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Study Reveals Blacks Imprisoned
at 5x the National Rate
Blacks in the United States are imprisoned at more than five times the
rate of whites, and Hispanics are locked up at nearly double the white
rate, according to a recently released study.
The report by the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based think tank,
found that states in the Midwest and Northeast have the greatest black-
to-white disparity in incarceration. Iowa had the widest disparity in the
nation, imprisoning blacks at more than 13 times the rate of whites.
Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut and Wisconsin incarcerated blacks at
more than 10 times the rate of whites, the group said, citing Justice
Department statistics from 2005. Vermont had a ratio of 12.5, followed
by New Jersey with 12.4 and Connecticut with 12. States with the lowest
black-to-white ratio were Hawaii, with 1.9, Georgia with 3.3 and
Mississippi with 3.5.
The group made several recommendations such as reviewing federal
drug laws and giving judges more discretion to decide sentences rather
than imposing mandatory minimum prison terms.
Sharpton Won't Oppose Imus Return
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who urged the Imus' firing, wouldn't object if the
radio personality returned to the airwaves. "He has a right to make a liv-
ing," he said in a telephone interview.
Sharpton said he hadn't softened his views about Imus, who was dis-
missed from his syndicated program (simulcast on MSNBC) in April for
calling the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed
hos." But he added that, under the right conditions, the radio star's ban-
ishment could eventually end.
Sharpton said he hoped that any broadcast outlet that hired Imus would
take steps to ensure that he wouldn't return to a brand of humor that
included race- and gender-based insults.
"We had never asked him to never work again," he said, echoing com-
ments he first made to Radar magazine.
Katrina Survivors Take
Government to Court
It's been two years since Hurricane Katrina and Rita ripped through the
belly of the South, and survivors, along with various scholars and
activists, are seeking to hold the US government responsible in a tribunal
court hearing scheduled for this August.
The tribunal will target President Bush, the US government, State of
Louisiana, State of Mississippi, and various other agencies who were
involved in the Katrina and Rita relief efforts. It will include a team of
human and civil rights prosecutors.
Survivors will give their testimonies during the hearing, detailing abu-
sive and humiliating treatment during delayed relief efforts.
In addition to survivor testimonies, foreign nations have lent their sup-
port to the International Tribunal effort, including Cuba, Mexico, France,
The hearing will be held August 29 in New Orleans, marking the two-
year anniversary of the hurricane tragedy.
MO Mayor Rejects 'Ike Turner Day'
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has turned down a request to honor Ike
Turner, the legendary musician who has publicly admitted to hitting his
ex-wife, entertainer Tina Turner.
Slay was asked to make Sept. 2 "Ike Turner Day" in St. Louis.
The request was made by Dawne Massey, the director of an annual
music festival, who says that the mayor's office has bestowed a similar
honor each year for the headline act at the concert event.
"He helped put St. Louis rhythm and blues on the map," Massey said
about Turner. "We were only looking to celebrate his contributions to the
music industry. Many entertainers have checkered pasts."
Turner, who got his start playing the nightclubs and blues bars of St.
Louis and East St. Louis, is a member of the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.
He won a Grammy last year for his album, Risin' With The Blues.
More than 200 Florida A&M
Employees Miss Getting Paychecks
Florida A&M University plans to investigate why 242 employees did
not receive paychecks last week, the school's president said.
FAMU President James Ammons said last week he regretted any incon-
venience caused by the problem, which he said was related to "the time-
ly submission and process of employee documentation."
The school has been beset by financial troubles for several years.
Recently, a preliminary audit of the budget year ending in June 2006
found that FAMU failed to pay employees on time, give raises, properly
perform evaluations, and document employees' leave time and sabbati-
The problem affected employees like Marion Harmon, a professor in the
computer information systems department. He said he called several
departments until someone told him he would get paid by Monday or
"Well, which one is it: Monday or Tuesday?" said Harmon, a 21-year-
employee of the university. "The fact of the matter is a lot of people did-
n't get paid. Nothing has changed."
Harmon and other faculty members are paid bi-weekly. He said he
received pay for the first summer session, but not the second session,
despite handing in paperwork for both sessions.
Ammons' first official day on the job was July 2 after he took over for
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NAACP Launches Class Action -
Suit Against Mortgage Companies
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The National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People on
Wednesday filed a class action law-
suit against 14 subprime mortgage,
lenders alleging they engaged in
institutionalized, systematic racism.
Lenders named in the lawsuit,
filed in a Los Angeles federal court,
include Ameriquest, Wells Fargo,
Fremont, Option One, WMC
Mortgage, Countrywide, Long
Beach Mortgage, CitiGroup, BNC
Mortgage, Accredited Home
Lenders, Encore, First Franklin,
HSBC and Washington Mutual.
The lawsuit cited datashowing that
lenders on average made high-cost
subprime loans to higher-qualified
blacks 54% of the time, even when
applicants were less qualified.
African-Americans who took a
home mortgage loan or refinanced
within the past five years should
call (847) 689-1722.
Calizaire Named Point of Light
Jacksonville resident Osnald Calizaire was named this week a recipient
of the Governor's Point of Light Award. He was awarded the honor for his
volunteerism efforts and self sacrifices on behalf of area disadvantaged
youth. Out of the millions of Florida residents, one volunteer is selected
weekly who demonstrates exemplary service to the community. In addition
to honors being bestowed in the City's Council chambers prior to its'
meeting, Calizaire also received a personal letter of congratulations from
Shown above at the proclamation in Council Chambers are
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson, Honoree Ms. Blanche Arrington
Cobb and Sup. of Elections Jerry Holland. Shown in the inset is the
other recipient also present, Ms. Anna Williams.
107 Year Old Voters Honored
in City Council Chambers
While for the masses of us, being
able to make it to becoming a cen-
turion is a feat in itself, imagine
being 107 and still making it a point
to vote in every election.
For Blanche Cobb and Ann
Williams, that is a reality.
At 107 years of age, both Cobb
and Williams have been voting got
more than sixty-one years, even at a
time when it wasn't too popular for
African-Americans in the south to
cast a ballot. Ironically enough, the
two young ladies who didn't know
each other, both registered to vote
in 1946. Together they have made
history as Duval County's oldest
The significance of the con-
stituents ages came to light after
Ms. Cobb's daughter came into the
elections office to update her moth-
"I realized that honoring her
mother's sixty-one years of voting
needed to be done." said Supervisor
of Elections Jerry Holland. To
make sure no one was overlooked,
research also showed another voter
was on the books as well with the
exact same age Anna Williams.
With that in mind, the former
councilman put into place the steps
necessary to bring the honor before
the City Council and logged into
the annals of Jacksonville history.
Joined by family and friends, the
two were honored this week.
Talk about a living example of
voting expression," said Holland.
It's absolutely remarkable that at
their age, they have the desire to
continue to participate, which is an
example for everyone,".
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House of God Saints in Christ last weekend. The 5:30 p.m. early evening nuptials was attended by a bridal party of sixteen that included: Michael
Coles,Tonita Dawkins (Matron of Honor) Ferrell Bell, Jason Sutton, Latanya Reeves, Frances Martin (Maid of Honor), Johanniya Lance,Tierra Martin,
Ray Tiller, Ruby Brown,Ciara Brown, Eldon Ferguson III, Jaylen Brown (ring bearer), Carlos Garcia (Best Man) Rodnika Buchanan (Matron of Honor)
Elliott Jackson Kelly, and Elaina Jackson Kelley bridesmaids. Following a honeymoon in Orlando, the couple will reside in Jacksonville. FMP Photo
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This Just May Be The Cause
When you go to
event, be pre-
pared with a plentiful supply of
business cards, pens, a small
notebook, and a well-thought-out
agenda for the affair. Make sure
you understand just what the
event is about, whether it is for-
mal or informal, educational or
Most networking conversations
start with small talk, and most
small talk centers on what is hap-
pening in the world. Advice
columnist Ann Landers once
noted: "People with great minds
talk about ideas. People with
average minds talk about events.
People with small minds talk
about other people."
To talk about ideas, you have to
read newspapers and books,
watch the evening news, and sub-
scribe to thought-provoking mag-
azines that give you an overview
of the world. This is common
sense, but I am frequently amazed
at how people become so
wrapped up in their own daily
struggles that they pay no atten-
tion to the world around them.
For Your Success!
Your struggle might be made eas-
ier if you understand the influ-
ences working on you from the
outside. Scan your newspapers
for stories that have a bearing on
your world, or that simply catch
your interest. Save those that par-
ticularly interest you, and send or
e-mail copies to people in your
network of these stories and oth-
ers that are specific to their inter-
Bottom Line: Follow the tried-
and-true five-P's philosophy:
Prior preparation prevents poor
Give Yourself a Financial Tune Up
Are you in need of some extra
cash flow this summer? A financial
tune-up could help you squeeze
some more cash out of an already
It's important to reexamine your
cash flow on a regular basis. Small
moves can yield big savings over
time. As our life circumstances
change, so do our finances. What
worked six months ago may be
holding you back now.
Below are five tips for your mid-
year financial tune-up:
Examine Retirement Savings -
Forgoing an available 401(k) plan
could be considered the cardinal sin
of financial planning, especially if
you are eligible for an employer
match. You are essentially passing
up free retirement savings. If
you're not enrolled, now is the time.
If you are already enrolled, consid-
er upping your contribution if pos-
sible. If you aren't eligible to
receive a 401(k), consider signing
up for a Roth IRA.
Negotiate Credit Card Rates -
Your credit card rates are not set in
stone. They are negotiable. You
can call your credit card company
to find out if you qualify for a lower
rate. It's as simple as asking. Keep
in mind that you will be more like-
ly to receive a lower rate if you pay
your bills on time and maintain a
Adjust Tax Withholding Did
you receive a fat refund check from
Uncle Sam this year? Guess what -
that's not a good thing. A large
refund check likely means you're
withholding too much money from
each paycheck. To remedy this,
adjust your withholding to match
your tax liability. You can see how
your tax withholding affects your
net pay with the free paycheck cal-
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Stock Your Emergency Fund -
Everyone needs one, yet many of us
don't have them. According to
SMR Research, about 43 percent of
U.S. households have less than
$1,000 in liquid savings. If you are
one of them, a car problem, medical
emergency or job loss could blow
your entire savings and thrust you
further into debt. This is why it's
important to have at least three
months worth of expenses on hand.
Acquiring the funds may be easier
than you think. Track all of your
spending for one month. What do
you come up with? How much are
you spending on eating out, dry
cleaning or gas? Cut covers where
you can and stash the extra cash in
a liquid savings account. It will
start to add up quickly.
Seek Professional Help If
your financial situation is over-
whelming you or you just need a
nudge in the right direction, consid-
er seeking the advice of a profes-
sional. Credit counselors and
financial advisors can break down
the jargon, help you get out of debt
and save for the future. To find a
reputable financial expert, visit the
Better Business Bureau at
Investors, collectors and the
curious all converged on Atlanta for
the National Black Arts Festival
"Embrace" fine art fair.
Brenda Thompson made a special
trip from Connecticut to attend the
event and within a matter of hours,
, she had her eye on several pieces
she wanted to show to the other half
of her collecting team, her husband,
former U.S. Deputy Attorney
General Larry Thompson.
"I remember when we started col-
lecting 30 years ago, Larry bought a
piece for $300, and I thought that
was so much money," she laughed.
"But now I look around here ..."
Price tags at the event range from a
few hundred to several hundred
Prices for African-American art
have shot up along with interest,
dealers and collectors, but they still
lag well behind their white counter-
parts. Which is one of the reasons
African-American art shows aren't
just engaging and educational, but
An art dealer looking at an abstract
by painter Norman Lewis valued at
$135,000 remarked, "if that were a
Jackson Pollock," said Bill Hodges
of New York, "that would be going
for $10 million."
"This is work that could be in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art," said
Mark Karelson, whose Mason
Murer Fine Art gallery hosted the
event. Other big-name artists repre-
sented at the fair which ran for an
entire week included Benny
Andrews, Romare Bearden,
Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence.
Embrace started last year when
Karelson and others realized that
the NABF needed a higher-end art
show to go along with the more
popular offerings at the artists' mar-
ket at Greenbriar Mall. Twenty-
eight exhibitors from as far away as
Canada and Paris came to this
year's second installment.
Juan Rodriguez, a New York deal-
er, saw hopeful signs that business
would exceed the inaugural fair.
"I didn't do so well last year," he
said, "but it takes time to grow an
event. I see more people and more
interest this year."
Making up the hundreds of col-
lectors who milled the gallery to the
tunes of soul music was a racially
diverse group. As soul music filled
the hall, they lingered over all man-
ner of art depicting the range of
black experience, from slavery to
segregation to religion to jazz and
The presence of artistic approach-
es such as James Brown, Coretta
Scott King and Tupac prompted
some exhibitors to think hard about
what belonged in an African-
American art fair.
"What is African-American art?"
asked Atlanta dealer Uri Vaknin. "Is
it art by African-Americans? Is it
art about African-Americans? I
have a white artist who did a whole
series about black people, and I
decided it was inappropriate to
bring that work here."
Instead he showed some of the most
provocative pieces in the fair, by
young artists like Fahamu Pecou,
Kojo Griffin and Okeeba Jubalo,
whose oversized Confederate flag -
studded with ironic wordplay -
dominated one wall.
The highest priced item was
$395,000, for "Baptism," a collage
by Harlem Renaissance artist
While no one had stepped forward
to buy that one as of press time,
most dealers were selling other
pieces, more typically for $8,000 to
"Atlanta is becoming a hotbed of
collecting," said Chicago dealer
"When I see all these construction
cranes around the city, it means
there's more available money and
maybe it can become an even big-
i i -. k"
Prices and Interest are on the
Rise for Black Art Collectors
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7AM IA Tribute To Black Men
Hon. Betty Burney Sen. Tony Hill Rep. Audrey Gibson Hon. Mia Jones
Four Local Politicos Named to Obama Florida Council
Senator Barack Obama announced represent the campaign both nation- "I am proud to have the support of
last week a list of members of his ally and in their home communities, this respected group of Floridians
Florida Advisory Council. This Among those included in the north- and look forward to working with
group of elected officials and com- east Florida area include School them to build a strong team in the
munity leaders will focus on build- Board member Betty Burney, rep. state committed to changing our
ing a grassroots network in the Audrey Gibson, Councilwoman politics and transforming our coun-
state, offer strategic counsel and Mia Jones and Sen. Tony. Hill. try," said Senator Obama.
Protecting Communities Workshops
Scheduled for Northside Residents
Aimed at building mutual trust,
collaboration and understanding
between residents and the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office (JSO),
a "Protecting Communities
Workshop," will be held in North
Jacksonville as part of Mayor John
Peyton's Seeds of Change: Growing
Great Neighborhoods initiative.
Workshops are scheduled for
Thursday, July 26; Tuesday, Aug. 7;
Tuesday, Aug. 14; and Thursday,
Aug. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. All meet-
ings will be held at the Joint-Heirs
Christian Center, 2100 Dunn Ave.
in the Fellowship Hall.
The meetings are lead by two
facilitators and hosted by the
Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission in partnership with the
JSO. They provide a forum for all
residents and JSO officers to dis-
cuss key issues and develop plans
to strengthen relationships for
stronger, safer neighborhoods.
Based on the model of "dialogue
to action," the workshops are a
proven method to engage citizens
and police in honest, meaningful
discussions. The workshop, which
is held in a series of four meetings,
helps the group to work on build-
ing trust with one another, talking
about key issues between the police
and community and taking action to
build on what is working to make
positive changes in addressing safe-
Participants are encouraged to
attend all meetings if possible. The
workshop is free and open to the
Registration is required. To reg-
ister, call 630-CITY or e-mail Bill
Jacksonville Chapter of Montford Point
Marines Hosts 42nd National Convention
The Jacksonville Florida
Chapter of the Montford Point
Marines is hosting the 42nd
Montford Point Marines National
Convention this week in
Jacksonville, the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront is convention headquar-
ters. A highlight of the convention
will be the Formal Grand Ball,
Saturday, July 28, 2007.
Master Sergeant Brooks Gray,
an original Montford Pointer, called
for a reunion of all Montford Point
Marines in September 1965. The
first reunion was held at the
Adelphia Hotel in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, with over 400
Montford Marines from seventeen
states attending to celebrate their
service to the Marine Corps and the
James H. Tippins, USMC, Rtd.,
President, Jacksonville Chapter
Montford Point Marines #29,
states: "today we stand on the
shoulders of those original
Montford Point Marines; remem-
bering that we benefited from their
hardships and sacrifice, but the
achievement of many accomplish-
ments such as, having the opportu-
nity to excel in every aspect of the
Marine Corps, with an outgrowth of
Two 3-Star Generals; Lt. General
Ronald Coleman is one of the
Convention's speakers. Two NCOs
have attained the rank of Sgt.
Major. The legacy of the Montford
Point Marines must be preserved.
Gaining the "Right to Fight"
Sixty-six years ago, on June
25, 1941, President Franklin
Delano Roosevelt issued Executive
Order 8802, which allowed African
Americans to be recruited into the
United States Marine Corps. The
Marine Corps had been exclusively
white since its inception in 1778.
Despite Commandant Thomas
Holcomb's protest, President
Roosevelt insisted that the Corps
accept Black Americans into their
ranks. Howard Perry of Charlotte,
NC, was the first recruit to report to
Montford Point Camp, a segregated
former CC Camp Outpost, of the
larger training facility Camp
The first group of black trainees
were recruited from Navy mess
men and Army infantrymen. At
Montford Point they endured the
infamous Marine Boot Camp and
the island's swampy climate. They
learned everything from Judo to
Artillery from white instructors
who didn't think they could suc-
Edgar R. Davis, Gilbert
"Hashmark" Johnson, and Edgar
Huff were selected for their leader-
ship and maturity to become the
first black drill instructors who
replaced white ones. They proved
to be even more determined to pro-
duce, undeniable qualified black
Approximately 20,000 African
American recruits received training
at Montford Point during World
War II. The performance of this
new breed of Marines caused atti-
tudes to change. Once given the
opportunity to prove themselves as
being as capable as any Marines,
regardless of race, color, creed or
In July 1948 President Harry
S. Truman, issued Executive Order
9981, negating segregation in the
Marine Corps. In September 1949
the Montford Point Boot Camp wad
deactivated, ending seven years of
The Convention Committee
included James H. Tippins,
President, Jacksonville Chapter
Montford Point Marine Association
Inc.; Oscar Toby, Vice President;
Ron Jackson, Maurice Grant,
Donna Webster, Yvette Harris,
Alpha Ganious, Hallie -Bey,
Anthony Landrum, and Willie
Newark's Former Mayor
Pleads Not Guilty
NEWARK, N.J. Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James pleaded not
guilty Monday to federal corruption charges stemming from the last few
years of his two decades running city hall.
James, 71, faces multiple fraud counts accusing him of using city-issued
credit cards to pay for $58,000 worth of personal trips and expenses. He's
also accused of engineering the sale of city-owned properties at a cut rate
to Tamika Riley, described by prosecutors as his companion on many of
Riley, 38, was indicted along with James and also pleaded not guilty
Monday. She is charged with fraud, stemming from what authorities say
was a scheme to profit from the resale of the land, and with tax evasion.
Neither answered reporters' questions before or after the 30-minute hear-
The FBI opened its investigation into James about three years ago. He
ran the city from 1986 to 2006.
by William Jackson
Black men are ageless, ageless like
the land that has been in existence
longer than any other land. The
Motherland, the land that nurtured
him and aided him to provide for
his family. Enabling him to walk
the land admiring her beauty and
taking in her love. Ageless in his
wisdom that even Socrates and
Plato had to respect.
Black men are athletic, an athlet-
ic talent honed from years of hunt-
ing, tracking, running, jumping and
crafting his physical skills to per-
fection. Perfection in physical
accomplishments to the point of
being undisputedly the best
athletes in the world.
Black men are brave, brave like
the primates who dared to explore
their world during their evolution,
disregarding their physical limita-
tions and challenging their cogni-
tive potential to rationalize, under-
stand and interact in a dynamically
Black men are creative, creative
like the pygmies that hunt through
the jungle using such stealth that an
Army Green Beret would be envi-
ous. The creative spirit that has
allowed Black men to create the
things in our lives, that are neces-
sary in order to survive and flour-
Black men are diverse, diverse
like the hundreds of languages and
dialects spoken on the African con-
tinent. This diversity allows Black
men to blend into their environment
to adapt, evolve and enlarge their
Black men are intelligent, intelli-
gent enough to find ways to revolu-
tionize music. Intelligent to find
ways to perform surgery years
before European influences that
tried to lay claim to discoveries in
medicine, science, humanities and
literature. Black men have inspired
Socrates, Plato and others who only
gained their status by standing on
the shoulders of those men and
women of color who came before
Black men love women, women of
all shades of color. Black men are
notorious for giving and requiring
love. This is not a sexual love, but
the emotional love that can only be
created from a Black man who
loves his women. This love is intox-
icating and additive. There is much
love to share and many women seek
this unique kind of love.
Black men are lovers, lovers of
life and lovers of freedom. Freedom
that was denied them for over hun-
dreds of years. A Black man's body
may have been confined, but their
soul, the essence that
makes a Black man
always demands to be
loved and to give love.
To be free to express this
love in his freedom as
only a Black man can.
Black men are proud
fathers, proudly Black
men have many children
either in wedlock or out
of wedlock, but they love
and are proud of their
children. Look at the
fathers that attend foot-
ball, basketball and track
meets. Whether Black
men are in the home or
not, Black men are proud
of their children's accom-
Black men are strong, B
strong like the wills of a people
struggling to find their way either
traveling across the Serengeti
Plains or the Sahara Desert.
Black men are strong like the land
they come from that can support
diversity in deserts, rainforests and
Black men are timeless, timeless
as history itself. Throughout time
Black men have participated in
every facet of historical perspective
and importance only because
of the cognitive inadequacies of
other cultures do they try to hide
these facets throughout all of histo-
ry, but Black people know how
influential the Black man has been.
Black men are unique, unique
enough in their mentalities that
despite being enslaved, beaten,
killed, and castrated, still seek
acceptance and equality. Black men
have emerged from attempts to be
subjugated and evicted from their
new homeland, (America). Black
men work to prove that they are
unique and share in the destiny of
two great lands.
Black men are victorious, vic-
torious in their struggle for exis-
tence. We may never be accepted as
our true selves, but our victory is in
our continued existence and strug-
gle for acceptance and equality.
I'm proud to be a Black man,
and love my Black people, all the
shades there are, as my brothers and
sisters we share a rich and diverse
heritage that is both admired and
respected. I maybe mixed with
White blood, Native American
blood, and Irish blood; I may
annunciate my words, speak on an
intellectual level, but I'm still a
I welcome my brothers and sisters
to their Blackness and to take pride
in their African American heritage.
Society should not feel threatened
by the Black man but sleep easy
that we only want what our brothers
and sisters to be treated with digni-
ty, equality and respect.
Contact Mr. Jackson at
Whe r Florida tgink .
Jacksonville Children's Commission
Request for Proposals
TEAM UP After School Programs for Jacksonville's Youth
The Jacksonville Children's Commission, in partnership with the Duval County Public
Schools, was just awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (CCLC) from
the State of Florida Department of Education to operate three (3) after school programs at John
Love, Pinedale, and Rutledge Pearson elementary schools.
The Jacksonville Children's Commission is soliciting applications from community based part-
ners to operate these three new TEAM UP Learning Centers. Grants dollars will be used to
provide direct services to 420 low-income students on a daily basis, Monday-Friday, from 3pm
to 6 pm during the school year and 4 weeks during the summer. It is anticipated that 160 chil-
dren will be served at the Pinedale Elementary, 130 students at John Love, and 130 students at
Rutledge Pearson Elementary for a total of 420 students.
Applicants should describe their current private/public partnerships and how these relation-
ships will provide a direct benefit to the proposed new and expanded TEAM UP programs. For
example, applicants should describe how other public or privately funded programs currently
in operation, such as mentoring or tutoring programs will be utilized to enrich the proposed
new TEAM UP site(s). Additionally, all new sites must provide a family literacy/involvement
component, as mandated.
The Request for Proposal (RFP) are to be returned to the Jacksonville Children's Commission
(JCC) at 1095 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32206. Located on the corner of A.
Philip Randolph & E. 1st Street, north of the sports complex.
Deadline Date for accepting proposal: August 10, 2007 5:00 pm. There will be no exceptions to
this deadline. All applicants should ensure verification of grant submittal by signature of the
Jacksonville Children's Commission (JCC) front desk personnel with a notation of the time the
RFP was delivered.
Bidders Conference: JCC will provide a 1-2 hour Grant Application Overview for all TEAM
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the Jax Kids Campus located at 1095 A. Philip Randolph Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32206 in the
multi-purpose room. Please call Lisa Burnette at (904) 630-7267 if you will be attending.
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2007. Agencies are encouraged to attend the Bidders Conference. Questions and answers of a
substantial nature will be mailed to interested parties at the appropriate stage in the process.
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John Peyton, Mayor
City of Jacksonville
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High Murder Rate Becoming the Status
Quo for Jax With No Available Solutions
Most statisticians will tell you
that whenever you are studying any
particular statistic there are likely
to be anomalies from time to time.
Last year, when the numbers of
murders in the city skyrocketed -
many assumed that it was simply a
So far in 2007 we seem to be
keeping pace with last year's mur-
der rate. That means that what
many thought was just a bad year is
turning into a trend. And trends are
bad when you are talking about
With deadly murders over the
past seven days, the city's homicide
toll for the year so far stands at 84
compared with 90 at the same time
The overall total from last year
was 137 murders. If you divide that
into the number of days in the year
it averages out to basically a mur-
der every other day.
We are faced with a very dis-
turbing trend, and no one can point
to a true root cause. Last year, I
asked one of our high-ranking offi-
cials with the Sheriffs Office if he
had ever seen the type of violence
we are seeing now since he's been
on the force.
With confidence the 20-year
veteran said, "No!" We are dealing
with a group of people in this city
who have no regard for themselves
let alone others, he explained. The
million dollar question is how do
we figure out what's causing all of
Editor and writer Susan Taylor
may have said it best, "Self-hate is
a form of mental slavery that
results in poverty, ignorance and
Self-hate and ignorance maybe
be root causes, but maybe the most
oblivious answer is in our neigh-
Generally, most sociologist and
those who work in law enforce-
ment associate crime with socio-
economic conditions. It is pretty
easy to tie the recent rash of mur-
ders with Jacksonville's struggling
core city neighborhoods.
The unemployment rate for
African Americans is much higher
than whites and there are certainly
other factors like the large number
of single parent homes in low-
income communities that are also
Unfortunately, there is no short-
term solution to changing the cul-
ture and cycles of self-hate and
poverty that many people from
urban communities live through
There is a sense of hopelessness
that many have that must be dealt
with before our communities can
change for the better. The great
educator, Benjamin Mays, said,
"The tragedy in life doesn't lie in
not reaching your goal. The tragedy
lies in having no goal to reach."
And that quotes gets to the
heart of the matter.
Not enough of our youth have
goals because they are not being
properly educated and not enough
black men are taking responsibil-
ity for raising their children.
While some may think that the
murder rate is simply an African
American issue those with good
sense or even common sense 2
should know that while many of
these murders happen in the core
city they affect the entire
Jacksonville metropolitan area.
Again, the issue is not race, but
economics. Throughout history
there has been a strong correlation
between violent crime and poverty.
Many of the recent murders have
involved black-on-black crime, but
the homicides have spilled over
into predominately white commu-
nities as well.
One of the most disturbing facts
about this year's death totals is the
ages of the victims. There have
been 16 deaths this year of young
people age 15 to 19 years old. The
scary part about that statistic is that
there were only 12 murders in this
age group in all of 2006.
Many of our teenagers have no
regard for life and are obviously
living in a culture that not many of
us adults can relate to.
We all know that good people
die everyday, but for children with
such bright futures ahead of them
007 (to date)
to die in this way should outrage
this community. These deaths like
many of the others hit home in so
many ways. I remember Sheriff
Nat Glover used to say that if a
child dies in the Southside of town
it should bother families on the
Northside of town, and if a child
dies on the Northside it should
affect families on the Southside.
In 2005, police reported 91 slay-
ings, which was down from 104 in
2004. I mentioned earlier that last
year there were 137 murders.
The community must rally to
combat this violence.
Unfortunately, I don't think that
marches, gun buy backs and
rewards for reporting crimes are
the solutions. All of those programs
are helpful, but a more strategic
game plan has to be created that
addresses the violence as well as
the socio-economic conditions in
Signing off from Myrtle and
MLK, Reggie Fullwood
The N-Word: An Evil Root Produces An Evil Fruit
by Bernard Wright
Words... What are they? Why are
we yet debating them? They are
just words...But are they?
Many have been engaged in the
debate about the use and meaning
of the so-called n-word. Recently,
the NAACP conducted their annual
convention where they marched
from the COBO Convention
Center in Detroit to a mock funeral
site at the Hart Plaza to symbolical-
ly "lay to rest" the volatile n-word,
a word so steeped in roots of hatred
that the very sound of it has been
known to incite violence.
Now some youth have asked the
question whether the n-word end-
ing in the letters, g-a, is the same as
the n-word ending in e-r. That
question must not go unanswered.
Many decades ago, a Black man,
regardless of his age, was called a
"boy" by White supremacists. This
term was used to make Black men
feel subjugated to the authority of
White supremacy and their racist
laws regardless of their ages.
During the civil rights movement,
this indignity gave birth to bold
Black men carrying signs saying,
"I Am A Man". Still, the oppressors
continued their onslaught with the
n-word, even as rappers, poets and
songwriters have now tried to
change it into a term of endear-
ment, removing the e-r at the end
and adding g-a.
When we research a word in most
dictionaries, we find several mean-
ings for that word. First, we find
the most current use of that word.
Then, we find older definitions.
Finally we come to the word's root
meaning. If we pause to consider
the universal nature of that truth,
we will then understand that every-
thing is born from a certain root.
In the Bible, Jesus taught that a
bad tree cannot produce good fruit.
If we want to understand the fruit
of anything, we must check out the
tree. If we want to understand the
tree, we must check the root. Pluck
out a weed, and it is certain to grow
again. Why? Because the life of the
weed is not revealed in what can be
Why is the US Blaming Iraq for a Problem it Created
by Bill Fletcher
I am sure that you have noticed the same thing. US
politicians, watching the situation in Iraq unravel,
blaming the Iraqis for the situation there. This blame
game plays itself out in various ways. Most recently
allegations that the Maliki administration in Iraq is not
doing enough to resolve the de facto civil war have
arisen. This is to be added to criticisms of the Iraqi par-
liament for taking the month of August off for
recess/vacation. And, even more astounding, criticisms
of the Iraqis for engaging in the current civil war.
Do we need to refresh the memories of our political
establishment? Do we need to remind them that the
Bush administration carried out an unprovoked act of
aggression against a sovereign nation in violation of
international law and precedent? Do we need to remind
them that the people of the USA were lied to as to the
actual reasons for this invasion and that we were fed
consistent misinformation, e.g., that there were sup-
posed connections between the government of Saddam
Hussein and Al-Qaeda?
Despite the ton of evidence that it has been the USA
which has destroyed Iraq, including the destruction of
the infrastructure of Iraqi society, US politicians have
the gall to pin the problem on the Iraqis themselves.
The government of Iraq, which itself has little domes-
tic and international legitimacy, is in effect a creature
of the US invasion. Thus Frankenstein is blaming his
monster for the havoc being wrought!
This blame-game represents a continuation of the
disingenuous approach that has been taken toward the
entire situation in Iraq from the beginning. The bulk of
the political establishment, not to mention the media,
were prepared to believe the lies and half-truths com-
ing from the Bush administration because to do any-
thing else would be perceived as unpatriotic. Since the
lead up to and the actual invasion, the political estab-
lishment has fallen over itself to explain away the
steadily deteriorating situation as not really the result
of an act of aggression by the Bush administration.
When they finally concluded that the situation in Iraq
could not be resolved through US troops, the attempt
to justify this horrible set of events was put at the door
of the victims of the US aggression.
So, repeat after me: It is not the Iraqis who are to
blame for the destruction of their country! The USA
must withdraw immediately and stop engaging in mag-
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Tossing Vick and Young
Urban Blacks to the Dogs
by E.O. Hutchinson
West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd trembled \ ith
Srage on the Senate floor as he lashed out at the bar-
S barity of dog fighting. Byrd, a well-known inveterate
animal lao er, didn't mention star Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick
by name in his animal defending tirade. Vick has been indicted on federal
charges linked to gambling and dog fighting. But Massachusetts Senator
John Kerry did mention Vick. He demanded that the NFL suspend Vick.
There \\ as no hint that they singled out Vick for attack for any reason other
than that they were enraged that a high profile athlete had abused animals
and thereby sullied sport.
But the Humane Society of America, the legion of animal rights groups,
and a handfill of sports commentators that want Vick's head skipped the
racial subtleties and virtually declared that dog fighting is the "sport" of the
ghetto, glorified by rappers, indulged in with bloody relish by gang mem-
bers, and now by black athletes like Vick.
A Humane Society official flatly declared that dog fighting goes with the
gang culture in every urban area. The Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society made
the even more fantastic, and equally unsupported, claim that nearly fort)
percent of primary school children have witnessed or been involved in dog
fighting, and that it's a new ghetto rite of passage.
The braid wearing Vick is rich, young, and defiant, and is a tailor made
symbol of the spoiled, selfish primma donna black athlete that think and act
as if they're above the law. They are the emblem of the greed, selfish, and
violence in sport and by extension in American society. The outla" image
of the violence prone, irresponsible black athlete has been drummed into
the head of millions of Americans. It's easy then to dump blame for a
decade's old flourishing international industry such as dog fighting on the
head of a young black man.
Since Vick's indictment the claim that thousands of young black gang
members and potential gangsters are bloodying the streets with dogfights
has been widely repeated to slam Vick and urban blacks. But there is
absolutely no hard evidence to back the claim up. In fact, it hinges on the
anecdotal remarks of a handful of police officials in Chicago and a couple
of other cities who said that gang members stage dog fight to establish and
protect gang and drug turfs.
If Vick did what he's charged by the feds with, and Vick has yet to say
anything about the charges, then he deserves to be punished and suspend-
ed by the league. Dog fighting is disgusting and as Byrd rightly said bar-
baric. But the barbarism of dog fighting that Byrd railed against is found in
many more places than black urban areas, and is engaged in by thousands
who aren't young blacks out to make a rep for themselves by staging fight-
ing matches with rival gang members.
Though banned in all fifty states and many countries, dog fighting is a
popular blood sport in dozens of other countries. That includes England,
Italy, Australia, South Africa and Canada. It's even legally sanctioned in
some countries such as Honduras and Japan. As late at the early 1940s the
United Kennel Club endorsed dog fighting, devised sporting rules for the
matches and provided referees for the fights. In years past and even today,
dog fighting has been a wildly popular "sport" in the South, Midwest and
There are at least a dozen magazines that promote dog fighting. One of
the most popular, The Sporting Dog, has a circulation in the thousands
worldwide. The buying, selling, breeding and training of dogs for fighting
has long been a big, popular, and lucrative business, with registries for pro-
fessional dogfighters and dog fighting trainers. Professional dogfighters
invest large sums in training dogs to fight and openly boast that their fight-
ing dogs are of pure lineage. Big bet dog matches are held in posh subur-
ban areas and dog fighting enthusiasts who include athletes, celebrities, and
businesspersons wager millions annually on these fights. In some bouts,
bets that range upwards from $20, 000 to 30000 are placed. Professional
dog fighting then is a big, and expanding international business that's way
out of the reach of most poor young blacks.
Vick is as much a victim of the skewed image of dog fighting as lowbrow
urban phenomena as he is of his irresponsible, alleged criminal, participa-
tion in the business. But if Vick is guilty so are thousands of others that
revel in and make big profits from this barbaric "sport." Despite Byrd and
Kerry's self-serving ire at Vick, and demand that the NFL give him the boot
which is reportedly in the works, dogfight profiteers aren't found solely in
poor inner city neighborhoods.
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seen above the surface. The life of
a weed is in its root.
Those who believe the modem
day "Nigga" is a more acceptable
form of its evil predecessor,
steeped in the hatred of slavery and
Jim crow are in error. Note the fol-
Denzel Washington and Ethan
Hawke starred in a movie entitled
"Training Day." In it, the character
that Washington played was strate-
gically "setting up" the rookie cop
played by Hawke. In the process of
the movie, Denzel seduced Ethan
to smoke PCP to prove himself on
the streets. As Hawke drifted off
into a psychological drug-induced
reality, Denzel looked down at him
and said "my nigga." If we pause
for a moment and consider that one
scene, we see that at that point
Denzel "owned" Ethan.
The word resonated all the way
back to the seed in which it was
planted. In 1807, the word meant
"to be owned." In 1907, the word
meant "to be owned." In 2007, the
word means "to be owned."
Words are like fruit dangling from
a tree. We can bury the fruit until
we are blue in the face. But the
environment through which that
fruit was given birth will still exist.
Unfortunately, we are forgetting a
valuable and universal truth.
Everything "begets" or gives birth
to its own kind. An apple tree only
gives birth to apples. Orange trees
give birth to oranges, and hatred
gives birth to hatred. In the midst
of the remnants of this lingering
debate, those who would continue
to resurrect the n-word in any form,
must remember one thing: An evil
root always produces an evil fruit.
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NUL Convention Aims for Urban Policy 'Commitment' from Presidential Candidates
by H.T. Edney
National Urban League President
and CEO Marc Morial, this week in
the throws of the organization's
national convention in St. Louis,
says the main goal of the gathering
will be to get presidential candi-
dates committed to at least 10 urban
policies that would revolutionize
the pain and suffering being felt by
"Urban policy has fallen off the
radar screen," says Morial, in an
interview with the NNPA News
Service shortly after arriving in the
52 percent Black city for the con-
vention that started Wednesday.
Morial said he would unveil the
proposed policies during his open-
ing speech on Wednesday evening.
Though the candidates have discus-
sion issues pertaining to African-
Americans and urban life during
Tavis Smiley's "All American
Forum" as well as Monday's
CNN/YouTube debate, there has
been little discussion on actual poli-
cies to address those issues. Morial
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LOS ANGELES (NNPA) The
liquid beverage is sweet and red,
but the seal that covers the plastic
container has left a sour taste in
the mouth of the African
American community this week.
Renowned civil rights leader and
Sentinel Publisher Danny
Bakewell Sr., called the images on
the container, "One of the
most offensive acts I've
ever seen directed at
Sentinel op-ed I::
Spellman was treating
his daughter to a cool
drink at a Louisiana Fried
Chicken (a popular California
chicken franchise) when to his
surprise, on the lid of the drink
was a small image of three Black
children dressed in jungle garb. It
was reminiscent of the pickaninny
figures from the Jim Crow era,
and it left Spellman in a state of
"It made me sick to my stomach,"
he said, "I was offended and broke
into a cold sweat of anger."
The writing on the label of the
beverage appeared to be in
Japanese language and at press
time the Sentinel was working on
translating the words.
A brief visit to a local Chinese
establishment suggested that the
language was either Japanese or
Chinese, and when asked what it
meant, the merchant reeled and
responded, "It's nothing, you
wouldn't understand it anyway,"
and shunned away.
"Being a community
activist fighting against
racism at the Sentinel
for six years, it made
me sick because I saw
it in Watts," he said,
"It's unacceptable to sell
it here in the United States
and there is no excuse."
The images were determined to
be Asian cartoon figures but con-
troversial images like these have
re-entered the American con-
sciousness in recent years. In June
2005, a Mexican stamp featuring a
popular Black comic book figure
with exaggerated features similar
to a monkey drew outrage from
the Black community.
An employee said that they plan
on discontinuing the lids due to
their content when the lot runs
says policy must be the goal.
The 10 policy proposals of the
"Opportunity Impact" are under the
four headings of children, jobs,
housing, and entrepreneurship -
four areas in which African-
Americans are disparately impact-
ed. The proposed policies include
Children's opportunity to Thrive:
1. Commit to mandatory early
childhood education beginning at
age 3 as well as guarantee access to
college for all.
2. Close the gaps in the health
insurance system to ensure univer-
sal healthcare for all children.
3. Establish policies that provide
tools for working families to
become economically self-suffi-
4. Create an urban infrastructure
bank to fund reinvestment in urban
communities, including parks,
5. Increase economic self-suffi-
ciency by indexing the minimum
wage, so that it will increase with
the rate of inflation and expanding
the Earned Income Tax Credit to
benefit more working families.
6. Expand "second chance" pro-
grams for high school drop outs, ex-
offenders and at-risk youth to
secure GEDs, job training and
Opportunity to own (Housing):
7. Adopt the "Homebuyer's Bill
of Rights" as recommended by the
National Urban League.
8. Reform public housing to
assure continuing national commit-
ment to low-income families.
9. Strongly enforce federal
minority business opportunity goals
to ensure greater minority participa-
tion in government contracting.
10. Build capacity of minority
business through expansion of
microfinancing, equity financing
and the development of strategic
alliances with major corporations.
Morial says the NUL is not shirk-
ing opportunities to also hold the
Democratic Congress accountable.
He says this year's NUL convention
will be singularly focused on presi-
dential candidates because "the
president sets the agenda for
Congress in reality."
Michael Vick Banned and Protested
Jean Pritchett, of Flowery Branch, Ga., participates in a demon-
stration sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
(PETA) at the Atlanta Falcons complex in Flowery Branch, Ga.,
FLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia -
- NFL commissioner Roger
Goodell has weighed in on Michael
Vick's indictment on dogfighting
charges, and as a result the Falcons
star was ordered to stay away from
training camp until the league
reviews the case.
The other men who could deter-
mine the future of Vick's football
career including Falcons owner
Arthur Blank were expected to be
speak publicly Tuesday for the first
time since the troubled quarterback
Animal-rights advocates and
their dogs gathered outside Atlanta
Falcons headquarters on Monday,
calling for the suspension of star
quarterback Michael Vick follow-
ing his indictment on dogfighting
About four dozen people took
part in the protest organized by
People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. They held signs reading
"Kick Vick," "Tackle Cruelty" and
"Just because he's famous, he
shouldn't get off the hook," said
Emory Lewman, 12, who came
with three of her friends. "What he
did was terrible."
Among the grisly findings in the
federal indictment handed down
last week in Richmond: Losing
dogs either died in the pit or were
electrocuted, drowned, hanged or
The protesters plan to demon-
strate each day until training camp
begins on Thursday, when Vick is
also scheduled to be arraigned.
"The Falcons can get rid of us
right away if they suspend Michael
Vick. And we hope they choose to
do that," said Dan Shannon, assis-
tant director of PETA.
Falcons spokesman Reggie
Roberts said the team will have no
comment about the protests. The
NFL has said it will monitor legal
Vick and three associates are
accused of competitive dogfighting,
procuring and training pit bulls for
fighting, and conducting the enter-
prise across state lines. Conviction
carries up to six years in prison,
fines of $350,000 and restitution.
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
Proposed Fare Adjustments
For the first time in nearly nine years, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is proposing a change
in transit fares planned for October 1, 2007.
Since 1999, the cost of fuel alone has increased more than 200%. So far, the JTA has absorbed these
increases with existing revenue. But the revenue generated no longer keeps pace with the escalating
Even with the proposed fare increases, JTA will still have some of the lowest fares in the state of
Florida. JTA will hold four identical Public Hearings to present the fare adjustments and receive public
comment on the proposed fare modifications.
Public Hearings You Can Attend:
All citizens are invited to attend any of the meetings listed below regarding the
proposed fare changes. For more information, call 630.3100.
Monday, August 6
Mall Annex Stage
5258 Norwood Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
Tuesday, August 7
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
Monday, August 13
Regency Square Mall
9501 Arlington Expressway
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
Wednesday, August 15
Southeast Branch Library
Meeting Room B
10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Open House: 5-6 p. m.
Presentation: 6-7 p. m.
The proposed fare changes can be viewed at www.jtafla.com. 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 Bill Milnes at 904.598-8731 or email
email@example.com at least three days before the hearing.
Log on to www.jtafla.com and click on the Proposed Fare Change Button on the homepage to read
about the fare changes and to provide your comments.
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ADULT CASH FARES Fixed Route
1 Full Cash Fare $0.75 $1.00
2 Zone Cash Fare $1.35 Discontinued
3 Express Fare $1.35 $1.50
4 Orange Park Flyer Cash $1.50 $1.50
5 AR 20 Daily Receipt $1.00 Discontinued
6 Beaches Transfer Receipt $1.35 Discontinued
7 Youth Ticket $0.53 (discount) $0.65 (discount)
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Is There Dogfighting In
Your Own Neighborhood?
-- How to Recognize the Deaitfli Signs and Take actionn --
Concerned citizens in e\erN communir can take steps to identify and
report the presence ofdogfighting in their communities Lawmakers have
recently passed HSUS-backed legislation to strengthen animal fighting
lavws in many jurisdictions, and indi iduals involved in dogfighting face
serious penalties if the) are prosecuted. Telltale signs include:
An inordinate number of dogs. often pit bulls, kept in one location.
chained and apparently unsocialized.
Signs of or the ob\ ious presence of a fighting pit.
Dogs with scars on their faces, front legs and stifle area (hind end and
Dogfighting training equipment such as rawhide or tires hanging from
trees (that dogs jump up and grab onto) or treadmills.
The remains of dead fighting animals outside a suspicious location.
A large number of missing pets Indi\ iduals involved in dogfighting
are known to steal cats and smaller dogs for using in training.
Unusual foot traffic coming and going from a location at odd hours.
Pit bulls can be wonderful family pets. but when theY're mistreated b\
irresponsible owners they can become so damaged that the) are danger-
Anyone \who suspect dogfighting in their neighborhoods to alert local
There is a standing $2.500 reward for information leading to a convic-
tion of illegal dogfighring offered b\ the Humane Socies of the U:.S. '"
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Candlelight Service of Remembrance set Dr. Juanita Bynum Presents
Banquet to Celebrate Believers of
Christ Tem le 14th Anniversar for 1st United Methodist of Callahan Women on the Front Line 2007
Community Hos ice is hosting
a Candleli ht Service of Remembrance
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.
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries
to Celebrate Church & Pastor
The community is invited to celebrate the 14th Church and Pastor's of
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, Pastor M. L. Drinks. This celebra-
tion will feature a banquet at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, July 28, 2007. To RSVP, please call (904) 765-0827.
light. You are invited to bring a picture or memento of your loved one to
display on the Memory Table, For information: please call 407-6183.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information
must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5
p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the
event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax
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at First United Methodist Church of Callahan, located at 1962 Booth Street;
at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2007.
The community is invited to celebrate the memory of those you have lost
this past year. Join in this spiritual program of liturgy, music and candle-
light. You are invited to bring a picture or memento of your loved one to
display on the Memory Table, For information: please call xd(904)407-
Deborah McDuffie's ARTS4JAX
Student Showcase at Unity Church
Saturday, July 28th will be an
exciting evening when the students
at Deborah McDuffie's community
arts school presents its Summer
Showcase at the Unity Church, 634
Lomax, at Five Points in Riverside.
The Showcase will commence at 7
p.m. and will feature African, jazz
and liturgical dance, spoken word
and choral performances by stu-
dents ages 5-18. Featured selections
include "Car Wash", "Happy Feet",
Olatunji's "Drums of Passion", the
poems of James Weldon Johnson,
and much more. Parents and the
audience will be entranced by the
This special worship experience
will continue on Sunday, July 29th,
at 10:30 a.m., when the ARTS4JAX
Choir will perform the Prelude, Call
to Worship, and Offertory Gospel
Music. Kurt Carr's "In the
Sanctuary" will be performed by
the dance troupe. Younger mem-
bers will also do signing.
The community is invited to
share in the musical worship experi-
ence at Unity Church. The church is
2 blocks from the Lomax Park
Street intersection at 5 Points in
Riverside. Information: 355-5100
25,000 women are expected in
Orlando Florida, August 8 11, as
Juanita Bynum presents the, 2007
Women On The Front Line
Conference, which will be held at
the Orange County Convention
Center. Speakers and Musical
Guest include Dr. Bridget Hillard,
Darlene Bishop, Tramaine
Hawkins, Myron Williams, Kierra
"KiKi" Sheard, and The Clark
Sisters, just to name a few.
Women On The Front Line is a
conference that was started 5 years
ago, by Juanita Bynum, the founder
of Juanita Bynum Ministries, Flow
Records and Flow Publishing. She
has established herself as a chart
topping singer, with the release of
Piece of My Passion which made
her the best selling female gospel
artist of 2006, a New York Times
best selling author of The Threshing
Floor, No More Sheets, and The
Matters of The Heart, and continues
to speak to millions nationwide.
Dr. Bynum created Women On
The Front Line as an intimate way
of connecting women from around
the world for 4 days of empower-
ment seminars, networking, and fel-
lowship. This is going to be one of
the largest women's conferences in
history. Dr. Bynum is calling all
women who have ever attended a
WOFL conference to come together
for a Frontline Reunion. Women
will receive information regarding
taking their careers to the next level,
guides to healthy living, and tools to
embrace their inner-beauty, strength
"I'm so excited to see everyone
because God has made such provi-
sions for so many new things that I
will be able to share with them dur-
ing our 4 days together," said Dr
A new area that is being intro-
duced this year is, Little Women On
The Front Line. This is a new seg-
ment being offered for young girls
from ages 12 to 18. Dr. Bynum
feels that our girls are in crisis and
as WOMEN, we cannot leave them
Nonprofits Turn to City Council for Solutions to Budget
throughout the city became alarmed
when they learned the contents of
Mayor John Peyton's Budget last
week. The budget proposal called
for elimination of support for a
number of nonprofit agency pro-
grams. Others such as the
Jacksonville City Children's
Commission and Luther Social
Services' Second Harvest Food
Bank, received cuts that ranged
from 10 to 30%. The mayor had
announced previously that the
property tax rollback legislation
might force him to eliminate all
Public Service Grants.
The Mayor's Budget now goes to
the City Council for review, and
possible amendment, prior to the
Council's vote on the budget sched-
uled for September.
Rena Coughlin, CEO of the
Nonprofit Center, stressed that the
impact of cuts or financial elimina-
tion to nonprofits would be devas-
tating, particularly since nonprofits'
City monies help to secure private
and federal funds. She also quotes
the Mayor as stating that there's no
better value for taxpayer dollars
Coughlin says that the Nonprofit
Center will work with members and
area organizations to reach the City
Council and help it understand the
impact the budget cuts will have on
nonprofits and those they serve. The
Center will provide nonprofits with
practical information, education and
advice to help them remain viable
and effective in spite of funding
reductions that might effect them.
The Nonprofit Center will old
three workshops in the next few
months to help building stronger
organizations as part of "The
Nimble Nonprofit" series. The
workshops will focus on "Agency
Impact," "Crisis Communications,"
and "Revenue Diversification," to
provide hands-on skill building to
help organizations respond to the
Nonprofits can visit the Center's
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
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Black Baptists Finally Formally Address AIDS
by A. Bronner, BV
Last month, the nation's largest
black Baptist organization FINAL-
LY addressed HIV and AIDS at
their annual conference (hey, it's
only been 25 years -- and count-
ing... but we're really proud of
More than 45,000 delegates of
the National Baptist Convention
USA, Inc. convened in St. Louis
June 18-22, wherein and the
National Baptist Congress, an aux-
iliary of the National Baptist
Convention, spearheaded several
health fairs which addressed HIV
and AIDS for youth and adults.
Dr. R.B. Holmes Jr., the president
of the National Baptist Congress,
"felt it was time," according to his
special assistant, Evelyn Mason,
who coordinates the Lunch 'N
Learn program which in turn organ-
izes the health fair which addressed
HIV and AIDS this year, including
'25 Years and Counting' spoke
with Mrs. Mason:
I think that we finally realized
that we're a decade late. I know
something went off in my bosses'
head this past year on the anniver-
sary of Magic Johnson's program --
World AIDS Day. Something just
happened and Dr. Holmes said it's
time, we have to do this. I have said
a light went off. And I thank God
that it did in a very meaningful way.
It may seem like a very small step
to some people but when you con-
sider a black Baptist organization,
the steps that we took were giant
steps. AIDS has not been very open
in our congregation.
What was the response?
I think the response was wonder-
ful. And the part that I played in it,
I did it cautiously. But it seems to
me that the people are ready. It
seems to me that the people recog-
nize that we can no longer treat this
subject with polite attention.
How did you present the infor-
What we did on Saturday, we had
a workshop on HIV/AIDS. That
was prior to the Congress officially
opening. And there were a couple
hundred of us that met in a local
Rev. R.B. Holmes, President of the National Baptist Convention.
church there. And we had HIV pro-
fessionals to give presentations.
And that was excellent. They talked
about the implication of HIV/AIDS
in our community and in our
churches among African
Did any of that come down to
condoms and safe sex or was it
more of an overview of what safe
It was an overview, we didn't get
into condoms but they did discuss
safe sexual behavior. And there was
actually testing done as well. There
was testing on Saturday. There was
testing done later the following
week that was with Prostate Cancer
and other things. But on Saturday at
the HIV/AIDS Workshop we actu-
ally did testing.
Did you work with Balm in
Yes. And speaking of Balm in
Gilead, also, another thing we did
during the Conference, was we had
what we called Role Model Awards.
Where the President honored sever-
al personalities out of the African
American community. He honored
several people he felt was impact-
ing the black community, one of
which is Pernessa Seale of Balm in
Gilead. Another was Tom Joyner.
Will you be continuing each
Definitely. Definitely. And I am
in the middle of writing my report,
the president has requested an ini-
tial report from me and that's going
to be my recommendation.
Can you share some of your
I think it went very well. I am still
excited about the things that we did
as far as HIV/AIDS is concerned
and health issues are concerned. I'm
excited that we presented these
things but I'm also excited about the
manner in which they were
received. To me, for me to arrange
for a speaker to go into a room,
where there are anywhere from
about 3500 African American
young people, from the age of about
13-18, and discuss HIV/AIDS and
sexual behavior, for that to happen
and we not be thrown out the place,
to me that is exciting.
Were the seminars for young
No, for the young and for the old.
We did two separate seminars -- we
did the workshop on Saturday but
I'm saying that during the week,
during the Congress, there's like
30,000 of us in different places.
And I arranged that one of the pre-
sentations -- it was a short presenta-
tion, about 15 minutes long -- but I
arranged that one of our presenters
could go into the youth division and
make a presentation. To me that was
exciting. What was doubly exciting
was the director of that division
came to me the next day and said
Mrs. Mason, we've got to do this
again and we've got to do more. So
next year, we'll do more. Because
we'll have the confidence of the
success and the wonderful recep-
tion that we had this year.
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Skin Color Matters When
it Comes to Medical Care
The color of your skin may affect
the care you receive at the doctor's
office -- as a new study has found
evidence of racial basis in medical
Researchers found unintentional
racism, feelings physicians are
unaware of, can affect how doctors
diagnose and treat patients.
The study, by the Disparities
Solutions Center, affiliated with
Harvard University and
Masschusetts General Hospital, is
the first to deal with unconscious
racial bias and how it can lead to
inferior care for African-American
patients. It was published in the
online edition of the Journal of
General Internal Medicine. The
doctors in the study were told two
men, one white and one African-
American, were each 50 years old
and complained of chest pain. Each
showed other symptoms of a heart
The result was most of the doctors
were more likely to prescribe a
potentially life-saving, clot-busting
treatment for the white patients
than for the African-American
"Physicians, like others in the
U.S., in this country, demonstrated
unconscious biases based on race,"
said Massachusetts Hospital chief
researcher Alexander Green.
According to the study, those bias-
es affected the treatment the doctors
would have given the two patients.
The patients were not actually real
people, but rather computer-gener-
ated images seen by the doctors
only on a monitor.
This isn't the first study to find that
whites get better medical care than
This study differs from previous
ones because it is the first to
demonstrate the reason for the dif-
ference really is racial bias.
After the doctors in the study eval-
uated the two simulated patients,
they were then given a so-called
implicit association test. The test is
designed to reveal a person's
unconscious views of blacks and
"If you scored high on the bias
against African-Americans portion
of the test, then you were actually
less likely to provide clot-busting
treatment for a heart attack for
black patients," Green said.
A MaXin1's Panll
Courtesy ofStreaming Faith
It is not always easy to master
emotions, particularly for men. One
of the greatest fears that many men
have is the fear of rejection.
Rejection is the feeling that you're
unwanted, unloved or not accept-
ed--that you're never good enough.
The fear of rejection is rooted in
thoughts of inadequacy and insecu-
rity. When a man is unsure of his
worth as a person or falsely
believes negative things about him-
self, he will fear people's rejection
based upon his own negative
The trap that many men fall into is
believing that revealing their inner
feelings and hurt is a sign of weak-
ness. Many men live their lives
burying wounds and hurt that stem
from being rejected. The problem is
that burying the pain will not allow
proper healing to take place. Some
men cope with their feelings by
constructing a false self-image and
building walls around their hearts to
protect themselves from being hurt
or rejected again.
One of the truths that I have real-
ized is that many Christians, men in
particular, have perfected phoni-
ness. When a man doesn't like him-
self on the inside, he has to wear a
mask or project a false image of
himself that he feels will cause him
to be more accepted by others. This
kind of man usually gains his confi-
dence from externalities like good
looks, nice clothes or a big salary. A
pretty girlfriend can even be used to
increase his self-confidence. The
problem is that this is not true godly
confidence. Real godly confidence
comes from within and is not based
upon external appearance or an
abundance of things. If a man lives
this way for too long, he will even-
tually become so comfortable with
the mask he might find it difficult to
ever regain contact with who he
The solution to this soul sickness
is knowing that God loves you.
Only a man who is rooted in God's
acceptance can accept himself.
When a man realizes that God loves
him despite his imperfections, he is
able to embrace the qualities that
make him special and unique, in
spite of what others think. This is so
important, because many times, we
focus on the rejection we may face
from others without realizing that
we have already internally rejected
ourselves. Those who have rejected
themselves usually suffer from a
nagging sense of failing to measure
up. A man's inferiorities are ampli-
fied when he faces rejection-espe-
cially from a woman.
Jesus said, "...and the one who
comes to Me 1 will most certainly
not cast out [I will never, no never,
reject one of them who comes to
Me]" (John 6:37, AMP). A man
must focus on who he is according
to the Word and who he is in Christ.
As confidence begins to rise, it
becomes easier to remove the
masks that were once worn to pro-
tect the real man. Eventually, it
becomes easier for him to be com-
fortable with his genuine self and
there is no need for external
"crutches." He will no longer feel
that he has to protect himself or his
feelings. He is now free to express
who he truly is without being ruled
by the fear of rejection.
A real man automatically attracts
others to himself once he says to
himself, I'm worthy because of
Jesus. True wholeness comes from
an intimate love relationship with
God. Men must realize that there is
no way to truly be happy with one's
by Creflo Dollar
"... and the one who comes to Me I
will most certainly not cast out [I
will never, no never, reject one of
them who comes to Me]" John 6:37
self outside of God. Anything else
is just a cheap attempt to cover up
wounds and pain with phoniness
and external trappings that ulti-
mately amount to nothing. A real
man embraces the love of God and
allows it to change him. He is
secure and strong-in Christ.
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Black Floridians Lag Behind in Colon Testing
HIV Infection Outpacing Treatment
Access to life-extending needle exchanges and basic educa-
HIV/AIDS drugs in developing tion about the disease reach less
countries has improved during the than 15 percent of the population.
past three years, but new infec- "The proven prevention modali-
tions still dramatically outpace ties are not accessible to any sub-
efforts to bring treatment to stantial proportion of the people
patients, health officials said who need them," said Fauci, one
Monday. of the keynote speakers at the
Three years ago, fewer than Fourth International AIDS Society
300,000 people in the developing Conference on HIV Pathogenesis
world were receiving the anti- and Treatment in Sydney,
retroviral drugs that help treat the Australia, which ran through
virus. Last year, 2.2 million people Wednesday.
in developing countries received According to recent World Health
the drugs, according to Dr. Organization statistics, only 28
Anthony Fauci, director of the percent of the world's HIV/AIDS
U.S. National Institute of Allergy patients are receiving treatment.
and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Brian Gazzard, chairman of
"However, for every one person the British HIV Association, said
that you put in therapy, six new that while great advances have
people get infected. So we're los- been made in extending access to
ing that game, the numbers game," anti-retrovirals, the disease is still
Fauci told Australian Broadcasting running rampant in parts of Asia
Corp. radio. and Africa.
In many parts of the developing "The HIV epidemic is essentially
world where the HIV/AIDS epi- uncontrolled, uncontrolled in
demic is still growing exponential- Africa, uncontrolled completely in
ly, effective prevention strategies Asia right now," he told reporters
- such as condom distribution, at the conference, which has
Testing for colon cancer can pre-
vent cancer and save lives, accord-
ing to the American Cancer Society.
Colon cancer almost always starts
with a polyp, and tests can find and
remove polyps early on, before they
become cancerous. Colon cancer
can't be prevented unless people get
tested, and not enough Floridians
get tested each year.
Colon cancer is the second most
common cause of cancer death in
the United States. In Florida's black
community, nearly 900 men and
women will be diagnosed and more
than 400 will die of the disease each
"Testing can find polyps early so
they can be removed before they
turn cancerous," says John
Chaperon, president and chairman
of the board of the American
Cancer Society, Florida Division.
"This can help us defeat a major
cancer killer by preventing it alto-
Colon cancer is usually preventa-
ble, and it's also very treatable
when caught early. When the dis-
ease is found at an early stage, the
five-year survival rate is approxi-
mately 90 percent. In Florida, less
than two-thirds of men and women
get tested when they should.
Because testing rates are so low,
only 39 percent of colon cancers are
discovered at the earliest, most cur-
Everyone age 50 and older is at
risk for colon cancer, regardless of
gender or family history. The
American Cancer Society recom-
mends men and women age 50 or
older talk to their doctors about get-
ting a test. Warning signs like
bleeding or cramping may only
appear in later stages when treat-
ment may be less effective, so peo-
ple shouldn't wait for symptoms to
occur before getting tested.
Colon cancer tests are as impor-
tant as yearly Pap tests, mammo-
grams or prostate exams, so patients
shouldn't be afraid to ask, especial-
ly if doctors don't mention testing
To learn more
www.cancer.org, or call
ACS-2345, 24 hours a day.
Why Some Overweight Men and Women Can't Lose Weight
The rate of morbid obesity is
higher than ever in America. So is
the rate of moderate obesity.
"Morbid" obesity means at least
100 pounds heavier than a person's
ideal weight. Many very over-
weight individuals insist they've
tried exercise and still, the weight
just never comes off. Maybe a few
pounds here and there do come off,
but for all practical purposes, the
frustrated person is unable to shed
the unwanted surplus fat.
It's true. Many obese people try
to lose weight to no avail. Not long
ago, I was perusing an online mes-
sage board about obesity. A woman
who described herself as being
morbidly obese wrote that she was
not lazy, and that she had given
exercise a try. She described how
she worked out on an elliptical
machine for just 15 minutes and
ended up with very painful knees.
I detected a lot of frus-
tration in that particular
posting and it seemed as
though the elliptical inci-
dent was intended to
demonstrate the struggle
of trying to lose weight
and not succeeding. The
thought that if she
adhered to elliptical
workouts, she'd damage
But here is what real-
ly happened: Her knees
simply got buzzed.
That's all. They got
awakened from a long
sleep, roused from dor-
mancy. They were not
used to what she put
them through for those
15 minutes. So after she was done,
the "pain" surprised and frightened
her. This woman was just unaccus-
tomed to the feeling of worked
joints and muscles, that it scared her
into giving up after only one ses-
We can safely assume that those
15 minutes were NOT spent pedal-
ing at high resistance as fast as pos-
sible. When a very de-conditioned
person gets on the elliptical, having
never used it before, he or she is
going to be reserved and err on the
side of caution, rather than go all-
out in a furious blitz. A person can-
not injure the knee joint this way,
unless the joint is already torn from
a recent trauma.
When the body is subjected to a
training stimulus that it is not
accustomed to, it often reacts with
"pain." But in her case, as well as in
the case of many unsure overweight
people, the "pain" was not from
injury (i.e., torn ligaments, ruptured
or strained tendons, damaged carti-
lage, torn muscle, hairline bone
fracture). The elliptical trainer is a
gentle, non-impact machine. While
you pedal, the knees are not forced
to turn or twist, as in skiing or bas-
ketball. Your weight does not come
bearing down on your knees, while
you pedal on this machine.
Essentially, she shocked her
knee joints with an unexpected
stimulus, and they reacted with lac-
tic acid buildup and a feeling of
"pain." This is a very foreign feel-
ing to a person who's never exer-
cised. Exercise, by definition my
definition, anyways involves sub-
jecting the body to a training
demand that it is not used to. The
demand can be in the form of dura-
tion (length of time), intensity
(speed, pedal resistance), and the
actual activity itself (body position,
range of motion).
The body has the amazing capac-
ity to adapt to an unfamiliar training
stimulus very quickly. Had she
returned to the elliptical two or
three days later, and did the exact
same thing, same speed, same pedal
resistance, after 15 minutes, her
knees would not have been as sore
as they were the first time because it
takes only ONE session to stimulate
a training effect. Had she then gone
on the machine a third time, she
would have felt even less sore, but
she didn't even go on the second
time. She gave up. This is the crux
of the problem: giving up!
Is exercise supposed to feel com-
fortable? Even thin people, who
don't exercise, experience "pain"
when jumping into a routine for the
first time. However, if we give the
woman the benefit of the doubt and
assume she truly was in dire pain,
then she could have tried walking or
swimming, but instead she decided
to do nothing! Nothing does not
cause weight loss.
Remember, the human body is
very good at adapting. When an
obese person says, "I have tried
exercise, and it didn't work," I
always wonder for how many
months (or days?) they stuck it out
before giving up.
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someone, "But I've tried exercis-
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Ghetto Bus Tour Glorifies Chicago Projects "1
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Carol Wallace, left, Dantrell Taylor, 2, front left, and Beauty Turner,
right, listen as Dearborn Homes resident Joyce Smith, center, talks
about life in Chicago's projects during Turner's "Ghetto Bus Tour" of
Chicago's government subsidized housing, current and defunct.
Wallace, a 63-year-old woman who raised her family in the projects,
told the onlookers crowded in her hallway that she suspects she's
never going to get into one of the city's gleaming new communities.
CHICAGO The yellow school
bus rumbles through vacant lots and
past demolished buildings, full of
people who have paid $20 for a tour
of what was once among the most
dangerous areas of this or any other
city in the United States.
But for the woman with the micro-
phone, this "Ghetto Bus Tour" isn't
just another way to make a buck
from tourists. It's the last gasp in
her crusade to tell a different story
about Chicago's notorious housing
projects, something other than well-
known tales about gang violence so
fierce that residents slept in their
bathtubs to avoid bullets.
"I want you to see what I see,"
says Beauty Turner, after leading
the group off the bus to a weedy lot
where the Robert Taylor Homes
once stood. "To hear the voices of
Turner, a former Robert Taylor
Homes resident, has been one of the
most vocal critics of the Chicago
Housing Authority's $1.6 billion
"Plan for Transformation," which
since the late 1990s has demolished
50 of the 53 public housing high-
rises and replaced them with
Officials paint a
City officials have heralded the
plan. But Turner believes the city
that once left residents to be victim-
ized by violent drug-dealing gangs
is now pushing those same people
from their homes without giving
them all a place to go.
"I have people becoming homeless
behind this plan, people that's liv-
ing on top of each other with rela-
tives," said Turner, who has given
informal tours for years before the
community newspaper she works
for began renting the bus in
January. "For some it has improved
their conditions, but for the multi-
tude of many it has not."
Chicago Housing Authority offi-
cials say Turner glosses over the
failures of public housing. They say
the 25,000 units being built or
rehabbed are enough for the num-
ber of people whose buildings were
"She is running out of bad things
to show people," housing authority
spokesman Bryan Zises said. "She
is taking a circuitous route so she
doesn't have to drive by the new
stuff," including, he adds, Turner's
own home in one of the new mixed-
On the tours, Turner highlights
strong, black women like herself
who raised their children in the
Distrust runs deep
Turner takes the group by the
home of one such woman, 63-year-
old Carol Wallace. When the group
makes its way into the dreary look-
ing low-slung building that has not
been rehabbed, Wallace tells of her
suspicions that she and a lot of peo-
ple like her are going to be left out
of the "Plan for Transformation."
"Overall, I think it's just a way of
getting us out of here," said
Wallace, standing in front of the
door and iron security door she
lives behind. "Because they're not
letting everyone back in."
Wallace's home stands in stark
contrast with the nostalgic picture
Turner paints of the old projects.
She recalls when parents like her
Grant Newburger, top, listens as
Beauty Turner (not shown) describes
the public housing high-rises that
once stood on Chicago's South Side.
The tour has attracted students, aca-
demics, activists, journalists and res-
idents of Chicago and surrounding
kept an eye on the neighbor's kids,
a time when the projects shined
every bit as much as the buildings
now going up in their place and
lawns were kept as neat as putting
Glossing over the violence?
She downplays the years of vio-
lence, saying that all those news
reports distorted what day-to-day
life was like.
"All the horror stories that you
heard about in the newspapers, it
was not like that at all," she said.
But the stories loom over the tour.
They are impossible to forget. By
the time the city started pulling
down or rehabilitating the projects
in the late 1990s, each one had its
own headlines that spoke to the fail-
ure of public housing in Chicago.
At Cabrini-Green a boy was struck
by a bullet and killed as he walked
hand-in-hand with his mother. At
the Ida B. Wells project, a 5-year-
old boy was dangled and then delib-
erately dropped to his death from a
14-story window by two other chil-
And at Robert Taylor, where the
illegal drug trade thrived, a rookie
police officer was shot to death on a
stakeout outside a gang drug base.
Turner could even add her own
story. She saw a teenage boy shot
on the very day she arrived at the
Robert Taylor Homes in 1986.
Message confounds many
Her approach had some on the tour
shaking their heads.
"Are they romanticizing these
communities?" asked Mark
Weinberg, a 44-year-old Chicago
lawyer. "These were drug-ridden,
violent neighborhoods where peo-
ple wanted to live a good life but
D. Bradford Hunt, a Roosevelt
University professor writing a book
about Chicago's public housing,
said he appreciated that Turner told
the story from the perspective of
tenants but wasn't quite sure what
to make of the commentary.
"People got killed," he said. "You
don't make that story up."
Still, Turner says the city has a
duty to keep the community that
law-abiding citizens of public hous-
ing built up over the decades,
despite their challenges. That is
what she fears is being lost, and
why she'll keep giving the bus tour.
"People that come in don't want to
look across the street and see seven
little black churches in a three-
block radius," she said. "What they
want to see is a Dominick's and
sushi joints and a Starbucks."
The last surviving members of the 24th Infantry Regiment combat team
known as African American Buffalo soldiers, meet for their annual conference
Thursday at the Baton Rouge Marriott. From left are veterans James
Williams, Robert Bruton Jr. and LeRoy Smith. A. Lauck Photo
Buffalo Soldiers Gather,
by C. Warren, 2nd Advocate
Surviving members of the last
African-American Buffalo Soldiers
combat team carry their pride with
a quiet reserve.
During the throes of segregation,
the 24th Infantry Regiment of
Buffalo Soldiers said they were
wrongly characterized as inferior
Collectively, they have earned hun-
dreds of medals, honors and badges
for bravery during the Korean War,
said former U.S. Army Maj. Gen.
Oliver Dillard, 80, who served dur-
ing World War II, the Korean War
About 160 Buffalo Soldier veter-
ans and their families met last
weekend in Baton Rouge, La., to
celebrate their contributions to the
military during their 21st annual
reunion and banquet.
"The 24th Infantry Regiment and
those who fought in World War II,
were the Jackie Robinsons of the
military," said Dillard, of North
Carolina. "We had to persevere,
take abuse and suffer segregation in
order that the country could learn
how to treat its citizens in military
When the regiment was deactivat-
ed in 1951 during the Korean War,
there were no parades, no welcome
home celebrations and no recogni-
tion from the federal government or
the military to honor the black sol-
diers' accomplishments abroad,
said Harry A. Davis, of Ohio, who
served in the 24th Infantry from
1947 to 1951 and fought in Korea.
"We were scattered to the wind,"
During its service in Korea, the
24th Infantry is credited with the
liberation of the first South Korean
city from the North Korean inva-
sion forces, Davis said.
The 24th Regiment taught Davis
and others life-long values, includ-
ing helping others and making do
with very little.
The Buffalo Soldiers was a name
given to the 9th and 10th cavalry
regiments of the Army, made up of
African-American soldiers, by
American Indians, whom they
fought, as a sign of respect.
The 24th Infantry Regiment's his-
tory is colorful. It was originally
organized in 1869. The regiment
later participated in a military cam-
paign against the Comanches. And
it aided in the capture of San Juan
Hill in Cuba in 1898, leading to the
end of the Spanish-American War.
The 24th Infantry also was the first
black infantry regiment sent over-
seas during World War II.
Jul 26 Au ust 1 2007
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
Enjoy the Listening Party for
Prince New CD Release "Planet
Earth" at Endo Exo in Celebration
of the Earth Day of Jermyn
Shannon, co-founder of
Blacksonville.com. The party will
be on Friday, July 27th from 7:30
p.m. 2 a.m. The event will include
free admission, food and drinks.
There will be two DJs and a live
band. Endo Exo is located at 1224
Kings Ave., adjacent to the Kings
Kids Safety First, a non-profit
organization dedicated to promot-
ing child automotive safety is spon-
soring a free booster seat give-a-
way on Saturday, July 28th from
11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. at City
Mitsubishi, 10575 Atlantic Blvd., a
local dealership with hundreds of
free seats to give away with instal-
lation demonstration and education-
al materials. For more information
Northwestern Class of
61 Honors Loved Ones
The Northwestern Class of 1961
will honor parents and loved ones
on Saturday, July 28th from 4-8
p.m. in the private dining room of
Barnhill's Cafe located at 6733
103rd Street. Call Linda Senior at
768-0560 for more information.
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)
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 1st 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.
Family Support Services of
Northeast Florida will be at Christs
Church in Mandarin, located at
6045 Greenland Rd. on Thursday,
August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. for an
adoption fair and Seminar on the
topic, "Let's Talk Adoption." partic-
ipants will be able to learn more
about adoption and foster care with
adoption specialists. To see children
looking for a permanent home, log
on to heartgalleryjax.org For more
information call 421-5827.
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
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.
Veterans Resource Fair
The City of Jacksonville will hold
a Veterans Resource Fair August
3rd (10 a.m. 3 p.m.) and August
4th (9 a.m. 3 p.m.) on Social
Services at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds. Free services include
medical, dental, haircuts, hygiene,
debt management, substance abuse
The next book club meeting will
be on Saturday August 4, 2007 at
4:00 p.m. and will be THAT SUM-
MER AT AMERICAN BEACH by
Janice Sims. The meeting will be
hosted at American Beach by
Marsha & Michael Phelts. For more
information call 904-261-0175.
Friends of the
There will be a Friends of the FOP
Luncheon on Wednesday August 8,
2007 at 12:00 p.m. Fraternal Order
of Police, 5530 Beach Boulevard,
Call 398-7010 for more informa-
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
dates are Thursday, August 9th,
September 13th, and Wednesday,
October 10th from 5:00-6:15 p.m..
This is your chance to show your
skills to all of Jacksonville-right
on the Ritz stage! Please bring
accompaniment music. All ages and
talents welcome! Your piece must
be no longer than 3 1/2 minutes.
Auditions are closed to the viewing
public.For more information call
Free Back to
The Clara White Mission is spon-
soring a Back to School Jamboree
on Saturday, August 11th from 2-6
p.m. at 1096 A. Phillip Randolph
Blvd. At the event, school supplies
will be provided for over 3000
youth. For more information call
Jekyll Island Beach
Fans of beach music will enjoy a
weekend of surf, sand and good
tunes at the Jekyll Island Beach
Music Festival '07, August 10-11
at the Jekyll Island Convention
Center and at the Jekyll Island
Beachdeck. The weekend will fea-
ture favorites sung by Second
Chance, Hack Bartley, Sounds of
Motown and featured performances
by the Swingin' Medallions. You
must 21 and older to enter the
Friday and Saturday concerts in
Atlantic Hall. Tickets are non-
refundable and can be purchased by
calling 1-877-4-JEKYLL or online
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
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.
Free Workshop for
Teachers & Volunteers
In conjunction with the upcoming
Smithsonian Institution exhibit, 381
Days, The Montgomery Bus Boycott
Story, August 4 October 14, 2007,
the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
will present two teacher in-service
workshops for area teachers and
volunteers. The four-hour work-
shops are scheduled 8:30a.m. to
12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
for August 16th at the Ritz Theatre.
Call 632-5555 to register.
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.
The Jacksonville Housing
Authority & the Resident Advisory
Board will be hosting their Annual
Talent Show Competition on
Friday, August 17, 2007 beginning
at 4:00 p.m. in the Times Union
Center of the Performing Arts
Center. For more information call
630-4699 ext. 226
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
Black Relationships at the
Crossroads. For more info visit
salaammasjid.com or call 359-
at the Comedy Zone
BET Comic View Host Sheryl
Underwood will make her mark on
Jacksonville at the Comedy Zone-
Ramada Inn in Mandarin on
August 24th and 25th.
Underwood is BET Comic Views
first sole female host. For more
information call (904) 242-4242.
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for Millions More
Movement a non-profit organiza-
tion will have a 'Clothes Give A -
Way, Saturday, August 25th. The
location will be 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue, from 11:00 am til 5:30 pm.
Visit their website
www.jaxloc.com or call 355-0793,
236-2469 if you need more infor-
mation or would like to donate.
Auditions for the
Auditions for the Joyful Singers,
Sharon Scholl, director, will take
place Sundays, August 26 and
September 2, 12:30 p.m., at the
Unitarian Universalist Church of
Jacksonville, for a concert to take
place Sunday, October 14.
People of all ages, voices and
musical levels are invited to join in
singing interesting music from a
Native American chant to a
swingin' Swahili score. Rehearsal
tapes are provided and music read-
ing is not essential.
For further inquiries contact
Sharon Scholl at 853-6158.
Ritz Voices Auditions
The Ritz Voices, an awesome all-
city chorus composed of 100 of the
best youth voices in northeast
Florida are holding auditions for
youths between the ages of 12-18.
Audition selections are: your choice
of a three minute selection of "The
Star Spangled Banner" or
"Amazing Grace". Auditions will
be held August 27, 28 and 29th
from 5:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m at the
Ritz.. Please call 904-632-5555 for
The Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Company will hold auditions
August 29th at 6 p.m. Auditions
will be held at the college's South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd. in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110 Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
646.2361 or e-mail
Music & Dance
On Thursday, September 6th,
from 6:30- 10:300 PM The St.
Johns River City Band will host
"Taste the Music & Dance" at the
Aetna Building. If you would like
to help in the planning of this event
please call (904) 355-4700.
3rd Annual Puerto
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail
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BET CHANGES NAME OF "GHETTO" SHOW
BET has changed the name of its controversial new show, hosted by
Charlie Murphy, from "Hot Ghetto Mess" to "We Got To Do Better."
The program, which premiered Wednesday night, spurred at least
two advertisers, State Farm Insurance and Home Depot, to change their
minds over mounting criticism that that the then named "Mess" pro-
moted racial stereotypes.
LAILA ALI MARRIES
Boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of
American icon Muhammad Ali and
finalist on ABC's "Dancing with the
Stars," married retired NFL star Curtis
Conway Sunday in Los Angeles.
Laila, 29, was given away by her
famous father, while her sister, Hana
Ali, was one of the bridesmaids.
Conway's twin sons, Kelton and
Cameron, 12, were the ringbearers
while his daughter Leilani, 8, served as the flowergirl.
The bride wore a champagne-colored silk charmeuse strapless mer-
maid gown by Amy Michelson, reports People.
"Laila's approach to the wedding was simple but elegant," says wed-
ding coordinator Juliet Ryan. "There were no lions and tigers and bears.
It was about the love."
MEL B DISHES ON HER
Just like you figured, Mel B
(Melanie Brown), feeling scorned
that Eddie Murphy dissed her to the
entire world, and is out for some get i
For now, she's speaking to
Essence about being "publicly
humiliated" when the Oscar nomi-
nee denounced her and her now 3-
month old baby Angel Iris Murphy. ,
Brown says she's ready to set the
record straight." Here's are a couple
of excerpts of the full interview
found at Essence.com:
On the pregnancy
"Oh this was a completely
planned pregnancy. This wasn't some random, "Oops I fell over and I'm
pregnant." I don't live my life like that. I'm a responsible parent and
have been a responsible single parent since I got divorced. This is the
one thing that really annoys me. IfI wanted to have a baby I would have
had a baby a long time ago. I wouldn't have waited eight years to have
On the break-up
"There was no official breakup. I went to London and on my return
flight I learned that he made that announcement on that TV show about
wanting a DNA test. Then I saw him on the red carpet with Tracey
Edmonds and that's when I knew we were over."
GOLDMANS GET SERIOUS ABOUT O.J. BOOK
Fred Goldman, the father of murder victim Ronald Goldman, is
expected to go before a federal bankruptcy court judge in Miami,
Florida next week to ratify a deal that would give him rights to O.J.
Simpson's cancelled book, "If I Did It."
Goldman plans to repackage the book's contents, which feature O.J.
explaining how he would've killed Goldman and his ex-wife Nicole
Brown Simpson in 1994 if he had really committed the murders. The
new book would bear a title along the lines of "I Did It," or
"Confessions of a Murderer," Goldman has said in the past.
"This is the first opportunity we have ever had to take an asset from
the killer," said Goldman, who wants sales from the book to pay some
$38 million Simpson owes Goldman from a wrongful-death ruling in
1997. As previously reported, lawyers for Nicole's estate plan to fight
an agreement giving Goldman the rights, arguing the two families
should share them.
SEAN KINGSTON FAR FROM
Borrowing Ben E. King's 1961 classic "Stand
by Me," 17-year-old newcomer Sean Kingston
has perhaps the hottest record on radio at the
moment with his debut single, "Beautiful Girls."
The record-setting track from Kingston's
self-titled debut, due July 31 via Beluga
Heights/Epic Records -jumped from No. 58 to
No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart in
just four weeks. It's the fastest climb by a new male artist since Lou
Bega's "Mambo No. 5" in 1999.
The teenager was signed to J.R. Rotem's Beluga Heights label after
hitting up the producer on MySpace. Kingston e-mailed the exec with
pleas to "check out my music."
"I kept going back and copying and pasting the e-mail and resending
it to J.R. three times a day for weeks," he tells Billboard. "I knew even-
tually he would have to reply."
Kingston, who has made the decision not to curse in his music, is
now the No. I artist on MySpace, with more than 5 million profile
views. "Beautiful Girls," which will be made available July 24 on
iTunes, sits at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 593,000
mastertones through the week ending July 8, according to Nielsen
SHEMAR MOORE EXPLAINS GAY PHOTOS
Gay (and straight) blogs were abuzz last
week with pictures of Shemar Moore
buck naked and frolicking on a gay beach.
The photos were on the low for a
minute before mega-blogger Perez Hilton
got wind of the situation and placed the
: photos on his heavily-traveled gossip site.
The Enquirer also ran the pics, which
show a full frontal of Moore, alone, on
S the shore of what is described as a gay
.. "People find it interesting to try to make
me gay; I'm not gay," Moore explained in
a letter to In Touch magazine explaining
"I went on vacation with two girlfriends
of mine who, interestingly enough got cut out of the pictures," he said.
"We found a nude beach, as far as I know, was a unisex beach.... We
took off our clothes and jumped in the water. I've been trying to skin-
ny dip since I was a teenager. I'm just grateful that the water was
Oprah Winfrey Planning All Star
Gala Fundrasier For Obama Campaign ,
When Oprah talks, America lis-
tens. How far her celebrity punch
will throw will be interesting as the
media mogul has announced she
will be hosting a fundraiser for
political candidate Barack obama.
Winfrey is enlisting the help of
some of Hollywood's hottest stars
to raise money for Obama's cam-
paign cash vault. It will be hosted at
her mansion in California on Sept. 8
according to campaign spokesman
Obama has raised more than $58
million for his White House bid.
Forbes magazine estimates that
Winfrey, the Chicago-based host
who boasts a lot more, including a
magazine, is worth $1.5 billion.
Beyonce Knowles may sing at
the event, and Jamie Foxx may
entertain, too. Famous celebrity
Obama-backers, including George
Clooney and Halle Berry are
expected to show up at Winfrey's
ocean-side mansion in Southern
California for what could turn into
Hollywood's most glittering politi-
cal fund-raising party of this cam-
"I think an endorsement by
Oprah Winfrey is about as valuable
an endorsement as you can get,"
said film producer Brenda Sexton.
Some say the spectacular success
of Oprah's Chicago-based show has
transformed the one-time local TV
news anchor into the most trusted
woman in America.
And while news cameras were
not allowed inside a Hollywood
fundraiser Obama attended last
February, campaign insiders predict
cameras will be invited into Oprah's
party on Sept. 8th.
"People have so much respect
and admiration for Oprah, they're
so excited about the vibrancy and
energy of Barack's campaign and
his message I just think people are
going to want to be there, finding a
way to raise $2,300 so they'll be
able to go to that event," said
Obama's close friend John Rogers.
Winfrey's backing is more valu-
able than the typical political
endorsement precisely because ihe
connects with millions ,-'t
Americans who may not pa\ imuch
attention to campaigns and poll-
tics. Obama already enljois there
support of Hollywood moguls like
David Geffen and Jeffre\
Katzenberg, and Winfre.'s
fundraiser is another chance for
him to tap into money in
California, which was his top
donor state from April throng li June
with a total take of $4.2 million.
Winfrey is a well-kno\%n fan of
Obama, calling him "mi latornie
guy" and "my choice" on CNN'
"Larry King Live" last 3ear before
he announced his candidacy .
Yet, when Obama appeared ion
Oprah's show last year, Winfrey
asked him if he would announce a
presidential bid on her program.
"I don't think I could say no to
you," Obama replied. "Oprah,
you're my girl."
Last year, many said Winfrey's
support could be a springboard for
of the most
influential, beloved celebrities of
this country, come out and say that
is like her just sprinkling some of
her magic stardust on you," Laura
Caraccioli-Davis, executive vice-
president of starcom entertainment,
a sister company of Leo Burnett,
said in September 2006.
rica Ready for the New Star
by M. Jones
During most of her nine-year
tenure as a co-host on "The View"
most folks didn't quite know what
to make of Star Jones. Almost
everything about her was over-the-
top. The hair, the shameless plugs
for whatever she was endorsing, the
clothes that she sometimes seem-
ingly squeezed her plus-sized figure
into, the off-the-cuff remarks that
few people sans pigment in their
skin could really relate to. And then
there was her 2004 wedding to
investment banker Al Reynolds, an
elaborate affair that she gushed
about every day on the air in the
months leading up to the nuptials.
And she unapologetically wore
Yep, she could be annoying par-
ticularly during those last two years
on "The View." It just seemed that
Jones kept making a series of right
turns from the left lane, not realiz-
ing that the very people she was
cutting off could have perhaps been
the ones to save her from herself.
But by the time she kinda, sorta
started to realize this, Star's star had
already begun its initial descent.
Despite on-screen denials by
Barbara Walters, co-host and exec-
utive producer of "The View," word
leaked out in 2005 that Rosie
O'Donnell was joining the show
and that Jones' contract was not
going to be renewed. When the
rumors were validated by the pow-
ers that be at ABC the next year,
Jones, a former district attorney,
took her case to the People maga-
zine, that is.
She had been fired and she was
The new Star Jones
On Sunday, however, a slimmer,
sleeker, and far more sophisticated
version of Jones faced the nation's
television critics and writers in a
ballroom at the Beverly Hilton
Hotel to chat about her rebirth.
Starting Aug. 20,
Jones will host
"Star Jones," a
new live Court
TV (soon to be
truTV) talk show
ls- e that sounds as
though it will be
a hybrid between
"Judge Judy" and
accept this new
incarnation of a
former TV co-
host. They were
still hanging onto
the Star of old
and treated her -
with the sharp,
haircut and Prada
ingly. All kinds of
sticks, stones and
flung in her
ularly when she
answer the age-
about how she
lost more than 100 pounds.
Here's a thought. Would publish-
ing that information put an end to
global warming? I think not.
When one critic suggested that he
was more interested in how she lost
the weight than the content of her
show, the former Brooklyn D.A.
finally tossed the old dawg a some-
what tasty bone. All would be
revealed in a story she has written
for the September issue of Glamour
magazine called "Getting Over
Myself." It hits stands on Aug. 7.
Yet, throughout that verbal
onslaught Jones, who is now using
her maiden name again profession-
ally, remained amazingly unflap-
pable. At one point after someone
asked her what she would do if one
of the guests on her show refused to
answer a question, she joked: "I
hope to handle it with the same sort
of gentleness that you've handled
The old Star might have been
lightly less genteel.
'If I can face murderers in the
courtroom, I can face TV critics'
About five hours after she faced
hundreds of journalists Jones and I
talked exclusively about that ses-
sion, her year of R&R redemption
and reinvention, current events and
her thoughts on the new "View," in
her suite. Dressed in a nicely cut
gray shirt dress with a matching
baby-doll T-shirt underneath, a
barefoot Jones greeted me at the
door with a hug, and like any good
southern girl offered me something
to eat and drink. When I declined,
she plopped down on the sofa, curl-
ing her legs underneath her and
immediately explained why she
hadn't lost her cool downstairs dur-
ing the morning press conference.
"Our session today was intense -
very intense," she said with a slight-
ly hoarse voice while not ever los-
ing eye contact. "And afterwards a
lot of reporters and journalists were
like 'that was intense, sorry.' And I
was like that was OK, you were just
doing your job. Don't worry about
me. That's nothing. If I can face
murderers in the courtroom, I can
face TV critics."
Given a choice, I'd opt for the
While this wasn't the first time I'd
met Jones we have mutual friends
and acquaintances I'd never really
had a prolonged conversation with
her. Like many people who had
watched her on "The View" I, too,
was a bit put off by her on-screen
persona. That was up until she stuck
it to her employers last year on the
That was one fine moment for
daytime television, and for any
employee who had lacked the
courage to do likewise. I also
admired the way she handled her-
self with poise and dignity during
the ensuing weeks. She apologized
for all the screw-ups the wedding
endorsements, her disconnect with
the viewing public and all the
things she had said and done that
sullied her rep.
"I believe everybody deserves
second chances, oh, I believe that,"
Jones said. "I'm a living, breathing
Exhibit A." She hopes to get that
with her new look, her new show
and her new attitude.
"When I left 'The View' I had lost
touch with why I started to do TV in
the beginning," said Jones, who got
her start in television in 1994 with
"Jones & Jury." "And I said to
myself, I'm going to step away for a
minute. I'm not going to take a new
show right now. I'm not going to
take the reality shows or the enter-
tainment programs. I wasn't inter-
ested in that. I want to take a minute
to see what actually means some-
thing to me."
'I wanted to have fun in TV again'
Jones' new show combines her
love of law and pop culture. She
hopes to affect change by engaging
her audience and guests in mean-
ingful dialogue that explores vari-
ous "conflict resolutions and ethical
"I wanted to have fun in TV
again," she said slowly. "I \\ aned to
make television fun, so I did an
entire year of self-assessmeni It's
the hardest thing I've evei done I
wanted to really assess xwho I am
and how people perceive me \c ll.
people will perceive you the \,a
you act. So, I wanted to correct
some things about myself so 11iha
there would not be any nmicon-
"That's why you see mel
being very comfortable ~itlli
the recreation of Star. I'm not
ashamed that I need glasses
(which are atop her head) ftor
distance. I did not feel like I
needed to have all ofi tlat
hair, which was typical Stli
Jones, or the extra lasles or tihe
Other than the cosnmeiti
changes, Jones disco\ ered hiat
she didn't like the licti thla
some people considered her
difficult. She admitted tliat
she's demanding, but more
so on herself than anyone
else. She also was disima.ed
that she allowed herself to'
lose touch with her audience and
And she had to get over herself
and not take things so personally.
"I also learned, and this is a real-
ly big lesson for me, all you can do
is control the truth around you,"
Jones said. "People will always see
what they want to see regardless of
what the truth is and you don't have
the ability to control it. You might
be able to tell them, you might be
able to show them, but some people
are just going to believe what they
want to believe. And that's alright
because it doesn't change the truth."
'I want to be respected more'
Make no mistake. Jones might
not be losing sleep worrying about
what people think of her, but she
definitely wants to be liked.
"You want people to like you,"
she said emphatically. "That is actu-
ally-something,1thatan: insecure .per-
son says because I used to say it.
That's just a lie, yes you do.
Everybody wants to be liked. I want
to be respected more. And I want to
be respected for being a person of
integrity. And I do think that people
like me. They may not always agree
with me and I don't need you to
always agree with me. I need you to
give me the benefit of sitting down
and having a conversation with
At 45, Jones is experiencing the
same kind of mid-life epiphany
many women do when some of
those outer layers start peeling off,
and the person they were always
meant to be emerges. Like many
celebrities, Jones not only bought
the hype, she invested heavily into
it. Sadly, when you live in a celebri-
ty-obsessed culture that gives 20-
year-olds with DUI convictions the
keys to the kingdom, it's rather dif-
ficult not to become exceedingly
Will people like the new Star
Jones? Maybe, if they get the
chance to sit down with her and
chat about evolution and other such
things. Will folks watch her show?
Well, since there were no clips, it's
hard to say. There's a new daytime
talk show hatched every other week
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Zubairu Shaba show a picture of one of his kids tested with the menin-
gitis epidemic experimental drug and now suffering brain damage, in his
home in Kano, Nigeria Nigerian government lawyers withdrew a US$7
billion, euro 5 billion, civil lawsuit against Pfizer Inc. on Friday, saying
they have discovered new material and plan to file what they called an
even stronger case against the U.S. drug maker.
Nigeria Files New Pfizer Lawsuit
Nigeria filed a new lawsuit last
week against U.S. pharmaceutical
giant Pfizer claiming some 6.5 bil-
lion dollars in damages for deaths
stemming from drug trials.
Hours after dropping its original
suit claiming seven billion dollars
in damages, government lawyer
Babatunde Irukera presented a new
complaint to the high court alleging
the tests conducted in 1996 were
"unlawful and reprehensible".
"The new suit contains more
courses of action and facts. There
are new fraud charges. We have
added things like restitution, unjust
enrichment and post-clinical fraud-
ulent conduct." said the lawyer.
The suit claims about $6.45 billion
dollars in damages related to the
tests of an antibiotic called Trovan,
which allegedly killed 11 children.
Another 181 children reportedly
suffered side effects such as deaf-
ness, paralysis, brain damage and
Pfizer denies the charges. No date
has been set for the hearings to
Authorities in Kano, Nigeria's
largest state, are seeking 2.75 bil-
lion dollars in a separate suit. A
hearing in that case is due on
The government alleges the tests
were "neither humanitarian nor
philanthropic, but purely commer-
cial in nature."
Its earlier complaint accused
Pfizer of administering the antibiot-
ic without authorisation or parental
consent among children at a field
hospital during an epidemic of
meningitis, measles and cholera.
A young man sentenced to 10
years in prison for having consen-
sual sex with a teenager must wait
weeks more behind bars while the
state Supreme Court decides his
The courtroom was packed with
supporters and cameras last Friday
as Georgia's top justices heard argu-
ments over whether a young man
serving a 10-year prison term for
consensual oral sex with a fellow
teenager should be freed.
The long punishment spurred
angry protests and led the state to
change the sentencing law. A state
judge in June ordered the young
man freed, but because of an appeal
by the state attorney general,
Genarlow Wilson remains behind
The Supreme Court justices will
decide whether the state judge's
order freeing Wilson should stand.
Attorney General Thurbert Baker
argues that the order to free Wilson,
if upheld, could be used to help free
High Court Hears Wilson Case
some 1,300 child molesters from
Wilson's lawyer, B.J. Bernstein,
told the court's seven justices that
Wilson's decade-long mandatory
sentence violates the constitutional
ban on cruel and unusual punish-
"Every day that a defendant
spends in jail is a precious day in
their life," Bernstein said.
The 1995 law Wilson violated was
changed in 2006 to make oral sex
between teens close in age a misde-
meanor, similar to the law regard-
ing teen sexual intercourse. But the
Supreme Court later ruled the 2006
law could not be applied retroac-
Wilson was convicted of aggravat-
ed child molestation following a
2003 New Year's Eve Party at a
Douglas County hotel room where
he was shown on videotape having
oral sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Wilson was 17 at the time.
The state Supreme Court had
Dillard on Six-Month
Dillard University must act quick-
ly to devise a plan to maintain its
accreditation after the Commission
on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and
Schools placed the school on warn-
ing for six months.
Dillard was placed on sanction
June 28 because it failed to submit
requested financial audits. It had
been given a two-year reprieve
when Hurricane Katrina hit in
August 2005, allowing Dillard time
to find records, said Belle Wheelan,
president of SACS.
She said the warning tells the
school not to pass go, to simply
stop and fix the situation.
Schools can be given one of two
sanctions: warning or probation.
The least severe action is a warn-
ing, which often precedes proba-
declined Wilson's .- -
appeal of his con-
viction and sen-
tence, but the jus- "'
tices agreed to hear \
the state's appeal of.. -
a Monroe County \ h ;
judge's decision to -.:
reduce Wilson's ....
sentence to 12
months and free ''
him. The Monroe | nC 1
County judge had L '
called the 10-year
sentence a "grave .
miscarriage of jus-
Former state Rep.
the author of the
1995 law, submit-
ted a friend of the
court brief support-
release. The Georgia Supreme Court rejected an earlier
"The General appeal from Wilson, saying that although the law
Assembly never Wilson was convicted under had been changed, it
intended for the could not be applied retroactively.
Act's harsh felony sentences
designed to punish adults who prey
on children to be used to punish
consensual sexual acts between
teenagers close in age," Towery's
Bernstein argued that the law's
changes in 2006 marked a "tectonic
shift" in how Georgia views volun-
tary consensual teen sex. She also
noted the rarity of legislation that
"The new reality is that teen sexu-
al experimentation is commonplace
in an era where the media bombards
teens with sexual imagery," she
Baker countered that it is well
established that criminals are sub-
ject to the penalty in place when the
law is violated. To apply legislative
changes retroactively would invite
chaos, he argued.
"It potentially affects countless
others who may be in the prison
system or on probation or who have
completed their sentences," Baker
Wilson rejected plea offers,
including one that prosecutors said
would have allowed him to avoid
being listed on Georgia's sex
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