The Jacksonville free press ( September 6, 2007 )

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"I Just Because

Someone heads a
Church Doesn't
Mean They Don't
Have Problems"
Bishop Jakes Responds
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Sheryl Underwood
Becoming a
Triple Threat
Amidst Tough



50 Cents

"Ghetto Handbook" Sparks Anger

Book promises to teach you how to speak from the 'hood'
HOUSTON: Mocking Black students with a "Ghetto Handbook" is a
cold-blooded slap at the African-American community, and the officer
responsible for distributing it should be kicked off the force, says the
head of the Houston chapter of the NAACP. The eight-page booklet, sub-
titled "Watcha dun did now?," was handed out to Houston Independent
School District Police officers in May, but three months passed before
top district officials found out about it. They declined to name the officer
who distributed the pamphlet which promises to teach you how to
speak Ebonics "as if you just came out of the hood" with such defini-
tions "foty: a 40-ounce bottle of beer"; "aks: to ask a question"; and
"hoodrat: scummy girl."
Speaking to the Associated Press, Carol Mims Galloway, president of
the Houston NAACP chapter, said: "It was really a slap in the African-
American community's face. We're paying their salaries with our tax dol-
lars. It does reflect on the district." Galloway is running for school board.
Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra described the publication as "com-
pletely reprehensible" and said the district "condemns it in the strongest
possible terms." School board member Larry Marshall said the document
was inappropriate, even if it was meant to be a joke, AP reported. "These
are very racially sensitive times," he said. "It was a huge mistake in
judgment." District Police Chief Charles Wiley had no comment, accord-
ing to AP. Should somebody get fired behind this, or are folks over-react-

Blacks Often Have Lowest Jobs
Not only do most Black folks have low-paying jobs with poor benefits,
but they have very little chance of improving their employment status, a
new study concludes. Nearly 57 percent of African Americans work in
low-wage jobs, while fewer than 44 percent of Whites and fewer than 45
percent of Asians do, according to the report by Steven C. Pitts, a labor
specialist at the University of California
"You have a lot of Blacks who have jobs, but the quality of those jobs
are not very good," Pitts said.
About 69 percent of Latinos are locked into such dead-end jobs, Pitts
found. One of the reasons that Black workers fair so poorly is that they
are disproportionately shackled to manufacturing and retail jobs, which
tend not to pay that well. They are also concentrated in industries, like
health care, that are insulated from having jobs outsourced overseas and
are projected to grow in the future. Thus, Pitts says, these industries
should work harder to address the quality of jobs that employ high num-
bers of Black people. He urges unions to push for improved job quality,
and for lawmakers to work toward enacting laws legislation that requires
retailers, such as Wal-Mart, to pay employees $10 an hour in wages and
$3 an hour in benefits by 2010.

Church Coalition Says Bishop

Weeks Should Be Suspended
ATLANTA A national group of black and Hispanic churches is call-
ing for the minister husband of evangelist and gospel singer Juanita
Bynum to be suspended from the ministry because of allegations he beat
his wife.
Thomas W. Weeks III, known to his followers as Bishop Weeks, was
charged with aggravated assault and making terroristic threats following
a confrontation last month that police say left Bynum badly bruised.
Weeks and Bynum are estranged.
The Washington-based National Black Church Initiative said Weeks'
Global Destiny Ministries is not part of its network, but that it considers
the charges against him harmful to the entire Christian church.
The coalition, which works to address racial health disparities and prob-
lems in black families, sees Weeks' alleged actions as "morally wrong
and reprehensible." Domestic violence, the group said, is a root cause of
the failure of black families and marriages.
The coalition said it wants him to apologize to his wife, his church and
the Christian family, and to seek counseling.
The couple married in 2002. Together, they wrote "Teach Me How to
Love You: The Beginnings."

NAACP Sues Louisiana
In the wake of the two-year anniversary of the tragedy of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita, the NAACP said is it suing the state of Louisiana for its
alleged attempt to stop thousands of voters, mostly African-American,
from participating in the state's election process.
On Aug. 29, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) filed a lawsuit in
federal court to stop Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne from
ordering parish voting registrars to purge voters who are in other states
from the rolls. Texas, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia are the main states
where Katrina and Rita survivors are residing.
'In June, the state mailed out notices to 55,000 displaced residents to
notify the parish where they were originally registered to update their sta-
tus and to re-register. In July, reminder notices were sent out and the dis-
placed residents were told to come in person to their parish registrar to
explain why they should not be purged.
Those who did not respond by Aug. 15 were taken off of the voting
rolls. It is estimated that 21,000 voters, mainly African-American, were
The LDF said that the action taken by Dardenne is in violation of
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires Louisiana to pre-clear
any election law changes with the U.S. Justice Department. The organi-
zation seeks to have all of the purged voters restored to their permanent
voting status.

Volume 21 No.25 Jacksonville, Florida September 6-12, 2007

Black America Still Retains Economic Bottom Status

By. Hazel Trice Edney
Black people in America had less
health care last year than they did in
2005 and they remained at the eco-
nomic rock bottom of America -
also below Hispanic-Americans.
According to the Census Bureau,

the median household incomes for
Black families remained last year at
$32,000, the same as it was in 2005.
That's $5,800 less than Hispanic
families, which remained at
$37,800 and $20,400 less than
White families, which remained at

$52,400. Poverty rates in 2006 were
no better for African-Americans.
While the poverty rate decreased
by 1. 2 percent for Hispanic-
Americans (21.8 to 20.6); poverty
rates remained statically unchanged
for Whites, 8.2 percent; or for

Blacks at 24.3 percent. Poverty
rates for Blacks in 2006 were 3.7
percent higher than Hispanic-
Americans and 16.1 percent higher
than Whites.
The annual report, based on com-
Continued from page 3

A New Look for an

Old Community Staple


Jacksonville Native Chief of Redskins
Though John Hall, a.k.a "Chief Zee" is a native of Jacksonville, he waves
his tomahawk hard for the Washington Redskins. The S.P. Livinston grad-
uate travels officially with the team and is the chief mascot enshrined in
the Redskins Hall of Fans. Chief Zee had to watch his tribe get massacred
by the Jaguars however in the recent pre-season game where the Redskins
were defeated 14-31. FMPPhoto

Project Marketing Consultant Ken Adkins (left) gives mall developer
Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin a few pointers on the opening.

Who can forget Normandy Mall.
Located on the westside of jack-
sonville, the Mall boasted a variety
of stores with a fabulous duck pond
to the delight of shoppers and kids
alike, over the years, the mall has
lay dormant as shoppers frequented
more modem, larger facilities.
Now under the direction of
Bishop Vaugn McLaughlin's
Potter's House Christian
Fellowship, the Mall has reopened

its' doors as Kingdom Plaza.
Following over $7 million in ren-
ovations, Kingdom Plaza will have
its' Grand Opening in October and
will be to capacity with a variety of
tenants including a bowling alley,
real estate agency, spa, shoe shop,
eateries even a barber shop.
Revenues generated will go to
pay for Mall expenses with profits
going towards church mission proj-

Charges Reduced for Teens in

Watched Controversial "Jena 6" Case

Tina Jones, left, listens as Carwin Jones, center, and his father John
Jenkins talk in front of the LaSalle Parish Courthouse in Jena, La.,
June 25, 2007. Carwin Jones is one of five black students who face-
dattempted second-degree murder charges for beating a white student

in December.
Prosecutors on Tuesday reduced
the attempted murder charges
against two more teenagers among
the "Jena Six," a group of black
high school students who were
arrested following an attack on a
white schoolmate.
Five of the teens were originally
charged with attempted second-
degree murder and conspiracy to
commit murder, carrying sentences
of up to 80 years in prison. The
sixth faces undisclosed juvenile
Civil rights advocates have
decried the charges as unfairly

On Tuesday, charges against
Carwin Jones and Theo Shaw were
reduced to aggravated second-
degree battery and conspiracy. That
same reduction was made earlier
for Mychal Bell, who was tried and
found guilty and could be sentenced
to 22 1/2 years at a hearing Sept. 20.
Also awaiting trial are Robert
Bailey Jr. and Bryant Purvis, who
still face attempted murder charges,
and the unidentified juvenile.
The attack on Justin Barker, 18,
came amid tense race relations in
Jena, a mostly white town of 3,000
in north-central Louisiana where
racial tensions have grown since

incidents that started last school
year at Jena High. After a black stu-
dent sat under a tree on the school
campus where white students tradi-
tionally congregated, three nooses
were hung in the tree.
Students accused of placing the
nooses were suspended from school
for a short period.
The six black students were
accused of beating and kicking
Barker on Dec. 4. A motive for the
attack was never established.


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Barker was treated at a hospital
emergency room and released after
about three hours.
Shaw's attorney, George Tucker,
said Tuesday that he still doesn't
believe his client will get a fair trial
in Jena.
Shaw himself has dreams of
attending Gramling State
University. "Just drop all the
charges and let us go on with our
lives," the teenager told CNN

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Tradition and Fellowship Bring Hundreds
to American Beach for Holiday Weekend
Beach enthusiasts from all over the country return home to historic
American Beach during the Labor Day weekend holiday. The beach, estab-
lished as a haven for African-Americans in the early 1900s boasts a popu-
lation of waterfront homes owned by African-Americans. Shown above
taking a break from fighting and putting aay criminals, Judge Brian Davis
enjoys a day at the beach hosted by Marsha Phelts. FMPPhoto

September 6-12, 2007

Pa e 2 Ms. Perry s Free ress

Get Connected Get Ahead

. Didn't I Just
Scratch Your Back?
Nothing breaks a good network-
ing connection faster than abuse
of it. When I have a specific job or
goal and it requires plugging into
a network connection, I am
always careful to respect what
that connection can or cannot do.
Remember that when someone
in your network calls upon you
for your help, it is probably ten
times more important to them
than it is to you. On the other

hand, do you expect your network
partners to respond to every note
or telephone message immediate-
ly? Do you expect them to act as
references every time you apply
for a job?
You cannot ask someone for
more than they can reasonably
and comfortably give. And you
must be willing to give as well as
receive. It isn't always easy to be
straightforward, but it is better to
be open in the beginning than risk
a damaged network later.

What you give may be different
from what you receive, but over
time, I have found that the law of
increasing returns often is trig-
gered once you become involved
in the networking process. So
honor their request and your com-
mitment to the network relation-
ship by showing integrity.
Bottom Line: It is important
never to put someone on the spot.
That is why it is vital to build
mutually beneficial relation-
ships, not just contacts.

Advantages and Disadvantages

of First Time Home Buyer Loans

by L. Floyd, Mortgage Broker
First time home buyer loans allow
buyers to get into a house more eas-
ily. However, just because you're a
first time home buyer doesn't mean
you should use a first time home
buyer loan. These programs have
restrictions and strings attached.
While they are a perfect fit for
some, first time home buyer loans
are the wrong choice for others.
What is a First Time
Home Buyer Loan?
A person's first home purchase is
a big deal. It takes time, energy, and
money. To help with the money
hurdle, some people use first time
home buyer loans. These programs
vary depending on where they're
offered, but the general idea is this:
first time home buyer loans give
financial assistance to qualified
borrowers. They may do this in the
following ways:
Allow for a very low (or no)
down payment
- Subsidized loans and closing cost
(they pay all or part of it)
- Offer grants
- Forgive loans
Limit fees that lenders are
allowed to charge
- Defer Payments
Note that first time home buyer
loans available to you might offer
any or none of the benefits listed
You should research first time
home buyer loans available in your
area. A good place to start is the
HUD web site or
www.InVestusGroup.com, under
assistance programs and down pay-
ment assistance. On the HUD web
site look under home buying pro-
Who Gets First
Time Home Buyer Loans?
As you might imagine, individu-
als who have never owned a home
are good candidates. In addition,
some programs offer first time
home buyer loans to people who
have not found a home within the
last three years. Again, check to see

what's available to you.
You may have to meet certain
income restrictionsto qualify for a
subsidized first time home buyer
loan. In general, these programs try
to limit benefits to people with low
and moderate income levels. If you
earn too much, you won't qualify
for the program.
First Time Home
Buyer Loan Restrictions
Most programs put a dollar limit
on the property you're buying. You
probably can't use a first time home
buyer loan to buy the more expen-
sive properties in your area.
Instead, you'll be limited to proper-
ties on the lower end of the spec-
trum. Again, the idea is to benefit
people who have the most need.
You also have to live in the home
as your primary residence. If you're
going to rent the place out, don't use
the first time home buyer loan.
Finally, the home you buy most
likely has to meet some physical
requirements. It must be in good
condition and free from any safety
hazards (such as lead-based paint,
for example).
First Time Home
Buyer Loan Pitfalls
For some first time home buyers,
these programs are perfect. They
open the door to home ownership
where a family would not have
been able to buy a home.
Communities also benefit from first
time home buyer loans homeown-
ers take care of their property, get
involved, and contribute to the
economy. Nevertheless, first time
home buyer loans can be the wrong
choice in some cases.
With a subsidized first time home
buyer loan, you face some chal-
Lower value home may not be
the home you want
You might lose some of the ben-
efits of the program if you sell your
home too soon
You may have to pay recapture
tax for some of the benefits you

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- You may be limited to a short list
of loan types (only 30 year fixed,
for example)
- You may have to share increased
home values with the program
Given these restrictions, you may
do best to avoid subsidized first
time buyer loans. You'll probably
come out ahead using a plain-vanil-
la mortgage if you've got decent
credit. With a credit score above
720, you probably won't see an
advantage with the subsidized first
time home buyer loan. Once you
get below 680 and lower, the subsi-
dized program will start to look bet-
ter. These days, you can get tradi-
tional mortgages with very little
The best thing to do is to explore
all your options. Take a look at
what your traditional mortgage
lender is offering, and compare it to
the subsidized first time home
buyer loans. Once you see how the
numbers compare, consider the cost
of flexibility.



by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
"Foreclosure is a serious problem
in our country. We estimate that a
staggering one million families will
face foreclosure this year. Not only
does a foreclosure have disastrous
financial impact on a family, but it
also has harsh consequences for an
entire community. Just one or two
boarded up homes can send a resi-
dential block into a downward spi-
ral, driving down property values
and leading to increased crime, run-
down schools, and flagging eco-
nomic growth," according to
NeighborWorks America, a non-
profit organization created by
Congress to provide financial sup-
port, technical assistance and train-
ing for community-based revital-
ization efforts.
Our community has long been at
the "leading edge" of financial tur-
bulence and downturns. The term
"last hired, first fired," is not only
applicable on the job, but also
describes the financial situation in
our community. Today's national
subprime lending problem is a cri-
sis for the inner city and inner ring
suburbs. Foreclosures and the lack
of investment will continue to lead
to declining housing stock, deterio-
rating neighborhoods and a further
impoverished community.
What is Foreclosure?
Foreclosure victims appear almost
daily in the newspaper or on the
evening TV news. A typical story is
Aunt Sarah, who refinanced her
home three years ago. She is about
to lose the house that she has lived
in for 25 years. She didn't under-
stand the 2/28 adjustable rate mort-
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New Documents Show That The FBI Spied on Coretta King

Tonya Austin Sandra Thompson

Austin, Thompson to Be Honored

by Florida Women's Commission

The Florida Commission on the
Status of Women will honor Tonya
Austin and Sandra Thompson with
a FCSW Florida Achievement
Award for their work in improving
the lives of women and families in
their communities. They will
receive recognition in a special cer-
emony and reception following the
third quarterly meeting of the
Commission on Tuesday,
September 11, 2007, 5:30 7:00
p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in St.
Augustine Beach, Florida. In addi-
tion to the Achievement Award
from the Commission, each will
receive a congratulatory letter from
Governor Charlie Crist.
"The Florida Commission on the
Status of Women is dedicated to
empowering women in achieving
their fullest potential, and to recog-
nizing women's accomplishments,"
said Norma S. White, Commission
Chair. "
The meeting is open to the public
and all interested parties are
encouraged to attend.
The Florida Commission on the
Status of Women is a nonpartisan
board, statutorily created in 1991
consisting of 22 appointed mem-
bers, administratively housed in the

Continued from page 1
-pilations of 2006 data is called
"Income, Poverty, and Health
Insurance Coverage in the United
States: 2006."
Economists say it's America as
"The data are just not surprising.
You don't even have to see the data
to know that African-American
people are at the bottom. All you
have to do is walk a neighborhood
to see the number of unemployed,"
says economist Julianne Malveaux,
president of Bennett College in
Greensboro, N.C.
Also, according to the Census
report, Blacks experienced an 8.5
percent increase in the number of
people who have no health care
(from 7 million to 7.6 million). The
number of uninsured Hispanics
increased from 14 million (32.3
percent) to 15.3 million (34.1 per-
cent); and the number of uninsured
Whites remained unchanged over
the past two years, at 10.8 percent
(21.2 million.).
Overall Census findings for 2006
The number of uninsured chil-
dren increased from 8 million (10.9
percent) in 2005 to 8.7 million
(11.7 percent) in 2006.
Overall, median household
income in the U. S. climbed to
$48,200 between 2005 and 2006.

Office of the Attorney General, Bill
Tonya Austin generously volun-
teers her time to the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP where she assists
with the ACT-SO program and
"WIN" (Women Involved in
NAACP). Tonya volunteers with
the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
and is a parent Advisor to the
B.R.A.T.S. (Brilliant, Responsible,
Alert, Talented, Scholars) program
where she coordinates a food and
book drive for the homeless and
assists and other initiatives.
Sandra Thompson is a dedicated
community volunteer who has
served countless hours to improve
the lives of women and youth her
community. Sandra serves as
Secretary for the Jacksonville
NAACP and is Chair of the
Education Committee. She is the
State Coordinator for NAACP's
ACT-SO where she serves as a
mentor and coach to promote aca-
demic and artistic excellence
among African-American high
school students. She is also a
member of West Union Baptist
Church where she mentors to
youth, assists with fundraisers per-
taining to youth.

The nation's overall poverty rate
declined for the first time since
2000, from 12.6 percent in 2005 to
12.3 percent in 2006. There were
36.5 million people in poverty in
About 9.8 percent (7.7 million)
of the nation's families were in
poverty in 2006. Married-couple
families had a poverty rate of 4.9
percent (2.9 million), compared to
28.3 percent (4.1 million) for
female-householder (no-husband-
present families), and 13.2 percent
(671,000) for those with a male
householder with no wife present.
Those poverty rates remained
steady between 2005 and 2006.
The number of people without
health insurance coverage overall
rose from 44.8 million (15.3 per-
cent) in 2005 to 47 million (15.8
percent) in 2006.
Bill Spriggs, chairman of the
Howard University Economics
Department, says rock bottom
numbers for African-Americans are
nothing new.
"We've been looking bad,"
Spriggs says. What is more alarm-
ing he says, is "the extent to which
inequality continues to grow
because median incomes at least
held steady from 2005 to 2006. But,
all of the gains -relative gains -
were at the top. So, we've had this
continuous shift of more income at
the top and we've had this contin-
ued growth of people who don't
have health insurance."

Federal agents spied on the widow
of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
for several years after his assassina-
tion in 1968, according to newly
released documents that reveal the
FBI worried about her following in
the footsteps of the slain civil rights
In memos that reveal Coretta
Scott King being closely followed
by the government, the FBI noted
concern that she might attempt "to
tie the anti-Vietnam movement to
the civil rights movement."
Four years after Martin Luther
King Jr.'s death, the FBI closed its
file on Coretta Scott King, saying,
"No information has come to the
attention of Atlanta which indicates
a propensity for violence or affilia-
tion of subversive elements,"
according to a memorandum dated
Nov. 30, 1972.
The documents were obtained by
Houston television station KHOU
in a story published Thursday.
Coretta Scott King died in January
2006 at the age of 78.

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The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who
served as president of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
which King co-founded in 1957
said the documents illustrate the
FBI's pattern of "despicable and
devious" civil-rights-era behavior
against the organization and those
affiliated with it.
"The FBI kept a microphone
everywhere they could where the
SCLC was concerned," said
Lowery, who said the agency had a
member of the SCLC's staff on its
"Since we had nothing to hide, it
was no great problem for us. But we
don't put it past the FBI; (then-FBI
Director) J. Edgar Hoover hated
Martin Luther King and everything
that the SCLC stood for."
Andrew Young, a lieutenant of
King's during the civil rights move-
ment, agreed. But he said he was
surprised that the government
would focus on Coretta Scott King.
"I didn't know it and I don't think

she knew it," Young said. "If ever
there was a woman that had the
makings of a saint, it was Coretta. I
don't know what they were looking
for, I don't know what they were
expecting to find. I don't know why
they wasted the government's
Also included in the documents:
The FBI suggested that Ralph
Abernathy, a close aide to Martin
Luther King, be made aware of
death threats against his life for the
benefit of "the disruptive effect of
confusing and worrying him."
_ An intercepted letter written by
Coretta Scott King in 1971 to the
National Peace Action Coalition, in
which she said the Vietnam War has
"ravaged our domestic programs."
One memo shows that the FBI
even read and reviewed King's
1969 book about her late husband,
"My Life with Martin Luther King
Jr." The agent made a point to say
that her "selfless, magnanimous,
decorous attitude is belied by ...

Coretta Scott King
(her) actual shrewd, calculating,
businesslike activities."
Martin Luther King Jr.'s activities
were known to have been moni-
tored by the federal government as
he led the civil rights movement in
the 1960s. Intelligence gathering on
famous Americans and war critics
became so infamous that rules to
curtail domestic spying were put in
place in the 1970s.

15 Year Old Becomes Youngest African-

American to Enter the Ivy Leagues

Brittney Exline is too young to
vote, drive a car or go to an R-rated
movie, but at the age of just 15 she
is beginning her Ivy League career
this week when classes start at the
University of Pennsylvania.
Exline's mother, Chyrese, a geri-
atric supervisor, said her concerns
about her daughter's freshman year
are probably no different from any
other parent's.
"We did our best to prepare her,"
Chyrese Exline said.
Exline is the youngest African
American female ever to be accept-
ed into an Ivy League school.
"All of the Ivy League decisions
come out on the same day. So I
found out I was rejected from
Harvard and wait listed at
Columbia, but then when I got into
Penn it was really exciting," said
At the age of two, the Colorado
Springs native was reading. She
scored 1400 on her SAT's and won
scholarships and grants to pay her
full tuition at Penn.
"I'm in a dual degree program
called Liberal Arts and

Brittney Exline, 15, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is shown with a statue
of the founder of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Fifteen-year-old Exline plans to begin her Ivy League career this week
when classes start at the university.
Technology," Exline said. "There young age certainly tops Brittney's
are so many things I'm interested in list of accomplishments. And the
that's it's really hard to narrow young genius admits college isn't
down what I want to study now." just about hitting the books.
Brittney's also fluent in German "I'm pretty social but I don't want to
and with her brains and beauty has push myself into anything that
won several pageant crowns. would be unhealthy for me at this
But going Ivy League at such a age."

Researchers Investigating Link

Between Cancer and Hair Relaxers

Young African-American women
are more likely to get breast cancer
than young white women.
Researchers are looking into rea-
sons why, and now the first study
ever has examined the possible link
between hair relaxers and breast
cancer. The results are surprising.
Millions of African-American
women spend hours at the salon to
have their hair chemically relaxed
several times a year. Some worry
about exposing their scalps to all
those chemicals.
"What I'm finding is the different
medications they're on with chemi-
cals they put in their hair is causing
a reaction or side effects with their
hair," shop owner Shirlene Thomas
Chemical relaxers can enter the
body through bums and tiny cuts in
the scalp. Researchers wondered if
that could spike the odds of breast

cancer, so they studied 48,000
black women for six years.
"Here's what you have to know
about chemical hair relaxers -- they
come in lots of different brands,
and they come in three separate
strengths. No matter what the
strength, none will cause breast
cancer," one woman said.
In fact, even women who use
relaxers a lot -- seven times or more
each year for 20 years -- were no
more likely to get breast cancer
than other women.
So why do African-American
women have higher incidences and
death rates from breast cancer?
"Black women, as a group, tend to
be diagnosed with a more advanced
stage of breast cancer. They're less
likely to get mammograms. They're
less likely to be the woman who
shows up with a 6-millimeter tumor
that is so curable," oncologist Dr.

September 6-12, 2007

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September 6-12, 2007

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Will Sagging Pants Law Apply to

All? Or Just Urban America?

by E. O
It's a good
thing that Brittany was at the MTV
TRL show in London a year or so
ago and not in Mansfield,
Louisiana when she pranced across
the stage with her pants slung low
around her behind. If Spears had
dared to show so much belly and
behind flesh in the town on
September 15 she would be fined
$150 and tossed in the slammer for
15 days. But we all know that the
screwy, harebrained law that the
fashion censors in Mansfield and a
handful of other Louisiana cities
passed in recent years that mandate
fines, community service, and now
jail time for sagging pants wearers
don't really apply to the male or
female Brittany's of the world.

They apply to young black males.
The laws are much more than a ter-
ribly wrong headed effort to regu-
late public dress, decency, disci-
pline, or moral values. They rein-
force the worst media and publicly
ingrained stereotype of young
black males as drug dealers, drive
by shooters, gang bangers, and
educational cripples.
Sagging pants are an easy and
convenient symbol of the supposed
dereliction and menace of young
blacks. The consequence of that
symbol and thinking has been dev-
astating. Despite the plummet in
crime rates, racial stereotypes have
deeply embedded the popular and
terrifying belief that crime in
America comes exclusively with a
young, black male face. The result:
nearly one million blacks are now

warehoused in America's jails, the
majority of them young blacks, and
a significant number of them are
there for non-violent, drug crimes.
Sagging pants are such a soft and
juicy target for the scapegoat of
young black males that even come-
dian Bill Cosby couldn't resist tak-
ing a swipe at it and them in his
now legendary tirade a couple of
years ago against low achieving,
bad behaving young blacks. He fin-
gered sagging pants as proof to him
that they had become a menace.
Cosby later made a partial recant of
his knock and explained that it was
a call for action and not a broad
brush stroke indictment of all
young black males. But it was too
little, too late. The sagging pants
equals black male perversity notion
was even more firmly imprinted in

the public psyche.
The spate of sagging pants laws
does even more social damage than
just reinforcing vile stereotypes
and potentially swelling the jail
population. It also confirms for
many that the problems of poor
blacks are self made and insoluble.
Many employers admit that they
won't hire young blacks because
they believe they are lazier, more
crime prone, and educationally
deficient. Many politicians, even
without the excuse of ballooning
state and federal budget deficits
and cutbacks, mightily resist
efforts to increase spending on job,
health and education programs for
the poor.
In Shreveport, where the sagging
pants law passed by a narrow four
to three vote, the opponents raised
the standard arguments that the law
infringes on personal and free-
doms, probably violates free
speech, free expression constitu-
tional protections, and will over-
burden police and the courts by
forcing them to waste valuable
time and resources measuring the
hem line on pants when they
should be about the business of
dealing with serious crimes. The
opponents of the law though didn't
raise any protest that the law won't
provide jobs, skills training, fix
failing schools, and provide greater
mentoring and family support pro-
grams for young black males.
The sagging pants law has been
the butt (pardon the pun) of jokes,
and much ribald fun poking. But
stereotypes and bad social policy
are no laughing matter. The city
fathers and mothers in Mansfield,
and the other towns that foisted the
law on their books should stop the
craziness, realize that this law
solves no problems, and wipe it off
their books. That is before some
other cities are tempted to follow
their lead and make themselves
look silly and pass this crazy law
too. That is unless they plan to
arrest Britney for her bottom drag-
ging pants.

Many Can't Afford to "Live Green" When it Comes to Surviving

by Ahsa Standard
In a rich nation such as the United
States, it can be easy to be green.
Americans can often afford heed-
ing the advice of Al Gore and
reducing their "carbon footprint"
with 40-watt fluorescent light
bulbs that are almost 15 times more
expensive than traditional bulbs.
They can choose to feed their kids
Annie's "Peace, Pasta and
Parmesan" organic macaroni and
cheese at double the price of the
traditional Kraft mac and cheese.
It's not the same in developing
nations such as those found in
Africa where finding food, water
and shelter of any kind is often an
achievement in itself. Where so
many live a day-to-day existence,
the luxury of "living green" takes a
backseat to simply living.
Despite this subsistence exis-
tence, the international environ-
mental elite seem to feel no guilt in
imposing their values on develop-
ing populations. It is crucial for the
environmental elites to understand
that what is possible in an already
developed country may not be
compatible to the survival of a
developing one.
Take, for example, the African
nation of Malawi. With a popula-
tion of over 13 million, Malawi is

one of the world's least-developed
countries. Almost 53 percent of
Malawians live below the poverty
line, and over 900,000 adults there
are infected with AIDS.
In 2005, financial relief for
Malawi was announced in the form
of a uranium mine set to be dug in
the northern district of Kayelekera.
The mine, however, faced moun-
tains of opposition from interna-
tional organizations such as the
Catholic Commission for Justice
and Peace and Switzerland-based
Institute for Policy Interaction.
These groups criticized the mine's
alleged destruction of cultural her-
Malawian Ambassador to the
U.S. Hawa Ndilowe echoed the
majority sentiment in her country
supporting the project when she
told me: "At the end of the day, we
must analyze all situations in order
to determine what is the greater
good for the people."
The mine, which is expected to
create 1,000 jobs in Malawi,
should begin operations soon.
While protecting our environ-
ment from unnecessary harm is a
worthy and important goal, many
of the environmental elite's meth-
ods actually hurt people in the
developing world. These activists,

who live in relative luxury com-
pared to their third-world counter-
parts, should not be hasty in impos-
ing egregious standards on those
with few options and means.
One deadly environmental trade-
off comes from environmentalist
opposition to the pesticide DDT.
When Rachel Carson's book Silent
Spring was published in 1962, it
caused an environmental panic that
led to its use being discontinued.
Without DDT to control the mos-
quito population, malaria a dead-
ly insect-borne disease can run
rampant. In 2005 alone, malaria
killed 50,000 children in the
African country of Ghana, and
50,000 Ghanaian adults. Malaria
Foundation International estimates
that there are approximately 300-
500 million new clinical cases of
malaria every year and over one
million worldwide deaths from the
disease annually.
Today, the risks related to DDT
are being called into question with
relation to its benefit. A 2005 study
conducted by the National Institute
of Health and the University of
Cagliari in Italy found that "occu-
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without DDT helping to control the
mosquito population, millions risk
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Then there is the issue of eating.
In 2002, southern Africa was rav-
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people were affected by starvation
and disease. At the same time,
540,000 tons of genetically modi-
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rejected by leaders of Lesotho,
Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
and Zambia to name just a few.
For these countries, accepting GM
food aid would incur possible eco-
nomic repercussions from the
European Union their largest agri-
cultural market which rejects and
labels all GM foods as "tainted."
African leaders were essentially
forced to choose between the lesser
of two evils starve now or eat and
face a future with no income.
Where wealth and progress gives
people the luxury of choice, the
policies and preferences of the
environmental elite are easy to
stomach. When it comes to actual-
ly having something to put in their
stomachs, people in developing
countries such as those in Africa
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The Inflammatory Attacks on Islam and What They Represent
By. Bill Fletcher Jr.
I was in the airport the other day awaiting my flight and decided to go into a bookstore. In a prominent posi-
tion sat a book called "Religion of Peace?" by a Robert Spencer. Intrigued by the title I examined the copy
only to discover that it is one of the crudest and blatantly ahistorical attacks on Islam that I have seen in a quite
a while. Essentially the author attempts to argue that Christianity is the religion of peace and Islam is not.
My purpose in writing this commentary is not to engage in an attack on any religion. Within both Christianity
and Islam, not to mention other religions, there have been strong tendencies to support justice, as well as ten-
dencies towards intolerance and aggression. Each person has a right to believe and worship as they see fit. Yet
for writers, such as Spencer, to act as if the historical record is clear and decisive against one religion-
Islam-is as outrageous as it is ignorant. Anyone remember the role of Christianity in the Crusades; the expul-
sion of Jews and Muslims from Spain; the African slave trade; the invasion of the Western Hemisphere; or the
silence of the Pope on the Holocaust against the Jews?
Ok, now that we have that out of the way, it is worth asking what lies behind such attacks. It is this that I
would like to focus upon for the rest of this commentary.
A section of the ruling group in the USA has decided that in order to ensure US world dominance there must
be enemies that we can focus upon. During the Cold War against the Soviet Union (and, to some extent against
China), the enemies were the Communists, or anyone who resembled a communist. The perpetual enemy
found itself in all facets of our culture. In science fiction, for instance, the classic Invasion of the Body
Snatchers-along with a host of other science fiction films and literature-was a metaphor for alleged 'creep-
ing communism.' The "Red Menace" was everywhere, or at least so we were told. The Red Menace ensured
that allies of the USA stayed in line and that dissent WITHIN the USA remained in check. Thus, anyone ques-
tioning anything concerning the established order became a 'communist' or a 'communist sympathizer.' Case
in point: Martin Luther King.
The demonization of Islam and the Arab World serves as a frenzied means to avoid examining US foreign
policy and the motivations for various actions that the US has conducted over the years throughout the globe.
What we are witnessing has nothing to do with appreciating a real threat, but instead with instilling fear among
all of us regarding an alleged creeping, unknown menace that purportedly seeks to conquer the world.
What these hysterics do, however, are silence those who wish to ask some very basic questions...such as, if
these fundamentalists are so bad, why did the USA cozy up to them from the late 1960s on?
I'm sorry. That's right. We are not supposed to ask questions, but rather get in line for the next Crusade.

S.. Payday Lending
,b William Reed
I C What position do you take on payday lending?
Positions more and more enterprising blacks are
Staking is behind cashier booths in this lucrative
If. ou are positioned against the industry, take
note that payday lending (sometimes called cash
advance) is one of the fastest grow ing businesses in the US. Canada,
Australia. Costa Rica, South Africa and England. The payday industry is a
highlN profitable business model rapidly growing in their own backwards
that more African Americans should emulate.
PaN day loan and paycheck advance operators turn checks into cash to the
tune of $25 billion a year. While its opponents declare its "e\ il-doing," the
businesses' practice is simply is to use a post-dated check or electronic
checking account information as collateral for short-term loans. To quali-
fy, borrowers need only personal identification, a checking account, and an
income from a job or government benefits, like Social Secunt\ or disabil-
ity payments.
Credit is "the borrowing capacity of an individual or company". Payday-
loan industry experts say providing that "borrowing capacity" is the key to
their business success. A typical 8-day paycheck advance can yield an
annual percentage rate of 805%. The average payda\ advance is i$276 and
requires the lender to tie up approximately $200 for S day s on average. You
write a check for $175.95 for their check in the amount of $217.
People who decry the industry claim its "predators lending." but the pa\ -
day-loan industry operators are annually involved in 100 million annual
transactions that service 12 million households. Licensed payday lenders
are earning over 30% return on investment, have 40.000 employ ees \ hom
they pay $1.1 billion in wages each year.
A viable financial practice, the payday advance industry was virtuallyy
nonexistence in 1990. But, because the number of bank branch in urban
neighborhoods is declining payday lenders are filling that void and busi-
ness need. The need for services in urban neighborhoods is e\ ident. The
question is who will man the facilities. Currentl. black neighborhoods
average three times as many payday-loan locations as \white ones. There
are .43 payday loan offices for every 10,000 people in white e areas and .87
per every 10,000 in black areas.
Recent Pew Research Center report describes a \\ health gap of almost 15-
to-1 between white and black households. Almost one third of African-
American households have zero or negative net worth. Households that
have a cushion of assets can use them to manage financial emergencies.
But for the third of blacks who don't have a cushion. \% ho need short-term
loans to help them with unusual expenses, a payday ad\ ance is the answer.
The payday lending industry is built on providing needed sen ices to bor-
rowers facing temporary cash crunches. The businesses pro% ide consumers
immediate gratification when there is nowhere else they can go for a small
emergency loan banks don't do it and loan companies are too slow\ and
complicated. Payday customers on average are females less than 45 Nears
old who have an annual household income of $25,000 to $50.000. High
check bouncing fees among mainstream banks also help drive opportuni-
ties for the payday-loan business. Bankers' charges of $20.00 (or more) in
fees for bouncing a check often make the paycheck advance deferred
deposit fee a better consumer choice.
Instead of taking positions against them, more blacks are taking positions
among payday lenders. Starting costs in the business could be as little as
$2,500. Willie Green, a former wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers
NFL team, owns three payday stores. He serves on the pay day trade asso-
ciation's board of directors and is a lobbyist for the industry. Green says
the industry's opponents are "self-appointed moral arbiters" w ho don't think
people should be allowed to decide for themselves when and on what
terms to borrow money. Payday loan terms are carefully spelled out on
the documents, and customers are smart enough and \\ell-educated
enough to understand what they mean, says Green.
The payday-loan industry can be a pariah or a partner for blacks' access
to credit; it's just a matter of the consumer, colleague or counter position
we take toward this business model.

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Saturday Women's Conference Kicks
off Evergreen Baptist Dual Day
Pastor Tanya Daniels, of Victory Temple Church of God in Christ,
Springfield, Massachusetts; will be the speaker for the Women's
Conference, beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, September 8th at Evergreen
Baptist Church, 1100 Logan Street, Rev. Elbert Moreland, Pastor.
The Women's Conference will kick off Evergreen Baptist Church's
Annual Dual Day Celebration on Sunday, September 9, 2007. Sunday
School begins at 9:30 a.m.
Rev. Levi White, Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, will
be the Morning Service speaker. The community is invited to help lift up
the Name of Jesus.
Bethel to Host "Lighten the Load"
Gospel CD Release Party, September 8
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street; will host the Gospel CD
Release Party at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 8th. This community
event is dedicated to sickle cell patients and their families. Prizes and fun
activities will be available for the whole family.
The CD Release Party will feature a live performance by the Kingdom
Ministries Choir, winner of the 2nd Annual 2007 Lighten the Load Gospel
CD contest. There will be prizes and fun activities for the whole family..
Gregg Temple AME to Hold Come
Together Day September 29th
Greggs TempleAME Church, 1510 West 45th Street will hold
a Community-wide "Come Together Day" 1 la.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday
9, 2006;. sponsored by the ACP Youth Council "STOP Campaign Mock
N-Word Funeral. Health and Community Service Organizations are invit-
ed, for information, please call 766-1139.
New Fountain AME "Loyalty Day"
New Fountain Chapel AME Church; 737 Jessie Street, Rev. Louis
Kirkland, Pastor; invites the community to attend "Loyalty Day" Sunday,
September 9, 2007 beginning with Church School At 9 a.m., followed
by Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m. Come seeking a blessing from the Lord
in a church where the Holy Ghost resides.
Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2007 Serious Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Pastor; at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Bldg. 2, Jacksonville, FL 32225; invites the community to share in
2007 Serious Praise Service, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th.
Communion will be served.

"RestoringThe Priest of the Family" is
the Theme for "Man To Man"
Dr. Gary L. Williams Sr., Pastor of First Baptist Church of Mandarin,
will host the Second Annual "Man To Man" series of Workshops, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday, September 13-15, 2007; at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center.
Judge Greg Mathis, Jawanza Kunjufu, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Gary Hall,
Bishop Bruce Allen, Michael Slater, Kerwin Lee and Ernest Berrian, head
the prominent speakers list for the workshops. The opening day begins at
10 a.m. and ends with Grammy Award Winner Smokie Norful in concert.
For more information, please call First Baptist of Mandarin.
First Timothy Baptist to Celebrate
47th Church Anniversary, Sept. 23rd
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Fred Newbill,
Pastor; invites the community to the celebration of their 47th Church
Anniversary at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September23, 2007. First Timothy
invites you to celebrate "The Harvest" with them.
Mt. Lebanon Celebrates Dual Day
Atty. Mechelle Herrington will be the Morning Speaker at 10:45 a.m.
on Sunday, September 9th at Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist, 9319 Ridge
Blvd., Church, Rev. Freddie Summer, Pastor, Rev. L. N. Yarborough,
Senior Pastor.
Rev. Richard Curry will be the Afternoon Service speaker at 3:30
p.m., for Mt. Lebanon's Annual Dual Day Celebration. The community is
invited to come early for Church School at 9:30 a.m., and stay all day. The
theme for this special day is, "Let Us Rejoice in One God, One Spirit, One
Faith and One Gospel."
First Lady Nancy Yarber, General Chairperson; Sister Yvonne Boone,
Chairperson; Co-Chairpersons areDea. Betty Summer, Dea. Alicia
Speights, and Dea. Arthur Johnson.
St. James AME Celebrates Pastor's 4th Anniversary with Special Services
St. James AME Church, 535 McIntosh Avenue, Orange Park; invites the
community to join them as they celebrate the 4th Anniversary of their
Pastor, Rev..Dr..Alesia Scott-Ford. The services will be held at 4 p.m.
on Sunday, September 9th and Sunday, September 23, 2007.
Church news is published free of charge. Information
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History Association Soliciting

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

Disciples of Christ

Christian Fellowship
* * A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *

Sunday School
9 a.m. P..
Morning Worship -
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4:00 p.m. Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 31209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Join us for our Weekly Services

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

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

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

Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace




Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, September 9

Salvador in Concert
*Don't miss this awesome group!

rasror Cecu & raulnne wiggins

Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams

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

Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins

It's Time to Pray Jacksonville"
City Wide Day of Faith & Prayer
Saturday, September 8th 2:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church Downtown
*Sense the urgency of the hour and join us*

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple(l)evangelttemple:ag.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpretedfor Deaf (a' Central (ampus



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September 6-12, 2007

"Don't Give Up on Love", says Bishop T. D. Jakes, His Wife and

Clergy Around the Nation React to News of Bynum Beating

by H.T. Edney
Bishop T. D. Jakes, preparing
for yet another women's conference
- "For Ladies Only" next month,
says he is hoping recent separation
and divorce announcements of
Christian power couples, including
the hotel parking lot beating of
Prophetess Juanita Bynum-Weeks
by her minister husband, won't
deter marriages.
"I don't want to comment on their
specific cases because I am coun-
seling them and that would not be
professional. But to make a general
statement about women who are
going through divorce, divorce does
not have to be the end of your life,"
says Jakes in an interview with the
NNPA News Service. "It is a
tragedy. The Bible says that God
hates divorce and I believe that it is
God's will that we walk together
and keep our vows. But your life
doesn't have to end because your
marriage did. And to those women

who are dealing with domestic vio-
lence, I think the first thing to do is
to put you and your children in a
safe environment and then begin to
work out a resolution."
As for those who may be intimi-
dated after hearing about or wit-
nessing violence between lovers,
there is no need to lose heart, he
"When they see a neighbor or a
cousin or a friend or even a leader
going through those problems, then
they start giving up on marriage,"
says Jakes, who has been married to
his wife, Serita, for 25 years. "They
fail to look at those thousands and
thousands of couples who have
been married for years and years
and years and have enjoyed their
marriages and have enjoyed their
lives together. Things may not have
been perfect, but they still have
enjoyed a prolonged loving rela-
tionship with another person. Don't
give up on Love. Love works."


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CRC Executive Director Johnny Gaffney accepts the $25,000 donation
from Atty. Eddie Farah.
Attorney Walks the Walk of Community Support
Community Rehabilitation Center board member knows how to put his
money where his mouth is. As a member of the organization's governing
body that helps direct the goals of recovery for hundreds of Jacksonville
citizens, the enterprising Farah recently donated $25,000.00 to become a
sponsor for this year's Community Rehabilitation Center's Celebrity Golf
Tournament to be held on September 10th at Hidden Hills Country Club.
This is the third consecutive year that Farah and his firm has become a
major sponsor of the golf tournament. He also has been an active CRC
board member.

Bynum, a televangelist with a
national following, pressed charges
against her estranged husband,
Bishop Thomas Weeks, after she
was badly bruised in a confronta-
tion with him during an Aug. 22
meeting to reconcile at an Atlanta
hotel, police said. Bishop Thomas
W. Weeks III, founder of Global
Destiny churches, was charged with
aggravated assault and terroristic
threats. He was set to appear in
court Sept. 6.
News of the Bynum-Weeks
charges was compounded by the
subsequent announcement by Paula
White of Paula White Ministries
and her husband Randy that they
too are planning to divorce. Their
separation appears to be amicable.
Both women could be considered
daughters of the Jakes ministry,
having largely gotten their fame
after preaching and teaching at
numerous Jakes conferences.
Jakes wife, First Lady Serita

Jakes, also on the telephone inter-
view, says high-profiled people in
ministry should not be judged more
harshly just because their frailties
are more public.
"These people are having a human
experience with a divine mantel on
their lives. And so, I pray and our
prayers go toward Lady Bynum and
Lady Paula as well that God would
help heal the brokenness that's in
them," says Serita Jakes, who has
authored several books, including
"Beside Every Man: Loving Myself
While Standing by Him".
Both Bishop Jakes and First Lady
Serita will be teaching at the
upcoming "FLO" conference at the
Gaylord Texan Resort in
Grapevine, Texas, Oct. 18-20. With
focuses on creating life strategies,
recovering from setbacks, improv-
ing relationships and spiritual
revival, she stresses hope that par-
ticipants will look for the divinity in
the messages rather than in the mes-

Troy Sneed and Son Launch Label

Duo looking for great new talent and
veteran artists wanting to make comebacks

One of gospel
music's most popu-
lar artists and entre-
preneurs, Troy
SSneed, is breaking
Snew ground in
.|i 2008. Sneed's
Emtro Gospel label
has enjoyed a dozen chart singles
since it opened in 2003 and its "The
Struggle is Over" even spent 12
weeks at #1 on the Billboard hot
Gospel Songs chart.
Now, Sneed's son, Troy "TJ" Sneed
Jr., is following his parents (mom,
Emily is Vice-President of Emtro
Gospel) into the music business.
The straight-A Florida State
University civil engineering student
will head-up his dad's new T
Records label with distribution via
IDN (Innovative Distribution
Network) and the Alliance
Entertainment Corporation.

"I am so proud of my son," says
Sneed. "He is a straight student and
when he graduates next year, he will
continue on to Graduate School.
Expect our first new releases for T
Records in the first quarter of 2008.
I want us to introduce some great
new artists and also relaunch the
careers of some wounded ducks. I
want to leave a legacy and an inher-
itance for all of my kids and their
The Jacksonville, Florida-based
Emtro Gospel label boasts hit-mak-
ing artists such as Sneed, Alvin
Darling & Celebration, L. Spenser
Smith, Pastor Rudolph McKissick,
Youth for Christ, Bishop Bruce
Parharn and the Wilmington-Chester
Mass Choir.
Artists wanting to submit demos
or projects can contact Emtro at P.O.
Box 8511, Fleming Island FL

Potters House First lady Serita Jakes says just because you head a
church doesn't mean your life is perfect.

sengers. "We preach Jesus; not our-
Not all clergy agree.
The Washington-based National
Black Church Initiative, which rep-
resents 16,000 churches across the
U. S. has called for Bynum to step
down as head of the Global Destiny
Ministries, founded by him and his
wife. NBCI president, Rev.
Anthony Evans, has issued a press
release calling Weeks' actions
"morally wrong and reprehensible."
Still, women and men with high
expectations especially those hop-
ing for marriage or remarriage are
sorely disappointed at the news of
the stomping, kicking and choking
of Bynum by her husband with
whom she'd shared a million dollar
"wedding of the century" only five
years ago.
"I'm just disgusted. I don't know
what to do. So, I'm drowning
myself in my work," says Tisha
Lewis, a single 35-year-old doctor-
al student. "So, any man who
comes up to me swinging the Bible
and talking church, church, I'm
just going to question his integrity

anyway. It's really what you do, not
what you say...I just want to know
what's going on?"
Los Angeles Bishop Noel Jones,
who recently announced
FaithMate.com a website to facili-
tate dating relationships between
Christian singles says one prob-
lem is that people are too often
enthralled in preparing the ceremo-
ny instead of developing the rela-
tionship: "A wedding does not a
marriage make."
Also, couples are too often
impressed with each other's profes-
sional demeanors and exteriors,
Jones says.
"They don't make distinctions
between what is professional and
what is personal. Because the two
get confused sometimes, people
believe that you are actually pre-
senting how you are and the way
your relationship goes," says Jones.
"But, indeed and in fact, you can
have a very strong and a very influ-
ential professional presentation and
can be upside down personally. To
put it short, you can be a public suc-
cess, but a private failure."




Thursday, September 20, 2007
5-7 p.m.

Gateway Mall
5258 Norwood Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32208

To discuss plans to extend 44th Street from Golfair Blvd. to the
Gateway Shopping Center. This project will provide additional
access into this major retail district.

Meeting Format
The meeting will be an open house format with
visual displays where interested citizens can review
the project information and ask questions of the staff.

Anyone requiring special accommodations should
contact Bill Milnes at (904) 598-8731 or e-mail
wmilnes@jtafla.com no later than Monday, September 17.



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Remembering the First Three Letters
Remember the "3" steps, STR Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately,
the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe
brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three sim-
ple questions:
S Ask the individual to SMILE.
T Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(Coherently) i.e. It is sunny out today)
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Introducing the secret ingredient
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time to pour it all out and reveal
how it can work for you.
Imagine for a moment if every
time you slipped into an outfit you
automatically looked younger and
thinner. Chances are your closet
would become your new best
friend. Well, guess what, when it
comes to looking slimmer, sexy and
better than ever, you don't have to
look further than your wardrobe.
The power of fashion is often
overlooked. How you look to others
entirely depends on what you wear
and how you wear it. Having good
manners and a pleasing appearance
are the most important characteris-
tics you can posses in making good
impressions. You can either make
fashion work in your favor or terri-
bly against you. Most people
unknowingly add to their weight
every time they get dressed. Instead
of accentuating their positive attrib-
utes, they downplay them and then
magnify their negative features.
This makes them look heavier and
often more overweight than they
really are. What do you see when
you look in the mirror? Are your
clothes helping you look your best
or are you adding extra-pounds to
your body?
Celebrities and models aren't
always as perfect-looking as they
seem. They just know the formula
to fashion. They know how to cam-
ouflage their problem areas and
bring attention to their better quali-
ties. They know how to play around
and have fun with clothes and still
look great.

People come in all shapes and
sizes. A style of clothes may look
good on one shape and horrible on
another. Tall, short, big, small, nar-
row or wide, there are tricks to
transforming your clothes to flatter
your figure. The single most impor-
tant piece in the game of fashion,
however, is having confidence.
When you are self-assured and
comfortable in your clothes, it
shows. Fashion trends are started
by people who are sure of them-
selves. They feel good and in
return, look cool in their clothes.
There is nothing more pleasing to
the eye than seeing someone walk-
ing with head held high. Feel free to
experiment and use your sense of
style to your advantage.
Here are a few basic fashion tac-
tics you can use to look better and
boost your confidence and body:
1. Wear solid fabrics: Wearing
one color from head to toe is more
2. Wear vertical lines: The longer
the vertical line of the outfit, the
more flattering it will be.
3. Stick to dark colors: Darker,
duller and cooler colors are general-

Speed Up Your Metabolism For Faster Results

Chances are, you've heard it all
before. Eat spicy food. Drink green
tea. Eat at the same time everyday.
At one time or another, each one
has been hailed as the best way to
speed up your metabolism. But
which-if any-actually works?
To find out which tactics are fact,
and which ones are just plain fic-
tion, we went to Fitness and Weight
Loss Experts, Hollies Winston and

Dr. Nicole Williams. Here's what
they had to say:
The Tactic: Drink green tea
The Conclusion: Despite previous
findings, a recent study showed that
green tea promoted no weight loss
benefits. In other words, don't
waste your time.
The Tactic: Eat six small meals a
day The Conclusion: Though eat-
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as to whether this tactic actually
works. However, Winston does
point out that the very act of pro-
cessing food requires burning calo-
ries, so eating multiple, small meals
may just help. "But," he warned,
"this is the Western School of
thought. Other cultures feel that 5-6
meals a day is too many meals,
even if they are small."
The Tactic: Drink more water
The Conclusion Dr. Williams
reported that drinking either cold or
hot water could help to increase
your metabolism. Winston agreed,
explaining that "the theory is that
your body must bur extra calories
to process the cold water." And of
course, it's important that your body
stay hydrated throughout the day.
"Your body cannot function without
water," Winston explained. So
whether this tactic actually works
or not, staying hydrated is always
something you should do.
The Best Tactic: Building muscle
The Result: Both experts agreed,
this is the very best method of
speeding up your metabolism. "A
pound of muscle burns anywhere
from 15-50 more calories a day,
Winston explained. "Let's say you
build 10 pounds of muscle (a very
modest task) and 1 pound of your
muscle burs 25 calories a day.
Now you bum an extra 250 calories
a day, or 1,750 calories a week,
even when you're not working out."
Translation: you're already halfway
to burning 1 pound of fat.
What more do you need to know?
Hit the gym and starting building
some muscle today!

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4. Wear a double-breasted jack-
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make you look thinner than wearing
a single-breasted jacket. Choose a
well-fitted version. Loose jackets
tend to add bulk, and never wear a
jacket longer than ankle length.
5. Choose pleated pants: The
pleats help conceal your stomach
area -- make sure they lie flat.
6. Wear high heels: The higher
the better. This will help you appear
taller and thinner. If you don't like
high heels, then choose a low-
heeled shoe with a low instep.
7. Accessorize: Wearing a scarf,
necklace, earrings or choker takes
the concentration off the body.
8. Tight is not always right:
Clothes that cling can make you
look heavier. Clothes that slightly
contour your body giva a slim look.
9. Choose v-necklines: They
make you look leaner and longer.
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Experience Amateur
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
September 7th. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.

3rd Annual Jax Follies
The Third Annual Teddy
Washington Jacksonville Follies
Awards Show held at the Florida
Theatre on Friday, September 7th
at 7:30 pm. This is a unique show
highlighting Unsung Heroes of the
Arts, Education and Entertainment.
For more information call 962-

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
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.

Annual Riverside
Arts Festival
The Annual Riverside Arts
Festival featuring over a hundred
artists in a variety of mediums will
be held September 8 & 9, 10 a.m.
inside Riverside Park. The festival

is free and open to the public. Call
389-2449for more information.

JABSE Hosting
Education Summit
The Jacksonville Alliance of
Black School Educators (JABSE)
will present National Education
Association president Reg Weaver
on Saturday, September 8th at 8
a.m. for an Education Summit at
Ribault High School. All parents,
educators and interested members
are invited to participate in the sum-
mit themed, "Closing the
Achievement Gap in Literacy,
Mathematics & Science". For more
information, call Daughtrey Young
at 630-6627.

Dave Matthews
Band in Concert
The Grammy Award winning
Dave Matthews Band will be in
concert at the Gainesville
O'Connell Center on Tuesday,
September 11th at 7 p.m. The con-
cert features special guest The
Wailers. Tickets are available at
ticketmaster by calling 353-3309.

FAMU Alumni
Association Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host it's monthly meeting at the
Highlands Branch Library at 6 p.m.
on Thursday, September 13th For
more information call 910-7829.

Amateur Night
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
dates are Thursday, September
13th, and Wednesday, October
10th from 5:00-6:15 p.m.. This is

Experience Ramadan
Each year the American Muslim community in Jacksonville holds a
community-wide event called SHARING RAMADAN that has been
attracting nearly 500 people of all faith backgrounds to the Islamic
Center. The goal of this event is to promote mutual understanding and
During the month of Ramadan (this year from Sep 13 to Oct 12), each
day from dawn to dusk, your American-Muslim neighbor will fast by
refraining from any kind of food or drink.
This year our Sharing Ramadan event will be on Saturday September
15, 2007 from 6:30 pm to 8:30pm. The keynote speaker this year is Pat
Yack, Editor of the Florida Times Union.
Please RSVP by calling 904-646-3462 or send an email to Sara
Mojadidi at sara@icnef.org

Do You [ an E o N Aromt6P d Town?
The Jacksonville Free Press is please to print your public
service announcements and coming events free of charge, news
deadline is Monday at 6 p.m. by the week you would like your
information to be printed. Information can be sent via email,
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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

Genealogical Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, will hold their monthly
meeting September 15, 2007 at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd St.,
The speaker will be Mr. James
"Craig" Morris, a native of
Jacksonville, whose topic is
"Genealogy and the War for
Southern Independence." He will
discuss the war at it relates to
Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.
For additional information please
contact Mary Chauncey at (904)

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

Hospice Volunteer
Training Lunch
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in someone's last days? If you
are interested in becoming a volun-
teer at Haven Hospice, join the
Hospice Team for a lunch and learn
session on Tuesday, September

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There are many ways you can use
underutilized skills to make a dif-
ference. Call Sandra Francis at 733-
9818 for more information.

Race Revolution:
Jacksonville During
the Civil Rights Era
The Ritz Theater will continue its
special civil rights series in con-
junction with their exhibit of the
Montgomery Bus Boycott with a
lecture on. Saturday, September
22nd at 11:00AM. Featured will be
Abel Bartley, Ph. D., Associate
Professor of History, Clemson
University, Ritz Scholar in
3rd Annual Puerto
Rican Parade
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail

Jax NAACP Youth
Host Mock Funeral
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
Youth Council will have a Mock N
Word Funeral and Community
Come Together Day on Saturday,
September 29th at Greggs Temple
AME Church located at 1510 West
45th Street. Community agencies
and organizations are invited to par-
ticipate. For more information, con-
tact Ms. White at 766-1139.

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


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For ticket information call 355-

Up & Cummers
Fashion Show
The Up & Cummers, the Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens' young
professional affinity group, will
host Fashion Forward: Big Apple
on September 21, 2007.
The theme for the Up & Cummers'
third fashion show is based on the
Joseph Jeffers Dodge: A Passion
for Art exhibition being held at the
museum October 9, 2007 to
February 2008. This exhibition will
provide insights about Dodge's
development as a painter and the
passion that inspired him jazz.
The fashion show will be held at
The Cummer and will feature two
fashion shows, each 30 minutes,
will emphasize New York inspired
fall fashions from Jacksonville area
boutiques and Love Brigade. For
more information, call 356-6857.

"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 355-
2787 or online at www.floridathe-

Ashford & Simpson
at the Ritz Theater
Grammy Award winning artists
and Motown originals, husband and
wife duo Ashford & Simpson will
be in concert for one night only at
the Ritz Theater. The concert will
be held on Saturday, October 14th
at 7 p.m. For tickets call 632-5555.

National College Fair
FCCJ will host the National
College Fair of Jacksonville on
Saturday, October 13th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The fair will include represen-
tatives of over 100 colleges and uni-
versities, sessions on college plan-
ning and financial aid. There will
also be sessions on college testing.
Students are encouraged to bring
their transcripts for on the spot
scholarships. For more info visit

Caring Chefs
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 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.

Black Professionals
The UNF Division of Continuing
Education will host the 6th Annual
African-American Professionals
Conference at the University Center
on Thursday November 1st, 7:30
a.m. 5 p.m. The focus of this con-
ference is to provide topics impor-
tant to professional and personal
growth. Sessions will be presented
by knowledgable experts with pres-
entation skills to actively engage
you in a dynamic learning experi-
ence. For more info or to register
for this event,call 620-4200.

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Eye on Billy Dee: The Interview


Interview by Kam Williams
William December Williams, Jr.
was born on April 6, 1937 in
Harlem where he was raised by his
parents, William, Sr., a janitor, and
Loretta, an elevator operator.
Billy Dee, who exhibited consid-
erable promise both as an artist and
as an actor early in life, attended
Manhattan's prestigious Music and
Art High School.
The strikingly-handsome thespi-
an's big break came in 1971 in the
acclaimed television movie "Brian's
Song" where he played Gayle
Sayers opposite James Caan. He
immediately followed up that
impressive performance with
another as Billie Holiday's husband
in "Lady Sings the Blues" which
co-starred Diana Ross. The two
would appear together again years
later in "Mahogany."
Arguably, Billy Dee's most mem-
orable role has been as Lando
Calrissian in George Lucas' epic
movies "The Empire Strikes Back"
and "Return of the Jedi." His other
feature film credits include
"Batman," "Undercover Brother,"
"The Ladies Man," "Moving
Target," as well as the upcoming
"Fanboys." Plus, he's already
attached to "Barry Munday" star-
ring Luke Wilson.
The Emmy-nominated legend's
extensive television work includes
guest appearances on "Lost,"
"Scrubs," "Clubhouse," "Half &
Half," "That '70s Show," "The
Hughleys," "A Different World,"
"227," "Mission Impossible" as
well as daytime series "Another

World" and "The Guiding Light."
Plus, he's enjoyed recurring roles
on "Dynasty" and "Gideon's
Currently, he's returned to TV as
Toussaint Dubois, a hospital worker
with a haunted past, on SOAPnet's
first serialized drama for primetime
"General Hospital:' Night Shift"
which airs Thursdays at 11PM
(ET/PT). The steamy series ven-
tures beyond what you see on the
daytime program to explore the
lives and loves of "General
Hospital's" favorite characters dur-
ing the hospital's night shift.
On the show, his character shares
sage insights with various members
of the hospital staff as they
encounter assorted pitfalls and
problems, essentially suggesting
that they dream big dreams, even if
life has passed him by.
Kam Williams: Hey, Billy, finally
we get together after just missing
each other a couple of times. We
were first scheduled to talk the
same day you were on The View
with Barabra Walters and company.
How'd you like doing that show?
Billy Dee Williams: That wasn't
my first time on it, but I always
enjoy it with those crazy ladies.
KW: And how are you enjoying
General Hospital: Night Shift?
BDW: Oh, I'm having a good time
with that. It's a whole different
experience and format. It's a lot
faster than anything I've ever done,
but it's great practice. And the char-
acters are involved in some very
interesting situations.
KW: Do you get fewer takes on a

soap opera, fewer opportunities to
re-do a scene?
BDW: Yeah, whenever I'm ready
to do another take, they're already
off to the next set which always
amuses me. That's why I say, "It's
great practice." After you've done a
soap opera, you can do anything.
You've got to get all this dialogue
down, and then you have to give
life to the dialogue. Plus, you get to
practice your improvisational skills.
I love it, and I love the people I'm
working with. So, I'm having a
good time.
KW: What was it like to suddenly
be a heartthrob when your career
took off in the Seventies?
BDW: I think being a celebrity is
at the essence of that, because I'd
been doing romantic stuff even on
stage in New York City in the
KW: Wasn't your mom originally
from the Caribbean?
BDW: Yes, my mother's side of the
family, they're from Montserrat in
the Leeward Islands.
KW: I know you went to Music
and Art High School. What did you
do after you graduated?
BDW: Next, I went to the National
Academy of Design for the Fine
Arts where I spent two years paint-
ing on a scholarship
KW: So, when did you develop
your passion for acting?
BDW: Acting, I started when I was
six and a half years-old, on
Broadway with Kurt Weill.
KW: Wow, the composer of The
Threepenny Opera including the
classic tune Mack the Knife.
BDW: Yeah, I was on stage with
his wife, Lotte Lenya.
KW: And although she won a Tony
for The Threepenny Opera, was
nominated for an Oscar, and left
behind an impressive body of work,
she is probably fated to best
remembered as the villainess in
From Russia with Love who tried to
kick James Bond in the crotch with
a poisoned tip knife protruding
from her shoe. 1 see that besides
General Hospital, you're very busy
making movies, including Fanboys,
a comedy about some Star Wars
BDW: Oh, yeah, yeah. 1 haven't
seen that. Is that already out?
KW: No, but it's in post-produc-
BDW: I'm only doing a cameo in
that. The only reason I'm in that
movie is because of my association
with Star Wars.
KW: And then you have This
Bitter Earth, which you're shooting
with Nichelle Nichols?
BDW: I was just in Arizona work-
ing on that yesterday. I did a cameo
in that, too.
KW: How about Barry Munday?
That has an intriguing premise. It's
about a guy who wakes up missing
a certain part of his anatomy.
BDW: His testicles.

KW: Yeah, and suddenly he's fac-
ing a paternity suit. Which of your
movies are your favorites? Brian's
Song? Lady Sings the Blues? The
Empire Strikes Back?
BDW: You just named three. Also,
The Bingo Long Traveling All-
Stars & Motor Kings was one of my
favorites. That was a classic, actual-
KW: Yeah, I remember that one
with Richard Pryor and James Earl
Jones. I loved it.
BDW: And I did a movie in
Canada which I loved called Giant
KW: Aren't you a jazz fan? I know
you've served as chairman of the
Thelonious Monk International
Jazz Competition?
BDW: Yeah, jazz is very much a
part of my life. I work with the
Thelonious Monk Institute and do
the artwork for their program every
KW: How much time do you find
to paint?
BDW: Oh, I paint all the time.
KW: Working with oils or
BDW: Mostly acrylic, sometimes
KW: The Jimmy Bayan question.
Can you share what general area of
L.A. you live in?
BDW: I'd rather not.
KW: I understand. What advice do
you have for anyone who wants to
follow in your footsteps?
BDW: I don't know about follow-
ing in my footsteps. You mean as
far as acting is concerned?
KW: Yeah.
BDW: I think it's a good idea, a
good trade, but it takes a lot of
work, a lot of perseverance, and a
belief in your capabilities. If you
don't have that belief in yourself,
it's not something that will work for
KW: Is there any question you
always wished someone would ask,
but nobody's ever asked you?
BDW: No.
KW: In that case, thanks so much
for the time, Billy. I really appreci-
ate it.
BDW: Well I appreciate it, too,
and you have a nice day.

Unmarried girls and women of Swaziland gather for the annual
Umhlanga at the residence of King Mswati III.

Swaziland King has

Eyes for 14th wife

SWAZILAND Tens of thou-
sands of chanting, bare-breasted
maidens recently paraded before
the King of Swaziland, many of
them hoping to catch his eye and be
picked out to become his 14th wife.
The annual Umhlanga, or reed
dance, which finishes this week at
the royal residence in Ludzidzini, is
a magnificent display of national
tradition and pride in one of
Africa's smallest countries.
Officials claimed that 100,000
unmarried girls and women, almost
10 per cent of the entire population,
presented the Queen Mother, or
Indlovukazi Great She-Elephant -
with newly cut reeds to act as a
windbreak around her compound.
As part of the ceremonies, Mswati
III, Africa's last absolute monarch,
is entitled to choose a new bride
from among the maidens to add to
his current 13 wives. It is an honor
that cannot be refused.
"Our culture and the reed dance is
my pride and joy," said Nothando
Nhlengethwa, 21, who was acting
as the Indvuna, or leader of the
"If you take pride for yourself, you
can always do it for your country. It
helps us to know who we are and


the people we should look up to, the
King and princes. He is a great king
to us."
But despite her protestations, not
all Swazis feel the same way, and
frustration is growing.
Around 70 per cent of the popula-
tion live on less than 50 cents a
day, in stark contrast to the wealth
and opulence of the royal family.
Six weeks ago the country saw its
biggest general strike in a decade,
demanding, among other things,
multi-party democracy.
Political parties were banned by
King Mswati's late father, Sobhuza
II, in 1973 on the grounds that they
were divisive, after three opposi-
tion MPs were elected.
The current monarch, who acced-
ed to the throne while a pupil at
Sherborne School in Dorset,
appoints the prime minister and
cabinet, all judges, two-thirds of the
upper house, 15 per cent of the
lower house, and is commander in
chief of the armed forces.
Elections are due next year but a
new constitution, proclaimed last
year, explicitly states that assembly
members are tobe.-elected on tbhe,
basis of "individual merit".
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Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.

Judge Brian Davis always enjoys a chat with friend Sollie Mitchell, the late Mrs. Barbara Halfacre championed the cause of Black history as a labor of passion. Her traveling Sojourner Truth Exhibit visited area schools with
Black artifacts and history notes that she presented on a continuous basis. Shown in the inset picture is Madeline Scales Taylor, husband Howard and Mrs. Pat Mitchell. In the final photo Jacksonville broadcasting trailblazer
and activist Mack Freeman was honored with a special tribute a few years before his untimely death. He is shown at the podium flanked by his children Cassandra, Tony and Monique with his life partner Brenda Roundtree.

Two ladies of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. led the way for the sorority's 6th Biennial Debutante Cottillion. Shown left at the event are event chair Pat Williams
and chapter Basileus Flora Parker.; Long before it was the talk of the town to improve our city's schools and minority businesses, area leadership was already on it.
In this mid 90s photo are the Rep. Willye Dennis, Jean Pettis, Mike Weinstein, Betty Burney, King Holzendorf and Tony Hill at a roundtable discussion; In the final
picture are Marion Gregory, Larry Thompson and wife Gwen Chandler Thompson.

Dr. Chester Aikens and wife Jean believe in exposing culture at an
early age. Show at one of the very early Kuumba Festivals in the 80s
are the family with sons.

Black businessmen on the move Homer St. Clair, Cleve Warren
Skitch Holland and Gene Coleman prioritize and chart a course for
minority businesses in jacksonville at the former Afro-American Life
Insurance building in this early 90s photo.

Shown donning their fashionable hats for the annual Ebenezer
United Methodist Fashion Show are Evelyn Galvin and Velma Grant.

Dr. Wendell Holmes, Tony Nelson and the late Bob Ingram Area doctors (L-R) C.B. McIntosh, Shelly Thompson, Kennth Jones and
share a moment at a reception hosted by the Jacksonville Rogers Cain welcomed the nations Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher
Chamber of Commerce welcoming Rosa Parks to the city. (middle) to Jacksonville at a private reception with other minority doctors.

Roslyn Phillips long tenure of service to the City of Jacksonville placed
our city on the map with her award winning role in advancing commu-
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El DeBarge is in an orange jumpsuit at the Men's
Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles after an arrest for
Jd domestic violence exposed several outstanding war-
-~- The singer, born Eldra DeBarge, was initially taken
into custody early Sunday accused of domestic violence.
The L.A. County District Attorney rejected the charge,
but the crooner had a bunch of outstanding warrants -
including vandalism, drugs and driving with a suspended license accord-
ing to authorities.
None of the infractions allow for the posting of bail, which means
DeBarge will remain in custody until a hearing is scheduled.
Meanwhile, details of the rejected domestic violence charge were not
available at press time. The singer is reportedly separated from his wife,
Monica DeBarge.
The love fest between Oprah Winfrey and David
Letterman will continue next month at New York's '
Madison Square Garden, where the daytime and
nighttime TV titans will meet face to face once again.
Letterman, who rarely appears on other talk shows,
has agreed to be a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey
Show" during its week of broadcasts from New York
City. The visit, to be taped on Sept. 10 and aired live in some markets, fol-
lows Winfrey's 2005 appearance on "The Late Show with David
Letterman" to promote the Broadway opening of her musical, "The Color
Letterman had often joked about Winfrey throughout the years, and in
2003, Winfrey told Time magazine she wouldn't appear with Letterman
because she had been "completely uncomfortable" as the butt of his jokes.
When Winfrey appeared on Letterman's show two years ago, she told
him, "I want you to know, it's really over, whatever you thought was hap-
pening. There's only peace and love."
In early 2006, both Winfrey and Letterman spoofed their reunion in a
promo for the "Late Show" that aired during the Super Bowl.
How about it one
more time for
-- Tamekaaa and
Usherrrrr! Yes, enter-
tainment's newest cou-
ple did it all over again
last weekend marriage
that is.
cThe singer and the
controversial Tameka
Foster did their wed-
ding vows in what's being described as a glitzy ceremony Saturday after
exchanging vows a few weeks ago in a civil ceremony, a magazine report-
According to reports, about 200 people attended the dream wedding of
the Grammy-winning R&B singer and his new wife, held at a I6th-centu-
ry-style French chateau resort on 3,500 hilly acres outside Atlanta.
Guests dined in the ballroom and ate from a five-tiered white-chocolate-
covered wedding cake created by the same bakery that recently did actress
Eva Longoria's confection, the magazine reported.
A private ceremony was held Aug. 3 in the office of Usher's lawyer. The
28-year-old singer and Foster, who is 37, had called off their July 28 wed-
ding amid reports that Foster had checked into a hospital because of prob-
lems with her pregnancy.
In newly-released legal papers filed last month, Bobby Brown claims
that his ex-wife, Whitney Houston, is actively preventing him from seeing
their 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
"Since Whitney has been awarded sole legal and physical custody of
Bobbi Kris, she has attempted to eliminate me from Bobbi Kris' life," the
singer states in court documents.
"I did all I could to see my daughter," he added. "I also paid approxi-
mately $10,000 for Whitney and Bobbi Kris to live in a nice hotel while
Whitney was going through rehab ... I basically lived out of my car."
Brown filed the documents with the court before he was photographed
with a smiling (and puffy-eyed) Houston leaving Joe's Crab Shack in
Alpharetta, Ga. Amid rumors of a reconciliation, a rep for the former New
Edition star said they were only meeting to discuss custody arrangements
for their daughter during the forthcoming school year.

by K. Yarborough, EUR
Comedian Sheryl Underwood is an
over-achiever. The comedian's
stand-up career has exploded into
two morning radio gigs, a satellite
radio show with Jamie Foxx, and an
upcoming gospel play.
Currently on a chitlin circuit tour,
including a recent gig in
Jacksonville, the funny lady is by
all means busy.
This all in addition to her hosting
duties on BET's "Comic View," and
the work she's done on her own
show "Holla."
"I'm on [Los Angeles'] V100
every Monday through Friday with
Cliff Winston. I'm on two days with
Tom Joyner [Morning Show], and
that's really getting me so much
work. I just have too much work
right now," she said. "I'm doing
this thing with Jamie Foxx right
now. It's on Sirius [Radio], on the
Foxx Hole Comedy Network -
political comedy radio.And I'm
doing a gospel play that's coming
out in 2008. It will be myself and
Jonathan Slocomb and we're trying
to talk Vesta into becoming a part of
it. The gospel play is just a dream
come true. You're really gonna love
it and be really gonna be proud of
Sheryl Underwood in a gospel
play? You'd better believe it. She
explained that it's irreverent come-
dy that makes it such a great place
for her, and something that she's
always wanted to do.

"The concept of the play is some-
thing that I think people will enjoy.
It's two preachers, I'm the female
preacher and Jonathan Slocomb is
the male preacher, and you've got a
devious church secretary. It takes
the part of my personality that peo-
ple see on stage, but it's just taking
my love of the Lord, but I'm strad-
dling the fence."
The play is in its development
stages, but Underwood expects to
open sometime next year.
"It's my dream project to work on.
God has really blessed me. I'm hav-
ing the greatest career I could
have," she said and explained that
her new radio career is a blessing,
too, even though she has to race
from studio to studio.
"When I'm on the air with Cliff
Winston then when I go to the
break, I go do Tom Joyner on
Monday and Wednesday. 1 run
around the studio," she said.
Even though the comedienne is
hard at work with a number of gigs,
she admitted that she would have
liked to have been a part of the
recent Flava Flay Roast.
"I thought it was really good,"
she said. "I thought Kat Williams
was phenomenal. It was great to see
Sommore there. I would have rather
been a part of it too as the person
that's kissed Flava Flav in real life.
Go back and check the BET
Comedy Awards the first year.
Flava Flav was my date. He really
didn't know too much about me,

but he was so nile about it
After I performed he- as
very chivalrous \\ic .ent
to the after-part?, itr,.=ither
and it was a whl.'le dil-
ferent vibe. He's .1 grjat
kisser by the wa\
Underwood said ,he
was impressed il
the roasters at the
Comedy Central e\ ent
including (,re,
Giraldo, .JIniml
Kimmel, and even lee-
"There were a lot of
great celcbruiles
Everybody '.. .
good," and she
continued that it
was important for
her to come out
and support fe'-
low black come-
who also par-
picked who they wanted to pick,
and we support what Sommore is
doing. To be a black female come-
dian on stage big ups to that. But
you know what was the bomb?
Being in the audience. Spinderella
was really mixing the music so it
was really like a big house party,
but you had a lot of industry people
in the audience. I would have liked
to be a part of that, but maybe next

Underwood is looking forward to
many more next times, as she gears
up her upcoming projects and jug-
gles her radio schedule.
"I'm just really excited because
my career is blowing up. It's just
about staying out there and being
patient and waiting on God. I've got
a lot going on. Now if I could just
lose 20 more pounds, maybe I'd be
Jet Beauty of the Week one day."

A Sympathetic Look of the Diva "Diana" Offered in a New Book


Diana Ross is known as much for
her unique voice as for her diva atti-
Ross first made her name with the
Supremes -- the real Dreamgirls --
in the 1960s. Forty years later, she
is still a force in the music business,
despite of some well-publicized
arrests and other incidents.
The recently released book "Diana
Ross: A Biography" by J. Randy
Taraborrelli provides an extensive
chronicle of the singer's life.
Taraborrelli has been a fan of Ross
since he was 12 and founded the
first Supremes international fan
club. He wrote two other books
about Ross, but says his third book
is much more sympathetic.

"This was a great opportunity for
me to take a look at her sort of as an
adult," he told The Early Show co-
anchor Julie Chen. "My last book
came out 18 years ago. Since that
time, I've written about Elizabeth
Taylor, Grace Kelly, Madonna and,
you know, Michael Jackson. It was
an opportunity for me to take a look
at Diana from a new perspective. I
looked back and looked at my old
interviews with her. Interviews with
her father, her mother, the other
Supremes and put into context her
entire life."
He first interviewed Ross when
she was 26 and now she is 63.
Taraborrelli said she has changed a
great deal over the years and this
book takes the most balanced look
at her life. Now he defends Ross's
famed diva behavior because he
says it stemmed from fear.
"When she left Motown, in 1980,
she did not leave a wealthy
woman," he said. "She says she had
to pay her taxes by borrowing
money at that time in her life. And
by that time, she had 18 No. 1
records at Motown. And it's not to
say that Motown didn't pay her the
money she deserved, it's to say that
it wasn't very much money. So
when she left the company in the
1980s, she began her own business

and she really didn't know what she
was doing and I think a lot of that
diva behavior we heard about in the
1980s and early 1990s came from
her insecurity and fear that she
wanted to make sure that she would
never end up in that place again in
her life."
Ross has been accused of treating
people badly -- especially her fel-
low Supremes. But through his
research, Taraborrelli said he found
that Ross behaved very selflessly at
times. He learned that Ross was the
only person who helped former
Supreme Florence Ballard when
she needed money. Ballard died at
the age of 32.
"There were many times over the
years I wanted to pull Diana aside
and say, 'Listen, you need to defend
yourself about these accusations.
You have a point of view. You need
to tell it,' said Taraborrelli, who
used to work as a publicist for the
Supremes. "She's never been the
kind of a woman to set the record
straight. She's always been the kind
of woman to just keep her eye on
the prize and just move forward and
not respond to criticism. So with
this book, I wanted her point of
view. And I think that it's an inter-
esting way to go for a biography
and for a third book."

Even though he took a sympathet-
ic look at the singer, Taraborrelli
said she didn't collaborate with him
because she wasn't pleased with his
last book, "Call Me Miss Ross,"
which came out 18 years ago.
Although she has had many hits as
a solo artist, Ross and the Supremes
attempted a reunion tour in 2000. It
was cut short. Taraborrelli said
Ross and other original Supreme
Mary Wilson were not able to see
eye to eye about money so Ross
recruited two other women who
worked with the Supremes in the
1970s after Ross had left. The tour
shut down due to poor ticket sales.
"I flew back with the Supremes
after closing night. I was able to
find that Diana was devastated by
that turn of events," Taraborrelli
said. "The public felt she was trying
to force on them a reunion that was
not legitimate. And it really hurt her
Last year, Ross came out with her
70th album and it was the top-sell-
ing album on the Billboard charts
its' first week. But Taraborrelli says
the singer's future is bright.
"Forty-five years of a career of
ups and downs and she's really a
survivor, you know?" he said. "She
survived three books by me so that
tells you something."

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Three Days of Spiritual and Musical Praise Highlight Word & Worship Conference

Three days of spiritual praise and worship highlighted the annual Word & Worship Conference hosted by Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. Guest speakers from throughout the United States including Bishop George Bloomer
(Durham,NC), Pastor Dewey Smith (White Creek, TN) and Pastor Jamal Bryant filled Bethel's 5000 seat sanctuary for noon and evening sermons. The Conference was culminated with an all star conference on Saturday night
with first lady of gospel Shirley Caesar among other nationally known guests. Shown (L-R) Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr. accepts the Cancer Survivor's Award on behalf of himself and his brother Richard from event spon-
sor Warren Lee of Legacy Entertainment; Artists, including Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Jr., graciously signed CDs after the concert; The audience was brought to their feet by Bishop Joseph Warren Walker whose ser-
mon, "Too Blessed to Be Broke" from Job 14:1 made everyone thankful. "When you're down to nothing, God is up to something," he said. Rhonda SilverPhotos

Jacksonville Follies

Lauds Unsung Heroes

Celebrating a lifetime of music,
Teddy Washington, Jacksonville's
Ambassador of Music, will share
his passion to recognize our unsung
heroes of the arts and entertainment
with the Third Annual Teddy
Washington Jacksonville Follies
Awards Show held at the Florida
Theatre on Friday, September 7th at
7:30 pm.
Some of the highlights of the
show will include a Tribute to
James Brown, and Jacksonville's
Elvis extraordinaire, (Rick Marino)
will perform a medley of Elvis
greatest hits, and Gospel Singer
Kathy Williams will bring the
blessings home with a great gospel
song for the soul.
During the show Mr. Washington
will honor nine award recipients
with the Jacksonville Follies
Awards in three categories; the
'Fabric of Culture Award',
'Cultural Innovator Award', and the
'Chords of the Future Award'.
There willalso be a silent auction
including art displays and sculp-
tures by local artists.
Honreees are:
1. Ms., Carson Merry Bailey
(Founder of the Atlantic Beach

Experimental Theatre) Fabric of
Culture Award.
2. Mr. Geno Gonzalez Drummer
who performed with greats as
James Brown & the Flames, Barron
McCloud & The Clouds of Joy. -
Fabric of Culture Award.
3. Mr. Rick Marino Elvis imper-
sonator extraordinaire, and author
of the standard "Be Elvis" book,
also appeared in film; Honeymoon
in Las Vegas with James Caan and
Sarah Jessica Parker. Cultural
Innovator Award.
4. Mr. Steve Saracsen Arranger,
Composer, 1982 Worlds Fair per-
former and band member twenty-
two years with The Point After -
Fabric of Culture Award.
5. Mr. Sam Rivers Jazz flutist
currently the bandleader for the
RIVBEA orchestra, Orlando, FL -
Fabric of Culture Award.
7. Ms. Sharon Coon Founder of
Tot's N' Teens. Cultural Innovator
8. Ms. Janelle D. Wagoner -
Principal of LaVilla School of the
Arts for her continued contributions
to the furtherance of the arts with
her students during her lifetime. -
Cultural Innovator Award.

Oprah's Million Dollar Obama Shindig This Weekend

Oprah Winfrey has said she's not
interested in running for presi-
dent-but can she help elect one?
On Saturday afternoon, Winfrey
will throw the flashiest fund-raiser
of the 2008 cycle when she wel-
comes about 1,500 guests to her
Montecito, Calif., home to support
the candidacy of Barack Obama.
Tickets are sold out at $2,300 each,
the legal maximum for primary-
campaign giving. Hollywood stars

Will Smith, John Travolta, Jamie
Foxx and Halle Berry are all on the
guest list. Among the musicians
who'll perform: Stevie Wonder and
gospel singer BeBe Winans.
Oprah bonded with the Illinois
senator in 2005 when the pair flew
from Chicago to Houston together
to visit Hurricane Katrina refugees.
Younger actors and executives in
black Hollywood tend to support
Obama; older figures support

Hillary Clinton. But the Oprah tick-
et is so hot that some on the fence
are contributing the maximum any-
way. "Are you kidding?" says
actress Holly Robinson Peete. "If
she invites you somewhere, you
go." Still, that doesn't mean all of
Oprah's friends are attending.
Producer Quincy Jones, a longtime
pal who's even named a wing of his
home after Oprah, is co-hosting a
Clinton bash on Sept. 14.

Africa's Last Absolute Monarch Continues Controversial

Traditions of Polygamy and Dictatorship in Swaziland

King Mswati III of Swaziland has
absolute power and is Africa's
last absolute monarch.
Continued from page 11
"Here we have a problem: the
King has all powers vested in him,"

said Jan Sithole, secretary-general
of the Swaziland Federation of
Trade Unions. "We want the King
to reign but not to rule."
Last month King Mswati, 39,
insisted: "I want to stress that polit-
ical parties remain banned until the
people of Swaziland say so."
Mr Sithole said a multi-party vote
was "the only way we believe that
the voices of the voiceless will be
heard". "Just like apartheid was
lawful in South Africa but it was an
unjust system, our system continues
to undermine and deny the rights to
self-determination of the Swazi
people," he said.
Mario Masuku, president of the
banned People's United Democratic
Movement, Pudemo, has been

arrested several times and faced
charges of treason and sedition.
"We don't want a benevolent dic-
tator," he said, pointing out that the
King had sought $45 million to buy
a private jet at a time when hun-
dreds of thousands of people need-
ed food aid. "That's his weakness,
he likes women and he likes money,
irrespective of the obtaining eco-
nomic conditions."
But while donors and investors
have expressed concern about the
slow pace of democratic reform, it
is difficult to estimate the true
extent of opposition in Swaziland,
particularly outside urban centres.
The dancers far outnumbered
those who went on strike a few
weeks ago, although opposition fig-

ures say rural families have no
choice but to send their daughters to
participate, as they can be fined a
cow if they do not.
Ntombi Nkosi, president of the
Ngwane National Liberatory
Congress Women's League,
described the reed dance as the
apex of a patriarchal system that
contributes heavily to Swaziland's
devastating HIV/Aids epidemic.
The country is believed to have the
highest rate of infection in the
world, with two in every five preg-
nant women carrying the virus. Life
expectancy has halved, to just over
30, since 1999. A baby born in
Swaziland today has almost a 75
per cent chance of dying before 40.

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