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The Jacksonville free press ( January 31, 2008 )

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Material Information

Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2009
Frequency:
weekly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville
Coordinates:
30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
ltuf - AKN0341
oclc - 19095970
alephbibnum - 002042477
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00156

Related Items

Preceded by:
Jacksonville advocate-free press

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Material Information

Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2009
Frequency:
weekly
regular

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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50th Fashion Fair Show Delights
Attendees On and Off the Stage


Chamber Players Honor tug. Brown The Ritz
Chamber Players MLK Performance, dedicated to Congresswoman
Corrine Brown, included classics composed by Haydn and Ravel. The
packed performance by the classical symphonic players embraced the
symbolism of the day. The honoirt,. patiently posed for photos after the per-
formance with constituents and friends. Shown above are Camilla
Thompson, Cong. Brown and Lydia Wooden. F.M 'owell Photo


Coors Signs Covenant with the Black Press
- At the recent national Newspaper Publisher's Association Annual
Conference, Houston Defender Publisher Sonny Messiah-Jiles looks on as
Molson Coors Brewing Company President and CEO W. Leo Kiely, signs
a new covenant with the Black community. Other convenant partners,
including Co-Chair Stanley Washington, NNPA Foundation Chair Dorothy
Leavell and NNPA Chair John B. Smith Sr. look on. The covenant recom-
mitted a 4-year-old national economic covenant, continuing a mission first
initiated 24 years ago. It strengthens the company's commitment to eco-
nomic growth and relationship in the Black community through diversity
in employment, marketing, advertising, distribution, retailing, purchasing,
corporate contributions and board representation.


Shown above is Karen Battle, Stephanie White & Ms. Simone
The 50th Annual Ebony Fashion Show converged on Jacksonville last
weekend in high style bringing out the latest couture to the stages of the
Florida Theater. Lifestyle Editor Lynn Jones was there to witness the pro-
fessional models of all sizes representing the African-American public
strutting their stuff in grand style. Proceeds from the event will benefit the
local programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Chaired by Levon Burnett,
the multi-million dollar fashion show brought Paris to Jacksonville.
For more highlights from the event and sights and scenes from those in
attendance, see page 5. KFP Photo


Andrew Young Keynotes MLK Scholarship Luncheon
Andrew Young, Essay winners Teyona Byers (5th grader at Henry F. Kite Elementary School), Auvion Berry (8th Graderat Highlands Middle
School), Pierreline Prinvil (12th grader attending Forrest High School), Atty. Willie Gary and Luncheon Director Santhea Brown.
Civil rights icon Andrew Young keynoted the 5th Annual Willie Gary MLK Luncheon. Held at the Bethelite Center, the annual event lauds education
and youth with its well anticipated youth essay contest. This year's winners will advance on to an all expense paid trip to the King Center in Atlanta,
Ga. Mr. Young educated the audience on his long history of civil rights, including his visit locally in the 60s in place of Dr. King to St. Augustine in an
effort to quell riots. He also discussed his part in peace keeping and the personal illnesses suffered from taking a non-violent stance. FM Powell Photo


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are Still Up for Grabs in Democratic Party
Results from an opinion survey of whites think the tradition should voters are both pragmatic and ideal-
pdf) on "Racial Attitudes and the be eliminated. istic, balancing candidates' elec-
'residential Nomination," conduct- "The study reveals the enormous tability with candidates' commit-
d by Columbia University show value black voters place on diversi- ment to racial, regional and ideo-
hat African-American votes are up ty in evaluating the effectiveness of logical diversity."
or grabs for both leading candi- the presidential nomination While both blacks and whites see
plates of the Democratic Party and process," says Frederick Harris, electability as an issue, more blacks
he skin color of the candidate will director of the Center of African- than whites 76 percent to 65 per-
[ot automatically translate into American Politics. "Like most vot- cent think that producing a win-
kfrican-American votes. ers, blacks value the process pro- ning candidate is very important.


One of the largest racial differ-
ences in attitudes was in response to
whether the tradition of New
Hampshire holding the first primary
should continue. Nearly 60 percent
of blacks, compared to 44 percent


ducing a candidate that can win the
general election, but they place far
greater emphasis on the process
giving minorities a voice, and pro-
ducing an ideologically and region-
ally diverse ticket. Clearly, black


Shown at the unveiling are Mildred Bell, Councilwoman Mia Jones, Ruthine Tidwell, Sen. Tony Hill, Ted
Pappas, Sharon Coon, Gene Holloman and Emma Sapp.
James Weldon Johnson Highway Sign Dedicated
Saturday, January 26, 2008, members of the Tots N' Teens Theatre, Inc. and the James Weldon Johnson Institute
of history and Culture along with the Carter G. Woodson Association, gathered with Sen. Tony Hill and
Councilwoman Mia Jones for the historic signage unveiling of "James Weldon Johnson Memorial Highway" on
1-10. For over a decade, Tots 'N' Teens has been lobbying Senator Hill and others for a marker for Johnson, a
native son of Jacksonville. In recognition for their hard work in bringing the legislative action to work, Hill pre-
sented a sign replica to Tots 'N' Teens founder Sharon Coon. Board Chair Ted Pappas culminated the occasion
by presenting the Senator with the James Weldon Johnson Trail Blazer Award.


Taxes Cont. from front
about 116 million families, had
appeal for both Democrats and
Republicans. Pelosi's staff noted
that they would include $28 billion
in checks to 35 million working
families who wouldn't have been
helped by Bush's original proposal.
Republicans, for their part, were
pleased that the bulk of the rebates
- more than 70 percent, according
to an analysis by Congress' Joint
Tax Committee would go to indi-
viduals who pay taxes.
Individuals who pay income taxes
would get up to $600, working cou-
ples $1,200 and those with children
an additional $300 per child under
the agreement. Workers who make
at least $3,000 but don't pay taxes
would get $300 rebates.
The rebates, expected to go out in
June, would cost about $100 bil-
lion, aides said. The package also
includes close to $50 billion in
business tax cuts.


The package would allow busi-
nesses to immediately write off 50
percent of purchases of plants and
other capital equipment and permit
small businesses to write off addi-
tional purchases of equipment. A
Republican-written provision to
allow businesses suffering losses
now to reclaim taxes previously
paid was dropped.
Pelosi (D-Calif.), agreed to drop
increases in food stamp and unem-
ployment benefits during a meeting
in exchange for gaining the rebates
of at least $300 for almost everyone
earning a paycheck, including those
who make too little to pay taxes.
The Treasury Department has
already been talking to the IRS
about getting the checks out "as
quickly as possible, recognizing
that the tax filing season is ongo-
ing," said Treasury spokesman
Andrew DeSouza.
The rebates would phase out grad-
ually for individual income


exceedsing $75,000 and couples
with incomes above $150,000.
Individuals with incomes up to
$87,000 and couples up to
$174,000 would get partial rebates.
Bush has supported larger rebates
of $800-$1,600, but his plan would
have left out 30 million working
households who earn paychecks but
don't make enough to pay income
tax, according to calculations by the
Urban Policy Center. An additional
19 million households would
receive only partial rebates under
Bush's initial proposal.
To address the mortgage crisis, the
package also raises the limits on
Federal Housing Administration
loans and home mortgages that
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can
purchase to as high as $725,000 in
high-cost areas.Those are consider-
able boosts over the current FHA
limit of $362,000 and the $417,000
cap for Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac's loan purchases.


Pediatrician Throws Honor Roll Party
Lauding Excelling Students for Hard Work
Simmons Pedatrics held their 6th Annual AB Honor Roll Party last week-
end at Dave & Busters. Over 40 children who are patients of the popular
Northside pediatrician attended with their parents. All of the young schol-
ars received medallions in celebration of their scholastic feats in addition
to food and game cards. Shown above is Carrisa Iszard with the event's
host, Dr. Charles Simmons.


However, the starkest difference
in responses is the importance
placed on giving minorities a voice
in the nomination process-blacks
and other minorities want their
issues and interests addressed dur-
ing the nomination process. This
also means that blacks want to have
an influence in the outcome of the
Democratic Party's nominee, since
about 90 percent of blacks identify
with the Democratic Party. About
three quarters of blacks (76%) view
this value of having a voice and
influence in the nomination process
as compared to 56 percent of
whites, a difference of 20 percent-
age points.
In the survey, 61 percent of
blacks identified as Democrats,
only 6 percent as "Republicans"
and 24 percent said they were inde-
pendents.
Diversity is a value that blacks
emphasized in different ways
throughout the survey. Regarding
regional diversity on the ticket, 61
percent of blacks compared to 42
percent of whites believe that the
presidential and vice-presidential
nominees representing different
regions of the country is very
important. Also, blacks distin-
guished themselves from whites by
63 percent recognizing a need for
ideological diversity compared to
40 percent of whites. For blacks, a
strong majority favor having a pres-
idential and vice-presidential ticket
in which the nominees do not hold
the same ideological views, but
rather a mixture of liberal and con-
servative views are represented.


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Bush's State of the Union Address a Reminder of his Failures as President


George W has made it easy to
say, "Don't blame me I voted for
the other guy." This week's State of
the Union address was another
reminder of the President's lack of
real leadership and true diplomacy.
All Presidents leave a legacy of
some sort. Some leave us with
legacies that are more emotional
than substantive. For example,
when people think of President
John F. Kennedy they think of a
leader who wasn't afraid to take on
challenges.
When many think of Ronald
Reagan they think about a leader
who was a great communicator.
Now what will people say years
from now when they think of
George W. Bush?
Most likely they will think of the
Iraq war, ridiculously high gas
prices, corporate corruption, an
unstable economy, etc. just to name
a few of the issues that are plaguing
President Bush's term in office.
One thing is for sure about Bush,
you can't say that the guy is not
consistent. He has yet own up to
misleading the American people
about Iraq and these mysterious
weapons of mass destruction.
Every American knows that we
went to Iraq under false pretenses,
but the President has consistently
said that we need to be in the coun-
try for the stability of the entire
Middle Eastern region.
In Monday night's speech he
again talked about all of the suc-
cesses that we had in Iraq last year.
I guess he is looking at the glass as
being half full versus half empty.


Maybe I am missing something,
but Iraq continues to be a very
unstable place where American sol-
diers are dying every day.
To Washington's profound
embarrassment, U.S. forces in Iraq
have so far failed to find any
unconventional weapons or any
links between Iraq and al-Qaida.
What we have found is a beehive
full of unexpected traps. Someone
once said that "War does not deter-
mine who is right only who is
left."
In Monday night's address, Bush
touted the success of sending an
additional 30,000 troops over to
Iraq and how the reinforced U.S.
troop presence has "reversed the
tide" of killings. And once again he
insisted that more troops would be
needed to preserve those gains.
Wow. And that's all I can say
about the notion of sending more
troops versus beginning a with-
drawal strategy. Talk about not lis-
tening to the people. Well, I guess
when your approval rating is con-
sistently at 30 percent it really
doesn't matter what the people say.
Again, don't blame me I voted
for the other two guys who ran
against him.
The bulk of Bush's speech
focused on the economy. The
President spent the majority of last
year saying that the economy is
still strong. He finally had to switch
gears and acknowledge that we are
in "a period of uncertainty".
But have no fear American peo-
ple. Good old Georgie has the solu-
tion to our economic wows. He's


proposing a 150 billion package of
tax rebates and other measures
aimed at getting consumer confi-
dant about spending and investing
again.
He also said that he will cut some
151 "wasteful" federal programs
from the upcoming budget. I can
guess what these wasteful pro-
grams will be. I would be willing to
place a wager that most of the pro-
grams that the president cuts will
be related to social services that
impact low income individuals and
communities.
Stay tuned to find out which
"wasteful" programs will be cut for
the sake of "stimulating the econo-
my."
The President touted his eco-
nomic stimulus package, which of
course Democrats and many ana-
lyst say isn't enough to help get the
economy back on track.
In his speech the President said,
"In the long run, Americans can be
confident about our economic
growth. But in the short run, we
can all see that growth is slowing."
Growth is doing more than slow-
ing. There are builders and realtors
who can't give houses away and as
the unemployment rate continues
to increase consumer spending is
really tightening up.
So the economy is doing a little
more than slowing down. It's like
President Bush is seeing the econo-
my through different glasses than
everyone else. Someone once said,
"A real leader faces the music, even
when he doesn't like the tune."
Many economist and financial


analyst are saying that we are either
headed for a recession or already in
it. I think that everyone agrees that
the economy needs a shot in the
arm, but where many disagree is on
the dosage.
USA Today polled economist
from around the country to gather
their opinions on the state of the
U.S. economy. The poll found that
"There is a 50-50 chance that the
U.S. economy will sink into reces-
sion this year, buy any downturn
will likely be short and shallow."
One of the areas I am constantly
complaining about is gas prices.
Isn't it interesting that the President
avoids talking about gas prices like
he avoids talking about an ex-girl
friend or his good old party hardy
days in college.
Going back to my point about the
legacy that President's leave behind
- I don't know if Republicans party
leaders would confidentially say
that Bush has done a good job.
To me his legacy will show the
profits of the nation's biggest cor-
porations got bigger, the rich got
richer and working class, middle
class and poor folks fought for sur-
vival. His legacy will show that he
was a poor leader and lacked real
domestic policies. And on foreign
policy, he will be considered very
weak.
As Walter Lippman once wrote,
"The final test of a leader is that he
leaves behind him in other men the
conviction and the will to carry
on."
Signing off from polling office
9S, Reggie Fullwood


Don't Waste Your Time if You Can't Pay the Prime


by Deneen Borelli
It was the American Dream on
steroids.
Mortgages were offered at low
initial interest rates without down
payments. Many were helped to
purchase homes for the first time.
Others bought second homes and
investment properties. Still more
refinanced existing mortgages,
subsidized home improvements
and at times extravagances.
Then, like all unnatural highs, a
bad turn of events created a night-
mare for thousands of homeowners
and their lenders.
Many homeowners began feel-
ing the squeeze when rising interest
rates triggered a dramatic rise in
monthly payments on loans with
variable rates. Foreclosure has too
often been the result.
Liberal activists are using this
"foreclosure crisis" to stoke class
warfare, demanding government
intervention to bail out overbur-
dened homeowners. While it is
noble to help those in need, the
activists ignore the principle that
people should be responsible for
their decisions.
For example, Jesse Jackson and
his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the
NAACP and the National Training
and Information Center (NTIC)
seem to be using this crisis to
advance their political agenda.
Masters of the victimization game,
they blame failing mortgage loans
on the financial industry, saying
lenders took advantage of hapless
victims. These groups and others
recently marched on Wall Street to
proclaim this message, and the


NTIC's Save the American Dream
coalition sent letters late last year
to the top five U.S. investment
banks Bear Stearns, Morgan
Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Merrill
Lynch and Goldman Sachs -
demanding executives "pledge this
year's bonuses to a national fore-
closure prevention fund that will
provide immediate relief to home-
owners in danger of foreclosure."
Pitting lenders against borrow-
ers is only part of the liberals' strat-
egy. Not surprisingly, next came
the call for federal intervention.
Every crisis in the liberal world
naturally necessitates a new gov-
ernment program.
The Center for American
Progress, headed by former Clinton
Administration chief of staff John
Podesta, proposed that the govern-
ment establish yet another agency,
to be called the Family Foreclosure
Rescue Corporation, that would
purchase existing non-performing
mortgages (at a discount!) with tax-
payer money, offer mortgage hold-
ers corporate bonds and issue new
fixed-rate mortgages to borrowers
in jeopardy.
They need not lobby too hard as
some lawmakers are already fer-
vently promoting their agenda. One
piece of proposed legislation seeks
to grant bankruptcy judges authori-
ty to revise specific terms for trou-
bled mortgages. Also under con-
sideration is the "Federal Home
Administration Modernization
Act," which would allow the FHA
to acquire subprime mortgages and
offer fixed rates of approximately
six percent.


Missing from all this discourse,
however, is talk of the conse-
quences of such intervention.
Allowing judges to rewrite mort-
gage contracts would add signifi-
cant risk to lenders and would dis-
courage new loans to those with
lower incomes. Already suffering
their own significant financial loss-
es, banks would be especially leery
of granting new, potentially risky
loans if the terms could be altered
by a third party. The mortgage
industry is already tightening its
standards by increasing fees and
surcharges and demanding higher
credit scores and down payments.
Foreclosure is never a desired
outcome, but the mortgage crisis
was not just about lenders taking
advantage of borrowers. They fed
off each other. Many people
bought more than they could
afford. While the American Dream
was previously achieved through
hard work and saving, interest-only
loans and adjustable-rate mort-
gages allowed people to end run it.
Lenders suffer too. Citigroup,
for example, posted its worst quar-
terly losses ever losing almost
$10 billion, laying off 4,200
employees and shorting investor
dividends. At-risk borrowers, on
the other hand, may get a taxpayer
bailout. After setting this prece-
dent, when will the government be
asked to cover bad car loans?
Government aid should never
remove the burden on citizens to
exercise good judgment.
Personal responsibility is the key
to fulfilling one's wants, needs and
independence. An understanding


of the risks and rewards of con-
tracts is the best way to avoid the
temptation of overextending per-
sonal financial obligations.
Frederic Bastiat, the noted polit-
ical theorist, wrote in "The Law":
"Man can live and satisfy his wants
only by ceaseless labor; by the
ceaseless application of his facul-
ties to natural resources. This
process is the origin of property."
Handing over this fundamental
responsibility to the federal gov-
ernment would take us another step


closer to statism.





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Entreprenerial Education:

Teaching Black

Kids About Business
-11;By William Reed
"Business as usual" means African Americans
continuing to own less than 2 percent of the
nation's businesses and spending 98 percent of
their wealth outside their group. Although mem-
bers of the race have proven their entrepreneurial
acumen for centuries, blacks of today need to re-exam our grasp of the traits
and tools of entrepreneurial ship. It's time for African Americans at all lev-
els to focus more on accomplishments in entrepreneurial ship.
To remedy the "disconnect" African Americans have in the capitalistic sys-
tem, at minimum we need to teach our children about the process. A
Washington, DC-based organization exists "to equip children with the
knowledge and skills essential to improve personal wealth and advance the
development of their community". The International BusinessKids
Foundation provides educational programs for children 6 to 18 and
Executive Director Endura Govan says, "If you want your kids to learn about
entrepreneurship talk to them about what it's like to own a business. Even
better, help them to start a business and teach them skills that will be useful
to them as entrepreneurs or in life".
Entrepreneurship among African Americans is not new. It's a concept
enterprising blacks have embraced for centuries. "Our youth should know
as much about Anthony Johnson and Thomas Jennings as they do of Oprah
and P Diddy's successes," says Govan. Ex-slave Anthony Johnson became
one of Virginia's wealthy landowners in 1651 and Thomas Jennings was
issued a patent in 1821 for his dry cleaning invention.
Govan says black parents should expose youngsters to concepts of running
a business as early as possible. Kids in her classes make products, and then
learn how to market and sell them. Kids from the International Business
Kids summer and after school programs have put their lessons into action
while manning booths at Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest, Congressional Black
Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference, the National Urban League and
NAACP conventions; a method Govan said is safer and more business savvy
than the traditional door-to-door sales methods kids often use. "We do all of
the conferences so that they can sell their products in front of large audi-
ences," says Govan.
Govan has been recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus for her
entrepreneurial work with children. She operates programs in five cities
under the notion that entrepreneurs occupy a central position in market
economies and activate all economic activity. She collaborates with schools,
churches and community centers to create "an atmosphere of achievement"
for students and says "a society is prosperous only to the degree to which it
rewards and encourages entrepreneurial activity. It is entrepreneurs and their
activities that are the critical determinant of the level of success, prosperity,
growth and opportunity in any economy. The most dynamic societies in the
world are the ones that have the most entrepreneurs and economic and legal
structures that encourage and motivate entrepreneurs to greater activities".
Financial literacy should be a part of each family's basic training, but
Govan points out that less than one in four parents talk with their children
about financial responsibility. She says that that there is a direct connec-
tion between personal financial illiteracy that affects the urban underclass as
well as and the upswing in bankruptcy rates, record debt, and home foreclo-
sures among middle-class blacks. Govan says her programs teach young
children how to make wise financial decisions, understand the difference
between desires and needs, and manage personal debt. "Teaching personal
financial responsibility is an investment in brighter futures for the next gen-
eration". International Business Kids is located at 1005 Rhode Island
Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20018 and on the web at www.busi-
nesskids.biz, e-mail businesskids@yahoo.com or call 202. 526.5005.
African American families should take care of business by helping their
children build toward brighter futures. Greater economic success for blacks
can only be achieved by encouraging and rewarding entrepreneurial instinct.
Howard University in Washington, D.C. is rated one of the nation's leading
business schools. All incoming students must participate in Entrepreneur's
Boot Camp. During orientation courses they study financial self-discipline
and the history of black enterprise.


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Fashion Conscious Step Best Foot Forward to Witness Ebony Fashion Fair


Bonnie Atwater, Basileus, LeVon Burnett- Co-Chair,
Wade Rolle, Kezia Rolle, Pat Williams, Akia McDaniel Johnetta Moore, Co-Chair.


Delores Kennedy, Perry Robinson, Laurie Johnson and Verdell Benefield, Betty Donald, Lorraine Walbey and
Sheila Odewole. Vereen Lillie.


Cassandra Mitchell and Barbara Demps


Don Mills, Karen Washington and Michael Sheppard


Mary Williams, Joseph Ross


David Weston, Victor Brown, Sr. and Victor Brown, Jr.


Jay Miles and Joanne Manning Karen Battle,Stephanie White & Ms. Simone


Christine Lipsey, Sandy Hawkins, Chantel Hawkins, and Dr.
Shannon Perry.


Photos and story by Lynn Jones
The 50th Ebony Fashion Fair, the
World's Largest Traveling Fashion
Show returned to Jacksonville last
weekend bringing GLAM
ODYSSEY: A Fashion Journey into
Bliss & Beyond! This highly antic-
ipated 50th anniversary show was


fierce and featured the hottest
designs the fashion industry has to
offer. Ticket holders witnessed
glamour redefined while taking an
unforgettable journey through five
decades of fashion. Thirteen models
embodying a variety of shades and
shapes donned the latest styles by


world famous designers including
Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta,
Carolina Herrera, Bill Blass and
Jean Louis Scherrer. Each ticket
included a choice of a one-year sub-
scription to EBONY magazine or a
six-month subscription to JET mag-
azine. Fabulous door prizes includ-I


Black History Month Kickoff Reception Black History Month Reception and Auction
Black History Month Cultural Festival Contemporary African-American Artists
Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes Afroprovocations Ladysmith Black Mombazo
Harlem Globetrotters 2007 Tour Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre



The Riley House. C.K. Steele Memorial. The Union Bank Building. These are only
a few of the historic homes and civil rights monuments that enrich Tallahassee's Black
Heritage. We invite you to come and join us in the capital city in celebration of Black
History Month. The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the Black History Month
festival itself are merely a couple highlights of our celebration. For more information
about our Black Heritage events, call 1-866-628-2866 or go to VisitTallahassee.com.


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ed items such as round trip air trans-
portation for two and even a car.
The Alpha-Jax Foundation sponsors
the Ebony Fashion Fair each year to
benefit a variety of community


projects for Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority including scholarships to
deserving students as well as tutor-
ing programs and health initiatives.
Attendees of the show profiled high


styles of their own featuring mink
coats, hats of distinction, and run-
way model styles.
This year's event was chaired by
Mrs. Levon Burnett.


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PUBLIC MEETING

JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY












When
Thursday, February 7, 2008
4:30 5:30 p.m.


Where
Edward Waters College
Student Union Building
1658 Kings Road
Jacksonville, FL 32209


Purpose
To gather citizen input on planned pedestrian improvements along Kings Road
(from Spires Avenue to Whitner Street) near the Edward Waters College.


Meeting Format
The meeting will be an open house format with visual displays
where interested citizens can review the project information, ask questions
and leave comments regarding the proposed project improvements.

Anyone requiring special accommodations should
contact Bill Milnes at (904) 598-8731 or e-mail
wmilnes@jtafla.com no later than Monday, February 4.



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Book Asks, Is African American Christian 'Racialism' Challenging Faith in America?


By Michelle Vu
African Americans are statistical-
ly likely to be religious, but their
worldview is shaped by their race
more than their faith, contends a
born-again black author in her new
book.
Long-standing social and political
patterns in the African American
community have molded black
Christians to behave like secular
black society, said former journalist
Pamela G Wilson in her book enti-
tled, Finding Soul Brothers:
Dismantling Black Christian
Racialism.
Wilson defines the race-focused
mindset, which is now expressed
through political and social loyal-


ties, as "racialism."
On issues such as abortion and
homosexuality, biblical principles
are often sacrificed to support race
agendas like social equality and eco-
nomic justice, she contends.
"Most of the time, people (black
Christians) are supporting a candi-
date for the sake of how they feel
they will advance the race," Wilson
told The Christian Post.
"They want to put their support
behind the candidates that will help
the causes they've been fighting for
over these last few decades which
there is nothing wrong with but
there is also a Christian standard and
I don't think you should support
anything that makes you turn away


from the Bible if you truly believe
what the Bible says."
Black Christians tend to be
"stuck" in the civil rights mindset
and not look beyond those issues
even if they say they are a believer.
"People just jump on the black
bandwagon at the expense of their
faith," Wilson said.
"There are examples after exam-
ples where Christians have chosen
black unity over their Christian faith
and I call that being unequally
yoked."
Wilson challenges fellow African-
American Christians to stop focus-
ing on their race and instead assume
a faith-based agenda, which would
more closely align with their spiritu-


al beliefs. A faith-based agenda
includes family values, morality,
and spiritual authority issues tradi-
tionally associated with conserva-
tive white Christians.
"It is very painful to say 'if I let
this go, what about my civil rights as
a black person?' But then you got to
get to the point as a Christian to say
'I can do all things through Christ
and depend on God to be my deliv-
erer and overcome injustice,'"
advised the black born-again author.
Wilson's book comes at a time
when Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois
is vying to be the first black U.S.
president. In December, his cam-
paign unveiled a new committee of
top African American religious lead-


Richardson's Celebrate 51st Anniversary with Week Long Cruise


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Even though they-have been, married for fifty-one years, to B.J. Richardson, his wifeBarbara will always be his blushing bride. The couple cel-
ebrated their 50th Anniversary last year with the wedding they always dreamed of. This yehr, the celebrifatin continues with a week long
Caribbean Cruise. The former Barbara Baldwin married her husband on February 1. 1957. Now retired from the Duval County School Board
and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, respectively, Barbara and B.J. enjoys spending time with each other and their five god-children
(shown right): Rasheeda Jones, Andre' George, Sean Andrews, Leroy Pate, Jr. and Valerie Jefferson.


ers, which Wilson calls liberals
and criticized for "turn[ing] their
back" on biblical issues of abor-
tion in exchange for a civil rights
agenda.
"I believe as Christians, and
definitely as leaders in the
Christian community, they
should be pointing people
towards what the Bible says on
these issues and then endorsing
people who believe and want to
support what the Bible says
about that and other issues."
She considers it problematic
that Obama who is ranked as
the Democratic candidate that
speaks the most about religion
by Beliefnet.com says he is a
Bible-believing Christian but is
pro-abortion and pro-gay "mar-
riage."
"Black Christians are more likely
to focus on racial soul brothers than
spiritual ones. This is a major hin-
drance to total unity within the
Christian church," Wilson said. "It
has also forced black Christians to
maintain loyalties based on racial
tradition rather than the Bible."
Wilson is among the growing
number of black evangelicals join-
ing the traditionally white social
conservative movement. This group
of black conservatives is led by their
faith-agenda, often abortion and
same-sex "marriage," rather than by
any political party.
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., who
heads the socially conservative
black pastors group called High
Impact Leadership Coalition, has
worked closely with conservative'
white leaders like Family Research
Council's Tony Perkins to fight
abortion and gay rights legislation.
A Washington Post-Kaiser


FINDING

SOUL
BROTHERS


Foundation-Harvard University poll
this summer found that more than
half of blacks said they oppose both
same-sex "marriage" and legal
recognition of same-sex civil
unions. Yet only five percent of
blacks in the latest Washington Post-
ABC News poll responded that
abortion, moral or family values
issues were their top concerns for
the upcoming presidential election.
Instead, the largely religious
African American population said
its top concerns are social issues
such as the war in Iraq, health care
and the economy and jobs.
The former "racialist" called on
black Christians to adopt a "true
Biblical view" and remove "racialist
badges of victimization, abandoning
the race card, and discarding secular
views and practices.".....
Wilson suggests multi-racial wor-
ship and for blacks to do service
projects with other races to over-
come racialism.


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*** Black History Month Events Planned Throughout the First Coast *



Actress Jasmine Guy at -'


The Ritz in Raisin' Cane 4


To celebrate Black History
Month in 2008, the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum will present the
national tour of Raisin' Cane A
Theatrical Portrait in Prose, Poetry
and Jazz, featuring Jasmine Guy,
star of stage, screen and television.
The Harlem Renaissance was a
pent-up explosion of brilliant
prose, poetry, politics and music of
African-Americans ready to say
their piece in the 1920s and early
30s. For this production, the word,
thoughts and ideas of Langston


"Cane," the incomparable short
novel that started the sparks flying,
is given its full due in this musical
theater work.
The theatrical narrative is a tour-
de-force for an African-American
actress to embody the thoughts and
emotions of such powerful and
diverse thinkers, artists, religious
leaders and politicians. Raisin'
Cane found just such an actress
and entertainer in Jasmine Guy.
Jasmine Guy began her career as
a dancer for the Alvin Ailey


Jasmine Guy will bring more star power to the Ritz stage in Raisi


Hughes, Countee Cullen, George
Schuyler, Zora Neale Hurston,
Claude McKay, WE Dubois,
Gwendolyn Bennett, Father
Divine, Georgia Douglas Johnson,
and many others are woven into a
panoramic theatrical narrative tap-
estry that scans an extraordinary
outpouring of artistic endeavor
lasting a full decade until the Great
Depression brought all to an end.
Jean Toomer's seminal work


JEA Event to

Feature Glover
The Jacksonville Electric
Authority will have their 19th
Annual Black History Celebration
on Thursday, February 7th featuring
Sheriff Nat Glover. The program
will be held from 11:30 a.m. 12:30
p.m. in the JEA Tower 19. For more
info call Von Fuller at 665-7579.
Book Signing with

Charles Cobb
Jacksonville author Charles Cobb
will be signing his book, "On the
Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of
the Civil Rights Trail" on Saturday,
February 16th at The Book Mark,
299 Atlantic Blvd. For more infor-
mation call 241-9026.
Fort Mose Black
History Reenactment
The Fort Mose Historic State Park
will celebrate the first free black
community in the United States on
February 9th from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Re-enactors in period clothing will
tell the story of Fort Mose in "Flight
to Freedom" a living history event.
Call Kathryn Getz at 904-823-2232
from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.for direc-
tions and more information.


American Dance Center. She
moved to acting and television
most notably in a starring role as
the beauty co-ed Whitley in the
Cosby show spin off "A Different
World," which enjoyed a six-sea-
son run. her other credits include
"School Daze" (1988) and Eddie
Murphy's "Harlem Nights" among
other television and movie appear-
ances. Even after "A Different
World," Guy was constantly in


demand to guest star on such
shows as "Melrose Place" and
NYPD Blue." She returned to the
stage as a musical theater actress in
touring companies of Grease, The
Wiz and more recently in the musi-
cal Chicago as Velma Kelly, a role
she found to be 'edgy, gutsy, des-
perate, funny and joy to play."
For Raisin' Cane, Chamber Music
PLUS Artistic Director, Harry
Clark, commissioned a totally new
jazz score by jazz master Avery
Sharpe. The Jazz score creates a
panoramic theatrical
presentation of words,
music and such
graphic images as
photos and paintings
of the key artist as
well as striking pho-
tos and paintings of
the period showing
Harlemites in every-
day work situations
and in joyful celebra-
tory dance and musi-
cal jazz settings.
Raisin' Cane comes
to life with his origi-
nal jazz score per-
formed by his original
jazz score performed
by his own Avery
Sharpe Jazz Trio
which includes Avery
along with his brother
Kevin Sharpe, playing
numerous percussions instruments,
and jazz violinist great John Blake.
At times the score functions as
support to the spoken word, at
times it interacts with the spoken
word, and it also has its space to
shine solely on its own."
The show will be held on
Saturday, February 9th at 2 and 8
p.m. at the Ritz Theater. Call 632-
5555 for tickets.


The plantation's slave cabins and the "big house" just a stone's throw from Jacksonville are open and ready
for tours just as they stood in the 1800s.

Kingsley Plantation Holding 10th Heritage Celebration

Each Saturday in Feb., Including Descendants Reunion


The Kingsley Heritage
Celebration has moved to February.
Each Saturday throughout the
month, plantation will continue its
10th Annual Heritage Celebration
with various events. One of the
highlights of the event series will be
a descendants' reunion on February
23rd which is open to the public.
The entire event series is free and
open to the public. The schedule
includes storytelling, music,
genealogy talks, historical presenta-
tions, special exhibits, and a
descendants' reunion.
Saturday, February 2
2 p.m. Living through a Time of
Revolt: The Kingsleys and the War
of 1812 Dr. James Cusick, Curator
of the P. K. Yonge Library of
Florida History at UF.
Learn about the "Other War of
1812" as Dr. Cusick describes
Florida's volatile situation in the
years preceding Zephaniah
Kingsley's acquisition of the Fort
George Island (Kingsley)
Plantation. This political and social
situation affected planters and
slaves throughout northeast Florida


on a daily basis.
Saturday, February 9
2:00 p.m. Shackles of Memory:
Transatlantic Slave Trade Talk with
Musical Presentation- Jean-Marc
Masseaut, Educational Director,
Study Center of the Shackles of
Memory Association, Nantes,
France UNF Brass Ensemble
Join us for a special exhibit and
talk. A representative from Nantes,
France will speak about that city's
role in the transatlantic slave trade.
Visitors can also view a special
exhibit from Nantes, and hear a
brass ensemble performance by stu-
dents from University of North
Florida's highly regarded music
program.
Saturday, February 16
2:00 p.m. Archaeology Walk and
Talk: Recent Discoveries at
Kingsley Plantation Dr. James
Davidson, Associate Professor of
Anthropology and African
American Studies, and the Florida
Public Archaeology Network
Join Dr. Davidson for a guided
walk of the slave quarters. Hear
about archaeological finds at the


slave quarters and plantation
grounds from the 2006 and 2007
archaeology field schools. Discover
how the people who were enslaved
at this plantation still speak to us
through the objects they left behind.
Saturday, February 23
12:00 5:00 p.m. Kingsley
Heritage Celebration: Descendants'
Reunion. During a full afternoon of
activities, learn more about planta-
tion history through storytelling,
music, dance, and history presenta-
tions. Meet descendants of the fam-
ilies who lived at Kingsley
Plantation between the 1790s and
1890s. Hear about their family his-
tory in their own words, as they tell
family stories or read letters written
by their ancestors. Also featured
will be an exhibit displaying histor-
ical and modem photographs of
descendants.
Descendants will introduce each
presentation and tell about their
family history in their own words.

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complete schedule, call 904-251-
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The Family That Dines Together ...


by Nicole Smith
Have you heard the saying "The
family that prays together stays
together?" Well, the same can say-
ing can apply to the family that eats
together. When was the last time
your family sat down and enjoyed
dinner together? With music les-
sons, ball practice, play rehearsal,
and work schedules, it can be
tough. Rounding up the troops for
an evening meal can be almost
impossible! However, research is
beginning to show that eating as a
family has great benefits for your
children and teenagers. Here are 8
more reasons why you should try to
sit down together 5-6 times a week,
whether for breakfast, lunch or din-
ner.
Reason #1: Communication
and Well-Being
Conversations during the meal
provide opportunities for the family
to bond, plan, connect, and learn


from one another. It's a chance to
share information and news of the
day, as well as give extra attention
to your children and teens. Family
meals foster warmth, security and
love, as well as feelings of belong-
ing. It can be a unifying experience
for all.
Reason #2: Model Manners
(and more)
Family mealtime is the opportu-
nity to display appropriate table
manners, meal etiquette, and social
skills. Keep the mood light, relaxed,
and loving. Try not to instruct or
criticize -- lead by example.
Reason # 3: Expand Their
World... One Food at a Time
Encourage your children to try
new foods, without forcing, coerc-
ing, or bribing. Introduce a new
food along with some of the stand-
by favorites. Remember that it can
take 8-10 exposures to a new food
before it is accepted, so be patient.


Trying a new food is like starting a
new hobby. It expands your child's
knowledge, experience, and skill.
Include foods from other cul-
tures and countries.
Select a new vegetable from a
local farmer's market.
Have your child select a new
recipe from a cookbook, web site,
newspaper, magazine or check out
the recipes on BDO.
Reason #4: Nourish
Meals prepared and eaten at
home are usually more nutritious
and healthy. They contain more
fruits, vegetables, and dairy prod-
ucts along with additional nutrients
such as fiber, calcium, vitamins A
and C, and folate. Home cooked
meals are usually not fried or high-
ly salted, plus soda and sweetened
beverage consumption is usually
lower at the dinner table.
Reason #5: Become Self-
Sufficient


Children today are missing out on
the importance of knowing how to
plan and prepare meals. Basic cook-
ing, baking, and food preparation
are necessities for being self-suffi-
cient. Involve your family in menu
planning, grocery shopping, and
food preparation. Preschoolers can
tear lettuce, cut bananas, and set the
table. Older children can pour milk,
peel vegetables, and mix batter.
Teenagers can dice, chop, bake, and
grill. Working as a team puts the
meal on the table faster, as well as
makes everyone more responsible
and accepting of the outcome.
Improved eating habits come with
"ownership" of a meal.
Reason #6: Prevent Destructive
Behaviors
Research shows that frequent
family dinners (five or more a
week), are associated with lower
rates of smoking, drinking, and ille-
gal drug use in pre-teens and
teenagers when compared to fami-
lies that eat together two or fewer
times per week. Even as older chil-
dren's schedules get more compli-
cated, it is important to make an
effort to eat meals together.
Scheduling is a must.
Reason #7: Improve Grades
Children do better in school when
they eat more meals with their par-
ents and family. Teenagers who eat
dinner four or more times per week
with their families have higher aca-
demic performance compared with
teenagers who eat with their fami-
lies two or fewer times per week.
Reason # 8: Save Money
Meals purchased away from
home cost two to four times more
than meals prepared at home. At
present time the restaurant indus-
try's share of the total food dollar is
more than 46%. Due to scheduling,
commitments, and activities, fami-
lies eat out several times each week.
It is time to bring the "family"
back to the dinner table. Sharing
dinner together gives everyone a
sense of identity. It can help ease
day-to-day conflicts, as well as
establish traditions and memories
that can last a lifetime.


What Every Woman Should Know



About Fertility Before Her 40th Birthday


Though much has been written
about the fertility challenges expe-
rienced by women approaching age
40, much less has been said about
how quickly fertility can erode once
a woman reaches the age of 35. As
a nationally-noted specialist in
reproductive endocrinology and
infertility and Principal Investigator
of GENESIS Network for
Reproductive Health, I would like
to offer the following tips for
women seeking to delay parenthood
- a list what every woman
approaching age 40 needs to know
about having children later in life:
Check the Expiration Date -
Eggs degrade over time and once a
woman reaches 35, a greater num-
ber of her eggs will have chromoso-


mal abnormalities. These abnormal-
ities, called chromosomal aneu-
ploidy, can result in Downs
Syndrome, as well as spontaneous
miscarriages.
Nip Smoking in the Bud It's
been said before, and it's absolutely
true: Smoking really is bad for the
body. In fact, smoking has been
proven to be a cause of decreasing a
woman's ovarian reserve, the num-
ber of healthy eggs released for fer-
tilization. There are several tests
that can be performed to determine
a woman's ovarian reserve, which
may give an indication as to the
overall possibility of conception.
The Clock is Ticking -As women
get older, they begin to approach
menopause. The closer to


menopause, the fewer the eggs that
are viable or healthy. While there
are therapies to help with other
problems associated with infertility,
there is nothing that can be done to
fix a low ovarian reserve.
Don't Worry, Be Healthy -
Healthy living really can and does
make a difference. By eliminating
environmental factors like cigarette
smoke and other cell-damaging
behaviors, women can keep their
ovarian reserve in better "shape"
for conception.
Cut the Caffeine Research has
shown that high doses of caffeine,
such as more than three cups of cof-
fee or eight cans of soda in a day,
can hinder a woman's chance of
conceiving. New research indicates
that less than two or one cup of cof-
fee may be the recommendations.
Sometimes, It's in the Genes -


Some women move more quickly
toward menopause, despite living
healthy lives. For those women
who experience menopause-like
symptoms earlier in life, chances
are, their chances at conceiving will
be fewer. If this is the case, remem-
ber that a doctor can help with alter-
native solutions, including egg
donation.
The first step to increasing a
woman's odds of conceiving at any
age is to become educated about
fertility, in addition to staying
informed on the latest reproductive
news and research. Whether preg-
nancy is achieved through natural
methods or fertility treatments, it is
always important to understand
how the body works. To learn more,
visit Werl's Fertility World blog at
www.werlsfertilityworld.com/.


hair anVd selntlps for todays woVa- of OoLor


Heat and Hair


SOk ladies if
you've been
reading my
columns you know that I'm a fan
of weaves. Of course they have to
be maintained, and they can't do
damage to your hair. Now I
understand that extensions are not
for everyone which is why I
chose to write this week about
taking care of your "real" hair. I
really want to focus on trying to
get you to use as little heat as pos-
sible on your hair. I know many
of us feel that it's a must to use the
curling irons, and the flat irons
everyday to maintain certain
styles, but trust me you are doing
a considerable amount of damage
to your hair. Intense heat on a
daily basis is just too much strain
on your hair. So what's a girl to
do? I thought you'd never ask.
First you could consider a style
that would require less heat
between visits. With the right cut
you can't go wrong with a wrap.
You could have your stylist do a
roller set to give you the body that
you need, and if you are good
about wrapping your hair every
night your wrap should last you.
If you find that it's a little flatter
than you'd like than you could
always use a couple of rollers in
the top of your hair and then wrap
the rest. If you must use a flat
iron be very mindful of your set-
tings. You maybe able to get the


same results without the extreme
heat that a lot of those irons pro-
vide.
Remember how I just mentioned
using rollers, I'm shocked that
more young ladies don't use them.
I know we all want to look cute
even when we go to bed. I under-
stand that, however a few rollers
at night can make all the differ-
ence when you wake up in the
morning, especially for you ladies
with longer hair. Rollers are safe.
Now as far as hot rollers go that's
a different story. Remember I'm
trying to get you away from heat,
if you MUST use something I
would prefer you use hot rollers
for just a few minutes as opposed
to a curling iron or a flat iron.
One last thing for those of you
who don't take my advice and
insist on using those devices on
your hair day in and day out
everyday, please make sure you
are getting a good conditioner. A
regular conditioner may not be
enough to repair the damage that
is being done. A nice deep condi-
tioner is what you will need along
with some nice trims to get rid of
those split ends.
If you would like Dyrinda to
answer your questions about hair,,
please send your questions to
JFreePress@aol.com.
DS Spa and Salon is located at
9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2.
She can be reached at 855-0045.


Pets Can Get Cancer Too!


Half of all dogs over the age of 10
will be diagnosed with cancer.
Thirty percent of cats over 10 will
meet the same fate. These are not
the kind of statistics a pet owner
wants to hear, but there is help on
the horizon.
Dr. Heather Wilson, a clinical pro-
fessor at Texas A&M's College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences, and other researchers all
over the world are diligently work-
ing to help pets with cancer.
Wilson says the most common
type of cancer in dogs is called
lymphoma. It is a disease that caus-
es an enlargement of the lymph
nodes, liver and spleen.
Unfortunately, the cancer is almost
always fatal, but there are measures
that can be taken to lengthen a good
quality of life for the dog.
Dogs treated for lymphoma usu-
ally have a relatively high quality
of life and the treatment removes
many abnormalities (or symptoms)
the cancer may cause.
The most common feline cancer is
squamous cell carcinoma, a tumor
of the skin that is usually found on
the head and neck. Light pigment-
ed and thin-haired felines are at
greater risk for this particular can-
cer since it can be caused by sun
exposure.
When cats are exposed to sun fre-
quently, they may develop squa-
mous cell carcinoma around their
ears, nose or mouth; since these are
areas that tend to be lightly pig-
mented and have less hair.


Wilson recommends applying an
ultraviolent-light-protecting shade
on windows and keeping light-col-
ored cats indoors. This can prevent
cats from being over-exposed to
sunlight and lower the likelihood of
squamous cell carcinoma.
Canned cat food, specifically tuna,
has also been shown to cause squa-
mous cell carcinoma in cats.
Wilson recommends staying on a
single type of dry cat food whenev-
er possible it is not a good idea to
switch foods often.
Owners can also lessen the likeli-
hood of their pet developing blad-
der cancer by making sure that the
pet is not exposed to environmental
toxins. Several types of herbicides
used in residential areas can cause
bladder cancer in pets. Pet owners
should take special precautions
when using herbicides, she adds.
Even though cancer does not have
a cure, Wilson says there are sever-
al options for pet owners once it has
been diagnosed. Many cancer
types like squamous cell carcino-
ma, other skin tumors and thymoma
can be cured if caught in the early
stages. Cancer treatments include
chemotherapy, radiation and sur-
gery. She says the key is to have all
pets checked frequently by a veteri-
narian to increase the chances of
diagnosing cancer early.


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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene


Bobby Jones and Peabo
Bryson to Highlight
Zora Neale Festival
ORLANDO The 19th Annual
ZORA! Festival will take place
January 26 February 3, 2008.
This year's event features appear-
ances from entertainers, including
Peabo Bryson, inspirational Gospel
leader Dr. Bobby Jones, actress
CCH Pounder and the legendary
actress Miss Ruby Dee. For full fes-
tival schedule and details, visit
www.zorafestival.com.

PRIDE Book
Club Meeting
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.

Kingsley Plantation
Heritage Celebration
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.
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.

Politics on the Agenda
at JCA Discussion
Dr. Matt Corrigan, political sci-
ence professor at the University of
North Florida and faculty director
of the Public Opinion Research
Laboratory, will discuss current
political issues as well as the recent
primary elections at 10:30 a.m. on
Monday, Feb. 4, as part of the
JCA's "Conversations with ..." pro-
gram. The series brings together a
group for women for a monthly dia-
logue regarding issues designed to
be thought-provoking and current.
The Jewish Community Alliance
is located at 8505 San Jose Blvd.
Call 730-2100 ext. 223 for more
information.

Comm. Connections
Mardis Gras Tuesday
Community Connections is spon-
soring a Mardis Gras Costume
Party to benefit their programs on
Fat Tuesday, February 5th at the
Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street
from 6 10 p.m. There will be
music, games, prizes and a King


Cake. Costumes are encouraged.
For tickets or more information,
call 350-9949.

Menopause the
Musical at TUCPA
The FCCJ artist Series will pres-
ent "Menopause the Musical" at the
Terry Theatre in the Times-Union
Center for the Performing Arts
Wednesday, February 6 through
Sunday, March 2. The musical
begins with four women,
"Professional Woman," "Soap
Star," "Iowa Housewife" and
"Earth Mother," at a
Bloomingdale's lingerie sale with
nothing in common but a black lace
bra and hot flashes, night sweats,
memory loss, chocolate binges, not
enough sex, too much sex and
more. For tickets and moe informa-
tion, call 632-3228.

Beaches Women
Connection Meeting
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will meet on Wed.
February 6th from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
at the Selva Marina Country Club,
16 Selva Marina Drive in Atlantic
Beach. The topic will be "Extreme
Makeover for Your Home and
Heart." Complementary Child Care
available with reservation by
February 4th. For more informa-
tion, contact Kate at 534-6784.

Douglas Anderson
Art Extravaganza
The Douglas Anderson School of
the Arts Visual Arts Program invites
the community to experience
"Extravaganza" an Exhibition of
Student Art at the DA Gallery. The
exhibit features recent examples of
sculpture, photography, drawing
and painting. There will be an free
Opening Reception February 7th
from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Works will
remain on display through March 7,
2008. The school is located at 2445
San Diego Road. For More
Information contact: Jane Pope,
President at 226-9332.

EWC Alumni Host
"I Love EWC"
Valentine's Gala
Calling all Tiger alums and
friends! The Edward Waters
College Alumni Association is
sponsoring the first annual "I Love
EWC" Valentine's Gala on Friday,
February 8, 2008 from 8:30pm -
1:30am at "The Place," located at
1748 S. Main Street, at the intersec-
tion of 8th and Main Streets, next
door to Carl's Main Street
Restaurant. Attire is business casu-
al, and red-and-white. Tickets may
be picked up from EWC alumni, at


the EWC Alumni Affairs Office,
Call 470-8252, 766-3056, or email
slpowell@ewc.edu for more infor-
mation.

Fort Mose Black
History Reenactment
The Fort Mose Historic State Park
will celebrate the first free black
community in the United States on
February 9th from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Re-enactors in period clothing will
tell the story of Fort Mose in "Flight
to Freedom" a living history event.
In addition, the St. Augustine
Garrison will perform Colonial
Spanish military drill, give demon-
strations of musket and cannon fir-
ing. For event details or informa-
tion about volunteering, contact
Kathryn Getz at 904-823-
2232.10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
The park is located at 15 Saratoga
Blvd. in St. Augustine, FL.

Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Raisin' Cane featuring Jasmine
Guy. The special performance will
be held on Saturday, February 9th
at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $28.50. Call
632-5555.

Free Investor Seminar
at the Library
The Jacksonville Public Library
will offer a free Investor Education
seminar at Pablo Creek Regional
Branch Library, 13295 Beach
Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
Saturday, February 9, 2008. This
seminar will educate the public
about investing wisely for retire-
ment and is designed to help indi-
viduals make informed investment
decisions, whether in their compa-
ny-sponsored retirement accounts
or in their private savings accounts.
Seating is limited; and advance reg-
istration is required. Call 992-7101
to register.


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 thewestemrngala@hotmail.com..
AME Black
History Event
The Life of Absalom Jones &
Richard Allen will be celebrated
with an Ecumenical Service on Feb
10, 2008 at St. Philips Episcopal
Church located at Union and Pearl
Streets at 8:00am. Historic Mt Zion
A.M.E., Union Community A.M.E.,
Mt Olive A.M.E., and the llth
Episcopal District A.M.E., are
active participants in the celebra-
tion. The public is welcomed.


Annual Multicultural
Association Black
History Banquet
In celebration os Black History
Month at Jacksonville University,
the United Multicultural
Association will host their Annual
Black History Banquet on Tuesday,
February 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the
Bartlett Kinne University Center.
Keynote Speaker for this event will
be The Rev. Rudolph McKissick,
Sr; of Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. This event is open to the
public. For additional information,
contact Ms. Pittman at (904) 256-
7150.

Alvin Ailey

Dance Theater
The earth shaking superstar of
American contemporary dance
returns to Jacksonville celebrating
it's 50th anniversary of captivating


performances and unparalleled
artistry that is the staple of the his-
toric African-American Dance
Theater. The show will be in
Jacksonville on Tuesday, February
12th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 632-3373.

Int. Assoc. of Business
Communicators
Participation is encouraged to join
the First Coast Chapter of the
International Association of
Business Communicators for a
luncheon and discussion of the
topic: 10 Employee
Communication Traits of High
Performing Organizations-
Difference Makers That Accelerate
Winning. The luncheon will be held
on Wednesday, February 13th at
WJCT Studios, 11:30 a.m. 1:30
p.m., 100 Festival Park Avenue. For
more information, contact Stan
Cleiland at 358-6366.

Book Signing and
Lecture at the Ritz
Big Boom a former
player/pimp/hustler who incessant-
ly preyed on women, but now hap-
pily married will offers an inside
look at how "no good men," think
and what women can do to avoid
being part of their games. The uthor
of "How to Duck a Suckah" will be
in Jacksonville on Friday,
February 15th at 7 p.m. in the Ritz
Theater. In his latest book, Boom
explains his controversial past and
why he has decided to take a stand
against suckahs by guiding women
out of the "sitting duck syndrome".
For more information, call 212-69-
.4384.

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.

Blair Underwood and
Take 6 Keynote
UNF MLK Luncheon
Blair Underwood, actor, director,
producer and author, will be the fea-
tured speaker at the 27th Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
Luncheon at the University of
North Florida. Underwood will be
speaking about lessons he's learned
on his life journey.
The scholarship luncheon will be
held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the
University Center Banquet Hall on
the UNF campus. The Grammy-
winning gospel group "Take 6" will
also perform at the event. For tick-
ets or more information, call (904)
620-2475.

20th Annual Gospel
Extravaganza
To help celebrate Black History
Month, the United Multicultural
Association of Jacksonville
University will host their 20th
Annual Gospel Extravaganza on
Monday, February 18th, 2008 at
6:45 pm in Terry Concert Hall.
Come out and enjoy an exciting and
inspirational evening provided by
the JU UMA Gospel Choir, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church music
and dance ministries, Serenity
Christian Fellowship Church dance
ministry and many others. This
event is free and open to the public.


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The entry for Union Army medal of Honor winner, actor and playwright Powhatan Beaty, of Richmond, Va., is displayed on a page in one of the volumes of the
African American National Biography, Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr., is photographed in his home in Cambridge, Mass., and a photo from the late 1800s show-
ing frontierswoman Stagecoach Mary Fields, who delivered mail across Montana using a stagecoach. Fields, who died in 1914 in her early 80s, one of the many


interesting history makers in the bo

Stagecoach Mary Fields was a
gun-toting, hard drinking, cigar
smoking frontierswoman who gam-
bled, brawled and reputedly even
killed a man. Well into her 60s, she
dependably steered her coach
through some of Montana's harshest
weather to deliver the mail.
She was also a beloved house-
keeper at a convent, tended her own
vegetable garden and late in life
presented bouquets to men who hit
home runs during baseball games in


Cascade, Mont.
Fields, who died in 1914 in her
early 80s, is just one of thousands
of black historical figures whose
life stories have been relegated to
the edges of American history, but
who are being brought to light
again in the "African American
National Biography."
The ambitious project, seven
years in the making, includes the
stories of more than 4,000 black
Americans from household


names, including Martin Luther
King Jr. and former Secretary of
State Colin Powell to the
obscure and almost forgotten,
including Fields, and Richard
Potter, a turn-of-the-century magi-
cian and ventriloquist.
"Black achievement has been
trapped in amber, and what we've
been able to do is find these people
again and restore them so they'll
never be lost again," said Henry
Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard


Foreclosure Rate Soars in 2007


The number of U.S. homes that
slipped into some stage of foreclo-
sure in 2007 was 79 percent higher
than in 2006 according to reports.
Many homeowners started to fall
behind on mortgage payments in
the last three months, priming for
more foreclosures in 2008.
About 1.3 million homes
received foreclosure-related warn-
ings last year, up from 717,522 in
2006, Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc.
said. Foreclosure filings rose 75
percent from the previous year to
2.2 million.
More than 1 percent of all U.S.
households were in some phase of
the foreclosure process last year, up
from about half a percent in 2006.
. Nevada, Florida, Michigan and
California posted the highest fore-
closure rates, the company said.
The filings included notices
warning owners that they were in
default, or that their home was slat-
ed for auction or for repossession
by a bank. Some properties may
have received more than one notice
if the owners had multiple mort-
gages.
A late-year surge in the number
of properties reporting foreclosure
filings suggests that many are in the
initial stages of the foreclosure
process and could end up lost to
foreclosure this year unless lenders
or the government steps in.
RealtyTrac said.
"It does appear that we're seeing a
new batch of properties enter the
process," said Rick Sharga,


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RealtyTrac's vice president of mar-
keting.
RealtyTrac is forecasting that the
pace of foreclosure filings will
remain steady, rather than acceler-
ate during the first half of 2008.
Many of these subprime loans
defaulted last year, triggering a
credit crisis and saddling major
financial institutions with losses.
More than 1.8 million subprime
mortgages are scheduled to reset to
higher interest rates this year and
next.
Last year's explosion in foreclo-
sure activity came amid a worsen-
ing housing downturn, as falling
home values ate into homeowners'
equity, making it harder for many to
refinance into more affordable
loans or to find buyers. Those
options had helped keep troubled
homeowners from sliding into fore-
closure.
Recent efforts by government
and mortgage lenders to help home-
owners at risk of falling seriously


behind on mortgage payments have
had a marginal impact on the U.S.
foreclosure rate so far.
Florida had more than 2 percent
of its properties in some stage of
foreclosure. last year. The state
reported 279,325 filings on 165,291
homes, more than twice the previ-
ous year's total.


University scholar and co-editor of
what he says is the largest research
project in the history of African-
American studies.
"If someone sat down and read
these entries from A to Z, they
would have a complete, new under-
standing not only of Black history,
but of the complexity of the
American experience."
Many of the people whose biog-
raphies appear in the project paved
the way for the more famous who
came later, said co-editor Evelyn
Brooks Higginbotham, a professor
of history and African-American
studies at Harvard.
Take, for example, James
McCune Smith, a New York City
doctor and abolitionist in the mid-
19th century. "During the antebel-
lum years, there was no voice more
important than James Smith,"
Higginbotham said. "Even
Frederick Douglass said he looked
up to this man. This man was
incredible and the average person
has no idea who he was."
Ted Rhodes is another example,
she said. The professional golfer
battled against, and broke down,
many of the discriminatory policies
of the white golf establishment dur-
ing the 1950s and 1960s, long
before Tiger Woods was even born,
Higginbotham said.
SWoods is; one of more than 300
athletes included in the compendi-
um, but there was a conscious effort
not to overweigh the work with


sports figures and entertainers,
Gates said.
"We could have had 4,000 ath-
letes," he said. "But we wanted to
refute stereotypes, disappoint
expectations. So we put more scien-
tists, more educators, more writers,
more politicians in there."
The information in the eight-vol-
ume "African American National
Biography," scheduled to be
released by publisher Oxford
University Press on Feb. 4, has until
now been scattered, found piece-
meal in hundreds of smaller, often
obscure volumes published during
the last 200 years.
"I do think that is an extremely
important project ... because it
locates a lot of information in one
handy source," said John Fleming,
president of the Washington-based
Association for the Study of
African-American Life and History.
Unlike the "American National
Biography" and similar works that
only include biographies of the
deceased, the "African American
National Biography" includes the
life histories of the living as well
because a disproportionate number
of blacks have made their marks on
history just in the past 50 years or
so, Gates said.
The editors originally came up
with a list of more than 12,000
hamesl'for possible incusion, but
that was winnowed by an advisory
board of academics who selected
the most significant.


The biographies were written by
more than 1,700 contributors, from
scholars to amateurs who had never
before been published.
Bobby Donaldson, a professor of
history and African-American stud-
ies at the University of South
Carolina, contributed biographies
of early 20th century black activists
Silas X. Floyd, William Jefferson
White and Charles T. Walker.
"These are some really compelling!
life stories and it's hard to boil them
down to just 1500 words, but this is
as comprehensive an African-i
American biography as we can do,"!
he said.
Each entry includes a bibliogra-!
phy to make it easier for anyone!
who wants to find additional infor-
mation on a particular person.
The work isn't done yet, either.
The biographies of more than 2,000
additional black Americans will be|
added to the online version, and the
living people could be updated in
subsequent editions, Gates said.
The next goal is to solicit dona-
tions to get the $995 sets into
schools and libraries.
"I want them to get in the schools
and I want them to become part of
the curriculum," Gates said. "I want
filmmakers to make films about
these people, I want them to be inte-
grated into the larger narrative of
American histoty'atd 'biography,"
he said.
"Now, there's no excuse to ignore
these people."


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8:00 p.m. on BET
BET BLACKBUSTER MOVIE
PREMIERE: BLACKOUT
In summer 2003, America experi-
enced the largest blackout in its his-
tory -- widely reported as peaceful.
But in Brooklyn's forgotten East
Flatbush neighborhood, mayhem
unfolded when the power shut
down. This is the untold story of
the blackout
-- a place where, as night fell, loot-
ers emerged, violence surfaced and
residents feared for their lives.
Starring Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van
Peebles, and Jeffrey Wright.
9:00 p.m. VH1
HENDRIX
VH1 will salute Black History
Month in February with an exten-
sive programming and promotional
lineup spotlighting African
American performers, led by the
VH1 premiere of "Hendrix." A
movie about the life and times of
legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
9:00 a.m.BET and BET J
CELEBRATION
OF GOSPEL '08
Catch an encore presentation of
BET's soul- stirring gospel music
special, Celebration of Gospel.
This year's event features stirring
performances and moving rendi-
tions by some of today's hottest and
most talented artists from the
worlds of gospel and R&B, includ-
ing Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, J. Moss,
Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams,
John Legend, Pastor Shirley
Ceasar, Dr. Bobby Jones, Patti
LaBelle, Mighty Clouds of Joy,
Israel & New Breed featuring T-
Bone, and BET's Sunday Best win-
ner and four finalists.
12 p.m. HBO Signature
DREAMGIRLS
The hit Broadway musical comes
to the screen in this amazing 2006
film about the rise of a 1960s
female supergroup--and the price
that they .pay along the way.
Winner of two Academy Awards
as well as the Golden Globe-win-
ner for Best Motion Picture--
Musical or Comedy, the film stars
Jamie Foxx, Beyonc6 Knowles,
eddie Murphy and Jennifer
Hudson.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
10:00 a.m. BET Jazz
o MASTERS OF AMERICAN
MUSIC: THE STORY OF JAZZ
BET J profiles one of America's
greatest contributions to the arts:
Jazz music. The Story of Jazz
showcases the great jazz artists:
Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams,
Buck Clayton, Illinois Jacquet,
Tony Bennett, Lester Bowie, Zilner
Randolph, Bud Freeman, Randy
Weston, Carmen McRae, Billy
Taylor, Jay McShann, Roy Haynes,
and Wynton Marsalis among others
and provides up-close interviews
and classic archival footage.
7 p.m. HBO
THE JOURNEY OF
HENRY BOX BROWN
Animated true story of a slave's
brave and dangerous quest for free-
dom is told in this animated special
narrated by Alfre Woodard. After
losing his family and suffering
countless other hardships, Henry
vows to escape his enslavement.
Helped by numerous friends,


Henry ships off for Philadelphia
where he spreads his message of
freedom.
10:00-11:00 p.m.- PBS
PRINCE AMONG SLAVES
This special tells the forgotten true
story of an African prince who was
enslaved in Mississippi for 40
years before finally achieving free-
dom and becoming one of the most
famous men in America. Mos Def
narrates.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5
3:30 AM Showtime
PAUL MOONEY:
JESUS IS BLACK
SO WAS CLEOPATRA -
Legendary writer and comedy
performer Paul Mooney
("Chapelle's Show") performs his
scabrous, opinionated brand of
Afrocentric stand-up material at the
Laugh Factory in this concert film
that's typically controversial,
provocative and hilarious. Repeats
Feb 8 at 1:00 AM.

WEDNESDAYS, FEB. 6-13
9:00-11:00 p.m. PBS
AFRICAN AMERICAN
LIVES 2
African American Lives again
journeys deep into the African-
American experience to unearth the
triumphs and tragedies within the
family histories of an all-new
group of renowned participants.
Harvard professor Henry Louis
Gates Jr. returns as series host.

THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 7:
11 a.m.TV1
MLK: A DREAM DEFERRED
This special, which premiered on
the Martin Luther King birthday
holiday, compares the state of race
relations in America forty years
after the death of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. against the words and
dreams that the legendary civil
rights leader wrote and spoke many
years ago. Hosted and narrated by
award-winning actor Isaiah
Washingt6n, MLK:: A 'Dreamn
Deferred explores the issues of
race, education, and poverty
through the lives and stories of
individuals that move beyond the
biographical stories about Dr.
King, and into the microcosm of
ordinary human relations today,
where the film discovers Dr. King's
heroic spirit often endures.
Repeats Saturday, Feb. 16 at noon.
8:00 p.m. BET
BET NEWS SPECIAL: STIG-
MA -- THE SILENT KILLER
BET News partners with BET's
Emmy Award winning Rap-It-Up
HIV/AIDS Campaign and the
Kaiser Family Foundation for the
half-hour special examining the
complex issue of stigma: from
understanding what it is and its
roots, to how it manifests and the
challenge it presents to advocacy.
Narrated by Antonio Neves,
Stigma: The Silent Killer lifts the
veil on the stigma attached to
HIV/AIDS and the role it plays in
the spreading of the deadly epi-
demic in the African Diaspora.
12 p.m. BET 6 p.m. BET Jazz
HISTORY MAKERS:
SUCCESS
This unique collection of oral his-
tory features interviews with
prominent history makers such as
Terry McMillan, Isaac Hayes,
Horace Julian Bond, Ossie Davis


and a host of many other influential
African-Americans who have con-
tributed to society and history.
10-11 PM TV1
Lessons from Little Rock:
A National Report Card
In this all-new documentary
hosted and co-executive produced
by actor/author Hill Harper, TV
One revisits the story of the Little
Rock 9 the nine African American
students who first integrated an all-
white high school in Little Rock,
Arkansas in 1957 with government
troops by their side and explores
the state of education for black
Americans 50 years later.
An encore play is scheduled for 1
AM, Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 AM, and
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 AM.
"Lessons from Little Rock" is pro-
duced for TV One by Big Chief
Productions.

1:00 p.m. BET
HE SAY ... SHE SAY ... BUT
WHAT DOES GOD SAY? --
David E. Talbert, whose hilarious
blockbuster, First Sunday, is in the-


Education decision.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
8:00 a.m.2 p.m.History Channel
SLAVE CATCHERS,
SLAVE RESISTERS
This 2-hour special features sto-
ries about slave catchers and slave
resistance, from the colonial era
through the Civil War and its after-
math. Slavery was built on a brutal
system of slave policing--enforced
by armed community patrols, paid
slave catchers, and federal law.
And most of us think that slave
catchers were always successful.
But the bounty hunters' blood-
hounds occasionally lost against
the intelligence and courage of the
enslaved. In the North, slave catch-
ers were sometimes defeated by an
organized--and armed--free black
community.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14
8 a.m., 2 p.m.- History Channel
Blood Diamonds
Sierra Leone, once exporting a
lucrative 2 million karats of dia-


absolute lowest monthly payments.
Starring Cassi Davis, Buddi Lewis,
Joi Campbell, Chico Bennymon,
and Mel Jackson.
EBONY FASHION FAIR:
50 YEARS OF STYLE
10-11 PM TV1
TV One pays homage to the icon-
ic Ebony Fashion Fair, celebrating
50 years of fashion and style.
Before Black became in vogue, the
Ebony Fashion Fair traveling show
brought haute couture from Paris
runways into the realm of African
Americans, redefining and revolu-
tionizing the international image of
black style and beauty. Fifty years
later, the iconic fashion phenome-
non remains one of the scant ven-
ues where models of African
descent can find work with an
appreciative audience, underscor-
ing its importance in an industry
that still doesn't encompass a broad
range of beauty. The special
repeats at 2 AM later that night, as
well as on Friday, Feb. 22 at 11 AM
and Saturday, March 1 at 6 AM.


Unknown stories like that of the "Clinton 12" above will be documented throughout the month.


aters now, brings the first-ever tele-
vision premiere of his popular
stage plays to BET! In one of
Detroit's toughest neighborhoods, a
small church finds itself stuck next
door to a nightclub frequented by
hustlers, pimps, and gangsters.
Both the church's congregation and
the club's dangerous owners decide
to try and rid the neighborhood of
the other, leading to uncertainty
and a series of tense confrontations.
Starring Clifton Powell, Tommy
Ford, and N'Bushe Wright.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
9:00-10:00 p.m. PBS
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
"Etta James"
The Lifetime Achievement
Grammy Award winner continues
to be one of the most respected
R&B singers in America.
Highlights include "All the Way
Down" and "At Last."

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10
2 p.m. TV1


IN CONVERSATI
JUDGE CLARENCE T
A special edition of TV
Conversation" series o
features an hour inter
Supreme Court Justice
Thomas, who talks about
autobiography, his caree
sonal story. "In Conversa
Roland Martin introdu
mentator Armstrong Will
conducts the intervi
Thomas with special insi
on his personal history a
who had once worked f
Thomas.

TUESDAY .FEBRUARk
6 p.m. PBS
The Clinton 12
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group of courageous blac
walked into an all-w
school in Clinton, Tenn
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monds per year, would fall victim
to political greed and become one
of the poorest nations on earth--
ripe for revolution. In 1991, a rebel
army called the Revolutionary
United Front began a ten-year civil
war, attacking the civilian popula-
tion, including children, and mur-
dering and raping countless others.
Control of the diamond fields was
one of the key objectives, funding
civil wars throughout Africa,
resulting in 4 million deaths. We
explore the history behind the issue
known as "blood diamonds", fueled
by the illicit trade of diamonds, the
diamond industry's response, and
investigate the possibility of the
blood diamond issue repeating. The
heart of the story is related through
the harrowing personal accounts of
Sierra Leoneans, who vividly
describe their individual tragedies
and struggles to recover after the
war.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
12:00 p.m. BET
HISTORY MAKERS: FAITH
The inspirational stories from
Susan L. Taylor, Reverend Al
Sharpton, Kim Fields, BB King,
along with many others serve to
emphasize the power of believing
in your dreams.


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18
10:00 a.m. BET Jazz
BLUESLAND: A PORTRAIT
IN AMERICAN MUSIC
-- The blues is a celebration of joy-
ful, complex, and compelling
music built on self-expression and
entertainment. This film explores
the blues-with all its poetic irony,
sly humor, eroticism and timeless
power. Hosted by actor David
Keith, "Bluesland" travels the
expansive landscape of the music,
tracing its roots from the beginning
of the twentieth century through
the Mississippi Delta to Louisiana,
Texas, Kansas City and Chicago.
The film includes memorable
footage of some of the blues' great-
est players -- Son House, Bessie
Smith, Jimmy Rushing, Big Bill
Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson,
Muddy Waters, Joe Turner, T-Bone
Walker.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
7 a.m. The History Channel
Civil War Journal:
John Brown's War.
An in-depth account of the famed
abolitionist's 1859 attack on the US
arsenal at Harpers Ferry that ended
the nation's last hopes of unity.

10:00-11:30 p.m. PBS
INDEPENDENT LENS


nation" host SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 "Banished"
ices com- 1:00 p.m. on BET This is the story of three counties
liams, who BET MOVIE PREMIERE: that forcefully banished African
ew with LOVE ON LAYAWAY American families from their
ghts based David E. Talbert's stage play towns 100 years ago and the
s someone about a wildly inventive, laugh- descendents who return to learn a
for Justice out-loud journey inside the lives of shocking history.
three couples living in a
Philadelphia neighborhood. First, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21:
Y 12 there's Ms. Willanetta, who after a 8:00 p.m. BET Jazz
life-changing religious experience, LAKAWANNA BLUES
2 no longer wants to have relations BET J brings the 1960s to life in
5, a small with her suitor of twelve years, the moving film, Lakawanna
ck students Renzo. Next, there's Epiphany, a Blues, about an African-American
hite high single mother who has yet to community in the period just
. and into decide who will be the man in her before desegregation in the upstate
ng actor life, her new boyfriend Reggie or New York town of Lackawanna. It
s the com- her six-year-old son, Man Man. documents the life of Ruben Jr. and
public high Finally, there's Monique Graham, his long-lasting relationship with
esegregate who feels as if her relationship with adoptive mother Rachel "Nanny"
Supreme live-in boyfriend Anthony is on Crosby in this riveting movie star-
Board of layaway and he's making the ring Hill Harper and S. Epatha
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22:
8:00 p.m. BET and BET J
THE BET HONORS
BET celebrates the lives and
achievements of African American
luminaries, in this 2-hour special
hosted by Cedric "The Entertainer."
Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Jill
Scott, Wyclef Jean, Danny Glover,
Kerry Washington, Vivica A. Fox I
and Hill Harper pay tribute to *
Alicia Keys (Entertainment
Award), Tyra Banks (Media
Award), Dr. Cornel West,
University Professor in the Center
for African American Studies
(Award for Education), Richard |
Parsons (Corporate Citizen Award),
The Honorable Maxine Waters
(Public Service Award) and CEO
Janice Bryant Howroyd
(Entrepreneur Award).

SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 23
9:00-10:00 p.m. BET
AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Tribute to Bluesman Jimmy Reed
Joined by blues luminaries James I
Cotton, Delbert McClinton, Lou a
Ann Barton and others, guitarist
Jimmie Vaughan pays tribute to
Jimmy Reed, composer of blues
classics "Ain't That Lovin' You
Baby," "Big Boss Man" and "Baby
What You Want Me to Do." In HD
where available.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
12:00 p.m. BET
HISTORY MAKERS:
COURAGE
Through the revealing personal
stories of influential African
Americans such as Nikki Giovanni,
Vernon Jordan, Angela Davis,
Harry Belafonte, and many others, |
viewers are shown the importance
of following your own path and
standing up for what you believe in
despite the opposition or conse- _
quences.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
7:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. BETJ
BLACK STORIES
MARATHON I
Tune in for BET J's special I
marathon of Black Stories, an *
unmatched showcase of documen-
taries depicting ordinary black
Americans and their experiences
through diverse and provocative
stories. Black stories profiled
include: "Smart Black People,"
"The Journey of Margaret Garner,"
"They Had A Dream Too", "Ghetto
Renaissance," "Bushwick
Homecomings," "New Growth" I
and "The Wedding Proposal."
8:00 p.m. HBO
JOE LOUIS: AMERICA'S
HERO...BETRAYED

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
2:15 p.m. HBO |
THE JOURNEY OF HENRY ,
BOX BROWN
Animated true story of a slave's
brave and dangerous quest for free- I
dom is told in this animated special U
narrated by Alfre Woodard. After
losing his family and suffering
countless other hardships, Henry
vows to escape his enslavement.
Helped by friends, Henry ships off
for Philadelphia where he spreads |
his message of freedom. .
10:00 p.m. on BET J
OPERA NOIRE
Catch the ultimate theatrical per-
formance, Black opera. BET J cel-
ebrates African Americans and I
their significant contributions to
the Opera in this informative docu-
mentary examining the issue of
race in Opera and Classical music.
This special focuses on the out- I
standing careers of such great u
musicians like Paul Robeson,
Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price,
Jessye Norman and Robert


McFerrin, the first African "
American to appear at the Met. In
addition, it will encompass a red |
carpet concert gala performance of
selections from celebrated com-
posers including Gershwin and
noted African American com- I
posers.
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Available On Demand!

HBO On Demand
The select programs include the HBO series' The Wire, In
Treatment and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam; the HBO Films
Sometimes in April; the HBO Sports special Joe Louis: America's
Hero...Betrayed; the HBO documentary Little Rock Central High -
50 Years Later; the HBO stand-up comedy special D.L. Hughley:
Unapologetic; plus additional short-form content including the ABFF
Shorts, five films directed by up-and-coming filmmakers who com-
peted for the 2007 HBO Short Film Award at the American Black
Film Festival; Sweet Blackberry Presents: The Journey of Henry Box
Brown and Garrett's Gift, two animated shorts for kids; and Music
Spotlight: Emily King & Mario. Theatricals include Dreamgirls, No
Way Out, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, The
Last King of Scotland, The Shawshank Redemption and The Wiz.
Cinemax On Demand
Black History Month content can be found in the movies category,
under the Black History Month dedicated section on Cinemax on
Demand, from February 1st through February 28th. Films include the
16 Blocks, The Long Run, Get on the Bus, To Kill a Mockingbird and
Silver Streak.


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Book Signing with Rodney L. Hurst Sr.
February 1, 11 am 1 pm
Book signing and brown bag lunch with Rodney L. Hurst Sr., author
of It was never about a hotdog and a Coke! Rodney Hurst's personal
account of the 1960 sit in demonstrations in Jacksonville, Fl. and Axe
Handle Saturday. Free
Amateur Night at the Ritz
February 1, 7:30 pm
The hottest show in town with the Ritz Band, Hip Hop dancers and
the best amateur talent in Jacksonville. $5.50
A Day in the Village
February 2, 10:00am 3:00pm
Bring the entire family to experience authentic West African danc-
ing and drumming workshops, cultural and dress demonstrations,
African food preparation and tasting, arts and crafts and guided tours
through the sacred forest. $6
Ishangi Family African Dancers Concert
February 2, 7 pm
Don't miss the powerful yet exquisite women of the Ishangi Family
West African Dancers who will enthrall and entertain you. A must
see! $15
Spoken Word Cafe
February 7 7pm
Open mike poetry, prose and pontificating. Free
Raisin' Cane Starring Jasmine Guy & The Avery Sharpe Trio
February 9, 2 pm & 8 pm
A Theatrical Portrait in Prose, Poetry and Jazz Starring Jasmine Guy.
A one woman show captures the power, beauty and brilliance of the
Harlem Renaissance. Raisin' Cane illuminates the words and ideas
of Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, W.E. B. Dubois and many
others are woven into a theatrical narrative tapestry that scans an
extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavors during the 1920s and
30s. $23.50 Matinee & $28.50 Evening


Book Signing with Big Boom
February 15, 7 pm
Book Signing and Conversations with Big Boom, author of HOW TO
DUCK A SUCKAH: A Guide to Living a Drama-Free Life. This book
gives no nonsense relationship advice for the woman who loves "no-
good men". Free
Black History Month Oratory Competition
February 16, 11 am
Amtrak and Ritz Black History Speech Youth Competition. Area
middle school students present compositions on African American
leaders such as Howard Thurman, John Rosamond Johnson, Eartha
M.M. White MaVynee Betsch, Mary Singleton, A. Phillip Randolph
and A.L. Lewis. Free
Karamu African Cabaret
February 22, 8 pm
For Grown Folks! Come party in African style, music, entertainment
and food. $10
Storytelling with Ananse
February 23, 11am
Bring the entire family for ANANSESEM KYIRI KASA: Storytelling
Does Not Like Idle Talk! Award-winning storyteller, J'Miah Nabawi
will bring his brand of Anansesem, the telling of Anansi's stories,
alive with mmoguo (recreational folktale-songs) accompanied with
rhythmic hand-clapping, hand-held instruments, drumming and
Gankogui gongs, and colorful African textiles. $3 children $6 adults
Reflections and Conversations of Jacksonville
Past and Future
February 28, 5:30 7:30 pm
A reception featuring conversations and reflections about
Jacksonville'shistorical and political issues with leaders, community
advocates andyouth. Music of the struggle performed by Ritz Voices
and guest and book signings with local African American authors.
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jIIWJefferson Now in Flack Over Blood Diamonds


Alpha Kappa Alpha's international president, Barbara A. McKinzie (far right) presents a $1 million dollar check
to Howard University during the recent Sorority's Centennial Celebration. Joining in the presentation are (from
left): former Alpha Kappa Alpha presidents Norma Solomon White of Jacksonville, Mattelia B. Grays, Wenda
Weekes Moore, Co-Chairman, Alpha Celebration, and former AKA president Faye B. Bryant. Accepting on
behalf of Howard University is (in back) Dr. James Donaldson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

AKA Celebrates 100th Anniversary

with Million Dollar Donation to HBCU


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's
International President Barbara A.
McKinzie, recently presented a $1
million check to Howard University
for the purpose of preserving the
Sorority's legacy. The contribution
represented the culminating activity
of four days of celebration that
commemorated the 100th anniver-
sary of the founding of AKA's first
chapter, Alpha chapter. The chapter
started Jan. 15, 1908, on the cam-
pus of Howard University in
Washington, D.C. The culminating
activity was held January 15, 2008.
The $1 million gift will be used
to preserve the heritage of the
Sorority through a Founders'
endowed scholarship in the name of
Alpha Kappa Alpha's first national
president, Nellie Quander. It will
ai b be iused tio i"Iintain the exten-
sive collection of sorority docu-
ments already housed at Moorland-
Spingarn Research Center on
Howard University's campus.
In an address before thousands


of members who turned out for the
birthday celebration, McKinzie said
the gift would be a first step toward
a larger contribution that will be
made to the University by the end
of the year. In presenting the his-
toric check McKinzie challenged
members to safeguard the history of
the sorority.
The sorority also donated a dig-
itized version of the Ivy Leaf, its
official magazine, to the Moorland-
Spingarn Research Center. The dig-
ital archive contains issues pub-
lished from 1921 through late 2007.
The donation capped an emo-
tional day that included a blessing
of the Pilgrimage at Andrew Rankin
Memorial Chapel. The ceremony
began when International President
Barbara A. McKinzie proceeded to
the lectern and said:
"Happy Birthday Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority."
Following an uplifting service,
over 1500 members from around
the world returned to their "roots"


to participate in this historic gather-
ing. In silent reverence, they paid
homage to the Founders and other
members by walking the paths and
visiting the sites significant to the
sorority on Howard's campus.
Members wore green scarves with
pink lettering made in Ethiopia and
dark coats in tribute to the founders
and others who were among the 16
women who first joined in 1908 and
1909.
"If we don't preserve our heritage
no one else will. In the interest of
safeguarding our legacy, we're
more than happy to give $1 million
this day."
She also challenged those assem-
bled to continue the record of sis-
terhood and service that have made
the Sorority endure for 100 years.
It is this icomiiitimient to sisterhood
and providing "service to all
mankind" that has helped the
Sorority grow from nine founders
in 1908 on one campus to 200,000
members worldwide.


Just when you thought it was safe
for Louisiana Rep. William
Jefferson to peer around the corner,
trouble once again kicks him right
in his French Quarter.
This time it's African politics, and
the embattled lawmaker has been
linked to a scandal involving a for-
mer diamond executive in
Botswana. The executive, Louis
Goodwill Nchindo, who served as
the managing director of
Debswana, one of the country's
most powerful diamond companies,
is charged with illegally spending
Debswana funds to host Jefferson
and fraudulently trying to use his
position to obtain public land.
At the time of Jefferson's trips in
2001 and 2002, he was fighting in
Congress to knock off legislation
against "blood diamonds," which
are African gems obtained through
conditions of war, torture or captiv-
ity,
Most recently, Jefferson, who


represents much of New Orleans in
Congress, is in federal court over a
corruption case in which he was
allegedly keeping $90,000 in
bribery money in his freezer.
What's more is prosecutors say that
money comes from bribes to sup-
port business ventures in both the
U.S. and West Africa.
The thing about this is Jefferson
has served as part of the Africa
Trade Caucus in Congress, but he's
trying to block anti-blood diamond
legislation. If you ever get a chance
to study this, blood (or conflict)
diamonds, are among the most hor-
rific phenomena in Africa. We're
talking about children having their
limbs hacked off so that you can
walk around blinged out. We're
talking about devastating regional
wars being fought so that you can
floss your ice.
Debswana is a joint venture
between the DeBeers Company and
the Botswanan government. But


DeBeers has spent years trying to
do PR (or maybe damage control),
and distance themselves from the
stones. That a former Debswana
executive was trying to water down
anti-blood diamond legislation in
the states should raise at least a few
red flags.
And after all this, Jefferson still
keeps getting elected.


Obama Sees Celebrity Power in Action Again


It's been written many
times that Democrat
Barack Obama gets a
"rock star" reception.
Turns out the real thing is
not quite the same.
Obama got to see an actu-
al rock star reception last
week. Actually, it was for
the celebrity trio of Usher,
Kerry Washington and
Chris Tucker, who sur-
prised an audience at
South Carolina State
University by introducing
the presidential candidate.
Crowd members
screamed and strained
metal Secret Service barri-
cades in hope of touching
the trio as they entered
the sports center ahead of
Obama.
"Listen up, guys, listen


up," Usher said, trying to
silence them for a serious message.
He said it would be negligent and
itresponsible for them hot to partic-
ipate in Saturday's South Carolina
primary. "If you don't use your
voice, you didn't make a differ-
ence," he said.
Obama got a warm welcome,
although he didn't have young


Singer Usher Raymond, left, actress Kerry Washington, second from left, State
Rep., Bakari Seller, second from right, and comedian Chris Tucker, right, intro-
duce Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, during
a rally on the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.,


women blowing kisses as they did
for Usher or prompt shaking and
near tears as did Tucker. Usher tried
to build Obama's reception by
pointing to audience members who
weren't clapping and waving his
arms upward to encourage them,
and Washington started an "Obama,
Obama!" chant.


Obama tried to begin his speech as
the celebrities exited behind the
stage. But some audience members
paid the senator no mind and rushed
toward the exits to touch the stars.
"I'm going to wait until they get
out of here," Obama said, cutting
himself short and watching with a
smile. "They might cause a riot."


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