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Morgan Stanley to Pay $16M
Settlement in Racial Bias Suit
NEW YORK Morgan Stanley has agreed to settle a bias suit filed on
behalf of African-American and Latino brokers in northern California for
$16 million. The settlement fund is for more than 1,000 claimants in the
class action suit.
As part of the proposed settlement, the New York retail brokerage firm
agreed to institute programs to improve employee diversity. The settle-
ment still requires court approval.
The suit alleged Morgan Stanley discriminated against African-
American and Latino brokers and broker trainees in business, compensa-
tion, and other employment opportunities based on race and ethnicity.
Aside from the settlement fund, Morgan Stanley also agreed to boost
diversity in the work force and improve anti-discrimination policies. The
firm has agreed to work with industrial psychologists to develop hiring,
retention and development initiatives for African-American and Latino
financial advisers and broker trainees.
The firm has also agreed to make significant changes to its power-rank-
ing system, which ranks brokers on performance to determine distribu-
tion of accounts of departing brokers. This system is crucial for brokers
who wish to increase the assets they manage or oversee.
Reports Say Bynum Home
Close to Foreclosure
_4CW Juanita Bynum, the wealthy, powerful TV evangel-
ist, is feeling the financial squeeze following her very
public dispute with her estranged husband -charged
in August with beating and choking her at in Atlanta
hotel parking lot.
Ware County Tax Commissioner Steve Barnard says
that the sprawling $4.5 million estate of the Pentecostal preacher is on the
verge of being auctioned off, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Barnard says that he filed a lien against her 24-acre property in early
June because Bynum failed to pay $32,007.56 in 2006 property taxes,
plus a $3,200 penalty and $2,240 in interest.
Included on the property, near Waycross, Ga., are a 7,487-square-foot
house, a 6,748-square-foot house and a 1,366-square-foot house. She
lives in one of the homes, Barnard said.
He told the Journal-Constitution that he got a call from someone at
Bynum's office a month ago, "wanting to know if they could set up a pay-
ment plan, and I told them if she sent me $25,000 [by Sept. 28.], I'd take
it out of the [Nov. 6] sale, and she'd have 60 days to pay the balance.
After receiving a $5,000 check, he informed her staff that the proceed-
ings would continue.
Mass Media Files Motion
to End Jena 6 Trial Secrecy
A coalition of major American media companies filed a 1st Amendment
petition this week seeking to open to public scrutiny the criminal trial of
Mychal Bell, one of the defendants in the Jena 6 case in Louisiana.
The legal motion, filed in LaSalle Parish District Court, challenges the
decisions by presiding Judge J.P. Mauffray to close the proceedings in
Bell's juvenile case and order all the parties involved not to speak about
it. Mauffray's orders run counter to Louisiana juvenile laws, precedents
set by the Louisiana Supreme Court and provisions of both the Louisiana
and U.S. Constitutions, the petition asserts.
The Chicago Tribune is the lead plaintiff in the petition, which has been
joined by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Co., the
Associated Press, the Hearst Corp., the Belo Corp., the Gannett Corp.,
CNN and ABC News.
The motion cites, among other arguments, a 2004 Louisiana Supreme
Court ruling that all juvenile proceedings involving certain categories of
violent crime-including aggravated second-degree battery-must be
conducted in open court.
The petition also contends that Mauffray improperly imposed a gag
order on lawyers in the case.
New York Lesbian Files Suit After
Being Thrown Out for Looking Manly
(New York) Khadijah Farmer was sim-
ply usingthe restroom when a bouncer I.o
stormed into the ladies' restroom at the a
Caliente Cab Company restaurant and i
demanded that she get out, she figured. F
she'd explain things, as usual, and the
red-faced enforcer would back out of the
bathroom after apologizing profusely.
"I said to him, 'I'm a female, and I'm
supposed to be in here,"' said the 28-year-old lesbian, who had stopped
at the restaurant during a Gay Pride celebration in June. "After I came out
of the bathroom stall, I attempted to show him my ID, to show him that
I was in the right place. He just refused to look at my identification. His
exact words were, 'Your ID is neither here nor there.'" After refusing to
see her ID, the bouncer forced her and her party to pay for their food and
get out of the restaurant, Farmer said.
So, after a long discussion with her parents, Farmer decided that "this
was not something I was going to keep quiet about." She contacted the
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, which filed a suit
against Caliente Cab Company, alleging it discriminated against her
based on how she looks.
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Volume 21 No. 32 Jacksonville, Florida October 25-: 1, 2007
Call Out for National Protest on Justice Department
Rev. Al Sharpton has announced
plans for a march on the U.S.
Justice Department in Washington
on Nov. 16.
Sharpton, speaking at Atlanta's
Richard B. Russell federal building,
is protesting what he believes is the
Justice Department's failure to pros-
ecute a series of recent hate crimes
across the country.
"We feel that the federal govern-
ment has failed to intervene in the
cases of hate crimes swastikas
and nooses," Sharpton said. "Since
the federal government won't come
to the people, we're going to bring
the people to the federal govern-
Is it Just a Problem
Reverend Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, tes-
tifies before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the
case of the "Jena 6" and the role of federal intervention in hate crimes
and race-related violence in public schools on Capitol Hill in
Washington. Looking on at right is activist Martin Luther King, III.
for Black People?
Sharpton was joined a& the news
conference by Martin Luther King
III. Both noted what appeared to be
a string of copycat crimes involving
nooses following the well-publi-
cized Jena 6 episode in Louisiana.
Warren Ballantine, a radio host
appearing alongside Sharpton and
King also called for a "blackout"
on Nov. 2, asking people to not
spend money on that day in hopes
of sending a message to the federal
Said Sharpton: "We'll continue to
mobilize until there's justice, and
that has to come from the federal
Shown at the event are Lynn Jones, EWC President Dr. Claudette
Williams Carol Alexander and Andrea Giggetts.
E WC President Feted with Welcome Reception
On Friday October 19, 2007, alumni & friends of Edward Waters College
were invited to the home of Melvin & Brenda Harris to welcome the col-
leges new president Dr. Claudette Williams. The former President of
Bennett College located in North Carolina eloquently spoke of her com-
mitment to EWC and was quoted stating that her administration is "people
before paper". Dr. Williams further stated that statistically the college is
one of the few HBCUS's that can boast a 56.4% rate of male student atten-
Black Juveniles Face
Indifferent Justice System
BALTIMORE (NNPA) The
story of the Jena 6 highlights the
problems facing Black youth in the
criminal justice system across the
nation. A system initially designed
to help turn young people from a
life of crime to productivity has
consistently failed many young
Blacks. Instead it is designed to
punish them rather than help them.
That is the conclusion of experts
and studies done on the problems
that Black youth face within the
criminal justice system.
The U. S. Department of Justice's
Office of Justice Programs released
a report, "Juvenile Offenders and
Victims: 2006 National Report,"
which analyzed the problems that
Black youth in the criminal justice
Among its findings:
*In 2002, Blacks were 16 percent
of the juvenile population but 29
percent of the delinquency case-
While White youth accounted
for the largest number of delin-
quency cases, they were the least
likely to be detained. For instance,
Whites made up 71 percent of those
arrested but only 39 percent of
those placed in custody. Blacks
made up 29 percent of those arrest-
ed but made up 38 percent of those
*The 2003 Black custody rate was
highest for Black youth, with 754
per 100,000 as opposed to rates for
Asians (113), Whites (190). Latinos
- Continued on page 3
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -
Harvard University divinity pro-
fessor, the Rev. Harvey G. Cox
Jr., recalls marching for civil
rights with Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and even being arrested
for the cause.
"There were an enormous num-
ber of White pastoral participants.
There were nuns. There were
priests. There were rabbis. There
were a lot of people involved at
that time," recalls Cox, among the
nation's preeminent theologians.
But, more than 40 years later,
amidst daily reports of racial vio-
lence, threatening nooses, torture,
and other hate crimes across the
U. S., Cox now marvels at the
near deafening silence of his fel-
low White clergy.
"I have noticed, especially since
I've been watching the Jena inci-
dent, how that is not happening
now," he says of the once thriving
White participation in the move-
ment for racial justice. "For one
reason or another, maybe their
plate is so full and they've got
these other things they're con-
cerned about, maybe they don't
think of this as very central."
Among the early members of the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, Cox is one among
clerical observers and race hate
experts interviewed by the NNPA
News Service who agree that
White pastors are failing to speak
The Rev. Joseph Lowery, who
co-founded the SCLC with King,
remembers Cox's activism and
generally agrees with his observa-
tions about today's White clergy.
"White preachers have been
reluctant to be a headlight
because they have suffered conse-
quences when they have taken
bold stands. So, the number of
those who have taken those kinds
of stands, they are few," says
Lowery. "But, I think there are
many, many White people in the
community who need leadership.
They're not getting it at the
moment. But I think the tide will
turn. Unfortunately, they're
assuming the tail light position,
waiting on somebody else to pro-
vide the headlights. But, I think
we're going to see in the coming
months more White religious -
Continued on page 3
Floradale Community Celebrates With a Block Party
Friends and residents of all ages joined Northside's Floradale community as they blocked off their streets and
lit up their grills last weekend for their annual neighborhood get together and block party. Residents eagerly sam-
pled good food and fellowshipped throughout the festive afternoon that even included a surprise meet and greet
with their city council representative Mia Jones. The event was sponsored by the Citizens of the Old Floradale
Association and the Northside Church of Christ. participants are shown above in a group photo.
White Pastors Failing
to Speak Against Racism
Local Orthodontists Allowing Kids i
to Turn in Candy for Healthy Treats I
By Cristin Jordan
Annette Dukes is hoping she can
wrap things up at work up pretty
early, after all her kids will be wait-
ing for her. Of course they won't
look like her children, they'll have
a pass like millions of other kids
around the country on Halloween
to done the costume of their choice,
and go door to door in their neigh-
borhood collecting enough sweet
loot to make any mom cringe.
But Duke's isn't worried about
fighting with her kids about how
much candy they can have each
night, as a matter of fact she doesn't
expect them to keep hardly any of
it. That's right Duke's 12 and 7
year olds are going to voluntarily
hand over the majority of their
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you to go nowhere with them.
People doing nothing want you
to do nothing with them. If you
want to change your life, change
Your five best friends tell the
world who you are based on their
values, principles and lifestyles.
This team will either lift you up or
pull you down. If life is a tree, and
your friends and associates are
branches, prune the toxic ones so
the rest can get stronger and grow
the sweetest fruit. So don't spend
major time with minor people.
And those with the strongest
teams triumph on the battlefield
of life. Sizing up people is criti-
cal, so recruit trustworthy allies
who share the common ground of
your values and vision, your likes
and dislikes, but can challenge
you. But first make sure your
strategy is strong and your self-
,confidence,. is indomitable. Who
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sweet bounty to their Orthodontist.
Before you try to figure out this
mom's secret, you need to know the
trick is what they'll be getting
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do you need on your team to bring
your dream (s) to life?
List the people you will recruit to
help you climb the ladder of suc-
cess. If you already know them,
great. If you need to meet them,
figure out how to make that hap-
pen. For example:
Do not judge a person by their
relatives; we do not choose our
Evaluate how your friends and
associates add, subtract, multiply
or divide your happiness, produc-
tivity and prosperity.
Bless and release people who
violate your visions and values.
Nurture your positive relation-
ships. Spend more time with
power brokers, connectors, and
engage in shared activities.
Bottom Line: In every situa-
tion, we have to know who is on
our side, and how they can help
us connect with other folks to
join our ladder-climbing team.
SMALL AND EMERGING
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Dr. Khalil Orsborn is planning to
entice kids to trade in their candy
the day after Halloween for a real
treat. One that won't do damage to
"I'm hoping we'll bring awareness
about good oral hygiene. In
exchange for wonderful prizes kids
can get rid of unnecessary sweets,"
said Dr Orsborn.
Dukes couldn't be happier.
"We won't have to come that
often to change brackets and get
things replaced," she said.
A father of three, Dr Orsbom is
well aware that you can't just take a
child's candy and not give them
something in return. So when kids
hand over their bag full of choco-
lates, gum drops and other sugary
sticky chewy things, Dr Orsbom
will hand them a bag of healthy
snacks, toys and for some lucky
kids movie tickets.
So what is Dr Orsborn going to
do with all of the candy he collects?
He's sending it to our troops over-
seas. The folks at the USO say a
care package of any kind is a great
way to remind our troops who are
sacrificing their lives, that they are
missed and loved back home.
"They get all excited... they really
appreciate it." said Carol Bartoletti
with the USO at Mayport.
"Helping our troops, and helping
keep kids away from candy, that's-
the real treat," said Dr Orsbom.
The candy buy back will be held at
Dr Orsbom's office at 3890 Dunn
Ave. Ste.#903. It will take place
Nov 1 2007; 5:30-7:30 pm
For more information call
Shown above Cody Floyd presents the check to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
President, Beverly Shields.
Ribault Student Presents $1000 Check for AKA Charities
Ribault Honor Students Cody Floyd is learning early about the value of giving back to his community. As the
organizer of the BRATS Teen Club, Cody has participated in everything from food drives and clothes collections
to bake offs for seniors and free swimming lessons. As a winner of the National Nestle Best in Youth Award, he
was given the opportunity to give $1000 to the organization of his choice. He chose Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
and the check was presented last weekend on behalf of the BRATS to the local Chapter President.
Obama Campaign Closes the Money Gap
Obama might not be beating the
competition in the national polls,
but he can at least keep'em in check
when it comes to raising money.
That's exactly what his campaign
managed to do last week, closing a
$2.1 million dollar fundraising gap
between the Clinton campaign.
When fundraising totals from the
third quarter showed that Hillary
Clinton had outraised Barack
Obama by $2.1 million, the cam-
paign's grassroots fundraising drive
kicked into high gear, and a mes-
sage was sent out to supporters
from Obama that said quite simply,
"I need you to make a donation to
close the gap."
They finally managed to do so late
last Friday night, five days after the
launch of the appeal. The campaign
posted a "Thank You, You Closed
the Gap," on its Web site, which
was followed by an email to sup-
porters from campaign manager,
David Plouffe. The email that was
sent out called the Clinton cam-
paign "the most entrenched politi-
cal machine in politics."
The money raised, of course, is
for the 4th fundraising quarter and
will not affect 3rd quarter totals.
Instead, raising that amount of
money in a short time span is the
campaign's way of publicly flex-
ing its muscles -- attempting to
show that it has the depth of support
and organizational strength to raise
millions at the drop of a hat.
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Twin Thunder Riding Club: Clyde & Addie Stephens, Lori & Kenny
Mason, Rob Littles, Robert & Arlene Patterson, Tommie Wright,
Priscilla Melons, Jason & Rosa Jackson.
Community Invited to Participate
in Infant Mortality Study
JCCI has announced the start-up
of the community-based investiga-
tion to discover how the
Jacksonville community can
decrease the incidence of infant
mortality in our city. Meetings are
held each Thursday, from Noon
until 1:30 p.m. at Historic Mt. Zion
AME Church, 201 E. Beavers
"When a baby dies or is born
unhealthy, it is a tragedy for the
family, but it is also a tragedy for
the entire community. Babies are
our future and when they die, the
future dims for all of us," said
Study Chair Howard Korman.
The JCCI investigation will exam-
- the differing rates of infant mor-
tality among different races and
the primary medical causes of
- the social and behavioral factors;
the best practices instituted in
other communities across the
At the conclusion of the meetings,
the Study Committee will make
recommendations that will be acted
upon and measured over the next
For more information, call the
JCCI offices at 396-3052.
.. . ,.
Southern Women's Show Nikki Wells (left) and Laisha
Demps were among the thousands of women who attended the annual
Southers Women's Show. The annual Expo highlighted everything from
arts and crafts to cooking demonstrations and self enrichment seminars.
Minister Farrakhan Marks Million Man March
Anniversary With Painful Realities of Black America
Outkast Rydaz: Adriane Turner, Jamey Turner, Delisha Leverette, Jill
Turner and Dana Rucker.
Avid Jax Bikers Leila and Herbert Kelly enjoy the festivities.
As usual, Jacksonville was well represented during Biktoberfest in
Daytona Beach, FL. This year, over 300,000 bikers attended the annual
event with no fatalities or crashes. FMPowell Photos
White Clergy Don't Speak Out
Continued from page 1 "The greatest thing to solve the
leaders speaking out in the con- problem would be for White pastors
text of progress and justice." to stick their necks out far enough
In the Jena Six incident in Jena, and deal with the issues of justice
La., White teens hung noose ropes and to deal with the issues of what's
in a so-called "White Tree" at Jena proper and what's right in America.
High School after seeing three I'm not just talking about White
Black students sitting under the people tolerating minorities, but
tree. Numerous noose incidents I'm talking about White people lov-
around the nation have followed ing them. This has been our cry
since the controversy and national since slavery."
march to protest unequal justice Sunday morning church time has
among the Black and White teens been described as America's "most
last month. But, some observers segregated hour" as Blacks and
dismiss noose threats as pranks or Whites for the most part go to
copy cats, ignoring the thousands of their separate houses of worship.
Blacks who were murdered by Minister Sharmaine Allen, an
hangman's nooses throughout his- African-American divinity student
tory. at predominately White conserva-
White pastors have a responsibil- tive Regent University, is not con-
ity to teach their congregations vinced that all White pastors are
from a biblical perspective on such silent.
matters, says Bishop Noel Jones, "I'm familiar with many White
pastor of the 10,000-member City pastors who this is a passion for
of Refuge in Gardena, Calif. them. And they speak about it, but
In a rare public appearance,
Nation of Islam Minister Louis
Farrakhan urged black Americans
to separate from mainstream culture
to establish and support their own
Nearly eight months after deliver-
ing what was thought to be his
farewell speech, a smiling
Farrakhan strode onstage Tuesday
night at the Atlanta Civic Center to
an applauding and cheering audi-
ence of nearly 5,000. He warned the
crowd not to be distracted by the
successes of recent decades.
"We have to come out of the think-
ing of a slave and come into the
thinking and acting of free men and
women," Farrakhan said. "We can-
not depend on others for what the
horrible condition of our people
demands now that we do for our-
Farrakhan, 74, ceded leadership
duties last year because of illness
after nearly three decades. He had
surgery for prostate cancer in
The address was the keynote
speech for Farrakhan's Holy Day of
Atonement, which also commemo-
rated the 12th anniversary of the
Million Man March, held Oct. 16,
1995 in Washington.
they don't have the same platform
and so they're definitely not heard
in terms of the volume," says Allen,
who once convinced the African-
American pastorate at Dominion
Church of Washington, D.C., where
she now serves as a minister, to
hold a racial reconciliation forum
during regular Sunday morning
To establish a progressive agenda
that impacts racism would be worth
it for the pastors themselves and for
others, says Cox.
"It provided me with some of the
richest experiences of my life being
in that struggle," Cox recalls before
pondering a possible sermon for a
White congregation: "A noose.
What does a noose mean to young
Black people? It means what the
cross meant in First Century
Galilee. It means death by torture.
That's what it means."
Minister Louis Farrakhan, National Representative of the Honorable
Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam speaks during the Holy
Day of Atonement commemorating the 12th Anniversary of the
Million Man March on Oct. 16, 2007 at the Atlanta Civic Center.
Farrakhan cut a healthy-looking
figure Tuesday in a gray and gold
pinstriped suit, a wide smile flash-
ing often under the trademark side-
part in his wavy, black hair and
The fiery orator spoke for nearly 2
1/2 hours, touching on issues
including the disparities blacks face
in areas such as education, health
care, voting and incarceration, the
Jena Six case in Louisiana, 'last'
weekend's arrest of Atlanta rapper
T.I. on federal weapons charges, the
war in Iraq and the Michael Vick
federal dogfighting case.
He criticized both the black mid-
dle and upper classes and white
America, and said that separation
from a world of materialism and
individualism was the only way the
entire black community could
In addition to racial disparities,
violence committed against blacks
at the hands of other blacks is also a
threat and one that did not exist
during the struggle for civil rights,
"I want to talk to my gang-banging
family," he said. "You make it very
difficult for me. In the '60s we knew
who the enemy was. But in 2007
you are the enemy. How can I do
what is right by you while I watch
you do wrong by one another?"
High-profile examples of success
like Oprah Winfrey, Sen. Barack
Obama, Colin Powell and
Condoleezza Rice give blacks a
false impression of success,
As a result, middle class black
America has gotten too comfortable
with the trappings of the American
dream, he told the approving audi-
"A life of ease sometimes makes
you forget the struggle," he warned.
"It's becoming a plantation again,
but you can't fight that because you
want to keep your little job."
The success of a few is negated by
the continued poverty of millions of
blacks in America, Farrakhan said,
adding that now is the time to stop
the cycle of poverty and violence.
"It's time for you scared-to-death
Negroes to bite the dust," he said.
"Our people must be free. This
peaceful coexistence with the mur-
der of our people has to stop."
The rally of thousands of black
Americans in Jena, La., last month
was a wake-up call, Farrakhan said.
"We should let the world know
that we're tired," he said.
Black Juveniles Face Indifferent Juvenile System
Continued from page 1
(348) and Native Americans (496).
The findings are complemented by
a study, "Cradle to Prison Pipeline"
conducted by the D.C.-based
Children's Defense Fund. The study
said that Black juveniles are about
four times as likely as their White
peers to be incarcerated and that
Blacks are five times as likely to be
incarcerated as White youth for
David Ruffin, senior communica-
tions associate for the Children's
Defense Fund, in reference to the
"Cradle to Prison Pipeline" report,
said that many Black youth in the
system are products of poor public
schools, lack of pre-natal care,
health deficits and tend to have
learning disabilities. They are not
ready to learn in school and so they
stay behind drop out and start
"learning how to be a
criminal...Once they are in, it is
hard for them to get out," he said.
Dr. Carl Pope, an expert on the
problems of juvenile offenders and
a professor at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said that
Black youth tend to be confined in
correctional facilities more than
"The Black child may be raised by
a grandparent who may not know
how to administer discipline," Pope
said. "I know of instances where
grandparents have told judges to
lock their child up because they do
not know what to do with them.
"The grandparents feel that the
kids are safer if they are locked up
and that they will be rehabilitated.
That is often not the case, but many
Black grandparents believe that."
Ruffin said the White youth tend
to have more financial assets and
stronger community ties. The assets
will help get professional help for
his behavior, Ruffin points out, and
the parents tend to be more civical-
ly involved, thereby decreasing the
likelihood of the White youth being
sent to a juvenile detention facility.
"The White kid tends to show up to
juvenile court with a tie and a blue
blazer and with their mommy and
daddy," he said. "The parents speak
up for the kid, saying things like 'a
mark on his record will affect
whether he will go to college."'
Ruffin said that Blacks who have
mental health or drug problems will
be incarcerated quicker than their
White counterparts because treat-
ment options for those problems are
not made available to them.
"Whites tend to have private
attorneys because they can afford
them and the lawyer will tell to ask
or lobby the prosecutor for alterna-
tive sentencing or for the young
person to be sent to a drug pro-
gram," he said.
"Black youth, unless they have a
private lawyer, do not have those
options and do not lobby the prose-
cutor for them. As a result, no mat-
ter what mental or drug problems
that the Black youth faces, he tends
to go to prison."
Judges are a major problem for
Black youth, Ruffin and Pope said.
"The majority of the judges for
Black youth are White and they do
not understand the problems that
Black youth face," Pope said. "Even
Black judges cannot relate to inner-
city Black youth. It is a class issue."
Ruffin said mandatory minimum
sentences, which require a judge to
administer punishment based on
what the statute mandates, stifle the
efforts of the judge to look into
other factors to determine how
much time a young person serves.
However, there are also "soft skills"
which troubled Black youth may
October 25-31, 2007
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Local Democratic Party has to Become Viable to Survive
This is one of those articles that
you begin thinking about and real-
ize that you are not simply a criti-
cal observer, but are also part of the
problem. The local Democratic
Party or Duval County Democratic
Executive Committee (DCDEC)
has been around for a few years
In fact, I would wager that the
local Democratic party was found-
ed much earlier than the
Republican party in Duval County
and for many years held a pretty
prominent status amongst local
politicians and political observers.
Of course, all of that changed sev-
eral years ago when the Republican
Revolution took over the South.
That same "revolution" took hold
here in Jacksonville, FL "Where
Florida Begins," and has not let go.
Dozens of business leaders and
elected officials all switched par-
ties in a very small timeframe a
matter of a few years.
The Democratic Party became the
Titanic of Northeast Florida and
everyone wanted to get off.
Well, I should not say everyone,
because what may surprise some is
that Jacksonville has more regis-
tered Democrats than Republicans,
however in national and state elec-
tions, Duval County voters over-
whelmingly vote for GOP candi-
Doesn't make sense right?
If you understand why "The
South" switched from being the
solid Democratic region of the
country to the super solid
Republican region you would get a
pretty good understanding of why
we have this strange voting sce-
Many of the registered Democrats
here in Duval County have been
Democrats for a long time back
when it was a good thing for so
called "conservatives" to be Ds.
Over time many of those people
simply never changed their party
But not everyone jumped off of
the Titanic in Jacksonville.
Blacks continued to be the most
loyal voting block for Democrats
in Jacksonville, and many women
in the county still vote with
Democrats in national elections.
Although the party has been
somewhat disorganized over the
past several years, many prominent
businessmen and attorneys have
continued to support the DCDEC.
Enough with the political science,
but I brought these issues up as
foundation for my discussion about
the local Democratic Party.
The question at hand is how do
you make the party a more viable
organization or better yet how do
you make the party more credible
I will probably offend some folk
by merely asking the question, but
the good book says that the truth
shall set you free. Besides, taking a
look at the man in the mirror with a
critical eye is not only needed from
time to time, but necessary.
I am a Democrat and have been
for a long time well since I regis-
tered to vote some 14 years ago I
guess that wouldn't classify as a
long time, but you get the point. I
believe in Democratic philosophies
and principles so I am not going
Besides, the Democratic Party is
the only party that supports issues
like affirmative action, stronger
public schools, universal health-
care, real tax breaks for lower and
middle class families, etc. so there
is no debate regarding which party
or the number of parties blacks
should be apart of according
However, I am a realist and I feel
that it is healthy for the political
process and the black community if
some African Americans choose to
Back to the local Democratic
Party, here are a few suggestions
about what the DCDEC can do to
re-energize local democrats.
1. Get organized: In order to re-
establish legitimacy, there has to be
a strategic effort and organization-
al structure in place to help the
party be successful locally. The
state and national party is very
organized and have resources that
the local party may be able to bet-
ter tap into to help build capacity
within the organization. This will
be critical for fundraising purpos-
es. Getting organized means rais-
ing money, which means hiring an
executive director who can be
responsible for day-to-day opera-
tions and full time fundraising.
2. Recruit Strong
Leadership: Not that there is any-
thing wrong with anyone in leader-
ship currently, but in order to raise
the imagine of the local party, you
need someone of stature in the
business and or political communi-
ty. Maybe a local attorney or busi-
nessman with a good reputation or
a former or current elected official.
3. Utilize Current Elected
Officials: Not that there are a
bunch of elected Democrats roam-
ing around Jacksonville, but the
local party should engage and build
stronger relationships with current
elected officials. The Republican
Party does an excellent job of
working with their elected officials
locally. The DCDEC can use elect-
ed officials as spokespersons,
recruiters and fundraisers. These
are things that are not currently
4. Re-image: The lack of organi-
zation, funds and political clout
continue to haunt the organization
and makes it impossible to recruit
and maintain to members. If you
are ever going to re-energize and
fire up the Democratic base that
still loosely exists here you have
to change to way the party is
viewed in the public's eye and in
5.Recruit Youth: In order for
recruiting to be successful, you
have to make great strides in all of
the areas previously mentioned.
And the local party needs to make
the attraction of young Democrats
a priority. Young Democrat chap-
ters have to be reestablished and
re-energized on college campuses
and in the community.
Unfortunately, at most local
DCDEC functions you see the
same folks loyal party members,
who have been extremely commit-
ted throughout the years. However,
if no young leaders begin to get
involved, then as active members
get older there will be no one to
take there place on the front lines.
There are probably a half dozen
other strategies I could through
out, but time is not on my side and
I am out of space. Besides it is easy
to tell folk what they should be
doing if you are not on the team.
Maybe I need to take a look in the
mirror as well.
Signing off from DCDEC
Headquarters on... where is
DCDEC Headquarters anyway?
OBAMA: Blacks, Gays, and Homophobic Gospel Singers
by Jasmyn Connick
Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack
Obama recently announced his
plans to go on an "Embrace the
Change! Gospel Concert Series"
tour through South Carolina this
week with gospel singers Donnie
McClurkin and Mary Mary in
order to drum up support for his
I am not surprised by his cam-
paign's decision to pair up with
McClurkin and Mary Mary. Let's
face it, whether you like them or
not, they are two of America's most
popular gospel singers.
However, I am surprised that
given the number of high profile
openly gay men and women work-
ing on Obama's campaign, that nei-
ther one of those choices set off a
red flag for any of them. Perhaps
that's because most, if not all of the
gays working on the Obama cam-
paign are predominantly white, fol-
lowed by Asians and Latinos. Pair
that up with a set of campaign
advisors that probably never heard
of Donnie McClurkin or Mary
Mary until recently, and you can
easily see how the stage could be
set for something like this.
So what's the deal with Donnie
McClurkin and Mary Mary?
Well, it's no secret among Black
same-gender loving people that
Donnie McClurkin went from
being a gay man, to being a hetero-
sexual gay bashing gospel singer
and preacher. And sister's Mary
Mary made it-crystal clear earlier
this yeat in an interview with Vibe
Magazine how they felt about
gays. When asked how they felt
about homosexuality and having a
gay following they likened gays to
prostitutes and murderers.
So now there's an uproar, most-
ly within the Black LGBT commu-
nity over Obama's willingness to
campaign with gospel singers that
are homophobic through the South.
And because Obama has continu-
ously dodged the issue of gay mar-
riage and hasn't sought the gay
vote in the manner that his compe-
tition has, it's leaving a bitter taste
in the mouths of some.
But before I use this incident to
bash on Obama and further help his
opposition, I would ask that he take
the time to meet with African-
American gays and lesbians to hear
our concerns about why although
we may want to support him, stag-
ing events with Black homophobic
gospel singers is a definite put off.
It's no secret that his competition
Sen. Clinton has been successfully
courting and wooing gays from day
one. She can do that. She's a white
female with a lot less to lose.
Obama on the other hand has prob-
ably been advised that he must
tread lightly to avoid angering
those religious ones that are evenly
split between their affinity for him
and Clinton. An issue such as gay
marriage might send them packing
,.xight over Clinton's campy
But I say that Obama's got to get
with it and he better get with it fast.
He watches the news just like I do,
and I know he's seen the polls and
reports of him trailing.
For many Black lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender
Americans race trumps sexual ori-
entation everyday of the week.
However, when it comes to homo-
phobia, especially within our own
communities, our sexual orienta-
tion wins out over any race related
alliances we may have. The reason
for that is that many Black gays
have experienced racism from
whites, similar to that of heterosex-
ual Blacks, but when it comes to
homophobia, well that is often a
Black on Black crime.
What Obama doesn't need is for
those same Black gays who want to
support him because he's a brother
and believes he can do the job, to
turn to one of one of his competi-
tors because he's perceived to be
supporting and campaigning with
Obama has an ace in his had and
he doesn't even know it. Unlike
Sen. Clinton and the other presi-
dential candidates, Obama is in the
unique position to use his race to
speak directly to African-American
gays and lesbians in a way that
none of the other candidate's can or
will. When Hillary markets to
gays, 9 times out of 10, it's to pre-
dominantly white gay and lesbians.
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Olma, has made it a point at times
to reach out directly to African-
Americans for support and should
take an extra step to reach out to
Black gays in particular. Now that
would be an example embracing
the change and showing audacity!
Obama and his camp might be
surprised to find that the issues
most relevant to Black gays aren't
marriage, but access to jobs with
living wages and affordable health-
care. For those more affluent gays,
which more often tend to be white,
marriage might be the number one
issue because many of them
already enjoy large salaries that
provide health benefits, live in safe
clean neighborhoods, and have
access to resources to provide for a
comfortable life. But for many
Black gays who live in traditional
Black communities around the
country and whose struggles more
closely mirror the common issues
facing African-Americans, mar-
riage is often second to myriad of
more basic needs like being able to
keep food on the table, a roof over
their family's heads, and access to
Bottom line, the gay community
is not monolithic.
At the end of the day, a vote is a
vote, and Obama can't afford to
lose a single one nor can he afford
to be labeled as homophobic at this
stage of the game.
Cannick can be reached via
email at jcannick@sbcglobal. net.
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bl Bill Reed
If 1 cern, member of" the race should srn\e to
l-a ruke him-elif the mo-[ indispensable man in his
y/ cOim,>,mniriit\ and he successful in business, he
L %\ill c,.,itrlihbte much towards smoothing the
pathway of his own and future generations. Booker T. Washington
A legend in African American history, Booker T. Washington is revered
for larger-than-life accomplishments. Dr. Washington laid the foundation
for blacks to learn and work within the capitalistic system to maximize the
economic possibilities it offers.
Welcome to the legend's legacy, Tuskegee University. Founded in a one
room shanty, Tuskegee has flourished to an extent only dreamed of when
BTW met his first class of 30 students on July 4, 1881. When one com-
pares buildings constructed by students at Tuskegee to its modern Alabama
campus of 3700 students, it is clear that BTW's vision has endured the pas-
sage of time. Legendary in name, successful graduates and tradition
Tuskegee University reigns as one of the nation's outstanding universities.
Through the work of BTW and his successors a. the helm. Tuskegee
Uni% ersity is unquestionably the root of African American business leader-
ship and successes. Now, "the pride of the South" has added another sig-
nificant chapter to the advancement of African Americans in business -
dedication of the state-of-the-art Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business
and Information Science. According to Tuskegee LU.imersirt President
Benjamin F. Payton the new $15 million building is "a direct outgrowth of
Tuskegee University's historical mission and its emphasis on economic
empowerment and business development."
The legacy of blacks' economic empowerment, the ne\\ facility illustrates
a historic tradition from an icon of the past to a living one The Andre\\ F.
Brimmer facility now represents one of the Universit3 "s signature buildings
and contemporary advancements. Consisting of four stories and approxi-
matel \ 45,000 square feet, the facility triples the space pre\ iouslh a\ ailable
for business and information science classrooms, laboratories, offices and
lounges. Outfitted with the latest in technological ad% ancements includ-
ing "smart" classrooms, and state-of-the-art laboratories and research
capabilities, the College offers space that is designed to pro\ ide the best
simulation of real-world business concepts and applications.
A legend in his own time, Brimmer was the first African American to
serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
System in 1966, serving until 1974. He has been actixel\ nm olved with the
University as a member of Tuskegee's Board of Trustees since 1965 and in
1982 Brimmer became Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Palton sa\ s
Brimmer "embodies the business acumen, the intellectual energy and
achievement and moral character traits that Tuskegee Lni\ersity tries to
instill in students, and, thus, was the obvious choice for naming this new
building on campus.
Dr. Brimmer served on the board of economists of Black Enterprise and
on the board of directors of a number of corporations and banks. In regards
to race advancements, Brimmer's been president of the Association for the
Study of Afro-American Life and History and chairman of the Joint Center
for Political and Economic Studies. An illustration of "gi ing back,"
Brimmer says "During my 41 years of association -x ith this institution. I
have paid special attention to its programs in economics and business,
which I have supported it both intellectually and fimanciall ".
Tuskegee remains a source of heritage pride for graduates and all Afncan
Americans. Industriously built by its own students, Tuskegee has focused
on helping develop blacks' human resources for over 125 ears. President
Payton says "Booker T. Washington was a strong advocate of entrepre-
neurship and business development and his vision finds contemporary
expression in the ongoing evolution of the College of Business and
Among the major corporate contributors toward the construction project
were: Procter & Gamble; Ford Motor Fund; Praxair; 3M; SouthTrust;
AmSouth Bank; and Dr. Brimmer made a contribution of $720,000. Other
contributors included Alabama Power, ALFA Insurance, Arthur Vining
Davis, Stephen Canter, Oliver Carr, Emrett Groomes, First Tuskegee Bank,
Liberty Corp, Richard D. Morrison, Herman Russell, Vaughan Nelson
Investment Management, and Felker W. Ward. The legislature and the
Governor of Alabama approved a $4 million award towards the building.
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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.
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.
One Lord One Faith Christian
Assembly to hold Women's Day
"Ladies of Royalty" is the theme for One Lord One Faith Christian
Assembly's Women's Day Program at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th. The
community is invited to come out and hear the dynamic Word from First
lady Lisa Middleton. The church is located at 8225 Moncrief Dinsmore
Road. Information or Directions, please call (904) 764-5646 or visit the
web at: onelordjax.org.
Simpson Memorial UMC Girl Scouts
Offer Stroke Seminars to Community
Girl Scout Troop 750 of Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church
will host numerous stroke seminars to inform participants of the risk, fac-
tors, signs, and side effects of strokes. Seminars are about thirty (30) min-
utes long. Your organization, club, sorority, fraternity or church group is
invitfedto arrange a presentatfoTf-PIease caill (9-04)-355-9335, oi enmair to:'
Simpsonmemorial@bellsouth.net. to arrange.
Mt. Moriah M. B. to hold
Homecoming & Harvest Festival
Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1953 West 9th
Street; Dr. Percy Jackson, Sr. & Jr. Pastors invite the community to join
them for "2007 Homecoming & Harvest Festival." The Annual Senior's
Celebration will kick off events at the Ramada Inn Mandarin, with a
Seafood Buffet on Friday, Oct. 26th; the Annual Harvest Festival with Free
Food< Music, Games and Fun is set for all day on Saturday; ALL former
members are called back for Sunday's Homecoming Celebration beginning
at 10 a.m. "The Three Hymns: Rev. Darryl Edwards, Elder Derrick Mercer
Jr. and Rev. Marvin McQueen II, will be presented at 4 p.m. If you need
transportation, call (904) 354-0145.
St. John Missionary Baptist to Feature
"Friday Night Praise" on Nov. 2nd
The St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road,
Middleburg; will showcase some of the best Gospel Choirs & Dance groups
in North Florida, during Friday Night Praise, from 9:30 p.m. to 12 mid-
night, Friday, November 2, 2007. Everyone is invited.
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.
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 10t years. The doors are always open.
Remember, "Only what you do for Christ will last."
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Join us for Our Annual Fall Festival
at our three Northeast Florida Campuses
Central Campus: October 27th from 5 8 PM
Activities include a FREE Biblical Costume Contest, food, fun, prizes and games
October 31st from 7 9 PM
5t. Marys Campus 9ol Dilworth Street (912) 88z-z209
Wednesday October 31st 6 8 p.m. Fall Festival
Tuesday fraqer Mtg- 7:50 p.m. Wednesday servicee at 7:00 p.m. 5unda school at 9:50 a.m. KID5 Church at 1 .-+5 am.
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Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus
Greater Dimensions Christian Ass. to
hold "Time of Refreshing" Oct. 26-28
Pastor Lucinda Rich, of End Time Prophetic Deliverance Ministry, Fort
Pierce, Florida; will be the guest speaker for "A Time of Refreshing". This
three-day "Time of Refreshing" (Acts 3:19 The times of refreshing shall
co9me from the presence of the Lord) will be hosted by the Greater
Dimensions Christian Assembly, 1680 Dunn Ave., Suites 1&2, Apostle
Debra Curington, Pastor
A native of Ft. Pierce, Pastor Lucinda Rich is a graduate of Nova
Southeastern University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education,
and has taught in the St. Lucie County School System for the past twenty-
one years. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in theological
Studies. She has preached in cities throughout the U.S. She has visited the
Holy Land in Israel.
Pastor Rich is the founder of The End Time Prophetic Deliverance
Ministry (July 7. 1997). This ministry is committed to equipping and devel-
oping spiritual growth in God's people. Evangelist Christine McGlothine is
overseer of this prophetic ministry.
If you're feeling drained from the battle of life, come receive new vigor
and be filled with the power of God. Services will be held Friday and
Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday's closing service will begin at 11:15 a.m. The community is
invited to all services.
First New Zion
t)- Years Under Rev.
First New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating twenty-years of
leadership under Rev. james B.
Sampson on Saturday, November 3rd
at 5 p.m. The celebration will be held
at th Phillipian Community Church
Multi-purpose Center, 7578 new
Kings For further information or for
tickets, call 765-3111.
Rev. James Sampson
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Ioly Communion n 1st sSunday at4:50 p.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
VWednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
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Sunday Morning Worship
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The Word from the Sons
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
October 25-31, 2007
Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press
TESTIMONY: Actress Tasha Smith on How She Went from being a Atheist and Addict to Saved
Jersey Girl, Tasha Smith is getting
comfy in Hollywood. For years the
statuesque stand-up comedian with
the supermodel looks has been on a
steady climb in Tinsel Town. The
actress convincingly played the
drug-addicted Ronnie Boyce in
HBO's Emmy Award-winning
mini-series, "The Comer," directed
by Charles S. Dutton. We saw her in
"ATL" and "Playas Ball." That was
Tasha on television appearing in
"Girlfriends," "The Tyra Banks
Show," and the Oxygen Network's
After depicting a trifling, unfit
mother in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's
Little Girls" (Lionsgate) fans and
MAD DADS' Jacksonville
Chapter, Inc. is instituting a new
class for Black males. Sankofa is a
non-traditional rite of passage pro-
gram designed to motivate youth
and their families; increase positive
selfesteem, strengthen the family
unit, and re-establish a sense of
community. The goal of the pro-
gram is designed to teach youth and
parents how to create a more posi-
tive, structured, and cohesive envi-
ronment, both at home and in the
Coming from a culturally dynam-
ic foundation, participants will be
able to explore the experience of
the African in the American con-
text. Even though SANKOFA is
African based, its goals of building
strong values and principles will
Zion Hope Miss.
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 per-
The public is invited to make
plans to attend this memorable
occasion that includes an old-fash-
ion dinner. Sis. Edith Hicks,
President; Sis. Mary Lee Roper,
Program Chair; Sis. Mary Howard,
The members of Faust Temple
Church of God in Christ, 3328
Moncrief Road, Bishop Rushie L.
Dixon, Pastor; invite the communi-
ty 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,
critics alike tasted the stardust of
the vixen everyone seemingly loved
to hate. This breakthrough per-
formance resulted in Tyler Perry
offering Smith a role written with
his Madea character in mind in his
recent film, "Why Did I Get
Married?". If what people are say-
ing is true, then Tasha Smith won't
need an introduction the next time
her name comes up. Pre-premiere
buzz pegs Smith as a show-stopper
in her portrayal of Angela, an over-
the-top, alcohol guzzling and scis-
sor-tongued wife. Alongside Janet
Jackson and Malik Yoba, Tasha
proves she has the gusto to channel
Mabel Simmons' (Madea) thoughts
youth from all walks
of life to function in
Consisting of a 12-
week curriculum, the
trates on the daily
Historically, rites of passage pro-
grams have utilized creeds and cer-
emonies to help participants identi-
fy with the purpose and meaning of
the program; SANKOFA will do
the same. Upon completion of the
program, youth become a part of a
comprehensive after-care compo-
nent. The after-care component,
supported by MAD DADS offers
an integrated system of support for
youth as they reactivate themselves
within their communities.
Youth, ages 15 25 are selected
for participation in the program via
Referrals for participating in the
programs are accepted from the
courts, private and public agencies,
schools, churches, and community
organizations. In addition, MAD
DADS actively recruits appropriate
One of three children raised by a
single mom in Camden, NJ, Smith,
36, is divorced with no children.
She has an identical twin sister who
was a model in Europe. In her
downtime, you might find the Los
Angeles resident in her kitchen
cooking, roller-blading down
Melrose, getting her praise on to
some Ben Tankard, or hanging out
with her best friend, Tyra Banks
(who introduced her to Perry.)
Our intimate conversation at the
Women's Museum of the Arts in
D.C. irradiates why she seems to
have mastered the "broken woman"
persona. Once a hustler and drug
addict in real life, she identifies
with the mentality of women living
in crisis and self-defeat. While
removing her shoes to wind-down
after hosting an awards gala, she
tells me as a matter of fact, that she
was navigating life in the wrong
direction simply because, "I did not
know Jesus." She was a bonafide
atheist who denied Christ's very
existence. As revealed in the fol-
lowing excerpt from the interview,
Smith has been spiritually re-born,
and lives a life that is the anti-thesis
to her on screen image.
Who is Tasha Smith?
A girl from Jersey that loves the
Lord and loves people. I love my
community. It just gives me inspira-
tion the keep moving. Tasha Smith
is someone trying to pursue her pur-
pose in life. I believe I'm doing that
between my acting, the school,
going around speaking and trying to
help plant seeds and build founda-
tions in young people.
The old Tasha
I was living crazy. Doing a whole
of drugs, strippin' at the strip clubs,
steeling bags of weed. Just doing
that because of my circumstances
and that environment. I just had to
do something to survive. Once I
came to know God, my belief sys-
On Being an Atheist
Gosh, it's such a story, my testi-
mony. I was atheist. I think that
happens through disappointment,
hurt shame and rejection. I mean,
when you grow up in an environ-
ment where they talk about God and
then you live life's circumstances
and then confusion comes in an you
begin to ask yourself questions, the
devil starts getting in your head a
little bit, you know what I mean?
You get angry and full of rage; you
say 'how could there be a God?' All
kinds of things can happen for you
to choose to believe that. It's just
easier when you're going through it.
Not that it's easier in life. .
When God 'Showed Up'
When I was 25 1 had an encounter
with God because my father had
gotten sick. I had a time where I
really challenged God like, 'if
you're really God You'll show me
such and such.' And during that
time one of my best friends had got-
ten born again. I was going through
this major transition in life. I was
going through this whole thing
where I would question whether
God was real or not. I really need-
ed God to be real because I was so
depressed and so unhappy, I felt
like if there isn't a God I have no
reason to live. Because every thing
else in life is so false, so fake, so
untrue and why else am I here? It
was just a bad time in my life and
God really showed up and met me
where I was. I know you hear that
all the time. It sounds like a cliche,
but God will meet you where you
After I had that encounter based
around a family member's death I
went to church with my friend who
had gotten born again and I never
would read The Word. Everyone
that hurt me read The Bible. You
know, you're so use to the judgmen-
tal people in the church that dog
you and made you feel bad about
who you are and on top of that
they're doing crazy stuff too. So, I
wouldn't read The Word. But when
I went to this church, I said, "Show
me." I was willing to listen and to
see whatever it was that God want-
ed to show me. There really was
never a time that I was open to see
that. I didn't want to see the Word,
I didn't want to hear the Word so I
didn't. You know it says, 'Knock
and the door will open, ask and ye
shall receive.' So I was knocking, I
was asking, but I also know it was
God's divine time where He was
also drawing me. And that's where
His grace comes in because His
grace really saved me. I wasn't just
about the family and what I was
going through. .I believe God
was saying this is your season of
salvation. So all of these things fit.
All of it worked together for good
to those who love the Lord and are
called according to His purpose.
During this time, I read The Word.
This church was not deep. I mean
this pastor was not some phenome-
nal speaker, not T.D. Jakes. or BAM
Crawford. All he did was read the
scripture. But it' something about
God's Word. The Bible says it's like
a hammer unto a rock. It'll bang
some stuff up. God's Word will just
bring light. It's quick and powerful,
The Bible says and sharper than any
two-edged sword. So when I read
that Word, the Word came in and
brought light. It broke down all
those strongholds that were block-
ing me from His wisdom. His Word
was just His Word and as I read His
Word I see the revelation of Jesus. .
. (Excitedly.) Oh my God! Not only
do I have a God, I have a father and
a Savior and a friend that loves me
as I am. And that's something that
might not always be concrete for
some people, but it's spiritual so it's
not always going to be concrete in
the natural sense, but that was my
experience and I saw it in the spirit
enough to cause me to make a
Ditching the "Holier-than-thou"
We in the church are a hot nasty
mess (and I don't even need to talk
about it 'cause you already know)-
and we wanna talk about the world.
Why don't we get our own house in
order first before we start looking
out in someone else's yard? Cut
No compromising for the camera
I don't think that roles challenge
what I believe because I feel like as
an actor I know who I am in God. I
understand that I am the righteous-
ness of God in Christ Jesus. I have
boundaries, but there are bound-
aries I would have whether I was a
Christian or not. I'm not gonna get
butt naked. Certain people may
have issues with roles that I do that
have profanity in it. But, as actors
our job is to portray humanity, all of
humanity. Most characters that we
see are not saved yet.
The Tasha Smith Acting
Workshop (TSAW) -- I started
doing acting workshops about 5-6
years ago and my passion was just
trying to help some young people in
the inner city community be devel-
oped in the arts and mentored. All
of a sudden it just became this
incredible passion that I couldn't
stop what I was doing because I saw
people's lives transform. It's some-
thing we're missing in Hollywood, a
place where African American
actors can come get mentorship, get
empowered to reach their purpose
in the arts.. .We have casting agents
come in and teach tem about audi-
tioning, actors come in. If we can
get then young we can plant a posi-
tive seed in them so they can grow
to become the Angela Bassets and
Charles Duttons of the world.
They'll be full of substance, charac-
ter and integrity that we'll be proud
of. It's just such a wonderful thing
to come to the Congressional Black
Caucus the night they were cele-
brating leadership in the arts
because that's my passion
On working with Mr. Perry and
the new movie
It was a blessing working with
Tyler. He's been a blessing in my
life and so many people's lives. I
think the movie's gonna bless peo-
ple and inspire people to be married
and believe in marraige again.
we've seen so much tragedy in our
community as far as marraige is
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SANKOFA assists youth, their
families, the community, and there-
by the nation, by redirecting at-risk,
court involved, and socially unen-
gaged youth into a positive direc-
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The SANKOFA program is
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* 12 weeks Class Commitment
* Youth in or out of school
* Young men willing to learn and
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Youth willing to take a visible
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* Court or community referrals
* Young men able to complete the
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Fat Birds of a Feather Run Together
A study recently published in the New England
Journal of Medicine showed that adult's chances of
becoming obese increase by 57% when a friend
became obese, 40% when a sibling became obese, and
37% when a spouse became obese. This landmark
study indicates that obesity can be perpetuated
through social ties.
Knowledge About Breast Cancer Isn't Protection
By. Rev. Barbara Reynolds
NNPA Religion Columnist
What most women know about
breast cancer is not enough to pro-
tect them from a growing silent
The common wisdom is: Have
regular mammograms; conduct
self-examinations for lumps.
While that information is good
advice for most forms of breast can-
cer, it does little to detect inflamma-
tory breast cancer (IBC), a rare, but
lethal disease, more common
among African-American women
than White women.
With IBC, only 40 percent of
patients survive more than five
years, according to scientific
experts, such as Dr. Massimo
Critofanilli, a director at the
University of Texas M.D. Anderson
Cancer center in Houston.
A major problem is that IBC is
often misdiagnosed. While the
medical establishment has been
trained to look for lumps, IBC
appears in sheets of cancer, or what
doctors call cancer nests.
Typical symptoms include:
Swelling, sometimes a cup size in a
few days; darkened color; ridges
and thickened areas of the skin; a
bruise that doesn't disappear; nip-
ple retraction or discharge, breast
warm to the touch or aching or stab-
bing breast pain.
Personal statements on the IBC
Research Foundation website attest
to how off-base diagnoses can be.
Doctors confused IBC symptoms
with spider bites. Patients were told
their discomfort came from wearing
wire bras, that "the good news is
that cancer doesn't hurt," and
patients were wrongly informed
they were too young to have cancer.
Misdiagnoses can often prove
tragic. Personal testimonies on the
website tell heart-breaking stories
about how when some doctors had
finally performed biopsies and
found the disease, it was in Stage 4.
There is no stage five.
What bothers me are the news
reports that give the impression that
IBC is insignificant because it only
represents 2-5 percent of breast
cancers in the U.S. That may be true
but according to the IBC
Foundation the rate among African-
Americans who have this form of
cancer is as high as 10 percent.
Ten percent, with such a low sur-
vival rate, is significant and much
more should be done by cancer
organizations to get the word out to
the medical profession, as well as
potential patients. ,
Far too often, threats or high risks
to the health of African-Americans
are buried in the fine print. For
example, the rate of AIDS diag-
noses for Black women is 23 times
that of White women. And
HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of
death for Black women aged 25-34
years of age, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta.
In fact, this reality is so prevalent
that it provided political fodder for
Sen. Hillary Clinton in a recent
presidential debate at Howard
University. She intimated that
racism drove public policy in deal-
ing with the HIV/AIDs plague.
Clinton told the appreciative mostly
Self tests and mammograms must be performed to stay informed.
Black audience that if young White
women were dying at the rate
young blacks were from AIDS there
would be a national outcry.
Far too often, when Black women
are in peril, there is barely a nation-
I recall how in the early nineties
several courts and at least legisla-
tors in 20 states arm-twisted poor
women on welfare to use Norplant
contraceptives. These thin rods
were implanted in women's arms
to prevent conception.
Poor women, who feared losing
their welfare checks, allowed the
devices implanted and there was lit-
tle or no concern to the health risks
that went with them.
A class action suit reported that
women suffered horrible scarring
and permanent never damage.
Doctors out of fear of malpractice
suits or ignorance refused to
remove the rods.
Most of those harmed were Black
women and although there was
much press to promote Norplant,
when complaints came of their
harm, the press developed amnesia.
So now, there is inflammatory
breast cancer to concern us, along
with the perils of normal forms of
cancer. The American Cancer
Society estimated more than 19,000
Black women would be diagnosed
with breast cancer this year -- the
second-most common cancer
among Black women, surpassed
only by lung cancer. And while the
incidence of ordinary breast cancer
is about 12 percent lower in Black
women than in white women, with
Black women, it often strikes at an
earlier age, and the mortality rate is
Early detection is still the best
medicine. Regular mammograms
and self-exams are still lifesavers in
most situations. Something more,
however, has to be done about IBC.
The wall of ignorance and silence
must come down.
Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds is
the author offive books, an adjunct
professor at the Howard University
School of Divinity and the religion
columnist for the National
Newspaper Publishing Association.
High Incarceration Rates of Black Men Impacting Minority Communities and Mounting Health Problems
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by Dr. Henrie Treadwell
Each year, when 650,000 ex-pris-
oners return to communities all
across the United States, many suf-
I / / I'
fer from deteriorating health condi-
tions and must confront a hostile
environment where their rehabilita-
tion will be difficult to achieve.
What's more, the families and
communities they are rejoining may
have changed significantly during
their absence -- creating a totally
new dynamic for these ex-prisoners
to overcome at a time when their
circumstances already make them
When America embarked on its
aggressive campaign to "get tough
on crime" by swelling the nation's
prison ranks, it's now clear that not
enough emphasis was put on creat-
ing healthy prison environments or
considering the impact that incar-
cerating so many people would
have on the families and communi-
ties that they left behind.
Needless to say, with America's
criminal justice system primed to
incarcerate African American men,
in particular, the impact of the
mandatory sentencing and strict
drug laws is being felt heavily in
black communities from coast to
coast. Of the 2.1 million people
incarcerated in jails and prisons in
2005, 548,300 were black males
between the ages of 20 and 39. Put
another way, 4.7 percent of all black
males in the United States were
incarcerated, compared to 0.7 of the
The original war on crime back
into the late 1960s centered on pro-
viding social programs to address
poverty, which was widely seen as
an incubator for crime. Many pro-
grams were developed that empha-
sized rehabilitating offenders.
Twenty years later, however, the
new mandate to the criminal justice
system was "do something about
drugs," and that translated into the
biggest increase ever in the nation's
prison population. Instead of train-
ing people for jobs, government
money was spent on building more
Arrests for drug violations sky-
rocketed from 661,000 in 1983 to
1,126,300 in 1993. From 1980 to
1993, the percentage of white
inmates rose 163%, while the per-
centage of black inmates increased
by 217%. And by the end of 1993,
half of all federal and state prison-
ers were African Americans.
Perhaps the biggest victims of this
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policy were children -- the sons and
daughters of the prisoners. By
1999, there were 721,500 parents in
federal and state prisons, and they
were parents tol.5 million children.
The social impact of so many chil-
dren with parents in prison is devas-
tating, especially in low-income
communities. It fosters an environ-
ment where children don't have role
models and may fall into the same
bad habits of their parents. We also
must consider the psychological
impact. While the father is incarcer-
ated, children and families not only
lose the financial and emotional
support of the missing parent, but
must deal with the stigma of having
a family member in prison.
Moreover, the community receives
another jolt -- when the prisoner
comes home. Prisons have become
a nest for many infectious and
chronic diseases ranging from
HIV/AIDS to hepatitis to tuberculo-
sis. In fact, the rate of confirmed
AIDS cases in prisons runs five
times higher than the general popu-
lation. Inmates are ineligible for
Medicaid when they are incarcerat-
ed, so their healthcare services are
limited. When Medicaid benefits,
as well as other benefits, are lost
upon incarceration, there is often a
lengthy lag time for reinstatement
when a prisoner is released.
Generally, there are no federal or
state requirements to ensure that
benefits are available upon release
from prison, a situation that increas-
es homelessness and blocks access
to needed health care.
Unfortunately, because of lapses in
record keeping neither federal nor
state agencies know how many for-
mer prisoners permanently lose
benefits. The federal government
requires the suspension of benefits
while someone is in prison, but
allows a flawed process to exist for
restoring those benefits. Thus,
when inmates return home, they are
usually in poor health -- mentally
and physically. Their poor health is
another burden for their families,
many of which don't have health
insurance; meanwhile, their com-
munity has to deal with the spread
Clearly, the negative results from
increasing the prison population has
taken away any benefit that politi-
cal leaders sought by supposedly
taking criminals off the streets.
If America, sticks with this mis-
guided policy, there have to be sig-
nificant changes made to better
ensure that real rehabilitation takes
place in prisons, that inmates have
access to quality healthcare and that
more support is available to help
inmates on their reentry into their
families, as well as their communi-
ties. Let's correct bad public policy.
We have seen the impact of what
more prison walls have brought us;
now it's time to invest in the health
and well-being of people.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
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 Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc.,for
Millions More Movement will have
an open meeting on Sunday,
October 28,2007, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue. The
public is invited to attend. If you
are concerned and want to improve
living conditions in your communi-
ty come join JLOC as they strive to
make positive changes, and end the
violence through positive education
and not more incarceration. If you
have questions or need more infor-
mation visit our website:
www.Jaxloc.com you can also
contact us at 904-240-9133.
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
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
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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.
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
Protect your family.
Get tested for HIV.
To learn m ore about HIV
and AIDS, C.al
1-600- FLA-A ID5 orf vst
R.FRID DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF HIV/AIDS
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.
Fundraiser for Skip
Mason's Alpha Phi
Alpha Pres. Campaign
Skip Mason, author of "African-
American Life in Jacksonville" and
other books of Black history is cur-
rently running for National
President of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. The benefit is host-
ed by Atty. and Mrs. Harrel Buggs,
Dr. and Mrs. Orrin D. Mitchell, and
Dr. Norma Solomon White. The
event will be held at the Mitchell
home starting at 6:30 p.m. on
November 8th. For more informa-
tion on attending, contact Marques
Wilkes at 404-441-5903.
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.
at the Karpeles
Spoken word poetry is back. The
Karpeles Museum will be the site
on Saturday, November 17th from
7:00 PM 9:00 PM. If you like the
art of spoken words and soulful
music come participate at the event
that is apprpropriate for all ages.
karpeles is located at 101 West First
Street in Springfield behind FCCJ
downtown campus. For more Info
Email email@example.com or 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 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.
After nine years as an annual
October event, the Kingsley
Heritage Celebration is moving to
February. The public is invited to
join the tenth annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration each
Saturday in February from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. for a special afternoon
event. One of the highlights of the
event series will be a descendants'
reunion on February 23, 2008,
which is free and open to the public.
Presentations will offer unique
insight into both the lives of the
enslaved who toiled on Fort George
Island as well the lives of the
owner's families, including the
Kingsley family. For more infor-
mation, call 904-251-3537,
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.
Learn More About Race
Relations by Joing a Study Circle
The Jacksonville Human Rights Commission is continuing the enlight-
ening Study Circles -a dialogue on race/ethnic relations. Participants have
often called the groups "powerful, educational and stimulating."
Picture a room with eight to fifteen ordinary Jacksonville residents sit-
ting in a circle. It's a truly diverse group of people. These are men and
women, Blacks, Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics and other
ethnic groups. They represent different religions and generations.
For five weeks, two hours each week, these individuals agree to partici-
pant in a dialogue process that is voluntary and participatory. The group is
led by facilitators who are impartial, who helps manage the deliberation
process, but are not "experts" or "teachers" in the traditional sense.
The process considers many perspectives, rather than advocating a par-
ticular point of view; uses ground rules to set the tone for a respectful, pro-
ductive discussion; and is rooted in dialogue and deliberation, not debate.
During the sessions, participants share personal stories and experiences
they have had living in Jacksonville and other communities. They listen to
multiple viewpoints and begin to see people who are different from them-
selves through changed eyes.
If you have completed a Study Circle and are interested in learning to
become a facilitator or would like to participate, contact Lisa Stafslien at
630-8073 or Studycircles@coj.net for more information.
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October 25-31, 2007
Young Starlet Keke Palmer Doesn't Mind Role Model Status
Keke Palmer is looking to inspire
kids with her CD debut "So
Uncool." But being a positive role
model is nothing new for this 14-
Keke first garnered national atten-
tion in last year's "Akeelah and the
Bee," about an inner-city student
and her triumphant rise in a nation-
al spelling bee. Not only was the
movie critically acclaimed, but
Keke was hailed for her portrayal,
and won a best actress trophy at the
NAACP Image Awards.
Keke has also starred with "High
School Musical" actor Corbin Bleu
in the Disney TV film "Jump In,"
and had a role as a surly teen in
Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family
Keke gives listeners positive
encouragement throughout the
recently released "So Uncool," like
on the song "Hood Anthem," where
she knocks down the idea that those
coming from a tough environment
have to embrace negative stereo-
But while Keke may be delivering
some sage advice, when it comes
down to her personal life, she's just
the typical teen one who recent-
ly celebrated her birthday with an
'80s-themed roller-skating party.
Keke sat down to answer a few
questions about dating, being a pos-
itive role model and her spelling
Q: On "The Game Song," you
said, "I'm 13 I can have company"
- how does that work?
Keke: That was fake (laughs) ... I
can have company. If it's a boy, I
just have to be in the living room or
something. My mom has no prob-
lem with that. My dad is just less
into that than she is.
Q: How about boyfriends?
Keke: I can have friend boys -
friend boys. I just can't have
boyfriends. But when I'm 16 you
better believe it.
Q: How do you stay so grounded?
Keke: My parents. I just always try
WARWICK'S REP SAYS TAX ISSUE IS NOT HER FAULT
Singer owes $3 million; outed on Cali's list of worst tax dodgers.
At least one of the celebrities shamed on California's list of biggest tax
offenders has come forward with an attempt to explain what went wrong.
Singer Dionne Warwick was exposed last week as owing 2.67 million in
back taxes, but her rep says another party is responsible for the mixup.
"Ms. Warwick is aware of the tax situation which resulted from the neg-
ligence of previous business advisers," Warwick's publicist told TMZ.com.
"She and her current business management team are now working with the
state of California to resolve and settle the matter with the FTB [Franchise
Tax Board]." Other offenders included comedian Sinbad, who owes $2.14
million, and O.J. Simpson, whose debt totals $1.55 million.
All Eyes on American Gangster 'American Gangster' stars
Denzel Washington, left, and Russell Crowe attend the world premiere of
American Gangster at the Apollo Theater in New York, Friday, Oct. 19,
2007. From left are Denzel Washington, his wife, Pauletta Washington,
center left, Danielle Spencer, who is married to Russell Crowe, center
right, and Russell Crowe.
The film centers around Frank Lucas (Washington), the quiet driver to
one of the inner city's leading black crime bosses. But when his boss sud-
denly dies, Frank exploits the opening in the power structure to build his
own empire and create his own version of the American Dream. Through
ingenuity and a strict business ethic, he comes to rule the inner-city drug
trade, flooding the streets with a purer product at a better price. Lucas out-
plays all of the leading crime syndicates and becomes not only one of the
city's mainline corrupters, but part of its circle of legit civic superstars.
to remember, you know, if I ever
had a friend that was in the business
and she just changed, I wouldn't
like it. So, I wanna do the same -
just keep it regular. Always remem-
ber where I came from and who I
am. Never forget that, and I'll be all
Q: Why call the album "So
Keke: Being different some
people may think that you're so
uncool, but at the same time that
makes you cool because you're just
being yourself. So the whole thing
with the name is just (about) being
you, being different. That describes
me so I named it "So Uncool."
Q: What keeps you from trying to
keep up with the crowd?
Keke: It (didn't) really make me
any difference of what people
thought of me. I'm always going to
be myself. I don't like chasing after
people. I was never a follower. I
always kind of did my own thing
and whatever happened, happened.
Q: When did you decide "Hey, I'm
going to do an album?"
Keke: I never really necessarily
said "I'm gonna do an album," but I
always thought that when I grew up
I'd be a singer. And after I did
"Akeelah and the Bee," Jimmy Jam
"Blonde Faith" (Little, Brown,
310 pages, $25.99), by Walter
Mosley: We may have seen the last
of Easy Rawlins, the unlicensed pri-
vate detective-hero of one of the
finest series in the history of
American crime fiction.
Walter Mosley, Easy's creator, has
said he may be done with Easy. And
the surprise ending of the new
novel in the series, "Blonde Faith,"
makes it unlikely that the he will
When we first met Easy 10 books
ago, it was 1948. He was a war hero
- young, proud and confident,
albeit uncertain why he had fought
for a country that oppressed him
because of the color of his skin.
Still, Los Angeles was a good place
for an African American to be back
then. They had arrived by the thou-
sands from the deep South, hungry
for jobs in the bustling defense
plants and eager for a life in the
sunshine in a city without a long
history of animosity toward blacks.
"Blonde Faith" is set two decades
later, in the aftermath of the Watts
riots. Los Angeles is a menacing
place now. And Easy, wounded by
decades of disappointment in his
friends, his adopted city, his coun-
try and himself, is a tortured,
though still noble, soul.
He feels as if he were "were wit-
nessing the devolution of a culture,"
Easy says. "Even Otis Redding
moaning about the dock of the bay
on tinny but loud speakers spoke of
a world that was grinding to a halt."
and Terry Lewis were doing a song
on it and they were talking to the
director saying that if I could sing,
then it'd be good for me to try to go
out and make an album ... So we
thought about it for a while. The
director told my mom what they
said and she said, "Well maybe we
Q: Were your parents worried
about you doing material that was
too adult, or that you thought was
Keke: It's never been a time when
they've tried to make me too young.
But we always have to try to
explain it to the producers that we
work with, that we want me to be in
the middle. We don't want to be too
young. We don't want to be too old
and there were certain times that we
got songs that were definitely too
old for me because a lot of people
think that I'm older. So it's like "No,
that definitely ain't gone work."
Q: How do you pick your roles?
Are your parents really vocal about
what roles you take?
Keke: It's definitely my parents.
They want me to be in good movies
and good roles that can maybe
speak and help children and maybe
I can keep being a role model for
them. We want good movies and
good roles that are -good for me and
show me in a good light
Q: So io's more intimidating to
work N\ith. Laurence Fisliburne (in
"Akeelah and the Bee" or T\ ler
Perry ias Madea in "Mladea's
Keke I would d hate to sa.\ neither
one of them are necessarily intim-
idating intimidating. But if I had
to pick. I k as more nervous
meeting Laurence Fishburne
because .\ou kno". he kkas
Morpheus' So I \%as lust like.
"Whoa." But \ou kno,. he
was cool. .
Q: So % hen ou get,"
interview\ ed. ho\
often do people ask
you to spell "pres-
Keke. E'ern sin-
gle day. Whene er
they see me the\
'"Akeelah and the
Bee' could 0ou
tion'?" I'm like.,
Every time. I ..
always hae to ..
do it. : -
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And if that weren't enough, his
heart is rent with memories of
Bonnie, the love of his life, who left
him at the end of "Cinnamon Kiss".
As "Blonde Faith" opens, one of
Easy's friends, a hulking
veteran named ChristmE
has gone missing. An
Easy's lifelong pal, th
dictably violent Raymond
Alexander. Easy sets out to find
them and soon finds himself mixed
up with homicidal cops, drug deal-
ing former special forces officers
and alluring white women.
"Blonde Faith" is a sharply plotted
novel superbly written, but as with
every Easy Rawlins novel, the best
part is the character himself a
model of intelligence and integrity
trying to do the right thing in a dan-
gerous, uncaring world.
It it is, indeed, the last book in the
series, it represents the completion
of a body of work far more serious
and successful than almost anything
else in the crime genre. Taken
Vietnam together, the Easy Rawlins novels
as Black, can be read as an epic story of
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ie unpre- War II to the end of the 1960s.
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October 25-31, 2007
Free Press Files
Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.
Ronald Belton, financial guru and author Maxine Broome and
investor Michael Stewart at a meet and greet with the author.
Dr. William Price of the Stanton Class of 1949 attended the opening
of the Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas. The Jax native is cur-
rently an instructor of foreign languages at Albany State University.
He also taught French and Spanish at Stanton from 1963-1968.
In this circa early 90s photo, Charles Griggs exposes his children
Landon and Cidney (now in high school and college)to the Kuubma
African Arts Festival.
NFL Pro and Jax native Lavernes Coles hears a few words of spiritu-
al wisdom from Rev. Kenneth Adkins.
Education specialist Dr. Roy Williams takes advantage of the free
health fair at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
Link Sisters and friends Jolita Simmons, Geraldine Smith and Karen
Smith enjoy the annual Fla Jax dinner and dance.
Tracie Collier had the opportunity to meet actress Shari Headley at
an early Essence Festival.
Reese Marshall, Kemba Marshall, Reese Marshall, Jr. and Lee fK- ,,|
Marshall enjoy a family moment. The only Marshall missing was sis- Greater Macedonia Pastor Landon Williams stopped to pose with
ter Dara who lives in New York City. legal counsel Noel Lawrence. _
1:JW"' Betty Ingram had the opportunity to
Richard Danford and pal Willard get up close and personal with author
Payne raised money for the YMCA NAACP leadership Lloyd Pearson, Sandra Thompson and Isaiah .. .. Tina McElroy Ansa at the annual
on behalf of the Eagle Forum. Rumlin canvas votes for the NAACP campaign. Charlene Taylor Hill with the late Dr. Emma Moran. Much Ado About Books.
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October 26-31, 2007
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