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Auction Reveals President Clinton
Didn't Mind Racist Cards of Past
Former President Bill Clinton, whom African-American author Toni
Morrison referred to as "America's first Black president," probably wish-
es that the postcard he sent to his grandma in 1966, during the height of
the Civil Rights Movement, never surfaced.
Under the title, "Hope, Arkansas Home of the World's Largest
Watermelon," there's a grinning Black young'n buffing a huge melon,
the kind of image that riles many African Americans.
According to The New York Post's Page Six, Clinton, who at the time
was 19 and a sophomore at Georgetown University, wrote: "Dear
Mammaw, Thought I would send you one of your cards just to prove I'm
using them! My tests are over and I'm just starting the second term. Hope
you are well and happy. . Love, Bill."
Online auction house rrauction.com, which is selling the card calls it
"a throwback to the outrageously broad portrayals of African-Americans
of a century earlier," the Post reports.
Mychal Bell of 'Jena 6' Controversy
Ordered to Juvenile Facility
Mychal Bell, the Black Louisiana teenager at the center of the racially
charged "Jena 6" case was ordered last week to spend 18 months in a
juvenile facility, after a judge ruled he had violated his probation for ear-
lier juvenile convictions. He was sent to the Renaissance Home for Youth
in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Bell, 17, was freed two weeks ago after his adult criminal conviction for
beating a white classmate was overturned following mass protests and
Bell was freed on $45,000 bail on September 27, after an appeals court
threw out his conviction on battery and conspiracy charges in adult court
and remanded the case to juvenile court.
But Judge J.P. Mauffrey agreed with prosecutors that Bell had violated
the probation he was given for four previous juvenile offenses, including
two simple battery charges. He had been placed on probation until he
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton, who has championed Bell's case,
denounced Thursday's decision as "revenge" by the judge and called on
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco to intervene.
Case Against O.J. Mounting as Co-
Defendants Plea to Testify Against Him
LAS VEGAS A second co-defendant in the O.J. Simpson armed rob-
bery case has said that he will plead guilty to a reduced charge and testi-
fy against Simpson and four others in the alleged hotel room theft of
sports collectibles from two memorabilia dealers.
Walter Alexander, 46, joined Charles Cashmore, 40, in telling the judge
he will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, a felony and testi-
fy for the prosecution. He could face between one and six years in prison.
"It's always a prosecutor's strategy to go after the little fish to get to the
big fish," Cashmore's attorney, Edward Miley, said outside court. "In this,
it seems to be that O.J. Simpson is the big fish."
The plea agreements up the ante in the prosecution of Simpson.
Cashmore can testify that guns were involved in the Sept. 13 confronta-
tion with two sports memorabilia dealers home O.J. said had stolen his-
belongings at a Las Vegas casino hotel room, his lawyer said.
Research Shows Poor Gifted
Students Are Being Left Behind
A disturbing talent drain in our nation's schools, squandering the poten-
tial of millions of lower-income, high-achieving students each year, was
exposed before the U.S. House of Representative's Education
New research cited at the hearing shows that students who demonstrate
strong academic potential despite obstacles that come with low incomes,
are currently ignored under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
The report cited in the testimony Achievement Trap: How America is
Failing 3.4 Million High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income
Families is a first-of-its-kind look at a population below the median
income level that starts school performing at high levels, but loses
ground at virtually every level of schooling and suffers a steep plummet
Oprah Increases Fortune With Sale
of Oxygen Network for $925 Million
Oprah Winfrey, America's highest-earning television celebrity, is set to
build on her cash mountain after selling a TV channel she co-founded to
NBC Universal for about $925 million
NBC, home to hit shows such as ER and the US version of The Office,
is buying Oxygen Media, a cable television channel aimed at women, to
"increase our foothold in the advertiser-coveted young, upscale, female
demographic," according to Jerry Zucker, its chief executive.
Oxygen, which was set up in 2000, reaches 74 million homes showing
established female-centric programs such as Absolutely Fabulous and
Ms Winfrey is by far the world's best-paid television entertainer, earn-
ing an estimated $295 million in the year to June 2007, dwarfing the sec-
ond-ranking Jerry Seinfeld, on $68 million, according to Forbes maga-
UALiTY BLACK( WEEKLY 50Cents
Volume 21 No. 31 Jacksonville, Florida October 18-24, 2007
Boot Camp Death Not in Vain:
Acquitted Boot Camp Guards
Now Face Federal Review
Fans Mary Brown (left) and Reva Oliver (right) greet Nick Ashford
following his performance at the Ritz.
Ashford & Simpson Get Up Close and
Personal With Fans at Ritz Celebration
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum Celebrated their birthday with a
gala concert hosted by the legendary Ashford & Simpson. The Motown
legends delighted the audience with many of their hits that helped put
Detroit on the map including, "You're All i Need to Get By", "Ain't No
Mountain High Enough", "Solid" and many more. Following the concert,
patrons were treated with a special VIP champagne and dessert reception.
While in the River City, the chart winning duo took a private tour of the
city and even learned about fellow composers James Weldon Johnson and
John Rosamond Johnson with the Ritz's animatronic exhibit.
Seven former juvenile boot camp
guards and a nurse had barely
processed an all-white jury's deci-
sion to acquit them in a black
teenager's death before federal
authorities announced they would
review the case.
Since jurors on last Friday acquit-
ted them of manslaughter charges,
federal prosecutors likely would
have to try another tactic, such as
seeking an indictment alleging
obstruction of justice, legal experts
"It's too early to say that the final
chapter has been written with
respect to the criminal justice sys-
tem in this case," said Kendall
Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in
Florida civil rights leaders called
for federal charges hours after a
jury took 90 minutes to exonerate
the eight in state court in the death
of Martin Lee Anderson, 14.
By Friday evening, officials from
the U.S. Department of Justice in
Washington and the U.S. Attorney's
Office in Tallahassee announced
they were reviewing the state's
G(ina Jones, mother ot the slain
teenager leaves the trial with her
lawyer, Benjamin Crump.
Anderson died Jan. 6, 2006, a day
after being hit and kicked by the
guards as the nurse watched after
he collapsed while running laps.
The 30-minute confrontation was
The incident drew protests in the
state capital and marked the end of
Florida's system of juvenile boot
camps. Continued on page 3
Friends and Family Mark Centurion Celebration of Corine Williams
Friends and family transformed Lakeside Nursing and Rehab Center into a festive showpiece to celebrate the 100th birthday of Ms. Corine Williams.
Shown above at the celebration are Ivon Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, Cora Gibson, Beth Hunter, Randall Iszard, Barbara Robinson, Franz
Gibson, Harold Gibson, Ruth McCoy, Gayle Gibson, Herb Wilson, June Gibson, Connie Doby, Honoree Corine Williams, Randy Doby, Randy
Doby, Jr., Chantrell Hardaway, Antardia Kurney and Margaret Long Grooms. For more on the honoree, see page 7. FMPowell Photo
Mayor Reorganizes With Key Minority Appointments
Kevin Holzendorf, Director
Information Technology Dept.
When Jacksonville elected Mayor
John Peyton to office, many in the
minority community questioned his
commitment to diversity. Now well
into his second term, Mayor Peyton
is continuing his commitment to
diversity with a recent reorganiza-
tion that includes key positions for
Following the Jacksonville City
Delphia Williams, Chief
Behaviorial & Human Services
Council's approval, the senior lead-
ership team that will manage the
day-to-day operations of local gov-
"This leadership team is a diverse
group in many terms: experience,
perspective, skills, age, race and
ethnicity. They mirror our city's
population," said Peyton, "and they
bring great skills and dedication to
Roslyn Phillips, Director
Recreation & Community Ser.
The mayor has named individuals
to hold 49 of the 55 positions with-
in the structure that are subject to
confirmation by the City Council.
Some of the leaders identified have
been asked to serve in the same
roles they filled before the reorgani-
zation. In those instances, their
appointment will not require recon-
Devin Reed Director,
Ken Pinnix Deputy
Charlene Taylor Hill
Chief, Human Relations
Sandra Hull Richardson -
Chief, Adult Services
includes but not limited to
formation by the City Council. In
other instances, people who have
been asked to serve in a completely
new role, or who may have
assumed additional responsibilities,
will be subject to City Council con-
firmation. The Mayor's Office has
said they will continue to identify
the most qualified candidates to
lead the six positions that remain
be sure to
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FCC to Offer New Opportunities to Minorities in Broadcasting Arena
The nation's chief telecommuni-
cations regulator wants to take
advantage of the television indus-
try's transition to digital broadcast-
ing to make channels available to
small businesses that may be owned
by minority programmers.
Commission Chairman Kevin
Martin promoted his long-dormant
concept in the face of heavy criti-
cism of his agency's record on pro-
moting minority ownership of
media. The chairman spoke at a
media and telecommunications
symposium hosted by the
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and its
founder, the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Jackson, whose guests included
four of the five members of the
FCC, bemoaned the state of minor-
ity media ownership in America.
"We have a minority ownership
crisis," he said. "Too few own too
much at the expense of too many."
Jackson said the lack of minority
owners means that people of color
are depicted in the media as "less
intelligent than we are, less hard
working than we are, less patriotic
than we are and more violent."
Jackson along with Democratic
FCC Commissioners Jonathan
Adelstein and Michael Copps
pushed hard for the creation of a
minority media ownership task
force that would make recommen-
dations to the commission before it
approves a new set of media owner-
ship rules in the coming months.
Martin first floated his channel-
leasing idea last March, but it has
failed to gather much support
among his fellow commissioners.
In February of 2009, broadcasters
will start transmitting signals in a
digital format, which takes up less
spectrum than analog signals.
Martin wants broadcasters to lease
the excess spectrum to small busi-
nesses that may be owned by
minorities and women.
Such an arrangement would great-
ly reduce the barriers to entry for
potential minority broadcasters.
Adelstein, apparently referring to
Martin's idea at a press conference
during the symposium said "media
sharecropping isn't a viable alterna-
tive to media ownership."
Adelstein has been the prime
mover behind the creation of a task
force and has received some sup-
port from minority legislators on
Capitol Hill. Adelstein and Copps
both want a task force to complete
its work before the commission
votes on media ownership limits.
Among the rules under considera-
tion are a ban on cross-ownership of
broadcast stations and newspapers
and limits on how many radio and
television stations a company may
own in a single market.
In 2003, Martin was one of three
Republicans who voted to loosen
Beaver Street International Trade Certificate Program
Allowing Minority Business to Think and Grow Globally
exporting," said Ok Sun Burks of the business incubator in 2003.
.H the Chamber of Commerces' Small In addition to learning valual
Business Center. information at the initial meetir
Cathy Hagan, Certified Business Ramkissoon and other small bu
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Entrepreneur Shelley Ramkissoon (left) and Jackie Perry, Manager of
Beaver Street Center, discuss the export program at the Center.
The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center recently kicked off their
International Trade Certificate
Program with a rousing response
from small and minority business-
Over two dozen companies attend-
ed the International Trade
Certificate Program Export Series
kick-off meeting at Beaver Street
"I never realized what a powerful
entity JAXPORT is, and how flexi-
ble its services are," said Shelly
Ramkissoon, co-owner of owners
of Skyline Construction, a 17-year
old minority sub-contracting com-
pany that deals in structural and
miscellaneous steel fabrication and
erection. Originally from
Trinidad, the Ramkissoons have
already done some exporting of
construction materials, supplies and
machinery and are interested in
expanding their business into more
"That's what this program is all
about providing essential informa-
tion for established small business-
es who are seriously exploring
P E N RI N
I Do You Have
"If you don't know where you are
going, any road will take you
there." This age-old saying is cer-
tainly true as it applies to network-
ing. The first step in building a net-
work is to discipline yourself to sit
down and think about your short-
term and long-term goals.
You are never too young to write
down your goals. Nor can you be
too old. It is important to have a
vision of where you are going, and
a driving sense of mission about
getting there. Stop now and think:
Where would you like to be in
one year, five years, ten years, and
What will your job be?
Where will you live?
Who will be sharing your life?
What will your standing be in the
What will be your greatest
Effective networkers have a per-
sonal vision. They know where
they want to go even though they
may not know, at first, how they
are going to get there. With a per-
sonal vision always in mind, you
will find your way along an erratic
path. As difficult as it may be
sometimes, it will be the one thing
that thrills and fulfills your life.
Bottom Line: The first step in
building a network is to disci-
pline yourself to sit down and
think about your short-term and
long-term goals. Then you deter-
mine your agenda, which is your
tactical plan for achieving your
Analyst and Area Director of me
Small Business Development
Center at UNF, will be facilitating
the six-week, six module program,
developed by the Florida Small
Business Center, at JAXPORT
beginning January 28.
"It was appropriate that the intro-
ductory meeting for this new inter-
national trade program was held
here in the Michael Bryant Board
Room," said Jackie Perry, Manager
of Beaver Street Enterprise Center
(Jacksonville's only core-city busi-
ness incubator). The partnership
for small business outreach to the
international market was encour-
aged and nurtured by the late
Michael Bryant, who headed the
FreshMinistries team in founding
ness owners wno aeem themselves
"export-ready," are invited to attend
a free "gut-check" meeting on
November 16, from 8 to 9 a.m. at
the Small Business Center,
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of
Commerce, where further detail
about the program as well as specif-
ic challenges of exporting will be
To determine if the International
trade Certificate Program-Export
Series is right for your small busi-
ness contact Cathy Hagan at SBDC
at UNF at 620-2478, or, for further
information, attend the "gut-check"
session at 8 a.m. on November 16,
2007 at the Small Business Center,
the Jacksonville Greater Chamber
media ownership rules with Copps
and Adelstein opposed. But a feder-
al court invalidated the decision and
the agency was forced to start the
review process anew.
A Democratic commission might
be more favorable to tightening
ownership restrictions. When asked
if the task force was a means of run-
ning out the clock in the hope that a
Democrat would take over the
White House and thus give the
Democrats a majority on the com-
mission, Adelstein rejected the
"It's not a delaying tactic," he said.
Such a task force could be created
and reach conclusions in a relative-
ly short period of time, he said.
Martin also said at the conference
that he has circulated a proposal
among the other commissioners
that would create competition
among cable television providers in
Generally, people who live in
apartments are stuck with one cable
television provider. Martin's pro-
posal would prohibit exclusive con-
tracts between building owners and
Martin said the proposal is favor-
able to minorities, because they rep-
resent a disproportionately larger
share of apartment dwellers than
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Black Coaches Group Considers Court Action .
Black Coaches Association exec-
utive director Floyd Keith
INDIANAPOLIS The head of
a black coaches group is frustrated
by the lack of minority head coach-
es in college football, and his reme-
dy may be going to court.
Floyd Keith, executive director of
Black Coaches and Administrators,
said his group will consider legal
action under civil rights legislation.
"We've brought that up and it will
be considered on a case by case
basis," Keith said before announc-
ing this year's BCA hiring report
card. "But it has to be the right
When Keith said his group would
begin compiling the annual report
in 2002, he promised to re-evaluate
the BCA's tactics if he didn't see
measurable progress. After four
years of promoting the value of
diversity and sifting through statis-
tics, Keith is disappointed by the
slow pace of progress.
Of 33 coaches hired last season by
the Football Bowl Subdivision and
Subdivision, formerly known as
Division I-A and I-AA, only two
minority head coaches were hired
- Randy Shannon at Miami and
Mario Cristobal, a Hispanic, at
Excluding the historically black
colleges and universities that play
football, the other 220 schools mak-
ing up Division I had 12 minority
head coaches at the start of this sea-
son. One of those, Indiana State's
Lou West, has already been fired
after going 1-25 in a little more than
two seasons with the Sycamores.
The report says only 26 black
coaches have been hired at FBS
schools, and of the 197 openings
since 1996, only 12 have gone to
Some believe the courts could help
"If somebody gave me a timeline
as to how long it would take and
what's possible, sure, let's go that
route," said Georgia Tech basket-
ball coach Paul Hewitt, the BCA
president. "I'm really more interest-
ed in getting more interviews for
Another troubling sign for Keith
and his proponents is that this year's
report card includes a record num-
ber of overall grades of F (10).
Eleven schools received A's, the
second most in the four-year histo-
ry of the report card.
The data also show that while 54.5
per cent of the schools received a
grade of A or B, that declined from
last year's 57.7 percent and is a sig-
nificant drop over the 64.3 per cent
compiled in the inaugural report of
Two schools, Georgia Southern
and San Diego, received all F's for
not responding to the BCA's survey
- the second straight time those
schools did not participate. Other
major schools receiving an overall
F included Alabama, Air Force and
Four schools Florida
International, Iowa State, Michigan
State and Stanford received
straight A's. Other big schools
receiving an A were Cincinnati,
Miami and North Carolina.
Other findings in the report:
-Schools, on the average, have
4.31 on-campus interviews per
opening and that minority candi-
dates account for 1.27 of those, a B
on the BCA's grading scale.
-The average search committee
consists of 6.2 members, while
minorities account for 1.56 of
those. That's also a B. The BCA
contends that for each minority on
the committee, the number of
minority interviewed increases
-Minorities lost ground on search
committees, one of the categories
that accounts for the overall grade,
this year. That percentage dropped
from 25 per cent in 2005-06 to 24
percent this year.
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More Cities Sign on to Sagging Pants Ban
Bans of the sagging pants that is so prevalent amongst African-American
youth is sweeping the nation. So far, bans have become law or are being
considered in at least eight states.
New bans have been adopted in Hawkinsville, Ga., and six Louisiana
cities and parishes, including Shreveport and Alexandria.
Proposed bans are under consideration in Trenton and Pleasantville,
N.J.; Charlotte; Dallas; Baltimore; Atlanta and three other Georgia towns
including Rome, Brunswick and Plains; Duncan, Okla.; and Yonkers, N.Y.
- Bans have been rejected in Natchitoches, La.; Stratford, Conn.; and Pine
Opa-locka, a Miami suburb of 15,000 that has struggled to curb violent
crime, is the latest municipality to take up sagging pants. A councilman
has proposed an ordinance that would ban wearing them in city parks, the
library and other municipal buildings. The proposal, which will be voted
on Oct. 24, carries no fines or jail time, although violators would be evict-
ed from city property. The measure is expected to pass.
Protest, Federal Review Mark Guard's Acquittal in Boot Camp Death
Continued frompage I
Defense attorneys argued that the
camp workers were using accepted
tactics and that the boy died
because of a pre-existing medical
Coffey said state prosecutors
might have laid a foundation for
their federal counterparts to seek an
obstruction charge by grilling the
eight about inconsistencies and
omissions in their written accounts
of the last conscious moments of
Anderson's life when they testified
But lawyer Bob Sombathy, who
represented ex-guard Patrick
Garrett, said he doubted a federal
prosecution would be successful.
Sombathy said the state trial
showed the medical findings are on
the side of the defendants.
"With a 90-minute verdict after a
three-week trial (in the state case),
it would be the same result," he
Protestors from Florida A & M walk arm in arm down a Tallahassee
street protesting the verdict in the Martin Lee Anderson case, Friday,
Oct. 12, 2007, in Tallahassee, Fl.Eight former boot camp workers were
acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the death of a 14-year-old boy
who was videotaped being punched and kicked. The scene sparked
outrage and changes in the juvenile system, but it took jurors just 90
minutes to decide it was not a crime.
Ashley Benedik, defense attorney
for nurse Kristin Schmidt, said the
federal government might not bring
"To a certain extent there was
more at stake for the state, there
was more of a public outcry," she
At a vigil in the impoverished
neighborhood where Anderson
grew up, community leaders
appealed for calm in the wake of the
verdict, which they said was affect-
ed by Circuit Judge Michael
Overstreet's decision to hold the
trial in Panama City, where the boot
camp was located.
"This is not the end of it. We can
take it to a higher court and I hope
it will be taken to a higher court,"
said Panama City Commissioner
Laurie Levenson, a professor at
Loyola Law School in Los Angeles,
said she was not surprised the
guards were acquitted by a "home-
town jury." Nor would it surprise
her if the federal government
stepped in, she said.
"This is the very type of case you
would expect the Justice
Department to take a very close
look at, just like the Rodney King
case," Levenson said.
King was pulled over for speeding
in Los Angeles' eastern San
Fernando Valley, where police offi-
cers who said he acted menacingly
and refused to follow their orders
were videotaped kicking him, pum-
meling him with their nightsticks
and shooting him with stun-gun
After a jury acquitted the officers
in 1992, riots broke out across Los
Angeles and lasted four days, leav-
ing 55 people dead and more than
Federal prosecutors in the King
case presented new evidence during
their trial of the officers, including
testimony that the officers had lied
and had laughed about the incident,
In the federal trial, two officers
were convicted of violating King's
Governor Charlie Crist says the
state did the right thing in awarding
$5 million to the parents of Martin
Lee Anderson who died after being
roughed up by juvenile boot camp
guards last year. The Legislature
approved the payment this spring.
The governor says it was the right
thing to do.
He said he was disappointed in
Friday's verdict, but is pleased with
the decision by the Department of
Justice in Washington and the U.S.
Attorney for the Northern District
of Florida to review the state's pros-
Monday, October 29, 2007
5 7 p.m.
Twin Lakes Academy Middle School
8050 Point Meadows Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256
To share plans, update citizens and receive input
on the plan to provide at-grade improvements to the
intersection of Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road.
The meeting will be an open house format with visual
displays where interested citizens can drop in, review
the project information and ask questions of the staff
and provide comments on the project.
Anyone requiring special accommodations should
contact Bill Milnes at (904) 598-873 I or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, October 24.
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
October 18-24. 2007
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press October 18-24, 2007
Superintendent Out of Control: Board Has to Discipline or Fire
Before I get into a very serious
issue, I must take a moment to
pitch a new television show idea to
anyone who may be reading this
and have some relationship with a
major or minor network or produc-
You have seen the "Girls Gone
Wild" series, which features young
women drinking and degrading
themselves. That's a terrible series
of videos, but I have a show to take
its place... "Superintendent Gone
Wild." Instead of the producers
sending their camera crews to col-
lege frat parties and spring break
activities, they could just send cam-
eras to the School Board building.
There, they will find a
attitude of Superintendent Joseph
"Call me Joey" Wise. Whether you
like the job he's doing or think he's
a great guy, you will have to admit
that he's out of control, and his
recent actions prove that point.
Several months ago, I wrote an
article and expressed my concern
with the grades each school board
member gave Wise.
Four of the six School Board
members gave Wise a passing
grade this summer during his per-
formance evaluation. I was taken
back by the marks he received con-
sidering the fact that the school
system hasn't improved under
Wise's leadership, but has contin-
ued to slide.
"He has removed competent staff mem-
bers and replaced them with his cronies.
He has blatantly defied the School Board
in public meetings, and even asked a
board member to resign as if she worked
for him and not the other way around."
Superintendent of schools that is
out of control, with no regard or
respect for the people who hired
him. Wait a minute, I have another
great idea I should be in
Hollywood. Since it is October,
what about a new Halloween
I got it "Halloween 21 The
Wrath of Joey Wise." It would be a
local box office smash. Well at
least at the San Marco theatre.
For those of you wondering what
I am babbling on about, I am talk-
ing about the ongoing actions and
Last school year he had more
falling schools than ever before.
Reading and math FCAT scores
dropped countywide and the
achievement gap in the city
Superintendent Wise only met
three of the nine goals he estab-
lished for himself so how was that
worthy of a passing grade by four
school board members?
In fact, that's about say 33 percent
right? Well, where I was educated
(Duval County Public School
System) that's a failing grade all
I was dumbfounded then, but as a
wise man once said, "The great cor-
rupter of public man is his ego."
And Wise's ego has certainly gotten
the best of him.
Since then numerous additional
things have happened. He has
removed competent staff members
and replaced them with his cronies.
He has blatantly defied the School
Board in public meetings, and even
asked a board member to resign as
if she worked for him and not the
other way around.
As my aunt said this weekend,
"He done lost his mind!"
Prior to the School Board meeting
a couple of weeks ago, Wise e-
mailed board members two nights
prior to the meeting to inform them
of a major staff reorganization
without providing any details.
On top of that it was to go into
effect the next day. So that Tuesday
during the board meeting, the board
voted 6-1 to ask Wise to delay
implementation of the reorganiza-
tion until a workshop could be held
the following Thursday afternoon.
Wise fought against it the entire
time, although the board was only
asking him to delay the reorganiza-
tion for a few days.
Then what may be the straw that
broke the camels back, he wrote the
infamous letter urging Priestly-
Jackson to resign.
Let me say that again, in case you
missed it. Wise, who was hired by
the Duval County School Board,
hence making him an employee of
the board, asked a member or better
yet, one of his bosses to resign.
Of course, in this public letter that
was sent to the media, City Hall
and the Governor's Office, he cited
several reasons why School board
member Priestly-Jackson should
resign. Most seemed very personal
and as my grandma would say, "A
bunch of he say she say foolish-
ness." And a couple seemed to have
some merit if true.
But regardless of if the allegations
are true, Wise is not the person to
ask for the resignation of one of his
bosses. And when you consider the
fact that the board was already
upset with him for his recent
actions surrounding his reorganiza-
tion of staff, it makes the situation
look even worse.
And when did "Joey" become a
In this letter Wise shows the
School Board absolutely no
respect. He addresses Priestly-
Jackson, by her first name, which is
extremely out of line considering
that she is not only his boss, but an
As he berates her throughout the
letter, towards the end he writes,
"Brenda, regrettably, we have
reached a point where I can no
longer remain silent about your
breach of that duty."
Wise adds, "Your behaviors, ini-
tially disturbing and distracting, are
now something more: they are
destructive. And they can no longer
be ignored if the work, necessary to
make a difference in our kids' lives,
is to get done."
Wise is out of control, and it is
time for the school board to either
put him in check or show him some
true southern hospitality and send
him on his way.
Signing off from the set of
"Superintendent Gone Wild,"
Come on People, No Come on Cosby
is the walk-
ing and now
proof of the
adage that good intentions can go
terribly awry. That's never been
more painfully true than in Cosby's
latest tome, Come on People.
Cosby and his publisher boast that
the book is a big, brash, and
provocative challenge to black folk
to get their act together. That's got
him ga ga raves, and an unprece-
dented one hour spin job on Meet
the Press. In the book, Cosby
harangues and lectures, cobbles
together a mesh of his trademark
anecdotes, homilies, and personal
tales of woe and success, juggles
and massages facts to bolster his
self-designated black morals cru-
sade. Stripped away it's the same
stock claim that blacks can't read,
write or speak coherent English,
and are social and educational crip-
ples and failures.
Since Cosby's much touted tirade
at the NAACP confab a few years
back, and on countless talk shows,
and at community gatherings, he
has succeeded marvelously in get-
ting the tongues of blacks wagging
furiously and their fingers jabbing
relentlessly at each other's alleged
mountainous defects. They stumble
over themselves to hail Cosby as
the ultimate truth-giver.
He isn't. While Cosby is entitled
to publicly air black America's
alleged dirty laundry, there's more
myth than dirt in that laundry.
Some knuckleheads in black neigh-
borhoods do kill, mug, peddle
dope, are jobless untouchables, and
educational wastrels. They, and
only they, should be the target of
wrath. But Cosby makes a Grand
Canyon size leap from them to
paint a half-truth, skewed, picture
of the plight of poor blacks and the
reasons and prescriptions for their
plight. The cornerstone of Cosby
mythmaking is that they are crime
prone, educational losers, and teen
baby making machines.
The heart wrenching and much
played up news shots and specials
of black-on-black blood letting in
Philadelphia, New Orleans, and a
handful of other big cities and the
admission that blacks do have a
much higher kill rate than young
whites tell a tale of out-of-control,
lawless blacks. The truth: homi-
cides and physical assaults have
plunged among black teens to the
lowest levels in the past two
decades. The rate of drug use
among young blacks is no higher
than among young whites. Blacks
are more likely to be arrested, con-
victed and imprisoned than young
whites who if arrested at all are
more likely to get drug rehab, coun-
seling, and treatment referrals, pro-
bation or community service. This
distorts the racial crime picture.
Then there is the black teen girls
as baby making machine myth. The
truth: The teen pregnancy rate
among black girls has sharply
dropped during the past decade.
And they continue to fall.
The biggest myth that young
blacks empty out the public
schools, fill up the jails and ceme-
teries, and ridicule learning as act-
ing white has risen to urban legend
rank. The truth: The U.S. Dept. of
Education found that in the decades
since 1975, more blacks had
enrolled in school, had improved
their SAT scores by nearly 200
points and had lowered their
dropout rate significantly. It also
found that one in three blacks
attended college, and that the num-
ber of blacks receiving bachelors
and masters degrees had nearly
doubled. A survey of student atti-
tudes by the Minority Student
Achievement Network, an Illinois-
based educational advocacy group
in 2002 and confirmed in other sur-
veys, found that black students
were as motivated, studied as hard,
and were as serious about graduat-
ing as whites.
Cosby publicly bristles at criti-
cism that he takes the worst of the
worst behavior of some blacks and
publicly hurls that out as the
warped standard of black America.
Cosby says that he does not mean
to slander all, or even most blacks,
as derelict, laggards and slackers.
Yet that's precisely the impression
he gives and the criticism of him
for it is more than justified. Even
the book title, Come on People: On
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This is hardly the call to action
that can inspire and motivate
underachieving blacks to improve
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demoralizes those poor blacks who
are doing the best to keep their chil-
dren and themselves out of harm's
way, often against towering odds,
while still being hammered for
their alleged failures by the
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and business leaders to provide
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Come on People, intended or not,
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Jiggaboos and Wannabees
Revisited: For Light Skin Only
by Jasmyne Cannick
The "Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash"
which was to take place at a Detroit 's
Club APT was the brainchild of a self
described "dark skinned" African-
American Detroit DJ and party promot-
er. The party was intended to let "light-
skinned" Black women into a down-
town club free. In his defense, Ulysses
"DJ Lish" Barnes, said that he had plans
for "Sexy Chocolate" and "Sexy
Caramel" parties too. The good news is
that the parties have been canceled after
criticism and calls for boycotts and law-
There are no words for some of the ignorant bullcrap that we do to our-
selves. But let me give it a try.
The short version.
History has shown that Black people with lighter skin were treated better.
In the days of slavery, the dark-skinned Blacks worked in the fields while
light-skinned Blacks worked in the house, hence the terms "field Negroes"
and "house Negroes." It got so bad, that not only did the slave owners,
who were often responsible for the lighter shade his slaves had, give
lighter-skinned Blacks more respect, but so did the dark-skinned Blacks.
This evolved into generations of Blacks both consciously and subcon-
sciously teaching themselves that one is better than the other which even-
tually led to a billion dollar fake hair industry.
This was best illustrated in Spike Lee's 1988 film "School Daze" in the
scene played out in a beauty parlor between the "jiggaboos," otherwise
known as the darker-skinned Blacks with nappy hair, and the "wannabe's,"
the lighter-skinned Blacks with straight often times weaved hair. But who
could forget the film version of Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" in
which Mister asked for Nettie who was "chocolate" colored with long hair
but was given Celie, who was dark-skinned with nappy and short coarse
hair instead. This was followed by a grown up Celie dealing ith the harsh
realities of beauty and Mista's in-house mistress Shug Avery.
Then you had Black sororities and fraternities who used the "brown paper
bag test" to deny entrance to anyone darker than the bag.
There continues to be Black children who prefer to play with dolls that
are white with blond hair and blue eyes. Some Black children actually
identify with these dolls over dolls of their own race, which could explain
the 2003 case between two Georgia Applebee's restaurant employees.
At the time, Dwight Burch a dark-skinned waiter was an Applebee's
restaurant employee. He filed a lawsuit against Applebee's and his hght-
skinned African-American manager alleging that during his employment,
the manager repeatedly referred to him as a "Black monkey" and a "tar
baby" and told Burch to bleach his skin. Burch claimed he was fired after
he refused to do so. His case was settled for $40,000.
But what about decades of rap music videos where the preferred "ho" is
a lighter shade of brown? And the fact that only recently we're seeing
advertisements that highlight Black women who chose to wear their hair in
its natural state and are dark-skinned, even in our own magazines.
Remember actress Jennifer Beals' famous, "I thought I would never get
in. I thought they only took geniuses. But I was lucky, because I'm a minor-
ity. I'm not Black, and I'm not White, so I could mark 'other' on my appli-
cation, and I guess it's hard for them to fill that quota," quote on how she
got into Yale University. Beals, whose father was Black, seldom identifies
with the Black community despite being nominated for an NAACP Image
Award. And then there was singer Prince, who despite having Black par-
ents, listed in his press bio at one time that he was Italian, among other
things, when he made it in the business.
More recently there was the University of Georgia's 2006 controversial
study on skin tone which confirmed that light-skinned Blacks are often
more likely to be considered for jobs over dark-skinned Blacks.
Wrap it all together and what you get a classic example of Dr. Joy
DeGray-Leary's P.T.S.S., otherwise known as post-traumatic slave syn-
You know, I can't think of one time that I witnessed or heard of white chil-
dren taunting each other for being paler than the next, but I can think of
numerous occasions where I have seen Black children teasing each other
for being "too Black." And while our lighter skin shades can be attributed
to the Massuh's preference for his female Black slaves over his own wife,
we can't blame the Massuh for us continuing to feed into the hype that light
is good and dark is bad.
Over the weekend, I attended L.A. 's Taste of Soul Festival on Crenshaw
Blvd. I observed for quite some time the activity at a booth selling hair
extensions. Black women, young and old, light and dark, crowded the
booth to touch and feel the long straight flowing hair extensions that were
guaranteed not to shed to "nap up." This while nearby booths, offering free
diabetes, obesity, and HIV/AIDS tests went virtually unnoticed. Go figure.
While the party in Detroit is sad, it's the manifestation of generations of
Blacks still buying into the slave "house Negro" and "field Negro" mental-
ity given to us by the Massuh. Don't you think there are enough forces out
there trying to divide us without us giving them a helping hand?
You know, it's funny I never heard of lighter prison sentences for lighter
Blacks. Black is Black no matter how light or how dark your skin is.
And on a side note, I find it completely baffling that while some of us
(Lil' Kim) are out there trying to lengthen, lighten, and straighten our hair,
bleach our skin, and even resort to plastic surgery to change our nose, on
the flipside they're busy with botox, breast and butt implants, and tanning
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Garden of Gethsemane Fellowship St. Matthews Celebrates Church & My Seed Ministries Presents
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to Celebrate 29th Anniversary
The Founder, Minister Shirley Baker, Officers and Members of the
Garden of Gethsemane Fellowship Inc., 9804 Norfolk Blvd.; invite the
Community to join them for their 29th Anniversary Celebration on
Saturday, October 27, 2007, at the Holiday Inn, Commonwealth Ave. & I-
295. Rev. Xenobia Poitier Anderson, a graduate of Sandalwood High
School; and currently a school principal in Stuart, Florida; will be the cele-
bratory speaker. Sis. Katherine E. McGahee, Chairperson.
Dr. Gary Williams to Speak at
Providence Christian Fellowship
Dr. Gary Williams, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Mandarin, will be the
Opening Night Speaker when Providence Christian Fellowship, 3012 West
12th Street; presents its Annual Five Star Family Conference at 6 p.m.,
Friday, October 19, 2007.
On Saturday, October 20th, the Conference begins with classes and
workshops. A Youth Cert will be presented in the afternoon, and a Gospel
Play will be the highlight of the evening.
The Conference will wrap up at the Morning Worship Service that begins
at 9:30 a.m. dinner will follow. Anointed Speakers from throughout the
state will be presented during the conference. For more information, and to
register for the conference, please call (904) 786-3477 or visit website
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.
Southside Church Of God
In Christ Hosts Men's Conference
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
Christ, Darien, Georgia; will be the Facilitator for the Workshop at 10 a.m.
on Saturday. The Workshop is open to both men and women.
The Southside Church of God in Christ Bishop Edward Robinson,
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 preaching 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 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 Grant Memorial AME to
Celebrate Annual United Effort Day
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road (at Sibbald
Rd.), Rev. Tony D. Hansberry, Pastor; will honor The Late Emma Moran on
its Annual United Effort Day, Sunday, October 21, 2007. Sister Moran
chaired this program many times, and wrote the theme song, "United Effort
Day is Here!" Pastor Hansberry will preach at the 7:45 a.m. Service. A
"Hymn Service" will begin at 9 a.m., and will feature the voices of many
singers in our city. The Morning Service will begin at 11 a.m.
The community is invited to be a part of this United Effort Day.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Host Serious Praise Service, Oct. 28th
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2; will hold Serious
Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2007. "When Praises
go up, Blessings come down." The community is invited. Rev. Ethel
Pritchard will bring "The Word" in the name of Jesus.
New Life Evangelistic Center
Dedication Celebration Nov. 4-11th
The New Life Evangelistic Center, 8040 Lone Star Road, will hold
the New Life Evangelistic Center Dedication Celebration Services begin-
ning at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 4th, and continuing nightly at 7 p.m.
through November 11, 2007. Guest pastors will host each evening's serv-
ice. The community is invited to all services.
"Convenant Seminar"tfor irls 13-17
My Seed Ministries Inc. and SUSEJ-7 Corp. (Sisters UpLifting Sisters'
Esteem Joyfully) will present a "Covenant" Seminar for young ladies 13-17
years old. The seminar will include lunch, and will be held at the Hampton
Inn, 4415 Southside Blvd, in the St. Johns Conference Room. The seminar
will focus on "Developing Covenant Relationships", Self-Esteem in the Hip
Hop Age, Dating with Dignity, Deciding your Destiny, Artistic Endeavors,
and other concerns of the participants.
The 2-hour seminar will be held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October
20, 2007. For participation information, please call Ms. Emma Gale
Thomas at (904) 635-4041.
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EWC National Alumni Association Invites All to "Homecoming 2007"
The 2007 Edward Waters
College National Alumni
Association has been working
feverishly to plan an enjoyable and
exciting Homecoming Weekend,
October 19-21, 2007. Alumni
Marguerite Warren, Carl Johnson,
Juliet Fields, Charles Moore, James
Tarver and Thomas Tarver are serv-
ing as the Homecoming Committee
Chairs, and they are urging you to
participate and look forward to an
Alumni and friends are invited to
the opening of the "hospitality
room", on Friday, October 19th, in
the Adams-Jenkins Sports
Complex, on the campus. A special
ceremony will take place at 8 p.m.
when the National Alumni
Association will chapter several new
The Annual Alumni Breakfast
will be held at 7 a.m., on Saturday,
October 20th in the George N.
Collins Student Union Building, on
the EWC Campus. Alumni are
asked to "keep up that good old
tiger spirit" by wearing the school
colors: purple and orange, whenev-
The breakfast will also celebrate
and honor alumni for outstanding
achievement and support to alumni
efforts. There will also be the
opportunity to meet and greet the
new President, Dr. Claudette
Williams, as well as to chat with old
classmates, and start the day off
with "a winning spirit."
The traditional "Tailgate Party"
at William M. Raines, and be sure
and stop by the Alumni Tent to
refresh yourself, at the Earl
Kitchens Stadium, corner Raines
Ave. and Moncrief Road. Game
Kick-off is at 5 p.m. the Greek Step
Show will be held at 8:30 p.m. in
the Adams-Jenkins Sports
The official Homecoming 2007
Game Alumni After Party will cul-
minate the spirit-filled day's activi-
ties, at "The Place", 1748 N. Main
Street, next to Carl's Restaurant,
corner 8th & Main Street.
Other Homecoming activities
include: EWC Distinguished
Lecture Series, Dr. Eugene Emory
'69, speaker; 11 a.m., Friday,
October 19; Homecoming Parade at
10 a.m., Saturday, October 20th,
EWC Campus; Alumni Choir
Gibson Family Celebrates 100th
Birthday of Ms. Corine Williams
100 Year Old Corine Williams
Ms. Corine Williams was honored
by her family which included a sis-
ter, nieces, nephews and cousins;
and friends, on the occasion of her
100th Birthday, October 12, 2007;
in the elegant guest dining Hall at
the Lakeside Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Ruth
McCoy, coordinated the festive
occasion which included delicious
seafood delights and homemade
churned ice cream and cake, which
delighted the honoree. Her niece,
Mrs. Connie G. Doby, of Orange
Park, prepared the delicious repast.
Ms. Williams, the fourth of thir-
teen children born to Sarah
Elizabeth and Samuel Edward
Gibon, moved to Jacksonville, from
Titusville, FL; with her family in
the fall of 1922. The family includ-
ed Samuel T., Claude N. Harold J.
Sr., Ludell Gibson Bell, Katie G.
Gardner, Gladys G. Staley, Elvira G.
Brown, Joseph W. and Lila G.
Johnson, all of whom are deceased.
Her living siblings are: Alma C.
Wilson, 90, Madison, Wisconsin;
Ruth "Billie G. McCoy, 88, of
Jacksonville; and Mary G. Miller,
85, of Jacksonville.
1907, must have been a very
good year as Ms. Gibson has a
cousin, A. C. Brown, of
Willingboro, N.J., who turned 100,
on April 6, 2007. Ms. Gibson
recently told her niece, Celia
Miller, that she contributes her
longevity to "putting her trust in
God, and not worrying about any-
Ms. Gibson's family is amazed
how vivid her memory is of her
life's experiences, and of
Jacksonville's history, during her
lifetime. The family moved to
Jacksonville in the Fall of 1922,
and lived in several locations in
LaVilla until they purchased a new
home in Durkeeville Gardens dur-
ing WWII in 1943. She began
working at a very young age, and
was married, briefly during her
teens. She worked as a packager
for Jacobs Jewelers for a number of
years. She also displayed talent in
floral arranging and gardening. She
has also enjoyed a reputation for
her expertise in cooking, decorat-
ing, entertaining, especially her
very special dinners. About twen-
ty years ago, she relinquished her
home to live with her sister, Ruth
Her niece, Celia A. Miller, recalls
that "Aunt Corine" accepted Jesus
Christ, and received her Christian
Education at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, under the
leadership of Rev. John E. Ford.
Later, she became a member of St.
Paul Lutheran Church, Rev. Frank
Marshall, is the current pastor.
"Aunt Corrine has been a member
there for several decades," Ms.
Miller recalls. She has only
resided at the Nursing Home for the
past two years.
Among the attendees at the 100th
Birthday Celebration for Ms.
Williams were: Rev. Frank
Marshall and Mrs. Marshall, Ben
Warren, Antionette Miller, Tracie
Iszard, Deborah Dixon, Deidra
Gibson, Mary Miller, Ivan Gordon,
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, Ruth
Wheaton, cora Gibson, Beth
Hunter, Randall iszard, Barabara
Robinson, Frank Gibson, Harold
Gibson, Ruth McCoy, Gayle
Gibson, Herb Wilson, June Gibson,
Connie Doby, Randy Doby,' Randy'
Doby Jr., Gloriia doby, Chantell
Hardaway, Antarndia Kurney, and
Margaret Long Grooms.
Social, 11 a.m., Saturday, October
20th and 1 p.m. Pre-game tailgat-
ing, 5 p.m. For more information on
activities, call 353-8035.
Planned for Mrs.
Susie Ella Holmes
Mrs. Susie Ella Holmes
The Harris Adult Day Care
Center will honor Mrs. Susie Ella
Baisden Holmes on her 101st
Birthday on Friday, October 19,
2007. Her family will gather to sur-
round her with love and affection
Mrs. Holmes was born on October
19, 1906 to the late Felecia
Gertrude and Samuel Baisden, in
Jacksonville, Florida. She and her
husband, the late Walter Holmes
became the parents of two children,
Andrew Holmes and Mary
Elizabeth Holmes Walker.
She is a devout member of the
New Hope AME Church, Rev.
Mary Davis, Pastor. At the time
"Mama Susie" affiliated with New
Hope, the Rev. John Carey was
pastor. During her active years
"Mama Susie" served as president
of Usher Board #1, and as a
Steward, Deaconess, and Class
Leader. She is also a member of
the Live Long and Like It Club,
and was one of the first members of
the Moncrief Needlework Club.
She is the mother of only two chil-
dren, but now has 7 grandchildren,
29 great-grandchildren, and 10
Congratulations to Mrs. Susie
Holmes, Happy Birthday!
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.
West Union Missionary Baptist
Celebrates Annual Dual Day, Nov. 3rd
The West Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Street,
Rev. Leroy C. Kelly, Pastor; will celebrate their Annual Dual Day, Sunday,
November 3, 2007. The theme: "A Vision through Faith" (Hebrews 11:1).
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen." Co-Chairpersons are Deacon Andre Bell, Deacon Michael Ray,
Sister Frances C. Lynch and Sister Davette Simmons.
The community is invited to join the West Union Family beginning at
9:30 a.m. with Sunday School, Sister Martha P. Cummings,
Superintendent, in charge. Morning Worship begins at 11 a.m.
The Baptist Training Union will begin at 4 p.m., Sis. Yvonne Walker in
The West Union Missionary Baptist Church has been know as the
"Church of Friendliness" for over 100 years. The doors are always open.
Remember, "Only what you do for Christ will last."
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
fun, 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.
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The Health Risks of Belly Fat
Did you know there are more
important reasons to trim down
your tummy than the aesthetic
Researchers are finding that
abdominal fat leads to higher risks
of heart disease, diabetes and even
certain types of cancers.
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lack of exer-
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diet of burg-
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our bellies to
: who knew
late nights at
the stress of
Sw that big proj-
ect or the hidden trans fats in our
favorite vending machine snacks
were adding dangerous inches to
In a society where workaholics
reign, African Americans are more
sleep-deprived, stress-ridden and
crunched for time than ever before.
We want the quickest solutions, the
fastest foods (usually supersized),
and, despite the caffeine running
through our veins, we just can't
seem to find the time to work out.
Three ways to blast the belly fat:
1. Avoid Trans Fats
2. Get More Sleep
3. Manage Your Stress
Waist-to-Hip Ratio, BMI and
Belly Fat: What It All Means
Until recently, BMI or body mass
index (a measurement of weight in
relation to height), was used as a
key factor in determining the likeli-
hood of developing heart disease,
diabetes and certain types of can-
cers. Now, researchers around the
world are discovering that BMI is
the wrong number to rely on and
Typically, a BMI of 20 to 25 is con-
sidered normal, the range between
25 to 30 is overweight and more
than 30, obese. The problems arise
when certain factors, such as mus-
cle mass and fat deposition, are not
taken into consideration. Because
muscle is much denser than fat and
takes up less space, two individuals
of the same height and weight
could have the same BMI, even
though one may have a significant-
ly higher percentage of body fat
than the other.
Researchers now know that if
most of your fat is in the tummy
area, your health risks are greater
than if it resides in, say, the hips,
thighs or rear (sometimes referred
to as the apple versus pear theory.
Dr. Tobias Pischon, stated in a
Reuters Health report that this type
of fat is more alarming. Belly fat is
metabolicallyy active" and could
possibly increase colon cancer risk
by raising levels of hormones that
affect cell growth, including the
growth of cancer cells.
Consequently, waist-to-hip ratio (a
measurement of waist size divided
by hip size) is a more reliable gauge
of your risk factors for certain dis-
eases, such as heart attacks. A ratio
of above 0.85 for women and above
0.90 for men is higher than average
and typically indicates greater risk.
And when it comes to a disease
such as colon cancer, women have
the highest risk. Female partici-
pants of the study with the most
abdominal fat had a 48 percent
greater chance of developing colon
cancer, with men at a slightly lower
chance of 39 percent.
Happy? Sad? Could You be Bipolar?
Bipolar disorder, also known as
manic-depressive illness, is a brain
disorder that causes unusual shifts
in a person's mood, energy, and
ability to function. Different from
the normal ups and downs that
everyone goes through, the symp-
toms of bipolar disorder are severe.
They can result in damaged rela-
tionships, poor job or school per-
formance, and even suicide. But
there is good news: bipolar disorder
can be treated, and people can lead
full and productive lives.
More than 2 million American
adults,1 or about 1 percent of the
population age 18 and older in any
given year, have bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder typically develops
in late adolescence or early adult-
hood. However, some people have
their first symptoms during child-
hood, and some develop them late
in life. It is often not recognized as
an illness, and people may suffer
for years before it is properly diag-
nosed and treated. Like diabetes or
heart disease, bipolar disorder is a
long-term illness that must be care-
fully managed throughout a per-
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic
mood swings-from overly "high"
and/or irritable to sad and hopeless,
and then back again, often with
periods of normal mood in between.
Severe changes in energy and
behavior go along with these
changes in mood. The periods of
highs and lows are called episodes
of mania and depression.
A manic episode is diagnosed if
elevated mood occurs with three or
more of the other symptoms most
of the day, nearly every day, for 1
week or longer. If the mood is irri-
table, four additional symptoms
must be present.
A depressive episode is diag-
nosed if five or more of these symp-
toms last most of the day, nearly
every day, for a period of 2 weeks
A mild to moderate level of
mania is called hypomania.
Hypomania may feel good to the
person who experiences it and may
even be associated with good func-
tioning and enhanced productivity.
Thus even when family and friends
learn to recognize the mood swings
as possible bipolar disorder, the
person may deny
that anything is
mania in some
people or can
Sometimes, severe episodes of
mania or depression include symp-
toms of psychosis (or psychotic
symptoms). Common psychotic
symptoms are hallucinations (hear-
ing, seeing, or otherwise sensing
the presence of things not actually
there) and delusions (false, strongly
held beliefs not influenced by logi-
cal reasoning or explained by a per-
son's usual cultural concepts).
Psychotic symptoms in bipolar
disorder tend to reflect the extreme
mood state at the time. For exam-
ple, delusions of grandiosity, such
as believing one is the President or
has special powers or wealth, may
occur during mania; delusions of
guilt or worthlessness, such as
believing that one is ruined and
penniless or has committed some
terrible crime, may appear during
depression. People with bipolar dis-
order who have these symptoms are
sometimes incorrectly diagnosed as
having schizophrenia, another
severe mental illness.
Most people with bipolar disor-
der-even those with the most
severe forms-can achieve substan-
tial stabilization of their mood
swings and related symptoms with
proper treatment. Because bipolar
disorder is a recurrent illness, long-
term preventive treatment is strong-
ly recommended and almost always
indicated. A strategy that combines
medication and psychosocial treat-
ment is optimal for managing the
disorder over time.
Signs of Mania or a Manic Episode
Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
Inflated self-importance; in some, delusions or hallucinations. Feeling all-
powerful, invincible, and destined for greatness.
Feeling "high", excessively optimistic, better than ever before.
Feeling irritable or angry; Behavior that is aggressive, provocative, or
Decreased need for sleep
Feeling rested after just a few hours of sleep.
More talkative than usual
Extremely talkative and sociable; pressure to keep talking.
Flight of ideas; can't keep up with your own ideas and thoughts.
Inability to concentrate, distracted, restless.
Increase in goal-directed activity or psychomotor agitation
Extremely energetic; increased productivity; a feeling of high intelligence
Excessive involvement in pleasurable or high risk activities, such as sex,
drug or alcohol use, gambling, or spending sprees.
Reckless, impulsive, unpredictable; No perception that the mood and
behaviors are abnormal.
Depression or a Depressive Episode
Feeling hopeless, sad, discouraged, or empty.
Loss of interest or pleasure
Inability to experience pleasure. Nothing seems to interest you anymore,
including former hobbies, social activities, and sex.
Appetite or weight changes
Significant weight loss or weight gain-a change of more than 5% of
body weight in a month.
Sleep changes Insomnia or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
Psychomotor agitation or retardation
"Keyed up," unable to sit still, anxious, restless or sluggish, slow speech
and body movements, lack of responsiveness.
Fatigue or loss of energy
Physically drained. Even small tasks are exhausting. Can't do things as
quickly as you used to.
Self-loathing Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Harsh criticism
of perceived faults and mistakes.
Inability to focus. Difficulty making decisions. Can't "think straight."
MIXED EPISODE: A mixed episode features symptoms of both full-
blown mania and depression, either occurring simultaneously or alternat-
ing frequently. A mixed episode features the low mood and irritability of
depression combined with the agitation of mania. This combination of
high energy and depression makes for a particularly high risk of suicide.
Osteoporosis and African American Women
While African American women
tend to have higher bone mineral
density (BMD) than white women
throughout life, they are still at sig-
nificant risk of developing osteo-
porosis. The misperception that
osteoporosis is only a concern for
white women can delay prevention
and treatment in African American
women who do not believe they are
at risk for the disease.
What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone
disease characterized by low bone
mass, which makes bones fragile
and susceptible to fracture.
Osteoporosis is known as a silent
disease because symptoms and pain
do not appear until a fracture
occurs. Without prevention or treat-
ment, osteoporosis can progress
painlessly until a bone breaks, typi-
cally in the hip, spine, or wrist. A
hip fracture can limit mobility and
lead to a loss of independence,
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while vertebral fractures can result
in a loss of height, stooped posture,
and chronic pain.
What Are the Risk Factors for
Risk factors for developing
a thin, small-boned frame
previous fracture or family his-
tory of osteoporotic fracture
estrogen deficiency resulting
from early menopause (before age
45), either naturally, from surgical
removal of the ovaries, or as a result
of prolonged amenorrhea (abnor-
mal absence of menstruation) in
a diet low in calcium
Caucasian and Asian ancestry
(African American and Hispanic
women are at lower but significant
excessive use of alcohol
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tions, such as those used to treat
diseases like lupus, asthma, thyroid
deficiencies, and seizures.
How Can Osteoporosis Be
Osteoporosis prevention begins
in childhood. The recommenda-
tions listed below should be fol-
lowed throughout life to lower your
risk of osteoporosis.
Eat a well-balanced diet ade-
quate in calcium and vitamin D.
Exercise regularly, with an
emphasis on weight-bearing activi-
ties such as walking, jogging, danc-
ing, and lifting weights.
Live a healthy lifestyle. Avoid
smoking, and, if your drink alcohol,
do so in moderation.
Talk to your doctor if you have
a family history of osteoporosis or
other risk factors that may put you
at increased risk for the disease.
Your doctor may suggest that you
have your bone density measured
through a safe and painless test that
can determine your risk for frac-
tures (broken bones), and measure
your response to osteoporosis treat-
ment. The most widely recognized
bone mineral density test is called a
dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry
or DXA test. It is painless: a bit like
having an x ray, but with much less
exposure to radiation. It can meas-
ure bone density at your hip and
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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.
Edward Waters College will be
celebrating a variety of
Homecoming events October 19-
21st including a Spirit Breakfast,
Tailgating Events before the game
and a party. For more information
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.
Wellness and Health
There will be a Wellness and
Health Education Fair at the
Jacksonville Fair Grounds on
Saturday, October 20th from 9
a.m. 2 p.m. The fair will include
diabetes presentations, blood glu-
cose checks, fitness demonstra-
tions, food preparation and demon-
strations. The event is free and open
to the public. Refreshments will be
served. Door prizes will be drawn
and given to participants.
For more info call 525-7154.
Jax Urban League
60th Anniversary Gala
The Jacksonville Urban League
will have their official 60th anniver-
sary celebration on Saturday,
October 20th at the Hyatt
Riverfront Hotel. This black tie
affair will feature delectable cui-
sine, dazzling era designs, popular
vocalists, and live entertainment.
The Equal Opportunity Awards
recipients will also be presented
during the gala. For information
contact Mrs. Finley at 366-3461.
Children's Home Society's 24th
Annual Caring Chefs will be
Sunday, Oct. 21, 7-9:30 p.m. at
The Avenues Mall. Caring Chefs is
the original food-tasting event in
Northeast Florida and remains the
biggest raising more than $2 mil-
lion for Children's Home Society of
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Concert at JCA
The First Coast Wind Ensemble
will perform a concert celebrating
music education at 3 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Jewish
Community Alliance. The concert
is free and open to the public.
The program, titled "MENC at
100: Music Education Matters,"
will include three of the most popu-
lar works for band chosen for study
and performance in Florida public
The 60-member First Coast Wind
Ensemble, a community music
organization led by conductor Artie
Clifton, is in its 18th season.
The JCA is at 8505 San Jose Blvd.
(corner of San Jose and San Clerc).
For more information on this or
other events at the JCA, please call
904-730-2100 ext. 221.
The women of one historic
Jacksonville neighborhood have
banded together to create a sexy
calendar to benefit local charities.
They will kick-off sales at a cele-
bratory party on November 1.
The 12 ladies, all from
Springfield, donned short shorts
and sexy tops for their photos, all
taken in sites across the historic
All of the women will attend the
opening party November 1 at The
Pearl on 1st and Main (1101 North
Main Street) in Jacksonville. The
party will take place from 5-8 pm
and will feature music, food and
free drink specials. Calendars will
be available for purchase and all
proceeds will be donated to
Springfield's local charitable organ-
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 knowledgeable experts with
presentation skills to actively
engage you in a dynamic learning
experience. For more info or to reg-
ister 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
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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.
Women of Culture
Ebony & Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. presents its fourth
annual Ebony and Ivory Gala on
Saturday, November 3rd 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. Honorees include: Dana
Means, Pamela Rama, M.D.Judy
Galindo, Marcelle Lovett,
Hester Clark, Mary Fisher and
Martha Valdes-Pellino. For ticket
and additional information call Dr.
Helen Jackson at at 635-5191.
Florida Black Expo 2007
Enjoy a family fun filled day at
The Black Expo with prizes,
celebrity appearances, tons of ven-
dors and the best food in
Jacksonville. The Expo will be held
for two days November 3 4th at
the Prime osborne Convention
Center. Celebrity guests include Dr.
Ian Smith, gospel artists Mary Mary
and LL Cool J. Doors will be open
from 11 a.m. 7:30 p.m. daily.
RADO 2nd Annual
RADO (Riverside Avondale
Development Organization) will be
hosting its second annual Riverside
Harvest Gala at the Five Points
Theatre (1025 Park St.) on
November 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. The
event helps to raise funds for
affordable housing projects.
The Gala will include food, cash
bar, silent auction and live enter-
For more information about
RADO or the Riverside Harvest
Gala, log on to www.radocdc.org or
Gary to Keynote
NAACP Annual Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will host the 42nd Annual Freedom
Fund Dinner on Tuesday,
November 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. The speaker will
be renowned Attorney Willie E.
Gary. Tickets are $50.00 per per-
son and may be purchased by call-
ing the NAACP office at 764-7578
or E.G. Atkins at 768-8697.
PRIDE Book Club
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club, north
Florida's oldest and most progres-
sive African-American book club,
will be celebrating their 14TH
anniversary on Saturday,
November 10th at Arielle's begin-
ning at 5 p.m., 7707 Arlington
Expressway. The cost for the event
includes and author meeting. The
book for discussion with the author
will be: CINNAMON'S UNI-
VERSE by Vernon Menchan. For
more information, email
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
Conference at Bethel
Diabetes Exposed is a one day
conference, with screenings, speak-
ers, and exhibits designed to give
people with diabetes and their care-
givers up-to-date information about
diabetes diagnosis, prevention,
intervention, and treatment. This
conference is being held at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church in
downtown Jacksonville and is
FREE to the community. It will be
held on Saturday, November 17th
from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Contact Bethel
for details at 724-0028.
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 items includ-
ing Gator paraphernalia, glass, hand
carved wood, clothes, personalized
items, gifts, soaps, candles jewelry,
handbags, pet gifts and much more.
For more info call 352-392-5500.
The earth shaking superstar of
American contemporary dance
returns to Jacksonville celebrating
it's 50th anniversary of captivating
performances and unparalleled
artistry that is the staple of the his-
toric African-American Dance
Theater. The show will be in
Jacksonville on Tuesday, February
12th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 632-3373.
Bill Cosby in Concert
Veteran comedic entertainer Bill
Cosby will be returning to
Jacksonville for two performances
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The shows will be
on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 5
p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or for
more information call 353-3309.
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Oscar Winners and Naysayers Can't Compete
With the Multi-Million Dollar Man a.k.a Tyler Perry
'lY' From left, singer/actress Jill Scott, singer/actress Janet Jackson and writer/director Tyler Perry attend the 'Why Did I Get Married?'
Who said Tyler Perry couldn't top
the box office without Madea?
Matter of fact, who would of
thought a thirty something Black
man with no profeesional theater
training would be beating out
Oscar winners as the top draw.
After a heavy marketing push
from Lionsgate that included pro-
motional appearances on "The
Oprah Winfrey Show," "Regis &
Kelly" and the late night talk shows
- not to mention Perry's own e-mail
plea for folks to see the film during
opening weekend "Tyler Perry's
Why Did I Get Married?" debuted
as the No. 1 weekend film with
The movie, starring Perry among
an ensemble cast, came in well
ahead of George Clooney's critical-
ly-acclaimed legal drama "Michael
Clayton," Cate Blanchett's period
piece "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
and the Joaquin Phoenix/Mark
Wahlberg crime saga "We Own the
Perry's previous film this year,
"Daddy's Little Girls" had a luke
warm opening earlier this year as
his first film sans his alter ego
"Madea". It also received mixed
reviews. "Why Did I Get
Married?" joined his previous
Madea-starring hits "Madea's
Family Reunion" and "Diary of a
Mad Black Woman," which also
opened at No. 1.
by e 3 t September
13, 1969 in
Tyler Perry over-
came a challenging
early life marked first
by child abuse and later
by homelessness to become a
writer, producer, director, and actor
He credits Oprah Winfrey for
encouraging him to turn his soul-
searching diaries into a play, I
Know I've Been Changed.
Although most folks might mere-
ly associate him with the sassy, sen-
ior citizen character Madea, Tyler
has also blossomed into a creative
genius who's the brains behind an
viable entertainment empire dis-
seminating inspirational messages
on stage and in film. His impressive
screen credits include Woman,
Thou Art Loosed, Diary of a Mad
Black Woman, Madea's Family
Reunion and Daddy's Little Girls.
Here, he reflects on his latest
opus, "Why Did I Get Married", a
thought-provoking meditation on
marriage co-starring Jill Scott, Janet
Jackson, Tasha Smith and Malik
EUR: What made you pick this
play of yours to adapt to the big
screen at this juncture?
TP: That's a good question,
because I don't plan to do all of
them. I'm always wondering what's
happening in the community now,
what's happening with the people.
And with the divorce rate being so
high, and with the family needing
some sort of uplift or boost, I think
that's where I'm going to be for the
next few movies, talking about fam-
with a c
tell I t]
screening. Perry is shown right directing film veteran Cicely Tyson in Madea's Family Reunion.
Jazz Man's Blues? erful. It's something I'll share wit
ationships and marriage. TP: I am. I'm playing the singer. my children.
I thought the best way to And my hope is to have Alan Arkin EUR: Did you have any reserve
with marriage. or Sir Ben Kingsley to play the tions about casting Jill Scott,
You have a knack for creat- Jewish Holocaust survivor who singer, in Why Did I Get Marriec
thentic African-American befriends him and then turns him since it's her big screen debut?
)s exploring serious themes into one of the biggest jazz singers EUR: Once she auditioned fo
certainn gravitas we just don't of all time. me, I had no doubt. Her auditio
where else. Where does that EUR: And you'll be reprising was great, but the first day she cam
gift come from? Madea in Meet the Browns, right? to work was so incredible it mad
just have so many stories to TP: Yeah, and then I'm going to us all go, "Wow! She carries thi
think that a lot of people are follow that up with Madea Goes to with her?" Wait till you see her per
g on only one side of who Jail, and then we'll see what hap- formance. You'll be wondering
But it's such a rich culture pens after that. "Who is this woman and why hasn
yone would be doing a dis- EUR: What prompted youto use a she been doing this much longer?"
not to look at all sides of it. former slave plantation used as the EUR: How hard is it for you t
s way of storytelling has setting for the reunion in Madea's act, direct and produce a movi
om being on stage and hav- Family Reunion. simultaneously?
immediate connection with TP: The land was so rich. I had no TP: It's not that difficult for me
ience, to now having it in idea it had been a plantation. We because all sides of my brain need
were doing shots one day, and I was to work. I'll ask myself, "Was tha
What do you tap into as the walking past that cabin and I the best take you could do, Tyler?
of your originality and noticed some graves. I asked the I'm always very critical and ver
caretaker about it, and he said, "Oh, honest with myself. And once I ge
irst of all, the messages are all these people were slaves." I was a yes, I'm ready to move on.
iportant to me. I don't just like, "Are you serious?" And he EUR: How was it working wit
do film for the sake of takes me over to a plaque that said, such a large ensemble cast contain
film. And it's never been "There were once 150 slaves on this ing so many accomplished actors.?
noney for me. It's always land." So, it was profound to sit TP: They were all very respectfu
:out "What can I leave to there in the kitchen of the big house The thing about it is that sometime
nd inspire?" Even when I with Cicely Tyson and Dr. Maya I encounter resistance from people
ng plays early on. So, that's Angelou and to have them talk about the same age who feel lik
comes from, first of all. It's about their struggle to get to where they've been in the business long
'What message can I bury they are. It was so rich and so pow- than you and should be further
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into a great story?" And I think it's
resonating with people because so
many folks are looking for answers.
So many people are searching. So
many want love and hope and
romance. In my own life, finding
that forgiveness has been very
important. And that's where it
seems to begin with me for a lot of
what I do.
EUR: Why didn't you produce
Why Did I Get Married as a musi-
TP: I don't think I'll ever do a
movie musical. The closest I'll
come is my film A Jazz Man's Blues
which is about a jazz singer in the
1940s. There's a lot of jazz and big
band music in it, but it's not a musi-
cal. I don't think that's my forte.
EUR: Will you be appearing in A
along than you. But I had none of it
here. I had so much support from
this cast, especially the guys. And
their support meant the world to
me, because it's usually the guys
that I have the issues with.
EUR: As someone who overcame
a rough childhood, what advice do
you have for anyone trying to make
their way out of dire straits?
TP: What worked for me was
nothing but my faith and belief in
God. Still, to this day, I pray con-
stantly. I think I pray more now
than I did then. I tell people to pray
and to work as hard as you can.
EUR: Are you happy?
TP: Every day, yeah. I spent the
first 28 years of my life being com-
pletely miserable. So, I'm grateful
every day now, especially being in
my late thirties heading into my for-
ties. I'm really happy.
EUR: Where do you expect to be
five years from now?
TP: I'd like to own a network, one
featuring positive, reinforcing tele-
vision programming. So that when
you turn it on, everything you see,
whether you know it or not, there
are so many subconscious messages
that by the time you turn it off you'll
be so inspired you'll feel that you
can take on the world.
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Obama Campaign Gets Up Close and Personal
With Door to Door Grassroots Campaigning
As the gap begins to widen between Senators Hillary Clinton and barack
Obama, the race intensifies for the Obama Campaign. Shown above, the
presidential hopeful speaks with supporters on the front steps of their
house during a neighborhood canvas in Des Moines, Iowa last weekend as
the campaign goes door to door.
Fort Pierce, FL A police officer
who punched a 15-year-old girl,
then used pepper spray to subdue
her while she resisted arrest should
be suspended until an investigation
is complete, activists said last week.
Police Officer Daniel Gilroy's
patrol car dashboard camera caught
the incident on tape as he was
attempting to arrest Shelwanda
Riley on July 15 for being out past
a local curfew.
According to Gilroy's report, the
girl, whom activists called
Shawanda, was kicking and swing-
ing at him. The dashboard video
shows Gilroy repeatedly asking the
girl to stop resisting, but she contin-
ued to scream and squirm as he
tried to handcuff her.
"Miss, I don't want to force you
because you're small," the officer
She then twisted around and
reportedly bit the officer, which is
when he punched and sprayed her
in the face.
"A lot of restraint before I used any
kind of force, but when she bit me,
it was all over," the officer can be
heard saying on his radio later.
"Whatever your opinion, there is
a clear case that this was excessive
force," said the Rev. William F.
Richardson, a representative of the
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action
Police Chief Sean Baldwin initial-
ly defended the officer's actions,
then later announced an internal
investigation. The chief has since
declined to comment.
Shelwanda Riley, 15, listens as the Rev. William F. Richardson, right,
a representative of the National Action Network, speaks on her behalf
during a news conference in front of Fort Pierce, Fla., City Hall last
week. Riley is joined by her legal guardian and aunt Gloria Smith, left.
A police officer who punched Riley, then used pepper spray to subdue
her while she resisted arrest should be suspended until an investiga-
tion is complete, activists said.
Multiple Noose Incidents Reported Across the Country
In the months since nooses dan-
gling from a schoolyard tree raised
racial tensions in Jena, La., the
frightening symbol of segregation-
era lynchings has been turning up
around the country.
Nooses were left in a black Coast
Guard cadet's bag, at a Long Island
police station locker room, on a
Maryland college campus, and, just
this week, on the office door of a
black professor at Columbia
University in New York.
The noose like the burning
cross is a generations-old means
of instilling racial fear. But some
experts suspect the Jena furor rein-
troduced some bigots to the rope.
They say the recent incidents might
also reflect white resentment over
the protests in Louisiana.
"It certainly looks like it's been a
rash of these incidents, and presum-
ably, most of them are in response
to the events in Jena," said Mark
Potok of the Southern Poverty Law
Center, which tracks white
supremacists and other hate groups.
"I would say that as a more general
matter, it seems fairly clear that
noose incidents have been on the
rise for some years."
Thousands of demonstrators,
including the Revs. Jesse Jackson
and Al Sharpton, converged on Jena
on Sept. 20 to decry what they
called a racist double standard in
the justice system. They protested
the way six blacks were arrested on
attempted murder charges in the
beating of a white student, while
three whites were suspended but
not prosecuted for hanging nooses
in a tree in August 2006.
The noose evokes the lynchings
of the Jim Crow South and "is a
symbol that can be deployed with
no ambiguity. People understand
exactly what it means," said
William Jelani Cobb, a professor of
black American history at Spelman
College in Atlanta.
He said the Jena incident demon-
strated to some racists how offen-
sive the sight of a noose can be:
"What Jena did was reintroduce that
symbol into the discussion."
Though the terror of the civil
rights era is gone, the association
between nooses and violence -
even death remains, Potok said.
"The noose is replacing the burn-
ing cross in the mind of much of the
public as the leading symbol of the
Klan," Potok said.
Potok dismissed the idea that the
placing of a noose could be inter-
preted as a joke, even among people
born after the end of segregation.
"I think that it's true that most of
these kids don't know much about
civil rights history," he said. "But
Professor Madonna Constantine speaks at a protest rally at Teachers College at Columbia University in
New York last week, one day after a hangman's noose was discovered on her office door at the college.
Authorities are looking into whether a noose hanging from the door of a black professor at Columbia
University was the work of disgruntled students or even a fellow professor, an incident the university's
president described as an assault on everyone at the prestigious school.
every single one of them under-
stands what a noose means at the
end of the day."
As word of the Jena case began
circulating, reports of similar inci-
In July, a noose was left in the
bag of a black Coast Guard cadet
aboard a cutter. A noose was found
in August on the office floor of a
white officer who had been con-
ducting race-relations training in
response to the incident.
In early September, a noose was
discovered at the University of
Maryland in a tree near a building
that houses several black campus
On Sept. 29, a noose appeared in
the locker room of the Hempstead,
N.Y., police department, which
recently touted its efforts to recruit
On Oct. 2, a noose was seen
hanging on a utility pole at the
Anniston Army Depot in Alabama.
Last week, the president of his-
torically black Grambling State
University in Louisiana announced
he would seek sanctions against
five teachers who participated in a
lesson on race relations that includ-
ed placing a noose around the neck
of a child at a mostly black, on-
campus elementary school.
The Columbia incident involved
a black professor of psychology and
education, Madonna Constantine,
who teaches a class on racial jus-
The Columbia investigation also
follows the arrest on Sunday of a
white woman on hate-crime charges
alleging she hung a noose over a
tree limb and threatened a black
family living next door in New
York City. The two incidents were
"the first noose cases in recent
memory" in the city, said Deputy
Inspector Michael Osgood, com-
mander of the police Hate Crime
Not that the use of nooses for
racial intimidation is a new phe-
In 2002, white employees at a
Texas industrial company put a
noose around a black co-worker's
neck. Charles Hickman sued and
was awarded more than $1 million
Potok said the recent noose inci-
dents could represent white back-
lash over the demonstrations in
"We're seeing a lot of generalized
white resentment," he said. "The
conversation among many white
people, particularly in the South,
amounts to the idea that Jena was a
black-on-white hate crime that is
being widely misconstrued as a
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