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Items to be Auctioned Off
Rosa Parks' Presidential Medal of Freedom,
awarded by President Bill Clinton; the rose-colored
chiffon dress she wore for that ceremony; a postcard
from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and a weather-
worn schoolbook from her days as a student are
among the personal belongings of the "Mother of
the Civil Rights Movement," which could eventually fetch a whopping
$10 million on the auction block.
Parks, a Montgomery, Ala., seamstress who is credited with sparking
the modem Civil Rights Movement when she declined to give up her seat
to a White man, died in 2005 at the age of 92. Arlan Ettinger, who runs a
New York auction house, describes Parks as the "heart and soul" of the
movement. A Detroit judge has asked Ettinger to find a museum, univer-
sity or other institution to purchase the thousands of items belonging to
Parks, who spent most of her life in Detroit and Alabama. Parks left vir-
tually all of her estate to the Detroit-based Rosa and Raymond Parks
Institute for Self Development. Proceeds from the auction would be
divided among relatives and the institute.
Jamaican Files Reparations
Lawsuit on Behalf of Forefathers
A Jamaican youth activist in New York has filed a slavery genocide
lawsuit in State Court in Brooklyn, demanding compensation for
Barclays Bank's alleged role in enslaving his Jamaican ancestors and the
"resulting destruction" of his African ethnic and national identify.
Clive Campbell, leader of the Brooklyn youth group, Da Black Defence
League, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that Barclays
Bank "engaged in acts of genocide with the intent to destroy, in whole or
in part", his "national and ethnic group".
He claimed that thejmoney used to start the bank which Barclays Bank
merged into in the 1960s was earned from the slave trade.
"My ancestors were forced out of Africa into Jamaica," he said.
"It was foreseeable and intended that my African ancestors, enslaved
by Barclay's Bank, would have descendants," he added.
Comedian Sheryl Underwood Elected
President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Celebrated entertainer and businesswoman Sheryl P. Underwood was
elected the 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
Incorporated during the organization's bi-annual business meeting in Las
Vegas, Nevada June 27 July 3, 2008. Ms. Underwood is the first pro-
fessional entertainer to hold the highest elected office of a historical
black pan-hellenic council organization. Underwood, best known for her
sold out performances as a stand up comedienne, is now a regular on-air
personality with the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Underwood first joined the Sorority in 1990 and
has served the organization as its National Chair of
Honorary Members, Graduate Member at Large
and just completed two consecutive terms as the
National Executive Board Chair.
"I am honored that my beloved sisterhood elected
me as their 23rd International President", said a
jubilant Sheryl Underwood. "Through my New
Beginnings for Every Generations plan of action,
members of Zeta will enter into a new era of public service by strength-
ening our sisterhood, building on our Sorority's national service initiative
Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People to Excel and preparing the next
generation of service leaders.
Venus Williams Defeats
Sister For Championship
Venus Williams is a back-to-back
Wimbledon champion after defeat-
ing her younger sister. Williams beat
Serena Williams in this past week-
end's title match at the British tour-
nament. The sisters' head-to-head
r a .pp r competition record is eight wins
apiece after Venus played from
behind to take her fist match against
Serena and mostly dominated the second. As part of her winnings, Venus
earned a check for over $1.5 million.
Jay Z Named in Lawsuit by
Employees of His 40/40 Club
A Manhattan judge has paved the way for a class-action lawsuit against
rapper Jay-Z and his nightclub 40/40, ordering brass to fork over the
names of all employees over the last three years.
The suit was filed in the name of Celeste Williams, a former waitress
who claims the hotspot didn't pay overtime or minimum wage.
"This is a good day for restaurant workers all over the city," said her
lawyer, Maimon Kirschenbaum, who will now try to reach out to hun-
dreds of other club workers to see whether they want to join the suit.
He said between 10 and 20 past and present 40/40 bartenders, waiters and
other workers are already on board.
He doesn't know how much money they are entitled to because he has-
n't been able to access 40/40's records completely.
Ron Berkowtiz, a spokesman for the Brooklyn-born rapper, said, "The
club is not settling this lawsuit because they are innocent. We're taking
this to court and we're letting the judge decide."
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Volume 23 No. 11 Jacksonville, Florida July 10-16, 2008
Mortgage Industry in the NAACP Hot Seat
NAACP units across the country
participated in a national 'Day of
Action' against discriminatory
mortgage lending today by
demanding that several of the
nation's top lenders including Citi,
HSBC, WaMu, GMAC and JP
Morgan make amends for discrim-
inating against African American
borrowers and eliminate discrimi-
natory polices and practices for
According to the NAACP and its
lawsuit against 17 major lenders,
African American borrowers were
given loans with higher interest
rates and other poor terms solely
because of their race.
The NAACP filed a class action
lawsuit against 17 of the nation's
largest lenders last July for discrim-
inatory lending practices.
"The only difference between the
victims in this case and other cus-
tomers is the color of their skin,"
said Brian Kabateck, who is co-lead
counsel on the suit. "They had the
same credit, the same income and
the same qualifications. But
because they were African
American, they were ripped off."
Discriminatory loans are not just
affecting individual borrowers, but
entire families and communities as
"Owning a home means much
more than not paying rent. Home
ownership is the key to building the
wealth that pays for college, sup-
ports retirement, and is reinvested
in communities," said NAACP
Interim President & CEO Dennis
Shown above are touring comedians Bro Man, Marvin Dixon, Terry
Harris and Benji Brown.
Jax Native Headlines Comedy Tour
Jacksonville's homegrown BET Comedian Terry Harris was the opening
act for the All-Star Comedy Explosion held at the Florida Theater
Saturday, July 5th. Terry Harris brought the house down and had the audi-
ence in stitches with his comedic act. Comedians on the bill included Bro
Man from the "hit" TV series Martin and Bernie Mac; hilariously BET
Comedian Marvin Dixon hosted the show; last but not least comedian
Benji Brown ended the show with his comic relief. This was laugh out loud
Courtland Hayes. "Discrimination
is keeping communities and the
next generation of young people
from moving forward."
In addition to finding discrimina-
tion nationwide, the study found
that people of all income levels -
not just low or middle were vic-
timized. For example, the study
found that in Boston, 73 percent of
high income ($92,000 to $152,000
annual salary) African Americans
received subprime loans in 2005.
Color Rally for
Cal Thomas said recently on Fox
News that black women on televi-
sion "are usually angry about
something," and singled out
Michelle Obama, who also has
made the cover of National
Review as an angry "Mrs.
Grievance," and been referred to
by Michelle Malkin as her hus-
band's "bitter half."
With the predominantly white
feminist movement still smarting
about the loss of Sen. Hillary
Rodham Clinton of New York,
black women have risen to Mrs.
Even as Mrs. Obama appeared on
ABC's "The View" in an effort to
"soften" her image, one trio of
black women launched a Web site,
monitor the coverage of the
woman already disparaged as a
"Baby Mama," a racist and an
Comedian Whoopi Goldberg, a
panelist on "The View," thanked
Mrs. Obama for "helping to
change a perspective of black
women," particularly "dark black
women," who too often are shown
on television "with no teeth ... and
unable to string two sentences
together." Cont. on page 3
Russel A. Earl, Sr.
Earl Elected to
Masonic Top Post
Most Eminent Grand Master
of the Grand Encampment of
Knights Templar Masons
is a Jacksonville native
The First Floridian to head the
National Masonic Body is a 33rd
Degree Past Grand Commander of
the Knights Templar Masons of
Florida and a Jacksonville native.
Russell A. Earl Sr., was elected and
installed as the United States of
America & it's Jurisdictions P.H..A.
Inc., at the group's 82nd Annual
Conclave, held in Boston, Mass.
Over 30 members traveled to
Boston with Earl.
The new National Masonic
Body leader a U. S. Postal
Employee, is a member of St.
Stephen AME Church. He grew up
on Jacksonville's Eastside and
graduated (1970), from Mathew W.
Gilbert High School, he continued
his education at Bethune-Cookman
University. Earl has organized and
presided over many local and state
Masonic groups and has a state
body named in his honor.
He and his wife Gwendolyn are
the parents of three children, and
have three grandchildren.
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Thursday he has purchased 50
percent of Morgan-Dollar
Motorsports, a fledgling Truck
Series team racing this season
It costs at least $6 million a sea-
son to run a successful truck pro-
gram, and if Moss can't find
funding, he'll have to reach into
his own pocket to pay the bills.
Moss, who wouldn't reveal the
purchase price of his latest ven-
ture, said he has the funds to foot
the bill and the desire to build a
"Yeah, I am prepared. I'll leave
it at that," he said at Daytona
International Speedway, where
he'll be attending his first
NASCAR race this weekend. "I
have been in the league 11 years,
so I think I'm good. I am not real-
ly saying that I am 100 percent
certain that it's going to work,
but at the same time, you've got
to think positive. I think if you
go out there and think in the neg-
ative light, bad things will hap-
So Moss heads into a new sport
with lofty aspirations. He's
renamed the team Randy Moss
Motorsports, and changed the
truck number from 46 to 81 to
reflect his jersey number. The
revamped team will make its
debut July 19 at Kentucky
Speedway with Willie Allen
behind the wheel.
A self-professed "country boy"
who got hooked on NASCAR
growing up in West Virginia,
i Moss insists he did his research
before buying a team and is
aware of all the past failures
from his NFL counterparts.
That's why he zeroed in on an
existing truck team with eventu-
al aspirations to move into the
premier Sprint Cup Series.
Many of the failed ventures
New England Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss, left, poses for a photo with
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series owner David Dollar after it was announced that
Moss had bought 50 percent of the racing team during a news conference at Daytona
International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The team will be called Randy Moss
Motorsports beginning with the July 19, 2008 race in Kentucky.
before him aimed straight for the
"Most of those guys started out
at the top," Moss said. "I am true
believer in you have to crawl
before you walk, and I wanted to
start at the bottom in the Truck
Moss isn't exactly new to the
sport. He's sponsored a dirt track
program and has been an ambas-
sador for the Urban Youth
Racing School. At an event for
young racers there, Moss met
former Washington Redskins
coach Joe Gibbs and asked him
for advice on moving into
NASCAR. Gibbs has won three
Cup championships as a
"I think my dad's advice to him
was 'Don't do it,"' said team
president J.D. Gibbs. "But I
think he'll be fine. I think he'll be
able to put together a partner-
ship, and it's not like he's starting
from scratch he already has a
team there, so that's going to be a
"I'm going to give him a hard
time if I see him, tell him. 'I
hope you've got a lot of cash, my
Gibbs guessed it costs about $7
million to run a successful pro-
gram, and his father pulled the
plug on spending it after sons
J.D. and Coy were unsuccessful
in a combined 64 truck races
from 2000 to 2002.
"My dad said, 'Whatever we're
spending there, it's too much.
We're out of cash,"' J.D. Gibbs
said. "We were both fired. It did-
n't help that we didn't win any-
thing, but it was a pretty good
chunk of change."
Two-time series champion
Tony Stewart, who is exploring
his own ownership opportuni-
ties, believes Moss can be suc-
"A guy's not going to take an
undertaking like this unless he's
going to give it 100 percent,"
Stewart said. "A guy like
Randy isn't going to make a
commitment like this unless
he's really passionate about this
and he wants to be successful."
And veteran Jeff Burton isn't
sure the financial end of it is
going to be that difficult so
long as Moss starts small. But a
strained economy could make
it hard for Moss to find suc-
"You've got to have a lot of
money, but at the truck level,
you don't have to be Bill Gates
kind of rich," Burton said. "So
there's still an opportunity for
investment by young owners
and Randy's an example of
that. Obviously, Randy's made
a lot of money playing football,
but he would have a tough time
going and buying an NFL foot-
"He can get into this sport at
the truck level without near the
investment, but it's a tough
time for anybody. The econom-
ic status we have today in our
country is really tough and the
sponsorship game is really hard
right now, so it's a tough time
to try to break in."
Moss also enters at a time
when NASCAR is fighting
allegations of racial and sexual
discrimination and harassment
by a former official who has
filed a $225 million suit against
the sanctioning body. Mauricia
Grant, who is black, claims she
was fired for complaining
about the way she was treated.
Moss avoided entering the
race debate, but said the color of
his skin had absolutely no bear-
ing on his decision and he
Think Before You Talk
a-- j Words have
them and who's hearing them.
While you may be tempted to
blurt out the first thought that
comes to your mind in many situ-
ations, it's important to just bite
down on the first words that pop
into your head when someone
makes you angry.
Then, when you do speak, use
the "mirror technique." In other
words, repeat back to the person
the exact words he or she said to
For example, say your supervi-
sor (we'll call him John) comes
into your office at 4:30 on Friday
afternoon and says, "We need this
project by Monday morning at
eight for the board meeting." Your
first reaction might be to lash back
with "I can't" or "That's impossi-
ble" or "Lack of planning on your
part does not create a weekend
emergency for me."
Others may have a string of
expletives that are always loaded
on the tips of their tongues, ready
to fire right back at John or any-
one else who pulls their emotion-
So, pause. Repeat John's words
back at him. This forces you to
resist an emotional response and
instead enables you to concentrate
on exactly what he said. It keeps
you focused on the issue at hand.
You're not talking about how
angry or frustrated you feel. And
you're not venting about how this
person gets on your last nerve
because he's always overloading
you with work that was due an
Bottom Line: As the French
philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said,
"Words are loaded pistols." But
gunfire can be fatal--to relation-
ships and to one's career. So rather
than fire off hurtful verbage, you
need to cool down. Clearly,
tongue-lashing your boss is a
surefire way to get stuck on the
ladder of success-or shoved off
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Mid Year Financial Connection
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
It is hard to believe that the first
half of 2008 is over and it is time to
get ready to finish the year. From
the broad economic perspective,
The Fed has signaled that it may
stop lowering short term interest
rates to better position itself to fight
inflation. Unfortunately, the U.S.
economy may be in the very precar-
ious position of having both slow
growth and rapidly rising prices.
First quarter economic growth, as
measured by GDP, was a timid 1%
and the second quarter was proba-
*bly not any better. Energy, food and
commodity prices continue to rise
in response to global demand. As a
result, the stock market has taken it
on the chin and the Dow Industrial
Average is down 14.4% year to
date. Finally, there continues to be
no end in sight for the war in Iraq.
This is certainly not a pretty pic-
ture, but with the upcoming
Presidential elections, there could
be hope for a recovery in 2009.
How are these economic factors
affecting your financial plan?
On a more personal level, what has
changed in your family's life? Have
any marriages, divorces, births,
health changes, pay raises, layoffs,
retirements or graduations taken
place? How have family changes
affected your financial plan? Today
is a great time to measure your
progress toward the achievement of
your financial goals and to make
If you want to achieve your finan-
cial goals, it is imperative to man-
age the major source of your poten-
tial wealth Your Cash. Are their
ways that you can take advantage of
today's relatively low interest rates
by possibly refinancing your mort-
gage or switching to a lower rate
credit card? Have you maximized
your income potential? Would
overtime or a second job for a few
months allow you to remove the
albatross of bad debt from your
life? Consider alternative ways to
reduce expenses such as; buying
clothes during seasonal sale peri-
ods, cooking meals at home, or
using public transportation. If you
have not setup a monthly cash-flow
statement, use your last three
months' income and expenses to
establish a baseline and then track it
The current tax law sets the max-
imum tax rate for dividends and
long-term capital gains at 15%.
Interest income and short-term cap-
ital gains continued to be taxed at
higher rates. Do your current
investments fit your long-term
investment objectives and time
horizons? Review your most recent
401k, IRA and investment account
statements. What has been their
performance over the last twelve
months and are your investments
If you used a tax advisor in the
past, consider meeting with your
advisor to access your tax situation.
Start by reviewing your 2007 tax
returns, your most recent pay stubs
and your investment account state-
ments. Make a copy of your last
Form 1040 and pencil in estimates
of your 2008 income, estimated
itemized deductions, withholding,
credits and final tax due or over-
payment. Are there ways to legiti-
mately increase your deductions or
defer income into next year and
ultimately reduce you taxes for
Insurance and estate planning
Review your life, disability,
health, long term care, and property
and casualty coverage with your
insurance agent. Is your coverage
adequate and cost effective?
Additionally, every adult should
have a basic estate plan that begins
with a will, durable power of attor-
ney and a health care directive. Are
these documents current and stored
in a secure place? Also, make sure
that the named beneficiaries on
your pension plan, insurance poli-
cies, IRA's and similar contracts are
Now is a good time to work on
making sure that 2008 will be a
good year in your journey toward
achieving your financial goals.
Take the time now, during July, to
make your mid-year financial cor-
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate
of and securities offered through
Financial Network Investment
Corporation, member SIPC. Visit
www.shinnfinancial.com for more
information or to send your comments
or questions to shinnm@financialnet-
work.com. O Michael G Shinn 2008.
Neither Michael Shinn nor Financial
Network provides tax advice. Please
consult a tax professional before
implementing any strategy.
With a slumping economy and
gas prices on the rise, Master P s
and son Romeo are trying t I
ease the pain of shopping for
kids, by bringing the cost of -1
their P. Miller clothing line
down, and taking it to 41B
The father-son duo's
clothing, which they have
dubbed "The Great
American Brand," is
aimed at teens and young
adults, and will now be
available at Wal-Mart stores .
nationwide, becoming the dis-
count chain's first African-
American hip-hop supplier.
While brands like Polo, Sean
John and True Religion jeans use the same factories and the
sell anywhere from $90 to $200 same materials as Sean John,
for a shirt or a pair of jeans, a P. Rocawear, and Ed Hardy. These
Miller t-shirt will sell for just are quality clothes you'd nor-
$9, and jeans for $20, making mally find at a department store
them much more afford for kids like Macy's. Now you can pick
who want that hip-hop fashion up the same high-end fashion at
for a fraction of the price, an affordable price.
"I figured out a way to make "Kids don't need to worry any-
clothes affordable for inner-city more about being bullied at
families," said Master P. "We school for wearing old clothes,"
continued Master P. "Likewise,
parents don't need to choose
between filling up the gas tank
,_I filling up the closet. We're
helping families dress fresh
Additionally, P and Romeo
have also created a
women's line called Miller
Peaches, which will sell for
$10 or less. P. Miller brand
shoes, jewelry, fragrances,
and eco-friendly organic cot-
ron clothes are also in the
orks, they said.
In the past, shopping at Wal-
Mlart for fashion was looked
J-wn upon, but P says this new
deal will now make it cool.
"Wal-Mart is such a diverse
organization, they're making a
lot of opportunities available to
minority-owned companies that
are ready to do business with a
big corporation," said Master P.
"This is the makings of a great
partnership with the number-
one retailer in the world.
Together we're making it cool to
shop for clothes at Wal-Mart."
He's got the music world going
crazy for every verse he spits, but
Lil Wayne has a lot of other things
going as well. He's reportedly dab-
bling in the world of champagne, as
he gets ready to introduce a new
bottle of bubbly called Halo later
According to Vibe.com, the rap-
per's new top shelf bubbly will fea-
ture four variations of champagne.
There's Halo Brut, which offers a
golden blush with a lemon cream
and roasted hazelnut flavor with a
citrusy finish; Halo Brut Vintage
presents a sparkling amalgamation
of almonds and lemon blossoms
with a creamy consistency; Halo
Rose is blended with the delightful
aromas of crushed raspberries, mint
and pomegranate that will remind
wine aficionados of Pinot Noir and
Chardonnay grapes; and Halo
Pinnacle is a Chardonnay laden
with the texture of pure fruit, and
and Acting to His Portfolio
Platinum artist Lil' Wayne is about business
the taste of lime-tree flowers and
roasted hazelnuts is very notice-
"Champagne is for celebrating,"
Lil Wayne said in a statement. "I'm
ready to put my foot in a new door.
There are so many different busi-
ness opportunities; I want to take
advantage of it all."
He's definitely got things to cele-
brate too. His sixth solo album, Tha
Carter III, went platinum in its first
week, a rare accomplishment in this
day and age.
He is also filming a project along-
side Forest Whitaker called
"Hurricane Seasons" (formerly
titled, The Patriot).
Master P Takes His
Clothing Line to Wal-Mart
Nation's Number One Rapper Adds
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A Renewed Hope for Justice: Georgia officials chase a new lead
in the lynchings of two couples on Moore's Ford
"Before You Tie The Knot"
Marriage Preparation Class Offered
A wedding is a day, but the relationship is forever. Before You Tie The
Knot, a marriage preparation class, is offered monthly at the Duval
County Cooperative Extension Office. The couple must attend togeth-
er to receive a certificate of completion. There is no charge for the
The Extension classes fulfill the requirements of Florida Statute
741.0305 and 741.04, Marriage Preparation and Preservation Act, that
became effective Jan. 1, 1999. A $32.50 discount on the marriage
license is given to couples who have completed approved premarital
classes and the waiting period required upon applying for a license is
waived. The Extension classes have been approved by the Circuit Court
of Duval County for licenses issued in this county.
The next class will be held July 18, from 9:00-2:30. To get a registra-
tion brochure, call Sandra at the Cooperative Extension Office at 387-
A Night on the Town
Enjoying a night out with good food, cheer and fellowship are (L-R)
Felicia Johnson, Yaminah Harris, LaShunta Goodman and LaBarbara
Goodman. The girlfriends enjoyed dinner and drinks before attending the
Comedy Explosion at the Florida Theater. KFP Photo
MONROE, GA. Federal and
state agents swarmed the backyard
of a modest white house along a
windy stretch in rural northeast
Georgia last week in search of clues
that could be linked to living sus-
pects involved in the 1946 unsolved
lynchings of four people.
Agents from the FBI and Georgia
Bureau of Investigation finished
searching the property in Walton
County on last week as they probed
the deaths that are some of the
nation's most notorious unsolved
lynchings. Authorities said they
received "recent information" about
the decades-old killings at the
Moore's Ford Bridge.
Activists in the area have long
said that some of the culprits in the
lynchings of Roger and Dorothy
Malcom and George and Mae
Murray Dorsey still are alive. For
them, the public investigation was
an encouraging sign that authorities
were making good on a promise to
follow each and every lead in the
"Over the years we've had so
many highs and lows, so I'm trying
to stay calm," said Bobby Howard,
a resident of nearby Social Circle
who has roamed the neighborhoods
for 41 years in search of possible
witnesses. "But you've got to get
excited when you think there could
be some type of finality."
Wall of silence
An angry white mob of as many
as 30 people dragged the two black
couples from a car and tied them to
trees on July 25, 1946. The mob
fired three volleys of bullets at the
couples, leaving their dead bodies
slumped behind in the dirt. One of
the victims, Dorothy Malcom, was
seven months pregnant.
An outraged President Harry
Truman dispatched the FBI to the
town of Monroe, about 45 miles
east of Atlanta, but the feds were
met with a wall of silence. The FBI
identified 55 possible suspects after
the killings, but no one was ever
The case grew colder for years,
until 1991 when Clinton Adams
came forward claiming he saw the
lynching unfold when he was a 10-
year-old while hiding in the bushes
near the bridge.
Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes
Relatives of the Malcoms and Dorseys stand at their loved ones' fresh
graves in this 1946 photo.
reopened the case about eight years
ago, and the Justice Department fol-
lowed suit last year. But any police
work focused on the killings since
then had remained under wraps
until this week, when investigators
made public their search of the plot
of land. The FBI said the current
residents of the property are not
suspects, and authorities would not
say what type of evidence was
seized or what led them there.
Race against time
Activists say the search is linked
Bridge in 1946
to a spike in interest about the case.
In recent years, a group of residents
formed a committee to drum up
more attention to the lynching by
staging a gruesome re-enactment
each year, an exercise they say
often yields tips from aging wit-
nesses who had been reluctant to
Each passing year, though, makes
a successful prosecution less likely.
Most of the suspects and possible
witnesses have died, and many of
those still alive are at least 80.
"It's going to be awfully hard,"
said Charley Brooks, a 65-year-old
resident of nearby Bishop, Ga. who
has followed the case for decades.
Others are more optimistic. Hattie
Lawson, a former Madison resident
who now lives in nearby Athens,
said she's confident that the search
will lead to a round of indictments.
"I really think this will give people
more faith in the justice system,"
she said. "I really do."
Women Rally for Michelle Obama
Continued from front
Mrs. Obama, who said she does-
n't dwell on negative publicity,
acknowledged that she is still
unknown and that "people aren't
used to strong women." Still, her
husband's nervous campaign han-
dlers established a "Fight the
Smears" link on their Web site to
counter some of the charges.
Julianne Malveaux, president of
Bennett College in Greensboro,
N.C., remembers when a group of
black women formed African
American Women in Defense of
Ourselves during the 1991 furor
surrounding Anita Hill and
Supreme Court nominee Clarence
Thomas. She suspects a similar
movement will coalesce to rally
around Mrs. Obama, who was feted
recently with a $1,000-a-ticket
Obama campaign fundraiser at the
Washington Hilton Hotel.
"Not just black women, but all
women should be standing up. The
same voices that were so upset
about Hillary Clinton and writing
about gender bias ought to be stand-
ing up now," she said. Bennett stu-
dents view Mrs. Obama as a role
model, "a phenomenal black
woman," Ms. Malveaux said.
E. Faye Williams, national chair-
woman of the National Congress of
Black Women, is among the com-
mentators speaking out. In her
weekly syndicated column, she
asks, "Since when did the right
wing become frightened of black
"They've always entrusted black
women to cook their food and to
run their households. Some even
considered black women to be their
confidantes. So, how did they
become afraid of us in the person of
Michelle Obama?" Ms. Williams
said. "Lay off Michelle Obama."
George Mason University public
policy professor and political com-
mentator Michael Fauntroy points
out that Sen. Barack Obama
received nearly 98 percent of the
black female vote. He attributes
much of that to their affinity for the
candidate's wife. "I've heard lots of
black women say that if they had a
choice between him and her, they'd
Mr. Fauntroy's wife, Lisa, is vice
president of business and legal
affairs of Discovery
Communications in Silver Spring.
Her path to success is not unlike
Mrs. Obama's and "she's like so
many of my friends and colleagues
- professional women who are sup-
portive of their husbands."
Style consultant Helen Asenath
Moody agrees that Mr. Obama
draws votes from black women, in
part, because he married "a brown-
"When Michelle Obama rises to her
full 5 feet 11 [height], I'm telling
you, they say, 'There I am,' and
when her man stands beside her and
they see how he loves her, all the
way down in their souls, that makes
them feel good," the Washington
social maven said. "And they say,
'Oh, yes, we can; oh, yes, we can be
happy; and oh, yes, we can be
adored as black women."
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Greatness in sports is often
defined by a person or teams num-
ber of wins or looses, but some-
times greatness transcends records
and becomes more about a persons
impact on a nation or on the world.
Muhammad Ali once bragged
that he was the greatest ever. It was
apart of his showmanship and per-
sona, but as we look back most
would agree that he was correct.
Ali was much bigger than the
ring or stage in which he per-
Muhammad Ali, originally know
as Clausis Clay, said what he want-
ed to say and represented the
American dream at least for black
folk. As Cassius Clay, he won a
light heavyweight gold medal at
the 1960 Olympics and began his
ascent to the heavyweight crown.
It was 1 a.m. in the morning last
week and I was flipping through
the millions of cable channels that
most of us have and of course I
couldn't find anything to watch. I
guess that I could have gone to
sleep, but 1 a.m. is pretty early for
us night owls.
I finally found what I was look-
ing for. I had seen this documentary
at least two or three times already,
but it is like my grandmother's
sweet potato pie I can never get
enough of it.
It was the movie/documentary
"When we Where Kings." This
documentary chronicled some of
the best years of Muhammad Ali's
career in the ring and out. As I sat
there listening to Ali's words,
which were right on point in many
cases, it hit me like it hit me when
I saw Will Smith, play him in the
This man wasn't just about mak-
ing money for himself or fighting
to appease a bloated ego; he was
truly sincere about helping African
Americans. He used the boxing
ring and his successes associated
with boxing as his podium and of
course he needed no microphone to
speak his mind.
Ali would go from talking about
uplifting the Negro race to busting
a rhyme about how ugly Joe
Frazier was. He tell youth to brush
their teeth and stay away from too
much candy because he has a few
cavities then turn around and
explain how drugs were devastat-
ing the black community.
One of my favorite Ali lines was
when he told a reporter, "IfAli says
a mosquito can pull a plow, don't
ask how. Hitch him up!"
"I'm so fast I could hit you before
God gets the news," was another
one of my favorite Ali jabs he
would use to amuse fans and the
I have said it before, but Black
History Month must continue to be
a time of reflection and acknowl-
edgement of the past. Ali meant
more to blacks in America than
youth today will ever realize.
Ali was an ambassador, hero and
role model for many. He would
often say to youth, that he grew up
poor and if he could make they cer-
In 1964, a young Olympic gold
medalist name Cassius Clay chal-
lenged the seemingly unbeatable
heavyweight champion Sonny
Listen for his title. Ali or Clay was
a huge underdog and after surpris-
ing most boxing fans he used some
of his most infamous words, "I
shocked the world."
The Liston fight was significant
for another reason as well. After the
fight Clay announced that he con-
verted to Islam and changed his
name to Muhammad Ali.
In 1967, the after successfully
defending his heavyweight cham-
pionship several times, Ali refused
to be drafted and the US Army
because of his religious beliefs. He
was arrested, had his boxing
license suspended and then was
stripped of the heavyweight title.
Ali told government officials, ""I
don't have to be what you want me
to be; I'm free to be what I want."
Of course, he and his lawyer
would win an appeal some three
years later and Ali would return to
the ring to fight the seemingly
invincible George Foreman. The
fight was labeled the "The Rumble
in the Jungle" because it was held
in Zaire. Ali used his now famous
"Rope a Dope" strategy and
knocked Foreman out in the 8th
The Rumble in the Jungle per-
haps cemented Ali's legacy as the
Today when you see Ali he may
look feeble and his arms may be
trembling visibly from the effects
of Parkinson's disease, but his mind
is still there. He became the not
only the boxing champion of the
world, but one of the most promi-
nent sports figures ever.
It's only fitting to end this com-
mentary with a message from Ali.
He epitomized what it meant to
have a goal and the desire it takes
to achieve his goals. If only more
youth really understood what Ali
meant to black culture.
"Champions aren't made in
gyms," said Ali. "Champions are
made from something they have
deep inside them a desire, a
dream, a vision." He continued,
"They have to have last-minute
stamina, they have to be a little
faster, they have to have the skill
and the will. Bt the will must be
stronger than the skill."
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War on Drugs
Costly for Blacks
by William Reed
What are African Americans to do about the War on
When the Draconian drug laws were being enacted
African American legislators went along with "law and order" politicians with
practices that would incarcerate millions of drug offenders from inner city
neighborhoods and help rural politicians make the business of imprisonment
a major industry in their districts.
Every passing year the drug problem gets worse and its time African
Americans make legislative representatives face up to the impact of the War
on Drug has on us. The U.S. government spends $600 per second in a "war
without end". Of the $19 billion the U.S. spent last year on drug laws, 61 per-
cent went to criminal justice and just 30 percent for treatment and prevention
The War on Drugs is a prohibition campaign intended to reduce the illegal
drug trade to curb supply and diminish demand for certain psychoactive sub-
stances deemed "harmful or undesirable" by the government. This initiative
includes a set of laws and policies that are intended to discourage the produc-
tion, distribution, and consumption of targeted substances.
Amid the frantic rhetoric of our leaders, we've become blind to the reality:
The war on drugs, as it is currently fought, is wasting unimaginable amounts
of tax dollars, increasing crime and despair and severely and unnecessarily
harming millions of peoples' lives. "Law and order" politicians have exacer-
bated drugs laws and practices. After all, drugs are bad so why not escalate
the war against drugs? Politicians get to look tough in front of voters and the
drug war bureaucracy gets ever expanding budgets.
African Americans comprise 12 percent of the population and 13 percent of
drug users, but make up 38 percent of those arrested for drug offenses and 59
percent of those convicted. Among the war's tragic consequences, by far the
worst is the criminalization of a vast percentage of our population, destroying
families and individuals by the millions. Since 1995, the U.S. prison popula-
tion has grown an average of 43,266 inmates per year. It cost approximately
$450,000 to put a single drug dealer in jail costs of arrest, conviction, room
and board. But, treatment is 10 times more cost effective than interdiction in
reducing drug use in the U.S. Every additional dollar invested in substance
abuse treatment saves taxpayers $7 in societal costs, and that additional
domestic law enforcement costs 15 times as much as treatment to achieve the
same reduction in societal costs.
The War on Drugs thrives on the backs of minority populations. It has a big
payroll, and everyone on that payroll has some interest in seeing the war con-
tinue. It supports the prison industry. Putting people behind bars, building,
supplying, and running prisons have become big business. This alignment of
government and business in running the prison system is sometimes called the
prison-industrial complex. It's time African Americans acknowledge the cost,
destruction, failure, and ultimate futility of the War on Drugs and take actions
to end it. Black families are on the losing end of this fiasco and have to con-
front those in power currently benefiting and profiting from it. Support for
the War on Drugs in this country is broad and deep, and the interests that it
serves overlap and interlock in complex ways. Furthermore, most of the peo-
ple running the War on Drugs don't think they are doing something evil. Most
of them think they are doing their jobs. And they think those jobs are impor-
tant and necessary.
What blacks need to do is call a check on politicians and insist on alterna-
tives to the War on Drugs. A public-health action, sometimes called regulat-
ed'distribution, would be better all around. ,Under, this alternative the govern-
ment sets up regulatory regimes to pull addicts into the public-health system.
The government, not criminal traffickers, would control the price, distribu-
tion, and purity of addictive substances which it already does with prescrip-
tion drugs. This would take most of the profit which drives the crime out
of drug trafficking. Addicts would be treated and if necessary maintained -
Mattel Inc. created the limited-edition Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial
Barbie, the first Barbie based on any sorority. The doll honors the
Chicago-headquartered sorority, the first established by black
AKA Makes History as First
Sorority With Own Barbie
The women of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority really know how to
get dolled up -- and focus on busi-
They'll show that this week when
they hit Washington, D.C., about
35,000 strong, for their biennial
convention and get a look at one of
their newest members: Barbie.
Mattel Inc. created the limited-edi-
tion AKA Centennial Barbie, the
first Barbie based on any sorority.
The doll, outfitted in a pink and
green evening gown, matching jew-
eled shoes and gold jewelry, honors
the Chicago-headquartered sorori-
ty, the first established by black
The sorority has inducted about
200,000 members -- including
actress Phylicia Rashad, educator
Marva Collins and author Toni
Morrison -- since its founding at
Howard University in 1908.
The AKA Barbie has some com-
pany. Another business, the
Sisterhood Boutique, last year
modeled a collectible doll on the
sorority. That creation, the $125 Ivy
Rose (www.sister hoodboutique.com),
made its way into official gift bags
for celebrity presenters at the
Grammy Awards in February.
The Mattel doll will sell for $50
through the Barbie Collector cata-
log, the Barbie Collector.com Web
site and retailers. The sorority gets
a percentage of the sales.
Mattel isn't the only company
eager to work with AKA. Among
the sorority's other recent corporate
Converse has designed shoes for
Alpha Kappa Alpha and five other
black Greek-letter organizations
and will sponsor a march at the
Chase last year gave AKA more
than $100,000 to support an
African-American home ownership
DNA tracing firm African
Ancestry Inc. has partnered with
The sorority expects its members
to drop more than $100 million in
Washington during the weeklong
convention, which kicks off Friday.
Affirmative Action to be on the Ballots of Arizona and Nebraska
Affirmative Action Ban Will Be
on Ballots, Group Says
LINCOLN, Neb. Supporters of
a proposed ban on race-based affir-
mative action said Thursday that
they've turned in enough signatures
to get the measure on the ballots in
Nebraska and Arizona.
But the fight isn't over in either
state, with opponents of the ban
vowing to challenge the validity of
some signatures to the petition that
has ignited controversy across the
A coalition of opponents based in
Michigan filed a lawsuit Monday,
accusing Arizona petitioners of
committing voter fraud and violat-
ing election law by using deceptive-
ly worded pitches to convince peo-
ple to sign.
And a group opposing the measure
in Nebraska plans to go to the sec-
retary of state with video and
footage that appears to show circu-
lators leaving petitions unattended
and filling in information for sign-
ers. Both are illegal and could
"There's a significant difference
between submitted signatures and
valid signatures," said David
Kramer, head of Nebraskans
United, which opposes the measure.
"We'll wait to see the outcome of
that process before litigation."
But in both states, supporters
claim to have gathered far more sig-
natures than needed. In Nebraska,
they needed 112,000 and turned in
167,000. In Arizona, organizers
needed about 230,000 signatures
and submitted nearly 335,000.
The proposed constitutional
America's Fascination with Pimps
on Tap to Become an HBO Series
prostitution with drugs and thiev-
ery," Allen Hughes said.
"These are some of the same
themes from 'The Godfather' but in
the world of pimping," he said.
Allen Hughes said the idea for the
show came after several of their
friends suggested they should make
"American Pimp" into a drama
series for HBO.
The two were resistant at first until
they realized that there haven't been
shows about that world. "This is the
last island that has not been reached
in television or film," Allen Hughes
He approached music mogul
Jimmy lovine, who had been look-
ing to an urban mob drama set in
the world of hip-hop, and he came
on board. The brothers are set to
direct the potential pilot as well as
executive produce with Reilly and
lovine and Polly Anthony, another
music biz veteran.
The Hughes are looking to push
the envelope with "Gentlemen of
"We haven't done a movie in eight
years ("From Hell"), and we're real-
ly interested in trying do something
amendment would bar preferential
treatment by public entities on the
basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or
Supporters say the measure levels
the playing field, giving everyone
an equal chance. They say most
people support the measure and
want the chance to vote on it.
Opponents say it plays to people's
fears that unqualified minorities are
being picked over qualified non-
minorities. Affirmative action, they
say, ensures good-faith efforts to
recruit minority candidates and
keep people accountable for their
Arizona Deputy Secretary of State
Kevin Tyne said, barring any legal
challenges, his office would have a
final tabulation of signatures by late
August. In Nebraska, the count of
acceptable signatures will be
known by mid- to late-August, said
Neal Erickson, deputy secretary of
state for elections.
Max McPhail, executive director
of group pushing the measure in
Arizona, scoffed at allegations of
wrongdoing. He said Arizona vot-
ers will overwhelmingly side with
the initiative in November.
"This radical organization believes
people should be classified by the
government and placed into racial
categories and they should be treat-
ed differently," McPhail said.
"That's the definition of racism."
In Nebraska, the effort was start-
ed by a professor at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln who said he
saw preferential hiring that infuriat-
Supporters said they do every-
thing possible to train circulators -
both paid and unpaid to follow
the rules. They'll keep gathering
signatures in Nebraska on Friday,
which is the deadline to turn them
The Nebraska and Arizona groups
pushing the measure are affiliated
with the American Civil Rights
Initiative's Super Tuesday for Equal
Rights Fund, founded by California
businessman and activist Ward
Connerly has prevailed three times
in past elections, with voters in
California, Michigan and
Washington approving proposals
race and gender preferences in pub-
lic education, state hiring and pub-
This year, organizers in Missouri
conceded that too few signatures
would be gathered by the deadline,
and they bowed out in Oklahoma in
the face of challenges to the signa-
tures gathered there. A petition
drive is still active in Colorado.
UN Investigator on Racism
Completes U. S. Tour
Doudou Diene, a Sengalese
lawyer and the United Nations
Human Rights Council special rap-
porteur on racism, has completed a
tour of eight American cities, where
he gathered firsthand information
on issues related to racial discrimi-
nation and xenophobia.
At a June 6 press conference in the
UN Information Center in
Washington, D.C., Diene talked
with reporters about some prelimi-
nary findings of his three week tour.
While citing some positive things
such as the nomination of Senator
Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as the
Democratic Party candidate for the
presidency, Diene focused on U.S.
shortcomings such as resegregation
of minority communities. The
expert on racism and special inves-
tigator cited racial bias in the crim-
inal justice system and talked about
how underfunding of public educa-
tion plays a role in deepening racial
inequality. Diene explained he is
not a UN employee and that he
would be reporting to the UN
General Assembly in the spring of
2009, but that his findings would be
shared with U.S. government offi-
"We definitely feel that this was an
important and timely tour," said
Ajamu Baraka, executive director
of the Atlanta-based U.S. Human
Rights Network, a coalition of over
250 American social justice and
human rights organizations.
Baraka told The Final Call the
Diene tour was an "opportunity to
expose the underbelly of White
supremacy in the country." The
number one fight for people of
color in the 21st century is the fight
for human rights, Baraka said.
In March, his organization charged
the Bush administration with failing
to comply with its obligations under
the International Convention on the
Elimination of all forms of Racial
Discrimination, an international
treaty that the United States signed.
The U.S. Human Rights Network
Atty. Doudou Diene
report, known as a shadow report,
was filed with the UN committee
based in Geneva, Switzerland that
monitors compliance with the
"Our analysis revealed that the
Bush administration is utterly out of
touch with the reality of racial dis-
crimination in America. The special
rapporteur's tour was an opportuni-
ty for the UN to hear from other
voices in the U.S. on the issues of
racial oppression," Baraka said.
Diene visited New York City,
Chicago, Los Angeles, New
Orleans, Miami, Puerto Rico and
In Miami, Diene heard testimony
from Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout,
director of the American Muslim
Association of North America, who
discussed issues related to immigra-
tion, racial profiling and discrimi-
nation against the dress of Muslim
Aesop Ameen, director of the
association's prison committee,
talked about the difficulties
Muslims experience in prison when
trying to adhere to their faith,
including challenges when trying to
Muslim civil rights advocate
Ahmed Bedier explained to Diene
how "Islamaphobia" and "anti-
Muslim rhetoric" from officials and
pundits are contributing to hate
crimes against Muslims across
Tonya Williams, a U.S. Human
Rights Network coordinator, told
The Final Call grassroots organiza-
tions that participated in the forum
in New Orleans "were particularly
elated with the opportunity to tell
their stories." i .'I
The special rapporteur was able to
gain knowledge of the "broader
implications" of Hurricane Katrina
and how the Black populations of
Alabama and Mississippi were
affected, she said.
Damon Hewitt, an NAACP Legal
Defense Fund attorney, said Diene
also got a look into the workings of
the prison system through testimo-
ny about conditions at the
Louisiana State Prison at Angola, a
former 18,000 acre slave plantation.
Testimony delivered before the spe-
cial rapporteur showed little has
changed in the last several hundred
years of the prison's existence.
Even Congress recently heard com-
plaints about the prison's practice
of keeping some inmates in solitary
confinement for decades, said
. Baraka told The Final Call, "We
will continue to expose these
issues, and we will continue to
mobilize people around these
The Hughes' Brothers
"American Pimp" documentary
personalized the panderers and
Fans of HBO's urban drama The
Wire may be on tap to have their
palates wet once again with a series
on the oldest profession pimping.
Albert and Allen Hughes are
revisiting the settings and themes
of their 1999 documentary
"American Pimp" with "Gentlemen
of Leisure," a drama series project
The project, a brainchild of the
directing duo, explores the world's
oldest profession through the eyes
of a 35-year-old legendary pimp in
Oakland, Calif., who is contemplat-
ing leaving his unscrupulous occu-
"It's about a guy who wants to get
out but keeps getting sucked back
in by the allure of the game and by
extraneous circumstances that have
to do with his family," said Evan
Reilly, a "Rescue Me" producer
who will write the script.
"Gentlemen of Leisure" will
explore the generational change in
the pimping world with the thir-
tysomethings who live by honor
codes and creeds being pushed
aside by aggressive, violent
younger pimps who are coming
"with their guns blazing," mixing
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Old Timers Swim Meet
The Julius Guinyard
2008 Open Invitational
Swim Meet will be held
S on Saturday, July 12th at
the Julius Guinyard Pool
located at 4th &
-: Jefferson Street. The
annual event is free and
open to everyone.
Anyone can participate
and there are great
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Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate
Pastor's Anniversary July 11-16th
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief
Road, will celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of Bishop R. L. Dixon and First
Lady, Missionary Martha Dixon at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 11, and
Wednesday thru Friday, July 16-18th. The celebration closing will com-
mence at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 20th. The community is invited to all cel-
New Life Community to Present
Breakthrough Evening of Praise
The Jacksonville Chapter of the GMWA Mass Choir, Dr. Dontavies
Boatwig of Atlanta, and WCGL 1360 Victory, will be featured along with
other artists at the "Breakthrough Evening of Praise", at 6 p.m. Saturday,
July 12th, at the New Life Community Church, 11100 Wingate Road (at
Dunn Ave.), Jacksonville. The community is invited.
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist to host 27th Annual Women's Day, July 20th
"God's Promises to Virtuous Women" (Ruth 3:11) is the theme for the
27th Annual Women's Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2008,
at the St. Andrew Baptist Church, 2900 West 45th Street. First Lady Sandra
Waldrop will be the guest speaker. Sis. Roberta Cotton, Chair Person; Sis.
Jackie Bracelet, Co-Chair.
St. Andrew Celebrates Women's Day
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2900 W 45th Street will
host its 27th annual Women's Day Celebration on Sunday July 20th at
11:00am. The guest speaker will be First Lady Sandra Waldrop and the
theme for the day will be: God's Promises to Virtuous Women (Ruth 3:11),
Chairpersons for the event are Roberta Cotton and Jackie Braclet.
For further information call Sister Dominique Mann at 302-2075.
Vacation Bible School at St. John MB
St. John Missionary Baptist Church will present a traditional Vacation
Bible School, July 28-31st 2008. The church is located at 135 Brickyard
Road in Middleburg, Florida. The church is providing free transportation
and dinner before class nightly from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 272-5100.
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Information received prior to the event date will be print-,
ed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to
765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Jax Gospel Announcers Guild to Hold Christian Girls Club Leader Sponsors
Conference & Award Celebration "Baby Bash" for New Grandchild
The Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Road will be the headquarters for
the Jacksonville Gospel Announcers Guild Conference and Award
Celebration, Saturday, August 30th, so make your plans now to attend.
The VIP Gospel Industry Roundtable featuring Stellar Awards Board
Members, Top Gospel Labels, National Gospel Radio Announcers, man-
agers, and producers; will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 30, 2008..
Make your reservations now by calling (904) 766-2266.
Headliners at the conference include Bishop Bruce Allen, Twinkie Clark,
CBS-47's Dawn Lopez, Pastor Merry Racheal, V Michael McKay, NtoU
Magazine, Dr. Yvonne Capehart, VShawn Mitchell, Ken Amaro, Destiny
Praise Atlanta, and the UNF Gospel Choir.
The Award Presentations are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
Normandy Park Baptist Offers
Financial Help for Families June 13
The FPU (Financial Peace University) program taught by Dave Ramsey,
has helped more than 400,000 families positively change their financial.
their financial future. The program teaches families and individuals as well,
, "how to handle their money through common-sense principles and small
The Total Money Makeover program is designed to help the average
family pay off debt and save in the first 91 days. The program emphasizes:
Saving for Emergencies, Budgeting, Relationship and Money Issues,
Buying Big Bargains, Getting Out of Debt, Understanding Investments,
Understanding Insurance, Retirement and College Planning, Buyer
Beware, Real Estate Mortgages, Careers and extra jobs. The Workshop will
be held Sunday, June 13th at 5 PM. The Church is located at 7050
Normandy Park Boulevard, Jacksonville.
Visit www.daveramsey.com or call 1(888) 227-3223 to register.
FHA Title 1 Program for Repairs
The FHA Title 1 Program has money to loan for Homeowners with fixed
rates for needed repairs, Replacement windows and doors, Central Heat &
Air, Roofing, Electrical and Plumbing upgrades, Room Additions, Kitchen
and Bathroom Remodeling. To learn more, please call (904) 398-4571.
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist to host 27th Annual Women's Day, July 20th
"God's Promises to Virtuous Women" (Ruth 3:11) is the theme for the
27th Annual Women's Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2008,
at the St. Andrew Baptist Church, 2900 West 45th Street. First Lady Sandra
Waldrop will be the guest speaker. Sis. Roberta Cotton, Chair Person; Sis.
Jackie Bracelet, Co-Chair.
5863 Moncief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Ist Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
TeCucT hR eUtG
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Dr. Anita Vernel Carter Allen will hold a "Baby Bash" for her daughter,
Wilnita's newborn, and all her friends and associates are invited. The big
event will be held 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 17, 2008, at the
Grandmother's home: Camille Meadows' Condominiums, 5201 Atlantic
Boulevard. To confirm your attendance, please call (904) 398-8517.
"Women United in Prayer" at First
AME of Palm Coast Women's Day
The Women of First Coast AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, in
Palm Coast, directed by Sophia Booker, will wear shades of purple and the
Women's Choir will perform as the Women Unite in Prayer for an "Evening
of Praise" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Reverend Dr.
Gillard S. Glover, Senior Pastor; invites old and new friends. For directions,
please call (386) 437-5142.
Wrong-way Driver Strikes Timothy
Wright's Vehicle in Pa, Killing Family
Rev. Timothy Wright
The members of Grace Tabernacle
Christian Church in Brooklyn
offered up prayers Sunday for their
pastor, famed gospel singer
Timothy Wright, who was critically
injured in a crash the previous
Friday on a Pennsylvania highway.
"We honor the Lord for his good-
ness and his kindness," the Rev.
Frank Williams told congregants
during the service. "We say, in spite
of everything: God is still good. He
shall live. He has impacted too
many people. He has paid some of
our rents when he couldn't even pay
his own." Wright's wife and co-pas-
tor, Betty Wright, 58, was pro-
nounced dead at the scene, and their
14-year-old grandson, D.J. Wright,
died at a Pennsylvania hospital
They were returning from a
Church of God in Christ conference
in Detroit. Authorities say that John
Pick, 44, who was traveling the
wrong direction on 1-80 in Greene
Township, was also killed. Timothy
Wright, 61, has released more than a
dozen gospel recordings. Timothy
Wright and the N.Y. Fellowship
Mass Choir were nominated in 1994
for a Grammy for best traditional
soul gospel album for Come Thou
Almighty King. His other offerings
include such discs as "Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus," released last year.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-i p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sundayat4A-5p.Lm.
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
** A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
that's on the
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
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Can Hair Vitamins Help P
I'm not a per-
son who normally likes to take
vitamins, but I keep hearing that
they will help your hair grow.
What vitamins or foods can I add
to my diet to help stimulate my
hair? Kami, Northside
There are all types of vitamins,
foods, and even topical treat-
ments out there that will stimulate
not only hair growth but nails and
theses products will promote bet-
ter skin too. But before you start
a new diet plan or take any vita-
mins, be sure to consult your
As for vitamins, they are a great
way to boost energy and total
wellness. But seeing how you are
interested in stimulating hair
growth I would recommend the
following: Biotin Vitamins,
Vitamins E, Amino Acids and
Horse tail (this is an herb).
It's important to remember to
take the vitamins as prescribed
and if you miss a day there is no
need to "double up" on your
Now if you don't like or want to
take vitamins there are all types
of foods that you can eat to get
your hair growing. Foods that are
high in protein such as egg yokes
or just eggs in general are very
good for the hair. Fish, such as
salmon are high in omega 3 and
also fish oils are very good for
your hair and your health. If you
enjoy eating soy beans, they too
will give your body a boost. And
lastly a southern favorite, liver
just be sure not to upset the posi-
tive aspects of the food with your
And if you just don't want to pop
a pill everyday or do not enjoy
these types of foods, there are a
lot of topical treatments avail-
able. But before you use these
products on your hair be sure you
will not have a reaction to the
oil(s). I always suggest using
these to my clients: Olive oil,
Rosemary oil, Carrot oil,Tea Tree
oil and Peppermint oil.
Do your research either on the
internet or a good reference book.
Even your local whole/natural
foods store should be able to
guide you in the right direction.
But please consult your doctor,
especially if you are under any
type of medications. I hope this
answers your questions and I'd
love to see photos of your
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10. Options (other women)
With so many women out there,
sometimes it can be difficult to
settle down. Like much of the
world, women outnumber men
and in the black community, the
disparity is even more pro-
nounced. Sometimes guys just
want to "sow their wild oats."
9. The family from hell
When expectations don't mesh
'between the man and the woman's
family, sparks can fly creating dis-
8. Financial issues
Money can play a large role in a
relationship as two people start
sharing their income. When you
realize that the woman of your
dreams can't keep a hold of her
pocket book and she's dragging
you down in the process, it
becomes hard to imagine a future
Sometimes relationships can
have trust issues and it makes it
impossible to whole-heartedly be
with someone, knowing the may
lie or have cheated. The idea of
his future wife with someone else
can haunt a man.
6. Change in lifestyle
There are certain guys who don't
want to get married simply
because they like their care-free
lifestyle. They don't want to com-
promise, they avoid responsibility
and they cling to their personal
space. For these men, a woman
has to be pretty convincing in
order to change their ways.
5. She already has kids
For some men, when a woman
has children already, there may be
a feeling that the they will never
be his. They may turn away from
raising another man's offspring for
the sheer fact that she still has that
connection to the children's father.
She may want to live in one area
while he wants to live in another.
He may get a job out of town that
could be full of possibilities and
she may be on the fast track in her
own field. Simple things like
geography can be a killer for men
when compromise is out of the
3. Social class or status
The female may have more
money. Plain and simple, it can be
difficult for some men to maintain
relationships knowing that they
aren't the primary breadwinners.
This can create insecurity and
actually work to emasculate some
men as they may be constantly
reminded by their situation that
she does in fact make more than
2. They may not be the right
A relationship can sputter and
yet reluctantly continue despite a
bevy of problems and when the
idea of marriage comes up, those
flaws may become painfully
Children learn what they see and
if they have no role models to
emulate, or if their parents weren't
married, it may not be normal to
them. Some men may have seen
their parents go through a nasty
divorce and consciously or uncon-
sciously may fear marriage and
the pain it may cause.
Shedding Pounds from Diet or
Exercise Take Your Pick
People looking to lose those extra
pounds have been told for decades
that dieting together with exercise
will bring about the best results.
Not so, says new research pub-
lished in the Journal of Clinical
Endocrinology & Metabolism,
which reveals that dieting alone is
as effective as dieting plus exercise.
The key is in the calories and the
study shows that calories can be
lost effectively by either dietary
restrictions or exercise.
"For weight loss to occur, an indi-
vidual needs to maintain a differ-
ence between the number of calo-
ries they consume everyday and the
number of calories they burn
through metabolism and physical
activity," says Leanne Redman,
Ph.D.. "What we found was that it
did not matter whether a reduction
in calories was achieved through
diet or burned everyday through
The researchers conducted a ran-
domized, controlled trial to exam-
ine the effects of diet alone or diet
plus exercise in overweight but oth-
erwise healthy study participants.
The participants were divided into
three groups. One group only
reduced caloric intake. A second
group reduced caloric intake by a
smaller amount, but included exer-
cise as part of their program, and a
third set of participants served as a
control group. They were all fol-
lowed for a six-month period.
At the end of the study, the
reduced caloric intake group and
the group that combined a smaller
amount of reduced calories with
exercise had similar results.
Members of both groups lost rough-
ly 10 percent of their body weight,
24 percent of their fat mass and 27
percent of their abdominal visceral
fat, which is fat buried deep in the
abdomen and linked to heart dis-
The shape of a person's body, as
well as their body weight can be
indicators of their risk for cardio-
vascular disease. Some studies have
shown that people with "apple
shaped" bodies, or more fat dis-
tributed at the waistline may
have a higher risk of heart
disease than people with
"pear shaped" bodies, or
more fat at the thigh or
"Researchers are work-
ing to understand how
abdominal fat and subcu-
taneous fat, which is fat
located closer to the
surface just beneath the
skin, differ in response -
to the body's need to use
fat for energy," says i
Sherry Marts, Ph.D., vice
president of scientific affairs; for
the Society for Women's Health
Research in Washington, D.C. "It is
known that, on the whole. pre-
menopausal women who gain fat
add it to the subcutaneous fat. most-
ly on the hips and thighs. Men and
women after menopause, tend to
add fat to the deeper reserves in the
Increased levels of fat in the
abdomen are linked to a higher risk
of cardiovascular disease, but the
precise influence of this visceral fat
is not yet understood.
Despite the fact that weight loss
can be achieved equally through
diet or fitness, according to the
study, both are important for a per-
son's overall health. Weight loss
isn't the only reason to diet and
exercise. Regular exercise has been
shown to lower your risk for many
diseases including: heart disease,
type 2 diabetes and certain types of
cancer. In addition, many experts
recommend that permanent weight
loss should be achieved with con-
sistent dietary restrictions, low-
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f o o d sME
and regular exercise.
But if you're looking to tone cer-
tain areas of your body with exer-
cise, think again! The researchers
also discovered that fat distribution
was not affected by either approach.
The exercise group was not able to
eliminate fat in certain parts of the
body: so much for sit ups!
Researchers are now trying to
determine how sex hormones and
being a man or a woman affect fat
distribution. "The roles of hor-
mones," Marts said, "such as estro-
gen, progesterone and testosterone
in fat deposition and loss are not yet
understood, but research in this
field is advancing rapidly." The
answers to those questions may
hold the keys to a healthier life for
NEW YORK Nursing has long
been a ladder up for minority
women, but a new state study
shows that in New York City, black
nurses get paid less than their white
The Center for Health Workforce
Studies at the State University of
New York in Albany compared the
salaries of nurses with similar expe-
rience and credentials and found
that black nurses made less in
almost all cases.
For example, black nurses with 30
or more years of experience earned
an average annual salary of about
$81,000, while white nurses with
the same experience earned an
average of almost $90,000.
Researchers who conducted the
study, The Hospital Nursing
Workforce in New York, didn't
investigate the reasons for the pay
gap but intend to do so in a second
survey, according to a spokes-
woman for the center.
One reason for the pay gap could
be that most private hospitals,
which pay more than the city's pub-
lic hospitals, hire more white than
black nurses. But the study found
that even in the same hospital,
white nurses are paid more.
Discrimination to blame
An official at one nurses union
who did not want to be identified
"White nurses are still in charge in
many New York hospitals," she
says. "They do the hiring, and they
value their own."
Thelma Cooper, a retired
Brooklyn nurse who is president of
the New York Black Nurses
Association, says the findings don't
"White nurses advance more
quickly," Ms. Cooper says. "I've
seen nurses with equal credentials
up for a promotion, and the non-
Black will usually get it."
Despite the lower pay, many
minority nurses work at city-run
hospitals partly out of a sense of
mission and commitment, accord-
ing to a spokeswoman for the
Center for Health Workforce
Studies at SUNY-Albany.
"They'd rather work in their own
communities" than in a private hos-
pital, she says.
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Book Club Meeting
The July meeting of PRIDE Book
Club will be held on Friday, July
11th and the book for discussion
will be EVERY WOMAN NEEDS
A WIFE by Naleighna Kai. For
more information call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will meet July 12, 2008 at
Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887
103rd St., Jacksonville, Fl. This is
one week earlier than we usually
meet as the library has a program
scheduled for our normal meeting
time. We are very pleased to have
Mr. Louis Zelenka, now retired
from the Genealogy Department at
the Jacksonville Library, but still
working part-time. Mr. Zelenka will
present his program, "A History of
Rural Cemeteries in Northeast
Florida." For additional information
please contact Mary Chauncey at
Are You Ready to
Are you ready to get involved
with the Jacksonville community?
JCCI will be hosting an orientation
for all of their programs on July
15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chairs from the forum, market-
ing, recruitment, social, training
and workshop committees will be
available to answer your questions
whether it be through advocacy or
hands on experience. RSVP your
attendance or questions to
Lashun@jcci.org. The Jacksonville
Community Council Inc. is located
at 2434 Atlantic Blvd.
How to Properly
Maintain Your Yard
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will teach proper
pruning, getting your trees hurri-
cane ready, how to keep down the
weeds, how to get acquainted with
the bugs in your yard, recycle ideas
and more. It will be held on
Wednesday, July 16th from 10
a.m. 2 p.m. at the Duval Co.
Extension, 1010 N McDuff Ave.
Pre-register by calling 387-8850.
at the JCA
The Jewish Community Alliance's
Film Series will present a free
showing of the documentary "Steal
A Pencil For Me" at 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, July 17.
The movie is a compelling docu-
mentary about a young Dutch Jew
who is transported to a Nazi labor
camp in 1943 with his wife and,
coincidentally, the woman with
whom he has fallen in love. It par-
allels the will to survive against the
odds and bad circumstances.
The JCA is located at at 8505 San
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will meet at the
Argyle Branch Library, 7973 Old
Middleburg Road South on
Saturday, July 19th, at 10:15 A.M.
Guest speaker is Bob Morgan,
President of the Jacksonville
Maritime Society and Museum. Mr.
Morgan will share Jacksonville's
deep relationship with the St. John's
River. Free and open to the public.
We preserve your family history.
For additional information call
Jaguar Players Bowl
To Strike Out Hunger
Jacksonville Jaguar Scott Starks
will host this year's Celebrity
Charity Bowling event to benefit
the Clara White Mission. It will be
held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at
Jax Lane Bowling Center, 8720
Beach Blvd. from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. Other players in attendance
include Rashean Mathis, Maurice
Williams, Reggie Nelson and
Gerald Sensabaugh among others.
No experience necessary, just the
willingness to have fun. The "Stars
& Strikes Celebrity Charity
Bowling" will include 2 hours of
bowling, food, door prizes, music,
silent auction, trophies and awards.
To register or more information call
(904) 354-4162 or visit our website
Kite Workshop at
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Fort
Clinch State Park will host a Kite
Workshop on July 19. The program
will begin with a short introduction
to the history and basics of kite fly-
ing. Attendees will have the oppor-
tunity to create their own kite and
fly it on the beach.
The event will take place at 10:00
a.m. on Saturday, July 19th at Fort
Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic
Avenue. Call the park to sign up as
participation is limited. For addi-
tional information, call 277-7274 or
Frankie Beverly and
Maze in Concert.
Join veteran soul crooner Frankie
Beverly and Maze along with Keith
Sweat, Trey Sonz and Carl Thomas
at the Veterans Memorial Arena on
Friday, July 25th for the first
annual Back to Camp Concert.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 355-3309
Save on Your
Water Bill Class
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will present a
workshop on how to save money by
fine tuning your own irrigation sys-
tem plus low volume and drip irri-
gation. They will also go over the
new fertilizer rules for homeown-
ers. The seminar will be held on
Saturday, July 26, 2008, from
10:00 a.m. 2:00 PM, at the Duval
Co. Extension, 1010 N. McDuff
Ave. The deadline to register is
Thursday, July 24th. Light refresh-
ments will be served. Pre-register
by calling 387-8850.
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent "Horsin' Around", an educa-
tional seminar for youth and adults.
The free forum will be held on
Thursday July 31st from 5:30 -
9:15 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Equestrian Center, 13611
Normandy Blvd. Topics covered:
Stretching your hay supply, emer-
gency preparedness for horses,
guide to basic vet care, riding trails
in Florida and Composting 101 .Call
Brad Burbaugh at 387-8850 to pre-
Aaron Bing in Concert
Jacksonville's own saxophonist
Aaron Bing will be in concert on
Friday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m.
and 10:30 p.m. at the Times Union
Center Terry Theater. For tickets
call 353-3309, or online at
Ribault Class of 1978
The Ribault class of 1978 will
have it's 30th social social gathering
on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at the
Commonwealth Holiday Inn start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Call 651-0567 for
more info or to stay connected.
Reggae Legend Beres
Hammond in Concert
Reggae legend Beres Hammond
will be in concert for one show only
at the Plush Nightclub. The show
will be on Thursday, August 21st.
For tickets or more information,
FCCJ Family Literacy
Fair at North Campus
The Sixth Annual FCCJ Family
Literacy Fair will be held on
Saturday August 23, 2008 from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. It is free and open to the
public. The annual event includes
live performances by celebrity
readers, storytelling, age-appropri-
ate reading activities and lists, free
books, face painting, prizes, sur-
prises and free lunch. For reserva-
tions (appreciated) or more infor-
mation call 904-766-6553.FCCJ's
North Campus is located at 4501
Gospel Artists Sought
for Talent Showcase
The Jacksonville Gospel
Announcers Guild is looking for
soloists & groups to take part in
their upcoming Gospel Industry
Showcase, Aug. 30th in
Jacksonville. Showcase your talent
to industry professionals, record
company execs, national radio
announcers, Stellar Award board
members and more. For details,
call (904)766-2266 or log onto
The time is now to get your teams
together to walk for sickle cell. The
Annual Sickle Cell Walk-A-thon
will be held on Saturday,
September 6, 2008 at Florida
Community College Jacksonville
(FCCJ) Downtown Campus loca-
tion. Registration begins at 8:00
am, the run begins at 9:00 am and
the walk will begin promptly at
9:15 am. If you have any questions,
please call (904) 244-4472 or (904)
353-5737 or email me at
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Creative Entrants Sought for
Stage Aurora Black Arts Festival
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. will present the 1 st Annual Aurora
Jacksonville Black Arts Festival July 24 -30, 2008, at their new
Performance Space located at 5188 Norwood Avenue. The Festival invites
African American performers and creative artists of all kinds to participate
in the free activities of the Festival, which will be held on three different
The Aurora Jacksonville Festival is a week-long festival showcasing the
African-American experience and culture in relation to the human experi-
ence in the Arts and Humanities. All events and entertainment are for the
sole purpose of providing opportunities for participation and exposure to
quality entertainment and Stage Aurora's goal of producing "theatre that
To register or volunteer, interested persons should send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (904) 765-7372.
Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
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
Due to the extended cold winter weather 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 your
For more information, vist their website at :
www.jaxloc.com or call 904-240-9133.
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14th Annual Essence Festival Still Going Strong in New Orleans
Comedian Chris Rock Mary J. Blige
Sarah Dash, left, and Nona Hendryx
sing during a tribute for Patti LaBelle
Rev. Al Sharpton admonishes the ladies in the audience New Orleans' homeboy Frankie Beverly backed by Maze
not to date a man who isn't registered to vote.
Dubbed a "party with a purpose" Dr. Alvin Poussaint (left) and Dr.
Bill Cosby (right) enlightened the audience to social issues.
NEW ORLEANS A record-
breaking 270,000 fans attended the
14th annual Essence Music
Festival, which was held over the
Fourth of July weekend at its annu-
al location in New Orleans, La.
"We are so pleased with the turn-
out for this year's Essence Music
Festival loyal attendees who
joined us to experience the festival's
unique combination of music, arts
and empowerment," Michelle
Ebanks, president of Essence
Communications Inc., said in a
Last year, about 200,000 attended
the three-day event.
Featuring the biggest names in
entertainment and the nation's most
influential speakers, artists, authors
and leaders, the Festival is the
nation's largest annual gathering of
African-American music and cul-
ture. It is comprised of an unprece-
dented three days of cultural cele-
brations and empowerment semi-
nars and three nights of perform-
ances by some of today's greatest
The well anticipated
Empowerment Seminars held in the
Convention Center, kicked off with
Tyler Perry and company including
his House of Pain TV cast and other
movie stars. Saturday series
included a wake up call by the likes
of Bill Cosby, Dr. Alvin Poussaint
and Michael Eric Dyson. The semi-
nars will closed out on Sunday, July
6th, with an afternoon of praise and
worship featuring spiritual leaders
Dr. Juanita Bynum, Bishop Paul S.
Morton and Co-Pastor Debra
Morton; Tye Tribbett and Regina
For the first time, the festival part-
nered with iClips.net for live
streaming on essence.com from the
Louisiana Superdome of 2008 per-
formances that included Kanye
West, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige,
Chris Brown, Jill Scott and Patti
LaBelle, who reunited after 30
years with LaBelle group members
Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx.
The Essence Music Festival
wrapped up its 14th year Sunday
night, which was marked by the
return of Grammy Award-winner
Mary J. Blige and comedian Chris
The Louisiana Superdome was
even more packed than it was
Saturday as Blige appeared once
again at the festival, while Rock
returned for the first time in 12
"I'm so honored to have been invit-
ed four years in a row," Blige told
reporters before her set. "It's such a
Blige was welcomed by a wild
crowd that remained energetic until
she departed the stage. But the
music wasn't the only attraction for
Danae Green of Pittsburgh, Calif.,
said she was enthralled by the free
empowerment seminars and mar-
ketplace sponsored by the festival
and held inside the Ernest N. Morial
"This is just my second year
attending," Green said as she
looked at jewelry on display. "I had
a good time at the concerts, but I
didn't know all this was going on."
Sunday's seminars included per-
formances by gospel stars Tye
Tribett and Regina Belle as well as
inspirational words from televange-
list Juanita Bynum.
Green said last year she didn't even
venture into the convention center.
"It's different this time," she said.
"I'm enjoying the food, the artists
and the vendors. I was able to
attend the worship service. I'll defi-
nitely be back."
Reggie Wilson of Atlanta said he
and his family have turned attend-
ing the festival into an annual affair.
"I really enjoy it," he said. "We've
made it into a reunion. It's one of
the few times of the year that we're
able to meet up together as a fami-
ly. The empowerment seminars are
great, the concerts are the bomb and
I'll keep coming back as long as
they keep having it."
The Superdome's main stage acts
Sunday also include Morris Day
and The Time and Maze featuring
Frankie Beverly. Maze has closed
out the festival each year since it
began in 1995.
Saturday night's lineup included
LL Cool J, Musiq, Jill Scott and a
tribute to soul diva Patti LaBelle.
The Essence Music Festival start-
ed in 1995 as a one-time event to
celebrate the 25th Anniversary of
ESSENCE magazine. Now the
Festival has been heralded as one of
the country's "Top 10 Leading
Brand Events" in 2007 by
Advertising Age; highlighted
prominently among well-known
consumer events such as NASCAR
and Spring Break. The Essence
Music Festival has featured a host
of legendary performers over the
years, including Alicia Keys,
Aretha Franklin, Beyonce, Chaka
Khan, Chris Brown, Destiny's
Child, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys
Knight, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx,
John Legend, Kanye West, The
Isley Brothers, Lionel Richie,
Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige,
The O'Jays, Prince, Stevie Wonder,
Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle and
Yolanda Adams, to name a few.
Plans are already underway for
next year's event with organizers
already announcing that Beyonce
will headline the 2009 Festival in
celebration of its 15th year.
The 15th anniversary will be held
July 3, 4, and 5.
LL Cool J
New Orleans native Tyler Perry is presented with a key to
the city by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
Terrence Blanchard Rihanna
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Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, Cookie Johnson and Spike Lee at the film-
ing of the 'I Stand With Magic' Campaign to End Black HIV/AIDS
' public service announcement campaign.
Cookie Johnson Joins AIDS Battle
LOS ANGELES -- Magic
Johnson's normally publicity-shy
wife Cookie is emerging as a
spokeswoman in a campaign urging
black women to get tested for HIV.
Cookie Johnson is appearing with
the former LA Lakers star in a five-
year, $60 million public service
campaign with ads directed by
moviemaker Spike Lee.
She was two months pregnant
The Rev. Al Sharpton has pleaded
not guilty to disorderly conduct for
protests he led over the acquittals of
three New York City police officers
in the fatal shooting of an unarmed
man on his wedding day.
Citywide demonstrations clogged
intersections and snarled already
bad New York traffic in May. More
than 200 people were arrested,
including Nicole Paultre Bell, the
fiancee of slain groom Sean Bell,
and two other men injured in the
2006 shooting. The charges includ-
ed disorderly conduct for blocking
traffic or refusing orders to dis-
Paultre Bell, her mother and
cousin also appeared in court .
Charges will be dropped against
them in six months as long as they
stay out of trouble.
Since Sharpton had a previous
arrest record, he was offered time
when her husband tested positive
for HIV in 1991.
The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation
says almost a third of cases diag-
nosed among blacks in 2006 were
women, double the rate for white
Cookie Johnson, who tested neg-
ative for the virus, says part of the
community still has the attitude that
"it can't happen to me."
Shown above former South
African President Nelson Mandela
stands in front of a picture of a new
Rand coin, during its launch at the
Mandela foundation in
Johannesburg, South Africa, this
week, to celebrate Mandela's 90th
birthday. The coin features a por-
trait of Mandela, and will go into
circulation on Friday, July 18,
2008, Mandela's birthday.
of Sean Bell Still Living
Facing Criminal Charges
Reverend Al Sharpton (L) and Nicole Paultre-Bell leave a New York
City court after appearing to face disorderly conduct charges, July 8,
2008. Sharpton and dozens of others were arrested May 8, 2008 for
stopping traffic in New York City to protest the acquittal of a police-
men who killed Sean Bell, an unarmed black man with 50 shots on his
wedding day in 2006.
served if he pleaded guilty to the and must return to court on July 28.
charge, but he chose not to take it
Shown above at the opening are Left to right: presenter Tavis Smiley; Tyrone Ried, director multicultural
marketing, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Rosalind Brewer, president, Southeast Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; John Fleming, the exhibition's executive producer; Leonard James, U.S.
business development manager, ExxonMobile; Tom Joyner, radio host; Cornel West, professor of Religion
and African American studies at Princeton University.
National Traveling Black History
Museum Kicks Off Tour in New Orleans
Thousands of people united at the
Essence Music Festival in New
Orleans to celebrate the launch of
"America I AM Across America," a
mobile experience leading to the
"America I AM: The African
American Imprint" museum exhibi-
tion. Through artifacts, documents,
video and music, the mobile tour
will bring the exhibition's inspira-
tional message to more than 40
communities in advance of the
The celebration included a special
performance by Grammy-nominat-
ed recording artist Ledisi, and
remarks by New Orleans Mayor
Ray Nagin; broadcaster Tavis
Smiley; Cornel West, professor of
Religion and African American
studies at Princeton University; the
exhibition's executive producer
John Fleming, president of the
Association for the Study of
African American Life and History
and radio host Tom Joyner.
The kick-off concluded with a
sculpture presentation of the "Field
of Angels" from the historic
Whitney Plantation in Louisiana.
The sculptures provide an insightful
glimpse into the lives of slaves
through the eyes of children who
lived there as far back as the 1700s.
As it journeys across the nation
from July to November, "America I
AM Across America" will make
appearances at festivals, African
American museums, landmarks,
schools and other community gath-
erings in cities including New
Orleans, St. Louis, Cincinnati,
Atlanta, Jacksonville, Memphis,
Denver, Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Phoenix, Washington,
D.C., New York, Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland,
Chicago, and many more.
The museum exhibition will cele-
brate 400 years of African
American contributions to the
nation through artifacts, docu-
ments, multimedia, photos and
music. "America I AM Across
America" will serve as a traveling
microcosm of the exhibition, a
multi- sensory experience complete
with artifacts, text, video, music
and a unique visitor interactive
opportunity. In a customized
mobile recording booth, visitors
will have the opportunity to leave
their own "imprints" as recorded
video messages that will travel with
the exhibition. As the exhibit trav-
els to cities across the country, this
living imprint will grow to become
the largest oral history project
recorded in U.S. history.
"'America I AM: The African
American Imprint' encourages all
people to connect in a meaningful
way with the foundations of democ-
racy, cultural diversity, exploration
and free enterprise, which began
when the first Africans arrived in
Jamestown," said Tavis Smiley. "By
telling the stories of the events of
the past, we can help the leaders of
the future set the stage for active
participation in the democratic
process for years to come. The
ESSENCE Music Festival was the
perfect place to kick off this tour
and I'm looking forward to visiting
other communities as well, as this
tour travels across America."
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