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Supreme Court to Weigh Voter ID Laws
Are laws requiring voters to show a picture ID a needed protection
against voter fraud or merely another type of poll tax designed to keep
Blacks and Latinos away from the polls?
That's a question that the U.S. Supreme Court will seek to resolve this
year when it tackles the racially divisive issues on its' agenda.
In Indiana, where Republicans run the Legislature, lawmakers passed a
law two years ago requiring voters to show a government-issued ID.
Several other states have instituted similar voter ID laws, and, in most
instances, lower courts have upheld their constitutionality.
The problem, say the mostly Democratic critics, is that such a law par-
ticularly discourages Blacks and Latinos who are less likely to have
government IDs and more likely to lean left at the polls.
But in the eyes of Republicans and other observers, demanding that vot-
ers show an ID card is not that big an imposition.
"It is exceedingly difficult to maneuver in today's America without a
photo ID (try flying, or even entering a tall building such as the court-
house in which we sit, without one)," wrote Circuit Judge Richard A.
Posner, a Ronald Reagan appointee, in joining the majority decision that
the Indiana law does not violate the Constitution.
Judge Orders Min. Louis
Farrakhan to Appear in Court
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) A federal judge has ordered Nation of Islam
Minister Louis Farrakhan to appear in court to explain why payments to
his son are not considered income.
A Gary couple are seeking to collect $350,000 from Farrakhan's 48-
year-old son, who lost a lawsuit after crashing his father's Hummer into
their car in 2003 and leaving the scene.
Nasir Farrakhan has yet to pay any of the punitive damages awarded to
Charles and Gladys Peterson, though they received $464,000 for their
medical expenses from his insurance company.
The younger Farrakhan has said he cannot pay because he has no income,
has never been employed and has no checking account or savings. He
argues the $1,400 in cash he receives from his father each month is legal-
ly considered charity, even though Nasir Farrakhan has acted as head of
the minister's 20-man security force for many years.
MEAC Tourney Will Leave Raleigh
RALEIGH, N.C. (NNPA) -The City of Raleigh will not renew its con-
tract with the NCAA Division 1 historically Black university conference
after it plays its next games at the RBC Center, scheduled for March 10-
15, 2008. That makes the third major Black collegiate sporting event to
leave the Capitol City in the past three years. The CIAA Basketball
Tournament left in 2005, the same year the Aggie-Eagle Labor Day
Football Classic was stopped.
In his first public words, Mayor Meeker said that Gale Force Sports &
Entertainment, the group contracted with the RBC Center's governing
Centennial Authority, had indicated that the MEAC Tournament may be
a hopeless economic case.
"Gale Force has indicated that they cannot keep the arena available
unless there's some additional payment of $300,000, which is really
beyond what is reasonable for a tournament of this size," Meeker said.
Not only was RBC Center losing money, but the city and Wake County,
which jointly bankrolled efforts to promote the MEAC, were as well.
"The city and county together have put in about $400,000 in the past
two years, and the tax revenue to the city and county has been about
$230,000, so there's been a loss there," Meeker said.
New Orleans Pop. Nears 300,000
NEW ORLEANS Despite slow progress in rebuilding some neigh-
borhoods, New Orleans' population is nearing 300,000, or about 65 per-
cent of its pre-Hurricane Katrina size, according to a new report.
The report, based on utility hookups, estimates the population at
295,450 and predicts it will surpass the 300,000 mark soon. That will put
it on par with cities like Tampa, Fla., and Pittsburgh and provide a "sig-
nificant indication of New Orleans' sustained viability as a major city and
as an anchor for a large metropolitan area," the report says.
Mayor Ray Nagin has pointed frequently to the population estimates as
a key way to gauge the city's success at recovery since August 2005.
Some of New Orleans' hardest hit areas are still dotted with overgrown
lots, empty houses and crumbling streets. But Nagin has said he thinks
2008 will be a turning point, as additional federal aid is freed up and
more rebuilding grants are made available to homeowners.
New Orlean's pre-Katrina estimated population was 455,000.
Mom Leads Kiddie Gang on Heists
ATLANTA A 36-year-old Atlanta mom is going to jail for chauffeur-
ing a group of burglarizing teenage boys from home to home.
Lakechia Woodard was sentenced to 18 months behind bars and three
and a half years on probation for her crimes, the Fulton County district
attorney's office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
She must also pay $6,295 in restitution and undergo drug treatment and
testing, a judge ordered.
One of the teens, Christopher Jackson, 17, was charged as an adult. He
was given five years probation and ordered to pay $4,147 in restitution
after pleading guilty to burglary on Wednesday.
The district attorney says that not only did she drive them around to
break into homes in South Fulton and College Park, Ga., but she organ-
ized the gang of young thugs, one of which was her own 12-year-old son.
In one particular heist on Aug. 15, she helped them load stolen weapons
and clothing into the car.
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Tragic and Compelling: African American Lives in 2007
Black Americans experienced
a range of intriguing, tragic and
compelling news stories in
They included the arrest and
sentencing of Atlanta Falcons
quarterback Michael Vick,
shock jock Don Imus' racial
comments, the tragedy at
Virginia Tech University, the
Jena 6 arrests and protests in
Louisiana, the arrest (again) of
O.J. Simpson, the doping admis-
sion by famed runner Marion
Jones and the surge of presiden-
tial candidate Sen. Barack
Obama 11 months before the
If there is one word that sums
up many of these news stories
from 2007, it would be this: Emotional.
There was plenty of emotional discussion
across the nation surrounding the Vick case and
unlimited debate about whether his punishment
was too severe for the crime.
The case against Vick exposed a split within
both the NAACP and the larger black commu-
nity, as some activists condemn Vick's role in
the deaths of fighting dogs, while others cast
him as a victim of a overzealous prosecutors.
There was also profound sadness after the
Virginia Tech and Newark killings, and anger
and racial protests during the Jena 6 and
Genarlow Wilson cases.
Perhaps one of the most racially-charged and
emotional events of 2007 was Imus' verbal
assault on the Rutgers University women's bas-
ketball team, (referring to them as "nappy-
headed ho's") which got him fired from CBS
Radio. Imus is now back on the air with WABC
and Citadel. The show added a black woman
and a black man to the cast --
comedians Karith Foster and .
It was also a year of political .....
conflict as black Americans
across the board chose sides and
split between supporting Barack
Obama, a black man, and
Hillary Clinton for president.
Recent polls show Obama and
Clinton in a dead heat in Iowa
and New Hampshire, and some
polls show Obama leading in
And then there's the Oprah
factor. Oprah Winfrey, arguably
the most powerful, influential
and well-known woman on the
planet, has not only endorsed
Obama, but campaigned on the -
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AKA Presents Silver Rose Debutante Coterie
2007 Silver Rose Debutante Coterie
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presented its bi-annual debutante coterie last week introducing seventeen young ladies to society. Shown above are
Debutantes Monye' Dawson, Amanda Phillips, Nikkole Purnell, Crystal Jones, Jessica Richardson, Jasmine Holmes, Jesshelle Thomas, Kelsey Hawkins,
Sabella Stewart, Brittney Brooks, Jennifer Rowe, Alicia Fason, Whitney Griffin, Niki Ford, Deswin Matthews, Kevicia Brown and Rebecca Williams.
Over the past thirty years, Gamma Rho Omega has presented over four hundred debutantes to Jacksonville Society. This year's presentation was held at
the Hyatt Regency Hotel and concluded months of activities beginning with the traditional Mother-Daughter Luncheon. Throughout this time, the young
ladies attended workshops and volunteered at non-profit agencies providing community service to the disadvantaged. FMPowell Photo
Olympic and NFL Great Bob Hayes Receives Grave Marker
Family of the late Bob "Bullet" Hayes at his grave marker on Edgewood Avenue. Betty Reid, Regina
Channelle, Marva Crum, Vanessa Flagg, Ayana Channelle, Lena Mae Johnson, Shayla Alderman, Victor
Hayes, Westine Lodge, Armani Channelle, Victor Hayes, II, Beatrice Singleton, Herbert Blackshire, Trinity
Gaiter, Jordan Gaiter, Jaman Gaiter, DeWayne Harris, Tatiyauna Reedand Vatroni Reed. KFP Photo
Hometown legend Bob hayes
would have been proud. After
years of being around town prior to
his death without much fanfare
with the exception of the track
Meet bearing his name, Bob
"Bullet" Hayes has been interred in
an Edgewood Avenue Mausoleum.
Hayes, who won two Olympic
gold medals in 1964 and was once
called "The World's Fastest
Human," received a public unveil-
ing and dedication for his
Mausoleum on what would have
been his 65th birthday.
Hayes, who died in 2002 when he
was 59, had been previously buried
at the Northwest Jacksonville
cemetery. Hayes' mother, Mary
Robinson who died in February,
was also interred in the same mau-
soleum. The monolithic structure is
designed to include inscriptions of
Hayes' many accomplishments, but
etchings remain unfinished, ceme-
tery officials said.
Hayes spent 10 years playing
with the Dallas Cowboys and set
many records with the team.
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December 27 January 9, 2007
Mayor Unveils Plan to End Crime Wave
Mayor John Peyton detailed spe-
cific goals and suggested five main
areas of focus for the Law
Enforcement & Deterrence sub-
committee of The Jacksonville
The mayor outlined the following
as critical areas of focus:
Increasing police presence
Getting guns off the streets
Making schools sanctuaries of
Examining the administration of
Increasing public access to
While the mayor made some spe-
cific recommendations about pro-
grams related to these areas, he
asked the committee to draw on
their own talents, experiences and
expertise to identify ways to
address the issues.
Increased Police Presence
Mayor Peyton announced that he
will ask the Jacksonville City
Council to appropriate $3 million
from the city's emergency reserve
to fund overtime deployments in
the city's high crime areas. The
mayor will ask that the funds uti-
lized be replaced with any surplus
that exists when the city's mid-year
budget review is completed.
The mayor also asked the Law
Enforcement and Deterrence
Subcommittee to work with the
staffs of the mayor, sheriff and
council auditor to complete a
detailed review of the Matrix Audit
and make recommendations on how
to increase police presence on the
streets of Jacksonville over the long
Getting Guns off the Streets
Mayor Peyton called on the com-
mittee to intensively focus on ways
to get guns off the streets in
He also discussed his involvement
with the Mayors Against Illegal
Guns coalition. The purpose of the
group is to engage a large, bi-parti-
san group of community mayors,
Shown above at their annual Christmas party are Link sisters and their guests. Among those in atten-
dance as seen above are: Norma White, Jackie Lee, Ruth Waters McKay, Pam and Lemorris Pier, Bertha
Padgett, Gracie and Tommy Chandler, Phyllis Varnado, Rita Perry, Rometa Porter, Dorothy and McKinley
Young and Deloris and Robert Mitchell.
(L-R) Barbara Shuman, Ernestine Bivens, Host Above, Chapter President Ruth Waters McKay (L),
Robert Porter, Francina Dunbar and hostess Sen. Tony Hill and Bold City Program Director
Josephine Porter kept the occasion festive. Josephine Porter (r), look over the laptops.
$10,000 and 10 Laptops for Youth
Cap Off 2007 for Bold City Links
all of whom are dealing with the
common problem of illegal guns in
their cities and towns.
Next year, the City of Jacksonville
will host a Florida Conference for
regional mayors and renowned sub-
ject matter experts to specifically
address the issue of illegal guns.
"Sanctuaries of Safety"
Making Duval County Schools the
safest schools in the nation should
also be a priority for the committee.
As a first step, Peyton called for
aggressive prosecution any time
someone is caught carrying a gun
on a school campus. He also called
for increased safety for teachers and
school administrators under provi-
sions in the Florida Statutes that
provide for stiffer penalties for
those charged with assault or bat-
tery on a teacher or administrator.
Administration of Justice
Peyton asked the group to examine
the overall administration of justice
in Duval County and identify sys-
tems that could be improved, train-
ing that could be increased and
processes that need to be modified.
He asked that as part of this eval-
uation, the Sheriff and the State
Attorney meet twice annually to
review practices and processes and
identify opportunities for greater
success in arrests and prosecutions.
In addition, he asked the Law
Enforcement and Deterrence
Subcommittee to make specific rec-
ommendations related to other
areas that are placing an undue
financial burden on the justice sys-
tem and a strain on those working
to facilitate the administration of
justice. Those areas include jail
overcrowding and the number of
pending felony cases.
access to information
Peyton also called for the group to
identify ways to better keep the
public informed about the criminal
justice system. The mayor has
directed the creation of a Web site
that tracks the work of the commit-
tee and reports on the activities and
success of each area of the anti-
Northside Eatery Closing Doors
Mattingly's Maris Gras Grill, a nineteen year old restaurant nestled on
Edgewood Avenue is closing its doors. The last day of business is
December 29, 2007. The restaurant's owner, Walter Mattingly, wrote a
nice letter to area business owners detailing his plans for the mainstay
known for it's cajun menu. "I want to thank all of the people who came in
week after week and supported us, I know your faces but not all of your
names." said Mattingly.
Call for Entries
All individuals, clubs, groups, organizations, churches,
mosques, temples, schools public and private are invited
to participate in all of the events sponsored by the Martin
Luther King Foundation.
January 21, 2008
The parade will begin 10:00 am at Federal
Reserve Bldg., 800 West Waters Street.
For a schedule of all our events visit our website Awwv.mlkfdn.com
or call 904-807-8358.fax 904-807-8359 or email mlkfdnorg(att.net- -
The Bold City Chapter of Links
have a lot to proud of in 2007.
Already having logged hundreds of
service hours amongst it's 40 plus
membership roster, the organiza-
tion's signature program, BLAS
(Bold City Links Academic
Success), headquartered at
Highlands Middle School, is
receiving a big boost with a
$10,000 donation courtesy of Blue
Cross & Blue Shield and ten lap-
tops from Sen. Tony Hill.
The program, which targets over
age Black males, was initiated this
year as a pilot program by Bold
City Chapter President Ruth Waters
McKay. It includes an intense
weekly mentoring initiative by all
of the members focusing on a dif-
ferent aspect each week. The com-
puters will be earned by the partici-
pants and the funds will go towards
enhancing the program's curricula.
The exciting news delivered the
day before Christmas highlights the
groups 2007 year. Throughout the
year alone, the Links' projects have
included everything from collecting
bras to African women to serving as
proctors for the AME Youth
District. In between working hard
(each member is required to have a
minimum of forty service hours),
they occasionally have time for a
little fun. Links and friends recently
celebrated their hard work at their
annual party this year hosted by
Josephine and Robert Porter. The
festively decorated Northlake home
was spacious and welcoming for
those celebrating the holiday sea-
son. In addition to recapping the
year's successes and enjoying the
sumptuous buffet, Connecting Link
Bishop McKinley Young reminded
everyone the "reason for the sea-
son" through a special prayer. All of
the members present look forward
to the upcoming year as they begin
the planning process to host the
2009 Area Conference bringing
over one thousand Links to the
CIa neTl Crania & CMore:
A School Choice Expo
Suval County Magnet Programs are nationally acclaimed as a school choice
program, allowing students to explore a special interest, gift or talent.
With ten new magnet schools added this year, more students can benefit from this
specialized education. Magnet Mania & More encompasses all the options the
Duval County Public School System offers students.
Magnet schools may feature one or more programs, centering on a theme
or interest, and offer focused experience as early as elementary school.
Career Academy schools are college preparatory programs, equally readying
students for both college and the workforce, utilizing the academy model as
a smaller learning community within a larger high school setting.
Charter schools are publicly funded, nonsectarian schools that contract
with the Duval County School Board, and are open to all students.
Call 390-2082 or 390-2144, or visit
Magnet Mania & More to learn more about your options.
The magnet application deadline for the
2008-2009 school year is February 29, 2008.
Paiie 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press December 27-January 9, 2008
Wow, it's amazing how time flies
when you are having fun or taking
care of your children, going to
work everyday, paying bills etc. -
you know everyday life. It is easy
to loose track when all of us have
lives to live.
Let's see what happened in 2007.
But with so much to talk and so lit-
tle Free Press column space, we
will have to hit some of the high-
One of the most interesting sto-
ries of the year for local black folk
was when Black Enterprise maga-
zine features its "Top 10 Cities for
Blacks to Work, Live and Play."
And guess who made the list, yeah
I know its old news, but it's still
pretty amazing the Jville made the
Yep, that's right, we made the ten
spot, and of course some African
American thought that it was a bit
of a joke. Well, the black-folk who
read Black Enterprise and are sort
of in the know.
The Black Enterprise ranking
revealed that there are some 6,799
black-owned businesses in
Northeast Florida, versus the
national average per metropolitan
area of 3,263. That fact clearly
shows that blacks in Jacksonville
have an entrepreneurial spirit.
What was unique about our city
was that Jacksonville had the high-
est home ownership rate at 49.6
percent. Jacksonville also had the
highest mortgage rejection rate
Again, I said that "sometimes"
the numbers don't lie. Despite
gains, African Americans still have
a long way to go. I guess we should
thank the magazine for bringing out
some information that many of us
probably didn't realize.
On the national sports front,
Lovie Smith, the coach of the
Chicago Bears football team,
became the first African American
head coach to make it to the
Later on, that same day, the head
coach of the Indianapolis Colts,
Tony Dungy, also a black man also
made it to the big game. Of course,
the Colts won the Superbowl and
Dungy made history winning the
Speaking of the NFL, the
Michael Vick indictment was
another big story that we followed
in 2007. Vick was indicted on fed-
eral dog fighting charges and a few
I and a whole lot of other folks
felt that the 23-month prison sen-
tence that Vick received was ridicu-
lous. Not that I have anything
against dogs, but the punishment
doesn't fit the crime. The sentence
that Vick received could end his
professional football career.
A more fitting punishment would
have been to make him use some of
his millions to promote dog/animal
safety. Maybe he could have started
some national campaign against
animal abuse. Time will tell if Vick
can bounce back from this major
You have been under a rock or in
space for the past few months to
miss the property tax cuts that the
governor's office pushed that then
forced local governments like
Duval County to institute usage
fees to make up for the lack of
property tax revenue.
The governor and legislator's
property tax bill essentially cut
property taxes by increasing home-
stead exemptions. If you cut prop-
erty taxes then local governments
don't have the money needed to
provide many of the services and
programs for its citizens, hence
homeowners are faced with new
garbage, wastewater and utility
Just when I was I trying to save
up for that new pool!
The property tax cuts will proba-
bly save homeowners $300 to $400
a year. The new city fees will prob-
ably cost around the same. Wow,
thanks Governor for the savings!
Speaking of savings or lack of
savings, 2007 was the year of the
subprime loan market failure and a
major foreclosure crisis for the
Members of Congress are finally
pushing the Bush administration to
accelerate efforts to stem a rising
tide of home foreclosures. And it's
going to take some major interven-
tion to help families keep their
homes. Many low- and moderate-
income families turned to subprime
mortgage loans that were attractive
at first, but turned out to be
extremely risky. We know that
owning a home is the American
dream and for many families these
loans offered a low introductory
monthly mortgage payment and
interest rate, and usually no down
The problem that families are
now facing is that those same sub-
prime loans don't stay cheap. At
some point after a year or two, most
of the loans rates are reset to higher
levels, causing a jump in the
monthly mortgage payments.
Many of these families can't afford
the new payments and of course fall
behind, which creates a huge hole
to climb out of.
Hopefully this is one time where
Congress cannot take its time and
over study or over politicize the
issue. Families are losing homes at
an alarming rate everyday.
Another chronic issue reared its
ugly head again and again in 2007 -
the racial income gap. It's apparent
that time alone does not equate to
progress. Black men in America
make less today on average than
they made 30 years ago of course
you have to factor inflation in those
figures, but it is true.
Well, at least according to a study
released a few months ago by the
Brookings Institution that tracked
the incomes of some 2,300 families
for more than 30 years. While
incomes have increased between
both black and white families in the
past three decades, it's been mainly
2007 is Over Let's Take a Look Back
because more women are in the
workforce. However, this increase
was greater among whites, accord-
ing to the study.
The saving grace for blacks has
been the large number of African
American women who have made
gains in the workforce. Once
again, sisters have to bail the broth-
The story of Genarlow Wilson
was one that stayed in the news and
was finally brought to closure in
2007. This was the young black
man that was found guilty of aggra-
vated child molestation in 2005.
The young man was prosecuted
after he videotaped his girlfriend,
who was a young white woman a
couple of years younger than him
performing oral sex on him. Both
were minors and of course the sex-
ual act was consensual.
At the time, Wilson didn't have
any sort of criminal record, he had
a 3.2 GPA, and was arrested on the
day he was to sit and take the SAT
so that he could go to college.
Not only was Wilson arrested and
convicted for his actions, but also
he received a mandatory sentence
of 10 years. A few months ago, the
Georgia Supreme Court finally
"Did the right thing" and released
On a lighter note, as in "lighter
pockets" gas continued to rise like
a bad septic tank. It seems like
someone, some governmental body,
some watchdog organization, some
King or Queen or Prime Minister or
President should be able to do
something to help with the prices!
So much to talk about and so lit-
tle space, so I want to end my look
back talking about the crime issues
here in Jacksonville, because that is
truly one the most challenges prob-
lems this city continues to face.
The murder rate has been an
issue since 2006 when the city
New Year's Resolutions For Fathers To Their Children In 2008
by William Jefferson
Fathers, use the upcoming new
year to make more of a commitment
to your children and families.
Tomorrow is not promised to any-
one so as fathers we must make
every effort to build a stronger rela-
tionship with our children, but as
men we must take the lead in this
commitment of family and commu-
nity. Speaking to yourself in the "I"
statement makes the wording sig-
nificantly personal and establishes
more of an accountable role that
you are making in the lives of your
children and your families.
1. "I will tell my children that I
love them and I will tell them why".
Just telling your children that you
love them in not enough. Children
need to know the reasons for things,
this allows them to process infor-
mation which directs their actions,
reactions and feelings.
"I love you because...."
2. "I will tell my children that I
believe in them and I will tell them
why". Children sometimes have the
misconception that only their peers
believe in them and their abilities.
Consistent and firm reinforcement
is always needed by teens and
young adults from the parents in
3. "I will tell my children that I
have high expectations for them".
If children know where you stand
then they have a direction or goal to
work towards. Don't make your
expectations to high or to demand-
ing based on what you want to do
with your life or were not able to
do. In other words, Do not live your
life through your children.
4. "I will tell my children that I
respect them and value them".
Teens and young adults often
demand respect, but must be taught
how to give respect in order to
5. I will teach my children that
God loves them and why".
When talking to your children
about God's love don't get too reli-
gious, but keep it simple and rele-
vant to their lives. Don't preach at
your children, but talk to them
about God's love.
6. "I will teach my children why
we go to church". Children will be
more attentive to attending church
if they understand why they go to
church instead of just telling them
to go. Don't underestimate their
intelligence and their feelings about
7. "I will teach my children the
power and purpose of prayer".
Children may not understand now
about the importance of prayer, but
pray with them and guide their
prayer life as they mature.
8. "I will teach my children that
as their parent or guardian they are
my responsibility". Children need
to understand their actions reflect
their home upbringing. God has
entrusted their life and their learn-
ing in your hands. You, as an adult
male are answerable to God for
9. "I will be honest with my chil-
dren that I'm are not infallible and
do make mistakes".
You can both teach each other
about life and that everyday is an
opportunity to learn something new.
Learning does not always happen in
10. "I will teach my children to
respect themselves". If you can't
respect yourself then how can you
11. "I will teach my children the
importance of an education".
Don't bore your children with sta-
tistics or empirical data about future
jobs and careers. Emphasis that
learning is everyday and important
to the survival of oneself and their
12. "I will let my children know I
will visit their school to check on
their academic and behavioral
progress". Fathers play an impor-
tant part in their children's success
in school and life.
13. "I will tell my children that I
will discipline them with love, and
fairness". That is part of my job as
a parent. I will correct them when
they are wrong and disrespectful,
but do it with love.
14. "I will make sure my children
know that I'm are not their buddy,
pal, friend, homey or dog".
This causes problems later on as
they mature because children will
interpret that they are your equal
instead of you being the parent
when you tell them what to do.
15. "I will be open and honest
with my children about sex and
drugs and what my expectations
Don't be in denial about your
child's sexual activity or if they are
using or have used drugs. Keep the
lines of communication open and
don't pass judgment on your chil-
dren if they are sexually active or
have taken drugs.
16. "As a father I must remember
I model for my children". If you act
like a thug, disrespectful, hateful,
un-Godly and go against the laws
and rules of society so will your
children. The apple does not fall far
from the tree so don't blame or offer
excuses for your child's behavior.
17. "I will not attempt to be per-
fect, hip, tight, cute, ghetto, sexy or
something I'm not". Your intended
projection of a behavior will not be
received by your children. The end
result is that you end up looking like
a fool in your child's eyes. So
always come correct and be your-
18. "I will teach my children
Gods way to go, the best that I can".
Doing your job as a parent is not
always glamorous, peaceful, fun or
heavenly, but at times filled with
challenges that require prayer,
praise, patience and forgiveness.
Always talk to your children and
interact with them. If you don't then
someone Ise is waiting outside your
home that will. Not everyone has
your child's best interests at heart.
Candidates Must Be Accountable to Black Issues
Down to the last second of this
election for President of the United
States I will expect that candidates
hoping to secure the Black vote
must do as they would do with
other groups especially the White
majority and say what they would
do in return. Isn't that American
politics? Apparently it is, unless the
voters or the candidate running
happens to be Black. Then, it's ok
to give him a pass on the assump-
tion that he or she will automatical-
ly do what is right once elected. But
that is how we ended up with
Clarence Thomas. Skin politics just
won't work unless the person in the
skin has been thoroughly tested.
I had a great time recently on the
Bill Moyers Journal TV show, dia-
loguing with him about race and its
impact on the current election. The
accolades about the high quality of
that dialogue are still coming in, but
there is also a disturbing current of
responses suggesting that it was not
polite or politic to say that the
Obama campaign is attempting to
neutralize race for fear of alienating
his White base. That observation
was not meant to be mean spirited,
but analytically accurate. I hope
Obama becomes President of the
United States, but it has to mean
something tangible as well as sym-
bolic to be liberating.
To come clean, I've not endorsed
or supported anyone in the race so
as to have some legitimacy to make
such statements. However, I should
make clear in this space that the
observation that the Obama cam-
paign is neutralizing race does not
just apply to him, it applies equally
to Hillary Clinton. John Edwards
seems to be the only one who wants
to talk about poverty or to assert
that there are "two Americas" and
he appears to be competitive the
last time I looked.
Think about the current housing
crisis, rife with mortgage bleeding
that has led to record home foreclo-
sures. I live in Maryland next to
Prince George's County, the most
affluent Black county in America,
where there has been 14,000 home
foreclosures. The estimates are that
nationally 2.2 million people will
face the loss of their homes in the
next several years because of the
inability to pay their mortgages.
This will hit Blacks the hardest
because over half of us who get
mortgages get subprime loans, for
Latinos it is 42 percent, and for
whites 19 percent.
Black Enterprise Magazine fea-
tured this problem in one of its
recent issues and used the example
of a 70 year-old retiree living off of
a pension of $950 per month. In
February 2005, she made a loan
costing $832 per month which shot
up to $1,488 by that August. As a
result, she is in danger of losing her
home, like so many other blacks
who have adjustable rate mortgages
that were pushed toward the black
community. The "pusher" in this
case set up a predatory loan
because the retiree could barely
afford the original rate, but we will
do anything to experience the dig-
nity of owning a home.
Why aren't you hearing anything
about this? The cost to the black
community could be monumental if
there is no intervention by the fed-
eral government because homes are
the backbone line of credit against
which college tuition is paid, autos
are purchased, insurance is bought,
retirement is secured and health
costs are increasingly staved off.
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boasted a record number of mur-
ders. The trend continued in 2007,
without much impact from the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office and
other law enforcement organiza-
We will start 2008 off with
"Jacksonville Journey," which is a
new initiative from Mayor John
Peyton to aggressively address the
crime/murder rate here in our fair
city. He is asking 140 business,
political and community leaders to
be apart of this new program aimed
at reducing crime.
Peyton's initiative focuses on five
focus areas: law enforcement and
deterrence; positive youth develop-
ment; intervention and rehabilita-
tion; neighborhood safety and sta-
bility and education; and truancy,
dropouts and literacy.
The committee is somewhat
diverse, but not diverse enough. I
don't see many reformed criminals
or enough people work everyday
with youth, repeat offenders and
those who understand the sociology
or psychology of criminals.
I do applaud the mayor for taking
a bold step in the right direction,
but time will test the success of this
initiative. But I will say this you
can't just put it in the hands of this
committee, the entire community
has to rally not only against crime.
People also have to start under-
standing the social and economic
conditions in our low-income com-
OK, now I am really out of time.
Just when I was about to talk about
the Denise Lee and Tony Boselli
issue, and Michael Jordan's multi-
million dollar divorce, the firing of
Supt. Wise, gas prices again, etc, I
am out of space and time.
Happy New Year!
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Savvy Seniors Show Age is Only a
Number at Christmas Dance Extravaganza
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Line dancing and big smiles filled the dance floor. Minnie Stokes
Joe, the Rockets and the Rockettes hosted their annual Christmas Extravaganza at the Mary Singleton
Center last week. The informal program included opening by Joseph Smith, welcome by Flora McClendon-
parker and prayer by Charlie Sledge. Following the program which introduced the officers for the New
Year, the savvy seniors line danced and boogied to holiday tunes and songs of yesteryear.
Candidates Must Be Accountable to Black Issues
Continued from page 4
Fortunately, the National
Rainbow Coalition is on this case,
holding its 11th annual Wall Street
Project Conference on January 6-9
right between the Iowa Caucuses on
January 3 and the New Hampshire
Primary on January 8. Running
through the agenda (http://wall-
of this meeting is a concern with
For example, on Sunday, January
6, there will be a "State of Black
America" panel of Civil Rights
leaders, then a State of the
Foreclosure Crisis" Summit.
Subsequent panels the following
days will look at access to capital as
well as the state of capital markets
Other organizations have taken
this seriously, like the NAACP
which has filed a class action suit
on some of the big mortgage
lenders to stop predatory lending
and the National Urban League has
lobbied for remedies to the current
situation,' and Rainbow/Push has
marched on Wall Street and met
with Fed Chairman Bernanke to
obtain some redress for borrowers.
Should I not draw attention to the
fact that none of the presidential
candidates are talking about this
and especially how it could hurt the
Black community? Sorry, the cre-
ator didn't make me like that.
Dr. Ron Walters is the
Distinguished Leadership Scholar,
Director of the African American
Leadership Center and Professor of
Government and Politics at the
University of Maryland College
Park. His latest books are: White
Nationalism, Black Interests
(Wayne State U. Press); and
Freedom Is Not Enough (Rowman
and Littlefield Publishers).
Congressional Black Caucus
Split Between Clinton and Obama
By. Hazel Trice Edney
WASHINGTON (NNPA) As
America prepares for a string of pri-
maries and caucuses to determine
who will be its next Democratic and
Republican nominees for president,
the majority of the 42-member
Congressional Black Caucus who
have chosen to endorse in the race
is split 15-15 between CBC mem-
ber Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton. In
interviews this week, CBC mem-
bers pointed mainly to the candi-
dates' stances on specific issues as
the reasons for their endorsements.
"He is the most likely to actually
produce change in areas that make a
difference home ownership, edu-
cation, health care, crime policy,"
says U. S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-
Va.), explaining his endorsement of
Scott, who chairs the House
Crime Subcommittee, says, "For
years we've concentrated on and
focused more on codifying... sound
bites rather than seriously address-
He adds that he is impressed with
Obama's record on health care and
the war in Iraq.
"He led the charge to get more
people health insurance in the
Illinois legislature.. .He also had the
strength of character and courage to
stand up against the Iraqi war."
U. S Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-
Texas), who has announced her
endorsement of Clinton, says she
believes Clinton's long record of
service to children shows where her
heart really is.
She says she is especially
impressed that Clinton, as a young
lawyer, served as a staff attorney-
for" MAiah Wright' 'Edelrhan's
Children's Defense Fund during her
post graduate studies and that she
served as a consultant to the
Carnegie Council on Children.
"This is a very important elec-
tion and I do think that as people
begin to know Sen. Clinton and
they know her personally and they
know her story, she has an enor-
mously convincing story of some-
one who has empathy and out of
empathy, one can act upon the pain
of others and the joy of others,"
While Scott says his endorsement
of Obama has nothing to do with
the fact that he is Black, Jackson-
Lee made no bones about what she
sees as an opportunity to raise the
ceiling for women in America.
John Edwards, a former North
Carolina senator, has three endorse-
ments from CBC members.
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The Matthew Gilbert Jr. and Sr. High School Classes of 1952-1970
will have their 10th Annual Student Teacher Celebration January 4th
and 5th, 2008.
Festivities will begin on Friday, January 4, 2008 with a reception at the
Hyatt Regency from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. River Terrace, 3rd Floor.
The Grand Gala will be at the Hyatt on Jan. 5th with a reception at 6
p.m., program and dinner from 7-9 p.m. and the dance from 9 p.m. 1
a.m. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call Almetya Lodi at 355-7583
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St. Stephen AME
St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church, 913 West 6th St.,
Reverend Michael Mitchell, Pastor; welcomes the community to New
Year's Eve Watch Night Worship Celebration beginning at 10 p.m. on
Monday, December 31, 2007. There will be Singing, Dancing, Preaching
and Praising in welcoming the New Year. You are invited.
Shiloh Services Planned
The community is invited to Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118
West Beaver Street, for 10 a.m. Worship Service on New Year's Day,
January 1, 2008. The message will be "How to Elevate in "08".
It's All About Jesus, into the New Year
Pastor A. L. Judge and Pastor R. I. Domes, invite you, your family and
friends to join them at It's All About Jesus Ministry, 2133 West 39th Street
for Watch Night Worship at 9 p.m., on New Year's Eve, Monday,
December 31, 2007. Let's come together knowing it's not about us, it's only
about Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Emmanuel Missionary Baptist
The public is invited to worship with the Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church family at its annual Watch Night Services on Monday, December
31, 2007, beginning at 10:00 p.m. The church is located at 2407 Division
Street. For more information, call 356-9371. The Reverend Herb
1st New Zion, Mt. Bethel, Jerusalem
Baptist and New Bethlehem Joint Services
The First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Bethel Baptist
Church, Jerusalem Baptist Church and Bethlehem Baptist church will fel-
lowship in joint services for Watch Night Service at First New Zion
Missionary Baptist Church 4835 Soutel Dr. December 31, 2007 begin-
ning at 9:30 p.m. Rev. Dr. James B. Sampson, Pastor. For more informa-
tion call (904) 765-3111.
Disciples of Christ
The Disciples of Christ Christian fellowship invite the public to attend their
Watch Night Services on Monday, December 31, 2007 starting at 10:00
p.m. The church is located at 2061 Edgewood Avenue West. For more
information, call 765-5683. Robert LeCount, Jr., Pastor.
Spend New Years at Bethel Baptist
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will have it's New Year's Eve Service
in the main sanctuary, 215 Bethel Baptist Street. Services will begin on
December 31st, 2007 At 7 p.m. Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. will be
preaching the sermon : "I Can't Wait Til 2008" (Everyone is welcomed..
come as you are!). For more information all 354-1464.
The History of "Watch Night" in the Black Church
If you live or grew up in a Black
community in the United States, you
have probably heard of "Watch
Night Services," the gathering of the
faithful in church on New Year's
Eve. The service usually begins
anywhere from 7 PM to 10 p.m. and
ends at midnight with the entrance
of the New Year. Some folks come
to church first, before going to out
to celebrate. For others, church is
the only New Year's Eve event.
Like many others, I always
assumed that Watch Night was a
fairly standard Christian religious
service -- made a bit more
Afrocentric because that's what hap-
pens when elements of Christianity
become linked with the Black
Church. Still, it seemed that pre-
dominately White Christian church-
es did not include Watch Night serv-
ices on their calendars, but focused
instead on Christmas Eve programs.
In fact, there were instances where
clergy in Mainline denominations
wondered aloud about the propriety
of linking religious services with a
secular holiday like New Year's Eve.
However, there is a reason for the
importance of New Year's Eve serv-
ices in African American congrega-
tions. The Watch Night Services in
Black communities that we cele-
brate today can be traced back to
gatherings on December 31, 1862,
also known as "Freedom's Eve." On
that night, Blacks came together in
churches and private homes all
across the nation, anxiously await-
ing news that the Emancipation
Proclamation actually had become
law. Then, at the stroke of midnight,
it was January 1, 1863, and accord-
ing to Lincoln's promise, all slaves
in the Confederate States were
legally free. When the news was
received, there were prayers, shouts
and songs of joy as people fell to
their knees and thanked God.
Historic Mt. Zion and Union Comm
Church to hold combined services with Union Community
The Historic Mount Zion AME Church family invites all to join with
Union Community AME Church as they join together for Watch Night
Services on Monday, December 31, 2007, beginning at 9:45 pm, to wel-
come the New Year 2008 with thanksgiving and praise. Let this worship
experience ignite your spirit and renew your faith and commitment. The
church is located in downtown Jacksonville at 201 E. Beaver Street, Rev.
F.D. Richardson, Jr. is the pastor The Rev. Mose Thomas, III is pastor of
Union Community AME Church. For more info call (904) 355-9475.
War Fare and True Fire Asking City
to Unite in Prayer on January 1st
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.
An 1862 drawing of the first Watch Night Service
Black folks have gathered in
churches annually on New Year's
Eve ever since, praising God for
bringing us safely through another
year. It's been nearly 140 years since
that first Freedom's Eve and many
of us were never taught the African
American history of Watch Night,
but tradition still brings us together
at this time every year to celebrate
"how we got over."
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. H. T. Rhim, Senior Pastor, St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church,
485 West First Street, will hold Watch Night Service beginning at 9:30
p.m., Monday, December 31st. Everyone in every situation is invited to
come as you are and praise God for bringing you through 2007 and for
guidance in 2008.
The members and Pastor, Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr., of Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Ave., invite all to New
Year's Eve Worship on Monday, December 31st, at 10 p.m.
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The Mirales of the New Year
-2008 A Year of Possibilities
Divine Opportunities and Divine Encounters
The Year of New Beginnings
*Monday December 31st 10:30 Midnight*
New Years Eve Service
Pastor Cecil & Pauline Wiggins
6:00 p.m. Choir Cantata "God's Love"
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Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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UCOM to Observe "29 Years of A Vision
in Faith" at 29th MLK Memorial Banquet
The United Community Outreach
Ministry (UCOM) will observe
their "29 Years of A Vision in
Faith" in conjunction with the 23rd
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Birthday Banquet
Dinner. The Banquet will be held
at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January
12, 2008. The San Jose Church of
Christ, 6233 San Jose Blvd. is the
Miss BaDonna Funches, a youth
participant in the UCOM Summer
Job Program will be the keynote
speaker. Miss Funches, a graduate
of William M. Raines High
School, is a member of Renewed
Life Ministries Southside. Miss
Funches worked as a Youth
Childcare provider and was a
Youth Leader. She also served as a
receptionist for The Bridge of
Northeast Florida, where she
received a four-year scholarship to
attend the University of Florida.
An outstanding student, Miss
Funches has graduated with a
Bachelor of Science Health
Education degree (2005), and has
received a Master of Science
degree from the Department of
Anthropology, Sociology and
Criminal Justice at Valdosta State
University, in Valdosta, Georgia.
The United Community
Outreach Ministry (UCOM) is a
coalition of thirty-two (32) mem-
ber churches, who in coalition with
the Douglas Anderson High
School Alumni, invite all former
classmates and friends of Miss
Funches to welcome her and to
congratulate her for her accom-
To reserve your seat, please con-
tact Coach Nathaniel S.
Washington Sr., at (904) 765-2316
or (904) 210-6422.
Masons to Honor Rev. Dr.
E. I. Norman January 12th
Public Invited to
First Sermon of
Bro. Michael Halyard
The United Missionary Baptist
Church invites the community to
come out to hear the first sermon of
Brother Michael Halyard, the don
of their pastor, Dr. Morris J.
Halyard. The event will take place
on January 6, 2008 at 4 p.m. The
church is located at 347 West 21st
Street. If any further information is
needed, please call 634-0931.
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The Tillman Valentine Consistory
#22, Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rites of Free Masonry,
Orient of Florida, Southern
Jurisdiction, United States of
America, PHA, will hold its Annual
Election Banquet at 7 p.m.,
Saturday, January 12, 2008. The
affair will be held at the Scottish
Rite Masons Cathedral, 29 West 6th
Street, corner Main Street,
This year's banquet will honor
Ill. Peer, Rev. Dr. E. I. Norman 33rd
Degree Mason, a long-standing
member of Tillman Valentine
Consistory. Rev. Dr. Norman is
Pastor Emeritus of new Redeem
Missionary Baptist Church. He is a
veteran of World War II, U. S.
Marine Corps. Rev. Dr. Norman
served as Pastor of New Redeem
Baptist Church for forty (40) years.
Rev. Dr. Norman graduated from
B.F.L. Seminary in 1971, A.B. T. In
1981, he received A.B.F.L. Confirm
Theology Honor of Doctorate's
degree. He served as Moderator of
.P. B,C.,,:as President of he
Moderator's Auxiliary of F.GB.C.,
and as Vice Chairman of the Board
of the National Baptist Convention
He was able to bring to
Jacksonville the Extension Class
A.B.T. which is now known as
Progressive Baptist Theology
Seminar. Rev. Dr. Norman is
presently serving as Chairman of
Dr. 1. E. Norman
He is a member of the Harmony
Lodge #1 F.A.M. PHA, and is Past
Master. Rev. Dr. Norman is a mem-
ber of Tillman Consistory #22 and
Assistant Grand Chaplain for the
Grand Lodge of Florida. He serves
as treasurer of the B.M.C. of the
Duval and adjacent counties
Ministers Conference, and also is
serving as special advisor to the
president of the Florida General
Rev. Dr. Norman and Loyal
Lady Mary Lee Norman are the
proud parents of nine children, five
living, four deceased.
You are invited to come out and
assist in honoring this great man of
our community. For more informa-
tion, call (904)786-7526.
Why Do Christian Men Cheat Part III
Picking up where we left off last week with ordained spiritual advisor professional
therapist Dr. Sabrina Black, we will continue with the final reasons of why infidelity
still happens in Christian households.
by Mona Austin, LAChurch
It's scary when you can't hear from
God. It's even scarier when you are
a minister and the spiritual discon-
nection takes you to the brink of
losing your faith.
But, Kirk Franklin, the top-selling
contemporary gospel artist in
Soundscan history, admits to com-
ing that close to the edge of despair.
If anybody needs a clear head, this
phenomenally influential artist
From the instant he stepped on to
the world stage with the 1993 debut
of Kirk Franklin and the Family
(yielding the now classic "Why We
Sing" and "Silver and Gold") his
footprint forever shifted the para-
digm of gospel music.
Traditionalists labeled him a rebel
and accused him of bringing the
devil's music into the church. But
for all that criticism, he's gotten
immense praise from a generation
of impressionable young people
who watch his videos on MTV,
VH1 and BET, dance to his music
in night clubs and anticipate the
next Kirk Franklin album like he's
the Christian Kanye.
Some of Franklin's fans hear from
God, through him and only him. At
a 2005 New Year's Eve celebration
in Los Angeles, I witnessed hoards
of young people flock to Franklin
for prayer in a forum of tens of
thousands and when he asked them
to come clean several people laid
weed at his feet.
From young people in particular,
multi-platinum selling artist com-
mands respect because he talks like
them, crunk dances like them,
dresses like them and can relate to
their temptations, trials and tests.
Kirk Franklin's story reveals a com-
plex duality mitigated by a life
lived with one foot in the church,
the other in the world, which
explains why his professional fruit
is a mix of Hip Hop and
Hallelujahs. As an entertainer who
has always "kept it real" fans are
well acquainted with the cacophony
of Franklin's past: a toddler aban-
doned by his birth parents and
raised by an elderly aunt, porn
addiction by 8, a teen who ran the
streets, smoked Mary Jane and
became a daddy by 17, a punching,
bag throughout his school years
I irk Franklin
Fighting to Keep the Faith
because he was a "church boy," Depression and Doubt. And unlike
who to boot only grew to be about 5 most men of any race, religion
feet 4 inches tall, was sexually socio-economic status, he parted
promiscuous and rumored to be his lips without the force of inquisi-
gay. In the midst of adverse circum- tion and said it: "I'm Depressed."
stances, he was on the church's pay- As for the other "D," doubt, he
roll earning about a $100 per week becomes vulnerable to further criti-
and the respect of grown folks he cism.
taught how to sing. Perhaps, this
double identity is the root of his
potency as an artist and why he
finds himself in a cycle of
repentance trying to heal
one issue at a time. r ,
In the last 15 years
the 37-year-old walk-
ing revolution has
achieved every con-
as an artist, but
ironically he can't
seem to get a cer-
tain gloomy kink
out of his soul.
Franklin via cell
phone as he hop-
scotched his way
across NYC putting the
gloss on his new album,
"The Fight of My Life"
while en route to another
promo interview. When we
speak I hear the noise of Big Apple
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slamming, horns blasting, and his
quick steps moving about like a
man on a mission. I sense that his
day is a hectic blur as he called me
over half an hour after our sched-
uled time. Minutes into our chat he
tells me he's getting into the eleva-
tor, seconds later the call drops, but
he calls back to resume, never miss-
ing a beat. While my goal was to
get the nitty-gritty on the project,
instead the interview became my
personal introduction into the trans-
parency he displayed on Oprah in
2005 when he divulged to the world
that he was a porn addict. The
gospel maven is a sacrificial lamb,
real and raw, when he nonchalantly
breaks two unwritten rules as a man
and a Christian. He confesses he
For Franklin, the life-altering
affects of depression started to
show up in his work. Earlier this
year he put the cap on the project he
deems his hardest work to date
because he couldn't write a word.
Kirk said, "At first the songs were
not flowing like water like they
usually do." He'd already begun
working in the studio in New York,
but had to send his background
singers back home until the creative
inertia vanished. In August the
artist gave a group of national radio
announcers a taste of the new mate-
rial. There was across the board
agreement that the samples were
incredible, but his publicist says her
client shifted directions and the
final product -is -totally different
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10. IN NEED OF A CON-
The hunt, the chase, the capture,
the kill. Men look for women they
cannot have and set them as targets
for sexual exploits. They pursue,
cajole, and say whatever in order to
seduce unsuspecting women and
lure them away from the path of
righteousness. These men want
you until they get you, and then
they are done with you. It strokes
the male ego to add' another
woman to the list of conquests. I
am sure you have heard it before
that "she's just another notch on
his bedpost" or "another name in
his little black book."
11. FORBIDDEN FRUIT
The lure of forbidden fruit has
been a temptation for ages. That
which we should not have seems
enticing, tantalizing, and intoxicat-
ing. Things that are forbidden give
us a sense of entitlement and make
men believe that they deserve
more, better, different. It also gives
the illusion that the man himself
has a greater image in his own
eyes. A man will also desire to eat
what seems sweet forbidden fruit,
if his spouse serves bitter criti-
cisms by pointing out what is
wrong with him when others see
the good in him.
12. LONELY AT HOME /
UNMET EMOTIONAL NEEDS
Sex may be the primary reason
men cheat, but it is usually not the
only motivating factor. The top
three reasons women cheat is also
one of the reasons that men cheat.
These reasons relate to unmet emo-
tional needs, the need for connec-
tion and intimacy, and thedesire for
attention. Quality time spent
together, laughing, playing having
fun; sharing secrets, hopes and
dreams with one another is impor-
Christian men who will not be
faithful continue to pose a growing
problem for lasting relationships. It
can be shocking for a woman when
she discovers that her spouse is
cheating even though she may
have seen the signs of infidelity for
months. Even more shocking is
learning the fact that other
Christian women are facing the
same heartbreak. They are hit by
shock waves when they know how
many among their circle of friends
have lived through similar situa-
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December 27 January 9, 2008
Jax School Graduates First All Male Class Esprit de Corps
Center for Learning (EDC), a non-chartered private school, recently celebrat-
ed its inaugural baccalaureate and commencement exercises. When the
school opened in 2001, it catered to grades K-7. Each year a new grade level
was added and in 2007 five seniors received their diplomas during a ceremo-
ny. Shown are EDC Faculty and Superintendent Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-
Vann pictured with graduates (left to right) Morton Perry, Salutatorian; Adrian
Anderson; Brandon Bolden, Valecdictorian; Marion Perry; and Byron White.
Keeping the American Beach Tradition Alive Historian
Marsha Phelts knows all about keeping the tradition of America Beach alive.
The American Beach landowner and author writes and speaks on the familiar
spot all the tune in addition to frequent4fhosting events encouraging others to
revisit the tradition. She is shown
above (center) with Gloria Simmons
(right) and family and friends at her .. -.
home at the historical Black beach. 4-, .----'
State of the Race Forums Former city council hopeful Irvin "Pedro"!
Cohen speaks on the ways to approach Jacksonvilles youth, with Lafayette
Williams and Baruti Katembo listening at one of the monthly State of the Jack & Jill Present Beautillion One of the- .
Race Forums. The informal group, which meets monthly at the Highlands American traditions that has survived the ages is the Beatit
Library is open to all willing to listen, learn and share. focusing specifical- coming of age Gala. Beaus presented this 3 ear b\
ly on African-Americans in Jacksonville. According to the Conference's includeDevin Williams, John-Paul Green, Bryan'Sr
initiator, Diallo Sekou, the goal of the meetings are to create an air of Francois, Jackson Willis, Dominique Perkins, -Daniel
activism and bring together people who are willing to help bring about Quanel Key and Brandon Stallings.
change in a city so desperate for help.
EWC Tigers Host Bi-annual Reunion -.TheC
graduates of Edward Waters College (EWC) hosted the
alums came from as far as Alaska and Illinois to preserVe
are Alumnus Dr. Roy Mitchell, Clarence Fields, Sheila, C
Singleton opening the convention with the "TigerCall`'.
Governor Confirms Campaign Promise ofAccessibility Gov. Charlie Crist has
worked hard in his campaign commitment to being a Governor for all people, despite being a Republican. Part
of that commitment is accessibility. He has met with everyone from Black publishers and educators to union
leaders. Gov. Crist is shown above (left) with Free Press Publisher Rita Perry and Marc Little at a confab held
at Edward Waters Cgl.ge -.-
Point of Light
With all of the fanfare surrounding
the Simonds Johnson Community
Center and Tony Boselli, little men-
tion was done of one of the projects
predecessors. Osnald Calizaire,
revamped a site next to Eugene
Butler Middle School to serve the
neighborhood s youth. He is shown
above receiving a Point of Light
Award from the Governor s Office
for his good deeds and contribu-
Health Department Took the Lead in Making Jacksonville Boys to Men
The Duval County Health Department took the lead along with several other organizations in creating Jacksonville s first Boys to Men Conference.
The two day conference, organized by Charles Griggs focused on the Black male crisis. It brought together men and boys with experts too confront the
epidemic in our society plaguing America s Black males. Over 500 attended the event at Edward Waters College. It was keynoted by renowned psychol-
ogists Dr. Na im Akbar. Shown above is the culminating basketball game where old school met new school.
Ribault Student Chosen Among Country s t
Fortune 500 Company Nestle USA and NFL Superstal
Rice recently selected 27 extraordinary youth from ar6w
country. The sole honoree from Florida was Ribault High,
student Cody Floyd. The 16 year old honor roll student whc
son of Ms. Tonya Austin traveled with his mother to-Holly
California to accept the honors. Nestle Best in Youth
Cody Floyd with former NFL all star quarterback Jetfr
(right) at the awards ceremony.
Potters House Reopens Normandy Mall In
continuing with the popular trend of faith based prosperity, the
Potters House rehabed the old Normany Mall and opened its
doors for the first time in decades as a retail mecca. Shown above
is advertising guru Ken Adkins (left) hearing plans for the site
from Bishop Von McLaughlin.
Jax Financial Prodigy Bends Clinton s Ear on Country s
Minority Lending Crisis Jacksonville native and Ribault graduate
Juan P.Chisholm had the experience of a lifetime in May when he participat-
ed in an exclusive roundtable discussion panel with U.S. Senator Hillary
Clinton at the Englewood Neighborhood Center in Orlando, Florida. Mr.
Chisholm was invited to offer solutions to the presidential candidate on the
issue of subprime mortgages and predatory lending due to his experience in
the field of finances and investments.
Florida s First Black Republican Conference The Republican
Party of Florida recently hosted their first Black Republican Conference in
Orlando during the Florida Classic weekend. Shown above are members of
the Jacksonville contingency: Perry Robinson, Dr Ann Williams, Johnnie
Williams and Rev. Jeremiah Robinson Sr. of Royal Tabernacle Missionary
Baptist Church. Black Rebublicans, a demographic that is growing in supris-
ing numbers, convened from throughout the state at the Conference chaired
by Jacksonville s own State Rep. Jennifer Carroll.
Free Press Wedding
wedding to celebrate of it'
Wilneisha Perry and Bruce E
Church. Bruce, nephew o;
worked at the paper through
20 years ago.
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107 Year Old Voter Honored While for
the masses of us, being able to make it to becom-
ing a centurion is a feat in itself, imagine being
107 and still making it a point to vote in every
election. For Blanche Cobb that is a reality. Ms.
Cobb, who registered in 1946 was honored with a
proclamation by the Jacksonville City Council and
the Supervisor of Elections for over sixty years of
ity of Jacksonville became "Tiger Country" in August as the
'2007,Biannual National Alumni Convention. Hundreds of
the-institution's history and plan for its future. Shown above
collins Sims, Convention Co-Chair Lillie Vereen and Dr. Roy
ahd-singing the Alma Mater
Stylist Takes Clients on a Cruise Stylist Sharon Porter
Thompson took the term customer service to a new level when
she recently treated several of her clients on a June Caribbean
Cruise. Shown above before boarding the Enchantment of the
Seas are Alicia Montford, Tanzy James, hostess Sharon Porter
Thompson, Tara Frederick and Syleste Porter.
Jones Returns to City Council \\Jrrer Jones and his col.lejgue E
Denise Lee, both returned to the City Council thlii-s cal ali~tr an eight ear liatusi The
two councilman served their districts for tv.e-nt '.. ears before beinj forced ou0 due to,
term limits. They were both overwhelmingly, elected bah.k toi the dis-imci Sho\wn
above is Judge James Ruth swearing in the CoiriCcilmnan a. lus '\il nessa looks on
and holds the Bible.
Family has 65 wishes in store for Holly Famil, and friends
of Gail Holley, retired Duval County Educator and well known local
majorette coach secretly met on Saturday, January 13th at the home of her
Aunt Mrs. Ernestine Bivens, to attend a special celebration in honor of her
65th birthday. Above she is making wishes on her cake.
Fullwood Opens Christine Cove-Though no
longer officially serving the public as a city councilman,
Free Press columnist Reggie Fullwood is still working on
impacting the community. Lloyd Boggio, President of the
Carlisle Group Co-developers of Christine Cove
Apartments based in Miami.
Mrs. Johnnie Roxie Scott
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Montford Point Marine Association recently held their
42nd Annual Reunion in Jacksonville last weekend.
Named after their training grounds, the Montford Point
Marines are the United State s first Black Marine
Infantry established in 1942. Above is Staff Sgt. and
original Montford Pointer receives his Man of the Year
Plaque from Lieutenant General Ronald Coleman.
Community Shows Love for Ribault
Ribault High School may have had all types
of problems this year, most noticeably another
failing grade. Fortunately alumnus and the
faculty rallied together to make a change at the
school. Shown is Principal Royce Turner with
SAC Chair Valerie Jones at a community rally
for the school.
"lJel'y' Jacksonville Links Celebrates 41 Years of Service The
adc"the 'Jacksonville Chapter of Links recently held their 41st
schooll 'Anniversary celebration at the World Golf Village. The festivi-
i's the ties included food, fellowship and fond remembrances from old
wbdd, .and new members of the chapter s many accomplishments.
dinner, Shown (L-R) is Chapter President Geraldine Smith with former
-Ricei Area Director Margaret Johnson and founding member Bessie
Canty at the Anniversary celebration.
Stars Help Ritz Celebrate 10 Years
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla Museum celebrated their
10th Anniversary in taste, elegance and style. World
famous duo Ashford & Simpson graced the stage for the
event and followed up with an up close and personal
meet and greet champagne toast with fans. Shown above
is Nick Ashford sharing a moment with Jacksonville s
Stanton s First All Class Reunion In what seemed like an impossible feat the gathering of all
classes of the historic Stanton High School Kenneth Reddick led a group of volunteers to uniting sixty-eight
years of Alumni. Spanning the gap of gender, class age, over 1500 Blue Devils traveled far and wide to par-
ticipate in their first All Class Annual Reunion. Shown above accepting his plaque is event chair Kenneth
Reddick, his wife Larletta and planning committee member Clarence Von Bostick at the gala affair.
-'ThedJacksonville Free Press had a
31 own with the Easter nuptials of
iurwell at Bethel Baptist Institutional
F, Free. Press publisher Rita Perry
dutthe years since its inception over
Shown above (L-R) are Willard Payne, TyreH Andrews (top) Linwood Kirkland,
Dr. Ronald Fennel and Mitchell Jackson at the Man to Man event. Jacksonville
business, civic and spiritual leaders joined with former college and professional ath-
letes to present a one day intensive mentoring session with over 500 area youth. The
brainchild of School board member Brenda Priestly Jackson and other politicos, par-
ticipants had a first hand chance to ask questions and be exposed to many of the oppor-
tunities and heartaches that await their future as Black men and as potential profession-
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Millions More Movement Set the Example for Organizations The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement has been going strong in Jacksonville over the past year set-
ting the example for Black men and youth. The non partisan volunteer group single handedly provide free hair cuts,
food and clothes through drives and special events for kids and the needy throughout the year all without selling
tickets or solicitations but from their own hearts and pockets. Above is one of their free hair cut events at Eugene
Butler Middle School. We proudly support the JLOC in all of their efforts to make a difference!
Ms. Pauline Brown
Make Your New Year's Resolution Work
S7.* ently) that you actu-
ally are capable of
S- -*.:.. making a change.
You'll have to
trash your old
ideas, all of
you'll need to
1. Get yourself a
positive attitude for
Christmas, and imag-
ine, fantasize, even
pretend, that you can
As you jubilantly celebrate, remember the do it!
affirmations and responsibilities
by Dr. Arin Carter
After years and years of making
bogus New Year's resolutions and
then never following through we
have all simply conditioned our-
selves to fail. So really anything at
this point is an unrealistic expecta-
tion we already know we're not
going to do it.
Rather than reinforcing this old
system of perpetual failure, forget
the past, and try something new!
The focus for this New Year is
faith (and a plan, but I'll get to that
later). You are going to have to
muster the belief (even if every-
thing in your past suggests differ-
you owe to My guess is that dis-
appointment has dis-
membered your faith, and I can cer-
tainly relate to that. But things can
be different, it happens all the time,
things go along the same old way
for years and years and then some-
thing shifts this shift is often due
to a scare (your doctor tells you that
if you don't stop this, or start that,
you're headed for serious trouble)
or an immediate and overwhelming
desire (you want to look good for a
wedding or reunion) or, believe it or
not, it can happen because you
decide (from a place deep down
inside) that you can do it.
No drama, no promises, no fear-
ful consequences if you don't. The
realization that you look, feel, or are
living your life in a way that feels
sub-par, unacceptable, or not at all
what you want, has finally hit you
like a ton of bricks and you very
quietly decide that enough is
2. Don't wait for insurance, or
some sign from above that you
"truly believe;" start now, and if
you're not convinced that any
major shift has occurred, pretend,
plain and simple, fake it, until you
own the secure belief that you are
capable, and able to stick with it
and do what you set out to do.
You may even go as far (and this
would be great) as taking on a
childlike wonder in knowing that
anything is possible!
3. Stop trying to mentally muscle
this thing, and stop trying to figure
it out, that's what you have been
doing all these years. First you
work it out, then you put restric-
tions and threats in place, then you
try the reward system but alas -
our minds actually, I believe, are
responsible for the sabotage, and
it's happening at a level (uncon-
scious) that most of us have little or
no understanding of.
Belief, faith, and trust come from
some special, unidentifiable and
powerful place inside you it's
there it just is. You can't figure it
out, so you can't screw it up either -
that's the beauty. Even better, it's
Kirk Franklin in his biggest battle
Continued from page 7
Other celebs such as Uma
Thurman, Ashley Judd, Eminem
and Marie Osmond who have gone
public about their private bouts
with depression can understand his
struggles. Shattering the illusion of
the glamorous life he states,
"Sometimes it's like people think
that you don't go through what they
go through and that's such a lie. We
have fear, worry, anxiety and
depression just like everyone else."
When a person becomes depressed,
doubt, its first cousin usually stops
by for visit. All of this became
apparent as Kirk and I delved deep-
er into conversation about the bat-
tles that were raging when he pro-
duced "The Fight of My Life."
Mona Austin: You describe vari-
ous issues people were facing as the
basis for the CD title, "The Fight of
Your Life. Where you going
through something personally that
inspired the title?
Kirk Franklin: I was just really
struggling. I got depressed fighting
with some stuff in my head. The
songs didn't come easy, but when it
did break it was a lot to be said."
MA: How do you prepare the
material for an album like this?
KF: There's no one thing because
it doesn't just come one way.
Sometimes I'll just ask the Lord to
give me what to say. Or I'll be in my
car, you know. Sometimes it's a
verse, melody, lyrics.
MA: What was the toughest song
KF: "Help Me Believe." I wanted
to make sure how I felt was being
interpreted exactly how I felt it.
Sometimes music leaves the listen-
er out and I didn't want it to seem
like my own personal storm. . I
began to lose faith.
MA: What could have shaken
your faith, you've written so many
powerful songs and touched so
many people's lives-you're Kirk
KF: [He snickers.] God not
answering prayers when I wanted
them to be answered. You know,
what is He doing in me? This is
driving me crazy like God ain't
speaking. It can be scary. I can
struggle with depression like every-
MA: Is this the fight of your life?
KF: I believe it's a fight just like
everyone else's. I might be affected
by what I do for a living, but it's still
something everyone goes through.
MA: Summarize what you hope
this album will mean to your fans.
KF: I hope it will connect to them
where they are and strengthen their
That concludes our interview. We
say our good-byes, but Kirk's phone
doesn't hang up. He's a few min-
utes late for his next appointment.
"Kirk!" I cry out to make sure he
knows his line is wide open. In the
mix of background noise I hear the
enthusiasm about his arrival, the lilt
in his voice and know he's ready for
the next engagement. I hang up
hoping they don't miss the tear.
"The Fight of MyN Life" is in'stores
free. So you really have nothing to
lose -just try on some faith for good
measure, for whatever, to humor
me. Even the inference of faith is
helpful. And, if you must, go ahead
and give it a trial period, like 30
days, and if you don't feel better,
you can forget the whole thing.
4. Have a ceremony, write down
every reason you think you'll fail
and then burn it! I am not kidding
you this ritualistic act of relin-
quishing forever your thoughts and
ways of old creates a giant opening
for the new. Somehow, we (as indi-
viduals and a society) have come to
a place in our lives where we no
longer subscribe to, utilize, believe
in, or have time for, ceremony, but
this leaves us to live life from a
purely mental, and physical place -
void of belief in anything more than
what we can see and feel.
If you think this little act of ritual
is 'out of character' for you do it
for sure! The fact is, what you are
about to do, and to transform into, is
out of character for you, so get into
the new you, do something that you
wouldn't normally do something
that shows you are letting go of the
old, and allowing for the new, on
5. Repeat something positive to
yourself over and over like a
mantra one that reinforces your
a. I am ready to change my mind
and my behavior.
b. I can do this, and I know it -
don't know how, I just do.
c. My desire to change is
enforced by my new actions.
d. Even a little means a lot.
This too is exercise. Mental exer-
cises change your mind the way
physical exercises change your
body. But here we run into the
dilemma of: if I haven't been able
to commit to exercising regularly
enough to lose 10 lbs., how can I
expect that I will do my mental
exercises and change my mind?
The answer is you act as if you
believe. Do it anyway, go forward
and trust that with this new attitude,
these exercises, and your inner
decision to change, everything will
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Set yourself up for success by
only committing to yourself to do
what you know you will do. Don't
overwhelm yourself with grand
expectations, and visions of
grandeur, keep it small and simple.
Instead of planning to walk 30 min-
utes every day, commit to 10 min-
utes every other day and then any-
thing over that is gravy! Commit to
giving up sugar once a week instead
of every day and go from there.
7. Every week, make a simple,
really realistic plan of action, one
that is so doable, you cannot fail.
Take baby steps with this and get
very specific with your plan. Write
down each little step and make sure
that when you read it over you are
not questioning its viability at all.
For example: Monday morning I
must be at work by 8 a.m. so I will
pack my tennis, walk for 10 min-
utes at my noon lunch break to meet
my friend Sarah at the park. If
Sarah bails on me, I will go anyway,
take a magazine or my ipod and
relax. I'll eat my lunch, and then
walk back for 10 minutes. (That's
20 minutes of walking and anything
you do over that is gravy).
8. Do your plan with someone
else; often, people work better as a
team. I feel like the group effort
(even just two of us) is more fun,
and the collaboration is great, like
when I say I don't have time to do
something, and Gail says, what
about this? We write it down, shake
hands and commit to doing it. We
get to check in with each other,
complain to one another, and then
be revived by pep talking ourselves
back to a good place. And I know I
feel a sense of "I am counting on
you," from Gail, which makes it all
feel a little more important.
9. Visualize yourself doing what-
ever you have set out to do. See the
action of getting to the gym tomor-
row in your mind. Or see yourself
choosing the foods that you want to
eat, refusing those that you are let-
ting go of. Go to bed visualizing in
detail your day, then let it go -
sweet dreams. Don't stress or
obsess over it. You see it, then you
do it, then you own the reward of
10. Don't stop and start over; we
all screw up. You must stay on the
road pick it up where you left off,
and keep moving forward; one
unplanned muffin indulgence won't
kill you keep moving forward on
hair aind slitn tips for todays WOv.tKn. of ooLor
Alright ladies it's that time of
year again and chances are you
have at least one holiday party to
attend. I'm sure by now you have
your dress, and your shoes, so
what are you going to do about
your hair? Well that's where I
come in. I have a few easy and
inexpensive suggestions to help
you get glam for the new year.
Let me start by saying all of the
ideas I'm giving you are inexpen-
sive and for the most part you
i"should bet able -to"do them at
'home. In my opinion I don't
think you can go wrong with a
pony tail. If you really want to
switch it up for a special occa-
sion, here's an idea. If you have
short to medium hair then why
not pull it back in a ponytail or a
small bun. Make sure your hair is
pulled back tightly. You may
need to apply some gel to make
sure you're able to get the look
you want. Once your hair is
pulled back why not add a much
longer ponytail. Depending on
the type and quality of hair you
purchase, you could easily pick
up a ponytail for around 20 dol-
lars. Here is the trick if you want
something simple you can find
ponytails with a tuck comb which
will allow you to easily attach it
to your hair. For extra security,
just in case you plan on swinging
and shaking it on the dance floor
you, can always use bobby pins to
make sure it's securely in place.
Now if you're going for a more
conservative look, than I suggest
attaching a bun. Again, these are
pretty easy to do. Now depending
on the length of your hair there
are places that sell tools to help
you make a bun. Hair extensions
already formed in the shaped like
a bun are pretty expensive also.
Either way you choose make sure
that like before just pull your hair
back, so you can easily attach it.
Once again keep those bobby
pins handy because you will need
them to keep your bun in place.
Finally my last suggestion of
course is a wig. For those of you
who don't wear wigs, get that
idea out of your mind that wigs
are only for older woman and
they all look fake; because that's
not necessarily the case. There
are a ton of wigs on the market,
many of which you can blend
with your own hair. Well those
are my ideas for a quick glam do
this holiday season that you can
do at home, now if you really
want to get fancy, of course you
can call me and we'll come up
with something together.
Thanks for reading. Happy New
Happy Holidays from
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Horizon House Administrators Celebrate the Season St. John Horizon House, the pre-
miere providers for patients with HIV, recently took as moment out to celebrate the Holiday Season. Shown above
are administrators Rera Womack, Pernell Martin, Lynette Rivers and John Pauly enjoying their Holiday Party.
FM Powell Photo.
Plans Set for 2008 Onyx Awards
The 3rd Annual Onyx Awards of
Northeast Florida will be presented
January 12th at the Hyatt Regency
and organizers promise it to be one
to remember. Proceeds from the
black-tie, red-carpet event benefit
children with sickle cell disease.
The gala will kick off with the VIP
reception at 6 p.m., followed by
dinner at 7 p.m. The awards cere-
mony begins promptly at 8 p.m.
Rob Sweeting, anchorperson with
WJXT Jacksonville's Channel 4
news, will be the master of cere-
monies. The highlight of the
evening will be the presentation of
by Marjory Raymer
Journal of Flint
FLINT -- Now, the issue isn't just
black and white. It's, but everything
in between, too.
A lawsuit filed this month against
the Urban League of Flint points to
the increasingly complex issue of
race and equality.
A biracial employee, Jamie
Kendall, sued the Urban League
after not being promoted to CEO.
She claims that she was asked if she
was "black enough" to lead the
organization dedicated to creating
equal opportunities for African
Americans and other minorities.
"It is a touchy situation. We need
to have some honest dialogue about
it within our own culture," said
local NAACP President Frances
Glen Lenhoff, Kendall's attorney,
is one of the area's leading attor-
neys on discrimination in the work-
force, including reverse discrimina-
tion. He acknowledges, though,
that this case is a first for him.
"I think it is an unusual case, but
I think you'll see more and more of
these cases as time go on," Lenhoff
And, he still maintains it is sim-
ply discrimination based on skin
color --just that this time it's about
the shade of the color because
Kendall is light skinned.
The issue has gone mainstream in
recent years with the likes of Tiger
the various community awards to
persons on the First Coast who
demonstrate excellence and leader-
ship. The competitive categories
include Business, Communication,
Education, Community Involve-
ment and Music/Performing Arts.
In addition, there are four non-com-
petitive categories: Humanitarian,
Lifetime Achievement, Diversity,
and Publisher's Award. A
Posthumous presentation will be
made to the family of Mrs. Olivia
Gay-Davis, a former Jacksonville
educator and community activist.
Dr. Theresa Hodge, chairperson for
Woods, whose ancestry is black,
Caucasian, American Indian and
Asian, and presidential candidate
Sen. Barack Obama, whose mother
was a Caucasian from Kansas and
father a black from Kenya.
And in Detroit, a club promotion
allowing all-night free admission to
black women with fair or light skin
set off widespread complaints and
opened old deep wounds in the
black community. The event
planned in October was canceled,
and the promoter, who is black,
"There is an irony because the
Urban League is supposed to be the
bastion of civil rights," Lenhoff
The lawsuit asks for damages in
excess of $75,000. It claims
Conerly Moon asked Kendall if she
was bi-racial and then asked if she
was "black enough" and if she
could identify with black people.
Kendall, manager of finance-
operations, was one of three final-
ists for the CEO post but did not get
the job. She continues to work for
Kendall also suing is for slander,
claiming that Conerly Moon told at
least one individual that Kendall
was having an affair with the previ-
The Urban League has not yet
responded to the lawsuit. The dead-
line is Dec. 26, although extensions
are often given.
the Northeast Florida Awards com-
mittee, says, "We are excited about
this opportunity to showcase some
of the great leadership from this
area while we also bring attention
to the sickle cell disease that histor-
ically strikes mostly African
Americans. There is no cure for the
disease, which is hereditary, but
through your financial support, we
are able to offer an opportunity to
help educate the community and
provide care for those children who
are afflicted with the disease."
Winners from the Onyx Awards of
Northeast Florida will automatical-
ly be eligible for nomination for the
statewide coveted Onyx Award.
The ceremony for the statewide
event will be held March 29, 2008
in Orlando, FL and is the brainchild
of Lester and Lillian Seays, pub-
lishers for ONYX Magazine.
For more information or tickets,
contact Williams at 254-7230 or by
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
If you have looked around our
community lately, you have proba-
bly been shocked by the number of
boarded up and abandoned houses.
The inner city and inter-ring sub-
urbs have become ground zero for
one of the devastating financial dis-
aster to take place in the last fifty
years. The so called "sub-prime"
debacle coupled with high unem-
ployment have given states like
Michigan and my home state of
Ohio the dubious distinction of
being ranked No. 1 and No. 2 for
mortgage foreclosures, according to
data recently released by Fannie
Now, if you are into the blame
game, there is a myriad of charac-
ters and circumstances to point the
finger at. Unscrupulous mortgage
brokers, banks and lenders that
lowered their standards, financially
illiterate home buyers, Wall Street,
the Federal Reserve, globalization
and the Bush Administration have
all had a hand in creating today's
This crisis will eventually pass,
however, if you are a homeowner
having difficulty keeping your
mortgage payments current, taking
action now rather than later may
help you avoid foreclosure and the
catastrophic effects it can have on
your family, your finances and your
In early December the Bush
Administration announced the "fast
track" plan that would freeze inter-
est rates on many subprime
adjustable rate mortgages that are
scheduled to reset within the next
two and a half years. The interest
rate freeze would last for five years
and could help an estimated 1.2
To qualify for "fast track", a home-
owner must meet the following cri-
Live in the residence coved by
- The original loan was issued
between 1/1/2005 and 7/31/2007
- The interest rate resets between
1/1/2008 and 7/31/2010
Must be current on their mort-
gage payments (no more than 30
- A credit score below 660 and not
likely to qualify for refinancing
- Have less than 3% equity in their
If you think your adjustable rate
mortgage qualifies for "fast track",
first check your mortgage papers to
confirm that you qualify, then con-
tact your mortgage service (the
company that sends you your
monthly statement) to start the
If you do not qualify for the Fast
Track plan there are other avenues
that you can pursue to help your sit-
uation. Janis R. Wirt, Realtor with
Keller Williams Realty of Greater
Cleveland gives the following
advice, "mortgage lenders are in the
business of loaning money, not
owning real estate. In the current
crisis, their survival depends on
keeping your loan as a performing
asset. If you feel you have a mort-
gage problem, the sooner you con-
tact your lender, the more options
they will have to work with you."
Refinance- If you have good cred-
it and some equity in your home,
you may be able to refinance your
mortgage into a conventional or an
Modify Your Loan Terms- If you
are not able to refinance, contact
your lender to determine if you can
modify the terms of your mortgage
and payment schedule.
Get outside help- Contact a rep-
utable nonprofit HUD-certified
homeowner counseling organiza-
tion such as HOPE for
Homeowners at 1-888-995-HOPE
or go to
to find a local organization in your
Short Sale- A short sale occurs
when a home is sold for less than
the amount owed on the mortgage.
A short sale is usually negotiated byl
a real estate agent, who works with'
the buyer, seller and lender. The'
short amount is still the seller's
responsibility. It may be paid off
over a period of time, reduced or
Mortgage foreclosures are rising
at a disastrous rate in our communi-
ty. If you are struggling to keep upi
with your mortgage payments, it is'
critical that you take action now to
save your home.
Michael G. Shinn, CFP, Registeredi
Representative and Investment
Adviser Representative of and
securities offered through Financial
Network Investment Corporation,
member SIPC. Visit www.shinnfi-
nancial.com for more information
or to send your comments or ques-
tions to shinnm@financialnet-
MI Urban Leauge Lawsuit
Points to Complexion Issues
Need an Attorney?
Contact Law Office of
Reese Marshall, P.A.
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional
and courteous service to our clients
Predatory lenders use race to gain your trust-and your home.
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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. Tickets are available
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 organi-
zations or e-mail signaturegala-
Raines Class of
1970 Holiday Party
The William M. Raines Class of
1970 will have their Annual
Christmas Party on Saturday,
December 29th from 8 p.m. until
at the Lakeshore Women's Club on
Lakeshore Blvd. The evening will
include live entertainment and a
cash bar. For more information, call
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 email@example.com.
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
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection's next meeting will be
on Wednesday, January 9th from
9:30-11:00 a.m. The January meet-
ing will feature a touching and
humorous message from Kelly
Stigliano of Orange Park, FL who
will speak on keeping your New
Year's resolutions with professional
wellness coach Nikki Lamont.
Complimentary child care with
reservation. All are welcome. The
meeting will be held at Selva
Marina Country Club 1600 Selva
Marina Drive in Atlantic Beach
For more information, contact Kate
at 534-6784 or Carolyn at 221-
BLAST!, winner of the 2001 Tony
Award for "Best Special Theatrical
Event" and the 2001 Emmy Award
for "Best Choreography," is com-
prised of 35 brass, percussion and
visual performers brought together
in a unique explosion of music and
theatre. Born on athletic fields
across the nation, BLAST! is a
novel art form evolved from the
showmanship of outdoor pageantry.
According to Bruce McCabe of the
Boston Globe, "Blast! is an exuber-
ant 15-number show that doesn't
falter while bridging the categories
of classical, blues, jazz, rock n roll,
and techno-pop music. It will be
performed on Thursday, January
10th at the Times Union center
Moran Theater. Presented by the
FCCJ Artist Series, tickets can be
Charged-by-phone at 632-3373 or
MLK Bowl a Thon
The MLK Memorial Foundation
will sponsor a Bowl-a-thon on
Saturday, January 12th from 1 3
p.m. The charity event's proceeds
will benefit the King Holiday
Parade, MLK Celebration In The
Park, MLK Youth Breakfast and
MLK Scholarship Fund. It will be
held at the King Pins Bowling Lane
at The Potter's House. For more
information, call 607-8358 or visit
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus (jaxchildrenschorus.com) is
holding spring semester auditions
for children grades 2-5 on
Thursday, January 17, 2008 at
Southside United Methodist Church
from 4 5 p.m. The church address
is 3120 Hendricks Avenue. To
schedule an audition, call (904)
Williams in Concert
Funny man Katt Williams and
Friends will be in concert on
Saturday, January 19th at the
Times Union Center. You have seen
him In the Next Friday series and
his own HBO special. For tickets,
call Ticketmaster at 353-3309.
Participate in the
King Holiday Parade
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in the annual parade honor-
ing the memory of the late civil
rights leader. For details, contact
Brother Andre X at 768-2778.
Old Timers Flag
The Old Timers are back and are
presenting their annual football
reunion honoring Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. The Reunion will be held
on Monday, January 21st from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lonnie Miller
Park. There will be no game this
year but festivities will include a
cookout and music by DJ Roach.
Everyone should bring their own
food and grillz. All kids eat free.
Sponsored by Ronald Track Elps
and Mildred Carter.
Master Magician David
Copperfield will present An
Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion
on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 for
two shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. at
the Times-Union Center, Moran
Theater. Call the FCCJ Artist Series
for tickets at 632-3373.
The February PRIDE book club
meeting will be held on Friday
February 1, 2008 at the home of
Marie Carter. The book for discus-
sion will be HOW TO DUCK A
SUCKAH: A Guide to Living a
Drama-Free Life by Big Boom.
Dinner will be provided. For more
information, call 389-8417.
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 pub-
lic. 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
Links Western Glitz
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links
will present their annual Western
Gala A Celebration of Country
Soul on Saturday, February 9,
2008 from 7:30 p.m. to Midnight at
the Jacksonville Fairgrounds..
Dinner will be served from 8-9 p.m.
For more information, contact a
member of the Jacksonville Chapter
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Theater
The Florida Theatre will present
Lalah Hathaway in concert on
Sunday, February 17th at 8PM.
Contemporary R&B/jazz singer
Lalah Hathaway burst onto the soul
and jazz scene in 1990 with her
warm, elegant voice. Despite the
notability just for 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
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
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 Hall.
Help Make Families Stronger
as a Family Treasure Volunteer
Are you interested in strengthen-
ing families in your community?
The Duval County Extension
Service is offering a new program
called Family Treasures: Creating
Strong Families. The program aims
to strengthen the six qualities of
strong families: commitment to
each other, positive communica-
tion, enjoyable time together, suc-
cessful management of stress and
crisis, spiritual well-being, and
appreciation and affection for each
other, based on confirmed research
with over 21,000 family members
over 30 years. Older children, pre-
teens and teens are strongly encour-
aged to participate with their par-
ents in the interactive workshops,
led by volunteers.
Training wil be available for for
volunteers who will lead the pro-
gram in their community--school,
church, synagogue, club, or agency,
on January 10th & 11th. If you
are interested, call Stephanie Toelle
at 387-8855 to receive an applica-
tion and reserve a spot for training!
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Washington Tired of Being in Front of Camera
Behind the lens is where Denzel
"Clint Eastwood's my hero,"
Denzel Washington says. "That's
the model. He's the guy." At this
stage of his career, the two-time
Oscar winner is most interested in
going the actor-turned-director
route, citing George Clooney, Sean
Penn and Ben Affleck as examples.
"There's a generation of us now that
are moving in that direction."
He likes the idea of staying behind
the camera, rather than pulling dou-
ble duty as filmmaker and per-
former as he did in his 2002 direc-
torial debut "Antwone Fisher" and
now "The Great Debaters."
But not so fast.
Washington wanted to stay behind
the camera for his latest film, but
Harvey Weinstein, whose company
put up the money along with Oprah
Winfrey's Harpo Films, wanted to
ensure the movie
had the star
,j power of the
". -'- strikingly hand-
leading man -
and upped the
r budget to have
him in front of
prefers to be. the business of
it. And I said all
right, all right," Washington says,
adding matter-of-factly that casting
himself is "not bad casting."
While he was happy to get a
Golden Globe nomination for his
muscular performance as a Harlem
drug lord in "American Gangster,"
Washington sounds particularly
tickled by the best-picture Globe
bid for "The Great Debaters." He
says it felt like the first time he
received a best-actor Academy
Award nod 20 years ago, for "Cry
"So I am excited about it. It's like:
Wow, OK, I've tried this new career,
which is frightening enough as it is
to jump out there. To be success-
ful in one area and then jump out
there, you're really sticking your
chin out there," he says, then imag-
ining what people might be think-
ing: "'Oh really? Oh, does he? Well
let's just see.'"
And an Oscar nomination still
might be in the offing for his bravu-
ra "Gangster" work.
"You never know. It's all good. It's
all gravy at this point," says the
five-time nominee who won for
2001's "Training Day" and 1989's
In talking about the new movie
Washington is garrulous actual-
ly, almost giddy. He laughs often
and is quite animated in discussing
the life-affirming tale of the debate
team at all-black Wiley College that
took on major, predominantly white
universities in 1935 and won.
Most of all, he's excited by the
themes of transcending the sum and
limit of one's experience. Even
though the movie (based on real
events and co-starring Forest
Whitaker) is punctuated by a lynch-
ing, racially motivated beatings and
clear-cut signs of segregation,
Washington, who plays the debate
team's coach (like in "Remember
the Titans"), says: "It's not a film
about racism in the South. It's a film
about young people overcoming
The way it resonates with
Washington, who turns 53 on
Friday, is in terms of old-fashioned
Iconic jazz musician Oscar The pianist got his big break in the
Peterson, considered by many late 1940s when impresario and
enthusiasts as the greatest jazz record producer Norman Granz was
pianists of all time, died in a taxi en route to the Montreal
Sunday night of kidney airport, with the radio tuned to a
failure. He was 82. live show featuring Peterson's
Peterson toured trio. Granz demanded the cab-
extensively through- bie make a beeline to the
out his career with nightclub, where he met
groups featuring Peterson.
such players as Soon afterward Granz
bassist and long-- w brought him to New
time collaborator York for one of his "Jazz
Ray Bro %%n. ( ,at the Philharmonic"
drummer Ed concerts, a showcase for
Thigpen and such stars as Count
guitarist Herb Basie, Ella Fitzgerald
Ellis. He ,v. as and Dizzy Gillespie.
grounded i the Peterson stepped into
early 1990s after the big time with a duet
a stroke weakened with bassist Brown.
his left hand. but "His career just acceler-
resumed some per- ated from that point (1949)
formances after two l on," said jazz pianist and
years. Even with a composer Joe Sealy. "He'll be
weak left hand, critics probably most remembered as
said he outshone many just an absolutely exquisite and
pianists with two good ones. amazing jazz piano player."
Born August 15, 1925, in Accolades for the musician began
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to grow for the pianist, whose
Peterson was a young teen when his rapid-fire solos became a trade-
father played him a recording ofArt 15 and became a regular session mark. However, some critics said
Tatum, the quick-fingered pianist to player in the 1950s for Granz's Peterson's technique eclipsed his
whom Peterson would later be com- Verve Records while leading trios, ability to express emotion on the
pared. By age 14, he was playing in first with bass and guitar, and later keyboard.
a school band that included trum- with drummers such as Thigpen, "Technique is something you use
peter Maynard Ferguson. Louis Hayes, Bobby Durham and to make your ideas listenable," he
Peterson dropped out of school at Martin Drew. once told jazz writer Len Lyons.
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"You have to do what you gotta do
in this life in order to do what you
wanna do, or in order to get some-
where. Whatever your obstacles
are. Pick one: Race, obesity, peer
pressure ... drugs. Whatever it is,"
"I injected a line (into the movie)
which my kids have grown up on,
which is: 'We do what we gotta do,
so that you can do what you want to
do.' ... No you can't go running the
streets before you study. Or you
have to prepare for your exam
before you watch television. That's
how life is," says the father of four.
(With wife Pauletta, he has 16-year
old twins, a 19-year-old Ivy
Leaguer daughter, and 23-year-old
son John David, a Morehouse
College graduate and aspiring pro
football running back.)
"A lot of times now in this fast-
food society we have, kids are led
to believe that you can just do what
you want to do."
He learned solid values while
growing up in Mount Vernon, just
north of New York city though
with an old-school generational dif-
"They probably said, 'You're
doing what you gotta do, and then
you gonna do what I say.' Back
"You learn to play the instrument so
you have a musical vocabulary, and
you practice to get your technique
to the point you need to express
yourself, depending on how heavy
your ideas are."
Peterson amassed many honorary
degrees and awards, including a
1997 Grammy for Lifetime
Achievement and an International
Jazz Hall of Fame Award. Canada
made him a Companion of the
Order of Canada, the country's
highest civilian honor, as well as
the first living Canadian to be
depicted on a stamp.
Among his many recordings, he
once cited his 1962 album "Night
Train," with Brown and Thigpen,
and a 1964 ode to his native land,
"Canadiana Suite," as his favorites.
"He was very shy, very down to
earth. You didn't know you were
with a world musician by any
means," said Hazel McCallion, a
friend and the mayor of
Mississauga, Ontario, a Toronto
suburb where Peterson lived.
Peterson could also be a social
activist. In the 1980s, he spearhead-
ed a campaign to convince
Canadian advertisers to make tele-
vision commercials that better rep-
McCallion said that Peterson died
late on Sunday and that she was
informed by Peterson's family.
then, there probably was no 'and
you do what you wanna do.' I don't
remember the 'do what you wanna
do' part," he says, laughing.
"If there's a lesson," he goes on,
disdainfully making finger quotes
and deepening his voice in mock
pretentiousness, "for us adults, you
know, it's to keep reaching back, to
keep helping (young people).
Washington thinks the advent of
television killed off debate as a
spectator sport; plus, now there are
so many options: video games, the
Last week, he gave $1 million to
Wiley College in Marshall, Texas,
to re-establish and maintain the
debate team for the next decade.
"Nothing would give me greater
joy that imagining in the next 10
years not that they would win the
national championship that
they're a good team," he says. "It's a
good thing. I just think it's a good
DIDDY TO GET A STAR
Sean 'Diddy' Combs will be honored with a star on
Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year. The ceremo-
ny will take place on January 11th.
"I'm from Harlem New York, so to get a star in
Hollywood is just mind-blowing," Diddy said. "You a
can get a lot of things but when you see those stars
on the ground...that's something I can't even say I
dreamed of and to be getting recognized for it is def-
initely something I'm gonna have my whole family
out there for."
Diddy will be joining good company. Last week, Will Smith was added
to Walk Of Fame and rapper turned actress Queen Latifah earned her star
In related news, Diddy will be starring in the TV version of the Broadway
play A Raisin In The Sun which will air on ABC on February 25th repris-
ing the role he had on Broadway.
CHAKA AND BEBE INCOLOR PURPLE
In other Broadway news, if you
missed seeing Fantasia as Celie in the
Color Purple, you're just about out of
luck. As of January 9th, news castmem-
bers will take the stage. Chaka Khan
and Bebe Winans will be in the roles
of, respectively, Sofia and Harpo.
LaKisha Jones, who joins the cast Dec.
19 in the role of the Church Soloist, will
also play Sofia at matinee performanc-
es beginning Jan. 9.
The Broadway production of The Color
Purple began previews on Nov. 1, 2005,
at the Broadway Theatre and officially opened Dec. 1, 2005.
Giancarlo Esposito will join the cast of the all Black production of Cat
on Hot Tin Roof. He will costar alongside previously announced Terrence
Howard, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose and James Earl Jones. CAT
will begin performances on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 and will open on
March 6, 2008 tickets are on sale through April 13, 2008 at Broadway's
Broadhurst Theatre.Tickets go on sale on December 29 and it will run
through April 13, 2008.' Tickets can be purchased at www.telecharge.comn
or by calling (212) 239- 6200.
MAYWEATHER CONSIDERING MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:
Boxer flirts with new challenges outside of his sport
Perhaps boredom with competition in his own
sport has led 30-year-old boxer Floyd Mayweather
Jr. to stray outside of his ring and into another.
Arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the
world, "Money" Mayweather met with Dallas '
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban last week to discuss
competing in mixed martial arts.
"We're definitely going to work together," Cuban ... '. /
told The Associated Press after the Mavericks'
game Friday night. "It's just a question of in what
capacity. You just don't jump from being a boxer to
an MMA fighter overnight. He's got to test the waters."
Cuban, who became friends with Mayweather last season as competi-
tors on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," owns a fledgling mixed martial
arts promotional company called HDNet Fights. He's put on two events so
far, the latest in Dallas on Dec. 15. The bouts are shown on Cuban's
Underneath all destruction lies the opportunity to do great things. Hurricane Katrina
devastated historically black colleges along the Gulf Coast. Students were displaced, schools
were ravaged, and dreams were washed away. Former Presidents Bush and Clinton have
partnered with the United Negro College Fund to rebuild campuses and replenish scholarships.
TO HELP, VISIT WWW.UNCF.ORG/WAVEOFHOPE OR CALL 1-800-313-0151.
Remembering Jazz Great Oscar Peterson
Piano legend known for two-handed swing dead at 82
Jaguars Big Win Witnessed by Little Heroes, Headed to the Playoffs
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Beasley, Jennifer Clements; 2nd Row: Diane Moschella, 99 Jonathan Moore, 13 Brady Robinson, 22 Marvel Taylor, 3 Devon Howard, 77 Justin
Tharp, 2 Rashod Byers, 44 Clark, 20 D'Angelo Sullivan, 4 Tevin Stewart, Ricky Beasley; Back Row: Chris Cannon, Rob Byers, 9 Keshawn
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YMCA of Florida's First Coast Baker County students who received
special Jaguar care bears on the field (L-R) Brian Buckner, Asia
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Jubilant Jaguars celebrate their victory as they will be headed to the
playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.
The last regular season home
game was jubilant to say the least.
The Jacksonville Jaguars gave their
hometown fans something to be
proud of. Not only did they close
the season out on the winning side,
but they also broke a franchise
record in the process. The 49-11
win over the Oakland Raiders was
the most points earned on field by
the team to date.
"We won this game like we need-
ed to," said Taylor, who finished
with 111 yards on just seven carries
for his fifth consecutive 100-yard
day. "But I don't think anybody's
overly excited. We're excited about
making it, but you don't see any-
body jumping for joy or any cham-
pagne being popped in here. It's just
another game that we're guaranteed
The Jaguars now know for sure
that they're going back to the play-
offs, and they think their last post-
season experience will give them
motivation for this trip.
They haven't forgotten the 28-3
loss to New England in their first
playoff game in 2005, the only one
they've played in since the 1999
season. They'll play at the fourth
seed, which will be Pittsburgh or
"The guys that went to New
England, they've still got that sour
taste in their mouth. They're trying
to avoid that happening again," run-
ning back Fred Taylor said.
It was a great game for Taylor
who is attending the ProBowl after
his selection as an alternate came
through. His 62 yards for a touch-
do\nii on the Jagarsfirsj.icial
play passed Rick) Walters for 17th
place on the NFL's all-time rushing
list, tied Jimmy Smith's franchise
record for career touchdowns (69)
and broke Smith's record for all- what it's all about."
purpose yardage. Enjoying the game as another
The Jaguars didn't appear to do winning team were the Lakeshore
much celebrating after clinching the Raiders from the west side of
playoff berth with the 49-11 victory Jacksonville. The youngsters com-
over the Oakland Raiders. They peted in the Midget age division of
know they still have miles to go. Pop Warner football, winning the
To get to the Super Bowl, they'll Jacksonville city championship in
probably have to win three road October. The Raiders then won the
playoff games. Only two teams, Southeast Regional Division I Pop
New England in 1986 and Warner Championship by defeating
Pittsburgh in 2005, have pulled off first the Dr. Phillips Panthers 28-14
that feat. and then the Manatee Florida
The Jaguars still have to finish Mustangs 30-0 in November. After
the regular season against Houston that, the Raiders represented the
on Sunday, but that game is mean- Southeast Region at the Pop Warner
ingless for both sides. Super Bowl National
The Jaguars are locked as the Championships at Disney's Wide
fifth seed as the first wild card team World of Sports in Orlando, win-
regardless of Sunday's .oitc on._ r first two games 28-6 and
and the Texans season is 6\ er. i'"* 14, 'a-d then defeating the
"It's coming together at the right Malden Massacheusetts Cyclones
time," Jacksonville cornerback 8-6 for the national championship
Rashean Mathis said. "And that's on December 8th.
Continued from front
influential and well-known
woman on the planet, has not only
endorsed Obama, but campaigned
on the road with him in December
before tens of thousands of cheer-
ing voters in South Carolina and
"South Carolina -- January 26th
is your moment," Winfrey said,
referring to the state's Democratic
primary date during a campaign
stop alongside the Illinois senator.
"It's your time to seize the opportu-
nity to support a man who, as the
Bible says, loves mercy and does
The year 2007 also marked an
emotional time for many black
More black Americans in recent
memory have either lost their
homes or are struggling to hold on
as a result of a mortgage crisis that
has impacted many Americans
across the country.
Dozens of studies show that
minorities are more likely than
whites to get subprime mortgages,
which are high-cost loans made to
people with poor credit. Last year,
the NAACP filed a discrimination
suit against 11 of the country's
largest lenders, saying minorities
are steered toward high-cost loans
more often than whites.
Indeed, 2007 offered a myriad of
news stories that compelled us to
think, debate each other, search our
souls, move to action in protest, and
in some cases, pray.
Here is BlackAmericaWeb.com's
list of some of the top stories from
THE "SOUL" BOWL: As the
hours wound down to Super Bowl
XLI in February, all the talk ws sur-
rounding the game's unofficial
nickname -- Soul Bowl 2007.
Sure, black athletes have had an
overwhelming presence in the
National Football League, account-
ing for approximately 70 percent of
the nearly 1,700 players. But this
year, black Americans had several
reasons to do the Super Bowl slide,
Compelling: A Look Back at the Year's News Makers
from the historic presence of black
head coaches holding fort on the
sidelines to a number of HBCU
alums giving all they've got to win
one of professional sports most hal-
lowed championships. For the first
time in its 41-year history, two
black coaches faced off at the Super
Bowl -- Chicago Bears' Lovie
Smith and Indianapolis Colts' Tony
Dungy, with Dungy's Colts' emerg-
ing victorious. Until then, no Super
Bowl team had been coached by a
MICHAEL VICK: Former
Atlanta Falcons quarterback
Michael Vick was recently sen-
tenced to serve 23 months in prison
and three years probation for his
role in a Virginia dogfighting oper-
ation, but some observers are ques-
tioning whether the punishment fits
the crime. In August, Vick pleaded
guilty, admitting he bankrolled the
Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting
operation and helped kill six to
2008 PRESIDENTIAL CAM-
PAIGN: In a yearlong drama with
shifting subplots, large fields in
both major parties battled for sup-
port ahead of the caucuses and pri-
maries that will decide the 2008
presidential nominees, beginning
early next month. Obama, the first
viable black candidate for president,
and former first lady Clinton led
among the Democrats; some polls
showed five Republicans with dou-
JENA 6: Thousands of chanting
demonstrators filled the streets of
Jena, Louisiana in support of six
black teenagers initially charged
with attempted murder in the beat-
ing of a white classmate. The six
black teens were charged a few
months after three white teens were
accused of hanging nooses in a tree
at their high school. The white teens
were suspended from school but
weren't prosecuted. Five of the
black teens were initially charged
with attempted murder. That charge
was reduced to battery for all but
one, who has yet to be arraigned;
the sixth was charged as a juvenile.
The beating victim, Justin Barker,
was knocked unconscious, his face
badly swollen and bloodied, though
he was able to attend a school func-
tion later that night.
THE VIRGINIA TECH
TRAGEDY: Seung-Hui Cho, 23,
who had avoided court-ordered
mental health treatment despite a
history of psychiatric problems,
killed two fellow students in a dor-
mitory on April 16, detoured to mail
a hate-filled video of himself to
NBC News, then shot dead 30 stu-
dents and professors in a classroom
building before killing himself. It
was the worst mass shooting in U.S.
HORROR OF HORRORS:
Mother and son huddled together,
battered and beaten, in the bath-
room -- sobbing, wondering why no
one came to help. Surely the neigh-
bors had heard their screams. The
walls are thin, the screen doors
flimsy in this violence-plagued
housing project on the edge of
downtown. For three hours, the pair
say, they endured sheer terror as the
35-year-old Haitian immigrant was
raped and sodomized in June by up
to 10 masked teenagers and her 12-
year-old son was beaten in another
room. Then, mother and son were
reunited to endure the unspeakable:
At gunpoint, the woman was forced
to perform oral sex on the boy, she
later told a TV station. Four people
were arrested, and Jakaris Taylor
pleaded guilty to two counts of sex-
ual battery by multiple perpetrators
with a firearm while wearing a
mask and burglary with assault or
battery with a firearm. The state
attorney's office says he'll testify
against the other teens.
THE N-WORD, DEAD?: The
"N-word," so says the NAACP, is
dead. Thousands of NAACP dele-
gates at the organization's 98th
annual convention in Detroit
marched downtown in early July
behind a horse-drawn carriage
pulling a pine casket symbolizing
the death of the N-word, cheering
as it was "laid to rest." The coffin
was placed at Detroit Memorial
Park Cemetery, complete with
MORTGAGE CRISIS: A
record-setting wave of mortgage
foreclosures, coupled with a steep
slump in the housing market, buf-
feted financial markets, caused
multibillion-dollar losses at major
banks and investment firms and has
become an issue in the presidential
campaign. Thousands of black
homeowners across the nation were
impacted by the mortgage crisis.
Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in
prison for having consensual oral
sex with another teenager but was
freed by Georgia's highest court in
late October, which ruled that his
sentence amounted to cruel and
unusual punishment. Wilson's case
led to widespread protests of heavy
handed justice. His supporters said
race was one reason he received
such a severe sentence, noting that
he and the girl -- both black -- were
only two years apart.
THE OPRAH FACTOR: Last
year, at Oprah Winfrey's $50 mil-
lion estate outside Santa Barbara,
Calif., called the Promised Land,
Winfrey hosted a huge star-studded
fundraiser for Obama that raked in
about $3 million. In the weeks lead-
ing up to the critical first round of
presidential primaries, Obama
brought out the "0" factor, making
major campaign appearances in
Iowa, South Carolina and New
Hampshire with the billionaire talk
show host and media mogul. The
Oprah and Obama tour hit four
cities in two days, exhorting a total
of nearly 66,000 potential voters to
ignore Obama's detractors and help
him capture the Democratic nomi-
nation and the presidency. But
whether Oprah's celebrity endorse-
ment will convince voters to sup-
port Obama will be seen over the
next few months.
AIDS According to Time maga-
zine, the United Nations revealed it
had overestimated the number of
people infected with HIV by some
6.3 million worldwide and lowered
the 2007 total to 33.2 million. The
reduction is based on better report-
ing methods, particularly in India
and sub-Saharan Africa. Efforts to
curb the disease also appear to be
working, with the new report noting
that annual infection rates likely
peaked in the late 1990s.
HOT GHETTO MESS: BET's
provocatively titled, short-lived
"Hot Ghetto Mess" drew sharp crit-
icism from media and viewers and
got a new title: "We Got to Do
Better." Until the abrupt name
change, BET executive Reginald
Hudlin had staunchly defended the
program, saying, "It's unfortunate
that people are making an erro-
neous presumption based on
absolutely zero information."
INGS IN NEWARK: Everyone
who knew them said they were
good kids. Three were enrolled at
Delaware State University, and the
fourth planned to join his friends
there shortly. So when Natasha and
Terrance Aeriel, Dashon Harvey
and lofemi Hightower were lined
up against a schoolyard wall in
Newark, N.J. on Aug. 4 and shot
execution-style (one survived) in
early August, it rattled the city and
its idealistic young mayor, Cory
Booker, who had been elected a
year earlier on promises to reduce
crime. The murders also stoked a
national debate about immigration
after it was revealed that one of the
six suspects was an illegal immi-
grant free on bail on child-rape
charges at the time of the killings.
WOMAN HELD CAPTIVE: In
early Sept., Megan Williams was
sexually abused, beaten and humili-
ated while being held captive in a
home by a group of whites for at
least a week. During her capture,
the victim was forced to eat rat and
dog feces and drink from the toilet,
according to the criminal complaint
filed in magistrate court. The
woman also had been choked with a
cable cord and her hair cut, it
O.J. GETS SQUEEZED: O.J.
Simpson was arrested in September
on multiple felony charges in an
alleged armed robbery of collectors
involving the former football
great's sports memorabilia.
Prosecutors charged Simpson with
robbery, use of a deadly weapon,
conspiracy to commit robbery, bur-
glary with a deadly weapon. A con-
viction on the most serious charge,
robbery with use of a deadly
weapon, could bring a sentence of
three to 35 years for each count.
Here we go again.
MARION JONES Three-time
Olympic gold medalist Marion
Jones tearfully admitted in October
that she used steroids. Jones plead-
ed guilty to felony charges, gave up
the medals she won at the 2000
Games and retired from her sport.
MARCH FOR JUSTICE:
Nearly 30,000 people marched
around the U.S. Department of
Justice in Washington D.C. in mid-
November, led by the Rev. Al
Sharpton of National Action
Network, chanting "No justice, no
peace. What do we want? Justice.
When do we want it? Now!" Also
among the crowd was Debbie
Farrow, whose 12-year-old son was
killed this summer in West
Memphis, Arkansas by police who
thought he had a gun. Family mem-
bers said he had a soda and a bag of
chips in his hand.
THE MITCHELL REPORT: It
exposes a "serious drug culture
within baseball, from top to bot-
tom," fingers MVPs and All-Stars
and calls for beefed-up testing by an
outside agency to clean up the
game. The report by former Senate
Majority Leader George Mitchell
will include names of 60 to 80 play-
ers linked to performance-enhanc-
ing substances and plenty more
information that exposes "deep
problems" afflicting the sport, one
of two sources with knowledge of
the findings told the AP. Both
sources said the report would not
Jags fans Ernest Stephens, Kenneth Reddick, Pat Hughes and Kenny
Edwards at the game.
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