Will Bear the
Be Wary of
Class of 1965
How He Almost
Passed on Career
Defining Role in
Hustle & Flow
Michigan Continues Battle
Over Affirmative Action
LANSING, Mich. An elections board could not agree last week on
whether to certify a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban
some affirmative action programs in Michigan a petition drive dogged
by allegations of fraud and misrepresentation.
Supporters of the measure said they now will ask the courts to certify
the signatures, a key step toward getting on the November 2006 ballot.
Most of the debate centered on whether there should be an investigation
into the Civil Rights Initiative's signature-gathering techniques.
Opponents said an undetermined number of signatures \were gathered
through misrepresentation, with manN black people tricked into signing a
petition they thought would protect affirmative action and civil rights.
The proposal would prohibit the use of race and gender preferences in
university admissions and government hiring.
The lichigan Civil Right' Initiative in January submitted more than
508,000 signatures in support of the proposal. It needs 317.757 valid sig-
natures of registered otherss to get the measure on the ballot.
In June 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a general affirmative
action policy at the UniveIsity of lMichigan law school but struck down
the unr\ersitN's undergraduate formula as too rigid because it awarded
admission points based on race.
Denounced in CA Schools
A pilot program injecting controversial 'Ebonics" slang into the cur-
riculum of two San Bernardino, California public schools would harm
students more than help them. say members of the black leadership net-
work Project 21.
The plan to introduce Eboncs into the classroom is part of the San
Bernardino City Unified School District's Students Accumulating New,
Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment SANKOFA) Iniuatve.
The goal of the program is to improve the academic performance of black
students by keeping them interested in their studies.
Sankofa. a word from the Akan language of present-day Ghana, is
translated as "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move for-
ward; so we understand \vh and how we\ came to be who we are today."
But Project 21 members contend that Ebonics has nothing to do with
African heritage and is simply the legiumization of modern urban
American slang that will harm the professional development of black
children if it is put on the same level as Standard English.
"Teaching Ebonics. which is nothing more than urban slang, will not
provide a means for an individual to acquire a job," notes Project 21
member Michael King.
Activists Re-enact Lynching
SMNONROE, Ga. Civil rights
S. _acti% ists marked the 59th anni%\ersary
t of an unsolved lynching by re-enact-
ing the brutal slaying of two black
couples who were forced out of their
car by a mob of white men and
Sa The scene %as recreated with black
volunteers acting as Ku Klux
_K lansmen. fireworks for gunshots
and fake blood poured on for effect.
Activists said the. staged the re-
enactment to gain support for the
prosecution of anyone who ma\ hage been involved in what they called
the last mass public lynching in the United States.
Roger and Doroth) alcom and George and Mae NMurray Dorsey were
riding \ ith a white farmer when they were killed on July 25. 1946, a few
days after Roger Malcom got into a fight "ith a white man. The mob
forced them out of the car, dragged them do\% n a wagon trail about 50
yards from a bridge over the Apalachee River and shot them. according
to an FBI report. The farmer was spared.
No one was ever charged in the lynchings. even though the FBI's report
named 55 suspects. Last month. 1.000 members of the Georgia
Association of Black Elected Officials unanimously passed a resolution
urging prosecutors to bring charges in the case. Georgia Bureau of
Investigation agent Fred Stephens said recently that his office is pursuing
every lead it gets.
Exhumation Considered in 1964
Mississippi Civil Rights Slayings
The conviction of ex-Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen in the 1964
slaying of three civil rights workers in Mississippi may not be the end of
the case. One victim's brother is weighing the possibility of exhurmng ius
body to recover bullets that might show whether more shooters were
involved and could still be alive to prosecute.
"An exhumation, I think, would be a very emotional process for my fam-
ily, so wxe need to be clear about what our objectives are," said Ben
Chancy, the brother of James Chaney. "One of the objectives my family's
always had is to get the truth out."
It's been reported that a man who bought two guns from a suspect in
the deaths of Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman is will-
ing to allow ballistics tests on the weapons.
Volume 19 No. 27 Jacksonville, Florida July 28 August 4, 2005
Groups Demand US Voting Rights Act Extension
Civil rights activists have demand-
ed that the Bush administration
extend the life of the 1965 Voting
Rights Act, claiming the landmark
legislation was necessary to prevent
a return to widespread discrimina-
tion in voting practices.
Parts of the act, including a provi-
sion that forces a number of mostly
Southern states and counties to get
pre-approval from Washington
before changing voting times,
places or methods -- are set to
expire in 2007 unless reauthorized
by the federal government.
"We see schemes to undermine
voting growing and the silence from
the Department of Justice is deafen-
ing," civil rights leader Rev. Jesse
Jackson said at a news conference
in Atlanta to promote an Aug. 6
voting rights march in the Southern
"The Voting Rights Act is a sacred
act and it should not be tampered
with," Jackson said.
He added that the march had the
support of the Urban League and
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People,
two of the nation's preeminent civil
The Voting Rights Act, introduced
by President Lyndon Johnson after
black civil rights protesters were
savagely beaten in Selma, Alabama,
was designed mainly to eliminate
the discriminatory voting practices
that were endemic in then-segregat-
ed southern states.
Until its passage, Alabama,
Mississippi and a handful of others
in the Deep South were able to
deter blacks from registering to vote
through the use of literacy tests and
Forty years later, claims of voting
discrimination continue to persist.
Some blacks contended that they
encountered problems when trying
to vote in the last two presidential
elections, both won narrowly by
A growing number of
Republicans are coming out in
favor of extending the act as was
done in 1968, 1972 and 1982.
Earlier this month, Rep. James
Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin
Republican and chairman of the
judiciary committee in the House of
Representatives, announced that
Republicans in the lower chamber
would draft a 25-year reauthoriza-
tion of the act.
Hearings on the issue will likely
begin in the fall.
Eta Phi Beta: Sisters in Business and Service Hold
Southeastern Regional Conference in Jacksonville
Well over two hundred African American female community leaders and entrepreneurs from across the south
spent this past weekend in Jacksonville, coming together for a common purpose to continue their organization's
sixty-three-year legacy of service and leadership. Highlights of the gala weekend include events such as a
"Apollo Night NU Style and Fashion Review", a pageant, workshops and business meetings. Shown above fol-
lowing the pageant are (Left Right) Gloria Torrance, President, Nu Chapter; Sharon Pritchett, Southeastern
Regional Director; Louise Broadnax, National President; Lucinda Campbell, Ms. Queen for the Southeastern
Region; and Curlue Huger, Journalist, Nu Chapter. For more on the weekends activities, see page 5
Ms. Lola Scott
Ms. Lola Scott
Longtime Jacksonville resident
Ms. Lola Scott recently turned one
hundred and eight years old and
was feted by friends and family at a
festive birthday party.
Born in 1897 in West Palm
Beach, FL, Ms.. Scott moved to the
Jacksonville area as a youngster
and attended Edward Waters
College. Throughout her adult life
she worked with the Gilbert Band
Parents and voter registration.
Ms. Scott is a faithful member of
Westside Church of Christ.
By: Danielle Ephraim
Superman, Batman, Spiderman,
and The Fantastic Four, that is what
we call heroes. According to
Webster's New Dictionary, a hero is
one that is much admired, and this
month Ms. Rometa Porter is that
hero. Ms. Porter is an entrepreneur
of a home health care business with
a friend by the name of Janice
Austin. She donates blood to the
Georgia-Florida Blood Alliance
where she has donated over a gallon
of blood. She volunteers with her
sorority, Sickle Cell Foundation and
Breast Cancer Awareness, and the
Relay for Life, in which she has
done for the past four years.
Ms. Porter tells us how she has
become so involved in her many
organizations. "I have been part of
the Sickle Cell Foundation for 30
years," she says, "My nephew was a
sickle cell client, which made me
want to become more involved."
Porter states that after her mother
and friend were diagnosed with
Breast Cancer she also became
more involved. Porter says that her
passion is of course, Sickle Cell.
"Sickle Cell is predominately in the
Black race because we are not
Shown above is Ms. Porter during one of her numerous civic activi-
ties with a group of Bikers raising funds for Sickle Cell Disease. She
is also shown in the inset.
aware of the disease being able to
be eradicated if taken care of." She
Porter talks about some of the
projects she has greatly enjoyed
being a part of. "I just came back
with NAACP-SO where we won a
gold medal. We took 15 kids to
Milwaukee and they competed in
what we call the Academics of the
Mind. They participated in Poetry,
Drama, Dance, and Contemporary
and Classical Music. I did not
spearhead it, but I was co-chairman.
I liked working with the kids in
that." she quotes. "I thoroughly
enjoyed being a member the Home
and Health Care Agency. It is the
First Black Home Health Care
Agency in Jacksonville. We take
care of the individuals in their
home." Porter said.
If she was able to have her own
non-profit, Porter said it would be
something that served the low-
income communities manage their
money and learn how to gain finan-
cial assets. Of course, there is more
to Porter than her volunteer life.
Porter says that she is divorced with
three adult daughters and four
grandchildren. She says her family
life is enjoyable. Family is a top pri-
ority for her.
In fact, she has learned to balance
her family life along with her vol-
unteer and business life. "I live
alone, so I can come into office and
do what it is I need to do and set
aside time for volunteer work. I
work that around my schedule" In
her spare time she enjoys reading,
bowling, and tennis. She earned an
AS Degree ini Nursing, and member
of Church of the Crucifixion
Catholic Church located on W.
Edgewood Ave. Rometa Porter is
greatly admired and honored for her
Jacksonville Free Press and
Publix Supermarkets are proud
to salute Ms. Rometa Porter
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Saluting Unsung Hero Rometa Porter
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Entrepreneurs Redefine Their Businesses
at African-American Business Summit 2005
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Opening Keynote was provide
by lyanla Vanzant.
Hundreds of business owners,
executives, operators, entrepre-
neurs, partners, and more from all
over the United States attended the
most remarkable four-day business-
to-business event situated in
Rancho Mirage, California. This
years African American Business
Summit (AABS 2005) appropriate-
ly themed: BUSINESS REDE-
FINED: an Extraordinary
Experience for Exceptional
Business People, was held at the
Westin Mission Hills Resort and
Spa June 23rd -26th. Attendees
gained immeasurable information
and the influence needed to facili-
tate their businesses to grow and
AABS 2005 presented a variety of
events to keep the attendees
engaged. The agenda included:
Anthony Asadullah Samad's Urban
Issues Forum addressing "Black
Businesses Must Secure Their Own
Masks First: Capacity as a Barrier
to Business Growth"; the $5,000
Living History Makers
Entrepreneur Award Reception; the
Living History Makers Entrepre-
neur Award and $5,000 to Judi
Henderson-Townsend of her com-
pany, Mannequin Madness, at a cer-
emony that chronicled her business
and how she redefined the industry.
The Business Exchange and Expo
provided an opportunity where
attendees had a chance to meet with
corporate and small business repre-
sentatives face to face and enjoyed
a new additive Your 15 Minutes of
Fame! an opportunity for atten-
dees to have a 15 minute platform
to pitch their business to a receptive
audience. Attendees also could visit
a daily Cyber Cafe where they got
to stay connected to their business-
es through available computer sys-
tems. Other highlights were the
Welcome Reception, Golf
Tournament, 'Cash Flow' After
Hours where attendees relaxed
around a game of Robert Kiyosaki's
Cash Flow Game and other board
games and a Morning Workout with
Maria Dowd that got the attendees
day off to a great start!
From the first day of break-out
workshops to the last, the attendees
acquired information to redefine
their businesses from those who are
specialized in their fields.
AABS 2005 final luncheon
brought together the youth atten-
dees from Smart Start with the busi-
ness attendees for a stimulating and
standing ovation keynote from Dr.
Dennis Kimbro, author of "Think
and Grow Rich A Black Choice".
It was dynamic and left attendees
Closing Keynote: Dr. Dennis Kiml
never wanting to leave! Dr. Kimbro
charged all generations with his
inspired messages needed to make
their efforts grow within them-
selves and create their own com-
AABS closed with it's first ever
Wave of Praise Gospel Brunch
which left attendees spiritually
uplifted with pop and gospel sensa-
tion Howard Hewett, Maura Gale,
Alfonso Freeman, Fatima Lowe
hilarious Christian comedian The
Rev. Monty B. Sharpton and
Gentlemen for Christ -- who
brought the house down and more.
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American Business Summit 2006
and other upcoming events that
inform, inspire and influence your
small business such as the fall 2005
"Access to Success" Business Tour,
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Jax Landing Crowd Wowed By
Students From New Music School
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Jacksonville School of Music founder Deborah McDuffie speaks to the
audience between acts at the Jacksonville Landing Saturday night, in
a school-produced show entitled called "The Rhythm & The Blues."
Recent music school founder "Gimme The Mike" winner Josh
Deborah McDuffie isn't one to toot Howell closed out the show with an
her own hom. impressive rendition of Elton John's
But the show she and her six- "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On
member volunteer team hosted Me."
Saturday night at the Jacksonville Between acts, McDuffie pointed
Landing had people stopping in to tables in the Landing's courtyard
their tracks. manned by volunteers distributing
A young couple on the enrollment materials.
Southbank crossed the river to see "We're just hoping people were
the faces behind the voices they impressed with what they saw and
heard, will enroll the young and young-at-
An older husband and wife, who heart to help us grow this arts insti-
couldn't speak English, sat with tution," said McDuffie.
open mouths and eyes glued to the The school, which is guided by,
stage. The Northeast Florida Foundation
And children danced to the music of the Arts, a non-profit arts board,
and voices of "The Rhythm and offers dance, vocal, and instrument
The Blues," a free musical revue of instruction in both the contempo-
hits from the '70s, '80s and '90s at rary and classical tradition.
the Landing from 8 to 9 p.m. The new Jacksonville School of
Saturday. Music, whose home is in the
"It's great playing to a full house," Jacksonville Landing, is the latest
said McDuffie, founder of the new project of McDuffie's who is no
not-for-profit Jacksonville School stranger to the stage and big names
of Music where most of the singers from the music industry.
and dancers are enrolled. "It's clear she knows her stuff,"
The show was part entertainment, said one member of the audience.
and part enrollment drive for the
non-profit school of music's fall
classes which begin in September.
McDuffie opened the show with a c
number, before turning it over to c h
her cast of students who crooned,
danced, and in some cases belted
out a string of chart toppers.
The hour-long show featured
Wendi"ioyd wh6osang ArethaV
Franklin's "Chain of Fools," Tonya
Brown's rendition of Bette Midler's
"Wind Beneath My Wings" and
Megan Isham's version of "Martha
and the Vandellas' "Heatwave"
complete with a trio of backup
Shown above are front row ( the children) MarQuale Ashley, Kemarl Mitchell, Blossom Hightower, Ashley Bryant, Ja'Mia Kirkland, Jaynae
Thomas, Anteonia Johnson, Angelina Ignacio, Ashya Evans, Ciera Nelson, Davion Hadden, Bre'on Rhodes, David Swinson, Gregory Prince,
Jr. Back row (the adults from Rogers Towers) Melissa Kopacz, Tom Helm, marketing director, Pam Bass, executive director, Maureen Jones,
SDoug Ward, managing director.
Rogers Towers Sponsored Essay Contest Yields
Big Back to School Bonanza for Area Youth
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Rogers Towers attorneys and staff Gregory Prince, Jr., Beaches, sec- Kirkland; Blossom Hightower;
Florida summer camp students got who selected first, second and third ond place Victory Pointe, third place
a-head start on their back-to-school prize winners in three categories Samirah Buxton, Woodland Ages 13+, Essay Category
needs last week with some help pictorial, timeline and essay. First Acres, third place Ashley Bryant, Lee, first place
from Rogers Towers. More than place winners received laptop cor- Ages 10-12, Timeline Category Jasmine Vereen, second place
150 boys and girls participated in puters, second place winners Ciera Nelson; Ashya Evans; Darryl Hicks, St. Augustine, third
the Rogers Towers 100 Years of received $250 JC Penney shopping Jaynae Thomas; Angelina place
Jacksonville History Art and Essay sprees and third place winners Ignacio;Woodland Acres, first Rogers Towers, northeast
Contest. At the awards ceremony received $100 JC Penney shopping place Florida's largest law firm, part-
held at the Laurence F. Lee Unit, sprees. Top award winners, listed Davion Haddon; David nered with the Boys & Girls Clubs
313 East 10th St., Jacksonville, by age group and category, are: Swinson; Bre'on Rhodes; of Northeast Florida to encourage
each participant received a back- Ages 6-9, Pictorial Category MarQuale Ashley;Victory Pointe, students to learn about their
pack. Kemari Mitchell, Victory Pointe, second place Jacksonville heritage and to foster
The entries were judged by first place Anteonia Johnson; Ja'Mia academic skills.
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fHo Strong Sob ering
by Charles Griggs
SIX MONTHS LATER: WHAT
HAPPEN TO THE SUPER CITY?
Some say that enough time has gone by for Jacksonville
to see some of the fruits of its "Super" labors.
"I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it
had ceased to be one." -Mark Twain
All of the barricades are long gone.
The banners have been pulled down.
The massive ships have cruised away from local ports.
It has now been six months since Jacksonville had
the attention of the world as it hosted Super Bowl
Five years of planning, money and pride paid off as
Jacksonville starred in its own version of "extreme
Streets were paved, interstates were ramped up, and
the stadium was renovated.
Those were obvious things that needed to be taken
care of to get Jacksonville game ready to host one of
the world's largest televised events.
With that came other responsibilities too.
Jacksonville, if only for a moment in time, had to
shed its "hick town" image in order to properly enter-
tain the world. In doing so the city would open itself up
to the possibilities being considered as the place to be.
Now the sun has set on the Super Bowl Host
Committee, its staff and the efforts they put out to see
that Jacksonville got it done right.
All that seems to be left are some t-shirts, caps and
other oddly shaped souvenirs.
We heard that people would come to Jacksonville for
the Super Bowl, fall in love with the St. Johns River
and move their fortunes to the First Coast bringing jobs
and community trusteeship with them.
We heard that as a result of the game being held in
Jacksonville, the city would receive and economic
development shot in the arm that could be heard around
We heard that just because Jacksonville was hosting
a Super Bowl, they would be put on the NFL's social
watch list. And by doing so, the city would need to "get
its house in order," as it relates to economically
depressed areas of town. We heard that these areas
would benefit most from the pressure of the NFL and
generosity of the city.
Since the NFL left town back on February 7, people
have been constantly asking me questions about the
future of Jacksonville. They want to know what will
Well, it's been six months and the only difference I
can see are some paved streets that were scheduled to
be paved anyway.
In fact, if you let Jacksonville this time last year and
returned a year later you would note that not much has
changed for the better.
Some may even argue that things have gotten worse.
For example, Jacksonville is a city that just hosted a
Super Bowl. Yet, the Mayor's Office is proposing mas-
sive cuts to balance the upcoming budget.
Also, the man who is responsible for bringing the
Super Bowl to Jacksonville, Wayne Weaver, has made
it clear that the Jaguars are not in the business of losing
money year after year. How ironic that the home team
of the city that hosted the Super Bowl is standing on
financial shaky ground with all of the economic wins.
the big game was supposed to bring.
There is also the city itself. Downtown Jacksonville
Was supposed to become this new rejuvenated district
that would play host to the types of things that other
cities do. Such as, entertainment, restaurants and resi-
dential living. While some of those things have begun
to happen, they are proceeding at the same pace-prior
to the Super Bowl.
We've even recently heard, according to the city's new
economic inspiration Blueprint for Prosperity, that the
per capital income has gone down. Translated, the gap
between the haves and have-nots has gotten even wider.
And let's not even begin to talk about Jacksonville's
Absolutely nothing has changed.
And if anything did change, it probably would have
happened with or without a Super Bowl.
As it turned out the game and the effort was a lot of fun.
But what about all of the other stuff that comes with it?
The NFL is very careful not to make promises of
riches to' the communities that they invade. Sure they
leave some things behind in the form of charity events
However, it's up to the community that owns the
hosting effort to take a hard look at what's missing and
make sure that things get fixed while the eye of the
world is upon it.
It took five years for Jacksonville to prepare a gigan-
tic smile at the world saying, "Here we are, come join
us." Now it's time for Jacksonville to take a look at
what went wrong, who was left out and how the entire
city can make the most out of its super experiences.
Judging from some of the comments I've heard, and
some of the things I've seen, Jacksonville is back to
business as usual.
And that's not good.
It would be ashamed,if Jacksonville came out of its
Super Bowl effort empty handed and back at zero.
You can send us an e-mail with your comment to:
July 28 August 3, 2005
LIVE FROM CITY I-IATI
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Urban Families Bear Brunt of City Budget Cuts
As a child I vividly remember "public" school or charging a toll to Another proposed budgetary cut
going to the community swimming walk down the "public" sidewalk. may end the funding for critical
pool. For my brother and I it was a Not only are these notions not prac- programs like "Team Up" and cam-
big deal because our mother rarely tical, but they are illogical. perships, which are basically partial
let us go. Now, there were others in How about making some cash from scholarships for low-income chil-
the neighborhood that nearly lived all of the folks who spend too much dren that allow them to attend
at the pool during the summer. But time in our public libraries you camps. The Team Up program is an
our occasional visit was definitely know reading books, using com- after school program that operates in
appreciated. puters and other educational re- Jacksonville elementary and middle
It was certainly better than play- sources? That's it a cover charge schools. It's probably safe to say
ing in out backyard water park, for libraries! If you walk in the door that it is one of the most successful
which consisted of a'water hose and you have pay at least a $1 a day. after school programs in the state.
home made "slip and slide." No, I have one better than that, So why would the Jacksonville
Growing up in inner-city Jack- let's charge citizens to use our pub- Children's Commission (JCC) cut
sonville, the thought of owning an lic parks. That will put an end of all the funding for these programs?
in-ground pool was never realistic of this excessive basketball playing Well, don't blame JCC. Because we
for most of us for obvious reasons and Jungle Jim climbing, and make are facing a tight budget year their
affordability and practicality. Bills the city a bunch of money. funding has been cut These are two
had to be paid, groceries had to be The problem with the City's pro- programs that are extremely viable
bought and our raggedy car always posed cuts and my ridiculous pro- for the black community.
needed to be fixed: posals is that they go against every- For some families these camp
With all of that said, the free pub- thing city government is supposed scholarships are difference between
lic pools were a welcomed addition to be about We are supposed to youth hanging out in the streets all
to life's struggles. The city of Jack- utilize tax dollars to serve citizens summer and getting into trouble or
sonville went into this year's budget by providing needed programs, ser- being involved in structured camps
planning process needing to fill a vices, safety and infrastructure. I that are providing recreation, cul-
gap as wide as the St. Johns River. guess that is why I am not a member tural activities and educational pro-
As a result, the Mayor's Office has of the GOP, because I feel that gov- grams. And I can assure you that 80
made several cost-cutting proposals. eminent should provide for those of to 90 percent of. the students in
One cost-cutting measures being us who have the greatest needs the Team Up black, so it should be ob-
proposed is to charge a one dollar least of us. vious why I say that the city's
fee per day for the use of public Usage fees are fine if we are talk- budget cuts will hurt African
pools. I am sure that your immedi- ing about renting a community cen- Americans the most.
ate reactions probably very similar ter for a baby shower or even enter- The good news is that the City
to mine "What the ..." Especially, ing certain parks, but public pools Council has the final say so on the
considering that a large percentage should not be even considered as budget, the bad news is that there
of the folks that utilize public pools viable options for generating funds, are very few funding sources to pull
come from low-income households. The other major issue with us- from, so it may be harder than ,ever
While a buck a day doesn't seem age fees like the one being proposed to save these programs. However, if
like much to some, for some, a dol- for pools is that it hurts those who the people who utilize these pro-
lar a day is very significant. A $1 a need the city services and resources grams band together anything is
day could be the difference in par- the most, low-income families. We possible, and the people just might
ticipating in recreational activities can not balance the city's budget at have the final say so.
or having enough money for lunch, the expense of our neediest citizens. In the 1940s, W.E.B. Du Bois
It may sound like an exaggeration, The proposed $1 fee for the use of said, "As Negro voting power in-
but I assure you that it is not. pools will supposedly generate ap- creased, Congress got an improved
Most low-income families with proximately $300,000 a year. I have sense of hearing." The same holds
multiple children can not afford to a strong feeling that by the time the true today, people can make a dif-
pay a few dollars a day to send their City ,; oJancil :fitish~j a'Lheirnreng inrthoitys bud@etprocess. a
children to the "public" pool. That's "twet ing',','of the ubu4get that pro-. .. Siguina, off..fino. oQitjrir@uncil ,i
like charging children to go to posed fee will no longer exist. Chambers, Reggie Fullwood
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Eta Phi Beta: Sisters in Business and Service
Over two hundred African
American female community lead-
ers and entrepreneurs from across
the south spent this past weekend in
Jacksonville, coming together for a
common purpose to continue their
organization's sixty-three-year lega-
cy of service and leadership. That
organization, Eta Phi Beta Sorority,
Inc., hosted its 19th Southeastern
Regional Conference at the Hilton
Riverplace Hotel. Curlue Huger,
Journalist of Nu Chapter of
Jacksonville, explained, "Our meet-
ings give us the chance to share our
successes and our ideas. We're a
growing group dedicated to helping
black women become business
Known for its successful devel-
opment of opportunities for profes-
sional women and for work with the
disabled, Eta Phi Beta is usually
"strictly about business." This
weekend's conference, however,
allowed members of theisorority to,
bond, have some fun and focus on
strengthening their sisterhood.
Rometa Porter, 1st Vice President
of Nu Chapter, noted, "We've been
working extremely hard the past
few days, but we've also had a great
time. Many of us have been show-
casing our individual talents, laugh-
ing, networking and sharing ideas
the way sisters do."
The conference began with the
"Apollo Night NU Style and
Fashion Review." The event which
was open to the'public, featured
comedy, music and a fashion show.
Lilly Robinson, a guest who attend-
ed the activity, shared, "It was hilar-
ious. I didn't really know most of
the people performing, but every-
one made me feel welcome. My
only complaint was that it didn't last
The weekend progressed with a
series of workshops and business
meetings. Chapters from across the
south also performed skits, which
focused on the organization's
theme: "service and leadership to
humanity." Sharon Pritchett,
Southeastern Regional Director,
Swho participated in a skit with her
chapter, stated, "Our activities
demonstrate who we are: women
who love mankind and who are
dedicated to serving others."
Perhaps the highlight of the con-
ference was, however, the
Southeastern Regional Ms. Queen
Pageant. A representative from
each chapter is chosen and com-
petes based on her display of serv-
ice and leadership. This. year,
Lucinda Campbell of the Alpha
Gamma Chapter of Miami, FL was
--crowned '"Ms. Queen" and will' go,-
on to represent the entire southeast
at Eta Phi Beta's national meeting in
Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was
founded in 1942 in Detroit,
Michigan and is an affiliate of the
National Council of Negro Women.
Current local and national initia-
tives include working with the
handicapped, provision of college
scholarships and breast cancer
awareness. It currently has 125
chapters throughout the United
States and the Virgin Islands, which
meet annually to host either a
regional (even years) or a national
(odd years) conference. According
to Louise Broadnax, National
President, these meetings serve an
important purpose. "They give us
the opportunity to train our mem-
bership to continue our focus of
service. Today we are reaping the
benefits of our founders' vision to
help business and professional
women advance. This has been a
highly successful weekend," she
said. Gloria Torrance, President of
Nu Chapter, added, "Jacksonville
enjoyed record attendance at this
conference. Because of the hospi-
tality of our members, the Shads
(husbands' auxiliary) and our youth,
we were able to take care of the
business of our noble sorority.
Members were energized and
recommitted to carrying out our
motto, "not for ourselves, but for
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Black Churches Face Changing Times As
Christian Rappers Emerge on Music Scene
Many young churchgoers have
been incorporating the I-ip-Hop
sound into their music and
ministries. However, it cannot be
forgotten that hip-hop's roots are
party music and is associated with
violence, sex and drugs; all
unexcepted to Christians.
New York native William
"Duce" Branch is a graduate of
Lancaster Bible School, and he
received a master's degree from the
Dallas Theological Seminary. He is
the son of a full-time minister who
says that he saw the impact the
Nation of Islam had on rap and
urban culture, and thought
Christians were missing out on a
powerful tool for evangelizing.
He addresses this theory on the
title track of his latest album, The
Thesis, and says:
Can't just introduce Christ to
the culture like an evangelist.
The church needs to be schooled
on hip-hop culture, so plan for this
I'm a Christian admittin' we're
wastin' our wisdom if we don't
embrace the streets
Peep the Nation of Islam
They promote a better culture
But no resurrection or message
of grace that can save men
So God's diggin' in the meeting
Looking for those needing grace
What will he find?
Just what he designed, hip-hop's
goi .missionaric&.tiebrought up for
these times. "'''
Those lyrics are a rap retelling
of Branch's master's thesis at
Dallas Theological Seminary.
John Wells, aka The Tonic, is a
native of Philadelphia, who heads
William "Dice" Branch 2d "The Ambassador"
Cross Movement Records, a Chris- a lot of different, diverse, pec
tian hip-hop label. Wells says that Hip-Hop has become the
he understands how some church of our young generation, usin
traditionalists saw hip-hop as Hop to minister to them i
"something of the world" but, he changing the rhythms to rea
says, hip-hop is more than a style young people. But, many fe
of music: it's a cultural phenol- connection Hip-Hop has to g
menon that is "fueling this genera- rap, without realizing that
tion. We have to combat the people will listen to the Ch
negativity that some hip-hop puts message, heard with a Hi
out. If the church doesn't support beat. It takes very little tir
hip-hp,-, it may become irrelevant ,older congregation members
to those whoneed it most. the response young people ha
'ielit'safe, "we Waift ihcliGi'oth '''Th'd ".mialot' 'f/ IUp,-Ho
We don't want to supplant other Christian music reflects
forms of worship, but we want to emergence of Christian rock
be a part of well rounded services, 60s arid 70s when many cons
ministering to all. That's what guitars and drums to be sinfi
heaven is going to look like, full of inappropriate for church mus
p ; ,"';
Greater Grant AME St. Paul AME to Host "Family and
Celebrates Usher Friends" Weekend Celebration
Rev. Tony D. Hansberry, and
the Combined Usher Boards of
Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, will
celebrate their 9th Joint Anniversary
at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2005.
You are invited to an evening of
"Melodies of Sweet Gospel Songs"
featuring Brother Victor and Sister
Felenna McCullough, and other
great Gospel Singers.
Sword & Shield
Ministry Invites All
The Sword and Shield Kingdom
Out Reach Ministry of the Chris-
tian Fellowship Gospel Chorus will
lift up Jesus in Praises, Preaching
and Singing from various Chris-
tians form around the city, will take
part, and you are invited.
Attend this special service and
receive a powerful blessing from
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Be at The Father's House Confer-
ence Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Bldg. #2, on Sunday, August
28th at 3:45 p.m., and be blessed.
First M. B. of Jax
Beach to hold Annual
"Come Together Day"
First Missionary Baptist Church
of Jacksonville Beach, 810 Third
Avenue South; will sponsor their
Annual Come Together Day, from
10 a,m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,
Abggu'sl 6', 005 ". ... .
There will be FREE food,
clothing and school supplies. If
you are in need, or know someone
who is please come. All in need
The Pastor, Reverend Marvin
Zanders II, and the members of St.
Paul African Methodist Episcopal
(AME) Church, 6910 New Kings
Road; have planned extensively to
ensure that this year's "Family and
Friends" Weekend Observance is
both fun and spirit-filled.
A family picnic and carnival
will be held on the St. Paul Church
grounds, on Saturday, July 30".
A Special Family Worship
Service is slated for 10 a.m. on
Sunday, July 31st. The Rev.
Marvin Zanders II will be the
messenger. Friends and the public
are extended a warm welcome to
share in this special weekend.
August activities at St. Paul
AME include: a "Back to School
Prayer Vigil" at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, August 3rd. Dr. John
Guns, Pastor of St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church, will be the guest
Class Leaders "Nuture and
Development" will be held at 7:45
Rev. Marvin C. Zanders II
Pastor, St. Paul AME Church
a.m. on Saturday, August 6"'.
The Sons of Allen will present
their annual program at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, August 14th
The Women's Progressive Club
will present their "Pretty Hat Tea"
on Sunday, August 21st.
The public is invited to all
One Accord Ministries International
"One Soul At A Time"
(OSAAT) of One Accord Minis-
tries International, 2971 Waller
Street, Jacksonville, is offering a
"Family Read for Fun Program"
that will meet from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. on Tuesdays starting August
2nd and continuing thru November.
This program is geared towards
parents improving, their reading
* skills in order'tWbe mbre helpful to
their children with homework and
other activities that involve
This will not only help parents
to be better readers, it will also
y Read for Fun"
assist school-aged students in
improving academically. In addi-
tion, there will be field trips and
other activities that will provide
fun-filled learning experiences.
There is no cost for this program
which is sponsored by the
Neighborhood Partnership for the
Protection of Children, and the
OSAAT of One Accord Ministries
Internation, where Bishop, Dr. J an
D. Goodman Sr. is Pastor.
For more information, please
contact Dr. Janet E. Perry at (904)
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel- 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday 12 noon I p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.
Radio Ministry -
WCGL 1360 AM
Thursday 8:15 8:45 a.m.
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.
6WETER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH
PaELtoX-'r ti-ionl LZ ^. VWillirtM OR B., 3D. Willln
1880 WeBest*Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208
"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
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St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church
5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800 Fax
"The Church That Reaches Up To God And Out To Man"
JOIN US FOR OUR SERVICES
Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)
Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)
Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sunday, July 30th
8:25 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.
He still is a miracle worker.
"Jesus, The Great Physician"
Pastor Garry and Kim Wiggins
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
July 2S August 3, 20Uu
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Dear Friends of Edward Waters College:
It is my privilege as the 27th president of Edward Waters College (EWC) to bring you the good news
coming from the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) that our accreditation has been
reinstated. We are a fully accredited institution. Where, just a few months ago, there was once deep concern,
there is now optimism about the future of Florida's oldest private institution of higher education. A spirit
of renewed hope permeates the entire campus. I am pleased to report that we are back on track as one of the
finest institutions of higher education in Florida, the region and indeed the Nation. It all begins with a vision ---
any great mission, any great undertaking, any great achievement --- must have vision; and EWC is a College
with a compelling vision.
We are witnessing the dawn of a new day with the start of the 2005-2006 academic year at EWC. This expected
transformation will be undergirded by the Double E Principle: Excellence & Ethics. This Principle envisions
graduates who think critically and humanely, whose grammar and expressions represent college level education.
Further still, the Principle calls for conduct and attire nurtured by those moral and spiritual values that
characterize a mature, responsible, and well-rounded individual who practices honesty and reverence.
The Double E Principle will also guide our day-to-day operations as we interact internally and externally to
ensure a customer-friendly atmosphere governed by one's conduct and morals. The Principle also focuses on
, .,igl' Ibehii\ ior and on conduct that is honest, accurate and dependable. In this context, ethics critique the
extent to which integrity flows through one's character and performance. Ethics, therefore, keeps Excellence
authentic and on target, and true to its inherent nature.
The vision of EWC, the rising star in Northeast Florida, is still a reality: Providing a quality education
that is steeped in excellence and ethics.
Finally, we are excited with the scheduled arrival of new students on August 13 and returning students on
August 21. If there is anything I can assist you with, please call 904-470-8012. Please also know that we all,
including our distinguished Board of Trustees, thank you for your support, and for investing in EWC to help
ignite the start of a dynamic new era at 1658 Kings Road.
Oswald P. Bronson, Sr., Ph.D.
(888) 898-3191 or (904) 470-8200
EWC expresses gratitude to its community,
the City ofJacksonville, and the State ofFlorida
for their continued prayers and support.
Now Accepting Applications
Financial Aid Available
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KSew Stanton Class of 1965 Hold 40 Year Reunion
Anest Schell McCarthy Asst. Secretary, Artis Dixon-,Secretary and
Class President Charley Martin.
THE PARLIAMENT 500 CLUB: Richard Haywood, Nelson Spaulding,
Brian Walker, Earl Harris, Louis Carter and Victor Solomon. ---
Vivian Farley and Adrian Wilson
Members of the New Stanton Class of 1965 enjoyed their 40th Reunion week-
end which included the Ritz Theater, the Jacksonville Landing and a gala at the
Clarion Airport. The weekend concluded with a Worship Service at Shiloh Met-
ropolitan Baptist Church and a Brunch Buffet at the Holiday Inn Airport prior to
departures of out of town classmates. FMP Photos
Wal-Mart Car Show to
Benefit Chlren's Miracle
Network July 30e
Wal-Mart on Lem Turner Road
at 295-North is the place to be on
Saturday, July 30th. WalMart is
hosting a top notch car show, and
the best thing of all is not only will
you have the opportunity to enjoy
the car show, but all proceeds will
benefit the Children's Miracle
Registration begins at 9 a.m.,
and the show runs until 3 p.m. You
can buy a cookout lunch for $3.50
and participate in a 50/50 drawing.
For more information, call Mike
Goldstein at (904) 764-2855.
First M. B. of Jax
Beach to hold Annual
"Come Together Day"
First Missionary Baptist Church
of Jacksonville Beach, 810 Third
Avenue South; will sponsor their
Annual Come Together Day, from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,
August 6, 2005.
There will be FREE food,
clothing and school supplies. If
you are in need, or know someone
who is please come. All in need
People who spend
their money with
take them. for
granted are paying
for their own
From Terry McMillan
The Interruption of Everything
j. McMillan, one of the most
14 successful black writers, and one of
an elite group whose work has been
transposed to the movie screen, has
that special something. Share it in
this new book.
Babyface, the "Hit-
his Smooth Sound
Best-selling author Terry Mc-
Millan's name is becoming even
more of a household as she suffers
personally from the breakup of her
May/December marriage. Current-
ly, she is touring all of the talk
shows, and telling it all.
Her new book The Interruption
of Everything is narrated by 44-
year-old Marilyn Grimes (the main
character), who is an upper-middle-
class black woman struggling with
female problems. Her waist
matches her age, her marriage is
unhappy, and her mother-in-law
has moved in, with a dog. Her life
is certainly not what she had
dreamed it would be.
This book stays true to
McMillan's sort of true to life
stories with pregnancy, adultery,
interfering in-laws, drug addiction,
aging parents, and empty-nest
With his usual caressing melo-
dies, Babyface is returning to the
recording scene with "Grown &
Sexy" which emphasizes Baby-
face's brand of love: the commit-
ted, adult kind.
He promises to make you
scream like you've never screamed
in "Tonight It's Going Down", but
he does so only in the service of
"making babies", and we all know
that he means "grown, married
folk". He and his wife have set a
good example as Babyface presents
himself as the opposite of a player,
as anti R. Kelly.
W IC Healthy Eating for Healthy Families
YOU may be eligible for free healthy food and nutrition education.
Are you pregnant?
.I Do you have a child under 5?
0 Are you breastfeeding a baby less
vi than 12 months of age?
WIC is a special nutrition program
Women, Infants and Children. If'
pregnant, breastfeeding or have
a baby, you may be eligible for W
WIC helps families become stron
healthy. A family of four may ear
much ac a l; As5 n n808 r oa ,,.
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call to talk with a Duval County WIC representative
at 904 630-3290.
you are WIC is also for infants and
just had children under 5 years old.
g andWIC promotes good health
n asa through healthy eating.
Chi-Lites' Eugene Record, 64 Passes
The Chi-Lites was the harmony other artists that range from MC
group of the 1970s with ballads like Hammer to Beyoce Knowles who
"Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen used some of Record's work in
Her?" Eleven of the Chi-Lite's s "Crazy in Love". She shared the
songs made the Top 20 R&B Grammy Award for R&B Best
charts, during that era. The Chi- Song with Mr. Record.
Lites' leader, Eugene Record "left The Chi-Lites emerged during
the group July 22, 2005, he was 64. the "Doo-Wop" era in the late
Not only a singer, but a talented 1950s and called themselves the
songwriter as well, Record wrote or .Hi-Lites, but changing their name
co-wrote. most of,,the! group's hits, C.in,-964~to, lhe- Chi-Lites. They
and also sang lead on most of them. signed with the'Brunswick Label in
Record really stood out on his 1968, and the hits began to flow.
own, sometime using a high Although Record took a hiatus
falsetto, or the spoken word, as he from the group in 1976, and cut
did I "Have You Seen Her?" and three solo albums, he returned to
"A Letter to Myself." Eugene Record Chi-Lites in 1980, until his death.
Many of the Chi-Lites songs He is survived by his wife, Jackie.
have been re-recorded (covered) by
Omega Psi Phi to Build $2 Million Frat
House at Iniversity of South Carolina
The Columbia, South Carolina Campus of the
University of South Carolina has 15 houses on its
Greek campus in downtown Columbia, SC; none of
them are black. Five more are under way, including a
$2 million residence hall for members of th6 Omega Psi
Phi Fraternity. It will be the first such investment on
any campus by the fraternity. USC will become one of
just a few state-supported universities in the South to
have an African American Fraternity House.
Omega Psi Phi has chapters at many colleges and
universities nationwide, its membership includes Rev.
Jesse Jackson, Michael Jordan, Bill Cosby, and US
Rep. James Clyburn.
George Grace, Omega Psi Phi National President,
told the Associated Press that the fraternity decided to
build at USC as the university's president Andrew
PEACE OF MIND.
Community Hospice seeks caring
individuals who are committed to
making a difference in the lives of our
patients and families. Our employees
help make the transition easier for
those with life-limiting illnesses and
those who share their lives.
To meet the growing needs of our
agency and the communities we
serve, we are currently hiring for the
following key positions:
* Social Workers Long Term Care Dept
* RNs Inpatient, Days or Nights
* RNs Homecare, Beaches, Yulee or
* RN Floats Home teams or LTC
Employees enjoy excellent benefits,
free on-site education & CEUs,
compassionate team environment,
liberal PTO, retirement plan and more.
Please fax resume to 904-596-6319
or to apply online or view all jobs:
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Sorenson personally outreached to local and national
Omega Psi Phi Vice President and 2004 USC
graduate, Dylan Bess expressed that the fraternity has
missed out on potential recruits and memberships
because it did not have visible presence on campuses,
which made Omega Psi Phi difficult to compete with
Greek organizations with big houses and membership.
Former Bank of America executive Tony Grant, an
Omega, has been chief fundraiser, helping to comprise
over $300,000 towards construction of the frat house.
The Omega Psi Phi house will include
accommodations for forty students, a food service area,
and common rooms. Each of the Greek houses employ
Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.
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Harlem Globetrotter Fans Will
Love to Read Their History
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FROM "SPINNING THE GLOBE"
The Globetrotter squad that won the World Pro championship in 1940.
SSpinning The Globe
By Ben Green
Spinning The Globe, The Rise,
Fall, and Return of the Harlem
Globetrotters is the new book by
author Ben Green. It tells the story
of the internationally famous
Harlem Globetrotters, who have
toured with their entertaining "act"
for more than 80 years, in over 100
countries. Abe Saperstein owned
the team from its inception in the
late 1920s. They even played the
NBA teams of that day. However,
the first black player, Chuck
Cooper was drafted by the NBA ifi
1950 (Boston Celtics). Others were
soon drafted, including such names
as Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor and
Wilt Chamberlain, had played with
the "Trotters". The best black
players no longer sought to play
with the Globetrotters, and the team
sought to reinvent themselves.
In the 1960s, it was said that
they were "Tomming for Abe".
Abe died in 1966,and the team was
purchased by Metomedia, and
without Abe's personal touch, the
team declined and lost its glow.
Mannie Jackson, a former team
member of the Globetrotters bought
the team in 1993, he was the first
black owner, and returned the team
to some of its former glory. The
Globetrotters were inducted into
the Basketball Hall of Fame in
Read this book, and you'll have
the feeling of"being there". And, if
you've ever been there (a Globe-
trotter Game, or performance,
whichever you prefer to call it),
you will enjoy the book twice as
much. The history is exciting and
the behind the scenes knowledge is
A hot topic among friends at lunch Monday at The Jacksonville
Landing was the arrest of two enterprising young men, Alexander
Jimenez, 22 and Felix Martinez, 3.1 at the Flea Market on the corer of
Norwood Ave. and 44th (?) Street. It was reported in Saturday's TU by
Bridget Murphy who said the arrest was .a result of an undercover
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One Million Black
Men to Lead
America Back to
School, First Day
By Phillip Jackson
The Black Star Project
On the first day of school this
year, an army of Black men will
take to the streets of America in a
battle for the hearts and minds of
Black youth. One million Black
fathers, relatives, men and signify-
cant male caregivers are being
asked to take their children to
school on the first day in The Black
Star Project's. 2nd Annual Million
Father March for 2005. These men
will ask their employers for 2 to 3
hours off from work on this first
.day of school to provide an escort
of safety, support and encourage-
ment to their children, and all
children attending school this year.
Men of all races, nationalities
and faith backgrounds, also women
are encouraged t take children to
school on this first day.
When fathers are involved in the
educational lives of their children,
children earn better grades, get
higher test scores, enjoy school
more, and are more likely to grad-
uate form high school and attend
college. Encouraging men to
become more active in the lives of
their children does not mean that
mothers are not doing a good job.
However, statistics show that a
good parent team is more effective
raising children than a single
parent, whether the single parent is
a man or a woman.
The Black Star Project is asking
elementary and high schools,
school districts and school boards;
colleges and universities; pre-
schools, nursery schools, and Head-
starts; public, private, parochial and
all other schools to participate in
This is not a march to Washing-
ton, DC, to your state capital, or to
your city hall. Its only to take your
child to school on the first day. It is
an effort to save our children's
lives! It is a march (not a formal
march) that too few fathers are
willing to make! Fathers, show
vour children that vou are the head
rp of ethe ho fusehliod and hin school life
that they offered custom-made gold teeth for sale. At lunch, the dentistold and his schoollife
issue was discussed as all present remembering that dentist do have a is important to you!
definite "hands on" approach. For instance, the first thing that occurs is Last year 25 cities in Illinois,
an examination by the dentist, the dentist is "all in your mouth". Now Alabama, California, New York,
from all reports it seems that these two guys didn't touch the Maryland, Colorado, and Massa-
customer's mouth, they did not even take an "impression", they gave chusetts, participated, as well as
the mold to the customer and the customer made the impression, from Atlanta, Georgia.
which the two guys made a "costume" gold cap. We came to the The Million Father March 2005
conclusion that they were making custom made "mouth jewelry". It is the beginning of a year-long
suddenly doesn't sound like they were performing any dentist services, commitment of Fathers to children
No, discredit to the illustrious police 'officers, we appreciate their educationally, sociallyfinanciallyv
concern for the safety of the public, in all instances. emotionally and spiritually.
Now, its common knowledge that if a black entrepreneur seeks
capital for a major business venture, the possibilities are next to nil.
USA revealed that the hotel industry is offering minorities incentives
to purchase hotel properties. Its funny, how we get our information, it
would be so simple, perhaps, too simply for any industry to market
directly to Black Americans or directly to other minorities, most
segments of this multi-racial society has publications, business
associations etc., but maybe some of us are not supposed to know.
Choice Hotels International, InterContinental and Marriott now have
incentives for investor groups that are at least 51% owned by members
of targeted (are we there, yet?) minority groups include waiving ample
application fees to lowering royalty fees, providing training, and giving
minorities the up on newly properties for sale.
Are you interested in buying a hotel? As indicated, there are
possibilities. If you are not independently financially ready for this
kind of investment, why not found an investment group? Others do it,
why not us?
After all, 10 persons with
$10,000; totals $10,00,000; while 10
persons with $100,000, totals
$1,000,600, sort of makes it
possible, doesn't it. As a people,
we have to learn to combine our
resources for greater economic
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COLLEGE STUDENT P/T
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spelling ability, flexible hours
on Monday and Tuesday, only.
Please call leave, name, and
other information, including
daytime phone number: (904)
P/T, able to greet people, be
congenial; follow instructions,
good handwriting; typing, an
added plus; become part of
team, could become full time.
Call leave name, other
information, including daytime
phone number: (904) 764-6278.
Scnoois, DIocK clUDS, churches, ana
families, communities, and whole
cities can participate.
To organize a Million Father
March in your community, please
call (312)842-3527, email blackstar
1000(ameritech.net, or visit www
IT IN THE
Conventions & Special Events of
Interest to African Americans
tional Urban League Annual Convention, this National MED Week 2005, presented by the Small
July 27-31st, Convention Center, Washington, Business Administration and the U. S. Department of
including NUL Young Professionals. Commerce, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC;
ack Flight Attendants of America, July 29-30th, September 11-14th.
ngeles, CA (888)682-2322. Women in Technology Hall of Fame 10th
tional Dental Association, July 29-August 3rd, Anniversary Celebration, New York, NY;
egas, NV. September 17th, www.witi.com/center/ conferences/
cks in Government, August 1-5't, Orlando, FL. halloffame.
tional Black Theatre Festival, August 1-6"', September 21-24th, Congressional Black Caucus
on Salem, NC; (336)723-2266. Weekend, September 21-24 Washington, DC. (202)
tional Association of Black Journalists, August 263-2800.
Atlanta, GA. 9th Annual US Conference on AIDS, September
pha Kappa Alpha Sorority, August 4-7"', 29-October 2"d, Hilton Americas Hotel, Houston, TX;
se Island, Bahamas. www.nmac.org.
rican American Women in Business, August 4- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical
s Angeles, CA. Society, Washington, DC; October, (202) 234-5350.
rida Minority Supplier Development Council National Black MBA Association, October 11-16th
Fair, August 10-13"', Walt Disney World's New Orleans; (312)236-2622.
norary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL. National Association of Investment Companies,
tional Black Police Association, August 14-21t, La Jolla, CA; (202)289-4336.
o, Canada. (202) 986-2070. National Minority Supplier Development Council
tional Black Data Processing Association, Conference and Business Opportunity Fair, Dallas,
t 17-21st, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance TX, Convention Center, October 23-26h; (212) 944-
, Detroit, MI. (301)220-2180. 2430.
Association of Black Cardiologists Conference on
ck Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease, November
, FL; September 1-5"'. (800) 209-7729. 11-13"', Dallas, TX; (678) 302-4222.
ional African American Insurance Associa- National Association of Black School Educators
september 8-10"'; New York, NY. (800) 566- 33rd Annual Conference, November 15-20th, Detroit,
MI; (202) 608-6310.
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Wilson Celebrates
52 Years of Dedicated Pastorate Service
Rev. Dr. Richard L. Wilson, Sr., Rev. Ernie L. Murray Sr.
Pastor of West Friendship Baptist the St. Thomas Baptist Churci
Church, has expanded the ministry Landon L. Williams and Gr
through outreach, preaching and Macedonia' Baptist Church.,
teaching in the city of Jacksonville Rev. Tom E. Diamond Sr.
and surrounding areas, for over 52 ..- Abyssinia Baptist Church;,
years. He was called to pastor at with the East Florida & Be
West Friendship Baptist Church on Association, Rev. Odell Smit
October 12, 1953, and presently Moderator; will help celebrate
holds the longest years of pastorate services nightly at 7 p.m.
in the city. Pator Wilson is mnod
The Jacksonville Free Press :
will print your Church, Social .
and Community news at no cost.
There is a small charge for all .
photographs, without exception. I
NEWS DEADLINE is 5pm each
Monday. News may be faxed to Rev. Dr. Richard L. Wilson Sr.
(904) 765-3803, brought to 903 On Wednesday, Thursday and
W. Edgewood (across from Lake Friday, August 17-19, 2005, Pastor
Forest Elementary) or emailed Wilson will be honored'"or''liis
to: JFreePress(2AOL.com. years of service.
emeritus of the East Florida 7
Bethany Baptist Association, Vice
President of the Missionary Baptist
Fellowship State Convention of
Florida, and is Secretary of the
Board of Trustees at Florida
Law Office of:
Reese Marshall, P.A.
S* Personal Injury
Wills and Estates
214 East Ashley Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Over 30 years experience of professional and
courteous service to clients
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Partnership for a Drug-Free Southern California and America
For information call:
Fighting Back Partnership
California Department of
Alcohol & Drug Programs
Together for Youth/
Unidos Para Nuestros Jovenes
Partnership for a
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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.
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.
No Joke Entertainment Presents
Comedy in Da Basement on
Thursday July 28th 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.
Town Hall Meeting
There will be a public town hall
meeting on the Status of the Black
Male. The open forum will take
place on Thursday July 28th at the
EWC Milne Auditorium from 1 5
p.m. and will include a panel dis-
cussion. For more information, con-
tact Roy Mitchell at 759-2552.
The six-part series, "Caregiving
Relationships: For People Who
Care for Adults," will be offered by
the University of Florida / Duval
County Extension Service on
Thursday at 10:00 on August 4,
11, 18,25, & September 1 and 8th.
The workshops are design to reduce
the stresses and.pressures of care-
giving, while also strengthening the
caregiving relationship. They will
also address the unique issue of
emotions, relationships, and respite
for the caregiver. To register, call
Sandra at the Cooperative
Extension Office at 387-8855. The
classes are free and open to the pub-
to Business Meeting
The First Coast African American
Chamber of Commerce's Special
Events C'omittee wilal"l-od'a 'gehn-
eral business to business member-
ship meeting on Friday, August 5th
from 6 8 p.m. The meeting will be
held at 9300 Normandy
Blvd.,Building 5 Suite A at
Herlong Airport. for more informa-
tion, call 358-9090 or visit their
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP-
Why are you nominating this person
SEND INFORMATION TO:
Fax (914) 765-8611
Or mail to: Unsung Hero, C/O Jacksonville Free Press
P.O. Box 43580, Jacksonville, FL 322113
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The Boylan-Haven Alumnae
Association invites all graduates,
former students and teachers to
attend this year's Grande Reunion.
The Hilton Hotel at 1201
Riverplace Boulevard is the head-
quarters for the three-day event
from August 5-7, 2005. Activities
will include Island Dinner and
Dancing, City Tour, Picnic on
American Beach, Worship at
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
and lots more. For information and
registration please contact Reunion
Chairperson-Linda Pearson Belton
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-
Beat the hat by coming to a
Summer Gardening Program on
Friday, August 12th from 9:30AM
to 1:00 PM. Join Duval County
Staffers at the Mandarin Garden
Club on 2892 Loretta Road to learn
about, palm maintenance, gingers,
old-fashion roses and citrus canker.
Call 387-8850 to register. There is a
$5.00 fee to attend.
"Bits & Pieces", a unique stage
play production of humorous
scenes and monologues will be per-
formed by the Vintage Players on
Saturday, August 13th and 14th
with two shows. Now in their 11th
year, the VPs are the only local the-
atre repertoire company.
Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m. and
2:30 p.m. respectively. The show
will be at the First Coast Theatre,
1014 King Street. For reservations
or more information, please call
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
On Thursday, August 18, 2005,
from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the
Duval County Extension Office
will be hosting a one day seminar
on Troubleshooting Your
Landscape. The office is located at
1010 N. McDuff Ave. on the
Westside. You can get answers to
your plant problems by-bringing'in
a sample of a disease or pest prob-
lem. Please call to pre-register 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
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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
information, please send your con-
tact information via email to:
email@example.com or call
Nicole Bell at (770) 948-3345.
The Big Orange Barbershop
Chorus will be performing at the
Florida Theater on August 20th at
7:30 pm. To celebrate its 25th
Anniversary, the Big Show will
include Championship Quartets and
a special performance by the 125-
man. Reunion Chorus. Limited
reserved seats and general admis-
sion tickets are available now on
their website at www.bigorange-
chorus.com or by calling (904)
Did you know
that 8 out of
bor with HI
are black? *
If you are pregnant, get
prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV
If you have HIV or AIDS,
medical treatment can
help you have a healthy
for more information.
Back to School
Junior Achievement of Florida's
First Coast, Inc. will have their 3rd
Annual JA Back to School Bowl-A-
Thon on Saturday, August 20,
2005. Bowling times are: 11:00
a.m.; 2: p.m.; 5:00 p.m.; 8:00 p.m.
and 11:00 p.m. The event will be
held at Southside Bowl America,
11141 Beach Boulevard (near St.
Johns Bluff). Teams of six are
encouraged to participate, with a
minimum of $50 per bowler. This
will include two games and shoes.
For more information on registra-
tion, please contact Robin
Cartwright, special events coordi-
nator for Junior Achievement, at
(904) 398-9944 ext.232 or email
Fish Pond Management
A Fish Pond Management
Workshop Series conducted by the
Duval Co. Soil & Water
Conservation District will be held
at the Extension Office, 1010 N
McDuff Avenue on the westside.
Part I will be held on Wednesday,
August 24th at 5:30pm. Part II will
be held on Tuesday, August 30th at
5:30pm. Topics include Aquatic
p.m. on Friday, August 26, 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.
The Piano Lesson
August Wilson's prize winning
play, "The Piano Lesson" will be
performed at the Ritz Theater
August 26th at 7 p.m. and August
27th at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call
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-
Weed Control; Water Quality; Pregnancy Yoga
Types of fish to stock; Stocking .
rates; Fish Suppliers; Pond Workshop
Maintenance & Management; Pond The Jewish Community Alliance is
Planning, Design, Permits and having a couples workshop on yoga
much more. Please contact Diane during pregnancy. Pregnancy yoga
Thomas at 904-266-0088 ext. 3 or helps women prepare for an active,
Steffany Dragon at 904-387-8850 normal and natural childbirth expe-
to register and for more info. rience as possible, as well as help to
increase flexibility and strength as
Masonic & Eastern well as improve circulation. The
class is for pregnant adult couples.
Star Gala The class will be held on, Sunday,
Come out and enjoy an evening of August 28th from 2-4 p.mThe
fun and entertainment with the JCA is located at 8505 San Jose
illustrious Masons, Eastern Stars Blvd., one traffic light north of
and Veterans at Carl's Reception Baymeadows. For more informa-
Hall, located at 1748 N. Main St. tion call 730-2100.
(on the comer of 8th Street and
Main Street) on Thursday, August Riverside Arts Festival
25th, 2005. There will be door Saturday and Sunday, September
prizes, music (Old School, R&B 10th and 11th 2005 will be the
and Jazz), food and more. dates for the annual Riverside Arts
Networking and Cocktail Reception Festival, held in Riverside park,
begins from 6:00pm 7:30pm. over 140 artists and fine crafts,
Drink specials available. Gala hands on children's art activities,
begins promptly at 8:00pm. great food, entertainment and free
Tickets can be purchased by call- bus tours of the historic district will
ing Traci at 904-626-1389 or email be available. For more information,
her at: firstname.lastname@example.org call 389-2449.
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
Bethune Cookman College will
hold their 52nd Gateway Classic
Weekend in Jacksonville,
September 16-18th, 2005. For
more information, call event coor-
dinator Harriett Charity at (904)
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TAXPAYERS PICK UP JACKSON
TRIAL COSTS IN THE MILLIONS
Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria
County will cost its citizens $2.7 million the bulk of
which goes to the sheriff's deputies posted up at the court-
house from pretrial hearings in January 2004 through the
singer's acquittal day in mid-June. A large amount of tax dollars also goes
toward crowd control. Not included in the costs are prosecution, inves-
tigative and grand jury expenses, Jette Christiansson, business manager
for the County Executive Office, said in a statement.
USHER KNOWS THE MEANING OF "BLING"
Usher has reportedly spent 1 million on a watch that has 1,106 dia-
monds and features a picture of his face, according to the Daily Mirror.
The time piece reportedly comes from the line created by Damon Dash and
is currently on display at the Natural History museum in London.
J-LO LAYS LOW ON DIVA STATUS
Jennifer Lopez says we have her old management company to blame
for her diva reputation. The singer/actress, who changed
management last year following the end of her engage-
ment to Ben Affleck, says her old people used to make
extravagant demands on her behalf. Her "Monster-In-
Law" director Robert Luketic said they addressed the
diva rumors before shooting began. He said J-Lo told
him: "No, that was my publicity people making those
demands. I didn't even know they were asking for those
things. I didn't know they were asking for candles and lillies in my rooms.
These things just appeared and these demands became as if they came
straight from my mouth."
MOTOWN'S WHITFIELD SENTENCED
.. .*, w Songwriter pleaded guilty in January.
Motown Records producer Norman
Whitfield, the co-writer of such classics as "I
Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "Papa
S.. ..;. Was a Rolling Stone," will have to spend six
Months in home detention for failure to file
U.S. income tax returns.
SWhitfield, 65, was sentenced last week after
pleading guilty in January to one of five
counts of willful failure to file an income tax
return, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year
in prison. In January's guilty plea,Whitfield
admitted that he had deliberately neglected to
report to the Internal Revenue Service more than $4 million in songwrit-
ing royalties he earned from 1995 through 1999.
Whitfield pleaded guilty to a single count under an agreement with fed-
eral prosecutors and paid back the $956,000 in taxes he owed the govern-
ment, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Kwan.
Whitfield's kidney ailment and other health problems, confirmed by
doctors, led U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson allow him to serve his six
months at home, rather than in prison. He'll be placed on probation for a
year after his home detention is completed.
Actor Terrence Howard Nearly
Passed on Career Defining Role
Actor Terrence Howard wanted no
parts of "Hustle & Flow" after
being pitched the film by one of its
"Stephanie Allain came and
approached me at the Four Seasons
about playing this character,"
Howard tells EUR's Lee Bailey.
"I was like, 'I'm all into it, what's
he about?' And she says, 'He's a
pimp that wants to be a rapper.' And
I was like, 'You need to go see
somebody else. Go talk to Ice Cube
about it.' You know, that's not what
I wanna do. That's not where I
wanna be at. And she said, 'It's not
what you think,' but
I still told her no.
Three months later, Allain still
hadn't taken no for an answer.
"She was so persistent and
believed in me," he says. "And I
finally took the time to read the
script after meeting with [director]
Craig Brewer and meeting with
Allain a couple of times. I read the
script after not talking with her for
about three weeks and I fell in love
with it. And immediately, I called
her to make sure that the role was
still available. Because I told her,
'You need to go get Larenz Tate.
Larenz will probably be able to kill
this, because I can't find the mind-
set for this character, because it's
not in my heart."
But fate has a way of forcing des-
tiny to happy, despite one's best
efforts duck and dodge. Not only
have critics called his performance
as Djay a career-defining role, but
Howard himself believes it's the
best work he's done so far.
In "Hustle and Flow," which
opens nationwide last week,
Howard's character Djay is a
Memphis pimp who decides to go
for his dream of being a rapper. To
prepare for the role, the 36-year-
old actor went to the source.
"I went to Cleveland first of all
and talked to some guys that I saw
when I was growing up in certain
areas, you know,- 55th and Huff;
In this photo provided by Paramount Classics, Paula Jai Parker (back) as
Lexus and Terrence Howard as DJay in a scene from Hustle & Flow.
30th and Central; downtown
Cleveland," he says. "I had to
understand the pimps from my own
environment first. I talked to this
guy named Tweety Bird. He was
very open in telling me the pimpol-
ogy and the things necessary in
order to help someone to accom-
plish something that they think they
can't do; to swallow their con-
After researching the town that
raised him, Howard spent about
four months checking out the
Memphis pimp scene.
"I stayed inside a motel for about
a month-and-a-half that was right
on the track in Memphis, and just
watched everything going on,
videotaped people, talked to them,"
he said. "I used to pay some of the
prostitutes a hundred dollars just to
come and talk to me for an hour, tell
me about their lives. I'd pay the
pimps to come and inform me, you
know, talk to some of the mothers
of the children. I had a year-and-a-
half to prepare this guy. You give an
actor that much time, he's gonna
come up with something really,
Howard says he took all of his
research and applied his "truth" to
it, when creating the character.
"I don't really try and act. I'm
more so looking for the truth, seek-
ing out the truth of the circum-
stance, and I guess sometimes that
makes its way," he explains. "Once
an actor decides he's gotta act, or
'lie,' he's gotta do a lot of work to
keep that lie going; but the truth
flows. It's like sunshine. It keeps
moving and makes its way all along
the universe. I think people feel that
and respond to it."
Within the last year, Howard has
been in the feature films "Crash,"
tHBO's"Lackawanna Blues" and
"Their Eyes Were Watching God,"
and will soon appear in John
Singleton's "Four Brothers," open-
ing Aug. 12, the HBO musical "My
Life in Idlewyld," and ,the feature
Howard says he was in the middle
of shooting "Four Brothers" when
he flew to Park City, Utah for the
Sundance Film Festival and saw the
completed "Hustle and Flow" for
the first time. The buzz surrounding
the film and its record-setting pur-
chase by Paramount/MTV Films
brought worldwide attention to the
independent project, and a sudden
spotlight on one of the hardest
working actors in the game.
But Howard is hoping that the
attention surrounding the film and
his performance won't be the sole
reason people spend money to see
"I want people to come see
"Hustle and Flow," not because I
pimped them into the theater," he
says, unaware of the irony. "I want
people to come and see something
that's of substance, and see people's
lives where someone has struggled
to make their life a better circum-
stance. You're going to be enter-
tained by the truth of it, but allow
me to sell it by the truth of it, and
not something else."
Return a Big
Dissapointment to European Fans
Once again, Lauryn Hill has left fans scratching
their heads in confusion and anger. Her recent gig in
the UK a first for her since 1998 was described by
BBC Radio 1 xtra as "shambolic from start to finish."
i The singer showed up nearly two hours late, telling
the frustrated crowd she couldn't decide what to wear,
: reports BBC Radio 1 xtra. "The sound was terrible
throughout, she didn't even perform 'Killing Me
Softly' and things got worse when she decided to recite some poetry," the
The UK show comes in advance of Hill's participation in this week's
StockholmJazz Festival, where she shares the bill with Beninoise singer
Angelique Kidjo. The 22nd edition of the event takes place at six different
venues around the Swedish capital.
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Creamy, crunchy Green Bean
Casserole has been a "must
have" on America's holiday
menus since its introduction in
1955. This classic side dish con-
sists of green beans, Campbell's
Cream of Mushroom soup and
French's French Fried Onions.
Today, over 30 million house-
holds enjoy Green Bean
Casserole as part of their holiday
Created by Dorcas Reilly, former
manager of Campbell's Kitchen,
2005 marks the 50th anniversary
of this iconic recipe. Reilly said
her inspiration for Green Bean
Casserole (deemed the mother of
all comfort foods) was to "create
a quick and easy recipe around
things most Americans always
had on hand in the 1950s: green
beans and Cream of Mushroom
Soup." Like so many great
recipes, Reilly's creation requires
a minimal number of ingredients
(just five), doesn't take much time
to prepare (only 10 "hands on"
minutes) and can be customized
to deliver a wide range of varia-
One reason that the Green Bean
Casserole has stood the test of
time is its versatility. With just a
few simple modifications, the
recipe can easily be transformed
to reflect the changing tastes and
trends of the times. Swiss
Vegetable Medley is a sophisticat-
ed and saucy spin on the classic
recipe that features the zesty
combination of sour cream and
Swiss cheese. In the Holiday
Vegetable Bake, a variety of veg-
tables are mixed with Cream of
Broccoli Soup for a creamy and
colorful twist on the original dish.
The casserole, as we know it
today, is a uniquely American
dish that first became popular in
the 1940s when men were fighting
abroad and women were left to
take over their jobs while still
preparing meals at home. The
one-dish casserole was a quick
and easy way to get a wholesome,
balanced meal on the table. In
addition, many early sources of
casserole recipes featured con-
densed soups, like Campbell's
Cream of Mushroom, as the
sauce that bound all the ingredi-
ents together. All of these factors
conspired to establish the casse-
role as an integral element of the
:The classic Green Bean Casserole recipe mixes family-
pleasing green beans with a savory combination of
ICampbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, a lit-
t le milk and a dash of soy sauce, topped with French's
Friench Fried Onions for the perfect finishing touch.
0Fori a fresh twist on the original dish, try one of these
:variations created by today's Campbell's Kitchen:
.'Please the cheese lovers in your family by stirring in
1/2 ,cup shredded Cheddar cheese with the soup. Omit
soy sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup additional Cheddar
cheese and use French's Cheddar French Fried Onions.
-For a roasted garlic twist, substitute Campbell's
Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup with Roasted
Garlic for Cream of Mushroom Soup.
-For a change of pace, substitute 4 cups cooked broccoli
florets for the green beans.
-For a festive touch, stir in 1/4 cup chopped red pepper
-For a heartier mushroom flavor, substitute Campbell's
Condensed Golden Mushroom Soup for Cream of
Mushroom Soup. Omit soy sauce. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped
red pepper with green beans. For more recipes, visit
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Green Bean Casserole
The traditional classic, doubled for
your family feast!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each)
Campbell's Condensed Cream of
Mushroom or 98% Fat Free Cream
of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 cups cooked cut green beans
2 2/3 cups French's French Fried
Mix soup, milk, soy sauce, black
pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups fried
onions in 3-quart casserole. Bake at
3500F for 25 minutes or until hot.
Stir. Sprinkle with remaining
onions. Bake 5 minutes. Serves 10
Swiss Vegetable Medley
A saucy variation of the classic
Green Bean Casserole.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's
Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/3 cup sour cream
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen vegetable
combination, thawed and drained
1 1/3 cups French's French Fried
Onions or French's Cheddar French
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese,
Mix soup, sour cream, black pep-
per, vegetables, 2/3 cup fried onions
and 1/2 cup cheese in 2-quart casse-
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or
until hot. Stir. Sprinkle with
remaining cheese and onions. Bake
5 minutes. Serves 6
Holiday Vegetable Bake
A twist on the classic Green Bean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's
Condensed Cream of Broccoli Soup
1/3 cup milk
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen vegetable
combination, thawed and drained,
such as broccoli, cauliflower and
1 1/3 cups French's French Fried
Mix soup, milk, vegetables and 2/3
cup fried onions in 2-quart casse-
Bake at 375F for 30 to 35 minutes
or until hot.
Stir. Sprinkle with remaining fried
onions. Bake 3 minutes.
Serves 4 to 6
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