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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, Fla
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November 19, 2009
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weekly
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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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Additional Physical Form:
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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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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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by George Curry
Although a House of
Representatives ethics committee is
known to be looking into the activ-
ities of at least 19 members of
Congress, the only full-scale inves-
tigations underway are against
seven Black lawmakers.
African Americans make up 15
percent of Congress but 100 percent
of those subjected to a full-scale
investigation, raising questions
about a double-standard.
According to media accounts,
House members under full investi-
gation as of late July were
Democrats Charles Rangel (N.Y.),
Maxine Waters (Calif.), Bennie
Thompson (Miss.), Carolyn
Kilpatrick (Mich.), Donald Payne
(N.J.), Laura Richardson (Calif.)
and Donna Christensen (U.S. Virgin
Islands).
An investigation of an eighth
member of the Congressional Black
Caucus, Jesse. Jackson, Jr. of
Illinois, has been delayed at the
request of the Justice Department,
which is examining Jackson's
alleged role in impeached Illinois
Gov. Rod Blagojevich pay-for-play
corruption scheme.
Prosecutors are looking into


whether Jackson or his associates
tried to buy President Obama's old
senate seat. The House ethics com-
mittee inquiry is centered on
whether Jackson used Washington
and Chicago staff members to
lobby for the seat.


Jackson and the other Black law-
makers have strongly denied
breeching Congressional ethics
rules. It is not unusual for inquiries
to start, only to later have the sub-
ject of the investigation exonerated.
How targets are selected is being


reached a milestone in its mentoring
program by adding 100 new men-
,H tors and 45 students at the annual
Contract Signing Celebration at
Florida State College's downtown
campus last week.
As of today, more than 1,000 Duval
County students have participated in
the program that helps low-income
children succeed by providing col-
lege and vocational scholarships,
volunteer mentors, case managers,
early intervention and long-term
support. Currently, TSIC serves
450 students in more than 42 area
middle and high schools.
After successful completion of the
program which requires students
meeting weekly with their mentors,
students are awarded full four year
scholarships upon graduation.


1946 logging over 30,000 hours of service through the years. FMP Photo


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Pastor Gary Williams, a mentoring partner at First Baptist Church
of Mandarin is shown with meentee Lee H.S. 11th grader James
Brents and his mother Robin at the celebration.


Black lawmakers
under seige by
federal investigators
hotly debated.
Under the headline, "Racial dis-
parity: All active ethics probes
focus on black lawmakers," the
political Website politico,com
Continued on page 3


Members of the Montford Point
Marine Association (Jacksonville
Chapter # 29), celebrated their
Marine Corps 234th Birthday Ball
in honor of the historic Marines'
contributions to the U.S. Military.
African-Americans were not
allowed to enlist in the Marines
until 1942 as a result of an
Executive Order by Pres. Franklin
Roosevelt. Not allowed to train
with other soldiers due to segrega-
tion, Marines of color were trained
at a newly formed base in
Jacksonville, North Carolina
known as Montford Point. Training
at this base took place from 1942 -
1949 with over 20,000 soldiers
coming through.
In 1974, the camp was renamed
Camp Johnson in honor of the late
Sargeant Major Gilbert
"Hashmark" Johnson. It remains
the only Marine Corps installation
named after an American.


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Sigma Gamma Rho Celebrates 87 Years of Sisterhood


Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
celebrated 87 years of sisterhood,
service and scholarship on
November 12, 2009. Members of
the Gamma Omicron Sigma chapter
of the sorority held a Founders Day
Luncheon at the Omni Hotel to
honor the occasion.
More than one hundred people
attended the event. Past presidents
of the local chapter paid tribute to
the seven women who founded the
organization by reading a brief his-
tory on each one. Then the current,
local chapter president, Dessie
Mathews, lit candles in their honor.
Dr. Cleo Higgins, former national
president of Sigma Gamma Rho,
recited an original poem that she
dedicated to the founders and her
sorority sisters.
Florida State Senator Tony Hill
was the guest speaker. Sen. Hill, a
Greek himself, spoke eloquently on
unity (sisterhood and brotherhood)
and how we all need to be involved
in the community. The sisters of
Sigma Gamma Rho also awarded a
$1,000 scholarship to Georgina
Showers, a student at Edward


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Shown above are ( seated) Kathy Cross, Dessie Mathews, Dr. Cleo Higgins, Jennifer Gunn and Annette
Hill; SECOND ROW: Jean Farmer, Schantel Minton, Daisy Hicks, Angela Spears, Mary Gorite. Gloria
Johnson, Samantha Betton and Mascelia Robinson. THIRD ROW: Linda Garner, Luvina George
andLinda Jones. BACK ROW: Hattie Alexander, Kaisha Johnson, Shirley Kemp, 'Tura Kennedy. Georgina
Showers, Orelia Plowden, Amber Lee, Beverly Clark, Tonya Click, Rhea Bean-Bates and Betty Cody.
Waters College and member of the symposium that focuses on healthy backpacks to children, Sigma
sorority, choices for young people, helping Gamma Rho Sororih. Inc., \as
The sorority has been active in the disadvantaged families during founded on Nom ember 12. 122 at
Jacksonville community for Christmas, senior citizens parties Butler Uiniversiu in lutid.anpolis,
decades. Among their community and, Operation Big Book Bag Indian.i
focus are activities such as a youth which provides school supplies and
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Jacksonville's Montford Marines Honored at Corps Birthday Ball


Shown above are James Tippins, President of the local Montford Point Marine Association Chapter #29,
Allen Williams, (1948 to 1952 Koren War veteran), GSGT John Hunter (1943 to 1946 WW II and Korean
War) and Alpha Ganious the oldest (85) and original Montford Pointer who served June 1943 to February


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give, a role to play. When you
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helping that person realize that
basic human need to be of value
and significance in the world.
To do that, you must have a fun-
damental love of other people;


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Disgraced Newark pastor admits

stealing $160K from parishioners


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After bilking Newark parishioners
out of nearly $160,000, disgraced
Pentecostal bishop Steven Parrott
pleaded guilty to misconduct by a
corporate official, New Jersey
Attorney General Anne Milgram
announced.
In pleading guilty, Parrott admit-
ted that he stole $157,580 from five
victims named in the indictment.
Under the plea agreement, Parrott
must pay full restitution to the vic-
tims, and the state will recommend
that he be sentenced to three years
in state prison."
In 2005, Parrott, former pastor of
the Lighthouse Temple on Market
Street, borrowed money from
parishioners, saying he was about
to receive a major grant from the
government and would pay 'back
the loans with interest. Depending
on the victim, Parrott at turns said
the money was going to a fictitious
after-school program, necessary
church repairs, or burying a family
member.
According to Cynthia Fleming,
Parrot's lifelong friend and princi-
pal victim, the guilty plea helps
ease the pain of the swindle, but
after four years she said she is still
suffering. Because of poor treat-
ment by church officers in the inter-


evening years, Fleming said she is
suing the Church of Our Lord Jesus
Christ of the Apostolic Faith -- the
umbrella church under which
Parrott served.
"I was unable to buy a house, and
because of what he's done to me I
have so much debt," Fleming said
today. "Even to the point where me
and my grandkids were homeless."
After her son, James Jenkins, a dec-
orated Iraq war veteran, killed him-
self in 2005, Fleming was awarded
a sizeable death benefit.
Throughout her battle with insur-
ance agencies, Fleming said Parrott
was a constant source of support.
When the settlement was awarded,
Parrott called the grieving mother
and said God wanted him to borrow
$25,000.
"The Lord told me to ask,"
Fleming recalled Parrott saying at
the time. "It's for my church."
Parrott invoked God several more
times before claiming a total of
$75,000 from Fleming, who today
said she never imagined he was
capable of such treachery.
"Bishop Rubin was nothing but
nasty," Fleming said of Rev. Fred
Rubin, a church leader. "I told him
I was being evicted and he said 'I'll
pray for you.'"


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posthumous membership upon on who became an advocate for From 1934 to 1961, The PGA of game and promote the game," said Rhode s, M
three African American golf pio- diversity in golf. America's "Caucasian-only clause" PGA of America President Jim J o h n
neers -- Ted Rhodes, John Shippen The four were honored today at was a part of the Association's by- Remy. "The PGA of America recog- Shippen and -
and Bill Spiller -- who were denied the 93rd PGA Annual Meeting in laws and prevented non-whites nizes the importance of honoring Bill Spiller -'
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members during their professional the PGA of America Board of removed at the 1961 PGA Annual place in golf history. members, <. .
careers. The PGA also has granted Directors voted unanimously to rec- Meting. "We are pleased that the descen- and Joe .
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Pictured at the grand opening of the Family Medical Center at Edward Waters College (EWC) are: (1-r)
(back row) EWC students Howard Duncan and Michael Martin, EWC Student Services director Karen
Buckman; (middle row) medical assistant Mary Edwards, Jacksonville City Council member Warren
Jones, medical center administrator/manager Doug Edwards; (front row) EWC President Claudette
Williams, medical center physician Dr. Patrick R. Kamish, and an unidentified EWC faculty member.


by M. Latimer
Edward Waters College, in con-
junction with National Managed
Care Solutions, has opened the
Family Medical Center at Edward
Waters College. Located at 1710
Pearce Street, the facility will oper-
ate as a full-service infirmary for
students and as a health care hub
for members of the community.
Two physicians, Dr. Edward
Williams and Dr. Patrick R.
Kamish, will staff the practice,
along with medical assistants, nurs-
es and other health care providers.
Medical center administrator/man-
ager Doug Edwards feels this is a
great opportunity to provide high
quality, affordable services to an
undeserved community. "Students
often need the ability to see a
physician immediately. And there
are many health care disparities
amongst African Americans, par-
ticularly with the elderly. Our goal
is to offer efficient and accessible
service to students, older patients,
families and more. This is an eff-
fort to embrace the communityy"
said Edwards.
The Family Medical Center is
open Tuesday and Thursday 9am -
6pm and Friday from 10am 2pm.
Services include immunizations,
comprehensive examinations,
blood work, health screenings, ben-
efit coordination, specialty referrals
and more. Transportation can be
provided via JTA Shuttle. For
more information, call (904) 470-
8310.


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D.C. Sniper's Ex Wife and children

cope with high profile execution
One of the D.C. sniper's ex- parole for his role in one of the
wives said that she has fully healed slayings.
from the abusive marriage she For Muhammad, however,
endured with him, and is helping the execution marked her recov- ..
her children cope with knowing ery since leaving her abusive
their dad will no longer be around. ex-husband a decade ago. -
Mildred Muhammad, 49, said in "I woke up yesterday thinking -
a phone interview that she and her this is the first day, complete
three children watched news cov- day of the rest of our lives that
erage of John Muhammad's execu- John's presence will not be felt,"
tion in silence at their Maryland she said.
home. When his death was Mildred Muhammad said her Mildred Muhammad, former wife
announced, the children John, ex-husband did not respond to of convicted D.C. sniper John Alien
19, Salena, 17, and Taalibah, 16 his children's requests to see Muhammad, speaks to readers dur-
went into their rooms and cried, him, and she said she was not ing an event for her memoir in
"It was very difficult to see them surprised he had no last words. Washington D.C. on Oct. 19.
in that kind of pain," Mildred "I had began saying a week or another ex-wife.
Muhammad said. "Because I know two before the execution that if With the man who once threat-
what was going through their head anyone was looking for John to ended to kill her now gone,
- 'this is my dad, he should be in apologize or take responsibility for Muhammad said she plans to con-
my life, this should not be happen- his actions, they're waiting in tinue her anti-domestic violence
ing." vain," she said. "I didn't expect him advocacy and continue supporting
Her ex-husband was put to death to say anything. I expected him to her children as they adjust. But one
by lethal injection Tuesday in do just what he did close his remnant of her ex-husband remains
Virginia for killing Dean Harold eyes, not look at anyone and that's a protective order against him
Meyers at a gas station during a it." she's kept for years.
series of killings in 2002 that ter- She said she expects John Allen "There's no need for me to carry
rorized the Washington, D.C., area Muhammad's funeral in Baton it anymore," she said "I guess I
for three weeks. His then-teenage Rouge, will bring some closure. need to make a decision to take it
accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, is The family also plans to retrieve out of my wallet, because it's still
serving a life sentence without letters he left for the children from there."


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Mentoring the Best Way for Us to Give Back


It's no secret that young African
American males are the highest at-
risk group for everything from
criminal behavior to dropping out
of school to being jobless.
Identifying the problems facing
our communities has never been an
issue, but finding solutions to those
problems has always been a major
challenge.
At the heart of the challenges
facing the black community is the
disarray of African American
males. Black men are not stepping
up as fathers, falling behind in edu-
cation and going to jail at alarming
rates.
We all see these young men in
the inner city either walking down
the street using one hand to hold up
their pants with their underwear
clearly exposed.
It seems like we have lost sever-
al generations of young black men.
Finishing high school is no
longer cool. Having a legal job is
no big deal and if you have been
arrested it is a badge of honor.
Former US Senator and presiden-
tial candidate John Edwards per-
haps said it best during an MTV
political forum in 2007.
"The idea that we can keep incar-
cerating and keep incarcerating --
pretty soon we're not going to have
a young African-American male
population in America. They're all
going to be in prison or dead. One
of the two," said Edwards.
What is even more disturbing
than the black male incarceration
rates is the notion that many young


black men have that it's so cool to
have a baby without accepting any
responsibility for helping to raise
the child.
It is a very disturbing statistic,
but nearly 40 percent of babies
born in the United States in 2007
were delivered by unwed mothers,
according to data released over the
summer by the National Center for
Health Statistics.
While 28 percent of white
women gave birth out of wedlock
in 2007, nearly 72 percent of black
women and more than 51 percent
of Latinas did.
This gets directly back to one of
the core issues that plague the black
community. Single mothers are
raising too many young men with-
out real support from fathers. Now
don't over analyze my point. There
are plenty of single mothers who do
a fine job of raising black males.
However, I don't feel that there is
a substitute for having a strong
father or father figure in your life.
Sure there are hundreds of folks
who have been successful without
their fathers in their lives, but most
people who were raised without
their fathers would easily agree that
they would prefer to have a dad
around.
Few people would debate the fact
that strong father figures make a
difference in children's lives.
Although we all may agree that
this is the case, there seems to be a
huge pool of poorly educated black
men that are becoming more and
more disconnected from traditional


family values. National statistics
are showing that the situation is not
getting better, but worse.
In 2000, 65 percent of black male
high school dropouts in their 20's
were jobless that is, unable to find
work, not seeking it or incarcerat-
ed. By 2004, that figure had grown
to 72 percent, compared with 34
percent of white and 19 percent of
Hispanic dropouts.
Even when high school graduates
were included, 50 percent of black
men in their 20's were jobless in
2004, up from 46 percent in 2000.
Incarceration rates skyrocketed
in the 1990's and continue grow
every year. In 1995, 16 percent of
black men in their 20's who did not
attend college were in jail or
prison; by 2004, 21 percent were
incarcerated. By their mid-30's, 6
in 10 black men who had dropped
out of school had spent time in
prison.
So now that I have painted a pret-
ty bleak picture let's figure out how
you attack the issue. Of course
there is no one solution, but it is my
belief that if black professionals
give back to the community
through mentoring we can save one
child at a time.
That's where African American
fraternities and other nonprofit
organizations like The 100 Black
Men come into play.
Several months ago I joined the
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
because I was impressed with their
education and mentorship initia-
tives. The organization is basically


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made of professional black men
from various careers and back-
grounds.
Each member commits to not
only being active in the various
programs that the organization sup-
ports, but you also dedicate your-
self to be a mentor to a young man.
If you look at the 100 Black Men
website it says, "Mentoring the 100
Way is one of the signature pro-
grams of the 100 Black Men of
America, Inc. This holistic program
addresses the social, emotional and
cultural needs of children ages 8-
18."
The statement continues,
"Members of the 100 are trained
and certified to become mentors,
advocates, and role models for the
youth within their communities."
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organizations making a difference
one child at a time. Local fraterni-
ties like Omega Si Phi and Kappa
Alpha Si also have very successful
mentoring programs.
Even the city of Jacksonville has
promoted mentoring through
organizations like Kessler and Take
Stock in Children. Some may say
that mentoring is only making a
marginal difference, but I say if we
can save a few young men it is well
worth the effort.
"You need a whole community to
raise a child. I have raised two chil-
dren, alone," said African
American female author Toni
Morrison.
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of inner thigh and breast (not touching bone)-
reaches 165F. After you've removed your turkey,
let it stand 15-20 minutes before carving.


Increase oven temperature to 450F and
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Prep and Cook: 3 1/2 hours
(Makes 8 servings)
3 medium parsnips (rinsed)
5 medium carrots (rinsed)
4 celery ribs (rinsed)
2 large onions (rinsed)
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup flour
2 (14-oz) cans reduced-sodium
chicken broth
1 (12-Ib) turkey (thawed, following
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1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper
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1-inch-long pieces. Remove ends and peel skin from onions; cut both into quarters.
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2. Place butter in microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave on HIGH 30 seconds or
until melted. Whisk in flour and 1 can of the chicken broth until blended. Pour into pan
over vegetables. Place wire roasting rack in pan over vegetables.
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discard bay leaves (cover to keep warm).
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APPLE SAGE DRESSING
Prep and Cook: 40 minutes
(Makes 8 servings)
1-lb ground pork sausage with sage
8-oz trinity mix (fresh diced onions, peppers, celery)
1/2 cup dried berry medley (berries and raisins)
1 large Granny Smith apple (rinsed)
1 tablespoon flour
1 (14-oz) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 (6-oz) box or 2 cups cornbread stuffing mix
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minutes. Crumble sausage into pan (wash hands); stir in trinity mix and
berries. Cook 5-7 minutes, stirring often, until meat is browned and
vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, peel apple; cut into small pieces.
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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 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Beaver Street
Enterprise Center is located at 1225 W. Beaver Street A reservation is
required. Contact Angelia Redding at (904) 265-4702 for more information.

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
Workshop at United Church in Christ
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-
sonville.org.

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 262-3083.


Thanksgiving Services Plans set for Matthew


Greater Macedonia
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will have their Thanksgiving Day
Worship on Thursday, November 26th at 10 a.m. The event which is free-
and open to the public will include words by Greater Macedonia Pastor
Landon Williams. The church is located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue.
For more information, call 764-9257.

Epiphany Thanksgiving Feast
The Epiphany Baptist Church will have their 13th Annual Thanksgiving
Feast, Saturday November 21, 2009 at 663 South Mc Duff Ave. from 12
noon to 3:00 p.m. Clothes will be given away. For more details call 354-
8129. The event is free and open to the public.

Bethesa Temple Ministries
Bethesda Temple Ministries located at 1544 w. 22nd St. with Pastor
Wayne L. Wilson, Sr. will have their Annual Thanksgiving Service, Sunday
November 22, 2009 at 11:00am. The service will be followed by dinner pre-
pared by Master Chef Pastor Wayne L. Wilson Sr. who will feed the soul
with a word from on high then there will be food for the body.
Transportation can be provided. Call 904-314-3804 at least a day in
advance.

Summervile, Mt Lilla and Silas Baptist
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.

OneJax 91st Annual Interfaith Services
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.

NOTICE: Church news is published free of
charge. Information must be received in the Free
Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the
week you want it to run. Information received
prior to the event date will be printed on a space
available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-
3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.


Gilbert Grand Reunion


Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.- Sr. High
School Alumni Incorporation has
announced the date for its 12th
Annual New Year Students
Teachers Grand Alumni Reunion.
For 11 years Gilbert's Eastside
"Mighty Panthers" have celebrated
the graduating classes from 1952 to
1970. During the past 11 years, 50
classes have been honored. Now the
reunion is being extended to honor
the 60 classes beginning with Class
of 1960 for their 50th Year Reunion.
There will be a special presenta-
tion for Robert "Bob" Hayes a
member of Class of 1960 for his
achievements as the only man to
receive two Olympic Gold Medals
and NFL Super Bowl Ring and
recently inducted into the NFL Hall
of Fame.
All alumni, teachers attendees and
guests are invited to two spectacular


events which
include a
We come


January 8,
2010 from 7-
11 p.m. and
a Banquet
the follow-
ing Saturday A special tribute
night from will be made for
6:00p.m. to Gilbert grad Bob
1 : 0 0 a.m. Hayes.
Both events will be held at the Hyatt
Regency River Walk Hotel.
Ticket are on sale now, Purchase
Deadline is Sunday December 27,
2009. No tickets will be available at
the door.
For more information,contact
Class Leaders or Lydia Jackson-
Bell at (904) 305-6185.


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Disney's Black Princess Historic but for Whom? p j


Holly Price Alford is over the
moon about Disney's first black
princess. Her 8-year-old daughter
is, too, but not because the princess
is black.
"She understands that this is a
princess who is African-American,"
said Alford, who is black and lives
in Virginia. "But do I think it's a big
deal to her? No."
Princess Tiana debuts in "The
Princess and the Frog" in New York
and Los Angeles on Nov. 25 and
nationwide Dec. 11, and grown-ups
have certainly been buzzing. But
for many little black girls growing
up with Malia and Sasha Obama in
the White House, the historic nature
of Tiana's debut in Disney's mostly
white princess lineup doesn't quite
seem to register.
Girls of all races have already
caught princess fever, and young
black girls embrace the white stars
of "Hannah Montana," the Jonas
Brothers and "High School
Musical" without worrying about
race.
But some of their moms are mak-
ing sure their daughters understand
the significance of the princess with
her brown doe eyes, fuller lips and
elegant tiara.
Erica Branch-Ridley, of New
Jersey, said her 7- and 11-year-old
daughters were excited about a new
princess, but the younger one didn't
really understand the importance.
"She sees Obama, the first girls,
she's like, 'that's nice,'" said Branch-
Ridley, broadband supervising pro-
ducer for the TV program "The
Electric Company."
Branch-Ridley showed the girls
pictures, and her younger daughter
now wants to dress up as Tiana for
Halloween next year.


"I want them to understand how
important it is, not only from the
perspective of a new Disney movie
and a new princess, but how histor-
ical it is that we have this," she said.
The movie has not been without
controversy -- it's been criticized
because the prince is not black and
because Tiana is a frog for much of
the movie, among other things.
But little girls are simply excited
about the story, said Alford.
"She's another
princess," she
said. "In
the end,
if she


gets
to kiss
the prince,
that's all that
matters."
Disney has expanded its princess
lineup in recent years to include
multicultural princesses Mulan,
Pocahontas and Jasmine, but Tiana
is the first black princess -- and the
first princess of any color in more
than 10 years.
In "The Princess and the Frog,"


which is set in 1920s New Orleans,
Tiana is a waitress and chef who
dreams of owning a restaurant. She
is persuaded to kiss a frog who is
really a prince and becomes a frog
herself.
Tiana has already sparked a mer-
chandising frenzy -- beauty prod-
ucts, dolls, a cookbook, a cooking
set. There is even a new Tiana wed-
ding dress as part of the "Kirstie
Kelly for Disney Fairy Tale
Weddings" line.
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quickly in some
cities, according to
Disney Consumer Products, and the
"Just One Kiss" doll was named one
of the "Hot Dozen" toys for the hol-
iday season in FunFare Magazine, a
toy industry publication. On Oct. 1,
all 5,000 Tiana-themed Magical
Beauty Collection Gift Sets were
sold on carolsdaughter.com before


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"Kid Reporter" career on Monday,
November 16, while on a 6-day
cruise on Carnival Cruise Line's


Deidra Shores
MEMPHIS, Tenn A Memphis,
Tenn Middle School student Deidra
Shores has been selected the winner
of the "Kid Reporter" contest on the
Today Show. Deidra was one of
four final contestants vying for the
position out of thousands of entries
nationwide.
For their final assignment, each
kid reporter hopeful traveled back
to New York City where they cov-
ered the unveiling of the world's
largest children's book, written by
children for the children of St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital.
Deidra was selected from more
than 40,000 children who submitted
entries to the "Kid Reporter" con-
test. Deidra's original submission
was a parody of Matt Lauer's
"Where in the World is Matt
Lauer." The video had her search-
ing for Mr. Lauer throughout the
city of Memphis, stopping at vari-
ous points of interest in hopes of
finding him, and then landing an


newest ship, "The Carnival Dream."
The trip is one of several prizes
she received as the winner of the
contest.


noon, the first day the products
were available.
Little girls don't see color distinc-
tions as much as older girls, said
Charlotte Reznick, a child educa-
tional psychologist and author of
"The Power of Your Child's
Imagination."
But she said Tiana will register on
some level with little black girls and
boost their sense of themselves
even if it's subtle.
"That warm feeling of 'just like
me' and feeling like 'home' can
bring a deep smile (inside and out)
to all those little black girls that will
watch the movie," Reznick said in
an e-mail.
Some black moms, while praising
Disney for its efforts, think its influ-
ence is overblown.
"There is far too much invested in
the idea that Disney has somehow
affirmed black women and girls
with this production," said Tracy
D. Sharpley-Whiting, who teaches
African American and Diaspora
Studies at Vanderbilt.
Sharpley-Whiting said her 7-
year-old already sees herself as a
princess, and has watched the live-
action version of "Cinderella" that
starred Brandy and Whitney
Houston.
Still, others said Tiana has made
them feel more comfortable letting
their daughters embrace princesses.
Dee-Dee Jackson, national presi-
dent of Mocha Moms Inc., is plan-
ning to outfit her 8-year-old daugh-
ter's room with Tiana gear. Disney
consulted Mocha Moms on the
film.
Her daughter has princess cos-
tumes, movies and dolls, but she
has been reluctant to let her put up
images that don't look like her.
"I wanted her to understand that
princesses come in all colors," said
Jackson, a mom of five in Georgia.
Tiana has already made an
impression on Tykeisha Crockrell,
8, of Brooklyn, New York city. She
loves princesses -- she was Belle
from "Beauty and the Beast" for
Halloween.
"When I heard that Tiana was
going to be an African-American
princess that made me more proud
to be black," she said. "Tiana is my
role model. I want to be like her."
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Pictured (1-r) at the Clear Channel Studios are: 93.3 The Beat radio
host and local DJ T-Roy and Def Jam recording artist Bree D'val pro-
moting Bree's debut CD, "Lil' Buddy," a song about female empow-
erment. M Latimer photo

Jax Native Signs with

Def Jam Recordings


Def Jam recording artist Bree
D'val recently returned to the First
Coast to promote her debut single
"Lil' Buddy." A native of
Jacksonville and honors graduate of
Paxon High School, Bree (born
Brandee Baker) left FAMU/FSU
after three years to pursue her
dream of a music career.
Since then, she has toured the
country, performing and generating
excitement about her upcoming
CD. Bree made a stop by the T-Roy
Show on 93.3 The Beat. She also
performed her debut single at sev-


eral local venues, including
Clubchristophers in Orange Park,
FL. Bree did an on-the-air inter-
view with T-Roy, the popular local
radio host, and audience response
was overwhelmingly positive.'
According to Bree, coming home to
Jacksonville to perform and pro-
mote her CD was, "A dream come:
true. It's a joy and a blessing to feel
so much love and support from|
your family, friends, classmates and,
mentors." For more information on
Bree's CD, visit
www.breedval.com.


14th Annual Art After

Dark Call for Artists
Applications are now available for The Florida Theatre's Art After Dark
artist submissions. Don't miss your opportunity to be a part of this great
showcase of local talent. Deadline for submissions is by December 14,
2009. The event will be held on Friday, March 5.
Each spring the Florida Theatre hosts the season's most original and
talked about event Art After Dark. For one evening each year,
Jacksonville's premiere live performance venue transforms into a show-
case for the works of our community's most exceptional unrepresented
emerging visual artists. The event provides patrons an opportunity to view
and purchase works by these fabulous artists. All of the artwork show-
cased is for sale, and 90% of the proceeds go directly to the artists.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene


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, at
(904) 733-9818.

Amateur Night Semi
Finals at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre and Museum will
host its Amateur Night Semi-Finals
this Friday, Nov. 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Amateur Night competitions
began in January and have come
down to the final two rounds of
competition. Six acts of some of
Jacksonville's most talented per-
formers, will have the chance to
become the 2009 Amateur Night
champion for cash prizes.
The Theater is located at 829 N.
Davis Street. Call 632-5555 for
more information.

Oprah's Winfrey
Color Purple
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.


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 information call
354-1529.

Carla Harris Keynotes
Speaker's Forum
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


silent auction will also be held
throughout the evening. For tickets
or more information, call 354-4162.

Daughters of Electa
Harvest Dance
The Daughters of Electa Chapter
#860 will host their Annual Harvest
Dance on November 20, 2009 at
7:00 p.m.at the Hospitality Inn
located at 7071 103rd Street. There
will also be a Harvest Baskets
Raffle with non-perishable food
items, Mary Kay Products and
more. The Food Buffet will be pro-
vided until 10:00pm.
Recognition of all Chapters and
Lodges will begin at 9:00 p.m.
For tickets or more information,
call 777-5700.

Free Personal Money
Management Workshop
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 info call 276-3462.


Gala on Friday, November 20th at
the St. Johns Cathedral Taliafero Genealogy Meeting
Hall. The evening kicks off with a The Jacksonville Genealogical
VIP reception at 6 p.m. followed by Society, will hold their monthly
the program and performance. A 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
www.ticketmaster.com.

Fort Mose Cultural
Thanksgiving Program
Fort Mose Historic State Park will
offer a cooking program in celebra-
tion of Thanksgiving on Saturday,
November 28, 2009.
Come celebrate Thanksgiving
learning about African, Native
American and Spanish cooking tra-
ditions and cuisine. This program
will introduce visitors to the cook-
ing and food traditions that influ-
enced the residents of Fort Mose.
Food will be prepared and demon-


strated by a volunteer in the cook
chosa. Dress for the weather. This
program is free with regular park
entrance fees. For more information
call (904) 823-2232.

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.

Springfield Annual
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
online www.springfieldwoman-
sclub.org or by phone at 665-9308.


Downtown
Church


Historic
Tour


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
contact: katherine@downtownjack-
sonville.org.

STOMP from Broadway
STOMP, the international sensa-
tion, is making its triumphant return
to Jacksonville on December 11-
13, 2009 at the Times Union


Center's Moran Theater for five
performances only. The percussive
hit also brings some new surprises,
with some sections of the show now
updated and restructured and the
addition of two new full-scale rou-
tines, utilizing props like tractor tire
inner tubes and paint cans.
For tickets or more information
call (904) 632-3373.


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-
4964.

Rickey Smiley
in Concert
Funny man Rickey Smiley will be
in concert Saturday, January 9th
at the Florida Theatre. Tickets are
now on sale. For more information,
call 630-4964.

The Harlem
String Quartet
The Harlem Quartet, comprising
First-Place Laureates of the Sphinx
Competition whose mission is to
advance diversity in classical music
while engaging new audiences
through discovery and presentation
highlighting works by minority
composers is coming to
Jacksonville. They will be in con-
cert on Friday, January 15, 2010
at 8:00 p.m. at the Church of the
Good Shepherd. The church is
located at 1100 Stockton Street. For
more information call 387-5691.

Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Gospel Choir was
formed to celebrate the unique and
inspirational power of African
Gospel music. The 26-strong choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches in and around
Soweto. They will be in concert on
February 10, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theatre. For tickets or more
information, call 355-2787.


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Life and Legacy of Otis Redding Celebrated


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by Madge Evans
It was nothing short of an evening
of elegance and entertainment as
Atlantans, Maconites, and esteemed
celebrities came to celebrate the life
and legacy of Otis Redding.
The Big "0" Youth Educational
Dream Foundation served as the
evening's hosts for this spectacular
black-tie occasion held in Atlanta.
Special guests and celebrity sight-
ings on the red carpet included
Deanna and Dr. Yamma Brown
(daughters of the late James
Brown), Mr. William Bell and Mr.
Eddie Floyd, Zelma Redding and
Karla Redding-Andrews (widow
and daughter of Otis Redding),
Avant, Kenny Lattimore and
Chante' Moore, Chris "Ludacris"
Bridges, Ray-J, Estelle, Kardinal
Offishall, Anthony Hamilton,
Pebbles, and Devyne Stephens.
After the glitz and glamour of the


red carpet, a wonderful 3-course
dinner precluded the ceremony as
we were seated in the atrium of the
Woodruff Arts Center. An opening
pre-recorded video message from
Alicia Keyes appeared on two big-
screen monitors during which she
gave accolades to Otis Redding and
his music and its influence on her
music as well as the music industry
as a whole.
The highlight of the evening were
the performances. Dexter Redding
(son of Otis Redding) opened with
"Cigarettes and Coffee" followed
by Estelle performing
"Satisfaction." Avant gave up
smooth "My Girl" followed by dis-
tinguished old schoolers William
Bell ("Can't Turn It Loose") and
Eddie Floyd ("Knock On Wood")
who showed their everlasting skills
while Otis Redding III gave
acoustic pleasure on his guitar.


Kenny Lattimore sang with passion
as he covered "I Love You More
Than Words Can Say" followed by
his other half, Chante' Moore, with
"Respect." Later, the two gave an
emotionally stirring performance of
"A Change Is Gonna' Come."
Otis Redding III was back to pay
respect to Zelma Redding by per-
forming a song written by her
called "Dreams." Anthony
Hamilton's soulful rendition of
"These Arms of Mine" was incredi-
ble and he later joined Dexter and
Otis III as the three of them togeth-
er gave an absolutely exciting, audi-
ence moving, wonderful perform-
ance of "Try A Little Tenderness."
Dexter later returned for outstand-
ing sets of "I've Been Loving You
Too Long" and "Love Man."


Throughout the show, pre-record-
ed videos of Alicia Keyes, Magic
Johnson, and even The Rolling
Stones appeared on a large stage
monitor with all of them, in some
way or form, citing Otis' influence
on music, their memories of him,
and even their favorite Big "0"
songs.
The last performance of the
evening was the long awaited
"Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay"
which was beautifully performed
by all the night's artists as they
gathered on stage in camaraderie.
Otis Redding's legacy and music
was revived on the stage that night
by incredible performances and his
spirit was definitely felt throughout
the evening. Further proof that it
will stand the test of time.


Denzel to Star on Broadway

in August Wilson's "Fences"


Oscar winner Denzel Washington,
after a spin aboard the 6 train in
"The Taking of Pelham 123," is
back on the Broadway local.
The handsome star of the big
screen returns to the Great White
Way next April as the lead in a
revival of August Wilson's Pulitzer
Prize-winning drama "Fences."
Washington, 54, was last seen on
Broadway in 2005 playing Brutus
in the revival of "Julius Caesar."
He's no stranger to the city.
Washington attended Ford-ham
University before starring in New
York-based films like "He's Got
Game," "Malcolm X" and
"American Gangster."
He steps into the role of patriarch
Troy Maxson, originally played by


Denzel Washington
James Earl Jones in the 1987 pro-
duction. The show received the
Tony award for best play along with
its Pulitzer.


Black TV Programming Thriving Online


Later this month, BET.com will
launch its first scripted web show,
"Buppies" starring Tatyana Ali, fol-
lowing the socialite daughter of a
celebrity as she and her friends
"navigate LA's young black power
elite." The buzz surrounding the
show solidifies the claim, reported
by the Washington Post, that Black
programming is thriving online.
Online shows, usually in the form
of short webisodes, are created and
executed by Black talent shut out
by network TV these days.
Last year, NAACP President
Benjamin Todd Jealous released a
statement on the issue: "At a time
when the country is excited about
the election of the first African-
American president in US history, it
is unthinkable that minorities would
be so grossly underrepresented on
broadcast television."
The statement followed a NAACP
study which found that since 2002,
when minorities were cast in a
record number of roles on TV (24%
of total), there had been a steady
decline in available opportunities.
The Hollywood bureau of NAACP
called this a "virtual whiteout."
Websites dedicated to Black pro-
gramming, such as


RowdyOrbit.com and Better Black
Television, have popped up at a
rapid rate over the past year. With
brands like BET noting the trend
and creating original programming
to ride the wave, this DIY work
ethic seems to be attracting atten-


tion.
"Why online as opposed to with
the network?" says Denmark West,
president of digital media at
BET.com, "it's an opportunity to
provide original content for the
Web . and to see what kind of


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Snoop opens NYSE Participants of the second annual NYSE
Euronext 'Mentoring Madness' event including CNBC's Maria Bartiromo;
Snoop Dogg; Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes; Stephen Hanson,
Founder and President of B.R. Guest Restaurants; and Barry Sternlicht,
Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group and mtvU's 'Movers &
Changers' competition rang The Opening Bell(SM) at the New York Stock
Exchange to kick-off Global Entrepreneurship Week.


online audience we can attract."
"You can look at this as revolu-
tionary," says Jonathan Moore,
founder and CEO of Rowdy Orbit,
which was launched in February. "It
is giving people a voice and a plat-
form to express themselves without
judgment or red tape holding you
down. Now they can go from idea


KANDI BURUSS TO OPEN BOUTIQUE
"The Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member
Kandi Burrus has been through her fair share of pain,
but that's not stopping the ATL native from making
moves. Burrus will celebrate the grand opening of her
TAGS Boutique this week in Smyrna, GA.
In addition to TAGS, Burrus is shopping for a major
label deal for her sophomore album, B.L.O.G.
However, for fans who cannot wait for the album, she
recently released the Fly Above EP via iTunes. The five-track set features
production by Drumma Boy and Jazze Pha as well as guest appearances
from Rick Ross and Gucci Mane, among others.
JAY-Z, WILL & JADA BACK
l -- X BROADWAY MUSICAL
S',t It's now official. Producers of the
I upcoming Broadway musical "Fela!"
S*- s have confirmed that rap mogul Jay-Z
S, ..and Hollywood couple Will and Jada
SPinkett Smith have joined the show's
Producing team.
Rumors about Jay-Z's backed partic-
ipation had been circulating ever
since he told the AP last month that he
might get involved in the musical, which celebrates the life of Nigerian
musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
There was no announcement regarding the amount of money the power
trio have put into the show.
As previously reported, "Fela!" is directed and choreographed by Bill
T. Jones, and is currently in previews at the Eugene OrNeill Theatre. The
show's official opening is next Monday.
STEVE HARVEY, WIFEY TO FEED
6000+ FOR THANKSGIVING
On Nov. 23, Steve Harvey and his wife --
Marjorie will give away more than 6,000 turkeys
to needy families across the country, as well as
host "Steve Harvey's Big Turkey Give Day" in
Chicago with two daytime events in the cities of
Markham and Chicago, Ill.
As part of the nationwide giveaway, the
Harveys will team up with his morning show
affiliate stations in 53 markets to distribute thou- t'4\
sands of turkeys, with live on-air gives taking
place in 10 of those markets.
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Lucy Stoke, Senator Tony Hill, Melinda Henry and Eddie Nelson lead the walk
Hill leads Northside walk for diabetes and obesity awareness
D.E.E.N (Diabetes Education Exercise Nutrition) and Abzsolute Fitness held its' 1st walk for Diabetes on
Saturday November 14th. Over 50 people walked the Northside Gateway to promote exercise awareness and
nutrition. Senator Tony Hill was on hand and burned 400 calories on the Stairmaster as he waited for the walk to
start. Hill remarked that not too long age he was 25 pounds away from weighing 300 pounds. "I chose to live
and it is apparent that chronic disease and health care issues are our main issues and it is our responsibility to take
matters into our own hand and not wait for a doctor or insurance company to tell us we're obese; our bodies are
like a temple and we should respect that." Senator Hill reiterated that "elected officials should also make a state-
ment and lead by example, it starts from the leadership to the membership." KFP


Jacksonville soldier hard at work in Afghanistan U.S. Army Capt. Eddie Jones, of
Jacksonville, Fla., Commander of the 49th Military Police Company, discusses future placement and training of
Afghan National Police officers in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, with ANP Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Zaiyee, Kunar
provincial chief of police at the Asadabad Police Headquarters, Nov. 10. 759th MP Battalion Soldiers regularly
meet with ANP officials in order to coordinate future development the emerging police force.


Adjusting to
Convicted of killing New Orleans
hotel executive Ray Liuzza, and for
a carjacking weeks later, he was
preparing to be sent to his death at
the notorious Angola State
Penitentiary in Louisiana the
largest maximum security prison in
the United States.
After six execution dates, John
had exhausted all his appeals. His
seventh date 22 May 1999 was to
be his last.
In one final twist, a new investi-
gator uncovered some previously
lost evidence. After a retrial, John
was freed in 2003.
It was the start of another strug-
gle surviving in the outside world.
It was a struggle which has led John
to found a new charity helping for-
mer death row inmates:
Resurrection After Exoneration.
"I was glad to be coming home. I


life after years death row


was overwhelmed with the thought
of me having my freedom, but at
the same time I was scared to death
because I didn't know what I was
coming in to. I didn't know where I
was going.
Yet, unusually for a death row
inmate, John was surrounded by
people willing to help him get his
life back on track.
"I had a remarkable supporting
cast of people when I came home.
When I first came home I started
working for the death penalty law
firm that represent guys on death
row. So I had a job immediately
waiting for me."
He was also offered a house, a
book deal and movie deal. Before
the week was out, he'd even met his
future wife.
It was this experience which
drove him to set up his charity help-


PRIDE Anniversary features selected

author K.A. Murrary in person


PRIDE Book Club, northeast Florida's oldest and largest book club
of color, celebrated their 16th anniversary on Saturday, November 14,
2009 at the Clara White Mission Cafe. The book for discussion was
"Convictions of the Heart" by local author K.A. Murray who was on
hand to discuss the book and readers' interpretation. Shown above is
Murray as she listens attentively to a question from a P.R.I.D.E. Book
Club member. Greg Miller photo


ing wrongly convicted death row
inmates to fit back into the world.
The group provides housing, edu-
cation and work opportunities to
people who are otherwise shunned
by society.
"When you come home you need
some total psychological rehab.
"You need somebody to sit down
with you and talk to you and let you
know that what you just experi-
enced was wrong.
"You need the help, you need a
job. People do not want to give
these guys a second chance and
that's what my program is about."
John's time on death row was a
constant battle against the law and
his own state of mind.
"They actually bring a warrant to
your cell and tell you to sign it, for
them to have permission to kill you.
I never did."
In the 14 years of his stay, he saw
12 of his fellow inmates friends -
be executed.
"On death row we're supposed to
be the worst of the worst, yet with-
in 24 hours of [an] execution, we
fast that whole day. Everybody on
death row prays for the victim's
family."
John knew his time was fast
approaching.
"The reality was I was an
African-American male really,
really poor. And I was accused of
killing a rich, white guy. I didn't
feel like I would ever have an
opportunity to prove my innocence
again."
He nearly didn't. One day, as
John sat in his cell, his lawyers gave
him his seventh execution date. He
would be killed the day after his
son's high school graduation.
Just as John was coming to terms
with his pending execution, a new
investigator was hired.
It proved to be an appointment
that saved his life. On the same day
John was being told of his final exe-
cution date, the investigator uncov-
ered some forensic tests that proved
his innocence.
The previously lost evidence
showed that blood found on the car-
jacking victim's trousers wasn't
from either the victim or John.
"It was just that simple it was a
matter of knowing the right ques-
tion to ask at the right time, to the
right person."


Black lawmakers under seige


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Though Lee High School was defeated 34-16 by Nease High School last week, the students still had reason to
celebrate as they celebrated Senior Night. Shown above are students and parents in attendance (left to right)
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Williams, Sr. and Alphonso Morris. All of the students have college plans after graduation. FMP Photo


Jacksonville's oldest submarine veteran Robert
Wise.


Reginald Lawrence of the Veterans Readjustment
Counseling Vet Center presents a portrait to Cong.
Corrine Brown of Cathay Williams, the first and


only female to serve with the
Soldiers" in 1867.


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UaRiya Lynch, Rasheed Lynch, Bryanna Adkins,
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Continued from front
observed, "Not a single white
lawmaker is currently subject of a
full-scale ethics committee probe."
It continued, "The ethics committee
declined to respond to questions
about the racial disparity, and mem-
bers of the Congressional Black
Caucus are wary of talking about it
on the record. But privately, some
black members are outraged and
see in the numbers a worrisome
trend in the actions of the ethics
watchdogs on and off Capitol Hill."
The House ethics committee,
known formally as the Committee
on Standards of Official Conduct, is
made up of 10 members, five
Democrats and five Republicans.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North
Carolina is the only African
American on the panel.


The Black members of Congress
are being investigated on a variety
of charges.
The personal finances of Rangel,
chairman of the powerful Ways and
Means Committee, are being inves-
tigated. Rangel said his son and a
senior aide also have been ques-
tioned by the ethics committee.
Rangel said the committee inter-
viewed him about a conference he
attended last year with four other
members of the CBC in St. Martin.
Although the conference at a luxury
Caribbean resort was said to have
been sponsored by a nonprofit
foundation, investigators say the
trip was underwritten by such cor-
porate giants as Pfizer, Citigroup
and AT&T. Under House rules, pri-
vate companies are prohibited from
paying for congressional travel.
I


Rep. Waters is being investigated
for arranging a meeting between the
Treasury Department and the
National Bankers Association,
which represents Black banks. Her
husband, Sidney Williams, owns
stock in one of those banks,
OneUnited, and served on its board
until early last year.
Waters expressed confidence that
she will be exonerated and said,
"My longtime advocacy on behalf
of women- and minority-owned
institutions is well known and
appreciated by these institutions,
which have been historically denied
access to government regulators to
address their concerns."
Amid the discussion over the
unfair targeting of African-
American lawmakers, former
Congressman William Jefferson of


Louisiana has been sentenced to
prison. On Friday, Nov. 13,
Jefferson was given a 13-year sen-
tence following his conviction on
11 of 16 corruption charges. He was
charged with soliciting bribes in
schemes to help American compa-
nies consummate deals in Nigeria
and Ghana in exchange for money
paid to him directly and to compa-
nies controlled by his wife, their
five daughters, his son-in-law and a
brother.
Jefferson became the butt of late
night TV jokes after an FBI raid on
his Washington home in 2005
turned up $90,000 in his
freezer.The money was wrapped in
tin foil and placed in stacks of
$10,000. It was stuffed in Pillsbury
frozen pie crust and Boca meatless
burger boxes and Yes! Organic


Market bags.
The marked money was part of
$100,000 Lori Mody, a business-
woman secretly cooperating with
the FBI, gave Jefferson as they
shared a four-hour, $1,023 dinner at
a five-star Italian restaurant in
Washington.
Ironically, despite all the jokes
about "Dollar Bill," cold cash and
frozen assets, Jefferson was not
convicted on the charge associated
with the recovered money. He was
indicted for violation of the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act in connection
with allegedly bribing then-
Nigerian Vice President Atiku
Abubakar and other officials.
According to federal prosecutors,
Jefferson was supposed to give the
money to Abubakar on his trip to
the U.S. in 20005 but the official


left before Jefferson made the trans-
fer.
Jefferson was accused of taking
about $500,000 in bribes and seek-
ing millions more. His sentence of
13 years in prison is the longest for
a member of Congress. By contrast,
former Republican Congressman
Randy "Duke" Cunningham of
California pleaded guilty to accept-
ing $2.4 million in bribes, conspira-
cy to commit bribery, mail fraud,
wire fraud and tax evasion. On
March 3, 2006, he was sentenced to
eight years and four months in
prison.
Even when former members of
Congress are sent to prison, there is
racial disparity.


November 19-25, 2009


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