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50 Cents


Black Teen Unemployment at

Seven Times the National Rate
In June, African American teen unemployment grew to seven times the
national rate, according to the U.S. Labor Department's monthly jobs
report. The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) warned that mandated
wage hikes will only worsen this trend. White teen unemployment is at
its highest in two years, according to the Labor Department's statistics.
While overall unemployment held steady at 4.5%, teen unemployment
made a significant jump, rising steadily to 15.8%, its highest since
September. Most significant, however, is that African American teen
unemployment has jumped up to 31.2%. Decades of economic research
demonstrate that mandated wage hikes eliminate entry-level jobs, putting
particular pressure on minorities and the low-skilled. A study from
Cornell University shows that young African Americans typically bear
almost four times the employment loss of their non-Black counterparts
after a minimum wage increase.

Barack Obama's Davenport

Campaign Office Burglarized
DAVENPORT Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in eastern
iowa is the scene of a crime.
A spokesman for the Democratic Presidential Candidate said someone
robbed the Davenport office. The burglars allegedly took two laptops and
some campaign materials.
Authorities believe the robbers entered through the building's roof
sometime early Saturday morning. Workers in the area say this isn't the
first time someone has been ripped off here.
Mark Gordon said, "Back in 2000 or 2001 the manager of an electron-
ics store that used to work over came and said the same thing happened
but they got him on videotape. But they went right through the roof, took
a few things and came out from the top of the building."
Campaign workers don't think the robbers took anything sensitive or
irreplaceable.

Genarlow Wilson Case Moved Up
Genarlow Wilson, the Georgia man serving a 10-year
prison sentence for receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old
/girl when he was 17, no longer has to wait until
October to fight an appeal of his court-ordered release.
The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed an earli-
er decision to deny Wilson a speedier process and
voted to hold a hearing on July 20 at 10 a.m., more than
two months earlier than originally planned, reports the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Attorney General Thurbert Baker is appealing a Monroe County
Superior Court judge's decision to reduce Wilson's felony conviction to a
misdemeanor and free him from prison. Baker said the judge overstepped
his authority when he granted Wilson's habeas corpus last month.
Wilson's attorney is arguing his 10-year prison sentence is cruel and
unusual punishment.
The court also decided to hold an expedited hearing on a Douglas
County Superior Court judge's decision to deny bond for Wilson pending
Baker's appeal, the newspaper reported. The judge says Wilson is not eli-
gible for bond during the appeal because of the nature of his crime,
aggravated child molestation. Wilson's attorney is appealing that judge's
decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.

1st African-American-Owned Golf

Course In Michigan Opens
Rogell Golf course becomes the only African-American-owned golf
course in Michigan.
The Greater Grace Temple purchased the historic golf course from the
city for $2.1 million.
Famed Detroiter Max Fisher opened the 18-hole golf course in 1914.
The Greater Grace celebrates its recent purchase of the Rogell Golf
Course Friday with a festival that is open to the public.
Greater Grace Temple is a predominantly African-American church with
more than 6,000 members. It is located on a complex known as "The City
of David," a 20-acre expanse in Northwest Detroit that sits across from
the course. That complex includes not only the church, but also a banquet
and conference center, an 89-unit apartment complex for the elderly, a
Montessori School, and God's Graceland Park.

Loreal Found Guilty of Racism
L'Oreal, the world's largest cosmetics firm, says its business is a "cele-
bration of diversity" and its famous slogan is "Because you're worth it."
But is the company referring to White women only?
A French civil appeals court apparently saw it that way and found the
cosmetic giant guilty of racial discrimination because it ruled out all but
White women to promote its shampoo.
In the far-reaching case, the Gamier division of the huge beauty empire,
along with a recruitment agency it employed, was fined more than
$40,000 each after they recruited women on the basis of race.
In addition, a senior figure at the agency was given a three-month sus-
pended prison sentence. The ruling marks the first time a major compa-
ny has been found guilty of systematic race discrimination in France.
The French campaign group SOS Racisme brought the case against
L'Oreal, over its 2000 campaign. L'Oreal's Web site says it prides itself
with diversity. "The appearance and physical features of each person are
unique, with differences that include age, skin and hair type," it says.


Volume 21 No. 17 Jacksonville, Florida July 12-18, 2007


N-Word Buried in Full Fanfare at NAACP Convention


In a ceremony similar to one six decades ago, the NAACP is putting
to rest a long-standing symbol of racism by holding a public burial for
the N-word during its annual convention in Detroit. Delegates
marched about a quarter-mile to Hart Plaza for a ceremony and rally..


DETROIT The "N-word," so
says the NAACP, is dead.
Thousands of NAACP delegates at
the organization's 98th annual con-
vention here marched downtown
Monday behind a horse-drawn car-
riage pulling a pine casket symbol-
izing the death of the N-word,
cheering as it was "laid to rest."
The coffin will be placed at
Detroit Memorial Park Cemetery,
complete with headstone. There
were no tears, no remorse, and
nobody had anything good to say
about the deceased.
"Today we're not just burying the
N-word, we're taking it out of our
spirit," Detroit Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick told the crowd at Hart
Plaza in downtown Detroit. "We
gather burying all the things that go


They're Back! Williams


Sisters Shine at Wimbledon


Not all that long ago, the run-up
to any Grand Slam tournament
would be filled with talk about
whether Venus and Serena Williams
would meet in yet another all-in-
the-family final.
It was pretty much a given that at
least one Williams, if not both,
would be out there on court for the
championship match, smacking
speedy serves, swatting powerful
groundstrokes and racing along the
baseline to reach seemingly
unreachable balls.
During a seven-Slam stretch from
Wimbledon in 2001 to the
Australian Open in 2003, one
Williams or the other won every
title. And a Williams was the run-
ner-up at five of those majors.
Don't look now, but those days
could be back.
The way Venus Williams won
Wimbledon last weekend and the
way Serena Williams won the
Australian Open in January, sends
quite a message to the rest of
women's tennis one that the older
sibling succinctly put into words.
"My sixth Slam," Venus said, smil-
ing. "I want some more."
Her six major titles are tied for
second-most among active players.
The leader? Her sister, of course,
with eight.
"When it comes to Wimbledon, I
do have more," Venus said, noting
her 4-2 edge on Serena at the All
England Club.
Venus is now 27, Serena 25, and
they were the oldest of the
Wimbledon quarterfinalists this
year, a group that included three
teenagers. Still, there's something to
be said for experience in tight
matches on the sport's biggest
stages, and no one has as much as
the Williams clan.
Another factor that could work in
their favor as the years progress:
Neither has as much wear-and-tear
as most players their age do.
There are several reasons. One is
that their father and coach, Richard
Williams, didn't let them compete a
lot when they were kids, limiting
them to a tournament or two per
season when they were in their
early teens.
Even once they were established
on the pro circuit, the sisters gained
a reputation for picking and choos-
ing which tournaments to enter,


Venus Williams joyously clutches her Wimbledon trophy.
something that rankled some other with her 6-4, 6-1 victory over
players. And in recent years, both Marion Bartoli in the final.
have missed months at a time with In the new rankings, Venus
various injuries. Williams rose to No. 17, her first
All of that time away from the tour time in the Top 20 in exactly a year.
in recent times is what dropped Serena Williams moved up to No.
both sisters way down in the rank- 7.
ings, nowhere near the No. 1 spot "Growing up, we dreamed of that,
each once held. Serena tumbled out of us being on top of women's ten-
of the top 100, and was at No. 81 nis, of playing Slam finals, being
entering this year's Australian (ranked) 1 and 2. That's what we
Open. worked for," Venus said. "So when
Venus was at No. 31 before that happens, it's incredible. It's
Wimbledon and became the tourna- amazing. For us, there's no doubt
ment's lowest-ranked champion that we can achieve these things."


with the N-word. We have to bury
the 'pimps' and the 'hos' that go with
it. You have to bury all the non-
sense that comes with it,"
Kilpatrick said.
"Good riddance," Kilpatrick said.
"Die, N-word. We don't want to see
you around here no more."
The mock funeral is a part of the
NAACP "STOP" Campaign, an ini-
tiative of the NAACP Youth &
College Division that seeks to pre-
vent the demeaning images of
African-Americans in the media,
particularly with respect to the por-
trayal of black women.
The N-word has been used as a
slur against black people for more
than a century. It remains a symbol
of racism, but also is used by some
blacks when referring to other
blacks, especially in comedy rou-
tines and rap music.
"This is the first funeral I've
attended where we're happy to be
here," Julian Bond, chairman of the
NAACP's national board of direc-
tors, told a cheering crowd in the
sweltering heat. "The N-word
deserves to be dead."

FAMU Given

Six Months
by Stephanie Lambert
from the Outlook
Florida A& M University offi-
cials are "working expeditiously"
to develop a response plan for the
university being placed of proba-
tion by the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools.
"We believe that (incoming
President James) Ammons' experi-
ence with SACS and resolving
issues at North Carolina Central
University will prove to be invalu-
able as we move forward to resolve
these issues," said Dr. Larry
Robinson, FAMU's chief executive
officer
The university was placed on pro-
bation on June 21. It will last for
six months. Dr. James H. Ammons
took the helm July 2 as the 10th
president of the historically Black
university promising to "give my
all" to put FAMU on a new course
of greatness.
"I think we have made tremen-
dous progress, but we have ways to
go," said Ammons, who once
served on the commission of col-
leges for SACS and has served on
15 teams. "I have a pretty good -
Contiued on page 5


Mandarin Student Chosen to Attend

Presidential Classroom in D.C.


India Booker
India Booker, a student at
Mandarin High School, has been
selected to attend the Presidential


Classroom Future World Leaders
Summit July 22-28, 2007 in
Washington, D.C.
For over forty years, more than
120,000 students from across the
United States and around the world
have attended Presidential
Classroom's week-long programs,
gaining knowledge, insight and
experience from the extraordinary
educational opportunity.
Participants knowledge is expanded
in the areas of politics, government,
and roles and responsibilities of
institutions and organizations
involved in policy-making.
Students gain insights into the com-
plexities of the policy-making
process, as well as the interaction


between government entities and
organizations around the world.
They experience the inner workings
of government and policy forma-
tion first-hand, through seminars
and site visits, in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the week, students
work with their peers on a group
project applying new skills and
ideas immediately after learning
them. They also have the opportuni-
ty to earn college credit through the
University of Virginia for their
week at Presidential Classroom.
Students graduate from Presidential
Classroom with refined leadership
skills and deeper understanding of
politics, that will benefit their edu-
cational and career aspirations.


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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Fre s


S It's Never Over If You Follow Up


Follow uLp on
'* the contacts you
. made. Send
notes, e-mails, or brochures.
Make calls. Review and then file
away your program book full of
notes to use as a year-round refer-
ence and as a planning guide for


the next year's event.
Remember, we have an econom-
ic goal: To build, support, and
reinvest in our businesses so that
the ever-increasing quality of our
products and services will make
others dependent upon us.
We also have a community goal:


To share our time and resources
where needed and to network and
tap our resources first.
Bottom Line: We have to
understand and celebrate our
history and culture and to make
them the basis for our values,
beliefs and actions.


By Jason Alderman
You probably get numerous credit
card offers every month. Many list
terms that sound too good to be
true, which often means they are: 0
percent interest, huge credit limits,
free rewards the list goes on.
Although good deals do exist
(especially for people with a strong
credit history), always carefully
analyze all terms and conditions to
know what you're getting. By law,
this information must appear in the
card's terms of agreement, but you
have to know what to look for.
Make a chart to compare features
for several cards side by side. Track
fees and other charges, such as:
Annual fee charged for using
the card. Many cards have no annu-
al fee, so shop around.
Cash advance fee shown as
either a per-use flat rate or a per-
centage of the advance amount.
Late payment fee charged if
payment is received after the due
date. (Important: A few late pay-


ments could raise your interest rate
dramatically.)
Balance transfer fee some-
times charged to transfer balances
from one card to another.
Over-the-limit fee charged if
you go over your credit limit.
(Overages can also trigger rate
increases.)
Minimum finance charge -
imposed whenever you carry for-
ward a balance.
Call each lender and ask them to
spell out all other possible fees.
Here's how to decode some other
terms you'll find in the card offers:
Annual percentage rate (APR):
The interest rate you'll be charged
if you carry forward any balance
due. Credit cards often have differ-
ent APRs for purchases, cash
advances and balance transfers, so
make sure a low APR in one cate-
gory isn't offset by unreasonably
high APRs in others.
If a low introductory APR is
offered, note for how long and what
the rate rises to afterward. Also ask
whether the APR is "fixed" (may
fluctuate, but only after you're noti-
fied) or "variable" (can move unex-
pectedly, without prior notifica-
tion).
Grace period: The number of days
you have to pay your bill in full
without being charged interest.
Beware of short grace periods and
note that there's usually no grace
period for cash advances, balance
transfers or balances carried over
from previous months you begin


First Coast Help Available to

Help You get a Bank Account
The Duval County Extension Service offers help for Jacksonville resi-
dents who are part of the 1 in 12 U.S. families who do not currently have
checking accounts. This statistic is from a recent survey by the Federal
Reserve. "In fact, a study in the Jacksonville area several years ago, found
that almost 30% of Jacksonville's urban core are without accounts," says
Anita McKinney, Extension Educator with this University of Florida and
City of Jacksonville program. First Coast Get Checking works with eight
banks and credit unions in the area to provide information and skills indi-
viduals need to manage personal finances, develop skills in keeping bank
accounts accurate, and to learn how to build or repair credit.
The course is offered monthly. The next class is Saturday, July 21, 9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Duval County Extension Service, 1010 N McDuff
Ave. There is a $40 materials fee. More information is available by call-
ing 904-387-8850, or by going online at www.coj.net, (search for get
checking).
There are eight credit unions and banks in the Jacksonville area that will
open accounts after participants complete the class. Five credit unions -
Community First, Florida Telco, HealthAmerica, Jax Federal, and VyStar
- and three banks Atlantic Coast, Everbank and SunTrust are Financial
Institution Partners and recognize the Get Checking Certificate.
Promotional Partners are The Real Sense Prosperity Campaign, Family
Foundations, Inc., and Jacksonville Urban League Entrepreneur
Partnership.




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Workers

Compensation

Personal Injury

I Wrongful Death

Probate


Contact Law Office of


Reese Marshall, P.A.

214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

904-354-8429
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and courteous service to our clients


paying interest immediately.
Cash advances: Although handy in
emergencies, cash advances can
become very expensive loans if you
don't pay them off quickly. Ask
about each card's cash advance
APR, fees (whether per transaction
or percentage of advance) and any
other limits that may apply.
A few more tips:
Ask what other terms may
change besides the teaser rate when
the introductory period ends.
After conducting your research,
call your current credit card compa-
ny to see if they'll match terms in
order to keep your business.
- Always read credit card mailing
inserts for important terms changes.
A good place to comparison shop
for credit cards is
www.bankrate.com.
- The Federal Reserve Bank offers
a guide to choosing a credit card at
federalreserve.gov/pubs/shop.
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by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
2007 is nearly half over and it is
time to make mid-course correc-
tions for the second half. From a
broad economic perspective, The
Fed has stopped raising short term
interest rates and appears to be try-
ing to balance rising inflation and a
slowing
U. S. economy. Energy and food
prices continue to rise in response
to global demand. Surprisingly, the
stock market is up 9% year to date
as measured by the Dow Industrial
Average! Finally, there continues
to be no end in sight for the war in
Iraq. How are these economic fac-
tors affecting your financial plan?
On a more personal level, what
has changed in your family's life?
Have any marriages, divorces,
births, health changes, pay raises,
layoffs, retirements or graduations
taken place? How have family
changes affected your financial
plan? Today is a great time to
measure your progress toward the
achievement of your financial
goals and to make mid-year correc-
tions.
Cash Management
If you want to achieve your finan-
cial goals, it is imperative to man-
age the major source of your poten-
tial wealth Your Cash. Are their
ways that you can take advantage
of today's relatively low interest
rates by possibly refinancing your
mortgage or switching to a lower
rate credit card? Have you maxi-


mized your income potential?
Would overtime or a second job for
a few months allow you to remove
the albatross of bad debt from your
life? Consider alternative ways to
reduce expenses such as; buying
clothes during seasonal sale peri-
ods, cooking meals at home, or
using public transportation. If you
have not setup a monthly cash-flow
statement, use your last three
months' income and expenses to
establish a baseline and then track
it monthly.
Investment Planning
The current tax law sets the max-
imum tax rate for dividends and
long-term capital gains at 15%.
Interest income and short-term cap-
ital gains continued to be taxed at
higher rates. Do your current
investments fit your long-term
investment objectives and time
horizons? With the rise in interest
rates, internet savings accounts
offer FDIC insured rates of over
5% APY. Review your most recent
401k, IRA and investment account
statements. What has been their
performance over the last twelve
months and are your investments
adequately diversified?
Tax Planning
If you used a tax advisor in the
past, consider meeting with your
advisor to access your tax situation.
Start by reviewing your 2006 tax
returns, your most recent pay stubs
and your investment account state-
ments. Make a copy of your last
Form 1040 and pencil in estimates


of your 2007 income, estimated
itemized deductions, withholding,
credits and final tax due or over-
payment. Are there ways to legiti-
mately increase your deductions or
defer income into next year and
ultimately reduce you taxes for
2007?
Insurance and Estate Planning
Review your life, disability,
health, long term care, and proper-
ty and casualty coverage with your
insurance agent. Is your coverage
adequate and cost effective?
Additionally, every adult should
have a basic estate plan that begins
with a will, durable power of attor-
ney and a health care directive. Are
these documents current and stored
in a secure place? Also, make sure
that the named beneficiaries on
your pension plan, insurance poli-
cies, IRA's and similar contracts
are current.
Now is a good time to assure that
2007 will be a good year in your
journey toward achieving your
financial goals. Take the time now,
during July, to conduct a mid-year
financial review.
Michael G Shinn, CFP Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
information or to send your comments
or questions to shinnm@financialnet-
work.com. Neither Michael Shinn nor
Financial Network provides tax advice.
Please consult a professional before
implementing any strategy.


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Salutng Black Radio: When Airwaves Ruled the World


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Larry Brody


Captain Groovey in the
Funk Factory
Willie Martin

Jack "Have Mercy" Bell Boy

King B

Nat "Soulfinger Cookin"
Jackson

Funky Finley

Otis "Gambini" Gamble

Pressure Cooker

Lunchy Lynn Hampton

Nat Washington


The velvet voice of Mike
Moore (left) was one of the
first 'night groovers', while
WPDQ's Oscar Williams
brought the latest headlines to
the airwaves.

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Oscar Williams


They were the stars of the music
industry back in the day, mobbed by
adoring fans, fawned on by shop
owners and restaurateurs and
sought out by local politicians look-
ing to get a leg-up or keep the lid on
violence in the black community.
As much as the artists who were
honored during June's Black Music
Month transformed American cul-
ture, black radio personalities from
the 1950s, '60s and '70s who played
the records, spread the word and
captivated listeners with their sharp
wits and snappy patios also played
a major role in changing the beat of
this country, both musically and
socially.
Who can forget the choo choo
train symbolic of WOBS' radio sta-
tion's Captain Groovey, or even the
Come Together Days at American
Beach that are still going on today?
In it's heyday of the late 60s and
70s, Black radio dominated the air-
waves in Jacksonville, surpassing
ratings of even the white stations.
They gave black listeners voices
that sounded like theirs and provid-
ed a young white audience -- many
of whom had to sneak a listen to so-
called "race music" behind their
disapproving parents' backs -- an
audio slice of black culture.
From low watt AM stations in the
rural South to high-powered spots
on the dial in big cities like New
York and Washington, D.C., radio
personalities like Jocko Henderson,
Eddie O'Jay, Martha Jean "The
Queen" Steinberg, Georgie Woods
and Bobby Bennett became kings
and queens of the airwaves and
unsung heroes in the civil rights
struggle.
In Jacksonville, that honor
belonged to WOBS and later
WPDQ AM stations
"These people are important
because they were a tool in the civil
rights movement and helped in the
progression of African-Americans,"
said Jacquie Gales Webb, who pro-
duced a 13-part series for the
Smithsonian Institution in 1996
called "Black Radio: Telling it Like
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advertising for over a decade at WPDQ radio. Shown above at a live remote at the McDonald's on US1 are
Marc Little, Pat Royland, Freddie Rhodes, Rodney Hurst and restaurant owner Leanie Payne.
feelings of the community would some of today's music superstars. hear it,'" Henderson told the "Black
not have been heard because they In the early 1960s, Cleveland DJ Radio" series. "Well, I heard it, and
weren't being heard on the main- Eddie O'Jay featured a five-mem- it was 'You Send Me.' In three
stream radio." ber singing group called The weeks, it went Number One in the
The ability to gauge the pulse of Mascots at sock hops he hosted. As country."
the people, from what they felt to the group drew larger crowds for Such was the power and person-
what they wanted to listen to, is the events, O'Jay discussed manag- ality of the black radio DJ, accord-
what made disc jockeys and talk ing the group. He told the young ing to Keith Murphy, a disciple of
show hosts so special. With splashy singers that the group's name had to "Petey" Greene and host of XM
nicknames, non-stop jokes and go. Group member Walter Williams Radio's Urban Journal.
seemingly endless rhymes and suggested that the quintet become "They had style behind the
lines, the black radio personalities The O'Jay's, a name the group -- microphones. They had style when
of yesteryear were influential in now a superstar trio -- uses to this they came into the community.
moving black music -- dismissed in day. They were de facto social directors
the white community as "race When O'Jay asked why the group in the community," Murphy told
music" -- from the background to wanted to take his name, Williams BlackAmericaWeb.com. "They had
the forefront. : replied, "'Because you are so popu- the clothes. They had a star power
"Elvis Presfey was listening to lar, and people would really listen all their own. When they came into
WDIA in Memphis, one of the first to us,'" O'Jay told author Gilbert A. a club, it was as if Marvin Gaye or
stations that geared programs Williams for his book "Legendary Stevie Wonder had arrived."
towards an African-American audi- Pioneers of Black Radio." "So I But it all wasn't music and sock
ence," Gales Webb told agreed with them!" hops for the black radio personali-
BlackAmericaWeb.com. "It was Jocko Henderson, who made a ties. During the civil rights move-
one of the first stations in Memphis radio name for himself in New York ment, many of them huddled with
to make $1 million." and Philadelphia, recalled being activists and used their airwaves to
In the days before Urban roused out of bed at 4 a.m. by an announce rallies or keep the com-
Contemporary radio and other eager singer. munity apprised of the latest goings
heavily programmed radio formats, "He says 'Jocko, my name is Sam on.
black DJs chose their own music Cooke, and this is Bumps "We were the mayors back then
and were influential in deciding Blackwell, my manager, and we ... we were the people that got the
what songs were hits. Some DJs have a record we think is gonna be information out to the black com-
even helped launch the careers of a big smash, and we wanted you to munity about what was happening,"


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Queen" Steinberg once said. "We
were always out."
When he wasn't spinning
records, Atlanta DJ James "Alley
Pat" Patrick was rescuing civil
rights protesters from the clutches
of the law. Alley Pat was not only
one of Atlanta's first black DJs, he
was also one of Georgia's first
black bail bondsmen.
"I got the SNIC kids out of jail;
the NAACP, the SCLC members, I
got them out of jail," Patrick, 88,
told BlackAmericaWeb.com. "It
wasn't a chore. I enjoyed it."
When black communities across
the country erupted in violence fol-
lowing King's murder, big-city
mayors and law enforcement offi-
cials turned to black DJs to help
quell deadly violence on the streets.
In Washington, for example,
WOL's "Sunny Jim" Kelsey, Bobby
"Midnight Burner" Bennett and
other members of the AM station's
"Soul Brothers" DJs took to the air-
waves to preach calm while "Petey"
Greene, meanwhile, organized a
show with musical entertainment
and speakers. In Detroit, Steinberg
went on the air, played gospel
music, talked and prayed.
(Ironically, the Magnificent
Montague, a black Los Angeles
R&B DJ, gained national fame
when his on-air catch phrase
became the mantra for rioters and
arsonists in Watts in 1965: "Burn,
baby, burn.")
A few black radio personalities --
Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey -- are
carrying on the tradition of their
broadcast forefathers by hosting
shows that entertain, educate and
inform, Rackley said.
But the heyday when black DJs
and talk show hosts were the stars
of the airwaves are long gone,
eclipsed when radio stations
switched to formatted programming
with pre-arranged music playlists.
"The DJs today are not as fortu-
nate as we were yesterday," Alley
Pat Patrick lamented. "They just
push buttons. We did commercials
from scratch. We chose our own
music. We were personalities."


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Youthful Leader Will Serve Council Well


Every year the Jacksonville
City Council elects a new presi-
dent. It's a process that can be more
political and tougher to pull off
than actually running for office at
times.
Only having a year to serve,
each President attempts to leave his
or her mark on the city by introduc-
ing new initiatives aimed at making
government more efficient,
improving quality of life or simply
addressing an issue that they feel is
important.
Last week, Councilman Daniel
Davis took over as Council
President, and one of the facts of
his presidency that flew underneath
the radar screen was the fact that
Davis is pretty young.
In fact, he became one of the
youngest Council President ever at
the age of 34. Much like myself,
Davis ran for Council at a young
age 25 years old. He lost by a slim
margin and was then elected four
years later.
What's so unique about Davis
certainly isn't his age, but his pas-
sion and understanding of the
entire city not just his Westside
district.
Politics is about building
bridges and having vision and
understanding.
Davis will be a good Council
President because he possesses all


of those characteristics.
Unfortunately, the road ahead will
not be an easy one to maneuver.
Between the budget gap left
because of property tax reform and
the recent inquiries by the State
Attorney's Office regarding City
Council's Sunshine Law violations,
the already hot summer will defi-
nitely heat up some more.
I will refrain from giving my
opinion on the outlandish notion
that Council members knowingly
and chronically violated the
Sunshine Laws especially since I
may be before a grand jury at some
point.
But, if you like the type of
leader who will be honest and
direct with you Davis is your
man. And his lead by example style
will definitely be an asset with 10
new Council members recently tak-
ing office.
Normally, Council Presidents
come in and work with the City
Council and Administration on
implementing new initiatives and
programs. Like I said earlier, Davis
will not have that luxury because of
the extremely tight budget, but
despite limited city funds he is
willing to roll up his sleeves and
work with the private sector to help
those families and individuals in
need.
With the lack of funding for


public servants grants for not-for-
profits, Davis recently said, "It's
time for the community to step up.
The government is not going to
solve our community's issues. The
only way we solve them is though
nonprofits, faith-based and com-
munity organizations."
Again, not to harp on his age,
but Davis is wise for a young politi-
cian. By the way, he is also the
Executive Director of the Northeast
Florida Builders Association,
which is the largest homebuilder
association in the state and one of
the biggest in the country.
What happened to all of that talk
about this lost generation of youth
who are totally out of touch and
misguided? The lost souls, the
computer and video game freaks,
the hopeless children of the 80s,
what other name do they call these
people? Oh yeah, they are also
commonly called "Generation X?"
John F. Kennedy once said, "It
is time for the next generation of
leaders to step up and except the
challenges that affect our commu-
nities."
Davis plans on partnering with
nonprofits like the Boselli
Foundation, which has began work
in inner-city communities offering
structured after school programs in
a renovated city community center.
The foundation plans on spreading


its wings to needy neighborhoods
throughout the city.
That's the type of leadership
Davis will provide throughout his
presidency building bridges and
figuring out ways to do more with
less.
One of the more admirable
qualities that he possesses is his
genuine concern and interest in
what happens at the beach, on the
Northside, downtown and through-
out the community. I said it before,
but he's not just a Westside council-
man, he represents the city well.
That's important for black folk,
because we need leadership in
place that truly understands and
"gets it."
Davis says that his leadership
style will be one of service to other
Council members and making sure
that their issues are taken care of
first. Knowing council members
the way I know council members
that may be a tough task to accom-
plish.
Max De Pree once said, "The
first responsibility of a leader is to
define reality. The last is to say
thank you. In between, the leader is
a servant."
Davis obviously has the servant
part down, now the fun of begins.
Signing off from City Hall if
they still let me in,
Reggie Fullwood


A Death at a Hospital That's Not Named King


by E.O.
Huthinson
The tragic
death of Edith
Rodriguez as
a result of
alleged neg-
lect and shod-
dy care in the
emergency room at King-Harbor
Hospital in Los Angeles drew
anguished rage from her family,
national press attention, howls of
public protest, and the demand
from some public officials to pad-
lock the hospital. Rodriguez was
Hispanic. But the death a year ear-
lier of Linda Brown at Brotman
Medical Center in Culver City also
in the Los Angeles area after the
hospital staff failed to provide her
with desperately needed emergency
treatment drew not a peep of public
protest, not a line in the press, and
ignited no loud calls for an investi-
gation let alone the hospital's clo-
sure. Brown was African-
American.
The facts in the Rodriguez death
are well known, and have made
King-Harbor again the poster hos-
pital for medical evil in the nation.
In Brown's case, only her family,
friends, state health regulators, and
the hospital staff, which is now
under legal fire, know the facts.
According to the family, Brown
died when doctors and nurses mis-
diagnosed a critical care condition,
delayed getting her emergency
treatment needed when her condi-
tion deteriorated, filed error-filled
medical forms, drug their feet on
reporting the death to the coroner,
reluctantly complied with the
Department of Health Services
demand that the hospital do a plan
of correction in her death.
Calls and queries to Brotman
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weren't answered. And maybe with
good reason, the family has slapped
the hospital, doctors, and care nurs-
es with a multi-million dollar bat-
tery, abuse of dependent adult, and
negligent death lawsuit. The case is
scheduled to be heard in August.
Whether the charge that Brown
died as a result of hospital negli-
gence is fair or unfair, and that will
be ultimately determined in court,
there were cautionary signs within
and without the hospital that there
could be problems. Brotman did
worse than the average in the rank-
ings compiled by the Department
of Health and Human Services of
hospitals nationally on several crit-
ical care surgery indicators. The
hospital rankings were compiled
from 2005 to September 2006.
Brown died in July, 2006.
If Brown's death was indeed due
to a medical screw-up at Brotman,
it would not be an aberration. Her
death simply tossed the ugly glare
on one of the medical industry's
worst kept secrets and that is that
thousands of Americans die annu-
ally in America's hospitals, and far
too many of those deaths were pre-
ventable. The deaths due to med-
ical mistakes aren't happening
solely at under-funded, big city
public hospitals, such as King, with
the victims being mostly poor
blacks and Latinos.
The deaths are occurring at well-
endowed private hospitals, such as
Brotman. Some have stellar reputa-
tions. The victims at these hospitals
are often middle-class whites.The
actual number of persons that die
needlessly each year in America's
hospitals due to medical mistakes
that include shoddy care, medica-
tion bungles, misdiagnosis, poorly
performed surgery, post surgical
infections and, of course, negli-
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The Institute of Medicine, the
federal government's official advi-
sor on health care issues, put the
death toll at near 100,000. An
exhaustive study based on
Medicare records by HealthGrades
put the number of deaths at double
that. The health care group claims
nearly 200,000 die annually due to
medical mistakes. The body count
is equivalent to nearly 400 jumbo
jets filled to capacity. Countless
other studies have fingered medical
errors as the culprit not only in
thousands of in-hospital patient
deaths, but also in worsening ill-
ness in a widespread number of in-
hospital patients. The estimate is
that one in 25 patients admitted to
America's hospitals suffer some
medical harm because of medical
errors.
Despite the mild public clamor
for improvement, there's no sign
that things will get any better soon.
Some medical experts say that's
because the willingness of doctors
and hospital's to recognize medical
mistakes, as the cause of patient
death is still relatively new. That's a
self-serving cop-out. Medical neg-
ligence has long been a sore-point
within hospitals, and the medical
establishment, and has engendered
endless lawsuits. Most go nowhere.
Doctors and hospitals are shielded
from legal liability by the labyrinth
of state and federal laws that make
it difficult to bring let alone prove
medical malpractice, a rigid code
of silence among doctors and hos-
pitals, and lax investigations and
punishment by state regulators.
Even in the rare case where a
hospital acknowledges mistakes,
and medical negligence is clearly
established as a result of a lawsuit
or settlement, there's no guarantee
that the public and the press will
connect the dots, and see that these


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deaths don't happen just at the
dwindling number of inner city
hospitals such as King. The deaths
don't draw angry editorials, inves-
tigative news reports, threats of
federal fund cut-offs, and license
revocation by departments of
health, as King has been subjected
to, and Brotman hasn't. Brown's
family is determined to continue
the fight to make the hospital come
clean about her death. The public
and the media should wage that
same fight to make America's hos-
pitals come clean on how and why
so many people die because of
medical botches. And those deaths
happen at hospitals that aren't
named King.


Williams Girls

SCenter Court Again
by William Reed
She was the girl in purple-and-green hair beads
who made her Wimbledon, England debut at age 17
in 1997. Now at 27, Venus Williams has won Wimbledon four times.
Richard Williams' prot6g6 first won Wimbledon at age 20 in 2000 as the
first African American female champion since Althea Gibson in 1958.
Over the years, triumphs of the Williams Clan have become a sense of
pride for African Americans. Venus Williams became the highest-paid
woman in the history of sports. Prior to collecting this year's Wimbledon
champion's plate, Venus Williams had five previous Grand Slam tourna-
ment trophies. She's come an especially long way from 17 to 27 and gath-
ered trophies as a new sensation and as a rejuvenated veteran.
Between Venus and Serena, the Williams sisters have turned the presti-
gious Wimbledon affair into a family fiefdom this decade Venus has won
four titles (2000, '01, '05, and 07) and Serena two (2002, '03). The sisters
took Wimbledon's ladies' doubles crown as well in 2000. On 9/11/1999, in
New York City, Serena became the first African American to win a tennis
Grand Slam singles title since Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon in 1975, and
the first Black woman to win the U.S. Open since Ms. Gibson in 1958.
Before she took home $1.4 million for this 2007 title, Venus had to recov-
er from an injured left wrist and had won only one tournament in
Memphis. "Wimbledon helps her get that kind of serenity within herself'
Richard said before Venus strode onto Centre Court with finalists' flowers
for the sixth time in the last eight years.
Richard Williams says Venus' fourth Wimbledon title could herald the
start of a new period of dominance for her and Serena in women's tennis.
Both endured a injury-blighted year in 2006 but Serena returned to win the
Australian Open in January.
It can not be denied that there've been concerted efforts by tennis tradi-
tionalists to characterize Venus and Serena as villains of the tennis world.
But this image is hardly reflective of the confidence, intelligence, and
determination displayed each tournament by the two women. Already
African American icons, Venus and Serena Williams are champions of the
highest order.
Early m their careers Richard Williams coached and managed the two. It
is to his tutelage that the Williams sisters owe their persevering spirit and
ability to show mental toughness in the midst of bad calls, setbacks, and
negative commentators. They were brought up in a supportive environ-
ment to prepare them for such pressures during the tennis tours. Richard
has been called both a genius and a racist, but all attest that he kept his gift-
ed kids wrapped in the bosom of family. He groomed all five of his daugh-
ters to play tennis, but it was the two youngest who paid off- Serena had
already won $242,000 by the time she was 16.
Thanks to Richard's canny handling of a clothing endorsement deal in the
early 1990s, the family was able to move from Compton, California to a
rambling estate in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In 1993 both girls left
school and continued their education at home.
Serena signed a $12 million contract to represent Puma sporting gear in
1998. The following year she and her sister moved out of their parents'
home into a new\ $2 7 million house they built nearby. In return the girls
bought their folks a $3.2 million house.
An African American Success Family, the Williams Clan is to be admired
by all. Raised as devout Jehovah's Witnesses, Serena and Venus \were
home-schooled by their mother, and received high school diplomas In
1909. Serena joined her sister at the Art Institute of Florida, where they
studied fashion design. Serena has taken up a number of acting roles and
launched a fashion label, while Venus has also dabbled in fashion and runs
Florida-based interior design company V Starr Interiors.
The Williams' tennis mentor has said that he wouldn't mind if they quit
the game altogether now. "I wouldn't be disappointed at all if they walk
away." Richard stated.


Million Father March Will Be 2nd Chance for Many


By Phillip Jackson
Father's Day was a severe disap-
pointment in America's Black com-
munities this year because census
figures show that 70% of Black chil-
dren are born into single-parent,
female-headed households.
Congratulations to the 30% of Black
fathers who do live in households
with their children; however, this
small number of fathers who main-
tain homes for their children is not
enough. Even with fathers who live
in the household, many are not spir-
itually, emotionally and socially
connected or involved in their chil-
dren's lives.
This late summer and fall of 2007,
Black fathers, and fathers and men
of all races, get a second chance to
celebrate Father's Day. This "Real
Father's Day" is the time for fathers
and men to take their children to
school during the 4th Annual
Million Father March, sponsored by
The Black Star Project in Chicago,
Illinois, and throughout this nation.
In 200 cities in America and around
the world on the morning of the first


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day of school, more than 500,000
men and women of all races are
expected to take a "short holiday"
from work to march with their chil-
dren to school.
What is the value of a connected,
caring father in the social and educa-
tional developmental lives of chil-
dren? Data from the National
Fatherhood Initiative show that girls
and boys who have nurturing, caring
fathers in their lives in meaningful
ways earn better grades and higher
test scores, and have better atten-
dance and higher graduation rates
from high school. With strong father
connections, these children are less
likely to be suspended or drop out of
school, engage in violent behavior,
or experiment with drugs, alcohol or
pre-marital sex. A key solution to
fixing problems in the Black com-
munity, or any community, is the
constructive involvement of fathers
in the lives of their children. The
solution begins with "The Real
Father's Day," the Million Father
March!
The Million Father March is a first


step for men who have not been sub-
stantially involved in the lives of
their children. It is an opportunity to
transform their roles as fathers from
absent or disconnected to loving,
nurturing and mentoring fathers who
help their children grow into strong,
positive, principled men and
women. A good father is part of a
good parent team, and a good father
is critical to creating a strong family
structure.
This year, celebrate a "Real
Happy Father's Day" by taking your
children to their first day of school
and by participating in the 4th
Annual Million Father March. On
this day, all men are expected to
report to a local school. On this day,
all men can be the fathers that our
children need because all children
need their fathers, and strong, posi-
tive men, in their lives. To get more
information on how your school,
church or city can participate, please
call 773.285.9600, email us at black-
starl000@ameritech.net or visit our
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Sole Sisters


The Joys and Pains of Single Black Women
by Deborah Mathis
The news is not eood for
black women when it comes to
finding a partner. Where not
long ago there were roughly .. '.
two married women to every .s. -.:"'. ,,*
single woman, those numbers .... '
have gradually reversed over L"'
the past few decades-now,
more than 60 percent of black
women have either never mar-
ried or are divorced. These
numbers are far greater than
those of any other social
group, and the trend shows no I \ I
sign of reversing.
So what are black women to
do if their odds of finding a
husband or life partner are get-
ting longer every year? -low
do they find their way through
life as "sole sisters"? What are the challenges they face in terms of com-
panionship. love, sex, and motherhood?
In order to find out, veteran journalist Deborah Mathis-herself the
divorced mother of two daughters-interviewed 125 single black women
in order to delve into the realities of life as they're living it today. What she
found were women taking a wide variety of different approaches to their
singlehood. Whether "shrinkers," "tickers," freestylerss," "double-dip-
pers," "flamekeepers," or others, these women were alike in that the real-
ity of life as they're leading it means that they'll more than likely remain
single. Some are accepting their singledom with grace and peace; others
bend all their efforts to finding a man with whom to share the rest of their
lives. All are struggling to maximize the joy they find in life and minimize
the pain.
Mathis brings the skills of an astute veteran journalist and the passions of
an attentive and articulate storyteller to uncovering the truths in single
black women's lives today. Sole Sisters is certain to ignite public debate on
how and why so many black women remain single in America today, and
spark discussion as to what semi-permanent singlehood means for so many
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Local Youth G;
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
NAACP ACT-SO Program returned
from the 29th annual national com-
petition in Detroit, Michigan with
winners in tow. The group, consist-
ing of 18 students and seven adults,
included a national winner and a
summer scholarship/internship for
one student.
Vanessa Long, a recent graduate of
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts, received the silver medal in
the category of Painting for "Tears
That Weren't Supposed To Be
Shed." She will receive a $1500
scholarship and a laptop computer
along with numerous other recogni-
tions. Vanessa will be attending Art
Institute of Miami in the fall.
Tyrone "Cody" Floyd, a rising
sophomore at Jean Ribault High
School, competed in the category of
photography in Detroit. The judges

FAMU
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knowledge of SACS and when an
institution is ready."
The university statement said,
"We assure everyone that we are
working to design a thorough
response to this crisis. However,
this action will take time."
Ammons said he has asked the
president of SACS to provide the
university a "technical assistance
visit" for July 9-10 to take a "close
look to where we are in advance to
our submission of the compliance
certification" to be ready when
SACS comes in the spring.
"This is something a lot of insti-
tutions do not take advantage of,"
Ammons said. "1 thought coming
in new, it would be helpful to me to
have that kind of visit and the work
that would come out that visit to
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artwork. He was offered a summer
internship at the Maryland Institute
College of Art to continue to devel-
op his talent. The school is offering
Cody a full summer scholarship,
including tuition and room and
board. Cody will return to the ACT-
SO program next school year, along
with other students from around the
county to compete for a medal in
the national competition which will
be held in Orlando, Florida.
Other local winners who also com-
peted in Detroit on the national
level are as follows:
Daniel Applewhite Stanton
College Preparatory School
Alton Bradley, Jereme Raickett,


Farrin Brown Alexis Daniels,
Benjahmin Ellis and Jasmyne
Saunders Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts;
Jarell Harris and Phillip Simmons
- Fletcher High School
The local NAACP is the "parent
organization" of the Annual
National ACT-SO competition.
ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-
Academic, Cultural, Technological
and Scientific Olympics. Through
this competition, students in Duval
and surrounding counties compete
locally and nationally to receive
medals and scholarship prizes.
There are five categories of com-
petition: Sciences, Humanities,
Performing Arts, Visual Arts and


Business. Under each of these cate-
gories are up to seven sub-cate-
gories. If a student wins locally
(receives a gold medal), s/he has the
opportunity to attend nationals and
compete with students from around
the country for recognition, awards
and scholarship prizes.
Over the years, the Jacksonville
Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO
Program has grown from just 10
participants in the early 1990's to
over 130 in recent years. Since
1978, the local program has partici-
pated in both state showcases and
national competitions traveling to
locations including, Houston,
Texas, Miami Beach, Florida and
Washington, DC.


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Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate


31st Pastoral Anniversary
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 & Pastor's Anniversary
The community is invited to celebrate the 14th Church and Pastor's of
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, Pastor M. L. Drinks. This celebra-
tion will feature a banquet at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, July 28, 2007. To RSVP, please call (904) 765-0827.

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
information tables will also be featured. For more information contact
Julian or Betty Bullock at (904) 343-9945.

St. James AME of O.P. Summer

Camp and Basketball Tournament Set
St. James AME of Orange Park, "The Church Where God is Doing Great
Things" will hold a Youth Leadership Camp from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, for
youth 9-12 years of age, Monday Friday, July 16-20th. All youth of the
community are welcome. Call, Belita Franklin, 610-4314.
A Community Basketball Tournament will be held at the TC Miller
Learning Center, 440 McIntosh Ave., July 21-22nd. The tournament is open
to the community. A "Community Family Fun Day" will be held immedi-
ately following the 11 a.m. Service on Sunday, July 22, 2007 For informa-
tion, or to register your team, please call 276-8079 or 317-8418, or visit
st.james.ame@bellsouth.net.
Sunday Worship Services are held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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Greater Grant 118th Anniversary
Greater Grant Memorial AME will celebrate 118 years in the ministry on
Sunday July 15th at the 11 a.m. service. Guest speaker will be Rev. John
White of New Mt. Zion AME church in Tallahassee, FL.
For more information on anniversary activities, call 765-1317.

New Creation Gospel Singers

Anniversary Celebration July 14-16
Three days of inspiration will highlight the New Creation Gospel Singers
Anniversary beginning with Youth Night on July 14th at 6:00 P. M. at West
Friendship Baptist Church, 945 Carrie St.
A Pre-Anniversary good time will be held on July 15th at 7:00 P. M. at the
Cathedral of Prayer Ministry, 3329 North Pearl St.
Festivities will culminate with the Anniversary on July 16th at 6:00 p.m.
at Greater Mount Salem Baptist Church, 2335 MoncriefRoad
The public is welcome to participate in all celebrations of the New
Creation Gospel Singers.
For more information please call Sis Beatrice Ishmeal at 483-1586.

Alumni and Friends Sought

for EWC Enhancement Day
Members of the Edward Waters College family and the Jacksonville com-
munity are invited to participate in our Campus Enhancement Day activi-
ties scheduled for Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28.
"This Campus Enhancement Day is designed to forge a renewed commit-
ment to revitalizing and enhancing our College and to building the com-
munity," said President Claudette H. Williams in announcing this new ini-
tiative.
Activities scheduled for the two-day July event will focus on cleaning up
offices, painting buildings internally and externally, and establishing a more
appealing landscape around the campus. We need volunteers to sign up to
engage in one or more of these activities.
Contact Rodney Hurst, 470-8258, or Johnny Rembert, 470-8277, to find
out more about these activities and how you can donate your time, talents
and treasure to this worthy cause.

JLOC Meeting
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc.,for Millions More
Movement will have an open meeting on Sunday,July 22,2007 6:00 pm to
8:00 pm at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue.You are invited to attend. This meeting is
open to members of the general public .If you are concerned and want to
improve living conditions in your community come join us as we strive to
make positive changes in the city of Jacksonville."We are committed to
education and not incai eration ".If you have questions or need more infor-
mation go to our website: www.Jaxloc.com You can also reach them at
236-2469.


Deb McDuffie
After a year run as founder and
Artistic Director of Ritz Voices,
Deborah McDuffie has resigned in
order to pursue new artistic ven-
tures. McDuffie is also credited
with creating and producing
"Amateur Night at the Ritz", the
Ritz Theatre's longest running pro-
gram.
McDuffie's non-profit arts founda-
tion, Arts4Jax, Inc. (formerly
Jacksonville School of Music) has
received a grant from the Jaguars
Foundation providing funding for a
summer arts camp as well as the
expansion of the community music
school to include after school and
evening instruction in choral music,

Sword & Shield
Praise Service
The Kingdom Outreach Ministry
invites the public to participate in
serious praise service on July 22nd.
The Ministry is located at 1820
Monument Road, Building 2.
Rev. Mattie Freeman, Pastor.


vocal coaching, dance, musical the-
atre, drama, filmmaking and pup-
petry.
"The more I worked with Ritz
Voices and my Paxon students the
more I realized how powerful the
arts are in bringing young people
from diverse cultures and economic
backgrounds together. There has
been a natural evolution in my work
with youths that has brought me to
this point in my journey. Thanks to
the Jaguars Foundation, I am able to
take that next step", Ms. McDuffie
said.
In the fall Ms. McDuffie will be
developing 2 choirs, junior boys &
girls Choir for grades 2-8, and a
senior choir for high school and col-
lege students. Registration for the
junior choir and auditions/registra-
tion for the senior choir will be held
Tuesday-Thursday, September 4-
6th, 5pm-7pm at Unity Church, 634
Lomax Street in Riverside, where
the school is based. Auditions are
not required for the junior choir.
Ritz Voices will continue as the
stellar group that it is, under a new
director. Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum administration will be
releasing information on Ritz
Voices 2007-08 season in the near
future.
Hermia Williams will head the
Arts4Jax Dance Department and co-
direct the musical theatre program
with McDuffie. Edna Bland will
head the Drama Department, which
will include puppetry, sign language
and spoken word.
After school and evening classes
will begin after Labor Day, and will
also provide language arts and math


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South Africa notes signs of first-ever decline in HIV infection


PRETORIA South Africa has
seen the first-ever signs of a drop in
new HIV infections, said a recently
released report in the country with
the world's second-heaviest AIDS
burden.
Preliminary reports from a 2006
ante-natal survey showed HIV
prevalence among pregnant women
had dropped to 29.1 percent from
30.2 percent the previous year,
Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-
Msimang told journalists in
Pretoria.
"The report indicates that this
decline is mainly amongst people
under the age of 20 years, followed
by those between 20 and 24."
The survey was carried out
among pregnant women attending
state clinics and hospitals, and its
findings are used as an indication of


A South African baby sleeps next to the anti-AIDS drug Nevirapine.
South Africa has seen the first-ever signs of a drop in new HIV infec-
tions, said a report released in the country with the world's second-
heaviest AIDS burden.


the national HIV prevalence rate.
"The decline in the under 20s,


Jakes Says No to


Megafest This Year


Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest,
which many consider to be his sig-
nature event, is getting shelved for
a second year. The Bishop has
decided to focus his efforts on con-
ferences such as For Ladies Only,
For Men Only, etc. His explanation
for the decision is below.
"After much thought and consid-
eration, we have decided not to host
MegaFest in 2008. The Potter's
House will revisit the idea of host-
ing MegaFest in future years and
will announce that decision pub-
licly, once made. The Potter's
House has immensely enjoyed the
popular event and we are over-
whelmed with the support and
interest that we have received in
Atlanta as well as nationally,
regarding MegaFest.
At this point and time, we have
decided to focus our efforts on our
other events such as For Ladies
Only, For Men Only, The Pastors'
and Leadership Conference and our
Faith for Africa missionary efforts,
to name a few.
I would like to emphasize that the
ministry's decision does not in any
way reflect negatively on Atlanta.
Mayor Shirley Franklin and the cit-
izens ofAtlanta, as well as the city's
government including the Georgia
Dome, Georgia World Congress


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Bishop Jakes
Center, Philips Arena, the
Convention and Visitors Bureau
officials, hotels and restaurants
have all gone beyond our most
ambitious expectations as they
made our conference attendees feel
welcomed and their presence
appreciated. On behalf of The
Potter's House church family, our
partners, and friends, we extend our
sincerest gratitude to the great city
of Atlanta.
The Potter's House is focused on
and committed to providing our
members and those that attend our
events with a thought-provoking,
moving, meaningful and spiritually
based experience. We will continue
to look at our events to ensure they
accomplish these goals."


from 15.9 percent in 2005 to 13.7
percent in 2006, in particular, sug-
gests a possible reduction in new
infections in the population," the
minister said.
The report said HIV rates have
been stable for several years,
adding: "This is the first evidence


of a decline in the South African
epidemic".
South Africa recently launched
an AIDS plan with the aim of
reducing by 50 percent the rate of
new infections by 2011, focusing
on the youth among whom most
new infections occur.
The country has the world's sec-
ond heaviest caseload of
HIV/AIDS, behind India, with
about 5.5 million in a population of
48 million infected, as well as one
of the world's highest rates of
teenage pregnancy.

Job Fair

First Samuel Missionary Baptist
Church will be hosting a Job Fair
and Career Day with same day hir-
ing on Saturday, July 28th from 9
a.m. 3 p.m. The Fair will beheld at
3333 Franklin Street and will
include a variety of employers and
fields. Participants are encouraged
to dress for success and bring their
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Byron Halsey was released from prison after two decades thanks to
DNA evidence. However, Halsey is still not completely free.
N.J. Man Freed by DNA Awaits Fate
NEWARK, N.J. -- For the last month and a half, Byron Halsey has been
trying to piece his life back together after serving the last two decades in
prison for the rape and murder of two children.
Prosecutors threw out his conviction after recent DNA testing and he was
freed, but he's been living in a limbo-like state since.
He's moved to Newark and found a job with a sign company, established
himself with a church and met with social workers to help him adjust to his
new life since the dramatic day in May when he walked out of prison.
Halsey is not quite a free man yet, however. Union County prosecutors
still haven't announced if they will pursue a new trial or drop the charges.


Katrina Fraud Out of Control


Federal agents investigating
widespread fraud after the Gulf
Coast hurricanes in 2005 are sifting
through more than 11,000 potential
cases, a backlog that could take
years to resolve.
Authorities have fielded so many
reports of people cheating aid pro-
grams, swindling contracts and
scamming charities after the hurri-
canes that Homeland Security
inspectors, who typically police
disaster aid scams, have been
"swamped," says David Dugas, the
U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge.
"There's definitely a backlog,"
says Dugas, whose office helps
coordinate an anti-fraud task force
formed after the hurricanes. "Right
now, that means we might not get to
some cases as quickly as some peo-
ple might like. If there's still a back-
log in two years when we start run-
ning up against the statute of limita-
tions, that's different."
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita trig-
gered more than $7 billion in disas-
ter aid to Gulf Coast households,
plus billions more in government
contracts and rebuilding projects.
Allegations of fraud have accompa-
nied that assistance, and prosecu-


tors have vowed zero tolerance for
people who tried to cheat the gov-
ernment.
About 700 people have been
charged.
Most of the cases involve alleged
lies to the Federal Emergency
Management Agency to cash in on
$2,000 payments it sent out shortly
after the storms struck. In one, pros-
ecutors charged that two room-
mates in Houston sent FEMA 39
claims for assistance for the two
storms and lied about living in
places hit by the hurricanes.
The Hurricane Katrina Fraud
Task Force has referred 11,000
potential fraud cases to Homeland
Security and a handful of other law
enforcement agencies. Each of
those was screened first to make
sure there was some possibility of
fraud.
Separately, the Government
Accountability Office, Congress'
investigative arm, identified anoth-
er 22,000 cases, though Dugas says


many proved to be bookkeeping
errors. The government's latest
complete tally of its investigations,
in September, listed more than
1,700 open criminal cases.
It's difficult to compare those
reports to other disasters, though
fraud was clearly more widespread
after the Gulf Coast storms, says
Donna Dannels, who runs FEMA's
Individual Assistance program.
When the storms hit, FEMA
ignored some of its financial safe-
guards to get aid to victims more
quickly. As a result, the GAO esti-
mates FEMA spent $1 billion on
improper disaster aid; auditors are
separately reviewing storm con-
tracts.
House Homeland Security
Committee Chairman Bennie
Thompson, D-Miss., says authori-
ties should focus on those big cases
first: "When the appearance is that
all of your investigative might is
being spent pursuing people who
might have received duplicate


vouchers, that's not the highest and
best use of the resources of the fed-
eral government."
Top priority usually does go to
cases with the biggest dollar losses,
says Marta Metelko, a spokes-
woman for the Homeland Security
Department's Inspector General. It
could be years before the agency's
investigators can review all fraud
claims, she says.
The cases include allegations of
fake Social Security numbers or
addresses. But authorities also have
sought charges in more complex
schemes. In one, the police chief in
Independence, La., pleaded guilty
to overbilling the government for
overtime.
Other cases auditors had criti-
cized people spending aid
money on jewelry or vacations -
turned out not to be a crime,
because federal law doesn't specify
how the money must be spent,
Dugas says.


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P.R.I.D.E. Book
Club Meeting
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 &
Michael Phelts.
Emergency
Preparedness for
Persons w/Disability
On July 13th, The Independent
Living Resource Center at FCCJ's
Advanced Technology Center (401
W. State Street) will present
"Emergency Preparedness for per-
sons with Disabilities". The day
long conference will teach disabled
persons and their care givers how to
prepare for Hurricanes, Fires, Flu
Pandemic and Biological Disasters.
Register between 8:00-8:45 a.m.
For more information call (904)
399-8484. Lunch will be served.

Genealogist's Exchange
Society Meeting
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
Room.
For reservations or more informa-
tion, call (904) 269-5471.

Jax Genealogical
Society Meeting
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
(904) 781-9300.

Astronomy
Demonstration
On Saturday, July 21, 2007
Northeast Florida Astronomy
Society will be holding a public
viewing event at Hannah Park,
parking lot# 8. If you need help
with how to use your telescope, or
what to look for in the sky, be there
by 7:30 P.M. At dark Amateur
Astronomers will have their tele-
scopes looking at Planets, Stars a,
and Deep Space. They are more
than happy to share with the public.
For more information on NEFAS go
to www.NEFAS.org.

JCCI Social
JCCI will be hosting a free soical
for area young executives on
Thursday, July 26th. Golf Anyone?
Rain or Shine-No problem! Join


The Arc provides advocacy and quality services that enable people
with developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, enhance
their quality of life and be active participants in their communities.
Volunteers will serve as a one-to-one instructor in the computer lab. 355-
0155.
World Relief is a faith based organization providing basic necessities to
people around the world. They assist with the resettlement of refugees
coming into the U.S. from other countries. Grocery shop in order to stock
a new refugee's home with their first food items. Or take the new family
shopping. Volunteers may also provide a warm welcome to the arriving
refugees) by going to the airport, greeting them and assisting them in 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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Tropical Boat Ride
Rabia Temple #8 AEAONMS
Rollin' Nobles & Desert Rats will
present their Ist 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.

Free Admission
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)
355-0630.

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
Music Festival
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
at www.jekyllisland.com.

Artist's Social
The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artists will have
their first annual Art Social at the
Karpeles Museum on Saturday
August 11th. The free event will
include music, food, games, and
artistic activities from 4 9 p.m. For
more information ca11356-1992 or
537-3364.

School Supply
Give-A-Way K-12
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


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
clothing. 360-7091.
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.


Florida Theater. Contact the Florida
Theater Box Office for tickets.

Marcus Garvey
Weekend at Masjid
The Masjid Al-Salaam invites all
to a Marcus Garvey Weekend with
Queen Mother Imakhu on Saturday
August 18 & 19 at 2:30 p.m. The
theme for the event is Healing
Ourselves, Family and Healing Our
People. Sunday will be
Transcending Consciousness:
Black Relationships at the
Crossroads. For more info visit
salaammasjid.com or call 359-
0980.

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

FCCJ Dance
Ensemble Auditions
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
rfletche@fccj.edu.


or e-mail


Taste the
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
Rican Parade
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
elconcilioj ax@aol.com

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
www.floridatheatre.com.


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50 CENT, CIARA AND THEIR
ENTOURAGES GO ON A DATE
TMZ.com is reporting that 50 Cent and his
S. rumored girlfriend Ciara were spotted last
week on a romantic dinner date at the
S- Brentwood Restaurant and Lounge in West
"*- Los Angeles with their respective camps in
tow acting as one big third wheel.
S Sources say the two artists and their "posse
often" arrived at the restaurant "in a fleet of
cars, including a Lamborghini that 50 was driving,"
According to witnesses, 50 and Ciara were snuggled up in one booth,
while the hangers-on "stood guard at one large table across from them."
Rumors of a romance between the two were sparked by their semi-naked
scenes in Ciara's video for "Can't Leave 'Em Alone."
BEYONCE CONSIDERED FOR BIG SCREEN AIDA
Word has it that Beyonce may star in a feature ,
'film adaptation of "Aida," the Broadway musical -o .
'based on Giuseppe Verdi's Italian-language opera ,
of the same name.
Jim Hill Media is reporting that the
"Dreamgirls" star is currently in talks with Walt
Disney Studios to play the title role that has already,
been filled on stage by Toni Braxton, and Beyonce's te l-
low Destiny's Child member, Michelle Williams. T ie
role also led Heather Headley straight to a 2000 T'n'
'Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Aida tells the story of a Nubian princess who is captui ed
by an Egyptian captain named Radames. After falling, t'ilf hie.
he saves her from a life of hard labor by placing her ais i. haind- "
maiden to the Egyptian princess Amneris, his future bride .
Set against a backdrop of loyalty, betrayal, and foi bidden
love, "Aida" is the story of three people who are :''i:cd '
make difficult choices that will alter history foreve:
WAYNE BRADY'S WIFE WANTS OUT:
As Wayne Brady's professional life gets busier with a new high-profile
television project, his personal life has just taken a turn with the announced
end of his marriage.
Brady's wife of eight years, Mandie Brady, has filed for divorce from the
entertainer citing 'irreconcilable differences," reports the Associated Press.
She is seeking joint legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old daugh-
ter, Maile, according to court documents filed Monday in Los Angeles
Superior Court. The couple tied the knot in 1999, but separated in April
2006, the papers said.
GET READY FOR SLY STONE'S COMEBACK
Look who's back. Not that he ever went away, per
se. After being underground, so to speak for the last
20 plus years, the reclusive Sly Stone has granted his
5 first interview since the 80s to Vanity Fair.
In the magazine's August issue Stone talks about
his music, his disappearance from public view and
SS his long-awaited return.
Stone,.whose colorful drug filled past has beat the
odds and is still alive, to the amazement of many.
S' '*sB He's now 64.
"Cause it's kind of boring at home sometimes," he told Vanity Fair. "I got
a lot of songs I want to record and put out, so I'm gonna try 'em out on the
road. That's the way it's always worked the best: Let's try it out and see
how the people feel." Stone is scheduled to start work on a new album in
the fall.
VH1 TO ROAST FLAVA FLAV
Public Enemy hypeman and reality show superstar
Flavor Flav will shoot his "Comedy Central Roast" -
special on July 22 at Warner Bros. studios.
Katt Williams has signed on to host the show, which .,
will feature such celebrities as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T,
Jimmy Kimmel and former lover and "Surreal Life" .;
co-star Brigitte Nielsen making good-natured-but-
cruel jokes at the rapper's expense.
Sommore, Greg Giraldo, Carrot Top, Lisa Lampenalli and Patton
Oswald are also on the bill to roast the honoree, whose rap career spans
two decades and was jump-started in recent years with exposure from his
popular VH1 reality show "The Flavor of Love."
"The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" will premiere Sunday
August 12 at 10 p.m. EST.


If anyone has made the act of
begging into a melodic sound, it's
R&B singer Keith Sweat.
However, Sweat's career has hard-
ly been wanting.
After honing his skills in his
hometown of New York, he was
discovered in the mid-80s and
released his debut album, "Make It
Last Forever,' in the fall of 1987,
which featured the hits "I Want
Her' and the title track that cata-
pulted him to R&B fame.
More than just a crooner, the
singer has also been marked as one
of the shapers of the early '90s
New Jack Era.
Sweat's career sparked in the
early '90s, but the singer has con-
stantly and consistently stayed on
the charts ever since and he is hard
at work promoting his new project
"Sweat Hotel."
He is also finishing up a new
untitled album, of which the early
first single "How Deep Is Your
Love" has had major radio spins.
And, as though staying in the music
curve isn't enough, Sweat hosts his
own syndicated radio show and
continues to tour regularly.
"Basically I've got a radio show,
I've got a new DVD (which was
released June 12), and a new CD
coming out in September 17th, so
I'm just doing a whole lot of differ-
ent things at the moment," Sweat
said. "The DVD is my live stuff;
basically a live concert of the stuff


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A fresh round of photos showing
Janet Jackson carrying extra
pounds hit the tabloids Friday in
force. Dressed in an orange tank
top and oversized grey sweatpants,
the singer was snapped sans weave
while standing poolside at her crib
in Miami. In 2006, photos of a
heavier Janet were taken by the
paparazzi before she went on a
strict four-month, weight loss plan
and shed 60 pounds. Jackson
claimed she had purposefully put
on those pounds for a film role that
didn't work out.


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career. The CD is basically new
material I've got coming out."
The DVD project is called
"Sweat Hotel [Live]," which has an
accompanying CD. It's a concept
the singer came up with in relation
to his full-service musical career.
Taped before live, sold-out audi-
ences in Atlanta and Dallas, the
project also includes special guest
appearances by Monica, Akon, Da
Brat and Athena Cage, plus music
from some of Sweat's most memo-
rable songs.
Believing in his inventiveness,
the "Sweat Hotel" concept went
beyond the music world and had
some fans expecting an actual posh
and stylish hotel from the singer.
Reports circulated that Sweat had a
deal for a property called Hotel
Sweat in Atlanta. However, the
singer said the reports were false.
"Marketing is great, right? That
was a good thing," he said with his
patented sly grin and explained that
while he did not currently have
plans to open a hotel, "you never
know what's in the making."
In the meantime, between his
new disc and contemplating the
hotel business, Sweat is staying on
the airwaves with his slow jams
radio show.
"On radio, I'm giving people

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what I've always given them." lie
explained. "Radio is a form of
entertainment. It allows me to
talk to my listeners. Whai
radio does for me is allow
people to touch me where
they can't touch me on
CD they can touch me
on the air, they can call
me, they can question
me, we can have con-
versations, we can
have confessions.
Radio opens up a lot of
doors for a lot of dialog."
"Keith Sweat Hotel" the
radio show airs from 7pm mid-
night in major markets like Miami
and Detroit, broadcasting live from
his Premiere Radio Networks stu-
dio in Atlanta. He keeps happily
busy working on radio Sunday
through Friday and doing shows
and touring on the weekend. When
EUR caught up with him last
month, he was performing a show
in Los Angeles as a tribute to
Gerald Levert, who died in
November 2006, and LSG the
group he formed with Levert and
Johnny Gill ten years ago.
"It's a tribute to Gerald, [and
the promoters] thought it would be
a good package if me and Johnny
Gill were on the show," he said.
"So, in part, it's a tribute to Gerald;


Complaints to Larry King af
Fired "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Waslungton
appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" Monda:, nigitI h. _
continue venting about his boot from the ABC scrie-i fol- I
lowing his use of a homophobic slur.
The actor has already spoken to various piblica- ..
tions regarding his frustration over being fired despite
jumping through every hoop the network had placed before him includ-
ing a stint in "rehab" and filming PSAs about gay tolerance.
But King's CNN audience was the first to hear Washington's version of
events leading to his on-set blow-up with co-star Patrick Dempsey, which,
in turn, led to Washington's use of the slur. Washington has denied that it
was directed toward co-star T.R. Knight, who was closeted at the time and
claimed the media attention surrounding the fight had forced him to
announce publicly that he is gay.


were like brothers."
The concert featured the two
remaining LSG members with
Gerald's father, Eddie Levert, fill-
ing in. The singers also performed
the tribute opening night at the
Essence Music Festival.
Incidentally, another trio made
up of solo R&B stars is coming on
the horizon. In the tradition of LSG
the group is called TGT for Tyrese,
Ginuwine, and Tank.
"I commend them on that,"
Sweat said, flattered that another
group of crooners have teamed up.
"I think more artist should do
things like that. There will never be
another LSG. People might try to
imitate that. I hope TGT builds
their own format. I don't want peo-
ple to call them another LSG. I wish
them luck. They're great vocalists."
Not only will there never be
another LSG, but there'll never be
another vocalist like Gerald Levert,
says Sweat.
"I miss him," Sweat said of
Levert. "Gerald is a legend. He's
given a whole lot to the industry.
His music won't be forgotten. The
good thing about radio, music,
movies, and TVs is that you can
play those things back and the per-
son will still seem like they're here.
Gerald's memory will always lie
within me, but anytime I really
want to see him, I just push rewind
and he's right there."


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Essenie Festtvals ParP wIi a Purpose ReturnnS o Now




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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama told a crowd at Essence Fest on Thursday
night, 'It was here in New Orleans that we realized we can't have a
government that decides cronyism is more important than confidence,
or rhetoric is more important than results.'


Former American Idol winner and known as the Teddy Bear, Ruben
Studdard crooned in the Super Lounges.


Ludacris performed all of his chart topping hits.


Ciara performed during the opening of the Essence Music Festival at
the Superdome in New Orleans. The singer made her debut in the
summer of 2004 with the Billboard No. 1 single 'Goodies.


A Katrina documentary played on the large overhead screens before
the concert began at Essence Festival at the Louisiana Superdome.


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There were no sitting feet when the OJays jammed and not a dry eye
in the house for the salute to Gerald Levert.


Mr. Big himself Ron Isley wih the Isley Brothers.


Frankie Beverly performs with Maze at the Louisiana Superdome.
Maze, which has been performing since the 1960s, traditionally closes
out the Essence Music Festival.


Mary J. Blige shows why she reigns as the R&B Queen.


Everyone agreed Beyonce was the Festival's ultimate show stopper.


NeYo Chris Brown


Susan Taylor, Essence Editorial Director, speaks on stage with Rev.
Marcia Dyson and Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton D-N.Y.


Keith Sweat and Johnny Gill delighted their fans with hits.


Comedian Steve Harvey's antics brought the audience to their feet.


Thel3th Annual Essence Music
Festival The Essence Music
Festival ended its homecoming cel-
ebration Saturday night with a mix-
ture of old school funk and urban
contemporary performances. They
were wrapped around a full day of
free seminars highlighted by
celebrity appearances from the likes
of George Fraser, Hillary Clinton,
Barack Obama, Mo'Nique, Tyler
Perry, even rappers Common and
Chuck D.
Charles Drayton, who came from
Jacksonville, to attend the festival,
says it was a great experience, and
he'll definitely be back. He says the


city has really shown that it wants
the festival and the people who
come for it.
The diverse array of R & B
singers on this years roster includ-
ed, Kelly Rowland, formerly of
Destiny's Child, Ne-Yo, Beyonce,
the O'Jays, Sunshine Anderson,
Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie,
Ludacris, and Maze, featuring
Frankie Beverly, also were also
slated to perform.
While New Orleans is famous for
its delicious food, no matter where
you went, attendees could get a
taste of the cuisine as well. Whether
you are browsing vendors at the


Marketplace, or cruising the
Superdome everything from jama-
balaya to chitterlings and greens are
at your fingertips.
While the wording of the opin-
ions varied, the sentiment translated
the same: The return of Essence to
New Orleans appeared to be anoth-
er post-Katrina success story.
With a final attendance count of
more than 200,000, the 13th annual
Fourth of July weekend festival fell
short of breaking its 2005 record of
232,000. But with organizers
expecting at least 200,000 atten-
dees, they have their own opinion
about the festival's success:


"It was extremely successful,"
said Michelle Ebanks, president of
Essence Communications, Sunday
morning. "It felt very much like a
family reunion."
Even though organizers don't
have a more solid attendance figure
for this year, Ebanks said, "We
know it was slightly larger than
Houston." Last year, 200,000 peo-
ple attended the various seminars
and concerts.
Ebanks said organizers expect
attendance figures to rise next year.
The calendar will be on the festi-
val's side, she said.
"Having the lFourth fall on a


Wednesday is a tough situation,"
she said. "Next year, having it on a
Thursday will be a boost for us."
Figures on the money pumped
into the local economy were not
available Sunday, but Ebanks said
the amount is expected to meet or
exceed the expected $150 million.
The essence Festival has been
held in New Orleans over the
Fourth of July weekend since its
launch in 1995. Last year it was
moved to Texas because of
Hurricane Katrina. But Essence
Communications Incorporated and
state and city officials negotiated a
new deal that keeps it in New


Orleans at least through 2009.
"You can walk to everything
here," said Renee Johnson fiom
Midway, Fla., who has been coming
to the festival for "about six or
seven years."
As a bustling Superdome -- two
years ago a symbol of misery and
despair -- swayed and clapped to
Lionel Richie on Saturday night,
Johnson seemed to sum up the
opinions of those who made possi-
ble and attended the festival.
"There's nothing like Essence fest
in New Orleans," she said. "It's
back home, and that's what mat-
ters."


July 12-18, 2007


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