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Georgia County to Keep
Segregated WWII Plaques
Plaques that separately list local blacks and whites who served in World
War HF will remain in a Georgia county courthouse, but a new\ sign
explaining the history of segregation \ ill be added to help put the display
The Taylor County Commission voted 5-0 to keep the historical
plaques, while adding the ne"w sign and a third plaque that would list
everyone from the county who sered in the ,,ar.
The original display. dates from December 1944. and is no longer a com-
plete list of those iwho served.
Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia State Conference of the
NAACP. said the segregated plaques had no place in modern society,
likening them to Jim Crow -era signs for segregated water fountains and
bathrooms. Two of the commissioners who voted to keep the separate
lists are black. The Taylor Counts courthouse is in Butler. about SO0 miles
south of Atlanta.
Rangel, Dinkins, Help Keep Roof
Over Boys Choir of Harlem
The Boss Choir of Harlem iBCHI w ill not be tossed out of its practice
facility on Jan. 31 thanks to a new deal reached with the Nex\ York
Cits public-school s\ stemn and the
efforts of Rep. Charles Rangel and
fonner New York City Ma\or David
Facin_ eviction from dithe Choir
Academin of Harlem, the public
school where it has rehearsed for the
past several >ears. Rangel met pri-
latel with New York Deput. Ma. or Dennis Walcott in a plea to keep the
choir at the school. The Dept. of Education recently> asked the group to
leave the facility after it failed to address financial and leadership prob-
lems over the past 12 years. In addition, the choir also failed to find a
replacement for its founder. \alter Tumnbull, which it had agreed to do in
2004 after an investigation found he did not act on allegations that an
employee had sexually abused a student.
New York Deputy NMaor Dennis \VWalcon announced that "although
the cirt would allow the choir to remain as an after-school activity, it
must establish its administrative offices outside the school and repair its
managerial and financial strucntre on its own." reports CNN.
Agriculture Civil Rights
Chief Steps Down
The Agriculture Department's first civil rights chief
is stepping down. Venion Parker is resigning as assis-
tant secretary for ci il rights after three \ears on the
job. the department said. Congress created the position
in the 2002 farm bill to handle racial discrimination claims and other civil
rights issues. Parker. w\ho is from Paradise \alley, Ariz., served in the
first Bush administration as a special assistant to the president and as
legal ad% iser in the Office of Personnel Management. He also worked on
former Rep. Mart Salmon's campaign for Arizona governor in 2002.
Aretha Franklin to Sing
SuperBowl National Anthem
Aretha Franklin %\ill sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XL being
held in the Motor City on Sunday. February\ 5 at 6 pm at Ford Field. "The
Queen of Soul" w- ill be joined b,, one of New Orleans' "favorite sons."
Aaron Nev ille. The Granmmi-Award w inning rwosome will team up to
perform live in front of an estimated w\orld\wide audience of over 130
million \ ewers. Franklin \\ill make several national television appear-
ances sturotunding the Supet Bowl performance. As one of Detroit's
biggest boosters, the music legend will appear on several shows hinclud-
ing "Good Morning America" and the Fox-TV network's "Best Damn
Sports Show Period." among others.
'Uncle Tom's Cabin' to
Become Historical Landmark
BETFIESDA. MNd. State officials on Monday accepted the deed to the
Mar land home of the former sla e w ho inspired author Harriett Beecher
Stove when she w-iote the abolitionist no el "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
The home, located about 12 miles north of Washington, D.C.. became
available last year. ,Illo in, the death of Hildegarde lNallet-Pre\ost.
100. w ho o%\ ned the property. The state's purchase of the three-bedroom.
w\ood-frame house for l million could lead to the home being estab-
lished as an interpretmL e historical site.
Josiah Henson's shott autobiography, "The Life of Josiah Henson.
Fonneri', a Slave." '.'.as published in 1IS49. Three sears later Stowe's
novel helped focus w'oild attention on the brutalir, of sla ery.
Stowe in part based her characterization olf"Uncle Tom" on experiences
Henson described in his narrative. It detailed his life as a slave in
lar land and Kentuck,. and his 1I 311 decision to flee to Canada with his
family alter his owner refused in honor a commitment to allow him to
bu\ his freedom.The house \\as the center of a 3."00-acre tobacco plan-
tation. Slaves working a 500-acre section of the farm used the adjoining
split-log kitchen as sleeping quarters.
Volume 19 No. 52 Jacksonville, Florida January 19 25, 2006
A Dream Realized? Millions fHonor Legacy of Martin LuIthir King Jr
lifen d'b u "-
Millions .of people acr.ssthe across much of Ameri"'an life and and-start. and sometimes backup. S esa.t viil'tri mVt
coiuntr remeni.bered. slain. cil b.lAks have gained economic,. WVe're in a. holding pattern right mentf'-spae"asli'ci
right .-leader rtittullwr ng i- grnsd ice the height-vfthe oi.l' .Io.-" t 'reyert ,
-ond -'s .uionahl i.da in' his tnoto -Thseeqoaters AjhoiecwAmongs are efo'_
hodr t, ..'-, -.eher"e has en. sigiii o reqi D card
Sl'washington', Presfdet Btush altholida inont, i te slaith-i L progress on aclvJg K gs e .orgiitk.ation
visited'the National Archives and -rightg leader. .dream. But onlY 66 percent. 0i ,,Locoseieatge Sanitel Jtpi
paidtribute both. to Kig and -to ...Or'sie measures sluchb as aftiua hlacs el iht as ta i
A .tahbam Lncoln.,T Chicago. Re. incomem' bi ha edosed t a O abgporti f th gr
Jesse rYackson praised King as a considerable& with Wv1isiesn'Ad' u riericansherenorbt-edue for ^ expected fight
*prophet, hosee ream has not been pbstu fe- dec is, census iglre- tion." said David Bosits,an aialsrt net reautorizaion of
achie ed.- show. e rss tor hblak black issqesfor the Joint Center- he ti
,-afAn ericans belheie there has flae 'stal ed iqser-d for Political1and Econc. Studies. Since us ne 1on a 50 states
e ju lficiaiantprogress in achiev- ;e\r"ef.fe-ia.a s" .- Thefie hAa'ebee.nsdm.gainsnmade. have gradually recognized a King
g'.Kitig's'dream of racial equah.li-, ',t'h&d' at ovg:bur it's tuiven;.Xlot of whites basi- holiday. But only one-third of busi-
j Agh blacks are more. skApLial. the IsU. V s-said Jaliaif"Bond. ijall\ sa\: 'The civil rights move- nesses offer a paid holiday, accord-
ApsoS o11n. fnf id. .iih A -ACP. ent has been done. I don't ant to ing to the Bureau of National
*':Racia integration .1ia pt,,$ Io es 'has alw'n- been stop- hear about it anymore.'" Affairs.
-A.-a .. Coalition of
Old Timers Gather for 14th Annual Holiday Game Friends, colleagues, teammates
and players gather for glamour shot before playing in their annual matchup. (players and teams, not in order)
Wilber Brown, Ribault, running back; Leroy Way, cornerback; Booker T Harris; Joe Mack, leftback, B-CC and
EWC; Akbar Sherman, Stanton and Jax Raiders; Steven Clark, Miami Lakes; Carl Bartley, Miami; Illya Follins,
Jackson; John Baker, Ribault; Steve Mott, FSU 1990; Kevin Wanton, quarterback; Earl Jackson, running back,
Raines, Jax Raiders, Firebirds; Minister Leroy Way, Andrew Jackson; Jeremiah Way, Wolfson; Richard Jefferson,
Ribault, Southwestern Louisiana cornerback; Earl Jackson, Walter Guice, Raines, Jax Raiders, Firebirds; Earl
Nicholson, 2005 MVP; Aaron Finn, tightend, safety, Temple Christian; Andrew Carter, Safety, cornerback.
For more photo highlights of the annual celebration held in Boobie Clark Park see page 5.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin r* ?IY;
Under Fire Again for Comments
Nagin is under
time for sug-
Rita and other
storms were a sign that "God is mad
at America" and at black communi-
ties, too, for tearing themselves
apart with violence and political
"Surely God is mad at America.
He sent us hurricane after hurricane
after hurricane, and it's destroyed
and put stress on this country,"
Nagin, who is black, said as he and
other city leaders marked Martin
Luther King Day.
"Surely he doesn't approve of us
being in Iraq under false pretenses.
But surely he is upset at black
America also. We're not taking care
Nagin also promised that New
Orleans will be a "chocolate" city
again. Many of the city's black
neighborhoods were heavily dam-
aged by Katrina.
"It's time for us to come together.
It's time for us to rebuild New
Orleans, the one that should be a
chocolate New Orleans," the mayor
said. "This city will be a majority
African American city. It's the way
God wants it to be. You can't have
New Orleans no other way. It
wouldn't be New Orleans."
Nagin described an imaginary
conversation with King, the late
civil rights leader.
"I said, 'What is it going to take
for us to move on and live your
dream and make it a reality?' He
said, 'I don't think that we need to
pay attention to other folks and
racists on the other side.'
Nagin said he also asked: "Why
is black-on-black crime such an
issue? Why do our young men hate
each other so much that they look
their brother in the face and they
will take a gun and kill him in cold
The reply, Nagin said, was: "We as
a people need to fix ourselves first."
Nagin also said King would have
been dismayed with black leaders
who are "most of the time tearing
each other down publicly for the
delight of many."
The Mayor has since apologized
for his comments if anyone felt he
was being racists or overlooking
"I just wanted to re-inspire the
city's urban core." he said.
The Coalition of African-
American Pastors (CAAP), a
22,ooo member coalition of pro-
family African-American pastors
has thrown its support behind the
nomination of Judge Samuel Alito
as the next justice on the United
States Supreme Court.
Judge Alito has, according to the
organizations president, Dr.
William Owens, a sterling record
on a number of issues that are of
great importance to pro-family citi-
zens. He says in researching the
nominee's record it becomes appar-
ent that "he goes by the
Constitution as it was written" and
"believes that religious freedom in
America should be protected."
He said he is speaking out in favor
of Alito because "I want a judge
who is fair and consistent, and his
15-year record shows that he has
been a fair judge and he has been
consistent in his rulings."
According to Owens, this is why
CAAP is supporting him.
Students Vow to Keep Dream Alive
All facets of the Jacksonville community were out in the thousands to
witness the annual MLK Parade. Shown above are 11 year old Khalil
George of Lonestar Elementary School, Courtney Spruill of R.L. Brown
Elementary and Cameron Spruill of University Christian who stood along
Bay Street for hours to witness the many participants. All three students
candidly spoke of how they participated in their respective school's MLK
activities and vowed to do what they can to keep his dream alive.
Following the festive viewing of the longest parade to date, attendees
flooded Metropolitan Park for a full roster of activities including a speech
keynoted by Mark Kerrin, former Chief of Security for Rosa Parks.
For more parade highlights, see page 8.
Pnao 2 M. Perrv's Free Press
.Nations Largest Black Bank .
Invests Over $150M in 2005
..a i~ 2005 results in
which it invest-
ed in new serv-
ices for cus-
Kevin Cohee earnings for
The Bank financed over $150 mil-
lion in new loans with over 50% in
low to moderate income communi-
ties, while also introducing new
services, including free online
banking and Visa Debit Card and
offering CDs and single family
mortgages with attractive rates.
With strong earnings and asset
growth in the face of a challenging
interest rate environment,
OneUnited is well positioned in
2006 to build on these milestones.
"We are fulfilling our community
development mission as we contin-
ue to garner the spending power of
urban communities and re-channel
it back to our communities", states
Kevin Cohee, Chairman & CEO.
The Bank was involved in several
significant community develop-
ment projects from coast to coast -
including the financing of a shop-
ping mall in Compton, CA, an
affordable housing project in
Miami, FL and a commercial office
building in Grove Hall, MA all in
low to moderate income communi-
ties all by minority developers!
OneUnited Bank ( www.oneunit-
ed.com) is the first inter-state and
largest African-American owned
bank in the U.S. with over $500
million in assets and branches in
Massachusetts, Florida and
California. The Bank's mission is
to be the premier bank serving
urban communities by offering
affordable financial services, while
maintaining superior financial per-
JCCI is Offering
During Lunch Hour
Fionnuala Geoghegan presents
"How to Read a Financial State-
ment", Thursday, February 2nd, 12
noon to 1:30 p.m. at JCCI, 2434
Atlantic Blvd., Suite 100. For
information call (904) 396-3052.
Baker and Green Assume
More Roles at Jaxport
Deputy Executive Director and
Chief Financial Officer for JAX-
PORT Ron Baker has been named
Chairman of the Florida Ports
Financing Commission. He will
serve in this voluntary role through
The commission represents all
14 of Florida's deepwater ports,
which have a combined total of
more than $850 million in outstand-
ing debt and plan to spend an addi-
tional $2.5 million in the next few
years. As a major player in
JAXPORT's recent $200 million
contract with Mitsi O.S.K. Lines
Ltd., the commission will look to
Baker to utilize the same leadership
skills to acquire funding and find
creative ways to finance ambitious
development plans throughout
Florida's port system.
Eric Green is Director of
Government Relations in the JAX-
PORT Port Development depart-
ment. David Stubbs is director of
Planning and Properties; David
Kaufman is Senior Director of Port
Development and Randy Murray is
Director of Engineering. Kaufman
emphasizes that the department is
responsible for carrying out every-
thing related to the physical devel-
opment of the port.
Young Women of Vision Deadline Extended
Shown above are graduates (L-R) : Sonja Rocha (Rocha Designs)
Alicia Kemper (Kemper & Ass.) Mary Harvey (Agency a la Carte),
Vicky Zelen (Zelen Risk Solutions, Inc.) Hester Clark (The Hester
Group, LLC), Julia Fox (Premier Consulting) and Agnes Lopez
(Agnes Lopez Inc.).
First Class Graduates from Women's
Business Center Mentoring Program
The Mayor's Commission on the
Status of Women has extended its
deadline for accepting nominations
of young women who have made
outstanding contributions to the
Nominees will be selected for
recognition as "Young Women of
Vision" at the commission's
Women's History Month Breakfast
scheduled for March 8 at the UNF
University Center. Nominees must
be 18 to 25 years old, residents of
the Jacksonville area and exhibited
courage in the face of adversity.
Nomination forms are available on
the commission's website at
www.coj.net (advisory boards).
They also may be obtained by call-
ing the commission at 630-1650.
January 19 25, 2006
Don't Close Old Credit Card Accounts
Q: I made a big mistake. TDying to get myself a better credit score, I paid
off all my credit cards and then cancelled them. One was a Visa issued
by a bank and the rest were from retailers. That was 6 months ago. I just
now heard that that was the wrong thing to do and this will negatively
impact my credit score help!!! What do I do now? Would reopening the
accounts help me?
A: As Homer Simpson would say, "D'oh!" In an attempt to improve your
credit score you shot yourself in the foot by closing all of those cards. You
did, however, most likely improve your score by paying down the debt.
But since about 35 percent of your credit score is based on the length of
your credit history, closing your oldest accounts wasn't the smartest move.
To rectify the situation you need to get back in the credit game. Showing
that you can be a responsible credit user is the best way to having a better
credit score. My advice is that you look for two credit cards and use them
responsibly; that means using the cards to make a few purchases and pay-
ing the balance off, on time, every month.
When searching for the two cards, look for one card with a low interest
rate, just in case you need to carry a balance for more than a month. The
other card you should look for would be a rewards card that will give you
airline miles, travel points or other perks just for using the card. To find the
credit cards that are right for you and compare different credit card offers
that are available, visit Myvesta.org online.
Q: Two people at work were recently discussing building credit. One
person said that you do not build credit by paying off your cards in full,
that you must carry a balance. He said you'll earn credit faster by pay-
ing the minimum. The other guy says that's not true, that it's probably a
myth created by credit card companies to get more money. So what's the
A: While I used to think that carrying a balance on your credit cards
would help your score, I no longer subscribe to that line of thinking.
Carrying a balance on your credit cards is just a way for your creditors to
make money off of you. And only paying the minimum on your cards is
F the best way to give your creditors more of your hard earned cash while
staying in debt the longest. Carrying a balance can actually hurt your cred-
it score if the balance is too high, or if the amount of the balance is close
to your credit limit.
So feel free to pay off your card every month. As long as your payments
are on time your score will get better. Also remember this: Every credit
card in the world has a zero percent interest rate when you pay the balance
in full every month.
Ten women business owners from
the Jacksonville community gradu-
ated Thursday from the charter
class of the Financial Matters men-
toring program. The event, hosted
by the Jacksonville Women's
Business Center (JWBC), recog-
nized each graduate and their men-
toring team. JWBC Advisory Board
members, along with community
and agency leaders, attended.
S* "Matched with a mentoring team,
women business owners learn how
to use their financial reports as a
management tool and forecasting
guide, rather than just a historical
record," said Sandy Bartow, execu-
tive director of the JWBC.
"Participants gain more control
over their business to increase prof-
its, reduce risk and plan for long-
Participating businesses include
early stage enterprises as well as
companies in business for more
than 10 years with annual sales
from as little as $25K to approxi-
mately two million. The group also
represents a broad range of indus-
tries including public relations, risk
management, human resources and
The program is designed to pro-
vide personalized guidance through
existing relationships with account-
ants and bankers. Mentor teams
educate participants in using finan-
cial and accounting information to
improve management decisions.
Business owners receive training in
cash flow management, manage-
ment of accounts payables and
receivables, inventory management
and linkages between all financial
Applications for the 2006
Financial Matters program will
open in April and the program will
begin in July. For more information
please visit www.JaxWBC.com or
contact Sandy Bartow at
904.924.1100 ext. 224.
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Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf makes her inaugural
address after being sworn in at the Capitol Building in Monrovia,
Liberia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2006.
Liberian President Vows to
End Countrys Violent Past
MONROVIA, Liberia Africa's
first elected female head of state
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was sworn in
Monday as war-battered Liberia's
new president, promising a "funda-
mental break" with the West
African nation's violent past and
pledging to rebuild.
With U.S. Navy warships off-
shore for the first time since the
civil war's end two years ago, and
first lady Laura Bush and
Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice on hand in a show of support,
the moment was met with thunder-
ous applause from thousands of
"We know that your vote was a
vote for change, a vote for peace,
security ... and we have heard you
loudly," the 67-year-old Sirleaf said
in her inaugural speech. "We recog-
nize this change is not a change for
change's sake, but a fundamental
break with the past."
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan sent congratulations, saying
Sirleaf had a "historic mandate to
lead the nation toward a future of
lasting peace and stability."
Founded by freed American slaves
in 1847, Liberia was prosperous
and peaceful for more than a centu-
ry, bolstered by abundant timber
and diamond wealth. But back-to-
back civil wars from 1989,to 2003
brought the, country to its knees,
killing 200.000 people and displac-
ing half the nation's population of 3
It is now one of the world's poor-
est countries, ranked 206th in per
capital income out of 208 countries
on 2004 World Bank list.
Today, not even the capital has
running water or electricity: the
rich rely on generators, the poor on
candles. Unemployment is 80 per-
cent. "We have all suffered. The
individual sense of deprivation is
immense," Sirleaf said.
She acknowledged the task of
rebuilding would be coupled with
high expectations, but called for
"The task of reconstructing our
devastating economy is awesome,"
she said. "There will be no quick
fix, yet we have the potential to
promote a healthy economy in
which Liberians and international
investors can prosper."
Ensuring Liberia remains peace-
ful, though, will be Sirleafs most
pressing and perhaps most diffi-
TALLAHASSEE Governor Jeb
Bush has appointed Florida A&M
University Interim President Castell
Vaughn Bryant to serve on a special
commission created to increase
funding for minority students in
Florida colleges and universities.
The commission, the Access and
Diversity Initiative, will provide
incentives and need-based aid to
students seeking an education in the
Florida State University system.
The program includes a proposed
$52.4 million in the 2006-2007
budget for the initiative and for first
generation college students.
Florida has seen steady growth in
minority enrollment in the State
University System. Since 1998,
Hispanic enrollment has grown by
49.4 percent from 30,792 to 46,002.
African-American enrollment has
increased nearly 28 percent from
31,413 to 40,141.
The 17-member commission is
comprised of educators, lawmakers
and students, who will work with
the Florida Board of Governors in
an effort to increase minority
enrollment in state colleges and
Gov. Bush said in a statement,
that as Florida continues to close
the achievement gap, it is important
that the state's university system
take steps to increase accessibility.
"These recommendations will pro-
vide necessary resources to open
doors of our higher education facil-
ities to many students who previ-
Atty. Ava Parker
ously were unable to pursue a col-
lege education due to financial bar-
riers," he said.
In an effort to boost enrollment,
Governor Bush recently met with
members of Florida A&M
University's (FAMU) Student
Government Association to discuss
ways to improve accessibility to the
State's colleges and universities.
Many of the students' recommenda-
tions have been incorporated into
the Governor's budget proposal.
Additionally, Governor Bush
signed Executive Order 06-05 cre-
ating the Access and Diversity
Commission. The 17-member
commission, set to complete their
duties on June 30, 2006, will work
with the Florida Board of
Governors to evaluate the issues
surrounding minority enrollment
and advocate for the following rec-
AID Governor Bush will recom-
mend a $35.8 million, or 36 per-
cent, increase in need-based fund-
ing through the Florida Student
Assistance Grants, the largest
increase in the program's history.
MATCHING GRANTS This
$6.5 million program will provide a
dollar-for-dollar match with private
donations to state universities.
COLLEGE BOARD PART-
NERSHIP Governor Bush will
recommend an increase in funding
for the state's partnership with the
College Board from $7.1 million to
Shown above is FAMU President Castell Bryant flanked by the
Governor touting the FAMU Student Government Association's
$10.1 million, a 42% increase.
Stanley Tate Project STARS
SCHOLARSHIP Program -
Governor Bush will recommend an
increase in funding for the Project
STARS program by $4 million, or
67 percent, for a total of $10 mil-
College Reach Out Program
(CROP) Governor Bush will rec-
ommend a $1 million increase, for a
total of $4.2 million, in funding for
the CROP program.
FOCUS ON ACHIEVEMENT
Governor Bush will create a new
mentoring program in partnership
with Florida's university presidents.
FAMU Student Government
Association president Ramon
Alexander said he commended the
governor for his leadership and
commitment to improving diversi-
ty. "We are proud our ideas have
been embraced by the state and are
excited about the opportunity to
reach out to middle and high school
students as we help place them on a
path to success," Alexander said.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
ON DEMAND TAXI AND SHUTTLE SERVICES
FOR THE JACKSONVILE PORT AUTHORITY
Proposals will be received by the Jacksonvile Port Authority (JAXPORT) until 2:00
p.m. local time oin Friday, February 3, 2006, at which time proposals will be opened
in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831 Talley rand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida
All proposals must be submitted in accordance with Specification Number 06-07,
which may be obtained after 8:30 a.m. on Thursday January 19, 2006, from:
Jacksonville Port Authority
P.O. Box 3005
(2831 Talleyrand Avenue)
Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Invites you to attend a
Voting Precinct Changes
for 9C, 9E, 9G & 91
Wednesday, January 25th
Woodstock Community Center
2839 West Beaver Street
Jerry Holland, Duval County Supervisor of
Elections will present the proposed changes
and will address questions and or concerns.
Please call 904-630-1849 for additional information.
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LIVE FROM1 CITY HALL Ifthe dream is not a goal in 2005,
it certainly should be, because
.... -k while our achievements have been
"great, we still have yet to come
Mu close to crossing the finish line.
by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood
Let's Keep "The Dream" at the Forefront Not
Family Infighting and Personal Relationships
As I opened my daily newspaper
on Monday of this week, I was
excited to see a front page article
on Martin Luther King, Jr.
However, after reading the article, I
should have known that my
favorite newspaper and yours, The
Florida Times Union, could not
simply write about King's legacy.
The main focus on the article was
the family feud currently going on
within the King family over the
ownership of The King Center for
Nonviolence in Atlanta. The article
also talked about a series of books
recently released that highlight Dr.
King's personal relationships with
Rev. Jesse Jackson and others.
Now all of this information is cer-
tainly interesting, but to make it a
front page story on the day we are
supposed to be commemorating the
life and accomplishments of Dr.
King is inappropriate. His holiday
encompasses all of the civil rights
struggles of the past and acknowl-
edges the need to keep those past
and current trails at the forefront of
Going back to the core message,
the question at hand is do we really
celebrate or commemorate the very
thing he or Dr. King would have
wanted us to be honoring. He was a
very unselfish man, who knew that
the struggle for justice and equality
was much bigger than him much
like this holiday.
Every movement, every cause,
every organization needs a leader
and figurehead and Martin Luther
King embodied what it meant to be
a true leader. At the helm of the
most important movement in this
country's history at least in my
opinion was a man named Martin.
He was a man who wasn't perfect,
but was perfect for the job.
And that is a point that I want all
us to keep in mind. Dr. King was
far from perfect, so when we hear
of instances that portray him in a
negative light we should not loose
site of the bigger vision or dream.
Dr. King knew that the dream was
much larger than him when he said,
"We've got some difficult days
ahead. But it doesn't matter with
me now. Because I've been to the
mountaintop. And I don't mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a
long life. Longevity has its place.
But I'm not concerned about that
now. I just want to do God's will.
"And He's allowed me to go up to
the mountain. And I've looked
over. And I've seen the Promised
Land. I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight,
that we, as a people, will get to the
Promised Land. And I'm happy,
tonight. I'm not worried about any-
thing. I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the glory of
the coming of the Lord."
Or to use some of his most popu-
lar words, "I have a dream, that my
four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but
by the content of their character."
But is that dream still a realistic
goal in 2005? You get different
answers to that question according
on the person you ask. I certainly
don't think that his "dream" has
been fully realized, but if you think
of the goals and objectives of the
Civil Rights Movement, many
would say that the mission was
Blacks can eat in whatever restau-
rants we want, well unless it is an
exclusive country club of course.
African Americans can almost and
I do say "almost" live wherever we
want and almost attend any school
we are qualified to attend, and that
gets a capital, "ALMOST."
We certainly have access to the
same financial institutions and get
approved for loans if we qualify
almost as frequently as whites
(yeah right). We can own business-
es and be as successful as some,
but we still seem to struggle to get
opportunities in some industries.
What about racism and hate, we
have certainly moved past those
issues in this country right? Well,
not quite, but we have made
tremendous strides. Wait a minute;
I think that I just answered the
question I just posed to my readers.
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King just might be surprised that
many of the same issues we were
talking about prior to his death are
still issues today. My favorite
SMLK quote comes from his "I
Have a Dream Speech" when he
talks about the promise of equality
given to all Americans by the
Constitution. King said, "When the
architects of our republic wrote the
magnificent words of the
Constitution and the declaration of
Independence, they were signing a
promissory note to which every
American was to fall heir.
If I could talk to the good Doctor
about his dreams and goal for an
America void of hate and inequali-
ty has not been recognized. And as
Angela Davis once said, "I see
racism as such being even more
dangerous in the latter nineties than
it was in the fifties and sixties. For
one thing, it is more structurally
entrenched in the economic system
and so he globalization of capital
has led to racism structures that are
often not recognized as racism."
But again, we have come a very
long way and Dr. King would be
proud of the progress that America
has made. He might be somewhat
bothered by the fact that issues like
affirmative action still create a
wedge between many Americans,
but I can hear him saying, "The line
of progress is never straight. For a
period of movement may follow a
straight line and then it encounters
obstacles and the path bends."
In closing, he might quote Booker
T. Washington and say, "There is
no power on earth that can perma-
nently stay our progress."
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....,Steele Breathes New
Life into SCLC
Minister Leroy Way
and son Geremiah.
IIm o-dm _, I
Herbert Wilbert with daughters,
Letishee, 8 and Hermeeker, 4.
Wilbert, played leftback and
guard at Matthew Gilbert and
Florida Memorial College, was
team captain in 1958.
The weather stood true for the
annual occasion as members of the
"Old Timers" gathered at Boobie
Clark Park for their 14th Annual
Flag Football game. Many of the
former high school and college ath-
letic stars donned their cleats and
tennis shoes for the event which
features the food fun and fellowship
of old school camaraderie.
Hundreds filled the park with their
Shown above is Terry Harris Ribault class of 74' who received the Defensive MVP Trophy with the
game's founder Ronald "Track" Epps.
Old Timers Play 14th Annual Football Game
grills and stories in hand of glory
days for the bi-annual game held
traditionally during the MLK and
Thanksgiving holiday season..
The event began over 14 years
again and has grown leaps and
bounds mostly due to one of its
founders, Ronald, "Track" Epps.
Epps, along with Mildred Carter for
years guided the event throughout
the city to include free food and fun
"Old Timers", the unofficial
name of friends and colleagues who
played together and against each
other as heated rivals in their high
school days still love the rivalry.
These days the decade old tradi-
tion has spread to a younger gener-
ation with many participants gradu-
ating from classes in the 80s and
Lynn Swann Tackles Governors Office
central counties. He garnered 77
votes, his nearest opponent, former
Lt. Governor William Scranton got
"We are not strong as we should
be, we need to change direction.
State government lacks leadership,"
Swann said in reference to incum-
bent Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell.
"We need to step up and get
involved; and not be armchair quar-
terbacks." said Swann.
"I've been coming out here since
I was a little boy." said Tramain
Cleveland who lives nearby. "I
remember I couldn't wait until I
was old enough to get out here and
play with these guys. In many
ways, they are our real heroes," he
In addition to the old school tunes
and delicious scents of barbecue
filling the air, a highlight of the day
is the awarding of the offensive and
defensive Most Valuable Player
which includes a coveted trophy.
Age is only a number according to
the old timers. You don't have to
worry about the game going any-
where anytime soon.
"It's really a tradition that's in
our blood." said Epps.
by Maynard Eaton, NNPA
ATLANTA (NNPA) Charles
Steele, an electric, engaging funeral
home owner and former Alabama
state Senator, has done in just over
one year as SCLC's radical new
president what most critics of the
venerable Atlanta-based civil rights
organization deemed improbable, if
not impossible. Not only has he
been a breath of fresh air regarding
activism, but Steele's magnetism
and fund-raising mastery has
brought the revered organization
back from the brink of extinction
and ridicule by refocusing its mis-
sion and meaning.
When he took office November
12, 2004, the lights were off, the
phone was disconnected and the
venerable organization launched by
Dr. King and his top aides 48 years
ago couldn't meet its payroll. The
group was reeling from controversy
and inner turmoil. Steele succeeded
the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who
wrote a blistering resignation letter
in which he proclaimed, "We have
become our own worst enemy."
Those were dark days.
"The Atlanta Journal Constitution
had a headline saying SCLC was on
the verge of collapse," Steele rue-
fully recalls. The subtitle was,
'Only God can resurrect the dead.'
We didn't die, but we were on life
"People were saying that we had
lost our way; we haven't lost our
way. We haven't had leadership that
wanted to take us in the direction
that Martin (Luther King Jr) has
already carved for us," says Rev.
C.T. Vivian, a former high-ranking
SCLC official and Dr. King confi-
dant. "Martin King left us with an
agenda; it just hasn't been fol-
lowed. Martin was a prophet and
prophets set the agenda for a proper
"Charles brought a vision and
vigor that was sorely lacking,"
observes Alabama attorney Jock
Smith of the Cochran Group.
"SCLC is now in trusted hands.
Now, as a result of Steele's fervent
fundraising and businessman's
approach to the SCLC presidency,
the group is debt free, back in the
black, current with all its operating
expenses and has not missed one
payroll. During his brief tenure,
Steele has raised some $1.5 million.
And Steele has already raised
$700,000 of the $2 million pledged
by the likes of SunTrust, Wachovia,
Bank of America, Coca-Cola,
Georgia Power and other major
corporate giants to finance an
SCLC international headquarters
on Auburn Avenue. The ground-
breaking is set for Valentines Day,
February 14, with SCLC's
When Steele assesses what went
wrong with SCLC and what con-
tributed to its precipitous decline as
a civil rights force in America, he
says "We forgot our mission." The
mission, he says, "is to stay in the
streets; to advocate for the least of
these. We left the streets and went
to the suites. That's where we made
our mistake. You never leave your
base; you never abandon your cor-
nerstone." Yet the charismatic
politico is quick to quip, "It's a new
day and a new way for SCLC."
"It is a miracle," he says of
SCLC's renaissance, "but I was led
here by God. I can raise hell and I
can raise money."
By. C. Deni-e John.onl.
Special to the NNPA from the
PITTBSURGH (NNPA) While
most think of the post-season taking
place on the football field, former
Steelers wide-receiver Lynn Swann
hopes to re-define the term. Instead
of providing television commentary
on football, Swann continues his
quest to secure the Republican
nomination to be the Keystone
State's next governor.
The Sewickley Heights resident
has faced tough opponents on the
gridiron, but the opposition in this
battle will be the hearts and minds
of a Black constituency that knows
little of his exploits beyond sports.
But that hasn't deterred him from
Swann's campaign is very much
an atypical Black campaign -- to
date, he has not made direct or spe-
cific appeals to the African-
In a phone interview last month
when Swann was asked how his
campaign would benefit African-
Americans and why he was running
as a Republican, he replied, "It's
important that people understand
that real freedom comes from
options and choices, not only one
The benefits of his \ vision of lead-
ership for Pennsylvania, Swann
says include "an equal playing field
for everyone and every business,
better quality education for all
Pennsylvanians, family stability
and re-structured property and busi-
Swann also pointed out his mem-
berships in the Urban League and
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity along with
his life NAACP membership. He's
especially proud of the mentoring
work he's done with Big
The Hall of Famer has been float-
ing the idea of a candidacy for a
number of months and he's done his
way--without going through the
usual hoops and barrels of most
Black candidates. That may be the
reason the first-time candidate has
crossed a significant hurdle in his
After state Senator Jeffrey Piccola
of Dauphin bowed out, Swann went
on to score a figurative touchdown,
winning a regional state caucus of
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Mt. Sinai to Honor Pastor and First
Lady with Appreciation Services
Rev. R.L. Gundy
The Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
Church will honor their Pastor R. L.
Gundy, and their First Lady with
Thursday, January 19th through
Saturday, January 21, 2006, all
events will begin at 7:30 p.m. The
theme for the occasion is
"Dedicated servants with a vision",
2Timothy 2:27, Proverbs 29:18.
First Coast Christian Ministries,
Pastor Mitchell, and First
Chronicles Baptist, Pastor Ross;
will be in charge of services,
Thursday, January 19th.
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist,
Pastor Jolly; Faith Temple, Bishop
Davis, and Spirit of Life
COCWLH, Pastor Wallace; Mid-
Seminary President to lead
Seminar in Jacksonville
Walter C. Kaiser Jr., Ph.D, President and Colman M. Mockler
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological
Seminary, will lead a one-day Pastors' Forum in Jacksonville, on Monday,
February 6, 2006, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, in
downtown Jacksonville, at 118 East Monroe Street. Classes begin at the
seminary's extension in Jacksonville, on February 10th.
Recognized internationally as an Old Testament scholar, teacher and
preacher, formerly served in leader- ship positions at Trinity Evangelical
Divinity School; and has authored more than 30 books. He was Senior
Editor for the Archaeological Study Bible produced by Gordon-Conwell
and Zondervan, out in March 2006.
For information and registration, call (800) 294-2774 or visit www.gor-
Way Tabernacle Baptist, Pastor
Williams; and the Genesis
Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor
Turpin; will be in charge of the
services on Friday, January 20th.
A Banquet will honor Pastor and
First Lady Gundy, at the Airport
Holiday Inn, on Saturday evening,
January 21ST. The speaker will be
Minister Glenn F. Foreman Jr.
The celebration will culminate at
4 p.m. on Sunday, January 22nd.
The speakers will be St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church's Pastor
Ernie Murray Sr.; and Mt. Hennrman
Missionary Baptist Church's Pastor
Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church will host Dave Ramsey's
Financial Peace University
Orientation on Monday, January
23rd from 6:30 7:30 p.m. The free
Money Maker course is designed to
help consumers stop living pay-
check to paycheck in 2006. The
course will begin in February on
Monday at 7pm. The church is
located at 903 East Union Street.
For more information contact
Pastor Michael Edwards at 356-
SGive Thank Without Complaining
Give Thanks Without Complaining
Courtesy of Streamingfaith
Gratitude and thanksgiving to
God is very important and is some-
thing that we all should do.
However, we should be careful to
give thanks without complaint.
How many times have you said or
thought to yourself, "I'm so grate-
ful, but..." Everything you said
before the 'but' is negated by its
presence. By doing this, you're
essentially saying "Lord, I appreci-
ate everything you've done for me,
but it's not enough."
As you give thanks and show grat-
itude to God, leave the complaints
St. Andrew A.M.E.
St. Andrew A.M.E. Church, locat-
ed at 1259th Street South in
Jacksonville Beach, will celebrate
their Choir Anniversary on Sunday,
January 22, 2006 at 3:30 PM, To
participate or for more information,
call Vallie Holloway at 904-249-
behind. Fully express your grati-
tude to God for what he has already
done. Don't miss your blessing by
focusing on what's not, instead
praise and thank him for what is.
Praising and thanking God without
complaints or conditions-moves
you into his presence, where he will
surely bless you and give you more
to be thankful for.
Thespians to Present
"Gee Wiz-It's the
Gospel" at the Ritz
The Hope Chapel Thespians will
present "Gee Wiz It's the
Gospel!", a musical theatrical pro-
duction, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday
evening, January 28, 2006, at The
Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis Street.
The production, already hailed
to be one of the newest, creative,
captivation and effective ways of
portraying the gospel. Please, join
us in taking a timeless look at a
classic play, which portrays an eter-
"Gee Wiz It's the Gospel", the
theatrical play, written, produced
and directed by Allison Holmes
For more information, call (904)
024-2000, or visit online at www.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Ministry Worship
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry invites all to share
in 2006 Serious Praise at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2006 at the
Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 1.
"When Praises go up, Blessings come down." Come, for a Spirit-filled
worship service with Rev. Mattie W. Freeman, Sword & Shield
Founder/Pastor; the Word & Praise Team, under the direction of Ms.
Kenshela Williams, and Minister William Jennings. Everyone is welcome.
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle Celebrates
Faith Deliverance Tabernacle Ministries, 220 Mill Creek Road, will cel-
ebrate the 5th Anniversary of their Church and Pastor, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Janiary 17, 18 and 19th.
On Sunday, January 22nd at 6 p.m., Bishop Kenneth H. Moales Sr.,
Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ and the Dorsey
Gospel Choir Convention,. will be the- guest speaker.The public is invited.
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January 19 -25 2006
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Rohene Ward Brings Unique
Face to Figure Skating World
Rohene Ward, from Minneapolis, Minn., tumbles to the ice during his
routine in the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating
Championships in St. Louis.
Shown above (L-R) is Tamer Britton discussing the food pyramid with the students, presenters Tamer Britton and Latricia Ladet with their cer-
tificates of appreciation, (bottom) the students participating in a 'hands on' activity and event chair Dr. Barbara Darby addressing the students.
Nutrition & Excercise Are Focus of January Project PRAISE
In keeping with its goal to provide
opportunities for the Team Up par-
ticipants at Highlands Middle
School to develop skills that will
enrich their lives, Bold City
Chapter of Links' January presenta-
tion focused on nutrition and physi-
cal fitness. The members of the
Chapter's Health Committee,
chaired by Dr. Barbara Darby, pre-
sented an interactive session that
provided students with information
about steps to achieving a healthier
body and lifestyle.
Tamer Britton of the Home
Extension Service and Latricia
Ladet, an alumnus of the Jaguars
Cheerleaders were the key presen-
ters. Both challenged the students
to adopt personal habits and behav-
iors in their youth that will serve
them well for a lifetime.
Ms. Britton discussed making
healthy food choices utilizing the
Food Pyramid while Ms. Ladet dis-
cussed the importance of exercise
while involving the Team Up par-
ticipants and Bold City Chapter
members in a dancercise routine.
Prior to the presentations, the stu-
dents completed a pre-assessment
to determine their knowledge level
in the two subject areas. Following
the presentations, a post-assessment
was included to ascertain the level
of awareness that was gained by the
Each student received a pedometer
to encourage walking as a daily
physical activity, a copy of the food
pyramid to assist with daily food
selections, a food and exercise diary
and a book mark.
Dr. Norma White, President of the
Bold City Chapter of the Links, Inc.
and Pamela Grant-Adams, Project
P.R.A.I.S.E. Chairperson, were also
on hand to present certificates of
appreciation and gifts to Ms.
Britton and Ms. Ladet for their
excellent presentations and support
of the program. The members of
the Health Committee are Dr.
Shelly Thompson, Co-Chair, Chris
Bryant, Jacquie Gibbs, Shaunda
Holder, Jackquelyn Lee, Kimberly
McKissick, Brenda Miller, Dr.
Clorinde Miller, Pamela Prier,
Barbara Shuman, and Madeline
When Rohene Ward takes to the
ice, people notice.
There's the muscular build that
would suit a pairs skater more than
a singles competitor.
There's the long ponytail.
And, more than anything, there's a
fluidity to his skating that, while
still somewhat raw, hints of great
things to come.
Already 22, Ward hardly is a kid in
a sport where athletes sometimes
hit their prime as teenagers. His list
of achievements is short; he was
16th at last year's U.S. Figure
Skating Championships and 14th
the year before.
But the Minneapolis -native stands
out in a practice session, because
of the theatricality that marks his
skating. If he never makes it big in
competition, he could be a sensa-
tion in shows and tours.
Ward also is a rarity in that he's a
black American skater, and he says
he's needed patience to work his
way toward the elite level of the
"I'm ready now," he vowed, while
also saying that the 2010 Olympics
are more in his sights than next
month's Turin Games. "I'm more
focused, better -trained, ready for a
new life and new chapter versus
one chapter repeating itself."
Last fall, he worked with Robin
Wagner, who coached Sarah
Hughes to the 2002 Olympic gold
medal. Wagner helped with chore-
ography and training for the season
and for nationals.
She believes Ward is ready to
"I think he's finally said to him-
self, 'I'm really very good and it's
time for me to experience that per-
formance I know I can do,' '
Wagner said. "He's tired of hearing
about his potential and what he
might be able to do.
"Rohene is truly a unique talent,
one of the best male skaters I've
seen in a long time. He's the com-
plete package: strong with beautiful
lines, excellent jumps and fantastic
spins, masculinity. I don't think
we've yet seen how far he can go."
An Important Message
for Individuals Affected by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita...
If you were displaced by the hurricanes and are still living in a hotel
or motel, it is important to understand that FEMA will end its direct-billing
program for hotel and motel rooms on February 7, 2006, unless you contact
FEMA by January 30, 2006.
For FEMA to continue to pay for your hotel room beyond February 7, 2006,
you must contact FEMA no later than January 30 to receive an
authorization code to provide to your hotel. Any evacuee changing hotels or
checking into a hotel between now and January 30 must also have
a FEMA authorization code.
If you haven't done so already, register for help from FEMA today.
You can also get help locating housing through FEMA.
To register or request authorization for FEMA to continue to pay for your
room beyond February 7, call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or for TTY callers,
1-800-462-7585 as soon as possible, but no later than January 30, and
provide this authorization code to your hotel.
If you were displaced from a low income housing unit funded by the
government, or you were homeless before the storm, the Department of
Housing and Urban Development can help you find housing options.
Call 1-866-373-9509 (TTY 1-800-877-8339). Lines are open 24 hours a day.
In addition to temporary housing assistance, there are a number of grant
programs that you may be eligible for. You do not need to
complete a loan application with the Small Business Administration
to be considered for FEMA's temporary housing assistance
or funds for certain other disaster related needs you may have.
More than 700,000 families have already been helped with rental assistance
to pay for long-term housing. Join them and move on to a better housing option today.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, age, disability, or economic status. If you or
someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA
at 800-621-3362 or contact your State Office of Equal Rights.
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African-American Kids Less Likely .
to be Diagnosed/Treated for ADD l i
"He always has his mind on other
"She's always into everything..."
The cultural phrases go on and
on that describe one's inability to
focus and concentrate.
A recent resolution passed by the
National Medical Association
acknowledging the profound
impact of Attention
(ADHD) on African-American
youth calls much-needed attention
to critical gaps in both the diagno-
sis and treatment of the disorder
among African Americans.
African Americans hard hit
"The prevalence of mental illness
is the same across all communities,
but African Americans are nearly
50 percent less likely to be evaluat-
ed, diagnosed and treated com-
pared to Caucasians," says William
Bailey Jones MI.. M.D., a psychia-
trist and the executive director of
Indiana Neuropsychiatric Institute
A recent study showed that
African American parents are 26
percent less likely to have heard of
ADHD, compared with Caucasian
parents, and African
Americans are nearly
three times more likely to
attribute the symptoms of
ADHD to sugar consumrp-
tion compared to
greater barriers to seeking
diagnosis and neatment,
including a greater per-
ceived stigma associated
with ADHD and negative
expectations about pro-
fessional treatment. In the
fe w studies exploring
medication rates across
races, ethnic minority-
children are txo to 2.5
times less likely to be
medically treated for theil
ADHD compared to their
"Underdiagnosis and undertreat-
ment in African Americans can
have potentially devastating conse-
quences," Dr. Jones sax s.
"However, better recognition of the
symptoms followed by appropriate
treatment can bridge the racial
divide and help these children
reach their fill academic and social
Onus on parents, providers
"The three core symptoms that
parents need to be aware of are
hyperacti% it). such as the inability
to sit still or constant fidgeting;
impulsivity or inattention," Dr.
Jones states. "If your child's symp-
toms are affecting his or her school
work or play. you should arrange
for a pediatrician or psychiatrist to
provide an evaluation, diagnosis
and, if appropriate, a treatment rec-
ommendation." Web sites such as
CHADD.org are excellent
resources for parents seeking more
information about ADHD
Medication remains corner-
stone of treatment
"ADHD is thought to be caused
by a chemical imbalance in the
brain that affects a child's beha itor
and attention," Dr. Jones explains.
"Most often, stimulant medica-
tions, including long-acting stimnu-
lants such as Adderall XR. are used
to treat ADHD. The success rate of
ueatnnent is high Accordinu to the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
at least 80 percent of children %%ith
ADHD will respond to stimulants
Other treatment options mda
include nonstirmulant drkiis."
Dr. Jones continues, "Althhough
medication remain, lthe corner-
stone of therapy I lIughlx iecom-
mend that medication he combined
\ ith behavior management in
order to provide the greatest and
the longest-lasting benefits. The
most effective treatment approach-
es involve the entie family, so
-work \ tth your physician to deter-
mine the best option toit our\
A whole new world
The good news is, once a correct
diagnosis is made and proper tic.-n-
ment is initiated, theie man\ be dif-
ferences in the first week of treat-
ment. "Countless children aie
brought to me as the last resort."
says Dr. Jones. "These kids ate
being suspended fiom school e erN
week, but once we make 3 diagno-
sis and initiate aippropnate treat-
ment, they make a turnaround in a
matter of v. eeks or just a fe\\
months, and some even go from all
D's to all C's and even B's in the
next school term." For more infoI-
When properly diagnosed, ADHD
can be effectively treated with
medication and behavior manage-
January 19 25. 2006
Shown above, faith leaders line up to participate in the program.
Heal Thy People Improving Health
Conditions One Church at a Time
Developed by the Community
Affairs Department of Shands
Jacksonville, the Heal Thy People
initiative provides free and/or
reduced comprehensive health
screenings to the medically under-
served, uninsured and underinsured
of the Jacksonville community.
"Our primary goal in developing
this initiative is to address the
prevalence of health disparities in
underserved communities and to
reach the thousands of uninsured
people within Duval County,"
explains Zelma Dickerson, RN,
M.Ed., Project Management
Consultant for the Community
Affairs Department of Shands
What makes the initiative unique
is its emphasis on promoting well-
ness and improving access to health
care by partnering with churches
located in neighborhoods that are in
need of quality health care.
Additionally, the outreach program
does not second guess the type of
health information, services and
screenings desired by members of
the city's at-risk communities.
Instead, the initiative focuses on lis-
tening and responding to specific
areas of health concerns or interests
that are voiced by congregation
members ranging on everything
from blood pressure screenings to
the warning signs of a stroke.
An array of services and activities
have been created to accomplish the
responsive goals including program
workshops for health
minister/health auxiliary leaders,
printed health education materials
for distribution, participation in
health events and screenings, and
personalized visits to one of Shands
Jacksonville's community health
Reverend George Price is one of
fifteen pastors who has already
partnered with the Heal Thy
People-Healthy People Initiative
over the past six months.
"I see the program as a way to
enhance the health of my people
and to help them resolve long
standing health issues by making
access to medical remedies easier
for them," explains Reverend Price.
"St. Matthews is looking forward to
hosting a health fair on January 22
and I hope that members of the
community can find the time to join
our congregation on Moncrief Road
near 28th Street."
The Sunday Health Fair will begin
immediately following the morning
worship and consist of a lecture on
current health issues by Kenneth
Nixon, MD and free health screen-
ings. The Shands Jacksonville
Community Affairs Health Van will
be on site from 9:30am to 1:00 p.m.
for blood pressure, cholesterol,
blood glucose and PSA's for
prostate cancer. Additionally, a free
meal will be served to all in atten-
For more information on the Heal
Thy People-Healthy People faith-
based initiative please contact the
Community Affairs Department of
Shands Jacksonville at (904) 244-
by Glen Ellis
S As we begin a
new year, there
can be no better
time to look at
how we approach
health and heal-
ing. With nutritional healing, the
body is encouraged to heal itself by
proper nourishment of the tissues
and organs. You see, the human
body is extremely complex and has
very specific requirements for good
health. Let me share some examples
of natural approaches to some com-
Cookies calm tummyaches. It's a
serious remedy tested at the
Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario, in Ottawa. Researchers
studied a group of 52 children who
complained of recurrent stom-
achaches. Some of the children
were given two high-fiber cookies,
which are available in drugstores,
per day. The rest were given two
low-fiber cookies per day.
The researchers think that the
children who seemed to benefit
from "cookie therapy" needed more
fiber in their diet to keep their bow-
els moving regularly. Slow-moving
stools can cause constipation,
sometimes triggering children's
stomachaches. The researchers also
point out that any chronic stom-
achache in children should be
checked out by a doctor.
Fish-oil capsules may bring relief
to arthritis sufferers even when con-
ventional forms of therapy have
been tried already.
The researchers hypothesized that
the fish oil worked by reducing
The caffeine in coffee may work
as first aid for asthma. Coffee con-
tains naturally occurring chemicals
quite similar to those that make
drugs like theophylline effective
asthma medications. In a pinch,
drinking two or three cups of strong
coffee has been reported to help
ol some asthma attacks. Peppermint soothes tummy turbu-
CER lence. After-dinner mints in restau-
amin D linked to lower risk of rants can do more than sweeten
cancer. Several preliminary your breath after a garlic-laden
es have linked low levels of entree. A strong peppermint candy
tin D and higher risks of colon mint or a mug of peppermint tea can
er. Reducing dietary fat can help settle minor stomach discom-
nce the activity of potentially fort. Oil of peppermint relaxes the
er-fighting natural-killer cells. muscle that closes the "door" from
nen who lowered their fat the esophagus to the stomach. This
e, natural-killer-cell activity can allow excess gas to escape,
with each percent decrease in relieving the feeling of overfull-
ABETES HEART DISEASE
role grains, which digests slow- Eating fish benefits your heart.
moderate glucose levels. The While fish-oil supplements get all
slowly the bread digests, and the press, the health benefits of the
fore the less it causes glucose original source of the oil should not
d sugar) to rise. Avoiding such be overlooked. Fish is a very lean
es in glucose is crucial in con- alternative to red meat.
ng diabetes. Not only is fish low in fat, but it's
By choosing high-fiber foods become common knowledge that
ad of fatty foods, diabetics the kind of fat it contains omega-3
d putting themselves at risk for fatty acids, the working compo-
disease, the leading cause of nents of fish oil is good for your
i among diabetics. heart. True, there's some controver-
ESTION PROBLEMS sy about the overall cholesterol-
in the New Year
lowering properties of omega-3s.
But researchers agree that omega-
3s lower the liver's production of
triglycerides, a particularly bad type
of blood fat.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Potassium may influence high
blood pressure. There have been a
number of studies linking low
intake of potassium and increased
incidence of high blood pressure.
Reducing dietary fat may boost
potency. The same high-fat diet that
can clog the arteries leading to a
man's heart also affect the smaller
vessels that lead to the penis.
Doctors and nutritionists say that
fish oil and other nutrients seem to
boost a patients' immune system
and reduce the likelihood of infec-
tion. Vitamin E is now being linked
to a tougher immune system.
Incorporating whole grains, veg-
etable oils and wheat germ in your
diet ensures adequate vitamin E.
Water dilutes stone-forming sub-
stances. Some people simply inher-
it the unfortunate tendency to
develop kidney stones, but dietary
habits also play a role. Kidney
stones form when there is too much
calcium in the urine. The calcium
joins with oxalates or phosphates to
form crystals that precipitate much
the way salt crystals "snow" in
water when you add more than the
water can dissolve. One way to
keep the crystals from forming is to
dilute the crystal-forming particles
in lots of liquid. The best way to do
this? Drink lots of water. Many doc-
tors recommend at least 2 1/2 quarts
This is not intended to replace
proper medical attention for a
health problem. Use common sense
in addressing any medical problem.
Take good care of yourself and
live the best life possible.
Glenn Ellis, author of Which Doctor?,
is a syndicated health columnist.
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Jnnuuari19 25. 2006
Jacksonville Commemorates with
Largest M.L. King Parade to Date
J'Ville Riders Motorcycle Club
Naja Shrine Temple #1990
Simpson Memorial UMC Girlscout Cluster
Mim ns-_ M-ore J
Millions More Movement Jacksonville Chapter
B-CC Duval County ALumni Chapter
Parade watchers Yvette Jenkins and sister Gwen Jenkins
Success Academy Royal Court
O.E.S. Ladies of Peace Chapter #1006
Greater Bethany Baptist Church Youth Ministry
Joe & the Rockettes Senior Dancing Troupe
Kezia Justice with a student from NS Center of the Arts
George Washington Carver Elementary School
Miss Andrew Jackson High School
,MVJCAN Lrin'I, K
U.S. Army recruiters show Free Press love during the parade
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American Legion Post 197
State Representative Terry Fields
January 19 25, 2006
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
The Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce will host their 19th
Annual Martin Luther King Jr.,
Breakfast on Friday, January 20th
from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. The
guest speaker will be Anthony E.
Jones, Director of Global Diversity
for Convergys Corporation. For
more information, contact the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Najee at the
Ritz in Concert
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum presents contemporary
jazz recording artist Najee at Jazz
Third Saturdays, a new caf6 style
concert series featuring local and
national jazz recording artists. The
concert will be held on Saturday,
January 21st beginning at 8 p.m.
With two platinum and four gold
albums, Najee is one of the biggest
and best names in contemporary
jazz. Tickets are available at the
Ritz box office, For more informa-
tion, please call 904-632-5555. $31.
Auditioning for Grease
Stage Aurora Productions has
announced that it's Spring produc-
tion will be the fun-filled musical
"Grease". Auditions will be held for
youth 10-18 on Saturday, January
21st, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. 3:00
p.m. (singers only) and 3:00 p.m. -
5;00 p.m. (dancers only) in the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium of
FCCJ's North Campus. The show
will be premiered over the first
weekend in March. For more infor-
mation, please call Stage Aurora at
(904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373
Free Conference for
Young Investors at
the Bethelite Center
Young Investors Inc. will sponsor
an Investors Conference for high
school students, college students,
and young professionals. The con-
ference will be held at the Bethelite
Center (formerly Ramada Inn),
5865 Arlington Expressway, (at
University Blvd.) on Saturday,
January 21, 2006. All high school
seniors will be eligible to apply for
the Young Investors Scholarship.
Breakfast and lunch will be pro-
vided for all registrants.
For more information, please call
1 (888)842-7572; email to:
Info@YoungInvestors.org; or visit
w w w. Yo ung In vestors or g.
Registration will be available at the
door on a first come, first serve
basis, as space is limited.
Soul Release Poetry
Soul Release Poetry, Jacksonville's
longest running spoken word poetry
event in Northeast Florida, will be
held Saturday January 21st
beginning at 7:30 p.m. at
Boomtown Theatre and
Restaurant's. It is located down-
stairs at The Park Building, #140
Monroe Street across from
Hemming Plaza (park). The event
features an open mic for poets and
singers, hip hop and R&B by guest
DJs and nationally known spoken
word artists. For more information,
The internationally acclaimed
African Children's ChoirTMO will
wrap up the Florida leg of their US
tour with a stop in Orange Park and
Jacksonville on Sunday, January
22nd. The choir will be at St.
Matthew's Lutheran Church, 6801
Merril Road at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
and at Paterson Elementary School,
5400 Pine Avenue in Orange Park at
6 p.m.For more information on any
of the performances, please call 1-
877-532-8651, ext 4505
Be a One
Kesler Mentoring Connection
invites the community, especially
Do you know an
Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.
CITY STATE ZIP_
Why are you nominating this person
the downtown business community,
to "The One Minute Mentors
Event" on January 25, 2006 from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. The event
will feature several dynamic speak-
ers who will share how mentoring
dramatically improves lives.
Representatives from about 10-15
nonprofit mentoring organizations
will also be present to explain vari-
ous mentoring opportunities in
Jacksonville and to sign up new
volunteer mentors. For more infor-
mation about how to become a
mentor call (904) 224-2400.
Learn how to start your own veg-
etable seeds. Participants will be
able to start and take home their
own flat of spring vegetables at this
class on Thursday January 26th
from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the
Urban Garden Field Office (located
behind 1007 Superior Street) of the
Duval County Extension Service.
Seating is limited. For more infor-
mation call 387-8850.
Bela Fleck & The
Flecktones at UNF
Five-time-Grammy award winner
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones will
perform at the University of North
Florida on Thursday, January
26th, 2006. The curtain will rise at
7:30 p.m. in the Lazzara
Performance Hall of the
University's Fine Arts Center.
Tickets for the concert are still
available and can be purchased
from the UNF Ticket Office at 620-
There will be a Driver Safety
Program taught in the San Marco
area for drivers age 50 and older on
Thursday, January 26 and Friday,
January 27, from 9:00 to 1:00 both
days. The course will be at
Southside United Methodist
Church, 3120 Hendricks Avenue.
The cost is $10.00 and participants
do not have to be AARP members
to attend. For more information or
to register call Helen Godwin 731-
C1 JAZZ in Concert
Come Join Cl Jazz for an evening
of dinner and smooth jazz Saturday,
January 28, 2006 at Be-The-Lite
Conference Center 5865 Arlington
Expressway starting at 7:00 p.m.
The Cost of admission is $25.00 per
person. For more information, con-
tact Ron Williams or Wendy
Williams at 904-571-2589 or 904-
714-9256 and online at
Heart 2 Heart at JCA
What can I do to prevent heart
problems? What are the warning
signs I shouldn't ignore? Does what
I eat really affect my heart health?
These are questions we should all
be able to answer. U.F. Doctors will
deliver a "Heart to Heart" informa-
tive lecture to fill participants in on
this crucial information. The free
forum will also include a forum on
heart healthy eating. The free forum
will take place at the Jewish
Community Alliance on Sunday
January 29th from 10:30 11:30
a.m. The JCA is located at 8505
San Jose Blvd. Call 730-2100 for
Lake Forest Nbhood
The Lake Forest Neighborhood
Association will hold its first meet-
ing of the New Year at 6 p.m. on
Tuesday, January 31st, at the
Bradham Library, on Edgewood
Avenue. Emphasis will be on neigh-
borhood enhancement. Bring your
ideas. For information, call (904)
JEA 17th Black
JEA will kick off its 17th Annual
Black History Month Celebration in
the JEA Tower Lobby, at 11 a.m. to
3 p.m., on Wednesday, February 1,
2006. The featured guests will be
The Ngoma Thunder Drummers.
There will also be a Health and
Vendor Fair. The event is set for
Friday, February 10th, 10 a.m. to 3
FCCJ Presents Leroy
Mitchell as James
Florida Community College of
Jacksonville Downtown Campus, is
having Leroy Mitchell as historic
Jacksonvile native James Weldon
Johnson, on Wednesday February
1, 2006 in room A1068. The pro-
gram will begin at 11 a.m. For more
information call (904)633-8210.
Ritz Theater Presents
Art of Spoken Word
The First Thursday of every
month, the lobby of the Ritz is
transformed into a stage for poets
and poetry lovers of all ages. The
next event is on Thursday,
February 2nd starting at 7 p.m.
Share your talent for verse, or just
come and soak up the creative
atmosphere. The event is free and
open to the public. The Ritz is
located at 829 N. Davis Street. For
more information call 904-632-
Experience an awe-inspiring
vocal ensemble direct from South
Africa! The Soweto Gospel Choir
draws on the best talent from the
many churches and communities in
and around Soweto, South Africa.
Performing in eight different lan-
guages, including English, the choir
will be in Jacksonville at the
Florida Theater on Friday,
February 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets on
sale at all Ticketmaster outlets, or at
Witnesses to History:
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum will present Witness to
History, a Civil Rights Discussion
discussing the infamous Ax Handle
Saturday when on on August 27,
1960, members of the NAACP
Youth Council sat at the lunch
counters of W.T. Grant Department
Store and Woolworth 5&10 Cent
Store in downtown Jacksonville.
The discussuib will take place on
Saturday, February 4th at 1p.m.
This public program is the first in a
series of three programs presented
by the Ritz as a prelude to an
upcoming series. For more informa-
tion call 632-5555.
The next book club meeting for the
P.R.I.D.E. Book Club will be held
on Saturday, February 4, 2006.
The book for discussion will be
Manchild In The Promise Land by
Claude Brown. The meeting will
be held at the new Jacksonville
Public Library. For more informa-
tion, please e-mail felicef@bell-
south.net. or call 384-3939.
Spiritual Spoken Word
Spirit of Truth Deliverance
Ministry will present an evening of
spoken word with "Spirit of Truth"
on Saturday, February 4th. The
public is invited to come out and
witness Spiritual Poetry like you've
never heard before. The event is
FREE and will have an open mic.
Poets are encouraged to pre register.
Spoken Word at Spirit of Truth will
be held the first Saturday of each
month from 6 8 p.m. The church is
located at 5354 Verna Blvd (near
Lowe's off Cassat). For more infor-
mation, call 993-0467.
All area ladies are invited to
attend the Mandarin Christian
Women's Club February Luncheon
"Sweet Valentines" on Tuesday,
February 7th at the Ramada Inn in
Mandarin. The luncheon cost
$13.50 inc. and will be held from
12:00 1:30 p.m. Doors open at
11:30 a.m. The luncheon's guest:'
will be Interior Decorator, Tanya
Pepper who will share how to make
lovely centerpieces a table floral
piece and a cute candy decoration
for the kids that they can eat-up!
Reservations for Lunch & FREE
Nursery can be made by calling
Patsy at 287-2427 or email
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January 19 25, 2006 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 11
MIKE LOOKING FOR WORK
Michael Jackson is reportedly in
talks to become a consultant with a
Bahrain-based company that plans
to set up theme parks and music
L n academies in the Middle East,
according to a press release.
AAJ Holdings Ltd., owned by
Bahraini businessman Ahmed Abu
Bakr Janahi, said it wanted to hire the 47-year-old pop
star to give advice on setting up entertainment busi-
"Stagnant architectural structures need content in
the form of entertainment to revive them and that's
where Michael Jackson will play an integral role," the
According to reports, Jackson is currently building
a home in Bahrain, an island nation in the Persian Gulf
linked to Saudi Arabia by a bridge.
ANGELA BOFIL SUF-
The "Angel of the Night," singer
Angela Bofill is paralyzed on her A. &|
left side following a stroke suf- -.
fered on Jan. 10th. She is conva- ,
lescing is at Sutter Hospital in
Santa Rosa, CA.
Bofill, 51, was released from
intensive care on Sunday (Jan. 15)
and will require speech and physical therapy, Engel
Library of America.
The book, which tells the story of the author's
upbringing in segregated Mississippi, became an
instant bestseller after its original was published in
1945 by Harper Brothers. There have.since been more
than 30 editions printed. '*
During the 1970s, it was banned at some schools
throughout the U.S. for its "obscetiity" and for "insti-
gating hatred between the races."
THE FILM AND
toon to move from the "
sticks into Tinsel ,,
Town and Xboxes.
Aaron McGruder has revealed plans to expand his
"Boondocks" comic strip and Cartoon Network televi-
sion series into a feature film and video game, reports
Karu Daniels in his column on AOL's Black Voices.
McGruder made the announcement during last week-
end's "New York Times' Fifth Annual Arts & Leisure
Weekend." The 31-year-old also made critical com-
ments about the school systems across America, yet
admitted he was currently dating a schoolteacher.
The Chicago-born artist also answered questions
about the show's rampant use of the N-word, stating
he's heard worse language blasted from black radio sta-
A benefit concert has been organized to pay her hos- DAVE CHAPPELLE HEADED BACK TO
pital bills, as Bofill did not carry health insurance. The COMEDY CENTRAL
show, planned by Engel along with N.Y. radio stations Dave Chappelle is coming back
Kiss FM, and CD 101.9, on March llth at the Bergen to Comedy Central, but not to
Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J. Similar pick up where "Chappelle's
events are being planned for Detroit and Los Angeles, -. Show" left off.
Engel said. The comedian, who walked
Meanwhile, well wishes and donations from fans '. : away from his record-setting
should be sent to Live At Night, P.O. Box 1140, i. Comedy Central deal and suc-
Maplewood, N.J. 07040. For more information, visit i ". cessful television show almost a
the Web site www.soulmusic.com. year ago, will return to Comedy
Central on January 29th with
RICHARD WRIGHT BOOK GETS brand new stand-up material,
ANNIVERSARY FACE LIFT which hits on such topics as a
A new hardcover of Richard black Santa Claus delivering presents on CPT, land-
Wright's acclaimed autobiography lords using rent money to fund drug habits and sex as
"Black Boy" has been published an Olympic sport.
by HarperCollins in commemora- "Dave Chappelle's Stand-Up Special" will also fea-
tion of the 60th anniversary of its ture the comic making comment on casting directors
original printing, for pomo flicks, and sharing thoughts on the way men
The 419-page anniversary edi- and women argue.
tion features a new foreword by Chappelle will also be seen on Bravo's "Inside the
Ed.yard P., Joies, author of the Actors Studio" this season in an inter\ iew that had him
ny'lel 'e own ,worl" along' "so nervous that he resorted to chain-smoking through
with reference notes and a chronology. The text is the entire exchange with host James Lipton. The comic
based on the restored version established by The joins actor Sean Penn as the only guests on the program
to light up while on stage.
New Television Show Will Be
Based on Childhood of Alicia Keyes
it Hot on
Vanessa Williams has finally made
it to the small screen as brazen
hotelier Elizabeth Bauer in UPN's
new drama series 'South Beach,'
that premeired Jan. 11th at 8 p.m.
"I thank 'Desperate Housewives'
and the people that are watching
that are embracing woman to look
hot and to be funny and be sexy and
be over 40," Williams said. "I think
people in television aren't as quite
as scared as they used to be of
women my age," she added.
The former Miss America turned
recording star, Broadway performer
and movie actress revealed she had
a two year development deal with
NBC where various projects (two
sitcoms and a talk show) were slat-
ed but never materialized. "I think
once Martha [Stewart] got out of
jail, honestly, that's what they were
kinda gearing up for." Now the 42-
year old mother of four makes her
mark on the Jennifer Lopez-pro-
duced 'South Beach,' which has
eight episodes already filmed.
"It all depends on the role, I think,
in terms of what I choose and what
interests me," she said of her most
recent career choice. "I played pret-
ty much everything. This is a great
fit. It's a strong woman in an hour
drama. It's glamorous, it's pretty
direct and youth driven but you've
got some old vets like me and [co-
star] Giancarlo Esposito doing it, so
it's a lot of fun."
Asked if it's "fun" to be on the set
with younger actors and actresses,
Williams replies, "It's fun. You
know, Esposito...plays the heavy.
Both of us are over 40, and I was
talking to him probably a week
into the shooting and said,
'When was it when you walked into
the trailer and you were the oldest
person there?' You are walking in
and everyone is your peer and your
age and all of a sudden it hits you.
So we are considered the season
vets, which is an honor because
people, you know, ask for advice."
What do they ask her?
"How do you do it? How long did
it take you? Who have you worked
with? They also learn by watching,
too. So it's great to be the elder. You
Williams is 42 years old and she
has four children, ranging in age
from 5 to 18. So how does she do
it? How does she maintain movie-
"Treadmill, trainer, cutting out
the... sugars and all that stuff,"
replies Williams. "And, you know,
you've got to stay on top. You have
to eat less. That's the unfortunate
thing. The older you get, you just
have to change your life. So, and
also, my four kids keep me busy.
Four different schools. One is going
off to college. One is a junior. My
other one is in middle school and
the baby just started kindergarten.
It's a lot of scheduling."
Tavis Smiley Kicks Off Third Season
Tavis Smiley will launch the third
season of his PBS talk show this
month, along with a book based on
contributions from many of his past
At the end of each interview,
Smiley asks guests to tell him the
best advice anyone had ever given
to them. Many of the responses
will be featured in the book, "Never
Mind Success...Go for Greatness,"
published by Smiley Books, a divi-
sion of I-la j t.,-, anhd dt "o'n Jan.
During the third season Smiley is
looking forward to discussing the
midterm 2006 elections with politi-
cians and policymakers, among
"The show began with the simple
notion that the American public in
the post 9/11 world was seeking a
much different kind of conversa-
tion, where intelligent and serious
subject matter could readily co-
exist with popular culture and
entertainment," explained Smiley.
For these reasons and more,
SnMieb'Yb'libs the nIiilic ,: thic
show is a great example of the
inherent value of PBS and public
broadcasting in today's media.
going. I am
amazed even Smiley V (Aok
still how few opportunities TV real-
ly provides for rich dialogue and in-
depth discussion.' he said.
UPN has announced it is develop-
ing a drama based on the childhood
of Alicia Keys. According to the
Hollywood Reporter, Keys will
executive produce the coming-of-
age story, which is to center on a
girl from a biracial family.
"A lot of times
I watch TV and
I watch film and
' ;" there's so many'
t g things I'd love
to talk about
that I feel don't
get the opportu-
nity to be
Pr e s s .
things become very stereotypical
and one-sided, and I feel like it's
such a colorful world."
Keys, 24, was born to a white
mother and black father who went
their separate ways when she was
two. She was raised in the Hell's
Kitchen section of New York by
her mother, and both spent lots of
time in Harlem to absorb the
lifestyle. At age six, Keys began
learning classical piano.
The proposed show is an idea
from Key's and partner-manager
Jeff Robinson's production com-
pany called Big Pita, Lil' Pita,
which has a special meaning for
"Pita stands for pain in the a...,"
Keys said. "That's what he and I
both are -- so watch out."
The project has received a script
commitment from UPN. Felicia
Henderson, whose series credits
include Showtime's "Soul Food,"
UPN's "Moesha" and NBC's "The
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," will write
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Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs Monday, Jan. 16, 2006,
at Tulane University in New Orleans. Marsalis gave a speech about the
cultural rebirth of New Orleans, then performed to commemorate
Martin Luther King day.
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Former U.S. Representative Floyd Flake delivers the keynote
address as Dexter Scott King (L), son of slain civil rights leader Martin
Luther King, Jr., listens at the Ebenezer Baptist Church during the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service in Atlanta,
Georgia. Dexter Scott was King's only child to attend the service this
R&B singer Usher (L) smiles with Roy Innis, National Chairman of
CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and Mississippi Gov. Haley
Barbour (R) before the organization's annual Martin Luther King
Awards Dinner in New York
Southern Christian Leadership Conference president Charles Steele,
left, links arms with George Secretary of State Cathy Cox, center, and
Atlanta City Councilman Jim Maddox, during a march honoring the
birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., in Atlanta.
Marchers walk past destroyed homes during a Martin Luther King
Day parade in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Scores of peo-
ple gathered at the site of some of the worst flooding from Hurricane
Katrina to honor the civil rights leader, and to bring attention to the
needs of the city.
Cubans look at a quote from late U.S. civil rights leader Martin
Luther King Jr. on a LED display moving across the top windows of
the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana January 16, 2006. The United
States resorted to quotes from King and articles from the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights as the latest prop in its ideological war
with Cuban President Fidel Castro's government. The display was set
up on Martin Luther King Day, marking the birthday of the slain
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) chats with Bruce Gordon (L),
President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People, during Georgetown University's 'Let Freedom Ring' celebra-
tions at the Kennedy Center in Washington January 16, 2006. Monday
was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, honoring the slain U.S. civil rights
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