The Jacksonville free press ( November 8, 2007 )

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Omegas and Sigmas Celebrate
Joint Founders Day in Atlanta
Together, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity Inc. will celebrate more than 180 years of world-wide com-
munity service, Nov. 9-11 in Atlanta.
The weekend joint National Founders Day observance will be marked
by national and local subject experts and leaders urging individuals and
groups to take responsibility for cancer awareness and treatment, active-
ly avoid credit pitfalls and examine practical solutions, in keeping with
the weekend's theme of Celebrating Our Heritage Through Positive
Action. The weekend's culminating event will be a open-to-the-public
Town Hall session, will bring to the forefront specific social, economic
and political issues for 2008 to use as a yardstick over the next 12 months
in selecting the next leaders of the country, states and local communities.

NAACP Alleges Discrimination

During Black Biker Week in S.C.
MYRTLE BEACH The NAACP filed a federal lawsuit this week
against the owners of a Friendly's Restaurant, alleging that for years they
closed their building and served a limited menu from the sidewalk dur-
ing a weeklong black motorcycle rally, but kept the full restaurant open
during a biker rally attended mostly by whites.
"The limited and substandard services available on the sidewalk in front
of the Friendly's reinforced the message that African Americans are sep-
arate and unequal," said the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Florence.
Among the issues raised in the lawsuit is that the food that was served
outside the restaurant and advertised by a handwritten sign did not mir-
ror the menu available inside, and that the owners of the restaurant did
not offer ice cream for sale during the black biker weeks, which are held
around Memorial Day. The lawsuit also alleges that diners could only use
cash, not credit cards, to buy the food that was offered during the black
biker weeks.

Last of Jena Six Set to Face Charges
Bryant Purvis is to be arraigned this week in a LaSalle Parish, La.,
courtroom, the last of the Jena Six to formally answer charges filed after
the youths allegedly assaulted a white schoolmate almost a year ago.
Lawyers for the other youths accused in the incident are also preparing
to enter a variety of motions on this week. Around the country, the
Answer Coalition has organized rallies in at least 11 cities.
"Jena hits home with young people," said Eugene Puryear, an organiz-
er with the Answer Coalition and a senior at Howard University in
Washington, D.C.
Purvis was originally set for arraignment in January. That date was
changed because both Purvis and co-defendant Carwin Jones had the
same attorney, and the judge would not allow that attorney to represent
both youths, Hickman said.
Purvis is charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy. Originally he
had been charged with attempted murder along with the other youths.
The charges were reduced this summer.

Hooks Receives Medal of Freedom
Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, the
former national executive direc-
tor of the NAACP, received one
of eight Presidential Medals of
Freedom at a ceremony this
week hosted by President Bush.
The award is the nation's high-
est civilian honor. An
announcement of the award
from the White House calls the
82-year-old someone who "has
dedicated his life to equality,
opportunity, and justice"
The civil rights pioneer said he is elated to receive the award.
Hooks is an ordained Baptist minister and a lawyer in Memphis. He
was executive director of the NAACP for 15 years beginning in 1977. He
also has been a criminal court judge in Shelby County and a member of
the Federal Communications Commission.

U.S. Official Apologizes Over Racial
Costume as an "Inmate of Color"
WASHINGTON A top immigration official has apologized after
awarding "most original costume" to a Homeland Security Department
employee who dressed in prison stripes, dreadlocks and dark makeup for
a Halloween gathering at the agency. He was not wearing blackface but
makeup that was a darker color than his skin
Julie Myers, assistant secretary overseeing Homeland Security's
Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, was part of a three-
judge panel that lauded the costume, worn by a white employee, last
week. She also posed for a photo with him.
Myers apologized to employees last Friday in an e-mail, saying some
costumes were found to be offensive. On Friday, she called the National
Association of African Americans in DHS to inform the group of what
had happened, according to a letter sent to association members by the
group's vice president, Sjon Shavers.

The agency Myers heads is responsible for apprehending and jailing
violators of immigration and customs laws, including conducting raids at
work sites to round up undocumented workers.

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Volume 21 No. 34 Jacksonville, Florida November 8-14, 2007

Marches Continue: Complacency Blamed for Escalating Race Problems

by H.T. Edney
The march against infamous talk
star Don Imus in New York, the
march for the Jena Six in Louisiana,
the march to support torture victim
Megan Williams in West Virginia,

marches against injustices in com-
munities around the nation and yet
another national march on the U. S.
Department of Justice is next week.
Particularly over the past year, the
number of justice related marches

appears to have doubled, perhaps
even tripled in response to civil
rights cases.
With yet another march planned
for Friday, Nov. 16, in Washington,
D.C., organizers blame inactivity

for America's escalating race prob-
lem and says it's time to catch up.
"I think the problem has been that
we've not had enough activity,"
says the Rev. Al Sharpton, among -
Continued on page 3

Who Keeps Your Money? Study Shows
Bank of America Shuts Out Minorities
A study released by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
found that Bank of America has few bank branches in minority neighbor-
hoods and offers more mortgage loans to whites than African Americans
or Latinos.
The study, issued last week, examined Bank of America's pattern of bank
branches against its top two competitors in cities ranked by the U.S.
Census Bureau among ilie top-ten most-raciall) sertegated in the country.
Two key findings of the smud\. "Shut Out of The An-e ic.n Dream: How
Bank of America is S. stematically Underserving C(ommunities of Color
and Harming Low-Income Families with Questionable Practices,"
revealed Bank of America falls to locate bank branclhe', n majority minor-
ity neighborhoods regardless of the proportion of area residents who are
minority and Bank of America is more likely to be the mortgage lender for
a white borrower than for a black American in all the cities examined.

Duval Represents Rattler Pride

Jacksonville entrepreneur Fred Wilson greets celebrity guest LL Cool J.
Three Day Black Expo Worked to Enlighten
Masses to Being "Healthy Wealthy and Wise"

The Annual Black Expo was held
last weekend bringing thousands of
the First Coast's minority commu-
nity to the Prime Osborne
Convention Center for a three day
event including entertainment,
infotainment and education.

Throughout the course of the
weekend, participants had the
opportunity to meet and listen to
now veteran entertainer LL Cool J,
get restored to the sounds of Mary
Mary, see Kem in concert, learn -
Continued on page 2

A Question of Skin Color

Reard Its Ugly Head Again

Some thought color discrimina-
tion among African-Americans had
pretty much blown away with the
Black cultural revolution of the
1960s and 1970s.
But according to sociologists,
academics and other measures of
the nation's social barometer, the
issue is still rooted in day-to-day
"There is evidence, no let me
rephrase that, it's a reality that peo-
ple receive preferential treatment
based on color," said sociologist
Cedric 0. Herring, a professor at
the University of Illinois and editor
of "Skin Deep: How Race and
Complexion Matter in the "Color-
Blind" Era."
He says, "It is something that for
a long time was an impolite subject
to talk about but it's real."
The subject reared most visibly
recently when Detroit DJ Ulysses
Barnes decided to promote his
"Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash,"
by offering free admission to light-
skinned Black women.
The event set off a torrent of crit-
icism and outrage nationally.
Barnes was flooded with so many
e-mails, telephone calls and nega-
tive publicity that he was forced to
cancel the event. In his defense,
Barnes said he had plans for "Sexy
Chocolate" and "Sexy Caramel"
parties too, and that "it was just
party thing."
It wasn't just a "party thing" for
people like Ayana Teal, an adminis-
trator for the Jewish studies pro-
gram at Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore. Teal, 25, was made
"painfully aware" early on that her
dark skin was not seen as desirable.
"People would say, 'You're really

pretty for a dark-skinned girl,' qual-
ifying it like dark-skinned people
aren't supposed to be pretty," she
Continued on back page

Alvinese Lauson, Tonitu Orr and Stanley Lofton of Jacksonville had no
problem showing off their Rattler pride at the annual Florida @ & M
University Homecoming in Tallhassee last weekend. Jackonville's minor-
ity population hosts more FAMU graduates than any other county in
Florida. For more Homecoming highlights, see page 14. FMPowell Photo

Shown above in attendance were Juanita Simmons, Rebekah Clark, Linda and Bill Price
Black Tie Elegance and Excellence Set Tone for

Women of Color 's Annual Ebony & Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural Council Foundation, Inc. held their annual Ebony & Ivory Awards gala recog-
nizing women in the categories of Education, Economic Development, and Health. Dr. Helen Jackson
President/CEO scanned the room and was proud to present awards to prominent community leaders. The winners
were Hester Clark, The Hester Group (Economic Development Award), Dr. Marcelle C. Lovett, University of
North Florida (Education Award), Dr. Pamela Rama, Jacksonville Heart Center, P.A. (Health Award). The
Community Service Agency Award was presented to the PACE Center for Girls for their holistic approach of look-
ing at every aspect including intellectual, spiritual, relationship and health issues for young girls. To learn more
visit www.woccf.org Ms. Jones Photo

Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press

November 8-14, 2007

Dwindling Group of Black CEO's Leave

Little for Corporate America's Ambitions
I Fl

Lynn Jones, Twyla Prindle, Darrin Thomas, CEO Black Pages/Black
Expo & Yolanda Tucker.


Continued from front
- how to get heart healthy with Dr.
Ian Smith and even find out about
the hundreds of local minority busi-
This years theme was Healthy,
Wealthy & Wise. Melvin Gravely
author of the books When Black &
White Make Green and Getting to
the Next Level spoke on Thursday
evening at the Black Expo Kick off
reception at The Cummer Museum.
On Saturday Dr. Ian Smith TV
Host/Radio personality discussed
the benefits of staying healthy and
noted that African Americans have

so far lost a total of 949,188 thou-
sand pounds with his 50 Million
Pound weight loss challenge spon-
sored by State Farm Another
highlight of Saturday was a
celebrity appearance by LLCool J
whose new book LL Cool J's
Platinum Workout" was available
as he signed autographs and drove
the ladies wild! Singing sensation
group Mary Mary brought the
house down with its eclectic sounds
of praise.
The event is held each year to
promote the small business & and
the entrepreneurial spirit.

Kennth Chenault
America Express
It's getting lonelier at the top for
black CEOs.
Only four blacks will be left run-
ning Fortune 500 companies after
Stan O'Neal's abrupt retirement
from the top spot at Merrill Lynch
& Co. last week and Time Warner
Inc. Dick Parsons' announcement
Monday that he will retire at the
end of the year.
That leaves Aylwin Lewis at
Sears Holding Corp., Kenneth
Chenault at American Express Co.,
Ronald Williams at Aetna Inc. and
Clarence Otis at Darden
Restaurants Inc. as the only black
chief executives among this list of
the nation's largest companies.
To some, the departures of
O'Neal and Parsons underscore that
all CEOs, whatever their race, have
a short shelf life.
"In the best situations, these are
not jobs you hold on to for more
than five to seven years," said
Alfred Edmond Jr., editor-in-chief
of Black Enterprise magazine. "The
bulletproof CEOs of the '80s -

Clarence Otis
Darden Restaurants
those days are long gone, even for
white men."
Twenty years from now, Edmond
predicts, there will be double the
number of black CEOs, but that will
still bring their total to fewer than a
dozen. "The numbers are so small
that any improvement will seem
like a giant leap forward," he said.
On his short list are John
Thompson, CEO of Symantec
Corp., which is just shy of entering
the Fortune 500; Ursula M. Burns,
president of Xerox Corp., and Don
Thompson, president of
McDonald's USA at McDonald's
While the numbers now may be
dispiriting, "10 or 15 years ago, we
couldn't have had this conversation,
because there was no one to talk
about," Edmond said.
The reasons why so few blacks
reach the top ranks are tangled.
"When African-Americans enter
the corporate arena, they enter with
a trust deficit," said Jessica Faye
Carter, author of "Double

Aylwin Lewis
Sears Holding Corp.
Outsiders: How Women of Color
can Succeed in Corporate
"There's a perception they have to
overcome, even if they have a law
degree from Harvard or an MBA
from Harvard," she said. "The indi-
cia of power in corporate America
is still white and male."
Blacks are also likely to end up in
jobs that don't have an advancement
track. A study of workers in Los
Angeles, Chicago, New York and
the San Francisco area by the
University of California, Berkeley's
Center for Labor Research and
Education found that more than half
of black workers were in jobs that
don't pay well, don't provide retire-
ment and health benefits and don't
offer avenues for advancement.
And when blacks enter corporate
America, they often find it
A survey of 19,000 people con-
ducted by The Level Playing Field
Institute found that people of color
are more than twice as likely as het-

Ron Williams
erosexual white men to have left a
job because of "unfairness," such as
being passed over for a promotion
due to personal characteristics,
being stereotyped or being subject-
ed to offensive jokes.
Barron Harvey, dean of the
school of business at historically
black Howard University in
Washington, said the school's mes-
sage to its students is the same as it
would be in any quality business
"They must be very well pre-
pared, they must be calculated in
the risks they take, they must be
achievers in any and all projects
they undertake," he said.
The school also emphasizes that
students should assume, until they
have information to the contrary,
that all behavior they encounter at
work is positively intended. And if
they find it's not, he said, "there is
responsibility, for the betterment of
the organization, to confront it in a
professional, organizationally sanc-
tioned way."

Networkers! -- Don't Make

SThese Fatal Mistakes

*The 11ain =i '. i [i:' [Iihis e er[i.". TThen litenii
of all effective networking is dis- Ironically you'll be remembered
covering what you can do for as an interesting person.
someone else. Great networkers You're Boring!
want to know what they can do Unveil your passions. Talking
for you, not what you can do for only about business is boring.
them. Your passions make you interest-
Here are some common mis- ing. Good networkers unveil their
takes: passions after they get to know
- What Can You Do For Me? you. Great networkers lead with
Great networkers want to know their passions. If you met me my
what they can do for you, not passions are golf, reading, biogra-
what you can do for them. phies, and jazz.
- You Don't "Get Out"! You're Uninformed!
Get out; networking is analog, Be informed. Read voraciously
contact sport. You don't do it not just business publications.
alone from your office, phone or You need a broad base of knowl-
computer. Force yourself to go to edge so that you will have access
tradeshows, conventions, and to a vast array or information dur-
seminars. Get out there, meet peo- ing conversations. Even if you are
ple, and press the flesh, a pathetic, passionless person, at
- You Won't "Shut Up"! least be a well-read one who can
Ask good questions, and then talk about a variety of topics
shut up. The mark of a good con- beyond the weather and sports.
versationalist is not that you talk a Bottom Line: If you under-
lot; it's that you can get others to stand the above, the rest is just
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visualize Mule Day. Imagine a day
that begins with a sunrise breakfast.
Imagine over 500 booths of arts,
crafts, and other wares. Then imag-
ine mules everywhere, old fash-
ioned wagons, hitching gear and the
like. That's how Mule Day in
Calvary, GA begins. There's a
parade at 11:00 A.M. with prizes for
the prettiest, ugliest, and most
ornery mules to name a few of the
few contests.
There's cane juice to drink and
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Continued from front
the foremost march leaders in the
nation. "The pressure has to be put
to bear where there is results.. .The
only way that we can get some
relief whether it's West Virginia
with Megan Williams, whether it's
Florida with Martin Lee Anderson,
or whether it's Jena or these hang-
man's nooses everywhere is to
force the federal government to do
what it's done since the days of
Dwight Eisenhower, and that is to
Referring to Eisenhower,
Sharpton was talking about the
1957 case in which nine Black stu-
dents received National Guard pro-
tection against violence when they
went to integrate all White Central
High School in Little Rock, Ark.
Then President Eisenhower federal-
ized state National Guard troops. In
like manner, the U. S. Department
of Justice can also intervene when
civil rights and criminal justice
laws are being ignored by states.
That is the purpose and march of
the Nov. 16 march and rally from
noon until 2 p.m, says Sharpton in a
"The rally is a cornerstone of the
Fall Campaign for Justice which
originated as a result of the alarm-
ing number of hate crimes and
instances of injustice occurring
across the country from a noose
hanging at Columbia University
and swastikas appearing on syna-
gogues in New York, to the Jena 6
in Louisiana. The unprecedented
number of incidents of bigotry can-
not be allowed to continue and it is
time for the federal government to
step in and intervene," the state-
ment says.
The march is being organized by
Sharpton's National Action
Network, Martin Luther King III
and his Realizing the Dream,
Charles Steele and the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference as
well as radio hosts Steve Harvey,
Warren Ballantine, Michael
Baisden, and members of the

Nation of Islam.
Sharpton says this is an extension
of the Sept. 20 march for the Jena
Six teens who were charged with
assault on a White classmate relat-
ed to a "White Tree" and hang-
man's nooses. Yet, the focus is new,
he says.
"We have not marched on the
Justice Department. We have not
put the pressure on them. This will
be the first time we will put the
pressure on them. And we did it
strategically after having the
Judiciary hearing where Judiciary
Committee Chairman John Conyers
put on the record their lack of
involvement," Sharpton says.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, perhaps
America's number one march
leader, once described marching as
among the most proven methods of
protest. It not only pressures those
responsible for correcting injus-
tices, but inspires and reinvigorates
protesters to continue fighting, he
said in an NNPA interview.
He pointed to the 1963 March on
Washington, which led to President
Johnson's signing of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act less than a year later and
the "Bloody Sunday" march of
1965 that led to Johnson's signing
of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
There have also been successes in
recent years due to protests, says
Sharpton. He points to the federal
investigation into the 2001 police
torture of Abner Louima in New
York and the firing of talk show
Host Don Imus earlier this spring
for racist remarks about the Rutgers
University women's basketball
"It's not just the activity. It has to
have a strategy of knowing where
to hit," says Sharpton. "The people
who can solve these problems of
hangman's nooses and of hate
attacks is the Justice
Department...You've got to force
the Justice Department to prosecute
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New Superintendent and Board Have to Make Education a Priority

One of my favorite books is The
Autobiography of Frederick
Douglas. It is a fascinating book
that probably should be mandatory
reading in middle schools espe-
cially for young African
Americans. Douglas knew the
importance of education from a
very young age.
His fight for freedom did not only
center on his desire to be free from
physical bondage, but it was more
important to be free from mental
bondage. Education was his ticket
to freedom, and that very education
he fought so hard for, made him
one of the most prominent figures
in our country's history.
Today, the same holds true.
Booker T. Washington may have
said it best, "Education is the sole
and only hope of the Negro race in
So why am I rambling on about
the importance of education?
Because here in Duval County we
have to get re-energized about edu-
cating our children. Sure, there are
some people fighting the good
fight, but unfortunately not enough
of us are.
The Duval County School Board
is now looking for a new
Superintendent of schools. It seems
as if wevare going through a bit of
deja vu' right? We were in this
very familiar place around a year
and a half ago.
Doesn't really matter now, but it is
important that the right superinten-
dent is picked so that quality edu-
cation becomes the norm, and not
the exception.
The challenges facing our school
system are critical. When you con-
sider the fact that an overwhelming
majority of Duval County's public
school students are African

American, creating a world-class
educational system should be a pri-
ority for black folk.
There's an old racist saying that if
you want to hide something from a
black man, put it between two
pages. Ever wonder why the slave
master didn't want their slaves to
know how to read or write? A slave
could be killed if caught reading or
attempting to read a book.
It was because knowledge is
power and they knew with some
education, slaves would be much
harder to manage and control.
Anyway, back to Duval County.
Educating our students is critical
and African American leaders have
to start acting like it. The black
members of the school board have
done an outstanding job of carrying
the torch for African Americans,
but they need more support from
the community.
Inevitably the questions pops in
my head, if I were school superin-
tendent, what would I do?
I'd start by acknowledging the fact
that I am no educator, but like most
Monday morning quarterbacks; I
still have an opinion or two..
So here are a few suggestions
from The Swami:
Create a Plan: Before every big
game, before every major new soft
drink is launched, before every new
sports car is introduced to the pub-
lic a strategic plan is put into
place. This plan starts with the
goals that the organization is trying
to achieve, and then outlines the
strategy and processes that will be
used to achieve those goals.
Greater Community Involve-
ment: I may have missed it, but a
strong plan has to be developed
that not only the school board signs
off on, but the community as well.

I am not trying to put too many
chefs in the kitchen, but if we can't
get buy in from citizens, then par-
ents and community stakeholders
will not get engaged. Parental
accountability is critical, but may
not be achievable on a large scale.
So pastors, neighborhood associa-
tion presidents, not-for-profit lead-
ers, youth groups and others have
to fill the void that many parents
have left in their children's lives.
Put Your Money Where Your
Mouth is Initiative: I have always
found it interesting that a lot "big
business leaders" form committees
and task force on education
attempting to utilize their business
expertise to make our school sys-
tem better.
Well if you really care, put your
money where your mouth is. Sure
many of our corporation donate to
the school system in one way or
another, but if education is so
important then the school system
should receive the most private
contributions of any other not-for-
profit in the city.
The next superintendent has to
make fund raising a priority. Sure
the school board gets millions of
dollars from the state, but more
money is needed for technology
and new facilities. And while many
municipalities attempt to force
builders and developers to pay for
new schools, it's not a practical or
probable notion.
Recruit: This may sound crazy to
some, but you have to increase the
talent pool in our school system.
Many middle and upper class fam-
ilies are opting to send their chil-
dren to private schools and reli-
gious schools because they per-
ceive the school system as a failure
with the exception of a hand full of

The Four Ni&&@# in My Life

Growing up,
I remember
doing what a
lot of kids did -
what they shouldn't. And one of
those "should nots" was snooping
through the adult goodies.
On several devilish occasions, I
would corral my cousins and
friends into raiding the music box
digging out eight track tapes of
music and recording definitely not
suitable for pre teen years. One of
my favorites was Richard Pryor.
My parents had many Pryor tapes
and I recalled my favorite was
called "Bicentennial Ni*%%@".
We would hee and haw for hours,
often rewinding and remembering
the jokes to tell our counterparts.
The comedic genius of Pryor used
the now infamous "N word" in per-
fect semantic harmony with his
jokes. It was truly hilarious.
Though "N" wasn't a household
word, it was definitely verbiage I
was no stranger too. In all of my
thirty something years, I can tell
you that I have only heard it from
"others" lips four times, and each
one remains vivid in my memory.
The first time I heard it from
Caucasian lips was while watching
the mini-series "Roots". I was
amazed (and still am to this day),
the venom and hate spewed from
the lips of the characters. They had
taken this word, used to embody

brethren and the like and trans-
formed it into a bastion of the
English language.
What I didn't know at the time
was it was their version of the "N"
word that came first.
The first time I heard it in person
I was in the sixth grade attending
an all private school where fate
would have it I was the darkest per-
son in my class. While traveling via
train on a school trip to the nation's
capital, I wore an olive pair of
pants with silver studs going down
the center. I personally thought
they were quite fashionable.
Obviously a classmate did not
agree with my fashion sense.
As I traveled down the train's cor-
ridor, he said to me "Rosella, where
are you going with your nigger
pants on?"
I remember standing steadfast. I
shot him the middle finger and
walked into the bathroom and
cried. I wondered why in the world
he would say something like that to
me.. unprovoked and unnecessary.
I didn't speak of that time again,
nor did I tell anyone, even at 12 I
had a little too much pride for that.
The second time I was a little
older around the age of 16 and "N"
surfaced where we all had to laugh.
My mother had a burgundy
Cadillac Brougham with a broken
gas meter and she notoriously ran
out of gas on a regular basis. Those

that rode with her knew they had to
get out and push to the nearest gas
station. This particular time we
were on Beach Blvd. While my
friends and I were pushing, a pick-
up truck sped by and yelled,
"Niggers, got a Cadillac and can't
afford the gas." Oh yeah, you had
to laugh on that one.
The last time I heard "N" was dur-
ing finals at Florida State
University. We were pulling an all
nighter and had to go back and
forth to Kinkos for copies, etc.
About 2 a.m. I was circling the
parking lot and looking for a park-
ing spot when some Gothic looking
white teenagers said to me, "What's
the matter Nigger, can't find some-
one to sell your crack too?". Now
you KNOW I was livid.
Hot as a firecracker to be exact.
There they are, loitering in a park-
ing lot and I am trying to complete
one of my degrees. My first incli-
nation was to go and round up
friends and all of my muscular
football buddies and come back to
whip on their behinds'. BUT cooler
heads prevailed and I got over it.
Not to mention at 3 a.m. and every-
body had something better to do
than make a bad situation worse.
Those incidents have been enough
for me to derogatorily associate the
use of the word. Yet, I shamefully
admit it may occasionally pop out
when I am not careful but never in

And that hand full of schools have
waiting list longer than Bobby
Brown's arrest record. How do you
attract more talented youth to
school system? That answer I don't
have considering the perception
issue I just brought up. Maybe it's
by creating more advanced schools
like Stanton, Paxon, James Weldon
and Damell Cookman.
Maybe the answer is the creation
of better school curriculums and
finding dollars to market the posi-
tive changes taking place in the
school system. That's exactly what
Winn Dixie is doing. If I hear the
phrase, "Getting Better All the
Time," one more time, I am going
to loose my mind. How many of
the business leaders from the
"Alliance from World-class
Education's" children are in public
school probably very few to none.
Establish Better Relationships
with Teachers: One of the issues I
noticed prior to the school board
getting rid of the last superinten-
dent was the fact that many teach-
ers had developed an "us vs. them"
mentality because of the superin-
tendent's style of leadership.
Many teachers felt like the super-
intendent directly blamed them for
the school districts shortcomings.
And while most teachers are will-
ing to accept responsibility for their
student's education, they know that
it takes more than them to properly
educate a child.
We know that parents play the
most critical roll, but school admin-
istrators, the school board, and
school board staff also play impor-
tant roles. We have to re-energize
our teachers and encourage nontra-
ditional teaching strategies.
Continued on page 9

mixed company. After watching
"Roots" yet again, it instills the
painful reminder in me of the
word's origin and how it is not only
unladylike, but a contemptuous
tone against myself.
The days of Richard Pryor mak-
ing a name for himself out of the
"N" word are gone. White and
Black celebrities alike are sanc-
tioned and punished for the use of
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Merrill Lynch Lost

$8 Billion and Black

CEO had to Go

A y With $160 Million
Sby William Reed
Stanley O'Neal was the first black American to take the helm of a major
Wall Street firm. Now, gone from the scene, E. Stanley O'Neal's life's
journey from a farm in Alabama to the top of the food chain on Wall Street
was an uncommon rise that culminated in an all-too-familiar fall. Rising
from an impoverished childhood on a small-town cotton farm in Alabama,
O'Neal became Merrill Lynch's CEO in 2002.
Grandson of a slave, Stan O'Neal's background sets him apart from the
rest of Wall Street's elite. A former assembly line worker in a General
Motors plant, O'Neal was selected for the General Motors Institute. From
there, he won a scholarship to Harvard Business School and went on to
GM's treasury department in New York. In 1986, he was recruited by
Merrill Lynch.
O"Neal joined Merrill's investment banking division and by the time the
twin towers fell, a block away from Merrill offices in 2001, O'Neal was the
bank's chief operating officer and had won plaudits for keeping things run-
ning from temporary premises. He was, in effect, a "corporate caretaker"
when he became chief executive in 2002, and chairman in 2003. His lead-
ership tenure came at a time when investors had low expectations of him
due mainly to their dissatisfaction with what they viewed as the firm's
bloated structure.
O'Neal's unusual ascent came to an abrupt halt because of the same mix
of hubris, corporate infighting and bottom-line performance that has done
in more than one executive. O'Neal is just one among high ranking casu-
alties of the industry's credit market turmoil. Merrill is suffering liabilities
at $7.9bn from the summer's global financial volatility. Analysts believe
the figure could increase to $12bn.
Even before Merrill announced its quarterly losses, on 'The Street' Stan
had become "controversial". A relentless cost-cutter who showed results,
he outraged some old-timers by changing the company's internal culture.
He fired scores of senior executives, eliminated 24,000 jobs, froze pay and
steadily pushed out competitors for executive power, including colleagues
who'd supported his rise up the corporate chain. It was one of the biggest
clean-outs in corporate history and bitter feelings remained.
Street pundits say: "He's a brilliant guy who had spectacular results com-
ing in." But, it's said: "He didn't make friends, and apparently didn't listen
to those who understood credit risk better than he did." The mortgage-
related securities losses were the largest in Merrill's 93-year history. Then
it became public O'Neal had approached Wachovia about a corporate merg-
er and broke protocol by not seeking permission from his board to approach
Wachovia. "He lost the confidence of the board," said Michael Kelly, man-
aging partner of the CTPartners executive search firm.
O'Neal's tenure was not without triumphs. He helped stabilize the com-
pany after the tech bubble burst and creating its diversity and inclusion
committee. Under his watch, Merrill's stock rose 50 percent. As the com-
pany celebrated record annual profit reports, O'Neal received a pay pack-
age valued at $48 million. In 2005, he took home $38 million. The "gold-
en parachute" awaiting O'Neal includes $30m in retirement benefits plus
$129m in stock and options. O'Neal's payoff is the latest in a long line of
controversial settlements secured by outgoing corporate bosses whose per-
formances left investors dissatisfied. Do-it-yourself retailer Home Depot
had to pay $210m to sever ties with chief executive, Bob Nardelli. The
drug company Pfizer had to pay $200m to ditch its boss, Hank MlcKinnell.
With O'Neal's exit, African American chief executives still preside over
several large companies. Richard D. Parsons, caretaker CEO at Time
Warner, will retire at the end of the year; while Kenneth Chenaull remains
at American Express; Ronald Williams at Aetna Insurance; Clarence Otis
Jr. atop $5bn a year Darden Restaurants, Aylwin Lewis at Sears and Jolm
W. Thompson at Symantec. Blacks also run or hold senior positions in
major of Fortune 500 corporations' subsidiaries like: General Electric -
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Northside Church of Christ Celebrates
53rd Anniversary & 30th Homecoming
On Saturday November 3, 2007 the Northside Church of Christ held its
annual feed the community fish fry as part of its Homecoming and
Anniversary Festivities The church offered fish, grits, hush puppies drinks
and load of fun for the children. Pictured is Minister Charlie McClendon as
the masses are fed at the annual event. Ms. Jones Photo

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.
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!"


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One Accord to
Observe Annual
The Second Annual "Called To
Conquer Convocation" will be
held Thursday, November 15th
through Sunday, November 18,
2007, at One Accord Ministries
International, 1-10 at McDuff
Avenue; where Bishop, Dr. Jan D.
Goodman Sr. is Pastor. Bishop, Dr.
Goodman is the founder and CEO
of JDG Ministries Inc.
Bishop, Dr. Goodman promises
that this year will be even more
exciting with the convocation
opening with the Debut Concert of
Dr. Vera J. Goodman and Anointed
Praise. This group hails from One
Accord Ministries International
Inc. They will release their upcom-
ing CD titled "Sanctuary of
Praise" on November 15th at 7
The guest preachers for the
Convocation include: Elder, Dr.
Roosevelt Gamble of All People
International, located in Arlington,
Jacksonville, FL, Thursday,
November 15, at 8:30 p.m.
The preachers on Friday,
November 16 at 7 p.m. will be Dr.
Abron Marshall, Pastor of New
Bethel Baptist Church, Green
Cove Springs; and Evangelist
Rudolph Mims of New St. James
Holy Gamily Church,
The Convocation will close out,
Sunday, November 18, with First
Lady, Dr. Vera Goodman teaching
Bible School at 9:30 a.m. and
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr.
preaching the Close Out Message
at 11 a.m. The community is invit-

Genesis Miss. Baptist
Observes Harvest Day
Genesis Missionary Baptist
Church, 241 South McDuff Avenue,
Rev. Calvin 0. Honors, Pastor; will
observe Harvest Day at 11 a.m. on
Sunday, November 11, 2007. The
theme is "Anyway You Bless Me
Lord, I'll be Satisfied." A spirit-
filled program has been planned.
Rev. Jamell Sapp Sr. will be the
speaker. Dinner will be served
immediately after service at the
Woodcock Community Center. The
public is cordially invited to attend.

New Life Evangelistic Center
Dedication Celebration Nov. 4-11th
The New Life Evangelistic Center, 8040 Lone Star Road, will con-
tinue the New Life Evangelistic Center Dedication Celebration Services
nightly at 7 p.m. through November 11, 2007. Guest pastors will host each
evening's service. 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 informnn 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 by calling (904) 355-9335.

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.



Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
November 11th
Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit
Sm Why You Need the Fullness of the Spirit
Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins Whatthe Holy Spirit Will Do in Your Everyday Life Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins

Coming... November 18th @ 10:45 PURE HEART in Concert
5t. Margs Campus 901o Dilworth street (912) 88Z-2 09
November 11th
We Are Honoring All Veterans for Their Service
Sermon Topic: What Does the Bible Say About War?
Tuesday Fraser Mtg. 7:0 p.m. Wednesday cervicc at 7:OO p.m. 5und a .School at 9:50 a.m. KJD5 Church at 10.+5 a.m.

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: evangeltemple@evangeltempleag.org
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf @ Central Campus

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on Ist Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
'IuNesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

Move Over Halloween it's Time for Halleleuijah Night
The members of Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship had no time for witches and goblins on Halloween
Night, instead the congregation under the leadership Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr. presented an evening of fun
and games for the church's youth. Shown above stirring the Bingo balls is Sis. Louise Hearn as little Miss
Anquetta Thompson and Phoebe Locher look on. In addition to Bingo, the youth also enjoyed refreshments,
musical chairs and other old fashioned traditional games. J. Haynes Photo

November 8-14, 2007

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Bridging Hollywood and Faith: Actress Naima Imani Lett creates

projects to encourage and entertain audiences toward truth and hope ,

many Christians frown upon by
reaching out to actors and actresses
with a unique style of relationship-
based ministry that promises to
change hearts in Hollywood.
"Christians are called to be light
in the world," says Lett. "For me as
an actress, that means I am commit-
-- ted to portraying truth and telling
stories that impact lives as well as
give hope in an industry that can
wear actors down very quickly. Can
you imagine being judged every
day based primarily on your physi-
cal attributes and how bankable
those attributes are perceived to be?
Naima Imani Lett Or being overlooked for roles
Actress Naima Imani Lett is all because you may not have the 'right'
too familiar with the schism connections?" asks Lett. "Believe
between Hollywood and me, there is enough hurt, frustration
Christianity. and rejection for actors to experi-
Recognizing the need to bridge ence without the body of Christ pil-
the gap, she has embarked on a mis- ing on more. I invite followers of
sion to bring light to a place that the faith to join me in uplifting,


Pastor hopes to make a difference with new book

Rev. Kevin D. Barnes III Sr. of
Abyssinian Missionary Baptist
Church in Oakland, CA has suc-
cessfully raised three sons, ages 28,
24 and 16, in a community where
violence claims youth every day.
But Barnes, 49, who recently
earned his doctorate of philosophy
in religion from Sacramento
Theological Seminary and Bible
College, has lost six parishioners in
the past year and a half to violence
via guns in Oakland. These victims
exclude the funerals he attended of
children of friends.
So, the pastor, who implement-
ed every kind of youth outreach
program he could think of, decided
to write a book after an author
invited to the church complimented
him on the job he had done in rais-
ing his sons and recommended that
he write a book about how to do it.
The book, "Successfully Raising

COGIC Preparing

for 100th

Holy Convocation
The Church of God in Christ
(COGIC) is gearing up to cele-
brate its 100th Holy
Convocation Worldwide
Communion Service.
The communion setting will
take place in Memphis, TN, on
November 12.
The service will be viewed on
large screens for those attending
churches throughout the United
States and around the world.
Visit www.cogic.org for more

The 'N" in My Life
Continued from page 4
the word. Not to mention, the
NAACP has 'buried' it both nation-
ally and locally with much fanfare.
Still the legend continues.
Proponents say that it is a word of
endearment to be used among the
people within the confines of the
race, while adversaries claim it is
perpetuating a stereotype and is a
self hating epithet only those of
African ancestry can quell. Those
left to be judged in the public eye
like comedians Michael Richards
and Eddie Griffin, and most recent-
ly "Dog" Chapman know better. It
is more than just a word. Their use
of it has caused tremendous pitfalls
in their livelihood.
Will Ni**% ever die?
I'm afraid we are a long way from
witnessing its demise. In my opin-
ion, as long as we continue to see
men and boys of color with hair
standing on their heads in 'pick-
aninny' fashion and pants to their
ankles while their white counter-
parts don rebel flags and beer bel-
lies with sub-standard education,
the legend will only continue. In
other words as long as we give
them something ridiculous to
stereotype us they will. And as long
as we think of some misogynistic
way to transform from society's
norm, we will embrace that word
that has been used to define us both
positive and negative for centuries.
When the fat lady sings and sta-
tistics amongst our have and have
nots begin to show a little parity,
will we know America is truly on
its way to becoming healthy. Until
then, if I never hear another Ni^^%
in my life I'll be alright.


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Young Black Men," was released in
June and aims to show African
American parents how to success-
fully raise their sons from infancy
to manhood. It is ranked one of the
top 50 books of the Black Christian
Book Distributors.
The book can be purchased on
A m a z o n c o m ,
BarnesAndNoble.com or from pub-
lisher Torch Legacy Publications at

encouraging and reaching out to as
many artists as we possibly can,"
she says.
Lett is known for her recurring
role of Jackie Ormond in Lifetime's
original series "Inspector Mom."
Her character, Jackie, is a young
soccer-mom-with-a-secret. The lat-
est episode, "Rake Your Thieves,"
reveals Jackie's struggles.
She will also begin filming her
latest Lifetime project, "Queen
Size," directed by award-winning
television director Peter Levin. She
plays Lucy Phillips, a passionate
reporter who breaks the story about
the discrimination being experi-
enced by an overweight high school
senior who is running for home-
coming queen.
In addition to recent television
roles on Fox's "Prison Break" and
BBC America's "Wire in the
Blood," Lett has been inspiring

audiences across the nation with her
one-woman play, "Shattered
Silhouettes," a powerful and mov-
ing drama based on the stories of
five women from the Bible -Eve,
Jezebel, Leah, Tamar, and Mary -
and how they deal with hope,
tragedy, love, power, and abuse.
She recently co-founded "Lett's
Rise! Ministries" to create inspira-
tional films, theatre and music that
encourage, entertain and spur audi-
ences toward truth and hope. First
on the agenda was to create the
"Lett's Rise! Starlet Award" intend-
ed to equip a young actress in need
of financial support to obtain one of
the most important tools necessary
to begin an acting career a profes-
sional headshot photo shoot inclu-
sive of professional make up ses-
sion and duplication. Submissions
are currently being accepted at

Sam Kourvaris Sports Anchor, Ju'coby Pittman, Radio Host Arthur
Crofton an Jaxport Executive Michael Stewart guided the evening.
Pearls & Cufflinks Gala

Benefits the Clara White Mission
by Lynn Jones
The Clara White Mission held its annual Cufflinks and Pearls Silent
Auction at the Jacksonville Public Library. Over 100 exclusive and exqui-
site items were up for auction at the 2nd annual event which bwnwfits the
historic Black non profit. Items included jewelry, gift certificates, and
weekend get-aways. The event celebrates Ms. Clara White's Birthday and
the Center's 100 years of service to the community.
One highlight of the evening was a presentation by Cleve Warren of the
Eartha White Legacy Fund who presented Mission CEO Ju'Ccoby Pittman
with a $100,000 endowment. The endowment will provide $25,000 per
year for operating costs and will aid in a long-term commitment.
Community support is still needed to fund and restore the feeding pro-
gram. To make your donation contact the Clara White Mission at
904.354.4162 or www.clarawhitemission.org.Ms. Jones Photo

Jackson to Help British Churches Tackle Racial Justice

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson
is visiting British churches in the
upcoming week in an effort to help
thempromote racial justice.
During his visit, Jackson will
address the involvement of minori-
ty ethnic communities in economic
development and the building of a
just society. He will also look at the
empowerment of black and ethnic
minority young people.
He will primarily be based in
London during his visit, but will
travel to Oxford where he will lec-
ture on freedom and education
within the context of the 200th

Where's Rahman Johnson?
From the Wheres Rahman Now files finds the native son in New York
City's 40/40 Club schmoozing with American idol favorite Frenchie
Davis. The Ribault graduate and former elected official here in Jax recent-
ly finsihed filming a biopic on the life of shock jock Wendy Williams and
a movie on Philadelphia's Black mafia. He is shown above with Ford mod-
els Taylor Akeem, Rahman Johnson, Frenchie Davis and Monica Stevens
at a listening party for the American Gangster Soundtrack.

Disciples of Christ

Christian Fellowship
* * A Full Gospel Baptist Church * *

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.



Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

anniversary of the Abolition of the
Slave Trade Act, and also about his
political vision in light of next
year's US presidential elections.
In 2005, a delegation from
Churches Together in Britain and
Ireland visited the USA to see at
first hand how Christians in
America, with Jesse Jackson at the
forefront, continue to fight for
racial justice.
Andy Bruce, who has lead
responsibility within CTBI's racial
justice team (until recently known
as the Churches' Commission for
Racial Justice) said: "In 2007, the

bicentenary of the Abolition of the
Slave Trade Act has highlighted the
powerful impact of racial injustice
upon life in our own society. The
British government says it regrets
slavery but has not been willing to
make an apology, minority ethnic
communities continue to suffer dis-
proportionate levels of poverty,
crime and social disadvantage, and
cultural identity remains one of the
most pressing and controversial
issues of the day.
"Issues such as gun crime, politi-
cal disengagement, institutional
racism, economic marginalisation,

and a sense of cultural alienation
remain at the top of the agenda. The
insights and perspective Jesse
Jackson will bring to Britain and
Ireland from his 40 years of social
justice work in the US will surely
inspire and empower those who
continue the struggle on this side of
the Atlantic."
Among other engagements, Mr
Jackson will launch ASPIRE, a
major research and empowerment
initiative of Regent's Park College
in collaboration with Canterbury
Christ Church University, and
CTBI's racial justice team.

Public Invited to Visit

Min. Barlow's Website
,. .
for a Minute of Praise
S Attorney A. Wellington Barlow has been called to
minister the Word of God through Break Through
Prayer Ministries, Inc. Their new website is up and
running and promised to be a blessing to all who
Min. A. W. Barlow visit. Stop by and listen to the one minute messages
of inspiration and Word. The Ministry Minute can also be heard on local
radio stations throughout Jacksonville, Florida. Visit www.break-
thruprayerministries.org and listen or feel freeto leave a message sharing
with your testimony.

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Have You Heard Of Pre-Diabetes? If Not, Read This

Pre-diabetes occurs when blood
glucose levels are higher than nor-
mal but not yet high enough to be
diagnosed as diabetes. Before
developing the serious health con-
dition of type 2 diabetes, a person
will almost always be pre-diabetic
beforehand. But pre-diabetes is a
condition without symptoms,
meaning that many people can have
it without even knowing it. Left
unchecked, pre-diabetes can lead to
full-blown type 2 diabetes, heart
disease and stroke. Luckily, pre-
diabetes can be diagnosed with a
simple test, and treatment can pre-
vent many health problems and
complications. Here's what you
need to know to control pre-dia-
betes before it gets control of you.
Diabetes Basics
Under normal circumstances, the
glucose (sugar) levels in your blood
rise after you eat a meal or snack. In
response, your body produces a
hormone called insulin, which takes
on the job of converting the glucose
in your bloodstream into usable
energy. But if insulin isn't avail-
able, or if the body isn't using it
correctly, your blood glucose will
remain elevated, and that can be
harmful to your body. This is a con-
dition known as diabetes. People
who have higher-than-normal blood
glucose levels that aren't quite high
enough to be diagnosed as type 2
diabetes are pre-diabetic.
Who's at Risk?
Over 30 million African Ameri-
cans over the age of 20 have pre-
diabetes, according to the American
Diabetes Association. If you have
any of the risk factors for type 2

The holiday season can be the
loneliest time of the year, especially
during the month of December.
Even though the research refutes
the notion that the highest rate of
suicides occurs in the month of
December, many people do experi-
ence the Holiday Blues because of
the loss of a loved one, exhaustion,
separation from family and close
friends, feelings of failure due to
unmet goals and expectations, sig-
nificant changes and increased
stress. Some may even experience
the Blues because they cannot
afford to go Christmas shopping.
With the season quickly approach-
ing, it can sometimes be easy to for-
get that not everyone looks forward
to the holiday season. For many
people, Thanksgiving, Christmas
and New Year's can often be con-
stant reminders of all the things that
are wrong in our lives. Perhaps
there isn't enough money to make
ends meet or our relationships with
our friends and family aren't exact-
ly what we wish they'd be.
Whatever the situation, it can have
us seeing green (with envy) and red
(with anger) while everyone else is
singing yuletide greetings and
spreading holiday cheer. Here are a
few tips to make the holiday season
a little brighter:
Do Your Homework: Not every-
one celebrates traditional American
holidays. The last three months of
the year are chalk full of a variety of
cultural celebrations from Yom

diabetes, including uncontrollable
factors like age and race, and/or
controllable risk factors like obesity
and physical inactivity, then you are
also at risk for pre-diabetes.
Most of the time, pre-diabetes is
asymptomatic (shows no symp-
toms), but some people will experi-
ence some general diabetes symp-
toms like extreme thirst, frequent
urination, fatigue and/or blurred
If you fall into any high-risk cate-
gories or experience any of the
symptoms above, then visit your
health care provider and get tested
for pre-diabetes as soon as you can.

than 100 mg/dL is considered nor-
mal, but anything above that level is
diagnosed as "impaired fasting glu-
cose" (IFG). Between 100 mg/dL
and 125 mg/dL is considered pre-
diabetes, while 126 mg/dL or high-
er full-blown diabetes.
The OGTT will measure your
blood sugar after a fast and then
again after drinking a glucose-rich
beverage. Two hours after the bev-
erage, a result less than 140 mg/dL
is considered normal, but anything
above that level is diagnosed as
"impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
Between 140 mg/dL and 199 mg/dL
is considered pre-diabetes, while

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Early diagnosis and treatment are
crucial steps, as they can prevent
the development of type 2 diabetes
and its serious health consequences.
Testing & Diagnosis
There are two tests commonly
used to diagnose pre-diabetes: a
fasting plasma glucose (FPG test)
and an oral glucose tolerance test
The FPG test will measure your
blood glucose level after an eight-
hour (overnight) fast. A result less

200 mg/dL or higher is full-blown
* Some people have both IFG and
Treatment & Prevention
While pre-diabetes in itself isn't
necessarily dangerous, the fact is
that many people with pre-diabetes
will develop type 2 diabetes within
10 years.
If you have pre-diabetes, realize
that you're fortunate to have found
out while there is still a lot you can

do to prevent or delay the develop-
ment of type 2 diabetes. Here are
some preventative measures:
Lose weight. In a study of more
that 3,000 people with pre-diabetes,
a five to seven percent weight loss
(about 10 pounds for a 200-pound
person) lowered the incidence of
type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 per-
Get active. Physical activity
(and its accompanying weight loss)
will lower your risk of developing
type 2 diabetes and boost you
health in other ways too. Try walk-
ing 30 minutes a day, five days a
Eat sensibly. Cut excess calo-
ries, sugar, saturated fat and trans
fat from your diet and you will cut
your risk of diabetes. Include more
healthy fats, fiber, whole grains,
fruits and veggies.
Quit smoking. Smokers are
50% to 90% more likely to develop
diabetes than nonsmokers. If you
smoke, taking steps to quit today
can reduce your risk of serious
health problems, including type 2
Drink moderately. Moderate
drinking (no more than one drink
daily for women or two drinks daily
for men) has a protective effect
against diabetes, but avoid heavy
If you have pre-diabetes, work
closely with your doctor to create a
plan of sensible lifestyle changes
that will work for you. The compli-
cations of diabetes-heart disease,
stroke, blindness, and more-can
be avoided by taking these proac-
tive steps today.

Kippur to Christmas to Kwanza.
Most of these activities feature a
large array of community events.
Find out what's happening in your
local community and make it a
point to attend. If you're looking to
meet new people, make new
friends, etc., they're not just going
to come knocking on your door.
Mix and mingle. See and be seen.
Who knows? With a little effort you
could be sharing these tips with
someone else who may be in need
during next year's holiday season.
Do Something Special to
Pamper Yourself: With all of the
focus on gift giving during the hol-
iday season we often forget about
the special gifts that we can give
ourselves. The tourist industry
boasts great holiday getaways to
warm, tropical islands or snow
capped mountains in exotic destina-
tions all over the world during the
fall and winter months. Consider
taking a mini-vacation. If your
finances won't allow you to leave
the mainland (or even your home-
town for that matter), then turn your
attention to some local treats. Day
spas, bed & breakfasts and tourist
attractions within your city can do
wonders to rejuvenate the spirit.
Volunteer Your Time: Whoever
said it's better to give than receive
was definitely on to something. An
easy way to lift your spirits and

remind yourself of just how fortu-
nate you truly are, is to volunteer
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Hundreds Attend Rally Demanding Hate Crimes Charges for Tortured 20 Year Old

being raped by white mobs. What
happened to Megan Williams was a
hate crime and we want this prose-
cuted as a hate crime."
Shabazz pointed to statements
from suspect Frankie Brewster and
her son, Bobby Brewster, that racial
epithets were used every time
Williams was stabbed.
Shabazz staged the rally despite a
request by the city's black ministeri-
al association and the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People not to gather
because it could harm the prosecu-

tion's case.
Logan County Prosecutor Brian
Abraham has not filed hate crime
charges in the case saying the other
charges already filed carried harsh-
er penalties. A hate crime convic-
tion carries up to 10 years in prison
in West Virginia. All six face kid-
napping and sexual assault charges.
Kidnapping carries a possible life
Abraham, who urged Williams and
her family not to talk about the case
or attend the rally, has said it might
be difficult to prove a hate crime

charge because Williams had a
"social relationship" with one of the
suspects for at least several months
before the alleged assaults.
Williams attended the rally wear-
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"Protect the Black Woman." In a
brief speech, she showed her appre-
ciation to her supporters.
Mass media generally does not
identify suspected victims of sexual
assault, but Williams and her moth-
er agreed to release her name.
In addition to calling attention to
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rally would help raise money for
Williams' medical care and future
educational expenses.
Zayid Muhammad, the national
minister of culture for the New
Black Panther Party, came to the
rally from Newark, N.J.
"As a father of a daughter and a
child of African ancestry, the idea
that I can sit by idly, (in) the face of
one of the most violent and obscene
acts committed against a black
woman in my life, was too
appalling," Muhammad said. "I had
to come."

Malik Shabazz, left, founder of
the Black Lawyers for Justice,
Megan Williams, center, and her
mother, Carmen Williams, right,
attend a rally at the Capitol prior
to a march Nov. 3, 2007 in
Charleston, W.Va. Hundreds of
people gathered urging prosecu-
tors to add hate crime charges
against six white people charged
in the beating, torture and sexual
assault of 20-year-old Megan.
Hundreds of people marched
through the state capital on
Saturday to urge prosecutors to add
hate crime charges against six white
people charged in the beating, tor-
ture and sexual assault of a 20-year-
old black woman.
Authorities say the accused, three
men and three women, held Megan
Williams captive for days at a rural
trailer sexually assaulting her,
beating her and forcing her to eat
human and animal feces.
Police stopped traffic in downtown
Charleston along the 2-mile route,
as demonstrators held signs calling
for the suspects to be charged with
hate crimes.
"Hate crimes are out of control in
America," Malik Shabazz, a legal
adviser to Williams and her family
and a founder of Black Lawyers for
Justice, told the group at a rally
before the march. "Nooses are
being hung and our women are

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That's the only way we are going to
reach many of the children strug-
gling to make it.
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could help the system, but on the
other hand might not. But regard-
less if my initiatives are legitimate
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energize our school system. I could
certainly continue, but I have to
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Free Writers
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
carynsuarez@yahoo.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.

Food and Clothes
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.,for the Millions
More Movement will sponsor a '
Food Give-A- Way on Saturday,
November 10th from 10:00 a.m. til
12:00 p.m.or until all boxes of food
are gone. Perspective recipients
must call 904-240-9133 before the
day of the event to be eligible. Only
one food box per family allowed.
The location is 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue., between Kings Road and
Beaver Street. If you have any
questions or just want to learn more
about the Millions More Movement
visit our website www.jaxloc.com
,or call 904-240-9133.

PRIDE Book Club
Anniversary Party
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.

Deerwood Center
Craft Fair
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
parking are free. For information
call 904-997-2717.

Amateur Night
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is Thursday, November 15th
from 5:00-6:15 p.m.. This is your
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,

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November 16th at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets or for more information call

Experience Amateur
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
November 16th. 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.

Diabetes Exposed
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.

Spoken Word
at the Karpeles
Spoken word poetry is back. The
Karpeles Museum will be the site
on Saturday, November 17th from
7:00 PM 9:00 PM. If you like the
art of spoken words and soulful
music come participate at the event
that is apprpropriate for all ages.
karpeles is located at 101 West First
Street in Springfield behind FCCJ
downtown campus. For more Info
Email primeaej@yahoo.com or call

Monthly Genealogical
Society Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold its monthly meet-
ing, November 17th, at 1:30 p.m. at
the Webb-Wesconnett Branch
Library, 6887 103rd Street,

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elect officers for the next two years.
Additionally, November is our tra-
ditional "Show and Tell" meeting
where members and guests are
invited to bring family heirlooms
and discuss their history.
Refreshments will be served. For
additional information please con-
tact Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.

Author Book Signing
Author and relationship consult-
ant, Samuel L. Brown,MSW, will
be at Bradham-Brooks Library for a
booksigning, and to share his expe-
rience as a marriage and family
counselor, writer, and publisher on
Saturday, November 24th from 1-
3 p.m. Mr. Brown will discuss:
How attitudes shape relationships;
Why people get married;
Parent/child relationships, Father-
hood; How to write and publish
your own book; And much more.
The library is located at 1755 W.
Edgewood Ave. Call 765-5402 for
more information.

N. Florida's Largest
Craft Festival
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.

Club Selections
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club, the City's
oldest and most well known
African-American book club has
announced its upcoming selections
for December and January. The
book for discussion for the
December 7th meeting will be

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by Tony Dungy. The meeting will
be hosted by Romona Baker.
The book for discussion for the
January 4th meeting will be
by Pearl Cleage. The meeting will
be hosted by Debra Lewis. For
more information, please email
felicef@bellsouth net.

Downtown Jax
Historic Church Tour
Seven historic churches and the
Main Library in Downtown
Jacksonville will be a part of a
church tour on Saturday, December
8, 2007 from 1 p.m. 5 p.m. The
historic churches were all built
prior to 1925. A guide at each
church will highlight the architec-
tural and historical significance of
the building. Visitors can walk the
tour route, and trolley service will
be provided. The tour begins and
ends at the Main Library. Presented
by Downtown Jacksonville, please
call 451-3344 for more information.

Men's Spiritual
Renewal Workshop
The Regency Public Library will
be the site of spiritual renewal for
Black men on Saturday, December
8th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3V
Magazine invites all men to renew
their minds and spirits in prepara-
tion for the New Year. Participants
will be able to connect with like
minded men as they pursue purpose
and break free of spiritual hin-
drances. Guests Speakers will focus
on topics including, "Godly
Character At Home", Live Right
Don't Die Trying", "Walk in
Wholeness". The Library is located
at 9900 Regency Square Blvd.

Annual Signature Gala
A Magical Evening
The 7th Annual Signature Gala,
this year themed a "Magical
Evening" will be held on Friday,

Dec. 28th, at the Wyndham
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel from
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a live
band and a DJ spinning all your
favorite songs. Tickets are available
in advance and at the door for the
formal event. The gala is sponsored
by area Greek organizations Delta
Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi and
Omega Psi Phi. For tickets, see any
member of one of the sponsoring
organizations or e-mail signature-

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.

Participate in the
King Holiday Parade
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in the annual parade honor-
ing the memory of the late civil
rights leader. For details, please
contact Brother Andre X at 768-

Kingsley Plantation
Heritage Celebration
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.

Gilbert Alumni Reunion Meetings
Plans are being made for the January 5, 2008 Matthew Gilbert High
School 10th Annual Reunion Celebration. Two representatives from
each class (1952-1970) are asked to become involved. The meeting will
be held on Tuesdays at Matthew Gilbert Middle School at 7 p.m. For
additional information call Almetya Lodi at 355-7583 or Vivian
Williams at 766-2885.


The University of Florida Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer
Sciences Program will present a series of three holiday programs, each at
the Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue. The programs will feature
ways to maximize time, energy and money with quick and creative holi-
day food ideas for busy families. Many tips on nutrition, shopping and
entertaining will be given.
The first program "Christmas Dinner Fast and Festive" will be held on
Tuesday, November 13th. Healthy, fast and fabulous meal ideas will be
On Monday, November 19th, "Gifts From the Holiday Kitchen" will be
presented. This program will feature simple recipes and smart packaging
to make gift giving economical and easy.
The last program "Holiday Hospitality at Its Best" on Tuesday,
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Peter Kaiga, 25, who recently graduated from the University of
Nairobi with a degree in statistics, checks out master's degree pro-
grams at a Chinese university booth in Nairobi.

China Actively Recruiting

African Students

NAIROBI, Kenya Beijing is
opening schools and institutes,
deploying Mandarin language
teachers and offering more uni-
versity scholarships across Africa
in a bid to build a cultural sphere
of influence to match its over-
whelming economic reach into
the world's poorest continent.
Kenyan students who visited the
booths of more than 30 universi-
ties complained that many of the
Chinese recruiters spoke only
broken English. Responses to
queries about tuition and admis-
sions requirements were often
terse variations of "Visit the uni-
versity Web site."
University of Nairobi senior
Runji Kanya, 23, admitted to
being dazzled by the array of
schools and courses on display at
the two-day expo. The idyllic
images seemed within Kenyans'
grasp. Tuition at most schools
range from $3,000 to $4,000 per
year for undergraduates, slightly
higher than the fees for non-
scholarship students at top
Kenyan universities. Admission
to highly competitive fields, such
as medicine, is slightly easier at

Chinese schools, a Kenyan edu-
cation official said.
For students in Kenya, where
slots in good universities are
scarce and where even the best
schools struggle with inadequate
funds and crumbling infrastruc-
ture, studying in China is becom-
ing a viable option.
This year, 22 Kenyan students
won Chinese scholarships, with
most studying engineering, infor-
mation technology or medicine.
Students from Africa made up a
scanty 2.3 percent of the 162,000
foreign students studying in
China last year.
The Chinese government, which
already allocates one-fifth of its
international scholarships to
Africans, plans to double the
number of scholarships for Africa
to 4,000 by 2009.
Beijing has also opened a series
of Confucius Institutes across the
continent to promote Chinese cul-
tural studies and has dispatched
200 language teachers to feed a
growing demand. According to
the official Xinhua news agency,
more than 8,000 African students
were learning Mandarin last year.

Cocaine Could Destabilize Guinea-Bissau

DAKAR, Senegal Amid grow-
ing demand in Europe, South
American traffickers are moving
billions of dollars worth of cocaine
through the tiny West African
nation of Guinea-Bissau, an
amount so large it dwarfs all other
economic sectors combined and
could destabilize the coup-prone
country, a top U.N. official said.
Guinea-Bissau's minuscule econ-
omy has traditionally been driven
by cashew, fish and peanut exports
that only total around $100 million
annually. Though the country of
1.5 million people suffered a 1998-
1999 civil war, rivals there -

unlike nearby resource-rich
Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone
- have had little to fight over. At
least until now.
"The fear is that the influx of drug
money can easily generate a situa-
tion of instability, because the
appetite among different local part-
ners to get involved is getting big-
ger and bigger," Antonio
Mazzitelli, West Africa director of
the U.N. Office of Drugs and
Crime, said in a Thursday inter-
view. "It's no different than other
wars and conflicts in West Africa in
which diamonds or oil have created

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Liberian President Awarded U.S. Medal of Freedom -
President Bush, right, presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf this week during a ceremony in
the East Room of the White House in Washington. Sirleaf was elected this
year as Africa's first female President.

People gather around a speedboat of a type believed to be used by
drug traffickers, as it unloads cargo at a quay in Bissau, Guinea-
Bissau.Cocaine trafficking could become the biggest source of
income in impoverished Guinea-Bissau, dwarfing all other econom-
ic sectors combined, a top U.N official said, adding the influx of
drug money could destabilize the coup-prone West African country.

Officials in Guinea-Bissau could
not immediately be reached for
South American drug traffickers
began arriving in Guinea-Bissau
several years ago to exploit West
Africa's little-policed coastline,
using it as a transshipment point to
smuggle cocaine to Europe where
it fetches two to three times its
value on U.S. streets.
The government estimates as
much as 1,750 pounds of cocaine
transits the country's borders each
With wholesale prices for the drug

worth more than $18,000 per
pound in Spain and almost $32,000
per pound in Norway, the business
in Guinea-Bissau alone is worth at
least $1.6 billion per year more
than five times the nation's gross
domestic product.
Nobody knows exactly how much
of that money stays behind in
Guinea-Bissau for bribes, logistic
support and aid.
yh"The flow of money can't be
compared to any other sector, it's
money falling from the sky,"
Mazzitelli said. "Drug trafficking
has the potential to be the largest

South Africa Recalls Millions of Locally Produced Condoms

- South Africa is recalling millions
of locally manufactured condoms
after tens of thousands failed an air
burst test, dealing a further blow to
the country's campaign to prevent
the spread of AIDS.
The Health Ministry said the
recall involves condoms distrib-
uted free by the government.
It follows a scandal in which the
South African company Zalatex
was found to have bribed an offi-
cial of the South African Bureau of

Standards to approve defective
condoms. After the scandal broke
in August, the government ordered
20 million condoms to be recalled
or held at the factory. Only 12 mil-
lion have been recovered.
Controversy about the country's
AIDS policy has raged for years,
with critics accusing the govern-
ment of doing too little to slow the
epidemic. South Africa has 5.5 mil-
lion AIDS victims the highest
number in the world with 900
people dying per day.

The recalls also have raised ques-
tions about the competence of the
Bureau of Standards, which is sup-
posed to ensure that condoms are
up to World 'Health Organization
The latest recall came after at
least five batches of condoms made
by the South African company
Kohrs Medical Supplies failed the
air burst test, the Health Ministry
said in a statement. Condoms sup-
plied by two other companies
passed the test, the ministry said.

"We appeal to the public and all
partners involved in the distribu-
tion and promotion of the use of
condoms to assist with the recall,"
the statement said.
The ministry said it was cancel-
ing its contract with Kohrs, which
was to supply the government with
nearly 64 million condoms. The
Zalatex contract was canceled in
August. The government had con-
tracted seven companies to supply
425 million condoms in the year
ending in February.

Chad Arrests Europeans for Kidnapping Under Guise of African Adoptions

CHAD As America watches as
celebrities adopt African children
amidst much hurrah, many
Europeans are taking advantage of
the popularity of such actions -
even tot he extent of kidnapping.
That is the premise of authorities
in Chad who recently arrested sev-
enteen Europeans.
Aid agencies say children in dire
circumstances even those in the
inhospitable Saharan camps to
which Darfur refugees have fled -
need their families, not to be flown
to the comforts of the West as a
charity wanted to do.
The Europeans have been
detained since after authorities
stopped a French group calling
itself Zoe's Ark from flying 103
African children from Chad to
Europe. Six of the 17 were French
citizens who have been charged
with kidnapping.
Zoe's Ark said the children were
orphans from Darfur the western
Sudanese region that has for the
last four years been a battleground
for rebels, government troops and
government-allied militiamen -
and it intended to place them with
French host families. The group
says its intentions were purely
The French Foreign Ministry and
others, however, have suggested
many of the children are from
Chad and their parents are alive.
And a Chadian human rights
worker said the group had not
made clear to the Chadian govern-
ment that it intended to take the
children out of the country.
Save the Children, the interna-
tional child advocacy and aid
group, said it did not support tak-

ing children from their families.
"Separating children from their
family or moving them across the
border is obviously something
very difficult to regulate and that's
something that STC tries to advo-
cate against because it exposes
them to more risk of exploitation,"
said Aurelie Lamaziere of Save the
Children UK, who was recently in
The Zoe's Ark campaign was also
condemned in a joint statement
distributed by Oxfam and signed
by several international aid and
development organizations work-
ing in Chad.
"The action has not only placed
these children under tremendous
stress, it has also seriously violated
their human rights. With the
prompt intervention by the
Chadian authorities ... the children
have been protected from poten-
tially facing further trauma," the
organizations said.
There are also fears children spir-
ited out of Africa could be exploit-
ed by sex or labor traffickers.
While there is no reason to believe
Zoe's Ark's intentions were sus-
pect, it was operating in circum-
stances found across Africa that
others could exploit.
"The warning bells that this inci-
dent rings is whether in fact there
is exploitation of the desperation
that parents in countries in Africa
might face in terms of wanting to
give their children a better choice,"
said Kumi Naidoo, a director of
CIVICUS, an international human
and civil rights organization.
Naidoo also expressed concern
about the possible "exploitation of
the vulnerability of people in rich

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Shown left is a handout picture taken in the eastern city of Abeche, Chad, and released by the Chad Presidency Press Office. It shows chil-
dren playing in an orphanage at Abeche, Chad. The President Deby traveled to Abeche where 103 children were being cared for after
authorities arrested seventeen crew members of a plane contracted to fly more than 100 children out of Chad, authorities said. President
Deby promised punishment for anyone involved in a plan to take children to Europe, though French aid group Zoe's Arc (detainees shown
right) who are involved in the plan to evacuate the children, said they were orphans from Sudn's Darfur region, but the head of UNICEF
France, Jacques Hintzy, said that many of the children appeared to be from Chad, not Sudan.

countries" moved to support such
Nadjikimo Benoudjita, publisher
of the independent Chadian week-
ly L'Autre Temps, questioned why
the Zoe's Ark attempt was drawing
so much attention in a country
where children have been recruited
by armed groups and are forced to
work as domestic servants or to
marry early. Indeed, the plight of
African children has attracted
international attention, and
prompted many to try to help.
According to its Web site, Zoe's
Ark, founded in 2005 by volunteer
firefighter Eric Breteau,
announced in April it planned on
"evacuating orphans from Darfur."
The group launched an appeal for
host families and funding.
Established French aid and adop-

tion agencies raised questions
about how the group could legally
organize adoption of children from
Darfur, and alerted French judicial
authorities, according to French
newspaper reports.
The French Foreign Ministry in
August warned families to be care-
ful. Still, some 300 families report-
edly signed up to adopt or foster
children, and many were waiting
at a French airport last week for
the children when they heard
members of the group had been
Governments need to monitor
such activity, said Boniface
Mandere, from Eye of the Child, a
children's rights group in Malawi,
who raised concerns about pop star
Madonna's adoption of a boy from
the southern African country and

the dangers of such adoptions of
poor Africans by rich Westerners.
If governments aren't vigilant,
"you are not going to know who
exactly is taking the child,"
Mandere said.
Mandere has pushed his govern-
ment in Malawi to tighten regula-
tions on foreign adoptions, saying
traffickers could exploit loopholes
in the law. Chad does have such
regulations and has signed interna-
tional treaties governing foreign
adoptions, said Ramadan Hamat, a
Chadian human rights worker.
Hamat said that over the last two
days, several mothers had arrived
in Abeche, eastern Chad's main
city, to see if their children were
among those Zoe's Ark had
planned to fly out. He also said he
and his team examined the chil-

dren, some of whom were band-
aged, and found none were injured
or ill.
Of the 17 people detained in
Abeche, the six French citizens
charged with kidnapping face up
to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Three French journalists traveling
with the Zoe's Ark members and
an eight-member flight crew were
also detained as prosecutors tried
to determine whether they should
be charged. The journalists have
been released. There had been
reports that some had been
charged or would be charged with
complicity in the crime, but Hamat
said that was not the case.
Belgian lawyer Xavier Magnee,
who was representing the Belgian
pilot, said his client thought he was
helping children in danger.

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on the upcoming "Se\ and the Cit\" film
"I ha\e the height of a model, the breasts that people pad for and the
lips that everybody wants, so why should I change?" the 26-year-old
actress was quoted as saying by OK magazine during the Oct. 30th Avon
Foundation Gala in NYC. "I wouldn't change myself for anything or any-
body. That will never happen."
As for filming the big screen version of HBO's popular series, Hudson
says: "I'm loving it. I'm learning a lot. I feel like I'm at the head of the
class in school."
Not even death can keep the famous from appearing on a brand new
celebrity list. The latest, courtesy of Forbes.com, features deceased artists
Tupac Shakur, James Brown and Bob Marley on a i ..
the 13 highest-paid dead celebrities.
Elvis ranks No. 1, earning $49 million in the last
year to top a group that includes a couple of
Beatles: John Lennon at No. 2 with $44 million
and George Harrison at No. 4 with $22 million.
Tupac Shakur, gunned down in 1996, returned to
the top 13 after a four-year absence with a pay-
check of $9 million.
James Brown, who died last December, made his
debut at 11th place with $5 million, ahead of reggae legend Bob Marley
with $4 million and 1950s Hollywood bad boy James Dean with $3.5 mil-

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9 Chris Brown's is Career On Fire

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king. The album's first
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featuring T-Pain, is
already a No. 1 hit
S.. 'after just seven weeks
S'on the Billboard pop
Who is Chris Brown, well you charts.
need only asked any fresh faced "Chris is a true artist," says Andre
teen and you will get a smile remi- Harris, one-half of the
niscent of the crooning brought Philadelphia-based production duo
about my Michael in his younger known as Dre & Vidal, who've pro-
days. duced tracks on both of Brown's
When Chris Brown talks about albums as well as for Justin
the intricacies of his white-hot Timberlake, Usher and Mary J.
career whether it's directing Blige, among others. "He takes his
music videos, co-writing songs, his craft seriously and you can just see
latest film or his fledgling record his potential. He's the next little
label he sounds like your typical, dude.
seasoned music veteran.
Every so often, though, he'll slip
a little something into the conversa-

Use of N Word Ends Another Career

A&E has pulled its reality series
starring Duane "Dog" Chapman
two days after a private phone con-
versation in which he repeatedly
used the N-word leaked to the
National Enquirer and, eventually,
the Internet.
"In evaluating the circumstances
of the last few days, A&E has
decided to take 'Dog The Bounty
Hunter' off the network's schedule
for the foreseeable future," the net-
work said in a statement Friday.
"We hope that Mr. Chapman con-
tinues the healing process that he
has begun."
Officials at the network say the
show, one of its highest rated pro-
grams, has not been cancelled.
So far, two advertisers have
pulled out of the show, and civil
rights groups are calling for its per-
manent removal from the lineup. A
coalition of groups in Los Angeles
sent a letter to network executives
Friday stating the show's temporary
removal from the schedule is not
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president
of Los Angeles Urban Policy
Roundtable, said the coalition
believes Chapman's language was

Duane 'Dog' Chapman
even more damaging to black
women than the "nappy-headed
hoes" remark made by shock jock
Don Imus toward the Rutgers
women's basketball team. CBS and
MSNBC fired Imus in the wake of
his comments. However, Citadel
Broadcasting Corp. Thursday
announced Imus' return to radio in
"If they can essentially say, 'We're
firing Imus in the front door and
bring him in the back door later on,'
they can also do the same with this
guy and his show," Hutchinson
said. "It seems like to me A&E is

keeping their options open."
In the leaked phone conversation,
Chapman urges his son Tucker to
break up with his girlfriend, who is
black. He also expresses concern
about the girlfriend trying to tape
and go public about the TV star's
use of the N-word. He used the slur
six times in the first 45 seconds of
the five-minute clip.
In a statement, Chapman has
repeatedly apologized and said he
was "disappointed in [Tucker's]
choice of a friend, not due to her
race, but her character. However, I
should have never used that term."
He also said he was ashamed of
himself and reached out to various
black activists, including the Rev.
Al Sharpton. Last week, Sharpton
released a statement saying he
would meet with Chapman when he
has time in his schedule.
Chapman's attorney, Brook Hart,
said his client is not a racist and
vowed never to use the word again.
Hart said Tucker Chapman taped
the call and sold it to the Enquirer
for "a lot of money." However, the
Enquirer's editor in chief, David
Perel, would not comment on how
the tabloid obtained the tape.

A Night at the Apollo, oops we mean Ritz Every other Friday night inside of
the Ritz Theater, one would think that they were watching the famous Showtime at the Apollo. Instead, the audi-
ence is treated to s special hometown treat of Showtime at the Ritz. Amateur performers of all ages, grace the
stage with a variety of talent even rubbing an original cornerstone of the historic Lavilla Theater for luck. Shown
above at a recent performance being judged by audience applause are (L-R) Dorothy Gordon, Paula Williams who
placed 2nd for her rendition of Amazing Grace, Terry Curry Youttes, Dominique Harkins and David Pullian. The
next performance will be on November 16th for the semi-finals. R. Silver Photo

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that opinion Brcv.rn v'.'.I' sings
. ith a high tenor and is a spectacu-
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"The Fuinire of R&B" on his inatu-
iiural \ be mriazine co\ er in
Febr r i.:ar i-i.? No les;s [than
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esi. Jnd Tiniherlake Liu.hed :ibo'itl
his talent. ..ifter Brot'V .in'g shi k-s-[,,p-
piing p[ rt''rniance jit this '. ear'-m
MTiV \ \ideo. Mutic \'.,.ards.
Br':i,\',n e\cr li.i the .titeeni o if
Soul in a Irniz',
"I l,.ive i-in; Brom ii." A.etha
Franklin reienil\ told The
ss,.ciiated Pre.- "He g:t do"rn 'n
the Gr.innr.is and hlie's %s, had as he
% ants. to he He'- deflinlicl\ Numneri'
BroLn is ai in ing hih for
"Exclusive," which h he also execu-
tive produced: "I'm trying to sell a
lot. My personal goal would be
400,000 or 500,000 (units in the
first week), but I'd love to do ...
However, he doesn't want to let
the chase for No. 1 get the best of
him. Though he admits he'd "like to
reach the success of Michael
Jackson, or higher," he also adds: "I
don't try to live up to those names
because you can lose focus of who
you are as an artist. I just try to be
me and continue with my success."
There's been no looking back for
Brown since his first single, "Run
It, ascended the charts in November
2005, taking the No. 1 spot for five
weeks. Since then, he's had a stream
of top 10 hits, collaborated with the

likes of Bo\. \%o\% and Rihanna.
and e\en had a bo\ office hit nith
this \ear's "Stomp the Yard" ianoth-
er film. "This Christmas." opens
No\ 211
Broi'n. a naji e of
Tappahannock. \a.. got hi.s record
deal at I and has been singing pro-
fe..ssionall sincee he v. a- 12.
Michael Jackson ..as an earl\ irifl.i-
ence -lihe remembers watching tihe
King of Pop's ideos, ci. rties of
hi-. father.
"M'I' dad recorded all those loinit
and let me \%atch them." he notes
v. iilc nminicking the l\rics and clih -
reographN from The Jac.ksons'
\ ideo for their 19%M0 hit. "Can You
Feel it.'"
Linlike Jackson. hoee\ er Broi n
doesn't feel like he \\as robbed of
his kid ears.
"I had my childhood," says
Brown. "(Having a childhood)
gives you morals and a sense of
your own self without being men-
tally consumed by the industry."
Davis credits Brown's mother,
Joyce Hawkins, who is often at her
son's side, with keeping the young
star grounded.
"She doesn't play games with
him," he says. "If he was acting up
or not doing well in school, he was
on punishment." Harris laughs in
agreement: "I think he was on pun-
ishment when we were in the stu-
dio! (Artists) need to have a regular
life and some down time and I'm
sure Chris got plenty of that grow-
ing up in Virginia."
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Stanley Roosevelt and Agnes Freeman, Andre Hacklay, Jimmie Brown
and James Council.

Darnease and Cheryl Houston both attended Florida A &M

SnOusana ... .s

The road to 1-95 and hotels with-
ing a 40 mile radius of the state's
capital were filled to capacity last
weekend as tens of thousand of
alumni of Florida A & M University
converged on Tallhassee Florida for
the annual Homecoming festivities.
The match up brought a roaring
victory by the Rattlers over the
North Carolina A & T Aggies in the
final two minutes of the game.
Other activities of fanfare included
the spirited parade where schools
from all over the country strut their

stuff for the famous Marching 100.
Next up for the Rattlers will be
their annual road trek to Orlando



FAMU Alums Robert and Josephine Porter

Alumni Gladys Osborne and Gwen Harris

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Florida on November 17th to con-
tinue their spirited rivalry with fel-
low Florida school Bethune

Cookman University.
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Divorce Rates Higher for People of Color
According to the latest govern- According to other figures pub- are born to unmarried women co
rt figures, African American lished online by the Administration pared to 29 percent of white and
iples are divorcing at a higher for Children and Families (ACF) percent of Hispanic children.
than either whites or Hispanics. Healthy Marriage Initiative, 42% of Also, 62% of Black househo
The divorce rate for Blacks cur- Black adults are married compared are headed by a single parent co
tly stands at 12 percent. This to 61% of white adults and 59% of pared to 27% of white househo
ipares to 10 percent of white Hispanic adults. and 35% of Hispanics. TI
ples divorcing each year and 7 Meanwhile, an estimated 68 per- Initiative was created by the De
cent of Hispanic couples. cent of African American children of Health and Human Services.



Ugly Colors
Continued from page 1
Now, the same prejudices she
experienced are being visited on to
her 5-year-old daughter, Nia.
"Her father's friend said when he
saw her, 'You don't really see dark
babies that are pretty like that,"'
Teal said. "I could have hit him."
On the other end of the spectrum,
Tamika Brown of Hyattsville, Md.,
said her skin color has given her
"When I was little, I was treated
differently because I had light skin
and long hair," Brown, 20, said.
The issue of complexion discrimi-
nation has long played out in the
Black community-from slave days
when lighter-skinned Blacks were
made to work indoors while their
darker counterparts toiled in the
fields; to the antebellum age when
entrance into mulatto organizations
like the "Blue Vein Society"
required that you be so pale that the
"blue veins" on the underside of the
arm were visible; to more modem
times when Black fraternities and
sororities administered the "brown
paper bag test" to prevent people
who were "too dark" from entering
their ranks.
Such attitudes about color reflect
"internalized racism," said Melvin
Thomas, president of the
Association of Black Sociologists
and professor of sociology at North
Carolina State University.
"For some Blacks, the more White
you are, the better," he said. "It's
based on White racism but it gets
internalized so that Blacks have the
same negative attitudes towards
Black skin and see European fea-
tures as more desirable."
Herring said color discrimination
doesn't only go one way.
"Light-'complected' African-
American women may be the most
despised group of women," he said.
"They aren't seen as Black and the
treatment they receive from Black
women can be is hateful."
Thomas and others argue that the
preference towards lighter-skinned
Blacks is reflected in various
aspects of life, particularly the

The skin tones of Black Americans
span the gamut.
entertainment world, where lighter-
skinned female celebrities -- Lena
Home, Halle Berry, Alicia Keys
and Mariah Carey appear to be the
The author of a recent study on
the effects of complexion on eco-
nomic status said his research
found that light-skinned Blacks are
considered for jobs over equally
qualified dark-skinned Blacks.
"The most shocking finding of this
study was that dark-skinned Black
males with an MBA and manageri-
al experience was deemed to be less
qualified than a light skinned male
with a bachelor's degree," said
Matthew Harrison, the study's
"The study showed that the eco-
nomic gap between light skinned
and darker skinned Blacks is simi-
lar to the gap between Whites and
Herring said he is doubtful that the
social phenomenon would ever
cease to exist.
Cheriss May, a Washington graph-
ic artist and Howard University
professor, agreed.
"Since we perpetuate self-hate it
continues to exist," she said.
May, who co-founded the clothing
line, Hue Love and later ventured
out on her own to form the Unified
Soul: Love Who I Am line of cloth-
ing, said she started her brand to
counter colorism and its effects
with positive expressions of self-
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