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Volume 23 No.7 Jacksonville, Florida November 12-18, 2009
City Mourning Loss of Community
Trustee Ronald "Track" Elps
Many times when people want
to think of a community leader,
they look on the local rosters of
area boards or in the pulpit of
local churches. However this
week, Jacksonville is mourning
the loss of a different kind of
leader. A man who lead by exam-
ple and gave of his heart. Ronald
"Track" Elps unexpectedly
departed this earth on Saturday,
December 7th at the age of 64.
Born to Celestin Jacobs &
Ronald Elps Sr., on October 8,
1945, he shared his home with his
siblings Jerome Jr., Fostine, Artis,
Elaine and Sheila. He was also
educated in the Duval County
Public School System where he
was a 1965 graduate of new
Stanton High School and attended
Florida A&M University. In
1966, he married his high school
sweetheart Sandra and their forty-
two year union brought forth one
Ronald "Track" Elps
Following graduation, he would
tell anyone, unashamedly, that a
series of life experiences caused
him to wake up one morning
incarcerated which is where he
decided to change his life. Upon
his release decades ago, the man
the community most known as
"Track" never looked back.
Continued on page 5
Economy Driving Black
America to a Silent Depression
The thriving job market combined 15.5 percent in September.
with the housing surge of the past For black teens nationwide, the
five years eased the way for mil- rate was 40.8 percent in September.
lions of African-Americans to join The United
the middle class. Following the
recent recession and housing
crisis,many of all colors
found themselves inot
only without a job ue I
but homeless as ,1
The harsh real- I'e-. claim
ity is that this'cop
deep recession is
severely than the
overall population. diJe
largely to the staggel Inle'. h1 w
of unemployment for which we
already lagged behind. States historically
When October unemployment has seen higher unemployment
data come out last week, the rates for minorities, but the gap has
nation's seasonally adjusted rate widened in this recession, in part
nudged upward, close to 10 per- because of job losses in the manu-
cent. But among African- facturing and auto sectors.
Americans, the jobless rate was Continued on page 3
Color Purple Star Visits Alma Mater Raines
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Jacksonville's own homegrown
thespian Angela Robinson will
soon return to the city wearing the
banner of Broadway actress. The
1980 graduate of Raines High
School has been touring the coun-
try as one of the lead actresses in
Oprah Winfrey presents The Color
As a young girl growing up in
Jacksonville, Florida, Angela's first
theatrical seed was placed at the
age of ten while watching her
mother Maryland Robinson, a for-
mer English teacher at Douglas
Anderson, directing her students in
the play Bye Bye Birdie. She would
sit through the play and fell in love
Robinson recently sat down with
The Jacksonville Free Press to dis-
cuss her path to stardom and the
joys of coming home to perform
her most celebrated role. She plays
the character Shug Avery. The fol-
lowing is an excerpt from our inter-
view with her at her alma mater,
William M. Raines High School.
Robinson visited the school to dis-
cuss her Continued on page 3
Raines High School students (standing) Synovia Davis, Terry'll Drew, Ka'Harie Griggs, Ashley Williams,
Paul Jackson, Brittany Mitchell, (kneeling) Nicholas Young, Joshua alien, and David Ford join Angela
Robinson (center, seated), star of the hit Broadway musical, "The Color Purple." Robinson, a 1980 Raines
High School graduate, visited her alma mater to talk to chorus and band students about pursuing careers
in the performing arts. Also pictured are Raines' Student Activities director Tangela Ennis (far left, stand-
ing) and Raines' Chorus director Karen Roziers (second from right, standing). M. Latimer photo
AKA's Present Annual Scholarship Fair Benefitting Hundreds
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Members of the Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority share a moment with many of the youlh
who participated in their annual scholarshipfair on the steps of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Rhonda Silver photo
On Saturday, November 7th, the
Ghamma Rho Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
hosted their 2nd Annual
Scholarship Fair at Bethel's BEST
Academy. The event was geared to
benefit 9th through 11th graders,
and their parents.
The focus of the Fair was further
exploration of the world of finan-
cial aid, scholarships, Historically
Black Colleges, test preparation,
study skills, websitecs and more.
In tribute to their work in the field
of education, thcilitator Dr. Lillie
Granger \was honored at the close
oflthe spirited aTl-air. Attendees did
not leave the event empty handed.
Participating students were pre-
sented with gift cards, cash, and
practical parting gifts.
The scholarship fair is one of
many educational enhancement
activities the sorority presents
throulghoiit the year.
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Shown above in attendance at A.B. Coleman Mortuary are (L-R): Lori Hughes LFD, Sergeant Major
(Ret) Daniel Blackman, Florida Army National Guard, Sergeant Major (Ret) Ray A. Quinn, Florida Army
National Guard, Arlene Coleman, LFD, Andrew B. Coleman, III LFD, Councilman Reginald L. Brown,
District 10, Captain (Ret) Bob Buehn, U.S. Navy, Division Chief, Military Affairs Veterans and Disabled
Services, City of Jacksonville and Lieutenant Commander John Thomson, Chaplain, U. S. Navy, NAS,
Mayport and Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Sheila R. E. Williams, U. S. Army.
A.B. Coleman Mortuary Honors Veterans A. B. Coleman Mortuary held a first of many
"Veteran's Appreciation Day" in the community last Saturday on Saturday, November 7, 2009. The free event
which was open to the public was dubbed "A day of Reflection, Remembrance and Recognition". The respected
mortuary paid tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country. T Austin, photo
Homebuyers and Unemployment Bill Signed
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President Barack Obama has
signed into law a $24 billion eco-
nomic stimulus bill providing tax
incentives to prospective homebuy-
ers and extending unemployment
benefits to the longtime jobless who
have been left behind as the econo-
my veers toward recovery.
The bill-signing at the White
House came a day after the House,
displaying rare bipartisan agree-
ment, voted 403-12 for the measure
Nov. 6. The Senate had already
approved the bill unanimously .
The White House said the law,
which also includes tax cuts for
struggling businesses, builds on
provisions in the $787 billion stim-
ulus package enacted last February
that aim at spurring job creation.
"The need for such a measure
was made clear by the jobs report
that we received this morning,"
Obama said, citing the government
report the jobless rate hit 10.2 per-
cent last month, the highest since
1983. The rate was 9.8 percent in
Lawmakers stressed that the
fourth unemployment benefit
extension in the past 18 months was
necessary because initial signs of
economic recovery have not been
reflected in the job market.
The law provides another 14
weeks of benefits to all out-of-work
people who have exhausted their
benefits or will do so by the end of
the year. Those in states where the
jobless rate is 8.5 percent or above
get an additional six weeks.
The Labor Department
announced Friday that that employ-
ers shed another 190,000 jobs in
October. Obama said job creation
traditionally lags behind economic
growth, but said it is small comfort
to those seeking work.
The extra 20 weeks could push
the maximum a person in a high
unemployment state could receive
to 99 weeks, the most in history.
Unemployment checks generally
are for about $300 a week.
The tax credits, added by the
Senate, center on extending the
popular $8,000 credit for first-time
homebuyers that was included in
the stimulus package. The credit,
which was to expire at the end of
this month, will be available
through next June as long as the
buyer signs a binding contract by
the end of April.
The program is expanded to
include a $6,500 credit for existing
homeowners who buy a new place
after living in their current resi-
dence for at least five years.
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Williams, Vannessa Williams, and Rakiah Monroe man the food donation
booth for the Second Harvest Food Bank at the Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium. Not only were the disadvantaged happy on gameday, but so were
Jaguar fans who squeaked to a 24-21 victory over the Kansas Cty Chiefs.
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MOT Cowboys Win American Youth Football City Championship
Mentors of Tomorrow (MOT) Cowboys won the American Youth Football (AYF) League citywide championship
this past week, with a 14-0 win over the Argyle Forest Spartans. Lead by athletic director Derrell Bonnett (seat-
ed center, holding trophy), the MOT Cowboys competed in the 2nd and 3rd grade division and finished their sea-
son undefeated (15 wins, zero losses). While the team practices on the Northside, Coach Bonnett believes in the
AYF motto, "all kids get to play, no matter what their size" and encourages youth from every community to play.
"Football is a great way to help kids achieve. Our success is rooted in encouragement and love. Believe it or not,
we hug our players alot!" said Bonnett, who coaches all four of his sons. The AYF is the nation's largest youth
football organization, and youth up to age 15 can participate in the program. For more information or to get kids
involved with football, contact Derrell Bonnett at 904-403-9630.
African-Americans hardest hit in tough times
Continued from front
The jobless growth, coupled with
the predatory lending that flour-
ished in minority neighborhoods
during the real estate boom, have
led to dramatic spikes in mortgage
foreclosures, sending home values
into a downward spiral. The bottom
line: A silent depression for
Between unemployment, a signif-
icant drop in property values, the
wave of foreclosures and a lack of
credit, there is a whole generation
of African-American wealth that is
disappearing. It is no secret the tra-
ditional way Black Americans have
acquired wealth and gotten into the
middle class is through buying a
home and building equity in that
home with what has happened in
the economy, much of that wish has
been wiped out.
The disparity in the unemploy-
ment rates between the races has
grown since the recession started in
the fourth quarter of 2007, accord-
ing to a study by Algernon Austin,
director of the Program on Race,
Ethnicity and the Economy at the
Economic Policy Institute.
The national white rate increased
by 3.8 percentage points, to 7.8 per-
cent in the second quarter of this
year, while the black rate rose by
6.1 percentage points, to 14.7 per-
cent, the highest of any major racial
or ethnic group.
The climb to recovery may be a
tougher one for African-Americans,
particularly because unemployment
is expected to continue rising into
Alpha's participate in Feed the City -Alpha broth-
ers Benny Moore, Sr. and Charles Gillette (above) were among the partic-
ipants feeding the disadvantaged at the Clara White Mission's annual Feed
the City event. Over 150 community volunteers, served lunch to 850+
homeless and low-income families. This November marks the Clara
White Mission's 105 years of services to the community.
continued from front
success and opportunities for youth
interested in pursuing careers in the
worked hard and learned my craft.
I went back to school to learn act-
ing. I've had a wonderful career
and have done theatre all over the
JFP: Angela, how did you get country. I've also been on the chain
your start in the performing arts? Broadway four times. Purple.'
AR: I started dreaming right here JFP: With all that experience, playing
at Raines High School. I am a 1980 how is being a part of "The Color AR: I
graduate and was an active member Purple" different for you? difficult
of the band. There was no perform- AR: I think this is the first role for JFP:I
ing arts school then, so our parents me that made a real connection with AR: W
took us to dance and modeling my family and friends. They piece, y
classes after school. always supported me, but I was just manner
JFP: Did you play a musical Angela who did plays. phrases
instrument? JFP: Then came Oprah JFP:
AR: No, I was captain of the Winfrey... scene fr
band's dance team, The Vikettes, AR: Yes! After Oprah had the cast AR:
during my junior and senior years. on her show, things changed. It was loose al
Performing with the band, '
generating school spirit, being
a part of something positive --
- those were wonderful expe-
JFP: Do you feel your
teachers and mentors influ-
AR: Yes! They encouraged t ----
us to do our very best. I can
still hear the voice of our band
director Mr. Young saying,
"Be disciplined. Work hard.
Be productive." .
JFP: How did you go from
high school dance team cap-
tain to star of the hit .
Broadway musical, "The i"
Color Purple?" .
AR: It was a long journey. I ,'.
After high school, I went to Raines' bookkeeper Betty Jones who knew
Arts in Sociology. I did a lot Robinson as a student embraces one of the instu-
of plays while a college stu- tion's 'star' students during her visit. M Latimer photo
dent and wanted to study theatre,
but my parents wanted me to get a
more practical degree.
JFP: Did you then go to New
AR: No, I came home, taught
modeling classes, was in a few pag-
eants, had a singing gig, and per-
formed at the Alhambra Theatre for
a while. I kept busy and was con-
tent, until my director and mentor at
the Alhambra Theatre told me it
was time for me to go to New York
City and pursue my dreams.
JFP: What happened then?
AR: At first, I just wanted to
dance in the play "Bubbling Brown
Sugar" and be on Broadway. But 1
like everybody finally understood
what I did for a living and wanted
to come and see me perform.
JFP: How long have you been
with the cast of "The Color
AR: Two years.
JFP: How has it been?
AR: Amazing. At first, I didn't
believe in this becoming a musical
because the movie was too good.
But this is a historic show. Very
few Broadway shows have all-
Black casts and really tell the story
of the African-American experi-
ence. Also, the audiences look like
the people on stage. I've never
experienced that in all my years in
Thanks to Alice Walker's
nd the Oscar-nominated
American audiences know
racters from "The Color
" What has it been like
t's probably been my most
role to date.
When you're doing a period
ou want to showcase the
sms, the expressions, the
of that time period.
Do you have a favorite
om the play?
Yes, I do. Celie seems to
1 hope, and Shug [whom
you least expect] comes
home and encourages her
to keep the faith.
JFP: What's next?
AR: I would like to do
movies. One of the most
difficult things to do in the
arts is transition from musi-
cal theatre to movies
because it's assumed that
you can sing and dance, but
you can't act. I also want to
be the best possible artist
and serve as a role model
for young, aspiring artists.
JFP: Do you have any
advice for youth interest-
ing in the performing
AR: Think out of the box
and pursue what you love.
Be passionate. Be cre-
ative. Be fresh. Be new.
Be true to yourself, but
ard and develop your God-
Finally, how does it feel to
:'s bittersweet. My dad died
iary. He's not here to share
le was my biggest fan and
iged me to follow my
But it's wonderful being
This is the "ultimate
ay," where I get to stay in
ldhood home, be with my
family and friends in the City
al thanks to Marretta Latimer
n Jones who conducted inter-
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21 18 2009
November 12-18, 2009
Should voters bear the cost of spring elections when they
could be held in conjunction with nationals' in the fall?
Seems like decades ago, but it
has only been a few years since I
served on the Jacksonville City
Council. I must admit, sometimes I
miss it and sometimes I don't.
They're always certain recurring
issues that all local governments
deal with public works projects,
trash collection, budgetary issues,
etc. One of the chronic issues that
just will not seem to go away for
our resident government is the
debate over when local elections
Every couple of years a coun-
cilperson or two drafts a bill to
move our local elections from the
spring to the fall to run in conjunc-
tion with state and federal elec-
tions. Every time this bill is intro-
duced it's been defeated pretty
soundly normally something like
So why does this issue constant-
ly reappear and why hasn't it gotten
Jacksonville is pretty unique. Of
course, because of consolidation
we are largest city in the continen-
tal United States. But we are also
unique because our local elections
are held in the spring and not the
fall like most municipalities.
In fact, all state and federal elec-
tions are held in the fall election
cycles. After the city consolidated,
a new city charter established every
thing from the size of the City
Council to the role of the Mayor
and when elections would be held.
It is of no surprise that our local
elections are in the spring because
if you make a move as bold as con-
solidation you obviously feel very
strongly about the role of local
government in citizen's lives.
And if you have created a very
unique form of government then
shouldn't you create a unique elec-
tion cycle as well?? In fact,
Jacksonville/Duval County is only
one of very few municipalities
around the country that has been
able to successfully consolidate.
There are essentially two schools
of thought at play when if comes to
our election timeframe debate.
The folks that are in favor of the
elections moving argue that it
would save the city $3 million
every four year cycle because you
would eliminate the printing,
advertising, facilities and manpow-
er cost associated with having a
stand alone Spring election.
You would then simply add the
local offices to the existing state
and federal ballots every four years
in the fall. Proponents also say turn
out would be much larger as well.
Right now, the turn out for local
elections has not been high at all.
So when you look at the margin-
al savings and turn out argument it
makes some sense to at least con-
sider the move.
The opponents see things much
different. They say that fact that
local elections are totally separate
from the state and federal cycles is
One of the realities of elections is
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that the further down the ballot a
candidate or issue is the less atten-
tion gets paid to it.
Because the Governors race and
many other state seats will have
priority over local races, local can-
didates and issues may get pushed
to the bottom of the ballot or the
back pages according on how the
ballots are set up. This would
undoubtedly reduce the signifi-
cance of the local elections.
Another argument has to do with
the attention local races and issues
would get if competing against a
heated governor's race and several
other state offices. Local candi-
dates may not be able to properly
get their message out because citi-
zens would be inundated with
direct mail, radio, billboards, tele-
vision and phone calls.
I've been there. It would be
awfully hard for local candidates to
raise money and purchase advertis-
ing because the state races are bet-
ter funded and will monopolizes
airways and mailboxes.
So again, local candidates and
issues do not receive the full atten-
tion that they're due. By holding
spring elections, citizens then have
the opportunity learn more about
candidates and focus their atten-
tions on local issues that affect their
every day lives.
I have been apart of this debate
several times and would agree that
having stand alone local elections
is worth the $3 million.
This is an issue that is as chronic
as my daughter's request for ice
cream. Right now, the council has
two conflicting bills it's debating.
The first one is simple it would
save money by moving the sched-
uled April and May 2011 elections
up to September and November
2010 to coincide with the federal
and state election cycle.
The second bill has no cost sav-
ings and would move city elections
to November 2011, which
Councilman Jack Webb argues
would put the newly elected Mayor
and Council members in a better
position to get acclimated with
their new jobs before dealing with
the annual city budget.
I actually like Webb's idea. Right
now, you essentially get elected in
May and take office on July 1st,
and the budget has to be pasted by
Most new Council members are
still trying to figure out where the
restrooms are and how to draft leg-
islation. Being elected in
November and taking office in
January gives you ample time to
get your feet wet prior to having to
deal with the budget, which is a
bear to tackle.
Because I have voted on this
issue several times, I am obviously
bias, but I say let's keep our local
elections unique to our very unique
form of government.
Signing off from City Hall (for
some reason my entry card doesn't
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Homegoing Services set for Ronald "Track" Elps
Shown above at a previous "Old Timers" game awards ceremony are
2007 Offensive MVP Steve Mott, game organizer Ronald "Track"
Elps" and Defensive MVP Charles Nicholson at the Annual Game.
Continued from page 1
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but his multitude of friend
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What is an Old Timer?
That depends on who you as
may think of early gold m
old man, or even someone'
ditional beliefs. But if you v
of the frequent holiday vi
Boobie Clark Park on the h
you know exactly what
Timer" is, especially if yo
the hundreds in attendance.
The park locations whici
ed Boobie Clark, Lonnie M
Simonds Johnson among
nize him Rounding up young bloods wasn't
employee hard to do. Many of the youth who
e's Parks grew up watching the well antici-
ent and pated game that originated at
Church, Simonds Johnson Park now play on
ds knew the teams that pit the "Old Timers"
[al "Old vs. the "Youngbloodz".
For years, Elps and Carter single
handedly sponsored the game with
sk, some an army of supporters and volun-
iners, an teers that provided free food for all
with tra- the kids in attendance which num-
were one ber in the hundreds. They gracious-
sitors to ly accepted donations, but most of
holidays, the funding for everything includ-
an "Old ing trophies and food came out of
:u asked their own pockets.
The events were open to anyone
h includ- and everyone regardless of age who
filler and wants to attend and it didn't matter
others if you attended their alma mater or
not. All that is required
. ^, ,~ for participation was a
fun attitude and peace-
mne "lia imers"
throughout the years would be a sea
of brotherly love and camaraderie
as community members of all ages
would gather for the Annual Old
Timers Flag Football Game cele-
brating a day "on love". The tradi-
tion that began over 17 years ago by
Ronald "Track" Elps and classmate
Mildred "Mickie" Carter, to bring
together comrades from their New
Stanton and Gilbert High School
Years, evolved into an all out com-
Complete with free food, barbecue
and T-shirts, the semi-annual event
signified a time for renewal of
friendships and a chance to revive
an ongoing rivalry.
In a previous interview Elps said,
"It used to be just for the old foot-
ball players. However, as we have
gotten older, we found the need to
bring in the younger generations."
He remarked the importance of
showing youth that you can have
fun even rivalries without the use
of guns or violence to settle the
"We don't ever have
any mess out here,"said
Elps. Trouble makers
weren't tolerated and
"If that's what's on
your mind, you best
stay home." he said.
At first it was just a
few friends getting
together, the event now
organizations, clubs and a roster of
official and organized activities.
The events have known to draw
participants well over a thousand -
all without violence in the name of
friendship and with Elps as the
foundation of the "call to assem-
Elps will be remembered as a
lover of life who knew the impor-
tance of friendship and kinship.
Through his efforts, he brought
together the multitudes to remem-
ber the value of relationships and
celebrate the legacy that has
weaved the lives of African-
American history in Jacksonville. If
only for one moment in time,
through his efforts, countless peo-
ple could look forward to good old
fashioned fun showing today's
youth the possibilities while reaf-
firming the traditions began so long
ago. The original Old Timer and his
longstanding record in the commu-
nity will remain a true testament of
what the dedication of one man can
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"I'm getting tired", said Elps
recently. "But if not me then who?".
He leaves behind a multitude of
family and friends who loved him
in life and mourn his death.
Survivors include wife Sandra Elps,
daughter La'Shundra Stewart
(Jonnathan), father Jerome Elps,
Sr., siblings: Jerome Elps Jr.,
Fostine Randolph, Artis Williams,
Elaine Franklin and Sheila Jacobs.
The family will receive friends at
the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church Family Life Center, 2118
Rowe Avenue on Friday, November
13th from 5 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at
noon on Saturday, November 14th
at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church locat-
ed at 2503 Myrtle Avenue. Holmes,
Glover, Solomon Funeral Homes
are handling the arrangements.
Ronald "Track" Elps was a fre-
quent visitor to the Free Press
office. He would stop by bringing
announcements of upcoming Old
Timer events, making sure the Free
Press ladies didn't need any help
with anything or even just to say
"hi". On days of his special events
(usually on holidays), he always
made sure we had a sampling of the
barbecue of the event. We would
thank him for being so sweet and
considerate and he would reply,
"that's what I'm here for".
Ronald Elps, you will truly be
Shown above at the event held at Southside Church of Christ are (L-R): STANDING Elder Gabriel Hall,
Minister Wayne Milliner, Malachi Oberoy, Leonard Jackson, Bishop Edward Robinson, Coach Nathaniel
Washington, Shelton Jackson and Bishop Wilbert Andrews. SEATED: Pastors Marva T. Mitchell, Dr.
Gloria Anderson, Mattie Williams, Dr. Jeanett Holmes-Vann, Delorie Demps, Connie Johnson-Walton. Not
shown: Willie Ferrell, Joe L. Cooper, Nathaniel Brown, John Hicks, Nathaniel Jackson, Alfred Jackson,
Samuel Norris, Roland Baker, Charlie McClendon, Eugene Mosley and Larry Brown.
Douglas Anderson High School Celebrate 50th
Anniversary by Honoring Alumni in the Faith
The Alumni of Douglas
Anderson High School began its
three months celebration of their
50th Anniversary with recognition
of the 23 communities that students
attending Douglas Anderson came
from 1922 to 1968. Also 21 Pastors,
Bishops and Elders who are
prtoucts of the school were recog-
nized. Bishop Edward Robinson.
Pastor Southside Church of God in
Christ was the host speaker whose
theme for the event was, "We came
this far by Faith". The next event
will be Teachers & Principals
Appreciation Sunday on November
15, 2009 hosted by Hope Chapel at
3:00 p.m. There will also be a his-
torical marker placed on the school
campus December 19th.
Douglas Anderson High School
was a longstanding educational
mecca for African-Americans in
Jacksonville until desegregation in
1968. After serving for many years
in the capacity of a seventh grade
center, it is now middle school rep-
resenting the Arts.
New Website Gives Black Youth A Voice
The Black Youth Project (BYP) have launched its new website -
http://www.blackyouthproject.com to provide a place on the web where
young black people can speak for themselves. The online resource
explores the attitudes, actions and decision making of black youth by
including their lives, ideas and voices. The purpose of the BYP website is
to generate new media information, blogs, art, conversations, webinars,
data, research, policies and movements that will expand the human and
social capital of young black youth.
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St. Gabriel to Celebrate Annual
Family and Friends Day
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church invites the community to celebrate with
them for their annual Family and Friends Day. The Heavenly Angels Youth
Choir will be performing and The H. Alvin Green Memorial Alumni
Chorale will be featured. These two dynamic choirs will be under the direc-
tion of M.s Patricia Black. Come out and enjoy and evening of praise and
worship. The program will start promptly at 5:00 pm on Nov ember 15,
2009. Your presence will be great appreciated. Saint Gabriel's Episcopal
Church is located at 5235 Moncrief Rd. West on the Northside.
For more information call (904) 765-0964, Vontez Wright Senior Warden.
Churches Holding Joint
The time has arrived for the joint Thanksgiving Services of Summerville
Baptist Church, Mt. Lilla Baptist Church, and Silas Baptist Church. This
grand occasion of praise and worship will be held at Silas Baptist Church
located at 3000 Buckman Street on Thursday November 26, at 10:00 a.m.
Thanksgiving Gratitude Service
OneJax will be presenting their 91st Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving
Gratitude Service on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at Riverside Baptist
Church located at 2650 Park Street. Services begin at 6 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 354-1529.
Prosper through God's Word at BSEC
How to survive and grow in this economy by Biblical Principles- build
your business on a solid foundation that will not fail. Learn firsthand from
the founder of Wise Counsel how to survive the recession and prosper men-
tally, spiritually or financially knowing God's plan for you in business or
ministry. Who would attend? Entrepreneurs, Executives, New business
start ups and Ministry Leaders. This event will be Thursday November 19th
from 11:30am to 1:00pm. It is free and open to the public. Beaver Street
Enterprise Center is located at 1225 W. Beaver St. Jacksonville, FL 32203.
A reservation is required. Contact Angelia Redding at (904) 265-4702 or
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
NASITRA 50th Anniversary
NASITRA, INC. will have their 50th Anniversary and Christmas Banquet
at St. Thomas Family Life Center ocated at 2119 Rowe Av. from 7:00 p.m.
to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday December 12, 2009. The Gene White Trio will
perform. It is a black tie event. For tickets or more information, contact
George Greenhill at 704-7192 or 721-5488
Free Personal Money Management Chicago Pastor Paying
Workshop at United Church in Christ Members to Come to Church
The War on Poverty will present a free workshop on credit, budgeting,
banking and insurance. This event is open to the public ages 17 years and
older. Light refreshments will be served. It will be held at the United
Church In Christ, 2050 Emerson Street on Saturday, November 21st from
10:30 a.m. 2 p.m. For more information call 276-3462.
Jacksonville's 3rd Annual Downtown
Historic Church Tour December 5th
Tour a century of sanctuaries in one afternoon at nine Downtown historic
churches. The tour will be held on Saturday, December 5th from 1 5 p.m.
Guides at each church will highlight the architectural and historical signif-
icance of the building. Visitors can walk or use the complementary trolley
service provided along the tour route. The tour begins and ends at the Main
Library. For more information contact: katherine@downtownjack-
Philip R. Cousin AME Church
Celebrates 123rd Anniversary
Philip R. Cousin A.M.E Church located at 2625 Orange Picker Rd., in
Mandarin where Rev Eugene E. Moseley is Pastor, will soon celebrate its
123rd Church Anniversary. Worship services will be held (revival) in com-
memoration on November 12th and 13th 2009 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday,
November 15th, at 4:00 p.m.
For information, call the church at (904) 262-3083.
Appreciation Program for
Dr. E.I. Norman at New Redeemed
The Six Annual Appreciation Program for the Pastor emeritus Rev. Dr.
E.I. Norman, of The New Redeem Missionary Baptist Church located at
1614 E. 30th St. Jacksonville, FL., will be held November 15, 2009.
Morning Service guest speakers will be Pastor Addison Sr., Rev. Aaron
Flagg, Associate Minister, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, and Rev.
Edward W. Norman, Associate Minister Greater Hopewill Baptist Church,
Ocala, FL. Evening service will begin at 3:30 p.m.
The following church pastors are participating in the celebration: Rev. Dr.
Odell Smith, Second Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Michael Williams,
Life Changes Christian Fellowship and Rev. Dr. C.E. Preston, St. John
Missionary Baptist Church, Melbourne.
One Chicago area church has dou-
bled its attendance by giving money
away every Sunday morning.
Lighthouse Church of All Nations
in Alsip has grown from a normal
1,600 to 2,500 parishioners at its
three services each week since the
cash giveaway started more than a
Rev. Dan Willis pulls a number of
one seat from a bag and the wor-
shiper in that seat wins a cash prize.
"Two of the churchgoers win $250
and the third gets $500. The church
gives away $1,000 each Sunday,"
One Sunday, he gave away 15 sav-
ings accounts with $25 already in
them. And he had bank representa-
tives at the service so church mem-
bers could set up accounts. The cash
prize is part of the pastor's recent
focus on helping his congregation
pay bills and begin a debt-free life,
"We've had so many of our people
displaced from jobs, facing foreclo-
sure," Willis told the Chicago
Tribune. "When people's faith was
high, their debt was down. When
their faith was down, their debt was
high. I realized the connection."
Willis concedes the cash prize is
a gimmick to fill the pews. But he's
unapologetic about the plan,
because it's working.
El Beth El Annual Role Model Banquet
The Officers and board members of The El-Beth-El Development Center
will host its Annual "Successful Role Model" Banquet on Thursday,
November 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Rehabilitation Center
Banquet Hall located at 623 Beechwood Street.
Since 1980, te church has honored dedicated individuals from the com-
munity for outstanding achievements, leadership and their contributions in
helping Jacksonville build a stronger and healthier community.
The 2009 "Successful Role Model" honorees are: Judge Lance Day,
Councilman Johnny Gaffney, Councilman Reginald Brown, General
Contractor Eddie Johnson, Ann Duggar of the Justice Coalition Elder
Donald Foy C.E.O. of Madd Dad Atty. eth Rothstein, Atty. Paul
Daragjati and CEO Samuel Dave Crockett.
El-Beth-El Community Center will also present a $100.00 savings bond
to eight (8) youth for their outstanding academic accomplishments.
The guest speaker for the evening will be State Attorney Angela Corey.
For tickets or more information, contact Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall at (904)
710 -1586 or email: Gospell75@aol.com.
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Ft. Hood gunman conflicted over religion
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan
The man police say went on a
shooting rampage that left 13 peo-
ple dead at Ft. Hood, Texas last
Thursday was harassed because of
his Muslim faith.
Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan had
been giving away his belongings
and cleaned out his apartment
telling friends and neighbors he was
being deployed to Iraq.
But according to officials, the
39-year-old Army psychiatrist has
emerged as a study in contradic-
tions: a polite man who stewed with
discontent, a counselor who needed
to be counseled himself.
According to the AP Wire, a
recent classmate said Hasan once
gave a jarring presentation to stu-
dents in which he argued the war on
terrorism was a war against Islam,
and "made himself a lightning rod
To qlue or
Not to qlue
by Pekela Riley
I know you've heard that weaves
can be bad for your hair, but that's
not the case.
There are all kinds of hair exten-
sions, but the one that gets the
worst wrap by far is bonding.
Bonding is a process where you
use a special glue to attach hair
onto your scalp. Just the act of
bonding alone shouldn't scare you
from giving this process a try.
Bonding, when done correctly,
will not take your hair out. Of
course the flip side of that is when
you have it done incorrectly, then
you have trouble.
People who bond hair in incor-
rectly, and use excessive amounts
of glue are setting you up for dis-
aster. The problem as you can
imagine then comes when you try
to remove the hair which is stuck
by mounds of glue! We do a fair
amount of extensions at Salon PK
...We've seen people who've come
in and their hair is balding around
the edges, and others who have
extreme breakage. It all could
have been avoided.
One of the problems is that peo-
ple want their extensions to last
longer than they are supposed to.
So they use entirely too much
glue. The latex bond which is a
type of glue that is commonly
used is much weaker glue than the
original. Each day you wear a
bonded weave it gets looser and
for things" when he felt his reli-
gious beliefs were challenged.
Soldiers reported that the gunman
shouted "Allahu Akbar!" an
Arabic phrase for "God is great!"
- before opening fire, said Lt.
Gen. Robert Cone, the base com-
mander. Now base officials worry
about a backlash against the thou-
sands of Muslim soldiers serving
dutifully in uniform.
Born in Arlington, VA., Hasan
entered a psychiatry residency pro-
gram at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center, which he completed in
2007. He had completed a disaster
and military psychiatry fellowship
in 2007. Phase one of that the fel-
lowship is earning a master of pub-
lic health degree, which he com-
pleted in 2008. He completed the
fellowship program in June. A
month later, Hasan reported for
duty at Fort Hood.
House Health Bill not
acceptable to many in Senate
Don't look for the Senate to quick-
ly follow the House on health care
A government health insurance
plan included in the House bill is
unacceptable to a few Democratic
moderates who hold the balance of
power in the Senate. They're locked
in a battle with liberals, with the
fate of President Barack Obama's
signature issue at stake.
If a government plan is part of the
deal, "as a matter of conscience, I
will not allow this bill to come to a
final vote," said Sen. Joe
Lieberman, the Connecticut inde-
pendent whose vote Democrats
snouia. mis way you wont nave
any problems removing the weave
from your hair. You don't have to
pull the hair from your scalp and
spray tons of oil to try and get it
Bond remover is the best thing
since the invention of paper. With
a little common sense and an
ounce of patience it will gently
remove the hair. I recommend 30
second bond remover.
Typically a fresh set of bonded
extensions should last about four
weeks. That's provided you sham-
poo your hair every two weeks.
However if you shampoo your
hair every week it's going to last
for only two weeks.
Please, please, please don't try to
re-glue your hair yourself. I tell
my clients to call me and let me
take care of it. I do that for no
charge because if you try I bet
you're going to end up with a glob
of glue in your hair. That little
comer that maybe lifted, leave it
alone. No one can see it. Don't
pick up the glue, just see your styl-
ist instead. I have worn exten-
sions for a long time, and I still
have a full head of hair. I've
grown many clients hair by giving
them extensions. Extensions can
give your hair a break from all of
the curling irons and stress we
place on our hair. There are so
many people that do it wrong.
Trust me weave doesn't have to
cause the damage that we've heard
about. Taking memory out of the
equation we don't notice a good
weave. A good weave can be vir-
tually undetectable. A bad weave
will stand out. For vacations,
growing your hair out, or a certain
look trust me weaves can work.
need to overcome GOP filibusters.
Democrats did not line up to chal-
lenge him. Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nev., has yet to
schedule floor debate and hinted
last week that senators may not be
able to finish health care this year.
Nonetheless, the House vote pro-
vided an important lesson in how to
succeed with less-than-perfect
party unity, and one that Senate
Democrats may be able to adapt.
House Democrats overcame their
own divisions and broke an
impasse that threatened the bill
after liberals grudgingly accepted
tougher restrictions on abortion
funding, as abortion opponents
In the Senate, the stumbling block
is the idea of the government com-
peting with private insurers.
Liberals may have to swallow hard
and accept a deal without a public
plan to keep the legislation alive.
As in the House, the compromise
appears to be to the right of the
Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe
of Maine, who voted for a version
of the Senate bill in committee, has
given the Democrats a possible way
out. She's proposing to allow a gov-
ernment plan, if after a few years
premiums keep escalating and local
health insurance markets remain in
the grip of a few big companies.
This is the "trigger" option.
African-American protesters march past the White House
African-Americans lead protest at the White House
Decrying Barack Obama as
"white power in black face," hun-
dreds of African-Americans
marched on the White House
Saturday to protest policies of the
first black US president, and
demand that he bring US troops
More than 200 people gathered for
the first public demonstration by
African Americans against the
Obama administration since his his-
toric inauguration in January, and
slammed the president for continu-
ing what they described as
Washington's "imperialist" agenda
around the world.
"We recognize that Barack
Hussein Obama is white power in
black face," civil rights activist
Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the
Black is Back coalition which
arranged the protest, called into a
megaphone as the group marched
outside the mansion's gates.
"He is a tool of our imperialist
enemies and we demand our free-
dom. And we demand that Obama
withdraw all the troops from
Afghanistan right now."
Protesters also called for Obama to
order troops out of Iraq and to scrap
Africom, the controversial year-old
United States Africa Command,
and demanded "hands off'
Venezuela and ends to the Cuba
embargo and the Zimbabwe block-
Several demonstrators held up
placards bearing messages such as
"US out of Afghanistan" and "Stop
US war against Iraq."
Charles Baron, a New York city
councilman and former member of
the Black Panthers, a Black Power
movement in the mid-1960s and
1970s, attacked the president for
turning a cold shoulder to the plight
"We're not satisfied with him,
and... this hope and change rap has
not been a reality for black people,"
Baron said during the demonstra-
"We are glad that Barack Obama
broke up the white male monopoly
on the White House, but we were
not looking for a change in the
occupant of the White House from
white to black, we were looking for
change in foreign policies and
domestic policies," he added.
"To have a black person exploiting
me just like a white person, that's
no easier pain."
The group also was calling for the
release of former Black Panther
Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was con-
victed in 1982 of killing a white
police officer and sentenced to
The US Supreme Court upheld
Abu-Jamal's conviction in April
and rejected his bid for a new trial.
Black Americans voted over-
whelmingly for Democrat Obama
in last year's election, when he
defeated Republican Senator John
About 13 percent of US citizens
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Holiday Grief Workshops
Haven Hospice is hosting holiday
grief workshops open to anyone in
the community who would like tips
on how to get through the holidays
after a loss. They will be held once
a week throughout November and
December at various locations
throughout the city. They are free
of charge. For more information,
contact Margaret Rose Glenn,
LCSW, at (904) 733-9818 or (866)
733-9818 for more information
Fair in Town
The Greater Jacksonville
Agriculture Fair will be in town to
to celebrate heritage, culture and
community with good wholesome
family fun, great entertainment,
friendly competition and education-
al experiences for the whole family.
the dates for this year's events are
November 4-15 at the fairgrounds.
Jazz at the River Club
Physicians and Friends will be
hosting a Networking and Jazz
Reception at. The River Club on
Thursday, November 12th from
5-9 p.m. For more information,
Cocktails for a Cause
Join Hands on Jacksonville and
the University Club for "Cocktails
for a Cause". The events lets partic-
ipants raise their glass for a worth-
while cause. It will be held Friday,
November 13 from 4:30 7:00
p.m.at The University Club, 1301
Riverplace Blvd. For more informa-
tion call 332-6767.
Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc. will
celebrate 87 years of history and
sisterhood in November. The ladies
of the Gamma Omicron Sigma
Chapter are hosting a Founders Day
Luncheon Saturday, November 14,
2009 at noon at the Omni Hotel in
Downtown Jacksonville (245 Water
Street). Florida State Senator Tony
Hill will be the guest speaker. For
tickets or more information call
Kaisha Johnson or Angela Spears,
at (904) 521-3826 or email
The SPAR Council will present
the Springfield Bazaar in the 1300
block of North Main Street on
November 14th from 9 a.m. 4
p.m. The sale will feature antiques,
jewelry, pet supplies, home & decor
and much more. For more informa-
tion call 353-7727.
PRIDE Book Club
PRIDE Book Club, northeast
Florida's oldest and largest book
club of color, will be celebrating
their 16th anniversary on Saturday,
November 14, 2009 at the Clara
White Mission Cafe, 613 West
Ashley Street at 7 p.m. The book
for discussion will be "Convictions
of the Heart" by K.A. Murray.
Books or more information can be
obtained by calling 703-8264.
The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artists (JCAAA)
will be presenting "Form Quilts to
Freedom", an original theatrical
event written by and starring mem-
bers of JCAAA in a depiction of
historical fact and fiction. It will be
held on November 15th at 4 p.m. at
the Karpeles Manuscript Library
and Museum, 101 W. 1st Street in
Springfield. For tickets or more
information, call 472-6097.
Topic is Homelessness
The Jacksonville Community
Council, Inc.'s Lunchtime
Conversation for November will be
with Audrey Moran, President/CEO
for I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the
Homeless, and Bill Scheu, attorney
with Rogers Towers, Inc. as they
explain how homelessness is
changing and its impact on our
community. Participants are asked
to bring your own lunch.
Refreshments and dessert will be
provided. It will be held on
Monday, November 16 from Noon
to 1:00pm at JCCI headquarters
located at. RSVP to Earlene@jcci.org
as seating is limited.
The touring production of Oprah
Winfrey's "The Color Purple" will
be in Jacksonville Nov. 17-22, 2009
at the Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. For tickets or
more information, call 633-6110.
OneJax will be presenting their
91st Annual Interfaith
Thanksgiving Gratitude Service on
Thursday, November 19, 2009 at
Riverside Baptist Church located at
2650 Park Street. Services begin at
6 p.m. For more information call
Carla Harris Keynotes
Amelia Island will host leading
investment banker, singer, author,
and community service advocate
Carla Harris November 20, 2009.
The talented Jacksonville native
and Morgan Stanley Managing
Director will be featured at the 3rd
Annual Boys & Girls Clubs
Speakers Forum to be held at The
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The
Friday evening gala fund-raiser also
features a cocktail reception, sit-
down dinner, and silent auction. For
more information, contact the Boys
& Girls Clubs of Nassau County
Foundation at 904-261-8666.
Cufflinks & Pearls Gala
The Clara White Mission will pres-
ent their annual Cufflinks & Pearls
Gala on Friday, November 20th at
the St. Johns Cathedral Taliafero
Hall. The evening kicks off with a
VIP reception at 6 p.m. followed by
the program and performance. A
silent auction will also be held
throughout the evening. For tickets
or more information, call 354-4162.
Free Personal Money
The War on Poverty will present a
free workshop on credit, budgeting,
banking and insurance. This event
is open to the public ages 17 years
and older. Light refreshments will
be served. It will be held at the
United Church In Christ, 2050
Emerson Street on Saturday,
November 21st from 10:30 a.m. 2
p.m. For more information call 276-
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society, will hold their monthly
meeting at the Webb-Wesconnett
Branch Library, 6889 103rd Street
on November 21,2009. The meet-
ing will commence at noon and end
at 2 p.m. Besides the election of
officers, the program will consist of
"Reminiscing". Participants are
asked to be prepared to discuss for
two to four minutes, a memorable
event in their life, which may be of
interest to other members. For addi-
tional information please contact,
Mary Chauncey, (904) 781-9300.
R. Kelly in Concert
Controversial but still chart top-
ping r&B artist R. Kelly will stop
in Jacksonville on his "Ladies
Make Some Noise Tour". The show
will be Friday, November 27, 2009
at 8 p.m. in the Times-Union
Center Moran Theater. For tickets
or more information, call (800)
745-3000, or visit online at
PRIDE Book Club
The December meeting for PRIDE
book club will be held on Friday,
December 4th at 7 p.m. The book
for discussion will be at UP AT
THE COLLEGE by Michele
Andrea Bowen. For directions,
location or more information, call
Felice Franklin at 389-8417.
Holiday Home Tour
The 23rd annual Springfield
home tour will feature eight homes.
The tour will start at Third and
Main, with wine, treats and festivi-
ties then off to a guided tour. You
will also stop by the Springfield
Women's Club for cookies and was-
sail. Each ticket comes with a cal-
endar that includes an artistic rendi-
tion of each stop. It will be held on
Friday, December 4th and the fol-
lowing Saturday from 4:30 9
p.m.Tickets can be purchased
sclub.org or by phone at 665-9308.
Tour a century of sanctuaries in
one afternoon at nine Downtown
historic churches. The tour will be
held on Saturday, December 5th
from 1 5 p.m. Guides at each
church will highlight the architec-
tural and historical significance of
the building. Visitors can walk or
use the complementary trolley serv-
ice provided along the tour route.
The tour begins and ends at the
Main Library. For more information
Kem in Concert
R&B crooner Kem will be in con-
cert Sunday, December 27, 2009 at
8 p.m. the Florida Theatre. For
more information please call 630-
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Wanda holding her own despite being opposite SNL
Fox's "The Wanda Sykes Show" debuted opposite
"Saturday Night Live's" highest rated show of the sea-
son, yet still managed to hold its own in the timeslot.
Sykes is replacing "MadTV" in the slot as Fox's
alternative to NBC's veteran sketch show, which hit a
season high 5.0 rating with Taylor Swift as host and
By comparison, "Wanda Sykes" averaged 2.2 house- a .
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since the shows had already been in originals when the season started.
'SHENENEH AND WANDA' THE MOVIE:
Foxx and Lawrence to recreate famous characters for the big screen
It started as a comedy sketch on the "BET Awards," but by popular
demand, a movie will be produced starring the
characters Sheneneh from "Martin" and Wanda
a from "In Living Color."
Screen Gems has acquired "Sheneneh and
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Foxx will write the script and he and Martin will
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the comedy, Sheneneh and Wanda are modem day independent women
trying to make it on their own, one bank robbery at a time.
A&E SETS DATE FOR JACKSONS REALITY SHOW
A&E has finally announced plans for its new reality series "The
Jacksons: A Family Dynasty," starring the brothers of late pop icon
The one-hour show will premiere on
Dec. 13 and run for six episodes, the net-
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Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon
Jackson as they deal with the death of
their brother, and rehearse for an upcom-
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sary of The Jackson Five.
The brothers will also be shown recording a song for the soundtrack of
Jackson's movie "This Is It," and attending a premiere for the film.
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lining a pair of concerts that will launch a tour of Europe and Asia.
The singer's official website lists the two engagements on Dec. 9 at the
Olympisky Stadium in Moscow, and Dec. 12 at the Ice Palace in St.
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