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Barbara Lee Elected CBC
Chair for 111th Congress
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) has
been formally named Chair-Elect of the
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Lee, who served as a member of the CBC lead-
ership team for the past six years, first as Whip
and currently as First Vice Chair, praised the lead-
ership of outgoing Chair Congresswoman
Carolyn Kilpatrick. In the 111th Congress, CBC
members will chair the Judiciary, Homeland
Security, and the Ways and Means Committee,
and numerous subcommittees. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) will
serve as Majority Whip of the Democratic Caucus and President-Elect
Barack Obama will become the first African-American President.
"The 111th Congress will not only present unique and difficult chal-
lenges, but also historic opportunities for our caucus. I look forward to
working with all of our CBC members to craft and implement a unified
and bold agenda for the 111th Congress," said Lee.
Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) will serve as the First Vice
Chair, Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VI) as Second Vice
Chair, Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) as Secretary, and
Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) as Whip.
Maryland Prepares to Finally
Repeal a Jim Crow Law
An effort is under way to repeal a Jim Crow-era law that makes it ille-
gal in Maryland to receive any kind of payment, including bus fare, for
participating in a protest against racial discrimination.
The law was aimed at discouraging Freedom Riders from traveling to
the state to agitate against segregation and racism during the height of the
civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Although the law has never been enforced, Maryland Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler, in an opinion this month, concluded that courts
would likely find that the 44-year-old statute doesn't pass constitutional
muster under the First Amendment.
Legislative leaders plan to introduce legislation to repeal the law during
the General Assembly session that begins in January, and Gov. Martin
O'Malley's office said he would support the bill.
If not for the work of a committee assigned the yeoman's job of review-
ing that particular section of the Maryland annotated code, the law might
have remained in obscurity.
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33 Million Living with HIV
Jacksonville Politics Ushers in New Leadership -
Shown above (L-R) Judge James Ruth reads the oath of office to newly
elected Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Brown, as his Pastor and
friend Barry Townsend and his twin sons Reginald, Jr. and Nijel look on.
A three time bid for the seat was a charm for the District 10 Councilman
who won the seat vacated by Mia Jones. T Austin Photo.
Twenty years after the first World
AIDS day shone a spotlight on the
virus, some 33 million people are
living with HIV reports the World
Bank. AIDS is increasingly seen
as not only a health problem but
"We need all the resources and all
the mechanisms that we have in
society to fight AIDS," says Shanta
Devarajan, chief economist for the
World Bank's Africa region.
While AIDS remains the world's
No. 1 health threat, in the United
States it poses a particular grave
risk to Black Americans. As Phill
Wilson, executive director of the
Black AIDS Institute, puts it,
"AIDS in America is a Black dis-
ease about half of the just over
1 million Americans living with
HIV or AIDS are Black."
The institute is asking the Obama
administration to set up the same
type of domestic funding program
for HIV/AIDS prevention, treat-
ment and research programs in
America as President Bush did
through the President's Emergency
Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in
14% of Florida's adult (13+) pop-
ulation, but nearly half (49%) of
the reported 101,013 AIDS cases
and 53% of the 35,584 HIIV cases
reported. The most recent statis-
tics show that blacks accounted
for 45% of AIDS cases in men
and 70% of those in women.
Fantasy Presidential Ball Pays Tribute to the Ancestors
Guests began arriving early. There
are no place cards and no name
tags. Everyone knows everyone l
else here. Now, there's a grand four- 1.' 5
some Malcolm X and Betty
Shabazz sharing laughs with Martin
and Coretta Scott King. Looks like
Hosea Williams refused the limo
again, keeping it real. And my
goodness; is that Rosa Parks out
there on the dance floor with A. .'
Phillip Randolph? Seated at a near-. .
by table, Frederick Doug-lass has a
captive audience in W.E.B. DuBois :;
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Annie Lee Tyson, a client of the
Clara White Mission, says the
warmth of the Mission's volun-
teers bring humanity to her
by William Jackson
This Thanksgiving I volunteered
at the Clara White Mission in
Jacksonville, Florida to help in
serving food to the homeless.
Businesses represented also were
volunteering their employee's time:
PHH (a mortgage company) and
Blue Cross and Blue Shield an
(insurance company). I did not
know what to expect from the facil-
ities, the people or their clients
I was pleasantly surprised that the
food that was prepared was of very
good quality. The cooking staffs are
very professional, helpful and
knowledgeable in creating nutri-
tious meals. They were learning the
skills necessary to work in various
food industry careers, from their
experiences in the Culinary Arts
Program at the Clara White
Mission. Theirs is a sense of pur-
pose, understanding that they serve
a humane principle in feeding the
homeless and providing services
that Continued on page 5
and Fannie Lou Hamer, and Med-
gar Evers has just joined them.
Marian Anderson was asked to
sing tonight, but she only agreed to
do it if accompanied by Marvin
Gaye, John Lennon and Jimi
Hendrix. Look, there's Harriet
Tubman. No one knows how she
arrived, but there she is. And my
guess is that, when the time comes,
no one will see her leave. There's
Jackie Robinson swiftly making his
way through the hall as the crowd
parts like the Red Sea to the unmis-
takable sound of applause. "Run,
Jackie, run!" Along the way he is
embraced by Jessie Owens.
Three beautiful young women
arrive with their escorts -
Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney.
Ms. Viola Liuzzo flew in from
Michigan, ex-claiming, "I could not
miss this." Richard Pryor promised
to be on his best behavior. "But I
can't make any guarantees for Redd
Foxx and Moms Mabley," he
chuckled. Joe Louis just faked a
quick jab to the chin of Jack
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Shmarafrantcheska Smith and
Jason Richard Mitchell were united
in Holy Matrimony on Saturday
November 29th. The garden cere-
mony and reception was held at the
home of the groom's mother,
Christine (Danford) Mitchell
Fletcher, witnessed by nearly 100
family members and close friends
at her Hidden Hills home.
Shmarafrantcheska, a native of
San Diego, attended Long Beach
State University, and is currently
completing her studies at Georgia
State University in Atlanta,
Georgia. She is employed by Fulton
County Public Schools.
Jason, a native of Chicago, Illinois
had previously resided in San
Diego, California with his parents,
the late John W. (Wesley) Mitchell,
Jr. and mother Christine, currently
of Jacksonville, Florida. He attend-
ed San Jose State University and
currently resides in Atlanta and is
employed by Testing Authorities
and is completing his studies at
The ceremony was officiated by
Rev. Farrell Malone, pastor of
Macedonia Baptist Church in
Waycross, Georgia. The loving cou-
ple and guests enjoyed a catered
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Mitchelll
dinner followed by the three-tiered, The evening concluded with
red velvet wedding cake blanketed dancing by sparkling tree-light
with chocolate grenache to compli- foliage. Following a honeymoon
ment the wedding's fall theme. throughout the state, the couple will
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Ribault Class of 1979 Celebrating 30th with Year Long Party with a Purpose
Seated (L-R): Michele Foster, Karen Sablon, Bonita Brazil, Sherald Farmer Thomas, Carole Nesmith, Valarie Reed, Sharon Bennett, Elaine Wescott, Joy Waters Gregory, Cathy Byrd, Jacqueline McKeller, Sherry Schofield
Jefferson and Judy Green Gay. 2nd row: Denise Wheeler, Cynthia Evans-Watkins, Bernice Cason, Charmayne Hill, Leslie Maybin, Julie R. Harmon, Cheryl McTeer, Vanessa Boyd, Latrece Rowell, Olga Napoleon, Jeannie K.
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Beasley, Yvette Thomas, Patrese Deas, Derrell Thomas, Kevin Myers, Warren Moore and Carlos McGhee. 4th row: Michael F. Payne, Sr., Cassandra Jennings-Cooper, Susan Scott-Brown, Jennifer Lind, David M. Proudme, Jaye
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myself a pretty good stylist, I'd like
to know what advice you have for
someone just starting out.
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fessional and while it's a reti arding
career, it doesAdave its challenges
But, we'll have that discussion
until you closer to your graduation
date. Seeing how you're just step-
ping onto field, I would say learn
as much as you can while you are
in school. There are a number of
great programs out there and some
schools even take students as
young as 16 years-old.
Before you enroll in a program,
do your homework and find out
about things like scholarships, that
might be able to help pay for class-
es. Speak with former student to
gain insight as to how your experi-
ence might be. Lastly, take a tour
of the school and speak to the
instructors; ask them point blank
what you'll need to do to be a suc-
cessful in their program.
I also serve as an instruction at a
local cosmetology school, and my
number one piece of advice would
be again; learn as much as you can
while you're in school. Don't be
afraid to learn new techniques. If
you already know how to braid or
apply weave a certain way, learn
how to properly cut hair or to cut
men's hair. The point I'm trying to
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everything, so take full advantage
of the learning environment that
you will be in. Remember, the
state doesn't care if you know how
to do hair, all they are concerned
with is that you have the theory of
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The Jean Ribault High School Class
of 1979 hosted a '70's Dress-Up
Affair at the Wyndam Hotel this fall
to kick off festivities for their 30th
reunion which will culminate in the
summer of 2009. The event was
attended by more than 100 guests
dressed in 70's attire and was the
prelude to a year-long schedule of
events planned to raise awareness
and financial assistance to needy
families on the First Coast. Among
the planned activities are:
On December, 6th, 2008, the
group will host a Christmas
Celebration at the Beaver Street
Enterprise Center. Non-perishable
food items will be collected for hol-
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On August 28h, the final event
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gage lending industry have
announced a voluntary agreement
to provide foreclosure relief to
Florida homestead property own-
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Crist also encouraged lenders to
continue their efforts to negotiate
with struggling homeowners to
help people keep their homes.
According to RealtyTrac, Florida
has the nation's third-highest state
foreclosure rate, with 166,600
households statewide being
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foreclosures and falling home val-
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NCNWPresents Stedman Graham for a
Shown (L-R) Representative Dwight M. Bullard, District 118, Miami, Representative Mia Jones, District
14, Jacksonville, and Representative Alan Williams, District 8, Tallahassee.
FAMU Grads Return to Tallahassee to
Make their Mark on State Government
Three Florida A&M University
(FAMU) alumni have been elected
to the Florida House of
Representatives. newly installed
Representatives Dwight Bullard
(Miami) Mia Jones (Jacksonville)
and Alan Williams, (Tallahassee),
will return to the home of their alma
mater to make their mark on state
Bullard, a teacher in Miami,
received his bachelor's degree in
history in 1999 and is no stranger to
politics. The son of Edward B. "Ed"
Bullard, a member of the Florida
House of Representatives from
2000-2008 and Larcenia J. Bullard,
a member of the Florida House of
Representatives from 1992-2000,
has been a member of the Florida
Senate since 2002.
Jacksonville's own Mia Jones, a
former director for Minority
Business Affairs for the Duval
County Public Schools, received
her bachelor's degree in 1991 and a
MBA in 1992.
Jones' affiliations include Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Leadership Florida, and Leadership
Jacksonville. She is a board mem-
ber for the Essential Capital Board
of Directors and the Healthy Start
Coalition Advisory Board. She is a
life member of the FAMU National
In 2003 and 2007, Jones was
elected to the Jacksonville City
Williams, a marketing and busi-
ness consultant, received his bache-
lor's degree in 1998 and his MBA
His public service includes the
Fantasy Ball Tribute
continued from page 1
Johnson, who smiled broadly
while slip-ping it. We saw Billy
Eckstine and Nat King Cole greet
Luther Vandross. James Brown and
Josh Gibson stopped at Walter
Payton's table to say hello.
I spotted Congressman Adam
Clayton Powell of Harlem having a
lively political discussion with
Eldridge Cleaver. Pearl Harbor
WWII hero Dorey Miller shared a
few thoughts with Crispus Attucks,
a hero of the Revolutionary War.
And there is Madam C.J. Walker
talking with Marcus Garvey about
exporting goods to Africa.
General Benjamin 0. Davis flew
into Washington safely with an
escort from the 99th Fighter
Squadron better known as The
Tuskegee Air-men At the table on
the left are three formidable women
- Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner
Truth, and Barbara Jordan gathered
for a little girl-talk... about world
politics. As usual, all the science
nerds seem to have gathered off in a
corner, talking shop.
There's Granville T. Woods and
Lewis Latimer needling each other
about whose inventions are better.
Someone jokingly asked Benjamin
Banneker if he had needed direc-
tions to Washington and George
Washington Carver was overheard
asking, "What, no peanuts?"
Dueling bands? Anytime 'Duke
Ellington and Count Basie get
together, you know the place will be
jumping. Tonight is special, of
course, so we have Miles, Dizzy,
and Satchmo sitting in on trumpet,
with Coltrane, Cannonball, and Bird
on sax. Everyone's attention is
directed to the dance floor where
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson is tap
dancing. Right beside him is Sammy
Davis Jr., doing his Bojangles rou-
tine. And behind his back, Gregory
Hines is imitating them both. The
Holly-wood contingent has just
arrived from the Coast. Led by film-
maker Oscar Micheau, Paul
Robeson, Canada Lee, and Hattie
McDaniel, they find their way to
their tables. Dorothy Dandridge,
looking exquisite in gold lam6, is
seen signaling to her husband,
Harold Nicholas, who is standing on
the floor with brother Fayard watch-
ing Gregory dance. "Hold me back,"
quips Harold, "before I show that
youngster how it's done."
Then a sudden hush comes over
The guests of honor have arrived.
The President and Mrs. Obama
looked out across the enormous ball-
room at all the historic faces, very
many smiles, and precious few dry
eyes. Someone shouted out, "You
did it! You did it!"
And President Obama replied,
"No sir, you did it; you all each and
every one of you did it, your guid-
ance and encouragement; your hard
work and perseverance. ...."Obama
paused, perhaps holding back a tear.
"I look at your faces your beau-
tiful faces and I am re-minded that
The White House was built by faces
that looked just like yours.
"On Oct. 3, 1792, the cornerstone
of the White House was laid, and the
foundations and main residence of
The White House were built mostly
by both enslaved and free African
Americans and paid Europeans. In
fact, most of the other construction
work was performed by immigrants,
many of whom had not yet become
citizens. Much of the brick and plas-
ter work was performed by Irish and
Italian immigrants. The sand-stone
walls were built by Scottish immi-
grants. So, I guess what I'm trying to
say is that The White House is, ulti-
mately, The People's House, with
each President serving as its stew-
"Since 1792, The People have
trimmed its hedges, mowed its lawn,
stood guard at the gate, cooked
meals in the kitchen, and scrubbed
its toilet bowls. But 216 years later,
we are taking it back!
"Today, Michelle and I usher in a
new era. But while we and our fam-
ily look toward the future with so
much hope, we know that we must
also acknowledge fully this mile-
stone in our journey. We want to
thank each and every one of you for
all you have done to make this day
possible. I stand here before you,
humbled and in awe of your accom-
plishments and sacrifice, and I will
dedicate my Presidency, in your
honor, to the principles of peace, lib-
erty and freedom.
If it ever appears that I'm forget-
ting that, I know I can count on you
to remind me."
Then he pointed to me near the
stage..."Kenyada, isn't it time for
you to wake up for work?
"Isn't it time for all of us to wake
up and get to work?"
Suddenly I awake and sit up in
bed with a knowing smile. My wife
stirs and sleepily asks if I'm OK.
"I've never been better," I replied,
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Advisory Board; a community rela-
tions aide to Mayor John Marks; the
Florida Selective Service Board;
and the Florida Advisory
Committee for the United States
Commission on Civil Rights.
The National Council of Negro
Women & Associate Men/Child
Watch Partnership of Jacksonville
will present Stedman Graham for
"A Morning with Men and Women
of Courage." The fund raising event
will be held on Saturday, December
6th at 10 AM at the Florida Theatre.
Stedman Graham is an author,
educator and entrepreneur that built
a strong reputation for helping cor-
porations, organizations and indi-
viduals succeed. He is chairman
and CEO of S. Graham and
Associates, a Chicago based man-
agement and marketing consulting
company specializing in Corporate
and Education markets.
Dedicating his life to youth and
community in 1985, Graham
founded AAD Health, Education &
Sports, a non-profit o
with a membership of 5(
professional athletes and
leaders committed to
leadership in underserved
Women of Courage
The event will also pay tribute to
the 2008 Men & Women of
Courage. Honorees including: Chi
Eta Phi Sorority-Sigma Chapter;
Eta Phi Beta Sorority-Nu Chapter;
The Sontag Foundation; The
Remmer Family Foundation; Dr.
Albert and Linda Wilkinson
Family; Garnett & Eleanor Ashby
and The Royal Vagabonds.
Proceeds from this event will
support the infrastructure needs of
the Center ofAchievement, Inc. and
Reed Educational Campus. Reed
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Pa e 4 Ms Perry's Free P s
Why Do We
I have written about the topic of
black athletes and how they should
not automatically be considered as
role models before, and every time
a crazy news worthy or not so wor-
thy event happens with black ath-
letes it reopen the topic in my jaded
Did anyone catch the fact that I
said that we shouldn't "automatical-
ly" consider athletes as role mod-
els? I say this simply because some
athletes are great role models, but
many of them are not and don't
want to be.
I don't know if it's human nature
or societal stereotypes, but we
seem to place a lot of undeserved
and unwanted titles on athletes. We
normally hold our athletes, regard-
less of racial background to a high-
er standard than normal everyday
For example, Olympic swimmer
Michael Phelps has won more gold
medals than any other American
athlete. That's a great accomplish-
ment and he should be looked at as
a role model for young people who
are interested in swimming because
of his work ethic, skill and commit-
We shouldn't automatically look
at Phelps has this great citizen that
our kids should admire. There are
certain privileges that should be
Unfortunately, in the African
American community I do feel that
many of our athletes should
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guilty of robbery,-.kidnapping and
weapons charges in a Las Vegas
court, a lusty on line debate ensued
between legal experts and bloggers
over whether the judge would or
should throw the book at Simpson
at his sentencing on December 5.
The debate was tinged with more
personal feeling, rage, and loathing
about and toward Simpson than
about the court's legal options.
Judges, of course, can slap sentence
Still Consider Athletes as Role Models
embrace the "role model" image
more freely. Because many of our
children come from such deprived
households and communities they
need to see people that look like
them that made it out of a bad situ-
ation because they were committed
to better themselves.
Again, it's human nature we
assume that just because someone
makes a ton of money and we see
them on television on a regular
basis that they are different than
most of us.
But how many times have we
seen a story where this athlete or
that one, was arrested for a DUI or
was suspended from play for viola-
tion of drug policies or was arrest-
ed for domestic violence?
Athletes are regular people who
have used their talents to make
money and excel in sports.
While I wish that more black ath-
letes would embrace the role model
tag, it is really unfair to place that
burden on anyone or is it?
Some athletes embrace the fact
that they are looked up to while
others feel that it's not their job to
be a mentor or role model for your
children. Shaquille O'Neal once
said, "I realize that I am a role
model.... The best thing for me and
other athletes is to stay out of trou-
Bob Gibson was one of the first
black athletes to play in Major
League baseball. Much like Jackie
Robinson people expected Gibson
to be a role model for other African
Americans, especially black youth.
Gibson rejected that notion, say-
ing, "Why do I have to be an exam-
ple for your kid? You be an exam-
ple for your own kid." This com-
ment may cold to some, but many
black athletes from the past and
present feel the same way.
Former NBA superstar Charles
Barkley felt the same way as
Gibson. Barkley famously
announced, "I am not a role model"
in a Nike ad and then consistently
managed himself in that very way.
Not everyone embraces being a
role model like O'Neal does or
being a leader like Muhammad Ali
who once said, "I believe I was
born to help my people to be free."
This weekend a star wide receiv-
er that plays for the New York
Giants mistakenly shot himself in
the leg at a nightclub with an
unregistered weapon. On Monday,
he turned himself into authorities
and could face a mandatory sen-
tence of three years for having a
loaded unregistered firearm in his
Talk about a quick way to end
your multi-million dollar career.
Athletes, much like ordinary,
everyday folks makes mistakes all
the time. I said it before and I will
say it again, it's time to stop look-
ing at them as role models, but as
people me admire for their talents
Let's let athletes determine if
they want to be role models or not.
I agree with the Charles
Barkley's of the world and feel that
parents have to be the true role
Yes, I know that there are a lot of
bad parents out there, but I have to
think that there are more good ones
than bad ones. And there are a lot
of everyday people who can mentor
children and be true role models
that are directly influencing a
But as I write this column I am
hit in the face with one very stern
reality. None of us get to opt out of
our obligation as role model. Some
young man or woman may be read-
ing the Jacksonville Free Press
every week and now he or she
wants to be like Rita Perry and pub-
lish their very own newspaper.
So we are role models whether
we want to be or not. So what gives
these professional athletes the right
to opt out? Someone is always
watching our behavior and our suc-
cesses or failures influence others
So my message to the black ath-
lete is simple you are a role model
get over it. I would prefer that it not
be the case, but it is a fact that we
cannot free ourselves from.
The question now becomes how
do you conduct yourself knowing
that you are a prisoner to the
byproduct of your success Mr.
and Ms Role Model?
Signing off from the MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation,
ore Than a Sentence for O.J.
bloggers and legal pundits who
furiously debated Simpson's pend-
ing sentence needle was stuck hard
on that point. They reflect the feel-
ing of millions more. If Simpson
served every day of a lengthy sen-
tence with even the faint possibility
of walking free that will not be
good enough for many.
From the day that he beat the dou-
ble murder rap and walked out of a
Los Angeles court, he has gone
wherever he pleased and done what
he pleased. He's been trailed by a
pack of doting former fans, and
celebrity gawkers. There was no
hint that police in any of these
cities ever routinely
If Simpson served every day of a subjected him to a
lengthy sentence with even the faint special get Simpson
possibility of walking free that will Simpson's ill gained
not be good enough for many. notoriety and per-
verse celebrity virtu-
enhancements on a convicted felon
based on their prior record, and in
some cases their bad behavior. But
Simpson has not been convicted of
any crimes prior to his Las Vegas
conviction. His behavior may have
been boorish and repellant but
that's hardly legal grounds for dou-
bling down on his sentence.
Nevada legal experts say that the
judge could hit Simpson with a
maximum sentence of twenty-five
to thirty years. If so, he would be
eligible for parole in 8 years.
The sentence will satisfy the court
of law. It won't totally satisfy many
in the court of public opinion. The
reason is simple. Simpson's acquit-
tal on double murder charges thir-
teen years ago still sticks in the
craw of much of America. The
ally guaranteed that
the legal hammer would drop espe-
cially hard on him at the first whiff
of criminal wrongdoing. There was
no chance that given the savage
public mood toward him and with
the one person truth squad of Fred
Goldman continually wagging the
guilt finger at him that Simpson
would get the benefit of the doubt
on any future charges against him.
He, of all people, should've known
A poll taken after Simpson's Las
Vegas bust found that a majority of
the public still seethed that he was
a murderer who skipped away scot-
free, and that his trial and acquittal
was a blatant travesty of justice.
Even many of Simpson's one time
black supporters who passionately
screamed that he was the victim of
a biased criminal justice system in
the L.A. murder trial cut and run
after the Las Vegas verdict. There
was not even a bare peep from
them that the conviction had any
racial taint to it. Simpson and his
attorney's complaint that prosecu-
tors massaged and twisted jury
selection to insure a non-black jury
drew barely a yawn in press and
Simpson didn't invent or originate
the oftimes ugly divide in public
opinion about celebrity guilt. It has
always lurked just beneath the sur-
face. But his case propelled it to the
front of public debate and anger.
The horde of Simpson media com-
mentators, legal experts and politi-
cians who branded the legal system
corrupt and compromised also
fueled public belief that justice is
for sale. Simpson's acquittal
seemed to confirm that the rich,
famous and powerful have the deep
pockets to hire a small army of high
priced, high profile attorneys,
expert witnesses, experts, and
investigators who routinely mangle
the legal system to stall, delay, and
drag out their cases, and eventually
allow their well-heeled clients to
weasel out of punishment.
Even when prosecutors manage to
win convictions of or guilty pleas
from celebrities, their money, fame,
power, and legal twisting often
guarantee that they will get a hand
slap jail sentence, if that. The hung
jury after months of legal finagling
and manuevering in the Los
Angeles murder trial of one time
record kingmaker Phil Spector
drew the same public tongue wag-
ging about how a washed up
celebrity with a few bucks can play
Whether Las Vegas prosecutors
did indeed as Simpson claimed
grossly overcharge him, it didn't
stop the chatter that a killer was
finally getting at least some of his
due; (Few others rushed to his
defense and blamed the steep
charges on a vindictive and unfor-
giving criminal justice system. In
any case, Simpson did his best to
try to convince a hostile and doubt-
ing public and jury that he was a
victim. It worked once, but not a
second time. With Simpson it was
always more than just a mundane
criminal case, and so is his sen-
I WHAT TO DOABOUT
by William Reed
Who questions that the automotive industry is one
of the most important sectors in the U.S. economy?
The manufacturing of automobiles has been a lead-
ing factor in the advancement of generations of for 70 years. With the indus-
try's tradition of employment of blacks in well-paid jobs and bellwether
social responsibility practices, the decisions Congress makes in regard to
Big Three automakers is important to blacks. One of every 10 U.S. jobs is
auto-related. What's good for GM, Ford and Chrysler is good for country
and especially blacks' economic advancement. The industry is the nation's
largest economic multiplier sector in terms of jobs, compensation and tax
Among African Americans the Big Three's multiplier effect among is crit-
ical. Black workers, contractors and consumers have a stake in how
Congress reacts to Detroit's plight. "Just do it" is what Randi Payton, pub-
lisher ofAfrican Americans on Wheels, suggests. He says they are "some of
the most socially responsible corporations in the world" and because of how
they impact African Americans emphasizes their "big stake" in how
Congress acts on the issue. Payton says, "Social responsibility has long
been a hallmark of the industry. The Big Three have consistently supported
social and community initiatives, as well as small businesses. Next to the
Federal government America's automotive industry leads in embracing
diversity and employment of minorities".
As of September 2008, the motor vehicle and parts industries directly
employed 732,800 workers and were one of the largest economic generators
for African Americans. The argument Payton puts forth is that the Big
Three and their reciprocity toward African Americans should be measured
by blacks as to how these companies help in our communities compared to
the where the $750 billion Wall Street operatives got from the government
Actually, African Americans among Wall Streeters are a rarity, therefore
little possibility financial industry bailout money arrive in "MLK Avenue"
areas. Payton says, "All corporations, especially financial institutions 'res-
cued' should be as supportive of our society, businesses and communities as
the auto companies have been. It's no secret Republicans are in favor of
allowing the industry to fail, ostensibly so they can lay the blame at the feet
of Democrats. However, consumers [should pay attention] to how the indus-
try impacts their lives".
The issue is huge. American auto workers' earnings will decline $150.7
billion if Detroit goes down. Black consumers spend $95 billion in annu-
al vehicle purchases, in return the Big Three targets business programs with
minorities in supply contracts, dealerships and advertising. Carmakers
spend billions of advertising dollars with black agencies for minority media
Mr. Payton is a leading voice on the history and achievements of blacks in
the industry and says "Blacks' economic history is intertwined with auto-
mobile production". Ford Motor Company was the first corporation in the
nation to pay blacks fair wages. During the early 1930s the vast majority of
blacks worked for Ford. The Detroit 3 has helped in the evolution of blacks
and been principal supporters of Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs) since Henry Ford made a connection with Tuskegee
and George Washington Carver at the turn of the 20th Century. Over the
years, the Detroit 3 has been responsible for increasing numbers of people
of color in their businesses and engineering and educational programs.
Almost 4 percent of America's Gross Domestic Product is auto-related. In
light of money Congress has agreed to, for the financial industry, Payton
feels African Americans should raise their voices for carmakers. He says
"Failure of the domestic auto industry" will "set back 50 years of social
progress". Payton's points should be pondered. Blacks get no gain from
Wall Street's bailout. Low levels of African American inclusion in the
financial services industry make the term "black investment banker" unique.
So, if the federal government can put almost a trillion dollars in a financial
industry that poses no promise toward African American advancement, more
of us should join Payton in suggesting Congress give the Big Three an
opportunity to rebuild and retool. America cannot afford to lose this indus-
try. African Americans definitely cannot!
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contribute to the community that
they life and work in. The clients
(homeless) were treated with
respect and dignity. They were not
looked down on, judged nor mis-
treated in any way. That is the ves-
tiges of a First Class organization; it
reminded me of a valuable lesson
that no matter what a person looks
like or has gone through we should
not nor need to judge them by their
looks. As the old saying goes,
"never judge a book by its cover".
As my Bishop states from time to
time, "You don't know what they
have gone through" and since I
don't know their stories I should not
look at them in any way.
The Mission, "The Clara White
Mission is to reduce homelessness
through advocacy, housing, job
training and employment by part-
nering with business and local com-
munity resources." The significance
did not escape me to the fact that I
was contributing my time to a cause
that was ongoing for years here in
Jacksonville, Florida. This cause
was older than my 46 years and will
continue so long as there is a need.
I learned about the history of the
Clara White Mission from its' web-
site and through a tour of the facili-
Because of the dedication, passion
and purpose of the workers they
support the cause of helping those
who need these services to survive.
Without these services the homeless
would be challenged more so to
find food, shelter and community
services. In 2003, 17,500 people
experienced homelessness in
Jacksonville, 86 percent more peo-
ple than in 2000. Because of our
current economic volatility there
are more homeless on our streets
and in our shelters and homeless
centers. Estimates are that there are
over 18,000 here in Duval County
Many of the homeless are located
in downtown Jacksonville and at
the beaches of our city. In our
schools there are children and
young adults who are homeless, and
sit in our classrooms trying to better
themselves through the educational
system of Duval County Public
Schools, Edward Waters College
and FCCJ. Regardless of their con-
ditions they work to improve life
for themselves and families through
the educational opportunities that
to work together to overcome a
are available. That is why this chal-
lenge is the responsibility of all res-
idences of the city and county. I
cannot afford to judge anyone, nor
look down on those who are home-
less. I don't know their struggles,
challenges nor do I know their med-
ical or financial circumstances.
That is not my place to question,
but as a man and someone who is
"in the church" it is my responsibil-
ity and our responsibility as a com-
munity to help those who need help
in living and surviving until they
can provide for themselves. Even if
it is volunteering time to feed those
who do not have the resources to
I do not know the stories of these
men, women and in some cases
children, but can visually witness
the struggles that many face in this
volatile economic and political
change we are experiencing. I can
only say for myself that I have a
greater appreciation for my bless-
ings in serving my church and
working in an industry (education)
that has a direct impact on the lives
of children and adults.
As I drive to work on some occa-
sions I see some of these same indi-
viduals going about their day to day
activities while I work to shape and
mold young lives the best that I can
and in turn pray for the children that
are faced with hunger, homeless-
ness and other challenges that I can-
not imagine. There are many of our
leaders who are proponents to vol-
unteering time in community serv-
ice: John F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. and now President-
elect Barack Obama. Many of us
including myself are just a pay
check or pay checks away from
financial chaos. There are no bail
outs for us only hard work, cutting
back on expenses, budgeting our
earnings, and prayer, but the home-
less have no where to go, we cannot
wish them away, put them in situa-,
tions of incarceration with over,
crowding jail cells or move them,
because the majority are the prod-
ucts of our community. There is no
place for them to go except in many
cases the streets. We as a communi-
ty that can support Jaguars, Gators,
Ospreys, Seminoles, Hokies,
Bulldogs, Tigers and others in
physical and emotional pursuits of
entertainment should be able to
support those that at one time or
another may have sat beside us, ate
with us, worshipped with us, taught
us, serviced our cars and our physi-
cal ailments in hospitals now need
Volunteer some time to help those
who you pass by every day and may
at one time themselves or someone
like them helped you or had been a
blessing to you before the ravages
of life and situations contributed to
their current lifestyle of unemploy-
ment and homelessness. How can
we sit in our homes, condos, and
apartments and eat, drink and claim
to be appreciative without sharing
our time with those who need just a
small amount of time to feed them,
talk to them and encourage them.
Our titles, jobs, degrees, political
and religious affiliations do not
place us above anyone, when it
comes down to it we are all close
enough to financial ruin to see a
possible heartfelt situation for our-
selves and our families.
This Thanksgiving, Christmas and
throughout the holiday season we
should not only pray and give
thanks for ourselves and families,
but provide some time to help those
who just need a hand, a hand to pass
them a hot plate, a warm blanket, or
a friendly handshake. We are all
Thankful for our blessings, but now
we should also think how we can
bless others because it only takes a
few challenges in our lives and we
may be facing homelessness or the
loss of a vehicle, a job or more..
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A U.S. soldier who deserted his
unit to avoid returning to Iraq has
applied for asylum in Germany,
saying the Iraq war was illegal and
that he could not support the
"heinous acts" taking place.
Andre Shepherd, 31, who served
in Iraq between September 2004
and February 2005 as an Apache
helicopter mechanic in the 412th
Aviation Support Battalion, has
been living in Germany since
deserting last year.
"When I read and heard about peo-
ple being ripped to shreds from
machine guns or being blown to
bits by the Hellfire missiles I began
to feel ashamed about what I was
doing," Shepherd told a Frankfurt
news conference Thursday.
"I could not in good conscience
continue to serve."
Shepherd, originally from
Cleveland, Ohio and ranked as an
army specialist, applied for asylum
in Germany Wednesday, said Tim
Huber from the Military
Counseling Network, a non-mili-
tary group which is assisting him.
According to U.S. law, soldiers
who desert during a time of war can
face the death penalty.
The soldier said he was particular-
ly hopeful he would be granted asy-
lum in Germany, a staunch oppo-
nent of the U.S.-led invasion of
lraqy,due, to the legacy of the post-
war trials of Nazi officials, notably
in Nuremberg in 1945-1949.
"Here in Germany it was estab-
lished that everyone, even a soldier,
must take responsibility for his or
her actions, no matter how many
superiors are giving orders," he
Shepherd, who enlisted in January
2004, is only the second U.S. sol-
dier to have applied to Germany for
asylum "in a similar situation," said
Claudia Moebus from the govern-
ment's department for migration.
The earlier application was later
The specialist was posted to
Germany in 2005 where he under-
took desk jobs, but he gradually
began questioning the justification
for the Iraq war and began worry-
ing he would be sent back to serve
there, said Huber.
"That's when he went AWOL," he
Earlier this year, Jeremy
Hinzman, an American who
applied for refugee status in Canada
after deserting the U.S. Army when
he received orders to go to Iraq,
said he would appeal a deportation
order returning him to the United
Another U.S. deserter, Robin
Long, was deported from Canada in
July and sent to jail in Colorado.
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St. Gabriel's Episcopal to Celebrate
Family and Friends Day, Dec. 7
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 5325 Moncrief Road, will celebrate
Family and Friends Day at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7th.
The celebration will feature the H. Alvin Green Memorial Alumni
Chorale, with a special featured appearance by The Heavenly Angels Youth
Choir. Both are under the direction of Ms. Patricia Black. This festive occa-
sion will fill you with joy. Come, visit St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, the
small church with the big heart.
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist to present
Handel's Messiah, Sunday, Dec. 21st
Roger D. Sears will conduct The Community Mass Choir featuring
Michelle Grant, Soprano; Francesca Scott, Alto; Marty Simmons, Tenor'
and Eland Wilson, Bass; with Michael Booker on the Harpsichord and
Henry Mack on the Organ, with the Chamber Orchestra. The Christmas
Portion of Handel's Messiah will be presented at 5 p.m., Sunday December
21, i2008 at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1118 West Beaver
Street. All are welcome.
New Life Temple Church to host 2nd
Christmas Eve Youth Fest Prayer Vigil
The New Life Temple Church, 8247 West Ramona Blvd.,, will host its
Second Annual Youth Fest Prayer Vigil on Christmas Eve, December 24th
from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. All youth are invited.
This event is being held because of concern for the youth of the city and
surrounding areas. Our communities are suffering due to the violence,
drugs, and other crimes. Young people need our help!
The New Life Temple Church welcomes the participation of all youth.
For more information or directions, please call (904) 783-8638.
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 the annual event. Plan now to attend the
Welcome Reception from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January 2nd.; the Banquet
on Saturday, Janua'ry 3, 2009 will begin at 6 p.m. Both events will be held
at the Hyatt Regency River Walk Hotel. Deadline for purchasing 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.
Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church j A
Invites all for "A Bethlehem Visit" P of _M__ A C m
Bethlehem, an interactive city with real animals and a cast of over
200 costumed residents in a marketplace setting will be open from 6 :30 to
8:30 p.m. each evening December 11th, 12th and 13th, to welcome visitors
from near and far. The 8,000 square foot village reflects the City of
Bethlehem the way it might have been the night of Jesus' birth. "A
Bethlehem Visit" is the Church's gift to the community. It's FREE for folks
and families of all ages. Parking is located at the PGA Tour Lot off CR 210.
Shuttles to the Church are free. The Church is located at 4510 Palm Valley
Road. For more information visit www.pvpc.com or call (904) 285-8225.
Program Dedicated to Seniors, Dec. 13th
New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 1996 Mayport Road, Rev.
Marvin Nash, Pastor; will present a special Musical Program at 6PM, on
Saturday, December 13, 2008. This special program featuring Christian
Fellowship Inspirational Gospel Choirs, under the direction of Rev. Mattie
Freeman, Founder/Director; will be dedicate to all Seniors. The communi-
ty is invited to come and help lift the name of Jesus. For directions or more
information, please call (904) 221-7322.
Help those at Trinity Rescue Mission
All churches are being asked to invite their memberships to gather all
sizes of coats, jackets and sweaters for men, women and children. The
ladies of PRMC want to help those in need, and are asking you to join in
the effort. We will arrange to pick up your donation as we would like to
present the collected items on December 13th. Call Trice Williams at (904)
Greater Macedonia Special Holiday
Events Kick Off December 21st
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 West Edgewood Avenue, Dr.
Landon L. Williams Sr., Pastor; invites the community to attend all Greater
Macedonia Yuletide events, as well as, Wednesday Evening, and Sunday
A Christmas Musical will begin at 6 p.m., Sunday, December 21st.
Christmas Morning Worship will begin at 10 a.m., Thursday, December
New Year's Eve Worship will begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday, evening,
December 31, 2008.
All events are free and open for everyone to attend. For directions or
information, please call Ms. Verdell Wells at (904) 764-9257.
Pastor Ernie Murray
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
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Renowned Pastor Frederick Price
Hands Over Church to His Son
Pastors Fred Price Senior & Jr.
Pastor Dr. Frederick K.C Price,
founder of the Crenshaw Christian
Center (CCC) passed the baton to
his son, Pastor Frederick Price Jr.,
recently during the church's 35th
Pastor Price, Jr. will be installed
as pastor of the 22,000 member
mega-church on Sunday, March 15,
2009, his 30th birthday.
"Fred will start his public min-
istry at the same age Jesus did. That
is prophetic," said the Elder Dr.
Price who will be 77 next year. "I
will still be around as your Apostle
and working with the board of
directors, but it's time for Pastor
Price, Jr. to get into the driver's
seat. I will still mentor him."
Although both men were humor-
ous during the announcement (a
family trait of infusing humor and
playfulness into the service), the
gravity of the moment was over-
whelming as the young Pastor
Price, Jr. took in the view of the
nearly 5,000 guests and members in
the congregation who would
become his flock. Many of whom
knew him as a child.
Pastor Frederick Price Jr. was
ordained on February 9, 2003. In
tune with his generation, he created
a special Sunday service called
Hip-Hop Sunday to attract younger
church-goers. Believed to be the
first church to fuse Hip-Hop with
Faith, the service is now called The
BluePrint. The young Pastor Price,
Jr. would regularly minister on
Sunday when the elder Dr. Price
was away on speaking trips.
A trailblazer in his own right, Dr.
Price Sr. is one of the first African-
American ministers to have a
mega-church and an evangelical
broadcast on television, which
reaches over 15 million households
each week. Dr. Price has authored
over 50 books and has mentored
many highly recognized ministers
influencing the church today. But
one of his most treasured achieve-
ments is watching his son succeed
Special Thanksgiving at the Williams for Family and Friends As Rev. Newton Williams wel-
comed family and friends to the Newton Home for a Thanksgiving Feast, he recalled how hospitality was extended to him forty-four years ago. His first
Thanksgiving in the United States forty-four years ago he was welcomed to another home, and he expressed his joy at being fortunate to welcome a for-
eign student to the Newton Home. A long way from home, the native of Kingston, Jamaica, came to the States to attend college. He expressed his joy
with thanks to God, when his daughter, Rebecca Williams, a junior at Bethune Cookman University, invited a fellow student from Freeport, Bahamas to
share Thanksgiving with the Newtons. Shown above are: Rev. Newton Williams, Michael Powell, Laura Morrison, Terita English Moore, Landrum
English, Moses Williams, Krista Stringfellow, Winston Williams, Philip Eldridge, Rebecca Williams, Janice Jordan, Cheryl F. English Zernobia Roberts,
Henrietta E. Gray, Angel Moore, Ashley Eldridge, Ernest Preston, Derya Williams, Cheryl E. Eldridge, Ebony English, and Belinda Jackson.
These year-end actions can cut taxes
December is the year's busiest
month for many people, with holi-
day-related shopping, socializing
and travel cutting into already hec-
tic schedules. It will be tough, but
try to set aside some time before
year's end to consider taking a few
actions that could seriously lower
your 2008 tax bill.
Maximize tax-deferred retirement
savings. December 31 is the 2008
contribution deadline for employer-
sponsored 401(k), 403(b) or 457
plans. Remember, pretax contribu-
tions can lower your taxable
income and thereby lower your fed-
eral and state income tax bills.
And, if your employer matches a
portion of your contributions (a
common match is 50 percent on the
first 6 percent of income saved) and
you don't contribute at least that
amount, you could be forfeiting
hundreds or thousands of dollars
in free money. Ask your Benefits
department if you can increase your
December paycheck deduction to
boost your 2008 contribution.
The same strategy for reducing
taxable income also works for
Richardsons Celebrate Birthdays and 64th
Anniversary During Thanksgiving Holidays,,
During the Thanksgiving week-
end, Earle Lawrence and Bertha
Watkins Richardson celebrated
their 64th Wedding Anniversary.
taking advantage of having all of
their family in town, their children
also celebrated the 80th and 85th
birthday of both Bertha and
The Richardson's children, grand
children, nieces, nephews, and
friends traveled from Colorado,
Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and
Texas to help commemorate the
On Thanksgiving Day, their fami-
ly, friends, former co-workers and
neighbors shared in their
at the Edith Ford Community
Center (Formerly Woodstock). On
Saturday the celebration continued
with a family dinner at the Golden
Corral on SR 13, acknowledging
the couple's birthdates. The week-
end wrapped up with church servic-
es at Open Arms Christian
The Richardson's were married
November 27, 1944 in Jax. FL.
Earle is a U. S. Army Veteran, and
retired from Maxwell House Coffee
Company after a 39 year work his-
tory. Bertha retired from nursing
after working for Duval Medical
Center and later University
Hospital here in Jax with over 20
years of service. They are both life
long residents of Jacksonville,
where they raised 9 children, and
are grand parents to 21 children. 43
great-grand children and 2 great-
Mrs. Richardson \%,as o\er-
heard saying at the
Thanksgiving dinner that
"this is the happiest da\ of
fam i ly
together once again...missing only
their son Keith. God has really
blessed us all with such a beautiful
and healthy family".
Individual Retirement Accounts
(IRAs), although you have until
April 15, 2009, to open or con-
tribute to an IRA for 2008 tax
Use up Flexible Spending
Account (FSA) balances. If you
participate in employer-sponsored
health care or dependent care FSAs
that use pretax dollars to pay for
expenses, timing is important: You
must spend your account balances
before your employer's deadline
(sometimes up to 75 days into the
following year) or you'll forfeit the
balances. Double-check the dead-
line with your Benefits department.
If there's money left in your Health
Care FSA, ,consider qualifiedpur-
chases you cbuld make before the
deadline, such as eye glasses, con-
tact lenses, braces, or over-the-
counter medicines. IRS Publication
502 provides a complete list of
allowable expenses (www.irs.gov).
Charitable contributions. If you
itemize deductions on your federal
income tax, most charitable contri-
butions made to IRS-qualified, tax-
exempt organizations by December
31 are tax-deductible. (See
Publication 78 at www.irs.gov for a
complete list.) Remember, you need
to obtain receipts for all contribu-
tions, including small cash dona-
tions, and only donated items in
good condition are deductible.
Financial gift strategy. By law,
you may make financial gifts up to
$12,000 ($24,000 if married and
making joint gifts) per person, per
year, without impacting any estate
taxes in effect when you die. So if
you're planning to leave money to
your children, family members or
anyone else and can spare the cash
right now, this is a good way to
avoid estate taxes later on. Check
with a financial advisor for details.
Prepay property taxes.
Homeowners who itemize deduc-
tions can increase their 2008 deduc-
tions by prepaying 2009 property
taxes before December 31, 2008. If
property taxes are included in your
monthly mortgage payment, ask
your lender if this is feasible.
Prepay your mortgage. Another
way to increase 2008 deductions is
to pay your January 2009 mortgage
amount this month. This is especial-
ly effective for relatively new mort-
gages where the bulk of the month-
ly payment is tax-deductible inter-
est. Again, ask your lender how this
might work for you.
By taking a few minutes out of
your busy schedule now, you can
potentially save a bundle on your
2008 taxes. You'll thank yourself
come April 15.
(front) Earle Lawrence and Bertha Watkins Richardson enjoyed fes-
tivities with their son Gary Richardson and daughter Sheila Graham.
Merry Christmas. Joyous Kwanzaa. Happy Chanukah.
Regardless of which tradition your family celebrates, what's most important is getting everyone
together and the best place to do that is at the table. And when it comes to filling that holiday table,
Winn-Dixie has a tradition all our own. We're The Beef People'; so of course we have the finest
roasts, tenderloins, filets and ribs, but we don't stop there. Our plump hams and big, golden turkeys
have been holiday favorites for lots of folks for years. We've also got the freshest fruits and vegetables
in season and all those good things from our Deli and Bakery have put a gleam in many a Grandma's
eye. And because we want you to stock up on everything you need to make those family moments
special, you'll find low prices throughout the store that are "Good 'til" New Year's.
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Senior Holiday Party
Tickets for the Mayor's Annual
Holiday Festival for Senior Citizens
are now on sale at the Mary
Singleton Senior Center and the
Special Events Office in City Hall.
The event will be held Saturday,
December 6, 2008 at the Prime
Osbom Center, from 2 5 p.m.
Festivities include a traditional hol-
iday dinner, a visit from Santa and
Mrs. Claus, door prizes, drawings,
and dancing. Volunteers are needed
for decorating and set up and to
assist and serve seniors. If you are
interested in volunteering, call 630-
7392. For more information on
this event call 630-3690.
Several Downtown historic
churches will be open for a historic
tour on Saturday, December 6th
from 1-5 p.m. The tour begins and
ends at the Main Library. Each
church will have a guide available
to highlight the architectural and
historical significance of the build-
ing. Visitors can walk the tour
route, and trolley service will be
available, for more information or a
list of churches, call 451-3344.
Ritz Jazz'n Jam
The Ritz Jazz'n Jam, hosted by
"Jazz Man" Na'im Rashid, is an
evening of jazz flavors, smooth
sounds and cool people. Experience
an atmosphere of relaxing music,
beverages and musical surprises.
Na'im and the Jazz Band welcome
you to bring your instrument or
vocals and jam with the band. It
kicks off at 8 p.m.on December
6th. Call 632-5555 for more info.
World Golf Village
Nutcracker Home Tour
The Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village presents its eighth annual
Nutcracker Tour of Homes
through Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. The
free holiday home tour will feature
model homes elegantly decorated in
themes inspired by The Nutcracker
ballet. During the tour, the homes
will be open daily from 12-4 p.m.
For information, call 940-5000.
Stage Aurora Presents
Jacksonville's Stage Aurora
Theatrical Co. Inc. will present the
Black Nativity weekends only
December 5 14th.
The musical by the legendary
Langston Hughes puts a spin on an
all-new variation of the holiday tra-
ditional nativity with a retrospec-
tive of the last 100 years of Gospel
music. Performances will be held at
Stage Aurora's Performance Hall
inside the Gateway Mall
For more info, call 765 7372.
and Art Cabaret
A Holiday Jazz and Art Cabaret
Benefit for HELP and ERTE pro-
grams will take place on December
6th, at the Gateway Bookstore's
Hughes Gallery featuring jazz and
art together for an evening cabaret
featuring Laurence Walden and the
Jazz Connection with Linda Witsell
on the flute and M.C. Gene
Holloman. Doors will open at 6:30
p.m. with the Jazz Cabaret at 8:00
p.m. The bookstore is located at
5238-22 Norwood Avenue. For
advance tickets call the Gateway
Bookstore at 904-765-9582 or 386-
Stedman Graham at
the Florida Theater
The National Council of Negro
Women will present author and
entrepreneur Stedman Graham on
Saturday, December 6th at 10 AM
at the Florida Theatre. He will be
speaking on, "You Can Make It
happen". Tickets are on sale now at
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It will be held on Saturday
December 6th at 3:00 PM at the
Comfort Suites Hotel, 53 Jefferson
Road (Atlantic & 9A) No experi-
ence necessary and this is only for
women size 12 and up. For more
information on the event, contact
Project MALE Men Advocating
and Leading by Example will pres-
ent their annual "A Man for All
Seasons Conference" from 9:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,
The conference is a program
specifically designed for men who
care about their children and fami-
lies, with bonding activities,
groups, and individual sessions.
It will be held at teh Brentwood
Lakes Community Center, 3465
Village Circle Drive Bldg. 28
Contact Kenneth Arnold at 899-
6300, ext. 4444 for more info.
There will be a free
Clinic sponsored by the War on
Poverty on Saturday, December 6th
from 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and will
include free homeownership preser-
vation counseling. The clinic will
be held at the Beaver Street
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at American Beach
A Greet-Meet-Read event will be
held at the home of Marsha Dean
Phelts featuring author Marc Curtis
Little who will be reading excerpts
from his novel, "Don't Blink When
God Calls." It will be held on sun-
day, December 7th at 3p.m. The
Phelts live at 5400 Ocean
Boulevard at American Beach.
Requests for directions and RSVP
by calling 904.619.6889.
Refreshments, prepared from
Marsha's new book, "An American
Beach Cookbook," will be served.
Locks for Literacy
Episcopal Services will host
"Locks for Literacy" on Sunday,
December 7th from 1 -7 p.m. at the
Spa at Tre Salon, 14333-30 Beach
Boulevard. Featured activities
include services for reduced prices,
drawings for prizes, kid friendly
activities, special appearances and
more. For more information, con-
tact Eve Apel at 726-1500.
The classic Temptations will pres-
ent "A Temptations Christmas" on
Sunday, December 7 at 8 p.m. at
the Florida Theater.
Contact the box office at 355-2787
for tickets or more information.
Make and Take
The Duval County Extension
Office will have "Make and Take"
Workshop on Thursday,
December 11th froml0 a.m. to
noon at 1010 N McDuff Ave. Just
in time for the holidays. You will
take home your own strawberry pot
with herbs and/or hanging basket
with strawberry plants. The cost is
$15 for each pot or $25 for both; $5
to attend the lecture only. RSVP to
Jeannie at 387-8850.
Free Housing Fair
Grace and Truth Community
Development Corporation will host
a free housing fair on Saturday,
December 13th from 10a.m. to
2p.m.. The fair will include banking
and housing representatives pre-
senting information about available
subsidies up to $70,000 toward the
purchase price of your first home,
credit counseling, refreshments,
and door prizes. It will be held at at
Kings Ridge Apartments
Community Center located at 2170
West 13th St. For more information
call 904 338 9990.
On Tuesday, December 16th,
from 10 1 p.m., the Duval County
Extension Office located at 1010 N.
McDuff Ave. will present a holiday
gardening program where you will
learn how to have fun creating a
plant arrangement using material
from your yard, learn how to care
for traditional Christmas plants and
find out what's hot for gardening
gifts. Find out how to make a water
hose wreath and decorate a garden-
ing gift basket. Bring clippers and a
bucket of flowers, foliage and long-
stemmed twigs from your yard.
Questions call 387-8850.
Nutcracker at UNF
The Moscow Ballet will perform
its "Great Russian Nutcracker" at
the UNF Fine Arts Center on
December 17th at 7:30 p.m.
For tickets, please go to www.nut-
cracker.com or call (904) 620-2878.
Reunion '60 -'65
Northwestern Junior and Senior
High School Classes 1960-65 will
hold an all class Grand Reunion on
December 19-20th at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. All
alumni, administrators and guests
are invited to attend. Activities will
include a welcome reception and a
reunion banquet. For more informa-
tion or tickets, call 764-3838 or
Holiday Gospel at
the Jax Landing
Holiday "GOSPEL" on the River at
the Jax Landing will be on Sunday,
December 21st from 3-6 p.m. fea-
turing the best gospel talent on the
first coast. Scheduled acts include
Jimmy Hill & A.V.O.P., Lawrence
Flowers & Intercession, Stage
Aurora, 100 Youth Voices, The Ritz
Voices and more. Admission FREE!
Soul Comedy at the
Join comedians Earthquake and
Arnez J for a night of soulful come-
dy at the Florida Theater. It will be
held on Sunday, December 28th.
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BALFOUR CHARGED IN HUDSON
William Balfour, the lone "person of inter-
est" in the killings of Jennifer Hudson's fami-
ly members, was arrested this week as a sus-
pect in the case, according to reports.
As of press time, police were preparing to
transport the 27-year-old from Stateville r ,
Correctional Center, where he was being held
for parole violations, to the Wentworth Area
detective headquarters in Chicago.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times,
Balfour was arrested at 2:45 p.m. Monday for
the Oct. 24 murders of the Oscar-winning actress' mother Darnell
Donerson; her brother, Jason Hudson; and her sister Julia Hudson's son,
Julian, who was abducted from the home.
A source told the newspaper that the case against Balfour is largely cir-
DEBBIE ALLEN BACK IN 'FAME': But
choreographer won't reprise original role of
dance teacher Lydia Grant.
MGM's forthcoming update of the 1980 musical
Sr.~ drama "Fame" has added a powerhouse group of
actors with musical theater backgrounds to portray
i administrative and teaching roles at NYC's presti-
gious High School of Performing Arts.
Among the new cast members are Charles S.
Dutton, a Yale School of Drama grad who will play
an acting teacher; and Debbie Allen, who starred as dance teacher Lydia
Grant in the original film and won a Golden Globe for the same role in the
spinoff television series. In the remake, Allen will play Principal Simms.
Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth round out the
new additions. Mullally, who will play a voice instructor, graduated from
the School of American Ballet; Grammer, who will play an orchestra con-
ductor, attended Juilliard; and Neuwirth, who will play a dance teacher, has
won two Tonys.
BROADWAY TO REVIVE
WILSON'S JOE TURNER
The August Wilson play Joe Turner's Come and
Gone will return to Broadway on April 16, with
casting and a theater home to be announced,
reports the Associated Press.
Bartlett Sher will direct the Lincoln Center
Theater's revival, which is the second play in
Wilson's cycle of 10 productions chronicling the
black experience in 20th century America.
Set in the year 1911 in a boarding house in
Pittsburgh, it deals with a time in American history
when the sons and daughters of recently freed slaves journeyed to the
booming industrial cities of the North in search of prosperity, a new way
of life, and, essentially, their own identities.,
Joe Turner's Come and Gone opened on Broadway March 27, 1988, at
the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and ran for 105 performances. Wilson's
widow, Constanza Romero, has said "Joe Turner" was his favorite play.
Will the Obama Effect Trickle Down
to More Positive Black Comedy ?
When Richard Pryor appeared as
a black president in a skit on
"Saturday Night Live" in 1977, it
was his angry black man sensitivi-
ties that got the laughs. Now that
the one-time fantasy has become
reality, African-American keepers
of the national funny bone are hav-
ing to reassess much of their mate-
Can they rail against the estab-
lishment now that a black man's in
African-American comedian Joe
Holt had the audience howling at
the Los Angeles Improv recently
with his portrayal of a fictitious
case called "Chocolate Sunday" to
laud Obama. ("Give it up for
Barack, he's already brought the
price of gas down and he isn't even
president yet.") Ron G. pointed out
the futility of Obama's wife,
Michelle, playing the typical com-
plaining wife after her husband has
"delivered her to Pennsylvania
Avenue in a helicopter."
If the 2008 election signals a sea
change in American racial and class
attitudes, the first signs are likely to
come from African-American
comedians. At comedy venues all
over Los Angeles, they're trying out
new material about Obama -- his
ful is much trickier than relying
on the social barriers
against blacks, he
adds. "The audac-
ity of hope was
and he was
to go as
far as we
John Henton, a
two-decade veteran of
the "The Tonight Show" as
well as the "The Arsenio Hall -b -- i i
Show." Henton says he is already Who can forget Richard Pryor's
working up a bit based on the fact portrayal of the first Black presi-
that wife Michelle is taller and dent in 1977.
S- huskier than Barack. comedians who have based their
S"Barack is kind of skinny, and so humor in victim mentality are going
S, I'm figuring they don't have argu- to have to reassess."
ments, they have fights," says Other observers and comics has-
Henton. "One day Barack will ten to add that unless the good for-
appear at a press conference with a tune and promise for blacks sym-
Band-Aid, get asked about it, and bolized by the White House victory
r ,, reply, 'I fell, I'm clumsy. Next ques- spreads more widely, the plight of
._ tion.' black inequality will continue to be
More change is coming. fertile fodder for jokes.
"Truth be told, only hack, outdat- "The unemployment rate didn't
ed comedians relying on the word change on Nov. 5, nor did the over-
'black' are going to be affected; representation of blacks in prison,
u'll everyone else is going to be the infant-mortality rate -- all these
With a black presidnent,o black stand-up comedy may change. "Yol inspired," says Patryce Harris, an things will continue to be the source
see a lot more intelligent, observational, and middle-class humor like L.A.-based African-American of comedic rants," says Tony
Chris Rock [shown top left]," says Patryce Harris, an L.L.A.-baseLcomedienne "You'll see a lot more Brown, a sociologist at Vanderbiltony
African-American comedienne, "and a lot less blue-collar humor like intelligent, observational, and mid- B University in Nashville, Tenn.
Martin Lawrence [bottom left]." dle-class humor like Chris Rock, "There are enough people out there
presidential debate moderated by nearly angelic politeness, his youth, and a lot less blue-collar humor like right now saying that racism is
his own father, playing the stereo- vigor, good looks, and model fami- Martin Lawrence." dead, that that alone could generate
typical, angry street black: "Obama, ly. Humor historians agree. lots of comedy."
where do you get off?" "So now we finally have the Obama's election is a "momen- Racism isn't dead, but "this
"Uh, well, I, uh, will tell you nation's first black president and tous occasion, a game-changer for notion that things are so rough for
exactly where I get off. I am going what's he do? He's going to go many blacks as they readjust their blacks is a dead horse that doesn't
to help Joe the Plumber, end the green," intones D.J. Lemon, a New perspective on what's possible," play well anymore," says Holt. His
recession, and restore sight to the York-based comedian at his show- says Joseph Boskin, professor new idea: "There's something that I
blind." case at L.A.'s Laugh Lounge. emeritus of history at Boston want to work up into a set, which is
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town, D'Sean Ross was the first 6f' inme chlchl".itiofe;" he says in'-arT-'^FS arT'hange. i-r'entetiff, ne-. ar angry because they
several Black comedians in a show- inter lnet. Dealing \ ith being hope- Centur America." "Many black don't have an excuse now."
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