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Black Firefighter Settles Bias Suit for
$1.43 Million Against City of L.A.
LOS ANGELES The city will pay $1.43 million to settle claims by a
black firefighter who said he suffered harassment and discrimination
after co-workers served him spaghetti laced with dog food.
The settlement between the city and Tennie Pierce was reached before
the firefighter's lawsuit was to go to trial this week.
Under the terms of the deal, Pierce will receive about $60,000 in back
pay. He has been on unpaid leave and agreed to resign from the Fire
Department and drop all claims against the city.
Pierce sued the city in 2005 after fellow firefighters mixed dog food
into his spaghetti dinner. He said he suffered retaliation for reporting the
incident as well as verbal slurs, insults and derogatory remarks, includ-
ing taunting by firefighters "barking like dogs (and) asking him how dog
Pierce's claim was one of several lawsuits alleging a pattern of harass-
ment and discrimination against women or minorities working for the
The cases have cost taxpayers more than $15 million since 2005,
including a record $6.2 million judgment to Brenda Lee, a black lesbian
firefighter who said she was taunted and retaliated against for complain-
Reilly Expresses Shock at "clean
and articulate" Black Businesses
Before visiting a Black-owned restaurant in
Harlem, Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly apparently
had a pretty bad opinion about Black folks.
On his Sept. 19 radio show, told his listeners that
he had recently gone out to dinner with the Rev. Al
Sharpton and was shocked to find Black restau-
rants just like White ones.
"I couldn't get over the fact that there was no dif-
ference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other
restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exact-
ly the same, even though it's run by Blacks, prima-
rily Black patronship."
"There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, '&*^&, I
want more iced tea,'" O'Reilly said, adding, "You know, I mean, every-
body was it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white
suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering
and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."
But the shock for Bill-0 didn't stop there.
He told listeners that he couldn't get over how clean and articulate we
are, stating, "I think black Americans are starting to think more and more
Jury Selection Begins in Boot
Camp Death of Florida Teen
Panama City,FL Chanting demonstrators carried photographs of a
dead teenager as jury selection began Monday for the manslaughter trial
of seven boot camp guards and a nurse who are charged in his death.
Martin Lee Anderson was 14 when he died in January 2006 after being
taken to a hospital from the now-closed Bay County Juvenile Camp.
He had been sent to the camp for a probation violation and became
lethargic during a physical fitness test shortly after arriving. An exercise
yard videotape shows seven guards repeatedly hitting the boy with their
fists and knees. The camp nurse is accused of watching but doing noth-
ing during most of the 30-minute encounter.
By midmorning, 50 potential jurors had answered initial questions and
nearly all said they had seen at least part of the video on television. They
were not automatically dismissed if they had seen the video; some were
dismissed for knowing the guards or Anderson's family.
The original autopsy on Anderson, conducted by the Bay County med-
ical examiner, attributed his death to natural complications of sickle cell
trait, a genetic blood disorder. After an outcry from Anderson's family
and the public, his body was exhumed and a second autopsy by another
doctor found he had suffocated.
Gingrich to Repubican Colleagues:
Skipping Forum is a Mistake
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said this week that top tier
Republican presidential candidates are making a mistake by skipping a
forum focused on issues of importance to black voters.
Gingrich, in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America," urged
the leading candidates to reconsider their decision not to participate in a
forum this week at Baltimore's Morgan State University to be moderated
by talk show host Tavis Smiley and aired by PBS.
"I'm puzzled by their decision. I can't speak for them. I think it's a mis-
take. I wish they would change their minds they still have a few days
- and I wish they would in fact go to the debate Thursday night," said
Gingrich, who is considering entering the race for the GOP nomination.
The top four candidates in the GOP race former New York Mayor
Rudy Giuliani, former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Arizona Sen.
John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney all
declined to participate in the forum citing scheduling conflicts.
"I think Republicans could have, if they had the nerve to do it, a tremen-
dous message," Gingrich said. "There are a lot of good cases to be made
that the African-American community has been hurt more by the failures
of government than any other community."
Volume 21 No. 28 Jacksonville, Florida September 27 October 3, 2007
Shown above (L-R) are Willard Payne, Tyrell Andrews (top) Linwood
Kirkland, Dr. Ronald Fennel and Mitchell Jackson at the event.
Man to Man
Jacksonville business, civic and spiritual leaders joined with former col-
lege and professional athletes to present a one day intensive mentoring ses-
sion with over 500 area youth. The brainchild of School board member
Brenda Priestly Jackson and other politicos, participants had a first hand
chance to ask questions and be exposed to many of the opportunities and
heartaches that await their future as Black men and as potential profes-
sional athletes. For more, see page 5.
Jena,La Teen Remains in Jail While Law Increases Security
for Threatened Families in Millenium Civil Rights Fight
A Jena, Louisiana teen remains
locked up, though his aggravated
second-degree battery charges were
thrown out more than a week ago
and the only juvenile charge now
being considered is conspiracy,
according to persons familiar with
Published accounts last week stat-
ed that bond had been denied for
Mychal Bell, the only one of six
black teens dubbed the Jena Six to
be tried and convicted following a
Dec. 4 fight with a white school-
Authorities have increased patrols
in and around Jena amid concerns
over the safety of the families
involved in the case of theb six
No sooner did the estimated
25,000 thousand crowd of African
American demonstrators depart the
racially tense town of Jena, La., last
week after protesting perceived
injustices than white supremacists
started calling for violence.
First a neo-Nazi website posted
the names, addresses and phone
numbers of some of the six black
teenagers and their families at the
center of the Jena Six case, as it has
come to be known, and urged fol-
lowers to find them and "drag them
out of the house," prompting an
investigation by the FBI.
Then the leader of a white
supremacist group in Mississippi
published interviews that he con-
ducted with the mayor of Jena and
the white teenager who was
attacked and beaten, allegedly by
the six black youths. In those inter-
views, the mayor, Murphy
McMillin, praised efforts by pro-
white groups to organize counter-
demonstrations; the teenager, Justin
Barker, urged white readers to
An estimated 25,000 demonstrators converged on the tiny town of
Jena, La (pop. 2,971) in the controversial case.
"realize what is going on, speak up Bell, the only teen to have been
and speak their mind." tried so far, saying he couldn't be
A state appeals court recently set tried as an adult on that charge. He
aside the aggravated second-degree remained in jail pending a possible
battery conviction against, Mychal appeal by prosecutors.
Monthly State of the Race Conferences Taking a Grass
Roots Approach to Aiding Minority
In the midst of Black on Black ..
crime, foreclosures permeating the ..
community and a lack of hands on .. .
approaches to assisting our city's
ills, a grassroots think tank has qui-
etly been meeting to assess the, .
'state of the race' in Jacksonville.
The informal group, which meets
monthly at the Highlands Library is .
open to all willing to listen, learn .,
and share. They recently held their 0:.. 00
fourth State of the Race Conference
focusing specifically on African- ,
Americans in Jacksonville.
According to the Conference's ini- ./ .-
tiator, Diallo Sekou, the goal of the .. ., ",. .' '
meetings are to create an "air of
activism." The overall objective is Former city council hopeful Irvin "Pedro" Cohen speaks on the w
to bring together people who are to approach Jacksonvilles youth, with Lafayette Williams and Ba
willing to help bring about change Katembo listening.
in a city so desperate for help. among other things, tie our people who they are, the historical achi
"This is all designed to help back into the cultural aspects of ments and give our children
young adults a vision to believe and
invest in." said Sekou.
Among this month's topics ofdis-
cussion were the education system
in Duval County, self identity and
Baruti Katembo stressed self
responsibility when it comes to
Black youth in the school system.
"We must begin creating proper
models for education ourselves, we
also must do more to correcting the
ills ourselves," stated Katembo.
The increasing murders at the
hands of African-Americans were
"Jacksonville has the largest
rays amount of people incarcerated in
ruti the state and more people on Death
Row from Duval County on death
eve- row, these things must be exposed,"
and said Malachi Beyah.
Four Fla. Teens Charged with
Beating of Black FIU Student
Miami, FL Four teenagers have police reports.
been charged with a hate crime, The three college students were
accused of the beating and overwhelmed by their attackers.
attempted drowning of a black Barrett was knocked into the
college student at Haulover Beach Intracoastal, and several teens
Park Marina in south Florida over tried holding his head under water,
the weekend. according to police reports.
After calling him the N-word, the A man fishing nearby called
teens beat Florida International police. Another partygoer ran off
University freshman Stephen and flagged down an officer writ-
Barrett with a baseball bat and ing a traffic ticket on Collins
tried to drown him in the Avenue.
Intracoastal Waterway, Miami- Charged with a hate crime, bat-
Dade police said. tery and attempted felony murder:
The suspects in the attack range Miguel Aranda, 18, and Gilberto
in age from 15 to 18. Maakaroun, 17, a North Miami
All had attended a keg party at an Beach High student.
island in the middle of the Charged with a hate crime and
Intracoastal. About 1 a.m. Sunday, battery: Nicholas Checa, 15, and
Barrett and two other FIU dorm Marino Biondini, 17.
mates were on a boat headed back Florida's hate-crime laws were
to Haulover Marina when the enacted in 1989 after a rash of
driver of the boat said it was over- vandalism at Jewish synagogues.
loaded. A person charged with a hate
"Get off the boat, N-----," the crime faces a more severe penalty.
teens said to Barrett, according to
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thing to share with others, a gift to
give, a role to play. When you
empower someone with your
gifts, you are doing no more than
helping that person realize that
basic human need to be of value
and significance in the world.
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to listen to others with an open
The more you listen, the more
value you communicate to others.
The more value you communi-
cate, the more others feel empow-
ered and drawn to you. The more
they are drawn to you, the more
they will do for you, which in turn
multiplies your efforts toward a
specific set of goals.
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empowering others to reach com-
mon goals. Skillful networkers
are constantly looking for ways to
be helpful, and finding the value
and good in people. They expect
no direct compensation.
Bottom Line: Without excep-
tion, the law of increasing returns
dictates that they will be repaid
tenfold over time.
NAACP Corporate Report Card
Adam's Mark and Loews B-
Intercontinental, Starwood, Hyatt,
and Carlson all had a C.
Wyndham Worldwide and Hilton
were given a C-.
Choice and Omni each received a
AT&T and Comcast B-
Cox Communications and
Time Warner Cable's C.
Charter Communications and
Sprint Corporation earned a C-.
T-Mobile F for no response
Wachovia Corporation and Bank
of America B
SunTrust Banks, Inc. and
Washington Mutual B-.
Some of the nation's largest com-
panies have made significant efforts
this year to increase their diversity,
but more initiatives are needed, a
report released last week by the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People
After 11 years of tracking diversi-
ty initiatives in major corporations,
the NAACP released the 2007 edi-
tion of the NAACP Consumer
Choice Guide. The guide graded 51
companies on a scale from an A+ to
Participating companies were
rated in employment, marketing,
charitable giving and supplier
diversity. The NAACP also
released a supplementary report,
Best Practices Diversity Guide,
which provides black consumers
with tools to make informed deci-
sions when purchasing products
Key Corporation, LaSalle Bank,
Wells Fargo Company and U.S.
Bancorp. Fifth Third Bank,
National City, Citigroup, Inc.,C+
PNC Financial C
J.P. Morgan Chase and Citizen's
Financial Group earned a C-.
J.C. Penney D+
Sears Roebuck and Company a
Dillard's and Target each earned
an F for their lack of participation.
Daimler Chrysler and Ford.
General Motors, BMW and
Hyundai with a C
Honda and Mitsubishi a C-.
Nissan received a D+
Volkswagen a D.
from surveyed companies.
Target, which refused to respond
to the survey for the third year in a
row, received all F's, while
Wachovia Corp., based in North
Carolina, received A's for charitable
giving and for communication and
marketing. Suntrust Banks, based in
Atlanta, followed closely in receiv-
ing an overall score of a B-.
Dennis. Hayes, NAACP interim
president and CEO, said that over
the years, corporations have been
doing better, but companies still can
"It has been clear that over a two-
to three-year period, these compa-
nies want to improve their diversity
initiatives," Hayes said at a news
The chairman of the NAACP's
National Board of Directors, Julian
Bond, urged people to hold Target
accountable for its refusal to partic-
Credit Q &A
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inquiries." How long do inquiries stay on my credit report, and how
can I get them removed?
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credit file. Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creditors must tell you
who has looked at your report in the past two years for employment rea-
sons, and the past six months for any other purpose. All inquiries are
generally reported for two years, but most creditors are interested in
those in the past six months. Keep in mind "promotional" inquiries
(used for preapproved credit screening) and consumer inquiries (when
you look at your own report) are not disclosed to anyone except you.
You can't get inquiries removed from your report. If you are a victim
of credit fraud, however, you can ask the credit reporting agency to sup-
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ipate in the survey.
"African Americans infuse an esti-
mated $700 billion into the
American economy annually,"
Hayes said. "It is time for corpora-
tions to understand that diversity
works and is good business sense."
Jay Everette, community affairs
manager with Wachovia, said the
company has taken the NAACP's
report so seriously that senior exec-
utives have been involved in assess-
ing the report's standards.
Make the Most of Your Pension
By Jason Alderman
Visa Financial Analyst
If you're among the nearly 44
million Americans eligible for an
employer-provided pension plan,
consider yourself lucky: Since
1980, such plans have decreased by
nearly 80 percent. And, while more
companies now offer 401(k) or
other plans, where employees
themselves fund some or all of the
savings, about half of Americans
have no employer-sponsored retire-
ment plan at all.
Probably the best retirement sav-
ings advice I'd offer is, "Don't put
all your eggs in one basket."
Between disappearing pension
plans, Social Security's uncertain
future and historically low personal
savings rates, your smartest move is
to save as much as you can, begin-
ning as soon as possible, and using
whatever means available whether
it's an employer plan, a traditional
or Roth IRA, or regular after-tax
If you do have pension benefits
through your current or past
employers, here are a few consider-
With traditional pensions, also
called defined benefit plans, your
employer sets aside and manages
money on your behalf and then
guarantees you a specific benefit
amount upon retirement. Your pen-
sion amount likely depends on
years of service, age at retirement
and your earnings at that job.
Your pension plan administrator
should provide a summary plan
description (SPD) that explains key
information such as vesting require-
ments, pension calculation formu-
las, payment options and more.
Carefully review it and if you don't
understand something, ask.
The administrator should also
send you an annual statement with
updated benefit estimates. Check it
for accuracy, especially the income
level used to calculate your benefit.
Also, let them know about any life
changes that may affect your bene-
fit, including marriage, divorce,
death of spouse, etc.
Review your plan documents to
make sure you understand the defi-
nitions of normal retirement age
(commonly 65), early retirement,
deferred retirement (working past
normal retirement age), spousal
death benefits (if you should die)
Home Sales Continue Spiral Down
Housing markets continued to
slump across the nation in August
as the number of existing homes
sold dropped for the sixth straight
month, according to the latest
report from the National
Association of Realtors.
Sales fell 4.3 percent from July to
a seasonally adjusted annualized
rate of 5.50 million. Sales have fall-
en 12.8 percent since last August's
pace of 6.31 million homes.
Lawrence Yun, senior economist
for NAR, blamed the current credit
crunch. "The unusual disruptions in
the mortgage market, including a
significant rise in jumbo loan rates,
resulted in a fairly high number of
postponed or cancelled sales, with
many buyers having to search for
other financing when loan commit-
ments fell through," he said in a
The slump pushed up the invento-
ry glut to 4.58 million existing
homes, an all-time high. There is
now a 10-month supply of homes
on the market.
Some positive news from NAR
was that prices broke a 12-month
decline. The national median exist-
ing-home price for all housing
types rose 0.2 percent to $224,500
in August from a year ago, when the
median was $224,000.
Foreclosures have soared during
the past year, more than doubling
since last year, according to
RealtyTrac, a marketer of fore-
closed properties, which has added
to the glut of inventory of home
With inventory at an all-time high,
the 10-month supply of homes has
not been topped since May 1989,
according to Mike Larson, a real
estate analyst with Weiss Research.
and what happens if you leave the
company before retirement age.
Make sure you understand the
different payment options available
to you. Because so much hinges on
choosing the right benefit payment
option, you may want to confer
with a financial advisor to deter-
mine which is best for your situa-
tion. Common payment options
Single life annuity: You receive
a fixed monthly benefit until you
die; then no further payments are
made to your survivors. Commonly,
if you're married, your spouse must
agree in writing to this option.
Qualified joint and survivor
annuity: You receive a fixed month-
ly benefit until death; then your sur-
viving spouse receives a benefit
(amounts vary among plans) until
his or her death.
Lump sum: Some plans allow
you to receive the entire value of
your benefit at retirement, with no
further payments. Then, it's up to
you to invest the money. Again,
consult a financial advisor before
choosing this option.
If you've held numerous jobs
throughout your career, keep track
of any pensions for which you may
be eligible. If you've lost track of
the company or it has gone out of
business, contact the Pension
Benefit Guaranty Corporation
(PBGC), the federal government
corporation that protects and guar-
antees pension plans, for assistance
Other good sources of informa-
tion on pensions and retirement
planning are AARP (www.aarp.org)
and Practical Money Skills for Life,
Bottom line: It's your retirement
future you need to actively man-
age how you're going to pay for it.
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Florida Democrats Ready to Battle
The state of Florida has certainly
had a unique history, especially as
it relates to campaigns and elec-
tions. Back in 2000, the state was
basically responsible for probably
the biggest controversy in
Presidential election history.
You may recall thousands of votes
were thrown out in Jacksonville
and other cities around the state -
most from predominately black
precincts, which happen to be
heavily Democratic areas.
From this unprecedented debacle,
George W. Bush became El
President, and the country's been
stuck in a ditch ever since.
Florida's Democratic Party (FDP)
is now making national headlines,
but not for pushing their agenda,
but for wanting an earlier primary
for the upcoming 2008 elections.
FDP leaders plan to hold the
Democratic Primary on January 29,
2008. This is a move that the
national party is dead set against.
In fact, national party leaders are so
against the move that they have
blocked the state delegation from
the 2008 Democratic convention.
Talk about being in a political
quagmire, this issue has escalated
into a major power struggle
amongst state and national party
leaders. State party officials are
saying that even if none of the
state's delegates were seated at the
convention next summer, the new
primary date would still help deter-
mine the nominee.
This is the type of infighting that
is certainly not beneficial to
Democrats and reinforces what
some political experts say is wrong
with the party not enough people
on the same page.
Surely there's some middle
The Democratic National
Committee voted last month to
strip Florida of its delegates unless
it decided by September 29 to obey
party rules and delay its primary
until February 5 or later.
Currently, Iowa, Nevada, New
Hampshire and South Carolina are
the only states that both national
parties allow to hold prudential
contests earlier than February 5.
The other side of the issue is the
candidate side. Under pressure
from the four states permitted to
hold contests in January, the major
Democratic candidates pledged not
to campaign in Florida if the pri-
mary was moved ahead.
So if the candidates stick to their
guns, we won't be seeing Senators
Clinton, Obama, Edwards and the
hand full of other candidates run-
ning for office in the Democratic
primary in the Sunshine State.
Well, at least not until the caucus
season is over.
State leaders feel like it's a calcu-
lated risk worth taking. Party
Chairman Karen Thurman said that
the primary during the January 29
election will ensure the largest pos-
sible turnout and avoid the feeling
and accusations of disenfranchise-
ment from Democrats still bitter
from the 2000 election.
At a news conference earlier this
week she said, "We came down on
the side of having a fair and open
It also came down to the law.
Earlier this year, the Florida
Legislature voted to schedule pri-
maries for January 29. The ration-
ale was mostly centered on the
feeling that the state deserved a
more prominent role in choosing
This is a notion that makes sense
because Florida's Republican and
Democratic primaries have histori-
cally been held in March. By the
time Floridians vote, the candidate
who will eventually get the party
nod has locked up the nomination
because of all of the other primar-
ies ahead of Florida.
In the past I have been very criti-
cal of the local and state
Democratic Party, but I must give
them some acknowledgement for
standing their ground. Party leaders
are saying that holding a primary a
week before February 5, when
some 25 states are set to vote,
would ensure that national atten-
tion is focused on Florida regard-
less of whether its delegates are
seated at the national convention.
Florida's entire Democratic
Congressional delegation support-
ed the party's decision, however,
like most politicians they left room
In fact, a letter from U.S. Senator
Bill Nelson and Rep. Alcee
Hastings to the DNC states, "On
January 29 there will be multiple
elections and other important
issues on the ballot in Florida,
whether the DNC recognizes the
vote or not."
The letter adds, for the sake of
the National Democratic Party, we
respectfully request that you lift the
sanctions against Florida Doing
so may also help to avoid a legal
challenge based on voter rights vs.
political party rules."
Nelson and Hasting continue, "In
return, Democratic legislative lead-
ers in Florida will try one more
time in the upcoming special ses-
sion to convince the Republican-
controlled Legislature to move the
state's primary back to a date
acceptable to the DNC."
Now is that an olive branch, con-
cession or false compromise?
Doesn't matter, it looks like the
courts will end up deciding this
issue, but again I applaud the state
party for seemingly holding their
"Men must not only know, they
must act," stated W.E.B. Du Bois.
Signing off from a not so official
state Democratic Convention,
One Million Strong Where Are They Now P
by James Klingman
Having seen how Black people
are mistreated in country, not only
historically but presently, I thought
about that gloriously perfect day on
which more than one million strong
Black men stood on Washington's
Mall loving, trusting, and respect-
ing one another. I thought about
those I met that day, not having
seen them since, and relished the
notion of over one million strong
Black men coming to the rescue of
our children, as in the case of the
William Mayo, who has sat in a
Georgia prison for 15 years for
something he did not do; I smiled
at the thought of us standing up for
Genarlow Wilson, also in a Georgia
jail; I beamed as the image of our
brothers taking up the mantle of the
Jena Six shot through my mind.
Where are they now, I wondered.
In the 11 years since "The"
Million Man March (MMM), we
have seen many events that contin-
ue to let us know our lives are less
valued than the lives of others. We
have seen murders, abuse, beat-
downs, abandonment, injustice,
and intimidation by the authorities
and by regular citizens of this
country against Black people.
We have been given a reality
check, and the point has been
made, repeatedly and with empha-
sis, that we do not count. Even
when we returned from the MMM,
the media said we were only
425,000 strong, obviously they
were still counting each of us as
three-fifths of a man. Where are
those men now?
The abuse of Black life is not
waning, rather it is on the rise, from
both outsiders and insiders, those
who hate us and those among us
who are acting just plain foolish
and trifling. We are being killed
and imprisoned at an alarming rate
while we stand idly by in our
respective cities and do little or
nothing to curtail the violence
against ourselves and the violence
perpetrated against us by this evil
corrupt system under which we'
live. Where are the million strong?
The newest and latest weapon of
choice for zealous police officers,
which is also the huge money-mak-
ing machine for crooks like Rudi
Giuliani's boy, Bernard Kerik and
others, the infamous 50,000-volt
"portable electric chair" known as
the Taser, has killed Black folks
across the country. We failed to
come out by the millions to protest
this so-called less-than-deadly
weapon, and now there are actually
laws on the books that allow it to
be used on 7-year-old children.
I must admit though, now that a
couple of White folks have been
abused by it, one in Washington
DC and the other in Warren, Ohio,
there may be something done about
these police "toys." But you know
the saying, "Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak
up." Sooner or later, if you do not
speak up for others, trouble will
find its way to your door.
"Whoever shuts his ears to the cry
of the poor, will also cry himself
and not be heard." Proverbs 21:13
In light of all of the dreadful sta-
tistics relating to Black people in
this country, as pointed out in
recent article by Hazel Trice Edney,
NNPA Editor-in-Chief, if we ever
needed a million strong Black men
(and women) we definitely need
them now. Where are they?
Here is the call. If you attended
the MMM, if you supported the
MMM, if you wanted to go to the
MMM and could not, if you partic-
ipated in some of the post MMM
initiatives, if you were a young
man and could not attend the
MMM because of school, I want
you to do something now. You are
10 years older and, I trust, 10 years
wiser, 10 years more experienced,
10 years more committed, and 10
years tired of the rhetoric regarding
"what we need to do." Believe it or
not, you are part of the group that
will take Black people to a higher
level of responsibility, respect, and
commensurate action vis-a-vis
those statistics Sister Edney wrote
about in her article.
I want you to go two websites:
call 1-866-200-3174) and
begin the process of recapturing the
strength and resolve of one million
Black men who were so intimidat-
ing that the federal government vir-
tually shutdown the day we came
to town. This time, however, I want
us to demonstrate that same
strength by turning it into real
power, not just influence but gen-
uine power. How? First by register-
ing and letting us know who you
are, where you are and what you
are doing. Second, even though it's
late notice, consider coming to the
national "gathering" at the Dudley
Manufacturing and Convention
Complex in Kernersville, North
Carolina on October 12-14. Call
773-779-3334 for information or
see the Bring Back Black website.
Finally, I want you to recommit,
not only to the spirit of what we
had in DC eleven years ago, but
also to the actual charge to leave
that place and do something to help
our people. The first step in that
"doing" phase is to reconnect and
then stay connected, followed by
an action that will demonstrate that
Black is Back! Surely one million
of us can do something collectively
by aggregating our resources in
support of one another, by sharing
information and working coopera-
tively to take control of our destiny,
and by standing up to this unright-
eous system and not only saying
"enough is enough" but really
showing that we mean it. Where
are the million strong? Where are
B n ssf xh
S' Shutup and Dance
.- ', Would you pay for a lavish Las Vegas trip for
.. \your favorite presidential candidate's campaign
staff members? If you say "no" then there are
things you need to know about real political life
in America. Start with the old axiom: "He who pays the piper calls the
tune". What this means to African American voters who think their vote in
this system means something: "If you aren't in on the front end of the
process when it comes to presidential politics you are regulated to dancing
to the tune of somebody's else's music and their issues".
To examine the value of money in real American politics take note of the
Bill and Hillary Clinton's "Chinese Connection. To celebrate Hillary
Rodham Clinton's 2006 Senatorial reelection victory in New York,
Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu treated members of her campaign staff
to several days at the glitzy Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas,
complete with free show tickets and dinners at posh restaurants. Now,
because Hsu has been found to be a fugitive from justice, Clinton's presi-
dential campaign is returning $850,000 to 260 donors recruited by him.
The FBI is investigating whether Hsu paid "straw donors" to send her con-
tributions. The amount the campaign identified as raised by Hsu would
make him one of the top fundraisers in the $52 raised from individual con-
The Hsu case illustrates how Asians have adapted to the currency of
American politics. If you are not funding campaigns of candidates what
can you expect of them after they are in office? What can you expect to be
done about the low quality education in urban schools if you don't get the
candidate's agreement at the outset? How can you expect elected officials
to do something about the violent crimes in our cities, black unemployment
rates that consistently double those of whites and mandatory minimum sen-
tences that keep blacks crowding prisons and decimating their families and
communities? People like Hsu know what African Americans don't seem
to be able to get a grip on.
Blacks can't seem to grasp the basics. We think we're "empowered"
because voter registrations are up. But the truth is, because we don't
engage as campaign contributions, our votes are disenfranchised long
before Election Day. Money steers America's election processes. The Hsu
case shows that campaign money not votes is the actual currency of
American democracy. People like Hsu, mostly white males, determine
who runs for office, who wins and who blows into the ears of elected offi-
cials. Candidates who raise the most campaign cash, more often than not,
go on to win their elections.
The influence of money in the selection of candidates is a racial divide
too many blacks willingly ignore. While African Americans comprise up
to 25 percent of votes in some districts, we comprise less than 1 percent of
donors that finance campaigns. In the end, a tiny and wealthy elite of
donors is more equal; from the wages they earn, taxes they pay, to the qual-
ity of the schools their children attend and the air they breathe. Money
raised by federal candidates comes from less than 2 percent of the popula-
tion. This narrow, wealthy class is 99 percent white and calls the tunes can-
didates, and voters, dance to.
Polls say that New York Senator Hillary is the leading presidential candi-
date among African American voters. But, if you aren't among the 1,200
donors who contribute to her campaign each day, what access do you have
to her and input on her presidential platform? Chances are you are among
those standing on the sidelines, rooting for her and hoping she gets into the
General Election so that you can vote for her in November 2008.
African Americans' level of political empowerment is regulated to
accepting who the money people put forward, as well as their issues. If we
aren't in the "In Crowd" at the beginning, after the elections we get short
shifted. Correcting inequities we suffer in employment, justice, education
and prejudices in our daily lives, requires blacks to stop dancing and
change the tune.
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SLittle Rock Nine Mark 50th Anniversary
Jackson 10th grader Richard Freeman has a one on JTA Executive Director Michael Blaylock detailed
one session with Charles Griggs. his path to being a multi-million dollar CEO.
Mini Summit Teaches Students What it
Takes to Be Successful Athletes and Men
One on one, man to man, 450+
Jacksonville youth participated in a
one day conference to address both
Black males and athletes. The Paul
Robeson Scholar Athlete Summit,
the brainchild of School Board
member Brenda Priestly Jackson,
brought together both athletic and
civic leaders for a face to face
The seven hour summit, head-
quartered at the Schultz Center got
off to an 8 a.m. start by presider
Cassius Priestly. Priestly, a former
high school All American athlete
went on to Grambling with a full
scholarship. He is senior vice presi-
dent and manager of the Business
Banking Group at SunTrust Bank,
Greater Washington Region.
Priestly drew upon his experience
as an athlete and a scholar as he
guided the program literally telling
the youth how they can use what
they got to get what they want.
Throughout the morning, partici-
pants heard addresses from Bishop
Vaugh McLaughlin, Sen. Tony Hill,
Brenda Priestly Jackson and special
guest speaker Dr. Brandon Martin,
Associate Athletic Director at the
University of Southern California.
His topic of discussion was
"Factors that Facilitate Academic
Success for Scholar Athletes"
which was followed by questions
In addition to Martin, Fulton
County Commission Chairman
(and Raines Class of 1979 gradu-
ate) Dr. John Eaves also addressed
the youth on Ethical Leadership.
A highlight of the summit was the
"working lunch". Businessman
such as entrepreneur Willard Payne
and JTA CEO Michael Blaylock
joined former homegrown NFL ath-
letes and talent like former tennis
pro Mali Vai Washington at tables
of six to have face to face commu-
nication with the youth.
The lunch was followed by break-
out sessions including: NCAA
Eligibility Requirements; Getting
Connected and Motivating Scholar
Athletes to be the Leaders of the
FRE PESSPRP WTC
LITTLE ROCK The Little Rock
Nine, who as students were escort-
ed by federal soldiers into the all-
white Central High School because
they were black, marveled at the
celebrity-like fanfare they received
on the 50th anniversary of the event
this week. But they cautioned that
racial divides still exist.
"In spite of the progress that's been
talked about today, it is not nearly
enough for me," said Terrence
Roberts, a member of the group
greeted with standing ovations.
About 4,500 people gathered on
the front lawn of the city campus,
where the high school is now 52
percent black, to commemorate one
of the key moments in the civil
Former President Clinton, who
held Central's doors open for the
group as they arrived for the two
hour ceremony, challenged this
U.S. Veteran Sollie Mitchell
Sollie Mitchell will be one of sev-
eral First Coast WWII veterans fea-
tured in the upcoming documen-
tary, "War Stories from the First
Coast". The locally produced show
documents the personal experi-
ences and stories of First Coast
WWII veterans. Rich in detail,
their stories bring the war vividly
to life for viewers of all ages.
WJCT mixes recent local veteran
interviews with rare World War II
archival footage to present this cap-
The documentary premieres
October 16th at 9p.m. on WJCT
Nine students who in 1957 integrated Little Rock Central High School,
from left, Thelma Mothershed Wair, Minnijean Brown Trickey,
Jefferson Thomas, Terrence Roberts, Carlotta Waills LaNier, Gloria
Ray Karlmark, Ernest Green, Elizabeth Eckford, and Melba Patillo
Beals attend 50th anniversary commemoration of the event at the
school in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007.
year's senior class to address "I'm grateful we had a Supreme
inequality in health services, eco- Court that saw 'separate but equal'
nomics and the justice system. and 'states' rights' for the shams
Clinton said Eisenhower had a they were, hiding our desire to
duty to step in after the U.S. oppress African-Americans,"
Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Clinton said. "And I am grateful
Board of Education ruling that said more than I can say that we had a
segregated schools were unconsti- president who was determined to
tutional. enforce the order of the court."
Onyx Magazine Preparing for 2008 Awards
Onyx Magazine, Florida's choice for a Magazine of color, is preparing for
the annual 2008 Awards Gala. The committed, which selects the nominat-
ed honorees and organizes the gala, have been meeting for the past 6
months in preparation for the October 12th Affair.
Shown above, Honorary Chair Dr. James B. Sampson, President of the
Florida National Baptist Convention, joined other committed members
(standing, left to right) at the recent planning meeting held Monday
evening at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Shown are: Dr. James B. Sampson,
Rita E. Perry, Publisher, Jacksonville Free Press; Ms. Marjorie Cody, T. J.
Jackson, of the Jacksonville Visitors & Convention Bureau; Ms. Sandra
Haynes, of Golden Coral Corporation; and Ms. Sandy Choate, City
Council Laison; and Mr. Ben Davis. Seated:. Ms. Jean Reddick, David
Williams, 2007 Chairman; and Dr. Theresa B. Hodge, 2008 Onyx Awards
Jackson High School Cheerleaders Shown above are Jacksonville Varsity Cheerleaders (L-R) Danchelle Jones,
Angelica Eliam, Shanequa Taylor, Tomi Dada, Ashley Roundtree, Shanteal Sapp, Maranna Walden, Edwina
Emanuel, Asiah Williams, Taylor Wilkes, Shaneta Oliver, Brione Allen, Brooklynn Miles and Erica Middleton.
Unfortunately their enthusiasm wasn't enough to keep their team from being defeated by Bishop Kenny 15- 17.
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Gregg Temple AME to Hold Come
Together Day September 29th
Gregg Temple AME Church, 1510 West 45th Street will hold
Community-wide "Come Together Day" 1 la.m.to 4 p.m. Saturday
September 29, 2006;. Sponsored by the ACP Youth Council "STOP
Campaign Mock N-Word Funeral. Health and Community Service
Organizations are invited, For information, call 766-1139.
L. R. Burns Choral to hold Reunion at
Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ
The L. R. Bums Choral will hold their 1st Reunion, Saturday, September
29, 2007, at the True-Way Church of the Risen Christ, 2297 Edison Avenue,
Rev. Elwyn Jenkins, Pastor. This will be the L. R. Bums "First Good Old
Fashion Gospel Singing Reunion since they first performed at Easter
Sunrise Service at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, under the
Pastorship of The Late Samuel Dozier Davis.
The L. R. Bums Choral will present a program of Spirituals, Hymns,
Gospel and Songs. The community is invited.
Genesis Missionary Baptist to hold
Building Fund Program, Sept. 30th
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuff Ave., Rev.
Calvin 0. Honors, Pastor; will hold a Building Fund Program, Sunday,
September 30, 2007, at 5 p.m. The community is invited.
Rev. Leon Washington, Pastor of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church,
Kinlaw, Georgia; will deliver the Spoken Word. The Choir of Evergreen
Missionary Baptist Church, will render the service in song.
St. Gabriel to Celebrate Patronal Feast
Churches and the community are invited to join St. Gabriel's Episcopal
Church, 5235 Moncrief Road as they celebrate their Annual Patronal Feast
at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2007. The Guest Speaker, Reverend
Robert Taylor, will address the theme: "Power to Serve."
Garden of Gethsemane Fellowship
to Celebrate 29th Anniversary
The Founder, Minister Shirley Baker, Officers and Members of the
Garden of Gethsemane Fellowship Inc., 9804 Norfolk Blvd.; invite the
Community to join them for their 29th Anniversary Celebration on
Saturday, October 27, 2007, at the Holiday Inn, Commonwealth Ave. & I-
295. Rev. Xenobia Poitier Anderson, a graduate of Sandalwood High
School; and currently a school principal in Stuart, Florida; will be the cele-
bratory speaker. Sis. Katherine E. McGahee, Chairperson.
Faith Based Northside Organization Christian Poets Contest
Incd A ian flnif r -am di n lf Tt
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Play in the 2nd Annual "Tournament of Unity", sponsored by the
Northside Community Involvement Inc., (NCI), Charlie McClendon,
President; at the World Golf Village, St. Augustine. Florida; Saturday,
October 13, 2007. The Tournament will be an 18-hole best ball, captain's
choice or scramble game. Enter your 4-man team today, for this one-day
event. Team packages include tee prizes, refreshments, special awards cer-
emony, and a barbeque.
Optional practice round is available on Friday. This event is open to all
golfers both men and women. Call (904) 355-6923, for reservations.
"Turning Dreams into Reality" is the motto of the Northside Com-muni-
ty Involvement Inc.. The NCI is a 501(3)C organization. The purpose of the
NCI is to continue to help parents provide their children a place to be safe,
do their homework, receive tutoring, build character, and spend time with
people that are committed to their success.
Plans are underway to develop programs to serve individuals and fami-
lies. NCI functions with contributions from personal donors, grants, volun-
teers and in-kind services. All donations are tax deductible.
Fort Lauderdale Hosting International
Women in Ministry Conference
The third annual Women in
Ministry International (WIMIN)
Conference will be held at the
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort &
Spa in Greater Fort Lauderdale,
October 20-24. The event is antici-
pated to draw up to 400 influential
religious leaders of color to the des-
tination, continuing its role as a
prime locale for both religious and
minority meetings and conventions.
Women in Ministry International is
an advocacy, mentoring and congre-
gation placement movement for
Black, Latina and Native American
religious leaders. The annual con-
ference is a gathering of women in
church stewardship from around the
world, presenting an opportunity to
share experiences and learn from
each other through forums, group
discussion and presentations from
some of the profession's most expe-
rienced women of faith. This year's
conference, themed "Sisters
Soaring to Success," will be hosted
by Reverend Suzan Johnson Cook,
an accomplished author and a senior
pastor at the Believers Christian
Fellowship in New York City.
Once the gospel complex is com-
pleted, Women in Ministry
International plans to establish a
headquarters at the site, giving the
organization a permanent home in
Greater Fort Lauderdale.
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ASSEMBLY OF GOD
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, September 30th
"What the Holy Spirit Will Do For You!"
*Stop the Blame Game and Go After God*
Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins
Depression is Not Fun Come Sunday and
P 'tor SLearn Some Biblical Tips on How to Dig Yourself Out
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The Christian Fine Arts Society is offering a $1,000 grand prize in a spe-
cial religious poetry contest. There are 50 prizes in all. "We think great reli-
gious poems can inspire achievement," says Lavender Aurora, contest
director. Poems can be written on any subject, using any style, as long as
there is a spiritual influence. A typical poem may be a love poem, or poems
of praise, or inspiration.
Send one poem of 21 lines or less to FREE POETRY CONTEST, 1012
Beechwood Dr., Nappanee, IN 46550. Or enter online at www.freecon-
test.com. The deadline for entering is april 21, 2007. Be sure your Name
and Address appears on the page with your poem.
Disciples of Christ
* A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *
Lord's Supper )
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:email@example.com
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly 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.
Seeking the lost for Christ
MNatthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
S:O0 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesdayy 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
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
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Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance
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SNew Book Unleashes the Truth About Being a Pastor's Wife
Candle A. Price
Candie A. Price, a pastor's wife
of seventeen years, explores the
angst and ambiguity surrounding
the role and expectations of the
pastor's wife in her new book, First
Lady: The Real Truth, A Practical
Approach to an Ambiguous Role.
Price, whose husband, Rev.
Arthur Price, Jr., currently pastors
the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church in Birmingham, AL, pro-
vides insights from a personal and
biblical perspective in this candid
book about the lives of pastor's and
Price's life changed forever when
her husband accepted the call to go
into full-time ministry over fifteen
years ago. "I was waiting for some-
one to say, "Baby, this is what you
need to do...this is what you should
prepare for. But no one ever did.
Many women don't know what to
expect when their husbands are
called into ministry. What does this
mean for her? What should she
prepare for? This book will help
with those questions," says Price.
She offers biblical responses to
many issues relevant to the pas-
tor's/minister's wives' lifestyle,
including but not limited t
* What is God's purpose for your
life as a pastor's/minister's wife?
How do you balance church
How do you deal with the man
of God when he is in sin?
Do you have to be involved in
the ministry to be an effective pas-
How do you handle loneliness?
The Prices have served in two
congregations and have approxi-
mately fifteen years full-time min-
istry experience. "It is my desire
that everyone that reads this book
will come away with a greater
understanding of the commitment
and sacrifices that it takes to serve
God's people. In all reality this is
not just a book for pastor's and
their wives, but it can also serve as
a guide for everyone already
involved or attempting to be
involved in church leadership."
First Lady: The Real Truth is
available online via
through Faith By Hearing
Publishing Group, P. 0. Box 1994,
Birmingham, AL 35202.
Mt. Moriah Celebrates Women's Day The congregation of Mt. Moriah AME Church
held their annual Women's Day last weekend celebrating the under the theme of "Women Walking for Jesus for
a Purpose". Shown above at the occasion are (L-R) Weltonia Murray, Rev. G.C. DeSue, First Lady Vanessa DeSue
and Valerie Russ of Payne Chapel AME. R. Silver Photo
Black Adoption: Are We Taking Care of Our Own?
Angelina Jolie did it. As did
Steven Spielberg. So did Tom
Cruise and Nicole Kidman when
they were married.
Celebrity aside, what the above
individuals have in common is that
they are white and adopted black
children. Though images of Jolie
and her multi-cultural brood are
common, statistically, the rate of
children being adopted outside of
their race is small (only 1% of
whites adopt black children.)
According to the Department of
Health and Human Services, tens of
thousands of nonwhite children are
waiting for adoptive families, and
many have remained in foster care
for at least two years. Of the
525,000 children in foster care, 45
percent are African American.
These mostly black or biracial
children are considered "special
needs" by adoption professionals --
meaning the children are hard to
place. The designation has nothing
to do with their mental or physical
health or their emotional tempera-
ment. The majority of children who
need to be adopted are black; most
are teens languishing in foster care
until they age out at 18.
Since 1972, the National
Association of Black Social
Workers (NABSW) has taken the
position that black children are best
served by being placed with black
families. After that point, rates of
"transracial" adoption declined
(children whose race differs from
The Federal government views
this as discriminatory, and in 1994,
passed the Multiethnic Placement
Act (MEPA), which prohibits any
agency from delaying or denying
the placement of a child on the
basis of the race, color, or national
origin of the adoptive parent or the
"This has been a hotly charged
issue since the '60s," says
Hochman. "So agencies stepped
back and said we should look at this
and prompted a spate of studies
almost all of which showed -- based
on the measurements they were
using -- that [kids transracially
adopted] were doing just fine. On
the other hand, some of these chil-
dren said if I had my preference, I
would have preferred to live with
same race family."
The NABSW notes that of the two
million Black children who are
being reared by relatives (without
the presence of either parent), 20
percent are in foster care, and the
other 80 percent are in informal
Regardless of MEPA, there is still
a strong effort to have black chil-
dren in foster care placed with
black families. For several years,
there has been a concerted effort to
loosen the criteria for black fami-
lies whether it is single adults,
working class folks or seniors.
Also, many adoption agencies have
tried to diversify their staffs.
In 1981, Catholic Priest Father
George Clements instituted the
"One Church, One Child" program
at the predominantly black Holy
Angelina Jolie and daughter Zahara (left) and Tom Cruise with son
Connor (right) are both participants od multicultural adoptions.
Angels Church in Chicago.
Clements became the first priest to
adopt children (he went on to adopt
four); his program is now in 35
states and has placed over 100,000
children with families.
"There's a tremendous need for
the black community to respond to
the needs of black children who are
in foster care," says Arie Sailor,
Executive Director of One Church
One Child Florida. "Historically,
the black church has been the focal
point of the black community, so if
you want to get the black folks, you
need to go to the black church."
Sailor's chapter of OCOC pro-
vides services to the community
through speaking engagements
throughout the state, and some-
times sending photos and informa-
tion for posts in church bulletins,
with an emphasis on trying to keep
sibling groups together.
"If we could get at least one fami-
ly from one church to adopt one
child, we could get this problem
solved," says Sailor.
Historically, there have also been
cases of black parents adopting
children of other races. Josephine
Baker adopted what she termed a
"Rainbow Tribe" of children in the
'50s. Prosperity preacher Creflo
Dollar adopted a white child when
he and his wife were engaged.
Dollar says that he met his son
when he was an educational thera-
pist at a psychiatric hospital, and
recounts that the child had many
"horrible" experiences. Dollar, who
went on to also adopt a black child,
strongly advocates the adoption of
"There are a lot of issues that are
going on in our society and it's not
the child's fault," says Dollar. "I
think that if God has really blessed
you that we should be willing to be
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
Proudly Celebrates the 41st Anniversary
of Pastor Rudolph W. McKissiek Sr.
The community is invited to share with the Bethel Baptist
Church Family as they Celebrate the 41st Anniversary
of Pastor Rudolph & First lady Estelle McKissick, Sr.
Sunday September 30, 2007
Main Sanctuary BBIC
215 Bethel Baptist Street
The Music Ministry will present a Recital entitles "Now Let Us Sing"
under the direction of Omar Dickenson, featuring the Children, Youth
and Adult Choirs with a Reception following.
The Bethel Church continues to praise God as they honor the Man, The
Messenger and the Music of Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
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Hey ladies! Can you imagine being a 48-year-
old woman who works full time, finds time to
spend with her family, and still has the body of a
20-year-old? Sounds like a dream, huh? It even
seems quite impossible, doesn't it? Well ladies
I'm here to tell you it is possible and I have
Yale School of Drama graduate, actress Angela
Bassett, best known for her intense portrayal of
legendary diva Tina Turner in "What's Love Got
to Do with It," is living proof that the above
mentioned is not an unattainable goal. Although
her performance was extraordinary, most of the
viewers of the movie were more mesmerized
with the extreme fitness of her body.
As you probably already know, "What's Love
Got to Do with It" premiered in 1993, almost 15
years ago when Bassett was a tender 35 years
old. As the years passed and she was highlighted
in multiple hit movies from "How Stella Got Her
Groove Back" in 1998 to "Mr. 3000" in 2004 to
"Akeelah and the Bee" in 2006, her body seems
mildly-if at all--changed. I bet you're wonder-
ing how she does it and how you can too.
According to Harley Pasternak, author and for-
mer personal trainer of Bassett, he keeps his
clients, including Halle Berry and Eve, fit on his
patented 5-Factor Diet. The 5-Factor Diet con-
sists of working out 25 minutes a day, 5 days a
week and eating 5 meals a day.
Let's first begin with the five meals a day. Most
people feel that if you eat less you will gain less
and lose more, but this equation is far from true.
If you are not eating enough food to sustain your
body's processes and feeding it the right nutri-
ents you will build less muscle and cause your
metabolism (the process in which your body
burns the amount of energy (calories) needed in
order to maintain itself) to slow down. Eating
five meals a day raises your metabolism and pro-
vides a steady stream of vital nutrients, including
protein, which helps your body develop a toned
and fit physique. Pasternak encourages his
clients to eat foods that include low fat, quality
protein (chicken, turkey, fish, and shellfish),
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Now that we've covered how to eat like Bassett,
let's move on to working out like her and getting
that fab body. Paternak suggests working out 5
days a week for 25 minutes a day, incorporating
strength training and cardio in 5-minute inter-
vals. Bassett's extraordinary physique is
extremely toned and sculpted. You can't achieve
a look like this without incorporating some kind
of weight training in your workout routine.
Remember to always consult your health care
provider before you incorporate any new exer-
cise regime into your workout routine.
The first step in weight training is choosing the
right weights. Most personal trainers suggest that
beginners start off with dumbbells weighing
between 5 to 10 pounds. Remember: it's not nec-
essarily the weight that will sculpt your arms, it's
the repetition of the exercises.
Before you start exercising you always want to
thoroughly stretch to avoid injury. The first exer-
ciseof necessity are Bicep Curls. Start by stand-
ing with your legs shoulder width apart, with a
dumbbell in each hand, your hands resting on the
front of your thighs and your shoulders tucked
firmly into your arms. Slowly bring the dumb-
bells up to your chest ensuring that the dumb-
bells stay parallel to your body and that your
elbows remain firmly tucked into your sides.
Hold it for one second then slowly bring the
dumbbells back to the starting position. Repeat
this 15x. Rest for one minute by allowing your
arms and the dumbbells to hang freely by your
side, and then repeat the routine by executing
another two sets. As the routine becomes easier
add 5 more repetitions to each set.
To get those killer Bassett legs while satisfying
the cardio portion of Paternak's 5-Factor Diet,
try walking. Don't forget to always stretch thor-
oughly before you start exercising. When walk-
ing be sure to stand erect and tall. Do not lean
forward or backwards, this places unnecessary
strain on your muscles. Use the heel to toe tech-
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Right after my husband and I split
in 2003, I became a hound for
divorce self-help books. I scoured
the shelves looking for answers to
4 my many searing questions. The
primary one: When will I be happy
again? How long until I can expect
to throw back my head in laughter
or to feel my heart skip a beat in
anticipation of a new day, or a new
man? All my afternoons in the
bookstore taught me that marriage
like hard drinking is some-
thing that one has to "recover" from
in stages. While the time you spend
j in each phase may vary depending
on a slew of factors (How long
j were you married? Was the split
sudden and unexpected?), the three
stages of divorce recovery are
asblack and white. Here's what I
Stage #1: Denial
Most often, recent divorces kick
things off with a period of hiberna-
tion. Fresh from the pain of the
split, your idea of a fun night out
might be more like a night in, sip-
ping cocoa and licking your
wounds. You may even feel tempt-
ed at this time to swear off all future
dating. Look where all that business
got me last time, you may be think-
ing. You probably just want to be
alone alone to process all that's
happened and figure out who you
want to be as a single person.
After this isolated stretch,
though, most people
are ready to
come out of
and take a
sh- the jungle
nd outside .
an. Once you reach
ng this point, don't be
an surprised if your inner wild
ath child comes to the surface, demand-
ice ing to hang out with friends, go to
lnd hot spots and flirt recklessly. Often
sexual desire, which may have
slunk into hibernation during the
end of your marriage and initial
depression over the divorce, comes
back-and sometimes, stronger
Understandably, all these new
feelings might leave you somewhat
unmoored and untethered and just a
little confused about your identity.
Maybe by day you're the soccer
mom in the minivan, and now on
your nights off from the kids, you
find yourself desiring to go out at 2
a.m.... almost like newfound free-
dom. It suddenly occurs to you that
you can do this. You're not married
anymore! But, as you're trying out
your new shiny self in the world,
don't be too surprised if all this
heady new freedom sends you into
a freefall of social vertigo. You may
feel a little shaky about the rules of
the dating world, and you wonder
how much things have changed
since you were out there last.
Should you call? Do you give out
your phone number or email?
Sometimes, you feel as clueless as
you did in junior high and at others,
like a wild party animal. Expect a
lot of up and downs; one day you
may be depressed; the next-excit-
ed about the possibilities of your
Stage #2: Adjustment
After the Wild Child phase, you
can enjoy the calm after the storm,
a time of settling into your new life.
"Adolescence" is over, and now
you're in a period of adjustment and
getting used to the new terms of
your single life. You feel more at
ease with the dating scene. You
know the caf6 where you'd like to
meet that special someone whose
profile you just read, and you know
you're not going to talk his or her
ear off about your ex. Yet, this is
still a time when you can expect to
be occasionally in the grips of any
one of the strong emotions from the
divorce gamut-rage, guilt, or even
ambivalence about the divorce. But
take heart, this adjustment stage
often ends with what's been called
the Phoenix Phase: a time of rising
up, letting go and facing the future
with confidence. Nicole, a chef
coming out of a sudden divorce,
used the energy of this period to
begin her own highly successful
catering business. By the end of this
period of adjustment, you may very
well experience a startling new
excitement about creating
a life that's just
oar own and
n e w
*-. friends, new
maybe even new love.
Stage #3: Acceptance
In this final stage, with the emo-
tional, legal and physical work of
divorce behind you, you accept,
maybe even rejoice in, your single-
hood. You'll redecorate the living
room if you want to, or maybe
tonight you leave all the dishes
from the spaghetti feast (with your
new pals) in the sink. It's your
choice, and finally you feel the full
glory of that. You know your place
in the world again. You're ready
once more to trust, to take reason-
able risks and make solid choices.
There is a feeling of being steady
on your feet in the dating world and
often a true readiness to love again.
In this phase, Paula, a Phoenix
pharmaceutical rep, cautiously
began dating one of her doctor
clients. After weeks of hikes around
Camelback Mountain and long
Sunday breakfasts, she began to fall
sensibly and realistically in love
with the man who would a few
years later become her husband.
Whether you wind up remarrying
or staying single, this final stage of
divorce recovery is all about mov-
ing on and enjoying your new
Stage Are You In?
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
A Before You Tie The Knot, a mar-
riage preparation class, is offered at
the Duval County Cooperative
Extension Office. The couple must
attend together to receive a certifi-
cate of completion. The class ful-
fills the state requirements and a
$32.50 discount on the marriage
license is given and the waiting
period required upon applying for a
license is waived. The next class
will be held September 28, 2007,
from 9:00-2:30. To get a registra-
tion brochure, call Stephanie or
Sandra at 387-8855.
Movies in the Park at
Simonds Johnson Park
Northwest Jacksonville residents
are invited to enjoy a spirited
evening under the stars with
JaxParks' "Movie in the Park" and
"Spirit Rally." At At dusk, atten-
dees will enjoy the movie, "Radio,"
(rated PG). Festivities begin at 7
p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28th at the
park located at 3730 Moncrief
Road. Attendees are welcome to
bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic
food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Dogs are welcome, but must be
leashed and picked up after. For
more information call 630-4100.
From Billie to Badu
After a sold out performance in
June, the critically acclaimed pro-
duction, From Billie to Badu,
returns to the Karpeles Manscript
Museum. The production tells the
story of women in music through
the lives of Billie Holiday and
Erykah Badu and presents their
story through spoken word poetry,
music, dance and visual artists. The
will be on Saturday, September
29th 8:00 p.m. at the Museum 101
West First Street in Springfield.
Admission: For more info, please
call 626-2812 or 316-9727.
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.
Preparing the Fall
There will be a free class on land-
scape preparation held this
Thursday, October 4th from 5:30 -
7:30 PM The class will be held at
the West Regional Library, 1425
Chaffee Road S. Participants will
learn how to plant and prune trees
the right way. Get the landscape
ready for fall and learn about the
pests and diseases that appear at this
time of year. Call 387-8850 to pre-
Residents Invited to Help Rethink Regency
JAXPRIDE will be hosting a workshop for residents of the Regency
area., The workshop is designed to bring the expertise of area residents,
property owners and businesspersons together with a team of profession-
als to brainstorm how to make this area a more livable and functional area.
The overall group will work in small groups to develop visions for the
area's future and then an improvement strategy to address concepts for
future land use, roads, parks, and infrastructure. For purposes of this
workshop, the community encompasses those areas adjacent to The
Regency Square Mall including Arlingwood, Woodland Acres, Corporate
Square, Southside Estates, and Kendalltown Regional Activity
Center.JaxPride wants to hear from residents and interested citizens, as
well as civic groups and businesspersons.
It will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2007, 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. at
the Police Athletic League in the Ed Austin Regional Park, 3450
Monument Road. RSVP your attendance to JaxPride at 356-284.
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
they could win a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Publix
Supermarkets and share their courageous and selfless sto-
ries with Jacksonville Free Press readers.
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Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 5tth. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.
PRIDE Book Club
The next PRIDE book club meet-
ing will be held on October 5th at
7:00 pm. The book for discussion
will be SHE AIN'T THE ONE by
Carl Weber and Mary Morrison. For
more information, email
Angie Stone in Concert
The Florida Theatre welcomes
songstress Angie Stone on
Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8 PM
The Grammy-nominated R&B
singer has a lot more to her resume
then just singing-add in songwriter,
keyboardist, record producer and
actress and then you've got Angie.
For ticket info call 355-3787.
Up & Cummers
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.
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JLOC Holding Open
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,for Millions More
Movement will have an open meet-
ing on Sunday, September 30th,
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue.You are invited to attend.
This meeting is open to members of
the general public .If you are sin-
cerely concerned and want to
improve living conditions in your
community come join us as we
strive to make positive changes,
and end the violence through posi-
tive education and not more incar-
ceration.If you have questions or
need more information visit our
website: www.Jaxloc.com, you can
also contact us at 904-240-9133.
Are you interested in learning
more about JCCI, the Jacksonville
based think tank organization that
works to solve our community's ills
is holding an open orientation on
Tuesday, October 2nd.. Questions
answered will include: What's up
and new at JCCI? How do I get
involved? The session will be from
5:30 6:30 p.m. at the headquarters
located at 2434 Atlantic Blvd. Stop
by and ask board members, staff
and other volunteers. RSVP to
"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.
Plants & More
Learn about plants that work best
for Duval County, including salt-
tolerant varieties. Get the latest on
fertilizer rules, how they affect you
the homeowner, plus current water-
ing practices. The free class will be
on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 from
1:00- 3:00 PM at the Beaches
Branch Library 600 3rd Street in
Neptune Beach. Call to pre-register
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is Wednesday, October 10th
from 5:00-6:15 p.m.. This is your
chance to show your skills to all of
Jacksonville-right on the Ritz
stage! Please bring accompaniment
music. All ages and talents wel-
come! Your piece must be no longer
than 3 1/2 minutes. Auditions are
closed to the viewing public.For
more information call 632-5555.
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-
AKA An Evening
On Friday, October 12th, the Pi
Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority will present an
Evening of Scholarship and
Philanthropy. The event will be
held at the University Center at
University of North Florida from 9
p.m. 1 a.m. Tickets are available at
the door in advance and and the
attire is Semi-Formal. For more
information call 982-2820.
100 Black Men
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
will have their annual B.V. Gregory
Scholarship and Student of the Year
Award Banquet. The annual event
will be on Saturday, October 13th
at the Omni Hotel starting at 7 p.m.
Keynoting the event will be motiva-
tional speaker, author and entrepre-
neur Dr. Calvin Mackie. For tickets
or more information, call 924-2545
or email pinnix. 1 @comcast.net.
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 13th
at 8 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 Osbomrn
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The fair will include represen-
tatives of over 100 colleges and uni-
versities, sessions on college plan-
ning, financial aid and college test-
ing. Students are encouraged to
bring their transcripts for on the
spot scholarships. For more info
The Faith Club
Onejax will present an intimate
discussion with the authors of the
New York Times Bestseller The
Faith Club. Three mothers from
three faiths Islam, Christianity,
and Judaism got together to write
a picture book for their children
highlighting the connections
between their religions. Their dia-
logue led to provocative, honest,
and candid discussions ultimately,
resulting in increased respect and
appreciation for the things that each
holds dearest. The event will be
held at FCCJ Kent Campus
Auditorium on Tuesday, October
16th at 6 p.m. RSVP's are appreci-
ated at 354-1JAX (1529).
Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Sophisticated Ladies Music of the
great Duke Ellington. The special
performance will be held on
Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 pm.
Tickets $28.50. Call 632-5555.
The UNF Fine Arts Series will
present Natalie Cole on Saturday,
October 20th at 7:30 pm. Call 620-
1921 for tickets.
Jax Urban League
60th Anniversary Gala
The Jacksonville Urban League
will have their official 60th anniver-
sary celebration on Saturday,
October 20th at the Hyatt
Riverfront Hotel. This black tie
affair will feature delectable cui-
sine, dazzling era designs, popular
vocalists, and live entertainment.
The Equal Opportunity Awards
recipients will also be presented
during the gala. For information
contact Mrs. Finley at 366-3461.
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.
The UNF Division of Continuing
Education will host the 6th Annual
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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HALLE BERRY TAPES 'OPRAH' APPEARANCE:
Actress speaks publicly about pregnancy for the first time.
With her baby bump in full view,
Halle Berry taped an appearance on
"The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Thursday (Sept. 20) and for the first
time spoke publicly about her preg-
She said she has taken 33 at-home in
pregnancy tests in her quest to have a
baby before finally getting a positive.
She also expressed hopes to have a
second child with boyfriend Gabriel
Aubrey as soon as the current baby is -
delivered early next year. T
The actress also says she doesn't
want to know the sex of the child
until he or she is born.
TYSO PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE
Mesa-Az Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson pleaded guilty
this week to charges of drug possession and driving under the influence
stemming from a traffic stop last year as he was leaving a nightclub.
Tyson acknowledged to a judge that he had cocaine and was impaired
when he was stopped for driving erratically in Scottsdale on Dec. 29.
He pleaded guilty to a single felony count of cocaine possession and a
misdemeanor DUI count and faces up to four years and three months in
prison when he is sentenced Nov. 19.
County Attorney Andrew Thomas said earlier this year that Tyson should
be put behind bars if convicted, noting that Tyson was convicted of rape in
Indiana in 1992 and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault charges in
Maryland in 1999. "He has run out of second chances," Thomas said.
Legendary Four Tops Regroups for Charts Return
The Four Tops are more than leg- Lee Bailey that he really has grown
endary, they're a legacy. Thanks to to love working with the "young-
the continuous work of original sters," recalling the days he met the
member Abdul "Duke" Fakir. the "new" Tops and how they came to
Four Tops continue to tour and sell join the group, though he misses the
out venues worldwide. -., ''' ', early days with the original mem-
Originally made up of Fakir, lead- ,.. bers that quickly became family.
singer Levi Stubbs, Renaldo "Obie" .."I truly miss performing with my
Benson and Lawrence Payton, the ". brothers Obie, Levi and
quartet remained together for over .Lawrence. I truly miss them, there's
four decades before a roster change '' no doubt about that. But working
in 1997 when Payton died. with these guys they remind me
The group then brought on Theo of my brothers, so it's bittersweet.
Peoples, but soon after, Stubbs ran But there have always been chal
into some health issues and the lenges," he continued. "Even when
group's old friend Ronnie McNeir '.. we were at our peak, we felt there
joined the group, bumping Peoples. was always more to do. But the
to lead. challenge now is for the new Four
In 2005, the latest change in the Tops to have a hit record. I want
group came upon the passing of these guys to see what it feels like
Benson, who was replaced by Four Tops: Lawrence Payton Jr., Ronnie McNeir, Duke Fakir & Theo Peoples to have a world hit. I want them to
Lawrence Payton Jr., son of original "For a moment, we didn't want to And in taking the lead mic, feel that feeling of being world
member Lawrence Payton. do anything else. Then we traveled Peoples admitted that he had no renowned and not just being a part
These four have maintained the as the Four Tops with just the three designs on copying the incompara- of the new Four Tops."
brand and legacy of the Four Tops of us and let our conductor sing the ble Levi Stubbs. Fakir referred to the group's new
with style and are prepared to fourth part so we had the har- "I can't. Levi is an icon. I had to single, "East Coast, West Coast,"
embark on a new chapter for the monies," he said. do me. It took a toll on me because which he predicts will do well for
group with a new recording. At the time, the Four Tops were people had been listening to Levi the group.
"It's a pleasure to still be doing touring a lot with former labelmates for 40-plus years, so there were "It's a cross-generational kind of
what we do, and that people are still The Temptations who featured moments where it was kind of song," he said in describing the
enjoying it," Fakir said as the last singer Peoples. Not too much later, heartbreaking," he said. track. "It doesn't have the typical
remaining original member. "That, Peoples left the Tempts, which gave Ronnie McNeir came on board Four Tops kind of music, which is a
to me is a real joy. But the new guys the Four Tops an opportunity to technically while he was already on popish R&B. It's a smooth R&B.
are just as legendary as the origi- scoop him up for their crew. board. A good friend of the group It's like The Four Tops sings the
nals. They work real hard and are "We gave him an offer he could- for years before becoming a Top Temptations sings the Isley
dedicated to the Tops' legacy ." n't refuse," Fakir said. himself, he was on hand as the back Brothers sings the Four Tops. It
Fakir shared how the new group "I couldn't believe it," Peoples up in case he needed to stand in for sounds like those three in one on
came together after Payton Sr. said, adding that the split from The a set or two. that particular song, which is not
passed away. "It was the biggest Temptations was mutual. "This is "Levi was starting to get a little bad for getting back out into the
shock," he said. Though the group what I've always wanted to do. I've weary," Fakir described, "and one recording business, which we
felt they'd always be together, they been a part of two of the most mag- night on tour with the Beach Boys, haven't been in for quite a while.
were faced with the harsh fact that nificent groups in the history of he fell ill. I told Theo he had to sing It's a great song with great lyrics
they would not. music." lead. Ronnie was our back-up. He with a nice tempo it's a good rid-
Brown's 45 Year Old Daughter
Suing for Back
Musician Smokey Robinson, left, smiles with Nancy Wilson, center,
and A.J. Calloway (formerly of BET's '106 & Park') during a taping
of the United Negro College Fund's 'An Evening of Stars' at the Ritz
Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, Calif.
Smokey Robinson Honored by UNCF
Legendary Motown singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson is being hon-
ored for his contributions to the miracle of education.
Robinson, who helped put the fledgling Motown record label on the map
in the early 1960s with his group the Miracles, is receiving the United
Negro College Fund's award of excellence.
"The award honors Smokey not only for his five-decade career as a cre-
ative artist, but also for the contribution he has made to helping students
get the college education they need and deserve," said Michael L. Lomax,
the group's president and CEO.
Previous winners include Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones
and the late Lou Rawls.
Robinson, 67, was to receive the award Saturday night at the taping of the
group's 29th annual "Evening of Stars" concert at the Pasadena Civic
Auditorium. The show is to be broadcast sometime in January.
Robinson shot to fame as the frontman for the Miracles, giving Motown
its first No. 1 R&B hit with "Shop Around" in 1960. He was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
The woman who claims she is the
oldest daughter of James Brown
said she will be in court this week
to pursue a piece of the late soul
"I've been walking around looking
like this man for 45 years," said
LaRhonda Petitt, a retired flight
attendant and school teacher. "I'm
not talking no negative talk, I'm
talking about what's right."
A judge is scheduled to go over
pending issues in the ongoing court
battle over Brown's will, said attor-
ney Jim Griffin, who represents
Brown died Christmas Day of
heart failure at age 73. His will,
which is being disputed, names six
adult children. But at least three
other people, including Petitt, say
DNA testing proves they are his
Petitt, who was born and lives in
Houston, said Sunday she would
like all people claiming to be
Brown's children to take a DNA
test. "Just because they're in the
will doesn't mean they're all my
daddy's children," Petitt said.
Petitt has filed a paternity action to
legally establish that she is Brown's
daughter, Griffin said.
"He had kids everywhere," Petitt
said. "And each one of those kids
can do something positive."
She also has two claims against his
estate, one to share in the estate as a
natural child who was not provided
for by the will and a second claim
for back child support.
Petitt said she also would like to
see Brown's body moved to a mau-
soleum so family and friends can
visit more easily, His body has been
entombed in a crypt at the home of
one of his daughters since March.
could fit into Levi's suit but he
couldn't fill his shoes."
McNeir described: "Levi was ill
and they were going to have to can-
cel the show. I asked, 'Are you
going to have to give the money
back?' They gave me his pants; they
were too short, but his arms were
short so the coat fit just fine. I was
glad to wear them. When he told me
to suit up, I got more money and I
was glad of that. But we went out
there and did it and we've never
looked back since."
And then two years ago, Obie
Benson began having health prob-
"We were working on an album,
and [writer/producer] Lawrence
Payton Jr. was working on some
stuff," Fakir remembered. "We
asked him to fill in for Obie. He
grew up around us and has been a
Four Top without the uniform all
his life. He came right in. Obie
never came out of the hospital."
"But it's not nepotism," Payton
Jr. added. "I'm not here because
I'm Lawrence's son. I'm here
because I can do what I do. My
father wouldn't have it any other
way. I work hard to help keep it that
way to maintain what they were
and to bring something new."
That something new has Fakir &
Co pretty excited. He told EUR's
ing song. We think it should go far."
Fakir described that the song is
simply about a man who lives on
the East Coast, getting prepared to
visit his woman who lives on the
West Coast. The only things
between them are love and miles.
"We're looking forward to this
record coming out. I'm looking for-
ward to them seeing them go
through the roof when it reaches
Top 10. It's a wonderful feeling,"
With his optimism, Fakir con-
fessed that he's only begun to
understand how the music industry
works now, and.agreed that it is a
far cry from how the business was
in their early days. He spoke about
how finding distribution for the
group's new recordings was a bit
difficult because they ran into a lot
of insincerity with label executives.
I know our fans know we're out
there, but I think the new generation
will appreciate the sound and feel-
ing that we'll have on these
records." he said. "whether it's
iTunes or Myspace, I think they
will buy it.
"It's been 53 years, but it's been
wonderful," Fakir said of his career.
"It feels like 20 years to me. I enjoy
performing, I enjoy traveling, I
enjoy people acknowledging the
songs that they love. It's just a joy."
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FOUNDER OF PUBLIC SUPER MARKETS
We can only imagine what George W. Jenkins may have said if he had lived to see his 100th birthday
this Saturday, September 29, 2007. But we don't have to imagine what he believed. Every day we can
witness his philosophy, his ideals, and his legacy in action at Publix, the company he founded in 1930.
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It's only natural that Publix grew, because Mr. George's values were nurturing ones, including
respecting people and service to others. Whether customers or associates, it was people that George
Jenkins cherished. Even today associates can learn from Mr. George though they may never have had
a chance to meet him. Because whenever an associate serves a customer-breaks a package, offers a
taste, carries out groceries to a car, demonstrates a recipe ... it's a reflection of Mr. George. And
whenever a store serves its community-co-sponsors a school supply drive, donates to a food bank,
supports a local charity... it's a reflection of Mr. George.
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Every day Publix strives to uphold the lessons George Jenkins taught us by his words and deeds. And
while we grow and adapt, finding innovative ways to make our customers' and associates' lives easier,
the guiding principles that form the character of Publix will never change. It's why our customers enjoy
a better shopping experience. We know that's just what Mr. George wanted.
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