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Rare Letter for Sale: Pardon of

Black Underground Railroad Hero
PHILADELPHIA A letter that documents President Franklin Pierce's
pardon of a black man who harbored slaves went up for sale this week.
The 1854 presidential pardon, which is valued at $75,000, grants
clemency to Noah C. Hanson, who was convicted three years earlier of
stowing two slaves in a hiding place under the kitchen floor of his
employer's Washington, D.C., home.
The document is currently the only known presidential pardon of a
black man convicted of harboring slaves, according to The Raab
Collection, a dealer based in suburban Philadelphia.
Hanson, a free black, was arrested after he was discovered hiding the
slaves, who belonged to a South Carolina congressman, in the home of
his employer himself a Southerner who later served as a colonel in the
Confederate Army.
Hanson was sentenced to remain behind bars until a $1,080 fine was
paid; his fellow abolitionists tried unsuccessfully to raise the funds.
In the signed presidential pardon, Pierce orders Hanson released from
prison and from the requirement that "declares he shall be committed a
prisoner until said fine and costs be paid."

University Board Chairman Resigns

After Using 'N' Word in Meeting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The .NAACP May have buried it, but some
scholars but not have gotten the memo. The longtime chairman of the
Roger Williams University board admitted this week that he had used the
N-word during a board meeting, saying it "kind of slipped out."
"I apologized for that," Ralph Papitto said in an interview on WPRO-
AM. "What else can I do? Kill myself?"
Papitto, 80, who stepped down this month after nearly 40 years on the
board, admitted he used the racial slur at a May meeting of the school's
board of trustees. He had been discussing the difficulty of finding blacks
and other minority members to serve on the 16-member board, which at
the time included 14 white men and two women.
Barbara Roberts, then a board member, said Papitto became irate when
he discussed pressures to make the board more diverse, at one point using
the slur to refer to black candidates.

Colleges Get Katrina Recovery Loans
JACKSON, Miss. -- Four historically black colleges -- one in
Mississippi and three in New Orleans -- are getting almost $400 million
in ultra-low-interest federal loans to recover from Hurricane Katrina's
James Manning of the Education Department presented checks to the
leaders of Southern University at New Orleans, which is still operating
out of temporary buildings, Dillard and Xavier universities and Tougaloo
College in Tougaloo, Miss. Xavier is getting $165 million; Dillard is get-
ting $160 million; SUNO is getting $44 million; and Tougaloo is get-
ting $28.6 million.

Walgreen Agrees to Pay Employees

$20M to Settle Discrimination Suit
Walgreen Co. will pay $20 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging
widespread racial bias at America's largest drugstore chain under the
terms of a proposed deal announced Thursday.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the class-
action lawsuit in March, alleging that Walgreen, based in Deerfield,
Illinois, discriminated against thousands of black workers in hiring and
assignment decisions.
The settlement deal still needs a judge's approval, but both the govern-
ment and Walgreen have agreed to it.
The lawsuit stemmed from complaints that originated in St. Louis,
Kansas City, Detroit and Tampa, Florida. But officials in St. Louis said
they found evidence of the same trend around the United States.
The $20 million will be split among lawyers who handled the case and
the class of between 7,500 and 8,000 of Walgreen's employees who were
affected by the company's policies.
The lawsuits allege that Walgreen assigns black managers, management
trainees and pharmacists to low-performing stores and to stores in black
communities, and denies them promotions, based on race.
Walgreen is the largest U.S. drugstore chain by sales. It has more than
5,807 stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico. It had sales of $47.4 billion in
the 2006 fiscal year.

Slavery Museum Not Meeting Deadline
The United States National Slavery Museum is at risk of not opening by
their late 2008 goal if they don't raise enough money by the end of the
summer. The museum must raise $10 million in order to make their goal
of an opening late next year. It's a project more than a decade in the
works. The cash would be used for building a visitor center and gardens,
the first phase of the Fredricksburg museum slated to carry more than
5,000 slavery relics.
The site now sits at the bank of the Rappahannock River, empty.
Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder, the nation's first elected black gover-
nor, thought up the museum during a trip to Africa in 1993. He's since
rounded up support among such black celebrities as entertainers Bill
Cosby and Ben Vereen.
The museum has $50 million in cash and in-kind donations on hand, an
amount that hasn't budged much in the past few months despite a series
of fundraising efforts.

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Volume 21 No. 18 Jacksonville, Florida July 19-25, 2007

White America Places $10K Pricetag on Being Black

How much do white Americans
think it "costs" to be black in our
society, given the problems associ-
ated with racial bias and prejudice?
The answer, it appears, is not
When white Americans were

Last weekend at the Cummer
Museum members of the upcom-
ing AKA 2007 Debutante coterie
exuded the highest social graces
and demonstrated with poetic
excellence the strength of the
black women with an Afternoon
of Elegance hosted by Rebecca
Williams, Alicia Fason and
Kevicia Brown.
The event included a Docent
conducted tour through the Wark
Collection and Charvant
Collection of prints and paintings.
Following the tour a review and
critique was held with prizes
being given to the persons know-
ing the answers. Lunch was
served and the occasion presented
on why the hats, gloves, and sun-
dresses were necessary for atten-
dance as requested by the invita-
tion. Joining the hosts were ten
fellow debutantes, their parents
and sponsors. Debutante activities
will culminate with their introduc-
tion to society in December.

asked to imagine how much they
would have to be paid to live the
rest of their lives as a black person,
most requested relatively low
amounts, generally less than
"They obviously don't have a clue

as to what it means to be Black,"
said Germain Davis. "A black per-
son has to work twice as hard to get
half as far."
In contrast, study participants said
they would have to be paid about $1
million to give up television for the

The Art of Femininity Highlights An

rest of their lives.
The results suggest most white
Americans don't truly comprehend
the persisting racial disparities in
our country, said Philip Mazzocco,
co-author of the study and assistant
Continued on page 3

Afternoon of Elegance

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Standing (L-R): Jacqueline Quarterman, Latanya Combs, Jacquelyn Lee, Jacqueline Angotti, Monye
Dawson, Jasmine Holmes, Hostess Kevicia Brown, Hostess Rebecca Williams, Hostess Alicia Fason,
Whitney Griffin, Brittany Brooks, Juanita Oxendine and Bionca Huey. Seated: Tangia Anderson, Esmin
Master, Charisse Fountain, Velma Grant, Derya Williams, KenaWatkins-Brown, Johnetta Moore and
Essie Fason. FI Powel Photo

Passion of Activist Jackie Brown Will be Missed

Ms. Jackie Brown
Who can forget the broadcast
images of the African-American

woman dressed in Aunt Jemima
attire arrested at a Jacksonville City
Council meeting. Or, the women
being forcibly removed from a
Head Start facility after chaining
herself to the gate in protest of toxic
sites? Whether or not you approved
of Jackie Brown's methods of
addressing the community's con-
cerns, you had to respect her
aggressive, consistent concern at
shedding light on the community's
ills. Ms. Brown put her time, ener-
gy and money into causes ranging
from the city's minority business
enterprise program to disadvan-
taged citizens. She took that desire
to make a difference all the way to
the polls where she was the sole

Where's Rahman Johnson?

challenger against incumbent
Mayor John Peyton.
Though a fighter in life, Mrs.
Brown lost the ultimate battle in life
this week with her untimely to
breast cancer at the age of 43.
Brown, from a working-class fami-
ly with nine children, was the first
in her family to graduate from high
school and college. After gradua-
tion, she had trouble finding a job,
so she worked her way up in her
father's building subcontracting
business, earning licenses in gener-
al contracting and underground util-
ities. She owned a local subcon-
tracting company, CTB
"Jackie spoke up loud and proud

against an insidious, pervasive and
entrenched status quo of racism in
Jacksonville that often gets
expressed in this modern era
through either neglect and/or a lack
of funding -- an economic lynching
-- rather than the physical lynchings
of days gone by." Said friend and
colleague David Queen.
The chairman of the Duval County
Democratic Party said Brown's
death is a huge loss to the commu-
nity and that she was a woman who
stood up for what she believed in
and she will be missed.
Brown will be remembered as a
passionate leader who stood up for
the community that she grew up in
and worked tirelessly to improve.

Charlie Mack, Chris Tucker andRahman Johnson

While avid Today show viewers
can ask, "Where's Matt Lauer",
those of us in Jacksonville can eas-
ily ask "Where's Rahman
Johnson?" The activist/actor extra-
ordinaire who was Jacksonville's
youngest elected official is current-
ly on set in New York City where
he has a role in the upcoming
biopic of female shock jock and
best selling author Wendy

Williams. In between shooting
commercials and other theatrical
projects, the industrious Johnson
has also gained quite a reputation as
a celebrity party promoter with an
A-list roster of 'friends".
"It's funny," quips Johnson, "last
year I was watching Terrence
Howard at the Oscars, this year I'm
enjoying martini's with him at the
Shark Bar."

Shown above are M:r and Mrs. James Staton
Local Reception Honors Nuptials of

Dr. Johnetta Cole and James Staton
Jacksonville royalty, Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole and her new husband,
James Staton of Atlanta, Georgia are shown at the home of Mrs. Carol
Alexander who honored the newlyweds with a reception. Guests showered
the happy couple with fellowship and well wishes throughout the festive
private event. For more highlights, see page 7.
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Steps to Transition Through Leadership Networking

Lessen the
pain increase
the gain: get
outside of your comfort zone, you
must mix and mingle with all
kinds of people at different levels
of the organization.
Change your mind-set about
networking by finding a good role
model that you respect, someone
who is effectively networking.
Networking is not hypothetical or
methodical. Who you know and
what you know are equally
Allocate the time; re-allocate
your time from the mundane of

daily tasks to the challenge of cul-
tivating a broad range of key rela-
Work from the outside in when
establishing contact with senior
and/or powerful people. Find out
what they like and do outside the
organization and help out, get
Ask and you shall receive; the
best networkers take every oppor-
tunity to give to, and receive
from, the network, whether they
need help or not.
Have something to contribute.
Bring expertise, and give first. At
the very least connect two people

who would benefit from meeting
each other.
Stick to it. It is less a matter of
will than skill. Networking is not
a talent; nor does it require a gre-
garious extroverted personality. It
is a skill, one that takes practice
and time.
Bottom Line: Effective busi-
ness leaders spend a lot of time
everyday gathering the infor-
mation they need to meet their
goals, relying on informal dis-
cussions with a lot of people
who are not necessarily in
charge of an issue or task.

Put Your Financial Windfall to Good Use

By Jason Alderman
Statisticians say the odds of win-
ning the lottery are about the same
as being struck by lightning. There
are many other, smaller financial
windfalls you're much more likely
to experience everything from tax
refunds to inheritances to a raise or
bonus at work.
The question is: If you do reap an
expected or unexpected windfall,
what precautions can you take to
ensure that extra money isn't just

washed down the drain? Here are a
few suggestions:
Before going on a spending spree,
stash the money in savings until
you've examined your total finan-
cial picture. Weigh existing debts,
upcoming expenses and future
needs (like retirement and college
savings) to make sure you apply the
money where it's needed most.
If you routinely get large tax
refunds, you're giving the govern-
ment interest-free loans. Instead,


The Jacksonville City Council is seeking a dependable individual to
provide staff support for the Council District 8 Council Member.
Duties are administrative and include providing assistance to con-
stituents, resolving problems, legislative tracking, and record keep-
ing. Performs other related administrative duties as required.
Successful candidates must possess excellent communication skills
and helpful attitude. Minimum typing speed of 40wpm. Requires
high school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of administra-
tive/secretarial work or related area.

The City of Jacksonville is and Equal Opportunity Employer and
offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please send
resume (no on-line applications) by 5:00 PM, July 20, 2007 to:
Human Resources Division
117 West Duval Street, Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32202


General Summary of Work: The Jacksonville Port Authority is solicit-
ing proposals from qualified companies to remove, furnish and install a
new main forestay pin on the apex of our Paceco Container crane at the
Blount Island Marine Terminal.

All quotes must be submitted in accordance with RFQ #07-MFP which
may be obtained after 8:30 A.M. on July 18, 2007.

Return responses no Later than:
Friday, August 3, 2007 at 2:00 P.M.
Procurement Department
2831 Talleyrand Ave., 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32206

Contact Name: Louis Naranjo Phone #904 367-3065

fill out a new W-4 form to recalcu-
late how much is being deducted
with the goal to break even on next
year's taxes. It's smarter to put that
money to work for you now than to
count on a big refund check later.
Pay off debt. Usually the best
choice when extra money comes
your way is to pay down high-inter-
est debt, like credit cards, a car loan
or student loans although note that
student loan interest may be tax-
Save for emergencies. Experts rec-
ommend putting aside three to six
months of living expenses in case
you lose your job, incur unexpected
medical expenses or experience
other unplanned events. Put the
money in a high-yield money mar-
ket savings account or a short-term
certificate of deposit (CD). You can
find competitive account rates at
Save for retirement. Many
Americans chronically underfund
their retirement savings.
Finance college. If you've got
kids, you're probably already wor-
rying about paying for college.
Budget. Once you've used your
windfall to pay off debt or start a
savings plan, don't slip back into
bad habits.

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Is is I 1^


by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Is your money just renting space
in your wallet or checking account?
Are you and your family working
"to just make ends meet?" Is your
grocer, credit card company, car
note holder and tax man more
important that you? At the end of
the month, when you look at your
savings account, is it the same or
less than the month before? If your
answer to any or all of the above
questions is "yes", then your
money is homeless.
"Too many people are spending
their money on wants and still not
taking care of their needs.
Sometimes we have to step back
and take a look at where our money
is going. A budget is a money plan
for both the known and unknown.
You have to look at a budget as a
path to financial freedom," states
Debra Milton, President of
LifeStyle Builders of Cleveland,
Building a Money Home
Often times when I talk with
clients and I mention the "B" word
(budget) their eyes begin to glaze
over. They become almost para-
lyzed by the thought of being
forcibly restrained by the perceived
budget strait jacket. It's not that
tough. Give it a try and begin
building your money home, by cre-
ating a blueprint and a strong foun-
Get out your checkbook, receipts
and pay stubs for the last three
months and setup a spreadsheet
with the following categories:
Net Take Home Pay- Salary,
bonus, pension checks and other
Home Expenses- Mortgage pay-
ment/rent, utilities, cable tv, cell

phones, insurance, taxes and main-
Family Expenses- Food, clothing,
gifts, contributions, vacations,
recreation, education, and personal
Transportation Expenses-
Auto/lease payment, fuel, mainte-
nance, insurance, licenses, and
Other Expenses- Life insurance,
medical/drugs, credit card, income
taxes and other payments
Savings- Employer investment
accounts and personal savings
Track Down Your Money
Subtract your total expenses from
your net take home pay. Is the
result a surplus, or deficit? If your
expenses exceed your income, you
have a deficit. If you have a sur-
plus, you are either living within
your income or you have unac-
counted for expenditures. Most
people conducting this exercise for
the first time will show a surplus,
which results from unaccounted for
expenditures. Over the next three
months track your family's spend-
- Setup a file system to keep your
monthly bills, pay stubs and other
financial information.
- Keep all cash receipts and at the
end of the month total them up by
expense category.
- At the end of the month post your
income and expenses to your
spread sheet.
There are numerous books and
websites with tips on family budg-
eting. The American Savings
Education Council at:
www.asec.org and Black
Enterprise Magazine at
www.blackenterprise.com have
personal finance sections with

budget calculators.
Find the Money Leaks
As you are posting your income
and expenses, look for money
leaks. Common areas today are
excessive cell phone charges, cable
TV, entertainment and eating out,
credit card charges, clothing pur-
chases, electronics and etc. How
can you manage these expenses
more efficiently? Look at each
expense as either a "need" or a
Needs are expenses that you and
your family must have to survive
and include basic food, clothing,
shelter, transportation and educa-
tion. Wants are expenses beyond
the basics, that you like to have, but
could survive without. Examples
of wants include text messaging,
ring tones, HBO, sporting events,
fine dining, designer clothes,
IPODS and the list goes on and on.
I am not advocating a return to
caveman living, but I am proposing
that you make conscious decisions
about how your money is spent and
these decisions are in concert with
your family goals.
Bring Your Money Home
Building wealth begins by having
a clear understanding of how your
money is being spent. Prioritizing
your spending and tracking your
expenses on monthly basis are keys
to giving your money a home.
You've worked too hard for your
money to let it go homeless!
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
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or questions to shinnm@financialnet-
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Brinson Awarded $5000 for Service to B-CC

A. Ray Brinson,
Class of 1969,
University has been
selected to receive a
$5,000 Prudential
CARES Volunteer
Brinson Grant in recognition
of his volunteer service to his Alma
Mater during 2006. The Grants
Program is one of the ways
Prudential supports their employees
efforts to help improve their com-
Brinson was lauded for his contri-
butions to the growth and expan-
sion of the annual Gateway Classic
Football game on the First Coast.



Calling All Tigers
The National Alumni Association
of Edward Waters College is put-

ting the fal touches on its 2007Warren
Convention Chair

EWC Annual

AlumniConvention. The confer

fence will begin on Tigershursday, July
The National Alumni Association
of Edward Waters College is put-
ting the final touches on its 2007
Alumni Convention. The confer-
ence will begin on Thursday, July
26th at 7 p.m. at the Cummer
Museum and will be followed by a
Hawaiian Luau on Friday at the
Clarion Hotel. Festivities will cul-
minate on Saturday, July 28th in
the Adams/Jenkins Building on the
EWC Campus.
For more information, tickets, or
to volunteer, contact Convention
Chair Marguerite Warren at 765-
2210 or 236-1633.

Under Brinson's directives, the
annual HBCU football classic
reached all-time highs in revenues
and attendance in 2006. He
received similar recognition in
2006 for services rendered in 2005
and a $1,000 grant was awarded to
the university.
Ray served as the Executive
Director for the annual Gateway
Football Classic and is a Trustee
Emeritus of the Board of Trustees
of his Alma Mater. He completed
17 years of outstanding leadership
and service in 2005. While on the
Board, he served on the Executive
Committee and held numerous
positions, Chair of the Audit

Committee, Chair of the
Educational Policies Committee,
member of the Presidential
Transition Team, Centennial
Celebration, Long Range &
Strategic Planning Committees to
name just a few of his key assign-
In his professional career, Brinson
was a Manager with Prudential &
Aetna in the insurance and financial
services industry for 32 V2 years.
He and his wife Gail (also a
Cookman alumnus), reside in
Jacksonville. They are the proud
parents of Byron and Laila and the
doting grandparents of granddaugh-
ters, Serah age 7 and Jurnee, age 3.

In attendance at the public meeting was consultant Deborah Thompson, JTA Executives Jackie Gibbs,
DeeDee Lewis, Derrick Willoughby (Jacksonvile Aviation Authority) and Ken Middleton. FIu'.Phrto

Area Agencies Simplify Procurement Process

So you want to do business with
city agencies and don't know how?
Then you should have attended the
annual Disadvantaged Business
Enterprise workshop sponsored by
the Jacksonville Transportation
Authority and the Jacksonville
Aviation Authority. For small com-
panies, the local agencies spelled
out the millions of dollars of oppor-

tunities available.
Held in the JTA Boardroom, a
relaxed atmosphere was the back-
drop for the event that defined the
process for securing these dollars.
Participants were able to get one on
one with decision makers that
make the opportunities happen. The
purpose of the meeting was to
describe the DBE program that is

designed to ensure a level playing
field for all qualified businesses and
foster equal opportunity in addition
to reducing the burden on small
businesses. Federally funded agen-
cies which include JTA and JAA are
required to meet annual goals of
DBE participation which is 15%
and 16% respectively for the
Jacksonville agencies.

Rooting for Barry Bonds Widely Divided

Court Says Man Can't Recoup

Child Support for Child Not His
TRENTON, N.J. A man cannot recoup child support payments he
made for a son he later found out was not his own, the state Supreme
Court has ruled, overturning lower courts' decisions.
In its unanimous ruling, the justices ruled that the man, identified only
as Roy in the lawsuit, was not entitled to payments he made since his
1980 divorce because state law required such a challenge to be filed
before the child turned 23 years old.
The court ruled that even though the man found out only long after his
son turned 23 that he was not the father, it wasn't enough to force the
biological father, identified as Patrick, to pay child support.
"This is a sad, heartbreaking case of a man who learned that an essen-
tial truth had been withheld from him for 30 years," wrote Justice Barry
Albin. But the court thought that lawmakers envisioned such a scenario
when creating the Parentage Act.
"The Legislature evidently knew what has been known since time
immemorial -- that children would be born of adulterous relationships
and that the true identity of the father might not be known for more than
twenty-three years," Albin wrote.
The man was told in 1999 by his ex-wife, identified as Bonnie, that
their youngest son was actually the child of the boy's godfather.
A lower court sided with the man after a DNA test proved he was not
the father and ordered the biological father to pay the child support. The
Appellate Court again sided with the man and the biological father
again appealed to the Supreme Court.
According to the court ruling, the boy's mother told him about the
affair because she worried her son might be carrying the gene for mus-
cular dystrophy, a disease that eventually killed both of Patrick's chil-
dren. She worried the boy, identified as Darren, might pass along the
disease to his children.
"You don't have a lot of heroes here," said attorney Melvyn Bergstein,
who represented the biological father in the case. He said the court
made the best decision it could with a difficult situation and that his
client was pleased with the decision.
According to Bergstein, his client tried to have a relationship with his
son but it didn't work out. In its ruling, the court wrote that Darren and
Roy are still very close, despite learning they are not biologically relat-

denied knowingly using perform-
ance-enhancing drugs.
"When you look at the whole era
of steroid use, why pick on one
man?" asked John Primus, a black
fan from Raleigh, N.C., said at
Wrigley Field. "Clean up that whole
era. If he was 300 home runs down,
nobody would say a word. It's just
because he's so close."
Brian Morse, a white fan from
Peoria, Ill., was rooting against
"He's surly, and I've read a few
books on him. It's bad enough on
the field, but the way he's treated
family members is disgraceful," he
said before the Giants-Cubs game.
"I think these guys, especially the

popular ones, are kind of heroes to
kids, and Barry is just a bad exam-
ple all around."
The poll showed that 40% of fans
overall want Bonds to break the
record. That's a slight increase from
last fall, when 33% of fans were
rooting for him to top Aaron.
That's a lot different than it was
when Aaron approached Babe
Ruth's record of 714.
A Harris Sports Survey back then
showed 77 percent of baseball fans
were rooting for Aaron to beat the
Babe. That poll was taken less than
a month before Aaron did it in
1974; the previous August, a Harris
survey found 63 percent rooting for
the Hammer.

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When it comes to rooting for Barry
Bonds to become the home run
champion, one factor stands out:
Race. An AP-Ipsos poll released
Monday showed 55 percent of
minority baseball fans want Bonds
to set the record, while only 34 per-
cent of non-Hispanic white baseball
fans hope he passes Hank Aaron's
The results mark a significant
jump among minorities. Last
October, just 34 percent in an AP-
AOL poll were rooting lor Bonds to
make history.
A seven-time NL MVP, Bonds
has been shadowed by steroid sus-
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Peyton's Budget About as Good as it

Gets Considering the Property Tax Issue

"Nothing endures but change,"
said the Greek philosopher
Heraclites. And when change
comes people and organizations
have to adapt, and that is exactly
what Mayor Peyton has had to do.
Ripple effects from the
Governor's property tax cuts are
here in living color. Lesser proper-
ty taxes and more money in the
pockets of Floridians that sounds
great right?
But with every action there is
that ripple effect I just mentioned.
If you cut property taxes, and a gap
is created in the budget then that

taxes, then local governments don't
have the money to provide many
of the services and programs for its
citizens that the taxes funded.
The Legislature passed the
Governor's proposal with some
amendments, but essentially here
we are. And as M.L. King, Jr. once
said after a desegregation meeting,
"Where do we go from here."
The part of the Peyton's budget
that will undoubtedly raise the
most eyebrows are the new fees.
Some will cry foul and be ready to
start a riot at City Hall, but I would
remind our citizens that the

erty concert slab, driveway, etc.)
Another area standing out from
the budget address is the restructur-
ing of city departments. This con-
cept has been tossed around for
several months now and changed a
few times, but essentially Peyton is
trying to make government more
efficient and less redundant.
The city structure would change
from 12 departments to eight. The
proposed change would also elimi-
nate 55 positions, which equates to
a savings of $3 million. All eight
department heads are currently
working at the city in some capaci-
ty. Alan Mosley, the city's Chief
Administrative Officer would con-
tinue running the day-to-day opera-
tions of the city with the depart-
ment heads reporting to him.
The only area of government
that received an increase was the
Sheriffs Office and Fire and
Rescue. Combined, they received a
seven percent boost.
Many citizens were concerned
that with crime still being a critical
issue in the community, that a
reduction of police officers would
place additional strain on an
already bad problem.
Unfortunately, some organiza-
tions that actually needed addition-
al funds actually received the
biggest cutbacks. The Duval
County Health Department's budg-
et allocation was reduced by $1.9
million, which is very unfortunate
considering the services that the
organization provides to the com-
From child immunization to

AIDS testing and community clin-
ics, the Health Department is criti-
cal to our local community espe-
cially poor and low-income fami-
lies. The organization receives the
bulk of it's funding from the state,
but city matching funds are signifi-
cant to their daily operations.
Earlier I mentioned the cuts to
the public service grants, which go
directly to not-for-profits providing
services to the local community.
Those organizations provide the
services that city's can't provide.
We are talking about groups that
feed the poor and homeless, pro-
vide after school care and tutoring
services and even groups that pro-
vide a cultural foundation for the
city through arts.
Yes, in the words of one of my
City Council Auditor friends, this
will be the toughest budget that the
city has to manage in a very long
time. It's always easy to drive into
a ditch, but to get your car out -
that's where the real work begins.
The City Council will now get
the budget and make whatever
amendments they deem necessary,
but unlike the budgets of the past -
there isn't much wiggle room.
Council typically passes the budget
during its last meeting in
Although the Governor created
this issue, we have to fix it. As the
old Native American proverb says,
"The rain falls on the just and the
Signing off from City Hall,
Reggie Fullwood

void has to be filled. Well, not nec-
essarily. I guess you could cut city
services and lay off half of the city
government. But that's probably
not the smart thing to do.
This week, Mayor Peyton
offered his solution to the $65 mil-
lion dollar gap left by the passage
of the new property tax bill. It
should be no surprise that some
parts of city government got
cut/eliminated and the non-profits
that provide so many critical com-
munity services really lost out.
If you have been under a rock in
space for the past few months
here's the dollar summary. The
governor and legislator's property
tax bill essentially cut property
taxes by increasing homestead
exemptions. If you cut property

Mayor's budget is simply a reaction
to the property tax changes from
the state.
Here are the new proposed fees:
$5 monthly residential garbage
collection fee. (And who doesn't
need their garbage picked up on a
regular basis I guess those who
live in apartments wont deal with
this fee. But they also don't pay
property taxes.).
3 percent monthly JEA sur-
charge based on the amount of util-
ities used (Well, this is a fee that we
all can share. JEA raises their
prices on a regular and consistent
basis so this should be no surprise).
$2.50 to $7.50 monthly storm
water treatment fee (This fee is
based on the amount of impervious
surface a person has on their prop-

First the N-Word How About Burying the

B-Word, the H-Word and Our Self-Hatred?

by Judge Greg Mathis
The NAACP recently buried the
n-word, a word that has, for cen-
turies, been used -- first by whites,
then by people of color -- to insult
and degrade black people. I am in
full support of the burial. By bury-
ing the word, the NAACP hopes to
bury the pain the word cause. It's a
But with the n-word, we also
need to lay to rest the b-word and
the h-word. We need to say good-
bye to the self-hate that causes our
young people -- entertainers and
regular folk alike -- to use such
words as weapons against their
own. Most importantly, we need to
bury the social conditions that
breed such loathing.
Slavery -- and later, American
apartheid -- has taken its toll on the
black American psyche. Restricted
access to basic human rights -- edu-
cation, jobs, voting -- severely lim-
ited the progress black folks in this
country were able to make. Despite
the obstacles, many of us perse-
vered. Even with success we are
all, however, affected by the trau-
mas of slavery and generations of
For example, slavery destroyed
black families. Many of our men
still don't know how to stand up
and be fathers. Slaves were divided
according to complexion. Intra-

race color divisions are still alive
and well in the black community.
The attitudes of many of our people
towards education were shaped --
negatively -- by the restrictions
placed upon us. Because of the
injustices carried out against our
ancestors, many blacks remain a
step behind economically.
Carrying around such pain has
led many of us to hate who we are.
Sadly, most of don't know where
this self-hatred, this anger, stems
The n-word got lots of attention
last fall, after comedian Michael
Richards used it repeatedly in a
rant against a black heckler. Most
recently, radio host Don Imus used
the h-word to refer to black female
basketball players. The actions of
these two men -- both white -- were
unacceptable. It is just as unaccept-
able, perhaps even more so, when
our men use the b-word and h-word
to refer to our women on the streets
or in music. It is unthinkable that
our young people can't find a better
term of endearment than the n-
word when referring to one anoth-
It is time for blacks to boost their
collective self-esteem.
Acknowledging and then releasing
first the history that brought us here
and then the sub-culture of hate and
violence we let it create is one way

to do this. Each community in
America should hold its own sym-
bolic funeral, laying to rest the
mental shackles too many of us still
wear. By saying good-bye to these

psychological burdens, we can
learn to love ourselves and our
brothers and sisters. With love, we
can grow as a people.


A New War on the War on Drugs
by William Reed
How successful was Tavis Smiley's All American
Presidential Forum toward helping Black Americans
determine which of the Democratic candidates to
vote for and support in the primaries?
Will you vote for a candidate based on what he or
she said about what they will do regarding critical

issues currently facing African Americans? Or, will you be voting for the
one with the most "celebrity"?
Tavis came up with the forum based on the concept that his panel of color
would ask the Democratic candidates "intelligent thought-provoking ques-
tions" about the plight of African Americans. But, a severe downside of the
forum's results shows that it wasn't the quality of the journalists' questions,
but the quality of the answers the audience and reporters accepted. Instead
of pursuing critical questions for the candidates, establishment-oriented
blacks were deliriously happy just to have them "in the house".
Because they were more interested in the "celebrity" of the events, than
"critical issues" facing black communities, few took notice of former
Senator Mike Gravel saying: "An area areas that enrages me the most is the
war on drugs this country has been putting forth the last generation. We
have 2.3 million human beings in jail and seventy percent are African
Americans. I hope my colleagues will join me in standing up and saying
'We'll do away with that'. If I'm president, I'll do away with a war on drugs
that does nothing but savage our inner cities and put children at risk. When
will we learn that the issue of drugs is a public health issue? Addiction is
a public health issue and not a criminal issue where we throw people in jail
and criminalize them. If there's one group of people in this country that
needs to face up to that problem and we have had to face up to it, that is the
African American community."
Gravel pressed the point that the war on drugs is a persisting source of
devastation among blacks and should end immediately. Instead of the
Forum's attendees grinning about pictures they took with the celebrity. "
candidates, more should have been discussing what Gravel said about the
problems for African American communities that stem from the ongoing
criminalization of drugs. The War on Drugs have wrought havoc on
African Americans wasted lives, wrecked families and troubled children.
For those who were not paying attention, Gravel said: "We are losing an
entire generation on young men and women to prisons. Our nation's inef-
fective and wasteful 'wars on drugs' plays a major role in this. We must
place a greater emphasis on rehabilitation and prevention. We must de-
criminalize minor drug offenses and increase the availability and visibility
of substance abuse treatment and prevention."
The costs of the War on Drugs are incalculable, as are the ad% erse social,
economic and political consequences of weakened communities, dimin-
ished opportunities for economic mobility, and extensive disenfranchise-
ment. Bottom-line the forum showed that there's not a dimes worth of dif-
ference among the establishment candidates; and the African Americans in
the Howard audience, as well as the post-event media "echo chamber,"
accepted more sizzle than steak from candidates. How can African
American analysts and voters continue letting Democratic and Republican
politicians skate over the human and economic devastation African
American communities are experiencing from failed drug policies and
unjust laws?
Blacks need to stop politicians' spending of $50 billion-a-year on what is
essentially a war on us. We need to cease the insane incarcerations and use
that money for treatments on our sides of town. Somewhere toward the top
of the Black Agenda should be some steps to repeal mandatory sentencing
laws and 'three strikes' laws that send people away for life on nonviolent
and minor felonies.
The presidential popularity poll leaders got out of town before publicly
declaring whether they "stood with" Gravel on "doing away" with the
nation's drug policies and associated practices. But before casting a pri-
mary vote foolishly, a question Black voters should ask of any candidate:
"If elected, what would you do about mandatory sentencing laws and reha-
bilitation programs ?

School Board Should Be Ashamed to Keep Honoring Forrest

by David Queen
I long ago added my voice to the
chorus of individuals -- Anthony
Fields, Steven Stoll and now count-
less others -- who've tried to per-
suade the Duval County School
Board, Jax. City Council and
Mayor Peyton to change the name-
sake of Forrest High School.
As a proud, Native-born
Southerner, I say it's disgraceful
that any student should be required
to attend a school named in 1958 --
at least partially as a slap in the face
to the modest demands of the bur-
geoning Civil-Rights movement --
after a major slave trader and the
first national leader of the KKK.
The early Klan used intimidation
and violence in widespread
attempts to abrogate the newly-
won political rights of the freed-
men, overturn Reconstruction
(which benefitted blacks and disen-
franchised whites), and restore the
absolute rule of white supremacy
throughout the South.
As local writer-historian-activist

Stetson Kennedy pointed out in his
book, "After Appomattox-How the
South Won the War" Southern
white-supremacists -- using "Black
Codes", intimidation and violence -
- were largely successful in restor-
ing their prewar society after
Northern Republicans and U.S.
troops abandoned the freedmen and
white-supremacist, Southern
"home rule" was restored. The
Compromise of 1877 ended most
hopes for a democratic, multiracial
South in the 19th century.
N. B. Forrest either ordered or
condoned the brutal murder of
approximately 200 surrendered,
unarmed Black Union Pow's, and
approximately 85 white,
Tennessee-Union POW's at Fort
Pillow, Tenn. on April 12-13, 1864.
Forrest's troops repeated this vio-
lent-racism on a smaller scale at
Brice's Cross Roads, Miss. three
weeks later, where Forrest's men
eagerly tracked down and mur-
dered surrendered black soldiers,
saying "it was fun -- big sport."
After the war, Forrest hired black

convict labor -- virtual slave labor -
- for his island cotton plantation
near Memphis, Tenn.
A letter printed in the New York
Times on September 13 and 14,
1868 reveals Forrest's quick-tem-
pered, violently-racist anger. At
Murfreesboro in the summer of
1863, Forrest asked a mulatto man
he encountered what he was doing
there. The man said he was a ser-
vant to an officer; and "Forrest who
was on horseback, deliberately put
his hand to his holster, drew his pis-
tol, and blew the man's brain out."
Nathan B. Forrest was barely-lit-
erate and eschewed book learning -
unlike Abraham Lincoln,
Frederick Douglass and many oth-
ers who also had little or no formal
education but went on to educate
themselves. Why name any school
after someone with a professed dis-
dain for knowledge.
To neo-Rebel white Southerners
who still think slavery (or more
precisely the fear of losing slavery)
wasn't the predominant cause of the
South's treasonous secession -- in

disagreement with virtually every,
modern historian -- consider the
direct words ofN.B. Forrest: "If we
ain't fighting' to keep slavery, then
what the hell are we fighting' for?"
By choosing to continue to honor
a divisive, historic-terrorist such as
Nathan B. Forrest -- it's no wonder'
that Jax. still has race problems and
an image problem. Who a city
chooses to honor tells much about
its values and/or it's poor educa-
tional standards (read: American
Disgraceful historical figures such
as Forrest present pathetic role
models for our modern day youth -
- who we're trying to discourage
from being racially-prejudiced and
violent. Why not rename Forrest
High after an honorable, local
Civil-Rights leader such as Stetson
Kennedy, Rutledge Pearson, Alton
Yates or Bob Ingram?
Duval County School
Superintendent, Joseph Wise,
should be ashamed of himself for
delaying action on renaming
Forrest High School.

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An anti-death penalty activists sits near a sign at the entrance of San
Quentin State Prison to protest in 2005 against the execution of death
row inmate Stanley "Tookie" Williams in San Quentin, CA. Although
dozens of US death row inmates have been proven innocent, death
penalty opponents are seeking to bolster their cause by proving that at
least one of the 1,087 people executed over the last 30 years in the
United States was innocent.

Death Penalty Proponents

Search for an Innocent Victim

Although dozens of US death row
inmates have been proven innocent,
death penalty opponents are seek-
ing to bolster their cause by proving
that at least one of the 1,087 people
executed over the last 30 years in
the United States was innocent.
Thanks primarily to new DNA
evidence, a total of 124 people sen-
tenced to die have been recently
proven innocent of the crime they
were convicted for, many after
spending years on death row.
Their fates have served as the
strongest arguments for advocates
of abolishing the death penalty in
the United States, 30 years after it
was revived following a 10 year
But death penalty opponents have
been challenged by powerful
defenders of executions to find a
single case where an innocent man
was actually put to death.
Last year Antonin Scalia, one of
the most conservative justices on
the US Supreme Court, said that the
reversal of an erroneous convic-
tions "demonstrates not the failure
of the system but its success."
Scalia said that like other human
institutions, courts and juries were
not perfect, and one could not have

a system of criminal punishment
without accepting the possibility
that someone will be punished mis-
But with regard to the death penal-
ty in the U.S., he continued, that
possibility has been reduced to an
insignificant minimum.
"This explains why those ideolog-
ically driven to ferret out and pro-
claim a mistaken modern execution
have not a single verifiable case to
point to, whereas it is easy to iden-
tify plainly guilty murderers who
have been set free," the justice said.
Scalia cited the case of Roger
Coleman, whose case for innocence
of charges of rape and murder
earned support from Time maga-
zine before his execution in 1992.
In early 2006 Coleman's guilt was
confirmed by DNA analysis.
If an innocent person had been
executed, argued Scalia, "we would
not have to hunt for it; the inno-
cent's name would be shouted from
the rooftops."
The National Coalition to Abolish
the Death Penalty responded in
June with a report detailing the
cases of four executed inmates,
whose cases cast serious doubt on
their guilty verdicts.

How Much Would They Have to Pay You to Be Black?

continued from front
- professor of psychology at Ohio
State University. "The costs of
being black in our society are very
well documented," Mazzocco said.
"Blacks have significantly lower
income and wealth, higher levels of
poverty, and even shorter life spans,
among many other disparities, com-
pared to whites."
For example, white households
average about $150,000 more
wealth than the typical black fami-
ly. Overall, total wealth for white
families is about five times greater
than that of black families, a gap
that has persisted for years.
"When whites say they would
need $1 million to give up TV, but
less than $10,000 to become black,
that suggests they don't really
understand the extent to which
African Americans, as a group, are
disadvantaged," Mazzocco said.
These results also offer insight as
to why more than 9 out of 10 white
Americans reject proposals to give
reparations to the descendants of
slaves, said study co-author
Mahzarin Banaji, the Cabot
Professor of Social Ethics at
Harvard University.
"Our data suggest that such resist-
ance is not because white
Americans are mean and uncaring,
morally bankrupt, or ethically
flawed," Banaji said.
"White Americans suffer from a
glaring ignorance about what it
means to live as a black American."
The study appears in the current
issue of Harvard's Du Bois Review.
The researchers did a series of
studies in which a total of 958
whites of different ages and from
different parts of the country were
asked variations of the same ques-
tion: "How much should you be
paid to continue to live the rest of
your life as a black person""
In most cases, the participants
were told to imagine they were
actually black, but had always
passed for white. The imagined race
change required no physical trans-
formation, just a change in public
They were also asked how much
they should be paid for giving up

television, and how much they
should be given to change their offi-
cially listed state residency (without
having to move). These questions
were asked, Mazzocco said, to
compare what people requested for
relatively trivial changes, like a new
listed state residency, as compared
to a more life-changing request, like
giving up television.
Results suggest white people con-
sidered a race change as relatively
trivial, along the lines of a change
in official state residency, as
opposed to the seemingly big sacri-
fice of giving up television.
In some of the studies, the
researchers changed the scenario in
order to learn more about what
white Americans thought about the
costs of racial disparities.
One issue with the previous sce-
nario is that participants may mini-
mize the disparities they would face
as a black person, because they had
always passed as white. So in one
study, whites were told to imagine
that they were about to be born as a
random white person in America,
but they were being offered a cash
gift to be born as a random black
person. Once again, white partici-
pants requested relatively small
sums to make a life-long race-
change. In addition, some were
given a list of some of the costs of
being black in America, such as the
racial wealth disparity. The result
was that whites in this latter sce-
nario requested significantly higher
amounts than those in the previous
studies about $500,000.
Finally, some participants were
given a similar scenario except all
references to blacks, whites and
America were taken out. They were
asked to imagine they were born
into the fictional country of Atria,
and were born either into the
'majority' or 'minority' population.
They were given a list of the disad-
vantages that the minority popula-
tion faced in Atria (which were
identical to the real disadvantages
faced by blacks in America). In this
case, white participants in the study
said they should be paid an average
of $1 million to be born as a minor-
ity member in Atria.

"When you take it out of the black-
white context, white Americans
seem to fully appreciate the costs
associated with the kinds of dispar-
ities that African Americans actual-
ly face in the United States,"
Mazzocco said. "In this case, they
asked for a million dollars, similar
to what they want for giving up tel-
Mazzocco said blatant prejudice
was not the reason for the findings.
Results showed that whites who
scored higher on a measure of racial
prejudice did not answer signifi-
cantly differently than others in the
The researchers are conducting
new studies to examine more
closely why whites do under-
estimate the costs of being
black. Mazzocco believes
many white Americans
have a perception that race
bias in the United States
has been virtually eliminat-
ed, and that blacks are no
longer disadvantaged.
"While there has been progress inl
making racial conditions in
American more equal, there's clear-
ly a lot more work to be done." he
said. "Blacks and whites are n:ot
experiencing the samie America."
When whites co understand the
extent of racial disparities in the
United States, the\ are more likely
to support reparations. The findings
showed that whites \ho w%\anted
more money to be public', recog-
nized as black suggesting the\
understood the true costs of racial
disparity were more likely\ than
others to say the. would d support
But there are many reasons why
nearly all whites oppose repara-
tions. Mazzocco said some whites
may believe slavery happened so
long ago that slave descendants
today don't deserve to be compen-
sated. The researchers examined the
'too long ago' rationale in another
The researchers asked participants
to imagine that their great, great
grandfather, a wealthy shipping
magnate, had been kidnapped about
150 years ago. The kidnappers

demanded and received a large ran-
som that bankrupted the shipping
magnate. That ransom was used to
start a successful company that still
survives today and is worth $100
million. Participants were asked
whether they would be willing to be
a part of a large suit against the
present-day company that could net
them each about $5,000.
In this scenario, 61 percent agreed
to have their names listed on the
lawsuit. The researchers noted that
this is about the percentage of
blacks today who support repara-
tions for slave descendants.
"When white
Americans find
it within
them -
Sselves to
say 'I

must be
coin p e n -
sated for a past
nljustice done to
me' but the
same logic
e aporates
Shlen the t
Injustice con-i ns t
cerns black s t
agast s
are staring 'p
straight at
bias," -
Banaji said.
Mazzocco said the results of this
research have implications for the
fledgling reparations movement in
America. "Surveys show that 90 to
96 percent of white Americans are
against slave descendant repara-
tions. It is nearly impossible to get
that many people to agree on any-
thing, so it is an issue that really
deserves attention to see why that
is. We wanted to take a heated and
emotional issue and look at it
through a scientific lens," he said.


Jacksonville Transportation Authority

ProposedBu R

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority continues to look for new ways to
improve the efficiency of its transit services. After reviewing the hundreds of
comments and suggestions from Transit Talk meetings, surveys and interviews
conducted with our riders and the public, JTA is proposing some route enhance-
ments. We invite you to attend any one of three public hearings to discuss
these proposed service changes (planned for September 2007).

P-2 Cassat-Edgewood/Townsend: the P-2 will be split into two routes and re-
named as WS-12 Cassat-Edgewood and AR-3 Townsend-Regency. The
AR-3 route will be extended to Regency Square and Arlington Library via
Southside Boulevard. New Sunday service will be added to the AR-3 along
with additional trips on weekdays and Saturdays. On the WS-12, frequency
may increase during morning and evening rush hours from every 60 minutes
to every 45 minutes.

J-1 University Park/Mandarin: the J-1 will be split into two routes and renamed
SS-9 Mandarin and AR-5 Arlington-Regency. The AR-5 will be extended
along Ft. Caroline Road and Merrill Road to Wal-Mart and Regency Square
Mall in both directions. AR-5 service will be extended on both weekdays
and Saturdays and new Sunday service added. Midday frequency on SS-9
will be reduced from every 30 minutes to every 60 minutes (rush hour fre-
quency will remain at 30 minutes). Express trips will be added on SS-9
during rush hour periods.

AR-20 Arlington Connector: this route will be discontinued and replaced by the
new AR-3 and AR-5.

NS-33 AirJTA: this route will be extended to River City Marketplace before and
after stops at the Jacksonville International Airport. One or two later evening
trips and Saturday service will also be added and other minor route and
schedule changes made.

R-1 South Beach/FCCJ Station: the route will be renamed the BH-1 South
Beach and will no longer make stops at FCCJ-Kent Campus. There will be
other minor route and schedule adjustments.

BH-50 Beaches Commuter Express: begin new express service from JTA
Gateway Station to the downtown Rosa L. Parks/FCCJ Transit Station to
J4 J.T. Butler Blvd. and A1A. May extend to Sawgrass complex in Ponte Vedra
S Beach. Four to six trips per day, seven days a week are planned.

Airport/Oceanway Ride Request: to provide weekend Ride Request services in
the Airport, Highlands, Oceanway, Blount Island, and San Mateo areas, the
,1A Airport/Highlands Ride Request and the Oceanway Ride Request service
areas will be combined (on Saturday and Sundays only). This special week-
end service will connect with the P-7 and NS-14 buses at the Highlands
Square Shopping Center every 90 minutes.

There will also be minor route and/or schedule adjustments to the R-5 Murray
Hill /Regency and the S-1 Avenues-Regency.

Monday, July 23
FCCJ Downtown
Advanced Technology Center
101 W.State Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.

Wednesday, July 25
South Mandarin Library
12125 San Jose Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.

Thursday, July 26
Regency Square Library
9900 Regency Sq. Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.

All interested persons or groups are encouraged to attend and participate. Public
participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national
origin, disability or familial status. This project is being developed in compliance
with Titles VI and VIII of the Civil Rights Act.

Any person requiring special accommodations should contact Fred Haley at
904.630.3153 or email fjhalevyitafla.com at least three days before the hearing.

Fred Haley, Service Planning Manager
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
100 N. Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3153 Fax: (904) 630-3168
E-mail: fjhaley@jtafla.com

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July 19-25, 2007

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Faust Temple COGIC Anniversary -

Celebrations End July 22nd
The members of Faust Temple Church of God, 3328 Moncrief Road,
invite the community to join them for the celebration of Bishop R. L.
Dixon and First Lady, Missionary Martha Dixon's 31st Pastoral
Anniversary. Services continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. The celebra-
tion will close out at 4 p.m., Sunday, July 20,, 2007. Mother Elizabeth
Crooms and Sis. Elizabeth Dawson send a special invitation.

Tru-Way Church Celebrates

Church & Pastor Anniversary
The Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ, Pastor Elwyn W. Jenkins, 2297
Edison Avenue near Stockton; will continue to celebrate their 22nd Church
and Pastor's Anniversary, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Julyl9 and 27th. The com-
munity is invited to this special occasion.

Banquet to Celebrate Believers of

Christ Temple 14th Anniversary
The community is invited to join the members of Believers of Christ
Temple Ministries as they celebrate their 14th Church and Pastor's
Anniversary with a Celebratory Banquet on Sunday, July 28, 2007; at the
Hyatt Riverfront Hotel, beginning at 6 p.m. Join us on this glorious occa-
sion to give honor where honor is due. To reserve your seat or table, please
call (904) 765-0827.
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. to Observe

Church's 141st Anniversary, July 29th
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver Street; Reverend F. D.
Richardson Jr., pastor; continues the Church's Anniversary Celebration
when the sensational Reverend Hudson Williamson, pastor of Mt. Olive
AME Church, Gainesville, delivers the message at the 10 a.m. Morning
Worship Service, on Sunday July 29th. Church School will begin at 8:30
a.m. in the lower auditorium.
An afternoon program, "Musical Delight" will feature the choirs of
Historic Mt. Zion and their talented Minister of Music, Brother James
Smith, on the organ, at 4 p.m. The community is invited.

Abyssinia to Celebrate Family & Friends
The Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center
Drive, Rev. Tom Diamond, Senior Pastor; invites the community to the 10th
Annual Family and Friends Weekend, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
July 28th for a ministry fair, kids games, entertainment, a talent show, and
a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. There will be FREE food, merchandise
vendors, and much more. Family & Friends Weekend will close with a
spirited, power packed worship service at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 29th.


Greater Mt. Vernon Nurse's Annual Prayer Breakfast The Nurses Ministry of Greater Mount Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church Nurses Ministry held their annual Prayer Breakfast last Saturday morning. The spiritual early morning banquet was presided
over by Elaine Billups, and included a devotion led by Rev William Harper, greetings by President Ann Smith, solo by Frank Humphrey, praise dance
by Danielle Gordon and closed with a reading by Bertha Richardson and a solo by Barbara Harper. Shown above is the planning committee: Elaine Billups,
Geraldine Martin, Cammie Wise, Ann Smith (president), Leslie Peeler, Luellen Logan and Bertha Richardson FMP Photo

Services Set for Mrs. Sara Mae "Big Mama" Morris

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Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Nooi Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.



Central Campus

Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins

(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, July 22nd

The Fire of Pentecost
6:00 p.m. Jim Raley

Mrs. Sarah
Mae "Big
Morris made
her transi-
tion from
earth to her
next plane of
Life Friday,
0 July 13,
Mrs. Morris 2007. She was
born in Dooly County, Ga., and
lived a full life of more than 99
years. The majority of her adult life
was lived in Jacksonville, FL. and
the highlight of that life was her

family, fishing and cooking. For
many years, she served faithfully as
a member of The Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary Church, under the steward-
ship of Pastor Rev. John Allen
Newman. She is survived by her
daughter, Delia Covington; five
grandchildren, Congresswoman
Corrine Brown, Bonnie (Barbara)
Brown, Rosemary (Francis)
Anderson, Sandra (Willie) Roberts,
and Gloria Simmons; numerous
nieces and nephews; twelve great-
grandchildren; ten great-great-
grandchildren; son-in-law, Abraham
Simmons; friend, Shahab Green;

dedicated caregiver Octavia
"Elaine" Devaughn; extended rela-
tives and friends.
The Homegoing celebration will be
held Saturday, July 21, 11:00a.m. in
The Sanctuary of Mt. Calvary, 4751
Walgreen Rd.. Mortuary services
will be handled by J.E. Fralin &
Sons on Soutel Dr. A viewing will
be held Friday, July 22, 5-8:00 p.m.
in the funeral home chapel and
Saturday, July 23, beginning 9:30am
at the church.
Arrangements can be sent to Fralin
& Sons for safekeeping and presen-
tation during the service.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on Ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m.


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

McKissick, Jr.
Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace


1880.WestEg.wo..Avenue. .

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Southwest Campus Clay County
5040 CR 218, Middleburg, FL
Need School Supplies? Bring your children to the South west Campus on August 4th at
9 a.m. The FIRST 1,000 children will receive a backpack loaded ($45 Value) with
Supplies. Call for details. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Child must be present.
Sunday School 945 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.

Pastor and Mrs. New t. Mar9's Satellite Campus (9 1 2) 882-2309
Pastor and Mrs. Coad
Southwest Campus 901 Dilworth treet. Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. .unda S5chool at 9:5o a.m. Kids Church at .10+5 a.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
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Managed Care Taking I

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Johnny Gaffney
CRC Director
by Dana Maule
"It's killing us," said the clinical
director of Community
Rehabilitation Center (CRC)
Jimmie P. Hicks, of the managed
care health insurance plan. His desk
was over stuffed with papers and
files and heavy laden with a never-
ending list of forms to fill out and
documents to sort.
"Managed care is a plan the state
passed to broker HMO services,"
said CRC CEO Reggie Gaffney.
According to healthline.com it can
be defined as "a health care pay-
ment system that attempts to con-
tain cost by controlling the type and
level of services provided. "
2007 has been a hard turn for the
managed care industry as well as its
consumers. Many challenges have
risen within the trio relationship
between the managed care organi-
zation, physicians and patients.
Jacksonville non-profit organiza-
tions have been feeling this tension.
Florida has issued a huge budget
cut that is effecting the CRC, a
local social services organization in
the Northside community founded
in 1993 by Gaffney.
"We haven't gotten paid in about
six months for our transportation
contract," Gaffney said. All of the
services that CRC provides will
potentially suffer if funds are not
supplied for AIDS education, job
creation and the housing assistance
services CRC provides.
"Medicaid is our primary source
of income. 68 percent of our
income" Hicks said. Without ade-
quate funding Hicks says that serv-

ices are being hindered because of
the lack of employment.
Some of the issues encountered by
CRC because of manage care have
been inability to pay employees,
inability to hire/train more employ-
ees to accomplish tasks within the
organization, and inability to pro-
vide service to consumers.
I-Hicks, who deals directly with
employees of CRC and the finan-
cial matters of the organization
said, "Managed care is killing us.
It's not just CRC though it's a lot of
non-for-profit organizations in
To remedy financial hardships
Gaffney says that he has had to cut
back on staff. Hicks said that hiring
interns has been an alternative, but
interns lack the training and certifi-
cation required by managed care.
Therefore they are incapable of
providing them with the skill it
takes to fill out 12 to 30 days worth
of paper work that is mandatory for
managed care.
"Our goal is to make consumers
more self-independent," Gaffney
says. As a recipient of the 2006
Onyx Award CRC has established
itself as a leader in community
service, but the struggle to stay a
float is a challenge they have yet to

by C.A. Alexander
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and James
D. Staton Jr. were married in
Atlanta, Georgia on June 30, 2007
at the Cater Center. The beautiful
bride and handsome groom were
joined in union at a spirited intimate
wedding ceremony. The wedding
was special in many ways however,
an eloquent accent of words
authored and read specifically for
the couple by Dr. Maya Angelou
was nothing less than bliss. The

wedding party included the brides'
attendants, Dr. Beverly Guy-
Sheftall and, Judge Glenda
Hatchett; groomsmen Geoffrey S.
Staton and David Worth. Both the
groom and brides' mothers were
represented by Dr. Clemmie Barnes
Hatchett. The ushers Charles and
Christopher Johnson (sons of Judge
Glenda Hatchett) and Garrett,
Gibran and Akeem Washington
(sons of Carol J. Alexander). The
brides' brother John Thomas Betsch

of Paris, France escorted his sister
in a breath taking champagne gown
giving her to James Staton in heav-
enly matrimony. There was the
release of butterflies in a Japanese
Garden in memory of the brides'
sister MaVynee Betsch "The Beach
Lady". The receptions was a .cele-
bration of rhythmic jazz, dancing
and a storytelling performance ded-
icated to the newly weds by Carol J.
The friends and family of

Author Tackles What Really Matters in Marriage?

is an adven-
ture, but
early in
S- every cou-
pie's story,
b e c o m e
exposed and
the turf war
begins. Problems emerge. tempers
erupt, communication declines and
conflict moves into the house.
Identifying the real reason why
these difficulties exist is the begin-
ning of hope and change. In When
Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering
the Power of the Gospel for
Marriage (Shepherd Press), Dave
Harvey looks squarely into the real-
ity of marriage--it is two sinners
uniting and the result is a clash of

hen sin becomes bitter, marriage becomes sweet

Many marriage books address the
symptoms of marital trouble while
neglecting the real problem. "It's
the sin in our hearts--entirely, total-
ly, exclusively, without exception,"
Harvey says. "This is taught clearly
and consistently in Scripture, from
the first sin to the final judgment."
When Sinners Say "1 Do," does not
bemoan the problem but clearly
exults in the solution--the gospel
that is greater than our sin--and
applying it inspires hope and begins
the exciting process of change.
Harvey believes that a right under-
standing of our own sin is the nec-
essary first step to happiness in
marriage. Avoiding the common
psychological discussions, he
instead encourages readers to
understand how the cross can trans-

form our conflicts, our weakness,
yes, even our sex lives. "God wants
Christians to delight in marriage.
But we can't truly understand the
gospel, or even the basic problems
of every marriage, until we come to
terms with the undeniable reality of
sin. Men and women find real hope
and help when we realize that God
uses marriage to reveal the heart
and change the soul. This discovery
process is an adventure that lasts
until death do us part."
According to Harvey, God's grace
can revolutionize Christian mar-
riages and readers discover that
grace is sufficient to train and trans-

form us. "Grace excavates all the
way down to our core desires and
re-directs them to God," he writes.
"What we want in life actually
changes. Grace renovates us and
never quits." When Sinners Say "I
Do" highlights the stubborn grace
available for couples to bring help
and change.
Harvey's treatment of this com-
plicated topic leads to a hopeful
conclusion. "Until we understand
the problem, we will not be able to
delight in the solution. When the sin
we bring to marriage becomes real
to us, then the gospel becomes vital
and marriage becomes sweet."

Jacksonville continued the celebra-
tion of the couples union at yet
another dinner reception last week
at the home of Carol Alexander. At
the reception, the couple received
more blessing of their union from
words which pulsated the hearts
and emotions of the couple and
their guest by Rev. Rudolph
McKissick Sr. The setting of the
evening breeze of Jacksonville and
several selections of the melodic
voice of Teneese Thomas reached
an apex when she belted the cou-
ple's favorite song "At Last".
Johnetta Cole shares a long and
enduring legacy with the city of
Jacksonville. She is the grand-
daughter, one of the founding
fathers of the Afro-American Life
Insurance Company and American
Beach. An innovator in her own
right, the trailblazing educator was
named the first female president of
Spelman Collegeand later Bennett
College. She is also the sister of the
recently past Ma'Vynne "Beach
Lady" Betsch.
At last, Jacksonville's native
daughter, successful, accomplished
and twice retired the beautiful
bride, Dr. Johnnetta Cole has found
her true love. The couple will reside
in both their residences in Atlanta,
Ga. and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Shown at the event in the Alexander home are:Dr. Claudette H. Williams, President EWC, Dr. Johnnetta Cole and Dr. Donna Oliver Provost
EWC. Dr. Cole was Spelman College's first female president who recently retired as president of Bennett College. Shown right: Ms. Valerie
Tutson Providence, R.1, Ms. Gail Hoffman, Phila. Pa. Dr. Cole and reception hostess Ms. Carol Alexander.

Native Daughter Johnetta Cole Weds James Staton

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Center for Disease Control (CDC)
1) The majority of whites ( 57%)
and blacks (54%) in the US are not
even aware that blacks suffer the
worst health status as reflected by a
lower life expectancy than whites.
2) 35% more blacks die from
Cancer each year as compared to
the general population.
3) 40% more blacks die from
heart disease each year as compared
to the general population.

the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences, a
division of the National Institutes of
Health, is seeking a total of 50,000
women and wants 5,000 of them
black women to get a statistically
significant sample.
"They need as many black
women as they can get by the end
of this year, preferably by October,"
said study recruiter Carrissa Dixon.
"One of the challenges in getting
women to participate is that the
study is not looking at women who
have been diagnosed (with breast
cancer), it's looking at the women
who do not, so why should they
care?" Dixon said. "We should care
and participate in the Sister Study
as an investment in the future of the
health of black women. It's impor-
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"Participation and research help
to shape diagnosis, treatment and
prevention measures," Dixon said.
"We have to be more proactive in
thinking about our prevention
measures. The perception is we
don't care, and that's not true."

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like these FACTS does not exist.
Every one of us has a friend or a rel-
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those numbers and or one or more
of those categories. Oh too often do
we hear of someone just passing
away suddenly and prematurely.
This is not new news for us. Just a
few weeks ago we lost Yolanda
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ages 35 to 74, who never have had
breast cancer but have a sister who
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all races, ethnicities, geographic
locations, occupations and socio-
economic backgrounds.
The study requires participants to
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as well as dust samples from home.
Over the 10-year course of the
study, researchers will check in
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participants' health, lifestyle and
occupation. All personal informa-
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The Sister Study is not a clinical
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to make changes in their daily lives;
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within our community to a possibly
preventable health disparity.
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highest priority to make a lifestyle
change that encourages longevity
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J 1 Zimbabwe Inflation Near 4500% World's Highest

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The Rev. Al Sharpton, second from left, arrives with the Rev.
Raphael Warnock, left, the Rev. Joesph Lowery, second right, and
SCLC president Charles Steele for a rally at the Douglas County
Courthouse in Douglasville, Ga. Another rally was held this weekend
in Atlanta, Georgia.

2000 Rally in Atlanta

for Genarlow Wilson
About 2,000 people rallied in Atlanta under threatening skies Saturday
in what they deemed a March for Justice, calling for the release of
Genarlow Wilson and more even-handed law enforcement in Douglas
County, where Wilson was prosecuted.
The marchers walked from to the steps of the Douglas County
Courthouse, where they heard speeches from several speakers, including
Wilson's mother, Juanessa Bennett, who said she and Wilson had become
"part of a much bigger movement" to make the justice system equal for all,
according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The march comes on the heels of widespread criticism of Douglas
County District Attorney David McDade's decision to distribute the video-
tape from the Genarlow Wilson case. McDade violated federal law
because it depicts minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according
to a U.S. Attorney in Atlanta.
In a statement released Tuesday, David E. Nahmias, U.S. attorney for the
Northern District of Georgia, said in a statement that people who had
received it also would be in violation of federal child pornography laws.
"These laws are intended to protect the children depicted in such images
from the ongoing victimization of having their sexual activity viewed by
others, potentially for years to come, particularly if the images are placed
on the Internet or otherwise broadly enter the public domain," the state-
ment said.
"Accordingly," Nahmias wrote, "we have advised that the videotape at
issue constitutes child pornography under federal law and should not be
knowingly distributed, received, or possessed outside of law enforcement
and judicial proceedings."
Nahmias' statement followed a decision by David McDade, the prose-
cutor in the Wilson case, to release the tape to lawmakers and reporters.
McDade told the Associated Press that he was required to release the tape
under the state's Open Records Act because it was introduced as evidence
at the trial.
Nahmias, however, said federal law supersedes any requirement of the
open records law that is in contradiction. He said he issued the statement
to end any further distribution of the videotape and to encourage anyone in
possession of the tape to destroy it.
He declined to comment, though, on the state's prosecution of the
Wilson case. specifically.
Wilson has served more than 28 months of a 10-year prison sentence
since his conviction in Douglas County on aggravated sexual molestation
charges after having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a party
at a motel on New Year's Eve 2004. He was 17 at the time.
Despite the loss of support for Wilson in some quarters, the youth has
gotten support from the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, the Rev. Al Sharpton and former President Jimmy Carter. The
case has received national attention on CNN and ABC, and Mark Cuban,
owner of the Dallas Mavericks and CEO of HDNet -- which produced a
special report on the case -- has helped fund Wilson's defense.

HARARE, Zimbabwe Police
impounded taxis that had not com-
plied with government orders to
cut fares, stranding commuters,
state media reported, while shop-
pers stampeded stores as corn-
meal, bread, meat and other staples
vanished from groceries.
At least 100 taxis had been
impounded since Wednesday, state
radio said, in the latest crackdown
since the government ordered
price cuts of about 50 per cent in
response to the country's rampant
inflation. Since the June 25 order,
consumers have wrestled over sud-
den bargains, and chief executives
have been hauled into court for
failing to cut prices.

Minibus taxi drivers have been
taken to court and fined.
Police spokesman Oliver
Mandipaka said drivers argued
they were still buying gasoline at
inflated prices on the illegal black
"That, of course, is not a
defence, Mandipaka said.
Drivers interviewed on state tel-
evision said they could not get
state-subsidized fuel. Gas stations
designated to sell cheap fuel to
licensed transporters either ran out
of subsidized gasoline or were
besieged by long, chaotic lines of
Workers at one bus terminus
said the wait for a routine 30-

minute trip into the city took up to
four hours. Many hitched rides on
trucks and in private cars, while
traffic diminished as acute gas
shortages took a toll.
Riot police were called to a
wholesale store to control a stam-
pede of shoppers gathering up
reduced goods. Extra police were
posted at downtown clothing and
shoe stores.
Earlier in the week, the govern-
ment withdrew the licences of all
private slaughterhouses, accusing
them of refusing to reduce meat
Restaurants and fast food outlets
were also ordered to slash their
prices. Police told one restaurant

owner to "redesign the menu," to
eliminate more expensive gourmet
In several restaurants, steak was
out of stock, waiters said.
Police even shut down the can-
teen at the Harare law courts, used
by court officials, magistrates and
police, for failing to comply with
the price order, state media report-
Butcheries, stores, factories and
gas stations were unable to replace
materials sold at below the original
cost since the prices edict.
Official inflation is 4,500 per
cent, the highest in the world,
though independent financial insti-
tutions estimate real inflation is

Little Leaguers Honor Robinson at White House

WASHINGTON Little Leaguers
wore No. 42 to honor baseball leg-
end Jackie Robinson as they faced
off Sunday in a T-ball game on the
South Lawn of the White House.
This year marks the 60th anniver-
sary of Robinson's debut with the
Brooklyn Dodgers, when he broke
the major leagues' long-standing
color barrier.
"Jackie Robinson was a pioneer,"
President Bush said before retiring
Robinson's number from South
Lawn games.
The two Little League teams -
the Inner City Little League
Highlanders of Brooklyn and the
Wrigley Little League Dodgers of
Los Angeles represented the two
home cities of the Dodgers fran-
chise. Both teams are part of the
Little League's Urban Initiative,
which seeks to promote the game
among inner-city kids.
Per South Lawn rules, there were
no outs and no strikes in the one-
inning game. Each player got a
chance to bat a ball placed on a tee
and round the bases. ESPN
announcer Karl Ravech called the

game's play-by-play action.
The players were cheered on by
base coaches Tommy Lasorda and
Don Newcombe, Robinson's for-
mer teammates.
Robinson was a great competitor,
Lasorda told reporters.
"I never saw a guy that wanted to
beat you like he did," he said. "He
could beat you with his glove. He
could beat you with his legs. He
could beat you with the bat."
Lasorda remembered Robinson as
a team player. "He didn't play for
the name on the back of the shirt.
He played for the name of the front
of the shirt," he said.
Other former players from the
major and Negro Leagues also
attended the game.
"Imagine what baseball would
have been like had you been a part
of the major leagues," Bush said as
he welcomed the former Negro
League players.
The steamy temperatures didn't
stop the crowd from showing their
support for the athletes, who ranged
in age from 5 to 8. First lady Laura
Bush, Attorney General Alberto

Gonzales, Interior
Secretary Dirk
Kempthorne, Sen.
John Warner, R-
Va., and Alphonso
Jackson, secretary
of housing and
urban develop-
ment, watched the
Hall of Famer
Frank Robinson,
the first black
manager of a
major league
team, served as the
game's honorary
once a part-owner
of the Texas
Rangers baseball
team, started the
White House T-
ball game in 2001
to promote interest
in baseball and
foster a spirit of
teamwork and

Tommy Lasorda, a former Major League Baseball man-
ager and Baseball Hall of Famer, talks with players of
the Inner City Little League Highlanders of Brooklyn,
N.Y., team before the start of a Tee Ball on the South
Lawn baseball game at the White House in Washington.

B.Smith Invites Chefs to Cook for Cash

B. Smith

For years, author, lifestyles expert
and restaurateur B. Smith has been
cooking with Lawry's seasoning.
Now she's encouraging families to
do the same by participating in the
Lawry's Tasty Traditions Reel
Creative Meals contest. The contest
challenges families to produce,
direct and star in their own mini-
cooking show for a chance to win
$25,000 and dinner with B. Smith.
"There are many good cooks
throughout the world, but the hall-
mark of a good cook is the ability to
create in the kitchen. This recipe
contest challenges all the great
cooks out there to think outside the
box and to get their creative juices

flowing. It provides fun for the fam-
ily, as well as the chance to win
Contest participants must submit a
recipe using Lawry's Seasoned
Salt, Garlic Salt or Marinades with
a video that is three minutes or less
of you and your family preparing
the recipe. The judges are looking
for delicious and creative recipes.
"We want people to serve it with
style," Smith says in regards to the
way that recipes should be present-
ed in the video.
B. Smith will also serve as contest
judge along with the marketing and
recipe development team at
Unilever, Lawry's parent company.

The grand-prize winner nets
$25,000 and dinner at B. Smith' s
restaurant in New York and 10 first
prize winners will receive $1,000
and Lawry's products. The winning
recipes will be included in a special
Tasty Traditions recipe collection
binder that is given to consumers.
For information about the contest
visit www.lawrysfoodtube.com.
The deadline is August 31.
Smith started her career as a fash-
ion model. The entrepreneur now
owns three successful restaurants in
New York, Sag Harbor and
Washington, D.C. and also has her
own furniture, home style and jew-
elry lines.

Obama Outshines Fellow Candidates at NAACP Forum
y Michael Cottman, BAW Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, Edwards' call for felons' vo
ETROIT Illinois Sen. Barack Action Center, found blacks addressed the NAACP convention. rights to be restored also recei
ama said Thursday that if elected encountered "less favorable treat- The Democrats focused their criti- loud cheers, although as a N
silent he would travel quickly to ment" than their white counterparts cism on the administration's record Carolina senator in 2002, he v
w Orleans, convene a meeting in 57.5 percent of those tests. ,f on race relations and poverty. against a bill allowing felons
h state and federal officials to In one example an agent told the 4 In their bid to woo black voters a right to vote in federal elections

determine why there has been such
a devastating delay in assisting poor
black residents of Louisiana two
years after Katrina.
"It's scandalous," Obama, a
Democrat, said in an interview at
Cobo Center after he participated in
a two-hour presidential forum dur-
ing the NAACP's annual conven-
tion here, where he was warmly
"As president, I would meet with
the governor and the head of
FEMA," he said. "I wouldn't leave
the room until we figured out what
the hold-up is about."
Approaching the second anniver-
sary of Katrina that rocked New
Orleans in 2005, many are still
homeless; some are still living in
government trailers and others scat-
tered across the country. Rents have
skyrocketed in New Orleans, jobs
are scarce and crime is rampant.
Blacks, already feeling the pinch
from a housing shortage in the New
Orleans area after Hurricane
Katrina, are now facing racial dis-
crimination in their search for rental
property, a survey by housing advo-
cates found.
The survey sent black and white
"testers" -- paired by matching
incomes, careers, family types and
rental histories -- to inquire about
openings at 40 rental properties in
metropolitan New Orleans.
The findings, released by the

black tester who responded to an
apartment ad on Jan. 22 that only
one unit was available, and not until
February. The same agent told the
white tester later that day that two
units would be available Feb. 1 and
mentioned two other units.
Obama, who is campaigning to
become the first black president of
the United States, said one of the
"failures of the Bush administra-
tion" is not providing funding that
is already allocated for Katrina
relief for the people of New
He will continue to take his mes-
sage of hope to barber shops, beau-
ty shops and grocery stores around
the country to engage voters,
Obama maintains, and, with the
help of the NAACP, bring more
black folks into the political
process. The organization, he said,
is making sure "people are paying
attention to this election."
Obama still trails Sen. Hillary
Clinton (D-NY) in several national
polls, but Obama has proven he can
raise money -- $32 million at last
count -- and keep pace with
Obama said his campaign is
receiving donations from people
giving $5, as well as collecting
money from some of the nation's
more wealthy donors.
"One of the strengths of this cam-
paign is that we have the ability to

Sen. Barack Obama, left, and Sen. Christopher Dodd talk after a
forum of Democratic presidential hopefuls speaking before delegates
at the annual NAACP convention in Detroit.

generate grass-roots enthusiasm,"
Obama said after the forum.
In an interview which ranged in
topic from Katrina relief to educa-
tion, Obama said that America
must also help uplift young black
men, many of whom are without
fathers and without jobs.
Helping to address the myriad of
social challenges facing young
black men in America is not a quick
fix, Obama said.
As president, Obama said he
would examine drop-out rates in
America's public schools while
focusing on supporting early child-
hood education, summer school
programs and efforts to assist young
men once they become teenagers.
"It will not happen overnight," he
said. "It will require a long, sus-

trained effort."
During the NAACP's presidential
forum Thursday, Obama derided
President Bush's commutation of
former White House aide I. Lewis
"Scooter" Libby's prison term even
as black men routinely serve time
behind bars.
"We know we have more work to
do when Scooter Libby gets no
prison time, and a 21-year-old
honor student, who hadn't even
committed a felony, gets 10 years in
prison," Obama said to loud cheers,
referring to Genarlow Wilson, a
Georgia man serving a 10-year
prison sentence for having consen-
sual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl
when he was 17.
All eight Democratic hopefuls
and a lone Republican candidate,

key party constituency, all the
Democratic hopefuls shared the
stage at the forum devoted to racial
issues. Each responded to five spe-
cific questions from convention
delegates on health care, gun vio-
lence and voting rights.
Obama, 45, said he was too
young to have participated in the
civil rights movement of the 1960s,
but said he was inspired by it. That
comment prompted a mild dig from
Joe Biden, who stressed his long
career in public life.
"I've been around a while, and I'm
old enough to remember the civil
rights movement," Biden, 64, said,
adding he was the best candidate to
bring an end to the Iraq war.
Front-runner Clinton predicted
the forum would cover more issues
of importance to the black commu-
nity than the administration had in
six years.
"We have a president who does
not see what you and I see. ... With
your hard work, we will render the
people that you and I see visible
once again," the New York senator
said. She cited "The Invisible Man,"
Ralph Ellison's classic novel of
black alienation.
John Edwards touted his commit-
ment to fighting poverty, calling it
"the cause of my life." Edwards will
launch a tour Monday in New
Orleans to spotlight the millions
living in poverty.


The topic of voting rights drew an
impassioned response from the can-
didates, many of whom spoke of the
disputed 2000 election in Florida
that saw many black voters disen-
"The American people don't feel
that when they go vote their vote
counts," New Mexico Gov. Bill
Richardson said.
Alice Huffman, president of the
NAACP's California branches, said
it was good to hear candidates talk-
ing about ending the war in Iraq,
health care, immigration, free trade
and education.
"And they talked about poverty,"
Huffman said. "That was refresh-
In an interview, Obama said he's
up for the hard work that needs to
be done to help improve the quality
of life for all Americans.
"Why would I want this job?" he
asked, chuckling.
"We have an opportunity to bring
about a fundamental change in pol-
itics not seen since Ronald
Reagan," Obama said.
"America has gone through tough
times -- and certainly African-
Americans have gone through diffi-
cult challenges -- but we've gotten
through it, and America has gotten
through it," Obama said. "As presi-
dent, I will tell the truth. And keep
Americans hopeful for a better


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SWihiat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Forrest Class of 67'
The Alumni of the Class of 1967
from Forrest High School will have
its 40th High School Class Reunion
the weekend of July 20-21, 2007,
to reunite with their friends and
classmates from their youth.
The homecoming will be head-
quartered at the Crowne Plaza
Downtown. Festivities and events
will begin on Friday, July 20th with
a poolside Luau Dinner/Dance at
7:00 pm. On Saturday, July 21,
alumni can choose from several day
events that includes a golf outing, a
jam music fest or gathering in the
hotel hospitality suite and conclud-
ing with an evening Dinner/Dance
at the Riverplace Tower in the River
For reservations or more informa-
tion, call (904) 269-5471.

Learn to Cook
Healthy Soul Food
The Jacksonville Public Library's
African American Collection pres-
ents "Healthy Southern Cooking"
with Celebrity Chef Dennis
Stewart. The free class will be
taught on Saturday, July 21, 2007
at 2:00 p.m.in the Main Library's
Multipurpose Room 1, 303 N.
Laura Street. Limited Seating. Call
904-630-0731 for reservations.

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.

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
themat Inside Golf, 1515 San
Marco Blvd. on Thursday, July 26
from 5:30 7:30. The evening will
include two hours of FREE golf!
First drink FREE! Compete for
PRIZES for longest ball and closest
to the pin. Meet the new Executive

Committee and check out our
upcoming events and activities.
RSVP to Sandra at 396-3052.

Tropical Boat Ride
Rabia Temple #8 AEAONMS
Rollin' Nobles & Desert Rats will
present their 1st Annual Summer
Charity Boat Ride aboard the Lady
St. Johns. Boarding begins at 7p.m.
on Friday, July 27th. Dress theme
is tropical. There will be door prizes
and a cash bar and free food. Party
Time DJ's providing mix of Old
School/New School. contact 904-
534-6731 or dhorton2007@bell-
south.net for details and tickets.

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)
Atlantic Beach
Women's Connection
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection invites participants to
their August brunch featuring Kate
Cordell of Ocean Yoga in Atlantic
Beach. The speaker is Jo Ayres of
DeBary, FL who says she is "The
happiest girl in the whole USA!"
The meeting will be held on
Wednesday August Ist from 9:30-
11:00 a.m. at the Selva Marina
Country Club. Complimentary
child care available with reserva-
tions/cancellations by July 30th.
Call Vivian at 246-2522 or 994-
8850 for more information.

100 Black
Women Fundraiser
The National Coalition of 100
Black Women is hosting their

annual Educational Old School
Party" fundraiser on Friday,
August 3, 2007 at Friday Musicale
at 645 Oak St in Riverside from
8pm until midnight. For tickets and
additional information please call
(904) 724-6141

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.

P.R.I.D.E. Book
Club Meeting
The next book club meeting will
be on Saturday August 4, 2007 at
4:00 p.m. and will be THAT SUM-
Janice Sims. The meeting will be
hosted at American Beach by
Marsha & Michael Phelts.

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

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
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-

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 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

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

Spend a Day Volunteering for a Worthy Cause

The Arc provides advocacy and quality services that enable people
with developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, enhance
their quality of life and be active participants in their communities.
Volunteers will serve as a one-to-one instructor in the computer lab. 355-
World Relief is a faith based organization providing basic necessities to
people around the world. They assist with the resettlement of refugees
coming into the U.S. from other countries. Grocery shop in order to stock
a new refugee's home with their first food items. Or take the new family
shopping. Volunteers may also provide a warm welcome to the arriving
refugees) by going to the airport, greeting them and assisting them in get-
ting their luggage, etc. 448-0733.
Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their poten-
tial through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Public Relations volunteers will assist in designing and producing all
manner of PR materials such as: brochures, banners, public displays,
media advertising and/or PSA's. This is a great opportunity for someone
who wants to volunteer from home. College students looking for a PR
Internship opportunity are welcome. Volunteers need to have strong conm-

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.

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July 19-25, 2007

July Q-25 27s ry ersPe

r ". Cameras have been following Snoop
i Dogg around for months, capturing life at
home with his wife and three kids, as well
as his professional career as an interna-
tional rap star and as the dedicated coach
Sof his son's football team.
The footage has finally landed a net-
work home. E! Entertainment Television
President Ted Harbert announced that the
channel will carry the rapper's untitled
reality show sometime in late 2007.
"Snoop Dogg is, without a doubt, one of
Sthe most charismatic and intriguing per-
sonalities in pop culture today," Harbert
said Friday at E!'s portion of the
Television Critics Association's summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
"While he has captured a legion of fans as the king of hip-hop, what
makes Snoop most interesting is the side of him that people have never
seen," he said.
R&B singer Brian McKnight will suit up
as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the
Broadway run of Chicago. _'_ _
The singer kicks off a six-week limited
engagement Oct. 8 through Nov. 18 at the
Ambassador Theatre. He'll tune-up for
the New York performances as part of the
Chicago national touring company from
September 25 through October 7 at
Washington D.C.'s Warner Theatre.
Usher's scheduled two-month engagement as Billy Flynn on Broadway
came to an abrupt end in October after the entertainer fell ill.
The Broadway cast of Chicago currently stars Lisa Rinna as Roxie Hart,
Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Harry Hamlin as Billy Flynn, Rob Bartlett
as Amos Hart and Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton.
Star Jones says she will detail every step of her
dramatic weight loss in a story for Glamour l
magazine. The TV personality made the
announcement after several minutes of being
grilled about her weight loss by reporters at the 4-
Television Critics Association Press Tour, where
she was on hand to promote her new talk show
on Court TV, soon to be renamed TruTV.
"I wrote an article because I really wanted to
go as in-depth as possible about the way I've
changed physically over the last 10 years on the
air," Reynolds said Sunday. "And I thought that
that would be the most effective way to answer
everybody's questions."
A rep from Glamour confirmed that Jones' article, "Getting Over
Myself," will be featured in the September issue, on newsstands Aug. 7.
Queen Latifah Will drop her new album,
"Trav'lin' Light," on Sept. 25 with material
e made famous by the likes of Peggy Lee,
Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughn, Mary Wells
and Roberta Flack.
T .R Guests on the set include Jill Scott, Erykah
Badu, Joe Sample, George Duke and
- Christian McBride. Also, Stevie Wonder
plays his harmonica on the track, "Georgia
Rose." Latifah will hit the road for a U.S.
I tour in the fall to support the project.
Meanwhile, the actress announced last
-i Week that she will open a FatBurger fast-
food restaurant in Miami by the end of 2007.
The artist is a big fan of the spot's turkey
burger, and said it has been a dream of hers to open a franchise of the pop-
ular Los Angeles-based restaurant in Florida.
"That was part of my L.A. education on Sundays in California... every-
body would come out... in all these low-riders (cars)... 'FatBurger' was,
like, the centrepiece for it all," she told David Letterman recently.

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The show will feature scenes from the real life people popularized from the website hotghettomess.com like the ones shown above.

BET Defending New Hot Ghetto Mess Show

Ghetto Mess," a BET series that has
provoked criticism and sent adver-
tisers fleeing before it has even
aired, will prove detractors wrong,
BET entertainment head Reginald
Hudlin said.
"It's unfortunate that people are
making an erroneous presumption
based on absolutely zero informa-
tion," Hudlin said.
"Hot Ghetto Mess," making its
debut July 25, combines viewer-
submitted home videos and BET-
produced man-on-the-street inter-
views that the channel said are
intended to challenge and inspire
"viewers to improve themselves
and their communities."
The six-episode series is hosted

by comedian Charlie Murphy
("Chappelle's Show"). It is based on
a Web site that features photos of
men and women, mostly black,
with extreme hairstyles and cloth-
ing typically linked to hip-hop.
At least two companies, State
Farm Insurance Cos. and Home
Depot, asked BET to drop their ads
from the series' debut. Sponsors had
yet to see the show, Hudlin said.
Observers including What About
Our Daughters, a blog and audio
podcast that focuses on how black
women are depicted in popular cul-
ture, have accused the site and the
show of demeaning blacks.
Hotghettomess.com was created
by Jam Donaldson, 34, a black
lawyer from Washington, D.C.,

who is an executive producer on the
BET program. On her site,
Donaldson calls for a "new era of
The show builds on the Web site's
effort to take "a hard look at some
dysfunctional elements of our com-
munity," Hudlin said.
"The intent of the show is no dif-
ferent than what Bill Cosby is doing
as he's going across the country and
lecturing as he talks about the prob-
lems of the (black) community that
we need to address," he said.
"Hot Ghetto Mess" approaches its
goal in a lively way that will engage
BET's young audience, Hudlin said.
Donaldson told reporters that the
series has "exceeded my expecta-

"Everyone that sees the show will
be pleasantly surprised. ... I think
they will learn something. There's
black history. We go to the commu-
nity and ask what their opinion of
some of these images are," she said.
"The show is so much more than
the name," Donaldson said. She
started the site because of "images
of black dysfunction" that were
being distributed on the Internet
without discussion for change.
With shows such as "Hot Ghetto
Mess" and "Hip-Hop vs. America,"
Hudlin said, BET is trying to be
part of the solution.
"At the end of the day, the most
responsible thing we can do is cre-
ate a dialogue about those things,"
said Hudlin.

Review by Esther Green
"Talk to Me," the title of the new
film about Washington, D.C. radio
and TV personality Ralph Waldo
"Petey" Greene, also describes the
era in the 1960's and 1970's when
being vocal in the black community
was integral to being powerful, on
the radio and in the streets.
In the hands of director Kasi
Lemmons ("Eve's Bayou," "The
Caveman's Valentine") and actor
Don Cheadle, Greene's story is a
rich evocation of Washington, D.C.
and much of urban black America
in those tense years when the civil
rights movement broke down
entrenched barriers of segregation,
when the Rev. Martin Luther King
was assassinated and when inner-
city neighborhoods were set ablaze
by rioters in the streets.
Greene, who grew up in poverty
in Washington, D.C. and did a stint
in a federal prison for armed rob-
bery, is also emblematic of new
possibilities created for those
blacks able to slip through elusive
doors of opportunity. "I ain't noth-
ing but a con and a thief," he would

say, even after gaining a national
profile as an entertainer and
activist. The tense relationship
between Greene and Dewey
Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a pio-
neering black radio executive, also
symbolizes the schism between
working and middle class blacks
with differing ideas about integra-
tion, progress and upward mobility.
As both men say in the story, each
needs the other to do what the other
is afraid to do. Through the power
of black radio, Greene was able to
connect with disenfranchised
blacks of the nation's capital.
Hughes became a successful busi-
nessman who helped lay the
groundwork for Radio One, a large,
black-owned media company.
It is through the relationship
between Greene and Hughes that
the story of "Petey" Greene
unfolds. When we first meet
Greene, he is still doing time at the
Lorton Prison in nearby Virginia,
where he becomes a popular and
profane personality on the prison
station. After his release, he heads
to WOL-AM in Washington, where

he knows Hughes
is working, and
bullies his way into
an on-air job. The
bond between the
two men takes
them through tur-
bulent times, and .
then to the national
spotlight -- whether '
they are ready for
it, or not..
In tone, "Talk to
Me" is similar to e -1
Spike Lee's
"Malcolm X," ,gbo ls i
filled with both Cheadle with his on screen love interest Taraji Henson.

humor and the seri-
ous tenor of serious times. In a span
of two hours, it goes from the
streets to the boardroom and back
several times. Taraji P. Henson
("Hustle and Flow") plays Greene's
girlfriend, Vernell Watson, with the
sort of sassiness that she is known
for, and Cedric the Entertainer adds
to the era's air of flamboyant
extremes in the role of a smooth-
talking night disc jockey popular
with the ladies.

The film is also similar to other
recent fine efforts, including
"Pride," which tell an important
story, but do not get treated in an
important way in either marketing
and publicity. Despite the dearth of
marketing, maybe black audiences
can break the mold of apathy and
lukewarm response to such films
and show instead that our actors
don't have to play thugs and pimps
to get attention. Petey Greene
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luJ 19-25 2007

Teen Pregnancy at a Record Low I

The rate of US teenagers giving
birth has sunk to a record low, with
a dramatic drop among African
American girls, according to a gov-
ernment report out this week.
After rising in the late 1980s, the
birth rate among girls between 15-
17 years old dropped steadily in the
following 15 years, reaching a
record low of 21 per 1,000 young
women in 2005 compared to 39 in
1991, the report said.
The birth rate among black
teenagers dropped by 60 percent,
from 83.5 per 1,000 in 1991 to 35 in
2005, according to the Federal
Interagency Forum on Child and
Family Statistics.
Hispanic teens have now sur-
passed African Americans for the
highest birth rate at 48 per 1,000
following a 30 percent drop
between 1991-2005, said the report
titled "America's Children: Key
National Indicators of Well-Being."


American teen

pregnancy sees
a dramatic

drop of 60%

For other ethnic groups, the birth
rate was eight per 1,000 among
Asians, 12 per 1,000 among whites
and 31 per 1,000 among Native
The rate of pregnancies among
US teenagers, counting births, abor-
tions and miscarriages, dropped by

40 percent between 1990-2002 to a
record low of 44 per 1,000.
n a study of sexual activity, the
report said 46 percent of high
school girls reported having had
sexual intercourse in 2005, a slight
reduction from 50 percent in 1991.
The report found an increase in
the use of condoms among sexually
active girls, with 56 percent saying
they used the contraceptive in 2005
compared to 38 percent in 1991.
The use of birth control pills
dropped, however, from 25 to 20
percent between 1991-2005.

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JaxLOC Re-Energizes at Regional Confab

The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement journeyed to
Nashville,TN. for the national orga-
nization's 5th Southern Regional
Meeting. The region is comprised
of L.O.C's. from Atlanta,GA,
Macon,GA, Columbus,GA,
Annison,AL, Birmingham, AL.,
Tuscaloosa,AL., Memphis,TN.,
Nashville,TN., Highsprings, MS,
Greenville, MS and Jacksonville.
The meeting theme was "Bridging
the Gaps within Our Communities
for the Purpose of Unity". The two
part session included closed door
meetings and informative sessions

open to the general public. The
keynote speaker was Mrs. Arealia
Denby, a specialist in Disaster
Management Preparedness who
spoke on Saving Ourselves with
Disaster Management".
"Since the Katrina disaster and the
government's careless response, we
all know that it is incumbent on us
individually and collectively to
save ourselves." Said Mrs.Denby.
Her expansive career throughout
the U.S. and abroad mad her ability
to clearly explain her subject matter
so plain that even the children in the
audience understood what she said.
"Her sincere commitment to her

career and the people she serve
made all of us feel comfortable in
asking many questions pertaining to
disaster management." Said
attendee Andre X. Mrs. Denby's
presentation gave members the big
assignment to get their communi-
ties prepared for the uncertain
future, and what could occur any
day in all of our communities.
Being surrounded by water, the
JLOC urges all citizens to begin
putting together their own Disaster
Preparedness Kit. For more infor-
mation or to get involved, visit their
website at www.jaxloc.com ,or call



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