From Boilers to
Notorious Black Mafia
Family's 15 Year $270
Million National Drug
Ring Ends With Fate
-t What is
it and is
Republicans Buy Up Souvenirs
of Aunt Jemima Obama.
Like hotcakes, Republicans snapped
up boxes of waffles with the image of .
Sen. Barack Obama portrayed as the
racially stereotyped Aunt Jemima carica-
Attendees at the Values Voter Summit,
a conservative political forum, couldn't ...'.".
get enough of the $10-per-box Obama
Waffles, until summit organizers decided l- i1''.
to cut off sales, saying they didn't realize ..- -'
"offensive material" was being offered.
Reminiscent of the old Aunt Jemima
pancake box, Obama is portrayed with
bulging white eyes and big ruby-red lips;
instead of the mammy rag, the
Democratic presidential nominee's head
is wrapped in an Arab headdress, stoking
the false rumor that he is a Muslim. (Obama is actually a Christian.) The
back of the box shows Obama garbed in stereotypical Mexican dress,
including a sombrero. Below that image is a recipe for "Open Border
Fiesta Waffles," which purportedly can serve "4 or more illegal aliens."
And, "while waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not
learn a foreign language?" the recipe suggests.
Howard University Claims
the #1 Spot for Doctoral Grads
Howard University in the nations' capital is claiming a top ranking for
colleges producing black doctoral-graduates in science and engineering.
The school announced the ranking based on an August report from the
National Science Foundation.
Howard had 224 black doctoral graduates from 1997 to 2006. Spelman
College followed with 150, and Hampton University was third with 135.
Historically black colleges and universities claimed eight of the top 10
spots. The University of Maryland at College Park ranked 10th with 72
black doctoral recipients.
The report also ranked the numbers of black doctoral graduates per
1,000 bachelor's degrees awarded nine years earlier. Researchers wanted
to examine the role of black colleges in fostering opportunities for their
students. By that ranking, only five of the top 50 schools were HBCUs.
Call it Obama fever, frustration
over joblessness and a crumbling
economy, or just plain fed up with
the much maligned Republican-led
Bush administration, Black voter
registration is on fire swelling the
rolls in numbers unheard of.
Although Republicans are vigor-
ously signing up white voters in the
suburbs it appears the GOP is out-
organized by Democrat-led drives
in Black and Brown precincts
across the nation.
Both parties have clearly turned
up the heat for grassroots mobiliza-
tion efforts following their back to
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Volume 23 No. 1 Jacksonville, Florida September 18 24, 2008
In an unprecendent get out to vote effort, the Clara White Mission
recently hosted a voter registration event for the homeless. Shown
above is Shenethea Webb who hasn't voted since 2003 registering with
Gloria Evans so she can vote November 4th. M Latimer Photo
by M. Latimer
According to the scholarly jour-
nal "Black Issues in Higher
Education," a number of this
nation's historically black colleges
and universities (HBCUs) "have
either teetered on the brink, suf-
fered or closed entirely following
the loss of accreditation." The
American Council of Education
indicates that "black" institutions
of higher learning still receive a
disproportionately smaller per-
centage of state and federal fund-
ing despite the success of their
alumni. Even more troubling is
the question circulating in higher
education circles, "Are HBCUs
still relevant or needed?"
The members of the North
Florida HBCU Alumni Hall of
Fame argue that HBCUs remain
a critical part of America's edu- Na
national landscape for a number wh
According to a "Vote America"
groups "have added tens of thou-
sands of new voters to the rolls in
the swing states of Ohio and
Florida, a surge that has far exceed-
ed the efforts of Republicans in
both states. In California a review
of county-by-county data shows
new registrations since January
have tripled over the same period in
2004. In comparison new registra-
tions have increased just 25 percent
in Republican camps.
Continued on page 13
Shown above are Inductees (L-R): (standing) Willie Walker, Brenda Simmons,
ithaniel Washington, Sr. (seated) Demetral Wester and Lavonne Mitchell,
ho received the posthumous recognition for her late husband Roy Mitchell.
of reasons. Ray Brinson, a
1969 graduate of Bethune-
Cookman University and
retired Prudential Insurance
Company executive, said, "It's
not just about historical signifi-
cance. HBCUs still continue to
provide students with important
educational, social and cultural
opportunities. We must share
that with the community-at-
Recently, the members of
alumni chapters from various
colleges and universities met to
develop ideas about showcasing
HBCUs. Brinson said, "We
brainstormed, and Marguerite
Warren came up with the idea
of a 'hall of fame' to recognize
the outstanding achievements
of HBCU alumni living and
working in North Florida."
Continued on page 7
Alvin Ailey Artist Forced to Dance
for Security at Israeli Airport
Abdur-Rahim Jackson, a performer with the famed Alvin Ailey dance
troupe, says that security officers at the Israeli airport forced him to dance
to prove who he was before allowing him into the country.
Israel's security forces, which are notoriously strict, reacted to his
Muslim name, Jackson said in interviews. He described the situation as
degrading and embarrassing. The officers even suggested he change his
name, he said.
"To be greeted like this because of my name, it took me back a little bit,"
said Jackson, who is Black.
The Harlem-based Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, which Congress desig-
nated a "vital American cultural ambassador to the world" earlier this
year, made Israel its first stop on a six-nation tour. The tour is part of the
troupe's 50th anniversary celebration.
Jackson, like most people, got his name from his father, a convert to
Islam. Jackson is not religious. In fact, he's engaged to a Jewish woman,
who is in the troupe and has relatives in Israel. He said that Israeli offi-
cials and U.S. dignitaries have apologized profusely since the unfortu-
nate episode, and he has gotten over it.
Detroit Mayor's Aide Will Face Trial
DETROIT, MI Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's chief of staff and
love interest Christine Beatty has turned down a deal to avoid jail time.
Kilpatrick and Beatty were both charged with perjury and misconduct in
office after the pair fired and disciplined cops whose investigation may
have exposed an extra-marital affair between the two officials. Beatty
rejected an offer that would've let her serve 150 days in jail, repay
$125,000, and receive five years of probation in exchange for a plea to
lesser charges. The monetary aspects of the plea stem from Kilpatrick's
civil settlement with the cops, which cost the city over $8 million.
Beatty's trial is set to begin late this month. She could face no less than
10 years in prison if convicted.
Young Black Men Earn a New Statistic: Most Likely to Get AIDS
HIV is striking African-
Americans with "alarming" feroci-
ty, according to a new CDC report.
Just last month, the CDC reported
that the overall U.S. HIV epidemic
was much worse than previously
200+ Links Convene on the
First to Lead by Example
Shown above at the President's reception are Jacksonville Chapter
of Links President Geraldine Smith, National President Gwendolyn
Lee, Southern Area Director Mary Currie and Bold City Chapter
President Ruth Waters.
Members of the Southern Area of Links, Inc. met in Jacksonville last
weekend to to provide training for officers and members to expand their
childhood obesity education and awareness initiative, the focus of Area
Director Marie Currie. Over the course of the two day confab, ladies strate-
gized and were educated on the chronic health threat that is currently
plaguing the Black community.
"Overweight and obese children become sick more often, may perform
poorly in school and experience depression, lack of self-confidence and
low self-esteem." Said Mary Currie. She added, "The Links,
Incorporated recognizes the need to address this issue, which dispropor-
tionately affects children of African ancestry, particularly in the South."
"The number of new
HIV infections among
young black men who
have sex with men is
Fenton, MD, PhD,
*Young (aged 13-29) black gay/bi men get HIV
more often than any other age/racial group.
*A'African-American women are 15 times more
liAel to get HIV than are white women.
*African-American men are six times more
likely to get HIV than are white men.
director of the CDC's division of
HIV/AIDS, said at a news confer-
ence held to announce the findings.
No less alarming is the astonish-
ingly heavy impact of HIV on
African-American women, says
Richard Wolitski, PhD, acting
director of the CDC's division of
"A range of issues contributes to
disproportionate HIV risk for
African-Americans, such as pover-
ty, stigma, lack of access to health
care, and higher rates of sexually
transmitted diseases," Wolitski said
. "Black women face additional
challenges such as power imbal-
ances in sexual relationships with
men. This may affect their ability to
protect themselves by measures
such as using condoms ."
Particularly galling was the find-
ing of high rates of new HIV infec-
tions in older gay/bisexual men.
Gay men were the first Americans
to be struck by HIV and AIDS.
Massive behavior change in this
population slowed the AIDS epi-
demic in the years before
effective treatment was
The new data, collected
in 2006 shows that thisI
trend ended a long time
Fenton said the CDC would soon
launch a national campaign to
increase HIV testing rates among
gay and bisexual men. And he said
that the CDC is working to expand
existing HIV prevention programs,
especially for gay/bi-sexualBlack
Democrats Vow No Vote
Will be Left Behind
North Florida HBCU Alumni Hall of Fame Inducts 2008 Honorees
Pai s Per' FrePes etmbr1-2,20
Thieves Target Obama's Grandmother
Barack Obama is
safe and sound
today after thieves
attempted to break
into her home last
Located in the
western Kenya vil-
lage of Kogelo, the
home of Sarah
Obama was target- '
ed by robbers who
used a ladder to
access the roof
after finding all of
the doors had .
been locked. senator
nIt was not greets his gra
Sa rural home in
known how many police have a
t e we police have a n
involved or if any lage where m
were in police robbers made
custody, panel, an office
Barack Obama's late father was
born and raised in Kenya. His
Kenyan relatives have tried to
keep a low profile and have been
reluctant to comment on their
security in Kogelo, more than 300
f Kenyan descent Barack Obama
ndmother Sarah Obama at their
n Siaya, Kisumu, in 2006. Kenyan
mounted a 24-hour patrol in a vil-
)bama's grandmother lives after
a botched attempt to rob her solar
miles from the capital, Nairobi.
The Illinois senator is wildly
popular in Kenya, where minibus-
es are emblazoned with his picture
and vendors sell T-shirts bearing
his image at traffic lights.
Zimbabwe Signs Historic Power Sharing Deal
HARARE, Zimbabwe President
Robert Mugabe ceded some power
in Zimbabwe for the first time in 28
years, signing a power-sharing deal
Monday of this week with opposi-
tion leader Morgan Tsvangirai amid
questions on how the fierce ene-
mies will work together to fix the
Thousands of supporters of the
rival parties threw stones at each
other as the ceremony got under
way and several hundred broke
through the gates of the convention
center where it took place. Police
fired warning shots and set dogs on
the crowd, which calmed and
cheered as their leaders left after the
Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Arthur
Zimbabwe is the only
African country that
totally repariated itself.
Known formerly as
Robert Mugabe who has
ruled nearly thirty years,
seized land from the 10%
of whites who owned
80% of the land and gave
it back to the people.
Mutambara, leader of a faction that
broke away from Tsvangirai's party,
all pledged to make the deal work.
But long-simmering and bitter dif-
(From L) Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, opposition's leader
Morgan Tsvangirai and South African Thabo Mbeki pose after sign-
ing the power-sharing accord in Harare. Zimbabwe's leaders on
Monday signed a historic framework for forming a unity government
that splits power among arch rivals in a bid to end the country's polit-
Afrian-Aerian wmen yerenceintinal
,DOMEST~~~IC ilnea ae 5pr thg e
ical crisis and economic meltdown.
ferences as well as the nation's eco-
nomic collapse inflation is offi-
cially running at 11 million percent
- have put the deal under intense
It has already been criticized pri-
vately by some opposition leaders,
who are unhappy that it leaves
Mugabe as president and head of
the government. They fear Mugabe
will exploit that, especially by play-
ing on Continued on page 9
Cong. Rangel Keeps House Chairmanship Amid Inquiry
Cong,. Charles Rangel
WASHINGTON Rep. Charles
Rangel emerged from a private
meeting with fellow lawmakers this
week having survived another day
as chairman of the House tax-writ-
ing committee, despite lingering
questions about his personal
finances and unpaid taxes on a
"I am unable to say anything," the
New York Democrat said, before
rattling off his name, rank and seri-
al number from his days as a soldier
in the Korean War. "Do to me what
you want, I'm not talking."
Asked if he was still the chairman
of the Ways & Means Committee,
Rangel smiled and said nothing.
"You're damn right he's the chair-
man," replied fellow lawmaker
Sander Levin (D-Mich.).
Rangel's meeting with fellow
Democrats on the committee lasted
nearly an hour. During that time,
many lawmakers in the room
voiced support for Rangel continu-
ing in his high position while the
House ethics committee probes his
finances, according to people who
were there and spoke on condition
of anonymity because the discus-
sions were private.
Republicans have called for
Rangel to be removed from his
chairmanship over unreported
income and unpaid taxes on his
beach house in the Dominican
Rangel's beach house issue is one
of several areas being examined by
the House ethics committee.
The 78-year-old lawmaker decided
over the weekend to hire an expert
to pore over his finances for the past
20 years, and issue a report to the
committee. The congressman has
not yet enlisted a particular person
for that task.
Rangel's lawyer, Lanny Davis,
said the move shows Rangel "has
nothing to hide and does not believe
he has done anything intentionally
The accountant's report will not be
reviewed by Rangel or his advisers
before it is given to the committee
"as quickly as possible," Davis said.
The lawmaker also promised that
once the report is complete, he will
publicly release his tax returns for
the past 20 years.
The tax issue is particularly
embarrassing for a lawmaker whose
job is to guide new tax law. His
committee post is among the most
coveted on Capitol Hill.
As more questions have been
raised about Rangel's records, his
lawyers and accountants have
uncovered new discrepancies in the
personal financial disclosure docu-
ments that he files every year to
Congress. Every lawmaker is
required to file such paperwork dis-
closing major assets.
Among the new discrepancies:
Rangel's papers over the past 10
years show no reference to the sale
of a home he once owned on
Colorado Avenue in Washington.
The details of a property bought
in Sunny Isles, Fla., are bewildering
at best. The stated value changes
significantly from year to year, and
even page to page, from $50,000 to
$100,000 all the way up to
- Some of the entries for invest-
ment funds fluctuate strangely, sug-
gesting that the person either didn't
have accurate information or didn't
fill out the paperwork correctly.
Rangel spent the past week trying
to answer questions about his ethics
and his finances.
He acknowledged that he owes the
Internal Revenue Service about
$5,000 in back taxes for unreported
income from the rental of his vaca-
tion villa, and probably a smaller
amount to state and city tax collec-
The congressman acknowledged
he made mistakes but said they
were errors of omission and should
not lead to the loss of his high posi-
tion in Congress.
Besides the vacation property, the
ethics committee is also investigat-
ing Rangel's rental of three rent-sta-
bilized apartments in his home dis-
trict of Harlem, as well as his use of
official congressional stationery to
try to find private donors for a col-
lege center named after the law-
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MAYO Clinic Community Research
Advisory Board (C.R.A.B.) Meeting
The Mayo Clinic and Dr. Floyd Willis invite you to make a difference in
our community by joining the C.R.A.B. This group of influential, caring
professionals will help establish culturally competent practices for
research and clinical trials impacting minorities in Northeast Florida and
beyond. The open informational session will be held on Thursday,
September 25, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at the WJCT Public
Television Meeting Room, 100 Festival Park Avenue. Please RSVP your
attendance via email to Nicholson.email@example.com or call 953-0977.
Where Have All the Children Gone?
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHBC), Inc. of
Northeast Florida presents "Where Have the Children Gone?" an event to
be held on October 21st at City Hall in the Lynnwood Roberts Room from
6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. HMHBC will discuss the problem Jacksonville
faces and JCCI representatives will take attendees through a quick
overview of what is being done to address this issue.
"Where Have the Children Gone?" is a free event open to all and will
serve the purpose of raising awareness of Jacksonville's high infant mor-
tality rate. JCCI's recently released Infant Mortality Study found that
Jacksonville has a higher infant mortality rate than the state of Florida
average, which is higher than the United States national average.
Library Opens Rendezvous with an
Author Series with Rodney Hurst
The African American Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library,
begins its "Author Series" which will give the public an opportunity to
meet local African American authors beginning on Saturday, September
27th at 2 p.m. with Rodney L. Hurst, Sr..
The presentation will be made on the Conference Level of the Main
Library in downtown Jacksonville.
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Illegal Immigrants Indicted in Killing
of Newark Black College Students
NEWARK, N.J. Three men
and three teenagers were indicted
Monday on murder and other
charges for the execution-style
slaying that shocked New Jersey's
largest city more than a year ago.
All six suspects have reputed links
to the MS-13 street gang. The grand
jury charged them with murder,
attempted murder, robbery and
weapons offenses related to the
Aug. 4, 2007 killings.
Essex County Prosecutor Paula
Dow said the indictments took a
year because charges against the
three teens were upgraded from
juvenile to adult court, and because
Two Duval County Public Schools
Named Blue Ribbon Schools
U.S. Secretary of Education
Margaret Spellings named Darnell-
Cookman and James Weldon
Johnson middle schools as 2008 No
Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon
Schools. The award distinguishes
and honors schools for helping stu-
dents achieve at very high levels,
and for making significant progress
in closing the achievement gap.
For the past 26 years, this presti-
gious program has honored more
than 5, 800 of America's most suc-
The No Child Left Behind-Blue
Ribbon Schools Program honors
public and private elementary, mid-
dle and high schools that are either
academically superior or that
demonstrate dramatic gains in stu-
dent achievement to high levels.
The schools are selected based on
one of two criteria:
Schools with at least 40 percent
of their students from disadvantaged
backgrounds that dramatically
improve student performance to
high levels on state tests; and
* Schools whose students, regard-
less of background, achieve in the
top 10 percent of their state on state
tests or, in the case of private
schools, in the top 10 percent of the
nation on nationally-normed tests.
Under No Child Left Behind,
schools must make Adequate Yearly
Progress, or AYP, in reading (lan-
guage arts) and mathematics.: Each
state-not the federal government-
sets its own academic standards and
A total of 413 schools nationwide
can be nominated. This number is
determined based on the number of
K-12 students and the number of
schools in each state, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico. The
Chief State School Officer (CSSO)
nominates public schools, and the
Council for American Private
Education (CAPE) submits private
schools' nominations. The schools
are invited by Secretary Spellings to
submit an application for possible
recognition as a No Child Left
Behind-Blue Ribbon School. This
year's winners will be honored at an
awards ceremony in Washington,
D.C. on October 20-21.
multiple agencies worked together
to make sure the case was airtight.
Those indicted were Rodolfo
Godinez, 25; his 17-year-old broth-
er, Alexander Alfaro; Jose Lachira
Carranza, 29; Melvin Jovel, 19;
Shahid Baskerville, 16; and
Gerardo Gomez, 16. Baskerville
and Gomez were both 15 at the time
of the killings.
The six are accused of killing
lofemi Hightower, Terrance Aeriel
and Dashon Harvey. They were col-
lege students hanging out behind
the Mount Vernon School when
they were killed.
Dow said robbery and gang
involvement were both elements of
the case, but declined to say what
police believe to be the primary
motive. She also said illegal guns
- such as the one used in this
crime continue to plague
If convicted, Dow said the sus-
pects face multiple life sentences.
Carranza and Baskerville are also
charged with sexually assaulting a
fourth victim who survived. The
woman suffered memory lapses
from her injuries and is currently in
protective custody, Dow said.
The prosecutor's office said the six
suspects are expected to be
arraigned in early October.
The killings shook Newark and
spurred a series of reforms includ- un ,gantw i ,
ing the installation of surveillance 1st, 2008, through September
cameras in some areas and penalties 30th, 2009, and will likely be
for gun owners who fail to report valid for two years. Essentially.
lost or stolen weapons. the purpose of this program is to
The outcry over Carranza, an ille- pro\ ide financial assistance to
gal immigrant who was out on bail establish or strengthen the aca-
demic resources. financial man-
at the time of the killings despite demie resources financial man-
facing separate assault and child age ment, endoments and phys-
rape charges, led to a directive from eal painstituti of n (reBCeiving to enhance
the state Attorney General that the institution (receiving the
revamped bail policies for illegal award). The Congresswoman, a
immigrants, long time supporter of Edwards
The killings also jump-started a Waters College, %as ecstatic. I
am simply thrilled to see this
project to put surveillance cameras a sinpl. thrilled to see this
in high-crime neighborhoods in badly needed funding going to
Newark. About $2 million was Edvard waterss College. cate-
raised in the weeks after the gorically believe that the univer-
sinh and its PresidentClaudette
killings, and the first cameras were H and its Presadentm laudete
in place by September. More than H. Willims. are more than
100 had been installed by the end of desert ing of being awarded the
June, and police have credited them grant and will certain use it or
with cutting down on violent crime. purposes that il benefit the col-
Last month, the families of the vie- lege's physical structure and the
tims filed a lawsuit against the student body attending EWC. I
Newark school district that claimed am proud to have EdWC in ml
the Mount Vernon School failed to congressional district and %ill
provide adequate security in a rear continue to partner\ wth the uni-
courtyard where the victims were versity on man) different fronts
killed. in the future."
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being planned for Dr. Rebecca Steele. Please contact committee leader for
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In the 1930s the Great Depression
affected every nation on earth -
some more than others. U.S.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
created a series of programs called
the New Deal that were aimed at
getting the country out of the finan-
cial rut it was in.
The New Deal's programs were
initiated between 1933 and 1938
and created welfare initiatives for
the poor, reformed financial sys-
tems and basically tried to light a
fire and get the American economy
The one area that Roosevelt
stopped short of was healthcare.
His New Deal programs did pro-
vide healthcare for the very poor,
but insuring that all Americans
were covered was an unheard of
Well, unless you were in
Germany where the first semblance
of a universal healthcare system
was created in the 1880s.
Although President Roosevelt
didn't directly initiate a country-
wide healthcare program he laid
the foundations for it in the New
Roosevelt said, "But here is the
challenge to our democracy: In this
nation I see tens of millions of its
citizens, a substantial part of its
whole population, who at this very
moment are denied the greater part
of what the very lowest standards
of today call the necessities of life."
He added, "I see millions of fam-
ilies trying to live on incomes so
meager that the pall of family dis-
aster hangs over them day by day...
I see one-third of a nation ill
housed, ill clad, ill nourished."
It is not in despair that I paint you
that picture. I paint it for you in
hope, because the Nation, seeing
and understanding the injustice in
it, proposes to paint it out. We are
determined to make every
American citizen the subject of his
country's interest and concern."
Fast forward today and FDR
would be amazed to see the number
of uninsured citizens continuing to
grow to over 40 million with no
relief in site.
It is that same passion for helping
those of us with the greatest need
that Roosevelt displayed that influ-
ences so many Americans to sup-
port the notion of universal health-
In fact, Universal health care is
provided in most developed coun-
tries and in many developing coun-
tries. According to the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences, the United States is the
only wealthy, industrialized nation
that does not provide universal
And most of us know that health
care is becoming increasing
increasingly unaffordable for busi-
nesses and individuals.
The United Kingdom established
the National Health Service in 1948
to provide healthcare services for
all of its citizens. This system is
considered the world's first univer-
sal health care system provided by
The German universal program I
mentioned earlier was revolution-
ary at the time, but the government
only provided funds to cover one
third of a person's healthcare, while
each individual provided the other
A system isn't considered to be
true universal health care unless the
government provides the benefit to
Of course there are pros, cons
and many misconceptions about if
a universal healthcare system is
even feasible here in the United
I mentioned the U.S. being the
only industrialized nation not pro-
viding health benefits to all citi-
zens, but when you consider the
fact that 28 nations have single
payer universal health care sys-
tems, while Germany uses the mul-
While some believe that univer-
sal healthcare isn't needed because
the United States has a good system
the reality is that we do not.
According to the Connecticut
Coalition for Universal Health
Care, "The U.S. ranks poorly rela-
tive to other industrialized nations
in health care despite having the
best trained health care providers
and best medical infrastructure of
any industrialized nation."
The coalition also points out that
the U.S. spends at least 40 percent
more per capital on health care than
any other industrialized country
with universal health care. They
also conclude that a single payer or
government sponsored health care
system would be lower than the
current U.S. system due to lower
I would venture to guess that if
you look at what each city and
county is the United States is pay-
ing in indigent care that figure
alone is enough to partially support
a universal health care system.
We know that it's cheaper for a
person to visit his or her primary
care physician on a regular basis
versus showing up to the emer-
gency room to receive care when a
problem has gone untreated.
Indigents don't pay the city/coun-
ties back either. At least in a uni-
versal system there would be some
co-pay collected to mildly offset
health care cost.
Opponents of the notion of uni-
versal health care point out numer-
ous reason not to support it includ-
ing the myth that the system would
result in government control and
intrusion into health care causing a
lack of freedom of choice.
That certainly hasn't been the
case in Canada and the United
Kingdom where citizens actually
have freedom to choose their health
care provider. Our current private
system does not even allow that
flexibility in most cases.
I have written several columns
about the importance of health care
for everyone. I have to think that if
the United States had a better sys-
tem we wouldn't be ranked 23rd
amongst industrialized nations in
Maybe we wouldn't be 20th in
life expectancy for women and 21st
in life expectancy for men. And
when it comes to child immuniza-
tions the United States is ranked
67th in the world right behind
Botswana. And not to knock
Botswana, but if we are behind
Botswana in any socio-economic
category we are in trouble.
So how is it that the most power
nation in the world or the self pro-
claimed leaders of the free world
cannot get our health care system
together? Well, that's another arti-
cle for another time.
Is universal healthcare the
answer? I don't know, but it has to
be better than what we currently
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SEmpowering a Black Legacy
by Bill Reed
When it comes to racial justice, isn't it true that
most "white liberals" talk a better game than they
place? The conscious of white America on the issue
of racial justice is in question. But at Georgetown
College, an overwhelmingly white campus in Kentucky, President William
Crouch has set the bar on ways to transcend the nation's racial divide and
achieve a level of racial justice.
Dr. Crouch's Presidential works are of note because they are setting prece-
dence for racial progress and measurable inclusion. In 2006, Crouch took
an unprecedented step to break down racial barriers, end common miscom-
munications and continue arouse black heritage. In a plan considered "con-
troversial," Crouch and Georgetown are trying to increase their minority
student's recruitment numbers through relationships with historically black
Baptist denominations to adopt the legacy of Bishop College.
With "race issues" so prominent in the 2008 Presidential Campaign,
Crouch's move sets an attention-getting tone. While the prevailing national
discussion evolves around "race natural" and "colorblind" issues, Crouch
says, "Everybody talks about 'diversity'. We must learn to live, work, and
play together. Therefore, the effectiveness of diversity depends on the sin-
cerity of its delivery".
Typically marginalized and unrepresented in America, Blacks should rec-
ognize actions of inclusion that's more than talk. Crouch's plan to Bishop
College's alumni involves making Georgetown their adopted alma mater.
Georgetown offers scholarships to children or grandchildren of Bishop
Alumni or students nominated by Bishop Alumni. Upon graduation, these
students receive diplomas with the name and insignia of Bishop College.
The focus of Crouch's ploy is to help Georgetown increase its minority
enrollment to 25 percent by 2012.
Crouch is leading a $27 million campaign that will preserve the memory,
spirit and advancement of Bishop College. Saying he's captivated by
Bishop's history and its graduates' accomplishments, Crouch hopes the
"Bishop College Alive" campaign will get Bishop Alumni to send good
black students his way. Georgetown College is 897 miles from Bishop's old
Dallas, Texas campus.
Crouch's initiative includes Legacy Scholarships and a new building
named for Bishop, founded in 1881 in the name of a white Northern couple
that provided the initial $10,000. Through financial support of white phi-
lanthropists Bishop grew. During the 1930s through the '50s, Bishop was
nationally known for its two-year ministerial program participants includ-
ed the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson. By 1986 Bishop
had amassed huge debts, lost its accreditation, filed for bankruptcy and
closed. Paul Quinn College now occupies Bishop's old campus.
Dr. Crouch acknowledges that boosting Georgetown's minority enrollment
is "absolutely critical" to his quest for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. But, to
meet that challenge Crouch currently endows Bishop Scholarships at
$500,000 annually. He is raising $4 million for the academic building at
Georgetown that will carry the Bishop name and be designed by a black
architect. Bishop's ministerial Alumna has pledged $1 million toward the
project and serves on Georgetown's board of directors.
With words not spoken in Polite American Society, Crouch says "Diversity
in higher education is critical to creating future leaders". Crouch has added
more African Americans to Georgetown management and admissions posi-
tions. Georgetown officials plan to house sermons and other historical mate-
rials;related to black Baptist ministers. Georgetown sought and.received a
government grant and houses the Kentucky Underground Railroad Research
Institute in a building that once served as quarters for slaves in transit.
Dr. Crouch has gotten Sovereign Bank, Simplex Corp., the Army and oth-
ers to help Bishop People "preserve their heritage". He says Georgetown
will award an annual honorary doctorate to distinguished Bishop Alum and
reintroduce and market a Bishop clothing line. Crouch's plan gives Bishop's
People a home away from home. He's offered to host Bishop Homecomings
on Georgetown's campus. African-American fraternities and sororities are
encouraged to establish chapters in Georgetown's "Greek" culture.
BUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson,
Fullwood, E.O.Huthcinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell,
Sapp, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Carlottra
Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson,
September 18-24, 2008
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SForeclosing On Black Voters? If You Lose Your
S' House Some May Have You Lose Your Vote
MICHIGAN There is a lot at
stake in this presidential election
and current polls have McCain and
Obama in a statistical dead heat.
Does that mean time to play dirty?
Could we be headed to a repeat of
2000 where hanging chads had the
electorate on pins and needles wait-
ing for the final results?
It appears that the Republican
S Party is prepared to use any means
necessary to win in several battle-
7 .According to the Michigan
Messenger, James Carabelli, the
chairman of the Macomb County,
Michigan Republican party says,
"We will have a list of foreclosed
\ homes and will make sure those
people aren't voting from those
iK What is extremely disturbing is
that challenging voters on this basis
is a legal practice and the
Republican party is gearing up
teams in several states to challenge
Pastor Comer with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Snooks at their wedding celebration voters with an organized effort
CY_ -titled "the election integrity pro-
Floyd Snooks N[uptials The former Miss LaKeysha Floyd wed her longtime love Mr. Joe titled"th lcinitgiypo
Snooks in an afternoon ceremony at officiated by Pastor Comer at God's House of Divine Power last weekend. The Obama campaign filed a com-
The wedding party which included a dozen attendants, honored the bride and groom with a festive reception at plaint in court this week to stop it.
the Wallace Small Community Center following the double ring ceremony. R. Silver Photo
Virginia Black Churches Launch Drive to Register 5,000 Voters
Worshippers at Baptist General
Conference churches in Virginia are
being offered more than a church
bulletin and a hymn book for the
next three Sundays.
They are being given an opportu-
nity to register to vote.
The conference, which includes
about 1,100 congregations across
the state, launched Voter
Empowerment Sundays to encour-
age voter registration. The
LDF has been actively involved in
challenging targeted campaigns to
roll back civil rights nationwide -
campaigns spearheaded by wealthy
California businessman Ward
Connerly and his deceptively
named "American Civil Rights
Since 2007, ACRI has sponsored
and funded identical ballot initia-
tive efforts in Oklahoma, Missouri,
Arizona, Nebraska and Colorado.
The initiatives, if passed, would
amend the respective state constitu-
tions to ban programs designed to
provide equal opportunity to people
of color and women in the areas of
public education, public employ-
ment and public contracting. These
more recent campaigns follow sim-
ilar schemes already passed in
California, Washington and
In an effort to garner a sufficient
number of signatures to have the
initiatives placed on the November
2008 ballots in each state, Connerly
and his associates have engaged in
a stunningly brazen campaign of
mass deception. Their tactics have
ranged from misleading citizens
about the purpose and effect of the
initiatives, to submitting petitions
rife with phony or invalid signa-
tures, fake addresses and other dis-
Empowerment Sundays will be
held each Sunday through Oct. 5,
said Cynthia Downs-Taylor,
Virginia coordinator for the
National Coalition on Black Civic
Some churches began this week.
Others will get started this Sunday,
Sept. 21, she said.
The Virginia campaign, organ-
ized through a partnership with the
church group and the National
LDF has worked closely with peer
organizations, state legislators,
grass-roots organizers, unions and
countless concerned citizens to
ensure that the ballot initiative
process is not hijacked in the'vari-
ous states. As a direct result,
Connerly's efforts are being met
with close scrutiny and resistance
nationwide, demonstrating wide-
spread public rejection of his cam-
paign to erect barriers to equal
opportunity in public education,
public employment and public con-
tracting. Despite spending hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars in
each state, Connerly's campaigns
recently failed in Oklahoma,
Missouri and Arizona.
While LDF's involvement in
these efforts is intended to prevent
the further dismantling of civil
rights, a parallel goal is to prevent
the dismantling of the democratic
process itself. LDF's work in
extending the right to vote to all
Americans is well-documented.
Therefore, we will not sit by idly
and allow democracy to be abused
for the political and financial gain
of Ward Connerly or others who
aspire to turn back the clock on
Coalition on Black Civic
Participation, represents a return to
the base for black political partici-
pation. Since blacks first received
citizenship rights and voted during
Reconstruction, the black church
the church has been a hallmark,
providing leadership and producing
many of those who lead, said
Fredrick C. Harris, a Columbia
University professor and author of
"Something Within: Religion in
The Rev. Cessar Scott, executive
minister of the BGC, is asking each
of the 1,100 churches to register at
least 25 new voters between now
and Oct. 5.
"The upcoming presidential elec-
tion is a crucial one," Scott said in a
prepared statement, "We're encour-
aging citizens to make every
attempt to be first in line to vote in
this historic election. There is no
better place to get the message out
to the black community than
through the black church." he said.
In his book, "How To Rig
an Election," convicted
Republican operative Allen
Raymond says that these
and other tactics are stan-
dard operating procedure
in political campaigns.
Attorneys call the practice
of using lists to block vot-
So the question becomes
is this a caging tactic
designed to target African-
American voters? Considering that
African Americans were dispropor-
tionately impacted by sub-prime
loans, it could be.
According to the Center for
Responsible lending, ten percent of
African Americans homeowners
with subprime mortgage loans will
result in foreclosure. But Macomb
County has one of the highest fore-
closure rates in the nation.
The Republican party is
backpedaling, even calling the
newspaper's story a fabrication,
then saying if such a plan was in
place, it was only talk and would
not be carried out.
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JTA recently under went a
series of bus route changes.
Below is a short list of the
routes that were affected.
Bay Street Trolley, Laura & Ocean Trolley, Beaver
Street Trolley, AR7 Atlantic & Monument, NS2 8th
Street-Avenue B, Arlington Community Shuttle
ROUTES WITH CHANGES
M4 Moncrief A, N6 Sherwood, P7 Normandy Dunn,
E5 Phoenix/Talleyrand, NS33 AirJTA, NS14-Myrtle/
River City Marketplace, AR3 Townsend-Regency
Q4 Mayport Station, K1 Atlantic-Monument,
K1 Avenue B, NS20 Connector, NS21 Northwest
Connector, NS22 Northeast Connector, AR30
Rogero-Regency, Sunflower Trolley, Azalea Trolley,
ROUTES WITH SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS
L8 Ramona/Lem Turner, U2 University Connector,
X2 Beaches Express, WS50 Argyle-Flagler
JTA gives an overhaul to the
The trolley routes have been redesigned to
reach more places in downtown. The names and
associated colors allow for easy identification of
JTA offers a relaxed way to
get to the games.
Football Season is here!
Come ride with us and kiss
parking hassles good bye!
JTA adds new pilot community
shuttle service in Arlington.
This new service will provide curb-to-curb service
upon request in addition to service to designated
stops in the Arlington area. The Arlington Commu-
nity Shuttle will operate seven days a week from
Regency to Lone Star, Rogero, Ft. Caroline, Merrill,
and back to Regency Square.
Arlington Community Shuttle
For more information on any of
these services log on to JTA's newly
designed website at www.jtafla.com
or call our customer service
department at 904-630-3100.
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NAACP Challenges Attempts at
National Civil Rights Rollback
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Northside Community Involvement
Annual Golf Tournament of Unity
Northside Community Involvement Inc., (NCI) is hosting its 3rd Annual
Tournament of Unity Golf event September 27, 2008, at the World Golf
Village in historic St. Augustine, Florida.
The events open at 1 p.m. and include: Tournament Registration, Silent
Auction, and a one hour Golf Clinic at 11:45 a.m. The Shotgun Start will
be at 1 p.m. The Tournament of Unity will close with dinner, and awards
ceremony. It is open to all amateur and professional golfers.
For more information, visit website; www.nci.eversites.com or contact
Rynett Chatman at (904) 355-6923 or Devins Jackson at (904) 765-7821.
Shiloh Baptist of St. Aug. Celebrates
Missionary Society's 69th Anniversary
Shiloh Baptist Church, 271 West King Street, St. Augustine. Rev. Randy
Hezekiah Jr., pastor; will observe the 69th Anniversary of the Missionary
Society, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, 2008. Rev. Ron Rawls, Pastor
of St. Paul AME Church, St. Augustine; will deliver the message.
Pastor Rawls is well known in the community. He received his B.A.
degree in Religion at the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing his
Master's of Divinity degree. Pastor Rawls is married to Attorney Meshon
T. Rawls and have are the parents of four children.
Greater El Beth-el Divine to Honor
Seven at Annual Role Model Banquet
Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness Church, Bishop Lorenzo Hall,
Pastor; will host its 28th Annual Successful Role Mode Banquet, 6:30 p.m.,
Thursday, October 23, 2008, at the Community Rehabilitation Center
Banquet Hall, 623 Beechwood Street. This celebration has been presented
since 1980 to honor dedicated individuals for their outstanding achieve-
ments, leadership and contributions in helping Jacksonville build a stronger
and healthier community. The Honorable Glorious Johnson,
Councilwoman at Large, will be the speaker.
The 2008 Honorees are: Mr. Reginald Gaffney, Mr. William "Bill"
Henry, Mrs. Michelle Hughes, Mr. Frank Reinstein, Mr. Alan Frickling,
Ms. Holly Cleveland, and Mr. Alan Frickling.
For ticket information, program ads or table reservations, please call
(904) 710-1586, or email Gospell75@aol.com.
NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail
to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries
Believers of Christ Temple Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, M. L. Drinks,
Pastor; invites all area singles to attend a free Singles Seminar from 7 p.m.
until 9 p.m., Friday evening, September 26, 2008.
The guest speaker and facilitator will be Dr. Davina Jones. For more
information or directions, please call (904) 765-0827 or 534-0679.
Church Leaders Assuring Student
Success Symposium Open to All
The Florida Parental & Information Resource Center at the University
of South Florida will present a nationally recognized symposium featur-
ing the best practices and resources in Faith-Based and Community collab-
orations in education, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20,
2008, at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, 124 West Ashley Street.
Breakfast and Lunch provided. There is no cost, however pre-registration is
necessary. Please call (904) 390-2659., a
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals, Deputy Superintendent Pat Willis, and
Chief of Staff Alvin G. White invite all Faith-Based, City, School and
Community leaders to attend the symposium. For more information, please
call (904) 390-2960.
Greater Grant AME to Celebrate
Women's Missionary Anniversary
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, will cele-
brate the 53rd Anniversary of the Women's Missionary Society, at 5 p.m.,
Sunday, September 28, 2008. The WMS colors are white/royal blue. A
highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of Seven Inspired
Words by Seven First Ladies. The community is invited.
Violinist Timothy Edwards
Plays Bach at Good Shepherd
Violinist Timothy Edwards will be among musicians playing at an upcom-
ing concert. Among music to b e performed will be:
Handel: Trio-sonata for oboe, violin & continue, A.
Scarlatti: Cantata 'Two darting eyes' for baritone & con-
tinuo; David Paul: Walking in Paradise for violin &
piano and Bach: Sonata in F Minor for violin & harpsi-
Musicians include Timothy Edwards, violin; Henson
Markham, harpsichord, Linda Minke, cello; David Paul,
Edwards violin, Caroline Sampson, oboe; Sharon Scholl, piano,
Greg Spiess, harpsichord and Rob Tudor, baritone.
The 6 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. The church is located at
1100 Stockton Street at Park in Riverside. For more information, call 387-
Services held for Jacksonville Native
Ramsey 0. Walker, M.D. in Tenn.
Home-going Services were held
recently at the Woofin Memorial
Chapel, Murfreesboro, Tennessee,
for Dr. Ramsey 0. Walker, 48, son
of the late Charlie Walker Jr. and
Mrs. Mary E. Walker, of
Jacksonville. Interment followed at
the Middle Tennessee State
Veterans Cemetery with full mili-
Dr. Walker, a physician, received
his Medical Degree from Meherry
Medical College of Nashville. He
was a 1977 graduate of Jean Ribault
Senior High School, and played
trumpet and saxophone in the band..
He is survived by his loving wife
of 22 years, Terri Walker; son,
Hunter Walker and daughter Alyx
Walker, all of Murfreesboro. Also,
his stepmother, Mrs. Mary E.
Walker and Micki Smith, both of
Jacksonville. Also, three sisters,
Angella Diawara of Murfreesboro;
Dr. Ramsey Walker
Charlene Brinkley and Micki
Smith, of Jacksonville; and a host of
nieces and nephews.
Memorials in memory of Dr.
Walker may be made to Fisk
University or Morehouse College.
New Vision Baptist Church in
Murfreesboro, TN recently drew
about 2,400 people to four weekend
services. They also baptized 120
people in one night following evan-
The church also promoted an "As
You Go" campaign which chal-
lenged church members to choose a
non-Christian, then pray for that
person and develop a relationship,
and present the Gospel.
Members held a call to prayer and
fasting as part of the As You Go
emphasis. Participants were chal-
lenged to fast one day and show up
in One Night
that evening in the church sanctuary
to pray for the people they had com-
mitted to reach.
At the end of the prayer time,
church members were encouraged
to conclude their fasting by taking
communion. People of all age
groups, including youth, came and
went during the evening, not fol-
lowing any particular schedule.
"Often people would pray for 15
to 20 minutes for the person they
had chosen before placing a card
with the person's name-on it on the
altar and taking communion," the
church's pastor, Brady Cooper, said.
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
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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-1 p.m.
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New JCCI Study to Focus on Finances
Our Money, Our City: Financing Jacksonville's Future is the topic of
the 2008-2009 JCCI study.
The study will ask how should the City of Jacksonville approach local
government financing to best ensure financial sustainability while meet-
ing the expectations of the community?
". The study wll examine current City government revenues and explore
alternative revenue streams; Identify the core services and responsibili-
ties of the City, including pension plans structure and unfunded and
,underfunded liabilities of the city ;Review authorities and business-type
activities and explore direct services and funding of private nonprofits
ampng other areas. J.F. Bryan IV is the chair of the study.
The first meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21 at Noon at JCCI
., ,, "headquarters on Atlantic Blvd. Contact Kathleen McKenzie at 396-
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BE Names 20 Best Places for
African-Americans to Retire
EWC alums and members of the North Florida HBCU Hall of Fame planning committee (L-R): (standing) Willie McCullough (C/O '64),
Clarence Fields (C/O '68), Melachi Beyah (C/O '68), Archie Gallon, Jr. (a North Fla. HBCU Hall of FAME founding member) and James Austin;
(seated) Linda Sue Holmes (C/O '71), Jackie Nash (C/O '71), Marguerite Warren (C/O '65), Juliet Fields (C/O '68), and Rev. Elizabeth Yates.
HBCU alumni Hall of Fame Inducts 2008 Honorees
Continued from front
Initially, Ray Brinson and Ira and
Peggy Turner of Bethune-Cookman
University, and Juliet Fields, Carl
Johnson and Marguerite Warren of
Edward Waters College led the
steering committee. As the local
excitement and momentum grew,
they were later joined by alums
from five other HBCUs Albany
State University, Florida A&M
University, Florida Memorial
University, Hampton University
and Savannah State University.
What resulted from the steering
committee's efforts was "pure
magic." Hundreds of graduates
from various HBCUs came to the
campus of Edward Waters College
this past weekend to salute the
achievements of their fellow alums.
Jamie Marie Buggs, a 2006 gradu-
ate of Florida A&M University,
said, "1 am the 19th member of my
family that attended my alma mater.
I chose education as my major and
was completely prepared when I
walked into my classroom as an
elementary school teacher. I could-
n't have asked for a better college or
Graduates from other HBCUs
shared similar stories, including
North Florida HBCU Alumni Hall
of Fame 2008 honoree Willie
Walker. Walker, a local attorney
and philanthropist, graduated from
Savannah State University in 1981
and has been a strong community
advocate for supporting HBCUs.
"In my law school class of 500
graduates, 23 were African-
Americans, and 16 of that 23 were
HBCU graduates. Currently, 17%
of all African-American college
graduates finished HBCUs, but
50% of all African-Americans pur-
suing advanced degrees in medi-
cine, law, etc. are HBCU alumni,"
said Walker. "Those numbers say
something significant. We have to
be vigilant and recruit and promote
our alma maters."
North Florida HBCU Alumni
Hall of Fame 2008 Inductees are:
Brenda Simmons (Bethune-
Cookman University), Roy
Mitchell (Edward Waters College),
Willie Walker (Savannah State
University), Nathaniel Washington,
Sr. (Florida Memorial University),
and Demetral Wester (Florida A &
M University). North Florida
HBCU Alumni Founding Members'
2008 Honorees are: Archie Gallon,
Jr. (Edward Waters College), James
Harris (Grambling State
University), Marsha Holmes
(Morgan State University), Irving
Matthews (Southern University),
and Larry Roziers (Bethune-
Durham, N.C., has topped the list
of Black Enterprise magazine's 20
best places to retire, based on qual-
ity of life, affordable health care
and other considerations.
The magazine considered a number
of factors when tabulating its annu-
al list of "20 Best Places to Retire"
in the October issue.
The other top seven locations -
Charlottesville, Va., Ann Arbor,
Mich., Nashville, Tenn.; Lexington,
Ky.; Roswell, Ga. and Columbia,
Mo. also received the magazine's
best score for quality of life, which
included housing prices, public
schools, crime levels, traffic con-
gestion and commercial air access.
Many of the 20 locations are in
the South, where the climate can be
milder, although a few locations are
in the Upper Midwest or Northeast,
which received high scores for
quality of life but lower marks for
Editor-In-Chief Derek Dingle said
the goal was to present readers
retirement options with high quali-
ty of life standards, health care and
low taxes so they could stretch their
retirement nest egg further.
In addition, many of the cities are
near metropolitan areas with access
to historically black colleges and
universities "where they can engage
in leisure and arts and cultural
activities, areas for our audience
that had some African American
Research by the AARP, a nonprof-
it organization for people age 50
and older, indicates that a large
majority of retirees won't move at
all, and if they do, they likely won't
Nancy Thompson, a spokes-
woman for AARP, said retirees
should keep several factors in mind
when contemplating a move,
including whether a home as a no-
step entry and bedroom on the main
floor, in case a person should
become less mobile, as well as
access to public transportation and
walkable pathways in the commu-
nity should the person become
unable to drive.
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Invite you to attend a COMMUNITY MEETING to discuss and get recommendations and input
from citizens regarding the proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD), Thomas Creek, north of
Dunn Ave between Lem Turner Road & Braddock Road
Representatives from the City of Jacksonville's Planning and Development Department, as well as
the developers seeking the PUD, will be in attendance to answer any questions that you may have
regarding the conversion of 1,093 acres from low density residential, community general commer-
cial and neighborhood commercial to multi-use, including warehouse/distribution uses.
REMEMBER YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED IN MAKING
SURE THAT YOUR NEIGHBORHOODS REMAIN VITAL!
DATE: Thursday, September 18, 2008
TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM
LOCATION: Garden City Elementary Library
2814 Dunn Ave Room 55
NOTE: This relates to the recently approved Land Use Amendment for the proposed devel-
opment of warehouses/distribution uses referenced in RESO#2008-400 (Thomas Creek).
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Sixth Annual FCCJ
Family Literacy Fair
Admission is free to FCCJ's North
Campus Family Literacy Fair
which includes interactive games,
music, face painting, vehicles from
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, Mr.
Wizard, music, celebrity readers,
storytelling, games, prizes, and sur-
prises. It will be held on Saturday,
Sept. 20th fromlO a.m.-2 p.m. The
school is located at 4501 Capper
Road (1-95 to Dunn Ave. or 1-295 to
Dunn Avenue). Lunch will be pro-
vided. For reservations or more
information call 904-766-6553.
The Duval County Extension
Office is offering a workshop on
how to grow your own cool season
vegetables. It will be held on
Saturday, September 20th from
10 a.m. Noon. It will be held at
the Duval County Extension
Office, 1010 N. McDuff Ave. The
cost is $5.00 which can be paid at
the door. Call Jeannie at 387-8850
Free Clothes and
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee for the Millions More
Movement will give away clothes
and serve free food on Saturday,
September 20th from 1:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue.,
(between Kings Road. and Beaver
Street). If you would like to donate
or have questions visit
www.jaxloc.com, or call 904-240-
Eric Benet & Dwele
in Concert at the Ritz
The Ritz 9th Anniversary concert
willfeature Eric Benet & Dwele.
Experience an evening of smooth
and soulful sounds on Thursday,
September 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Workshop on Creating
The Duval County Extension
Service-University of Florida/IFAS
is offering a new program called
Family Treasures: Creating Strong
Families. Parents and youth, ages
9-17, join together in fun and inter-
active challenges to strengthen their
family's Commitment, Communi-
cation, Stress Management,
Appreciation and Affection,
Spiritual Well-being, and time
together. The free, three-part series
is scheduled at the West Regional
Library for Saturday mornings,
Sept. 27, Oct. 4 &11, from 10:30-
12:30. Call Sandra at 387-8855 to
register by Sept. 24th.
Paxon Class of 1989
The Paxon Senior High School
Class of 1989 is holding a planning
meeting for their 20 year class
reunion on Saturday, September
27, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Highlands Library. For more infor-
mation visit www.paxon89.com or
Are you eager to move from dia-
logue about social justice to action
for positive social change? Then
visit the Jacksonville Diversity
Network's Volunteer Fair. Stop by
and meet like-minded citizens, net-
work with vital organizations, and
decide how you can contribute. It
will be held at the Museum of
Contemporary Art on Saturday,
September 27th from 10:00 a.m. -
2:00 p.m., 333 North Laura Street.
C o n t a c t
corn for more information.
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.
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
October 1st 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. Call 632-5555 for more
A free workshop will be held on
Thursday, October 2, 2008 from
2:00 4:00 PM to teach you how to
recycle for your garden. Find out
how and what to compost in addi-
tion to learning about basic
mulches and where to use them. It
will be held at the Regency Square
Branch Library, 9900 Regency
Square Blvd. Registration is
requested at 387-8850.
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 consolidation docu-
mentary that first aired on Channel
4 in 1966. After the viewing, Harry
Reagan and Norm Davis will dis-
cuss the role of the media in creat-
ing 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.
First Saturday Jazz
The Ritz Jazz'n Jam hosted by
"Jazz Man" Na'im Rashid will be an
evening of jazz flavors, smooth
sounds and cool people at the Ritz
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Theater. It's an experience of relax- Gardenfest 2008
ing music and a unique atmos- Garden Fest will be held Saturday,
phere. Na'im and the Jazz Band October 18th from 9 3 p.m. at the
welcome attendees to bring their Duval County Extension Office,
instruments or vocals and jam with 1010 N. McDuffAvenue.
the band. Or just bring your "Ear on Topics include: Turn Trash to
Jazz". The next one will be held on Treasure; Eco-Friendly
October 4th at 7:00 p.m. Call 632- Landscaping; Birds, Bees and
5555 for more information. Butterflies; Creating Edible
Centerpieces and What's New in
Panel Discussion Horticulture. To register, or more
on Consolidation information, call Rachel Wilson at
The Main Library will host a pro- (904)-272-4252There will be plants
gram entitled: "A Bold New and gardening items for sale.
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera- Georgia Shrimp
tor and three distinguished gl im
scholars will discuss how and Grits Festival
Jacksonville has fared
under Consolidated gov- Nearby Jekyll Island, Georgia will be cele-
ernment in the 40 years rating two southern favorites shrimp and grits
since it was imple- at this weekend's annual Shrimp and Grits
mented. The forum Festival. It will kick off on Friday, Sept. 19, at 5:30
will kick off at 11 p.m. Festivities will continue throughout the week-
a.m. in the Main end, beginning Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at
Library Hicks noon. All entertainment is free and open to the pub-
Audi tor iumi" lic. The popular annual festival features delicious
Conference Level, food, exciting shrimp & grits cooking competi-
303 N. Laura Street. tions, great music, and a vendor area complete
For more information with arts, crafts, antiques, and collectables. For
call 630-BOOK. more information contact the Jekyll Island
Welcome Center at 1-877-4-JEKYLL, or
Oct. 11th is Annual visit www.jekyllisland.com/shrim-
.National College Fair pandgrits.
National College Fair __ _
The National College Fair of
Jacksonville will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-1
p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III
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
Ribault Trojan 1993
The Ribault Class of 1993 will be
having their 15 Year Class Reunion
on October 17-19, 2008. Reunion
activities will kick-off at 7p.m. on
Oct. 17 with the "Creme Party" ice-
breaker/social and end with the
Farewell Skate Party at 2 p.m. on
Sunday, Oct. 19. For more informa-
tion visit: www.1993RibaultReunion.s5.com
or call (904) 234-0164.
Get Ready for
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)
Basketball in Jax
Local residents will be able to
check out professional basketball
right in our own backyard with an
NBA pre-season basketball game
between the Orlando Magic vs. the
Miami Heat. The game that will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 at the
Jacksonville Memorial Arena. For
tickets or more information, call
Condition and Will
Downing in Concert
The Annual Black Expo concert
will this year feature r&B acts
EnVogue, Mint Condition and Will
Downing. It will be held on Friday,
October 24th at the Times Union
Performing Arts Center starting at 8
p.m. For tickets or more informa-
tion, call 727-7451.
Calling All Jazz Lovers The Edward
Waters College National Alumni Association will
host its Homecoming 2008 formal, black-tie gala,
"A Cabaret Evening of Elegance," featuring famed jazz musician Teddy
Washington, on Friday, October 3rd in the Adams/Jenkins Sports & Music
Center on the campus of Edward Waters College. Doors open at 6pm, with
a buffet-style menu served from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Showtime is 7:30pm.
Ticket cost is $50.00. For more information or tickets, please call (904)
982-3144 or email email@example.com.
Annual Alumni Spirit Breakfast The EWC National
Alumni Association is hosting its annual "Alumni Spirit Breakfast" to get
all Tigers pumped up and excited prior to the game on Saturday, October
4th in the Adams/Jenkins Sports & Music Center on the campus of Edward
Waters College from 7:30am-8:30am. Doors open at 6:30am. Come and
show your school spirit! Wear your school colors orange and purple!
Ticket cost is $20.00. For more information or tickets, please call (904)
982-3144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2008 Football Game Calling all football fans, alumni and
friends of Edward Waters College! The EWC Homecoming 2008 Game,
featuring the EWC Tigers vs. the George Mason University Patriots, will
take place on Saturday, October 4th at William M. Raines High School
Stadium, 3663 Raines Avenue, at 3pm. Ticket cost is $10.00.
Annual Alumni After Party Come party with EWC alum-
ni following the Tigers' victory over the Patriots! The EWC National
Alumni Association is hosting its annual Alumni After Party, following the
EWC Homecoming 2008 Game, on Saturday, October 4th at "The Place,"
1751 North Main Street, from 8:30pm-l:30am. Ticket cost is $20.00.
Valet parking is $5.00. For more information or tickets, please call (904)
982-3144 or email email@example.com.
September 18-24, 2008_
Pa2e 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Black Mafia" Family Brothers Sentenced 28 M
to 30 Years for $270 Million Drug Business A
If two brothers can mastennind a drug com-
merce business netting $270 million annually,
you can only imagine what could be accom-
plished if they used their smarts for legitimate
Recently, the leaders of a large scale nation-
wide cocaine trafficking ring known as the Black
Mafia Family were sentenced in Detroit,
Michigan federal court to 30 years in prison.
Brothers Terry Flenory, 38 of Los Angeles and
Demetrius Flenory, 40, of Atlanta, both Detroit
natives, pleaded guilty to operating a continuing
criminal enterprise involving the high volume
distribution of cocaine throughout the U.S. from
1990 through 2005 and conspiracy to laundering
Authorities said they started operating in
Detroit in the early 1990s and eventually extend-
ed their activities to Missouri, Florida Kentucky,
Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, California and
Texas. They used vehicles equipped with hidden
compartments to transport cocaine and cash.
Since 2000, authorities have seized more than
476 kilograms of cocaine and $5 million in cash.
Members of the ring used drug proceeds to buy
luxury cars, real estate and jewelry. They also
purchased winning lottery tickets from the real
winners to conceal the source of income.
65 people have been indicted in the case. Most
have pleaded guilty and half have been sen-
tenced, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
The government has seized more than $19 mil-
lion in assets from ring members, including 13
homes, 35 vehicles, over $5 million in cash, and
millions of dollars worth of jewelry.
The interstate drug ring that sold thousands of
kilos of cocaine a week, while raking in over
$270 million dollars in cash, real estate and jew-
According to court documents, Flenory was
accused of serving as a supervisor and organizer
of the BMF operation, which utilized more than
50 people to distribute the cocaine in various
cities. Through their dealings, they reaped mil-
lions. Court documents show that profits from
sales were used to "purchase real estate, vehicles
and jewelry in order to promote the drug-traf-
ficking activities of the organization."
The best-known defendant in the case is
celebrity Manhattan jeweler Jacob Arabov, 43,
who was sentenced in Detroit in June to 2-1/2
years in prison and fined $50,000 for lying to
federal agents about the true ownership of jewel-
ry seized from the ring.
Zimbabwe Signs Historic Leadership Deal
Continued from front
tensions between the two opposi-
Nine African leaders including
mediator President Thabo Mbeki of
South Africa witnessed the signing
in a show of commitment to the
deal, which the African Union is
Tanzania's President Jakaya
Kikwete, chairman of the African
Union, voiced the concern on many
minds: "Will it hold or will it not?
That is the question," he said.
Aid agencies welcomed the deal as
a hopeful sign they will be able to
step up food deliveries to millions
of people facing hunger.
"The food situation in Zimbabwe
has reached crisis point," said
Matthew Cochrane of the interna-
tional Red Cross. "There are
already more than 2 million people
who don't have food, and that num-
ber is going to rise to 5 million,
which is about half the country's
population, by the end of the year."
Mugabe's government restricted
., LEFT: The people of Zimbabwe are the biggest elebrants in the starving country.
Shown RIGHT: African leaders from left, President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe,
King Mswati III of Swaziland, Thabo Mbeki, of South Africa, Morgan Tsvangirai,
new Prime Minster of Zimbabwe, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania Armando Gebuza of
Mozambique and Namibian President Hafikepunye Pohamba at the signing of the
power sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai in
the work of aid agencies in June, by Tsvangirai and three by duty," he said, calling on legislators
accusing them of siding with the Mutambara. to be "driven by the hope of a new,
opposition before a presidential Tsvangirai saluted members of better, brighter country" and the
runoff. The ban. was lifted last parliament for their willingness to "hope of a new beginning."
month, but aid agencies say it takes work' across p:l.i lines. "If You- T.\ariir.i said'his first priority
time to gear up. were my enemy yesterday, today would be getting food to hungry
Mugabe, 84, has been in power we are bound by the same patriotic Zimbabweans.
since independence in 1980 and .
went from being praised as a liber- ; H I
ator who freed the former British ."-
colony from minority white rule to i .
being vilified as an autocrat. He and ,-
Tsvangirai, 56, have been enemies ... '
for a decade, and Tsvangirai has '
been jailed, beaten, tortured and
tried for treason charges that
were dismissed in court.
Under a complicated arrange- '
ment, Tsvangirai is the prime minis-
ter with executive powers to chair a .
new council of ministers responsi- .
ble for forming government poli- -
cies. He is deputy chairman of a .
Cabinet of ministers that Mugabe 4. '
The agreement provides for 31 .
ministers down from 50 15
nominated by Mugabe's party, 13 :
NAACP's Youngest President
Ready to Begin Term
BALTIMORE -- Ben Jealous, a former man-
aging editor of the Jackson Advocate newspaper
in Mississippi, will begin his first year as the
youngest president of the NAACP on Oct. 18.
The NAACP's national board of directors has
approved a three-year contract for the new pres-
ident, according to Afro.com. The NAACP's
board of directors voted 35 to 2, with one absen-
tee, to approve his contract. Jealous replaces
interim president Dennis Hayes, who has been
leading the organization since Bruce Gordon left in March 2007.
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Actor Matt Damon, second right, Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean,
center, and New Brunswick, Canada Premier Frank McKenna, right,
distribute food to flood victims after four tropical storms hit the area
in Gonaives, Haiti, this past weekend. They arrived Saturday in
Gonaives as part of Jean's foundation's Yele Haiti aid activities.
Wyclef, Matt Damon Take
on Haitian City in Ruins
GONAIVES, Haiti Cries of
adulation and hunger fol-
lowed Haitian-born singer Wyclef
Jean and actor Matt Damon as they
toured flood-ravaged Gonaives last
weekend to call attention to wide-
spread suffering in the city.
Tropical Storm Hanna and
Hurricane Ike submerged the
Haitian city and cut off roadways.
Where waters have receded, streets
remain a stinking mud bath and
homes are carpeted with muck and
encrusted pots, pans and laundry.
"I'm speechless, I can't believe
it," said Damon, looking down
from a U.N. helicopter at people
living on the rooftops of flooded
The four-hour visit passed in a
blur of stenches, colors and noise.
A man on a bicycle tried to keep up
with Damon and Jean's truck,
shouting, "I love you, Wyclef."
Jean raised his hand, but couldn't
"It's inhumane. I wish there was a
word in the dictionary. No human
should be living like this," said
Jean, who became famous through
his Grammy-winning band, The
Fugees, and later emerged as a solo
Damon and Jean encouraged help
fl. the UIniiJd Nations to raise, minie
-han US$11.11 million f~lr i00,i6ii I
Haitians in need after four tropical
storms and hurricanes have struck
the country since mid-August.
Jean's Yele Haiti charity is help-
ing the World Food Program and
the Organization of American
States-affiliated Pan American
Development Foundation distribute
food to 3,000 families. The convoy
visited a school shelter Sunday to
hand out cooking oil and bags of
Proud and tumultuous Gonaives
is where Haiti declared independ-
ence from France in 1804 as the
world's first black republic. Bloody
1985 protests led to the downfall of
the father-son Duvalier dictatorship
and in 2004 a deadly march
fomented the ouster of President
Fears that unrest is simmering
here has led U.N. officials to dis-
tribute food at night under
Argentine soldiers' guard. Haitian
officials have discussed building
new settlements for vulnerable res-
idents above the current city.
Once emergency aid started
arriving four days after the storm,
the U.N. agencies began ratcheting
up food distributions to reach as
many as 12,000 people a day. More
than 120,000 people are in shelters
in the Artibonite region, which
include- Gonaies. de pcrirte fur
.wter and food, Iie titlaii g y-ern-
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On October 9, 2008 at 5422
Soutel Drive at 7:00 PM, there will
be a report of the Nominating
Committee, receipt of Nominations
by Petition, and election of the
Election Supervisory Committee.
All members whose memberships
are current as of April 1st may be
nominated for office or as an at-
large member of the Executive
Committee. In order to sign a nom-
inating petition, or be elected to the
Election Supervisory Committee, a
member must be current as of 30
days prior to the October meeting
On November 13, 2008, the elec-
tion of officers and at-large mem-
bers of the Executive Committee
will take place at The Branch
Office 5422 Soutel Drive. Polls
will be open from 3:00 PM to 7:00
PM. In order to vote in a Branch
election, one must be a member in
good standing of the Branch 30
days prior to the election. A form
of identification is required.
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When I first
found out I
was pregnant I
decided to stop
relaxing my hair because of the
chemicals. I planned to wash,
blow dry, and flat iron however
my hands are killing me.
Apparently Carpal Tunnel is com-
mon when you're pregnant so I
can barely hold a flat iron, should
I just get a wig?
A wig is an option but at the
same time you could try wearing
your hair natural. You need an
alternative style that doesn't
require a lot of maintenance espe-
cially since you're having trouble
with your hands.
I know there's been concern
whether chemicals used to relax
hair are harmful to a fetus, from
what I understand the chemicals
do no harm to your unborn baby.
Of course you should always
check with your physician.
However if you are concerned
about using chemicals keep in
mind there are products which I've
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What Do You Do With Your
Hair When Your Pregnant:
the Diahann Carroll Dishes
the Dirt in Her New Tell All
David Otunga Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson Engaged
After a courtship of less than a year, Jennifer Hudson is engaged to marry
her boyfriend David Otunga, better known to VH1 viewers as "Punk" from
the second season of "I Love New York."
The 28-year-old Harvard Law School grad was in Los Angeles with J-
Hud to celebrate her 28th birthday when he popped the question with a
Neil Lane diamond ring, according to reports.
The VHI reality star Tiffany "New York" Pollard christened Otunga
with the nickname Punk during her show's second season in late 2007. He
was a finalist on the show, but lost his chance at love with Pollard to win-
ner Ezra "Buddha" Masters.
Otunga has worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH
Coalition. He and Hudson are both from Chicago.
In her new book "The Legs are the
Last to Go," actress Diahann
Carroll writes candidly about her
courtship with screen legend
Sidney Poitier, alleging that he dou-
ble-crossed her during their affair.
Carroll claims that the actor per-
suaded her to divorce her husband
Monte Kay, and that Poitier also
said he would leave his wife to be
with her. But when Carroll got her
divorce, the Oscar winner didn't
keep up his end of the bargain.
Carroll said she dated another man
out of frustration, which didn't sit
well with Poitier.
"Sidney called me at my hotel. .
'I know he just left your bed. I won't
have you running around with other
men. You belong to me!'" the New
York Post quoted her as writing in
She wrote that Poitier later told
her he'd finally left his wife, Juanita
Hardy. He even bought Carroll a
ring and made her decorate a 10-
room Riverside Drive apartment
"I was only home a few days
when he called to say his wife was
having second thoughts. Our wed-
ding plans would have to be post-
poned," wrote Carroll.
She added: "When the apartment
was ready and I was about to move
my daughter in with me, Sidney
told me he didn't want her there .
He changed the locks so I couldn't
get in. Then he made me write him
a check to offset his purchase and
decorating costs. I did as I was told,
submissive and desperate."
Despite her decision to detail their
relationship drama, Carroll says
Poitier, who did not comment on
the book, continues to be her friend.
"Sidney and I are now friends.
That's a lovely thing that comes as
you age forgiveness and perhaps a
relaxing of standards," wrote
The book, from Amistad, will
be released next week.
Star and Al Reach
Star Jones and her former hus-
band of four years, Al Reynolds,
reached a divorce settlement on
Wednesday just moments before
they were due to appear in a
Manhattan court room.
Jones' rep released a statement
saying the former couple "reached
an amicable settlement in their
divorce proceeding... Both parties
are moving on with their private
The New York Post is reporting
that Reynolds was allegedly upset
with the prenuptial agreement he
signed, leaving him "basically
nothing," though he gave up the
fight in order to avoid higher court
Jones, 46, filed for divorce on
March 26 at Manhattan's Supreme
Star and Al Reynolds
in happier Times
Court in New York, and it was sub-
sequently labeled an "uncontested
matrimonial" case by officials.
As previously reported, she has
recently been linked romantically
to chef Herb Wilson.
Tyler Perry Reinspires Himself With Latest Installment
Writer/Director/Actor Tyler Perry film called "The Family That
is back in theaters with his sixth Preys" bringing in $18 million in
the first week.
The movie is about two
friends, Alice and Charlotte,
who find their families
immersed in scandal and
,\ifre \\oodard and
Kath., Bates lead a cast
of staI including
S S.naa Lathan,
RockmoiJ d Dunbar,
Taraji P Henson, and
Cole Hauiser, in a
drain tih.t envelopes
infidelity\ and greed in
ati empo',ering message
Perrt '; modus operan-
I" think it',_- lust my abil-
ity to relate." Perry said of
garnering a legion of fans.
"\\hat I tr. to do is to com-
pletel.` ta., away from
thin,-gs that will
cloud it and
I do and
how I do
out on the
ing thousands of people ... they'll
let you know immediately what
they like and what they don't like."
Though he considers himself in-
the-know of what people want to
see, Perry is going a little bit out-
side the box for his latest big screen
offering not referring to the film's
more diverse cast. In the film which
can be categorized as a dramedy,
Perry takes on some social issues
that we've not seen in recent pro-
ductions. That may be because, as
he told reporters, the film came out
of gloomy point in his life.
"This is a story I wanted to tell.
I've never once chased money. I've
never once said I wanted to do
something so that it becomes
crossover," he said responding to
questions that he is looking to reach
a wider (read: whiter) audience.
"What I try to do with all of my sto-
ries is tell a story. Where I was with
this story, I was going through some
things where I wasn't sure I wanted
to continue in front of the camera in
this business. It was just too nega-
tive, too many dark secrets and too
much nastiness. I got to the point
where I became a prisoner of it all,
I didn't want to leave the house,
and I didn't want to go anywhere. I
started writing this script based on
that and when I started writing
these two characters, I wanted them
to be very different, but have the
same type of humanity."
Perry continued that his fame
was starting to get the best of him.
He was dealing with a loss of priva-
cy, stalkers, and fans jumping over
his fence. He said he was coming to
the point where he didn't want to be
in the business because of all the
"I [thought], 'Is this life for me?'
And the question came, 'Are you
living or are you existing?' And I
started talking to friends about it -
Janet [Jackson] and Oprah
[Winfrey] and they said, 'You
can't lose your life in this. Don't let
this stuff make you crazy.'And then
I said, then I started to focus on the
good of it and I said, 'Wait a
minute. This is a pretty amazing
life.' So rather than sitting here
waiting for something awful to hap-
pen, I should be enjoying every
moment. Then around that time I
heard Lee Anne Womack singing 'I
Hope You Dance' and that's the
whole inspiration for the film."
Perry's signature inspiration in
the film comes from his Christian
base, though he says he doesn't
write his films with a Christian
audience in mind.
"I write with things like, 'What
would I want to see on film?' 'What
stories that I want to tell?' and being
Christian, I do want to have some-
one Christian represented and not
the same old stereotype of 'God's
gonna make a way', but a real per-
son in mind," he said. "The great
thing about Alfre Woodard's char-
acter Alice was that she was afraid
of everything. I wanted to speak to
people who think they're living and
think they're being holy and living
a great life, but they're staying in
this little box. Come out of the box.
Every day is a gift."
Perry has realized that every day
is a gift for him over and over
again. As he explained, being
reminded of that, he'd written the
script for "The Family That Preys."
"I think a lot of my success was
born out of necessity," he said.
"Like, one network wanted me to
compromise and wanted me to
change everything in the script,
which caused me to go and finance
it myself and it worked. The suc-
cess has been born out of people
telling me 'This is how it's going to
be done' and me saying, 'No, I'm
going to find another way.' I would-
n't have had the ability to do that
had I not been through everything
I've been through as a child, as a
teenager, as a young adult, and now
as a man. I use all of that to make it
"The Family That Preys" is now
playing in theaters nationwide.
Next up for Perry, a fun breather
with "Madea Goes to Jail" and a
cameo in the new "Star Trek" film
due out next year. He has also
launched a company called 34th
Street Films, recruiting new film-
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September 18-24, 2008
Women of Color Cultural Foundation Present Annual Ebony Ivory Gala
Shown above are honorees (-R) : Health award honorees Dr Laura Bailet, Dr. Shala Masood, Education honorees Dr Davalu Parrish, Dr.
Judith Rodriguez, Rebecca Berg Yuleen Broome Clara McLaughlin and JCCI Jacksonville Community Council. Inc Charles "Skip"
Cramer Executive Director.
Dr. Helen Jackson, F. Dannelle Robinson, Jennifer Clayton, Gerald
Minnifield, Sheree Bryant, Cynthia Scott, Darlene Spann, Kenyonn
Demps, Avis Sweet, Valerie Baham, Karen Lalndry, and Vickie Lynne
Gloger. FMPowell Photo
Even honorary chairpersons Carlton and Barbara Jones, Miss
Universal Teen Lauren Wells (who is also Miss Terry Parker High
School '08-09), and WOCF founding member and president Helen
Dr C.N. Grier with Dr. and Mrs. Orrin Mitchell Jackson. M Latimer Photo
Gwen Mays, Jackie Gray, Minnie Canady and Patricia Mays
This past weekend, the Women of
Color Cultural Foundation, Inc.
lauded local females who have
made outstanding contributions to
the fields of economic develop-
ment, education and health at their
annual "Ebony and Ivory Gala."
Held at the Jacksonville Omni
Hotel, the black-tie event featured a
silent auction, dancing, formal din-
ner, and entertainment by the high-
ly acclaimed groups, The Elite
Band and youth group
This year's honorees were:
Rebecca Berg, Yuleen Broome and
Clara McLaughlin for economic
development; Barbara Darby,
Davalu Parrish and Judith
Rodriguez for education; and Alura
Bailet, Shala Masood and Edith
Perez for health.
Founded in 2000, The Women of
Color Cultural Foundation, Inc. is a
non-profit community service
group created to address disparities
in economic development, educa-
tion and health. Since its inception,
the organization has provided more
than $110,000 in scholarships. Its
signature events include: Heart of a
Woman Luncheon, which addresses
heart disease in women; Health
Symposium for People of All
Nations, which promotes communi-
ty partnerships and health aware-
ness; and the Universal Teen
Scholarship Pageant, which pro-
motes cultural diversity, global
awareness and the development of
youth talent and achievement.
0.J. Trial Looks to be a Bad Sequel
The Bills #26 Ashton Youboty sacked Jax quarter-
Jags # 28 Fred Taylor stop by #51 Paul Posluszny back David Garrard.
Jag Fans Remain Jubilant
Despite Worst Season Start Since
Randy Austin, LaRae Austine, Janice Austin, Rontrecia Austin, and
Ronnie Williams enjoy the game. FMPPhoto
The Jacksonville Jaguars had the
lead, the momentum and the home-
field advantage. None of that mat-
tered tothe Buffalo Bills or their
Edwards was good early and even
better later, doing just enough to
lead the Buffalo Bills to their best
start in five years.
Edwards finished 20-of-25 passing
for 239 yards and a touchdown -- a
perfect 7-yard toss to James Hardy
in the fourth quarter -- and the Bills
beat the beleaguered Jacksonville
Jaguars 20-16 on a steamy Sunday.
Buffalo last started 2-0 in 2003.
The team finished 6-10 that season,
but expects much different results
this time around. And for good rea-
son. The Bills manhandled Seattle
last week and kept Jacksonville in
check most of the game.
The Jaguars (0-2), meanwhile, are
off to their worst start since 2003.
They finished 5-11 that season, and
could be in for another long year
now. "Losing two games isn't the
end of the world," cornerback
Drayton Florence said. "Obviously,
you don't want to start out 0-2. But
the swagger's not gone, the confi-
dence isn't gone, the expectations
aren't gone. We've just got to
regroup and get this thing turned
around before it gets ugly."
It was a second straight offensive
struggle for Jacksonville, which
played without three starting offen-
sive linemen and big-play receivers
Jerry Porter (hamstring) and Troy
David Garrard was 17-of-28 for
170 yards, throwing an interception
and getting sacked twice. Fred
Taylor ran 14 times for 49 yards,
and Jones-Drew added 17 on the
"It comes down to a couple of
plays going our way," receiver Matt
Jones said. "We've got to make
some plays when it's time. These
games are going to be close and
really two or three plays decide the
game. When you've got the oppor-
tunity to make a play, you've got to
step up and make it."
Next up for the Jags are
SuperBowl Champs the
Indianapolis Colts next week in
Olympic swimmer and gold
medalist Cullen Jones is soaking
up his fame and celebrity right
now, but he still has his eyes
focused on working in the Black
Jones is gearing up to launch his
Diversity Tour, a tour that heads to
major urban cities where he will try
to get more Black children into the
swimming pool not only for fun,
but to save lives. According to
studies, more than half of African-
American children can't swim and
nine African-American children
The charge is robbery, not murder,
but 13 years after the so-called
"Trial of the Century" ended with
his acquittal, O.J. Simpson is back
in court. Again.
Simpson goes on trial this week in
a courtroom in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Opening statements began Monday.
An all white jury of nine women
and three men promised they could
disregard Simpson's past and solely
consider the evidence against the
61-year-old football hero and his
54-year-old co-defendant, Clarence
Simpson and Stewart are charged
with a dozen offenses stemming
from an alleged sports memorabilia
heist a year ago. The charges
include conspiracy to commit a
crime, robbery, assault and kidnap-
ping with a deadly weapon. If con-
victed of the most serious charges,
both could face life in prison.
The prosecution's presentation of
its case relied heavily on indistinct
audio recordings of conversations
between Simpson and a group of
men who were allegedly plotting to
seize property from two sporting
memorabilia sellers. Simpson
claimed that the items being
hawked from room 1203 of the
Palace Station hotel in Las Vegas
last September belonged to him.
Simpson's defense claims he was
trying to retrieve personal property.
Already rife with drama, a key
witness in O.J. Simpson's kidnap
and robbery trial returned to the
stand on Tuesday, day two of the
trial, a day after he left court clutch-
ing his chest and complaining of
Bruce Fromong, a sports dealer
who says Simpson and five accom-
plices robbed him of memorabilia
worth thousands of dollars at the
Palace Station hotel and casino last
September, apologized to the court
as he resumed his testimony.
Fromong, who has suffered four
heart attacks and was described as
"medically fragile" by his attorney,
was being cross-examined by a
defense attorney on Monday when
he appeared to become ill, clutch-
Jones Launches Tour to Get Black
Gold Medal Olympian Cullen Jones is giving back to the community.
drown every day. "Right after I got the gold medal,
ing at his chest and head.
"When he first came through the
door he stopped, then he proceeded
into the room and started hollering
at everyone," said Fromong, who
has known Simpson since before
his famous Los Angeles murder
trial and has helped sell memorabil-
Of the six original defendants in
the Las Vegas case, four have
agreed to plead guilty and testify
Simpson and his remaining co-
defendant, Charles "CJ" Stewart,
could face life in prison if they are
convicted on the dozen charges
I was at the Hometown Hopefuls
center for Bank of America and
they ended up giving me $10,000
to help with my diversity tour,"
Jones recently told BET's All
Access. "That really excited me
and it was written all over my face.
Since I have gotten it and I have
this time off now, it's really going
to help jump start the diversity
The Cullen Jones Diversity Tour
will include swim meets and clin-
ics for minority youth throughout
Simpson signs autographs outside of the courthouse this week.
September 18-24, 2008
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Pall bearers carry Muhammad's casket to his final resting place.
Hundreds Pay Respects to Late
Muslim Leader W.D. Muhammad
CHICAGO, Ill. Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan was among
hundreds of Muslims attending a
suburban Chicago service on last
week to mourn the death of Imam
W.D. Mohammed, the son of
Nation of Islam founder Elijah
W.D. Mohammed moved thou-
sands of blacks into mainstream
Islam after breaking with his
father's Chicago-based Nation of
Islam organization and was consid-
ered among the great Muslim lead-
ers in North America.
The 74-year-old died at his sub-
urban Chicago home of heart dis-
ease and diabetes.
"Imam Mohammed's leadership
was inspired by God," Khadija
Mohammed, the late leader's wife,
told the crowd at the afternoon
prayer service. "I love my husband
and I wish I could spend the rest of
my life with him."
She then read verses from the
Quran -- the attendees at the
Islamic Foundation of Villa Park
erupting periodically with chants of
"Allahu akbar," Arabic for "God is
When Mohammed's body was
taken away in a silvery gray casket,
mourners trailed behind reciting
The crowd was a mix of Nation
of Islam and mainstream Islam fol-
lowers. Some had traveled from
around the country to pay their
"He taught us about human
excellence and tried to do the right
thing," said 60-year-old Jihad
Shahid, of St. Louis.
Many speculated about whether
anyone would take over for
Family members said Wednesday
that a successor had not been desig-
nated. The highly decentralized
movement involves mosques and
business endeavors around the
country, as well the Muslim Journal
newspaper based in Homewood, Ill.
Farrakhan and Mohammed had a
long, strained relationship. In 1975,
Mohammed became the leader of
Nation of Islam when his father
died. The movement espoused
black supremacy and self-reliance.
But Mohammed soon broke with
Nation of Islam and became a
mainstream Muslim. Farrakhan
revived the old Nation of Islam.
continued from front
Rapidly rising registration rolls,
facilitated by mountains of money
and Black determination to avenge
the "Great Theft of 2000", are creat-
ing a 2008 electorate more diverse
and volatile than the arbiters of cor-
porate news and polling are accus-
tomed to measuring. Pollsters tradi-
tionally assign more weight to vot-
ers they deem "likely" to turn out on
Despite record numbers of voters
who turned out during the presiden-
tial primaries last spring, eight mil-
lion African-Americans or 32 per-
cent of eligible Black voters are still
not registered to vote according to
Rick Wade, African American vote
director for the Obama for America
"With Obama the first Black can-
didate nominated to run for presi-
dent and GOP VP pick, Sarah Palin
in the equation, it goes without say-
ing there's a lot at stake for all
Americans and African-Americans
in particularly," Wade says.
"Because of the intensity of voter
registration efforts, there's a great
possibility to take voter registration
to a whole new level, particularly in
the Black community, by intensify-
ing voter education and focusing on
issues," he said.
K 1 u x
of two black
Seale in 1964 is a
flight risk and should remain in
prison while the government con-
siders appealing the ruling said
James Ford Seale, 73, was con-
victed in June 2007 and sentenced
to three life terms on federal kid-
napping and conspiracy charges in
the abductions of Charles Eddie
Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee.
He had spent just over a year in a
federal prison in Indiana when, on
Sept. 9, his conviction was tossed
out by a panel of 5th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals judges.
Moore and Dee, both 19, were
hitchhiking in Franklin County
when they were abducted, beaten,
weighted down and thrown into a
Mississippi River backwater.
In overturning the conviction, the
three-judge panel said the statute of
limitations had elapsed in the 43
years between the crime and Seale's
arrest. Seale's attorneys quickly
asked for his immediate release.
Prosecutors argued this weekin
court papers that Seale should
remain behind bars while the gov-
ernment reviews the decision and
possibly appeals. The government
lawyers said Seale's trial judge cor-
rectly observed that he has few ties
to the community, lives in a recre-
ational vehicle and knows how to
fly an airplane.
"The defendant has produced no
new evidence showing that he is not
likely to flee before the appeal is
finalized," prosecutors wrote in the
a Flight Risk
Still, federal prosecutors pointed
out that Seale has contacts in other
states and was even thought to be
dead for years. He was indicted in
2007 after Moore's brother and a
documentary filmmaker, who were
working on a film about the
killings, found him in south
Mississippi in 2005.
Seale and fellow reputed
Klansman Charles Marcus Edwards
faced state murder charges in the
case in 1964, but federal prosecu-
tors said they were quickly thrown
out because local law officers were
in collusion with the Klan.
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