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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
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Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville, Fla
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2009
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weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Creator:
Jacksonville free press
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville, Fla
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2009
Frequency:
weekly
regular

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African Americans -- Newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Jacksonville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Duval County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre:
newspaper   ( marcgt )
newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage:
United States of America -- Florida -- Duval -- Jacksonville

Notes

Additional Physical Form:
Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available by subscription via the World Wide Web.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
ltuf - AKN0341
oclc - 19095970
alephbibnum - 002042477
lccn - sn 95007355
issn - 1081-3349
System ID:
UF00028305:00226

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Preceded by:
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Volume 23 No. 39 Jacksonville, Florida June 25 July 2, 2009


Su reme Court Shuns Challen e to Voting Rights Act


MLK's Papers to be basis of first

civil rights course at Morehouse
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal collection of papers will be
used for the first time to teach a college course on civil rights this fall.
Morehouse College in Atlanta said it will use the library of about
10,000 documents, books and other papers that have been housed at the
school since 2006.
The course called "Martin Luther King Jr. and the Modern Freedom
Struggle" will be taught by Clayborne Carson, who was named executive
director of the collection in January.
King graduated from historically Black Morehouse with a degree in
sociology in 1948.
Morehouse owns the collection, which was bought from the King estate
for $32 million in June 2006 in a last-minute sale brokered by Atlanta
Mayor Shirley Franklin to head offa planned public auction.

Trinidad/Tobago has taken over as

murder capital of the Carribean
With a steady rise in violent crime including an alarming increase in
homicides, Trinidad and Tobago has overtaken Jamaica as the "murder
capital of the Caribbean".
While homicides increased two percent in Jamaica in 2008, murders
were up a staggering 38 percent in Trinidad and Tobago.
Although much of the violence is gang-related, in recent years tourists
have increasingly become targets for robbery, sexual assault and murder.
In October 2008, a Swedish couple was chopped to death in their hotel
room in Tobago. Just 10 days later in Tobago, two British females were
robbed and sexually assaulted by a bandit who forced his way into their
holiday apartment.
The US and the UK have both issued travel advisories warning travel-
ers about increasmg violence and the failure of police in Tobago to appre-
hend and prosecute criminals.

CBC and NAACP at odds

over slavery apology
The Congressional Black Caucus may have some reservations about the
U.S. Senate's support of a resolution offering a formal apology for slay-

eqTh Se tN Ce as t sd k alei n the U.S. to apolo-
gize officially for the enslavement and segregation of millions of blacks
and to acknowledge "the fundamental injustice, brutality, and inhumani-
ty of slavery and Jim Crow laws.'
The resolution, sponsored with little fanfare by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-
Iowa, passed on a voice vote. It now moves to the House of
Representatives, where several members of the Congressional Black
Caucus have expressed concerns about a disclaimer that states that "noth-
ing in this resolution authorizes or supports any claim against the United
States; or serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.'
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, said 'Putting in a disclaimer takes
away from the meaning of an apology. A number of us are prepared to
vote against it in its present form. There are several members of the
Progressive Caucus who feel the same way.'
The NAACP, meanwhile, is in favor of the apology as is. The head
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Facebook launches a Swahili version
The social-networking website Facebook has launched in Swahili, tar-
geting more than 110m speakers of the language.
A group of Swahili scholars launched the new version with the permis-
sion ofthe California-based internet firm.
Facebook use has spread over the past five years in East and Central
Africa, where most Swahili-speakers live.
Analysts say a Hausa version could be launched next in West Africa and
Zulu for southern Africa. Facebook already exists in Afrikaans.
Symon Wonda, one of the project's initiators, said they wanted to launch
a Swahili version to safeguard the future of the language.
The Swahili siti has already been on trial for some time and word has
spread quickly.
The bulk of Swahili-speakers live in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, parts of the Horn of Africa, Malawi,
Mozambique and the Indian Ocean islands.
Facebook already exists in some 50 language versions.



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South. Voter turnout and registra-
tion rates now approach parity,"
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.
"Past success alone, however, is not
adequate justification to retain the
preclearance requirements.
"The Act imposes current burdens
and must be justified by current
needs."
The 9-0 vote reflects the consensus
the justices reached, putting aside
for now the larger, more difficult


questions on race and discrimina-
tion.
At issue is whether in 2006,
Congress properly extended the law
-- whose Section 5 mandates that
the covered states get advance
approval of changes in how their
elections are conducted -- or
whether the country has made
enough progress on racial equality
to make continued federal oversight
essentially unnecessary.


allowed states and local communi-
ties more power to challenge the
preclearancee" provision of the
1965 law. That provision provides
continuing federal control over
election practices in 16 states, based
on past discrimination against
minority voters.
Other states are not covered by the
provision even if they might dis-
criminate against minority voters.
"Things have changed in the


The Supreme Court has compro-
mised in a major voting rights case,
finding that a powerful enforcement
tool in the landmark Voting Rights
Act was being applied too broadly.
However, the decision avoided the
larger issue of whether the federal
government should continue to
have oversight to ensure that local
areas are free of voter discrimina-
tion.
By a unanimous vote, the justices


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Master of Ceremonies Rodney Hurst (left) and Jacksonville NAACP
President Isaiah Rumlin (right) presents the NAACP President's
Award to Dr. Arnett Girardeau (center).


.
Attitudes Performing Arts students Marquiette Andrews and
Jasmine Hurst greet the keynote speaker, Rev. Michael Eric Dyson fol-
lowing his dynamic address.


inspiring African-Americans, the educator, the-
ologian and political activist enlightened the
Jacksonville community to everything from
keeping the President accountable to police vio-
lence and Black love.
The 44th annual event brings together the
NAACP and community at large to remember


and reflect on the continuing struggle. Other pre-
sentations included the Sallye Mathis Award pre-
sented to Harry Burney and Alvin White; the
Rutledge Pearson Award given to NAACP
President Isaiah Rumlin and the Presidents
Award given to Atty. Wayne Hogan, Sen. Arnette
Girardeau and Stetson Kennedy. R. Silver Photos


The NAACP held their annual Freedom Fund
dinner this week featuring the renowned Rev.
Michael Eric Dyson filling in for Dr. Cornel
West. Held at the Prime Osborn Convention
Center. The event is a part of the organization's
national centennial anniversary celebration.
Dyson, known as one of the nation's most


The Fifth Annual Journey Into
Womanhood Scholarship Banquet
was held last weekend celebrating
leadership development in girls
ages 9-17. The program also
addresses the real issues youth are
faced with today.
One statistic of extra special note
is that all JIW graduates have gone
on to college according to Elexia
Coleman-Moss, founder and execu-
tive director of Empowerment
Resources.
"More than 150 young ladies
have participated in JIW. I am
proud that they have learned the
value of self, to be empowered to
make positive change happen." she
said.
JIW graduates, Taila McClain
and Courtney Hammond were hon-
ored for their scholastic achieve-
ments. McClain, who graduated
from Englewood High School,
received a $400 scholarship and
will attend Bethune-Cookman
University. She plans to become a
forensic scientist or a registered
nurse. "Journey Into Womanhood
has empowered me to become a
leader. I have shown my leadership
skills through volunteering in the
community and showing others that
they also can be leaders and reach
their goals," said McClam.
Orange Park High school gradu-


Back row (L-R) : Jessica Polote, Monique Young, Kaylah Norris, Teshara Laster, Kayla Orr, Kians
MooreTaila McClain, Courtney Hammond, Azhanay Walker, Jocelyn Benford, Akia Battle, Nyla Stanford
and Ashley Irven. Front row (L-R) : Niyah Fisher, Brianna Major, Nakiyah Brown, Daveshia McCloud,
Delesia Williams, Gabriele Brown, Tijana Rogers, Kelsey Smith, Janae Byrd, Arden Ward, Jasmine
Flourney, Deryn Dabney.GregMillerphoto
ate, Courtney Hammond received a respect and how to carry myself as cased their talents and leadership
$350 scholarship and also plans to a young lady, being a leader when skills to proud parents banquet
attend Bethune-Cookman needed, but also knowing when to attendees.
University, where she will major in follow and observe," said Journey Into Womanhood regis-
health service administration, with Hammond, traction for the 2009-2010 school
a minor in linguistics. "Journey Into In addition to the scholarship pre- year will begin in July. Call (904)
Womanhood has taught me self- sensations, JIW members show- 268-8287 for more information.


Faces of

Success
Enterprising couple
utilizes Beaver Street
Centers business
start up to educate
Jacksonville children
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munity who will lead the next generations' education,
employment, economic and social agenda. Contact Linnie
Finley at 904-366-3461 or Tanya Downs at 904-366-6495
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Review in 2006 and said in April Donnelley a 'prudent' move. It
he would have a statement soon on acknowledges the liens and says
the future of the publication, which 'we fully intend' to pay the contrac-
has not appeared in more than a tors.
year.] "'It's no secret that the entire
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which also publishes weekly Johnson Publishing Co., is feeling
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tered by sharp drops in advertis-
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its 67-year history. In
the past three months,
Johnson has been hit
with contractors' liens
claiming the company
failed to pay for work
worth nearly $500,000,"
Eddie Baeb and Ann Saphir
wrote in Crain's Chicago
Business.
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gaged its South Michigan
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secured previous debts to
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owned publishing company. beyond those of
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that different from other publishing black-owned,' says Ken Smikle,
companies', fall on the shoulders of president and publisher of
Chairman and CEO Linda Johnson Chicago-based Target Market
Rice, daughter of founder John News, which monitors African-
Johnson. Ms. Rice, 50, must American media. Advertisers are
remake her organization amid a slashing budgets that already were
downturn that is hitting African- under-allocated to black-targeted
American media especially hard. media, he says 'all those things
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lenge she faces in revitalizing mag- ny had invested in upgrading their
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Jason and Grace Mount, owners of the Huxtable group.


Faces of Suces s
Entrepreneuring couple utilizes business start up
services to transform community education


Both Jason Mount and his wife,
Grace Huxtable-Mount, grew up as
part of large families in small
Florida communities where higher
education was like a dream that
seemed almost out of reach. Today,
as partners in the Huxtable
Education Group, Grace and Jason
are reaching out to help children
seek and attain academic excel-
lence.
"A college education was a huge
accomplishment in my family,"
says Grace, who earned her Masters
in Elementary Education, with a
Literacy Specialization, at the
University of Florida and is nearing
completion of her PhD in
Educational Leadership. An ele-
mentary school teacher in Duval
County prior to establishing the
Huxtable Education Group, Grace
has partnered with her husband,
Jason Mount, a former BellSouth
2nd Level Manager holding a
Bachelors Degree from the
University of Florida and a MBA
from Webster University, to pro-
vide inner-city students with free
tutoring in reading and math.
During the past three years, with
headquarters conveniently located
at Beaver Street Enterprise Center,
Huxtable Education Group hits uti-
lized the federally 'mandated
Supplemental Educational Services
program to open the door to aca-
demic success for hundreds of stu-
dents across the State of Florida.
Now, having established a firm
foothold in education by serving
students K-8th grade through com-
prehensive, research based curricu-
lum taught by highly qualified
tutors, Huxtable Education Group
is expanding its horizons, with


Grace heading up a new child
development facility that will pro-
vide a healthy jump-start for chil-
dren ages 6 weeks through 5 years
old.
"From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., The
Learning Experience Child
Development Center at 8411
Southside Blvd. will provide a high
quality educational experience,
along with dynamic enrichment
programs, computer time and our
Early Reading Program, Fun with
Phonics, all at no additional cost to
parents," said Grace Huxtable
Mount, noting that The Learning
Experience (TLE) franchise is one
of the fastest growing child care
centers in the nation with hers
being the first one in Florida. With
a grand opening slated for June
2009, The Learning Experience
Child Development Center is dedi-
cated to encouraging a love of
learning in a fun-filled environ-
ment.
And, speaking of environment,
Jason Mount and Grace Huxtable-
Mount credit the nurturing business
incubator environment at Beaver
Street Enterprise Center with pro-
viding the resources, tools, part-
ners, people and encouragement
that have enabled their organization
to grow "in bigger ways than we
ever imagined possible."
"The children of our community
are the real beneficiaries of
Huxtable Education Group's suc-
cess story," said Jackie Perry,
Beaver Street's Executive Director.
"It has been and will continue to be
an honor to be involved with Jason
and Grace in this inspirational
learning experience."


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from the award winning Jacksonville Cake Shop at the Food Fight.
The Municipal Stadium was full of the best of Jacksonville's culinary
delights with the recent annualJacksonville Food Fight. The event show-
cases and highlights many of Jacksonville's most skilled chefs and bak-
ers.The highly visible and philanthropic event benefits the Second Harvest
Food Bank.


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the purpose of providing the commission with suggestions
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Yonkers, NY The earliest known
manuscript about an African-
American in the new United States
has been identified.
Dated July 4th, 1776, the hand-
written document relates to the life
of Cuff Dole, a black who was sold
into slavery as a young child by his
unscrupulous nurse. Confessing
what she had done on her deathbed,
Dole became free again, serving in
the Revolutionary War.
The document places him inside
George Washington's headquarters
in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Called "the Barrack on Prospect
Hill," the house was later owned by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and
immortalized in a poem.
Dole is believed the first African-
American to be mentioned in a doc-
ument in the history of the U.S.
Dole was part of the Pawlet
Expedition, and helped win the first
major victory for the Americans, at
Saratoga the following year.
He also was on the personal staff
of Gen. Benjamin Lincoln, who
commanded troops from Vermont
to South Carolina.
A researcher believes that Dole
may well have witnessed the flying
of the very first flag of the United
States in 1776, and later, the hang-
ing of Benedict Arnold's co-con-
spirator, Major Andre.


The Independence Day manu-
script, measuring about 6 by 8 inch-
es, is signed by another remarkable
patriot, Aaron Wood. In 1776,
Wood sat on 38 different commit-
tees. His wife is said to have taken
the first prisoner of the
Revolutionary War.
If July 4, 1776 represents the
symbolic beginning of the United
States, then this is the earliest
known such manuscript mentioning
an African-American.
His tombstone reads Cuffee
Dole-ARespectableManof Color
- ...White man, turn not away in
Disgust, Thou art my brother...."
In fitting tribute, as the cemetery
was enlarged over the years, by the
mid-nineteenth century his resting
place, once near its periphery,
would find itself near its center.
And ironically, his twelve acres of
land purchased in 1806 survive as
part of a public park.
By coincidence, the building of
the dealer who identified the Cuff
Dole manuscript, Cohasco, Inc., is
adjacent to another African-
American icon of freedom, the
"Liberation Lawn."
It was there in Yonkers that six
slaves were manumitted by the first
law of its kind in America, some 76
years before the Emancipation
Proclamation.


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Lee's meeting on northside's mandatory septic tank removal standing room only
- It was standing room only last week at the community meeting hosted by Councilwoman E. Denise Lee. held for her District 8 constituents, the meet-
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of diseases and chronic illnesses


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Dr. Michelle Bell, Dr. Tra'chella Johnson Foy, Hostess Dawn Lopez,


Diabetes Education Exercise
Nutrition (DEEN) an urban grass
root organization, held a June
Wellness Fest designed to provide
resources to enhance knowledge,
bring awareness, and prevention
material to increase the lifespan of
Jacksonville citizens.
Hosted by ABz-Solute Fitness at
the Gateway Town Center, the one-
day event was free and open to the
community. In addition to being set


in the fitness well body environ-
ment, several screening activities
were held as well as onside medical
professionals available to answer
questions, workshops, exhibits,
cooking and exercise demos to help
enhance the quality life by sharing
information that will help prevent
and improve the health disparities
in this community.
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planned for Cultural Heritage Center
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of the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center, Saturday, June 27th at 6
p.m. The even will take place in the parking lot at 374 Fourth Street South,
in Jacksonville Beach. For more information please call (904) 403-5101 or
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morning, 2006. Mr. Brown left behind at least 4 women
he had married, along with 6 children through marriage and 3 others who
may or may not have been fathered by Brown from women he hadn't mar-
ried
In death Brown was as much an enigma as he was in life. In the process
of making plans for family and friends, Brown left ongoing legal problems
with befuddling wills. In 2000, James Brown created a will covering his
personal property. He then used a different estate planning attorney to cre-
ate an irrevocable living trust to pass his musical legacy, image rights, busi-
nesses, and his South Carolina Island Estate to a charity to benefit under-


Most Americans are overweight.
According to NetWellness up to
66 percent the US population is
overweight or obese. And when it
comes to black folk we are defi-
nitely a "big-boned" race of people.
Approximately 60 percent of
African American men are over-
weight, and the number is much
higher for black women 78 per-
cent.
According to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services Office of Minority
Health, "African American women
have the highest rates of being
overweight or obese compared to
other groups in the U.S. About four
out of five black women are over-
weight or obese."
That is an amazing statistic. We
black men love us some "full fig-
ured" gals, but black women have
to focus more on their health. I am
not just singling out African
American women; we all tend to
eat more and are less active than
their ancestors especially our chil-
dren. The age of cable TV, the
Internet and video games have been
major contributing factors. But our
children are often a reflection ofus.
"In addition, 28.8 percent of men
and 50.8 percent of African
American women are considered
obese," according to additional
Netwellness data.
I mentioned our Internet era chil-
dren, but childhood obesity has
become a major issue throughout
American culture.


The issue is particularly trou-
bling because the extra pounds
often start our youth on a path to
health problems that were once
only found in adults like diabetes,
high blood pressure, and high cho-
lesterol.
So that's essentially the issue at
hand. We are a nation of mostly
over weight people and an African
American race of really overweight
folks. Again, some of it is cultural,
but blacks still have to get more
focused on our health,
And that's why I have a renewed
energy regarding healthier living -
again! But for real this time again!
I hit you with the reality of the
obesity issue, but there is some
light at the end of the tunnel. By
eating a more nutritious, low fat
diet and scheduling some regular
exercise into your daily routine you
can loose weight and improve your
health.
And not to confuse anyone, I am
certainly not the picture ofhealth or
a weigh-loss guru, but it doesn't
take an expert to know that by
reducing your calorie intake, eating
healthier and exercising you can
loose weight.
I don't need Dr. Atkins, Weight
Watchers or Jenny Craig to tell me
that. We all have the same issue
when it comes to dieting a lack of
patience and consistency. We want
quick results and if we don't get
them we really get frustrated.
So we turn to those quick hit
diets like low-carbs and they work


in the short term if you stick to
them, but typically in the long term
they do not. So most experts sug-
gest a life change versus investing
major dollars into fad diets.
That's where the patience and
consistency comes in. Low fat eat-
ing habits and regular physical
activity not only aid in weight
reduction, but can also reduce the
risk of diseases like diabetes, high
blood pressure, heart failure, etc.
Experts say that by reducing your
weight by just 5-10 percent may
reduce the risk of the diseases I just
mentioned.
Not only would your health be
better, but your pocket book would
feel better as well. Less doctor vis-
its and medication means more
money in your pocket.
And black folk, we don't have to
necessarily give up our Soul Food'
but we may have to change some
recipes. Soul foods traditionally
depend on fat, sugar and sodium
for their flavor.
If we use more herbs and spices'
Splenda and smoked meats versus
our traditional seasoning we could
really live healthier lives.
So now I must practice what I
just preached. Remember the
recipe is simple reduced fat
diet/lower calories and consistent
exercise will equal weight loss and
good health.
Signing off from the Health
Department'
Reggie Fullwood.


At some point we all look in the
mirror and after being utterly dis-
gusted or confused as to "how did
this happen" we commit to our-
selves that we are going to lose
weight. I think that I have one of
those moments about once a
month.
But this time I am serious.
Hmmm... I guess I was serious the
last couple dozen times I started a
diet. Nevertheless, it's the summer,
there is more daylight so why not
attempt to exercise before or after
work and eat better?
I know that it's easier said than
done. Most of you reading this arti-
cle or shall I call it a "confession"
have been there.
It's amazing how old folks and
children can be brutally honest with
you? If you look fat, then Auntie
Mary is going to tell you that you
look fat. Your young son or daugh-
ter may say daddy your stomach
sure is big.
Grandmothers are a little more
tactful at times mine might say
something like, I see that you've
been eating well.
Thanks Grandma for the obser-
vation.
But hey, sometimes that's what
we need. We need to see ourselves
in a photo or through someone
else's eyes before we realize that
we have gained weight. So what do
you do about it? No use in crying
over spilled milk just put a plan
together and follow it.
In fact, the statistics are scary.


privileged students. Some of his children
were not happy with so much of his proper-
ty passing to charity. Others wanted to
honor his wishes. Some challenged the
trustee and estate administrators for improp-
er management. At the end of the day,
Brown's total estate is valued at around $80
million but with substantial debt. There is
value there, but it can only grow if his image
and song rights are properly managed. The


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question is whether this cast of characters will be able to manage what
they've been bequeathed.
Brown's last wife was Tomi Rae Hynie, a former backing singer, who
married to him five years before he died. The problem in her case was that
Hynie was still technically married to a Pakistani man whom she claimed
wed her only to earn a Green Card. That marriage was eventually annulled
- after her marriage to Brown. Brown, reportedly, was very unhappy when
he learned about it and announced in August 2003 that he and Hynie were
separating. James Brown II, was born in 2001, even though Brown insist-
ed he'd had a vasectomy in 1984 so it seemed Brown did not want to leave
anything to Hynie. She was not mentioned in the will or trust. Neither was
her son, James Brown II.
In South Carolina when a spouse or child comes along after a will or trust
is created, the family members get a share in the estate and trust, unless the
estate planning documents) expressly disinherited them. This gave Hynie
and James II good grounds in the battle. The first question was: Could
Hynie qualify for this legal right when the marriage may not have been
valid? And, the second question apparently first raised by Brown himself
before he died is whether James II was really his son.
With all these claims, lawsuits, allegations and innuendos, the various
estate, trust and litigation attorneys worked out a comprehensive settlement.
The feuding family members agreed that 50 percent of Brown's property and
1-ights would go to charity as he wanted, 25 percent to Hynie (with an
acknowledgment that she was a lawful widow), and the final quarter passing
to some of Brown's adult children. The settlement also recognized James II
as a legitimate child and helir.
"I am so relieved and happy that the court has approved this settlement,
Rae said. "I want to be able to work with the trustees and other Brown fam-
ily members to promote James Brown's legacy." Deanna Brown, the singer's
daughter, said: "It has been a struggle, but God has blessed us and we are
thankful. We look forward to working towards the goals of our father by
providing education scholarships for impoverished students and his own
grandchildren, and making his home a museum for the world to come and
see."
The Brown family's assets can be royalties from his 800 songs and pro-
ceeds from sale of his 60-acre, riverfront estate on Beech Island, South
Carolina. In the meantime, possible sources of revenue for Brown's legacy
include "A Tribute to James Brown" tour managed by Bootsy Collins, who
played in Brown's backup band, the J.B.'s in 1970 and 1971. The tour is
scheduled a September 25 start. Millions of dollars may also come from a
biopic director Spike Lee is preparing about Brown's life


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The 2009 Blueprint for
Leadership class graduated recent~
ly at The University Club, marking
the 20th anniversary of Blueprint
for Leadership. Joyce Morgan
Danford and Betty Asque Davis,
members of the first class in 1989
spoke to the graduating class about
a life marked by service.
Each year the Blueprint for
Leadership class develops and
implements a service project. This
year's project was an "Extreme
Makeover" at Community
Connections. They overhauled the
courtyard, transforming it into a
lovely oasis for families to enjoy,
complete with a fountain and out-
door furniture. They also hosted
an extremely successful clothing
drive and renovated the clothing
closet. The class then installed
new racks and sorted and hung
clothes for the ladies to access with
ease. A food drive to restock the
food pantry yielded more than
1,000 items of food.
Class members are Mark Bajalia
- Brennan, Manna & Diamond,
PL; Galen Bauer Spohrer &
Dodd, P.L.; Nicole Brake Price
Waterhouse Coopers LLP;
Lafayette Cope Citi Cards;
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Prudential; Felecia Fredericks -
Police Athletic League of
Jacksonville; Dail Frye -
University of Phoenix; Travis
Hutson The Hutson Companies;
Stella Johnson Family Nurturing
Center of FL; Ann Johnson Mayo
Clinic; Mary Jury HandsOn
Jacksonville; Kelly Micheau Big
Brother's Big Sister's of Northeast
FL; Heather Parker-Fraser BAE
Systems; Jacqulyn Perry Fresh
Ministries/Beaver Street
Enterprise Center; Cesar Restrepo


- Citi; Dewitt Robinson Duval
County Public Schools; Desirae
Royal -Duval County Public
Schools; Myra Simmons Duval
County Public Schools; Jacklyn
Smith Lauren Ashley Real Estate,
LLC; Chris Strohmenger Rogers
Towers P.A.; Bobbi Warford Mia
Jones Campaign; Ann-Marie West
- American Red Cross NE FL
Chapter and Prudence Williams ~
Jacksonville Children's
Commission.


The results of a nine-month effort
to determine a plan for reducing
childhood obesity in Jacksonville
was unveiled last week with the
report, 2009 Healthy Kids, Healthy
Jacksonville: A Community Call to
Action. It defines priority actions
and steps that can be taken to
reduce and ultimately reverse the
health epidemic in Jacksonville.
In the Community Call to Action
Plan, specific recommendations for


how to reduce childhood obesity
are outlined for the: City of
Jacksonville; healthcare systems
and providers; schools; early child-
hood providers; organizations; and
employers. In addition, grant
opportunities are available through
Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
To view the report in its entirety,
visit www.dchd.net or call 904-
253-2520 to request a copy of the
plan.


to 22% statewide and 39% national-
ly. 37% of Duval County's home-
less adults reported a mental disor-
der as compared to 17% statewide
and 28% nationally.
"Individuals with disabilities
have fewer resources available to
them than others. Many don't
receive housing (HUD) because
they're lower on the priority list
than families with children," said
River Region CEO Derya Williams.
Residents at Andy's Place will
receive life skills training which


will increase their opportunities to
become productive, have income,
and be contributing members of the
community.
Serving the Jacksonville com-
munity for over thirty years, River
Region has been providing a full
continuum of care for persons who
suffer from substance use, mental,
and co-occurring disorders in addi-
tion to services to those with
HIV/AIDS and permanent support-
ive housing for homeless adults suf-
fering from these conditions.


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Hair becomes the bride
Alright this column is geared towards all of my beautiful ladies who
are no longer single...the wedding bells are ringing and ya girl wants to
make sure your hair is all that it can be.
For starters I believe that you are beautiful being you; what does that
mean? Quite simply don't go for a completely new look. Don't you want
your husband to be able to recognize you on your wedding day? Just
asking... If you have short hair work with it. If you have acute pixie cut
or a classic Halle Berry, keep it. Work it on your wedding day, sassy can
be very sexy.
Now for all of you with medium length hair here's a suggestion. Why
not add a loose wave extension; something that can be pinned up in a
simple style. Ok I'm going to repeat that, something that
can be pinned up in a simple style. Remember there
is beauty in simplicity. Sometimes we can oler-
do it. As far as the hair is concerned, keep in,
mind this is your big day and you want to look -
amazing. Don't skimp. Remember, you get *
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in the budget a decent pack of hair will be at
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thing that you would want in there.
As far as your style is concerned, a loose sale
will look great on your wedding day, and just as .5
good on your honeymoon. The right hair should 1
have a natural curl to it which means you can get it wet if your honey-
moon includes a beach. Trust me a nice loose curl is touchable and has
low maintenance.
One last thing if you're only going to have the hair in for a couple of
weeks I wouldn't have a problem bonding it in. I know there are many
arguments against bonding but as long as it's not something you're doing
all the time you should be just fine.
So there you are. Now you have one less thing to worry about on your
wedding day.
To ask PK your question or learn more about the products in this arti-
cle, visit her on the web or phone at: 636-0787 or email
pk @salonph. com.


River Region's Parental Home
Road campus just got a little bit
bigger with the completion of 32
supportive housing units to serve
members of our community who
have a particularly difficult time
obtaining housing people who are
both homeless and have disabilities.
There is a critical need in
Jacksonville for housing and com-
prehensive supportive services to
chronically homeless individuals


afflicted with substance abuse,
mental, and co-occurring disorders.
In 2008, there were 8% more home-
less in Jacksonville than in 2007.
Homeless census and survey data
indicate that Jacksonville's home-
less population has higher rates of
substance use disorders and mental
disorders than on the state and
national levels. 45% of Duval
County's homeless adults reported a
substance use disorder as compared


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The highest numbers of HIV cases
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many of the areas with the highest
rates of HIV that is, the highest
proportion of people with the
AIDS-causing virus are in the
South, according to the data map,
which has information for about 99
percent of the nation's counties.
HIV infection rates are higher in
African-American communities,
and high minority populations in
the South help explain the finding.
While that's not surprising, the high
rates seen throughout states like
Georgia and South Carolina were.
Of 48 counties with the highest
prevalence rates for HIV that had
not yet progressed to AIDS, 25
were in Georgia, according to the
map. Those were counties in which
more than .7 percent of the popula-
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Georgia, Florida, South Carolina
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2nd Annual God and Country

Independence Celebration
Solomon Lodge No. 20 and the Scottish Rite of Jacksonville invite all
to join them on July 4th, at the Confederate Park, 956 Hubbard Street, for
a celebration that will include a kid's area, historical tour, carriage rides, and
much more. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. The Local Navy Band will
perform at 1:30 p.m. There will be bouncy houses, pony rides and crafts for
the children. Also, carriage rides and tours of the Barnett Mansion.

The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp
The Gifts Within Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Dr. Tanya B.
Brooks began June 15th through August 7, 2009 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. Monday Friday. The location of the camp is at One Accord Ministries
International, where Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. is Pastor, 2971 Waller
Street in Jacksonville, FL. (That's at the intersection ofl-10 & McDuff.)
The camp is designed to bring out the gifts your children have within
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them. Whether it's singing, dancing, acting, playing instruments, etc... camp
Director Dr. Brooks has plans to bring them out.
For registration information call 904.389. 7373.

Summer Camp at Philippian
Summer Camp 2009, sponsored by Power for Developing Successful
Youth, Inc. and Philippian Community Church began June 8th and end
August 14th. An Extended Camp will be held during the week of August
17th. Camp hours are 6:30 am to 5:45 pm, Monday Friday for ages 3 to
15. Jacksonville Children's Commission funded seat are available. For
information visit our website PFDSY.org or call 765-7173.

BRide Of the Choirs
Expanding Minds, Inc. is sponsoring a Battle of the Choirs Contest on
July 11th at 5 p.m.. A $500.00 grand prize will go to the winning choir and
they must have a minimum of 15 people in it. It will be held at the Cathedral
of Faith, 2591 West Beaver Street. For more information: www.expanding-
mindsinc.com or call 887-3309

Songfest at God's Temple of Love
On June 27th 2009 from 11:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. there will be a songfest
on the church grounds with national recording artists the Supreme Seven
Gospel Singers of Tallahassee, Fla. Also appearing will be various artists
from the First Coast such as The Gospel Shepherds, Gospel Cavaliers, Bro.
Floyd Perkins, Bro. Al Andres and a host of others from around the
Jacksonville area. You are invited to come out and enjoy a day of prayer
praise and testimony to the Lord.
For further information contact Pastor Young at 588-8631 or Min. David
Scott at 401-9003.


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Holyfield Takes
by Ann Brock
I don't have a problem with
tithing and I am a believer in bibli-
cal giving of 10 percent of your
income... whether based on your net
or your gross...It's a stretch for
many Christians which was done
through a study by the Christian-
based survey organization The
Barna Group which was released
last year which revealed only 5 per-
cent of Americans tithed.


Tithes Serious
which Warner is affiliated with,
both preach the prosperity gospel. It
states, in a nutshell, that God will
bless those most who contribute
substantially to the church.
When asked about Holyfield's
enormous contribution, World
Changers Pastor Creflo Dollar said,
"I'm as comfortable as I would be
by someone whose tithe is five dol-
lars."
Pressed about Meyer's recently


Last weekend on ESPN's Outside
The Lines, the network is going to
do a special on Athletes giving 10%
of their salaries to preachers.
One of the featured athletes,
Evander Holyfield, has paid an esti-
mated $20 Million in tithes to Creflo
Dollar's World Changers Church in
Atlanta. And now he's broke. His
home ts being foreclosed, and he's
behind in child support payments.
Even so, Evander's so deep in debt
e for that he has to continue fighting -
oxer and he risks being killed in the ring.


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Rev. Walter Ellis & the Country Boys
Spirit Filled Gospel Lineup
Headline Birthday Celebration
Billy McGraw's Birthday Celebration will feature a full gospel celebration
of renowned artists. Included in the lineup are Rev. Walter Ellis and the
Country Boys, R.A.D.A.R., Billy Crayton & Christ's Ambassadors and
Rev. Al Danard & New Testament. The spirit filled event will be held on
Saturday, June 27th at the Spirit of Life Worship Center located at 1076
-ab le Street starting at 6 p.m.. For tickets or more information, call 254-

Mt. Pisgah AME to Celebrate Dual Day
The Roberts Mount Pisgah AME Church. 1915 Jordan Street, Atlantic
Beach; Reverend Ruby N. Lowe, Pastor; will celebrate Dual Day on
Sunday, June 28, 20()9.
Mrs. Bernice Parker-Bell, M.Ed., M.S., M.A. will deliver a motivating
and uplifting message at 9 a.m. She is a member of Shiloh Metropolitan
Church.
Reverend Michael L. Mitchell, Pastor of St. Stephens AME Church will
deliver a spirit filled message at 1:30 p.m. All are invited.

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Evander Holyfield


EvanderrHolyfield. The f

champion had a chunk of his ear bit
off in his most infamous bout
against Mike Tyson in 1997. He
received a $35 million payout for
the fight. A flat 10 percent-$3.5
million went to Atlanta's World
Changers Church.
The charitable giving of profes-
sional athletes, with a focus on
Holyfield and Arizona Cardinals
quarterback Kurt Warner, was the
subject of a piece run last weekend
by ESPN's Outside the Lines news
magazine.
World Changers and Missouri-
based Joyce Meyer Ministries


Reportedly he is still giving.
sold $2 million home, Warner com-
pared international ministry heads
to corporate CEOs and wealthy ath-
letes such as himself. "Does it mean
I shouldn't have (wealth) just
because I'm a Christian?" he asked
rhetorically....Regardless of your
opinion of the prosperity gospel,
ESPN wraps up with a telling state-
ment by Holyfield, who is facing
foreclosure on his mansion.
. "I'm going to pay my tithe first,"
he said when presented with the
choice of paying it or his mortgage.
"Me paying that tithe is going to
better me in the long run."


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Florida A & M University is providing an outstanding opportunity for
Black women entering college in the fall of 2009. It is designed to
address their absence in the field of computer technology.
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Dr. Jason Black is the Principal Investigator of a recently awarded
$552,000 NSF Grant entitled African-American Women in Computer
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The grant provides scholarships from $4000 to $10,000 per year for
female African American students.
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We need your help to get the word out about this great opportunity to
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various performing talents and
audition for a spot on the show,
which will take place on October
22, 2009 on the stage of the Terry
Theater at the Times-Union Center
for the Performing Arts. Proceeds
from the event will benefit
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid .
Last year's event was a huge suc-
cess. It brought over 200 to the
Terry Theater and raised about
$18,000.
For more information call 651-
1919 or rpreddy@preddylaw.com.


Members of the legal community
are asked to come out and display
their talents for a worthy cause.
Auditions will be held Thursday,
June 25th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
and on Saturday, July 11th from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. for the "2nd Annual
Jacksonville Bar Association and
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid's
"There Oughta Be A Law" Lawyer
Variety Show. The auditions will be
held at St. John's Cathedral, 256
East Church Street.
Attorneys, Judges and their fam-
ilies are invited to show off their


100 Black Men of America Chairman Albert Dotson, Jr., The
Honorable Douglas Wilder, U.S. Army General William 'Kip' Ward,
100 Black Men of America CEO John Hammond III during the
Grand Party with the 100. General Ward accepted the prestigious
Chairman's Award For Leadership during the event.
Record Numbers Attend 100 Confab
Global leaders, celebrities and business executives recently convened in
New York City for the 23rd Annual 100 Black Men of America, Inc.,
Conference that focused on education in the Black community.
More than 3,000 attendees participated in the four-day conference that
drew notable leaders such as: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,
New York Governor David Paterson, New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, The Honorable Douglas Wilder the nation's first African
American governor since Reconstruction, former New York City Mayor
David Dinkins and more.
"There is an enormous achievement and opportunity gap impacting
African-American youth as it relates to grade level education and higher
education opportunities. This year's record setting conference tackled
these issues from a global perspective, finding solutions to educating our
young men and women and directing our members to act and inspire oth-
ers to act on the solutions discussed," Chairman of the 100 Black Men of
America, Inc., Al Dotson, Jr., Esq.
This year's historic event broke conference attendance records for mem-
bers, spouses, youth and corporate partners. In addition to the generous
support of the corporate sponsors, a number of partnering organizations
made significant financial investments and launched a number of pro-
grams during the conference. "Thanks to the generosity of our corporate
partners, we are able to impact lives globally as we better our communi-
ties, strengthen our families and prepare our youth for a brighter future,"
added Dotson.
The 24th Annual Conference is scheduled June 16-20, 2010 at the Westin
Diplomat in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. For more information on the 100
Black Men of America, Inc., or to view footage from this year's confer-
ence, visit www.100blackmen.org.


say their influence has diminished.
"The black church's leadership no
longer has a monopoly," said Aldon
Morris, professor of sociology at
Northwestern University who has
studied the black Baptist church.
In a way, the church is partly a
victim of its own success.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
and some other Baptist leaders
played a key role in the civil rights
movement. Because of their efforts,
African Americans established
themselves in leadership roles in
the worlds of politics and business,
and so they don't have to now rely
solely on the church. The election
of President Barack Obama is the
most notable example.
Still, Morris said, "there is no
doubt the black church remains the
most important and fundamental
institution within the black commu-
nity."
The annual Congress of Christian
Education by the National Baptist
Convention USA is a group with
roots that go back to the 19th
Century. There are reported to be
anywhere from 5 million to 8 mil-
lion individual members nationally,
making it what some say is the
largest African-American group.
During the civil rights struggles, the
National Baptists had somewhat of
a conservative reputation and
opposed the nonviolent protest
movement led by King.
That resulted in King and other
civil rights leaders breaking off to
form the Progressive Baptist
National Convention, which
preached a prophetic message that
pushed for social change.
But over the decades, that split
narrowed as both groups -- and


Other black Baptist denominations -
- forged common ground on fight-
ing for justice. In recent years, for
example, the four major black
Baptist groups issued joint state-
ments against the Iraq war.
Still, divides remain. Some
churches have embraced women
preachers and are open to gay mem-
bers, while others are opposed to
both.
The wide range of views is what
makes the Baptist tradition so rich,
ministers say. Baptists don't have a
national hierarchy, which allows
each individual church to chart its
own course.
"The Baptist church is built on
freedom," Branch said. "It has a
tremendous history and is an
anchor, but at the same time, pro-
vides the freedom to allow a diver-
sity of ideas."
Today, most Baptist churches
around the country are striving to
combine inspirational teachings
that help people in their everyday
lives with social activism and com-
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The Rev. E.L. Branch, left, praises God on Sunday at Third New
Hope Baptist Church in Detroit. Third New Hope, which boasts 3,000
members, is the host church for the National Baptist Convention USA,


which began Monday in Detroit.
Beginning this week, up to
40,000 people converged on
Detroit, MI of the National Baptist
Convention USA, the biggest black
religious group in the United States.
"The African-American church ...
is always wrestling with the ques-
tion of relevance," said the Rev.
E.L. Branch, pastor at Third New
Hope, host church for the conven-
tion. Yet, he added, it "remains one
of the key anchors."
The denomination faces chal-
leilges as its influence wanes in try-
ing times of diversity and options.
The Baptist denomination faces
challenges it will have to deal with
in coming years, ministers and
experts say.


Some congregants who were
raised Baptist are leaving for non-
denominational and Pentecostal
churches. Others have moved out to
the suburbs and no longer identify
with the traditional urban Baptist
church. And the decline of the
economy has crimped church
development.
Meanwhile, Baptist leaders must
now compete for attention with a
diverse range of power centers
within the African-American com-
munity.
Decades ago, black Baptist
churches were a major source of
social services, political activity
and support within the community.
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NFL 101
Workshop for Women
PRI Productions brings NFL 101 -
Workshop for Women to the com-
munity. Designed especially for
females to teach you everything
you need to know about football.
The attendees will be taught direct-
ly from NFL players, coaches, ref-
erees and analysts. Classes will be
held on Tuesdays throughout June
and July in various areas around
the city. These two hour workshops
will be held from 7- 9:00pm.
Attendees will receive a NFL 101
Workbook, a special gift and a tick-
et to a Jacksonville Jaguars 2009
home game. For more informa-
tion, call Lori Pugh at 904-398-
8179.

Beauty Shop the Play
On Thursday, June 25, 2009,
Shelly Garrett's Beauty Shop 2009
will be at the Florida Theatre for
one night only. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.

Issues & AnswerS
JCCI monthly Issues & Answers
I hsdforumunewiH beNh T
topic will be STDs & HIV: How do
we stop the epidemic? And will fea-
ture a Health Dept. official. Bring
your own lunch and reservations
are requested. It will be held at
JCCI Headquarters located at 2434
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion contact Chandra@jeci.org.


Urban League Young
PrOfeSSionals roup
The Jacksonville Urban League
Young Professionals will have its
next meeting on July 8th at 6 p.m.-
The Jacksonville Urban League
Young Professionals (JULYP) is a
network of young professionals
within the JUL community who
will lead the next generations' edu-
cation, employment, economic and
social agenda. Contact Linnie
Finley at 904-366-3461 or Tanya
Downs at 904-366-6495 for more
information. The meting will be
held at the local Urban League
headquarters located at 903 W.
Union Street.

Pla Date Jax
Want to meet and greet fellow
Jacksonvillians ina casual fun envi-
ronment? Then you may want to
come out for the next Play Date on
July 10th. Organizers call it a
"sophisticated nightlife option for
Jacksonville's professional". The
monthly event will include food,
fun, games and music. For more
information, visit playdatejax.com'

Ribault Class of '83
The Ribault Senior High School
Class of 1983 will have a Summer
time to Unwind" Cookout on July
11, 2009 at Lonnie Miller Park,
11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. The cost is
free. Bring your own food (chick-
en, ribs, hotdogs, hamburgers, crabs
etc.) and/or grill. Also brmg your
lawn chairs. Come out and join
your classmates for a day of fun
under the sun. For more informa-
tion call Letitia Flanders at 764-
9924 or log onto Classmates.com
and Ribaultalumni.com.

Summer Splash Down
at Clanzel Brown Park
On Friday, July 17th from 6 9
p.m., come to the Clanzel Brown
pool for the Sumer Sun Splash


Down. Come and participate in
sack races, egg toss, water balloon
toss, swimming games, and more!
Refreshments will be served while
they last. For more information call
630-4100. The park is located at
4545 Moncrief Rd.

Comedy Explosion at
the Florida Theatre
There will be a comedy concert at
the Florida Theater featuring
nationally known comedians
Anthony Anderson, Tommy
.
Davidson, Vanessa Fraction and
Special K. It will be held on
Saturday, July 25th at 8 pm. For
more information call 451-7482.

First Coast Adult
TORRIS Championship
The First Coast Tennis Foundation
Adult City Championships returns
July 31 to August 2 at Jacksonville
Golf & Country Club. More than
250 adults of all levels participated
last year so register early. Details
for the event, including registration
procedures can be found at first-
coasttennis.com or call 338-8713.

Mike Epps in Concert
Comedian Mike Epps will be in
concert on Friday, July 31st at
8:00 p.m.at the Times Union
Center Moran Theater. Ticket prices
range from $39.50- 65.50. Tickets
available at the Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena Box
Office, Ticketmaster outlets, or
charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

Jamie Foxx in Concert
Comedian and chart topping R&B
performer Jamie Foxx will be in
concert for on night only at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
.
Arena. Foxx will take the stage on
Friday, August 28, 2009 at 8 p.m.
For tickets or more information,
call ticketmaster at 353-3309 or 1-
800-745-3000.


Anthony Hamilton
18 CORCert
R & B crooner Anthony Hamilton
will be live in concert on Tuesday
July 2nd at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theater. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call 355-2787.

ZOO-ly Jamboree
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will
host an Independence Day weekend
on Friday, July 3rd through
Sunday, July 5th. The old-fash-
ioned Fourth of ZOO-ly Jamboree
will take place in the Zoo's Great
Lawn area. There will also be prize
drawings, visits from Jazoo, live
animal encounters, potato sack and
egg relay races (with prizes for the
winners) and a visit from Uncle
Sam. Kids will get red, white and
blue bubbles as a special gift (while
supplies last). The Zoo is open
until 6 p.m. on weekends and holi-
days from March to Labor Day. For
more information, go to jack-
sonvillezoo.org.

All-American 4th
at the Landing

r he community is invited to exp
Jacksonville Landing. The variety
of activities will include live enter-
tainment from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and
the City sponsored fireworks on
the riverfront at 9:45 p.m. Free and
open to the public. For more infor-
mation call 813-8049.


at the Hyatt Riverfront. The event
will include health screenings, a
luncheon and inspirational keynote
speaker Mother Love. For tickets or
more information, call 549-2938.


VeteraBS
Entrepreneurial
Training
The Small Business Development
Council at UNF will present V.E.T.
- Veterans Entrepreneurial Training
be inning June 29th. V.E.T. is a
business development program
designed to help Veterans who may
aspire to start a business hone the
skills needed to create, manage and
grow a successful business.
Throughout the five week course,
V.E.T. participants will work on
moving their own business ideas to
become a reality or experience new
levels of growth for existing ven-
tures. Call 620-2476 for more
information.


ygrst Wednesday
Art Walk

oWalk is a frees f-guidem -
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses on the
first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine, this month on July
1st. Choose your own route, or
begin at Headquarters at 100 N.
Laura St.


Clothes tave-a-way
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee for the
Millions More Movement Inc. will
Give-A-Way Clothes, Saturday,
June 27th. The location is 45th and
Dodge Road, from 11:00 a.m. til
5:00 p.m. If you have questions,
want to volunteer or just want to
learn more about the Milhons More
Movement visit www.jaxloc.com,
or call 904-240-9133.
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Ask Corrine
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Journalists is sponsoring a
special community forum with
Congressional Representative
Corrine Brown. It will be held on
Saturday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. at
the Jacksonville Urban League.
"Ask the Congresswoman: A
Conversation with Congresswoman
Corrine Brown," is designed to
allow the Congresswoman to
answer questions and address a
variety of topics. It is open to the
public. For more information, call
607-0660.

URIVersal SisterS
Health Event
Universal Sisters, a unique one
day event will address specific con-
cerns for women of color including
health, well being and personal
safety. It will be held on Saturday,
June 27th from 8 a.m. 3:30 p.m.


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"What a great idea. Maybe, I
could do the same thing with my
music."
Motown, which drew mainly
from home-grown Detroit talent,
created music that crossed racial
boundaries.
"The common denominator is the
universality of the lyrics. The sim-
plicity of the lyrics," says Audley
"Kano" Smith, chief executive of
the Motown Museum located in
Berry's former home and studio.
He said Motown evolved with the
times including a period of tremen-
dous upheaval in American cities.
"I think that Motown was clearly
one of the most important social
movements that existed in tandem
or parallel to political activism in
the streets that as well as things that


Fifty years after the birth of
Motown, the music lives on as a
legacy for a city that has seen more
than its share of hard times in the
past decades.
The Motown record label
launched in January 1959 by one-
time auto worker Berry Gordy with
a loan of 800 dollars from his fami-
ly became a worldwide phenome-
non that still influences today's
music.
The Detroit label quickly became
the largest producer of 45 RPM sin-
gles, with more than 180 number
One hits, and grew into the largest
black-owned business in the United
States
From a tiny studio in Berry's
home on Grand Boulevard,
Motown produced songs that
became a virtual sound track for
American baby boomers: from the
Temptations' joyful "My Girl", to
Marvin Gaye's landmark "I Heard It
Through the Grapevine", to
Smokey Robinson's soulful "The
Tracks of My Tears".
Motown discovered 11-year-old
Stevie Wonder singing on a street
corner, and launched the careers of
stars such as Diana Ross and the
Supreme, the Four Tops and the
Jackson 5 with its child star
Michael Jackson.
The anniversary is being marked
by a series of events this year at
Detroit's Motown museum and
elsewhere by Universal Music,
which now owns the Motown label.
A half-century after its founding,
Motown is still seen as a force in
the music world and in Detroit that
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were happening," said Audley
Smith.
"When you think about the lyrics
of Marvin Gaye's (Vietnam War
protest song) 'What's Goin' On?' or
Steve Wonder's social anthems
about the struggles going on in the
cities, and the passion in which
those lyrics expressed the concems
of everyone.
"By the same token when Martha
Reeves sang 'Dancing in the Street,
that was for everyone, and that kind
of music resonated across racial and
economic lines.
Some argue that Motown became
a victim of its own success and that
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it lost its soul when it moved from
Detroit to Los Angeles and became
part of big music conglomerates.
,,
Motown is as symbolic of
dreams frustrated as it is to great
music," writes Nelson George in
book "Where Did Our Love Go?
The Rise and Fall of the Motown
Sound.
Motown is no longer about the
specific accomplishments of a
Detroit-based record label but about
a musical moment in time," writes
Suzanne Smith.
She said Motown logically grew
out of Detroit, with its long music
tradition in jazz, and the large black
middle class that emerged from the
auto industry.
There was a configuration of
things, the public school system
was strong, music education was
strong, so Detroit was uniquely able
to produce this phenomenon," she
said.
Now, she says, "the Motown
sound primarily acts as a commer-
cial trademark used by corporations
to evoke a nostalgia for the 1960s."
Still, Motown veterans say the
music hves on.
"Motown is a classic sound that
has stood the test of time," says
Dennis Coffey, a guitarist who
played on many Motown record-
ings as part of largely white backup
band "The Funk Brothers."
Adds Frances Nero, a singer who
recorded on the Motown label from
1965 to 1967, "It's a sound that's
here to stay and will be appreciated,
maybe for another 50 years."


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OVER pleads GUILTYin assaulting Rihanna.
Chris Brown will get 180 days in a labor diversion
program (aka community service) in Virginia and he -
gets 5 years probation for FELONY assault. He also
must enroll in a domestic violence problem for con-
victed batters. r
The judge also issued a "Stay Away Order" barring
Chris Brown from contacting or coming within 50
yards of Rihanna for the foreseeable future (at least
until August). This was despite Rihanna's claim that she doesn't want that
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a farm system for the WWE. According to RadarOnline,
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OPRAH DOES IT BIG FOR ENTIRE STAFF TAKES
ENTIRE STAFF ON CRUISE:
Oprah Winfrey is again footing the bill for her entire Harpo staff and their
families to join her on vacation this time on a Mediterranean cruise.
Winfrey and her staff left Chicago on Saturday for Spain, Italy, Turkey,
Greece and Malta. She is covering transportation, food, drinks and activi-
ties at port stops. The cost about $5,400 a person.
In 2005, Winfrey celebrated the end of her "Wildest Dreams" season
by surprising her staff with an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii.
JADA WORRIED ABOUT CHINA FILM SHOOT
Jada Pinkett Smith says she's a little worried about her upcoming family
trip to China, where her son Jaden will film a "Karate Kid" remake pro-
duced by her husband, Will Smith.
The Smith clan will be spending July, August and September in the coun-
try, but her excitement about living temporarily in the Far East is equaled
by her concern about the family's privacy.
nWhen you're getting messages like, 'Just know any emails you get there
are open to the government,' that's different... There's no privacy," she tells
WENN. "But I'm excited because I know there's a lot of history there.
And she's also worried about the air quality in Beijing: "Everybody
keeps telling me, 'Wear your mask... Bring your own air.'"
The Smiths leave for China on July 3.


The Motown Museum in ]Detroit, Michigan. Fifty years after the birth


barriers.
nI think Motown is one of the
most positive things the city has
produced," says Suzanne Smith, a
Detroit native and history professor
at George Mason University who
authored a book on Motown,
"Dancing in the Street", named
after the hit song.
"It's an African-American success
story that continues to inspire peo-
P le."
Gordy was inspired by his experi-
ences, including his work on the
assembly line at a Lincoln-Mercury
automobile plant.
"Every day I watched how a bare
metal frame, rolling down the line
would come off the other end, a
spanking brand new car," he said in
a 2007 speech.


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African American and Hispanic
women continue to receive dis-
parate treatment in the mortgage
lending process, according to a
new report from the National
Council of Negro Women.
The report, "Assessing the
Double Burden: Examining Racial
and Gender Disparities in
Mortgage Lending," indicates that
in many cases, disparities by race
widened as income levels
increased one of several signs
that discrimination continues in
the industry.
Data collected under the Home
Mortgage Disclosure Act for 2007
(the latest year for which data is
publicly available) for 100 of the
largest metropolitan areas (MSA)
in the U.S. was examined for the
report, which includes a ranking
of those areas by worst overall


disparities.
Accordingtothereportmiddle-
and upper-income black females
were at least twice as likely to
receive high-cost loans as middle-
and upper-income white females
in more than 8400 of the MSAs.
Hispanic females in the same
income group were at least twice
as likely to receive high-cost loans
as white females in the income
group in almost 62% of the MSAs.
"In an era of change, this report
shows that there is still much more
work to be done." said Avis Jones-
DeWeeler of the National Council
of Negro Women. "Results like
those uncovered by this study
make it painfully clear that for far
too many. fair treatment in mort-
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and still unfulfilled goal."


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Major League Baseball'Beacon Award' recipients, from left to right,
baseball great Hank Aaron, boxing great Muhammad Ali and enter-
tainer Bill Cosby wear their awards during the Civil Rights Game cer-
emony before a game between the Chicago White Sox and the
Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, Saturday, June 20,
2009, in Cincinnati.

Annual Baseball Civil Rights Game


Moderator Charles Ogletree, from left, ask questions to panelist bas-
ketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, Dr. Richard Lapchick, direc-
tor of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport and former MLB
player Harold Reynolds as they discuss issues during the Civil Rights
Game 'Baseball and the Civil Rights Movement' roundtable discus-
sion at the National Underground Freedom Center.

Tributes and Celebrates Change


time, at the National Underground
Railroad Freedom Center, and a
baseball clinic on Fountain Square,
where present-day Reds gave
encouragement to possible future
big leaguers.
Before the clinic started, Clinton
delivered an eloquent keynote
address for the Civil Rights Game's
Beacon Awards luncheon.
In his 34-minute address, Clinton
paid tribute to the Beacon Awards
honorees, three beacons of inspira-
tion: Aaron, baseball's pre-steriods-
era home run king and champion of
everyone being able to participate
in the pursuit of excellence on the
playing field and in life; Ali, whose
actions against war and on behalf of
human rights continue to resonate
long after the end of his illustrious
career in the boxing ring; and
comedian Cosby for his commit-
ment to enriching the lives of chil-
dren.
The three honorees attended the
luncheon. Cosby and Aaron spoke.
Ali, slowed by Parkinson's Disease,
sat silently in a chair while his wife,
Lonnie, spoke for him.
Clinton noted that while the three
honorees loved life and savored
their triumphs, they never forgot
that others weren't so fortunate.
Thus, he noted, they "never gave up
their angry edge" and they used it to
make America better.


James Mimms, a 64-year-old
black disabled Vietnam War veteran
of Lincoln Heights, Ohio, caught
the bus to take in the Civil Rights
Game's panel discussion.
"This Civil Rights Game," he
said, "is a chance for Americans to
be Americans, for all of us to be
together."
After the panel discussion,
Mimms, 64, sat in the shade on the
Freedom Center's steps. He told a
story about his year in Vietnam.
"One day, shortly after
Thanksgiving 1969, we had a fire-
fight on a hill. Afterwards, we had
to carry our dead down the hill."
He came upon a fallen soldier. He
gathered the GI's letters and photos
of his wife and kids. Then, he lifted
his body.
Mimms didn't notice where the
solder was from or the name on his
dog tags.
"I did notice he was white," he
said.
"When I got back to my platoon,
my black friends asked me: 'Who
was that white boy you brought off
that hill?' "
Mimms gave them a reply that
reminded him of why he went to
war and the unifying importance of
the Civil Rights Game.
"He was no white boy," Mimins
told his fellow soldiers.
"He was an American."


Cincinatti, OH A sold-out stadi-
um watched as some American
sports and civil rights legends were
honored during the Civil Rights
Game at Great American Ball Park.
The game symbolizes the social
change and Major League
Baseball's involvement in the his-
toric struggle.
A slew of sports and show-busi-
ness hall of farmers, including for-
mer President Bill Clinton, came to
celebrate the annual game and pay
tribute to three guests of honor:
Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali and
Bill Cosby.
"At this time, with this economy,"
said Cincinnati-area resident and
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mem-
ber Bootsy Collins, attired in an
over-the-top red suit, red top hat
and blue glasses with star-shaped
lenses, "people need to be inspired
by what these three men accom-
plished."
The festivities concluded with
Saturday night's game between the
Reds and the Chicago White Sox.
The three guests of honor rode
golf carts from center field to home
plate to the cheers and applause of a
prolonged standing ovation from
the capacity crowd. They watched
the ceremonial first pitch from one
foi-fiter Red aild Hall of Famer,
Frank Robinson, to another, Tony
Perez, and listened as gospel musi-


cian Bebe Winans sang "The Star-
Spangled Banner." Ali, a man
whose patriotism was questioned
for decades after his refusal to be
drafted and fight in the Vietnam
War, stood at attention during the
rendition of the national anthem.
There was also recognition of
players didn't play in the majors but
have ties to the old Negro Leagues
and a special tribute to the Reds
first African-American ball player
Chuck Harmon.
Fans also got a chance to see two
Reds hall of fame players, Tony
Perez and Frank Robinson -- MLB's
first black manager. Robinson
threw out the first pitch.
"I enjoy coming back here now
because I think people really appre-
ciate me not only as a baseball play-
er but as a human being," Robinson
said.
The Reds and the White Sox had
on their 1964 uniforms, represent-
ing the year of the passage of the
Civil Rights Act, another reminder
that the event was much more than
just a game
"I just hope, as Frank said, that
baseball will just rise up and do
some things that Jackie Robinson
and all of us would be proud of,"
Aaron said.
Before the sold-out oblitest, the
weekend included a panel discus-
sion, on race and the national pas-


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Baltimore Becomes 1st US City to Proclaim June
as National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month
Mayor Sheila Dixon of Baltimore, Maryland makes history signing the
first "Proclamation Document" honoring June as National Basketball &
Hip-Hop Culture Month for the City of Baltimore and its Citizens.
NBHHCM founder Derrick E. Vaughan says, "Its an honor and a priv-
iledge to have this Proclamation document for the past, present, and future
individuals who have been and will be influenced by the fusion of hoops
and hip-hop. The recognition is historic for this generation."
Vaughan also says, "I hope that other urban cities around the country will
join Baltimore and sign similar "Proclamation Documents" that honor
June as NBHHCM for its citizens. NBIfHCM is for all of America."
NBHHC10 will be a non-profit organization that promotes the history,
legacy, and future df the hoops and hip-hop culture fusiori ii1America and
around the world. The National headquarters for NBHHCM will be locat-
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