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, Does Black
Miss. Judge Rules Whites
Subjected to Voting Discrimination
JACKSON, Miss., The head of a Mississippi Democratic Party organ-
ization illegally suppressed white residents' votes, a federal judge ruled
last week in the first case filed by the Justice Department alleging that
whites were subjected to voting discrimination based on their race.
U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee ruled that Ike Brown, chairman of the
Democratic Executive Committee of Noxubee County, violated the
Voting Rights Act by issuing different procedures for collecting and
counting absentee ballots from white and black voters. The executive
committee, also found liable in the case, is responsible for administering
Democratic primaries in the county.
There was "ample direct and circumstantial evidence of an intent to dis-
criminate against white voters which has manifested itself through prac-
tices designed to deny and/or dilute the voting rights of white voters in
Noxubee County," Lee's ruling said.
New Poll has Hillary Ahead
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) may have bolted ahead
of the pack in the money race, but he's still lag-
ging behind his New York rival in the populari-
ty contest among Democrats, according to a
new poll. A CNN/Opinion Research
Corporation poll, conducted June 22-24, shows
that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y) is leading
Obama, 43 to 25 percent, with John Edwards at 17
percent. But what isn't clear is whether early skeptics
- those who genuinely like Obama but questioned whether he has what it
takes to be a serious contender will jump on the Barack Bandwagon
now that he's proved some mettle in the money department.
The $55.7 million that Obama has raked in for the Democratic primar-
ies is more than the total raised by then-frontrunner Howard Dean ($53
million) during the entire year of 2003. In fact, Obama has raised more
than anybody in history at this stage in the race. So how does Obama's
camp see the new poll numbers? "One of our opponents is also the quasi-
incumbent in the race, who in our belief will and should lead just about
every national poll from now until the Iowa caucuses. Expect nothing
different and attach no significance to it," says Obama's campaign man-
ager David Plouffe.
Ireland Elects First Black Mayor
It's amazing how they manage to do in the rest
of the world what we can't do in our country or
city for that matter.
The country of Ireland has elected it's first
Black mayor. A Nigerian man who arrived in
Ireland as an asylum seeker seven years ago has
become the country's history maker. Rotimi
Adebari has been elected as first citizen of
Portlaoise in County Laois.
Mayor Adebari The 43-year-old fled from Nigeria in 2000
because of religious persecution. After a few weeks, he and his family
settled in the County Laois town.
In 2004, he was elected in the local elections as an independent coun-
cillor and last week he became mayor.
The father-of-four has completed a masters degree in intercultural stud-
ies at Dublin City University and now works for Laois County Council,
coordinating an integration project for local immigrants.
Real Estate Mogul to Build Vegas Resort
African American real estate mogul and author R. Donahue Peebles has
recently closed on a deal to purchase 13 acres of land near the Las Vegas
strip on which he plans to build the city's largest and only five-star non-
gambling hotel with an estimated value of $2.5 billion.
The project will be the largest of its type in the nation developed and
owned by an African American. Peebles' plans call for four 55-story glass
towers consisting of 800 luxury suites and 1,000 condominiums as well
40,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and spa space.
Peebles is founder and president of the nation's largest Black-owned
real estate development company The Peebles Corporation based in
Coral Gables, Florida. His portfolio already includes luxury hotel and
residential properties in Washington, D.C., Miami Beach, the Florida
Keys and Las Vegas.
Black Men Convicted at Record Pace
According to a recent report released by the Justice Department, the
number of incarcerated Americans reached an all-time record last year.
Local, state and federal officials jailed an additional 62,000 people as of
June 2006 sending the prison population to 2.24 million people.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) annual report says the 2.8 per-
cent increase in incarcerations was the largest increase in six years.
Blacks and Hispanics are the primary people being jailed. Currently,
Black men, who are roughly 6 and a-half percent of the nation's total
population, represented 37 percent of those behind bars.
African American males have an incarceration rate of 4.8 percent
compared to 1.9 percent for Hispanics and 0.7 percent for whites.
Amazingly, 11 percent of all Black males between 25 and 34 are in
prison. The primary culprits are the so-called war on drugs and tougher
(some critics argue extreme) sentencing laws. The U.S. has more of its
citizens in prison than any other nation in the world. Communist-led
China, for example, has a population nearly four times larger than that of
the U.S. but has fewer people in prison.
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Volume 21 No. 16 Jacksonville, Florida July 5-11, 2007
Slavery Apologies: the New Fad for America
It has become commonplace for
celebrities and politicians, among
others, to apologize when they are
caught saying or doing something
that offends their audiences and
threatens the loss of money or votes
- so commonplace, in fact, that it is
easy to dismiss their sincerity.
But there is a growing trend of
apologies with a more serious
impact that should not be ignored:
that of major institutions and of
state governments to apologize for
their roles in slavery in the United
Just days ago the New York
Assembly the equivalent of a
house of representatives in many
legislatures unanimously passed a
bill expressing the state's regrets
about its major role in the slave
industry upon which so much of the
nation's economy was built. That
was a first step toward this becom-
ing an actual state law.
"If it were not for slavery, the State
of New York would not be great
state that it is. It would not be the
financial capital of the world,"
Assemblyman Keith Wright, a
sponsor of the bill, says. The
Harlem legislator notes that "New
York was the No. 2 importer of
slaves in the United States."
If this measure makes it through
the state senate and gets the signa-
ture of the governor, New York
would become the first northern
state to issue an apology for slavery.
Continued on page 3
Jacksonville School Graduates First All Black Male Class
by Jacquelyn Perry
It is not every day that a high
school class comprised entirely of
Black males graduate and receive
honor, applause and distinction in
Statistics concerning young black
males are not optimistic; however, a
young school founded in 2001 by
Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann, Sr.
Pastor of Hope Chapel Ministries
is making a difference.
Esprit de Corps Center for
Learning (EDC), a non-chartered
private school, recently celebrated
its inaugural baccalaureate and
When the school opened in 2001,
it catered to grades K-7. Each year
a new grade level was added and in
2007 five seniors received their
diplomas during a ceremony which
was marked as both stately and
The commencement exercise was
held in the school's auditorium and
attended by more than 250 relatives
friends, church and faculty mem-
bers. The commencement featured
a brief welcome address from the
Founder and Superintendent of
EDC, Dr. Jeannette C. Homes-
Vann, who along with the building
of the debt-free, state of the art
school facility, is currently oversee-
EDC Faculty and Superintendent Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann pictured with graduates (left to right)
Morton Perry, Salutatorian; Adrian Anderson; Brandon Bolden, Valecdictorian; Marion Perry; and
ing the final construction phases of "This is a noble effort for EDC and while restoring educational excel-
the school's multi-purpose sports a much needed effort for our com- lence back to our schools." said
complex scheduled for dedication munity," indicated Dr. Holmes- Holmes.
in July. Vann. "We are making history
Free Camp Enlightens Young Players
Russell Kelly, 14, ofArlington keeps up with Jaguar rookie Defensive
End Brian Smith during an impromptu race between drills at the fourth
annual "Got Skills?" Rookie Day, a skills camp at Alltell Stadium.
Besides getting autographs, the 200 Jacksonville-area youth learned
football skills and nutritional tips from the team's draft picks and free-
agent rookie as part of the National Dairy Month celebration.
Civil Rights Leaders Fear Chilling
Affect of High Court Decision
by H.T. Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) It
came as no surprise. Civil rights
leaders had predicted it. Yet, they
are dismayed at the U. S. Supreme
Court's 5-4 decision to limit the
voluntary use of race in public
school desegregation, undermining
the spirit of Brown v. Board of
"What the court did today is
unfortunate. This is not a good day
for our country," says Ted Shaw,
director-counsel of the NAACP
Legal Defense and Education Fund
outside the court last Thursday.
"The court...walks away from both
the spirit and the substance of
Brown and in one fell swoop is
overturning years of precedent."
Shaw sought to make it clear that
the ruling was not a complete over-
turn of race-conscious programs to
desegregate. "The court did not,
under any reading, ban all consider-
ations of race in elementary and
secondary school education...This
decision today is a mile post, not an
end point. This does not mean that
we will be done with the issue of
racial justice in this country."
Shaw paraphrased the impas-
sioned dissent of Justice Stephen G.
"The last half-century has wit-
nessed great strides toward racial
equality, but we have not yet real-
ized the promise of Brown," Breyer
wrote. "To invalidate the plans
under review is to threaten the
promise of Brown. The plurality's
Continue on page 3
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Pastor Lucy Smith of the
Disciples of Christ Christian
Fellowship Missionary Baptist
Church was among thousands of
attendees attending the Full Gospel
Baptist Church Fellowship's 2007
Annual Conference. She was
joined by 13 members of her con-
gregation for the confab in Atlanta
for 3 days of spiritual renewal
through praise, workshop and song.
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By Jason Alderman
If you can remember when the
Temptations first sang "Ain't Too
Proud Too Beg," you're probably
fast approaching retirement or
already there. When Paul
McCartney wrote, "We shall scrimp
and save," however, he may have
been wishful thinking: Nearly half
of U.S. workers report having less
than $25,000 in retirement savings.
No matter your age, the time to
start planning and saving for retire-
ment is now. Those in their twenties
or thirties have several decades for
their savings to grow, but if you're
already in your forties or fifties,
you'll need to save far more aggres-
sively to make up for lost time.
Here are a few tips to kick your
retirement savings into high gear:
Maximize tax savings. If your
employer offers a 401(k) or similar
plan, put in as much money as you
can. The maximum 2007 contribu-
tion is $15,500 (plus another $5,000
for those 50 or older). By contribut-
ing on a pretax basis, you lower
your taxable income, which in turn
lowers your taxes. And, your sav-
ings and their earnings grow tax
free until retirement, when your
taxable income is usually lower.
Take advantage of any company-
matching contributions, which can
add hundreds or thousands of free
dollars to your account every year.
If finding more money to contribute
is a problem, make a pledge to put
your next pay increase directly into
Contributions to a regular
Individual Retirement Account
(IRA) may also be tax deductible
and you won't pay taxes on earnings
until your retire. Or, with a Roth
IRA, you set aside money that's
already taxed, but earnings are tax-
free at retirement. The annual IRA
contribution limit is $4,000 ($5,000
for 50 and older). Go to
Delay retirement. People today
typically live much longer than
their parents, so their retirement
savings usually must last longer. By
delaying retirement a few years or
at least working part time, your sav-
ings can grow considerably before
you need them. Plus, the longer you
delay tapping into Social Security,
the larger your monthly benefit.
Do a financial inventory. Many
people don't know their net worth
or how much money they'll need at
retirement some experts say at
least 60 to 80 percent of current
What Not to Do When Planning to Buy a Home
Don't Move Money Around
When a lender reviews your loan package for approval, one of the
things they are concerned about is the source of funds for your down
payment and closing costs. Most likely, you will be asked to provide
statements for the last two or three months on any of your liquid assets.
This includes checking accounts, savings accounts, money market
funds, certificates of deposit, stock statements, mutual funds, and even
your company 401K and retirement accounts.
If you have been moving money between accounts during that time,
there may be large deposits and withdrawals in some of them.
The mortgage underwriter (the person who actually approves your
loan) will probably require a complete paper trail of all the withdrawals
and deposits. You may be required to produce cancelled checks, deposit
receipts, and other seemingly inconsequential data, which could get
quite tedious. To ensure quality control and eliminate potential fraud, it
is a requirement on most loans to completely document the source of all
income. Start by reviewing any
pension, 401(k), IRA and other sav-
ings and assets you own, as well as
your "Personal Earnings and
Benefit Statement" Social Security
mails each year.
Enter these amounts into an online
retirement calculator to roughly
estimate how much money you'll
need to retire comfortably. You'll
find good ones at Fidelity
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Consider downsizing. Once your
kids are gone, consider moving to a
smaller, cheaper home. This will
allow you to invest some of your
current home's equity for retire-
ment, as well as pay less for utili-
ties, property taxes, home repairs
and other expenses.
Lower expenses. One big reason
you haven't saved enough for retire-
ment is you may be spending more
than you can afford. Best to start
scrimping and saving now so you
can be comfortable when you're
YuR M EiliY mAnlTJTE
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
The term"rise up" occurs in sev-
enty-seven versus of the Bible. It is
frequently used to encourage some-
one or a group to take action. "Rise
up and go...., rise up and build...,
rise up early..., rise up to the bat-
tle..., rise up and walk..." It exhorts
the followers) to change and to
move to a more favorable position.
Most people are not where they
want to be financially and most
want to "rise up" to a better finan-
cial position. However, they allow
themselves to be mired in their cur-
rent circumstances for three major
reasons. First, their financial iner-
tia is hard to overcome. If, for
example, they are either buried in
credit card debt or their lifestyle
costs exceed their income or they
haven't made sufficient plans for
their retirement, then it seems near-
ly impossible to change. Secondly,
they may have unwarranted fears
of the financial unknown that helps
to keep them paralyzed with inac-
tion. They may be either fearful of
the market or fearful of financial
Rise Up F
advisors or just fearful of change.
Finally, many people lack the
financial understanding to feel con-
fident in making major financial
decisions, therefore they uncon-
sciously make a decision to do
nothing. They are where they are,
but they can be saved.
Today is the first day of the rest of
your life. You have to lead your
family to change your financial
course while you still have a
chance. You can always begin
again. Start right now, because the
sooner you start, the more time you
have to accomplish your goals. If
you start now the clock can be your
ally, but if you wait, the clock can
become your enemy. Rise up and
start right now!
Many biblical stories begin with
the main character having a vision
or dream about the future. Noah
and the Ark, David and Goliath and
Paul in Macedonia all had visions
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This is a real What do you ho
"stopper" for this meeting?
many new networkers. They just About a current ev
don't know how to open a conver- What are the two
station with something other than, the President's
"How about this weather we're before Congress?
having?" About business/ca
Imagine that you are at a func- How did you ge
tion with a mix of people. You ness ?
will need a variety of conversa- Solicit 0
tion openers in order to start net- About the functio
working. Use the chart below as a What do you thil
guide to help you prepare for a er's new book?
networking event. Examples are About the current
included. What do you
Ask A Question President's propos
About the function: About business or
pe to get out of
major issues in
et into this busi-
nk of the speak-
think of the
What was your greatest chal-
lenge in this job?
State An Interesting Fact
About the function:
The speaker has just published a
About a current event:
The new proposal will positive-
ly affect Blacks.
About business or career inter-
The first three to five years of a
new business are critical.
Bottom Line: When you think
about it, it really is not that dif-
ficult to come up with some
good opening lines.
of the future that guided them to
take action and pursue their calling.
What is your family's financial
vision of the future?
Develop a Plan
Albert Einstein is often quoted as
saying, "a vision without execution
is an hallucination." What are your
retirement plans, how about your
children's education, do you plan
on purchasing a new home, how
about a new car or an overseas
vacation? Have you prioritized
your key financial goals and put a
cost on each of them? Have you
and your family put them in writ-
Darrell C. Claytor, CFP and
Registered Representative with
Securities America, with a branch
office in Twinsburg, Ohio has been
in the financial planning business
for twenty five years. "I send out a
financial organizer form to new
clients that they have to fill out
before our visit. It helps put
responsibility on them before we
start. When we meet we focus on
the hot issues, what has to be dealt
with first. I then have a good
process for following up to make
sure we are following the plan."
Whether you work with a finan-
cial advisor or develop your own
financial plan, it is important that
you put your plan in writing and
review it at least annually. Some
might say that this seems like a lot
of work and it is! But, think of the
time as an investment. An invest-
ment, that will help lead you and
your family down the road to
"Financial Success." If your finan-
cial position is not where you want
it to be, "rise up", start today and
make it happen!
Michael G Shinn, CFP Registered
Representative and Investment Adviser
Representative ofand securities offered
through Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority hereby gives notice of proposed fare adjustments planned for October
1, 2007. This is the first fare increase offered by JTA in nearly nine years. During that time, the cost of fuel alone
has increased 226 percent. So far, the JTA has absorbed these increases with existing revenue. But these con-
tainment initiatives can no longer keep pace with the escalating costs. Even with the proposed increases, JTA will
continue to have some of the lowest fares in the state of Florida. The JTA will hold four identical Public Hearings
to discuss the fare adjustments and receive public comment on the proposed fare modifications. You are invited
to attend any of the meetings.
Monday, August 6
Mall Annex Stage
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Open House: 5-6 p. m.
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Titles VI and VIII of the Civil Rights Act.
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Monday, August 13
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Open House: 5-6 p. m.
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Time to Play 'catch-up'
on Retirement Savings
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July 5-11, 2007
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
No Shortage of Apologies
No Shortage of Apologies ji
Cont'd from page 1
Other apologies have come from
states that one might more readily
perceive as so enmeshed in the
slave industry and its Jim Crow
aftermath. Virginia got the ball
rolling earlier this year with its res-
olution. Since then, Maryland and
North Carolina have said that
In May, after adoption of a resolu-
tion expressing Alabama's "pro-
found regret" and acknowledging
"centuries of brutal dehumanization
and injustices," that state's gover-
nor went on to say: "Slavery was
evil and is a part of American histo-
ry. I believe all Alabamians are
proud of the tremendous progress
we have made and continue to
make." Alabama has a lot to be
sorry for. Remember: That was one
of the southern states that figured
so significantly in the Civil Rights
Movement. That was the home of
Rosa Parks. That was the place that
brought Martin Luther King Jr. to
leadership, even as he was just a
26-year-old Baptist preacher. That
is where John Lewis, then another
young man, was nearly killed in
helping lead a march to demand
voting rights in !965. He went on to
become a congressman from
Georgia, a position he still holds.
And those apologies follow insur-
ance companies such as Aetna,
which indemnified plantation own-
ers. In 2002, that corporation's
chairman told shareholders that
when Aetna's role in slavery came
to its attention in 2000, "they were
deeply disappointed and embar-
rassed. At the time, the company
expressed regret for its role in an
awful period in our country's histo-
ry." He went on to say: "I wish to
reiterate a sincere apology for the
actions of our company in its earli-
est days. Slavery is morally wrong
Even the Ivy League Schools are
among the foray to pay homage to
the institution of slavery.
In addition to Brown University,
Harvard Law School was endowed
by money its founder earned selling
slaves for the sugar cane fields of
Antigua. And at Yale, three scholars
reported in 2001 that the university
relied on slave-trading money for
its first scholarships, endowed pro-
fessorship and library endowment.
What does all this apologizing
mean, however? Does it lay the
groundwork for those who are
demanding reparations? It is that
question that has apparently stalled
the New York legislation.
Brown University's steering com-
mittee has outlined a number of
ways the institution can make
amends from changes in the offi-
cial history and in the curriculum to
construction memorials to more
aggressive recruitment of Black
students and faculty.
Aetna has promised to be a for-
ward-looking good corporate citi-
zen that is "actively seeking addi-
tional ways to be a force for posi-
tive change." That includes efforts
to address "disparities in health
care and in health status."
In the view of many Blacks,
myself included, this is enough if
these institutions live up to their
21st-century promises for acts that
date back to the 18th and 19th cen-
turies. To others, there needs to be
21st-century equivalents of pay-
ment of "40 acres and a mule"
promised to former slaves after the
There is an aggressive campaign
to obtain reparations for victims
and descendants of victims of the
Tulsa Race Riot that destroyed
what was once known as Black
Wall Street. So far, the courts have
rejected their claims; in Congress,
Rep. John Conyers has held hear-
ings and is sponsoring a bill that
would benefit these men and
women. The victims of that heinous
crimes are still alive whereas slaves
themselves are no longer here.
Does an apology make it better?
That is the question that can go
around in circles. Unfortunately the
thousands of brothers and sisters
subjected to the cruelties of slavery
will never know this country regret-
ted the institution, despite it being a
cornerstone of the economy.
America can not right the wrongs it
manifested over 300 years ago. No
number of apologies can ease the
pain of its victims. What it can do,
what we all can do, is work to erad-
icate the legacy it created.
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Amanda Phillips Kicks offAKA Debutante Social Season
Amanda Phillips Kicks offAKA Debutante Social Season
Debutante Amanda Phillips was
the honoree at the first Debutante
event of the summer season, a
Mardi Gras/Carnival themed party
held at Club 316. The guests were
all given mask, beads and noise
makers upon arrival when greeted
by the honoree.
Throughout the evening guests
participated in various activities
including icebreakers, a trivia quiz
about Mardi Gras and New Orleans,
and a mini dance lesson in which
they learned the Salsa and
Merengue. Guest earned dou-
bloons throughout the night for
their participation which they used
to participate in a silent auction and
win gifts ranging from spa and per-
fume gift sets to movie night and
The catered soiree included a New
Orleans style buffet of Cajun
shrimp, calypso chicken, crab dip
and all the trimmings including
frozen non-alcoholic pina-coladas
and daiquiris. After dancing late
into the night provided by DJ Mike
the guest received a "Jester" beanie
baby and pralines as keepsakes to
remember the evening.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
will hold their bi-annual Debutante
Cotillion December 20, 2007 with
the presentation of twenty young
Civil Rights Leaders Fear Chilling Affect of High Court Decision
Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, Congressional Black
Caucus Chairwoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, NAACP LDF
Director-Counsel Ted Shaw, and members of the Black Leadership
Forum after hearing the court's decision.
Continued from front
position, I fear, would break that
promise. This is a decision that the
Court and the Nation will come to
The opinion of the Court, rendered
by stark conservative Chief Justice
John G. Roberts Jr., said the court
would allow the use of race when
there is a "compelling interest" for
racial integration, but the program
has to be "narrowly tailored." But,
the court ruled that the Seattle and
Jefferson Cases went too far.
"Before Brown, schoolchildren
were told where they could and
could not go to school based on the
color of their skin. The school dis-
tricts in these cases have not carried
the heavy burden of demonstrating
that we should allow this once
again even for very different rea-
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sons," Roberts states. "For schools
that never segregated on the basis
of race, such as Seattle, or that have
removed the vestiges of past segre-
gation, such as Jefferson County,
the way to achieve a system of
determining admission to the public
schools on a nonracial basis...is to
stop assigning students on a racial
basis. The way to stop discrimina-
tion on the basis of race is to stop
discriminating on the basis of race."
Civil rights leaders say they will
fight back by pressing to elect a fair
president. The president makes
Supreme Court appointments, sub-
ject to the confirmation of the U. S.
Senate. But, Supreme Court
appointments are for life. They only
change in the cases of retirements,
resignations or deaths.
"We, the members of the
Congressional Black Caucus, rep-
resenting 40 million Americans will
speak out and to mobilize America
that they vote that they change the
seat that appoints the power that
rules the Supreme Court," says
CBC Chairman Carolyn Cheeks
Kilpatrick, who also joined the
group of rights leaders outside the
court. "Shame on the Court, Justice
Thomas included," she said
Deal or No Deal
When you play, we all win.
Town Hall Meeting
Please join City Council Member Mia Jones,
to discuss the following District 10 Issues:
5:30 PM Open House, where the citizens will have an opportunity to see the visual
exhibits and ask specific questions on each project.
6:00 PM BJP Moncrief Roadway Improvement Project
6:30 PM JTA Soutel Extension of Linda Lane Project
7:00 PM FDOT US1 Landscaping Project
Monday, July 9, 2007
5:30 PM 7:30 PM
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For more information, call 630-1684.
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July 2, 2007
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Despite the Past Should African
AmericansEmbrace the Fourth of July Holiday?
Annually, the most celebrated
summer holiday rolls around, The
Fourth of July, America's
Independence holiday. And every
year I debate with someone or
sometimes internally the impor-
tance of the holiday for African
And every year I also eat too
much food at someone's barbecue.
It is no secret that blacks have
always played prominent rolls in
building the foundation of this
great country without much recog-
nition of our contributions. It's no
secret that while Independence Day
was celebrated for years blacks
were enslaved and segregated in
this "independent" nation.
A nation founded on the princi-
ples of freedom and justice for all
certainly has never lived up to its
creed. Winston Churchill once said,
"The price of greatness is responsi-
bility." Our great nation has not
always accepted the responsibility
of providing a level playing field to
all of its citizens.
I often find it ironic that African
Americans have fought and died in
every major American war only to
return to a country divided by
racism and discrimination.
Imagine fighting in World War I
or II with the premise that you are
fighting to protect the livelihood of
ALL Americans. You are fighting
for freedom and justice for all little
boys and girls regardless of color.
You return home from the war
and the very people you put your
life on the line for despise you.
They don't want you living in their
neighborhood, eating at the same
lunch counter or even using the
same restroom. They don't want
your children going to school with
their children and you are mandat-
ed to the back of the bus.
But you have just fought for
these same people. Many of your
friends and comrades died for those
same people. For so many years
America's Declaration of
Independence, the nation's most
cherished symbol of liberty was a
The first sentence of the second
paragraph is the largest falsehood.
"We hold these truths to be self-evi-
dent, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their
Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty and the pursuit of
In theory it sounds great. It
sounds like the founding fathers
were truly dedicated to equality,
justice and opportunity, but we
know that history tells a much dif-
Frederick Douglas, one of the
most prominent African American
figures of all time, on July 5, 1852,
gave a speech to a predominately
white audience at an event com-
memorating the signing of the
Declaration of Independence.
Douglas said, "I say it with a sad
sense of the disparity between us. I
am not included within the pale of
glorious anniversary! Your high
independence only reveals the
immeasurable distance between us.
The blessings in which you, this
day, rejoice are not enjoyed in
He goes on to say that, "This
Fourth July is yours, not mine. You
may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag
a man in fetters into the grand illu-
minated temple of liberty, and call
upon him to join you in joyous
anthems, were inhuman mockery
and sacrilegious irony."
Again, going back to the irony
that for years we celebrated this
country's "independence" while a
large portion of our citizens (i.e.
African Americans) didn't share the
same liberties as the majority.
Douglas continues saying, "I do
not hesitate to declare, with all my
soul, that the character and conduct
of this nation never looked blacker
to me than on this 4th of July!
Whether we turn to the declarations
of the past, or to the professions of
the present, the conduct of the
nation seems equally hideous and
revolting. America is false to the
past, false to the present, and
solemnly binds herself to be false
to the future."
Interesting how many of
Douglas's comments from 1852
still have some validity in 2007.
But let me say this, while America
has contradicted its creed in the
past and will undoubtedly continue
that practice in the future, African
Americans should celebrate the
Fourth of July.
We should celebrate because
blacks help make America what it
is today the most powerful nation
in the world. And while I may crit-
icize my country and it's policies I
love being American. Despite our
nations past, I still think that this is
the best country in the world for
African Americans to live.
Despite the injustices my grand-
father faced he still served his
country in the military. He still
worked as hard as he could to pro-
vide for his family and he still insist
on buying only American cars.
For all of the contradictions of
the past, there will be many oppor-
tunities in the future. Blacks
should celebrate Independence Day
because we can find solace in the
fact that America would not be a
great nation without us. Without
our physical abilities, intellect and
will to survive and achieve the
"American Dream" would be shal-
For we have truly overcome
many odds, and have achieved in a
system never meant for us to suc-
Enjoy your Fourth of July!
Signing off from a cook out near
you with a big plate of ribs, baked
beans and potato salad,
America's So-Called 'War on Drugs' is
Nothing More Than a War on Black People
survey by the
the sex and
drug habits of Americans is the lat-
est to toss the ugly glare on the
naked race-tainted war on drugs.
The survey found that whites are
much more likely to use drugs than
blacks. Other studies have found
roughly equal rates of drug usage
by blacks and whites. But what
makes this survey more eye-catch-
ing is that the survey didn't solely
measure generic drug use, but sin-
gled out the use of cocaine or street
drugs. The finding flies in the face
of the conventional drug war wis-
dom that says blacks use and deal
street drugs, while whites use
trendy, recreational designer drugs
-- and that presumably includes
That again calls into question the
gaping disparity in drug sentencing
between whites and blacks. More
than 70 percent of those prosecuted
in federal courts for drug posses-
sion and sale (mostly small
amounts of crack cocaine) and
given stiff mandatory sentences are
blacks. Federal prosecutors and
lawmakers justify the disparity
with the retort that crack cocaine is
dangerous and threatening, and
leads to waves of gang shoot-outs,
turf battles and thousands of terror-
ized residents in poor black com-
munities. In some instances, that's
true, and police and prosecutors are
right to hit back hard at the vio-
lence. But the majority of those that
deal and use crack cocaine aren't
violent prone gang members, but
poor, and increasingly female,
young blacks. They clearly need
help, not jailing.
But it's a myth that powder
cocaine is benign and has no crimi-
nal or even violent taint to it. In a
comprehensive survey in 2002, the
Office of National Drug Control
Policy, the White House's low pro-
file task force to combat drug use,
attributed shoplifting, burglary,
theft, larceny, money laundering
and even the transport of undocu-
mented workers in some cities to
powdered cocaine use. It also
found that powder cocaine users
were more likely to commit domes-
tic violence attacks.
There was more. The report also
fingered powder cocaine users as
prime dealers of other drugs that
included heroin, meth and crack
cocaine. Even more revealing, they
sold crack cocaine and heroin in
inner city neighborhoods.
The top-heavy drug use by young
whites and the crime and violence
that goes with it stirs no public out-
cry for mass arrests, prosecutions
and tough prison sentences for
white drug dealers, many of whom
deal drugs that are directly linked
to serious crime and violence.
Those whites unlucky enough to
get popped for drug use or sale are
The greatest fallout from the failed drug policy is
that it further embeds the widespread notion that
the drug problem is exclusively a black problem.
treated with compassion, hand-
wringing sympathy, prayer sessions
and expensive psychiatric counsel-
ing, treatment and rehab programs,
private treatment centers and drug
diversion programs. And they
should be. But so should those
blacks and others victimized by
discriminatory drug laws.
Voters and legislators in
California, New York, Michigan
and other states now recognize that
bankrupting state budgets to lock
up and toss the key at non-violent
drug offenders won't win the war
on drugs. They have opted for drug
diversion, treatment and counseling
programs rather than jail as the far
more effective, humane and cost-
effective way to deal with drug
users. This has brought some meas-
ure of sanity back to drug enforce-
ment policy. But that doesn't set
well with the drug warriors; they
have and will continue to resist any
and every effort to get Congress to
modify or scrap the blatant and
deliberate racial disparity in the
drug sentencing laws.
In an odd way they have to take
their hard stand. The public scape-
goat of blacks for America's drug
problem during the past two
decades has been relentless. A
frank admission that the laws are
biased, unfair and have not done
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Presidential Forum is
a Cavalcade of Stars
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*p The Democratic portion of the All American
SPresidential Forums on PBS \as held at Howard
University in Washington, DC. The event was tele-
vised live on PBS and for 90 minutes the eight Democratic candidates pan-
dered to an audience made up of one of their party's most reliable con-
stituencies African-American voters.
Tavis Smile,'s All American Presidential Forums on PBS marked the first
time that a panel comprised exclusively of journalists of color was por-
trayed in primetime. The forum's concept \\as to focus on issues of specify
ic concern to African-Americans and provide candidates opportunities to
present detailed discourse and dialogue on their agendas regarding blacks.
Production-wise. it could have been called "It's Showtime at the
Apollo". Held at historically-black Howard Unikersity, the event 'as in
the \em of a historic and legendary African American entertainment venue
that gate opportunities for amateur performers to audition in front of large
audiences willing to give them a frank review by cheering or booing and
waving the performer offstage.
This audience wvas too enraptured to boo anyone. It was filled with
prominent black faces and opened w\ ith Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick,
the state's first black governor, introducing the candidates. The production
started with 14 minutes of speeches and introductions before the candidates
could begin their presentations.
Overall. Mr. Smiley's Forum was a success, if nothing more than for its
concept. It was good to have a forum devoted to specific issues of high pri-
ority to African-Americans. Smile \sa s he got PBS to host the forum and
raised $750,000 to produce it because. "The presidential debates are an
integral part of our system of government. in which the American people
have the opportunity to make informed choices about who \\ill serve them.
We believe this is good for the count and good for the electoral process".
Whether Smiley's forum empowered blacks. or pushed African American
oriented issues to the forefront of the 2008 campaign is questionable. No
question the event \\as star-studded DJ Tom Joyner hit the stage express-
ing gratitude to Tavis for "bringing a purpose to our party". Among the
Howard audience of 1.200 \ere Members of the Congressional Black
Caucus, black-radio talk show hosts Michael Eric Dyson. Joe Madison, Al
Sharpton and legends Harrm Bellefonte and Ruby Dee.
Throughout the production, most candidates provided platitudes they
thought a Black American audience \would \ant to hear. The first question
was whether candidates thought that race \\as still a defining issue in
America all said that it is. The foreign policy issue that all eight bought
into hook line and sinker was that "genocide" was occurring in Sudan's
Darfur Region. Liberal Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich provided
probably the worst in a series of absurd comments about the African crisis
\\hen he said: "Let's face it. if Darfur had a large supply of oil, this admin-
istration would be occupying it right no\\". Darfur does hale oil and the
US administration and Congress are doing eterihmng the\ can to put "a
robust force of 20.000 troops" on the ground there.
Smile's post-production focus group said Sen. Hillary Clinton w'on the
debate. Mr. Barack Obama \\as second. Senator like Gravel's comments
"to stop the War on Drugs" was labeled "comic relief'. Candidates' plati-
tudes ma\ ha\e satisfied the Black Bourgeois, but the masses will need
more concrete declarations.
So, did Smiley get off just selling h pe? He did a good job selling his
Covenant with Black America publication a "national plan of action to
address the primary concerns of African Americans" Regarding national
elections." it sass "Blacks are entitled to have questions answered and
visions shared of where leaders want to take this country and a blueprint for
how we get there".
Smile\ is organizing a forum of Republican candidates to be held in
September. That one won't be ready for primetime for blacks until the pro-
gram includes questions about reparations and candidates' proposals
toward affirmative actions on issues of: employment, housing and access to
capital. Next time around, Smiley should drop the other three majority-
community minions replacing them with representatives from black-ori-
ented broadcast, newspapers or magazines.
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The number of blacks joining
the military has plunged by more
than one-third since the
Afghanistan and Iraq wars began.
Other job prospects are soaring
and relatives of potential recruits
increasingly are discouraging
them from joining the armed
According to data obtained by
The Associated Press, the decline
covers all four military services
for active duty recruits. The drop
is even more dramatic when
National Guard and Reserve
recruiting is included.
The findings reflect the growing
unpopularity of the wars, particu-
larly among family members and
other adults who exert influence
over high school and college stu-
dents considering the military as
a place to serve their country, fur-
ther their education or build a
Walking past the Army recruit-
ing station in downtown
Washington, D.C., Sean Glover
said he has done all he can to talk
black relatives out of joining the
"I don't think it's a good time. I
don't support the government's
efforts here and abroad," said
Glover, 36. "There's other ways
you can pay for college and get
your life together. Joining the
Army, the military, comes at a
very high price."
According to Pentagon data,
there were nearly 51,500 new
black recruits for active duty and
reserves in 2001. That number
fell to less than 32,000 in 2006, a
38 percent decline.
When only active duty troops
are counted, the number of black
recruits went from more than
31,000 in 2002 to about 23,600 in
2006, almost one-quarter fewer.
The decline is particularly stark
for the Army. Blacks represented
about 23 percent of the active
Army's enlisted recruits in 2000,
but 12.4 percent in 2006.
Sgt. Wright, an Army recruiter
in Tampa, Fla. said young people
in the black community have
more education and job opportu-
nities now than when he joined
the service 14 years ago.
"I go to high schools every day,
and for the most part it strikes me
how many of them are serious
about going to college," said
More than 3,000 members of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will
converge upon New Orleans July
12-22 to host its biennial
Leadership Conference, provide a
helping hand to residents, and offer
a forum to discuss the sorority's
business as it prepares for its
Centennial in 2008.
Originally scheduled as a
Hawaiian cruise, the conference
location was changed as an exten-
sion of the Sorority's resolve to
support New Orleans' economic-
Declared Barbara A. McKinzie,
Alpha Kappa Alpha's international
president, "While there have been
.signs of economic life in the after-
"math of Hurricane Katrina, New
Orleans continues to struggle eco-
nomically. By hosting our
Leadership Conference in New
Orleans, Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority is doing its part to pump
some economic life into the city."
"During our stay in New Orleans,
Alpha Kappa Alpha expects to
pump over $1 million into the city
by dining at its restaurants, shop-
ping, and by supporting its conven-
tion and tourism mission,"
McKinzie said. "Most of all, we
will be sending a strong message
that Alpha Kappa Alpha is part of
New Orleans' economic solution.
Hopefully, our decision will
encourage other organizations to
make New Orleans their city of
choice when hosting their special
Supreme Court Decision Strikes Blow Against Integration
The vote was 5-4 among
Supreme Court judges last
Thursday in favor of new limits that
would ensure children of different
races share classrooms.
Just 50 years after our nation's
highest court voted to outlaw segre-
gated schools, the same court voted
5-4 to strike down school integra-
tion plans in Louisville, Ky., and
Seattle, a decision that imperiled
similar plans that hundreds of cities
and counties use voluntarily to inte-
grate their schools.
The 5-4 decision, the 24th such
split this term, displayed the new
dominance of the court's aggressive
conservative majority. The four lib-
eral justices dissented.
Chief Justice John Roberts
asserted in his majority opinion that
by classifying students by race, the
school districts are perpetuating the
unequal treatment the Brown deci-
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Justice Clarence Thomas, the
court's only black member, wrote a
separate opinion endorsing the rul-
ing and taking issue with the dis-
senters' view of the Brown case.
"What was wrong in 1954 cannot
be right today," he said. "The plans
before us base school assignment
decisions on students' race. Because
'our Constitution is colorblind and
neither knows nor tolerates classes
among citizens,' such race-based
decision making is unconstitution-
Dennis Parker, director of the
American Civil Liberties Union's
Racial Justice Program, said, "Even
so, the rejection of the Seattle and
Louisville school plans represents a
significant step backwards in a
nation where schools are becoming
increasingly segregated by race and
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by the court are expected to look for
other ways to make their schools
racially balanced without specifi-
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Genesis Missionary Baptist
to Observe "District Day"
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South
McDuff Ave., Rev. Calvin O. Honors, Pastor; will
observe "District Day" at 4 p.m., on Sunday, July 8,
Rev. Michael Guerin, Pastor of Renewed Faith
Ministries will deliver the Spoken Word for this spirit-
filled program. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Faust Temple COGIC to
Celebrate 31st Pastoral
Anniversary, July 18-22nd
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in
Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road, will celebrate the 31st
Pastoral Anniversary of Bishop R. L. Dixon and First
Lady, Missionary Martha Dixon, July 18 22nd.
The community is invited to share in services at 7:30
p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 18, 19 &
20th; and the Closing Service will begin at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, July 22, 2007.
Believers of Christ to
Celebrate Church &
The community is invited to celebrate the 14th
Church and Pastor's of Believers of Christ Temple
Ministries, Pastor M. L. Drinks. This celebration will
feature a banquet at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel at 6 p.m.
on Saturday, July 28, 2007. To RSVP, please call (904)
Genesis Missionary Baptist
Church to Observe "District
Day" Sunday, July 8th
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South
McDuff Ave., Rev. Calvin O. Honors, Pastor; will
observe "District Day" at 4 p.m., on Sunday, July 8,
Rev. Michael Guerin, Pastor of Renewed Faith
Ministries will deliver the Spoken Word for this spirit-
filled program. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Sword & Shield Spirit
Filled Worship on July 8
The community is invited to attend Serious Praise
Service with the Sword and Shield Outreach Ministry, at
the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Building 2. This Serious Praise Service will begin at
3:45 p.m. "When Praises go up, Blessings come down.
Evangelist Ethel Pritchard, Associate Pastor, will be bring-
ing a Life Changing Word from the Lord. Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman is Pastor.
Crown of Glory Beauty
Showcase & Fashion Show
Many young people of the city will be featured in The
Crown of Glory Beauty Showcase at 7 p.m. on Monday
evening, July 16, 2007, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, on
Riverplace Blvd. Vendors and Community Service infor-
mation tables will also be featured. For more information
contact Julian or Betty Bullock at (904) 343-9945.
Philip R. Cousin AME Church
to hold Celebration July 8th
The Philip R. Cousin AME Church, 2625 Orange Picker
Road, Rev. Eugene E. Moseley Jr., Pastor; will hold
Celebration Sunday, July 8, 2007. This joyous event will
mark the Dedication of the new Philip R. Cousin AME
Church Worship Center. The Celebration Service will
begin at 11 a.m. The Dedication Service will be held at 4
p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome.
Tru-Way Church to host
"Community Day of Prayer"
The Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ, a non-denom-
inational church, located at 2297 Edison Avenue, Rev.
Elwyn W. Jenkins, Pastor; will host a Community Day of
Prayer, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007. The doors will
open at 10 a.m. The "Community Day of Prayer" is host-
ed by various churches of the city, and was formerly host-
ed by the City of Jacksonville.
The murder rate is escalating and crime is on the ram-
page throughout our city and our nation. We're soliciting
City Officials and the community to continue their support
of the "Community Day of Prayer" at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
July 7, 2007. The church is located on Edison Ave., two
blocks from Stockton Street (Take 1-95 N or S and exit at
the Stockton Street exit.
Vernon Walker to be Ordained Bishop
Bishop George Bloomer will be
ordaining Pastor Vernon Walker this
September to the office of bishop
during a three-day celebration at
Solid Rock Church of Mandarin to
usher this community leader into the
next level of ministry.
Bloomer is the Senior Pastor of
Bethel Family Worship Center in
Durham, NC. He and Walker met at
a conference in 1996. "I wouldn't
have anyone else apart of this,"
Walker said. After approximately 27
years ofpastoring, Walker is excited
about what the future is bringing
and how God has blessed him and
Bloomer will be presiding all
three nights of the ordination serv-
ice. On Saturday, the last day of the
event, Bloomer will commence with
the ordination, and Pastor Walker
will officially be Bishop of Solid
Rock Church of Mandarin.
Pastor Walker said his wife has
been his biggest supporter. First
Rev. Vernon Walker
Lady Cynthia Walker has been with
him every step of the way. "If it had
not been for her prayerful support I
don't know where I would be,"
The step to becoming an ordained
bishop has impacted his family in
tremendous ways. He feels that both
Soul Explosion 2007 Saturday, at
One Accord Ministries International
Bishop Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr., Pastor, One Accord Ministries
International Inc., along with the Conquerors For The Kingdom; invite all
to join them from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007 for "Soul
Explosion 2007" which will be "Takin' It To The Street" winning souls for
Christ through dance, song, rap, mime and the Spoken Word. The entire
community is invited.
The program will feature Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman Sr. and The
Voices of One Accord, the Anointed Praise, AKA Mimes, Tri Loes, Tina E.,
Black Jewel, Young Mac, Bro. Hollywood, and many more.
There will be FREE food! A clothing-give-away. FREE Health
Screenings, and a Blood Drive will be held from 2-5 p.m. The entire event
is FREE and Open to everyone. Saturday is promised to be a powerful
evening of praise, worship and powerful testimonies.
One Accord Ministries International Inc., is located at 2971' Waller
Street (1-10 & McDuffAve.).
of his sons and his wife have deep-
ened their walk with the Lord
because of this elevation.
Along with supporters there has
been some difficulty and struggle.
"There has been challenges, but to
whom much is given much is
required," Walker said. "This has
humbled me, and deepened my
walk with God." Through all that
has happened Walker says that he
has broadened his horizons.
The exposure that has come to
Walker and his ministry has been
great. Walker has been persistent in
accomplishing the mission of Solid
Rock Church of Mandarin. Their
mission is to preach teach and
change the world by giving a reve-
lation of Jesus Christ to the commu-
When asked what's next, Walker
responded with a list of goals,
"books, television programs, plant
other churches ... I want to broaden
the vision of Solid Rock," Walker
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Christian Cinema Network offers Ministries the
Chance to Combine Fundraising and Films
Christian Cinema Network (CCN) is offering church-
es and ministries the opportunity to present inspiring
movies to their communities. Churches can use the
films as Biblical teaching tools or fundraising events.
The films come complete with discussion materials.
Churches can also host a movie through the CCN,
which requires a minimal financial commitment, and
CCN will split the ticket price of $10 with the church
"The films are highly entertaining and offer won-
derful life lessons," says Marianne P. Wilson, president
of CCN. "CCN's goal is to help promote family friend-
ly, inspiring and meaningful films while giving church-
es and ministries quality entertainment that can be used
as fundraising opportunities, teaching tools and com-
munity building events. These films are often over-
looked by traditional means of distribution. However,
churches can now support Christianity in cinema
through this new distribution system that empowers
like-minded people to share in faith and family based
films thus making a positive difference in lives."
CCN is currently offering "Believe In Me," a film
based on the 1960s true story of a girls' high school
basketball team in Oklahoma and the inspirational
coach who transforms them from last place into state
champions. This is an underdog story of triumph,
friendship and love. It is a film that proves that the
impossible can be achieved if you believe, and is as rel-
evant today as it was forty years ago when the true
story took place.
To find out more about "Believe In Me" and how to
become a host, visit www.christiancinemanetwork.com.
Black Student Found Guilty of Retaliating
Against Hang Mans Noose and Harrassment
An all-White jury in a tiny cen-
tral Louisiana town found a Black
teen guilty of assault and conspira-
cy in a racially charged drama
involving the beating of a White
The conflict in Jena, La., a com-
munity of 2,900 Whites and 350
Blacks, surfaced last September
when Black high school students
discovered three hangman's nooses
swinging from a tree near campus.
The rope appeared after a Black
student sat under the tree, which
was a usual hangout for White stu-
The principal recommended that
the students deemed responsible be
expelled, but his decision was over-
ruled by the board, which agreed on
a three-day suspension a decision
that ticked off many Black resi-
Almost three months later, a build-
ing at school was burned down, and
a week after that, six Black students
were arrested and charged with
attempted second-degree murder
after beating a White student, Justin
Marcus Jenkins, left, talks with Felicia Howard, center, and Melissa
Bell in front of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena, La., last week.
Jenkins and Bell's son, Mychal Bell, was on trial on charges of aggra-
vated second degree battery and conspiracy charges stemming from a
December 2006 beating of a white student.
Barker, who had been one of a
group that was harassing them ear-
lier in the week.
"You didn't see the district attor-
ney rush out to school to do any-
thing about those nooses in the
tree," said Caseptla Bailey, whose
son, Robert Bailey Jr., also was
charged in the beating. "You don't
see white kids who beat up black
kids charged with attempted mur-
der. There's nothing fair going on
Last weeks conviction of Mychal
Bell, 17, on reduced charges of
aggravated second-degree battery
and conspiracy to commit aggravat-
ed second-degree battery could still
land him in jail for more than 20
years. Sentencing is set for July 31.
The jury of five women and one
man took just three hours to return
the guilty verdict. The prosecutor
showed them photos of Barkers
swollen face and black eye in his
Duval County Health
Department's (DCHD) The Bridge
Adolescent & Pediatric Health
Center held its school-readiness
event titled "School Physical
Round-up" Friday, June 29 at The
Bridge in Jacksonville. The event
was a success, as it provided free
and income-based school physical
and dental services to nearly 100
elementary aged-students. The
physical included TB skin tests,
vision and hearing screenings, HPV
and meningitis vaccines, shots, den-
tal services and more.
DCHD is an advocate for pedi-
atric wellness and, therefore, held
the "School Physical Round-up" to
encourage parents to take advan-
tage of the opportunity to have their
student's vaccinations current and
to promote preventive health
among children. Approximately 20
doctors, nurses and nurse practi-
tioners were on hand performing
medical exams, screenings, and
other medical procedures. The June
29th event was part one of a two-
part event. Part two is scheduled
In summary, Marcus Mabry's
recently released biography of
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice portrays her as a self-hating
Black woman who, while of "regal
bearing," is both incompetent and
so loyal to President Bush that she
may secretly harbor a fantasy that
Bush is her husband.
Mabry quotes former United
Nations weapons inspector David
Kay as labeling Rice in her former
job as "probably the worst National
Security Adviser in modern times"
Mabry, chief correspondent for
Newsweek magazine, also cites
friends and associates who charge
that Rice "was put on a pedestal by
her parents as a child" and accord-
ing to her stepmother "She can't see
down from there."
Arianna Floyd gets her heartbeat checked by nurse practioner Carla
Manachevits at The Bridge.
for July 20, also at The Bridge, and
is planned for 9th thru 12th graders
and all seniors entering college.
The Bridge was the ideal venue
for the "School Physical Round-
up". Clients had the convenience
of four exam rooms, a registration
area, an exit area and an abundance
of staff that assured short wait times
and a balanced flow of clients at
any given station.
For more information about the
upcoming July 20 event call 798-
4672, option 1.
During her Birmingham, Alabama
dent at a Washington, D.C. dinner
childhood Rice was party in which the never-married
barred by her minister Rice began a statement saying,
father from associating f Il l /'f "As I was telling
with what he labeled l A my husb..."
"underclass" Blacks But quickly
and a close friend says t () fO o corrected her-
she once told a Black ( self and said
classmate at Notre "As I was
Dame to "stop act- telling the pres-
ing Niggerish." ident." Rice
Rice, who was .. denied to Mabry
interviewed for that she made
the biography, ..:' such a Freudian
denied making '" slip. The biogra-
the statement. phy is entitled
As far as loy- "Twice as Good:
alty to and har- -\ o ndoleezza Rice
boring fan- -(, and Her Path to
tasies about President Bush,' Power." It is published
Mabry, who is Black, cites an inci- by Rodale Books.
DCHD's Free Health Exams Ready
Students for Upcoming School Year
New Book on Condoleeza Rice Out
'Twice as Good' Described as Scathing indictment of Sect. of State
African-American Girls Can Enter
'Super Sista' Contest on YouTube
A new contest on YouTube that promotes the self-esteem of young
African-American women is an example of a much needed program to
reverse their poor self image.
A company called "See Your Worth Productions" has launched the first
contest for videos made by young women. The contest asks female con-
testants to produce a 10-minute video about a "winner in mind, body,
and spirit." To enter, go to youtube.com keyword Super Sista.
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weight loss and losing
weight, the first things that proba-
bly come to your mind are either
those "lose weight fast !!" articles
that are in every magazine and
newspaper in the world or maybe
you're thinking of all of those
weight loss pills that claim to be
safe and allow you to "eat whatever
you want and still lose weight
age of 64 percent.
because the pill will do all of the
work for you" or whatever stupid
line they are using to get you to buy
their useless unsafe weight loss
product. Or, maybe you're thinking
of rice cakes and never eating and
being hungry all day long.
Well, if you are thinking any of
those things, forget it! Forget all of
What you are about to read is
totally FREE, detailed, easy to
understand information on weight
loss and losing weight and how to
lose weight and fat without using
any type of pill or supplement,
without using some "fitness maga-
zine" diet, and by eating not 1, not
2, not 3, but 5 meals a day! Sound
impossible? Sound too good to be
true? Sound like I'm going to make
you buy my "book" or order my
"product" first before I tell you?
Well I'm not! I don't have a book
and I don't a have product. I am not
trying to sell you a thing! What I am
trying to do, no... what I am
GOING to do, is tell you exactly
how you can lose weight. Enjoy...
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bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, etc. are
high in simple (bad) carbs. Sure,
your body needs carbs, which is
why foods like these are ok to eat,
but don't go overboard. Stick to
high protein/good carb/low fat
foods like tuna fish (and other
seafood), chicken breast, turkey,
whole grains, fruits and vegetables
WATER! Drink water! Get rid
of the soda, get rid of the beer, and
get rid of the sports drinks. Drink
around a half gallon of water a day,
more if you can. Spread it out
throughout the day, just like your 5
meals. Yes that's a lot of water, but
it's that water that will give you
energy and speed your weight loss.
YES! Weightlifting isn't just great
for muscles, it's great for losing
weight. Muscles bum calories.
Weigh yourself at the end of
every week. If you ever have more
than 2 weeks go by without losing 1
pound, it's time to change some-
thing. Eat 250 less calories than
you've been eating. And keep
everything else the same. Each time
you see weight loss stop for more
then 2 weeks, decrease calorie
intake by 250 until you get down to
where you want to be. Remember,
NEVER starve yourself!
Sleep! YES! Sleep! The easiest,
yet most over looked step. Get at
least 8 hours of sleep a night. Trust
me, you're gonna need it! =]
There you have it. You now know
everything you need to know about
losing weight. You didn't have to
buy any weight loss pills or books
on losing weight, instead, you
should use the money you just
saved and go buy some good food
or a gym membership.
Now, I never once said this would
be easy. If it was easy, you would
have done it already. Losing weight
isn't something you can just do "on
the side." You also can NOT lose
weight fast. You are going to have
to dedicate your mind and body and
your time to doing it! So, you now
have the information you need, all
you have to do now is use it.
Looking to buy weight loss, diet,
and nutrition related books?
Looking to buy food counters
(books that contain a complete list-
ing of foods along with how much
fat, carbs, protein, calories, etc. are
in them)? If so, make sure you get
you consume in a normal day, and
eat this new number of calories
every day for the next 7 days.
4) Instead of eating 3 big
meals a day (breakfast, lunch
and dinner), or eating all day
all the time, spread those
calories out over 5 smaller
meals. Eat one meal every 2
and a half to 3 hours.
Doing this will speed up
5) Cardio. Cardio is an
important part of weight
loss. If you're serious about
losing weight, but don't
want to do the cardio work-
outs, then you are requiring
.. our diet to do all of the work.
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ide. a bike, take an aerobics class,
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you con- have 5 pounds to lose, or if you
sune. If you can have 50 pounds to lose. So, depend-
nderstand that, then ing on how much your looking to
our way to losing lose, figure it out. 3 times a week is
are 6 simple steps. good starting point though.
6) At the end of that week, weigh
v many calories you yourself. You'll notice a difference
al day. That's right, just after one week! Now, don't
eat like you would expect to see a 20 pound difference.
id count the calories Losing anymore then 1 or 2 pounds
you eat and every- a week is unhealthly. So look for a
and keep track of it 1 or 2 pound weight loss at the end
of the week. Don't sound like
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nt of African- month! That's around 751bs a year!
So if you have A LOT of weight to
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national aver- few pounds to lose, you can lose it.
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ing weight effectively! (extremely
aper or on the com- important!)
here. You might be THE BAD FAT MUST GO!
urself, "yeah right, Stay away from "bad" fat! Get rid
sit around counting of all the chips and candy. No more
iy." Well, if you're fast food, nothing fried. No more
hen you're obviously cookies, no more cake, no more of
enough to losing these saturated fats. There is no
is the case, then feel question about it and there is no
e your money on the way around it, get rid of these types
weight loss pill. But, of foods. Don't get me wrong, you
cated enough to take should NOT be eating 0 grams of
it of your day and fat every day, but the only places
ries, then keep on you should be getting your daily fat
intake from are lean meats (not the
Iof that day, add up fried fast food kind), chicken
of calories you (again, not fried!), etc. as well as
is exact as possible. the foods that contain the "healthy"
it all up, you now types of fat, which can be found in
number of calories just about every type of fish (tuna
daily. Also, weigh fish, salmon, etc.), nuts, olive oil
and flaxseed oil.
the day after you LOWER THE BAD CARBS!
es, eat 500 calories Most people think that it is fat
u normally do. So, that makes people fat and that just
t the day you count- by eating less fat, they are on their
Counted 2000. For way to weight loss! WRONG!
week, you would eat Certain carbs can be just as bad as
a day. Understand? fat when it comes to losing weight.
o do is subtract 500 Limit foods high in bad carbs.
number of calories These carbs will eventually turn
into fat. Foods like sugar, white
"To be overweight is hard enough.
To be overweight and Muhammad
Ali's daughter adds a whole other
element of pain . ," writes
Khaliah Ali in her new book,
A star in her own right, Ali is a
former Ford model, a fashion
designer, an author and a supporter
of many charitable causes.
She once ballooned up to 335
pounds before undergoing gastric
banding surgery and losing half her
Gastric banding is a procedure in
which a silicone band is wrapped
around the upper part of the stom-
ach and secured like a belt. This
creates a small pouch with an open-
ing to the rest of the stomach,
allowing food to pass more slowly
through the stomach. This gives a
greater sense of being full longer.
Unlike gastric bypass, this proce-
dure is reversible.
It worked for Khaliah Ali. Now, at
158 pounds, the 5-foot-9, 33-year-
old beauty has finally found peace
in her body.
In a recent interview, Ali spoke
about her feat over a healthy lunch.
She spoke candidly about growing
up Ali and about her struggle with
obesity. Here are parts of the con-
Q. What was your childhoold
A. My life is sort of paradoxical. I
grew up in a single-parent house-
hold in Philadelphia and my life
was kept real. Sure, I spent time
with my father in Bel Air. But this is
a great opportunity for me to share
that I'm not a trust-fund baby. I
worked my way through college. I
reach back and help, and that makes
me like 90 percent of the public.
And I wouldn't change any of those
Q. What motivated you to lose
A. My son, Jacob. Everyone has
that moment in their life when they
realize they need to make a change.
There were two moments that col-
lided. Like most people with obesi-
ty issues, I was overweight as a
child. Obesity is an individual story.
That moment of truth occurred
when I met Dr. George Fielding, the
physician that performed my sur-
gery. I was ready to surrender. Oh, I
had tried everything.
Q. How did your weight affect you
A. The book addresses my many
ups and downs. People would say:
'Don't you know better? You're the
daughter of Muhammad Ali. How
did this happen?' The important
thing is to increase awareness. You
know, obesity is the last great prej-
udice in society. And, when it
comes to African-Americans, we
are disproportionately overweight
and we are dying.
Q. When did you have the sur-
A. It will be three years in August.
Q. How does it feel? How has it
changed your life?
A. Before the band, hunger con-
trolled my life. That's not the case
I thought I'd die if I had gastric
bypass. For me, the lap-band sys-
tem was the safest and most effec-
tive and it allows flexibility.
Q. What about eating and exercise
habits? What do you typically do?
A. I typically eat between 1,300
and 1,500 calories a day, and I exer-
cise five days a week.
If you are 40 or over,
you should screen for
breast cancer each year.
Call Healthy Jacksonville
at 665-2520 to find out
where you can get a breast
F Rand PAP Test
The Tomorrow's Rainbow Program makes
it easy to get the yearly breast and cervical
exams doctors recommend.
The yearly exams are free for those who
meet the income guidelines.
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Ali's daughter chronicles winning the battle of the bulge as seen with
the above after and before shots in her new book.
Ali's Daughter Wins
the Battle of the Bulge
Democratic Hopefuls Explore Issues of Concern
to Blacks at All-American Presidential Forum
A historically diverse field of
Democratic presidential candidates
-- a woman, a black, an Hispanic
and five whites -- denounced an
hours-old Supreme Court affirma-
tive action ruling Thursday night
and said the nation's slow march to
racial unity is far from over.
"We have made enormous
progress, but the progress we have
made is not good enough," said
Sen. Barack Obama, the son of a
man from Kenya and a woman
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the
first female candidate with a serious
shot at the presidency, drew the
night's largest cheer when she sug-
gested there was a hint of racism in
the way the U.S. addresses AIDS..
"Let me just put this in perspec-
tive: If HIV-AIDS were the leading
cause of death of white women
between the ages of 25 and 34 there
would be an outraged, outcry in this
country," said the New York sena-
In their third primary debate, the
two leading candidates and their
fellow Democrats played to the
emotions of a predominantly black
audience, fighting for a voting bloc
that is crucial in the party's nomina-
One issue not raised by question-
ers, the war in Iraq. Queries about
AIDS, criminal justice, education,
taxes, outsourcing jobs, poverty and
the national response to Hurricane
Katrina all led to the same point:
The racial divide still exists.
"There is so much left to be
done," Clinton said, "and for any-
one to assert that race is not a prob-
lem in America is to deny the reali-
ty in front of our very eyes."
While the first two debates
focused on their narrow differences
on Iraq, moderator Tavis Smiley
promised to steer the candidates to
other issues that matter to black
America. In turn, the candidates
said those issues mattered to them.
"This issue of poverty in America
is the cause of my life," said John
Edwards, the 2004 vice presidential
Said Obama: "It starts from
Obama criticized President
Bush's No Child Left Behind pro-
gram. "You can't leave money
behind ... and unfortunately that's
what's been done," he said.
Clinton spoke of her efforts in
Arkansas to raise school standards,
"most especially for minority chil-
Delaware Sen. Joe Biden urged
people to be tested for the AIDS
virus, noting that he and Obama had
done so. Cracked the Illinois sena-
tor: "I just want to make clear I got
tested with Michelle," his wife,
Obama said drawing laughter from
the predominantly black audience.
The debate was held at Howard
University, a historically black col-
lege in the nation's capital.
Black voters are a large and criti-
cal part of the Democratic primary
electorate, making the debate a
must-attend for candidates seeking
the party's presidential nomination.
About one in 10 voters in the
2004 election were black, accord-
ing to exit polls, and they voted 9-
to-I for Democrat John Kerry. In
some states, blacks make up a big-
ger share of the voters. In South
Carolina, for example, blacks made
up about 30 percent of the elec-
torate in 2004, but were more than
half of the voters in the state's
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nd B's." on majoring in pre-law and then
adore's performance in school practicing criminal justice law."
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the students' needs are met."
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Jacksonville's Ethan Cadore, 17,
made his final appearance at
Seacoast Christian Academy in
Jacksonville on May 25 to get one
last thing-his diploma. Cadore's
graduation was an achievement that
seemed impossible just five years
ago due to his wavering academics.
Cadore has been on a Step Up For
Students Scholarship, locally
administered by Children First
Florida, since he was in eighth
grade. Prior to being awarded the
scholarship, Ethan was making F's
in math and his grades in his other
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"I found myself getting very frus-
trated because I was not receiving
the individual attention to address
my questions," Cadore said. "I
think it was mainly due to the large
classroom size of nearly 30 kids,
and the teachers just didn't have
time to answer all of the students'
Joy Worrell, Ethan's mother,
feared that his struggles in school
would only get worse. However, as
a single parent raising two children
on a limited income, Worrell knew
she could not afford to send them to
"It was always my goal to send my
children to private school," Worrell
said. "My boss heard about the
Step Up For Students Scholarship
Michelle Obama Says She
Keeps Her Household Together
by Angela Bronner, AOLBV
NEW YORK -- A striking
woman, at about 6-feet-tall,
Michelle Obama, wife of
Democratic Presidential candidate
Barack Obama, is warm, engaging,
and apparently used to speaking
before a broad strata of society.
In a recent visit to New York, first
at the New York Historical
Society's Women in Public Life
Luncheon, the Ivy League-educat-
ed lawyer and mother of two
touched upon the things that
women share the world over -- tak-
ing care of children, juggling the
household, not taking enough time
for themselves, and holding the
family and community together.
"The stories of women are uni-
versal," Obama, 43, says. "Every
woman that I know -- regardless of
their education, income, and back-
ground -- is struggling to keep our
heads above water."
Louise Mirrer, president and
CEO of the New-York Historical
Society, said that Obama's speech
was one of their most successful
"We chose Michelle Obama
because the luncheon traditionally
honors or features a woman is
exemplary and we could think of no
one more fitting," said Mirrer.
"She's a very substantial and suc-
cessful woman in her own right and
she is also very much in the public
eye as the wife of a presidential
During her 20 minutes before the
Historical Society, Obama said that
it is she who keeps the Obama
household together, from resched-
uling meetings when children get
sick to taking off when the plumber
is called. She says that this country
tells women to dream big but
women have to "figure it out" in
order to make those dreams happen.
"With the exception of the cam-
paign and life in the public eye, I'd
say my life is pretty much like
yours," she said, addressing a gath-
ering of mostly New York's social
elite. "I wake up every morning
wondering what miracle I have to
pull off to make it through my day."
Obama says she worries that her
daughters Sasha, 6, and Malia, 8,
will have to pay a price for "having
"We've made some great strides
as women in society," Obama says,
"and because of the strides made, I
know my daughters can be any-
thing. But I often wonder about the
unspoken cost that this takes."
"We often don't have enough
time to take care of our own mental
and physical health," she says.
"There just aren't enough hours in
Obama was received with polite
applause and laughter at the
Historical Society when she told of
how her daughters call the secret
service the "secret people." Later at
in Harlem, she received a more rau-
cous reception when she spoke to a
crowd of about 400, according to
the New York Amsterdam News.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
o i *T Bu]RIotCh e m
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority continues to look for new ways to
improve the efficiency of its transit services. After reviewing the hundreds of
comments and suggestions from Transit Talk meetings, surveys and interviews
conducted with our riders and the public, JTA is proposing some route enhance-
ments. We invite you to attend any one of three public hearings to discuss
these proposed service changes (planned for September 2007).
P-2 Cassat-Edgewood/Townsend: the P-2 will be split into two routes and re-
named as WS-12 Cassat-Edgewood and AR-3 Townsend-Regency. The
AR-3 route will be extended to Regency Square and Arlington Library via
Southside Boulevard. New Sunday service will be added to the AR-3 along
with additional trips on weekdays and Saturdays. On the WS-12, frequency
may increase during morning and evening rush hours from every 60 minutes
to every 45 minutes.
J-1 University Park/Mandarin: the J-1 will be split into two routes and renamed
SS-9 Mandarin and AR-5 Arlington-Regency. The AR-5 will be extended
along Ft. Caroline Road and Merrill Road to Wal-Mart and Regency Square
Mall in both directions. AR-5 service will be extended on both weekdays
and Saturdays and new Sunday service added. Midday frequency on SS-9
will be reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes (rush hour fre-
quency will remain at 30 minutes). Express trips will be added on SS-9
during rush hour periods.
AR-20 Arlington Connector: this route will be discontinued and replaced by the
new AR-3 and AR-5.
NS-33 AirJTA: this route will be extended to River City Marketplace before and
after stops at the Jacksonville International Airport. One or two later evening
trips and Saturday service will also be added and other minor route and
schedule changes made.
R-1 South Beach/FCCJ Station: the route will be renamed the BH-1 South
Beach and will no longer make stops at FCCJ-Kent Campus. There will be
other minor route and schedule adjustments.
BH-50 Beaches Commuter Express: begin new express service from JTA
Gateway Station to the downtown Rosa L. Parks/FCCJ Transit Station to
,T' J.T. Butler Blvd. and A1A. May extend to Sawgrass complex in Ponte Vedra
Beach. Four to six trips per day, seven days a week are planned.
Airport/Oceanway Ride Request: to provide weekend Ride Request services in
the Airport, Highlands, Oceanway, Blount Island, and San Mateo areas, the
.' Airport/Highlands Ride Request and the Oceanway Ride Request service
S areas will be combined (on Saturday and Sundays only). This special week-
end service will connect with the P-7 and NS-14 buses at the Highlands
Square Shopping Center every 90 minutes.
There will also be minor route and/or schedule adjustments to the R-5 Murray
Hill /Regency and the S-1 Avenues-Regency.
Monday, July 23
Advanced Technology Center
101 W.State Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
Wednesday, July 25
South Mandarin Library
12125 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
Thursday, July 26
Regency Square Library
9900 Regency Sq. Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
All interested persons or groups are encouraged to attend and participate. Public
participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national
origin, disability or familial status. This project is being developed in compliance
with Titles VI and VIII of the Civil Rights Act.
Any person requiring special accommodations should contact Fred Haley at
904.630.3153 or email email@example.com at least three days before the hearing.
Fred Haley, Service Planning Manager
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
100 N. Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3153 Fax: (904) 630-3168
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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 Phillips 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 call 904-962-7284.
Old West Show
Palm Valley Ranch, along with the
Cowboy Church will host its 2nd
Annual Old West Show and
Cookout on Saturday, July 7,
2007, at Palm Valley Ranch, 7120
Old State Road 207 west of St.
Augustine in Elkton.
The event includes a cookout open
to the public and a family friendly
Old West Show with Cowboys &
Indians, shootouts, Western Games
on horseback, music and many
more laughs and surprises as our
Bumbling Bandits wrestle with life
and struggles in the Old West. Hot
Dogs and Burgers will be served
from 5:30 to 6:30 and the show
starts at 7:00 PM sharp. Admission
is free. For more information, con-
tact Ric Lehman, 904-813-5710
The next book club meeting will
be hosted by Shelly Casey, at 5970
Green Pond Dr. on Friday, July
13, 2007 at 7:00 pm. The book for
discussion will be FREAKONOM-
ICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST
EXPLORES THE HIDDEN SIDE
OF EVERYTHING by Steven
Levitt & Stephen Dubner. For more
information call 886-4941. The
August meeting will be held on
Saturday August 4, 2007 at 4:00
p.m. and will be THAT SUMMER
AT AMERICAN BEACH by Janice
Sims. The meeting will be hosted at
American Beach by Marsha &
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.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society, Inc.(SGES) will
hold their monthly meeting on the
second Saturday, July 14th.
Meetings feature guest speakers or
special topics. The meeting is held
at SGES, 6215 Sauterne Drive,
Jacksonville, Fl. at 10:00 A.M.
Karen Rhodes will speak on "The
Quirks of Researching the Florida
STATE Census". Attend for tips and
tools of researching. Light refresh-
ments served and visitors are
always welcome. Need more infor-
mation? Call (904) 778-1000.
Forrest Class of 67'
The Alumni of the Class of 1967
from Forrest High School will have
its 40th High School Class Reunion
the weekend of July 20-21, 2007,
to reunite with their friends and
classmates from their youth.
The homecoming will be head-
quartered at the Crowne Plaza
Downtown. Festivities and events
will begin on Friday, July 20th with
a poolside Luau Dinner/Dance at
7:00 pm. On Saturday, July 21,
alumni can choose from several day
events that includes a golf outing, a
jam music fest or gathering in the
hotel hospitality suite and conclud-
ing with an evening Dinner/Dance
at the Riverplace Tower in the River
For reservations or more informa-
tion, call (904) 269-5471.
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-
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 get-
ting 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 relationships.
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 com-
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The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting at 1:30 p.m. on July 21,
2007, at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street,
Jacksonville, Fl. We are pleased to
have as our speaker our own Ann
Staley, CG., who will present her
program, "City Directories--A
Line-by-Line Account of Our
Ancestors. For further information
please contact, Mary Chauncey at
Tropical Boat Ride
Rabia Temple #8 AEAONMS
Rollin' Nobles & Desert Rats will
present their 1st Annual Summer
Charity Boat Ride aboard the Lady
St. Johns. Boarding begins at 7p.m.
on Friday, July 27th. Dress theme
is tropical. There will be door prizes
and a cash bar and free food. Party
Time DJ's providing mix of Old
School/New School. contact 904-
534-6731 or dhorton2007@bell-
south.net for details and tickets.
at the Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art
invites the community to their
Family Day on Sunday, July 29th
from Noon to 5 p.m. Bring the
entire family to enjoy a day at the
museum filled with art, gardens,
education and fun. The activities
will be inspired by Tradition in
Transition: Russian Icons in the
Age of the Romanovs. Enjoy a
Russian themed day with music, art
making activities, and interactive
entertainment Russian style
For more information, call (904)
Stanton Class of 1947
Classmates, relatives, and friends
are invited to attend the 60th Class
Reunion of the Stanton Class of
1947. The reunion will be held
August 3-5, 2007 at the Clarion
Hotel Airport, 12101 Dixie Clipper
Drive. The theme for the reunion
is"The Bridge from Then to Now"
and will include a historical tour,
luncheon and banquet. For activity
schedule and ticket information,
call Doris Henry 768-4728 or
Ernestine Williams 598-1285.
Jekyll Island Beach
Fans of beach music will enjoy a
weekend of surf, sand and good
tunes at the Jekyll Island Beach
Music Festival '07, August 10-11
at the Jekyll Island Convention
Center and at the Jekyll Island
Beachdeck. The weekend will fea-
ture favorites sung by Second
Chance, Hack Bartley, Sounds of
Motown and featured performances
by the Swingin' Medallions. You
must 21 and older to enter the
Friday and Saturday concerts in
Atlantic Hall. Tickets are non-
refundable and can be purchased by
calling 1-877-4-JEKYLL or online
There will be a School Supply
Give-a-Way on Saturday, August
11 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. at Abundant
Life World Harvest Ministries, Inc.
located at 108 Lawton Ave. School
supplies will be available for grades
K-12. The church is located on the
corner of Main and Lawton Ave.
For more information call Sabrina
Harris at 768-7131.
Frat House the Play
Darryl Reuben Hall of Stage
Aurora will celebrate the richness
of African -American college life
and the traditions of Historically
Black Colleges and Universities,
with his new comedy "Frat House".
The play explores the bond between
brothers -their joys, triumphs, pain,
and sorrow -all under one roof. The
play will be performed for two
shows only Friday, August 17,
2007 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday,
August 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at the
Florida Theater. Contact the Florida
Theater Box Office for tickets.
Weekend at Masjid
The Masjid Al-Salaam invites all
munication 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.
Lea's Place is a volunteer program, on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week to help the Department of Children and Families take care of chil-
dren who have been removed from abusive or neglectful situations or
who have been abandoned. Volunteers assist Child Protective
Investigators with feeding, bathing and playing with the children. They
may also assist in the clothes closet, providing the children with clean
Dignity-U-Wear positively impacts the lives of those in need by pro-
viding brand new clothing at no cost to the recipient. Volunteers will help
the staff with correspondence, data entry, answering the phone, filing and
special projects as they arise. 636-9455.
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
Black Relationships at the
Crossroads. For more info visit
salaammasjid.com or call 359-
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.
The Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Company will hold auditions
August 29th at 6 p.m. Auditions
will be held at the college's South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd. in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110 Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
646.2361 or e-mail
Music & Dance
On Thursday, September 6th,
from 6:30- 10:300 PM The St.
Johns River City Band will host
"Taste the Music & Dance" at the
Aetna Building. If you would like
to help in the planning of this event
please call (904) 355-4700.
3rd Annual Puerto
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail
Sinbad in Concert
The Florida Theatre will present a
return engagement of the popular
comedian and actor Sinbad on
Friday, October 12, 2007 at 8 PM.
Known for his clean, insightful
humor and compelling storytelling
ability, the veteran performer has
appeared several times in
Jacksonville to help raise money for
social service and civic organiza-
tions. Tickets and complete per-
formance information are available
from the Florida Theatre Box
Office at 904.355.2787 or online at
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CHEADLE HAVING TROUBLE WITH MILES RESEARCH
Not even family members recall jazz legend's personal life.
Actor Don Cheadle says he's having a hard time try-
ing to find out any information about the personal life
o of Miles Davis, the jazz icon he will portray on the
Sbig screen in a forthcoming biopic.
The Oscar nominee soon found out that he knew
more about the late trumpet player through research
than his own family members, who barely saw the
"I asked them about parts of his life and they don't
have any idea. They don't know what was going on," he tells WENN.
"Miles Davis lived in a house on the Upper West Side in New York in this
converted church for five years and they said, 'There were days when
we'd come to see him and he wouldn't let us in.'
"I ended up with the soup of the person and who that person was spiritu-
ally... What his wife said, what his ex-wife said, what his girlfriend says,
the nephew says, the son says, there are all these different perspectives on
this one person."
NEW CHARLES MINGUS CD
An historic 1964 concert featuring Charles
Mingus fronting a dazzling sextet will be avail- --
able this month via Blue Note Records. "Charles
Mingus Sextet With Eric Dolphy: Comell 1964" -
- set for release July 17 features the late leg-
endary bassist with perhaps the most acclaimed
Mingus ensemble of all, featuring reedman
Dolphy, pianist Jaki Byard, tenor saxophonist
Clifford Jordan, trumpeter Johnny Coles and
drummer Dannie Richmond. The double disc fea-
tures footage from previously unreleased tapes.
BB KING STILL RECORDING THE BLUES
B.B. King will begin recording a new Geffen studio album this month
with producer T-Bone Burnett due for release in early 2008. Earlier this
year, the 81-year-old blues legend also spent a week at his self-named
clubs in Memphis and Nashville filming a concert DVD due later this year.
A previous live album, "Live at the Regal," was inducted this year into the
Grammy Hall of Fame. King is in the midst of his 60th Anniversary Tour
that will lead into the July 24th kickoff of his B.B. King Blues Festival tour
with fellow music legends Al Green and Etta James. The tour begins in
Hollywood, FL, and runs through mid-September.
TONI BRAXTON VEGAS ACT MAY BE EXTENDED
Toni Braxton is reportedly in talks to extend her run in Las Vegas for
another six months. The singer's original contract for "Braxton: Revealed
at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino" was already extended from its original
end date in March to July. A new contract would extend the show through
rHOLYFIELD WINNING ON THE
Evander Holyfield won a 10-round unani-
mous decision against Lou Savarese Saturday
night to remain undefeated in his latest come-
S back. The 44-year-old former heavyweight
champion started and ended the fight with a
hard left to the head of the 41-year-old
SSavarese, who was knocked down in the 9th
and 10th rounds by Holyfield. It was
Holyfield's fourth bout since returning to box-
Sing after a two-year layoff. His goal is to win
an unprecedented fifth heavyweight title and unify the belts in the division
before retiring for good.
OPRAH TO OPEN STORE NEXT TO HAPRPO
Oprah Winfrey is about to open a 4,500 square foot store kitty-corer to
her Harpo Studios in Chicago that will offer a smorgasbord of her signa-
ture products, according to reports.
A rep for Harpo Productions Inc. announced that work has already
begun on the one-story building.
No details other than the construction site and building size were given
at the time, but Chicago's CBS affiliate learned independently that the
store will serve as a bricks and mortar location for items currently avail-
able only at Oprah.com, including a beach tote with "O" logo trim for $26,
a $10 coffee mug with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" written on the side and
a $24 basket made in South Africa.
Among the bevy of celebrities scheduled to appear include (L-R) the Isley Brothers, Beyonce, Barack 01
Weeks, Lionel Richie, Hillary Clinton and Tyler Perry.
After diverting to Houston last
year, the Essence Music Festival
returns to New Orleans this week,
bringing with it and expected
200,000+ attendees, millions of
dollars in spending power and
another opportunity to showcase
New Orleans as a functioning city
and viable tourist destination.
The festival, which begins
Thursday and ends Saturday, is
expected to have a $130 million to
$150 million impact, Lt. Gov.
Mitch Landrieu said.
Known as the "party with a pur-
pose" for its music concerts at the
Superdome and "empowerment
seminars" at the Ernest N. Morial
Convention Center, the festival will
likely be the highlight of what is
shaping up to be an otherwise bleak
summer tourism season.
Occupancy rates at local hotels
are hovering around 50 percent and
are expected to stay at that level
throughout the summer. But, during
Essence, Sawyers expects that fig-
ure to jump to the mid-80 percent
range, with the larger hotels selling
For the first time since the festi-
val began in New Orleans in 1995,
the event was held away from the
city last year. Amid concerns about
whether the Superdome and
Convention Center would be ready
to host the event in 2006, officials
decided to move the festival to
"In the month after the storm,
Essence had to make a decision,"
Landrieu said. "With our blessing,
we said, 'We can't do it; go to
Houston.' And I knew if we had
time we could get them back."
In October, Essence announced
that it had struck a deal with
Louisiana to bring the festival back
for three years.
Without Essence to anchor it and
with the cancellation of other
events last year, the first summer
since Katrina was dismal. Hotel
occupancy rates in the 40 percent to
50 percent range drew comparisons
to the summer of 1985, when the
city was in a slump after the world's
The move didn't go over well
with Essence fans either. The
Houston event received mixed
reviews from attendees who com-
plained about traffic and early clos-
ing times at clubs in Houston. But
the Texas city competed to keep the
festival, and to win Essence back,
Louisiana and local hospitality
leaders put together a more gener-
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Under a new deal that stretches
through 2009, Essence's hotel room
block in New Orleans has increased
to 8,000 rooms each night. The state
package also gave Essence
$750,000 to $1 million of support in
marketing, production, rent defer-
rals, police, fire and sanitation
through cash payments and in-kind
support from the hospitality indus-
try. Under the former deal, Essence
earned a base fee of $600,000, or
$250,000 in payments from the city
and $350,000 from the hospitality
"We put together a package that
made sense to them and was rele-
vant to their return on investment,"
Landrieu said. A guarantee of return
on investment was particularly
important this year because Essence
now is owned by media conglomer-
ate Time Warner.
"It's not about emotion or what
you want anymore, it's about
whether you can hit your financial
marks," Landrieu said. "We had to
convince them that this was a really
So far, ticket sales are ahead of
where they were this time last year,
Festrival director Michelle Ebanks
said, though they are behind the
banner year of 2005, which brought
more than 230,000 guests to the
city. Record gasoline prices and the
fact that the Fourth of July falls on
a Wednesday this year, making the
festival weekend not a holiday
weekend, have complicated ticket
"Still, we're seeing robust ticket
sales," Ebanks said, adding that she
thinks more tickets will sell as the
event nears. "We're thrilled with the
There are the
response so far."
Hotels also have been booking
slower than in previous years,
Sawyers said. But he said he's not
concerned, given that many people
book closer to the date of arrival.
But the festival's success will be
judged not only by how many peo-
ple come to town and how much of
a direct economic impact it has.
"If you measure success by the
biggest year, then no it won't be that
big. But it will be successful," said
Al Groos, general manager of the
Royal Sonesta Hotel. "What I'm
really looking forward to is the pos-
itive press because Essence is such
a respected brand and magazine."
In addition to big-name rhythm
and blues, soul and hip-hop acts
such as Beyonce, Lionel Richie and
Mary J. Blige, the festival will also
feature Democratic presidential
nominees Barack Obama and
Hillary Clinton, whose appearances
always garner media attention.
"We use every event to get collat-
eral success. Essence is not just, for
us, a tourism event, it's about creat-
ing jobs in the cultural economy,"
Landrieu said. "It just keeps spin-
ning and spinning. The result is
more economic impact."
All Stars Salute Nancy at 70
Singer Nancy Wilson, performs at her Swingin' 70th Birthday Party
at Carnegie Hall in New York on Friday June 29, 2007.
Jazz great Nancy Wilson celebrated her 70th birthday with a concert last
Friday night at New York's famed Carnegie Hall featuring guests Nnenna
Freelon, Dianne Reeves and Kurt Elling. Billed as "Nancy Wilson's
Swinging 70th Birthday Party," the show was a highlight of this year's JVC
Jazz Festival. "It's really fine to let everyone know what 70 can be," said
Wilson, whose birthday actually was Feb. 20, at the start of a program cel-
ebrating milestones in her 55-year career. "It doesn't get much better than
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