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Living Legend in
Thirty year veteran of the educa-
~tional school system, Ida Ross-
Johnson was honored last weekend
1 at a surprise Living Legend
Banquet in her honor at the Masjid-
For years, Ross- Johnson was
known to many as Ida Ross, an
entertainment news reporter on
WZAZ Radio. During her tenure
there she had interviewed and
befriended such entertainment
powerhouses as Barry White, Dick
Gregory, Della Reese and the ever
elusive Prince. She is said to have
*one of very few recorded inter-
views with Prince.
Although a successful broadcast-
er, the graduate of William Raines
High School and the University of
Miami knew that her passion rested
in educating the youth of the com-
munity. For more than thirty years
~"she has been a Speech-
Pathologist/Audiologist with the
Duval County Public School sys-
"I had an uncle that stuttered all
illig of his life. I knew that his stuttermng
caused him some problems
although this was something that he
was able to move beyond. I wanted
to help others to speak better to
give them equal footing in life",
Johnson said of her career choice.
Besides working with children
she also had a passion and pride for
African-American heritage. She
made it a passion that her only son,
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to teach women, "Ho~w to Duck a Suckah". In addition to, "If You Want Closure, Start With Your Legs", the self-
proclaimed pimp turned preacher made a stop in Jacksonville on his crusade for a lecture and book signing at the
Ritz Theater. For more on Big Boom's motivation and other secrets for single women, see page 16.
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All Class Reunion
for Technical H.S.
An all-class reunion is set for
March 2009 for alumni of Technical
High School. The school was
opened from 1947-1977. The
reunion is for anyone who ever
attended the school, whether it was
d rtt fmc 1 ll K rfri dbethey stu-
Come have fun, laugh, cry, and
enjoy. Tour the old school and
dance the night away. For more
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commitment whether or not he
wins the vote of North Florida
voters. The following is excerpt s
of her interview.
Other colleagues, said Cong.
Brown, "want to support Obama
because he's Afriican American.
But as Martin Luther King Ir. said,
'Judge me by the content of my
character, not the color of my
skin.' Brown said she is not con
cerned about the possibility th~at
her constituents might seek to
punish her for the decision.
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what think i riglt, tsh uld.
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Southern Traditions Stay True As the rest of the world evolves for the better and
the worse, it's often the little things that make the difference in our community that which keeps us grounded
and reminds us of better times. Most recently the Nation of Islam held an old fashioned fish fry to raise money
for their signature projects that benefit the community. Held last weekend at their new mosque located at the cor-
ner of McDuff Ave. & Beaver Street, the corner was buzzing with people anxious to partake in the wholesome
delicacies the Muslims are noted for. Shown above is Bro. Mark X purchasing hot fish from Johnella Abdullah.
For mor~e information on the Nation Of Islam ,or to find out the date of their next event call 904-318-1684.
Rep. Corrine Brown
In a recent Washington Post
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American Congressmnan not to
officially stay with the Clinton
campaign, local representative
C ng. Corrine Brown has said she
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son walked mn. I had just spoken to
him earlier and thought he was
halfway around the world. I still
can't believe it!", said Ross-
Johnson who thanked those who
attended and recited a poem by Gil
The event ended with a feast for
all wh~o attended and some good
natured ribbing about Ross-
Johnson. Her cousin ArthurT
Johnson, an event promoter jabbed,
"Ida can get anything from anyone.
I worked for Prince for ten years
and never got a conversation and
here she was getting an interview!
Shle is truly remarkable!"
for the community. From just giv-
ing to those in need to making sure
that our children receive not just an
education but an education about
themselves. She truly is a living
lhe evndo anchaded tributes front
friends, relatives and a special sur-
prise from her son Rahman Johnson
who came into the city to surprise
her for the event.
nI cannot believe that everyone
went through so much trouble fo~r
this event. I am not one for the big
parties and honors, I believe that if
bers of the Masjid Al-Salaam felt .you can do a thing to help some-
compelled to honor Ross- Johnson he, the~n do if! But they got .I 1
"Sister Ida quietly does so mactr- think I was most surprised when my
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create the Kuumba African Arts and
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Elections 101: Primaries, Caucuses, Super Delegates
903 W. Edgewood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
February 21-27, 2008
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Barack Obama has done much
better in caucuses than Hilary
Clinton because his supporters
seem to be more fired up. His sup-
porters feel as if they are not only
supporting a candidate, but a move-
ment as well.
It's been hard for Clinton to com-
pete in this caucus setting, especial-
ly considering the number of new
voters and young adults that
Obama is attracting.
The primary process is much
more simple. It's really like a gen-
eral election. It is open to all regis-
tered voters within the party and
like caucuses some states allow
independent voters to cast ballots
Again, like a general election,
voters simply show up at polling
stations and cast their vote by
secret ballot for their candidate of
choice. After the votes are tallied
then according on state guidelines,
the state's delegates or a portion are
assigned to the winning candidate.
The confusing part comes into
play when you try to figure out
how or why each state allocates
their delegates. Some states have a
winner take all system and others
allocated delegates based on the
percentage of votes won by each
All of this activity culminates
into each party's national conven-
tion and then the eventual show-
down between the Republican and
Democratic nominee in the general
election in November,
I think that I understand a little
better now notice I used the word,
Signing off from an irrelevant
primary process state,
1952 it was Adlai Stevenson who
became the Democratic Party nom-
inee through this process.
Another popular question I hear
is so why do some states have a
caucus to determine their presiden-
tial candidate of choice and other
states have primaries?
Both are used to select delegates
for the national conventions, but
primaries and caucuses are very
different. Caucuses used to be the
most commonly used of the two,
but primaries have taken over as
the preferred method in the last
Let's start with the caucus
process this election process is
definitely the most fun. Caucuses
are basically meetings that are held
statewide in high schools and com-
munity centers. They are normally
open to all registered voters of the
Each state sets its own caucus
rules and in states like Iowa inde-
pendent voters are allowed to cast
ballots as well.
I have personally never been to a
caucus, but here's what happens.
Voters divide themselves up into
groups according to the candidate
they support, and even those who
are undecided gather in a group.
Each candidate group's goal is to
increase their numbers by persuad-
ing those undecided voters to join
So a representative from each
candidate group gives speeches
hoping to boost their numbers. At
the end of the process, the number
of voters in each group is counted.
The whole process takes several
hours, so that's why most states
have moved away from caucuses -
the time commitment limits the
number of voters who participate.
Just when I though that I was "In
the know" about politics comes the
entire Democratic Super Delegate
process. And I must say that I am
still trying to figure it out. I obvi-
ously am not alone. This week, I
am going to share a bit of the infor-
mation I have known regarding the
Some states have primaries and
some states have caucuses which
seem more like a party than a vot-
ing process. Some states like
Florida and Michigan didn't have
any delegates on the Democratic
side and reduced delegates on the
Republican side of the fence.
Most people think that elections
are won based upon the popular
vote. Just like running for City
Council, Mayor or Governor, once
you reach the general election it is
the person with the most votes who
wins. That process is pretty simple.
However, when you get on the
national level it is a whole different
ball game. The 2000 Presidential
election between Al Gore and
George W. Bush is probably the
most controversial race in our
country's history. I will not rehash
the details, but one interesting fact
is that Al Gore won the popular
vote, but didn't win the Electoral
College hence Bush became El
Recently, with the popularity of
the Hilary Clinton and Barack
Obama face off in the Democratic
Primary a lot of attention has been
paid to the election process. What's
a super delegate and why do they
have so much power? Why didn't
Florida's Democratic delegates
count? What's a brokered conven-
These are all legitimate questions
for even those of us who think that
we are in the political know. Let's
start with this "superdelegate"
issue. Superdelegates are not based
on the primaries or caucuses you
have been watching on TV.
It's actually quite simple. Most
superdelegates are elected officials
or former elected officials or party
leaders from each state. The power
of a superdelegate resides in the
fact that he or she can basically
support for any candidate regard-
less of how the state they came
This year's Democratic National
Convention will definitely be one
to watch. The perfect storm seems
to be brewing and it's going to be a
gigantic one. The scenario that
Democrats are facing is that if nei-
ther Clinton nor Obam~a reach the
2025 pledged delegates needed to
be the nominee then the superdlele-
gates would be empowered to
make the decision.
Never before has a race for a
party's presidential nominee been
so close so late in the process.
Talk about being king makers -
these delegates will have unprece-
dented electoral power.
Democratic superdelegates make
up approximately one-fifth of the
total number of regular delegates.
If this scenario plays itself out then
the Democratic National
Convention in Denver would
become the first brokered conven-
tion since 1952.
When brokered conventions
occur all bets are off and things
really get political. That's when
superdelegates will have to. go
through multiple rounds of voting
to decide the party's nominee.
A lot of back room deals are
made and eventually one of the
candidates comes out a winner. In
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February 21-2 ,
Literacy and Art Family
Day at The Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is hosting a Literacy and Art
Family Day on Saturday, March Ist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The free event allows the entire family to enjoy a day at the museum
filled with live music, storytelling and literary art projects. Kids cam
also re-invigorate your joy of reading through Mayor Peyton's 2008
Rally Jax preschool literacy program and Jacksonville Museum Hop.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is located at 829 Riverside
Ave. in Jacksonville's Riversid~e area. Family Day events will be held
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exemplary character,; superior lead-
ership, academic achievement and
outstanding service to their clubs
The winner of the local Youth of
sae nwpeiton. Fe rgo a
winners selected from among the
state winners will compete for the
national honor in Washington,
D.C., where President Bush will
announce the National Youth of the
Year at a White House ceremony in
September. In addition, the national
winner receives a $10,000 scholar-
ship from the Reader's Digest
Foundation, sponsor of the program
since its inception in 1947.
Augustine Boys & Girls Club:
Imari Bratcher from the Laurence F.
Lee Boys &e Girls Club; Luis CruLz
from the Victory Pointe Boys &
Girls Club; Rakita Dozier from
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Fernandina Beach Boys &e Girls
Club; Ashlee Hester from the
Beaches Boys &r Girls Club;
Keshawn Lenton from the
Woodland Acres Boys &P Girls Club
and Krysten Watson from the
Miller Boys & Girls Club
Youth of the Year is a national
program administered by Boys &
Girls Clubs of America; it recosg-
nizes individual club members'
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast
Florida will present the 2008 Youth
of the Year event on Thursday,
February 28, 2008 at the San Jose
Country Club. The event will rec-
meb hs hoB &aecele sin uhe
community, Club and family.
The guest speaker for this year's
event will be the Boys &e Girls
Clubs of America's 2007-2008
National Youth of the Year,
Demetrice Tuttle. A six-year mem-
ber of the West Georgia Boys &
Girls Club, Tuttle has become a
young leader for the members and
has headed various community ral-
lies. Tuttle will talk to approximate-
ly 200 guests that night about the
mapd on hiB sd his f milylb as
Guest emcee for the event will be
Emmy Award-winning television,
radio and newspaper journalist
Bruce Hamilton. Hamilton is a
member of the anchor team for
WJXT Channel 4's The Morning
The local Youth of the Year com-
petition awards a $1,000 scholar-
ship to each nominee.
This year's eight nominees for
the 2008 Youth of the Year event
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Black History Month doesn't just celebrate the past. It celebrates the future, and those who will play
a starring role in it. Regions is proud to encourage and support future black history makers who will
make a positive difference. We're also committed to providing more opportunities for kids and their
families in the communities we serve. To that end, we're providing billions of dollars in development
loans for affordable housing and job creation, sponsoring financial literacy programs for students
and providing paid time off for our associates who volunteer their time. By working together, we are
making a positive difference in our communities. And the only thing that makes us prouder than the
results we're seeing today are the ones we'll see tomorrow.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3 rd Sun day 7 0 0 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.rnl.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
Seekinzg the lost for Christ
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5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
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West Union 108th Anniversary
sTehe Wes Uneo rMiessionary Baptist C urchlocated at 1605 West Beave
Anniversary of the Pastor Leroy C. Kelly. The final services commemorat-
ing the anniversary will be held Sunday February 24th at 4:00 p.m. The
Theme for the Anniversary is "This Victory is Jesus" with the theme song
"Victory in Jesus". The Church Anniversary Banquet will will be hosted at
the Phillipian Multipurpose Center 7540 New Kings Road on Saturday
February 23,2008, at 5:00 p.m. Dea. Cornelious Williams and Sis. Delaney
Williams are the Chair Persons for the Anniversary Celebration.
Greater Grant A.MI.E. Church
Celebrates Scout Sunday
In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of America,
Greater Grant A.M.E. Church will celebrate Scout Sunday. This special
event will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at 11:00 a.m.
The speaker for this memorable occasion will be the Honorable Betty
Burney, Chairwoman of the Duval County School Board. She is the author
of "If These Chains Could Talk" and is dynamic speaker to convey a posi-
tive and uplifting message for the young and the old.
The location of the church is 5533 Gilchrist Road.
Unitarian Universalist Church CelebrateS
Black History Month with Special Services
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, 7405 Arlington
Expressway, where Rev. Dr. John L. Young is Pastor, and Mimister Henson
Markham is music director; invites the community to join them for special
services at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday as they celebrate and honor Black
History Month. The significant accomplishments African Americans have
made will be celebrated. All are welcome.
Rev. Richard Curry and Rev. Chester Brown are Revival Speakers at New
Life Church International First
Annual Empowerment Breakfast
On Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9 a.m., Life Church International is
hosting its first Annual Empowerment Breakfast. This year's theme is "The
Power Is In You". Guest speakers include Rev. Marvin McQueen, Jr.,
Pastor of Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church and Wanda Baldwin
Davis, FHUD, NFHC, NTI, and FDIC Money Smart Trainer. The commu-
nity is one to tend.foed tebe empom red by theamessag~e, where not
For information, contact Life Church at 356-2109 or Joy Alexander at
294-2602 to get your tickets. They can also be purchased at the door.
Tickets are $10 per person.
Wayman Chapel AME Church, 8855 Sanchez Road; is celebrating the;
126th Anniversary of the Church, Friday, February 22 thru Sunday,
February 24, 2008. The theme: "Making A Difference: From Legacy to
Destiny!" The Opening Worship Service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday
evening. Pastor Leofric Thomas of Open Arms Christian Fellowship, will'
be the guest speaker.
On Saturday, February 23rd the "Making A Difference Day Community
Fair" will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wayman Academy of the'
Arts, 1 176 Labelle Street (near Cassat Ave. & Plymouth Street). There will
be a Health Fair that includes Health Screenings; Kids Zone with games
and food; a Talent Showcase, "3 on 3" Basketball Tournament, give-a-
ways, education and employment information booths, and much more!
Rev. David B. Rhone, Presiding African Methodist Episcopal Elder, of:
the North Atlanta, Georgia District, will be the guest speaker at the 10 a.m.
Service, Sunday, February 24th. The community is invited.
Bishop,Lorenzo Hall Sr. Celebration
The community is invited to the El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church at
6 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2008; at 725 West 4th Street, for the cele-
bration of the 53rd Birthday of Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. Information:
Sis. Emily Kennedy (904) 791-9063; Sis. Felecia James (904) 859-9718, or
Bro. Ricky Willis (904) 444-7077.
WOodlawn Prebyterian to Celebrate
WOman's Day, Sunday, March 9th
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, Woodlawn at Cleveland Road, will wel-
come back former member Ms. Juana Jordan on Women's 'Day, March 9,
2008. Ms. Jordan, now a resident of Tallahassee, is a journalist and also is
employed at Florida A&M University. The community is invited to share in
this occasion. Portions of God's Trombone will be presented at 6 p.m., in
the Sanctuary, on Friday evening, February 23, 2008. The community is
invited to come out and enjoy this presentation.
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Historical St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church, 2606 San Diego Rd., Rev.
Dr. Richard W. Jackson, Pastor; will hold Anniversary Services to celebrate
the 128th year of the Church, and the Pastor's 1 5th Anniversary, beginning at
4 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2008..
Anniversary Services will continue at 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday evenings, February 25, 27 & 29th. The closing service will be at 4
p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2008. The community is invited to all services.
Youth Workshop on College/Career
Preparation at Greater Macedonia
There will be an informational session regarding vocational planning for
students wishing to attend college, university or to enter the workforce.
Information regarding the application process for scholarships and grants
will be discussed as well as community service hour requirements. The ses-
sion will be held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church of the Northside,
1880 West Edgewood Avenue. The workshop is for students in grades 8th
through 12th and their parents. It will be held on Tuesday February 26th at
6:30 PM. For more information, contact Alzic Upton at 764-9257.
Grace Commuinty Church of
Nassau Holding Youth Church
Grace Community Church hosts young-adult, small-group worship service
Tuesday at 7 p.m. The group welcomes young adults, ages 20-30, for faith
and fellowship regardless of their church affiliation. The church, which had
a handful of young adult members last year, now has more than 40 regular
aThe e oung adult group will meet at the Northeast Florida Baptist
Association building, 921 S Us Highway 17, Yulee. Contact Pastor Jerry
Klemm to register to attend at (904) 422-1523. Information is also available
on the church Web site at www.gracenassau.com .
Palm Coast AME Celebrating 15th
Anniversary, Elephant Sale
Palm Coast First A.M.E. Church will celebrate their 15th anniversary
kick-off on Sunday, February 24, 4 p.m. with preaching by Dr. Rudolph
McKissick, Jr., pastor at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
The church is also holding a White Elephant Sale, sponsored by The
Inspirational Choir of the First A.M.E. Church, on Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m.
tors 3pmA.M.E. Church is the pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, 91 Old
Kings Road North.
For tilrther details or table reservations, call Gwendolyn Howard at (386)
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1i p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Pastor Ernie Murray
II:OO at~m. Morning W~orship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednmesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-~Week Worship 7 p.m1.
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**FREE TUTORING FOR YOU IN EPN ISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
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St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist to Celebrate "Making a Difference Day" Celebrates
21 8th Anniversar and Pastor's 15th Wayman Chapel's 126th Year
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Friends andlc Familyt Ceklebrate 70th Birthday of Joe Collins The Valentine's weekend was extra
special fo~r the family of.lCL J `oellils aIs they planned a special celebration in honor of the family patriarch's 70th birthday. Onhand for the Green Cove
Spr'ings, F;L, festivities shown above atre: Michael Powell, Lillie Bennet, Yete Williams, Andrew Williams, Omari Cambell, Terrell Cowser, Jamie Riddle,
Ebony; Williams, Ciani Williams, Gwe~n Collins, Clifton Collins, Susan Epino, Essence Williams, Salea Riddle, Tory Taylor, Jr., Dale Washington, Linda
MoIrris, Lillian Cowser, TIory Tayllor, Sr., John C'owser, Gail Lattimore, Sheri Dowe, Angie and Harmony Taylor Clifton Collins, Sr.,(70) Tanya Kelley,
Willie Lee, Sharon Camnbell, Dev~in Tay~~lor, Ann Collins, Tral~vis Kelley, Elaina Kelley, Elliot Jackson Kelley, Pastor Eric Forson, Ida Harris, Ed Kuhrt,
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Largest Black Memorabilia &
Collectible Show, April 12th in MD
The 24th Annual Black Memorabilia & Collectible Show will be
Saturday, April 12, 2008, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16
Chestnut Street, in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Show hours are 10 a.m.
There will be many vendors from across
the United States with black memorabilia
and collectibles for sale including historical -
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country to be a participant in this unique educational event.
For more information or vendor space reservations, call (301)649-
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Okay here's a tough one, and I
hope none of you have had to go
through this one yet. What if you
get a style and it's not exactly
what you had in mind. Or worse,
what if you hate it! If you've
been there before than you know
this situation can get ugly. After
all we all work hard for our
money, and I know you don't
want to throw good money away.
If you're visiting a new stylist or
if you're trying something out of
the ordinary you need to know
what the salon's policy is regard-
ing refunds or perhaps re-do's.
All of my stylist stand by their
wok., So iyur o ap e
Trust me Jacksonville is small
and the last thing anyone wants is
for someone to drag their name or
their salon's name through the
Now here is some advice on
things you should consider,
before you even sit in the chair.
Make sure to communicate with
your stylist so they are clear
about exactly what you're expect-
ing. If you're planning to try a
new color then bring in a photo or
a color swatch. Listen, I've even
had clients bring in weave or
wigs so that I would know exact-
ly what they wanted. And let me
tell you, I wasn't offended. I
appreciated it because it made my
job just that much easier. Also at
the time _10u're: discussing your
vibrant new~ color mlake sure to
make your srolst aware of any
other hair issues you might be
So let's say you do all of this
and you're still not happy w~ith the
end result. Guess what? If you
let the person doing your ~hair
know it can probably be easily
corrected with a rinse,
Now absolute worst case sce-
nario, and again I hope this does--
n't happen to any of you, but let's
say you go home and your hair
starts falling out. Dors't wait;
call the stylist and if they can't
take your call right away, stress
the importance of your situation.
Chances are you will be back in
the chair immediately to try and
So aft llof tbat if the rela-
tionship just isn't working
between you and your stylist or
maybe you're just ready for a
change there is a diplomatic way
to end the relationship. Seriously.
the best thing you can do is be
honest. For many ofus we've had
the same customers for years and
we've bonded. It's not just about a
paycheck. Sti list have feelings
too, but if it's time for you to
move on we'll understand. I
would suggest having a discus-;
sion in private. Remember be
mature and hopefully things can
end between the two of you on a
By the wray if you are looking
for new hairdresser remember I'm
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all asthma related ER visits, com-
pared with whites of the same age
accounting for 5.1% of all visits.
"Our surveillance for asthma
must become proactive if we hope
to have any impact on decreasing
the social and economic conse-
quences of asthma," said Dana
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Currently surveillance is reactive,
limited to acute episodes that
require ER or hospital visits. A
proactive approach addressing asth-
ma is inclusive of greater aware-
ness, practical programs and health
policies that reduce exposure to
asthma triggers and increase acces-
sibility to primary care. It has also
been suggested that obesity and low
birth weight are associated with
asthma. Furthermore, information
and education about "triggers" are
equally important. Common asth-
ma triggers are: tobacco smoke, pet
dander and household dust.
To view the report visit
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the report contact Rebecca
Filipowicz at 253-2051.
The Duval County Health
Department recently released a
report of its research on asthma,
categorizing it as a major public
health problem in Duval County.
The report provides overall data
about community cost burden, gen-
der, racial and age disparities, death
rates and prevention efforts.
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chronic illnesses and leading cause
of school absenteeism and hospital-
ization in children nationally, asth-
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for Duval County.
The asthma related death rate for
females is 227% higher than for
males. Combining races and gen-
erb igherathane lxitacfemaaege
groups. Black children between the
ages of 5-14 accounted for 18% of
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Commerce at its Annual Heritage
Breakfast with local professionals
on Friday, February 29th at 8 a.m.
The Florida Black Science and
Inventors Exhibit will be on dis-
play. The theme for the event is
Partnering for a better community
and the guest speaker is Joyce
Morgan DanfordFor details, please
call 652-1502, or www.fenacc.org.
There will be a free Homebuyers
Seminar on Saturday, March 1st at
the Southside COGIC 2179
Emerson St. The semmnar will kick
off` at 10.a.m. It will include: First
time home buyers programs; Down
Payment Assistance; Pre-
Qualification; Free Credit Reports.
Refreshments will be served. For
more information on attending, call
poets and poetry lovers of all ages.
Show off your own talent for verse,
or just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The next open
session featuring free admission
will be held on March 6th. Call
632-5555 for more information.
PRIDE March Book
T'he March book club meeting will
be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008
at 5:30 pm at Oakleaf Plantation,
Oakleaf Village Clubhouse, 370
Oakleaf Village Parkway, Orange
Park, Fl. 32065. The book for dis-
cussion will be Blond Faith by
Walter Mosley. For more informa-
tion, call 389-8417.
Choruses Join Forces
The African Children's Choir and
the Jacksonville Children's Chorus
will be in concert together Saturday,
March 8, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The
one time performance will be at the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts, Jacoby Hall.
People of Color Science
& Invention Expo 2008
The 2008 Annual People of Color
Science and Invention Expo will be
at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center, March 14 -23, 2008. The
ntia nee bi,s foundednbveMis
Jacksonville, is quite remarkable
and maintains it's innovative; with
indigenous artifacts more than
3,000 years old. For details, please
bAre you ready to take your skills
to the next level? The Ritz Theater
will hold their next Amateur Night
auditions on Thursday, March 13,
5:00-6:15 p.m. This is your chance
to show your skills to all of
Jacksonville--right on the Ritz
stage! Please bring accompaniment
music. All ages and talents wel-
come! Your piece must be no longer
than 3 1/2 minutes. Auditions are
closed to the viewing public. For
more information call 632-5555.
Girl Scouts Women of
The Gateway Girls Scouts
Council will have their 2008
Women of Distinction Luncheon on
Friday, March 14, 2008. The
luncheon and awards program will
be held at the Omni Hotel at noon,
This year's honorees include
Roslyn Phillips, Pam Paul, Mary
Terry, Nina Waters and Kristi
Bageant-Epperson. For tickets or
more information, call 421.3486.
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will hold auditions for their upcom-
ing production "Dreamgirls
singers and dancers are needed.
Auditions will be held on
Saturday, March 15, 2008 from
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
Sunday, March 16, 2008 from 1:00
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Center of the Arts,
2049 N. Pearl Street. Male and
Females performers must be at least
18 years of age. Please prepare a
song from the play that shows off
your vocal range and character. For
more information please call Stage
Aurora at (904) 765 7372.
Dreamgirls will perform at the
Florida Theatre May 10-11, 2008.
Florida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. For
ticket information call 202-2886.
Bill Cosby in Concert
Veteran comedic entertainer Bill
Cosby will be returning to
Jacksonville for two performances
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The shows will be
on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 5
p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or for
more information call 353-3309.
St. Augustine Art
& Craft Festival
There will be an art & craft festi-
val including fmne art and crafts on
Feb. 23 -24 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. on
Saturday and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on
Sunday. The festival will take place
at the St. Augustine Apmhitheater,
1340-C A1A South of the
Lightouse. For more information
The Jacksonville chapter of the
National Association of Black
Journalists will meet on Saturday,
February 23rd in the auditorium
of the Florida Times Union. The
meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and
the election of officers will be held.
For more information, contact Tia
Mitchell at (904) 359-4425.
There will be an informational ses-
sion regarding planning for students
wishing to attend college, universi-
ty or to enter the workforce.
Information regarding the applica-
tion process for scholarships and
grants will be discussed as well as
community service hour reqluire-
ments. The session will be held at
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church
of the Northside, 1880 West
Edgewood Avenue. The workshop
is for students in grades 8th through
12th and their parents. It will be
held on Tuesday February 26th at
6:30 PM. For more information,
contact Alzic Upton at 764-9257.
Keb'Mo to Perform
at the Florida Theater
Artist Keb'Mo will be in per-
Yhi elt Kapa Jlak formance t the Florida Theater on Women's History
History Celebration February 27th at 8 p.m. Month Breakfast
The National Sorority of Phi Delta Snesogrtraduirst Three local women will be hon-
Kappa, Inc. Delta Delta Chapter KbMosmicsalvngikto ored at the 22nd Annual Women's
invites the community to hear teemnlDtabusHids-Histor Month Breakfast s onsored
Afrca Amriantinctive sound embraces multiple ryp
Afrca Amrian History by the Mayor's Commission on the
Commission on Civil Rights speak- eaangnrsicldgpoStatus of Women. The event will be
rock, folk and jazz. Tickets and
er Sen. Anthony "Tony" Hill. The held on Tuesday, March 4, at the
them wa "PepaingLeaersforcomplete performance information
thee ws Prearig eadrs rare available at 904-355-2787. The Hyatt Regency Hotel. Carol
Tomorrow It will be held on Flrd har slctda 2 .Brady, Joann Manning, and
Saturday, February 23rd at the Karen Brune Mathis will be fea-
Forsyth Street Downtown.
Holiday Inn Commonwealth at 6:30 tured on a specially designed poster
P.M. For more information, contact to be displayed at the breakfast. The
Rebecca Highsmith at (904) 355- Reflections and theme for the breakfast is Women
3353. Conversations of Our Take Flight. Mayor John Peyton
AKA Founder's City Past and Future. to'pro namh nrhk ns Wmnwn
Join the Ritz Theater on February asrnu ienCliswl ev
Day CelebratiOR 28th from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. for as trokenaute Eileen Colnswllin sere
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority a reception featuring conversations the first woman to pilot and com-
Incorporated Centennial Founders' and reflections about Jacksonville's madnUS.scerf.Cl65-
Day Luncheon, hosted by -the -- historical-and- political issues with RSVP to .mal;; reservations or get
Alphajax Foundation, Gammri'RfityalIeader's~iadditt~ithuiy advocates and'amank age a sweague n ''~' !r
Omega, Pi Eta Omega, Mu Theta, youth. Music of the struggle per- mr mto.
Nu lota, and Omicron Delta formed by Ritz Voices and guest
Chapters, will hold festivities on and book signing with local TJh r fSoe
Saturday, February 23rd from 11 African American authors. It is all Word at the Ritz
a.m. 2 p.m. The guest speaker is presented free. For more informa- The First Thursday of every
Supreme Basileus Barbara tion, call 632-5555. month at 7:00 p.m., the lobby of the
McKinzie, the Centennial Ritz is transformed into a stage for
International President. It will be Great Jacksonville
held at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville on February 23, 2008 f :
at 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. For more The Great Jacksonville Book Sale
information call 904-355-6101. will be held Feb. 29 -- March 2nd
at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
You'll find tens of thousands of
books, generally priced from 50-
cents to $2.00, in Exhibit Hall B at
the fairgrounds. Parking is free.
Hours of the sale are 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on
For more information, contact
Harry Reagan at 630-2304
Breakfast @ the Hyatt
Join the local Black Chamber of
As part of its ongoing annual her-
itage celebration, the Kingsley
Plantation will continue this week
with a descendant reunion. Th
February 23rd festivities will
include story telling, a genealogy
fair, lectures, choir presentation,
dance tributes and more. From 12 -
5 p.m. descendants will introduce
each presentation and tell about
their family history in their own
words. For more information, call
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PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE
The Stormwater Advisory Committee (SWAC) invites you to learn
about the proposed plan for the billing, collection and use of the new
stormwater fee and to provide feedback.
All meetings start at 6:30 p.m.
District 8 Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Stanton Prep, 1149 W. 13th Street, 32209
District 14 Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
FCCJ Kent, D-120, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd., 32205
District 13 Monday, February 25, 2008, 6:30 p.m.
Twin Lakes Middle, 8050 Point Meadows Dr., 32256
"At-Large" Thursday, February 28, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
City Hall Renaissance Room, 117 W. Duval St., 32202
Meetings are being held in other districts throughout February.
Visit www~jaxswac.com or call 630-CITY (2489) for details.
SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE FROM MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
FLORIDA SMOKERS, EX SMOKERS AND SURVIVORS
OF SMOKERS MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO SHARE IN
A TRUST FUND) OF OVER $700 MILLION
The Engle Class Action was filed in 1994 and went to trial against the tobacco industry in July 1998. Howard A. Engle, M.D., et al., (Plaintiffs) v. R.J.
Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris, Inc., Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., individually and as successor to American Tobacco Co., Lorillard
Tobacco Co., Lorillard, Inc., Liggett Group, Inc., Brooke Group Holdings, Inc. f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc., Council for Tobacco Research U.S.A. and
Tobacco Institute (Defendants), Case No. 94-08273 CA (22) Dade County Circuit Court. This Notice addresses a distinct, unprecedented monetary fund
of over $700 million (the "Engle Trust Fund") created for the class by Susan and Stanley Rosenblatt, counsel for the class. The Engle Trust Fund is
approaching $800 million.
HI. QUALIFIED ENGLE CLASS MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A SHARE OF THIE TRUST FUND MONEYS
You may be qualified to receive a monetary distribution from the Engle Trust Fund if: 1) you (or your decedent) smoked cigarettes
and 2) developed one or more of the diseases and/or medical conditions mentioned below, and 3) that disease or medical condition
was first diagnosed or first manifested itself(first appeared) on or before November 21, 1996, which is the class cut-off date established by the Florida
III. THE ENGLE TRUST FUND IS NQ. A SETTLEMENT OF CLASS MEMBERS' CURRENT OR FUTURE INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS
Qualified Engle class members are eligible to receive money from the Engle Trust Fund without giving up existing or future individual claims against any
defendants. The Engle Trust Fund distributions are separate from your rights in any individual lawsuit for damages for personal injury or death from
smoking except for the possibility of a set off depending on the payment plan adopted by the Court. Class members who choose not to bring their own
lawsuits are still eligible to receive money from the Engle Trust Fund.
IV. A HEARING WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 15, 2008
A. Allocation Plans Considered
A hearing will be held before the Honorable David C. Miller in Courtroom 4-3 of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in and for Dade County,
Florida at 73 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130 on April 15, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. The Court will consider comments that have been timely submitted
regarding the allocation and distribution of money from the Engle Trust Fund.
B. Attorneve Fees Considered
The Court will also consider whether to grant Class Counsel's application for attorneys' fees of $218,000,000 and reimbursement of costs not to exceed
$5,000,000. This application is for the substantial work performed by Class Counsel over a period of approximately fifteen years (1993-2008) in handling
all aspects of the Engle class action including the two-year class action trial; multiple appeals in state and federal courts; the creation of the Trust Fund of
approximately $800 million and the establishment of multiple findings to be given res judicata (binding) effect in class members' lawsuits. The entire Court
file in this case, including Class Counsel's fee application, with accompanying affidavits of experts, is available for review at the Office of the Clerk at the
Dade County Courthouse.
C. Motions to Intervene will be Considered
The Court will consider timely submitted motions to intervene, written comments and/or objections of qualified class members concerning the allocation
of the Engle Trust Fund and/or the attorneys' fees and reimbursement of costs for Class Counsel. To be considered, the plans, objections, and/or Motions
to Intervene must be timely filed with the Court with a copy to Judge Miller at: 73 West Flagler Street, Room 414, Miami, FL 33130 and Stanley and Susan
Rosenblatt at: Engle Trust Fund, P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101 and postmarked on or before March 31, 2008.
Your submission must include information as to Engle class membership, including
(1) your and/or the decedent's name, address and date of birth;
(2) the dates/time frame you (or the decedent) lived in Florida;
(3) .the date (or approximate date) you (or the decedent) was diagnosed with one or more of the diseases or medical conditions listed
above or when that disease or medical condition first manifested (appeared); and
(4) the decedent's date of death and your relationship to the decedent.
Your submission must be signed and dated by the class member, even where the comments or objections are filed by your counsel.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A SHARE OF THE ENGLE TRUST FUND.
V. YOU WILL, AS REQUIRED, RECEIVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The Court's final determination regarding a plan of distribution of the Engle Trust Fund along with any deadlines and other applicable information will be
provided in further communications to the Class through a supplemental Notice. You may also obtain copies of this Notice and all future Notices by
VI. DO I NEED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY?
You may hire counsel, at your own expense, to represent your interests in connection with the allocation and distribution of the Engle Trust Fund money
or the Court will determine how your interests will be represented.
VII. ALL INQUIRIES CONCERNING THIS LEGAL NOTICE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED SOLELY TO CLASS COUNSEL
Do not call or write the Court or the Clerk of the Court for further information. Any inquiries or questions concerning this Notice should be directed to the
Engle information hotline at 1-888-420-1666 or by writing Class Counsel:
Engle Trust Fund
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benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, life, 401(k), stock
purchase plan, as well as paid holidays and vacations.
Apply directly Monday thru Friday 8 AM to 4 PM, at the Human
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Starting pay for hourly production jobs is $8/hour with a 90-day
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available at the beginning of the month following 60 days of employ-
Our current job openings are:
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complications of pregnancy (miscarriage)
oral cavity/tongue cancer
peripheral vascular disease
atherosclerosis, coronary artery
disease and arteriosclerosis, angina,
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damage, myocardial infarction (heart
esophageal (throat) cancer
laryngeal (throat or voice box) cancer
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large cell carcinoma, small cell
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease -
COPD (including emphysema)
coronary heart disease
(including cardiovascular disease,
hardening of the arteries,
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DONE and ORDERED this 11'" day of February, 2008
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12 27 2008
With National Percentages of Unmarried Black Women (and never will) Nearing
45%, One Author Aims to Atone for Womanizing Past with New Releases
During Valentline's Day, weekend, best selling author Big Boomr stopped at Thre Ritz Theatre and La Villa Museum on his
book signing tour, promoting hris new book, "How to Duck a Suckah: A Guide to Living a Drama-Free Life. The text is
a humorous yet serious, complex yet straightforward mrap to success inz living and loving. While targeted at women who have
expeeee~~~_erienrced bad relationships, "Suckahr" offers bothr males and females great self-help advice and teaches them to find pas-
sion, positivenress and purpose. Of particular note is thre appendix, which contains a series of questions designed to help
readers face thre trutht about themselves and their relationships. Thre author is a reformed pimp who, with the help of God,
became a successful body guard, counselor, mentor, motivational speaker and writer. His personal experiences are evident
in every word he composes. The following are excerpts of Maretta Latimer 's interview with Big Boom.
Page 16 Ms. Perry's Free Press
February 21-27, 2008
Marretta: Big Boom, you were a
womanizer for a long time? What
made you decide to care?
Big Boom: My grandmother
always said, "Ain't no fool like an
old fool." I will be 53 years old in
April, and I started feeling like that
old fool Grandma talked about. I
looked at the "retirement plan" for
pimps, players and crack heads. I
realized they didn't live long.
Marretta: Big Boom, I have to
ask, how did you meet your wife?
What makes your relationship
Big Boom: I met her as a friend.
That's how all relationships should
begin. We were friends for about
four years. I was afraid of a rela-
tionship with my wife because she
was too "corporate-like," too strait-
laced. I married someone else, and
that relationship ended after seven
months. I asked God for help to
change, to send me someone I
couldn't live without, and He did.
It's perfect for me. A lot of men
want just one woman, but are
Marretta: Big Boom, are
women responsive to your mes-
Big Boom: Some are. My
advice is only going to work for so
many people. It's funny I find that
a lot of women argue with people
who try to help them, but love those
who try to hurt them. There is
something about "bad boys" that
attracts lots of women maybe the
excitement or danger 1 don't know.
But I continue to tell women to
focus on doing something positive
for themselves take classes, join a
gym, join Jenny Craig. Everything
falls in place when you start to take
care of yourself.
Marretta: Do you have any
"tried and true" respondents who
can validate your message, women
who have followed your advice and
now live happier lives?
Big Boom: Of course, I do! Yes,
I receive plenty of emails and let-
ters. Sometimes it makes me want
to cry because so many women
write and say, "thank you for saving
my life." It is difficult for a man
who tried to "take the lives" [con-
trol] so many women to hear words
of gratitude from others. I try to
speak to people about finding their
passion, their purpose. I've been
counseling women all my life and
didn't know it. I realize now that is
my passion, my purpose.
Marretta: Do men think you're a
"traitor to the game?"
Big Boom: You know it! The
ones that think I'm a traitor to play-
ers simply don't understand that
there is a special someone for each
of us. Men need to wake up -
women are changing.
Marretta: How is it different for
women?! How have women
Big Boom: Men used to put
women on pedestals. Men assumed
that women knew they would cheat
and that women would accept
infidelity. Men also assume
that women would never
cheat. Now, women are cheat-
ing too, and that makes things
dangerous. Men's egos get hurt,
and that can lead to violence.
Men don't want to look bad, but
we often don't care how our
actions make women look.
Marretta: I almost forgot to
ask, why are you called Big
Big Boom: I've been called Big
Boom since the seventh grade. I
saw a circus performer describe
himself as a boomerang that you
could throw, but he would always
return. I liked that. I went to school
telling everyone to call me
"Boomerang." In the 1990s, Eddie
Murphy starred in the movie,
Boomerang, and I didn't want any-
one to think 1 copied my nickname
from his movie. So, I shortened
"Boomerang" to "Big Boom."
Marretta: You've written two
interesting, informative books.
Big Boom: Previously, I focused
on telling women about
Shown above is Boom signing a book for Linda Mack
vide business attire. I tell
women to give men their hearts,
but not the "beat." Quit giving
men all of you because we
don't give all of ourselves.
carry their mothers' pain and
heartache. Also, invite me to come
and talk to your communities. I
want to help everyone I possibly
Marretta: What's the Marretta: You're writing a third
"beat?" book, do you have any other imme-
i Big Boom: The "beat" is a diate plans?
*person's soul, her spirit. Big Boom: I'm trying to estab-
Give your love, not your lish my foundation, "Your Heart
soul. Your soul belongs to Still Beats," to help broken women.
) God. Many women have been hurt by
3 men. The foundation to designed to
Marretta: If you had a assist women with counseling,
specific message you'd training, career placement, and pro-
like to leave with your vide business attire. I tell women to
readers and the communi- give men their hearts, but not the
ty-at-large, what would it "beat." Quit giving men all of you
be? because we don't give all of our-
,\G Big Boom: I'd like selves.
mee t n an
their children and
young people that
look up to them,
tlit~s~ee thetPsr as
r Fmg~nodels/ e~'
have so many things
we need to teach our A litlt. go i
youth, why do we )(andII~ -
always manage to
show them the wrong
things?, I really want G
women to realize their I
daughters watch them. O1
Daughters want to wear B OnrJ
their mothers' clothes area:I~ (''::,
and makeup. We don't i, N~ii~Ew .u'Ir t
want them [daughters] to
Now it's time for me eo nell
women about themselves. Women
need to understand what's wrong
with them. Women can't use rela-
-tionships to fix themselves. They '
can't blame all their problems on
men. Women need to look inside,
at the heart of their problems.
Marretta: You're writing a third
book, do you have any other imme-
Big Boom: I'm trying to estab-
lish my foundation, "Your Heart
Still Beats," to help broken women.
many women have been hurt by
men. The foundation to designed to
assist women with counseling,
training, career placement, and pro-
The loneliest number: Declining marriage rates among African Americans hit women the hardest.
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Sonia and Eric Waye
Mark Little & Morris King Jr
Lynn Jones, Leon Smith & Jackie Lawson
Corey & R. Bean
Kim Mitchell, Lisa Brooks & Andria Simmons
Eddie & Lorraine Baggs
The honoree with a few of his table load of gifts.
Freddi Chappel and Pat Lockett-Felder
Ken Johnson and Joy Price Sherry Hayes, Iris Butler and Greg Miller
Brenda Roundtree w/ Tyrone Vic
Photos and story by Lynn Jones
Well known Jacksonville Realtor Tyrone P.
Townsend celebrated his 60th birthday with the theme
"An Evening in Paris". The celebration was held at the
Jewish Community Alliance Center on San Jose Blvd.
Throughout the night over 300 well-wishers gathered
to host, roast and toast their husband, father, brother,
uncip and friend to the end.
cki Scott, William Jones & Tyrone Townsend Mr. Tony &r Ms. Bridget Lamerica Poole, Josephine Butler and and Pat Love
The theme centered on Tyrone's passion of growing
up and being fascinated with the Eiffel Tower and the
amazement of such a magnificent structure. So on
Tyrone's 40th Birthday, Tyrone made the trip across the
water and had a grand old time in gay Paris! While
there, he climbed the Eiffel tower and gleamed in all its
lights and history.
TIyrone has since visited the Eiffel Tower 4 times!!!
Via video Tyrone paid tribute to his mother and pre-
viously had the lyrics of the hit song "D~ance with my
Father" penned by the late Lulther VanDross changed
to lyrics to celebrate "Danlcing with my Mother",
showing his Love for the woman who gave him life.
Tyrone also gave tribute to his life long friends of
many years: Edwin Wrigh~t (54 years), Curtis Brackett
(48 years), Lawrence Jordan (37 years) and Bob
Gibbs (32 Years).
Tyrone and his lovely wife Arvella danced thle night
away to an atmosphere that was filled with great food,
friends, family, and lots of dancing. With everything
from entering the room through the Arche de' Triumph
to the delicious chocolate cake almost as tall as th~e
Eifell Tower, each corner of the room had the feel of a
trip around the world.
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Dinner at my house 2 mw~one= when my best
friends come over. We all love the same things-like
my Dad's nine-bean soup! Noreen's favorites are
the cranberry beans. I told her people in Africa
have enjoyed that funny-named bean for almost
500 years! Haleema loves the lentils. Me, I love
them all because apart they're good but together
they are amazing! Just like us. It's nice to have
someone who appreciates my African American
history the way I do.
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