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QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY
NAACP Demands Apology From
The NAACP demanded an apology last week from the founder of
Overstock.com, who said Utah minorities who don't graduate from high
school might as well be burned or thrown away.
Patrick Byrne's comments were posted on YouTube. The video clip was
from a debate two weeks ago in Provo, where he was speaking in favor
of vouchers, public aid for families sending kids to private schools.
A statewide voucher program, granting $500 to $3,000 per child, based
on family income, is on the Utah ballot Nov. 6.
On YouTube, Byrne says: "Right now, 40 percent of Utah minorities
are not graduating from high school. You may as well burn those kids.
That's the end of their life. That's the end of their ability to achieve in this
society if they do not get a high school education."
He goes on to add: "You might as, just throw the kids away."
Byrne has made similar remarks in other debates. He said he had no
intention of apologizing and that his comments were taken out of context.
"These folks have been selective in their editing," Byrne said. "I very
clearly said the system is throwing away 40 percent of the minority kids
because they're not graduating."
Texas School Cop Fired Over
Distributing 'Ghetto Handbook'
HOUSTON The city's school system has fired a police officer for cre-
ating and distributing a "Ghetto Handbook."
The eight-page booklet, handed out to other police officers at a May roll
call, said the definitions it contained would allow readers to speak as if
they "just came out of the hood." It was subtitled "Wucha dun did now?"
Gang investigator Roby Morris, 34, had worked' for 11 years at the
Houston Independent School District before being fired this past week.
He had been on paid leave since August.
Morris told investigators he made the booklet to get back at one of his
bosses. He also pointed out he is married to a black woman and that they
have three children together, according to published reports.
White Supremacy Group Plans Jena
Rally on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The Nationalist Movement, which describes itself as "pro-majority,"
will hold a rally in Jena, La., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The organization issued a statement this week saying "Jena Justice Day
to Empower the Majority" would be held on Jan. 21, 2008, the day set
aside to celebrate the birthday of the slain American civil rights leader.
The statement said the Nationalist were "bringing their tools for
empowerment to Louisiana to defeat the demands of Al Sharpton." The
events planned include a two-mile parade, speeches, ceremonies and
petitions "as a centerpiece to abolish King Day."
The announcement of the event follows a massive rally held in Jena on
Sept. 20 in support of six black teenagers arrested in December 2006 and
charged with attacking Justin Barker, a white classmate at Jena High
School, and knocking him unconscious.
The Nationalist Movement describes the event as 'No to Jena 6, No to
King.' There also will petition for abolition of the Civil Rights Bill and
give a voice to the voiceless," the release stated.
Oprah Begs Forgiveness
for African School Inproprieties
SOUTH AFRICA Oprah Winfrey had tears in her eyes as she asked
parents to forgive her for alleged abuse at her girls' school.
"I've disappointed you. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," Oprah told parents at
an emergency meeting in a packed marquee tent on the school premises.
The TV talk-show queen has visited her school at Henley-on-Klip near
Vereeniging at least twice in the past few weeks, after allegations that one
of the matrons fondled a girl and that others had been physically abused.
Oprah gave the girls her personal telephone number, e-mail address and
her postal address so that they could contact her at any time, day or night.
Apart from the matron apparently involved, Oprah sent the principal, a
Dr Mzimane, and at least one other matron on leave two weeks ago. Only
the principal was on paid leave.
Oprah gave parents the assurance she would do everything possible to
ensure that those who had been guilty of abuse would be dealt with.
Marines Begin to Reverse
Slide in Black Recruiting
The proportion of Marine Corps recruits who are black jumped 40 per-
cent over the past 12 months, halting a seven-year slide that has worried
In fiscal 2007, which ended Sept. 30, blacks were 10.9 percent of
Marine recruits, up from 7.8 percent in 2006. The 2006 figure was the
smallest proportion of black recruits for the Corps since the all-volunteer
force began 33 years ago.
The increase is timely, given a Corps plan to expand its active force by
27,000 over the next five years, in response to protracted wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan and other worldwide commitments.
Of 969 Marines who have died in Iraq, 39 were black and 139 were
Hispanic. Hispanics make up 18 percent of enlisted Marines today, up
from 15 percent when the Iraq war began.
All active services met numerical recruiting goals for fiscal 2007. Only
the Army missed a key quality benchmark: Twenty-one percent of its
recruits in fiscal 2007 hadn't graduated from high school. The goal is that
no service signs more than 10 percent non-graduates.
Volume 21 No. 33 Jacksonville, Florida November 1-7, 2007
More Than 10% of Nation's Schools Serving as Dropout Factories
More than a 10th of the nation's
schools are "dropout factories,"
where fewer that 60 percent of the
students who begin their freshmen
year there are gone by the time they
As alarming as this statistic might
seem at a glance, the reality is even
grimmer for Black and Hispanic
students when you drill a little
deeper. Nationally, about 70 percent
of students graduate on time and get
a diploma. For Black and Brown
students, that number drops down
Shown above is State Sen. Tony Hill on a visit to an orphanage in
Sen. Hill Leads All Black
to about 50 percent. There are
roughly 1,700 regular or vocational
high schools that are dropout facto-
ries, according to a new study by
Johns Hopkins. Most of those are
in America's urban core or in rural
areas of the South and Southwest,
where students of color are concen-
trated. Utah, where there is just a
smidgen of minority students, does-
n't have a single dropout factory,
the researchers found. Florida and
South Carolina, which have plen-
ty of Blacks and Latinos, have the
highest number of dropout facto-
Washington hasn't focused much
attention on the problem. The No
Child Left Behind Act, for example,
pays much more attention to edu-
eating younger students. But that
appears to be changing.
House and Senate proposals to
renew the five-year-old No Child
law would give high schools more
federal money and put more pres-
sure on them to improve on gradua-
tion performance, and the Bush
administration supports that idea.
Continued on page 3
Trade Mission to South Africa
Jacksonville's own State Senator
Anthony "Tony" Hill, recently led a
select group of African-American
Florida business men and women
on a trade mission to South Africa.
While in the country, they visited
Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bela Bela,
Cape Town, East London and
Windhoek as a continuation of
Florida's effort to expand business
and cultural partnerships in south-
ern Africa. The Florida delegation
represented a variety of goods and
services, including security servic-
es, workforce training, market
analysis and furniture manufactur-
Hill, has visited South Africa with
previous trade delegations and said
that it is critically important that
Floridians visit South Africa to see
and experience not only the prom-
ise of the business opportunities,
but the promise of the people as
well. "I firmly believe", said
Senator Hill, "that the people of
South Africa and Florida have
much in common. Our shared cul-
ture of hospitality and diverse com-
munities position us well to serve
as the "Gateway" for cultural and
commercial development into the
Caribbean, Latin America and the
rest of the United States, in
Florida's case, and as the
"Gateway" into the African conti-
nent in the case of South Africa."
One particular focus of this dele-
gation was the preparation and
staging of the World Cup 2010.
Cities in Florida have successfully
hosted the largest US sporting
event, the Super Bowl, on multiple
occasions. In fact, according to
Senator Hill, the city of
Jacksonville, Florida was the small-
est of any U.S. city ever to host a
Super Bowl. "We look forward to
learning how South Africa is
preparing for the World Cup and we
want to share our own experiences.
We hope to find opportunities for
our small businesses to partnership
with small businesses in South
Africa to provide the goods and
services needed for the World Cup,
but we will also look for ways to
develop our relationship well
Shown above is current JCCI President Helen Jackson giving past
president Allan Geiger a memento plaque for his term of service.
Jackson Takes Over JCCI Helm
Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI), the leading Jacksonville
Think Tank, recently held a "changing of the guard" with community
advocate Helen Jackson taking over as president. Over 150 people attend-
ed the Annual Meeting held at the River City Brewery. Since 1975, JCCI
has convened diverse groups of citizens each year to identify significant
community issues for in-depth study. Its goal is to increase public aware-
ness and promote positive action. JCCI's study process and indicator
reports have served as models for hundreds of communities around the
Florida Politicians Call for Boot Camp Death Investigation
last week to
F. ,"- of Justice and
Cong. Alcee Hastings, Kendrick Meek and Corrine demanding an
Brown want to insure the teen's death wasn't in vain. end to the neg-
inree BlacK members of
Florida's congressional delegation
are calling for a federal investiga-
tion into the acquittal of seven juve-
nile justice boot camp guards
responsible for the death of 14-
year-old Martin Lee Anderson in
Representatives Alcee L. Hastings
(D-Miramar), Kendrick B. Meek
(D-Miami), and Corrine Brown (D-
ligent treatment and violent punish-
ment of at-risk youth in juvenile
"Significant evidence suggests
that discriminatory treatment has
frequently occurred at juvenile boot
camps," the congressional leaders
wrote in their letter. "The unfortu-
nate consequence of such treatment
has not only been the death of
Anderson, but also others in recent
The letter continues, "The negli-
gence, violent punishment, and dis-
ciplinary procedures that many
youths within these camps endure
reflect a defunct paradigm that by
no means rehabilitates at-risk
youth, nor serves the intended pur-
poses of the justice system."
Beverlye Neal, president of the
Florida State Conference NAACP,
told BlackAmericaWeb.com that
the NAACP has successfully
pushed for federal and congression-
al intervention because "there has
been no concern for black life" and
that "justice should be done."
On Tuesday, about 700 protesters
marched to the federal courthouse
to voice their outrage at the han-
dling of Anderson's death at a boot
camp. The NAACP-sponsored
protest came less than two weeks
after an all-white jury acquitted
seven camp guards and a nurse of
manslaughter charges in the death
Anderson died Jan. 6, 2006, a day
after being hit and kicked by the
guards as the nurse watched after he
collapsed while running laps. The
30-minute confrontation was video-
An initial autopsy said Anderson
died from a genetic blood disorder,
sickle-cell trait, while a second
autopsy said he suffocated when
guards clamped his mouth shut and
held ammonia capsules under his
nose for several minutes.
Neal said the NAACP will follow
the case for as long as it takes.
"We are outraged," Neal said, "and
we want justice."
Experts Say Pants Laws Hitting Below the Belt
Bans on low-hanging trousers that display parts of underwear are hitting
already alienated black US teens below the belt, African-American
experts say as more US cities lined up to ban saggyy pants".
"This affects a certain population that always gets picked on," said
Wilhelmina Leigh, a senior researcher at the Washington-based Joint
Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think-tank that focuses on
African American issues.
"Even if they weren't wearing saggy pants, the same group of African
American males standing around would be subject to more scrutiny than
any other group of young people," she said.
Continued on page 7
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Black Lawyers Rare at Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Coming soon to the Supreme Court:
a rare appearance by a black
lawyer. More than a year has passed
since a black lawyer in private prac-
tice stood at the lectern in the ele-
gant courtroom and spoke the tradi-
tional opening line, "Mr. Chief
Justice and may it please the court."
Drew Days III, solicitor general
in the Clinton administration,
planned this week to argue a case
on behalf of a shuttered brokerage
firm that is seeking to recover $4.5
million in losses. Days, who splits
his time between the Morrison &
Foerster firm and Yale Law School,
is one of the few black lawyers who
regularly represent clients at the
"Not many lawyers of color end
up in the Supreme Court and most
of those who do are in the area of
civil rights litigation," said Robert
Harris, who argued once before the
court in his career as a lawyer for
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
"We don't have as many of those
cases as we used to so clearly that
opportunity is not there for many
African-American lawyers," said
Harris, who is black.
Although the Supreme Court
does not keep racial breakdowns of
lawyers who argue before the jus-
tices, records indicate that the first
black to appear before the justices
was J. Alexander Chiles in 1910.
Long before he became a judge,
Thurgood Marshall regularly
argued civil rights cases at the
Supreme Court in the 1940s and
1950s. Marshall was a rarity in
those years of segregation, a black
lawyer in an otherwise white world.
Under President Lyndon
Johnson, he was the first black to be
solicitor general, the Justice
Department's top Supreme Court
lawyer. Since then, two other black
men Days and Wade McCree -
have held that job.
Two black men, Marshall and
Clarence Thomas, have been
Supreme Court justices.
Several factors account for the
dearth of minorities at the court:
continuing problems in recruiting
and retaining blacks and other
minorities at the top law firms; the
rise of a small group of lawyers
who focus on Supreme Court cases;
the decline in civil rights cases that
make it to the high court; and the
court's dwindling caseload.
Atty. Drew Days says he has had
problems recrutiong minority
lawyers to his firm.
"It is sad. It's the minority
pipeline, the dwindling caseload, all
of these things," Days said.
Days said he, too, has trouble
attracting black lawyers to his firm.
He recounted how he lost out to a
philanthropic foundation over the
services of a former clerk for a
Supreme Court justice.
Two recent studies point up the
trends. Of 46 Washington law
offices with more than 100 attor-
neys, 28 reported that less than 3
percent of their partners are black.
Seven firms had no black partners,
according to a report by Building a
Better Legal Profession, a group of
law students who compiled data
provided by the firms.
Morrison & Foerster's
Washington office, where Days
works, has just two black partners,
although that placed the firm fourth
in the Washington rankings at 5.6
percent. Blacks are better represent-
ed among associates at these firms.
Two-thirds of minority lawyers
leave their firms within the first
four years of practice, generally too
short a period in which to make
partner, the American Bar
Association has said.
Nationally, about 5 percent of law
firm partners are black, a number
that has crept higher over the past
30 years. Partners typically share in
firms' profits or losses, while asso-
ciates are employees.
At the same time, a fairly, small
circle of lawyers controls more and
more of the court's caseload eyep,as5
the number of cases the justices
accept is going down, Georgetown
University law professor Richard
Lazarus argues in a study.
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This "increasing domination is
evidenced by the rising percentage
of oral advocates appearing more
than once within a single term, a
feat most typically accomplished
only by attorneys within the
Solicitor General's Office," Lazarus
said. The study will be published
soon in the Georgetown University
A case in point is Carter Phillips,
managing partner of the Sidley
Austin firm's Washington office.
Phillips has argued 54 cases at the
court in his career, more than all but
three lawyers who continue to prac-
tice. Next month he will argue two
cases in one week.
With his 24th oral argument
approaching, Days seems to be the
only active black lawyer with a
high number of cases before the
Supreme Court, Lazarus said.
The rise of an elite corps of
Supreme Court lawyers rankles oth-
ers in the profession who say the
court regulars solicit their clients
once the justices decide to hear a
"It perpetuates a little club and
denies many lawyers the opportuni-
ty to present their case, to the high-
est court in the land," said Gary
LaFayette, a black lawyer from San
Francisco who won his only argu-
ment in 2002 on behalf of the
Oakland Housing Authority.
Harris, who recently retired as a
PG&E vice president, said his
moment of glory at the court was
"highly unusual and not likely to be
repeated." He won the case in
which the utility argued that it
should not be forced to allow con-
sumer groups to put messages in
monthly billing envelopes.
Even more than 20 years ago, he
said, "You can imagine that it was
not a foregone conclusion that I, a
young African-American lawyer,
would argue the case."
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Take the Sting out of the Holidays
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
The Holiday Season is fast
approaching, in what appears to be
a highly competitive retail land-
scape. Walmart, in an aggressive
move to entice holiday shoppers,
said that it had cut prices on 15,000
additional items and signaled that
more price cuts are on the way. As
part of a recent survey, National
Retail Federation (NRF), President
and CEO Tracy Mullin stated,
"shoppers will be a little more con-
servative with their spending as
they become more aware of the
softness in the economy."
According to the NRF's 2007
Holiday Consumer Intentions and
Actions Survey, "U.S. consumers
plan to spend an average of $816.69
on holiday-related shopping. In
addition, these shoppers will spend
an additional $106.67 on special
'non-gift' purchases......to treat
themselves. This brings 2007
planned holiday-related spending to
$923.36, an increase of 3.7%."
I don't want to sound like the
Grinch that stole Christmas, but
with the housing market in sham-
bles, credit tightening and sky high
energy prices, it just doesn't sound
prudent for the average American
household to spend nearly $1,000
on holiday gifts and treats.
Secondly, where will consumers get
the money? Most likely, it will
come from their credit cards, which
will drive them deeper in debt. You
don't have to be AVERAGE and go
along with the crowd! Let's think
about how we can take the "sting"
out of the holidays and put some of
the "spirit" back.
The starting point for creating the
holiday spirit is to gather your
immediate family and discuss the
Holiday Season and what it means
to you as a family. What does
Thanksgiving, Christmas and the
New Year mean to your family?
What have been some of the most
meaningful experiences that you
have had during these times? How
can you and your family best par-
ticipate in and observe the true
meaning of the holiday season?
Many churches and service organ-
izations sponsor community meals,
food baskets and service projects
during the holiday season. Youth
and adults that participate in these
programs generally leave with two
impressions. First, they are happy
to have helped other people and
secondly they realize how wonder-
fully blessed they are to have a
home and family. Begin to plan
how your family will spend its
time, energy and money this
Holiday Season. You may be pleas-
antly surprised to find that the mall,
movies and spending money are
lower on the priority list than you
Holiday Shopping Tips
Even after putting Holiday expec-
tations in perspective, you are still
going to have to spend some money
and do some shopping. The follow-
ing shopping tips are aimed at
effectively utilizing your resources
and not going broke during the
Holidays. At this point, I have to
confess that shopping is one of my
least enjoyable activities.
1. Determine your gift budget-
How much can you afford to spend
-- $200, $500, $1,000, etc. You
set your limit and never spend more
than you can afford! Don't buy
things that put you in debt.
2. List the people that you are
going to give gifts- Spouse, part-
ners, children, parents, other close
relatives and friends. Everyone
does not have to receive a gift and
for many people a nice card or hol-
iday letter will do.
3. Allocate your gift budget, start-
ing at the top with your closest rela-
4. Develop your gift list and try to
think of something the person real-
ly needs. If you don't know, then
ask them. It is better to give them
something they need than to sur-
prise them with something they
have no use for.
5. Power shop- Stick to you gift
list and budget. If possible, use
cash, check or debit card. If you
must use a credit card, remember
that you will face the bill in
6. Keep your receipts- After your
shopping is completed, total up
how much you spent. Did you
complete your list and most impor-
tantly did you stay within your
The Holiday Season can be a
wonderful occasion to spend time
with family and close relations.
This year, build the family Holiday
Spirit and avoid the holiday sting
associated with over spending and
creating needless debt.
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Lockett-Felder and Foy to Face Off for State Seat
Both candidates bring strong foundations with them. Locket Felder (shown 1st pic 3rd right) built a strong following fighting for seniors and
annually held parties for them with fellow Councilman Reggie Fullwood.. Foy (sown right with Councilwoman Johnson is President of MAD
Dads of Jacksonville.
After an eight year bid serving
as a city council person, Pat Lockett
Felder is ready to take her leader-
ship to the next level. Over a year
ago, the well known vocal politico
placed her name in the hat for the
Florida House of Representatives
seat to be vacated by Democrat
Terry Fields due to term limits.
Many thought that bid would be
unopposed until the recent
announcement by community advo-
cate Donald Foy that he would also
seek the same office.
A registered Republican, Foy is
seeking to make strides in a region
that elects few Black Republicans.
Of recent years, only Rep. Jennifer
Carrol and Council persons Art and
Glorious Johnson have been able to
crack that glass ceiling.
With a platform focused on edu-
cation, and crime prevention Foy
said he hopes voters don't get hung
up that he's running as a
Republican. He said what matters
is the individual and voters know he
will deliver. The towering states-
man has garnered a reputation as a
fighter as president of the local
MAD DADS Chapter often battling
the Sheriffs and Mayor's Office for
greater attention to crime .
With a platform focused on edu-
cation, and crime prevention Foy
said he hopes voters don't get hung
up on the fact that he's running as a
Republican. He said what matters
is the individual and voters know he
will deliver. When asked what his
first order of business will be if
elected, Foy said "reaching out to
the constituents." He said he does-
n't have an agenda, instead he's pre-
pared to do whatever the people of
his district want him to do.
Standing at the podium with sup-
porters chanting his name Foy said
he's prepared to do what's right and
not what's popular. He said he's
ready to work together and make a
Delivering is one asset that that
Lockett-Felder feels she has under
her belt. From her days working at
a local Jacksonville bank to her two
terms on City Council, Pat Lockett-
Felder has always insisted that she
was put on this earth to help people.
"I serve the community because I
have a passion to help people," said
In making her campaign
announcement to a group of senior
citizens, she noted she loved local
government, but felt that she could
make a strong impact on their lives
as a state representative.
Foy feels strongly that the next
person elected must lead by exam-
ple which is why he believes he's
perfect for the job. An ex offender,
Foy will tell anyone who will listen
that he understands the fight that's
going on in the streets of
Jacksonville. It was years ago, and
Foy has since received a full par-
don, but at one point he was also
Contiued from front
The current NCLB law imposes
serious consequences on schools
that report low scores on math and
reading tests, and this fallout can
include replacement of teachers or
principals -- or both. But the law
doesn't have the same kind of
enforcement teeth when it comes to
Nationally, about 70 percent of
U.S. students graduate on time with
a regular diploma. For Hispanic and
black students, the proportion drops
to about half.
The legislative proposals circulat-
ing in Congress would:
Make sure schools report their
graduation rates by racial, ethnic,
and other subgroups and are judged
on those results. That's to ensure
that schools aren't just graduating
white students in high numbers, but
also are working to ensure that
minority students get diplomas.
Get states to build data systems to
keep track of students throughout
their school years and more accu-
rately measure graduation and
Ensure that states count gradua-
tion rates in a uniform way. States
have used a variety of formulas,
including counting the percentage
of entering seniors who get a diplo-
ma. That measurement ignores the
obvious fact that kids who drop out
typically do so before their senior
Create strong progress goals for
graduation rates and impose sanc-
tions on schools that miss those
benchmarks. Most states currently
lack meaningful goals, according to
The Education Trust, a nonprofit
group that advocates for poor and
The current law requires testing in
reading and math once in high
school, and those tests take on
added importance because of the
serious consequences for a school
of failure. Critics say that creates a
perverse incentive for schools to
encourage kids to drop out before
they bring down a school's scores.
"The vast majority of educators
do not want to push out kids, but the
pressures to raise test scores above
all else are intense," said Bethany
Little, vice president for policy at
the Alliance for Excellent
Education, an advocacy group
focused on high schools. "To know
if a high school is doing its job, we
need to consider test scores and
graduation rates equally."
Little said some students pushed
out of high schools are encouraged
to enroll in programs that prepare
them to take the GED exam. People
who pass that test get certificates
indicating they have high-school
level academic skills. But the
research shows that getting a GED
doesn't lead to the kind of job or
college success associated with a
selling and using drugs. He spent
time behind bars. Foy said he does-
n't hide his criminal past, instead he
wants young people to learn from
"I can reveal to them just because
you make a mistake you can get
back up and become a worthwhile
person... if they see where someone
else has done it they know they can
do it, he said.
Both of the candidates have
their share of notable supporters.
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson
agrees with Foy about his past
being an asset. She believes young
people can learn a lot from his
story. But there's another reason
she said she's supporting Foy, "he
really cares," she said.
Dr. Janetta Norman, who chaired
the Urban Core Citizens Advisory
Council for the Mayor's Office said,
"Pat has provided strong, consistent
leadership and that's what our com-
munity needs. She's a leader and a
fighter and deserves to represent
our city in Tallahassee."
The election for the seat will be in
September of 2008.
Why Do Black Greeks
Feel the Need to Haze
by Samuel Cook, BCW
The word excites people on both
sides of the debate, those who see
it as a sacred rite of passage and
those who view it as a barbaric
form of torture.
Hazing incidents have occurred
recently at Jackson State, Florida
A&M and Southeast Missouri
State universities, all involving
black students. The incidents have
placed the spotlight on initiation
practices among the historically
black fraternities and sororities
that comprise the "Divine Nine"
as well as some of the marching
A study published in College
Student Journal in 2001 found
African American students have
"more positive beliefs about the
purpose of pledging" and are
more likely to support and
conform to pledging
to the study,
held a signifi-
cant belief that
should be intense,
lengthy. The study also
reported that African-
American students had more pos-
itive perceptions of Greek organi-
zations compared to white and
Dr. Alvin T. Simpson, a profes-
sor of psychology at Alcorn State
University and member of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., agreed
that African-Americans are more
likely to engage in or accept haz-
ing as a means of joining fraterni-
ties or sororities because they are
looking for an identity. He also
said that brutal or intense hazing
rituals are rooted in the tradition
"Based on some of the historical
events that happened during slav-
ery, one expression that a lot of
black males use to demonstrate
their level of empowerment or
level of masculinity is to present it
during this type of initiation or
process leading to initiation into a
fraternity," he said. "I strongly
believe that it, too, represents
something that heightens the
esteem of males making them feel
as if they are 'better than' and they
also have dominion over someone
Both hazing and pledging were
abolished in 2000 in a joint effort
by the National Pan-Hellenic
Council Though prohibited
among the national
ternity and sorori-
ty, hazing is viewed by some
members of the African American
Greek community as a rite of pas-
sage for prospective members.
Merwin Brown, 28, of
Hattiesburg, Miss., a member of
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.,
said that he believes hazing will
always exist in fraternities and
sororities. While many Greeks
claim that "hazing" and "pledg-
ing" are synonymous, Brown dis-
agrees. Continued on page 7
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007, City Council Chambers, 1st Floor, City Hall, 117 W. Duval St., Jacksonville,
ORDINANCE 2007-329 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 350 (ELECTIONS AND ELEC-
TIONS REGULATIONS), ORDINANCE CODE, TO RENAME SAME TO ELECTIONS, ELECTIONS
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PROVIDE FOR SUBSTANTIAL REVISIONS OF THE ETHICS CODE FROM ITS ORIGINAL VERSION
ENACTED IN ORDINANCE 97-890-E, AND INCREASED REGULATION OF CITY OFFICERS AND
EMPLOYEES IN THE AREAS OF GIFTS, MOONLIGHTING AND SECONDARY EMPLOYMENT AND
POST CITY EMPLOYMENT; AMENDING DISCLOSURE PROVISIONS; AUTHORIZING A CITY
"HOTLINE"; PROVIDING FOR INVESTIGATIONS CONDUCTED BY THE ETHICS COMMISSION;
PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE
All interested persons are invited to attend. A copy of the bill may be obtained upon request from the
Legislative Services Division.
Council Member Jay Jabour
Rules Committee Chair
Council Member Art Shad
Finance Committee Chair
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Finally Free: Georgia Supreme Court Finally Does the Right Thang
It was approximately two years
ago when I was driving in my car
listening to public radio when I
heard the story of a young man in
Georgia who had been jailed for
allowing a minor to perform oral
sex on him.
The story seemed so unreal
because the young man was 17 and
the young lady was 15, so both
were considered minors and the act
was consensual. So obviously the
first question that popped in my
head was how do arrest a minor
for being involved in a consensual
sex with another minor.
I immediately thought about an
old adage that a lawyer friend told
me, he said, "A jury consists of
twelve persons chosen to decide
who has the better lawyer."
Maybe I am oversimplifying the
story too much because there were
a couple of wrinkles. One was the
fact that the young man was black
and the young lady performing the
act was white. The second wrinkle,
which was probably is the main
reason that the young man was
arrested, was the fact that he video-
taped the sexual act.
In 2005, a jury found that this
young man was guilty of aggravat-
ed child molestation.
This is the story of Genarlow
Wilson, a young man with unlimit-
ed potential. This is the story of a
young man who didn't have any
sort of criminal record, had a 3.2
GPA, and was arrested on the day
he was to sit and take the SAT so
that he could go to college.
Again, when you listen to the
story it is hard to imagine that a
young man could be arrested for a
consensual sexual act especially
when both people involved were
minors. Not only was Wilson
arrested and convicted for his
actions, but he received a mandato-
ry sentence of 10 years.
According to Georgia Attorney
General Thurbert Baker, prosecu-
tors in Douglas County, Georgia
offered the young man a plea deal
that would have reduced his sen-
tence, possibly to time served.
The young man and his attorney
rejected the plea bargain because it
meant pleading guilty to a felony
with a 15-year sentence. He also
didn't want the stigma of being
labeled a sex offender.
Once a person receives the label
of a sex offender, it normally fol-
lows them because it is apart of
your criminal record and becomes
public information. Sex offenders
can't live close to schools and other
places where children congregate.
On October 26, the Georgia
Supreme Court finally got it right.
They ruled that Wilson's sentence
violated both the Georgia and fed-
eral Bill of Rights, which bans
cruel and unusual punishment for a
This case is a prime example of
how an overzealous district attor-
ney can misinterpret law and
manipulate juries to support their
beliefs. In this case the DA piled on
a count of aggravated child
molestation so that he could ensure
that Wilson received jail time.
Might I add that the mother of
the "alleged" victim, who from the
video was far from a victim, did not
want to prosecute Wilson. So what
did the DA do? He intimidated the
mother threatening that she might
face criminal charges if she didn't
cooperate with the prosecution.
So the mother cooperated and
Wilson sent the last to years in jail
fighting this cruel and unusual sen-
tencing. I am reminded of one of
my favorite Martin Luther King
quotes, he said, "Injustice any-
where is a threat to justice every-
where. We are caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny."
King added, "Whatever affects
one directly, affects all indirectly."
That is why it was so important
for Wilson to fight his sentence and
be freed. The injustice and down-
right foolishness, as my grand-
mother would say, perpetrated
against him affects all of us.
Sure what Wilson did was dumb.
In fact, for him to videotape his
interaction with the young lady was
down right stupid. But we all have
been teenagers and have made
decisions that we wish could be
Wilson made a silly mistake, but
he certainly didn't deserve to be
arrested for it.
In July of this year, the Georgia
legislature passed a new Romeo
and Juliet law for any other teen
that engages in consensual sexual
acts. According to the new law, no
teen prosecuted for consensual oral
sex could receive more than a 12-
month sentence or be required to
register as a sex offender.
The question I struggle with is
how many other Genarlow
Wilson's are out there? How many
other young black men have been
victims to overzealous prosecutors
trying to prove a point or create a
William Blackstone said it best,
"It is better that ten guilty escape
than one innocent suffer."
Signing off from Waycross, GA
hoping that the police don't pull me
The Klan and Far Right vs. Affirmative Action
" ; . by Harry
ij continues to
raise its ugly
the midst of
arena. Current events are creating a
picture of strange bedfellows.
The consummate Uncle Tom and
Poster Boy for the libertarian
movement, Wardell Connerly, has
become a hero to the vile and evil
organization known to all as the
Ku Klux Klan. That's right. The
Klan is starting to follow Wardell
around the nation as he seeks to
dismantle affirmative action, state
by state. They follow him to cheer
him on and to provide unsolicited
assistance wherever and whenever
they can. He has even stated that if
they support his efforts that is fine
with him. That speaks volumes as
to his wickedness and anti-
American values. The Right and
the Klan moving together for
philosophical reasons it has
finally come to this. Wardell does
it for the money, regardless of the
damage caused to minority and
women communities and the Klan
does it to move its agenda of hatred
and the destruction of people of
color. They are a perfect match.
We, as a people and targeted vic-
tims of the above, have been too
polite and docile. Our defense has
been pure reaction. We have got to
take to the offensive with a
vengeance reminiscent of the past
Civil Rights Era. The Klan wants
us dead and the libertarians want
us to return to Jim Crow in a polite
way. We aren't having it and we
need to make it very clear that
those who plot such action will be
confronted straight up.
The Klan's favorite recruiting
ground is NASCAR racing events.
The libertarians choose country
clubs and right wing think tanks
such as the Heritage Foundation
and the Cato Institute. On the mat-
ter of civil rights there isn't too
much difference between them and
the Klan and we should from this
point on lump both of them togeth-
My brothers and sisters, there
should be no more forgiveness and
tolerance when it comes to the
Civil Rights Act. Affirmative
action is the driver of the Civil
Rights Act and to do away with
that would stop the effectiveness of
this great act and product of our
civil rights struggle.
We don't tolerate the Klan and
shouldn't tolerate opponents of
affirmative action. Consider them
one and the same.
The greatest opportunity before
us is the elections of 2008. We
must have an acid test for all can-
didates: DO YOU SUPPORT
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION? Every
candidate must answer that ques-
tion as it comes from all entities -
individuals, associations, etc.
If the answer is "no", or if it is
iffy than we must oppose that can-
didate regardless of all other mat-
ters. We cannot vote for, con-
tribute to or even passively ignore
any candidate for whatever posi-
tion. From President to school
board seat, that question must be
posed. If the answer is negative or
soft, we should lump the candidate
with the Klan and crazy Wardell
Connerly. They are no good for us,
our communities or nation. Treat
them like the Devil.
A Devil that wants to go back to
the bad old days where lynchings
were like fruit on the trees and
institutional poverty was our des-
tiny. Back of the bus, poor educa-
tion, few and small jobs with no
careers and advancement and no
business development as scarce as
a million dollar lottery ticket that
is where we refuse to go back to.
So why are we silent and are rather
docile about this?
The damage caused in
California, Proposition 209, has
been devastating to people of color
and even white women. It's time to
crush the anti affirmative action
sponsors Ku Klux Klan, Wardell
Connerly and the far right.
From here on out, let the oppo-
nents of affirmative action fall on
their "swords". Affirmative action
is necessary and is not going any-
where soon. Justice can deal with
the Klan and we voters can deal
with the far right.
A Time to Return to Jena
by George Curry
On Sept. 20, the original date for
one of Mychal Bell's court hear-
ings, up to 100,000 people descend-
ed on the tiny town of Jena, La.
Although the court date had been
postponed for Bell, the first of the
Jena 6 to go on trial for allegedly
beating a White fellow student,
buses and automobiles from around
the nation clogged all roads leading
to the central Louisiana town.
Bell, 16 at the time, and the oth-
ers had been charged with attempt-
ed second-degree murder and con-
spiracy to commit murder, charges
that allow anyone 15 or older in
Louisiana to be prosecuted as
adults. Those charges were reduced
to aggravated second-degree bat-
tery and conspiracy to commit bat-
tery, crimes that do not allow teens
in the state to be tried as adults.
Last June, an all-White jury
found Bell guilty of both crimes.
However, District Court Judge J.P.
Mauffray set aside the conspiracy
conviction because of Bell's age
but asserted that he should maintain
jurisdiction over Bell on the battery
charge in adult court.
The crucial test for Black
America was not Sept. 20, but Nov.
7. That's when four of the Jena 6
now out on bond Robert Bailey
Jr., Carwin Jones, Bryant Purvis
and Theo Shaw are scheduled to
return to court. And unlike Bell,
they can indeed be tried as adults
because they were at least 17 at the
time of the incident.
Will the international outpouring
of support for a single person on
Sept. 20 be greater than that for
four young men facing Jena's crim-
inal injustice system next
Wednesday? Will Jesse Jackson,
Rev. Al, SCLC's Charles Steele,
radio personalities Tom Joyner and
Michael Baisden along with others
who protested in September return
to Jena in droves next Wednesday?
If we can't organize even more
people to return to Jena, the first
outpouring will be remembered as a
one-day spectacle and be further
evidence of our inability to sustain
Whether it was the Million Man
March, the Million Woman March,
the Millions More March or the
presidential campaigns of Jesse
Jackson and Al Sharpton, a valid
criticism of today's organizers is
that there is little, if any, follow up
once the crowds have dispersed.
Sure, we can put on a stirring
demonstration even while some
civil rights figures operate onsepa-
rate but equal platforms but what
happens after the buses have left
town? What happens when the
cameras are turned off?
It's time to ask the tough ques-
tions. Why was Bell allowed to
by Bill Reed
'.'*e dContrary to popular dogma, Africa is not been
devoid of outstanding leadership. From 1493 to
1529, the King of Songhay, Askia Toure, united
S the entire central region of the Western Sudan
and established a governmental machine still
revered for its detail and efficiency.
For the last 60 years African leaders have been portrayed in Western
media derailing the economic and political stability of countries under their
stewardships. These portrayals have caused numerous Black Americans to
revile Africa's current crop of political leadership as having created
intractable conflicts, misused and abused of power, violated human rights
abuse and driven their people further into the bowels of poverty.
But, for a perspective on Africa different from Western-oriented media
negatives, take note of the recent Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in
African Leadership Awards. Joaquim Chissano, former President of
Mozambique, was the Prize's inaugural winner. The annual Prize has been
established by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation as an African initiative to
strengthen the continent's governance. The Prize is the largest individual
award in the world and exceeds the Nobel Peace Prize in value, and com-
prises a $5 million gift over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life there-
after, and up to $200,000 a year for 10 years towards the winner's public
interest activities and good causes.
loaquim Chissano was selected winner by a Prize Committee of six emi-
nent individuals who assessed every sub-Saharan African leader who has
left office in the last three full calendar years on their exercise of leader-
ship As he announced the Laureate in front of an audience of London's
African diplomatic community. ci% il society representatives and the media.
Kofi Annan. the Chair of the Prize Comminee, said that "President
Chissano's achie ements in bringing peace. reconciliation, stable democra-
cy and economic progress to his .coiitr,, greatly impressed the committee.
So, too. did his decision to step do\%wn n without seeking the third term the
constitution allo%%ed Mozambique's economy had been "one of Africa's
emerging success stories" and although itn was still one ofthe world's poor-
est countries. poverrt leels had fallen. more children were being educat-
ed. health care had improved and wonmen had been empowered.
T-he Mo lbrahim Foundation is thie vision of Dr Mo Ibrahim, founder of
the African telecommunications company Celtel International and one of
Africa's most successful business leaders. Mohaninad "Mo" Ibrahim is a
Sudanese-born British-based entrepreneur \ho has accumulated a fortune
through the sale of his mobile-phone company. Celtel. for $3.4 billion.
Born in Sudan i I146. Ibrahim holds Bachelor of Science and Master's
degrees in electrical engineering and a PH D in mobile communications. In
1l9 he founded NISI as a cornsutltanc\ and software company. In 1998.
MSI spun off MNSI-Cellular Inmestments as a mobile phone operator. later
to be named Celtel.
Ibrahim's \ vision is that African leaders be held "accountable: "The mes-
sage is that. it i,. ttne for us to take charge of our issues. It is our respon-
sibilit\ to look after our continent, to look after our kids." Nelson Mandela
said: "'o lbrahiim has ai visionn to promote and recognize good governance
that will dri\ Atrica's political and economic renaissance... This is an
African initiative celebrating the successes of new\ African leadership. It
sets an example that the rest of the world can emulate. We call for leaders
across the world in o\ ernmeni. ci i\l society) and business to endorse its
aims and back it, i\iion "
To "emulate" lbiailm. black; ini t. \\est must be as involved in getting
rid of their countii e.' predator loa.in and charity. practices toward Africa as
the\ are in tr ing to do something about Africa's "bad leaders." What
Africa needs from the West is justice instead of its scornful charity and
predator- loan practices. Rich in human and natural resources. Sub-
Saharan Africa remain; the world's s economically poorest region. The
greatestt barrier to economic recover', is the region's overwhelming debt
burden. The debt accumulated bh African countries was built up during the
19"'Os \hen international banks and agencies engaged in dubious lending
that was readily. agreed to by undemocratic governments.
languish in jail for so long? At one
point, his bond was as high as
$130,000 and later reduced to
$90,000 prior to the trial. Upon
Bell's conviction in adult court, he
was not allowed out on bond. But
the appellate court reversed his
conviction, ruling that he never
should have been tried as an adult;
reducing hi s bond to $45,000.
Only 12 percent of the bond was
needed to get Bell released. Still,
civil rights leaders did not act,
which causes me to wonder
whether some of them were so busy
concentrating on gaining publicity
for themselves that they forgot
about the fate of Bell. And when
Bell did make Bond, it was because
of the efforts of Dr. Stephen Ayers,
a Black physician in Lake Charles,
approximately 135 miles away.
Ayers, who did not participate in
the Jena march, put up $5,400 to get
Bell out of jail. Two weeks later,
Mauffray, the original judge in the
case, switched roles and as a sitting
juvenile judge revoked Bell's pro-
bation on a previous conviction and
ordered him back to jail.
The parents of the Jena 6 have
established a defense fund.
Donations can be sent to: The Jena
6 Defense Fund, P.O. Box 2798,
Jena, La. 71342.
Additionally, there are creative
ways of opposing the selective
prosecution of African-Americans
in Jena. My favorite one was under-
taken by the Philadelphia
NAACP's youth division. Because
LaSalle Parish District Attorney
Reed Walters originally charged the
Jena 6 with attempted murder,
claiming the murder weapons were
sneakers worn by the accused,
branch members are urging people
to send their old, dirty, smelly,
sneakers to the district attorney
(His address is 1050 Courthouse
Square, Jena, La. 71342-1288).
It would be even better to attend
a second march next Wednesday
and save time and postage by leav-
ing the sneakers with Walters
before leaving town.
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New Life Evangelistic Center Rev. Clifton Davis to Speak at First
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.
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
invited to arrange a presentation. Please call (904) 355-9335, or email to:
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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.
Explore the Spirit of Thanksgiving
Spiritual Traditions at Mt. Zion AME
The community is invited to experience the transformative power of
gratitude as they gather in the spirit of Thanksgiving to honor spiritual tra-
ditions from across the world.. Experience the prayers and music from
Northeast Florida's multicultural community as they celebrate the differ-
ences and rejoice in all that is shared and that we all have in common.
Come, Thursday, November 15, 2007, at 6 p.m. to Historic Mount Zion
AME Church, 201 East Beaver Street, Downtown Jacksonville.
AME's 15th Anniversary Banquet
.i- First AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road North,
Palm Coast; where Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover is
Pastor; will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the
;, Church with year-long events. The Rev. Clifton
t Davis: actor, singer, composer, producer, and
psalmist will be the keynote speaker for the
Anniversary Banquet at the Grand Haven Golf &
County Club, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November
3, 2007.. Rev. Dr. Davis has shared his unique gifts
with the world for over 30 years. He is a host on the
"Praise the Lord" telecast on the Trinity
Rev. Clifton Davis Broadcasting Network. He is best known for his
five-year stint as Rev. Reuben Gregory on the NBC weekly show, "Amen."
Ticket information, and menu choice, is available by calling (386) 446-
5759. The entire First Coast Community is invited.
Northside Church of Christ Celebrates
53rd Anniversary & 30th Homecoming
The Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, Bro. Charlie
McClendon, Pastor: will celebrate the 53rd Church Anniversary, and their
30th Homecoming /Revival, Saturday, November 3 rd, through Sunday,
November 11, 2007. The community is invited to participate in all servic-
es and other activities.
Activities for kids, teens and adults will highlight the Celebration "Kick-
Off' Free Community Fish Fry from 12 noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday,
November 3rd. Old fashion games, face painting, cotton candy, honey drip-
pers and a host of other fun activities with all the fish that you can eat! All
Homecoming Revival Services begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November
4th and will continue nightly through Friday, November 9th. Four dynam-
ic guest speakers will preach the revival services, including Robert Hold, of
Gary, IN.; Orpheus Heyward, of Atlanta, GA; Terry Wallace, of Hernando,
MS; and Cleavon Matthews, of Cleveland, OH. The Revival Theme is "A
New Beginning: Loving Like Jesus!"
The Annual Acapella Gospel Songfest will be held on Saturday,
November 10th, at the Times-Union Performing Arts Center and will fea-
ture Total Praise, of Jacksonville; and gospel groups that will inspire and
uplift you from Alabama and Texas.
Homecoming activities will conclude with the Annual Memorial
Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 11th. Two powerful worship
services at 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The Homecoming Dinner will begin at
12:45 p.m., and the Homecoming Program, the closing service will begin at
Free local transportation and nursery is available nightly. Simply call
Frst New Zion
I Celebrating 22
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
Greater Refuge Holy Ghost Explosion
to Honor Apostle Groover Sr.
The community is invited to witness the Power of Pentecost at Greater
Refuge, Rowe Ave. & Lem Turner Road, Thursday, Nov. 8th thru Sunday,
December 2nd, at 7 p.m. nightly, with preachers and singers from across the
United States. Apostle Gentle Lee Groover Sr. is turning 75 years young
and you are invited to help him lift up Jesus in an Old Fashion Holy Ghost
Explosion. Services will be held Thursday thru Sunday in the month of
November. You don't want to miss one night or this praise and worship in
"One Place, On One Accord!"
West Union Missionary Baptist
Celebrates Annual Dual Day, Nov. 3rd
The West Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Street,
Rev. Leroy C. Kelly, Pastor; will celebrate their Annual Dual Day, Sunday,
November 3, 2007. The theme: "A Vision through Faith" (Hebrews 11:1).
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not
seen." Co-Chairpersons are Deacon Andre Bell, Deacon Michael Ray,
Sister Frances C. Lynch and Sister Davette Simmons.
The community is invited to join the West Union Family beginning at
9:30 a.m. with Sunday School, Sister Martha P. Cummings, Superintendent,
in charge. Morning Worship begins at 11 a.m.
The Baptist Training Union will begin at 4 p.m., Sis. Yvonne Walker in
The West Union Missionary Baptist Church has been know as the
"Church of Friendliness" for over 100 years. The doors are always open.
Remember, "Only what you do for Christ will last."
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Continued from page 1
"Tattoos, body-piercing and punk
hairstyles are part of the youth cul-
ture, too, but no one is legislating
against them. Singling out baggy
pants is clearly singling out a group
that people have issues with any-
Half a dozen towns in Louisiana
have passed local laws against
falling-down trousers, on the
grounds they are indecent, and a
dozen more towns and cities,
including Atlanta, Baltimore,
Dallas, Opa Locka in Florida, and
Yonkers in New York, are mulling
Councilwoman Patricia McDow
drafted the resolution that would
ban saggy pants in Yonkers, but
said she was motivated by issues
other than decency.
"I drafted the resolution at the
request of a community anti-gang
coalition ... and because we want
young adults to understand the his-
tory of this attire," McDow told
"Saggy pants came from the
prison system. We want to teach
our children to shun that culture
and be proud of the rich history that
they have," McDow said.
Oversized trousers were added to
many a US teen's wardrobe -- espe-
cially young blacks' -- in the 1990s
when hip-hop "gangsta" music
surged in popularity.
The fashion comes from the US
prison system, where inmates have
their belts taken away for security
"Young black men walking
around with these pants emulating
what is a prison fashion trend is
wrong," said former Miss
Louisiana Faith Jenkins, who is
now a lawyer at an international
legal firm in New York.
"There are a staggering number
of young black men in prison in
this country and it's become almost
a self-fulfilling prophecy that a lot
of young black men end up in
prison after emulating a prison cul-
ture every day of their lives by the
way they dress, talk and act," she
Recent data released by the US
Census Bureau showed that blacks
made up 41 percent of US prison
inmates in 2006, but only account
for around 12 percent of the popu-
"I'm concerned that we would be
creating more arrest records for
young black men and exposing
even more of them to the criminal
justice system," said Jenkins.
Gospel recording artists and
Gospel Music Industry Executives
will gather for their 21st Bi-Annual
Retreat November 18-20, 2007, at
the Hollywood Westin Diplomat
Resort and Spa. A highlight of the
gathering of who's who's in the
gospel music industry will be high-
lighted by "The Sounds of
Greatness in Gospel Music' which
will be hosted by Kirk Franklin;
and will feature Vanessa Bell
Armstrong, J. Moss, 21:03, Cliff
Jones, Duranice Pace, and others.
"The Golden sounds of Gospel"
concert will celebrate the release of
Retreat Host's newest CD "Bobby
Jones, the Ambassador", which
marks the kick off of the Capital
Campaign for The Gospel Complex
for Education & Preservation.
The Bi-Annual Retreat will hold
Bobby Jones is again hosting the spirit filled retreat.
educational seminars and hands-on
training focusing on developing and
maintaining the skills to be success-
ful in the music industry. The
retreat theme: "Emerging
Technologies and its Impact on the
Gospel Music Industry defines the
needs of industry hopefuls, begin-
ners and those already established,
but desire to grow. Producers
Teddy Riley, Donald Lawrence, and
PaJam will be there.
Plans will be revealed for the
Gospel Complex for Education &
Preservation, which is being built in
Lauderhill, FL. The complex will
serve as a repository of information
on Gospel Music, and will house
artifacts, memorabilia, historical
documents and recordings. Concert
proceeds will benefit the Complex.
Participants will learn about emerg-
HAZING: The Ugly Tradition of Black Greeks Seems to Continue
Continued from page 3
"I feel like if you pledge an organ-
ization then there is a membership
intake process," he said. "But it's a
membership intake process
designed as a learning process more
than it is with hazing being about
physical punishment for not learn-
ing the things that are essential to
While Brown doesn't believe the
intake programs have failed, he
does believe that the membership
"I don't think that [membership
intake programs] have failed, but I
think some of the members of the
organizations have failed to uphold
them," he said. "I feel like there is
always going to be some degree of
hazing. That's almost something
that you almost can't get around.
For every good person in the organ-
ization trying to uphold it, there are
going to be people who are going to
try to slide certain things through
Dr. Walter Kimbrough, president
of Philander Smith College and
author of the book "Black Greek
101: The Culture, Customs, and
Challenges of Black Fraternities
and Sororities," says pledging and
hazing represent poor values.
"Students place such value on
pledging, even though the rules pro-
hibit it, that they punish students
who actually follow the rules,"
Kimbrough wrote in a 2004 article
in Black Issues in Higher
Forty-four states have anti-hazing
laws which are punishable by stiff
fines and jail sentences with the
exceptions of Alaska, Montana,
New Mexico, South Dakota, and
Wyoming. Hazing was officially
eliminated as a means of initiation
among black Greek organizations
after the death of a student pledging
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. at
Morehouse College in 1990.
The National Pan-Hellenic
Council, the governing body for
black fraternities and sororities,
instituted membership intake pro-
grams as a means of fraternity or
sorority admissions, but. numerous
underground hazing incidents have
caused some critics to question the
efficacy of intake programs.
"We don't haze, we don't pledge,
we don't have line names or num-
bers, we don't do any of that," said
Teyonda Hamilton, basileus of the
Rho Delta Chapter of Sigma
Gamma Rho, Inc., a historically
black sorority at the University of
New Orleans. Hamilton said
improper conduct doesn't take place
because of "head officials staying
on our backs big-time."
Hamilton's organization is known
for its service projects, as are many
other Greek-letter organizations.
"Community service is a very big
thing with fraternities and sororities
and helping out not only black com-
munities, but helping out the nation.
We're behind elections, we're
behind small-town communities,
we're behind companies, so I think
that's a positive thing about fraterni-
ties and sororities," said Phaon
Spurlock, a senior at Southeastern
The 22-year-old member of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.,
points to the camaraderie of broth-
erhood and sisterhood within the
organizations, as well as their com-
But Spurlock says that cama-
raderie is not extended to individu-
als who are considered to be
"paper," a term used for individuals
who are not hazed to become mem-
bers of their respective organiza-
Kimbrough addressed that issue in
the Black Issues article, which was
titled "Are You Paper?"
"Paper has become a fighting
word," Kimbrough wrote. It is sim-
ilar to a gay student being labeled a
"fag" and then facing taunts, slurs
or even physical assault. In fact,
one student told me that being
called paper was just like a white
person calling them a "nigger."
Hazing rituals are not limited to
Greek-letter organizations. Earlier
this month, Jackson State
University's band, the Sonic Boom
of the South made headlines when
administrators briefly suspended its
activities, following accusations of
"mental hazing" by parents. An
investigation resulted in the band's
reinstatement before the next game.
Although some thought the initial
punishment was severe, the admin-
istration had grounds for exercising
Kimbrough said the makeup of
the organizations must change if
pledging and hazing are going to
end. He added that a "thug element"
has infiltrated the organizations.
"This 'gangsta' mentality holds
promising students hostage, caus-
ing them to sacrifice their morals
ing technologies and its impact on
the music industry. Representatives
from Apple and IBM will showcase
the newest technology in the music
Each participants will have the
opportunity to participate in two
television tapings for The Bobby
Jones Presents Television Show,
which airs on The Word Network
)Nov. 19 & 20, 1-4 p.m. and 7-9
p.m.). Hear Gospel Greats Kim
Burrell, Vanessa Bell Armstrong,
Dottie Peoples, The Caravans,
Dorothy Norwood, Byron Cage,
Donald Lawrence, and many oth-
For more information on the
Gospel Industry Retreat, call (954)
494-7596, or visit the IGIR website
In 2001Kenitha Saafir and
Kristin High \\ere both drowned
while pledging AKA at
Califobnia State University.
In 2004. a former FAMU
March ing 100 member won a $1.8
million verdict in a civil battery
case. Marcus Parker was beaten
so badlI with a paddling board
one of his kidneys temporarily
In 2001. Atty. Doug E.
Fierburg, who won a $375,000
lawsuit against Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity min 1997, said that the
fraternity as unable to obtain lia-
bilitr insurance because of the
high number of lost court cases
resulting from hazing.
Two members of FAMU's chap-
ter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,
Inc. were convicted in 2006 of
hazing and each sentenced to 24
months in jail for an incident in
which a candidate was hospital-
ized after "camng".
Three members of Zeta Phi
Beta Soront.N. Inc. were charged
with third-degree assault and haz-
ing after forcing a pledge to eat a
mixture of food from a garbage
can, spraying her with liquid from
a bottle, and striking her with a
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but when it comes to hair remem-
ber healthy hair is key. So when it
comes to getting your hair to
grow, the first thing I would sug-
gest is taking a look to see just
how healthy your hair is. Trust
me just because you have long
hair doesn't mean you have beau-
tiful hair, but for those of you that
want both here's what Dyrinda
suggests. First, it's critical to
have your hair on a regular main-
tenance program. By that I mean
your hair needs to be routinely
washed and conditioned. Do not
underestimate the importance of
keeping your hair moisture.
Depending on your hair once
every two weeks may suffice, or if
your hair is really damaged you
may need to come in to see your
stylist every week. By visiting
your stylist on a regular basis he
or she will be able to determine
exactly what your hair needs. As
for me there have been times
when I've done protein or hot oil
treatments and you wouldn't
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a certain amount of time if your
hair isn't growing, I'll be better
able to figure out why if I'm see-
ing you regularly.
Second, take a look at your diet.
What you put into your body
affects every aspect of your well-
being including the look of your
hair. I would also suggest adding
some hair vitamins, perhaps
something natural or silica.
And finally ladies, take a look
around your family. No matter
how badly you want Beyonce's
bouncing curls(I should add she
wears a lot of wigs and weaves)
hair growth can be genetic. If you
do everything I just mentioned
your hair may not get as long as
you would like, but it will grow,
and I promise you it will be
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say it before healthy hair is beau-
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The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, African Methodist
Episcopal Church and Mayo Clinic
joined forces recently to eradicate
breast cancer on Florida's First
Coast. Over 100 women gathered at
St. Paul AME Church for the ABC
Breast Health Summit. Each
attendee received valuable informa-
tion to help reduce the risk of breast
cancer. Breast cancer patients and
survivors received information and
support to cope with treatment of
Keynote speaker, Dr. Michele Y.
Halyard, a radiation oncologist at
Mayo Clinic, presented "Fireside
Chat: Things You Have Always
Wanted to Know About Breast
Cancer" The summit consisted of
various workshops including topics
such as the warning signs of breast
cancer, performing a breast self-
Tis the Season: What it Means to Have the Flu
Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory
infection caused by a variety of flu
viruses. The most familiar aspect of
the flu is the way it can "knock you
off your feet" as it sweeps through
The flu differs in several ways
from the common cold, a respirato-
ry infection also caused by viruses.
For example, people with colds
rarely get fevers or headaches or
suffer from the extreme exhaustion
that flu viruses cause.
The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) estimates
that 10 to 20 percent of Americans
come down with the flu during each
flu season, which typically lasts
from November to March. Children
are two to three times more likely
than adults to get sick with the flu,
and children frequently spread the
virus to others. Although most peo-
ple recover from the illness, CDC
estimates that in the United States
more than 100,000 people are hos-
pitalized and about 36,000 people
die from the flu and its complica-
tions every year.
Flu outbreaks usually begin sud-
denly and occur mainly in the late
fall and winter. The disease spreads
through communities creating an
epidemic. During the epidemic, the
number of cases peaks in about 3
weeks and subsides after another 3
your doctor's office or a local clinic,
and in many communities at work-
places, supermarkets, and drug-
stores. You must get the vaccine
every year because it changes.
or 4 weeks. Half of the population
of a community may be affected.
Because schools are an excellent
place for flu viruses to attack and
spread, families with school-age
children have more infections than
other families, with an average of
one-third of the family members
infected each year.
IMPORTANCE OF FLU
Besides the rapid start of the out-
breaks and the large numbers of
people affected, the flu is an impor-
tant disease because it can cause
serious complications. Most people
who get the flu get better within a
week (although they may have a
lingering cough and tire easily for a
while longer). For elderly people,
newborn babies, and people with
certain chronic illnesses, however,
the flu and its complications can be
You can get the flu if someone
around you who has the flu coughs
or sneezes. You can get the flu sim-
ply by touching a surface like a
telephone or door knob that has
been contaminated by a touch from
someone who has the flu. The
viruses can pass through the air and
enter your body through your nose
or mouth. If you've touched a con-
taminated surface, they can pass
from your hand to your nose or
You are at greatest risk of getting
infected in highly populated areas,
such as in crowded living condi-
tions and in schools.
If you get infected by the flu virus,
you will usually feel symptoms 1 to
4 days later. You can spread the flu
Do's and Don'ts of a Successful Fitness Plan
Starting a fitness plan is probably the easiest part of the
process. You're hyped up and motivated. Finishing the program "
is the hard part. It doesn't have to be an overwhelming task if
you arm yourself with the proper tools to get things rolling.
Once you've committed to getting in shape, there are several
things you can do to ensure you'll exceed your short and long
term fitness goals. There are also some things you should avoid -
at all costs to ensure you stay on the path to fitness and well- 4 .
ness. What exactly are the rules when it comes to fitness? -
Dr. Tra'chella Johnson answers attendee questions during her work-
shop "How to talk to your doctor" at the ABC Breast Health Summit.
exam and talking to your doctor.
"Be proactive you are entitled to
good care," said Tra'chella Jackson,
MD, family medicine physician
from the Family Care Center. "Go
to the doctor regularly, understand
your breast screenings options and
don't delay treatment."
The American Cancer Society
names breast cancer as the most fre-
quently diagnosed cancer in all
women. Though white women are
more likely to contract the disease,
African-American women are at
higher risk of death from breast
cancer. Asian and Hispanic women
may have a lower risk of getting
breast cancer, but should also be
aware of risk factors.
"Raised awareness leads to pre-
vention and every woman should be
empowered to make a difference,"
says Dr. Helen Jackson, health
advocate and founder of the Women
of Color Cultural Foundation.
"Together we can end the devastat-
ing impact breast cancer has on our
PARTICIPATE IN THE SISTER
STUDY FOR BREAST CANCER
The Sister Study is focused on women whose sisters have or have had
breast cancer. This is the final year for recruiting participants; the
study still needs about 11,000 women. Women of color and those ages
65-74 are especially needed. Participants must be between 35 and 74
and have never had breast cancer. Researchers plan to track the
women for at least 10 years, studying how environmental and genetic
factors contribute to breast cancer. Study participants will not be paid.
Go to www.sisterstudy.org or www.estudiodehermanas.org or call 1-
Write down your fitness goals.
You're more likely to stick with a
program once you have set some
Always strive to eat a well bal-
anced diet that includes ample serv-
ings of vegetables and fruit.
Break down your meals so you
are eating several mini meals per
Assess your current fitness level
before starting an exercise program.
By doing so, you'll be able to estab-
lish goals that meet your specific
Consider talking with your
health care provider before embark-
ing on a fitness program, particular-
ly if you are struggling with a
health condition such as diabetes or
Supplement your diet with
essential fatty acids. You can do this
by eating two servings of fish per
Choose alternatives to satisfy
your cravings when possible.
Consider frozen fruit over ice
cream or opt for a mini chocolate
instead of the whole candy bar.
Always stretch before and after
your exercise routine.
Don't over do it! Try doing too
much at once and you'll bum out
swiftly. Slowly increase the intensi-
ty of your workouts.
Diversify your workout routine.
If you do the same exercises day
after day, you'll quickly tire and are
more likely to skip workouts.
Work out with a friend. You'll
help motivate each other.
Keep healthy snacks available
at all times. You're less likely to
grab junk food if something good
for you is readily available.
Over-train. Your body needs
time to recover in between work-
Skip breakfast. Eating breakfast
will jump start your metabolism
and provide you with the energy
you need to get through the day.
Skimp on sleep.
Set unrealistic goals. A healthy
rate of weight loss is 1-2 pounds per
week. If you have 50 pounds to
lose, don't expect it to come off
overnight, you'll set yourself up for
Compare your successes and
failures to others. Everyone is
unique, and what works for some
may not work for others.
Work out randomly. Work out
regularly to maximize the benefits
you'll reap from a consistent fitness
Give up. Consider talking with a
friend in times of discouragement.
Forget to reward yourself on
Always remember to keep an
open mind and remain flexible
when starting a new exercise rou-
tine. At times you may find it nec-
essary to change your routine
slightly. Life is a dynamic ride and
you'll find your fitness journey is
too. If you're willing to try new
things and set reasonable expecta-
tions, you'll reap the rewards of
your fitness program and success-
fully achieve your fitness goals.
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to others before your symptoms
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Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
November 2nd. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.
Hughley in Concert
Comedian D.L. Hughley will be
in Jacksonville for one night only
on Friday, November 2nd at 8 PM.
The concert will be at the Florida
Theater. One of the original "Kings
of Comedy", he ranks among the
best comedians on Comedy
Central's list of the 100 Greatest
Stand-ups of All Time and has made
his name on the big and small
screen as well as the stage. For tick-
et information call 355-3787.
Women of Culture
Ebony & Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. presents its fourth
annual Ebony and Ivory Gala on
Saturday, November 3rd at the
Jacksonville Omni Hotel at 7:00
p.m. The black-tie affair and
evening of elegance will include
dining, dancing; achievement
awards, silent auction, and live
music. Honorees include: Dana
Means, Pamela Rama, M.D.Judy
Galindo, Marcelle Lovett,
Hester Clark, Mary Fisher and
Martha Valdes-Pellino. For ticket
and additional information call Dr.
Helen Jackson at at 635-5191.
Florida Black Expo 2007
Enjoy a family fun filled day at
The Black Expo with prizes,
celebrity appearances, tons of ven-
dors and the best food in
Jacksonville. The Expo will be held
for two days November 3 4th at
the Prime osborne Convention
Center. Celebrity guests include Dr.
Ian Smith, gospel artists Mary Mary
and LL Cool J. Doors will be open
from 11 a.m. 7:30 p.m. daily.
RADO 2nd Annual
RADO (Riverside Avondale
Development Organization) will be
hosting its second annual Riverside
Harvest Gala at the Five Points
Theatre (1025 Park St.) on
November 3 from 7 to 11 p.m. The
event helps to raise funds for
affordable housing projects.
The Gala will include food, cash
bar, silent auction and live enter-
For more information about
RADO or the Riverside Harvest
Gala, log on to www.radocdc.org or
Gary to Keynote
NAACP Annual Dinner
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will host the 42nd Annual Freedom
Fund Dinner on Tuesday,
November 6th at 7:00 p.m. at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive. The speaker will
be renowned Attorney Willie E.
Gary. Tickets are $50.00 per per-
son and may be purchased by call-
ing the NAACP office at 764-7578
or E.G. Atkins at 768-8697.
Beaches Women Fall
Ladies of the Beaches and
Beyond, will host their Fall Harvest
Bazaar and Auction on Wednesday,
November 7th, from 9:30 to 11:30
a.m. and includes a fabulous
brunch. They will be auctioning an
assortment of beautiful baskets
filled with tasty and elegant
delights for you to enjoy or give as
a gift. Afterward, guest speaker,
Carolyn McCort of Merritt Island,
FL will share "Can An E-mail Get
You An E-male?" Festivities will
be held at the Selva Marina
Country Cluband there is compli-
mentary child care is available.
November 5th. Call Carolyn at 221-
0670 or 228-5037
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.
UNF Women's Center
Celebrates 20 Years
The public is invited to attend the
20th Anniversary Gala of the UNF
Women's Center on Thursday, Nov.
8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the
University Center on campus. The
evening, which includes refresh-
ments and musical entertainment,
will highlight the Center's achieve-
ments during the last 20 years. This
event is free and open to the public.
The Center provides services
including victim advocacy, rape
awareness education and events
programming. For more informa-
tion about this event, contact
DeeAnne Crookham at (904) 620-
2528 or by e-mail at
Conference at FCCJ
Sixteen free workshops will be
given by award-winning authors,
editors, and publishers on Friday,
Nov. 9, at FCCJ North Campus.
The event is sponsored by POW!
(Publishing Outstanding Writers)
and FCCJ, with space limited to the
first 150 registrants.
Contact Caryn Day-Suarez at
(904)-268-6229 or E-mail her at
email@example.com to get on
the reservation list. The third annu-
al POW! Conference at FCCJ North
Campus is part of a four-day event.
Three out of four days of the events
are free and open to the public.
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
Learn About the
Lost Boys of Sudan
Sleeping on straw, being beaten
and allowed to only eat leftover
scraps did not damper the spirit of
one man. Simon Deng, a native of
Shiluk Kingdom in Southern
Sudan, will visit Jacksonville to tell
his story of how the Sudanese army
swept through his village as he
watched them burn huts, slaughter
men, and steal their belongings.
Bridges to Sudan will host the
evening on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007
at the Riverside House on 2165
Park St. The gathering will start at 6
p.m. and will end at 9 p.m. For
more information, call 234-3093.
A full day of shopping for unique
handmade wares will be offered at
the second annual Deerwood
Center Craft Fair on Nov. 13 from
10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Fair will be
at the FCCJ Deerwood Center, 9911
Old Baymeadows Road (at
Southside Blvd.) Admission and
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
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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
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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.
R. Kelly and
Ne-Yo in Concert.
R&B Crooners R. Kelly and Neyo
will be inconcert on Sunday,
December 30th at the Veteran's
Memorial Arena. For tickets or
more information, call 353-3309.
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 904-251-3531.
Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Raisin' Cane featuring Jasmine
Guy. The special performance will
be held on Saturday, February 8th
at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $28.50. Call
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.
Florida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. Fior
ticket information call 202-2886.
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A m er i e a n a n te r
Washington Blends Legend and Reality far Untold Story
As a teenager visiting Harlem,
Denzel Washington never came
across drug lord Frank Lucas in
person. But Washington certainly
saw the human wreckage that Lucas
helped create, especially along
116th Street between Seventh and
"There were junkies everywhere,"
Washington says. "The neighbor-
hood was destroyed by people like
To lay waste to so many lives,
Lucas had to have possessed
incredible power. His ascension as
an unrivaled heroin dealer and
his subsequent downfall as a police
snitch who lost everything lies at
the heart of "American Gangster,"
which arrives Friday after several
Starring Washington as Lucas and
Russell Crowe as Detective Richie
Roberts, the Ridley Scott-directed
film is as much old-fashioned
Western as "Scarface" crime drama.
Lucas has made Harlem an outlaw
town, and his protectors and accom-
plices include both the local police
and the U.S. military. Roberts is the
overmatched but idealistic sheriff
who wants to re-establish law and
order and send the bad guys pack-
But "American Gangster" also is a
portrait of an era. Steven Zaillian's
screenplay, which formerly was
going to be directed by Antoine
Fuqua ("Training Day") and then by
Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda"),
manages to weave together the
Vietnam War, the civil-rights move-
ment, modern-day empire building
and the emergence of gangsta style.
The film's entrepreneurs are just
like Tom Wolfe's Masters of the
Universe, but rather than selling
municipal bonds, they're peddling
heroin called Blue Magic.
And it's all inspired by a true story.
The elusive Lucas
As chronicled in a 2000 New York
magazine article by Mark Jacobson
that served as the rough basis for
the film, Lucas was a poorly edu-
cated North Carolina kid who came
to New York mainly to escape his
petty-criminal past. Before long,
Lucas was driving the notorious
crime boss Ellsworth "Bumpy"
Johnson around Harlem. Lucas
learned at the feet of a legend, and
when Johnson died, Lucas didn't
just fill his mentor's shoes, he took
his business global.
By buying and importing heroin
directly from Thailand, Burma and
Laos (with some shipments smug-
gled inside American soldiers'
coffins returning from Vietnam),
Lucas was able to generate stagger-
ing profits pocketing as much as
$1 million a day.
"I just thought the story was
unique that a semi-literate guy
from North Carolina could go to
Southeast Asia and navigate his
Denzel and company bring the story of real life gangster (right) Frank
Luas to life.
way through that world," says "Denzel is the ultimate pragma-
"American Gangster" producer tist," Scott says. "He laughed and
Brian Grazer. "He was so elusive, said, 'You're the third one up.
What he did blew my mind." What's your story?' When Scott
He's in. Out! In! told him he wanted to revert to
Lucas' story also impressed Zaillian's original script,
Washington, but he turned down Washington was back in.
several chances to make it until A bad guy with values
Fuqua signed on. "When Antoine Washington, who typically plays
came on, I said yes," Washington crusading winners in movies such
says. as "Remember the Titans" and
Fuqua had directed Washington to "Inside Man," likes playing the
his best-actor Oscar in "Training occasional baddie. "You can say
Day." But with Fuqua just weeks anything, you can do anything. Bad
from filming "American Gangster" guys are fun," he says.
in 2004, Universal Pictures grew But there was more to Lucas than
nervous about the film's budget and a one-dimensional villain. "He was-
Fuqua's revisions and pulled n't well-educated, but you see how
"American Gangster's" plug. intelligent Frank is I mean
George subsequently reworked the street-smart," says Washington,
script for his "Hotel Rwanda" star who spent considerable time with
Don Cheadle, but Universal feared Lucas during filming and describes
that version missed the project's him now as a "small, broken man,
potential, too. Then Scott came into out of his element."
the picture and rang up Washington. And even though Lucas was a
Washington was interested but heroin-dealing killer, he neverthe-
wanted to know what version of the less followed his own strong code
movie Scott planned on making. of values, demanding honesty from
FAMU's Marching "100" to be
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his employees, respecting and pro-
tecting his extended family. "You
kind of like him," Scott says, "even
though what he does is awful. Steve
Zaillian kept saying to me, 'You
cannot make a person like this hero-
ic.' I said, 'I know, but my job is to
make him sympathetic.' "
Crimes and punishment
Zaillian wasn't the only one con-
"Denzel would not do the role
unless there were consequences,"
Grazer says. "He said, 'I can play a
drug dealer, but only if the charac-
ter is punished.' "
The real-life Lucas would stay in
the game too long, get caught, go to
jail and lose his ill-gotten gains.
"We had to see him pay,"
Washington says. "I like to think I
have a moral compass. I don't want
to play a bad guy just for the sake of
it. There have to be moral conse-
Still, Washington worries that
some people may see Lucas as
more role model than cautionary
tale. "Absolutely, I'm concerned
about that. "
The turning point
He also pushed for the inclusion of
a story Lucas told him "It was
the only time I saw him cry," the
actor says: When Lucas was 6 or so,
a teenage cousin, suspected of look-
ing at a white girl the wrong way,
was shot to death by a band of
North Carolina men.
"We don't see it in the movie; he
just talks about it," Washington
says. "But that's when he turned."
Once a crime boss, Lucas eventu-
ally is undone not only by Roberts'
dogged pursuit but also by his own
"It's a cliche, but it's true. Frank
said to me, 'Denzel, I should have
gotten out. I had enough money. I
tried to retire and went down to my
farm. But it was the life,' says
Washington. "It's like boxers who
get back in the ring, even though
they shouldn't, and get their brains
knocked out. They need the high -
no pun intended."
FARRAKHAN SAYS T.I. WAS SET UP
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan believes rap- .
pers such as T.I. and Lil Wayne are lodged in the :
crosshairs of the U.S. government and says as much in
his latest speech, "Justifiable Homicide: The Attack On ",-
Black Youth." /
"T.I. was set up and they are trying with Lil' Wayne," I
Minister Farrakhan told AllHipHop.com regarding both rappers' current
Farrakhan's speech was to be broadcast live on the Internet Sunday from
the Mosque Maryam in Chicago. Other topics were to include the Jena 6,
Michael Vick in Virginia the overwhelming gang violence which plagues
many American cities.
MIJAC ON NOTICE FOR LOAN DEFAULT
Fox.com columnist Roger Friedman is reporting
that Michael Jackson has defaulted on a $23 million
loan and the owner has given him 90 days to pay the
amount in full.
p The singer's reported loan is with Delaware corpo-
S, ration Fortress Music Trust, doing business as
DBCG LLC. According to Freedman, Jackson owes
the company $23 million plus $212,963.83 in inter-
Sest. The loan expired on Oct. 12, and if he doesn't
pay up on time, the King of Pop could lose his Neverland Ranch,
FOXX LANDS LEAD ROLE IN ZEBRA MURDERS
Not long after signing on to star in "The Soloist," Oscar winner Jamie
Foxx is returning to Dreamworks studios to play the lead in "The Zebra
Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights."
Foxx will assume the role of Prentice Earl Sanders, one of two trailblaz-
ing black detectives who set out to solve a series of racially motivated seri-
al killings that rocked San Francisco in the fall and winter of 1973-74.
Ultimately, Sanders -- who, along with writer Bennett Cohen, recounted
the story in the book on which the film is based -- ends up becoming the
chief of police after the detectives successfully win their own battle against
racism and harassment within the force.
BRANDY TURNS TO RECORDING FOR STRENGTH
Brandy is back in the studio working on new
music as lawsuits and possible criminal charges from ..
a fatal traffic accident in December loom ahead. "
"I've just got to get that album out," she tells ,
People magazine. "I have to get it out, if it's the last
thing I do."
The as-yet-untitled CD will be the first since her
2004 effort "Afrodisiac" and the 2006 four-car acci-
dent that left one woman dead. Police investigators
recommended that Brandy be charged with misde-
meanor vehicular manslaughter, but the Los Angeles City Attorney's
Office has yet to file charges.
Also, the singer is facing lawsuits from the deceased woman's family
and another driver involved in the auto crash. Choosing not to comment on
the accident or the lawsuits, Brandy tells People that she is staying strong
while recording new music.
"I think it's really finding that belief in yourself, where you just have it
no matter what's going on, no matter what anyone else says," she says. "I
think that's the challenge, is to really have,that belief in yore.lf." ;,
Tallahassee, FL. Florida A&M University (FAMU) "Marching 100"
will be featured on Florida Crossroads which will air on PBS and other
public, educational and government channels throughout the state. The
30-minute documentary, The Making of the Band: The FAMU "Marching
100" will air Sunday, November 4th on Comcast Channel 25 at 11:30 a.m.
The documentary will focus on the members of the Marching 100, who
will speak candidly about what it takes to be a part of the tradition.
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