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SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT KILLS
4 TEENS, PROTEST PLANNED
40 Years in City
Huntsville,. Alabama is
suffering as they moan.the
death of four students and
watch over the injury of
about six others who are
still in the hospital in criti-
cal condition from the
school bus accident
It has been reported that
the student who was driving
the car that possibly caused
the bus to careen off a high-
way overpass and plug
about 40 feet with more
than 40 students on board is also having sleepless nights.
Weekend funeral senrices are planned for four teen girls,
Nicole' Ford. Christine Collier. Tanesha Hill, and Crystal
McCrary. who died after the accident while e the accident is still,
And Her Issues
pregnant mother of
two; a community
leader, a strong y% worker
in the church, and an
employee at Shands
Hospital since 2002 Brenda
was u\orking her last Coney.
shift before joining her -urder
husband ,and children Shannon McCants Suspect
to continue with their Victim
plans to \isit family
in Alabama for the Thanksgiving holidays. But their plans
were halted when Brenda Cone%. 46, a patient \ith mental con-
ditions \\as unable to get her prescription filled \ within the time-
frame and stress that she felt she deserved.'So, when she asked
to speak to the pharmacy manager, \ho.,of course, was
Shannon McCants, who could not expedite her request. she
shot her and left the hospital where she was arrested.
Brenda Coney had man\ problems that even her family
Many have rolled up their
sleeves and opened wallets
giving gifts of blood, money
and prayer to the victims and
On the other hand, mem-
bers of the Westboro Baptist
Church of Topeka, Kansas
are planning a protest, claim-
ing God hates Alabama and
America and that homosexu-
ality is the source of the
world's problems. The group
has been classified as an offi-
cial hate group by the
Southern Poverty Law Center
Bus continued on A-7
Shootout With Police
Atlanta is knoN n among
blacks in America as the mecca.
It is also known as the city with a i
"shooting" police force. \Vith the
shooting death of 92-\ear-old
Kathryn Johnston, man\ say the\
now know how the city earned
Ms. Johnston has lied in her
home for 17 years. She ~ars thet te of
She was 92. Could sin the hear? Could she see? Could she
Black and Yellow Join Hands For
Financial Gains and Strength
Chinese and Afr offican leaders inked 1.9 billion in trade deals
follo\Ned 'proper procedures Kathr,n Johnson, 92
beforeSunday and crinti cized the Western pre for suggest incing that
knoBeijing is propping up African despo to lock up supplies offering. hen th
crude oilthe door, and minerals. At entered, she shot threehe end of the historic two-day sum
mit, was 92.hich united 1,700 delegates from 48 African countries,
* China pledged to build a nearly $1 billion aluminum production
plant in Eg assist with 300 million in highway improve-
Financial Gains and Strength
ments in Nigeria and derselop a ink200 m1.9 billion copper project in deals
Sunda\v and criticized the esteemrm press. for suggesting that
Beijing is propping up African despots to lock up supplies of
crude oil and minerals..At the end of the historic r\\o-day sum-
mit, which united 1,700 delegates from 48 African cotmtries;
I China pledged to build nearly $1 billion aluminum production
plant in Eg) pt. assist \\ ith $300 million in highway improve-
ments in Nigeria and de\ elop a $200 million copper project in
Zambia. China also pledged to offer $5 billion in loans and
JFRD-No Culprits. Can The System Be Trusted?
Links, Inc. Southern Area Director, Mrs. Margaret
Thompson Johnson (center) with two of Jacksonville's
original Links, Bessie Canty and Elizabeth Thompson
Downing. (See more of the celebration on A4.)
Photo by J. Carl Davis, Sr.
Two City Teen-agers
Charged With Murder
t VENILE Kevin Johnson
.1 .:,- was waiting in
for the murder of
21 -year --o Id
...........r.. -.. Darr ll M uldrow
because of a dice
Kevin Johnson, Anthony Shaw,
14-Year-old 17-year-old gae. He willbe
Murder Suspect Murder Suspect tried as an adult.
Kevin's friend had lost toDarryll and Kevin decided to
' pay him for the loss through the use of a gun. He was charged
with a felon\ and reports showed that this was not his first
offense. He is out of Juvenile Detention and now in jail.,
Anthony Leonard Shaw. 17, has been charged with the
murder of Nashid Islam onolov ember 7, 2006 on West 36th
Shaw and Islam engaged in an argument in the presence of
Witness. The argument started because Shaw was sitting in a
chair in front of and blocking the door to the victim's apart-
ment. The victim (Islam) asked Shaw to move the chair from
in front of the door. He refused. He then walked away
Teen Murder continued on A-7
The African American
citizens of Jacksonville have
voiced their disappointment
In the federal findings stating
that nine months after the
city's request for a thorough
investigation of the hang-
man's nooses that were found
on the bunker gear of two
black firefighters,.'did not
present enough evidence to
justify the continuance of the
investigation and that no one
will face criminal charges.
The national black fire-
L if s t le. .. .. ..--
fighters are also disappointed
and pro\ idd a document that
clearly shows, as they say,
that this is "a new day play-
ing the same old games."
Blacks challenge,. the
I.A..FF: fighting the fires of
Association of Fire Fighters)
From: The Nation I Date:
December 11, 1989 1 Author:
When Lane Kirkland, presi-
dent of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.,
spoke at a civil rights march
in Washington last August,
he sounded almost like Jesse
Jackson. "We have fought too
long and hard to turn back
now," Kirkland said, as he
reiterated the labor federa-
tion's commitment to affir-
mative action for minorities
and women. That verbal
commitment, however, is
being put severely to the test
in the firefighting service
throughout the United States.
The International Association
of Fire Fighters, an.A.F.L.-
-C.I.O. union with a member-
ship of 177,000 men and
women, is on a crusade
against affirmative action.
Almost all the consent'
decrees established from
1975 to 1985 and designed to
integrate fire departments by
race and sex are now under
attack. No organization in the
United States has activated
more "reverse discrimina-
tion" suits than the I.A.F.F. It
was the union that helped
finance the litigation for
white firefighters in
Birmingham, Alabama, an
action that led to the Supreme
Court's stunning decision in
Martin v. Wilks on June 12,
opening court-approved con-
sent decrees to challenge.
After the Rehnquist Five's
declaration of open season on
affirmative action, the,
I.A.F.F. Executive Board sent
out a directional memoran-
dum encouraging its white-
run locals to try to overturn
consent decrees in their
respective cities. It is now
common practice for the
I.A.F.F. to collect dues from
its membership, including
minorities, to finance law-
suits and campaigns against ,
minority programs. The
union's assault on African-,
Americans.has become espe-
cially ugly in the past few
years. When black firefight-
ers wv ~ d in 1988 to
the E; .and Executive
presi Gannon, sim-
ply ----. the outcome
"null .-- ,d." There are
appri 13,000 black
firefi -- n the United
State t a one African-
Ame -=- )n the national
Exec loard, of the
I.A.I over, the white,
male ..E ion is directly
impl racial and sex-
base .i ties in Miami,
Bos' oledo, San
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News In Brief
Michael Richard's Apology Is Not Enough
Sources say, Michael Richards, who played the part of
Kramer on the TV show "Seinfeld" apology to Jackson and
Sharpion is not enough. "He is a racist since he did the
same thing to Jew ish members of his audience. A 'crisis'
expert is not his answer either. He needs to get rid of his
ob\ ious prejudice nature."
Jury In Town that Acquitted Police Regarding
Rodney King Just Awarded $18 Million to a Black Man
The white majority town of Simi Valley town, awarded
$18 million to a Black clerk who charged his white female
supervisor of Vons Supermarket chain for sexual harass-
Former Philadelphia Eagle, Andre Waters dead at 44
Andre Waters, a former defensive back for the Eagles,
was found dead in his Tampa, Fla. home of a self-inflicted
gunshot wound Monday.
Shortage of Black Doctors
African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans
make up nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population but just
six percent ,of practicing physicians.
The American Medical Association has launched
www.AspiringDocs.org, hoping for a change.
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Lessons Children are Teaching Adults
Marian Wright Edelman
President & Founder, The Children's Defense Fund
On November 14, the
Children's Defense Fund
(CDF) held a Beat the Odds
Awards Dinner in Washington,
D.C. CDF launched the Beat
the Odds program in 1990 to.
celebrate young people who
do well despite poverty, vio-
lence, homelessness, family
breakup, or substance abuse.
Students are honored at spe-
cial awards ceremonies and
receive a significant scholar-
ship award and other prizes.
Beat the Odds events are held
in communities across the
country, and the five high
school students just honored in
Washington are extraordinary
young people with inspiring
At age 13, Chloe was
uprooted from her home in
Florida and moved to her
aunt's house in South Carolina
with her younger sister after'
their mother received a Naval
deployment to the D.C. area.
Eventually, Chloe and her sis-
ter joined their mother, but as
she continually struggled to
make ends meet, these became
just the first in a series of evic-
tions and regular moves for
the family. Soon they began
keeping everything they
owned in boxes because they'
never knew when the next
move was coming. After, the
family became homeless, the
county placed them in a hotel
room an hour-long bus ride
away from Chloe's school.
But despite her challenging
and constantly shifting cir-
cumstances, Chloe has main-
tained a positive outlook and a
rare sense of confidence. She
is a member of the National
Honor Society, and chooses to
consider poverty her motiva-
tion instead of her excuse.
Michael lives by a motto:
"You can follow the destiny
you were born into or you can
carve your own path."
Looking at his family environ-
ment, Michael's destiny didn't
seem very bright. His mother
suffers from schizophrenia,
and his father conducted ille-
gal activities to support his
drug and alcohol use, includ-
ing selling the family's food
stamps. At one point he
exploited Michael's computer
talents by forcing him to
choose between forging
checks for him or going with-
out food. But after his parents
were caught cashing duplicat-
ed checks, Michael was sent to
live with supportive legal
guardians who have helped
him use his once-exploited tal-
ents to start a technology club
at his high school and become
the webmaster for the Key
Club. Michael dreams of
becoming a politician so he
can improve the lives of other
people stuck in situations sim-
ilar to the ones he's faced.
Natasha grew up in
Jamaica without knowing her
mother, who .lived in the
United States. Her father was
often absent, too, leaving
Natasha and her. younger
brother for days or months at a
time to take care of them-
selves. And when he returned,
he was sexually abusive.
Natasha then lived at a facility
for girls and with an unkind
neighbor and her sexually-
threatening husband before
her mother finally brought her
and her brother to the United
States. But her mother was in
an abusive relationship here
that affected the entire family.
Child Protective Services
eventually intervened after an
episode of family violence,
and Natasha went to live with
her grandmother. Now, with a
3.8 GPA, she wants to use her
education to empower young
girls to escape conditions sim-
ilar to the ones she endured.
Natasha says without her
painful memories, she. would-
n't have learned the valuable
lessons that have taught her
how to become forgiving,.
strong, and loving and given
her the courage to go after her
Tuan looks forward to
being the first in his family to
graduate from an American
high school. They immigrated
from Vietnam in 1994 in
hopes of a better life, but
despite his father's back-
ground as a Vietnamese Army
officer, he has been sorely,
under-employed in the United
States and currently works in a
T-shirt factory. Tuan's mother
suffers from chronic arthritis
that prevents her from work-
ing. To make matters worse,
Tuan's father was recently
hospitalized and diagnosed
with a liver disease that has
threatened the family's only
source of income. Because he
speaks English fluently,, Tuan
serves as the interpreter for his
family, which means he often
has to miss school to go with
his parents to the Social
Security Administration or the
hospital. But instead of being
overwhelmed by his circum-
stances, Tuan uses them as
inspiration to achieve academ-
ically. He maintains a 3.7 GPA
and describes his future educa-
tion plans with great maturity
and seriousness that is rare for
a high school senior, because
he equates his success with the
health.and future of his family.
When Charlette was five,
she lost her father to AIDS. At
age 12, a family friend raped
her. Over the next few years,
additional traumatic events
destabilized her life even fur-
ther: first, her family was
evicted from their home.
Then, one of her friends was
shot at school. Next, students
at her school were displaced
when the building had to
undergo a long mercury
Finally, her family moved in
with her grandmother, who
suffers from Alzheimer's. But
even while'carrying the bur-
den of her personal life,
Charlette has refocused on her
academics at a new charter
school and become a leader in
the classroom. Throughout it
all her mother has been her
-source of 'strength, and she
taught Charlette that if you
can't be strong for yourself,
you can't be strong for anyone
else. But this.past surnmer
Charlette learned her mother
has lung cancer--so now
Charlette wants to be strong for
I am so proud of these
young people. They and the
thousands of young people like
them-many all around us and
struggling quietly each day to
stay on track and do the right
thing-deeply deserve our
recognition, praise, and sup-
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AFTER THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION-An After
Thanksgiving Celebration and Praise Service is being
sponsored by Elder Robert Jackson and the New Spirit
Travelers. The event will be held November 26, 5:00 p.m.
at Angel Square, 5133 Soutel Dr. Special guests include
the Spiritual Harmonizers (Evinston, FL), Inspirational
Daughters of Faith, (Gainesville, FL), God's Chosen
A Vessels (Palatka, FL), Gospel Silver Tones (Daytona
Beach, FL), and many other local groups. For more infor-
mation concerning this open door event contact
Evangelist Mary Herring at (04) 713-9417.
CONFERENCE-Dr. Leon and Dr. Vivian Seymore, Sr.,
and the Tabernacle of the Temples Fellowship Family will
present the annual Deliverance Conference. Churches,
families, and friends are invited to come and be delivered
and blessed by the Lord. Apostles James and Grace Blue
of Bible way Church (Cincinatti, OH) are the speakers for
the services to be held nightly at 7:00 p.m. on November
30, December 1 and on Sunday; December 3 at 10:30 a.m.
Leon "Timbo" Seymore, Jr. will also be featured.
EVENTS AT MT.SINAI-The congregation of Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church will observe its annual Praise
and Worship Celebration Sunday, November 26, 4:00
p.m. in the sanctuary of the church located at 2036 Silver
St. On Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m., the church will
present a Christmas Musical Production, "Oh Holy
Night". The program benefits the church's, seniors ages
70 plus and will also help a special family celebrate
Christmas. Rei. R. L. Gundy, Pastor.
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5:30 p.m. 6:20 p.m. Bible study for the family begins at
S 6:30 p.m. Friends and ihe public are invited to share in
this time of renewal. Transportation is available. Saint
Paul is located at 6910 New Kings Road, Rev. Marvin
S Zanders, II is the pastor. Please contact the church at 764-
2755 for additional information.
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ....................................9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ....................... 11:00 a.m.
Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays
(Old Sanctuary).............................11:00 a.m. ..
Tuesday- Prayer Meeting:............ ........ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............... 8:00 p.m. ji In
Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor -
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus .,
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Church School 8:45 a.m.
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study 6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday 10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Joy Explosion Ministry 6:30 p.m.
201 .East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
t Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
River Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundv. Pastor
(904) 354-7249 Church
Bible Power Enrichment Hour
Sunday School 9:15- 10:15 a.m.
Baptism-Praise & Worship
(Sanctuary) 10:30 a.m.
Youth Church-2nd & 3rd Sundays
Fellowship Hall 10:30 a.m.
ioonday Prayer 12 Noon
Wednesdayy Worship Sen ice...................6:00-8:00 p.m.
ig & Bible Study. Youth Bible Stud. & Actiiities
MIT. CHARITY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
1417 North Laura St Jacksonville Florida 32206
George Harvey, Jr., M.A., M. Div., Pastor
Telephone (904) 356-0664 or 768-4453
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Sunday School...... ......... ........ ...... 10.00 a.m
Momni Aorhip. ................... ..... ................ I i 1 a.m.
E .eingn '\\-iil.p ... ... .. . ........ 6.30 p ni.
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Jacksonville Links Celebrates Its 40th
The 40th Dinner-Dance Celebration was a grand poolside -
affair at the dazzling, elegant and palatial home of ..
the chapter members and guests mingled and mused they were a .
enthralled with the superb musical sounds of Lawrence (Mr. Florida Times Union Lifestyles Columnist Mrs. Judy
'B') Walden's Combo before, during and after dinner. There Wells chats with Jacksonville Links member Mrs. Dana
was dancing and laughter throughout the evening. No one Cunningham. PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
wanted to leave. However there was scheduled worshiping
together at Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church so the party had
to end eventually, even though reluctantly.
And the chapter took time out to recognize their own. First
the members recognized the Southern Area Director and
chapter member Mrs. Margaret Thompson Johnson with a
gift of pearls and crystal roses. Platinum members Mesdames ii i
Bessie Canty and Gwendolyn Leapheart were presented I h i '
plaques from both the national and local levels of Links, Inc. *
as were the remaining charter members Mesdames Bessie .. '
Canty and Elizabeth Thompson Downing. Making the presen-
tations was local chapter president Mrs. Gloria Dean who was .
assisted by the local chapter vice president Mrs. Betty Cody. Twenty Five Year Links members: Mesdames Joyce
It was early in 1966 when a group of ladies steered by the Mumford Valcour, Dr. Carolyn Johnson Joyner, Jolita
late Mrs. Elinor Littlejohn embarked on the idea of establish- Simmons, Dr. Lois Davis Gibson and Marguerite Baker
ing a Links chapter in Jacksonville. It would be exactly in ten- Warren, PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
ty years after the incorporation of the national organization in
Philadelphia, PA. Fifteen eligible women were chosen to be '.:.
members of this fine organization: Mesdames Mary Lewis
Betsch, Gloria Brooks, Miriam Burney, Bessie Canty,
Elizabeth Downing, Alethia Gibbs, Kate Graves, Lois Iszard,
Mary Jones, Joyce Lawson, Elinor Littlejohn. lleltonia
McGriff, Carolyn.Miller, Sara Stewart and Sadie Tillis. The
chapter has flourished since its inception with a membership
of over forty members who contribute extensively to the social
and welfare needs on the First Coast with time, talent and
During the forty years since the chartering of the chapter,
through their successful Fund Raisers (The White Rose Twenty Five Year Links members: Mesdames Joyce
Brunch, The Ultimate Jazz Brunch and Westerm Gala) these Mumford Valcour, Dr. Carolyn Johnson Joyner, Jolita
fine ladies have served the community through services to Simmons, Dr. Lois Davis Gibson and Marguerite Baker
youth, the arts, national and international trends and services Warren, PHOTO-BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
(more on these programs in the next column).
Recently theN ha'e provided support and made signifi-
cant financial contributions to victimss of Hurricane Katrina.
Proceeds from their Fund Raisers are used to support: The .
Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation: United Negro College Fund:
HBCUI ndow'ment Fund: Ed%\ard Waters College.
Members of the local chapter not pre\ iously mentioned
are:. Mesdames Ruth Bonner, Dr. Barbara Briget-. Hester
Clark. Dana Sprott. Cunningham. Betty Asque Davis.
Kenyonn Daniels Demps, Audrey Gibson. Dr. Lois Gibson.
Phyllis W. Hamilton. Janet Johnson. Carole Jones. Esq. Susan
Canty Jones, Dr. Carol n Jo\ ner. Marretta Latimer. Marietta Jacksonville Chapter Links, Inc. president Mrs. Gloria
LeBlanc. Thelma Levis. larjoria Manning. Anest McCarthy. Dean (center) with the chapter's past presidents:
Monique McCarthy Catherine Nlitchell. Dr. Kia Nitchell, Mesdames Bess Canty, Dr. Barbara Young, Dr. Carolyn
fM.D., -Patricia Mitchell. Wanda Montgomery. Johnnetta Johnson Joyner, Dr. Lois Davis Gibson, Marguerite
Moore. Jennifer NMumford. A'a Parker-Cole. Esq.. Ernestine Baker Warren, Jennifer Mumford, Margaret Thompson
Rutledge Hester. Stephanie Scott. Pamela Seat. Dolores Sha\v. Johnson and Dr. Brenda Robinson Simmons.
Dr. Brenda R. Simmons. Jolita Simmons. Dr. Geraldine \V.
Smith. Terri Stepter. Joyce Valcour. NMarguerite \Warren.
Juanita Cohen-Stores, Corie Thomas-James. Vivian Walker,.
Dr. Victoria Warner-White. M.D.. Lydia Wooden. Dr. Barbara
Young. and Dr. E\velyn Young.
Don't forget to let us kno\ of your upcoming events.
Contact Lus at 904 766-8834; E-mail
sociallyI@ TheFloridaStar.com or .ou may reach me directly
at imajoliaol.com, telephone (904) 285-9777 or fax (904)
See you in the paper
.. Jacksonville Links charter member Mrs. Bess Canty
&' ,L J- (center) with her daughters: Links member Mrs. Susan
Canty Jones and Ms. Gail Canty. (PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Jacksonville Chapter Links, Inc. Members pause for a
photo at their recent 40th Anniversary Celebration.
(PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Dr. and Mrs. James Joyner, III (Links member Dr.
Carolyn) share a special moment at Links Celebration.
PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Lawrence Walden's Combo entertains at the
Jacksonville Chapter Links, Inc, 40th Celebration.
PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Thirty one-forty one Year Members: Mesdames Jennifer
Mumford, Thelma Lewis, Lydia Dwight Wooden, Anest
Schell McCarthy, Bessie Canty and Elizabeth Thompson
Downing PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Ms. Gail Canty (second from left) with Jacksonville
Chapter Links members: Mesdames Anest Schell
McCarthy, Betty Asque Davis and Lydia Dwight Wooden.
Ms. Canty was inducted as a Links member with these
members in 1974. (PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Jacksonville Links member Dr. Barbara Young [second
from left with her guest chat with fellow Jacksonville
Links member Dr. Gerri Williams Smith [far right] and
her guest Dr. Roy Singleton [second from right].
PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.;)
The Connecting Links of the Jacksonville Chapter
Links, Inc. during the chapter's 40th Celebration. PHOTO
SBY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.) t
Jacksonville Links Western Gala Fund Raiser Co-Chairs
Mrs. Johnetta Moore and Dr. Lois Davis Gibson. PHOTO BY
J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
Jacksonville Links member Mrs. Marjoria Manning and
her hubby Robert L. Manning pose with fellow Links
member Columnist Betty Asque Davis.
PHOTO BY J.CARL DAVIS, SR.)
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Rattlers tame Wildcats 35-21 in Florida Classic XXVII
B)' Vaughn Wilson, Outlook staff writer
STbe diama never materialized. The outcome of the
Walt Disney World Florida Classic XXVII presented by
State Farm was never in the balance as it had been
the last few years. Florida A&M University domi-
nated the game from start to finish and seemingly broke
the spirit of the Bethune-Cookman College Wildcats in
the fourth quarter.
After being knocked out of the game against
Hampton University on Nov. 11, FAMU quarterback
Albert Chester II wore a boot on his foot Monday and
Tuesday of this week and hobbled around practice on
Wednesday. This week he also had minor outpatient
surgery. Miraculously, he was razor sharp throwing five
touchdown passes and for 339 yards. It was a spectacu-
lar display of domination as the offensive line put a pro-
tective shell around the ailing Chester while the
defense with the return of injured Tyrone McGriff, Jr.
\Treaked havoc on the Wildcats.
Carter never doubted that Chester would play.
"There was no doubt in my mind that Albert would
play...This is BCC," Carter emphatically said.
Chester echoed the comments. "Man it felt like
e\ erything was hurting, but it was the classic and I had
to go," Chester said.
BCC head coach Alvin Wyatt couldn't answer the
Rattlers' onslaught. The one-two punch of running
backs Demetric Henry and Anthony Edwards rushed
for 112 yards on 22 carries. McGriff and linebacker
Vemon Wilder had 6 tackles each, while Jason Beach
led the Rattlers with 8 tackles.
SThe dapper Wyatt, dressed in all black with a shiny
silver belt buckle the size of Texas, didn't disappoint
those who yearly check out his risk-taking fashion
trends. The battle of the bands was quite fierce as well.
BCC band announcer Glenn "Horatio in Stereo" Walker
and FAMU's Joe "The Almighty" Bullard were in mid-
season form exchanging barbs like a heavyweight fight.
The Florida Classic is always so much more than the
game though. It is the ultimate class and family
reunion. With so many families split between ,FAMU
and BCC. there is never any real animosity. just a fierce
desire to win for those 60 minutes. After the game,
everyone goes back to the tailgating and partying
together that they were doing before kickoff.
This was the first year under the new Florida Classic
Consortium developed by FAMU interim president Dr.
Castell Vaughn Bryant and BCC president Trudie
Kibbie Reed. It was devised to maximize the financial
gain both institutions derived from the annual classic.
From the title sponsor Walt Disney World they received
$400,000 and from the presenting sponsor State Farm
they received $230,000. They received many more
scholarship contributions including over $100,000 from
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By. James Wright, Special
to the NNPA from the Afro
Many of the nation's distin-
guished leaders, including
the sitting president of the
United States and his pred-
ecessor, joined 5,000 peo-
ple in Washington, D.C., on
a cold afternoon to partici-
pate in the groundbreaking
of the long-awaited Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
memorial on Nov. 13.
When the memorial is
completed in either late
2008 or 2009, it will be the
first memorial on the
National Mall to honor an
"Dr. King showed us
that a life of conscience and
purpose can lift up many
souls," President Bush said
of King's impact on
America. "And on this
ground, a monument will
rise that preserves his lega-
cy for ages. Honoring Dr.
King's legacy requires more
than building a monument;
it requires the ongoing
commitment of every
"We will continue to
work for the day \\hen the
dignity and humanity of
even person is respected,
and the American promise
is denied no one."
The memorial was the
brainchild of members of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
of which King was a mem-
ber, and it has won the sup- :
port of both Democrats and
President Clinton signed
the bill authorizing the fra-
ternity the right to raise
money for the memorial in
1998. The fraternity's
fiindraising has reached
about $65 million, with a
goal of $100 million within
Sen. Barack Obama (D-
III.) noted that his col-
leagues were instrumental
in the process of the memo-
rial becoming a reality.
"It \as Sens. John
Warner and Paul Sarbanes
\who sponsored the bill in
the Senate." he said. "It was
Thad Cochran and Robert
Byrd that got the bill fimd-
"This is the first memo-
rial that honors a man who
was not a president and not
a hero of a foreign war."
Obama noted that in
King's later years, he was
reviled by the press and the
government for his \ork.
But that is not important
no\w, he said.
"Dr. King spent his life
fighting the wounds of the
: nation's original sin." he
said. "This man gave his
life to serving others."
The ceremony, conduct-
. ed in an area off the Tidal
Basin of the Potomac River
and adjacent to the Franklin
Memorial and the Lincoln
Memorial, was presided
over by journalist Soledad
O'Brien and television and
radio commentator and host
Tavis Smiley. Thomas J.
Hilfiger, principal designer
of the Tommy Hilfiger
S Group; Gary L. Cowger,
president, General Motors
North America and Oprah
HARPO Inc., was among
the speakers from corporate
America who donated mil-
lions of dollars to the build-
ing of the memorial.
Dr. King's oldest daugh-
ter, Yolanda, gave a stirring
speech on the purpose of
her father's life.
"If you notice the first
three letters of the word
"King," you will notice that
the word is 'kin'," she said.
"My father was a king, but
he labored at the feet of ser-
"He did not wear a vel-
vet robe, but he spoke with
a velvet voice."
The Rev. Bernice King,
the youngest of the King
children, said that there was
an irony in the day selected
for the groundbreaking.
"Fifty years ago, today,
the Supreme Court out-
lawed bus segregation in
our country," she said.
"This is a day that has been
Rev. King noted that a
memorial was been erected
to "a spiritual father, priest,
prophet and pastor to the
nation." She noted that
despite the -years and
progress, her father's work
"The arteries are as
clogged today as they were
then," she said. "Racism,
poverty and militarism are
still with us."
Dorothy Height, presi-
.dent emeritus of 'thle
National Council of Negro
Women, said Dr. King \as
"assassinated not because
he had a dream, it was
because he dared to change
the system." She lamented;
the fact that many young
people do not know the his-
tory of the struggle "and
that is sad."
Rep. John Le\is (D-'
Ga.), who knew King as a:
young man in the civil
rights movement. spoke
movingly of his ex-mentor.
He talked about hearing Dr..
King's voice for the first
time on a radio program in
"He was talking about
Rosa Parks arid the
Montgomery Bus Boycott,"
he said. "He \as talking
about the ability of a disci-
plined and determined peo-
ple to make a difference in
"When I heard. his
words, I felt like he was
speaking directly to me. I
felt like he was saying 'John
SLewis. you can do it. You
can make a difference in the
struggle to defend the dig-
nity of humankind."
In closing, Lewis said:
"Above all, this monu-.
ment will serve us as a
reminder to each of us that
it is better to love, not to
hate, it is better to reconcile
not. divide, it is better to
build, not tear down."
IMe~mbers of the. King
family, public officials and
corporate leaders drove
shovels into ground later on
to start the process ofbuild-
ing the monument.
Those who gathered for
.the. event were entertained
by Bebe Winans, Margaret
poet Maya Angelou, and
opera star Denyce Graves.
Among the political
leaders on the stand were:
Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee
(P-Texas), Bobby Scott (D-
Va.), D.C. Delegate Eleanor
Holmes Norton (D), and
Melvin Watt (D-N.C.).
Former presidential candi-
dates Jack Kemp, the Rev.
Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al
Sharpton were also in atten-
Former members of
Congress, the Rev. Walter
Fauntroy, the J.C. Watts and
the Rev. Andrew Young,
participated in the ceremo-
ny. King's sister, Christine
Farris, and her family also
were noted for their atten-
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in Montogomery, Alabama. Huntsville, Alabama is about 100 miles north of Birmingham near
the Tennessee state line.
This accident is causing school systems throughout the United States to re-examine since
many buses do not have seat belts. Many claim that the buses are used for elementary and high
school students and because of the differences in size, seat belts may cause a "waste of space."
For Jacksonville, all new buses require seatbelts and the old buses are being phased out. All
students are required to wear their belts for those buses that are equipped with belts.
92-Year Old continued from A-1
believe when they said police, that they were truly officers?
Sarah Dozier, neice of Ms. Johnston said that yes, her aunt was in good health but probably
panicked when they kicked that door down. They entered her home about 7 p.m. At her age,
with no drug or criminal involvement, she would not have expected such an intrusion would
have been an act of the police department, said sources. Rev. Markel Hutchins, a civil rights
leader, said he will work to help get to the bottom of this. He also believes the Atlanta Police
Department owes Ms. Johnston's family an immediate apology.
Murder Suspect continued from A-1
did not know or understand. When talking\ ith others, including a hotel where she had worked
as a housekeeper, 'it was said that she was released because of her "misunderstood behavior."
But the problems of Shands and medication was not just a problem experienced Sources
told the Star'that there is a problem getting prescriptions filled at Shands because of the many
rules that may anger or confuse a patient or even a family member trying to get a prescription
filled. Standing in several lines; not knowing which line allpws you to skip or move on, is a
major problem at Shands. They said that they hope this incident will help the hospital get the
prescription situation more organized.
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the apartment. The victim then moved the chair away from his door. Shaw returned and tried
to put the chair back in front of Islam's apartment so, Islam threw the chair away from the door
step and into the edge ofthe parking lot. According to witness, Shaw began arguing with Islam
again as the victim's 'fiance watched from the doorway of her apartment. Shaw repeatedly
yelled to the victim's fiance for her to go into her apartment and close the door. The victim
stood several steps away from the suspect who kept his right hand behind his back. When he
asked him if he was going to do something, the suspect brought his right hand forward and shot
the victim several times and fled the scene. The victim was taken to Shands Hospital where he
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departments in every region of the country. Miami. There were 700 employees in the Miami
Fire Department in 1964, high tide for the civil rights movement. In 1965 the city hired its first
black firefighter. It took two more years to hire the second. Six years later the department
brought in a third. At that rate it would have taken more than a century to desegregate firefight-
ing in Miami. The period from 1965 to 1975 was the decade of voluntary desegregation in most
institutions, but by the mid-1970s it was obvious that without specific goals, timetables and
quotas, the white old-boy network would never be dismantled. Only after the International
Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (I.A.B.P.F.F.) organized a local coalition, pick-
eted City Hall and waged a series of battles in the courts did things begin to change in Miami.
After a thorough investigation in 1977 a Federal District Court concluded that for nearly five
decades the city of Miami had systematically excluded blacks and other minority groups from
employment and advancement. The courts subsequently approved a consent decree that
required the city to hire blacks, Latinos and women proportionate to their number in the gen-
eral population. But the price of progress in America is high for African-Americans. In Miami
the black recruits were constantly watched, harassed and reminded that their jobs depended on
the mercy of white men. Their own union, I.A.F.F. Local 587, made a living hell for the new
firefighters, who became objects of racial slurs, jokes and physical threats. In 1986 the black
firefighters association made the record of discrimination public, forcing the city to commis-
sion an investigation which a year later concluded that "racial and gender-based discriminato-
ry practices and conduct are systemic within the Fire, Rescue, and Inspection Services." The
I.A.F.F. refused to accept reforms. Instead it retaliated. All sixty-two of Miami's black firefight-
ers were expelled starting in May 1988. After having paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in
dues, black firefighters lost their insurance, health benefits and bargaining rights. In his letter
of dismissal, Don Teems, president of Local 587, stated that "the nature of the mis-conduct is
the acquiring and continuing membership in the Professional Black Fire-Fighters Association."
The implication was that the I.A.B.P.F.F., to which the majority of black firefighters in the
country belong, is a rival labor union. It is not, any more than the N.A.A.C.P., A.C.L.U. or
NOW are labor organizations. Romeo Spaulding, the association's president, describes the
group, which formed in 1970, as a "fraternal organization committed to the recruitment, reten-
tion and promotion of women and minorities." Local chapters sponsor softball teams, give fire-
prevention classes,, organize programs to cut down false alarms in the inner cities and conduct
voter registration drives. The unprecedented mass expulsion in Miami, which was backed by
the International leadership, was an attack not only on minorities but on the political rights of
all union members. In essence the union has made opposition to affirmative action a condition
of safe membership. Boston. Here the situation is particularly bizarre. Consider the case of
the affirmative-action impostors, the Malones. It is hardly news when two fair-haired, fair-
complexioned brothers with Irish names are found in the Boston Fire Department, a city full
of O'Reillys, Beehans and McClanahans. But the Malone brothers, identical twins, were kind
of special. They, got into the Fire Department through affirmative action, under a consent
decree that provided for the recruitment of women, Latinos and blacks. Approximately 22 per-
cent of the Boston population is black, compared with 15 percent of the Fire Department. There
are no black district chiefs or department chiefs, and in the entire force there are only'five
women. The Malones failed to pass their first Civil Service firefighting test in 1975, but they
reapplied in 1977 and this time listed their race as black. The impostors worked for ten years
in the department before their scam was uncovered. The appearance of the Malones on a pub-
lic list of black applicants for promotion proved too embarrassing for the Fire Department
supervisors. The Boston Black Professional Fire Fighters Association called for a formal inves-
tigation, which found a number of other whites who had misused affirmative action by identi-
fying themselves as members of a minority group. During the investigation two white firefight-
ers w ho had classified themselves as Hispanic resigned. Eventually the Malones were kicked
off the force, but not without a long fight in court. The Malone case goes beyond two individ-
uals. beyond the other whites who claimed to be Latinos. The issue is the complicity of the
I.A.F.F. and city officials in subverting affirmative action. As City Councilor Bruce Boiling
asked, "How could twins with Irish names. Caucasian features and no black identification from
any perspective get into the force and stay on without collusion?" Indeed, it had been common
knowledge among white firefighters--even a source of gleeful jokes--that the Malones had
effectively disrupted the operation of affirmative action in Boston. When the case became pub-
lic, the I.A.F.F. leadership refused to denounce this sabotage,. Members of Local 718 actually ,
took up a collection to assist the Malones in legal defense. And after the two were dismissed,
the Local launched a reverse discrimination suit against Boston minority firefighters."
The statements that are being heard regarding the Human Rights Commissioners findings.
the Mayor's response and the newly released decision is. "nothing has changed." The systems
make a decision of what they want done, put up a"pretense" fight or concern, blacks becomes
complacent and nothing changes.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Peyton's Actions Sending Blacks and Poor A negative Message
Blacks make up thirty percent of the population of Jacksonville. When you factor in the poor
to that population it is larger. Our Mayor's actions speak louder than his words when it comes
to not providing Civil Rights and Economic Justice to these two members of our City.
When we examine and compare the Mayor's most recent actions against those before his elec-
tion. we find a very disturbing picture. The total sum of the Mayor's actions says he is not
interested nor does he have the" political will" to be the Mayor for all of Jacksonville:
This Mayor completely and defiantly ignored the recommendations from the.Jacksonville
Human Rights Commission. He asked the Commission to investigate the "noose incident"
involving Black Fire Fighters. The first recommendation from the Commission suggested
that the Mayor fire his Fire Chief. Peyton's Fire Chief barely made the educational and expe-
rience qualifications for a "Firefighter". He surely did not qualify according to the city's stan-
dards for a Fire Chief. Our Mayor appointed a Study Group to side step the work of the
Human Rights Commission. The Mayor needs to implement the Commission's recommenda-
'John Peyton started his race by promising the Firefighter's Union that he would fire the First
Black Fire Chief in Jacksonville if they would help him get elected to Mayor. Peyton was
elected Mayor and he followed through on his promise. He fired the first Fire Chief who met
the educational and experience qualifications for this job in the history of Jacksonville. The
sad point is that Mayor Peyton misses and fail to realize that the current leadership team at the
Fire Department like the Fire Chief
do not have the educational, experience nor the will to address the racial problems at the Fire
Department. The Mayor needs to implement the recommendations suggested by the
Commission and remove all the leadership team.
The Mayor's actions were followed by awarding White Construction Contractors $607
Million Dollars at the same time of time awarding Black Construction Contractors only 4.7
percent of those same funds. What justification can our Mayor provide for this clearly bias
and unfair economic decision, According to the, "City of Jacksonville Disparity Study
November1990- Our research of Laws and Ordinances, which is direct evident for implemen-
tation of a Race- Conscience Problem, clearly shows that the City of Jacksonville and the
Judicial System have been active- agents in discrimination against Blacks and Native
Jacksonville under the leadership of John Peyton is presently facing:a nationally high mur-
der rate, increased crime rate and elevated unemployment among the poor and Blacks. Our
City has misappropriated hundreds of millions of federal HUD Section 3 funds. These mil-
lions of dollars were earmarked for poor households earning $15,000 or less. If Peyton and
our previous City Fathers were concerned for the poor, the present social conditions of mur-
der, crime, unemployment and homelessness could have been reduced or negated completely.
The total sum of our Mayor's actions clearly says he is iot interested in the welfare of Black
and poor members of Jacksonville. The North side of Jacksonville has been ignored for gen-
erations. The quality of life on the North side does not.compare to that of the South side due
to few restaurants, full service grocery stores and economic hope and opportunities The
North side is traditionally thought of as being from Beaver Street to Dunn Avenue. The infra-
structure on the North side is also in a sad state of repair. The Black and poor members of
Jacksonville need political and economic actions from Mayor Peyton which provides eco-
nomic stimulus that says he cares about all of Jacksonville.
Dr Juan P. Gray
Southern Christian Ledership Conference
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NOVEMBER 25, 2006
Enthusiasm And High Hopes Follows Ellison Victory
Matthew Little, Special
to the NNPA from the
(NNPA) -- The victory
celebration of Fifth
Keith Ellison at
and Restaurant in down-
town Minneapolis on
election night, November
7, was boisterous and
highly charged with
emotional fervor. But it
was obvious to many that
it had a deeper meaning
than a mere celebration
- it was a symbol of a
historical, yet transitional
political movement in
More specifically, to
many it represented this
area's contribution to the
current movement of
young, talented Blacks
in the changing political
arenas of the country,
along with such post-
baby-boomers as Barack
Obama and Deval
Patrick. As results started'
coming in from around
the country, there was the
feeling that-this celebra-
tion was our contribu-
It must have been some-
what of a national feel-
ing, too; for represented
there, in a special roped-
off section, were repre-
sentatives from most of
the major national media,
including CNN, ABC
and CBS, not to mention
all of the local media,
including TV, radio and
Looking down on the
packed ballroom, one
might think that it was a
United Nations session,
for there were represen-
tatives of every race and
ethnicity. It was a true
representation of the phi-
losophy that the Ellison
campaign had preached
from its inception -
It was amazing to see
that Ellison had managed
to capture such a loyal,
diverse fan base after
having been so berated
by opponents with sup-
port of the media just a
few months ago. As one
youngster described it,
"One would think that
Keith was the embodi-
ment of Bin Laden him-
self. That's one of the
reasons I was enticed to
volunteer for Keith, and
I've been with him every
That seemed to have
been the general attitude
of a large number of
Visiting the sites where
volunteers assembled to
go door-to-door to get
out the vote the Capri
Theater on the North
Side and the Zurah
Shrine Center on the
Southside one found
the same attitude
expressed. They went
out in teams, knocked on
doors, reminded residents
to vote, and provided
transportation for them if
needed. The volunteers
even provided translators
for those with English
An example of the enthu-
siasm for the campaign
was demonstrated at the
Southside Shrine site. A
woman, Barbara King,
gave her age as 75 and
said that she had walked
10 miles and talked to
several seniors, persuad-
ing them to go out and
vote for Ellison.
When Ellison arrived at
the celebration, there was
a thunderous uproar from
the crowd: "Keith! Keith!
Keith!" They virtually
mobbed him as he
attempted to maneuver
around the ballroom, try-
ing to reach out and touch
every hand lifted. At
times it almost became
bedlam as the various
media outlets competed
for space and interviews
Looking back, one can
see a bit of irony in the
fact that some of the
same media outlets that
had been implicit in cir-
culating rumors about his
and unfitness to run were
now clamoring for. his
attention. But Ellison
attempted to accommo-
date them all.
With all of the attention
surrounding him, Ellison
remained cool and self-
effacing. He projected his
family forward for the
cameras and attributed
his overwhelming victory
to his volunteers repre-
sented by the audience.
In his acceptance speech,
he talked of his dedica-
tion to the good of all,
declaring, "One need not
be critical of others to
Ellison stated that at no
time did he or any of his
staff find it necessary to
attack an opponent. He
accredited his restraint
and positive attitude as'
factors contributing to his
victory. He also contin-
ued to stress the abundant
support of his inclusive
"Rainbow Coalition" as
the cornerstone of the
campaign's success, He
stated, "Everyone counts;
there are no ihro\vaw\ay
emphasis on multiracial,
gious, multiethnic. rain-
bow-style politics may be
one reason why Rev.
Jesse Jackson would take
time from his busy sched-
ule to make a second trip
here on Keith's behalf.
There must be some syn-
ergy 'there: The Rev.
Jackson initiated his
"Rainboxw Coalition" of
the Civil Rights
Movement, and the
Ellison campaign is
about to bring his basic
Rep. Ellison with Senator Barack Obama.
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North Jacksonville Make-A
Makeover From RACK
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2006) --
Rack Room Shoes and the Make-A-Wish
Foundation(r) of Central and Northern Florida sur-
prised Tyree, a 9-year-old North Jacksonville boy
diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition,
by transforming the animal enthusiast's bedroom
into a jungle hideaway this past Saturday.
Tyree knew his wish for an animal-themed
bedroom was coming true. But a team of volunteers
from Rack Room, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and
locally-owned Amazing Interiors sent Tyree and his
family away for the day while they transformed his
bedroom into a private jungle. That allowed them to
unveil the room, complete with bamboo walls and a
jaguar-patterned bedspread, to Tyree and his family
reality TV-style when they returned home in the
"It is always a very special experience to be
a part of a wish granting," said Jan Mauldin, director
of marketing for Rack Room Shoes, whose employ-
ees donated their time and labor for the room
"Today was especially rewarding, because
Rack Room Shoes employees were able to roll up
our sleeves and help get the work done," Mauldin
said. "Seeing Tyree's expression when he saw his
new jungle bedroom was magical for our volun-
This marks the 12th wish that Rack Room
Shoes has granted for young Make-A-Wish recipi-
ents since last year. When Rack Room Shoes,
which has a national partnership with the Make-A-
-Wish Kid Gets Bedroom
Wish Foundation, heard about Tyree's wish, they
volunteered not just the funds but also the man
power to help make the boy's wish come true.
"In granting Tyree's wish. Rack Room
Shoes provided two important and generous
donations: funds and volunteers," said David
Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
president and chief executive officer. "Rack
Room Shoes not only provides the funds but also
the incredible volunteers who help bring a coura-
geous child's wish to life. Those contributions
truly make delivering our mission possible."
Tyree's wish celebration will continue at
noon on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Rack Room Shoes'
grand opening party at the River City
Marketplace. Rack Room will welcome Tyree's
family to the store and present the Make-A-Wish
Foundation with a $5,500 check to fund the bed-
"Make-A-Wish is extremely grateful to our
corporate partners, like Rack Room Shoes, who
have completely funded this wish and even pro-
vided additional volunteers to help us get the
room makeover complete in our afternoon," said
Susan Hancock, a regional director for the Make-
A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern
Florida. "We look forward to this wish leading off
our Stories of Light Campaign, where local busi-
nesses and individuals can contribute to the fund-
ing of future wishes."
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the
wishes of children with life-threatening medical
conditions to enrich the human, experience with
hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a
group of caring MAKE-A-WISH continued on B-2
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HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADS NATIONAL
YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP MOVEMENT
October 31, 2006- Washington DC. As an in demand entrepreneurship speaker, the world needs to get ready for the new voice
of the youth generation. Meet Quinn Conyers, a current graduate student at Howard University andi recent founder of Speak2Society,
a professional speaking firm specializing in entrepreneurship motivational speaking.
Quinn is currently touring the United States attending conferences, colleges, and youth organizations motivating, inspiring, and
empowering students and young adults to choose entrepreneurship as the ultimate career choice
"If you do what you love you'll never have to work another day in your life!" says Quinn, who believes that the only way to finan-
cial freedom, wealth, and independence is through entrepreneurship.
Quinn shares her business expertise through her interactive presentations and as the entrepreneurship editor of two popular
businesses magazines. AFRO-Lutions Magazine Inc., and the Baltimore Times Small and Minority Business Magazine, are two publi-
cations Quinn highlights.emerging and aspiring entrepreneurs that are among today's top business savvy youth.
Quinn's accomplishments do not stop there. The National Institute for Urban Entrepreneurship (NIUE) highlighted Quinn as the
March 2006 Entrepreneur of the Month. Quinn has even caught the attention of the federal government by being named an Emerging
Business Leader by the Minority Business Development Agency. In addition to that Quinn was chosen as an Emerging Minority
Business Leader by the West Virginia High Technology Foundation where she earned a $1500 scholarship in a business boot camp
for two weeks in Wheeling West Virginia this past summer. In both programs she placed second in a competitive business plan com-
petition among students from all across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Believe it or not Quinn finds time to study and finish up her second degree while making history at Howard. Studying Mass
Communications Media Studies with a specialization in Entrepreneurship, Quinn is currently writing a book
on minority youth entrepreneurship in addition to writing her thesis on a similar topic. She has uniquely cou-
pled her passion with an academic and entrepreneurial twist that is proving to be beneficial. The Capitol
Speakers Club of Washington DC has also, recognized Quinn's exceptional leadership and entrepreneurship
abilities and has awarded her the 2006-2007 Capital Speakers Club of Washington DC scholarship award in
the amount of $4,000.
Originally from Lancaster Pennsylvania, Quinn has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Communication Studies with a minor in Spanish from West Chester University of PA. Her entrepreneurial
journey will take her to several monumental conferences in the upcoming months. Quinn will be speak-
ing at the Black College Expo, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Conference in Chicago
Illinois, and the 8th annual Youth College and Leadership Conference in Baltimore Maryland.
Quinn welcomes the idea of helping students and young adults to turn their passion into a profit.
She can be contacted directly for interviews and speaking engagements at
MAKE-A-WISH continued from cover page individ-
uals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becom-
ing a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest
wish-granting charity in the world, with 69 chapters
in the U.S. and its territories. With the help of gener-
ous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-
A-Wish Foundation grants morethan 12,500 wishes
a year and has granted more than 141,000 wishes
in the U.S. since inception.-
For more information about the Make-A-
Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org
and discover how you can share the power of a
Rack Room Shoes
Rack Room Shoes, headquartered in
Charlotte, N.C., operates more than 300 stores in 24
states, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, upper Midwest,
Southeast and Southwestern states, and is an avid
supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Rack
Room Shoes last year granted eight wishes to
Make-A-Wish children in need throughout the coun-
try. Rack Room carries a broad assortment of brand
name shoes for all occasions for women, men and
children. On the web at www.rackroomshoes.com.
(NAPSA)-The Annual Team America
Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is becoming a
real blast with students around the country.
The contest, in which students must
design and build a model rocket carrying
one hen egg that will fly to exactly 850 feet
and stay aloft for exactly 45 seconds and
return the egg uncracked, is now in its fifth
"C"-nL 71- -IhI TARC is sponsored by the Aerospace
AIA's Team America Industries Association and the National
Rocketry Challenge has Association of Rocketry, with co-sponsor-
really taken off with stu- ship by the National Aeronautics and
dents. Space Administration, the Defense
Department, American Association of Physics Teachers, and 39 AIA
The winning teams split a prize pack of $60,000 in cash and sav-
ings bonds, and NASA and the Defense Department contribute addition-
al prizes. Applications for the 2007 contest are available now at
www.rocketcontest.org. Visit on the Web to sign up for updates and view
additional contest details.
The Florida StarlPrep Rap Page B-3lNovember 25, 2006
Sweet Potatoes: Pick Of The
_, Maria Walls, R.D., Sen.
I. Nutritionist, Weight
Watchers Intern'l, Inc.
&. Delicious, fresh
sweet potatoes are
available all year
: long, so there's no
,1a4 need to wait for the
o .. holiday season to
? enjoy these nutri-
the nutritional ben-
efits of fresh pro-
Sduce this fall,
continues Pick of
the Season, a pub-
lic health initiative spotlighting seasonal fruits and
vegetables, with recipes this quarter for sweet pota-
toes, a produce selection that can sweeten up any
meal-from appetizers to entr'es to desserts.
Not just great tasting and beautiful looking,
with that gorgeous orange color, a medium sweet
potato contains virtually no fat and minimal sodium;
it also provides one and a half times the recom-
mended daily allowance of vitamin A and more than
one-quarter of the daily requirements of vitamin C.
Sweet potatoes, which are actually a root vegetable
and not a tuber like the potato, are a tasty source of
beta-carotene, vitamin B6, potassium and fiber.
There are so many ways to enjoy sweet
potatoes in your favorite recipes, such as Curried
Sweet Potato Wedges, Slow-Cooker Chicken and
Sweet Potato Soup. Weight Watchers recipes reflect
the food values inherent in the Weight Watchers phi-
losophy-that eating should be satisfying as well as
healthy. To learn more, visit
www.weightwatchers.com or call (800) 651-6000.
Curried Sweet Potato Wedges
(Makes 6 servings)
2 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
1-2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 4500F. Halve the
sweet potatoes and cut each piece lengthwise into
quarters. Toss with the oil, curry powder, salt and
cayenne in a large bowl.
2. Arrange the sweet potatoes in a single
layer on a large nonstick baking sheet. Bake, turn-
ing once, until browned and crisp, 35-40 minutes.
Points(r) value per serving: 3, 169 calories, 3g fat, 5g fiber
Core Plan(r) recipe
FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE BOARD AND
WACHOVIA WORK TOGETHER TO EDUCATE
Florida Prepaid College Plan Open Enrollment Started on October 16th
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Recognizing the importance of higher education,
the Florida Prepaid College Board and Wachovia will again this year educate
families about the benefits of the state-sponsored college savings plans:
The Florida Prepaid College Plan and the. Florida College Investment
Plan. Brochures with information about the two college savings plans are avail-
able at close to 800 Wachovia branches throughout Florida. Additionally,
Wachovia will disseminate information internally to all of its employees.
"Saving for college earlier, rather than later, can be a real advantage in
making college affordable and attainable," says Ted Hoepner, Chairman of the
Florida Prepaid College Board. "With the Florida Prepaid College Plan, Florida
families can plan ahead and avoid the burden of future tuition increases."
With the Florida Prepaid College Plan, families can lock in'the cost of
college tuition, local fees and dormitory housing today. Once enrolled, the plan
payments are fixed and will never increase. When the child is ready for college,
the Ilan covers the actual cost at any Florida public college or university, or the
value of the plan may be transferred to most private colleges in Florida, select
technical schools and most out-of-state colleges.
The Florida Prepaid College Plan is the largest program of its kind in the
country, With more than 1.1 million contracts sold. The plan is financially guar-
anteed by the State of Florida, making it a safe way to save. To qualify, the child
or the child's parent/guardian must be a Florida resident. Anyone, including par-
ents, grandparents, friends or even businesses may purchase a plan.
Enrollment for the Florida Prepaid College Plan started Monday, October 16,
2006. To lock in this year's rates, you must sign up by January 31, 2007.
The Florida Prepaid College Board also providesfamilies with a second
option to save for college. The Florida College Investment Plan,* which offers
a range of investment options and flexibility, may be used for any qualified col-
lege expense, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, comput-
ers, and equipment required by the college. The College Investment Plan may
be used at any public or private accredited university, community college or
technical school anywhere in the country. Families may enroll in the College
Investment Plan at any time of year, and they decide how much and how often
they want to contribute to their account. There are no Florida residency require-
ments for the Colleged Investment Plan, providing grandparents with another
way to save for college for theirout-of-state grandchildren.
Did You Know?
(NAPSA)-A popular television show that fires up preschoolers' imagina-
tions-inspired by youngsters' love of dinosaurs-will now have them roaring with
delight with toys based on the show's delightful dino characters. Fisher-Price's
initial line-up of "Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs" toys will feature a
broad range of toys for 2- to 5-year-olds, including basic figures, talking figures,
Dino-mobile vehicles, Dino-world mini-playsets and plush toys.
(NAPSA)--A new "pick-up-and-play" title from Nintendo's Touch
Generations brand, "Clubhouse Games," lets users play classic games such as
checkers, darts or poker on Nintendo DS. Players can challenge up to seven
friends at once. Other easy-to-play Touch Generations games include "Big Brain
Academy," "Magnetica" and "Nintendogs." For more information, visit
"Bob the Builder: Built To Be Wild" is an all-new DVD musical special
filled with gold mines, campfires and the legend of a longlost treasure. The spe-
cial will introduce all-new characters, including a cowgirl named Rio; her horse,
Dollar; her pickup truck, Jackaroo; and the rest of the "Double R" ranch crew. To
learn more about "Built To Be Wild" and other Bob the Builder videos, toys and
more, visit www.bobthebuilder.com.
The Florida Star/Prep Rap
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Wholesome Dolls Preserve Fleeting Moments. Of Childhood
(NAPSI)-In this day and age, little girls are growing up before their time. Cell phones and MP3 players are
replacing childhood toys, while TV sho" s casting the next pop star and supermodel are becoming substitutes for whole-
some family entertainment. As mainstream media continues to bombard young girls with provocative imagery and atti-
tudes, .s no wonder they try emulating mature behavior.
o "Co*pyig *itasI .
"Wholesome dolls are the perfect way to reinforce it's okay to be a kid, enjoy childhood, and not be in such a
hurry to grow up," advises Sheilah Gilliland, spokesperson for eToys.com, which sells close to 900 types of dolls.
Highly recommended dols such as Amazing Amanda and Amazing Allysen are a positive alternative to the overt-
ly sexy dolls on the market. They both interact with girls offering endless hours of lifelike, age-appropriate play. Another
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'Gerald Levert Lane' as City Remembers Fallen Star
Thousands of fans said goodbye to R&B singer Gerald Levert Friday,
November 17th in Cleveland, in a star-studded memorial service and musical tribute
that was opened to the public. The send-off for the soul man with a big heart was called
"Celebration of Life," that featured musical performances by friends and famous col-
Thousands of fans gathered to leagues as well as a duet by Levert's younger brother Sean and their father, Eddie
say goodbye to R&B singer Levert, a co-founder and lead singer of the legendary O'Jays.
Gerald Levert Friday in a In the city that is home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the
Celebration of Life. There may be Levert family has been called royalty. Two Cleveland councilmen are asking the city to
a street named after him in rename a downtown block Gerald Levert Lane, according to the Plain Dealer. The coun-
rememberance of his music and cil members will introduce a resolution to designate East 251h Street near the Radio One
warm heartedness. Two council- stations -- where the singer had so many fans and where this week stars have visited
men will introduce the plan soon. Radio One's WZAK FM/93.1 to pay homage to the well-loved soul man.
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BLACK FRIDAY IS THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING
"Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, is historically one of the
busiest retail shopping days of the year and many consider it the official begin-
ning to the holiday season. But as the holiday season gets into full swing, so
do the crooks and predators whose idea of "holiday cheer" features mayhem,
misdeeds and misdemeanors. Lawrence Loesch, former NYPD Deputy Chief
and GM for AlliedBarton Security Services, has crafted his top ten tips for safer
shopping this holiday season that he invites The Florida Star to share with read-
ers. In order-to keep holiday gremlins at bay, Loesch recommends:
1. Strut While Yoo Shop Thieves and predators are on the lookout for body
language that conveys vulnerability. Criminals look for easy marks such as peo-
pie who are slouched over, preoccupied or are fumbling with packages. Walk
confidently and be alert when you maneuver through crowded malls and park-
2. Don't Shop Till You Drop While Madison Avenue may say otherwise,
security professionals advise that consumers avoid holiday shopping fatigue.
Keep your shopping bags in your sight at all times, and don't burden yourself
with too many bags or packages.
3. No Flashing Displaying large sums of cash is a powerful lure to greedy
thieves. Use checks or credit cards whenever possible and never leave your
credit card on a store counter. While "bling" may be king, avoid wearing visibly
expensive jewelry during holiday shopping jaunts.
4. Where is Waldo or your Wallet and Purse? While the worldwide search
for Waldo may be fun, the same spirit of joy is missing when a purse or wallet,
has gone MIA. Carry your handbag or purse close to your body with the clasp
or flap secured and facing toward you. Never leave your purse on a store
Counter, on the floor in a restroom or in a dressing room.
5. Maintain Pack Mentality There is safety in numbers, so shopping with
friends whenever possible is highly recommended.
6. Report Suspicious Activity Report suspicious people or situations to mall
security. Be aware of unusual movements or anyone who gets too close for
7. Avoid Parking Lot Isolation Chockfull of goodies during the holidays,
parking lots are targeted locations for the theft of valuables from vehicles.
Parking in an isolated area rolls out the welcome mat for criminals so park near
other vehicles or in high pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas.
8. Tuck Away Valuables Criminals walk through parking lots looking for easy
opportunities, such as vehicles with unlocked doors or packages and valuables
in plain sight. Don't be an easy target and remember to tuck packages and
valuables out of sight in your vehicle, and be certain that your windows are
closed and your doors are locked.
9. Parking Lot Readiness -Avoid becoming an easy mark in the parking lot by
being aware of noises and movements and having your keys in your hands,
ready to open your vehicle. Be sure to look into the vehicle's front and rear seat
before entering it, and lock your vehicle as soon as you get in.
10. Keep Guard and Windows Up If someone approaches your vehicle
inquiring about directions, do not open your door or roll your window down. If
you have car trouble, remain in your car and use a cell phone to call for assis-
tance, or return to the mall and notify security. While criminals and predators
are most prolific during the holidays, effective security precautions require a
conscious awareness of one's environment virtually every day of the year.
Maintain vigilance, common sense and caution and keep the holiday and
everyday gremlins at bay. Please call or e-mail if you'd like to speak with Mr.
Loesch. Happy holidays.
Personal Growth Motivates Teens
life isn't what it used to be. A
r growing number of college-
i- bound teens are using their
free time to strengthen their
resumes with academic,
S-- athletic and ,community-
Still, despite the pres-
sure-filled college admis-
sions process, teenagers
say fun and personal
growth are their top motiva-
tors. "I do this for myself-not
to impress parents, teachers or college admission
boards," says Princeton University student and former
Wendy's High School Heisman National Winner Katie
Zaeh. "It feels good to get involved, meet people and
learn from them. This lifestyle has helped me achieve
success in multiple aspects of my life."
Zaeh is not alone. Conduct an informal survey of
teens and you'll find many giving up video games or TV
time with friends to participate in new and innovative
activities that can help them reach future vocational
goals. From an internship at a hospital with the hope of
enrolling in medical school to participating in a perform-
ing arts program with the goal of Broadway or Hollywood
stardom, teenagers are taking proactive steps to posi-
tively impact their futures.
Zaeh and Wendy's High School Heisman, a
recognition program that honors high school seniors who-/
are citizen-scholar-athletes, recommend these tips for
students eager to pursue excellence and take advantage
of their time outside the classroom:
Athletes, there's no such thing as "off-season."
Don't just wait until your school's sport is "in-season" to
play. Get involved in sporting camps and intramural
leagues throughout the year. Whether you coach
younger athletes or participate in a traveling league, the
year-round training will show your dedication to the spot
and pay off with improved skills, too.
Need to work? Make your work work for you.
Ever dream about opening your own restaurant? Start by
getting experience with traditional hostess and wait- staff
jobs. Later, ask if you can shadow the owner for a few
Get involved and give back. Love kids? Try men-
toring or tutoring. Long to be an architect? Join a group
to help rebuild communities. You'll feel great about volun-
teering and learn more about your area of interest.
* It's okay to take a break. A little rest and relax- -
ation does the body-and mind-good. Get lost in an inter-
esting book that might spark conversations-whether it's
an autobiography by your favorite athlete or musician or
the latest best-seller.
S Don't just dream about it, live it. School vaca-
tions and weekends are a perfect time to look toward
your future. Spend some of your time surfing the Web for
free, online scholarship services and recognition pro-
grams. For more information on the Wendy's program,
TUESDAY @ 5:00 P.M.
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Remember the Rejected Jesus Dolls Last
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Baldwin Middle / High School Students Yummy Easy Recipes From The Yamster
Marked Reading Success with Totem Polesbymster the Hamster
by }Yamster the Hamster-
Wanting to create a little
friendly competition between
Baldwin middle and high school
students and inspire the stu-
dents to read, Principal Donna
Richardson asked students in
the art department to create
totem poles. The school's mas-
cot is the Indian, so Principal
Richardson thought totem poles
would be an appropriate visual
tool to remind students to read
Picture of a totem and serve as a great measure-
pole, ment tool to chart their success-
The art students created several totem poles
which are on display in the school's media center.
After an award presentation on Monday, November
20, Veronica Taylor, Baldwin Middle School art
teacher, will donate and distribute the totem poles to
faculty and administration throughout the school.
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(NAPSI)-Eating right is important for lifelong health, and
one way that children can learn just how delicious nutritious
foods can be is for children to help parents prepare simple
SI'm happiest when I get to eat sweet potatoes, which are
Also called yams. A yummy way to get vitamins A and C, yams
can be baked with marshmallows, fried until they are crispy
like chips and even made into desserts or pancakes.
Whoever named them sweet potatoes was right. They
are sweet as candy--and oh so good for you.
If you want to get enough energy to spin your exercise
wheel for hours, you may want to try the following recipe. Be sure to have your parents' help with
Yam Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Icing
A cake mix and a can of sweet potatoes magically turn into moist tasty cupcakes iced with the
ultimate orange icing. Top with sprinkles, if desired. '
1 (18.25-ounce) yellow or butter cake mix
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed, or 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
2 eggs, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon, sweet potatoes,
eggs, oil and water and mix until well blended. Transfer batter into cupcake paper-lined tins and
bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until the center bounces back to touch. Cool and ice with Orange
Buttercream Icing (see recipe).'
Orange Buttercream Icing
4 tablespoons butter, 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice or more if
needed, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and gradually add the confec-
'4I I u r tioners' sugar and orange juice until smooth and creamy. Add
vanilla and frost the cupcakes.
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Baptist Church and iYonne Brooks. co-host of Impact, The Florida Star's nightly radio
talk show on WCGL, with Della Reese sitting)
Della Reese played the part or "Tess" on Touched By An Angel" but if you were
a part of the audience in Jacksonville. you will know, she has truly been touched by
an angel and her role in the series is part of her natural personality.
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She 'talked about her
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Ms. Reese, was joined
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She focused on health and
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Ask Deanna! is an advice column known for its fearless approach to reality-based
My husband came in one day and announced that he
wanted a divorce. I didn't see it coming and don't understand
what happened. We have good kids, our communication is good .
and our sex life is active. He has been moody at times over the
past year but I didn't think anything of it. He hasn't filed for '
divorce yet but he is already moving out of the house. I asked him
many questions but he got very upset when I asked if he was
cheating. What do I do?
Torn Wife Oklahoma City, OK
Dear Torn Wife:
Relationships don't end overnight and marriages don't operate like a light switch.
There's a possibility you've been so tuned into the perfect life that you didn't notice your hus-
band changing. A year is a long time for distractions and there's certainly something wrong.
There is someone else especially ifhe's moving out and getting defensive when infidelity comes
up. Don't give up or agree to divorce without counseling because you deserve an answer.
My teen daughter has turned into a hip hop groupie and can't focus on her schoolwork
or her responsibilities. She is constantly hanging posters, spending money on CD's and listen-
ing to the radio trying to win concert tickets. We have tried discipline, punishment and taking
her radio. She has such a one-track mind and we don't know what to do. What are some sug-
gestions to help us change her habits?
Dawn Los Angeles, CA
The first step is to:realize that you are the parent and your daughter is the child. You
should implement some expectations and standards that must be met before other activities.
Enforce your guidelines but also offer positive reinforcement for accomplishments. Once things
come into balance, introduce family activities and productive hobbies as entertainment.
Eventually her interests will broaden and she'll be well rounded and more focused.
I believe in open relationships and have no interest in being with one man. My primary
boyfriend was fine with this in the beginning. At times, he has had several girlfriends and it did-
n't bother me. Now that I"\e made the decision to get serious with someone else he is having
problems. He wants to change me and insist that we become committed and only date each
other. I'm not interested in this and I don't want to lose him or my new boyfriend.
What do I do?
Renee On-Line Reader
You were open and honest at the beginning of the relationship so your boyfriend is the
one who has to decide. If you agreed to be together on the terms of an open relationship then
he is wrong to expect otherwise. However, if you really care about him, take the chance and
choose him and see what happens. If being with only him doesn't please you. then let him know
you tried and he can stay or leave.
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By Maya Angelou
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'.
I'm whispering "I was lost,
Now I'm found and forgiven."
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
And need His strength to carry
When I say... "I am a-Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed.
And need God to clean my mes
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to beperfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.
When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace
By Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams for if
Life is a broken-winged bird
that cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams for when
Life is a barren field frozen w
mouth Is wide
And my throat Is
deep with song,
You do not think I suffer after
I have held my pain So long?
Because my mouth Is wide with laughter,
You do not hear My inner cry?
Because my feet Are gay with dancing,
You do not know I die?
by Robert Louis Stevenson
What are you able to build with. your
blocks? Castles and palaces, temples and
Rain may keep raining, and others go
Sroam, But I can be happy and building at
SLet the sofa be mountains, the carpet be
sea, There I'll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbor as well where my vessels
Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.
This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors on board!
And see on the steps of my palace, the
kings, Coming and going with presents
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Boxing Legend Muhammad All Empowers
Students To Be the Greatest Readers of All Time
Scholastic Launches Muhammad Ali(tm) Presents Go
the Distance(tm), a Unique Classroom Library Book
Collection Based on Ali's Legacy New York, NY
' (November 10, 2006) In classrooms around the coun-
* try, countless students struggle with reading and aca-
demics each day and feel that both school and reading
Shave no relevancy in their lives, often because of social
issues beyond their control. These students are dispro-
portionately boys found in many of our nation's under-
served classrooms and desperately need books and
materials that reflect their interests to make reading
worthwhile to their lives.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who himself
overcame obstacles to learn to read, and his wife
Lonnie, have joined with Scholastic, the global chil-
dren's publishing, education and media company, to put
Personally relevant and exciting books into the hands of
struggling readers and all students.
Muhammad Ali(tm) Presents Go the
Distance(tm) is a new classroom library collection of
specially selected, award-winning books based on Ali's
core values, including building confidence, showing
determination, finding mentors, and offering and earn-
ing respect. Students will find their lives and interests
reflected in this engaging collection so that they are
motivated to read and learn.
In addition, teachers will receive materials and
strategies to differentiate reading instruction according
to the unique needs of each student.
Lonnie Ali will join with Scholastic to launch this
new program today at the National Association of Black
School Educators conference in Orlando, FL.
"Muhammad and I are very focused on motivat-
ing young people to get the best education and become
whatever they aspire to be. We're so pleased to join
with Scholastic to bring Muhammad's legacy into the
classroom to teach students about respect, hope and
understanding, and to encourage these kids to be the
very bestthat they can be," said Lonnie Ali.
"Scholastic is grateful that Muhammad and
Loonie Ali are focusing their humanitarian efforts on the
needs of our nation's struggling readers and are work-
ing with us to engage and empower students who don't
believe that reading is worthwhile," said Greg Worrell,
Senior Vice President, Scholastic Education.
"Motivation plays a large part in students' inter-
est in and enjoyment of reading and school. We are
hopeful that the books in the Go'the Distance collection
will encourage all students to become confident readers
and in turn strive to achieve their personal best in
school and in life."
Go the Distance includes multicultural fiction
and nonfiction books whose stories, events, characters
and settings will motivate students to become accom-
plished readers. Three collections for students in
grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8, will boost students' vocabulary,
imprbve comprehension, guide students in extracting
meaning fro .text, and increase ,tudepts' .desire to
g fr te and
read increasingly complex materials.
The collection includes, additional tools for
teachers to inspire students to achieve their personal
best, including a teacher resource CD with printable
lesson plans, a professional guide to differentiate read-
ing instruction for each student, a professional develop-
ment paper on making strategic knowledge visible and
available to students, book notes and a classroom
Go the Distance was developed in consultation
with two esteemed educators, Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm,
associate professor, Boise State University, and author
of Improving Comprehension with Think-Aloud
Strategies: Modeling What Good Readers Do, and Dr.
Alfred Tatum, assistant professor, Northern Illinois
University, and author of Teaching Reading to Black
Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap.
For more information about Muhammad Ali
Presents Go the Distance please visit
About Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is the former three-time world heavy-
weight boxing champion, winner of a 1960 Olympic
Gold Medal, and goodwill ambassador to the world. He
is widely regarded as the greatest champion of all time,
as much for his reputation outside the ring as for his
career of famous fights. Sports Illustrated, USA Today,
GQ and a host of other media have dubbed him
"Athlete of the Century." After retiring from profession-
al boxing in the early 1980s, Mr. Ali remained an active
public figure as a philanthropist and humanitarian,
championing the causes of the developing world. He
has been a relentless advocate for people in need, sup-
porting relief, and development initiatives and hand-
delivering food and medical supplies to hospitals and
orphanages in Africa and Asia. He has also been active
in charitable endeavors at home, including raising funds
and advocating for research into Parkinson's syndrome,
an ailment from which he suffers.
In 2005, Mr. Ali opened the Muhammad Ali
Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. In addi-
tion to displaying a selection of his memorabilia, the
Center's exhibits focus on themes of peace, social
responsibility, respect and personal growth. In 2006, he
partnered with CKX, Inc., to form Muhammad Ali
Enterprises, for the marketing of his name, image and
likeness and to continue promoting his cultural and
philosophical legacy throughout the world.
For his tremendous humanitarian efforts, Mr. Ali
has been the recipient of countless wards including
most recently the Presidential Medal of Freedom; the
Otto Hahn Peace Medal for his involvement in the U.S.
civil rights movement; Amnesty International's "Lifetime
Achievement Award"; and designation as "United:
Nations Messenger of Peace."
About Scholastic Education
Scholastic Education, a leader in the education market-
place, provides learning solutions through research-
based technology products and multimedia supplemen-
tal instructional materials that support student achieve-
ment in grades pre-K through high school. Grounded in
the most current scientific research, Scholastic
Education develops technology products and services
that include intervention, assessment, instruction, data
management and professional development..,
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's
largest publisher and distributor of children's books and
a leader in educational technology.
Scholastic creates quality educational and
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Company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.
.Announcements. meetings,. happenings. and community
eventIs schiiedle in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
STATE CONFERENCE Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Inc. will hold its 2007 State Conference in Jacksonville
January 19-21. The conference vill be hosted by Nu
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Where: Andrew Jackson High School
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Time: 11:00 1:00
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HOLIDAY EVENT CattShack Christmas Kids
Come See Santa. 12 Noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday,
December 9. 2006. Jacksonville, FL (go to web site for
details & directions). Proceeds benefit the exotic cats
(tigers. lions, leopards, cougars, serval) and Artic foxes.
S10 for Sanctuary Entrance (kids 7 & under Free).
Contact Curt LoGiudice, Executive Director, contact
number 904/757-3603 or curt2cattyshack.com. A rare
chance to tour our sanctuary and meet all the residents.
See the cats up close & safely. Outdoor family fun.
HEALTH INFORMATION FLU SHOT CAMPAIGN
Protect yourself and your loved ones. Get the shot, not
the flu! Who Should Get A Flu Shot?
.People who are 50 years of age and older
Children 6 23 months
Adults and children with a chronic health condition
(like heart diseases, diabetes, kidney disease, asthma,
canser of HIV/AIDS)
Women who will be pregnant during the flu season
People who can give the flu to those at high risk (if
you live with or care for anyone in the groups men-
Anyone who wants to prevent the flu!
For more information about getting a ful shot for your-
self and your family members, call your doctor or pedi-
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First African American Woman to
Receive Country Honors
Nashville, TN- African American country
recording artist, Miko Marks, dazzled at the New Music
Weekly Awards, where she was named Best New
Country Artist. Miko is the first black woman ever to
receive an award for achievement in country music.
The award comes on the heels of her successful debut
album, Freeway Bound, and a busy year of touring.
Dressed in a feminine grey slip dress under
embroidered black tulle, Miko walked the red carpet at
Hollywood's historic Avalon Theater before the 4th
annual awards program. Her dress was provided by
the San Francisco boutique of Margaret O'Leary, which carries fashions by O'Leary
and designers such as Cynthia Steffe, Graham & Spence, Erica Tanov and others. A
Bay Area resident, Miko was thrilled to show off the work of a local designer. "Their
clothes are so simple yet elegant.
They really make you feel beautiful", said the rising country star.
Adding to the sparkle in her eyes, Miko was radiant in an estimated one million
dollars worth of diamonds from the Varna Jewelry collection. Revered platinum-smith
and jewelry designer, Garo Chividjian, personally selected two diamond solitares,
bracelets and a stunning diamond choker for the event. The Los Angeles jewelry
designer immigrated to the United States from Bulgaria in 1980 and is regarded as
one of the top in his field. On the red carpet, Miko flashed her "bling" and exclaimed,
"I feel like a million dollars ... literally!"
As the first nominee performer of the night, Miko rocked the house with the title
cut form her debut CD, Freeway Bound. The star-studded program was hosted by
American Idol's Carmen Rasmusen and syndicated radio host Buck McCoy. Celebrity
presenters and attendees included Steven Seagal, Judy Tenuta, Kevin Dobson,
Frank Stallone, Sally Savalas and others.
As a songwriter, Miko's lyrics are personal and intimate, delivered by a voice that
is clear and riveting. Miko is already working on songs for her sophomore album to
be recorded in Nashville.
Help Your Child Avoid Smoking What would you do
if your son or daughter decided to start smoking?
Maybe your child already smokes. Perhaps
you're a smoker and hope your child won't pick up
your unhealthy habit. Maybe there is no history of
smoking in your family, but you fear that your child's
friends might serve as a bad influence.
Every day in the U.S., 1,500 kids become reg-
ular smokers, one-third of whom will die premature-
ly as a result. Many young people are driven to smoking through peer pres-
sure or because they watch their parents and role models smoke.
For parents who want to quit smoking to set an example for their children,
or for anyone who wants to kick the habit, one company has a unique
approach that it says helps smokers quit gradually.
Safer Smokes Inc. (www.bravosmokes.com) has created Bravo, a smok-
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With Bravo, smokers still get the experience of smoking a cigarette
but without most of the harmful effects of tobacco cigarettes. People who use
Bravo are able to eventually cleanse their bodies of nicotine.
Tobacco use is the nation's leading preventable cause of death, killing
more than 400,000 people and costing more than $180 billion in health care
bills and lost productivity each year. Nearly 90 percent of all smokers start.
the habit by age 18.
Clinical studies have evidenced the relative safety of the Bravo prod-
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Less TV and Fewer Videos Help Keep
Weight in Check.
(NewsUSA) Every day, 8- ;'
to 18-year-olds spend, on aver-
age, nearly four hours watching
TV or videos, more than an hour
on the computer and 50 minutes
playing video games. That
amounts to nearly six hours a day
in front of a screen. .
But health experts warn
that too much screen time throws Take your kids ou forifamily fun activities and
off a person's energy balance, keep them healthy.
making it hard to maintain a .
healthy weight. Energy balance is the balance be thbe amount of talo,
ries you burn through physical"~ctivity (energy' oit) arid the amount of ffd'-c
ries you consume (energy in). Too much energy in without enough energy out
is a formula for weight gain.
"To help your family maintain a healthy weight, it's important to keep
energy balance in mind," said Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel, director of the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). "The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that children get at
least 60 minutes of physical activity on most days. Cutting back on recre-
ational screen time makes it easier to meet this goal."
The NIH's "We Can!" (Ways to Enhance Children's Activities and
Nutrition) program provides the following tips to reduce children's tirne in front
of the screen:
Turn off Saturday morning cartoons and take your child to a local
recreational center, park or skating rink.
Take the TV out of your child's bedroom. More than two-thirds of
young children have a TV in their bedroom.
Make a family agreement to limit recreational screen time to less
than two hours a day.
Encourage every family member to think of fun activities to keep
moving, such as biking to school events or training together for a charity
"We Can!" is a public education program designed to aid parents help
children between the ages of 8 and 13 stay at a healthy weight through
improved food choices and increased physical activity.
For more family-friendly tips and other tools, including a recreational
screen time log and a daily activity log, visit http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov or call
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Jaquars 26 Giants 10: With Garrard as Starting QB
Garrard has look of starting QB
David Garrard's passer rating of 84.0 is very misleading. Garrard looked to be in complete control on Monday night against
the New York Giants. He took command of the game early, struggled a minute, then ran the ball to make one of the big plays
of the game which landed a 26-10 win.
This was a special game for Garrard. It was against the team he cheered growing up in North Jersey, and it was against the
coach who drafted him five seasons.ago.
It was also a game played on the eve of ankle surgery Byron Leftwich will have in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. It's sur-
gery that re-affirms Garrard's status as the Jaguars' starting quarterback and, for that reason alone, Garrard needed to respond
with a solid performance against the Giants.
He did just that. He threw for a workmanlike 249 yards by spreading the ball around to eight different receivers. Garrard
converted nine of 18 third-down plays and effectively managed a ball-control offense that posted 414 total net yards and a
whopping 40:19 time of possession.
Garrard didn't throw a touchdown pass, but neither did he throw an interception. He was exactly what Del Rio wanted of
his quarterback on this night. He was efficient.
"I thought offensively we were very sharp tonight. I thought David Garrard was very sharp tonight. With Byron having sur-
gery (on Tuesday), that's a big lift for our football team," Del Rio said.
Six games remain. They are six games that'll determine whether the Jaguars will play in the postseason for the second consecutive year. They are six games Garrard will use to devel-
op into the playoff-caliber quarterback the Jaguars must have to have any chance of winning in the postseason.
"All of that stuff is going to be determined. The more of those you see," Del Rio said of Monday night's game, "the more confident everybody gets. I really like the fact that men-
tally he's really dialed in to what can I do to help the football team?"
What Garrard is doing is all of the little things required of a winning quarterback. He's a manager of the game. He's not a gunslinger, and that's just fine for the coach of a team that's
built on defense. "I feel like I played pretty decent. I left some plays out there. I'm still learning. I'm still tr) ing to be a better NFL quarterback," said Garrard, who improved his record as a
starter to: 8-4.
In the process, he's establishing himself as a true starting quarterback, and that's what's most important to Garrard. He wants to be identified as a starting quarterback. "I felt bad for
him. I know he wants to be on the field. I hope he has a speedy recovery," Garrard said of Leftwich, "but I hope I continue to play well and prove I can be a starter in this league."
Does he believe he's worthy of the title? "I definitely do feel like a starting quarterback" Garrard said. "When a play needs to be made, I feel like I can step up and make that play."
He stepped up at critical times against the Giants. On third-and-five at the Giants 38-yard line in the third quarter, with the Jaguars clin'Ling to a lead that had just been cut to three points,
Garrard appeared to have been sacked for a loss that would've surely forced a punt. All of a sudden, however, he was running with the football, all.the way to the Giants 2 1-) ard line. It led
to a field goal that stretched the Jaguars' lead to six points. "Without a guy who can run, that play just doesn't happen," Del Rio said.
Garrard understands \what's at stake for him. It doesn't take a genius to understand that he's auditioning for his future ith the Jaguars. He's playNing to become the Jaguars' starting
quarterback be\ ond this season.
": llat makes me feel good about tonight was botuicing back from last week," Garrard said. referring to a four-interception performance in a loss to Houston. "This was a chance to
show where I'm at." Those chances now are weekly.
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Bethune-Cookman Men's and Women's Basketball
Picked to Finish 8th and 11th in Preseason
(RALEIGH, N.C. -) Bethune-Cookman College men's basketball has been
selected to finish eighth in the Preseason AII-MEAC poll, while women's basketball
has been picked to finish 11th in the Preseason poll. Meanwhile, men's basketball
senior forward Sam Barber was selected to the Preseason AII-MEAC Second Team.
.'The.women's squad for the Wildcats has several new faces in key positions
this year, but the Bethune-Cookman coaching staff believes this is the year to turn it
around. With the coaches and media disagreeing with the 'Cats, it should be a fun
one to watch as the 'Cats will try for an "upset" bid each and every game. Coppin
State picked up 18 first place votes while Delaware State collected one vote, as well
The women's top five is placed with Coppin State, Delaware State, Maryland-
Eastern Shore, Howard and South Carolina State.
Two-time defending champion Coppin State has been selected to finish atop
the polls again, while Rashida Suber is this year's Preseason Player of the Year ...
also from Coppin State.
On the men's side of things, after finish last year in a tie for third place in the
league, Bethune-Cookman College has been picked to finish eighth this season
amongst media and fellow MEAC coaches. Defending regular season champ
Delaware State has been picked to repeat as regular season champion, receiving all
14 first place votes. The men's top five gathers Delaware State, Norfolk State,
Florida A&M, Coppin State and Hampton together.
Jahsha Bluntt, last year's MEAC Player of the Year, has been picked to
repeat as Player of the Year for the Delaware State Hornets. Sam Barber (Palm
Beach, Fla.), a swing forward for the Wildcats of B-CC, was picked to the Second
Team AII-MEAC Preseason Team.
Dolphins look to improve this season after
dropping last 24 games of 2005-06.
An explosion of happiness following a pos-
itive play during practice. A symbol of opti-
mism, fired into the air, improbably wrapping
around a girder.
Cliff Warren's whistle eventually was
retrieved from the steel bars that hold up the
Swisher Gym roof, and it again hangs around
the neck of Jacksonville University's men's
basketball coach still an example of no mat-
ter how improbable something is, it's always possible. Which is exactly the type of reminder
the Dolphins will need as they try to erase the memories of last season's 1-26 record.
"We're just looking forward to the future," Warren said. "From a coaching stand-
point I'm always trying to get to the next play. We're trying to get to the next phase."
The immediate next phase for the Dolphins will be trying to end a 24-game losing
streak that stretches to last December JU's last win was an 88-71 victory over North
Florida on Dec. 2, 2005. The Dolphins receive that chance today when they visit Savannah
State at 4 p.m.
Warren talks about the upcoming season with a lot of energy and few references to
the past. Injuries and scholarship restrictions from the previous regime left JU with just six
scholarship players for most of 2005-06, but Warren stocked up on young talent during the
offseason, eschewing quick-fix junior college players for freshmen.
College Football Scores for November 18, 2006
Delaware State 17
Winston-Salem St. 14
N.C. A&T- 19
Alcorn State 32
Alabama A&M 7
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42
NCAA D-ll Playoffs 1st Round
Albany State University 28
Delta State Univq~sity 17
Norfolk State 31
Florida A&M 35
South Carolina State -41
Jackson State 31
Prairie View A&M 13
Texas Southern 31
Newberry College 34
Elizabeh City State University -10
November 25, 2006
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Creativity comes from a deep source. Take the chance to pursue creative goals.
Others will understand later. You and a child can come to an unmatched understand-
ing. Use the week to celebrate the love you have rather than looking for love.
Soul Affirmation: I do not allow demands to be placed on me this week.
Lucky Numbers: 27, 31,52
This week is a week to let your diplomatic side work for you. Forcing will get you
nowhere. No man or woman is an island, focus on togetherness even if you are
annoyed with people. Let your positive side be seen by all.
Soul Affirmation: Charm is my middle name this week.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 8
Take advantage of a burst of energy. Body and mind are in sync. Don't take things
too personally this week, you might get your feelings hurt. If you do, tonight is a
great time to make-up. Make the call.
Soul Affirmation: My hunches are right often this week.
Lucky Numbers: 6, 16, 36
You have wonderful ideas about interior decorating. Be ready to accept a great
opportunity at work. Money doesn't matter tonight, don't make finances more impor-
tant than they need to be.
Soul Affirmation: I appear to others what I know myself to be.
Lucky Numbers: 20, 29, 30
The influence of someone close can make all the difference in the world. Don't go
alone. Your achievements are closely tied to someone who might not have agreed
with you in the past. Thank the universe for what you have.
Soul Affirmation: The grandeur of my presence reflects the sunshine of my soul.
Lucky Numbers: 22, 45, 51
You and your honey have so much to talk about, listen! He or she is trying to come
out of a whole new bag. Accept! Change is a good thing this week. Expect to travel
soon. Savor i he though. Take your honey with you if you can.
Soul Affirmation: What I've been waiting for has been here all along.
Lucky Numbers: 16, 24, 35
If nothing much is happening on the job, remember that chilling is good sometimes.
Use this week to return phone calls and answer letters. Be low key. Wonderful things
flow from what you don't do.
Soul Affirmation:All things work together for good.
Lucky Numbers: 3, 6, 27
You can turn that obstacle into an opportunity at work. Check out the players care-
fully. Watch your back and hold your tongue around workplace rivals. Aggressively
seek agreement. You can find it by giving ground.
Soul Affirmation: The slowness of my week gives me time to refresh my energy.
Lucky Numbers: 9, 17.'38
Don't let your outer space infringe on your inner peace. Control situations that might.
affect your ability to get that important job done. Remember people are only human.
For give and forget. Good things w ill come to you.
Soul Affirmation: I find many things about myself that I really love.
Lucky Numbers: 5, 9, 16
Mail, e-mail, or telephone brings news of a matter that demands more attention than
you might think. Opportunity knocks at work this week. Tonight spend some quali-
ty time with your family. Someone who loves you needs your support.
Soul Affirmation: I keep in mind the practical side of life this week.
Lucky Numbers: 7, 10, 30
Listen well for the indications that money can be found in an unusual place. Social
and romantic interest should be your focus this evening. Love comes from what you
do not say. Bend a little. Being happy is more important than being right.
Soul Affirmation: I let my mind go slack and tighten up my body
Lucky Numbers: 20, 37, 38.
:Some people may not "get" where you're coming from, but ask your family and sig-
nificant other to give you time to explain your way of looking at life this week. Do
it calmly and confidentially.
Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit take control.
. Lucky Numbers: 45, 49, 54 .. 1. .
By James Clingman, NNPA Columnist
Some people say "common sense is not common," which may be the main reason
Black people are not as far up the economic ladder as we should be. Having been in
this country since it started, having provided the free labor that led to the creation of
much of the wealth now enjoyed by those in charge, and having established a histo-
ry of self-help and entrepreneurial: initiative.since our enslavement, Black people
have the strongest case and the greatest need to exercise a little common sense when
it comes to working collectively to improve our current position in the U.S.
If we use our common sense, we will definitely have common cents. Common
sense suggests that we do as other groups are doing, and as our ancestors did in this
country: pool our resources and support one another.
Common sense tells us to look around and see the dire straits our children are fac-
ing in this country and start compiling some common cents to help them meet and
overcome their current and future economic challenges.:
Common sense teaches us that we must not do anything that will subject us to the
misery of incarceration and the profiteering of this nation's prison industrial com-
plex; we must institute a national Boycott Prisons campaign and work to give our
youth alternatives, especially economic alternatives, to their negative behaviors.
Common sense should have taught us that banks and other financial institutions
still discriminate against us, and by using our common cents we can overcome much
of that discrimination by collectively leveraging our resources and creating and
maintaining our own' financial institutions. (Before anyone gets scared or asks why
we need Black owned banks and credit unions, think about the Korean banks,-the
Cuban banks, the Polish banks, the Chinese banks, and all the others that exist in this
Common sense dictates that we utilize our common cents to fund our own initia-
tives, first, and then look to others to support them support them, not control them.
Having common cents would also increase our ability to defend ourselves against
issues that are not in our best interests; our common cents can be used to find bal-
lot initiatives, finance the campaigns of candidates who will work on our behalf, and
pay for research, analyses, and recommendations that can be used to make informed
voting decisions. ,
Common sense instructs us to pursue our self-interest in a.society that is rapidly
becoming more polarized. Common sense tells us that Black people do not control
the major political and economic \games, but to assure our participation in the game
and our being in a position to win every now and then we must use our common
cents. Economics runs this country; common sense should tell us that.
If we use our common seise we will also use our coinmon cents to create and sus-
tain an economic foundation from which to operate and on which to build even more
common cents initiatives. We must use our conunon sense the way our ancestors did,
as they quickly caught on tothe system they faced and immediately went to work
building their economic resources to purchase their freedom and that of their rela-
tives and friends. Freedom still ain't free. ya'll.
As we look back on our progress for the past 45 years, common sense shows us
how far we have come relative to the strategies we chose to pursue and the leader-
ship we decided to follow. Common sense says several of our leaders have done mar-
velously well, but as a whole Black people are still stuck at the bottom of the eco-
nomic ladder, a ladder w ith rungs that begin atthe halfway point. It is up to us to fig-
ure out how to get to the halfway point; common sense suggests we must build add
own rungs to that economic ladder.
Utilizing our common sense would lead us to the accumulation of common cents
and w\e would be \ell on our \way to developing the resources we need to survive and '
Strive in this nation. Currently we are too individualistic in our thinking and our
actions to create commnion cents strategies. We must change our minds, raise our level
of consciousness, and put positive action behind our rhetoric.-:
We must be w-illing to use our individual God-given gifts, to contribute to the
uplift of a people who have suffered more horrendous treatment, both physical and
psychological, than any people in this country. Common sense tells us that. How\ else
are we going to prosper? How else will we achieve economic empowerment?-How
else will we ever be able to positively impact the futures of our children?
Many of.us have heard that common sense is not common. If that is true, then I
guess I can understand the paucity, or lack of common cents initiatives among Black
people. But I don't believe Black people are short on common sense. How did we
survive in this country? How did we progress in the face of adversity and at the risk
of even death? Why are wve still here? How have we retained our sanity'? How could
there have been a Greenw\ood District in Tulsa. Oklahoma -and all the other Black
economic.enclaves across this country?
Our great-grandparents could not have done all they did without possessing a
tremendous amount of common sense that, in turn, directed them to accumulate a
great deal of common cents with which to take care of their business? What's up with
James E. Clingman, an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati's African
American Studies department, is former editor of the Cincinnati Herald newspaper
and founder of the Greater Cincinnati African, American Chamber of Commerce. He
hosts the radio program, "Blackonomics," and has written several books, including
Black-o-Knowledge-Stuff To book Clingman for a speech or purchase his books, go
to his Web site, www.blackonomics.com or call him at 513/489-4132.
Are heroes born?
Or are they made?
Inside every child .; a hidden strPntli an inknon
ability..a hero waiting to be discovered.,n after:school
programs, kids get involved in all kinds of activities -
scholastic, athletic andr creative Activities tihI help
them realize they have a potential to do better and
reach further than they ever imagined. becausee in the
end, that's what makes a hero. Let us know you want
after school programs in your area.
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A CHILD IS HELPLESS. YOU ARE NOT.
Helping kids find the hero within.
NOVEMBER 25, 2006
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NOVEMBER 25, 2006
Read To Succeed Literacy Gala Brings Out The Stars
Photos 2006 by Aiirt'e' B. fiiwr', i\.i- '.beiiagel-r photoreflect.com
By Rych McCain,
Big League Sports
and Entertainment pre-
sented their first annu-
al READ TO SUC-
GALA at the world
Hotel in Hollywood.
The stars turned out to
support this worthy
effort to encourage
reading in the inner
city schools. BLSE
was founded by Carl
Smith and first served
the Orlando, Florida
area. The goal of the
program is to provide
structured, after school
curriculums and activi-
ties that will boost lit-
eracy, fortify self-
healthy lifestyles and
ultimately give each
the help they need to
complete and exceed
.The evening began
with a red carpet entry.
The Rt. Rev. Walter
Mees, Jr., Pastor of the
Lutheran Church, gave
the Invocation. After
which, a very tasty din-
ner with wine, was
s e r v e d
Kim Coles and
rapper actor Christopher
"Kid" Reid served as
co-hosts and MC's.
Needless to say' that
they both kept the
guests in stitches laugh-
ing. The crowd was
addressed by Dr. Gail
Greer, Principal of Los
School and the BLSE
founder Carl Smith. The
Education" award was
presented to California
Maxine Waters. The
a lady-swooning per-
formance by vocalist
Reuben Cannon, MYC
and the comedy/vocal
Photos continued on D-5
0hsu In Hoeeoo
By Rich McCain
Everybody is talking
about the three, minute
racist, hate-filled rage that
former. "Seinfeld" star
Michael Richards (who
played "Kramer"), flew
into on stage at the Laugh
Factory in Hollywood last
Friday night. Richards
went off after two black
males in the balcony
shouted out that he was.
not funny. A member in the
audience recorded the
entire thing on a cell phone
and it can be seen on
TMZ.Com. If you are
black, this footage will be
shocking but not a surprise.
Richards screamed: "Shut
up! Fifty years ago we'd
have you upside down with
a f**k**g fork up your
a**." Then he went on and
on while pacing the stage
like an insane lunatic shout-
ing the "N" word over and
over with other deeply
Shameful racial epithets!
Several civil rights groups
gathered at the club to
demand an apology and
club owner Jamie Masada
expressed remorse and
announced that Richards
was banned from the club.
Close friend Jerry
Seinfeld arranged for
Richards to public ally
apologize on the "David
Richards had no choice but
to do it and his pitiful, half
baked apology had the
myself," and "I am not a
racist," type lines. (Sure
pal)! Next he'll be making
an: announcement about
his checking into an anger
management rehab pro-
gram. Youf said what you
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Levet Leaves Behid 'A Beautiful Legacy
Levert Leaves Behind 'A Beautiful Legacy' I :Be[ ., 8~""~
Roberts, Special to
(NNPA) Memorial serv-
ices for R&B singer Gerald
Levert were held Friday at.
the Cleveland Convention
Center, \where thousands
came to pay their last
respects. Levert -40. was
pronounced dead No\. 1()
after a relative found him
unresponsive at his home in
Ne\ bury Township. Ohio.
Upon hearing the news
of his passing. Le\ert's
recording label. Atlantic
Records. issued a statement
saying. "All of us at
Atlantic are shocked and
deeply saddened by his
"He was one of the
greatest voices of our time
who sang with unmatched
soulfulness and power, as
well as a tremendously gift-
ed composer and an accom-
"Above all, he was an
exceptional human being
whose warmth and grace
inspired us all. Gerald has
been a member of our faim-
ily for two decades, both
with the group LeVert and
as a solo artist, and he will
be great y missed by every-
one %who had the pleasure
and privilege of working
with him through the years.-
This is a tremendous loss
for the music community
and for his millions of fans.
Oui thoughts and prayers
are with Gerald's family
during this difficult time."
Sylvia Rhone, president
of Universal Motown
Records, was instrumental
in Levert's development at
Atlantic, and recalled meet-
ing him as a talented yotuig
"Gerald had to be 17 or
18 yetrs old." she said. "I
think it \was at a convention
in New Orleans. and the-
\were performing. Eddie
had hooked up a little show
for them, and they had on
their suits and they had
their curly Afros. and they
did their thing. And from
the first time that young
man opened his mouth with
that big \oice, I said;
'There's somebody that's
going to touch the hearts of
a lot of people, \who's going
to make a difference in
R&B music. and who's
going to be one of the
biggest voices that we'll
Affectionately known as
"Big G" or "G-Bear,"
Le\ert, the elder son of Keith Sweat and Johnny
Rock and Hall of Fame-
Inductee, Eddie Levert, of
the R&B group The
O'Jays, Gerald first found
fame in the trio LeVert,
whose single "Casanova"
was a Top 5 hit in 1987. He
went on to a diverse and
successful career as a solo
artist and as a member of
the super-group LSG with
A soul singer of great
power and passion. Levert
developed a loyal fan base
with his inimitable rendi-
tions of "Private Line,"
"Pop Pop Goes My Mind,"
"Thinkin' Bout It," "I'd
Give Anything." "hMr. Too
Damn Good.", "Funny,"
Levert cont'd on D-4
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The Making of Bolby
Wed. 11/22 @ 9:30 pm EST
Laurence Fishburne, Nick Cannon and
Harry Belafonte star in "Bobby," opening
Thanksgiving Day. Getthe
behind-the-scenes story here.
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Levert cont d from D-4
"School Nle" and "MIade
to Love You." as well as
the memorable duets
"That's What Love Is."
with hliki Ho\ward, and
"Baby Hold on to Me."
which he soulfully deliv-
ered with his dad.
Philadelphia 's music :
remembered the lovable
singer with the irreverent
sense of humor and
hearty belly laugh.
"He loved meeting
people," said WDAS-FM
radio personality Patty
Jackson. "He knew the
reaction that he would get
from women. Women
just loved him because he
was the type of man that
you would just want to
get all up in his arms, and
have somebody protect*
you with that bear hug!",
107.9 WRNB radio per-
sonality Deena Wright
said. "It was a shock, and
everyone at WRNB was
just devastated. He was
just a great guy. I met him
on several occasions.
both here in Philly and in
Los Angeles, and sat
down and talked to him -
personal stuff about rela-
tionships. He was just a
sweetheart; His persona
on stage was the same as
it was off stage. He did
not have the whole ego
thing. Our thoughts and
prayers go out to the fam-
ily his dad, and his four
A talented producer
and songwriter, who col-
laborated with such
artists as The O'Jays,
Barry White, Stephanie
Mills, Troop, Teddy
Pendergrass, the Winans,
Patti LaBelle and the
Rude Boys, Levert was
also loved and respected
by his fellow musicians.
"Gerald had a soft"
heart, but he didn't take
no mess." R&B crooner
Keith Sweat recently said
on the "Steve Harvey
Nlorning Show." "VIWen I
met him, we kind of hit it
off because he was a no-.
nonsense kind of guy. but
he had a real soft heart.
He pretty much would do
anything for you. His
friend was his 'friend.
Once you became his
friend, you Were always
his friend. regardless of
w-hat ups and downs you
might have had."
From his home in
Atlanta, R&B and jazz
Henderson said. "We
were talking about
recording together. It did-
Sn't happen because we
never got together, but he
was such a beautiful
young man. I hate to hear
that that happened to him.
It's really'sad that ie's
Gone, and he left a beal
Levert cont'd on D-7
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ful legacy. L feel for his
Every Gerald Levert fan
has a favorite "Gerald"
story, whether it's of nearly
being trampled to death at a
concert by a horde bf
women hoping to score one
of his coveted teddy bears,
encountering him on the
streets of Philadelphia, or
recalling how one of his
songs affected their lives.
Exactly one year ago
today, as he recovered a
torn Achilles tendon at his
home in Cleveland, I had
the opportunity to conduct
one of several interviews
with him. Speaking is such
a low sexy growl that it was
sometimes barely audible;
he shared his insight on his
career, his life and his ster-
ling musical pedigree.
Despite being the son of
an R&B legend and his sta-
tus as a soul icon, Levert
was constantly exploring
his talents and honing his
While he was definitely
proud to be his father's son,
Levert, who described his
own vocal delivery as a
"controlling, powerful, get-
Pendergrass type of thing."
He was sometimes a
peeved by the comparisons.
"People will say,
'You're trying to sound like"
your father, but you'll never
be your father.' But I wasn't
trying to sound like my
father. I was trying to find
my voice," he'said.
With the passing of
Barry White, Luthet
Vandross and now Levert,
Black music has suffered a
grave loss, and while there
is hope for the music in the
voices of Rubei Studdard,
Jaheim, Musiq, and
Anthony Hamilton, for the
most part, they just don't
make them like that any-
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actually feel inside buddy!
Now let's get. for real here.
Nhanv in the white commu-
nity silently agree with
SRichards behind closed
:.doors or racism would not
November 28 at 10 PM
ET/PT (check your local
:listings), BET will air a
captivating Six-Part Docu-
Drama Series on Crime
and Consequences in
STER," hosted and narrat-
ed by film star Ving
Rhames. BET President oA
Hudlin said, "Crime is a
cancer that eats away at our
communities. But for a
generation that grew up
thinking greed is good -
whether on Wall Street or
Martin Luther King.
Boulevard -they're not
quite so sure. whether crime
pays or not. We wanted to
take an honest look at the
criminal life, demystify that
world and show what it
does to our community.
F a m e d
mentary producer Nelson
George and Frank Sinto
are the executive produc-
ers. Along with Mark
Rowland and BET, the
series will profile an infa-
mous crime figure each
week through the use of
archival footage, photo-
graphs and interviews with
people familiar with the
various cases. Featured
experts include ex-mem-
bers of these polarizing
police officials from the
time period, attorneys that
represented the criminals
and crime historians. Some
of the figures include: the
late Stanley. "Tookie"
Williams (LA Crips mem-
ber); "Freeway" Ricky
Ross, multi-million dollar
crack king of LA.; Leroy
"Nicky" Barnes, Harlem,
NY.; Troy & Dino Smith,
San Francisco Bay area'
most sophisticated robbers;
The Chambers Brothers
who ran Detroit,
Michigan's largest crack
ring netting millions; and
Lorenzo "Fat Cat"-
Nichols, Queens, NY., a
master drug lord.
Deja vu stars Denzel
Patton, Val Kilmer,. Jim
Caviezel, Adam Goldberg,
Elden Henson, Erika
Alexander and Shondrella
Avery. Needles to say that
if a film has the name Jerry
Bruckheimer attached to it,
you can almost be guaran-
teed a mega budget film
with block busting box
office results! His films
have grossed over 14.5 bil-
lion dollars world wide.
DejA vu is sure to add
another 100, million bucks
or more to that illustrious
pot. The film is action
packed in all of the right
places and Washington's
(ATF agent Doug Carlin)
powerful acting makes for
an incredible mix of action
and drama in the same
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