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Whites Only' Sign Said to be
Posted in Tysons Food Plant
Twelve Black employees of Tyson Foods, Inc. in Ashland. Ala. are
suing the Springdale. Ark.-based corporation, alleging that it maintained
a segregated break room and bathroom. They charge that it was replete
with a "Whites only" sign.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also
joined the lawsuit, filed Aug. 12 in the U. S. District Court for the
Northern District of Alabama Eastern Division.
The 70-year-old multi-billion dollar Tyson Foods has 300 plants around
the world. including 12 in Alabama.
According to the complaint, in July 2003, a newly-renovated bathroom
at the plant remained locked except to a White supervisor and certain
White employees. It alleges that a Tyson authority initially placed an "out
of order" sign on the door although the bathroom was working well.
It added that despite complaints to the supervisor and the plant manag-
er by Black employees, the exclusive use of the bathroom by Whites was
continued. The sign and a padlock remained on the door through the
month of August 2003 even as the plant manager, to whom the Black
employees had complained, held a meeting on Aug. 25 accusing them of
being unsanitary. Blacks were allowed to use another bathroom at the
facility, the complaint states.
Dallas Prosecutors Excluded Blacks
DALLAS As recently as 2002. Dallas County prosecutors were
excluding eligible blacks from juries at more than twice the rate they
turned down whites, a newspaper reported Sunday.
The issue surfaced earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court over-
rumned the 1986 murder conviction of a black man accused of killing a
white motel clerk, saying the Dallas County jury that convicted Thomas
Miller-El was unfairly stacked with whites.
The Supreme Court cited a manual, written in 1969 and used until at
least 1980, that instructed prosecutors on how to exclude minorities from
Texas juries. Justice David Souter wrote that racial discrimination in the
Miller-El case was unquestionable.
Bill Hill, who took over as district attorney in 1999. said his prosecu-
tors don't exclude jurors on the basis of race.
Blacks still served on Dallas juries m proportion to their population, the
newspaper's study found, because defense attorneys excluded white
jurors at three times the rate they rejected blacks.
Racial discrimination in selecting jurors has long been federally pro-
hibited. A 1986 Supreme Court ruling cited in the Miller-El case barred
prosecutors from disqualifying potential jurors based on race.
Slain Beheaded Girl Known
as 'Precious Doe' Buried
KANSAS CITY, Mo. A slain little girl, long
known only as Precious Doe. was buried last week
four years after her death and mourned by the resi-
dents and investigators who kept the search for her
family and her killers alive for four years.
The marble grave marker in a city cemetery bears
her picture and more importantly, her name. Erica
Michelle Mane Green.
"This time, she has her identity," said police Sgt.
David Bernard, who led the investigation and was
one of the pallbearers for her small, white casket.
Erica's decapitated body was found in a park in April 2001 and her head
was found days later. Neighbors came to call her Precious Doe, and years
passed before she was identified this spring and her mother and stepfa-
ther were charged with murder. The body was exhumed in 2003 so a life-
like bust could be made to show how her face may have looked.
Police said Harrell Johnson admitted that under the influence of alco-
hol and the hallucinogenic drug PCP. he became angry with Erica when
she refused to go to bed, grabbed her, kicked her and threw her to the
ground. leaving her unconscious. After she died, he said he used hedge
clippers to sever her head.
Campaign Halted Equating the
Treatment of Animals to Slavery
The scenes are graphic. The charred body of a Black man is juxtaposed
with a burning chicken. A shackled Black leg is shown next to the leg of
a chained elephant. A woman is branded next to a panel of a chicken get-
ting branded. The message is unmistakable: animals are suffering the
same fate as African-American slaves.
That's the point of a controversial campaign by the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA). The online exhibit has been placed on hold amid of
flurry of protests.
The central question in the emotional debate is: Do animals deserve the
same respect and rights as Black people?
To William H. Horton. associate professor history and philosophy,
Grambling State University in Louisiana, the answer is an emphatic no.
"When you compare slavery to animals, it sends a negative message," he
explains. It's not what you say, it's what you don't say that's communi-
cated. In essence, you're saying that slaves and animals are equivalent."
"NAACP is opposed to animal cruelty, but valuing chickens over peo-
ple is not a proper comparison," says John C. White, director of commu-
nications for the NAACP.
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Alonzo Chappell, Senator Tony Hill, Shelton Chappell, Paula Barnes Catherine Walker, Jacqueline
Williams, Ernest Chappell, Ruth Monteroy, Willie Jr., Chappelle Rep. Terry Fields and former State rep-
resentative Daisy Black at the dedication.
A road designation ceremony has
been held in honor of Mrs. Johnnie
Mae Chappell, the Jacksonville
mother killed more than forty years
ago during the March 1964 riots.
Following a 10+ year crusade by
her youngest son, Shelton
Chappelle, formal ackowledge-
ment marks a stretch of US1, the
location where she was killed while
looking for her wallet in 1964 in a
random act of violence.
"No longer- \ ill you have to drive
this street and wonder where your
mother died," Said Sen. Tony Hill
who helped pass the legislation.
In April, Governor Jeb Bush asked
the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement to re-open the
Johnnie Mae Chappell investiga-
tion The four men who were
charged with the crime are still
Local Leaders Prepare for 'Millions More' National March
"The Value of Building a
Covenant" was the theme for the
second Town Hall meeting of the
Millions More Movement. The
brainchild of Bro. James
Muhammad, chairman of From
Unity to Loyalty, the forum was
held on the campus of Edward
waters College to enlighten, inspire
and encourage in preparation for
the Millions More Movement
March in Washington..
The knowledgeable dais of pan-
elists were each allowed two min-
utes two answer a variety of ques-
tions ranging from, "Define in your
own words what is the word
covenant." to "What are the steps
you would take to build a success-
ful covenant for Black people living
All of the panelists elaborated on
Shown above at a recent forum are (left to right) Dr. Baruti Katembo,
Desmond Muhammad and M.A. Ahmad. (Rogers Cain not shown).
the subjects with a concise agree- agreed that a covenant should be
ment that a covenant is an agree- established with achievements and
ment. Panelists and attendees accomplishments clearly laid out.
Prayers Continue to Go
Out for Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King is slowly
recovering from a stroke that had
left her unable to walk and barely
able to speak, and she has been
singing with a speech therapist, her
daughter said earlier this week.
"It's not in the soprano voice that
she has," Bernice King said of her
mother, a trained classical singer.
"But it's a voice that's good to hear."
Doctors say the 78-year-old
widow of civil rights leader Martin
Luther King Jr. suffered a stroke
last week that left her weakened on
the right side of her body and most-
ly unable to speak.
At a prayer vigil at The King
Center, Bernice King said her
mother was able to lift her right leg
Martin Luther King III, left, and About 400 people attended the
the Rev. Bernice King, the son vigil, including Christine King
and daughter of Coretta Scott Farris, the sister of Martin Luther -
King, share a private moment. Continued on page 8
"Each of us must first build a per-
sonal covenant with god, only then
can we build a covenant with our
people." Said Bro. Desmond
Gary Thomas, Chair of the Martin
Luther King Foundation feels that a
covenant with the people must first
be a two step process involving
responsibility and visibility.
"We cannot operate in the dark."
Some people expressed the idea
that a march is not necessary. That
idea was not well received as 90%
of the attendees agreed that a
demonstration of local and national
support is necessary and vital to
energize the community for change.
Henry Wilson, a senior citizen
who attended the Million Man
March, Continued on page 5
Inside Crowns Crowns, the off- broadway hit play written by
actress and director Regina Taylor recently graced the stages of
Jacksonville thanks to local director Darryl Hall. The play is a lively and
soul stirring musical portrait of African-American women and how they
define themselves through the hats they wear. Preceding a performance at
the FCCJ Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium, Michael Cunningham who wrote the
book the play is based on, joined the Jacksonville Chapter of Links and
others for a book signing and discussion. Shown above at the signing is
Wanda Montgomery, author Michael Cunningham and the play's director
Darryl Hall of Stage Aurora.
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by David Sylvester
I recently completed a charitable
bicycle trip in Africa, riding over
7000 miles from Cairo, Egypt to
Cape Town, South Africa. The trip
S p i made me the first and only African
pyrighted M material American to cross two continents
on a bicycle. I have plenty of great
and fascinating stories.
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sweet, some are poignant, but all
Available from Commercial News Providers" are entertaining. Surprisingly one
story has stood out and if it was
not for the fact that I have a picture
of it, many would never believe it.
And it is for that reason that I am
sharing it with you.
While in Lilongwe, Malawi, I
came across a store by the name of
"Niggers" that's right "Niggers"!
The other riders, who were all
white, could not wait to inform me
of this to see my reaction. Initially,
SI thought that it was a very bad joke
Sbut when the other riders were
adamant about the existence of the
store, I had to see it for myself.
What I found was a store selling
what the owner called 'hip hop'
style clothing. It was manned by
two gentlemen one of them
asleep! (Talk about living up to or
in this case down to a stereotype) I
asked the guys what was up with
the store name.
After hearing my obvious non-
Malawian accent and figuring out
that I was from America, the man
thumped his chest proudly and said
"P-Diddy New York City! We are
My first reaction was to laugh,
because many things when isolated
can be very funny. but it quickly
dawned on me that this was so not
funny at all. It was pathetic. I did
these bicycle trips across the USA
and through the "Mother Land" in
honor of one of my good friends,
mentors and fellow African
American, Kevin Bowser, who died
on 9/11. Here I am, a black man
riding across the world on his bicy-
cle in honor of another black man,
riding "home" and what do I see??
Some Africans calling themselves
Niggers! They were even so proud
of it they put it on their store front
to sell stuff. When I relay the story
to folks back home in Philadelphia,
most of them laugh too and ration-
alize it by saying "well, we can say
it to each other" or "there is a dif-
ference" or even "they just spelled
it wrong. It should have been 'nig-
gas' or 'niggahs'." Gee like that
would make a difference.
The issue is not the spelling. I
was wrong. There is no justifica-
tion for an infraction of this magni-
tude. The word and the sentiment
behind it is wrong! We have deni-
grated and degraded ourselves to
the point that our backwards mind-
set has spread like a cancer and
Convention of Gospel Choirs and
Choruses Names Local Company
Advertising Agency of Record
Bishop Kenneth Moales, presi-
dent of the National Convention of
Gospel Choirs and Choruses,
Agency, at the
August 7-14 in
Ken Adkins Orlando. The
NCGCC is headquartered in
The Adkins Agency accepted this
contract under the auspices of pro-
viding service to over 4,000 mem-
bers through the development of
communication tools which
includes building and maintaining
the headquarters' website and creat-
ing each local choir and chorus
chapter website. However, the more
attractive aspect of this contract
enables the agency full advertising
responsibility for the 2006 conven-
tion scheduled to be held in St.
"We are most grateful for this
opportunity to build an evolving
business rapport with the outstand-
ing, nationally recognized organi-
zation," said Agency Director Ken
John Clark Among
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton
and Jacksonville Regional
Chamber of Commerce Chairman
Bob Helms have appointed 15
Board members of the Jacksonville
International Business Coalition.
"The newly appointed members
of the JIBC will focus on long-term
strategies for international business
development, combining corporate
and government leadership ," said
Board members include Mayor
Peyton; Kevin Hyde, president of
the City Council; JEDC Chair
Ceree Harden, Rick Ferrin, execu-
tive director of JAXPORT; John
Clark, executive director of JAA
and Charles Spencer, regional V.P.
with the International
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infected our source, our brothers,
our sisters, our Mother Land. I have
traveled all over the world and have
never seen a store by the name of
"Jew Devils", "spic bastards", or
anything disgusting like that Only
the store niggers! I am to blame for
this. Every time I said the word I
condoned it, by not correcting oth-
ers or rationalizing it gave it
respectability, by looking the other
way when others said "hey nigga
what's up" allowed others to see it
and ultimately that when I pur-
chase CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and
other stuff, I enriched it.
I now see the error in my ways
and I am so so sorry black men and
women. The flame that we called
entertainment, that was only to
warm and entertain us, now engulfs
us and scorches our own self
esteem. If a child only knows to
refer to men and women as nig-
gers, bitches, pimps and hoes, then
what is he/she to grow up thinking
of themselves and others as he/she
The bottom line is this. I rode
over 12000 miles on 2 continents
through 15 states and 13 countries
and broke 2 bikes in the process to
get to a store in AFRICA called
niggers. I am willing to step and
admit my part in the havoc that we
have wrought on our mindset but I
think that we all are to blame.
I finish with 4 things: if you don't
like being called derogatory name
THINK before you speak those
words, write those lyrics, support
that rhetoric and most of all
THINK before you purchase!
Purchasing is akin to compliance.
If they call you a nigger is one
thing but if you answer to it then
there is really something wrong!
please forward this to the black
folks that you know and let us
please, please stop the madness.
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by Starla Vaughns Cherin
Hoping to cash in on the billions
in African American spending
power, the Gainesville Sun, a sub-
sidiary of the New York Times
launches the Gainesville Guardian
S this week.
However, local owners of African
American periodicals in Gainesville
are worried the paper will siphon
off the already weak advertising
dollars they have worked for years
Aimed at the predominantly
African-American community on
the east side of Gainesville, the
weekly publication estimates a cir-
culation of approximately 10,000.
Housed and financed by the New
York Times Regional Group, the
S Guardian has its own team of
"It's an independent broadsheet
newspaper," said Editor Charlotte
Over the past year, the Gainesville
Sun held focus groups with Black
business and community leaders to
gauge their support of the paper.
Roy has also been speaking to local
church and community groups.
Many, including local politicians,
are rallying behind the new paper.
"There is no Gainesville based
African- American or community
newspaper serving the East side.
It's a large area," she said.
In the wake of many African-
American ownedmedia outfits,
such as Black Entertainment
Television and Essence magazine,
that have been gobbled up by White
owned conglomerates, African-
American media owners wonder if
this is a wave of the future.
"It's not so much a mockery, as it
is an economic problem. Money
and advertising dollars are going
into a White-owned, Black repre-
sented newspaper. The dollars
aren't circulating in our community.
Many White advertisers don't
advertise in Black-owned papers
because they figure we will buy
their products anyway," said the
owner of Mahogany Revue,
For 17 years, Lewis-Khufia has
published the bi-weekly Mahogany
Revue magazine, serving the
Gainesville and Ocala areas with
local, state, national news and fea-
tures. She was based in Gainesville
for 12 years but relocated to Ocala
in 1999. She and Charles Gotson,
the long-time publisher of the Black
College Monthly and the African-
American Voters Guide, are disap-
pointed that local businesses are
supporting the new paper.
"If you're getting together, it
should be to enhance your Black
community. We are competing for
the same dollars they will go after.
It's like a White contracting compa-
ny fronting the 51 percent minority
ownership of a business to get
The Gainesville Sun has a paper
for every White area. If they were
truly interested in reporting news
that pertains to us, why don't they
incorporate Black news into their
regular publications?" said Gotson.
Although Gotson has published
the Black College Monthly for 22
years and the African-American
Voters Guide for 14 years, he and
Lewis-Khufia have been hard
pressed to garner real support from
"We get less than 1 percent of the
advertising. The White-owned
Gainesville Today gets about 50
percent of their advertising. Even
lawyers don't advertise. It's a cli-
mate we've created. We have a low
opinion of ourselves. Now they'll
advertise. It's easier for them to
write a check when a White man
asks them," he said.
"How can we fight it or call it dis-
crimination if everyone is behind
it? A minister with the Faith
Missionary Baptist Church, 300
members strong, was quoted as say-
ing the Guardian will give more
coverage to news that will empow-
er people with job opportunities,
educational resources and provide
positive coverage from an African-
American perspective. We don't
support our own. The same people
who are so elated by this are the
same people we have offered to
write for us or send in news. They
are also the same ones who don't
have a subscription to the
Mahogany Revue. Why aren't they
saying we don't want this?" said
According to Gotson, a native of
Gainesville, there hasn't been any
segregation in the news since the
1960s. Gainesville's mainstream
media is sorely lacking in diversity.
Of the 91 employees at TV 20 in
Gainesville, only four are Black.
"They recently fired a Black anchor
and the only full-time person at TV
20 quit a month ago," he said.
In addition to lack of Black busi-
ness advertising support, White-
owned businesses that advertised in
the current Black-owned publica-
tions will certainly find it easier to
advertise in the Guardian.
Supporters of the Gainesville
Guardian were writing checks for a
year's subscription. Some who had
previously pledged advertising dol-
lars to the Black College Monthly
are saying they are being forced to
advertise in the new paper.
"They don't realize the magnitude
of the door they have just opened.
What is the difference between a
Black-owned magazine presenting
news in the Black fashion and a
White-owned magazine presenting
Black news? They are fostering
prejudice. Because the White media
has come up with this idea, now it's
something beautiful,' said Lewis-
Added Gotson, "They are taking
money out of our pockets. They
don't have any respect for what oth-
ers have done. It's the ultimate dis-
respect. We're still suffering from
the slave mentality that the White
man's ice is colder."
From Unity to Loyalty
Leading by Example
Members of From Unity to Loyalty Inc., a local grassroots organiza-
tion of consciousness, recently volunteered their time and talents for the
Jacksonville Housing Association's Annual Youth Talent Show. Shown
above (l-r) are Darrell Brock, Al Lewis and Robert Flowers who spent
their Saturday afternoon preparing local youth for their stage debut .
The organization frequently volunteers in various arenas throughout the
city in events of concern to the African-American community.For more
information about the organization or to volunteer, call 768-2778.
HBCU Workers Busted Changing
Grades in Exchange for Money, Sex
A lot of dollars and a little bit of
sex led to the changing of some
grades at a historically black uni-
versity in Florida, authorities said.
Students allegedly put out between
$75 to $600 to have their grades
fixed by two employees at Florida
Memorial University in Miami.
Ellis Peet and Clifton Franklin,
both had access to computer data-
banks and have been charged with
accepting cash -- and one with
accepting sex -- in exchange for
changing the grades of dozens of
students, authorities said.
The two men allegedly used
generic passwords or those belong-
ing to other registrar employees to
make the switches. Together they
changed more than 650 grades for
122 students over three years, end-
ing in 2002.
In an article published in The
Miami Herald, school officials said
that the two men acted independ-
ently. Peet, 37, was fired, and
Franklin, 32, resigned during the
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Stanton Kicks Off Football Season
The Stanton Blue Devils, a school rich in tradition and known for its acclaimed academic program, held their
Kickoff Classic last week against Gateway Conference rival Paxon High School. The team, which was 0 13 last
year won the game 16-13. The two rivals will meet again Oct 28th at Paxon. Shown above is a scene from the
well anticipated game and honor roll cheerleader Cherie Graham striking a pose. Stanton's season officially
begins Friday, September 26th with Terry Parker at Stanton at 7 p.m. FMPowell Photo
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General Motors global Group vice rresiaent Glary towger, left to
right, Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Television Sheila Johnson,
and Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation President Harry
Johnson Sr., attend the launching of the Kids for King program. Youth
from first through 12th grades will be asked to help build a memorial
to Dr. King on the National Mall.
Backers of a permanent National
Mall memorial to civil rights leader
Martin Luther King Jr. said they
are more than a third of the way
toward their $100 million goal.
"He is the foundation and the
moral compass for our youth,"
Sheila Johnson, owner of the
WNBA's Washington Mystics, said
in announcing plans to give $1 mil-
lion on behalf of her children.
Johnson was among several
Martin Luther King Memorial
Foundation leaders gathered at the
Tidal Basin to launch the Kids for
King campaign, an essay contest.
Twelve winners will attend the
September 2006 groundbreaking
ceremony on a four-acre site not far
from the Lincoln Memorial, where
King delivered his "I Have a
Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963.
"This monument is going to be
built as a symbol," said Bill
Russell, a member of the NBA Hall
of Fame, who sat in the third row
during that speech.
With $39.5 million committed,
officials hope to raise another $27
million by the groundbreaking.
They hope to have $100 million
when the memorial opens in 2008.
Since Congress authorized the
project in 1996, most fundraising
has focused on corporations.
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Hot Strong Sobering
by Charles Griggs
BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO (
PRICE HAS GONE BEFORE
With the price of gas continuing to rise, Americans are wondering how much
longer can this go on? And who's making all the money?
"Consider the man on horseback, and I have been
a man on horsebackfor most of my life. Well, mostly
he is a good man, but there is a change in him as soon
as he mounts. Every man on horseback is an arro-
gant man, however gentle he may be on foot. The
man in the automobile is one thousand times as dan-
gerous. I tell you, it will engender absolute selfish-
ness in mankind if the driving of automobiles
becomes common. It will breed violence on a scale
never seen before. It will mark the end of the family,
as we know it, the three or four generations living
happily in one home. It will destroy the sense of
neighborhood and the true sense of Nation. It will
create giantized cankers of cities, false opulence of
suburbs, ruinized countryside, and unhealthy con-
glomerations of specialized farming and manufactur-
ing. It will make every man a tyrant."
.R.A. Lafferty, written in the late 1800s, as quoted
in Adbusters, Spring 1996
By all accounts this gas thing has gotten ridiculous.
Someone has to be orchestrating the outrageous rise
in prices at the pump.
And I know that it's not just my imagination
because recently I drove by the same gas station
three times in the same day only to notice the price
had risen all three times.
And there seems to be no end in sight.
But while we suffer on the road and at the pump
someone is making a lot of money.
Last week it was reported that oil companies such as
Exxon Mobil Corp. led the way in corporate profits
during the second quarter reporting period. The report
also said that corporate profits were up 14 percent.
The reason; record oil prices.
Fact is that energy companies' profits rose about 39
percent. If you think that this is some type of fluke, fat
chance. For the 11th consecutive quarter, energy com-
panies have experienced growth of more than 10 per-
cent. Add to that the fact that oil prices have doubled
since 2003 and you have a whole lot of angry people in
cars with empty gas tanks.
How's that for being left on the side of the road?
America's gasoline consumers have to draw the line
As I did.
Since the price of gas started to head for the stars I've
had to adapt a strategy to help save money and sanity.
I am determined to not let the price of gas affect
me any more that it did in 2002. In order to do that
I've instituted a personal policy of putting the same
amount of gas in my car that I did three years ago.
After that, the goal is to expect the same perform-
ance results as in 2002.
Typically back then I could fill up for about $25.00
and drive for about four or five days. Today, I refuse to
spend more than $25.00 per fueling in hopes that I can
stay on the road for those same four to five days.
Although it requires that I lose a trip or two here or
there, I pretty much have been able to make it happen.
Thus, beating the oil companies at there own game.
You see as long as oil companies continue to
raise the price of gas they expect for us to con-
tinue to pay more.
I reject that premise.
I happen to believe that we as consumers are always
right. We as consumers have the ability to demand
acceptable customer service. And we as consumers
have the ability to determine the way the market reacts
to our supply and demand needs.
Therefore, I have vowed to spend the same amount
on gas that I always have, and drive less if I have to.
Government officials, some economist and oil com-
pany executives would like for us to believe that rising
gas prices are the result of a market correction that has
been due was for a lone time. They say that we've been
lucky that prices have been so low for so long.
However, I challenge anyone to identify another
retail area that has seen this type of market correction
in the past 50 years.
Remember, gas prices have risen more than 200% in
a year and a half.
Again, no other retail industry can compare.
So where is the bright side?
Well as far as the price of gas is concerned, there is
none. We should expect prices to continue to rise until
the average is at $3.00 per gallon.
As far as American lifestyles are concerned, we
should use this opportunity to change some dynamics
for the better.
Not to do so is to risk further dependence on a sys-
tem that is losing its maximum productivity. Driving
itself will be left only to those who can afford the finer
things in life. The automobile may be well on its way
to becoming another symbol of elitism.
And that can't be good for America.
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LIVE FROM CITY HALL
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
An Iraq Game Plan is Way Past Due
John F. Kennedy once said,
""Mankind must put an end to war,
or war will put an end to mankind."
Those dar liberal thinkers, I tell
you, the nerve of someone to dis-
agree with the war in Iraq. That is
just down right unpatriotic.
Well, at least that is what some
people say when you question the
need for the U.S. invasion of Iraq
and our subsequent occupation of
the country. I have said it before and
I will say it again, just because a
person disagrees with the war, espe-
cially considering the false pretens-
es sold to the American public as the
rationale for going to war, does not
mean that they do not support our
There is an old African proverb that
says, "Do not look where you fell,
but where you slipped." And our
great country slipped when we
bought into this administration's
propaganda about the need to
Think about the power of the Oval
Office. In one act, the President of
the United States, took over an
entire country, put thousands of
lives at risk, and totally discredited
the very organization our country
took lead in creating decades ago -
the United Nations.
Now that is power.
The American public rewarded
George W. by re-electing him in
2004. No I am not about to start cry-
ing over spilled milk, but it is time
to develop an actual game plan in
Iraq. It's like coaching a football
team, and you know that your ulti-
mate goal is to win, but you have
not quite worked out the game plan
that helps to achieve that victory.
You put the best players you have
on the field and tell them to do their
thing play offense and defense and
go with the flow. Sorry folks, that
doesn't work in Pop Warner Football
or the NFL and it certainly doesn't
work in war. Our president obvious-
ly has not read Sun Tzu's, "The Art
The criticism of our handling of
the war is not just coming from
Democrats; Republicans leaders are
also questioning our lack of an exit
As the President urges patience
and for us to "stay on course," some
GOP members like Nebraska
Senator Chuck Hagel, who received
two purple hearts in the Vietnam
War are being very critical of the
"Stay the course is not a policy,"
said Hagel in a recent interview, "By
any standard, when you analyze 2
1/2 years in Iraq ... we're not win-
With steadily climbing death tolls,
outrageous gas prices, increasing
unemployment numbers and an
economy as unstable as Mike Tyson
without his medication, it is
extremely easy to say, "I told you
so." But that doesn't solve any prob-
lems at all.
Let me simply state the obvious; I
do realize that Iraq and countries
like Iraq can pose a threat to nation-
al and international security. I total-
ly understand the notion that we
must stop Iraq from developing
weapons of mass destruction for the
safety of not only the Middle East,
but free nations through the world.
However, the fact that we didn't
find one sign of a serious nuclear
threat in Iraq should tell us that this
war was built on a shaky foundation
and continues to be lopsided. We
could have invaded the Bahamas
and found more weapons of mass
destruction, and our troops could
have enjoyed the beautiful beaches
and Bahama Mama cocktails.
While we claimed to have "won
the war against Iraq" over two years
ago, the battles continue to linger on
as more and more U.S. soldier die
everyday. To date, some 1,862
American soldiers have died in Iraq
since March 2003, and of course
none died at the hands of any
weapons of mass destruction.
I am certainly not one of those anti-
war all the time people. I think that
war is necessary at times especially
when we Americans are acting in a
role to protect the "little man."
But war should be used as a last
result, when diplomacy fails.
Looking back to the Gulf War, it
was totally necessary with Iraq's
invasion of Kuwait. Sadaam
Hussein was out of control and fall
of Kuwait would have affected the
balance of power in the entire
Middle Eastern region. However,
there was never a "real" case for war
Iraq under our current President.
Because of this war we are now
left with a situation that continues to
leave a strain on the people of this
country as our soldiers continue to
die fighting insurgents' everyday.
Let's take a step back for a moment.
How did our focus shift to Iraq? It
was after we couldn't find Bin
Laden that terrorist funding was
linked back to Iraq. We now know
that that Bin Laden had no real ties
to Sadaam at all, if fact, most
Middle East experts say to two peo-
ple despised each other.
Now that I think about, are we still
looking for Bin Laden? Never mind,
I forgot this administration does not
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Changing Our Destiny
By Don Scoggins
It's unfortunate, but blacks \xill continue to suffer the consequences of
social> destructive policies until we become more active in the political
Seizing control of one's own destmn~ is empowering and liberating.
Sunpl\ rIcling on the government and our black "leadership" \with their
outdated notions as so many do nght no\t. is downright enslaving
Despite our rising inunbers among the middle class. we haven't advanced
as far \e could laud should) considering ho\w long we're lived as free peo-
ple in this free country. We are losing ground to munigrants from cultures
that encourage taking advantage of opportunities regardless of perceived
prejudices. Too often. American blacks allow these perceptions to control
The problems plaguing black America began taking shape 410 \ears ago
when liberal policies lured many into a lifest le of po\ertr. Blacks now
make up an abnoimally large position of the nation's underclass. which is
typically suffers from violentt crime, drug abuse, un employment, go'vem-
ment dependency and illegitimacy B\ painting Amnenca as Iacist and
oppressive, liberals both black and white have convinced too many for
too long that their destiny. is in someone else's hands
Underclass pathologies have been smdied b. people as diverse as the late
senator Daniel Patrick Moynthan to black college professor John
McWhorter (who says, underclass pathologies are now cultural) As the
government virtually subsidized unwed pregnancies in the 1960s, the black
family collapsed It's my opinion that the only \way to reverse the destruc-
tive path black America is on is to become politically active. But don't take
my word for it Don't just take the \word of politicians and community
leaders as gold either
Read. Learn. Form \our on ii opinions Act on them.
We m1ust take control of our own destiny \\e must chart a course tor suc-
cess instead of failine, personal responsibility instead of entitlement and
integrity instead of moral bankruptcy
Future generations are depending on our actions today.
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August 25 31, 2005 Ms. Perry's Free Press -Page 5
Taye Brown Road Designation Dedicated
State Representative Terry Fields .
(D-Jacksonville) and Senator
Anthony C. "Tony" Hill, Sr. (D-
Jacksonville), recently hosted a
Road Designation Ceremony in
honor of the late Taye Brown, for- .
mer Project Manager for the Better
Jacksonville Plan team which over-
saw the construction of the Arena
and the planning and construction
of the Equestrian Center & Sports
Complex at Cecil Commerce
Legislation passed during the 1
2005 Session designated a portion
of New Kings Road (U.S.1)
between Division Street and 25th
Street in Jacksonville to commem-
orate Mr. Brown's memory.
The roadside dedication included
a prayer of dedication and remarks
by family and dignitaries in atten-
Shown above at the dedication are (L-R) Rashad Shabazz, Sandra dance. The location of the marker
Shabazz, Sen. Tony Hill, Manettii Layner, Taye' B. Brown, Jr., Bill is where a fatal accident claimed ....
Brown (father), Rep. Terry Fields, Hazel Brown (mother) and his young life in 2003. ~ .
Councilwoman Mia Jones. FMPowell Photo
Shown above (left to right) are TOP:Cheryl Gamble and E.B. Johnson, hostess Brenda Roundtree, Tony
Freeman and Sherry Perry. BOTTOM: Robin Gundy and Dennis Wade and hostess Carlottra Guyton.
Week Long "Thankyou"Culminates JTA Birthday Guyton and Roundtree HostJULA Reunion
The Jacksonville Trannortation Ln and Roundtree Host.JULA Reunion
Authority (JTA) held a "Customer
Appreciation Week" in celebration
of its 50 years of service to the
Jacksonville community. The
"Customer Appreciation Week"
began on Monday, August 15th and
ran through Friday, August 19th.
The week-long event served as a
thank you to its customers.
Customers were treated to sur-
prise, celebrity riders early in the
week. Celebrity riders boarded
designated buses throughout the
day, each interacting with riders
while en route. Featured celebrity
riders included, Mayor John
Peyton, Congresswoman Corrine
Brown, Council Members Pat
Lockett-Felder and Glorious
Shown above at the celebration are (1-r) are Fayona Salmon, Jerry
Harris and Winova Hart JTA and JTA Executives Lee Burner, VP
of Jax Transit Management Corp, CEO Michael Baylock and
Communications Director Michael Miller.
Johnson and others. monies. The celebration featured
The week concluded with a block music, dancing, free giveaways and
party on Friday, August 19th at the transit rides, refreshments, trolley
Downtown FCCJ Transfer musicians and many other fun
Terminal Parking Lots. Rahman activities. Over 1,500 people joined
Johnson, served as master of cere- JTA for the party.
Former members of the
Jacksonville Urban League
Auxiliary (JULA), supporters and
friends recently held an informal
reunion at the Victorian Springfield
home of Carlottra Guyton.
Hosted by Guyton and former
activity coordinator Brenda
Roundtree, the occasion also wel-
comed a visit with former JULA
member Annette Banks.
Lively conversation and fond
memories were exchanged recall-
ing the many years of dedicated
volunteer service given to the
Jacksonville Urban League. Under
the directives of President Ronnie
Ferguson and later Dr. richard
Danford, numerous regional and
national awards were received by
the local volunteer organization..
Cards, reminiscing, and good food
were the agenda for the day.
Despite the intense heat of Florida
weather, those in attendance
enjoyed the expansive backyard
and large deck that compliment the
historic home. For those who could
not brave the heat, they were wel-
The menu for the afternoon
included a variety of potluck spe-
cialties. On hand far palate quench-
ing was Brenda's Lemon Grilled
Chicken and Corn on the Cob,
Robin Gundy's Slamming baked
Beans, maxine Smiths Family
Secret Potato Salad, Willie Pehoke
Roberts Famous Collard Greens
and to finish it off Carlottra's To
Die For Banana Pudding.
Prior to the reunion, Roundtree
had earlier hosted a "Girls Out
Evening" at her northside home
complete with seafood and special-
Members of the Council of Past
Presidents in attendance were
Robert Billups, E.B. Johnson,
Kamil Ojoyo (Sir Spencer Cobb),
Carlottra Guyton and Charles
In closing, Ms. Banks thanked all
who attended and reminded them
that her fond memories of her time
with JULA as well as the "reunion"
will remain with her always.
Continued from front
brought the audience and panel
to their feet when he discussed his
Although the march will be in the
nation's capital, Brother
Muhammad said local involvement
in the activities before and after the
march could make a difference in
the Jacksonville community.
"Black America is on a death
march," said march Convener the
Hon. Louis Farrakhan, "therefore
we must be united on the basis of
trust. We must embrace a new
mindset. We must employ new
strategies," he said.
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Dorinda Clark Cole
Live from Houston
The Rose of Gospel
Singing since the age of five,
and recording with her sisters, The
Clark Sisters, since the mid 1980s,
Dorinda Clark Cole is one of the
four daughters of the internation-
ally renowned Gospel choir
director and composer, Dr. Mattie
Moss-Cole. Now, she continues to
build her famous family legacy
with the release of her second solo
album, Live From Houston, The
Rose of Gospel.
Her unparalleled improvisa-
tional skills earned her the
reputation as "the jazzy one" of the
Clark Sisters. Her music reflects
trials in her life and her recovery as
she conquered the obstacles
through the grace of God.
Live From Houston, The Rose
of Gospel, includes the praise
worthy track, "Great Is The Lord",
the roof-raising church celebration
"So Many Times" and the moving
anthem "Everything He Promised".
The new album is scheduled to
be available in stores, August 30'".
Dorinda Clark-Cole is scheduled
to appear in Jacksonville, Saturday,
August 27th at Victory 2005.
12th Annual Unity World Day of
Prayer Thursday September 8th
The Unity World Day of Prayer unconditional love of God that
is an interfaith event, open to heals, inspires, guides, strengthens
people of all faiths and walks of and blesses our world with peace
life. Its purpose is to unite as many and prosperity.
people as possible in prayer for one In Jacksonville, two one-half
another. hour World-wide prayer events will
On Thursday, September 8, be held at 12:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
2005, hundreds of thousands of on Thursday, September 8, 2005, at
people across the globe will join the Unity Church of Jacksonville,
Unity Church, in an international 634 Lomax Street, between Park
and transdenominational prayer St. and Riverside Ave. in Historic
activity. Unity believes that the Riverside.
World Day of Prayer is an Everyone is welcome, for
opportunity to transform the world directions, call (904) 355-5100.
through prayer. Church Garage Sale
This year the special prayer that Ch
is being used to help focus people's and Bazaar, Sept. 3rd
minds and hearts is: "United in the There will be great buys on
transforming power of God's Books, Toys, Clothing for the
love, we are renewed in mind, whole family, Household Goods,
body and spirit as we pray for and more.
one another and the world." Homemade baked goods will be
"The Unity World Day of a special treat. There will be music
Prayer is a day filled with the and fun for all ages, on Saturday,
energy of prayer as people around Sept. 3rd from 9 am. To 2 p.m. at
the world join in prayer on that day, the Greater New Hope AME
the energy intensifies. It will be a Church, 17th & Davis Street. For
day of transformation." Praying directions, call (904) 996-8623.
together, centered in God, we open The Sword and Shield
our minds and hearts to the
Emanuel Missionary Kingdom Outreach to
Baptist to Celebrate HSt CiltWide Program
113th AnnivrsrMinister Lou McCormick-Watson,
113 Annversary Evangelist Ethel Pritchard, and Sis.
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Linda Hullett of the Christian Fellow-
Church, 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger Jr. ship Inspirational Gospel Chorus,
Circle East; where Herb Anderson Guardian of Our Soul's Sword &
is Pastor; will celebrate the 113th Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministries,
Anniversary of Emanuel with two invite all to a special afternoon with
services on Sunday, August 28th. Christians from around the city as
Rev. George Clark of Savannah, they lift up Jesus in Praises,
Georgia will be the guest speaker at Preaching and Singing.
the 11 a.m. service. All are invited to this special
Pastor Clifford Johnson and the service at 3:45 p.m., Sunday, August
Zion Hope Baptist Church family 28th, 2005 at The Father's House
will be the special guests at the Conference Center, 1820 Monument
3 p.m. service. Everyone is invited. Road, Bldg. 2.
Block Party August 28th
The Providence Christian Fell-
owship, 3012 West 12th Street, will
hold a Community Evangelistic
Block Party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, August 28, 2005.
A Sports Clinic will kick off the
event which also includes Rides,
games, free food, health awareness,
booths, social awareness informa-
tion, vendors, and more.
Gospel Rap Artist Richie Right-
eous will perform. Raffles, FREE
clothing and school supplies will be
provided. All are welcome.
Ladies Get Ready for
"Ladles Night Out"
If you've heard about "Ladies
Night Out" at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, but you have
never witnessed "Ladies Night
Out," mark your calendars now!
The Pastors, Rev. Rudloph W.
McKissick Sr. and Dr. Rudloph W.
McKisick Jr. have announced that
the next "Ladies Night Out" will be
at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 23rd
in the Jacksonville Arena.
New Fountain Chapel
AME to present "The
Women of the Bible"
New Fountain Chapel AME,
737 Jessie Street, Reverend Louis
Kirkland, Pastor; and the members
cordially invite you and your
congregation to come and worship
at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 28 ,
as The Women of the Bilble is
Come, get in tune with the
master as we learn about these
remarkable women of the Bible.
Sis. Joyce Jackson, chairperson.
Learn More About Women's House of Refuge at
Free Banquet to be held
If you are interested in the
welfare of all women, no matter
if you are a Church Pastor, mem-
ber, or a compassionate member
of the community; you are
invited to a Free Banquet at 7 pm
on Friday, August 26'h at The
Father's House, 1820 Monument
Road, Jacksonville. This Musical
Banquet will feature spiritual
dancers, singing, and melodrama.
Reverend Julia Reed is the
Director and Founder of the
Women's House of Refuge, in
Jacksonille. The Women's House
of Refuge is a Transitional House
that will provide shelter to
women who are ex-offenders.
The inspiration to found the
Women's House of Refuge for
Reverend Reed was "to be a part
of the solution". Since 1998, she
has visited the Women's Facility
of Montgomery Correctional
Institute (MCI), in order to give
the incarcerated women hope in
Reverend Reed says," but
what good is it to preach the
gospel when there is no action
following preaching (James 2:15-
17). First John 3:16-20 tells us to
let our love not be in words or
tongue, but in deeds and truth.
Although, I preach hope, ex-
offenders need to see God move
in their lives. I don't know where
I would be if I had not seen God
work for me by taking me away
from negative surroundings."
"You may or may not know
the struggles that ex-offenders
face when they are released back
into society. Not all of them have
what we call 'jailhouse' religion.
Some of them are serious about
changing their live, but find very
little heln or no help at all. This
at The Father's House
forces them back to their old
familiar way of survival,"
Reverend Reed emphasizes.
You can help these women
become staple members of
society, you can be an inspiration
to them. Come. join other caring
members of the community on
August 26th, to find out how.
For more information about
the Women's House of Refuge,
call (904) 207-1067; or visit:
Rev. A. B. Coleman Jr.
A Retirement Celebration will
honor Rev. A. B. Coleman Jr.,
retired pastor of Saint Andrew
Missionary Baptist, on Saturday,
August 27, 2005.
The Retirement Celebration will
be held at 5 p.m., at the Phillippian
Community Church Multipurpose
Center, 7578 New Kings Road.
For participation and reservation
information, please call (904) 713-
9831 or (904) 765-4080.
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Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50 p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
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Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Pastor Rudolph Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Bible Study a
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Thousands to March Saturday, Aug. 27" in
Houston to Save ife of Woman on Death Row
The name Frances Newton might not mean
anything to you, and this may be the first time that
you have heard it, but last year public outcry, with
the support of Amnesty International, won her a
reprieve from execution on December 1"t, in Texas.
Amnesty International declared that Mrs. Newton
was "convicted on circumstantial evidence" and
cited "the inadequacy of her prior legal represent-
tation." Her court-appointed trial attorney Ron
Mock has been sanctioned by the State Bar of Texas
many times. She is scheduled to be executed on the
14th of September.
Until a night of horror in 1987, Frances Newton
was a wife and the mother of two children. Her
husband and two small children were murdered
execution-style. She was convicted for the murders,
according to reports, largely on the results of
ballistic testing conducted by the now-discredited
Houston Police Department crime lab, which said
that it was her gun that was used to murder her
The evidence disclosed that there was no blood
found on Mrs. Newton's clothing, gun, hands or car,
despite the fact that the victims had been shot at
close range. No gunpowder residue was found on
her hands or sweater. There was also no evidence
that someone had undertaken a cleanup at the
A witness signed an affidavit expanding on her
trial testimony that described Frances Newton's
shock and horror at finding the bodies of her family,
which was confirmed by police at the scene). The
witness, Sondra Nelms said that "I know in my
heart that after watching the reaction of Frances on
discovering her husband and children, there is
absolutely no way she had any involvement in their
ASALH 10m Anniversary
Set for September 10O
The James Weldon Johnson
branch of the Association for the
Study of African American Life
and History (ASALH), founded by
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, invites you
to attend the third annual ASALH
Membership Luncheon at 11:30
a.m. on Saturday, September 10,
2005, at the Bethelight Conference
Center, 5865 Arlington Express-
way, near corer of University
The luncheon will also celebrate
the 100"' Anniversary of The
Niagra Movement. Founded in
1905, The Niagara Movement led
to the founding of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP). Come
and learn more about the history of
African American life in
Clemson University Professor
of History and Black Studies, Dr.
Abel Bartley, will be the luncheon
speaker. Dr. Abel will focus on the
Niagara Movement's impact on our
local history. For reservations and
ticket information, call (904)765-
Available for 10th
Man March- OCT. 15
JACKSONVILLE Don't miss the
bus! Don't wait until the last
minute to make your reservation to
attend the "Millions More Move-
ment" 10th Anniversary Celebration
of the "Million Man March" to be
held in Washington, DC, Saturday,
October 15, 2005.
We must combine our wisdom,
knowledge, understanding and have
a willingness to grow as Black
people. This is an opportunity for
all to come together. For
transportation information, please
call (904)768-2778, 768-3322 or
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Frances Elaine Newton, 38, could become the
first African American woman executed in modern
Texas history, despite resounding questions of
whether she is guilty, and whether she received a
fair trial. Almost half of those on Texas' death row
are African Americans, yet African Americans are
only 12 percent of the population. Even the police
chief and a state senator have asked the governor to
halt executions from Harris County, Texas because
the Houston Police Crime Lab has botched so many
Statistically, Texas accounts for 336 of the 944
executions carried out in the United States since
1977, 81 of whom were prosecuted in Harris County
(Houston). Amnesty International opposes the
death penalty in all cases, regardless of guilt or
innocence. Since 1973, 117 people have been
released from U. S. death rows after evidence of
their innocence emerged. Others have gone to their
deaths despite serious doubts about their guilt."
You can help save the life of Frances Newton.
Visit www.freefrances.org, and send an e-postcard
to the office of Governor Perry demanding to stop
the execution on the basis of new evidence.
For more information contact: Gloria Rubac of
the Texas Death Penalty Abolitionist Movement at
(713) 266-7251; David Dow, director of the
Innocence Project at (713) 743-2171; or Houston
talk show hostess Hitaji Aziz peacemaker(evl.net
If there is question in your mind, remember, it
will be better to stop the execution of a guilty
person, than to allow an innocent person to be
executed, without trying to save an innocent life.
Seminars to Open in February'06
An extension of the Gordon- Divinity (M.Div.) degree, begin-
Conwell Theological Seminary in ning with the Foundations of
South Hamilton, Mass., will being Leadership in Ministry and Church
offering classes in Jacksonville in History, in February.
February 2006, pending final Gordon-Conwell was founded in
approval by accrediting agencies. 1969, and offers degrees at the
The seminary is an evangelical, Masters and Doctoral levels. The
multi-denominational Prostest gra- Seminary has gained an Interna-
duate school, currently with camp- tional reputation for leading faculty
in the areas of Biblical Studies,
The seminary is an evangelical, Ministry and Theology. It is known
multi-denominational Prostest gra- for its classical education and
duate school, currently with camp- rigorous academic standards that
uses in South Hampton and Boston, include biblical language require-
Massachusetts; and Charlotte, NC. ments in many of the degree
It is the fifth largest seminary in programs. Its students represent
North America. 107 denominations and 48 foreign
Students can pursue either the countries.
Master of Theological Studies For admissions information, call
(MTS) degree, or the Master (704) 940-5810.
Prince Albert II of Monaco Declares
Son, Making Him Heir to Fortune
Prince Albert II of Monaco is the prince's heir under French
recently officially acknowledged law. It has been reported that the
that the young son of former Air prince has deeded a $2.5 million
France stewardess, Black French- home in the South of France to the
Togolese Nicole Coste, is his son. Although Alexandre is the
The child, Alexandre is now Prince's legal heir, he has no right
twenty-three months old. The to the throne of Monaco. Monaco's
Prince spends quality time with his constitution states that only "direct
son, and recently posed with him in and legitimate descendants can
a photograph that appeared in the assume the throne, however, the
current issue Jet magazine, family could decide to declare the
The prince said on French son of the Prince, an heir, if they
television that the child will never felt it was in their best interest. The
want for anything, and that he is successor to Prince Albert II is the
"totally part of his private life." He Princess Caroline.
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Tuskegee airman Roscoe Brown chats with
the media at the Tuskegee Airmen's annual
convention. The group is trying to make sure
their history as U.S. military pioneers isn't
forgotten and that today's young blacks can
have the opportunity to be pilots, too.
ORLANDO, Fla. Even though
they were treated like second-class
citizens as black pilots in a segre-
gated military during World War II,
the Tuskegee Airmen proved their
mettle in the skies. The airmen never
lost a plane under escort to enemy
fighters, developing such a reputa-
tion that some German pilots stopped
pursuing American planes they knew
would be escorted by the scrappy
Sixty years later, few are still
alive. About 80 airmen gathered in
Orlando last week for the group's
34th annual convention, which unites
the decorated soldiers with each
other and younger black military
pilots for a week of story-swapping
The Tuskegee Airmen were the
first group of black fighter pilots
Ilowed into the U.S. Army Air
:orps. Even after they were admit-
:d, though, many commanders still
didn't believe they had the intelli-
,ence or dexterity to become pilots.
"Failure was not an option. If the
experiment had failed,
it would have proven
their point," said 85-
year-old 1st Lt. Wilson
Eagleson, one of the
The airmen were cho-
sen some without
even knowing it be-
cause they scored well
on military tests, and
most had already taken
at least a few years of
college. They were
given poor equipment
and the most dangerous
bomber protection as-
signments by preju-
diced overseas com-
manders. And yet they
built a proud, storied
squadron that ran circles
around other crews
above Europe in shiny
gray planes with red
Now their faces a
lined with age, their voices
weaker. But the airmen re-
main humble and proud of
their decorated past Eagle-
son has two Purple Hearts -
and the brotherhood they
No one knows exactly how
many Tuskegee Airmen are
left, but military officials esti-
mate about 200 of the 1,000
or so men who won their
wings at the Alabama air base
are still alive, along with
countless aircraft maintenance
men and other ground crew.
Some of the pilots turned
out to be career servicemen
despite continued discrimina-
tion, while others went into
business or got law degrees
after the war ended.
"They don't see themselves
heroes. They simply did what needed
to be done," said retired Col. Le
Nevels, who heads the committee
that organized the convention
"Because these guys are so mode
about what they did, a lot of people
don't even acknowledge it."
Convention attendance has
dropped steadily each year as more
airmen succumb to age or illness.
However, the pilots are doing what
they can to preserve the group's leg-
acy, such as offering scholarships
and writing books to document their
The airmen talk to kids in schools
and offer airplane rides to get them
interested in flying. They also meet
with young, wide-eyed black pilots
who fly the military's planes today
- a proud sight for any old soldier.
If asked, the airmen will talk
about the racism and bigotry they
faced in the military, and how no one
thought they were worth anything
before they proved they could fly a
plane or pack a parachute.
Mostly, though, the accidental
celebrities count blessings for what
they have achieved.
Eagleson was one of the officers
who closed the Tuskegee base after
Tuskegee airman Boykin Gartrell
as President Truman outlawed segrega-
ed tion in the U.S. military in 1948.
an "By that time, most of the pilots
ee in the service knew what we could
n. do and what we had done," Eagleson
st said. "That was tremendous."
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JACKSONVILLE-Food stamps, Medicaid and Tempo-
rary Cash Assistance are now easier for Floridians to
access. As the Florida Department of Children and
Families unveils the new ACCESS (Automated
Community Connection to Economic Self-Sufficiency)
Florida public assistance system today, thousands of
customers in Jacksonville are benefiting from easier
access to public assistance. Instead of driving long
distances to service centers and then waiting in long
lines, people can now apply for public assistance from
the convenience of a computer. Since online
applications first became available this year,
Jacksonville is frequently among the top cities in
Florida in the percentage of applications made online.
DCF's Jacksonville employees are playing a major role
in implementing the new ACCESS Florida system.
"This new system will help more residents receive
public assistance if applications in the five-county
Jacksonville area are made online. Additionally the
system should Florida taxpayers $96 million dollars
once it is fully implemented by June 2007," said Nancy
Dreicer. "By applying for economic assistance online,
people can save time and receive benefits more
quickly," she said. District Four Administrator for
DCF. District Four consists of Baker, Clay, Duval,
Nassau and St. John's counties.
ACCESS Florida works by cutting the time required
for people to apply for the three economic assistance
programs administered by DCF: Medicaid, Food
Stamps and Temporary Cash Assistance. Additionally,
an automated phone service that includes benefit
information and case status is 1(866)762-2237).
The FDCF also investigates cases of neglect in the
care of children or vulnerable adults, providing
economic self-sufficiency assistance to thousands of
Florida residents, overseeing adoptions and foster care
through its community-based initiatives, and housing
people with mental illnesses.
National Diabetes Associaton
Work Out those Summer Eating Habits
At a summer buffet, start by
scanning the table to see what's
available. Fill up your plate with
mostly vegetables and whole
grains. If there are meat dishes,
limit your portion to about the size
and thickness of a deck of cards.
Choose lean meats, poultry or fish
instead of high fat meats, such as
barbequed ribs. Choose grilled
chicken (remove the skin) instead
of something fried.
Look for high-fiber foods, such
as dried beans and peas, lentils, and
dark green vegetables such as
broccoli, cabbage, spinach and
kale. Dishes with green beans,
three-beans, black beans and black-
eyed peas, are always good
choices, as are whole grain foods
such as brown rice, couscous,
Save the Date, it's an occasion
that you do not want to miss, the
10th Annual Celebration of Women,
Friday, August 26, 2005, at 7:15
p.m., Jacoby Symphony Hall at the
Times-Union Center for the
The 10th Annual Celebration of
Women will be an evening that
includes an exclusive patron recep-
tion with delicious hors d'oeuvres,
and the opportunity to socialize
and meet the evenings' feature
performer. The Silent Auction will
command your attention with its
unique works of art, jewelry,
getaway packages and surprises. It
will offer something for everyone.
Patrons and guests willjoin in
the birthday festivities with music,
cake, coffee and prizes. The
evening concludes with guests
relaxing and enjoying Glenis
Redmond as she performs her
passionate and engaging stories.
"Celebration" is the annual
fundraiser for the Women's Center
of Jacksonville, so please call,
order your tickets, support our
event, and *enjoy a memorable
This event helps to support the
Women's Center works, including:
The Intern Experience, Breast
Cancer Awareness, Women's
All Youth Invited to
Attend Youth Church
The Reverend Woodrow Leeks
Youth Minister at First Africal
Methodist Episcopal Church of Pain
Coast, Reverend Dr. Gillard S
Glover, Pastor; 91 Old Kings Road
announces Youth Church Service
every 1st, 2nd and 4h Sunday, at 10:4:
a.m., in the Educational Facility.
whole wheat bread and pasta.
Watch out for those fatty foods!
Avoid dishes with a lot of
mayonnaise, sour cream and butter.
Choose veggies that are light on
dressing and cheese. For fun,k try
making your own dressing with a
little olive oil and vinegar. If you
make a sandwich, use whole wheat
bread with mustard or salsa instead
Try to drink water, unsweetened
tea, or diet soda with your meal. If
you choose to drink alcoholic
beverages, drink only with a meal
and don't drink more than one (for
women) or two (for men) a day.
Don't forget dessert! Dessert is
a great opportunity to get in some
of your daily fruit intake.
Everyone, including people with
History Month Events, Women's
Equal Pay Day, Stop'the Violence
Against Elders, Sexual Assault
Awareness program, and much
more to enhance the lives of
women, with the help of talented
and valuable volunteers.
Patron tickets are available, and.
there is a 10% discount on groups
of 100 or more. General admission
includes the silent auction;
anniversary festivities and perfor-
mance by the featured artist. For
more ticket information, and to
order tickets, call (904) 722-3000.
diabetes, needs three to four
servings of fruit a day. Let's face it;
what is summer without delicious
watermelon or strawberries? Fruit
is an excellent source of fiber,
vitamins and minerals, and has zero
fat. Those pies and cookies taste
good, but have a lot of fat and
cholesterol and not much nutrition.
So try to stick to the good stuff If
you can't resist, have a small
Summer is a time to enjoy
family, friends, and life. It's also a
great time to refocus on feeling
better, eating healthy, and control-
ing your diabetes, for life! For
more tips and on diabetes control,
visit the National Diabetes Educa-
tion program hhtp: //ndep.nih.gov
or call 1 (800)438-5383.
Join a Study Circle
The public is welcome to join
open dialogue and ethnic relations
by joining one of the City of
Jacksonville's sponsored Study
Circles. Each group meets for five
weeks in two weekly sessions to
share stories, experiences and
insights. The participants begin to
see new possibilities and answers
for more inclusive and satisfying
relationships within their
neighborhoods and across our
community. The groups are
forming now. For more
information, contact Bill Davis at
Shown above at the Meet and Greet are (L-R) LFNA Officer Cynthia Parker, Allstate Insurance Agent
Michael Riley, Carl varnes, owner of Hurst Florist, LFNA Officer Carl Ranson LFNA President Paulette
Turner and LFNA Officer Sandra Hancox.
Northside's Lake Forest Neighborhood Association
Changing Community One Attitude at a Time
Members of the Lake Forest Neighborhood Association recently held an informal neighborhood business
meet and greet. Held at the Bradham Brooks Library, the activity was designed to bring together residents and
local business owners. "We are excited about some of the changes we have seen and we would like to see
more" said Association President Paulette Turner. The Association has many activities planned to unite resi-
dents including it's regular meetings, a Neighborhood Festival on September 22nd and a Giant Neighborhood
Garage Sale on October 22nd. For more information on activities or to participate, call 446-5015.
Continued from front
Luther King Jr., and civil rights
activist and comedian Dick
The Rev. Joseph Roberts, senior
pastor at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist
Church, where Martin Luther King
Jr. preached, noted Coretta Scott
King's courage in the days after her
husband was assassinated.
"That kind of person can never be
put down," he said. "We know the
same spirit that carried her through
the moments of sorrow ... is
available to her even now."
Dr. Maggie Mermin, King's
personal physician, said she is
expected to remain at Atlanta's
Piedmont Hospital for another
week or so.
CAN YOU BE THERE FOR YOUR OLDER PARENT
WITHOUT ACTUALLY HAVING TO BE THERE?
Free Child ID Kits to be available
at ALL WalMart
NUI WalMart Stores nationwide,
along with the National Center for
Missing & Exploited Children, and
Ross Products, will host the first
ever "Smart Parent...Safe Baby"
event. Families will receive a free
child ID kit that includes leading
DNA technology and a placeholder
for an updated photo of your child.
The National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children provides the
following tips to help parents and
guardians practice good safey
*Keep an up-to-date, good
quality photograph of your child in
case of an emergency.
*Never let young children go
places alone. Be clear about the
places and homes that they are
allowed to visit.
Stores Sept. 3rd
*Know where your children are
and whom they are with at all
*Never leave your children
unattended in an automible,
whether it's running or not.
*Talk openly to your children
about safety. Turn an outing to a
mall or park into a "teachable
For further safety information,
visit www.missingkids.com or call
For more information about the
September 3 d event, visit baby
connection at walmart.com after
August 15, 2005.:
Parents can git a free child ID
kit on Saturday, September 3rd at all
WalMart Stores nationwide. Mark
your calendar now!
BC-C 52"" Annual Gateway
Classic Weekend SepL 9-11
Its official! The 52nd Annual
Gateway Classic is set for Alltel
Stadium Saturday, September
17th, the BC-C Wildcats will meet
the SC State Bull-dogs at 7 p.m..
The Hyatt Regency, 225
Coastline Dr., is BC-C Head-
quarters. Reservations can be
made by calling 1(800)233-1234,
ask for the Gateway Classic
Weekend rate. Deadline for
reservations is August 29th.
Separate Victory Celebrations
will be held for College Students
and Alumni and 25 and older,
but both celebrations will be held
at the Hyatt Regency. Game
tickets are deeply discounted.
The Gateway Golf Challenge
saluting HBCUs will tee off on
Friday, September 9th at the Mill
Cove Club. The shotgun start will
be at 8 a.m. Foursomes are
encouraged and also Hole spon-
sorship. This event celebrates
Historic Colleges and Universi-
ties that first served the higher
education needs of African
Americans: B-CC, EWC, SSU,
FAMU, Morehouse and Spelman.
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Over 45 and overweight?
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about the small steps you can
take to prevent diabetes. For free
information about preventing
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National Institutes of Health and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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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 15, 2005. For more
information contact Andr'e X Neal
or James Evans Muhammad at
(904) 768-2778 or (904)768-3332.
Masonic & Eastern
Come out and enjoy an evening of
fun and entertainment with the
illustrious Masons, Eastern Stars
and Veterans at Carl's Reception
Hall, located at 1748 N. Main St.
(on the comer of 8th Street and
Main Street) on Thursday, August
25th, 2005. There will be door
prizes, music (Old School, R&B
and Jazz), food and more.
Networking and Cocktail Reception
begins from 6:00pm 7:30pm.
Drink specials available. Gala
begins promptly at 8:00pm.
Tickets can be purchased by call-
ing Traci at 904-626-1389 or email
her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 26th
at 8:00 p.m. and on the 27th at
2:00p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and August
28th at 3:00 p.m. For more informa-
tion, please call 765-7373.5.
The Father's House will present a
musical banquet on Friday, August
26th at 7 p.m. Performances will
include spiritual dancers, singers
and mellodrama. The Father's
House is located at 1820 Monument
Road. For more information call
207-1067. This event is free and
open to the public.
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, 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.
On Tuesday August 30th from 10
a.m. to 12 noon, the Duval County
Extension Service is offering a
course on vegetable gardening.
Learn about fall vegetable garden-
ing, composting, and enjoy a hands
on activity of making your own
recycled plant pots. Participants
will take home up to 10 vegetable
plants. Space is limited so call 387-
8850 to register. A fee of $8 will be
collected at the door.
The Piano Lesson
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.
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August Wilson's prize winning
play, "The Piano Lesson" will be
performed at the Ritz Theater
August 26th at 7:30 p.m. and
August 27th at 2 p.m. and 7:30
p.m. Wilson's poignant and humor-
ous drama is a lesson in love, fami-
ly and personal history. For tickets
or more information, call 632-5555.
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 door prizes.
Women golfers are encouraged. For
more information, call Ray Levy
356-8119 or Ed Hall 768-3382.
The Jewish Community Alliance is
having a couples workshop on yoga
during pregnancy. Pregnancy yoga
helps women prepare for an active,
normal and natural childbirth expe-
rience as possible, as well as help to
increase flexibility and strength as
well as improve circulation.The
class will be held on Sunday,
August 28th from 2-4 p.m. The
JCA is located at 8505 San Jose
Blvd.For more information call
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 a.m. on
September 1 and 8th. The work-
shops are design to reduce the
stresses and pressures of caregiv-
ing, 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-
Fall Yard Sale
American Legion Auxiliary Unit
197 will have their fall yard sale on
Saturday, September 3rd from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will be at
2179 Benedict Road. in addition to
shopping for bargains, their will
also be food and an opportunity to
register to vote.
St. Augustine 440th
Everyone is invited to attend the
Saturday, September 3rd, birthday
party for the City of St. Augustine.
Born 440 years ago, the city will
combine authentic historical re-
enactments and classic rock n' roll
into a daylong celebration filled
All of the events related to the
City of St. Augustine's birthday
party are free and open to the pub-
lic. For more details on the cele-
bration, call 904.825.1004
Kem in Concert
er known on the airwaves as Kerm,
will be in Jacksonville on Saturday,
September 3rd at 8 p.m. at the
Florida Theater. Kem Owens is a
smooth, spiritually oriented R&B
artist inspired by the likes of Stevie
Wonder, Steely Dan, and Grover
Washington Jr. Tickets are $37.50
and $32.50. For more information
Free Do It Yourself
The UF Cooperative Extension
Office is offering a program geared
toward the do-it-yourself decorator.
The two hour class will teach the
basics of choosing home improve-
ment projects that will enhance the
value of your home, discussion on
remodeling pitfalls, lighting, win-
dows and more. The next class will
be on Tuesday, September 6th at
6:45 p.m. The class is offered at
Extension Offices located t 1010 N.
McDuff Avenue. Pre-registration is
required. For more information call
FCCJ Dance Auditions
Auditions for Florida Community
College Repertory Dance Co. and
dance scholarships will be held
Sept. 7th at 6 p.m. Auditions will
be held at FCCJ South Campus,
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information
contact Dance Professor Rosemary
Fletcher at 904.646.2361 or e-mail
Blueprint for Prosperity Executive
Director Jarik Conrad will be the
keynote speaker for the Literary
Council of Jacksonville's 5th
Annual Literacy Awards Luncheon.
The event will be held on Friday,
September 9th from 12 p.m. 1:30
p.m. at the Omni Hotel. For more
info or reservations call 724-0102.
Couture for the
Up & Cummer
The Cummer Museum of art &
Gardens will have an Up &
Cummers Fashion Show on Friday,
September 9, 8 to 11 p.m. All tick-
ets are $30 at the door. The
Museum is located at 829 Riverside
Avenue. For more information, call
If you are pregnant, get
prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV
Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS
Riverside Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September
10th and 11th 2005 will be the
dates for the annual Riverside Arts
Festival. held in Riverside park,
over 140 artists and fine crafts,
hands on children's art activities,
great food, entertainment and free
bus tours of the historic district will
be available. For more information,
The local branch of the
Association for the Study of African
American Life and History
(ASALH) will have their 3rd annu-
al membership luncheon on
Saturday, September 10th at 11:30
a.m. at the Bethelite Conference
Center, 5865 Arlington
Expressway. For more information
RALLY Jacksonville, Mayor
Peyton's plan to help every child get
ready to read, will be holding
enrollment events Saturday, Sept.
10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at select-
ed Public Library Branches.
New members will receive a
backpack with reading tools, along
with the first book in an original
series of children's books about
Jacksonville. Additional books in
the series will be mailed each
month. Membership in the club and
all materials is free.
Signups will be held at the follow-
ing branches: Branches: Highlands,
San Marco, Pablo Creek,
University Park and Webb
Wesconnett Regional. For more
information, call 904.630.4754.
Willie Gary Classic
The Willie Gary Classic will have
their 3rd Annual College and
Vocational Recruiting Fair on
Saturday, September 10th at the
Prime Osborne Convention Center.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Participants will have the
opportunity to chat with recruiters
and attend workshops. Transcripts
should be brought to be considered
for on the spot admission and schol-
arships. The first 500 students in
attendance will receive a free ticket
to the EWC/Shaw football game in
Urban Gardening Field Office
(located behind 1007 Superior
Street) will hold a Seasons of Herbs
Workshop on Tuesday September
13, 2005 10:00 AM -12:00 PM.
Participants will learn what seasons
are best to grow herbs in Florida
and how to turn their potted culi-
nary herb plants into gorgeous topi-
aries. Seating is limited call 387-
8850 to pre-register.
The City of Jacksonville
Agriculture Dept. is sponsoring two
free landscaping classes on
Thursday, September 15, 2005
from 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the West
Regional Branch Library, 1425 S.
Chaffee Road from 6:30-8:30 pm
the topics to be covered are "Native
Plants for NE Florida" and "Saving
money on Maintenance of your
Summer Landscape". Hands-on
activities are included. Please Pre-
register by calling 387-8850.
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)
The Jacksonville School of music
will present its first Florida
Gospelfest at the Jacksonville
Landing on the Center Stage. The
Festival will be held September
17th from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. and
September 18th from 2 5 p.m.
For more information call 665-
Free Health Fair
There will be a Community Health
Fair for the residents of
Jacksonville at the The Avenues
Mall on Saturday, September 17th,
2005 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Taste the Music
The St. Johns River City Band
will have their 13th Annual Taste
The Music, Wine Tasting
Celebration will be held Thursdj;,
Sept. 22 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on the
12th Floor at the Aetna Building-
South Shore Group, 841 Prudential
Drive. The celebration is one of the
band's major fun raising events and
always provides a very entertaining
evening with plenty of food, fun,
prizes, wine tasting, the popular
silent auction and of course music.
Call (904) 355-4700 for tickets and
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.
The Lake Forest Neighborhood
Association will host their next
meeting on Thursday, September
29th at the Bradham Brooks
Library on Edgewood Avenue
inside of the community room. The
meeting will begin promptly at 6:30
p.m. Some of the issues to be
addressed include: drugs, street
lights, code violations, street
repairs, septic tanks and more. For
more information call paulette
Turner at 446-5015.
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by Andre Coe
A standing room only, over capac-
ity crowd eagerly waited. People
fanned themselves and crammed in
between shelves of books at Black
Images Book Bazaar, craning their
necks to get a glimpse of one of this
generation's most notable authors -
The Interruption of Everything,
McMillan's latest fictional work, is
a testament to the fact thi "w e" c.in
overcome anything, a speaker said
before Terry read from her book
and answered questions.
When McMillan took to the podi-
um, women, young and old.
African-American and non- African
American, cheered and applauded
loudly. A quick scan of the crowd
revealed a few men in anendance
too; they were there in quiet admi-
"Terry, Terry, Terr." one woman
"She is beautiful," another woman
observed standing on her toes to
take a photo of the author.
It was like McMillln was their
personal friend. She's as fanmliar to
them as other famous celebrities
such as Oprah. People just know
that'Yea, she'll come o er here.'
Try as she might, McNMillan is no
ordinary woman. She is the author
of Waiting to Exhale, A Da\ Late
and a Dollar Short, Mama.
Disappearing Acts and How Stella
Got Her Groove Back. McMillan is
a literary best-seller always waiting
And, she has made headlines yet
again. This time though, not for her
writing. Her husband of many years
Interrupting Terry McMillan
has been accused of cheating not
with another woman but with
As washingtonpost.com reported
McMillan as saying in a California
divorce court declaration: "It ias
devastating to discover that a rela-
tionship 1 had publicized to the
world a-. life-aftirming and built on
muital love was actually based on
"I was humiliated."
McMillan spoke further on tlhe
matter to Tavis Smiles in a Jul\ 12
interview this year. Her former hus-
band. Jonathan Plummer Mr.
Stella got her groo, e back in the
flesh put her life at risk, she said to
Smiley on his PBS show.
"I want to know ho.w you'ree feel-
ing and [how] you're processing all
this," Smile, said on his show.
"Your business is all on the
"Oh. von don't have to tell me."
"...The bottom line is this. ... I
find out that he has a lo'er of nine
months. I kicked him out of the
house. His lo\er w\as not aaillable.
and I put hun up in a hotel for tree
\.eeks. and the next thing I know.
he gets an attorney and he's suing
me for m;, prenuptial agreement
sa ing that it's basicalk he signed
under duress. whichh is not true ...
"I don't care about him being
gas." McMillan continued. "But lhe
risked my life. What if I'm sitting
here HIV positive? I can't be I
can't be I can't get lid of that and
he wants my money? He should get
a job. ... That's all I have to say. ..."
Maybe in this age of "the down-
low," women, especially Black
women, need someone they can
relate to. McMillan's personal story
combined with the "real person"
feel of her characters gives readers
a woman they can relate with.
So. no matter the topic, McMillan
tells it like it is.
In her latest book, McMillan
focuses on a woman who is experi-
encing a crisis herself. She's at that
age- 42 %where the kids ha\e all
grown up and there is no one left to
take care of but herself. Friends
don't elen call the woman anymore
because, as one character put it,
"...)ou always plau solitaire. ..."
NlcNlillan's character becomes fully
inmnersed in her crisis, and her
growing awareness of it was the
source of inumeroust, "Uhmm
hmirnm, that's right," out loud
chuckles and down-right laughter
as the noted author read aloud.
1 he\ liked her
She kept reading.
"It's pretty clear that I'm going
through menopause." read Terry
from the book. "Are m hormones
The main character w\as in a doc-
tor's office filling out a question-
naire about her health. The ques-
tionnaire drew interesting respons-
es. Terry continued reading.
"...Memory lapses? Of course -
sometimes I even smoked a joint
while in college," she read aloud
from her book. "I couldn't remem-
ber where I was. ..."
People continued to laugh and lis-
ten, and their laughter grew in vol-
ume with each outburst. Their
applause also grew louder. Some
brought copies of her books old
and new for McMillan to sign.
"When did we get that book,"
asked Chandra Jacobs to her friend,
pointing at their copy of The
Interruption of Everything. "When
it first came out," her friend quickly
"July," Jacobs concluded, adding
she has been a fan of McMillan's
ever since reading A Day Late and
A Dollar Short. "I probably identify
with all of them," she said of
McMillan's characters. Terry soon
finished reading and was now
She advised writers in the audi-
ence to write as if no one were
going to read their work and to
study their craft by reading the
work of other writers. She also
advised them to get a good agent.
As for what to write about, she
advised, "Life is what happens
when you are planning for some-
"I'm a Black woman," she
responded to one woman's ques-
tion. "... I write about what bothers
me and what disturbs me.
"Mostly, I write about how we
treat each other," she added. "... I'm
just interested in trying to under-
stand why we do what we do ...
That is it."
Snoop's Football League Drawing Controversy
Rap artist and actor Snoop Dogg talks to his youth football team, the
Snoop All-Stars, before their game against the Jacksonville All-Stars
in the Snoop Bowl at Raines High School during the Super Bowl.
Snoop Dogg's new youth football
league is drawing corporate
endorsements, talented coaches -
and catcalls from long-established
teams that are losing players to the
entertainer's latest project.
Two years ago, Snoop began
coaching his son's team in the
Orange County Junior All-
American Football Conference, lur-
ing children from other squads with
his star power. Players watched
game video inside a tricked-out
school bus equipped with DVD
players, TV screens and a booming
The rapper and sometime actor
also made personal phone calls to
draw in top talent, and last year his
Rowland Raiders went undefeated
en route to a league championship.
They also went on to win the
"Snooperbowl," held a day before
the Super Bowl, and took home
custom-made trophies donated by
Tiffany & Co. for their effort.
Snoop, whose real name is Calvin
Broadus, is taking things to the next
level this year, creating his own
Souiihern California league. He
lowered fees for joining a team
from $175 or more to $100, which
covers the cost of cleats and pads.
He also loosened residency require-
A movie documenting the effort,
and titled "Coach Snoop," is report-
ed to be in the works.
"It's so easy for a kid to join a
gang, to do drugs," Snoop said. "We
should make it that easy to be
involved in football and academ-
Children and some coaches have
flocked to the eight-chapter Snoop
Youth Football League, leaving
supporters of old leagues dejected
and wondering whether they were
"I'm mad at Coach Snoop," said
10-year-old Xavier Bemal, a player
for the Rowland Raiders. "He was
so cool; he told me to play my heart
out and to play everything I've got.
But now I just want to ask him, why
did he take all our players?"
The Raiders last year fielded nine
squads of players ages 5 to 14. This
year, the teams have dwindled to
three squads and the cheerleading
team has shrunk from 80 girls to
nine. A Snoop chapter in Compton -
the Vikings has similarly trumped
the long-established Compton
Titans, which dipped from 12 teams
to five this year. Even the team
Snoop played for as a youngster,
the Long Beach Poly Junior
Jackrabbits, is struggling.
"This has affected us in a terrible
way," said Sarah L. Morrison, the
chapter president. "I don't know if
our program will exist after this
Sponsors of Snoop's new league
include a new cell phone company
called Amp'd Mobile. A former
youth football teammate of the rap-
per, pro linebacker Willie
McGinest, has donated money and
helped coach in Snoop's Long
Beach chapter. He's sanguine about
the inter-league controversy.
"This is a chance for us to save our
community and to get our kids
back," McGinest said.
Vivica Lovin' 50 Cents 2 Cents Worth
Theater vixen and 50 Cent's (the
rapper's) ex-girlfriend, Vivica A. Fox,
says she hopes he continues to rap
about their doomed relationship in his
songs because it has resulted in more
flirtation from men.
"What he doesn't realize is the more
he raps about me, the more he makes
other men curious about me," she
says, according to Contact Music.
"Other guys are saying, 'What's so
good about Vivica that he's still talk-
ing about her?'"
The 41-year-old actress, who dated 50 in 2003, says their fling was "very
intense for three months," which is why emotions were so volatile during
the breakup and their business ended up in his rhymes, she surmised.
"That's ghetto love his way of dealing with the breakup, and evidently
I must have been special or done something awfully right, because two
years later, he's still writing and talking about me," she said. "We are from
two different worlds, but he is very charming. He was a total sweetheart
when we were together, and he snuck into my life like a gentleman. He left
differently. It was very disappointing the way he handled the break-up."
LISA RAYE ENGAGED
Actress LisaRaye got engaged to her
man, the Honorable Michael Misick,
Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos .
Islands. Misick got down on one knee in
front of both of their families and
friends including LisaRaye's mother,
Ms. Katie McCoy and proposed in the garden of his home on July 28.
The couple first met at TBS Trumpet Awards in Atlanta. The couple will
exchange vows Dec. 28 in the Turks and Caicos Islands a group of 40
islands between the Bahamas and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
BYRON LOOKING AFTER MAMA
Businessman and entertainment journalist Byron
Allen bought his mother a gated $5 million, four-bed-
room, 4,000-square-foot house in the Hollywood Hills
S*- so that they could live closer together, reports the Los
Angeles Times. His mother, Carolyn Folks, had been
living in Allen's Century City condo since he bought a
$3.8-million Hollywood Hills house for himself in
February 2004. Allen also bought a $4.5 million spot in
Trump Towers on 5thAvenue in Manhattan. Allen is founder, chairman and
chief executive of Entertainment Studios Corp., an independent producer-
distributor of first-run TV programming. He also hosts
"EntertainmentStudios.com" and"Entertainers with Byron Allen." Both
have been on the air for 12 years.
THANDIE NEWTON TO BE WILL
SMITHS NEXT LEADING LADY
Thandie Newton will star opposite Will Smith in the
fact-based drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" for
Columbia. Smith plays:a struggling salesman who wins.
custody of his young son just as he is about to begin a
stock brokerage intern program. The father and son
wind up in a homeless shelter. Newton will play Smith's estranged wife
and the mother of his son. Italian filmmaker Gabriele Muccino will direct
the picture, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters next year.
BOB MARLEY STORY COURTS BROADWAY
Collaborator of the reggae icon says a play is in the works.
Bob Marley may soon follow in the footsteps of Elvis Presley, Queen,
Abba and most recently, John Lennon all music legends who have had
their songs and/or stories laid out for theater audiences on the Great White
Neville Garrick, Marley's former collaborator, told The Jamaica
Observer: "A Broadway play on Bob Marley is supposed to be the next big
project I'll be working on with the (Marley) family."
The play would focus on Marley's early years in music and is among a
series of projects in the pipeline as part of the 60th anniversary of the reg-
gae star's birth.
"Since 1993, we've been looking at this Bob Marley movie which never
came to fruition," Garrick tells the paper. "But we feel a play, which we
might call Trench Town Rock about the era of the coming of age of Bob
Marley would really enlighten people about where he came from and
how he grew to become a world-beater in the field of music."
Wife Says Disease That Silenced Pryor's Standup Also Saved His Life
By Jan Dennis
Instead of packed arenas, comedi-
an Richard Pryor's tours now hustle
him through eight different medical
checkups a month in what his wife
jokingly calls "the round robin of
Still, Jennifer Lee Pryor says her
husband's crippling multiple sclero-
sis is a blessing, stripping away his
taste for the drugs and alcohol she
was convinced would have left him
dead instead of just months shy of
his 65th birthday.
"As productive and brilliant as he
was, he was also self-destructive.
He said God gave him MS to slow
him down. This disease saved his
life," she said in a telephone inter-
view from the couple's California
i Nearly two decades with the dis-
S ease has left Pryor in a wheelchair
S and out of the public eye long after
his expletive-laced stand-up act
spawned dozens of movies and
made the Peoria native box office
magic through much of the late
1970s and early '80s. Entertainers
from Bob Newhart to Chris Rock
cite Pryor as one of the most influ-
ential comedians of all time.
Now, Pryor spends most of his
time at his home in the hills near
Encino, Calif., with two rescued
dogs and his fifth wife, Jennifer.
The couple divorced after a brief
marriage in the early 1980s but
remarried in 2001.
His years out of the public eye
haven't dulled Pryor's star in the
central Illinois town where he grew
up in a brothel run by his grand-
mother, as depicted in the semi-
autobiographical 1985 film "Jo Jo
Dancer, Your Life Is Calling."
"From Peoria to Hollywood. How
many people can actually do that?"
said Joyce Adams, curator of a
statewide African American Hall of
Fame in Peoria that inducted the
comedian as one of its 128 mem-
bers in 1999.
His speech slurred by MS, Pryor
declines interviews, but gets togeth-
er often with family and friends,
including fellow comics Robin
George Lopez, his wife said. She
said he also draws crowds every
week when he heads out to the
movies to see "almost always
"He's hanging in there remark-
ably. He's hanging on like a tick on
a hound dog's tail," Jennifer Lee
She said MS has rocked her hus-
band's body, but not his mind. Still,
he no longer creates the routines
that earned him three Grammy
awards for comedy albums and the
Kennedy Center's first-ever Mark
Twain Prize for American Humor in
"I sense that he feels that he did
Comedian Richard Pryor
his thing and he doesn't need to do
it anymore. But when he sees the
other comics up there doing their
thing, I'm sure he sometimes has a
sense of 'Damn, I wish I was still
out there,' his wife said.
Pryor's Web site, www.richardpry-
or.com, is plastered with tributes
from two generations of comedians
hailing Pryor as the king of comedy.
"There are many different kinds of
comedians ... the observational
humorist, the impressionist, the
character creator, the physical
comedian, the self-deprecator, the
dirty-joke teller. What made
Richard so brilliant is he was able to
incorporate all these styles at once,"
Damon Wayans, part of
Hollywood's comedic Wayans
brothers, said in a posting on
Pryor, named the top standup come-
dian ever in a 2004 Comedy Central
poll, has a better appreciation for
his place in comedy history since
MS forced him off stage in 1996,
Jennifer Lee Pryor said.
"Reflection is a wonderful thing.
... Richard was so driven he never
took the time to understand the
force that he was. He was so manic
about achieving and creating and
producing his work that I don't
think he took the time to see his
place in the world," she said.
Part of that place is marked in
Peoria, where renaming a street in
his honor four years ago was nearly
derailed by arguments over Pryor's
often-raunchy material and history
of drug abuse, which included near-
fatal burs in a 1980 fire linked to
"They have to remember that
Richard never did anything to any-
one but himself. He may have
offended some ears, but what come-
dian hasn't?" said Garrie "Pepper"
Allen, 66, who went to school with
Pryor and now is a barber on the
renamed Richard Pryor Place, about
five blocks from the comedian's
since-demolished boyhood home.
Jennifer Lee Pryor said an artist is
working on a sculpture of her hus-
band that the couple may seek to
display in Peoria or Chicago. A
movie and documentary on Pryor's
life also are in the works, said his
wife, who doubles as his manager.
The projects could help expose
Pryor to a generation that missed
his act the first time around, said
Bernie Drake, who gives historical
tours of Peoria, including the house
where "Jo Jo Dancer" was filmed
20 years ago.
"If I have older people on the tour,
they all know who Richard Pryor is.
If I have younger people, they don't
particularly know," said Drake,
interim executive director of the
Peoria County Historical Society.
"That always kind of surprises me."
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Pae 2- s Pry' re resAuut 5- 1 20
- Eggleton Family Reunion Held in Jacksonville
Shown above are family and friends who assembled for the reunion
photo. Shown Clockwise (L-R) are cousins Kim Dobson and Donna
Coward who marveled at the Rainbow in the background, friends
Gwen Leaphart and Ernestine Bivens, Alice Denson who briefly tried
her hands at fishing and Carlottra Guyton.
Descendants of the Baron -
Eggleton family gathered recently
for their bi-annual Family Reunion
in Jacksonville, Florida. Relatives
from around the country came
together for a weekend of fellow-
ship and remembrance in honor of
Hosted locally by Rita (Eggleton)
Perry and Sylvia (Eggleton) Perry,
the two day weekend was high-
lighted with informal gatherings,
shopping ventures, family volley-
ball tournaments and of course
Jacksonville's wonderful beaches.
The Reunion's primary activity
was a Family Fun Day at the Perry
home which was met with tumul-
tuous weather. Despite the
unplanned intrusion by mother
nature, family members and close
friends enjoyed the food, fellow-
ship and fun popularized by the
The evening, which extended into
the wee hours of the morning,
began with a prayer and included
swimming, card playing, billiards,
fishing and reminiscing amongst
new and old friends. Also on dis-
play was a family photo album with
clippings about family matriarchs
from the early 1900s. It concluded
with moonlight fishing.
"It was just so relaxing to sit by
the pool and talk about old times,
and the Volleyball was awesome."
said Walter Baron of Tampa, FL.
"The Eggletons and Barons would
be so proud of this tradition. I know
every year we get together they're
all with us smiling down on us and
enjoying it as much as we are."
Family members included trav-
elers from Los Angeles, CA,
Washington D.C., Virginia Beach,
Virginia, Charlotte, N.C., Tampa,
FL, Atlanta, GA and beyond. The
next location is a toss up between
Myrtle Beach, SC and Tampa, FL.
Every year, more people come to the same place for their family reunion.
Family reunions are meant for catching up with uncles,
aunts, cousins and Big Mama, not for running all over town.
Especially when you can get everything at one place:
Publix. Where shopping is a pleasure.
IT'S B E E N O U R PLEASU R E.
2005 Publix Asset Management Company
August 25 31, 2005
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