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The NAACP Downsizing Nationally
The NAACP will reduce its staff from 119 to 70 through layoffs and
attrition to avoid draining more of its shrinking reserves, interim presi-
dent and chief executive officer Dennis Hayes said. The Baltimore head-
quarters will remain open and still offer services provided by the region-
al offices,
The NAACP said it is cutting about 40 percent of its national staff and
closing, at least temporarily, its seven regional offices The organizations
has used about $10 million in reserve funds to cover shortfalls over the
past three years, Hayes said. He declined to say how much is left.
He gave several reasons for the budget shortfall.
"Gas is more expensive, the cost of living is higher, people are not giv-
ing as much as they used to," he said. "And membership, we always need
more members. Our impression is we can improve and enhance the way
we do things over three years of budget shortfalls.

Magic Johnson Now a Hotelier
WASHINGTON -- Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Magic
Johnson and a group of businessmen recently purchased the Washington
Hilton, and they said the hotel will soon undergo a major facelift.
Johnson said he spent many nights at the hotel as a player, but it feels
even better to be a part owner.
Johnson and a group of Los Angeles investors purchased the hotel for
$290 million The hotel acquisition deal is one of the largest in D.C. his-
tory, officials said.
Since opening 42 years ago, the Hilton's become a landmark and a pop-
ular host to conferences, formal events and a parade of presidents. It is
also well known as the place where John Hinkley shot President Ronald
Reagan in 1981.
The Hilton has 1,119 rooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space and
the city's largest ballroom, officials said, all of which will get a new look.
Johnson's other businesses in the District include nine: % ;, _. Il, stores, a
technical center for children and a project near the new Nationals base-
ball stadium.

Archbishop Tutu's Nobel Peace

Prize Stolen, Then Recovered
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The Nobel Peace Prize awarded to
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was stolen in a burglary at the clergyman's
Soweto home but later recovered
The archbishop's house was broken into and a TV, DVD player, cloth-
ing and gold brooches and a wedding band WAS taken. Tutu is currently
in Switzerland. He has another residence in Cape Town but the Soweto
house is considered his family home.
The house in Vilakazi Street is famous for being home to two Nobel
Peace Prize winners -- Tutu and former president Nelson Mandela. The
street is on the route of most tours of Soweto, which are increasingly pop-
ular among tourists.
Tutu, 75, chaired South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
which was intended to expose the full horrors of apartheid and help the
country heal the wounds of its violent past.
A campaigner for human rights, he was awarded the Nobel in 1994.

Supreme Court Reviews Cocaine Time
Hip-hop activists and others who have argued that mandatory long sen-
tences for crack versus lesser penalties for powder cocaine are racist
get to see what the Supreme Court has to say about it. On Monday of this
week, the high court agreed to review the case of Derrick Kimbrough,
who was sentenced to 15 years for dealing crack and powder in 1991,
even though sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of 19 to 22 years.
Calling the higher sentence "ridiculous," U.S. District Judge Raymond
Jackson said at the time that, "This case is another example of how the
crack cocaine guidelines are driving the offense level to a point higher
than is necessary to do justice in this case." But the government appealed
and won, arguing that the judge had no authority to impose a lighter sen-
tence, "based on a disagreement with the sentencing disparity for crack
and powder cocaine offenses." Those who have been fighting that dis-
parity, including hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and others, say that
stricter penalties for crack unfairly target poor minorities, because crack
is more of an urban Black drug, while powder coke is used more by peo-
ple with money.

Civil Rights Leader Charged with Incest
I. The Rev. James L. Bevel, who organized the
1963 Children's Crusade in Birmingham and five
years later witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.'s
assassination, has been charged with having sex
S with a child relative. Bevel, 70, a leading civil
i rights figure of the 1960s, has not yet entered a
p plea, and his attorney, Buta Biberaj, said it would
be premature for her to comment, The Associated
Press reported. A bail hearing is set for June 14,
according to AP. Bevel was arrested in late-May
James Bevel in Alabama, where he has been living recently.
The alleged crime occurred in Virginia between Oct. 1992 and Oct. 1994
when the accuser was 13 to 17 years old. Bevel appeared in a northern
Virginia court on Friday. Bevel, who witnessed King's murder in
Memphis in 1968, led some of this nation's most famous civil rights
protests. In addition to the children's march, he led Freedom rides in the
South (to help desegregate public accommodations), and helped organize
the 1963 March on Washington and Million Man March in 1995. He
could face up to 20 year in prison if convicted.


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Volume 21 No. 13 Jacksonville, Florida June 14-20, 2007


The Power of the Black Father


Some Black fathers come home
v.earinrg a suit and tie een, da\.
Some may arnme earning g coveralls,
speckled \ith paint. Others come
hearing a blue-collar uniform after
:iding the garbage truck. Still others
come home after a long day of just
looking for work.
No matter the circumstances, if
they arrive in the spirit of lo\ e. they
bring a po%%er to the home that can-
not be substituted.
It can be unanimously concluded
that the experiences of a Black man
in America can be transformed into
a mobilizing force that every child
can look ip to and admire.
"You look at ithel ha' that this
courtr\ %as built on the backs of'


Black men." says record producer
Kashif. a former orphan \\ho is no%\
raising tw\o foster children as a sin-
gle father. "You look at the fact that
millions of us sur\ ied the journe
from Africa to here. And we sur-
vived the journey of America. So.
we ha\e the po\ter to instill in our
young people hu\\ to build a nation
of resources." he sa. s.
According to the National Urban
League's State of Black America
2007 report, the future of the Black
man is critical to the "American
family." Statistics on the Black man
run the gambit from being sL\ tines
more likely than Whlte men to be
incarcerated to nine tines more
likely to be killed b\ firearms to


nearly\ eight times more likely to
suffer from AIDS. Of single parent
Black households, only 12 percent
\\ere led by men. More than t.o--
thirds of Black children live in one-
parent households in 2005, the
majority headed by women.
Not\ withstanding the statistics, there
are millions of Black fathers \\bo
are living at home or at least doing
right by their children and families
More than 2.000 men registered
for the 100 Black Men Conference
gathered to discuss answers to the
problems, the crisis somehow
appeared d% arfed.
"You can look into e er cominmu-
nity' the White communir>. the
As-in commnunitl and find fathers


who aren't doing what they ought to
do," says Thomas W. Dortch Jr. of
Atlanta, president emeritus of the
national organization. He and his
wife have five children, including -
Continued on page 3

Brown Named

Urban Adviser

to Clinton

Campaign
The Clinton
Campaign has

Jacksonville resi-
dent Alvin
Brown, former
White House
Senior Adviser
Alvin Brown and immediate
past Chairman of the National Black
MBA Association, as Senior
Adviser on urban policy.
"Alvin Brown brings substantial
policy experience and insight to our
campaign, and I'm delighted he's
joined our team," Clinton said.
Brown led the Clinton-Gore
administration's $4 billion commu-
nity empowerment programs,
including the new market tax credits
initiative and the Empowerment
Zone/Enterprise Community pro-
gram that fueled economic growth
throughout the country
Brown said Clinton's commitment
to America's cities was critical to his
decision to join her campaign.
"Hillary Clinton is ready to lead this
country from her first day in the
White House," Brown said. "I
believe her vision will empower and
inspire a new generation of
Americans to make this country a
better place."


River Region Human Services
teamed up with the Jacksonville
Children's Commission Network
for Strengthening Families to spon-
sor the 6th Annual Project MALE
Conference. Over 100 men attend-
ed the event on Saturday, June 9th
Sat Household of Faith Christian
Ministries on Edgewood Ave.
Ken Jefferson (Public Information
Officer for the Jacksonville
Sheriff's Office) and Rev. Rudolph
Porter (Manager of the Mayor's
Office of Faith and Community
Based Partnerships) participated in
a panel discussion of the chal-
lenges fathers face in bringing up
their children. There were also
workshops on Health Issues,
Strengthening Families, and one on
Spirituality where Rev. Porter told
part of his inspiring testimony.
Kenneth Arnold of River Region
said, "The annual Project MALE
conference is an event where men
can acquire the tools they need to
do a good job at parenting and have
some fun at the same time. There
are also ongoing monthly meet-
ings. The free open forum for dia-


logu concluded with a cookout and
other activities.
Men who would like to register


for one of those can call River
Region's Prevention Department at
899-6300, ext. 4604."


Services Held for Mrs. Glandora B. Neal


Mrs. Glandora B. Neal
Jacksonville lost a hometown hero
last week. She is not one whose
name you would see on a bunch of
boards or a winner of vast awards
for being involved in everything.
But if you had the opportunity to
meet her, you knew that Glandora
Neal was someone special.


A native of Jacksonville, Florida
Glandora was a 1955 graduate of
New Stanton Senior High School,
where she "lettered," and was a star
player on the varsity basketball
team. After graduation, she joined
the United States Army and served
during the Vietnam Conflict.
Upon her return to Jacksonville,
her love of service and singing led
her to unite with the Mt. Moriah
Baptist Church and later Shiloh
Metrolpolitan Baptist Church
where she loved participating in the
choir and other church activities.
At the center of her life was her
family. She and her husband of 40
years Daniel, were the proud par-
ents of Bud, Trice, Dionne and
Tracie.When not parenting to her
own, she took on the responsibility
of molding the minds of
Jacksonville's young. a graduate of
Edward Waters College, Mrs. Neal


used her education degree to teach
in the Duval County School
Systemfor over twenty-five years.
She was also the proprietor of the
Kiddie Kollege Day Care.
Glandora's life drastically
changed thirteen years ago when
she was stricken with a stroke, iron-
ically enough, she never missed a
beat. She, along with her husband
and grand-children could often be
seen everywhere all the time.
Despite losing the ability to speak,
communication was never a prob-
lem, those who knew her always
knew what she was talking about
and what she meant.
On Thursday, June 7th, Glandora
Neal made the transition from her
earthly home to her heavenly home.
She had told her family the night
before that she wanted to go home.
A devout Christian, her children
Continued on page 7


FAMU & FSU Top Producers of African-American Graduates


Florida A&M University got a
welcome bit of good news this
week: In spite of declining student
enrollment, the historically black
institution remains the nation's No.
1 producer of bachelor's degrees for
African-Americans.
That's according to the latest issue
of the journal Diverse Issues in
Education, which based its rankings
on the number of undergraduate
degrees awarded in the 2005-06


academic year.
FAMU's overall enrollment rose
under longtime president Frederick
Humphries and peaked at 13, 070 in
fall 2004, 2 1/2 years after
Humphries' departure.
But enrollment has been in decline
ever since. It was 11, 913 in fall
2006 and less than 11, 000 this past
spring.
But two of Florida's other public
universities, Florida State and


Florida Atlantic, made the top 10.
FAU, based in Boca Raton, saw its
bachelor's degrees for black stu-
dents jump 24 percent, to 848. FSU,
located near FAMU in Tallahassee,
produced 931 bachelor's degrees for
African-American students in
2005-06, a 15 percent increase from
the previous year.
Meanwhile, there's one area
where universities Florida's
included still struggle: enrolling


and retaining black men.
Of FAMU's 1, 224 degrees in
2005-06, fewer than 500 went to
black men. Less than a third of
FSU's and FAU's went to black
men.
FSU provost Larry Abele said the
increase reflects a broad strategy
for recruiting and retaining first-
generation students, most of whom
are minorities.


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Project Male Educated and Informed


100+ on How to be a Better Man


Panelists at Project MALE 2007: (L-R) Ronnie Cage (Jacksonville Children's Commission), Ernest Setzler
(River Region Human Services), Walter Morrison (Optimum Health), Rev. Rudolph Porter (Manager of
Mayor's Office of Faith and Community Based Partnerships), Ken Jefferson (Public Information Officer
for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office), Joshua Black (American Cancer Society), Geno Hampton (North
South Florida Human Services). Dan Murhyphoto


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model, consisted
tant. You can't ji
and then. You ha
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be there, and yo
Parents, mentor
els provide sel
and pride. They
sage that life's
won through co
work, and sacrif
Too many o
achieved succe
our backs on url
those who rema
cycle of under


Nurturing Our Crops
Like them, ness. Too many of us have suc-
when you are cumbed to the lazy philosophy
acting as a role that one person could not possi-
ncy is all-impor- bly make a difference in the
ust show up now lives of those who are still
ave to set a regu- searching for a way out.
nd you can't put Surely government has both
lals. You have to lifted us up and held us down
u have to care. with its ever-shifting social poli-
rs, and role mod- cies, but ultimately, it is up to
If-esteem, hope, those Black people who have
instill the mes- attained success to take on the
rewards can be moral responsibily to reach
immitment, hard down and lift up. Individuals
ice. across the country are daring to
f us who have be among the too few doing too
ss have turned much, but doing it anyway.
ban America and Bottom Line: We are responsi-
ain mired in the ble for our success or failure.
class hopeless-


Black-Owned Firm to

Build $100 Million MLK


The head of a minority-owned
engineering firm will oversee con-
struction of the Martin Luther King
Jr. memorial on the National Mall.
Deryl McKissack, president of the
Washington-based firm McKissack
& McKissack, will lead a joint ven-
ture design-build team for the proj-
ect. The venture also includes
Turner Construction Co., Gilford
Corp. and Tompkins Builders Inc.
"As we work to refine and construct
the memorial, we will be reminded
of the ideals of hope, democracy,
love and peace for which Dr. King
stood," McKissack said.
McKissack is the fifth generation
of her family to work in architec-
ture and construction. The family
tradition began when McKissack's
great-great, grandfather, a slave
named Moses McKissack, learned
the building trade from his overseer
in Tennessee before the Civil War.
His grandson started the first fami-
ly company in 1905.


McKissack's firm recently served
as the prime contractor for restora-
tion and security improvements at
the Lincoln and Jefferson memori-
als. McKissack and Turner are cur-
rently managing construction of the
new baseball stadium for the
Washington Nationals. The two
firms have also completed the new
Washington Convention Center and
renovations of RFK Stadium and
the U.S. Treasury building.
Also Tuesday, the Washington,
D.C. Martin Luther King Jr.
National Memorial Project
Foundation announced its first
donations from city and state gov-
ernments. Maryland is donating
$500,000 to the memorial effort,
and Denver is donating $30,000
collected by citizens.
The memorial foundation has
raised about $79.5 million of the
needed $100 million to build and
maintain the memorial, which is
scheduled for completion in 2008.


Ben Chavis Named CEO Of Publicly Traded H3 Enterprises


Dr. Ben
Chavis has
been named
CEO of H3
Enterprises, a
publicly traded
company that
is planning an
international
Chavis roll out of their
HipHopSodaShops.
Chavis, who is also cofounder and
President of the Hip-Hop Summit
Action Network and former head of
the NAACP, said the
HipHopSodaShops has the poten-
tial to create jobs, revitalize inner-
city communities and provide edu-


e.
I ..

by Brad Bennett
Courtesy of the Broward Times
A Coral Gables attorney filed suit
last week against several tobacco
companies, accusing them of target-
ing black consumers.
Attorney J.B. Harris is seeking
more than $1 billion in damages on
behalf of Gloria Tucker of Coral
Springs, a black woman whose
mother and grandmother died of
health problems related to smoking.
Tucker's mother, Dorothy Oliver,
died on Nov. 29, 2000. Her grand-
mother, Annie Mae Swain, died on
July 5, 1994.
Citing marketing documents from
the tobacco companies, the suit
claims they used unflattering gener-


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Proposal Number: 07-16-45133

LANDSCAPE SERVICES, AREA #1
for the
JACKSONVILLE AVIATION AUTHORITY

Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) until 3:00 PM (Local Time), on July
2, 2007, at which time they will be opened at the JAA Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 14201 Pecan Park
Road, Jacksonville, FL, for selecting a company to provide Landscape Services, Area #1 at Jacksonville
International Airport (KIA). the area boundaries are outlines in the Request For Proposal #07-16-45133.

This project has been deemed a JAA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) project. The City of Jacksonville
certified Small Emerging Businesses (JSEB) may also participate as Proposers for the project. Only cer-
tified firms may submit a proposal on this project.

A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 2:00 PM (Local Time), June 20, 2007 at the JAA
Administration Building, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32218. FL 32221. All potential
Proposers' MUST attend this meeting as a prerequisite to the submittal of a Proposal.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request For Proposal Number 07-16-45133, which may
be obtained after 8:30 AM (Local Time) on June 6, 2007 from:

Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Procurement Department
14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 741-2355




REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Proposal Number: 07-21-45523

PAINTING of STEEL SUPPORT SIGN FRAMES at
JACKSONVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JIA)

for the
JACKSONVILLE AVIATION AUTHORITY

Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) until 3:00 PM (Local Time), on June
28, 2007, at which time they will be opened at the JAA Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 14201 Pecan Park
Road, Jacksonville, FL, for painting of steel support sign frames.

This project has been deemed a JAA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) project. The City of Jacksonville
certified Small Emerging Businesses (JSEB) may also participate as Proposers for the project. Only cer-
tified firms may submit a proposal on this project.

A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 10:00 AM (Local Time), June 19, 2007 at the JAA
Administration Building, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32218. FL 32221. All potential
Proposers' MUST attend this meeting as a prerequisite to the submittal of a Proposal.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request For Proposal Number 07-21-45523, which may
be obtained after 8:30 AM (Local Time) on June 6, 2007 from:

Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Procurement Department
14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 741-2355


national tools for a new generation.
"H3 and the development of
HipHopSodaShops will be the cul-
mination of what I hope will be
remembered as a lifetime of service
to the betterment of our communi-
ties," Chavis said. "I feel truly
blessed to be given the opportunity
to create concrete avenues for equal
access and economic empowerment
for all of our youth and for genera-
tions to come."
Several well known artists have
invested in the HipHopSodaShop
franchise, including rappers
Juvenile and Juelz Santana and
football player Warren Sapp, who
opened a store in his hometown of


Saint Petersburg, Florida.
"My vision for H3 is to lead the
company forward to become the
most profitable, community con-
scious brand in the world," contin-
ued Chavis. "We will utilize the
magnificent talents of some of our
greatest athletes, artists, and enter-
tainers to fulfill the economic aspi-
rations of the Hip-Hop Generation.
We will educate our youth about the
benefits and power of investment
and ownership, and about the
tremendous economic opportunities
that lie ahead for all of us."
H3 is also producing an energy
drink for Ben Gordon, titled BG7
White Tea Energy Blast, which was


1


Class Action Lawsuit Claims Tobacco


Companies
alizations about African-Americans
and suggested recruiting black
smokers through among other
venues black churches, night-
clubs, and traffic court, where they
said 75 percent of the pedestrian
traffic on weekdays is black. "In
addition to placing into the stream
of commerce products that defen-
dants knew or should have known
were dangerous and defective, they
did so with complete and utter dis-
regard for health and human safety,
and in a systematic and deliberate
manner meant to addict and ulti-
mately kill as many smokers as pos-
sible, especially African-
Americans, whose lives were cut
short by defendants' reckless and
outrageous conduct, including
without limitation, the lives of
Dorothy Oliver and Annie Mae
Swain," the lawsuit states.
The suit, filed in Miami-Dade


Targeted Black Smokers
Circuit Court, is an outgrowth of case because the company currently
the Engle class-action lawsuit from is seeking further review of the
the 1990s alleging that cigarette Engle decision by the U.S. Supreme
makers were "cynical and Court. However, if any individual
exploitive" in marketing that preyed cases do proceed, the company
upon black communities. intends to vigorously defend them."
"In doing so, defendants knowing- In his lawsuit, Harris cites govem-
ly besieged the most vulnerable ment and tobacco company docu-
segments of society, including the ments showing a higher incidence
least educated, poor, inner-city of billboards advertising tobacco
African-Americans, many on pub- products in black neighborhoods.
lic support, including food stamps," He also said tobacco companies tar-
Harris wrote in the lawsuit. geted the black community by pay-
Attorneys for R.J. Reynolds ing above-market rates for advertis-
Tobacco Company, Lorillard ing in black-focused publications
Tobacco Company and Liggett, such as Ebony, Jet and Essence.
Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc., could not Wednesday's lawsuit was filed in
be immediately reached for com- the wake of a Florida Supreme
ment. Court ruling last year that decerti-
Philip Morris USA issued the fol- fled the class of Florida smokers
lowing statement: "Philip Morris who won a $145 billion punitive
USA believes it is premature to damages verdict against the major
comment on any specific lawsuits cigarette makers in 2000, Harris
filed that are linked to the Engle said.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
Proposal Number: 07-16-45133

LANDSCAPE SERVICES, AREA #2
for the
JACKSONVILLE AVIATION AUTHORITY

Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) until 2:00 PM (Local Time), on July
2, 2007, at which time they will be opened at the JAA Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 14201 Pecan Park
Road, Jacksonville, FL, for selecting a company to provide Landscape Services, Area #2 at Jacksonville
International Airport (KIA). the area boundaries are outlines in the Request For Proposal #07-16-45133.

This project has been deemed a JAA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) project. The City of Jacksonville
certified Small Emerging Businesses (JSEB) may also participate as Proposers for the project. Only cer-
tified firms may submit a proposal on this project.

A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 10:00 A.M. (Local Time), June 20, 2007 at the
JAA Administration Building, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32218. FL 32221. All
potential Proposers' MUST attend this meeting as a prerequisite to the submittal of a Proposal.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request For Proposal Number 07-17-45133, which may
be obtained after 8:30 AM (Local Time) on June 6, 2007 from:

Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Procurement Department
14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 741-2355



NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD


Rule Title:


Board Member Request For Information


BGA


Purpose and Effect: The purpose of the proposed rule change is for the School Board to adopt policy regard-
ing board members' request for information from staff. The effective date of the document will be the date
of adoption by the Board.

Subject Area to be Addressed: Board Member Request for information
Specific Authority: Section 1001.41 Florida Statute
Laws Implemented: Sections 1001.41; 1001.42; 1001.43 Florida Statutes
Adopted: November 9, 2006

A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THIS PROPOSED RULE WILL BE HELD AT THE
TIME, DATE AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:


Time and Date:
Place:


6:00 p.m., July 3, 2007
Board Room of the Administrative Building
Duval County School Board.
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207


A copy of the proposed rule and additional information regarding it can be obtained by contacting:

Chief of Staff
Duval County Public Schools
(904) 390-2010

The cost to the Duval County School Board for implementation is the cost to reprint the policy.

Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision made by the Duval County School Board with respect
to any matter considered at this hearing or who may decide to appeal such decision will need a record of
the proceedings, and for such purpose of appeal may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceed-
ings is made. This record will need to include testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.


successfully test marketed in
Chicago.
"The fact that we are all truly unit-
ed in cause and purpose will make
the execution of our business model
that much more rewarding and ful-
filling," said H3's Founder, Brian
Peters. "Dr. Ben's lifelong dedica-
tion to the growth of business and
social opportunities within the inner
cities and throughout the Hip-Hop
community falls into perfect align-
ment with H3's mission, and I am
very excited about our future as we
ascend to new levels with such a
universally respected leader in
command."


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Dozier Preparing Youth


With Video


Willie Dozier
by D. Maule
This summer Edward Waters
College has joined with local pro-
fessor Wilene Dozier to begin the
first video game development
camp for African-American
youth. An adjunct professor at
EWC, Dozier had the idea for a
minority based video design camp
since 2004.
"I approached Dr. Bronson in
2003 about the idea and he was
very pleased with it," Dozier said.
"This year the idea for a video
game design camp has officially
been approved and set in motion."
The Urban Video Game Design
Camp will be held for three weeks
in June, from the llth to the 29th
for ages 11 to 16 years old with 50
kids participating. Its curriculum
will be geared toward game devel-
opment. By the end of the three
week program, campers will have


Game Camp
developed a 2-D game that will be
posted on the camps website for
public access.
"This is the first camp of its
kind," Dozier said. This is the only
camp that is for African-
Americans hosted by a HBCU."
Dozier has been in the gaming
industry for seven years and was
inspired to increase the population
of African-Americans. "I knew we
needed to start young if we were
going to have more African-
Americans in this industry,"
Dozier said.
"Out of 2,000 people at a video
game conference I was 1 out of 15
African Americans in the entire
conference," Dozier said.
Dozier's camp will attempt to eli
inate these issues. The curriculum
will provide academics such as
writing, math and computer appli-
cations. "They will work as teams
and learn the tools and occupa-
tions within the game industry."
"We have to put a great focus on
education," Dozier said.
Knowledge and networking is
very imperative to getting in this
business according to Dozier.
"There is a lack of African-
American's in this industry I
believe, because this industry has
not been presented to them as a
choice of careers. Video design
takes a lot of analytical, critical
thinking and math skills, which
are not the classes that we take.
Those are not our categories." she
remarked,


Saluting Charles Griggs

Fatherhood Can Bring Out


the Best of Our Black Men


by R. Perry
Charles Griggs has enjoyed a suc-
cessful career in his chosen field,
the arts, professionally and artisti-
cally. In 1986, he and noted public
relations professional Marc Little
operated Urban Media in the histor-
ical African American Building.
Griggs continued to exercise his
artistic talent and created one of the
Jacksonville Jazz Festival's most
popular posters. He was also the
artist who created the commis-
sioned Jacksonville's Most
Influential African Americans
painting, at the turn of the century.
Posters of the painting were made
and distributed to attendees and
others who attended a reception at
the Ritz Theatre honoring the Most
Influential. He expanded commer-
cially by forming Griggsarama.
Mr. Griggs' artistic ability com-
bined with his experience in Public
Relations and promotions landed
him in his present role as
Communications Director of the
Duval County Health Department.
Professsionally he also served as art
director for Florida National Banks
of Florida, and Buescher
Communications in Valdosta,
Georgia. In the early 80s, he was
the production/graphic designer for
WJCT Channel 7/Stereo 90, and a
freelance designer for TV 47.
Successful in his field, yes! But,
nothing compares with his success
as a father and mentor. His son,


Charles Landon is a recent graduate
of the Douglas Anderson School of
the Arts. Daughter, Cydni Griggs is
a rising senior at Wolfson Sr. High
School where she participates in the
marching band and the Lady
Wolfpack Flag Football team. She
also spends her spare time studying
Tang Soo Do, a form of martial arts,
and is currently a Brown belt.
Cydni is also a member of Delta
Sigma Theta's Betty Shabazz
Academy.
Griggs is also truly the "Father
"of the PM Xperience, a Jazz Band
started by his son Landon Griggs
and Jaren Walker when the two
boys were in the sixth grade at
Martin Luther King Elementary.
The band began to develop and
Griggs felt it was his duty as a par-
ent to support the kids in their
effort. The rest is history.
The bandmembers' parents wanted
the kids' gifts to contribute to their
future education and set up a fund
to support enrichment and educa-
tion opportunities. Their goal was
100% college enrollment for the
band members with scholarships
for their secondary education. The
original band members,: Landon
Griggs and Jaren Walker, along
with Devin Paschal and Jeremiah
Hunt, were all offered full scholar-
ships to Florida A&M University as
Jazz Studies majors.
The PM Xperience Band has per-
formed for many groups, events and


organizations includ-
ing, US Surgeon
General Richard
Carmona, Super
Bowl XXXIX Host
Committee,
Runaway Jazz
Festival, Art Walk,
the Northeast Florida
Jazz Festival and the
2007 Jacksonville Jazz
Festival.
In roles that varied from
"roadie" to manager, to
mentor, Charles Griggs has
always been there. Most recently
he turned down an invitation to
attend an esteemed state affair
because he had promised to accom-
pany one of the band members to a
Miami audition that would net him
a college scholarship.
Throughour periods in his
Jacksonville career, you could often
see Charles rushing off to meetings
hand in hand with his daughter
Cydni who incidentally bears a
striking resemblance to her father.
No matter how many Boards are
served on or business lunches that
need to be had, family has always
remained a priority for Griggs.Best
of all, his hard work has paid off. At
a time when a majority of young
Black males are earmarked tobe-
come a statistic, the young Master
Griggs is poised to make his mark
in the world. Needless to say as he
heads off to Tallahassee later this


Griggs lumnates with pride when he
says he has "always been therefore his
kids".
summer, his record beams of
scholastic achievement devoid of
any criminal activity or wayward
behavior. His father's talents must
have left his mark as he is using his
talents this summer as a creative
engineer for a marketing company.
Griggs has expressed many times
that he feels parents would be neg-
ligent if they did not support chil-
dren in pursuing their dreams. He
encourages all men to reach out and
usher a child as they aspire to be
great, even if they don't know
what's on the horizon.
We salute Charles Griggs, father
and mentor! Happy Father's Day!


Father


Power


Continued from front
one adopted. "The power of hav-
ing a Black father or having a
Black man in that home is
tremendous because it gives sym-
bolism...My father was a hero, a
strong male figure who did not
allow us to be tainted by what
was out there or by the struggles
that he went through. All we
know is that we had a father who
loved us and cared. We had a
mother who loved us. We had
parents who worked hard and
sacrificed for us."
The 100 Black Men of America,
Inc., with 110 chapters around the
country, is a mentoring organiza-
tion that seeks to give a strong
presence of the Black male to the
lives of children male and
female from all walks of life. It
encourages Black men to share
their lives; thereby impacting the
negative statistics.
"The Black man should set an
example and be a role model for
his children and all children in his
community," says Dr. William
Hayling, founding president of
the organization. "I'm an obstetri-
cian. I helped to give birth to this
organization. And I'm proud to
see that after 21 years, the 100
Black Men is a grown man ...
and we're getting bigger and big-
ger and bigger and doing good
things with these children."
Every man is able to bring
something to the table, says
Vaughn Evans of Sacramento,
honored as this year's "mentor of
the year."
Evans, who has three children
of his own, but has mentored
thousands, says regardless of a
father's occupation, "if you're in
the home, that's leadership. That's
the role of a man. So, he is pro-
viding, he is loving, he is nurtur-
ing, he is teaching. Without that,
then it falls to a woman. A woman
cannot understand how to be a
man. And when that man is
absent, it falls to the uncles, the
church, to the community and to
the village."
Often the village means the drug
dealers, the gang leaders, domi-
neering friends or what ever fig-
ures of authority comes into the
life of a child. More often than
not, that translates into a life of
crime leading to prison or death
that could have been prevented.
Some men view manhood as a
learned behavior. Whether a child
grows up to become a street thug
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Fathers Day is a Bitter Sweet Day


for Many in the Black Community


Growing up I always knew who
my father was and he was always
involved in my life. Seems like a
pretty simple, basic statement
right? Wrong, because in the
African American community hav-
ing a father or better yet having a
good father apart of your life is not
the norm.
Over my years I have coached
youth baseball and football teams
and I assure you that seeing fathers
involved in their children's lives
was not a normal site. Yes, it's an
unfortunate reality of the African
American community.
I remember growing up watching
shows like The Jefferson's, Good
Times, Different Strokes, etc. and
all of these shows had positive
father-figures. Even a show like
Good Times that featured a very
poor black family, the Evans', liv-
ing in the Chicago projects had a
good father figure.
They may have been dirt poor,
but James Evans was there working
hard, being a good role model for
his children.
Unfortunately, television is tele-
vision and sometimes it's not a
reflection of reality, but a series of
storylines meant to entertain. In
reality, too many black children are
being born to single family house-
holds, and young African American
fathers are not taking care of the
responsibilities that they helped
make.


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By. George E Curry
NNPA Columist
Given our unique history, one
would expect African-Americans
to be more supportive of undocu-
mented workers, many of them fill-
ing the low-paying jobs once held
by Blacks. Like many Whites,
Blacks are quick to say the estimat-
ed 12 million immigrants who
entered this country illegally
should be deported.
But that's not realistic, as many
of the blowhards on Capitol Hill
already know. A study by the
Center for American Progress, a
progressive think tank, found that
expelling undocumented workers
would cost from $206 billion to
$230 billion over a 5-year period.
Taking the low figure, that would
be $41.2 billion a year. Even
worse, the effort would reach only
20 percent of illegal immigrants.
That reality doesn't stop politi-
cians from grandstanding for the
folks back home. Consequently,
both President Bush and
Democrats looked silly when
Congress failed to pass compre-
hensive immigration reform.
Some African-Americans are
clashing with Latinos. There are


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So what does Father's Day actu-
ally mean? Like comedian Chris
Rock says, "All we get is the big
piece of chicken." Us fathers also
get cheesy ties, tools kits, under-
wear and socks. But hey, it's the
thought that counts. Some so-called
"fathers" don't even deserve a
cheesy tie or socks.
I wish that we could give out
wake up calls for Fathers Day.
Wouldn't be cool if we could go
around hitting wanna be fathers
and M.I.A. daddies upside the head
with like a plastic baseball bat that
actually knocked some sense into
them? Why do I feel like Homey
the Clown from In Living Color?
But seriously, what's alarming
are the teenage pregnancy stats in
the black community. In fact, today
in America there were more black
men in prison than college.
Statistics say that half of the black
babies born in this country are born
to single teen mothers.
You could easily argue that if
more men were involved in their
children's lives crime would be
down and more of our youth espe-
cially young men would have more
of a sense of direction.
I always find myself being criti-
cal of the black folk while at the
same time recognizing the hills, no
the mountains we have had to
climb in this country. Yeah I am
headed there slavery devastated
the black family more than drugs,


crime and poverty ever could. In
fact, one could easily argue that the
break down of the black family is a
direct result of slavery.
Frederick Douglas said it best,
"Of my father I know nothing.
Slavery had no recognition of
fathers, as none of families."
If you ever read his autobiogra-
phy you would get a strong under-
standing of the brutality of slavery,
and not just from a physical per-
spective, but also from an emotion-
al and social point of view. Black
women would basically have chil-
dren and raise them until they were
old enough to be sold, hence never
seeing their child again.
Black men were encouraged to
have sex with women to create
more opportunities for master to
make more money from the slave
labor or potential sale of the off-
spring. I know what you are think-
ing it sort of sounds like livestock
being sold versus people right?
So the disconnect that many men
have with their children or respon-
sibilities is rooted in slavery, but
that's no excuse for today's neglect
from many "fathers." I admit that
being a black man in America or
anywhere is hard, but again, that's
no excuse at all for not being apart
of your child's life.
Arthur Ashe said, "Being a black
man in America is like having
another job."
Now that I have officially kicked


some in the butt and others else-
where, let's look at the other side of
the coin. On the other side are the
thousands of black men that are
being responsible fathers. Almost
all of my friends and family mem-
bers that have children are very
involved in their children's lives.
These are the gentlemen that
truly deserve to be recognized this
Sunday. Fathers Day is the day that
we should thank Dads for raising
us and establishing a strong foun-
dation for our futures.
There certainly are not a ton of
Dr. Heathcliff Huxtables out there,
but there are a bunch of James
Evans who are not rich or even
middle class, but work hard every
day to take care of their families
and you have to admire and appre-
ciate that fact.
It's extremely important that
fathers provide the leadership and
stability that children and families.
Our children shouldn't be looking
at professional athletes and enter-
tainers as their role models the
best feeling ever is for your child to
say that they want to be like you.
Happy Fathers Day to all of the
real fathers out there. Enjoy your
big piece of chicken and maybe a
back rub. Well, now I am getting
carried away, I'd better be happy
with a meal.
Signing off from the diner table
with my big chicken breast,
Reggie Fullwood


Immigrant Controversy is Running


a Numbers Game on Black America


gang wars on the streets of Los
Angeles, prison inmates are duel-
ing, and some poor Blacks are
angry that many once all-Black
neighborhoods have be taken over
by Latinos. There is no denying
that tensions exist. But underneath
the friction, there is one element
driving the gulf between Blacks
and Latinos, two groups that
should be allies: a numbers game.
Comparing Blacks to Hispanics
is a false equation. Latinos are not
a race they are an ethnic group. In
fact, they can select their race on
Census forms and more than half
identify with being White.
Therefore, Hispanics can't be
"White" and a "minority" at the
same time. Let me rephrase that:
they shouldn't be allowed to have it
both ways.
The Census Bureau reported a
month ago that people of color now
number 100.7 million in the United
States, a figure larger than all but
11 countries. People of color are
the majority in four states and the
District of Columbia. Hawaii leads
the way with 68 percent, followed
by D.C. (68 percent), New Mexico
and California (each at 57 percent)
and Texas (52 percent).
"Hispanic remained the largest
minority group, with 44.3 million
on July 1, 2006 14.8 percent of
the total population," according to
the Census Bureau. "Black was the
second-largest minority group,
totaling 40.2 million in 2006. They
were followed by Asians (14.9 mil-
lion), American Indian and Alaska


Native (4.5 million) and Other
Pacific Islander (1 million). The
population of non-Hispanic whites
who indicated no other race totaled
198.7 million in 2006."
Let's look at that again. There are
40.2 million Blacks and 44.3 mil-
lion Hispanics. But that's not
where the fear factor kicks in.
Another Census release show that
the Latino population will double
as a percentage of the U.S. popula-
tion, from 12.6 percent in 2000 to
24.4 percent in 2050. The White
population will decline during that
period, from 69.4 percent to 50.1
percent before slipping to minority
status less than a decade later.
While most of the attention is
focused understandably on the phe-
nomenal Latino growth, it's not
like African-Americans are doing a
disappearing act. The Black popu-
lation will grow from 35.8 million
in 2000 to 61.3 million in 2050; it
has already reached a record high
40 million. As a share of the total
population, the Black percentage
will rise from 12.7 percent in 2000
to 14.6 percent in 2050.
People of color are projected to
have a combined annual spending
power of $3 trillion in 2011,
according to the Selig Center for
Economic Growth at the
University of Georgia. By then,
Hispanic buying power would have
jumped from $212 billion in 1990
to $1.2 trillion in 2011, a 457 per-
cent increase.
Again, Black dollars will be
nothing to sneeze at. Black spend-


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7.4 percent in 1990 to 8.7 percent
in 2011. That means that within
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nine cents of every dollar spent in
the U.S.
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greater in certain states, according
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cent of total buying power in D.C.,
24 percent in Mississippi, 22 per-
cent in Maryland, 20.5 percent in
Georgia, 20.3 percent in Louisiana,
18.4 percent in South Carolina,
17.3 percent in Alabama, 14.6 per-
cent in Delaware and 14.5 percent
in North Carolina.
The reality is that Latinos are
growing faster than any other
group. But African-Americans
shouldn't fear that. Both our num-
bers and dollars continue to
increase beyond today's level. And
if Blacks and Latinos really work
on mending political fences, both
groups would enjoy greater clout.
Combined, the numbers are awe-
some. Divided, it's still the old
divide-and-conquer game.
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How Not to Save Darfur
You must be the change s ,u ~ant to see in the world
-AMlahatma Gahndi
The bloom is off the rose at the Sa\e Darfur
Coalition The group has fired its executive director.


1 L reorganized it; board, aind is "rethinking its strategies".
\s Saxe Darliur's leadership "rethinks" its strategy.
people of conscious should rethink an\ role the\ pla. ed in pushing for minl-
itar" inter' mention "to bring about peace" i the sovereign count of Sudan.
The %%or-t thing that could happen to the people of Darfur is the escalation
and prolongation of conflicts Save Darfur sought.
Strategies Sa\e Darfur employed were hugely successfuill in focusing
attention on the situation in Darfur. The campaigning followed a familiar
paterm in post-Cold \\ar "humanitarian interventions", from Snimalia in the
earl\ Nineties to Bosnia in the mid-Nineties to Kosovo a: the end of the
Nineties. First, campaigners pick one war out of many taking place around
the v.orld and transform it into an international issue. The\ make it the
most important war in the world The One War Every Good Person Should
Be Concerned About.
Even though there are other depressing wars occurring in Africa. includ-
ing in Uganda and the Congo, as well as the potential for conflicts in
Somalia and Ethiopia; the Western World has been led to believe all e es
and concern should be focused on Darfur and Darfur alone Sa\ e Dartifur
sold its case of whacking the "defiant" Sudanese government into "corm-
pliance" through a multiplicity of media platforms and misinformation
'Save Darfur' wristbands, lawn signs, bumper stickers, and banners that sa'
'A call to your conscience: Save Darfur' are displayed in tens of thousands
of community centers, houses of worships, schools and other institutions.
Selective tactics by the campaigners elevated the case of the Darfurian,
above all others involved in conflicts. Their role was not so much interna-
tional solidarity with that war's oppressed people, but rather :a case of
"adopt-a-genocide" pity with one group of victims in Africa the) made
more worthy of assistance than those in the Congo or the gruesome con-
flicts in Uganda.
Save Darfur's trickery successfully transformed that region's political
and social conflict into a simplistic matter of"Good vs. Evil". Decades-
long grievances that set farmers against nomads was converted into a sim-
plistic template of Arab vs. African though all in the region are black and
Muslim. Instead of researching the causes of the conflict in Darfur. or
names of combatants, Western moralizers eagerly accepted Sa\e Darfur's
read) -made "black-and-white" framework for the situation and designation
of who's the good or evil guys.
Save Darfur brought the term "Janjaweed" to Western con ersations. It
poured o\ er $311 million into promotions that included ribbons and wrist-
bands, rallies across America, newspaper and television ads, sophisticated
blogs and documentaries The group used hype and roils to get the US gov-
ernment to label acti cities occurring in Darfur as "genocide". Lise of that
word denotes that this particular conflict is special and different and put a
stop to pesky international political analysis or debate because e\ en one
knows that genocides are just evil. Though "genocide" by American otfi-
cials to describe Darfur; the UN, Amnesty International, African Union,
and rest of the world, do not use the term in reference to the conflicts.
No\\ that Save Darfur is being reevaluated, maybe the agitation for mili-
tary intervention in Sudan will dissipate. Sadly, some may push on feeling
the\ are doing something historically profound. As African Americans re-
evaluate roles they can play to bring peace to Darfur, note ways not to do
are: to justify an intervention in Darfur motivated by Western economic
interests; give indirect reinforcement to the scapegoating of Arabs for the
Israel-Palestine conflict; and continue to provide a diversion from disas-
trous predicament of displaced Palestinians.
Facts show that the high concern for Darfur manufactured by Save Darfur
to be hypocritical and self-serving. Before attending the next rally, com-
pare two African conflict zones: Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC). You'll note that the killings and displacements in the DRC
are of a much larger scale. Why didn't you know that? Deception, that's
why.



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UNF One-Act Plays

Celebrate Black Experience
The University of North Florida's Department of English will present
an evening of two one-act plays celebrating the African-American expe-
rience on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the
John E. Matthews Jr. Computer Science Building (Building 15), Room
1303. The production is free and open to the public.
The two plays being presented are "Day of Absence" by Douglas
Turner Ward and "Sally's Rape" by Robbie McCauley. In his witty
satire, Ward appropriates the American minstrel tradition, turning it
upside down as black actors wearing white face parody small town
Southern bigotry. In her performance piece, "Sally's Rape," McCauley
finds the voices of her foremothers to reveal the use of rape as a tool of
oppression. This play is a dramatic reckoning with the personal, famil-
ial and collective past.
The cast features both UNF students and members of the Jacksonville
community. The performances are for mature audiences. The production
is free and open to the public. For more information, contact UNF's
Department of English at (904) 620-2273


Excess Clothes in Good

Condition Sought for Needy


The clothes give-a-way brings dignity back to reaching out for help.


The Millions More Movement,
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,a non-profit organ-
ization is now in the process of
gathering clothes for it's next
'Clothes Give-A-Way
.If you are in the process of clean-
ing out your closets for spring,or
have clothes such as shoes, jackets,
toys, furniture etc., you have out-
grown or want to get rid of, bring
them to 916 N.Myrtle Ave., from


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
JLOC will utilize the clothing in
their next scheduled Clothes Give-
A-Way. Items can also be picked
up. Donations assist the non profit
organizations in their work to end
the violence in the community
through education, not incara-
tion'.Visit the website:www.jaxloc.com
for more information or call 904-
355-0793 or-904-236-2469.


By. Susan Crabtree
Special from The Hill
WASHINGTON Rep. William
Jefferson (D-La.) passionately pro-
claimed his innocence June 8 after
pleading not guilty to soliciting
$500,000 in bribes from business-
men with interests in Africa, as well
as to racketeering, obstruction of
justice and money-laundering
charges.
With his wife, Andrea Green
Jefferson, at his side, Jefferson told
a scrum of reporters gathered out-
side the U.S. District Court in
Alexandria, Va., that he would
"fight his heart out" to clear his
name.
"My family and I have deter-
mined that I will not sacrifice my
honor or cave to political pressure,
and that we will sell every stick of
furniture in our home and anything
else we may own to pursue justice
and clear our name," he said.
Jefferson acknowledged, howev-
er, that he made mistakes "along the
way that I now deeply regret," but
insisted that he did not sell or trade
official acts for money and did not
bribe a foreign official.
"This case involved private busi-
ness activities and not official acts
by me," he said. "After 17 years in
the Congress and service on the
House Ways and Means
Committee, I know what congress-
men can do to help someone: pass-
ing legislation that would help a
certain industry, securing earmarks,
and amending tax and trade bills. 1
did none of that."
Jefferson also said the now-noto-
rious $90,000 the FBI found in his
freezer during a raid of his home
did not amount to evidence of a
bribe because he never gave it to
the Nigerian vice president, for
whom the FBI alleges it was intend-
ed.
"The $90,000 was the FBI's
money," he said. "The FBI gave it
to me as part of their plan that I
would give it to the Nigerian vice


president. But I did not do that.
When all the facts are understood, I
trust I will be vindicated."
He vigorously defended his fami-
ly his wife and five daughters,
who range in age from 23 to 35,
their families and their reputations.
He noted that his wife has a doc-
torate degree in higher education
and that three of his daughters have
degrees from Harvard College and
Harvard Law School, one from
Boston University and Emerson
and one, who is in medical school at
Tulane University, from Brown
University and Georgetown
University.
Several times during his remarks,
Jefferson spoke of his family's fer-
vent belief in God, noting his mem-
bership and service at Greater St.
Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church
in New Orleans and their belief that
God will see them through this trial
because "we have the advantage ...
of having right and truth on our
side."
"Incredibly, we are the same fam-
ily that the Department of Justice
and FBI would have you believe is
a family made up of bribers, racket-
eers and conspirators against the
laws of our country," he said.
"Further, according to them it is I,
someone who has never even had a
bar or ethics complaint lodged
against me in over 35 years of legal
practice and public life and hardly
had to answer for a speeding ticket,
who is the leader and architect of
this family band of supposed rack-
eteers and lawbreakers."
He attacked the Justice
Department and the media for
smearing his reputation and trying
him in the press and he pledged,
along with his family and his
"friends and allies," to fight to
restore "his good name and that of
my family."
"Make no mistake, in this fight,
we are at a great disadvantage," he
said. "The government has unlimit-
ed resources to attempt to break one


U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La) (L) talks to the press next to his
wife Dr. Andrea Green Jefferson as they leaves U.S. District Court for
the Eastern District of Virginia after arraignment proceedings against
him in Alexandria, Virginia, June 8, 2007. Jefferson pleaded not guilty
to 16 counts of racketeering, money laundering, soliciting bribes, and
obstruction of justice.


both psychologically and financial-
ly. We are all too aware that this
Justice Department can engineer
circumstances, leak information
and even violate the Constitution in
pursuit of its goals."
Jefferson did not take questions
from reporters.
Earlier Friday, Jefferson appeared
before Judge T.S. Ellis III in federal
court and pleaded not guilty to 16
counts of fraud, soliciting bribes,
obstructing justice and money laun-
dering.
The trial could have begun as
early as August, but Jefferson
waived his right to a speedy trial,
and because of the extensive
amount of paperwork involved in
the case through his lawyer, Robert
Trout, asked that the trial begin Jan.
16.
The judge agreed to the Jan. 16


trial date and set a $100,000 per-
sonal recognizance bond. Jefferson
does not have to post that money
but would have to pay it if he vio-
lates his travel restrictions.
Jefferson can move freely in the
D.C. area and in Louisiana, but he
must give prior notice if he wants to
go elsewhere. The judge said he
would approve international travel
on a case-by-case basis.
The judge asked Jefferson to turn
over his passport to his lawyer.
Because of a law barring anyone
who is indicted from possessing a
firearm, the judge also asked Trout
to restrict Jefferson's ready access
to the shotguns and rifles the law-
maker said were stored in a locked
cabinet in his New Orleans home.
"I've been a hunter since I was
10," Jefferson said after telling his
judge about the guns.


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Memorial Service for Bishop White
A Memorial Service for Bishop William White will be held at the
Genesis Baptist Church, 2415 McDuffAve., Rev. Kevin Honor, Pastor; at
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2007. The special guests will be The
Fabulous White Singers. Also, appearing on program will be the Sisters of
Praise, New Creations, New Testament, God's Spiritual Gifts, Lil Jessie &
The Miracles, Jerry Cannon & the Caravans.
Mt. Olive Women Prayer Warriors

to hold 2nd Annual Prayer Revival
The Women Prayer Warriors at Dawn of Mt. Olive AME Church, 841
Franklin Street, Rev. Dr. Granville W. Reed III, Pastor; will host their 2nd
Annual Prayer Revival Wednesday and Thursday, June 13-14th, at 7 p.m.
Rev. Alesia Scott Ford, Pastor of St. James AME Church, Orange Park will
be the Revivalist, on Wednesday; Rev. Marva T. Mitchell, Pastor of St.
James AME Church, Lawtey; will be the Revivalist on Thursday.
The Revival Theme: Answering the Call- Moving Into the Mission for
Which We were Created. The Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:10.
Sis. Elnora Massey serves as Chairperson of the Prayer Warriors.
Disciples of Christ to Hold Youth Revival
The Disciples of Christ, 2061 West Edgewood Avenue, Pastor Robert
LeCount Jr.; invites the youth of the community to "Not let the devil use
you, use your talents for God!" The Disciples of Christ" say, "Let's get this
party started on Thursday evening, chose you this day whom ye will serve
(Joshua 24:15), and the Theme: "The benefit of being saved at a young age"
is set for June 14, 15 & 16th.
Friday Night Live: "My Body belongs to God. My Whole Body. (1
Corinthians 3:16) "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God."
"Dance Fever" on Saturday will let you know "There ain't no party like
a Holy Ghost party, because a Holy Ghost Party, don't stop!
Cherry Street Church of Christ

to Celebrate Ladies' Day June 16
The Cherry Street Church of Christ, 1409 Cherry Street (across from
Willowbranch Library in Riverside, between Lydia and Park Streets, will
celebrate "Ladies' Day" beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2007.
Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
The guest speakers will be Zandra Johnson, of the Westconnett Church
of Christ, and Estruleder Anitra Moreland of the Cherry Street Church of
Christ. All ladies of the community are invited to come out and have a great
time in the name of the Lord for this Inaugural Ladies' Day, where God will
be glorified. "I willpraise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will
glorify Your Name forevermore. (Psalm 86:12 NIV). There's no better way
to spend a Saturday.


First AME of Palm Coast invites all to

its Friday Night Fish Fry and Pre-

Father's Day Conference June 15
Everyone is invited to the Family Night Friday Fish Fry at First AME
Church of Palm Coast, 91 Old Kings Road North, Rev. Dr. Gillard S.
Glover, Senior Pastor. The Fish Fry will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Worship
Service and the 2nd Annual Pre-Father's Day Confernece will begin at 7
p.m. The Fish Fry, prepared by Edward Tucker Caterers Unlimited, will
resume at 9 p.m. For information (386) 446-5759.

NFCAA to Distribute Food June 19
The Northeast Florida Community Action Agency and the Emergency
Food Assistance Program will distribute U. S. Department of Agriculture
Surplus Commodities on the following dates at the listed locations:
Tuesday, June 19: Mt. Carmel Gardens, 5846 Mt. Carmel Terrace (32216);
Pablo Hamlet, 1600 Shetter Ave. (32250); Jax Beach PRIDE, 123 8th St.
South (32250); Pablo Towers, 1153rd St. (32250); and the Cathedral
Terrace, 701 N. Ocean St. (32202).
Distribution will be held at the Baptist Towers, 1400 Le Baron Ave.,
(32202), on Wednesday, June 20th. Thursday, June 21st distribution will
be at the Eastside Community Center, 1050 Franklin St. (32206); Emmett
Reed Center, 1093 6th Street (32209); and the Lillian Saunders Community
Center, 2759 Bartley Lane (32207).
On Friday, June 22nd, distribution will be made at the Hurley Manor,
3335 University Blvd. N. (32277).
For more information, please call Ron Williams 398-7472, Ext. 219.

2007 National Urban League

Conference Set to be held in St. Louis
National Urban League President Marc H. Morial has announced that
the 2007 (97th) Annual Urban League Conference is to be held in St. Louis,
MO, at the America's Center, July 25-28th This year's theme is "You, Your
Money, Your Future." The 4-day conference will feature over 80 dynamic
speakers and experts in four plenary sessions and eighteen workshops. It is
the premier networking, recruiting and I issues conference for African
American professionals in the nation.
The conference will feature performances by R&B Diva Erykah KBadu,
Chante Moore & Kenny Latimore; and singer Kelly Price.
Registration is now open on the league's website, www.nul.org; or by
telephone toll-free at (800) 263-9926.


TBN Now Offers the Holy land Experience
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) now owns the "Holy Land
Experience" theme park in Orlando, Florida. The theme park lets visitors
experience a full day of discovery that takes them 2,000 years back in time
to the world of the Bible.
The Holy Land Experience brings to life ancient Israel as a unique, thriv-
ing world filled with fascinating exhibits and venues.
Visitors learn about the Wilderness Tabernacle and the Great Temple;
discover the amazing history of the Bible; explore the city of Jerusalem in
miniature; see re-enactments of Jesus' ministry, His life, death, and resur-
rection; and feel the power and passion of original musical productions.
"This marriage will bring an unprecedented synergy to both ministries
and the production that is done there will be seen by a worldwide audi-
ence, said Paul Crouch, Jr., TBN's VP of Administration. "TBN's involve-
ment made sense, because both ministries are about changing and effect-
ing people's lives. We've been doing that for 34 years."

New Biography Reveals

Activist's Spiritual Side


W.E.B. Du Bois is remembered
for his monumental contributions
to scholarship and civil rights
activism, the spiritual aspects of his
work have been misunderstood,
even negated.
"W.E.B. Du Bois, American
Prophet," the first religious biogra-
phy of this leader, illuminates the
spirituality that is essential to
understanding his efforts and
achievements in the political and
intellectual world.
Historian Edward J. Blum reveals
how spirituality was central to Du
Bois' approach to Marxism, pan-
Africanism, and nuclear disarma-
ment, his support for black church-
es, and his reckoning of the spiritu-
al wage of white supremacy.
His writings, teachings, and
prayers served as articles of faith
for fellow activists of his day, from
student book club members to


Langston Hughes.
A blend of history, sociology,
literary criticism, and religious
reflection in the model of Du Bois'
best work, "W.E B. Du Bois,
American Prophet" recasts the life
of this great visionary and intellec-
tual for a new generation of schol-
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Unexpected Leap of Faith Aids Ashes of


Local Black Church Destroyed by Arson


Shown above is Dr. Larry Mitchell of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church and
Pastor Garry Wiggins of Evangel Temple as he hands him a $5000 check to
assist with reconstructing his church destroyed by arson.
by Dana Maule track after their church was
Faith Tabernacle Church began destroyed in a fire.
rebuilding this week with the help Faith Tabernacle was the victim
of Pastor Garry Wiggins and the of arson on March 3 with cause still
Evangel Temple Assembly of God. being undetermined.
With the help of a $5000 donation, Ninety percent of the church was
the growing Northside church's affected by the fire, resulting in
reconstruction was put on the fast $400, 000 worth of damage.


Black Church in Boston


BOSTON, MA The annual gay
pride interfaith prayer service was
held for the first time in a predom-
inantly black church, highlighting
an intensive effort by advocates of
same-sex marriage to demonstrate
support from theologically conser-
vative wings of the religious com-
munity.
The worship service, just five days
before the Legislature is scheduled
to decide whether to put a repeal of
same-sex marriage onto next year's
ballot, is taking place at a church
whose pastor is a member of the
board of the Black Ministerial
Alliance, an organization that has
been among the most vocal oppo-


nents of gay marriage.
"This is a clarion statement that
the black churches and black clergy
are not monolithic in their opposi-
tion to gay identity and gay equali-
ty and marriage equality," said the
Rev. Anne C. Fowler, an Episcopal
priest who is the president of the
Religious Coalition for the
Freedom to Marry. The coalition,
which lobbies in favor of same-sex
marriage, was given the entire
offering from the worship service.
which took place at Union United
Methodist Church in Boston.
This is the second year in a row
that the interfaith pride service has
featured a religious leader who sup-


The church located at 2367
Journeygan Road has approximate-
ly 150 members and was in need of
assistance. After discussions with
fellow Pastor Ken Adkins of the
Adkins Agency, Faith's Dr. Larry
Mitchell was introduced to Pastot
Wiggins and the bridge of assis-
tance had begun to be built.
The union resulted in a benefit con-
cert hosted by Evangel Temple to
raise money for the financial sup-
port of Faith Tabernacle.
The two churches came together
under one roof and fellowshipped
and unified for one great cause.
Evangel Temple, a 3,000-member
congregation and Faith Tabernacle
a 150 member congregation inter-
mingled as one said Mitchell.
"They showed a lot of love, and
they have a sweet spirit. You can't
get any better than that."
The benefit concert raised $5,000.
Pastor Wiggins hosted the free con-
cert and raised the money by lead-
ing a love offering for his guest.
Pastor Mitchell said that the money
raised was used to pay for permits
to began rebuilding the church.
Along with financial support,
Wiggins also said "We are willing
to offer man power to help in
rebuilding." Mitchell's response to
Wiggins generosity was thankful-
ness and hope.
"He gave me a ray of hope when
he said 'If I can do anything to help,
let me know" Mitchell said.


Mitchell said that if he could ask
the community for any other need-
ed assistance it would be for their
prayers.
"It's not about the money, it's
about the relationships."
Faith Tabernacle is looking for-
ward to begin reconstruction this
week. They plan on having the new
church completed by December.
Mitchell has been pastoring for
25 years and has been in
Jacksonville for about 13 years.
"I refuse to give up, I refuse to
quit, and I refuse to lose," said
Mitchell.
"We've got strong people, every-
body was shocked," said Mitchell.
He said that his members don't look
like victims, they are going to "take
it till the end."
The assistance of a Caucasian
church to help an African-American
church was not surprising to
Mitchell. He said that he though he
would get more of a response from
more African-American pastors in
big churches in Jacksonville, but
unfortunately he did not.
"I think it's a shame to have to
reach outside," said Mitchell.
Mitchell's next big thing after
rebuilding the Faith Tabernacle is to
establish more churches in
Gainesville, Florida, Brunswick
and Rome, Georgia.
Right now Mitchell say's "every-
one is ready to go home."


Hosts Gay Pride Service
ports gay rights despite being affili- which counts President Bush
ated with an organization opposed among its members, is a predomi-
to same-sex marriage; last year, the nantly white denomination, but has
main speaker at the service was a a number of historically black con-
Catholic priest, gregations, including Union.
Union United Methodist is located The denomination currently bars
in Boston's South End, the geo- "self-avowed practicing homosexu-
graphic heart of the city's gay com- als" from serving as ministers and
munity. The congregation declared also prohibits clergy from conduct-
itself a "reconciling congregation" ing "ceremonies that celebrate
in 2000, meaning it had decided to homosexual unions."
join a movement advocating for This is the 30th year of a prayer
gays and lesbians within the United service preceding the gay pride
Methodist denomination. The con- parade.
gregation also hosting a gospel
brunch for black gay and lesbians in
town for the Pride weekend.
The United Methodist Church, ,


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Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Collins

Collins-Anderson

Nuptials held in Tampa


Mr. Clifton Collins, Sr. and
Jeanette Anderson two hearts were
locked in love on Saturday June 9,
2007 at a 10 a.m. ceremony held at
Tyler United Methodist Church in
Tampa, Fl. The couple met and
married last year but because of the
magnitude of their love and happi-
ness they wanted to share the cele-
bration with family and friends in a
formal ceremony filled with people
assembled from all over
The reception followed immediate-
ly at the Anderson Elementary
Academy, a charter school in an
urban area of Tampa Bay. Mrs.
Collins is Principal of the school


and Mr. Collins, a retired UPS man-
ager from Jacksonville Florida is a
full time volunteer. The couple will
be honeymooning throughout the
month of July turning various parts
of the country. They will reside in
Tampa, Florida.
This is the first marriage for the
bride and the groom has three chil-
dren who all participated in the fes-
tivities. The newly blended family
will continue wedding celebrations
on July 26 when son Clifton Jr. will
marry Gwendolyn Washington at
Mt Moriah House of God Saints In
Christ.
FMP Photo


Glandora Neal

Continued from front
found comfort in knowing that their mother was now with the Father she
loved so much.
She leaves to her memory a loving and devoted family: her husband, Dan;
their children, Aliscia P. (Trice), Anita D. (Dionne), Daniel D. (Bud) and
Tracie Neal Collier; 6 grandchildren, Senteria, Daniel Jr., Michael,
Brittnie, Atarhe and Christine; Sisters and brothers, Mary N. Ravnell, John
C. (Margarette) Nealey, Nathanlyn (Grant) James, Nathaniel Walker, and
Jacquelyn Williams; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and
nephews; brother-in-laws, Michael Neal, Andre (Connie) Neal; other rela-
tives and many friends.


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2007 Boys 2 Men Events Will


Highlight Father's Day Weekend


The 2007 Boys 2 Men Health
Symposium/Hip Hop Summit and
Community Basketball Game
promises to be a huge success with
over 20 local organizations com-
mitting their attendance and partici-
pation and nearly 300 registered
boys and men. The event will be
held during Father's Day weekend
commencing Friday, June 15 with a
Health Symposium/Hip Hop
Summit and Men's Workshop from
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sympo-
sium will feature noted author and
national speaker Denise Stokes,
along with local facilitators, at the
Jacksonville Downtown Public
Library. On Saturday, June 16 the
Boys 2 Men Health Symposium
will continue at Edward Waters
Gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
featuring noted speaker and author
Dr. Na'im Akbar. The symposium
will be followed by the Community
Basketball Game also in the EWC


gymnasium at 2:00 p.m.
The Boys 2 Men 2007 two-day
event will seek to galvanize boys
and men for learning, empower-
ment and fun. During the health
symposium and hip hop summit
information will be provided that
addresses barriers that impede teen
males as they transition into man-
hood. This information is vital to a
young man's potential of becoming
a productive, thriving adult. Boys 2
Men is also designed to increase the
awareness of cultural, social and
environmental issues that affect the
health status of urban males. This
year's theme is: "The World
Through My Eyes: Breaking the
Silence...Bridging the Gaps."
"It is imperative that every leader
in our community embrace and sup-
port this event with time and
resources. Any one of the boys who
might attend could very well be our
nephew, grandson or 'son, and we


must do our part to assure their
livelihood, health and safety," said
Jacksonville City Councilwoman
and the Honorary Chair for this
year's Boys 2 Men, the Honorable
Glorious Johnson. "Improving the
state of Jacksonville's men starts
with educating and improving the
potential outcomes of the boys in
our community, this is what Boys 2
Men is all about."
Workshop speakers include: Jarik
Conrad, Exec. Dir., Blueprint for
Prosperity; Denise Stokes,
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founder of MEE Productions, Inc.;
Dr. Na'im Akbar, Author and noted
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Duval County School Board mem-
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Its tastes: the amount of EGCG in one cup
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Its health benefits: chance of a mental decline as you
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Its health benefits: It prevents heart disease
It may protect against and ovarian cancer.
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July May Potentially Bring
.4. Opponents of Wilson's release
said it could lead to similar legal
challenges. Georgia prisons cur-
rently hold 189 inmates who were
sentenced for aggravated child
molestation when they were 21 or
younger.
In his ruling Monday, Judge
S- Thomas I. Wilson, no relation to
Genarlow Wilson, amended that
sentence to misdemeanor aggravat-
ed child molestation with a 12-
month tenn, plus credit for time
Served.
"The fact that Genarlow Wilson


In this photo provided by the
family of Genarlow Wilson he is
shown at the age of 17 when he
played high school football. A
Georgia judge ordered the
release Monday, June 10, 2007, of
Wilson, who had been sentenced
to 10 years in prison for having
consensual oral sex with a 15-
year-old girl when he was 17.
Genarlow Wilson's joy was short-
lived. One minute, a judge ordered
him released from prison, saying
the young man's 10-year sentence
for consensual sex between teens
was a "grave miscarriage of jus-
tice." Ninety minutes later,
Georgia's attorney general said
Wilson wasn't going anywhere -
the state had appealed.
The next day. Wilson's attorney
was fighting to at least get him
released on bond during the appeal
process. He is now 21 and has been
incarcerated 28 months.
"Yesterday, they did not consent
to a bond," attorney B.J. Bernstein
said on CNN. "We are hopeful to
hurry up and get in front of a judge
- one, to get him out pending an
appeal, but even more importantly,
to get this madness over with."
Bernstein sought a hearing in
Douglas County court, where
Wilson was convicted, even though
the district attorney there opposes
his release. Douglas County
Superior Court Judge David
Emerson set the bond hearing for
July 5, another three weeks away.
Wilson became a symbol for
extreme cases of getting tough on
sex offenders when he was sen-
tenced to the mandatory 10-year
sentence for having consensual oral
sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2003,
when Wilson was 17.
If he had instead had intercourse
with the teen, he would have fallen
under Georgia's "Romeo and Juliet"
exception. But under the law in
2003, oral sex for teens still consti-
tuted aggravated child molestation
and carried a mandatory sentence,
plus listing on the offender registry.
Lawmakers last year voted to
close that loophole, but the state's
top court said the new law could not
be applied to Wilson's case.

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Recruiting

Teens for

Metrotown
OneJax, formerly NCCJ, is look-
ing for teens entering 10th,llth or
12th grades to participate in
Metrotown Institute, a four day
program that promotes respect and
understanding across the differ-
ences of race, religion, sexual ori-
entation, gender, ethnicity, socio-
economic status and ability. The
program will be held July 9-12 at
Riverside Presbyterian Church.
For the 18th year, Metrotown
Institute will bring together high
school students to explore living
successfully in an increasingly
diverse and interdependent world.
Participants share ideas and feel-
ings, discover their own unique tal-
ents, experience a variety of per-
spectives, diversity issues, multi-
cultural comnumications, religious
traditions, gender roles and self
esteem.
The delegates enrolled in each
Metrotown class include a broad
cross section of racial, ethnic and
religious backgrounds.
Students must be referred to the
program by a sponsor parent,
teacher, counselor, clergy or com-
munity leader. A completed
Metrotown application must be
submitted to be considered for the
program. Applications and addi-
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on the OneJax Web she www.one-
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General Thurbert Baker argued that
Georgia law does not give a judge
authority to reduce or modify the
sentence imposed by the trial court.
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.Na'im Akbar Keynotes
Men's Symposium
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
(904) 665-2276.

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.

State of the
RACE Conference
There will be a Leadership
Conference discussion on the criti-
cal issues that most affect the Race
of African Americans in
Jacksonville, FL and throughout.
Some of the city's most powerful
leaders/thinkers in the community
to share in an in-depth discussion
on Critical health issues, economy,
culture, race, and more. It will be
held on Saturday, June 16th from
1-5p.m. at the Willow Branch
Library. For details, call Diallo
Sekou 904-327-6411.

Genealogial Society
Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogial
Society will hold their monthly
meeting Saturday, June 16,2007, at
1:30 p.m., at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd street,
Jacksonville, Fl. We are delighted
to have as our guest speaker,
Melody K. Porter, a computer soft-
ware business analyst and genealo-
gy researcher for 15 years. She will
be presenting information on
research sites in Georgia and else-
where. For additional information
please contact Mary Chauncey at
(904) 781-9300.

Spend Fathers Day
With The Old Timers
The Old Timers are back for
Fathers Day with a softball tourna-
ment. The tournament will be held
at the Jefferson Street park on
Sunday, June 17th beginning at 5
p.m. Everyone is encouraged to
bring their own food and grills.
This event is sponsored by Track
and the Old Timers Softball Team.

JaxLoc Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc. for the Millions
More Movement will have an open
meeting on Sunday, June 17th
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Preparing for Heat
and Hurricanes Class
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension Service will be offering a
free workshop on Landscape
Readiness for Heat and Hurricanes.
The class will be held on Tuesday,
June 19, 2007 from 5:30 7:30PM
at the University Park Library, 3435
University Blvd. Participants will
learn how to identify landscape
problems and prepare shrubs &
trees for hurricanes. Each person
may bring one problem sample for
diagnosis. Call 904-387-8850 to
pre-register.

Juneteenth at the Ritz
On Tuesday, June 19th, join the
Ritz Theater for their Juneteenth
Celebration from 6:00- 8:00PM.
Artist/performer Laurence Walden
will offer a musical tribute to
African American emancipation.
For more info call 632-5555.

Free Health Fair
There will be a free Cholesterol &
Diabetes Screening on Thursday
June 21st from 10:00 a.m. 2:00
p.m. at the Winn-Dixie Pharmacy,
5647 Roosevelt Blvd.For more
information, call 800-713-3301.

Women's Information
Exchange Luncheon
The Women's Information
Exchange Luncheon: "Are You a
Fully Celebrated Woman?" will be
presented by Sheryl Lynn. June 21,
noon -1 p.m. at the Martin Center
for College Services, 501 W. State
St. Brown-baggers welcome. An
optional lunch is available at extra
cost. Call 904.633.8311 to register
and to reserve a lunch, if desired.

Learn to Make Home
Made Blueberry Jam
The Jacksonville Canning Center
will be holding a canning class on
Blueberry Jam on Thursday June
21st and again on Friday June 22nd.
The cost is $20.00 per person and
includes all materials. Each partic-
ipant will take home two, '/ pint
jars, of Blueberry Jam to enjoy and
share. The deadline for registration
is Friday June 15th. To register or
for additional information please
phone Fred Heim at 387-8860.
Class size is limited.

JCCI Summer Social
On June 21st from 5:30 7 p.m.,
the public is invited to join JCCI at
River City Brewing Company on
the St Johns River for their Summer
Social. Time to network, meet the


new Executive Committee, cele-
brate volunteers and the release of
their two issue forums Out in
Jacksonville: GLBT Community
and Hidden Crisis: Youth Suicide.
Pick up your copy. The social is
open to all. Please RSVP to Sandra
at 396- 3052 or sandra@jcci.org

John Witherspoon
at the Comedy Zone
You'll probably remember this
comedian best as Craig's dad in the
hit movie Friday, Next Friday and
Friday After Next, or as Pops on the
long running sitcom "The Wayans
Brothers" John Witherspoon really
knows how to bring on the laughs,
and he'll be performing June 21st-
24th at the Comedy Zone, located
in the Ramada Inn in Mandarin.
For more information call (904)
242-4242.

Restore Your Rights
Clemency Workshop
Several organizations will join
forces to present a restoration of
Civil Rights Workshop on June
23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
James Weldon Johnson Middle
School located at 1840 West 9th
Street. Trained volunteers will be
on hand to provide information and
to assist where needed. For more
information, call 850-488-2952.

Gilbert Class of 68'
The Matthew W. Gilbert Class of
'68 is having a musical celebration,
'40 Years Together and a Musical
Night To Remember' a competitive
talent show among class of '68
members. The show will be
onSaturday, June 23, 2007, 7:30 to
11:30pm, at the Northside
Conference Center Banquet Hall,
5045 Soutel Drive, Suite 25. For
tickets, contact, Lydia Jackson at
(904)765-9224.

Plus-Sized Fashion
Show at the Ritz
Sunday, June 24th at 6:00 PM
Dangerous Curves Jacksonville will
present the 3rd annual charity fash-
ion show and celebration "The Total
Woman Show 2007. The show will
be hosted by Lynda Moultry, author
of "Life Tips 101 Plus- Size
Women's Clothing Tips" and held at
the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
832 N. Davis Street.


Water Drip Irrigation/
Design & Installation
Staffers at the Duval County
Extension office will present a
workshop on drip irrigation with
hands-on activities. Put the water
where it needs to go and your plants
will love you. Learn the easy steps
to design and install your own land-
scape drip irrigation system. Cost
$5.00. The class will be on
Thursday, June 28th from 10 a.m. -
1 p.m. at the Duval County
Extension Service located at 1010
N. McDuffAve. Seating is limited.
Call to 387-8850 to register.

Terry Parker Class
of 77' Reunion
The 30 year reunion for Terry
Parker High School will be held on
June 30th at the FOP Lodge on
Sawgrass Rd. Check in begins at
6:00p.m. for an evening with for-
mer classmates, a DJ and live enter-
tainment. There will also be an
informal social at the Hampton Inn
on Friday night at 7:00 PM in their
Hospitality Rm. For details contact
Anita DuPont Kelly at (904) 273-
2933 or Cindy Poland Pittman at
(904) 821-0887.

Billie to Badu
Musical Experience
On Saturday, June 30, in celebra-
tion of June "Black Music Month",
Nokturnal Escape Entertainment,
LLC and the Karpeles Manuscript
Museum presents Billie to Badu, an
artistic kollage of music, poetry,
dance and visual artists expressing
the lives of two talented singer song
writers, Erykah Badu and Billie
Holiday. Doors will open at 8p.m.
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum
is located at 101 West 1st. in
Springfield. Light refreshments will
be served. For more info call 626-
2812 or inlo@nokturnalescape.com

Emergency
Preparedness for
Persons w/Disability
On July 13th, The Independent
Living Resource Center at FCCJ's
Advanced Technology Center (401
W. State Street) will present
"Emergency Preparedness for per-
sons with Disabilities". The day
long conference will teach disabled
persons and their care givers how to
prepare for Hurricanes, Fires, Flu


Pandemic and Biological Disasters.
Register between 8:00-8:45 a.m.
For more information call (904)
399-8484. Lunch will be served.

Marcus Garvey
Weekend at Masjid
The Masjid Al-Salaam invites all
to a Marcus Garvey Weekend with
Queen Mother Imakhu on Saturday
August 18 & 19 at 2:30 p.m. The
theme for the event is Healing
Ourselves, Family and Healing Our
People. Sunday will be
Transcending Consciousness:


Black Relationships at the
Crossroads. For more info visit
salaammasjid.com or call 359-
0980.

Sheryl Underwood
at the Comedy Zone
BET Comic View Host Sheryl
Underwood will make her mark on
Jacksonville at the Comedy Zone-
Ramada Inn in Mandarin on
August 24th and 25th.
Underwood is BET Comic Views
first sole female host. For more
information call (904) 242-4242.


Volunteer Opportunities

On Saturday, June 23 & Sun June 24 First Coast No More Homeless
Pets is embarking on a major campaign to collect the stray and feral cats
in Mayport to be spayed and neutered. MANY volunteers will be need-
ed to help capture and transport the cats to the surgery clinic where more
volunteers will be needed to assist with prepping the cats, instrument
cleaning, record keeping, etc. Volunteers are also needed at the Soul
Food Festival providing food & beverage staffing. 285-4570.
Henderson Haven's vision is to protect and support the inherent right
of all people to choose where and with whom, they work, live and play.
On Friday, July 20(set up) & Sat. July 21(event) volunteer at the 3rd
Annual Summer SALE-ebration. 264-2522x811.
The Arc provides advocacy and quality services that enable people
with developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, enhance
their quality of life and be active participants in their communities.
Volunteers will serve as a one-to-one instructor in the computer lab.
355-0155.
World Relief is a faith based organization providing basic necessities
to people around the world. They assist with the resettlement of refugees
coming into the U.S. from other countries. Grocery shop in order to
stock a new refugee's home with their first food items. Or take the new
family shopping. Volunteers may also provide a warm welcome to the
arriving refugees) by going to the airport, greeting them and assisting
them in getting their luggage, etc. 448-0733.
Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their poten-
tial through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relation-
ships. Public Relations volunteers will assist in designing and producing
all manner of PR materials such as: brochures, banners, public displays,
media advertising and/or PSA's. This is a great opportunity for someone
who wants to volunteer from home. College students looking for a PR
Internship opportunity are welcome. Volunteers need to have strong
communication skills. 727-9797.
Bridge the Gap's mission is "To mobilize volunteers and entities-gov-
ernment, faith, health, business, and the community at large to partner
[with them] in filing the gaps that exist in the delivery of fundamental
social services to the elderly and persons with disabilities." Adopt-A-
Grandparent matches children with elderly adults who have no grand-
children in town. Parents) and child visit on birthdays, holidays and at
least one other day each month. 630-0741.










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Mildred and Richard Loving, here in 1965, were convicted of a
Virginia law that banned mixed marriages in 1958. The Supreme


Court overturned that decision in 1!
by D. Walker
MILFORD, VA.- Reporters no
longer beat a path to the modest
white house just over the Caroline
County border -- and that's fine
with its owner, a soft-spoken 67-
year-old who never wanted the
fame her marriage brought her.
Born Mildred Jeter, she is known
mostly by the name she took when


of America.
Mildred Loving is a matriarch to
thousands of interracial couples
now sprinkled in every city. But she
hardly considers herself a heroine -
- just a girl who once fell in love
with a boy.
"It wasn't my doing," she said in a
rare interview. "It was God's work."
Early days


Sidney Poitier's film 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' -- about an
interracial couple -- came out in 1967, the same year the Lovings won
their Supreme Court case.


took an abrupt turn when an 18-
year-old Mildred became pregnant.
"We're talking the early '50s, when
an illegitimate child was far more of
a stigma," Newbeck said. "I don't
think Richard wanted her to have to
bear that."
And so, they drove some 80 miles
to Washington, D.C., in 1958, mar-
ried and returned to Central Point to


start a new life.
"1 think he thought [if] we were
married, they couldn't bother us,"
Mildred said. Within a month, they
were in jail.
Time for a change
A 28-year-old Phil Hirschkop was
just a few months out of law school
when he overheard a professor dis-
cussing the Lovings with another


lawyer, Bernard Cohen.
It was 1964, and the Lovings had
spent the previous few years living
in exile in Washington after being
convicted on charges of "cohabiting
as man and wife, against the peace
and dignity of the Commonwealth,"
according to their indictments.
Laws banning interracial marriages
existed in at least 17 states.
The couple had avoided a year in
jail by agreeing to a sentence man-
dating that "both accused leave
Caroline County and the state of
Virginia" and not return together for
25 years.
The frustrated young wife had
written to then-Attorney General
Robert Kennedy, who referred her
to the ACLU for help in returning to
their Virginia home permanently.
Cohen filed a motion to vacate the
sentence against the couple but hit a
dead end when the lower courts
refused to respond.
But Congress had just passed the
Civil Rights Act, and across the
South, blacks were defying Jim
Crow's hold.
Hirschkop was convinced the


Supreme Court was ready for
change, too -- but the right case had
to come before the justices, free of
any legal loopholes the state could
seize upon. The Lovings presented
just such a case.
Hirschkop argued that laws must
treat each citizen equally and that
"when a law is based on race, it is
immediately suspect and the burden
is shifted to the state to show there
is a compelling interest to have that
sort of racial differentiation."
On June 12, 1967, the court
agreed.
"The country was ready, the
Supreme Court was ready ... ,
Hirschkop said.
These days, Mildred Loving most-
ly spends time enjoying her family,
her two dogs and the rich country-
side she fought so fiercely to again
call home.
She wishes her husband -- who
was killed when their car was hit by
a drunken driver in 1975 -- was
there to enjoy it with her.
"He used to take care of me," she
said. "He was my support; he was
my rock."


Black-white marriages in the U.S. increased
from 65,000 in 1970 to 422,000 in 2005.


she -- a black woman living in seg-
regated Virginia -- dared break the
rules by marrying a white man
named Richard Loving.
The union landed the Lovings in
jail, then before the U.S. Supreme
Court and finally in the history
books. Forty years ago Tuesday, the
court ruled in favor of the couple,
overturning laws prohibiting inter-
racial unions and changing the face


She met her future husband in the
tiny town of Central Point, Va.,
when she was 11, and nicknamed
"Bean" for her slight stature, and
Richard was 17, according to Phyl
Newbeck, a Vermont author who
detailed the case in the 2004 book
"Virginia Hasn't Always Been for
Lovers."
Over several years, friendship led
to courtship, but their relationship


Student Book Club Celebration

at Metro Park this Weekend
Summers in Duval County aren't complete without the district's annual
book club celebration to be held on Saturday, June 16th at Metropolitan
Park. More than 10,000 students members of the "Wise Guys Book Club"
- and their family members are invited to attend the event. From 10 a.m. to
1 p.m., students who have read 26 books or more will be treated to a fes-
tive celebration including celebrity readers, free food and books, and
prizes valued at thousands of dollars (including savings bonds, college
scholarships, bicycles, and local amusement attraction packages).


Underground Slave Passage Found Beneath George Washington's Home


Philadelphia, PA Archaeologists
unearthing the remains of George
Washington's presidential home
have discovered a hidden passage-
way used by his nine slaves, raising
questions about whether the ruins
should be incorporated into a new
exhibit at the site.
The underground passageway is
just steps from the Liberty Bell and
Independence Hall. It was designed
so Washington's guests would not
see slaves as they slipped in and out
of the main house.
"As you enter the heaven of liber-
ty, you literally have to cross the
hell of slavery," said Michael
Coard, a Philadelphia attorney who
leads a group that worked to have
slavery recognized at the site.
"That's the contrast, that's the con-
tradiction, that's the hypocrisy. But
that's also the truth."
Washington lived and conducted
presidential business at the house in
the 1790s, when Philadelphia was


the nation's capital.
Quandary for exhibit planners
The findings have created a
quandary for National Park Service
and city officials planning an exhib-
it at the house. They are now trying
to decide whether to incorporate the
remains into the exhibit or go for-
ward with plans to fill in the ruins
and build an abstract display about
life in the house.
Making that decision will push
back the building of the exhibit,
which was to open in 2009. But the
oversight committee won't rush into
construction, said Joyce Wilkerson,
the mayor's chief of staff.
"We never thought we'd be faced
with this kind of decision," she said.
"We would've been happy to have
found a pipe! .'"
Archaeologists have served as
guides, answering visitors' ques-
tions. Cheryl LaRoche, a cultural
heritage specialist, said she enjoys
educating people about how even a


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Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a passageway that
George Washington used for his slaves. The finding has caused con-
troversy about whether the historic house should still be exhibited.


prominent statesman like
Washington could own slaves.
Most of Washington's slaves lived
at his Mount Vernon estate in
Virginia. When Washington died in
1799, he had more than 300 slaves.
In his will, he arranged for them to
be freed after the death of his wife.
Before the ruins were unearthed,


officials had planned an exhibit
without archaeological findings.
The planned design included a
framework of the house, LED
screens and audiovisual elements
explaining its history, including sto-
ries of Washington's slaves.
The remains would crumble if left
unprotected.


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Zane, a famous author of steamy sex novels set among the black pro-
fessional class, holds "Afterburn," one of her two New York Times
bestsellers at the Upper Marlboro, Md. offices of Strebor Books, a
Simon & Schuster imprint that she runs.


By Billy Nicholls
Zane never intended to surround
herself in mystery and intrigue.
The author, whose steamy sex
novels set among black profession-
als have propelled her onto the New
York Times list of bestsellers, says
if she could do it over, she'd have
chosen a less provocative pseudo-
nym.
About a decade ago, she was in
an America Online chat room and
needed to call herself something.
She picked Zane because it was the
first thing that popped into her
head; she's always liked the name.
When she started writing erotic
fiction in her spare time and e-mail-
ing it to friends and online acquain-
tances, it made sense to keep calling


herself Zane after all, she couldn't
be sure who was reading her work.
Then she developed a following
and discovered she could sell a
book, and Zane was destined to stay
Zane.
"If I had known that this was
going to actually end up being a
writing pseudonym, I would have
picked something with a first and
last name," Zane says.
Plenty of authors don't use their
real names, but there's only one
successful writer of black erotica
with a gender-neutral, one-syllable
nom de plume. It makes people
more curious about her the oppo-
site of Zane's intent.
"It was a total accident. It is kind
of cool. But it wasn't intentional,"


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she says. Another drawback: "I'm
on the bottom of all the book-
shelves."
But don't weep for Zane. After
all, as Sean Bentley, the buyer of
black fiction for Borders and
Waldenbooks, points out, Zane gets
a couple of shelves to herself these
days.
More than 2.7 million copies of
her books are in print, she's a main-
stay on the Essence magazine list of
best sellers, and two titles,
"Afterburn" and the anthology
"Love Is Never Painless," were
New York Times bestsellers.
The next frontier for the author:
movies and television. She has
approved a script for "Addicted," an
adaptation of her biggest-selling
novel, about a woman who seeks
counselling for sex addiction. She's
negotiating a deal to turn a collec-
tion of stories, "The Sex
Chronicles," into a cable-TV minis-
eries.
She's also a publisher who runs
Strebor Books, an imprint of Simon
& Schuster with more than 50
authors, many of whom get a sales
boost from their association with
Zane.
Not bad for someone who never
planned to be a writer. Zane, the
daughter of a theologian and an ele-
mentary school teacher, graduated
from Howard University in
Washington, D.C., with a degree in
chemical engineering.
"Whenever I had creative writing
assignments and stuff in school, the
teachers would almost be shocked
at what I turned in because it would
be so far-fetched and imaginative,"
Zane says. "Most of my teachers
told me I should be a writer, but I
just never took it seriously until 1
got bored enough to do it."
Boredom hit in 1997, when Zane


was living in North Carolina, work-
ing as a sales representative. She
began writing erotic stories to pass
the time after her children went to
bed. (She now has a 19-year-old
son, a 12-year-old daughter and a
three-year-old son.)
The stories developed a following
on the Internet, and she self-pub-
lished "The Sex Chronicles" before
landing a deal with Simon &
Schuster.
Zane tapped into a market that
craves her honest, unvarnished per-
spective on sexuality. Her books
send a "Sex and the City"-like mes-
sage that it's OK to celebrate your
libido.
"She's like the Dr. Ruth of our
time," said Carol Mackey, the editor
of Black Expressions, an online
book club with more than 400,000
members that counts Zane among
its most popular authors.
Zane's take on sex is hardly revo-
lutionary: it should be safe and
pleasurable, and communication is
the key to stronger, more satisfying
relationships. But her straightfor-
ward, conversational prose res-
onates in the black community,
Mackey said.
"It's not openly discussed in most
of our homes," Mackey said. "I had
to learn from books or friends and
big sisters. To have an author come
out and broach this, even in fiction,
is a breakthrough for us."
Zane's fans talk about her work
with fervour; they remember what
book they read first and how they
burned through the rest. They love
her brash, sexually liberated hero-
ines, who are unafraid to use men
for their own pleasure.
In person, the 40-year-old author
is equally assertive but she's no
vixen. Stylish but not outlandish,
with a round, youthful face and a


comfortably fleshy figure, Zane
looks like the suburban working
mom that she is.
She discusses her life and career
in the cluttered, undecorated offices
of Strebor Books. The location in an
office park in suburban Washington
suits her no-nonsense personality,
and she lives just a short drive
away.
Zane presents a mixture of acces-
sibility and reserve. She sometimes
answers the phone at Strebor. She
reads her e-mail and responds to as
many messages as she can dishing
out sex advice to eager fans.
(Highlights from that correspon-
dence have been compiled into a
non-fiction book, "Dear G-Spot:
Straight Talk About Sex and Love,"
to be published in July.)
But at the same time, she guards
her privacy. She did not allow her-
self to be photographed or inter-
viewed until 2004, at the onset of
her first book tour. She said she
"came out" then only because con
artists were starting to host book
signing claiming to be her.
She's more comfortable now with
her public, partly because as a pub-
lisher, she has to help her authors
sell their books. But she's not forth-
coming with personal details. Now
divorced, she speaks only vaguely
about the man she's dating. And she
was dismayed in the past at previ-
ous revelations of her real name,
which she asks not be published.
"There's no point in it other than
to affect my privacy and have peo-
ple showing up at my house. And I
have a three-year-old child, so that's
my concern," she says.
She also wants to spare her fami-
ly, particularly her father, from
undue criticism.
"Whereas most people don't have
an issue with what I do, there are


Middle Passage Remembered Around the Country


Graduate Nadia Trent
GALESBURG, Ill. -- Nadia Trent
still wants an apology, but she'll set-
tle for getting the diploma her high
school withheld from her and four
other students when cheers erupted
for them at their graduation.
Galesburg High School officials
said Wednesday they would issue
diplomas to the five students who
were denied them over cheering
during the May 27 commencement,
a violation of a school policy aimed
at restoring graduation decorum.
"I'm just happy it's over," said
Trent, who will study at Western
Illinois University in the fall. "If
they would have apologized, it
would have been better."
School officials defended the
decorum policy, but said the stale-
mate over the diplomas and the
attention it attracted took up valu-
able time and energy.
Is this Race Related?
"It is time for the good of the com-


Students


Awarded


Diplomas
munity, the school district, the fam-
ilies and the students involved to
move on .... I have decided to grant
to the students involved their diplo-
mas," Superintendent Gene Denisar
said in a written statement.
Denisar cited talks with the
Illinois State Board of Education,
which has said it cannot support the
district's decorum policy because it
makes students responsible for
behavior they cannot control.
Trent says there were no cheers,
just relief, when she picked up her
diploma Wednesday afternoon. But
she says she won't be satisfied until
school officials apologize for ruin-
ing her graduation night and ban-
ning her from a post-graduation
party.
Students and their parents signed
a contract about a month before
graduation promising they would
not disrupt the ceremony. Violators
were warned they could be denied
their diplomas and barred from an
after-graduation party, but still
would officially graduate and
receive their transcripts.
School officials say the policy fol-
lowed complaints after a 2005 com-
mencement where shouts and air
horns drowned out much of the cer-
emony in this central Illinois town
of about 34,000 people.


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Jakki Jefferson, of Charleston, S.C., places flowers in remembrance of
the African slaves who died during the "Middle Passage" during the
10th Annual remembrance program on Sullivan's Island, S.C.


CHARLESTON, S.C. Eighteen
years ago, Tony Akeem organized a
ceremony in New York City to
honor the millions of Africans who
died crossing the Atlantic during
the slave trade. Similar observances
have since spread around the world.
This past weekend, offerings of
water, honey and rum were poured
along the shores of South Carolina
and elsewhere for Middle Passage
Remembrance Day. The remem-
brance is held the second Saturday
in June.
"We must, we must, honor our
ancestors," said Tony Akeem, who
has been organizing an observance
at Coney Island, N.Y, ever since a
1989 conference on the slave's bru-
tal trip was held at Medgar Evers
College in Brooklyn, N.Y., where
he works as a photographer.
The observances have spread
from Philadelphia to San Francisco
and from Brazil to Ghana. Most
were started by people who have


attended the New York event,
Akeem said.
Saturday marked the 10th year
South Carolina was participating in
the remembrance. About 100 peo-
ple gathered at a Fort Moultrie dock
on Sullivans Island near
Charleston.
Gateway to enslavement
The first slaves arrived in
Charleston in 1670, the same year
the Carolina colony was created.
Historians estimate nearly 40 per-
cent of the millions of slaves
brought to what became the United
States passed through Charleston.
Many others died at sea.
"The stories run pretty strong that
there were people who realized they
were enslaved and would rather
drown than be enslaved and when
allowed up on the decks, would just
jump into the water," said Fran
Norton of the Fort Sumter National
Monument, which includes Fort
Moultrie. "It commemorates those


people who gave up their lives for
freedom."
Just how many perished in the
slave trade will never be known.
"We know that many died of dis-
ease because they were packed in
the ships like sardines," said Osei
Terry Chandler, a project director at
a Charleston education facility who
is helping organize the South
Carolina memorial.
An offering to the sea
Participants at the ceremonies in
New York and South Carolina driz-
zled water, rum and honey into the
waves Saturday. Adjo Palmer, a
Ghana native who led the South
Carolina ritual, told The
(Charleston) Post & Courier that
such ceremonies are important in
honoring her ancestors.


0 Ma Rainey,
Sing yo' song;
Now you's back
Whah you belong,
Git way inside us,
Keep us strong.
0 Ma Rainey,
Li'l an' low;
Sing us 'bout de hard luck
Roun' our do';
Sing us 'bout de lonesome road
We mus'go...

Eighteen-year-old Amanda
Fernandez won this year's National
Poetry Out Loud competition, plus
a college scholarship, with a knock-
your-socks-off recital of "Ma
Rainey" by Sterling A. Brown.
The first time I read "Ma Rainey,"
I just couldn't help but to think of


"We didn't come here on our own
accord. We were brought here," she
said. "So while we are here, we just
have to do what we have to do to
survive. I thank our ancestors for
bringing us this far and ... I pray
that we will have unity and strength
to go farther."
"Pouring libations is simply to
venerate your ancestors," said Bill
Jones, who helps organize the
Coney Island ceremony. "It gives
the ancestors a cool drink of water,
or a little bit of gin or a little bit of
rum, whatever you pour the libation
with.
"In African spirituality we
believe we are in constant contact
with our ancestors. They are not
someplace in heaven, they are right
here with us."


Amanda Fernandez
my grandmother. And to me it was
an ode to black women, to black
culture. I just kept thinking of, like,
black music and art and literature.
Just a whole floodgate just opened
when 1 read that.


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those who are self-righteous and do
have an issue," Zane says. "So it's
just not fair for other people who
have absolutely nothing to do with
it to be affected by that, because
they didn't make this choice. I did."
Zane says she has a good rela-
tionship with her parents, but she
didn't tell her mother about her
writing career until she had three
titles on the Essence bestseller list.
It took her father a while to warm
up to the idea of his daughter writ-
ing erotica, but he when he read
"Nervous" about a meek woman
who channels her sexual aggres-
siveness into an alternate personali-
ty "he thought it was brilliant," she
says.
Her father's endorsement speaks
to another unusual characteristic of
Zane's raunchy tales they usually
come packaged with a moral. She
often builds a story around an issue
plaguing women such as drug
addiction in "Love Is Never
Painless" and domestic violence in
"Breaking the Cycle."
In "Addicted," the heroine was
sexually abused as a child and seeks
psychiatric counselling, something
Zane said many black women are
afraid to do.
"I've had women out there, with
'Addicted,' who actually come up to
me and fall into my arms crying at
book signing, saying they're final-
ly going to go get help," she says.
That connection with readers is
the key to Zane's popularity, said
Malaika Adero, her editor at Simon
& Schuster.
"She has a unique voice," Adero
said. "She writes erotica for today's
female audience. This is not yester-
day's kind of romance writing. She
writes in the African-American ver-
nacular. She writes in a language of
everyday people doing what we


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CHARLIE WILSON SUES HEINEKEN
Singer Charlie Wilson has filed a lawsuit against
Capitol Records, EMI, and the American division
of Dutch brewer Heineken Inc. for using a song he
recorded with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams in
a commercial without his permission.
In papers filed in Manhattan federal court, the Gap
Band front man says portions of the song
"Beautiful" featuring himself and Pharrell were :..
licensed by Capitol Records to use in an ad cam- -
paign for Heineken Premium Light Beer without getting proper approval.
Wilson is also claiming that EMI has failed to pay up on hundreds of
thousands of dollars in profits gained for "Beautiful" and for another song
"You've Got What I Want," which features Wilson alongside rappers
Snoop, Jelly Roll, Ludacris and Goldie Loc, reports Reuters.
STEVE HARVEY TO JUMP THE BROOM AGAIN
Three times hopefully a charm for comedian Steve Harvey who is head-
ed to the chapel following confirmation that he is engaged to his girlfriend,
Marjorie Bridges. Harvey introduces the brown skinned beauty as his
fiance. the young lady, according to Essence.com, sports a canary yellow
marquis diamond "of generous weight.". This will be Harvey's third mar-
riage and no date has been announced.
KIMBERLY ELISE JOINS WINFREY'S 'DEBATERS':
Film starring Denzel currently shooting in Louisiana.
Actress Kimberly Elise has been added to the cast
03 of "The Great Debaters," a film produced by her
-" "Beloved" co-star Oprah Winfrey and based on the
true story of an East Texas debate team in the 1930s.
Elise and actor Nate Parker join Denzel
Washington and Forest Whitaker in the story of the
Wiley College debate team who challenged Harvard
for a national title. Washington is directing and plays
the team's coach.
Parker will play the squad's star debater, whose parents will be por-
trayed by Elise and Whitaker.
Winfrey and Kate Forte are producing through their Harpo films shin-
gle along with Todd Black and Joe Roth, reports Variety. Production is cur-
rently underway in Louisiana.


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T) ler Perr) has official) become
an entertainment industry triple
threat. After growing as a storyteller
with his stage plays, then adapting
them to film and making himself a
major motion picture player, Perry
has now taken on television with
his TBS sitcom "House of Payne."
The show, debuted as the No. 1
sitcom telecast in TBS history
among adults 18-34, adults 18-49,
adults 25-54, overall viewers and


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fireman \\ ho 1.ia. to mo\e in with
hins aunt and uncle because his
Swife. \ ho's addicted to drugs, has
burned do\'n the house," Perry
explained furilier "The show is a
throw-back to 'The .leffersons' and
'S.anord and Son' It's a really
great sho\\. I think [peo-
plel will be in love
with these charac-
ters."
Perry continued
that his new
.vy sho\u is old
school in the fact
that while e it's a
I-I h h -hearted
c ,nedI ., this
family will not run away from some
very serious issues.
"We haven't seen this type of sit-
com in years because back in the
day, even on shows like 'Good
Times,' they would deal with some
serious subject matter they had an
opportunity to have some dramatic
scenes inside the comedy. As of
late, you don't see these types of
shows anymore; everything's is


campy and funny and silly. While
this show is funny, we still deal
with some very serious issues at the
same time."
Perry shared that even with his
rise in the Hollywood ranks; he
struggled a bit in getting the show
on TV in part because of the issues.
The playwright/filmmaker even
said that he doesn't really feel like
he's really part of the Hollywood
crowd not yet anyway.
"I don't feel like I'm in," he said.
"Part of that is because I'm here in
Atlanta. I have very good ties. Even
being in here in Atlanta, I still feel
like I'm outside of it. It's still that
same guerrilla marketing; it's still
that grit; it's still that same way of
storytelling. I won't change any of
that because that's what works."
"House of Payne" took some of
that good old fashioned grass roots
work to get its gig on the TBS net-
work, too.
"I was trying to do it with the
major networks," he said. "They
were giving me the blues. They
wanted to change everything, they
didn't want to hire the actors I want-
ed to hire so I walked away from
the deal right before we were to
shoot the show. I came down to
Atlanta and taped my own episodes
and tested them in 10 markets. The
ratings were so high in those ten
that TBS said they wanted to buy
100 of'em."
In just the first three episodes, the
show takes on drug abuse and
addiction, and that's why the family


moves in. Perry said that doing a
comedy that covers very serious
topics means a very delicate balanc-
ing act by the writers and the actors.
"It's easy to find humor in a lot
of stuff, but when we go to the dra-
matic places, we really go there," he
said.
Perry will continue to go into those
dramatic places. With the show
launched, he is now working on his
next film called "Why Did I Get
Married," starring Janet Jackson,
Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, and Michael
Jai White, to name a few. Perry also
stars in the film, after taking a break
in his last big screen venture,
"Daddy's Little Girls." The film
expects to open this November and
is yet another stage play big screen
adaptation. This time, Perry takes
on the trials of marriage.
"It's about four couples that do a
vacation every year and we've all
been friends since college. All these
secrets are revealed in these mar-
riages and you're not sure if they're
going to make it. It's about the sanc-
tity of marriage and how to hold on
or not."
While this venture doesn't quite
go along the story lines of Perry's
famous Madea franchise, he told
Bailey that it continues in his
themes.
"I think if you look at [all my
films], they all have the same
underlying theme of forgiveness,
faith, love in God. That formula,
that theme, that's what runs through
all of them."


Grey's Star Angry Over Firing


"Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah
Washington, fiercely criticized for
an anti-gay slur he reportedly made
last year, said he was "mad as hell"
at being fired from the hit U.S. tel-
evision hospital drama.
Washington, who played Dr.
Preston Burke on the show, was
released on Thursday by "Grey's"
producers at ABC Television
Studios, part of the network that
airs the program.
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not
going to take it anymore,"
Washington said in a statement,
borrowing a line from the 1976
movie "Network," which takes a
harsh look at television.
An ABC spokeswoman con-
firmed the show's producers did not
renew Washington's contract, but
declined further comment.
Last year, Washington sparked
controversy after a heated argument
on the "Grey's" set in which he
reportedly called co-star T.R.
Knight a "faggot."
Washington denied the report.
But Knight, who later came out as
gay, said he had used the slur.
At January's Golden Globe
awards, where "Grey's" was named
top television drama, Washington


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Popular drama star Isaiah Washington will not be back for another
season on Grey's Anatomy.


caused further uproar when he
again denied having addressed
Knight with the anti-gay term.
Washington, 43, then met with
gay and lesbian groups in Los
Angeles, entered counseling and
filmed a public service announce-
ment denouncing hurtful speech.
"Grey's" executive Shonda
Rhimes said in January that the pro-
ducers and ABC were working to
address what she called
Washington's "behavioral issues."


"Grey's" focuses on the lives of
interns and doctors at a fictional
hospital in Seattle. It is one of the
most-watched television dramas in
the United States, averaging more
than 18 million viewers a week.
In this past season's final episode,
Burke was supposed to have mar-
ried another doctor. But he abruptly
left minutes before the wedding
was set to begin. He then cleared
out of his fiancee's apartment in a
cliffhanger ending.


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Sweet Corn...... ..... i 3.
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Publix Bakery
Cherry Cheesecake Pie.....6.29
Layer of Fruit Topped With a Creamy Cheesecake
Topping, and Baked to a Golden Brown,
From the Publix Bakery, 34-oz pkg.
SAVE UP TO .70


Lemon Pepper
Rotisserie Chicken.......99
Hot or Chilled,
Fresh From the Publix Deli, each
SAVE UP TO .50


Juicy Juice
100% Premium BUYONE
Juice ........... .GET ONEFREE
Assorted Varieties, 64-oz bot.
SAVE UP TO 3.29


Betty Crocker
SuperMoist BUYONEREE
Cake Mix.......... GET ONE E
Assorted Varieties, 18 to 19.5-oz box
(Excluding Angel Food and Pound Cake.)
(Limit two deals on selected
advertised varieties.)
SAVE UP TO 1.75


Hellmann's BUYONE
Real Mayonnaise... GET ONET EE
Or Light, 18-oz bot.
(Limit two deals on selected
advertised varieties.)
SAVE UP TO 2.99


Prices effective Thursday, June 14 through Wednesday, June 20, 2007.
Only in Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Duval, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, Flagler,
St. Johns, Columbia, Leon, Volusia, Marion and Alachua Counties in Fla.
Only in Beaufort County in SC. Quantity Rights Reserved.
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I know I'm controlling my diabetes because I keep track
of my blood sugar numbers. I manage my diabetes by
watching what I eat, making the time for regular physical
activity and taking my medicine as prescribed.

With my diabetes under control, I feel a lot better and
have more energy. Best of all, I'm going to be around for
my family... for my friends... for life.

Call 665-2520 to see if you are at risk for diabetes
and to learn about our free classes.


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With gas prices hitting an all time high, now is the time to learn how
JTA can get you where you need to go. JTA's buses are clean, efficient
and convenient. Let JTA do the driving for you. So relax, take JTA twice
a day and see how good you feel.



To plan your trip, call 630-3100 or visit www.jtafla.com.


JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
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