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Holyfield Takes on Foreman Grill
ATLANTA Evander Holyfield once defeated George Foreman in a
battle for the world heavyweight boxing title. Now he is seeking to oust
his former foe from another arena: the grilling world.
Holyfield, of Atlanta, is preparing to unveil the "Evander Holyfield
Real Deal Grill," a direct competitor to Foreman's famous "Lean Mean
Fat Reducing Grilling Machine," which has reportedly earned $100 mil-
lion in sales since 1995.
"I've got a George Foreman grill. It's a good grill," Holyfield, 44, told
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "But don't you think the latest grill is
supposed to be the best grill?"
Manufacturer CirTran Corp., based in Utah, approached Holyfield
about promoting the $99 grill after he appeared on the TV show
"Dancing With the Stars" in 2005. Holyfield dons an apron in a 30-
minute commercial that began airing last week describing his product's
culinary and health benefits.
But Holyfield isn't done with boxing. He's jumping back into the ring
Oct. 13 to fight Sultan Ibragimov at Moscow's Khodynka Ice Palace
arena, part of his quest to retire as the oldest heavyweight champion.

Bob Johnson Enters Buyout Business
Washington, DC entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson said he expects to
close soon on a $125 million private-equity buyout fund he started with
the Carlyle Group aimed at acquiring small- to mid-size businesses.
A second phase to grow the same fund to about $300 million should
close by the end of the year, said Johnson, founder and former chief exec-
utive of Black Entertainment Television.
Johnson is trying to create the country's largest black-owned asset-
management firm. The corporate buyout business is overwhelmingly
dominated by major Wall Street firms and white-owned private partner-
ships. RLJ Equity Partners, as the buyout fund is known, is close to
acquiring a company that provides business services to the largest
Fortune 500 companies.
Johnson is putting up $15 million to $25 million in the buyout fund.
Carlyle owns 20 percent of the general partnership, which amounts to
about $3 million to $5 million of equity. He is looking for businesses with
$200 million to $300 million in revenue.
Private-equity funds make money by using large amounts of credit to
purchase businesses. They try to reorganize those businesses, squeezing
out inefficiencies and trimming fat, and then sell them at a huge profit.
Carlyle has been very successful at the private-equity model, and
Johnson wants to replicate that success.

First Time Offender Gets 30

Years for Writing Bad Checks
BALTIMORE The state attorney general's civil rights unit is investi-
gating a 30-year sentence given to a black man convicted of writing bad
checks who had no prior convictions.
The investigation is the result of a complaint filed by the Baltimore
County branch of the NAACP on behaf of Andrew M. Fisher.
Fisher, 24, was convicted in August of two counts of writing $23,500 in
bad checks for an electronic security system for the apartment he shared
with his mother.
Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh sentenced Fisher to
two consecutive 15-year prison terms and ordered him to repay A-I
Security Systems, in a case first reported in The (Baltimore) Examiner.
Cavanaugh, who is white, offered to release Fisher if he paid $23,000
in restitution, according to a motion filed by Fisher's attorney Alvin
Alston. Alston asked the judge to correct the "illegal sentence" against
Fisher, saying that Maryland's highest court has held that "imprisonment
for a lack of financial resources is illegal."
"Murderers don't get that," said Nancy Fish, owner of the Security
Copany. "But the judge saw the type of personality that this guy was. It's
not like he was sick or on drugs. He knew exactly what he was doing."
Fisher does have an arrest record, including several assault charges, but
no convictions.

Two Banks File Multi Million
Dollar Lawsuits Against Vick
Less than a week after being hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit
from a Canadian bank, Michael Vick is being sued again, this time by a
bank out of Indiana.
South Bend-based 1st Source Bank, is suing Vick and his Atlanta-based
company, Divine Seven LLC, for $2 million.
The bank claims that Divine Seven failed to repay a loan the company
took out in January to purchase dozens of vehicles-Kia Optimas and
Spectras, Ford Tauruses, and others for a car rental agency.
Last month, the bank made a written demand for payment from Vick
and Divine Seven, but the company has "failed and refused to pay,"
according to court documents.
Vick is listed in court documents as the chief financial officer of the
company and signed a guarantee of payment for Divine Seven (his jersey
number). That means he agreed to pay the money owed by the company.
Last week, the Royal Bank of Canada filed a $2.3 million lawsuit
against Vick for defaulting on loans he took out to invest in real estate.
The bank said that because Vick had been suspended by the NFL, it
affected his ability to repay the loan.
On top of the two lawsuits, Vick is facing new criminal charges after he
was indicted in Surry County on charges related to dogfighting earlier
this week. He's also been given a curfew, after a court-ordered drug test
found marijuana in his system.

Volume 21 No. 29 Jacksonville, Florida October 4-10, 2007

Debunking the Myth: More Black Men in College Than Prison
According to the U.S. Census in what the bureau calls group 1990 and up slightly from nearly 2 outnumbered dormitory dwellers at
Bureau, the number of inmates in quarters, the census counted 2.3 million in 2000. Women accounted colleges and universities.
adult correctional facilities in the million Americans in college and for 10 percent of the inmates in According to government figures,
United States has topped two mil- university dormitories, 2.1 million 2006, compared with 8 percent in more than twice as many young
lion for the first time. But in a in adult correctional institutions 1990. black men are now attending col-
reversal from 2000. more and 1 8 million in nursing homes. In 2000. the last ear that the cen- lege than are imprisoned.
Americans over all now live in col- The number of state and federal sus measured people in group quar- A number of studies, including
lege dormitories than in prisons. prisoners in 2006 %as more than ters. inmates in adult and juvenile one by the Justice Policy Institute.
In a detailed look at people li\ing double the prison population in correctional institutions slightly Cotinued on page 7

Mychal Bell is Released

But Jena 6 Battle Continues

Congress increased its efforts last
week to seek greater federal
involvement in the Jena Six case,
which has turned a schoolyard fight
in a small Louisiana town into an
explosive national debate on race
Proposals on Capitol Hill range
from asking the Justice Dept.to find
out why a federal community rela-

tions office did not do more to
avoid the clash between white and
black students in Jena to hearings
on how the case was prosecuted.
The Congressional Black Caucus,
which was early to rush to the aid of
six black Louisiana youths arrested
for beating a white classmate, has
spearheaded most campaigns.
Continued on page 12

Andrew Jackson King and Queen

.... --

BCCUHomecoming Friends, alumnus and students of Bethune
Cookman enjoyed a festive Homecoming Celebration last weekend. The
historic HBCU with roots deep in Duval, included a variety of celebrations
before suffering a 33-9 defeat to Morgan State. Shown above are Class of
67' alumnus Brenda White and Jackie Johnson at the event. FMPiPhoto



Tis the season for homecomings and what high school student's career
wouldn't be capped off better than with being elected to the Homecoming
Court. Shown above accepting the honor from their school, Andrew
Jackson Senior High School are this year's Homecoming King Antonio
Taylor and Homecoming Queen Shareicka Griffith. FMPPhoto

Shown L-R CBC Spouses Chairwoman Leslie Meek, Landon Griggs
and actress Tasha Smith.
Local Student Honored by

Congressional Black Caucus
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. held its 11th Annual
Celebration of Leadership in Fine Arts event on September 26th where
they honored jazz musician Charles Landon Griggs as one of the 2007
Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Performing Contd. on page 7

River Region Celebrates 35 Years of Service to the Community

Shown above at the celebration are Lynn Wilcox, Carllotra Guyton, Susan Cochran, Esmin Master, Derya Williams, Keturah Williams, Kay
Fullwood, Cookie Davis, Minerva Bryant and Brenda Sapp. FMPowell Photo.

River Region Human Services
celebrated 35 years of service at its
Annual Dinner last week at the
Jacksonville Omni Hotel.
"Where there is help, there is hope,
and for thirty-five years River
Region Human Services has offered

both to thousands," said agency
CEO Derya Williams.
As the City of Jacksonville has
grown, River Region has grown
along with it. The non profit organ-
ization began providing substance
abuse treatment primarily to adults.

Presently, services have expanded
to include treatment, intervention,
prevention, and outreach services
for HIV-AIDS, mental health, and
substance abuse to children and
families as well as adults.
The annual dinner included testi-

monials by former clients who
shared their experiences of
strength, and hope with the audi-
ence as they told how the profes-
sional atmosphere at River Region
Human Services assisted with there


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Shown above are Katrina Butler-First Coast Business Alliance, Tony Peacock-Executive Circle Promotions,
Mary Fisher, Mike Schneider, Arun Gulani and Mary Langowski of Fresh Ministries.
Executive Circle Mixes with Stars at the River Club
The Second Annual "Mixing with the Stars" reception was held at the River Club on Friday, September 21. The
event was an initiative of Beaver Street Enterprise Center in conjunction with MEDWeek. Over 150 guests attend-
ed, and this years award recipients included Mike Schneider, Co-founder of the Loop Pizza Grill, Dr. Arun Gulani,
World Renowned Eye Surgeon, Mary Fisher (Designs), and Willard Payne, President of Northern Florida
Recruiting and Consulting Services. Executive Circle Promotions introduced Speed Networking at the end of the
program, and the Stars and participants mingled long after sunset in the private club on the top floor of the Modis

Who Am I?

'You are at a big
nnet r ork ing
event, perhaps a national confer-
ence or award ceremony teeming
with many potential business con-
tacts. You see someone you would
like to make part of your network.
You walk up and say, "Hi, how are
you doing?"
The person looks at you blankly
and replies, "Fine." You go to the
weather. "How do you like all this
rain?" The blank look thickens into
the Great Wall of China. "I don't,"
dribbles the response.
Okay, you think, let's go right into
the introduction. "My name is
Susan Brown and I'm with RJR
Nabisco." You then stick your
hand out. Mr. Great Wall shakes it
with all of the enthusiasm of a man
meeting his embalmer. Without
another word, he turns and follows
his nose out of your orbit.
Has this ever happened to you? If
it has, it is because you did not
plan what you wanted to say, or
you did not say what you had
planned. Either way, you missed
making a connection. If personal
charm doesn't come to you natural-
ly in conversation, you have to
work at it. Your opening banter in

networking situations is the verbal
versionn of the foot in the door for
door-to-door salesmen.
Most people you encounter in
networking situations will be more
courteious than Mr. Great Wall,
but the secret of effective network-
ing is to develop and use your peo-
ple skills to penetrate either the
wall of disinterest or the equally
unsettling veil of insincere cour-
tesy. You do this by giving your
target reasons why he or she
should want to know you better,
whether it's because you are fun to
be around, knowledgeable, or a
potentially valuable contact.
When you boil it down, the initial
phase of networking--making con-
tact--is nothing more than small
talk, just as you might converse
with anyone you meet at a sporting
event, a church gathering, or
around the whist table. But in this
case, your talk is not simply small
talk, it is very important talk. It has
a definite purpose.
Bottom Line: The key to engag-
ing strangers in conversation is
the key also to effective network-
ing: You have to establish a com-
mon ground or a sense of mutual

Credit Q &A
Q:I was turned down for credit, and one reason was "too many
inquiries." How long do inquiries stay on my credit report, and how
can I get them removed?
A: Inquiries are notations showing that someone has looked at your
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-
press those inquiries so they won't count against you.

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Quick Quips
from Tavis Smiley
"To be a black leader you have
to accept the 'anyway' proposi-
tion," said Smiley.
"You have to decide that I love
these negroes so much, I want to
serve them so much, that I'm
going to love them and serve
them anyway, they will try you
and will be unappreciative."
"The problem is, we think it's
not about success, it's about
greatness and it's a difference.
You can be successful without
being great but you can't be great
without being successful."

by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
It's October and it's that time again
to review your company benefits
options and how they affect your
overall financial plan.
Unfortunately, too many people do
not seriously consider their options
and end up leaving their money on
the table. "Industry wide, fringe
benefits average 25-35% of most
people's pay, but their understanding
and utilization of their benefits is
woefully inadequate," comments
Glenn Cotton, a Benefits Manager.
"It's hard to understand, but most
people don't take the time to read
their benefits and how they can save
money by doing so."
Fringe Benefits
Fringe benefits can be generally
described as compensation, other
than salaries, bonuses, and commis-
sions, provided for the benefit of
employees in exchange for their
services. Common fringe benefits
are health and life insurance, retire-
ment plans, educational assistance
and employee product discounts.
Fringe benefits are advantageous in
several ways and should be a part of
an individuals financial planning.
Typically fringe benefits are lower
cost, below the tax radar screen and
can save money that can be applied
to other financial goals. The annual
enrollment period for many compa-
nies is October and November, so
now is your opportunity to review
your current benefit choices and
make sure that they meet your future

Key Benefit Plans
Medical & Dental HMO and
PPO's typically offer lower out of
pocket costs than comprehensive
plans, however with less choice of
physicians and care facilities. If
your spouse is employed and has
medical benefits available, compare
the cost and levels of coverage
available from both employers and
choose the one that best fits your
Life Insurance- Many companies
offer one to two times salary of cov-
erage, paid by the employer. The
employee may purchase additional
coverage, if available. Integrate the
company insurance coverage with
your personal insurance plans.
Additionally, many employers offer
optional spouse and dependent life
insurance coverage.
Long Term Disability- Disability
income insurance is simply pay-
check protection. Long-term dis-
ability plans typically start after six
months of disability and commonly
replace 50-70% of the worker's
wages up to a maximum amount.
Most long term disability group
plans require an employee's finan-
cial contribution.
Qualified Retirement Plans- For
tax deferred savings plans such as
401K and 403B, most financial
advisors recommend that individu-
als invest at least to the limit that
their employer will match the
employee savings amount.
Additionally, many employers offer

the option for employees to make
voluntary contributions to the com-
pany's regular retirement program.
Flexible Spending Accounts -
Allows employees to set aside funds
for medical expenses that are not
reimbursed by insurance and quali-
fied childcare costs. Pre-tax money
is deducted from each pay. As eligi-
ble out-of pocket expenses are
incurred and reported, the employee
is reimbursed with funds from the
account. A taxpayer in the 28% tax
bracket, setting aside $3,000 in an
FSA will save $840 in federal taxes.
Educational Assistance Many
employers provide educational
assistance programs. Employers are
allowed to pay up to $5,250 of qual-
ified educational expenses, which
are excluded from the employee's
taxable wages. Additionally, many
employers offer educational assis-
tance and/or low interest loans for
Fringe benefits are a part of your
overall compensation, whether you
use them or not. Now is the time to
review your company benefits and
take advantage of the opportunity to
save money, enhance your overall
financial situation and move closer
to your financial goals. If your
financial position is not where you
want it to be, you must take control
and make it happen!
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered Representative
and Investment Adviser Representative of and secu-
rities offered through Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit wmv.shinnfinan-
cial.com for more information or to send your com-
ments or questions to
shinnm@financialnetwvork.com. Michael G
Shinn 2007


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Local Investment Club Make Entrepreneurism

a Reality With the Opening of Bread & Butter

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Shown above is Kevin Grant, one of the owners of Bread and Butter.

By Cristin Jordan
A banker serving doughnuts, and a
cup of Joe at a neighborhood caf6
may seem odd, but if that banker is
anything like Kevin Grant then it's
the only way to spend a Saturday
"Believe it or not a lot of us were
looking forward to it," said Grant.
Grant is one of several
investors/owners of Bread and
Butter Cafe.
Located on the corner of Laura
and Adams Streets, Bread and
Butter is the brainchild of Quantum
Investment Group which Grant is a
member. The investment Group,
originally branched off from an
investment club started with a few
people strategically studying the
market trying to decipher which
stocks and bonds were most worthy
of their hard earned dough. After
achieving success in the investment

arena, a decision was made to start
a new company. This new organiza-
tion would try their hand at real
estate; purchasing a few plots of
land. The owners said they always
had big plans, with dreams of early
retirement and possibly opening up
a shopping center, hopefully in their
near future. They said it only made
sense for them to start their own
business. After careful market
analysis it was decided they would
start their entrepreneurial efforts by
opening a coffee shop. They felt
downtown was the perfect spot --
hence Bread and Butter Cafd was
This week the group is having
their grand opening. Grant said it's
not uncommon for the members of
the group to work six days a week,
laboring in their day jobs and then
coming to Bread and Butter to ful-
fill their obligations there, but again

Clinton Names Willie Gary

National Campaign Co-Chair
The Clinton campaign announced that Florida attorney Willie E. Gary
has been named a national campaign co-chair. In July, Gary announced his
support for Senator Clinton to an audience of over 200 African American
men who participated in an African Americans for Hillary lunch meeting.
"Hillary is a champion of civil rights, and she cares about the future of
America's youth," Gary stated. "I have much admiration and respect for
her and believe her steadfast values, forward thinking and outstanding
leadership is what our country needs in a president."

Grant doesn't mind. He said it's
hard to put into words, but when
you know it's something you've
created, "there is a total sense of
pride and satisfaction."
Kenny Stevenson, one of the seven
members of Quantum Investments,
said his current profession as a
Registered Nurse offers many chal-
lenges, but it didn't prepare him for
the feat of being a business owner,
but he's excited about the possibili-
"I am very excited. It took a lot of
work to get here," he said.
Stevenson a self taught investor
knew that downtown needed some-
thing on the caliber of Bread and
Butter. He said other coffee shops
don't have that special blend that
makes Bread and Butter so special,
your neighborhood cafd is how he
describes it. Stevenson imagines a
caf6 that is part of the community, a
place where neighbors truly come
to meet, whether it's to have their
homeowner association meetings or
to chat about last night's big game
before heading off to work.
Stevenson said unlike other cafe's
Bread and Butter is a place you can
come throughout the day; coffee
and doughnuts in the morning, and
again for lunch, or in the evening
for a hearty sandwich and a
smoothie. "I think we'll be the next
biggest thing to hit Jacksonville,"
said Stevenson.
Daphne Colbert, another
investor/owner, says her current
profession as an Executive
Assistant has prepared her to be
very organized and prepared for
constant change. "My past experi-
ences have help prepare me for the
ongoing changes the group has had
to endure getting to this point, but
this is what it's all about, company
ownership is the American Dream.
My hope is for the business to
become one of the premier places in
the downtown area, a meeting place
for friends on a Saturday Morning,"
said Colbert.
Regardless of how you take your
coffee, Colbert and the others say
they'll have a cup waiting just for

Simpson Legal
Far more whites than blacks say
O.J. Simpson will be tried fairly in
his armed robbery case and think
he is guilty, according to a poll r
that underscores the nation's racial
divide over its justice system and
the tarnished celebrity.
While 70 percent of whites said
they believe this month's charges
against Simpson are true, only 41
percent of blacks said so, accord-
ing to an Associated Press-lpsos
poll. And while 73 percent of
whites said they believe he will
have a fair trial, only 36 percent of
blacks agreed.

"Go all over the country and it's
just like that, unfortunately," said
Robert Wright, 66, a Falls Church,
Va., accountant who said he
believes he has been questioned by
police because he is black. "A
black person is likely to get treated
and charged differently than a
white person."
For nearly every question, the
survey elicited clashing views
from whites and blacks, as the one-
time football hero and movie star
reprises the role he played a
decade ago when his murder trial
became a litmus test of racial atti-

Three-quarters of whites said
Simpson has been treated fairly so
far by the authorities in Las Vegas,
where he is accused of leading a
group who seized sports memora-
bilia items at gunpoint from two
men in a hotel room. Only about
four in 10 blacks said his handling
has been fair, while about the same
number felt the opposite.
And by 76 percent to 15 percent,
whites said they are unsympathetic
toward Simpson based on the latest
charges against him. Blacks leaned
the same way, but by 53 percent to

Accomplished and Budding Authors Sharpen

Their Skills at One Day Writers Boot Camp






Shown above are conference facilitators, Yolanda Tucker, Wesley Bryant, Twyla Prindle, Ben Frazier and
Lynn Jones at the event for budding and accomplished writers.

My Writers Wings recently pre-
sented the second series of their
Writers Boot Camp/Conference at
the Beaver Street Enterprise Center.
The six hour boot camp/workshop
was designed to educate, motivate
and encourage aspiring writers to
obtain the knowledge to complete
their publishing goals.
Workshop facilitators included:

author Twyla Prindle "Do The
Write Thing", Talk show host Lynn
Jones, "Captivating Your
Audience"; Wesley Bryant, "How
to Shop, Share and Sell Your Book"
and author Yolanda Tucker who
wrapped up the informative forum
by facilitating the "How to Publish
Your Book in 90 Days or Less".
Workshop participants were

inspired and motivated during
lunch by keynote speaker, Ben
Frazier. Frazier is a former News
Anchor and Emmy Award Winner.
He mesmerized the crowd with his
speech "Come Fly with Me on
Writers Wings."
For more information on upcom-
ing workshops, contact Lynn Jones
at 534-6628.


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Prora maicEnirnmntlmpctS tatmen

All meetings: 4:30 7:30 p.m.
Formal presentation: 6 p.m.

Monday, October 15
East Corridor
Regency Square Library
9900 Regency Square Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Wednesday, October 17
North Corridor
Gateway Mall-Stage
(Near Bus Transfer Site)
5258 Norwood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Tuesday, October 16
Southeast Corridor
FCCJ Deerwood Center
9911 Old Baymeadows RD
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Thursday, October 18
Southwest Corridor
FCCJ Kent Campus
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205


To share plans and take public comment regarding Jacksonville's future transit
system's Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. This study will
document community and environmental resources that would be affected by
the purchase of parcels to preserve right-of-way for BRT stations.

Meeting Format
The meeting will be an open house where citizens can review and
discuss the study with staff, and provide input. A formal presentation will
begin at 6 pm., followed by a comment period. Copies of the Draft Tier One
EIS will be available for review starting on September 10, 2007 at the Regency
library address listed above and at one of the following locations:

JTA Offices
100 N. Myrtle Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32204

Southeast Regional Library
10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Northwest Library
1755 Edgewood Ave. W
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Main Library (downtown)
303 Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Webb Wesconnett
Regional Library
6887 103rd Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210

Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact
Winova Hart at 630-3185 or email whart@jtafla.com no later
than seven days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.


S Regional Transportation Solutions

100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3185 Fax: (904) 630-3166 www.jtafla.com

Issues Still Dividing the Races


Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

October 4 10, 2007


September 27-October 3, 2007

Pao4 Ms.prrv's Free Pres

Strong Personal Relationships Can Solve Community Problems

Love is in the air or are those my
grandmother's smothered pork
chops? Doesn't matter because this
week's discourse will focus on rela-
tionships. Sure I should probably
be writing about serious issues like
the City Council passing a budget
with new fees that could have a
detrimental impact on poor folks.
Or I could be writing about the
chronic murders plaguing our fair
city. Those are all fair issues that
deserve a considerable amount of
press because they are so critical to
our community.
However, after reading about
murder after murder and watching
City Council meetings until 2 a.m.,
I decided to approach a serious
issue from a different perspective.
So I am switching from my nor-
mal flavor of ice cream, butter
pecan or political issues or in my
case it should probably be Rocky
Road, but that's another story for
another day. I suddenly have the
taste for some of that sorbet stuff,
which we will equate to relation-
ships, particularly African
American relationships.
So why would the Swami of
Politics, the Sultan of partisan
propaganda be interested or moti-
vated to write about such an
Essence, Ebony type of topic?
Well, because the topic is not as
fruity or soft as it seems.
Study after study as shown that
strong healthy marriages and rela-
tionships normally equate to stable

successful offspring.
In fact, a study by two UC Davis
economists show that divorce and
marriage play much bigger eco-
nomic roles for black children than
white children in the United States.
UC Davis economists, Marianne
Page and Ann Huff Stevens find
that in the first two years following
a divorce, family income among
white children falls about 30 per-
cent, while it falls by 53 percent
among black children.
"This difference increases dramat-
ically in the long run," Page and
Stevens write. "Three or more
years after the divorce, about a
third of the loss in whites' house-
hold income is recouped, but the
income of black families barely
In fact, three or more years after
the divorce, the black families'
income remains 47 percent lower
than if the parents had remained
together. Marriage appears to have
even greater benefits for black chil-
dren whose single mothers marry
than for their white counterparts,
according to the study.
Blacks normally have strong fam-
ily relationships despite the social,
political and economic stresses that
affect our lives. Now marriage on
the other hand is a totally different
The African American divorce
rate is higher than other races and it
seems at time that the only folk
staying together are the old school

married couples. For example, my
grandparents have been together
for like a million years, well actual-
ly over 50 years.
I must admit that most of the rela-
tionships that us "young folk" are
involved are as stable as Mike
Tyson on a good day, but the
majority of my married friends are
in strong stable marriages. Now
my single friends that's a different
story, and speaking of single
African-Americans are the most
unwed group in America according
to the U.S. Census. Census figures
show that 35 percent of Americans
between 24 and 34 have never mar-
ried. For African-Americans, that
figure is 54 percent.
And that's not entirely a bad thing,
however when you mix that stat
with the fact that according to the
Administration for Children and
Families, 68 percent of African
American births are to unmarried
women, compared to 29 percent for
whites and 44 percent for
Of course, I hear the same story
from many of the young black
women there is a lack of "good"
black men to choose from. To use
an analogy, there are a lot of nice
cars, but not enough qualified driv-
But what is a qualified driver?
Many of us of the male species
would say that the problem that
some women have is that their

standards are too high. They would
undoubtedly say that they are not
going lower their standards just to
get a man, but typically end up
doing just that.
I would actually agree that there is
somewhat of a shortage of "good"
men. We all know that us brothers
or black males are being incarcerat-
ed at alarming rates. We know that
there are currently more black
females in college than males.
Seems like I read somewhere that
it's about a two to one ratio of
African American females to
males. It's also painfully obvious
that not enough African American
men are involved in their children's
Now I am not saying folk should
get married just to be married. It's
tough enough to make a marriage
work when you love the person,
but I can't imagine making it work
when you get married "just
because." Just because it seemed
like the right thing to doesn't work.
And just because the woman is
pregnant also rarely works out.
But what I am saying is that
young men and women need to be
much more responsible when it
comes to sex. That means using
protection and birth control. Many
of the problems in the black com-
munity easily relate back to the
lack of a solid family structure.
Signing off from
Reggie Fullwood

A Time to Celebrate: African-American Students

Rise to the Challenges of More Vigorous

By Joseph Wise, Superintendent,
Duval County Public Schools

r sstudents and
mc .-- .Hwe have rea-
son to
applaud their
achievements. And let us do so
while acknowledging that we -
your public school system and the
Jacksonville community have
much difficult work ahead before
every student enjoys high academ-
ic achievement and graduates on
time and prepared for college.
Challenges notwithstanding, some
early success stories have surfaced
and confirm that significant
progress is being made.
Since the No Child Left Behind
legislation was adopted, school
systems around our nation have
been talking about closing the
achievement gap between African
American and other minority stu-
dents and their peers. Not so in
Duval County. Here your school
board made the bold public com-
mitment to fully eliminate the
achievement gap by 2014. This
vision for all of Jacksonville's chil-
dren is what led them to hire me as
your superintendent nearly two
years ago and essentially is what
drives my work here. All of the
costly, comprehensive education
reforms now underway support the
Duval County School Board's
determination to eliminate the gap.
Even though the achievement
gap remains, in Duval County I am

happy to report that it's narrowing.
FCAT scores for 2007 confirm that
the gap in writing scores between
African American students and
their peers has been all but elimi-
nated dropping to three points dif-
ference at the high school level,
and four points at our middle and
elementary schools.
FCAT results on the reading and
mathematics exams show a nar-
rowing trend in the achievement
gap in most, but not all levels. For
example, since 2000 the gap on
FCAT math proficiency tests at
middle schools has steadily nar-
rowed from 33 to 20 points in
2007. During the same time peri-
od, the gap in high schools math
scores dropped from 34 to 18
points. The gap between African
American elementary students'
FCAT reading test scores and their
peers dropped from 36 points in
1998 to 26 points this year.
Public school systems are not
unlike parents. When the expecta-
tions for our children are raised,
our youngsters rise to meet the
challenges. This is why Duval
County high schools students now
must meet the toughest graduation
requirements in Florida and possi-
bly the nation. We are not naYve.
We cannot expect underperforming
students of any race to suddenly
become high achievers without
much support and plenty of safety
nets. We've invested $35 million
this year in instructional technolo-
gy that is designed to provide stu-
dents at all levels with individual-
ized support and instruction. We
and many community partners
offer after- and in-school tutoring
and other safety net programs that

are designed to ensure student suc-
cess in more rigorous coursework.
Raising the bar for all students is
a long overdue social correction.
All students regardless of their
race, economic status or religion -
can be propelled forward in aca-
demic success through enrollment
in more challenging courses. This
leveling of the playing field already
has produced results for African
American students. In Advanced
Placement (AP) courses, rigorous
classes in which high schoolers can
qualify for real college credit
before high school graduation,
African American enrollment in
Duval County Public Schools
(DCPS) jumped 182 percent last
year over the 2005-06 school year.
African American students in AP
courses have grown 463 percent
since 1999 and we expect similar
enrollment increases this current
school year.
More impressive is the success of
African American students in these
rigorous courses. There was a 52
percent increase in college credit
earned by Duval County's African
American students in 2007, out-
shadowing a 22% hike in Florida
and 16% nationwide among their
The number of African American
students in the Class of 2007 in
Duval County public schools tak-
ing the SAT college entrance exam-
ination mirrored the state and
national increases of 10 percent,
but the scores of these Duval
County students greatly surpassed
their counterparts in Florida and
the nation on all three subsections
of the SAT. African American stu-
dents in Duval's public schools out-


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performed their Florida counter-
parts by 11 points in reading, four
points in mathematics and eight
points in writing. These students
outpaced their peers nationally by
16 points in reading, four points in
mathematics and six points in writ-
The problems facing Duval
County are not unique. Urban
school districts around the nation
are struggling to meet the needs of
African American and other minor-
ity students and those who live in
poverty. However, here in
Jacksonville, DCPS has taken the
lead with aggressive, innovative
and challenging programs that will
result in higher student success.
We welcome your support and help
as we move this work forward.
Headlines swirling this summer
focused on the difficult challenges
we still face until all students are
high achievers. We acknowledge
that we fall short on many counts.
However, throughout DCPS, we
believe all students can be success-
ful in tougher classes. The more
difficult the work, the better pre-
pared students will be for college-
level success in a world much dif-
ferent than that of previous genera-
tions. This is why I, we and you
celebrate the accomplishments of
Jacksonville's African American
students as they respond to the
challenges of increased academic
rigor and, at the same time, distin-
guish themselves locally, statewide
and nationally. This is good news.

Dr. Wise has been superintendent
of Duval County Public Schools
since November 2005.

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I South Africa

Worse Now Than

Under Apartheid?
by Bill Reed
/J As South Africa emerges as a leading political
and economic force, opportunities for business,
trade and cultural exchanges are increasing significantly. African
American business people, academics and tourists have flooded South
Africa since blacks "took over" the country. But a leading South African
activist is in America saying that conditions for most of the South African
population are worse today than under Apartheid.
How African American civil and human rights groups and elected offi-
cials who stake their bona fides on protests and initiatives that led to blacks
running South Africa's government will react to Mfanelo Sk. atsha's tour
telling American audiences that the current black government has left the
majority of its people worse off than under the white government w ill be
interesting. As Executive Secretary of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)
of Azania (South Africa), Mr. Skwatsha will be addressing a series of
African People's Solidarity Day events in the US and discussing the need
for economic empowerment for black South Africans.
When he was presiding bishop for the AME in South Africa Rev.
McKinley Young said "Black Americans have always wanted to claim they
could influence world events... this is one case in which African Americans
definitely played a decisive role." African People's Solidarity Day events
organizer Wend. Snyder says "Many people around the world who sup-
ported the struggle against South Africa's apartheid system erroneously
believe that since the installation of Nelson Mandela and the African
National Congress in 1994 conditions have improved. However, Mr.
Sk-watsha will show. the realirt is the opposite. NMan) workers say life in
South Africa today is worse than apartheid". The positions of the Pan
Africanist Congress and African People's Solidarity group files in the face
of African Americans that equated "political empowerment" with "eco-
nomic empowerment".
Post-Apartheid South Africa is an illustration that political and economic
processes run on different tracks There's been political and cultural
progress in South Africa since the end of Apartheid. but half the population
still lives below the poverrt level and wealth remains divided along color
lines. Recent \ears ha.e brought \ast improvements in housing, water and
electricity, as well as political stability and international support. but even
President Thabo NMbeki admits that South Africa is "two nations" one
mostly white and well off, and one mostly black and poor. Statistics from
the Southern African Regional Potert, Network (SARPNi sa) that since
the official end of apartheid in 1994: "households lih ing in poverty have
sunk deeper into poverty and the gap between rich and poor has widened."
Ninety-six percent of South Africa's arable farmland is still owned by
whites and 61 percent of people li'e below the po\ertr line with more than
a third subsisting on less than S2 a da\.
Hardly a rube in matters of his country. r. Sk atsha ma\ be a man
worth hearing. His PAC was formnied when it broke awa\ from the ANC in
1959. It promotes "return of the land to indigenous people" and was out-
lawed in 1960 after the Sharpe\ ille massacre. Its leaders were exiled or
detained for long periods. These included Robert Sobukne. its founder and
leader. who was incarcerated in Robben Island unt:l 1969 and then placed
under house arrest until his death in l['S The PAC \was Steve Biko's part)
and is based on "working for true self-determinanon for African people and
belief that Africa's colonial borders is abandoned in falor of one united
Rather than resting on their laurels after abolishing apartheid in South
Africa, African Americans need to take another look at South Africa and
focus on ways to build the economy and infrastructure through policies and
programs that encourage businesses. pro% ide job training and empower the
The African People's Solidaritr Committee and Uhuru Molement
"African People's Solidanrity Da\ events take place October 13th 21st at
the following LiS locations: October 13th 14th in Oakland. CA at Beebe
Memorial Church. 3900 Telegraph A.enue: October 16th in St. Petersburg.
FL at The Studioi',620. 620 1st A\enue South; and October 20th 21st in
Philadelphia. PA at International House. 3701 Chestnut Street.

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St. Gabriel to Host Patronal Feast Christian Poets Contest

The Links are Coming to Town
The Links are coming to town.. matter of fact around 800 of them. The
Bold City Chapter of Links will host the 2009 Southern Area Conference in
Jacksonville, Florida May 12-17, 2009. In preparation for the bi-annual
confab of the women's service organization, regional leadership recently
met with the local steering committee and chapter in preparation for the
monumentous task. Shown above (left) is Area Director Marie Currie and
Bold Area Financial Secretary and Bold City Member Kathy Wilson Byers
at the meeting at the Hyatt Hotel. The conference will be chaired by Norma
White assisted by Vice Chairs Josephine Fiveash Porter, Roslyn Phillips
and Sylvia Perry.

Evangel Temple to host Candlelight
Service of Remembrance
The Evangel Temple, 5755 Ramona Blvd., will host Community
Hospice for a spiritual program of liturgy, music and candlelight to cele-
brate the memory of those you have lost this past year. You are invited to
bring a picture or memento of your loved one to display on the Memory
Table. This special service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 11,
2007. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served following the service.
Genesis Missionary Baptist to Honor
Minister of Music Lawrence White
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuff Ave., Rev.
Calvin 0. Honors, pastor; will honor their Minister of Music, Minister
Lawrence White, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2007. A spirit-filled
program has beq~ planned, and, the public is cordially invited.
The Gene.g s&gionary Bap.i~st Church Deacons and Deaconesses
will celebrate a joint anniversary at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th. The
community is invited.

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.

Dr. Gary Williams to Speak at
Providence Christian Fellowship
Dr. Gary Williams, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Mandarin, will be the
Opening Night Speaker when Providence Christian Fellowship, 3012 West
12th Street; presents its Annual Five Star Family Conference at 6 p.m.,
Friday, October 19, 2007.
On Saturday, October 20th, the Conference begins with classes and
workshops. A Youth Cert will be presented in the afternoon, and a Gospel
Play will be the highlight of the evening.
The Conference will wrap up at the Morning Worship Service that begins
at 9:30 a.m. dinner will follow. Anointed Speakers from throughout the
state will be presented during the conference. For more information, and to
register for the conference, please call (904) 786-3477 or visit website

Faith Based Northside Organization
2nd Annual Golf Tournament
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.

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

Christian Fellowship
* A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *

Sunday School
9 a.m. ...
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

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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 Sunda) 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.



Central Campus

Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins

5t. Mars Campus o01 Dilwortk, street (9 1 ) 88z2-2z3o
October 7th "Salt & Light" 5UNDAY WORS5HIF i-+5 AM
Tuesday 'raucr Mtg 7:50 p.m. Wednesday 5crvice at 7:00 p.m. Sunday School st 9:o0 a.m. KID5 Ckurck at 10+5 a.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple@evangeltempleag.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf @ Central Campus

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


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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins

(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, October 7th
The Second Coming of Christ
*Are You Ready? Are Your Loved Ones
Ready Is Our World Ready

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
Siuiday 2 PM 3 PM

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

October 4-10, 2007

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411r-Blueprint for Leadership

Recruiting 2008 Class

Recruitment has begun for Volunteer Jacksonville's Blueprint for
Leadership Class of 2008. Classes will begin in January 2008. The
application forms must be returned by October 17, 2007.
Blueprint for Leadership is a six-month (one day per month) training
program culminating in a class service project and one-year board
internship that will prepare you for service on a nonprofit board of direc-
tors. Its mission is to increase community volunteer leadership capacity
which embraces inclusiveness and promotes the value of diversity with-
Z in the nonprofit sector through training and experiential learning.
This volunteer leadership program is designed to identify, recruit, train
and place community leaders on nonprofit boards and other governing
or advisory bodies in Jacksonville.
Participants are professional, business and community individuals
whose backgrounds demonstrate leadership and a commitment to serve
Mary McLeod Bethune Circle Club of Jaksonville Miss Sophomore Rebecca Williams the community. Area corporations, government agencies, civic/fraternal
organizations and human service agencies are encouraged to refer
S.i potential leaders for consideration.
.' a., aTo receive an application you may do one of the following:
... Download an application at www. volunteerjacksonville.org
/_- Click on-What does VJ do?
-Click on Blueprint for Leadership
Call Kim Bomberger, Training Director at 332-6767 x 103 to request
that a form sent to you by mail.
'.i \. : .Scholarships are available.
-. .,;,

Lee High School North Florida Twirling Academy of Jacksonville
Amidst bad weather and horrendous traffic, alumnus, friends and students crammed Daytona Beach, Florida to participate in the Bethune Cookman
University Annual Homecoming festivities. In addition to the bountiful parade, different classes hosted a variety of dances and there was also an offi-
cial reunion for members of the Delta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. The theme for the Homecoming was Wildcats: Universe-City": 103
Years of Evolution. The Wildcats lost the game 33-9 to Morgan State.

Bynum, granted restraining order, seeks financial support

Atlanta, GA Popular televangelist
Juanita Bynum has filed for divorce
and has been granted a restraining
order from her spouse.
The petition for divorce and the
mutual restraining order was
received by the Gwinnett County
Superior Court last week. Bynum,
who separated from her estranged
husband Bishop Thomas W. Weeks

III in June, is seeking a divorce
based on the argument that her mar-
riage has been "irretrievably bro-
ken," and that she is a victim of
"cruel treatment."
The wealthy author-singer is also
asking the court for possible finan-
cial support "that the court may
deem equitable or appropriate."
Bynum, 48, told police in August

that Weeks beat, choked and
stomped her to the ground in the
parking lot of an Atlanta hotel.
Weeks, also a pastor, has denied the
alleged abuse.
He was charged with felony
aggravated assault, felony terroris-
tic threats and two counts of simple
battery in connection with the
alleged attack.

FAMU Student Honored by Black

Caucus Foundation at Annual Gala

Continued from front
Arts Scholarship recipients. The
event was held at the National
Museum of Women in the Arts in
conjunction with the 37th Annual
Congressional Black Caucus
Legislative Conference in
Washington, D.C.
Griggs, a native of Jacksonville,
Florida and the District of Rep.
Corrine Brown, is a Freshman Jazz
Studies major at Florida A&M
University. The Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts graduate was one
of eight national performing arts
scholarship recipients to be honored
during the event. The event also
honored artist Faith Ringgold, Dr.
Eugene Grigsby and Quincy Jones.
Leslie Meek, wife of the
Honorable Kendrick Meek, hosted
the CBC Celebration of Leadership
to an audience of more than 300
guests. During the event Griggs
showcased his talents by perform-
ing two selections with featured
musician and Billboard Top 20 Jazz
Artist Marcus Johnson.
Griggs, has been playing his
trumpet since the age of five and is

The divorce petition in Gwinnett
mirrors a petition Bynum had filed
earlier this month in Ware County.
That petition was dismissed
because it was filed in the wrong
jurisdiction. Lawyers for Weeks,
40, had to move to Gwinnett
because that's where Weeks resides.
The couple have a $2.5 million
home at a Duluth country club.
Bynum, who has declared herself
the "face of domestic violence," has
said she plans to launch a ministry
to help women who suffer partner

Muhammad Ali's Daughter to Bring

Weight Loss Struggles to First Coast
Khaliah Ali, daugh-
ter of Muhammad
Ali, along with Dr. " ...
Robert Cywes,
Jacksonville Weight
Loss Center will host
a free seminar for
those who are more
than 100 pounds
overweight to identi- I
fy their "Moment of a i nwped 1a!
Truth" and assist 'liflates hsnger
them in finding a
At 335 pounds, Shown is Khalilah's book and her before she
Khaliah experienced lost the weight.

her own life-changing "moment of
truth," a personal turning point that
drove her to recognize the severity
of her fight with obesity and seek a
solution. The answer to her prob-
lems was the LAP-BAND
Adjustable Gastric Banding System
- a safer and less invasive weight-
loss surgery option compared to
gastric bypass. She also detailed her
experiences in her new book

"Fighting Weight."
"It took me more than 30 years to
reach my 'moment of truth' and
realize the impact obesity had on
my life both physically and emo-
tionally. Until then, I was constant-
ly fighting my weight, trapped in an
endless cycle of diets and exercise,"
states Ali.
The seminar will be on October
16th at the Main Library in the
Multi-Purpose Room.

Legendary creative artist Quincy Jones took a moment out to greet the

talented Griggs.
attending FAMU on a full scholar-
ship garnered through his musical
talents. The honor awarded him by
the Caucus will contribute to his
education which doesn't cover
summer fees.
The Congressional Black Caucus
Spouses' Celebration of Leadership
recognizes African American

accomplishments in the fine arts.
The annual event lauds the contri-
butions of individuals who have
influenced history and inspired gen-
erations. The purpose of the event
is to raise scholarship funds for stu-
dents who have demonstrated an
exceptional level of talent in the

More Blacks in College Than in Prison

Continued from page 1
which advocates alternatives to
incarceration, have pointed out that
over all, more black men are in
prison than are enrolled in colleges
and universities.
But among 18- to 24-year-olds,
while black male prisoners outnum-
ber black men living in college
dorms, more young black men are
enrolled in college (and live either
on campus or elsewhere) than are
In 2003, according to Justice
Department figures, 193,000 black
college-age men were in prison.
While 132,000 black college-age
men were living on campus, an
additional 400,000 or so were
attending college but living some-
place else.
Among all 18- to 24-year-old men
and women, according to an analy-
sis by Andrew A. Beveridge, a
demographer at Queens College of
the City University of New York,
93 percent more whites, 40 percent
more Hispanics and 29 percent
more blacks were living in dormito-
ries than in prisons.

The Census BureauAfTMs 2006
American Community Survey
found other wide disparities on the
basis of race and ethnicity.
Among people living in group
quarters, whites were almost twice
as likely to be living in a dormitory
than a prison, while Asians were
nine times more likely to be in a
college dorm than in prison.
But blacks and Hispanics were

about three times as likely to be
imprisoned than to be living in a
Put another way, about 46 percent
of the prison population constituted
whites who are not Hispanic, 41
percent were black, comprising
Hispanic and non-Hispanic, and 19
percent identified themselves as
Hispanic. Since 2000, the propor-
tion of the prison population made
up of whites and blacks had
declined slightly; the share of
Hispanics increased.
Among immigrants living in
group quarters, Europeans were
more likely to be in nursing homes,
Asians in dormitories and Latin
Americans in correctional facilities.
In contrast to the prison population,
residents of nursing homes were
disproportionately women (nearly
70 percent, down slightly from
2000) and white (84 percent).
Blacks accounted for 13 percent,
about their share of the total popu-
lation. Almost three-quarters were
75 and older; their median age was

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rage a 1vis. IerIL3 .e

The Toll of Racism

on the Human Body

Part I

This is not new news to you, but statistically, black males in America are at increased risk
for just about every health problem known. African Americans have a shorter life expectan- /
cy than any other racial group in America except Native Americans. In the past, some
researchers have blamed it on poverty -- one of the most powerful determinants of health -
but now researchers are beginning to examine discrimination itself. Racism, more than race,

may be cutting black men down before their time.

It is possible, they believe, that
the ill health and premature deaths
can be laid -- at least in part -- at the
feet of continuous assaults of dis-
crimination, real or perceived. "We
have always thought of race-based
discrimination as producing a kind
of attitude," says Vickie Mays, psy-
chologist and director of the UCLA
Center on Research, Education,
Training and Strategic
Communication on Minority Health
Disparities. "Now we think we have
sufficient information to say that it's
more than just affecting your atti-
tude. A person experiences it, has a
response, and the response brings
about a physiological reaction."
The reaction contributes to a
chain of biological events known as
the stress response, which can put
people at higher risk of cardiovas-
cular disease, diabetes and infec-
tious disease, says Namdi Barnes, a
researcher with the UCLA center.
That protective response includes
the release of cortisol, often called
the stress hormone. It increases
blood pressure and blood sugar lev-
els and suppresses the immune sys-
tem. Those are all good things when
it comes to fleeing a wild beast or a
suspicious sound in a dark parking
lot. But for many African
Americans, these responses may
occur so frequently that they even-
tually result in a breakdown of the
physiological system.
"This whole phenomenon of
cumulative biologic, stress is real,"
says Nicole4auiatiirector of the
Rand Center' for' "ulation Hbiltlf
and Health Disparities.
Racism, Davis says, is something
a black man lives with, although
these days, teaching tennis to, most-
ly, wealthy white people,he doesn't
often feel its sting. "Sometimes
there's stress, but you've got to keep
on living," he says.
Still, the Compton native has
troubling memories of being pulled
over by police as a young man for
no apparent reason, and worries that
such things could still happen to his
boys. "When I was a kid, we never
went through Culver City," he says.
"They'd watch you go in, some-
times stop you. I don't want my kids
getting stopped because of the color
of their skin. They're good boys."
Having survived a childhood of
poverty, with eight siblings, an
alcoholic father and a churchgoing
mother who kept the family cen-
tered and straight, the thought of
sudden illness at this comfortable
point in his life didn't enter his
mind. Although neither Davis nor
his wife thought the 6-foot-3, 250-
pounder who plays tennis for a liv-
ing could be seriously sick, a day

after the first symptoms, an MRI
showed that he had suffered a mini-
stroke. He was lucky. A transient
ischemic attack is a kind of low-
level warning that conditions are
ripe for a more serious stroke unless
the patient follows medical advice,
most typically blood-thinning
drugs, improved diet and exercise.
Death comes sooner
The shorter life expectancy of
black men has been an inflexible
truth since slavery. The gap has
slowly narrowed throughout the last
century, and the most recent
improvement is attributed to lower
accident and homicide rates, along
with life-sustaining treatments for
AIDS, all of which afflict a greater
proportion of black men.
Still, heart disease, stroke, hyper-
tension, diabetes, obesity and most
cancers strike black men sooner,
and cut them down more often, than
white men. And the higher inci-
dence of disease among black men
is set against a backdrop of an
increased incidence of poverty,
which carries with it a multitude of
health problems.
Violence, including accidents
and homicide, lays its claim on
black men early. Homicide is the
leading cause of death for black
men ages 15 to 34, followed by
unintentional injuries. (For white
men those ages, unintentional
injuries are the leading cause of
death, followed by suicide.) In
every decade that follows, for every
S'eading cause of death, he. rates of
disease for black men are dispro-
portionately high. Once they
become sick, they are more likely to
suffer worse consequences and die
sooner of the disease.
It adds up to an average life span
for black men that is 6.2 years less
than for white men, and 8.3 less
than the national average, 77.8
years, for all races and both gen-
The major culprit in the black-
white mortality gap is cardiovas-
cular disease. The death rate from
heart disease is about 30% higher
among blacks than whites, accord-
ing to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. The preva-
lence of diabetes is about 70% high-
er, and diabetes significantly
increases the risk of heart disease.
High blood pressure is the lead-
ing risk factor for heart disease in
African Americans, and some
researchers have speculated that the
cause is genetic. About half the
people in the world are salt sensi-
tive, but about 80% of African
Americans are salt sensitive. That
means that a diet high in salt is
more likely to result in high blood

pressure. But blacks living in
African countries have few
blood pressure problems,
casting doubt on a genetic
link. "Salt sensitivity is com-
pletely related to potassium
intake," says Dr. Karol
Watson, cardiologist and co-
director of preventive cardiol-
ogy at UCLA. "And that's
related to fruit and vegetable
intake." More veggies equals
less salt sensitivity.
But fresh produce is hard to
come by in poor neighbor-
Poverty and lack of access
to health care, more signifi-
cant among blacks, open the '
doors to a host of hazards.
Poor people smoke more,
exercise less and are more likely to
be victims of accidents and vio-
lence. "There's a whole boatload of
things that are in the environments
where they're more likely to grow
up," Lurie says. "HIV, crime, that
kind of stuff. There's a lot of extra
dying going on from trauma."
Anyone living in a poverty-
stricken neighborhood has health
disadvantages, says Dr. Roshan
Bastani, director of the Healthy and
At Risk Population Program at
UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center.
"It's where you live, what kind of
work you do, what kind of food you
eat, access to physical activity,
where you go for health care," she
says. "It's kind of a vicious cycle
that gets worse and woroe'V '
About 250% of AfricaiAmericans
live in poverty, compared with
about 8% of whites, according to
the U.S. Census Bureau's most

recent report, and about 20% of
blacks are uninsured, compared
with about 8% of whites.
And those African Americans
who are poor are more likely to live
in disadvantaged neighborhoods
than are poor whites, according to a
March 1998 report in the
International Journal of Urban and
Regional Research. Only 6% of
poor whites live in high poverty
areas, while 34% of poor blacks
live in such areas, where risks of
violence are higher and access to
fresh, healthy foods and safe places
to exercise are lower.
Vance Pierre, 45, says he encoun-
tered more than a few risks in his
youth, including getting run over by



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a car. As a teen, he and his friends
thought it was fun to jump in front
of oncoming cars to make them
swerve. "I'd be drinking like a 40-
ounce, and I'd say, 'Hey, watch this,'
" he says. "A couple of times I
couldn't get out of the street in
time." His father died of alco-
holism, and today Pierre says he
doesn't drink anymore. He also
knows the benefits of eating fruits
and vegetables, and sometimes will
make a meal of all vegetables. But
more often, he says, it's convenient
to eat out at places like McDonald's
or Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits.
Mysterious disparitySTILL, all
the socioeconomic factors together
don't fully explain racial disparities.
Researchers S.L. Isaacs and S.A
Schroeder, in a study reported in the
Sept. 9, 2004, New England Journal
of Medicine, found that people
earning $15,000 a year or less from
1972 to 1989 were three times more

likely to die prematurely than those
earning $70,000 or more. But at the
lowest levels of income, less than
$10,000 a year, black men still had
a 21% greater risk of death within
the study period than whites.
And in a Feb. 9, 1990, study in
the Journal of the American
Medical Assn., researchers com-
pared black and white death rates
per 100,000 people 35 to 54 years
old and found the black rate 2.3
times higher. When they adjusted
the data for known risk factors such
as smoking, alcohol intake and dia-
betes, the gap narrowed to 1.9

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th n g t o ws t e.I

times, and when they adjusted fur-
ther for income, it narrowed to 1.4
times. How people live, die and get
sick depends on economic class as
well as race, but all of the adjust-
ments combined didn't completely
explain the black-white mortality
gap, leaving about a third of the
problem unexplained, the
researchers found.
The reasons behind that final
third remain a mystery. "Life
expectancy for everyone is increas-
ing, but the disparities are not get-
ting better," says Lurie of Rand.
Seeking to explain that gap,
researchers have grown increasing-
ly interested in the theory, based on
a growing body of evidence linking
stress to poor physical health, that
racial discrimination can result in
unremitting stress. That additional,
ongoing stress might explain some
of the still mysterious gap.
For a black man, a stress response
to discrimination can be triggered
by something as subjective as feel-
ing suspicious eyes on him in a
department store. "That can be
annoying," says Michael Johnson,
38, "You know you've got money
in your pocket to pay, and some-
body is following you around.
We've all felt that. But you get so
used to it, you're numb to it."
In one of the first studies to
examine the effect of discrimination
on lifestyle behaviors, researchers
looked at 3,300 adults, black and
white, from a range of income
groups, ages 18 to 30, and followed
them for 15 years. The study, pub-
lished in the Aug. 13 American
Journal of Epidemiology Advanced
Access, found that 38% of whites
reported feeling discriminated
against in housing, education or
work, while 89% of blacks reported

such feelings of discrimination.
Regardless of income or race, all
who felt discrimination were more
likely to have unhealthy behaviors,
including smoking, drinking and
use of marijuana. "When people
feel they're treated unfairly," says
Dr. Luisa Borrell, professor of epi-
demiology at Columbia University
Mailman School of Public Health
and author of the study, "they're
going to find a way to cope with
that unfair treatment."
Stress of racismPEOPLE feel and
respond to discrimination in similar
ways, though the experience of dis-
crimination is more common to
blacks. Among blacks, it's more
commonly felt among men, the
researchers found.
Mays was lead author on a paper
published in the 2007 Annual
Review of Psychology that exam-
ined studies looking at the respons-
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based discrimination. Experiences
of racial discrimination can set the
brain up for what's known as the
fight or flight response. While that
biological response can be life-sav-
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for heart disease, diabetes, obesity
and infection.
If it happens over and over again,
in large doses of vulgar taunts or
small doses of perceived slights,
parts of the brain become over-
whelmed. Two things can happen.
The brain can shut down the release
of chemicals and people respond
with a kind of numbness. Under
production of cortisol can result in
depression and is linked to asthma,
allergies, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Or it can fail to shut down, leaving
the body at a continuous state of
heightened alert.
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by H.T.Edney
Poverty in rural America, job
deficiencies for ex-offenders, edu-
cational needs for Black males, pre-
venting the stagnation of Black pol-
itics, not enough health care for
Black children and class wars in
Black America.
These, among a string of Black
equality and justice issues belied the
still raging war in Iraq during last
week's Congressional Black Caucus
Annual Legislative Conference,
members said.
"We are spending a hundred bil-
lion dollars a year in Iraq and that
same money can be used to build
families in America," says U. S.
Rep. G K. Butterfield (D-N.C.),
who co-chaired the ALC with U. S.
Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.).
"There are so many issues facing
the African-American community,
but poverty transcends all of the dif-
ferent issues. We've got to tackle
poverty. We cannot have one out of
five children in this country living
in poverty. We just can't accept that.
That's intolerable. And so poverty is
the number one issue facing Black
While the Bush Administration
has striven to keep focus on the war,
Butterfield says tackling economic
issues here at home must continue
as the top battle for America I the
years beyond the ALC.
"We first need to create jobs, we
need to improve our health care
delivery system in America, the sys-
tem that we have is broken and we
need to fix it, but then we've got to
do some other things," says
Butterfield. "We've got a full plate
and we're ready to move forward.
Also, we've got to fix Medicare,
prescription drug coverage, and by
all means we must end the war."
Butterfield talked to the NNPA
News Service following the glitzy
annual awards dinner Saturday
night, among the staple events for
the annual conference. This year's
theme, "Unleashing Our Power,"
described the determination of the
CBC members, including three
Black chairs of major committees,
the first Black majority whip, and
15 subcommittee heads, to push
crucial issues despite the war.
"We are working on a tax bill
that's going to bring relief to 90 mil-
lion people and a lot of African-
Americans are going to be the ben-
eficiaries," says U. S. Rep. Charles
Rangel, chairman of the House
Ways and Means Committee.
Still others, citing Iraq as a pri-
mary obstacle to Black progress at
home, see the war's ending as their
top goal.
"Ending the occupation of Iraq
and bringing our troops home is
first priority," says U. S. Rep.
Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). "This coun-
try has spent a half trillion dollars
on a war that did not need to be,"
says Lee. "And what I'm doing each
and every day in Congress is chal- f
lenging everyone to live up to what
the American people dictated that
we do in November. That is to end
this war and bring troops home."
Democrats view November's
election as a mandate by voters to
end the war after they successfully
landed Democratic majorities in the
House and Senate. The war is also
an issue that will be considered as
baggage for the Republicans in the
2008 presidential elections.
For the past two years, the after- $
math of Hurricane Katrina largely Q
dominated the annual conference, ,
refocusing African-Americans on fic
poverty issues. But, among the
diversity of issues at this year's
ALC, it appears the Jena Six case
illuminated the issue of unequal jus-
tice even as Black political progress pi
was being celebrated, lim
"Barack Obama is running a seri- ca
ous, substinate campaign for presi- AF
dent of the United States, more AZ
Black members of Congress than A;
ever before. At the same time, Jena 53
Sixes are still happening in this re(
country," says U. S. Rep. Artur 00oo


Davis (D-
Ala.), sip-
ping a
juice at a
VIP recep-
tion. "It
will con-
tinue to be
a mixed
bag for a
very long

time...Most of the inequalities we
have in America education, health
care, infrastructure they're all
connected to each other. And so, it's
going to take a while to make
More than 3,700 American troops
have died since the U. S.-led inva-
sion of Iraq in March 2003.
President Bush, who has lost sup-
port from among Republicans
because of the way Iraq has been
handled, says the war is to win Iraqi
freedom. The monthly death toll in

Iraq has slowed, but the casualties
of socio-economic conditions on
American soil continue to rise.
"Our cup is running over," says
U. S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-
Texas). "I call it a second recon-
struction where we are renewing the
rights of African-Americans."
She ticks off a list a issues that
belie the war.
"The frightening prospects of
education for our children, the
question of health care, mainly
quality of life issues. And the one

that is near and dear to my heart
because I truly believe there is not
equality, there's not a sense of jus-
tice and that is the justice system.
I am frightened about the institu-
tionalizing of our children, the
incarceration rate, and certainly I
could not finish this interview with-
out saying that Jena Six opens a
cancerous sore that has been sitting
and we have been attending to it by
band aids and putting salve on it and
all of a sudden it has burst forth."
But, there is hope in that the

ar in Iraq
CBC-ALC and the African-
Americans who came and learned
from the issue forums and brain
trusts will likely take the informa-
tion back to their communities
unleash the power there.
"I still have an abiding faith in
African-Americans," Lee says. "I
think it is imperative for us to renew
our non-violent aggressiveness in
demanding fairness in this country.
And all the get-along to go along,
all of the 'get over it' needs to be
thrown out."

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Holy Day of Atonement

Commemorates Million Man March
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., (JLOC) for the
Millions More Movement combined with The Offender's Advocate
organization will sponsor' Holy Day Of Atonement '.A commemoration
of the 12th anniversary of the historic event of the century the Million
Man March. This celebration will be held Saturday,October 13th from
3:00 8:00 p.m. at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue., between Kings Road and
Beaver Street. Itis open to the general public. Vendors desiring to sell
their wares can call 240-9133 to reserve space. An invitation is extend-
ed to all sisters and brothers that participated in Million Man March,
Million Woman March, Million Youth March, Million Family March
and Millions More Movement March. If you want to know more about
JLOC,visit our website:www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.

Experience Amateur
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 5th. 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.

Jax Reads on Zora
Neale Hurston
The Jacksonville Public Library
will host Jax Reads The Big Read
keynote speaker, Lucy Anne
Hurston on Monday, October 8,
2007 at the Wilson Center, FCCJ
South Campus. Lucy Anne Hurston
is author Zora Neale Hurston's
niece and a well-known Hurston
scholar. She will speak about Zora

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Neale Hurston's life and cultural
influence in her presentation, focus-
ing on the author's time living in
Jacksonville and elsewhere in
Florida. Jax Reads The Big Read
will be held on Monday, October
8th from 7:00 8:30 p.m. It is free
and pen to the public. For more
information call 630-BOOK

"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.

Easy Care
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
at 387-8850.

Amateur Night
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.

Free Discussion on
Black & White
Southerners at UNF
Dr. Fitzhugh Brundage, the

William B. Umstead Professor of
History at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss
"Black and White Southerners and
the Clash Over the Southern Past"
on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. on
the UNF campus in the Brooks
College of Health (Building 39),
Room 1009.
His discussion at UNF will
explore the struggles over the
meanings and uses of the Southern
past, including contemporary con-
troversies over flying the
Confederate flag, renaming schools
and streets, and commemorating the
Civil War and the Civil Rights
The event is free and open to the
public, for more information con-
tact Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, UNF
Department of History, at (904)

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
of Scholarship
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
Scholarship Banquet
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
will have their annual B.V. Gregory

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. The
workshop 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.

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service announcements and coming events free of charge. news
deadline is Monday at 6 p.m. by the week you would like your
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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.l@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 Osborn
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
visit www.jaxcollegefair.com.

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-lJAX (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 20th at 8:00 pm.
Tickets $28.50. Call 632-5555.

Genealogical Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting October 20, 2007 at 1:30
p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd St.,
Jacksonville, Fl. We are very
pleased to have as our speaker, Mr.
Claude W. Bass, III, who has oper-
ated the Clay County Archives and
Historical Resource Center for the
past seven years. His topic will be
"The People of and Visitors to Clay
County, 1800's till...". For addition-
al information please contact Mary
Chauncey at (904)781-9300.

Natalie Cole
in Concert
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.

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.

Clara White Mission's
Pearls & Cufflinks Gala
Celebrating 103 years of commu-
nity service and the 131st Birthday
of founder Dr. Eartha M. M. White.
The Clara White Mission will pres-
ent their annual Pearls & Cufflinks
Gala at the Jacksonville Public
Library, 303 North Laura St. The
event will be held on Thursday,
November 1, 2007 with a reception
from 6 -7 p.m.followed by the gala
and Celebrity Performance. For
more information, please call (904)

Comedian D.L.
Hughley in Concert
Comedian D.L. Hughley will be
in Jacksonville for one night only
on Friday, November 2nd at 8 PM.
The concert will be at the Florida
Theater. One of the original "Kings
of Comedy", he ranks among the
best comedians on Comedy
Central's list of the 100 Greatest
Stand-ups ofAll Time and has made
his name on the big and small
screen as well as the stage. For tick-
et information call 355-3787.

Amateur Night
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is Thursday, November 15th
from 5:00-6:15 p.m.. This is your
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City Council Emails Now Available to the Public [

City Council Secretary Cheryl
Brown announced this week that
the public will now be able to view
the incoming email received by the
City Council as a body.
Additionally, the incoming email
boxes for both Council President
Davis and Council Member
Johnson will be available for view-
ing individually. The access pro-
vided will be "view only" for the
incoming email received during the
previous two week period.
"We as elected officials must do
everything in our power to ensure
the public has complete confidence
that we are performing our duties as
Council Members in an open and
fair manner." said Councilmember
Glorious Johnson.
The feature was added at the
direction of Brown in response to
requests from both Council
President Davis and Council

Member Johnson. The concept
came into play about a year ago but
they decided to wait until new
members were elected. Direct
responses to a constituents email
will not be viewable by the public.
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contracts and meet 'the powers that be' at a recent Matchmakers Conference hosted at the Florida Department of
Transportation. Shown at the event are (L-R) Angel Downing Southward Blackmon Roberts Group Inc.,
Gwendolyn Jenkins and Tiffany Higgins Jenk's Trucking Inc. and Mrs and Mr Kenneth Sandlin of Ken Sandlin
Welding Contractors, Inc. The forums are designed to increase minority opportunities in receiving state contracts.

Following 10 Months in Jail, Michael Bell's Latest Court Journey Begins

Mychal Bell exited the courthouse,
free for the first time in 10 months
last week. He was cheered by a
crowd that included the Rev. Al
Sharpton. But Bell's case is far from
The prosecution of Bell, one of the
black teenagers known as the Jena
Six, led to a massive civil rights
demonstration bringing activists
Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson
and Martin Luther King III to this
tiny central Louisiana town.
Bell was released on $45,000
bailafter the prosecutor dropped an
attempt to try the 17-year-old as an
adult on charges of aggravated sec-
ond-degree battery in the beating of
a white classmate.
He has already had his first hear-
ing in his prosecution as a juvenile.
District Attorney Reed Walters'
decision to abandon adult charges
means that Bell, who had faced a
maximum of 15 years in prison on
his aggravated second-degree bat-
tery conviction last month, instead
could be held only until he turns 21
if he is found guilty in juvenile
Bell is among six black Jena High
School students arrested in
December after a beating that left
Justin Barker, a white student,
unconscious and bloody. Four of

Newly freed Mychal Bell gets in house counseling from Rev. Al
Sharpton and celebrity Pastor T.D. Jakes.

the defendants were 17 at the time,
which made them adults under
Louisiana law.
Those four and Bell, who was 16,
were initially charged with attempt-
ed murder. Walters has said he
sought to have Bell tried as an adult
because he already had a criminal
record, and because he believed
Bell instigated the attack.
The charges were dropped to
aggravated second-degree battery
in four of the cases. One defendant

has yet to be arraigned. The sixth
defendant's case is sealed in juve-
nile court.
Bell's conviction in adult court
was thrown out this month by the
state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal,
which said juveniles could not be
tried as adults on battery charges.
That decision led to Bell's release.
Walters said he changed his mind
because it was in the best interest of
the victim and his family to allow
Bell to be charged as a juvenile.

"They are on board with what I
decided," Walters said at a news
Sharpton and other critics accuse
Walters, who is white, of prosecut-
ing blacks more harshly than
whites. They note that he did not
file charges against three white
teens suspended from the high
school over allegations they hung
nooses in a tree on campus not long
before fights between blacks and
whites, including the attack on
"He never should have been jailed
on this basis in the first place,"
Jackson said in a telephone inter-
view after Bell's release. "To try a
juvenile as an adult knowingly is
child abuse and prosecutorial mis-
conduct. The charges leveled by the
district attorney and the high bond
set by the judge were oppressive
and filled with malicious intent."
Walters called the national atten-
tion on the small town a "trauma
that has been brought upon us."
He also defended his decision not
to seek charges against the white
students in the hanging the nooses.
He said the act was "abhorrent and
stupid," but not a crime.
"There's no crime to charge them
with," he said. "It is simply not a
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Video Game Offers Black Experience
HBCU Bands will be part of the pagentry

Fuqiua-\Varina's Donal \Ware is
the new% Jolm Madden -- rinuallN.
The WAUG general manager and
N.C. Central football broadcaster
is the host and color commentator
for Nerj. zed Entertainment's ne\w
video game. "BCFX" (Black
College Football Experience).
%which % ill be released later this
Like the long-popular EA Sports-
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of Fame former coach-turnied-
broadcaster is the namesake and
talks throughout the game.
"BCFX" \\ill depend on expert
commentary as part of its formula.
And it also will include much of
the pageant\ and music that
makes black college football
"We're going to immerse the user
in things that make black college
football different." said Brian
Jackson, the game's creative
designer and a Howard alumnus.
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ter. You'll actually hear music
throughout the game. The music is
what makes the crowd hyped ...
"We're not just talking about foot-
ball, we're talking about the foot-

ball experience. The bands. the
dancing girls, the drum majors."
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also the bands, the dancers as well
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"The game isn't just for the black
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t3 for the game. "It's to introduce
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game, and he's hoping to get e\ er
MEAC and independent school on
board in the next two weeks. in
time for the game's No%. 23 release
Nerj'zed Entertainment also
recorded each school's band to
accurately get the sound and
movement. Each school's stadium
also "was recorded.
So when a user in New York
pla. s against FAMlR. the user will
hear the Rattler's band. be able to
call authentic plays and.compete at
Jake Gaither Stadium.

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E j| Sherri Shepherd's New Gig Giving Viewers a Rosier View

Does Lizbeth Taylor Have Jungle Fever?
Is a black man about to be Elizabeth Taylor's ninth husband? That's the
rumor going around, as reported
in a lengthy article at thisislon-
According to the Web site, she
recently spent a Hawaiian holi-
day with millionaire African
American businessman Jason
Winters, who at 47 is 28 years --
her junior. "
"Jason Winters is one of the
most wonderful men I've ever -
known and that's why I love '
him," she said recently to colum- ..
nist Liz Smith. "He bought us a ,-.
beautiful house in Hawaii and we visit it as often as possible."
However, London's Daily Mail newspaper believes Taylor wants the
splashy wedding only as a publicity stunt as she attempts to score the role
of Norma Desmond in the upcoming remake of "Sunset Blvd."
She reportedly faces competition from Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and
Barbara Streisand. Colin Farrell has been cast as the leading man.
Currently, the two time Oscar winner is confined to a wheelchair because
of curvature of the spine and the bone condition osteoporosis.
Rock Beats Foxx at the Box Office
The box office smells what The Rock is cooking. The former pro
wrestler's new family comedy "The Game Plan" pulled an upset by beat-
ing Jamie Foxx's "The Kingdom" to place No. 1 over the weekend. "The
Game Plan," in which Johnson plays a football star confronted by the 8-
year-old daughter he never knew about, earned about $22.7 million,
according to distributor Walt Disney Pictures. Universal Pictures' terrorism
thriller "The Kingdom," followed with $17.7 million in its first three days.

Tyler Perry in Legal Battle

With Segreationist Over Land

Perr y s
__ home has
been a
thfor the
i past two
--f years
thanks to
an 89-year-old Atlanta lawyer and
businessman who claims he owns
the property.
Moreton Rolleston Jr., a former
segregationist whose family home
of 40 years was demolished by
Perry to make room for his own
mansion, has not only been a thorn
in the entertainment mogul's side,
but has been a nuisance to local
courts for more than 20 years,
reports the Atlanta Journal
Rolleston keeps filing lawsuits in
efforts to regain the Buckhead
property despite a series of rulings
that have seen him jailed, fined and
threatened with disbarment, the
paper reports. Earlier this month,
Rolleston showed up at the proper-
ty with police cars in tow seeking to
kick out Perry's construction crews,
contending he still is the rightful
"At this point," Perry told the
newspaper, "I just don't know what
to do to get rid of this guy."
Rolleston purchased the property
more than 40 years ago, and in

1962 built his family home a
five-bedroom granite masterpiece
with a large pool and pool house.
Through the years, he managed to
lose ownership of the land, and it
was purchased in Oct. 2005 by
Perry for $9 million, reports AJC.
Perry tore down Rolleston's home
and began construction on his own
30,000 square-foot French
Provincial mansion which should
be ready by Thanksgiving.
Rolleston has been filing lawsuits
to resume ownership of the land
since 1985. He has fought the case
through courts in Cobb, Fulton and
Glynn counties as well as federal
court. When he's lost, he's
appealed, the paper reported. He
has even sued lawyers, sheriffs and
a judge. He's filed for bankruptcy,
only to have that rejected by the
Rolleston was the owner of the
Heart of Atlanta hotel, which
opened in 1956 as one of the top
places to stay between New York
and Miami but only if you were
Caucasian. He refused to accom-
modate black patrons, and even
attempted to apply his segregation-
ist ways to the Atlanta school sys-
tem suggesting the district could
avoid desegregation by selling
school buildings to private busi-
nesses, thereby circumventing fed-
eral dictates. His various attempts
to maintain segregation were ulti-
mately defeated.


Shepherd is quite at home in her new gig, and the fans love her too.

by J. Murray, BV
Many wondered if 'The View'
would be of interest to the show's
audience without last season's resi-
dent trouble-starter Rosie
O'Donnell. There was tremendous
excitement about the addition of
Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri
Shepherd to the ABC daytime talk
show and the ratings are now in.
Goldberg's debut garnered 'The
View's' second-best premiere rat-
ings ever with 3.4 million viewers-
just shy of O'Donnell's premiere
ratings of 3.6. Shepherd followed a
week later with a premiere rating of
3.9 million total viewers -- up an
astonishing 810,000 viewers from
the year-ago weekly average.
"When I saw the numbers, I
screamed," Shepherd said. This
show is something that is outside of
my comfort zone. I do movies. I do
sitcoms. I have never done a talk
show before. I've only been a guest.

It was with a lot of fear and trem-
bling that I took this position. To
see how God moved was just so
awesome to me. He was saying to
me, 'If you just make the move, I'll
do the rest.' There were some Web
sites on the Internet that said if
Sherri does 'The View' I'm going to
jump off a bridge. So today I say to
them, just do the doggie paddle
people. Try not to drown,"
Shepherd told me last week while
sitting in the first-class lounge at
New York's John F. Kennedy
Shepherd, who was headed back to
Los Angeles for an appearance on
the 'Tonight Show with Jay Leno,'
kept getting approached in the
United Airlines lounge during our
interview by fans who wanted to
praise her on 'The View' gig. "Ah,
thank you so much," Shepherd told
a Black airline employee who con-
gratulated her.

"I love United," Shepherd said. "I
know Mo'Nique had her issue with
United, but I have to say that there
are 'sistas' and 'brothas' who are
flight attendants on United. It seems
like every flight I am on there are
some and they are so wonderful and
make sure I am taken care of. I am
going to keep going where the love
In the spirit of'The View,' I could-
n't let Shepherd board her flight
without getting her take on some
"hot topics" and celebrity associa-
O.J. Simpson: "Thank goodness
his flavor is vanilla and not choco-
late. At least black girls around
America ain't got nothing to worry
about. Us black girls can breathe a

collective sigh of relief. I think O.J.
thinks he just finished 'The Naked
Gun' movie and just won his
Heisman Trophy. He thinks he still
popular with Americans! He's still
in those days when he was loved by
America. Back then, he probably
could have gone into a hotel and
taken all of his stuff and we would
have still loved him."
Whoopi Goldberg: "Can I just
breathe? Can I just let out air of
love? She's like jazz to me. She's
just cool! She doesn't let drama
reign. It's so cool to deal with her
because she's like, let's sit down as
girlfriends and talk. She's taken me
under her wing and I am learning a
great deal from Whoopi. And she's
very generous!"

Color Purple Cast Gets Better

and Better with New Additions
Famed vocalist Chaka Khan, gospel
singer Bebe Winans and "American -
Idol" finalist LaKisha Jones are all a
scheduled to join the New York com-
pany of The Color Purple at the
Broadway Theatre, producers
Khan and Winans, both Grammy
winners, will begin their run on Jan. 9
in the roles of Sofia and Harpo. Bebe Winans an Chaka Khan are
Jones, will join her fellow "Idol" among the added cast members
alum Fantasia on Dec. 19 as the
Church Soloist, a character who opens the musical with a fiery gospel
number. Jones will play the role at all performances through Jan. 6.
Starting Jan. 9, she will play the Church Soloist at evening performances
and Sofia at matinees. Fantasia continues to wow crowds in the produc-
tion's starring role of Celie.
For tickets, call (212) 239-6200, visit the Broadway Theatre Box Office
at 1681 Broadway or visit the website at www.colorpurple.com.

Michael Baisden Headed to Prime Time

Michael Baisden
Grown folks radio is headed to
grown folks television.
Radio host Michael Baisden,
whose nationally-syndicated pro-
gram "Love, Lust and Lies" was a
driving force behind the recent civil
rights march in Jena, Louisiana,
will host a Sunday night talk show
on TV One titled, "Baisden After
Morris Day of the famed group
The Time will serve as bandleader
of the new talk show, which is
scheduled to premiere Sunday, Oct.
7 from 10-11 p.m., with original
episodes airing weekly in the same
time slot.

Targeted to a "grown and sexy"
audience, the show explores a wide
range of provocative topics with a
mix of celebrity and special guests
from the worlds of entertainment,
politics, sports and music.
Baisden will open each show
with a monologue, followed by a
celebrity roundtable discussion of
one hot topic, ranging from the bold
and sexy, to the sublimely serious.
Baisden keeps it lively and engag-
ing by bringing the studio audience

into the discussion.
Additional features include a
musical and/or comedy guest per-
formance, as well as input from
Baisden's "Man on the Street,"
comedian George Wilborn, his
radio co-hort and grand-prize win-
ner of TV One's "Bill Bellamy's
Who's Got Jokes?" comedy compe-
"TV One is excited to be bring-
ing radio superstar Michael Baisden
to television," said TV One

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Programming and Production Rose
Catherine Pinkney. "We think the
provocative yet universal topics he
addresses coupled with his energy
and enthusiasm will really resonate
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hat at Disney for Dream Academy

Lonnie Bunch, left, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, navigates through the museum's new Web site
with Tasha Coleman, a development associate at the museum, who helped design the site in Washington, DC. The site (right) utilizes social net-
working technology that allows visitors to the site to contribute content such as personal oral histories.

National Black History Museum Opens Online

The Smithsonian Institution's
museum dedicated to black history
and culture launched last week with
an interactive Web site long before
its building opens for visitors on the
National Mall.
Social-networking technology
donated by IBM, will allow visitors
to help produce content for future
exhibits at the National Museum of
African American History and
Culture. Almost anything is fair
game including long essays, short
vignettes of memories or recorded
oral histories. The museum plans to
add video capabilities in the future.
"The culture of the African
American experience ... is too
important to wait five or 10 years
until the building is open," said
Lonnie Bunch, the museum's
founding director. "I wanted people
to know that from the day I was
hired, this museum exists."
Museum staff will monitor the site
for historical accuracy, and techni-
cal filters will block racist or inap-
propriate comments, said Bunch,
adding that the site is really a "vir-
tual museum" and a new source of
research for curators and scholars.
Inspired by MySpace and
Facebook, Museum officials began
thinking about launching the Web
site during an explosion in the pop-
ularity of social-networking sites
That's when Bunch and IBM
Chairman Samuel Palmisano, who
sits on the museum's advisory

board, got to talking. IBM eventual-
ly agreed to donate $1 million
worth of hardware, software and
services to build the site.
One of the first contributions
came from Michael Lomax, presi-
dent of the United Negro College
Fund and a member of the muse-
um's board. Lomax recalls when, at
age 13, his mother moved him and
his five brothers and sisters from
Los Angeles to Tuskegee, Ala., to
cover the civil rights movement for
Nation magazine. He submitted a
story his mother wrote for the mag-
azine called "Journey to the
Beginning," which recounted his
family's southern journey in 1961.
Lomax said everyone thought his
mother was crazy to take her chil-
dren to Alabama as a single mother
during segregation. He said it was
"horrifying and exhilarating at the
same time" and an experience that
changed his life.
Contributions welcomed
Organizers said they hope people
of all ages and backgrounds will
post messages on the site.
The museum announced a similar
partnership in February with the
Corporation for Public
Broadcasting with hopes of record-
ing about 2,000 oral histories from
black families over the next year to
be placed in the museum's archives.
The StoryCorps Griot project has
been traveling across the country to
collect recordings.

By opening the museum online,
potential donors see that the muse-
um is alive long before its estimat-
ed 2015 opening on the National
Mall, said Bunch, who is working
to raise half the museum's $500
million cost, with Congress provid-
ing the other half.
The museum is opening its first

physical exhibit in Washington,
"Let Your Motto Be Resistance," on
Oct. 19 at the National Portrait
Gallery. It traces 150 years of histo-
ry through 100 photographs of
well-known abolitionists, scholars,
artists and athletes who challenged
negative attitudes about race and

Nominations are drawing to a
close for the first ever Disney's
Dreamers Academy. During the
"Year of a Million Dreams" cele-
bration, Walt Disney World is
reaching out to teens, parents, edu-
cators, and community members to
find 100 high school students with
the potential for greatness to be part
of Disney's Dreamers Academy, an
enrichment event weekend Jan. 17-
Teens, grades 9-12, from across
the nation with a special appeal for
African American teens are urged
to apply to give them the opportuni-
ty to go as far as their dreams and
their imaginations will take them.
During the program, the students
will be immersed in creative, non-
conventional careers at Walt Disney
World. The nomination process
began September 24 and runs
through October 15, 2007.
Selected students will be treated
to complete immersion in career
development. Sessions will include
interactive workshops, motivation-

al talks with sports and entertain-
ment celebrities, and discussions
led by Disney cast members and
executives sharing their blueprint
for success. Workshop topics will
feature everything from business to
architecture/engineering, animation
to set design, show production to
culinary arts, to learning the busi-
ness behind sports. There also will
be free time to enjoy the Walt
Disney World's famous theme
parks and recreation.
For more information or to apply,
contact Annette Gibbs at (407) 566-
5337or email Annette.gibbs@dis-

Author Takes on History of the N-word

Jabari Asim is the author of a 240-
page book about a word he seldom
The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who
Shouldn't, and Why is a thorough
examination of the use of "nigger"
throughout U.S. history, with a par-
ticular emphasis on its proliferation
in popular culture.
The book landed the former editor
of the Washington Post's book
pages time on TV shows such as
The Colbert Report and The Late,
Late Show With Craig Ferguson
when it was published earlier this
Asim, also the author of four chil-
dren's books, recently took over as
editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the
NAACP's signature publication.
Below is a Q &A Asim agreed to:
Q. In July, a month before you
started at The Crisis, the NAACP
held a mock funeral for the N-
word during its annual conven-
tion in Detroit. Were you at that?

whla I. win] iwad- 4 why


A. No, I wasn't. It was just a weird
coincidence. But I appreciated the
symbolic power of the gesture.
Q. It's not dead and buried?
A. No, it was purely symbolic and
in some ways cathartic for the peo-
ple who were involved. We can't
realistically expect that that will put

the N-word to rest.
Q. Was there a specific motiva-
tion for writing this book?
A. It was curiosity more than any-
thing else. It is not a word that I
used. I grew up in one of those
houses where there was a long list
of words that we couldn't say. And
that was one of them.
Q. People who haven't read the
book might not understand that
you're advocating civility rather
than censorship.
A. That's exactly it. I'm totally
opposed to censorship. I'm not
someone who thinks that people
should be prosecuted for hate
speech and that sort of thing. Free
speech is more important and takes
precedence, no matter how hateful
or painful the word may be. We
can't legislate better behaviour, but
we can encourage it and exemplify
it in our interactions.
Q. The subtitle implies there are
people who shouldn't use the

word. Who are they, besides
almost everyone?
A: You've got it. Almost everyone.
The word has no place in casual
conversation or what I usually call
the public square. There is this
defence of the word in the African-
American community where people
say that it's okay for African-
Americans to use the word, where-
as it's not okay for whites, Latinos,
Asians and others, as if we some-
how own this word. I take a very
different view. If there's a word in
the English language that we want
to own, it's not that one.
Q. Who has licence to use it
A. There are cases when its use is
defensible. And that is generally in
art, scholarship, journalism, history
and areas like that. It's impossible
to tell the complete story in certain
contexts without in some way
addressing or acknowledging the
language that was used.


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