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Jena 6 Teen Cops a Plea
to Get Out of Jail Early
Mychal Bell, the last of the "Jena 6" teens still
in jail, pleaded guilty to a single count of juvenile
battery, for which he will serve an additional eight
months to go with the 10 months he has already
While it's not the immediate freedom Bell and his family had hoped for,
it could have been much worse. If he had gone to trial and been convict-
ed for battery and conspiracy, the 17-year-old could have remained incar-
cerated until his 21st birthday.
He and five other African-American teens were initially charged with
attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder for a fight with
Justin Barker, a classmate at Jena High School. In fact, it was the seem-
ingly harsh prosecution by the LaSalle Parish prosecutor that put the tiny
town of Jena, La., on the national radar screen.
Critics argued that a schoolyard fight did not warrant charges that could
have landed the teens in prison for more than 20 years. They also com-
plained that the White students who hung a noose on a tree at the school
an incident that is blamed for triggering the fight with Barker should
have been charged with perpetrating a hate crime. In a massive rally on
Sept. 20, thousands of activists poured into Jena population 3,000 res-
idents to stand up for the Jena Six.
National Slavery Museum is Life Support
The National Slavery Museum is on life support.
In 2005, following pleas from entertainer Bill Cosby, who is on the
board of the Fredericksburg-based museum, donations totaled $938,186.
Last year, however, contributions declined by more than a half-million
dollars, to $383,582, The Free Lance-Star reported.
The 2006 total includes earnings and donations from a star-studded
gala, which featured Ben Vereen and Cosby, who last year asked
Americans to give $8, symbolic in that the shape of the number resem-
bles the shackles that bound slaves.
"We are confident of our efforts and everyone at the museum is work-
ing very hard to continue the fundraising efforts," he said. But the muse-
um spent more last year than it pulled in with expenditures exceeding
revenues by $158,978.
So far, about $50 million in pledges and donations have been collect-
ed, officials say. The grand opening of the $150 million museum, which
is about 50 minutes south of Washington, D.C., is now pegged for 2009
or 2010, according to the museum Executive Director Vonita Foster, the
Free Lance-Star reports.
WHITE HOUSE Motown leg-
end and Oscar-nominated actress
Diana Ross was saluted in
Washington D.C. Sunday night as
one of five Kennedy Center hon-
During a musical tribute to the for-
mer Supreme at the John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, R&B star Ciara sang "I'm
Coming Out," while gospel great Yolanda Adams sang "Reach Out and
Touch (Somebody's Hand)" and Vanessa Williams belted "Touch Me in
the Morning" all classic singles from the 63-year-old entertainer.
In addition to Ross, the 30th Kennedy Center Honors class included
singer Brian Wilson, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, actor Steve Martin
and pianist Leon Fleisher.
The annual event celebrates the honorees' contributions to American
culture. The two-hour program will air as a CBS special on Dec. 26.
Brad Pitt to Build 150 Homes in
the 9th Ward of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS Brad Pitt launched a new effort this week to build
at least 150 eco-friendly homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward by the
end of next summer.
"I'm hoping we can expand here and expand over into the rest of New
Orleans," the 43-year-old actor said in an interview on NBC's "Today"
show as he walked through the hurricane-ravaged neighborhood.
The initiative, called Make It Right, is part of Pitt's ongoing effort to
rebuild in the area following Hurricane Katrina. Pitt has also worked with
the environmental organization Global Green USA to build five single-
family homes and an 18-unit apartment complex and community center.
Earlier this year, he and girlfriend Angelina Jolie bought a mansion in the
city's French Quarter for $3.5 million.
Pitt has donated $5 million toward the project from his own pocket and
is currently campaigning for more financial contributions.
"I mean, this is really an adopt-a-house campaign," he said. "I'm ask-
ing for foundations, for high net-worth individuals, for church groups, for
corporations to come in and adopt a house basically, $150,000 will get
a family back in their home."
Pitt has teamed up with 13 architects for the project, and explained that
each home will be built on stilts as a precaution against the threat of
flooding. He said design requirements for the homes were "affordability,
sustainability, safety and that they be beautiful."
by Askia Muhammad
WASHINGTON (NNPA) In the
face of a huge drop in Black recruit-
ment, the U.S. military is waging a
losing battle on the home front-for
new enlistees to don the uniform.
Since fiscal year 2000, Defense
Department statistics show that the
number of young Black enlistees
has fallen by more than 58 percent.
The Army may have been hardest
hit. In 2000, Pentagon statistics
reveal that 42,000 Black men and
women applied to join. Just five
years later, that number was down
to just above 17,000.
The perceptually unpopular war
and occupation of Iraq is the
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biggest single factor depressing
Black enlistment, along with dis-
trust of President George W. Bush
and Vice President Dick Cheney-
neither of whom served in combat
themselves-and the persistent
complaint since the Vietnam War
that Black soldiers are the Army's
"cannon fodder," disproportionate-
ly assigned to combat jobs.
The Army Recruiting Command
acknowledged that the war in Iraq
has depressed respect for the mili-
tary in the Black community where
the war is very unpopular. A recent
CBS News poll showed 83 percent
of Blacks said the Iraq invasion was
Continued on page 7
Are the NAACP and Urban League
Divided on What is Equal Justice?
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by H.T. Edney
On the eve of yet another national
march for racial justice, the
NAACP and the National Urban
League appeared strangely on
opposite sides of an important case
of alleged racial injustice.
The case involves more than 50
current and former Black workers
at Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and
Co., which employs some 13,000
Dozens of Blacks from Dallas,
Atlanta, Memphis and Charlotte
have joined a race discrimination
lawsuit against the drug maker and
nearly 200 others are poised to tes-
tify in the case, appearing to lend
credibility to allegations first made
in a lawsuit filed last year. The suit
accuses the company of hostility
toward Black employees, an accu-
sation that Eli Lilly has vehemently
rejected as without merit. Such alle-
gations will be the subject of
prompt and thorough investiga-
tions, said Patty Martin, Lilly's vice
president for global diversity.
On one hand, the NAACP has
become a plaintiff in the discrimi-
nation lawsuit, which also involves
a noose threat, and has participated
in protests with alleged victims.
Continued on page 3
Crystal Chase, Jacksonville Public Library & Bobby Williams,
Minority Aids Coalition of Jacksonville. L.J Photo
Experts Get Face to Face with AIDS
Events were held all over the First Coast last week in efforts to bring
a face and dialogue to the disease that overwhelmingly plagues the
Black community. Everyone from students to experts participated in
a variety of activities. For more special coverage, see the back page.
Can Oprah's Golden Touch
Really Help Obama Win?
Back row (1-r): Father Jason Trull, Father Callistus Onwere, St. Bernadette's Council President Takiesha
Washington, Seniors' Christmas Dinner Chair Janice Hice, and committee member Tinye Dawkins. Front
row (1-r): member Mary Walker, guest Barbara Davis, member Marie Drayton and guest Leatrice Paris.
St Pius Hosts Annual Holiday Dinner for Seniors
For more than a decade, the members of the St. Bernadette's Council of St. Pius V Catholic Church have been
hosting an Annual Seniors' Christmas Dinner. This year, more than 50 seniors in Northwest Jacksonville enjoyed
a traditional holiday dinner with all the trimmings. While the "more experienced" members of the community
had an opportunity to eat and socialize, many professed the tables adorned with unique Christmas decorations
were the major highlight of the event. Marguerite Warren, one of the seniors present, noted, "Each year, I look
forward to coming to St. Pius for the food and fellowship; but I equally enjoy viewing the beautifully decorated
tables. The ladies always surprise us [guests] with something special." Janice Hice, chairperson of the event,
added, "We feel its important to honor those who have done so much during this special time of year. This proj-
ect is one of our ways of giving back to the community." M. Latimer photo
Oprah has been an Obama fan
from the beginning.
from a wide range of media pundits
last week shortly after it was
announced that starting in
December Winfrey will join Obama
on the campaign trail in the key
early primary states of Iowa, New
Hampshire and South Carolina.
Historically, celebrity endorse-
ments and campaigning have not
been particularly effective in per-
suading voters to support a particu-
But the Obama camp is hoping
that Winfrey's huge popularity
among both Blacks and whites will
reverse the historic trend.
Currently, New York Senator
Hillary Clinton is holding a lead
over Obama in most national pools.
The exception is the Iowa cau-
cuses where Obama holds a slight
lead over Clinton and former North
Carolina Senator John Edwards.
Obama's strongest base of sup-
port appears to be under 30, educat-
ed white females. Clinton, mean-
while, continues to outpoll Obama
among Blacks and she is especially
strong among Black women.
The Obama strategy is to secure
a win in Iowa and with Winfrey's
help make strong showings in New
Hampshire and South Carolina and
thus convince hesitant voters that
he can indeed become the lirst
African American to secure the
Democratic Party's presidential
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The 401K Divide
Can You Afford to Retire?
Are you saving enough for retire-
Apparently not, according to a
new study by Ariel Mutual Funds
and Charles Schwab Corp. The two
investment companies say African-
Americans save far less money in
their 401K plans than Whites. And
they are saving no more than they
did 10 years ago. In fact, despite the
stock market boom of the last sev-
eral years, blacks are no more like-
ly to be investors, preferring more
cautious plans that offer less risk
and much less reward. And even
when offered company-matched
401K plans, African-Americans
invest in them at a much lower rate.
Truth is most Americans are not
saving enough for retirement, but
for African-Americans who often
have fewer family resources and
who are often responsible for sup-
porting an extended family, the
consequences can be dire. In addi-
tion, Ariel Mutual Funds President
Mellody Hobson says blacks tend
to invest more in less liquid real
estate, so this foreclosure mess may
have even graver consequences.
Hobson says we should follow
the flight attendant's rules: Put the
oxygen mask on your face first
before helping others.
Here are some of the highlights
from Ariel-Schwab Black Investor
Of the 500 Blacks and 500
Whites earning more than $50,000
annually, the median amount of
money saved by Blacks is less than
half of their White counterparts
($48,000 versus $100,000). On a
monthly basis, median savings is
$182 for Blacks vs. $261 for
In 1998, when 57% of Blacks
and 81% of Whites said they owned
individual stocks or stock mutual
funds. A decade later, still just 57%
of Blacks are stock investors, com-
pared to 76% of Whites. During the
past ten years, the number of
Blacks who own stocks or mutual
funds rose as high as 74% (in 2002)
only to fall again, while White par-
ticipation has consistently hovered
within a few percentage points of
Retired Blacks have median sav-
ings of just $73,000 compared to
$210,000 for Whites. Blacks, on
average, also retired earlier than
Whites (59 vs. 61) and are more
likely to rely on a pension or Social
Security rather than a defined con-
tribution plan, such as a 401(k).
Fewer Blacks than Whites have
gone through some of the basic
steps of retirement planning, such
as calculating the amount of money
they need to live comfortably in
retirement. However, those who
consulted with financial profession-
als were much more likely to have
saved more than $100,000 by the
time they retired, and were much
less likely to have retired early.
For more information, visit
www.aboutschwab.com to read the
Don't let spending fears ruin your holiday cheer
By Jason Alderman
At this time of year, most people
fall into two types: Those who look
forward to the holiday season, and
those who dread it. Many people
end up in the latter camp because of
money worries. You know how
easy it is to overspend on holiday
gifts, travel and entertainment and
how long it can take to recover.
These tips might help move you
from apprehension to anticipation:
Know your budget. First calcu-
late what you can afford to spend
overall and then decide how you'll
spend not the other way around. If
you haven't been saving for a fami-
ly getaway or a big-screen TV,
those purchases could put you in
debt for months to come. It's far
better to arrive at a figure you can
comfortably pay off, and tailor your
Don't forget the other 11 months.
If property tax is due in February or
you'll owe income tax in April, you
should be setting aside money right
now, not racking up holiday debt.
It's challenging, but if you budget
all year for recurring expenses, you
won't be caught off guard when
your car insurance comes due.
Banish Santa guilt. Somehow
many of us have bought into the
myths that our kids will be disap-
pointed if they don't get a mountain
of toys and that neighbors and
coworkers expect pricey gift certifi-
cates as a measure of friendship.
Think of all the unnecessary pres-
ents you receive each year. Would
you like someone any less without
these gifts? Would they?
Along the same lines, ask your
family (and your friends) about
holding a gift lottery, where you
Bank of America Loses
Bid to Cut Bias Lawsuit
A federal judge has rejected Bank of America Corp's attempt to throw
out part of a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against African-
American bankers and brokers, court papers show.
The lawsuit, filed in May with the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts
and which seeks class-action status, had accused the second-largest U.S.
bank of regularly discriminating with respect to work assignments, train-
ing and access to clients.
Plaintiffs said Bank of America had regularly "steered" African-
American bankers and brokers to largely minority or low-net-worth
clients, and that the bank believed clients were more "comfortable" deal-
ing with people of their own race.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner rejected the bank's bid to dismiss
some claims under Massachusetts law, court records show. She also
rejected the bank's bid to move the case to Georgia, where the bank said
most of the events at issue, documents and witnesses are located, the
The plaintiffs are seeking a halt to the alleged improper practices, com-
pensatory damages and punitive damages. They filed an amended com-
plaint last week to add a sixth named plaintiff.
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draw names from a hat and concen-
trate your time, effort and money on
getting just the right gift for that
Comparison shop online. Even if
you decide to buy your gifts in per-
son, websites like
www.shopping.com and www.shop-
ping.yahoo.com can supply creative
ideas and help you find great deals.
A little planning and a disci-
plined approach to holiday spend-
ing can help ensure holiday cheer,
not holiday fear
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Year End Tax Saving Tips
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP Income. Use the tax tables to deter- Tip #4 Defer Income
Contributing Writer mine your estimated tax. Subtract The basic intent of deferring
There are just a few weeks left any applicable credits from your income is to lower your taxable
before the end of 2007, but there are total tax. Using your pay stubs, income for the current year. This is
still some opportunities to success- estimate your withholding for the limited for most wage earners,
fully manage your tax burden. year and add quarterly tax pay- however there are some opportuni-
"The general rule of deferring ments. Subtract your payments ties. Deferring a year-end bonus to
income and accelerating deductions from the total to determine the January 2008 will escape taxation
at year-end is good tax planning amount of your tax due. in 2007. Investment property, such
strategy and still applies for 2007. #2- Accelerate Deductions as real estate, which is being sold
For most people, procrastination is Allowable deductions reduce near the end of the year, could have
their biggest tax enemy," states your taxable income and your tax the closing delayed until 2007.
James W. Oliver, Jr., a tax consult- bill. The following is a sample list #5- Get Ready
ant and financial planner in of actions that you can take before First, setup a tax filing system for
Cleveland, Ohio. If you used a tax year-end to help reduce your tax all of you tax related receipts and
advisor in the past, you should meet burden: statements. Keep a copy of your
with your advisor to assess your tax -Pay state and local estimated tax returns forever. If you antici-
situation and discuss how the fol- income taxes before the years' end pate receiving a large refund
lowing tips apply to you. in addition to property taxes, because of over withholding, con-
#1- Determine where you are? -Pay your January, 2008 mort- sider filing a new W-4 to reduce
Start by taking out last year's tax gage payment in December-The your payroll withholding. Plan
returns, your most recent pay stubs interest will be deductible this year. ahead for your 2008 IRA, 401K,
and your investment account state- -Be charitable- Make contribu- and similar retirement account con-
ments. Make a copy of your Form tions to your favorite charities, tributions. If you have a medical or
1040 and pencil in estimates of Additionally non-cash contribu- child-care flexible spending
your 2007 income. Look at your tions such as clothing, household account, make sure you use the full
investment account statements to goods and appreciated securities balance this year and plan ahead for
estimate your interest and dividend can be deducted at their fair value, next year.
income. If you have a business, #3- Dump the Losers Watch out for the AMT
estimate your business income for Analyze your investment portfo- You might be subject to the alter-
2007. Using your investment lio with the objective of balancing native minimum tax, (AMT) if your
account statements, determine out capital gains and losses. If you income is above $75,000, had sig-
whether you have investment capi- have stocks that have "paper" loss- nificant write-offs, exercised incen-
tal gains or losses. If you have es, try to sell enough losers to offset tive stock options or had significant
rental property, estimate your full your realized capital gains for the capital gains. When it applies, the
year income and expenses. year. Additionally, you can deduct AMT is an "add-on" tax that is over
Estimate your itemized deduc- an additional $3,000 ($1,500 for and above your "regular" tax. To
tions for 2007. These include: married filing separately) of losses determine your AMT exposure, get
allowable medical expenses, all from your regular income. Two the most recent version of Form
state and local taxes, allowable words of caution: Be careful to 6251 and make the calculations.
interest, charitable contributions, avoid a "wash sale" that is re-buy- The information provided here is
allowable losses and miscellaneous ing the same security within 30 a basic guideline to get you started.
deductions. Pencil in your total days before or after you sold shares. It is recommended that you consult
deductions on your Form 1040 and Additionally, losers that you dump a qualified tax professional to
subtract it from your adjusted gross have to be securities that you are assess your personal situation.
income to determine your Taxable comfortable selling at this time.
December 6-12, 2007
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Shown above is guest speaker Ray Evans receiving a plaque from
appreciation for organizer Baruti Katembo.
EWC's Wakaguzi Forum Enlightens
Community on Eco Architecture
Edward Waters College's monthly Wakaguzi Forum presented Ray
Evans, owner of Ray R.Evans, Assoc. The theme for the lecture entitled
"EcoArchitecture", gave insightful ,expert information about the changing
trends in building construction for homes, business, shopping malls, etc.
Mr.Evans emphasized one major factor that makes his product desirable on
the construction building market is it's ability to withstand the impact of
hurricanes, tornadoes, rainstorms ,and even being hit by a moving vehi-
cle."Cost is always a major factor when considering building project"
Mr.Evans said. He showed how geothermal and solar energy save the con-
sumer vast amounts of money in the long run. "These two sources will
play a vital part in helping America to become energy independent ,with-
out the need to depend entirely on oil to supply the countries future needs,"
said Evans. A Neal photo
Continued from page 1
The National Urban League,
however, gave Eli Lilly and several
other companies top honors Nov. 15
at its 51st Annual Equal
Opportunity Day Awards Dinner in
among civil rights organizations,
said Dr. Ron Walters, director of the
African American Leadership
Dr. Walters also points out that
Ely Lilly is listed on the Urban
On one hand, the NAACP has become a plaintiff in the dis-
crimination lawsuit, which also involves a noose threat, and
has participated in protests with alleged victims. The
National Urban League, however, gave Eli Lilly and several
other companies top honors Nov. 15 at its 51stAnnual Equal
Opportunity Day Awards Dinner in Indianapolis.
An Urban League release says the
awards are for "individuals and cor-
porations who perpetuate the prin-
ciple of equal opportunity and
exhibit leadership qualities that
result in notable contributions to the
cause of equal rights."
"The National Urban League
chose to honor Eli Lilly with its
Corporate Leadership Award long
before we recently learned through
press reports that the NAACP had
joined a lawsuit against the compa-
ny," said Marc Morial, Urban
League president and CEO, in an
emailed response to an interview
"We stand by our decision to
honor Eli Lilly, which is based on
their work with us on efforts to
reduce health disparities in a num-
ber of our affiliate cities. We respect
the NAACP, and share with them a
century long commitment to equal
employment opportunity. While we
express no opinion on the merits of
the lawsuit at this time, we also do
not dismiss the merits inasmuch as
we have not heard directly from the
NAACP which we are open to," he
The Urban League award reveals
the need for unifying policies
League's website as a "Champion"
among a string of corporate finan-
"Corporations work like that. You
get in trouble over here. You cover
your (rear) over here. And this gave
them an opportunity to do it by
probably big bucks to the National
Urban League," he continued.
"The result is that the Urban
League gets put into a situation
where they can't refuse to acknowl-
edge this. And so they do it. But,
they shouldn't do it because there
ought to be an etiquette and under-
standing in the civil rights commu-
nity, which says when one organi-
zation goes out and launches a prin-
cipled protest against a company or
an entity, then the others should
refrain from acknowledging those
(companies) until the air clears.
There ought to be at least an ethic
among them that says that."
NAACP Interim President
Dennis Hayes issued a statement
criticizing Eli Lilly.
"Discriminatory practices whether
in policy or experience should not
be tolerated, are against the law,
and do not make good business
sense .... Companies have much to
lose by improperly addressing
offensive behavior of staffers and
fostering a culture of unequal treat-
ment," he said.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit say the
company has many racial "minori-
ty" friendly policies, but they were
At least one alleged incident
involves a noose threat. Lead plain-
tiff Cassandra Welch had worked
for the company 12 years when she
was fired in 2004 after complaining
to Lilly's human resources depart-
ment about alleged discrimination
by several managers.
Ms. Welch said she found a Black
doll with a noose around its neck
after raising complaints, according
to an NAACP statement, which also
said Ms. Welch was fired after
being accused of sending falsified
e-mails to a co-worker about non-
Eli Lilly business.
The Urban League's plan to
honor the company amid controver-
sy is reminiscent of a similar situa-
tion two-years-ago. That's when
leading Black activist Al Sharpton
announced his National Action
Network was giving an annual
award to Tyson Foods, then the tar-
get of a lawsuit in which employees
alleged segregated bathrooms with
a "Whites Only" sign, pervasive use
of the n-word, "monkey," "boy"
and "watermelon" insults to Black
people, and a noose threat.
Rev. Sharpton quickly and pub-
licly withdrew the award after
being made aware of the suit by an
NNPA reporter working on the
2005 story. He also withdrew an
award to Wal-Mart, which was
fighting multiple lawsuits alleging
various worker violations.
Similarly, the Rev. Jesse Jackson
Sr. has not only resisted receiving
Wal-Mart money, but also returned
a contribution of more than $30,000
from British Petroleum in 2005 and
Teacher of the Year
of Civil Rights
Did you know that if you have
been involved in the criminal
justive system, your civil rights
may have already been restored?
An effort is underway by law
makers to make sure you know
your rights. Included in the
efforts are Sen. Tony Hill, Rep.
Terry Fields, Rep. Audrey
Gibson, Council persons
Glorious Johnson, Mia Jones,
Johnny Gaffney and a host of
other organizations who have
joined to present free informa-
tive workshop on the subject.
In order to qualify for initial
eligibility: 1) the sentence, pro-
bation nd supervision must be
completed; 2) restitution must be
paid and: 3) there are no pending
The next workshop will be held
on Saturday, December 8, 2007
from 9:00a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the
First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce, 1725
Oakhurst Avenue on the
Northside off of Edgewood
Avenue. For more information,
call (904) 652.1500
announced a boycott of the compa-
ny at his convention that year.
Urban League acknowledgement
of Lilly came the night before a
coalition of major Black organiza-
tions held a protest march on the
Justice Department against a rising
level of racial violence, hate expres-
sions and unequal criminal, eco-
nomic and social justice toward
Blacks across the nation.
With highly publicized incidents
fueling righteous indignation,
activists have taken on war-like
strategies, calling for unified
protests at various pressure points.
"You have a conflict here
between the organizational interests
and the coalition interests-all of
whom are working together for the
interest of the whole community,"
said Dr. Walters.
Stone Phillips is all smiles after a game of tennis with MWKF youth
Reggie Bryant, Keanna Bell, and Shadarian Davis.
National Celebrity Journalists
Take Time for Mali Vai Kids
Stone Phillips and Chris Hansen
have conducted hundreds of inter-
views as anchors/reporters for the
NBC network. During a recent visit
to Jacksonville for a charity golf
event, the award-winning pair
found themselves on the other side
of the "net" as youth from the
MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation (MWKF) held a press
conference with them.
'Michael Jordan really is a big
guy...he is larger than life in so
many ways in size, in contribu-
tions, and in his commitment to
improving the lives of so many
people,' described Stone Phillips
when asked byl 3-year-old Jazzaria
Williams how cool was it to meet
and interview the basketball star?
Williams is one of six MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation par-
ticipants selected to join Phillips
and Hansen for "tennis and talk" at
the ATP courts in Ponte Vedra
Beach, Fla. MWKF 2007 Player of
the Year Reggie Bryant, Keanna
Bell, Shadarian Davis and Tyquan
Brown enjoyed teaming up with
Phillips and Hansen in a friendly
round robin tennis competition.
Taliyah Atkinson, and Jazzaria
Williams conducted the post-match
"The kids were really excited
about the opportunity to talk and
play tennis with Stone Phillips and
Chris Hansen," said MaliVai
Washington, Founder, MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation
"Chris and Stone are the best in the
world at what they do, and what a
wonderful opportunity it is for our
kids to speak face to face and learn
something from two very success-
ful people... So it means a lot to me
that Stone and Chris would choose
to take time out of their schedules
to spend specifically with the kids
from my foundation."
"It was really a privilege to meet
Mal [Washington] and the youth
from his Foundation," said Phillips.
"These kids are incredibly smart,
talented, and tough on the tennis
courts and with their interview
questions. They kept Chris and me
on our toes," laughed Phillips.
Mr. Reggie Montgomery
Students from duPont Middle
School recently voted 7th grade
pre-algebra teacher Reggie
Montgomery as Teacher of the
Year. Mr. Montgomery, whose
motto is "S-T-U-D-Y ALWAYS" is
also the Math Department
Chairperson, yearbook sponsor
coaches the 8th grade girls' basket-
ball team. A twenty-one year teach-
ing veteran, PTSA faculty repre-
sentative is also among his roster of
A house divided
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It seems like I have written
dozens of columns about the same
topic senseless violence and
crime. To be more specific, sense-
less black on black crime is nor-
mally my topic.
Last week's death of Washington
Redskins safety Sean Taylor was
another reminder of that very topic.
Taylor was a 24-year-old superstar
in the NFL. In fact, Taylor was a
superstar in high school down in
Miami, then in college at the
University of Miami and of course
a Probowl star in the National
Taylor grew up in a stable middle
class household. His father is a
police chief in a small South
Florida city. I am giving you these
facts to make the point that vio-
lence and crime doesn't discrimi-
Four young men have been
arrested Taylor's death. He was
shot in the leg and eventually lost
too much blood before dying dur-
ing an attempted robbery at his
home in Miami.
Of course, Taylor's death is very
disheartening, and the fact that four
young African Americans were
responsible makes the situation
even more troubling.
Not that we should prefer sense-
less deaths of this nature to be com-
mitted by someone of another race,
but this is another reminder of the
major issues that blacks face in our
own communities. We often talk
about the lack of opportunities in
this country and the inequalities
that still exist, but black on black
crime continues to be one of the
biggest problems plaguing African
Let's Put the "
By. Marian Wright Edelman
Although she had no prior crim-
inal record, 14-year-old Shaquanda
Cotton was sentenced in 2006 to up
to seven years in correctional
detention for shoving a teacher's
aide in the small town of Paris in
East Texas. Another 14-year-old
girl was sentenced by the same
judge to probation after she was
convicted of the serious crime of
arson. Shaquanda is Black and the
other girl is White. Fortunately she
was released in March 2007, hav-
ing spent a year behind bars, after a
wave of protests from civil rights
groups prompted officials to inter-
vene. Shaquanda's case is just one
of many reflecting the racial
inequity in America's juvenile jus-
tice system, which funnels low-
income children of color into the
Cradle to Prison Pipeline and
The Pipeline, which sucks many
young people into adult criminal
justice systems, runs through eco-
nomically depressed neighbor-
hoods, failing schools, across
vacant lots where playgrounds and
health facilities should be, and in
and out of broken, understaffed
child welfare agencies. By the time
many children get arrested and are
brought before a juvenile court,
they have been provided far too lit-
tle loving and thoughtful adult sup-
port only to face child serving sys-
tems that treat them unjustly.
It's hard to keep writing the same
story over and over, but until the
violence stops or at least slows
down it has to be addressed. It is a
pretty sad statement, but I will
accept a slight decrease in violence
and murder. Hey, you have to start
Taylor is much like hundreds of
other young men and women who
have died in Jacksonville and
around the country from meaning-
less violence this year. He had an
extremely bright future ahead of
him, and he will certainly be
Let's use his death and others
here locally as catalyst for change.
Is it possible to be sick and tired of
being sick and tired again and
again and again? Well, I guess that
I am a living testimony because
every time I say to myself things
can not get any worse I seem to end
up sick and tired all over again.
Families Need Congress to
Help with Foreclosures
Again, I maybe sounding like a
broken record, but the affordable
housing and foreclosure issue has
reached the magnitude to become a
full-blown crisis in America.
The good news is that it's now on
everyone's radar. Members of
Congress are finally pushing the
Bush administration to accelerate
efforts to stem a rising tide of home
This is one of those issues where
it's easy to have a "survival of the
fittest" mentality and say, well I
pay my mortgage on time, so
should the rest of America.
But you have to take a step back
and begin to understand why peo-
ple who are about to loose their
homes are in the position they are
in. Many low- and moderate-
income families turned to subprime
mortgage loans that were attractive
at first, but turned out to be
We know that owning a home is
the American dream and for many
families these loans offered a low
introductory monthly mortgage
payment and interest rate, and usu-
ally no down payment requirement.
Not many people have a few thou-
sand dollars lying around to put
down on a new home, so these sub-
prime loans seemed like gold.
But to use one of my grandmoth-
er's favorite sayings, "Everything
that glitters ain't gold."
The problem that families are
now facing is that those same sub-
prime loans don't stay cheap. It's
sort of like a bad relationships -
easy to get in and hard to get out.
At the beginning things are great,
but then the person starts to show
their true colors.
At some point after a year or two,
most of the loans rates are reset to
higher levels, causing a jump in the
monthly mortgage payments.
Many of these families can't afford
the new payments and of course
fall behind, which creates a huge
hole to climb out of.
Once payments are missed, that
is when the calls start and eventual-
ly the foreclosure process begins,
which leads to many families being
forced out onto the streets. I should
also specify that this is not just a
poor man's issue.
Many middle class families also
Justice" Back in Our Juvenile J
The juvenile justice system isa a
major feeder into the Cradle to
Prison Pipeline. The high volume
of cases that juvenile courts admin-
ister--over 1.5 million cases each
year nationwide-is attributable to
the frequent inadequacy of counsel
for poor youths; the cultural incom-
petence or bias of many judges; and
the increasing criminalization of
children at younger and younger
ages for behaviors that used to be
handled by families, churches and
,With overflowing dockets, many
Black children get swept up in a
judicial juggernaut where they are
unlikely to be treated fairly. Often,
a judge's hands are tied with
mandatory sentencing require-
ments, especially in drug cases.
Judges scrambling to dispose of as
many cases as possible commonly
hand down verdicts in minutes.
However, racial disparities are evi-
dent. Although Black and White
teens report using drugs at a similar
rate, Black youths are almost five
times as likely to be incarcerated as
White youths for drug offenses.
Poor youths have a hard time
receiving the evenhanded treatment
that is extended to more affluent
White youths. A White, neatly
groomed teen in a coat and tie
appearing before a judge with his
father and mother and a private
attorney has a stronger chance of
getting probation and no detention
than a Black youngster with an
overworked public defender and
often, no adult family present.
The White youth will likely be
prepped to address the judge as
"Your Honor" and his parents will
be coached to make the right sug-
gestions to the court.
They may implore the judge not
to ruin their boy's chances of going
to college. By contrast, the Black
teen may meet his public defender
for the first time on the day of his
trial; may not fully understand the
seriousness of his situation; and
may lack social skills, making him
appear disrespectful and resulting
in harsher treatment.
We can do better. Incarceration
shouldn't be our society's first or
primary response to a minority
youth in trouble. Judges need to
look for opportunities to offer poor
young and minority defendants the
same second chances most privi-
leged youths can count on. In addi-
tion, counseling, social services,
education and, in some cases, men-
tal health support should be provid-
ed to address the root causes of a
youth's involvement with the juve-
nile justice system.
And we must address drug addic-
tion as a critical health issue and
take it out of the criminal justice
system. We don't penalize people
because they are addicted to tobac-
co or alcohol. More drug courts are
needed with the capacity for early
identification of substance abusing
offenders and the ability to place
looked to the subprime market
because of the attractive rates and
relaxed qualifying criteria.
Congressional Democrats will
have to lead the charge on this issue
and move quickly. In committee
meetings last week, Democrats
underlined the point that times
were bad with statistics showing 2
million units about to foreclose
That number is staggering. It's
time for better regulation of mort-
gage industry. Of course the mort-
gage industry has powerful lobby-
ist in Washington and will be fight-
ing any reform, especially since
they have basically self regulated
themselves for so long.
The good news is that several
not-for-profits have teamed with
the Department of Housing and
Urban Development to educate
Americans on the mortgage indus-
try and assist with foreclosure
There is also a bill that has made
it out of one congressional commit-
tee, the Mortgage Reform and Anti
Predatory Lending Act of 2007 that
would create more resources and
assistance for families in need.
But Congressional leaders will
have to do just that lead. Put poli-
tics aside and those in need.
Perhaps Shirley Chisholm said it
best, "Everyone is represented in
Washington by a rich and powerful
lobby, it seems. But there is no
lobby for the people."
Let's change that notion and help
families save their homes.
Signing off from the lobby of a
closed down mortgage company,
them under court monitoring or
community supervision for long-
term treatment services, job skills
training and family counseling.
It's time for justice to become a
reality for all in America. Those
administering our juvenile justice
system must be given what they
need to extend a real helping hand
rather than an angry fist to young
people in trouble.
Sean Taylor's Death a Reminder of the Culture of
Violence in our Communities; Congress Needs to
Lead on the Foreclosure Issue and not Follow Bush
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The recent rise in mortgage foreclosures, fueled by
i 're\ talization across America. With interest rates at
historic lows during the recent real estate boom
investors poured trillions of dollars into mortgage securities in search of
higher-yielding assets. Now, possibilities of a national recession loom
Mortgages form the financial underpinnings of the nation's housing mar-
ket and allowed over two-thirds of households to own their own homes.
The flush real estate times of the 1990s and 21st Century allowed many
homeowners to buy homes or tap into the equity of their properties which
drove home prices up. Now, mortgage defaults and foreclosures are rising
and homeownership rates falling. As many as 2.2 million American home-
owners are at risk of defaulting on loans and losing their homes because
they cannot afford to repay or refinance their loans because home prices are
Traditionally, banks made and held home loans with money from local
deposits. But over the last 30 years, financing for mortgages has increas-
ingly shifted to investors in the bond market. High-cost subprime mort-
gages, loans to people with blemished credit records or little experience
with debt have grown. Subprime borrowers (below "A" rated credit) are
charged a higher fee to compensate for their greater risk of delinquency and
higher costs of loan servicing and collection. The majority of subprime
loans are refinance loans and ranged from 74 percent of subprime loans in
1996 to 65 percent of subprime loans in 2000
Last year, blacks were 2.3 times more likely to get high-cost loans as
w whites. (Asians are somewhat less likely than whites to take out high-cost
loans.) A Federal Reserve study notes that neighborhoods where people
tend to ha% e lo\ er credit scores also tend to a greater concentration of high-
cost loans. The study suggests that a big part of the reason may have to do
w ith the lenders that minority borrowers do business with. The biggest
home lenders in minority neighborhoods are mortgage companies that pro-
vide only subprime loans, not full-service banks that do a range of lending
Banks typically locate branches where they will get the most deposits; con-
sequentl5, they have fewer branches in minority neighborhoods.
Sales of subprime loans were measurable predatory actions and in 2005
the number of homeowners defaulting on subprime mortgages began to
soar. Ironically, many subprime loans were not sought out by borrowers
but acti\ el) sold to them by brokers and telemarketers. A majority of the
loans were refinance transactions allowing homeowners to take cash out of
their appreciating property or pay off credit card and other debt. Lenders
that made the risky loans often sold them to Wall Street investors.
Black homeowners are not without fault either. While some refinanced
to reduce the interest rate of their mortgage, most liquefied some of their
home equity as a source of funds. This reduced the amount of equity in
their home, and increased both the monthly payment amount and the loan's
length of maturity. Black or white, a home is generally an individual's or
a family's largest investment and greatest asset. Therefore, their loss of a
home can be a shattering personal tragedy. It is also a social and neigh-
borhood tragedy: Concentrations of mortgage foreclosures can lead to
vacant, shuttered properties, which in turn can lead to criminal acti% ity.
neighborhood blight, and declining real estate values.
More often than not, blacks were victims of predatory mortgage lending.
subprime practices have grossly affected ours and the total economy. More
than 100 mortgage lenders have gone out of business and banks, hedge
funds, pension systems and other investors are expected to lose up to S400
billion. Banks and the financial markets have become more wary of mort-
gage securities and borrowings costs have risen for all but the safest bor-
rowers and loans. The value of American residential real estate could fall
by up to $4 trillion. The situation, bordering on recession, is immediate and
of such crisis proportions that the Bush administration and the mortgage
industry are currently hammering out proposals to temporarily freeze inter-
est rates on certain troubled sub-prime mortgages.
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Sword and Shield Kingdom Jakes'Annual Megafest Headed to South Africa
Outreach Ministry Service, Dec. 9th
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry invites the commu-
nity to share in a Spirit Filled Worship Service. on Sunday, December 9,
2007. Rev. Mattie Freeman will deliver the powerful Word of God. Holy
Communion will be served.i
When Praises go up, Blessings come down and you are invited to join
this worshipful experience at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820
Monument Road, Building 2. All are welcome.
Greater Macedonia Christmas
Musical set for Sunday, Dec. 16th
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Ave., Dr.
Landon L. Williams Sr., Pastor; will present their Christmas Musical at 5
p.m. on Sunday, December 16, at Greater Macedonia. A special invitation
is extended to the community to join in the Christmas Spirit.
Christmas Day Worship will begin at 10 a.m. on December 25th.
New Year's Eve Worship will begin at 10 p.m..Monday, Dec. 31st.
The community is invited to fellowship with the Greater Macedonia Baptist
Church Family during all Holiday Observances.
Stanton Class '53 Holiday Celebration
The Old Stanton Class of 1953 will hold their Holiday Celebration, from
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, December 15, 2007, at the Holiday Inn,
Commonwealth Ave. at 1-295. DJ Donald McQueen will provide the
music. Everyone is coming to have a good tune dancing to the oldies.
Christmas Eve, Dec. 25th
Youth Fest Prayer Vigil
The community is concerned about our youth. The New Life Temple,
8247 West Ramona Blvd., and Pastor Billy White Sr. are inviting all youth
of the community for a "Citywide Youth Fest Prayer" Vigil at 7 p.m. on
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2007. So, young people don't wonder what
you're doing on that special evening. You don't have to look for someplace
to go, and you're invited to enjoy this "Spiritual Awakening." Parents,
neighbors, friends, encourage young people that you may know to "do
something different!" Parents, church leaders are also invited, for we all
have something to offer our youth.
We know God can and He will solve this problem of violence, robberies,
and hideous crimes. Our creator can and will solve this problem of the vio-
lent hideous crimes that have plagued our youth and our community when
we call on Him in prayer. He will hear and answer effectual ferverent
The much anticipated return of
MegaFest has been announced by
Pastor T.D. Jakes. The hugely suc-
cessful, record setting, family
friendly event will return in 2008
and will move from Atlanta, GA to
South Africa. The dates for
MegaFest International are October
6 October 20, 2008.
"I am so excited about the return of
MegaFest and the fact that it will be
in South Africa, makes it that much
more special," said Jakes. Jakes
also acknowledged that MegaFest
International was the next logical
step in the evolution of the event.
"At the previous MegaFest events,
we had people attend from all over
the world, all ethnicities, all reli-
gions; so many different cultures
were in the room. As I looked out,
the feel was so much more aligned
to an international event, than a US
specific event," said Jakes. "I
beneve tne true purpose or me min-
istry is to go beyond your tradition-
al walls and minister to the world.
MegaFest International provides us
with that platform."
Those wishing to attend have sev-
eral registration options:
Calling customer service at 877-
TDJ-MEGA for pricing, specific
event information and booking
Visiting the website at Mega-
High court reviews juror discrimination
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 The U.S.
Supreme Court will consider a New
Orleans case involving an African-
American man who was sentenced
to death by an all-white jury.
At issue is whether prosecutor
Jim Williams violated the constitu-
tional rights of defendant Allen
Church Veterans No Stranger to Politics Rev.
Joseph Lowery speaks Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 about his support of
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Avery
Research Center for African-American History and Culture on the
campus of the College of Charleston.
Snyder by removing all the potential
black jurors at the start of Snyder's
1996 trial, The Los Angeles Times
The Snyder case is not the first
involving allegations of misconduct
Of five African-American men he
sent to death row in the mid-1990s,
two have been exonerated, another
two have had their sentences com-
muted to life and a fifth won a retri-
al after an appeals court overturned
In addition to deciding whether
Snyder lives or dies, the case will
affect how courts around the coun-
try weigh claims of unlawful racial
discrimination during the jury selec-
At the end of Snyder's trial, pros-
ecutor Williams exhorted the all-
white jury to give Snyder the death
sentence because the case was simi-
lar to the "most famous murder
case" just a year earlier in which
former football star O.J. Simpson
"got away with it."
Completing registration at the
sign-up tables before and after serv-
ice at The Potter's House Church
The 11-day event, with accommo-
dations at some of the finest hotels
in South Africa, will include many
of the popular elements that made
the original MegaFest a crowd
favorite: concerts, moving seminars,
outstanding speakers and of course,
Bishop T. D. Jakes.
Stay Tuned for
Writer of the Emmy award-win-
ning movie, "Brotherly Love,"
Will J. Sims, offers a glimpse of
his forthcoming animated movie
series, "Big Mama's Bible
The series of animated movies
and children's storybooks will be
approximately 30-40 minutes in
length and display state-of-the-art,
quality animation. The film is set
to debut in fall 2008.
Sims says his video and story-
book series is intended to intro-
duce children to the message of
Jesus Christ in a way that is clear-
ly communicated and easily
understood, by way of a grand-
The Big Mama's Bible Stories
series is created, written, and co-
produced by Sims, a former air
traffic controller. It was inspired
by Sims' life as a child and his
relationship with his grandmother
(Big Mama) in the small southern
town of Brandon, Mississippi. He
now lives in Indianapolis, IN with
his wife and two children.
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Bans on Saggy Pants May Not Be Lawful
Who around town hasn't been disgusted
by seeing the growing trendthat has
crossed racial lines.
ST. LOUIS Call her old-fash-
ioned, but Mary Gray doesn't want young
too much access to other people's ture.
underwear. "I'm from the old Saggy
school," Gray said of the saggy have s
pants ban she helped enact last inmates
month in Pine Lawn, Mo. "You got suits bl
to leave something for the imagina- ings ar
Besides, the 67-year-old alder- Benjat
woman said, "I'm tired of looking at utive d
people's behinds. It just doesn't look now he
Pine Lawn, a mostly black munic- coalition
ipality outside St. Louis, is among a nuances
growing number of U.S. cities several
enacting laws that ban low-slung ing an 1
Critics say the bans amount to Caldwe
government attacks on
youthful fashion that some
find offensive. And consti-
tutional scholars say they
may not be lawful.
"People have a right to
express their identity
through speech and action,"
said Neil Richards, a First
Amendment expert at
Washington University in
St. Louis. "On the other
hand, municipalities have a
vague power to control the
health, safety and welfare of
"The question is what is
motivating these laws? ...
What is so threatening
Richards said the ordi-
nances seem to single out a
form of dress popular with
black men and hip-hop cul-
pants fashion is believed to
started in prisons, where
s are issued ill-fitting jump-
ut no belts to prevent hang-
nd beatings. The look was
rized in gangster rap videos.
min Chavis, the former exec-
irector of the NAACP who
eads the Hip-Hop Summit
Network, said in August his
on would challenge the ordi-
in court. He did not return
phone calls last week seek-
e Lawn Mayor Sylvester
ell has said he began serious-
ly contemplating the ban last sum-
mer, when developers discussed
how the impoverished town could
improve its image and boost its
He said developers specifically
mentioned the propensity of Pine
Lawn's youths to let their pants ride
"I look at the future of a person
and their ability to get a decent job,"
72-year-old alderman James
Brooks said. "It's going to be pretty
difficult if you're not wearing your
Violators whose low-slung pants
or low-rise jeans expose underwear
or skin face up to a $100 fine, and
their parents could be fined up to
$500 fine or serve 90 days in jail.
A number of U.S. communities
have passed or considered similar
Officials in Stratford, Conn.,
rejected a ban on claims it would be
unconstitutional and unfairly target
Two years ago, the Virginia Senate
defeated a saggy pants ban passed
by the House, but not before it
became an international embarrass-
ment, said David Hudson Jr., a legal
scholar at the Nashville-based First
He finds it bizarre that cities
spend so much time regulating
"I'm not sure what it really
serves," Hudson said. "They should
solve some real problems."
Besides possibly violating the
First Amendment, Hudson says
saggy pants bans raise serious con-
cerns under the 14th Amendment's
due process clause guaranteeing
life, liberty and property interests.
"This is an arbitrary regulation that
infringes on individual liberty," he
said. "Applying this outside of a
public school environment is sim-
ply beyond the realm of proper
Robert Harris, a gang expert and
consultant who worked for 20 years
in federal prisons, said gang mem-
bers often use saggy pants to con-
ceal weapons and drugs.
"That's a concern, but I don't know
how effective an ordinance would
be," he said. "It's also a pretty big
fashion thing among kids. There are
thousands of teens who wear them
who are not involved in criminal
Food and Clothes Give-A-Way
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc.,for the Millions More
Movement will serve food and give out clothes on Saturday ,December 8,
2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The location is 916 N. Myrtle Ave.
between Kings Road. and Beaver Street. If you have any questions or just
want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit our website
www.jaxloc.com ,or call 904-240-9133. It is free and open to the public.
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a mistake. In addition, Pres.
Bush's approval rating is at an all-
time low with Black voters at about
9 percent, according to a 2006 Pew
Research Center poll.
The Black decline is by far the
largest of any demographic group.
By contrast, from 2000 to 2005,
White applicants declined by about
10 percent, while Hispanic applica-
tions dropped by only 7 percent.
"African-Americans have been
such a key part of the modem mili-
tary," said Michael O'Hanlon, mili-
tary analyst for the Brookings
Institution.. "There's obviously
been a degree where the Black
community in the United States has
seen [military service] as culturally
valuable and promoted it. That
whole culture and value system is at
risk in the Black community. That
is a big, big change. It can be tough
to get it back."
According to an October 2007
Boston Globe article, young Blacks
today confirmed their disillusion-
ment with the war.
"Why would we go over there
and help them [Iraqis], when [the
U.S. government] can't help us
over here?" Nathaniel Daley, a
young Black man from Atlantic
City, N.J. told Boston.com recently,
noting the government's failure in
2005 at providing Hurricane
The war "is unnecessary," said
his friend Brian Jackson. "It's not
our war. We got our own war here,
just staying alive," Mr. Jackson
continued, pointing to the fact that
his hometown of Philadelphia has
seen more than 200 homicides,
mostly Black men killing other
Black men, so far this year.
In response, the military has low-
ered its standards on age, education,
physical fitness, and acceptable
past criminal record. The Army has
also raised its enlistment bonuses,
highlighted its offer to provide col-
lege tuition money, and has gone on
a recruitment and advertising offen-
sive in high schools. One advertise-
ment features a young Black man
convincing his parents that enlist-
ment is a good choice.
The Pentagon has increased its
waivers to new recruits with crimi-
nal backgrounds by 65 percent in
the last three years. More than
8,000 wavers were issued in 2006,
up from fewer than 5,000 in 2003.
"The data is crystal clear," said
Rep. Martin Meehan, Chair of the
House Armed Services
Subcommittee on Investigations
and Oversight earlier this year, "our
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strain and the only way they can fill
their recruiting quotas is by lower-
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Among high school youth, the
influence of some adult role models
such as parents, coaches, or other
mentors, makes them less likely to
choose military service, according
to Pentagon surveys. Of all groups,
Black adults are the least likely to
suggest military enlistment, accord-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
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 "1st 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.
MMM Food and
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will serve food
and give away clothes on Saturday,
December 8th from 11:00 a.m. 5
p.m. The location is 916 N.Myrtle
Ave., between Kings Road and
Beaver Street. If you have any
questions,or just want to learn more
about the Millions More Movement
visit www.jaxloc.com, or call 904-
Local author Rhonda Silver will
be at Gospel World on Saturday,
December 8th signing her books,
"Get the Picture" and "My 2 Cents"
offering spiritual and poetic insight.
The store is located at 3000-48
Dunn Avenue and the signing will
be held from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. For
more information, call 764-7628.
The James Weldon Johnson
YMCA at 5700 Cleveland Road
(between Edgewood Ave. and 45th
Streets) is sponsoring a Big Garage
Sale on Saturday, December 8,
2007 from 9:00 am 2:00 pm.
There will be a variety of clothing
for all ages, Christmas items,
household items, books, games, gift
certificates and refreshments. For
more information, call the Front
Desk at Johnson YMCA at (904)
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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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-
email@example.com 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-
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 11 from 5:30 7:00 p.m.
For more information or to register,
contact Kathryn Alpahando at 904-
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.
FAMU Alumni Chapter
General Body Meeting
& Holiday Social
The next meeting of jacksonville's
FAMU Alumni Chapter will be
held on Thursday, December 13th
at Arielle's Restaurant (The old Red
Lobster Restaurant), 7707
Arlington Expressway, starting
promptly at 6:00 p.m. Festive
orange and green attire is requested
as this date will also host the holi-
day social. Come out for food, fel-
lowship and to participate in the
work of the local FAMU Alumni
Association. Please bring a can
donation to help the Clara White
Mission continue to serve
and feed our community.
For more details visit
contact Trish Sandlin at 904-557-
The annual holiday social of the
NHAA, Jacksonville Chapter will
be held on December 14th from 7 -
10 p.m. For more information, con-
tact Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795.
100 Black Men
Black Tie Affair
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
will present an All Black Attire
Affair featuring the comedy of
Jonathan Slocumb. The event will
be held on Saturday December
15th starting at 8:30 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville.
For more information or to pur-
chase your tickets call 1-800-409-
3764 or visit www.100blackmenjax.org.
Auditions at the JCA
Auditions for the JCA's Theatre of
Youth presentation of "The Little
Mermaid" will be held at 1 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 16th, in the JCA audi-
torium. Young performers in grades
1- 10 are eligible to audition.
Rehearsals will be held in January
and February with performance
dates of March 1, 2, 8 and 9.The
audition will be held at the Jewish
Community Alliance, 8505 San
Jose Blvd. For more information,
call 730-2100 ext. 223.
for the United Way
The City of Jacksonville's
Planning & Development
Department will sponsor An
Evening of Dancers United to bene-
fit the United Way of Northeast
Florida. The benefit will be held on
December 21, 2007 at the Times-
Union Center for the Performing
Arts, 300 Water Street at 6 p.m.
Dancers from all over Jacksonville
will perform. For more information
or to purchase tickets, call 690-
1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Signature Gala
A Magical Evening
The 7th Annual Signature Gala,
this year themed a "Magical
Evening" will be held on Friday,
Dec. 28th, at the Wyndham
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel from
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a live
band and a DJ spinning all your
favorite songs. Tickets are available
in advance and at the door for the
formal event. The gala is sponsored
by Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa
Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi. For
tickets, see any member of the
sponsoring organizations or e-mail
R. Kelly and
Ne-Yo in Concert.
R&B Crooners R. Kelly and Neyo
will be inconcert on Sunday,
December 30th at the Veteran's
Memorial Arena. For tickets or
more information, call 353-3309.
Participate in the
King Holiday Parade
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in the annual parade honor-
ing the memory of the late civil
rights leader. For details, please
contact Brother Andre X at 768-
After nine years as an annual
October event, the Kingsley
Heritage Celebration is moving to
February. The public is invited to
join the tenth annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration each
Saturday in February from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. for a special afternoon
event. One of the highlights of the
event series will be a descendants'
reunion on February 23, 2008,
which is free and open to the public.
Presentations will offer unique
insight into both the lives of the
enslaved who toiled on Fort George
Island as well the lives of the
owner's families, including the
Kingsley family. For more infor-
mation, call 904-251-3531.
Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Raisin' Cane featuring Jasmine
Guy. The special performance will
be held on Saturday, February 8th
at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $28.50. Call
The earth shaking superstar of
American contemporary dance
returns to Jacksonville celebrating
it's 50th anniversary of captivating
performances and unparalleled
artistry that is the staple of the his-
toric African-American Dance
Theater. The show will be in
Jacksonville on Tuesday, February
12th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 632-3373.
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No "Pains" No Gains for Mary J. Bilge i,---m
Mary J. Blige, anointed "the
Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" in 1992, is
on a 15-year multiplatinum run as
one of the most electric performers
in the urban world, with a wide-
ranging crossover base that strad-
dles the R&B, hip-hop, pop and
even adult contemporary markets.
Her last two studio albums,
2003's "Love & Life" and 2005's
"The Breakthrough," debuted at
No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Even
last year's "Reflections -- A
Retrospective" opened in the top
One-upping all that is the chal-
lenge Blige and Geffen Records
face as her new album, "Growing
Pains," nears its December 18
release. The Bronx-born
singer/songwriter's ninth album is
already stirring things up with the
uptempo single "Just Fine."
Blige said, "I started out with
this concept of growing pains
because that's how I was feeling
during the (2007) Grammys:
'Am I good enough for this; do
I really deserve all this in my
life?' But something in my
head said, 'Yes, you are. Now
you're forced to rapidly grow
up in this area in order to
achieve and get the things you
Featuring collaborations with
Ne-Yo (who wrote the track "Fade
Away" from a poem by Blige l.
Timbaland and Akon, among oth-
ers, "Growing Pains" finds Blige
coming to terms with her success.
particularly in the wake of the lasi
album's three Grammy Award wins.
Hers has been a hard-fought bat-
tle, through well-chronicled person-
al travails in romance and substance
"This is just the work to get to
that part -- where nothing bothers
you and nothing is stressing you
out," said Blige, who also gets help
from rapper Ludacris on "Grown
Woman" and adopts her strident
Brook-Lynn alter ego on the track
"Nowhere Fast." "That's where I'm
headed and that's where I am, but
there's a whole other level of that
that I have to get to. That might take
a lifetime, but that's where I'm
FEELING THE BEAT
Collaborating with Tricky
Stewart, the Dream and Jazze Pha
on "Just Fine" helped set the tone.
"It wasn't presented to me as a
complete song initially," Blige
recalls. "They began to play this
keyboard part and then the drums.
Then they explained to me, 'We
know what you're used to,
but you'll be a
part of a
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this record that we're
about to make.' I went back to my
room and when I came back the
next day, they had the whole song.
"When I heard the beat, I was
like, 'OK, this is hot. This is making
my body move, and I'm having
fun,"' she continued. "It sounded
like something that needed to be
more uplifting than, 'Woe is me.'
(laughs) So I tried to make the song
about how I appreciate the good
days I do have and where I'm at
right now, even though I still have
Geffen general manager Jeff
Harleston said that the label faces
some unexpected obstacles in mar-
keting the eagerly awaited release.
Performances on TV are usually
central to marketing strategies for
Blige. But the Writers Guild of
America strike has put most talk
and variety shows in dry-dock, lim-
iting those opportunities for her.
The label is exploring several
other avenues. Radio
remains a major
c o m p o -
pF me" already
No. 36 on the Billboard
Hot 100 after six weeks. The song's
video had the rare distinction of
debuting simultaneously on BET,
iTunes, MTV and VH1 October 25.
The Apple campaign, which fea-
tures album track "Work That" in
ads for iTunes and iPod, should
drive sales from the get-go. By
example, digital downloads of
Feist's "l, 2, 3, 4," which appeared
in an early-fall iPod ad, soared from
6,800 to 128,000 in its first three
weeks of exposure, according to
Blige will embark on a short pro-
motional tour starting the second
week of December, visiting Los
Angeles, New York, Chicago,
Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington,
D.C., and possibly San Francisco.
She'll visit radio stations and "try to
have a special event," such as an
appearance or performance, "in
each of the markets," according to
On top of all this, Blige is operat-
ing her own label, Matriarch
Records. An album by R&B singer
Dave Young -- who co-wrote "No
One Will Do," "Baggage" and
"MJB Da MVP" on "The
Breakthrough" -- is slated to be the
imprint's first release, though a
date has not yet been set.
"He's got a voice that's been
missing in R&B," Blige said.
"It's incredibly soulful: He's
: like our Donny (Hathaway)
that we don't have, our
Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke,
More than anything, howev-
er, she's eager to get her
S"Growing Pains" out to the pub-
lic and continue what Blige said
has been a career-long dialogue
with her audience.
"My fans are like shrinks for me,"
Blige said. "Any time a person lis-
tens to you, they're helping you, and
there's 5 million people out there
listening to me. I'm like, 'Wow,
thank y'all for listening.'
"So I help them and they help me,
and we all help each other. I'm just
happy they're happy. All they want
to know is that somebody out here
understands their pain, their joy or
whatever they're dealing with, and
I'm so glad they can do that with
Comic Karith Foster, left, is introduced by radio personality Don
Imus, right, at the beginning of his program at New York's Town Hall,
Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.
Don Imus made his big return to
radio on Monday with two African
Americans added to his cast of
morning show regulars and a prom-
ise to stay edgy without resorting to
racist and sexist comments.
Joining regular sidekicks Rob
Bartlett and Charles McCord are
African American comedians
Karith Foster and Tony Powell.
Foster was described in the New
York Post as "a black Texas Jew
with New York roots and an Oxford
"We now have the opportunity to
have a better program, to obviously
diversify the cast... but the program
is not going to change," Imus said
at the start of his new daily radio
show on Citadel Broadcasting
Corp's ABC Radio Networks.
Eight months ago, Imus was fired
from his longtime syndicated CBS
Radio show for calling the Rutgers
University women's basketball
team "nappy headed hoes." ABC
Radio signed Imnus in November for
a reported $5 million.
"I will never say anything in my
lifetime that will make any of these
young women regret or feel foolish
that they accepted my apology or
forgave me," Imus told ABC's
Barbara Walters as part of her
upcoming "10 Most Fascinating
People of 2007" special.
Imus also spoke out against black
comedians Damon Wayans and
D.L. Hughley, who have each joked
publicly that the radio host's offen-
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"None of us should say it. They
should talk to those women at
Rutgers if they want to know how
they feel about it," Imus said. "It
was demonstrated to these young
women that there are consequences
to what you say."
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TMZ.com is reporting that Vivica A. Fox had
the threat of a bench warrant hanging over her .-
head Monday after she failed to show up at her
scheduled DUI hearing in Los Angeles.
Ajudge told Fox's attorney that she must report -
to the police station and be properly booked -
with fingerprints and mugshot no later than
Dec. 11. If she fails to do so, the judge said Fox
better appear in court that day or a bench warrant will be issued for her
The actress, most recently of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," was
arrested on March 20 after she whizzed by a police car going 80 mph in
her Cadillac Escalade. According to authorities, she failed a field sobriety
test and her blood alcohol level was over the .08 legal limit.
DJIMON HOUNSOU IS A 'BEAUTIFUL
BLACK MAN': Actor given official title by
'TV One Access."
i "TV One Access," the Shaun Robinson-host-
ed TV One version of syndicated entertain-
ment program "Access Hollywood," has
crowned actor Djimon Hounsou as the "Most
Beautiful Black Man Alive."
The "Blood Diamond" star and beau of
Kimora Lee Simmons ranked No. 1 on a list
that included Denzel Washington at No. 2,
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at No. 3, Boris
Kodjoe at No. 4 and Will Smith at No. 5.
British actor Idris Elba came in at No. 6
while "Dirty Sexy Money" star Blair
Underwood took 7th place. Rounding off the
list in eighth place was "Private Practice"
actor Taye Diggs, rapper L.L. Cool J in ninth
LUTHER. I M and finally, "Crimnal Minds" actor Shemar
Moore at No. 10.
LUTHER ITEMS HEADED TO AUCTION
Fans of the late Luther Vandross will get a
chance to bid on more than 1,000 items from his
former homes in Beverly Hills, Calif.;
Greenwich, Conn.; and New York City; as well
as memorabilia from his tours.
The lot, to be auctioned by his estate on Dec. -, '
5 and 6, includes a Picasso charcoal drawing,
diamond watches, mink coats and crystal vases. [
Handwritten lyrics to "Love Forgot"; the army
green thermoses from which he sipped hot tea
during his concerts; designer loafers and boots;
Lalique crystal vases, glasses and doorknobs are
also up for sale.
Max Szadek, Vandross' personal assistant for 13 years, says fans will get
a glimpse into the private world experienced by the singer, who died in
2005 at 54.
Also up for bid is a silver Piaget diamondencrustedrwatch, a silver dia-
mond-encrusted tennis bracelet and a 4-carat diamond ring. Among the
touring and music memorabilia on sale is a record from David Bowie's
"Young American," on which Vandross sang background, and a double
platinum certification of "Dance With My Father."
The collection is valued between $600,000 and $800,000, said John
Nye, whose Morris Plains, N.J.-based auction house, Dawson & Nye, is
handling the sale.
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JSO Officer Garey Jefferson, Yvette Jefferson, HIV/Aids Health
EWC Student Gregory McCloud, Sabreen Rozier, 2nd Runner-up Services Planning Council and Rod Brow, Department of Health Aids
with Lisa Barton, HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Coordinator, EWC. Program Office were inspired and entertained by the youth.
Spoken Word Competition Focuses on AIDS
by Lynn Jones
On Thursday November 29, 2007
in honor of World Aids Week
Edward Waters College held a spo-
ken word contest on campus to
focus on the aids epidemic that has
claimed the lives of African
Americans around the country.
EWC HIV/Aids Prevention
Program Director Lisa Barton was
proud of the students and partici-
pants as they took to the micro-
phone to recite words of despair,
death and friendship.
Speaker Latasha Morrison led
the way with a poignant story of her
family plight with the aids virus and
her quest to stay focused on her
studies. There were six contestants
and only three winners. First prize
was $400.00, second prize $200
and third prize $100.00. The judges
Shannon Nelson, Karen Thompson,
Beverly Bolton and Tim Johnson
watched in amazement as the con-
testant's spoken word descriptively
brought to life the HIV/Aids epi-
Third runner-up Shawn Hendry
spoken word entitled "My brother,
One of our most significant series
of exhibitions curated at the Ritz
Theater has been "Africa's Living
Arts", which made its first ap;ear-
ance in 1999 by Baba Ishangi,
world renowned folklorist, per-
former, and Griot. In past years
under this theme, the museum
developed exhibits subtitled "The
my friend" described how her
brother and best friend dealt with
the HIV/Aids virus, Shawn left the
stage in tears. Second place winner
Sabreen Rozier's words were of a
young girl "Rasheedah's Song" who
died at a young age and how the
virus had ravaged her body. First
place winner, Gregory McCloud
spoken word was loud and clear.
His piece was entitled "Changes"
Gregory wrote it and spoke it with
passion and fervor. The audience
roared with approval. The judges
returned to the table and it was
unanimous. Each contestant was a
winner in the fight for HIV/Aids.
Africa's Living Arts Exhibit
Art of African Living", "From
Kingship to Kitchen" and "The
Ishangi Journey" all exploring dif-
ferent dimensions of African life
and culture. This year, the museum
will present the fourth in that series,
"Africa's Living Arts: The Spirit of
the Masquerade", curated by Akua
Ishangi, widow of Baba Ishangi.
Themed "Africa's Living Arts:
The Spirit of the Masquerade" the
exhibit is a multi-media exhibition of
African masks and fully dressed
masquerades, set in the west
African village of Tanji in the
Gambia. It opens with a reception
at 5:30 PM on December 5, 2007
and runs through May 16, 2008.
The Rose Talking Helping & Educating while Raising Oneness with
Sisters Everywhere = Alice heard, Angela Nelson, Torremcia Shiloh,
Muzette Monroe, Terry Melvin, Renee Siplin and Melissa Ashley.
Community Awards Luncheon Lauds
Community's Efforts at Educating AIDS
The 6th Annual Community
Awards Luncheon Celebrating
Worlds Aid Week 2007 was held on
last week at the Wyndham
Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel.
The theme was "Hope, Love and
Action." The program, guided by
First Coast news anchor Jeanie
Blaylock, included greetings by
Ron Henderson from the Florida
Department of Health and the
NEFL World Aids Week
Committee extended a warm wel-
come to the audience.
The focus of the luncheon was to
present awards to individuals in the
following categories: Person Living
With HIV/Aids of the Year, Service
Provider of the Year, Service
Provider Agency of the Year,
CARES Award, Medical Provider
of the Year, Trailblazer Award and
Nurse of the Year.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Patricia
Russell McCloud declared "Extra,
Extra read all about it" as her words
resonated above the crowd as she
informed the audience of the
HIV/Aids epidemic here in
Jacksonville and the over 1,000,000
people living with the aids virus
nationally. Dr. McCloud ques-
tioned the audience with, "If you
can't face it you can't fix it" and that
leadership is not personality, but
Her words rang out as she quoted
Resipsa Loquitor meaning "The
Thing speaks for itself." Dr.
McCloud's speaking style is big,
broad and animated. She is the
nation's only professional orator
carrying forth an oral tradition
practiced by Frederick Douglas and
Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
McCloud has spent over twenty
years on the lecture circuit and each
year she speaks to more that
200,000 people in private and pub-
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