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Magic to Hold Fundraiser

for Clinton Campaign
Obama got Oprah. Clinton gets Magic.
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's
presidential announced that former NBA star
Earvin "Magic" Johnson will hold a fundraiser
to support her candidacy on Sept. 14.
The announcement comes about a month after
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's campaign said
that talk show host Oprah Winfrey will hold a
Sept. 8 fundraiser on his behalf at her palatial
estate near Santa Barbara.
The dueling events highlight the competition
among Democratic candidates for black support
in the party's 2008 presidential primary.
Winfrey is a well-known Obama fan. She called him "my favorite guy"
and "my choice" on CNN's "Larry King Live" last year before he
announced he would run for president.
In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and know-
ledge to help lead our country."
Co-hosts at Johnson's fundraiser include music industry heavyweights
Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy, who announced their support for
Clinton's campaign in April.

Alphas Ban the "N" Word
ORLANDO, Fla. Alpha Phi Alpha, the nation's oldest and largest
black fraternity, were directed by the head of the organization to ban the
N-word from its vocabulary. The offensive racial epithet should be
purged from music lyrics, movie dialogue, talk radio and playgrounds,
said Darryl R. Matthews Sr., president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
"I don't know many ethnic groups other than the black community that
use such harsh language with each other and empower other people to
think it's OK to use it," Matthews said in an interview following his
address to 3,000 fraternity members attending their annual convention.
As part of a new policy, Matthews challenged Alpha fraternities on col-
lege campuses to exorcise offensive words from their party entertain-
ment. His remarks are part of a growing movement by black leaders to
discourage the use of the term by blacks and whites. The debate started
with the outrage over "Seinfeld" comedian Michael Richards' use of the
epithet and escalated with the racially derogatory remarks by radio shock
jock Don Imus.
Arguing that you can't condemn whites for using the word when blacks
also use it, the NAACP last month staged a symbolic burial of the N-
word at its convention in Detroit. Similar burials have been held in
Houston and Philadelphia.

Noted Psychologists Dr. Asa Hilliard

Dies of Malaria in Egypt
Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, who as a teacher, psychologist and historian shaped
the minds and laid the groundwork for future African-American students,
died last weekend while on a trip to Egypt. He was 73.
Since 1980, Dr. Hilliard was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban
Education at Georgia State University. He died two days before classes
were to begin at the university.
He served as an expert witness in several cases that have resulted in the
elimination of admissions tests as the sole criterion for college admission
and led to the revamping of achievement testing.
Dr. Hilliard wrote more than 200 research reports, books and articles on
testing, ancient African history, teaching strategies, African culture and
child growth and development.
He was a founding member of the National Black Child Development
Institute and the Association for the Study of Classical African
Rosa Parks Bus Arrest Predecessor,

Irene Morgan Kirkaldy Dies at 90
Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, a black woman whose
refusal to give up her bus seat to white passengers
led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision
more than a decade before Rosa Parks gained
recognition for doing the same, has died at 90.
Kirkaldy, bor Irene Morgan in Baltimore in
1917, was arrested in 1944 for refusing to give up
her seat on a Greyhound bus heading from
Gloucester to Baltimore, and for resisting arrest.
Her case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme
Court by an NAACP lawyer named Thurgood Marshall, who later
became the first black justice on the high court.
The Supreme Court held in June 1946 that Virginia law requiring the
races to be separated on interstate buses -- even making passengers
change seats to maintain separation if the number of passengers changed
-- was an invalid interference in interstate commerce.
At the time, the case received little attention, and not all bus companies
complied with the ruling at first, but it paved the way for civil rights vic-
tories to come, including Parks' famous Alabama stand in in 1955.
Kirkaldy said she willingly paid a $100 fine for resisting arrest because
she did kick the officer who tried to remove her from the bus.
Kirkaldy also inspired the first Freedom Ride in 1947, when 16 civil
rights activists rode buses and trains through the South to test the
Supreme Court decision.
In 2001, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Citizens
Medal -- the second highest civilian honor in the United States.

Volume 21 No. 22 Jacksonville, Florida August 16-22, 2007

[The Coloring of America: Minorities Majority in 10% of U.S. Counties

When America's forefathers were
planning the landscape for the
"land of the free. home of the
brave", it is no doubt they ever
planned on becoming the minority.
Now, with ever increasing num-
bers, Whites are no% in the minor-
ity in nearly one in 10 U.S. coun-
ties. And that increased diversity,
fueled bi immigration and higher
birth rates among blacks and

Hispanics. is straining race rela-
tions and sparking a backlash
against immigrants in many com-
"There's some culture shock."
said Mark Mather sociological sta-
tlcian for the Population Reference
Bureau, "But I think there is a
momentum building, and it is
going to continue."
As of 2006, non-Hispanic whitess

made up less than half the popula-
tion in 303 of the nation's 3.141
counties, according to Census
Bureau figures. Whites were a
minorin in 262 counties in 2000,
up from 183 in 1990.
The Census Bureau's report has
population estimates by race and
ethnicity for ever country in the
nation. They are the first such esti-
mates since Hurricane Katrina hit

the Gulf Coast in 2005, scattering
hundreds of thousands of people.
The biggest changes in were in
Orleans Parish. La.. home to New
Orleans. The share of non-
Hispanic whites in Orleans Parish
grew from 27 percent in 2005 to 34
percent in 2006. while e the share of
blacks dropped from about 68 per-
cent to 59 percent.
Continued on page 7

Christopher Davis, Esquire
Jacksonville Attorney Christopher
D. Davis was recently elected as
president of the D.W. Perkins Bar
Association, the legal organization
comprised of the city's premiere
minority attorneys.
"My goal as president is to reach
out to the African-American com-
munity and community at large by

holding seminars to educate the
public about their legal rights and
how they can go about obtaining
legal counsel when the need aris-
es," Davis said. "We want to be a
service to the community as a
whole and make ourselves avail-
able as a resource."
The Association was founded
after Daniel Webster Perkins, one
of the first African-Americans to
practice law in Duval County. The
organization's mission statement is
"to continue to be an agent of
change to improve the plight of the
African-American community and
to erase the affects of past and pres-
ent discrimination."
Davis, an associate at Peek, Cobb,
Edwards & Ragatz, has a career
resume resume that include five
years as chief of staff for Florida
State Representative Terry Fields,
where he lobbied for legislation,
developed bills and helped con-
stituents resolve their problems.

Nearly Half of U.S.

Murder Victims Are Black

African-Americans are victims of
nearly half the murders committed
in the United States despite making
up only 13% of the population.
Around 8,000 of nearly 16,500
murder victims in 2005, or 49 per-
cent, were black Americans,
according to the report released by
the statistics bureau of the
Department of Justice.
Broken down by gender, 6,800
black men were murdered in 2005,
BlackAmericans making up more
have a greater than half the
chance of dying nearly 13,000
at the hands of male murder vic-
another Black tims.
hand more than Black women
any other force made up 35 per-
in the universe." cent, or 1,200, of
the nearly 3,500
female homicide victims.
Young black men aged between 17
and 29 bore a disproportionately
high burden in the grim statistics,
making up 51 percent of African-
American murder victims.
The percentage of white male
murder victims in the same age
group was 37 percent.
Firearms were involved 77 per-
cent of the time in homicides
involving black people and around
60 percent of the time in murders of
Most murder victims -- 93 percent
of blacks and 85 percent of whites -
- were killed by someone of their
own race.
Gang violence was involved in
around five percent of homicides
with black victims against seven

percent for white victims.
In percentage terms, whites were
twice as likely to be killed by a cur-
rent or former partner than blacks -
- 12 percent of whites were mur-
dered by a life partner against six
percent of blacks.

Travis Cabb, Tyrese and Earnest Gamble, and Jewel Jackson receive
the 2007 On the Move to Improve award from Alonzo Mourning.
Local Students Win National

Award from Alonzo Mourning

NBA great Alonzo mourning
recently lauded four local students
at his Zo's Summer Groove Event.
The students who have taken
courses with Florida Virtual School
(FLVS) were recognized for their
commitment to community
empowerment during the NBA All-
Star basketball game at the llth
Annual Zo's Summer Groove
(ZSG). Jewel Jackson, Tyrese and
Earnest Gamble, and Travis Cabb
received the 2007 On the Move to
Improve award with ZSG for their
computer donation project.
The statewide challenge for the
award offered students a unique
opportunity to create a project that
would positively impact the lives of

children and families living in their
Launched in May of 2007, the
competition drew over 100 entries
from middle and high school stu-
dents from around the state. Over
six weeks, student teams held Lego
engineering camps, recorded books
on tape for hospitalized kids, col-
lected shoes for children in Africa,
offered literacy programs, and
reached out to children and families
with special needs. At the end
teams submitted project portfolios
that were reviewed and judged to
determine which team had the
greatest impact on children and
families in their communities.
Continued on page 7

1800 Students Receive Free School Supplies

from Mission 's Annual Back to School Jamboree
The Clara Whit Mission, known for aiding the city's homeless has taken on a new hat education. For the third
year in a row, the Mission joined several other community partners for their Back to School jamboree with a
record setting 1,800 youth in attendance.
Braving the heat from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, youth from all over the community joined
in to receive backpacks loaded with school supplies and hours of entertainment. The activities for the day includ-
ed a health screening, food, games, bike safety demonstrations, rock-climbing lessons, entertainment and special
guest speakers.

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Go Ahead And Stick Your Nose In It! -- Office Politics

Webster's dic-
S tionary defines
politics as
"having practical wisdom and
prudence. That definition in itself
is a revelation to those of us who
come to perceive politics as a
dirty game between competing
interest groups...something nega-
tive, then, cynical and conniving.
"Practical wisdom and pru-
dence?" Perhaps the dark side of
human nature has tarnished poli-
tics in our minds, but clearly, pol-
itics is part of our lives, not just in
government, but in the workplace.
Whenever and wherever groups
of people organize to get things
done, politics comes into play.
In a group, each person's ability to
influence decisions by demon-
strating his or her wisdom and
prudence provides that individual

with a platform from which to
assert leadership and control.
When I refer to networking and
office politics, I am not referring
to the common connotation of
back-biting and infighting. I am
simply referring to the very wise
and prudent policy of staying as
informed as possible about mat-
ters pertaining to your business
and staying in communication
with as many of your coworkers
and associates as possible, up and
down the line of authority.
Engaging in office politics as part
of networking simply means
employing these six strategies.
1. Join groups or organizations
to gain recognition for your skills.
2. Use informal meetings to net-
3. Seek mentors or sponsors to
hone your skills and expand your

access to key people.
4. Act as a mentor or sponsor in
order to build your own team and
5. Network with colleagues at
the next level.
6.Network with key sources to
make sure you are in the formal
and informal information loop.
Bottom Line: Psychologists
tell us that the three basic
human needs in any group
dynamic are structure, organi-
zation, and proper environ-
ment. Remember, politics is a
group dynamic. In other words,
politics cannot be overlooked,
even though I'm sure we have
all heard someone say, "I stay
out of office politics." If that is
truly the case, that person might
as well stay out of the office.

Black Enterprise Returns to Miami

for Golf and Tennis Challenge

Black Enterprise Magazine will
return to Miami this Labor Day
weekend for the 14th annual Black
Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis
Challenge. The event, being held
from Aug. 30 though Sept. 3, pro-
vides opportunities in black busi-

ness networking by uniting the
nation's top business minds for a
weekend of friendly competition
and spectacular entertainment.
This year, the Challenge will
return to the world-renowned Doral
Golf Resort and Spa. Each year, the

Three Questions for

Sheila Johnson

How do you decide what you're going to give money to?
I would say 99 percent of it is to education. But I've given something to
stem cell research; I've given to the hospital here in
yr \irginia because I'm very concerned. I'm a big
supporter of the free clinic. So it's children,
omen and the arts and education, those
are my focus with a bent on health.
.. Since you left BET, and divorced
J -from co-founder Bob Johnson, it
.I seems that you have been on a tear to
,..p *I accomplish a lot. What is driving
A2 you?
What I have learned is God puts you in
S a place for many different reasons. I
look back on it now, and I'm really glad
I did go through that because I have got-
ten my power back ten-fold. I have always
had a burning desire to not only be success-
ful but to do the right things in life and to help
people and the successful part is going to come.
I'm trying to build a successful hospitality compa-
ny. People say, why hospitality? That's what I've always been about. It's
about nurturing, welcoming people, feeding them, taking care of them,
putting the best foot forward, even at BET, when I had to throw company
parties and make sure everyone was taken care of. That is the face of who
I am, and the other thing is it was important for me to learn to give back.
Now the reason that it's at the speed that I'm doing is because of my age
and I've got so much that I need to do before I can't do it anymore.
What advice do you give to people who want to support a charity or
There are just so many ways to get in and roll your sleeves up to make a
change and a difference in so many people's lives. You can mentor, which
I think is the number-one philanthropic thing you can do. It doesn't mean
belonging to an organization but just taking on a young person that you can
follow through their lives to help them. You can feed them; you can take
them with you to concerts. You can do whatever you can. Young people,
kids need to be nurtured and mentored and sometimes even a family with
both parents can't do it all. I really believe in Hillary Clintons' "it takes a
village to raise a child." I would like to see communities come back togeth-
er again where they take on a whole block of kids, watch them when they
go to school and come back and make sure that they're doing what they are
supposed to do.

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sold-out event attracts more than
1,400 African American entrepre-
neurs, business executives, and pro-
The Golf& Tennis Challenge also
presents numerous financial work-
shops and health-related seminars
hosted by Ameriprise Financial,
American Express and Aetna. And
each day is capped off with recep-
tions, and top-notch musical and
comedic entertainment. This year's
featured artists include Erykah
Badu, Heather Headley, Cameo,
Morris Day & The Time, and come-
dian Eddie Griffin.
For more information about the
14th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi
Golf & Tennis Challenge visit

"Do You.............

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons'
best selling book, Do You! 12
and SUCCESS is an unexpected
and compelling message. The mes-
sage is unexpected, because the
prevailing image of Hip-Hop is one
of sex, drugs, gangstas and lots of
bling, leading the pre-reader to
expect something totally different.
It's compelling because the laws
that Mr. Simmons professes are nei-
ther new nor different. In the intro-
duction, Mr. Simmons states, "I'm
not saying anything in this book
that hasn't already been said before.
These are the exact same laws that
Jesus Christ, Moses, Muhammad,
Lord Buddha, Patanjali, Mother
Teresa, and countless other inspira-
tional people all share in their own
So what's the big deal about "Do
You.....!" The message is simple,
first understand yourself, under-
stand your mission here on earth,
create a vision and a plan to accom-
plish your mission and then execute
your plan. Sounds simple, but like
most important things, the "devil"
is in the detail. The devil is in the
distractions, the temptations and
even friends and family that don't
want you to "do you" but "to do and
to serve them." How does one
breakout of the minutiae and quag-
mires of life to begin to "do
Create a Shared Vision
Begin to "Do You" by creating a
clear and compelling vision of

yourself in your desired and
changed state. As a simple exam-
ple, if your goal is to lose weight,
then place a picture of yourself,
taken when they were at your prime
size by your nightstand or dressing
area so that you can see your goal
when you wake up and before you
go to sleep. This helps to create and
sustain a mental picture that will
help to guide you as you make deci-
sions throughout the day.
Additionally, share your vision with
your family and close associates, so
that they will support you along the
Let's take "Do You" to the next
step and talk about your family.
What is your family's shared vision
for the future? Have you sat down
with your significant other and
immediate family to discuss your
future? Below are some questions
to consider:
What will your family look like
in 10, 20, 40 years?
- What type of Life Style will your
family have? Urban, suburban, for-
mal, etc.?
What are your professional and
career goals? Are they compatible?
- What are your relationships and
networks? How do they interact
individually and jointly?
- What are your spiritual goals and
plans? Are they compatible?
How will you maintain your
health and fitness in the future?
A Plan for Change
Implementing a plan for change
begins by writing your plan down.
What are the keys steps that will be
taken today, a week from today, a
month from now, six months and so


on? How will you measure your
progress? Continuing the weight
loss example, what will be your
average daily calorie intake, when
will you exercise and how often
will you weigh-in? How much
weight will you lose in the first
month, second month and so on?
Making Change Last
All too often individuals have suc-
cessfully made lifestyle changes
only to revert back to their old
habits after a year or two. I know
some people that maintain two
wardrobes, one for before the diet
and the other for after losing
weight. After you have achieved
your desired goal you have to insti-
tutionalize the change into your on-
going life patterns.
What is your financial vision for
you and your family? What do you
have to change in your lifestyle to
achieve your financial vision?
Have you created a compelling
need for change and a commitment
that will sustain the change over the
long haul? Are you ready to "Do
You and Do Your Family" so that
you can achieve your financial
goals. If your financial position is
not where you want it to be, you
have to take control to make it hap-
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Andrew Jackson Class of 1972 Hold 35th Class Reunion

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Classmates from far and wide
traveled to Jacksonville last week-
end to reconnect for their alma
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Jones, three days of activities
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Festivities included a Dinner & Ball

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"Black Women have been assaulted
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There I was minding my own
business in the line at the grocery
store when I glanced over and saw
several different covers of Vibe
magazine that featured different
photos of Barack Obama.
Hmmm I thought that's great
free publicity for him, and it will
certainly help him with the Hip
Hop generation. But then I thought
about it. It would only help if the
Hip Hop generation actually voted!
I smiled as I stared at the cover
thinking the folks who read this
magazine care more about Little
Kim's recent release from jail and if
Whitney and Bobby are truly get-
ting back together than they do
about Obama making history.
But my grocery line pondering
leads to a much larger issue for
Obama. Can he turn out the black
vote? Will black folk stop com-
plaining (especially young African
Americans) and actually exercise
their right to vote?
I think that Obama has the
speaking skills and charisma to
motivate those of us who are
already regular voters, but this new
generation of youth are a whole dif-
ferent story.
In a recent speech Obama said,
"We feel as if we can't make a dif-
ference, and so half of us don't even
vote." Now that's an understate-
All of us have cousins, friends,
neighbors or whomever that just
don't see voting as being an impor-
tant factor in their lives. Most
young people think for today and
not tomorrow, or in other words
they don't see the importance of
voting and how the people elected
to office influence their lives.
This is a major problem especial-
ly in the African American commu-

Obama Ready to Make History,

But is the Country Ready?

nity. How do we energize young
people to get out and vote, and vote
on a consistent basis?
That's the challenge ahead of
Obama. If he can motivate young
American voters to simply vote he
would open the doors to a demo-
graphic group that no politician
pays a lot of attention to these days.
But can you blame the politi-
cians? If blacks under the age of 35
were voting consistently then I
wouldn't be writing this article and
political consultants would have to
change their outreach strategies.
Obama is hoping that his mes-
sage change can turn around a
nation that's been divided and dis-
content with its current President,
the war in Iraq, gas prices, and a
dozen other issues.
"In the shadow of the Old State
Capitol, where Lincoln once called
on a divided house to stand togeth-
er, where common hopes and com-
mon dreams still live, I stand
before you today to announce my
candidacy for president of the
United States," said Barack Obama
during his speech announcing his
run for the White House in
Springfield, Illinois.
This is the exact location in
which, Abraham Lincoln stood and
gave a speech denouncing the divi-
sions caused by slavery.
The most profound words from
that speech will be the basis for his
nationwide stump speech "com-
mon hopes and common dreams
still live."

When Obama spoke at the 2004
Democratic Convention some three
years ago, no one understood that
he was laying the foundation for his
run for President. His message
lands right in the center of the polit-
ical spectrum.
He tells Vibe magazine that "We
all rise and fall together... if there
are children right now hat are
killing each other... and without an
education and dropping out, that
impacts all of us."
I remembered his words from
the Democratic Convention three
years ago saying that there was no
white or black America, but a
United States of America.
It's a message that resonates
well with most Americans regard-
less of their background. Common
dreams, hopes and love for this
great country will be the constant
sound bites from Obama. It is a
message of unity and bi-partisan-
ship that may put him in position to
make history.
I certainly don't have to say the
obvious, but I will. No black man,
better yet, no minority or woman
has ever been President of the
United States of America.
So does Obama have a chance?
Political experts will say yes. The
"experts" are saying that he is the
first legitimate African American to
run for President. Well let me
rephrase that statement. He is the
first African American to run for
President that actually has a legiti-
mate chance of winning.

Sure Jessie Jackson ran and then
there was Al Sharpton, Alan Keyes
and I think Carroll Mosley-Braun
ran in 2004, but realistically these
candidates had no creditability. No
offense to Rev. Jackson or Rev.
Sharpton, but the truth shall set you
Obama symbolizes more than
just a black face with a pretty good
resume. He's young 45, well, at
least young to most of us, and he
seems to be able to mix well with
any environment.
So will the true Hip Hop heads
embrace him? Or as Vibe magazine
asked, "Can the freshman senator
from Illinois stick to his ideals and
still become the first man to rock
Air Force Ones on Air Force One?
For those who missed that bit of
humor Air Force Ones are Nike
athletic shoes and are the most
common sneaker worn by urban
youth and Hip Hoppers.
While some may say that
Obama "ain't" black enough I
think that his knowledge and
understanding of the past will win
over most of those critics. Besides
aren't light skinned brothers trying
to make a come back?
Again, can Obama become the
Hip Hop generation candidate
without even owning a Lil Wayne
or T.I. CD? I think so, besides the
pickings are slim. At least he
knows who Lil Wayne and T.I. are.
Signing off from the Kanye
West concert,
Reggie Fullwood

Swooning for Hillary and Wondering if Obama's

Black Enough? Black Enough for What?

by Deb Mathis, BAW
It is quite something to have lived
to see a black man as a viable can-
didate for the presidency of the
United States, but there is a shock
added to the surprise: Not in a mil-
lion years would I have guessed
that a white woman would be giv-
ing him a run for his money in the
black community.
I guess it is, at least in part, an Old
School thang.
In my youth, the first or few or.
only blacks who accomplished
anything enjoyed nearly universal
support from the black community,
which was truly a community in
those days, replete with addresses
and border lines. While the walls
were restrictive in one sense, they
were protective in another, and they
held together a clutch of people
who had common values, common
problems and common goals.
We were all in front of our small
TV sets or the big, consoles when
Nat King Cole was on. We did ajig
ofjoy when Sidney Poitier was rec-
ognized with an Academy Award
and when Leontyne Price sang at
the Metropolitan Opera. We
cheered on Adam Clayton Powell's
swaggering brilliance on Capitol
Hill and swelled with pride when
Coleman Young, Maynard Jackson
and Tom Bradley were elected
mayors of three of the most impor-
tant cities in the country.
We bragged about Hank Aaron

breaking the sainted Babe Ruth's
home run record and stuck out our
chests when a lightning bolt named
O.J. Simpson won the Heisman
Trophy. We loved it when Beverly
Johnson's black beauty adorned the
cover of Vogue and -- until the
photo scandal took it all away --
were abuzz with Vanessa Williams'
walk as Miss America.
Granted, a certain sophistication is
behind the demise of that kind of
unadulterated loyalty and automat-
ic pride. We have more options and
know it. Plus, experience has
taught us that a door opened for one
of us often slams shut immediately
and, in the worst cases, are held
tight by the very person who
stepped through with our full sup-
port. In those instances, loyalty has
been a one-way street.
But we have also taken envy and
skepticism to a higher level -- or a
lower one -- so that today's black
pioneers have to wade through the
negative barrage coming from their
own home folks.
Hence, the question, "Is Barack
Obama black enough?" To which
my response is, "Black enough for
Black enough to lead a nation that
is growing browner and blacker by
the day? Black enough to remem-
ber to take racial discrimination
and disparities in housing, health
care, education and income as a
personal affront? Black enough to

understand that the world is not all
about Anglo Saxon power grabs
and domination? Black enough to
know what it's like to be presumed
guilty or inferior before character
and qualification even get a chance
to shine? Black enough to bring a
little flava to the executive man-
sion? Most of all, black enough to
win the black vote over a band of
white candidates who all want it,
but who have not had the black
experience, no matter how many
Baptist churches they've visited or
how many of us they claim as best
Obama's campaign managers are
speaking positively these days
about their man's ability to capture
the black vote in the Democratic
primaries. Considering the polls,
that optimism sounds more like
spin. Hillary Clinton has been scor-
ing high among black voters and
political observers. A headline from
last week had her "wowing" the
National Association of Black
Journalists at its annual convention
and in South Carolina, where the
black vote is critical, she is said to
be the one to beat.
Apparently, folks are still in rap-
ture over the Clinton legend,
whereby the 42nd president was
widely viewed as "the first black
president." I get the point of that,
but it is still a ridiculous idea. Bill
Clinton might have been closer
than we've ever come to having a

black man in the White House, but
he was still a long, long way off.
Obama didn't need a Pulitzer
Prize-winning author to proclaim
him black. He is real. His thinking
may be too much black for some,
too little for others, but he is the
blackest we have ever seen this
close to the prize.
If he's not black enough, then no
one in the running is.

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2 Cease Saving Africa

-African Americans
C+ -" Should Stop Doing Harm
by William Reed
On the heels 418 to 1 US House of
Representatives vote to bring more punitive
sanctions on Sudan, Los Angeles' African American Congressman Maxine
Waters introduced a resolution urging President Bush to boycott the 2008
Beijing Olympics.
Bolstered by the cast of characters involved in the "Save Darfur"
Campaign, Representative Waters' legislation seeks to turn up the pressure
on the Chinese to curtail its economic support of the country of Sudan.
Under the rubric that they are "saving" Sudan's Darfur Region, activists
such as actress Mia Farrow have labeled the Games the "Genocide
Olympics" and are after China "for contributing to atrocities in Darfur
through its subsidies to Sudan".
Organizers of the Beijing 2008 Olympics expect it to be the most prof-
itable Games in history and want not part of this cause. "I heard some peo-
ple are saying they would boycott the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to
protest China's policy over Darfur. They are either ignorant or ill-natured,"
said China's Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun after a trip to Sudan.
Do \we want to help or hurt Sudan" Chinese sa\ theN are helping. While
the U.S seeks to hamper its trade. China is pouring billions into Sudan.
Beijing purchases the miajoriry of Sudan's oil exports and its state-owned
China National Petroleum Corp. an official partner of the Ol mpic Games
- owns the largest shares in each of Sudan's t\wo major oil consortia.
Through Chinese investments. Sudan's capital Khartoum is booming.
New office towers are sprouting up in the city's commercial district.
Petrodar. a Chinese-Mala_ sian-inited Arab Emirates oil partnership is
building its headquarters in a '$4 billion complex of offices, parks and
hotels at the confluence of the White and Blue Niles.
Through its policies of "non-interference" in other countries domestic
affairs. China is not only building in Sudan. but throughout Africa. Ms.
Maxine nma \ant to break from the Europeans' paradigm on "keeping the
natives in line" and see the actualir of their colonialist acts The "Save
Sudan" and "Sa'e Darfur" lobbies hate been subjecting Sudan to U.S.
sanctions since the 1990s. But. thanks to Ku\waiti. Saudi, Indian and
Pakistani investors Sudan's perro-economy is flourishing. Sudan's econo-
mi is expected to grow 13 percent on the back of its oil exports. If she has
the same ideals for "peace and prosperity" for the people of Sudan and
Africa as China and other Asians. w\h\ \would Ms. Waters want to curb that
productive role"
African countries are clear that when it comes to economic growth and
transformation. China has much to offer that is relevant to present-day
Africa. China knows \ hat it means to be poor. and has evolved a success-
ful wealth creation formula that it is \ illmg to share with African countries.
Africa's need for infrastructure investments estimated at S20 billion a year
for the next decade is understood and supported b\ China
Ms. Waters is the only black leader on the %world stage calling for the dec-
imation of Chinese-African partnerships. While the US Congress takes
pride in labeling the crisis in Darfur "genocide". not one African leader
agrees. Surely Maxine should consider taking her lead on China from
Africans she seeks to help. China's trade in Africa reached some $50 bil-
lion in 2006. boosting growth rates and spurring much-needed infrastruc-
ture improvements. MNans African countries ie\ Chinese investment as
opportunities and welcome Beijing's "strictly business" policy of noninter-
ference in domestic affairs
It is unreasonable and deleterious for lMs. Waters and Western activists to
oppose China's loans to Africa. People dead set on bringing Sudan's gov-
ermnent to its knees sa\ 80 percent of its re enues goes to buy arms and
weapons, truth is. China's loans and other aid to Sudan and Africa go to the
construction of infrastructure. farms, factories, as \ell as stadiums, confer-
ence centers, hospitals and schools. These constructions are strengthening
these countries' self-de\ eloping capabilities.
Africa \\ ill "sate" itself through creation of its own wealth and by build-
ing infrastructure and institutions African Americans should take heed of
the harm Nls. Waters' and westernn acti\ ists' methods can cause.


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Family Fish Fry Night is back at First A.M.E. Church for dining in or
taking out will be available on Friday, August 17, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addi-
tion to terrific fish, beginning at $6, enjoy a game of chess, checkers, or
backgammon. The Rev. Gillard S. Glover is pastor of the First A.M.E.
Church, 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast. Call (386) 446-5759.

Sunbeam Spiritual Singers to
Celebrate 48th Anniversary
The Sunbeam Spiritual Singers will celebrate their 48th Anniversary at
7 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2007; at the Evergreen Baptist Church, 1100
Logan Street, Rev. Elbert Moreland, Pastor.
Special guests will be the Singing Trumpets, Jesse & The Miracles,
Touch, New Creations, the Beulah Baptist Church Male Chorus, and the
Friendship Primitive Baptist Church Male Chorus, other groups. The com-
munity is invited.

Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary
Baptist to Celebrate College Day '07
The Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1953 West
9th Street; where Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr. & Jr. are Pastors; will present
"Big Things Poppin' and Lil Things Stoppin" to celebrate College Day
College Day will be celebrates beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August
26th. For directions and/or transportation, please call the Church Office
at 354-0145. Come and be blessed as you walk into your destiny.

New Hope AME to observe 116th
Anniversary, August 23-26
The New Hope AME Church, 2708 Davis Street, in the Springfield
neighborhood, will observe its 116th Anniversary at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
August 23rd. Reverend Michael Mitchell, pastor of St. Stephens AME
Church, will be the speaker. A Youth Musical/Dance program will be pre-
sented at 7 p.m., Thursday, August 24. The celebration will conclude with
services at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 26th with choirs from around the city
participating in the observance. The community is invited. Ms. Patricia P.
Williams, chairperson.
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Mega Churches Equal Mega Revenue a Minimum of $17 Billion

in Revenue, Black Churches Becoming a Growing Economic Force

While many others are talking
about African American economic
development, at least some Black
churches in America are becoming
centers of economic growth in their
The Washington, D.C.-based
Taylor Media Services estimates
Black church revenue in America
last year stood at over $17.1 billion.
And a series of media reports sug-
gest that many of the churches are
using the funds for rapid building
and expansion.
Rev. T.D. Jakes' Potter's House is
one of the largest Black Mega
Churches in the country.
Churches are building apartment
buildings and a wide range of other
businesses. An investigative report
last month in the Buffalo News con-

cluded that Black churches in that
city "are utilizing resources from
government and non-profits to cre-
ate economic engines." The
Business Journal of Milwaukee
headlined this past Friday that
African American churches in that
area were undergoing "a construc-
tion boom." And the National
Association of Black Hotel Owners,
Operators and Developers (NAB-
HOOD) concluded a July confer-
ence in Atlanta suggesting "Black
churches are an increasing source
for partners in the [hotel] business
and cause for progress.
Negatively, however, many of
the churches use their funds to sim-
ply build larger churches and do lit-
tle to better surrounding communi-
ties. Still others move from inner

Genesis Missionary Baptist Church to
Hold 3-Day Revival, August 22nd
Rev. Michael Guerin, Pastor of Renewed Faith Ministries, will be the
Revival Evangelist at Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, "The little
church with the BIG Heart, 241 South McDuff Ave., Rev. Calvin O.
Honors, Pastor. The community is invited to the three night Revival
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 22, 23, & 24, 2007. Services will
begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Revival Theme is, "Just Praise Him".
History Association Soliciting

Local Veterans' Memoirs
The Jacksonville Branch of the Jacksonville Branch of the Asso-cia-
tion for the Study of African American Life and History is soliciting mem-
oirs from African American veterans of all branches of the service, as well
as, war industry workers, USO and medical volunteers whose work sup-
ported our Armed Forces. To participate, or for more information, call
(904),350-1623, leave the name of the war in which you.participated, your
name, and phone number. A member of the ASAALH will call you back.
When you participate, you are not only sharing, you are making history.

city areas to suburban sites.
The Black church revenue esti-
mate is based on a 1998 study
reported by the Interdenominational
Theological Center which found
70,000 Black churches in America
with median yearly revenue of
$200,000. Assuming only a modest
growth in the number of churches
and contributions which have at

least kept pace with inflation, Black
churches at the end of 2006 would
have stood at $17.1 billion. The rev-
enue estimate may be an under
statement because at the time of the
1998 study, the growth of so-called
Black Mega Churches (congrega-
tions of 5,000 to 30,000) was just

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Women on the Front Line

Conference Sets New Record

attended the
opening of the
Women On
The Front
L i n e
n- w Conference,
August 8, at
the Orange
Dr. Juanita Bynum C o
Center. In addition to the many
attendees, over one million hits
were received on Juanita Bynum's
Website requesting the conference
The evening was full of surpris-
es, with guest appearances by
Academy Award winning actress
Lynn Whitfield and a special
announcement from Comcast, nam-
ing Juanita Bynum as a spokesper-
son for the successful cable compa-

Grammy Award winning Gospel
singer Tramaine Hawkins, whose
performance brought the audience
to their feet and ushered in an over-
whelming feeling of excitement,
served as the night's musical guest,
accompanied by Stellar Award win-
ning producer Myron Williams.
The conference resumed on
August 9th and ran through August
11th with workshops, panels, and
services held at various times
throughout the day. Guests included
Dr. Bridget Hilliard, Darlene
Bishop, Kierra "KiKi" Sheard, The
Clark Sisters, cast members from
the successful ABC drama Lincoln
Heights and the highly anticipated
feature film MaMa 1 Want To Sing,
along with other surprise guests.
For more information, visit
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Berdine Jackson, Rev Samuel Norris, Fran Reid, Marian Simpkins, Charles Murrell Jr., Shantelle Murrell, Quincy G Murrell. FMP hoto

Friends and Family Celebrate 90th

Birthday of Mildred Alene Murell

Friends and family members
invaded the Mary Singleton Center
until the wee hours of the morning
in celebration of the 90th birthday
of Mildred Alene McNeil.
The vivacious 90 years young
honoree was adorned in ivory as
she greeted each well wisher and
listened to the many testimimonies
of her life.
The theme for the event,
"Celebrating Special Moments"
included a full program and a roster
of guests from near and far. The
program included vignettes of spe-
cial moments in her life defining
different decades in her life.
Reading and sharing memories
were: Vivian Howard (School Days
- 20s); Bishop Everlena Dunn

(Friendship and Kinship -30s);
Marion Sneed (Early Family Life -
40s); Anita Paulin (Community -
50s); Gloria Anderson
(Civic 60s); Berdine
Jackson (Educator-
70s); Franz Reid,
Lydia Stewart
and Vanita
Lawton (Church
Mother 80s);
Charles and
Shantelle Murrell
(Now Age 90)
There were also two
songs, "He reigns"
and "Order My Steps"
both by Generations.
Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies
was longtime fried Marion

The Coloring of America

Continued from page 1
Many of the nation's biggest
counties have had large minority
populations. But that diversity is
spreading to the suburbs and bey-
causing resentment in some areas.
Many Latinos say they see it in the
debate over illegal immigration.
In northern Virginia, Teresita
Jacinto said she feels less welcome
today than when she first arrived 30
years ago, when she was one of few

Hispanics in the area.
"Not only are we feeling less wel-
come, we are feeling threatened,"
said Jacinto, a teacher in
Woodbridge, Va., about 20 miles
southwest of Washington.
Woodbridge is part of Prince
William County, which recently
passed a resolution seeking to deny
public services to illegal immi-
grants. Similar measures have been
approved or considered in dozens

of communities across the nation.
In all, state lawmakers have intro-
duced more than 1,400 measures
related to immigration this year, the
National Conference of State
Legislatures says.
Prince William County has seen its
Hispanic population more than dou-
ble since 2000, to nearly 70,000 last
year. Non-Hispanic whites account
for a little more than half the popu-
lation, down from about two-thirds

in 2000.
Nationally, the number of minori-
ties topped 100 million for the first
time in 2006 about a third of the
population. By 2050, minorities
will account for half of U.S. resi-
dents, according to Census Bureau
"I don't think Latinos or any other
so-called minority group are seek-
ing to make white people a minori-
ty," Jacinto said. "It's just a reality."

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Shown in the inset is the honoree, Mildred Alene Murell and (right)
longtime family friends Charles Sneed and mother Marion Sneed).

Simpkins and a special reading was
done by JaNyce Whiteside.
Each guest received a full color
program to highlight and guide the
occasion which also included her
Born outside of Jacksonville in
Spring Park in 1917, Mildred
McNeill was born one of eight sib-
lings. She attended local schools
including South Jacksonville and
Stanton High School graduating in
1937. She completed a variety of
courses under the guidance of
Alpha Hayes Moored and Mildred

Hampton leading to her proficiency
in home arts. She married Quincy
Murrell and together they reared
seven children including two grand-
Throughout her lifetime, Mildred
chose careers in interior and exteri-
or design, professional seamstress,
personal alteration and designs and
leadership training. She lead a
diverse career of instruction to
youth and adults retiring from
FCCJ in 1989 following 20 years as
a home economics instructor.
Happy Birthday Mrs. Murrell!

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The winning team a group of two middle school and two high school
students from Jacksonville received the top award for their computer
donation project. The team officially named S.O.T.M. (Students On
The Move) learned how to completely refurbish computers. They
stripped the systems, rebuilt them, created a simple manual on how to
operate the machines, and then donated them to community organiza-
tions -- Northwest Behavioral Health and Harold House Apartments.
The students won an all-expense-paid trip to Miami where Alonzo
Mourning and Julie Young presented them with an award during third
quarter of the NBA All-Star basketball game.
Zo's Summer Groove (ZSG) is an annual five-day fun-filled commu-
nity event held each yearin Miami. ZSG Alonzo Mourning Charities'
largest fundraising event, appeals to a diverse audience by offering a
variety of events. ZSG motivates community involvement by encourag-
ing event participants to enjoy a weekend that ultimately benefits South
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New Clues In Breast

Cancer Racial Gap

Breast cancer death rates may be
nearly 40 percent higher for
African-American women than
white women with the same stage
of breast cancer, a new study
The reason for that racial gap
isn't clear. But the gap may be
Black women widest in
were 39 % breast cancer's
more likely most advanced
to die of stages, report
breast cancer h e
thbreast cancer researchers.
They included
women diag- R u s s e 1 1
nosed with the M c B r i d e,
same stage of MPH, who
breast cancer, works in New
York at Columbia University's
Mailman School of Public Health.
McBride's team reviewed U.S.
data on more than 21,000 African-
American women and more than
234,000 white women diagnosed
with breast cancer between 1988
and 2003. The researchers com-
pared African-American women
and white women who were diag-
nosed with the same stages of
breast cancer. That strategy elimi-
nates the possibility of comparing
women diagnosed with early can-
cer to those diagnosed with
advanced breast cancer.

After considering various factors,
African-American women were
39 percent more likely to die of
breast cancer than white women
diagnosed with the same stage of
breast cancer. African-American
women were more likely than
white women to have larger breast
tumors and more than one lymph
node affected by breast cancer.
But tumor size and lymph node
involvement didn't explain the
racial gap in breast cancer death
Past studies show that African-
American women are more likely
to have particularly aggressive
breast cancers and less likely to
get appropriate treatment than
white women.
"The factors that prevent black
women from receiving the same
quality of care as white women
may be exacerbated by the more
complex treatment regimens used
for more advanced breast cancer,"
write McBride and colleagues.
However, the data studied by
McBride's team don't include
details on the women's breast can-
cer treatment. The researchers call
for further research to confirm
their findings, which appear in the
Sept. 15 edition of the journal

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W. Deen Mohammed Still at Odds with the Nation of Islam

Imam W. Deen Mohammed, who
transformed how African-American

W. i t ce
Deen their faith,
Mohammed condemned the

"hate rhetoric" of Nation of Islam
leaders and predicted the group
would soon embrace mainstream
Islamic teaching the way he did
three decades ago.
"The time for those leaders who
had that hate rhetoric has come and
passed and they know it,"
Mohammed told reporters last
week after speaking at the
University of Arkansas Clinton
School of Public Service. "For
the last 10 years or more,
they've just been selling wolf
tickets to the white race and
having fun while they collect
money and have fancy
Nation of Islam Minister Louis
Farrakhan has been fighting
prostate cancer and last year
stepped down from his post. A
board currently oversees the secre-
tive movement and has said nothing
about who would succeed the ailing

Mohammed, an African-American
Sunni, said that his half brother
Ishmael Muhammad and another
man he would not identify are in the
running to become the next leader
of the Nation a sign, he said, that
the group "had a strong desire to see
religious change."
"These persons are already in posi-
tion to clear up the destruction of
the religion in the Nation of Islam,"
Mohammed said. He predicted the
group would unite with his Muslim
organization. "I think there's a
merger coming," he said.
Mohammed and Farrakhan have a
long and difficult history together.
Mohammed is the son of late
Nation leader Elijah Muhammad,
who was considered a prophet by
his followers. When Elijah
Muhammad died in 1975, W. Deen
Mohammed was named his succes-
sor, but soon moved the Nation
toward orthodox Islam, emphasiz-
ing its message of racial tolerance.

Farrakhan then broke with
Mohammed and revived the old
Nation of Islam and its teaching of
black supremacy, which main-
stream Muslims consider heretical.
But in recent years, Farrakhan halt-
ingly tried to move the Nation
toward traditional Islam. In 2000,
he and Mohammed had a very pub-
lic reconciliation, embracing each
other with their followers and the
media invited to watch. Since then,
student Nation ministers have been
studying the Quran with other
orthodox Muslims, Mohammed
However, the change has not been
complete and questions always
remained about whether the two
men had truly healed their rift.
Asked about the presidential elec-
tion, Mohammed said he wouldn't
vote for Sen. Hillary Rodham
Clinton, but would vote for "any-
body that looks a lot like Barack

Still, he said it was important to
keep religion separate from politi-
cal leadership.
"You know, in the United States
when you become president, you
take the oath on the sacred
Scriptures, the Bible," Mohammed
said. "I think all we need to do is
make sure that our government's
leaders touch, just touch it, that's
The rift between Mohammed
and the NOI seems a bit off the
cuff as the two groups were
close to mending their rift in
"It is very clear to me that
Minister Farrakhan and the
Nation of Islam are very serious in
embracing the love and peace mes-
sage of Islam and putting harsh
rhetoric behind," says W. D.
Mohammed in a Monitor interview.
Recounting a meeting between
himself, Farrakhan, and Christian
minister Robert Schuller in

December, he says Farrakhan open-
ly repented of confusing the picture
of Muslims before the US public,
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Nominate a High School Student to Dream

Big with Disney and Steve Harvey

I M I --- -a a
Disney's new Dreamers Academy
with Steve Harvey, an enrichment

event with a special appeal for
African American high- schoolers,
was recently unveiled to invite
inspired teenagers to pack their
bags -- and their dreams -- for Walt
Disney World Resort in 2008.
One hundred teens from across
the United States with the potential
for greatness and the courage to
dream will be tapped for the
Dreamers Academy weekend Jan.
17-20, 2008, during the heart of
Disney's "Year of a Million
Dreams" celebration.
Sessions will also include interac-

tive workshops, motivational talks
with sports and entertainment
celebrities, and discussions led by
Disney cast members and execu-
tives sharing their blueprint for suc-
Workshop topics will feature
everything from business to archi-
tecture/engineering, animation to
set design, show production to culi-
nary arts, to learning the business
behind sports.
There also will be free time to
enjoy the Walt Disney World theme
parks and recreation.

Man Sues Florist for Exposing His Affair

Viewers of the "Today Show" this
week saw Leroy Greer and his
lawyer Kennitra Foote attempt to
explain the logic behind their $1
million lawsuit against 1-800-
Flowers for inadvertently exposing
him as a cheater.
In his lawsuit, filed Aug 6 in
Texas Southern District Court,
Greer says he bought a dozen long-
stemmed roses for his girlfriend
through 1-800-Flowers, but
requested that his purchase be kept
Greer began dating the woman
after filing for divorce from his
wife in January 2006. But a few
months after the flowers were sent,
Greer reconciled with his wife, and
she moved back in to his Missouri
City, Texas home, according to
Soon, a thank-you note from 1-
800-Flowers arrived in the mailbox
and was picked up by Greer's wife,
Bernice. Confused, she phoned the
company, and they faxed her the
receipt for clarification.
"Just wanted to say that I love you
and you mean the world to me!"
read the greeting from Greer to his
girlfriend, whose name and address
were included in the receipt for
more than $100 in roses and a
stuffed animal.
Needless to say, Bernice Greer
moved out again, continued with

the divorce and is now requesting
more money from the court because
of her husband's now-documented
infidelity, according to Foote.
Along the bottom of the fax,
Greer's wife apparently added her
own comment, according to a copy
included in.the suit. "Be a man!" it
began. "If you got caught red hand-
ed then don't still lie. Your T-Mobile
has her number so why still lie."
Greer's is suing the company for
breach of contract. He claims a
sales representative promised him
before his purchase that the compa-
ny would not send notice of the
transaction to his home or business.
As a result of the infidelity claims,
Greer's wife is now asking for an
additional $300,000, as well as
$4,000 to $5,000 a month in child
support for the boy the couple had
"Infidelity is one of the things that
would qualify as a pendulum-
swinger in a divorce case," Foote
said. "And now the wife has cold,
hard evidence, and it is solely
because of 1-800-Flowers."
Meanwhile, the flower service has
released the following statement
regarding the case:
"At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we
take pride in creating relationships
with our customers by recognizing
and thanking them for their busi-
ness," the statement said. "We take

all matters relating to our customers
seriously; however, we are not
responsible for an individual's per-
sonal conduct. Beyond this, it is the
company's policy not to comment
on pending litigation and legal mat-

High school students from around
the country can be nominated to
participate. The lucky participants
will be selected from among young
dreamers nominated by their par-
ents, legal guardians, their school,
church, social organization, youth
program -- or even themselves.
A select panel of judges including
Steve Harvey, key African
American community leaders and
Disney representatives will choose
the 100 finalists.
Participants in the program must
be enrolled in high school. Disney's
Dreamers Academy is designed for
students who show promise -- but
may need a little motivation and
share one common trait: the power
to dream.
Nomination forms and more
details about Disney's Dreamers
Academy with Steve Harvey can be
found on

Don Imus Courted for Radio Comeback

Radio talk-show host Don Imus (L) speaks with Rev. Al Sharpton dur-
ing Sharpton's radio show, in New York, April 9, 2007. CBS has set-
tled its termination dispute with the fired shock jock.
Four months after Don Imus' Imus' attorney confirmed that he
derogatory comments about the is being courted by major media
Rutgers' women's basketball team outlets as reports of a possible
shocked America, ABC News has return to CBS, the company that
learned he's on the verge of a come- fired him, swirl.
back deal. Imus' close friend Kinky Friedman

said the shock jock's comeback
could come as early as January.
"He's told me that he's definitely
coming back," Friedman said. "He's
very much like Jesus. He's coming
back and boy is he PO'd."
Imus could possibly be headed to
Sirius -- the satellite radio network's
CEO, Mel Karmazin, a former boss
of Imus, recently told the Fox News
Channel he'd hire him.
"The fact that he had been fired
wouldn't stop me from having Don
work for me again," he said. "He
makes you a lot of money."
The Rev. Al Sharpton, who led the
fight against Imus, said he'll be
watching him like a hawk.
"He could become the poster boy
of redemption and of turning
around from this error of degrada-
tion," Sharpton said. "We've never
said he should never work again,
but we would certainly monitor
under what circumstance and safe-

guards they would have."
Corporate America will also be
tuning in, as jittery advertisers
quickly dropped Imus during the
uproar. However, a Vanity Fair
columnist said it's likely advertis-
ers will not object because the con-
troversy has died down.
But those deeply offended by
Imus' now-infamous comments are
demanding a change if the radio
jockey returns to the airwaves.
"He's certainly going to have to
convince us that there's somebody
else sitting in the chair," Sharpton
said. "If I'm not holding with bated
breath, you can't blame me."
Friedman said he doesn't believe
Imus would take a job that would
censor him heavily.
"I don't think Imus will go on a
show where he can't say what he
wants," Friedman said. "He will
ride and shoot straight and tell the
truth wherever he winds up."

Katrina Aid Goes Toward Football Condos

by J. Reeves
Tuscaloosa, AL With large
swaths of the Gulf Coast still in
ruins from Hurricane Katrina, rich
federal tax breaks designed to spur
rebuilding are flowing hundreds of
miles inland to investors who are
buying up luxury condos near the
University of Alabama's football
About 10 condominium projects
are going up in and around
Tuscaloosa, and builders are asking
up to $1 million for units with gran-
ite countertops, king-size bathtubs
and 'Bama decor, including crimson
couches and Bear Bryant wall art.
While many of the buyers are
Crimson Tide alumni or ardent
football fans not entitled to any spe-
cial Katrina-related tax breaks,
many others are real estate
investors who are purchasing the
condos with plans to rent them out.
And they intend to take full advan-
tage of the generous tax benefits
available to investors under the
Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005,
or GO Zone, according to
Associated Press interviews with

buyers and real estate officials.
The GO Zone contains a variety of
tax breaks designed to stimulate
construction in Mississippi,
Louisiana and Alabama. It offers
tax-free bonds to developers to
finance big commercial projects
like shopping centers or hotels. It
also allows real estate investors
who buy condos or other properties
in the GO Zone to take accelerated
depreciation on their purchases
when they file their taxes.
The GO Zone was drawn to
include the Tuscaloosa area even
though it is about 200 miles from
the coast and got only heavy rain
and scattered wind damage from
The condo deals are perfectly
legal, and the tax breaks do not take
money away from Katrina victims
closer to the coast because the
depreciation is wide open, with no
limits per state.
But the tax breaks are galling to
some community leaders, especial-
ly when red tape and disorganiza-
tion have stymied the rebuilding in
some of the devastated coastal

"It is a joke," said Tuscaloosa
developer Stan Pate, who has nev-
ertheless used GO Zone tax breaks
on projects that include a new hotel
and a restaurant. "It was supposed
to be about getting people ... to put
housing in New Orleans, Louisiana,
or Biloxi, Mississippi. It was not
about condos in Tuscaloosa."
Locals say Tuscaloosa was includ-
ed in the GO Zone through the
efforts of Republican Sen. Richard
Shelby, who is from Tuscaloosa,
graduated from Alabama and sits on
the powerful Appropriations
Committee. But Shelby aides said
Tuscaloosa made the cut because it
was classified as a disaster area by
the government after Katrina, not
because of the senator's influence.
Defenders of the GO Zone said the
Tuscaloosa area needed the aid
because of the hundreds of evac-
uees who remained here for weeks
after the hurricane.
"The senator believes that the GO
Zone program, and others enacted
since then to assist with the rebuild-
ing efforts following the devastat-

ing 2005 hurricane season, have
been extremely successful in
accomplishing their goal," said
Shelby spokeswoman Laura
The GO Zone investor tax breaks
are credited with contributing to the
condo boom in Tuscaloosa.
Dave Toombs, a real estate
investor from Irvine, Calif., with no
connection to Alabama, bought two
new, upscale townhouses at The
Traditions, just minutes from cam-
pus, as investment properties. He
said he hopes to use GO Zone tax
benefits when he files his taxes.
"If we qualify for the GO Zone it
will be icing on the cake," said
Toombs, who is consulting with an
accountant because the rules are
complicated. "It's another plus
check to put in the column."
An investor could write off more
than $155,000 of the cost of a
$300,000 condo in the first year and
use the savings to lower his taxes on
other rental income, according to
Kelly Hayes, a tax attorney who
advises investors in Southfield,
Mich. Without the GO Zone tax

break, the depreciation benefit from
a single year on such a property
would typically be just $10,909.
(The tax break is not available to
people who buy a home for their
own use.)
Andy Turner, a real estate agent
who specializes in condominium
sales in Tuscaloosa, estimates the
GO Zone depreciation benefit has
helped spur 10 percent of all recent
condo sales in the city.
Tuscaloosa real estate broker
Richard Ellis said an investor from
Birmingham contacted him about
GO Zone property and wound up
buying 30 condo units for about
$180,000 each.
The Congressional Budget Office
estimated that the GO Zone bonds
and accelerated depreciation would
cost the government $3.5 billion in
revenue from 2006 to 2015.
President Bush signed the GO
Zone bill less than four months
after Katrina struck. It was spon-
sored by GOP Sen. Trent Lott, who
lost his beachfront home in
Pascagoula, Miss., and was mod-
eled after the legislation passed to

stimulate the recovery of lower
Manhattan after the Sept. 11
The GO Zone covers 49 counties
in Mississippi, 31 parishes in
Louisiana and 11 counties in west-
ern Alabama.
Originally set to expire next year,
key benefits under the bill were
extended to 2010 in the hardest-hit
areas of Mississippi and Louisiana
as the recovery lagged. Many of the
benefits expire next year in
Alabama, and that prospect has
helped spur the construction surge.
The three states have approved
nearly $10 billion in bond sales to
spur investment. But only a fraction
of that $2.8 billion has actually
been issued in bonds, meaning most
projects are still on the drawing
board nearly two years after the
On the storm-raked shores of Lake
Pontchartrain in Slidell, Chad
Mayo, a pawn shop operator whose
business was flooded by Katrina,
asked: "The GO Zone? What's
that? We're in the dead zone."

Illinois Creates Task Force to

Aid African-American Men
In an effort to raise awareness of problems facing Illinois' African-
American community. Gov. Rod Blagoje\ich approved legislation
Saturday that establishes a task force to examine issues affecting black
Sponsored by Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Rep. Marlow
Colvin (D-Chicago). Senate Bill 776 creates the Task Force on the
Condition of African-American Men in Illinois. a release from the
Governor's Office said. Blagojevich signed the bill Saturday.
Operating \ within the Department of Human Services, the task force, a
first of its kind. n ill develop strategies aimed at improving the lives of
black men It will start by examining key issues including incarceration
rates, education, economic earnings and child welfare, the release said.
According to federal and state statistics. African-Americans accounted
for 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2005. but were victims of about
49 percent of all homicides, the release said.
In Illinois. 9.26 percent of black students dropped out of high school
during the 2004-05 academic year compared to only 2.36 percent of
white students, the release said.
The task force will eenruallb develop an inentory of state programs
and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of black men, according to
the release.
"This task force is one large step towards helping men m the African-
American community hate better access to the state services available
to them and aimed at improving their lives," Blagojevich said in a state-
The task force will report its findings and recommendations to
Blagoiev ich and the General Assembly on Dec. 31. 2008.

Au ust 16-22 2007

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Frat House the Play
Darryl Reuben Hall of Stage
Aurora will celebrate the richness
of African -American college life
and the traditions of Historically
Black Colleges and Universities,
with his new comedy "Frat House".
The play explores the bond between
brothers -their joys, triumphs, pain,
and sorrow -all under one roof. The
play will be performed for two
shows only Friday, August 17,
2007 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday,
August 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at the
Florida Theater. Contact the Florida
Theater Box Office for tickets.

Housing Authority
Talent Competition
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.

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting at 1:30 p.m, on August 18,
2007, at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd St. This
month's topic will be, "Family
Researchers Need Disaster
Preparednes; Are You Ready?"
Laura Minor from the Public
Library will discuss plans used by
the the library to protect their impor-
tant collections from disasters. For
further info contact Mary Chauncey
at 781-9300.

Marcus Garvey
Weekend at Masjid
The Masjid Al-Salaam invites all
to a Marcus Garvey Weekend with
Queen Mother Imakhu on Saturday
August 18 & 19 at 2:30 p.m. The
theme for the event is Healing
Ourselves, Family and Healing Our
People. Sunday will be
Transcending Consciousness:
Black Relationships at the
Crossroads. For more information,
visit salaammasjid.com or call 359-
Gilbert Alumni
Reunion Meeting
Plans are being made for the
January 5, 2008 Matthew Gilbert
High School 10th Annual Reunion
Celebration. Two representatives
from each class (1952-1970) are
asked to become involved. The
meeting will be on Tuesday,
August 21, 2007 and every
Tuesday thereafter. The meeting
will be held at Matthew Gilbert
Middle School at 7 p.m. For addi-
tional information call Almetya
Lodi at 355-7583 or Vivian
Williams at 766-2885.

Children's Chorus
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Chorus is holding auditions for
children ages 7-18 on August 22nd
at 3947 Boulevard Center Dr. Suite
108, Jacksonville, FL. To schedule
an audition time, call (904) 346-

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

Gear up for
Fall Gardening
The Duval County Extension
Service is sponsoring a class enti-
tled "Gear up for Fall Gardening".
The class will be offered on Friday
August 24, from 10-1PM at the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Loretto Road. Participants will
learn landscape tips for fall garden-
ing, plant propagation, and bulbs.
You are asked to pre-register by
August 22nd. Call 387-8850.
Start Your Fall
Vegetable Garden 101
The Duval County Extension
Service is sponsoring a class enti-
tled "Start Your Fall Vegetable
Garden 101". Participants will learn
how to grow your own vegetables
and compost. The class will be
offered on Saturday, August 25th
from 10 NOON at the Extension
Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Call 387-8850 to register for this

Family Literacy Fair
FCCJ will be hosting it's annual
Family Literacy Fair on Saturday,
August 25th at their North Campus
on Capper Road. The Fair, held
from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. will have
activities including celebrity read-
ers, live performances, information
booths and demonstrations, books,
face painting and other prizes and
surprises. The event is free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation call 766-6500.

JLOC Clothes
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
Joyful Singers
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.

JLOC Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement will have an open meet-
ing on Sunday, August 26 from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 916
N.Myrtle Avenue.the public is
invited to attend. .If you are sin-
cerely concerned and want to
improve living conditions in your
community come join as they strive
to make positive changes in the city
of Jacksonville. For more informa-
tion visit our website:
www.Jaxloc.com or call 240-9133.

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
further information.

FCCJ Dance
Ensemble Auditions
The Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Company will hold auditions
August 29th at 6 p.m. Auditions
will be held at the college's South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd. in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110 Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
646.2361 or e-mail

Free Global
Warming Lecture
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, contact Dr.
Paula Thompson at 766-6530.

Women's Artful Brunch
Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection presents An Artful
Brunch featuring Katrina Brocato
of the Cummer Museum of Art and
Gardens. Afterwards Deanna
Hansen-Doying of Port St. Joe, FL
will share with us how she is
"Finding the Balance Between
Prudence and Whimsy." the brunch
will be on Wednesday, Sept. 5
from 9:30-11:00 am at the Selva
Marina Country Club.
Complimentary child care available
with Reservations. Call Vivian at
246-2522 or 994-8850 or email
atlanticbeachwc@yahoo.com. for
more information.

Taste the
Music & Dance
On Thursday, September 6th,
from 6:30- 10:300 PM The St.
Johns River City Band will host
"Taste the Music & Dance" at the
Aetna Building. If you would like
to help in the planning of this event
please call (904) 355-4700.

Experience Amateur
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
September 7th. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.

Amateur Night
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
dates are Thursday, 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 accompani-
ment 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

Music From
the Movement
Join the RitzTheater for a special
presentation on Sunday, September
16, 2:00pm 5:00pm for music and
a free lecture. The Montgomery
Gospel Trio in conjunction with
Ritz Voices youth chorus. Also,
Charles Cobb, former member of
SNCC and founder of the Freedom
Schools, "Notes from the Frontline:
A Movement Veteran's Story of
Defiance and Grassroots
Organizing" will be featured. Call
632-5555 for mor information.

Hospice Volunteer
Training Lunch
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in someone's last days? If you
are interested in becoming a volun-
teer at Haven Hospice, join the
Hospice Team for a lunch and learn
session on Tuesday, September
18th from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
There are many ways you can use
underutilized skills to make a dif-
ference. Call Sandra Francis at 733-
9818 for more information.

Race Revolution:
Jacksonville During
the Civil Rights Era
The Ritz Theater will continue its
special civil rights series in con-
junction with their exhibit of the
Montgomery Bus Boycott with a
lecture on. Saturday, September
22nd at 11:00AM. Featured will be
Abel Bartley, Ph. D., Associate

Professor of History, Clemson
University, Ritz Scholar in

3rd Annual Puerto
Rican Parade
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail

"It was Never About a
Hotdog and a coke"
On Tuesday, October 9th from 6:00
- 8:00PM, the Ritz Theater will
present an eyewitness account of
Ax Handle Saturday by Rodney
Hurst, former member of
Jacksonville's NAACP Youth pro-
gram, political activist, educator
and author. Call the Ritz at 632-
5555 for mor information.

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 are available from the
Florida Theatre Box Office.

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Chris Tucker says he plans to launch a worldwide
standup tour following the promotion of his current
W <1-; movie, "Rush Hour 3," which opened Friday and
"topped the box office this weekend pulling an esti-
mated $50.2 million. Tucker said: "A lot of people
don't know I started out doing standup comedy so
I'm doing a stand-up 20 city tour, then worldwide.
I'll also be filming a stand-up comedy movie like
Eddie Murphy did with Raw."
Usher's mother, Jonetta Patton, chose to spend last Friday at a spa in
Atlanta while her famous son was exchanging vows with his fiance,
Tameka Foster.
People Magazine has quoted a "source close to the family" who confirms
that Patton did not show up at the exchange of vows, which was held in the
Atlanta office of her son's lawyer. Another source says many family mem-
bers were kept in the dark about plans for the secret ceremony.
"Some people didn't know about [the civil wedding] until a day later,"
says a source. "But that's Usher and Tameka for you. One thing one day
and a whole other thing the next."
Actors and non-actors alike are being sought by
producers of an upcoming biopic on the Notorious
B.I.G. to play the title role, reports AP.
The untitled film from Fox Searchlight has been
blessed by the late rapper's mother, Voletta
Wallace, who sold rights to the studio in 2005.
Biggie's two former managers, Wayne Barrow and
Mark Pitts, will serve as the film's producers.
The studio is looking to audition anyone pro-
fessional or amateur who resembles the late
Those hoping to be considered for the role can submit audition videos
to www.foxsearchlight.com/notorious or www.biggiecasting.com. The
producers hope to begin production this fall.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ced will play a man who has
always been the proud breadwinner for his family and has difficulty adjust-
ing when his wife's hobby turns into a multimillion-dollar enterprise.
The pilot marks Ced's return to the small screen after his brief run on Fox
with the sketch comedy series "Cedric the Entertainer Presents." If picked
up, the show will be ABC's first comedy starting a predominantly African
American cast since "My Wife and Kids," featuring Damon Wayans.
Jonathan Plummer, the ex-husband of "Waiting to Exhale" author Terry
McMillan, has written a novel about a Jamaican man whose ordinary life
was disrupted when a powerful woman crosses his path and brings him
into her world. Sound familiar?
"Balancing Act: A Novel," to be released Sept. 4 by Simon & Schuster,
is described by the company as "a sexy and satisfying novel as delicious-
ly racy as the life he lived," reports Contra Costa Times.
Although the work is fiction, the story is based on his own marriage to
McMillan, which ended in a nasty divorce in 2006 after he revealed to her
that he is gay.
In "Balancing Act," the woman owns a modeling a*geiy and decides to
sign the "handsome Jamaican man," described in a press release as having
"hazel green eyes offset by dark chocolate skin" as well as a "perfect body
and defiant attitude." All make the woman's "palms sweat." But the young
man "discovers a hidden hunger for a male model."

Black on Broadway

Big names still attached to upcoming "Cat on a Ton Roof" and "Guess Whose Coming to Dinner"
If the rumor mill is correct, LL producer.
Cool J will soon be ready to make According to a spokesperson,
his big Broadway debut. Byrd has been associated with this
While the spokesperson for the project for the past ten years and
upcoming black-centric revival of recently secured the rights for this
Tennessee Williams's play 'Cat on a production well into 2008.
Hot Tin Roof fends off queries, Sought after actress Thandie
'The New York Post' says the chis- Newton ('Pursuit of Happyness')
eled-chest hip-hop superstar is in may follow in fellow British import
talks to play the hunky role that Elizabeth Taylor's footsteps and
Paul Newman popularized via the take on the role of Maggie The Cat
1958 movie adaptation of the prized -- if her in-demand schedule
property, demands, we hear.
The show in question has been all Also, 'Dreamgirls' .star Anika
the buzz the past couple of weeks Noni Rose and Academy Award
due to stories of the production pos- winner Louis Gossett, Jr. are report-
sibly falling apart when Academy edly attached to the revamped cast-
Award winner Forest Whitaker sup- ing.
posedly walked away from the lead LL -- legally known as James
role because another black actor Todd Smith -- has a career that
was being considered. spans over three decades (80s, 90s,
A few names have also been OOs) and is one of the most success-
attached to the proposed project, ful rappers on the scene. One of the
including Phylicia Rashad, Audra first to branch out into acting
McDonald, Beyonce, Danny ('Toys'), the 39-year-old Long
Glover and even Whitney Houston. Island native is ever-evolving and
Julliard grad and red-hot thespian has transcended the worlds of tele-
Anthony Mackie was initially slat- vision, publishing, film and fash-
ed to play "Brick,' reported the ion.
'Post,' but also dropped out of the Theater seems to be the obvious
production. That's the role LL is choice to elevate his professional
said to be negotiating for. portfolio.
To add to the frenzy, acclaimed If Diddy ('A Raisin in the Sun'),
'Raisin in the Sun' director Kenny Russell Simmons ('Def Poetry'), If plans go as expected, LL will play Brick in the remake of "Cat
Leon -- now helming August Mos Def ('Topdog/Underdog') and Golf,' Leon is on board to direct a Leon, who also directed Wilsc
Wilson's latest play 'Radio Golf -- Fantasia ('The Color Purple') can stage production of the Academy masterful 'Gem of the Ocean'
reportedly called it quits over con- blaze trails on Broadway, hip-hops Award winning film 'Guess Who's the critically acclaimed revival
flicts of interests with the show's original superstar hunk surely can. Coming To Dinner.' 'A Raisin in the Sun' (on Broadv
producers, said to be well-connect- Not many other details are out Jeffrey Finn, who brought a black and for an upcoming ABC mov
ed money movers, there about a black remake of 'Cat version of 'On Golden Pond' to will also reportedly serve as
Despite all of the disconnect, the on a Hot Tin Roof,' but theater wiz Broadway -- starring James Earl artistic director for The Kenn
show is still on and looking to open Kenny Leon -- who was initially Jones and Leslie Uggams -- in Center's "August Wilson's 2
in October. attached to the much-buzzed about 2004, is developing the project. Century" tribute -- the first chro
Choreographer/Actress/Director production -- is bringing another According to 'Playbill,' no the- logical look at all ten Wilson pl
Debbie Allen has been brought in to classic to Broadway. atre, dates or performers have been during a month of showcase p
helm the play, with investment Fresh off the heels of directing announced, but the play is tentative- ductions, set to open next spring
banker Stephen Byrd as the lead August Wilson's last play 'Radio ly slated to open in fall of 2008.


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comes to
time this
of the

The channel which has females as
its target demo has ordered eight
episodes of a reality series starring
former NFL star Deion Sanders and
his family.
Titled "Deion and Pilar Sanders:
Prime Time Love," the series fol-
lows his wife, Pilar, a former
model; and their five kids, who live
in the small town of Prosper, Texas,

according to the Hollywood
Pilar Sanders is described as a
"glamorous, big-city girl" and "the
ultimate fish-out-of-water" in the
town, which has a pOpulatiohn of
2,000. She is said to want to step
out from underneath her husband's
shadow and strike out on her own,
while he would rather she stay at

home with the kids.
"Deion is hysterical, and Pilar is
really funny and adorable and
smart, and they just have such great
chemistry," said Debby Beece,
Oxygen's president of program-
ming and marketing. "It's such a
positive and optimistic look at fam-
ily life, and they are equal partners.
It was perfect for us."

Dr. Cornel West Presents Never Forget: Scholar, author,

activist recruits artists for new hip-hop/R&B CD

by K. Yarborough
Dr. Cornel West is a man of many
missions encircling the black cul-
The Princeton professor and cul-
tural activism frontman has been
heralded and disputed for his
unorthodox and controversial meth-
ods of teaching and melding social
studies with urban realities.
But yet and still, the scholar has
produced a contemporary project
that teaches a commercial-pro-
duced hip-hop rooted CD.
West is no stranger to putting out
a disc or two. His first, 2001's
"Sketches of My Culture," sparked
a battle at Harvard where he was
formerly a professor. The disc led to
another release in 2004 called
"Street Knowledge." The intention
was to present the strength of Black
music. West is taking it to the next
level with his new disc, "Never
Forget: A Journey of Revelations,"
released today (08-14-07) on
Hidden Beach.
This latest offering features a host
of hip-hop, soul, and pop artists like
Prince, Talib Kweli, KRS-One,
Dave Hollister, Jill Scott, and the
late Gerald Levert, taking on some
of the issues of Black America, as
well as gems of commentary from

West and prominent activists like
Tavis Smiley and Michael Eric
"I would like to think that it has
historic significance," West said of
the project, "to the degree to which
it is a significant awakening with a
variety of different voices across
generations coming together and
saying, 'The black musical tradition
is too rich and deep and refined to
be bastardized in this way.'
Hopefully that awakening will gen-
erate a whole host of CDs. I would
like to see 50 CDs in the next year
and a half all wrestling with these
same issues; taking it to higher lev-
els because the artists have their
own voices and views. So I think it
has a chance to be quite historic."
And though "Never Forget" is
loaded with musical star power,
fans of scholar West still might sub-
scribe to the theory that the disc is
simple production of spoken social
commentary over beats. Those the-
orists would be wrong. The pro-
ject's production rivals any main-
stream hip-hop disc on the market.
"The artistic excellence is amaz-
ing...," West said of the disc's pro-
duction outcome. "It is highly com-
petitive in terms of present-day
commercialism and at the same

time it's an evergreen project. It's
the kind of project that people will
come back to over and over again
and we hope from generation to
generation because it's a historic
moment in which all of these voic-
es came together to act in the pro-
gressive and prophetic potential of
Like the ones before, West put
together the disc with a crew called
BMWMB, which stands for Black
Men Who Mean Business. The men
who make up the men behind the
projects are West, his brother
Clifton West, Mike Dailey and
Derek Allen, who came up with the
idea for the discs that have come to
make a statement about the state of
black music while speaking on the
state of blacks. The disc is a combi-
nation of songs written by the
artists and his brother.
"Cliff wrote four of five of
them...and a number of the artists
wrote their own songs," West said.
"And then often times I would
speak in the pocket of the songs that
they wrote."
Mostly rooted in rap and rap cul-
ture, the disc challenges the climate
in the genre. To that, West spoke
about comments of Nas and KRS-
One that hip-hop is dead, but

explained that the issue is deeper
than a style of music.
"We know that hip-hop is such a
complicated phenomena with so
many different tendencies and a lot
of strings and strands within it, and
I think that what [Nas] was saying
is that the dominant strands is such
that it has betrayed the origins of
hip-hop. In that sense it is dead," he
said. "To agree with what he's [say-
ing] and where KRS-One is going,
hip-hop is not dead, but there's a
dulling and deadening that has set
in the dominant tendency of hip-
hop. That's very much what our CD
is trying to call attention to, but
especially to link it to the hearts and
minds of young folk."
West continued that in the end the
music is not just about the music,
calling music "a way of life for
black folk."
"So much more is at stake than
whether a particular genre is dead,"
he said.
West hopes the disc will revive
hip-hop in its own way and revital-
ize both the generation that created
it and the generation that is its cur-
rent caretaker.
"The Lord is using us in a mighty
way," he said, "and it's a beautiful

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