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The Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership
Institute has set Jan. 17 for a Democratic presidential debate in Myrtle
Beach, S.C., that will be produced and broadcast by CNN.
In making the announcement, the CBC Institute board chairman, Rep.
Bennie Thompson, said "We are excited about this debate and look for-
ward to hosting the Democratic candidates in South Carolina."
Congressman Thompson also said, "The debate site will be the Palace
Theatre in Myrtle Beach. We are working to complete debate logistics
and will make those arrangements public in the next few weeks."
Bynum Husband Seeking Alimony
The estranged husband of national evangelist
Juanita Bynum has denied that his wife was a victim
of cruel treatment in a response to her divorce filing.
Lawyers for Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III also said
their client is denying that he and Bynum have been
separated, with no contact since June. Like Bynum,
Weeks too is seeking "relief" in the divorce as alimo-
ny or other support granted by the court.
Weeks, 40, was charged with felony aggravated
assault, felony terroristic threats and simple battery on his wife.
Weeks has denied that the domestic violence occurred. He said that he
and his wife have spent time together trying to work things out. But he
agreed in court documents that his 2002 marriage to Bynum has been
Next in the divorce case, which has become public since the alleged
domestic incident in August, attorneys will gather a profile of marital
assets and examine the couple's debt. The couple owns property togeth-
er, including the ministry they built in Duluth, Ga., Global Destiny
Church. Weeks has asked that the debt be split equitably, but not in half.
Deaf Student Victim of Racial
Attack at DC Secondary School
Washington, DC A black student at a secondary school for the hear-
ing impaired in Washington D.C. was held against his will and marked
with racist comments during an incident last weekend.
The words "KKK" and swastikas were drawn on the skin of the deaf
victim, who was tied up for about 45 minutes before being released,
according to Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier. He quickly notified dorm
and school authorities, who called police.
Trouble started brewing when a group of black students and a group
of white students began rough-housing in a dorm. "My understanding is
the two groups engaged in friendly horseplay," Lanier said. But, she
added, the groups got "angry with each other."
The two groups separated, she said, but later, six white students and one
black student -- all between the ages of 15 and 19 -- took one of the black
students into a dorm room and "held him there against his will."
"They used markers to write 'KKK' and draw swastikas on the student,"
Lanier said. They also tied up his hands so he was unable to communi-
cate in sign language.
The residential high school is located on the campus of Gallaudet
University, a higher education facility for deaf and hard of hearing peo-
ple. The high school is administered as a division of the university's
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.
Though no charges have been filed at this time, the children had been
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them and you don't see them.
You hear them and you keep
aalking, or you may give a dollar
the countless others in America
and beyond you just keep
That idea to just
"keep walking" has
taken on a whole new
meaning for the
.. homeless in
a Jacksonville, specifi-
cally the clients of the
Clara White Mission.
For the first time in
the historic institu-
tion's 80 year food
serving history, the
Mission will be turn-
ing away the hungry.
Located in the heart of
downtown, much of
its' clientele are just
This week, the Mission
which normally serves 500 meals a
day had to cut its schedule down
Otis Smith Helps BB&BS Net $96K
Former NBA player Otis Smith returned to Jacksonville last week to pay
homage to the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
as guest speaker for their annual Steak & Steak event which raised over
$96,000 for the youth of Jacksonville. Following a silent auction and
reception, guests sat at a table with two Boys & Girls Club members where
they discussed their experiences at the Club and were treated to the musi-
cal talents of the Lee Boys & Girls Club Chorus. Shown above is Smith
signing an autograph for Justin Coley.
from seven, to only three days a
Cuts from all facets including
local, federal and state funding
totalling over $120,000 straddled
by rising food costs lead to the
decision according to Executive
Director Ju'Coby Pittman Peele.
"This is a very sad day for us",
said Mission CEO Ju'Coby
Pittman-Peele, "it breaks precedent,
and it breaks tradition. Most of all,
it keeps us from helping all of the
people who need us."
The word "need" seems to be an
understatement for some.
Franklin Thomas, shown left said
he relied on the Mission for many
of his meals because he hasn't been
able to hold anything but odd jobs
for years which equals odd, unsta-
ble money. Uninsured, with nothing
but the contents of his push cart in
his possession, Thomas claims that
eating at The Mission allowed him
to eat with dignity.
Pittman-Peele is hoping the cut-
backs are only temporary, to com-
bat the change in budget, they have
Continued on page 3
We Remember the Million Man March
It's been over twelve years since the Nation of Islam's Min. Louis
Farrakhan made a call out to the Black men of America to come to the
nation's Capital on October 16, 1996. Despite the naysayers doubts,
they came. In numbers still debated to the this day, hundreds of thou-
sands, perhaps more than a million Black men participated in a day of
spiritual renewal and racial solidarity in what would become the
largest gathering of Black men in the history of America. There were
no fights, destruction or mayhem. They left renewed to start new lives
with their lives and families with a renewed since of strength. Though
the momentum has slowed, the memory of unfounded unity remains.
We salute the participants of the Million Man March.
Armed Forces Better Think Again if They're
Waiting for the "Few and the Proud" to be Black
Military enlistment among African-Americans reaches all time low
Sumner, MS Apologizes to Till
Sumner, MS Fifty-two years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutal-
ly murdered in Sumner, Miss. by two white men and tossed in the
Tallahatchie River, the town issued an official apology by the 17-mem-
ber county-appointed Emmett Till Memorial Commission.They also
unveiled a marker commemorating the death of the black youth.
The Commission includes blacks who grew up on white members'
plantations, a black woman who moved to Mississippi three years ago
from Chicago, and the wife of the white Republican mayor, whose own
roots in Sumner go back five generations.
The crime, retribution for the Chicago teen whistling at a white woman,
helped to galvanize the nation's civil rights movement. The two men
charged in the murder, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam (both deceased) were
found not guilty after an all-white jury took just an hour to deliberate.
Simeon Wright, 64, one of Till's relatives who traveled from a Chicago
suburb for the ceremony said he was grateful for the county's gesture.
"Back in 1955, Tallahatchie County did nothing to help us. This is all
they can do, and we appreciate it and accept," Wright said.
For Blacks in America, the mil-
itary has long been an institution
where one could go for a future
when college was not an option.
Some joined for money for col-
lege, many just wanted the exclu-
sive lucrative benefits available to
veterans. Now, many African-
Americans who would have chosen
the military have now opted for
other choices any other choice.
Record numbers have been flocking
from U.S. military services since
2000 for a period covering the 9/11
terrorist attacks and the start of the
Defense Department statistics
show the number of young black
enlistees has fallen by more than 58
percent since 2000. Hit particularly
hard is the Army. According to the
Pentagon, more than 42,000 black
men and women applied to enlist in
2000, in fiscal
year 2005, the
most recent for
which a racial
signed up. This
decline is the
any racial group.
10 percent and
Hispanics only 7
The biggest rea-
son for the shun
is not hard to find.
The Iraq War is viewed overwhelm-
ingly unfavorable in the Black com-
munity. And, according to potential
enlistees, it is also the reason they
would rather not sign up. They also
say mistrust of
the Bush admin-
adding to the
with the notion
that black sol-
diers are being
steered to com-
bat jobs, a lin-
point all the
way from the
A recent CBS
showed 83 per-
cent of African-
American respondents said the Iraq
invasion was a mistake. In addition,
the president's approval rating has
hit rock-bottom with black voters at
about 9 percent, according to a
2006 Pew Research Center poll.
The decline in enlistment applica-
tions among blacks is by far the
fastest of any demographic group.
Between fiscal 2000 and 2005,
white applicants declined by more
than 10 percent. Hispanic appli-
cants dropped by almost 7 percent.
Interviews with young African-
Americans confirmed a lack of faith
in the president and the war.
Cyril Perry, 20, a young African-
American from Jacksonville, FL.,
said he doesn't believe in the Iraq
war and won't enlist because of it.
Though the Army would likely con-
sider him an ideal recruit young,
fit, high school-educated, the Iraq
war and Bush's presidency, particu-
larly after the Hurricane Katrina
disaster has kept him and others
that he knows out of uniform.
Continued on page 7
Reevaluate Your Benefit Needs Each Year
By Jason Alderman
Like death and taxes, rising health
care costs are unavoidable. In fact,
you've probably seen your medical
insurance premiums increase sever-
al times in the past few years. A lit-
tle careful planning can help you
ease your bottom line by choosing
coverage that best matches your
needs not to mention save hun-
dreds of dollars on taxes.
Keep these things in mind when
choosing a medical plan during
your employer's open enrollment
period for choosing benefits cover-
age for next year:
If you've recently had (or are
about to have) a family status
change, your coverage needs may
be different. For example, if you're
having a baby, compare maternity
and pediatric benefits between
plans. Other status changes that
may impact your selection include
marriage, divorce, spouse's death or
dependents passing the eligibility
If family coverage is available
through your spouse's insurance,
carefully compare your plan's pre-
miums and benefit levels with those
in your employer's plans. You might
save a bundle.
Ask current doctors if they plan to
stay in your plan's provider network
next year. Out-of-network charges
are often much higher. Also, before
any hospitalization, make sure the
FAMU has launched a
"RattlerWire" blog to communicate
with FAMU supporters. News,
commentaries and announcements
will be posted on the blog.
Individuals can also post comments
and suggestions.blog The comput-
er network is one of the many ways
the University is staying in touch
with supporters to stay informed.
To secure this page, logo onto
hospital is in the network.
Many medical plans now charge
higher copayments for brand-name
drugs than for generics, and some
even disallow certain medications if
cheaper alternatives exist. Ask if
your medications are in the plan's
A bout those tax savings: See if
your company provides health care
and dependent care flexible spend-
ing accounts (FSAs), also known as
reimbursement accounts. These let
you pay for eligible out-of-pocket
medical and child care expenses
you would have paid for anyway on
a pre-tax basis that is, before fed-
eral, state and Social Security taxes
have been deducted from your pay-
You can use a health care FSA to
pay for any IRS-allowed medical
expenses not covered by your med-
ical, dental or vision coverage, such
as deductibles, co-payments, dental
work over plan limits, contact lens-
es and glasses, over-the-counter
medicines, acupuncture, chiroprac-
tic care, smoking cessation pro-
grams and many more. Check IRS
Publication 502, Medical and
Dental Expenses at www.irs.gov,
for allowable expenses.
Dependent care FSAs lets you use
pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible
expenses related to care for your
child, disabled spouse, elderly par-
ent, or other dependent incapable of
self-care, so you (and your spouse)
If your company doesn't offer
FSAs, consult a financial advisor
about other ways to save taxes on
health and dependent care-related
expenses in your particular situa-
Other important benefit consider-
ations. The same family status
changes that might affect your med-
ical benefit choices might also
prompt coverage changes to other
benefits, such as life insurance,
accidental death and dismember-
ment insurance and long-term dis-
ability. For example, if you marry
or have children, you may want to
increase coverage in these areas
since others now depend on your
Also remember that whenever you
gain or lose dependents, you should
notify your benefits department to
change your beneficiary designa-
tion forms that goes for any bene-
fit or investment plans you carry on
your own as well.
Don't just automatically check
"same as last year" on your enroll-
ment form. You could be missing
out on ways to save on health care
costs and lower your taxes.
Bob Johnson Opens Car Dealership
Black America's favorite self
made billionaire has entered yet
another industry cars.
Johnson, whose business resume
include owning a NBA team, a film
company, financial institutions, and
hotels, is forming a new automo-
What's in Your
"You cannot give what you don't
have." These are those who pos-
sess a good heart and a desire to
give, yet they have very little to
offer. Why? Because they have not
first added value to themselves.
Making yourself more valuable is
not an entirely selfish act. When
you acquire knowledge, learn a
new skill, or gain experience, you
not only improve yourself, but you
increase your ability to help others.
Personal growth and develop-
ment is critical, so read books, lis-
ten to tapes, attend conferences,
learn from smarter, better leaders.
This is the most important thing
you can do to help others.
As you improve yourself you
improve your ability to help others
and add value. The more you grow,
the more you help others grow. My
advice to you:
Prepare yourself: education &
training (workshops, read), experi-
ence volunteer if you have to.
Get a personality transplant:
Toastmasters, Dale Carnegie
Course; learn sales techniques.
Read the EMYTH and Success
Runs In Our Race.
Build a network: personal, oper-
ational, strategic... you can't get
them on your own!
Save your money: protect your
assets (bad credit, and gratuitous
spending). Delay your gratifica-
tion. Invest in what you love and
know. If you love it but don't
know it... find someone who does
and serve them eagerly.
Leverage whatever assets you
have in addition to your ability and
Bottom Line: Said simply: If
you want to add value to people,
you must make yourself more
tive partnership, with Mack
McLarty, who served as chief of
staff for President Clinton and
Steve Landers, an experienced
automotive dealer. Both McLarty
and Landers combined their
resources and automotive expertise
in 2004, forming the Arkansas-
In this partnership, Johnson is
expected to invest about 60 percent
of the capital needed to fund RLJ-
Partnership, while the remaining 40
percent will come from his new
partners. This joint entity will carry
Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Scion
Johnson hopes to grow his new
automotive partnership fairly
quickly. He projects revenues to
over $1 billion in the next three to
five years. If he accomplishes this,
Johnson will play in the same
league as Gregory Jackson, CEO of
Prestige Automotive Group, (No. 1
on the 2007 BE 100 Auto Dealer's
list), which generated $1.5 billion
in sales last year.
One way to achieve this goal is by
adding more dealerships, specifi-
cally acquiring franchises that are
hard to get for African Americans-
BMW, Lexus, Mercedes, Infiniti
and Mini. Johnson shouldn't have a
problem acquiring these brands if
he so chooses to.
Currently African Americans own
less than 2%, and ethnic minorities
own 5 percent of America's 41,000
"I can't beat your mother's greens
and cornbread. I'm smart enough to
know that. But in her absence we're
just about the best." The late
William F. (Bill) Williams was
president and co-founder of Glory
Foods?, Inc., a Columbus, Ohio-
based company that markets a spe-
cialty line of Southern-style vegeta-
bles. When Williams and partners,
Iris Cooper, Dan Charna and the
late Garth Henley discussed the
concept for Glory Foods in 1989,
supermarket shelves contained a
variety of ethnic brands for Jewish,
Hispanic and Asian consumers, but
there were none symbolic of the
The partners were challenged to
develop this marketing segment by
offering products that were not only
culturally pleasing, they also dupli-
cated the fresh homestyle taste of
vegetables seasoned with the flair
of down-home Southern style cook-
In 1992, following years of
research development, testing and
sampling, Glory Foods' seasoned,
canned vegetables were introduced
to the marketplace. Today, Glory
Foods brands are available nation-
ally and offer a wide selection of
products that appeal to a cross-sec-
tion of consumers. The company is
built on a tradition that honors a
cooking style passed down from
generations of Southern cooks.
Williams understood this tradition,
and he relished the memories of his
mother's cooking. While in high
school, he worked part-time as a
bus boy in a local Columbus, Ohio
restaurant. His fascination with and
interest in food preparation soon
impressed the restaurant's owner,
who became his mentor.
Williams was a quick study. He
prepared recipes and sauces for the
restaurant, and encouraged by his
mentor, he applied and was accept-
ed to the Culinary Institute of
America (CIA), where he graduated
with honors. He went on to earn a
Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and -
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I I Boot Camp Guard Testifies About Youth's Death
Sen. Tony Hill Tony Nelson
Hill, Nelson on South African Trade
Tour for Jacksonville Business
State Senator Tony Hill, Sr. and
Jacksonville Port Authority
Chairman Tony Nelson, will join a
Florida delegation of Florida busi-
ness men and women for a South
African Trade Mission. Their visit
from October 13-22nd will include
Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bela Bela,
Cape Town, East London and
Windhoek as a continuation of
Florida's effort to expand business
and cultural partnerships in south-
ern Africa. The delegation repre-
sents a variety of goods and servic-
es, including security services,
workforce training, market analysis
and furniture manufacturing.
The inbound mission is organized
by Enterprise Florida, Inc., the lead
economic development agency for
Florida. It is organized through its
office in Johannesburg. Hopefully,
the trip will result in international
business expansion for small and
medium companies through these
types of trade missions and trade
lead development. Uniquely, the
Africa program is also designed to
promote two-way trade and invest-
ment as an effort to develop mutual
"Our shared culture of hospital-
ity and diverse communities posi-
tion us well to serve as the
"Gateway" for cultural and com-
mercial development into the
Caribbean, Latin America and the
rest of the United States, in
Florida's case, and as the
"Gateway" into the African conti-
nent in the case of South Africa."
PANAMA CITY, Fla. A juvenile
boot camp supervisor charged with
killing a 14-year-old boy testified
Tuesday that guards would have
stopped hitting the unresponsive
teen if he just kept exercising.
"At any time he could have
walked, got up, finished the run,"
guard Charles Helms said when a
prosecutor asked him how Martin
Lee Anderson could have gotten out
of the situation.
Helms is the highest ranking of
seven ex-guards and a nurse on trial
for manslaughter. Guards repeated-
ly hit the boy and forced him to
inhale ammonia after he collapsed
while running laps at the camp in
January 2006. The nurse stood by
watching the videotaped alterca-
tion. Anderson died early the next
day at a hospital.
Prosecutors say the guards suffo-
cated Anderson by covering his
mouth and forcing him to inhale
ammonia fumes. Guards say they
were just following camp proce-
dures to restrain him because he
Helms said he did not initially see
Anderson's condition as a medical
emergency and his main concern
was to get the teen to comply with
orders. He said Anderson showed
"signs of life" throughout.
Defense attorneys also say the
death was unavoidable because he
had undiagnosed sickle cell trait, a
genetic blood disorder. Prosecution
witnesses however have testified
that Anderson would have
died even without the disor-
Prosecutor Mike Sinacore
asked Helms if he provided
paramedics and emergency
room doctors with the details
about what happened to
"When the paramedics
arrived you did not tell them
about all the times Martin
Lee Anderson had fainted,"
Sinacore asked Helms.
Helms said he did not.
"You did not tell them about
all the time you applied ammonia
nor did the nurse. You did not tell
them you covered his mouth when
you applied the ammonia. You told
Gary to Keynote Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
Atty. Willie Gary
The Jacksonville Branch
NAACP will host the 42nd Annual
Freedom Fund Dinner on Tuesday,
November 6, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. The speaker will
be Attorney Willie E. Gary,
renowned attorney from Stuart,
Florida, who is known for his suc-
cess in high profile commercial liti-
gation. Attorney Gary is well
known in Jacksonville for sponsor-
ing the Willie Gary Classic between
Edward Waters College and Shaw
The Annual Freedom Fund
Dinner is the Branch's major fund-
raising event and the goal this year
is to raise enough funds to hire an
Executive Director to man the
office; provide financial support to
the ACT-SO Program for high
school participants; and support
various committees that are work-
ing to improve community relations
The public is encouraged to sup-
port the event, hear a dynamic
speaker, and become directly
involved. Tickets are $50.00 per
person and may be purchased by
calling the NAACP office at 764-
7578, E.G. Atkins at 768-8697, or
Mr. Rumlin's office at 764-1753.
Anderson's mother, shown above has
vowed no to let her sons death be in vain.
them he was exercising and he col-
lapsed," Sinacore said.
Helms said that was correct.
Sinacore also questioned Helms
about errors in his report on the
encounter. Helms said they were
because he was in shock and hadn't
slept in two days. He traveled from
the Panama City boot camp to the
Pensacola hospital where Anderson
died early morning of Jan. 6, 2006.
Sinacore said the report excluded
details about exactly how numerous
ammonia capsules were used, how
many times Anderson fainted and
exactly what Helms did to the teen.
"At the time you wrote this report
you knew Martin Lee Anderson's
death would be investigated, you
knew the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement would be
involved. Obviously everyone was
going to have questions," Sinacore
City's Historic Clara White Mission Issues Call to Action for Community Help
Continued from page 1
Continued on page 3
implemented a community, "Call to
Action", calling in everyone from
inidiviual citizens to clubs and cor-
porations for assistance.
"We hope we don't have to go fur-
ther than this. And we hope this is
only temporary." said Pittman.
Thomas says he escapes his real-
ity by reading which he enjoys.
Sometimes the Mission will let
them have free magazines and they
also have a library. As a high school
graduate, he had planned on going
into the military. After being turned
down because of a hearing deficien-
cy in one ear, a series of tragedies
created his journey that has
immersed him into his fourth year
"When, 'Ms. Coby' announced to
us why the free meals would be cut,
he was horrified.
"I wondered what in the world the
city expected us to do," Thomas
noted. "It reminded me of the
French Revolution when the queen
told the hungry people, "just let
them eat cake."
Yes, that is correct, the same man
who often panhandles near public
buildings, who gets walked past -
was quoting Marie Antoinette.
Other area non profits are pre-
pared to handled the overgrowth on
their already slim budgets. but
sooner or later, City Hall needs to
be cognizant of the long term
effects of what people will do when
they don't have food.
Thomas said he will likely try the
other few shelters that serve food
daily, but it wouldn't be the same.
"Sometimes they would play
music and you will even get served
like you was in a restaurant." said
Thomas. "I know I don't have noth-
ing, and part of that is for me to
blame, but that don't mean people
have to treat you like that."
Despite their decreased services with food, the Clara White Mission
will continue to assists homeless and low income members of the com-
munity in the transition to independence and permanent housing. It
provides up to twenty-four months of housing delivered in combina-
tion with on-site, specialized vocational training and supportive serv-
ices, including case management, mental health counseling, substance
abuse treatment options, health services and life skills training. For
more information, on how to help, call 354-4162.
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Honorees Named for Women of
Color's Ebony and Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc. presents its fourth
annual Ebony and Ivory Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at the
Jacksonville Omni Hotel at 7:00 p.m. The black-tie affair and evening
of elegance will include dining, dancing; achievement awards, silent
auction, and live music.
The Awards are given to women who have made a significant impact
in the area of health, education, and economic development. Nine out-
standing nominees will be recognized during the evening Health (Dana
Ferrell-Birchfield, Elizabeth Means, Pamela Rama, M.D.); Education
(Judy Galindo, Marcelle Lovett, Nongongoma Majova-Seane); and
Economic Development (Hester Clark, Mary Fisher, Martha Valdes-
Pellino). In addition, this year's Community Service Agency Award is
to be presented to the PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
For ticket and additional information please contact Dr. Helen Jackson
at (904) 635-5191 or obtain tickets on-line at woccf.org.
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It's Time to Kill the Notion that Black Athletes are Role Models
Many dictionaries define the ath-
lete the same way. Encarta says that
an athlete is, "Somebody who has
the necessary abilities to participate
in physical exercise, especially in
competitive situations such as
games, races and matches."
The definition doesn't say any-
thing about being a model citizen,
staying away from drugs and not
committing crimes. However, we
normally hold our athletes, regard-
less of color to a higher standard
than normal everyday folks.
It's human nature. We assume that
just because someone makes a ton
of money and we see them on tele-
vision on a regular basis that they
are different than most of us.
But how many times have we seen
a story where this athlete or that
one, was arrested for a DUI or was
suspended from play for violation
of drug policies or was arrested for
It's in the news on a daily basis.
This summer one of the Denver
Broncos team members was killed
outside of a club. Over the past two
years more Cincinnati Bengals
players have been arrested than
Bobby Brown, which is hard to do.
In total, eight Bengal players were
arrested over a two-season period
for a number of different offenses.
Of course, all of them were African
Some athletes embrace the fact
that they are looked up to while
others feel that it's not their job to
be a mentor or role model for your
children. Shaquille O'Neal once
said, "I realize that I am a role
model.... The best thing for me and
other athletes is to stay out of trou-
Bob Gibson was one of the first
black athletes to play in Major
League baseball. Much like Jackie
Robinson people expected Gibson
to be a role model for other African
Americans, especially black youth.
Gibson rejected that notion, say-
ing, "Why do I have to be an exam-
ple for your kid? You be an exam-
ple for your own kid." This com-
ment may cold to some, but many
black athletes from the past and
present feel the same way.
Former NBA superstar Charles
Barkley definitely did.
Barkley famously announced, "I
am not a role model" in a Nike ad
and then consistently managed
himself in that very way.
Not everyone embraces being a
role model like O'Neal or being a
leader like Muhammad Ali who
once said, "I believe I was born to
help my people to be free."
I asked this question in an article
several months ago, "Should black
athletes be held to higher standards
because they make a lot of money
and are on television or are leaders
of their respective teams?"
This was asked before the Michael
Vick dog fighting issues and the
recent problems that Olympic ath-
lete Marion Jones is having.
Yes, it's a sad statement, but ath-
letes and entertainers are often at
the top of the role model totem pole
with teachers, doctors, lawyers,
public servants, etc. in the middle
or at the bottom.
Some of you may be saying that
the Charles Barkley's of the world
certainly make a valid point. But
let's be real folks.
Yes it is up to the parents to give
their children positive role models,
but in many cases it is not neces-
sarily possible for various reasons
and that the secondary role models
like athletes and entertainers
become the primary sources of a
child's inspiration. That's one of
those unfortunate realities of life.
One of the problems that those on
the "I'm not a role model" side have
failed to realize is the mimic factor.
Imagine if Michael Jordan would
have said I am not a role model
back in the 80s and 90s. It wouldn't
have mattered because MJ changed
culture whether he wanted to or
Because Jordan was the best, most
exciting player in the NBA, every-
one wanted to be like him. He
changed not only the NBA game
itself because of his skill, the fash-
ion and culture of the league.
Players like Jordan realized that
no matter how much he said that he
didn't want to be a role model he
was going to be considered one
The truth of the matter is that none
of us get to opt out of our obliga-
tion as role model. Some young
man or woman may be reading the
Jacksonville Free Press every week
and now he or she wants to be like
Rita Perry and publish their very
own newspaper their way.
So we are role models whether we
want to be or not. So what gives
these professional athletes the right
to opt out? Someone is always
watching our behavior and our suc-
cess or failures influence or others
Think about it this way people
naturally look to their more suc-
cessful peers to find the blueprint
for their own success.
So my message to the black ath-
lete is simple you are a role model
get over it. I would prefer that it not
be the case, but it is a fact that we
can not free ourselves of.
The question now becomes how
do you conduct yourself knowing
that you are a prisoner to the
byproduct of your success Mr.
and Ms Role Model?
Signing off from the MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation,
1 More than his Grandfather's Son:
A little more
than a year after his bruising
Supreme Court confirmation battle
a media gun shy Clarence Thomas
made his first cautious public
appearance. He wanted the friendly
of friendliest audiences and chose
Mercer University, a conservative
law school in Georgia for his
speech. In his talk, Thomas got
right to what he wanted to say or
more particularly whom he wanted
to lambaste. He cloaked himself in
the martyr's garment and said that
he expected to be treated badly by
blacks for daring to challenge the
tenets of racial orthodoxy. "You
were considered a traitor to your
race, and not considered a real
A decade and a half later Thomas
hasn't budged one inch from his
relentless public and private war
against civil rights leaders and lib-
eral Democrats. In his autobiogra-
phy, My Grandfather's Son, his war
of ideology and words shows no
signs of abating. He wraps himself
just as tightly in the martyr's gar-
ment as he did in his Mercer
speech. He sledgehammers liberal
Democrats and civil rights groups
just as hard as before.
In trying to make sense of
Thomas' doctrinaire, contrarian
court votes and opinions, and his
private war against civil rights
groups the plain answer is that they
are payback to civil rights and civil
liberties groups for trying to wreck
his confirmation to the high court.
But there's more to it than that. For
the thin-skinned Thomas race has
always lurked close to the sur-
understanding Clarence Thomas
face-often too close. And it's inti-
mately, but falsely, intertwined
with the debate over conservative
In the Mercer speech, and any-
place else where he's gotten the
chance, Thomas has repeatedly
bristled at the knock that civil
rights leaders don't consider him a
real black person because of his
ultra conservative views. He railed
at that and them in his Mercer
speech but for far different reasons
than his black critics say. Many
blacks expect whites to espouse
conservative views. That expecta-
tion is deeply colored by race. They
can't separate racism from conser-
vatism. Since many blacks view
whites as racist or as having racist
views, they believe that conser-
vatism must be an expression of
racial blinders. But racism and con-
servatism can be mutually incom-
patible. There is no one to one cor-
relation between a conservative's
espousal of free market economics
and their attack on government reg-
ulations and them being a racial
bigot. Yet the notion that a conser-
vative is by definition a racist is
deeply ingrained in the belief of
Thomas has occasionally warned
Republicans about racial insensitiv-
ity. And there are many blacks
whose views are just as conserva-
tive as his in opposing abortion and
gay rights and affirmative action
and are just as hard line on crime
and punishment. It matters not.
Thomas can't win. Civil rights
leaders will continue to brand him
as a fake, inauthentic black man.
He's the black guy who sold his
soul for a few pieces of conserva-
tive and even racist silver to them.
The gentile 60 Minutes profile on
him so infuriated Thomas bashers
that they announced that they'd
take the airwaves to set the record
straight about him.
The notion that Thomas is not just
a Judas and traitor but unfit to be
called a real black man bothered
the man that Thomas replaced on
the high court, Thurgood Marshall.
The liberal, activist, blunt spoken,
civil rights icon Marshall is every-
thing that civil rights groups con-
sider to be the stuff that makes up a
real black man. In other words
everything Thomas isn't. But in a
two hour meeting after his nomina-
tion, Marshall warned Thomas that
he would be held to a far harsher
standard of scrutiny on and away
from the bench than a white con-
servative in the same spot.
That's even more glaring in the
way civil rights leaders link
Thomas to Antonin Scalia. The
ultra conservative Scalia is so
organically welded to Thomas in
their lock step judicial votes and
opinions, civil rights groups rou-
tinely slam him as Scalia's lackey.
That's another way to say that
black conservatives are the puppets
and Republicans are the string
pullers. Yet there was not a peep of
criticism that Marshall and liberal
justice William Brennan were vir-
tual bopsy twins in their votes and
opinions. There was no suggestion
that Marshall took orders from the
liberal white justice.
Thomas's conservative, unortho-
dox, views and legal opinions on
the death penalty, age and gender
bias, first amendment, prisoner
rights and affirmative action cases
were well known by the time he hit
the court in 1991. It could hardly be
said that Thomas latched on to judi-
cial conservatism solely to curry
favor with white conservatives to
snatch a seat on the high court. Yet
the belief that he did guarantees
that the grandfather's son will be
man civil rights groups and
Democrats will perennially loathe
as the black that got away. Judging
from his book, Thomas will return
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author
and political analyst. His new book
The Latino Challenge to Black
America: Towards a Conversation
between African-Americans and
f Opportunities for Getting
Good Government Jobs
by Bill Reed
"We must have a government that thinks differently,
so we need to recruit talented and imaginative people
to public service" George W. Bush
With nearly 2 million civilian employees the
Federal Government is the Nation's largest
employer. Over a quarter million African
Americans hold federal government jobs. Good government jobs pay
above average starting salaries, offer quality training and job security, and
practically guarantee promotions through the middle ranks. Five of six
Federal employees work outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The Federal Government's essential duties include defending the U.S.
from foreign aggression and terrorism, representing U.S. interests abroad,
enforcing laws and regulations, and administering domestic programs and
agencies. The legislative, judicial, and executive branches are the opera-
tions of the Federal Government. Of the three, the executive branch the
office of the President has the widest range of responsibilities and
employs 96 percent of all Federal civilian employees. The executive
branch is composed of the Executive Office of the President, 15 executive
Cabinet departments and nearly 90 independent agencies.
While African Americans have been in the employ of the government for
years their succession beyond middle ranks has been modest. Recently,
Chicago Congressman Danny K. Davis introduced legislation that pro-
motes diversity programs in the government's career executive ranks.
Davis' bill is aimed at developing a more diverse cadre of senior executive
federal executives. It will create a federal office to oversee diversity % ith-
in the Senior Executive Service.
The Senior Executive Service (SES) is the federal government's core of
top managers. Its approximately 6,300 members manage many of the fed -
eral government's most important programs in national security and
defense; science and technology; agriculture; the environment; and, infor-
mation technology. Reports by the Government Accountability Office
show low numbers of women and minorities in the SES. Of 6,350 career
SES members 325 are black men and 221 black women. The over-x helm-
ing majority of SES members are white 3,900 men and 1,436 %%omen.
Federal Government Senior Pay Level (SPL) positions include the S ES and
other employees earning salaries above grade 15 in the General Schedule.
This pay level represents 1.05% of the total federal white collar workforce.
Of the 15,308 SPL positions in federal government, 7.09% are occupied b\
blacks. In the "feeder grades" to SPL positions, GS grades 14 and 15, the
black participation is 8.78%.
Toward the future, Davis' bill and aspirations of Black America's best and
brightest coincide. All federal agencies have to attract, develop and retain
a competitive, highly qualified workforce and have succession plans and
capable people in line ready to ascend and manage and direct major gov-
ernment operations. Congressman Davis says: "Diversity is one of our
nation's great strengths. Ensuring that diversity at this critical level of gov-
ernment operations will strengthen the Senior Executive Service and
improve the functioning of federal agencies."
As Davis' bill makes its way toward law, enterprising African Americans
should initiate processes that position them in the federal government
pipeline for SES jobs. The SES pay rate starts at over $100,000 per annum.
Another incentive is that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management esti-
mates that 90 percent of federal executives will be eligible to retire o\ er the
next 10 years. Contacting the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900
E Street NW, Washington, DC 20415 [ (202) 606-1800, www.opm.gov will
get more black applicants at the front of the line.
Also take note of the White House Fellows Program sponsored by the
President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Fellows receive a
salary and benefit package from the department/agency to which they are
assigned. Compensation is commensurate with the federal pay grade GS-
14, step 3. Fellowships are for one year and begin on September 1, and end
on August 31. The application deadline is February 1. To be eligible,
applicants must be a U.S. citizen and may not be a current Federal govern-
ment employee (with the exception of career military personnel), nor may
they hold an official state or local office during their fellowship year.
Contact the Commission at: 712 Jackson Place, N.W., Washington, DC
20503, (202) 395-4522, Web Site: http://www.whitehousefellows.gov.
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Genesis Missionary Baptist to Honor St. Gabriel to Host Patronal Feast
Minister of Music Lawrence White Churches and the community are invited to join St. Gabriel's Episcopal
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 been planned, and the public is cordially invited .
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church Deacons and Deaconesses
will celebrate a joint anniversary at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th. The
community is invited.
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.
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
Lat 9.30 a.xalinner will follow.- AnointedS.peakers frornthroughout.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
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."
St. Matthews Celebrates Church &
Pastor's Anniversaries, October 21st
St. Matthew Baptist Church, 3731 Moncrief
Road, will celebrate the 106th Anniversary of the
Church, and Pastor George A. Price's 44th year as
Pastor of St. Matthew, Sunday, October 21, 2007.
The day's activities will begin with Sunday
School at 9:30 a.m. The Anniversary Theme is
"Jesus Christ The Lifeline to Salvation."
Pastor Price celebrated his 50th year of preach-
ing on Sunday, August 19, 2007, and looked back
on that special beginning under the direction of
Rev. Joseph Rector, in San Antonio, Texas.
Pastor Emertis Lynnwood Daye of Zion Baptist
Rev. George Price Church, Newport News, Virginia; will be the guest
minister at the 11 a.m. service.
Pastor Ernie L. Murray Sr., of St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church,
Jacksonville, will deliver the message at the 3 p.m. service.
The St. Matthew Mass Choir will host a musical concert featuring
Soloist, Sister Deloris Quaranta, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening.
Sister Sallie Harris, anniversary chair is praying for a successful cele-
bration, your presence will answer her prayers.
Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary to
Host E. Florida & Bethany Association
The East Florida and Bethany Baptist Association, Moderators Emeritus,
Rev. R. L. Wilson and Rev. Dr. Odell Smith Jr. will the 114th Annual
Session, Rev. Dr. Kelly E. Brown Jr., Moderator; at the Greater Mount
Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, 1462 Prince St.
The Session will open Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. The Session
will continue nightly Wednesday thru Friday, October 24-26th. All are wel-
Sword & Shield Outreach Ministry
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On Sunday, October 14, 2007, at 3:45 p.m., the Sword and Shield
Kingdom Outreach Ministry, at the Father's House Conference Center,
S1820 Monument-Road., Building 2; will hold Serious Praise Service.
"When Praises go up, Blessings come down!" Rev. Mattie W. Freeman,
Pastor; will deliver the message. The community is invited.
Southside Church Of God
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Rev. Kenneth Kirksey, Pastor of the Power House of Faith Church, in
Waycross, Georgia; will be the guest speaker when the Southside Church of
God in Christ presents their Annual Men's Conference Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, October 18-20, 2007. Rev. Kirkey will be the speaker on
Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. The Guest Speaker on Friday evening will
be Dr. Kendrix Gardner, Pastor of the Christian Love Ministry, in Valdosta,
Georgia. Dr. Roger Lotson Sams, Pastor of Memorial Church of God in
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National Baptist Convention to Join Other Baptist Groups for Unity
A prominent group of black
Baptists announced plans to join
thousands of other Baptists in seek-
ing to cross differences and present
an image of unity to the public.
The National Baptist Convention,
USA, Inc. the largest African
American religious organization in
the country will participate in a
new broad effort called the
Celebration of a New Baptist
Covenant in January to help
espouse a new Baptist voice.
"We seek nothing more nor less
than that for which Christ prayed,
for no other reason that that which
He gave: that ours will be a believ-
able witness as to who Jesus is and
why He came," said NBCUSA
president the Rev. Dr. William J.
The effort for cooperation comes
as former president Jimmy Carter,
who is spearheading the January
convocation, expressed concern
that the most common opinion
about U.S. Baptists is that they can-
not get along. Bill Underwood,
president of Mercer University in
Atlanta and one of the main organ-
izers of the covenant, said that
"North America desperately needs a
true Baptist witness."
The push for a positive image
will center on a collaboration
around social causes such as pover-
ty and HIV/AIDS and to fulfill the
biblical mandate of promoting
peace and caring for the less fortu-
The New Baptist Covenant has
been billed as the broadest Baptist
meeting in America since Baptists
divided over slavery before the
Civil War. The covenant is being
organized under the umbrella of the
North American Baptist Fellowship
- a division of the Baptist World
Alliance. So far, the covenant
claims more than 30 racially, geo-
graphically and racially diverse
Baptist organizations from through-
out North America representing
more than 20 million members.
Dr. William J. Shaw, President
National Baptist Convention
It is not an effort to form another
Baptist entity, Carter has clarified,
but a means to find commonality
amid differences that have largely
In July, the American Baptist
Churches USA, one of the most eth-
nically diverse denominations,
signed on to the New Baptist
Covenant with a commitment to
saving souls. Ahead of NBCUSA's
public announcement of their par-
ticipation, the black organization
had gathered 30,000 members last
month at their annual session and
emphasized the message of unity
Southern Baptists had initially
not received a formal invitation to
the covenant celebration in January,
although they were still welcome,
but Carter recently extended the
invite to the more conservative
group of Baptists. Southern Baptist
leaders, however, have criticized
the covenant as a political move
with a liberal agenda considering
the celebration takes place during
the presidential election year and
also includes speakers such as Bill
Clinton and Al Gore.
Organizers have said the
covenant is about the gospel and
Over 150 of the nation's top
African American spiritual leaders,
including megachurch pastor T.D.
Jakes, convened in New York this
week for the first national confer-
ence devoted toward creating a plan
to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic
among the African American com-
The National Black Leadership
Commission on AIDS (NBLCA)
hosted the historic National
Conclave on HIV/AIDS Policy for
Black Clergy at the AOL Time
Warner building. The closed-door
two day gathering, is co-chaired by
world-renowned pastors Bishop
T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The
Potter's House in Dallas, and the
Rev. Dr. Calvin 0. Butts, chair of
The meeting marks the first time
African American leaders from all
S- ten times
the rate for
Min. T.D. Jakes and Rev. Calvin Butts Chair new AIDS
what Butts has called "a crisis"
among the African American com-
While African Americans make up
13 percent of the population,
according to a 2000 Census report,
they accounted for slightly over
half of the estimated 37,331 new
AIDS cases in 2005. African
Americans also lead other ethnic
groups in the rate of AIDS diag-
cases among children under 13,
African Americans represented 46
of the total 68 cases.
"Once you hear the numbers, you
realize the impact, the unthinkable
loss of lives that we as a communi-
ty are facing," said Butts, who is
senior pastor of Abyssinian Baptist
Church, the historic African-
American church in Harlem. "You
absolutely know that a lot of this
Iraq war cited in 58% drop of African-
Americans in the military since 2000
Continued from front
"Why would we go over there and
help them [Iraqis], when [the US
government] can't help us over
here?" he said, referring to the
homeless and unemployment rate in
The war "is unnecessary," Perry
said. "It's not our war. We got our
own war here, just staying alive as
a Black man," he added, noting the
high homicide rate so far this year,
most involving young black men.
The Army, in an effort to bolster its'
thinning ranks and meet a congres-
sional mandate to increase its force
by about 65,000 troops within five
years, has launched an aggressive
recruiting campaign targeted at
young black people like Perry and
his friends, with ads featuring a
young black man convincing his
parents that enlistment is a good
choice. The Army has also raised its
enlistment bonuses, highlighted its
access to college tuition money, and
loosened its age and physical fit-
But Wilson Franklin, a senior at
Englewood High School, was not
impressed. "There's no guarantee I
wouldn't have to go over there," he
said. "I'm trying to play football in
college. I might go over there and
lose a leg."
The Pentagon and military ana-
lysts say the downturn in enlist-
ments partly reflects the fact that
young African-Americans have
broader options, pointing to the
growing number of black students
in college. But the decrease in
enlistment also comes as the high
dropout rates among African-
American youths and a 7.7 percent
unemployment rate in the black
community, almost twice that of
The relationship between African-
Americans and military service
dates back to the 1700s, though it
wasn't always welcomed. Both
freedmen and slaves joined
colonists in the fight against British
rule. A century later, the all-black
corps known as the Buffalo
Soldiers helped settle the West.
Meanwhile, during the Civil War,
black Union regiments won acclaim
for heroism. In World War I, more
than 350,000 black troops served in
segregated Army units but few were
allowed to fight. The legend contin-
ues and Congressional Medal of
Honors were awarded to Tuskeegee
Airman for their bravery just this
In World War II, African-
Americans were again assigned
mostly to support duty, but they
made up 75 percent of truck drivers
for the Red Ball Express a danger-
ous, nonstop supply convoy that
fueled General George H. Patton's
sweep across Europe.
When President Harry S. Truman
desegregated the military in 1948,
African-Americans saw the Army
as a key avenue for advancement.
Joining up became "a way out of a
worse situation," said Gregory A.
Black, a retired Navy dive com-
mander and creator of blackmili-
taryworld.com, a website devoted
to the history of African-Americans
and the military.
By the Vietnam War, the Army
had a full complement of black
combat troops. But civil-rights
leaders complained about the dis-
proportionately high casualty rate
among black soldiers, arguing that
the Pentagon was drafting young
black men and sending them direct-
ly into combat.
"A lot of African-Americans are
still messed up over Vietnam," said
Black. Yet Defense Department sta-
tistics show African-American sol-
diers today are more likely to work
in clerical or support jobs than fight
on the front lines.
Despite the sharp decline in
enlistments, the percentage of
blacks in the military still exceeds
that of the general population: 14.5
percent in the military, as of 2005,
versus 12.8 percent in the US popu-
Also working against enlistment
rates are adult influencers of all
According to a Pentagon survey,
parents, sports coaches, mentors,
etc. say Iraq makes them less likely
to recommend military service. Of
all racial groups, African-American
" don't care about the benefits, I
don't care about the money, I don't
care about nothing. I don't want my
child going to Iraq,' "noted one par-
Lieutenant Colonel Irving Smith,
a sociologist at the US Military
Academy at West Point, isn't sur-
prised the war "has had its toll" on
black enlistment. But Smith, who is
black, said he fears that a proud
legacy of black men and women is
at risk, and could be lost in a gener-
"We fought for many reasons, we
enlisted for many reasons," Smith
said. "Particularly in early times,
we fought because we thought we'd
get all the opportunities of citizen-
The fewer African-Americans that
enlist, the fewer African-Americans
there are that can tell their stories in
the future. The fewer that get com-
missioned as officers, the smaller
the leadership pool will be in the
SEATING LIMITED REGISTER NOW!
could be prevented."
At the meeting, they will work
toward developing a five-year plan
to significantly reduce cases of
HIV/AIDS in the African American
community. Participants include
Congressman Charles Rangel; for-
mer mayors Willie Brown and
David Dinkins; Dr. Kevin Fenton,
director of the National Center for
HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC; Dr.
Garth Graham, deputy assistant
secretary for Minority Health,
Office of Minority Health; National
Baptist Convention President Dr.
Williams Shaw; Bishop Eddie
Long, of Atlanta;Cong. James
Clyburn and Dr. Gail Wyatt, associ-
ate director of the UCLA AIDS
The Conclave attendees will their
days days creating a comprehen-
sive, strategic, and measurable pub-
lic policy and legislative action plan
on AIDS that they will take to
Congress, their state officials, and
local legislative leadership.
"This meeting is not about theol-
ogy, it's not about my agenda, it's
not about anyone's agenda," said
Jakes of the conclave. "It's about
coming up with a solution to a
health problem that is killing our
people at rates never before seen."
Zion Hope Miss. Senior Women's
Ministry Old Fashion Musical
The Senior Women's Missionary Ministry of Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church, 2803 W Edgewood Ave., Rev. Clifford J. Johnson Jr.,
Pastor; invites the community to join them for their Annual Old-Fashion
Musical, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2007.
Featured guests include Rev. Frank Evans & the Clef Tones, Jerry &
The Gospel Caravans and the Elite Mines. The dramatization of the Glory
Train will also be performed.
The public is invited to make plans to attend this memorable occasion
that includes an old-fashion dinner. Sis. Edith Hicks, President; Sis. Mary
Lee Roper, Program Chair; Sis. Mary Howard, Co-Chair.
Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate
66th Anniversary October 26-28th
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief
Road, Bishop Rushie L. Dixon, Pastor; invite the community to join the
celebration of their 66th Church Anniversary. Services will be held at 7:30
p.m., Friday, October 26th. The Closing Service will be at 4:30 p.m.,
Sunday, October 28th.
San Jose Baptist Church Hosting
Free Community Child Safety Fair
San Jose Baptist Church will host a Child Safety Fair from 9 a.m. until
noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6140 San Jose Boulevard. The Fair will fea-
ture everything from hands-on self-defense techniques to child finger-
printing to car seat inspections. This event is free and open to the public.
Certified instructors will teach three, one-hour workshops on safety and
self-defense techniques. The child safety workshops are designed for kids
ages 4 to 10 and their parents. The information children will learn in these
funim, interactive safety workshops might help save their lives. A workshop
will take place at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Each session is limited to 25
Other activities include child fingerprinting, car seat inspections, bike
safety tips, a bouncy house, popcorn, face painting and clowns.
For more information about this event, contact San Jose Baptist Church
at (904) 737-2141.
Ministers T.D. Jakes and Calvin Butts
Chair Historic HIV/AIDS Conference
SMALL AND EMERGING
Florida Community College at Jacksonville will host a
Small and Emerging Business Workshop on Thursday,
November 1, 2007 from 7:30 AM until 3:30 PM at
Florida Community College, Advanced Technology
Center, 401 West State Street, Room T-140, Jacksonville,
FL 32246. (Registration $20; begins at 7:00 a.m.;
includes a continental breakfast and lunch).
Contact Sam Phillips at 904-632-3086 to participate as a
For more information, visit our web site at
Debbie Smith, 904/632-3297
October 11-17, 2007
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The Jacksonville Free Press is pleased to introduce Askte Dtri.0la, a
new hair and skin column by local salon st) list and expert Dyrinda
Lewis. The fifteen year veteran in the hair care industry, is a owner
operator and one of the few certified hair extension enhancement spe-
cialists in the area.
She started her career as an independent stylist in Jacksonville, Florida.
Later she relocated to Atlanta to further develop her creative talents and
has garnered top honors in numerous hair show competitions throughout
her career. She returned to Jacksonville and in 1999 she open her first
salon; "Hair Works by Dyrinda" on Merrill Road. In 2002, she moved
the salon to Arlington Road where DS Spa and Salon is located.
Weekly, Ask D)rinda will feature topics of and about African-
American hair right here on page 8. Stay tuned!
Caring for Our Hair in the Florida Sun
As the calendar brings an end to Just because school is out or you
summer, for Floridians we still are on vacation don't forget to
have a few more months to go. keep up with your hair mainte-
That is why knowing how to main- nance during the summer months.
tain chemically treated hair during Make sure Get your hair trimmed
,these hotter months is a must. every six to eight weeks, your hair
When the weather is hot, try to grows faster in the warmer months
stay awa) from excess heat and frizzies are more common in
applied directly to the hair with the when the weather is warmer
flat and curling irons and blow months due to the heat and mois-
dryers. If you must use a "hot ture. Hair accessories can also be
item" them. use a leave in condi- your friend when the mercury
tioner before using the item on rises. Fashionable headbands and
your hair. During these months I other combs and are barrettes
often tell my clients to go for a becoming on women of all ages.
more natural look or one that sim- And the ponytail is always a clas-
ply requires less maintenance at sic. For a twist, try a side ponytail;
home. One option, try a wet set. it's a big hit with celebrates this
The hair is shampooed and then year. Lastly, it's important to stay
braided down while wet and set hydrated for healthy hair as well as
under the dryer. This look keeps your overall health, so make sure
its shape longer than a standard that you are taking enough water.
wrap and requires less work at As women of color we should
home and is a nice change for the not be afraid to get out and enjoy
summer months, the Florida sun. Remember that
Weaves can also be used to give being mindful of what it can do to
your hair a much needed break, your hair is always the first set
but I always say use them in mod- towards protecting our hair. Enjoy
eration. African-American hair is the summer days while there here!
thinner naturally and bonding If you would like Dyrinda to
glues and fusions only cause more answer your questions about hair,
strain to the hair; I suggest a braid- please send your questions to
ing technique when apply weaved JFreePress@aol.com.
to the hair. Wigs ( do you want to DS Spa and Salon is located at
use the suggestion of a wig we 6693 Arlington Road. She can be
didn't talk about it.) reached at 855-0045.
More Black Women Needed for Sister Study
by C. Olek
Ever since they were children,
Connie Orr has adored her older
When the two were young,
Sherrill Jackson would walk little
Connie to class, bring her along on
drive-in dates and to sleepovers at
They've supported each other
through marriage, children,
divorce, re-marriage and the deaths
of both parents.
Now, they're taking on breast
cancer -- together.
Jackson, 60, a 15-year breast can-
cer survivor and pediatric nurse
practitioner in St. Louis, fought it
head-on and now leads a 75-mem-
ber breast cancer support group.
Orr, 56, of Novi, Mich., is fighting
the disease by signing up for Sister
Study, a national look at the sisters
of women who have or have had
She's among 39,000 women who
have signed up so far and one of
2,324 black women enrolled in the
study. As the study enters its final
months of recruitment, getting
more women of color like Orr to
participate is key.
The study's aim? Find out what
causes breast cancer -- and how it
varies among women of different
HOW to Get
Do you feel like there are not
enough hours in a day or days in a
week? Do you feel pressed for
time? If so, you are not alone.
Lack of time can be detrimental to
our physical, emotional and spiritu-
al health. When we are pressed for
time, we tend to exercise less, eat
foods for their convenience rather
than their nutritional value, have
less time to interact with our fami-
lies and friends, and spend little, if
any time, on self-development and
Here are some simple ways you
can begin to takeyour time back.
1. Set aside a certain amount of
time each day just to do what you
want to do. How about 1 hour each
day? If that's not, start with smaller
increments of time, say 15 minutes,
and work your way up.
2. Doing part of something is
better than doing nothing. Even if
you can't complete a task or a proj-
ect, it is better to take a small chunk
out of it rather than letting the
whole thing slide until later. If you
absolutely hate working in that
manner, then just make sure you set
backgrounds. Nearly 180,000
women annually in the U.S. are
diagnosed with breast cancer and
41,000 die from it.
As part of the 10-year study, Orr
will answer questions every other
year about her health. She filled out
questionnaires when she signed up
last year and has had a health pro-
fessional visit her home to give her
Signing up for the study was a
simple yet significant way Orr felt
she could help.
"You may think you understand .
. but you can't reach out to them
like another survivor can," Orr said.
"The Sister Study is the only mean-
ingful thing I can do to help. I feel,
in some ways, I've helped all
To better understand how habits,
environment and genetics con-
tribute to a woman's risk for breast
cancer, researchers need more
women like Orr to step up.
With five months left for recruit-
ing, the study is 11,000 women
short of its goal of 50,000 partici-
More troubling to researchers is
that only 12 percent of the 39,000
women recruited so far are minori-
"We really want the study to be
the Most Out
aside a specific time to complete
the entire task or project.
3. Learn to say No. This isn't
always easy, but it can make a
world of difference. Even if you
don't want to say No completely,
try to set limits around how much
you will do and when.
4. Bundle your tasks. Save up
non-urgent errands so that you can
do those that are logistically close
to one another.
5. Delegate. How much is your
time worth? It may be worth the
cost of hiring someone to do things
like mow your lawn, clean your
house, AND you will be purchasing
the precious commodity of time.
It's more than okay to ask for help.
6. Do the yucky stuff first. Take
care of the tasks that you dislike so
that you don't waste precious men-
tal time ruminating about not hav-
ing done them!
7. Are the things you feel you
have to do really necessary? It can
be easy to get caught up in the
details to the detriment of the big
8. Take an honest look at the
representative of the
women in the United
States," said Lisa DeRoo,
an epidemiologist for the
Sister Study. "We do
know that the incidence of
the disease and survival
rates vary from group to
group. ... Part of the rea-
son why it's so important
to recruit a diverse group
of women is that we want
the results to benefit the
different women across
Black women, for
example, are less likely
than white women to get
breast cancer, but they are more
likely to die from it. Some studies
suggest that this is because black
women are more likely to be diag-
nosed when their tumors are more
Gaining a better understanding of
such differences is one of the
study's key aims.
Getting the word out about the
study has been challenging. Too
often cultural inhibitions and lan-
guage barriers prevent many
women from learning about their
cancer risk or from participating in
projects like the Sister Study.
National recruiters have mostly
of Your Day
activities and people in your life
that are energy drainers. Do they
need to be part of your life? What
would happen if you eliminated or
reduced your time on them?
9. And, most importantly, set
aside time each week to do some-
thing special. Make sure that, no
matter how busy you are, you take
time to play. Spending time with
friends, outdoors, at the movies,
whatever makes you happy is
essential in helping you be the most
focused and effective you can be
with your time.
Sisters Sherril Jackson, RN, MHSA, CPNP
(right) and Connie Orr.
relied on cancer registries in each
state to reach breast cancer sur-
They've also sent mailings to
sororities and contacted organiza-
tions like the Barbara Ann
Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The Sister Study faces many of
the same difficulties in recruiting
minority women that local organi-
zations do in preventing and treat-
ing breast cancer, said Dr. Adnan
Hammad, director of the
Community Health and Research
Center for the Arab Community
Center for Economic and Social
Services in Dearborn, Mich.
When Hammad started a breast
and cervical cancer screening pro-
gram for Arab women in metro
Detroit in 1996, health workers
conducted an estimated 5,000 home
visits to talk to women. Only 50
women agreed to be screened that
year. Many women they talked to
lacked knowledge of cancer and
were hesitant to be screened
because of privacy concerns.
Now more than 2,000 women
receive breast and cervical cancer
exams annually through the pro-
To learn more about the Sister
Study, visit the Web site www.sis-
terstudy.org, or call toll-free
Protect your family.
Get tested for HIV.
To le.rn more about HIV
ird AIDS Call
1.800-FLA.AIDS :rr ,ic[
IhIhlIA iEPA Tfr.1ENf T i.i HEI-LTH
BUREAU OF HIV/AIDS
St. Vincent's Club 55+ will host its
annual Senior Wellness Day, a free
community event that offers health
screenings and information to those
55 and older, on Friday Oct. 19th
The event, which will be held
from 9 a.m. to noon, offers older
adults and their caretakers a chance
to catch up on several free or low-
priced screenings, including flu
shots, which are free for those with
Medicare Part B insurance. (Must
show card and picture ID). The cost
without Medicare B will be $30.
Other screenings available will be
OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL
& Gynecological Care
Comprehensive Pregnancy Care
Board Certified Laser Surgery
Family Planning Vaginal Surgery
Osteoporosis Menopausal Disorder
Laparoscopy Menstrual Disorder
St. Vincent's Division IV
B. Vereen Chithriki, M.D.
William L. Cody, M.D.
1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521
Jacksonville, FL 32204
blood pressure checks, glucose,
foot, vision, and hearing screen-
ings. Cholesterol screenings will be
available for $7 and, for the first
time this year, men can get a PSA
(prostate) screening for $30.
Several vendors and representa-
tives from community programs
that cater to older adults will be on
hand to offer information on avail-
No registration is necessary and
the event, parking and refreshments
are free. For more information, call
A Mid s trrbl
th ng to wa te
St. Vincent Offering Free
Health Screenings for Seniors
Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D.
Have your newom or sick chVW seen
in ihe hospiiaf byiheir own Dodor.
Baptist-Wolfson Children's Hospital
St. Vincents-Memorial & St. Lukes Hospital
Primary Care Hours;
9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. M-F
1771 Edgewood Arenue, W., Ste 1
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
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October 11-18. 00
E. Don't Believe the Hype: No Truth to Rumor
1H of Post Office Destroying Black Stamps
Shown above are Herbert Scholarship recipients Michael Wilson, UNF freshman, Kimberly Davis, UNF
senior, and Kourtney Jones, UNF junior and Adam Herbert, former UNF president and 2007 Presidential
Medallion recipient. Photo by Kerry Sullivan
Herbert Among Recipients of UNF Presidential Medallion,
Scholarship Winners Lauded During Founders Luncheon
University of North Florida
President John A. Delaney honored
four community leaders with a
Presidential Medallion during
UNF's 35th Anniversary Luncheon
at the University Center on campus.
The 35th Anniversary Luncheon is
part of Founders Month celebra-
tions The Presidential Medallion is
given to community leaders who
have helped guide UNF during its
This year's honorees include Tom
Carpenter, Jim Citrano, Jack
Diamond and Adam Herbert. Each
individual received the Presidential
Medallion for Outstanding Service,
which is the highest form of
nonacademic recognition awarded
by the University. The Medallion is
given annually to recognize both
alumni and friends who have given
their time and talents to help make
UNF an outstanding institution of
Tom Carpenter was named the
first president of UNF when the
campus was nothing more than a
vision. Because of his remarkable
dedication and hard work when he
left in 1980, the University enrolled
more than 5,000 students and the
campus consisted of a dozen major
As chairman of the Downtown
Development Authority and presi-
dent of the UNF Foundation, Jim
Citrano's keen insight led to devel-
opments enjoyed today by residents
and students alike. As president of
the UNF Foundation in 1987, he
was instrumental in the develop-
ment of University housing and the
Harmon Baseball Stadium.
Jack Diamond designed many of
the most prominent buildings form-
ing Jacksonville's skyline as well as
several major projects at UNF,
including the Carpenter Library
addition and Fine Arts Center. He
has always been available to help
the University whenever asked,
whether by assisting with changes
to the campus master plan or con-
tributing pro bono design work for
the Hayt Golf Learning Center.
As president of UNF from 1989
to 1998, Dr. Adam Herbert built
more buildings on campus than any
of his predecessors. When he
became president, the University
enrolled 7,000 students of which
450 lived on campus. The budget
was $54 million and the campus
consisted of 600,000 square feet of
buildings. When Herbert left nine
years later, UNF enrolled almost
12,000 students of which nearly
1,600 were housed on campus. The
budget was more than $100 million
with nearly two million square feet
Shannon Richie recalls exactly
what she did with an e-mail that
said the post office was discontinu-
ing and destroying Black Heritage
"I hit delete," Taylor said this week
as she stood in the parking lot of the
post office on Brook Road.
"From a financial perspective, it
didn't make sense. I didn't give it a
Still the rumor persists, especially
in the e-mail form.
For several years, e-mails have
been circulating that warn readers
that the stamps were not selling
well and for black customers to buy
them and complain to the postmas-
ter to keep the unused stamps from
Recipients are asked to pass the e-
mail on to friends, colleagues and
Misinformation was so rampant a
few years ago that the United States
Postal Service issued news releases
in 2004 and 2005.
"The rumor won't die, and now
this year it's even earlier than in the
past," said Frances Frazier, a
spokeswoman for the Postal
"There is absolutely no truth to it.
We printed 150 million Ella
Fitzgerald stamps this year, and last
year we printed 150 million Hattie
McDaniel stamps," she said yester-
day. "I don't know why the rumor is
still around. We have no intention
Free Celebration of American Art
Family Day at the Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is celebrating American Art by
hosting a Family Day. At the free event, the entire family will enjoy a day
at the museum filled with art, gardens, education and fun. Opportunities
include music, art making, projects and interactive entertainment while
experiencing both Oh Say Can You See: American Art from the West and
Joseph Jeffers Dodge: A Passion for Art exhibitions.
Oh Say Can You See: American Art from the West Foundation
Collection, features 50 outstanding paintings by preeminent American
artists from the nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century.
Joseph Jeffers Dodge: A Passion for Art, on view through February
2008, features 41 paintings that will provide insights about Dodge's devel-
opment as a painter and the passions that inspired him jazz (particularly
the music of Duke Ellington and his orchestra), the female figure, still life,
landscape and travel.
The Art day will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2007, Noon to 5 p.m.
at the Museum located at 829 Riverside Ave. For more information, call
of stopping the Black Heritage
The 2008 honoree will be Charles
W. Chesnutt, author and political
The Black Heritage stamp series
began in 1978 with a stamp honor-
ing American abolitionist Harriet
Tubman and includes such promi-
nent African-Americans as the Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and late
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood
According to the Postal Service,
the Black Heritage series is one of
the most popular commemorative-
Taylor knows about the popularity
because sometimes she can't find
any to buy.
"Sometimes they're sold out. They
generally don't keep enough of
them," she said.
Business Visionary Bill Williams
Continued from page 2
- and Restaurant Management
from the University of
Massachusetts, and began his
career in Food and Beverage, work-
ing as a manager for several hotel
and restaurant chains, including;
Reeb's, Sheraton Tobacco, Valley
Inn, Hotel Sonesta, The
demonstrate an interest in learning
about the history and folklore of
When Black Enterprise awarded
Williams the Emerging Company
of the Year Award in 1996, the
award recognized his excellence in
carving out a marketing niche that
had been overlooked. Bill
Playboy Club Hotel. Williams has carved
and Lazarus (one of '.-' out much more than a
the Federated -- l' marketing segment, he
Department Stores in I, has carved out a promi-
Columbus) [0,- nent place in history.
Williams later "My goal has and con-
opened The Marble tinues to be one of pro-
Gang Restaurant and i viding quality and con-
with his wife Betty venience in the con-
at his side, trans- summer's experience and
formed it into one of enjoyment of Southern
the most popular foods," said Williams.
soul food restaurants "It's also important that
on the East Side of consumers understand that
Columbus. He sold the restaurant in
Bill Williams was a visionary, an
astute businessman and entrepre-
neur who understood and related to
his customer base. But above all,
he was a man of the people. Black
farmers were often able to meet
their crop expectations because of
his financial support, coupled with
programs and services established
to make them more proficient as
growers and businessmen and
women. African-American students
pursuing degrees in the Food
Sciences also benefited from schol-
arships established at Ohio State
University's MANRRS (Minorities
in Agriculture, Natural Resources
and Related Sciences) Program.
Each year, "Bill William
Scholarships," are awarded to stu-
dents from around the country who
V711 '14&L .
when they support Glory Foods,
they are also supporting larger
issues we are committed to such as
education and community service.
Reinvestment in the community
and in educational institutions that
will create the next generation of
leaders is a partnership we will con-
tinue to share with our consumers."
The name "Glory Foods" was
given to invoke the spiritual joy of
experiencing foods that connect the
mind, body and soul to the memo-
ries of home and family. Seasoned
Collard Greens in a can? Seventeen
year ago, it was unimaginable, but
thanks to Bill Williams, Iris
Cooper, Dan Charna and Garth
Henley, it's hard to imagine a
kitchen without them.
William "Bill" Williams past
away in 2001.
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Zimbabwe Bill Introduced to Turn Leadership
of Foreign Businesses Over to Local Black Bosses
ON GEOARDI" ,.
Uganda Opens Africa's
First HIV Drug Factory
KAMPALA (AFP) Uganda
opened a 38-million-dollar plant
this week that will manufacture
generic versions of AIDS drugs
for domestic and export markets.
The Kampala-based Quality
Chemicals Limited, which was
launched by President Yoweri
Museveni, will start producing
antiretrovirals (ARVs) in January
with help and ingredients from
Indian giant drugmaker Cipla.
Of the country's 250,000 patients
in need of AIDS drugs, only
80,000 have had access, accord-
ing to official figures.
Starting January, they will be
making 'two million tablets per
day -- 600 million tablets a year -
- with an ambition of increasing
to 1.2 billion tablets a year.
Extra ARVs will be exported to
Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic
Republic of Congo and Sudan.
AIDS has killed at least one mil-
lion Ugandans since it was first
diagnosed some 24 years ago,
while a similar number carry the
virus that causes the disease.
The country has managed to
scale down its infection rates
from as high as 30 percent in
early 1990s to about 6 percent
Uganda joins Egypt, Nigeria and
South Africa as the only African
nations with firms that produce
.generics. Mozambique plans to
take the same direction.
At the end of 2005, around 40
million people lived with AIDS or
HIV, nearly two-thirds of them
south of the Sahara, according to
France Forcing DNA Tests
for Africans Joining Family
Senegal's president has criti-
cised a French plan to carry out
voluntary DNA testing of would-
be immigrants who want to join
their families in France.
The upper house of the French
parliament is due to consider the
DNA measure later this week.
France is racing to deport 25,000
illegal immigrants by the end of
the year a quota set by
HARARE The minister behind
a new law which will place control
of foreign-owned firms in
Zimbabwe in the hands of local
black bosses insists it will do more
than create a new wealthy clique
and benefit workers.
Indigenisation and Empowerment
Minister Paul Mangwana said the
government would proceed cau-
tiously while implementing the
new legislation and called on the
central bank to prepare the ground-
Scepticism about the
Indigenisation and Economic
Empowerment Bill is all around,
even within the corridors of power,
with Central Bank chief Gideon
Gono urging the government to
ensure "it is not derailed by a few
The measure has evoked compar-
isons with the land reforms
launched in 2000 Which sa\\ thou-
sands of whites lose their farms jn
a programme which was meant to
benefit landless blacks but was
often used to reward ruling party
Mangwana however said the got -
ernment would ensure that the dis-
tribution of shares benefits workers
as much as bosses. :
"We are now %% working on a policy
framework for the bill, formulating
a share ownership scheme which
will ensure that workers' interests
are well represented in these com-
panies," said Mangwana.
Reports in the state media have
suggested that the government will
first force companies found to ha% e
overcharged for goods and services
in violation of price controls to put
their majority stake up for sale.
Mangwana stressed that no sector
would be spared, adding that even
the banking community must brace
itself for indigenisation.
Some of the major companies
likely to be affected include
Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered
bank and MBCA (Merchant Bank
of Central Africa) which all have
President Nicolas Sarkozy, as part
of a tough new immigration bill
which passed last month.
DNA testing is intended to
speed up the visa application
process for would-be immigrants.
The legislation would require
immigrant family members older
than 16 to demonstrate a good
knowledge of French language
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is given a white cockerel as
she is welcomed by a reception committee in Monrovia, Liberia.
Merkel promised Liberia $5.7 million dollars to rebuild the country-
ravaged by civil war on her first sub-Saharan Africa trip.
Germany Promises Liberian Aid i
German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Liberia four million euros
(5.7 million dollars) to rebuild the country ravaged by civil war as she
wrapped up her first sub-Saharan Africa trip last weekend.
This new pledge was in addition to the $18 million euros in aid Berlin
had already given to the west African country. ;
Merkel also called for debt reduction and asked other countries to help in
putting Liberia on the path tow' ards stability and democracy. .
"They (the banks) must be ready
for indigenisation one day or the
other," he said.
"We will provide them with a
timeframe which takes into
account our present economic cir-
cumstances. They need to maintain
lines of credit and international
Gono has warned against what he
called "excitable but impractical
overnight conversion" of owner-
Mangwana acknowledged that
when it came to finance, the gov-
ernment would have to tread care-
fully: "What is needed is a cautious
approach to the banking sector
because it is a sensitive sector."
"When we provide them with a
timeframe for indigenisation, we
will take that into account, but I am
sending a message to them that
they must be ready for indigenisa-
tion because they will not be
excluded," he said.
The bill is set to become law in the
next few days after receiving assent
from the upper house of parlia-
ment, and now only awaits
President Robert Mugabe's seal of
approval which is sure to get.
"We do not know when he will
sign it, but obviously we expect it
to be signed quite soon," said
Last week, opposition Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC)
lawmakers warned the empower-
ment bill would further batter the
country's shrunken economy.
Zimbabwe's economy has steadily
declined over the past seven years,
with inflation running well past the
6,500-percent mark and at least 80
percent of the population living
below the poverty threshold.
MDC legislator Willias
Madzimure lamented that the pro-
posed law would enrich a handful
and exacerbate the economic melt-
"What we are going to see is 80
percent of the country's economy is
going to be in the hands of a few
people," Madzimure said in parlia-
New Border Crossing to Link South
Africa, Botswana and Namibia
Botswana President Festus Mogae will host his counterparts from
South Africa and Namibia this week for the opening of a border cross-
ing at a trans-frontier wildlife park, the government said Monday.
South Africa's Thabo Mbeki and Namibia's Hifikepunye Pohamba
will be the main guests of honour at the opening of the Mata Tourist
Access Facility, located within the giant Kgalagadi park, the tourism
" The new border post, which is situated at Matamata, a desert area
where the borders of western Botswana, northern South African and
eastern Namibia meet, will allow for easier movement between the
"Mata will enable tourists to travel between the three countries via
shorter routes and through efficient and convenient access/border
control facilities," said ministry spokesman Tiro Kganela.
The spokesman said the facility would help the region as a whole
benefit from South Africa's hosting of the 2010 football World Cup by
making it easier for tourists to go back and forth.
"South Africa made a commitment that the World Cup will be an
A frican e% ent," Kganela added.
"Southern Africa's Transfronitier Conservation Areas are well posi-
tioned as the premier international destination to ensure their prof-
itabilityanhd sustainability during 2010 and beyond.:"
The Kgalagadi park, which was opened seven years ago, incorpo-
rates the Gemsbok National Park in Botswana and the Kalahari
Gemsbok National Park in South Africa.
Gang Rape Now a National Epidemic in the Congo
by J. Gettleman
IHP Denis Mukwege, a
Congolese gynecologist, cannot
bear to listen to the stories his
patients tell him anymore.
Every day, 10 new women and
girls who have been raped show
up at his hospital. Many have been
so sadistically attacked, butchered
by bayonets and assaulted with
chunks of wood, that their repro-
ductive and digestive systems are
"We don't know why these rapes
are happening, but one thing is
clear," said Mukwege, who works
in South Kivu Province, the epi-
center of Congo's rape epidemic.
"They are done to destroy
Eastern Congo is going through
another one of its convulsions of
violence, and this time it seems
that women are being systemati-
cally attacked on a scale never
before seen here. According to the
United Nations, 27,000 sexual
assaults were reported in 2006 in
South Kivu Province alone, and
that may be just a fraction of the
total number across the country.
"The sexual violence in Congo
is the worst in the world," said
John Holmes, the UN undersecre-
tary general for humanitarian
"The sheer numbers, the whole-
sale brutality, the culture of
impunity it's appalling."
The days of chaos in Congo
were supposed to be over.
Last year, this country of 66 mil-
lion people held a historic election
that cost $500 million and was
intended to end Congo's wars and
rebellions and its tradition of epi-
cally bad government. But the
elections have not unified the
country or significantly strength-
ened the government's hand to
deal with renegade forces, many
from outside the country.
The justice system and the mili-
tary still barely function, and UN
officials say government troops
are among the worst offenders
when it comes to rape. Large
swaths of the country, especially
in the east, remain authority-free
zones where civilians are at the
mercy of heavily armed groups
who have made warfare a liveli-
hood and survive by raiding vil-
lages and abducting women for
According to victims, one of the
newest groups to emerge is called
the Rastas, a mysterious gang of
dreadlocked fugitives who live
deep in the forest, wear shiny track
suits and Los Angeles Lakers jer-
seys and are notorious for burning
babies, kidnapping women and lit-m
erally chopping up anybody who
gets in their way.
UN officials said that the Rastas
were once part of the Hutu militias
who fled Rwanda after committing
genocide there in 1994, but now it
seems they have split off on their
own and specialize in freelance
Honorata Barinjibanwa, an 18-
year-old woman, said she was kid-
napped from a village that the
Rastas raided in April and kept as
a sex slave until August. Most of
that time she was tied to a tree, and
she still has rope marks ringing her
neck. The men would untie her for
a few hours each day to gang-rape
her, she said.
"I'm weak, I'm angry, and I don't
know how to restart my life," she
said from Panzi Hospital in
Bukavu, where she was taken after
her captors freed her.
She is also pregnant.
While rape has always been a
weapon of war, researchers say
that they fear that Congo's prob-
lem has metastasized into a wider
"It's gone beyond the conflict,"
said Alexandra Bilak, who has
studied armed groups around
Bukavu, on the shores of Lake
Kivu. She said that the number of
women abused and even killed by
their husbands seemed to be going
up and that brutality toward
women had become "almost nor-
Malteser International, a
European aid organization that
runs health clinics in eastern
Congo, estimates that it will treat
8,000 sexual violence cases this
year, compared with 6,338 last
year. The organization said that in
one town, Shabunda, 70 percent of
the women reported being sexual-
At Panzi Hospital, where
Mukwege performs as many as six
rape-related surgeries a day, bed
after bed is filled with women
lying on their backs with colosto-
my bags hanging next to them
because of all the internal damage.
"I still have pain and feel chills,"
said Kasindi Wabulasa, who was
raped in February by five men.
The men held an AK-47 rifle to
her husband's chest and made him
watch, telling him that if he closed
his eyes they would shoot him.
When they were finished, she said,
they shot him anyway.
In almost all the reported cases,
the culprits are described as young
men with guns, and in the decep-
tively beautiful hills here there is
no shortage of them: poorly paid
and often mutinous government
soldiers; homegrown militias
called the Mai-Mai who slick
themselves with oil before march-
ing into battle; members of para-
military groups originally from
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over the past 10 years in a quest
for gold and the other riches that
can be extracted from Congo's
The attacks go on despite the
presence of the largest UN peace-
keeping force in the world, with
more than 17,000 troops.
Few seem to be spared.
Mukwege said his oldest patient
was 75, his youngest 3.
"Some of these girls whose
insides have been destroyed are so
young that they don't understand
what happened to them," he said.
"They ask me if they will ever
be able to have children, and it's
hard to look into their eyes."
The country of Zimbabe began to have economic woes shortly after longtime
President Robert Mugabe forced White land owning Zimbabweans to hand
over their property which was divided up by native Blacks.
US Opening Military Center in Africa Causing Concerns
A new command centre for U.S. military operations in Africa has
been launched. But with few African leaders willing to be seen linked
to Washington, the headquarters was set up in Stuttgart, Germany .
U.S. officials said Africa Command, or AfriCom, this week reached
its "initial operating capability" to start as the Defense Department's
newest regional major command center. Some 1,500 US troops are
already in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, on "anti-terror" operations.
But Africans, citing Iraq and Afghanistan, see twin dangers from
Africom in the form of increased US meddling and possible military
intervention, and by making Africa a target of the US's global enemies
Out of all the African countries, only Liberia has offered to host the
headquarters, while Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Gabon and Namibia are
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AKA An Evening
On Friday, October 12th, the Pi
Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority will present an
Evening of Scholarship and
Philanthropy. The event will be
held at the University Center at
University of North Florida from 9
p.m. I a.m. Tickets are available at
the door in advance and and the
attire is Semi-Formal. For more
information call 982-2820.
100 Black Men
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
will have their annual B.V. Gregory
Scholarship and Student of the Year
Award Banquet. The annual event
will be on Saturday, October 13th
at the Omni Hotel starting at 7 p.m.
Keynoting the event will be motiva-
tional speaker, author and entrepre-
neur Dr. Calvin Mackie. For tickets
or more information, call 924-2545
or email pinnix. 1 @comcast.net.
Ashford & Simpson
at the Ritz Theater
Grammy Award winning artists
and Motown originals, husband and
wife duo Ashford & Simpson will
be in concert for one night only at
the Ritz Theater. The concert will
be held on Saturday, October 13th
at 8 p.m. For tickets call 632-5555.
National College Fair
FCCJ will host the National
College Fair of Jacksonville on
Saturday, October 13th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osbom
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The fair will include represen-
tatives of over 100 colleges and uni-
versities, sessions on college plan-
ning, financial aid and college test-
ing. Students are encouraged to
bring their transcripts for on the
spot scholarships. For more info
The Faith Club
Onejax will present an intimate
discussion with the authors of the
New York Times Bestseller The
Faith Club. Three mothers from
three faiths Islam, Christianity,
and Judaism got together to write
a picture book for their children
highlighting the connections
between their religions. Their dia-
logue led to provocative, honest,
and candid discussions ultimately,
resulting in increased respect and
appreciation for the things that each
holds dearest. The event will be
held at FCCJ Kent Campus
Auditorium on Tuesday, October
16th at 6 p.m. RSVP's are appreci-
ated at 354-IJAX (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.
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.
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
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if hat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
affair will feature delectable cui-
sine, dazzling era designs, popular
vocalists, and live entertainment.
The Equal Opportunity Awards
recipients will also be presented
during the gala. For information
contact Mrs. Finley at 366-3461.
Children's Home Society's 24th
Annual Caring Chefs will be
Sunday, Oct. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. at
The Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is
the original food-tasting event in
Northeast Florida and remains the
biggest raising more than $2 mil-
lion for Children's Home Society of
Florida (CHS) Each year sell-out
crowds of more than 2,000 sample
some of the finest cuisine from
more than 50 of the best restaurants
on the First Coast. For tickets, call
Nanette Vallejos at 493-7739.
The UNF Division of Continuing
Education will host the 6th Annual
Conference at the University Center
on Thursday November 1st, 7:30
a.m. 5 p.m. The focus of this con-
ference is to provide topics impor-
tant to professional and personal
growth. Sessions will be presented
by knowledgable experts with pres-
entation skills to actively engage
you in a dynamic learning experi-
ence. For more info or to register
for this event,call 620-4200.
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)
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
November 2nd. 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.
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 of All Time and has made
his name on the big and small
screen as well as the stage. For tick-
et information call 355-3787.
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is Thursday, November 15th
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.
3 Mo Divas
3 Mo Divas, a celebration of class,
sass and style is an exciting musical
journey celebrating the amazing
versatility of the female voice.
Following in the footsteps of the
international hit, 3 Mo Tenors, the
show makes way for a great sister
act. The show will be Friday,
November 16th at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets or for more information call
N. Florida's Largest
Gainesville's O'Connell Center
will host North Florida's largest
indoor Craft Festival on Saturday
and Sunday, December 1 and 2nd
(10 a.m. 5 p.m. daily). This year's
show will consist of over 250
crafters and artisans. Vendors will
be selling a variety of events
including Gator paraphernalia,
glass, hand carved wood, clothes,
personalized items, gifts, soaps,
candles jewelry, handbags, pet gifts
and much more. For more informa-
tion call 352-392-5500.
Gilbert Alumni Reunion Meetings
Plans are being made for the January 5, 2008 Matthew Gilbert High
School 10th Annual Reunion Celebration. Two representatives from
each class (1952-1970) are asked to become involved. The meeting will
be held on Tuesdays at Matthew Gilbert Middle School at 7 p.m. For
additional information call Almetya Lodi at 355-7583 or Vivian
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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, proper-
ty owners and businesspersons together with a team of professionals to
brainstorm how to make this area a more livable and functional area. For
purposes of this workshop, the community encompasses those areas adja-
cent 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 to JaxPride at 356-284.
FAMU Planning a Week of
Activities for Homecoming
Florida A&M University (FAMU) schedules a week
,-- 7; .. Long of activities for this year homecoming. With the
S-."'; t theme "The Rattler Renaissance: A Rebirth of Rattler
'.: Pride & Spirit," Saundra Inge, chair of homecoming
committee, wants FAMU faculty, staff, students and
--. ,alumiii to go back to the old traditions of FAMU.
"H.. Homecoming is a remembrance celebration," Inge
-' ];' ; said. "It is a remembrance for those that have gradu-
ated. It is about holding strong to the beliefs that helped
Office of Student Union Activities Coordinator Ralph Coleman
explains how FAMU's homecomings used to be years ago.
"I've known FAMU Homecomings since I was a child," Coleman said.
"It used to be a barn fire on Fridays with fireworks that started the
Rattler Strike at the stadium."
According to Inge, homecoming events will cater to everyone.
"Homecoming consists of the same events that have proved to be a tra-
dition for FAMU," Inge said. "Recent homecomings at FAMU are not
exactly the same from the past. A lot of little things have been added."
Events include the fashion, comedy, dorm step and Greek step, gospel
showcase, parade and the Battle of the Bands. Homecoming events will
begin Sunday, October 28, 2007 through Sunday, November 4, 2007.
The events are as follows.
Sunday, October 28 Decorations
9 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 7 p.m. 9 p.m.
Homecoming Worship Service, Coronation, Lee Hall
Perry Paige Auditorium 9 p.m. Midnight
7 p.m. 10 p.m. Coronation Ball, Grand Ballroom
Homecoming Fashion Show, Friday. November 2
Gaither Gym Orange and Green Day
Monday, October 29 10:10 a.m. 12:10 p.m.
9 a.m. 11 a.m. Convocation with Will Packer,
Spirit Run/Walk, "The Set" Gaither Gym
11 a.m. -2 p.m.
Spirit Day, "The Set"
6 p.m. 10 p.m.
Essence College Tour, FAMU
6 p.m. 10 p.m.
Kick Off Bash, FAMU Track
Tuesday, October 30
11 a.m. 3 p.m.
Homecoming Health Fair, FAMU
8 p.m. 11 p.m.
Dorm Step Show, Gaither Gym
Wednesday. October 31
11 a.m. 5 p.m.
Fashion Fair Total Makeover
Grand Ballroom or "The Set"
Noon 4 p.m.
SGA Barbeque, FAMU Park
Noon 4 p.m.
BET College Tour, FAMU Park
8 p.m. 11 p.m.
Thursday, November 1
11 a.m. -2 p.m.
SGI 25th Year Alumni Forum
School of Business and Industry,
447 North Wing
3 p.m. 5 p.m.
Judging of the Buildings
12 noon 2 p.m.
Young Alumni Giving Luncheon
Doubletree Hotel Downtown
1 p.m. 5 p.m.
VIBE Block Party, FAMU Park
6 p.m. 10 p.m.
Alumni Reception and Gala,
8 p.m. 11 p.m.
National Pan-Hellenic Step
Show, Civic Center
Saturday, November 3
8 a.m. 11 a.m.
Parade/Judging of Floats
Noon 3 p.m.
Employee Club House
3 p.m. 7 p.m.
Football Game, FAMU vs. North
Carolina A & T
6 p.m. Until
Post-Game Barbecue, Employee
8 p.m. 11 p.m.
SGA Concert, Civic Center
8 p.m. 11 p.m.
Gospel Concert, Lee Hall
10 p.m. -2 a.m.
Old School Jam, Gaither Gym
Sunday. November 4
2 p.m. 4 p.m.
Rattler Fever Campus Clean Up,
Bragg Stadium/"The Set"
4:30 p.m. 6 p.m.
Rattler Fever Campus Clean Up,
For more info, call (850) 599-3400 or visit www.famu.edu/homecoming.
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DIDDY ACKNOWLEDGES HIS ATLANTA CHILD
Sean "Diddy" Combs says he is ready to be a "committed father" to his
fifth child after DNA tests were conducted that prove his paternity.
"At first, I wasn't sure if this was my child," he said of his 15-month-old
daughter Chance, who lives with her mother in Atlanta. "Now that it has
become clear she is, I will take care of her for the rest of her life."
Over the past year, Diddy repeatedly denied that he had fathered a baby
with Atlanta woman Sarah Chapman. The Bad Boy founder says he was
merely waiting 'until DNA tests on the child were completed before
admitting to anything.
According to sources, Diddy has worked out visitation and child sup-
port terms with Chapman, and has also been trying to get back with his
ex-girlfriend Kim Porter, who left him in part because Diddy had tried
to keep the Atlanta baby a secret.
Diddy, .37, and Porter, 36, welcomed daughters Jessie James and
D'Lila Star last December. They also have a son, Christian, 8. Diddy has
a 13-year-old son, Justin, with ex-girlfriend Misa Hylton-Brim.
RAY CHARLES' EX-MANAGER SUED:
Late singer's son wants $10 million from Joe Adams for allegedly
cheating him out of company shares
Ray Charles Robinson Jr., son of the late, legendary
Ray Charles, is accusing his father's former manager,
Joe Adams, of cheating him out of family company
shares following his father's death.
SHe is suing for $10 million in damages from
Adams, who was Charles' manager for 45 years and
was named by the singer in his will as executor of his
estate, according to court papers.
Robinson says Adams coerced him into relinquishing shares in a fam-
ily-owned production company. Robinson says he himself was not in a
state to make such an agreement since he was having drug problems.
Robinson's lawsuit, filed last week at a Los Angeles court, also accus-
es Adams of seeking control of the company to profit from Ray Charles'
Two Jax Natives Vying for Love on
VH1 Reality Series 'I Love New York' II
Shown above is Lafeyette "Yours" Simpkins, show star
Love them or hate them, reality tv The show, "I Love New York",
shows give any and everyone a shot premiered on Monday night and
at stardom, now representing Duval will air regularly featuring elimina-
County are two Jacksonville natives tions until "New York" has chosen
vying for the love of the twice one guy tobe her man. Weekly, con-
Flavor Flav rejected Tiffany "New testants will face challenges and
York" Pollard. tests designed by New York and her
Ribault graduate Lafayette mother.
Simpkins and Midget Mike are The fourth time was apparently a
making reality TV history as the charm for Tiffany "New York"
first ever contestants from the same Pollard.
city. During the first show they "I am not going to let this man slip
were asked to give themselves a away and he doesn't want to let go,
nickname and Simpkins chose either," Pollard said about the suitor
"Yours" while Mike chose to keep she selects at the conclusion of the
his Duval oriented moniker. shows second season.
At 41 and Pregnant, Halle
Feeling Sexier Than Ever
Last month Halle Berry broke her
pregnancy news to "Access
Hollywood's" Nancy O'Dell.
Keeping her pregnancy a secret,
though, wasn't very easy for Berry
as O'Dell recently found, out.
Like most moms-to-be, the star of
"Things We Lost In The Fire," had
to keep her lips sealed until she fell
it was the right time to make the
"Nobody knew," Berry said.
"Not even my family."
And Berry dropped another
headline-grabber for the
first time in her 41 years on
earth, she feels she is at her
"I was telling somebody this
yesterday in an interview and
they thought I was just full of sh--
, but ... I feel more sexy now than
I've ever felt really, truly, sexy. I
put on a great dress and sometimes
I'm like, 'OK! I don't look so bad,'
but I never felt sexy in the way I
feel sexy now."
Berry sure looked sexy at
Saturday's New York City premiere
of "Things We Lost In The Fire."
Berry said it took 7 or 8 months of
trying to get pregnant before getting
the results that she dreamed about.
"Maybe it wasn't 35 (tests) you
say a joke and then it like, follows
you forever, but (I did take) a lot,"
Berry saved the one test that came
"I got rid of the negative ones,"
she said. "I thought, 'I'm not going
to keep these any more. This might
be negative, bad energy.' Now I just
have the one positive one."
Speaking of good energy, it was
Alexis Llewellyn, the actress who
plays Berry's daughter in "Things
We Lost ..." who was first to con-
gratulate her on-screen mom.
"She was the first person to e-mail
me once, with your help, I
announced that I was pregnant,"
Berry told O'Dell. "She was the
first one to e-mail me and congrat-
ulate me actually."
Berry and boyfriend Gabriel
Aubry are determined to keep
the sex of their baby a secret.
"It's going to totally challenge
my entire family and all my
friends, but I really love waking
up and thinking of a girl and
then fantasizing about a boy,"
she said. "This is such a magical
ti me and I may only go through this
once ... so I'm approaching it as, 'in
case this never happens again.'"
Berry plans to try again for anoth-
er child immediately.
"I think I have to," she told
O'Dell. "Based on my age, I think
we'd have to really try again ... We
always talked about having two
children. Whether or not we'll actu-
ally make that happen is left to be
seen, but that would be our intent.
That's for sure."
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A new crop of twenty men are
brought together for this season's
show to compete for her heart and
this time the selection process has a
twist....some of the chosen contest-
ants vying for New York's heart
have been hand-picked by online
users and some have been chosen
by Tiffany's outspoken mother,
Pollard's not afraid to say that this
will be the last time she looks for
love via a reality dating show.
Tiffany Pollard and Torrey "Midget Mack" McKenzie.
"Oh, we are so done," she said. "I
am not doing this again."
I Love New York's first season
winner Patrick "Tango" Hunter
asked for Pollard's hand in marriage
during the finale, but withdrew his
proposal to her during I Love New
York's reunion special after he
watched the season unfold on tele-
vision and didn't like some of the
comments she made about him or
"I can't stand Tango," Pollard told
the Daily News. "I haven't spoken
to him since the reunion show and
just, oh God, I feel like I have a
bone to pick with him. I still get so
angry, even when I talk about him
in interviews, I get so mad. It was
just terrible what he did."
Unable to find love in the first
season of her own series, Pollard
also has the dubious honor of being
spumed by Flava Flay on the first
(and only) two season of VHI's
Flavor of Love.
"I hope all is well with him and all
that good stuff," Pollard said about
Flay, adding she hasn't spoken to
him in quite a while either.
Pollard was willing to give love
one more try in-front of the cam-
eras, and it apparently paid off. Her
mother Sister Patterson had a hand
in selecting five of the contestants
who will attempt to woo her daugh-
ter during I Love New York 2, and
in addition, five of the 20 contest-
ants who will appear were chosen
by fans via a website designed sole-
ly for that purpose. Simpkins was
one of the mother's choices.
"I was impressed with the choices
that the fans picked because those
guys were just right up my alley,"
Pollard told the Daily News. "And
my mom did a great job, but her
guys are so strait-laced."
Pollard added the way to her heart
is for the bachelors to act like "the
cameras aren't there" and she's
"hooked," and it's just as easy to fall
out of her good graces if "the cam-
eras come in the room and you want
to give all this energy and have an
opinion all of the sudden."
While Pollard is sure she won't be
returning for another season of I
Love New York, she said her ador-
ing public hasn't heard the last from
her once the show's second season
comes to a close.
"My fans can expect to see me
again," she said. "There's always a
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SS Torture Case of Black
Women by Six Whites
&Sent to the Grand Jury
Dr. Elombe Brath, right, and Architect Rodney Leon, second from left,
designer of the African Burial Ground National Monument, walk into
the monument's chamber after its dedication ceremony in New York, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, is framed in the cen-
Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Dr. Brath, a member of the Committee to Honor ter of a wreath as he listens to poet Maya Angelou perform a poem
Black Heroes and among the first group to stop construction at the during the dedication ceremony for the African Burial Ground
federal site after the discovery of an African burial ground in 1991, National Monument. The ceremony came more than 16 years after the
was taken on a personal tour of the monument by Leon. burial ground was rediscovered.
African Burial Ground Opens in NYC as a National Monument
New York, NY The African
Burial Ground memorial opened in
lower Manhattan--200 years after
the bodies of slaves and free blacks
were buried there. The huge memo-
rial of granite, stone and water was
dedicated last Friday afternoon at a
burial ground where many were
interred two centuries ago then for-
gotten as lower Manhattan expand-
ed above their remains.
The ceremony featuring the
singing of spirituals and a spoken
word piece by actor Avery Brooks
came more than 16 years after the
African Burial Ground was redis-
"The tragedy was that for so many
years, for centuries, people passing
by this site did not know about the
sacrifices they had made," said
Rodney Leon, designer of the
memorial. "Now we have an oppor-
tunity to right some of the wrongs
of the past."
The entryway to the memorial is
called "The Door of Return" -- in
contrast with the door of no return,
the name once given to the depar-
ture points where slaves were
shipped from Africa to North
Alongside the 20-foot-high cham-
ber of gray stone sits a circular
court, with a map inscribed into the
center. The space has seven grassy
mounds marking where some of the
disinterred bones were reburied
four years ago.
Visitors were permitted inside the
space after the dedication. Those in
attendance included Mayor Michael
Bloomberg and Sen. Charles
Schumer, D-New York.
The project, from recovery of the
bones to reinterment to construc-
tion, cost more than $50 million. A
museum also is planned.
Until the burial ground was closed
at the turn of the 19th century, it
was the final resting place for tens
of thousands of people of African
descent. New York City's vast
development since then left the
cemetery more than 20 feet under-
It was rediscovered -- along with
more than 400 sets of remains --
during excavations for a federal
building in 1991. The burial
ground, most of which still lies
deep beneath sidewalks, buildings
and streets, was designated a
national historic landmark in 1993.
"The tragedy was that for so many
years, for centuries, people passing
by this site did not know about the
sacrifices they had made," said
Rodney Leon, designer of the
memorial. "Now we have an oppor-
tunity to right some of the wrongs
of the past."
The entryway to the memorial is
called "The Door of Return" -- in
contrast with the door of no return,
the name once given to the depar-
ture points where slaves were
shipped from Africa to North
The project, from recovery of the
bones to reinterment to construc-
tion, cost more than $50 million -- a
relative bargain, Leon said.
"Whatever has been spent is a pit-
tance," he said.
Last year, the site was declared a
Marion Jones Relinquishes 5 Gold Medals
Marion Jones has given up the five medals she won at the Sydney
Olympics, days after admitting she used performance-enhancing drugs.
Last week, she pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators when she
denied using performance-enhancing drugs,. She also pleaded guilty to a
second count of lying to investigators about her association with a check-
fraud She is shown above as her mother looks on in the background.
LOGAN, W.Va. -
Charges against a sixth
white suspect in the
alleged rape, assault and
torture of a black woman
were sent to the grand last
Karen Burton, 46. is
charged with kidnapping.
first degree sexual
assault, malicious %%ou-
nding, assault during the
commission of a felon\
and 13 counts of baneren.
Magistrate Jeffrey Lane
cause to send the
Burton to the
Burton and five
others are accused
of holding 20-
Williams captive for Ca
days sexually Me
assaulting her, beat- out
ing her and forcing Sh
her to eat human and
animal feces at a spe
trailer surrounded by da3
litter in Big Creek. In
Charges against the
other suspects, including kidnap-
ping and first-degree sexual assault,
are expected to go before the grand
jury in January. They are Bobby
Brewster, 24; his mother, Frankie
Brewster, 49; Danny J. Combs, 20;
Burton's daughter, Alisha Burton,
23; and George A. Messer, 27.
Kidnapping carries a possible life
sentence in West Virginia. Sexual
assault is a crime punishable by up
to 35 years in prison.
During Karen Burton's prelimi-
nary hearing, Bobby Brewster's
statement was read in public for the
first time. It said Messer, Karen
Burton and Alisha Burton beat
Williams and forced her to eat
human feces from a toilet.
His statement also said that Karen
Burton cut and pulled out Megan's
rmen Williams, left, holds her daughter
gan Williams, right, 20, of Charleston, W.Va.,
side of the Logan Co. Courthouse as Malik
abazz, top, of the Black Lawyers For Justice
aks last week in Logan, W.Va. Six whites have
en accused of torturing Megan Williams for
ys at a ramshackle trailer in Big Creek, W.Va.
the inset is one of the accused Karen Burton.
hair, choked her, cut her ankle and
forced her to perform acts on
Frankie Brewster. His statement
noted repeated instances when the
N-word was used during the
Mass media generally does not
identify suspected victims of sexual
assault, but Williams and her moth-
er agreed to release her name.
Carmen Williams said she wanted
people to know what her daughter
U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller
has said he will not file civil rights
charges. Logan County Prosecutor
Brian Abraham has said state hate
crime charges could be difficult to
prove because Williams had a
"social relationship" with Bobby
Brewster going back at least sever-
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