if I can achieve my dream, they can too."
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How Young Black Men
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Caucus Refuels Area Democrats: The Democratic Black
Caucus of Florida recently held their 25th Annual State Convention in
Jacksonville to reorganize and re-energize the Democratic cause in
African-Americans. Shown above at the opening dinner keynoted by
Cong. Corrine Brown is event Chair Bob Flowers, Rep. Audrey Gibson,
Councilwoman Mia Jones and Florida Caucus Chair Daisy Black (seated).
Bank of America Executive Circle Reception BridgesNetworking Gap
Lawsuit Filed by
NEW YORK Five former and
current employees have sued Bank
of America Corp., alleging it dis-
criminated against African-
American brokers and bankers in
promotion, compensation, mentor-
ing and other employment opportu-
The lawsuit, filed last week at a
federal court in Massachusetts,
alleges the country's second largest
bank by market capitalization gave
black brokers and bankers inferior
positions and less favorable assign-
ments than were given to their
The lawsuit also alleges the
Charlotte, N.C.-based bank's retail
brokerage unit, Bank of America
Investment Services, engaged in
"racial steering" -- effectively
assigning teams of minority bro- Shown above is King Holzendorf, Betty Holzendorf, Helen Bronson, Dr. Oswald Bronson, Atty. Earl
kers and bankers territory populat- Johnson and Michelle Hodgkin. Executive Circle Promotions brought together some of Jacksonville's up and
ed by minority households that coming leaders with established community royalty at their recent hobnob in the River Club. Guests enjoyed a
have lower net worths than the non- spirited evening of jazz and networking with some of Jacksonville's most progressive professionals. In the relaxed
minority households steered atmosphere of the Jacksonville skyline, guests schmoozed and networked far after the sunset taking advantage of
Continued on page 3 the opportunity to meet and greet the hundreds in attendance in a productive, relaxed environment.
Annual 70s Gala Yields Old School
Fun for Hundreds at Alltell Stadium
NAACP Youth Advisor Welcomes
Former Students Back on the Red Carpet
Ms. Rometa Porter beamed with pride at the premiere of the Jacksonville
Film Festival's documentary "Chops" which profiled two of her former
NAACP ACT-SO Medalists. The movie chronicled two years in the life of
two young musicians, Jamison Ross and Riccio Fruge (Shown above with
Porter), then students at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. While
attending school locally, both young men wereactive with the NAACP
Youth where they earned Gold and bronze medals nationally in ACT-SO
Tournaments for their talents. Both are currently students at Florida State
The Bold City Chapter of Links held their annual Old School Gala last
weekend with all of the pomp and circumstance benefitting the fabulous
70s including attire, afros and disco lights .Shown above are winners of
the annual card tournament Olando and Janeice Moore (Spades
Champions), Event Chair Josephine Fiveashe Porter, Brenda Miller
and Diana Spicer (Bid Whist Champions). Each of the tournament
teams received the coveted engraved silver card case to commemorate
their win. The event highlighted the chapter's program year which includ-
ed new members and officers.
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STOMPINGAILTHEWAYTOTHEBANK: Greeks Land Major Branding Deals
A network canl
be thought of as
S something quite
simple or quite complex,
depending on your perception of
it. Think of a tree.
Is a tree merely a source of
shade, or is it a complex organ-
ism that can provide lumber,
pulp, or firewood? Shelter, food,
even great art can come from a
tree if it is understood and put to
Let's revisit your "network
check" with these five steps:
1. Write down the names of
people you regularly call for any
type of information.
2. Next to people's names, write
down what sort of information
the\ ha\e that \ou value .
3 Now \\rite do\%n information
that \ou need but don't hate
access to. Put down the names of
anyone you think might have
4. Next to your own name,
write down the information or
contacts you have that might be
valuable to other people.
Congratulations! You are primed
and ready to network for suc-
Bottom Line: Once you
uncover it, your network has a
useful and diverse applicabili-
ty. You can nurture your net-
work, or let it just stand
unused. It is up to you.
Earlier this year, a group of nine
historic African-American fraterni-
ties and sororities entered into a
unique licensing deal with
Converse Footwear Company.
Although the partnership was born
out of a trademark infringement
lawsuit filed in 2003 by six of the
organizations over the use of the
organizations' colors and marks by
converse, it is a sign of a new trend
of such groups venturing outside of
the collegiate community to create
deals. And many seem to agree that
such moves will not only generate
increased revenue for the organiza-
tions but also help to position them
as global brands.
The long-term Converse agree-
ment includes a multi-part business
opportunity that will now enable
Converse to manufacture, distribute
and sell footwear featuring the
trademarks of these organizations
(Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi
Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta
Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma
Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and lota
Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.).
Converse will pay the organizations
a percentage of the gross revenue
on every product sold by Converse
that bears the trademark of the
organizations. Converse will also
host internships to college and uni-
versity students and graduates from
According to Melody McDowell,
Chief Information Officer for Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, the country's
oldest African-American sorority,
before the Converse deal, most
business partnerships were commu-
nity based programs, such as the
sorority's "Keys to
Homeownership" partnership, a
Chase-funded initiative to increase
homeownership in the African-
American community. Darius R.
Foster, National Second Vice
President of the National Pan-
Hellenic Council, Incorporated,
which is also looking to partner
with the business community says,
"We are always seeking opportuni-
ties to venture with local and
national businesses; especially ini-
tiatives dealing with the communi-
ty. Some argue that we have lost our
purpose, I totally disagree. We are
merely changing with the demand
of society. Forty years ago, it was
more of a social demand than any-
thing, now, it is definitely economi-
There is a danger, however, for
these organizations to lose their
prestige, notes Foster. "The venture
[has to be] ethical and have a per-
petual intent," he says. "They have
to be extremely conscious of the
brand affiliation with celebrities,
athletes, and corporate America,"
Bernard Parker, co-founder of From
the Muscle, an empowerment,
endowment, entrepreneurship, and
entertainment conference that will
tour 55 Historic Black Colleges and
Universities starting in October. "In
selecting these alliances, these
organizations must approach it
carefully and strategically...We
have hundreds upon hundreds of
branded products advertised to our
youth on a daily basis that has no
connection, nor concern for their
genuine well-being. By developing
a pipeline for products like the
Black fraternities and sororities-
branded Converse tennis shoes,
these organizations should be able
reap their fair share of market visi-
bility and profitability."
Wachovia Explores African-American Economic
Experience in New Documentary "Where Wealth Lives"
Supreme Justice Peggy Quince Inspires
FAMU School of Law Graduates
Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince addressed the FAMU
College of Law Hooding candidates during the school's annual ceremony
on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the Mayor Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
in Orlando. More than 1,200 family members and guests turned out to cel-
ebrate with the law school graduates who earned the Juris Doctor degree
from FAMU. Justice Quince was the keynote speaker for the 100 candi-
dates recognized, including 27 honors graduates. Seated on stage:
Professor Robert Abrams (far left); Eurilynne Williams, Pensacola; Laura
Moody, Valedictorian, Merritt Island; and Warren Channell, Orlando.
Wachovia looks into the past,
present and future of African-
American wealth with the premiere
of "Where Wealth Lives: An
Exploration of the African-
American Economic Experience"
on BET J at 9 p.m. EST. Please
check your local digital cable and
satellite provider for channel num-
The thought provoking documen-
tary chronicles the history of
African-American economic suc-
cess from the time of slavery to
present day. The program shows
that African-American values lie
within possessing land, home own-
ership, independent businesses and
philanthropy. Included in the show
is commentary from noted histori-
ans Professor John Hope Franklin
of Duke University, Dr. Juliet E. K.
Walker of The University of Texas
and others. The show is narrated by
former talk show host, author and
sociologist Dr. Bertice Berry.
"What people fail to realize is
that even though slavery was devas-
stating to African-American people,
the ability to attain wealth wasn't
destroyed," said Valarie Udeh,
executive producer and brand/cross
enterprise director of corporate
marketing for Wachovia. "'Where
Wealth Lives' shows that through-
out the years, African Americans
have achieved wealth, becoming
philanthropists, business owners
and models for success ."
The idea for a documentary about
African-American wealth came
from a Wachovia executive who
was interested in showing the his-
torical relationship between banks,
wealth building and African
Americans. The idea started as a
presentation at an NAACP national
convention, but advanced into this
one-hour documentary, premiering
on BET J. BET J's popular talk
show, "My Two Cents," featuring
Antoinette Cooper, senior vice
president and director of Wealth
Management for Wachovia, will
follow the premiere at 10 p.m. EST.
Continued from page 1
onto others that, of course, look like
them. They have become adept at
acting out their frustrations at white
society's denial of their "manhood"
by adopting an exaggerated "tough
guy" role. They swagger, boast,
curse, fight and commit violent
The accessibility of drugs, and
guns, and the influence of misogy-
nist, violent-laced rap songs also
reinforce the deep feeling among
many youth that life is cheap and
easy to take, and there will be min-
imal consequences for their action
as long as their victims are other
young blacks. And as long as the
attackers regard their victims as
weak, vulnerable and easy pickings
they will continue to kill and maim
The plague of gangs
The other powerful ingredient in
the deadly mix of black-on-black
violence is the gang plague, and the
ease with which gang-bangers can
get illegal guns. Gang members use
their arsenals to fend off attacks,
protect their profits from hostile
predators and settle scores with
rivals. The problem is that the inno-
cents pay the price for these gang
feuds when they get caught in the
crossfire or are killed as a result of
The Bureau of Justice Statistics
report traces the recent escalation in
the black homicide rates to busted
drug deals, competition over mar-
kets and disputes over turf. When
innocent victims are caught in these
shoot-outs, that fortifies the convic-
tion of suburban whites that black
neighborhoods are depraved war
zones. The Violence Policy Center
says that the answer is to get the
guns off the streets. In other words,
pass even more draconian gun con-
trol laws. That's the favorite liberal
reformers panacea to the murder
plague. And while there are way too
many guns on America's streets, all
the gun laws on the books alone
won't stop the killing.
Poster boys of neglect
,What's an answer than? Black
parents, churches and organizations
such as the NAACP that are quick
to storm the barricades against civil
rights abuses must make stopping
black violence a priority. They can
do much more to provide positive
and wholesome mentoring and role
models for at-risk young blacks.
That doesn't mean cheerleading
them when they buy $250 sneakers
they don't have the money for, turn-
ing a blind eye when they skip
school or running with the wrong
crowd. We have to begin to show
by word and deed that the lives of
at-risk young blacks count for
something if even a consideration
of our time.
SMALL AND EMERGING
Florida Community College at Jacksonville will host a Small and
Emerging Business Workshop entitled "How to Do Business with
Florida Community College at Jacksonville". Topics will include
Commodities/Services, Construction, Facilities (safety, project
management). Business Matchmaking with local vendors will also
The Workshop will be held on Friday, June 15, 2007 from 7:30 AM
until 3:30 PM at Florida Community College's South Campus,
Wilson Center, 11901 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246. Early
registration $20; after June 1, 2007 $25 (registration includes con-
tinental breakfast and lunch).
If interested in participating as a business matchmaker host contact
Sam Phillips @ 904-632-3086.
For more information visit our web site at http://fccj.edu/campus-
Debbie Smith, 904/632-3297
SEATING LIMITED REGISTER NOW
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May 24-30, 2007
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Evangelist Tiny Thomas participates in the Annual Miracle festivities.
Disadvantaged to Benefit from Miracle's Festivities
The Clara White Mission held
their annual "Miracle on Ashley
Street" raising tens of thousands o f
dollars to benefit the city's home-
less communities and their other
programs.Held for the 13th time
under the big top tent at the
Mission's headquarters on Ashley
Street, twelve of the city's top chefs
prepare a buffet lunch of gourmet
treats served by local celebrities.
This year, the event was hosted
by Tommy Ford, former star of
"Martin" and Deborah Gianoulis. It
also highlighted the 4th
Anniversary of the Mission's
Culinary Arts Training program and
the opening of the Cathedral Cafe.
Over the past year and a half,
graduates of the city's only histori-
cally Black non-profit are earning
between $8-10 per hour in the hos-
pitality industry. Together, the 200
trained graduates have contributed
more than $1.5 million dollars to
the local economy.
To participate in some of the
Mission's many programs, or to
volunteer your time and energy, call
Bank of America's Minority Employees File Suit
continued from page 1
toward white brokers and
As a result of this practice,
"African Americans face greater
difficulty in developing their busi-
ness, career and income," according
to the court filing.
Shirley Norton, a Bank of
America spokeswoman, dismissed
the claims. "Our company does not
tolerate discrimination," she said.
"We intend to defend against the
claims made in this lawsuit."
The lead plaintiffs include
Richard Turnley, Baron Finlayson,
Timothy Johnson II and Mark
Anthony Brown, former financial
advisers in Atlanta and Coleen
Alecia Hinds, who currently works
as a banker in Atlanta.
"These banking professionals are
entitled to the same business oppor-
tunities as their Caucasian counter-
parts -- and Bank of America has
denied them the opportunity to suc-
ceed," Darnley Stewart, one of the
plaintiffs' lawyers, said in a pre-
The lawsuit, which has yet to
seek class-action status, purports to
cover people who worked as
bankers or brokers at Bank of
America from April 2003 to pres-
The lawsuit didn't specify how
many African-American employees
are at the bank. As of the filing of
the suit, Bank of America had
around 3,000 financial advisors and
4,400 so-called premier bankers in
the United States, according to the
Bank of America's financial advi-
sors and premier bankers both cater
to clients with investable assets of
between $100,000 and $3 million.
New York-based Merrill Lynch &
Co., the largest retail brokerage
house in the United States, also
faces a race bias suit from African-
American employees. Seventeen
current and former black financial
advisers and broker trainees have
alleged Merrill discriminated
against African-Americans in hir-
ing, promotion and compensation.
Duval Health Dept. Secures $1.4 Million to Fight
Aids in Jacksonville's Minority Communities
The Jacksonville community
continues its fight against the
spread of HIV/AIDS with the
receipt of $1.4 million in federal
The grant dollars are made avail-
able through the Ryan White CARE
Act, which was established in 1990
to assist with the care of HIV/AIDS
patients who can't afford treatment
and are not covered by insurance.
"Since 1990, Ryan White CARE
Act programs have been the front-
line resource for thousands of peo-
ple living with HIV/AIDS," said
Duval County Health Department
Communications Director Charles
Griggs. "These dollars act as a life-
Continued from page 3
Therefore, those endorsing candi-
dates as individuals for whatever
reason detract from the collective
politics needed to marshal the uni-
fied votes needed to elect the nom-
inee of the Democratic party. This
should be the objective of any
influential minority group in
American politics and it cannot be
achieved on an individual, ad hoc
basis. It could be achieved through
an internal process that proceeds
from a collective assessment of the
overall needs of the Black commu-
nity and a decision on how to use
the collective power of Black
politicians and Black voters to elect
the candidate who is likely to
address those needs. This means
that the extent to which Black lead-
ers buy into the dynamics of the
political process as individual
actors, they diminish the prospect
that the Black vote will be influen-
tial in determining the course of
This massive devaluation of
national Black political power is
part of the answer to why Black
politics is not as effective as it
line for infected individuals with
nowhere else to turn for help."
According to the Department of
Health and Human Services, more
than 530,000 people receive help
nationally from Ryan White pro-
grams every year.
Locally, one in every 88 African
Americans in Duval County is a
person living with HIV/AIDS. That
number is compared to one in every
456 non-Hispanic whites in Duval
County. That means that blacks in
Duval County are six times more
likely to be living with HIV/AIDS
The Duval County Health
Department believes that fighting
the spread of HIV/AIDS and reduc-
ing the burden of HIV/AIDS among
blacks will require a comprehensive
approach to improve prevention,
testing and treatment programs in
Through resources such as the
Ryan White CARE Act, the DCHD
and its partners work to combat the
spread of HIV/AIDS in
Jacksonville, and to coordinate ini-
tiatives with community efforts.
The DCHD believes that the sin-
gle most important preventive
measure that individuals can
engage is to know their own HIV
Pursuit of Happyness Inspiration
Chris Gardner Inspires First Coast
Christopher Gardner, the multi-million dollarstock broker who was once
homeless and the inspiration behind the hit movie, "The Pursuit of
Happyness" is shown above signing autographs at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Darden was in town last week ke noting a Diversity
Conference sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is shown above
autographing his book for Penelope Shoots as Christina Pusey looks on.
His informative, often humourous lecture picked up where the movie left
off answering many questions of admirers and offering insight into his
JTA is redesigning the bus system
to build a better, easier and more useful
system for everyone.
Give us your ideas, thoughts
and suggestions at any of the Transit Talk
public meetings listed below.
Come talk to us.
Thursday, May 24, 4-7 p.m.
Jacksonville Beach City Hall
11 North Third Street / Jacksonville, Florida 32250
Thursday, May 31, 6-8 p.m.
Oceanway Community Center
12215 Sago Avenue / Jacksonville, Florida 32218
Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m 2 p.m.
St. Johns Town Center
4663 River City Drive / Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Tuesday, June 5, 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Edward Waters College/Schell Sweet Building
1658 Kinqs Road / Jacksonville, Florida 32209
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i J .' T.' : ,' i Solutions
www.jtafla.com / 904.630.3100
/ V Where Jacksonville Begins.
Training for Neighborhood Leaders
Your Rights and Responsibilities
This FREE comprehensive session presented by the
City of Jacksonville's Neighborhood Services Division and
the Office of General Counsel will address:
Differences between homeowners, condo and neighborhood
Responsibilities of property owners, developers and
Importance of informing homeowners about covenants and
Questions about homeowners, condo and neighborhood
John Christensen,Attorney specializing in Community Association Law, Becker &
Poliakoff, RA., Orlando
Dylan Reingold,Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
Denise Wallace, President, BCM Services, a property management company, and
Chair, Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority
Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to noon
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Main Library Conference Center, 303 N. Laura St.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Call now to reserve a seat: (904) 255-8200
Where Florida Begins.
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Time for Jackson and Sharpton
to Step Down from their Positions
by J Whitlock, AOL Sports
I'm calling for Jesse Jackson and
Al Sharpton, the president and vice
president of Black America, to step
down. Their leadership is stale.
Their ideas are outdated. And they
don't give a hoot about us. We need
to take a cue from White America
and re-elect our leadership every
four years. White folks realize that
power corrupts; That's why they
placed term limits on the presiden-
cy. They know if you leave a man
in power too long he quits looking
out for the interest of his con-
stituency and starts looking out for
his own best interest.
We've turned Jesse and Al into
Supreme Court justices. They get
to speak for us for a life-time.
Why? If judged by the results
they've produced the last 20 years,
you'd have to regard their adminis-
tration as a total failure. Seriously,
compared to Martin and Malcolm
and the freedoms and progress their
leadership produced, Jesse and Al
are an embarrassment. Their job
the last two decades was to show
black people how to take advantage
of the opportunities Martin and
Malcolm won. Have we at reached
the level we should have? No.
Rather than inspire us to seize
opportunities, Jesse and Al have
specialized in black-mailing white
folks for profit and attention.
They were at it again helping to
turn radio shock jock Don Imus'
stupidity into a world-wide crisis
that reached its crescendo when
Rutgers women's basketball coach
C. Vivian Stringer led a massive
pity party/recruiting rally. Hey,
what Imus said, calling the Rutgers
players "nappy-headed hos," was
ignorant, insensitive and offensive.
But so are many of the words that
come out of the mouths of radio
shock jocks/comedians. Imus'
words did no real damage.
Let me tell you what damaged us
this week: the sports cover of a
recent USA Today. This country's
newspaper of record published a
story about the NFL and crime and
ran a picture of 41 NFL players
who were arrested in 2006. By my
count, 39 of those players were
black. You want to talk about a
damaging, powerful image, an
image that went out across the
globe? We're holding news confer-
ences about Imus, when the behav-
ior of NFL players is painting us as
lawless and immoral. Come on. We
can do better than that. Jesse and Al
are smarter than that. Had Imus'
predictably poor attempt at humor
not been turned into an internation-
al incident by the deluge of media
coverage, 97 percent of America
would have never known what
Imus said. His platform isn't that
large and it has zero penetration
into the sports world. Imus certain-
ly does not resonate in the world
frequented by college women. The
insistence by these young women
that they have been scarred by an
old white man with no currency in
their world is laughably dishonest.
Imus' ignorance has taken atten-
tion away from Candace Parker's
and Summitt's incredible accom-
plishment. Or maybe it was
Sharpton's, Stringer's and Jackson's
grandstanding that moved the spot-
light from Tennessee to New
Jersey? None of this over-the-top
grandstanding does Black America
any good. We can't win the war
over verbal disrespect and racism
when we have so blatantly surren-
dered the moral high ground on the
issue. Jesse and Al might win the
battle with Imus and get him fired
or severely neutered. But the war?
We don't stand a chance in the war.
Not when everybody knows
"nappy-headed ho's" is a compli-
ment compared to what we allow
black rap artists to say about black
women on a daily basis. We look
foolish and cruel for kicking a man
who went on Sharpton's radio show
and apologized. Imus didn't pull a
Michael Richards and schedule an
interview on Letterman. Imus went
to the Black vice president's house,
acknowledged his mistake and
asked for forgiveness. Let it go and
let God. We have more important
issues to deal with than Imus.
If we are unwilling to clean up
the filth and disrespect we heap on
each other, nothing will change
with our condition. You can fire
every Don Imus in the country, and
our incarceration rate, fatherless-
child rate, illiteracy rate and mur-
der rate will still continue to sky-
rocket... A man who doesn't respect
himself wastes his breath demand-
ing that others respect him. We
don't respect ourselves right now. If
we did, we wouldn't call each other
the N-word. If we did, we wouldn't
let people with prison values define
who we are in the media. If we did,
we wouldn't call black women
bitches and hos and abandon them
when they have our babies.
If we had the proper level of self-
respect, we wouldn't act like it's
only a crime when a white man dis-
respects us. We hold Imus to a
higher standard than we hold our-
selves. That's a (freaking) shame.
We need leadership that is interest-
ed in fixing the culture we've
adopted. We need leadership that
makes all of us take tremendous
pride in educating ourselves. We
need leadership that can reach pro-
fessional athletes and entertainers
and get them to understand that
they're ambassadors and play an
important role in defining who we
are and what values our culture will
embrace. It's time for Jesse and Al
to step down. They've had 25 years
to lead us. Other than their
accountants, I'd be hard pressed to
find someone who has benefited
from their administration.
Yolanda Was Much More Than King's Daughter
was loud and
was on stage
theatrical performance. The audi-
ence beamed with love, joy and
appreciation for her. This writer did
too as I sat spellbound in the first
row of the Los Angeles church
where King performed. The occa-
sion was the annual King Day cel-
ebration last year held at a popular
Los Angeles church.
The audience didn't embrace and
idolize King solely because she
was the daughter of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. And the applause
for her wasn't solely out of a misty
nostalgia for the civil rights move-
ment. Most there had no first hand
knowledge or involvement in the
civil rights battles four decades.
No, their applause and respect was
for her, and her moving on stage
recapture of the pain, suffering, and
sacrifice as well as the triumphs of
the civil rights movement. The ir
sustained applause was also given
out of deep appreciation for her
impassioned crusade to keep Dr.
King's dream alive by actively
opposing Bush's wasteful and
ruinous Iraq war, championing
women and gay rights, and fighting
for economic justice for the poor.
In between her theatrical skits,
she would pause take a deep
breath, and in measured but pas-
sionate tones remind the audience
that King's dream still was unful-
filled, She in turn prodded, cajoled,
and implored the audience that the
bet way to keep her father's dream
alive w to be active fighters for
peace and ocial justice
Yolanda King understood that
decades after the great civil rights
battles of the 1960s blacks are still
two and three times more likely to
be unemployed than whites,
trapped in segregated neighbor-
hoods, and that their kids will
attend disgracefully failing, mostly
segregated public schools. It
ignores the reality that young black
males and females are far more
likely to be murdered, suffer
HIV/AIDS affliction, to be racial-
ly-profiled by police, imprisoned,
placed on probation or parole, per-
manently barred in many states
from voting because of felony con-
victions, are much more likely to
receive the death penalty especially
if their victims are white, and are
more likely to be victims of racial-
ly motivated violence than whites.
She well knew that middle-class
blacks that reaped the biggest gains
from the civil rights struggles often
find the new suburban neighbor-
hoods they move to are re-segre-
gated and soon look like the old
neighborhoods they fled. They are
ignored by cab drivers, followed by
clerks in stores, left fuming at
restaurants because of poor or no
service, find that more and more of
their sons and daughters are cut out
of scholarships and student support
programs at universities because of
the demolition of affirmative
action, and denied bank loans for
their businesses and homes.
Then there are the fierce battles
over affirmative action, police vio-
lence, the segregation laws still on
the books in some Southern states,
and the nightmarish scenes of thou-
sands of poor blacks fleeing for
their lives from the Katrina flood-
waters in New Orleans, and the big
fight over what if anything should
be done about the plight of the
black poor. These are further bitter
reminders of the gaping economic
and racial chasm in America.
Yolanda knew that as well, and was
a resolute fighter for the poor. In
the decades after King's murder,
Yolanda stormed the barricades
against racial injustice, economic
inequality, military adventurism,
and against hate crimes and vio-
lence. She wrote countless letters,
gave speeches, and participated in
direct action campaigns. She con-
tinued to fiercely protect King's
legacy from the opportunists that
twisted and sullied his words and
The civil rights struggle has now
become the stuff of nostalgia, his-
tory books, and the memoirs of
aging former civil rights leaders.
Yet, millions remain trapped in
poverty, and racial discrimination
still pervades much of American
society. Dr. King's dream was to
free them from that plight. Yolanda
King and her father shared that
same dream. And like her father
she did more than dream.
She brought her relentless pas-
sion and vision for peace and social
justice to that battle. Her and her
father's vision of what America
still can be continues to challenge
us to do our part to make that
vision a reality for millions of
Americans of all races.
We'll deeply miss Yolanda King.
But it can be truly be said that she
was more than just King's daugh-
ter. E.O. Hutchinson
b) William Reed
S f Ne\er mind responding to Hillary's Web request to
help her pick a theme song for her campaign. Actually .
of the 10 Republican and eight Democratic candidates registered with the
Federal Election Commission as candidates for president in 2008 picking a
tune means little. If you aren't bundling contributions or loaning one of
them a corporate jet all N ou have is a vote in waiting.
The voting booth marks the moment when a final decision is made. Voter
selection of the nation's next president is a year and a half away. But who
voters can choose from is being controlled by people pulling out their
The 2008 campaign will be the longest and most expensive presidential
race in American history. It ~ ill last two years and cost over $1 billion.
Candidates \ ho raise lots of mone. say it indicates "broad support Those
with little mone% point out that otherss not donors," decide elections. But
a small group of elites exert huge influence over \which candidates are even
allowed near the White House.
Songwriters take note. Actually, only a tin fraction of Americans are
campaign contributors. In 2004. less than two-tenths of I percent of the
U.S. population gave 86 percent of all itemized campaign contributions.
After three months of fundraising. the 2008 presidential candidates have
raised over $150 million. It's predicted the eventual nominees w ill need to
raise $500 million apiece to compete. For example, just travel and lodging
for the 18 has totaled o\er $4 million.
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton logged about $450,000 in chartered
plane flights raising $36 million. Of that amount $10 million came from
her Senate re-election campaign. She has a goal of raising $75 million
before the end of 2007. Mrs. Clinton has received donations from 50,000
people, but she's asked her top tier of supporters the "HillBlazers" to
raise at least $1 million each from other donors, i.e. bundling.
The $26 million Senator Barack Obama has raised established him as a
serious contender. Obama appeals to a broad network of supporters. His
donations were from 83,531 people and show he's likely to stay toward the
front of the pack. He had $516,500) from his Illinois Senate race account
when senator entered the race.
Mitt Romney has raised $23.5 million and emerged as a fundraising pow-
erhouse. As one-term Republican governor of Massachusetts from 2003
until 2007. Romney is a multimillionaire ensuree capitalist who amassed
his fortune as CEO of a management consulting firm and co-founder of a
private equity investment firm.
Rudolph Giuliani's campaign raised almost $ 17 million. Former Senator
John Edwards reports campaign receipts of $14 million from 40.000 con-
tributors. Edwards has vowed not to accept moneN from registered lobbN-
ists or PACs and sa.s 80 percent of his contributions totaled $100 or less.
John McCain has raised $13 million in the race. Although he's spent
some of his political career tr ing to curtail the influence of big donors on
elections he will have to rel% on their support in this race. The Arizona sen-
ator is now hoping big donors will bundle money for him.
To get the Black %ote. presidential candidates don't count on donations as
much as endorsements from black elected officials. Candidates have been
wooing high-profile black elected officials with campaign contributions
and flattery. Previously routine ci\ ic and political events have taken on
new prominence as the candidates and their surrogates % ie for \ isibility and
support. To bolster the local black elected official and his wife's campaign.
Bill Clinton %was recently the headliner at the South Carolina Conference of
ithe"NAACP's annual Freedom Fund celebration.
The event illustrates how the Clintons are using their star power, and that
of local operatives, to capture the African American vote in a state where
they are 50 percent of the electorate. More than 2,600 people packed the
sanctuary) of Columbia's Bible WaN Church to hear Mr. Clinton muse on
mundane issues. Everybodv went away happ). including State Senator
Darrell Jackson, pastor of Bible Wa\ who has endorsed Hillary Clinton and
whose public relations firm is one of her campaign's paid consultants.
Individual Candidate Endorsements Weaken Black Power
By. Ron Walters
I have been watching the "carni-
val of endorsements" proceed where
the latest news is what politician in
the Black community is endorsing
which presidential candidate. And
in that process, I have wondered
whether they are either fully aware
or really care that they are weaken-
ing the ability of the black commu-
nity "a minority in American poli-
tics" to exercise its collective power
over the process.
Blacks have two bites at the apple
in an electoral season to exercise
their considerable influence over
the process. They constitute 12 per-
cent-15 percent of the general elec-
tion vote in any given contest for
president, but much more of the
vote in primary elections for a
Democratic candidate in specific
states because blacks are concen-
trated within the Democratic party.
So, the question becomes: how do
we use our critical position in both
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In that context what does it matter
whether a politician or civil rights
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didate? Endorsements are generally
a "push-pull" affair. In the pull sce-
nario, the candidate goes after the
endorsement of a key politician in
order to signal to voters their popu-
larity with the general group. The
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political to influence state results.
Such is the substance of the
endorsement of Clinton by Rep.
Stephanie Tubbs Jones of
The push scenario, however, is an
individual endorsement by a key
politician to "get on the train" to
support the candidacy of person in a
move to both boost that person's
chances of winning and to position
themselves in a favorable place
should the candidate emerge victo-
rious. Perhaps they are bidding to
broker whatever is possible to be
achieved for Blacks by such a victo-
ry. As such, many Black politicians
at national and local levels are
endorsing Barack Obama for these
reasons, as well as the attractive
prospect that he could become the
first Black president.
I recognize that individual
endorsements are a normal dynamic
of American Politics as an ingredi-
ent in what makes the horse-trading
of votes work among members of a
legislature, or between members
and a president. An endorsement
that is early or otherwise critical by
a key player can often allow that
person to cash in and demand reci-
procity in the form of policy for
their constituents or individual
restitution such as appointments
and etc. So, those who endorse are
not evil people, but relate to
American politics as it is; my ques-
tion is whether that is in our best
This process has not only taken
place among Black politicians. Rev.
Jesse Jackson, Sr. has endorsed
Barack Obama. But Rev. Al
Sharpton, another nationally visible
Black minister, has had some tough
things to say about Barack Obama.
This additional dimension adds to
the prospect that the Black vote will
be split, at least two ways, among
Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama
and perhaps three ways, including
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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.
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.
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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The Northside Church of Christ,
4736 Avenue B, will honor Minister
Charlie McClendon and his wife,
Ida, for 34 years of dedicated serv-
ice Saturday and Sunday, June 2 &
3, 2007. The theme "New
Beginnings" focuses on strengthen-
ing your faith, your family, and your
eternal future. "Being born again,
not of corruptible seed, but of incor-
ruptible, by the Word of God, which
liveth and abideth forever." (1 Peter
1:23). Minister McClendon says,
"When a soul is saved, you save a
family, and when you save a family
you can save a dying world."
Brother Robert Holt, of Gary,
Indiana; will be the featured guest
Malaco Records' Carolyn Traylor to Hold
Wayman Chapel Gospel Music Workshop
Minister Michael Thompson, Stellar Award nominee and Minister of
music at Wayman Man Chapel, along with Pastor Mark L. Griffin, will
present an Artist Workshop featuring Malaco Records Artist Carolyn
Traylor. Ms. Traylor's "There's A Story Behind My Praise" is a current hit
song. Her workshop at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26th will focus on the
music profession, choir decorum, etiquette, and more. Ms. Traylor will also
present the workshop participants in a performance with her at Wayman
Chapel AME Church, 8855 Sanchez Road, at Baymeadows Rd.; at 11 a.m.
on Sunday, May 27th.
The workshop is open to all Ministers of Music, Choir Directors,
Songwriters, Singers, and Gospel Music Lovers, as well. For information
and registration, please call Michael Thompson at (904) 739-7500, ext. 22;
or visit www.carolyntraylor.org or www.myspace com/carolyntraylormu-
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Deac. Kilpatrick & The Soul Savers
24th Pre-Anniversary Celebration
"Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
(Psalm 150:6). Is the them for Deacon Kilpatrick &The Soul Savers 24th
Pre-Anniversary is set for 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd at the Ark of Safety
Holiness Church, 1437 East 22nd Street, Evangelist Getrude Bowman,
The New Creations, Rejoice, Gospel Shepards, Royal Spirituals, Lil
Jessie & The Miracles, Shirley & The Sons of Harmony, the Ark of Safety
Choir, and others will praise His Holy Name in song. Everyone is welcome,
and the community is invited.
speaker. Local Acappella singing
groups will also be featured. The
festivities begin with an
Appreciation Banquet in the Family
Life Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday,
June 2nd. A special Minister and
Wife Appreciation Shower will fol-
low the 6 p.m. Sunday Service.
Minister McClendon, with the
love and support of his wife, has
traveled the country teaching and
preaching the Gospel of Christ. He
has spoken at lectureships,
gospel/revival meetings, and con-
ducted workshops throughout the
Please call the Church Office at
(904) 765-9830 for reservations.
Grace Baptist to Host "A Night of Praise"
"Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all ye lands! Serve the Lord with glad-
ness; come before his presence with singing." (Psalms 100-1-2). The Grace
Baptist Church, 1553 East 21st Street; John Devoe, Pastor; is inviting all
Churches, Choirs, Praise Teams, and Dance Teams to help lift up the name
of The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in song and dance on Saturday, June 2,
2007. For more information and to confirm your participation, please call
Sister Trina Rankin (904) 328-9881.
Central CME Children's Choir
Celebrates National Children's Day
The Miniature Classical Singers, the Children's Choir of Central
Metropolitan CME, Rev. John W. Walker Jr., Pastor; featuring children of
the church, ages 3 to 11, will be presented for an Inaugural Live Recording
Concert, under the direction of Mrs. Sharon Coon, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June
10, 2007, National Children's Day. A reception will follow the concert
which is free and open to the public. The concert will be presented at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101 West Street. The community is invited.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to hold Spirit Filled Worship
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder and Pastor; invites the community to share in 2007
Serious Praise Services on Sunday, May 27th and Sunday, June 10th at the
Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Bldg. 2.
"When Praises go up, Blessings come down! Service is at 3:45 p.m.
Rev. Benjimine Gadson, Pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church,
Mayport, Florida, will deliver the message on June 10th.
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vant social, cultural and political
significance in connection with the
biblical text. The website is geared
to religious faculty as well as clergy
and those in the Christian faith com-
munity. But it also reaches heavily
into the political arena by combin-
ing current issues with biblical
insight. The goal of the site, says
Rev. Ed Mulraine, founder and CEO
"is to confront the issues by con-
necting it with the bible as the main
source of reference."
According to Rev. Mulraine,
many preachers are talking politics
and taking political positions on
social issues with no reference to
the bible as their source of reason.
Similar to politicians who proclaim
to be Christians but lack vital cita-
tion to the views they advocate and
the God they serve. Rev. Mulraine
says, there's been a total separation
of personal faith and state.
GodTalkNow.com expects to fuse
culture and theology from the per-
spective of the African American
clergy and faculty of religion. Issues
such as abortion, gays in ministry,
hip hop and the War in Iraq are dis-
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Many of the site's writers are cler-
gy and faculty and are students and
graduates of seminary and divinity
institutions but also are heavily
involved in community and cultural
challenges for African Americans.
The positions are highly opinionat-
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references to facts and figures. The
blog section also allows everyone to
voice their opinion on a particular
topic and even challenge the politi-
cal perspective and biblical interpre-
tation of another writer.
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The Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary recently installed the Junior Daughter Monsignor Walter Darcy Court 335 at St. Pius Catholic Church.
Charter members of the organization for young ladies 9-16 shown above include Clarissa Jordan, Jessica Weatherspoon, Katheryn Weatherspoon, Zaria
White, Melza Bennette, Harmony Hagan, Melody Hagan, Aja Fisher and Kaylah Webster. All participants wore white for the sacred ceremony that
included Peter Claver rituals. Election of officers and Mass. The Junior Court counselors are Michelle Jones and Claudette Elps. To be a part of court
335, young ladies must be of communion age. They will assist their senior chapter with education, social and charitable affairs. R. Porter Photo
Lanar as Barry White
Wabi Sabi Production's new off
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and director Emmitt Thrower in
collaboration with Lanar to create
this ground breaking play entitled
Barry White: Guided By Destiny.
The play focuses on the Barry
White many don't know. The Barry
that struggled mightily to overcome
poverty, gangs, violence, and a life
of crime to achieve his measure of
In Barry White: Guided By
Destiny Emmitt explores Barry
White's preoccupation with perfec-
tion and the guiding voice that led
him to greatness. His relationships
with Muhammad Ali and Elvis
Presley whom he credits with liter-
ally changing his life are also
chronicled. His life long friendship
with his second wife Glodean is
also featured in the play.
The musical will debut on June
14th to June 24th, 2007 at the
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WASHINGTON -- Justice
Clarence Thomas has sat through
68 hours of oral arguments in the
Supreme Court'; current term
without uttering a word.
That's saying something or not
- even for the taciturn justice.
In nearly 16 years on the court,
Thomas typically has asked ques-
tions a couple of times a term.
He memorablN spoke up four
years ago in cases involving cross
burning and affirmam e action, the
court's only black justice in the
unusual role of putting his race on
display through questions to
But the last time Thomas asked
a question in court was Feb. 22.
2006, in a death penalty case out
of South Carolina. A unanimous
court eventually broadened the
ability of death-penalty defen-
dants to blame someone else for
Thomas has said in the past that
he will ask a pertinent question if
his colleagues don't but sees no
need to engage in the back-and-
forth just to hear his own voice.
A recent tally by McClatchy
Newspapers underscored this
point: Thomas has spoken 281
\\ords since court transcripts
began identifying justices by
name in October 2004. By con-
trast, Thomas' neighbor on the
bench, Justice Stephen Breyer, has
uttered nearly 35,000 words since
The Georgia-born Thomas also
has chalked up his silence to his
struggle as a teenager to master
standard English after having
grown up speaking Geechee, a
kind of dialect that thrived among
former slavrs on the islands off
the South Caroina.. Georgia and
A new book about Thomas.
"Supreme Discomfort." by
Washington Post reporters Kevin
Merida and Michael Fletcher.
devotes an entire chapter to
Thomas' courtroom reticence.
calling it "one of his signature
characteristics as a justice and a
subject of ongoing fascination -
both in the legal community and
among the public at large."
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Would You Drink Lemonade
and Cayenne Paper for a
Month to Have this Body?
By Makeisha Lee, Health and
The Dream Girls movie has come
and gone, but the fascination with
Beyonce's dramatic weight loss
continues. How refreshing it is
though to finally hear about some-
one of celebrity status within the
African American community
appreciate and openly acknowledge
the benefits of cleansing their body
as a tool for losing weight. It is
much like a cold glass of lemonade
on a hot summer day very much
Cleansing is in fact an age old
remedy that has been around for
centuries and still is faithfully prac-
ticed in other countries and cultures
as the most effective way to main-
tain or regain good health. As a
wonderful side benefit, weight loss
can occur. It is the best kept health
secret in the free world until now.
If there were any more doubts in
people's mind about what cleansing
can do for those trying to overcome
weight loss issues; they should be
One such key element in the
realm of nutritional support incor-
porated in a cleanse should be the
presence of amino acids. Amino
acids are necessary to maintain
and/or build lean muscle. Any pro-
fessional health expert will tell you
that amino acids are paramount in
feeding and nourishing the body. It
is essential for the health of every
individual cell function. They are
considered to be the Lego of the
body' structure. Yet there are other
cleanses you will come across that
use harsh laxatives that cause
purges which make it difficult to
conduct normal daily functions
because you are confined to the
ladies or gentleman's room.
So clearly the thought is that we
absolutely want people to utilize
cleansing as a way to experience
heavenly health and be slim and
trim but be informed along the way
about the advantages and disadvan-
tages that can rob you of the best
possible experience and lasting
The Master Cleanse:
The Master Cleanse is said to be not a fast, but a
cleansing program. A true fast consists only of water,
while the Master Cleanse incorporates a mixture of
lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper that is
consumed throughout the day as a source of calories,
vitamins, and minerals.
laid to rest for good.
There is however a word of cau-
tion that needs to be stated.
Everything should be done in mod-
eration and be completely balanced,
this includes cleansing. To begin
with there are hundreds of colon
cleanses, liver cleanses, and now a
lemonade diet cleanse, but they are
not all created equal. Some do very
specific things and work for certain
Secondly, you want to do a
cleanse that can easily be integrated
into your life. It should be some-
thing extremely effective, but yet
simple and as natural as waking up
everyday to brush your teeth and
bathing to clean your outer body.
This is not optional if permanent
changes are desired. Along with
this idea a proper cleanse should be
practical for sustaining life. This
ties right into the third point to con-
sider: a superior cleanse should be
able to fortify and edify your body
with all necessary minerals that it
needs to function on a daily basis,
during the cleansing process, before
the cleansing process, and continu-
ously as part of your regular
Some cleanses such as the
Lemonade diet cleanse can be help-
ful in providing a measure of
cleansing to the body, alkalinity and
a substantial amount of weight loss.
However to properly support the
body nutritionally for the long haul,
the body needs more than four
ingredients to give it all the miner-
als it needs to function optimally.
Not to mention that the goal is to
bum fat and not lean muscle. The
only way to ensure that this will not
occur during any weight loss regi-
men-dieting, cleansing or otherwise
is to make sure the nutrition is
encompassed completely within the
It is time for a paradigm shift in
our thinking in terms of, do I want
to lose weight just to fit in that "red
dress" or that "black pant suit" for
the next Beyonce's concert?
Instead, the focal point should be to
achieve overall good health while
maintaining a good weight. Real
people need real results for a real
lifestyle change, for a real long time
- preferably for life.
Lastly a cleanse should be cleans-
ing not just one body part at a time,
as that can be very costly, time con-
sum- i .
bly make it
ly. Rather it
offer a thor-
ing out of all
and doing so
on a cellular le el
The average adult
has about 60 trillion cells which is 8
thousand times the amount of stars
in the Milky Way galaxy and our
cells are constantly in a state of
We need to make sure we are
helping to create healthy cells
instead of mutated cancer cells.
This can only and will only be
achieved if you are cleansing on a
cellular level and simultaneously
replenishing your cells with ALL
necessary minerals and nutrients.
This is a key fact to remember.
There is no magic bullet. No one
diet, pill or any other single thing
that can do the trick permanently
for weight loss and or health reju-
venation. You must have a com-
pletely balanced system.
One final thought is that the
cleansing process should not be
grueling or self depriving at all. The
reality is that we go to parties, and
we go to relative's houses for good
down home cooking to eat. We all
want to be able to cleanse our bod-
ies thoroughly, as well as partake of
some other foods moderately dur-
ing the cleansing phase so that we
can still feel encouraged to continue
on successfully. Obesity has been
determined to be the single biggest
cause of death that is reversible.
Opt out of that statistic and choose
Signs of Depression
It should be obvious if you're suf-
fering from depression, right? After
all, happy is happy and sad is sad,
and you certainly know the differ-
ence. But it's not always that sim-
ple. Some of the signs and symp-
toms of depression are easy to mis-
take or misunderstand. If you're
unsure, check out the list below,
where we've rounded up a few of
the more common ones.
1. Irritability. Find yourself flying
off the handle at the kids or your
spouse due to even the slightest
provocation? Ready to leap out of
the car window at the fast-food
drive-through and strangle some
poor minimum-wager when he
screws up your order? You might
take it as pure crankiness, but
depression could be the underlying
2. Feeling inappropriate guilt. If
you blame yourself for things over
which you have no control, or beat
yourself up over trivial transgres-
sions such as stopping short at a red
light or forgetting an item on your
grocery list, you can't be a happy
3. Loss of appetite. Yes, being
depressed can be great for losing
weight, but it's not a trade-off you
want to make. Something is defi-
nitely wrong if you used to find
pizza, chicken wings and beer irre-
sistible, but lately they look about
as appealing as Bea Arthur in a
4. Real difficulty thinking or con-
centrating. This is especially easy to
write off. You're likely to think the
problem is due to lack of sleep (see
below), or being distracted by the
kids or noise or any number of
things. That could be the case, but it
could also be indicative of depres-
5. Insomnia. This is another com-
mon ailment that can be sympto-
matic of many things -- stress, per-
sonal or work-related problems,
anxiety, etc. The odd thing is that if
you're depressed, you're just as like-
ly to suffer from...
6. Excessive sleeping. True,
many people tend to drowsy after
lunch, and some steel a nap if cir-
cumstances allow -- that's perfectly
normal. But if you find yourself
sleeping-in on the weekends until
well into the afternoon, despite the
fact that you got to bed at a reason-
able hour, you need to get at the
root of the problem.
7. Lack of interest in previously
enjoyable activities. Sometimes
something you used to be
into big time -- a hobba. a
favorite food, a sport.
etc. -- can lose its lus-
ter. You might easily
think whatever you
used to be enthu-
siastic for simply
got old. And
that could be,
but how sud-
den was your
change of atti-
tude? And was .
it just one
thing, or your
interests in .
your apathy is
broad and deep, '
well be the culpr it.
Any one of the
above taken on its
own may not indicate
that you're depressed. But
if you suffer from three or
more of the aboee. you should
see your doctor to discuss the mat-
ter. If you are suffering from
depression, there are several
avenues of treatment available,
depending on the severity of your
For mild depression, your doctor
may recommend aerobic exercise,
such as walking, jogging or swim-
ming. This sort of activity causes
your body to release endorphins,
which provide a natural high. He or
she may also suggest you schedule
small projects throughout the day --
keeping busy tends to keep the
blues at bay. Some experts suggest
For moderate to serious depres-
s e 1 -
recommended, and antidepressant
medication may be prescribed.
About two thirds of patients
respond to medication within a
month or so of initially taking it.
But if the first thing you try doesn't
work, chances are good that the
next antidepressant you try will be
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I I I Connerly Eyes 2008 for the Death of Affirmative Action
Shown above is workshop facilitator Wyman Winbush.
Called2Excellence Fed Mind, Body and Soul
Success coach and professional
speaker Wyman Winbush recently
presented the Called2Excellence
experience to unite attendees spirit,
soul and body on the path to suc-
cess. Held at the Bethelite confer-
ence Center, Winbush's interactive
workshop encouraged participants
to think about their life and the
decisions they make that affects not
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By D. Espo
WASHINGTON In grudging
concessions to President Bush,
Democrats intend to draft an Iraq
war-funding bill without a timeline
for the withdrawal of U.S. troops
and shorn of billions of dollars in
spending on domestic programs,
The legislation would include the
first federal minimum wage
increase in more than a decade, a
top priority for the Democrats who
took control of Congress in
January, the officials added.
While details remain subject to
change, the measure is designed to
close the books by Friday on a
bruising veto fight between Bush
and the Democratic-controlled
Congress over the war. It would
provide funds for military opera-
tions in Iraq through Sept. 30, the
end of the fiscal year.
Democrats in both houses are
expected to seek other opportuni-
ties later this year to challenge
Bush's handling of the unpopular
Democratic officials stressed the
legislation was subject to change.
They spoke on condition of
anonymity, saying they were not
authorized to discuss provisions
before a planned presentation to
members of the party's rank and
file later in the day.
Democrats in Congress have
insisted for months they would not
give Bush a blank check for his war
policies, and officials said the leg-
islation is expected to include polit-
ical and military goals for the Iraqi
government to meet toward estab-
lishment of a more democratic
Failure to make progress toward
the goals could cost the Iraqis some
of the reconstruction aid the United
States has promised, although it
was not clear whether Democrats
intended to give Bush power to
order the aid to be spent regardless
Several officials said it was possi-
ble that Democrats would attempt
to draft a second bill, to include
much of the domestic spending that
Bush and congressional
Republicans have said they oppose.
Either way, Democratic leaders
have said they hope to clear a war
spending bill through both houses
of Congress and send it to Bush's
desk by week's end. They added the
intention was to avoid a veto.
Bush vetoed one bill this spring
after Democrats included a
timetable for the withdrawal of
U.S. troops in Iraq, and
Republicans in the House upheld
his rejection of the measure.
The House then passed legislation
to provide war funds in two 60-day
installments. Bush threatened a
veto, and the measure was side-
tracked in the Senate in favor of a
non-controversial bill that merely
pledged to give the troops the
resources they need.
That set the stage for the current
House-Senate negotiations on a
measure to send to Bush.
ting, the power of will, emotions
and the traits of successful people.
"There is a difference between
reputation and character," said
Winbush. "Reputation is who peo-
ple think you are, character is who
you really are." R. Silver
Before buying plane tickets,
booking hotels or checking out
guidebooks, many African-
Americans are turning to a source
close to home to inspire their travel
planning: each other.
More precisely, they are seeking
out travel clubs run by and for
blacks. After a post-9-11 falloff,
organizations and gatherings pro-
moting travel opportunities for
blacks are reporting increased inter-
est. Here are a few clubs that organ-
ize trips for Black travelers.
Skiing National Brotherhood of
Skiers 773-955-4100, a Chicago-
Anti-affirmative action activist
Ward Connerly recently told a
group of Republicans that race-
based preferences by government
will become a thing of the past after
the November 2008 election.
Connerly, the mastermind behind
the successful Proposition 209 in
California, which banned state gov-
ernment from making preferences
or discriminating on the basis of
race and like factors, plans to get a
similar initiative on the 2008 ballot
in five states: Arizona, Colorado,
Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
"The reason for that is to send the
loudest of all possible messages to
the Congress, to the President, to
the Supreme Court that gave us this
mess in 2003 when they allowed
the use of race in the interest of
diversity: We want to say no,"
Connerly said. "And 1 am absolute-
ly convinced that if we get all five
of those initiatives passed, which I
believe we will, we will end the era
based umbrella organization, spon-
sors a popular annual black ski
Sailing Honey Let's Travel (
in Richmond, Calif., organizes the
annual Black Boaters Summit and
other sailing excursions. No dues.
Sankofa Odyssey (http://sanko-
based in Washington, organizes
group sailing trips to worldwide
destinations. For more information,
visit the Web site. No dues.
Diving National Association of
Black Scuba Divers (800-521-
based in Washington, sponsors div-
ing trips to destinations worldwide.
Underwater Adventure Seekers (
www.uasdivers.org), based in
Washington, sponsors diving trips
to domestic and foreign destina-
tions. Dues: $43.
Nature travel The James P.
Beckwourth Mountain Club (303-
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organizes hiking, camping and
other outdoor trips through the
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And that will be a glorious day for
our kids and our grandkids."
Connerly became a lightning rod
on racial issues during his 12-year
tenure on the University of
California Board of Regents in
which he successfully fought
against preferential treatment in
admissions for certain minority
"I had no intention of taking on
the issue of affirmative action," he
said. "Like many of you I had
assumed it was benign, that it was
beneficial to our society."
But he soon learned about the
bonus point system for admissions
to ensure about 3 percent minority
enrollment on the premier campus-
es in the UC system. Latinos
received an extra 250 admission
points, Chicanos an extra 500
points, and African Americans
received a bonus of 750 points.
"This seemed to me to be the
worst thing that we could possibly
be doing," said Connerly. "It's
unfair to those who have earned the
right to be admitted."
Hardest hit by the bonus system
was, ironically, another minority
group Asians who now make up
about 42 percent of the UC enroll-
ment, despite the fact that they only
comprise about 12 percent of the
The other downside to the bonus
system is that "it marginalizes those
that we're giving the preference,"
added Connerly. "Because we're
saying we don't think you can com-
pete. And every student on that
campus who is black or Latino, we
made the presumption that they
wouldn't be there were it not for
affirmative action, were it not for
some preference that was awarded
to them. And it is poison."
He cited America's historical
belief from the Declaration of
Independence to the 1964 Civil
Rights Act that every person
should be treated equally before the
"I despise the idea that we as
American citizens have to check
this silly little box a race box iden-
tifying what our heritage is. I think
we should all just check one box:
American," said Connerly.
Connerly's effort to get rid of
these boxes in 2003 by means of the
Racial Privacy Initiative failed at
the ballot. But he wasn't discour-
aged, and successfully passed a
209-like anti-affirmative action ini-
tiative in Michigan last November
despite opposition from both major
political parties, churches, the
unions and automakers.
"Talk about sending a message to
the elites," he said. "People are dis-
connected from the parties. People
want to vote what they believe in,
they want to vote values. We owe it
to the next generation of kids to
solve the issue of race for them.
And we solve it by saying no dis-
crimination, no preferences for any-
one. The era of race preferences has
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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.
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 President
Marion Gregory at (904) 645-7780.
3 Point Shot/Slam
The Johnson Family YMCA will
host a 3 Point Shot/Slam Dunk
Competition on Saturday, May
26th, at 12:00 noon. Jerry "Mouse"
Williams of the Jacksonville Jam
and teammates will judge the dunk
competition. Winners of each event
will receive a cash prize. Call (904)
765-3589 for registration informa-
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.
Come hear Mrs. Mary Fears, a
professional storyteller, genealogist
and author of "Civil War and Living
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History: Re-enactment about
People of Color." In a special per-
formance Friday May 26th, at
10:00 AM in the Karpeles
Manuscript Library Museum locat-
ed: 101 W. 1st Street (across from
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church). This program is free and
open to the public, and is part of the
20th Annual Kuumba African/
African American Cultural Arts and
Music Festival. For information
call Carolyn Williams at 620-1866.
On Saturday, May 26th, the
Jacksonville's Veteran Memorial
Arena will showcase a comedy
show deemed "The Funniest Damn
Comedy Tour Ever." The tour will
feature 6 of the most sought after
comics in the country. The no hole
barred humor of Arez J, Anthony
Anderson, Sommore, Earthquake,
Kevin Hart and Rodney Perry.
Show starts at 8:00 PM. Tickets are
available at Ticketmaster. For more
information call (904) 353-3309.
BCC Duval /Nassau
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter of Bethune-Cookman
University will sponsor their
"Regional Pageant-2007" on May
26th, at 7:00 PM on the Edward
Waters College- Milne Auditorium.
The pageant will feature 8 young
ladies with talent galore vying for
the title of Miss Regional Pageant-
2007. Prizes and perks to be award-
ed to participants. For ticket infor-
mation call Lisa King (904) 607-
Spring Music Festival
Saturday, May 26th, Music meets
Movies at the Spring Music
Festival to be held at Metropolitan
Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Blvd. Gates
open at 6:00 PM, entertainment
begins at 7:30 PM Featuring Jim
Belushi and The Sacred Hearts
Band followed by animated film,
"Hoodwinked" with Jim Belushi as
the voice of the Woodsman.
Ka' Mia Contemporary
On May 26th, at 7:30 PM make
your way to the Robinson Theater
on the campus of the University of
North Florida for the Premiere per-
formance of Ka'Mia Contemporary
Dance Theater. The activities will
include ballet, hip-hop, and modern
dance, song and spoken word. For
more information call: Tiffany
Art & Craft Festival
in St. Augustine
The Fine Art, Fine Crafts Festival
in St. Augustine will be held
Saturday, May 26th, from 9:00 AM
-5:00 PM and 27th, 10:00 AM- 4:00
PM, at the St. Augustine
Amphitheater located 1340-C A1A
South of Lighthouse. The event
will feature arts & crafts, free food,
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free admission, free parking, and on
Saturday a Farmers Market. For
information call Terri at (352) 344-
Memorial Day Family
Affair & Concert
On Sunday, May 27th, Riddim
Productions & Love for the Nations
presents a Memorial Day Family
Affair at Riverside Park (located
752) Park Street) from 1:00-7:00
PM. There will be fun for the
whole family, music, arts & crafts,
pony rides, bounce around, a pet-
ting zoo and much, much more.
Admission is free! For more infor-
mation call (904) 744-0222 or Top
Old Timers Ride
Out & Cook Out
Get Ready! The Old Times are
back! Dust off your bikes and come
ride. On Memorial Day, Monday,
May 28th, they will meet up at the
Jacksonville Landing at 4:00 PM
and caravan via bicycle it back to
Club Steppin Out "Home of the Old
Timers" and Longshoremen located
2709 N. Pearl St. For more infor-
mation call (904) 358-8806.
The next PRIDE Book Club
Meeting will be held on Friday,
June 1, 2007. The book will be
NOW IS THE TIME TO OPEN
YOUR HEART by Alice Walker.
The meeting will be hosted by
Gloria and Hezron Omawali.
For more information e-mail:
Forum on State of
the Black Community
On Saturday, June 2nd, at 6:00
PM Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz,
Esquire, National Chairman of the
New Black Panther Party and the
Jacksonville Organizing Committee
for the Millions More Movement
will speak on the subject, "State of
the Black Community, and Why We
Must Stop the Violence Now!"
This event is free and will be held at
the Northside Business Center in
the Sherwood Shopping Plaza,
5045 Soutel Drive. For more infor-
mation call (904) 705-8556 or (904)
Archaeology Day at
Learn more about archaeology at
Kingsley Plantation on Saturday,
June 2nd, at 11:00 AM 3:00 PM.
Observe, interact and speak with
archaeologist as they open windows
of our past through their work.
Where? The Timucuan Ecological
and Historic Preserve located 11676
Palmetto Avenue, Kingsley
Plantation. For more information
call (904) 251-3537.
Crusin' the Caribbean
Mandarin Christian Women's Club
June Luncheon will be held on
Tuesday, June 5th, from 12:00-
1:00 PM. All area ladies are invited
to join us at the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin with Cruise Specialist
Connie Saunders, and speaker,
Shirley Solid will share. For more
information call (904)509-7538 or
A Group for
Haven Hospice 8301 Cypress
Plaza Dr, Suite 119 is offering a free
6 week grief support group.
Members can express their feelings
and thoughts and gain understand-
ing of grief and how it impacts
lives. You must register to attend.
Tuesday, June 5th, and Tuesday,
July 10th, from 5:30- 6:30 PM.
For information contact: Katie
Alpahando at (904) 733-9818.
JCCI Urban Safari in
JCCI Forward will be hosting a
Leadership Development Field Trip
on Wednesday, June 6th, 1:00- 5:00
PM, "Urban Safari through
Downtown Jacksonville." This
safari will feature great things every
community leader should know
about Jacksonville and its future.
Call (904) 396-3052 or e-mail
James Weldon Johnson
Arts & Culture Festival
Experience the rich heritage and
culture of Jacksonville at the James
Weldon Johnson Arts & Culture
Festival, June 7-9th, at FCCJ
North Campus 4501 Capper Rd.
This years theme will be: "James
Weldon Johnson Pioneer of Pride in
Education as a way of Life."
Register for professional develop-
ment at www.totsnteens-jameswel-
donjohnson.org or call (904) 353-
7350 for more details.
On Friday, June 8th, at 7:30 PM-
12:00 AM the Morocco Shrine
Events Center contenders for the
WBF Heavyweight Title Fight will
be the New York State Champ,
Derrick Rossy (15-1) and his oppo-
nent, WBE, WBC contender, Ron
Bellamy (16-2). Two local, unde-
feated fighters Chris Vendola and
Marcus Upshaw will be on the card
along with Vendola's opponent
David Saulesberry and the unde-
feated Female Fighter, Chika
for Adult Literacy
Learn to Read will host
Jacksonville's Third Annual
"Alphabet Affair" on Friday, June
8th, at the Haskell Company (111
Riverside Avenue). The Cinema is
presented by NELNET, Inc. and
promises to be fun and exciting for
the after work crowd, all to support
adult literacy. Come dressed as
your favorite cinema celebrity and
win the costume contest. Event
highlights include food, a silent
auction, live music games and
more. For more info call 399-8894
On June 9th, Project M.A.L.E.
(Men Advocating and Leading by
Example). Past Conferences have
helped hundreds of men in
Jacksonville to become more effec-
tive fathers to their children. This
year there will also be a Youth
Track: "Today's Tools for
Tomorrow's Success." For more
details contact Daniel Murphy
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host it monthly meeting June 9th,
at Ribault High School Band Room
at 10:00 AM. For more information
please call (904) 910-7829.
Attention stepper, singers, and
actors 20 years old and older! On
Saturday, June 9th from 3:00-
7:00 PM and Sunday, JunelOth,
from 1:00-5:00 PM Stage Aurora is
holding auditions for "Frat House"
at the Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts 2049 N. Pearl Street. Frat
House will be performed at the
Florida Theatre on August 17-18.
For more info call (904) 765-7372.
The Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA), located 333 N. Laura
Street will have a special showing
of the film "Cocaine Angel" direct-
ed by Michael Tully and Damian
Lahey (local talent) on Wednesday,
June 13th at 7:00 PM. The film
depicts a week in the life of a weary
young drug addict.
Na'im Akbar Keynotes
Saturday, June 16th, from 8:00
AM- 1:00 PM there will be a Men's
Health Symposium held at Edward
Waters College Gymnasium. The
keynote speaker will be Dr. Na'im
Akbar. For more information call
Anthony Grissett, Program
Coordinator Healthy Jacksonville
Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter AKA Sorority,
Inc. Celebrates 65 Years
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
is celebrating 65 years of
"Extraordinary Service with
Purpose" on Saturday, June 16th, at
the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel in
Downtown Jacksonville, from
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For ticket
information call Naomi Briggs 751-
1921 or Kathy Dilbert 732-7349.
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May 24-30, 2007
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Link Brenda Miller and husband
Connecting Link Herman Miller.
Link Francina Dunbar, Maxine Starlings, Ethel Lamb, Miriam Buggs
and Clifford Buggs.
James and Gloria Lockley
James Jefferson, Ilsa Jefferson, Connecting Link Tommy Chandler,
Link Gracie Chandler, Sylvia Briley, Shirley Marshall, Melvin Briley
and George Marshall.
Troy Canady, Minnie Canady, Patricia Mays and Fred Faust.
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and Connecting Link Charles Adams.
Vince Cameron, Link Tracie Collier and Dwayne Smith.
Link Pamela Prier with guests Tony and
Jim Williams,Hillie Howard, Link Bertha Padgett, Betty Howard and
Gloria Brown, Patricia McGriff, Brenda Bass and James Walker
Pandora Stafford and Karen L. Gray
Connecting Link Bill Ford, Link Anita Ford with guests Henry
Trueblood and Malcolm Champion.
Diana Prier and Latasha Fullwood
Ronnie and Link Lonnie Burnett
Bold City Link members who were hosting the event included
Shaunda Holder, Sandra Richardson, Francina Dunbar, Norma
White, Jackie Lee and Roslyn Phillips.
Mr. & Mrs. LeBlanc with Link Shelly Thompson and husband Matt.
The Bold City Chapter of Links
culminated their working year with
a week of festive celebrations.
Beginning with the Annual Old
School Gala on May 19th, hundreds
of Links and friends dressed in their
favorite 70s regalia for the themed
event at Alltell Stadium.
Throughout the night, the live DJ
complete with disco ball and
groovy tunes delighted hosts and
guests with the best R&B of the 60s
and 70s. At 9 p.m. sharp, a buffet
was served in the home of the
Jaguars that included backyard
favorites: spicy collard greens, fried
fish, potato salad, baked beans and
more. Guests also had the opportu-
nity to participate in an "old school"
dance contest and a card tourna-
ment featuring backyard favorites
"Spades" and "Bid Whist".
The celebration continued the fol-
lowing day at the Hyatt Hotel with
a grand brunch celebrating the
installation ceremonies of the
newest Link member, Bertha
Padgett. Following a month of
preparing a solo service project the
former school administrator com-
pleted on her own. Ms. Padgett's
new sisters in Linkdom welcomed
her with open arms in a sacred cer-
emony where all donned white.
The final event of the year was the
monthly meeting hosted by Link
Ernestine Bivens. At the meeting
which concludes the Link program
year, Chapter President Norma
White officially passed the gavel of
leadership to incoming president
Ruth Waters who will serve for two
years before facing another elec-
tion. Following an address by the
new president, the organization
officially retired their program year
for a festive catered buffet and
socializing with invited guests.
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May 24-30, 2007
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
May 24-30, 2007
Page 12 Ms. Perry's Free Press
More Stepping Forward on State's Forced Sterilizing
NORTH CARO(LINA Elaine
Riddick is a petite ooman in her
earl\ fifties ,,tnh a .jarmn smile
Todal she lies in a comfortable
-.nom c. n the outskirts of Atlantj.
iit this \wasn't ho\\ she spent her
She gre\ up in North Carolina
: ,tnh ja illeit father and an alco-
,he believes that the state used
her chjoiic childhood as a jusri;ica-
tion [t sterilize her
"\hen I %as 13. I 'was raped I
had my beautiful son and when they
cut me open, I
had a caesare-
an, they steril-
ized me at the
about it until I
was 19. I got
tried to have a
child. The doctor told me I had been
It sounds like a story from the
dark ages but this happened less
than 40 years ago. And it happened
in the US.
Whilst the feminist movement
was gaining ground on both sides of
the Atlantic, across poor America
their 'sisters' were victims of sterili-
zation laws, which had their foun-
dations in the eugenics movement.
This year marks the centenary of
the first eugenics laws passed in the
Policies were drawn up in over 30
states in the US to sterilize women,
men and children who were consid-
ered to be physically, mentally or
But in reality the majority of
those who were sterilized were sim-
ply poor women.
Few have ever spoken about what
happened because of embarrass-
ment and shame.
"I think they saw it as a way to
control me. They saw my parents
were not available, so the state of
North Carolina decided that they
were going to sterilize me. I did
"No\\ I'm healing a linle bit I can
talk about this I can look Nou in the
e\e I am not feeble minded. That's
the reason the,, ga\e for doing that
[o ne "
Ber\een I'29 and 19"4. across
the state of North Carolina. more
thjn "O'III men. \\omen and chil-
dren '.ere sterilized
Documents from the state'
eugenic, board re eal ho\\ for near-
I\ 50U ears this unelected bod\
authorized 90",. of all sterilization
cases brought before it
Social workers used gossip in
their reports for the Eugenics
Elaine Riddick's form refers to
"community reports that she was
'running around' late at night" and
her "promiscuity" and her "inability
to control herself" constituted
grounds for sterilization.
By the late 1960s, ironically as
the Civil Rights movement grew,
North Carolina began to target its
More than 60% of those sterilized
were black women and girls like
Records show that in North
Carolina out of the 7,000 steriliza-
tions less than 500 took place with
the clear consent of the patient. The
vast majority were much more
State records, seen by Winston
Salem Journal reporter John Railey,
reveal cases where parents who
were abusing their children would
then agree to their sterilization.
"You have a sick cycle. The
father was committing incest and
was given the right of consent for
"The state is victimizing the chil-
dren who have already been victim-
ized by their parents."
State records conservatively esti-
mate that between 1943 and 1963,
over 63,000 people were sterilized
under the eugenics laws in America.
Whilst five states, including
North Carolina, have issued apolo-
gies for the sterilizations carried out
under eugenics laws, the federal
government has never acknowl-
edged that any sterilization abuses
have ever taken place.
Elaine "as sterilized without her
Paul Lombardo is professor of
Law at Georgia State University
and he has devoted himself to this
issue for the past 27 years.
He believes that it is a shameful
history, and one that needs to be
But at the moment that doesn't
"I hear from ime to rime trom
v'.omen v..ho hhae been sterilized
against their v\.ll. the difficult is
documentationn" he said
"E en \vliccn there are records.
.Alicn .onu jsk them to come for-
v.ard. being sterilized isn't some-
thing tihat people .ranit to broadcast.
so the'. sj\ hidden"
But until there is recognition tl!u
this happened. Elaine Riddick sa\s
today there is silll no rejmon hor
other \\omen 10 tell their stories
"I can understand why they won't
come forward, because they don't
want their next door neighbor to
know this happened. I felt same
way. I have resentment I will
always have it for my Government.
"That's just how I feel. Angry.
You took something away from me
and you can never give it back."
and Mother, Not Husband's
Michelle Obama sees her role as wife and mother as first priority.
Who is Sen. Barack Obama's
closest adviser? Not his wife, says
Michelle Obama. "We have very
separate professional relationships,
which is, I think, healthy," Michelle
Obama said Monday during her
fourth visit to Iowa to campaign for
her husband's bid for the
Democratic nomination for presi-
"There is so much work we need
to do as a family and as a couple.
We talk about our work, we talk
about what we do, but he makes his
decisions on his own and I try to be
supportive," she said.
Democratic candidate John
Edwards and Republican candidate
Rudy Giuliani are among the White
House hopefuls who have described
their wives as close advisers. Asked
if she considered herself her hus-
Ever wonder how archaeologists
make sense of the past? Learn more
at the Archaeology Day at Kingsley
Plantation on Saturday, June 2,
band's chief adviser, Michelle
Obama replied, "No, I consider
myself his wife."
A Harvard-trained lawyer like her
husband, she said her main role in
the campaign is to offer a personal
view of her husband, an Illinois
"I'm really trying to make sure
people understand who Barack is
from the person who knows him
best, giving people a sense of who
we are," she said.
Michelle Obama said she and her
husband have outgoing personali-
ties that mesh well with campaign-
ing in key states, where grass-roots
and up-close appearances are key.
"I love coming to Iowa and New
Hampshire," she said. "We have the
kind of personalities where we real-
ly enjoy meeting people and con-
necting with people."
She acknowledged, though, that
the race is in its early phase.
"It hasn't really been stressful for
me yet because I enjoy it," she said.
"Who knows how, when this thing
really speeds up, how I'll feel."
Their young children, ages 8 and
5, limit her campaign activity, she
Visitors will see archaeologists at
work in two areas of the site the
slave quarters and near the planta-
tion house. Archaeologists will
explain the process of archaeology
while the work is underway.
Sponsored by the National Park
Service, Florida Public
Archaeology Network, and the
University of Florida's Department
of Anthropology, this event is free
and open to the public.
According to Timucuan Preserve
Superintendent Barbara Goodman,
"This is a rare opportunity to see
archaeologists at work.
Archaeologists provide a window
into the past, locating the tangible
pieces of American history while
helping put together the story of the
people who lived at the plantation."
Archaeologists will also be happy
to answer questions about their
work, Ms. Goodman added.
Schedule of Events for
Saturday, June 2, 2007
11:00 3:00 p.m: Interactive
11:00 a.m. Archaeologists at
Work Guided Walk at the Slave
Quarters Archaeological Site
1:00 p.m. The Process of
Archaeology Searching for
Outbuildings near the Plantation
2:00 p.m. Archaeologists at Work
- Guided Walk at the Slave
Quarters Archaeological Site.
For more information call 251-
- 27 2007
Join the 20th Celebration of Jacksonville's own African,
African American CulturalArts & Music Festival
Ritz Theatre & Lavilla Museum
829 N. Davis St.
11:00 am 3:00 pm
Story Teller Mary Fears Presents
The African American
Experience During the Civil War
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
101 W. 1st Street 10:00 am 12:00 pm
Stop the Violence
Anti-Drug Youth Rally
Charles "Boobie" Clark Park 8793
12:00 pm 3:00 pm
May 26 & 27
Main Stage Entertainment
Featuring African, Jazz, R & B,
Gospel, Poetry, Dance
Charles "Boobie" Clark Park 8793
Northside Conference Center 5045 Soutel Drive
Kenya: its Culture, Health and Politics at 1:15 p.m.
Rev. David Gichiri, Director and Co-Coordinator of overseas missions for Kenra and Democratic Republic of Congo
The Health of Black Jacksonville at 1:30p.m.
A discussion with solutions on the high infant mortality, venereal disease and HIV among black Jacksonville's adults and teens. Special
Guest Panelist: Mrs. Faye Johnson, Project Alanager The Azalea Project Northeast Florida Regional Council
The Killing of Black Jacksonville at 2:45 p.m. -A discussion on what, if anything can be done to stem the tide of shootings and drug deal-
ing in Jacksonville's African American community. Special Guest Panelists: Elder Donald Foy Madd Dads Jacksonville Chapter
and Kenneth Jefferson Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Politics and Religion at 5 p.m.
A discussion on the effect offaith based initiatives in the African American community. Should the church be getting Tax money? Should
pastors be endorsing politicians, Black or White? Special Guest Panelists: Pastor R. L. Gundy, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Bishop Arthur
T Jones All People Church International and Councilwoman Glorious Johnson Jacksonville City Council At Large
ALSO WORKSHOPS, FOOD, MERCHANDISE VENDORS KIDS TENT & MORE
For more info call 904-707-7879
or visit www1uumbafestivalfl.org
Shown above are students at the site.
Archaeology Day Planned
at Kingsley Plantation
Michelle Obama Sees Her Role As Wife
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JAMIE FOXX BUYS $10.5 MILLION HOME
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx ended up in the "Hot Property" section of the
Los Angeles Times after spending $10.5 million for a new 17,000-square-
foot Mediterranean-style villa in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The house in the community of Hidden Valley, was built in 1995 on 40
acres and has 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a library, family and game
rooms, a full gym and a master-bedroom suite with a sitting room, an atri-
um, a sauna and a balcony.
The estate also comes with an Olympic-size pool, a spa, a cabana studio,
a north-south tennis court, playing fields and two guesthouses.
The 39-year-old Texas native, who won a best-actor Oscar for "Ray,"
appears in "Dreamgirls" and has sold more than 2 million copies of his lat-
est album "Unpredictable."
IS ARETHA ABOUT TO JUMP THE BROOM?
Contact Music is reporting that music icon Aretha
Franklin is about to take a third trip down the aisle and
marry her longtime boyfriend, Willie Wilkerson Jr.
According to the Web site, the 65-year-old star was
recently seen attending wedding dress fittings in New
The ceremony is expected to take place next month.
Franklin was previously married to her former manager
Ted White, between 1962-1969; and to actor Glynn Turman
In the meantime, the Queen of Soul has been busy casting an upcoming
musical based on her life. In fact, Wilkerson was by Re-Re's side as she
held auditions for her bio-play, "From These Roots," earlier this month at
the Holiday Inn Express in Southfield, MI.
IKE TURNER JAILED ON 18-YEAR-
Ike Turner spent an unnecessary night in an L.A.
jail this week after cops arrested him on a felony
Narcotics warrant from 18 years ago.
SAt about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night, LAPD in the
San Fernando Valley spotted him behind the
wheel of his 2002 silver Mercedes-Benz S-50
straddling lanes on the 405 Freeway at about 80
mph, Officer April Harding said Thursday.
Cops discovered the 1989 warrant after pulling him over and doing a rou-
tine run of his name. He was promptly arrested and booked into a down-
town jail. However, the warrant was eventually confirmed to be bogus dur-
ing a court hearing on Wednesday.
Four months after the warrant was originally issued for his arrest, a judge
had officially recalled it. However, no one ever cleared it from the com-
puter system, according to TMZ.com.
The 75-year-old former abusive husband of Tina Turner was finally set
free at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. He complained to TMZ cameras of having a
freezing cold jail cell with nothing to eat but a banana and a cookie.
EVANDER HOLYFIELD WANTS TO GO OUT ON TOP
At the ripe age of 44, recent un-retired boxer Evander "Real Deal"
Holyfield is hoping to win an unprecedented fifth heavyweight title so that
he can exit the sport as a heavyweight champion.
"Age ain't nothing but a number," Holyfield (41-8 with two draws and
27 knockouts) told AP Wednesday while promoting his scheduled June
30th bout against Lou Savarese.
Holyfield's first three fights in his comeback mission were all victories.
He beat Fres Oquendo in San Antonio in November and Jeremy Bates in
Dallas last August, his first fight in two years.
"I'm only going to fight the people that allow me to be the heavyweight
champion," Holyfield said. But his age, he finally admits, is more than just
a number. The fighter acknowledged that he can't train the same way he
did when he won his first title as a 28-year-old.
"I run one day, I have to rest the next," he said. "I can't do it every day.
My body won't let me."
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You might also remember James evokes the spirit of Rick James know read mor
as the guy who's at least partly to past. Download it on iTunes and passing lines abo
blame for MC Hammer becoming a skip the rest. he wrote songs
household name. Or the guy who "Stroke's" autobiographical Young, who was
convinced Eddie Murphy that he lyrics also got me psyched for the member of his f
should sing, leading to "Party All new bio, "The Confessions of Rick cessful band,
the Time," one of the most awe- James: Memoirs of a Super Freak" Mynah Birds.
somely bad pop songs of our times. ($18.95, Colossus Books). You Oh well. We
Or maybe your lasting memory is know, as if this blurb from the back cut the man sc
of him doing hard time after vio- cover wasn't enough to pique inter- posthumous sla
lent, drug-fueled incidents that est: "The sex is steamier, the crack He must have i
showed the world his scary, cocaine more potent, the music lingering dain I
depraved side that came out when more explosive than any of a dozen mage all those ye
the music stopped. other celebrities dead or alive." of chemical c
But dig past all the things that tar- Wow! Eat your heart out, Keith sumption, not
nished Rick James' legacy, reduc- Richards. Between that and a grainy mention the strc
ing him to a caricature toward the photo of a young Charlie Murphy I So let's assume
end of his life, and one thing is spotted inside, how could I not read memory was
clear. The man was a genius. Pure on? what it used to
and simple. There, I said it. But more than 20 chapters in, the And maybe
After all, who this side of James promise of prurient content seems book will get be
Brown, George Clinton or Sly like false advertising. Sure, we find by the time Ed
Stone contributed so many classics the man losing his virginity (at age and Charlie Mur]
to the funk canon? How many 9), getting arrested a couple of show up.
could churn out such tight, raunchy times, going AWOL from the Navy Meanwhile,
grooves? Who else could rock and dropping acid with Jim loading "Str
thigh-high boots and spandex with Morrison, all by page 73. But Songs" into
no shirt in public and be, like, James' plain vanilla prose and lack iPod so I
Can't think of anyone, can you?
Didn't think so.
And sure, it's been a mighty long
time since "Cold Blooded," "Super
Freak" or (my personal favorite)
"Give It to Me Baby." But I was
hoping to catch just a glimmer of
that old Rick James genius when
his final album, "Deeper Still," ;'i
arrived in my inbox. .. 4
James was working on it when he A., i
died in 2004. And granted, my
expectations were less than sky-
high, but I was pleasantly surprised
by some of the material. .
James' baritone still soars here
and there on "Deeper Still," despite
that stroke he suffered after decades
of notorious excess. And there are
even a few fleeting signs that the
man could still funk it up toward .
The bad news is that it takes
awhile to get to that little nugget of
funk. Most of the album is bogged
down by generic quiet storm fod- .:_
der; songs that sound watery (or.
just downright awful) when com-
pared to fiery, old-school slow jams
like "Fire and Desire" and "Ebony '
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Culture of Haiti Celebrated at National Flag Day Event
The Haitian Community Alliance lighted the cultural and artistic her- richness of Haitian art, culture, and icant contributions and rich legacy
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The number of professionally
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