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Congressional Pardon Sought
for Boxer Jack Johnson
The US Congress has recommended that a
presidential pardon should be granted to the
first black world heavyweight boxing champi-
I Jack Johnson won the title in 1908 but was
later convicted of transporting white women
across US state lines for immoral purposes.
Johnson served nearly one year in prison for
what is now seen as a racially motivated con-
His 1908 victory over Tommy Bums prompted the search for a "Great
White Hope" who could defeat the black man, but Johnson held the title
until 1915. After his conviction in 1913, Johnson fled the US, returning
in 1920 to serve his term.
He returned to boxing but was unable to regain his title.
US authorities had at first tried, unsuccessfully, to prosecute Johnson
over his relationship with a white woman whom he later married.
A second white woman then testified that Johnson had transported her
across state lines in violation of the Mann Act.
Senate Approves $10M Bill to Probe
Cold Case Civil Rights Murders
The Senate passed unanimously legislation last week that would give
the Justice Department more money to investigate unsolved murders
from the civil rights era.
The bill authorizes $10 million annually over 10 years to help the FBI
and other agencies take a fresh look at dozens of cold cases, mostly in the
South. Additional funds are included for local law enforcement agencies.
The bill is named after Emmett Till, a black teenager murdered in
Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white woman.
No one has been convicted in his death.
Since 1989, state and federal authorities have made about 29 arrests in
civil rights crimes, leading to 23 convictions, according to civil rights
organizations and others.
Last year, the FBI announced a new Cold Case Initiative to redouble
efforts at cracking other long-ignored crimes. But the initiative a part-
nership with civil rights groups has no stand-alone budget, and civil
rights leaders have expressed disappointment that it hasn't resulted in
Voting Begins in Ohio
CLEVELAND In the state that may again determine the presidency,
voters started casting ballots Tuesday as Barack Obama struggles to
thwart a John McCain victory in Ohio four years after it tipped the elec-
tion to President Bush.
Both candidates visit often while spending millions of dollars flooding
TV and radio with advertisements, mailboxes with literature and even
voicemail with automated phone calls to get supporters to the polls, par-
ticularly during the one-week window in which people can register and
vote in one swoop.
Early participation appeared light; officials in the state's largest counties
that are home to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Dayton each report-
ed several hundred ballots cast by afternoon. Many of those who voted
New Mexico's Top GOP Official
Quits Over Remarks about Blacks
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The chairman of the Republican Party in
New Mexico's most populous county resigned last week, nearly a week
after saying "Hispanics consider themselves above blacks" and won't
vote for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
C de Baca, 70, was quoted in a BBC News blog last week as saying: "The
truth is that Hispanics came here as conquerors. African-Americans came
here as slaves. Hispanics consider themselves above blacks. They won't
vote for a black president."
C de Baca had maintained his comments were taken out of context,
explaining he was referring to views held by some in the generation of
Hispanics who grew up before the civil rights movement. "Those were
not my beliefs," he said.
The remarks drew widespread criticism from black leaders, Democrats
and high-profile Republicans, all requesting that he step down.
Recent polls in New Mexico have shown Obama opening up a lead there
over Republican nominee John McCain.
Former State Sen. John Ford
Gets 14 Years for Fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. A former Tennessee state senator has been sen-
tenced to 14 years in prison for accepting more than $800,000 from com-
panies and pushing for laws that favored them.
John Ford of Memphis is already serving a 5-1/2-year federal sentence
for a separate conviction of taking bribes from undercover FBI agents.
U,S. District Judge Todd J. Campbell sentenced Ford Monday on two
counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements on offi-
Ford had argued at trial that he was paid to consult out of state for the
two companies, but he acknowledged that he promoted issues that
favored them in the Tennessee Legislature.
Ford is a member of a politically prominent family in Memphis and was
once one of the most powerful lawmakers in the state.
Volume 23 No. 3 Jacksonville, Florida October 2 8, 2008
Forest Whitaker Visits First
Coast to Encourage Youth Vote
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Whitaker continued his tour of
S Florida, called the 'Change We
Need' Voter Registration Drive,
with stops that included the
University of North Florida,
Bethune-Cookman University, the
University of Florida and the
University of South Florida.
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Dancing to Beat Diabetes
Pictured (L-R) are Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker
and Miss Edward Waters College '08-'09 Mercedes Bryant at Edward
Waters College, the first stop in Whitaker's tour of Florida's colleges
and universities, promoting Democratic presidential nominee Barack
Obama's campaign and "Change We Need" Voter Registration Drive.
by M. Latimer
Hollywood A-list director and
Academy Award-winning actor
Forest Whitaker recently added
political activist to his lengthy list
This past weekend, the talented
performer used his "gift for gab"
and passion for social justice to
promote the campaign of
Democratic presidential nominee
Barack Obama, touring college and
university campuses throughout the
State of Florida. Whitaker "kicked
off" his Florida tour with a stop at
Edward Waters College.
"People are really discussing
issues and the election. The youth
vote is so important and can make a
critical impact on the outcome," he
said. "And we know the impor-
tance Florida played in the last two
elections." When asked about his
reasons for supporting Obama, he
stated, "When I was a kid, my fam-
ily members didn't have health
insurance. I remember our experi-
ences at LA County Hospital. I like
Obama's stance on health care, the
economy and other issues." He also
noted, "I'm here as a citizen, an
American. I'm encouraging every
young person to take part in the
election process. A vote for Obama
Abzolute Fitness held a State Farm 50 Million Pound challenge entitled
"Dancing for Diabetes". For four hours over 50 people stepped for
Diabetes to music of the 80s, 90s and today's urban neo-soul and rap. This
is the first local "Dancing for Diabetes" event held for African-Americans
in Jacksonville. The event is designed for African American whom suffer
from diabetes and are searching for an alternative way to beat diabetes and
have fun. Shown above in the forefront participating are Lucy Stokes,
Donald "The Don" Griffin and Grace Wiley. KFPPhoto
Black Women Most Likely to be Killed with a Gun by Someone They Know
How many times have your turned
a blind eye to a neighbors too loud
argument or a friend's masked
blackened eye? If statistics remain
true, Black women in America need
to be most afraid of the men that are
supposed tolove them most.
Black women murdered by men
are most often killed with a gun,
almost always by someone they
know. This information was recent-
ly revealed by the Violence Policy
Center (VPC) report "When Men
The most recent complete data
available from 2006 shows the dis-
proportionate burden of fatal and
nonfatal violence borne by black
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Shown above is Charles Taylor selecting clothing items, he considers himself one of the working poor.
Some were hungry, some needed
clothes, but all were welcome.
All 400 of them.
The call to participate in the
Million More Movement's latest
clothes and food give-away was
one of the largest events to date.
Held in the urban core off of Myrtle
Avenue, anyone in need is encour-
aged to come and take their choice
of free clean quality clothes and a
hot meal courtesy of the all volun-
Composed of men and women
from all walks of life, the group was
brought together after the Millions
More March in 2005. Since then the
group, represented in various cities,
works to better the lives of others.
For more information about the
organization, visit their website at
www.jaxloc.com ,or call at 904-
women has almost always been
overshadowed by the toll violence
has taken on black men. In 2006,
black women were murdered at a
rate nearly three times higher
than white women.
In single female victim/single
male offender homicides, 12% of
black female victims were less than
18 years old and 3% were 65 years
of age or older The average age of
black female homicide victims was
32 years old.
Compared to a black man, a black
woman is far more likely to be
killed by her spouse, an intimate
acquaintance, or a family member
than by a stranger. Of black victims
who knew their offenders, 54 per-
cent were wives, commonlaw
wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of
the offenders. Ninety-five percent
of the homicides of black women
where the race of the male offender
was known were intra-racial.
Sadly enough, The overwhelming
majority of homicides of black
females by male offenders were not
related to any other felony crime.
Most often, they were killed by
males in the course of an argument-
-most commonly with a firearm. In
2006, for the 412 homicides in
which the circumstances between
the black female victim and the
male killer could b. identified, 89
percent were not related to the
commission of any other felony.
Nearly two-thirds of non-felony
related homicides in the study peri-
od involved arguments where 58%
of the time the women were shot
and killed with guns during those
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She's Gotta Have It: 50% of American
Black Women Live Paycheck to Paycheck
by Sherri Wheeler, BAW
More than half of black women
say they are living paycheck to pay-
check, and almost half say it's diffi-
cult for them to have the lifestyle
they desire because of financial
obligations to their immediate fam-
ily, according to a recent national
"What we have here is a financial
perfect storm. An inclination to
spend, combined with an extraordi-
nary desire to help others financial-
ly, has left many black women
behind the curve in terms of sav-
ings," said Rhonda Mims, president
of the ING Foundation and senior
vice president of ING's Office of
Corporate Citizenship &
"The good news is that black
women care deeply about their
financial future, have a strong
desire to learn more, and manifest
many of the qualities critical to
investment success," she said in a
The national telephone survey
was sponsored by the ING
Foundation and developed in con-
junction with the editors of Essence
The trends reflected in the sur-
vey report show that black women
are experiencing many
of the same challenges
as the rest of America,
said personal finance
"This is not surpris-
ing. Across the board,
people are living pay-
check to paycheck,"
Singletary said. But the
current economic cli-
mate should signal that
it is time to make
changes in spending
and saving, she said.
"This is a time when
people should be
pulling back and living
below their means,"
Singletary said. "You
can't have what you
want when you want it
if you don't have the
The survey showed
that almost seven in More tha
10, or 68 percent of say that it i
black women, say that ate family.
they buy what they
really want in good times or bad.
And many said they are tempted to
make impulse purchases when they
Entrepreneur's Law School Workshop
The Florida's Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) will offer a
one-day workshop, "The Entrepreneurs Law School: Be Informed,
Reduce Your Risk," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at
the University Center on the University of North Florida campus.
The workshop is designed to assist business owners and prospec-
tive owners with the legal issues involved in running a business. For the
first time ever, all the legal advisors and professionals involved in cor-
porate law will share their expertise to arm participants with the infor-
mation they need to know.
The panel of professionals will cover everything from establishing the
lawyer/client relationship to assembling a team of advisors to protecting
intellectual property as well as contracts, lawsuits and employment
issues. Hands-on breakout sessions will cover raising capital, credit and
collections, e-commerce and Internet security, worker's compensation
For workshop registration and information visit SBRN.org or call
Seeking Employment is Job
#1 for Minority Community
Long before the U.S. economy
sputtered and stalled, the African-
American community had suffered
a rather alarming reversal of for-
tune, a new briefing paper from the
Economic Policy Institute reports.
With the economy now in peril,
the future for African Americans
rests even more heavily upon one
critical issue: jobs.
"On all major economic indica-
tors income, wages, employment
and poverty African Americans
were worse off in 2007 than they
were in 2000," Algernon Austin
states in the EPI briefing paper.
"The current economic downturn
and the subprime mortgage crisis
bode ill for the immediate future for
The overall social well-being of
depends upon strong job growth.
The historical evidence shows
clearly that strong job and wage
growth are keys to reducing black
Among the paper's other key
The African-American median
family income declined by $404, or
1 percent, between 2000 and 2007.
Worker productivity grew 19.2
percent between 2000 and 2007,
but wage growth for American
workers generally, and African-
American workers specifically,has
The African-American unem-
ployment rate increased by .07 per-
centage points between 2000 and
2007 while the rate of African-
American employment declined 2.4
percentage points. (Individuals who
have dropped out of the labor mar-
ket and are no longer looking for
jobs are not counted amount the
Crime and criminal justice poli-
cies are shaping the economic
future for the African- American
community, as ex-offenders have a
more difficult time of finding work.
A tale of two decades
In the 1990s, prosperous times on
Wall Street led to better days on
Main Street. The labor market was
tight, producing higher employ-
ment levels for African Americans.
Crime dropped, as did the African-
American poverty rate.
Homeownership, which was and is
the major source of wealth-building
for Africans, was on the rise.
That has changed, in part,
because the subprime mortgage cri-
sis hit the African- American com-
munity harder than others. The
rate fell from its peak of 49.1 per-
cent in 2004 to 47.2 percent in
2007. Home values in some
declined at a faster pace as fore-
closed properties sat empty, becom-
ing havens for the homeless and for
"High level of foreclosures lead
to increased vandalism and crime
and declining tax revenues for com-
munities," Austin said.
The economic research and indi-
cators make a compelling argu-
ment: Jobs are the key issue, Austin
argues. When the employment rate
rises in the African-American com-
munity, he notes, other challenges
are more easily resolved.
"Black America needs a national
strategy for black full employ-
ment," Austin concluded.
"In other words, our national goal
should be to have the black unem-
ployment rate sustained below 5
percent. When the American econo-
my experiences strong job growth
and full-employment like we saw in
the late 1990s, average Americans
of all races benefit with higher rates
of employment, higher wages, and
lower poverty rates. But even in the
peak year of 200, when the total
unemployment rate was at 4 per-
cent, the black unemployment rate
was at 7.6 percent. The total unem-
ployment rate masks substantial
"If we were to reduce the black
unemployment rate to below 5 per-
cent, there would be amazing
progress for black America."
n half of America's Black women say they are living paycheck to paycheck
is difficult to have the lifestyle they desire because of financial obligations t
Nikki Jackson, a 34-year-old engi-
neer in Birmingham, Alabama, said
she was browsing through Saks
recently and saw a black, Gucci
Hysteria purse with a price tag of
more than $1,700.
"It was the purse I had wanted. It
was black patent. I had to call
someone to talk me off of the
ledge," she said jokingly. "I decided
not to get it, even though I had
Jackson, a single woman, doesn't
live paycheck to paycheck, but she
said she is mindful of her dollars
She says she invests regularly,
mainly through programs at work,
and tries to limit impulse purchases.
"For some black women, exces-
sive spending makes the road to
long-term financial security even
longer," Mims said. "To an extraor-
dinary degree, black women con-
sider themselves trendsetters and
centers of influence. Opinion-lead-
ing has its price."
According to the survey, black
women with credit cards are more
likely than other women to carry a
balance on their cards. But credit
card usage was less prevalent
among the black women surveyed
than it was among other women,
and 93 percent of black women who
consider paying off their debts to be
and almost half
THE SPENDING HABITS
OF BLACK WOMEN
More than a third of the
women have loaned over
$1,000 to friends or family in
the last year.
Sixty-eight percent of black
women buy what they want in
a good or bad economy.
Seventy-one percent said it
was important to give to their
place of worship.
Forty-one percent feel
guilty about how much they
spend on expensive brands.
to eir limmeui- an important goal
said they were
confident in their ability to do so,
the survey stated.
Cheryl Smith, a Chattanooga,
Tennessee accountant in her mid-
40s, said knowing your financial
position and making decisions
based on your available funds is
"I am an accountant. I know what
I have in the bank, and I know what
I can and cannot do," said the wife
and mother of a teenager.
"If I go shopping, I go for a spe-
cific thing. IfI don't find what I am
looking for, I won't just buy any-
thing. I don't just settle for some-
thing. I go home," she said.
One-fourth of the black women in
the survey said they are not saving
any of their income on a monthly
basis. When it comes to retirement
accounts, two-thirds of the black
women surveyed reported having a
retirement savings plan, compared
with 79 percent of all other women.
And 28 percent said they own indi-
vidual stocks or bonds, compared
with 52 percent of all other women.
Singletary said the disparity exists
not necessarily because of a lack of
desire, but because of lack of funds.
"If you are just getting by," she
said, "you are not investing."
"If women can save more and live
within their means" while getting a
handle on every day finances, said
Singletary, maybe there will be an
increase in the number who invest.
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Financial Bail Out Winners and Losers
Continued from front
going under stand to gain a lifeline
that should allow them to start mak-
ing loans again.
Under the plan that congressional
aides sought to put into final form,
the Treasury Department could
have started buying up troubled
mortgage-related securities now
held by these institutions.
These securities are clogging bal-
ance sheets, leaving banks without
the required capital to make new
loans and putting the banks danger-
ously close to insolvency.
Banks not only have slowed lend-
ing to individuals and businesses,
they have stopped making loans to
each other. The rescue plan would
have helped restore confidence to
There are other winners, too, if the
bailout worked as intended: anyone
soon trying to borrow money for
cars, student loans, even to open
new credit card accounts.
Top executives at troubled finan-
cial institutions, on the other hand,
are in the losing column because
the proposal would limit their com-
pensation and rules out "golden
Homeowners faced with foreclo-
sure or those who have lost their
homes got little help from the
agreement. Nor will it help people
whose houses are worth less than
what they owe get refinancing or
take out equity loans.
It would do little to halt the slide
in home values that are one of the
root causes of the current economic
After the heavy dose of new reg-
ulation, New York would have a
hard time claiming it is the center
of the financial universe. That title
may have shifted to Washington.
If the plan stays together and is
pushed, Congress with approval
ratings even lower than those of
President Bush may be seen as
having acted decisively at a time of
Since all could not agree, now its
back to the drawboard for revisions.
The strongest opposition to the
original bailout plan came from
Nothing that potentially adds
$700 billion to the national debt -
already surging toward the $10 tril-
lion mark can be considered a
winner for those who foot the bills.
But lawmakers did put in taxpayer
protections, including one to
require that taxpayers be repaid in
full for loans that go bad.
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Rep. Audrey Gibson
Rep. Audrey Gibson
Councilwoman Mia Jones
Rep. Terry Fields
Elected Officials to Register Former Felons,
New Voters in Final Election Push
Duval County Supervisor of
Elections Jerry Holland, state and
local elected officials, and the D.W.
Perkins bar will host the final ex-
felons registration drive before the
October 6th registration deadline
for the November general election
Senator Tony Hill's office as well
as those of Reps Audrey Gibson,
Terry Fields, Councilwoman Mia
Jones, and Attorneys from the D. W.
Perkins Bar Association, will be
available to search and register
those individuals whose right have
been restored. Those persons who
qualify, but have not applied to
have their rights restored will be
assisted with the necessary process-
es and paperwork required to do so.
The event will take place on
Saturday, October 4, 2008, from
9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the
Duval County Supervisor of
Elections Branch Office in
Gateway Mall located at 5200-2
While the event is targeted to ex-
felons, anyone may register to vote
during the event hours.
The restoration of civil rights
process has improved through an
executive order from the Governor
in 2007, allowing persons with cer-
tain offenses to regain the right to
vote, serve on a jury, hold public
office, and the right to apply for
certain occupational licenses.
"With one of the most historic
Presidential elections happening in
a matter of weeks, I feel certain
Duval County will a have record
turnout. I welcome this opportuni-
ty to assist with getting as many
people registered as possible, and
ready to vote on November 4th."
Florida's Political Parties Non Effort for Voter Turn Out May Hurt
By Starla Vaughns Cherin
Only 16 percent of Miami-Dade's
1.2 million registered voters cast
ballots in the county's Aug. 26 pri-
mary. At predominately Black
polling places like Haitian
Evangelical Baptist Church, only
8.2 percent of registered voters
And so it went in Black voting
precincts statewide, like
Jacksonville's St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church (9.9 per-
cent), Tampa's Allen Temple AME
Church (8.1 percent), and Fort
Lauderdale's Melrose Park (3.2 per-
Low Black voter turnout has
Black activists and political pros
worried about the turnout for the
Nov. 4 general election. Across
Florida, voter turnout was extreme-
ly low overall, between 10 percent
and 20 percent.
There have been no efforts to get
out the Black vote from Democrats
or Republicans parties. Democrats
outnumber Republicans by about
500,000 statewide with the largest
number of Democrats in the south.
Approximately 12 percent of the
registered voters in Florida are
"Only 10 percent came out for the
primary," said Dr. Dorsey Miller,
former national president of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and a mem-
ber of the 2000 Electoral College
that legally elected George W. Bush
"That was scary, especially with
such high-profile races for
Congress and many Blacks running
for local offices. We turned out in
low numbers two months before the
major elections," he said.
No use of Black media
Part of the problem, according to
Miller, is that politicians fail to
engage the Black media, the portal
by which many get their news.
"There is not enough emphasis on
turning out the Black vote. We have
to get them registered, but if we can
turn out those already registered,
that would be a hell of a thing,"
"Most politicians use TV. They
don't use Black newspapers or radio
stations. If I were Barack Obama,
the Black press all of the newspa-
pers would have so much money
from me. It even costs less to adver-
tise in Black newspapers, but they
aren't smart enough and the people
advising them don't look like me.
(Miller is Black.)
"When we were successful in get-
ting out the vote, we used the Black
media to the hilt. That is what Black
people are attuned to. They aren't
looking at CNN. They get their
news through the Black media. We
are avid radio listeners. I don't
understand. Even some Black
politicians don't understand that,"
Florida-based political consult-
ant, strategist and syndicated
columnist Lucius Gantt agrees with
Miller in large part.
"First, there were weather con-
cerns in various parts of the state
(with Tropical Storm Faye) and
many voters could not navigate
flooded roads and highways. But to
me, the main reason for the low
numbers of voters relates to the
ignorance of political parties, polit-
ical strategists and opportunistic
"Voters like to vote for candidates
that they know and many primary
candidates were unknown or dis-
liked. Florida is a media state but
it's ALL media and not just a few
TV stations owned by out-of-state
conglomerates. Political advisers
should be aware of this," Gantt
explained to the Florida Courier.
Time to vote already
In Orange County, voter partici-
pation was 17 percent with 92,848
of the 583,368 registered voters
turning out. Duval County's partici-
pation rose to 20% with 100,954 of
the almost 500,000 registered vot-
ers turning out. In rural Liberty
County, (between Tallahassee and
Panama City), although there are
only 4,231 voters registered, 72%
voted in the primary.
More voters are voting early and
absentee ballots are expected to be
in the mail by mid-September for
the Nov. 4 general election. If the
primary was any indication, early
voting will be a key component to a
win for the Democrats or
Republicans, especially with a host
of hot-button state amendments and
local races that draw attention to the
"Why is it important to get out the
vote? We live in a republic based on
a democratic process that says those
who represent us are elected by us.
If we don't participate in the elec-
tion selection process, then our
needs, wants, desires are over-
looked and neglected," Miller said.
"Washington is not where it is for
us. It is the local elections for
school board and your local county
commissionthat really matter.
People who are elected to office
tend to respond to those who elect
them with their votes and their dol-
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The One Time I Agree with President Bush
The current financial crisis that
the United States is facing will
have ramifications for all
Americans. It may not be today or
tomorrow, but eventually all
Americans will feel the heat.
That's why I must reluctantly say
that I agree with President Bush on
his $700 billion bail out plan. Yes, I
know what you are thinking. I
don't know if I have ever agreed
with George W., but as my grand-
mother would say there's a first
time for everything.
To say that I understand how we
got here this financial crisis -
would be a flat out lie. I know what
the big money Wall Street guys are
saying. I know what Congressional
leaders and the President are say-
ing. I even know what the "finan-
cial analyst" on TV are saying, but
again the truth is still quite confus-
This seems to be a bad horror
movie that attempts to shock you
every five minutes or so with no
real story line.
Let's rewind our clocks for a
moment. Seems like it was just a
week or so ago that the federal gov-
ernment swallowed up the two
mortgage powerhouses Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac.
Maybe swallow is the wrong
word the feds only assumed
around $5 trillion in debt in this
move. And please don't be con-
fused, I used the word trillion not
billion. That's right; experts say
that the $5 trillion represents the
largest debt transfer in U.S. history.
And while folks were just getting
used to that "bail out" we find out
that Lehman Brothers was going
broke. Oh yeah, then Merrill Lynch
throws in the towel and hands over
the keys to Bank of America.
Two weeks ago I assumed that
this was some passing phase in the
economy. There is no way that the
greatest country in the world could
be going through this kind of finan-
Actually, forget about this finan-
cial crisis affecting the U.S. we are
really talking about a complete
unraveling of the world's financial
And just when we thought that
the dust had settled and we were
finished bailing big corporations
out, the Feds step in and reverse a
$85 billion rescue or creditors and
policyholders of AIG, world's
largest Insurance company.
OK, and the scariest part of all of
this is the timing. How do so many
monumental financial events hap-
pen in the span of a few weeks?
Again, I don't understand it all it
seems like you need a PHD in
finance from Princeton to even
begin comprehending what's going
on. There are various scenarios that
explain how we got here, but
maybe that's not important any-
Maybe we are crying over spilled
milked. Of course finding out that
many of the executives in these
companies are making millions of
dollars doesn't help us normal folks
feel better about a $700 billion bail
But where we go from here
maybe the most important ques-
tion. I don't have to say it again, but
while I don't necessarily trust
everything President Bush says, I
do feel that it's just a matter of time
before every class of Americans
feel this financial crisis.
It's obvious that the real
estate/mortgage industry is at the
root of the problems with the U.S.
economy. Historically, problems in
the economy have caused problems
in financial markets be cause folks
simply can't repay their loans both
individuals and businesses.
We all know the mortgage indus-
try's story housing values started
falling especially in overbuilt mar-
kets and supply and demand where
thrown upside down. Then the sub-
prime lenders who where basically
giving loans to anyone with a pulse
started falling apart because many
homes were worth less than their
Of course defaults increased
drastically overnight because
homeowners couldn't afford com-
plicated mortgages that had arms
that kicked in, which sent housing
prices down even further.
That was the beginning of the
madness and of course you know
where we are now. Getting back the
President's bail out plan, much like
many Americans, I feel that this
plan is a practice in corporate
socialism. Why should we bail out
greedy executives and their mis-
Most lawmakers in Congress
said that they received hundreds of
calls from constituents saying vote
against the measure and many of
them responded on Monday of this
On Monday morning President
Bush said that he was confident
that the measure had enough votes
to pass. By Monday afternoon
Bush and many others on Capital
Hill were stunned when the House
voted 228-205 against the emer-
gency rescue bill with both
Democrats and Republicans shoot-
ing it down.
In turn, terrified investors sent
the Dow Jones industrials plunging
777 points, the most ever for a sin-
Well unfortunately the line
between Wall Street and Main
Street isn't very thick. In fact, the
line is so faded that it doesn't exist
anymore. I totally understand why
citizens are up in arms against this
bail out, but with the proper poli-
cies and safeguards put in place
lawmakers should support some
version of the plan.
Unfortunately, we are in unchar-
tered territory. The U.S. hasn't seen
this sort of financial system break
down since the Great Depression.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
may have said it best on Monday,
"The legislation may have failed;
the crisis is still with us." The
American economy is at the end of
its rope and at the end of the day,
partisan politics and egos have to
be put aside a leaders must lead.
Signing off from Main Street
Voting as Addition and Subtraction
by John Payton, LDF President
and Director- Counsel
Every single eligible citizen who
is 18 years old on Election Day has
the constitutional right to vote. A
right that cannot be restricted
because of tricks, wealth, property
ownership, fiscal judgment, gen-
der, national origin, or race.
That's the law, but:
In Mississippi state officials tried
to hide an important Senate race at
the bottom of the ballot rather than
place it at the top to make it less
likely that voters would find it.
In Alabama, after decades of liti-
gation on the issue, state officials
continue to manipulate felon dis-
franchisement laws because their
state's constitution grants rights
that those officials' personal prefer-
ences would lead them to deny.
In Indiana the state's stringent
photo identification rules could
decide who claims the state's elec-
toral votes, and perhaps the presi-
In Louisiana election officials are
preoccupied with purging those
displaced by Hurricane Katrina
from the rolls even as they struggle
And while the nation confronts
an economic upheaval not seen
since the Great Depression and
one driven largely by home fore-
closures the chairman of Macomb
County's, Republican Party
unveiled a plan to challenge voters
on Election Day based on a fore-
closure list. The scheme would
have disproportionately denied
African Americans the chance to
It's not yet clear whether or how
the issues in Indiana, Alabama, and
Louisiana will be resolved. In
Mississippi, the state's Supreme
Court declared that a U.S. Senate
race is a "national election" that
must be listed together with the
other national races. In Michigan,
Macomb County election officials
quickly assured homeowners fac-
ing foreclosure that they have the
right to vote (homeless people can
also vote if they are registered).
These examples prove that today
there are still too many who seek to
win elections by blocking their
opponent's supporters rather than
by mobilizing their own.
Once, those who employed such
tactics had the advantage.
Disfranchisement was so firmly
rooted in our nation that for gener-
ations even constitutional amend-
ments were powerless to stop it.
But by the 1960s Supreme Court
decisions and the Voting Rights Act
had banished the poll tax and many
other notorious voting tests and
devices to history's dust bin.
While we can't predict all of the
future ruses designed to discourage
fellow citizens from voting, we do
know it's imperative for voters to
understand their rights before
The NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, Inc. has
launched a non-partisan voter edu-
cation campaign, Prepared to Vote,
designed to ensure voter readiness
by November 4th. Inspired by the
Freedom School Model from the
Civil Rights Movement, the
Prepared to Vote Campaign works
with local partners to identify and
address voting barriers: voter ID
requirements, voter purges, faulty
voter rolls, poorly trained elections
officials, felon disfranchisement
statutes, voter intimidation and
suppression tactics, and a host of
other potential obstacles. The
Prepared to Vote Campaign covers
Alabama, Delaware, Indiana,
Louisiana, Missouri, Maryland,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South
Carolina and Texas. [For more
information, go to www.prepared-
Voters should take the following
five steps to help ensure their bal-
lots will count on Election Day.
First, register to vote before the fast
approaching voter registration
deadline in your state! And, if you
have moved, be sure to update your
voter registration record. Second,
confirm your registration by calling
your local election official. Third,
make sure you know exactly where
you are scheduled to vote. Polling
places change and in some states
your vote may not count if it is cast
in the wrong polling place. Fourth,
know the voter identification rules
in your state. Finally, vote early or
absentee if you will be unable to
vote on Tuesday, November 4. If
you have any problems registering
to vote or casting your ballot, con-
tact LDF or call the national elec-
tion protection network at
With a record number of voters
expected this November, America's
voting procedures must be admin-
istered fairly so that every eligible
person will be able to cast a vote
One day we will be beyond
unconscionable attempts to shut
our own citizens out of our democ-
racy but for now voters should do
their part to make sure that they are
prepared to vote on Election Day.
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Car Companies Cop
by William Reed
These days, 11-figure expenditures barely attract
notice. While Congress was grappling with the 12-
figure $700 bailout plan for the financial industry,
the powerful Michigan delegation got House approval for $25 billion in
loans for the troubled U.S. auto industry.
Lawmakers that pushed for the legislation hailed it as key to saving thou-
sands of jobs in the state. Detroit Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, chair of
the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus, played a major role in passage
of the legislation. What many will call "corporate welfare" enables General
Motors, Ford and Chrysler to get at least $5 billion each. This allows them
to borrow money at interest rates as low as 4 percent. Over several years,
the automakers could save hundreds of millions in financing costs. The car
companies will have five years before they start repaying the loans.
Black Americans hold 13 percent of auto industry jobs and have signifi-
cant interest in the Detroit 3's survival. With approval of the low-interest
loans, the U.S. auto industry won help it urgently needs to rework its vehi-
cles. The plan was in the Congressional queue months before the Wall Street
bailout came to the fore. But the loans are one of several government aids -
from research funds to consumer tax credits automakers will increasingly
rely on to build technology they need to survive. The automakers first
sought an installment of loans totaling about $6 billion, but the nationwide
credit crunch crimped their ability to borrow. The $25 billion is just a down
payment, automakers will seek another $25 billion next year to retool old
assembly lines and develop advanced, fuel-efficient technology.
The idea behind the loans is to buy time while the Detroit 3 revamp their
lineups, develop new hybrids and other fuel-sippers, and convert old SUV
plants into factories turning out cars able to compete with comparable
Japanese models. Consumers reeling from $4 gas have fled the big trucks
and SUVs the manufacturers milked for two decades, and Detroit's smaller
cars tend to rate poorly compared with competitors. The domestics' U.S.
market share is now about 48 percent, a staggering fall of nearly 20 points
since the start of the decade. GM and Ford are expected to produce about
1.3 million fewer cars this year than in 2007. Even cheap loans will do lit-
tle to help erase years of red ink and it's going to take some time to make a
dent in their debt load.
Blacks have a stake in the trillion-dollar automotive industry, and many
jobs are at jeopardy if the Detroit 3 stay in the doldrums. But, as taxpayers
it's time to consider what "a billion" actually means: Counting non-stop,
one number a second, it would take almost 32 years to count to 1 billion. A
billion here and a billion there and soon it adds up to real money that has to
be repaid. But the reality is that automakers face a life-threatening crisis if
the U.S. car market doesn't rebound. General Motors reported a second-
quarter loss of $15.5 billion and Ford Motor reported an $8.7 billion loss.
GM and Ford could start to run out of cash by the second half of 2009.
Chrysler's sales are down even more than Ford and GM.
Vehicle purchases are the second-largest purchase most black families
make. Import and domestic dealers, in total, have annual new car and truck
sales of about $480 billion. Annual new and used car and truck sales in the
US amount to a near-trillion dollar business. Minorities accounted for 22
percent of the US new-car market, but just 5 percent of dealerships.
African American should hope the loan infusion doesn't just produce more
of the same for them in the automotive marketplace. Due to discrimination,
black buyers have to spend more than other groups at the time of their pur-
chase of vehicles. On top of their taxpayer burden to the iridustry, blacks
shouldn't have to pay higher loans rates than whites on 60 to 72 month con-
tracts after they've paid an average price of $30,000 for a new car or truck.
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Internationally known correspon-
dent Roland Martin will be in
Jacksonvile on Tuesday, October 7,
2008 for a free forum at FCCJ
South Campus from 6:45-8:15 p.m.
The veteran journalists will be
speaking on religion and
politics.Tickets are free but limited;
first-come, first-served and picked
up in advance at Downtown
Campus, Rm. C-101; Kent
Campus, Rm. G-149; North
Campus, Rm. E-235; South
Campus, Rm. U-202 and
Deerwood Center, Rm. C-2328.
Martin is a commentator for TV
One Cable Network; a commenta-
tor on CNN and the Tom Joyner
Morning Show; appearing on a
Free Legal Assistance Available
for Local Hurricaine Victims
A toll-free legal aid line is now available for victims of recent hurri-
canes in Florida. The service, which allows callers to request the assis-
tance of a lawyer, is a partnership between several law organizations and
Victims facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call
(866) 550-2929 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (EDT) Monday through
Friday to request assistance. Callers should identify that they are seek-
ing hurricane-related legal assistance. Victims who qualify for assis-
tance will be matched with volunteer Florida lawyers to provide free
The type of legal assistance available includes:
Assistance with securing FEMA and other government benefits
available to disaster victims
Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
Help with home repair contracts and contractors
Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed
in the disaster
Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
Counseling on landlord/tenant problems
Victims should be aware that there are some limitations on disaster
legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will
produce a fee (i.e., those cases where attorneys are paid part of the set-
tlement by the court). Such cases are referred to a local lawyer referral
service. To determine whether an issue qualifies for free legal assis-
tance, individuals should call (866) 550-2929 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
central time Monday through Friday for more information.
The Florida Attorney Savings Homes program provides a staffed hot-
line (866) 607-2187, from 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m., Monday through
Friday. The hotline serves to assist Floridians hoping to avoid foreclo-
sure, and an online intake form is also now available to assist home-
River Region Human Services
held its 2008 Annual Dinner at the
Omni Hotel on Thursday, Sept.
25th. Over 150 attended the gala
event. New officers of the agency's
Board of Directors were sworn in
by Judge Brian Davis. Kay
Fullwood, the outgoing President,
turned the gavel over to incoming
President M.F. Boyd Henderson.
Food Program Cuts
Funds for HIV Positives
variety of shows, including The
Situation Room, Anderson Cooper
360 and Lou Dobbs Tonight.
For more information, call
Michael Corby at 632-3310.
The World Food Program will
have to cut back on aid to HIV-
positive people in Uganda because
funds are decreasing.
The cuts are expected to hit 1.5
million people, not including the
children currently receiving food
from the school-feeding program.
The organization will keep pro-
viding aid to people in the nation
who are HIV-positive, but they
should be in certain categories
(like new moms and their babies,
and some homeless people).
Stanlake Samkange, the charity's
Ugandan representative, said if
more money came their way they
would be "happy to help" those
who needed it. But he doesn't want
the group to promise aid when it
isn't sure it can provide it.
A spokesman for the govern-
ment's AIDS Commission also
stated that aid received from the
program was never meant to be
permanent anyway and that a
replacement would need to be
found soon so the needy won't suf-
AIDS activists, of course, are not
happy with the program's
announcement. One advocate said
the patients are especially vulnera-
ble. "They are not strong enough to
engage in agriculture to feed them-
selves," he said.
River Region Human Services
provides treatment for HIV-AIDS,
Mental Health, and Substance
Abuse. River Region has been
improving the quality of life in
Northeast Florida since 1972. In
partnership with government, busi-
nesses, and organizations through-
out the community, River Region
helps people to develop and main-
tain healthy lifestyles.
Cindy Vallely of the Florida
Department of Children and
Families and Delphia Williams of
the Behavioral and Human Services
Division of the City of Jacksonville
both spoke briefly at the event.
Former clients gave testimonials.
Amy Cone, Deann Millis, and Lori
Sapp sang musical selections.
Many River Region employees
were recognized at the event,
including Employee of the Year
Irma Devine, Supervisor of the Year
Shelia Gordon, and Counselors of
the Year Angel Sanchez and
Theresa Farro. Special honor was
given to Minerva Bryant, V.P. of
Clinical Operations, for her 25
years of service to the agency.
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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.
Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage
Center to Present Fall Gospel Musical
Jacksonville Beach School #144, former students, faculty, staff, friends
and supporters are invited and surely don't want to miss the opportunity to
fellowship when The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center Presents its
Fall Gospel Musical in the Sanctuary of St. Andrew AME Church, 125 9th
Street South, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2008. All funds raised
will be used to support the Art, Reading, Math and Tutoring Programs at the
Center. If you cannot attend and wish to make a donation, please send to:
P.B.E.P.F. Inc., P O Box 50790, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250.
Judge Pauline Drake to speak at
Historic Mt. Zion AME Women's Day
The Honorable Pauline Drake will be the speaker for the Historic Mt.
Zion AME Church's Annual Women's Day Celebration on Sunday, October
12, 2008. This year's theme is "Finding Strength for the Journey."
"Family and Friends Sunday" will begin this Sunday, September 28th
at 10 a.m. On October 4th at 7 p.m., a "Concert Under the Stars" with M.
C. Venus Ross will be presented.
Appeal for Clothing for the Needy
The local organizing committee of the Millions More Movement is
appealing to the public for donations of their under-used clothing to help
provide free clothing for those less fortunate. The holiday season s fastly
approaching and toys are welcome too; as well as furniture, and other
household items. To have your items picked up, please call (904) 240-
9133. You may also visit website: www.jaxlocom for more information.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist of St.
Augustine to Observe Harvest Day
The Reverend Rick Torrence, Associate Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Baptist
Church of Palm Coast, will be the speaker when the Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church, 271 W. King Street, Rev. Randy Hezekiah Jr., Pastor;
observes Harvest Day, at 11 a.m., Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rev. Torrence is a frequent speaker at revivals, retreats, seminars and
workshops. His presentation on "Blacks in the Bible" has been presented at
churches and on college campuses across the nation.
Everyone is invited to come and hear this man of God. You may also
feel free to "dress down" or wear your favorite Harvest attire.
Faust Temple C.O.GI.C to Celebrate
67th Anniversary, Oct. 23 26
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, Bishop R. L.
Dixon, Pastor, 3328 Moncrief Road; will celebrate their 67th Church's
Anniversary, Thursday and Friday, October 23rd and 24th, Services will
begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. The Celebration will culminate with the final
Celebration Service at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2008.
The community is invited to join the members of Faust Temple Church
of God in Christ as they lift up the name of Jesus for the wonderful things
He has done and is doing in the body of Christ. For directions, please con-
tact Minister Emory Greenlee at 768-1079 or the church at 353-1418.
Financial Peace Classes at 1st Timothy
A Financial Peace Classes taught by Dave Ramsey will begin on Monday,
October 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM. at First Timothy Baptist Church-12103
Biscayne Blvd. (904) 757-9878. Financial Peace is a course that teaches
people Biblical principles on how to get out of debt, stay out of debt and
build wealth. For more information call Bro. Finnie Williams at 222-1915.
Library's "Rendezvous with an
Author" Series Continues with Phelts
The African American Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library, will
continue its "Author Series" which will give the public an opportunity to
meet local African American authors on Saturday, November 1st at 2 p.m.
with author Marsha Dean Phelts. Mrs. Phelts is the author of The American
Beach Cookbook, a collection of recipes originated by American Beach
Residents and Visitors.
Described as "part cookbook and part memoir" the book not only features
300 recipes, but includes vignettes and vintage photographs of activities at
the historical African American beach community.
The presentations will be made on the Conference Level of the Main
Library in downtown Jacksonville.
Alberta Katherine Magazine to Present
Christian Lifestyle Conference Oct. 4
Alberta Katherine's Christian Lifestyle Conference, Saturday, October 4,
2008, will teach you how to experience success in your personal and pro-
fessional life in ways you never imagined possible, by using Biblical prin-
ciples. The confirmed presenters are:
Zelma Dickerson, pastor and founder of Perez Ministries Internation is
called to restore, educate, comfort, and serve those in need. She will serve
as Moderator of the conference.
Nicholas T. Simonic, CPA, MACC; counselor and speaker on living debt
free by the Word of God.
Connie Clay Woodard, Esquire; editor and publisher of Alberta
Katherine Magazine, who has practiced law in Florida over 20 years.
Becky Delgado, Registered and Licensed Dietician, teaches methods to
prevent diseases and maintain healthy for a lifetime by maximizing God's
Pastor Nick Phoenix of North Main Street Baptist Church, affectionate-
ly called "Pastor Nick" enjoys speaking to groups and individuals about
being good stewards of God's money.
Pam Mullarkey, Ph.D., is founder and director of Project SOS, Inc.
(Strengthening Our Students), an abstinence based sex education program.
She gives parents the tools that they need to discuss sex, drugs, and alcohol
with their children.
Erica Murray, Certified Fitness Instructor, is a wellness associate and fit-
ness instructor at the Johnson Family YMCA.
The "Prepare to Prosper Christian Lifestyle" Conference will be pre-
sented, Saturday, October 4, 2008, at the Hilton Garden Inn on the J. Turner
Butler Blvd. in Deerwood Park. You are invited to come and see what God
has for you to learn" For registration information, please call (904) 766-
3494, (904) 766-4244, toll free at 1(866)766-4401.
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Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
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5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
October 2-8, 2008
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Scholars Hunt for Missing
A quest is under way on four
continents to find the missing
pages of one of the world's most
important holy texts, the 1,000
year-old Hebrew Bible known as
the Crown of Aleppo.
Crusaders held it for ransom,
fire almost destroyed it and it was
reputedly smuggled across Mideast
borders hidden in a washing
machine. But in 1958, when it
finally reached Israel, 196 pages
were missing about 40 percent of
the total and for some Old
Testament scholars they have
become a kind of'holy grail.'
Researchers representing the
manuscript's custodian in
Jerusalem say they have leads on
some of the missing pages and are
nearer to their goal of making the
manuscript whole again.
Pages of the Ancient Bible
The Crown, known in English chest for centuries.
as the Aleppo Codex, may not be A turning point in its history
as famous as the Dead Sea Scrolls. came three days after the U.N.
But to many scholars it is even passed the 1947 resolution to grant
more important, because it is con- Israel statehood, provoking a
sidered the definitive edition of the Syrian mob to burn down the syna-
Bible. The key to finding the pages gogue. Aleppo's Jews rescued the
is thought to lie with the insular Codex, but in the ensuing years the
diaspora of Jews originating in 10,000-strong community was
Aleppo, Syria, where the manu- uprooted and scattered around the
script resided in a synagogue's iron world.
Shameka Lewis and Eleanor Blunt, volunteers with the Department
of Behavioral Health, welcome defendants who took part in the
Fugitive Safe Surrender program in Philadelphia.
Project Safe Surrender Yields
1,200 Offenders to Philly Church
PHILADELPHIA More than
1,200 fugitives turned themselves
in at a church over a four day peri-
od under an initiative designed to
clear up misdemeanor warrants and
help people get on with their lives.
About 400 offenders lined up to
enter True Gospel Tabernacle in
South Philadelphia over the week-
end, the last day of "Fugitive Safe
The majority was able to surren-
der, arrange a new court date and go
home; some were offered probation
instead of jail time.
Authorities picked a church as a
surrender point because many con-
sider it less intimidating than a
police station or courthouse. Judges
and lawyers turned the church into
a courthouse for four days, process-
ing paperwork and entering pleas.
Officials say serving warrants for
even minor offenses can endanger
law enforcement officers, the fugi-
tive and the fugitive's family. "Safe
Surrender" eliminates that danger,
they said, noting it is not an
Officials set up makeshift court-
rooms in church offices and on the
altar. There were two bailiffs, a
Court of Common Pleas judge and
a municipal court judge. Officials
used dozens of computers to screen
fugitives for their criminal records
and outstanding warrants.
When Hattie Fairfax, 62, heard
about the program, she offered
rides to anyone with an active war-
rant. Fairfax drove six people to the
church over three days, and more
went at her suggestion.
Darcell Winn was one of the
offenders who turned herself in. No
longer hiding from a drug charge
issued nearly 25 years ago. And
though the 45-year-old woman
came with the promise of "favor-
able consideration" from a judge,
there was a possibility things
wouldn't work out as she hoped.
In the end, Darcell Winn had one
drug case dismissed. She received
six months probation for another
drug charge from 2001.
Most of those who arrived had
warrants lifted and charges dis-
missed on the spot. There were
hugs, deep breaths and tears of
relief. Some, though, were hand-
cuffed and taken away.
At the end of the last day offi-
cials reports that 1,205 fugitives
had been processed since the initia-
tive started. Philadelphia is the 11th
city to offer the program, which
was started three years ago by a
federal marshal in Ohio.
The city had about outstanding
38,000 misdemeanor warrants
before the initiative began.
Fugitive Safe Surrender was first
held in Mount Sinai Baptist Church
in Cleveland, in August 2005. It
was developed after a Cleveland
police officer was killed by a fugi-
tive in 2000.
Five women ministers on the
cover of Gospel Today Magazine,
dressed in black and smiling is the
reason why the magazines were
removed from the shelves of 100
Lifeway Christian Bookstores
according to its' publisher.
The "cover girls" are featured in
Gospel Today's latest issue, which
the Southern Baptist Convention
has pulled from the shelves at its
bookstores, though the magazine is
available for sale upon request.
The group says women pastors
go against its beliefs, according to
its interpretation of the New
Testament. The magazine was taken
off stands in more than 100 Lifeway
Christian Bookstores across the
The report states that the mag-
azine has been published for nearly
20 years and is the largest and most
widely distributed Urban Christian
publication in the country, with a
circulation of 240,000. The maga-
zine's publisher, Teresa Hairston,
said she was just reporting on a
trend, not trying to promote women
"They basically treated it like
pornography and put it behind the
counter," Hairston said. "Unless a
person goes into the store and asks
for it, they won't see it displayed."
The Southern Baptists have dis-
couraged women from being pas-
tors, but their 42,000 U.S. churches
are independent and a few have
selected women to lead their con-
gregations. The faith was organized
in 1845 in Augusta, Ga.
Spokesman for Lifeway
Resources, Chris Turner, said the
cover was not the reason the maga-
zine was pulled from Lifeway's
"The buyers said
the statements that
were in it took posi-
tions that were con-
trary to what we would
say," Turner said. "It
wasn't so much that
there were women on
On the recent cover
of Gospel Today are
Pastor Sheryl Brady of
The River in Durham,
N.C.; Pastor Tamara
Bennett of This Is
Pentecost Ministries in
Hunter of The Baptist Ii |.iI1
Worship Center in
Pastor Claudette Copeland of New
Your Spirituality May Make You Healthier
by Dr. John Williams
Religion has always been a major
aspect of African-American life.
Religion instills morals, discipline
and optimism in its practitioners.
We often credit our faith in God
with our ability to overcome major
life issues. Many people feel that
their spirituality has greatly influ-
enced their health and many doctors
are in agreement, according to a
study performed by researchers
from the University of Chicago.
"The majority of U.S. doctors -- 56
percent -- believes that religion and
spirituality influence patient's
health," said lead author Dr. Farr A.
Curlin, an assistant professor of
medicine. "The influence mostly
helps patients cope with illness and
gives them a positive state of
mind." Most doctors feel, the more
positive a patient's attitude is
towards beating a health problem,
the easier it is for them to bring the
patient back to good health.
According to HealthDay News,
The researchers found that two-
thirds of the doctors surveyed for
this study believed that illness often
increases patients' awareness of
religion and spirituality.
Even though most doctors feel that
religion plays a positive roll in
patients' health, "A minority of doc-
tors -- 7 percent -- believes that reli-
gion and spirituality can have a
negative influence," Curlin said.
"Sometimes, these beliefs can lead
patients to refuse or not go along
with medically recommended ther-
apies," he said.
The patient plays a major role in
Continued on page 9
Creation Christian Fellowship in
San Antonio, Texas; and Pastor
Kimberly Ray of Church on the
Rock in Matteson, Ill.
Pastor Tamara Bennett said the
issue of women in the ministry is
not one that should be shelved.
"It's a story that needs to be
told," she said in a telephone inter-
view. "Sometimes we forget that
ministry is God's business. It's not a
man's business. God gives gifts to
whomever he sees fit."
Bennett said she is encouraging
people to ask for the magazine.
"All Dr. Hairston did was tell a
story, she didn't preach a doctrine,"
Bennett said of the article. "It's just
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Getting better all the time.
Cover of Lady Pastors Causes Gospel
Today Magazine to be Removed from Shelves
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at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
October 3rd 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
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.
of 1979 70's Party
The Ribault Class of 1979 is hav-
ing a 70's Party. Wear your funky
attire and represent the decade. It
will be held on Saturday, October
4, 2008 at the Wyndham
Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel, 1515
Prudential Drive from 8 pm ti! 1
am. For additional information go
to: www.ribaulttrojansl979.org or
contact Elaine at 904-766-1682.
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
Theater. It's an experience of relax-
ing music and a unique atmos-
phere. Na'im and the Jazz Band
welcome attendees to bring their
instruments or vocals and jam with
the band. Or just bring your "Ear on
Jazz". The next one will be held on
October 4th at 7:00 p.m. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "A Bold New
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera-
tor and three distinguished scholars
will discuss how Jacksonville has
fared under Consolidated govern-
ment in the 40 years since it was
implemented. The forum will kick
off at 11 a.m. in the Main Library,
Hicks Auditorium, Conference
Level, 303 N. Laura Street. For
more information call 630-BOOK.
Forum for Parents
Children First Florida will host a
meeting to help parents that are
looking for options to meet their
children's educational needs. The
meeting will be held on Tuesday,
October 7th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at
Webb Wesconnett Library 103rd
street Walk-ins are welcome at any
$30analy oal(32Zi Cds) 42ousideofity
time during the meeting. Parents
will learn about public school
choices and private school scholar-
ships. For more information con-
tact Stephanie at 904-247-6033 ext
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society monthly meeting will be
held at 1:30 p.m., October 11,
2008, at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6889 103rd Street, on the
westside. The speaker this month is
Mr. Gregory W. Parsons, Curator,
Museum, Camp Blanding, whose
presentation will cover Camp
Blanding's establishment, expan-
sion, federal control during World
War II, training, operations and the
German POW camp. For addition-
al information contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
Oct. 11th is Annual
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. Osbom 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.l993RibaultReunion.s5.com
or call (904) 234-0164.
Harvey the Show
The upcoming production of
Harvey The Show showcases the
vocals of W. Harvey Williams in a
musical stage show at the 5 Points
Theatre, 1028 Park Street in
Riverside on Saturday, October
18th and Sunday, October 19th.
During the performance Williams
will offer his own rendition of
greats such as Louis Armstrong,
Nat King Cole, Barry White, Lou
Rawls and The Rat Pack. Special
guest Teddy Washington will per-
form a tribute to James Brown in
addition to other local artists. For
tickets, showtimes or more infor-
mation, call (904) 565-0057.
Get Ready for
Garden Fest will be held Saturday,
October 18th from 9 3 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 N. McDuffAvenue.
Topics include: Turn Trash to
Landscaping; Birds, Bees and
Butterflies; Creating Edible
Centerpieces and What's New in
Horticulture. To register, or more
information, call Rachel Wilson at
(904)-272-4252There will be plants
and gardening items for sale.
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)
Ribault Class of 1993
15 Year Reunion
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 call (904) 234-0164.
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
FCCJ Fall Job Fair
The Rosanne R. Hartwell
Women's Center, WorkSource and
the Career Development Centers at
Florida Community College invite
all job seekers to meet and inter-
view with local employers. It will
be held on Oct. 22nd, from 9 a.m.-
noon. It will be held at the Florida
Community College Advanced
Technology Center, 401 W. State St.
Job seekers are encouraged to
dress for a job interview and to
bring copies of their resumes. Call
646-2300 for more information.
History in Motion
presented by DASOTA
The Dance Department of
Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts will present "Historical
Concert", an annual celebration of
dance at 7:30 p.m., on October 23
& 24, in the schools' Theatre.
The concert will feature more than
150 dancers, many of whom have
studied with reknowned dance
institutions. This performance high-
lights classical ballet, various styles
of American modem dance and his-
Call 390-2971 for information.
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.
Author Marsha Phelts
The Jacksonville Public Library
will present a unique opportunity to
meet and greet author Marsha
Phelts on Saturday, November 1st,
from 2 3:30 PM at the Main
Library in the Conference Level.
Phelts is the author of the American
Beach Cookbook, a cookbook and
part memoir, of one of Florida's his-
toric African American communi-
ties For more information, call
.. What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Audtion for Stage Aurora
Male and female performers that can sing and dance over the age of
18 years of age are needed for Stage Aurora Theatrical Company's
presentation of Langston Hughes' BLACK NATIVITY. Part Theater,
part concert and part church service,
Auditioners are asked to be prepared to sing a song that will show off
your vocal range and character. AUDITION TIMES: Friday Evening
Oct. 25, 2008 5:00 8:00 p.m. and Saturday Afternoon Oct., 26,
2008 1:00- 6:00p.m. at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall
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.
October 2 8, 2008
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Black Press Champions Honored ,
During Annual CBC Weekend B
NNPA Black Press Champions hold their awards proudly. Pictured left to right are Master of
Ceremonines Askia Muhammad, writer, The Final Call, and award-winning columnists: journalist
Barbara Reynolds, financial columnist Michael Shinn; journalist A. Peter Bailey; Black business executive
Harry Alford; economist and Julianne Malveaux; political scientist Dr. Ron Walters; journalist George E.
Curry; international affairs expert Nicole C. Lee; author David Ruffin, standing proxy for child advocate
Marian Wright Edelman; entrepreneur and author Farrah Gray; Black AIDS activist Phill Wilson and
Black leadership executive Gary Flowers. Not pictured are columnists Jim Clingman, Bill Fletcher and
Marc Morial. Sharon Farmer Photo
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -
Sixteen social and political issues
columnists of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
were honored Sept. 25 during a
Black Press Champions Reception
held during the Congressional
Black Caucus Annual Legislative
Along with NNPA columnists
such as former NNPA Editor-in-
Chief George Curry, National
Urban League CEO Marc Morial,
and Bennett College President Dr.
Julianne Malveaux, CBC members
were also honored for their roles as
"This is a great organization,"
said honorary Dr. Barbara A.
Reynolds, NNPA religion colum-
nist and former writer with USA
Today. "It is on the cutting edge,
and it always will be."
A special recognition was given
to members of the CBC for their
contributions to the Black Press by
NNPA Foundation Chair, Dorothy
Leavell presented Ofield Dukes,
a member of the CBC Foundation
and NNPA board of directors with
an award for establishing the op-ed
relationship between both organiza-
"We wanted to recognize the
Congressional Black Caucus mem-
bers for their contributions of op-
eds that appeared in our newspa-
pers," Leavell said. "It was because
of our relationship with Mr. Dukes
and his liaison between the CBC
and the Black Press of America that
for over a year now those op-eds
have appeared in our publications."
Curry, a former New York
Bureau Chief for the Chicago
Tribune, gave an acceptance speech
on behalf of the honorees. In his
speech, Curry said the NNPA has
served a unique purpose in present-
ing news of substance to African-
"When I was with the Chicago
Tribune, if had three stories I cared
about in all the year of publishing,
that was a good year for me. But at
the NNPA every week is a good
week for us because we're doing
something of substance. So we
applaud the NNPA for being a
source of news you can not get any-
Detroit Voters Register at 90
DETROIT Janice Winfrey (center), Detroit City Clerk, with seniors
Grace Enlow (left), 92, and Ruth Singleton, 89, who informed photogra-
pher Matty Dread that they are of Cherokee Indian descent. As first-time
registered older voters, the two said they had not been voting all along
because their parents claimed that their Cherokee Indian culture forbade
women to vote. Now the two say they are determined to break that tradi-
tion on Nov. 4 that prevented women from having a say in the political
process. They believe it is time for a change in the country and have com-
mitted their vote to Democratic nominee Barack Obama. M DreadPhoto
Mt. Moriah AME Women's Day The women of Mt. Moriah AME Church held
their annual Women's Day Program last weekend under the theme "A new Beginning". The festive event held in
the church sanctuary featured a reclamation of faith through spirit and song. Shown above in attendance are ( L-
R) Rev. Gary C. DeSue, 1st Lady Vanessa DeSue, Guest speaker- Joyce Johnson and Kendra Way who introduced
her. R. Silver photo.
Rep. Alcee Hastings is apologiz-
ing for his comment that black and
Jewish voters should not support
Republican vice presidential nomi-
nee Sarah Palin because "anybody
toting guns and stripping moose
don't care too much about what
they do with Jews and blacks."
Last week, at a panel on the
shared agenda of Jewish and
African-American Democrats dur-
ing the annual conference of the
National Jewish Democratic
Council, Hastings told attendees
what he intended to tell his Jewish
constituents about the importance
of supporting Sen. Obama in
November's presidential election.
The Republican Jewish Coalition
has already launched its own series
of election-related ads in Jewish
newspapers throughout the country.
The latest ad refers to some
Obama's advisers as "pro-
Palestinian, anti-Israel, and even
hostile to America" and states that
"You can know a man by the com-
pany he keeps."
Next Wakaguzi Forum Presents
the Imani Wind Quintet
On Tuesday, October 7th, the Wakaguzi Forum will present Teachers
for a New Era and the Imani Winds Wind Quintet.
The group will discuss and showcase its unique musical style in fusing
the sounds of Jazz, Latin, African,and Classical music. Everyone is
encouraged to attend the insightful talk, workshop and mini-perform-
ance. The program is free to the public and will include a Q & A fol-
lowing the performance.
It will be held in the Schell-Sweet Community Resource Building in
the 1st floor Conference Room on the Edward Waters College campus.
For more information,please contact Professor Baruti
Katembo,Wakaguzi Forum chairman and organizer at 904-504-2069.
Meharry Honors First
Non- Black Grads
Tennessee Meharry Medical College, the nation's largest private, inde-
pendent and historically black academic health center, honored its first
two non-African American graduates at its recent fall convocation.
Meharry was one of the nation's academic leaders in desegregation in
1957, when the non-black students were admitted, officials said.
Honorary degrees will be given to Ralph Lachman, professor emeritus of
radiology at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine and Stanford University
visiting scholar, and to the late Al Gorman, who maintained a private New
York family dental practice.
"We had the chutzpah to admit two non-black students in 1957," said Dr.
Wayne J. Riley, the college's president and CEO, adding that it was sever-
al years before the Civil Rights movement took off. "It was one of my
goals that we take note of that history."
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1K Remember the CurIP
past, but I was
wondering if curls have evolved
any? Granted they were greasy,
but they were low maintenance
and I liked the look.
When you mention a blast from
the past of course styles do make
come backs. I can't tell you how
many times I've seen young
women and men with afros and
naturals that make me question if
But speaking of the 80's, who
didn't have a curl...as far as today
unfortunately the products are the
same. Remember the Carefree
Curl? It still requires a lot of
moisture however you don't have
to wear the cap anymore (the cap
could create mold). So if you're
thinking of going that route get
ready to mess up a few pillows.
Now there are some products that
require less moisture than others,
like Wave Noveau and Leisure
Curls. Even newer is a curl done
by a company called Avalon, also
known as Affirm. They make a
curl called Firm which is sup-
posed to be a drier curl. Now if
you want to rock a curl, if that's
your style, go for it. We still do
them. Now if you just want the
look without the hassle of mois-
turizer every ten minutes I would
suggest a curly weave. They do
have Carefree Curl hair which
will give you that look.
Another option could be a tex-
turizer A texturizer will bring out
your natural curl. It's not a curl
but it is a chemical as well. If you
don't have a natural curl pattern
you may be disappointed to find
that the texturizer will straighten
Hope this helps.
DS Spa and Salon is located at
9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2.
Reach her at 645-9044.
Eat After Eight and
You'll Gain Weight?
Have you ever heard the saying, "Eat
after eight and you'll lose weight?"
Well, from a metabolic standpoint,
there is really no reason not to eat
food in the evening. A calorie is a
calorie regardless of when it is con-
sumed. A morning calorie is metabo-
lized in basically the same way as an
evening calorie. However, eating in
the evening is a problem for many,
not because of the way food is
metabolized, but because of the
Skipping meals and becoming over-
ly hungry by evening can lead to
nighttime binge eating. Recent stud-
ies revealed that when people ate
three meals a day only 13% binged.
When people skipped breakfast,
24% binged and when people
skipped breakfast and lunch, 60%
binged. In general, people who
spread their meals throughout the
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i with Actress Sanaa Lathan
interview by K. Wllinams
Born in New York City on
September 19, 1971, Sanaa McCoy
Lathan is a Tony-nominated actress
(for A Raisin in the Sun) who has
been the recipient of accolades not
only for her work on Broadway, but
for her equally-powerful perform-
ances in movies and on television
She might be best known for the
romantic comedy Something New,
for which she landed an NAACP
Image Award nomination last year.
But the 5'7" beauty's screen credits
also include memorable roles in
Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar,
The Best Man, Life and Alien vs.
Sanaa received another Image
Award nomination for the critically-
acclaimed FX Network series
Nip/Tuck. This past February, she
reprised her role as Beneatha
Younger opposite Sean Diddy
Combs for the ABC-TV adaptation
of A Raisin in the Sun.
Here, she talks about her new
movie, The Family That Preys, a
dysfunctional family drama co-star-
ring Taraji P. Henson, Alfre
Woodard, Kathy Bates, Robin
Givens and the film's director, Tyler
KW: Hey, Sanaa, thanks for
Sanaa Lathan: Oh, it's my pleas-
KW: As the daughter
of a director/producer
[Stan Lathan], did
you find yourself
Perry to your father?
SL: Oh no, no. I've
Never really worked
with my dad as an
KW: How did you
like working with
SL: Tyler's great. I love
S how he's constantly work-
ing on a scene, adding lines.
You never know what the
scene's going to turn out to be
Because he does it so many
% ays. He encourages improve
and does lots of takes, so it
was great. He's such a pro-
lessional, and he has an
amazing situation down in
Atlanta with the studio and
with the crew. Everyone is so pro-
fessional, and they have a shorthand
for working, because they've been
doing it together for a long time.
And I really liked Atlanta.
KW: Was that your first time
shooting a film there?
SL: It was! I really kind of fell in
love with the city. And this cast, we
really hit it off, so I'm actually
friends with a lot of them now. I had
KW: How did you like playing
SL: I enjoyed it because the role
is such a departure from everything
I've done. She's kind of like the vil-
lain. Another thing I love about this
movie is that it's not about race. It
happens to be about a white family
and a black family, but it could just
as easily be any family. We're not
dealing with the race issue. We're
just dealing with family relation-
ships, friend relationships, marital
relationships and infidelity.
KW: I hope there's a trend
towards this sort of colorblind
SL: Exactly! It's about time.
People have to open their minds.
KW: This picture pairs you with
Taraji Henson again.
SL: Yeah, but we only had a cou-
ple scenes together in Something
New, and there were always about
three other people in each scene as
well. This was fun, because we real-
ly got to play and got a chance to
get to know each other very well.
KW: How was it reuniting with
Diddy to do a made-for-TV movie
version of A Raisin in the Sun?
SL: We had a good time. And it
was nice to be able to do the movie
after doing so many shows on
Broadway. And having it so well
received was just kind of awesome.
Back when we were doing it on
stage, I would never have guessed
that we'd get to turn it into a movie.
KW: Is there any question that no
one ever asks you that you wish
SL: No, I think people cover
KW: The Columbus Short ques-
tion: Are you happy?
SL: I'm super-happy! Of course I
have my days, but overall, I feel
very blessed, like I'm in a good
place in life. I want to continue
growing as a person and as an
actress, and at the same time I feel
very good about where I am. So,
yes, I'm happy.
KW: The Tasha Smith question:
Are you ever afraid?
SL: Of course, absolutely. Just
being a free-lance artist, where you
go from job to job, there are times
in between where you don't know
how you're going to pay your bills.
Even at my level, you don't know
what's coming next sometimes, and
you just have to have faith.
KW: Bookworm Troy Johnson
asks: What was the last book you
SL: I'm such a bookworm, too. I
just finished reading Water for
Elephants by Sara Gruen. And now
I'm starting another novel called
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
KW: Have you ever been disap-
SL: Yeah, I get disappointed,
because whenever you're an ambi-
tious person, you have to dream big
and then let God take care of it. The
truth is, you're not the one in con-
trol. You gotta let it go. So, of
course there are disappointments.
But you have to get up, dust your-
self off, and keep it moving.
KW: The Heather Covington
question: What music are you lis-
tening to right now?
SL: There's an artist out of
England called Adele. Also, I really
love Jazmine Sullivan's single,
"Need You Bad."
KW: The "Realtor to the Stars"
Jimmy Bayan question: Where in
L.A. do you live, generally speak-
SL: In Hollywood.
Andre 3000 Premieres New Men's Line
For those gans with bold lettering, flat caps
who fancy and braces.
some hab- The rap star says he sketched the
i erdashery entire line himself and has visited
f r o m Italian clothing factories and textile
A n d r e fairs in Paris for inspiration. He
3 0 0 0 s also loves shopping at Hackett on
new fash- London's Sloane Street, as well as
ion line, Portobello market for vintage cor-
you'll have duroys and brogues.
to either wait for some pieces to
trickle down to eBay, or make
reservations to fly across the pond.
The Outkast rapper, born Andre
Benjamin, is selling his new
Benjamin Bixby line of classic
menswear exclusively at Harrods in
As previously reported, the line
features 1930s baseball-inspired
clothing, including tweeds, plus
fours, pleat-fronted trousers, cardi-
NW BABY FOR BABYFACE
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has become the
father of a new baby girl.
People magazine reports of his girlfriend, Nicole
Pantenburg, giving birth on Sept. 9 to their daugh-
ter Peyton Nicole Edmonds. She arrived at 6:55
p.m. weighing 5 lbs., 7 oz.
"Nicole and I couldn't be happier to have a new
baby girl in the family," Edmonds tells People.
"And my two sons are thrilled to have a little sister."
The producer/singer is the father of Brandon, 12, and Dylan, 7, with ex-
wife Tracey Edmonds.
PRINCE DISCUSSES JOHAOVAH WITNESS DUTIES
Part of being a Jehovah's Witness requires that members go from door to
door spreading the religion's philosophies, which can
be a little dangerous if the person toting "The
Watchtower" literature is a world-famous music icon.
"Sometimes fans freak out. It might be a shock to
see me, but that's no reason for people to act crazy,
< and it doesn't give them license to chase me down the
x. street," says rock star Prince, who converted to the
religion in 2001 and says he makes personal visits to
He tells USA Today that he also carries a Bible with
him to business meetings before making any deals.
"There are all kinds of possible deals artists aren't privy to," he tells the
newspaper. "I love to bring the Bible to the table. I start by asking if they
believe in God, then: 'What kind of business do you want to conduct:
Transparent or hide the ball?' I'll do tours and albums if the deal is clean."
SAM MOORE UPSET WITH NEW"SOUL MEN" FILM
Veteran R&B singer Sam Moore, 72, says he should've gotten some kind
of recognition from producers of the upcoming film "Soul Men" because
of its similarities to his own singing career with Dave Prater as "Sam and
The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson and the late"
Bernie Mac as estranged members of a legendary
soul group who reunite for a gig after another
"In the movie, they have a reunion concert,"
Moore, who made "Soul Man" a hit with Sam and
Dave, tells New York Daily News columnists
Rush & Malloy. "Dave and I had a reunion in
1982 after not talking with each other for years.
"Sam Jackson and Bernie Mac sing 'Hold On,
I'm Coming,'" says Moore. "That's also our song."
Moore says that Bob Weinstein's Dimension Films "tried to buy me out"
by offering him $1,000 for a walk-on role.
"A thousand dollars!" he says. "Whoa. You know, slavery times have
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"Even when Dave and I were fighting and cursing, we never used that
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