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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville, Fla
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November 26, 2009
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General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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Volume 23 No.9 Jacksonville, Florida November 26 December 2, 2009

FBI Wants Help Prosecuting Jim Crow Crimes

The days of "Jim Crow, the era
defining the stringent days of segre-
gation, are long behind us, but the
wounds left vacant in the criminal
justice system still remain open.
Suspects are dying and evidence
is getting colder and older.
The FBI, which has been fighting
to solve decades-old civil rights
cases, is urging the families of

Black victims to help in any way
they can.
For the past three years, federal
agents have been seeking leads in
nearly three dozen cases involving
African Americans who were mur-
dered throughout the South during
the turbulent 1960s as they fought
for equal rights.
"We have done everything we can

105 Years Later, Historic Clara

White Mission Still Changing Lives

to find those families and we've run
out of leads," said Cynthia Deitle,
unit chief for the FBI's civil rights
What the feds need varies from
evidence and other details to bolster
their case to individuals to whom
they can provide updates regarding
Officials note that they have seen
some success since they were given
the authority to open Civil-Rights-
Era cases three years ago. For
example, they won the 2003 con-
viction of Ernest Avery Avants,
found guilty of federal charges of
aiding and abetting in the 1966
Klan killing of Ben Chester White,
a Black handyman shot to death to
possibly lure Martin Luther King Jr.

to Natchez, Miss. They also con-
vinced a jury to convict James Ford
Seale, a reputed Klansman, in 2007
for kidnapping Charles Moore and
Henry Dee, who in 1964 were beat-
en, bound and dumped into a
Mississippi River backwater while
still alive.
But other cases still linger. Take,
for example, the case of Johnny
Robinson, a Black teen shot by
police in 1963 in the aftermath of
the 16th Street Baptist Church
bombing in Birmingham, Ala. Or
the murder of John Earl Reese, a
16-year-old who died in 1955 when
two men fired shots on a Black cafe
in Gregg County, Texas.
The FBI is concerned that the -
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Jax fans and athletes do alma maters

proud at annual Florida Classic

Chandra Ngure, Cordell Hayden, Cordida Dorta, and Slyvester Black
are shown above at the Gala after giving their life changing testi-
monies of what how the Clara White Mission has changed their lives.

The historic Clara White Mission
celebrated their 105th anniversary
with the annual "Pearls and
Cufflinks" Gala last week at the St
John's Cathedral in downtown
Jacksonville. The commemoration
paid tribute to the institution's serv-
ice to the community in addition to
celebrating the 133rd birthday of
the mission's founder, Dr. Eartha
M.M. White.
Over the years, the mission has
evolved from a home based soup
kitchen developed out of the com-
passion of one woman, to a full
service one-stop community devel-
opment center. Today, the Clara
White Mission is known for restor-

ing lives through job training, hous-
ing, initiatives, youth and literacy
programs, daily meals and cultural
awareness for the homeless and
low-income in our community.
A highlight of the evening's cele-
bration included the testimony of
several program participants to a
crowd of over 225 that helped
raised over $60,000. Other activi-
ties included a VIP reception, a
strolling violinist and even a live
auction. Other entertainment
throughout the night included per-
formances by Arthur Crofton,
Michael Stewart, the Ritz Chamber
Players, Teneese Thomas and "The
Sassy Ladies". R. Silver photo

FAMU president James H. Ammons congratulates Jacksonville res-
ident Robert Okeafor (Wolfson High School) after FAMU's 42-6
Florida Classic victory over B-CU. Okeafor is a 6-4, 320 pound senior
who is a projected NFL draft pick. For more Florida Classic high-
lights, see page 5. C. Griggs photo

Corporate and Clergy Unite

to Feed 500 for Thanksgiving

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Shown above (L-R) Atty. Chestnut, Mount Calvary Baptist Church
John Newman, basket recipient and volunteers Tonya Robinson and
Rep. Mia Jones. KFP Photo

The Chestnut Law Firm spear-
headed a Thanksgiving food give-
away along with local volunteers
from The Sanctuary at Mt. Calvary
Church. Together, they prepared
hundreds of boxes filled with
turkeys, stuffing, collard greens and
cranberry sauce this week at the

church during an event called the
"We Care Campaign". The recipi-
ents were identified through vari-
ous outreach efforts.
"We targeted not only those in
need, but those that are struggling
in the economy as well," said host
Pastor John Newman.

Shown above is artist Keith Doler with his life size paper mache cre-
ation "Branches of Wisdom". His inspiration includes freedom from
oppression and slavery and moving to a new world.
Each One Teach One theme of Ritz

Museum's "Through Our Eyes 2009"
Now in its 17th year, Through Our Eves is Jacksonville's longest run-
ning annual exhibit featuring new works by local African American artists.
This year's theme was dcigncd to provide an opportunity tfor established
artists with a history of exhibition experience to mentor ncei,. c.i artists
and assist them through the process of producing work tor this year's
show. The cultural explosion will he on display ilitoi'hi July 10, .'110 in
the Museum Gallery. Call t,.' -5555 tlor 'pci'iiii. times.

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Ritz Amateur Night Final Performers Set

JLOC members Bro.Oscar Mathis and Mrs. Mary Tucker prepare
boxes for the Thanksgiving Basket Give-A-Way.

J-Loc's MMM Continues

Thanksgiving Basket Tradition

On the Saturday before the antic-
ipated Thanksgiving Holiday,
members of the Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee (J-LOC) of
the Millions More Movement spent
their day distributing food baskets.
The grass roots community vol-
unteer organization were filled
with the spirit of the season distrib-
uting over 125 baskets to needy cit-
izens. They had received nearly 300
applications for the well stocked
boxes that included everything for a
complete meal. Distribution was
held in the urban community off of
Myrtle Avenue and Kings Road,

This year, members were able to
double the number of baskets given
"This is the our 3rd year putting
on this particular project .We have
been blessed to have increased the
number of boxes given away each
year". We only wish,we could have
gave away more baskets." said
Brother Jerome Mathis.
JLOC-MMM is a non-profit
organization that works to end the
violence through education and not
more incarceration. Visit their web-
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Box recipeints began lining p early to receive their blessings.

The performance stage of the Ritz Theater was on fire last Friday
night as amateur entertainers vied for the top slots in the upcoming
Amateur Night finals. Garnering their spot on the coveted stage will
be vocalist Brittany Shepherd, poet Maria LP & NGOMA THUN-
DER, vocalist Da'Moniqua Brathwaite, dancer Ronnell Lovings,
pianist Markis Williams and vocalist Nalani Quintello. Shown above
is Ronnel Loving who won for his Michael Jackson dance interpre-
tation with Ritz Executive Director Carol AlexanderDivided in
youth and adult categories, cash prizes are awarded to the audience
favorites. The finals will be held on December 4, 2009 and guaran-
teed to ne a sell out.Call 632-5555 for tickets or more information.

FBI needs help
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opportunity to try those responsible for these crimes is rapidly fading.
Nearly half of those identified as suspects in homicides are now dead,
according to agency officials.
"I think the window has been closing for a couple of years because many
of the potential defendants are dying or have died. This was an effort that
would have been wonderful about 15 years ago," said Susan Glisson,
director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the
University of Mississippi.
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Shaina Ruth with father James Ruth

Mike Sims Walker # 11 makes a touchdown to win game

Jacksonville Jaguar fans are no
strangers to nail biters and the
recent 18-15 win over the Buffalo
Bills was no different. The score
remained close at the home game
until the bitter end bringing the

Jaguars record to 6-4 and number
two in their division behind the
undefeated Indianapolis Colts.
Next up for the big cats is a visit
Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers

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November 26-December 2, 2009

Let's not forget what Thanksgiving is all about

It's Thanksgiving week and we
all obviously have much to be
thankful for. Just waking up each
morning is a blessing within itself.
Every year I promise myself that
I will not eat too much on
Thanksgiving. Of course, every
year that promise falls by the way-
side. When it comes to my grand-
mother's sweet potato pie or some
mac n' cheese and dressing I pretty
much loose all self-restraint.
I guess we all have our vices.
Thanksgiving is a pretty unique
holiday in my book. First, it's not as
commercialized as many other hol-
idays. Second, like the Fourth of
July it is a holiday unique to the
United States.
And although it's not as commer-
cialized, many of us don't really
recognize or celebrate the true
meaning or intent of the holiday.
Yeah, I know you probably say-
ing what's new? That is the case
with many other holidays.
The origins of Thanksgiving go
back to the Pilgrims and the trials
and tribulations they faced once
arriving in America. Despite a large
number of the group dying within
the first few months of landing in
the new country, they had a good
harvest with the help of the natives.
And since, the concept of
Thanksgiving originated in Europe,
they were accustomed to celebrat-
ing a good harvest. The Pilgrims

decided to have a feast to thank
God and fellowship with one
So Thanksgiving does have some
religious importance. It's not sim-
ply about turkey, dressing and
This Thanksgiving I have to give
a shout out to all those unsung
heroes and folks in our communi-
ties who are simply doing their part
to help children and families with-
out any recognition at all.
Whether it is mentoring or work-
ing at the local food bank we all
can give back to those in need. If
you don't have the time to volunteer
then make a monetary donation to a
nonprofit organization. If you don't
have money or time right now
maybe you have clothing, toys or
food that you can donate.
My point is very simple. We all
can do something to help someone
other than ourselves. Let's embrace
the history and essence of the holi-
day. Thank God and thank those
who are going above and beyond to
make a difference.
Happy Thanksgiving! Because I
know that I'll be eating too much on
Thursday, I am preparing to hit the
gym before and after in an attempt
to balance what I eat and bum off.
No we shouldn't fool ourselves; it
is hard to stay on a diet during the
holiday season. In fact, most of us
throw our diets completely out the

window during the holidays.
And of course we hate ourselves
by New Years. So what do you do
about it? No use in crying over
spilled milk just put a plan togeth-
er and follow it. And since it's now
New Years just recycle that same
resolution you proclaim every year.
Well, I know I do I am going to
be more conscious of my eating
habits, work out more and lose
weight. Sound familiar?
In fact, the statistics are scary.
Most Americans are overweight.
According to NetWellness up to
66 percent the US population is
overweight or obese. And when it
comes to black folk we are defi-
nitely a "big-boned" race of people.
Approximately 60% of African
American men are overweight, and
the number is much higher for
black women 78%.
According to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
Services Office of Minority
Health, "African American women
have the highest rates of being
overweight or obese compared to
other groups in the U.S. About four
out of five black women are over-
weight or obese."
Wow. That is an amazing statis-
tic. Us black men love us some
"full figured" gals, but black
women have to focus more on their
So this Thanksgiving instead of

seasoning those collards and green
beans with pork, use some smoked
turkey necks (my favorite). Try
some reduced fat cheese and multi-
grain pasta in your macaroni and
And when it comes to desert I am
not saying don't eat any sweet pota-
to pie because that's blasphemy. I
gots to eat some of my grandma's
pie, however, instead of eating sev-
eral pieces maybe try and eat a
piece or two.
Yes, I know it's easier said than
We are a nation of mostly over
weight people and an African
American race of really overweight
folks. Some of it is cultural, but
blacks still have to get more
focused on our health.
And not to confuse anyone, I am
certainly not the picture of health or
a weigh-loss guru, but it doesn't
take an expert to know that by
reducing your calorie intake, eating
healthier and exercising you can
loose weight and be fit.
So this Thanksgiving let's be
mindful of the true intent and
essence of the holiday. And let's
also not eat too much and if you do
so be it, but at least get some exer-
cise in.
Signing off from my Grandma's
house waiting on a pie to come
out of the oven,
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For Precious Girls Everywhere

by Eddie Allen ing their father into a rage. A life lost. Others
I know Precious personally. As a "father figure" since I was barely an a
She looks nothing at all like Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the the protectiveness a dad has for his daught
powerful new actress who plays the title character and role in more than one Precious. I've searched the si
the stunning new film directed by Lee Daniels. Her mom looks away, confronted boys who preyed on hei
nothing like Mo'Nique, the comedian-turned-actress who's so Even visited her in jail.
convincing as a neglectful, physically abusive parent that you I've dated Precious, too, in the form of worn
barely recognize her. 30s who survived molestation and other trage
No, my Precious is another girl. In fact, she's several girls, Watching Precious, the film, a drama that's
with different names in different neighborhoods and situations mentary as anything I've seen since Boyz N
- but all involving experiences with rape, incest, teen pregnan- ed me of her sense of purpose and desire to i
cy and our collective failure to nurture them in loving, support- her own children, often not knowing how. P
ive communities. innocence is an obligation worth the sacrifice
One "Precious" is just 3-years-old. This child, I don't know. I've A trust worth an entire community's vigilanc
only read about her this week, since her 15-year-old brother was But what of misguided youths who, like J
reportedly shot to death by his own dad. It happened in tected as threats? Their problems, too, must
Highland Park, a struggling 'hood that rests right up against my ticularly since it's often found that sexual
hometown Detroit. HP is where I have fond memories of play- been abused. Death shouldn't be their senten
ing basketball and learning martial arts as a kid at the old responsible for others when they've not lea
YMCA. I still have friends there and get auto repairs at a garage for themselves. Times can never become so I
not too far from where Jamar Pinkney, 15, lay nude and dead The Black family needs healing on every l1
Monday after Jamar Pinkney Sr. allegedly killed him in a vacant and vital, as the film suggests: for precious
lot. Whispers from those familiar have been made public, alleg- everywhere.

ing that the
teenager sexual-
ly abused the 3-
year-old, send-
s changed forever.
dult, I can relate to
er. I've prayed for
street when she ran
r adolescent body.

nen in their 20s and
dies of their youth.
as close to a docu-
the 'Hood, remind-
make life better for
Protecting Precious'
e of any dad's life.
amar Jr., go unde-
be addressed, par-
abusers have once
ce for failing to be
rned responsibility
level. This is urgent
us girls (and boys)

P.O. Box 43580
Jacksonville, FL 32203

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Atlanta Mayor to teach at Spelman

C 11 Current
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Shirley Franklin
will begin a one-
S- year professor-
& ship at Spelman
College in
J anuarr y
Mayor Franklin announced the
Franklin will join the historically
black women's college as a Cosby
Chair, an endowed professorship
program started by the comedian

and activist Bill Cosby. The pro-
gram supports professorships in
humanities, fine arts and social sci-
ences, according to the college.
As a Cosby professor of social
science, Franklin will touch on var-
ious issues including women in pol-
itics, the challenges of urban leader-
ship and lessons in forging coali-
tions, college officials said.
Franklin will teach at the college
from January 2010 through January
Spelman President Beverly

Tatum described Franklin as a
"trailblazer" and a "legend."
"At Spelman, we are in the busi-
ness of developing women leaders
who think globally and act locally.
We could not have a better example.
of civic leadership than Mayor
Franklin," Tatum said in a news
Franklin, 64, was elected
Atlanta's mayor in 2001 and her
final term ends Jan. 3. Term limits
prevented her from running again.
She was the city's first female

mayor and the first African-
American woman to lead a major
city in the South.
She earned a bachelor of arts
degree in sociology from Howard
University and a masters of arts
degree in sociology from the
University of Pennsylvania.

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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 e-mail katherine@downtownjacksonville.org.

Believer's in Christ Celebrate

Pastors' 15th Anniversary
Believers In Christ Christian Center will be having a Pastoral Anniversary
Celebration honoring Drs. Don & Deborah Bernard for fifteen years of ded-
icated service to ministry on December 6, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. at the Clarion
Hotel & Conference Center, 2101 Dixie Clipper Drive.
For more information contact the church office, 904-908-8858 or check
out the website at believersinjacksonville.org.

Special Services at Summerville M.B.
Celebrate "History with the Summerville Historians.
The senior citizens of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church will be hon-
ored on Sunday December 20, 2009 during the morning worship. The
church will be showing their support and appreciation for those who blazed
the trail as they worshiped and depended on the almighty God for strength,
patience, guidance and endurance.
The Sunday School Christmas program will also be held on this Sunday
at 5:00 p.m.
Watch Night Service will be held on Thursday December 31, 2009. The
church is located at 690 W. 20th Street.
For more information call 598-0510. Pastor Dr. James W. Henry.

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
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Ecumenical Leaders Take

Ownership in Edward Waters College

By Wanda Williams
A cadre' of religious leaders have
come together to help Edward
Waters College school by taking
ownership and reconnecting the
community. This self help initiative
is led by leading clergy members of
this community of various denomi-
nations. The concept was initiated
by The Right Reverend McKinley
Young, Chairman of EWC's Board
of Trustees call for an ecumenical
community to join him in assisting
the college. The mantle was then
passed to Dr. Landon Williams, pas-
tor of Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church and Dr. Gary L.
Williams, Sr. pastor of First Baptist
Church of Mandarin to answer the
call and lead the initiative.
They have passionately excelled in
the initiative by forming the "EWC

Unity in the Community
Ecumenical Steering Committee"
and are joined by other dedicated
ministers of Catholic and Protestant
denominations. Their first project as
an organization is presenting the
Renowned Edward Waters College
Concert Choir in concert along with
other local celebrities on Friday,
December 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at
Shiloh Metropolitan Church. Their
attempt is to fill the 5000 seat audi-
torium with supporters and well-
wishers of the College. They are
asking for the support of both civic
and community leaders, sororities,
fraternities, Masons, Elks, social
clubs, church auxiliaries and indi-
viduals to come together. For more
information on the Unity or to par-
ticipate, contact Mrs. Willis at 470-

NASITRA 50th Anniversary
NASITRA, INC. will have their 50th Anniversary and Christmas Banquet
at St. Thomas Family Life Center ocated at 211'9 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.

Winter Concert at West St. Mark
West St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church located at 1435 W. State St. is
having a Winter Concert given by Bro. Willie Nathan Jr. on Sunday
November 28, 2009 at 4:00 P.M. Call 633-8460 for more information.

12 Tribes of Israel at New Fountain
The Twelve Tribes of Israel will be in concert at New Fountain Chapel
AME Church, located at 737 Jessie Street on November 29, 2009 at 3:00
p.m. Rev. Louis Kirkland, Pastor, Sister Joyce Jackson, Chairperson. Call
358-2258 for more information.

1st AME of Palm Coast Clothing Drive
The Women's Missionary Society of the First AME Church of Palm Coast,
is sponsoring their annual clothing drive Saturday November 28, 2009 from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00P.M. at the Education Building on 92 N. Old Kings Rd.
in Palm Coast, FL. The Thanksgiving Sharing clothing drive will offer free
transportation, soup and hotdogs while you look at clothes. There will be
clothing for women, men and children in addition to household items will
be available. All are free. For more information call (386) 437-5142.

Black Nativity Opens December 4th
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company's Annual holiday favorite, Black
Nativity written by Langston Hughes, will come again to the stage
December 4 13th (weekends only), in the Stage Aurora Performance Hall
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue inside Gateway Town Center. Black
Nativity features gospel music, dance numbers, brilliant costumes and the
majesty of poetry. Tickets or more information may be purchased on line
at www.stageaurora.org or by calling (904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373.

Matthew Gilbert Grand Reunion

Matthew W. Gilbert Jr.- Sr. High
School Alumni Incorporation will
present its 12th Annual New Year
Students and Teachers Grand
Alumni Reunion.
The reunion will honor 60 classes
beginning with the Class of 1960
for their 50th Year Reunion.
There will be a special presenta-
tion to NFL Hall of Famer Robert
"Bob" Hayes a member of Class of
1960 for his achievements as the
only man to receive two Olympic
Gold Medals and an NFL Super
Bowl Ring.

All alumni, teachers attendees and
guests are invited to attend the
Welcome Reception on Friday
January 8, 2010 from 7-11 p.m. and
a Banquet the following Saturday
night from 6:00p.m. to 1:00a.m.
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 infornmation,contact
Class Leaders or Lydia Jackson-
Bell at (904) 305-6185.

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with some new challenges

Ten months after Democrats took "The civil rights community is
over the Capitol and the first used to passing big omnibus leg-
African-American president moved islative acts," he said. "We're not so
into the White House, black law- accustomed to having the power to
makers are in control of some of the slice and dice that into 20 pieces
most powerful positions in and attach that to various other
Congress and face new challenges appropriations bills."
to using their influence. For generations, civil rights were
That era ended with President from black
Obama, who has declined to That era ended
engage in traditional black advocacy, with President
So any new efforts to help blacks Obama, who
has declined to
who remain disproportionately engage in tradi-
unemployed, incarcerated, unhealthy tional black
and undereducated will most likely So any new
come from the 42 members of the efforts to help
blacks who
Congressional Black Caucus. remain dispro-

There have been some victories -
guaranteeing that stimulus money
reaches some of the poorest parts of
the country, expanding hate crimes
legislation and moving to close
health care disparities.
But "in some ways, our strategies
haven't caught up with our own
power," said Benjamin Todd
Jealous, chief executive of the

unemployed, incarcerated,
unhealthy and undereducated will
most likely come from the 42 mem-
bers of the Congressional Black
"The goal is closing all of these
gaps," said Rep. Barbara Lee, chair-
woman of the caucus and a member
of the House Appropriations
Committee, which oversees budget-
ary spending. "When you look at all

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exciting place for kids. Some children are very scared of the people and
tools at the salon as well. That is why it can be a challenge to find styl-
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your child's hair cut forever. They will, at the very least, need to trim
their hair at regular intervals for a healthy crop of hair. If you fail total-
ly to take your kid to the salon, then the next option is to cut their hair
Teaching your child how to take good care of their hair from an early
age is important. If you are going to stick it out and do your child's hair
then here are a few tips you should keep in mind. Remember that the
same basic principles apply for your child's hair as do to you own.
Find a good children's shampoo if your child is very young (so that it
won't bum the eyes). However, as soon as you can, move away from
these. They tend to be drying for African American hair. Provide them
with good quality brushes and combs and encourage the boys to brush
their hair as many times he can during the day. Also during bath time,
guide your children on how to shampoo and conditioner their hair.
Especially the boys, as they can wash their hair more often than the
girls. As far as perms go, all kids should avoid perms for as long as pos-
sible. Children have more sensitive skin than adults. The chemicals in
the perms are more likely to damage their skin and hair. If you have any
questions feel free to call me any time. I hope this helps and if you do
decided to keep doing her hair, be sure to enjoy that time with her; it's
very precious and they grow up so quickly.
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article, visit her on the web or phone at: 636-0787 or email

these huge systemic gaps, there's
still not equality and justice for all."
But due to recent advances among
blacks Obama's election chief
among them there is a new resist-
ance toward efforts aimed at help-
ing black people specifically, said
University of Pennsylvania history
professor Mary Frances Berry.
"We're used to being supplicants at
the table," Berry said. "Now they
have to be smart. If they want to do
something about unemployment,
they can target those who have the
highest rates. If you target educa-
tion, target the lowest achievement
rates. Don't say, 'We're doing this
for black folks'; you say, 'We want
to target where the problems are.'"
That strategy has been taking
shape for some time, said Rep.
James Clyburn, D-S.C., who as
majority whip is the third-ranking
member of the House.
Clybum cited an amendment in
the economic recovery package that
he worked on with Rep. Charles
Rangel, chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee, to ensure that 10
percent of federal stimulus dollars
are spent in areas where at least 20
percent of residents have lived in
poverty for the last 30 years.
"If I were designing a quote-
unquote affirmative action program
today, that's what I would be using,
the 10-20-30 formula," Clybum
said. "We are finding more and
more sophisticated ways of doing
this on a nonracial basis."
But some still say the black caucus
which famously split over endors-
ing Obama or Hillary Rodham
Clinton in the 2008 presidential pri-
maries should be doing much
more to bring together leaders from
the private sector, education and
local government to tackle prob-
lems facing black America.

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d "The black power establish-
ment altogether should be
given a B-minus or a C-plus,"
Berry said. "They need to pull
together, join together and be
smart about how they articu-
late what the goals and oppor-
tunities are."
Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.,
chairman of the Judiciary
Committee, said recently enacted
legislation expanding hate crimes
protection and changes he is push-
ing to mandatory minimum sen-
tencing laws are evidence of "a
whole new power syndrome on the
national scene."
The caucus also played a major
role in pushing the House to for-
mally rebuke Rep. Jim Wilson, the
South Carolina Republican who
shouted "You lie!" during Obama's
health care address to Congress.
"We weren't just going to let that
go and not say something about it,"
said Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.
She said Clyburn's position as
majority whip was crucial to this
and other caucus priorities: "We're
able to sort of project and amplify
our voices because he's in the lead-
Clarke said that in bills such as the
stimulus package, health care
reform and auto industry bailouts,
caucus members affect "the chem-
istry of the legislation" by ensuring
that provisions to help minorities
are included.
For example, the House health
care bill provides billions of dollars
to address the substandard health
care many minorities receive. It's
unclear whether the provisions will
remain after negotiations to recon-
cile the Senate health care bills.
Berry, the Penn professor, said the
caucus' effectiveness should ulti-
mately be judged by results on
problems in poverty, education,
unemployment and other areas.
"We're going to find out how smart
they are, how committed they are
and whether they have a fix on what
the people need," she said.


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Mr and Mrs. Lawrence Nixon, Sr.
The former Regenia Venetia Holder wed Mr. Lawrence Nixon Sr.,
recently at in a double ring ceremony at First Baptist Church of
Oakland. With a wedding party that numbered forty, Rev. Torin
Dailey and Rev. Johnny Legons united the couple in front of family
and friends which included Matron of Honor Shelly Thompson and
Best Man Alvin Bolden. The couple will reside in Mandarin.

Volunteers sought to interview
area veterans for history project

The Community Hospice Veterans
Partnership (CHVP) is seeking vol-
unteers to help conduct and record
interviews with veterans who reside
in Baker, Clay, Duval and St. Johns
counties as part of the Veteran's
History Project First Coast
(VHPFC). There are more than
200,000 veterans living in the
Northeast Florida area.
The Veterans History Project is a
national initiative through the
Library of Congress that collects
oral histories, letters, photographs
and other documents that chronicle
the stories of American's veterans
from World War I through the cur-
rent conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Collections are pre-
served in the American Folk Life
Center at the Library of Congress
for the benefit of students, histori-

ans, the general public and future
g e n e r a t i o n s .
Volunteers receive four hours of
training that includes an overview
of the Veterans History Project,
interview techniques specific to the
project and training on recording
equipment. Volunteers also "shad-
ow" an experienced interviewer
through a minimum of one inter-
view to gain insight into the
process. Two interviews per month
are required of volunteers.
At this time, 20 CHVP volunteers
have recorded 42 interviews with
area veterans that can be accessed
and listened to by visiting http://vhp-
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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 December at
various locations throughout the
city. They are free of charge. For
more information, contact Margaret
Rose Glenn, at (904) 733-9818.

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

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.

The Clara White Mission will pres-
ent their annual Cufflinks & Pearls Genealogy Meeting
Gala on Friday, November 20th at The Jacksonville Genealogical
the St. Johns Cathedral Taliafero Society, will hold their monthly
Hall. The evening kicks off with a meeting at the Webb-Wesconnett
VIP reception at 6 p.m. followed by Branch Library, 6889 103rd Street
the program and performance. A on November 21, 2009. The meet-
silent auction will also be held

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

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.
This program is free with regular
park entrance fees. For more infor-
mation call (904) 823-2232.

Jax Diversity Book
Club Dec. Meeting
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network Book Club will hold their
next meeting on Saturday,
December 4th from 2:30 4:30
p.m. The book for discussion is
How Lincoln Learned to Read:
Twelve Great Americans and the
Education that Made Them by
Daniel Wolff. It will be held at
Chamblin's Uptown, 215 North
Laura Street. It is free and open to
the public. Call 674-0868 for more

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 Historic
Church 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-

Canning workshop
There will be a Canning Workshop
at the Jacksonville Canning Center
on Tuesday, December 8th at 9
a.m. Come learn how to make and
can vegetable soup. The cost is $20.
Class is limited. For more informa-
tion and to pre-register, call Jeannie
at 387-8850.

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. For tick-
ets or more information call (904)

Winter Workshop
Making your own herb vinegar,
growing strawberries and caring for
for wildlife during the winter
months are some of the topics that
will be covered at the upcoming
Winter Workshop. It will be held on
Monday, December 14th from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration must be
pre-paid. Call Becky at 387-8850
for more information.

Lynn & Friends Show
Kicks off New Season
Local personality and talk show
host will begin her new season
Wednesday, December 16th with a
taping of a live show at Havana Jax
Caf6. Taping begins at 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are
$10.00. Dinner served before the
show. To purchase tickets and
become a part of the studio audi-
ence call Destiny at 329-6879.
Havana Jax is located at 2578
Atlantic Blvd. For more informa-
tion, visit www.lynnandfriends.com.

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 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
to new audiences highlighting
works by minority composers is
coming to Jacksonville. They will
be in concert 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 info call 387-5691.

Soweto Gospel Choir
The Soweto Go.spel 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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inner-city teenagers, and give them
ways to escape their past with the
help of people who care for them
after their real families don't.
Of course that's like saying
"Goodfellas" and "Analyze This"
are both mob movies. Where
Precious director Lee Daniels uses
extreme style to blunt the impact of
the brutality, The Blind Side direc-
tor John Lee Hancock uses extreme
sentiment, and comedy, to give his
true story of a white upper-middle
class Memphis family that adopts a
black teenager a kind of warm
fuzzy glow; no one, with one or two
exceptions, really does much to try
to bring down the feelgood.
Still, it's nice to see that a sports-
themed movie as eager as this one
to win the audience's affections -
there are moments in "Blind side"
that are genuinely heartfelt and
funny. Even with all of the story-

book elements, it least tries to give
a sense of race and the way parts of
the South currently engage with it.
If "Precious" (character and movie)
finds its redemption amid the do-
gooder volunteerism of liberal New
York, "Blind Side" does it amid the
college-football Republicanism of
upper-middle-class Tennessee.
A genial and thoughtful Hancock
already seems a little tired of the
"Precious" comparison.
"I don't know why a few people in
the media have pit my movie
against 'Precious.'Aren't there nine
movies at the multiplex that are
exactly alike?" he did allow that
both were movies about "real peo-
ple, with real problems."
Precious in all of its bluntness is
not a pretty film and leaves the
viewer with many unanswered
questions. The scenes are well acted
and presented where you could
appreciate the actor's rawness. It



designed to win ticket
receipts from a broad audience.
But there actually is some talk
about awards even with this one -
for Bullock. There is skepticism
about the words "awards" and
"Bullock" in the same sentence.
But the movie has just enough of a
moral undercurrent to catch the eye
of some voters, and Bullock
(known mostly for romantic come-
dies), gives the performance the
right balance of toughness and sym-
pathy to at least merit some atten-
tion. Oh, and it's a weak year.
One last thing in all this, a note to
Sony. "Blind Side" is is based on a
Michael Lewis book that, like the
author's "Moneyball," would seem
too sports-strategy-centric to make
for a mainstream, tearjerking tale.
But the filmmakers have no prob-
lem. Sometimes the best way to
attack isn't from the blind side -
it's right up the middle.

Jennifer Hudson will take the lead role in a new biopic
of the former South African first lady and is also
expected to sing the theme tune. The news means that
both Nelson and Winnie Mandela are being portrayed
by American Academy-anointed actors in new films;
Morgan Freeman is starring as the former president in
the Clint Eastwood-directed Invictus, which centres on
Nelson's attempts to unite his country behind the South
African team in the 1995 rugby World Cup.
SECRET MODELS: Rapper reportedly
refused to be photographed with ladies 'out of
respect'for wifey.
The New York Post's Page Six reported that Jay-Z
refused to be photographed with the Victoria's
Secret models last week at a fashion show and after
party for fear-of upsetting his wife, Beyonce.
i 7 The rapper would not walk the red carpet or
pose with the models, which included Alessandra
Ambrosio, Selita Ebanks, Chanel Iman, Miranda Kerr and Heidi Klum.
"Victoria's Secret begged, but Jay-Z refused ... he explained it was out
of respect for Beyonc6," a source told the column.
At an afterparty at M2 thrown by Microsoft's Bing, he was given a pri-
vate booth so he could keep his distance while most other men at the party
were clamoring to get near the girls, Page Six claimed.
Bono, Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian,
Denzel among guests.
Sean "Diddy" Combs celebrated his 40th
birthday with a $3 million party at New
York's Plaza Hotel for 500 guests, including
Jay-Z, Bono, Nelly, Martha Stewart, Christy
Turlington, Zac Posen, Kim Kardashian and
Denzel Washington.
The Garden of Eden-themed ballroom ,
included a $30,000 orchid display, Diddy's
own installed black dance floor and black
chandelier, and a silver confetti-drop, cour-
tesy of lighting wizard Bentley Meeker.
There was also a performance by Al Green.
'THOR': Marvel comic adaptation is being
directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Actor Idris Elba has joined the cast of
.S "Thor," Marvel Studios' film centering on the
Norse god of thunder.
Kenneth Branagh is directing the adaptation
of the Marvel comic, Chris Hemsworth will
star as Thor; Tom Hiddleston will play Loki,
and Natalie Portman is the love interest, Jane
'Elba wil. su4 up as Heinil,.Ahe guardian
of Asgard, always ready to defend the city from intruders.
Elba, who had a recurring role on "The Office," most recently appeared
on the big screen in "Obsessed" opposite Beyonce Knowles. He next
appears in the heist thriller "Taken" and will have a turn in Dark Castle's
DC Comics adaptation "The Losers."

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