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New Orleans' Homeless Take Up
Residence on Mayor's Front Lawn
NEW ORLEANS Hundreds of New Orleans' homeless, most of
whom are still suffering from Hurricane Katrina's rampage two years
ago, have taken up residence on Mayor Ray Nagin's front stoop. They
have left the city's shelters, street grates, condemned buildings and back
alleys to make an embarrassingly emphatic statement in the form of
an unsightly tent city on the plaza in front of City Hall.
Arguing that they have been unable to afford any type of housing since
the killer storm in late August of 2005, the fed-up, riled-up residents of
the Big Uneasy chanted in unison: "Hey Ray, Hey Ray! How about a
house today!" It was a refrain that runs counter to the popular tourist trit-
icism: "The spirit of New Orleans is waterproof."
The city's homeless numbers show that little has been done to alleviate
those fears among New Orleans' poor residents. The number of people
who had no homes before Katrina hit 6,300 has ballooned to a stag-
gering 12,000 homeless people today, says the homeless advocacy organ-
ization UNITY of Greater New Orleans. Also, the group says, the city's
832 shelter beds were cut by nearly a fourth. The nonprofit PolicyLink
reports that 41,000 of the 200,000 homes that were destroyed were
affordable rental units. And the average rental cost for an efficiency
apartment has skyrocketed from $463 to $764 since the storm.
Kin Want Infamous Tawana
Brawley Rape Case Reopened
NEW YORK Twenty years after her allegations of a racially charged
rape became a national flashpoint, Tawana Brawley's mother and stepfa-
ther want to reopen the case, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Glenda Brawley and Ralph King want to press Gov. Eliot Spitzer and
state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to re-examine the November
1987 incident, which a state grand jury ultimately concluded was a hoax,
the Daily News reported.
Brawley was 15 when she went missing for four days from her home
in Wappingers Falls, about 75 miles north of New York City. After being
found, she made the shocking allegation that she had been abducted and
raped by six white law enforcement officials.
The case quickly made headlines and drew the attention of the Rev. Al
Sharpton, who became an outspoken advocate for the teen.
But a special state grand jury found evidence Brawley had fabricated
her story. A former Dutchess County prosecutor who had been implicat-
ed in the case later sued Brawley, Sharpton and other Brawley advisers
for defamation, winning a $345,000 judgment against the advisers and a
$185,000 judgment against Brawley.
Actor/rapper Lil' Romeo to Play
Basketball at USC on Full Scholarship
The teenage hip-hop performer Lil Romeo,
tI anl son of Master P, signed national letters of intent
uP to attend USCthis week in Beverly Hills.
Lil' Romeo, whose full name is Percy Romeo
Miller, is currently a senior guard at Beverly
Hills High who averaged 13.9 points and 5.6
assists last season. His father, hip-hop mogul
Master P, had tryouts with two NBA teams in
"This is the most important thing I've had to do
and hopefully it sends a message to kids across
the country that education is more important
than money," Miller said at the news conference. "Getting a college
scholarship is more important than winning an American Music Award,
and I plan to be the best student-athlete I can be at USC."
One recruiting service ranks Miller, a 6-0, 170-pounder, among the top
15 prep point guards in the country.
Remembering the Innocents
10 Month Old Baby Dies After
Rape by Mother's Boyfriend
PITTSBURGH A 10-month-old baby
died after being raped and beaten by her
mother's boyfriend while the mother was at
work, police said.
The infant died at Pittsburgh's Children
Hospital on Saturday afternoon, two days
after the alleged assault.
Clinton Smith, 30, of Pittsburgh, the
mother's live-in boyfriend, remains in cus-
tody after being charged with rape and
other offenses. Additional charges could -_ ,
follow the autopsy.
The mother told police she left the baby with Smith when she went to
her waitressing job. Smith was also caring for his 2-year-old son.
The mother found the baby unresponsive when she returned home at
about 9:30 p.m. and called paramedics. The baby had severe bruises on
her face, arms and legs, as well as a bite mark on her chest, police said.
Doctors told police she had also been sexually assaulted.
A preliminary hearing for Smith was scheduled for this week. He was
already awaiting trial on an unrelated June charge of simple assault.
In a separate September 2006 case, a woman who has two young chil-
dren with Smith was granted a protection-from-abuse order against him
after she said he attacked her and their daughter.
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Volume 21 No. 36 Jacksonville, Florida November 22-28, 2007
Crime in the Black Community: Facing the Truth
by Marion Hubbard
Sometimes the truth is not so pret-
ty and realizing it is part of the
path to acknowledgement and heal-
Columnist Heather Donald recent-
ly wrote that attention given to the
Jena 6, hate crime and other noose
incidents takes attention away from
a "far more important truth."
The truth McDonald went on to
write was "it is not racism putting
Black men in jail; it's their own
behavior." She went on to write,
"The reason the Black incarceration
rates are the highest in the country
is that Blacks have the highest
crime rate by a long shot.
Nationally, Blacks commit murder
at about eight times the frequency
of Whites..." McDonald goes on to
parallel New York's violent crime
rate to that of the rest of the country.
According to McDonald, not only
do New York Blacks commit
crimes at a rate 13 times more fre-
quently than that of their White
counterpart, she states that these
rates are similar around the country.
In 2006, Whites counted for 75.8
percent of all persons arrested in
metropolitan counties. Twenty-
three percent of arrests in metropol-
itan counties were Black; the
remainders of arrests were of other
With the exception of robbery,
Whites were arrested at a higher
percentage than Blacks for violent
and property crimes in metropolitan
counties in 2006. Blacks accounted
for 50.3 percent of all persons
arrested for robbery offenses, com-
parable with unemployment rates
throughout the country.
In Metropolitan counties, Whites
comprised 70.8 percent of all juve-
Approximately 73 percent (72.7)
of juveniles arrested for forcible
rape were Whites, and 62.5 percent-
Continued on page 7
Whether you are a Jaguar on the field or in the stands, the spirit of the team is full of surprises. This week, quarterback David Garrard gets
a big "thank you" hug from Wanda Johnson, after Garrard presented her with a turkey and all of the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast for
her family. The Nia Terrace resident was treated to a blessing of Thanksgiving groceries courtesy of Winn Dixie. Garrard, personally shopped
and delivered the groceries to five families. Shown right, Ben and Ida Shellman surprised their grand-daughters Danielle and Dorielle with a
visit to the Stadium for the sold out defeat of the San Diego Chargers by the Jaguars. D. Sweeney, FM PowellPhoto.
Black Republicans Hold First Florida Conference
The Republican Party of Florida
recently hosted their first Black
Republican Conference in Orlando
during the Florida Classic weekend.
Black Rebublicans, a demo-
graphich that is growing in supris-
ing numbers, convened from
throughout the state at the
Conference chaired by
Jacksonville's own State Rep.
Carroll is the first African-
American Republican Female ever
elected to the Florida legislature
and the highest elected African-
American Republican in the state.
"The idea for this conference was
the brain child of the Republican
Party Chairman, Jim Greer" said
Carroll. Last year Greer shared his
idea with me and I thought this
would be a great way to reach out to
citizens who were unfamiliar with
the GOP. Carroll, in 2003 hosted an
African-American Conference in
Jacksonville, FL where many Black
Republicans from around the state
and Georgia attended.
The vent was held during the fes-
tive weekend with hopes to create
more visibility among the people
we are trying to reach and to create
awareness of what the Republican
Party has to offer minorities said
"We have to start some where,
and it is important to position our
selves where the people exist." She
Shown above are members of the Jacksonville contingency: Perry Robinson, Dr Ann Williams, Johnnie
Williams and Rev. Jeremiah Robinson Sr. of Royal Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. FMP Photo
said, "For far too long outreach in
the Black community has been
made with little effort and emphasis
(lip service). I believe with the
development of the Republican
Council, for which I am the
Chairperson, we will be able to get
the voices heard for Black
The Advisory Council's task is to
provide information and solutions
to Republican leadership of things
that are negatively impacting Black
community es throughout our state.
This is a separate entity from the
Florida Federated of Black
Republican Clubs. The Federations
are groups established to build
coalitions and membership into the
Republican Party as will as foster
and support Republican African-
Americans to run for office.
Although these are two groups have
different functions, they will be
working closely together to
advance the message of the
"The Republican Party is the
Party of Abraham Lincoln and
Teddy Roosevelt, and our values
and principles often mirror those of
the African.." Continuned on page 3
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1000+ Attend Regional Matchmaker Conference to Improve Minority Business
SHown above (L-R) Barbara and John Demps of Merchants Bankcard Syste, recipients of the Director's Award, JTA was one of the many booths in attendance representing minority commitment. Shown are DeeDee
Myers with Ken Covington and Cheryl Gonzalez. In the final photo is Heywood Nelson and Commissioner Matthew Carter at the event. FMPowvellPhoto
ORLANDO Governor Charlie
Crist were among the many guests
of the Department of Management
Services in addition to more than
1,000 minority and women business
entrepreneurs during the 2007
MatchMaker Conference and Trade
Fair in Orlando. He also and par-
ticipating in a roundtable discussion
with business representatives.
"Florida's business friendly envi-
ronment and the state's emphasis on
minority business spending are vital
to Florida's economy," Governor
Crist said. "As we ensure that busi-
nesses are free from the burden of
regulation, we create opportunities
for the entrepreneurial spirit to
The annual MatchMaker
Conference focuses on driving eco-
nomic development by linking
minority and women business
entrepreneurs with state govern-
ment and corporate sponsors.
Presented by DMS's Office of
Supplier Diversity, the conference
and trade fair feature more than 200
companies as well as state and
local government representatives -
Year-end Benefit Review Could Lower Your Taxes
By Jason Alderman
If you could save hundreds of
dollars on your taxes with just a few
minutes' work, would you? I
Before getting caught up in the
holiday rush, take a moment to
review your employer-provided
benefits and see if these year-end
Maximize 401(k) savings. Many
employers offer 401(k), 403(b) or
457 plans that let you set aside
money for retirement on a tax-
deferred basis; that is, where you
don't pay federal or state income
taxes on your savings or their
investment earnings until you with-
draw them at retirement. These
plans often match a percentage of
your savings commonly 50 per-
cent or more on up to 6 percent of
income saved. That's like a 50 per-
cent return on your investment.
If you're not contributing at least
enough to take advantage of this
match, you may be leaving hun-
dreds of dollars on the table. There
still may be enough time to catch up
for 2007: Ask your Benefits depart-
ment if you can make a one-time
increase to your December 401(k)
paycheck deduction. Or better yet,
try to permanently increase the per-
centage saved going forward.
While you're at it, examine your
investment fund mixture to ensure
it still matches your needs. For
example, people approaching
retirement sometimes move to more
conservative funds. Ask a financial
professional for help determining
your tolerance for investment risk
and which fund options you should
Use up Flexible Spending
Account (FSA) balances. Health
care and dependent care FSAs (also
known as reimbursement accounts)
let you use pretax dollars for
expenses you would have had any-
way thereby lowering your tax-
able income and thus, your taxes.
But factor in your plan's 2007
spending deadlines so you don't for-
feit any leftover dollars. Many
employers now allow a grace peri-
od of up to 75 days to use up 2007
account balances; ask your Benefits
department to be sure.
If there's money left in your
Health Care FSA, consider quali-
flied purchases you could make
before the deadline, such as new
eye glasses, contact lenses, braces,
or over-the-counter medicines.
Check IRS Publication 502 for a
complete list of allowable expenses
at www.irs.gov. On the other hand,
if you've already used up your 2007
FSA account balance, think about
which elective expenses you could
postpone until early 2008.
To learn more about 401(k) plans
and FSAs, go to Practical Money
Skills for Life, a free personal
financial management site spon-
sored .by Visa (www.practical-
Check deductibles and annual
plan limits. Health plans often have
calendar year-based restrictions so
plot out your expenses carefully.
For example, if your dental plan has
an annual dollar limit for crowns
and you know you need two
replaced, ask your dentist about
possibly doing one this year and
one after January 1. And, if ortho-
dontia for the kids is looming, ask
your dental office for help schedul-
ing the work so you can reap maxi-
mum advantage from your plan.
Similarly, if your vision plan only
pays for new frames every other
year, figure out if you should buy a
new set this year or wait until next
year. It may be better to replace
only the lenses now.
It's easy to just sign up for benefit
plans once a year and then forget
about them, but it can really pay to
stay on top of how they work and
plan your expenses strategically.
looking to purchase goods and serv-
ices from eligible, certified minori-
"When minority businesses have
fair opportunities to compete, then
all Floridians benefit," Governor
Crist said. "Increased economic
output and employment by minority
businesses have a positive ripple
effect throughout our state's econo-
During the 2006-2007 fiscal year
the state purchased $1.1 billion in
goods and services through certi-
fied women- and minority-owned
businesses, up 45 percent from the
previous year. In 2006, the Small
Business Survival Index ranked
Florida as the sixth friendliest state
in the nation for entrepreneurship.
In 2007, the Pollina Group ranked
Florida the third most pro-business
state in the nation.
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f a ring: Netvorking Attracts
Customers And Clients!
admit it or not,
those of us in business tend to see
every acquaintance or contact as a
There is nothing predatory or
wrong about that, if you follow
some basic rules when network-
ing for customers and/or clients.
Build relationships first. All
good and productive business
relationships develop over time.
Be a source of ideas, informa-
tion, and inspiration. Keep your
network updated with the latest
product or service information,
and provide them \rith inside tips
whenever the opportunity pres-
Use your success to build suc-
cess. Be honest, creative and
impressive; but always remain
professional. Be remembered for
Bottom Line: Keep in mind,
parading out your success sto-
ries just to impress people in
casual conversation is bad
form. But incorporating them
into relevant conversations in
your soft-sell pitches to poten-
tial clients is wise.
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November 22-28, 2007
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SSimonds Johnson Community Center Site
No. ,I f Continues to Draw Controversy and Praise
Shown above is Gov. Crist with local Black Republican Gaffney
Florida Black Republican Conference
Contiued from page 1
American community," remarked
Governor Charlie Crist, who
keynoted the Conference luncheon.
"The African American community
in Florida, like the Republican
Party of Florida, believes in lower
taxes, support for small businesses,
empowerment through education,
and conservative family values.
This common thread ties us togeth-
er and it is time that we get that
message out there."
The discussion panel included
Texas Railroad Commissioner
Michael Williams, Pro-Football
Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, and
bestselling author and news talk
personality Angela McGlowan.
Representative Jennifer Carroll, the
first African American Republican
woman ever elected to the Florida
Legislature, served as Honorary
Chairman of the event.
In addition to the luncheon and
discussion panel, Chairman Greer
introduced the members of the
newly-formed African American
Leadership Council, which will
serve as a liaison between the
RPOF and the African American
community and advise the
Chairman on issues relating to this
"The Black Republican
Conference and the formation of
the African American Leadership
Council is the next step in a year
which has seen unprecedented
African American outreach by
Florida Governor Charlie Crist and
the RPOF Chairman," noted
Since his election, [Crist] has
repeatedly earned praise from
Democratic black lawmakers for
taking on issues important to them.
Greer, who was Crist's pick to run
the party, said on his first day as
chairman that the party needed to
reach out to minorities.
The party has since created a
leadership council to serve as a liai-
son to black communities, as well
as a minority outreach office.
Blacks make up less than 2 percent
of all registered Republicans, and
less than 6 percent of registered
black voters are Republican,
according to figures from last year's
Crist, received a historic 18% of
the African American vote in the
2006 election. He was also recently
awarded by the Florida Chapter of
the NAACP for his efforts to ensure
civil rights and accessible, afford-
able higher education to all
When former Jaguar player Tony
Boselli rehabbed the abandoned
Community Center, he thought he
was doing a good thing. After all,
his foundation had developed an
after school program that would
benefit the under served children of
the community. Unfortunately, well
after the opening of the center and a
signed lease agreement, it has been
revealed that the process was
flawed at least according to mem-
bers of the surrounding community.
by the Simonds
Where are the minutes from
the Nov. 30, 2006 initial meeting
with the community and city
Why was the park closed?
Is there a public record indi-
cating that then representing
Councilwoman Gwen Yates uti-
lized any of her taxpayer sup-
plied bond funds to restore the
Residents say they were mislead.
The saga begins over a year ago
when notices were sent out to
inform residents of the potential
new tenant. Unfortunately, few
received or paid attention to the
W.J. Lewis, president of the 29th
and Chase Neighborhood
Association was one of the six peo-
ple to attend (and few to receive
the notice) the discussion meeting
lead by Councilwomen Johnson
and Yates along with Boselli
"We were told by Council mem-
bers that Mr. Boselli was operating
an after school program and noth-
ing else," said Lewis.
After repeated calls to her office,
Councilwoman Denise Lee stepped
in to intervene on behalf of her con-
stituents who claimed they were
shut out of their local community
center a center built from tax dol-
lars for service to the community.
In essence they were correct.
The building now under the super-
vision of the Boselli Foundation has
a new layout and home like design
conducive to learning not commu-
nity meetings. It has also been out-
fitted with state of the art computers
and other materials.
Mr. Boselli has said time and time
again that the community is wel-
come to use the facility but only
The once abandoned graffiti laden building is now refurbished.
Unfortunately, community residents can't use it at will leading to everything
from meetings to physical being performed in the bleachers outside.
under the Foundation's supervision.
The proponents and adversaries of
the Center seem to be going in cir-
cles. Since the most recent city
council meeting where the discus-
sion of the lease agreement was
tabled, the Save Simonds-Johnson
Park Committee has been formed
and publicly released a host of
questions behind the deal that creat-
ed the after school center.
The council postponed action on
the foundation's $1-a-year lease to
Thousands March Against Hate Crimes
WASHINGTON, DC Rev. Al Sharpton (C) and Martin Luther
King III (C-R) march around the Department of Justice to protest
hate crime issues. Thousands of black Americans marched in
Washington Friday, demanding the federal government act against
racial hate crimes and give fair treatment to black offenders.
where it currently operates an after-
school program for children from
kindergarten to fifth grade. About
15 children are enrolled, and
Boselli said he'll bring in a second
teacher and raise enrollment to 30 if
a lease is signed.
Such agreements are not new to
the city. Not many blocks away,
Osnald Calizaire (an African-
American) staffs and opened an
abandoned center next to Butler
Middle School yet no complaints
have arisen out of agreements like
his leading some to believe the
issue is a matter of race.
Bosellie who acknowledges he
doesn't live in the community says
that shouldn't have any bearing on
his desire to want to help it.
"Where was everyone when the
building was closed?" he asked
when he addressed the Council.
While the residents of Lee's
Districts are upset over the the
takeover, other council members
are welcoming the private public
partnership in their neighborhood.
The day following a heated city
council meeting, Councilman
Johnny Gaffney toured an aban-
doned facility with Boselli at Jones
Street Park at East 23rd Street.
"This is to me like gold. This is an
opportunity of a lifetime when you
have an individual who is willing to
step up," Gaffney said. "It's not
about us, but it's about the chil-
Hon. Betty Burney
Betty Seabrook Burney was elect-
ed Chairman of the Duval County
School Board (DCSB) today,
replacing Vicki Drake who ended
her one-year term as the board's
leader earlier this month.
The District 5 Chairwoman joined
the Duval County School Board in
November 2004. She is a Raines
High School graduate, holds an
undergraduate degree from the
University of Miami and a Master
of Arts in Public Administration
from Northern Illinois University.
Currently, Ms. Burney is an edu-
cation consultant for TPQ Inc., and
Seabrook and Associates.
Ms. Burney is the author of the
book "If These Chains Could Talk"
and is a frequent volunteer at the
Duval County jail where she serves
as a motivational mentor for incar-
Filling Ms. Burney's Vice
Chairman seat is former
Jacksonville mayor and DCSB
member Tommy Hazouri.
Representing District 7, Mr.
Hazouri joined the School Board in
November 2004. He previously
served for 12 years as a member of
the Florida House of
Representatives and was Mayor of
the City of Jacksonville from 1987
The Duval County School Board
is the official policy-making body
for all education-related issues in
Duval County Public Schools.
Betty Burney, Hazouri
to Lead School Board
JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
Forum on Crime & Safety
Share your ideas for crime prevention
and dealing with its aftermath
Monday, November 26, 2007 at 6 p.m.
Edward Waters College
1658 Kings Road
Milne Auditorium on Grunthal Street
Monday December 10, 2007 at 6 p.m.
Spirit of Life Worship Center
1176 LaBelle Street
The City Council's Public Health & Safety Committee will hold a forum on crime and safety. The public
is requested to share ideas regarding crime prevention on any level (personal, group of neighbors, com-
munity, city wide, etc) of any type (public education, enforcement, environmental improvements, etc) and
dealing with the aftermath (such as physical, financial or emotional effects). Although locations were cho-
sen to make attendance convenient for communities experiencing a higher incidence of crime, all inter-
ested citizens are invited to attend.
For further information contact Cheryl Brown, Director, at 630-1452 or Councilman Kevin Hyde, Chair
of Public Health & Safety at 630-1398.
November 22-28, 2007
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What if I told you that black men
in America make less today on
average than they made 30 years
ago of course you have to factor
inflation in those figures. But
would you believe me?
Most people would not that state-
ment. It would be hard to phantom
black men on average making more
money in 1977 than they make
today, but it's true. Well, at least
according to a study released last
week by the Brookings Institution
that tracked the incomes of some
2,300 families for more than 30
I have written about the income
gap in the past and I keep waiting
on the gap to start moving in a pos-
itive direction, but it hasn't hap-
pened. I Have no choicebut to take
a stalemate. No movement is better
than negative movement.
While incomes have increased
between both black and white fam-
ilies in the past three decades, it's
been mainly because more women
are in the workforce. However, this
increase was greater among whites,
according to the study.
by Traci Kwateng
An "independent woman" is
what she refers to herself as. She
makes her own money, pays her
own bills, and looks good; all at the
same time. She's fearless, in control
and motivated. Nothing can stop
the wind beneath her wings, noth-
ing but the fate of being perma-
The independent film Traci
Townsend explores this complex
phenomenon. Written around a sin-
gle columnist who's lucked out on
love, more than her fair-share of
times, the main character "Traci
Townsend", goes on a cathartic
journey to find out why she's never
been proposed to. Townsend
played by familiar faced actress
Jazsmin Lewis and her co-work-
er/best friend Sylvia (Mari
Morrow) use a documentary as the
premise behind exploring her past
and determining her future.
"I wanted to write something dif-
ferent. Women tend to think it's
usually a man's fault, but it some-
times is a women's fault. [The char-
acter] can't look into the mirror and
see that she had some issues. That's
what raw about the movie, when
she asked her exes for the truth,
they told her," says Bobby
Thompson the writer of Traci
And many women agree with the
idea that they contribute to their
Amma Nyako, and over-40 sin-
gle attorney chuckles as she
recounts her past dating ambitions
and what she thinks many women
do wrong in relationships. "I was
looking for someone who was
going to be a higher status than I
am, so I could quit working. But I
didn't find it. So I started dating
men on my level, but it was diffi-
cult. I actually dated a plumber, but
because I thought he wasn't good
enough, we broke up. Turns out he
C haumber of COmmeree: Brenda
So why has the disparity grown
so much? Let's look back to the
question I asked at the beginning of
this column. Incomes among black
men have actually declined in the
past three decades, when adjusted
The saving grace for blacks has
been the large number of African
American women who have made
gains in the workforce. Once
again, sisters have to bail the broth-
I would venture to guess that the
large percentage of black males in
jail also how info play when con-
sidering these statistics.
Here's another fact to ponder,
according to the Census Bureau,
the wealthiest 20 percent of house-
holds in 1973 accounted for 44 per-
cent of total U.S. income. Their
share jumped to 50 percent in 2002,
while everyone else's or us poor
folk's incomes fell. For those really
poor or the bottom fifth of the spec-
trum, their share dropped from 4.2
percent to 3.5 percent.
With rising health care cost, out-
rageous gas prices and real estate
now owns a successful plumbing
Thompson thinks that the movie
is universal for women of all races.
"It wasn't written as a story for
black women, it was written as a
story for women. I think it's for
everyone, over the age of 18, all
men and women," he added.
But for younger black women,
the pressures of getting married are
not as persistent.
"I want to get married, but I'm
not seriously worried about it. I feel
like I need focused on myself, find-
ing out who I am and making sure
my life is together before I blend
with someone else's," says Kyndal
Wilson, 20 a student at Howard
And although Nyla Funderburk,
another 20 year old Howard student
has the same focus as Wilson she
knows that being an educated pro-
fessional female may weigh against
her, in the fairy tale of finding mis-
ter right. "I'm not worried about
never getting married at the current
moment. But I will be, because I do
plan to go to grad school and that
means the chances [of getting mar-
ried] will go down."
Honestly, the hustle to get a good
man might not be in vain. In the
U.S. there are 19 million black
women and 16 million black men.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice statis-
tics says that African American
men in the past 50 years have
shown an incarceration increase of
900%. Also noted is that 42.4% of
black women have never been mar-
ried and will never be.
Dr. Kellina Craig-Henderson, a
Howard psychology professor talks
about this issue in her book "Black
Men in Interracial Relationships:
What's Love Got to Do with It?"
She says, "Although I certainly
believe that this (the statistics) con-
tribute to there being a smaller pool
of eligible males for African
market that is extremely unstable,
we should all be concerned. Well,
unless you are one of those in the
wealthiest 20 percent.
The Brookings report also found
that about two-thirds of the chil-
dren 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
OK let me attempt to break down
the problem with this income gap
as it relates to today's economy. We
all know that job growth has stalled
for the most part, leaving the unem-
ployment rate much higher than it
Then the pressure is on current
employers and John Q Citizen who
simply cannot find a job.
Meanwhile, soaring health care
costs are gobbling up much of the
gains from rising labor productivity
- further discouraging employers
So again, the poor continue to
struggle while the rich get richer.
The New Deal social contract has
been canceled, revoked and thrown
out with the trash and so have the
restraints it imposed on both indi-
vidual and corporate behavior.
And for black folk, things do not
seem to be getting any better.
According to a study from the Pew
Research Center, African
Americans are more dissatisfied
with their progress than at any time
in the past 20 years, and less than
half say life will get better for them
in the future.
This poll was released last week
and points out that one in five
blacks say things are better for
them now than five years ago. In
1984, almost two in five blacks
said things were better than they
were five years earlier.
Perception or reality? Either way,
blacks as a whole seem to be stuck
in the mud as it relates to social and
economic progress in this country.
Signing off from the
The hustle to get a good man might not be in
vain. In the U.S. there are 19 million black women
and 16 million black men. The U.S. Bureau of
Justice statistics says that African American men
in the past 50 years have shown an incarceration
increase of 900%. Also of note, 42.4% of black
women have never been married and will never be.
American women, it is not the only
factor. My book, and the interview
study that I conducted, is about
another factor that also exerts an
influence on the pool of eligible
males. A small number of eligible
African American men consciously
seek out women who are not Black.
But women are switching up the
game as well. Interracial dating,
which only two decades ago would
have been abnormal, is slowly
becoming the norm. A major factor
is the increasing rates of black
women in the once white male
dominated corporate world.
"I am an equal opportunity
employer," says Alicia Bradshaw,
38 a single professional black
women in New York.
Bradshaw's ideas of marriage and
commitment have also changed as
she's grown older and experienced
more. "I think marriage is a won-
derful notion and a sacred institu-
tion and have always thought so;
however, when I was 20 years old
the opportunity did not appear as
elusive. In my opinion, one reason
[that black women are single] could
be that lack of traditional marital
role models for us historically."
Yvonne Hill, 36 a graphic
designer in Miami agrees with
Bradshaw, but also thinks the
media has a lot to do with the low
rate of marriages. "I feel society
and media are partially to blame for
the way black-on-black Love is
viewed, all too often black women
are portrayed as controlling, over-
RIBUTORS: Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
hcinson, William Reed, Bruce Burwell, Phyllis Mack, Carlottra Guyton,
Burwell, Rhonda Silver,Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots
bearing or simply hoe's."
Hill also thinks there is a drastic
difference of how women of other
races are portrayed. "It has been my
experience that there is a lot of
competition for black men, so there
is no need for them to choose one
woman, because they are able to
get what they want from several. I
think 42.4% of black women will
never be married because they will
never be asked."
But Nyako still thinks women's
internal issues, and not external
factors, contribute to their single
status, "I put men on a high
pedestal. He could not be just a reg-
ular man. He had to be the best at
everything and I was wrong. [I
learned] a person or a man's char-
acter is just as important as his sta-
tus, professional standing or poten-
tial. In short you can't judge a book
by its cover."
Despite all the numbers, percep-
tions and theories, black men still
claim to love a woman in a suit. It's
just the extra baggage that they
bring in the briefcase.
Thompson still believes there's
hope, but women need to change
their mental barriers. "I think a suc-
cessful woman doing her own thing
is a catch. But I [also] think every-
body has to be realistic. If you're
looking for a doctor or a lawyer, the
pool is going to be small. Women
need to open themselves up to other
kinds of men. You catch the kind of
fish, where you go fishing."
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Hard to be Thankful This Time of Year
When the Income Gap Continues to Widen
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
President Bush did the right thing
when he said that he wouldn't make
any public comment about the five
count federal indictment of former
San Francisco Giants slugger and
home run king Barry Bonds. The
press and public should do the same
and not rush to judgment about
Bond's guilt. An indictment is not an
admission of guilt let alone a convic-
tion. But public silence about Bond's
presumed guilt is about as likely as a
blizzard in the Sahara Desert in July.
Or maybe giddiness at Bond's plight
is the more apt characterization to
describe the unvarnished joy that the
legions of Bond's haters almost cer-
tainly had at the news of his indict-
ment. The unabashed orgy of Bond's
vilification has been brutal and
relentless, and that's before Bond's
was accused of any wrongdoing.
The moment, however, there was
the hint that Bonds might have laced
his body with performance enhanc-
ing steroids the growth of the hate
Bonds industry took off like a rocket.
The industry soared when Bond
inched up to and then surpassed rhap-
sodic American icon Babe Ruth. It
propelled out of the galaxy when
Bonds inched up to and then sur-
passed Hank Aaron on the all time
home run chart.
The Bash Bonds club sports a for-
midable line-up. It includes top
sportswriters, legions of fans, and
advertisers (Bonds hasn't gotten a
paid corporate endorsement deal in
ages). Then there's the man at the top
in MLB, Bud Selig whose duck and
dodge of Bonds from the time he
chased Ruth and Aaron's record sent
the powerful signal that Bonds isn't
worthy of wearing the tag, King of
Swat. At least that is without an aster-
isk in front of the tag. And with the
indictment, the clamor for an asterisk
after his record will be forgotten. The
clamor now will be to exorcise his
home run record from the books, and
, any mention of him from baseball.
Bonds has run neck in neck with
O.J. Simpson as the man much of the
public loves to loathe for two tor-
menting reasons. One is race, and the
other is Bonds. The two are not
inseparable. A big, rich, famous,
surly, blunt-talking black superstar
who routinely thumbs his nose at the
media sets off all kind of bells and
whistles in the public mind.
Outspoken blacks, especially black
superstars, and especially those that
engage in bad boy behavior are often
slammed harder than white super-
stars who are outspoken and engage
in bad behavior.
Bonds got the Aaron treatment, that
is, the taunts, hate mail, the snubs
from the baseball brass, sportswriter
ridicule at every step of the way in
his march toward the home run
record. The only thing that was miss-
ing was having the N word incessant-
ly tossed at him (at least openly) as it
was routinely at Aaron.
Bond's indictment was pretty much
a foregone conclusion When the feds
went after the biggest name in track
and field, Marion Jones for lying to a
grand jury, and she came clean on her
use of steroids, and copped a plea to
avoid a long prison stretch, that was a
huge tip that Bond's days were num-
bered and that he'd be next. The
indictment doesn't charge him with
taking steroids but that he lied about
injections and knowingly taking
them. This is the finest of fine legal
hair splitting, and Bond's may ulti-
mately come clean and admit he used
the drugs. But that hasn't happened
yet, and until it does, Bush was right.
Bonds is still innocent until proven
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I am a Product of the 'American
Gangster' Claim to Fame
by Thomas Lopez-Pierre
Its 1:27 am (Friday, November 9, 2007) and I just arrived home from
watching the movie: American Gangster (based on a true story about a
1970's Harlem based Black drug Kingpin, named Frank Lucas) starring
Denzel Washington (my favorite actor). It is sad that so many people are
treating Frank Lucas with so much respect. Men like Frank Lucas should
have been put to death along with the police officers who protected him.
The movie got me thinking back 39 years ago to the day my twin broth-
er and I were born addicted to Heroin. Both our parents were junkies and
neither ever married (in fact my father did not know of our existence until
some 8 years later). He knew my mother for only a few weeks before she
got pregnant. Both my parents died years later from illegal drug abuse
related health problems.
I never met my mother; she took off a few days after we were born.
My brother and I were taken at birth and became wards of the State of
New York (i.e., a burden to taxpayers). For a total of 15 years out of the first
21 years of my life, I lived in several foster/group homes (these were very
hard years). From year 8 to 14, I lived with my Heroin addicted father in
no man's land, Bushwick Brooklyn, New York.
I remember starting at 8 years old; having to go to the drug dens, spend-
ing hours watching my father shoot up Heroin. It was my job to carry him
home and call 911 if he began to over dose (which he did often). My father
did not have a iob and welfare did not pay enough for both food and
Heroin. At least once a week, my brother and I went to bed hungry.
It was hard to pay attention in school. I say to you the taxpayers of the
late 19"Us 19iJ .ls: Thank you for funding school breakfast/lunch programs,
God know s \ ou saved my life and the lives of countless other children.
Back then. the school breakfast/lunch program was the only reason I did
not miss man\ school days.
At 21. I aged out of the system and was no longer a ward of the state. I
left the group home with $20,000 in cash that I "earned" by operating a
small group home bank (i.e. loan shark) for the residents and staff (and yes
the under paid staff, borrowed money from me). I used some of my savings
to bu\ a one bedroom co-op apartment
I ne\er asked \hi I had to suffer for so man\ \ears. thanks m no small
part to men like Frank Lucas. But instead, thank ou for protecting me
\\hen I \wa> so youngg and defenseless. The last fi\e Nears of m\ life hate
been so blessed. I hate a losing supportive wife, a 2 \ear old son who I
love more than life and the majority. om\nership interest in a investment
find that helps me to pro\ ide a bener standard of li\ ng for min \ family.
Toda\. 7 out 10 Black babies are born out wedlock in America i,%hile
onl\ 2 outi 1 for %hite babies). I pra\ that ,one da\ soon, no more sons and
daughters w ill ha\e to ll\e such a challenging earl\ upbringing
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St. Joseph UMC Observing One Church One Child Opens Northside Office
Church's 118th Anniversary
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 community are cordially invited.
Are God's Houses Under Attack ?
Thee once was a time when the Black church was one of the most sacred
institutions in the world. These days from locally to the federal govern-
ment, the sacred institutions are under attack. It was an alarming sight to see
picketers, Carolyn Donald and Alice Hunt, in front of the well known his-
toric Baptist Church, while driving down Moncrief Road early Tuesday
afternoon. The signs were protesting the Pastor and their allegations.
Strange to us because we've seen Mt. Matthews make many worthwhile
contributions to the community at large. One of the most effective, a com-
munity health clinic.
Last week U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced an investiga-
tion into the finances of several mega churches and their pastors: Creflo
Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, and Bishop Eddie Long, among them. Is
there more to come or is it simply a sign of the times?
The urgent need to increase adop-
tions in Jacksonville has led to the
grand opening of a new office on
Jacksonville's Northside that will
promote adoptions. One Church,
One Child is one of the leading
agencies in Florida and around the
country in recruiting Black parents
to adopt children. Although the
Florida Department of Children and
Families and its community-based
care partners have produced dramat-
ic increases in the number of chil-
dren adopted in the Jacksonville
area, more than 400 children re now
eligible for adoption.
"This is a historic day for
Jacksonville, Florida," said Elder
Dwight Brisbane of the Higher
Ground Church of God in Christ,
where One Church, One Child's
Jacksonville office will be located.
"This ribbon cutting is more than
just the opening of an office, it's the
combining of churches with local
and state forces, including the
Department of Children and
Families, to help Florida's chil-
dren," said Dr. Arie Sailor, execu-
tive director of One Church, One
Child of Florida.
According to One Church, One
Child, African-American children
represent a disproportionate 46 per-
cent of children in need of perma-
nent homes in Florida. The organi-
zation will focus their efforts on
finding adoptive families from
African-American congregations in
Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
"There is an urgency to increase
adoptions, especially in the African
American community," said Senator
Hill. "We need to eradicate this
problem of teenagers staying in the
foster care system until they age out
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Shown at the ribbon cutting are Senator Tony Hill, Reverend Al Williams from One Church, One Child,
Bishop Rushie Dixon, Elder Dwight Brisbane of the Higher Ground Church of God In Christ, and Arie
Sailor of One Church, One Child.
of care. We're going to do this
throughout the state."
The urgent need to increase adop-
tions is shown by several statistics:
Teenagers who are not adopted have
higher rates of homelessness, are
more likely to be involved in crime,
more likely to live in poverty, more
likely to require public assistance
and less likely to maintain stable
employment, compared to the gen-
eral population. Additionally, about
one-quarter of the 500,000 children
in foster care in the U.S. will never
be adopted before they turn 18.
The Department of Children and
Families and its community-based
care partners offer numerous bene-
fits to encourage people to consider
adopting children. Monthly pay-
ments are available for parents who
adopt through the state and its part-
ners, with payments as high as $364
a month when teenagers aged 13
and older are adopted.
Additionally, children adopted
through the state and its partners are
eligible to receive up to four years
of college tuition at Florida univer-
sities, colleges and vocational train-
ing schools. All children adopted
through the state and its partners are
covered under Medicaid.
The head of One Church, One
Child's Jacksonville office says
he'll be seeking the help of the com-
munity, especially churches, in
encouraging people to consider
"I'm looking forward to meeting
with pastors in all local churches, no
matter what denomination, and
seeking their support," said
Reverend Al Williams, district coor-
dinator for One Church, One Child.
"We believe churches can play a
major role in promoting adoptions.
Statistics show that African-
American children stay in foster
care longer than any other children.
"It can't just be government deal-
ing with this issue, the community
has to step up too," said Senator
To contact One Church, One Child
and join its community outreach
efforts, call Reverend Al Williams at
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Great Macedonia Holds Gala Celebration for Pastor's 70th Birthday- Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church loves their Pastor, Dr. Landon L. Williams. The Church Body honored Dr. Williams with a Birthday Celebration Dinner at the Airport
Holiday Inn, on Tuesday evening, November 23rd. The red themed banquet hall was beautifully decorated, and a delicious meal was enjoyed by all.
Dr. Williams thanked all in attendance for the wonderful affair, but was emphatic in telling everyone not to forget Thanksgiving Service, Thursday at 10
a.m. Pictured at the Head Table are (left to right) Greater Macedonia Youth Pastor Sidney and Mrs. Wells, with son; Deacon and Sister Avery, Senator
Tony Hill, Sister Verdelle Wells, the Honoree, Dr. Landon L. Williams; Deacon and Sister Johnson, Pop and Jene Alexander. The beautiful birthday
cake was wheeled out as dinner ended, and Dr. Williams didn't disappoint anyone, he blew out all the candles. "Happy Birthday, Dr. Williams!"
We Must Face the Facts of Crime \'
Continued from front
of juveniles arrested for aggravated
assault were White.
More than 66 percent (66.1) of
juveniles arrested for robbery and
56.7 percent arrested for murder
and non-negligent manslaughter in
metropolitan counties in 2006 were
This information comes from the
FBI Uniform Crime Reporting
Program or (UCR). The UCR is a
nationwide, cooperative statistical
gathering effort of more than
17,000 cities, universities, colleges,
counties and federal enforcement
agencies who volunteer reporting
data crimes. According to the UCR
website, its primary objective is to
generate reliable information for
use in law enforcement administra-
tion, operation and management.
The information contained in the
UCR is also used in research and
planning processes by criminolo-
gists, sociologists, legislators,
media and other research mediums.
Debunking the myth
While there is a greater showing
of juveniles arrested for violent
crimes, it does not paint the picture
of a whole race of people more
prone to commit these offenses.
And with respect to a greater repre-
sentation in prison, there is consen-
sus amongst many in the field of
social science that the "drug wars"
of the early 1980s led to the dispro-
portionate representation of Blacks
in state and federal prisons. The
drug wars focused on crack use in
the inner-city, almost to the exclu-
sion of methamphetamines (used
mostly by Whites).
This served to create the percep-
tion that crack was a "Black" drug.
However, a 2004 report by the
Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
said, "White Americans had the
highest use of crack, accounting for
60 percent of all people who have
used crack in the past month and 66
percent of all people who have ever
used crack. Black or African
Americans have the second highest
use of crack, representing 30 per-
cent of all people who have used
crack in the past month. Almost 70
percent of all crack users are male."
The resulting aftermath of such dis-
parities struck deeply into the heart
of family and community. Blacks
were arrested at alarming propor-
More than 80 percent of [con-
victed] crack offenders are Black,
compared with about 9 percent who
More than 50 percent of [con-
victed] powder cocaine offenders
Studies show that the differential
is the single biggest reason for the
substantially higher incarceration
rate of Black men compared with
White men. According to USA
News 2007 It's a reality that has
contributed to hostility and distrust
toward law enforcement in these
Marc Mauer, the Executive
Director of the Sentencing Project,
recently testified before the United
States Sentencing Commission on
Retroactivity of the Crack Cocaine
Guideline Amendment, "As has
been well documented, crack
cocaine law enforcement and sen-
tencing policies and practices have
had a highly disproportionate effect
on African Americans. Currently,
more than 80 percent of the people
prosecuted under the federal
statutes are Black. Whether or not
this is evidence of bias in policy or
practice, it clearly demonstrates
that a retroactivity change would
disproportionately benefit African
Americans, with the Commission
estimating the figure at 85 percent.
Given that previous drug amend-
ment changes adopted by the
Commission benefited higher pro-
portions of Hispanics and non-
Hispanic Whites, if the
Commission did not apply the cur-
rent proposal retroactively this
would raise serious concerns about
bias in public policy."
If he and others are successful,
many Blacks who are currently
imprisoned for crack cocaine con-
victions will receive a little retroac-
tive justice in the form of a two year
sentence reduction. This will affect
future convictions and escalate the
release of those imprisoned for such
crimes. Those with violent crimes
attached usually serve longer sen-
tences, but they too will be affected.
He says that the social disposition
of all people must be considered in
order to create an environment con-
ducive to a better life and stressed a
need for greater advocacy on both
sides of jail and prison doors. He
states also that there must be more
interventive and preventive pro-
grams to help lift the poor, disad-
vantaged and marginalized groups
of people and believes this is the
main adjustment needed to reduce
Dallas' crime rate and bring greater
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The Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church, 4510 Palm Valley Road, invites
the community to experience a Walk through "A Bethlehem Visit" 8000
Square Foot Nativity. The Nativity will be open 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,
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official Jacksonville Christmas Tree which spreads 32ft. wide. It will be
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When African American Women Should Seek Fertility Help
by Dr. Kendall Gray
Infertility among African
Americans is very much a taboo
subject. For men, it's a feeling of
not being able to continue the fami-
ly lineage. Women often look at it
as punishment for something they
may have done at an earlier age and
view it as an atrocity (i.e. abortion,
lifestyles). It's very ironic that
African American women are
looked upon as "baby making
machines" in their earlier years but
when they do the right thing and
wait for the "right time" they could
face infertility problems. More and
more African American women are
waiting longer to get pregnant.
They are seeking education, career
advancement and personal stability
at a rapid pace. To put it more clear-
ly: you're enjoying your youth. The
so-called normal reproductive
years, which are from your late
teens to early 30's, are spent achiev-
ing higher education. In contrast,
our parents often had their children
during their late teens and early
20's, so they were mostly done
before 30. Now, the average sister
is not looking to have children until
her late 20's to her early 30's.
Women are given a finite number
of oocytes (eggs) from conception,
which is about 500. That is it. Men,
on the other hand, continue to pro-
duce sperm well into their eighties.
In fact, even though the sperm is
mostly dysfunctional at this age, it
is still produced. So when your bio-
logical clock ticks, it really is tick-
ing, which makes time a very
important obstacle when you're try-
ing to achieve pregnancy. There is a
small window of time (about 48hrs)
when ovulation occurs during a
normal menstrual cycle. This is
when you have the highest chance
of conceiving. This time of the
month when you are most fertile
can easily be missed due to work
scheduling, discrepancies with your
partner or just plain fatigue. Some
women go to various websites in an
attempt to find out exactly when
they are ovulating and then notify
their partner that they're having sex
that night. This could be good or
bad (depending on you're relation-
ship), but now sex becomes more of
a chore and could become another
source of stress in trying to con-
If you are in your 20's and having
sex with the hopes of achieving
pregnancy, you should get pregnant
in about 6 months. If you're in your
30's, it could take up to a year. This
longer duration is due to the quality
of eggs, since as your age increases
the quality of eggs decreases. Also,
your ovulation period may need
time to adjust if you have been on
the pill for a large amount of time.
As I mentioned earlier, it is very
important to find out when exactly
you are ovulating. According to
your age bracket you can then
decide to get help.
In conclusion, you should seek
fertility help after a full year of
unprotected sex. When you seek
fertility help, make sure you bring
your spouse or partner to get tested
also. It's just as important to get his
sperm count tested also. Men often
have oligospermia (few sperm) or
Azoospermia (barely any sperm at
all) but still produce a normal ejac-
ulate and they think their sperm is
fine. Or what we often get is men
who have children from previous
relationships and therefore think the
problem is not with them, so they
berate their partner, implying that
it's her fault that she can't conceive.
This brings more unwanted stress to
the relationship as well as pressure
trying to conceive.
Lastly, when you decide to get
help, be sure to ask your OB/GYN
for a good Reproductive
Endocrinologist. An RE would
know more about infertility and the
latest advancements in the field.
Once they know your past medical
history, they can then provide you
with the proper course of action to
hopefully achieve pregnancy.
Quick Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
When eating, just eat. This means no phone, television or other dis-
traction for starters. If possible, even practice eating in silence on occa-
sion to make room for eating awareness to develop. Food is a basic
human need and we deserve adequate, devoted time to do nothing other
than nourish our bodies with wholesome nutrition.
Be seated. Ideally be seated at a dining table. However, the important
point is to not eat while on the go. If you simply must eat on the run, then
at least sit down on a bench in the shopping mall, at a nearby park or
even in your parked car. By being seated, you are acknowledging that
eating is a priority and requires your attention.
Taste your food. Only you know how many times to chew your food.
The key is to take the time to really chew your food with care and atten-
tion. Take note of the texture, saltiness, sweetness or whatever tastes
unfold. Choose wholesome, natural foods which radiate full flavors and
avoid artificial colors and preservatives. By thoroughly tasting all-natu-
ral foods, you may discover you need fewer bites to reach satiation.
Why You Need a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
In the wake of recent events,
plastic surgery has been the hot
topic in the Black community. As
you may have already known, Dr.
Jan Adams (the plastic surgeon who
performed the breast reduction and
tummy tuck on Dr. Donda West) is
currently under investigation by the
State Medical Board of California
and may lose his license. It has
recently surfaced in the media that
Dr. Adams was not a board certified
What is a Board Certified
Not all surgeons offering cosmet-
ic procedures are board certified by
the American Board of Plastic
Surgery (ABPS). Plastic surgeons
certified by the American Board of
Plastic Surgery have undergone
years of extensive education and
training to gain the necessary skill
level needed to provide the most
competent and comprehensive
patient care. More specifically,
board certified plastic surgeons
have proven their ability by meet-
ing the following qualifications at
an efficient level:
1. Graduated from an accredited
2. Completed at least five (5)
years of additional residency.
3. Usually three (3) years of gen-
eral surgery and two (2) years of
4. Actively practice plastic sur-
gery for two (2) years.
5. Pass comprehensive written
and oral examinations.
Who is the American Board of
The American Board of Plastic
Surgery is a member board of the
American Board of Medical
Specialties. The American Board of
Medical Specialties was created to
support the commitment set forth to
protect patients, by regulating the
quality of medical education. While
the intent of the American Board of
Plastic Surgery is not to designate
eligibility of who may perform
plastic surgery procedures, it does
resolve to initiate the qualifying
requirements for applicants request-
ing certification, regulate compre-
hensive examinations and present
certification to those who meet the
of the Board's accreditation is held
in the highest regard and once a sur-
geon completes the requirements,
he/she is referred to as a diplomat
of the American Board of Plastic
Surgery. As stated by the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons, these
diplomats are recognized to possess
extensive skill in the following
1. Congenital defects of the head
and neck, including clefts of the lip
and palate, and craniofacial surgery.
2. Neoplasms of the head and
neck, including the oropharynx and
training in appropriate edoscopy.
3. Cranio-maxillofacial trauma,
including fractures of the mandible
4. Aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of
the head and neck, trunk and
5. Plastic surgery of the breast.
6. Surgery of the hand/upper
7. Plastic surgery of the lower
8. Plastic surgery of congenital
and acquired defects of the truck
9. Burn managements, acute and
10. Microsurgical techniques
applicable to plastic surgery.
11. Reconstruction by tissue
transfer including flaps and grafts.
12. Surgery of benign and malig-
nant lesions of the skin and tissue.
How to Find a Board Certified
You can find a board certified
plastic surgeon by visiting
geonresource.com and conducting a
doctor search. If you are interested
in a finding a black plastic surgeon
in your area, feel free to conduct a
search on the BlackDoctor.org web-
site. Please always be sure that your
doctor's qualifications are thor-
oughly validated by a certified
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Push Away the Plate and
*Holiday Dos and Don'ts* Stay Slim This Holia
Expect the intensity of holiday
togetherness to breed some irri-
tability, and take it in stride.
Give yourself and everyone else
permission to feel less than perfect.
Recognize that the holiday isn't
"ruined" just because someone gets
angry or upset; your family is sim-
ply doing what it's always done--
acting like your family.
Recognize that no one can live
up to our expectations for
Christmas. Most of us carry around
a heavily romanticized picture of
the holiday and feel we must
relentlessly convey warmth,
brightness and good feeling. It's
just not possible without creating
Be forewarned that it is the
nature of family rituals to try to
stuff you back into old family
roles; you don't have to be the
fixer-upper or kid sister if you don't
Be open, and respond positively
to change in other family members.
Plan for the difficult moments.
Propose a family outing for the
Thanksgiving or Christmas after-
noon slump. Keep lots of board
Enlist the help of others if you
are the one in charge of organizing
the holiday reunion. Well in
advance, politely inform other
family members that you want
their help with meal preparation,
setup or cleanup, and assign specif-
ic tasks to specific people.
Everyone will enjoy the occasion
Try to be flexible about the way
things are done. Build some
change into family rituals, other-
wise they will ossify and eventual-
ly turn participants off. People
grow and change; so should rituals.
Create new rituals in newly
blended or divorced families,
adopting elements that have shared
meaning for all current members.
Recognize how difficult the holi-
days are for children of divorced
families. Two families are usually
competing for the children's time
and affection and they know that
someone they love will inevitably
suffer. Smooth their way.
Congratulate the cook. So what
if the turkey's too dry. At least it's
on the table.
Buy into the holiday promise of a
perfect family. There's no such
thing--and never was.
Expect the holidays to serve as
quality time for relationships. You
can't repair all damage and pay all
debts in a day or two. You can,
however, use the holidays to make
Plan family transformations.
This is not the time to confront
Uncle Ed about his drinking or to
force Mom to finally open up.
Try to overcontrol everyone's
interactions in order to put a lid on
conflict and clashes. And don't get
upset with anyone else for getting
You know the routine: First, you chomp down on
your mom's signature apple pie; then sip a few cock-
tails at the holiday office party. And don't forget, the
hours spent cooking when you should be pumping iron
at the gym. "It's definitely a difficult time of year.
You're trying to squeeze into cute dresses, but there's
cookies and egg nog everywhere," says wellness guru
A.J. Johnson, whose celebrity clients include Beyonc6,
Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union,
Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. "Still, it's not a
time to make excuses. You should plan instead of
panic." Here, Johnson shares her best secrets for hav-
ing a happy holiday without it all going to your waist.
#1 Do Some Prep Work
"Commit to making a plan. The better the plan, the
healthier the holiday," says Johnson who has a 'no
phy when it
comes to well-
ness. Need to do -.'-
during your nor-
time? Figure out
make it up or
carry your goods
instead of push-
ing them around
in a cart so shop-
ping becomes a
workout. If you .
know that you're 4 "
going to indulge
a bit at an office
potluck, cut a few
other meals to ,... .
make up for it.
#2 Fix Yourself
"If you're going
to a holiday dinner someplace else, eat a little some-
thing before you go so you're not starving and likely
to overeat when you get there," advises Johnson. This
is also a great way to make sure you're eating healthy
because you can pick the ingredients of your own dish-
es at home, even when we're talking about desserts..
"When you're making holiday cakes and pies, I'd
rather people use honey, molasses, brown sugar, or
even fresh fruit juice" suggests Johnson. "Natural
sugar will burn off faster than chemically processed
#3 Go Ahead, Have a Taste!
"A taste isn't bad. You can have a taste of mac-and-
cheese, but it shouldn't become a side. It should be a
tasty treat," explains Johnson. So if the sweet potatoes
or mac-and-cheese are making your mouth water, give
in. But after your spoonful of banana pudding or fork-
ful of pumpkin pie, put that utensil down and catch up
with the cousin you haven't seen in a year, or sit down
and play a game with your nephew. By paying atten-
tion to portions, you'll get to have your cake and eat it
too without suffering the consequences.
#4 Avoid Eater's
"Instead of saying, 'I
shouldn't have eaten
h that,' say 'I want it,
I'm going to eat it,
i and I'll have work to
Sdo later for it,'" advis-
es Johnson. "If I say I
S can't pass up that red
velvet cake, I know
that means I have to
do an extra 30 min-
utes on the treadmill
or do an extra lap at
S, the mall." So indulge,
but have a plan of
attack when it comes
to blasting those extra
calories that you've
#5 Shift The Focus
Away From Food
"We make the
fThanksgiving is about
the dinner," says
Johnson, "but Thanksgiving can be about organizing
the family touch-football game, group twister or
everyone taking a walk together." Try introducing new
traditions to your holiday get-togethers that get your
family moving-and burning calories. That way you
all benefit in the end.
How to Cut the Crazies Out of Your Holiday Season
In a greeting-card-perfect-world, at least one Wacko! He or she may
the holidays would come and go be a nosy coworker, a bullying
each year soaked in the golden family member, or a competitive,
glow of warm fellowship, and jealous sorority sister from college.
good cheer. In reality, however, the Because of the festivities of the
season is far from a pretty picture. season that lasts from
It usually heralds the (often stress- Thanksgiving to New Year's Day,
fill) onslaught of obligatory family Eckert says that Wackos practically
dinners, office parties, and come out of the woodwork this
reunions with old acquaintances, time of year. The good news, how-
As a result, we often find ourselves ever, is that you are not obliged to
forced to socialize with people stand helplessly in a comer as your
we'd rather avoid altogether. Ever crazy coworker, rude relative, or
notice e long-lost "friend" barrages you
that with his problems for hours on end.
Eckert says that there are several
sn art ways to thwart a Wacko's
anempts to undermine, manip-
ulate, or victimize you. Read
P on to learn how you can
take a stand and enjoy the
holidays this year free
from uninvited Wacko-
Trust your instincts
with new acquain-
tances. If a person you
do not know approach-
es you at the office
Christmas party, listen
Sto your inner voice. It
will help you determine
Whether this is a person
ou want to talk to. All too
often your polite, "Hi, how
are ou tonight?" can lead to a
one-sided chatter marathon from
which ~ou can't escape. Friendly
and unassuming party-goers
there's become accidental Wacko-hosts,
at least one person in every social because Wackos thrive from their
network who is an absolute dis- energy and leave them helpless to
pleasure to be around? Author get away. If you size up people you
Christina Eckert calls them don't know before you are
"Wackos"-and she says they're as approached, you will already have
common this time of year as an informed idea of where they fall
turkeys, tinsel, and Santa hats. on the Wacko-meter. Pay attention
"'Tis the season to beware of the to people's body language, the
potential threat that lurks by every decibel at which they speak in the
punch bowl or in every fireside group, and even how they are
wing chair," says Eckert, author of dressed. (Wackos love to be the
the new book Winning Against the center of attention.) You'll be glad
Wackos in Your Life: How to spot you did when you see the same per-
them and stop them in their tracks, son rambling on to another too-
Eckert says a Wacko is a wolf in polite-to-fight-it person for the rest
sheep's clothing who shows up in of the evening.
your life and in one way or another Keep your personal life private.
makes you miserable. We all know It is okay to have a friendship with
a Wacko as long as you maintain
boundaries. When you run into
your catty sorority sister at your
alumni holiday mixer, beware of
how much information you
divulge. If you look closely, you
may see that she is already flexing
her claws and waiting to pounce on
a disclosure that could become the
grapevine's juiciest gossip.
Wackos thrive on knowing and
spreading dirt, so unless you don't
mind one airing your dirty laundry,
just keep it to yourself.
Prepare a get-away plan (per-
haps up a chimney?). Whether
you have known your Wacko for
years or just met him in line to meet
Santa, you can get away more easi-
ly if you have a previously planned
excuse. This provides an escape
route should a new acquaintance or
a crabby relative start to make you
feel uncomfortable. Should this
happen, a simple, "Gosh, it's 7:30
already? I'm sorry, but we have to
be somewhere at 8:00. Nice to see
you. Goodnight!" will get you off
the hook and out the door. In fact, if
you're attending the event with a
spouse, date, or friend, you might
want to let him or her in on the
"commitment" so no clueless stam-
mering or blank stares will give
away your game as you're deploy-
ing the plan.
Diffuse ugly scenes with few
words. Unfortunately, the kind of
encounters that lead to ugly scenes
all too often involve Wackos who
are also family members. The holi-
days breed such encounters simply
because we feel obligated to social-
ize with relatives-sometimes even
parents or siblings-we minimize
contact with the rest of the year. If
you know that Thanksgiving dinner
will force you to converse with
your hateful mother-in-law, then
plan on using as few words as pos-
sible if she unleashes a tirade
aimed at you. If she says, "Sarah,
your ahem ... taste in ... fashion cer-
tainly hasn't changed in the ten
years you've been married to my
son," all you need to say is, "No, it
hasn't. Excuse me." Eckert insists
that five words or so is all anyone
needs to diffuse an attack from a
Wacko. Don't give anyone the
satisfaction of ruining your holi-
Be choosy with your party
priorities. With all the stress and
obligation surrounding them, it
is difficult to remember that the
holidays are about celebration,
joy, and relaxation. Nothing can
ruin your good time like too
many forced social situations
where you must interact with all
of the crazies in your life.
Remember this: You have the
right to say NO to some of the
invitations you receive during
the holidays. For every three
invites you receive, beg off at
least one of them. You don't
have to be at the mercy of those
you would rather avoid. If it is
too much to be around someone
who really gets under your skin,
then say, "Thank you very much,
but we already have plans." You
get to make the decisions about
your life. Don't apologize or feel
If you're worrying that all this
Wacko talk seems downright
uncharitable during the holiday
season, put your mind at ease.
Eckert says that most Wackos
are mentally unstable and need
professional help. You can't save
them by being a human punch-
ing bag. In fact, by providing an
outlet for their bad behavior, you
may actually be enabling and
"If the idea of facing the
Wackos in your life this holiday
season is overwhelming, it may
be time to kindly but firmly cut
them out of your life," says
Eckert. "The world is full of
wonderful people you can share
your friendship with. You don't
need to associate with toxic
friends and family who only
make you miserable. True, the
holiday season is a time for
peace and joy, but you must real-
ize that you deserve to enjoy
these gifts as well. It may be
very difficult, but de-Wacko-
fying your life may be the best
Do You Know a Wacko?
Wackos are Jekyll one minute, Hyde the next.
Wackos are notoriously moody. They can be as sweet as sugar one
moment but will bare their venomous fangs the next. The change is as dis-
turbing as it is rapid. Seemingly insignificant disagreements can turn into
a one-sided shouting match in a matter of seconds.
Wackos are often narcissists.
Wackos believe that they are the center of everyone's universe, which
explains nearly all Wacko behavior. Wackos are selfish and genuinely feel
that they are perfect in every way, which frees them up to not only criticize
others but also talk about themselves to anyone who will listen.
Wackos can do no wrong.
A Wacko's image is everything, and therefore he or she can't admit to
doing anything wrong, ever. Wackos will spend their lives preserving an
image of themselves in which they are repeatedly victimized, but never
actually make mistakes themselves.
They try to pry.
Wackos make it their business to know as much as they can about their
friends and enemies. So many of their problems come from a need to be
in control. And what better way to control others than to pry into their busi-
ness? If you can, try to limit all Wacko conversation to small talk. After
all it is difficult for a Wacko to control you and make you vulnerable when
you chat only about the weather!
Wackos are tattletales.
Not only do Wackos get a rush from pointing out another person's short-
comings, but they also need to tattle to make themselves feel secure and
superior. Wackos really cannot do much damage by being tattletales, but it
never hurts to keep your secrets to yourself if a Wacko crosses your path.
They have sharp tongues.
Wackos love to appear dominant even though they really have very lit-
tle personal power or self-esteem. They know that the best way to com-
pensate is by using their mouths as weapons of mass destruction. A Wacko
will not hesitate to throw out a veiled insult or may even blatantly go for
the kill. They are known for making snide comments that no sane person
would ever utter simply out of social decency. A few curt words, like
"Someone hasn't been dieting, 1 see" can cause such unexpected shock that
the victim often can't even stammer a reply. They take advantage of the
silent aftershock of their words.
Wackos perfect the "look."
Wackos have no problem being rude if it benefits them. They won't hes-
itate to deliver an icy glare to anyone they feel deserves it. It is common
for a Wacko to express her own perceived superiority over another person
by either looking down her nose at the person or looking the person in the
eye and then rolling her own eyes to the ceiling. Such behavior is ridicu-
lous and rude. Either ignore the Wacko or look her straight in the eye and
ask what she's staring at.
Wackos hold grudges ... forever.
Wackos are like elephants; they remember everything. However, they
admit to remembering only things they did not like. Anytime a disagree-
ment ensues, watch out because a Wacko will (with impressive speed!)
regurgitate any wrongdoing he feels you have committed. Don't try to stop
a Wacko on a wrongdoing rant-you can't. Remain calm and walk away if
you need to.
Careful Planning Helps Avoid
Holiday Spending Hangovers
Retailers are getting their stores ready for the biggest holiday shopping
rush of the season "Black Friday." A total of $8.9 billion was spent dur-
ing last year's Black Friday alone, with close to 140 million consumers
swarming stores and shopping malls over the course of the Black Friday
weekend. While for many this annual tradition of shopping jump starts a
wonderful holiday season, the merriment can lead to severe stress for
those worrying or dealing with rapidly growing debt.
With the following tips, consumers can take proactive steps to stop hol-
iday debt before it starts:
- Decide your spending limit in advance and stick to it. Make your
holiday gift list early and set a specific amount of how much you can
spend on each gift to remain within your budget.
- Do your homework. Between now and the end of December, scope
through online specials and take time to compare deals. Armed with a list
of items ahead of time makes it easier to watch for sales, shop online and
compare prices to find the best deal.
Purchase gifts with cash or debit cards rather than on credit
cards to avoid future bills. According to the National Retail
Federation, consumers are using their debit cards more versus credit
cards this holiday season. If you do use credit for some gifts, make con-
crete plans to pay off gift purchases by February, before tax time hits.
Avoid last minute shopping. Taking time to shop for items can elim-
inate desperate, last minute, and often expensive choices.
Once your list is done, stop shopping. When every loved one on
your list has that special gift, and your holiday spending limit is
reached... stop shopping. With holiday cheer still in stores, this is often
easier said than done for many consumers.
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SWhat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene I
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
Author Book Signing
Author and relationship consult-
ant, Samuel L. Brown, MSW, will
be at Bradham-Brooks Library for a
booksigning, and to share his expe-
rience as a marriage and family
counselor, writer, and publisher on
Saturday, November 24th from 1-
3 p.m. Mr. Brown will discuss:
How attitudes shape relationships;
Why people get married;
Parent/child relationships, Father-
hood; How to write and publish
your own book; And much more.
The library is located at 1755 W.
Edgewood Ave. Call 765-5402 for
City Council Public
Forum on Crime
The City Council's Public Health
& Safety Committee will hold a
forum on crime and safety. The
public is requested to share ideas
regarding crime prevention on any
level, of any type and dealing with
the aftermath The next meeting
will be held on Monday, November
26th at 6 p.m. at EWC in the Milne
Auditorium. A meeting will also be
held on Monday, December 10th
at 6 p.m. at Wayman Ministries,
1176 Labelle Street.
For further information contact
Cheryl Brown, Director, at 630-
The University of Florida
Cooperative Extension Family and
Consumer Sciences Program will
present it's final holiday program at
the Extension Office, 1010 N.
McDuff Avenue. The program enti-
tled "Holiday Hospitality at Its
Best" will be on Tuesday,
November 27th, and will have a
decorative emphasis, showing easy
ideas to produce a party that looks
and tastes like a celebration of the
first order. It will be presented at
10:00 AM and again at 6:45 PM.
The cost includes educational mate-
RESERVATIONS ARE NECES-
SARY and can be made by calling
the Extension Office at 387-8855.
Focus on Architecture
The Wakaguzi Forum will be held
on Tuesday November 27th at 7:00
p.m. on the EWC Campus. The
speaker will be Mr.Ray Evans,
CEO-iDesign, Inc. Mr.Evans will
discuss today's trend in architecture
to design building that are enviro-
mental friendly to energy efficiency
.Location is Schell-Sweet CRC / 1st
Floor Conference Room.This is
event is free to the public. For more
information contact Prof.Baruti
Katembo at 904-504-2069 or by e-
mail at email@example.com
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-
Do you know someone who is constantly doing for oth-
ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
Nominate him or her for the Unsung Hero spotlight and
they could win a $50.00 Gift Certificate from Publix
Supermarkets and share their courageous and selfless sto-
ries with Jacksonville Free Press readers.
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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.
Holiday Support Group
Haven Hospice offers a two-week
grief support group focusing on
helping individuals during the holi-
days, as it can be a difficult time for
those who have lost someone they
love. Members can express their
feelings and thoughts and gain an
understanding of grief and how it
impacts their lives.
The group will meet at Haven
Hospice, 8301 Cypress Plaza Dr.,
Suite 119. They will meet on
Tuesday, Dec. 4 & 11 from 5:30 -
7:00 p.m. For more information or
to register, contact Kathryn
Alpahando at 904-733-9818.
Rabbi to Discuss
Rabbi Jonathan Lubliner will dis-
cuss interfaith families and how to
handle Jewish holidays and the
diversity of our society at 10:30
a.m. on Dec. 5 as part of the JCA's
"Conversations with ..." program.
Registration is requested by Dec. 2.
"Conversations with... a group for
women" brings a monthly dialogue
to the JCA regarding issues
designed to be thought-provoking
and current. The program will be
held at the Jewish Community
Alliance, 8505 San Jose Blvd. For
more information, call 730-2100
Holiday Fashion Show
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will have their Holiday
Fashion Show on Wednesday
December 5th from 9:30 -11:00
a.m. at the Selva Marina Country
Club, 1600 Selva Marina Drive in
Atlantic Beach. The speaker will be
Julie Mariner of Ponte Vedra
Beach, FL whose topic will be
"Pack Up and Hit the Road".
Complimentary child care is avail-
able with your reservation.
For more information, contact
Carolyn at 221-0670 or
D.A. Art Opening
The Douglas Anderson School of
the Arts Visual Arts Program invites
the community to experience "Take
Two" an Exhibition of Student Art
at the DA Gallery. The exhibit fea-
tures recent examples of sculpture,
photography, drawing and painting.
The Opening Reception will be
held on December 6, 2007 from
6:00 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will
be served and it is free and open to
the public. Works will remain on
display through January 30, 2008.
The School of the Arts is located at
2445 San Diego Road. For more
information, contact Jane Pope,
President at 904 or via email at
Duval County Retired
The Duval County Retired
Teachers Association will hold its
December meeting at the Piccadilly
Cafeteria, 5950 Ramona Blvd. on
December 6, 2007 at 10:15 AM.
The speaker will be Ms. Genie
Cooke of the Duval Ecumenical
Service Council. Members are
asked to bring gifts to be presented
such as disposable razors, deodor-
ant, sanitary supplies, and under-
wear and socks for all ages.
Lunch will follow the meeting.
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz Finals
will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
December 7th. 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
Protect your family.
Set tested for HIV.
To Ilen m oe about HIV
and AIDS, Call
1-ND- FLA-AID or At
R.ORID. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF HIV/AIDS
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.
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
The 27th Annual Holiday Regatta
of Lights, a spectacular and colorful
parade of boats will be held in St.
Augustine on the bay just north of
the Bridge of Lions. The event will
be held on Saturday, December 8th
at 6 p.m. Sailboats, sport-fisher-
men, trawlers, shrimp boats and
many other vessels take part in the
festive lights of the Christmas sea-
son. For more information or to par-
ticipate, call 824-9725.
Breakfast with Santa
The public is invited to join Stage
Aurora for their "Ist Annual
Breakfast with Santa".Kids and
family will have the opportunity to
spend Breakfast with Santa, a true
holiday memory. Don't forget your
cameras for a complimentary photo
because throughout the morning,
your child can sit with Santa and
share their Christmas wishes. The
event will be held from 8:00 a.m. -
12:00 noon on Saturday, December
8 & 22, 2007 at the Gateway Mall.
For tickets or more information,
call 765-7372 or visit the Stage
Aurora Office at 5164-A Norwood
Ave., Mon.-Fri., 9AM 3PM.
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.
The Christmas social for The
Southern Genealogist's Exchange
Society will be held Saturday,
December 8th, 2007 at 11:00 AM-
1:00 PM. A Christmas program,
installation of 2008 officers and
covered dish luncheon is planned at
the Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori
Road, Jacksonville. Sign up at
(904) 778-1000 or email publici-
firstname.lastname@example.org for more informa-
The Regency Public Library will
be the site of spiritual renewal for
Black men on Saturday, December
8th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3V
Magazine invites all men to renew
their minds and spirits in prepara-
tion for the New Year. Participants
will be able to connect with like
minded men as they pursue purpose
and break free of spiritual hin-
drances. Guests Speakers will focus
on topics including, "Godly
Character At Home", Live Right
Don't Die Trying", "Walk in
Wholeness". The Library is located
at 9900 Regency Square Blvd.
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus 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 sched-
ule an audition, call (904) 346-
Workshop on Creating
The Duval County Extension
Office will present a workshop on
Creating Holiday Arrangements
and other Horticulture Gift Ideas. It
will be held on Wednesday,
December 12th 10- 1:00 PM at the
Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. Workshop Topic include:
Making Herb Vinegars, Plant and
Book Gift Items, Create
Arrangements Using Landscape
Plants, Florida-Friendly Gift Ideas
for the Gardener and Herb Dish
Gardens. You will make a bottle of
herb vinegar and an herb dish gar-
den to take home. Deadline to reg-
ister is Dec. 10. Please call 904-
387-8850 to pre-register.
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Another Sell Out and Good Time for the Florida Classic
Giov. -rist s as onnano ior me coin cross. ne Is s uoin anuot greetingg
the competing school's presidents Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed (BCU) and
Dr. James Ammons (FAMU)
ORLANDO One of the state's
biggest rivalries brought thousands
of people, home cooking and a win
for Bethune-Cookman University
Florida A&M University battled it
out against Bethune-Cookman at
the Citrus Bowl during the Florida
Classic, which is a chance for tens
of thousands of fans to renew their
rivalries --and friendships, while
pouring millions of dollars into the
Central Florida economy.
The 28th annual game ended with
a win for the Wildcats.
Justin Brannon rushed for 140
yards and a touchdown, and
Bethune-Cookman capitalized on
four Florida A&M turnovers for a
34-7 victory in the Florida Classic.
Brannon keyed a 336-yard rushing
effort for the Wildcats, who
snapped a two-game losing streak
to the Rattlers in the season finale
for both teams.
Events included an alumni gala,
battle of the bands and the Classic
Step Show and Comedy Jam.
Before kickoff, fans started their
day by tailgating that went way
Phili Sylvester and Jacksonville native Tyrone McGriff were the
Hardcore B-CU Fans Jacqie and Wendell Holmes
Tailgating is a major tradition of
the Florida Classic. To tailgaters,
it's food, then football.
"There's nothing like eating, fight-
ing, and then you eat again," one
There were numerous vendors,
but tailgaters said the best food is
with the fans. Many said it was like
an early Thanksgiving.
Fans said bringing the Classic
from Tampa was the right move.
"I've been going for the last five
years and I've seen nothing but pos-
Jaguar Fan Zone
itive things. I'm thinking that
they've been embraced us pretty
good," another tailgater said.
In the hours before kickoff, fans
said it's all about spending time
together and talking trash.
"We're going to renovate the stadi-
um, we're going to make it maroon
and gold and that is going to be it,"
Ben Carter said. "There's going to
be a big sign across there to say,
'Home of the Wildcats!'"
After the tailgating and the game,
fans and residents had to deal with
a traffic jam. For hours, traffic
moved at a crawl on Interstate-4,
state Road 408 and on neighboring
Obama's List of Endorsers Reads
Like African American "Who's Who"
The reality that a Black Man could possibly be elected President of the
United States has finally become a reality to African Americans. And, to
some "other than black" Americans, as well! Now, what makes electing an
African American important to all African Americans, and Americans in
general? It doesn't take a lot of thinking to know that it will be the first time
that there will be a president of these United States who knows what its
like to be black! Who knows the obstacles, the problems, and what its like
to grow up being a young black man in America!
Sure, Obama is a mixed African American, but aren't
we all? Or at least the vast majority of us. Few of us
have pure African blood. That blood was mixed early
on by the ruthless slave masters. Few of us have that '.
beautiful smooth velvety black skin.
What a lot of others see in Obama is the fact
that he is a product of both black and white and
that is the only possible way that he can view
America. Is there any other candidate that fits
George E. Curry of the National Newspaper
Publishers Assoc. (NNPA) representing over 200
African Americans nationwide recently -.
addressed the issue of Obama's candidacy broad-
mindedly. He unabashedly reminded us that
African Americans are supported Hillary Clinton,
largely on the strength of her husband's eight years
in the White House. But, he pointed out that Obama
and Clinton have remarkably similar records in the U.S.
Two of the highest ranking political and influential
African Americans in the U.S., Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and
the incomparable Oprah Winfrey have endorsed Obama for president.
Other prominent, famous and highly recognized endorsers include: U.
S. Congress Members: Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Sanford Bishop, Rep.
William Clay, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Arthur Davis, Rep. Danny
Davis, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Chaka Fattah, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Jesse
Jackson Jr., Rep. Gwen Moore, and Rep. Bobby Rush.
Also Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Richmond, Virginia Mayor and for-
mer Governor, Doug Wilder; Professor Cornel West, Princeton University;
Michael Eric Dyson, Alice Walker, and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
And, from the entertainment, sports and business segment: Halle Berry,
Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Usher,
Smokey Robinson, and Charles Barkley. Also, Earl Graves Sr., founder,
Black Enterprise magazine; Ann Fudge, former CEO Young & Rubican;
and John W. Rogers Jr., chairman and CEO Ariel Captital.
High profile African Americans endorsing Sen. Clinton include:
Members of the U. S. Congress: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Alcee
Hastings, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep Yvette Clarke, Rep. Greg Meeks, Rep.
Edolphus Town, Rep. Laura Richardson, Rep. Diane Watson, Rep. Corrine
Brown, Rep. David Scott, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Del. Donna Christian
Also, Attorney Willie E. Gary, Rev. William H. Gray, former UNCF
CEO, Bob Johnson, Founder of BET, Trenton, NJ Mayor Doug Palmer,
Buffalo, NY Mayor Byron Brown, David Dinkins, former NY City Mayor,
and Yusef Jackson.
The 2008 Election is one of the most important in the history of our
country. It should require much thought from all of us. Regardless of who
wins, it will be historical. We must remember that it is our vote that counts,
It was a beautiful winter day in Jacksonville for a sellout crowd at the stadium. Fans clamored for tickets to the
game that matched the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Sand Diego Chargers who had just beaten the Indianapolis
Colts the week prior. Fans enjoyed watching the easy 24-17 victory. Next up for the home team who are in the
hunt for the play offs a 1 p.m. match up on Football Sunday against the Buffalo Bears. FMP Photo
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Hollywood typically only sees African-Americans that don't mother had a boyfriend, but she'd
one color, and that's the color of involve booming hip-hop sound- never gotten a divorce from her
money. tracks, swiftly edited dance moves, husband though they hadn't been
So is black the new green? characters wallowing in buffoon- together in 10 years. That's some-
Consider: "American Gangster," ery or crime, or high-profile actors thing you see in the African-
the Denzel Washington flick about cast merely for marquee value. American community. Stuff like
a real-life African-American drug Audiences are waiting and want- that felt authentic to me."
lord, is a no-brainer smash. ing to see more African-Americans Packer says audiences are getting
Washington and co-star Russell in real stories, and they're getting more authentic black-oriented
Crowe are huge box office draws. it. Actress Loretta Devine, star of movies because more
The movie, which came with plen- the holiday family drama "This Blacks are behind the scenes,
ty of advance buzz, is getting great Christmas," says the depiction of making decisions about what
reviews and is being eyed as an blacks on the big screen is ripe for aspects of black culture are repre-
early Oscar favorite. It already has change. "This is no different from sented and how we are portrayed.
grossed $80 million, and will shoot what we did with 'Waiting to "Many more of us are involved in
well past the $100 million mark. Exhale,' said Devine, one of the that process, and audiences are
"Stomp the Yard" marched it four female black leads in that responding," Packer said. "When
way straight to the top, gross- they support a 'Why Did I Get
ing $61 million overall. The Married' or a 'This Christmas,'
plot revolved around "step- we'll see more films in a simi-
ping," a practice deeply rooted .. lar vein with similar themes
in African-American fraterni- P and images."
ties and sororities. i Hollywood has often done
"Dreamgirls," last year's all- ,'* well with quieter black films
star adaptation of the .4'k ," that often fly just under the
Broadway play of the same radar while still grossing box
name that featured Jamie Foxx, office numbers far exceeding
Beyonc6 and Eddie Murphy, their budgets. That has been
won "American Idol" also-ran the case for all of Perry's
Jennifer Hudson an Oscar, movies, as well as other mod-
grossed more than $100 mil- Films such as Waiting to Exhale helped est movies such as "Waiting to
lion, and a counted a No. 1 launch the Hollywood Black movie boom. Exhale," "Barbershop," "The
soundtrack among its riches. Best Man," "The Brothers" and
And then there's Tyler Perry.
Perry, the phenomenally success-
ful 38-year-old playwright, actor
and director, doesn't do big budg-
ets. He doesn't do A-list actors.
Most of Hollywood doesn't know
his name. But it's learning fast -
thanks to three chart-topping
movies in two short years includ-
ing "Diary of a Mad Black
Woman" and "Tyler Perry's
Madea's Family Reunion." His
films are part of a trend away from
black stereotypes toward a more
grounded, realistic view of black
families, relationships and culture.
Perry's current film is the low-key
"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get
Married?" in which several cou-
ples on a mountain retreat explore
their troubled relationships.
Perry is proving there's room in
Hollywood for stories about
"But 'This Christmas' will help
open up a whole new thing as
black people start to see them-
selves on the screen again this
way," Devine said.
Like Perry's films, "This
Christmas" takes an intimate look
at large, middle class African-
American family reunited for the
Christmas holiday. Each family
member harbors a secret. Producer
Will Packer, who also produced
"Stomp the Yard," said he jumped
on the script when it came across
his desk because of the project's
realness and honest, humane por-
trayals of flawed characters -
something he doesn't always see.
"This wasn't a cookie-cutter
Hollywood story," Packer said. "It
felt like real people. Everyone
wasn't doing the right thing. The
"Soul Food," all of which tripled
Perry's films also are heavily
rooted in Christianity, which has
helped him draw a huge black
church demographic. And while
Perry barely employs white actors
in his movies, race is incidental to
his universal themes.
That has helped pull in white
audiences, who are an essential
boost for "black" movies.
"They're learning about another
culture and seeing what's beautiful
about them, getting to know
them," said Devine. "And that's
great because we've been studying
white culture for forever."
Packer said: "Before, if you didn't
have white faces onscreen, whites
wouldn't come out. Now, audi-
ences just want films they can
relate to and enjoy."
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November 22-28. 2007
tastes for today
West African Peanut Chicken Stew
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Start to Finish: 50 Minutes
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4)
1 box Betty Crocker Chicken Helper jambalaya
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups hot water
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with onion and
1/2 lb sliced fully cooked Polish or kielbasa sausage,
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1. Cut chicken into strips, about 2xl/4 inch. In 3- to 4-quart
saucepan, stir chicken and chicken seasoning (from
Chicken Helper box) until chicken is evenly coated; stir in
oil. (For best results, use saucepan with nonstick finish.)
2. Cook chicken uncovered over medium-high heat about 8
minutes, turning chicken over after 5 minutes, until dark
brown on both sides. Stir in hot water, the sauce mix and
uncooked rice (from Chicken Helper box), the tomatoes
and sausage. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce
heat; cover and simmer about 25 minutes, stirring once,
until rice is tender.
3. Stir in peanut butter. Cook about 2 minutes longer, until
mixture is thickened. Cover; let stand about 5 minutes or
until most of liquid is absorbed.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Increase water to 2 3/4 cups.
1 Serving: Calories 350 (Calories from Fat 110); Total Fat 12g
(Saturated Fat 2.5g); Cholesterol 55mg; Sodium 1080mg; Total
Carbohydrate 34g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 25g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 8%;
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Vegetable,
2 1/2 Very Lean Meat, 2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 2
S oulful Sunday dinner: It's a cherished tradition that goes back generations.
and it's just as relevant today as ever before. But gathering family and
friends at the table for food, fellowship and fun shouldn't be rese'r ed for
Sundays-- or holidays alone. Extend the togetherness bN starting a supper
club where laughter and good times are as delicious and satisfying as the menu.
Making it easy for women to host family gatherings and girls' nights out at
home calls for tools to more confidently prepare and serve soulful treats. General
Mills has teamed up nith celebrity hostess and entrepreneur B Smith to create the
Serving Up Soul Web site to help bring back the supper club and to encourage
people to slow down, reconnect, and "'dine in" more frequently.
Tasty, crowd-pleasing soul food dishes to grace your table arej.ust a click awa\
at ww-A.ServingUpSoul.com. West African Peanut Chicken Stew. Black-Eyed Pea
Cornbread Salad and Sweet Potato Pie Smoothies are among the downloadable
recipes that offer all the traditional flavors Nou savor, while also sa% ing time in
the kitchen. The site also can help satisfy our appetite for entertaining and for
soul food favorites with the following great ideas, tasty recipes, and create e
entertaining tips and tools from B. Smith:
Layer in a Theme: Celebrate a holiday, host a pre-gathering for a special etent. or plan a monthly\ couples night-in.
Go for Girl Talk: Host girlfriends for a rotating themed potluck night in
Savor Kitchen Time: Bonding with the kids %when cooking helps preserve family traditions, teaches kitchen skills, and
Stock Up on Staples: Find out the basics e\ern soul kitchen should ha'e, from cast-iron cookware to special serving pieces,
for serving up traditional favorites.
Sharpen Skills: Hone your party-planning skills with a hostess timeline and checklist from the experts to ensure stress-free
Share the Soul: Tap into secrets, tips, traditional family recipes made eas\ tor toda\, and inspired ideas from B. Smith at
Black-Eyed Pea and Cornbread Salad
Your search for the perfect salad ends here, with this brilliant mix
of layered flavors, including bacon, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, bell
pepper, celery and sweet combread.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Start to Finish: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
1 pouch (6.5 oz) Betty Crocker cornbread & muffin mix
Milk, butter and egg called for on cornbread pouch
3 slices bacon
1 can (15 to 16 oz) black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed
2 cups chopped tomatoes (2 large)
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped red or sweet onion
1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
1. Heat oven to 4000F. Make combread as directed on pouch for
combread baked in oven. Cool 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature
to 350F. Cut cornbread into 1-inch cubes; place on ungreased cookie
sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp; set aside.
2. In 8-inch skillet, cook bacon over low heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning
occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon. ,
3. In medium bowl, mix bacon, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, bell pepper,
onion, celery and seasoned salt. .
4. In large serving bowl, arrange half of the cornbread cubes. Spoon half
of the tomato mixture over cornbread. Top with remaining cornbread
and tomato mixture. Drizzle dressing over salad. Refrigerate at least
20 minutes before serving.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): After cutting cornbread into cubes, bake
9 to 11 minutes.
1 Serving: Calories 230 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat
3g); Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 610mg; Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary
Fiber 3g); Protein 8g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 4%; Iron 10%
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1/2 Very Lean Meat,
1 1/2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 2
Cinnamon "Fried" Ice Cream
Here's an easy way to "fry" your ice cream. A quick finish
under the broiler makes it authentic.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Start to Finish: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
3 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
6 scoops (1/2 cup each) vanilla ice cream
4 tablespoons honey
1. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal
bag and crush with rolling pin or meat mallet. Place
crushed cereal in shallow dish. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of
the honey over cereal.
2. Quickly roll 1 scoop ice cream at a time in cereal to coat.
Place coated scoops of ice cream in ungreased 15x1Ox
1-inch pan. Cover; freeze about 2 hours or until firm.
3. Set oven control to broil. Uncover pan. Broil scoops with
tops 6 inches from heat about 30 seconds or until coating
is light brown. Immediately place scoops in individual
serving dishes. In small microwavable bowl, microwave
remaining 2 tablespoons honey on High 10 to 30 seconds
until warm. Drizzle 1 teaspoon warm honey over each
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
1 Serving: Calories 240 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g
(Saturated Fat 5g); Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 200mg; Total
Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber lg); Protein 3g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 15%;
Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 2
Special Touch: Surround servings of this "fried" ice cream
with bowls of your favorite sundae toppings, and let guests
pile 'em on!
Sweet Potato Pie Smoothies
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Start to Finish: 5 Minutes
1 1/4 cups 8th Continent vanilla soymilk
1/4 cup cooked sweet potato, cold
1 container (6 oz) Yoplait Original 99% Fat Free
French vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1. Place ingredients in blender or food processor. Cover;
blend on high speed about 1 minute or until smooth.
2. Pour into 2 glasses. Serve immediately.
2 servings (1 cup each)
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
1 Serving: Calories 190 (Calories from Fat 25); Total Fat 3g
(Saturated Fat 1g); Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 150mg; Total
Carbohydrate 35g (Dietary Fiber Ig); Protein 7g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 110%; Vitamin C 2%; Calcium
30%; Iron 6%
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Skim Milk
Carbohydrate Choices: 2