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Owner: Cotton Club Not For Sale
NEW YORK The owner of a 30-year-old New York successor to
Harlem's Cotton Club is fighting Columbia University's plan to take it
over in the name of campus expansion.
"The Cotton Club is not for sale," owner John Beatty, 70, told the New
York Post. "I'm not going to negotiate a deal with Columbia because I
don't want to leave."
Beatty opened his hot spot 20 blocks away from the iconic 1920s club
where Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway played. Beatty's club offers
blues and jazz on Fridays and Sunday gospel
"I have children and grandchildren who want
to continue this history," Beatty said, adding
that he thinks Columbia's plan is "racist."
t "They don't want black people to have any
reason to be on their campus," he said.
"We believe local African-American and
Latino families, as well as companies, benefit
greatly from the opportunities that Columbia already does and will
increasingly provide," said LaVerna Fountain, a Columbia spokes-
Bill to Energize Old
Civil Rights Cases Stalled
Legislation to beef up investigations into unsolved murders from the
civil rights era looked like it would breeze through Congress.
The House passed it 422-2 this summer. Its Senate sponsors included
some of the most senior Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
But the bill has stalled since the House vote in June. Its supporters
acknowledge that prospects are slim this year with just days left on the
legislative calendar. The breakdown offers a case study in how even the
most popular legislation can get caught up in Washington gridlock.
The bill is named after Emmett Till, a black teenager who was murdered
in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman.
His killers were never convicted.
The legislation would authorize $10 million annually over 10 years for
the Justice Department to rejuvenate its prosecutions of pre-1970 civil
rights murders. It calls for another $3.5 million annually for Justice to
provide grants and other help to local law enforcement agencies.
The man most responsible for obstructing the measure is Sen. Tom
Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican. Coburn says he supports the cause but
feels the FBI can pursue the cases with existing resources.
Jordan Donates $5 Million
to All Boys High School
Chicago, ILL Michael Jordan has pledged
$5 million for the historically African-
American all-boys Hales Franciscan High
School, helping officials raise $9 million so far
toward their $15 million project to rebuild and
.. renovate the facility.
Hearing about teenagers such as LeeAnder
Alexander blossoming from a shy, quiet fresh-
man to a confident, aspiring computer scientist
gives Jordan "great pleasure that I've commit-
ted myself and my time and my money" to
Hales, where nearly 100 percent of graduates
go on to college.
Little did Jordan know, Alexander, 17, reverted to his nervous alter ego
when he found himself passing the butter to the 6-foot-6-inch guard he
used to watch on TV when Alexander was barely out of his diapers.
"I wanted to [ask Jordan for his autograph]. But I kept it professional,"
said Alexander, who plans to attend Knox College next year.
"I always saw him as superhuman," said senior Clayton Wilson, 17.
"Sitting next to him, I realized that he's human too."
West Va. Attorney General
Wants Rape-Torture Case
What started out as one of the most horrendous racial rape/torture cases
in recent memory, has now devolved into a legal circus, as the prosecu-
tor in charge of the Megan Williams case, and the West Virginia State
Attorney General, are engaged in a very public power struggle not only
over the issue of whether hate crime charges should be leveled, but which
office will actually try the case if it ever goes to trial.
The state AG has made it clear that he doesn't think Logan County pros-
ecutor Brian Abraham can handle the racially explosive case.
Meanwhile the alleged victim and her mother are scheduled to meet this
week with Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee [D-Texas] and members
of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. to tell her story,
gain support, and push for a strengthening of federal hate crime laws.
That scheduled meeting will take place one week before Megan
Williams' attorney, Malik Zulu Shabazz, and Rev. Al Sharpton, president
of the National Action Network, hold a rally and fundraiser for Williams'
on Dec. 18 in Charleston in a continued effort to garner more support for
her cause. The prosecutor says he's now worried about the impact of that
event on a possible and probable predominately White Logan County
A legal analysis of why hate crime laws should apply in the Williams
case is due shortly from the Black Lawyers for Justice, in addition to a
statewide petition that will demand hate crimes charges be applied.
QL.'ALI1Y BLACK WEK LY 50Cent
Volume 21 No. 34 Jacksonville, Florida December 13-19, 2007
Feb. 5 Primaries Could Decide Between Clinton and Obama
Despite all eyes
being on the state of
Iowa and its early
SD e m o c r a t i c
Primary Jan. 3, it is
the string of 22
states to hold pri-
maries and caucuses
on Feb. 5 that will likely
decide which candidate will get
enough delegates to be named
Democratic nominee at the Aug 25-
28 convention in Denver, Colo.,
African-American voters could
actually swing those primary elec-
tions in either direction.
"There are so many delegates up
for grabs on Feb. 5 that anybody
who has a boost on Feb. 5 will pick
up a lot of delegates, perhaps
enough delegates that are essential
to win the nomination," says David
Bositis, chief political analyst for
the Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies, a think tank for
Black politics. "The single biggest
day when most Black people will
have the opportunity to vote will be
Feb. 5...There'll be an opportunity
for close to half the Black voters in
the country to vote on Feb. 5."
Foster Parents' Open House Emphasizes Critical Need
(L-R) Angela Moten/ FSS Celeste Turain Senator Tony Hill, Foster Parents Wanzia and Zena Sales, Al
Floyd of FSS and Jim Adams, CEO Family Support Services. KFP Photo
by Lynn Jones
Senator Tony Hill was one of the
recent attendees to receive informa-
tion on the foster parent situation in
Duval County in an open house
hosted by veteran foster parents Mr.
& Mrs. Wanzia Sales through the
Family Support Services
Organization. The Sales became
foster parent when their grandson
was in foster care. As the years pro-
gressed the couple, (whom have
been married for 47 years) have
taken in more than over 15 chil-
dren, currently fostering two chil-
dren ages 15, and 17.
As part of recent advances, FCCJ
has partnered with Family Support
Services to train foster parents in
the technology arena. Mr. & Mrs.
Sales have successfully completed
Statistically there are 1,720
African American children in the
Duval County Foster Care system.
Bottom line is that there are more
children in the system and not
enough foster parents.
"I am urging the African American
media and the community to get
involved and highlight these sto-
ries." said Hill. It was also noted
that many of the foster parents are
better trained than the parents.
Foster children are taught life skills,
receive monetary stipends and are
Bold City Links Connect a Lucky EWC
Student $4000 Closer to Their Education
The Bold City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a national service
organization, recently donated $2000 to Edward Waters College that will
be matched by the Tom Joyner Foundation for a total of $4000. Pictured
are Bold City Chapter President Ruth Waters McKay, EWC President Dr.
Claudette Williams, chapter members Ernestine Bentley Bivens and
Josephine Fiveash Porter. The local chapter of service women frequently
places education at the forefront of their community agenda. In addition to
building schools in Africa and providing previous scholarships, the indus-
trious group also mentors young Black males weekly at Highlands Middle
School. Jav Baker Photo
encouraged to graduate from high
school and/or complete their GED,.
They are also eligible for State of
Florida scholarships which will
assist with college and independent
living. If you and your family are
interested in becoming a Foster par-
ent contact Yolanda Tucker at the
Family Support Service at 421-
5800 or visit www.fssjax.org.
University of Maryland
Political Scientist Ron
Walters agrees that
Feb. 5 could be the K
"That big bang is
turning out to be a
national primary of
sorts," Walters says.
"That's going to give you
a good read." Cont. on page 7
New Legal Decisions
May Benefit 19,000
With Drug Offenses
Offender database overwhelm-
ingly full of minorities
The Supreme Court this week
said judges may impose shorter
prison terms for crack cocaine
crimes, enhancing judicial discre-
tion to reduce the disparity between
sentences for crack and cocaine
The challenges to criminal sen-
tences center on a judge's discre-
tion to impose a shorter sentence
than is called for in guidelines
established by the U.S. Sentencing
Commission, at Congress' direc-
tion. The guidelines were adopted
in the mid-1980s to help produce
uniform punishments for similar
The cases are the result of a deci-
sion three years ago in which the
justices ruled that judges need not
strictly follow the sentencing
guidelines. Instead, appellate
courts would review sentences for
reasonableness, although the court
has since struggled to define what
it meant by that term.
Seventy percent of crack defen-
dants are given the mandatory
The Sentencing Commission
recently changed the guidelines to
reduce the disparity in prison time
for the two crimes. New guidelines
Continued on page 11
Friends, Family Celebrate Book
Release and Holidays with State Rep
State Representative Terry Fields and friends recently held a Holiday
soiree to celebrate the release of his new book entitled: "My American
Dreams, Hopes, Ideas and Motivation," and the holiday season.
Shown above (L-R) are the event's hosts Reva Oliver, Carlottra
Guyton, Erwin Lax, Tim Johnson, Atty. Don West of Tallahassee, Fl.,
and Rep. Fields with his new book in hand.
See back page for more photo highlights. KFP Photo
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Governor's Office Announces Applications
Available for Student Gubernatorial Fellows
Standing (1-r): Zarepeth Academy teacher Jerry Brandt, Butler Middle School band director Brandon Williams,
Ritz Chamber Players (RCP) artistic director Terrance Patterson, Success Academy teacher Betty Bullock, RCP
pianist Terence Wilson, RCP cellist Troy Stuart, RCP violinist Tai Murray, RCP violist Amadi Hummings and
Jacksonville Links member Marguerite Warren. Sitting (1-r): Success Academy 6th grader Marques Murray,
Butler Middle School 8th grader Katenga Snyder, Success Academy 12th grader and class president Paula Estell,
and Zarepeth Academy 8th grader Jarvis Weeks. Meredith Chartrand Photo
Links Expose Hundreds of Students to First Classical
Music Experience Performed by Black Musicians
by M. Latimer
Statistics show that youth
exposed to the arts are four times
more likely to achieve than their
peers. Research also indicates that
arts programs improve self-esteem
and help children to develop other
Two local community service
organizations, the Jacksonville
Chapter of The Links and the
Chartrand Foundation, agree. The
groups recently sponsored more
than 250 students from three
Jacksonville-area schools at the
Ritz Chamber Players' "Listen and
"We are delighted to partner with
Eugene Butler Middle School to
provide them with grant funding
that supports their efforts in
rebuilding an exciting student ba d-
program which has not beenjp
existence for nearly 10 years," said
Jeff Chartrand, Executive Director,
The Chartrand Foundation. "The
grants that we award Duval County
schools, under our
afford educators with additional
resources to make class work and
curriculum relevant to real-life
experiences in the areas of arts,
civics, and science discovery."
The Jacksonville Links spon-
sored the students from Success and
Zarepeth Academies as a part of
their on-going community service
The concert offered many of the
youth present their first classical
music experience, and most of them
were pleasantly surprised. 8th
grader Jarvis Weeks said, "I thought
this was going to be boring; but it
was actually pretty cool."
According to middle school student
Katenga Snyder, "...it [the concert]
was a really good experience. I got
to meet some really talented
But it was hard not to enjoy a
performance by the Ritz Chamber
Founded in 2002, this musical
sensation is comprised of African-
American classical musicians who
have performed around the world,
including venues like the famed
Carnegie Hall. Five of its members
-Amadi Hummings on viola, Tai
Murray on violin, Terrance
Patterson on clarinet, Troy Stuart
on cello and Terence Wilson on
piano offered both history and
music lessons to their young, but
Terrance Patterson, who also
serves as the Ritz Chamber Players
Artistic Director, explained why the
group periodically performs free
concerts for children. He noted,
"Music has provided all of us with
the chance to travel the globe and
do what we love. I am the product
of local schools I graduated from
Raines High School. Music can
offer kids phenomenal experi-
Marguerite Warren, a member of
the Jacksonville Links, added,
"Exposure to any artistic medium
opens minds. We want our chil-
dren, particularly those from com-
munities that are not economically
advantaged, to have a broader per-
spective and to know their opportu-
nities are limitless. Who knows?
The world's next great composer
may be a part of this group of stu-
JACKSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL
HOLIDAY MEETING SCHEDULE
In accordance with Ordinance 2005-361-E all Standing
Committee and Council Meetings scheduled from December
12, 2007 January 1, 2008, have been suspended. The regularly
scheduled Council meeting cycle will resume with Standing
Committee meetings on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, in the City
Council Chamber located at 117 West Duval Street, 1st Floor
City Hall St. James Building.
For a list of meeting times and locations, view the City Council
Calendar webpage at
Any questions concerning the schedule change should be direct-
ed to the Legislative Services Division Office of the
Jacksonville City Council at (904) 630-1404.
Cheryl L. Brown
Daniel Davis, President
Jacksonville City Council
Charlie Crist has openedthe appli-
cation process for the Gubernatorial
Fellows program. This program,
established in 2004, gives college
and university students around the
state the unique opportunity to
spend a semester working alongside
state government's top staff. These
students receive firsthand, on-the-
job training as well as valuable
high-level experience and insight
into state government and how it
Approximately 12 students from
across the state are selected to serve
as Gubernatorial Fellows each year.
Eligible candidates are graduate
students or upperclassmen at a
Florida college or university.
Fellows are matched with projects,
based upon their expertise and
interest, to maximize both their
learning experience and the contri-
butions they make to state govern-
ment. Fellows are expected to par-
ticipate, perform and contribute at
the same level as high-level staff.
In order to make the program open
to all eligible students, Florida's
public universities and many of the
state's private colleges will waive
tuition for students participating in
In addition to the time Fellows
spend at their respective agency,
they also meet once a week as a
group to discuss their experiences
with classmates. During these
meetings, they meet face-to-face
with prominent leaders, including
Governor Crist, Lt. Governor Jeff
Kottkamp, Cabinet officers, agency
heads and top government officials.
Applications will be accepted until
February 17, 2008. The 2008
Gubernatorial Fellows class will be
announced March 17, 2008, and the
first day of the program is May 12,
Food and Clothes Among J-LOCs Community Give-a-way
Pictured at one of the many clothes racks which had clothes for all ages and gender is Mr. Agnew Webb.
Shown right serving food is Brother Wali Muhammad to Bruce Williams and Nickolus Rose. A. Neal Photo
Palm Avenue Exceptional Holiday Magic
Students from Palm Avenue Exceptional School recently held their 6th
annual Holiday celebration which included a parade, literary character
dramatizations and several marching bands. Shown above following the
parade are members of Johnny Fritz's class (1-r) Eric Rooker, Mario
Cooper, Karyin Jones, Robert Wright, Johnny Fritz, Jr., Jasper Rockwell,
Hakeem Washington and Dannetta Grant.
The Jacksonville Local Organi-
zing Committee Inc., for the
Millions More Movement wit-
nessed gratitude and blue skies for
their latest food and clothes give-
away. Hundreds of citizens attend-
ed the free for all that required par-
tic pants to only be there to receive.
Held in the heart of the city off of
MNl rtle A\ enue, the bountiful meal
included fresh beef,barbequed or
fried chicken, hot dogs with all the
trimmings, pound cake, soft drink
and,-bonled water. The project was
'S'ic]ce_;lt due to the generous
donations of clothes from people
from around the city.
Visit their website
www.jaxloc.com or call 240-9133,
if you want to know more about the
Millions More Movement or to
participate in one of their upcoming
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The Oprah Influence Becoming a Major
Factor in the Democratic Primary
What happens when the most
popular woman in the history of
television actively campaigns for a
presidential candidate? She attracts
large crowds and influences voters
- enough said.
That's exactly what is happening
in Iowa, New Hampshire and South
Carolina. You can simply call her 0
or Oprah, no last name needed you
are as popular as she is. That's like
when you are talking sports and
you simply say Jordan no need to
say his first name because he's a
Oprah Winfrey has hit the cam-
paign trail hard for Democratic
Presidential candidate Barack
Obama in key states with upcom-
ing primaries. And while no one is
really to say that she has had made
a significant impact on voters it's
safe to say that she can only help
any candidates campaign.
In fact, in the state of Iowa, "The
Oprah Show" is the most watched
television program. Yes, it's true
and it's hard for us men to believe,
and of course we would never
admit to watching Oprah anyway.
For the past several months
Hillary Clinton has had a large lead
over Obama and John Edwards in
the polls, now political analyst are
saying that it's a toss up in those
states I mentioned before.
But will the Oprah factor be
enough? Of course, not but she is
obviously making a difference. We
are talking about Oprah the
woman who could get on TV and
say that she cleanses her face with
dishwater and millions of women
would start doing the same thing.
The Oprah phenomenon has
always amazed me. She should be
an inspiration to all African
Americans because of her humble
beginnings, entrepreneurship and
the amount of giving she does
around the world.
She calls Obama her "favorite
guy" and the fact that this is the
first political candidate she has
ever endorsed means a lot to her
fans. Of course the vast majority of
these fans are females and Obama
needs help amongst female voters.
Polls have consistently showed
that female votes are leaning more
towards Hilary Clinton. I have run
campaigns against females and it is
tough to appeal to women voters
when running against a strong
Oprah may be the neutralizing
force that Obama needs to win over
female voters and cut into Clinton's
Some may be saying, come on
Fullwood give me a break how
much influence could Oprah actu-
ally have? Well, let's consider her
appearance with Obama in South
Her appeal is great that a sched-
uled rally had to be moved from an
18,000-seat arena, much like our
Veterans Memorial area here in
Jacksonville, to a football stadium
to make room for some 30,000 peo-
ple who turned out last Sunday.
Yes, I did say approximately
30,000 people showed up to see
Oprah and Obama.
Speaking of South Carolina,
most people don't realize that it is a
state with more black voters than
Sure several prominent African
American like Magic Johnson,
Quincy Jones and Barry Gordy
have come out and endorsed
Hillary Clinton, but none of her
"icons" come close to Oprah. Not
even President Bill Clinton.
On the campaign trail she said, "I
have stepped out of the box, that
TV box I've been in, and for the
first time in my life stood up for a
candidate I believe can change
And that is exactly the appeal
that Obama brings to the table -
young, fresh, new, a change agent,
different, a bridge builder, good for
America that's what people are
From a campaign strategy per-
spective, the Oprah factor is
tremendous, and could be the dif-
ference in the campaign. Think
about this perspective Oprah is
not only appealing to female vot-
ers, but to folk who normally don't
vote or get involved in politics.
I would guess that those massive
crowds that Oprah is attracting are
full of people who are faithful fans,
but are not frequent voters. If
Oprah can encourage those folks to
go to the polls and support Obama
that's a variable that very few polit-
ical strategist have considered.
Folks who do polling and ana-
lyze campaigns always look at the
super voters or frequent voters. You
rarely factor in the unknown, and
the Oprah factor is unknown, but it
could be gigantic at the end of the
If you asked me a month ago
about the Democratic primary, I
would have said that I like Obama
and Edwards, but I think that
Hillary has it nomination locked
Today, I would argue that we
have ourselves a legitimate fight to
the finish. And I cannot ignore this
Oprah factor. I mentioned the
30,000 she drew in South Carolina.
But what about the crowds of
10,000 and 20,000 she drew in
Iowa and the other 10,000 she
attracted in New Hampshire?
Going back to looking at this
race from a campaign strategy per-
spective, Obama is sitting in a great
position. It's like running a
marathon and the leader is in front
of you, but not too far ahead. The
leader is constantly being chal-
lenged, and having to use a lot of
energy to keep his or her lead. You
are just staying close conserving as
much energy as possible and then a
few miles out you turn it on and
begin to peak at the right time.
The problem the front-runner has
is that he or she has already peaked
and doesn't have the energy to hold
you off anymore. Good strategy,
but can it be properly executed is
the question at hand.
Obama seems to have brought
out his not so secret weapon at the
right time. But let's say he pulls off
this major upset of Hillary Clinton
- is America ready for an African
Signing off from the Obama
Preachers Overdosing on Greed,
Silent on Greedy Criminals
by Dr. Barbara Reynolds
In the nation's capital there is a
sickening outbreak of the worst
examples of greed, theft and ludi-
crous, wasteful spending flowing
from the White House to the school
houses. Although shame has taken
a holiday, you won't find the
nation's mega-church pastors
pounding their pulpits in damnation
over these unethical practices.
Sermons about "the love of
money being the root of all evil,"
or the folly of chasing material gain
or even how Christians should do
for others before they do for them-
selves are just not hot topics any-
Could it be that maybe some of
the nation's leading evangelists are
so caught up in the self-aggrandiz-
ing wealth rat race themselves that
dust is covering the Scriptures that
call preachers to preach against
greed and abusers of the poor and
Recently U.S. Senate investiga-
tors are probing why some of the
nation's most visible evangelists
like Joyce Meyer have reportedly
paid $23,000 for a toilet with a
marble top, and if Pastor Paula
White used church funds for
facelifts and to buy Bishop T.D.
Jakes a Bentley. The jet-setting
Pastors Creflo Dollar and Bishop
Eddie Long are also under scrutiny,
as well as Benny Hinn and Kenneth
I have a personal interest in all of
this. I have made financial contri-
butions to Joyce Meyer, Pastor
White, Bishop Jakes (who is not
under investigation) and Paula
White. I watch their broadcasts and
have worshipped with Dollar,
Meyer and Hinn. So I am not
throwing rocks at ministers I dis-
dain. I am just troubled.
Even if no laws have been broken
by these allegations of outrageous
spending, I worry about the prece-
dents and the state of their get rich
thinking that are infecting so many
others. I wonder what in the world
does Myer need with a marble
commode and are my little funds
part of what's being flushed down
While I accept my own sagging
face, I wonder have my funds been
used to spruce up White's tight and
happy countenance. What was on
Paula White's mind when she
bought Jakes, a man that she calls
her "spiritual father" a Bentley?
Why not a scholarship for a hun-
dred students in his name? And as
churchgoers follow with awe and
admiration the over-the-top celebri-
ty ministers, there is a growing
belief that "bling bling" material-
ism is more important than servant-
hood and salvation, both of which
What really bothers me more is
that the greedy deeds of some
preachers may be buying silence
against abuse of the needy because
the "pot can't call the skillet black,"
as my grandmother used to say.
Consider the recent parade of
super-thieves in the District.
In recent weeks, Harriette
Walters and Diane Gustus, who
worked at the District's Office of
Tax and Revenue, reportedly raided
the city's treasury to stock up on
luxury items including fancy cars,
homes, furs, precious jewelry,
designer handbags and clothing.
Walters alone spent more than $1.4
million at Neiman Marcus, accord-
ing to the Washington Post. Their
take of about $30 million is called
the largest theft ever uncovered in
the district. Law enforcement offi-
cials turned up a $160,000 Bentley
in the garage of Walters's brother
and designer purses and shoes bear-
ing the labels of Chanel, Louis
Vuitton and Hermes at Walters's
home, law enforcement officials
said. Authorities also found records
tying Walters to the purchase of a
Student activity funds, where
children raise money for events like
attending chess matches, through
bake and candy sales, are often
plundered by adults who have used
the money for everything from
buying Palm Pilots and DVDs to
boxes of lobster. Although this -
Continued on page 11
S Hope in the
i Mortgage Crisis
Who To See, What To Do
Dialing the right number will be the best thing for millions of homeown-
ers to do to combat the crisis surrounding the problems in the subprime
mortgage market. Although white families received more home mortgage
and subprime loans, blacks received higher proportions of the high-cost
subprime loans. Eight to 10 percent of black families who received a home
loan in 2005 currently face subprime loan foreclosures.
To assist borrowers facing foreclosure, the government and the financial
institutions have formed the Hope Now Alliance. The Hope Now Alliance
are the ones to call. It will assist borrowers in one of three ways: By refi-
nancing an existing loan into a new private mortgage; by moving them into
a Federal Housing Administration Secure loan; or by freezing their current
interest rate for five years.
The Hope Now Alliance plan offers hope to borrowers who got their sub-
prime, adjustable-rate mortgages between Jan. 1, 2005, and July 31, 2007
and their initial interest will reset between Jan. 1, 2008, and July 31, 2010.
Industry leaders, such as Bank of America and Countrywide, expect to
guide as many as 1.2 million homeowners who contact them, through
processes in which hundreds of thousands of them could see interest rates
frozen at their initial rates for five years.
HOPE NOW has been around as an alliance between counselors, ser-
vicers, investors, and other mortgage market participants. The expanded
alliance's purpose is to maximize outreach to homeowners in distress and
help them stay in their homes. It will create unified, coordinated plans to
reach and support as many homeowners as possible. The alliance will con-
duct a national direct mail campaign to contact at-risk borrowers, encour-
aging them to either call their lender or a credit counselor. "The alliance
will develop common communications guidelines to respond to at-risk bor-
rowers in order to offer them the best possible solutions, customized for
each borrower," said Michael Heid, a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage execu-
tive. "The members of this alliance recognize that by working together,
they will be more effective than by working independently," says Heid.
Heid says that Hope Now counselors will arm callers with education and
support that assists in overcoming the immediate financial issues.
Even though the program is voluntary, industry officials and Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson expect most lenders to follow through because the
value of housing is threatened in many markets across the country. "The
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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-
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we call on Him in prayer. He will hear and answer effectual ferverent
Disciples of Christ Watch Night Services
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Handel's Messiah at St. Phillip's
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evening, December 21st at St. Phillips Episcopal Church. The performance
will begin at 7 p.m. with Roger Sears conducting and Henry Mack (organ)
and James Smith (harpsichord) assisting. The church is located at 321 West
Union Street. For more information, call 354-1053.
War Fare and True Fire Asking City
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War Fare and True Fire House Deliverance Temple, located at 1893 Rowe
Avenue is asking all churches to stand outside and pray on January 1, 2008
at 12 p.m., followed by inside prayer. All individuals are asked to do this as
well whether they are at home or at work. Following the unified prayer,
everyone is asked to come downtown to Hemming Plaza at 2 p.m. For more
information, call Apostle Pastor Earl Thomas at 766-1666.
One Accord Annual Gospel Concert
and Christmas Toy and Gift Giveaway
One Accord Ministries International invite the community at large to par-
ticipate in their 6th annual "A Gospel Christmas Toy & Gift Giveaway".
The program will feature gospel recording artists Dr. Vera Goodman &
Anointed Praise, Jimmy Hill & AVOP,AKA Mimes, Tri Locs, Tina E.,
Women of Zion, New St. James Holy Family Church Praise Dancers and
Toys and gifts will be given to children up to age 17. Admission is free for
all events and festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December
22nd. The church is located at 2971 Waller Street. For more information or
to sponsor a child, please call 425-0806.
Jacksonville's Children's Christmas
Party Planned for Convention Center
The largest new toy giveaway ever in Jacksonville will be held from 9
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2007, at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center in Downtown Jacksonville. Children will have
a chance to win a bike throughout the event. The party is open to needy
children 12 years old and younger who would otherwise not receive gifts
for Christmas this year.
Mayor and Mrs. John Peyton will join other celebrities along with Santa
and Mrs. Claus, Jaxson De Ville and more to hear the outstanding Bishop
Kenny High School Band and Drum Corps. The "Toys for Tots" program
will provide thousands of toys and books for the event, while Marines and
Naval Reservists volunteer.
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350-1616 or 504-3589.
Why Do Christian Men Cheat?
by Dr. Sabrina Black
That is a good question! If you
ask 20 people, you will get 20 dif-
ferent answers. I polled men from
different denominations and others
who only identified themselves as
Before we look at their respons-
es, let me provide a few defini-
tions. Often we define cheating or
an affair by whether or not there is
sexual relations. However, to
cheat, have an affair, commit adul-
tery, or sin against God, your body,
and your spouse is defined in many
more ways including:
* Sexual behavior that is desired
or realized outside of the confines
* A physical liaison outside of the
* A violation of God's holy ordi-
nance concerning marriage;
* A voluntary physical act between
a man/woman and someone other
than his/her spouse;
* Non-sexual behavior that
involves sharing intimate feelings
and thoughts with an extramarital
partner, and secrecy;
* Behavior outside of the marriage
that violates the explicit or implic-
it expectations of the relationship;
* Lack of sexual boundaries and
regards for intimacy; and,
*An amorous relationship between
two people who are not married to
The responses to "Why do
Christian men cheat?," (I call them
"The Dirty Dozen") along with my
commentary is provided below.
1. SIN NATURE
Infidelity studies show numerous
reasons why men cheat. I am sure
you can identify a few reasons of
your own. However, for me, SIN
continues to be the problem that
plagues us most often when we
look at the issues of life. 1
Corinthians 7:2 "But since there is
so much immorality, each man
should have his own wife, and each
woman her own husband." 1
Thessalonians 4:3-5 "It is God's
will that you should be sanctified:
that you should avoid sexual
immorality; that each of you
should learn to control his own
body in a way that is holy and hon-
orable, not in lust like the heathen,
who do not know God."
2. LACK OF SELF CONTROL
As creatures of unbridled crav-
ings, we are accustomed to getting
what we want, when and how we
want it. When we do not get our
desires met, we feel compelled to
fulfill our own lust. 1 Corinthians
7:5 "Do not deprive each other
except by mutual consent and for a
time, so that you may devote your-
selves to prayer. Then come
together again so that Satan will
not tempt you because of your lack
of self-control." If the wife or the
husband does not mutually con-
sent, it is clear Satan will tempt
you to commit adultery, but you
have the power that is available to
overcome the temptation.
3. CHRISTIAN WOMEN
Yes, from the time they marry,
Christian women are changing, but
hopefully for the better. She should
be more desirable than before
because she has become a virtuous
woman who is more loving, kind,
gentle, submissive, and forgiving.
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and Larry Calhoun.
Grandchildren Honor Mrs. Jessie
Hightower on 100th Birthday
Mrs. Jessie Hightower recently
turned 100 years old on Monday,
December 10, 2007.
The centurion was feted the pre-
vious Saturday with a birthday cel-
ebration given by her grandchil-
dren, and the Harts Harbor Health
Care Center staff. The event was
held at First Corinth Baptist
Church, where Mrs. Hightower is a
member. Mrs. Hightower received
congratulatory greetings from
Senator Anthony (Tony) Hill,
Mayor John Peyton, and
Councilman Johnny Gaffney. The
Honorable Betty Burney (School
Board Member) was present for the
event and praised Mrs. Hightower
for her strong faith in God and her
commitment too helping others.
Mrs. Hightower was moved by the
tributes from her grand children,
great grandchildren, great-great
grand children and friends. One
moving tribute came from Dante'
Cross, the oldest great-great grand-
child, he indicated "it's historical
when a great-great grandchild can
celebrate the 100th birthday of a
Following the celebration a limou-
sine was waiting to take Mrs.
Hightower back to Harts Harbor
Health Care Center where she was
greeted with cheers from well wish-
ing residents and friends.
December 6th was the deadline
date given by Senator Chuck
Grassley to six ministries to submit
their financial records for his inves-
tigation into their spending.
But, at the end of the deadline,
Grassley had only received records
from Joyce Meyer. Pastor Creflo
Dollar and Bishop Eddie Long
won't be submitting their records.
Instead, the two Georgia-based pas-
tors have sent letters.
In the letters attorneys for both
pastors cited Constitutional rights
as one of the reasons they would
not be complying with the senator's
According to the Atlanta Journal
Constitution, Dollar's letter says, in
part, that religious doctrine and
practices should not be held out for
the world to evaluate as a result of
responding to Congressional
inquiries and Grassley should get a
subpoena or refer his request for a
review to the Internal Revenue
Long's response, according to the
paper, said Grassley's request
"clearly disregards the privacy pro-
tections of the Church under law
and appears cross the line of
Constitutional guarantees for
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-
Iowa), the ranking member of the
Senate Finance Committee, told the
paper in a written statement that
he's not interested in doctrine. He
wants to make sure that media are
not abusing their tax-exempt status.
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland,
Democratic Primaries on Feb.5 Could Decide
Refuse to Hand Over Financial Records
Paula and Randy White, and Benny
Hinn also did not submit their
records by the deadline.
Dollar has been the most vocal in
his criticism of the probe. In a Nov.
27 letter, Dollar attorney Marcus
Owens wrote to Grassley and Sen.
Max Baucus, the Finance
Committee chairman, that the
church is willing to comply with a
"proper" request for information --
but it should be handled by the IRS.
An IRS review also would ensure
privacy, Owens wrote. All IRS
reviews are confidential, and Dollar
has said he worries that a Senate
probe might air sensitive informa-
tion about salaries, among other
Failing a referral to the IRS,
Owens requested that the commit-
tee seek subpoenas to "provide an
appropriate legal context for the
review." With a subpoena, the
church and its members could gain
The organization also addressed
one of the more salacious details in
the letter from Grassley -- its
reported purchase of a $23,000
"commode with marble top." The
ministry said it was not a common
toilet but a "a tall elegant chest of
drawers," and that the selling agent
got the price wrong.
Okay, I'm Saved, Now What?
Since first writing Grand
Mamma's Prayers more than five
years ago, author and pastor, JG
Langston has learned much about
what practical "Christian Living"
"It seems there are so many pieces
to the puzzle of what Christians
should and shouldn't do, that many
young Christians (and older ones),
find it easier and simpler to fit in
rather than risk being labeled as an
oddball," Langston said. "1 easily
relate to these feelings of frustration
and confusion having lived the
highs and lows of Christianity for
more than thirty-three years."
"A simple conversation with a
friend opened my eyes to the
absolute confusion so many
Christians are facing regarding the
Christianity," says Langston. "I've
dealt with this confusion in my
concepts of teaching, preaching and personal
advice to others but I had yet to do
so in the printed media. However,
this pattern of wandering is so pro-
nounced in the Christian body that I
felt compelled to write this intro-
ductory handbook to practical
In his book, Langston addresses
such essentials as, "Prayer," "Bible
Study," "Church Attendance,"
"Alcohol, Is Moderation Okay?"
"What is Adultery, What is
Fornication?" "How Can I Be A
Witness to Others," "Hey, Where
Did My Old Friends Go?" and other
"fruits" and decisions of
Christianity that seemingly has
caused many to run aground or be
For more information, visit
Langston's Website at
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Right now, all eyes are on Iowa and
New Hampshire because they have
early primaries and also because of
international talk star Oprah
Winfrey's endorsement of Sen.
Barack Obama in Iowa last week-
end. But whether Obama or Sen.
Hillary Clinton wins in Iowa or
New Hampshire, the greatest indi-
cators of the presidential nomina-
tion will come Feb. 5 or shortly
With that in mind, several non-
partisan Black organizations -
anticipating record turnouts in pri-
maries are joining forces to turn
out the maximum Black vote in
upcoming primaries and to protect
votes, especially in those states
with significant Black electorates,
such as New York.
Probably nothing is intriguing the
electorate more than the possibility
of America electing its first Black
president. That factor and the
excitement brought by the charis-
matic Obama going against
Clinton, the former first lady to a
president who remains popular
among Blacks, will in itself turn out
votes on both sides.
In Iowa, a 95 percent White and 2
percent Black state, Obama is nar-
rowly leading Clinton in a race that
pundits have described as neck-in-
neck. A poll taken for the Des
Moines Register, the states largest
daily newspaper, shows Obama
with 29 percent, Clinton with 25
percent and former South Carolina
Sen. John Edwards at 23 percent.
But, following Iowa on Jan. 3,
New Hampshire on Jan. 8,
Michigan on Jan. 15, Nevada on
Jan. 19, South Carolina on Jan. 26,
and Florida on Jan. 29, there is the
huge block of state primaries on
Feb. 5 that political thinkers say
could be the turning point.
They include Colorado, Georgia,
Idaho, Minnesota, New Jersey,
Utah, New York, North Dakota,
Arizona, Delaware, Massachusetts,
Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee,
Illinois, California, Connecticut,
Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Arkansas
and New Mexico.
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dates, it is the hot issues, such as the
war in Iraq, jobs and health care
that's exciting the electorate. Those
are the highest priority issues for
Black people, according to the Joint
About 18 more primaries will be
slated between Feb. 5 and June 7.
Still predictions are that the winner
will be known long before June.
African-Americans vote over-
whelmingly for Democratic candi-
dates, as much as 9-1 in recent
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Masters Family Opens Home to African AIDS Delegation Visit
professional and diplomatic African
delegates visited with River Region
Human Services to learn techniques
on addressing the pandemic of
HIV/AIDS in their individual
River Region Human Services
was the lead Agency to help the del-
egation with new and different
"how to's" within the systems
already in place in their home coun-
tries to address HIV related issues.
While in the U.S.,the delegation
visited the Clara White Mission,
Mayo Clinic, Shands Hospital and
met with Dr. Mobeen Ratthore,
Director of Infectious Diseases, and
Dr. Claudette Williams, President
of Edward Waters College. A high-
light of their visit was a reception
held at the home of Doug and
Masters, Treasurer of River
Region's Board of Directors, and
her husband, Rev Doug Master,
hosted the party in their home to
honor the group.
"We were happy to share infor-
mation with our visitors that will
help them to develop their
HIV/AIDS programs.We shared our
culture and they reciprocated in a
Gay Blacks at Highest AIDS Risk
by Leslie Kay
African-American gay men are
more than twice as likely to be
infected with the AIDS virus than
their white counterparts, but the
reasons aren't abundantly clear, fed-
eral researchers said yesterday.
"Men who have sex with men
account for almost half of all people
estimated to be living with HIV in
the United States, and African-
Americans are the most heavily
impacted," said Kevin Fenton,
director of HIV prevention at the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention in Atlanta.
Researchers at a recent national
prevention conference said they
were somewhat perplexed by the
disparity. A recent study found little
difference in the rates of unprotect-
ed sex among black and white
homosexuals, though the practice
was common among both groups.
But new studies point to possible
reasons. Black gay men in one
study were more likely to be cur-
rently infected with a sexually
transmitted disease, which can
make them more likely to catch or
Blacks were also less likely to be
taking anti-retroviral medications,
which can lower the concentration
of virus in the bloodstream, and
with it the chance of transmitting it
Two years ago, a CDC study of
gay men in five cities found that 25
percent overall were infected with
HIV, compared with well under 1
percent in the general population.
Almost half who tested positive
were previously unaware of their
Overall, 46 percent of black gays
and bisexuals were infected with
HIV, twice the rate among whites.
When the epidemic first surfaced
in the early 1980s, the virus devas-
tated gay communities.
Homosexual men remained the
leading risk group for several years,
until safe-sex education lowered the
infection rate and the virus made
more inroads among needle-sharing
New trends, such as program
aimed at creating a more positive
self-image among men who suffer
the stigmas of being both black and
gay are among innovative
approaches. "Men who are beaten
down by prejudice may think that
there's no point practicing safe
sex," according to one program
true cultural exchange. It was a
time of celebration with plenty of
song and dance." said Derya
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Department of State's International
Visitor Leadership Program.
One objective was to explore pro-
grams for HIV/AIDS education,
prevention, treatment, and care.
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forum for participants to develop
effective prevention and awareness
strategies. The international guests
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the Clinical Operations office at
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in discussions with department
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white flakes. It's not cute, and
there are ways to deal with it.
Regardless of how bad your dan-
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As you can imagine I've seen
my fair share of dandruff consid-
ering how long I've been in the
hair business, but I can't tell you
exactly what causes it. Actually
the jury is still out on that one.
Some books will tell you it's the
result of a fungus, while others
lean more towards the notion
that it's the natural shedding of
cells from your scalp. It's also
believed there are many factors
which can aggravate dandruff
and make it worse. For instance
poor health, stress, and a bad diet
won't help matters any.
From an external point of view,
it's believed that certain hair
products and even the weather
could irritate your scalp and
increase dandruff. I wish getting
rid of dandruff was as easy as
using hair grease. I know many
of us have grown up with that
idea, but unfortunately it's just a
myth. But there are ways to treat
this embarrassing skin condition.
First and foremost moisture is
good for your hair and scalp. So
I would advise finding oil that
works with your hair type, tea
tree oil has been proven effec-
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like to do is take a comb and
lightly scratch the scalp to pull
up the dandruff. Then I'll pro-
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again I love tea tree oil, and there
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Speaking of over the counter,
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Reginald Lewis Remembered
Preachers Overdosing on Greed, Silent on Greedy Criminals
Continued from page 4
- practice has become normalized
and few are ever punished recently
a woman did plead guilty to steal-
ing 30,000 from a chess club set up
for emotionally disturbed elemen-
tary students. Can you imagine
what signals are being sent to stu-
dents from adult educators about
the value of hard work and ethical
* Dr. Brenda Belton, who ran a DC
charter School, is also an example
of how educators leverage their
power to bless themselves at the
expense of the needy. Belton was
convicted of the illegal use of more
than $800,000 of school funds and a
raid on her home showed the stan-
dard greedy collection of furs, 20
new purses and 60 large trash bags
of new clothes. The stolen money
could have paid for the hiring of 17
teachers or the purchase of 17,000
Now if you think preachers are
fired up about this, think again.
At Belton's trial, ministers pleaded
for leniency, citing her credentials
as an educator. One minister from
the Unity Center of Truth said, "It's
a waste of time putting Belton in
jail. She would do more good if she
were allowed to use her skills to
help the children with their educa-
Unfortunately Belton's skills have
hurt more than they have helped
students and is another sinister mes-
sage being sent to the young in the
These examples of million-dollar
rip-offs might seem like small pota-
toes in the nation's capital where
President Bush spends millions
daily fighting an oil war in Iraq and
doling out lucrative no-bid con-
tracts to his rich friends. The bigger
crime is that day after day these sins
go unchallenged by preachers and
pastors who are supposed to be
While the poor and needy are
being plundered from the right and
the left, from Blacks and Whites,
too many preachers have little to
say, which is understandably diffi-
cult. If your lifestyle includes driv-
ing up to your gated community in
a Bentley and sitting on your
$26,000 throne, maybe people
stuffing loot in a $26,000 purse is
not a problem.
Former NFL Cheerleaders Start Non Profit Organization
Though Lewis is physically gone, his well respected business acumen
and philanthropic endeavors will live on. Shown above is the opening
of the Reginal Lewis Museum in Baltimore, MD. He is in the inset.
The late Reginald F. Lewis had
buttered up the principals of the
lawn furniture company for a year,
sending birthday cards to the pres-
ident and flowers to his wife. The
deal was finally signed, the money
wired to the bank. Then the seller
Lewis was angry, his former law
and business partner, Charles
Clarkson, recalled at a recent
rememerance held in his honor. It
was the legendary businessman's
first big loss. But he recovered
quickly, and, in typical Lewis
style, declared to Clarkson, "We'll
just have to work harder next
Clarkson was one of four former
executives who shared stories on a
panel celebrating the life of Lewis
who eventually became CEO of
TLC Beatrice International, the
first black-owned business to
make the Fortune 500 list.
The discussion, held at the
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of
Maryland African American
History and Culture, was part of a
weekend of events planned by
Lewis' widow, Loida, to honor
her husband's memory on what
would have been his 65th birth-
day. Lewis died at age 50 in 1993
from a cerebral hemorrhage
caused by brain cancer.
The weekend also included the
production of a play featuring his
eldest daughter, Leslie Lewis
Sword, and a black-tie gala attend-
ed by some of America's most
businessmen and women, includ-
ing Ken Chenault, CEO of
American Express; Earl Graves,
founder and publisher of Black
Enterprise magazine, and Robert
J. Johnson, founder of BET televi-
sion and The RLJ Cos.
The panel described Lewis as a
tough businessman who loved the
rush that came with consummat-
ing a big deal. He had high expec-
tations and spent hours in his
office, reading financial papers in
search of his next business con-
quest. In particular, he spent hun-
dreds of hours figuring out the
best price to bid on the Beatrice
acquisition, colleagues recalled.
"He was intense," Clarkson said.
"He had a drive that I never had. I
just followed along."
Friends said he knew the color of
his skin could create potential
roadblocks, but he didn't let them
stand in his way.
According to one story, a partner
of Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts,
the private equity firm that once
owned Beatrice Foods, snidely
asked, "Who the hell are you peo-
ple?" But Lewis kept his cool,
recalled former business partner
Lee A. Archer Jr., now a Beatrice
board member. "He knew he could
convince them," Archer said yes-
Daniel Jux, former president of
Beatrice's Paris division, recalled
that on their first meeting, he was
surprised to see that Lewis was
African-American. But like oth-
ers, he said he was drawn by
His former spokesman, Rene
"Butch" Meily, said Lewis did not
shy from frank discussions about
race including how hard it was
for an African-American man to
get a cab in New York, no matter
how successful he was.
But he said Lewis always wanted
to be known not as an African-
American businessman just as a
This story included excerpts from
the Baltimore Sun
Recent appearance have included "Family Literacy Day" from left to
right: Darlene Clancy, Alexi Smith with Dr. Barbara Darby, President,
FCCJ North Campus Latricia Ledet and Donna Windsor.
Several former Jacksonville
Jaguars Cheerleaders have created
an alumni organization Whose goal
is to continue positive commit-
ments to the Jacksonville communi-
ty. Professional Cheerleaders
Alumni, Inc. was created by seven
women who want to continue their
sisterhood with other professional
alumni cheerleaders, while reach-
ing out to the community.
The mission of Professional
Cheerleaders Alumni, Inc. (PCA),
is "to be positive role models who
are committed to having an impact
on the community by providing
service, opportunities, and support
to activities that benefit women and
children." These ladies have volun-
teered hundreds of hours this past
year appearing at charity events
such as Jaguars Foundation's Honor
Rows Program, Paint the Town,
Straight Talk, and many other com-
For 2008, they have created a
Community Grant Program offer-
ing grants to qualified agencies in
Duval and surrounding counties
who support their mission to help
women and children. Funds from
these grants come from annual dues
paid by professional alumni cheer-
These talented ladies will also
begin offering Audition Prep
Classes from January through
March, teaching dance skills, inter-
view and appearance techniques,
continued from page 1
took effect Nov. 1 after Congress
took no action to overturn the
This week the U.S. Sentencing
Commission voted unanimously
to allow some 19,500 federal
prison inmates, most of them
black, to seek reductions in their
crack cocaine sentences.
The commission, which sets
guidelines for federal sentences,
decided to make retroactive its
recent easing of recommended
sentences for crack offenses.
Roughly 3,800 inmates could be
eligible for release from prison
within a year after the March 3
effective date of Tuesday's deci-
and other tips necessary to help
those ladies who are auditioning for
competitive and professional teams.
These classes will be held at
Bailey's Powerhouse Gym in
Mandarin, who has partnered with
PCA also recently partnered with
NetBreeze Inc., to develop a state-
of-the-art web site where the public
can learn more about PCA and their
programs. You may access it at
sion. Federal judges will have the
final say whether to reduce sen-
The commissioners said the
delay would give judges and
prison officials time to deal with
public safety and other issues.
The attorney general said the
convicted crack offenders were
sentenced under an existing stan-
dard and to change that standard
retroactively dismisses any miti-
gating factors the sentencing
judge considered when deciding
how long a prison term to set.
In addition, the release of
inmates would cause problems
for communities whose probation
and supervisory systems are not
ready to receive crack offenders,
Notice of Public Hearing
In accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act,
Chapter 120, F.S.,notice is hereby given that the Duval
County School Board intends to hold a public hearing to
recommend boundary changes for the 2008-2009 school
year for the following schools:
Norwood Elementary #23, Lola Culver Elementary
#13, North Shore Elementary #70, Henry F. Kite
Elementary #37, Martin Luther King Elementary #220,
Landon Middle #31, Dupont Middle #66, Southside
Middle #211 and Arlington Middle #213.
The public hearing will be held at the School Board's
meeting on January 8, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Charles
Cline Auditorium of the Administration Building, 1701
The purpose of this proposed action is to revise atten-
dance areas for the above-named schools for the 2008-
2009 school year.
Legal Authority is F.S. 1001.42(4)(a).
Costs to the Duval County Public Schools Board for
implementation of this change will be the costs of print-
ing and distribution of the boundary changes.
The text of the proposed revision is available for review
at the Duval County Public Schools Building, Office of
School Choice/Pupil Assignment, 2nd Floor, 1701
Prudential Drive, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Any person who anticipates an appeal of the decision by
the Duval County School Board with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this hearing or who may decide to
appeal such decision will need a record of the proceed-
ings, and for such purpose of appeal may need to ensure
verbatim records of the proceedings be made. This
record will need to include testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.
Predatory lenders use race to gain your trust-and your home.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
Celebration of Faiths
On Friday, Dec. 14th at 7 p.m.,
the Paxon School for Advanced
Studies Chorus Department will
present A Musical Celebration of
Faiths Holiday Favorites from
Around the World. The concert will
include the Paxon Chorale, Honors
Chorus, Men's Chorus, Treble
Chorus, Women's Chamber
Ensemble & IB Music
Woodwind/Brass Ensemble and Bel
Canto. The concert will be held in
the Paxon SAS Auditorium, 3239
Norman Thagard Blvd. For infor-
mation call 904-693-7583 ext. 125.
Make a Joyful Noise
On Sat. Dec. 15th, at 7p.m.,
ARTS4 JAX, Inc. will present the
Jacksonville Mass Choir "Making a
Joyful Noise", under the direction
of Artistic Director Deborah J
McDuffie. Special Guests include
former "Gimme the Mike" contest-
ants, the Jacksonville Boys & Girls
Choir and the Children's
Enrichment Workshop Students.
The concert will be held at Unity
Church of Jacksonville,634 Lomax
Street in Riverside (2 blocks from 5
Points intersection). For informa-
tion call 904-504-2763
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.
Stanton Class '53
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
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
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
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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
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or to purchase tickets, call 690-
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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
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.
Talbots Free Kid
Program on Birds
On December 26, 27, and 28
from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the
Ribault Club on Fort George Island
will be the site for a kids program
on birds. Kids are welcome to come
out and join a park ranger to dis-
cover local birds on the great bird
search and take part in the adven-
tures and crafts which accompany
each day's lesson. The free program
series is suited for children 6 to 12
years of age. Space is limited, so
please call the Ranger Station to
reserve your spot, (904) 251-2320.
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 in concert on Sunday,
December 30th at the Veteran's
Memorial Arena. For tickets or
more information, call 353-3309.
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 January. The book for discus-
sion 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orchids 101 at the
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
will have their next class in its
series of gardening classes,
"Orchids 101". The class is sched-
uled for Saturday, January 5, 2008,
from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the
Zoo's PepsiCo Education
Foundation Campus. Orchids are
beautiful intriguing flowers whose
care is a mystery to many garden-
ers. Guest speakers Michael and
Harriet Wright with the
Jacksonville Orchid Society will
answer questions on growing con-
ditions, pest problems and the dif-
ferent types of orchids to try. For
more information or to pre-register,
visit the Zoo's Web site at
Gilbert Alumni Reunion Meetings
Plans are being made for the January 5, 2008 Matthew Gilbert High
School 10th Annual Reunion Celebration. Two representatives from
each class (1952-1970) are asked to become involved. The meeting will
be held on Tuesdays at Matthew Gilbert Middle School at 7 p.m. For
additional information call Almetya Lodi at 355-7583 or Vivian
Williams at 766-2885.
Stanton Vocational Gala Meeting
Gala Committee Chairmen and committee members are reminded of
the monthly planning meeting at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
(1st Street entrance). All interested parties are invited to participate in
the planning process in preparation for the 2nd Annual Gala next year
to be held on May 3, 2008 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center..
For additional information, contact Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795.
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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, contact
Brother Andre X at 768-2778.
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.
Lalah Hathaway at
The Florida Theatre will present
Lalah Hathaway in concert on
Sunday, February 17th at 8PM.
Contemporary R&B/jazz singer
Lalah Hathaway burst onto the soul
and jazz scene in 1990 with her
warm, elegant voice. Despite the
notability just for being the daugh-
ter legendary Donald Hathaway,
her sound makes it clear that she is
a true-and distinctive-talent.
Tickets and complete performance
information are available at 904-
355-2787 or online at www.flori-
datheatre.com. The Florida Theatre
is located at 128 East Forsyth Street
in Downtown Jacksonville.
Keb'Mo to Perform
at the Florida Theater
Artist Keb'Mo will be in per-
formance at the Florida Theater on
Wednesday, February 27th at 8 p.m.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist
Keb' Mo's music is a living link to
the seminal Delta blues that trav-
eled up the Mississippi River and
across the expanse of America--
informing all of its musical roots--
before evolving into a universally
celebrated art form. His distinctive
sound embraces multiple eras and
genres, including pop, rock, folk
and jazz, in which he is well-versed.
Tickets and complete perform-
ance information are available at
904-355-2787. The Florida Theatre
is located at 128 East Forsyth Street
in Downtown Jacksonville.
Choruses Join Forces
The African Children's Choir and
the Jacksonville Children's Chorus
will be in concert together Saturday,
March 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The
one time performance will be at the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts, Jacoby
Florida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. For
ticket information call 202-2886.
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50+ Thousand Hear
Oprah Stomp for Obama
Oprah \\inrre.. center, and Michelle Obama listen as Democratic
presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a rally in
Manchester, N.H. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina -
Oprah Winfrey delivered her
"favorite" candidate in the presi-
dential race something his cam-
paign hoped for Sunday: the largest
crowd yet of any event in the race
to '08, according to the Obama
Although exact figures were not
immediately available, campaign
officials estimated more than
30,000 people packed into
Columbia, South Carolina's
Williams-Brice stadium to hear the
talk-show queen explain why she
believes Obama is the man with the
"vision" for America.
"Dr. King dreamed the dream.
We get to vote that dream into real-
ity by supporting a man who knows
not just who we are but who we can
be," she told the crowd. South
Carolina is one of the first states in
the nation to hold its presidential
primary, making it key to the suc-
cess of any presidential candidate.
Winfrey gave a similar speech
Saturday in the first stop of a two-
day, three-state tour with her fellow
Chicagoan. She discussed on
Sunday stepping out of her "com-
fort zone" by entering the political
scene on behalf of a candidate, and
praised Obama's "ear for eloquence
and tongue for unvarnished truth.
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and be the truth." Watch what
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She also said Obama would bring
"a sense of statesmanship" to the
After extensive thank-yous to his
wife Michelle and to Winfrey -- and
acknowledging that the crowd was
largely there to see Winfrey, not
him -- Obama launched into his
"I am running because of what
Dr. King called 'the fierce urgency
of now,' he said.
Covering ground from the Iraq
war to the economy to health care,
he said, "there is such a thing as
being too late -- and that hour is
almost upon us."
The artists rendering shows Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, dressed in a black-and-white striped prison suit, flanked by his attor-
ney's Billy Martin, left, and Lawrence Woodward, right, as he is sentenced in Federal Court in Richmond, Va., Monday, Dec. 10, 2007. right,
protesters supporting Michael Vick hold signs and sing as they line up across the street from Federal Court prior to the sentencing
Vick Sentenced So Sharply Because He Lied
Michael Vick was sentenced to
prison this week for running a dog-
fighting operation and will stay
there longer than two co-defen-
dants, up to 23 months, because he
lied about his involvement when he
was supposed to be coming clean to
the judge deciding his fate.
The disgraced NFL star received
a harsher sentence than the others in
the federal conspiracy case because
of "less than truthful" statements
about killing pit bulls.
Victory is a Faily Affair for the Mayweathers
Floyd Mayweather of the United States poses for the crowd as his son
Shamaree Mayweather holds up a belt during a weigh-in at the MGM
Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. Mayweather Jr
stopped Ricky Hatton after knocking his opponent down twice with a
series of left hooks in the 10th round to retain his World Boxing
Council welterweight title on Saturday.
Vick said he accepted responsi-
bility for his actions, but U.S.
District Judge Henry E. Hudson
said he wasn't so sure.
"I'm not convinced you've fully
accepted responsibility," Hudson
told Vick, who arrived in court
wearing the black-and-white striped
prison uniform he was issued when
he voluntarily surrendered Nov. 19
to begin serving his sentence early.
Despite the early surrender, a
public apology and participation in
an animal sensitivity training
course, Vick was denied an "accept-
ance of responsibility" credit that
would have reduced his sentence.
Federal prosecutors opposed
awarding Vick the credit.
Dogs that did not perform up to
expectations were killed by electro-
cution, hanging, drowning and
other violent means by the dog-
fighting ring. Hudson said evi-
dence, including statements by the
co-defendants, showed Vick was
more directly involved than he
admitted. Hudson also mentioned
that Vick had been deceptive on a
polygraph test. Though that evi-
dence was not admissible in court,
the results were discussed.
"He did more than fund it," pros-
ecutor Michael Gill said, referring
to the "Bad Newz Kennels" dog-
fighting operation. "He was in this
thing up to his neck with the other
The judge agreed.
"You were instrumental in pro-
moting, funding and facilitating this
cruel and inhumane sporting activi-
ty," he said.
"You need to apologize to the
millions of young people who
looked up to you," Hudson said
sternly, reminding Vick of the fans
he singled out when he pleaded
guilty in August.
"Yes, sir," Vick answered.
Although there is no parole in the
federal system, with time off for
good behavior Vick could be
released in the summer of 2009.
Vick was suspended without pay
by the NFL and lost all his lucrative
endorsement deals. On its Web site,
the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
estimated that Vick has incurred
financial losses of $142 million,
including $71 million in Falcons
salary, $50 million in endorsement
income and nearly $20 million in
Federal sentencing guidelines
called for a term of 18 months to
two years. While prosecutors asked
for a sentence on the high end,
defense attorney Lawrence
Woodward asked for leniency, not-
ing his client's previously clean
record despite growing up in a
rough area in Newport News.
That future now includes a stay at
a still-undetermined federal prison.
He has been held at a jail in
Warsaw, Va., since voluntarily
beginning his term.
In a plea agreement, Vick admit-
ted bankrolling the dogfighting ring
on his property in rural Virginia. He
admitted providing money for bets
on the fights but said he never
shared in any winnings.
The gruesome details about the
dogfighting enterprise prompted a
public backlash against the once-
popular Vick and enraged animal-
rights groups, which used the case
to call attention to the brutality of
Along with the prison term, Vick
was fined $5,000 and will serve
three years' probation..
Two co-defendants were sen-
tenced Nov. 30. Purnell Peace, of
Virginia Beach, got 18 months.
Phillips, of Atlanta, got 21 months.
Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor,
will be sentenced this week.All four
men also are facing animal cruelty
charges in Surry County Circuit
Court. Trial has been set April 2 for
Vick, March 5 for Phillips and
Peace, and May 7 for Taylor.
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African Union (AU) Commission's chairman Alpha Oumar Konare (L) and Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi pose after signing a cooperation
agreement at the EU-Africa summit in Lisbon, 08 December 2007. European leaders admitted that efforts to conclude new trade agreements with
Africa were struggling, as the two continents ended a landmark summit aimed at forging a new relationship In the second photo, Heads of delega-
tions for the EU-Africa summit (L to R) Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, Burkina Faso's Blaisse
Compaore, Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov, Libya's President Muammar Gaddafi and Pan-African Parliament President Gertrude Mongela of
Tanzania stand for a family photo.
African/European Talks Prove Difficult
as Africa Says No to Trade Deal
By P.Fletcher and E.Tavares "I agree with this spirit of creat-
Most African leaders rejected ing a new relationship (with
new trade deals last weekend Europe), but we have to define
demanded by the European Union, what that relationship is," Wade
dealing a blow to efforts to forge a said, adding: "It's clear that Africa
new economic partnership at the rejects the EPAs."
first EU-Africa summit in seven While around a dozen African
years. countries have recently agreed
Senegalese PresidentAbdoulaye interim trade deals with the EU,
Wade bluntly dismissed Brussels' most African leaders argue they
pressure to impose new trade deals need more time to prepare their
by December 31, when a waiver weaker economies and societies
by the World Trade Organization for the impact of the end of prefer-
on preferential trade arrangements ential trade arrangements.
for developing counties Oe .- European ommission
The EU wants to repi eS%: es'dent Jose 'IanueJ'"DuYrao
ing trade accords with so-called Barroso rejected the African
Economic Partnership charge Brussels had strong-armed
Agreements or temporary deals, countries over trade, saying in a
which anti-poverty groups have statement it was "indispensable to
criticized for failing to provide safeguard trade flows" between
protection for Africa's poor farm- Europe and Africa after December
ers and its fragile industry. 31.
"We are not talking any more "Our objective has always been
about EPAs, we've rejected them and remains to conclude
... we're going to meet to see what Economic Partnership
we can put in place of the EPAs," Agreements which aim at
Wade angrily told reporters on the strengthening regional integration
second and final day of the sum- and bring genuine development to
mit on the banks of Lisbon's Tagus African countries," Barroso said.
River. "Obviously this is difficult
because it implies change,"
Barroso said. "It is a challenge for
both Africans and Europeans and
will require time."
Pressured by China's growing
investment and influence in
Africa, the Europeans aimed at the
summit to agree an action plan to
revitalize future ties with the
The atmosphere at the meeting
had already been strained by dif-
ferences of opinion over how to
deM-iitih Zimbabwe's leader,
"R0Drt Mugabe. Chancellor
Angela Merkel said Africa's image
was being damaged by a lack of
resolve to stop human rights abus-
es in Zimbabwe.
The two continents, close neigh-
bors through geography but
worlds apart in terms of develop-
ment, held their first summit in
seven years hoping to put in place
mutually beneficial trade terms
and cooperation over immigration
But the thorny trade, issue,
which was especially pertinent
because of the end-of-year dead-
line, upset the summit's efforts.
Merkel said EU leaders would
discuss trade with Africa at an EU
summit on Friday.! "We are going
to look again if Europe can be
more flexible," Merkel told
reporters, adding the December 31
deadline was not fixed in stone.
An EU spokesman said foreign
ministers would meet on Monday
to discuss whether to raise tariffs
on African nations that reject
"From a legal point of view
there is this possibility (to raise
tariffs), but we have to take a
political decision," said European
Commission spokesman Amadeu
argued the trade deals would be
damaging for poor African
"Europe must desist from this
madness and commit to do all they
can to ensure countries are not
made poorer by ill-thought out
trade deals. They must stop pres-
suring the remaining countries tok
sign," said Oxfam trade spokes-
woman Amy Barry.
Amistad Returns "Home"
SIERRA LEONE Sierra Leoneans watch the arrival of the Freedom
Schooner Amistad, a near-replica of the ship that sparked a 19th centu-
ry slave revolt, in central Freetown, Sierra Leone, the original West
African homeland of many of the Amistad captives, on Sunday, Dec. 9,
2007. In 1839, more than 50 African captives en route to Cuba on the
Amistad schooner rebelled and took over the ship. The replica ship set
sail in June for a 14-month, 14,000-mile voyage from Connecticut to
Novia Scotia, Britain, and Africa.
African Aphrodesiacs Still Au Natural
SUDAN Piles of the special aromatic wood called "taali", used by
Sudanese women in the traditional beauty treatment called the "duhan",
are stacked in front of Sudanese traders at a market in Khartoum's twin
_city of Omdurman. The slow burning "duhan" is essentially a hole filled
with sweet burning aromatic taali wood which Sudanese women use to
smoke their skin to silky perfection and drive their husband wild with
Haitians Still Struggling Despite Gains
international donors have praised
Haiti's recent economic improve-
ments, some Haitians say President
Rene Preval's government has not
done enough to lower prices in the
impoverished country where three-
quarters of the population lives on
less than $2 a day.
"The population is dying of
hunger and nobody seems to care,"
said Josue Bellerive, a street
sweeper in the downtown area of
Port-au-Prince. "The government
should simply limit the exaggerat-
ed profit made by shopkeepers."
Haiti is the Western
Hemisphere's poorest country with
an annual per capital income of
about $450, according to the World
Several national and internation-
Uganda Ebola Death Toll Pushed to 30
KAMPALA (AFP) An Ebola
patient died in western Uganda
Tuesday, pushing the death toll
from the current outbreak to 30
out of 116 people known to be
infected with the lethal virus, the
health ministry said.
Health authorities were still reg-
istering new infections in
Bundibugyo district, home to
250,000 people and the outbreak's
The US Centers for Disease
Control pathogen experts contin-
ued to test for the virus that was
identified as a new strain of Ebola,
which epidemiologists say erupt-
ed in September but was identi-
fled only in late
Hundreds of villagers
and medics who had ..
physical contacts with .4
the patients have been .- f.
put under observation, *
Spread by body fluids, -
the blood-born disease
was named after a small -L *
river in the Democratic A nurse takes care of an Ebola patient at a hos-
Republic of Congo, pital in western Uganda. An Ebola patient died
where it was discovered in western Uganda Tuesday, pushing the death
in 1976. It re-emerged in toll from the current outbreak to 30 out of 116
Sudan 1976. It re-esamerged in people known to be infected with the lethal
Sudan the same year. virus, the health ministry said.
Other outbreaks have
been recorded in Ivory CoastGabon and Uganda.
al specialists have said Haiti is
moving in the right direction.
The IMF says Haiti has made
"remarkable progress" toward eco-
nomic stability in the past few
years. Inflation, which peaked at
nearly 40 percent in 2003, dropped
to 15 percent under the interim
administration that took over after
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide
was ousted from office during a
bloody revolt in 2004.
Inflation has fallen further since
Preval took office in May 2006,
dropping to 7.9 percent by July, the
"The government claims a merit
point for bringing down inflation
and f6r having a good record in
said Maxime Appolon, a primary
school teacher. "But what good did
that do when living conditions
become even harder?" he said.
"The population voted president
Preval because they thought things
would change for the better in
terms of their daily survival," said
Moreno Gustama, a former medi-
cine vendor. "That's not what we
Though prices are rising more
slowly, they are still rising, and
prices for some bare necessity
products have skyrocketed, pro-
voking growing discontent.
A 110-pound (50 kg) bag of rice
that cost about $15 when Preval
took office now costs $42, while
the price for a 6-gallon (23-litre)
box of vegetable oil has risen to
$37 from $25 during that time. The
Haitians wait in line to go inside the Interior's Ministry, where at
least 1,600 victims of a fire in a public market one year ago hop-
ing to receive around 30.000 gourdes ($835) to rebuild their mar-
ket in Port-au-Prince November 27, 2007.
-price of a bag of charcoal, used by
many for cooking, has doubled to
The government has dismissed
calls to intervene, arguing that try-
ing to artificially influence prices
could have greater negative conse-
quences for the economy.
"We cannot intervene and fix
prices because we have to comply
with free market regulations,"
Commerce and Industry Minister
Maguy Durce told Reuters.
"One way we're trying to influ-
ence prices is by creating condi-
tions for greater competition and
by publishing a list of various
prices available," said Durce, hop-
ing buyers will be informed about
stores that offer lower prices.
One of Haiti's leading econo-
mists, Kesner Pharel, said the
country's yearly 2 percent popula-
tion growth and high gas prices are
among the causes for the high cost
"Gas prices have increased by 40
percent from November to August
2007 and all rises on the interna-
tional market are passed on to local
customers," Pharel said.
He said the government could
lower prices by cutting gas taxes
but that would significantly limit
its ability to invest in other vital
social and infrastructural sectors.
"The country is on the right
path," said Pharel. "The govern-
ment has controlled its expenses,
there is no deficit, the inflation is
under control and the dollar has
been stabilized, and it would have
been much worse if these results
were not achieved."
Kenya Wants Action
on Child Sex Abusers
NAIROBI- Hoteliers want a new law enacted to allow State
inspectors to access private villas and homes to fight child prosti-
The Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers (KAHC)
claimed there was a possibility of child sex abusers fleeing from
mainstream hotels and finding new hideouts in the villas, small
lodgings and private homes.
KAHC Coast branch chairman, Mr Mohamed Hersi, also urged
the government to bar 29 internet listed international child sex
abusers from entering the country.
A recent report by United Nations International Child Education
Foundation reveals that major hotels account for 4% of child sex
tourism while private villas and homes account for 12%..
Single tourists coming for holidays should not be allowed to get
in their hotel rooms with local young female partners "because
Kenya was gradually becoming a sex tourism destination." "Hotels
should take the initiative to bar these tourists at the reception area.
Let it be made clear to them that Kenya is not a sex tourism desti-
nation and that we don't condone child sex practices," said Mr
December 13-19, 2007
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December 13-19, 2007
Keyshia Cole Gathers Family
,gTMmWher for Reality Finale
week, the sophomore season of
BET's critically acclaimed
"Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is"
draws to a dramatic close.
Noted as "one of the few real-
ity shows that feels genuine in its
portrayal of its lead character" by
Multichannel News and "an intrigu-
ing, tension-packed family drama"
by Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
it's the top returning series pre-
miere in BET history as well
as the #1 original series pre-
miere of the year. And it's
easy to see why.
This docu-drama has
all of the right components-
a lead character who truly
opens up to show the
human side of celebrity life,
a family that adds fuel to the
fire but is also there to ease
the burn, and most important-
ly, an incredible path to healing
In the special one-hour season
finale, Keyshia and her mother
Frankie receive the results of a
DNA test to reveal whether a man
claiming to be Keyshia's long-lost
father actually is.
Meanwhile, her manager Manny
organizes a family reunion to bring
together Keyshia's foster family
and biological family, including
two siblings she's only recently
become acquainted with.
"That's always been my dream,"
said Cole. "This is my day I want
the family to come together, and I
want everyone to get along,"
But the tension is high as Frankie,
who continues to deal with the
emotional guilt of abandoning her
children during years of drug addic-
tion, shows up at the reunion inebri-
ated and confronts Keyshia's adop-
tive parents. Meanwhile, her sister
Neffe, who in last week's episode
discovered that she was pregnant,
makes a final decision of whether to
keep her baby. Despite the opin-
ions offered by her mother and sis-
ter, Neffe resolves not to be influ-
enced in her decision-making.
"This baby situation is always
heavy on mind," Neffe reveals in
the episode. "They don't have to
live with this for the rest of their
life, Neffe does."
From heart-wrenching therapy
sessions and family pathos to han-
dling the day-to-day life of a plat-
inum-selling artist, "Keyshia Cole:
The Way It Is" gives one-of-a-kind
insight into the world of one of
music's most captivating and com-
plex rising stars.
Fans and Critics Waiting for
Final Season of "The Wire"
The cast of the show's law enforcement component have been regu-
lars from the beginning of the show.
A fervent following is eagerly
awaiting the final season of an
No, this story isn't a year old.
While the final hurrah of "The
Sopranos" had the weight of a gen-
uine cultural event, the last season
of "The Wire" is a cultish affair.
The longest-running dramatic
series on HBO, "The Wire" will
enter its fifth and final season on
January 6. In certain circles, this is
already cause for nail-biting antici-
pation. (HBO, like CNN, is a unit of
"Get on with it, mother- ..." wrote
one fan on the HBO "Wire" mes-
sage boards, quoting the abbreviat-
ed last words of one of the show's
"The Wire" has never been an
easy sell. In its first four seasons, it
has in gritty detail painted a novel-
istic picture of urban decay. Set in
Baltimore, the show follows police
and drug dealers, portraying the
tiered bureaucracy to each side of
"It's all in the game," is the
show's oft-repeated mantra.
"The Wire" excels in realism and
in creating societywide scope.
Within a few episodes, the viewer is
intimately connected with dozens
of characters, from the mayor's
office to homeless shelters.
Each season has centered on an
institution. Last season looked into
the education system, season three
focused on politics, and the second
season portrayed the decline of the
city's shipping port. Season five
will concentrate on the media,
which is especially familiar ground
for creator and executive producer
David Simon, a former reporter for
The (Baltimore) Sun.
"What this season is about is just
how far you can go on a lie," Simon
says in a promo that has been airing
on HBO. The lie Simon is referring
to is what deteriorating cities tell
themselves: Everything is going to
be all right.
Yet the ratings for "The Wire" are
small. The average episode last year
drew just over a million viewers,
far less than the 13 million per
episode that the last season of "The
Sopranos" pulled in.
Awards attention has also eluded
"The Wire." Its only Emmy nomi-
nation came in 2005 for outstanding
writing for a drama series. The
American Film Institute at least
honored it as one of the best televi-
sion programs of the year in 2006.
Production for the final 10-
episode season of "The Wire"
wrapped September 1. Details have
been scarce on the season's plot
lines, but to be expected is a good
amount of criticism for the manage-
ment of newspapers, which nation-
wide are gutting their newsrooms to
For now, though, "The Wire" has
one more chapter to tell.
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A packed house filled Alltell Stadium to watch the Jaguars beat up on the Carolina Panthers. Free Press photographer Frank Powell spotted many fans enjoying the game. This week the Jaguars travel to Pittsburgh.
Women's Heart Healthy Campaign
Hold Kick Off Breakfast TeJnsR o
Lynn Sherman, Director of Community Health/Baptist Health and
Charzetta James of AKA Sorority were among attendees.
The Sister to Sister National Women's Healthy Heart Campaign held its
kick off breakfast last week at the Garden Club in Riverside to announce
the 3rd annual Sister to Sister Women's Heart health fair to be held
Saturday February 8th at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The
February 8th seminar will include: Free heart-health screenings with on-
the-spot results with counseling, educational seminars with heart experts
and fitness and cooking demonstrations. Over 2000 women are expected
to attend the free event. KFPPhoto
Amateur Night 2007 Winners The Amateur night at the
Ritz held their finals last week culminating a year of winning entertain-
ment. The talent was amazing and the winners of the $500 prize is return-
ing adult champion 7J who won with a powerful rap song detailing the
murder in Jacksonville. Winning in the youth division was Andrenika
Dawsonwho sang an original song that she wrote and produced the music.
The talent ranged from spoken word, faith mimes, to original scores, and
dancers showcasing an evening of entertainment worthy of a the year long
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At the recent book signing of
Rep.Terry Fields, the veteran politi-
cian reminded attendees, "all neigh-
borhoods are part of a hood and that
the hood is his home." If you have
ever met the personable veteran
politician, then you know he has
never met a stranger. In noting his
success, Field's cited his grand-
mother as a big inspiration in moti-
vating him. Personal experiences
and anecdotes on life help encom-
pass "My American Dreams,
Hopes, Ideas and Motivation,"
Fields first book. Among the topics
discussed in the book include:
-Many African Americans feel that
talking proper is acting white,
"being proper is not being white it
is called speaking English.
Growing up in the south, his
opportunities and being account-
able to yourself and his destiny
from FAMU, to a longshoreman, to
the Jacksonville City Council and
finally his being elected to the
Florida State House of
- Motivating our youth "there is
a new generation ofAmericans who
are emulating, aspiring, and watch-
ing what we do; we cannot drop the
ball with our young people. We
must take what's been given to us
and make a difference".
To motivate students across the
country Terry plans to visit several
colleges throughout the southeast.
In attendance at the festive celebra-
tion held in his Brandon Chase
home was noted author and money
coach Twyla Prindle, Channel 12
News Anchor Angela Spears,
Attorney and lobbyist Donald L.
West, Jr. Esq., and a host of other
notables. Hostesses Carlottra
Guyton and Reva Oliver made sure
each guest felt at home. The catered
menu included everything from
delicate mussels, sausage and
chicken to an array of salads.
Always a hospitable host, Fields
gave each guest a gift bag that
included a copy of his book and
other delightful goodies.
Signing off from the
Jones Report, Lynn Jones
'roy McNish, Angela Holsey & Leroy Brown
Fields signs book for friend Jerry Hinton
December 13-19, 2007
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