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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
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Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
Frequency:
weekly
regular

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African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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oclc - 19095970
alephbibnum - 002042477
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issn - 1081-3349
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Former Klansman, James Ford Seale

Found Guilty in 1964 Murders
A federal jury in Mississippi found James Ford Seale, a former mem-
ber of the Ku Klux Klan, guilty for his role in the kidnapping, abductions
and eventual slaying of two African-American men in 1964.
Seale and other Klansmen conspired to abduct, interrogate, beat and
eventually murder Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charlie Eddie Moore, both
19 years old at the time. According to evidence presented at trial, Seale
and his co- conspirators believed that Dee might have knowledge about
African Americans importing firearms to Franklin County.
James Ford Seale is the first and only individual to be convicted for par-
ticipating in the kidnapping and murders.
In recent years, there has been renewed interest in the investigation and
prosecution of unsolved civil rights era murder cases.

Youth is First African-American and

Youngest to Fly Solo Around the World
It was quite a day for one pilot who landed in
Anchorage late Sunday night and became the first
African American and the youngest person ever to
fly solo around the world.
On March 23, 2007, Barrington Irving left from
Miami, Florida. It took him twice as long as
expected, but now his name is on a short list of
people to circle the globe alone. He made the trip
to spread awareness about careers in aviation. He
hopes his journey can serve as inspiration to those
who want to fly. But more than that, he wants people to spread their
wings and follow their dreams.
"If you just step out, there are people oui there that will support you,
support your dreams, support your endeavors. And it goes for any child
that has a dream or endeavor they want to pursue for themselves," said
Irving. When he was 21-years-old, Irving started Experience Aviation,
a non-profit business to encourage people to inspire young people inter-
ested in learning to fly.

ABC Apologizes Again for
Picture Mix Up of Black Men
Do all Black people look alike? If you watch ABC news, you may be
inclined to think the cruel stereotype is true. ABC News has apologized
for mistakenly running a picture of former Washington Mayor Marion
Barry when it was promoting a "World News" story about a man suing a
dry cleaner for $54 million for losing his pants.
Both Roy L. Pearson, who filed the lawsuit, and Barry are black. Barry's
picture ran when Pearson's story was "teased" at the beginning of the
news last week. It was corrected for later editions, spokeswoman Natalie
Raabe said.
The mistake happened because both men happened to be in a
Washington court that day and ABC got video of both, Raabe said. Barry
was acquitted of drunken driving charges.
It was the second such case of mistaken identity this month involving
newsworthy black men. Fox News Channel apologized for running tape
of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers while reporting on the indict-
ment of Rep. William J. Jefferson on bribery charges.

Mississippi Leads Subprime Lending
Almost 40% of all homebuyers in Mississippi receive mortgages from
sub-prime lenders, a rate higher than in any other state. Additionally,
homebuyers buying in predominantly African American communities are
more likely to receive a sub-prime mortgage, a new study shows.
An analysis by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center also finds that
sub-prime lending to homeowners in Mississippi increased dramatically
over the last 10 years.
The study examined data made available through the Home Mortgage
Disclosure Act and the U.S. Census Bureau to analyze mortgage loans
from 1997 to 2004. Among the findings:
o Nearly four in 10 conventional home loans in Mississippi in 2005
were sub-prime, nearly double the national average.
o Fifty-six of Mississippi's 82 counties had sub-prime lending rates of
more than 40%.
o Nearly two-thirds of conventional home loans made to African
Americans were sub-prime.

Dead Since 1938, 'Cream of Wheat'

Man Finally Gets Grave Marker
LESLIE, Mich.- A man widely believed to
be the model for the smiling chef on Cream
of Wheat boxes finally has a grave marker i, '
bearing his name.
Frank L. White died in 1938, and until this C
week, his grave in Woodlawn Cemetery
bore only a tiny concrete marker with no
name.
His granite gravestone was placed at his burial site. It bears his name
and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box.
When White died Feb. 15, 1938, the Leslie Local-Republican described
him as a "famous chef' who "posed for an advertisement of a well-known
breakfast food."
White lived in Leslie for about the last 20 years of his life, and the story


of his posing for the Cream of Wheat picture was known in the city.


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Shown above at one of the Forums events are the Boys 2 Men Basketball Team
Boys2Men Seminar Eases Path of Black Male Journey


With all of the stigma associated
with Black males in the United
States, a coalition of organizations
joined together over the fathers Day


Weekend to ease the path. The
Duval Health Department was the
official sponsor of the 2007 Boys 2
Men Health Symposium/Hip Hop


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Eleven NAACP ACT-SO students recently traveled to Orlando to par-
ticipate in the 34th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Program. The program
honored alumnus of the ACT-SO program and showcased the work of
local winners. Shown above is Daniel Applewhite who excelled in the
poetry field with the program chair, Jackie Holmes. Next, the students will
advance to Washington D.C, to compete for cash scholarships. R. Porter:


Democrats Push

for Probe of

Florida Voter

Suppression
by L.J. Jordan
WASHINGTON (AP) Senate
Democrats urged the Justice
Department this week to investi-
gate whether one of its former pros-
ecutors led attempts to suppress
Florida voter turnout during the
2004 presidential election.
The request by Sens. Edward M.
Kennedy of Massachusetts and
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode
Island is the latest facet of
Congress' ongoing inquiry into
whether politics played a role in the
firings of eight U.S. attorneys.
One of the fired prosecutors, Bud
Cummins in Little Rock, Ark., was
replaced on an interim basis by Tim
Griffin --.a protege of presidential
political adviser Karl Rove who
worked at the Republican National
Committee in 2004. The two sena-
tors Monday pointed to two e-mails
to Griffin -- titled "caging" and -
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Summit and Community Basketball
Game and was a huge success with
over 500 men and boys in atten-
dance. See page 9 for a recap.


COLORSTRUCK

Study Finds African-
American Students Still
Stuck on Stereotypes
Light skin or dark skin? A con-
troversial study on skin tone has
confirmed what many Black col-
lege students have been whispering
about for years complexion does
matter.
Historically, light skin has been
highly valued in the Black commu-
nity. And at the onset of the 21st
century, African-American college
students still seem to find the light-
skinned sistas and brothas better
looking than darker ones when it
comes to dating or marriage,
according to a study conducted by
researchers from two Louisiana
schools.
Researchers interviewed about
100 Black students between 18 and
19 years old with complexions
ranging from light to dark, at a pre-
dominantly White university in the
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Mrs. Rhonda Thomas brought her kids out to the event who are all
members of the Wise Guys. Shown are siblings Vijai, Anthony and
Trevone Thomas with some of their bounty from the event.
Duval Students Rewarded for Reading
Over the weekend, more than 13,000 "Wise Guys" and their families and
friends celebrated reading excellence during Duval County Public Schools'
annual reading celebration held at Metropolitan Park. Attendees were all
members of the "Wise Guys" Wise Guys Book Club, a membership they
earn after reading 26 books during a school year. See page 7


Amateur Night at the Ritz Contestants Advance to the Finals
Shown above is Amateur Night at the ritz 70s Diva host Teneese"Foxxy" Thomas with Amateur night winners
Nikki Dawson and Seven J. The talented singer and lyracist (respectively), brought the audience to their feet with
a spiritual solo and a rap about Jacksonville. The annual Amateur Night sponsored by the Ritz Theater brings local
talent to the stage "Apollo" style to compete with the audience as the judge. For more highlights from the show,
see the back page.


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Search for the Treasure

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every moment, enjoy every day,
and find something of merit in
every person you encounter.
I truly believe that if you expect
the best from people and give
them your best, everyone wins in
the end. But without a sense of
purpose or a well-defined agen-
da, you might as well not attend
a networking function. It's like
going hunting with an unloaded
gun. You'll never bag your game.
Remember, there is nothing
wrong with having an agenda
and letting people know what it
is, especially at networking func-


ions So prepare one Aend.i
don't hae Lu be complicated or
grandiose. They should be con-
cise and workable. Agendas are
like the spray of a hose: The
more focused they are, the more
power they have.

Bottom Line: As you set in
motion your agenda at a net-
working function, you will find
yourself empowered. You can
then concentrate your energy,
enthusiasm, and excitement to
discover the treasure in you,
and in others, as you draw peo-
ple to you who empower you
further and vice versa.


Fresh Ministries

Opens Resource

Center to Benefit

Eastside Resident
The East Jacksonville
Neighborhood Resource Center
opened last week to serve the East
Jacksonville community. A division
of Fresh Ministries, the Center will
be a place for residents to research
and direct-connect to civic and social
services, learn about school choice
for their children, attend free parent-
ing, adult literacy, financial literacy
and family strengthening classes,
and access to the Center's three com-
puters to research jobs and more.
The Center is located at 1104 East
First Street in Springfield.
Interested patrons should contact
Pam Kearney at 355- 0000 for more
information and class schedules.


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JTA Preparing New Council Members to Take Care of Our Roads Newly-elect-
ed, incoming members of the Jacksonville City Council spent several hours at JTA Thursday last week, learning
as much about the Authority and its various road and bridge projects as possible, before taking office. Shown
above are Newly-elected Jacksonville City Council members Don Redman, Clay Yarborough and Johnny Gaffney
listening intently to the presentation at the special JTA workshop for the incoming council.


Do You Need a FiLnancial Acidvisor?


The "do-it-yourself' method has
become the new mantra for a multi-
tude of tough tasks like home reno-
vation, auto care, landscaping and
crafts. Yet when it comes to your
finances, should you rely on your
own knowledge, or seek the aid of a
professional?
While the answer to that question
may vary depending upon your
income and life circumstances,
most millionaires in the U.S. rely
on professional financial advice,
according to a recent study con-


ducted by Fidelity Registered
Investment Advisor Group. The
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Pompano Beach Pastor Battling Mosque in Community


Rev. O'Neal Dozier
From Staff and Wire Reports
POMPANO BEACH, FL Go
somewhere else and build! That's
the message a Black Christian min-
ister in southeast Florida put out to
the Nation of Islam about building a
huge mosque in a Black residential
neighborhood.
The Rev. O'Neal Dozier, pastor
of the 2,400-member Worldwide
Christian Center in Pompano Beach
and his followers say the mosque

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Midwest. About 96 percent of the
men preferred a medium to light
complexion women, while about
70 percent of the women picked
light-skinned men. The results are
published in the journal Race,
Class & Gender; the university was
not named.
"I think that people are valued for
their light skin," said one student.
"You can take this theory way back
to the house slave mentality. I think
a lot of people, because that was
valued, were taught to value light
skin. I think it is still an ongoing
type of thing, and society really has
not lost that altogether."
Students involved in the study
said that media have a lot to do
with the preference for lighter skin.
"When you talk to a guy, he thinks
that he wants a perfect girl he sees
on the videos. Usually, the women
portrayed in the videos are light-
skinned and have long hair," said
another student who participated in
the study.
According to Jas M. Sullivan, an
assistant professor of political sci-
ence and African American Studies
at Louisiana, State University, who
was involved in conducting the
study, the purpose of the research
was to test whether the color line
continues to be a problem for the
African-American community.
"We know that there has been a
preference for lighter skin in the
past as a result of racism," said
Sullivan, "but we really wanted to
know whether or not that prefer-
ence still exists in the 21st centu-
ry."
In the early years of the 20th cen-
tury almost all students at the some
of the nation's prestigious histori-
cally Black colleges and universi-
ties were light-skinned.


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has no place in the community, and
the land should be used for afford-
able housing. Initially that's what
the property was zoned for, but
according to Sandra King, spokes-
woman for the Pompano Beach city
government, those plans were
scrapped and the land was sold to
the Islamic center.
And to seal the deal, the City
Commission last month approved a
special exemption to the city's zon-
ing code that allowed rezoning the
land for the mosque a decision
that didn't sit to well with oppo-
nents of the facility.
"We will eventually have to go to
court and have a judge look at some
of the legal points the city ignored
in granting the special exception for
the mosque," a ticked-off Dozier
said.


Tony Boselli, MaliVai Washington
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Jacksonville's most noted retired
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But according to King, the prop-
erty is private, and the Nation of
Islam can do whatever it wants with
the land.
"We do not have established city
procedures for further review of
this case," she said.
Ronald Muhammad, a local rep-
resentative of Nation of Islam
leader Min. Louis Farrakhan, said
the proposed 29,000-square-foot
Islamic center, which is to include a
mosque, daycare, basketball courts
and a recreation area, will have a
prayer hall and a variety of other
facilities to serve the needs of its
250 members. He says the new site
is perfect because they've outgrown
their current center.
While Dozier may be receiving
"hundreds of phone calls, e-mails
and faxes" from people all over the


youth in their respective programs.
The day long cadre of activities fea-
tured events from each of the three
sport disciplines (football, tennis
and basketball). Each student had
the opportunity to try their hand at
all three sports in addition to hear-
ing from each of the pros about
their professional sports experience
and how education played a vital


country who share his concerns, he
says he does not have the support of
the NAACP.
William L. Lawson 111, president
of the North Broward NAACP, told
city commissioners last week: "We
cannot allow religious intolerance."
Dozier, an adviser to President
Bush and appointee of Gov. Jeb
Bush (R), who has referred to the
Nation of Islam as a "cult" in the
past has agreed to sit down and talk
with Muhammad about the site.
According to The Broward
Times, Dozier said last week, "I
called Min. Ronald Muhammad
and explained my position to him
so he could understand my views
first-hand, rather than hearing an
erroneous slant from the media."
Said Muhammad, "We will sit
down and talk with anyone."


All Star Athletes Joined Forces


to Create Kids Dream Team


Volunteer Jacksonville recog-
nized 22 budding community lead-
ers during graduation ceremonies
for its 2007 Blueprint for
Leadership class last week at the
Ritz Theater.
Training since 1988, Blueprint for
Leadership, Volunteer Jackson-
ville's community leadership pro-
gram, is designed to train and
place community leaders on the
boards of nonprofit organizations
or other governing or advisory
boards in Jacksonville and has
been preparing leaders since 1988.
The program is a comprehensive
six-month (one day per month)
course designed to develop leader-
ship skills of particular value to the
nonprofit sector. Trainer/instruc-
tors are business professionals,
nonprofit agency directors, corpo-


role in the success of their careers.


rate CEOs, foundation presidents
and political leaders. Participants
are selected from area corpora-
tions, government agencies,
civic/fraternal organizations and
human service agencies.
This years graduating class are:
Melissa Alex; Stephany Amos;
Thomas Blakely; Pam Brizendine;
Terrence Campbell; Ajani Dunn;
Jim Farah; Belinda Fowler-Hess;
Cal Jackson; Paige Johnston;
Linda King; Pat McGhee;
Ernestine Moody-Robinson;
Jessica Smith; Harlan Stallings;
Gail Staton; Danyel Surrency;
Deborah Thompson; Mike Waters;
Janell Weltz; Pamela Wilson and
Elizabeth Yant.
Recruitment for the 2008 Class
begins July 1. Call for an applica-
tion at (904) 332-6767.


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Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority
announces its proposed DBE goal of 15% for FY 2007-2008. Funds expended
for USDOT assisted contracts are affected by this goal. The goal is exclusive
of JTA's expenditures for transit vehicles. A Public Workshop regarding the
goal will be held Tuesday, July 17, 2007 in the JTA Board Room located at 100
North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida at 6 p.m.

It is the intent of the JTA that this expenditure goal be obtained through a
race neutral and race conscious program to the maximum extent feasible. A
copy of the proposed goal statement is available for review during normal
business hours at the JTA Administrative Office. Comments may be directed
to Ken Middleton, Contract Compliance Program Manager at the address
below.

JTA will accept written or oral comments on the goal for 45 days following the
date of this notice.

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Attention: Ken Middleton
Contract Compliance Program Manager
100 North Myrtle Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32204


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Cal Jackson and Stephanie Amos are among the graduates.

Blueprint for Leadership

Graduates New Class


Above, Tony Boselli, Otis Smith and Mali Vai Washington at the kickoff of the Dream Team


Join the Youth NAACP for their Annual
Fundraiser as they showcase creative talent
Sunday June 24th at 3 p.m.
at Ribault Senior High School.
Call 705-8518 for mor information.


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Many of you may have read
Mary Shelly's book
"Frankenstein," or saw the movie.
If so, you know that the monster
was gentle at the beginning and
somewhat childlike. Once exposed
to real life challenges through sev-
eral harsh encounters with humans,
the monster became bitter and out
of control.
Frankenstein's monster can rep-
resent so many aspects of today's
society, but I want to use the crea-
ture as I reference the state of Hip
Hop music.
This may seem a little too simple
for some and a little too complicat-
ed for others, but as a long time fan
of Hip Hop I must say that enough
is enough. The glorification of vio-
lence and drug dealing must stop. I
love listening to all forms of Hip
Hop, from up tempo dance tunes to
gospel rap and even some hard core
rap.
I have followed the music genre
since its early beginnings. The first
album I ever purchased was Doug
E Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew.
Since hearing "The Show," then
falling in love with Run DMC,
Whodini, The Fat Boys and Eric B
& Rakim, I was hooked.
I was hooked like Whitney
Houston is addicted to Bobby
Brown; well I guess one could
argue that Whitney is hooked on
more than Bobby.
In 1993, I fell in love with the
group Outkast while a student at
Morehouse College. Little did I
know that the local underground
hip hop group that everyone around
the city was talking about would
become Hip Hop giants.
I'm giving you my Hip Hop
background to frame the controver-


sial opinion that will follow. When
I say enough is enough, I am talk-
ing about the steady decline of a
music genre that was born on the
streets of New York City. Hip Hop
is as natural to African American
culture as Jazz and Blues.
But unlike Jazz and Blues, Hip
Hop's evolution has lead to a cul-
ture of young men who glorify
drug dealing and thuggin. Every
other rapper is talking about selling
drugs and violence in there rhymes.
It is one thing to come from a bad
environment and use your back-
ground as a reference in your
music, but to constantly glorify
violence, drugs and the degradation
of women is just wrong.
Some may not be able to make
the connection, but the music that
some of our youth are listening to is
framing the way they act in our
communities. Today, too many
young men want to be a thug.
Everyone wants to be "hard."
It started with Tupac Shakur,
who glorified the thug lifestyle so
much that he had "Thug Life" tat-
tooed on his chest. This behavior is
interesting coming from a man who
grew up in private schools and
even went to a performing arts
school and studied drama.
In fact, many of the rappers who
glorify this thug life have never
sold a drug in their lives. It's JUST
business. However many of the
youth who listen to their music
have become exactly what they
hear on the CDs they are buying.
It is hard to simply blame the
music. Shakur probably said it best,
"Before you can understand what I
mean, you have to know how I
lived or how the people I'm talking
to live." Clearly Hip Hop music is


about as real as it gets. It can be a
true reflection of the frustrations of
inner-city youth or provide insight
into the struggles that poor families
face in urban communities.
The rapper/actor Ice Cube, once
said, "Rap is the most positive
thing for black kids because it
gives information and talks about
society, about black history." Sure
Hip Hop music can be very posi-
tive and insightful.
When black-on-black crime was
at an all-time high in the lat 80s
many rappers banded together to
produce a record called "Self
Destruction" that basically attempt-
ed to motivate youth to stop the
senseless violence.
Even Shakur had positive songs
that dealt with issues like teenage
pregnancy and welfare. So Hip
Hop certainly has not fallen so far
from its original form that it is out
of control, but this glorification of
drugs and violence must stop.
Because many of our youth now
are living carelessly as "thugs" or
want to be thugs, they have little
regard for life and virtually no
respect for the law. You may recall
that when the governor instituted
this 10-20-Life initiative the
thought was that it would deter a lot
of crime in our urban communities.
That has not happened, in fact, the
murder rate in Jacksonville is
alarmingly high.
There is simply a group of folks
out there, who are predominately
young African American men who
simply have no regard for the law.
I was listening to a rap artist
recently and actually focused on
the words of each song on the
album and was amazed that all but
two songs on the CD referenced the


selling of drugs. Think about it -
most disenfranchised youth are lis-
tening to this music and it's rein-
forcing their feelings that the way
to earn quick money and be a ghet-
to superstar is by selling drugs
and/or robbing people.
It is amazing what some artists
are rapping about. Take the rapper
50 Cent for example, one of his
most recent songs says, "I put a
hole in a N for f with me -
Better watch how you talk, when
you talk about me because I'll
come and take your life away."
What is even crazier than his lyrics
is the fact that he sold 1.1 million
copies of this album in the first
week it was released.
Again, like I said earlier it may
seem too simple to some and too
complicated for others, but it is
real. The music we listen to can
affect the way we dress, the way
we wear our hair and certainly
influence our out look on life. I
propose to you that Frankenstein's
monster is out of control.
Maybe it is a phase that the
music is going through. If so, I will
be glad this phase as come and
gone. Some rappers like Nas are
saying that Hip Hop is dead. I dis-
agree, I think that the music is alive
and well, but is sort in those awk-
ward teenage years that most of us
had to go through.
You are trying to find yourself
and figure out what hair and cloth-
ing style to want to wear. You were
also dealing with acne and a num-
ber of other issues. That's Hip Hop
- stuck in the awkward years. The
good news is that normally maturi-
ty follows.
Signing off from a local record
store, Reggie Fullwood


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this month, the U.S. already in the United States. term but only modestly. pro
early paved the way for But the effort largely failed to Our greatest concern revolves resi
se immigration legisla- curb the tidal wave of immigration around the legislation's temporary eve
ve at the National Urban that is estimated to have brought as worker provision that allows U.S.- or
-ar would have under- many as 24 million new immi- based companies to bring as many link
bor protections for all grants nearly 12 million or so as 200,000 foreign-born guest wor
This nation and would legal and an estimated 12 million workers a year into the nation to rate
ted a great toll on an to our nation's shores since 1990. stay for up to six years in three- not
iyed social safety net. We are all aware about the impor- year stints. Any effort to issue these pro
tely, Senate Majority tant role that immigrants play in visas should be narrowly tailored T
rry Reid failed to muster our nation's history and economy. and combined with a requirement to
ary votes to end debate In 2006, one in seven legal workers that the nation's current workers recr
measure, which enjoyed was foreign born, and half of the 23 black, white, Hispanic, Asian and wor
support and sponsorship million had arrived since 1990. Native American be given the of
residential hopeful Sen. Over the past decade, they've first right to jobs employers are lab'
'ain and liberal stalwart accounted for at least half the seeking temporary visas for. we
rd Kennedy. growth of the U.S. labor force, We're worried that, in the words an
deral lawmakers will be according to the Congressional of the Washington Post, "the cum- wor
ake a second look at the Budget Office. In addition, a recent bersome, unrealistic and unseemly lab(
"grand bargain" if they Pew Hispanic Center study finds regimen" will produce a new class hou
elp President George W. that one in 20 U.S. workers is of exploitable and exploited work- imp
eve his top domestic pri- undocumented. ers. It will also require a major lab(
t of immigration reform. The least-educated immigrants commitment to enforcement, affe
ce 1986 has the U.S. end up taking the lowest-paying which doesn't appear to be a huge con
and White House suc- jobs, which makes them extremely Bush administration priority. In the
n enacting legislation vulnerable to exploitation, espe- 2004, the feds issued only three stat
:o tackle the escalating cially if they are guest workers or notices that it intended to fine com- bel'
illegal immigration. Put undocumented. To some extent, panies for immigration law viola- T
;t during the Reagan they compete with less-educated tions, down significantly from 417 Wa
ition, the. Immigration Americans for jobs but not as much notices in 1999, according to a to t
id Control Act of 1986 now as in the past when the number 2006 Associated Press story. rea
or a beefing up of securi- of native-born workers with less That's where our agreement with imr
he U.S.-Mexican border, than a high school diploma was the Post, which voiced its support refl
d harsh penalties for greater. CBO estimates that the for the compromise as a whole, imi
who knowingly hired recent influx of less-educated ends. We're not so sold that enact- sou
migrants, and most immigrants "probably slows the ing flawed legislation just to fulfill


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Is the NAACP a Dinosaur
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The \enerable National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (.NAACP) is taking it
on the chin no\\adays The NAACP's stellar legac\


has fallen on hard times and questions abound if the\ can endure. Lack of
money' and membership has resulted in the 98- ear-old organization reduc-
ing staff and shutting down regional offices.
The embattled group is out of faIor with broad segments of Black
Americans. Nlichel Massie, chairman of the black consertatite group
Project 21, claims the NAACP is "a dinosaur" that needs to "come to grips
\ ith the fact that America has changed" since thel960s civil rights move-
ment. A Black Nationalist said on The Blacklist: "they have truly lost their
way and have failed. They are people who would go to great lengths to
insure that the status quo remains".
Be either they "Establishment" backers or bashers, neither segment is
giving the NAACP the love it needs. But, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond
has appealed to the public for help. In an interview with The Black Press
News Service Bond said the group has, "asked our regular supporters to
redouble their contributions" and is "asking anyone who has benefited from
the work of the NAACP to 'show some love' by putting a check in the mail
and becoming a member". Bond also said he has "called upon our board
members and SCF Trustees to give or get $15,000 each by the y ear's end".
Bond estimates that the effort "will put more than $1 million in our treas-
ury".
Across America there is a dedicated group of faithful that w ill respond to
Bond's plea. They include annual dues-paying members and NAACP
Special Contributions Fund Board of Trustees "Rainmakers" such as
retired Chrysler executive Roy Levy Williams, former Disney executive
Robert Billingslea and Anheuser Busch executive Wayman Smith.
Since its foundering, the organization has been in the forefront of issues
affecting the black community: lynching, segregation, affirmative action,
etc. But, one of its greatest victories may have been its spawn its decline
in membership. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court opinion case ofBrov\n
vs. Board of Education in 1954 that outlawed segregation in public schools
may have been the worst thing to happen to blacks and their perception of
the NAACP. Black conservatives crow that the Brown decision was mon-
umental in its declaration that segregation was unconstitutional. The
NAACP is a dinosaur because they say the decision "did not change pat-
terns of segregation."
Identifying and changing patterns of segregation wouldn't be happening
at local NAACP branch offices if the national headquarters can't get back
on its feet. Autonomous entities mostly run by unpaid volunteers, most of
the NAACP's 2,000 branches have no office, no secretary and rely on vol-
unteers.
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NA ACP will come together in Detroit for their 98th annual convention July
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as it moves away from partisan politics and back to the basis of addressing
black and civil rights issues the more relevant in black life it will be. In
1999, the NAACP introduced the "Knock Across America" campaign dur-
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neighbors to join. If the NAACP got 1 million new and paying members
by year's end, they'd have a $30 million cash flow and be able to bring
back workers and forcefully get back to the basis of their business.
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activities, including elections.
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Union Grand Lodge Participates in Flag Day celebration at Hemming Park
Wavers of the flag gathered on Flag Day, June 14th, at Hemming Park downtown. The Navy Band played patriotic music. Captain Wilson David Key
(USN, retired), a pilot who was a prisoner at the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War, was the guest speaker. Members of the Union Grand Lodge were
among the numerous Masonic organizations, organized labor groups, and veterans' organizations that participated in the event. Sheriff Rutherford, City
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson, and many other notable figures were in attendance. Members of the JSO gave a 21-gun salute that was followed by
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African-American Opposition to War in Iraq


By. Shari Logan
(NNPA) More than 313 African-
American soldiers have died in
Iraq, while Black enlistment has
declined by 50 percent. But still
there is an absence of protests by
outraged African-Americans who
want the war to end.
Ron Daniels, founder of the
Institute of the Black World, who
spoke at mass peace rallies during
the early days of the war, says there
is not a lack of concern on behalf of
African-Americans. But, he says,
there is no targeted funded effort to
mobilize African-Americans.
"Our problem will always be.our
lack of wealth," he says. "The
White community will always have


a Lesley Cagan." Cagan is co-chair
of United for Peace and Justice, an
anti-war coalition of 1300 local and
national groups.
Polls clearly reflect the Black
community's opposition. According
to the Pew Research Center 69 per-
cent of Black people believe that
the U.S. made a wrong decision in
going to war against Iraq.
In the early stages of the war, one
organization represented the oppo-
sition of the Black community.
Black Voices for Peace, founded by
activist Damu Smith was
entrenched in the anti-war marches,
drawing thousands of African-
Americans .from around the country
to march in Washington.


However, Smith's death from
cancer a year ago largely silenced
the African-American voice on the
national level. So far. e-mailed
interview requests to the group's
new leader went unanswered.
Although there are no large
protests by African-Americans,
there are organizations that are ded-
icated to ending the Iraq War.
Lawrence Hamm, founder of the
People's Organization for Progress
in Newark, N.J., has voiced opposi-
tion to the war. But, the group also
calls for an end to racial inequality,
discrimination, and for more jobs.
Hamm says that he has been
against the war from the beginning
because he knew it was based on


false pretenses, including the
alleged "weapons of mass destruc-
tion" that President Bush spoke of,
which were never found. Hamm's
group leads and participates in
protests, marches, vigils, and edu-
cates people on the facts of this war.
POP held a protest against the
war in April that drew a crowd of
more than 400 people according to
Hamm. "There is a stereotype that
the anti-war movement is this
White, hippy crowd," he said. "But
this effort is a true representation of
this population."
Hamm believes that mainstream
media decides not to show the
Black opposition because "they
don't want to link the development


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ATLANTA: Black lawmakers in
the U.S. state of Georgia on
Monday called for a special session
of the state Legislature to help free
a man serving a 10-year mandatory
sentence for engaging in consensu-
al oral sex when both he and the girl
were teenagers.
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor
of the Ebenezer Baptist Church
where the Rev. Martin Luther King
Jr. once preached, and three state
senators delivered a letter to Gov.
Sonny Perdue who is currently
on a trade trip in Europe urging
him to bring state lawmakers back
for a special session to change the
law keeping Genarlow Wilson
behind bars.
"We would encourage him to ask
what Georgia he is promoting.
Genarlow Wilson's Georgia?"
Warnock asked.
"The world is looking at Georgia
so it is appropriate that the gover-
nor respond."
Wilson's case has sparked an out-
cry in the state. Georgia lawmakers
last year changed the law under
which he was sentenced, only to
have Georgia's top court rule it can-
not be applied retroactively. Last
week, a county judge called
Wilson's sentence "a grave miscar-
riage of justice" and said he should
be released. By the state's attorney

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of the Black Freedom Struggle and
the Peace Movement."
On August 25, POP and the Peace
Coalition will hold another rally in
Newark to voice opposition to the
war and to petition the US to redi-
rect war funding in order to solve
social problems at home. Hamm is
confident that his protests, along
with others across the country, will
absolutely get the troops back
home.
"Never has an opposition for a
war developed so quickly. With
Vietnam, it took until 1975 for
troops to be pulled out," Hamm
says. He predicts that "by 2009, US
troops will be back home."


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general is appealing the ruling, say-
ing it could free more than 1,000
child molesters incarcerated in
Georgia.
Wilson, now 21, was convicted of
aggravated child molestation stem-
ming from a 2003 New Year's Eve
Party where he was captured on
videotape receiving oral sex from a
15-year-old girl. He was 17 at the
time. Wilson was also charged with
raping a second 17-year-old girl at
the party. Ajury acquitted him if the
rape charge.
Democratic State Sen. Kasim
Reed said that if Perdue declines to
act, the state Legislature should
take the historic step of calling
itself back to session.
There has already been talk among
House Republicans of returning to
Atlanta to try to reverse some of
Perdue's budget vetoes. Reed said
there could be an alliance with
Democrats who want to act on a
remedy for Wilson.
Such a move would require the
support of three-fifths of the mem-
bers in each chamber. Georgia's top
Republican state senator was the
key opponent of a bill introduced
earlier this year that would have
changed the law retroactively to
help Wilson.
Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley
said the letter would be passed
along to the governor. He said
Perdue had not taken a position on
the bill introduced earlier this year
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The Gospel of Prosperity: Does Wealth Mean You're Blessed?


by A. Bronner, BV
Hip-hop soul legend Mary J.
Blige has always let it be known
that God was an important part of
her life and upbringing. From
vignettes on her album to her oft-
present cross, the born-again
Christian insists that God wants her
to have nice things. In a recent
'Blender' magazine article, the
sometimes downtrodden diva stat-
ed:
"My God is a

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wants me to be the hottest thing on
the block. I don't know what kind of
God the rest ofy'all are serving, but
the God I serve says, 'Mary, you
need to be the hottest thing this
year, and I'm gonna make sure
you're doing that."'
Could Mary J. be a proponent of
what many term "The Gospel of
Prosperity?"
Though not an organized religion,
the prosperity gospel is an increas-
ingly-popular view commonly
found in tele.angelical preachings
.ind in Pentecostal churches; it
cl.mirns God ajllts Christians to be
-ucce,-sful in e\er\ ta.\, especially
in rthir finanices (Gnen face by
.\trican-.Amcrican television min-
sters such as C(reflo Dollar and Rev.
Frederick K.C Price real names),
prospernt proponents state that the
rrue Christian hias onlI to ask for
material w.elili and it \\ ill be grant-
ed.
Yet, if a Christian is not enjoying
these benefits, then it's because
they either have not
asked for
them or
because
they have
s o m e
blockage
in their
lives
which is
prevent-
ing God
from
blessing
them.


Furthermore, some critics of these
individual preachers and the move-
ment itself say the only ones
becoming prosperous are the minis-
ters themselves.
"It's materialism, it's the market-
place, it's also about the black mid-
dle class trying to alleviate its con-
science about dealing with those
who are less fortunate," says minis-
ter, author and professor for
Africana studies at the University of
Pennsylvania, Michael Eric Dyson.
"Why didn't we have the Gospel of
Prosperity during King's day? All of
a sudden, we can track it. The
expansion of the black middle class
has also created the necessity for a
theology that will justify our sta-
tus."
Dollar, 41, who is not obligated to
disclose his finances because his
church is tax-exempt, appears to be
financially fit. His World Changers
megachurch, founded in Atlanta in
1986, now has over 25,000 mem-
bers with an annual operating budg-
et of over $80 million. Dollar, who
has a multi-million dollar mansion
in Atlanta and two Rolls Royces,
flies on his private jet every
Saturday to New York City, where
in October 2004, he started a con-
gregation.
He owns a $2.5 million
Manhattan apartment in the exclu-
sive Time Warner Center, and col-
lects over $345,000 a month for the
New York church, which he says
stays there to build it. Before mak-
ing the physical move to New York,
the city was Dollar's largest televi-
sion market.


Packed to the rafters with people
of all ages and races, Rev. Dollar's
World Changers New York fills
Madison Square Garden's Theater
each week. Dollar's affable manner,
clever witticisms ("I'ma preach a
wig off your head tonight!") and
clear rules for living based on the
Bible make for good television and
an even larger congregation.
"To be broke means you lack,"
shouts Dollar from the stage, filled
with a modem choir and five-piece
band, including violinist. Overhead
hangs a huge "World Changers"
banner with people of all colors
looking fulfilled. There is also a
translator for the hearing impaired.
Dollar always qualifies prosperity
as not just material things, but also
love, relationships and health. "I'll
never be broke another day in my
life," he commands the audience to
say. "Turn to two people and say it."
Two offerings are taken before
the reverend began his main ser-
mon, the audience reflecting an
almost game-show like atmosphere,
as Dollar asked those who experi-
enced "increase this week" to bring
up their offerings. Hundreds of blue
envelopes flood the air as people
wave them madly. "If you have
experienced increase this week, and
would like to make a first offering,
we rejoice."
Richard "Ricke" Williams, 24, a
film producer from Patterson, New
Jersey has been attending World
Changers New York services since
September, 2005. "1 joined that
day," says Williams. "It's been
great. I've grown a lot as an individ-


ual; I'm a different person."
"Prosperity is key, but not neces-
sarily financial prosperity," contin-
ues Williams. "[Rev. Dollar] gets in
trouble with the media about this,
but he wants us to prosper in our
soul, health, family; mentally and
spiritually. You can have a million
dollars but your family is in disar-
ray. You can have money and not be
prosperous. Finances is just one part
of it."
There are as many Bible verses to
support prosperity as there are to
skewer it. Dyson, like many critics
of the prosperity churches, points
out that many prominent Christians
and even Jesus himself, was not a
rich man. Dollar, however, points to
Biblical titans such as Solomon and
David, who were wealthy. For
every verse that says it's easier for a
camel to get through an eye of a
needle than for a rich man to get
into heaven [Mark 10:25] there is
another which states that Jesus
came so that "they may have life,
and they might have it more abun-
dantly." [John 10:10]
"So now, we have a theology that
says that the only way, or the pri-
mary way God blesses us is through
having a Mercedes or a nice Rolex
or some nice diamonds or some
nice clothes and a nice place to
live," says Dyson. "All that's great,
but the question is, is that the unal-
terable sign of God's blessing? If
that's the case, Jesus was the great-
est failure as a Christian we've ever
seen."
Dyson continues, "Jesus was a
revolutionary. Jesus spoke against


the common order of the day. Jesus
spoke against the status quo. That
Jesus didn't go to the White House
to try to curry favor. That Jesus
spoke prophesy in ways that made
leaders uncomfortable, in fact, they
wanted to kill him," he says. "We
have to ask the question, what are
you doing? Do these ministers
speak about racism? Do they speak
about sexism or homophobia? Do
they talk out against the issues of
the day? Yes, people call His name,
but they're not preaching His
gospel."
"[Dollar] doesn't get paid from
the church, but from writing his
books, his travels and tape sales,"
states Williams. "Our tithes and
offerings stay in the church to build
it. If you think about it, he has a
huge flock. I realized that [my
offerings] are for God. At the point
of giving, you give because you
love God."
Williams, who says his finances
have not necessarily changed, says
his soul has in fact prospered since
becoming a member of World
Changers, and that eventually, when
he can correctly apply "the system
God works on" he will be blessed
on the material plane. As for Mary
J. Blige's quote, Williams pretty
much agrees.
"She's using very worldly words,"
he qualifies. "But if you think about
it, she's recognizing Him. If they
always see you broke, and not pros-
pering and depressed, why would
they try to understand
[Christianity]? I can see why God
wants to see her at her best."


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Bishop T.D. Jakes "Repositions" Himself


by G Garrisson
In his new book, TV evangelist,
megachurch pastor and best-selling
author Bishop T.D. Jakes advises
his readers to transform themselves
and move into a new stage of life.
The book, "Reposition Yourself:
Living Life Without Limits," also
appears to be part of Jakes' own
strategy of remaking himself as a
self-help guru to reach a broader
audience.
With a foreword by Dr. Phil, and
more generic spiritual writing that
takes the approach of a motivation-
al life coach. Jakes follows in the


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mega-selling footsteps of fellow
evangelist-motivator-pastor-authors
Rick Warren and Joel Osteen.
"Osteen has created this model
for people coming out of charismat-
ic backgrounds who are reaching


who we need to be," Jakes said.
"We're made to feel if we change
anything you're not loyal."
Jakes said some of the most
"effective people are those who
reposition themselves" and cites
Queen Latifah, who went from hip-
hop artist to actress to cover girl, as
an example.
"There may be more gifts in you
than you experienced at 20, 30, 40
or 50," Jakes said. "You had better
use the life span you have to its
fullest potential. Don't be locked
down to what you were 20 years
ago. We change with time."
Much of his message involves
reaction to adversity, and the impor-
tance of using faith to turn a bad sit-
uation to good, he said.
"There's a crucifixion before the
resurrection," he said. "In my own
life, some of the greatest successes
came out of my greatest crises."
In school, Jakes was told by his
teachers he could never be a public
speaker because he talked with a
lisp. They criticized his writing and
singing voice. Now he's one of the
most polished evangelists on televi-
sion, a frequent presence on Black
Entertainment Television and
Trinity Broadcasting Network. So
Jakes knows how to reposition.
"This book is not for wimps,"
Jakes said. "I'm not suggesting it's
easy. Life is not easy."


out and finding accessible a more
upscale evangelical audience," said
retired Auburn University history
professor David Edwin Harrell,
who has written numerous books
about Pentecostalism. "They are
reaching out to a more upscale,
broader audience. I don't think
there's any doubt Jakes is tapping
into it."
The book grew out of a sermon
series that Jakes, pastor of the
30,000-member Potter's House in
Dallas, preached called
"Positioning Yourself for
Prosperity."
He decided to leave the word
"prosperity" out of the book title, he
said in a telephone interview.
"I didn't want people to misun-
derstand what it's about," Jakes
said. "What I am saying is more
along the lines of economic
empowerment, how important edu-


cation is for our children."
He also addresses personal
finance, such as paying down debt
and avoiding predatory lending.
But it's more about acquiring spiri-
tual wealth, such as having a good
family life, he said.
"It's more than the magic of giv-
ing and God's going to bless you,"
Jakes said. "I'm not talking about
getting rich. I talk to too many rich
people who are suicidal."
Jakes said he has changed as a
preacher through the years.
"It evolves every day," he said.
"You tend to assume you under-
stand God. We're learning more and
more about God every day."
In this book, he touts transforma-
tion for every person, always mak-
ing adjustments to improve and be
more successful.
"Repositioning is about chang-
ing, the freedom to change and be


Wise Guys Book Club Rewards Literary Minded Students


Derya Williams (River Region Human Services), Nondumiso Maphazi
(Mayor of Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and Concilwoman Pat
Lockett-Felder.

South African Mayor


Meets with City Leaders


On Wednesday, June 13th,
Nondumiso Maphazi, Mayor of
Port Elizabeth in South Africa, met
with community leaders at
Jacksonville's City Hall. She came
to the U.S. seeking possible solu-
tions to economic challenges and
health issues in her city. Maphazi
became a member of the National
Parliament of South Africa in 1994,
the year apartheid ended. She
moved on to the Port Elizabeth City
Council and was elected as Mayor
in March 2006.


One of the health issues faced by
Port Elizabeth and other cities in
South Africa is AIDS. Derya
Williams, CEO of River Region
Human Services, travels annually
to South Africa with a group that
seeks to reduce the spread of AIDS
through education about the disease
and how to prevent it. "Mayor
Maphazi is an inspiring leader with
a strong vision for her city and her
country," Williams said after meet-
ing with her.


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Democrats Push for Probe of Florida Voter Suppression


Continued from front
dated August 2004 -- listing near-
ly 2,000 potential voters in
Jacksonville, Fla.
The e-mails were posted on a
political Web site,but a White
House spokeswoman said the
Democrats did not doubt their
authenticity.
"Caging" refers to efforts to dis-
qualify voters who fail to sign for
registered campaign mail sent to
their houses. In theory, the practice
identifies homes where voters no
longer live. But the Democrats said
in a letter to Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales that "there are
many reasons why registered mail
might be 'returned to sender' that


have nothing to do with a voter's
eligibility."
The caging lists targeted predom-
inantly African-American neigh-
borhoods in Jacksonville, the sena-
tors said in their letter.
Justice Department spokesman
Dean Boyd said the agency is "not
able to comment on an individual
who is no longer a Department
employee, nor on allegations about
this individual before he became a
Department employee."
Griffin stepped down as interim
U.S. attorney in Little Rock earlier
this month.
The caging controversy also was
raised last month by Monica
Goodling, the Justice Department's


former White House liaison. In
House testimony, Goodling said
Deputy Attorney General Paul
McNulty was aware of allegations
of Griffin working to cage votes in
2004 but told a Senate panel he
was unfamiliar with the case.
Goodling said McNulty "was
aware that that was an issue. I told
him the day before that it was" and
provided him then newspaper sto-
ries about the allegations, she testi-
fied.
People close to McNulty have
said he did not have time to review
the media stories before the Senate
hearing in February and told law-
makers he did not know enough
about the situation to discuss it.


Shown at the event is Chiquita Streater with her son Gregory who read 29 books (Lake Lucina Elementary)
and Latasha Green-Cobb with her reading kids Jorion who read 77 books, Curtis who read 26 and Ciera
Romero who read 229 books. They all attend Ft. Caroline Elementary.


Continued from front
"Reading is the most critical sub-
ject of all," said Joseph Wise,
Superintendent of Schools, Duval
County Public Schools. "Students
can't excel in science, social stud-
ies, math or any other subject area
without a strong foundation/profi-
ciency in reading."
For almost 10 years, Duval
County Public Schools has imple-
mented a 25-book standard, where
all students are required to read at
least 25 books a year in addition to


their assigned classroom text mate-
rials. The twenty-five-book desig-
nation is a national standard that
education researchers and reading
advocates identified as equivalent
to one million words over a course
of school years.
During the 2006-07 school year,
there were 82,843 Wise Guys Book
Club members 46,989 read 26
books; 17,604 read 50 books; 9,050
read 75 books; 5,164 students read
100 books; 2,461 read 125 books;
and 1,575 read 250 or more books.


To honor their achievement,
nationally-recognized book charac-
ters and about 30 exhibitors and
vendors including the Jacksonville
Zoo, the Jaguars and the
Jacksonville Suns were on-site
leading special activities and giving
away free books, food, prizes, and
awards. In addition, are a number of
celebrity reader shared stories with
attendees including Miss First
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Black Men of all Ages Strengthened and Educated at Boys2Men


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Betty Burney and Senator Tony Hill pose with teens after Burney's workshop titled "The Play Book: A Discussion on the Benefits of a Good Education", during Friday's Boys 2 Men Hip
Hop Summit held at the Downtown Public Library, First Coast News Anchor Mark Spain sits for blood pressure and prostate cancer screening during Saturday's Boys 2 Men Health
Symposium held at Edward Waters College Gymnasium, DCHD's Charles Griggs, Jacksonville City Councilmember Glorious Johnson, workshop speaker Grayson Marshall and incoming
Jacksonville City Councilmember Stephen Joost pose during Friday's Boys 2 Men Hip Hop Summit held at the Downtown Public Library. Bottom righ; Keynote speaker Na'im Akbar


Friday, June 15th's agenda
included a line up of dynamic
national and local speakers and age-
appropriate workshops for boys as
well as workshops for adults, high-
lighting various topics on ways
boys can successfully transition
from boys to men. Some of the
workshop topics were: Scrimmage:
Me vs. Hip Hop; Hoop Help (Ask
the Doctor); He's the Man (Sex,
Masculinity and Respect); and
From Boys 2 Men, which included
an impressive panel of teen males
who spoke candidly about their per-
ception of manhood. The work-
shops were designed to be interac-
tive and gave the boys and adults
the opportunity to interact.
In addition to the workshops, the


day included big fun too, as the
boys danced, won gift certificates
for their participation and ate a
healthy lunch together. One young
man had this to say of Friday's Boys
2 Men, "This is so much fun.
Through the workshops, I learned
about the importance of doing well
in school and saying no to things
that could stop me from succeeding,
like sex and drugs." Jacksonville
City Councilwoman and Honorary
Chair of the 2007 Boys 2 Men, the
Honorable Glorious Johnson said, "
I am overwhelmed by all the sup-
port and attendance. Our goal was
to present speakers and workshops
that are relevant and practical for
urban boys. We exceeded our goal."
The excitement carried over to


Saturday, June 16, as the Boys 2
Men Health Symposium and
Basketball game concluded the 2-
day event with the adult man in
mind. Close to 200 men attended
the Health Symposium and
received free health screenings such
as: prostate cancer screenings, dia-
betes risk assessments, and choles-
terol and sickle cell screenings.
First Coast News' Mark Spain,
who was the Master of Ceremony
for Saturday's workshops, was
among the many screened.
"This health symposium offers
the possibility that at least one man
could prevent prostate cancer
because he was screened. If we
help save one life because of free
screenings offered in our communi-


Could You Suffering From


Computer Vision


In the last few
decades there has
h been an employ-
ment trend towards
more office related positions.
Instead of becoming farmers, store
managers and school teachers like
our grandparents, many more peo-
ple are becoming stock brokers,
office administrators and business
executives. But this change from
blue collar to white collar job mar-
kets effects more then what kind of
bleach we put in the wash.
These days a little more then 50%
of the workforce uses some sort of
computer terminal on a daily basis.
This constant focus on the comput-
er screen has brought a new area of
concern for eye care professionals.
It's called Computer Vision
Syndrome, or, more commonly,
Eye Strain. We've all experienced it
before. After spending hours at the
computer we step away feeling
tired and groggy. Our heads hurts,
and our eyes are red and irritated.
The main cause of the syndrome is
the way our eyes perceive pictures
on the computer screen. Images on
the computer are made up of pixels;
tiny dots that, when combined and


viewed from a distance, make up a
complete picture.
The problem with pixels is that
our eyes are not designed to see
only the composite picture the pic-
ture represents. Instead our eyes try
to focus on each individual pixel
before creating the larger composite
image. This results in our eyes con-
stantly focusing and refocusing as
we sit in front of the screen.
This constant refocusing is what
leaves our eyes feeling tired and our
heads aching. And because we
blink less often while viewing the
computer screen, our eyes become
dry, tired and irritated.
These symptoms that can some-
times seem minor, can eventually
develop into severe headaches,
backaches and muscle spasms.
Of course the question now arises,
if sitting in front of the computer
screen is a mandatory part of our
job, how do we avoid the effects of
eye strain?
There are several simple steps we
can take while at work to avoid
being significantly effected by
Computer Vision Syndrome.
First and foremost, our eyes sim-
ply need a rest. At least once an


Syndrome?
hour, look away from the comput-
er screen and try to focus your eyes
on something else. Try focusing on
objects at a distance. Hold your
gaze for a few seconds, then switch
to focusing on something close.
This is sort of like yoga for your
eyes. By controlling how your eyes
focus then refocus, you will help
strengthen your eye muscles.
Even though it may sound silly,
take some extra time to blink.
Regular blinking helps to keep your
eyes moisturized and helps clear
eyes of allergens and other irritants.
Placing your monitor approxi-
mately a few extra inches away will
help your eyes focus better on the
images created by pixels.
Increasing the distance between
your eyes and the monitor helps the
pixel collage come together. It also
helps to cut down on harmful glare
from the illumination of the com-
puter screen.
Perhaps most importantly, take a
break from time to time. Doctors
recommend that modern day desk
jockeys get up and walk around for
general health purposes anyway.
Give your eyes and your body a 4-5
minute rest at least once an hour.
Following these easy steps will
help reduce the effects of Computer
Eye Syndrome and keep your eyes
healthy.


ty, we are actively making a differ-
ence," said Sen. Tony Hill. Noted
speaker, author and Professor Dr.
Na'im Akbar reiterated Senator
Hill's sentiments with the delivery
of his soul-stirring and conscious-
ness-raising key-note address:
Growing from Boys 2 Men.
The culminating event for the
2007 Boys 2 Men events was the


much anticipated Community
Basketball game between the young
and the young at heart the boys
and the men. The tables turned dur-
ing this year's game as the men beat
the boys 63 to 53. While the boys
had a loud bark, the men delivered.
"This game demonstrated healthy,
fun competition.
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t just on the court," said
Griggs, Duval County
Department's Director of
nications and Boys 2 Men
all Game coordinator.


How Halle Berry Stays Fit


Ever wonder how Halle Berry
maintains her slim frame? Or how
she managed to fit into that cat suit
so well? Well, it's called the Five
Factor Fitness plan and it's the cre-
ation of personal trainer, Harley
Pasternak. There is no food depri-
vation, no counting calories, and
very little exercise involved.
The plan consists of only 25-
minute workouts, five times a
week. Combine that with five meals
everyday and you've GOT IT.
The Workouts
Here's a peek at what the exercise
portion of the plan includes:
All workouts are based on five
different five-minute phases:


1. Cardio warm-up
2. Upper-body strength exercise
3. Lower-body strength exercise
4. Core exercise
5. Fat-burning cardio
The last phase can continue for as
long as 30 minutes, but doesn't
need to in order for the exercises to
start working. Though it is recom-
mended for those who are looking
to shed a few extra pounds, in addi-
tion to a healthy lifestyle.
The Meals
As for the nutrition portion of the
plan, it also comes in five easy
steps. All you have to do is fulfill
the following five steps during the
five meals you eat per day.


1. The main dish should contain
only low-fat, quality protein
2. Try to incorporate a low-to-
moderate glycemic carbohydrate
(think beans, vegetables, sweet
potatoes, wild rice).
3. Always get five to ten grams of
fiber per meal.
4. Only include healthy fats
5. Drink a non-sugared beverage
Here's the very best piece of news:
you can cheat! One day a week you
are allowed to eat anything you
want! So whether it's a bowl of ice
cream that you've been day dream-
ing about or that mocha at the local
coffee shop, you've got one day to
indulge.


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MONROE, Ga. Newly released
files from the lynching of two black
couples more than 60 years ago
contain a disturbing revelation: The
FBI investigated suspicions that a
three-term governor of Georgia
sanctioned the murders to sway
rural white voters during a tough
election campaign.
The 3,725 pages obtained by
under the Freedom of Information
Act do not make conclusions about
the still-unsolved killings at
Moore's Ford Bridge. But they raise
the possibility that Eugene
Talmadge's politics may have been
a factor when a white mob dragged
the four from a car, tied them to a
tree and opened fire.
"I'm not surprised ... historians
over the years have concluded the
violently racist tone of his 1946
campaign may have been indirectly
responsible for the violence that
came at Moore's Ford," said Robert
Pratt, a University of Georgia histo-
ry professor who has studied the
case. "It's fair to say he's one of the


most virulently racist governors the
state has ever had."
Talmadge, who died just months
after his 1946 election to a fourth
term, dominated Georgia politics in
the 1930s and 1940s with a mix of
racism and pocketbook populism.
He came under FBI scrutiny
because of a visit he made to the
north Georgia town of Monroe two
days before the Democratic guber-
natorial primary and a day after a
highly charged racial incident there,
a fight in which a black sharecrop-
per stabbed and severely wounded
a white farmer. The sharecropper
was one of the four people who
would later be lynched.
In a report sent to FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover, the agent in charge
of the investigation said Talmadge
met with George Hester, the broth-
er of the stabbed farmer. Citing an
unconfirmed witness statement, the
agent said Talmadge offered immu-
nity to anyone "taking care of
negro."


Sen. Obama has been a sensa-
tion since he hit the presidential
campaign trail and he is courting
any and all votes.
At most any barbershop sooner o
r later they're talking politics --
presidential politics. Bring up who
they are going to vote for in the
Democratic primary, and you'll start
a spirited debate.
"So you're voting for him just
because he's black."
"No."
"But, but, but you are."
"The reason I'm voting for him is
because I believe he has good
morals."
Barack Obama
or Hillary Clinton
For these black voters, the choice
already boils down to just two --
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., or Sen.
Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.


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"I would vote for Hillary Clinton."
"Barack Obama. I mean the broth-
er is worth being in office."
"I would go with Hillary, with
experience of her husband being in
there."
The Bill Factor
One of Hillary Clinton's biggest
advantages is her husband, former
President Bill Clinton. He remains
enormously popular among
African-Americans.
Former Baltimore mayor Kurt
Schmoke was a supporter of the
former president and believes there
is still a strong connection.
"I think there is a lot of goodwill
for her in the black community
because of Bill Clinton," Schmoke
said. "And if he weren't involved in
the campaign, I am less confident
that she would have that strong sup-
port."
And part of it is that many --
maybe most -- black voters are not
flocking to Obama just because he's
black.
Looking Beyond Race
It's much more complex than that
says the activist Rev. Al Sharpton.
"You've got to remember, we've
had two black secretaries of state,"
Sharpton said. "We've had black
mayors, some of which have been
disappointing. We've had blacks in
high positions. ... The novelty of
just saying, 'I'm black,' going for a
big position is not what it was."
Sharpton flexed his own political
muscle recently by sponsoring a
candidates forum -- facetiously
dubbed the "Sharpton Primary."


Actress Victoria Rowell participated in a Women of Color luncheon
sponsored by the Clinton Campaign that brought together over 300
high profile African-American women. Atthe event, Maya Angelou


announced her endorsement.
Clinton and Obama, and former
Sen. John Edwards of North
Carolina all attended.
Loyalty to Gender or Race
And what about African-American
women? Will they be torn between
loyalty to gender -- or loyalty to
race?
Angela Burt-Murray, editor in
chief of Essence magazine, one of
the most-read black women's maga-
zines, believes black women have
to think about the same issues all
Americans think about -- the war,
the economy and health care.
Issues, she says, have nothing to do
with the color or gender of the com-
mander in chief.
"It's going to come down to the
issues," she said. "It's such an
important race this year. It's not
something that you can just: 'I'm
going to vote for the black guy,' or
'I'm going to vote for the woman,'
and trust they are going to advance
my agenda just because they look
like me."
Schmoke, now a dean at Howard
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believes there's also something
intangible at work -- that some
African-Americans just don't
believe white America would elect
a black man president.
"It says, 'Why jump in here and get
on this bandwagon when we think
that down the road that this country
is not going to be ready for this?
Shouldn't we look at some other
alternatives?'" Schmoke said.
Back at the Barpershop, there are
conflicted feelings about America's
readiness.
"It never really entered my mind,
having a black president. I never
thought it would happen, but it
would be an amazing thing to see."
"Wouldn't it be nice, and success-
ful probably, if Hillary Clinton ran
for president and Barack Obama
vice president. If that's not a
change!"
"It's time for change, but I don't
think that America is ready for the
black president.
It's a marathon, not a sprint to
November 2008. They'll have to
wait and see if history is made.


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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, V2 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.
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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", Now funnyman will be
be performing in Jacksonville 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.

Lunch and Learn
with Audrey Gibson
JCCI invites all to participate in
the Lunch and Learn Series on
Wednesday, June 27th. This
months focus will ne "Fixing
Florida's problems...Our hurricane
insurance & property tax crises".
The lunchtime conversation with


Rep. Audrey Gibson will be held
on Wednesday, June 27th from
Noon to 1:00 p.m. in the JCCI
Conference Room, 2434 Atlantic
Blvd.Bring your own lunch. Water
and dessert will be provided.
Reservations are requested as seat-
ing is limited. RSVP to Sandra by
June 25 at 396-3052.

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.

Buck O' Neil Exhibit
Opens at DHS
The Durkeeville Historical Society
will open their exhibit, "Buck on
Time: The Life and Legacy of Buck
O'Neill and the Negro Baseball
League." The exhibit will be at the
Society's new facility, the
Durkeeville and Northwest
Jacksonville Historical and Cultural
Center located at 1293 W. 19th
Street. The exhibit will open on
Saturday, June 30th from 1:00-
5:00 pm and will be on display each
Saturday 1:00-5:00pm from June
30-August 11, 2007. This event is
free and open to the public. For
information contact: Carolyn
Williams at phone, 904-620-1866
or email: cwilliam@unf.edu.

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


From left to right): Paige Gibson, Matthew Booker, Christian
Lazenby, Angelym Lindor, Kenneth D., and Joseph Wells Jr.

UNF One-Act Plays

Celebrates Black Experience
The University of North Florida's Department of English will pres-
ent an evening of two one-act plays celebrating the African-American
experience 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 per-
sonal, familial and collective past.
The cast features both UNF students and members of the Jacksonville
community. The performances are for mature audiences. The produc-


tion is free and open to the public.

Springfield. Light refreshments will
be served. For more info call 626-
2812 or info@nokturnalescape.com

2007 White Linen
Party on the River
This red carpet White Linen Affair
will be on the Lady St. John River
Boat featuring drink specials and
free food. The boat takes off at 8
p.m. on Saturday, June 30th and
returns at 12 a.m. The party will
feature the sounds of Groove City
Entertainment with a VIP afterparty
at Deep Blue at the Landing. This
event will be filmed for the new TV
show Urban Exposure Jacksonville
launching in July 2007. Tickets are
available at the Record Shop in the
Town and Country Shopping


Center on Arlington Expressway or
call 222-5428.

First Friday Mixer
Join Jacksonville's largest social
networking group from 6-9pm at
the kick-off of FIRST FRIDAYS
REMIX! This one will be held on
Friday, July 6th beginning at 7 p.m.
until 2 a.m. Every month at Tera
Nova (New World), located on the
corner of Philips Highway and
Baymeadows Road. participants
will experience an excellent envi-
ronment for presentations, trade
show exposure, networking, and
just plain-old, happy hour fun! For
vendor, sponsorship, or RSVP
information...please call 904-962-
7284.


Do you know someone who is constantly doingfor oth-
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JACKSON SETTLES $48MILLLION LAWSUIT
Michael Jackson's legal team settled a lawsuit
filed by a New Jersey financial company that
claimed the singer owed them $48 million.
Jury selection for the case was about to get under-
way Monday when the settlement between Jackson
and Prescient Acquisition of Hackensack, N.J was
announced by the judge. Terms were not disclosed.
Steven Altman, a lawyer for Prescient owner
Darien Dash, said his client was owed the money
for helping Jackson refinance a $272 million bank loan and secure $573
million in financing to buy Sony Corp's half of the Beatles' song catalog
that Sony co-owned with the King of Pop.
Jackson's defense? He claimed he never heard of Dash and didn't remem-
ber signing an agreement.
EDDIE MURPHY, J-HUD INVITED TO JOIN FILM ACADEMY
They may not have given him an Oscar, but the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has
invited Eddie Murphy, as well as his Oscar-winning
"Dreamgirls" co-star Jennifer Hudson, to join its
coveted ranks.
A total of 115 actors, filmmakers, studio executives
and others were invited into the exclusive group,
including British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jennifer
Aniston and Steve Carell.
Academy rules would have allowed nearly 150 new members this year,
but the group's selecting committees endorsed fewer candidates than the
maximum. The academy enacted policies four years ago to slow its
growth, with the number of members eligible to vote on the Oscars hold-
ing steady at a bit below 6,000 since then.
OJ BOOK RIGHTS AWARDED TO GOLDMAN FAMILY
The plot thickens in the saga over a company owned
by Simpson's four children that held the rights for his
canceled book, "If I Did It," which told a hypotheti-
cal account of how O.J. could have murdered his ex-
wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron
Goldman.
Last week a judge awarded Goldman's family
rights to the book from Lorraine Brooke Associates,
the now-bankrupt Miami outfit which the judge ruled
was merely a shell company set up specifically to
shelter book profits from Goldman's family, who .it ".
have been trying to collect on a $38 million wrong-
ful death judgment against Simpson. A jury acquitted
him of murder in 1995.


ONE ON ONE: LAILA ALI


by K. Wiliiams, EUR
Kam Williams: Hi, Laila. The
first thing I have to ask you is, did
you know that your dad was here in
Princeton a few days ago?
Laila Ali: No, I had no idea. I'm
just so busy.
KW: They're calling him Dr. Ali,
now, because he was awarded an
honorary degree from the
University at graduation.
LA: Oh wow, that's cool!
KW: I met him twice before. The
first time was way before you were
born, back in 1967. He was training
in Manhattan for the Zora Folley
fight. A teacher who knew I was a
fan took me to see him work out.
Muhammad's sparring partner at the
time was future champ Jimmy Ellis,
and we watched them go a couple
of rounds. And while I was there,
another future champ, Joe Frazier,
who was up and coming but not
very well known at the time, came
in, loudly demanding a title fight.
Ali talked some trash, leaned over
the ropes and snapped Smokin'
Joe's suspenders, asking him what
made him think he could put up a
good fight, which made everybody
there laugh. The other time was in
the early Eighties in Beverly Hills
when he was driving a Rolls Royce
convertible down Rodeo Drive. All
the pedestrians on the street started
chanting Ali, Bomaye! [meaning
"Ali, kill him!" This was the phrase
that the people of Zaire chanted
while he was training for and again
during the George Foreman fight.]
LA: Oh, I just loved that car.
KW: Why did you decide to make
the bio-pic Daddy's Girl?
LA: Well, it wasn't my idea.
Reggie Bythewood was the produc-
er. It was his baby. He pitched the
idea to me. I didn't really know


what was going to come of it, as far
as how it was going to turn out. He
started doing the footage and fol-
lowing me around, and I'm happy
with the way it came out.
KW: This is pretty honest docu-
mentary. In fact it opens up with
you saying, "My father may have
been the greatest boxer, but he def-
initely wasn't the greatest father."
LA: Well, I don't think that I nec-
essarily would have chosen to start
it out that way.
KW: Oh, that's the way it was
edited.
LA: Exactly, but people have to
understand that, to me, that's not a
negative statement. Obviously, it
sounds like it is, but there are a lot
of parents out there who wish they
would have done things differently.
And, like I said, my dad would
probably be one of the first ones to
say that.
KW: Yet, you still followed in his
career footsteps. Did you think that
you were going to be a boxer while
you were growing up?
LA: No, though I'd always been
an aggressive person, and had a
competitive spirit. I saw women's
boxing on television for the first
time when I was 18, and that's when
I wanted to do it. So, it didn't come
from me watching my father. I did-
n't know the sport existed; there-


fore, I wasn't really interested in it
until I saw it.
KW: Do you think there might be
something genetic about your inter-
est, since Freeda Foreman and
Jackie Frazier, daughters of George
and Joe, became boxers?
LA: You also had Archie Moore's
daughter in the sport before I was,
Ingemar Johansson's daughter, and
Roberto Duran's granddaughter. So,
it's the same as with anything else.
There are women, and there are
men, who are just going to happen
to want to fight, though I think my
having some success in my career
definitely forced the issue with
some of the other girls. But I'm the
only one now who's still fighting. I
guess they tried t1. and it didn't
work, or there was something the\
didn't like about it So. the\ mo'ed
on, and I'm the onl\ one that actual-
ly has had any staying power and
became a world champion
KW: You're the undefeated world d
champion, 24 and 0. is it time to
move on and parla\ that success
into something else'
Well, I definitely
reached my goals, and
unfortunately, it's left i..
a void in how I feel I
about my career ..!,.
because it wasn't as ;
challenging as I :


would have liked it to have been on
the way up, as you saw in the docu-
mentary. It would be very difficult
to continue to train hard and remain
motivated after some of the situa-
tions I ended up in. I never intend-
ed to box forever, and always
planned to move on to do other
things. So, I'm pretty much where I
thought I'd be right now, undefeated
and a world champion.


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SOprah
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Tom Cruise
Oprah Winfrey has replaced Tom
Cruise at the top of Forbes maga-
zine's list of the 100 most influen-
tial stars, an annual tally that deter-
mines a celebrity's power from
assessing earnings and presence in
the media.
The talk show host has a bank
account boasting $260 million,
which puts her in first place above
golfer Tiger Woods, who moved
from No. 5 last year to No. 2 on
earnings of $100 million.
In ranking Madonna third on the
list, the magazine credits her heav-
ily-covered adoption of a baby boy
from Malawi, along with becoming
the highest grossing female artist in
history with her "Confessions"
tour.
Jay Z, the rap star-turned-music
executive and boyfriend of singer
Beyonce, made his Forbes Power
List debut at No. 9, with $83 mil-
lion earned in the past year.


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Local Talent and Flavor Featured at Ritz Amateur Night


Kimilyn Coulter


Myles "The Legend"


Continued from front
This quarters cadre of talent
included a diverse mix of singers,
spoken work poets, musicians and
dancers of all ages. Included in the
talent roster were Johnny Blake
who brought the audience to their
feet with Otis Reddings' "Try a
Little Tenderness"; Young Kimilyn
Coulter had the mostly African-
American audience tapping their
feet to the country and western
song, "I Break Things"; God's
Prophetic Outreach Ministry syn-
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how all ages can participate in giv-
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crooned R&B star Musiq's number
one ballad "Love"; Latara Osorio
recited a spoken word poem enti-
tled "Superstar" that dealt with the
Black woman's urgency to to seek a
man with it all at the urgency of her
friends, often over looking good
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Tate wowed the audience with her
soulful rendition of "I Need You
Now" and Jerome Vereen played
the piano and sang "Superstar".
First place honors went to Nikki
Dawson in the youth category with
her rendition of "You're Holy" and
returning rap champion "Seven J"
won his spot in the finals for "Call
On God." All of the top three win-
ners in each category will compete
in the finals later this year.


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