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The Jacksonville free press ( November 15, 2007 )

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Memorial to Honor Slave Girls

Who Inspired 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'
Alexandria, Va Development is progressing for a five-story office
building in Old Town Alexandria that was once the site of a notorious
slave jail.
A plan will be unveiled this week for a memorial there that will recog-
nize the lives of two African American girls who helped change
American history. The teenage girls from Maryland, Emily and Mary
Edmonson, were held in a pen on that site in 1848 after they and 75 oth-
ers tried to escape slavery on a boat. After hearing their story, Harriet
Beecher Stowe wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which shocked audiences
around the world and helped shift U.S. attitudes toward slavery.
Regional developer Carr Properties is calling the building Edmonson
Plaza after the girls. The developer plans to pay for the memorial.
Carr decided that that while some people knew what the site used to be,
most did not know the connection to "Uncle Tom's Cabin." The develop-
ers hope their efforts help bring the story out of obscurity.

Louisiana Lawmaker Calls

Campaign Volunteer 'Buckwheat'
HOUMA, La. A white state lawmaker in a runoff election called a
black civil-rights veteran who had helped her campaign "Buckwheat,"
angering the NAACP, which urged voters to kick her out of office.
Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, a Democrat, acknowledged that she ended
a conversation with Hazel Boykin by saying, "Talk to you later,
Buckwheat." She was thanking her for driving voters to polls.
Boykin, 75, helped desegregate restaurants and the parish school system
in the 1960s. Her son, Jerome, is president of the local NAACP chapter.
He held a news conference asking voters to cast ballots against Dartez,
who faces Republican challenger in a runoff.
"I made an insensitive comment, and I regret my choice of words," she
said Friday. "I have apologized to both Hazel and Jerome Boykin. The
Boykin family has been a huge help in my campaign for re-election, and
I did not mean to offend them."

Pelosi Appoints Cong. Chaka

Fattah to Head Urban Caucus
Washington, D.C. Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Congressman
Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania as chairman of the Congressional Urban
Caucus. The caucus will bring together House Members who represent
the nation's largest metropolitan areas to formulate ideas on how best to
address the challenges faced in America's urban communities.
The bipartisan Congressional Urban Caucus will convene members rep-
resenting America's metropolitan centers and will work collaboratively
with other stakeholders to understand the common challenges faced by
America's cities. In an effort to bolster regional effectiveness, the caucus
will work to build stronger relationships between big cities' constituen-
cies and their suburban counterparts.

Thousands Incarcerated for

Crack Offenses May Go Free
An independent panel is considering reducing the sentences of inmates
incarcerated in federal prisons for crack cocaine offenses, which would
make thousands of people immediately eligible to be freed.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which sets guidelines for federal
prison sentences, established more lenient guidelines this spring for
future crack cocaine offenders. The panel is scheduled to consider today
a proposal to make the new guidelines retroactive.
Should the panel adopt the new policy, the sentences of 19,500 inmates
would be reduced by an average of 27 months. About 3,800 inmates now
imprisoned for possession and distribution of crack cocaine could be
freed within the next year, according to the commission's analysis. The
proposal would cover only inmates in federal prisons and not those in
state correctional facilities, where the vast majority of people convicted
of drug offenses are held.
Jurists and civil rights organizations have long complained that the
commission's guidelines mandate more stringent federal penalties for
crack cocaine offenses, which usually involve African Americans, than
for crimes involving powder cocaine, which generally involve white peo-
ple. The chemical properties of the drugs are the same, though crack is
potentially more addictive.

Nearly 86 percent of inmates who would be affected by the change are
black; slightly fewer than 6 percent are white. Ninety-four percent are
men.



Cops Gun Down Teen Holding Brush
NEW YORK A Brooklyn teen was shot dead Monday night by police
who fired at least 20 bullets at him because they thought the hairbrush he
was holding was a gun, The New York Times reports. Officers say the
youth charged at them waving the brush and yelling, "I got a gun!"
Officers say they were responding to a 911 call about an argument
between a mother and her 18-year-old son, whose name is being with-
held, about a gun he allegedly had. When they arrived at the Medgar
Evers housing project in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the
mother was outside; her son was inside, screaming from a window at his
mom and the officers, the Times reports.


Volume 21 No. 35 Jacksonville, Florida November 15-21, 2007


Black America Full of Despair? Reports Say Yes


Growing numbers of blacks say
they're worse off than five years
ago and don't expect their lives to
improve, according to a new study.
Black pessimism about racial


Judge James Ruth
Ruth Named Elected
Official of the Year
Judge James Ruth was recently
recognized by the Northside
Business Leaders as the Elected
Official of the Year. The organiza-
tion has nurtured business growth
and development on the Northside
for over fifty-four years. The
occasion also marked the installa-
tion of new officers. It was held at
the Airport Clarion Hotel.
FMPowell Photo


progress in America, according to
the study, is the worst it's been in
more than two decades.
The survey by the Pew Research
Center, paints a mixed picture of


race relations. It found that just 20
percent said things were better off
for blacks compared with five years
ago; that is the smallest percentage
since 1983, when 20 percent also


made that claim. In-between, the
percentage of blacks who said
things had gotten better had grown,
only to drop back.
Continued on page 10


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Dr. Orrin Mitchell, Pat Mitchell, Skip Mason, and Atty. and Mrs. Harrel Buggs
Mitchells', Buggs' and White Host Reception for Skip Mason
in Bid for National Presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Alpha men Dr. Orrin Mitchell and Atty. Harrl Buggs, along with their respective spouses, joined forces with Dr.
Norma White, former Basileus of sister Sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha to host a reception for noted author and his-
torian Henry "Skip" Mason. For more on the evenings events and photos, see page 3. KFPPhoto


Hate Crimes Out of Control -


Hate crimes in the U.S. dropped
in 2006 by 6 percent according to
the FBI, but the countless cases
making headlines this year, from
nooses to the West Virgina rape and
torture case, will likely reverse that
trend.
That small drop in reported hate
crimes does not paint the larger pic-
ture, that thousands of African
Americans are the victims of hate
crimes each year, not just a few.
Only a few have gained national
attention and there are likely hun-
dreds more that go unreported and
never prosecuted, including most of
the recent noose cases.
The FBI has been collecting data
on hate crimes since 1990. In 2005,
there were 3,200 hate crimes
against African Americans report-
ed.


That year, according to FBI sta-
tistics, more than half of all hate
crimes (61 percent) were perpetrat-
ed by whites, and 20 percent by
blacks. The crimes come in the
form of murder, assault, rape and
intimidation.
Believe it or not, the government
is moving in the right direction to
prosecute hate crimes and extend-
ing the coverage of hate crime pros-
ecution to include others, including
women and those with disabilities.
Last month, the Senate passed a
bill that would expand federal hate
crimes coverage to include sexual
orientation, gender, gender identity,
and disability. However, African
Americans remain the biggest tar-
get of hate crimes, so why not focus
attention there first?


Shown (L-R) is Chapter President Geraldine Smith with former Area
Director Margaret Johnson and founding member Bessie Canty.
Jacksonville Links Celebrates 40 Years of Service
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links recently held their 41st Anniversary
celebration at the World Golf Village. The festivities included food, fel-
lowship and fond remembrances from old and new members of the chap-
ter's many accomplishments. For more on the event, see page 16.


I


Men of Millions More Continue Giving
For those in need of positive images of Black men, you need look no
further than your local JLOC Chapter. The grassroots organization whose
primary concery is the betterment of the community provides services
not two months out the year, but each and every month. Shown above are
JLOC Members James Muhammad, Steve Brown, Raymond Stiles and
Oscar Mathis prepare baskets for the needy in the spirit of Thanksgiving.
See page 7

Gertrude Peele Chosen for Gold

Medallion Honor from Onejax


Gertrude Peele,
President & CEO
of Carthage
Chapel Funeral
Home, Inc. and
SA community advo-
S cate, will be hon-
ored with the
Gertrude Peele Gold Medallion by
OneJax (formerly JCCI), an infre-
quently bestowed award that recog-
nizes those who have had an
extraordinary impact on their com-
munities over their lifetime.
Mrs. Peele was the recipient of a
Silver Medallion in 1995 and has
continued working on behalf of the
Northeast Florida community in an
exceptional manner since then.
Most recently, she founded the
Read Educational Campus in the
Magnolia Gardens area which


offers a home-style, after-school
academic program for at-risk girls
in grades 3 through 5 and a full-
time summer program. She has
served on the boards of directors of
many local and national organiza-
tions and is still active with the I.
M. Sulzbacher Center for the
Homeless, The Children's Defense
Fund, The Foster Care Review
Board, the Florida and Jacksonville
sections of the National Council of
Negro Women, The Links, the
Jacksonville Women's Network and
the Florida Theatre Board.
Michael Munz, Executive V.P. of
the Dalton Agency, and Ed Burr,
former CEO of Landmar have been
tapped as Co-Chairs of the 2008
Humanitarian Awards Dinner to be
held the evening of April 29, 2008
at the Hyatt Regency.











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Tis the Season: Make sure your charitable contributions hit the mark


Attention Netvorkers! There

.Are More Mistakes To Avoid!


bcr, the main
goal of all effective networking is
discovering what you can do for
someone else. Great networkers
want to know what they can do
for you, not what you can do for
them.
Here are some more common
mistakes:
No Follow-up. Follow-up, fol-
low-up, follow-up please! In my
career, I've given away thousands
of business cards. If all those peo-
ple called or e-mailed me, I'd
never get anything done. The
funny thing: Hardly anyone ever
follows up. Great networkers fol-
low up within 24 hours a short
e-mail will do. "Nice to meet you.
I hope we can do something
together." Thank you for recom-
mending Confessions of an
Economic Hit Man. I'm a mem-
ber of Canterbury Golf Club; let's
hit the ball together before the end
of the season; on my dime."
No Business Cards. Please
carry business cards, especially if
you are in business or a profes-
sional. Make it easy for me to
contact you. Don't give me your
information on a piece of toilet


paper Make -sure .Nour card has a
phone number, e-mail address and
address. Please have it in 12 point
type if you want old, famous, rich
and powerful people to call or e-
mail you.
Take First. Those that give first
(give favors), win. One of my
greatest pleasures in life is help-
ing other people; I believe there's
a big spiritual scoreboard in the
sky. God is keeping track of the
good that you do, and is particu-
larly pleased when you give
favors without expectation of
return from the recipient. The
scoreboard always pays back.
No Agenda. Have an agenda...
in other words "Why are you
there?" "What do you really
need?" It's okay to ask for favors
in return. Good networkers give
favors and return favors. But great
networkers ask for favors to be
returned. But they never ask
before they know the person and
they never ask for something that
the other person can't deliver.
Finally, they never do for the
other to keep them indebted to
them.
Bottom Line: Life is give and
take, so is effective networking.


By Jason Alderman
Americans lead the world in char-
itable giving. In 2006 alone, we
gave a record $295 billion, of which
76 percent came from individuals.
That doesn't even count time spent
volunteering, which some sources
value at $150 billion or more.
Half of all charitable contribu-
tions are made between
Thanksgiving and New Years,
whether because we're reminded at
this time of year to help those less
fortunate, we're feeling more gener-
ous or simply to lock in tax write-
offs.
Whatever your motivation, take a
few precautions to ensure your gift
has the biggest possible impact,
both on the people you want to help
and on your own bottom line:
Do your homework. Not all non-
profits are well-managed, so before
contributing your hard-earned cash,
visit the organization's website and
review its goals, programs it spon-
sors and how donations are spent.
Ideally, at least 75 percent of contri-
butions should go directly to bene-
ficiary programs, versus salaries
and expenses.
These online rating services also
can help:
www.charitynavigator.org rates
over 5,000 large charities according
financial strength and revenue spent
on programs and services. Although


it doesn't list smaller organizations,
you can use their guidelines to for-
mulate your own inquiries.
www.guidestar.org, shares informa-
tion about programs and finances at
more than 1.5 million IRS-recog-
nized nonprofits.
The Better Business Bureau's
www.give.org rates whether organi-
zations have met its standards of
accountability, including ethical
conduct and honest solicitation
practices.
Remember tax deductions. If you
itemize federal income tax deduc-
tions, you can deduct money and
property contributions to qualified
tax-exempt organizations, within
IRS guidelines. And, although your
time spent volunteering isn't tax-
deductible, associated mileage may
be. For complete details, refer to
Publication 526 at www.irs.gov.
Be aware that IRS guidelines have
gotten more stringent. For example,
you now must obtain receipts for all
charitable contributions, including
small cash donations (e.g., church
collection plates). For individual
contributions under $250, a can-
celled check or credit card state-
ment will do, but for amounts over
$250, you need detailed, written
acknowledgement from the charity.
Clothing or household items are
now only deductible if they're in
good condition or better. The IRS


Income Gap Between Black and White Families Has Increased


WASHINGTON Decades after
the civil rights movement, the
income gap between black and
white families has grown, says a
new study that tracked the incomes
of some 2,300 families for more
than 30 years.
Incomes have increased among
both black and white families in the
past three decades mainly
because more women are in the
work force. But the increase was
greater among whites.
One reason for the growing dis-
parity: Incomes among black men
have actually declined in the past
three decades, when adjusted for
inflation. They were offset only by
gains among black women.
Incomes among white men,
meanwhile, were relatively stag-


nant, while those of white women
increased more than fivefold.
"Overall, incomes are going up.
But not all children are benefiting
equally from the American dream,"
said Julia Isaacs, a fellow at the
Brookings Institution, a
Washington think tank.
Isaacs wrote a series of three
reports that looked at the incomes
of parents in the late 1960s and
early 1970s, and of their grown
children 30 years later.
Parents have long hoped that
their children would grow up to be
more successful than they were.
Hopes were especially high for
black children who came of age fol-
lowing the civil rights movement of
the 1960s.
The reports found that about2/3


of the children surveyed grew up to
have higher family incomes than
their parents had 30 years earlier.
Grown black children were just
as likely as whites to have higher
incomes than their parents.
However, incomes among whites
increased more than those of their
black counterparts.
The result: In 2004, a typical
black family had an income that
was only 58 percent of a typical
white family's. In 1974, median
black incomes were 63 percent
those of whites.
"Too many Americans, whites
and even some blacks, think that the
playing field has indeed leveled,"
said Marc Morial, president and
CEO of the National Urban League.
Morial blamed the disparities on


inadequate schools in black neigh-
borhoods, workplace discrimina-
tion and too many black families
with only one parent.
"The public policy commitment
to this has been sketchy over the
last 30 years," Morial said. "There
has not been a real focus on this."
Perhaps most disturbing, middle-
income black families do not
appear to be passing on higher
incomes to their children in the
same way that white families have,
Isaacs said.
She found that only one in three
black children from middle-income
families grew up to have higher
incomes than their parents.
"That means a majority ended up
slipping down," Isaacs said.


hasn't yet defined what "good con-
dition" means, so you may want to
take digital photos and describe
everything you donate, in case
you're audited. The Salvation
Army's valuation guide can help
you determine the value of items
online at (www.satruck.com/ValueGuide.asp).
The government did institute one
tax-favorable policy for charitable
contributions: In 2007, if you own
an IRA and are age 70 1/2 or older,
you can transfer up to $100,000
from your IRA directly to an IRS-
eligible organization, tax free. The
distribution isn't considered taxable
income and such transfers count
toward meeting IRA. minimum dis-
tribution requirements.
No word yet on whether this
deduction will be available in future
years. Consult a financial advisor
for your particular situation.


Beware of scams. Unscrupulous
people sometimes misrepresent
themselves as legitimate charities,
so be wary of unsolicited calls or
emails seeking contributions. Visit
the organization's website inde-
pendently (not through a link in the
email), and never give out your
credit card information unless you
initiated the contact. Practical
Money Skills for Life, a free per-
sonal financial management site
sponsored by Visa USA, features
information on credit card fraud,
privacy, identity theft and other
security issues (www.practical-
moneyskills.com/security).
If money is tight, you can always
volunteer your time organizations
appreciate the help and you can
connect more closely with the caus-
es you support.


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INVITATION FOR BIDS

FDOT Improvements at

SR9A/Heckscher/New Berlin Road

Dames Point (FPID # 209168-6-58-01)
JAXPORT Project No. D2007-02
JAXPORT Contract No. C-1226

This project was inadvertently advertised in
the Jacksonville Free Press on 10/31/07. The
project will be re-advertised by the Jacksonville
Port Authority at a future date. Please disregard
the notice on 10/31/07.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

RE: 49CFR Part 37, U.S.C. 5311

ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $127,282
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority


Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity
for a public hearing to consider its FY 2008/2009 Program of Projects in which federal operating are
being requested from the State of Florida, Department of Transportation. Funding is available on a
50/50 matching basis between federal, state and local sources. The public is encouraged to comment
on any and all projects listed below:


Operating Assistance

Total Program of Projects:


$ 254,564

$ 254,564


Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on December
15, 2007. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the pub-
lic notified.

Mail requests to:

Public Hearing, Section 5311 Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

This project will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First
Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business
displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. This project will have no
substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to the eld-
erly or disabled. The FDOT contact person for District 2 is:

Gwendolyn H. Pra, District Rural Transportation Coodinator
FDOT District II
2198 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, FI 32204-2730
904-360-5687/1-800-207-8236
gwendolyn.pra.@dot.state.fl.us


Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through
December 15, 2007 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommoda-
tions to attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-
7402. This notice will constitute the final notice and program of projects if no comments are received.


Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY


RE: 49CFR Part 37, U.S.C. 5310

ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT: $31,500
RECIPIENT: Jacksonville Transportation Authority


Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportu-
nity for a public hearing to consider its FY 2008/2009 Program of Projects in which federal capital
funds are being requested from the State of Florida, Department of Transportation. Funding is
available on an 80/10/10 matching basis between federal, state and local sources. The public is
encouraged to comment on any and all projects listed below:

CTC Miscellaneous Support Equipment $ 35,000

Total Program of Projects: $ 35,000

Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on
December 15, 2007. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled
and the public notified.

Mail requests to:

Public Hearing, Section 5310 CTC Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

This project will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First
Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No business
displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. This project will have
no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to
the elderly or disabled. The FDOT contact person for District 2 is:

Gwendolyn H. Pra, District Rural Transportation Coodinator
FDOT District II
2198 Edison Avenue
Jacksonville, Fl 32204-2730
904-360-5687
gwendolyn.pra.@dot.state.fl. us

Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through
December 15, 2007 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommo-
dations to attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD
636-7402. This notice will constitute the final notice and program of projects if no comments are
received.


Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority


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Giving Thanks to the Greatest Generation


Say it ain't so the holiday sea-
son is upon us already. Next week
is Thanksgiving and next month is
Christmas. Funny how time flies
when you are having fun, or work-
ing everyday trying to take care of
your family.
Every Thanksgiving I actually
try to think about more than just
turkey, dressing and my grand-
mother's sweet potato pie. And I
know that everyone thinks that his
or her mother or grandmother
makes the best sweet potato pie,
but my grandma got the sweet
potato pie game locked up.
But as I was saying,
Thanksgiving is a time for reflec-
tion, and this will be the first
Thanksgiving that my grandfather
will not be with our family, so it
will definitely be memorable.
I have talked before about my
grandparents being married for 50
plus years, and how they epitomize
the essence of what the black fami-
ly used to be. Not that there aren't a
lot of strong black families there
just aren't as many.
My grandfather was a hard work-
ing man who served his country in
the military and afterwards drove
trucks for several local companies.
Journalist Tom Brokaw wrote a
book called, "The Greatest
Generation." The essence of that
book was about Americans born in
the 20s, who fought in World War
II. Brokaw calls this group of
Americans the greatest because of


the political, economical and social
conditions they faced.
They are the men and women
who came of age during the Great
Depression and WWII, and went
on to build modem America.
Although my grandfather was a
little too young to fight in WWII,
he still represents that "greatest
generation" in many ways. He
lived through segregation both as a
soldier in the army and civilian in
the South and the Civil Rights
Movement. He grew up in a small
town in Georgia and felt the sting-
ing bite of racism on a regular basis
as a child.
What I always found interesting
is that he was never bitter towards
white people although he experi-
enced discrimination from child-
hood to his days in the military and
even throughout his career as a
truck driver.
We could learn a lot from those
who were born in the 20s, 30s and
40s. Facing limited opportunities,
many African Americans had to
struggle to provide for their fami-
lies, but they weathered many
storms.
For African Americans perhaps
those born in the 30s and 40s repre-
sent our greatest generation. These
were people who not only survived
Jim Crow, segregation, institutional
racism and limited economic
opportunities, but they also fought
for change.
This is the generation of Martin


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Government Can't Take Away



Your Rights If You Give Them Up


Just because kids seem to go into
heat when they hit puberty doesn't
mean our government-run schools
should be allowed to treat them like
dogs.
It used to be that parents were a
source of reason and wisdom for
whom children could learn valu-
able life lessons and common
sense. This no longer appears to be
the case.
Instead, it seems a large number
of parents are abdicating their
responsibilities and consciously
or not are condoning their chil-
dren's destructive behavior. Is it
because they want to seem cool to
their kids? Maybe they want the
government to take over their
child-rearing responsibilities.
Nowhere does this trend seem
more obvious than in Portland,
Maine, where the Portland School
Committee recently voted to allow
girls as young as 11 years old
receive prescription birth control.
Oral contraceptives are already
available in area high schools, but
middle schools were added because
17 middle school students became
pregnant over the past four years.
Parents must still sign a waiver
allowing their children access to
the school's clinic something
more than a quarter have already
done. Portland parent Cathleen
Allen is ecstatic, telling the New
York Times, "Someone is finally
advocating for these students to
take care of themselves." Rather
than having to sit down with her
son to talk about sexual responsi-


ability, Ms. Allen now has more "me
time" since the school system is
effectively spaying and neutering
the student body like house pets.

Who would oppose such a plan?
Carissa Porcaro, a Portland student,
told the Times, "I think it's stupid
because what people are saying is
that it's OK to be sexually active."
Wise beyond her years, Ms.
Porcaro realizes her classmates are
prone to unsound decisions. That's
why no middle school in America
allows students to bring loaded
guns for protection. Likewise, stu-
dents are often expelled for bring-
ing drugs as benign as aspirin onto
school grounds.
When it comes to sex, however,
there's a completely different mind-
set. Kids can make their own
choices without consultation, even
though the choices may threaten
their lives.
We can't be surprised our kids are
interested in sex they are sur-
rounded by it. They are allowed to
get juiced up in suggestive cloth-
ing, watch racy television shows
and music videos and zombie out
on Internet web sites such as
MySpace where they are some-
times chatting about who-knows-
what with complete strangers.
People think they are good par-
ents because they give their chil-
dren credit cards, cell phones, no
curfews and plenty of contracep-
tives. They feel good about them-
selves for giving kids their own
space.


What's their form of supervision?
Some parents supply their under-
age kids with alcohol under the
logic that they are going to drink
anyway why not let it happen
where there is a "responsible" adult
around? It's this faulty logic that
also figures ready access to con-
doms and The Pill will protect kids
from getting pregnant, sexually
abused, or contract diseases includ-
ing AIDS.
That's not me. I am not going to
relinquish my parental authority
without a fight. When my baby
reaches that age, I'll say, "Go
ahead, take a drink. I'll catch you,
and I'll make your life a living
nightmare." If I think my baby is


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having sex, I'll be her shadow.
Why? Because I love her. It is
my job, as a parent, to protect her.
It is my job to make sure she knows
who she is, the great things she can
become and remind her of her
greatness.
When it comes to my daughter's
virginity, it's under lock and key.
Not because I'm a prude, but
because I see one's body and soul
as being connected to their self-
worth. Ultimately, my daughter
will find someone to share herself
with, and I want that to be a special
moment. I don't want it to be a
crude affair behind the school gym
made possible by a condom or pill
obtained from the school nurse.


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Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and
Joseph C. Fullwood. And although
my grandfather was not on the
front lines of the Civil Rights
Movement he represented those
who simply worked hard all day
regardless of the conditions to take
care of their family.
The work ethic of this generation
is unparalleled. The will to survive
and commitment to family is amaz-
ing especially compared to today.
In Brokaw's book he talks about
his greatest generation with great
affection. He says, "This was not a
perfect generation. They made mis-
takes along the way they let
racism go on too long. They were
too slow to respond to the place of
women in society."
He adds, "But taken collectively
they came out of a very difficult
time the Depression, when eco-
nomically there was so little hope
in this country."
I would pose this point for you to
ponder if the Depression was bad
for white Americans, imagine how
bad it was for blacks.
I am reminded of a quote from
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who
said, "Being a Negro in America
means trying to smile when you
want to cry. It means trying to hold
on to physical life amid psycholog-
ical death.
"It means the pain of watching
your children grow up with clouds
of inferiority in their mental skies.
It means having your legs cut off


and then being condemned for
being a cripple." He concludes, "It
means seeing your mother and
father spiritually murdered by the
slings and arrows of daily exploita-
tion, and being hated for being an
orphan."
So I am not taking anything away
from Brokaw's greatest generation,
but most African Americans would
probably agree that from a minori-
ty perspective our "greatest genera-
tion" certainly overcall more obsta-
cles.
And there's nothing wrong with
having different views and per-
spectives, because Brokaw is a
white male that was born in the
40s, he simply has a different world
view than my grandfather had.
There is something about fight-
ing for your country in a war and
coming back home and facing dis-
crimination and segregation that
changes your perspective.
My grandfather will never be
known for much more than being a
good truck driver and great family
man and provider, but isn't that
what we need more of in our com-
munity today? He lived a good life,
but not a very long life dying in
his early 70s.
I think that the leader of the
greatest generation, Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., said it best, "The
quality, not the longevity, of one's
life is what is important."
Signing off from my grandmoth-
er's house, Reggie Fullwood


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School Board Should

V Take a Look at the Past
As a student attending W.M. Raines High
Scho ol. vii and exen da of m Nschool ears
was ecitlng I enthusiastically. got up extra earl.
e er.i morning to make sure mr look was per-
fected. After all, I was a Raines girl and had to
make sure it showed.
The school bustled with life and filled with melanin. Our pep rallies were
spirited, games exciting, teachers attentive and the environment was con-
ducive to a matriculating education. As a student, I felt nurtured and rel-
ished in my surroundings.
Dean Daniels walked around with her yardstick often peering over her
glasses to give you the evil eye. Her bad side is not where you wanted to
be. Principle Jimmie Johnson was always in the midst, asking students how
they were doing, telling young men to tuck in their shirts, and role models
were everywhere. Strong Black men like Coach White, Coach Day, Coach
Stephens, Dean Johnson and others whose families and children went to
school with us. Caring teachers and administrators like Mrs. Marjorie
Nolan (my favorite) and vice principle Lee Marshall (who was a fashion
diva). Not too mention the ladies in the Guidance Office who gave a repri-
mand where needed and were there for you when you reached out for them.
It was a wonderful mecca of Chocolate City. Sure you had people who
liked to fight and get in trouble, but they were not a disruptive force in the
school. Matter of fact I can't remember one incident where I felt my life
was in danger. I used to imagine and want my kids to attend Raines High
School. But that was a long time ago.
After all of this FCAT stuff came out and the talk of mentoring and what
not was everywhere, I decided to pay a visit to my alma mater.
I left there disgusted, shocked and embarrassed.
What had they done to the halls that held so many memories for me? It
was definitely not the same place. Security was real tight, just to get on the
campus. The students looked any kind of way... gone were the days of
"Viking pride". I saw pregnant girls running amok and in some classrooms
it appeared the students were running the class. You used to be able to walk
the halls and hear a pin drop between classes. There were no shouts or loud
talking, students respected the administrators and above all else the rules.
I think that decline of Raines can be used as a model for what has hap-
pened to our school system in certain schools especially those serving
minorities. A number of 'improvements" were instituted to strip the soul of
Ra ines to make it what it is today. I ask you to consider the following:
PRAYER Whose bright idea was it too take prayer out of public school
system? Some self serving lawyer and an atheist with something to prove
got the idea to take hope away from kids. When things are going bad at
home, when your grades are not where they needed to be, when ) ou need-
ed that extra help prayer gave you something to believe in. Collectively it
meant wonders.
PREGNANT STUDENTS Black America has a big problem with
unwed teen parents. For the first time in decades, as a race, last year was
the first year, we didn't lead the nation in the number of teen births. Back
in the day, you would never see a pot bellied teen gracing the halls of
Raines High School. If it was discovered you were pregnant, you were
immediately sent to Darnell Cookman. My cousin, a recent graduate.
recounted to me how a student went in labor during their math class. How
is that for a chemistry lesson? Not saying that pregnant teens should be cast
offs or social pariahs, but in the words of my mother, "when you do what
grown women do, you need to be where grown women are". Sex education
class is one thing, but the first hand pleasurable account of how they got
there is story I'd rather my 14 or 15 year old learn later in life.
SCHOOL CENTER CONSOLIDATION For the longest they had
sixth and seventh grade centers were where students in that fuzzy pre-teen
ages went. Now they go to high school. Administrators say they are sepa-
rated but that is impossible. Thirteen and fourteen year olds should not be
allowed everyday contact with 18and 19 year olds.
DRESS CODE Several years ago one of the superintendents came up
with the bright idea of uniforms. Not where everyone wears the same thing.
but you simply have to wear red, white or blue. Furthermore, what in the
world is it going to help. Raines High School pre 90s had a dress code. No
shorts or skirts above the knee, no tight or revealing clothing, no sagging
pants, no tank tops and a few more. The list was quite extensive and basic
but it wasn't hard to get the picture as to what wasn't and was appropriate.
What the dress code did was teach all students a certain level of respect
for each other and themselves, setting the pathways for ideals that could be
utilized later in life. Not saying that all, but I am sure not many of the sol-
diers trained to adhere to the dress code went on to a wardrobe of hoochie
wear and saggy pants with wife beaters.
TEACHERS Remember the time teachers would teach at a school for
generations? Administrators would be able to tell a student their last name
before they opened their mouths not because of a glimpse of the roster, but
because they recognized the shape of their nose or other features from a
past student. Teachers taught for decades rearing aunts, uncles, mothers,
fathers, cousins, etc. through their ranks. If a student acted up, they liter-
ally "called your mama" or other relative because they, or some other
administrator, knew them personally.
These are just a few of the many ills I recognized in a day at Raines. No,
they aren't easy solutions, but the old adage says, "if it's not broke don't
fix it". Raines wasn't broke. What was broken was the confused do good-
ers unfamiliar with the culture instituting blanket rules for the entire Duval
County student population. They took away what made us special and
destroyed a legacy.
William Marion Raines was created because we were special and it's tra-
ditions were destroyed because those values were not appreciated.
Thousands of Raines graduates were taught the value of discipline and
respect and they carry that banner today. When we're gone, the glory days
of Raines High School, a public school will remain the myth and legend of
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Regional Brain Candy


Darryl Walker, Janni Buggs, Darryl Rice and Kammi Henderson.
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Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers: Raymond Mayberry, Leroy Lemarr, Mr.
Graham, George Maxwell, Clarence Bostick and William Collins.


Marques Wilkes, Calvin Burney, Darryl Silvi and Jabari Jones.


Dr. Ruben and Barbara Brigety with Loretta Coppock, Patty Perry and Linda Senior, Herman
"Skip" Mason Jr. with his Mother Delores Mason Hughes. KFPPhotos

Mason Visits with Jacksonville Supporters in Bid for Alpha Presidency


Have you ever read African-
American Life in Jacksonville, the
comprehensive pictorial history of
Black life on the First Coast? The
author of the first ever endeavor,
Skip Mason, was in town recently
for a reception hosted in his honor
for his bid to the Alpha Phi Alpha
National presidency.
The Atlanta native's reception was
-hosted at the home of Dr. Orrin &
Patricia Mitchell. The Mitchell
shared the hosting honor with
Attorney Harrel & Mrs. Buggs and
Dr.Norma White.
Herman's history stretches back
to his parents who were born and
raised in Jacksonville, Florida and
met in Atlanta where his father
attended Morris Brown College.
Herman spent his summers in
Jacksonville with relatives. These
trips inspired Herman to write and
publish his first book on


Jacksonville life. The book is a fas-
cinating look at a city that has long
been a thriving center of African-
American activity, it is also a tribute
to an almost forgotten era.
Herman is making history as he
embarks on the campaign trail to be
the 33rd president of the historic
fraternity.. The process began with
six candidates and then narrowed
down to two candidates. Herman
announced that his journey was
ordained by God and that he is sur-
rounded by loving and beautiful
people. He has been traveling
since January meeting brothers and
discussing what we can do for the
community.
"How can we restore the spirit of
the brotherhood, and have a house
that includes good will, cordiality
and particularly how we can assist
young boys?" Herman asked of the
attendees.
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He added that as a father of a 4
year old it is imperative that the
'back & gold' not focus on the cotil-
lions and the balls, but focus on the
young men.
"If not, our brotherhood will be in
vain." said Herman. This is why
Herman has penned the seven jew-
els of Alpha Phi Alpha and asking
that we Believe in the 7:
Remember, Restore, Revisit,
Review, Rededicate, Recommit and
Reinvigorate which are all his cam-
paign platform.
His campaign also includes new
initiatives including a membership
intake task force, health tour,
national Alpha father and son week-
end, an intellectual think tank and
the acquisition of the home of one
of the national founders.
Host Dr. Orrin Mitchell response
was "why not bring the title home
to Morehouse; we believe in


Herman and we support his efforts.
Let's do what we can to support
Brother Mason for President."
Marques Wilkes, son of former
Ribault Coach Wilkes was also
instrumental in hosting the gather-
ing.


Boys & Girls of Northeast Florida's 35-member Dream Team cele-
brates their recent victory in the 2007 Regional Brain Candy
Tournament held on November 10, 2007 at the Miller Boys & Girls
Club in Nassau County one of the eleven Clubs currently ran by the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.


Last week, six Boys & Girls
Clubs throughout Florida competed
in the 2007 Regional Brain Candy
Tournament in Nassau County.
After five hours of tough, competi-
tive competitions, the Northeast
Florida 35-member Dream Team
came out on top.
Each Club competed in various
educational competitions, such as:
Spelling, Map Relay, Math
Jeopardy, Chess, Checkers,
Scrabble, Connect Four and a
Banner Contest. Members of each
team were split into three different
age categories (6-9; 10-12; 13-18)
as they competed in each Brain
Candy activity.
After the final round of competi-
tion, members and staff of all the
six competing teams sat in the gym
and awaited the final results.


Leaving the competition as the
2007 Brain Candy Champions was
the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Northeast Florida's Dream Team.
Members jumped in excitement as
their team was announced this
year's winners. Individual medals
were presented to winners of each
educational competition, in accor-
dance to their age group. In addi-
tion, each Club worked during the
competition in their teams in creat-
ing a banner that described the
theme, "Dream Big."
Brain Candy is a Club-Wide edu-
cational tournament held annually
where members participate in many
learning activities. Members at
each Club participate year round at
their Club to fine tune their brains.
At least one member from each of
the local Clubs comprised the team.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING


JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

RE: FY 2008 Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization Grant


URBANIZED AREA:
ESTIMATED APPORTIONMENT:
RECIPIENT:


Jacksonville, Florida
$ 339,321
Jacksonville Transportation Authority


Notice is hereby given that the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is providing an opportunity
for a public hearing to consider its FY 2007/2008 Modernization Project in which federal funds are
being requested from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Funding is generally available on an
80/20 matching basis between federal, state, and local sources. The public is encouraged to com-
ment on any and all projects listed below.


Facility/Guideway Upgrades:


$424,152


Persons wishing to testify on this subject must notify the JTA in writing before 5:00 p.m. on December
15, 2007. If a request is received by the stated time, a public hearing will be scheduled and the pub-
lic notified. This notice will serve as the final notice. Mail requests to:

Public Hearing, Section 5309 Modernization Grant
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Post Office Drawer "0"
Jacksonville, Florida 32203

These projects will be coordinated through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) of the First
Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (FCMPO) for the Jacksonville Urbanized Area. No busi-
ness displacements are expected to occur as a result of project implementation. These projects will
have no substantial harmful effects on the environment, nor will they adversely affect service levels to
the elderly or disabled.

Details of the Program of Projects are posted in the JTA Lobby at 100 North Myrtle Avenue through
December 15, 2007 during normal business hours. Persons with disabilities who need accommoda-
tions to attend the meeting should contact the JTA Connexion office at 904-265-6001, CTC TDD 636-
7402. This notice will constitute the final notice if no changes occur.

Kenneth R. Holton
Manager of Capital Programming and Grants
Jacksonville Transportation Authority


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Fountain Chapel YPD Day
The members of New Fountain Chapel AME Church,
737 Jessie Street, Rev. Louis Kirkland, Pastor; cordial-
ly invites the community to share in the celebration of
New Fountain Chapel's Annual YPD Day on Sunday,
November 18, 2007. Duval County School Board
Member Betty Burney will be the speaker. Mrs. Burney
is the author of a highly acclaimed book designed to
deter juvenile delinquency. Church School begins at 9
a.m. Morning Worship follows at 10:45 a.m.


Evangelist Ethel Pritchard will bring "The Word" at
the Kingdom Outreach Ministry Sword and Shield
Serious Praise Service at 3:45 pm. On Sunday,
November 25, 2007. Come, give thanks to Our Savior
and Lord! When Praises go up, Blessings come down.
Come and experience a life changing move of God.
The Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Pastor; is located at the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2.
N. Y. Pastor to Deliver


St. Joseph UMC Observing Thanksgiving Revival

Church's 118th Anniversary Message at Bible Believers


The Pastor, Rev. Neo N. Garvin; and members of St.
Joseph United Methodist Church, 925 Spearing Street;
will observe the 118th Anniversary of the church on
Sunday, November 25, 2007.
Jacksonville native and Duval County Public Schools
product, the Rev. Leroy M. Mitchell III, of Lynchburg,
Virginia, will deliver the sermon at the 10 a.m. Worship
Service. Rev. Mitchell is the pastor of the Brookville
Baptist Church in Lynchburg. He is the son of Mr.
Leroy Mitchell, Jr. and Mrs. Delores Darby Mitchell.
Church School begins at 9 a.m. Members of the com-
munity are cordially invited.

Summerville M. B. Choirs

to present Annual Choir

Musical Recital Nov. 18
The Choirs of the Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church, 690 West 30th Street, Dr. James W. Henry,
Pastor; will present their Annual Musical Recital, at 5
p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2007. The community is
invited.

NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press
offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week
you want it to run. Information received prior to the
event date will be printed on a space available basis
until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to
JFreePress@aol.com.


Bible Believers Christian Fellowship Church, 507
Cassat Avenue, Rev. Curtis Beckles, Pastor; invites you
to their Thanksgiving Revival Celebration, at 7 p.m., on
Friday, November 16 & 18, 2007.
Prophet Walter E. Holmes of Word of Faith Christian
Center International, New York City; will deliver God's
Word at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 16th and at 11
a.m., Sunday, November 18th.
Ist AME of P.C. Fish Fry
First Coast AME of Palm Coast, 91 Old Kings Road
North, in Palm Coast, Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor;
will hold "Family Fun Day Fish Fry" with delicious fish
dinners and sandwiches, Saturday, November 17th from
12 noon to 3 p.m. will feature fresh whiting, catfish and
shrimp. Bid whist, Spades and Dominoes will round
out the fun. All are invited for good eating and fun.
Information (386) 446-5759.
Explore the Spirit of
Thanksgiving at Mt Zion AME
The community is invited to experience the transfor-
mative power of gratitude as they gather in the spirit of
Thanksgiving to honor spiritual traditions from across
the world. Experience the prayers and music from
Northeast Florida's multicultural community as they
celebrate the differences 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.


Joseph J.C. Fullwood
Final services for the late Joseph
"J.C." Fullwood are set for Saturday
November 17, 2007. Fullwood, 71
past away this week in Hospice Care
following a lengthy illness.
"J.C.", as he was known to family


and friends was born May 9, 1936 to
late Joseph C. Sr. and Bertha Mae
Fullwood in Baxley, Georgia. He
was educated in the schools of
Baxley, Ga. Prior to serving in the
U.S. Army where he received an
honorable discharge.
He married the love of his life,
Mrs. Ernesting Fullwood in 1955 to
which their union brought one
daughter, Pastor Christine Webb.
After a successful career as a long
haul driver, he retired from H.J.
Grainer Lumber Company. As a
retiree, he enjoyed reading, fishing
and spending time with grandchil-
dren. He was also a member of First
Love Outreach Ministry.
He leaves to cherish his memories,
a loving and devoted wife of 52
years, Earnestine Fullwood, daugh-
ter, Pastor Christine Webb, brothers,


James (Verdell) Fullwood, Richard
(Johnnie Mae') Fullwood, William
(Rosemary) Fullwood, Johnny
Fullwood, sister, Mary Etta Hayes,
brother-in-laws, Clifford and Steve
(Aquilla) Pender, sister-in-laws,
Thelma Stoudemire and Rosetta
Fullwood. Grandchildren, Reggie
(Latasha) and Terrance (Tericka)
Fullwood, Antonio, Bernard,
Antonieta, Bertina, Nioka and
Kelisha Pender, Krystal Webb and
Tarkera Randall. 14 great grands.
The family will receive friends for
viewing on Friday, November 16,
2007 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at
Carthage Chapel Funeral Home,
929 Beaver Street.
Funeral services will be held at 11
a.m., at Mt. Vernon Missionary
Baptist Church, Rev. Kelly Brown,
officiating.


One Accord Ministries International Observes 2nd

Annual "Called to Conquer Convocation" Nov. 15-18


The Second Annual "Called To
Conquer Convocation" will be held
Thursday, November 15th through
Sunday, November 18, 2007, at One
Accord Ministries International, I-
10 at McDuff Avenue; where Dr. Jan
D. Goodman Sr. is Pastor.
The convocation opens with the
Debut Concert of Dr. Vera J.
Goodman and Anointed Praise who
will also release their new CD titled
"Sanctuary of Praise" on November
15th at 7 p.m.
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, Jacksonville.
On Saturday evening, November
17, at 7 p.m. Evangelist Sharon
Starke of One Accord Ministries
International Inc. and Prophetess,
Dr. Barbara Mims of New St. James
Holy Family, will preach..
Music will be provided by the
JDG Ministries Convocation Choir
under the direction of Evangelist,
Dr. Vera Goodman.
Workshops will be held on Friday,
November 16 and Saturday,
November 17, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Workshop presenters will be First


Lady, Sr. Evangelist, Dr. Vera
Goodman; Evangelist Dr. Janet
Perry, from One Accord Ministries
International Inc.; First Lady
Mildred Benjamin, from Faith
United Miracle Temple Inc.; and
Prophetess, Dr. Barbara Mims, from
New S. James Holy Family Church,
Jacksonville.
The Youth Explosion Event will
begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 3
p.m., Saturday, November 17.
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 invited.


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


Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!


Join Us for One of Our Services
SUNDAY
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.

TUESDAY
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
Noon Day Worship

THURSDAY
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.


EVANGEL TEMPLE


Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins


ASSEMBLY OF GOD

Central Campus
(I-10 & Lane Avenue)
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
November 18th
"TONGUES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE"
- Why you absolutely must have the fullness of the
spirit Tongues are vital in your daily life Learn
how the Holy Spirit can help you on the job.


Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins


Coming... November 18th @ 10:45 PURE HEART in Concert

5t. Marys Campus 901 Dilworth Street ( 1 z) 882s-2.o9
November 18th
Give Thanks for God's Enduring Love
Tuesday raer Mtg. 7:50 p.m. Wednesday Service at 7:00 p.m. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. KID5 Church at I 0+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


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 1st Sundayat 4:50 p.m.


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


Seeking the lost for Christ i XR
Matthew 28:19 20 .


8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School


Pastor Landon Williams


11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday 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
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.


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Millions More Ensure Dozens of Jacksonville Families Have a Bountiful Thanksgiving


JLOC 's Jerome Noisette (left) and James Muhammad (right),
assist Patricia McQueen with her turkey and food box.


During this time of year, people
open their hearts and wallets to
help the needy. One organization
however, the Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee (JLOC) of
the Million Man March, the holi-


Sigma Pi Phi
Boule Installs
New Southeast
Region President


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days are no new time to give. The
volunteer organization comprised
mostly of men hosts monthly give-
a-ways. Most recently, they held
their Thanksgiving Food and
Turkey Basket donation. The event


Stephanie Frazier (left) and Phyllis Bess (right) appreciated the
blessings brought to them from JLOC member Oscar Mathis.
compliments an already full roster event held off of Myrtle Avenue.
of assisting the community with With the U.S. economy instability
everything from clothes to youth along with high unemployment
haircuts on a regular basis, these are trying times for many of
The weather was beautiful as America's families. People are
JLOC members gathered for the struggling just to afford the base


Robert Strout proudly gives the "Power to the People" sign at the
registration table. AXN Photos
necessities food,clothing and shel- did not have enough resources to
ter for their families. The selection accommodate all of them." said
process included only an expressed spokesman Andre Neal.
need. JLOC received many phone For more information, visit their
calls from people requesting food website at www.jaxloc.com or call
boxes. "Our only regret is that we 240-9133.


Long, Dollar and Other Televangelists' Finances Probed


TULSA, Okla. Acting on tips
about preachers who ride in Rolls
Royces and have purportedly paid
$30,000 for a conference table, the
top Republican on the Senate
Finance Committee said he is
investigating the finances of six
well-known TV ministers.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said
those under scrutiny include faith
healer Benny Hinn, Georgia
megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar
and one of the nation's best known
female preachers, Joyce Meyer.
Grassley sent letters to the half-
dozen Christian media ministries
earlier this week requesting
answers by Dec. 6 about their
expenses, executive compensation
and amenities, including use of
fancy cars and private jets.
"I don't want to conclude that
there's a problem," Grassley said in
a statement, "but I have an obliga-
tion to donors and the taxpayers to
find out more. People who donated
should have their money spent as
intended and in adherence with the


tax code."
Those ministries that responded
either said they were cooperating or
committed to financial transparency
and following the law.
Among those receiving letters
from Grassley were:
- Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World
Changers Church International and
Creflo Dollar Ministries of College
Park, Ga. Grassley's letter asks for
records on private planes, board
makeup, compensation and dona-
tions and "love offerings" to visit-
ing ministers. In a statement, Dollar
called his ministry an "open book"
and said he would cooperate. He
also questioned whether the investi-
gation could "affect the privacy of
every church in America."
- Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church and
Bishop Eddie Long Ministries of
Lithonia, Ga., was questioned about
his salary, a $1.4 million real estate
transaction and whether he, and not
the board, holds sole authority over
the organization. Long plans to


Televangelists involved in the
fully comply with the Senate's
request, and his church has "several
safeguards" to ensure transactions
comply with laws governing
churches, according to a statement
from Long's spokesman.
Randy and Paula White of the
multiracial Without Walls
International Church and Paula
White Ministries of Tampa, Fla. are
asked about home purchases in San


probe include Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and Bishop Eddie Long


Antonio, Texas, Malibu, Calif., and
New York, credit card charges for
clothing and cosmetic surgery and
the reported purchase of a Bentley
convertible as a gift for Bishop T.D.
Jakes, a prominent Texas preacher
and televangelist. An e-mail to a
spokeswoman for Jakes was not
immediately returned.
The Senate Finance Committee
has chided secular nonprofits for


governance and compensation
problems in the past, but this level
of scrutiny for what are basically
"non-pulpit churches" is unprece-
dented, said Ken Behr, president of
the Evangelical Council for
Financial Accountability.
Because the groups have tax status
as churches, they are not required to
file tax forms open to public inspec-
tion.


Sire Archon William Webb
Federal Judge William A. Webb of
Raleigh, North Carolina was
recently installed as the Southeast
Region Sire Archon (president) of
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
The Boule was founded in 1904
and has maintained it's status as
the nation's preeminent and oldest
fraternal association of African
American men of achievement .
His installation took place at the
region's 14th biennial meeting in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The Southeast Region is com-
prised of the Bahamas and nine
states: Virginia, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee,
Georgia, Mississippi, Florida,
Alabama, and Louisiana and con-
tains 43 member boul6s.
Locally, the Jacksonville Sigma Pi
Phi Boule is headed by Sire
Archon Michael Stewart
(President). The prestigious mem-
bership stay involved in a variety
of community activities and con-
cerns in addition to keeping educa-
tional achievement at the forefront
of their agenda.


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Jackie Gray, Von Alexander, Corrine Brown and Reginald Gaffne.


Frank Bivins and LeMorris Prier


Noel Lawrence, Corrine Brown, Ava Parker, Joe Clark and Ava Parker


Pat Bivins, Pam Prier, Johnetta Moore and Hester Clark


November 15-21, 2007

Blacks more pessimistic about progress
Continued from page 1 tial civil rights gains including the
Another 29 percent of blacks said passage of laws in the 1960s and
things had gotten worse as opposed 1970s that sought, in part, to deter
to staying the same, the largest discrimination in housing and
number since 32 percent made that employment.
claim in 1990. Decades later, blacks and whites

*** While saying prejudice is widespread, blacks were
- : less likely to believe discrimination is the main reason
they cannot get ahead. Fifty-three percent of blacks said
they are mainly responsible for their situation, com-
pared with 30 percent who blame it on racial discrimi-
nation. As recently as the mid-1990s, black opinion on
this question tilted in the opposite direction. ***


In addition, fewer than half of all
blacks, or 44 percent, said they
expected their prospects to brighten
in the future. That's down from 57
percent in 1986, during the height
of the Reagan administration when
the Justice Department actively
sought to curtail affirmative action
in favor of race-neutral policies.
Whites have a different view about
black progress, according to the
survey. Whites were nearly twice as
likely as blacks to see black gains
in the past five years. A majority of
whites polled, or 56 percent, also
said they believed prospects for
blacks would improve in the future.
Since the Supreme Court's Brown
vs. Board of Education decision
more than 50 years ago that out-
lawed segregation in public
schools, blacks have seen substan-


are now at a crossroads, with the
nation and even the black commu-
nity itself divided over the best
approach to achieve racial equality,
whether by affirmative action to
foster integration or more race-neu-
tral policies to promote ideals of a
colorblind society.
Moreover, the income gap
between black and white families
has not narrowed, according to a
new study being released Tuesday
that tracked the incomes of some
2,300 families for more than 30
years. Incomes have increased
among both black and white fami-
lies in the past three decades -
mainly because more women are in
the work force. But the increase
was greater among whites, accord-
ing to the study.


Birthday Celebration Held for Cong. Corrine Brown


Congresswoman Corrine Brown
celebrated her birthday last Friday
November 9, 2007 at Terra Nova
Nightclub.
Looking like a million dollars the
area's representative on Capital Hill
cut the rug and was right at home in
an upscale atmosphere that includ-


ed her Public Relations representa-
tive Von Alexander, State
Representative Audrey Gibson,
Attorneys, Noel Lawrence and Ava
Parker, Joe Clark and his lovely
wife Hester Clark. Rodney Hurst
rocked the turntable, while
Community Resource Center


President/CEO Reginald Gaffney
assisted with the food.
Ms. Brown's official birthdate is
November 11, a premier date for a
veteran of the Florida /Washington
legislative body that has given
Florida its political agenda from
sending trucks loads of care goods


to New Orleans, to taking a stance
against the war in Iraqi. Corrine
Brown is fulfilling her legacy with
spirit, wisdom and pride. Corrine
stated her next stop is to the
Georigia Aquarium which is largest
aquarium in the United States locat-
ed in Atlanta, Ga. You go girl!!!!


Some School Districts Still Operating on




Desegregation Orders Despite Court Rulings


Officials in Shelby County,
Tenn., complain they'll have to
spend millions to satisfy a federal
judge's "arbitrary" desegregation
order. It'll mean busing minority
students up to an hour away and
replacing hundreds of white teach-
ers with black ones, they say.
In Huntsville, Ala., under a simi-
lar court order, students can transfer
from a school where they're in the
racial majority, but not the other
way around.
And in the Tucson, Ariz., Unified
School District, students could
move from one school to another
only if the change improved "the
ethnic balance of the receiving
school and (did) not further imbal-
ance the ethnic makeup of the home
school."
But wait: Hasn't the U.S.
Supreme Court consistently moved
away from using race as a factor in
deciding where kids should go to
school?
Didn't the high court recently put
an exclamation point on that trend,
ruling that two districts' heavy
reliance on race in student assign-
ment policies violated the
Constitution's guarantee of equal
protection?
Yes, and yes. But there are still
hundreds of districts across the
country, from the Northeast to the
Southwest, that operate under fed-
eral court desegregation orders -
some more than four decades old.
These districts are in a unique and
sharply debated position with
respect to the Supreme Court's rul-
ings. They exist in what critics con-
sider a historical Twilight Zone,
where federal judges can make
seemingly contradictory decisions.
"So which ruling do I violate?"
asks a perplexed Bobby Webb,
superintendent of schools in Shelby
County, where Memphis is located.
"The judge's ruling now, or the ear-
lier rulings that we can't discrimi-
nate against people on the basis of
the color of their skin?"
Districts still under supervision
Front-page court battles over
integration are mostly a thing of the
past. But according to the U.S.
Department of Justice's Civil
Rights Division, there are at least
253 school districts still under fed-
eral court supervision in racial
inequality cases and those are
just the ones in which Justice inter-


vened.
Many of the more infamous
names Boston, Little Rock,
Charlotte, N.C. are gone from
the list, having satisfied judges with
their desegregation efforts and
being granted what's called "uni-
tary status." In the last two years
alone, at least 75 districts have won
such status.
Of those that remain, most are in
the South. Georgia leads with 61,
followed by Mississippi with 51,
Alabama with 50 and Louisiana
with 30. But long-standing cases
are still pending in places like
Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana and
Illinois.
The question of these districts
came up this past year as the
Supreme Court heard arguments
involving voluntary diversity plans
in Seattle and Louisville, Ky.
In June, the court ruled that stu-
dent assignment policies in those
two districts relied too heavily on
individual students' races and, so,
were unconstitutional. But in those
two districts there were no orders to
remedy past state-sponsored segre-
gation.
On the other hand, districts oper-
ating under integration orders may
set policies that explicitly consider
race. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
acknowledged the "anomaly" of
demanding that such districts work
diligently toward racial integration,
but once it's achieved mandating
that race be ignored.
"What's constitutionally required
one day gets constitutionally pro-
hibited the next day," she said.
"That's very odd."
Confusion over rulings
Others have expressed confusion
and frustration.
In Memphis, the school board
and the NAACP Legal Defense
Fund filed a joint motion to end 44
years of court oversight. The
Department of Justice joined in,
writing that on the whole, the dis-
trict had "complied in good faith
with its obligations" under the
desegregation orders.
U.S. District Judge Bernice Bouie
Donald disagreed strongly.
The old court orders require dis-
tricts to dismantle "all vestiges" of
government-sponsored segregation.
A district must show compliance in
six areas: student body composi-
tion, faculty, staff, facilities,


extracurricular activities and trans-
portation the so-called "Green
factors," from a landmark Virginia
case with a plaintiff by that name.
While Donald agreed that Shelby
County had achieved integration in
school staffing, transportation and
facilities, she ruled the district was


day at an additional cost for trans-
portation alone of more than $1.6
million a year.
Board attorney Valerie Speakman
says Donald's order "flies in the
face" of 40 years of Supreme Court
precedent.
Board chairman David Pickler,


Ninth grade students practice in band class at the newly opened
Southwind High School in Tennessee on Oct. 29. School officials com-
plain they'll have to spend millions to satisfy a federal judge's "arbi-
trary" desegregation order.


still woefully deficient when it
came to student and faculty assign-
ment.
Of the district's 46 schools, she
noted, only 17 had a racial makeup
that was reflective, within 10 per-
centage points, of the 32 percent
black student population. And when
the new Southwind High School
opened its doors this fall, it was
around 95 percent black.
After making considerable
progress, she wrote in July, "the
County has drifted from any serious
focus on desegregation."
Arbitrary demands?
Donald ordered that the racial
composition in each school, "of
both faculty and students," mirror
the overall student population,
within 15 percentage points. She
also announced the appointment of
a special master to oversee the
plan's implementation, and sug-
gested the district could remain
under supervision until 2015.
The board asked for a stay, argu-
ing that meeting Donald's "arbi-
trary" demands would force the dis-
trict to hire hundreds of new black
teachers and bus 9,000 pupils or
about 20 percent of the total student
population for up to an hour a


also an attorney, terms Donald's
requirements "destructive" of dis-
trict integration efforts, saying
they'd force the busing of black stu-
dents past the "state of the art"
Southwind to an older, inferior
school.
Tucson judge criticized
Across the country in Tucson,
another judge has been accused of
misapplying the June high court
ruling in a 29-year-old desegrega-
tion case.
In August, U.S. District Judge
David C. Bury cited the decision in
declaring the district's Policy 5090
unconstitutional. Adopted at a time
when Anglos constituted the stu-
dent majority, it now has the effect
of limiting the options of minority
students.
Between November 2006 and this
past September, 1,108 transfer
requests were denied because they
would have upset the racial balance
at schools, says a district adminis-
trator, Pam Fine.
Bury found that Policy 5090
"relies on the race of the student in
a non-individualized, mechanical
way." Although not granting full
unitary status, Bury says he antici-
pates the district will be able to


prove that all vestiges of forced seg-
regation in student assignment
"have been eliminated to the extent
practicable."
Following Bury's ruling, the dis-
trict scrapped 5090, reopened the
enrollment process and sent transfer
invitations to 695 households that
had been turned down. Only 113
transfers were requested, mainly
because families didn't want to
move their children three weeks
into the school year, Fine says.
Rubin Salter Jr., attorney for the
plaintiffs, says the June Supreme
Court ruling does not fit the facts in
Tucson and asked that the transfer
policy be reinstated. Bury denied
the request.
An elusive picture of integration
Being under court supervision
doesn't guarantee a district will be
the picture of integration.
In the Huntsville system, the stu-
dent population is 43 percent black.
Yet despite 44 years of court super-
vision, more than half of the dis-
trict's four dozen schools are major-
ity minority and nine schools are
above 90 percent black.
"Judges just kind of let the school
district evolve," says Gary Orfield,
co-director of The Civil Rights
Project at UCLA.
Under Huntsville's court-
approved choice plan, students are
allowed to transfer from a school in
which they are in the majority
racially to one where they would be
in the minority. But Superintendent
Anne Roy Moore concedes that
few, if any, of the 306 transfer
requests approved last year were
from white kids.
"It's designed to go both ways,"
she says.
Moore, who is black, says some
of her most racially homogenous
schools are among the highest per-
forming and will remain so if
court supervision ends.
"I think that when you become
unitary, the expectation is that you
still will uphold the spirit of the law
or the integration and that you'll
work to end any discriminatory
practices," Moore says. "Because,
in reality, a group that had brought
suit, say, 30 years ago could still
step up and do that again."
Official: Unitary status ends
rights of minorities
But Orfield says that's not so: A
grant of unitary status "ends the


rights of the minorities in your
community to ever have the court
intervene on the basis of a history of
discrimination."
In the Tennessee case, Judge
Donald acknowledged that "a dis-
trict cannot be held responsible for
maintaining such balance in perpe-
tuity in the face of demographic
forces beyond its control." But she
said the Supreme Court's rulings
"underscore the momentous, irre-
versible nature of this Court's pend-
ing decision as to whether the
County has achieved unitary sta-
tus."
Shelby County is appealing to the
U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"It just seems extremely absurd
for her to dictate rules to us that are
against the federal law," says Webb,
the superintendent.
No, she is simply making the dis-
trict touch all the bases before head-
ing for home plate, says Robert
Pressman, a former Justice
Department attorney and veteran of
Boston and other desegregation
fights. "The judge is taking a
stand," he says.
While there is a certain stigma
attached to being under court super-
vision, Orfield says school adminis-
trators who value diversity should-
n't be in any hurry to get out from
under these orders.
"What you get from it isn't free-
dom," he argues. "School districts
without court orders don't have
freedom to do what they are doing"
to maintain racial diversity.
Maree Sneed doesn't see it that
way.
In a memo to the districts she rep-
resents, the Washington, D.C.,
attorney noted that five of the jus-
tices indicated that they view
"avoiding the harms of racial isola-
tion and providing the educational
benefits of diverse student enroll-
ments to be compelling governmen-
tal interests." If race is used in a
narrowly tailored way to achieve
one of those goals, she wrote, "a
number of race-conscious practices
... are likely permissible ..."
Each community must decide
how important school diversity is,
and how best to achieve it in this
new judicial climate, she says.
"The goal should be to become
unitary," Sneed says. "Because
you're trying to fix a dual system."


City Council Meetings to be

Broadcast Live on Internet
As part of its on-going effort to provide greater public access, the
Jacksonville City Council will make Council meetings available on the
internet via live streaming video beginning with the regularly scheduled
meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2007. The video feed of the meet-
ing, which begins at 5:00 p.m., may be accessed at
http://media.coj.net/COJCouncil.





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Racial bias seen in foster care


BOSTON The white social
worker looked at the dark spots on
the black child's body and assumed
the youngster had been beaten. The
family denied it, but the social
worker insisted.
It turned out the child had
"Mongolian spots" harmless
skin blotches common among black
children. The social worker's mis-
take was discovered before the par-
ents got into trouble.
But researchers and policymakers
say such episodes help explain why
black, Hispanic and other minority
children in the United States are far
more likely than white youngsters
to be taken from their homes and
placed in foster care.
Racial or ethnic prejudices -
conscious or unconscious can
lead social workers to see abuse or
neglect where none exists, these
experts say.
The experts caution that stereo-
typing by social workers is just one
factor in the racial gap, and proba-
bly a small one at that. Other factors
- higher rates of poverty, inade-
quate housing and child care, for
example are believed to be
major contributors to abuse and
neglect among minorities.
Nevertheless, stereotyping is
enough of a concern that cultural-
awareness training for social work-
ers has been instituted in 45 states,
many of them in the just the past
few years, according to a recent
report by the Government


Accountability Office, the inves-
tigative arm of Congress.
Nationally, blacks make up about
15 percent of the childhood popula-
tion, yet account for 34 percent of
children in foster care. Black chil-
dren on average stay in foster care
nine months longer than white chil-
dren, the report said.
The report said "bias or cultural
misunderstandings and distrust
between child welfare decision
makers and the families they serve"
was one of several factors account-
ing for the gap, along with poverty
and lack of access to services.
"Once we are reported, we are
more likely to be investigated.
Once we are investigated, we are
more likely to be placed in care.
Once we are placed in foster care,
we are less likely to be returned to
our families," said Sondra Jackson,
CEO of Black Administrators in
Child Welfare.


In overwhelmingly white Utah,
black children were in foster care at
more than six times their proportion
of the state's population, according
to the GAO. In five other states -
Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire,
Wyoming, and California black
children were four times more like-
ly to end up in foster care.
Other strategies to reduce the gap
include creating multicultural
teams of social workers, recruiting
minority families as foster parents,
and relying more heavily on "kin-
ship caregivers" aunts, uncles or
grandparents who can step in dur-
ing a crisis.
Frances Darden, a black woman
who has been a foster mother for
four children, said the state should
recruit more black social workers
and foster parents.
"I don't know if they have the
experience around our culture to
handle the situation," she said.


An independent panel is consider-
ing reducing the sentences of
inmates incarcerated in federal pris-
ons for crack cocaine offenses,
which would make thousands of
people immediately eligible to be
freed.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission,
which sets guidelines for federal
prison sentences, established more
lenient guidelines this spring for
future crack cocaine offenders. The
panel is scheduled to consider today
a proposal to make the new guide-
lines retroactive.
Should the panel adopt the new
policy, the sentences of 19,500
inmates would be reduced by an
average of 27 months. About 3,800
inmates now imprisoned for posses-
sion and distribution of crack
cocaine could be freed within the


next year, according to the commis-
sion's analysis. The proposal would
cover only inmates in federal pris-
ons and not those in state correc-
tional facilities, where the vast
majority of people convicted of
drug offenses are held.
By far the largest number -- more
than 1,400 -- of those who would be
eligible for sentence reductions
were convicted in the U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia, which has jurisdiction
over Northern Virginia and the
Richmond area, according to an
analysis done by the commission.
Nearly 280 inmates convicted in
federal courts in Maryland would
be eligible, as well as almost 270
prisoners found guilty in the
District of Columbia.
The commission is taking up one
of the most racially sensitive issues
of the two-decades-old war on
drugs. Jurists and civil rights organ-
izations have long complained that
the commission's guidelines man-
date more stringent federal penal-
ties for crack cocaine offenses,
which usually involve African
Americans, than for crimes involv-
ing powder cocaine, which general-
ly involve white people. The chem-
ical properties of the drugs are the
same, though crack is potentially
more addictive.
Nearly 86 percent of inmates who
would be affected by the change are
black; slightly fewer than 6 percent
are white. Ninety-four percent are


men.
The commission's proposal does
not change sentencing recommen-
dations for powder cocaine.
Created in 1984 to bring more
consistency to sentencing in federal
courts, the commission has reduced
sentences and made such decisions
retroactive for offenses involving
LSD, marijuana cultivation and the
painkiller OxyContin. But none
involved such a large number of
inmates or so controversial a drug,
or have had such racial implica-
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Veteran politicians Rep. Terry Fields and Rep. Jennifer Carroll speak to the students and answer questions.

Mock Convention Allows Duval Students

to Get Up Close to Electoral Process


The Duval County Supervisor of
Elections Office hosted it's annual
mock political convention on the
UNF campus this week exposing
close to 600 students to the elec-
toral process.
The two-day Convention allowed
student delegates to represent dif-
ferent states, build party platforms,
and hear from presidential candi-
dates, guest speakers and nominate
their Republican and Democratic
choices for the 2008 Presidential
Election.
Since 2003, the 17- to 25-year-old
age group has become the largest
percentage of registered voters in
Duval County. In January, the
Supervisor of Elections Office reg-


istered more than 5,300 Duval
County students in two days, mak-
ing it evident to the community that
young adults want the opportunity
to become more involved in the
electoral process.
"The objective of the Convention
is to encourage students to become
active participants in their futures.
It will afford both open dialogue on
issues that are important to the stu-
dents and exposure to candidates
who do not always adequately
address young adults as viable
members of the voting population,"
stated Supervisor of Elections Jerry
Holland.
"The mock convention is an excel-
lent way for students to actively


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Bumpy Johnson's 93 Year Old Widow Writes Tell

All to Refute Frank Lucas' American Gangster Biopic


For three years, the West Metro NAACP chapter led the fight to tree At age 93, Mayme Johnson has
the 20-year-old after he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on felony done a lot of living. But as the
charges for having sex with an underaged girl at a New Year's Eve party, widow of Ellsworth "Bumpy"
an incident that was videotaped. Wilson refused to accept a plea deal Johnson, the original American
that would have required him to register as a sex offender. gangster, who ruled Harlem in the
"Free Genarlow" became a rallying cry across the country as the case early 20th century, Mayme Johnson
turned him into an example of racial disparities in the criminal justice has done more living than most! In
system. The Georgia Supreme Court freed Wilson on October 26th on "Harlem Godfather: The Rap on
a four-to-three decision that called his sentence "cruel and unusual pun- My Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy"
ishment," and now he is being greeted with a hero's welcome. J o h n s o n "
He is the latest young black man to blur the lines between being a (www.HarlemGodfather.com) to
cause celebre and someone worthy of being lionized. Wilson, the Jena be released by Oshun Publishing
Six in Louisiana and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have Company in February 2008,
NOT only drawn support but also praise from many in the black com- Johnson sets the record straight
munity who seem willing to overlook their alleged offenses for the big- once and for all. Coauthored with
ger picture. Essence Magazine bestselling
The attention is sparking a debate over whether accolades are in order, author, Karen E. Quinones Miller,
Wilson himself even acknowledges that the accolades are a bit awk- the novel is not only her an account
ward, saying "I really wasn't trying to be a hero. I was just trying to do of her life married to the Black
what was right," last night before accepting the chapter's first Staying mafia boss, but also a vivid recol-
the Course Youth Award. election of Harlem in its heyday.



What Does It Take to be an NBA Wife?

Home Court Advantage Intertwines Fiction

and Reality to Give Readers and Inside View


Dwayne andSiohvaughn Wade


Alonzo and Tracey Mourning


Caron and Andrea Butler Kevin and Brandi Garnett
by Linda Alexante responsibility.
What does it take to stand and be At first, it seems that any woman
an NBA wife? Wives of Patrick should want to fill Casey's shoes.
Ewing and Greg Anthony She is gorgeous, a successful attor-
definateRita Ewing and Crystal ney, and she is married to a top ath-
Mcrary Anthony teamed up a few lete. They are rich and they live a
years back to intertwine fiction and life that most people
reality for Homecourt -\ can only fantasize
Advantage, a good ..- about. However,
entertaining things are far from
read that can \ perfect. Brent has
stand a second cheated on Casey
run. in the past and
The story center he fathered an
around the New illegitimate
York Flyers basket- J %CO 3 child from his
ball team that is head- \A00 1" involvement
ed for the playoffs and with a
a lot is on the line. If the female fan.
Flyers do not win the Casey is
championship, the team h a v i n g
may be sold at least that difficulty
is the current buzz circular- moving
ing among the players. \ o n
Casey Rogers is a beautiful^ s from
and sexy lawyer, who is also his infidelity and
the wife of Brent Rogers, the Brent has done little to ease


Flyers' star forward. When the
coach's wife, Alexis, pulls Casey
aside and tells her that Casey needs
to keep the Flyers' wives (or signif-
icant others) on their best behavior
so that the boys will not be distract-
ed from their job to win the cham-
pionship, Casey takes on the


her fears that it will not happen
again. He is constantly unavailable
and is often inattentive when he is
at home. Casey is not sure how
much more she can take and she
feels like she is at her wit's end with
Brent.
Meanwhile, her female friends,


Monique and Gary payton


Tim and Amy Duncan


Charlie and Kenya Bell
who are spouses or partners of the
other players, seem to have the
same problems as Casey. Their
boys have a tendency to stray and
there is always a pack of eager
female fans to entertain them.
Coupled with big money, skyrock-
eting fame and the Flyers' future in
potential jeopardy, the women
behind the team have a lot to worry
about. While they have designer
clothes to wear, luxury cars to
drive, and mansions to live in, they
are left wanting from their absent
spouses or their 'fianc6s' who refuse
to commit to marriage.
The novel is unique in the sense
that the reader is given a bird's eye
view of what it is like to be married
to a professional athlete. Ewing and
Anthony are both spouses (former
in Ewing's case) of professional
basketball players and it seems like-
ly that some of the writing is based
upon personal experiences. While
this is not an award-winning novel,
it is enlightening, unique and enter-
taining. The tone is dishy and the
pages turn quickly. I recommend
Homecourt Advantage to anyone
who wonders what it is like to be
married to a professional athlete.
Rita Ewing followed up the book
with her latest release
"Brickhouse".


Shown above (L-R) is the widow of Bumpy Johnson,Mayme Johnson, the man himself, Ellsworth
"Bumpy" Johnson and Frank Lucas who the blockbuster movie "American Gangster" is based on.


With the release of the block-
buster film, "American Gangster,"
Johnson's voice takes on new mean-
ing. Her husband, Bumpy Johnson
was an intrical character in the
movie. Frank Lucas, the dope-deal-
er portrayed by Denzel Washington,
says Bumpy Johnson was his men-
tor, teaching him everything he
knew. He goes on to state that he
was Bumpy's second-in-command,
and that he died in his arms in 1968.
Johnson hopes to set the record
straight about Lucas. "Frank wasn't
nothing but a flunky, and one that
Bumpy never did really trust," says
Johnson. "Bumpy would let Frank
drive him around, but you'd better
believe that he was never in any
important meetings or anything. He
would say, you can trust a thief
quicker than a liar, because a thief
steals because he needs money, but
a liar lies for the hell of it!"
Johnson says she was furious when
she first found out that Lucas told a
magazine writer that Bumpy died in
his arms. Lucas, she says, was
nowhere around the night that
Bumpy died from a heart attack
while dining at the famous Wells
Restaurant on Seventh Avenue in
Harlem. She says Lucas probably
thought he could get away with the
lie because he figured everyone
who was around Bumpy at the time


is now dead.
"Junie Byrd's gone, Nat
Pettigrew's gone, Sonny Chance is
gone, and Finley Hoskin's gone.
Frank would never have said any


"That's why I'm writing this book
after all this time," Johnson
explains, adding that while there
have been legends, myths, and
rumors flying around about Bumpy


"When I heard that that dope dealer, Frank Lucas, wrote a maga-
zine article a few years back claiming that he was Bumpy's right
hand man, and that Bumpy died in his arms I was upset. He lied.
And when I watched the BET episode ofAmerican Gangster fea-
turing Frank Lucas I was furious he was saying that he stayed with
me and Bumpy for six months. Did anyone notice that he said we
lived on the corner of 121st Street? Well, Bumpy and I lived on 120th
Street. 2 West 120th Street to be exact. And we lived in an apartment
building (apartment 31), not a brownstone. Now do you see how
Frank lies? MAYME JOHNSON


garbage like that if one of them
were alive because he'd know
they'd come after him," Johnson
says. "I bet he thought I was gone,
too, but I'm not. I'm 93, and I don't
have Alzheimer's or dementia, and
I'm not senile. Frank Lucas is a
damn liar and I want the world to
know it."
Johnson says she thinks it's a
shame that Lucas was able to fool
Hollywood into believing that he's a
bigger shot than he really is, and
points out that if he lied about his
relationship with Bumpy there's no
telling what else he may have lied
about in the movie. States Johnson,
as far as she's concerned everything
in the movie is now suspect.


for decades, she's never spoken out
-- even when the movie Hoodlum
was released in 1997 and contained
all kinds of factual errors about the
man she loved because she never
thought the lies were malicious.
"They just didn't know better,"
Mayme says. "But this . well,
Frank does know better. These
aren't errors, these are lies."
"This book is so important to
me," cites co-author Miller. "Mrs.
Johnson is a living treasure. Her
memory is so sharp it's absolutely
astounding. At 93, it is crucial that
her story finally be told. She is the
missing link to the urban legend
that is Bumpy Johnson."


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3 Mo Divas
3 Mo Divas, a celebration of class,
sass and style is an exciting musical
journey celebrating the amazing
versatility of the female voice.
Following in the footsteps of the
international hit, 3 Mo Tenors, the
show makes way for a great sister
act. The show will be Friday,
November 16th at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets or for more information call
632-3373.

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
904-356-2992.


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,
Jacksonville, Fl. This is a dual pur-
pose meeting in that it is time to
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.

Honey in the Rock
Joins Local Choirs
Guest artist Dr. Ysaye M.
Barnwell of the internationally
acclaimed a cappella quintet Sweet
Honey in the Rock will join The
Jacksonville Children's Chorus, the
Jacksonville University Choir and
the Douglas Anderson Women's
Chorale in a concert entitled "A
Community of Song.". The per-
formance will take place on
Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 7:00 p.m. in
the Terry Concert Hall on the
Jacksonville University campus.
Call 346-1636 for more info.

Free Youth
Basketball Clinic
The Johnson Family YMCA will
be having a free basketball clinic
for children between the ages of 8
to 16 on November 24th from
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. If you
would like for your child to attend
this event, please call the Johnson
Family YMCA at 765-3589 to reg-
ister. Spaces are limited and are
awarded to first come, first serve
basis.

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


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3 p.m. Mr. Brown will discuss:
How attitudes shape relationships;
Why people get married;
Parent/child relationships, Father-
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your own book; And much more.
The library is located at 1755 W.
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more information.

Mike Epps and Rickie
Smiley in Concert
Nationally known comedians
Rickey Smiley and Mike Epps will
be in concert for one night only on
Friday, November 30th at 8 p.m.
The concert will be held in the
Moran Theater of the Times union
Center. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 353-3309.

St. Augustine Art
& Craft Festival
There will be a St. Augustine Art
& Craft Festival on December 1st
and 2nd from 9 5 on Saturday and
10-4 on Sunday. Featured will be
fine art, crafts, and great food.
Admission and parking is free. The
Festival will be held at the
St.Augustine Amphitheater, 1340-C
A1A South of Lighthouse.
For more information call 352-
344-0657.

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.


PRIDE Book
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
QUIET STRENGTH:THE PRIN-
CIPLES, PRACTICES AND PRI-
ORITIES OF A WINNING LIFE
by Tony Dungy. The meeting will
be hosted by Romona Baker.
The book for discussion for the
January 4th meeting will be
BABYLON SISTERS: A NOVEL
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


BE READY FOR THE SEASON WITH

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS CLASSES
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.
On Monday, November 19th, "Gifts From the Holiday Kitchen" will
be presented. This program will feature simple recipes and smart packag-
ing to make gift giving economical and easy.
The last program "Holiday Hospitality at Its Best" on Tuesday,
November 27th, will have a decorative emphasis, showing easy ideas to
produce a party that looks and tastes like a celebration of the first order.
Each program will be presented at 10:00 AM and again at 6:45 PM. There
is a cost of $8.00 per class including educational materials.
RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY and can be made by calling the
Extension Office at 387-8855.

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.
Stanton Vocational Gala Meeting
Gala Committee Chairmen and committee members are reminded of
the monthly planning meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 19th at
Bethel baptist Institutional Church (1st Street entrance). All interested
parties are invited to participate in the planning process in preparation
for the 2nd Annual Gala next year. For additional information, contact


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.

Children's Chorus
Annual Auditions
The Jacksonville Children's
C h o r u s
(www.jaxchildrenschorus.com) is
holding spring semester auditions
for children grades 2-5 on Monday,
December 10 and Tuesday,
December 11 from 4-6 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Children's Chorus
offices, 3947 Boulevard Center
Drive, Suite 108. To schedule an
audition, call (904) 346-1636.

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-
galajax@hotmail.com.

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-
2778.

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.

Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Raisin' Cane featuring Jasmine
Guy. The special performance will
be held on Saturday, February 8th
at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $28.50. Call
632-5555.

Alvin Ailey
Dance Theater
The earth shaking superstar of
American contemporary dance
returns to Jacksonville celebrating
it's 50th anniversary of captivating
performances and unparalleled
artistry that is the staple of the his-
toric African-American Dance
Theater. The show will be in
Jacksonville on Tuesday, February
12th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 632-3373.

Lalah Hathaway at
Florida Theater
The Florida Theatre will present
Lalah Hathaway in concert on
Sunday, February 17th at 8PM.
Contemporary R&B/jazz singer
Lalah Hathaway burst onto the soul
and jazz scene in 1990 with her
warm, elegant voice. Despite the
notability just for her name, being
daughter to legendary Donald
Hathaway, her sound makes it
immediately clear that she is a true-
and distinctive-talent.
Tickets and complete performance
information are available at 904-
355-2787 or online at www.flori-.
datheatre.com. The Florida Theatre
is located at 128 East Forsyth Street
in Downtown Jacksonville.

Florida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. Fior
ticket information call 202-2886.


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I A quick Q&A with America's Queen of Soul


Billboard recently sat down with
Aretha Franklin in advance of
tiv.. ne.. releases this month
rli., c ,amine her storied
.reer "Rare & Unreleased
Rec,,rdings From the
(olden Reign of the
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'Oh Me Oh My:
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in Philly, 1972."
A third Aretha
album, "Jewels in
_the Crown: All-Star
Duets With the
Queen," is due in
stores on Nov. 13
with such vocal
partners as Annie
Lennox, George
Michael, Mary J.
Blige, John Legend
and Fantasia, who
S-appears on the set's
first single, "Put You
lp On Game."
Bilboard caught up
Franklin before a recent
charity concert in New York.
1. WHAT ONE SPECIAL
MEMORY SURFACED
AFTER REVISITING THE
"JEWELS" DUETS?
The duet with Frank Sinatra,


"What Now My Love," is one of
my favorites. It was 1969 and I
went to Los Angeles to perform
"Funny Girl" on the Academy
Awards. Frank introduced me that
night; to be introduced by the chair-
man of the board was a big moment
for me. I had always wanted to duet
with him. Frank always had the best
arrangers, and his song selection
and phrasing were impeccable.
2. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE
ON YOUR DUET WISH LIST?
Absolutely. Smokey Robinson,
Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan. And
you never know, Natalie Cole and I
may do something. We've touched
on that.
3. IS A NEW STUDIO ALBUM
ON THE WAY?
It's called "Aretha: A Woman
Falling Out of Love" on Aretha's
Records. I think we're going to go
to the Internet with that album,
probably in the spring. Two fine
young writer/producers, Troy
Taylor and Gordon Chambers,
worked on the album, which is
mostly R&B with some pop. I also
did some of the writing and produc-
tion chores with Mike Powell and
my son Kecalf.
4. WHERE DO THINGS
STAND WITH YOUR STAGE


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"Game, Get Some!" Moore, who is
now an actress, was on campus dur-
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currently touring with the stage


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which features Lisa Ray, Malik
Yoba, Christopher WIlliams and
Robin Givens.
Her book "Game, Get Some!," is
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THESE ROOTS?"
That's coming along very well.
Now we're talking about it as a fol-
low-up to a telefilm that I'm negoti-
ating with one of the networks. I'm
very disappointed, though, that I
haven't received the film proposals
I would have loved to see from
Hollywood. I did get a couple but
they were very poor offers. They
don't seem to respond to female
celebrities in some ways as they do
in others. So negotiations for a film
broke off.
But the play is still definite. I
have a consortium of gentlemen
who are going to back it. I held
auditions over five days and out of
the 500 people we auditioned, I
selected one. That gives you an idea
as to how scrutinizing I am when it
comes to this project.
5. HAVE YOU CONQUERED
YOUR FEAR OF FLYING YET?
I'm driving out to L.A., but this is
going to be my last time coming to
the coast until I'm flying again. I'm
going to give it one more try. The
last time I took Fearless Flyers
classes was about five years ago. If
it doesn't happen, at least I tried.
Actually, I'm kind of planning my
semi-retirement. I will always be
singing somewhere but I won't be
going on the road to the degree that
I have before. But I'll still do select
things and still record. I'm more
into supporting my sons now and
getting their careers out there.
Kecalf writes, produces and also
has a degree in film. Eddie sings
and I've recorded some things with
him. And Teddy has his own rock
group that goes to Europe three to
four times a year to do the festivals.
6. IS AN "AMERICAN IDOL"
APPEARANCE IN THE
WORKS?
We've talked a number of times.
Unfortunately, the show is on hiatus
at the time I'm usually coming out
to the coast. But since I'm coming
in February, maybe I'll be able to do
it this time.


ALICIA KEYESVS ALICIA WILD
Singer-songwriter Alicia Augello-Cook sought
advice from her mother when considering a stage
name that would help her stand out as a per-
former.
She tells Newsweek in the magazine's Nov. 19
issue of going through a dictionary and being
struck by the word "wild." She floated the name
Alicia Wild past her mother.
"She said 'It sounds like you're a stripper,'"
laughed the artist. After that, she decided to use
Keys. The rest is history.
"It's like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors," the singer
explained. Alicia Keys' new album, "As I Am," arrives in stores today.
T.I. DROPS REQUEST TO HOST
THANKGSIVING DINNER
Two days after T.I. asked a judge's permission to
waive rules of his bond condition and host more than
three visitors for Thanksgiving, the rapper has with-
drawn his request in the wake of strong opposition
from federal prosecutors.
In addition to asking the judge for a Thanksgiving
Day exception so he could entertain family, T.I. also
asked the judge to allow access for workers to come clean his yard, pool
and home.
The government said Harris should be grateful that he was granted house
arrest. "The defendant is allowed the freedom to roam the grounds of his
home and is even allowed to enjoy the outdoors on his boat dock, which is
attached to his lakefront property," it said.
NICKY BARNES UNHAPPY
ABOUT PORTRAYAL IN MOVIE
Harlem drug kingpin Leroy (Nicky) Barnes
says his role in the NY heroin trade during the
late 60s and early 70s is grossly underrepresent-
ed in "American Gangster," which details the life *
of his drug rival Frank Lucas.
"This whole thing about him being an entre-
preneurial genius is nonsense," Barnes told the
New York Daily News from his undisclosed
location in the federal witness protection pro-
gram. "I didn't see it. I did business in all five boroughs, Atlanta, D.C.,
Philly and Baltimore. Frank had 116th St. and maybe a few places in New
Jersey."
Barnes tells the newspaper: "I like Cuba Gooding Jr. He probably did the
best he could. But they depict me as a footnote in Frank's life when it was
the other way around.
Barnes also disputes Washington's characterization of Lucas as articulate
and understated, in contrast to Gooding's pimped-out dimwit.
"I wore flashy clothes, but not outrageous," says Barnes. "Check out the
photos of me at the time. And have you listened to Frank talk? Frank is
functionally illiterate. I've read all of Shakespeare. I can quote his sonnets.
I read Dickens, Melville, Emily Dickinson. I won a poetry contest against
inmates from the entire prison system.
"I did things Frank is incapable of. They took attributes of me and gave
them to Frank. He was an empty vessel.".


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Katherine and Hans Massaquoi, Jacksonville Chapter Vice President
Marietta LeBlanc-Jones


Ronald Belton and Gloria Dean


November is a special month for
the Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated. It marks the
"birth" of the organization and is
always a time of great festivities.
This past weekend, members of
the group and guests gathered at the
World Golf Village to celebrate the
organization's 41st birthday and to


honor its two remaining charter
members, Bessie Canty and
Elizabeth Downing. The event was
a glamorous affair, with catered
hors d'oeurves, music by Gene
White and lots of dancing.
It was also a brief respite from the
organization's hectic volunteer cal-
endar.


Marguerite Warren and Pam
Seay
The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links have done much to celebrate
for. The members of the organiza-
tion have focused on continuing a
great legacy of community service
begun in 1966. These busy ladies
have been involved with literacy
and health initiatives, by co-spon-
soring events such as "Hatitudes"


Barbara Darby and husband
John.
with the Jax Reads Program and
partnering with the Women of
Color to promote breast cancer
awareness. They have also support-
ed the arts and youth with activities
at the Cummer Museum, the
Children's Home Society, and the
Ritz and LaVilla Museum.
According to Chapter President


Geraldine Smith, "This was our
41st anniversary. November is also
National Friendship Month. We
invited our Sister Links from the
Bold City Chapter to join us in the
spirit of celebrating friendship. We
also gave special recognition to our
founding member present, Link
Bessie Canty. We work so hard all


year long to give back to our com-
munities. This evening was strictly
about 'good food and good fellow-
ship among great friends.'"
Special thanks to Maretta Latimer
and Betty Davis in preparation for
this article.


The Carter family enjoy the festivities: Martin Jr.,
Martin Sr., Heather, Alanna and Nicholas.


Karetha Bowens, Wilkes Eloir, Brianna Major, Betty Anderson and Netta Eloir enjoy the parade.


Annie Brevard, Cynthia Stallings and Javarious Wheeler


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T.C. and Ruby Newman with Carl and Betty Davis


Thelma Lewis and Terri Septer


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