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Former Olympic Sprinter
Sentenced for Selling Heroin
Former track-and-field star Tim Montgomery was sen-
tenced last week to five years in prison for dealing
heroin to an informant while he was under federal sur-
"I was blind I never had a job in my life,"
Montgomery explained to U.S. District Judge Jerome
B. Friedman. "I did the wrong thing."
The one-time Olympic sprinter, 33, will serve the
five-year sentence after he completes a 46-month
prison term on an unrelated conviction in New York.
Under an agreement with the government, he entered a guilty plea in
July to possession and distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin and
received the minimum term under federal sentencing guidelines.
In April, Montgomery was arrested on the heroin charge one month after
he was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for his role in a New
York-based check-kiting conspiracy.
Montgomery's heroin prosecution is based on four drug sales he made
in 2007 and 2008 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. A Drug Enforcement
Agency informant made buys that were either electronically videotaped,
tape-recorded or witnessed by agents, according to court records.
Montgomery's Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter relay at the 2000
Summer Games and silver in the same event four years earlier, as well as
his world-record 9.78-second performance in the 100-meter dash, were
all wiped from the books after he was linked to the investigation of
BALCO, the West Coast lab at the center of the steroid scandal in sports.
He also was banned from track for two years.
Judge Sentences Rap Music
Fan to Bach and Beethoven
Urbana, Ohio A defendant had a hard time facing the music.
Andrew Vactor was facing a $150 fine for playing rap music too loudly
on his car stereo in July. But a judge offered to reduce that to $35 if
Vactor spent 20 hours listening to classical music by the likes of Bach,
Beethoven and Chopin.
Vactor, 24, lasted only about 15 minutes, a probation officer said.
It wasn't the music, Vactor said, he just needed to be at practice with
the rest of the Urbana University basketball team.
"I didn't have the time to deal with that," he said. "I just decided to pay
Champaign County Municipal Court Judge Susan Fornof-Lippencott
says the idea was to force Vactor to listen to something he might not pre-
fer, just as other people had no choice but to listen to his loud rap music.
"I think a lot of people don't like to be forced to listen to music," she said.
New York Election Mix-up Places
'Osama' on the Ballot
TROY, N.Y- Who is running for president? In an upstate New York
county, hundreds of voters have been sent absentee ballots in which they
could vote for "Barack Osama."
The absentee ballots sent to voters in Rensselaer County identified the
two presidential candidates as "Barack Osama" and "John McCain." In
the United States, the best-known individual named Osama is Osama bin
Laden, leader of the al Qaida terrorist group behind the 2001 attacks that
destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City.
The elections office faxed a statement in which the two commission-
ers, Democrat Edward McDonough and Republican Larry Bugbee, said
they regret the error but never acknowledge what the error was.
When they discovered the mistake, officials shredded the remaining
"Osama" ballots and mailed correct versions to the roughly 300 people
who had already received them. McDonough said the "Osama" mistake
was made in only one of the 13 ballot versions mailed throughout the
county, located east of the state capital of Albany.
Voters who received both versions will be allowed to send in either one
and have it counted, McDonough said.
Radio Station Publicly Accuses
Magic Johnson of Faking AIDS
MINNEAPOLIS Magic Johnson says he's outraged that a pair of
Minneapolis talk radio hosts accused him of faking AIDS
KTLK's Chris Baker and Langdon Perry made the remarks during
Baker's conservative talk show last week.
The context for the remarks wasn't clear. According to a partial tran-
script and audio clip posted on a media watchdog site, mediamatters.org,
the remarks came after a caller complained about demands on workers.
Perry responded by asking about treatable diseases that a person can live
with for a long time "if you just get some basic drugs."
Baker responded, "Like Magic Johnson?"
Perry replied, "Like Magic with his faked AIDS. Magic faked AIDS."
*Baker said, "You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?"
Perry replied, "I'm convinced that Magic faked AIDS."
"Me too," Baker said.
"Millions are dying from HIV/AIDS, and the fact that they would make
jokes about my status is unbelievable," Magic Johnson said. "Chris,
Langdon and KTLK should use their power in a more positive light by
encouraging people to get tested for this disease instead of making up
such ridiculous lies."
Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and retired from the NBA at
Volume 23 No. 4 Jacksonville, Florida October 16 22, 2008
Js Aerica Pointing Fingers at People of
Colo T6rpth Mortgage Meltdown Crisis?
Efforts on the part of some
conservatives to pin the
S\\ll Street meltdown and
the $850 billion rescue
Iab on the backs of
i minority homeown-
ers are shameless
, and spurious, said
and minority law-
"That is total
for the Center for
Lending, a public
think this is an
effort by extremists
\iho are embarrassed
that their economic
nodel of little regulation
and oversight failed miserably, so
they're trying to deflect blame to the
The recent toppling of Fannie
Mae, Freddie Mac, several invest-
ment banks, an insurance giant and
other firms has been traced to the
proliferation of subprime mort-
gages, which lenders packaged with
securities and sold in the financial
markets at great profits.
Some homeowners were assured
they could afford the high-interest,
adjustable loans as long as housing
prices continued to rise. When the
market crashed, however, many
homeowners defaulted on their
loans and companies were left with
devalued securities. The resulting
instability on Wall Street and the
ripple effect on the American econ-
omy precipitated the need for gov-
Continued on page 5
DIRTY TRICKS: Voters Need Not
Be Discouraged by Recent Headlines
Has a nationwide campaign been
launched to reduce minority, espe-
cially African American, voter
turnout for the presidential election
First there were the mysterious
flyers circulated in predominantly
Black neighborhoods in
They falsely warned potential
African American voters that
undercover agents would be sta-
tioned at polling stations on
Election Day and they would arrest
anyone with pending criminal
charges or even unpaid parking
tickets who tried to vote.
Then there was Thursday's New
York Times investigative report
which found that "Tens of thou-
Clark Inducted Into National
Society of Collegiate Scholars
Miss Rebekah Clark
Former Mandarin High School
Student Rebekah Clark, was induct-
ed this week into the National
Society of Collegiate Scholars at
Clark, a sophomore, health man-
agement major at Howard
University, maintains a 3.8 GPA.
She is very active on campus and in
the surrounding community. In her
spare time she serves as an
America's Promise mentor, Obama
for America volunteer, community
service chair for the Florida Club,
and as the fundraising chair for the
School of Pharmacy, Nursing and
Allied Health. Last summer, she
studied Spanish at Pontificia
Universidad Cat6lica Madre y
Maestra in the Dominican
Membership is by invitation only,
based on grade point average and
class standing. NSCS is a member
of the Association of College
Honor Societies and is the nation's
only interdisciplinary honors
organization for first-and second-
year college students. NSCS has
more than 650,000 lifetime mem-
bers and 228 chapters in all 50
states, the District of Columbia and
She is the daughter of John and
Hester Clark of Jacksonville.
sands of eligible voters had been
removed from rolls or blocked from
registering" in at least six states by
an exclusion method which
"appears to violate federal law."
The Times report found no evi-
dence that election officials in those
states were intentionally trying to
reduce minority voter turnout. The
states involved were Colorado,
Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada
and North Carolina.
However, the officials were
reportedly trying to enforce the so-
called "Help America Vote Act of
2002." This was a law pushed by
Republicans which many
Democrats charged was an attempt
to allege voter fraud in a manner
which would discourage minorities
Finally, there is the current legal
campaign against ACORN. In the -
Continued on page 3
Mrs. Vera Davis
Mourns Loss of
Dr. Vera Davis
Family, friends and admirers
are mourning the loss of trailblaz-
ing educator and Jacksonville citi-
zen Mrs. Vera Davis.
She was the first African
American woman appointed to the
position of principal at a
Jacksonville high school Jean
Ribault Senior High School. Prior
to the principalship, Mrs. Davis
taught English at Stanton
Vocational School. Additionally,
Mrs. Davis held other various posi-
tions in the Duval County School
system, including Reading
Specialist, Curriculum Assistant at
Ribault, Director of Elementary
Education and Supervisor of
Curriculum Development. Her ear-
lier professional career included Y-
Teen Program Director in
Birmingham, Alabama, YWCA
Branch Director in Daytona, and Y-
Teen Program Director of the A.L.
Lewis Branch at Jacksonville.
Mrs. Davis received her Liberal
Arts degree from Bethune-
Cookman College at her home
town in Daytona Beach; a Bachelor
of Arts Degree from Bennett
College for Women in Greensboro,
North Carolina, and a Master's
Degree in Educational
Administration from the University
of Florida at Gainesville.
Continued on page 3
Jacksonville Wildcats Well Represented at Bethune's Annual Homecoming
More than 9,000 alumni and friends came out to support Bethune Cookman University at their annual
Homecoming Celebration. Unfortunately, their three game winning streak came to a screeching halt with a 26-
20 defeat by the Delaware State Hornets. Among the weekends highlights of concerts, scholarship fairs, par-
ties and dinners was the annual parade. Shown above leading the Wildcats is Parade Marshall Joseph Johnson
of Jacksonville. For more parade highlights as captured by photographer Frank Powell, see page 5.
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Obama Goes Door to Door U.S. Democratic presidential
nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to a potential voter as
he canvasses support in a neighborhood in Holland, Ohio October 12,
2008. The campaign surprised potential voters with the old school
door-to-door grassroots approach.
NBA Reducing Staff by 80
Due to Poor Economy
The NBA is eliminating about 80 jobs in the United States, the first
major American sports league to announce layoffs because of the world-
wide economic turmoil.
Commissioner David Sternsaid last month the league would cut staff in
anticipation of the downturn. He said Sunday the figure would be about
9 percent of the American work force, and the league confirmed the
number of jobs the next day.
"We made the decision some months ago that the economy was going
to be a bit wobbly so we began a belt-tightening," Stem said in London,
where the New Jersey Nets beat the Miami Heat in a preseason game.
The NBA continues to hire in other countries, he said, as it seeks to
Stern emphasized that the league is still hitting its business targets.
Minister Farrakhan To Announce
'A New Beginning' Via Telecast
Nation of Islam has invited an array of religious,
political, social, business leaders and international
guests from Africa, the Middle East and beyond to
attend the Oct. 19 dedication of the movement's
flagship Mosque Maryam in Chicago. The dedica-
tion follows a major renovation of the historic
south side house of worship and school and will
include a message that reflects a deeper exegesis of
the teachings of the 78-year-old Islamic movement.
Min. Farrakhan The event is open to the public and will be aired live
via webcast at www.finalcall.com.
King children in court with book deal
ATLANTA The children of Dexter King, as the head of his appointing a special master to
Coretta Scott King and the Rev. father's estate, is seeking his moth- determine what documents were at
Martin Luther King Jr. faced off in er's papers, which are currently in issue. He said it would be impossi-
an Atlanta courtroomthis Tuesday his sister's possession. Bernice ble for him to weigh in without an
in a dispute over their mother's per- King is refusing to turn them over, accurate inventory.
sonal papers that could derail a claiming her mother did not want He also said he is aware of
lucrative book deal. the $1.4 million book deal. Penguin Group's deadline and will
The Rev. Bernice King, Martin New York-based Penguin Group resolve the issue quickly.
Luther King III and Dexter King is threatening to pull the deal Dexter King's attorneys said they
have looked more like adversaries Friday without the documents. were concerned his siblings may
than siblings in recent months. The Fulton County Superior Court try to stall in an effort to purposely
surviving three King children are Judge Ural Glanville delayed mak- miss the deadline. Both parties
involved in three lawsuits, ing a decision Tuesday instead heoRn mpptina wilh thep enelnli
on the line
master after the hearing.
Dexter King told reporters out-
side the Fulton County Courthouse
that he was saddened by the family
"This is not in the spirit of our
parents," he said. "It's not the way
we were raised. It's just very dis-
He called the legal action
between him and his siblings
unfortunate, but said he was not the
Tuskegee Airmen Honored with Historical Site
.irman Eugene Henri igns a poster for Eric Moore at the opening of
the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Tuskegee, Ala.
TUSKEGEE Hundreds of for-
mer Tuskegee Airmen got their
place in the sun last week -- basking
in the glow of praise from a grateful
state and nation.
"We will never be able to fully
repay you for what you have done,"
Gov. Bob Riley told them at the
dedication ceremony of the
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic
Site. "You have changed the nation.
You have changed, it for good."
More than 3,000 spectators gath-
ered outside a hangar used during
pilot training for the first group of
black pilots in U.S. history.
The ranks of the aging Airmen
are dwindling fast, but about 350 of
them arrived from around the coun-
try to reminisce about what it was
like during training, give interviews
and, most of all, sign autographs.
They are in their 80s, but just as
proud today as they were when they
were young and represented their
country at a time when they were
seen as second-class citizens and
not allowed to serve with white
troops during World War II.
The event continued throughout
the weekend as the National Park
Service, Tuskegee University,
Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and other
groups pull out all the stops to
The project is still a few years
from completion, but the restored
hangar and other facilities have
given Moton Field a new look --
one that is expected to attract
tourists from around the country.
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen.
Retired Lt. Col. John Mulzac describes his days as a Tuskegee
Airman at the opening.
Russell Davis, who is president of
the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., said his
military successes can be traced
back directly to the accomplish-
ments of the elderly men sitting in
front of him.
"You set a high bar, but were an
outstanding example for those of us
who came behind you," said Davis,
a combat veteran of Vietnam. "I am
so proud to be a part of the
Tuskegee Airmen enterprise."
The booming voice of Tuskegee
University President Benjamin
Payton set the tone for the program,
especially when he recounted a
common belief from the dark days
of World War II when America was
reeling from losses at Pearl Harbor.
Black Americans quickly
responded to the national emer-
agency, but Payton noted that those
who wanted to fly received little
support from many people in posi-
tions of power.
"The Tuskegee Airmen grew out
of the struggle and pain and hard-
fought battles of a people who had
to go up against some of the
strongest pillars of power and influ-
ence in our country," Payton said.
They had to prove themselves not
only in rigorous training in
Alabama, but also in aerial war with
German pilots and ground crews
intent on shooting them down.
"Many wanted us to fail," said
Payton. "People didn't want African
Americans to fight for America
because it meant turning over the
whole concept that African
Americans were not human."
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Unwavering Black Enthusiasm Just
May Tip the Scales Towards Obama
ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- Ollie
James is 84 years old and a doubter
"I know he is going to win,"
James said after services at Leonard
Missionary Baptist Church in St.
Louis. "See, God answers prayers,
and I am a praying man, and I know
he is going to win."
The "he" James is referring to is
Democratic presidential nominee
Barack Obama. "From where I
came from, with the segregation
and all the hatred, I never thought
an African-American would get this
far in the United States. Really."
But three weeks until Election
Day, James and many other
African-Americans are now opti-
mistic they will be part of history.
"I am kind of anticipating it will
happen," said Raymond Henderson,
a soft-spoken African-American
man in his 60s. "But no, I did not
expect it to happen in my lifetime."
It is the flip side of the "race
debate" in Campaign 2008: While
the Obama campaign and its
Democratic allies are aggressively
working to address the concerns of
blue-collar and rural whites who are
reluctant to support a black candi-
date for president, there is an enthu-
siasm in the African-American
community that Democrats believe
could lead to dramatically increased
turnout and perhaps tip the scales in
several key battlegrounds, Missouri
African-Americans cast 10 per-
cent of the ballots for president in
2000 and about 12 percent in 2004.
Obama aides believe if that percent-
age increased just modestly in
2008, it could make the difference
in at least a half-dozen states:
Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina,
Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Wisconsin and Nevada are addi-
tional battlegrounds where Obama
Forrest High School Cheerleaders know how to strut their stuff.
Unfortunately it didn't help their team against Lee High School. The
undefeated Generals tromped the Rebels 42-12. Shown above are
Torri Donaway, Tiffany, McMahon, Takerra, Lustee, Jasmine Hall,
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Ollie James, 84, says he knows Obama is going to win, because he
believes "God answers prayers."
organizers are counting on an
increase in African-American
turnout in their Election Day game
To reach its goal, the campaign is
counting on a combination of newly
registered African-Americans and
aggressive outreach to tens of thou-
sands black voters who are regis-
tered to vote but have stayed home
in past elections.
At Leonard Missionary Baptist,
the Rev. Steven Thompson is care-
ful not to preach from the pulpit: He
exhorts his congregants to vote but
does not preach in favor of or
against any specific candidate.
Still, a visit to his services found
an overwhelmingly pro-Obama
crowd, and Thompson says the
enthusiasm level about this election
is unprecedented in his two decades
as the inner-city church's pastor.
"The energy comes from the fact
that it is historical, and we've got a
lot of first-time voters and many
like myself who have been through
a few, and it still has that pumped
up energy in it," Thompson said.
turnout is all the more important
because of Obama's tougher chal-
lenge in more conservative, rural
areas. In the Missouri Ozarks, a
roadside billboard shows a cartoon
of Obama with a turban, his middle
name "Hussein" in bold red letters.
"Hmmmm," Thompson said when
shown a photograph of the bill-
board, keeping his trademark calm.
"If I spent my time getting angry
about the things people do, then I
can't do what I effectively do here,"
Thompson said as he gestured
toward the pulpit. "Those people
who do stuff like that, the only
thing I can say is, we pray for
Fredrick Lemon II says that for
months, he doubted that Obama
could win, but now he believes he
can. Still, Lemon took time after
services to compliment Republican
nominee John McCain for trying to
calm angry supporters at recent ral-
lies, including a woman last week
who incorrectly said she was wor-
ried about an Obama presidency
because he is Arab.
"It has gotten a little nasty,"
Lemon said. "But I think that John
McCain really showed some
integrity and some character when
he was at the last town hall meeting
and some people said some dis-
paraging remarks and he corrected
them. And that just shows that he
does have integrity."
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past few months, the activist group has registered a record 1.3 million
people to vote mostly in low income Black and Hispanic communities.
But last week, 11 state investigations were announced against ACORN
(Association of Community Organizations for Reform) alleging that
some of its activities amounted to voter fraud.
The spate of activities has prompted a question as to whether election
officials are trying to curb voter or simply reduce the minority turnout to
the polls. ACORN issued a statement labeling the actions against it "a
stunt" and suggested they were politically motivated.
Who is to blame for mortgage meltdown
But throughout the debate on the recently passed bailout plan, however,
conservative lawmakers, pundits and bloggers on Capitol Hill, the air-
waves and the Web placed blame on the Community Reinvestment Act,
which was enacted in 1977 to eradicate discrimination in lending, saying
it encouraged imprudent lending.
John Wallace, of the conservative New York Campaign for Liberty,
wrote an Oct. 3 opinion piece on newsblaze.com titled, "The Great
Mortgage Swindle." He contended that the CRA was an attempt by the
government to "intrude into the free-market mortgage business through
the introduction of welfare state type legislation."
The CRA "required banks and other lending institutions to make
extraordinary efforts to give loans to 'communities of color,' disregard-
ing sound economic and risk guidelines that were so successful in the
past," Wallace posits. "In the name of ending alleged discrimination,
members of these 'communities of color' were no longer required to pro-
vide all of the standard mortgage documents such as verification of
income, proof of employment, credit history, or even provide a down
payment." Even if that were true, it was lenders not applicants that
okayed questionable loans.
In her statements on the floor, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
struck out against the law, quoting an Investor's Business Daily article
that said banks made loans "on the basis of race and little else."
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
(CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the
Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) said in a joint statement Friday
that such claims were not only offensive to their 72 members and their
constituents, but also false.
"I am angered by the blame and burden put onto our minority commu-
nities for the current financial crisis," said Rep. Mike Honda (D-Ca.),
chair of CAPAC. "The CRA law requires that all CRA lending activities
be executed through responsible and safe lending practices. To put fur-
ther blame onto the victims of this financial crisis is cruel and borders on
just plain bigoted."
Day, the public interest official, said opponents of the Act were "pur-
posefully and knowingly confusing the facts."
According to studies by the Center for Responsible Lending, the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community
Capital and other organizations, the subprime mortgage meltdown was
the result of risky loans, not risky borrowers.
Several facts about the CRA defy the claims of its opponents.
For one thing, the Act was a response to "redlining," a deliberate deci-
sion by commercial banks to withhold credit from minority communities
in the 1960s and 1970s, more than three decades before the subprime
mortgages gained traction.
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While Some Blame Failed Homeownership Programs for
the Poor Economy: That's Only a Fraction of the Problem
Yes it's campaign season and this
country just happens to be in the
midst of the worse financial crisis
since the Great Depression. Mix
those two factors together and you
have a recipe for political warfare.
There is more finger pointing
going on between Democrats and
Republicans to put any
Kindergarten class to shame. Poor
kids, they are just learning how to
point fingers and tattle on each
Many economist, especially on
the Republican side are blaming
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and all of
the first time homeowner programs
aimed at helping working folks
achieve the American Dream of
owning a home.
Even with those federal pro-
grams we know that affordable
housing for the working class and
low-income households continues
to be a major issue in the country,
state and city.
The problem with many of these
programs wasn't necessary on the
program side. The problem was on
the banking side of the equation.
Sure the Feds encouraged and pro-
vided incentives to banks to make
riskier loans to first time homebuy-
ers, but the intent was never to put
families into foreclosure scenarios.
And no one could have predicted
the rise and sudden fall of the sub-
prime lending markets.
Greed was the biggest issue in
the mortgage collapse not the pro-
grams or the intent of each pro-
Of course one could easily argue
by E.O. Hutchincon W
The recent report that 8
million African Americans
are not registered to vote
brought gasps of disbelief,
cries of shame and head-
shaking reproach. It also stirred a
mild soul search among blacks
about how and why the numbers of
unregistered voters are so
The figure was cited in
September by Rick Wade, who
handles African-American voter
outreach for the Obama campaign,
which was alarmed at the high
number because of the potentially
damaging effect it could have on
Obama in a close contest. Bush's
razor-thin victories in Florida in
2000 and Ohio in 2004 underscore
the importance of a maximum
black voter turnout. But the prob-
lem of getting blacks to the polls
may be even greater than the
Obama campaign realizes, and that
starts with the figure of 8 million
unregistered voters. The number
may be much higher.
According to Census figures,
there were 28 million African-
American adults aged 18 or over in
2006. In the 2004 presidential elec-
tion, they made up 12 percent of
the voters, or about 13 million vot-
ers. That means an estimated 15
million voting-age blacks did not
vote. The ban on ex-felon voting in
15 states further ramps up the num-
ber of ineligible blacks. Forty per-
cent of ex-felons banned from the
polls are black males. They make
up another 3 million potential black
that the government or HUD
should have done a better job of
regulating the mortgage industry,
but hasn't that been the very issue
many legislators have tried to fight
to get their arms around years?
The mortgage/banking industry
has always fought regulation;
hence the proverbial chickens have
come home to roost.
While many others and myself
point the figure at greed and lack of
regulation, there are many "econo-
mist" and so-called "experts" who
point the figure in another direc-
They say that over the last two
decades the federal government
pushed the mortgage industry so
hard to get minority homeowner-
ship up, that it forced financial
institutions to relax underwriting
standards and take too many risk.
And while I still think that the
bigger issue was on the banking
side, not the program side I will be
the first to agree that the majority
of blame certainly lies with the
And although the foreclosure
rates are horrific around the coun-
try, the Fannie Mae and Freddie
Mac programs were successful in
helping first time homebuyers and
families desperately in need of
quality affordable housing.
In a Fox News article last week,
John Lott, a senior research scien-
tist at the University of Maryland,
claimed that the success came at a
great price though.
Lott says, the Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston produced a manual
in the early '90s that warned mort-
gage lenders to no longer deny
urban and lower-income minority
applicants on such "outdated" crite-
ria as credit history, down payment
or employment income.
He goes on to say that Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac encouraged
and praised lenders like
Countrywide and Bear Stears for
relaxing their underwriting stan-
dards and policies toward minority
Lott's conclusion is that he's not
surprised at all that we are in the
economic crisis we are currently in.
While affordable housing is a
critical issue and I still feel that
many of the Fannie Mae programs
are desperately needed there has to
be a better education and money
management training initiatives
that accompany each program.
What's that old saying, "Never
look a gift horse in the mouth."
Well, sometimes people are except-
ing gifts that they may not be ready
Sort of like someone giving you
this cute puppy and seems like a
great idea and the kids love it, but
then you get it home and realize the
time, energy and cost associated
with having a puppy.
Or to break things down even
further here's the deal, many peo-
ple got into homes at low interest
rates, but the rates were adjustable
so three years later their mortgage
payments skyrocketed as markets
became unstable. And if you add
other bills to the equation, while
annual salaries are stagnant then
you have a recipe for disaster.
You multiply this scenario thou-
sands of times in dozens of states
around the country, and we end up
exactly where we are now in a deep
So many people were qualifying
for loans, but are basically living
paycheck to paycheck. So any
small-unexpected expense like a
car breaking down or medical
emergency could have a direct
affect on a person's ability to pay
their monthly mortgage.
Of course, you can't throw every
foreclosure case in same bag. There
are also investors out there who bit
off more than they could chew.
Many investors used the ease of
financing a few years back to
overextend themselves creating
This also meant that many of
them where then stuck paying
mortgages on houses that they did-
n't anticipate having to fund. Add
the national slow down in home
sales and you are all of a sudden
paying several mortgages with lit-
tle income being generated.
Again, multiply that scenario
hundreds of times across dozens of
states and you get yet another fac-
tor into the overall financial crisis.
It's clear to me that there is no
one culprit here. The lack of regu-
lation, the mortgage industry's
greed, lack of homebuyer educa-
tion and politicians were all the
ingredients in this Recession
Signing off from an undisclosed
credit union, Reggie Fullwood
thy 8 Million African-Americans
Are Not Registered to Vote
voters. That means there are an
estimated 12 million African-
American adults who are either
officially barred from voting, or
decline to vote.
The reason so many blacks don't
vote is chalked up to apathy, lazi-
ness, ignorance and cynicism
toward politicians. By not voting,
critics say, they betray the struggle
and sacrifice of those who fought
and in some cases died for the right
of blacks to vote. This guilt-laden
reprimand is much too simplistic.
In most state and local elections,
only a tiny fraction of eligible vot-
ers of any race vote. With the
exception of the hotly contested
2004 presidential contest between
George W. Bush and John Kerry,
the number of voters in presidential
contests has steadily dropped dur-
ing the past half century. Many say
they don't vote because their vote
won't change anything, anyway.
In the mid 1960s, a majority of
eligible voters did vote. Two things
changed that. One is the dominance
of corporate and labor Political
Action Committees in bankrolling
politicians. Soaring election costs
have turned races into a million-
aire's derby. The second thing that
changed things is the subtle and at
times overt suppression of minority
voters. This includes stringent dri-
ver's license or other ID checks,
rigid timelines for filing voter
applications, the lack of informa-
tion or misinformation about voter
registration forms and materials,
and non-existent or feeble voter
This reinforces the deep suspi-
cion that politicians are for sale and
the buyers are well-heeled special
interests. As politicians became
more dependent on corporate anc
union dollars, they appeared ever
more remote, inaccessible anc
unresponsive to voters' needs
Elected officials made little or nc
effort to inform and engage theii
constituents on legislative actions
initiatives, and policy positions
This has further estranged millions
of potential voters. The Republicar
and Democratic parties haven'
helped matters. The GOP's decade,
of turning a cold shoulder tc
African Americans sent the mes-
sage that blacks were not wanted oi
needed in the party. Democrats
took the cue and downplayed an)
overt racial appeals for fear o:
being tagged as tilting toward
The two parties still largely con-
fine their efforts to pad voter roll,
to the last frantic weeks before
Election Day. They scramble tc
register as many voters as possible
imploring voters to exercise theii
democratic right. This general)
results in a temporary bump up ir
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Whether he wins or loses, Barack Obama's quest for
the U.S. Presidency hurt African-American causes
and enabled entrenched racial divisions to continue
and White Americans to claim that racial parity exists. The gains that
Malcolm and Martin made in their movements are being reversed on our
watch under the guise that such was MLK's "dream". The presidential cam-
paign of Barack Obama has set race relations back 20 years and cost blacks
billions of dollars.
The "dream" of a black being President of the US has caused black
Americans to throw good sense to the wind. When Obama became the pre-
sumptive Democratic presidential nominee, many African-Americans cried
saying they never thought they would live to see such a day. Obamamaina
among African Americans evolved into a taunt that "If you are black you
must vote for Obama, it's your duty." Black media and political commenta-
tors that warned Obama's candidacy suppressed the push for racial equality
were met with outrage.
Obama's candidacy didn't represent as much change for black Americans
as much as it represented Americans an opportunity for atonement of our
racial past. The "change" Barack Obama represents is costing black descen-
dents of slaves as much as $8 trillion. Obama opposes reparations, augur-
ing that government can combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools,
health care and the economy for all. "I have said in the past and I'll repeat
again that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner
city and jobs for people who are unemployed," said Obama.
Although a 2006 BET poll showed 75 percent of African Americans favor-
ing some form of compensation for slavery and the Jim Crow Era, not want-
ing to appear pandering to black voters Obama avoids supporting repara-
tions saying it "could be a distraction". Blacks whose business is playing
the race card have totally opposite positions on the issue. Two-thirds of
black members of Congress are co-sponsors of legislation to create a com-
mission that would study programs and payments to make up for the dam-
age done by slavery. The NAACP supports the legislation and councils in
cities with majority-black populations have endorsed reparations programs.
At the root of the nation's racial disparity is economics. For all our exis-
tence in American, blacks have been last and least on the misery index.
American capitalism starts each child where its parents left off. For descen-
dents of slaves, that capitalistic paradigm has been blatantly unfair. Maybe
Barack does, but the majority of blacks has never had, and still don't have,
equity in America. For two and a half centuries American slaves had their
labor taken from them, and then Post-Civil War Reconstruction programs to
them went unfilled. These "oversights" represent hundreds of billions of
dollars in today's dollars. Whether the monetary obligation is legally
enforceable or not, a large debt is owed by America to the descendants of
Until age 27, Barack Obama lived outside of anything related to the
African American experience. Barack never experienced segregation in
Hawaii, or Indonesia and did not enter the black community until after his
graduation from law school. Due to his timidity on the issue of race, main-
stream media has unabashedly put forth the decline of black politics. The
New York Times postulates that instead of continuing to agitate for an equal
piece of the American pie, black politics will fade into "mainstream" poli-
tics. Instead of black progress, Obama's candidacy represents another phase
of white supremacy and conquest. Obama represents a black face, hand-
picked by the white establishment, who willingly puts down symbols and
voices of black struggle while supporting old-line US international imperi-
Judging from what we have seen and heard, even if there is a President
Obama in the White House in 2009 Black Americans' struggle for equity
will hardly have been met. Unless Obama breaks with the controlling polit-
ical-economic-social system in charge, blacks shouldn't expect any mean-
ingful movement regarding income disparities or toward equal opportunities
in employment, housing, and matters of justice.
Remember, representatives for reparations and black parity are not regu-
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Sights and Scenes: JCCI Annual Meeting
Services Set for Mrs. Vera Davis
Vanessa Boyer and Suzanne Montgomery Former Mayor Lou Ritter and Helen Jackson
Vanessa Boyer and Suzanne Montgomery Former Mayor Lou Ritter and Helen Jackson
JCCI Staff, from left, Samantha Minton, Lashun Parker, Earlene Hostulter, Laura Lane, Ben Warner,
Senator Bob Graham, Cheryl Murphy, Kathleen McKenzie, Chandra Echols and Skip Cramer.
JCCI held its Annual Meeting
October 8 at the Hyatt Downtown.
Special guest speaker was Senator
Bob Graham. Since retiring from a
distinguished career of public serv-
ice that included serving as
Florida's Governor and its U.S.
Senator, Bob Graham has dedicated
himself to training the next genera-
tion of public leaders to solve pub-
lic policy challenges facing Florida,
the nation, and the Americas.
The event was sponsored by Pat
and Wayne Hogan.
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Inc. (JCCI) is a nonprofit civic
organization that seeks to improve
the quality of life in Northeast
Florida. JCCI's study process and
indicator reports have served as
models for hundreds of communi-
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Very involved in the Jacksonville
community, Mrs. Davis held mem-
bership on many boards and organ-
izations including the following:
Jacksonville Community Council
(JCCI), WJCT Public Television,
Jacksonville HUD Advisory
Board, Southern Academy of Arts,
Letters and Sciences, Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Daniel Memorial
Institute, National Council of
Negro Women, Jacksonville Urban
League, Business and Professional
Women's Club of Jacksonville,
League of Women Voters, District
Governor of La Sertoma
International, Delta Kappa Gamma
and former member of the Judicial
As a member of St. John's
Cathedral since 1973, Mrs. Davis
served on the Vestry, the Christian
Education Committee, Search
Committees, Strategic Planning,
Cathedral Foundation Board,
Standing Committee of the
Diocese, Board of Regents for
Episcopal Schools, the Church's
Sanctuary Guild, and Daughters of
Mrs. Davis is survived by her
husband Dr. Nathaniel L. Davis,
retired school principal; sons,
Nathaniel G. Davis (Ruth) of
Sacramento, CA; Charles D. Davis
(Marilyn) of Atlanta, GA; Curtis
M. Davis of Washington, D.C; sis-
ter, Mrs. Doretha Gillis of Daytona
Beach, FL; brother, the Reverend
Lorentho Wooden of Cincinnati,
OH; grandchildren, Natalie J.
McKinney (Charles) of Memphis,
TN; Charles M. Davis
(Alexandria) of Atlanta, GA;
Cheryl M. Davis of Nashville, TN;
Jordan and Amalia Davis of
Boston, MA; great-grandchildren,;
cousins, nieces, and nephews; and
a host of relatives and friends.
Services will be held at St. John's
Episcopal Cathedral with The Very
Reverend Edward Harrison, Dean,
officiating on Saturday, October
18, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will follow the service
at Evergreen Cemetery with
Wendall Holmes Funeral Directors
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October 20 through November 2, 2008
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The Supervisor of Elections Branch Office, 5200-2 Norwood Avenue (Gateway Mall)
Argyle Library, 7973 Old Middleburg Road, Jacksonville
Beaches Library, 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach
Bradham-Brooks Northwest, 1755 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville
Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, Jacksonville
Mandarin Library, 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville
Murray Hill, 918 Edgewood Avenue South, Jacksonville
Pablo Creek, 13295 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville
Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Boulevard, Jacksonville
South Mandarin Library, 12125 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville
Southeast Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Boulevard, Jacksonville
University Park 3435, University Boulevard, Jacksonville
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West Regional Library, 1425 Chaffee Road South, Jacksonville
Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
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to VOTE BY MAIL in the November 4 GENERAL ELECTION
(absentee ballots must be received by the Supervisor of
Elections Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on November 4, 2008).
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"Soul of the St. Johns River"
Conversations with African
Americans with Family Ties to the River
Mildred Christopher Johnson
Former proprietor of Christopher Pier Restaurant
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Dr. Arnett Girardeau, former State Senator
and Boy Scout at New Berlin
Saturday, October 18, 2008
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
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Second Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate Church and Pastor Ann.
Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road; will celebrate their
158th Anniversary of the Church, and the 22nd Anniversary of Pastor
Odell Smith Jr. with Services Nightly at 7 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2008;
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5-7th. The Celebration will con-
clude at 7 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008. The community is invited to
participate in all services.
Matthew Gilbert Sr. High School to
hold 11th Annual Grand Reunion
For 10 Years the Eastside Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.-Sr. High School's
"Mighty Panthers" have celebrated all graduating classes from 1952-70.
This 11th Annual Reunion will honor the "Class of 1959" for their 50th
Year Reunion. All alumni, teachers, attendees and guests are invited. Two
fun-filled events are planned for this successful annual event. Plan now to
attend the Welcome Reception from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January 2nd.;
the Banquet on Saturday, January 3, 2009 will begin at 6 p.m. Both events
will be held at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel. Deadline for pur-
chasing tickets is December 20th, there will be no tickets sales at the door.
To reserve your tickets, please call Lydia Jackson-Bell at (904) 765-9224.
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist to hold
Annual St. Andrew Day Celebration
The St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church, will share spiritual joy with
all who join them for their Annual St. Andrew Day Celebration, at 11 a.m.
Sunday, October 19, 2008. You your family and friends are invited. Arch-
Bishop Leonard Love, of Truth for Living Ministries will be the speaker.
The celebration theme is "Cooperating with God in Building a Faithful
Church" (James 4:8), Dea. William Cure, Chair-man; Dea. Kenneth Mike,
Co-chairman; For more information or directions, please call Sis.
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, call 710-1586, or email Gospell75@aol.com.
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
T do ore s oMa dnaralyo en y do uad -orai .f m-oays is tan- e
5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800
Pastor Ernie Murray
Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
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. Participants should
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.
St. Phillip's Episcopal to Celebrate
Edward Waters College Day, Oct. 19th
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union Street will Celebrate
Edward Waters College Day at 5 p.m., Sunday, October 19th. This celebra-
tion is a major component of the Outreach Program at St. Philip's, and will
also be the foundational event for the annual "Fine Arts" series St. Philip's.
The celebration will feature the Edward Waters College Concert Choir,
directed by Dr. Samuel Shingles and the inspirational and stimulating H.
Alvin Green Memorial Alumni chorale, under the direction of Ms. Patricia
Black. The choirs will present selections that include classical, sacred,
gospel, modem, and traditional African American and the foundational
event for the annual "Fine Arts" series at St. Philip's.
First Timothy to hold a"Mother
& Daughter Slumber Party"
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Fred Newbill,
Pastor; and the Duval County Health Dept. will present "It's a Family
Affair" Mother & Daughter Slumber Party (daughters 10 years or older)
beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 17th until 9 a.m. Saturday morn-
ing. Attendees can expect to be enlightened, educated, pampered, and
entertained. There will be real discussions about sexuality, peer pressure,
healthy relationships, free food, gift bags, door prizes and much more. For
more info or to register, please call Gwen Osborne at 757-9878.
St. Thomas to Present
Poets, Authors, Musicians & Dancers
Celebrate the importance of the Written Word at the St. Thomas Family
Life Center, comer of Moncrief Road & Rowe Avenue, beginning at 11
a.m., Saturday, October 25, 2008. Be an Eyewitness to History with the
spendor of James Weldon Johnson, Margret Walker, Langston Hughes,
Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare and Maya Angelou, presented by
local poets, authors, musicians and dancers.
Rodney Hurst and Dorothy Mitchell will serve as Master and Mistress
of Ceremony. Among the artist performing will be Poet and Author Tangela
Floryd; Musicians: Fred McClendon and Michael Lane; Orator, NayKierra
Love; Coreographer, Tonya Brown, and Author and Poet Bettye Sessions.
Remember: Knowledge is Still Power! For more information, please call
Delphenia M. Carterat (904) 765-3962.
New Redeem Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate Women's Day, October 26th
Women's Day will be celebrated Sunday, October 26, 2008, at the New
Redeem Missionary Baptist Church, 1614 East 30th Street, where Rev.
Willie Addison Sr. is Pastor; Rev. Dr. E. I. Norman, Pastor Emeritus. The
Women's Day Celebration will begin with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Morning Service begins at 11 a.m. The community .is invited.
Union Progressive Baptist Church to
Celebrate 88th Church Anniversary
The Union Progressive Baptist Church, 613 Pippin Street, Pastor
Corinthian R. Morgan ; invites the community to share in the Dedication
Service of the 88th Anniversary of the Church, and the 32nd Anniversary
of Pastor Morgan the week of October 20-25, 2008.
Pre Dedication Services will be held at 7 p.m. nightly, Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday, October 20-22nd.
A Community Block event will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on
Saturday, October 25th. There will be Free Food, Information Booths,
games and activities for the children.
Sunday School at 9 a.m., Sunday, October 26th will begin the day of
dedication. Morning Worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. The Dedication of
the Church and Pastor's Anniversary with Local churches participating will
begin at 4 p.m. The community is invited.
Pack the Pews at St. Johns Missionary
Twelve Disciples will Pack the Pews at St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg; at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26th.
Everyone is invited. For directions, please call (904) 272-5100.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 t.m.
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Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
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3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
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Talented Lineup Headlines Annual Man to Man Conference
First Baptist Church of Mandarin
(FBCM) will host Man to Man
2008 beginning Thursday, October
16 through Saturday, October 18,
2008 at the Wyndham Riverwalk
Hotel in downtown Jacksonville.
This year's theme is "Each One
The objective of the conference is
to help get men acclimated back
into society and help them take a
leadership role in their homes and
communities. The conference plans
to address the whole man through
the Word of God and providing
practical resources that improve
outcomes for men.
The conference will feature local
and national speakers, to include
world known speaker and author
Dr. Juwanza Kunjufu. The speak-
ers will address the spiritual man
through relevant topics. These top-
ics include: Man and His
Endurance; Man and His Example;
Man and His Environment; Man
and His Potential; Man and His
Past; Man and His Purpose, and
Man and His Distortions.
Over 20 vendors will be on hand to
address many practical concerns
and needs of men by offering
resources for employment, educa-
tion, health, business opportunities
and more. Attendees will be able to
network and meet with vendors for
on-the-spot job screenings, school
enrollment and medical screenings.
"Men will be able to walk away not
only encouraged, but with practical
solutions to real problems," said
Pastor Karl Hodges, FBCM Pastor
Music and comedy entertainment
will also be included. Kicking off
the entertainment is National
Christian Gospel Comedian, John
Gray, Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
with a stand up Christian comedy
show. Friday's entertainment also
begins at 7 p.m. with FBCM's own
Inspirational Voices opening for
renowned Gospel Recording Artist
Dr. Gary L. Williams, Sr., FBCM
Senior Pastor started the conference
in 2006, when over 1,500 men par-
ticipated. The following year, Man
to Man 2007 attracted close to
2,000 men. Pastor Williams says
the whole idea behind Man to Man
"is helping men become better men.
Through the Word of God men and
boys will be made aware of the per-
ils associated with living their lives
outside their God-given purpose."
Pastor Williams expects the success
of Man to Man 2008 to surpass last
year's stating, "Men are looking for
something to help them become
better men." Dr. Williams further
concludes the equation for becom-
ing a better man and achieving bet-
ter outcomes is the "Word", practi-
cal application of the "Word" and
resources. These fundamentals he
says are at the core of Man to Man.
Mayor John Peyton echoes Pastor
Williams' sentiments with his com-
ment: "Man to Man 2008 is aimed
to strengthen our community's
African American men."
For a complete list of sessions and
speakers, visit www.betheman.org.
To register or for more information,
also visit this same web site -
www.betheman.org or call (904)
268-2422. Registration will also be
available beginning 3 p.m. at the
Wyndham Thursday, October 16th.
Northside Church of Christ Homecoming Set for November 9th
The Northside Church of Christ
located at 4736 Avenue 'B' is cele-
brating its 54th Anniversary and
31st Annual Homecoming,
November 1 9, 2008, with a week
full of guest speakers, renowned
gospel singers, and food, babysit-
ting, and transportation all free.
The celebration opens Saturday,
November 1st at 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.,
with all the fish you can eat. It's
free and open to the public.
Numerous activities are planned
during the fish fry for small chil-
dren, teenagers, and adults. The
activities include jumpy things, old-
fashion games, face painting, bas-
ketball, cotton candy, and honey
This year's theme 'God Is Able' -
provides a source of encouragement
through; scriptures, and revelations
of the Word. Regardless of your
situation, and how you got there,
your spiritual awareness will be
awaked and revived.
The revival dates are November 2
- 6, at 7p.m., and includes two pow-
erful gospel speakers: Orpheus
Heyward, Atlanta, GA, and
Samuell Pounds, Rockford, IL.
These ministers are guaranteed to
motivate you, give you confidence,
and strengthen your spiritual walk.
Saturday night, November 8th --
- a soul stirring Songfest featuring
six gospel groups, will be held at
the Times Union Center of the
Performing Arts, 300 Waters Street,
at 6:00 p.m.
November 9th is Homecoming
Day, and is filled with activities that
include: An Annual breakfast/pro-
gram 7 a.m. 8:30 a.m.; Two
Worship Services 8:45 a.m., and
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Tens of thousands enjoyed the festival daily. Jakes is shown in the
South African and international
audiences welcomed America's
Bishop T.D. Jakes during MegaFest
International's electrifying gather-
ing, which for the first time is being
held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The two-day family-friendly fes-
tival kicked off with performances
by South Africa's own multi-award-
winning ensemble Joyous
Celebration and Grammy Award-
winning artist Yolanda Adams.
Following the MegaFest prelude,
Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder and
senior pastor of The Potter's House
church in Dallas took the stage
delivering a soul-stirring message,
encouraging the thousands of atten-
dees to change, grow and progress.
"It was marvelous," said Junia
Makgoba of Benoni, Johannesburg,
South Africa, of Bishop Jakes' mes-
sage. "It made you want to have
more of this festival. It was inspir-
ing and motivating."
Vanessa Rivers, who traveled
from Paterson, N.J., echoed
Makgoba's take of the event. "The
service was great," Rivers said. "It
goes right in the flow of change.
That's what God is doing ... we're
changing to be spiritually minded
and we're stepping up to do what
we're supposed to do on the earth.
Holding MegaFest in South Africa
is an example of what God is doing
- bringing cultures together, creat-
Other highlights of the events
included the MegaCARE Health
Fair, which provided general health
screenings and physical to the peo-
ple of South Africa. During the first
two hours of the festival,
MegaCARE physicians provided
more than 500 general wellness
checks and HIV screenings.
MegaFest International is the most
public event associated with T.D.
Jakes Ministries' philanthropic ini-
tiatives in South Africa that have
also included providing clean
water, houses and a center for chil-
dren. In addition, students from
Clay Academy, the private
Christian school affiliated with The
Potter's House, participated in an
educational exchange with South
Since its 2004 inception,
MegaFest has been recognized as
one of the largest religious gather-
ings in the United States and has
reached more than 700,000 people
from around the world. Created by
Bishop Jakes as a festival for fel-
lowship, spiritual rejuvenation and
personal growth, MegaFest com-
bines Bishop Jakes' most successful
conferences for men and women
pairing them with youth events, live
concerts and activities for the entire
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
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. McDuff Avenue.
Topics include: Turn Trash to
Landscaping; Birds, Bees and
Butterflies; Creating Edible
Centerpieces and What's New in
Horticulture. To register, or more
information, call Rachel Wilson at
(904)-272-4252There will be plants
and gardening items for sale.
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)
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
Art in the Park
JaxParks invites art enthusiasts
and novices alike to attend the 5th
annual Art in the Park, an interac-
tive event for the entire family. It
will be held from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 18 on the
Northbank Riverwalk. The event
which is FREE and open to the
public, offers an opportunity for
residents to experience a mix of cul-
tural and interactive entertainment
and browse art exhibits from more
than 25 local artists in a variety of
mediums. There will also be profes-
sional musical performances. For
more information call 630-CITY.
Early Voting Rally
Students from the Florida Coastal
School of Law will host a Early
Voting Rally on Saturday, October
18th at 2:30 p.m. at "In Da Cut
Barber Shop & Beauty Salon"
located at 6400 Norwood Avenue
on the Northside. There will be free
food and drinks and t will last for
approximately one hour. Early vot-
ing begins October 20th. For more
information call (813) 843-8034.
Mayor's Older Buddies
Meet at Metro Park
Mayor John Peyton will host the
quarterly meeting of the Mayor's
Older Buddies (MOB) program on
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at 10:30
a.m. at Metropolitan Park.
Mayor Peyton holds quarterly
MOB meetings featuring topics
pertinent to seniors. This month it
will focus on the digital television
conversion. Each quarter, more than
600 seniors gather to participate in
this program that also includes a
free lunch. For more info or to
make reservations, call 630-7392.
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 r6sum6s. Call
646-2300 for more information.
History in Motion
presented by DASOTA
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Douglas Anderson School of the
Arts will present "Historical
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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 modern 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.
Dr. Ian Smith to
Keynote Urban League
Equal Opp. Luncheon
Dr. Ian Smith, fitness expert on
VHl's "Celebrity Fit Club", med-
ical expert, founder and best-selling
author of "The 50 Million Pound
Challenge" will keynote this year's
Jacksonville Urban League Equal
The League will recognize individ-
uals and corporations for their sig-
nificant efforts in the areas of diver-
sity and equal opportunity on
Wednesday, October 29 at 12 Noon
at the Hyatt Hotel. Contact Linnie
Finley at 366-3461 for your seat.
Ogletree to Keynote
Harvard Law School professor Dr.
Charles J. Ogletree will be the fea-
tured speaker for the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP 43rd Annual
Freedom Fund Awards Dinner on
Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:00
p.m. at the Prime Osborne
Convention Center. Dr. Ogletree is
also the Director of the Charles
Hamilton Houston Institute for
Race and Justice. The dinner will
recognize citizens who have sub-
scribed to various life membership
levels of the NAACP, spotlight
area civil rights leaders and honor
high school students for academic
achievement. Tickets for the event
are $50.00. For additional infor-
mation, please call Isaiah Rumlin at
Free lecture on Medical
Care of African-
Americans in Jax
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will present Dr. C.B.
McIntosh for a free lecture on
"Medical Care for African-
Americans in Jacksonville: A
Historical Perspective." It will be
held on Thursday, October 30,
2008, 7:00 8:30p.m. at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum 101
W. 1st Street in Springfield. RSVP
Builders Care Charity
Come dressed in costume and join
Builders Care and Fontana's for a
night of spooks and fun at their first
annual Halloween Bash. It will
begin at 8 p.m., on Fri., October
31, 2008, at Craig Air Center, 855
St. Johns Bluff Road. The event
will include catered food, 3 BOOze
cash bars, live entertainment and a
silent auction. Be inspired by the
event and dress creatively for the
costume contest. You must be 21 or
older to attend. A $35 ticket
includes admission and a chance to
win the grand prize of two round-
trip airfare tickets to the Bahamas.
For more information or to reserve
your tickets, call 727-3443.
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
Mali Vai Washington Needs Volunteers
Halloween Party- Oct. 31
Volunteers are needed during our Halloween Party to assist with activities
that include face painting, decorations, games and our Haunted House!
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Volunteers are needed to help collect non-perishable food items, adopt one
of our many families and suppy a 'basket' of food items or help us deliver food
baskets on November 26.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer opportunities, please con-
tact Ashley at Ashley@malwashington.com or (904) 359-KIDS(5437).
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Reformed Kingpin Frank Lucas
to Launch Non Violence Tour
You've seen Denzel Washington
bring his life to the big big screen
in "American Gangster" and heard
his biography on television, now
Frank Lucas wants to bring his
story to your hometown.
The infamous 1970s drug king-
pin will attempt to redeem himself
from past sins, by enacting a 20-
city U.S. tour speaking out against
According to the New York Post,
an anonymous insider of Lucas'
camp revealed the tour will focus
on students and emphasize the
importance of education over
"Frank Sr. will be talking to stu-
dents about how they should get
grades, not guns, and not follow in
his footsteps," the source
explained. "There will also be gun
drops for illegal handguns that he
Leave Obama T-Shirts at Home
Nov. 4, Voting Rights Experts Advise
and his son are setting up."
Frank Lucas is credited with
breaking La Cosa Nostra's (Italian
Mafia) dominance of the heroin
market in black communities by
establishing direct contact with
suppliers in Southeast Asia.
From there, Lucas' organization
would smuggle in the drugs
through rigged government
coffins sent over for soldiers
killed in the Vietnam War.
At his apex in the early 1970s,
authorities allege Lucas' criminal
empire generated up to $1 million
dollars per day smuggling heroin.
He was convicted in 1975 and
sentenced to 70 years in prison.
To reduce his sentence Lucas
entered the witness protection pro-
gram in 1977, and provided evi-
dence that lead to over 100 drug
After years in obscurity, Lucas
burst back into public conscious-
ness with last year's American
Gangster, the blockbuster biopic
film starring Oscar winners
Denzel Washington and Russell
In addition, mogul Jay-Z further
entrenched Lucas' exploits in Hip-
Hop culture through his concept
album American Gangster, which
chronicled the movie version of
Lucas' life as an unofficial sound-
The locations or dates for non-
violence tour have yet to be
British Nursery Teacher Fined for Racially Harassing
A nursery supervisor racially
harassed a toddler by making mon-
key noises at him as he played with
a plastic banana, a court has heard.
Lisa Ring, 37, also blamed him for
an itch she had on her foot, saying
he had 'brought fleas over' from his
And when he picked up her shoe
she asked him 'Did your black
daddy teach you to steal things?',
Harlow Magistrates' Court in Essex
The eighteen-month-old child, had
not understood what Ring was say-
ing and was 'perfectly happy', the
But a 15-year-old schoolgirl who
was doing work experience at the
nursery in Essex later reported it to
one of her teachers and, following a
police inquiry, Ring was charged
with racially aggravated harass-
The schoolgirl told police that the
boy was the only black toddler in a
room of eight children playing with
plastic food toys when he
approached Ring and gave her the
She said: 'Lisa gave it back to him
and said, 'That's what you like to
eat'. She started making monkey
noises in his face and making mon-
key gestures. She was laughing.
'Later she took off her socks and
there was a lump on her foot.
'She said, 'I've been bitten by fleas
that came from his country'.'
When another member of staff in
the room asked her to stop, Ring
laughed and said the boy didn't
understand it and that it was 'just a
bit of fun'.
After the youngster, who is of
mixed race, picked up her training
shoe she snatched it back from him
and asked him if his black father
had taught him to steal, the court
Ring also started hitting plastic
food at the toddler with a wooden
spoon and told the other children
'Ten points if you hit' the boy, it was
Later, when Ring was told they
were having curry for lunch, she
told the boy: 'That's what you like
because that's what you eat in your
Ring, a mother of two from
Haverhill in Suffolk, had been a
supervisor at the nursery for seven
months when the banana incident
took place last September.
Despite her claims of innocence,
Ring was suspended three days
afterwards and sacked for gross
misconduct a few weeks later.
voting polls because Maryland does
not have a dress code per se. But, it
still has laws against "electioneer-
ing" or campaigning inside a poll.
It is a state's decision how to reg-
ulate elections so long as the elec-
tions are conducted fairly, says
Federal Elections Commission
spokesperson Bob Biersack.
Because there's no federal provi-
sion, elections are administered by
Therefore, depending on what
voting jurisdiction a citizen resides
in, casting a ballot while displaying
any campaign affiliations includ-
ing names or images on a hat, t-shirt
or button could be classified as
passive electioneering, a misde-
meanor in some states, depending
on how the attire is interpreted by
The laws are meant to protect
elections against voter intimidation
and swaying decisions. But the
written definition of electioneering
is murky in some states. Virginia is
a critical swing state in this year's
presidential election but its voters
aren't the only ones confused about
t h e
w 11 a t
The state's board of elections are
even having a hard time interpret-
ing the law in a way that they could
inform their voting public.
Such states as Ohio, Tennessee
and Texas emphatically ban the dis-
play of political buttons, caps,
stickers and other like items within
100 feet of polls while they are
Downtown Jax Getting Wild with
Presentation of Rocky Horror Picture Show
By. Pharoh Martin
NNPA Special Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) Don't
wear campaign paraphernalia to
voting polls on election day Nov. 4
or bring a sweater to cover it up,
"Whether or not they have a con-
stitutional right to wear [campaign
memorabilia] we tell them to leave
it at home and avoid the hassle,"
says Laughlin McDonald, Director
of ACLU Voting Right Project.
"There is a Supreme Court decision
that prohibited campaigning within
100 feet of a polling place so we
advise that if they do wear a cam-
paign button that they follow that
state's law, unless they are trying to
Thousands of voters have
received emails and text messages
informing them that they may have
problems if they show up to the vot-
ing booths wearing buttons, stickers
and tee shirts with the names of
political candidates. In many states,
that could be true.
Maryland voter Alpatrick
Golphin, 39, thought the email he
received was just another unsub-
"I thought it was a joke like
Ashton [Kutcher] was trying to
punk me," he said. Golphin has
voted in other elections, but this
was the first time he's heard any-
thing about this. He may not have
heard about not being allowed to
wear his candidate's tee shirt to the
limited and it is first come, first
A Rocky Horror Tribute Band will
perform intermittently from 8 p.m.
to Midnight during the street festi-
val. Cast members will perform
famous dance numbers from the
film and will teach the 'Time Warp'
to eager participants. Dress up as
your favorite character for a chance
to win prizes and premier seating
for the film during the costume con-
test starting at 9 p.m.
In addition, the City of
Jacksonville will offer the opportu-
nity to "Say it!" with props by
offering prop packages for $15.00
day of show only. Movie fans are
also encouraged to bring their own
props to participate. Accepted
props include rice; newspapers;
water pistols; flashlights and glow
sticks; rubber gloves; noisemakers,
confetti, toilet paper, toast, party
hats, bells or keys; and cards.
Prohibited items include candles,
lighters and other open flames.
For more information, visit
or call (904) 630-3690.
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 9
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent the campy cult classic, Rocky
Horror Picture Show, at The Florida
Theatre on Friday, October 24 at
Midnight. All the 'Antici...pation'
and excitement will come alive
when the street festival opens up at
8 p.m. on Forsyth Street in front of
the theatre. The Rocky Horror
Tribute Band, a costume contest,
food, beverages and fun will all be
part of this "strange journey".
Theatre doors open at 11 p.m. and
tickets are on sale now at the City
of Jacksonville Office of Special
Events, Monday through Friday 8
a.m.-5 p.m. and The Florida
Theatre Box Office, Monday
through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale day of show
at The Florida Theatre beginning at
10 a.m. Tickets are $5.00. Space is
In court, she claimed the incident
had begun when a white girl
brought over a plastic banana. Ring
said she told the girl 'that's what a
monkey eats' and began doing mon-
She wept as she denied any
racism, saying the claims had been
made up or her actions miscon-
She was fined the U.S. equivalent
October 16-22, 2008
Page 10 Ms. Perry
s Free Press
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white and my
dad is black.
My hair isn't
kinky really but it's hard to man-
age. Simply getting it blow dried
doesn't leave it straight for long.
Do you think I can get a relaxer?
Yes. Relaxers aren't just limited
to African Americans or a specific
race. As long as your hair is curly
or of a certain texture you can use
a relaxer. The chemicals in relax-
ers are able to straighten your hair
by changing or rearranging the
bonds of your hair. Typically
relaxers have been used in the
African American community but
women of many different races
have found success using it on
The good thing about relaxers is
that they come in different
A professional can look at your
hair and decide the best way to go
with your hair. I know I've men-
tioned this before but once again
there are some non chemical prod-
ucts on the market that can
straighten your hair. Such as Chi
which I've heard good things
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Tips for a Successful Toast
Have you been
invited to toast the
happy couple at an
ding or rehearsal
dinner? That's a
great honor, but
most people nervous, you might
want to learn the fine art of making
toasts before you step up to the
microphone. Here are 8 wedding
toast tips that you can start to work
#1: Do your homework
Know your audience. Who are
they? What will they find touching,
funny? Determine the duration of
time allotted for your toast.
Generally 2 minutes is an appropri-
ate length of time. If a microphone
is in the plan do sound checks
before attendees arrive at the venue.
#2: Craft a fitting toast
Match the tone to the event, and
then determine your message or
theme. Jokes may be well-received
at a bachelor party or bridal shower
dinner. Always keep your goal in
mind and how you would like your
words to be remembered. Use your
own words and speak from the
heart. It will be more meaningful.
Remember that the focus is on the
bride and groom, not you. Be com-
plimentary, the point of a toast is to
say something nice.
#3: Practice, practice, practice
Practice your toast several times.
Aim to repeat your toast without
notes. If you can, go to the event
site and practice your toast.
#4: Get audience attention
Etther click glasses (being careful
not to cause breakage) or even
more effective: stand up and use
eye contact to quiet your audience
and get their attention.
#5: Hold yourself confidently
Stand up, put a smile on your face,
maintain excellent posture and keep
your body open (i.e. no crossed
arms; feet just less than shoulder
width apart) and hold a glass con-
training appropriate beverage in one
#6: Connect with your audience
As you begin to deliver your toast
look at the honoree(s) and then look
across the audience, making eye
contact with a few people through-
out the crowd. This gives the
appearance of addressing the entire
#7: Be clear as crystal
Speak slowly and deliberately so
that you are sure to be understood.
Use short silences to calm your
nerves in the middle of your toast.
TIP #8: Closing with class
Lift your glass and ask everyone to
join you in toasting the honoree(s),
at the end of your toast. Sip, not
chug, from your glass.
Apply these 8 tips, and your toast
will be a memorable part of the
occasion. And who knows? You
might even get part of the credit for
the marriage's success.
How to Spot a Fad Diet from the Real Deal
The next time you see an ad in
a magazine that shows an obese
women who lost 60 pounds in two
weeks and now looks like Beyonce
or spot a new supplement reporting
miraculous weight loss results,
don't be amazed by you're your
seeing. When evaluating claims for
weight loss products, the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) recom-
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cases where a product might result
in some temporary weight loss, it is
almost never a permanent solution
and is usually unsafe.
Before you spend money on
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former felons to vote in Compton, Ca. last weekend. Cannick said her
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Keith Sweat has two sons with
Lisa Wu Hartwell, an entrepre-
neur/socialite on the Bravo series
"Real Housewives of Atlanta," but
the boys will never be shown on
the series because the singer
refused to sign a waiver allowing
them to be filmed.
Hartwell explains to E! Online:
"He's like, 'Lisa, it's nothing per-
sonal. I just really don't know how
they're going to edit and if they're
going to make you look crazy. I
just don't want the kids to be, you
know, overexposed or anything.'"
The budding reality star, how-
ever, isn't buying it. "They asked
their dad could they be involved,
and he [said] no," she tells E! "It
could have been a Disney show
and I don't think he would have
Sweat has 13-year-old Jordan
and 11-year-old Justin with
Hartwell, who appears on the show
as if she only has one child, one-
year-old E.J., her son with her cur-
rent husband, NFL player Ed
Not only does Lisa have her own
successful real-estate firm, but she
also owns children's clothing com-
pany Hart 2 Hart Baby and the jew-
elry line Wu Girls. Additionally,
she's an aspiring actress, painter
and writer. She admits that her
biggest reason for doing the show
was to get her name out.
"It was great exposure,"
SShe credits an old friend, fellow
entrepreneur Tyler Perry, with
inspiring her to
ago, after they
collaborated on aN
couple of projects
play that she i
says Perry called -
her one day to
say he was giving
up on show busi-
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was done with Lisa Wu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield, NeNe
the struggling. Leakes, DeShawn Snow and Kim Zolciak are the
But after they cast of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta.'
decided to keep going. "I use that "You have to stay passionate and
story often when I'm trying to just stay focused and not say, It's
encourage others," Hartwell said. not going to happen."
'Secret Life of Bees' brings issues of love, redemption and racism to the screen
Jennifer Hudson w
In 2002, Sue Mo
novel "The Secret
buzzed up best-sell
hummed and hover
On Friday, the ind
on Kidd's story abo
child and a trio of
sisters will finally I
the silver screen.
studded cast hea
Jennifer Hudson -
path has been near
and serendipitous as
Sitting in a plush
young star before
Film Festival open
which sold 4.5 milli
Fanning, 14, calls i
for people my age."
She and her direc
what it was like filn
themes just as Bara
racking up his firs
the motifs of mothe
donment and reder
through the character
7 u her own.
"The Secret Lives of Bees" tells
the story of a young girl, 14-year-
old Lily Owens, who runs from an
S I abusive father and the deeply held
belief that she is, somehow, "unlov-
Prince-Bythewood, was on a
journey of her own, seeking her
: birth mother and trying to under-
stand why she had been given up as
a child when her older brother had
not. But when she was offered the
project seven years ago, she hadn't
read the book and turned the picture
Two years ago she heard that
another director had signed on, and
suddenly she was consumed with
ith her co-star "this overwhelming feeling of
'That's my movie!'" She read the
nk Kidd's debut novel that night.
Life of Bees" "The book just wrecked me," she
er lists where it says. "Oh my God, I gave up this
ed for months. opportunity. It's about motherhood,
die movie based sisters, learning to love yourself. I
)ut a motherless said those same words 'I'm
f honey-making unlovable' when I found my
nake its way to birth mother."
But despite its Then, almost miraculously,
status and a star- everything fell into place. The
aded by Dakota movie's director walked, and all that
Latifah and was left was the book and its star,
- the movie's Fanning, who was finally old
rly as poignant enough to play the role.
the book itself. "In retrospect, it happened at the
Lounge in San right time," she says. "You grow a
Carlton Hotel lot in five, six years. Being adopted
reenwriter Gina was part of my journey. To pour
relaxed with her myself into this script (helped me)
the Mill Valley get over the last vestiges of that
ing. The novel, tough time."
on copies, is on In a matter of weeks, Prince-
reading lists. Bythewood had her stars all
t "a great book working for virtually no pay and
a steady stream of cast and crew
tor talked about showing up with dog-eared copies
ming a story set of the book.
civil rights-era "Construction guys coming in
ick Obama was with the book," the filmmaker says.
t big triumphs. "You don't expect that at all.
also addressed Everyone came in with this love of
rlessness, aban- the project." The idea was to merge
option that run Kidd's vision as a white woman
ers' lives and who grew up in the South, with
Prince- Bythewood's African-
American perspective, while
remaining true to the book.
And it's all there, from the Pepto-
Bismol-pink Boatwright house to
the Black Madonna honey jar
labels, designed by renowned
African-American artist Charles
Bibbs. The one noticeable change is
says Prince-Bythewood, the crew
had to truck in 60,000 bees from
Florida and stash the hives in a
"We called it Bee-lagio," she
Intellectually, there were plenty
of reasons not to worry about being
surrounded by swarms of buzzing,
The star studded cast includes Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo,
Hudson, Alicia Keyes and Fanning.
in the character of June Boatwright,
the tightly controlled, cello-playing
sister portrayed by Alicia Keys as a
younger, more politically savvy
character living in this pivotal time
in American history. .
"I really infused myself into
June," says Prince- Bythewood.
She worked to get her young cast
into the mind-set of a historical
period most of them were too
young to have experienced first-
hand. She sent her actors giant gift
bags crammed with study materials,
including Spike Lee's documentary,
"4 Little Girls," about the racially
motivated 1963 bombing of a
"'4 Little Girls' was an amazing,
amazing film," says Fanning. "You
can't help but feel it."
And then there was the matter of
bees, who play a recurring role in
the book and movie. It was so cold,
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unless they feel threatened.
"I can say all this," says Prince-
Bythewood, "but it's still bees."
So Fanning, Latifah and Tristan
Wilds, who plays August
Boatwright's godson, Zachary
Taylor, were sent to bee school to
train with Julian Wooten dubbed
"the bee whisperer" on the set to
prepare them for their scenes work-
ing with hives, honey and 60,000
fuzzy, buzzing extras.
"They threw me in," says
Fanning, with a grin. "You kind of
separate yourself from your body.
They can't get to you."
Fanning was fine with it, but
Latifah and Wilds had to learn to
work with the bees barehanded.
"All my research," says Prince-
Bythewood, "said that real bee-
keepers did not wear gloves.
Latifah and Tristan were like, 'Yeah,
Wooten had Tristan's gloves off
in a matter of days, and Latifah's
hands were bare within an hour. In
the end, only three people were ever
stung at Bee-lagio. And the scenes
that unfold onscreen are ethereal
and magical. Bees swirl and spiral
around Fanning's face as her eyes
fill with wonder.
But stinging insects were nothing
compared with the challenges fac-
ing the cast in a drugstore-improv
exercise in 1960s racism. Despite
her Oscar for "Dream Girls" and her
role in "Sex in the City," Hudson is
still a newcomer to acting. She did-
n't know what improve meant and
had no idea that the extras hired by
Prince-Bythewood were behaving
according to a harsh 1964 script.
"She was getting more and more
upset," says Fanning. "She didn't
know it wasn't real."
It was only the director's strict
admonition not to hit anyone that
saved an extra who used the N-
word when he told Hudson to get
down from the whites-only ice
cream counter. It was a potent exer-
cise in ostracism and being
demeaned, not only for Hudson but
for everyone who watched.
But what occurred in the real
world during the whirlwind 34 days
of filming in North Carolina was
pure serendipity. As Obama racked
up his South Carolina primary tri-
umph, suddenly the set came alive
with the same sense of possibility
that took place with the signing of
the Civil Rights Act in 1964 the
idea, says Prince-Bythewood, that
"someday" might be "today."
They weren't just making a movie
about a girl and the nurturing
women aided her, says Prince-
Bythewood, they were "making a
film about a time when the world
was changing, at a time when the
world is changing."
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