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Dancing Art that has
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Indicted Louisiana Congressman
Bill Jefferson in Bid for 10th Term
NEW ORLEANS Sordid bribery allegations
and jokes about "cold cash" hidden in Rep.
William Jefferson's freezer apparently did not
matter much to voters two years ago when the
New Orleans Democrat won a runoff election for
congressional seat with a surprising 57 percent.
Now that two more years have passed,
Jefferson's political future has become more pre-
carious. He is awaiting trial in Virginia on federal
bribery charges; his brother and two sisters are
ensnared in a separate federal criminal case in New Orleans.
Donations to his re-election have slowed and there is a reported cam-
paign debt of $250,000. Still, Jefferson is seeking re-election.
While campaigning for a new term, Jefferson also is preparing for a
December federal trial in Virginia on allegations that he took bribes,
laundered money and misused his congressional office for business deal-
ings in Africa. He is accused of taking about $500,000 in bribes and trav-
el expenses and about 34 million shares of corporate stock.
Most of the district's 369,000 registered voters are in New Orleans.
Backers Give Up Fight for
Affirmative Action Ban in Arizona
ARIZONA Backers of a plan to constitutionally ban government
affirmative action programs in Arizona gave up last weekin their legal
efforts to get on the ballot.
A Maricopa County Superior Court Judge had given initiative support-
ers until next week to prove that many of the signatures that county
recorders declared invalid dfrct;in fact,-belong to registered voters.
Proponents had argued that once those additional names were counted,
there would be more than enough to put Proposition 104 on the ballot.
They said a new initiative campaign will begin after November with the
goal of putting the issue on the Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, a foe
of the initiative, said even if the measure makes the 2010 ballot voters
will reject it. She conceded that initiative organizer Ward Connerly has
done a good job of selling the measure as one of promoting equality and
prohibiting quotas, which already are illegal. Sinema said her job will be
to convince voters that the impact of the proposal would be different.
"When they understand it's going to eliminate programs that help, for
instance, young Latina women prepare for college, like the Mother-
Daughter Hispanic Program, they don't want to eliminate those pro-
grams," she said.
Whites-Only Sign Lands Man in Jail
An employee's Whites-only sign nets him jail time
Police in Niagra Falls, N.Y., have arrested a 52-year-old former long-
time city worker who hung a "Whites Only" on a drinking fountain at the
Department of Public Works earlier this month. Authorities say that
James Curtis was nabbed at his home last wek. Later in the day, police
announced that he had been arrested on charges of second-degree aggra-
vated harassment, which is classified as a hate crime. Curtis, who worked
for the Department of Public Works for 26 years, is scheduled to be
arraigned in a Niagara Falls City Court. WGRZ-TV in New York reports
that investigators were able to track Curtis down by analyzing handwrit-
Fewer Black Delegates
Going to GOP Convention
After seating a record number of African American delegates in 2004,
next week's Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul
will have the lowest black representation in 40 years, according to a con-
vention guide that will be distributed next week to delegates at the
Republican National Convention by the Joint Center for Political and
Economic Studies (Joint Center).
Blacks and the 2008 Republican Convention, notes that African
Americans will comprise only 1.5 percent of the total number of GOP
delegates, substantially below the record setting 6.7 percent in 2004.
The 36 black delegates in 2008 represent a 78.4 percent decline from
the 167 black delegates at the 2004 GOP convention.
Detroit Mayor Offers to Quit, Pay
Fine, but Jail Time Snags Plea Deal
DETROIT -- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is offering to plead guilty to one
or two felonies, leave office, pay a fine and restitution and perform com-
munity service so long as he doesn't go to jail.
Frustrated by what they consider stubbornness by Wayne County
Prosecutor Kym Worthy in ongoing plea talks, the mayor's lawyers have
offered to bring in facilitators -- perhaps a judge or well-respected legal
figure -- to review the offer, the source said.
The hope is to persuade Worthy that the deal is "politically palatable"
and similar to penalties anyone facing similar felonies would receive.
Worthy has consistently maintained Kilpatrick must do jail time. Last
week, talks broke down when she suggested he serve four to six months
as part of the deal that would resolve eight felonies stemming from text-
message scandal that erupted in January.
Kilpatrick, who spent one day in jail in early August, is willing to leave
office but remains adamant that he doesn't want to serve more time. He
faces felonies that are punishable by 15 years in prison.
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Volume 22 No. 19 Jacksonville, Florida September 4-10, 2008
Black Men Increasingly
Scarce on College Campuses
JABJ Back and
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists, an organization
of PR and media professionals of
color are back in full swing dedicat-
ed to educating and enlightening
the community. The organization
recently held a networking social at
Bourbon Bayou to publicize their
Ready to Serve
upcoming community forum and
expand their outreach. Shown
above in attendance were Annie
Rodriquez, Laila Capera and chap-
ter president Charles Griggs.
For more sights and scenes from
the event, see page 3. KFP Photo
By Jada Smith
The male to female ratio at the
average Historically Black
Colleges and Uni\ersities around
the nation is 66.54 percent %%omen
and 33.46 percent men. The stark
contrast reflects a consistent prob-
lem plaguing the black community
that has changed very little over
the past years.
Many factors can be blamed for
the lack of black men in college,
such as the overcrowded prison
system. the absence of fathers in
African American families and the
under-funded K-12 school system
in low-income areas across the
Some believe that the lack of
black men in college is a perma-
nent c.cle that the African
American community cannot free
Kenneth Cox. a 1973 graduate of
Albany State University, remem-
bers a similar male to female ratio
during his matriculation at an
"When I went to college. the
Vietnam war was going on, which
took a lot of people to war instead
of college. College recruiters were
competing with army and armed
forces recruiters," said Cox.
"Especially in the all black com-
munity I grew up in if a guy had a
C average or less in high school,
then they were probably going to
Cox says that today, college is
competing with the lure of fast
moneN lifestyles like the music
industry., professional sports and
selling drugs. Continued on page 3
Making the Grade: College Students Exercise Their Right to Vote
According to Edward Waters
College senior Darren Gardner, col-
lege students often don't exercise
their right to vote. "Many of us
aren't even registered. We want our
peers to understand that voting pro-
vides you with an opportunity to
change things," he said. Gardner,
along with other student leaders,
joined community organizers Susan
Ruffin and Marguerite Warren in
establishing an official voter regis-
tration site on the campus of Edward
Waters College. Ruffin, Community
Chair for Voter Registration, said,
"This is about community empower-
ment, and everyone is welcome."
Warren, Edward Waters College
National Alumni President, added,
"It's simple. If you want your voice
heard, vote. We have to communi-
cate that message to our young peo-
ple." The voter registration site,
which has had a record turnout, will
be open in the Student Union
Building at Edward Waters College
weekdays 9a.m.- 1 p.m., through
September 16th. All Florida resi-
dents eighteen years of age and older
Pictured L-R: Edward Waters College senior Darren Gardner with community organizers Marguerite
Warren and Susan Ruffin (all standing) assist three students (all seated) with voter registration at the
Supervisor of Elections' Office official site on the campus of Edward Waters College. MNL Photo
Tom Joyner Family Reunion Brings Thouands to Orlando
Thousands of African-American families trekked to central Florida over the holiday weekend to celebrate the
strength of the family bond hosted by radio host Tom Joyner. Shown above are the Thompson Family of
Jacksonville (L-R): Chelsea Rutledge, Kim Rutledge, Dennis Malone, Judy Thompson, Kavena Phillips, Tome
Joyner, Donna Richardson-Joyner and Justin Dukes. Standing front are Christen Thompson and Candace
Rutledge. For a complete recap of the weekend's activities, see page 11.KFP Photo
The Women of
Inc., will pres-
ent their fifth
and Ivory Gala
"An Evening of
September 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m. at
the Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
The Ebony and Ivory Gala is a
black-tie affair where women who
have made significant contribu-
tions in health, education, and eco-
nomic development are recognized.
The 2008 Award Honorees are:
Laura Bailet, Ph.D.; Shahla
Masood, M.D.; Edith Perez, M.D.;
Barabara Darby, Ph.D.; Davalu
Parrish, P.D.A.; Judith Rodriguez,
Ph.D.; Rebecca Breg, Esq.; Yuleen
Broome; and Clara McLauglin.
Community service agency, JCCI,
will also be recognized for its out-
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At a whopping 690 pages, the new
Housing and Economic Recovery
Act of 2008 is by no means light
reading. Ironed out in part to stimu-
late home sales, the law gives first-
time buyers until next July 1 to
close on a house and get up to
$7,500 sliced off their tax bill.
With the clock ticking, home-
builders and real estate agents are
encouraging renters and others who
qualify including those who
haven't owned a home in three
years to take action before time
"The one-two punch of a slow
housing market and high inventory
puts renters in a good position to
get a great value on their first
home," said Martin Hernandez,
national vice president of sales for
Beazer Homes. "Add the weight of
the new tax credit, low interest rates
and all the great incentives being
offered, and first-time homebuyers
have an opportunity to get a lot
more home for their money."
While the temporary tax credit
passed by Congress aims to help
hundreds of thousands of first-time
home buyers, a recent survey c
found that less than one-fourth of
respondents (23 percent) were
aware of it. What's encouraging,
however, is that 29 percent said the
availability of such a credit would
increase their likelihood of buying a
new home now.
Nuts and bolts
Current homeowners don't quali-
fy, but if you rent, or have not
owned a home in the past three
years, you are likely eligible. All
homes qualify, including new hous-
es, town homes, condominiums and
The credit equals up to 10 percent
of the purchase price, up to $7,500.
You must be a resident of the
United States and plan on living in
the home as your principal resi-
Your modified adjusted gross
income must be $75,000 or less if
you're single and $150,000 for cou-
ples. A partial credit may be avail-
able for singles making up to
$95,000 a year and couples who
earn up to $170,000.
Tax credit lingo
Unlike a tax deduction, this is a
tax credit, meaning there is a dollar-
for-dollar reduction in the amount
of tax owed the IRS. Therefore, if a
new buyer owes $7,500 in income
taxes but also qualifies for the max-
imum credit, nothing will be owed
to the IRS that year.
Others may receive a check. For
example, if you expected to receive
a tax refund of $1,000 and you
qualify for the full $7,500 tax cred-
it, you can expect to receive a check
from the IRS for $8,500.
Pay back provision
Different from other tax credits,
this one must be repaid. Beginning
in the second tax year following
purchase, the full $7,500 credit is
repaid at $500 each year over a 15
year period. If the home is sold and
no profit is made before the credit is
repaid, the remaining balance is
forgiven. If a profit is made, the
repayment cannot exceed the
amount of the gain.
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PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE
SHARE YOUR CONCERNS & POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
Thursday, August 21, 2008, 6:30 8:30 P.M.
Clanzel Brown Community Center
4415 Moncrief Road
Thursday, August 28, 2008, 6:30 8:30 P.M.
6887 103rd Street
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 6:30 8:30 P.M.
Twin Lakes Academy Middle School
8050 Point Meadows Drive
The City Council's Public Health & Safety Committee is hosting community meetings
to listen to your concerns on the following topics: Public Safety and Jacksonville
Journey's impact on the City budget. You and your neighbors are requested to share
your ideas and suggest possible solutions on any issue pertaining to the City of
Jacksonville. City and JSO staff will be present to answer questions on public safety
and proposed safety initiatives.
For further information contact Cheryl L. Brown, Director, at 630-1377
or Councilman Clay Yarborough, Chair of Public Health & Safety at 630-1389.
September 4-10, 2008
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Shown above at the event are Dr. Baruti Katembo, Melody Jackson, historian Dr. Carolyn Williams,
Eddie Diamond and Linda Diamond at the presentation sponsored by the Jacksonville Diversity Network.
Williams' Lecture Exposes Why Jacksonville Historically is a "Good Town
for Negroes" If you thought Black Americans were just starting to make financial gains in the City of
Jacksonville, you should have been at the presentation by Dr. Carolyn Williams last week at the Karpeles
Manuscript Museum. Themed, Jacksonville a Good Town for Negroes", Williams' gave insight to the rich cul-
tural heritage of the city and its profound impact on the north Florida economy. Providing insight dating back to
the early 1900s when the Afro-American Life Insurance Company (Florid's first insurance company of any kind)
was founded, to the socio-economic diversity of the vast community of color, Dr. Williams enlightened the audi-
ence as to why Jacksonville was the mecca for Black Americans on southern east coast. KFP Photo
New Tax Credit Opens Door for First-Time Homebuyers
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September 4-10., 2008 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
JABJ Networking Reception
Pamela Elms, Angela Spears, Lyndsay Rossman,
Donald Harris and T.J. Jackson
C.C. Newby, Valentina Williams,
Lorrie Tidwell, Fran Fabien and Glorious Johnson
Perry Robinson, Rod Mills and Carrose Thomas
Held in conjunction with the Executive Circle, JABJ's Networking recep-
tion at the Bourbon Bayou was the perfect venue to spread the word about
the newly rehabbed organization of communicators. Energized with new
leadership and ideas, JABJ is planning everything from a community
forum on violence to a "How To" workshop on how to get your word out.
There are also plans to provide scholarships for area students. Under the
leadership of Charles Griggs, JABJ is an affiliate of the National
Association of Black Journalists. For more information on upcoming
dates, meetings and activities, call 904-607-0660. KFP Photo
for Hall of Fame
But the Pro Football Hall of Fame
has decided to give Hayes a second
chance. As a game-breaking wide
receiver for the Dallas Cowboys
and Olympic gold medal winner,
many think Hayes' time has come.
The seniors committee of the Hall
of Fame decided last week to re-
nominate Hayes just five years
after he was rejected as a senior
candidate. Hayes is joined by
Claude Humphrey as the two senior
candidates for the Class of 2009.
"I'm hopeful that this is Bob's year
because I know that he's very much
deserving and this recognition is
long overdue," Cowboys owner
and GM Jerry Jones said.
Second chances are rare from the
senior committee. It has been
around since 1972 and has nomi-
nated 38 players, coaches and
administrators. Thirty of them have
been enshrined. Only 10 have been
voted down and Hayes becomes
just the fourth senior candidate
given a second chance.
The candidates will be discussed,
voted upon and named on Jan. 31 in
Tampa, Fla. The 15 modem era
candidates will be announced in
Continued from page 1
A study conducted by the Justice
Policy Institute, a D.C. based
organization that supports alterna-
tives to incarceration, found that in
2000 there were 791,000 black men
in jail or prison, and 603,032 were
enrolled in colleges or universities.
Many young African American
males who are pursuing a degree
attend an HBCU, making the num-
bers dwindle even lower at majori-
ty white schools.
Alexander Johnson, a junior at
Harvard University, says that black
men in the Ivy League and other
predominantly white schools are
even more underrepresented than
the numbers reflect.
"I do not believe that black men
are adequately represented in quan-
tity at [my school]. We average
somewhere around 11 percent,
which is unreasonably low,"
Johnson said. "Among that 11 per-
cent, most are of African decent and
not African American. Therefore, I
believe that the number is some-
Through organizations like the
Black Men's Forum (BMF),
Johnson said a certain camaraderie
is formed amongst African
Obama Hits 50% in the Polls
Barack Obama met the 50 percent
threshold for the first time this
week in the Gallup daily tracking
poll, a symbolic hurdle that until
now had eluded the Democratic
The Gallup daily tracking poll has
found that since the conclusion of
the Democratic convention, Obama
has risen 5 percentage points in the
polls and now leads John McCain
50 percent to 42 percent. That rep-
resents a positive turn for Obama,
after a couple of days in which he
appeared to have peaked at the 49
percent mark while McCain was
showing slight improvements.
The survey indicates that Obama's
overall post-Democratic National
Convention bounce now appears to
be roughly at par with the norm of
past conventions. Though smaller
than several of the sizable bounces
of recent decades, the new polling
suggests that perhaps the
Democratic convention bounce has
yet to subside.
While an improvement from 49
percent to 50 percent is statistically
insignificant, the 50 percent mark
holds significance for a party seek-
ing to win its first majority since
1976, when Jimmy Carter won with
Polling will likely remain in flux
until early next week, after the con-
clusion of the Republican National
Convention. On Saturday, Gallup
reported Obama was ahead by 8
percentage points. By Monday, that
lead had shrunk to 5 points. Today
it returned to 8.
Obama and McCain were evenly
split at 45 percent prior to the
Democratic convention, according
to Gallup. Should Obama maintain
a 5-point bounce in the polls, that
would meet the 5- to 6-point norm
earned by a typical party nominee,
by Gallup's measure, since 1964.
Lee High School Cheerleaders: Shown above at their recent game are Lee Cheerleaders: Myranda
Bryant, Bria Johnson, Bridgette Pollars, Azjaah Rogers, Dyamond Rogers, Shawntee Kinsey, Breonshay King,
Tanya Baker, Alysha Austin, Jessica Sinclair, Leaha Way, Monasia Brooks, Trinity Smith, Savannah Jackson,
Marguerite Douglas, Kristen Johnson, Shanae Rufus and Miranda Felton.
a Dying Breed on College
American males at institutions with said Johnson. "The Black Men's
majority white students. Forum assists in that effort."
"I can say that we are all aware According to Black Press
that we represent the race and for International, 85 percent of basket-
the most part we act with that ball players in the NBA are black.
knowledge in mind. I am definitely The U.S. Department of Justice
aware of my surroundings and feel website says that for every 100,000
compelled to excel for that reason," black males in the U.S., 4,618 are in
jail and for every 100,000 white
males in the U.S., 773 are in jail.
However, according to the U.S.
Census Bureau only 15 percent of
blacks 25 or older have a bachelor's
degree or higher compared to 84
percent of whites, a shocking dis-
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Studies Now Show that Black Men
Much More Likely to Get Prostate Cancer
We all know someone who has
survived prostate cancer, and we all
know folks who did not.
Unfortunately, for African
Americans we probably know
more people who didn't survive.
Black men are 60 percent more
likely to get prostate cancer than
whites. They're also twice as likely
to die from it than any other group.
No one really started studying the
statistics until the last few years.
A study completed a few years
ago by doctors at the University of
Michigan basically provides some
answers to the reason why black
men are dying from prostate cancer
at alarming rates. This data showed
that race and discriminatory treat-
ment practices may be at the root of
This particular study basically
suggested that the disparity may
stem from differences in how the
groups are treated for the disease.
After reviewing the records of
more than 140,000 men diagnosed
with prostate cancer, researchers
found that black and Hispanic men
were less likely to undergo surgery
or radiation than were whites.
That study noted, "As prostate
tumors became more aggressive--
more likely to spread to other parts
of the body--black and Latino men
became less and less likely to
receive surgery or radiation com-
pared with whites."
It may be hard for some to imag-
ine that disparities exist in an
industry as critical to human life as
the healthcare arena, but the study
acknowledges one of the silent
institutional problems blacks have
had to endure in this country -
unequal treatment based upon race
"Although some researchers
believe that black men may have
genetic differences that make their
cancers more deadly, this report
suggests that access to treatment
may also be responsible for the sur-
vival gap between blacks and
whites diagnosed with prostate
cancer," stated Dr. John Wei.
But again this study was conduct-
ed a few years back, and if you
know any thing about technology
and medicine you know that factors
and data can change rapidly.
Dr. Jim Mohler of Roswell Park
Cancer Institute in Buffalo has
studied the difference in prostate
cancer amongst men and discov-
ered a crucial difference in the
prostate of African Americans.
According to Dr. Mohler, "All
men have what are known as
androgen receptor proteins they
are the receptors for the hormones
that regulate male traits like facial
hair and baldness."
He adds, "The levels of those pro-
teins are 22 percent higher in the
prostates of African Americans
than in whites. And even more
striking, they are 81 percent higher
in the prostate cancers of African
While this new study isn't neces-
sarily the gospel yet, it does pro-
vide some interesting input into the
difference between races.
And both studies also reinforce
that fact that black men typically do
not help the situation at all because
of our attitudes towards seeking
So if you combine the two stud-
ies with the fact that black men
don't get enough routine check ups
then you get a better understanding
of why black men die at higher
rates than any other demographic
A man's pride is often the biggest
hindrance because no self-respect-
ing man wants to ask for help or be
seen in the free health clinic. That
is ludicrous. We all need assistance
at some point in life and if you do
not have health insurance there is
nothing wrong with seeking help
versus the alternative of dying.
I have heard numerous brothers
say that they don't feel comfortable
getting their prostate checked, and I
certainly cannot imagine having to
bend over for a doctor to check my
prostate, but it is necessary discom-
fort for your survival.
Brothers are dying unnecessarily
from completely preventable and
treatable causes. Someone once
said, "An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure."
Black men have got to start doing
a better job of taking care of their
bodies. Prostate cancer is the most
frequently diagnosed cancer in
men, accounting for 36% of all
cancer cases. An estimated 180,000
men will be newly diagnosed this
year, and 37,000 will die.
The federal government spends
four times as much on breast cancer
research as prostate cancer
research, and the money raised by
private charities for breast cancer is
estimated to outnumber that for
prostate cancer 20 to 1.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control, adjusting for age,
men lead in all of the 10 most com-
mon causes of death in the United
States, and women live on average
six years longer than men. A figure
that gets much gloomier for the
black male demographic alone.
Another key reason why black
men's health lags in comparison to
others is simply access to services.
Poor black men are 6 times more
likely to be uninsured as our white
counterparts 25 percent of Black
males are uninsured.
So it's clear that the silent crisis is
here, but it is not too late to stop it.
For as William Shakespeare once
said, "This above all; to thine own
self be true." Early detection is the
key men get your prostate
checked on a regular.
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Medical Center, Reggie Fullwood
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Is Macus Garvey Channeling
Through Bob Johnson
by Bill Reed
As African activists celebrated Marcus Garvey's
121st birthday, Black Entertainment Television
founder-turned-billionaire developer Robert
Johnson was building a four-star, beachfront resort to open March 2009 near
the Liberian capitol of Monrovia.
Most African Americans know little of Liberia. Located on Africa's west
coast, Liberia's name denotes "liberty" as a result of Black Americans' col-
onization in 1822. By 1921, Garvey had the conviction that American
Blacks should have a permanent homeland in Africa and sought to develop
Liberia. He had intended to build colleges, industrial plants, and railroads
as part of an industrial base from which to operate. During the 1980s and
90s, the country was embroiled in a civil war that destroyed its economy and
Now, Bob Johnson says, "Last September, Liberian President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf captivated an audience at the Clinton Global Initiative with
descriptions of the extraordinary challenges facing her country. Sirleafs
courage and vision inspired me and a group of colleagues to commit to revi-
talizing the historic but dormant relationship between African Americans
and Liberia. After all, Jewish Americans have been vital to Israel's welfare.
African Americans should play a similar role for Liberia."
Johnson led the first American investment mission to Liberia in over 30
years and initiated the RLJ Liberia Initiative, a RJR Companies development
fund, to help bring Liberia back from its war-ravaged struggles. The RLJ
Kendeja Resorts & Villas will be an 85-room, four-star resort on the Atlantic
coast. "There is no hotel in West Africa like this," says Johnson. "This will
be a Class-A beachfront property, with great views out to the ocean".
Johnson is taking a risk on an upscale project in a country that has not seen
a new hotel room built in 20 years. Ground was broken with a labor force
of 500 Liberian workers. The RJR Kendeja will have rates of $150 to $200
a night. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to host the first
guests. And, if all goes as planned, she will be followed by ambassadors,
multinational corporate executives, foundations and others looking to fuel
The property is located outside Monrovia, a city of 400,000, which only has
a handful of hotels. Johnson says the project furthers his "commitment of
mobilizing resources to aid Liberia's rehabilitation and signal to the interna-
tional and local sectors that Liberia is open for business." As the Liberia
government seeks to boost tourism, it's hard not to see Johnson's initiative
as a good thing. Just six hours from America's East Coast, Liberia has 300
miles of white sandy beaches and attractions such as shallow lagoons,
islands, lakes, mangrove swamps, rivers, volcanoes and colonial-styled wide
porch homes. Liberia's unique history as the first black African republic and
a haven for freed black American slaves in the 19th century can be great
RLJ Liberia Enterprise Development Fund programs aid entrepreneurs and
coordinate advocacy and outreach efforts with President Johnson-Sirleaf's
programs. The American Johnson says revenue returns will help spur recon-
struction of the country's schools, roads, hospitals, utilities and businesses.
Some could see the initiative as Bob Johnson taking up where Marcus
Garvey left off. Best known for the "Back to Africa" movement, Marcus
Garvey is credited with creating history's biggest movement of people of
African descent. His business and social movements of the 1920s is said to
have had more participation from people of African descent than the Civil
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Though Garvey never actually went to Liberia, large numbers of U.S.
tourists went before the wars. Now, Johnson is chronicling Garvey's back
to Africa movement. Johnson says, "Liberia deserves American support,
and African Americans especially must come forward to reestablish the his-
toric bond between our nations". He has increased the U.S. government's
has attention and investments and programs toward Liberia. In many sec-
tors, Liberia has world-class natural resources. While many still condemn
Johnson about the content of BET programming, the paradox is that Garvey
would probably be proud of Johnson and his successes at "working the sys-
tem". He is to be applauded for addressing very real economic issues in the
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on Dedicating His Life to the Wrongly Accused
KANSAS CITY, Mo. A man
released from prison after a judge
ruled that his 1984 murder trial was
constitutionally flawed said that he
hopes his case will convince the
public that this country is jailing
Darryl Burton was convicted in
1985 of capital murder and armed
criminal action and sentenced to
life in prison with no chance of
parole for 50 years. He was
released from the Jefferson City
Correctional Center last week.
During a news conference
Tuesday, Burton said he believes
there are thousands of other inno-
cent people in U.S. prisons.
"I come to prison thinking that is
an isolated incident, I'm the only
person this has ever happened to,"
Burton said. "I thought, justice just
don't goof up like this, not in
American justice, or what I term
American injustice. But it does hap-
pen in more cases than we know."
Burton, 46, of St. Louis, was con-
victed despite the lack of physical
evidence or any motive tying him to
the fatal gas station shooting in
June 1984 in St. Louis. He was
convicted solely on the testimony
of two men who claimed they saw
One of those witnesses, Claudex
Simmons, lied during Burton's
1985 trial when he testified that he
had been convicted of a crime only
twice. In reality, his criminal record
included at least seven felonies and
The failure to disclose Simmons'
complete criminal history to the
jury violated Burton's right to due
process, Cole County Circuit Judge
Richard G Callahan said in his
Aug. 18 ruling throwing Burton's
The judge gave the state 15 days
to decide whether to retry Burton.
Prosecutors in St. Louis decided
Friday not to retry Burton and he
That came as a pleasant shock to
Burton, attorneys and investigators
who had been working on his case
for eight years. Burton said the war-
den told him personally that he was
being released and offered to have
him driven to St. Louis.
"I told him I'd walk to St. Louis if
what you're saying is for real,"
Burton said. "It was just surreal.
You wait on these days, you wait
and wonder and see other cases on
the news. For me, I just said 'my
day will come.'"
His attorneys and a clergyman
who had befriended him drove him
to St. Louis to be reunited with his
Attorney Cheryl Pilate joined
Burton in hoping the case would
highlight the difficulty of exonerat-
ing innocent inmates.
Many wrongful convictions are
won on "snitch" evidence from
criminals seeking deals and weak
eyewitness evidence, she said.
"His story is dramatic yet all too
common," Pilate said. "There are
hundreds if not thousands of people
just like him still sitting in prison."
Burton maintained his innocence
from the beginning and relentlessly
tried to get help, writing an estimat-
ed 600 to 700 letters and filing
numerous appeals on his own. In
2000, his attorneys began working
on the case with the help of
Centurion Ministries, a national
organization that provided investi-
gators and money to help exonerate
Burton said he is not bitter but
said prosecutors should not be
allowed to offer "snitches" deals for
"The system we have in arguably
the best country on Earth is locking
up its citizens because someone
wants to get a conviction," Burton
said. "It becomes a game. And
you're dealing with people's lives.
... We can do better than what we
have done with our system of jus-
tice. We have to."
Martin Luther King's Thoughts
on a Future Black President
Gwendolyn Leapheart Celebrates at St. Gabriels Over fifty family and friends participated in the
87th birthday celebration of Ms. Gwendolyn Leapheartheld at St Gabriels Episcopal Church on Sunday August
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'Negro President Possible In
Next 25 Years: King.'
So declared a headline in the
Chicago Defender, America's
largest black-owned newspaper, on
Christmas Eve 1964. The article
reported on an interview by civil
rights leader Martin Luther King,
Jr., recorded by the British
Broadcasting Company earlier in
December. King had been asked to
comment on a statement by
Senator-Elect Robert F. Kennedy of
New York to the effect that it might
be possible to elect an African
American president within 40
"I've seen levels of compliance
with the civil rights bill and
changes that have been most sur-
prising," King had responded,
according to the United Press
International wire story, which also
ran in the Washington Post and the
Chicago Daily News. "So, on the
basis of this, I think we may be able
to get a Negro president in less than
40 years. I would think that this
could come in 25 years or less."
Of course, Kennedy turned out to
be closer to the mark: this past
week, almost 44 years after King's
statement, Barack Obama became
the first African American presiden-
tial nominee of a major U.S. politi-
Even in less auspicious times than
the 1960s, some Americans
dreamed of becoming the first black
president. Historian John Hope
Franklin told the Washington Post
in June that when he was six years
old, in 1921, his mother had said to
him, "When people ask you what
you're going to be when you grow
up, tell them you're going to be the
first Negro president of the United
States." Franklin said he "worked
up the courage to say it a few
times." But it seemed implausible
that such a thing could actually hap-
pen in his lifetime.
King might be forgiven his opti-
mism at the close of 1964. Only
recently, it was the door to the pres-
ident's cabinet, not the Oval Office,
that was the threshold of progress:
in a March 1963 article, the lesbian
writer and activist Barbara Gittings
remarked, "Some 50 years ago, a
president of the U.S. came close to
being impeached because he invited
a Negro to a White House break-
-fast. Today, appointment of a Negro
to the president's Cabinet met only
a slight delaying action." The
August 1963 March on Washington
for Jobs and Freedom, where King
delivered the 'I Have a Dream'
speech, ushered in a year of pro-
found change in which he attended
the ceremony where President
Lyndon Johnson signed the land-
mark Civil Rights Act of 1964, his
movement's greatest legislative
success. At the time of the BBC
interview at the end of 1964, King
was stopping over in London en
route to Oslo to collect his Nobel
What's more, Johnson had just
been reelected in a landslide that
was widely interpreted as an
endorsement of a domestic agenda
that included further civil rights
measures and programs to alleviate
the poverty and joblessness of
America's inner-city slums. As Rick
Perlstein points out in his recent
book Nixonland, a New York Times
headline following the November
election captured the incredible
possibilities of the moment: 'White
Backlash Doesn't Develop.'
By the late 1980s, 25 years after
King's statement, that white back-
lash was in full swing. Ronald
Reagan had crafted the image of the
"welfare queen," stirring white
resentment and promoting an agen-
da of cutting taxes and slashing
services. In 1988 the Republican
nominee, George Bush, aired the
now-infamous 'Willie Horton' ad,
smearing Democrat Michael
Dukakis and playing on the centu-
ry-old image of sexually aggressive
To be sure, there were critical
signs of progress in the past quarter
century. Massachusetts had elected
Edward Brooke, the first black sen-
ator since Reconstruction.
Beginning with Cleveland in 1967,
many big American cities had elect-
ed African American mayors. In
1983, the House and Senate had
passed a bill creating a federal holi-
day in honor of King, over the
objections of a small minority that
included Arizona's John McCain.
(By 1989, McCain had flip-flopped
on his state's observance of Martin
Luther King Day, but said he was
"still opposed" to the federal holi-
day.) Most importantly, the
Democratic Party had seen the
insurgent presidential campaign of
a black candidate, King's former
colleague Jesse Jackson, as well as
the nomination of a woman for the
This year, as the whole world
knows, the Democratic presidential
primary has brought the nation
thrillingly close to smashing long-
standing barriers of both race and
gender. For its part the Republican
Party has adopted a rhetoric of col-
orblindness, and will soon nomi-
nate a woman candidate for vice
president, albeit one who opposes
most of the policy agenda of the
major national women's rights
When King accepted the Nobel
Peace Prize, of course, he was far
more controversial among
America's white majority than
today's political leaders tend to
acknowledge. At a November 18
press conference, FBI director J.
Edgar Hoover had called him "the -
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Northside Church of Christ to Hold
Annual Harvester's Gospel/Revival
The Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, will present a free con-
cert featuring the Northside Acappella Mass Chorus at 7 p.m., Saturday
evening, September 6th. The concert will kick off the Annual Harverster's
Gospel/Revival Sunday, September 7th through Thursday, September 11,
2008. The guest speaker will be Jack Evans Jr., from Fort Worth, Texas. He
will invigorate your Christian growth, by using Scriptural texts that will
help you re-structure your spiritual foundation.
The Gospel Harvester's Revival is a great time to clear-out your unspir-
itual way of life, and re-develop your spiritual commitments. Don't miss
this inspiring event!
Sunday, September 7th is Family & Friends Day. Bible School begins
at 9:15 a.m., followed by Mass Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. with dinner
for all following the service.
The Gospel Revival Meetings will begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. Monday
thru Thursday. FREE transportation and Children's Nursery are available
for all events. Please call (904) 223-0538 to arrange.
Historic Mt. Zion AME Fall Gospel
Revival to Encourage and Inspire
Historic Mount Zion AME Church, 201 East Beaver Street, F. D.
Richardson Jr., Pastor; invites the community to evenings of preaching,
prayer and praise, at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, September 4th and 5th,
2008. The scripture: "Will you not revive us again, so that your people,
may rejoice in you?" Psalm 85:6. Come, be encouraged; be challenged, and
be inspired. Rev. William "Bill" Lamar IV will be the Evangelist.
Ark of the Covenant Int. Ministries to
Hold Prophetic Gathering 9/3-14
The Ark of the Covenant International Ministries, 620 Wells Road,
Orange Park; will hold A Prophetic Gathering at 7;30 p.m. nightly,
Wednesday, September 3rd thru Sunday, September 14th. This gathering
will feature Apostles, Prophets, Prophetess and Pastors from across the
United States. All are welcome. Directions: call 253-3892, 482-3266.
Family & Friends Day at St. Andrew
St. Andrew AME Church, located at 125 9th Street South in Jacksonville
Beach, is inviting the community to participate in it's Family & Friends Day
Celebration 2008. It will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at the
11:00 am Worship Service.
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Pastor Ernie Murray
Pastor Blasts IRS
A pastor of one of the largest churches in
Minnesota charges an IRS investigation
into his ministry's finances is "politically
Rev. Mac Hammond has a large audi-
ence through his Sunday morning TV
broadcast services at Living Word
Christian Center in Brooklyn Park.
The Star Tribune reported that
Hammond sent a letter to his congrega-
tion contending that, "behind these
attacks (are) enemies of the Gospel."
Hammond preaches what is being called
the "prosperity Gospel" which says
strong faith and religious behavior leads
to material wealth.
The Associated Press reports that the
IRS filed a petition in U.S. District Court
to force the church to answer a demand
for detailed financial information.
Community Mourns Passing of Mr.
The community joined the fam-
ily of the late Rudolph L. "Rudy"
Daniels in celebration of the
retired community leader's life
and accomplishments. The cele-
bra-tion was held Saturday, at the
Bethel Baptist Insitutional
Church, where the family was
devoted communicants. Pastor
Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. offici-
A familiar face championing
many causes during his twenty-
four years, under four mayors, of
service to the city, Mr. Daniels
retired in 1992. He was the first
African American to head a City
Department (Human Resources).
Appointed to the position by
Mayor Jake Godbold, Mr. Daniels
did not disappoint him. His
accomplish-ments included pro-
Mr. Rudolph Daniels
grams that aided homeless veter-
ans, youth and senior citizens
Mr. Daniels was a Jacksonville
native and a 1945 graduate of
Stanton High School. He received
his bachelor's degree from West
Virginia State University '51.
Commissioned as a second
lieutenant in the Army on gradua-
tion, he eventually became com-
mander of the city's first integrat-
ed reserve unit, and at the time of
his retirement, had achieved the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr.
Daniels professional achieve-
ments and strides to improve life
and employment opportunities for
his people are numerous and
carved into the history of this city.
He is survived by his beloved
wife, Alma; daughters, Michelle
D. Brooks (Reuben) and Lisa D.
Carey (Curtis); and two grand-
daughters: Lauren A. Brooks and
Leslie A. Carey; other relatives
and a multitude of friends.
Black Hebrew Extremists Religious Groups are on the Rise
America's urban communities.
Thousands of black men and
women who believe Jesus Christ is
returning soon to kill or enslave
white people, Jews, homosexuals
and others have joined the racist
fringe of the black Hebrew Israelite
movement, according to the latest
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"These groups have used bizarre
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Most black Hebrew Israelites,
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street preaching that involves ver-
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whites and Jews. "Every white per-
son who doesn't get killed by Christ
when he returns is going into slav-
ery!" General Mayakaahla Ka, an
Israelite School of Universal
Practical Knowledge preacher, says
in one video.
Also, in the Fall 2008 issue of the
Intelligence Report, the story
"Silver Lining" describes how a sur-
prising number of white suprema-
cists believe Sen. Barack Obama
becoming the first black president
actually would be a boon to their
cause, driving millions into their
ranks and possibly sparking a race
war. Others on the racist right dis-
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Famk and Friends cSalute Golden Anniversary of Harvey and Jimmie Harper
(L-R) Henry Mack, Organist; Phillis Varnado,
Heather Carter, daughter; Joyce Quiller, daugh-
ter;Jachelle Ellis, granddaughter; Beverly
Harper, granddaughter; and Jamese Quiller,
Jamese Quiller, granddaughter; Jachelle Ellis,
granddaughter, and Barbara Moore, original
Maid of Honor.
Barbara Reddick and INaomi Crowder
When a young Jimmie Baity
walked into the Two Spot Lounge
for the Annual Fireman's Ball in
1956, she had no idea that her life
would be forever changed as
she knew it. It was there
that she laid eyes on
Harvey Harper in a
"love at first
would be per-
A mere two
united in Holy
Organized b\ -I
their children and '- ll
close friends Esielle
McKissisk and Alice
Polite, the two recently celebrat-
ed their union marking their 50th
The Offspring of Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey J. Harper, accompanied by
organist Henry Mack and selections
by Steve Fry led the Prelude and
Lighting of the Candles into Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. "My
Tribute" sang by Dr. Phillis
Varnado set the tone for the
Processional as Mr. and Mrs.
Harper entered the Church for their
Celebratory Exchange of Vows.
Pastor Rudolph W. McKissick Sr.
The Harpers say the key to a suc-
cessful marriage is first giving their
life to the Lord, followed by good
communication and praise. As evi-
Heather Carter, Joyce Quiller, the Bride and
Groom, James Ellis Sr., and Beverly Harper.
Allie Faye Polite, Advisor and Hannah Jones
James and Michelle Ellis, son and daughter-in-law
denced in the renewal of their
vows, they began again on bended
knee with a prayer anointed by
The attendants were Matron of
Honor (original), Barbara
Moore; Best Man, James
Ellis Sr.; Bridesmaids:
Jachelle Ellis and
Jamese Quiller. The
Martin Carter Sr.,
Martin Carter Jr.,
James r Ecills Jre
and Troa Priester
as the Ring
say hafs ing Christ
first in their life
has been a ke) for a
Bearer. Alanna Carter and
Jazzman hitchell %\ere the
Following the ceremony, the
Bethel Multiplex Room was the
scene of a festive reception cele-
brating a strong union complete
with the traditional wedding cake
and a toast led by Rev. Henry T.
Mr. and Mrs. Harper are the par-
ents of son, James Ellis (Michelle);
and three daughters: Beverly
The Groom and grandsons, James Ellis Jr.,
Nicholas Carter, Martin Carter Jr. and greatgrand
son, Troy Priester.
Johnestine Daigeau, Ruth Wheaton and Andrew
Ethel Owens, aunt with the Groom
Harper, Joyce Harper-Quiller and
Heather Harper-Carter (Martin Sr.).
The retired honorees who worked
in the postal service and the educa-
tion system now spend their time
traveling with their grand-children
and volunteering. They also enjoy
exercising and cheering on their
favorite team, the Jacksonville
Jaguars. They will culminate their
festivities with a cruise next month,
going a bit further than their
Fernandina Beach honeymoon
fifty-eight years ago. As the
Harpers visit different international
ports, they will no doubt experience
it as they have done for the past
fifty years, hand in hand, with
Christ at their side.
Photos by Rohnda Silver
Bride and June Buggs Davis
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
PRIDE Book Club
On Friday, September 5th, at
7:00 p.m., the PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be hosted by Ros
Richardson.The fiction book for
discussion will be AND ON THE
EIGHTH DAY SHE RESTED: A
NOVEL by J. D. Mason.
For directions or more informa-
tion, call 705-7984.
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
September 5th at 7:30 p.m. Some
of the city's hottest talent in
Jacksonville will compete for cash
prizes and the cheers or jeers of the
audience decide who goes home
with the cash. Tickets are available
at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum, Times Union Performing
Art Center. Call 632-5555 for more
Book Club Meeting
PRIDE Book Club will have their
September meeting on Friday,
September 5th at 7 p.m. hosted by
Ros Richardson. The fiction book
for discussion will be "On the
Eighth Day She Rested" by J. D.
Mason. For more information, con-
tact Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
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 244-4472 or 353-5737
or email SCDAANFC@comcast.net.
Willie Gary Classic &
Annual College Fair
The 7th Annual Willie Gary
Classic and 6th Annual "Dream Big
Dreams" College Recruiting Fair
will be held on Saturday
September 6, 2008 at Raines High
School Gymnasium from 12:00
noon 4:00 p.m. Students will be
able to meet with recruiters from
different colleges and universities
with the opportunity for on the spot
scholarships and are encouraged to
bring transcripts. For more informa-
tion, email information@willie-
How to grow
your own Herbs
On Thursday, September 11th,
from 10 AM NOON, learn how to
grow your own herbs at the Urban
Garden Field Office of the Duval
County Extension Service located
at 1007 Superior Street.Call Jeannie
at 387-8850 to register. This class
will teach you tips on how to grow
your own herbs and make your own
container to take home.
Amateur Night at
the Ritz Auditions
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present the next round
of live auditions for "Amateur
Night at the Ritz" for all categories
on September 11th, from 5:00
PM 6:15 PM at the theatre located
at 829 North Davis Street.
Call the Ritz at 632-5555 for
audition guidelines, or visit our
website at www.ritzlavilla.org.
There will be a Fashion Show fea-
turing local boutiques and clothing
donations for Dignity U Wear on
Friday September 12th at 7p.m.,
show to commence at 9 p.m. Free
admission to the show will be pro-
vided with donation of new cloth-
ing item (Preferably kids clothes for
Back to School) .It will be held a
Square One in Sam Marco. For
more information. Call 396-7463.
National Free PSAT
Test Fest for Teens
The Princeton Review is spon-
scoring a free PSAT Test Fest where
students will take a free, full-length,
proctored practice PSAT. This test
will be administered under simulat-
ed testing conditions. This simula-
tion provides students with a testing
experience very similar to what
they'll experience when they sit for
the actual PSAT in October. It will
be held on Saturday, September
13th from 2-4 p.m.To register call
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. will present their
fifth annual Ebony and Ivory Gala
Saturday, September 13, 2008,
7:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville
Hotel. The Ebony and Ivory Gala is
a black-tie affair where women who
have made significant contributions
in health, education, and economic
development are recognized in
addition to a community service
agency. For additional information
contact Dr. Helen Jackson at 635-
5191 or on-line at woccf.org.
On Saturday, September 13th at
10:00 a.m., the Southern
Genealogist's Exchange Society,
Inc., will meet at the Jacksonville
Downtown Library, 303 North
Laura Street in the Electronic
Classroom on the First floor. This
will be a hands on computer work-
shop. Plan to attend and enhance
your research skills in the computer
area. No charge, open to everyone.
Free parking available in the Duval
street garage. Bring in your parking
ticket to have it validated.For more
information call: (904) 778-1000.
JABJ Open Forum
to Address Violence
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists will host a mem-
bership reception and Community
Forum on September 18th from 7
to 9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). It
will be held at the Urban League in
A z_- _- T- 1-__-.I ". ..
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "A Bold New
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera-
tor and three distinguished scholars
will discuss how Jacksonville has
fared under Consolidated govern-
ment in the 40 years since it was
implemented. The forum will kick
off at 11 a.m. in the Main Library,
Hicks Auditorium, Conference
downtown JacKsonville. Discussion
will be on the ongoing violence in
the community. The forum will Free Genealogy
be titled, "Speak Your Conference at the Library
Mind: Addressing the
i e In O / Jacksonville will host a free full day seminar on
Violence In uur/Saturday, October llth, 2008 for the Southern
Community". Genealogist's Exchange Society, Inc. featuring
or more infl or- speakers focusing on the theme, "Celebrating Family
0660mation, call 607- History." Topics include :"Documentation, Proving your
0660. lineage and Your family Stories," "Where Might My
V Family Be Hiding in the Courthouse?", "Quirks of the
Vegetable 1945 Florida Census"; and "The War and Its Hardship:
Growing The Effects of the Civil War on an East Florida Farm
Pre-registration is recommended. Call (904)778-
The Duval County 1000 for questions, more information or reg-
Extension Office is offer- istration. You may also register online at:
ing a workshop on how to www.sgesjax@com.
grow your own cool season veg- ysja c
tables. It will be held on Saturday,
September 20th from 10 a.m. Level, 303
Noon. It will be held at the Duval N. Laura Street. For more informa-
County Extension Office, 1010 N. tion call 630-BOOK.
McDuff Ave. The cost is $5.00
which can be paid at the door. Call Oct. 11th is Annual
Jeannie at 387-8850 to register. National Cnllaeo TFair
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with Rodney Hurst
The Jacksonville Public Library,
as part of their African-American
author series, will present
"An Afternoon with Rodney
Hurst", author of, It Was Never
About a Hotdog and a Coke. The
free forum will be held on
Saturday, September 27th at 2:00
PM at the Main Library.
The Wailers in Concert
at the Florida Theater
The Florida Theatre will feature
the Original Wailers featuring Al
Anderson, Junior Marvin and Earl
"Wyn" Lindo on Tuesday,
September 30th at 8 p.m.. Tickets
are now on sale. For more informa-
tion, call 355-4661.
Viewing at the Library
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "Government by
Gaslight" on Thursday, Oct. 2,
2008. The event will include a
viewing of a documentary that first
aired on Channel 4 in 1966 and
encouraged support for the
Consolidation movement in
Jacksonville. After the viewing,
Harry Reagan and Norm Davis will
discuss the role of the media in cre-
ating support for Consolidation. It
will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Hicks
Auditorium Main Library. Call 630-
BOOK for more information.
PRIDE Book Club
The October PRIDE Book Club
meeting will be held on Friday,
October 3, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The
book for discussion will be A
LONG WAY GONE by Ishmael
Beah. For location or more infor-
mation, call Felice Franklin at 389-
8417 or 703-8264.
The National College Fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-l
p.m. at the Prime F. Osbom n
The annual fair draws thousands of
students and their parents each year
and is attended by more than 100
colleges and universities globally.
For more information, call 632-
Cry For Help
the Stage Play
Milk and Honey Entertainment
will present "Cry for Help"
Depicted in the story are real life
accounts of "Teen Abusive
Relationships" and "Domestic
Violence." Viewers will witness a
provocative and enlightening show-
case to eradicate these cries for
help. It will be held on Saturday,
October 11, 2008 at 7:30 PM at
the Ritz Theatre Call 997-1035 for
Get Ready for
Garden Fest will be held Saturday,
October 18th from 9 3 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuff Avenue.
Topics include: Turn Trash to
Landscaping; Birds, Bees and
Butterflies; Creating Edible
Centerpieces and What's New in
Horticulture. To register, or more
information, call Rachel Wilson at
(904)-272-4252There will be plants
and gardening items for sale.
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)
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Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
September 4-10, 2008
Duval Among Florida Counties Receiving
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Pursuant to Governor Charlie
Crist's requests for federal individ-
ual assistance, the Agency for
Workforce Innovation has worked
closely with the U.S. Department
of Labor (USDOL) to receive
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
(DUA) to help the people of
Florida recover from Tropical
Floridians in 10 counties includ-
ing Duval are now eligible to
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Many workers will be eligible for injury caused directly by the disas-
the state's regular unemployment ter; AND
compensation program. Those not (6) Have exhausted entitlement
eligible may apply for DUA. DUA to state unemployment compensa-
is a federally funded program that tion; AND
assists individuals who become (7) Have been working or resid-
unemployed as a direct result of a ing in a county for which the disas-
declared disaster and who do not ter has been officially declared.
qualify for regular unemployment HOW TO APPLY
benefits. The program also covers Individuals may file:
self-employed individuals, owners Online: www.floridajobs.org or
and workers of farms and ranches, www.fluidnow.com
as well as fishers and others who By telephone at 800-204-2418,
are not normally covered by state M-F 8 AM to 5 PM EDT
unemployment compensation. Individuals may also obtain
WHO CAN APPLY information about applying for
Individuals who: DUA at any Disaster Recovery
(1) Become unemployed as a direct Center (DRC) in the state. Follow
result of a declared disaster; or this link for locations of Disaster
(2) Are unable to reach their place Recovery Centers.
of employment as a direct result of Information required when filing:
the disaster; or Social Security number (SSN)
(3) Were scheduled to begin work Alien registration number and
and do not have a job or are unable expiration date (if a non-U.S. citi-
to reach the job as a direct result of zen)
the disaster; or Name and address of most
(4) Have become the major sup- recent employers)
port for a household because the Name and address of employer
head of the household has died as a and date work was to begin (for
what the com-
pany plans for
ot MoldAsk what is
going to hap-
Testing for mold: To ensure pen, when it
you've taken care of any mold issue will happen and how it may affect
or to determine if you have unseen you. Ask about containment Ho%%
mold, hire a professional remedia- will they prevent the movement of
tor. If you're hiring out the cleanup, mold spores from one area of the
test the area both before and after home to another? How long will it
clean up. take?
Understand the process: Know Check references & get esti-
As Tropical Storm Fay moved
throughout the state and on the eve
of yet more impending storms, a
large amount of rainfall is expected.
It is important to be prepared for
issues related to flooding.
Moving Flood Water
During flooding, the greatest threat
comes from moving water. The
deeper the moving water, the greater
the threat. People should avoid driv-
ing in moving water, regardless of
the size of their vehicle.
Pooling Flood Water
Heavy rain causes flood waters to
rise and pool on streets and through-
out neighborhoods. In these situa-
tions, be aware of the following:
Road surfaces become obscured,
and drivers can unknowingly steer
into a deep body of water, such as a
canal or pond.
Electricity from streetlights and
power poles may be conducted
through standing water, causing a
deadly shock to anyone in contact.
Children playing in contaminated
standing water can become sick or
be bitten by snakes or insects.
People coming into contact with
floodwater should thoroughly rinse
After a storm or hurricane has
passed, failure to remove contam-
inated materials can cause health
risks. If there is flooding along
with a hurricane, water must be
removed as quickly as possible
since it may contain material from
overflowing sewage systems. If
there has been a backflow of
sewage into the house, the follow-
ing measures should be taken to
ensure proper clean-up:
any exposed body parts with soap
and clean water.
Contaminated Water Supply
Drinking contaminated water may
cause illness. You cannot assume
that the water in the hurricane-
affected area is safe to drink. Listen
to local announcements on safety of
the water supply.
If your public water system lost
pressure, a boil water notice will
likely be issued for your area.
People in these areas should take
precautions to avoid contaminated
water, especially individuals with
private wells. If your well is in a
flooded area, your water may con-
tain disease-causing organisms and
may not be safe to drink.
The Florida Department of Health
recommends options such as:
1. Boil the water before drinking,
for one minute.
2. Disinfect it by adding 8 drops
(about 1/8 tsp this would form a
puddle about the size of a dime) of
unscented household bleach per gal-
lon of water and then let it stand for
30 minutes. If the water is cloudy
after 30 minutes, repeat the proce-
Walls, hard-surfaced floors and
many other household surfaces
must be cleaned with soap and
water and disinfected with a solu-
tion of 1 cup of bleach to five gal-
lons of water.
Thoroughly disinfect surfaces
that come in contact with food and
children's play areas.
Wash all linens and clothing in
those scheduled to begin work but
could not, due to the disaster)
If self-employed, you must have
proof of self-employment, to
1. State or federal tax returns
2. Financial statements
3.Bank records of accounts or
4. Documentation necessary to
support a claim may be faxed to
850-921-3938 after filing (appli-
cant's SSN should appear on all
WHEN TO APPLY
DUA benefits are available to
unemployed individuals for up to
26 weeks from the date of the dis-
aster declaration. The 26-week
assistance period for Tropical
Storm Fay ends February 21, 2009.
For DUA claims in Duval, Lee,
Leon, Seminole and Wakulla coun-
ties, applications must be filed no
later than October 2, 2008.
National Emergency Grant -
The National Emergency Grant is
providing up to $20 million to help
create jobs and provide local
humanitarian assistance in the
wake of Tropical Storm Fay.
mates: Ask your provider for refer-
ences and call those people. Check
Angie's List for other firsthand
Certification: Mold remediators
should follow U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency mold remedia-
tion guidelines You can also check
the National Association of Mold
Check your insurance: Not all
mold damage is covered by your
homeowner's insurance policy.
Check your policy because cover-
age and limitations vary.
Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes
Due to floodwater from Tropical Storm Fay, Duval County
Health Department (DCHD) officials emphasize the importance
of Jacksonville's residents protecting themselves against mosqui-
DCHD continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their pro-
tecting themselves from mosquito bites by
following the "5 D's," which include:
Dusk and Dawn -Avoid being
outdoors when mosquitoes are
seeking blood. For many
species, this is during the dusk
and dawn hours.
Dress Wear clothing that
covers most of your skin.
S ,- DEET When the potential
S, exists for exposure to mosqui-
toes, repellents containing DEET
recommended. Picaridin and oil of lemon
eucalyptus are other repellent options. If additional protection is nec-
essary, a permethrin repellent can be applied directly to your cloth-
ing. Again, always follow the manufacturer's directions.
Drainage Check around your home to rid the area of standing
water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
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Always read label directions
carefully for the approved usage
before applying a repellent to
skin. Some repellents are not
suitable for children.
- Products with concentrations
of up to 30 percent DEET are
generally recommended. Other
potential mosquito repellents, as
reported by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) in April 2005, contain
picaridin or oil of lemon euca-
lyptus. These products are gen-
erally available at local pharma-
cies. Lok for active ingredients
to be listed on the product label.
Apply insect repellent to
exposed skin, or onto clothing,
but not under clothing.
- In protecting children, read
label instructions to be sure the
repellent is age-appropriate.
According to the CDC, mosquito
repellents containing oil of
lemon eucalyptus should not be
used on children under the age of
3 years. DEET is not recom-
mended on children younger
than 2 months old.
Infants should be kept indoors
or mosquito netting should be
used over carriers when mosqui-
toes are present.
Avoid applying repellents to
the hands of children. Adults
should apply repellent first to
their o% n hands irird then transfer
itto the child's skin and clothing
If additional protection is
necessary, apply a permethrin
repellent directly to your cloth-
ing. Again, always follow the
Be Wary of Storm Chasers
What not to do: If a stranger
comes to your storm-ravaged yard
offering to repair your roof,
remove trees or do other major
repair work for cash up front, just
say no. Chances are, he or she will
take your money and disappear,
leaving you with little or no
Do your research: Ask around to
get some insight into local service
companies. Check the status of the
contractor's bonding and liability
insurance coverage too. While you
might get lucky working with an
independent provider who lists his
truck as a permanent address,
remember that you have few
options if the job goes awry or the
Quality is worth the wait: When
massive storms hit, tree services,
plumbers, roofers and hauling
Just because they wear a uniform doesn't mean they are qualified
to do the work or mean you any good.
companies are in high demand and
the best performers are generally
the busiest. Beware the company
Makeup Days for Duval County
Public Schools' Students are Set
Tropical Storm Fay caused Du\al Count\ Public Schools' students to
miss three days of school at the beginning of this school year. The
District currently has five da.s built into our school calendar in order
to makeup any days missed due to weather.
Makeup days for students due to Tropical Storm Fay will be on
November 10 and December 18 and 19. The storm also required us to
move the end of the first quarter, changing the date for Teacher
Planning Day from October 20 to October 24. Students will need to
now attend school on October 20. not on Teacher Planning Day,
Up After the Storm
hot water or dry-clean.
Items that cannot be washed or
dry-cleaned, such as mattresses
and upholstered furniture, must be
air dried in the sun and sprayed
thoroughly with a disinfectant.
Steam-clean all carpet.
Fiberboard, fibrous insulation
and disposable filters that have
contacted floodwater or sewage
should be replaced in your heating
and air conditioning system.
Wear rubber boots and water-
proof gloves during clean-up.
Be careful about mixing house-
hold cleaners and disinfectant, as
combining certain types of prod-
ucts can produce toxic fumes.
It can be difficult to throw away
items in a home, particularly those
with time on its hands when every
other similar company can't even
answer the phones.
Get estimates: Though your situ-
ation might seem to be one of des-
peration, avoid settling on the first
contractor who comes along and
offers to do the job. Take enough
time to get at least a few different
estimates on the job.
Document important informa-
tion: The same holds true for the
old adage to "get it in writing,"
including the price, materials to be
used and the timeline for complet-
ing the job. This is often the best
ammunition you have if things go
with sentimental value. However,
keeping certain items soaked by
sewage or floodwater may be
unhealthy. If it cannot be thor-
oughly cleaned and dried within
24-48 hours should be discarded.
For further information, contact a
local county health department or
The Florida Emergency
Information Line: 1-800-342-3557.
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September 4-10, 2008
Page 10 Ms. Perry's Free Press
A healthy diet and exercise
gram are part of the prescript
people with type 2 diabetes, b
new research reviews sugge
can also help to prevent the d
patients from ethnic minority
better with diabetes education
takes their language and c
Lower fat and higher fiber
combined with moderate w
exercise, reduced the relative
developing type 2 diabetes
percent among the 2,241 stud
ticipants who received the di
se pro- exercise prescription, according to
ion for the data from a review of eight
but two studies. Didac Mauricio, M.D., of
st they the Hospital Universitari Arnau de
disease. Vilanova in Spain, led the review.
review People who participated in these
finds studies also lost weight, reduced
their waist circumference and
improved their blood pressure -
all key factors related to the risk
of developing diabetes.
However, they had sub-
stantial help from dieti-
cians and exercise phys-
iologists along the way,
and because the
changes in diet and
exercise were moni-
tored so carefully, "we
do not presently know
how these interventions
perform outside a trial,"
S Mauricio said.
In another review by Lucie Nield
of the University of Teesside and
colleagues in England, diets rich in
a t fruits and vegetables and lower in
ies do sugar reduced the incidence of type
n that 2 diabetes among the participants in
culture one six-year study by 33 percent.
The results from the second review
diets, make it clear that diet can stave off
weekly type 2 diabetes, but it remains
risk of unclear exactly what kind of diet to
by 37 recommend to people who might be
y par- vulnerable to developing the dis-
et and ease, according to Nield.
"Despite the current situation we
are facing with the diabetes epi-
demic, there are not enough long-
term data available to come to any
confident conclusions," Nield said.
Regular visits with dieticians -
every three to six months during the
studies might also have played a
significant role in getting people to
stick with a healthy eating plan,
Nield and her colleagues conclud-
The reviews appear in the latest
issue of The Cochrane Library, a
publication of The Cochrane
Collaboration, an international
organization that evaluates medical
research. Systematic reviews like
this one draw evidence-based con-
clusions about medical practice
after considering both the content
and quality of existing medical tri-
als on a topic.
Ina third Cochrane review,
Yolanda Robles, Ph.D., an academ-
ic fellow at Cardiff University, and
colleagues examined how the
health of ethnic minority diabetes
patients might improve if they were
taught about the disease in their
own language, "or by members of
their community using health edu-
cation materials that had been
adapted to that community's cultur-
al needs," Robles said.
This "culturally appropriate" edu-
cation, as the researchers called it,
Still Stripping at 80, Tempest Storm is More
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not quite the girl she used to be. Her
fingers are aged, knotted by arthri-
tis and speckled with purple spots
under paper skin.
But the manicure of orange polish
is flawless and new, and matches
her signature vibrant mane.
When people think of a stripper,
visions of cheap bars and poles fill
the mind. But reigning from anoth-
er time, Tempest still shows audi-
ences the art of burlesque.
"I don't just get up there and rip
my clothes off," she says.
More than 50 years ago she was
dubbed the "Girl with the Fabulous
Front". Since then, Storm has seen
the art that made her famous on the
brink of extinction.
But not Storm. She kept perform-
ing. Las Vegas, Reno, Palm
Springs, Miami, Carnegie Hall.
Her act is a time capsule. She
knows nothing of poles or lap
dances. Her prop of choice is a boa.
It takes four numbers, she says
adamantly, four numbers to get it all
off. To do it classy.
Asked if she is ready to retire her
dying art, she easily replies, "no,
no. I'm not ready to hang up my G-
string, yet. I've got too many fans
that would be disappointed."
Stardom and fandom feature
prominently in Tempest Storm's life
-- and in her neat, two-bedroom Las
Visitors are greeted by photos of a
young Elvis, her favorite rock 'n'
roller and, she says, a former lover.
He met her after her show in Las
Vegas and fiddled with her skirt as
he introduced himself. The relation-
ship ended about a year later
because Elvis' manager didn't
approve of him dating a stripper,
But she could not change who she
was. Stripping already had made
It put her in the room with
Hollywood's heavyweights. Frank
Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mickey
Rooney, Nat King Cole.
She dated some, just danced for
others. The evidence is framed and
displayed on tables and the living
That's Storm and Vic Damone.
Storm teaching Walter Cronkite to
dance. Storm and her fourth and last
husband, Herb Jefferies, a star of
black cowboy films who swept her
off her feet in 1957 when such
unions were instant scandals. They
divorced in 1970.
"When I look at this picture I say,
'What the hell happened between
this gorgeous couple?"' she says.
Although she performs just hand-
ful of times a year, she would do
more, if asked. She thinks those
who think age takes a toll on sex
appeal are silly.
"Ridiculous," she says.
There are just as many recent pho-
tos in the room: Storm and her
daughter, a nurse in Indiana. Storm
and her fiance, who died a few
years ago. Storm and a beaming
older gentlemen, just a fan who
approached her for a photograph.
In others, the petite beauty with
the long lashes and glamorous hair
is alone, out of focus, in full make-
up and smiling wide. In one, she is
Shown left is Tempest now and
(above) a promo shot of her in
what some may think was her
perched on her living room couch
in a red hat and low-cut black suit.
"I took that picture of myself," she
says proudly. "I have a self-timer. I
took these, too."
On Sunday, Storm tunes in to
a televangelist who tells her anyone
can overcome odds. It's the only
religion she's ever taken to.
She believes this is the lesson of
her life. Be a survivor. Never stop
doing what you love, it makes you
who you are.
"If you want to get old, you'll get
old," she says.
There have been men who disap-
pointed her, financial strain, brain
After it all, she sits on her couch
and exercises in front of the televi-
sion on a small stationary bike. She
doesn't smoke or drink or eat much.
"I'm just blessed, I think. And I
know when to push myself away
from the table."
If some might see all this as chas-
ing after lost youth, she says she
cares little. Younger dancers tell her
she is an inspiration to them, and
she has no reason not to believe
"I feel good about myself. And I
had a short-term effect of lowering
blood glucose (sugar) levels, but
none of the interventions included
in the review lasted more than a
year. In the 11 studies reviewed,
combination education strategies
seemed to have the greatest positive
impact on the health of the 1,603
"However, it should be borne in
mind that we still do not know the
necessary dose of health education
needed or the level of reinforce-
ment of messages to ensure contin-
ued benefits," Robles cautioned.
"Longer term studies, with more
patient-centered outcomes, are
Research has found that found
that aggressively treating pre-dia-
betes, along with quitting smoking
and lowering cholesterol, could
increase an American's life
expectancy by 1.3 years.
Weight control, quitting smoking,
aspirin therapy and cholesterol-
lowering medications are among
the preventive measures that can
add years to a person's life,
researchers from the three organiza-
"People with diabetes are among
those who would benefit the most
from these prevention strategies,"
said Richard Kahn, Ph.D., chief sci-
entific and medical officer of the
American Diabetes Association.
than a Legend
At 80, veteran Las Vegas
stripper Tempest Storm is
still going strong
enjoy it," she says. "I have fun
when I'm onstage, and the audience
loves it. Nobody ever said it's time
to give it up. Why stop?"
Indeed, no one is dreaming of
telling Tempest Storm to give up
stripping when she slithers onto the
casino nightclub stage for her seven
"Something in the way she moves
.." pipes through the speakers. Her
live drummer, the Ringo Starr on
loan from the Beatles tribute show
on the Strip, picks up the beat.
The burlesque queen emerges
stage right. A slinky purple gown
hangs off her shoulders. A rhine-
stone necklace envelops her decol-
letage. The snakelike boa pours into
For a few seconds, her face flash-
es her nerves.
And then she hears the cheers.
When she performs, Storm smiles,
leans back and walks on her heels,
leading with her pelvis. Her hands
float back and forth as if in water,
until they fall below her hips and
sweep up in tandem with a full
More cheers. Whistles.
The boa disappears stage right.
The next number picks up the
tempo, letting Storm cock a hip on
the down beats. She loses the
gloves and steps off stage to put on
the negligee. It's gone almost as
quickly as it came.
And with two flicks of her orange
fingernails, the dress goes, too.
Staring up at the 80-year-old
woman in fishnets, a sheer rhine-
stone bra and a G-string, a young
woman turns to a young man and
"I want to look like that when I'm
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Sold Out Tom Joyner Family Reunion Ignites Orlando
Linda Stevenson of Jax with
movie hunk Lamman Rucker.
Actress and author Kim Wayans, Lynette Jones of the Jacksonville
Free Press and Wayans' husband, Kevin Knotts.
Tom Joyner hosted a fun rendition of "Family Feud" that included
Tyler Perry stars (middle) Lavan Davis of House of Payne and David
Mann (right) of "Meet the Browns".
By Lynn Jones
Thousands of African-American
families came by planes, trains and
automobiles from around the coun-
try to attend the Tom Joyner Family
Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
Headquartered at the Gaylord
Palms Resort and Convention
Center, the TJFR activities included
a four day whirlwind of activities
kicking off Thursday with an emo-
tional television viewing of Barack
Obama accepting the Democratic
Nomination for President of the
United States of America.
Friday's activities included the
teen lounge, Sybil's book club, and
a variety of seminars including:
"Finding family roots name and ori-
gin", "Becoming an entrepreneur"
and "Dreams, learn how to make
your financial dreams a reality."
On Saturday morning Joyner hosted
a walk-a-thon followed up by his
wife celebrity fitness guru Donna
Richardson-Joyner presenting a
mind and body seminar.
Fresh off of her documentary,
"Black in America", CNN host
Soledad O'Brien hosted a HIV Aids
in the Black Community panel dis-
cussion. In addition to being a
party with a purpose, celebrities
also entertained attendees. Cast
members of Meet the Browns and
House of Payne competed in a
game of Family Feud, and there
were also checker and card tourna-
ments and even free makeovers by
Highlighting the festival were
concert headliners including Al
Green, Eric Benet, The Legends of
Funk, Dwele, Jennifer Hudson,
Solange Knowles and Lyfe
Jennings. Comedians Mark Curry,
Jay Lamont, Marvin Dixon, Gary
Owen and comedian Damon
Williams kept the funny bones
aching. A highlight of the party fes-
tivities was hip hop legend Doug E.
Fresh who hosted an evening jam.
On Sunday Dr. Bobby Jones,
Trinitee5:7, Mary Mary and Brian
Wilson sang songs of praise and
inspiration as attendees embarked
on their journey home. Kim
Wayans was on hand to with her
Book entitled "Amy Hodgepodge,
All mixed up" a story focusing on
culturally diverse teenagers. Kim
also facilitated a teen seminar on
"The business of comedy."
Jacksonville resident Judy
Thompson and her daughter Kim
Rutledge agreed that they will both
be back next year.
"This reunion has something for
Actor Marco Grinaldi of the Mystery Theater, an interactive
dinner production with Barbara Simuel of Detroit, Michigan.
Comedian Jay Anthony Brown and Rev. Bobby Jones
everyone, first class entertainment, food all over Orlando including the
celebrities and seminars. We will eclectic Cafe Tu-Tu Tango which is
definitely be back next year." Said a must go whenever making the
Thompson. "I felt as if I was a short 160 mile trip. Though Tom
niL.mber of Tim's family." Joyner won't, be back until next
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DEBUT: The public is just finally getting its first look
at Halle Berry's 5-month-old daughter Nahla, who was
snapped by a photographer last weekend as she sat in the
arms of her mom while touring the Los Angeles Zoo.
The only other public photograph of Nahla was taken
from behind, and Berry threatened to press charges
against the snapper who took the picture as she held her
daughter in their backyard in July.
Also spotted in the zoo pictures is a ring on Berry's wedding finger,
sparking rumors that the actress who famously told Oprah Winfrey that
she would never marry again is on the verge of a third trip down the aisle
with boyfriend and babydaddy, Gabriel Aubry.
RUBEN STUDDARD OWES GOVERNMENT $200,000
"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard must pay
back nearly $200,000 in federal and local taxes. The
singer's properties have been hit with liens, accord-
ing to court records after Studdard reportedly failed
to make payments dating to 2003. It was in '03 when
Studdard won $1 million on the hit reality talent
competition. He later sued a former manager for
allegedly mishandling funds. Studdard was awarded
STRAHAN'S CHILD SUPPORT RECONSIDERED:
And you thought you had money problems!
Retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan got some rare
good news recentlyin his ongoing divorce from ex-wife, Jean.
A state appeals court reversed a lower court's awarding of about $18,000
per month in child support to his twin 3-year-old daughters, reports the
Associated Press. The three-judge panel found a lower court didn't ade-
quately review the claims by Strahan's ex-wife about the girls' needs.
For instance, among the listed expenses was a 10-day vacation to
Jamaica for the girls' nanny and her family, allegedly as a gift from the
children, and diamond jewelry given to their grandmother. Jean also
claimed the toddlers needed $27,000 per year for clothing because she
dressed them in a new outfit each time they saw their father.
The appeals court also ruled Strahan does not have to pay about $14,000
of his ex-wife's legal and accounting fees, and that he is not required to
purchase $7.5 million in disability insurance since he retired from profes-
sional football earlier this year. Strahan was to have paid $8,948 on the
first and 15th of each month. Under the new ruling, the matter will be
reconsidered by the lower court.
MICHAEL JACKSON REFLECTS ON TURNING 50
Michael Jackson, who turned 50 on last week, claims
that he still can perform all his famous dance moves.
"I feel very wise and sage, but at the same time very
young," said Jackson. In fact he says he can do "more."
Reflecting back, Jackson told ABC's "Good Morning
America," that the happiest time in his life was proba-
bly when he was recording his hit solo albums
"Thriller," in 1982, and "Off the Wall," in 1979.
Asked to pick a single song as his greatest creation,
Jackson went back to the same period.
"Oh boy, that's a hard one," he said, before singlingout "We Are the
World," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller".
But Jackson is not willing to take rest as he said, "I am still looking for-
ward to doing a lot of great things." He hopes to release new music and
tour, though no dates have been fixed.
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