t and Faith
Florida A&M Board Cuts Golf,
Tennis, Swimming and Diving
The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees has voted to eliminate
its golf, tennis, swimming and diving teams to pare down spending on
sports and produce a balanced budget for the entire school.
Florida A&M, the state's only historically black public uni\erir t. will
save about $639,000 by eliminating men's tennis and golf and women's
and men's swimming and diving. Some three dozen students are on the
The cuts to the athletics total $3.3 million, and the proposed sports
budget for the 2005-06 budget year was set at $6.7 million.
There will be a 42 percent reduction in scholarships. and that program
will get $1.3 million next year. There also ill be an across-the-board,
16-percent cut for the remaining 1- sports. sa% ing the university about
In March, the school responded to reports on its finances b) imposing
a moratorium on spending, recalling cell phones and cutting oft travel. In
April, the National Science Foundation threatened to terminate its feder-
al grants if Florida A&M didn't sole its financial problems % within tv. o
Coretta Scott King Cancelling Public
Appearances Raising Concerns
ATLANTA Coretta Scott King, the %A ido,, of Martin Luther King Jr.,
has canceled several public appearances in the p-.t week, raising con-
cerns about her health.
The United Church of Christ announced that the ci il rights matriarch
would not be addressing the annual meeting of denominationn, General
Synod on as previously scheduled. The church cited "health issues" for
The King Center declined to comment about King's health, but she was
brietl\ hospitalized in April for a heart condition.
At a tribute to the King family at the Georgia State Capitol. Kin's son,
Martin Luther King III, said his mother is doingm ell" and is onlI ahid-
ing by her doctor's orders to limit her activities.
Coretta Scott King missed that tribute and another last v eckend at the
Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials' annual con mention.
Sharpton Leads Protest Against
Racial Baseball Bat Beating
The Rev. Al
Sharpton led a
'S protest earlier this
week to deero the
m 2- d i baseball bat attack
on a ne\ York
black man. The
rally came nearly\
19 \ears matter
the same area to
protest a deadly
a-rac h A' racial attack.
arrested a 19-year-old man in the latest incident that left the 22-year-old
victim with multiple skull fractures. An alleged accomplice also x'as
arrested. Both men, who are white, have been charged y ith robbery and
assault as a hate crime.
The attack happened just blocks from where three black men were beat-
en in 1986 by a white mob after the victims' car broke down. One of the
men, 23-year-old Michael Griffith, was killed by a car as he fled. A w eek
afterward, a protest march was marred by jeers and insults from the most-
ly white neighborhood.
Sharpton and several dozen other protesters issued a challenge to resi-
dents of the Queens neighborhood of Howard Beach to take part in an
anti-racism march. Monday's demonstration did not include a march.
"We want to see if the community of Howard Beach will stand up and
denounce racism,' Sharpton said
Police said Glenn Moore and two other black men were walking in
Howard Beach early Wednesday when they were attacked by three men.
One of Moore's friends said he intended to steal a car, but Moore was not
aware of the plan, officials said.
Hate Groups on the Rise
Race hate groups in America grew slightly last year and continue to
remain active, despite high profile prosecutions for old crimes and the
deaths or incarcerations of hate leaders, according to the Southern
Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate group activity.
The number of groups grew only a fraction of a percentage from 751 in
2003 to 762 last year, a far cry from the largest increase. In 2001, it
jumped 37 percent (457 to 602). Still, the growth has been gradual, but
steady, reflecting a 67 percent increase since 2001.
African-Americans are twice as likely as Hispanics and othe: racial
groups to be attacked or harassed by hate groups, says Mark Potok, direc-
tor of the Intelligence Project of the SPLC. Even four decades after the
Civil Rights Movement when Black progress is still slow, hate group
attacks still appear motivated by White fear of Black advancement.
Anti-Black bias has consistently been the most prevalent motivation
behind racial hate crimes, according to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. Also, according to FBI statistics the percentage of attacks
on Blacks has increased each year since 2001.
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Volume 19 No. 25 Jacksonville, Florida July 7 13, 2005
Supreme Battle Looms
Over Court Appointments
The unexpected resignation of
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day
O'Conner creates a vacancy that,
once filled, can radically shift the
court to the right on social issues.
And that can ultimately spell disas-
ter for such issues as affirmative
action, women's rights, civil liber-
ties, the death penalty and employ-
O'Conner, the first Supreme Court
appointment made by Ronald
Reagan, was the court's swing jus-
tice, with her vote helping consti-
tute a 5-4 majority on many impor-
tant issues. Court watchers had
expected ailing Chief Justice
William H. Rehnquist to retire after
this session and that's still a possi-
bility but he was expected to be
replaced by another conservative,
meaning the 9-member court would
remain evenly divided, with four
liberals, four conservatives and
O'Conner darting back and forth
between each camp.
However, the resignation of the
court's swing voter means that
George W. Bush's first court
appointee could instantly shift the
balance of power, creating a conser-
This appointment will force Bush,
who has tried to have it both ways
on some issues, to choose between
his rhetoric of compromise and
cooperation and his pledge to
appoint Supreme Court justices in
the mold of Antonin Scalia and
Clarence Thomas, the court's most
To understand O'Connor's impact,
all one has to do is examine some of
the 5-4 Supreme Court decisions.
She cast the deciding vote in:
Grutter V. Bollinger, affirming
the right of universities to use affir-
mative action in admissions;
-Brown v. Legal Foundation of
Washington, maintaining legal
funding for the poor;
- Rush Prudential HMO v. Moran,
allowing people enrolled in HMOs
to seek a second medical opinion;
Hunt v. Cromartie, upholding
the right of states to consider race
as a factor in redistricting and
-Brentwood Academy v.
Tennessee Secondary Athletic
Association, affirming a lower-
court decision that civil rights laws
apply to associations regulating
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Mexican Stamp Calling for National Outcry
Jesse L. Jackson says President
Vincente Fox should apologize for
and remove Mexican stamps that
present stereotypical images of
"I am calling on President Fox
and Ambassador Carlos de Icaza to
issue a complete and full apology
and to take this stamp off the mar-
ket immediately," Jackson said in a
statement. He and Al Sharpton met
separately with Fox in Mexico City
last month after Fox said Mexicans
were taking jobs in the U.S. that
even Blacks did not want.
Evidently, Sharpton's and
Jackson's attempt to sensitive Fox
about race relations in the U.S.
were not successful.
Mexico recently issued a series of
five stamps bearing the image of
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Memin Pinguin, a Black boy with
think lips, bug eyes and exaggerat-
ed physical features. He appears in
a popular in a comic book that dates
back to the 1940s.
Jackson, who is working to ease
tensions between Latinos and
African-Americans, has already
formed an opinion.
"It is offensive, and I think the
Mexican government should apolo-
gize," he said in his statement. "It is
t~',. eA Meixro
harmful to international relations. It
is harmful to the African American
and Hispanic Coalition we are try-
ing to build in this country."
Jackson has asked President Bush
and Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice to intervene.
"It is their job to defend America
from any foreign insult," Jackson
said. "Our government did not
defend our honor. If this was Iraq,
you would expect our President to
defend our honor. This should be an
insult to every African American in
his administration and those serving
in Iraq. Secretary Rice, like the rest
of us, is being depicted in a negative
manner. A culture is expressed
through its art. And this art is a cul-
tural affront to black people in the
U.S., Mexico, and black people
around the world."
However, President Fox contends
the images are not offensive.
"The other minorities or the Afro-
Americans or Latins, I would sug-
gest to them that they first, read the
magazine, get the information and
then express publicly their opin-
ion," Fox told the AP. "On our side,
we know that all Mexicans love the
character and we're going to keep it
where it is as a recognition."
McDonald & Traeye Hold Annual Family Reunion
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The North Florida Families of McDonald and Traeye recently held their annual Family Reunion over the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend. The theme
for the gathering headquartered in Fernandina Beach was "Remembering Our Heritage". The reunion kicked off with an informal meet and greet and
fish fry at Ten Acres followed by socializing, games and a dance contest. On Saturday, family members convened for a catered lunch and then had their
choice of a variety of events ranging from laying out at the beach, to island sightseeing and shopping. The evening was concluded with the Grand
Banquet. Sunday morning, family members were the guests of Fernadina's Macedonia AME Church before retreating to a day of leisure and an evening
complete with a talent show, karaoke contest and dancing. The hard working organizers for this years festivities included Cyril Traeye, Neil Frink,
Jeanette Mobley, Sharon Sellers and Brenda Speights.
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The largest association of
journalists of color and media
related professionals will converge
on Atlanta August 3-7, 2005, for
the 30th Anniversary Convention of
the National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ). More than
3.000 are expected for the 5-day
convention at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel, 265 Peachtree Street NE.
The theme of this 30th annual
convention is: "Telling Our Story"
whjch reflects the organization's
goal to continue to voice the
passion, pride, purpose and power
of black journalists.
"There is not a more important
journalism gathering than our
annual convention and career fair,"
said NABJ President Herbert Love,
a court reporter at Newsday in New
York. "It is an opportunity for
black journalists to become re-
invigorated, inspired and encou-
raged to do their best work every
The convention will feature the
nation's largest journalism career
fair along with specialized
workshops, plenary sessions with
national figures, professional
development breakfasts targeted to
various journalism disciplines, an
awards banquet, a gospel brunch,
media receptions, an exhibit area
and so much more geared to the
veteran journalist and those
entering the field.
The convention will honor the
44 brave men and women who
founded NABJ in-1975, as well as,
the 15 men and women elected to
serve as president of the association
Also, spotlighted will be the 30
most influential moments impact-
ing black journalists since 1975.
For more information, about
NABJ, or convention registration,
call (301) 445-7100; or visit NABJ
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We heard it through the grapevine that Michael Jackson's loyal fans
finally got shown some respect. Although Neverland was not opened
to them, we heard that hundreds of fans were invited to the Chumash
Indian Casino for one big party! There was plenty of Michael's music,
but no Michael, guess all the trials and tribulations have put him back
into his recluse mode. His brother Tito is a frequent performer at the
casino owned by Pauline Coccoz, who attended the party with her
family. Michael's mom spoke to the partygoers thanking them for
their support. One of the jurors even attended.
Jackson himself has also reappeared only to disappear again. Now,
we know that he has strong ties in the Eastern world having performed
for the Saudi Arabia King's son's sixteenth birthday celebration. But,
as we heard it, he and his three children are the guests of the royal
family of Bahrain for an indefinite stay, wonder what that does for ex-
wife Debbie's attempted bid for joint child custody? Debbie might not
have said the right things on the stand?
Now, its amazing how hype can bring in $51 dollars to the box
office, we're talking about "Mr. & Mrs. Smith". About the best thing
about that movie was some of the home scenes of the couple. Some of
the hit man/woman headquarter scenes were definitely too vague, and
the "shoot 'em up scenes" so high tech that they were akin to 4th of
July fireworks, that lasted way too long. However, what made up the
initial $51 million in box office sales was a lot of people, like this
writer, who followed the hype.
On the other hand "The Honeymooners" opened the same week. Of
course, it didn't have the hype that Mr. & Mrs. Smith swamped the
public with, but it had a good selection of black actors and actresses
and if Cedric "The Entertainer" is in a movie, you know its going to be
funny, and was. Best of all, it was "clean", one that you could take the
'Ivhole family-out to see, andleintertaining, but did we go? ;It's .still in
theaters, it's entertaining, and worth the money to see.
Now, that our "Lady" Supreme Court Justice has retired, it's open
season on whoever the next nominated one will be. Let's be realistic
and hope that whoever he or she is will be "dissected" by the powers
that be through reviewing their judicial records, character assets,
accomplishments etc.; and that he or she not be ostracized or idolized
because of his or her political affiliation.
Out Duval County School System is no longer on the school failing
list, because seven schools worked hard to pass the latest FCAT which
in turn removed the entire school district from the state's failing list.
Although through the leadership of the principals, teachers, and
mentors, we must remember that the students had to work hard to make
this happen. Through encouragement, these same students can and will
do better scholastically, not only on the FCAT, but also, the ACT and
the SAT, with the same support system that helped pass the FCAT, and
most importantly, the interest and support of their parents.
Currently, the Duval County School System is searching for a new
superintendent. The school board should be lauded for the hearings to
discuss what qualifications should the next school superintendent
possess? For one thing, he should have headed a similar school
system, of similar size, in a city of similar size, with a similar racial
polarization, particularly a city that had a history of segregated schools.
He or she should also possess documentation of his accomplishments
as a school superintendent.
The "Better Jacksonville Plan"? Most recently, all mention of that
plan includes only streets and highways designated for completion, did
not the "Better Jacksonville Plan" include other implementations to
make Jacksonville a "better" city?
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Keep your eyes and ears open!
Scholar and Author, Michael
Eric Dyson told the Essence
Festival audience that the
complexities of race, self-worth
and self-love are often after-
thoughts in Americans' convoluted
psyches. Dyson said that the key to
embracing black self-worth is
embracing black love, black
struggle and deliberate identifica-
tion with the race. Dyson said,
"Bone-deep, marrow-deep black
love, reminds us of who we are. It
keeps us in touch with our
humanity. And we need to learn to
love ourselves even more because
black people are some of the most
unloved people on the face of the
earth. To embrace the notion of
black love is to challenge what
America means. It is a notion that
interrupts the global system of
He was introduced by NBA Legend
Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Johnson told the audience that
he had been blessed to evolve from
a selfish professional basketball
player into the owner of several
successful businesses in inner cities
across the country. Magic Johnson
Enterprises owns several Star-
bucks, T.G.I. Friday's, Burger
Kings, health clubs and movie
Kimbro studied. the "rich and
famous" and discovered that the
wealthy have three common traits:
(1) They dream big and don't
listen to reason. They
didn't believe family or
friends who said, "you
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children who have at least one
parent incarcerated in a state or
federal prison. Mentors are needed
in Duval, Clay, Baker, St. Johns
and Nassau counties and must be at
least 21 years old. They will need
to commit to spending one hour per
week with a child for one year. The
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can't do that. They march-
ed to a different drum."
(2) The dedicate they dedicate
their lives to learning after
they finish college. Work
hard, read, study.
(3) The wealthy refuse to let
their failures stop them
from achieving their
dreams, failure was never
an option for them.
Buiilding wealth begins with
getting rid of debt and buying real
estate, Kimbro said. Outside of a
mortgage, the goal really is to live
debt free. You must pay yourself
first and dump those credit cards.
"The average millionaire
doesn't wear a suit that cost over
$400. They shop at Sears and JC
Penney, and they have been
married in excess of 20 years.
The "Building Wealth" financial
seminar was part of the daily
seminars sponsored by the Essence
Michael Eric Dyson
Magic said, "I went from
'Magic' to "Mr. Johnson". When I
was in the NBA, I was doing it for
me. Now that I'm done with
basketball and I'm a businessman,
I'm able to bless people with jobs
in the community."
He further said, "that if black
Americans are going to succeed,
they have to achieve economic
empowerment. "We dominate
sports, entertainment, and now, we
need to start dominating money,"
Johnson told the audience.
Financial Guru Dennis Kimbro,
author of "What Makes The Great
Great: Strategiesfor Extraordinary
Achievement, keynote speaker at
the noon seminar says, "African
Americans tend to be wealth-
gaining dreamers." He said that the
art of building wealth or "wealth
consciousness" begins with a mind-
set change and involves developing
He said that the bottom life is:
"there are 10 different forms of
wealth, and money isn't the first,
knowledge is. Set career goals and
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Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs.and small business owners each
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70 business gain certification
assist with $11 million in government contracts
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First Baptist Church of
Youth Explosion 2005
First Baptist Church of Oakland,
1025 Jessie Street, where Rev.
Torin T. Dailey is Interim Pastor;
will celebrate its "Youth Explosion
2005", July 10-16th. This annual
event is an exciting celebration of
life for people of all ages.
"Youth Explosion 2005" begins
on Sunday, July 10th at the 11 a.m.
Worship Service. At 6 p.m. the
First Baptist of Oakland Youth
Choir will present "Youth
Explosion: A Celebration in Song."
The "Youth Explosion: Youth-
Led Revival" will be held Monday,
July 11 thru Wednesday, June 13th
with services held nightly at 7 p.m.
Guest Minister, Elder Deron W.
Dixon, Associate Pastor of New
Jerusalem Primitive Baptist
Church, Miami, FL; will be sharing
the Word of God.
"Youth Explosion 2005" will
conclude with a community Health
Fair and Carnival on Saturday, June
16th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health
screenings and school immuni-
zations will be given. Seniors are
invited to bring their prescriptions.
There will be FREE Food and Fun
Activities for all.
First Baptist of Oakland and
Interim Pastor, Rev. Torin T.
Dailey, extend an invitation to all
who wish to share with them during
"Youth Explosion 2005". For
information, or directions to the
church, please contact Ms. Tammy
Dailey at (904) 354-5295.
Julius Guinyard Oldtimers Open
Invitational Swim Meet Set for July 16th
The 15" Annual Julius Guin- local talent from the comml
yard Oldtimers Invitational Swim and surround areas.
Meet on Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Under Mr. Guinyard's mar
the Jefferson Street Pool, is ment became the hub for a va
expected to be the best one yet. of activities: swimming, boxing
The meet is held annually in shows and many other wholes
honor of veteran swimming coach, events, providing a safe have
instructor, and former manager of youth and adults.
the Jefferson Street Pool, Mr. Julius
Guinyard. During the late 50s thru t,
the late 60s, Mr. Guinyard formed On July 16 former Jeff
the first competitive Swim Team Street Seahorse team and
for the Jefferson Street Pool. The swimmers will be at the Jeffi
team was called the Jefferson Street Street Pool, corer Jefferson '
Seahorses, and was composed of Street, at 1 p.m. to ex
gratitude ad respect to a man w
Vintage Players to passion for his job went far
beyond the job.
Present "Bits and The swim meet is open t(
Pieces" at Riverside ages, male and female. There i
fee to participate, but pl
Theatre in August register before July 14t, by ca
Regina Guinyard at (904) 424-7
Jacksonville's only senior reper- or Lee Fayson at (904) 762-199
toire theatre company, has been
invited to bring a special version of
their production of .Bits and Pieces
to The First Coast Theatre, 1014
King Street in historical River-
side, Jacksonville. Presentations are
set for August 13 and 14". The
acts, plays, scenes and monologues
that comprise "Bits and Pieces"
have been perfected by the Vintage
Players over the years.
For over ten years the Vintage P
layers have produced more than
200 shows throughout the First
Coast. Since most of their
performances are by invitation, this
community theatre appearances a
special opportunity to see "Bits and
Pieces". It will be an evening of
unique performances such as a
lawyer who ignores his client in
"Pay the 25 Dollars"' and
renewing an old flame in "That Old.
Feeling". You can see a play about
a couple of very desperate fans in
"Elvis-land"; and a frustrated
playwright in "Opening Night";
and how two senior citizens react to
age in "When We Are Older".
Reservations can be made
beginning on July 25, 2005, for the
Saturday, August 13th, 8 p.m.; or
the Sunday, August 14th, 2:30 p.m.
performances, by calling the
Vintage Players: (904) 642-1978.
Stage Aurora to
The Stage Aurora Theatrical Co.
Inc., in association with the
Jacksonville Chapter of The Links
lric., will hold auditions for the Off-
Broadway Hit Gospel Musical
"Crowns" by Regina Taylor.
"Crowns" is truly the Gospel
Musical with lots of "Hattitude!"
The play is based on the popular
book of portraits by Michael
Cunningham and Craig Marbehry,
about Black women in Church hats.
Powerful Gospel Singers (six
women and 1 man) are needed for
Auditions will be held Saturday,
July 9, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium at
FCCJ North Campus.
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fot Strong SoberTing
by Charles Griggs
BLACK COY COUNCIL PRESIDE?
It's been more than thirteen years since the Jacksonville City Council has elected
an African American president. Is someone trying to tell us something?
"Leadership is action, not position."
-Donald H. McGannon
It has been thirteen years since then Jacksonville
City Councilman Warren Jones ascended to the top of
the city's second most powerful position.
In 1992, Jones was elected president of the
Jacksonville City Council. He was the first black to
serve a full term as president in the history of the
council. Also significant about Jones' reign was that
he served back-to-back terms. Something that,
because of the political process involved, is unheard
of and probably won't happen again for a long time.
At the time Jacksonville was desperately trying to
rebound from negative publicity brought on by the
publishing of derogatory, racial comments by then
Chief Judge John Santora.
Santora's remarks about interracial relationships left
the city bitterly divided along racial lines. A plethora of
marches, meetings and forums put Jacksonville in the
national spotlight for it tolerance of racism. It seemed
like everything was out in the open.
Add to that, the city was in the middle of its effort
to win a NFL franchise. City leaders did not want
Jacksonville to be viewed as a racist redneck town
that didn't know how to handle its black folk.
Jones' election to the presidency was seen by many
as an olive branch to the African American communi-
ty during these trying racial times.
During Jones' tenure at the top he was under a great
deal of pressure to perform without embarrassment to
the council or blacks.
To be honest, Jones was seen by the white power
structure as a safe bet to carry out the business of the
council without getting too caught up in race issues.
Yet, Jones was a major influence in significant
accomplishments as Jacksonville worked to patch up
its racial woes.
Almost immediately the JCCI went to work on a
study to examine young black males in Jacksonville
that seemed to be suffering the most under the city's
economic and law enforcement and judicial structure.
Jones showed leadership during the city's restruc-
turing of its purchasing policies and the development
a new minority business development program. Many
might even argue that if Jones wasn't Council presi-
dent during.this time, the city's minority business pro-
gram may have been completely eliminated all
Under Jones, many of the drainage projects that
affected northwest communities with serious flooding
problems (some were completed only a few short
years ago) made it into Ed Austin's River City
Renaissance bond program.
And as far as the Jaguars are concerned, let's just
say that there were only two blacks in the room when
the ownership team made its winning pitch to the
NFL back in 1993. One was Jacksonville Jaguars
minority owner Deron Cherry; the other was City
Council president Warren Jones.
Let's not kid ourselves, the presence of a high rank-
ing African American elected official, in the face of the
problems Jacksonville had been experiencing, was sure
to make a positive impact on NFL selection brass.
With all of'these things going on no one seemed to
care that Jones was a Democrat.
Now that by no means suggests that politics did not
play a role in his ascension. However, it does suggest
that if a black councilmember were in line to be the
second African American to take a shot a serving a
full term in the presidency the sky would not fall in.
Since Jones turned over the council presidency
gavel in 1994, at least 12 African American City
Council members have sat in the city's leadership
semi-circle. None have ever been able to even sniff
the seat that Jones so proudly represented.
Was it something that he said?
Nothing against the current newly elected president
Kevin Hyde but he is a first term at-large councilman
who in the minds of some community leaders has no
constituency. He slid into the council presidency
unopposed and without a fight.
Is it that the current African American council
members; Pat Lockett-Felder, Reggie Fullwood, Art
Graham, Glorious Johnson, Mia Jones and Gwen
Yates aren't qualified to hold the chair as president?
Certainly they are.
Is it that the current city power structure is appre-
hensive about leaving the reigns in the hands of peo-
ple who may be more inclined to see racial inequities
as a priority to be dealt with?
If the City Council wants to set an example as lead-
ers in a city filled with racial mistrust, it should be open
to electing African Americans to its highest position.
Not just because they are black, but because they are
proven leaders and have earned the right to be there.
Who knows, in a town that is known for taking one
step forward and two steps back, a new type of lead-
ership may be just what the doctor ordered.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to:
OK, I love rainy days and all, but
the never-ending afternoon thunder-
storm thing is getting a little ridicu-
lous. For once I agree with Governor
Bush; when talking about the three
major hurricanes that hit Florida last
year. He said that he feels like Bill
Murray in that movie Ground Hog's
Day he keeps waking up to the
same bad dream.
Unfortunately we are still right at
the beginning of hurricane season, so
the afternoon thunderstorms will
undoubtedly continue on a daily
basis. But wait a minute it is funny
that you live in a place all of your life
_and forget that this weather is normal
summertime weather for Florida.
Thunderstorms nearly every after-
noon and blistering heat, yeah, that's
the Florida we all know and love.
The problem here is not the pre-
dictability of the storms, but the
effect of the severe rain, which of
course leads to flooding of not only
roads, but also homes.
The infrastructure on our roads and
throughout our neighborhoods, par-
ticularly our older communities, sim-
ply cannot manage the amount of
water most sever thunderstorms put
out. But with all of the damage, frus-
tration and exhaustion caused by last
year's hurricanes and this season's
flooding, it certainly makes one
value the little things in life we nor-
mally take for granted like electrici-
ty, water, gas, etc.
Typically, I have some conspiracy
theory, like George W. Bush is caus-
ing all of these hurricanes so that the
American people will not be focused
on the continued violence in Iraq or
the fact that he only started talking
about domestic issues prior to his re-
But I will refrain from allowing the
mind to wonder off into
Conspiracyville, and get back to our
I guess us North Floridians are so
used to the chronic summer rain and
heat that we just suck it up and get on
with life. For the fourth straight year,
Mother Nature rained on our Fourth
of July festivities, but that didn't stop
several hundred folks from hanging
out at Metro Park.
And is it me or are you tired of the
weatherman or women who insist on
proving to us that the storm is bad by
standing in midst of all the rain and
wind. I don't feel sorry for the crazy
reporter, I feel bad for the camera
guy. Talk about sensationalism we
get the point!
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms are
bad and they do bad things. We don't
need you to stand out on the beach
during 100 mph winds to validate
your weather report. It is sort of
interesting the first 20 or so times
you see it, but because every news
channel is basically doing the same
thing, it gets old.
OK, I keep digressing, but what is
really tough about the series of
storms that we have had to deal with
has not only been the damage to
homes, businesses and neighbor-
hoods, but the fatigue that accompa-
nies these chronic scares.
The Northeast Florida area has
been extremely blessed over the
years, not having a severe hurricane
hitin some 40 years or so. I just hope
that we stay in God's favor because
we know that damage that a direct hit
from a major hurricane can cause.
But not everyone is complaining
about the weather, Home Depot,
Lowes, area grocery stores, Wal
Marts, and other retail stores have
been smiling all the way to the bank.
Their third quarter numbers in the
state of Florida should be phenome-
nal again this year. Unfortunately for
Winn Dixie, it will take more than
hurricane scares and tropical storms
to pull them out of their current
Another good thing that comes out
of all of this bad weather is that we
become better at disaster planning.
Last year, most of us probably had to
spend unbudgeted sums of money in
preparation for these unexpected
storms. Now that we have been
through a few severe storms and
major hurricane scares it is easier to
budget and prepare for the worst.
So the unexpected cost of these
storms have had mixed effects on our
local economy. While the city and
other agencies have stepped up to the
plate to help the victims of the recent
floods, it is still hard for most low-
income families to weather the finan-
cial impacts of these annual storms.
To make matters even worse, most
insurance companies have much
higher deductibles during storms and
other natural disasters leaving some
families struggling to scrape up
funds for home repairs.
It is funny because Mother Nature
doesn't discriminate; hurricanes and
tropical storms don't care if your
house is worth $100,000
or$1,000,000 when they come, they
come. However, I must say that it is
very unfair the way tornados seem to
have mobile home park radar.
But we should not worry or dwell
on the things we can't control. All
that we can do is pray and prepare,
and as Cornel West once said, "Every
day is borrowed time. You want to be
able to use life as well as death as a
form of service to something bigger
than you; that makes life meaning-
Signing off with sandbags in hand,
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Faith, Family and Fun are Emphasis for One of
Largest Religious Conferences-MegaFest 2005
ATLANTA This August people
will be on their feet, charged with
the excitement of experiencing
MegaFest 2005 at the Georgia
Dome, with Bishop T. D. Jakes.
MegaFest 2005 is set for Wednes-
day thru Saturday, August 3-6th
More than 140,000 people from 55
countries, attended in 2004.
MegaFest combines Bishop
Jakes' popular conferences: Man-
Power, Women Thou Art Loosed
and the Mega Youth Experience.
MegaKidz, will be available for
children 5 to 12. All events will be
held at the Georgia Dome, Georgia
World Congress Center, Philips
Arena and the International Plaza.
Bishop Jakes says, "I think
there's a rebirth of spirituality in
this nation unlike anything we've
every seen. When you come to
MegaFest, you can grow spiritually
have fun with the family, and enjoy
great entertainment, all in one place
and in a safe environment."
The speaker lineup includes:
"America's Best Preacher" Bishop
T. D. Jakes, a Time magazine
designation; Financial Guru Suze
Orman, and Jesse Duplantis,
former addict turned Evangelist,
author and TV host, who uses real
life experience and a unique sense
of humor to share the powerful
message of God's love with people
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Award-winning guest perform-
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BeBe Winans, Gladys Knight and
Exciting family friendly events:
The Light the World Parade, Livin'
lt-Xtreme Sports, hosted by actor
Stephen Baldwin, combining outra-
geous skateboarding and BMX
stunts with the powerful message
of God's radical love.
The phenomenal pastor of The
Potter's House in Dallas, Texas,
Bishop T. D. Jakes, will be the
featured speaker at the 30th
Anniversary National Association
of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Convention in Atlanta, GA at
12noon, on Friday, August 5, at the
Hyatt Regency Hotel.
The renown preacher, author,
music and movie producer, as well
as the pastor of a thirty-thousand
plus congregation, will address the
convention on the role of large
churches in the black community.
InfoGov Online Launches Faith-Based
Community Development Series
WASHINGTON, DC InfoGov
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focuses on educating organizations
on how to do. business with the
Federal Government, announced
the launch of its Faith-Based
Community Development Series.
The series is scheduled to launch
with two Audio and Online
conferences to be held on July 12,
2005. The classes are in response to
Churches across the country desir-
ing to know more about funding
programs within their Community
The series is formatted to give
clergy and their staff information
on how to locate and obtain
funding through the Federal Faith-
Based Initiative and the ten
Federal Departments with Faith-
Based offices. In order to reach
organizations across the U.S., the
classes are held as Audio and
eConferences which allow Regis-
trants to call into a conference line
to hear speakers and log on to the
classroom site to view the
Sandra Long, Former Deputy
Secretary of Commerce for Mary-
land will moderate both classes. On
July 12th, the two online classes
are: Fundamentals for CDCs and
Faith-Based Federal Funding.
The online panel will consist of
Federal experts from the Faith-
Based Centers such as the Depart-
ment of Health and Human Ser-
vices, the Department of Labor, the
Small Business Administration,.
SCongressman John Mica, of the-.
committee on government reform,
recently stated "there are a number
of government programs that are
unobserved by the public. It is vital
to our commercial industry that
organizations utilize federal contract
InfoGov Online has been suc-
cessful with their online 'educa-
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not have to travel to obtain much
needed information on Federal
programs. In addition, participants
hear directly from the federal
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St. Thomas M. B.
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The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church Family will
celebrate Pastor Ernie L. Murray
Sr.'s 19 Anniversary and 40th
Year of Preaching the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, August 12th and, 14th.
To honor God's Servant, a
Semi-formal Banquet will be held
at Friday evening, at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel on the Riverfront.
For ticket information, please call
Anniversary Worship Services
will be held at 8 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
and 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14,
2005. The St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church is located at 5863
Raines Class of 1981
25 Year Reunion
.The William Raines Class of
1981 will have their. 25. year
reunion with a 5 night cruise on
November 11, 2006 aboard the
For more information,. please call
Cecilia Dorsey at 766-8784.
working with many Federal
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The Faith-Based Community
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expand in August and September
2005 to include specialized classes
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Baptist Congress to
Convene at Greater
Macedonia in Jly
'The Florida General Baptist
Congress will convene Monday,
July 11, 2'005 at the Greater
M cedonia Baptist Church, 1880
West Edgewood Avenue, where
Dr. Landon L. Williams Sr. is
Bethel Baptist Inst.
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based in Waphington, DC, for the
MLK Memorial honoring Dr. King
to be built on the National Mall,
recently launched a nationwide
faith-based fundraising initiative in
Detroit, Michigan. Harry E..John-
son Sr., 'president of the Martin
Luther King Jr. National Memorial
Foundation is pictured above left.
Prominent members of the
religious community attending the
Women of Power
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Women, all are invited to attend the
Women of Power, Purpose &
Destiny Conference" Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday, July 15-17, 2005.
Single women: "Hey Girl My
Skirt's on Fire What do I do
when single living Holy, and the
heat is on?"
Married women: Behind every
strong Man is A Strong Woman.
Women of Power, Purpose and
Destiny will gather in Jacksonville
at the Marriott Jacksonville, 4670
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Ellis II, Greater Grace Temple;
Michigan Governor Jennifer M.
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Hartford Memorial Baptist Church;
Richard Marshall, CFO MLK
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Transportation is Available
to Million Man March in
Washington on Oct. 15th
Transportation is available from
Jacksonville to Washington, DC for
the 10th Anniversary Million Man
March in Washington, DC on
Saturday, October 15, 2005.
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about organizing efforts in your
community You may call Rica
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toms until it's too late. mine."
Still, research shows that nearly According to the American
half of American men older than 50 Cancer Society, one in six men gets
have, never been screened for the prostate cancer, making it more
disease (NCI), which is the second common than breast cancer in
leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
men in the United States. The lead- An estimated 30,000 men will
ing cause of cancer deaths among die from the cancer this year, but
U.S. men is lung cancer, the survival rate is 99 percent if the
Did you know that 'a prostate- cancer is caught early.
specific antigen (PSA) blood best Deciding on treatment, though,
and physical exam (digital rectal can be tricky, said Dr. Randy See-
exam DRE) of the prostate are the ger, a urologist at Lawnwood Re-
only way to know for sure whether gional Medical Center and Heart
danger looms? Institute in Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce Police Chief Eugene "In many of the people who
Savage knows that all too well. have prostate cancer it's known as
Savage, 56, was diagnosed with latent," Seeger said. "It's not ex-
viders" prostate cancer in February 2004 pressing itself for whatever reason."
after a blood test showed elevated Some patients may need noth-
PSA numbers. ing more than observation, Seeger
"Cancer, that's 'one of those said. In others, radiation or surgery
ti words you don't want to hear," Sav- is the right course of treatment.
S* age said. "For men especially, when Because of his young age and
- d0; you talk about prostate cancer. The good general health, Savage under-
first thing I thought ,was I'm going went a radical prostatectomy, a
S- to lose my masculinity, and it's just surgery in which the prostate was
S devastating. You go into a little removed. "But you don't want to be
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No one knows for sure what
causes prostate cancer, although
some experts believe diet and he-
redity may play roles. Seeger said
eating a low-fat diet with lots of
lycopenes, an antioxidant found in
tomatoes, could help stave off not
only prostate cancer, but other dis-
eases as well. (According to NCI,
some evidence suggests that a diet
high in animal fat may increase the
risk of prostate cancer and a diet
high in fruits and vegetables may
decrease the risk. Studies are in
progress to learn whether men can
reduce their risk of prostate cancer
by taking certain dietary supple-
However, the only sure way to
know whether cancer is present is
to get screened.
Men older than 50 should un-
dergo a blood test and digital rectal
exam every year, Seeger said.
Black men and those with a family
history of prostate cancer should
begin at age 40. DOH encourages
Continued from front
Even before O'Connor announced
her decision, the battle lines were
drawn and multi-million dollar cam-
paigns had already been launched.
Progressives were campaigning to
persuade the public -and President
Bush that only mainstream jurists
should be appointed to the lifetime
appointments on the court. Conser-
vatives were eager to avoid a defeat
similar to 1987 .attack that blocked
the elevation of Judge of Robert
Bork to the Supreme Court and the
narrow (52 votes) and bitter confir-
mation of Clarence Thomas in 1991,
formed Alliance Defense Fund, a
consortium of conservative Chris-
Even more important, they set in
motion a campaign aimed at making
sure the next Supreme Court selec-
tion will consistently side with con-
servatives. Upset that Justice David
H. Souter, a Reagan appointee, con-
sistently votes with the more liberal
wing of the court, conservatives
men, over the age of 50, to
make an appointment and see a
physician to discuss if prostate
screening is necessary. Federal
screening guidelines do not
promote widespread screening.
Fortunately for Savage, the
cancer had not spread beyond
his prostate and was removed
during his surgery. Today he:
states that he is cancer-free.
Now Savage watches what
he eats and makes sure he
keeps to an exercise routine.
He still goes for routine check- o-
ups to make sure the cancer
stays at bay. So far, his PSA
levels have remained in the
healthy range. "It's encourag-
ing," he said. "It's very encour-
Prostate cancer facts
* Prostate cancer screening is a 10-
minute, process that includes a
blood test and physical exam.
* Black men have the highest inci-
dence and mortality of prostate
cancer in the world.
*Vietnam veterans exposed to
have developed a rallying cry: "No
Bush's conservative base is push-
ing for a strong conservative who
will notdisappoint them.
A research paper by People for
the American Way observes: "...
Right-wing activists have turned
their harshest fire not on the Court's
more moderate justices but on two
conservative justices who frequently
forge majorities on the most impor-
tant cases before the Court Jus-
tices O'Connor and Kenney. A
number of far-right leaders have
harshly criticized these two Justices,
going so far as to call for their im-
"In an April newsletter, Focus on
the Family's James Dobson called
Supreme Court Justice Anthony
Kennedy "the most dangerous man
in America," and demanded that he
be impeached "along with [Justices]
O'Connor, Ginsberg [sic], Souter,
Breyer, and Stevens."
Despite such radical views, White
House officials have acknowledged
that they are sharing the names of
several potential nominees nast
Survivor Eugene Savage
Agent Orange may be more likely
to get prostate cancer. (NCI)
* Men with a body mass index of
32.5 or higher are a third more
likely to die from the disease if they
get it. (ACS)
Dobson and other conservative
group for their review.
Some Senators are urging Bush to
select a nominee who will enjoy
broad bi-partisan support. They note
that Sandra Day O'Connor was ap-
proved 99-0 in 1981, Anthony Ken-
nedy, 97-0 iri 1988, David Souter
90-9 in 1990, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
96-3 in 1993 and Steven G. Breyer
87-9 in 1994, the last time there was
So far, Bush does not seem to be
striking a conciliatory tone.
"The nation deserves, and I- will
select, a Supreme Court justice that
Americans can be proud of," Bush
said. "The nation also deserves a
dignified process of confirmation in
the United States Senate, character-
ized by fair treatment, a fair hearing
and a fair vote."
Whether the nominee gets that
kind of reception, will depend on
whether Bush is able to break the
hold the Far Right has on his ad-
ministration and nominate a main-
.stream candidate acceptable to both
Democrats and Republicans.
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'Say A Prayer'
Some of the music world's
biggest stars paid tribute to Luther
Vandross and The Four Tops' Obie
Benson, at The Essence Festival in
New Orleans this week. As word of
his death spread, he became the
spirit of the festival, especially of
the performers. All four main stage
acts paid tribute to Vandross, as his
photograph loomed on a big screen.
American Idol winner Ruben
Studdard brought on Vandross' "So
Amazing" and "Never Too Much."
John Legend said that he did not
want to embarrass his self by
singing Luther's songs. "Luther
sang them so much better than me."
Alicia Keys closed her set with
"If I Ain't Got You" dedicated to
Luther, "such a beautiful, beautiful
spirit," she said.
Vandross' long-time friend soul
singer Aretha Franklin, memorial-
ize Luther and Obie, she was joined
by another longtime friend, Bishop
Paul S. Morton of Greater St.
Stephen Ministries for a duet on
"Say a Prayer."
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Women are Invited
to Participate in
All poets, lyricists, singers and
musicians are invited to attend "She
Speaks" each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
at the Fuel Cafe', 1037 Park Street.
Jax Community Invited
to Participate in
10th Anniversary Of
Million Man March
Now is the time to start making
your plans to be a part of the 10th
Anniversary of the historic event of
the century the Million Man March.
From Unity To Loyalty Inc. invites
all adults and children, families,
single or married, organizations,
clubs, groups, sororities, fraterni-
ties, churches, mosques, temples, to
attend the march inn Washington,
D.C. The date of the history making
event is October 17, 2005. For more
information contact Andr'e X Neal
or James Evans Muhammad at
(904) 768-2778 or (904)768-3332.
The next PRIDE Book Club meet-
ing will be held on Friday, July 8,
2005 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at
the Jacksonville Golf & Country
Club. The book for discussion will
be PIANA by Lemuel Mayhem.
The August meeting will be held on
August 5, 2005 and the book for
discussion will be Hunted Like A
Wolf: The Story of the Seminole
War by Milton Meltzer. For more
information, and/or directions,
Audition for State
The Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company will hold auditions for the
Off-Broadway Hit Gospel Musical
"Crowns" by Regina Taylor.
"Crowns" is truly the Gospel
Musical with lots of "Hattitude!"
The play is based on the popular
book of portraits by Michael
Cunningham and Craig Marberry,
about Black women in Church hats.
Powerful Gospel Singers (six
women and 1 man) are needed foe
Auditions will be held Saturday,
July 9, 2005, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m
in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium ai
FCCJ North Campus.
For more information call Stags
Aurora at (904) 765-7373.
There will be a free Performance
Poetry Work.., o by Tonya M.
Smart on Saturday, July 9th at the
Regency Library. The event will be
held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For
more information visit her website
,The next Sultry Sundays, will be
held on July 10th and will take
place every 2nd Sunday at
Boomtown Dinner Theater the cor-
ner of 7th & Main St. Doors open at
7 p.m. and the movie begins at 8.\
$5.00 cover casual attire. The
evening features Jazz-Neo-Soul-
House and Old School music. Call
904-745-9750 for more informa-
No Joke Entertainment Presents
Comedy in Da Basement on
Thursday July 14th at 9:30 p.m.
The evening includes stand-up
comedy featuring national comedi-
ans from Comedy Central, BET's
Comic View, Apollo & Def Jam.
The event is held at the
Theatre, 140 W. Monroe Street
(Downtown Hemming Plaza, in the
basement below Subway) Every
Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Beer, Wine
and Food Available Call 765-8880
or 399-4550 for more information.
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ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
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Improve Jax Laugh
and Learn Luncheon
Theatre is presenting two-part
Laugh & Learn Lunch on
Wednesday: July 13, 2005 at 11:30
a.m. The topic of the series is "How
to Succeed in Business by
Creativity." The June 22nd lunch-
eon highlights business success
through team creativity. The pro-
gram includes lunch and network-
ing, plus a one hour workshop con-
sisting of a brief presentation, par-
ticipative exercises and focused dis-
cussions. Seating is limited, please
call 493-7206 for more information
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is dedicating its monthly
Cummer Caf6 Night to the United
States armed forces on Thursday,
July 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. There will
be a patriotic theme to accompany
the event's already festive atmos-
phere of food, drinks, art and live
music. Families are invited to join
in the festivities throughout the
museum. A live band will be play-
ing patriotic favorites and there will
be red, white and blue d6cor to cel-
ebrate our local military personnel.
Picnic style refreshments will be
provided along with a cash bar.
For more information, call 899-
Island Boat Ride
The Shriner's of Rabia Temple
#8 will present their all "Island
Tropic" Boat Ride on Friday, July
15, 2005 aboard the Lady St. John
Riverboat. Boarding time is 7:00
p.m. The boat will sail from 8:00 -
12:00 a.m. Contact Earl at 707-
8404 or Lou at 233-0207 for tickets
or more information.
Jazz at the Landing
Experience smooth jazz at the
Jacksonville Landing with Atlanta
based Xpressions featuring Dee
Lucus who will be performing at
the Twisted Martini on Thursday,
July 15, 2005. The performance
will be free until 9:00 p.m. For
more information call 353-tini.
Art is Where
You Find it
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present Art is Where
You Find It! Trash to treasure
hands. The workshop will be held
on Saturday, July 16, 2005 from
10:30 a.m. noon. Participants will
learn to create art with found or
recycled materials with Through
Our Eyes mother and daughter
team Billie and Natalie McCray.
Bring your own found and recycled.
objects or let the artist's help you
choose. The workshop is for chil-
dren and adults. Admission is $5.
Advance registration is recom-
mended. For more information,
please call 632-5555.
Soul Release Poetry
The Soul Release Poetry event is
held every first and third Saturday
at 7:30 p.m. featuring an open mic
for po-ets/singers/lyricists hip-hop,
R&B and reggae by guest DJs
nationally known spoken word
poets. The next event is on July
16th. Soul release is held at
Boomtown Theater and Restaurant
1714 North Main Street corerr 7th
Street) For more info visit the web
On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 from
10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m., there will
be a workshop on "All About
Peppers". The two hour workshop
will teach you all there is to know
about peppers and will conclude
with a tour of the demonstration
vegetable garden. The program will
be held at the Urban Gardening
Field Office, 1007 Superior St.
Please call 387-8850 to register.
The 2005 Florida A & M National
Alumni Association Conference
will be held on July 20-24, 2005 at
the Orlando Renaissance Resort in
Orlando, Fl. The three day conven-
tion will include a golf tournament,
seminars, step show, luncheons,
receptions, memorial service and a
gala. For more information, e-mail
write to the Association at PO. Box
7351, Tallahassee, FL 32314..
Ribault Class of 90'
The Ribault Class of 1990 will be
celebrating their 15th Class reunion
the weekend of July 22-24,2005.
It's not to late to be apart of the
excitement! Log on to www.rib-
aultl990.com for more information.
Savannah State University Alumni
Association will hold their monthly
meeting on Thursday, July 21st,
2005 from 6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m. at
the Walker Law Offices, 625 Union
St. For more information, please
call Tourea Robinson at 632-3239.
COOJI Boat Ride
Treat yourself to the night of your
life, with COOJI's (Carnival
Organization of Jacksonville) 3rd
annual Boat Ride on Saturday, July
23rd. Boarding time is 10:30
p.m.and sailing time is 11:00 p.m.-
2 a.m. SHARP dockside next to
Chart House. For more information
call 294-2898, 536-7106 or log on
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Rippingtons in Concert
Award- winning contemporary
jazz group the Rippingtons will be
in concert on Saturday, July 23 at
8PM at the Florida Theater. For
more information, call 355-2787.
Diversity is Focus
Institute for Teens
The National Conference for
Community and Justice (NCCJ)
will present its Metrotown Institute
youth leadership program for 10-
12th graders, Monday, July 25th
thru Thursday, July 28, at
Jacksonville University. This 4-day,
3-night residential leadership pro-
gram will offer teens the opportuni-
ty to explore and discuss issues of
diversity in gender, race, religion,
culture and personal development.
Space is limited, for registration
information, call (904) 306-6225.
Jax Bold City Lions
Club Golf Tourny
The Jax Bold City Lions Club, a
non-profit organization that pro-
vides Eye Exams, Eye Glasses, Eye
Surgeries. and Seeing Eye Guide
Dogs for the less fortunate will hold
a Charity Golf Tournament on
Saturday, August 6, 2005. If you
golf mark your calendar to play and
help a worthy cause.
There will be an 8 a.m. Shotgun
Start. Also 4-Person Captains'
Choice, Hole-In-One Prizes, Lunch
Buffet, and Awards for 1st, 2nd and
3rd Place, Longest Drive, and
Closest to Pin, Drawings, Free Golf
and Prizes Galore.
There is an 80 person maximum'
field, so reserve your space today!
Deadline to register is July 29th.
For information, call (904) 260-
Matthew W. Gilbert
High School All-Class
Plans are in progress for the
January 7, 2006, Matt6hew W.
Gilbert 'High School's 8th Annual
Reunion Celebration. Two repre-
sentatives from each class from
1952 to 1970, are asked to become
involved in the planning.
Planning meetings will begin on
Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 7
p.m., and thereafter, every other
Tuesday at the Matthew W. Gilbert
Middle School. For more informa-
tion, contact: Matthew W. Gilbert
Alumni: Almeyta J. Lodi at (904)
355-7583 or Vivian W. Williams at
Crowns a Soul
Regina Taylor's "Crowns", a
lively and soul stirring musical is a
moving portrait of African-
American women and how they
define themselves through the hats
they wear, will be brought to life in
Jacksonville through Stage Aurora.
The play will be performed in
FCCJ's North Campus August 19th
and 26th at 8:00 p.m., August 20th
and 27th at 2:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
and August 21st and 28th at 3:00
p.m. For more information, please
Class of 95' Reunion
The Paxon Senior High School
Class of 1995 will have their 10
year reunion the weekend of
August 20, 2005. Festivities will
include a Networking Happy Hour,
semi-formal banquet and church
services. All class members who
wish to find out more detailed infor-
mation, please send your contact
information via email to:
email@example.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
Celebration of Women
Save the date for an evening of
inspiration, creativity and fun as the
Women's Center of Jacksonville
hosts its 10th Annual Celebration of
Women. This event will begin with
a Patron Reception at 6 p.m., with
the program commencing at 7:15
p.m. on Friday, August26, 2005; at
the Jacoby Symphony Hall in the
Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts. There will be a
silent auction and much more. For
ticket and group sales information,
please call (904) 722-3000.
Stage Aurora will hold their 5th
Annual Invitational Golf
Tournament on Saturday, August
27, 2005 beginning at 7:30 a.m.
with a shotgun star of 18-Holes.
The tournament will be held at.the
Deerfield Lakes Golf Club.
Proceeds will benefit Stage
Aurora's Youth Educational
Outreach Programs. Entry fee
includes Green Fee, Cart Fee, lunch
BBQ, gift bags, and other door
prizes. Women golfers are encour-
aged. For more information, call
Ray Levy 356-8119 or Ed Hall 768-
Violinist Regina Carter
Presented by 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, violinist Regina carter
will be in concert on Saturday
September 24th at 8 PM t the
Florida Theater. For tickets, call the
Florida Theater at 355-3787.
"A Night of Stars"
To celebrate Florida Community
College's 40th year, the Florida
Community College Foundation
will sponsor a gala on October 8,
2005 at 8:00 p.m. The event,
themed "A Night of Stars," will be
held at the College's Deerwood
Center and is open to the public.
Proceeds will benefit Foundation
Scholarships. For more informa-
tion, please 632-3237.
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for Around Town?
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print your public service announcements
and coming events free of charge, news
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July 7-13, 2005
MISSY'S 'COOKBOOK' HAS DEEP RECIPES: Mother's
abuse addressed in track: plus. 'Post' asks her about Era Pigford rumors.
Nliss) Elliott has decided to deal %n ith some childhood
pain in her sixth album "The Cookbook. w which arrived in
stores lead by the single "Lo'e Conrol. The track Nl
Struggles addresses some of the ;nger she experienced
during her earls \cars. \hen she routinely\ watchedd her
ph% sicall. abuse her mother
"Those memories sill haunt me to this da." she tells the
New York Post. "You ne\er forget. 1 remember \\hen 1
was 4 years old my dad stomped my mom in the face with his combat boots.
I used to cry to my mom every day. I was scared to stay in other people's
houses because I thought I'd come back home and she'd be dead."
Missy said she was 13 when her mother finally found the strength to
leave her abusive husband.
Misdemeanor, a five-time Grammy winner, says her success has helped
them both to move on.
"I promised my mom years ago that when I had some money, she would
never cry again," she says. "Knowing that I'm doing that, that's what keeps
me happy. That's what keeps me smiling."
PARKS' LAWYERS WANT OUTKAST TO PAY LEGAL
FEES: Team says April settlement won't cover expenses.
Gregory Reed, a Detroit attorney who sued OutKast on
behalf of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, asked U.S. District .
Judge George Steeh to award his law firm legal fees stem- ~.
ming from a settlement in the case last April. .
Parks' 1999 lawsuit accused the Grammy-winning Atlanta
rap group of wrongly using her name in a song title. Under .
terms of the settlement, which were not disclosed, Parks was
to receive money from OutKast and co-defendants SONY BMG Music
Entertainment, Arista Records LLC and LaFace Records to be used for her
care and to pay bills. The 92-year-old has suffered from dementia since at
Court records cited by The Detroit News show the settlement fund has
paid out $150,000 in fees and costs to date, including payments to law firms
and to cover some of Parks' bills.
MADE STILL COUNTING DOLLARS
The Tyler Perry-penned film "Diary of a Mad Black
shook up the world with its $21.9 million, No. 1 opening
in February, led a
n bundle of Perry productions that sold 2.3 million DVD
copies in a single day, distributor Lions Gate Home
Entertainment reported Thursday. "Diary," which went on to gross more
than $50 million at the box office, was adapted by Perry from his play of the
same name. He also stars as the film's gun-toting grandmama Madea, a
character featured in a number of Perry's plays that were also released last
week on DVD and were part of Perry's single-day, 2.3 million tally. (The
plays new to DVD are "Madea's Class Reunion," "Madea's Family
Reunion," "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" and "Meet the Browns.") Lions
Gate will produce and distribute Perry's second movie adaptation, "Madea's
Family Reunion," which is scheduled to go into production July 11 for a
February release. The film marks Perry's directorial debut. n
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Original Four Tops Member Obie Benson Succumbs
DETROIT Renaldo "Obie"
Benson, a member of the legendary
Motown singing group the Four
Tops, has died. He was 69.
Benson died last week of lung can-
cer that was discovered when he
had a leg amputated several weeks
ago because of circulation prob-
lems, said his publicist, Matt Lee.
The Four Tops sold more than 50
million records and recorded hit
songs such as "Baby I Need Your
Loving," "Reach Out (I'll be
There)," "I Can't Help Myself" and
"Standing in the Shadows of Love."
Benson's death leaves two surviving
members of the original group:
Levi Stubbs and Abdul "Duke"
Fakir. The fourth original Top,
Lawrence Payton, died of liver can-
cer in 1997. They are members of
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Benson "enjoyed every moment of
his life," Fakir told the Detroit Free
Press through a publicist. "He put a
smile on everyone's face, including
The Four Tops began .
singing together in the
1950s under the name
the Four Aims and
signed a deal with
Chess Records. They .
later changed their
names to the Four Tops.
The group signed
with Motown Records
in 1963 and produced a a 1-
string of hits over the
next decade, making
music history with the 7
other acts in Berry
Gordy's Motown line-
Benson was active
with the group even
into his 60s, spending
more than a third of
each year performing
on the road. The group
last played on April 8 on The Four Tops are shown during a recording session in March 1986 in New Yorl
the "Late Show With Standing from left to right are, Lawrence Payton, Levi Stubbs, Abdul 'Duke'
David Letterman." Fakir, and seated is Renaldo 'Obie' Benson. Benson, a member of the legendary
.. Motowni inging group theFour Tops. .,-,i; ,;, o,,;- 4,1,.,- ,., ..v r'
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Hot Fun in the Summertime
As the temperature heats us up around the country, the stars are taking
the opportunity for their vacations too! Shown above left is retired rap-
per and Def Jam CEO Jay-Z as he.goes barefoot in the sand with girl-
friend Beyonc6 in Saint-Tropez. The couple, who rented a yacht for their
Mediterranean holiday, sailed to the French resort town after a stop in
Portofino, Italy. Above right is comedian Chris Rock, wife Malaak
Compton-Rock and daughters Zahra, 1, and Lola, 3, showing off their
inner Mouseketeers at Disney-MGM Studios on June 22. The family vis-
ited the amusement park to celebrate Lola's June 28 birthday.
July 7-13, 2005
Essence Festival's "Party With a Purpose" Revisits Even Larger
Crowds, Empowerment Seminars and Luther Vandross Tributes
Beyonce Knowles was clearly the star of the Destiny's Child perform-
ance at the festivals only sold out night. Destiny's Child, along with
rapper Kanye West, performed at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia
before flying in for their Essence shows Saturday.
Alicia Keyes delighted the crowd with her arson of hits for the second
Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard performed in between empower-
ment seminars on Saturday. Sheard has been making music since she
was 6 in her first band, the Clark Sisters.
Artisans displayed their wares and talent at the Marketplace.
Soul man John legend helped open the festival.
Author and researcher Dennis Kimbro was the 'Building Wealth'
seminar's keynote speaker. He encouraged his audience to develop
sound priorities and set career goals.
Velvet teddybear Ruben Studdard wowed the crown with his Luther
Vandross inspired Tributes.
Joined by his wife, Cookie, basketball legend Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
offers personal testimonial at an Essence Music Festival-sponsored
seminar at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Fergie and Apl.de.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas entertain the crowd at
the Essence Music Festival main stage. Dancing in the background
Sunday night was Will.I.Am, left.
The Essence Marketplace which took over the Convention Center was
complete with America's finest ethnic treasures. Above is seven year
veteran attendee Tracie Collier of Jacksonville.
Lionel Richie helped close out the final night of concerts.
Aretha Franklin welcomes longtime friend Bishop Paul S. Morton of
Greater St. Stephen Ministries to the stage for a duet of 'Say a
Prayer,' celebrating the lives of Luther Vandross and Four Tops
vocalist Obie Benson. Both men died Friday, July 1st, the opening
night of the Music Festival.
Essence, the cornerstone of New
Orleans' summer tourism season, is
still going strong, a confluence of
music, fashion, cuisine, art, culture
and celebrity, the ten year plus fes-
tival drew the largest crowds in its
history in 2004, with 228,000 atten-
dees. The three nighttime concerts
in the SuperDomewere augmented
by daytime "empowerment semi-
nars" at the Ernest N. Morial
The music? An old-school, new-
school summit, a snapshot of R&B
history and its future. Veterans
Aretha Franklin, Maze featuring
Frankie Beverly, Lionel Richie and
Teena Marie are joined on the main
stage by Alicia Keys, Destiny's
Child, Kanye West, the Black Eyed
Peas, John Legend, Ruben
Studdard, Fantasia and Kem, all of
whom came to prominence in the
The focus of this years perform-
ances were no doubted shadowed
by the death of the lengendary
Luther Vandross. The R&B star
sang at the Essence Music Festival
five times, and was the subject of an
all-star tribute in 2003, after a debil-
itating stroke left him unable to per-
And as word of Vandross' death
spread throughout the country on
the eve of the worlds largest
African-American gathering, it was
inevitable that he would again be on
the minds of most Essence partici-
pants, especially performers.
Not surprisingly, all four acts on
the Essence main stage in the
Superdome on its opening night
"American Idol" winner Ruben
Studdard rendered Vandross' "So
Amazing" and "Never Too Much."
Neo-soul singer John Legend
decided that not performing
Vandross songs was a better tribute.
"I don't need to embarrass myself,"
Legend said. "Luther sang them so
much better than me."
After a slew of her hits, Alicia
keyes dedicated her finale, "If I
Ain't Got You" to Vandross: "such a
beautiful, beautiful spirit." The
audience rewarded Keys with a
standing ovation, one she truly
deserved following a stellar show.
The star of the opening night,
Aretha Franklin sang a variety of
her decades long repertois with
everything from "Think" and
"Natural Woman" to "A Rose is
Still a Rose." She also accompa-
nied herself on grand piano for a
song from her forthcoming album.
To memorialize both Vandross and
Four Tops vocalist Obie Benson,
who also died Friday -- "both were
men of integrity and principal," she
said -- she was joined by longtime
friend Bishop Paul S. Morton of
Greater St. Stephen Ministries for a
duet on "Say a Prayer."
Besides ..ni., i. soul food del-
icacies and high couture ethnic
shopping of everything from fine
jewels to designer clothing and
paintings, the complexities of race,
self-worth and self-love were par-
layed by renowned scholar and
author Michael Eric Dyson to a
packed house at the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center.
Joined by NBA legend and entre-
preneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson,
Pastor Paula White and a host of
other speakers, Dyson told the
mainly African-American audience
that the key to embracing black
self-worth is embracing black love,
black struggle and deliberate identi-
fication with the race.
The event, "Spirit on High," was
part of the final day of seminars
sponsored by the Essence Music
Johnson, who introduced Dyson
to the stage, said he has been
blessed to evolve from a selfish pro-
fessional basketball player into the
owner of several successful busi-
nesses in inner cities across the
"I went from 'Magic' to 'Mr.
Johnson,' he said. "When I was in
the NBA, I was doing it for me.
Now that I'm a businessman, I'm
able to bless people with jobs in the
Johnson told the audience that if
black Americans are going to suc-
ceed, they have to achieve econom-
We dominate sports, entertain-
ment and now we need to start dom-
inating money," Johnson said.
"Let's talk about love, black love.
Bone-deep, marrow-deep black
love," Dyson said. "It is a notion
that interrupts the global system of
white supremacy. To embrace the
notion of black love is to challenge
what America means.... It reminds
us of who we are. It keeps us in
touch with our humanity. And we
need to learn to love ourselves even
more because black people are
some of the most unloved people on
the face of the earth." said Dyson.
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