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Nike Settles Black Employees
Discrimination Suit for $7.6M
Nike Inc. has reached a $7.6 million settlement in a class-action race-
discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of 400 black employees of the
company's Chicago Niketown store, reports the Associated Press.
The 2003 lawsuit accused store managers of using racial slurs to refer
to black workers and customers. They also said the store segregated black
employees into lower-paying jobs as stockroom workers and cashiers
rather than giving them lucrative sales jobs. And they alleged managers
made unfounded accusations of theft against black workers and directed
store security to monitor black employees and customers because of their
race. Nike has denied the allegations.
Under terms of the agreement, Nike will pay $7.6 million to the cur-
rent and former employees since 199 to resolve the claims.
The company is also required to review its human resources practice,
create equal opportunity objectives for the store and review its theft-loss
policies in addition to appointing diversity consultants. It also will create
a formal mentoring program for black employees.
Zimbabwe Launches $200,000 Note
Zimbabwe is to start circulating a new 200,000 Zimbabwe dollar note,
in a bid to tackle the country's inflation, the highest in the world.
The new note, issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe from
Wednesday, can buy Ikg (2.21b) of sugar.
Food and fuel shortages have become common as the government relies
more heavily on imports, pushing prices to new heights.
The official annual rate of inflation in Zimbabwe is more than 4,500%.
In practice, this means the price of a loaf of bread costs 50 times more
in cash than it did a year ago.
The new note is worth US$13 at the official exchange rate or $1 on the
black market. Zimbabwe's government has created a commission to find
a way to control soaring living costs.
HBCU Male Graduates' Earnings
Outpace Counterparts of Other Schools
Black men who earn degrees from historically Black colleges and uni-
versities have higher lifetime earnings than those attending other four-
year institutions, according to a new study -from Virginia Tech.
The findings on the economic impact of HBCUs are described in the
study "The Wage Earnings Impact of Historically Black Colleges and
Universities," which will appear in Southern Economic Journal.
Researchers analyzed existing data from the National Longitudinal
Surveys, which gathered information at various points in time on the
financial situation of men and women from 1979 and 2004.
Previous studies on the earnings of HBCU graduates revealed conflict-
ing results a 1994 study found an up to 12 percent wage loss for
HBCU graduates compared to graduates of other schools but a 1995
study said HBCU graduates earned 38 percent more than Black graduates
of other schools.
Fiancee of Unarmed Shooting
Victim Sues New York Police
NEW YORK (Reuters) The fiancee of Sean Bell, an unarmed black
man killed by police in a 50-shot barrage hours before his wedding, sued
the New York City Police Department and several of its officers on
Tuesday for wrongful death and civil rights violations.
The fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, and two of Bell's friends involved in
the shooting, seek unspecified damages in the suit. It accuses five police
officers of recklessness and negligence for firing at Bell and his two
friends outside a strip club where they were holding a bachelor party.
The killing of Bell, 23, generated outrage among blacks in New York
and sparked memories of previous cases of police shootings of unarmed
A white and a Hispanic detective face criminal manslaughter charges
and a third, who is black, was charged with reckless endangerment. Two
other officers were cleared of criminal charges.
But the civil suit filed on Tuesday names all five officers as well as the
police department, which the suit says had not adequately trained its offi-
cers and had "failed to tear down the 'blue wall of silence'" surrounding
Goldmans Awarded O.J. Book Rights
This week rights to O.J. Simpson's book were passed to relatives of Ron
Goldman, who was murdered along with Nicole Simpson in 1994.
A federal judge approved the relatives' settlement with a court-appoint-
ed bankruptcy trustee, giving them the rights to "If I Did It," a hypothet-
ical account of how he could have killed his ex-wife. Plans for its publi-
cation last year prompted a torrent of outrage.
Lawyers for the Goldmans said they would seek to capitalize on the
book by arranging new publishing, film or TV deals to help satisfy a
$33.5 million wrongful death judgment won by the family against
Simpson in 1997. Relatives of Simpson's ex-wife, who had not previous-
ly pursued a claim to his book, made an 11lth-hour request for up to 40
percent of the proceeds but the judge denied their plea.
The book was billed as a hypothetical account of how the former foot-
ball star, acquitted of murder charges in 1995 but found responsible in a
later civil case, could have carried out the slaying of Nicole and her
News Corp.-owned publishing house, HarperCollins, scrapped the book
in November before its planned release.
Volume 21 No. 20 Jacksonville, Florida August 2 8, 2007
* Breaking the Wall of Silence *
Black Churches Protect Predator .
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by Marion Jefferson
DALLAS (NNPA) Research has
shown that allegations of clergy
sexual abuse can have a great
impact on victims and their fami-
lies, affecting them spiritually,
socially, economically and psycho-
And after the abuse, many victims
become even more disillusioned at
the response of the church as some
churches place greater emphasis on
blind forgiveness and restoration of
the perpetrator, rather than the heal-
ing and support of the victim, as in
the cases of Sherman Allen, Terry
Hornbuckle and Ruben Thankful,
ministers convicted of sexual
assault against women in their con-
gregations. Countless victims suffer
silently in the pews of Black
churches for years, with feelings of
shame, guilt, fear of reprisal and
disbelief from those meant to guide
and protect them. Meanwhile the
Black church consistently fails to
lift their voices with a collective
moral outcry against this devastat-
ing act of betrayal.
Wolves in sheep's clothing
SSherman C. Gee Allen
In May, Ft Worth, TX pastor
Sherman C. Gee Allen of the Shiloh
Institutional Church of God in
Christ was suspended by the
national body of the Church of God
in Christ. Allen was originally
indicted on sexual assault charges
in 1983, after a 21-year-old woman
accused him of drugging, then
sodomizing and raping her with a
club. Continued on page 5
Staff Sgt. and original Montford Pointer receives his Man of the Year
Plaque from Lieutenant General Ronald Coleman. FMPPhoto
Montford Marines Hold 42nd Reunion
The Montford Point Marine Association recently held their 42nd Annual
Reunion in Jacksonville last weekend. Named after their training grounds,
the Montford Point Marines are the United State's first Black Marine
Infantry established in 1942. For more on the celebration, see page 5
EWC Alumni Call Out and Celebrate at Bi-Annual Reunion
by M. Latimer
The City of Jacksonville became
"Tiger Country" last weekend as
the graduates of Edward Waters
College (EWC) hosted the 2007
Biannual National Alumni
Convention. Dressed in the col-
lege's colors, orange and purple,
hundreds of alums came from as far
... .as Alaska and Illinois to preserve
the institution's history and plan for
A,- its future. The conference's theme,
"Celebrating Our Journey of
Education and Community
Service," showcased the goal of the
alumni association: continuing
EWC's legacy of providing a quali-
.ty education for deserving youth.
Convention attendees enjoyed a
weekend of "business and pleas-
--- ure" with a number of exciting
activities, including the opening
j i reception at the Cummer Museum
I ,and the Hawaiian luau at the
S. Clarion Hotel. They also partici-
pated in a series of plenary sessions
Alums Dr. Roy Mitchell, Clarence Fields, Sheila Collins Sims, Convention Co-Chair Lillie Vereen and Dr. where the EWC National Alumni -
Roy Singleton open the convention with the "Tiger Call" and sing the Alma Mater. M Latimerphoto Continued on page 5
Ribault's Cody Floyd "Nestle's Best In Youth"
Winner Receives Royal Treatment in Hollywood
Fortune 500 Company Nestle
USA and NFL Superstar Jerry Rice
recently selected 27 extraordinary
youth from around the country. The
sole honoree from Florida was
Ribault High School student Cody
Floyd. The 16 year old honor roll
student who is the son of Ms. Tonya
Austin traveled with his mother to
Hollywood, California to accept the
The red carpet ceremony and cel-
ebration held at the Universal
Global Theater culminated at five
day all expense paid trip in which
students enjoyed a VIP tour of the
city, a day volunteering at an area
nonprofit and recognition at Nestle
"This was quite an exciting trip",
said Cody. "For the first time, I was
able to give back something to my
mother who for so long has done
for me." he said.
On their downtime, Cody and
company did not waste a moment
of their California experience.
Armed with nearly $1000 courtesy
of Nestle, the pair visited 'every
star on Hollywood Blvd.", not too
mention a variety of tours and plen-
ty of shopping.
The ceremony was the fifth of its
kind since Nestle began th bi-annu-
al Best in Youth Program in 1997.
Cody was chosen out of the 2000+
nominations received from
throughout the nation for young
people ages 10 through 18. All of
the selected youth had proven com-
mitment to academic excellence
and a devotion to leading a genera-
tion of positive change within their
Cody's contributions to
Jacksonville including starting the
BRATS organization under the
tutelage of Alpha Kappa Alpha,
Sorority, an organization of teen
youth that volunteers and tutors. He
also serves as a year round life
guard and swim instructor to under-
privileged youth and is certified in
"These kids have, and forever
changing the lives of those sur-
rounding them, as well as the lives
of people they may never meet,"
said Ken Bentley, vice president of
community affairs at Nestle.
Nestle Best in Youth winner Cody Floyd with former NFL all star
quarterback Jerry Rice (right) at the awards ceremony.
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Foiling Financial Scam Artists
You can hardly watch or read the
news without hearing about the lat-
est scam to separate folks from their
hard-earned money. As criminals
become increasingly more sophisti-
cated, their schemes are more diffi-
cult to spot.
At the same time, people trying
desperately to overcome financial
hardships or to make a quick buck
sometimes overlook red flags hint-
ing that an offer is not quite right.
Here are a few precautions to
avoid becoming the next victim:
Be skeptical. If it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.
- Investments promising to double
your money in six months or claim-
ing to be risk-free (like so-called
"pyramid schemes" where returns
for ground-floor investors depend
on later investors falling for the
- The infamous "Nigerian banking
scam," in which supposed foreign
officials offer large rewards for
helping them transfer money out of
- Authentic-looking checks from
sweepstakes you supposedly won.
You'll be asked to deposit the check
and send a portion to cover process-
ing fees and taxes. By law you
should never have to pay for any
legitimate prize; furthermore,
you're legally responsible for any
lost funds if the check you deposit
When in doubt, consult a financial
professional or the State Attorney
Identity theft. Each year, crimi-
nals steal billions of dollars by pre-
tending to be someone else. By
intercepting mail, going through
trash or even peeking over some-
one's shoulder at the ATM, thieves
use stolen Social Security numbers,
credit card numbers or bank
account passwords to borrow
money, open new accounts or
charge big-ticket items to unsus-
At a minimum, victims spend
many hours undoing the damage.
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by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
"One of the most common tools in
estate planning is the revocable liv-
ing trust. Property held in trust
avoids the costs and delays associ-
ated with probate court. The title to
the property is held in the name of
the trustee and not the estate
owner," according to Attorney
Ronald E. Henderson of Cleveland,
Ohio. "There are a number of
advantages to using this type of
trust in the estate planning process.
However, the work must be per-
formed by an attorney competent in
What is a Trust?
As a general description, a trust is
a legal arrangement in which the
trustee holds legal title to property.
The trust document establishes a
legally binding arrangement
between three parties. The Grantor
creates and funds the trust. The
Trustee manages the trust and trust
property. The Beneficiary receives
the benefits from the trust. A major
distinction in the types of trusts is
whether it is revocable or irrevoca-
ble. In a "revocable" trust, the
grantor can change the trust terms,
take back the assets and even dis-
solve the trust. If a trust is "irrevo-
cable", the grantor cannot change
the terms of the trust. Almost any
type of property can be transferred
into a trust, including real estate,
stocks, bonds, bank accounts and
Revocable Living Trusts
A revocable living trust is estab-
lished during the grantors life and
can be changed or dissolved at any
time during the grantor's lifetime.
The grantor does not lose control of
the trust property. If the grantor is
also the trustee, he or she can exer-
cise the same control of the proper-
ty as before it was transferred to the
At this point, you might ask,
"What's the beef?" By way of
example, assume there are two indi-
viduals with similar circumstances-
Harry Carefree and Mary
Thoughtful. Both are widowed,
with three adult children living out
of state. Both have estates valued at
$500,000, which includes a debt
free apartment building. They both
have Wills naming their adult chil-
dren as their heirs. However, Mary
has taken the additional step of cre-
ating a revocable living trust, the
Thoughtful Trust, which holds all
of her investments, including the
apartment building. Mary is both
the grantor and trustee of the
Thoughtful Trust. Other than his
Will, Harry Carefree has no estate
During their lifetimes, both Harry
and Mary operate and manage their
respective investments, including
the apartment buildings. Both have
the right to add to or dispose of any
part of their assets. At Harry's
death, all of his estate will be sub-
ject to the probate process, which
could take from 1-2 years and cost
5-8% of his gross estate. At Mary's
death all of the property in the
Thoughtful Trust will be handled
according to the terms of the trust
document. Mary included a provi-
sion for a special trustee to profes-
sionally manage the trust assets,
including the apartment building,
during distribution. Finally, the
Thoughtful Trust assets will avoid
Revocable Living Trust Benefits
During her lifetime, Mary as
grantor and trustee, has the same
ability to manage and alter the
assets within the Thoughtful Trust,
as Harry does owning his assets
individually. However, upon her
death, the revocable living trust has
some significant benefits:
- Avoids the delay and expense of
- Can provide for the professional
management of assets
-Provides for the orderly transfer
of assets to heirs
Minimizes family conflicts
As with all planning techniques,
there are some issues that must be
addressed. First, there is the cost to
establish a revocable living trust,
with attorney's fees typically range
from $2-5,000. Second, there is the
effort and cost to transfer the assets
to the trust. Finally, a revocable liv-
ing trust does not avoid either
income or estate taxes.
Preserving and effectively trans-
ferring wealth does not happen by
accident. Now is the time to review
your family's estate plan with a
competent estate-planning attorney.
If your financial position is not
where you want it to be, you must
take control and make it happen.
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
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NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING
DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Rule Title File
Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives 1A
Purpose and Effect: The purpose of the proposed rule change is for the
School Board to amend the Student Progression Plan to comply with the
statutory/procedural changes. The effective date of the document will be
the date of th adoption by the Board.
Subject Area to be Addressed: Student Progression Plan
Specific Authority: Section 1001.41(2), Florida Statutes
Laws Implemented: Sections 1003.41; 1003.42(1); 1008.25 Florida
Adopted: April 1, 1997
A PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THIS
PROPOSED RULE WILL BE HELD AT THE TIME,
DATE AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
Time and Date: 6:00 p.m. September 7, 2007
Place: Board Room of the Administrative Building
Duval County School Board
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207
A copy of the proposed rule and additional information regarding it can
be obtained by contacting:
Associate Superintendent, Curriculum & Instructional Services
Duval County Public Schools
The cost to the Duval County School Board implementation is the cost
to reprint the policy.
Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision made by the
Duval County School Board with respect to any matter considered at
this hearing or who may decide to appeal such decision will need a
record of the proceedings, and for such purpose of appeal may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made. this record
will need to include testimony and evidence which the appeal is to be
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Douglas Anderson Student
Receives Full Ride as African-
American Youth Achiever
NAACP Meeting to
Discuss Failing 'F' Schools
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP will hold its monthly meeting on
Thursday, August 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the office, 5422 Soutel Drive. In
addition to hearing reports of the National Convention held in Detroit,
Michigan July 8-12, 2007, the Education Committee will give its report
on the "F Schools", primarily in the African-American community.
The public is invited to attend this very important meeting, hear the
reports, and give feedback as to next steps.
For further information, please call the office at 764-7578, President
Isaiah Rumlin at 764-1753, or E.G. Atkins at 768-8697.
available only to high school sen-
iors who qualify for financial aid
and who have been accepted for
admission to FSU.
Shack ranked 15th in her class and
plans to enroll in FSU's honors pro-
gram this fall. She was a member
of various honor societies and also
completed nearly 200 hours of
community service volunteering
with seniors and children in
Although passionate about her
dance talent, Shack recognizes it as
a hobby and stays focused on her
aspirations of majoring in biologi-
cal science with plans of becoming
a veterinarian. When asked where
her motivation and 'inspiration orig-
inate, she credits her strong family
Atty. Gary and Sen. Clinton at the announcement.
Legal Eagle and Other Black Men
of Distinction Join Clinton Camp
If Barack obama is to make it to
the White House, it won't be with
the help of famous Black celebrities
as more and more continue to join
the Clinton campaign.
Senator Hillary Clinton held a
meeting with African American
men last week, as the presidential
candidate hosted a policy discus-
sion around issues of concern to the
African American community. At
the luncheon event on July 26th,
Clinton received endorsements
from some the nation's most suc-
cessful Black businessmen, public
officials and entertainers including
Quincy Joins, Cong. Charles
Rangel ,William Gray and BET
Founder Bob Johnson.
In a rousing introduction, Florida
attorney Willie Gary announced his
support for Senator Clinton, telling
the audience of more than 200
Black men "I have much admira-
tion and respect for her not only as
a senator, but also as a personal
friend. I believe her steadfast val-
ues, forward thinking and outstand-
ing leadership is what our country
needs in a President."
Alvin Brown, Senior Advisor and
Director of Urban Policy for the
campaign said the purpose of the
African American Men for Hillary
lunch was to bring together a
prominent group of black men from
a wide variety of businesses and
backgrounds to showcase the diver-
sity of supporters within the com-
munity for Senator Clinton.
"Across the country, there are
African American men who support
Senator Clinton and this event was
a snapshot of her supporters," he
Shown above, kids from the Mali Vai Washington Foundation give the course a test run.
Clanzel Brown Center Home of New Free Kids Golf Park
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton
and other city officials hosted a
grand opening celebration for the
new Clanzel T. Brown SNAG Golf
Park. Located at 4575 Moncrief
Road, the park features a nine-hole
short course with holes ranging in
length from 35 to 85 yards
Designed for safety and geared
toward children and beginner
golfers, golf equipment will be
available for check-out to use on
the course through the Jacksonville
Department of Parks, Recreation,
Entertainment and Conservation.
The facility will be open to the
public Monday through Friday
Continued from page 2
At worst, identity theft can ruin
your credit rating and leave you
deeply in debt. Practical Money
Skills for Life, a free personal
financial management site spon-
sored by Visa USA, contains
detailed identity theft and security
precautions you should take
"Phishing." In this 21st century
version of identity theft, culprits go
fishing ("phishing") for people's
personal information by sending
realistic-looking but fraudulent
emails that seek confirmation of
personal information such as
account numbers, log-in IDs and
passwords supposedly for securi-
Online payment companies like
eBay and PayPal, as well as con-
ventional banks, are commonly tar-
geted. Be aware that legitimate
businesses will never ask you to
verify sensitive information via
email. The Security and Exchange
Commission's Web site,
ing.htm, discusses how to spot and
College aid scams. Many crimi-
nals prey on desperate parents and
students by promising to intercede
with organizations offering schol-
arships and grants for a fee, of
course. Avoid companies that offer
money-back guarantees, claim
exclusive access to information or
ask for money up front and avoid
high-pressure sales tactics. The
Federal Trade Commission's guide
to avoiding scholarship scams is
found at www.ftc.gov/bcp/con-
Safeguard credit card information.
Never give out your credit card
number over the phone unless you
initiated the call. And, when shop-
ping online, only use "secure" Web
sites those whose address begins
with "https://" instead of "http://"
and that display a small "lock" icon
in the lower right-hand corner of
There will always be scam artists
looking to rip off unsuspecting vic-
tims. Your job is to not be one of
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Jan Moran, chairman and presi-
dent of The Jim Moran Foundation
has named Douglas Anderson grad-
uate Shanita Shack as the 2007
North Florida African-American
Youth Achiever Award. Shanita
Shack, 18, will receive the needs-
based, four-year scholarship to
Florida State University (FSU)
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As Black Homeownership Rises,
Foreclosure Rates are Skyrocketing
Affordable housing for the
working class and low-income
households continues to be a major
issue in the country, state and city.
The good news is that there are sev-
eral great programs in place that
assist families and individuals as
they purchase their first homes.
You can get down payment
assistance, help with closing costs,
free credit counseling and grants
that allow your mortgages to be
more affordable. Couple these pro-
grams with a lot of creative financ-
ing from various banks, relatively
modest prices, and low interest
rates and you can understand why
Jacksonville is considered a good
place to purchase a home and raise
Here's the flip side of the equa-
While these programs are des-
perately needed and homeowner-
ship is up nationwide, so is the
That's right, what's that old say-
ing... "Never look a gift horse in
the mouth." Well, sometimes peo-
ple are accepting gifts that they
may not be ready to handle. Sort of
like someone giving you this cute
puppy and seems like a great idea
and the kids love it, but then you
get it home and you realize the
time, energy and cost associated
with having a puppy.
Actually, that's simplifying the
issue too much.
Here's the deal. Many people
are getting homes at low interest
rates, but the rates are adjustable so
three years later their mortgage
payments are increasing and they
may be adding other bills to the
equation, while annual salaries are
It is also easier to get a mort-
gage today than it was in past,
which means that folks who tradi-
tionally wouldn't have qualified
and may not be financially mature
enough to own a home are getting
Also, many people are qualify-
ing, but are basically living pay-
check to paycheck. So any small
unexpected expense like a car
breaking down or other unexpected
bill could have a direct effect on a
person's ability to pay their month-
ly mortgage. All of this makes for a
recipe for financial disaster
Of course, you can't throw
every foreclosure case in same bag.
There are also investors out there
that may have bitten off more than
they can chew. Many investors
used the ease of financing a few
years back to overextend them-
selves creating housing surpluses.
This also meant that many of
them are now stuck paying mort-
gages on houses that they didn't
anticipate having to fund. Add the
national slow down in home sales
and life really becomes complicat-
ed for investors.
According to a report released
earlier in the year by RealtyTrac, a
company that runs an online mar-
ketplace of foreclosed properties,
Jacksonville is number seven in the
nations in foreclosures.
Indianapolis was number one, fol-
lowed by Atlanta and Dallas-Ft.
In the first quarter alone,
Jacksonville had nearly 3,600 fore-
The Northwest part of town had
the most foreclosure. No surprise
here, because although minority
mortgage numbers have increased
in Jacksonville and around the
country, that bit of good news can
be very misleading. Predatory
lenders traditionally focus on
blacks and other minorities.
Sometimes we want a home so bad
that we do not do enough home-
work before signing on the dotted
Some lenders can get you into a
house with an initial low to moder-
ate monthly mortgage payment.
Two to three years later, that pay-
ment balloons and becomes a
major problem to the borrower.
And when you are living paycheck
to paycheck, a $150 increase in
your mortgage payment is substan-
So while the number of blacks
receiving home loans increased last
year, so did the number of foreclo-
sure, which really negates many of
the positive mortgage gains at
African Americans have achieved.
A study released early this year
showed that among cities across
the country, Jacksonville had the
seventh largest increase in loans
made to African-Americans from
2004 to 2005 at 42.4 percent. The
Northeast Florida metropolitan
area also had a 51.5 percent
increase in loans made to all types
of minorities, hence giving
Jacksonville the 10th-largest
increase among areas that had at
least 1,000 loans to minorities in
Again, while this sounds like
progress the number of foreclo-
sures amongst black home owners
is extremely significant. In fact, a
study by the Center for
Responsible Lending released in
May showed that blacks and
Hispanics were more than 30 per-
cent more likely to receive a high-
interest loan than whites who have
similar credit risks.
So getting home loans is no
longer a major hurdle for blacks.
Educating ourselves on how we
finance homes is the major issue at
hand. Once again, the solution to
this problem and so many that
pledge the African American com-
munity grounded in education.
Former Congresswoman Barbara
Jordan perhaps said it best,
"Education remains the key to both
economic and political empower-
ment. That is why the schools
charged with educating African
Americans have, perhaps, the
greatest, the deepest challenge of
Signing off from a random
"$500 Moves You In" sign,
Barack and Hillary Duke it Out on Foreign Policy
By. Ron Walters
It's hard to know whether this is
a function of the news media or the
real thing, but the differences
between Democratic presidential
candidates Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama have hung over
from the last debate in South
Whether it is a media creation or
not, both candidates have sent their
foot soldiers into the arena to con-
test what the question meant when
asked whether they would meet
with the likes of Fidel Castro, Hugo
Chavez, Muamar Khadafy and
Ahmadinijad in Iran. To that ques-
tion, Barack said yes he would and
Hilary said no, she would not meet
with them at a high level without
preconditions and adequate prepa-
This seems to me like they were
answering two different questions
but it came out that Barack would
take the opportunity to strike up a
dialogue that could have positive
circumstances and while Hillary
was more concerned about being
tough and following some sort of
rigorous process. The difference
between substance and process was
observed by the pollsters at the
debate, and Barack clearly won the
day with his answer.
But in the ensuing days after the
debate, the back and forth has taken
on a life of its own with Barack
saying that by meeting with the
enemy he want to move beyond the
Bush/Cheny policy of not talking
to adversaries. Hillary fired back
that Barack was naive, attempting
to signal to voters that he was
unprepared to be president because
he didn't understand the gravity of
the signal that would be sent by
meeting such leaders that the U. S.
considered off the pail.
Now this has developed into a
full-blown dispute over which for-
eign policy would serve the
Democratic Party and the
American people in the future and
Barack has stepped it up by sensing
that if he backs down from this one
and rolls over, he might as well
give the whole thing up. He has
sold himself to the people as the
candidate in the race who want to
affect change as suggested by his
early position in opposition to the
Iraq war. He now has to back it up
when Hillary counters with a mod-
erate policy that elevates process
over substance. Her objective is not
to get caught off base, to appear
above the fray, leaning on her expe-
rience as a Senator and the wife of
a president and her experiences in
meeting many dignitaries and
heads of state. But Barack Obama
has to take her up on this and try to
trump experience that leads to
more of the same with a new and
bold approach that is in line with
the sentiment of the American peo-
Thus far, the American people are
giving high marks to the candidates
and low ones to Congressional
Democrats essentially because they
have not broken through the
process to deliver the substance the
people want. Barack has an open-
ing to get on the stage and lead the
whole show but he must not backs
down and continue to make nice
with Hilary, respecting her formi-
dable resources, and losing the
debate in the process.
Losing the debate means staying
in second place, hanging touch and
winning the debate may mean
developing the momentum and
the credibility that he has presiden-
tial timber, among the very folks in
the media and the intellectual
establishment that are keeping this
story alive in the first place.
It is somewhat ironic that this
debate breaks out just as Barack
Obama has an article in the current
issue of Foreign Affairs, one of the
premier journals of foreign policy
in the country. In it, he spells out
the elements of his foreign policy
with a decided focus on change.
For example, he talks about the res-
urrection of diplomacy in the
Middle East, a ball that was
dropped by the Bush administra-
tion and recently has become the
subject of an attempt by Secretary
Rice to refurbish. But this is seen
by most analyst as too little, too
late given the bad blood laid down
by Bush and Chaney against Iran
and Syria, and the difficulties of
mobilizing their allies such as the
Saudis and Egypt.
Barack talks about initiating
"tough-minded diplomacy, har-
nessing all of the American assets,
political, economic and military in
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this would free the United States to
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After watching Mr. Fullwood on "Week in Review" a number of
times I must say I am impressed. While I think my overall politics, I'm
something of a liberterian, would not mesh with his I do see why his
constituents sent him to work for them. He strikes me as intelligent,
able to see the nuance in issues, and after tonight's show I am
impressed with his grasp of the how and who and why of local gov-
ernment. You are lucky have him on your staff. I think I shall learn a
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Talk to Me
FI'Itired 01lL1niq o.ioLl ll barber
to becoming a local television and radio talk show host, to dinner guest at
the W\hire House. The significance of local 1960s activists such Petey
Greene is getting told in a recently released Hollywood film called "Talk to
Me." "Outside of Washington, D.C., I think very few people know of Petey
Greene if they're not of a certain age or haven't had the stories passed
down," says Don Cheadle who stars as "Petey" in the film.
The stories of the 1960s activists illustrate the most important social and
political moment in the country's history. Through the actions of local
activists America were forced to face the racial divisions and economic
inequalities that existed in its cities. The civil rights era had major impact
along urban color lines, but is defined through media platforms mostly
through images of icons such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
All across America are untold tales of 1960s local heroes who stepped
forward and constituted the winds under the wings of MLK that made "The
Movement" move. MLK along with local activists across America caused
this nation to change. The Movement's struggles and victories are person-
ified by lesser-known leaders such as Petey Greene was in Washington.
Local activists attacked segregation, Jim Crow and patterns of discrimi-
nation where they lived. People like Stokeley Carmichael emerged to label
Institutional Racism: "the collective failure of an organization to provide an
appropriate and professional service to people because of their color, cul-
ture or ethnic origin. The Peteys, Stokeleys and Panthers advocated "black
power" out of the Marcus Garvey tradition. They denounced the e\ ils of
white racism and decried integrationist tactics of moderate blacks. But,
their emphasis on African-Americans glorifying in their blackness; calling
on blacks to exhibit pride in their history and culture, and exhalation of
blacks de% eloping a sense of community is worthy of cinema.
The "Talk To Me" movie is the talk of Washingtonians who know how
Pete\ Greene's saga evolved: a raggedy kid who could "play the dozens"
better than anyone in 1930s black Georgetown; an often inebriated yet phe-
nomenally funny young comedian at "picnics" in Wilmer's Park; a rapping,
rh mring emcee at Lorton Reformatory, when he served time for robbery;
and finally as legendary broadcaster who charted new directions in straight
talk and community activism until his death in 1984 at age 53.
"The people Petey most wanted to inspire whose lives he wanted to
guide were the vulnerable ones, the ones whose existences reflected his
childhood" says Petey's official life story by Lurma Rackley: Laugh If You
Like: Ain't a Damn Thing Funny ((www.Xlibris.com). Director Kasi
Lemmons transformed what could have been a little-noticed art house film
into a buzz causing motion picture causing. Moviegoers in select cities
nationwide were introduced to the black biopic in mid-July. The flick did
nicely in a limited 33-theater rollout, picking up an $11K per-theater-aver-
age. With revenues of $402,000 in its first weekend, "Talk To Me" ranked
19th in box office revenues.
"Talk To Me's" lead theme: "Never Underestimate a Man With
Something To Say" tells an important fact of black social history and rais-
es the bar in black biopics. Petey Greene was America's first shock jock.
More than an entertainer, Green was a dedicated social activist and showed
it in cutting commentary on race, poverty, power and politics. The film
version is from Dewey Hughes' (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) perspective.
Hughes was the program director at radio station WOL and the man who
put Greene on the air. Also starring in the film is Taraji P. Henson ("Hustle
& Flow") as Greene's girlfriend Vernell. Martin Sheen, Cedric the
Entertainer and Vondie Curtis-Hall all play characters at the radio station.
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Georgia Becomes State With 3rd
Highest Black Buying Power .
The state of Georgia now has
more Black buying power than
When it comes to buying power,
Black folks got it going on. In fact,
the state's Black consumer market
just lapped California, becoming
the third largest Black consumer
base in America. Only New York
and Texas have more juice than
Georgia, which surged past four
other states since 1990. "
So what does it all mean? Black
buying power is an astounding $58
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According to local reports, allega-
tions have once again been made
against Allen. In fact, 35 women
are accusing the local pastor of
abuse. Among the complainants is
33-year-old Davina Kelly, a former
member of Shiloh. Kelly, a married
woman attending Allen's church.
Kelly first became acquainted with
the charismatic Allen after seeing
the changed life of a friend but soon
found that Allen was very different
from the character he displayed to
the rest of the world.
Kelly said that by their third meet-
ing in 2001 he was asking her to
grab her ankles and take a paddling
and by 2005 her punishments esca-
lated from paddling to the use of
sex and physical threats of violence
to both she and her minor children.
"I was very scared," Kelly told
reporters. "I was even scared in a
way that I wouldn't even stop in the
middle of that and really question
him. I thought I deserved it."
Allen has been suspended from all
leadership positions and his church
has filed bankruptcy.
* Ruben Thankful Thompson
52 year old Ruben Thankful
Thompson of Waverly, Florida was
arrested for five counts of incest.
The charges stemmed from revela-
tions made by Thompson's 32-year-
old daughter who told police that
she had been molested by her father
since she was age 17.
According to Lake Wales police
detective Lynette Townsel, the then
32-year-old said she kept the secret
of the abuse for 15 years because
she was fearful, ashamed and did
not believe that anyone would take
her word over that of her father.
Thompson, founder and pastor of
Georgia's strong economy gets
some of the credit, he says, but so
does the sharp, steady rise in edu-
cated Black folks, which can be tied
to Atlanta's concentration of histor-
ically Black colleges.
In Georgia, Black-owned busi-
nesses rose 45 percent from 1997 to
2002, far ahead of the 10-percent
overall increase in U.S. businesses,
says Humphreys. He estimates that
Black buying power will rise 34
percent, passing $1.1 trillion by
2012, up from $845 billion now, the
Real People Church of God In
Christ, was charged with five
counts of incest for allegedly
fathering his own grandchildren
with his daughter. Some in the
church recounted that there had
been rumors for some time but that
many disbelieved and dismissed the
"You have hurt me beyond belief,"
said one of Hornbuckle's victims.
"My faith has been shattered. There
are no words to describe what I go
through every day. You have been
my only pastor. You baptized me.
You were my spiritual leader. You
were the person who raped me. You
took my virginity from me."
Another of Hombuckle's victims
had this to say, "You should lower
your head in shame," she said.
"You preyed on people you were
supposed to protect. You temporar-
ily destroyed my life. You stole
what little trust I had in people."
In the past 15 years more than $1
Billion has been paid out in court
and attorney fees and victim/sur-
vivor awards by United States
Bishops to deal with the clergy sex-
ual abuse convictions and recently
the Sydney Herald reported that
lawyers for more than 500 people
who say they were sexually abused
by members of the Catholic clergy
have settled their claims against the
L.A. Diocese for $760 million.
But real figures for clergy sexual
abuse in the Protestant church have
been a bit more difficult to come by
and are sketchier because
Protestant churches, as opposed to
their Catholic counterpart, tend to
be less centralized and more inde-
pendent, making reporting of sexu-
al abuse by members of the clergy
more difficult, the Associated Press
Montford Marines from Jacksonville include (L-R): Anthony Landrum 1983-2004 1st Sgt Louisville KY, Hallie Williams-Bey 1967-1971 Staff
Sgt., Alpha P. Gainous 1943-1946 Staff Sgt. Original Montford Pointer, Maurice C. Grant Gunnery Sgt. 1953-1973, Oscar Toby Master
Gunnery Sgt. 1951-1984 and Ronald Jackson Post Commandry 197 Retired Master Sgt 1977-1999. FMPowell Photos
Historic Black Marine .. ,
Infantry Hold 42nd Reunion
The Jacksonville Florida Chapter
of the Montford Point Marines
hosted their 42nd Montford Point
Marines National Convention last
weekend at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront. Convention activities
included national elections and a
Formal Grand Ball for the dozens
of chapters that came from around
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
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 11. The performance of this
new breed of Marines caused atti-
Sen. Tony Hill, 2nd Lt. General Ronald Coleman, Joe Geeter National
President Montford Point Marine Assoc., Rep Audrey Gibson, and
James Tippins President of Local Chapter Jacksonville FL.
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 was
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
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Candlelight Service ofRemembranceset Glvnn County's First Jordan Grove to Host Three
for 1st United Methodist of Callahan
Community Hospice is hosting "a Candlelight Service of Remembrance"
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 (904)407-6183.
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
to Celebrate Pastor's 21st Anniversary
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief Road; will cele-
brate the 21st Anniversary of Pastor Ernie L. Murray Sr., Sunday, August
12, 2007. The observance will begin at 8 a.m. when Pastor H. T. Rhim, of
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church delivers the Word at the 8 a.m.
Pastor Ernie L. Murray Jr., of Atlanta, Georgia will deliver the Word at
the 10:45 a.m. Service. Pastor Landon L. Williams Sr., of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church will close the celebration at 4 p.m. The commu-
nity is invited to this special occasion.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Communion Service Aug. 12th
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Pastor; the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Building 2; invites the community to attend Serious Praise Service,
at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2007. Holy Communion will be served.
Come and experience a life changing move of God. When Praises go up,
Blessings, come down. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman will deliver the Word.
Hope Chapel's Esprit de Corps Center
for Learning to Dedicate Facility
Dr. Pastor Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann, Pastor and founder of Hope
Chapel Christian Assembly and Superintendent of the Esprit de Corps for
Learning; invites the community to attend the Dedication Ceremony of the
new Multi-purpose Complex, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2007. A tour
of the facility will follow the ceremony.
The Multi-purpose Complex is adjacent to the school's sports facility
and the inter-scholastic building. It will house basketball and volleyball
courts, an indoor walking track, rhythmic studio, weight room, exercise
room, a concession area, and much more.
The Hope Chapel Campus (where a possibility has become a reality in
making a positive difference in our community, is located at 9840 Wagner
Road (at 1-295) between US1 and Sibbald.
Day Back to School Education Celebration
First Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church will be hosting a
community outreach school supply
giveaway this week in Glynn
County, Georgia. August 5th will
mark the First Annual Education
Day at First Jordan Grove.
A three-day event will be held to
recognize the city's educators and
to provide children with supplies for
school. Newly appointed presiding
Pastor Ken Adkins of First Jordan
Grove was the brains behind the
idea said event coordinator
Gwendolyn Atkinson, a member of
First Jordan Grove.
Glynn county schools have made a
major improvement since the 2006
school year. Many First Jordan
Grove families and their children
have been affected first hand by the
efforts of educators of the inner city
neighborhood the church is located
"This is our way of giving back,"
Atkinson said. Atkinson's vision for
the event is to reunite the school and
the church to ensure that the chil-
dren are educated and spiritually
blessed, which is the theme for the
Deputy Superintendent of Glynn
county Algie D. Davis will be the
speaker during the event. The pro-
gram is filled with educators partic-
ipating in the service events to
acknowledge their presence in the
community and to show apprecia-
tion for their contribution to society.
An awards ceremony will be con-
ducted to recognize all Glynn coun-
ty school board members, and for-
mer Superintendent of Schools, Dr.
Morris Arington, principle of
Burough-Mollette Elementary will
also be an award recipient during
the service. His school is near to
First Jordan Grove, and many of the
church's youth have been influenced
by the work of Arington. He has
raised the Annual Yearly Progress of
one of the many low socioeconomic
schools in the area.
In the 2006 school year less than
half of the schools in Glynn County
met the AYP standard. With the new
school year and new leaders 16 out
of 17 schools met the AYP standard
Future goals of the community are
to raise the graduation rate and
increase the AYP to 100 percent.
First Jordan Grove plans to begin an
after school program with interest
training for 3rd through 5th graders
to focus on math and reading skills.
First Jordan Grove has about 75
youth in their ministry and accord-
Pastor Ken Adkins
ing to Education Day coordinator
Atkinson. First Jordan Grove plans
to continue Education Day as a tra-
dition in Glynn County for years to
Rev. Al Sharpton Says "No Justice, No Peace" as 20 Cities' Protest for Women
-. across the coun-
York City, Los
Sharpton Washington, DC,
Dallas, Chicago, Kansas City, Las
Vegas, Philadelphia, Houston, and
Baltimore, will exercise the
"Decency Initiative A National
Woman's Day of Outrage," begin-
ning at 12 noon on Tuesday, August
7, 2007, in Jacksonville on the
Gateway Mall Parking Lot in the
area of Publix Supermarket, at the
Reverend Al Sharpton and
Tamika Mallory, in collaboration
with activists across th4 nation,
demand that the music recording
industry eliminate offensive words
in recordings. They say that no other
group is subjected to denigration for
profit by the music industry and that
the Decency Initiative will continue
to demand a universal standard of
respect, particularly for all women
and African Americans.
The protest will be multi-cultur-
al and will include all age groups.
The women and men will come
from all facets of the community
including leaders, as well as stu-
dents. All people must now stand
united in defense of decency and
August 7th is the day to take a stand
in Jacksonville. "Don't just talk
about it, DO something about it!"
Do not stand by idly while public
airwaves are used to promote disre-
For participation, please call 354-
1464, 354-7887, or (212) 690-3070,
or visit the websites: www.nation-
Middleburg's St. John Missionary
Baptist, Holding Vacation Bible School
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road, invites chil-
dren of the community to attend Evening Vacation Bible School, from 6 to
8 p.m., Monday, August 13 Thursday, August 16th. Dinner will be served
The Vacation Bible School's theme: "Giant Killers Facing Your Giants."
(1 Samuel 17: 40-50). Information: (904)272-5100.
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunda3 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
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8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 5th
The Gifts of the
Spirit are for Today
Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
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2007-09 National Alumni Association Officers Marguerite Warren, president; Juliet Fields, vice preside
Linda Sue Holmes, executive secretary; Jackie Nash, recording secretary; EWC President, Dr. Claud(
Williams; Claudette Elps, financial secretary; Charles Moore, treasurer; Carrie DeJournett, chaplain; I
Bell, parliamentarian. M.Latinter Photo ,
Alumni Banquet Honoree Dr. Ezekiel Bryant receives award from Juliet Fields and Alumni Banquet
Keynote Speaker, Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown, Pastor of Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. M Latime, Photo
Two Day Celebration Highlight EWC 2007
Biannual National Alumni Convention
Continued from front
Association Endowment was
named in honor of Dr. William B.
Stewart, the College President who
served for twenty-two years and is
credited with leading EWC from a
junior college to a four-year institu-
tion. Juliet Fields, the newly elect-
ed vice president of the National
Alumni Association, noted, "I think
we have been successful and are on
the right track to garnering support
for EWC. We can make a signifi-
The gathering of EWC graduates
was not the only cause for celebra-
tion. According to Dr. Roy
Mitchell, immediate past president
of the National Alumni Association,
there is a spirit of excitement
around the college's campus. He
stated, "We have begun a renais-
sance at Edward Waters College.
The alumni and the institution are
rejuvenated under the direction of
the new College President, Dr.
A highlight of the conference was
the 2007 Alumni Banquet, where
four outstanding members of the
community were honored for their
contributions to Edward Waters
College and Northeast Florida. The
honorees were Patricia Black for
the fine arts, the Honorable Corrine
Brown for support of the communi-
ty-at-large, Dr. Ezekiel Bryant for
education, and Dr. Roy Mitchell for
leadership. Dr. Bryant said, "I was
honored to receive this recognition
and commend the leadership of the
National Alumni Association.
There is a bright future for EWC
under the dynamic leadership of the
new College President, Dr.
Claudette Williams. EWC was, for
me, a bridge over troubled waters
back in January 1951 when I
received my AA degree. It can con-
tinue to offer the same opportuni-
ties for others."
The weekend of "Tiger" activities
closed with the National Alumni
Association's election of new lead-
ership for the 2007-2009 biennium.
The new officers include:
Marguerite Warren, president;
Juliet Fields, vice president;
Charles Moore, treasurer; Linda
Sue Holmes, executive secretary;
recording secretary, Jacqueline
Nash; financial secretary, Claudette
Elps; chaplain, Carrie DeJournett;
parliamentarian, Levi Bell.
Margueriet Warren added, "We are
excited about the future. The possi-
bilities for our alma mater are limit-
less. Tigers are, after all, 'kings of
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Fax resume to Marilynne Wilcox at 904-899-6380 or send by e-mail
Dr. Fred Price of Crenshaw Christian
Center Files Suit Alleging Defamation
On March 23, ABC's "20/20" ran
a segment titled "Enough" that
focused on affluent televangelists.
Among them was Dr. Fred Price,
founder of Crenshaw Christian
Center in California. Apparently,
the segment was aptly titled
because Dr. Price filed a suit
against ABC, the Walt Disney
Company, which owns ABC and
the show's co-anchor, John Stossel,
Dr. Price's weekly program, Ever
Increasing Faith, airs on Disney's
The suit says "20/20" defamed
Dr. Price when it edited one of Dr.
Price's sermons and created the clip
in which he says, "I live in a 25-
room mansion, I have my own $6-
million yacht, I have my own pri-
vate jet and I have my own helicop-
ter and 1 have seven luxury automo-
biles." In the full sermon, which
aired on the Lifetime Network, Dr.
Price talked about being a good
Christian and was indicating that
there is such a thing as bad success
when he quoted a hypothetical per-
son who had great wealth and failed
to follow a righteous path as an
During the show, Stossel inter-
viewed Rusty Leonard, the founder
of research and "watch" group,
site includes information on various
allegedly nontransparent ministries.
A teaser for the segment, showing
Dr. Price, ran on "Good Morning
America." Both "20/20" and "Good
Morning America" ran retractions.
ABC also posted a retraction on its
A Web page titled "The Truth
About 20/20's Story" has been
Dr. Frederick K. Price
added to the church's Website. The
filed suit papers, a YouTube video
and an article is available on the
page. Visit it at www.crenshaw-
7 The Importance of Teaching Spiritual Values
By Dr. Kevin B. Lee
Spiritual values taught in your
family makes a difference in the
lives of your children. Spiritual val-
ues are Godly principals and stan-
dards by which one governs their
There are many reasons why par-
ents should teach spiritual values.
First, parents should teach spiritual
values to see their children grow
spiritually. Just like parents desire
to see children grow physically,
mentally and socially, they should
have a strong desire to see them
grow spiritually. A child growing in
their relationship with God prepares
them to become more God centered
than worldly centered.
Second, parents should teach spir-
itual values to help their children
live fulfilled lives. The ultimate
goal of any parent is to position
their child to live a fulfilled life. A
fulfilled life is a life with a purpose.
A fulfilled life is a life that makes a
difference in others and glorifies
God. In I Kings chapter 2, King
David charged and challenged his
son Solomon live a fulfilled life by
walking in the purposes and prac-
tices of God.
Third, parents should teach spiri-
tual values to help their children
make become better decisions mak-
ers. Poor decisions today can create
severe problems in the future. A
child that consistently practices
making good decisions increases
their potential in becoming success-
ful in life.
Last, parents should teach spiritu-
al values to enable their children to
become responsible citizens. Every
parent desires to see their children
mature and become responsible
individuals. Teaching spiritual val-
ues enables young people to con-
sciously look at life through spiritu-
al lens that filters their thinking
Many parents ponder the question
what are some benefits of teaching
my children spiritual values? I am
glad you asked! Let me share with
you four absolutes regarding teach-
ing spiritual values. It Prepares, It
Protects, It Promises, It Pleases.
Teaching spiritual values prepares
children for their future. Spiritual
values provide a great foundation
block for young people. A strong
spiritual foundation can prove to be
beneficial while journeying through
Second, spiritual values promise
guidance and peace. A child lead by
the wisdom and ways of God can
ensure for themselves a life of
supernatural guidance and peace.
Many can testify if they would have
trusted and depended on God earli-
er in life, their future would have
turned out brighter.
Third, spiritual values protects
from additional problem and hard-
ships in life. Life itself brings trails
and tribulation, to add additional
problems can be devastating. The
proper spiritual training in life can
protect your child from a multitude
of serious headaches and
Last, living by spiritual values
pleases God. As Christians are goal
in life is to please God, we must
continue to ask ourselves how are
we bringing God glory and honor.
If parents instill in their children at
an early age, this practice of living
to please God this could make an
eternal difference in their life.
JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL
BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON CEMETERIES
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Cemeteries will hold a public hearing on Tuesday,
August 7, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall to allow interested citizens an opportunity to
address their concerns about cemeteries and to provide input to help develop a plan for
the identification, maintenance and preservation of non-commercial burial sites in
Citizens with an interest in, or concern about, abandoned and neglected unincorporat-
ed cemeteries in Jacksonville are encouraged to attend the public hearing and to sug-
gest matters for the Commission to include in its study, which will be conducted from
September to November, 2007.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2007
CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ROOM B
1st FLOOR, CITY HALL
117 W. DUVAL STREET
For further information contact Steve Rankin at 396-3052 or Jeff Clements at 630-1405
tA"g"aL I. V, A I
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How To Stop Friends And Family
From Causing You To Gain Weight
Eating with friends and family
tends to increase the amount of
food we consume by one-third to
three-quarters more total calories.
Our friends can persuade us to eat
more, the question is: Why? Well,
there are a number of factors at play
here. It could be that your guard is
down, or that you're focusing on
your socializing so you end up
unconsciously eating more food.
Also, when friends are involved, we
tend to eat in restaurants where por-
tions are bigger.
Eat something before you leave
to take the edge off your appetite or
have a big glass of water.
If you decide to have an alco-
holic beverage, try a light beer or
wine over mixed drinks. Fruity
cocktails may look inviting but they
average 400 to 600 calories a pop.
Look for restaurants where there
are healthier menu choices, and
suggest non-eating social activities.
Relationship diet pitfalls
Go from single gal to half of a cou-
ple and you may gain more than
just a partner. If you try to keep
pace with your guy at the dinner
table, unwanted pounds will also
enter your relationship. Since men
are typically taller, more muscular,
and heavier than women, they can
eat more. When you start spending
more time with a guy, your food
consumption usually goes up Men
eat much larger portions. They also
tend to eat foods that are higher in
fat and calories such as steak, pizza,
chips, and beer.
Influence your partner to eat
healthier. Look for tasty, nutritious
meals that the two of you can cook
together such as chicken stir-fry.
When prepared with just a touch of
olive oil, it's a great low-calorie
dish that is high in lean protein and
packed with fiber-rich, filling veg-
* Rather than spend your evenings
watching TV or a movie, sign up
for a rock-climbing course or go for
a bike ride together.
The family that eats together
Perhaps the most dangerous of all
situations is the family get-together.
Not only is there a social hindrance
to eating well, but now you also
have the potential stress of family
members that don't get along.
There's also the pressure of "mom's
going to make me eat this." The
result is that you often overeat not
only because of the celebrating, but
to cope with the stress of being
around your family.
Preplanned action plan is your
best defense. If your mom becomes
upset when you refuse her home-
made dessert, tell her you'll have
one small piece of chocolate cake,
but stop at that.
City Hosts Two Day
Resource Fair for Veterans
The City of Jacksonville's
Military Affairs and Veteran
Services Division will host a two-
day Veterans Resource fair at the
Jacksonville Agricultural Fair
Grounds Friday, Aug. 3 from 10
a.m. 3 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 4
from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. Homeless and
indigent veterans will receive
essential resources such as food,
shelter assistance, clothing, health
screenings, VA and Social Security
honofits oulnsolinr andr referrals to
I know I'm controlling my diabetes because I keep track
of my blood sugar numbers. I manage my diabetes by
watching what I eat, making the time for regular physical
activity and taking my medicine as prescribed.
With my diabetes under control, I feel a lot better and
have more energy. Best of all, I'm going to be around for
my family... for my friends... for life.
Call 665-2520 to see if you are at risk for diabetes
and to learn about our free classes.
a variety of other services.
The Veterans Resource Fair is a
collaborative event, coordinated
between government agencies and
community entities that serve the
homeless. There will be a Job Fair
on Friday with more than 35 ven-
dors representing local businesses
and industries for participants who
seek employment opportunities.
Saturday will feature more than 30
state and local vendors that offer
programs and services to aid veter-
ans and the homeless with assis-
tance or referrals to necessary daily
Contact the Military Affairs and
Veterans Services Division at (904)
630-7224 for more information.
Will Robin Roberts Plight Have an
Affect on African-American Women?
Robin Roberts joins a long list
of famous women who've come
out publicly with their battle with
But Roberts is one of the first
African American women on that
list, and there's hope she'll encour-
age others to be tested early, and
increase their chances of survival.
Like Roberts, Lovie Winslow
was young, just 33 years old, when
she was diagnosed.
"I had this 4-year-old son and I
wanted to see him grow up and all
those things that go through your
mind when you hear you have can-
cer in your body."
Now 27 years cancer-free, she
considers herself lucky. When you
look at the statistics for white
women, the 5 year breast cancer
survival rate is 90%. For African
Americans, its 77%.
"The outcome sometimes is not
so good because black women
tend to wait longer to get the
exams, to get the treatment."
She says the reasons for waiting
Robin Roberts is facing her cancer surgery with a smile.
may be fear, perhaps economic, or women not to wait.
just the decision not to have rou- "Get yourself tested, try to get it
tine check-ups. as early as possible because you
But Lovie's hope is that seeing can go right back to doing what
Robin Roberts and hearing her you did before."
message of early detection will It's her success story, almost thir-
encourage more African American ty years in the making.
Darker Skin in Need of Sun Protection Too
If you live in a place where sum-
mer lasts only two months a year,
you probably relish in the warmth
and glory of the sun. As African
Americans, we have the tendency
skip of sunscreen when heading
outdoors for some fun in the sun.
We think the only repercussion of
heading outside with bare skin is
getting darker, but here's a reality
check: Though darker skin may not
burn easily, shoddy sun protection
can have serious consequences.
If you do burnm-skin looks red-
dened, is tender to the touch, or
blisters-get out of the sun, apply
cool (not cold) compresses and a
skin-soothing salve like aloe vera,
and drink lots of fluids. You might
need to take an anti-inflammatory
like acetaminophen and watch for
peeling or swelling.
But prevention trumps pain, so
soak up these tips for sunning your
skin and keeping it healthy, too.
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15 (for deeply colored skin; higher
if your skin is lighter), and reapply
it often, especially if you're swim-
ming or perspiring, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Pay special attention to
areas that get chronic exposure, like
your face, neck and left arm (think
of the intense sun that comes
through a driver's-side window).
Be sure to use a brand that protects
against both UVA and UVB rays.
To make it easier to remember, try a
brand that combines sunscreen and
moisturizer and substitute it for
your regular lotion.
Certain medications and health
problems can make anyone's skin
more sun-sensitive. Some antibi-
otics or cancer drugs can do it, as
can disorders like lupus or multiple
sclerosis. Skin pigmentation prob-
lems that are more common in peo-
ple of color, such as vitiligo and
dermatosis papulosa nigra, can also
be made worse with sun exposure.
Read medication labels or talk with
your doctor for the 411.
Darker-skinned people, though
less likely to get skin cancers, can
be at greater risk of skin cancer
fatalities because of late detection.
We also can end up suffering from
cataracts and the effects of sun-
induced immune suppression,
according to the American Cancer
Society. Put on a hip hat, wear sun-
glasses that offer UVA and UVB
protection and examine your skin
regularly for abnormalities. Black
folks should be especially alert for
raised areas, like moles, and discol-
orations in nail beds, on palms or on
soles of feet. If their appearance
changes, or they begin to hurt or
bleed, see a dermatologist.
Call Healthy Jacksonville
at 665-2520 to find out
where you can get a breast
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M Tom Joyner Foundation's New Scholarship Seeks
.. to Increase Numbers of Black Men at HBCUs
Annual Reenactment a Justice Reminder
Actors recreated the lynching of two black couples in Monroe, Ga., last
week. The lynching's of Roger and Dorothy Malcom, and George and Mae
Murray Dorsey on July 25, 1946, have long been a source of racial tension
in Monroe, a town about 45 miles east of Atlanta. The re-enactment, which
was staged for the third time is more than a yearly ritual. It's an annual call
for justice, a plea to the remaining witnesses of the murders to come for-
ward with evidence to crack the case.
The number of black men attend-
ing historically black colleges and
universities has increased in recent
years, but still lags behind black
women, national studies show.
A new scholarship was recently
kicked off by the Tom Joyner
Foundation to help change that
Beginning with the month of July,
one $1,500 scholarship is being
offered each week to a male student
at a HBCU selected as the college
of the month for the "Tom Joyner
"We wanted to do something that
directly helps encourage brothers to
go school and also help keep them
Jim Brown Kicks Off $1.3 Million Florida
Program to Prevent Gang Violence
MELBOURNE -At 71, Jim
Brown's mind is sharp, his will
strong and his eyes remain clear
and focused on their target of the
past 19 years, reducing gang vio-
lence and making a difference in
the lives of at-risk youth through
caring, compassion and a curricu-
lum designed to guide them along
the journey to success.
And while being Jim Brown, a
man many consider one of the top
athletes of the 20th century, certain-
ly gives a degree of entr6e and
creed a common man or woman
would not enjoy, being Jim Brown
isn't worth beans in the game of life
if his message doesn't matter.
"We're celebrity-driven in this
country, as well as the world, and
we put so much emphasis on the
wrong things," Brown said while in
Melbourne this week to introduce
his Amer-I-can program.
"People say, 'You can talk to kids
because you're Jim Brown.' No, I
talk to kids because I'm a human
being and I really like to talk to kids
and pay attention to kids and listen
to kids and invite kids to my home.
"The Jim Brown is like, if I open
up a restaurant and had an opening
night .. the first night they come
because it's Jim Brown's restaurant.
The food is terrible, the service is
bad, they don't come back. So,
eventually, you've got to deal with
the quality. I could give
Representative Needelman a foot-
ball and he might like it. But when
he sits down and looks at that cur-
riculum, if it's not up to par, he's got
a football but he's got no program.
"You've got to understand the dif-
ferences between being a semi-
celebrity and being an educated
person who has a real dynamite
approach to change."
The change, from Brown's per-
spective after spending time in what
he called "the belly of the beast," is
"In the early '80s, I recognized that
gang violence, our kids were being
killed all over the country, young
people murdered, and innocent peo-
ple, who were not part of the cul-
ture," he said. "So I decided in 1988
I was uniquely suited to work in
this area the rest of my life with the
goal being able to stop some of the
And, it came down to engagement
and building relationships not
based, despite Brown's fame, on a
foundation of sports, but on a foun-
dation of caring and individual
"Mainly, what you fight is the pol-
itics of getting resources," he said.
"It isn't the problem that's difficult
for us. It is acquiring the resources
there," Thomas Joyner Jr., head of
the foundation. He said foundation
board members decided to initiate
the new program because of their
concerns over the disparities in the
number of black men in college and
also the increasing number of black
men involved in negative activities.
"We know there are a lot of black
brothers out there doing the right
things, and we want to highlight
them," Joyner said.
The new scholarship program,
called Brothers on the Move,
already has tapped scholarship win-
ners at Tougaloo College in
Mississippi, the July College of the
Joyner said there is a definite need
for the new scholarship. On aver-
age, the black male student enroll-
ment at an HBCU is about 37%.
According to a recent report by
the Thurgood Marshall College
Fund, Central State University in
Ohio has the best balance between
black male and female student pop-
ulation with a rate of 50-50.
Southern University at Shreveport
had the greatest disparity in
male/female student enrollment,
with a female student population of
78 percent. That report also showed
that black male enrollment at
HBCUs is up overall by about eight
percent for a three-year period from
To be an eligible candidate for the
scholarship, students must have a
grade point average of at least 3.0,
be a campus leader, be involved in
the community and have a career
goal to make a difference in the
quality of life for his race, while
Cheney State University in
Philadelphia, Pa. is the August
College of the Month; Tennessee
State University in Nashville,
Tenn., is the pick for September;
Edward Waters College in
Jacksonville, Fla. takes the prize
for October and Savannah State
University in Savannah, Ga. wins
Often, a combination of challenges
-- including finances and lack of
support -- stand in the way of black
men who may want to attend col-
lege or cause them to leave before
completing a degree, said Michael
J. Cuyjet, editor of the book,
"African-American Men in
College." The book include chap-
ters written by leading educators on
issues confronting black men on
college campuses, with some sug-
gestions for addressing the chal-
At a time when there is a need for
more black men to complete col-
lege, there also is a lack of a predis-
position for them to get a degree,
said Cuyjet, a professor at the
University of Louisville.
"There is this perception that you
need to get out there and get a job,"
Cuyjet said. "What we have to do is
make certain that the role models
and support are there that show our
young black men another way."
The Brothers on the Move schol-
arship is an initiative being
launched in addition to a variety of
other foundation efforts.
"We've got to do all we can to
make sure brothers go to college
and stay in college," the elder
Joyner said. "This scholarship is
just one way we're trying to make a
For information about the schol-
arship program, students should
contact their school administrators
directly to determine their eligibili-
Michael Vick's Co-defendant Pleads Guilty: Says
Falcons QB financed bulk of the illegal operation
and being able to fight through the
maze that's put up in our system.
Money seems to rule. Where the
money's spent seems to be very
"In Amer-l-can's case, I travel all
the time. I don't put a price on it. If
I go to an autograph show, I go for
three hours, go first class, I make
$50,000 in three hours.
"In this work, 1 go when I go and
I love it. But then you have to have
the resources to execute the curricu-
lum and do the things you have to
do. . If you prove yourself year
after year, you should be able to be
just everywhere in the state. But
once again, I didn't become an all-
star football player because it was
Tony Taylor, a co-defendant in
Michael Vick's federal dogfighting
conspiracy case, pleaded guilty
Monday as part of a plea deal with
prosecutors. He also claims the
Atlanta Falcons quarterback pro-
vided nearly all of the financing for
the illegal operation.
The prosecution claimed in a July
17 indictment that Taylor found the
Surry County property that Vick
purchased and used as the site of his
dogfighting enterprise, dubbed
"Bad Newz Kennels." Taylor also
allegedly helped purchase pit bulls
and killed at least two dogs that
failed to perform well in test fights.
"The 'Bad Newz Kennels' opera-
tion and gambling monies were
almost exclusively funded by
Vick," a summary of facts support-
ing the plea agreement and signed
by Taylor states.
Taylor, 34, has promised to coop-
erate in the federal government's
prosecution of Vick and two other
co-defendants, Purnell A. Peace,
35, of Virginia Beach, and Quanis
L. Phillips, 28, of Atlanta. All three,
currently free without bond, are
scheduled for trial Nov. 26.
As part of his plea deal, Taylor is
required to testify against Vick and
the two other co-defendants if nec-
essary. Taylor cannot get a stiffer
sentence or face any new charges
based on any new information he
provides, according to terms of the
Taylor, whose sentencing is
scheduled for Dec. 14, pleaded
guilty to conspiracy to travel in
interstate commerce in aid of
unlawful activities, and conspiring
to sponsor a dog in an animal fight-
ing venture. Vick and two other co-
defendants pleaded not guilty to
similar charges last week. The three
remaining defendants could get five
years in prison and fines of up to
$250,000 if found guilty.
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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
Class of 67' Reunion
The Matthew Gilbert Class of
1967 will be celebrating their 40th
year reunion this weekend, August
3rd and 4th, at the Holiday Inn
Airport on Duval road. Call 703-
9147 for more information.
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
NAACP to Discuss
Failing F Schools
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will hold its monthly meeting on
Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 7:30
p.m. in the office, 5422 Soutel
Drive. In addition to hearing reports
of the National Convention held in
Detroit, Michigan July 8-12, 2007,
the Education Committee will give
its report on the "F Schools", prima-
rily in the African-American com-
The public is invited to attend this
very important meeting, hear the
reports, and give feedback as to
For further information, please call
the office at 764-7578, President
Isaiah Rumlin at 764-1753, or E.G.
Atkins at 768-8697.
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
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ture favorites sung by Second The play explores the bond between
Chance, Hack Bartley, Sounds of brothers -their joys, triumphs, pain,
Motown and featured performances and sorrow -all under one roof. The
by the Swingin' Medallions. You play will be performed for two
must 21 and older to enter the shows only Friday, August 17,
Friday and Saturday concerts in 2007 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday,
Atlantic Hall. Tickets are non- August 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at the
refundable and can be purchased by Florida Theater. Contact the Florida
calling 1-877-4-JEKYLL or online Theater Box Office for tickets.
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,
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
A lecture free and open to the pub-
lic on the topic "Global Warming:
Its Impact on My Future" by Gail
Gibson, Ph.D. will beheld on
Wednesday Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. at
FCCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper
Road, Auditorium, Bldg. CIs it real-
ly happening or is it all just politics?
How will it affect Jacksonville and
what can we do about it? These are
some of the questions that will be
answered. This lecture, on the sec-
ond anniversary of Hurricane
Katrina, is being given to honor
those who have suffered because of
this catastrophic event. Everyone
affected by Katrina to attend so they
might be recognized. For more
information or to RSVP please con-
tact Dr. Paula Thompson at 766-
Music & Dance
On Thursday, September 6th,
from 6:30- 10:300 PM The St.
Johns River City Band will host
"Taste the Music & Dance" at the
Aetna Building. If you would like
to help in the planning of this event
please call (904) 355-4700.
3rd Annual Puerto
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail
Sinbad in Concert
The Florida Theatre will present a
return engagement of the popular
comedian and actor Sinbad on
Friday, October 12, 2007 at 8 PM.
Known for his clean, insightful
humor and compelling storytelling
ability, the veteran performer has
appeared several times in
Jacksonville to help raise money for
social service and civic organiza-
tions. Tickets and complete per-
formance information are available
from the Florida Theatre Box
Office at 904.355.2787 or online at
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EDDIE MURPHY POPS
The rumors have been floating -
around for the last week or so and
now it's been confirmed. Eddie .
Murphy and Tracey Edmonds have
"Tracey and Eddie were engaged ,
last Wednesday," Edmonds person- '
al assistant told People. .
OK magazine first reported the. "
engagement, when the couple was
spotted at the July 23 premiere of -
"Who's Your Caddy," which is pro-
duced by Edmonds. She also was t
wearing a diamond sparkler on her
left ring finger, prompting questions about whether it was an engage-
The engagement comes on the heels of Murphy's paternity case with
Melanie 'Mel B' Brown, who gave birth to his daughter, Angel Iris, in
April. Meanwhile, Edmonds's divorce from Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds
was finalized in June. There's no word yet on when the wedding will
ETTA JAMES HOSPITALIZED
Legendary Blues singer Etta
James is reported to be in stable
condition in a Los Angeles hospital
suffering from complications fol-
,L lowing abdominal surgery.
SI According to an e-mail sent by
SJames' manager Lupe De Leon, the
'I 69-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer
was admitted to Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center this week due to
complications from surgery performed last month.
Her hospitalization has caused James to postpone concert appear-
ances. Blues icon B.B. King and soul veteran Al Green started the tour
without James on Tuesday in Florida. James hopes to join the tour in
August. In the meantime, R&B singer Chaka Khan is substituting for
James on the tour.
"If it had been left solely up to her, she would have checked herself
out of the hospital and started the tour regardless of her delicate health,"
De Leon said. "However, her doctor advised that were she to do so, it
would put her at very great risk."
James is best known for her classic song "At last." The three-
time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1993, and remains an active recording artist.
"Beautiful Girls" Launches Career
of 17 Year Old Reggae Phenom
Effort Underway to Grant Pardon for Ron Isley
With less than a week before his
incarceration date for tax evasion,
Ron Isley hopes a presidential par-
don will be his get out of jail card.
Def Jam record execs are using
their marketing wares to drum up
support for an executive presiden-
tial pardon for the beloved member
of The Isley Brothers family and
Last September Isley was sen-
tenced to three years in prison on
five counts of federal income tax
evasion. IRS agents said Isley, 65,
who had pleaded "not guilty" on all
counts, had assets in the millions at
the time of his indictment and had
gone to great lengths to hide them
in different bank accounts and by
signing them over to relatives.
Isley had unpaid taxes between
the years 1997 and 2002 of $3.1
million. U.S. District Judge Dean
Pregerson in Los Angeles called
Isley a "serial tax avoider."
Isley's attorney, Anthony
Alexander, had argued that his
client deserved probation due to his
frail health, citing stroke he suf-
fered two years ago and a recent
battle with kidney cancer. Isley
must report to the Federal Bureau
of Prisons, where due to his health
condition, he will most likely spend
his time in a federal hospital.
Ronald Isley's career spans over
50 years, with countless accom-
plishments and a legacy of unique-
ly American music that has influ-
enced everyone from the Beatles to
Isley supporters are urging his
fans to call, fax or email the White
House immediately to help him stay
out of prison.
Though he has many fans, not al
lof them think any effort should be
put forth to help stay out of jail.
"I struggle to pay my taxes every
year." said Jerry Simmons of
Jacksonville, "and I haven't made
millions of dollars.
What makes Ron
Isley any dif-
to contact the /
456-1414, or by
house.gov, and provided the contact
information for the Congressional
Black Caucus and Congress.
Spike Lee's Latest on Heroic Black Soldiers
Fresh off of a nomination of six
Emmy's on his Hurricaine Katrina
documentary, acclaimed director
Spike Lee has announced his latest
venture. His next film will be based
on a real-life story about four black
American soldiers who were
trapped in an Italian village during
World War II.
The film, provisionally entitled
"Miracle at St. Anna," is based on
an novel by James McBride and is
about "human beings, war and the
need to obtain peace."
The book recounts the ordeal of
four black soldiers from the all-
black 92nd Division who were left
in an Italian village due to their
superiors' racism and incompe-
tence. But they get the backing of
the Italian resistance to fight
Lee, who was flanked at the press
conference by an 82-year-old veter-
an who was among the four left in
the village, said he had "always
been interested by Italy but had to
wait for a good screenplay to make
Lee lamented that "black soldiers
who fought during the Second
World War are invisible in
Hollywood films," adding: "It is
paradoxical that blacks who fought
for democracy are considered sec-
ond class citizens."
The film will be co-produced by
Lee and Italian production house
Lee on location in Rome, Italy.
"On My Own" will cost 45 million in Italy will begin next year.
dollars (33 million euros). Shooting
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No one knows how long Sean
Kingston's celebrity will last, but
already it's been longer than the
week he spent last summer sleeping
in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., bus stop.
Kingston, 17, is the Miami-born,
Jamaica-bred, Los Angeles-based
singer-songwriter behind the pop
confection of the minute,
"Beautiful Girls," a catchy amal-
gam of reggae, rap and doo-wop
that has hit big on radio, MySpace,
YouTube and cellphone ring tones.
Earlier this month, Kingston (born
Kisean Anderson) was back in his
hometown, visiting the Boys and
Girls Club of Miami, taping radio
spots and promoting his self-titled
album due July 31.
And while he clearly enjoyed the
glow of his newfound fame,
Kingston said he hasn't forgotten
that hard times came just as quickly
when his mother and older sister
were imprisoned on federal tax eva-
sion charges last summer.
With no immediate family near-
by, Kingston said he was homeless
for a week, sleeping at a bus stop
and not knowing where to turn until
an aunt in Boynton Beach, Fla.,
took him in. A few days later, he
said, he flew to Los Angeles to live
with his older brother.
"I feel like that whole time, I was
drowning, water coming up around
me," Kingston said.
But his luck was about to change,
thanks in part to the online social
networking site MySpace. One
afternoon, Kingston said, he was
visiting rap producer Dr. Dre's
MySpace page when he read that
another producer, J.R. Rotem, was
launching a new record label and
looking to sign artists.
So Kingston e-mailed Rotem a
sound file with samples of his
work. Rotem never replied,
Kingston said, so he tried again and
again until Rotem relented.
"We heard it," Rotem said, "and
there was something incredible
there. He stood way above every-
thing else that was being sent."
Rotem set up an audition and "he
liked it so much," Kingston said,
"he signed me the same day.
"My life has changed since then."
These days, Kingston's "Beautiful
Girls" is ranked No. 31 on
Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 list.
"I heard the track 'Stand By Me,'
one night in the studio, the radio
was on. I asked J.R., did anybody
ever flip that? He made the beat the
beat right there on the spot and I
wrote the songs in a few minutes.
It's hard when you're in love and a
girl tells you that it is time to end
things. I know everyone can relate
to that, so that's why I had to write
The song is the No. 1 ring tone
sold by Verizon, according to the
company's Web site. And
Kingston's song generates about
150,000 plays per day on MySpace,
where his profile has been viewed
nearly 5 million times, according to
his publicist, Tammy Brook.
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the Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free
Press pages. Join us as we glimpse back at some of the events that helped shape our
newspaper into the publication that it is today.
MS DAVIS 101st Jacksonville's favorite cen-
turion celebrated her 101st birthday with much fanfare
including her church pastor and her SHADCO team.
Shown at the celebration is Rev. Rudolph McKissick,
Honoree Ms. Leota Davis, Sheriff Nat Glover and
SHADCO Chair Carlottra Guyton.
Girl Power Leads MEDWeek Steering Committee: Minority Enterprise
Development Week, held annually around the country to laud to America's best and
brightest in minority is celebrated every year in Jacksonville. in 2000, the Steering
Committee shown above was composed of Jacquie Gibbs, Mia Jones, Annette Davis
and Janice Sampson representing the City of Jacksonville, Duval County School
Board and the Jacksonville Transportation Association. Keynoting the Awards lunch-
eon was State Rep. Denise Lee.
Jazz Flutist Herbie Mann chats it up with 100 Black Men President
Kenneth Pennix in this 2002 photo by Greg Miller.
Duval County School Board Leadership Supt. John Fryer and
Regional Supt. Levi McIntosh participate in a workshop facilitated by
Betty Burney at Raines High School.
While Gov. Bush was well known during his eight year tenure for implementing the FCAT and ending affirmative action in higher education,
he also instituted the annual Black History Month Scholarship Program. The annual February event allowed children of all ages the opportu-
nity to win a FULL collegiate scholarship to the Florida institution of their choice based on a Black History essay. Shown above at the recep-
tion honoring the winners at the Governor's mansion are Frank Powell, Free Press publisher Rita Perry, Gov. Jeb Bush, EWC President Dr.
Oswald Bronson and James McLean of EWC.
Eta Phi Beta Southeast Regional Conference
Well over two hundred African American community leaders and
entrepreneurs from across the south spent a 2005 weekend in
Jacksonville, to continue their organization's sixty-three-year legacy
of service and leadership. Highlights of the gala weekend include
events such as a "Apollo Night NU Style and Fashion Review", a pag-
eant, workshops and business meetings. Shown at the pageant are
(Left Right) Gloria Torrance, President, Nu Chapter; Sharon
Pritchett, Regional Director; Louise Broadnax, National President;
Lucinda Campbell, Ms. Queen for the Southeastern Region; and the
late Curlue Huger, Journalist, Nu Chapter.
Chappell Murder Site Dedicated With Marker
A road designation ceremony has been held in honor of Mrs. Johnnie
Mae Chappell, the Jacksonville mother killed more than forty years
ago during the March 1964 riots. Following a 10+ year crusade by her
youngest son, Shelton Chappelle, formal acknowledgement marks a
stretch of US1, the location where she was killed while looking for her
wallet in 1964 in a random act of violence. Shown at the dedication
above are Alonzo Chappell, Senator Tony Hill, Shelton Chappell,
Paula Barnes Catherine Walker, Jacqueline Williams, Ernest
Chappell, Ruth Monteroy, Willie Jr., Chappelle Rep. Terry Fields and
former State representative Daisy Black at the dedication.
Local Leaders Prepare for Million More March
"The Value of Building a Covenant" was the theme for the second
Town Hall meeting of the Millions More Movement. The brainchild of
Bro. James Muhammad, chairman of From Unity to Loyalty, the
forum was held on the campus of Edward waters College to enlighten,
inspire and encourage in preparation for the Millions More
Movement March in Washington.. Shown above at a forum are (left
to right) Dr. Baruti Katembo, Desmond Muhammad and M.A.
Ahmad. (Rogers Cain not shown).
Stage Aurora Takes Jax Inside Crowns
Crowns, the off- broadway hit play written by actress and director
Regina Taylor recently graced the stages of Jacksonville thanks to
local director Darryl Hall and his Stage Aurora Theater. Preceding a
performance at the FCCJ Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium in 1995,
Michael Cunningham who wrote the book the play is based on, joined
the Jacksonville Chapter of Links and others for a book signing and
discussion. Shown above at the signing is Link member Wanda
Montgomery, author Michael Cunningham and the play's director
Darryl Hall of Stage Aurora.
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