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Kappa Alpha Psi
Meeting to Honor
Air Force Wings First
Black Female Fighter Pilot
Maj. Shawna Kimbrell recently became the
q first black female fighter pilot in the US Air
"There are still a lot of unresolved racial issues
in the U.S. and they spill over into every walk
of life and every workspace. I am still amazed
that in this day and age there is still so much
room for firsts especially for females and for
African-Americans." said the newly winged
A military rule grounded all women from piloting multi-million dollar
F-16 fighter jets until 1993. While women have been training to fly in the
military since 1976, they where banned from combat missions.
There are more than 14,000 pilots in the U.S. Air Force -- about 3,700
of those are fighter pilots. But in that group, only 70 are women, accord-
ing to blackmilitaryworld.com.
Kimbrell graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1998 and went on
to complete intense pilot training and got her wings in 1999. She is also
the newest member of the "Chick Fighter Pilot Association." Yes, there is
such a thing.
Neb. Refuses to Apologize for Slavery
Lawmakers will consider a resolution that only expresses 'regret'
State lawmakers in Nebraska will consider a resolution that expresses
regret for slavery, but doesn't issue an apology, reports the Associated
Members of a legislative committee struggled last week with the lan-
guage of the resolution that..they ultimately advanced to the full
Legislature for consideration.
The Judiciary Committee finally decided that expressing "profound
regret" for the state's role was more appropriate than issuing an apology.
Lawmakers in New Jersey, Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina and
Virginia have already issued apologies for slavery.
The Nebraska Territory banned slavery in 1861, the year the Civil War
started. But Nebraska was a center of turmoil over slavery in the 1800s.
Blacks Lead Increase in
America's Unemployment Rate
Lingering doubts as to whether the nation was moving into a recession
appeared to have disappeared last week when the Labor Department
reported that during the month of March businesses cut 80,000 jobs the
largest one month reduction in five years.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate jumped from 4.8 percent in
February to 5.1 percent last month.
Minorities appeared to be bearing the brunt of the job losses.
Joblessness among Hispanics jumped to 6.9 percent in March the high-
est level in four years.
For African Americans, the unemployment rate stood at 9 percent the
highest in two months.
Overall, the economy has lost 232,000 jobs in the last three months. And
while the 5.1 percent unemployment rate is actually low by historic stan-
dards, it is still the highest jobless rate since September 2005.
Radio One Buys BlackPlanet.com
Baltimore, MD Radio One Inc., which is pinning future growth on
Internet outlets, has acquired social networking company Community
Connect Inc. for $38 million.
Lanham-based Radio One gains several established Internet sites with
the acquisition, including AsianAvenue.com and BlackPlanet.com. It
said Community Connect's sites have more than 20 million members.
Radio One (NASDAQ: ROIA) owns and operates 53 radio stations in
16 markets. Its stations primarily target African-American and urban lis-
teners. Radio One has sold nine radio stations in the last year. Its losses
swelled to $386 million last quarter. The company has acknowledged that
the radio advertising market has been challenging. Liggins has called
digital initiatives "a critical growth engine" for the company.
The Black owned and operated conglomerate also owns Giant
Magazine and the Tom Joyner Morning show, and is part owner of TV
Sean Bell Case Now in Judges Hands
New York The fate of three detectives accused of killing Sean Bell in
a 50-shot barrage is in the hands of a Queens judge.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman got the case on
Monday after prosecutors and defense lawyers made impassioned final
arguments in the controversial case.
He said he would issue his verdict on April 25.
The arguments were familiar and disarmingly simple: Either the police
were reckless and overreacted or the victims were acting like thugs and
brought it on themselves.
While Bell's parents, fiancee and friends looked on, Testagrossa
accused defense lawyers of engaging in "cross-examination as cruel
sport" when they grilled shooting survivors Joseph Guzman and Trent
Benefield about their personal lives and criminal records.
Bell, 23, was killed on his wedding day around the corner from a
Queens strip joint where he'd had his bachelor party.
The accused detectives Michael Oliver, Marc Cooper and Gescard
Isnora were doing an undercover prostitution sting at the Kalua Cabaret.
Volume 21 No. 51 Jacksonville, Florida April 17-23, 2008
Analysts Say 'Bitter' Debate Reveals
Desperation of Clinton Campaign
by M. Cottman, BAW
Black political analysts said this
week that the so-called "bitter"
debate -- where Democratic presi-
dential candidate Barack Obama is
accused of talking down to small-
town blue-collar workers -- is a
desperate, manufactured attack by
Hillary Clinton seven days before a
critical primary in Pennsylvania.
Obama has spent four days on the
defensive after comments he made
at a San Francisco fundraiser were
disclosed that suggested working
class people are "bitter" about their
economic circumstances and "cling
to guns and religion" as a result.
And some in the media,
Democrats add, have kept the story
alive after Clinton labeled Obama
as "elitist" who is "out of touch"
with the American people.
Initial indications are that
Obama's controversial remarks
have not upset voters. A new Gallup
Poll shows Obama continuing to
hold a solid lead over Clinton in -
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Bill Cosby Visits Jax to Benefit FCCJ
The Florida Community College District Board of Trustees and other
dignitaries welcomed world renowned comedian and author Bill Cosby for
an evening of laughter to benefit student scholarships. The concert was
preceded by a private reception with the celebrity. Shown above are
Wyman Winbush, FCCJ President Steven Wallace, Bill Cosby and Gwen
Yates. The sometimes controversial comedian recently added producing
his own rap album to his repertoire. KFP Photo
Jacksonville's About All that Jazz
Ju'Coby Pittman Peele,Tonya Robinson and Bridgette Rodriguez were
sail smiles as they kicked off an evening of jazz at Jacksonville's annual
Jazz Festival. The audience heard the smooth sounds of Jazz artists such
as Norman Brown, Cassandra Wilson and Terence Blanchard amomg 33
others at Metropolitan Park. For more sights, see page 9. KFP Photo
Shown above are Mr. and Mrs. Archie Harris with newlyweds Mr.and
Mrs. Eugene Way.
Mixson Way Nupitials
Mr. and Mrs. Archie Harris Sr.
proudly invited family and friends
to witness the marriage of their
daughter, Carol Michelle to Mr.
Jeffrey Eugene Way, the evening of
Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the St.
Timothy Baptist Church. Minister
Eugene Jefferson officiated. The
groom is the son of the late Mary
Lee Way and the late Henry Way.
Pearson Receives Small's Foundation Humanitarian Award
The Bride and Groom are graduates
of William M. Raines High School.
The bride, a graduate of the
University of North Florida, is
employed by Duval County Public
Schools as a kindergarten teacher.
The groom is a graduate of
Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
He is employed by Advanced
Following the ceremony, the cou-
ple honeymooned in Las Vegas.
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Willye Dennis (left) and Nathaniel Farley (right) present Lloyd Pearson with the Humanitarian Award.
The JP Smalls Foundation, Inc held its 3rd Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Philippians Multi-purpose
Dining Hall. The dinner was an emotional affair filled with the history and ambiance of the roles models and
leaders who have fought for justice in these United States. Former NAACP Chair Ms. Wyllie Dennis served as
the Mistress of Ceremonies and presented Lloyd Pearson with the Humanitarian award. Ms. Dennis spoke of the
role models of the 1950's and 1960's and noted that "Mr. Pearson has been a friend and advocate to many" Mr.
Nathanial Farley stepped to the stage and cried as he thanked the audience for their support and participation and
how "this would not be possible without the help of the Jacksonville community". KFP Photo
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Trust First! Distrust
Must Be Earned!
TRUST IS THE bedrock of life, love, and every rela-
tionship. Period. It is the single most important factor in
building personal and professional relationships; it is
the cornerstone of relationships that fit and feel right.
Without trust, we have nothing. "Trust implies accountability, pre-
dictability and reliability," writes leadership guru John Maxwell. Yet
from an early age we are programmed to distrust; we are warned: "Don't
talk to strangers."
Now, as wary adults, it's counterintuitive and downright scary to see
good in people first. When I tell people during speeches or in casual
conversation to embrace the idea of trusting first, they often scowl as if
I've asked them to swim with sharks or walk barefoot in the snow. That
would make them feel exposed. Vulnerable. Reckless.
That's because our first instinct is to distrust until someone proves
him- or herself worthy of our trust. And exposing ourselves to what we
believe are the wicked ways of the world, lurking in strangers, is terri-
fying. Likewise, opening ourselves up to trust people in the competitive,
ruthless business world may sound naive or reckless--even though the
opposite is true.
As the old saying goes, "Strangers are just friends waiting to happen."
So how can you get to work on trusting?
Listen to your Intuition
We must switch our brain's default setting from distrust and repro-
gram it to trust first. The feminist writer Gloria Steinem said: "The first
problem for all of us is not to learn but to unlearn."
Bottom Line: Let someone earn your distrust by giving them the ben-
efit of the doubt. So start within, by trusting yourself then believe in the
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City Sponsors Free Fair F
The City of Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission will host the
Sixth Annual Fair Housing
Awareness Symposium on
Saturday, April 26. Themed: "Fair
Housing It's Not An Option, It's
The Law!," the event will include
workshops and informational
exchange sessions designed to
increase awareness of the Fair
Housing Act and its protections and
provide information and resources
to help support individuals and
families in exercising their housing
The symposium schedule includes:
8-9 a.m. Registration and continen-
tal breakfast; 9-11:45 a.m. Vendor
exhibition and Noon-2 p.m.
Awards luncheon. It will take place
at the Wyndham Jacksonville
Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive.
The free event will provide an
opportunity for the public to learn
practical information about acquir-
ing and keeping a home, avoiding
scams, credit and much more.
Seven informative workshops will
include: Updates of Title VIII of the
Fair Housing Act, Predatory
Lending, Getting a House/Keeping
a House, Budget-wise
Housing Resources in a Multi-
Cultural Society and Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Burs Money.
The luncheon will not only recog-
nize the importance of the Fair
Housing Act, but will also serve as
an opportunity to assist deserving
families in the community. As part
of the company's Community
Connection Program, KB Home, a
successful Northeast Florida home-
builder, will present furniture once
displayed in their model homes to
first time homebuyers and families
that have moved from transitional
housing to apartments.
The 2008 Fair Housing
Awareness Symposium is free and
open to the public, however regis-
tration is required. The deadline is
Friday, April 18. To register, call
(904) 630-CITY (2489) or visit
www.coj.net, keyword "JHRC".
Nominate Someone for Florida's
Oldest Outstanding Worker
The nomination deadline for
Florida's outstanding older workers
is June 1!
Experience Works, the nation's
largest training and employment
organization for mature workers, is
searching for outstanding older
workers to honor for 2008.
Nominees or applicants must be
65 years of age or older, a resident
of Florida, currently employed,
and working at least 20 hours each
week for pay. The honoree must be
willing and able to travel to
Washington, D.C., the week of
September 22-26 for the Prime
First Free Home
Community First Credit Union of
Florida is sponsoring a free home
loan seminar on Tuesday, April 29,
at 6:30 p.m. at its Baymeadows
branch, 8165 Point Meadows Way.
Topics will include: the role of
realtors in finding the right home;
what is involved in a home inspec-
tion; finding the right mortgage
loan option for your specific needs;
the definition and details of private
mortgage insurance; what you need
to know about title companies
when you are closing on your
home; and how adjustable rate
mortgages work and whether they
are right in the current rising rate
The seminar is free and open to
the public. Refreshments will be
served and there will be a drawing
for a $50.00 Visa gift card. To
RSVP by April 25, call Kristen
Davis at (904) 549-8650 or Email
email@example.com, or sign up at
any Community First branch.
Time Award events. The visit will
include meetings with congression-
al representatives, a tour of the
city's landmarks, and the awards
banquet and ceremony. Honorees
have an opportunity to meet, share
their stories, and celebrate their
accomplishments. Family, friends
or colleagues can send in a nomina-
tion, or older workers can self
For more information, contact
Ann King of Experience Works at
912-756-7708 or e-mail
shown above at the grand opening.
San Marco has made room for a
new entertainment hub serving
Jacksonville's recording artists.
Angel Calling Recording Studio,
opened earlier this month to sup-
port the growing surge of the music
scene in Jacksonville. The studio is
located at 1515 Prudential Drive,
Suite100A, just minutes from
downtown, adjacent to the
Founded by gospel recording
artist, Debra Campbell, the studio
has both digital and analog equip-
ment. In addition to sophisticated
facility equipment, Angel Calling
offers support for artists to release
and produce musical masterpieces
in the creative haven. The support
staff exudes a congenial and
encouraging spirit to enhance the
creative process and enable artists
to work at ease.
"Our mission is to consult each
and every artist that has limited
knowledge about recording but
want to learn how to make a whole
complete CD," Campbell said. "We
will take them under our wings step
The studio's services include
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Duval County Beginning
Dual Language Program
Duval County kindergarten stu-
dents will soon have the opportuni-
ty to learn how to speak, read and
write in both English and Spanish.
Starting this fall, four kindergarten
classes, two at Beauclerc
Elementary and two at San Jose
Elementary will begin school in a
Dual Language program.
Dual Language is an educational
model that integrates native English
speakers with native Spanish
speakers in the same class, develop-
ing first and second language profi-
ciency which will make them bilin-
gual, bi-literate and bicultural.
Academic subjects will be taught in
both in English and Spanish.
The goal of theprogram is to pro-
vide educational opportunities to
inspire students to acquire and use
the knowledge and skills needed to
succeed in a global economy and
culturally diverse world. Dual
Language will prepare these stu-
dents to meet the educational and
employment requirements of the
It will begin with four kinder-
garten classes, but will add a grade
each year up to the fifth grade, at
which time the participating chil-
dren will be able to speak, read and
write in two languages.
Enrollment is limited and applica-
tions will be accepted through the
end of May. Families will be noti-
fied prior to the school year and
there will be a waiting list for those
who are not selected.
Annual Book "Much Ado" Festival
Features 30 Different Authors
Best-selling authors Carl Hiaasen,
R.L. Stine and Jane O'Connor are
among more than 30 authors who
will participate in this year's Much
Ado About Books, Jacksonville's
premier book festival and literacy
program. This free public event
will occur Saturday, April 26th at
the Prime Osborn and Main
Library and offers a wide range of
topics, authors and activities that
will appeal to readers of all ages.
Doors open on Saturday at 9 a.m.
at the Prime Osborn. Participants
can choose from 15 different
author panels focusing on topics
such as poetry, sports, thrillers,
women's fiction, Southern fiction,
self-help, cooking, animals and
more. Children can participate in
a variety of activities including
author signing, interactive games
and author signing. Beginning at
9:45 a.m., celebrity readers will
entertain children throughout the
morning. At 12:15, guests will
enjoy Florida's own Carl Hiaasen
at the keynote luncheon.
At 2:30 p.m., the event will con-
tinue at the Jacksonville Main
Library where R.L. Stine will
greet young Goosebumps fans. In
addition to children's activities,
there will be writers' workshops
designed especially for those seek-
ing a publishing contract or con-
templating picking up the pen.
Authors will discuss serious book
topics such as Bipolar Disorder
from a clinical and personal per-
spective, as well as lighthearted
subjects such as how NASCAR
swept the nation from the perspec-
tive of Liz Clarke, a sportswriter
for The Washington Post.
To view a full listing of partici-
pating authors and a detailed
schedule of panels, topics and
activities, visit muchadoabout-
Kappas and Kappa League Honorees -front row from left: Brother Harvey Harper, Chris Russell, Geordi A. Hampton, Victor Vickers,
Polemarch Allen L. Moore, Sr., Anthony Grant, Jr., Brother Dr. Frank S. Emanuel, Brother Dr. William L. Cody; Back row: Brother Thomas
L. Cunningham, Terrez Walker, Brother Mark Chapman, Branden Weir, John Ray III, Millard Nails, Daniel Frison I, James T. Kirkland,
Lance Walker, Brother Dennis Gamble and Jeremy J. Johnson.
Kappa Alpha Psi Hosting Public Meeting Honoring
Community Leaders and Young Male Achievers
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.,
will host its Public Meeting on
Thursday, May 1, 2008, in the
Jacksonville City Hall Council
Chambers from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This year's honorees include a mix
of community leaders and fraternity
members who have excelled
throughout the year. They will be
acknowledged with this year's
Kappa League high school seniors
who recently participated in leader-
ship retreat activities as well as the
2007-2008 Kappa Alpha Psi
Community Individual Award
Recipients include: Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority Inc., for its
Ga. NAACP Alleges Racial
Bias in Barbie Bandit Case
White female bank robbers received less time than black male co-conspirators
Councilwoman Mia Jones ; Charles
Kemp, Sr., CEO--Top Choice
Poultry; Councilwoman E. Denise
Lee and Ju'Coby Pittman-Peele,
CEO Clara White Mission
The Community Group Award
include: Civil Rights Restoration
Project Duval County
Chapter; Daniel Webster Perkins
Bar Association; Duval County
Supervisor of Elections Office,;
NAACP Jacksonville Branch, ;
Representatives Terry Fields,
Audrey Gibson, and State Senator
Tony Hill and their staffs.
Fraternity Award Recipients
include: Dr. Solomon Badger III--
gubernatorial appointee to the
Florida A&M University Board of
Trustees; Tommy J. Chandler--
public health advocate; The
Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Past
Polemarchs; The Jacksonville
Among the honorees are: (L-R) Coouncilwomen Mia Jones, Tommy
Chandler and Alton Yates.
Silhouettes; William Searcy- more information, contact
Tuskegee Airman; J. Cliff Warren Cleveland Ferguson III at cfergu-
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University Dolphins and Lt. Col. The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
Alton Yates Recipient of the of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was
Governor's Medal of Merit. chartered in February 27th, 1925.
"This year's honorees are out- Since then it has sponsored various
standing," stated Allen L. Moore, charitable, educational, and cultural
Sr., the Polemarch (president) of the endeavors along with providing
Jacksonville Alumni Chapter. "We mentoring and scholarship opportu-
invite the public to celebrate with nities for the residents of Northeast
us at the Public Meeting." Florida. For more information
The public is invited to attend. visit, http://www.jacksonvillekap-
However seating is limited. For pas.com/.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
is reporting that the head of
Georgia's NAACP chapter wants a
state investigation into racial sen-
tencing patterns in Cobb County
after disparities emerged in the so-
called "Barbie Bandits" case.
The Feb. 27, 2007, heist at a Bank
of America branch in Acworth, Ga.
involved four people: two young
white women and a black male
bank teller who admitted their
roles and another black man
convicted by a jury of planning the
Heather Lyn Johnston, 20, and
Ashley Nicole Miller, 19, both
pleaded guilty to theft-by-taking
charges. Miller received two years
in jail, followed by eight years pro-
bation. Johnson got 10 years proba-
tion. Prosecutors had recommended
both be sentenced to 10 years, three
in jail and seven years' probation.
Local NAACP president Edward
DuBose says the racial disparity
warrants an immediate probe by
Attorney General Thurbert Baker.
"When four people are involved
in the same crime and those who
happen to be Caucasian receive
much less time than those who are
African American, this reflects a
problem in the justice system that
must be addressed," DuBose said at
a news conference at the Cobb
NAACP headquarters in Marietta.
Bank teller Benny Allen III also
pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to
five years in jail. Prosecutors had
Allen, 23, told the women what
to write in their demand note and
handed them the money, nearly
$11,000. He was on probation for a
drug conviction when he was sen-
tenced and the prosecutor in the
bank case said he had not cooperat-
ed with authorities.
"He was not honest before his
plea. He was not honest after his
plea," prosecutor Bonnie Derrer
said at his sentencing.
Michael Chastang, who is serv-
Heather Lyn Johnston, 20, plead-
ed guilty to one count of theft by
taking, a felony and one count of
possessing less than an ounce of
marijuana, a misdemeanor. She
was sentenced to 10 years proba-
tion and will do no jail time.
ing 15 years on drug-trafficking
charges unrelated to the bank heist,
received the most severe of the sen-
tences meted out by Superior Court
Judge Mary Staley. She ordered the
28-year-old Chastang to complete
the term on the drug charges, then
serve 10 years for the bank theft.
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Black America's Affinity for Bill Clinton at Jeopardy
We have all heard the joke that
Bill Clinton was the first black
president. That sentiment generally
stems from the fact that under the
Clinton administration, times were
pretty good for country, and
African Americans have always
felt like he "understood" us.
Although he is a white man, he's
one of the white folk who really
understand the plight of the black
man in America.
Nobel prizewinner Toni
Morrison wrote in the 1998 New
Yorker essay, "he displays almost
every trope of blackness: single-
parent household, born poor, work-
boy from Arkansas."
Maybe that's the key, Clinton
radiated a certain style and African
Americans can generally tell when
a white person truly is sincere and
"understands." Clinton under-
stands, and it is mostly because of
his genuine interest in black cul-
ture, but it also has to do with his
poor Southern roots.
He was just a different kind of
president that we were not used to
seeing. I remember in 1992 when
Clinton was running against
incumbent President George Bush,
how he was able to relate to every-
day citizens in a way that no other
candidate had done in a long time.
His working-class upbringing
appealed to people that never felt
connected to anyone who had run
for the office of President.
DeWayne Wickham wrote in his
book titled, "Bill Clinton and Black
America," that "What makes
Clinton special is that he found a
way to connect with us that was
personal and up close."
He convinced us in words and in
deeds that this relationship was at
least partly in his heart, as well as
in his head. This guy grew up in the
back of his grandfather's store in
Hope, Ark., hanging out with black
Clinton was a different kind of
candidate and different kind of
President. We saw him on late night
talk shows, including "The Arsenio
Hall Show," which in its' prime
was the black version of Jay Leno
or David Letterman. Not only was
Governor Clinton on the show, but
he brought his saxophone and
played along with the band.
What, a presidential candidate
who is actually "cool." Now who
does that sound like in this year's
presidential election? Barack
Obama is now like Bill Clinton was
in 1992. He's new, cool, a change
of pace from normal Washington
politicians and he's young.
My favorite Clinton line was
when speaking in front of an all
African American audience he said,
"People always ask me why black
people love me so much, I just tell
them, because I love black people."
It was with that same humor cou-
pled with his gift of communica-
tion and charm that made Bill
Clinton an icon in the Democratic
Party. The problem with icons is
that they sometimes let their suc-
cesses go to their heads and end up
crossing line that they thought did-
With his wife running against
Senator Obama, President Clinton
has become the attack dog lashing
out at Obama at every opportunity.
Clinton may be a little frustrated
because he finally met his match
with black folk. We are not talking
about Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton
running for president, but a very
serious African American candi-
date who just could win.
Although blacks still love
Clinton you can't compete against a
legitimate black Democrat who
African Americans from all back-
grounds have embraced.
Clinton's "homeboy" status just
may be in jeopardy if he continues
his "Bash Barack" politics. It's one
thing to contrast and compare for
the sake of political strategy, but
Clinton's attacks on Obama both
professionally and personally are
not sitting well with blacks.
Not that black folk would just
leave Bill hanging, but the Obama
candidacy is too great of an oppor-
tunity to stay on the bandwagon.
And if the bashing of Obama from
Clinton continues, he does run the
risk of losing many long-term
African American supporters.
Losing his African American
base would be an unfortunate casu-
alty of war because Clinton is
loved so much in the black commu-
Wickham also notes in his book,
"If you simply compare black
appointees in the Clinton and Bush
administrations, you will find that
there is no comparison." He is talk-
ing about the fact that under the
Clinton administration more
African Americans were appointed
to appointed position than ever
before. In fact, the numbers almost
tripled the ones of the previous
"When you have a large number
of African-Americans in those
positions, you can understand why
in the Clinton administration, black
unemployment went down, black
home ownership came up, black
business ownership grew," adds
From locating his main office in
Harlem, to his love of barbecued
ribs and jazz music, Clinton is clos-
est thing blacks have had to actual-
ly having an African American
Bill Campbell, former mayor of
Atlanta, once said, "We know when
white folks are comfortable around
us and when they're not." And
Clinton was always sincerely com-
fortable around blacks.
Now the question becomes will
Clinton still be welcomed with
open arms around blacks if he and
his wife continue their Obama
onslaught? Stay tuned!
Signing off from Please
'Sllck HIllar does not Separate Churc and State
by George Curry
In recent years, Democrats have
been depicted as the party lacking
in spiritual principles. This was
done even while Ronald Reagan,
who did not attend church regular-
ly, was in office. The irony is that
this year, when both Democratic
candidates freely talk about God -
they even participated in a forum in
Pennsylvania Sunday on the sub-
ject their religious beliefs get
marred in political mudslinging.
Last week in this space, I showed
how several of the most inflamma-
tory sound bites of Rev. Jeremiah
Wright were taken out of context
(the column is posted on my Web
Even after Obama denounced
some of the rhetoric of his former
minister, while not denouncing the
man, "Slick Hillary" continues her
attempt to use Wright's words for
"He would not have been my pas-
tor," Clinton recently told reporters.
"You don't choose your family, but
you choose what church you want
In the brouhaha over Wright, one
central point keeps getting lost -
Obama credits Rev. Wright with
leading him to Jesus Christ. The
sideshow over invective language
amounts to, as Jesse Jackson likes
to say, majoring in the minor.
Increasingly, Black pastors are
defending Wright and the prophetic
tradition. Strong columns have
appeared in the daily press in
Dallas and Seattle. It's encouraging
that more and more White minis-
ters are also stepping up and taking
on Wright's critics.
Dean J. Snyder is the senior min-
ister at the Foundry United
Methodist Church in Washington
D.C., where the Clintons wor-
shipped during the White House
years. Snyder issued the following
"The Reverend Jeremiah Wright
is an outstanding church leader
whom I have heard speak a number
of times. He has served for decades
as a profound voice for justice and
inclusion in our society. He has
been a vocal critic of the racism,
sexism and homophobia which still
tarnish the American dream. To
evaluate his dynamic ministry on
the basis of two or three sound bites
does a grave injustice to Dr.
Wright, the members of his congre-
gation, and the African-American
church which has been the spiritual
refuge of a people that has suffered
from discrimination, disadvantage,
"Dr. Wright, a member of an
integrated denomination, has been
an agent of racial reconciliation
while proclaiming perceptions and
truths uncomfortable for some
white people to hear. Those of us
who are white Americans would do
well to listen carefully to Dr.
Wright rather than to use a few of
his quotes to polarize. This is a crit-
ical time in America's history as we
seek to repent of our racism. No
matter which candidate prevail, let
us use this time to listen again to
one another and not to distort one
On the other side, the Internet is
carrying stories that a former pastor
of the Clintons has been
convicted of first-degree sexual
abuse for touching a 7-year-old girl
in the wrong place. Actually, the
minister in question, Rev. William
Procanick, 54, is a former pastor of
Resurrection Assembly of God
Church in Clinton, N.Y. Thus, the
confusion over his being "a former
Clinton pastor." Hillary is a
Methodist and not a rpember of the
Assembly of God denomination.
Inasmuch as Slick Hillary could
pick her pastor, but not her rela-
tives, what does her pastor say?
The New York Sun contacted
Rev. Edward Matthews, the former
pastor of First United Methodist
Church in Little Rock who served
as the Clintons' pastor in Arkansas
during the last two years of his gov-
ernorship. Hillary still maintains a
membership there although she has
not lived in Arkansas in 16 years.
"We preachers get pretty irre-
sponsible," he said, referring to
Wright's most quoted sound bites.
"...If we had it so say over again we
probably wouldn't say it the same
way." Even so, he said in the inter-
view, Wight's sermon in which he
said "God Damn America" was "a
totally different animal when you
look at its full context."
He added, "I've come pretty
close to saying in some sermons, I
guess, what Jeremiah Wright did."
Matthews noted that his anti-war
sermons during the Vietnam era
and those of Wright today share the
common theme "that America's
going to have to get its act together,
you know, that if we're going to be
a leaders, we can't just say,
'America right or wrong.'"
Rev. Matthews said he heard
Rev. Wright deliver a sermon in
Arkansas during Black History
"If you are very close-minded,
you would have gotten up and
walked out of that. But I appreciat-
ed what he was saying." Rev.
Matthews said. "I wouldn't have
said it that way. I wouldn't have
been so animated."
SHe noted that he favors same-sex
marriages and opposes the death
penalty positions that Clinton,
He said, "She's disagreed with
me on several things, but she
remained a member of the church."
George E. Curry, former editor-in-
chief of Emerge magazine and the
NNPA News Service, is a keynote
speaker, moderator, and media coach.
He can be reached through his Web
Facts of Blacks
by William Reed
Unless they can bribe their way into a prestigious office job, most of
Obama's male relatives work as little as possible, relying on their women-
folk for food and shelter. A Big Man wantabee, Obama's advancements
were limited as a result of President Jomo Kenyatta's discrimination against
his Luo tribe and various other faux pas. A victim of alcoholism, Obama Sr.
was working as a government economist and playing "Big Man," dispens-
ing gifts he couldn't afford to relatives and hangers-on, when he died in a car
crash in 1982.
Barack Obama, Jr.'s dad left three wives, six sons and a daughter. Unlike
his father, Obama Jr. is tethered to no commitments to kin. On his 2006
presidential campaign trip to Kenya, Obama, Jr. told the audience in
Niarobi's Kibera slum not to expect his prominence in Washington to change
the status or station of their lives "My time is not my own. Don't expect
me to come back here very often". Obama, Jr. made no promises to the
Black Masses of Africa's largest slum, nor has he guaranteed anything but
symbolic "change" to blacks in Natchez or Mobile. Yet, thought of "the
change" Obama represents has prompted Obamamania among Black
Americans akin to the black-on-black mayhem that accompanied presiden-
tial elections in his Kenyan homeland.
The prospect of Obama actually making it to the Oval Office has caused
political turmoil among Black Americans akin to that among recent genera-
tions of African Big Men. Black talk show host and commentator, Tavis
Smiley, is departing the popular "Tom Joyner Morning Show" because of
the volume of complaints from the radio audience over him challenging
Obama's commitment to blacks. The rift started when Smiley gripped com-
plained about Obama passing up his February 2008 State of the Black Union
forum. The final straw broke when Smiley got a chorus of civil rights lead-
ership to criticize Obama for passing up the 40th Anniversary of MKL's
Assassination in Memphis April 4th.
But, Black Americans were having none of Tavis' "uppity ness," saying,
"Smiley is ego driven" and "Obama doesn't need to kiss his butt" to get their
vote. Black Americans seemingly don't want nothing, or anyone, to get in
the way of their "Dream". They say "the stakes are too high" for Tavis "to
be blocking the way" in the closest presidential election in U.S. history.
Blacks badly want Barack Obama to be President and view him as "the
Great Black Hope". Obama has received the majority of black votes in
every state he's campaigned in and these supporters view any dissent to his
candidacy akin to that of a "race traitor". Bloggers to the TJMS have said:
"Only in America could you have a great man like Barack Obama on the
doorstep of history as potentially the first African American to hold the
office of president for the most powerful country in world and someone
like Tavis Smiley trying to tarnish his campaign. Get out of the way Tavis.
This race for President is not about your ego, it's about what is best for
America". Smiley took sufficient notice of the fervor afflicting Black
Americans and "got out" of the TJMS studios before the neck lacing party
arrived. But, fear not for Smiley. He has a Wal-Mart-sponsored cross-coun-
try exhibition of African-American art and artifacts coming, a documentary,
and SmileyBooks hitting the shelves.
Meanwhile, 9 out of every 10 Black Americans will vote for Obama Jr.,
and like Kibera's slium dwellers, they'will'do I 'it f hout f'dhefining any
"change," or benefits to occur for them under his presidency. But because
they've got nothing in the deal, except their ballots, blacks' "Great Hope"
actually remains at the discretion of America's traditional "Establishment".
Obama supporter Russell Simmons points out a bottom-line assessment
blacks need to recognize. The $240 million Obama's campaign raised
makes him "a controlled politician" whose obligations are to donors.
"About one-fourth of his contributions came from small Internet donations,
even though he collected more than any other democratic candidate from
Wall Street people. At the end of the day, he's controlled, too" says
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national Democratic voters' support
for the presidential nomination, 50
percent to 41 percent.
"The 'bitter' debate is much ado
about nothing," said Bill Murrain, a
lawyer and longtime political
"The Clintons, the Republicans
Blacks in Baseball
at 20 Year Low
Major League Baseball received
its best grade for racial diversity in
hiring, even as the percentage of
black players dropped again last
MLB received its first A- for race
Tuesday from Richard Lapchick,
director of the University of
Central Florida's Institute for
Diversity and Ethics in Sports. Its
grade was B+ in last year's study.
Among major leaguers, though,
just 8.2 percent were black players,
down from 8.4 percent in 2006 and
the lowest level in at least two
"I'm very disappointed by that
fact," said Rachel Robinson, the
widow of Jackie Robinson.
"Competition from other sports is
certainly a big factor, but they're
many factors. We've got to work on
it in terms of getting younger chil-
dren playing, into the game, and
getting communities behind the
programs, like the RBI programs
and the academies."
Lapchick released the study on
Jackie Robinson Day, the 61st
anniversary of when Robinson
broke the major league color barri-
The percentage of black pitchers
remained at 3 percent last year.
"Baseball has probably lost a
whole generation here," Lapchick
said. "African-Americans just
aren't playing it at this point.
They're going to have to increase
and some in the media wish to keep
it alive in a hope of bloodying
Senator Obama and distracting us
from the real issues that challenge
our lives today."
But is Obama really elitist?
"The last time I checked, Sen.
Obama was raised by a single
mother who had to resort to accept-
ing food stamps to help take care of
and feed his family," Murrain said.
"He grew up in less than middle-
class settings raised by a strong
family who imbued in him the
ethics of hard work and a desire to
excel. He did not get into Columbia
or Harvard because of the family
bloodline or pedigree. Isn't that
what middle America and working
class America is all about?"
One Democratic strategist said this
week that Clinton is desperate to
win the White House and has
strained her relations with some
supporters who feel she's gone too
far with her attacks on Obama.
This week, Obama questioned
Clinton's opposition to free trade
agreements that some voters con-
tend have eliminated thousands of
U.S. jobs and mocked her weekend
visit to an Indiana bar as pandering
to the working class.
He reiterated his regret for his
choice of words at the fundraiser
but suggested they had been twisted
and mischaracterized. He said he'd
expected blowback from GOP
nominee-in-waiting John McCain,
but had been "a little disappointed"
to be criticized by Clinton.
"Around election time, the candi-
dates can't do enough for you.
They'll promise you anything, give
you a long list of proposals and
even come around, with TV crews
in tow, to throw back a shot and a
beer," Obama told a meeting of the
Alliance for American
Venus Williams Announces
She's Sidelined Indefinately
Six-time Grand Slam champion
Venus Williams will be sidelined
indefinitely, though she did not say
why she will be out of action.
"I've just been having some
issues that I need to resolve, so I'm
working on that at the moment and
I'm hoping to be back playing as
soon as possible," Williams said
last week at the Bausch & Lomb
Championships. "I'm not going to
get any further into it, but of
course I love the sport."
Williams said she was dealing
with a medical issue when she
announced her withdrawal from
the Bausch & Lomb tournament.
She played prior to in the Sony
Ericsson Open, losing to Svetlana
Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.
Williams will not play for the
United States in the Fed Cup semi-
final against Russia on April 26-
27, but did not rule out any other
tournaments and said she still
wants to play in the French Open
beginning in late May.
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Shown above are first place winners: (L-R) Paige Denson, Felcity Price, Jackson Willis, Leah Copeland,
Trevor Boykins, Marrissa Downey, Daniel Applewhite, Natalia Gallimore, Crystal Rodriguez and
Azchrielle Jackson. showing their first place certificates. R. Porter Photo
NAACP ACT-SO Winners Headed to Nationals
The Jacksonville Branch
NAACP held their annual ACT-SO
competition at Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts. First place win-
ners include: Paige Denson
(Dance), Felicity Price
(Chemistry), Jackson Willis
(Oratory), Leah Copeland
(Drawing), Trevor Boykins
(Dramatics), Marrissa Downey
(Film Making), Daniel Applewhite
(Poetry), Natalia Gallimore
(Photography), Crystal Rodriguez
(Painting) and Azchrielle Jackson
(Music Vocal Contemporary). The
student's have been working since
December on their entry.
Each participant will go to the
national competition at the
NAACP's national confab in
Orlando, FL July 31 August 3. In
addition to garnering their spot in
the national competition, the stu-
dents were treated to a trip to the
Capital courtesy of their local state
legislators. They also ate lunch in
the Senate Building, toured FAMU
Jacksonville Youth Still Feeling
and the famed Black archives.
The ACT-SO competition is in it's
30th year in Jacksonville, with over
fifty-seven participants this year
competing for cash and scholar-
ships. Judges for the local competi-
tion included Dr. Theresa Hodge,
Rudolph Porter, Carol Alexander,
Dr. Zeke Bryant, Nellie Henry,
the NFL Experience
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast
Florida, along with Wayne and
Delores Barr Weaver, local city
officials and donors recently cele-
brated the official opening of the
National Football League's Youth
Education Town (NFL-YET).
As a legacy from Super Bowl
XXXIX by the NFL and the donors
of the Jacksonville community, the
YET will create opportunities for
economically disadvantaged youth
through the development of high-
tech educational and recreational
activities designed to improve aca-
demics, physical fitness and job-
The YET facility will serve chil-
dren from the Hope VI project as
well as children from surrounding
The YET will include a computer
lab, family resource center, learning
center, teen center, arts & crafts
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home is for grass and shrubs. That's too much. Do your part to conserve starting in your own backyard. Use these
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room, gamesroom, cafeteria and
The YET is located at 555 West
25th Street. For more than a decade,
the NFL has constructed YET facil-
ities in Super Bowl host cities. The
NFL donated $1 million towards
the construction of the Jacksonville
YET. Over the past three years sev-
eral local companies and founda-
tions came forward to help in rais-
ing money for the facility.
it's worth saving
14th Annual Miracle on Ashley Street
The Clara White Mission will present it's 14th annual "Miracle on
Ashley Street" on Friday, May 16th from 11 a.m to 1:00 p.m. The event
has become the Mission's most successful fundraiser with close to half a
million dollars raised to date. The city's top chefs prepare their signature
dishes buffet style for the event held under the big top tent and it is
served by local celebrity servers. For more information call 354-4162.
City and NFL officials are shown above at the grand opening.
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Musical at Faust Temple to Feature
American Idol Singer & Elder Dove
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief Road, Elder R.
L. Dixon, Pastor; invites the community to enjoy a Musical, Saturday,
April 19th at 5:30 p.m. Elder John Dove, Carliss Smith, who appeared on
American Idol; Pamela Roberts, The Touchtone Singers, Lil Jesse and the
Miracles, The Singing Trumpets, God's Spiritual Gift, Gospel Disciples of
Savannah, GA and Minister Reginald Graham. You don't want to miss
your spiritual blessing. For directions, call (904) 353-1418.
Northside Church of Christ to
Celebrate Ladies Inspirational Days
"Loving like Jesus, Living in His Image" is the theme for The Northside
Church of Christ's 28th Annual Ladies Inspirational Days. This year's
ladies inspirational weekend promises to give you a new beginning as you
journey through your life and to help you review, renew, and re-charge
your spiritual mind.
The festivities begin at 6 p.m., Friday, May 9th. On Saturday, May 10th,
Kandice Jacobs-Armstrong, a Jacksonville native who is a poet, vocalist,
public speaker and is the acclaimed author of "Creating Kandice", will be
the keynote speaker. There will also be workshops, breakout sessions,
prizes and goody bags filled with gifts. A continental breakfast, and a
lunch will be served.
For more information call the church office at (904) 765-9830, or email
Chairperson Jackie Kern, at email@example.com.
Believers of Christ Temple to Present
Marriage Seminar, April 19th
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, will present a
free marriage Seminar, 10 a.m. 12 noon, Saturday, April 19, 2008. The
seminar, "love and Harmony" will be led by Pastor M. L. Drinks and first
lady Tanya Drinks. Barbara Tolliver-Haskins, MBA, CC, will be the guest
speaker for this God ordained event for blessings of true happiness.
Couples are invited. Brunch will follow the seminar. For information or
directions, please call (904) 534-0679.
Dr. Carlton Jones Keynotes Shalom
M. B.'s Family & Friends Day
The Shalom Missionary Baptist Church, 600 Eaverson Street, Rev.
Ernest L. Griffin, Pastor; will celebrate "Family and Friends Daiy" ait 11
a.m., Sunday, April 20, 2008.
Dr. Carlton Jones will be the speaker for the occasion. The community
is invited to help lift up the name of Jesus.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to hold 3rd Sunday Service
All are invited to share in 2008 Serious Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on
Sunday, April 20th and each Third Sunday at the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2. Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Pastor. "When Praises go up, Blessings come down." Come, be
a part of this spirit-filled service.
Stanton Class '78,
Now Planning Reunion
Classmates are searching for ALL Stanton High School Class of '78
members, as they are planning for their "30th Year Reunion." The Reunion
is scheduled for June 8-15, 2008. Activities will include a Cruise,
Black/White Ball, and a Sunday, Church Service. Class members please
call: Darlene Neal, 699-4089, Linda Robinson, 866-1880; or Barbara
Black Jewel & Co. to Present the
Play, "Do The Christ Thing"
This powerful and anointed stage play about individuals facing every-
day situations of temptation, validation, persecution and spiritual warfare,
all with a choice to make, will be presented at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 19,
2008 at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 101 West 1st Street in
Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed Praise and Vickie Farrie will be the fea-
tured guests. The play is hilarious and stars a diverse and talented cat as
they bring healing and blessings to your soul. There is NO CHARGE. For
information, please call (904)591-0448.
Gospel Celebration to Highlight
Points of Excellence Awards
The Northwest Behavioral Health Services will host it's 4th Annual
Points of Excellence Awards celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26,
2008, at The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, in the Terry
Theater. The Ritz Voices, Gospel Artist Vickie Farrie, and the First Baptist
Church of Mandarin Worship and Praise Team will be featured on program.
Six outstanding members of the community will be honored for their
contributions in their areas of expertise. A special recognition for the Sara
Cotten Award for community volunteerism will be presented.
The honorees are Dr. Eric Stewart; Brenda Priestly-Jackson; Jack
Diamond; Rev. Rushie Dixon, Kimberly Spence and the Sara Cotten
Community Volunteerism Award will be presented to Ms. Dorothy
Trevette. For ticket information, call 781-7797, ext. 321/33.
Tamar Manasseh is studying to be a rabbi. She'll soon be one of the
nation's first black female rabbis. ( Stewart/ST)
Answering the Call: Triple Minority
Studying to Be Female Rabbi
by M. Thomas, CST
Talk about being a triple minority,
Tamar Manasseh of Chicago is
Black, Jewish and studying to
become a rabbi.
"As if African-American women
don't have enough challenges
already, why would you want to go
ahead and do something like this?"
she says, asking the question that
others have posed. "You don't make
the decision to do it. It kind of
comes to you."
The Chicago-born mother of two
has four years to go in the five-year
rabbinic master's program at the
Academy. Its previous incarnation,
the New York-based Ethiopian
Hebrew Rabbinical College, dates
Raised by her mother in the Jewish
faith since youth, Manasseh, 30, is a
lifelong member of Beth Shalom
B'Nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew
The congregation, which is largely
black, was founded in 1915 and
moved to its current location -- the
former Lawn Manor Hebrew
Congregation on South Kedzie in
Marquette Park -- in 2004, from the
Its chief rabbi, Capers C. Funnye
Jr., heads the Israelite Academy's
Chicago arm and is Manasseh's pri-
"She has the stamina, the stomach,
the desire, the capacity, the intelli-
gence and the compassion to make
it," he says.
But she faces challenges, Funnye
says. Among them: critics in the
black Jewish community Funnye
says many of his colleagues are
against women being ordained.
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Millions More Movement Embraces EWC with Weekly Events
As the dedication continues to embrace
Jacksonville's only Historically Black College
and University, Edward Waters College, the men
of the Millions More Movement have volun-
teered their man hours and funds to ensure the
school's success. In one of many efforts to "step
up to the table", the MMM have organized "The
Tiger's Den". Beginning in March on Fridays
from 11:00 5:00 p.m. the MMM host free live
entertainment, talent shows, free studio time,
vendors selling jewelry, food, clothes, shoes and
networking opportunities for the students and the
community at large.
"This college has done a lot to improve the
standard of living in this community and
Jacksonville," said MMM member Bro.Jerome
Noisette. "We want to build coalitions in the
community by working positively for change."
The was kicked off with a rally for non vio-
lence that hundreds of students participated in. If
you want to know more about the Jacksonville
Local Organizing Committee for the Millions
More Movement visit our website
www.jaxloc.com,or call 240-2199.
Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund
By Jason Alderman
Each year, roughly 70 percent of
Americans get an income tax
refund. Thanks to the Economic
Stimulus Act of 2008, beginning in
early May most also will receive an
additional tax rebate check of up to
$600 (up to $1,200 for joint filers) -
even those who don't earn enough
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A survey commissioned by Visa
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tax refund to pay bills (43%) as to
contribute to savings (45%). Others
said they'll use it to make a major
purchase (9%) or pay their rent or
Although the money may be burn-
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Baptist Leaders Call for
Tolerance in the Presidential Race
The personal faiths of presidential
candidates, the churches they
attend and the pastors they associ-
ate with, shouldn't matter to voters
in the upcoming election in
November according to a state-
ment released by leaders represent-
ing the three largest African-
American Baptist denominations.
The statement was prepared by
Rev. Dr. T. DeWitt Smith Jr.
(Progressive National Baptist
Convention, ,Inc.), the Rev. Dr.
William J. Thurston (National
Baptist Convention of America,
Inc.) and the Rev. Dr. C. C.
Robertson (National Missionary
Baptist Convention, Inc.).
The leaders said that attacking
candidates based on their church
membership threatens one of the
treasured constitutional commit-
ments religious freedom, which
includes the freedom to worship
and the prohibition on any reli-
gious:test for qualification for pub-
They continue to state that where
Senators Hillary Clinton, John
McCain, Barak Obama or any
other candidate worships, how
they interpret scared Scripture,
who they listen to, to preach the
"good news" of the Gospel, and
their choice of denominational
affiliation should not be at issue.
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Florida Black have an interest in journalism, com-
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Caucus Gala are encouraged to attend. For more
The Florida Conference of Black information, call Tia Mitchell at
State Legislators will present their 359-4425.
annual gala celebration on Friday,
April 18th in llalaassee, FL.
For tickets or more information,
Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God will be on the stages of the Ritz
Theater April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Loosely based on the Gospel of St.
Matthew, this two-act musical
played on Broadway from 1976 to
1979. For tickets call 632-5555.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, will hold their monthly
meeting on April 19th, 2008, at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6887 103rd street,
Jacksonville, Fl. Tom Barry will
present, "The History of Guana
Peninsula; The European Discovery
of St. Augustine; Spanish, Indian
and British Occupation. For further
information please contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Communicators will meet
this Saturday, April 19th, at 10
a.m. at the Florida Times-Union
building on Riverside Ave. If you
Latin Kings of Comedy
The Florida Theater will be the
site of a night of comedy at the
Crown Royal Latin Kings of
Comedy tour. The concert will be
held on Sunday, April 20th.
Entertainers include Paul
Rodriguez, Manny Maldonado and
Frank Lucero. To purchase call the
box office at at 355-2787. The
Theater is located at 128 East
On Monday April 21st at 6:00
pm, the Wakaguzi Forum will host a
lecture by Dr. Kemet Shockley,
Assistant Professor of Educational
Transformation at George Mason
University at the Schell-Sweet
Center on the EWC Campus.
Dr.Shockley will lecture on
"Cultural Diversity, the 21st
Century, and Re-thinking the Public
School Curriculum".The event is
FREE and open to the public. For
more information Professor Baruti
Katembo at 504-2069 or at mhen-
JCCI will host a free workshop on
"The Power of Networking:
Relationship Building Skills" with
Juanita Ecker. Relationships open
doors everyday. Participants are
asked to sign up ASAP for the
Wednesday April 23 workshop that
will be held from 8:15 noon at the
Schultz Center. Seats are limited.
Reserve your spot by contacting
Amateur Night Auditions
The next audition for Ritz
Amateur night will be held on
Wednesday, April 23rd at 6:15
p.m. This is your chance to show
your skills to all of Jacksonville-
right on the Ritz stage! For more
information call 632-5555.
Healthy TV for
the Family Class
The Duval County Extension
office is offering a "Healthy TV
Viewing for the Young Family class
on Friday, April 25, 2008, 10:00
a.m. at the Duval County Extension
office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Free. The week of "TV Turnoff
Week" is April 21-27, 2008.
Parents will learn about the effects
of television viewing on children,
how to make the most positive
impact on childhood viewing,
media guidelines for parents and
the rating systems, and suggestions
to productively spend children's
time. To register or for more infor-
mation, call 387-8855.
Annual Fair Housing
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present a day of
workshops to educate the commu-
nity on fair housing. It will be held
Saturday, April 26th from 8:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Workshop topics
include: Updates of Title VIII of
The Fair Housing Act; Predatory
Lending; Getting a House/Keeping
a House; Budget Wise
Housing Resources in a Multi
Cultural Society; Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Bums Money.
To register by phone call 630-2489.
Tour of Homes
The Riverside Avondale
Preservation Association will have
their 34th Annual Spring Tour of
Homes on Saturday and Sunday
April 26 and 27th throughout the
historic district. The self guided
tour of neighborhood homes will be
throughout the day until 5 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call
One Jax Humanitarian
The 2008 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner presented by Onejax, will be
held on April 29th at 6 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. The event honors
those who have demonstrated a
commitment to serving the commu-
nity. This year's honorees include
Gertrude Peele, Michael Korn,
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B.B. King in Concert
The legendary B.B. King will be
in performance at The Florida
Theater on Wednesday, April 30th.
The blues legend will be perform-
ing all his top hits with his famous
guitar "Lucille" in tow. To pur-
chase call the box office at at 355-
2787. The Theater is located at 128
East Forsyth Street.
Elexia Coleman-Moss will facili-
tate the workshop "Women in
Leadership: Where are we headed?"
on Thursday, May 1st. This con-
versation to examine the recent and
current involvement of women in
leadership roles in our community.
Join us from 5:30 7:00 to explore
ways that women are engaged and
encouraged to participate and what
our future holds. The forum will be
held at JCCI headquarters located at
2434 Atlantic Blvd. Reserve your
seat by e-mailing Lashun@jcci.org.
May PRIDE Book
The PRIDE Book Club, North
Florida's oldest and largest African-
American book club, will be meet-
ing on on Friday, May 2, 2008 at
7:00 pm. at the Gateway Book
Store at the Gateway Shopping
Center. The book for discussion
with the author will be The Human
Stain by Philip Roth. For more
information, contact Felice
Franklin at 389-8417 or 703-8264.
This year's 45th Annual Isle of
Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be
held on May 2, 3 & 4. Located in
historic Femandina Beach, FL,
when not feasting on shellfish or
other festival fare, visitors can
enjoy the works of over 300 award-
winning artists and craftspeople and
their creations in various mediums.
The festival also boasts an excellent
showing of fine antiques and col-
lectibles, including furniture,
depression glass, jewelry, crystal
and coins. Visit www.shrimpfesti-
val.com or call 866-4-AMELIA.
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Monday, May 5, from 9AM to
Noon. Celebrate the gardening sea-
son by learning how to make straw-
berry preserves and take some
home for your family to enjoy. You
must pre-pay to register. If your
group is interested in making a dif-
ferent item, or for more informa-
tion, call at 387-8850.
All Stanton Gala
All alumni, faculty, friends and
staff of Old Stanton, New Stanton
and Stanton Vocational High
Schools are invited to attend the
2008 Stanton Gala Celebration, cel-
ebrating 140 years. The event will
be held Saturday, May 3,2008 at
the Prime Osborne Convention
Center. Doors Open at 6 p.m. For
more information, contact Kenneth
Reddick at 764-8795.
Universal Sisters is a program
designed to address the unique
health concerns of women of color.
The one-day event will feature
dynamic keynote speakers, break-
out sessions, and free health screen-
ings, and will take place at the
Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, May 3
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early
by calling (904) 549-2938 or visit-
ing wjct.org. The ticket price
includes continental breakfast,
lunch and a gift-filled canvas bag.
Come hear the Sound of Music
with Soloist and Speaker Nikki
Jatindranath, who will share songs
from the heart and the reason she
now has a "song for all seasons of
life." The luncheon will be held on
May 6th from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. at
the Ramada Inn, 3130 Hartley Road
in Mandarin. Complimentary
Nursery is provided. Call Cande at
908-5609 or Email: mandar-
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Appeal For Your
The Millions More Movement
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., a non-profit organization
is now in the process of gathering
clothes for it's next 'Clothes Give-A-Way.
Due to the extended cold winter weath-
er Jacksonville is experiencing if you
have extra jackets, gloves, caps,
sweaters, coats, blankets please bring
them to 916 N.Myrtle Avenue from 9:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through
Saturday. JLOC will also come pick up
For more information, vist their website
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** Jacksonville Enjoys All That Jazz at Annual Festival
G.C. James Dyal, Williiam Holmes and James Axson
Tracee & Kevin Holzendorf
Rob McDonald and Stephon Boggs
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Daphne Colbert, T.J. Jackson and Thaddeus Thomas
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Smiley Ends Relationship with Tom Joyner
Morning Show is Obamania to Blame?
In his words, Tavis Smiley speaks on why he is departing
from his 12 year founder on the TJMS. The following
excerpts are what he shared with the public.
There is no way to put into up calls. Twelve years of asking
words the love and respect that I questions, addressing topics, rais-
have for Tom Joyner or the love ing issues, profiling people and
affair that I've had with Tom Joyner places. Twelve years of challenging
Morning Show listeners for almost us to re-examine the assumptions
12 years now. that we hold. Twelve years of trying
Tom's announcement last Friday to expand our inventory of ideas.
about my decision to leave this Twelve years of standing on my
morning show at the end of June square, trying to lead by loving, try-
came, I suspect, as a surprise to you ing to save by serving. Twelve
and, honestly, as a shock to me. I years of love and service.
had no idea that my dear friend Tom Now, I realized a long time ago
Joyner was going to share with you that you're never rewarded for
Friday morning what we had just virtue, so, I've just tried to tell the
discussed barely 12 hours earlier truth as I see it, even when you did-
Thursday evening. But I have n't agree. I can almost guarantee
accepted Tom's apology and that is that between now and the end of
for me, now, old business. June, you're going to fall out with
Here again, words cannot convey me again! That said, I always prefer
my abiding appreciation, my deep light, but you better believe that I
gratitude for the man who allowed can take the heat.
me to express myself: before BET, I was just past the age of 30 when
before NPR, before PBS, before I started with Tom. I'm now 43. I
PRI (Public Radio International), wasn't a math major, but I think 43
before my New York Times best and 43 equals 86. Given the life
selling books, before my own expectancy of Black men, and for
imprint SmileyBooks, before my that matter, Black women, I now
High Quality Speakers Bureau, have more years behind me than I
before ... well, I think you get my have in front of me.
point. And so, every year on my birth-
Sometimes I joke that my life is day I spend time reflecting how I
really divided into two periods, did with the goals that I set for
"BT" and "AT", "Before Tom" and myself last year. And I spend time
"After Tom". wrestling with what I'd like to
But if finding a love language to accomplish over the next year of
tell you how I feel about Tom my life. Not New Year's resolu-
Joyner is a challenge this morning, tions, but on my natal day.
then you better believe that trying And so, I find myself having to
to express how I feel about YOU, clean some stuff off my plate so that
each and every one of you, is next I can pursue certain other passion
to impossible. And you know that I projects which require, at this point
am never speechless. I pray that by in my life, a deeper commitment on
the end of June when I transition my part. We are in the process now
out of this Tuesday/Thursday of doing not one, not two, but three
sacred and consecrated space documentaries. One directed by the
that's what it is for me I hope by Academy Award winner Jonathan
then, I will have found the words to Demme. I'll tell you more about
describe and an appropriate way to that later.
thank you for 12 years of putting SmileyBooks. As a kid, I grew up
love in my heart, hope in my soul reading Dr. Cornel West. I am now
and a smile on my face. blessed to publish Dr. West. His
In July I will celebrate 12 years as next book, called Hope On A
the resident political commentator Tightrope is coming out this Fall.
and social critic on this radio pro- I mentioned my birthday earlier. I
gram. Twelve years of 3 AM wake- share my birthday with a dear sister
named lyanla Vanzant. lyanla's next
book, Tapping the Power Within is
coming out this Fall as well on
SmileyBooks. I owe it to them to
help put their books on the list.l.
Speaking of February, next year
is the 10th anniversary of the State
of the Black Union symposium. It's
because of Tom Joyner and this
platform that we created the State
of the Black Union. It is now the
most watched program on C-Span
and the most requested DVD every
I've got the two major party con-
ventions back-to-back this summer
- Democrats in Denver followed the
next week by the Republicans in
None of this includes my day
jobs! I've got a television show
every night on PBS, I've got a radio
show on PRI (Public Radio
International) where we're about to
start a wonderful series called "My
America 2008". There's a lot of
stuff on my plate. I've got to move
some of the stuff off my plate to
concentrate on these new passion
And so, I'm excited about the
opportunity to bear witness and to
share our story with a broader audi-
ence of Americans who need to be
enlightened, encouraged and
empowered by our story. I've com-
mitted to help Tom identify the per-
son, who will take these reins on
Tuesday and Thursday mornings,
through an exciting process which
Tom and I will roll out for you just
a little bit later. A process that you,
the listener, will be involved in to
help select my successor. Finally, it
seems to me, that if being Black is
about anything, then it ought to be
about Black folk giving other Black
folk a chance to grow, a chance to
succeed. My definition of success is
simple: "How many other folk did
you help make successful?"
So, Tom Joyner, 12 years ago
knew that I had something to say,
but needed a platform on which to
say it. Somewhere there's some-
body else 12 years later who has
something to say but needs a plat-
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