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Newsweek Magazine Names
Morehouse Hottest Men's College
Morehouse has long been known as an educator of black leaders like
Martin Luther King Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee. But it may be
equally important as an exemplar of single-sex education. With 3,000
students, it is the nation's largest private men's liberal-arts college.
Recent grad Marcus Edwards calls the school "the No. 1 institution for
black men." Goldman Sachs has just donated $2 million to endow a new
leadership professor, and the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center is now
Times Union "Racist" Cartoon
Garnering National Attention
A cartoon that ran in an edition of the Florida Times-Union last week
about not snitching has garnered national attention as news of the cartoon
is being spread furiously throughout the Internet. It shows a Black gangs-
ta, wearing a "Don't Snitch" T-shirt, with a smoking gun in his hand,
standing over a victim that he apparently just shot in the back several
times. Two young children, who appear to have witnessed the shooting,
are depicted saying, "I didn't see nuttin'!" And the gunman responds
with, "Now that's a good little ho." Shocked and angered by the image,
community leaders say it's offensive and sends the wrong message. So
what does Ed Gamble, the cartoonist behind the drawing, say about the
criticism? It's meant to draw attention to negative influences, such as
offensive rap lyrics, drugs, and Jacksonville's unwritten snitch code, he
says. "I was making a point that rappers are demeaning to women." In
the background of the cartoon is a billboard displaying: "Rap your life
away." The editor of the Florida Times Union issued an apology this
week, saying the use of "Ho" was in bad taste.
Arrests Continue in New
Jersey Student Executions
Police near Washington, D.C. nailed two other suspects this past week-
end in connection with the grisly D
execution-style murders of three
New Jersey college students earlier
Oxon Hill, Md., police found 24-
year-old Rodolfo Godinez,
Nicaraguan man, in a dirty apart-
ment with a group of beer-drinking o
men who were getting tattoos, the
Washington Post reports. Minutes
later, the Post reports, they arrested his 16-year-old half brother in the
basement of a townhouse in Woodbridge, Va., also near D.C. Both are
charged in the Aug. 4 killings of three Black Newark, N.J., youths, who
were told to kneel against a wall at a schoolyard and fatally shot in the
head before making off with the victims' cellphones and jewelry and
slashing them in the face with either a knife or a machete. A fourth vic-
tim was also shot, but she survived. Police say Godinez is the ringleader
in the killings. A witness told police that Godinez mentioned involvement
in MS-13, a notorious gang with from El Salvador that runs the streets of
urban areas across the United States, the Post reported. The victims in the
slaying are: Terrance Aeriel, 18, and Dashon Harvey and lofemi
Hightower, both 20. Aeriel's sister, Natasha, 19, is the one who survived.
Morgan Stanley Settles Employee
Discrimination Suit for Diversity
Morgan Stanley, one of the nation's largest investment firms, has
reached a settlement with 1,200 African-American and Latino financial
advisors and registered financial advisor trainees employed with the
company at any time since October 12, 2002. This lawsuit challenged
inequities in opportunities for African-Americans and Latinos in the dis-
tribution of accounts and other business opportunities.
The parties entered into a five-year settlement agreement subject to
court approval. It includes comprehensive relief regarding recruiting and
hiring, account distribution policies, partnership arrangements, promo-
tions, retention, diversity training and complaint processing.
Blacks Targeted For Tobacco Ads
Tobacco companies see Blacks as their cash crop. That's who they tar-
get most with their cigarette ads, according to a University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine study published in this month's Public Health
Reports. The study suggests that African Americans, who live an average
of five years less than Whites, would see their life expectancy grow just
by giving up smokes. Smoking cigarettes is the No. 1 cause of prevent-
able death and disease in the United States, each year accounting for
440,000 deaths and costing more than $150 billion in health costs.
"This review and meta-analysis demonstrate that African-Americans are
indeed disproportionately exposed to pro-tobacco mass media messages
in terms of both concentration and density," said Brian A. Primack, M.D.,
Ed.M., senior author of the study and assistant professor of medicine and
pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Blacks are about 70 percent more likely to be exposed to cigarette ads,
Primack says. "This population may require specific public health inter-
ventions to counter the effect of unbalanced pro-tobacco promotion.
Knowing that they may be targeted could motivate African-Americans to
refuse to fall prey to industry tactics and help them avoid smoking," he
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Volume 21 No. 23 Jacksonville, Florida August 23 29, 2007
Mounting Racial Tensions 'Resegregating' America
by H.T. Edney
More than 100 years since W.E.B.
DuBois declared that the "color
line" would be the key problem of
the 20th Century, civil rights
activists and race experts now say
the problem of racial tensions are
still so pervasive in the 21st
Century that some have labeled it as
"It's undeniable that we are reseg-
regating education in a dramatic
way and we are also resegregating
or becoming more segregated resi-
dentially than we were. And so
those things are clearly going back-
ward," says Mark Potok, director of
the Intelligence Project of the
Alabama-based Southern Poverty
Law Center, which monitors racial
hate activities across the nation. "I
don't think race-relations are doing
Potok says what appears to be a
rise in racially charged incidents
publicized this year alone coincides
with the rise in race hate groups
* In January, the story was still blar-
ing about comedian Michael
Richard's calling a Black man the
N-Word from the stage in a crowd-
ed Los Angeles comedy club in
SWithin a few months, now for
Continued on page 5
Activist Point Blame to Mayors Office in High Crime
Rate for Not Handling City's "Economic Injustice"
by Dana Maule
Jacksonville may be one of the
leaders in the state when it comes to
crime a statistic that has been
attributed to everything from edu-
cation to a lack of role models.
Local civil rights leadership how-
ever feel they have pinpointed the
source of aggression among
Jacksonville's young urban popula-
tion and the finger pointing begins
at City Hall.
"Ask tax payers why pay for thou-
sands of dollars for rehab and incar-
ceration. Is the war on drugs solv-
ing the problem? No. Nixon's war
on drugs failed. We need to get the
job infrastructure right and have
equal opportunity in schools and
employment. I spoke with the
Sheriff of Jacksonville about how
to stop crime. We need to have drug
education in elementary schools,"
said Richard P. Burton, chairperson
of the NAACP Prisoners Rights
Burton was among other African-
American leadership in the city
including NAACP President Isaiah
Rumlin, President of the SCLC
Min. Desmond Mohammed, Baptist
Ministers Conference President C.
Edward Preston and Jacksonville
Leadership Coalition Chair Pastor
R.L. Gundy who called a press con-
ference on the steps of the old
iown above at the podium is Dr. C. Edward Preston, President of the Baptist ministries conference.
courthouse to call community atten-
tion to the Mayors Office and the
City Council on the count of eco-
The hot topic was the effects the
economy has had on crime, murder
rates, the education system and
employment. In an interview
Burton stated that the job infra-
structure needs to get right and
Shown is Bold City Links Vice President Sandra Richardson with
Channel 12 Anchor Victor Blackwell and Chapter President Ruth Waters.
Aiding Black Males Subject of
Bold City Links Program Year
Members of the Bold City
Chapter of Links held a day long
retreat last weekend to plan and
implement a roadmap to aid a
demographic in crisis young
Black males. Armed with a cache of
statistics to substantiate the expan-
sive project, the chapter decided to
focus their program year on chang-
ing the lives of 20 over-rage middle
"We chose this demographic so
that we would be able to track our
progress in addition, it is early
enough in the lives of the young
men to make a real difference in
their future," said Chapter
President Ruth Waters.
The guest speaker for the plan-
ning retreat was Channel 12 Anchor
Victor Blackwell, whose reports on
the Black Male crisis has garnered
"It is through collaborative efforts
like yours and mine, we will make
a difference." Blackwell told the
enthusiastic group of 40 women.
The Bold City Program will be
based out of Highlands Middle
School and include intensive men-
toring, tutoring and exposure ses-
sions on a twice weekly basis.
there needs to be equal opportunity
in schools and employment. The
leadership consortium also
expressed disdain for the recent
unveiling of a city contract to a
friend of the Mayors.
"At $350,000 Prologic is
the highest paid private vendor in
the city. His company received
money without being in business
long enough to qualify,"
Mohammed also spoke against the
Mayor's office who is in noncom-
pliance with the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development
section 3, which requires certain
recipients of HUD financial assis-
tance, to the greatest extent possible
- Continued on page 5.
NAACP Launches Strategy Aimed
at Reducing Drop-Out Rates
High School drop out rates with-
in America's Black Diaspora is
alarming. In Jacksonville alone,
only 39% of Black males graduate
from high school. To address the
national epidemic, the NAACP has
developed a 10 point strategy to
reduce high school drop out rates.
The plan, created by the civil
rights organization's Education
Department, calls for a collabora-
tive effort among educators, fami-
lies and the business community to
ensure adequate resources and
effective monitoring of student
"Approximately 1 million chil-
dren drop out of school each year.
Nearly 50 percent of African-
American students who drop out
are leaving school with less than
two years left to complete their
high school education. There is
clearly a need for focused, deliber-
ate action to reverse this trend," the
NAACP said in a statement
announcing the effort.
Research has shown that students
who fail to graduate from high
school face greater problems find-
ing employment and are more like-
ly to be in poor health, on public
assistance or incarcerated. They
also are more likely to die at an ear-
lier age than their counterparts who
According to Child Trends Data
Bank, a nonprofit, nonpartisan
research organization, while the
gap narrowed in the dropout rate
between white and black students
in the 1980s, it has moved little in
the years since. The NAACP also
said students of color are four times
more likely to attend a high school
with a low graduation rate than
Based on a proposal that it initi-
ated in 2001, the NAACP is calling
on school districts to work closely
with NAACP branches in reversing
the trend. It recommends that a
variety of assessment and evalua-
tion methods be used, instead of
one major standardized test, to
determine student outcomes.
Local businesses, community col-
leges and vocational and technical
institutions will be asked to develop
partnerships with schools to pro-
vide creative alternatives to earning
The NAACP also asked education
officials to create a uniform way to
track dropout rates and to develop
ways of holding schools account-
able for developing programs to
increase graduation rates. Public
officials will be asked to ensure that
teachers and administrators have
the necessary resources to educa-
Continued on page 5
SMedia More Out
of Touch with
More Than Ever
Tired of the
Iob l) Dieting?
August 23-29, 2007
Kevin Faulk is sweating it out on
the field at training camp with the
rest of the New England Patriots,
but that's not the only place he's
planning on making an impact.
While getting ready to don the
pads and helmet for another run at
the Super Bowl, Faulk and four
other current and former black pro-
fessional athletes have pooled their
money to buy 18 Burger King
restaurants in Norfolk and
Richmond, Va. The deal represents
a new attempt by Burger King
Corp., the Miami-based fast food
chain, to grow its presence in urban
areas. It is also an arrangement that
allows Faulk, a native of Lafayette,
La., to fulfill a goal of providing
jobs to others whose backgrounds
he can relate to.
"I watched how hard my mom and
dad worked. When you're young,
you don't realize the value and
importance of hard work, but now I
appreciate that," he said. Faulk said
he learned about the Burger King
deal through a business associate.
After looking over the details,
Faulk said, he was enticed by the
fact that many of the restaurants
were in predominantly black neigh-
borhoods, and that other current
and former star athletes he knows -
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by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
On July 19, 2007 the Dow Jones
Industrial Average hit an all time
high of 14,000. Since that historic
day, the market has gyrated pro-
fusely, closing with either a triple
digit gain or loss almost daily. The
blame for this extreme volatility
has been laid on potential defaults
in the sub prime mortgage market
and the subsequent liquidity
squeeze as lending markets have
adjusted and tightened around the
CNBC, the Wall Street Journal
and the media in general, almost
daily vacillate between either
"pushing the panic button" when
the market drops or "giving the all
clear signal" when the markets
stays even or closes up on a given
Fortunately, aside from the mar-
ket hype, the current economic fun-
damentals both domestically and
globally remain solid. The U.S.
economy is experiencing steady
growth at about 3% and global eco-
nomic growth is in the 4-5% range.
Inflation remains relatively tame
and reported corporate profits
remain solid. So what gives with
the market and what are the real
facts at this point in time.
Greed and Fear
The market's rise in 2007 has been
a classic case of the excesses
caused by greed and fear. As the
market made it record trek toward
14,000, greed soon overshadowed
rationality. Negative information
was easily discounted as the thrill
of the rally drew a crowd of hungry
buyers looking to make a quick
buck. Margin stock purchases
increased, "hot" initial public offer-
ings were being gobbled up and
leveraged buyouts were the toast of
Wall Street. After the market
reached 14,000 the momentum
quickly began to fade as profit-tak-
ers stepped in and began to burst
the rally bubble.
As the market began to fall, greed
was rapidly overtaken by fear.
Negative information was magni-
fied. One company's bad earnings
report would cause the entire indus-
try segment to suffer a market loss.
The animal instincts of the crowd
quickly took over and the flight to
safety took off. In the past, mort-
gage backed securities have been a
relatively high yielding safe harbor
in a storm, but this time was differ-
ent. The bundles of mortgaged
backed securities were infected by
sub prime loans with questionable
The Asian and Russian crises of
the late 1990's, the dot-com bust of
2001 and today's sub prime debacle
all have the same classic character-
istics of first a "run up of greed"
- like National Football League
Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and
New York Giants defensive end
Michael Strahan -- were partners in
A reason Burger King was eager
to make the deal happen was that all
four partners in the deal are black -
- Caron Butler of the National
Washington Wizards and Donnie
Edwards of football's Kansas City
Chiefs are the other two. The com-
pany wants to make inroads both in
cities with high minority popula-
tions and among minority entrepre-
neurs, whose numbers it would like
to increase among its franchisees.
In the late 1990s, Burger King
attempted to address both issues
through a deal with LaVan
Hawkins, a black entrepreneur in
Detroit who rose from being a street
gang member to owning a restau-
rant chain that at one time included
as many as 23 Burger Kings.
Hawkins had a deal to open up to
200 Burger Kings in urban neigh-
borhoods, but it quickly went sour
and by 2001 the two sides were
suing each other. They eventually
settled, but Hawkins had bigger
troubles: In 2005 he was convicted
on federal perjury and wire fraud
followed by a "downfall from fear."
Once we have survived the current
crisis, there will be other financial
crises in the future. The best way to
avoid future "greed frenzies" and
"fear panics" is to have your invest-
ment strategy in place, believe in it
and follow it.
An Investment Strategy
Developing an investment strate-
gy begins with creating your short,
medium and long term financial
goals and then developing an
investment strategy to achieve
them. Short term goals can be
achieved in 1-3 years, medium term
goals range from 3-7 years and long
term goals would be 10 plus years
Pay Yourself first- Establish a
investment goal as a % of your
gross income- Start at 10% and
work your way up to 20%. Put it on
automatic pilot by using payroll
deduction, automatic checking
account withdrawal, etc. Fix it so
the money goes directly to your
Put Your Eggs in Several Baskets-
Diversify your investments- If you
work for a company don't hold
more that 10-15% of your net worth
in company stock. If you have a
401K retirement plan, spread your
investments among several funds.
If you have investments outside
your company plans, select a good
mutual fund company and go for
Review and Rebalance- Review
the performance of your investment
accounts twice per year. If some of
your investments have performed
well, rebalance your winners and
laggards to your desired balance.
Determining the proper asset bal-
ances and diversifying a portfolio
that is appropriate for your family
goals can be a complicated task.
For the do-it-yourselfers, money-
central.msn.com has an effective
portfolio manager program that
allows the user to enter their invest-
ment information and then the pro-
gram analyzes their asset balances
and risk profiles. Others may want
to consult with their financial advi-
sor to help develop an investment
If you have an investment strate-
gy in place you will be able to
weather the future financial crises
that are sure to come. Greed and
fear are all around and are a part of
the financial landscape. If you are
prepared, you and your family do
not have to suffer the consequences
of greed and fear.
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
charges unrelated to his Burger
Manny Portuondo, Burger King's
director of strategic franchising,
wouldn't comment on the Hawkins
settlement or disclose how many of
its 7,200 restaurants in the United
States are minority-owned. But the
company still needs more minority
franchisees, he said.
"These communities make up
more than 30 percent of the US
population. There's strong minority
business growth in the US; these
are demographic trends that make it
a good business move for us to get
these guys in," Portuondo said.
"Regardless of what may have hap-
pened with LaVan Hawkins, it's in
Burger King's best interest to look
at how to expand into the minority
community, to grow our minority
and diversity inclusion efforts."
What? Huh? What Did
You Say? Really? Wow!
Men can learn something from
women about listening. I know far
too many men to think listening
involves merely waiting for their
turn to talk. This must go back to
the days of telling hunting tales
around the campfire in a cave,
each caveman trying to one-up
the other in order to improve his
standing in the tribe. Well, that
dinosaur is dead, my friends. To
get ahead in the global tribe, you
have to absorb information as
well as spew it out.
Women are generally excellent
listeners, because they are better
at tuning in to other people. They
are often not as self-absorbed as
men. They relate to other individ-
uals rather than relating to the
Sometimes, men think women
listen too well, I'm afraid, because
they are excellent at reminding us
when we contract ourselves.
When you don't listen attentive-
ly, you cheat not only the speaker,
but yourself. This is the informa-
tion age, and that is information
flowing past your ears. Listen
with your brain, not just your
ears. And remember that you have
to listen with your body, as well.
Here are a few tips to tune up all
three parts of your networking
apparatus--your ears, your brain,
and your body language:
- Focus on the speaker. Maintain
Don't fold your arms or lean
back. Keep your arms to your
side, and try to lean toward the
speaker to demonstrate your inter-
- Keep an open mind. Don't chal-
lenge until you've heard it all.
Take mental motes.
- Identify areas of mutual inter-
- Watch for hidden clues to feel-
ings and meanings displayed
through body language.
Bottom Line: To be an effec-
tive networker, you have to lis-
ten to everything that is being
said and everything that is not
Annual Report on Assessment and Accountability
Duval County Public Schools
Section 1008.25 (8) of the Florida Statutes requires the publication of the following information.
1. Policies and procedures on retention and promotion may be found at
2. By grade, the Number and Percentage of all students in grades 3 through 10 performing at Levels 1 and 2 on
the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
FCAT Total Number at Percent at Number at Percent at Numbers at Percent at
GRADE Students Level 1 Level 1 Level 2 Level 2 Levels 1 & 2 Levels 1 &2
3 10,194 2,045 20.1% 1,459 14.3% 3.504 34.4%
4 9,559 1,773 18.5% 1,492 15.6% 3,265 34.2%
5 9,270 1,279 13.8% 1412 15.2% 2,691 29.0%
6 9.039 1,814 20.1% 1,868 20.7% 3,682 40.7%
7 8,775 1,586 18.1% 1,930 22.0% 3,516 40.1%
8 8,644 1,883 21.8% 2,748 31.8% 4,631 53.6%
9 9,555 2,856 29.9% 3,145 32.9% 6.001 62.8%
10 7,392 3,022 40.9% 2,084 28.2% 5,106 69.1%
Source: DCPS Student Data Warehouse 8/14107
3. By grade, the number and percentage of all students retained in grades 3 through 10.
Grade Total Students Number Retained Percent Retained*
3 10,348 993 9.5
4 9,721 443 4.4
5 9378 218 2.2
6 9,372 733 7.7
7 9087 802 8.7
8 9,102 833 7.9
9 10,185 1,854 17.44
10 7,903 1,343 16.6
Source: DCPS Student Data Warehouse 8114/07
Number Retained divided by Number Retained plus Number Promoted plus Number Placed
4. Information on the total number of third grade students who either scored a Level 1 or had no score on FCAT reading yet were promoted for good
Total Reason 1 Reason 2 Reason 3 Reason 4 Reason 5 Reason 6
1,391 81 124 334 461 335 57
Source: DCPS Student Data Warehouse 8/14/07
Good Cause Reasons:
1. Limited English proficient students who had had less than 2 years of instruction in an English Language Learners program.
2. Students with disabilities whose individual education plan indicates that participation in the statewide assessment program is not appropriate,
consistent with the requirements of State Board of Education rule.
3. Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative standardized reading assessment approved by the State Board
of Education (Stanford Achievement Test 9)
4. Students who demonstrate, through a student portfolio, that the student is reading on grade level as evidenced by demonstration of mastery of
the Sunshine State Standards in reading equal to at least a Level 2 performance on the FCAT.
5. Students with disabilities who participate in the FCAT and who have an individual education plan or a Section 504 plan that reflects that the
student has received intensive remediation in reading for more than years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and was previously
6. Students who have received intensive remediation in reading for 2 or more years but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were pre
viously retained for a total of two years.
5. The district school board's policy on student retention and promotion from the prior year was changed in grades 6 through 10 only:
Promotion from grade 6 to grade 7 and from grade 7 to grade 8 requires passing three the four core courses. The requirement for a level 2 or
higher in FCAT Reading was deleted.
Promotion from grade 8 to grade 9 requires passing all 12 of the middle school core courses. The requirement for a level 2 or higher in FCAT
Reading was deleted.
Promotion from grade 9 to grade 10 requires passing English or mathematics. The requirement for a level 2 or higher in FCAT Reading was
deleted. The grade point average (GPA) requirement was deleted.
Promotion from grade 10 to grade 11 requires passing two English classes and two courses in mathematics and/or science. The requirement
for a level 2 or higher in FCAT Reading was deleted. The grade point average (GPA) requirement was deleted.
Burger King Seeking to Increase Minority
Profile with Franschise Sale to Pro Athletes
Greed and Fear
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August 23-29, 2007
Obama Predicts Higher Black
Voter Turnout if Nominated
Shown above is JTA Board Chairman Cleve Warren with business
owners Rayown and Kellie Clark and JTA Exec. Director Michael
Tanga Middleton, MonaVic, Dr. Regina Young, President Young and
Associates, Janice and Rick Harden Monice Wilson.
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Barack Obama predicted that
black voter turnout would swell by
at least 30 percent if he wins the
presidential nomination, giving
Democrats victory in Southern
states that have been voting
Republican for decades.
"I'm probably the only candidate
who having won the nomination
can actually redraw the political
map," Obama told a Democratic
voter skeptical that he could defeat
a Republican candidate.
"I guarantee you African-American
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Disadvantaged Businesses Get Boost from JTA Event
The Jacksonville Transportation
Authority hosted its 2nd Annual
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
(DBE) networking event at River
City Brewing Company Thursday,
August 16. Over 250 guests attend-
ed the event, including more than
100 DBEs seeking new business
opportunities from JTA's prime
contractors and other vendors.
The DBEs got some critical face
time with contractors during JTA's
first-ever "Meet the DBEs Game."
The challenge was for the DBEs to
market themselves and their busi-
nesses one-on-one with some of
Jacksonville's major prime contrac-
tors in three minutes or less.
Reynolds, Smith and Hills,
Superior .C9oqtracting and J.B
Coxwell were among the compa-
nies who lined up to discuss work
opportunities they had available.
State Representative Audrey
Gibson praised JTA for coordinat-
ing events like this one that allow
disadvantaged business owners
important networking opportuni-
ties, while JTA Chairman Cleve
Warren emphasized the importance
of taking such opportunities and
turning them into something prof-
itable. This event was also a nod
Dr. Richard Danford
to Serve on
Richard Danford, Jr., President of
the Jacksonville Urban League was
appointed by Governor Charlie
Crist and the Department of
Juvenile Justice, to serve on the
Florida's Blueprint Commission on
Juvenile Justice Reform. This 25-
member Commission is comprised
of citizens, stakeholders and policy
experts and will be chaired under
the leadership of Florida Atlantic
University President and former Lt.
Governor Frank Brogan.
The outcomes of the Blueprint
Commission's work will include
for improving the juvenile justice
system; a roadmap to set goals and
guide improvements in administra-
tion, policy and legislative budget
requests; the foundation for the
Department of Juvenile Justice's
development of a strategic/business
plan for implementation, and to
serve as a valuable benchmark and
evaluation tool for r.onitoring
progress toward the desired goals.
toward the Authority's renewed
commitment to the customer.
"JTA is moving to be more cus-
tomer focused," said JTA Executive
Director/CEO Michael J. Blaylock.
"That is why events like this are
very important. They demonstrate
that customer focus direction. Our
DBE department works hard to
ensure DBEs, prime contractors
and other vendors are connected
and working together to establish a
win-win situation for all." For more
information on JTA's DBE program
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turnout, if I'm the nominee, goes up
30 percent around the country, min-
imum," Obama said. "Young peo-
ple's percentage of the vote goes up
25-30 percent. So we're in a posi-
tion to put states in play that haven't
been in play since LBJ."
Lyndon Baines Johnson ran for
president in 1964 and won in a
landslide. But since then the South
has turned into a Republican
Obama noted that in Mississippi,
blacks make up more than a third of
the state's population, but make up
a smaller share of the electorate.
"If we just got African Americans
in Mississippi to vote their percent-
age of the population, Mississippi is
suddenly a Democratic state,"
Obama said. He said Georgia
would also turn Democratic and
South Carolina would be in play.
Obama rival John Edwards has
been arguing that he is the most
electable candidate in the South
because he is from North Carolina
and Obama and Hillary Rodham
Clinton have never run in the
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Message to the mainstream
media: stop trying to tell black folk
what is right and wrong about us in
your own special way.
What the heck does that mean?
I simply mean that often times
white cartoonist, radio talk show
host, and writers decide to give
their two cents about "black" issues
and do a terrible job communicat-
ing their point.
And I will be honest some-
times they're right, but they simply
don't know how to say it in a prop-
er way and are often the wrong
people to say it. I am not the person
who should tell my grandmother
that her wig doesn't look good on
her, but my aunt, who is her sister,
probably is. It would come across
Over the years there has been
story after story about some white
guy saying or doing something
totally inappropriate that comes
across as being racist.
Locally, last week the "Florida
Times Union" cartoonist drew a
cartoon that was supposed make a
statement about how rap music is
tearing apart black culture. Or as
Ed Gamble, the cartoonist/moral
police wrote to news blogger
Richard Prince in "Journal-isms,"
"I have been watching this black
rap culture for the past 10 years."
He continued, "I find the word
'ho' very offensive and think it is
tearing away the moral fabric in the
black society and degrading to the
women who are the pillars in this
His cartoon depicts a thug
standing over the body of someone
he just shot in the back. There are
two kids standing watching this
violent act saying that they didn't
In the background there is a bill-
board that features a rapper with a
Mainstream Media Out of Touch
with Black Society than Ever
gun, with the words "Rap your life
away," while underneath, BET and
Warner Music are singled out.
Now I can't agree with him
more that the word "ho" is used too
much in rap music. In fact, so is the
"N" word and bunch of others.
However, Mr. Gamble as for that
word and rap music tearing away at
the moral fabric?"
Unfortunately, a lot of Hip Hop
artist degrade to women in their
music, but a lot of artists do not. I
have criticized rap music in this
very column, saying that it certain-
ly reinforces many of the negatives
in the black community.
However, to say that is the lead-
ing cause of the "moral decay" of
the black community is ridiculous
and offensive to me as a black man.
Sounds like Gamble just left a
Conservatives for a Better America
Conference led by George Dubya
Obviously some don't compre-
hend the fact that hip-hop music
went mainstream a long time ago.
It's the suburban white kids who are
buying the majority of these hip
So the entire notion that hip-hop
solely belongs to black folk is trou-
blesome. That's like saying Rock n'
Roll only belongs to white people.
I admit that I have never been to a
rock concert, but no race can take
ownership of a genre of music.
Most gangster rappers are more
studio gangsters than real thugs.
Hard core rappers are selling an
image that is often not the reality
that they live in or grew up in.
It's almost like watching "The
Sopranos" on HBO and saying that
all Italian American families are
apart of the mob. So could you say
that this television show that fea-
tures all Italian actors is tearing
apart the moral fabric of the Italian
American community because it's
so violent and offensive?
The word "ho" being used on
"The Sopranos" would be consid-
ered the rated "G" version of the
series. So to say that hip-hop is
leading the way to moral decay is
totally baseless. Wow, that last line
almost came out like a rap it actu-
ally almost rhymed.
I don't want to focus on this one
ill-notioned cartoonist but once I
read the rest of his comments on
the "Joural-isms" blog I was real-
Gamble said, "We have global-
ization and outsourcing by big
business in America, factories shut-
ting down, illegal immigrants com-
ing in to do jobs which blacks were
skilled at (bricklaying, carpentry,
etc.) and taking their jobs because
they can pay less money."
Did I miss something? So there
are no educated black folk the
immigrants are taking our jobs? So
white people are laying bricks and
building houses is that what he's
Does he feel sorry for us poor
ignorant black folk because the
immigrants are taking our blue-col-
lar jobs away from us. Sounds like
he supports the put a wall around
He continued, "So where is the
Black community today? Little
education, little or no jobs, racism
still a big part in America and you
have the moral fabric of the Black
society being ripped apart by thug
Mr. Gamble, rappers are not the
problem. The issues facing the
black community and urban com-
munities throughout our country
have nothing to do with hip-hop or
immigrants taking jobs.
Better quality education, which
will slowly change the culture of
inner-city communities, is much
more important than rap music's
Now I know what Mr. Gamble
and some others are going to say -
there they go again playing the race
card. But as a good friend of mine
says, "If you deal me a hand full of
spades what else am I supposed to
My final question is how many
people actually saw that cartoon
before it was printed? And of those
folks how many were African
American, and not Clarence
Thomas black, but normal black
folk with some connection to the
African American community?
Of course the newspaper apolo-
gized somewhat. The apology
seemed focused more so on the
usage of the word "Ho" than on the
actual consent of the cartoon.
It's an editorial so being racially
sensitive obviously doesn't matter.
Or is it that the mainstream news
media doesn't care because black
folk don't by enough newspapers?
Signing off from the Northside
with the rest of the ignorant black
folk, Reggie Fullwood
'Billary' Clinton is Condescending to Blacks
by George Curry
Clinton is condescending to
African-Americans. Which one?
Billary. Translation: Both of them -
Bill and Hillary. I am sick of it and
even sicker over how Blacks
respond to what should be per-
ceived as a slap-in-the face.
I suspect much of this nonsense
began with Toni Morrison pro-
claiming that Bill Clinton was the
first Black president. Lesser lights
in the 'hood put it another way:
"He messes around on his wife, he
plays a saxophone and he's always
late. He must be a brother." Don't
act like you haven't heard that.
And in a meeting in Las Vegas
with the Trotter Group, an organi-
zation of Black columnists, Hillary
joked that she is involved in "an
White woman, P-l-e-a-s-e (We
can't say that other word anymore).
It's time to call a halt to this fool-
ishness. Granted, Bill Clinton
looked great after four years of
attacks on civil rights by George
Herbert Walker Bush, who appoint-
ed Clarence Thomas to the
Supreme Court. But he wasn't and
isn't The Great White Hope. We
should not forget that Bill Clinton
was a key player in the Democratic
Leadership Conference, whose
main purpose was to nudge the
Democratic Party to the right (they
called it the center.)
Clinton got elected by taking the
issues of crime and welfare away
from Republicans and portraying
himself as tough on both issues. At
the same time, he convinced
African-Americans that he was
their best friend, a contention that
does not square with his record.
I'm not saying Bill Clinton was a
bad president. I am saying he was
not a great one on civil rights.
If any president deserves to be
called Black and that's a big if-
it was Lyndon B. Johnson. Working
with Congressman Adam Clayton
Powell, more progressive legisla-
tion was passed during Johnson's
presidency than under any other
administration. John F. Kennedy is
the one who got his photograph
hung in Black living rooms next to
pictures of a blue-eyed Jesus, but it
was Johnson, assuming the office
upon the assassination of JFK, who
did the most for Blacks.
Whether it was Bill Clinton
singing all stanzas of "Lift Every
Voice," known as the Black
National Anthem, or Hillary speak-
ing in Selma to observe an anniver-
sary of "Bloody Sunday," it was
clear that they were no strangers to
But where were they when the
original civil rights battle took
place? Bill not only dodged the
draft, he dodged the Civil Rights
Movement. And so did Hillary.
With that record, why does Bill
Clinton think he can attend the
grand opening of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference's
new headquarters in Atlanta and
lecture SCLC officials on what
their agenda should be?
"America needs the SCLC as
much today as it did 50 years ago,"
he said. "The agenda for the next
50 years is to marry civil rights
with a campaign against poverty
and for peace."
If he had not been a Billy-come-
lately to civil rights, Clinton would
have known that there is no need
for SCLC to marry civil rights with
a campaign against poverty and for
peace because there was never a
separation, let alone a divorce.
At both the National Urban
League and the National
Association of Black Journalists
(NABJ) conventions Hillary
Clinton announced her program to
empower Black males. The truth is
that while it's laudable that Hillary
is sensitive to the plight of Black
males, she should listen to solu-
tions African-Americans propose
rather than providing us with what
she thinks are the answers.
Barack Obama also deserves a
swift kick in the butt.
Playing off the stupid non-ques-
tion as to whether he is "Black
enough," Obama arrived late at the
NABJ convention in Las Vegas and
quipped, "I want to apologize for
being late, but you guys keep ask-
ing whether I am Black enough."
That was a funny line but racial
stereotypes are nothing to laugh at.
Considering that Obama is going
all-out to defy stereotypes of
African-Americans, it was unwise
for him to jokingly dignify, the
notion that African-Americans
have a monopoly on being late.
To illustrate just how this "are you
Black enough" ridiculousness has
gotten out of hand, during one
NABJ session, CNN Anchor
Suzanne Malveaux asked Hillary
Clinton, "Are you Black enough?"
The real question isn't whether a
presidential candidate is Black
enough. The question is: Will he or
she do enough to help Black peo-
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FLORIDA'S FIRST COAST QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
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SHow Chrysler's Sale
C t l l., The "merger of equals" created in 1998 by the
"" $36 billion union of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler
Shas failed. Chrysler's sale involves 80.1% of
S stock going to the control of Cerberus Capital
Management, a private-equity group, for $7.4
Cerberus holds controlling or significant minority interests in companies
around the world that generate over $60 billion a year. The New York-
based buy-out firm is investing in Chrysler on the bet it can revive the
struggling carmaker. Cerberus Capital is led by former U.S. Treasury
Secretary John Snow who says, "We encourage our companies to focus on
the future through prudent capital investment, R&D, new product market-
ing, talent development, improved operations and appropriate strategic
Cerberus' portfolio includes a variety of high profile companies, some
within the auto industry, including National and Alamo Car Rentals, and
controlling shares of GMAC financial services. Speculation is that the
most logical step of the purchase would be to merge Chrysler Financial and
GMAC. Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., Chrysler Financial has
4,200 employees and management of $75 billion in dealer and consumer
financing. The Chrysler Group is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich. It
produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Mopar brand vehicles and products.
Chrysler's 2006 worldwide sales totaled 2.7 million vehicles.
Former Secretary Snow says, "We are excited about realizing this monu-
mental opportunity to help bring an American automotive icon back to a
path for profitability and long-term success". To improve Chrysler's oper-
ations Cerberus will surely implement an array of cost-cutting measures to
restore profitability. So, while Cerberus makes deals on Wall Street what
will be the sale's affect along Martin Luther King Boulevard?
Chrysler has been a source of employment and entrepreneurial enterprise
for African Americans. The company employs over 80,000 people and
through due diligence on the part of African American executives it has
annually increased job, contractor and grant opportunities for blacks.
As consumers, African Americans buy one of every eight vehicles sold in
the US and spend more than $35 billion each year on automobile purchas-
es. In recent years, Chrysler's 300 M has been the second-best seller
among blacks. African Americans on Wheels magazine named
DaimlerChrysler its 2006 "Company of the Year" for its annual spending
among minority vendors $2.7 billion and diverse workforce. Currently,
people of color comprise 27 percent of the company's workforce.
Hopefully, Cerberus' takeover won't result in "retirement" of Chrysler's
black-oriented policies or people. Already retired, Roy Levy Williams
helped Chrysler and its social impact among African Americans in the
1980s. Hired as Manager for Community Relations, Williams became the
company's liaison to many civic/human service organizations. These link-
ages helped funnel many millions of dollars to these groups. Williams
remains on the NAACP's Board of Directors.
A hopeful sign is that since the sale, Chrysler Financial named William F.
Jones its Chief Operations Officer. Under DaimlerChrysler Jones was piv-
otal for a plethora of financial and literacy programs targeting African
Americans. He endorsed Chrysler Financial's sponsorship of the Hip-Hop
Summit Action National Financial Empowerment Tour the past two years.
Under Jones, Chrysler Financial and the National Urban League entered
into partnership to fashion financial education curriculum targeted toward
youths 18 years and under.
In past years, Chrysler Financial and the NNPA Foundation have recog-
nized black newspapers for entrepreneurial accomplishments in financial
literacy. Under Cerberus' ownership, Jones is providing the "2007
Chrysler Financial Guide to Automotive Financing" to the public. The 28-
page guide was produced by the Washington Informer Newspaper and pro-
vides in-depth information on automotive financing and related personal
financial management topics including vehicle financing, car insurance,
credit cards, maintaining good credit or repairing bad credit, and how to
protect yourself from fraud or identity theft. The Guide is free and avail-
able through Bill Porter, Chrysler Financial Corporate Communications -
248.427.3121 or www.cf.com.
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Economic Injusticecontinued from front
provide job training, employment and contract opportunities for low or
very-low income residents.
"About 58,000 people are being affected because HUD never got the
money," Mohammed said.
"Jacksonville is broken so we need to fix it." said C. Edward Preston.
He mentioned that their organization has requested that the FBI and the
Florida Department of Law Enforcement conduct the Rico Act investi-
Pastor R.L. Gundy, chair of the Jacksonville Leadership Coalition
expressed his disappointment in City Councils lack of response to their
request for a citizen review board, which was never created.
"Mismanagement, fraud and abuse, that's the condition of Jacksonville's
economy and leadership." Said Mohammed.
year. but they cannot measure how
many people lack a basic high
school education. A measure called
status dropout rates reveals the per-
centage of people ages 16 to 24
who are out of school and have
earned neither a high school diplo-
ma or its equivalent, such as a
General Educational Development
(GED) certificate, accord to Child
Trends Data Bank.
The NAACP plan, however, is
consistent with an effort called for
by the National Education
Association. In October 2006, NEA
President Reg Weaver announced a
12-point plan to address the dropout
"This is no longer about students
slipping through the cracks of our
education system. Those cracks are
Thirty percent of new teachers
leave the profession within their
first three years and that the figure
is 50 percent in urban schools.
Certified training and consistent
staffing make the difference in
ensuring successful educational
outcomes for students, particularly
students of color, he said.
The NAACP also has called on
states to develop a five-year plan to
reduce education-related racial dis-
parities. It provided each state with
a Web-based template to help trans-
late elements in its Call for Action
into measurable indicators. So far,
23 states have submitted equity
plans to the NAACP, according to
the associations' Web site.
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former talk show host Don Imus'
on-air "nappy-headed hos" insult to
the Rutgers University women's
basketball team dominated the air-
waves and the streets.
Meanwhile, a list of racially
charged criminal justice cases
began heavily circulating. They
The Nov. 25 wedding day killing
of unarmed Black man Sean Bell
by New York police officers, which
sparked protests into the new year;
The case of Genarlow Wilson,
21, who is serving 10 years in a
Georgia prison as he awaits the
state Supreme Court's decision on
his conviction of consensual oral
sex with a 15-year-old White girl
that happened when he was 17;
The U. S. Supreme Court's rul-
ing against race-conscious public
school assignments in Louisville,
Ken. and Seattle, Wash. that sent a
chilling affect over other such plans
across the nation;
And the Jena Six case, now at
full throttle in Louisiana, where 16-
year-old Mychal Bell and five other
Black high school students could
face up to a combined 100 years in
prison after a school brawl that
started with them being insulted by
nooses hung in a so-called "White
Coinciding with consistent news
reports on such cases, Potok says
the heated immigration debate that
railed in the U. S. Senate well into
the spring apparently exacerbated
negative reaction to the racial cli-
mate. He says the perception of the
rising number of Black and Brown
people in America is directly con-
nected to the rise in hate groups.
According to the Intelligence
Report, 602 such groups, including
the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan
Nations, were documented
throughout the U. S. in 2000. That
number has now risen by 40 per-
cent to 844 in six years, he says.
Potok describes, "The reaction of
very many people is that, 'My
country is changing all around me.
This is not the country that my
forefathers built. It must be because
those brown-skinned people are
coming in and destroying it."
Actual hate crimes and attacks
soon follow, he says:
"When hate crime gets the worst,
it's when the neighborhood starts to
approach sort of a tipping point like
49 percent. But, once you get a sig-
nificant number of whatever it is,
Black people in a White neighbor-
hood, brown people or whatever it
is at the 30 or 40 percent mark, then
some people start to feel 'My
town's been stolen from me by
Some places, such as Jena, where
Mychal Bell was convicted by an
all White jury in a case with a
White judge and a White prosecu-
tor, just appear to be a fluke, Potok
says. "The civil rights movement
just never made it there."
But, as the cases and the atmos-
phere of racism mount, activists
say Black people can fight back
non-violently and win.
Rev. Al Sharpton, who has organ-
ized community marches in
response to all of the most high-
profiled criminal justice cases, says
community mobilization is still
among the most effective responses
to racism and injustice.
"Unquestionably, the color line
was not solved in the 20th Century
and it is absolutely facing us in the
21st Century. The difference is
there has been in the last decade
those who are in our own commu-
nity who have been tricked into
going to sleep and thinking that the
relative progress of a few individu-
als has changed the plight of the
masses," he says. Therefore, it
has emboldened racists to come
back out of the closet."
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-tion students, to find ways to
reduce excessive enrollment and
warehousing of children of color in
special education programs, to
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resources to schools and ensure that
curricular material is culturally rel-
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Praise Set for Bethel Baptist Institutional
Instead of the usual lunch, do the
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Institutional Church Pastor, Dr.
Rudolph W. McKissick Jr., and
Pastor E. Dewey Smith, for special
Word, Worship, Music and Praise
Noontime Services on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday, August 29th,
30th & 31st. Pastor E. Dewey
Smith is Pastor of the Greater
Travelers Rest Church, in Decatur,
The Word and Worship Choir
will sing at Evening Services at 7
p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday. The Guest Pastors will be:
Pastor Jamal Bryant, of
Empowerment Temple, Baltimore,
MD., on Wednesday. Bishop
George G. Bloomer, of Bethel
Rev. Michael Mitchell is Speaker for 116th
Anniversary Service at New Hope AME
This week New Hope AME Church, 2708 Davis Street, Reverend
Patricia P. Williams, Pastor; will celebrate the 116th Anniversary of the
church on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, August 23rd, 24th and 26, 2007.
Services begin nightly at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, at 4 p.m.
Reverend Michael Mitchell, Pastor of St. Stephen AME Church, will be
the speaker on Thursday evening. The Youth will present a Musical/Dance
program on Friday evening. Local choirs will perform at the closing serv-
ice on welcome. The community is invited.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry Serious Praise Service, Sunday
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, 1820 Monument
Road, Father's House Conference Center, Building 2; holds Serious Praise
Services, every 2nd & 4th Sunday. Holy Communion is offered each 2nd
Sunday. Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, is Pastor; and Evangelist Ethel
Pritchard is Associate Pastor. The mission of the Sword and Shield
Kingdom Outreach Ministry, by Divine Order, is to preach and teach the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. The community is invited.
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 0.
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".
Family Worship Center, Durham, '"USt u" Irccivcu "i L t 'er
NC; on Thursday evening; and Press offices no later than
Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, of Mt. Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week
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and 10:40 a.m., on Sunday. The on a space available basis until
doors of Bethel Baptist Institutional the date. Fax e-mail to 765-
3803 or e-mail to
are open to the community. 3803 or e-mail to
College Day 2007 Celebration
Sunday, at Mt. Moriah Missionary
All college students, their parents, friends, and the community are invit-
ed to join the celebration honoring these young people pursuing an educa-
tion, at 10 a.m., Sunday, August 26, 2007. Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr. &
Jr. are Pastors of the Church, 1953 West 9th Street.
For directions, and, or transportation, please call the Church Office at
354-0145. Come and be blessed as you walk into your destiny.
2nd Annual Women of
Purpose Retreat Jekyll Island
Love, Truth & Deliverance Outreach Ministry is hosting it's 2nd annual
Women Retreat with a return toJekyll Island. The cost for this event is
includes 2 night accomadations and retreat materials for the event on
Friday, September 7th at 7:30 p.m. For more info call the church at 904-
Equal Opportunity Nominations Sought
The Jacksonville Urban League is seeking nominations for its Annual
Equal Opportunity Awards. Corporations and Individuals who have made
significant efforts in the areas of diversity and equal opportunity will be
considered. Awards will be presented during the Jacksonville Urban
League's 60th Anniversary and Equal Opportunity Awards Gala on October
20, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville. Nominations must be
received by September 10, 2007. Nominations must include at least a one
page typed statement of the nominee's record of efforts made to champion
the cause of equality. Categories are individual, corporate, leadership and
the Clanzel Brown Award. They may be mailed to: Jacksonville Urban
League, c/o Equal Opportunity Awards, 903 W. Union Street, Jacksonville,
FL 32204 or faxed to (904) 356-8369.
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Schools Luring Substitute Teachers with Gifts
CHICAGO Gone are the days
when a substitute teacher might
pocket only a shiny red apple as a
As students prepare to head back
to classes, school districts facing
staff shortages are offering even
bigger incentives -- from gift cer-
tificates to job training -- to lure
With stiff competition among dis-
tricts, officials know they must try
harder to make spitball-dodging
subs feel appreciated in what's
often a thankless job.
"We're locked by four or five
school districts around us and subs
have a choice of where to go," said
Dave Kuschel, spokesman for the
Maplewood (Mo.) Richmond
Heights School District near St.
Louis, where subs get a free movie
pass after 15 days of work, a $20
book store gift certificate after 20
days and a $100 bonus after 50
days. That's on top of a daily rate of
$80 to $147, based on experience.
Every school day, about 5 million
children in 274,000 classrooms
have substitute teachers, said
Geoffrey Smith, director of the
Substitute Teaching Institute. And
all indications are that the need is
Seventy-three percent of U.S. dis-
tricts had an "immediate, urgent
need" for subs that was "likely to
grow to a crisis level within the
next 10 years," according to a 2003
bill that would have established a
grant program to help alleviate the
substitute shortage. The bill died in
a U.S. House of Representatives
Some districts have chronic sub-
stitute shortages that worsen during
the holidays or flu season, while
others are just trying to keep up
with exploding enrollment.
In Illinois, the number of new
teacher certificates has increased 6
percent per year since 2001, but the
number of substitute certificates
has only risen 2 percent a year,
according to the Illinois State
Board of Education.
The situation is so bad in two dis-
tricts north of Chicago --
Waukegan School District 60 and
North Chicago Community Unit
School District 187 -- that officials
there want lawmakers to lift a 90-
day limit on hiring the same sub.
Not all districts have trouble find-
ing subs. Some, like Chicago
Public Schools, have more than
they need. But others have to come
up with new ways to lure the high-
Snakes in the Pulpit Author Ousted
From Popular Online Church Forum
Reuben Armstrong, author of the
new book "Snakes in the Pulpit"
has been banned from
StreamingFaith.com, the faith-
based portal used by many church-
es to broadcast their programs
online. Until last week, the Reuben
Armstrong Show was broadcast on
On August 15, EUR Gospel post-
ed an article about Armstrong's
book, which focuses on the pastors
of several mega churches, specifi-
cally Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor
Creflo Dollar, Bishop T.D. Jakes
and Pastor Joel Osteen. In his book,
Armstrong says these pastors use
the word of God to manipulate true
believers for fame and fortune.
EUR Gospel asked Armstrong if
he had been removed from the site.
In a statement, he said, "Yes, it was
because of the enemies (Bishop
T.D. Jakes, Eddie Long and Creflo
Dollar). I received a call from the
vice president of Streaming Faith.
He told me those guys had called
him asking that he remove me or
they will no longer do business so
he made the decision to remove me.
But God is not sleep. This is an
example of what these so-called
men of God will do to protect them-
On August 16, the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution (AJC) ran a
story on Bishop Eddie Long's 20th
anniversary celebration. The black-
tie event was held at the Georgia
World Congress Center on Friday,
Free Marriages Performed on "Marry Your Baby Daddy" Day in NYC
A fact concerning African
Americans, which is not often dis-
cussed in modem times, is that
African Americans were not legally
allowed to marry until after emanci-
pation from slavery. Moreover, an
even bigger fact that seems to have
been completely glossed over in
most American History books is the
astounding numbers of African
Americans who married after slav-
ery, as soon as they were legally
allowed. Marriage was held in such
high esteem by African Americans
back then that close to 70% of
African Americans during that time
period were married.
Marriage was so important (even
before emancipation) that for 100's
and 100's of years, African
Americans would "symbolically"
show their Union by "jumping a
broom", which is one tradition still
kept alive today in many legal mar-
In today's society, it is a well-
known fact that there has been a
sharp decline in marriages among
African Americans, and also with 2-
parent households in general.
Undoubtedly, there are several rea-
sons marriage has declined in the
African American community;
many of those reasons are societal
influences, which affect all cultures
across the board. Typically, the
Church, school and community
reinforced the family stability;
however, increasingly, those institu-
tions are challenged by new social
ideals, media influences, peer
groups and a sense of a new
"norm". Current African American
marriage statistics range from 44%
to 41% respectively. However, what
is clear in reading all of the statis-
tics about African American mar-
riages is that they are lower in mar-
riage rates, and higher in divorce
rates, than any other group allowed
to legally marry in the United
The good news is that despite the
seemingly growing trends, there are
actually several under-reported
African Americans focusing on
embracing the stability and founda-
tion of a good marriage.
In New York, the second annual
"Marry Your Baby Daddy" wedding
celebration for close to a dozen
couples will be held in September,
2007; free of charge for the happy
couples! The idea behind the con-
cept, according'to its founder,
Maryann Reid, was to raise the
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Shown above are four generations of a family taken in the 1860s that
managed to stay together throughout slavery. It was illegal for Blacks
tomarry until after the Emancipation Proclamation. Despite support
and cohabitation, legal marriages
"esteem" of marriage in the African
American community. "You always
hear about baby mama drama", stat-
ed Reid, "But rarely, if ever, do you
hear about those who actually love
the mother/father of their children."
In 2005, Reid started her venture
without any corporate support,
however, today, the entire ceremo-
ny and reception, including their
remain low for Black America.
designer wedding dresses, are all
paid for by donations from several
corporate vendors. In order to qual-
ify, couples have to already live
together, must be interviewed to
show their sincerity, and they must
have at least one child together. The
first wedding was held in 2005
where close to a dozen couples
were married in unison. Most cou-
ples' reasons for not getting married
before Reids' event centered on
marriage not being a "big deal any-
more" and "money" issues.
However, both the men and women
alike were surprised at how happy
they felt after being selected; even
though many had stable relation-
ships for years. Many couples felt
that their relationship had taken on
a new, even more important mean-
ing; and many were proud of the
new example they were setting for
Another group of African
Americans interested in celebrating
the joy of marriage in the Black
community organized Black
Marriage Day (recently celebrated
in March 07), and they want the cel-
ebration to reach 50 Cities around
the US. "Black Marriage Day" is
another (relatively unknown) con-
cept whose premise is to celebrate
the joy of marriage in the African
American community. There are
several other grassroots organiza-
tions whose overriding theme and
goal is to motivate the hearts and
minds of the African American
community to cherish and celebrate
marriage, while encouraging more
to commit to marriage.
August 17. Up -- -
to 1,400 people
to attend. New .
B i r t h
Missionary y 4u
Church's mem- ,
from 300 to -. .
the bishop's leadership.
Reuben Armstrong's book and
ouster from StreamingFaith.com
were mentioned in the article.
Disputes over homosexuality are
beginning to touch black churches
as they have done for years in pre-
dominately white Protestant
"It's going to be a real challenge,"
said the Rev. Carlton W. Veazey,
founder of the National Black
Religious Summit on Sexuality.
"We're just beginning to really deal
The developing dispute divides a
few black churches willing to wel-
come gays and black denomina-
tions that consider homosexuality a
sin, The Washington Post reported
Victory Church, a black church
near Atlanta, lost 2,500 members --
half of its congregation -- after its
pastor, the Rev. Kenneth L.
Samuel, started preaching accept-
ance of gays several years ago.
The National Baptist Convention
USA Inc., the country's largest pre-
dominately black denomination,
bans clergy from officiating at cer-
emonies for same-sex couples, The
Pentecostal denominations such
as the Church of God in Christ con-
sider homosexuality a sin, while
the Progressive National Baptist
Convention has not taken a stand
on homosexuality or same-sex
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The War Against Insurance Companies
We diligently arm ourselves with
medication, surgeries, and doctors'
visits in the war against disease. By
the time we prevail victoriously, we
have to regain our energy to re-
embark in another battle a battle
against health insurance companies
who may refuse to pay for crucial
treatment or may even drop you
When it comes to health insurance,
what you don't know can hurt you,
so the best time to make sure you're
really covered is before you
become ill. Taking some simple
measures now can help prevent
Don't fall victim to a
A surprising number of patients
have been in the middle of costly
treatment for a serious disease only
to have their policies canceled,
sometimes even retroactively, and
have found themselves responsible
for astronomical bills. It's called
"It's a secret program that if you
have a serious illness ... or are on
costly medications, when they get
the bills, they go through [your file]
and look at your application ... and
get medical records from the last
several years. And if they find an
inconsistency in your application,
even if it's an honest mistake, your
policy is rescinded," says Shernoff,
senior partner of Shernoff Bidart
Darras, a Claremont, Calif.-based
law firm that represents insurance
policyholders. "It's a very harsh
punishment visited upon a lot of
Shernoff represented plaintiffs in a
class action suit against Blue Cross
in California that resulted in the
company being fined $1 million in
March 2007 for rescinding 6,000
policies without proving that
patients willfully falsified their
To keep it from happening to you,
be very careful when you fill out
applications, warns Shernoff.
Answer the questions as best you
can. And if you're not sure if
you've had a certain condition or
treatment, write down that you
don't remember, he says. Most
forms don't allow space for that
answer, so be prepared to have to
squeeze it in.
How to keep from getting denied
Some insurance companies will
veto a doctor's orders if they feel
the treatment isn't necessary or
consider it experimental, says
Shernoff. "They do a lot of denial
for newer treatments, especially
Try to get treatment preapproved
if you have any question about
whether it'll be covered. But that
can also send a warning sign to the
"Preapproval is often what triggers
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.
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the rescission review," says
Shernoff. "If it's for hip surgery,
that's an expensive item that they'll
look at and see if you're a candidate
"I think that's why people are so
frustrated in that there's not a lot
you can do to avoid getting caught
up in these denial programs,"
What you can do, he recommends
in his book "Payment Refused," is
make sure you read your policy
carefully and follow exactly the
steps your insurance company
requires for filing a claim.
How to appeal a decision
If you've been denied coverage
for a claim, you can appeal to the
insurance company, your state's
department of insurance or you can
file a lawsuit, says Shernoff.
If you appeal to the company,
know that it usually goes to the
medical director, who is an employ-
ee of the insurance group, he notes.
Have your doctor write a letter
explaining why it was a necessary
procedure. If possible, include jour-
nal articles showing the effective-
ness of the treatment. The key is to
get the doctor to make a stronger
case than the insurance company
has and make it hard for them to say
it's not medically necessary.
Insurance companies don't like
lawsuits, he says, but most patients
don't like to get involved in litiga-
"You're trying to get well and
going through chemo and it's not
the time for you to be fighting your
company. Bills don't get paid and
you get turned over to collections
and your credit is getting ruined,"
he says. "It's tragic and outrageous
St. Vincent Hosting Free Expo
for Expectant Mothers
Oftentimes first-time parents don't
know where to turn for information
regarding pregnancy and caring for
a new infant. And longtime parents
have found that technology and
practices have changed since their
last stint at diaper changing.
"The information is out there, but
parents have to be diligent in their
search," said Toni Herndon, R.N.,
M.S., CLC, Coordinator of Seton
Center for Women and Infants'
Health. "Here they can find many of
the answers they need all in one
place, at one time."
To help parents learn more, St.
Vincent's Medical Center will host
"Maternity Expo 2007," a daylong
event geared at expectant parents or
couples who are planning babies in
the near future. It will be held Sept.
15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St.
Vincent's Terry Conference Center,
When a person says, "I'm cutting
carbs," or, "I'm watching my carb
intake," this doesn't necessarily
mean he is adhering to a diet in
which foods with carbohydrates are
On the other hand, there is the
kind of low-carb diet or eating plan
in which the carbohydrate food
group is essentially ousted. The per-
son eats primarily animal products
and green vegetables.
It's okay to cut back on refined
carbohydrates. In fact, you won't be
doing any harm to your body if you
eliminate refined carbs entirely.
These are not natural, in that the
refinement process involves a lot of
1801 Barrs St. (Fourth floor of the "We'reloping
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The event is free and there will be planning for /
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Attendees will have the opportuni- stop by and A
ty to: learn the latest practices in take in
healthcare from medical profession- s o me
als and childcare advocates; sample o ft h e
prenatal yoga or a breastfeeding
class; see an actual Labor and
Delivery area; learn infant CPR and advances in care
basic safety; participate in hands-on during their preg-
games; and visit with vendors to nancies,
learn about new products to ease Herndon said.
care for newborns. "So much
Some of the seminars include: haschanged and
High Blood Pressure & Pregnancy there is so much
Daddy Do's & Don'ts more to learn
Gestational Diabetes about having
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high heat and pressurizing. So feel
free to cut back or do away entirely
with processed carbohydrates. If
you routinely eat these, you'll be
hungrier (and more apt to overeat),
than if you restrict these. Refined
carbohydrates can mess with blood
sugar levels, causing annoying
Refined or processed carbohy-
drates include: white bread, white
pasta, white rice, rice cakes, and
other foods made with white flour,
like pancakes, waffles and muffins.
Most commercial frozen dinners
are loaded with processed carbs.
Same with many cereals, especially
those aimed at kids. Do you eat
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your kids' cereals? Neither of you
should be eating this stuff.
And of course, anything with
white sugar or high fructose corn
syrup is a refined carbohydrate:
cookies, ice cream, soda, cake, fruit
drink mixes, many canned or bot-
tled fruit drinks, chocolate milk,
brownies, candy, pastries, even
some yogurts. Read ingredients
labels for added sugar.
So then, what about cutting back
on complex, natural carbohydrates?
This is what the true, radical low-
carb advocates say you should do,
to lose weight. The theory is that if
there's hardly any carbohydrates in
your body, your body will have no
choice but to burn stored fat for
energy. Thus, the dieter who elimi-
nates carbs will shed a lot of fat.
Here's the problem. If you're eat-
ing only non-carb or very low carb
foods (meat, cheese, eggs, nuts,
bacon, fish, lard, butter, green
beans), you are STILL taking in
calories! In other words, this kind
of food provides energy (how did
ancient man survive if it didn't?).
Your body is going to use it and
leave the excess fat just where it is.
To put it another way, eating noth-
ing but meat, eggs, peanuts,
sausage and shrimp will not force
your body to melt fat any faster
than if you were consuming the
same number of calories that
included complex, natural carbs.
Otherwise, if the theory were true,
that a diet high in fatty animal
foods, and restrictive in complex
carbohydrates (whole grains like
oatmeal and brown rice, wheat
pasta, fruits, potatoes, some vegeta-
bles), then wouldn't carnivorous
animals be skin and bones? After
all, they eat nothing but meat. The
only time they're skin and bones is
when there's no prey to hunt and
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where you can get a breast
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The Jacksonville Children's
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-
at the Comedy Zone
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Jacksonville at the Comedy Zone-
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August 24th and 25th.
Underwood is BET Comic Views
first sole female host. For more
information call (904) 242-4242.
Gear up for
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.
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.
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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.
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
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, contact Dr.
Paula Thompson at 766-6530.
All area ladies are invited to attend
the Mandarin Christian Women's
Connection September Luncheon
"Stylish Impressions" on Tuesday,
September 4, 2007 at the Ramada
Inn in Mandarin. The luncheon
cost $14.00 inc. and will be held
from 12:00 1:30 p.m. Doors open
at 11:30 a.m. Reservations for
Lunch & FREE Nursery can be
made to Jennifer at 509-7538 or by
email at email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
PRIDE Book Club
The next PRIDE book club meet-
ing will be held at the Jacksonville
Main Library, 303 N. Laura Street,
on Saturday, September 8th at 3:00
pm in meeting room G-4. The book
for discussion will be DESTINED
TO WITNESS: GROWING UP
BLACK IN NAZI GERMANY by
Hans J. Massaquoi. Katherine
Massaquoi, wife of the author, will
be joining us. The October meeting
will be held on October 5th at 7:00
pm. The book for discussion will
be SHE AIN'T THE ONE by Carl
Weber and Mary Morrison.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Angie Stone in Concert
The Florida Theatre welcomes
songstress Angie Stone on
Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8 PM
The Grammy-nominated R&B
singer has a lot more to her resume
then just singing-add in songwriter,
keyboardist, record producer and
actress and then you've got Angie.
For ticket information call 355-
"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.
at 904.355.2787 or online at
Children's Home Society's 24th
Annual Caring Chefs will be
Sunday, Oct. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. at
The Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is
the original food-tasting event in
Northeast Florida and remains the
biggest raising more than $2 mil-
lion for Children's Home Society of
Florida (CHS) Each year sell-out
crowds of more than 2,000 flood
the mall to sample some of the
finest cuisine from more than 50 of
the best restaurants on the First
Coast. For tickets, call Nanette
Vallejos at 493-7739.
Hughley in Concert
Comedian D.L. Hughley will be
in Jacksonville for one night only
on Friday, November 2nd at 8 PM.
The concert will be at the Florida
Theater. One of the original "Kings
of Comedy", he ranks among the
best comedians on Comedy
Central's list of the 100 Greatest
Stand-ups ofAll Time and has made
his name on the big and small
screen as well as the stage. For tick-
et information call 355-3787.
Do you know someone who is constantly doingfor oth-
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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 held on Tuesdays at Matthew Gilbert Middle School at 7 p.m. For
additional information call Almetya Lodi at 355-7583 or Vivian
Williams at 766-2885.
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OPRAH'S "RAISIN IN THE SUN"
GETS AN AIRDATE
Oprah Winfrey Presents" has finally set a date for
its production of"A Raisin in the Sun," a made-for-
TV adaptation of the Broadway revival that starred
Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald,
and Sanaa Lathan.
The film will premiere Feb. 25 on ABC, the night
after the network's live broadcast of the 80th
Annual Academy Awards. The aforementioned
stars of the play are also featured in the TV film, along with "ER" actor
Based on Lorraine Hansberry's play, the story centers around a family liv-
ing and struggling on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s.
JAY-Z IS HIP HOP'S RICHEST
It's no surprise that Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter -
who stacks money as a rap artist, as the president
of Def Jam, as the co-owner of NBA's New
Jersey Nets and through various other ventures -
is the richest man in hip hop according to a new
tally from Forbes.com. .
The mogul made $34 million in 2006, fol-
lowed by 50 Cent with a total of $32 million last Y
year. Rounding out the top five are Diddy ($28
million), Timbaland ($21 million) and Dr. Dre
Rappers in the $17 million range include Eminem (6), Snoop Dogg ( 7),
Kanye West (8), Pharrell Williams (No.9) and Scott Storch (No. 10). The
$16 million crowd includes Ludacris (No. 11) and T.I. (12), while OutKast
(13) and Lil Jon (No. 14) each made $14 million in 2006.
The final six Hip Hop Cash Kings are Ice Cube (15) with $13 million,
Jermaine Dupri (No. 16) with $12 million, Swizz Beats (17) with $12 mil-
lion, Chamillionaire (18) with $11 million, The Game (19) with $11 mil-
lion and Yung Joc (20) with $10 million.
BERNIE MAC GROWS 'OLD' WITH TRAVOLTA, WILLIAMS
Bernie Mac has signed on to star opposite John Travolta and Robin
111f- 1 I
Williams in the Walt Disney buddy comedy "Old
Dogs," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film revolves around two best friends and busi-
ness partners whose lives are thrown off course when
they must suddenly take care of 7-year-old twins.
Mac will play Johnny Lunchbox, described as a super-
star puppeteer among the kiddie crowd.
The comedian and Original King of Comedy most
recently appeared as a car dealer in the box office hit
"Transformers" as well as "Ocean's Thirteen."
BERNARD HOPKINS HIT WITH $200,000 FINE:
Boxer Bernard Hopkins was fined $200,000 by the Nevada State Athletic
Commission Friday for instigating a weigh-in brawl before his fight last
month against Winky Wright.
"In Nevada, no melees, no free-for-alls, no fighting should be taking place
at a weigh-in," State Athletic Commission Chairman Tony Alamo told
Hopkins at a hearing. "The only time there should be fighting going on is
the night of the fight."
The scuffle broke out on stage after Hopkins and Wright stood toe-to-toe
at the weigh-in and Hopkins shoved his hand in Wright's face. No one was
injured during the ensuing melee and Wright did not face any disciplinary
action from boxing regulators.
Asked to explain what set him off, Hopkins told the commissioners that
Wright's entourage was talking trash about his dead mother.
"I didn't feel that it was appropriate. My mom is in her grave, leave that
alone, that's personal," Hopkins said. "When his people were trying to
cheer him on and get in my head, it worked a little."
Samuel Jackson's esrecg the Cham Read for a Fight
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Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson in 'Resurrecting Resurrecting
the Champ. the Champ,
Resurrecting the Champ enters which retraced the life of a former
the end of the bruising summer legendary boxer who went from
being a Chicago City Golden
Gloves champion to a homeless
man on the streets of California.
Beginning Friday, Samuel Jackson
stars opposite Josh Hartnett in the
drama Resurrecting the Champ. In
it, Jackson portrays a scraggly, not-
quite-there former boxing champi-
on now subsisting on the inner-city
streets of Denver when he is dis-
covered by an ambitious sports
reporter (Josh Hartnett) enroute to a
show. While waiting, Jackson -
sporting sneakers, jeans and a
blinged-up jacket told tales of his
own boxing experience while in
high school in Tennessee.
The cast includes Cold Case's
Kathryn Morris as Hartnett's wife
and colleague, Alan Alda as his edi-
tor and Teri Hatcher, in a brief turn,
as a cutthroat television executive.
If you hadn't already guessed, there
are no snakes on no planes -- or
even the slightest whiff of the geek-
and-grindhouse genres for which
Jackson has shown such an affec-
tion and affinity.
"It's just a different kind of story,"
he says. "I don't treat one less than
the other. They all deserve a meas-
ure of honesty and the best I can
give them. I like a good film of any
Although moviegoers aren't left
to wonder what Champ's fate is in
the film, in reality no one knows
what actually happened to the for-
mer fighter who inspired the story.
Jazz World Mourns Losses Max Roach and Jon Lucien
Max Roach, a founder of modern and political issues, with works like
azz who rewrote the rules of drum- the album-length "We Insist!
ling in the 1940's and spent the Freedom Now Suite."
est of his career breaking musical In 1972, he became one of the
i r... ..r nA d f ;n li t efnr' first ;a?7 musicians to treach full
barriers anu aeiying nsteners
expectations, died last week in
Manhattan, NY from Alzheimer's
complications. He was 83.
Mr. Roach was an innovator in
other ways. In the late 1950s, he led
a group that was among the first in
jazz to regularly perform pieces in
waltz time and other unusual meters
in addition to the conventional 4/4.
In the early 1960s, he was among
the first to use jazz to address racial
time at the college level when he
was hired as a professor at the
University of Massachusetts at
Amherst. And in 1988, he became
the first jazz musician to receive a
so-called genius grant from the
He is known for helping to revolu-
tionize jazz by creating the fast-
paced bebop style along with clas-
sic artists like Charlie Parker, Dizzy
Gillespie, Charles Mingus and
He will lie in state followed by
public funeral and private burial.
The jazz world has lost another
great artist, Jon Lucien. The singer
died on Saturday (Aug. 18) of res-
piratory failure and other complica-
tions. He was 65.
Lucien's rich voice, influenced by
jazz, R&B and Caribbean sounds,
was a staple on "quiet storm" and
"smooth jazz" radio formats. Born
on the island ofTortola in 1942, and
raised in St. Thomas by a guitar-
playing dad, Lucien arrived in New
York by the mid-60s and released
his RCA debut, "I Am Now," in
His classic hits included "Would
You Believe In Me" and "Lady
Omarosa will try once again to
work for Donald Trump in a new
celebrity version of NBC's "The
Apprentice" that will also feature
Kimora Lee Simmons and former
heavyweight boxing champion,
"There are more than a hundred
others who want to be on the show,"
Trump told the New York Post.
However, he's hoping three more
celebs Britney Spears, Paris
Hilton and Lindsay Lohan will
agree to join the cast of "Celebrity
"We're negotiating with Britney
right now. Can you imagine her
doing it?" Trump told Page Six.
"We're not sure what will happen.
She's a mess. And that little reality
show she had did nothing. But she
likes the idea of being on television
and I think she'd be great."
Recent jail inmate Hilton, he says,
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to call her this week. It would a pos-
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Other confirmed celebrities to
appear next season include Jim
Cramer, Carmen Electra, Joan
Rivers, Naomi Judd, Pete Rose,
Dana Patrick, Tony Hawk and Jeff
The stars will compete each week
to raise money for various charities.
This intricately constructed story of fathers and sons has
a genuine resonance and reason rare in movies."
Stephen Schaefer, BOSTON HERALD
"A SPECIAL SUMMER SURPRISE.
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Omarosa Joins Cast of Celebrity Apprentice
Season one villainess joins Kimora Lee Simmons, George Foreman for celebrity version
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Trial Begins for Former HBCUITSU President
HOUSTON Jury selection began
this week in the trial of Texas
Southern University's former presi-
dent, accused of spending more
than half a million dollars of school
money to lavishly furnish and deco-
rate her homes.
Priscilla Slade, 55, was indicted
last year on two counts of misappli-
cation of fiduciary property with a
value over $200,000. Prosecutors
say they plan to try her on only one
of the counts.
Prosecutors say that during seven
years as president, Slade misspent
TSU funds to decorate, remodel and
repair the homes she had during her
tenure at the university.
She is facing a sentence of up to
life in prison if she's convicted.
"She didn't intend to do anything
wrong," said Mike DeGeurin,
Slade's attorney. "Any kind of tech-
nical rules that were broken, maybe
procurement rules or anything that
was not done properly, was not
done by her anyway. It was done by
people below her, possibly by either
incompetence or historically doing
it that way or whatever reason. It
shouldn't be a criminal case."
The spending scandal cost Slade
her job in April 2006 at the state's
largest historically black university.
She was credited with getting
TSU's finances in order, doubling
enrollment, constructing new aca-
demic buildings and overhauling
the financial aid system.
Besides Slade, three other TSU
workers were also indicted. TSU's
former chief financial officer,
Quintin Wiggins, was sentenced to
10 years in prison in May.
Opening statements in Slade's
trial were set for Friday. Testimony
could last up to two months.
Despite Guilty Plea, Some Maintain NFL Star
Michael Vick May Not Be Tarnished Forever
School Supplies: Pens, Paper,
and a Bulletproof Backpack
Two Massachusetts Dads Fed Up With School Violence
BOSTON -- Virginia Tech, Columbine, Red Lake, Rocori; just a few
of the schools where a student has used a gun to kill and injure fellow
classmates and teachers.
Two Massachusetts fathers who were fed up with the violence, wanted
to give kids a fighting chance against the guns. After years of work,
they've perfected a bulletproof backpack. The company, "My Child's
Pack" wanted a lightweight bag that could be used to protect children
from gunshots or from a knife.
The pack is available on the company's web site, the backpack has been
certified as Level II body armor under federal standards. What that
means, the web site says, is that the ballistic material can protect against
a range of threats, including some 9 mm handguns.
The backpacks sell for $175.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback
Michael Vick could face up to five
years in prison and $250,000 in
fines for his role in a dogfighting
ring. But the crime and punishment
may not tarnish him forever in the
eyes of fans, some sports observers
"He'll be back. We'll probably see
him again in 2010," said Ryan
Stewart, who along with his broth-
er, Doug, hosts the popular
syndicated sports show "2 Live
Stews" out of Atlanta.
"He's a phenomenal athlete. No
one can do it like he does," Stewart
Twenty-five days after he declared
that he looked forward to clearing
his name, Vick said through defense
lawyer Billy Martin that he will
plead guilty to federal conspira-
cy charges. A hearing s ,
scheduled for Aug. 2 ,.
"Mr. Vick has agreed to
enter a plea of guillt to
those charges and to
accept full responsibili-
ty for his actions and
the mistakes he has
made," Martin said
in a statement.
"Michael wishes to
apologize again to
everyone who has
been hurt by this
University pro- J.
fessor and .,
Bo y ce
Vick will maintain his
"hero" status. just as
others ha\e done i
after facing charges.
"Being banned by
white America does not always
mean that black America will hate
you as much," Watkins said.
"We've seen it with O.J. And some
still love R. Kelly to death --
although they know it looks just
like him on that video."
Watkins maintains that a majority
of black professional athletes do the
right thing and are not "knuckle-
heads." But those who mess up
often demand the bigger headlines
and more media focus, he said.
In Atlanta, phone lines during the
afternoon "2 Live Stews" show
were hot, Stewart said. And the
received .. :
t \\ Ice
"A lot of people had
been taking a
Juan Moore photo
'wait and see' attitude. Monday,
they just wanted to get it off their
chest," he said, "and a lot of them
were just pissed off."
With three associates prepared to
testify that Vick brutally executed
dogs and bankrolled gambling, the
NFL star agreed Monday to "accept
full responsibility" for his role in a
A government official, speaking
on condition of anonymity because
the terms are not final, told The
Associated Press that prosecutors
will recommend a prison sentence
of a year to 18 months.
The official said such a sentence
would be more than what is usually
recommended for first-time offend-
ers, reflecting the government's
attempt to show that animal abusers
will receive more than a slap on the
wrist. U.S. District Judge Henry
Hudson is not bound by prosecu-
tors' recommendations or the
sentencing guidelines and will
Sha\ e the final say.
The NFL noted in a statement
r' that the Atlanta Falcons quar-
terback's admission wasn't in line
\\ith what he told commissioner
Roger Goodell shortly after being
"\We totally condemn the conduct
outlined in the charges, which is
inconsistent with what Michael
\ick previously told both our office
and the Falcons," the NFL said.
The league, which barred Vick
from training camp, said it has
asked the Falcons to withhold fur-
ther action while the NFL's own
investigation wraps up.
The Falcons said they were "cer-
tainly troubled" by news of the
plea, but would withhold further
comment in compliance with
"We believe the criminal conduct
to which Mr. Vick has pled guilty
today cannot be condoned under
any circumstances," Gene Upshaw,
executive director of the NFL
Players Association, said in a state-
ment. "Speaking personally, as I
have previously stated, the practice
of dog fighting is offensive and
completely unacceptable. I can only
hope that Mr. Vick, who is young
man, will learn from this awful
In a telephone interview with AP,
Martin said Vick is paying a high
price for allowing old friends to
influence his behavior, but he
emphasized that his client takes full
The lawyer said salvaging Vick's
NFL career was never part of the
"Football is not the most important
thing in Michael Vick's life,"
Martin said. "He wants to get his
life back on track."
Another defense attorney, James
D. "Butch" Williams Jr., alluded to
the harsh public backlash against
Vick since the July 17 indictment
detailed the abuse of dogs on Vick's
property in Surry County, Va.
"Michael is a father, he's a son,
he's a human being -- people often-
times forget that," he said, adding
that Vick is "very remorseful."
"Nobody's been rougher on Mike
than Mike's been on himself,"
Animal-rights activists said they
hoped the high-profile case would
increase public awareness and help
bring down other dogfighting rings.
"The only good that can come
from this case is that the American
people dedicate themselves to the
task of rooting out dogfighting in
every infected area where it
thrives," said Wayne Pacelle, presi-
dent and CEO of the Humane-
Society of the United States.
Tamera Dixon is held by a nurse at Capital Health System's Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit in Trenton, N.J.
World's Tiniest Baby Goes Home
TRENTON, N.J. -- After almost
four months of waiting, Tamera
Dixon, who weighed less than a
soda can when she was born on
April 25, went home. Believed to
be one of the smallest babies ever
born in New Jersey, the Trenton has
spent most of her life in an incuba-
Tamera weighed slightly more
than 11 ounces and measured 10
inches when she was born after
only 6 months in the womb. Now
that she's 4 pounds, 8 ounces, doc-
tors have given her the OK to go
home with her parents.
She was scheduled to leave the
hospital Friday, but after the excite-
imeiit ofia news coifeenice, hospital
officials said she left Saturday.
"It is a miracle, she is a miracle,"
her mother, Andrea Haws, said with
a bright smile Friday as she held the
baby girl she'd prayed for.
"From when she was born, I think
everyone knew she was a fighter,"
she said. "She's going to be a feisty
Tamera was delivered by
Caesarean section at 25 weeks -
15 weeks short of a normal gesta-
tion period. Haws had already
experienced complications during
her pregnancy, but when her kid-
neys started failing and Tamera
stopped growing, doctors decided
they couldn't wait any longer to
Haws, 40, recovered, but still
spent most of her time at Capital
Health System's Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit visiting a child who she
said at one point "didn't look like a
That's all changed for Tamera,
who would have been about a week
old on Friday had she arrived near
her due date. While being fed on
Thursday, the pink onesie-wearing
bundle of energy wriggled in a
nurse's arm and looked around the
room attentively her size the
only sign of her past troubles.
Dr. Stephen Moffitt, Tamera's
doctor, said he's cautiously opti-
mistic that she'll develop normally.
"She's breathing perfectly well on
her own," said Moffitt, adding that
doctors gave Tamera a 10 to 15 per-
cent chance of survival before she
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