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Volume 23 No. 13 Jacksonville, Florida December 11-18, 2008
Florida NAACP Stepping
in on Area Police Shootings
Adora Nweze, President of the
Florida State Conference of the
NAACP visited Jacksonville this
week to meet with local officials
and community leaders to discuss
the recent shootings by the
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office total-
ing in the past two years.
Forty-six people have been shot in
less than two years. Thirty-eight of
those were African-American.
The lack of pub-
lic outcry was
recently brought to
the forefront by a
recent article in the
"The patterns of
shootings have Nweze
been particularly disturbing," said
Jacksonville NAACP President
AIDS Quilt Revered at City Hall
Stedman Graham with Theresa Thornton
Stedman Stomps for Jax NCNW
Best selling author and motivational speaker Stedman Graham spoke and
signed autographs last weekend in Jacksonville on behalf of the National
Council of Negro Women. The fundraising event held at the Florida
Theater was themed "A Morning with men and Women of Courage" and
celebrated local organizations. For more, see page 2. KFP Photo ,
Bob Johnson Planning New Network
Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson is trying to do
something drastically different with his new Urban Television cable net-
work as the business model he has in mind is based more on the Internet
than on television.
Johnson's idea is that his new venture would not license or acquire pro-
grams but would form partnerships with producers, who could buy
blocks of airtime and sell their own advertising for a revenue split. He has
teamed with broadcasting company ION Media Networks in hopes of
launching Urban Television on ION's 42 channels. The joint venture has
filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for
approval of a share-time license to make the network a reality.
Johnson envisions Urban Television serving black, Hispanic, gay and
other minority communities with a range of public-interest programming
including some focused on health care, a topic of personal interest.
"I like the idea of companioning a broadcast concept with an interactive
platform," he said. "Why do we always have to go back to that old model
that says this is how television has to be?"
Belafonte Planning to Cash in on King
by or related to the Rev. Martin
-Three important documents written
SLuther King Jr., including notes for
King's last, undelivered speech, are
slated for auction Thursday in New
Harry Belafonte, who had a close
relationship with the Rev. King and
King's wife, Coretta, put up for auc-
tion the papers, which experts at Sotheby's auction house have estimated
in value at between $720,000 and $1.14 million.
Up for auction is "When You Preach on Sunday"; the hand-written
notes, for a talk promoting the Poor People's Crusade as the next step in
the movement, were found in King's suit pocket after his assassination on
April 4, 1968; the outline for "The Casualties of the War in Vietnam";
and a condolence letter from President Lyndon Johnson to Coretta Scott
King. (Belafonte escorted the widow to King's graveside after the funer-
al. Afterward, she gave him Johnson's letter as a tribute to their enduring
The papers are a centerpiece of the future Center for Civil & Human
Rights, scheduled to open near Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta 2011.
A consortium of Atlanta businesses and patrons purchased the bulk of
the papers for $32 million on the eve of a Sotheby's auction in 2006.
Center director Doug Shipman said in an e-mail Monday that he was
unaware of any local pursuit of the Belafonte papers, adding: "We would
be very open to someone acquiring and donating to us."
Shown above are models and participants (L-R) Emcee Richard
Nunn and models Joy Purdy, Charlene Shirk, Brenda Kelly Karen
Feagins Michael Corrigan, Jerry Mallot and Michael Stewart.
Holiday Stars Benefit Dignity U Wear
by E. Wilman
Several hundred people paid $10
each for a special holiday shopping
event held at the Roosevelt Blvd.
Stein Mart store last Sunday, to
benefit Dignity U Wear.
Hosts Feed the
Children to Help
Families in Crisis
Senator Anthony "Tony" Hill in
conjunction with "Feed the
Children" founder Larry Jones
have worked together for several
years to make sure that children
and their families in his district
have food in their time of need.
This year's "Feed the Children"
effort, headquartered at Greater
Macedonia Baptist Church, includ-
ed city agencies that provided the
list of families with needs.
Each family received three
boxes of items that included toi-
letries, household cleaning items,
and food, including canned goods,
and soft drinks.
If you would like to help feed
needy families, you may send
donations to FTC, P 0 Box 36,
Oklahoma City, Ok 73101 or call
"Holiday Stars featured a celebri-
ty fashion show, goodie bags for
each guest, We 3 Swing-a live jazz
combo, sparkling holiday make-up
demonstrations by Sephora, a live
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Participants in the ceremony lay out a section of The Quilt
Last week, four sections of The AIDS Memorial Quilt were unfolded in
the rotunda at City Hall. The annual ceremony was part of World AIDS
Week in Jacksonville. Sheriff John Rutherford was the speaker.
The Quilt was first displayed in Washington, D.C., in 1987. It was con-
ceived as a means for remembering the lives of people who had died from
AIDS and as a tool to promote awareness about the disease. Much more
information about The Quilt is available at the official website, www.aid-
squilt.org. Dan Murphy Photo
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Shown above(L-R) are Elder Donald Foy, Joan Turner, Councilman Reginald Brown, Dee Hill, Kevin
Sapp, Pat Hill, Senator Tony Hill, Verdell Wells and Pastor Landon Williams.
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Shown above are honorees: Honorable Judge Pauline Drayton, Mr. & Mrs. Rick Sontag, The Sontag
Foundation, Gertrude Peele, NCNW, Susan Remmer Ryzewic, The Remmer Family Foundation; Annette
Rodgers Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Sigma Chapter; Debra Way, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, NU Chapter and Lewis
Meyers of the Royal Vagabonds. Photo: Lloyd Washington
Jax NCNW Celebrates Men and Women of Courage
by L. Jones
On Saturday, December 6, 2008,
The National Council of Negro
Women, Inc and Associate Men
Child Watch Partnership of
Jacksonville, Florida presented "A
Morning with Men & Women of
Courage" celebrating 18 years of
community service as operators of
The Center of Achievement, Inc. -
Lavilla District and five years as
operators of Reed Educational
Campus Early Literacy Program for
The featured speaker was Dr.
Stedman Graham, Educator,
Entrepreneur, and Author of New
York Times Best Seller: "You Can
Make It Happen: Nine steps to suc-
cess." The crowd was excited and
overwhelmed to have in their com-
pany a man of such stature.
Stedman spoke about his quest for
success and how as a young man he
was ridiculed about his family and
that his brothers were mentally dis-
abled. The audience was also
hooked on his words of vision, wis-
dom and encouragement. He also
spoke about the nine steps to suc-
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NCNW members Melanese Way, Gertrude Peele, Florida State
Convener; NCNW Florida Community Sections and Edwina
Hernandez, President NCNW, Jacksonville, Florida Section.
the momentum?"; "Stay on it
everyday" and "How bad do you
really want it." After motivating
the crowd, Stedman gave praise to
the National Council of Negro
Women's history and accomplish-
ments. Following his address, Mr.
Graham politely autographed his
books, and took pictures with his
admirers. Gertrude Peele,
President, Florida State Convener,
NCNW Florida Community
Sections, was proud of the program
and the motivation and inspiration
that shone through the spirit of the
speaker and honorees. Gertrude
exclaimed "the impact on the
teenagers of the Early Literacy
Program is our main concern."
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(L-R) Mia Jones (Florida House of Representatives), Geno Hampton
(MAC Chairperson), Jackie Nash (MAC Vice Chairperson), Esmin
Master (MAC Treasurer), Shannon Nelson (MAC Secretary).
Minority AIDS Coalition Swears in New
Officers On Wednesday, December 3rd, State Representative Mia
Jones swore in the officers of The Minority AIDS Coalition (MAC) for the
coming year. The goal of the MAC is to promote education, outreach serv-
ices, and information about the prevention and early detection of
HIV/AIDS Si j* t e. ,,tl .-. 4g surround i ng counties. The
swearing in took place at the offices of North South Florida Human
Services on Julia St D. Murphv photo
M ount Sinai Names Sisters in Christ M ministry of the Year Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
recently named Sisters In Christ Women's Ministry as the Ministry of the Year. Shown above at the celebration where they received the coveted plaque
are: FIRST ROW (L-R) Sister Virginia Daise, Elaine Brown, Sandra Thompson, Elois Burroughs, Alma Smith and Rose Johnson.SECOND ROW:
Kimberly Smokes, Willie Mae McCray, Wallette Gundy, Marjorie Stephens, Tiffaney Young, Lola Salter and Pamela Young, M. Mullins. THIRD ROW:
Earlene Malpress, Bessie Kilcrease, Mae Collins, Evelyn Kimbrough, Alice Dinkins, Velinda Sturgis, Evelyn Jackson, Wanda Kinsey and Deloris
Gordon. FMP Photo
Tosses Out Obama
A lawsuit focusing on an alleged
mystery about whether or not
President-elect Barack Obama is a
U.S. citizen has been tossed. The
U.S. Supreme Court said Monday
that it would not hear the case and
refused to intervene in Obama's
move to the White House. The case
was one of several, fueled by
Internet rumors, that have been
filed over the issue. Meanwhile, the
Obama campaign has provided an
Internet link to Obama's Hawaiian
birth certificate on its website for
months. Legal experts have said the
case had little chance of success.
Bush's New Digs Barred Blacks Until 2000
Leave it to President Bush to go
out'with a controversial bang.
The President has bought a new
house in a wealthy neighborhood in
Dallas that apparently had a
covenant in place until the year
2000 that no Blacks be allowed to
live there, according to The
Huffington Post blog.
Called Preston Hollow, the neigh-
borhood that the president picked to
live in after he leaves office, is
already home to Dallas Mavericks'
owner Marc Cuban and former
presidential candidate Ross Perot,
the blog reports. And while many of
the Bushes' new neighbors seem
perfectly happy and excited to wel-
come the former first couple, a few
Shown above is the Dallas home purchased by the Bush's.
of them, reports The Wall Street association's covenant said only
Journal, have some significant White people were allowed to live
reservations because of the fears of there, though an exception was
what the incursion of more security made for servants. The document,
required for a former president enacted in 1956, reads: "Said prop-
would do. erty shall be used and occupied by
However, Raw Story reports that White persons only except these
the area had some issues long covenants shall not prevent occu-
before Bush made it his new home, pancy by domestic servants of dif-
Huffington reports. ferent race or nationality in the
Until 2000, the neighborhood employ of a tenant."
FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR GROWN FOLKS
Who Should Make Our Choices?
Recently, some self-appointed activists have
proposed a legislative ban on menthol ciga-
rettes in a misguided effort to force people
that menthol cigarettes increase the known
risks from smoking.The effort to ban menthol
is just another in a long series of attempts
by the politically correct crowd to force
to quit smoking by limiting their choices. So Americans to give up their freedom to
far, wiser heads have prevailed
and the ban on menthol has not
passed. It could come up again.
When government "reforms"
intrude into our lives to the
point of restricting freedom of
individual choices on what we
can enjoy, our basic concept of
liberty is threatened.
ups who decide
to smoke should
have the freedom
to choose menthol
choose to smoke a cigarette.
Shouldn't People Keep
Fighting ForThe Freedom
The history of African Americans
in this country has been one of
fighting against paternalistic
limitations and for freedoms.
We all agree that children should
not smoke, but grown-ups who
How Should Our Choices Be Made?
In the American tradition, laws restricting
freedom of choice must be based on sound
reasoning, rational public policy and verifi-
able data while allowing for a minimum of
,:, governmental intrusion. Menthol is a matter
of taste and preference. The body of scientific
'. evidence does not support the conclusion
can and should assess the risks of smoking
should have the freedom to choose whether
to smoke or not. If they choose to smoke,
they should have the freedom to choose to
smoke regular or menthol cigarettes. Please
visit www.mentholchoice.com and learn
more about how you can help prevent this
ban on menthol from being considered.
SCHOOL L CLOSURE
All Duval County public schools will be
CLOSED December 22
through January 2nd.
Schools will RE-OPEN
on Monday, January 5th
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Obamamania Creating a Marketing Frenzy
If you have ever been to black
college homecoming activities, you
know that there is a ton of memora-
bilia around the campus and at any
related event. In fact, it can be
overkill at times, but it's sort of the
nature of the beast.
However, this year was a little
different on most HBCU campuses.
Sure there were school colors fly-
ing everywhere and a ton a Greek
stuff being sold, but all of that was
trumped by massive amounts of
If you were on FAMUIs campus
you would have thought that
Obama's official campaign colors
were orange and green.
HBCU's are pretty much the
mecca of black pride these days so
it makes sense that these campuses
would be filled with Obama items
But you can also drive to any
"hood" in any major city around the
country and see vendors selling
everything from Obama bobble
heads to t-shirts and skullcaps. Of
course, neither Obama or his cam-
paign licenses this stuff, but why
would Obama care?
Sure most of the t-shirts are pret-
ty cheesy looking, but some are
pretty creative. My personal
favorites are the Martin Luther
King and Obama shirts.
I say all of this to note that the
Obama movement has created an
incredible marketing frenzy. From
the street comer to online sites and
college campuses tens of millions
of dollars are being made from the
It's actually quite simple people
are trying to get their own little
piece of history especially African
And of course while some people
are trying to buy a little piece of
history others are trying to make a
dime from this major historical
While many retailers are strug-
gling and this economy is in a
major slump, Obama shirts are sell-
ing off the shelves.
The Obama hype is pretty bad.
Think about how crazy DC will be
in a little over a month. It is ten
times worst than any Superbowl.
Folks are renting their homes to
guest for thousands of dollars,
hotels have lost their minds with
the prices they are charging, and
the hunt for inauguration tickets is
like the search for Big Foot.
It's interesting that vendors of all
sizes are cashing in on the Obama
phenom. Southwest Airlines, US
Airways, JetBlue, and Virgin
America are adding flights and big-
ger planes beginning January 17 to
accommodate the several million
people who are expected to visit
DC's three airports for inaugural
I have been desepartely search-
ing for real marketing figures that
truly give us an idea of the Obama
The problem is that there are so
many unlicensed vendors selling
goods that we will never have a real
estimate on how much money
Obama memorabilia has made.
Even the media is making money
on Obama. Most major newspapers
around the country are selling
reprints of their election night edi-
tion. Some news outlets like CNN
are selling t-shirts and mugs related
to Obama's victory.
And just think Obama won't get a
penny of most of these sales. As a
public figure you can basically use
his face and name without his per-
I was surfing the web and even
ran into some Obama cookies. If
those don't tickle your fancy then
how about Obama pajamas, which
are considered a top selling item?
Yes, I know the Obama story is
historic, but I don't know if I want
my wife wearing PJs with his face
all over them.
Obamamania has been running
wild. It's not a new phenomenon
that new Presidents create a mar-
keting frenzy after getting elected,
but most "experts" say that we are
seeing unprecedented memorabilia
sales around the world.
That's right, I am not just talking
about in the United States, but
throughout the world Obama mer-
chandise is selling extremely well.
I must admit, at one point I was
caught up in Obamamania and
went online to search for unique
Obama gear. I found one website
that may just be the big daddy of
them all. CafePress.com, which
sells T-shirts and other merchan-
dise designed by its users, offers
2.8 million different Obama-related
Yes, I was thinking the same
thing how is that possible?
Regional pride is a major deal
too when it comes to Obamamania.
Most of us have seen the Illinois
state tag right? It's nothing fancy if
you haven't seen it it simply
states, "The Land of Lincoln."
Well, the Illinois Secretary of
State is considering offering resi-
dents a tag that commemorates
Obama's historic victory. The state
is hurting for additional revenue,
and since the frenzy is out there
why not help feed it.
Since my editor took my media
pass, I probably will not be in DC
for the inauguration, but I am sure I
can get someone to bring me some
Obama cookies, shades, socks,
skullcaps or even an Obama belt.
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Dignity U Wear Fashion Show
win a $200 Stein Mart shopping
spree. And, of course, there was the
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Roosevelt Stein mart for hosting
this event for us," said Bob Bryan,
Executive Director of Dignity U
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store held this event for the second
consecutive year. Everyone seemed
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and really appreciated the special
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gave each guest as they entered. It
looked to me as if a lot of people
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Proceeds from the ticket sales for
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Dignity U Wear.
Dignity U Wear distributes brand
new clothing it receives from man-
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nonprofit organization dedicated to
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them. Since it was founded in 2000,
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INVITATION TO BID
Sealed bids will be received by the City of Jacksonville, Procurement
Division, 3rd floor, City Hall until the time and dates recorded below and
immediately thereafter publicly opened and recorded in the Conference Room
"C". 3rd Floor, St. James Building. 117 WEST DUVAL STREET.
BUYER: Marilyn Laidler (904)630-1746
AGENCY : Recreation and Community Services Department
OPENS: Wednesday, January 14, 2008 AT 2:00 P.M.
ESC-0370-09 Management Services for Six (6) Community Centers
for the Jacksonville Journey
To be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 2:00 pm, Recreation and
Community Relations Building, 851 N. Market Street, Jacksonville, FL
SCOPE OF WORK:
Seeking proposals from 501(3) not-for-profit organizations qualified to
provide community programs to surrounding neighborhoods by assum-
ing the operation of one or more of the following facilities: Beachwood
Community Center, Fort Caroline Community Center, Joe James
Community Center, Lillian Saunders Community Center, Sunny Acres
Community Center and, Westbrook Community Center. The organiza-
tion must have been established for a minimum of two years and be finan-
cially stable and able to take over the entire operation of the center,
including initial renovations, ongoing operational programming costs,
staffing, and maintenance and repair of the facility.
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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.
Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church
Invites all for "A Bethlehem Visit"
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.
Bishop Daniels to Speak at COGIC
Annual Planning Session Celebration
Bishop Edward Robinson Sr., Jurisdiction Prelate, and Mother Mildred
Eason, Supervisor invite all to A Celebration of Worship" to share in a
Participaytory Experience of Worship, Praise, Music and a Life Changing
Word at 7:30 p.m. December 11, 12 & 13th, at the Southside Church of God
in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street. Come and hear the Transitional,
Illuminating;' Gospel Teacher and Preacher, Bishop Sedgwick Daniels,
Newly Elected General Board Member of the COGIC, International.
Share in a "Participatory Experience of Worship, Praise, Music and a
Life Changing Word. Strategic Planning for 2009 "The Year of
Completion" Saturday, December 13th, beginning at 9 a.m.
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 Asks Church for Forgiveness After Misuse of Funds
Pastor John Hunter
First AME, Los Angeles, CA
John J. Hunter, the pastor of First
African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Los Angeles, apologized
to his congregants Sunday for any
embarrassment caused by disclo-
sures that he had used church credit
cards for sizable personal expenses
and had failed to pay federal taxes
for several years.
Hunter, 51, used church credit
cards to pay for at least $122,000 in
personal expenses, including family
vacations, clothes, jewelry, bikes
and auto supplies, the L.A. Times
reported. The pastor and church
finance officials said he had signed
an agreement to repay the money
and instituted stricter accounting
policies, such as spending guide-
lines and more frequent audits, to
guard against future problems.
John Hunter also told the Times
that he is working with federal tax
officials to repay back taxes, penal-
ties and interest amassed over 17
years, which has resulted in federal
tax liens of more than $309,000
against himself and his wife, Denise
Brown Hunter. He explained that he
had legally opted out of the Social
Security system several years ago,
as ministers are allowed to do, but
that the IRS had no record of it and
assessed the taxes.
Hunter became head of First
AME, one of the' oldest, largestt and
most prominent African American
churches in L.A. in 2004 after the
retirement of the Rev. Cecil L.
"Chip" Murray. The church drew
national and international attention
for its passionate social gospel that
advocated political activism, social
justice and assistance to the needy
through church development of
affordable housing, job training and
Dewey Rhodes, 54, an L.A. busi-
ness consultant, said he trusted
Hunter to do the right thing in
resolving the issues. Rhodes said he
had heard "buzz" about alleged
financial improprieties since Hunter
was appointed but had always dis-
missed them as groundless and did
so again Sunday.
Other congregants said they ques-
tioned how the credit card spending,
which occurred between January
2005 and January 2008, could have
slipped by church finance officials
for so long. It finally surfaced this
year during an independent audit
and an investigation into Hunter's
financial affairs by the Internal
Revenue Service. IRS officials have
declined to comment on the investi-
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Churches Losing Billions
One out of every five households (20%) has decreased
its giving to churches or other religious centers.
In an article by David Townsend,
150 millions of adult Americans
who are suffering financial losses
in the wake of the sub-prime mort-
gage crisis and subsequent financial
challenges and as a result, accord-
ing to a new survey from The Barna
Group, are now passing on their
financial pain to churches and other
non-profit organizations by cutting
back substantially on their giving
during the fourth quarter of 2008.
Those reductions occurring during
the most important quarter of the
year for donor-driven organizations
will cripple thousands of smaller
and less stable donor-supported
The article quotes that two out of
every three families 68% have
been noticeably affected by the
financial setbacks in America.
Nearly one out of every four (22%)
said they have been impacted in a
"major way," almost four out often
have been affected "only some-
what" and about one out of every
twelve (8%) say they have not been
affected too much. Interestingly,
the people least affected have been
those under 30 years of age per-
haps because relatively few of them
have substantial retirement funds -
as well as Asian households and
those who describe themselves as
mostly conservative on social and
Born again adults were slightly
less likely than were others to have
sustained such substantial financial
losses in recent months. While 30%
of the born again public has lost
20% or more of its retirement port-
folio value, the same was true for
37% of non-born again adults.
Similarly, just 31% of the born
again segment had lost 20% or
more of the value of their stocks
and bonds compared to 36% among
the non-born again Christians.
The degree of reduction in giv-
ing is significant for churches.
Among people who have decreased
giving to churches and religious
centers, 19% dropped their giving
by as much as 20%, 5% decreased
their generosity by 21% to 49%,
17% reduced their giving by half,
and 11% sliced their provision by
more than half. In addition, 22%
said they had stopped their giving
altogether. The most widespread
reduction in amount of money
given to religious centers was
detected among people under 25
(47% who had been affected by the
downturn reduced their gifts by
more than half of what they usually
gave); upscale households (48%);
Hispanics (43%); non-born again
Christians (40%); and sociopoliti-
cal moderates (39%)
Dr. Dorothy Height
African-American Church Inaugural
Ball to Honor "Keepers of the Flame"
The leaders of African American
churches will commemorate the
inauguration of the country's first
President of African descent with
a gala celebration. The African
American Church Inaugural Ball
will be held on Sunday, January 18,
2009 at 6 pm at the Grand Hyatt
Washington, Washington, DC.
The event is shaping up to be a
star-studded affair with representa-
tion from the religious, business,
arts and entertainment communi-
ties. The collective membership of
African American Churches, and
others have been invited to partici-
The Ball's theme, "We Have
Come This Far By Faith," will cele-
brate 25 extraordinary leaders with
the "Keepers of the Flame" Award.
The recipients are individuals who
have an demonstrated commitment
to the African American agenda.
Confirmed honorees include:
Bishop John Hurst Adams, Ms.
Donna Brazile, Mr. Robert J.
Brown, Dr. Marion Wright
Edelman, Bishop Barbara Harris,
Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Mr. Earl
Graves, Sr., The Honorable Alexis
Herman, Congressman John Lewis,
Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Al
Sharpton, Rev. Gardner Taylor and
Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, Sr.
"We must honor this time in our
great history, struggles and strength
as well as make a commitment to
Some at Odds with "Gay" Version of the Bible
A gay version of the Bible, in
which God says it is better to be
gay than straight, is to be published
by an American film producer.
New Mexico-based Revision
Studios will publish The Princess
Diana Bible so named because of
Diana's "many good works," it says
- online at www.princessdian-
abible.com in spring 2009.
A preview of Genesis is already
available, in which instead of cre-
ating Adam and Eve, God creates
Aida and Eve.
According to a report written by
David Townsend it states that the
'gay bible' writes, "And the Lord
God caused a deep sleep to fall
upon Aida, and she slept: and he
took one of her ribs, and closed up
the flesh instead thereof; and the
rib, which the Lord God had taken
from woman, made he another
woman, and brought her unto the
first. And Aida said, 'This is now
bone of my bones, and flesh of my
flesh: she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of me.
Therefore shall a woman leave her
mother, and shall cleave unto her
wife: and they shall be one flesh.'
And they were both naked, the
woman and her wife, and were not
The film studio said it would also
adapt and direct the revised bible
as a two-part mini-series, The Gay
Old Testament and The Gay New
Testament, once it is completed.
"There are many different ver-
sions of the Bible; I don't see why
we can't have one," said Max
Mitchell, who directed the science
fiction comedy "Horror In the
Wind," in which an airborne for-
mula invented by two biogeneti-
cists reverses the world's sexual
As expected, the movie has
already provoked anger among
Christians, with the blogger
Douglas Howe at the Idol Chatter
site describing it as "inspired by a
political agenda and one person's
desire to contort not only the text
but the very context of it to suit his
But Mitchell responds: "There
are 116 versions of the Bible, why
are any of them better than ours?"
the future of our community," said
Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson,
II, Inaugural Ball Chair and pastor
of Grace Baptist Church, Mt.
The Executive Producer is
Pernessa Seele, who also serves as
the Founder/CEO of the gala's
fundraising beneficiary, The Balm
in Gilead. The Balm in Gilead is an
organization that provides health
education and service delivery sys-
tems within African and African
American faith communities to
address HIV/AIDS and other health
concerns which disproportionately
affect Black people.
A new day has dawned, as the
leadership of African American
churches mark this historical
moment in America's history, while
making a commitment to address
one of the biggest threats to African
Americans in the United States-
HIV/AIDS. The rate of HIV/AIDS,
in some African American commu-
nities, is becoming greater than
those in some undeveloped African
countries. According to Seele,
"With lessons learned from work-
ing in both African and African
American communities, we look
forward to working with President-
Elect Barack Obama, and contribut-
ing to the development of a nation-
al agenda to fight AIDS in the
United States while continuing to
do great work around the world."
Seele, whose voice spans conti-
nents, was included in Time
Magazine's 100 Most Influential
Persons in the World and Essence
Magazine's 50 Most Powerful
Women Shaping Our World, along
with Oprah Winfrey.
Other leaders of the event
include: Inaugural Co-chairs
Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.,
Presiding Prelate, Northeastern
District African Methodist
Episcopal Zion Church and Rev.
Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Senior Pastor,
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church,
Honorary Inaugural Ball Chairs
include: Bishop John Bryant, Sr. -
African Methodist Episcopal
Church; Bishop William H. Graves,
Sr. Christian Methodist Episcopal
Church; Rev. Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr.
American Baptist Church, USA;
Rev. Dr. William J. Shaw National
Baptist Convention, USA; Bishop
Horace E. Smith, MD Pentecostal
Assemblies of the World; Rev. Dr.
Paul Smith The Presbyterian
Church, USA; Rev. Dr. Stephen J.
Thurston National Baptist
Convention of America; Bishop
George W. C. Walker, Sr. African
Methodist Episcopal Zion Church;
and Bishop Orris Walker The
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Stage Aurora Presents
Jacksonville's Stage Aurora
Theatrical Co. Inc. will present the
Black Nativity weekends only
through December 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.
Make and Take
The Duval County Extension
Office will have "Make and Take"
Workshop on Thursday,
December 11th fromlO 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.
McDuffAve. 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
Christmas in the Black
Musical at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will celebrate the holiday
season with the Broadway Musical
Christmas In Black on Friday,
December 19th. Christmas in
Black features 20 Christmas clas-
sics from Eartha Kitt's "Santa
Baby" to Donnie Hathaway's "This
Christmas." With audience partici-
pation, sing-alongs and a party
atmosphere, the phenomenal five
member cast and band takes the
audience through a rollicking, fun
filled and sometimes sentimental
voyage through all that is Christmas
in Black.. for tickets or more infor-
mation, call 632-5555.
An Evening with the
Jewels Social Club
You are invited to spen an evening
with the Jewels Social Club for
their Holiday Celebration or
Friday, December 19th at th.
Friday Musicale located at 645 Oa]
Street, (behind Blue Cross Blu
Shield Company). The evening wil
include music, dancing, prizes anm
food. It is BYOB and semi-forma
attire is requested. Ticket donation
is $25.00 each.
The Jacksonville Local Organizinj
Committee,for the Millions Mor
Movement Inc. will give awa'
clothes and food on Saturday
December 20th from 11:00 a.m. tc
5 p.m. at 916 N. Myrtle Avenue
between Kings Road. and Beave
Street. If you have any questions o
just want to learn more about the
Millions More Movement visi
www.jaxloc.com, or call 904-240
Holiday Gospel at
the Jax Landing
Holiday "GOSPEL" on the River a
the Jax Landing will be on Sunday
December 21st from 3-6 p.m. fea
turning 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 Rit;
Voices and more. Admission FREE
79th FlaJAx Dance
The FlaJax Club will present their
79th Anniversary Dance on Friday
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December 26th at the Wyndham
Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive.
Festivities for the formal event will
kick off at 9 p.m. For tickets or
more information, call 945-3267.
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.
For tickets and more information,
"A Night of Hope"
with Joel Osteen
"A Night of Hope" with Joel and
Victoria Osteen will be an evening
of praise and worship where atten-
dees will hear an inspirational mes-
sage fro internationally known pas-
tor and his wife and music of Cindy
Cruse Ratcliff and the Lakewood
Band and Ensemble. Osteen is the
pastor of America's largest church -
the 45,000 strong Lakewood
Church in Houston, Texas. It will
be held on Friday, January 2nd at
7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Arena. Call 353-3309 for tickets.
The Crew Social Club
after New Years event
The Crew is doing it grown and
sexy with an after New Years event.
It will be held at The Knights of
Columbus, 1501 Hendricks Ave. on
Saturday, January 3rd. This is a
BYOB affair, Admission is $10 and
food will be provided. For tickets
contact Pam 904-504-9595 or Big
Legends to Highlight
Jax Blues Festival
On February 8th 2009,
Jacksonville will get a major case of
the BLUES! Playing the Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m., will
be Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd, Theodis
Ealey, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Clarence Carter, Latimore, Marvin
Sease and Sir Charles Jones all
sharing the Veteran's Memorial
stage! Tickets can be purchased at
all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmas-
ter.com or charge by phone 904-
e Mali Vai Washington Needs Volunteers
z Play Day-Saturday. Dec. 20th (8:00-11:30am)
Each Fall & Spring, our youth compete for medals during our semi-annu-
al PlayDays. We currently need volunteers to monitor courts, help with reg-
istration, serve as team leaders, and score keepers.
r Holiday Angel Delivery- Monday. Dec. 22nd (8:30am- 11:30am)
/, Volunteers are needed to help sort gifts for our annual Holiday Angel
Program. Volunteers are also needed to distribute the gifts to our families'
homes. If you are interested in this or other volunteer opportunities, please
contact Ashley at Ashley@malwashington.com or (904) 359-KIDS (5437).
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 1lth 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 purchas-
ing tickets is December 20th. To reserve your tickets, please call Lydia
Jackson-Bell at (904) 765-9224.
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A glance at the state of democ
Political scientists define a mature
democracy as a country that has
had two peaceful transfers of power
from one democratically elected
head of state to another. By that
definition, only a handful of
Africa's 54 nations can be classi-
fied as full-fledged democracies.
Countries that satisfy the litmus
test; those that almost do; and those
that have a long way to go:
BENIN Yes. In 1991, Benin's elec-
tion brings Nicephore Soglo to
power, marking first successful
transfer of power in Africa from
dictatorship to democracy. He
hands over power to Mathieu
Kerekou who wins elections in
1996 and 2001, who hands over
power in 2006 to democratically
elected Yayi Boni.
BOTSWANA Yes. One of the
most stable African nations. First
general elections held in 1966.
Since then, the country has had
three peaceful transfers of power
and numerous elections.
KENYA No. High hopes accom-
panied this East African country's
first democratic change of presi-
dents in 2002, but its election, held
last December, led to claims of rig-
ging and triggered ethnic clashes.
MAURITANIA No. Foreign
%racy in Africa
investment poured into Mauritania
after last year's first democratic
election in over 20 years. But 1 1/2
years later, military generals
declared a coup d'etat, placing
President Sidi Ould Cheikh
Abdallahi under house arrest.
ZIMBABWE No. One of the con-
tinent's abject failures. President
Robert Mugabe has ruled since
1987. He is accused of rigging the
2002 election. Intimidation of vot-
ers led opposition leader Morgan
Tsvangirai to drop out of the presi-
dential contest. He is believed to
have won the presidential polls,
perhaps even a clear majority.
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Who wants to look older than
they actually are? I don't know
about you, but I always get super
happy when I am carded at a bar.
Wrinkles may be the road map of
life, but no one wants to read an
atlas when they look in the mirror.
Keep in mind, you may be writing
a few of those lines yourself.
Certain habits and behaviors
increase premature skin aging.
Avoiding them can help keep your
skin looking younger, longer.
Leading Cause of
Wrinkles: Sun Exposure
A "healthy" tan is anything but.
Tanning is a sign of skin damage,
evidence that the sun's ultraviolet
rays have penetrated and damaged
the skin's support structure. Most
wrinkles are caused by sun expo-
sure throughout life -- and it's
never too late to halt the process.
What you can do: Wear sunscreen
with sun protection factor (SPF) of
at least 15. The hands and face are
particularly vulnerable to sun dam-
age, due to their frequent
exposure. Make sunscreen
application part of your out-
Another Top Cause of
, Beyond question, smoking
is bad for your skin.
Smoking accelerates the
aging process; wrinkling
skin and making you look
old beyond your years.
Early wrinkling is visible
under a microscope in smokers as
young as 20. The more years and
packs smoked, the more likely
wrinkles will occur. Wrinkles are
also more likely to be deeper in
smokers. Tobacco smoke gives
skin an unhealthy color and coarse
texture, as well.
What you can do: Stop smoking!
How Facial Muscle
Contractions Cause Wrinkles
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seeking to build a modern day Renaissance Man
In a world of si
When freshmen enter the resi-
dence halls of Morehouse College,
they are expected to know they are
entering into the zone.
That's the zone where there's no
cursing, no saggin' pants, and no
use of the word whose plural
spelled backward is "saggin.' All
are beneath the image of the
Morehouse man, according to
Williams Tweedle, a residence hall
That directive is coming straight
from the first tier of leadership.
Morehouse President Robert
Franklin is making the same points
to students on a somewhat different
plane. He talks about the new
"Renaissance man" who is "well-
read, well-traveled, well-spoken,
well-dressed and well-balanced."
Ever since he was named as the col-
lege president last year, every fresh-
man is given a tie and a blazer in the
college's primary color, maroon, as
a tangible symbol of the image of a
The decision hasn't fared well
with everyone even alumni.
"Call me crazy, but I didn't realize
that there was a correlation between
morality and Brooks Brothers,"
Morehouse alumnus Jonathan
Walton, an assistant professor of
religious studies at the University
of California, Riverside, wrote in an
article on the subject.
Profanity and exposed boxers are
not exactly part of the stereotype of
Morehouse, whose distinguished
alumni have included actor Samuel
Jackson, director Spike Lee, theolo-
gian Howard Thurman, Olympian
Edwin' Moses, former U.S. Health
and Human Services Secretary
Louis Sullivan, current Morehouse
President Franklin. And, of course,
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The fact is a significant percent-
age of our students arrive at
Morehouse with a preppy orienta-
tion and understand the importance
of presentation of themselves,"
Franklin said. "Some of the stu-
dents themselves are surprised to
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thuglike, orientation in dress,
speech and social behavior."
Some students don't seem to be
aware of their language, said
Tweedle, director of Hubert Hall at
Morehouse. "They don't know
they're cursing. They don't know
they're using the n-word the way
they use it."
Likewise, Tweedle said, "I under-
stand that baggy pants and a certain
level of sagging is part of culture,
but showing your drawers, your
underpants, is unacceptable."
Morehouse freshman Gregory
Brito, 18, looks to the president-
elect as a role model, but he is
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Brito, who is from New York, does-
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power to be used against them. To
Brito, it's just a slang term of
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But since being at Morehouse, and
especially since Obama's election,
he said, he would prefer not to hear
or say it.
"African-American men and men
of color can't make excuses any-
more," Brito said. "It's hard,
Ray Hayes Jr., a 20-year-old
Morehouse junior from Chicago,
said he gave up sagging pants and
the n-word in high school. Since
hearing Tweedle's pitch to get "In
the Zone" at Morehouse, he's trying
to eliminate profanity, too.
Hayes disagrees with some
observers who say the vestiges of
hip-hop culture were already going
out of style.
"I don't think it was going out of
fashion at all," he said. "I think it
was going to get worse as time went
on. Guys who weren't doing it
would fall into the trap and start
Franklin, he said, "doesn't con-
demn the n-word or sagging or
cursing. ... He's teaching us why
we shouldn't do it."
When freshman Ryan Hobbs, 19,
of Fayetteville wears his maroon
blazer, he's conscious of its mes-
sage. Receiving it was a rite of pas-
sage, he said.
"The blazer and the tie made me
feel like I was really a man of
Morehouse, accepted into the
brotherhood," he said. "Morehouse
has produced great, great individu-
als. I want to be another added to
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Motown Gone Wild: Gordy to celebrate label's 50th
birthday on multiple fronts over next two years
Berry Gordy, Jr. will celebrate the
50th Anniversary of his Motown
record label over the next two years
with archival releases, documen-
taries and even a Broadway musical
in the works.
The industry veteran, who found-
ed Motown with an $800 loan from
his family on Jan. 12, 1959, tells
Billboard.com, "I've been fighting
to protect the legacy for 50 years,
and now it seems that after 50 years
we can go and talk about the real
deal, what really happened ... and
how it happened, my story and
everything that goes with it. And
I'm just thrilled that I'm here to
enjoy now what I couldn't enjoy
while I was doing it."
The official Motown 50th cele-
bration kicked off this week with
the release of "Motown: The
Complete No. l's," a 10-disc set in
a package designed to look like the
company's original Hitsville U.S.A.
headquarters in Detroit.
by K. Williams
When Lejzor and Fiszel Czyz
arrived in the U.S. from Poland in
1928, their parents changed the
family surname to "Chess" and
started calling their little boys
"Leonard" and "Phil." By the late
Forties, the ambitious siblings had
already achieved the American
Dream, having established them-
selves in the liquor business while
opening up a number of bars in the
black community of Chicago.
The bulk of the performers
booked in their nightclubs were
musicians from Mississippi who
played the Delta blues.
Recognizing the commercial poten-
tial of the exploiting the popular
genre, the enterprising brothers
founded a record company with
such promising artists as Muddy
Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter,
Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson
and John Lee Hooker.
Thus, was-bomrn Chess Records,
an industry giant which would
make a mark on the music business
for the next quarter of a century.
Over that time span, the company
would also venture into R&B and
jazz, jumpstarting the careers of
everyone from Chuck Berry to Etta
James to James Moody to Lou
Donaldson to Yusef Lateef to
Obviously, making the rise and
fall of Chess into an entertaining,
two-hour drama meant that the
movie would tend to focus on the
more sensationalize aspects of its
past. Consequently, many of the
company's less colorful and contro-
versial characters, including some
cultural icons, ended up either min-
imized or ignored entirely, in favor
N E E IR "Il
Gordy and former Motown
employee Suzanne DePasse, a 1983
Emmy winner for the Motown 25th
anniversary TV special, are also
producing a documentary about the
company premiering in September.
"It's about me and ... not only what
I did and how I did it but how I felt
doing it and what it was that hap-
pened, from my standpoint,"
explains Gordy. The footage
includes a videotaped session of
one of the company's famed weekly
Quality Control meetings, at which
staffers argued over whether or not
to release the Temptations' "My
Girl" as a single.
A Broadway musical about
Motown is due to open in 2010, and
Gordy says there will also be "long-
form, multi-part videos" about the
company's history "because there's
so much to tell. The documentary is
just a two-hour thing."
Universal Music Enterprises,
which releases Motown's archival
The Motown family is still strong. Shown above are Smokey
Robinson, Berry Gordon and Detroit Councilwoman Martha Reeves
(Martha and the Vandellas) at the Museum where the street (former-
ly Grand Boulevard) was renamed Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard.
material, is also planning to support
the anniversary with online pod-
casts and other special features.
More retrospective titles are expect-
ed to come out over the course of
the celebration, and the Motown
Historical Museum in Detroit is
planning a series of special events
for 2009, including an In Their
Own Words series with Motown
alumni that will kick off Jan. 12, a
Marvin Gaye exhibit in April and a
pumped-up version of its annual
gala and concert in November.
"It's just a unique situation,"
Gordy notes, "and I'm the major
recipient of that now because I can
look back. It's a different kind of
enjoyment. I enjoyed it all. Now I
can look at it a different way and
say, 'OK, we did it. We really did
OPRAH TO GO LIVE FROM DC
Prominent Barack Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey will broadcast a live
episode of her talk show from the Kennedy Center Opera House on
Monday, Jan. 19, one day before the President-elect is sworn in to office.
A Harpo spokesman says another show will be taped from the venue
on Wednesday, Jan. 21.
All ticket information regarding the Kennedy Center shows will be
available next week on her Web site, Oprah.com.
NICK BUYS MARIAH A SKI LODGE?: Rapper reportedly
spends $1.5 million on Aspen chalet as Xmas gift to wifey.
Nick Cannon has reportedly spent $1.5 million on a luxury five-bedroom
ski lodge in Aspen, Colorado as a Christmas gift for his wife, Mariah
"Nick is clearly still in the honeymoon phase. He's shocked all their pals
by going out of his way to buy Mariah this beautiful sanctuary," a source
tells British newspaper the Daily Mirror:
"He knows Aspen is one of her favorite places in the world so this is his
early Christmas present to her," added the source.
MORGAN'S DIVORCE COULD GET PRICEY
he New York Post is reporting that Morgan
Freeman's divorce from wife Myrna Colley- ;
Lee will be both nasty and expensive for the -
Oscar winner. r
Page Six estimates that Freeman's wife of
24 years could pocket more than $100 mil- j. -
lion in a potential settlement.
Original estimates put the actor's net worth
in the $75 million to $90 million range, but
now it is being reported he may be worth as
much as three to four times that amount.
Among assets contributing to the actor's bounty are a very valuable gold
coin collection, a rare stamp collection, a $7 million home in the Virgin
Islands, real estate in Freeman's native Mississippi worth nearly $30 mil-
lion (including a $5 million personal home), a $10 million New York apart-
ment and a $15 million Los Angeles estate.
Adrien Brody, left, portrays Leonard Chess, and Jeffrey Wright is
Muddy Waters in "Cadillac Records."
of the more salacious storylines.
Written and directed by Damell
Martin, Cadillac Records presents
Leonard (Adrien Brody) as the
driving force behind Chess, while
marginalizing Phil (Shiloh
Fernandez).as little more than a his-
torical footnote. This Hollywood
version of Leonard characterized
him as a eager opportunitistic music
man looking for the next great
black artist to make 'race' records.
Apparently, he gave each sucker
a key to a flashy Caddy as a signing
bonus, but would then cheat them
of earned royalty payments when
their songs became hits. Speaking
of cheating, Len was unfaithful to
his wife (Emmanuelle Chriqui),
especially with his heroin-addicted
prot6eg, Etta James (Beyonce').
Besides that tawdry love triangle,
other compelling subplots revolve
around hot-headed Little Walter
(Columbus Short) who has run-ins
with an impersonator, with the
police, and with his band mate
Muddy Waters' (Jeffrey Wright)
over a woman (Gabrielle Union),
before finally meeting his match in
a bar fight. Then, there's Chuck
Berry (Mos Def) who, at the height
of his fame, draws a stiff prison
sentence for sleeping with a minor.
More memorable than these
kinky goings-on are the classic
tunes not lip-synched but actually
sung by the gifted cast. Highlights
include Beyonce's rendition of "At
Last," "Maybelline" by Mos Def,
"Hoochie Coochie Man" by Jeffrey
Wright, "My Babe" by Columbus
Short and "Smokestack Lightnin'"
by Eamonn Walker as Howlin'
Wolf. Overall, Cadillac Records
provides a nostalgic enough trip
down memory lane to overlook the
poetic license taken with the facts,
if not the glaring omission of
Aretha who recorded her very first
album with Chess in 1956.
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