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Michael Jordan Becomes Part
Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats
In a-deal confirmed last week,
ownshiaef 'Jordan has become part-
o er ofibheCharlotte Bobcats and a
'taikehiolder in most of Robert
:jhnson's .existing ventures.
o1finson's portfolio consists ofsever-
a Aedi'a, entertainment and finan-
"I'm thrilled to have my friend,
Mighael Jordan, join me in my busi-
ne s and sports pursuits," said Johnson. "I not only respect Michael for
his. basketball knowledge and expertise, but also for his, business skills,
particularlyi.-n branding and marketing."
Johnson" also named him the managing member of basketball opera-
Johnsin, who spent $300 million on the expansion Bobcats three yeats
ago .aind:becamei the first black owner in the NBA, will retain _majority
ownership of the tean, but Jordan's investment makes him second to
J ltsohf.as e.theteam's largest individual owner. Johnson sought to bring
Jridan on board at the outset of purchasing the Bobcats, but he initially
turned down the-offer -o pursue majority ownership in his.own team.
African Mask Takes Record .
$7.5 Million at Auction
PARIS A celebrated 19th century mask by the.
SNWest A-frican'Fang tribe fetched more than $7.5 mil-
Slion at auction in Paris; a record for a work of prim-
T he task, which is said to' havd inspired' atist
Pablo 'Picniso, brought in four timieg its estiihated
price of $1.9 million. The buyer's'identity was not-
The mask was part of one of France's-premier pri-
Slae collections of primitive art. Started by Pierre
Verite and his son Claude in the 1920s, the collec-
tion features works mostly from France's former
colonies in West and Central Africa.
Though it was kept out of public view for most of
the 20th century, the collection made a big impressiotion celebrated
artists such as Picasso, Henri Matisse and surrealist Andre Breton, who
saw it in the 1930s.
Mayor Nagin Puts Call Out to
Brothers to Rebuild New Orleans
New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin is calling on black
men in New Orleans from white chocolate, to
medium chocolate, to dark chocolate -to roll up their
sleeves and take advantage of opportunities present-
ed in the rebuilding effort following Hurricane
Speaking at the RainbowfPUSH Coalition's 35th
annual conference's Menrs Luncheon, Nagin men-
tioned the $10 billion in federal aid given to the city.
that has ever faced us. (New Orleans) does not have the expertise," INagin
said. "This will be an economic boom like you've neyer seen. Let's part
must not be too shy to buy from black businesses, but we also can no
longer be mom and pop shops."
McKinney Won't Be Indicted, but
Capitol Police Assessing Other Options
declined to indict Rep. Cynthia
*McKinney in connection with a con-
frontation in which she admitted hitting a
police officer who tried to stop her from
entering a House office building.
The grand jury had been considering the
case since shortly after the March 29 inci-
dent, which has led to much discussion on
Capitol Hill about race and the conduct of
lawmakers and the officers who protect
McKinnev described the encounter as
"racial profiling," insisting she had been assaulted and bad done nothing
The encounter began when McKinney, D-Ga., tried to enter a House
office building without walking through a metal detector or wearing the
lapel pin that identifies members of Congress. McKenna did not recog-
nize her as a member of Congress and asked her three times to stop.
When she ignored him, he tried to stop her. McKinney then hit him.
"I am relieved that this unfortunate incident is behind me," McKinney
said in a statement. "I accept today's grand jury finding of 'no probable
cause' as right and just and the proper resolution of this case."
Members of the black caucus privately urged McKinney to put the mat-
ter behind her. The next morning, she appeared on the House floor to
How to Live
Debt Free With
QUALITY BLACK WEEKLY -r
Volume 20 No. 18 Jacksonville, Florida June 22- 29, 2006
Black Organizations Share Common Goals
During Rainbow .PUSH's annual
convention, a panel of leaders \\as
assembled to work on a common
agenda. However, before moderator
Ron Daniels could call on a second
panelist, N.AACP President Bruce
Gordon had articulated %what etern-
one %would later agree was a series
of common issues. The leaders real-
ized that what the\ needed %\as not
another agenda. but a plan.
Outlining the goal of the session.
Daniels asked: "\What can %\e col-
laborate on becomes the most
urgent question. How\ do we frame
an agenda and how do we re-gain
the momentum in the current cli-
Gordon, the panelist w ith the least
experience in his or her current
position, listed five ke\ areas: edu-
cation, health care, criminal justice,
ci ic engagement and economic
"I believe that already today.
regardless of which h organization
we bring to the table, we're focused
on those fite issues." he said.
Sounding like a battle-%weary veter-
an, Gordon added. "W\e can't be sat-
isfied with meetings, discussions
and speeches. \We need to act on
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference President Charles
Steele Jr. agreed.
"We don't have enough direct
action." said Steele. "That's what
got ou your freedom." The crowd
applauded loudly when he urged
them to "raise hell."
Jesse Jackson outlined four tar-
gets: British Petroleum (BP), whom
Jackson accuses of having no
Blacks among its 800 gasoline dis-
tributors and less than 1 percent of
its senior managers, figures the firm
say are inaccurate: launching a boy-
cott of CNN, if necessary, to get it
to place more people of color on the
air: taking on unrepresentative trade
unions and marching before the
Supreme Court to preserve affirma-
In taking the action against BP,
Jackson sa\ s in addition to having a
solid case against BP, he was also
signaling to corporations that even
though they support Rain-
bow/PUSH financially, that support
does not buy his silence. Jackson
said after the BP drive, a coalition
of organizations will shift to focus
to other oil company in an effort to
drive down gas prices. .
Continued on page 11
Judge James Ruth
Promoted to Colonel
Florida Army National Guard
Lieutenant Colonel James A. Ruth
was promoted to Colonel, on June
16, 2006, in a ceremony at the St.
Francis Barracks, St. Augustine,
FL. He currently serves the Florida
National Guard as the Staff Judge
Advocate at Camp Blanding
In his civilian profession, Ruth is
a senior judge in the Fourth
Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, FL.,
a position he-has held since 1991.
For highlights, seepage 11
Black Men's Issues, Challenges at
the Forefront of Minority Agenda
Wonder Joined SHOF Salute to Moy
New York Ste% ie Wonder is pictured w% ith Songwriter Hall of Fame
Inductee Sil ia Mo\ at the 2006 A\wards event held June 15th at the Ne\w
York Mariott Marquis. In his salute. Wonder emotional. told the store\ of
how NMov sa\ ed his career. As Wonder e\ol ed into manhood, his "bo\"
image dissolved as his voice changed. Mao and Hank Ciosby wrote the
mega hit "Uptight" which skyrocketed \Wonder's career More on the
SHOF Awards on Page 14.
by MNI Cottman, BAW
For the past few weeks, through
high-profile newspaper articles and
during major black conventions,
the subject of black men has been at
the forefront of discussion.
On June 2. The Washington Post
introduced a new year-long series.
entitled "Being A Black Man," that
will documents the challenges
black men experience in American
Last week, 100 Black Men of
America held its 20th Annual
Conference, where the symposium
topics included the social and eco-
nomic conditions facing black men.
This week, the Rainbow/PUSH
Coalition held its 35th annual con-
ference in Chicago where New
Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin spoke to
And next month, at the 27th annu-
al convention of the National Black
United Front in Baltimore, black
men will also be a major focal
Coincidence? Not likely.
Black civil rights activists and
educators like Michael Eric Dyson
have said that, although black men
experience racism and discrimina-
tion in American society, brothers
should move beyond the confer-
ences and workshops and work dili-
gently to improve the quality of
their lives, their communities and
For its series "Being A Black
Man," the Post published a poll last
week and asked the question "What
does it mean Continued on page 3
Area's Successful Black Men Lead by
Example During Fathers Day Weekend
Shown above left at the Project NI.A.L.E. Conference are (L-R) Seated from left to right: Rev. Newton Williams, Kenneth Arnold, Rev. Ted
Kelly, Ronnie Cage. Standing: Geno Hampton, Law rence \\alton and W\\illie Clowers. Shown right are players from the Boys 2 Men Basketball
game (left to right standing) Re%. Torin Dailey \Wayne Rogers, Reggie Fullwood. Ken Pinnix, Vincent Johnson, Larry Steele and organizer
Charles Griggs, (kneeling) Dorsett \\atson. Troy Nichols and Rodney Br)ant.
At a time \hen the role of the
Black male is at the forefront of
eern conscious oriented conxersa-
tions, local African-American
fathers and men spent their holiday
weekend nurturing and mentoring
holistic good will. Project
M.A.L.E.. organized b,, River
Region Human Services, brings
fathers and sons together to
improve theit lives. The one daN
conference focused on workshops
such as: Against 41ll Odds, Dealing
waih .Adversiy, and the Power of
On a lighter side, the Duval
County Health Department spon-
sored a Boys 2 Men Basketball
game between the generations.
The new initiative highlighted the
importance of cross-generational
mentorship and the need for physi-
cal activity for a healthy well-being.
More on the programs inside.
June 22 29, 2006
Page 2 Ms. P
errys Free Press
. Creflo Dollar Speaks on No More Debt
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Shown above is Carl Clayton in front of his new home.
Former Public Housing Residents
Feted for Transition to Ownership
"Never" is a word that Carl
Clayton thinks should not be a part
of one's vocabulary. At the age of
52 is a living testimony that if you
believe then you can achieve. Just
a few years ago, Mr. Clayton was a
public housing resident and not
very optimistic about the possibili-
ty of becoming a homeowner. He
initially received a letter from staff
with the Jacksonville Housing
Authority about becoming a home-
owner. His first inclination was to
put the letter aside. However,
something on the inside of him said
"Go for It." He called and made an
appointment and the rest is history.
He took all the steps to clean up
his credit, participated in home-
ownership counseling, and enrolled
in the Habijax program to complete
his sweat equity hours. Today, Mr.
Clayton is a proud homeowner with
a a straight 30 year mortgage with
Clayton along with 18 other pub-
lic housing and Section 8 program
participants were honored on June
2nd at a celebration held at
For the past three years since its'
inception, the Jacksonville Housing
Authority along with other organi-
zations have partnered to sponsor a
Reception and Fair to recognize
residents who are attaining the goal
of homeownership during the
month of June, nationally declared
as "Homeownership Month". Over
the course of the three years, partic-
ipation has doubled each year as
participants clean up their credit
and meet the requirements neces-
sary to move forward.
Mr. Clayton wants everyone to
remember, "Never Say Never" and
he does not regret is choice of
becoming a homeowner.
SNo More Debt is a revolutionary
oqk by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar Jr. He
resents a revolutionary guide for
lb lievers who want to take a stand
agiqist. debt. Coupling his o\xn
experiencee with the principles
.f.und in the Holy Bible. Dr. Dollar
provides a unique and life-changing
,approach to debt cancellation and
financiall prosperity. No More
-Debt! is a step-by-step. Bible-based
approach to eliminating debt. With
an insightful, spiritual and practical
.understanding of the Word of God,
Dr. Dollar reveals how God pro-
vides the ultimate and permanent
answer to freedom from debt.
With bankruptcies nearing record
levels in all segments of our socie-
ty. Dr. Creflo A.Dollar Jr. offers a
fresh perspective on howm to achieve
true financial independence. He is a
pioneer in the field of debt cancel-
lation and money management No
More Debt issues a challenge to all
people to declare "No More. Not
Me" and to free themselves from
debt by following Biblical princi-
ples. It is not a credit counseling
program, but an education in the
practical application of spiritual
Five Financial Tips for the Class of 2006
Congratulations to the class of
2006. These are really challenging
times, and they're also exciting
times. In her latest book, The
Money Book for the Young,
Fabulous & Broke, financial expert
. Suze Orman discusses the chal-
lenges that today's college gradu-
ates face and offers five tips for
members of the graduating class of
2006 as they enter the workforce:
Tip number 1: Know your FICO
score. That three-digit number
determines the interest rate that you
will pay on credit cards, car loans,
and home mortgages. You need a
FICO score of 760 or above. If you
can only get a 10 percent interest
rate on a car loan because your
FICO score is so low, then improve
your score and refinance your auto
Tip number 2: Benefit from your
401(k) plan. Now that you've got a
job with a 401(k) plan, and your
employer matches what you put
into it, invest. No matter how much
debt you have; you cannot afford to
pass up free money.
Tip number 3: Never co-sign for a
loan. Somebody, someday, is going
to ask you to co-sign for a loan. Just
say no! If you co-sign and that per-
son can't pay the bill, guess what? It
is your bill, and it can ruin your
future. So don't do it!
Tip number 4:Get out of there. If
you're currently stuck in a job that
doesn't excite you, or you're in a
dead-end field, your job is to get out
as soon as possible. Making a
switch isn't easy, you can't afford to
stay put if you're unhappy. The
longer you wait, the harder it will
be to make a change.
Tip number 5: Give yourself cred-
it. Running up a credit card debt to
finance an indulgent lifestyle is flat-
out stupid. But you can use your
credit cards to make up legitimate
shortfalls. Good use of your credit
card is filling the gas tank so you
can get to work. A bad use is rent-
ing a car for the weekend so you
and'your pals can head to the beach
and run up a tab at a hotel that you
really can't afford.
Blueprint for Leadership 2006 Class
Volunteer Jacksonville's Blueprint
for Leadership recently held cele-
brations for their Class of 2006 at
the Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum. Their class project raised
more than $5,000 to assist daniel,
Inc.'s programs. The class mem-
bers also did extensive community
service for the organization's
Graduates shown above include:
Viky Divertie; Michael Edwards;
Charlotte Gillam-Isaac; Sean
Glenn; Rosanna Hamrick;
Lawrence Jefferson; Steffanie
Jones; Linda Kerdolff; Cheryl
Kinson; Jackie Lee; Lydia Miller;
Shawana Montgomery; Shana
Pack-Gangluff; Sharon Porter;
Karen Prewitt; Elouise Saunders;
Valerie Saunders; David Shaw;
Lori Smith; Vanetta Thomas; Betsy
Wierda and Mark Wright.
Blueprint for Leadership, is a
comprehensive six-month course
designed to, develop leadership
skills of particular value to the non-
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Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the third floor of the Port
Central Building, 2831 Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.
(Please telephone 904/630-3018 for information.)
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON
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REQUIRED. A BID WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM ANY
BIDDER WHO IS NOT REPRESENTED AT SUCH CONFER-
Bid and contract bonding are required.
The mandatory JSEB/MBE Participation Goal established for this proj-
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Jacksonville Port Authority
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want. In fact, in any "" "n- j;i:.:. sales, or .,,anirin, it is
the law to .. ,o,, ra' in ori ti. religion, sex,
:. or i st' If you think -vti''e '1e d 'r-ni-'d housing,
please call Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.
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gages, and car notes, and often
emergencies arise, causing them to
resort to borrowing more money or
juggling bills to make ends meet.
No More Debt will will renew
your nund b\. the Word of God in
the area of financial prosperity, and
will teach you how to apply faithto
the anointing of debt release
through Word-based confessions,
and will employ God's weapons of
joy and praise.
'There are many strategies avail-
able to get you out of debt, but only
one method works without fail.
Decide to employ God's strategy
for debt cancellation and experi-
ence permanent. financial prosper-
it\. Your success is guaranteed.
Dr. Creflo A. Dollar Jr. and his
~wife, Taffi L. Dollar, the pastors of
\World Changers Church Interna-
tional, non-denominational. Word-
of-Faith church. with more than
20.000 members in College Pak,.
Georgia. He can been seen and
heard on television and radio
shows, setting the standard for
excellence in nminisny and making
a mark among millions that can
never be erased.
,ngetz NI. errs ro
guidelines,. to help people eliminate
debt and axoid debt in the future.
Through practical, insightful teach-
ing. Dr. Dollai outlines simple
Bible-based steps that ~ ill reoliu-
tionize sour finances and bring .\ou
from a place of insutficienc\ into a
place of peace and prosperity.
"Keep out of debt and owe no man
anything, except to loxe one anoth-
er -Romans 13:S.
For manN people, stnruggling from
paycheck to paycheck is a %\ay of
life. Neat l\ all of their income is
spent pai ing credit card bills, mort-
Atty. Craig Gibbs
Gibbs Among New
Mayor John Peyton has made
four new appointments to the
Jacksonville Economic Devel-
opment Commission. With the new
appointees, Jacksonville Attorney
Craig Gibbs will be serving and is
currently the second African-
American in addition to Joseph
Barrow on the powerful economic
commission of twelve. The JEDC
oversees all economic development
programs for Duval County's con-
Gibbs is a private practice attor-
ney, operating the law office of
Craig Gibbs since 1996. He is a
member of numerous professional
associations, including The Florida
Bar, The American Bar Association
and The National Bar Association.
Previously, Gibbs served on the
Board of Directors for Case
Western Reserve University and
the Florida Lawyers Mutual
Insurance Company. He currently
serves on the Board of Directors of
the Clara White Mission.
Other appointees include:
Clarence Gooden Exec. Vice
President and COO for CSX;
Randle P. Shoemaker is the Vice
President and Senior Counsel of
Regency Centers Corporation and
George David "Dave" Auchter IV
is the Vice President of The
Ms. Perry's Free Press -Page 3
continued from front
- mean to be a black man?" and
the results of a survey of 2,864 peo-
ple, including a sample of 1,328
Some black men said that being a
black man in America is often a roll
of the dice and always a challenge.
"As a black man, you often think
things can go either way," Todd
Boyd, a professor at the University
of Southern California, told the
Post. "You could be that guy in the
penitentiary, or you could be that
guy on everybody's television
The article about the survey,
which dominated the printed Post's
front page on Sunday, was the most
e-mailed article for most of today,
according to Richard Prince, who
writes a diversity column, Journal-
isms, for the Robert C. Maynard
Institute for Journalism Education.
"'The reaction has been over-
whelmingly positive, often emo-
tional," Kevin Merida, the associ-
ate editor who is coordinating the
series. "It has come from all over
the country. People wanting to tell
their own stories. People express-
ing surprise, then gratification that
black men would be featured so
prominently and portrayed with
complexity in the Washington Post,
"Of course, there are a few who
have wondered aloud: Why do
black men deserve such treatment?
And, what about a series on 'Being
a White Man'? But such comments
have been relatively few."
Meanwhile, the discussion about
black men continued last week in
Atlanta during a celebrity-packed
conference sponsored by 100 Black
Men. Speakers included Bishop
Eddie Long of New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church, Lee
Haney, eight-time Mr. Olympia,
Magic Johnson, Bill Cosby and
author Michael Eric Dyson.
During the conference, Ware said
founders of 100 Black Men chap-
ters were honored and, like African
fathers centuries ago, they shared
oral histories of how their accom-
plishments during the past.20
Apartment Community Marches for Safety
Shown above is Dr. Richard Danford and Mayor Peyton signing the
Jax Urban League Finalizes
Ownership of Building
Richard Danford, President of the
Jacksonville Urban League and
Mayor John Peyton recently signed
a transfer of title for ownership of
the Urban League building. The
building located on the comer of
Union and Davis Street in LaVilla
was constructed in 1996 with assis-
tance from the City. Under terms
of the closing, the city structured a
ten year 3% loan to the Jacksonville
Urban League economic and
Foundation to recoup its original
investment. "After several years of
negotiations, we are elated with this
transaction," said Danford. The
Jacksonville Urban League, found-
ed in 1947, is one of more than 100
Urban League affiliates in the
country. Its mission is to enable
African Americans and others to
secure economic self-reliance, pari-
ty, power and civil rights.
Shown above are Londontowne residents prior to their safety awareness march.
By Cody Floyd
Armed only with flashlights and
strong voices, a multi-cultural
group of Londontowne Apartment
residents marched through their
community to bring awareness to
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Coaches for Teams
The James Weldon Johnson YMCA is looking for men and women to
coach soccer for youth. Interested persons should attend a meeting at 6
p.m. on Monday, June 26th, at 5700 Cleveland Road.
JWJ YMCA is now registering boys and girls, ages 4-9 for youth soc-
cer now through July 15th. For more information, call 765-3589.
the importance of looking out for
"We Are Londontowne Family"
was the chant last Thursday night
from 8:30 PM until 10:00 PM dur-
ing the "Guiding Light Project"
which encouraged residents of
Londontowne Apartments to come
out and stand up for a secure, safe,
and peaceful community. It was the
goal of co-coordinators Richie
Whiteside, and James Moore, that
the March will encourage the resi-
dents to look out for your neigh-
bors, and continue to make
Action Against Jefferson Could Threaten Democratic Unity
by Hazel Edney
U.-S. House Democrats, who
voted last week to remove
Congressman Bill Jefferson (D-La.)
from his seat on the Ways and
Means Committee because of an
FBI investigation, have once again
exhibited political self-interest over
allegiance to faithful Black con-
stituents, political activists say.
"It is yet another example of what
I talk about all that time, that in this
country, whether it's politics or any-
' where' else, we' are always short-
changed and overcharged," says
veteran civil rights lawyer Thomas
N. Todd, former president of the
Chicago chapter of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
and Operation PUSH. "Here he
comes from the segment of the
Congress that represents the Blacks
in the Democratic Party. So, as a
result of that, you would think that
they would respect their constituen-
cy and one of their most loyal vot-
ing blocs enough to say, 'We will at
least stand by him until there's a
conviction or there's an indictment
or something of that nature.'"
Todd continues, "The message
this sends to Black voters through-
out this country is that they must
become selfish with their vote and
not support these parties thinking
that they are going to reciprocate."
Todd declined comment on the
merits of the case, "But, in terms of
stripping him of his committee,
there's no doubt in my mind that the
precedent that's being set here
would not have been set had he not
been Black," he says.
Al Sharpton, a former Democratic
candidate for president, agrees.
"So, we are now in a party that, if
you are now under investigation,
asks you to step aside. Suppose if
they're not smart the whole Black
Caucus was under investigation.
Are they going to be asked to step
aside?" said Sharpton.
The Jefferson debacle threatens
Democratic harmony between
Leader Nancy Pelosiand members
of the CBC as they struggle for at
least 15 seats to win control of the
House in November elections.
Pelosi has said she is not consid-
ering guilt or innocence in the
Jefferson case, but the appearance
of ethics violations. However the
Ethics Committee of the House has
not investigated him. Pelosi says
some members of the CBC, includ-
ing Cong. John Lewis, who made
the 'motion to oust Jefferson, are
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Fatherhood Begins at Conception
By Geoffrey Moore
I'll never forget the day when my
wife first called me with the good
news. She was pregnant.
It began with her saying she was
not feeling like herself, and I sug-
gested that she see a doctor because
she might be ill. What a difference
I could not contain the feelings of
joy that rushed through my body.
From that moment on, I knew that
my life would be different forever.
In a matter of seconds, I became
a new man. I added to my roles of
son, brother and husband the brand
new role of being a father. I now
knew I was charged with raising
and teaching a precious baby about
how to be a responsible, produc-
tive, honest, decent and upright.
My primary concern became
keeping my wife as comfortable as
possible because her body was
busy undergoing all of the changes
that come with pregnancy. I took
on additional chores around the
house so she could get more rest. I
also massaged her feet, cooked for
her and ran to the store to satisfy
her new cravings. I couldn't wait
for of us to attend Lamaze classes.
When I first saw my baby during
an ultrasound exam, I was rendered
speechless. The feeling that comes
from seeing that living being our
child growing inside my wife
cannot be accurately summed up in
words. Whether one supports or
opposes abortion, after seeing
something like that one cannot dis-
pute that life begins at conception.
Despite the pablum being peddled
by today's cultural elite, the pres-
ence of a father does matter in the
proper development of a child.
This elite mercilessly mocked for-
mer vice president Dan Quayle
years ago for taking issue with the
fact that the title character of the
television show "Murphy Brown"
opted to be a single parent. Now,
few can deny that Quayle was 100
percent correct in his disdain.
A father involved in his child's
life increases that child's chances
of success. An analysis of the 2000
National Assessment of
Educational Progress, for instance,
shows that households with
involved father are more likely to
see their children receive higher
grades and encounter fewer school-
related behavioral problems.
When one factors in the saga of
Lionel Tate, poverty rates in single-
parent households and the tempta-
tion of gangs and drugs in the black
community, a black father's com-
mitment is even more important to
the soul of our community.
In my opinion, this commitment
should run a whole lot deeper. Not
only should a father be committed
to be present after a child is born -
he should also understand that his
familial duty starts at the moment
Speaking from experience, I have
a message for all fathers and
fathers-to-be: Whatever the cir-
cumstances of the pregnancy or
condition of the relationship with
the mother, I urge men to be
involved in their child's life from
Day One. There has been nothing
in my life more rewarding than the
birth and growth of my baby girl.
All my work and effort was more
than worth it.
LIVE FROM CITY HALL -
by Jackoiville City Councilman Reginald FuHwood
EWC May Receive Its Full Accreditation this Week;
Health Department's Boys 2 Men Initiative a Positive Step
Booker T. Washington once said,
"Education is the sole and only
hope of the Negro race inAmerica."
He said these words in the late
1800s, but they remain true today.
In an era in our country when there
are more black males in jail than in
college, it is critical that African
Americans focus as much attention
and effort into educating our youth.
It is even more critical that young
black males begin to realize the
roles they must play within their
It is no secret that education has
always been the focal point of the
black struggle. Malcolm X said,
"Education is our passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to the
people who prepare for it today."
What is the relevance of this dia-
logue about blacks and education?
Well, it's simple. Here in
Jacksonville, we have a historical-
ly black college that was formed to
do just that educate African
Americans who didn't have oppor-
tunities at other institutions.
Black colleges and religious insti-
tutions have been a strong founda-
tion in the Black community.
Because as James Baldwin once
said, "A child cannot be taught by
someone who despises him." In
fact, schools like Edward Waters
College (EWC) were formed by
churches specifically for the educa-
tion of blacks after slavery.
So it is obvious that historically
black colleges and universities
(HBCUs) have played a critical role
in this country since they were
established in the face of Jim Crow
segregation and the systematic
degradation of schools in minority
Over the past two years EWC has
battled accreditation issues sur-
rounding a plagiarism scandal,
which eventually lead to the resig-
nation of its' former President.
The Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools (SACS) are
meeting this week to determine
EWC's fate. The association could
vote to remove the sanctions, con-
tinue sanctions, or revoke the col-
EWC has been a key catalyst for
change in Jacksonville's black com-
munity and more particularly in the
New Town and College Gardens
neighborhoods. which borders the
Adversity often makes us better
people in the end. As Martin Luther
King, Jr., once said, "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."
The part of this equation that many
are missing is those neighborhoods
I mentioned earlier. There is an
invisible umbilical cord between
the surrounding communities and
the college. EWC's bounce back
was the catalyst for change in New
Town, College Gardens and Myrtle
Avenue areas. Now, with progress
slowed, the redevelopment of those
communities continues, but the
synergy has been lost.
EWC continues to play a pivotal
role in our community, and we
should all hope that SACS does the
right thing and fully accredits the
institution. By the way, the college
has educated more black teachers in
Duval County than any other edu-
On a different, Father's Day was
last Sunday, and most of us fathers
either got a tie or the big piece of
chicken at dinner. In addition to
Father's.Day in the month of June,
it's also a great time of year for
National Men's Health Month.
The purpose of Men's Health
Month is to increase awareness of
preventable health problems and to
encourage the early detection and
treatment of diseases among men
and boys. Studies show black men
don't live as long as white men and
more black men suffer from life-
threatening, but preventable, dis-
eases than whites do.
There are various reasons' why
black men die at higher rates than
any other demographic, including
lack of health insurance. But even
black males with health insurance
often neglect to schedule routine
We often feel like we can "tough it
,out" when we get sick. It is the
macho thing to do. Sure we can
tough out a cold, but when it comes
to other aches and pains and routine
check ups we should definitely visit
our doctors or community health
In Duval County, the leading caus-
es of death for men are heart dis-
ease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke,
all of which could be successfully
managed and treated if caught early
To celebrate the month and further
bring awareness to men's health
issues, the Duval County Health
Department (DCHD) hosted a
"Boys 2 Men" Health Symposium
and Community Basketball game
last week. The game pitted local
professionals against area youth,
and focused on highlighting the
importance of cross-generational
mentorship and the need for physi-
cal activity for a healthy well-
Of course we "professionals" got
our butts kicked by the young guys,
but we had a great time and enjoyed
the fellowship. And again, the mes-
sage and the focus of this month
should be crystal clear. Men, espe-
cially black men, need to start tak-
ing care of your bodies and stop
making excuses. For as William
Shakespeare once said, "This above
all; to thine own self be true."
Signing off from Edward Waters
by William Reed
been a spate of big
ing their reputation
by showing off their new black
friends. "Good connections" are
behind two multi-million dollar
"sweetheart" deals high-profile
African Americans have snared
with little, or no, money down.
The Sodexho food services com-
pany has tapped the star power of
Earvin "Magic" Johnson in a busi-
ness deal to create what the compa-
ny calls "Magic Johnson concepts"
on college campuses, health clubs
and elsewhere. Though financial
terms of the 10-year partnership
weren't disclosed, Johnson will
own 51 percent of the joint venture
Sodexho, Inc. is the leading
provider of food and facilities man-
agement in the U.S., Canada and
Mexico, with $6.3 billion in annual
revenue and over 120,000 employ-
ees. Sodexho Inc. provides out-
sourcing services in food service,
housekeeping, grounds keeping,
plant operations and maintenance,
asset management, and laundry
m services to more than 6,000 corpo-
rations, health care, long term care
and retirement centers, schools, col-
lege campuses, military and remote
sites throughout North America.
Sodexho is the official food service
provider for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Sodexho serves more than 10 mil-
* lion people a day. Yet, despite its
success, Sodexho is relatively
unknown to consumers. In the
coming months, Magic Johnson's
face above SodexhoMagic will
appear on college campuses cafete-
rias, corporations, hospitals and
sports arenas. Johnson is "one of
the most recognizable names in the
world, in business as well as in
sports," says Richard Macedonia,
president and chief executive of
Sodexho. "He's a genius at applying
his business acumen toward creat-
ing a demand for services and prod-
ucts. We can learn from Magic
Johnson. He can help strengthen
Sodexho is also trying to bounce
back from a class-action lawsuit in
which it paid $80 million last year
to settle charges that it systematical-
ly denied promotions to 3,400 black
managers. Asked about the litiga-
tion, Johnson said he was focused
on the company's current diversity
programs and other initiatives,
rather than the earlier allegations.
In its agreement, Sodexho paid
-thousands of employees $60,000
each. Ten plaintiffs each received
an additional $120,000. Sodexho
says it is committed to widespread
diversity training and more struc-
tured hiring processes toward pro-
moting more minorities into higher
"The magic man is here," Johnson
said, "We're going to create new
revenue streams and make sure to
make a difference in the communi-
ties we serve while still making
money." Johnson will have an
office at Sodexho's headquarters,
although he will primarily work out
of his Beverly Hills, Calif., offices,
where Magic Johnson Enterprises is
One of the oldest industrial com-
panies in the US is seeking to over-
come pass: practices. After settling
a bruising anti-discrimination law-
by Bob Parks
To understand racism in the deep South in the late
1950s, John Howard Griffith a white man- darkened
his skin and pretended to be black. His groundbreaking
book, Black Like Me, profoundly affected the burgeon-
ing struggle for equal rights.
In 2006, U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
announced his own desire to be treated like a black
man. Kennedy's goal, however, seems to be political
In the dead of night on May 4, Representative
Kennedy almost hit a Capitol Police cruiser with his
own car. He then smashed into a cement barrier.
Officers on the scene reported Kennedy had red and
watery eyes, slurred speech and balance problems. He
was only cited for minor traffic violations. He was not
given a field sobriety test. The police drove him home.
where he further exhibited impaired behavior.
After this made national headlines, Kennedy checked
himself into the prestigious Mayo Clinic for treatment
for drug dependency. Out of rehab, back on the politi-
cal circuit and facing accusations he received preferen-
tial treatment, Kennedy proclaimed he wanted to be
treated like a black person in the future.
Kennedy said he wanted "what anyone else would
have done to them if they were an African-American in
Anacostia... in terms of bookings, in terms of mug
shots, fingerprints, whatever they might have me do."
I'm sick and tired of liberal activists using minority
status and the cause of civil rights as a political tool.
For example, I bristle when war protestor Cindy
Sheehan is compared to Rosa Parks. I also don't
approve of gay marriage proponents or illegal immigra-
tion advocates comparing their cause to the civil rights
Representative Kennedy, the son of political royalty,
"played the race card" to say he didn't want preferential
treatment. Nonetheless, he still appears to have gotten
off with a slap on the wrist faring much better than that
black man from Anacostia he aspired to be probably.
would under similar circumstances.
I'm not buying this charade. If everything was done
fairly, Kennedy would have spent that first night in jail.
Kennedy later admitted getting behind the wheel after
taking the sleeping aid Ambien and the anti-nausea drug
Phenergan. He acknowledged Ambien's packaging
clearly states: "Do not operate heavy machinery under
suit in 2005 that led to a high pub-
licity campaign by Jesse Jackson Sr.
and his Rainbow PUSH organiza-
tion as well as prominent black
broadcaster Tom Joyner, the indus-
trial giant, Deere & Co., needed to
get some black dealership owners in
a hurry. Of Deere & Company's
1,400 golf and turf or agricultural
equipment dealers, none were
black. Founded by John Deere in
1837, Deere & Company grew from
a one-man blacksmith shop into a
worldwide corporation employing
over 47,000 people.
To help overcome its dearth of
black dealers, Deere & Company
hired former Republican
Congressman J.C. Watts to help
find black dealers. There's no
report whether Watts was successful
locating other black dealers, but
J.C. Watts Companies recently
announced purchase of Mustang
Equipment, an independent equip-
ment dealership with stores in San
Antonio and Marble Falls, Texas.
This made Watts' company the first
African American owned John
Deere dealerships in the US. No
financial terms were disclosed and
Watts is not expected to be involved
in the businesses daily operations.
The correct name for the ventures
listed is "nominal partner", one who
allows his name to be used in the
business venture. Hopefully,
Johnson and Watts will build on
their good connections and be part-
ners in more than "name only".
Hopefully, they will provide
demonstrative efforts on behalf of
African Americans to assure that
Sodexho and John Deere are better
corporate citizens in the future than
they were in the past.
this drug" and said "any impaired driving is wrong."
Despite plenty of circumstantial evidence that night,
Kennedy didn't receive a field sobriety test. Blacks, and
anyone else for that matter, can be and are compelled
to submit to sobriety tests under similar conditions.
Kennedy denies drinking alcohol that night, but
acknowledged the police had r o. wimesses contradict-
ing his claim. Unlike most black men, Kennedy had
supporters trying to damage the credibility of at least
one witness leaking to the media that she worked for
one of Kennedy's Republican colleagues (and was
Representative Kennedy feels vindicated. After his
court appearance, he said: "I've always said that I want-
ed to take full responsibility for my actions... I did just
that." In my opinion, what he did was an insult to those
incarcerated for DUI violations, as well as victims and
their loved ones.
Furthermore, to use concern for minorities as liber-
als love to do to curry sympathy is laughable at best
and disingenuous at worst.
Representative Patrick Kennedy may have originally
gone into rehab because he felt it was the right thing to
do. He may have done it for sympathy. But the primary
reason for that and his calls for fair treatment appear to
have been spin control, and everything even race was
employed to save him. For that, he truly deserves to be
treated like anyone else.
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NAACP Confirms Numbers Inflated as Drive is Launched
Frequently Asked Questions
2006 School Accountability Grades
Last week, school grades were assigned. How did Duval County
Public Schools perform?
83 schools earned an A or B
16 schools improved one letter grade
3 schools improved two letter grades
79 schools maintained the same letter grade
46 schools declined one letter
6 schools declined two letter grades
Two of Duval County's 162 schools were assigned a failing grade by the
Florida Department of Education. *Ribault High School and Lake Forest
How are school accountability grades assigned?
Since 1999, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) has assigned
grades to individual schools based on student performances on the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
How are school accountability grades determined?
There are six factors of student performance that the DOE considers:
o reading achievement
o math achievement
o writing achievement
o reading gains
o math gains
o reading gains by the lowest 25 percent of students in a school
The percentages of students meeting each of these six standards are
added together and compared to a grading scale of A-F.
What do school accountability grades indicate?
School grades help school districts identify schools, grade levels, and
curriculum areas in which students may not be reaching the required stan-
dards of learning. School grade data is one measuring tool that the Duval
County Public School system uses to evaluate effective teaching and learn-
What do Duval County's results show this year?
1. The trend in all schools appears to be an overall decline from last year,
primarily at elementary and high school grades.
2. At the elementary level, there was a significant decline in fourth-grade
3. All Duval County middle
schools made adequate progress.
Most middle schools showed sig-
nificant improvements over last il i-'1 .ri
year, particularly in eighth-grade -
writing statewide and to an even
greater degree in Duval County.
Middle schools also showed signif- 1j 1
icant improvements in sixth- and I- t
seventh-grade reading and in ;
4. Higlisch'chls srateiide and in -
Duval Cotitnr-showVed an' overall
decline, particularly in 10th-grade .
reading and writing and in ninth- .' : '
for Black Males
Setting Teen on
the Right Path
Richard Alexander Pins, a mem-
ber of the E\\C Black Male
College Explorers Program. recent-
ly received the rank of First Class
Petty Officer in the NJROTC unit
at First Coast High School.
The 15-year-old Pitts, who also
received an award for Outstanding
Academics Sophomore Class 2005,
was also named Naval Science II
Pitts' goal is to attend the U. S.
Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD,
and pursue a career in military
Pitts is the son of Tyrone and Lisa
Pitts, and has two siblings, Ronald
(twin) and Jeremy, 14.
Church of Christ
is Still Accepting
Call 765-9830 to participate
By. Hazel Trice Edney
NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) The
NAACP, which has claimed an
inflated 500,000 members for 60
years, has announced a new mem-
bership drive to finally reach that
"We're flat. We're not where we
need to be. Civil rights should be a
growth business because there are a
lot of conditions in this country that
require it," says Bruce Gordon,
nearing his first year as president.
For years, the NAACP has inflated
its membership numbers, according
to sources that have seen member-
ship records. The last four execu-
tive directors/presidents -
Benjamin L. Hooks, Kweisi
Mfume, Ben Chavis, and now
Bruce Gordon have cited a mem-
bership level of 500,000. However,
sources with direct knowledge of
the figures, say the actual number
fluctuates between 150,000 and
The Baltimore Sun said in a story
two years ago that the NAACP has
been reporting the 500,000 figure
since 1946. '
Gordon says he has confirmed an
Walton Family Makes Project
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Lawrence Walton and his sons have been coming to the Project MALE
conferences since the program started five years ago. The program,
specifically designed to improve men's lives, has been holding conferences
every year in June, near Fathers' Day, for the past several years. Hundreds
of men have participated, enhancing their parenting and other life skills.
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active membership of less than
300,000 after ordering a methodical
search of membership data.
"Those are accurate data accord-
ing to membership files," Gordon
says. He declined to state his ulti-
mate membership goal. "I'm not
trying to set public expectations,"
he says. But, less than a year ago,
Gordon told blackAmericaweb
exactly where he wants to go.
"The NAACP has a 500,000-
vounteer membership. I'd like to
see five million members," he told
Michael H. Cottman last July.
In recent years, under Chavis and
Mfume, the NAACP has announced
membership drives, none of which
has gotten the organization close to
'500,000 members. A year ago, the
NAACP announced a billboard
campaign in 46 states.
There was no tangible evidence
that the drive significantly
increased the membership and
some critics doubt whether this new
drive over such a short time period.
that ends with the opening of the
national convention, July 15-20, in
"We've taken a lot of time to ana-
lyze our.membership base, to look
at the democratic mix of that mem-
bership base and to put the proper
kind of programs in place to really
now begin to accelerate member-
ship drives," Gordon said. "So,
until we got all of that in place, we
were not ready to crank up a new
Gordon says he is not after num-
bers just for the sake of numbers.
City Breaks Ground on New Mega Park
Huffman Boulevard will be the site of the City of Jacksonville's newest
park. Plans for the park include two multi-purpose fields, two basketball
courts, two tennis courts, restroom facilities and a playground and pavil-
ion. The cost of construction is expected to be approximately $1.9 million,
primarily supported by bond funds.
The park is expected to be completed in the spring of 2007.
Seeing beyond money
-June 22-29. 2006n
Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press
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Women's Empowerment Workshop
Believers in Christ Christiani Center, 11565-107 N. Main Street, will
host "Women's Empowerment 2006" Conference, beginning on Friday,
June 23rd, with a Workshop beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by the
General Session at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 24th Mini Workshops
will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosting Church and Pastors will be The Zoe Church International,
Bishop Jerome and Lady Myra Henry. Other speakers will be: Pastor
Deborah Bernard, Believers in Christ Christian Center; and Dr. Barbara
Mims, of New St. James Holy Family Church.
For more information, please call (904) 565-9176.
Jax Native, Rear Admiral Winns to
speak at Sweetfield Baptist's Banquet
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Chuch, Rev. Richard R. Russ, Pastor; will
hold its Annual Scholarship Banquet Sunday, June 25, 2006, at the
Wyndham on the Jacksonville Riverwalk, 1515 Prudential Drive. The
speaker for the occasion will be Rear Admiral Anthony L. Winns, Deputy
Director, Air Warfare Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Rear Admiral Winns, previously served as Commander, Patrol and
Reconnaissance Force, Pacific and Commander Task Force 32; before
assuming his current position in September 2003. For banquet reserva-
tions, please call Sis. Marilyn Russ, no later than Thursday, June 15th, at
Troy Sneed to Produce
Live Recording Concert
Gospel Recording Artists "New Revelation" will be presented in a
live recording concert, produced by famed gospel producer, Troy Sneed,
on Friday, June 30, 2006.
BreMaDa Productions is pre-senting the live recording concert at 7
.p.m. on Friday,,June 30, 2006; at the New Life Evangelistic Center,
2016 Anniston Road, Jacksonville.
For more information, call (904) 744-8150.
Southside COGIC Celebrates
Bishop's 27th Anniversary
Bishop Edward Robinson Sr.
and Lady Cynthia Robinson
The Southside Church of God in
Christ (COGIC), 2179 Emerson St.,
will celebrate the 27th Anniversary
of Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr.
and Lady Cynthia Robinson,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
July 5-7th, and Sunday,July 9,
Pastor James Sampson of First
New Zion Missionary Baptist
Church, will be the opening speak-
er on Wednesday; Bishop Virgil
Jones, of Philippian Community
Church, will be the speaker on
Thursday; and Pastor John Lump-
kin of Family Life Fellowship
Church, will be the speaker, Friday
evening. Services will begin at 7:30
The Anniversary Celebration
will conclude at the 11 a.m. Service
on Sunday, July 9, 2006.
The community is invited to join
the church fellowship as they honor
Bishop Edward and Lady Cynthia
Robinson. The church is located on
Emerson, between Phillips and St.
& New Stanton
Faculty, Students & Staff Meeting
Current class leaders of Old Stanton, Stanton Vocational, New Stanton,
Faculty and Staff of that era, will meet Monday, July 5th at 6:30 p.m., in
the conference room, 2nd floor of Bethel Baptist Institutional (First Street
Entrance). This will be a planning meeting to discuss plans for the first
"Annual Gala." For more information, please contact Kenneth Reddick at
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Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to Hold Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder and Pastor; invites the community to share in Serious
Praise Service at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 25th, at the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2. Come hear the
Word and join in with the Prais-cisers, under the direction of Ms. Kenshela
Williams. Rev. Mattie W. Freeman and Dr. Varoncia Troupe, will bring the
Abyssinia Marriage Conference
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a marriage confer-
ence for married and engaged couples to be held at Abyssinia Missionary
Baptist Church on Friday, June 23rd. The church is located at 10325
Interstate Circle North near Dunn Avenue and will be held from 7 p.m. to
10 p.m. The conference will continue on Saturday June 24, 2006 from 9
a.m. to 12p.m.. The conference will conclude with a special presentation
and worship service at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m.
Sunday June 25, 2006. All are invited to attend. Call 696-1770 to register.
or email email@example.com.
Spiritual and Community Partnerships
Sought for DCSB Outreach
Alumni, business partners, stu-
dents, parents, faculty members,
faith-based leaders, and community
members are invited to join Duval
County Public Schools'
Superintendent Joseph Wise,
School Board Chair Brenda Priestly
Jackson- District IV, Ribault High
School Principal Royce Turner and
The Project Reach Foundation for a
community outreach visit, to resi-
dents in the Ribault High School
The "CHAMPS (Contributing to
High Achievement Made in Public
Schools) Walk" will be held on this
Saturday. June 24, 2006. 10 a.m. to
Noon at Ribault High School, 3701
Winton Drive. Walkers will need to
register by 9:45 a.m. During the
walk, school supplies, books, and
materials will be distributed.
During the walk, school supplies,
books, and materials will be distrib-
uted. The Duval County Public
Schools' team students, faculty,
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lost for Christ
Pastor Landon Williams, Sr.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30-7 p.m.
FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE, HIS-
TORY AND MATH TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Cee hae n fl olmu OI a O
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Thursday 8:15 -8:45 am.n
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry 17
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday Mornings at 6:30 a.m.
June 22 29, 2006
Evangel Temple Assembly of God
Sunday Services June 25th
"A Healing Touch"
: : 15 aEm. & 10:45 a.m.
(Central Campus Lane Ave. & 1-10)
Evangel Temnple Southwest
Hwy 218 across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Thursday Night 7:30 p.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10:45 ma.m Service Interpretedfor Deaf@ Central Campus
Markers Cement St. Augustine's Role
During 60s Civil Rights Movement
_.;- -.Pentagon Based Native Son Helps to Commemorate Occasion
Nu Chapter, Eta Phi Beta Sorority Presents 2nd Biennial
Red and Gold Debutantes' Cotillion at Bethelite Center
The Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.recently held their 2nd Biennial Cotillion to present to society,
young ladies, of high school age, who demonstrate academic success and aspire for promising futures. Debutantes
attended many life enhancing workshops and attended various cultural, social, and community related events in
preparation for the presentation. The 2nd Biennial Red and Gold Debutantes Cotillion was an elegant affair.
Members of the 2006 Debutante Coterie were: Destinee Asia Alex Home, daughter of Mrs. Pamela arid Terrence
Home; Sydney Janae James, daughter of Ms. Tanzy Porter James; Taila McClain, daughter of Ms. Margaret
Patterson; Venus Catchelle Howard Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Jaada King, and Mr. Calvin
Mitchell III; and Brenn D. Smith, daughter of Ms. Scherolyn Smith. Co-Chairs for the cotillion were Mrs. Virginia
Johnson and Mrs. Debra Waye. Ms. Gloria S. Torrance is Nu Chapter President.
A Final Tribute to Legionnaire Jimmie Harterson
By Willie C. Simpkins
American Legion Post 197
mourned the passing of one of their
most intriguing, informative, and
dedicated servants, in the name of
Jimmie Harterson, who departed
this life June 6, 2006. Legionnaire
Harterson wore many hats in and
around the post, including: adju-
'tants; chairman of the athletic com-
mittee; chairman of the Sons of the
American Legion (SAL); chairman
and coach of the co-ed softball team
(aka Lords and Ladies); and as an
educator who was quite adept and
knowledgeable,about military cus-.
toms and'paed "urei'" "- "'
Often-time Jimmie would apprise
his fellow legionnaires with copies
of the post by-laws for their perus-
al, which he reproduced himself.
He also decorated the post walls
with insignias signifying each
branch of the military service. He
\%as a distinguished voiture and
recruiter of 1604, the Elite 40, and
Additionally, Jimmie would
expend a portion of his personal
funds' to assure that, during
Christmas Parties for the kids, each
child would leave with a present.
He would not only purchase deco-
rations for the auditorium, but dis-
played them. One could easily sur-
mise that the Post was Jimmie's sec-
ond home and family. He further
acted in the capacity of the post's
grounds-keeper, cutting the grass,
and clearing debris, on and around
the post grounds. Jimmie thorough-
ly enjoyed his tasks in and around
the post and revered in the post
activities. "Jimmie Harterson is
Gone, But Not Forgotten."
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Commemorative programs high-
lighting the unveiling of markers
celebrating the Civil Rights
Movement began on Friday, June
16, 2006, at the St. Mary's
Missionary Baptist Church. Mr.
Gerald Eubanks, chairman of the
Inspirational music was provid-
ed by Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church of Jacksonville. Others
appearing on program included:
Rev. Byron Hodges, St. Augustine
Record Publisher Derek May; Ms.
Gloria Thomas, Ms. Ruth Thornton
Hawkins & Ms. Bernice L. Harper.
On Saturday, the celebration con-
tinued at the S.D.W. Smith Hall &
Mt. Horeb Masonic Lodge on King
Street. Mr. Eubanks presided.
Remembrances of The Movement
were expressed in song and spoken
word. The Celebration culminated
on Sunday, June 18th at the First
Baptist Church, Rev. Michael J.
McConnell, Pastor. Participants
included: Sen. Tony Hill, Rev.
Willie Bolden, Mr. Henry Thomas,
of Atlanta; Mr. Errol D. Jones, City
Commissioner; Mr. Michael
McQueen of the.,Associated Press
and Bernice Harper, vice chairman.
Brigadier Gen. Ronald L. Bailey,
United States Marine Corps, was
the keynote speaker. The St.
Augustine native used the opportu-
nity to reach out to the youth in the
audience. In speaking on the impor-
tance of striving towards he excel-
lence, he recalled his experiences
Shown above at one of the celebrations areBrigadier General Ronald
L. Bailey with cousin Carlottra Guyton, Sen. Tony Hill and young
growing up in St.augustine and how led the invasion into Iraq as com-
an administrator even once told him mander of the Regimental Combat
that "he would never amount to Team-2, the unit that was also
anything." involved in the rescue of hostage
"I wish I could tell them, 'look at Jessica Lynch in Iraq. He was the
me' now'" he said, crediting a vil- first African American to lead a
large of supportive, positive role Marine Regimental Combat team
models. into combat. He is also the first
The St. Augustine native is the son African American to hold his cur-
of Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Martha) rent position as the Expeditionary
Bailey. Brigadier General Bailey Warfare School.
Coveted MLK Papers to.be Sold at Sotheby's Auction
The famed Sotheby's auction
house at York Avenue and 72nd
Street in New York will place the
archives of the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. on display for nine days
beginning June 21st, and already
the collection has stirred a flurry
of calls from potential bidders and
others ,\ho \ant to make certain
the treasures end up in a good
home, said David Redden, vice
chairman of Sotheby's.
"All things sold here have spe-
cial significance, but the King col-
lection goes way beyond because
it really does speak to the soul of
America," Redden said. "These
are not just documents of the past,
but sacred relics. The papers are
qualitatively important to our his-,
tory and our culture."
The papers, which include every-
thing from sermon notes to a draft
of King's Nobel Peace Prize
acceptance speech, are expected to
bring 15 30 million dollars --
money that will go to the King
estate. The collection includes
more than 7.000 hand\ rinen doc-
uments from K ..
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June 22-29 2006
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
and Civil Rights
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A fr t can-
g m mericanso
came to domi-
nate the NBA
scored a league
of their own
with the WNBA,
basketball in the
"first half of the
20th century reflected society: seg-
regated and unequal. But just as the
civil-rights movement evolved, so
did the game, nudged toward inte-
gration, at first, by a handful of
players and owners.
That history is highlighted in a
traveling exhibit "The Quest for
Equality: African Americans as
Pioneers in the Sport of Basketball"
currently at the National Liberty
Museum in Old City.
"Today, the NBA is 80 percent
Black. They think that is the way it
has always been," said Sonny Hill,
a local basketball icon and an exec-
utive adviser to the Philadelphia
76ers who toured the exhibit yester-
day. "Maybe we can awaken some
of the African American basketball
players who are reaping all of the
good from what people have done
The exhibit tells the history across
eight eras, from the sport's intro-
duction on playgrounds and at
YMCAs in the early 1900s to the
birth of the New York Renaissance
and the Harlem Globetrotters in the
1920s to the integration of college
teams through the 1960s and the
arrival of today's multiethnic and
The story is weaved together by
historical artifacts. A white wool
basketball jersey from 1910, canvas
high-tops from 1920. A 1930s bas-
ketball that better resembles a soc-
A copy of The Negro in Sports, a
1939 book by Edwin Hendersou,
why.g as instrumental in introduc-
ing the sport to the African
American community. A picture of
the Philadelphia Tribunes, one of
the first African American women's
WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes' size
11 shoes. Former NBA star Michael
Jordan's size 13s. And the 22s of the
Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal.
"People broke down barriers,"
said Barbara Andrews, curator of
the National Civil Rights
Museumin Memphis, where the
exhibit originated in 2002. "It took
individual courage by athletes and
players. There was a lot of mistreat-
ment and second-guessing."
At the beginning, African
American players barnstormed the
country, sleeping in their buses
when banned from hotels and play-
ing multiple games in one day to
earn enough money to get by.
The turning point came during
World War II, when white players
left their teams to join the military.
Sid Goldberg, owner of the Toledo
Jim White Chevrolets, took the first
step, filling openings on his team
with black athletes, Andrews said.
"He was very much alone,"
Andrews said. "Some owners said,
'This will be the end of your team.'
But other owners saw the wisdom
Others eventually followed, but
the inequality persisted, she said.
"While these teams were traveling,
the black players couldn't eat with
their teams," Andrews said. "They
were paid differently. They were
By the late 1940s and early 1950s,
African Americans slowly began
earning more rights; in 1948, for
example, President Harry Truman
signed an executive order integrat- -
ing the military. And in 1950, Earl
Lloyd became the National
Basketball Association's first black
player to appear in a game.
The Memphis Grizzlies originally
approached the National Civil
Rights Museum with a request to
design an exhibit marking the
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
After touring the exhibit, David
Stern, commissioner of the
National Basketball Association,
decided to put it on the road,
The exhibit spent several weeks in
Los Angeles before coming to
Philadelptua. \~here it tll be on
display through Feb. 6
"As a museum., e look at issues
of cilil rights., diersity and
respect." said Amanda Hall. a
spokeswoman for the National
Libert)N Museuni m Phdadelphia
"This gets \ istors te, look at it in a
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Dr. Johnson Akinyele
New Member to
Dr. Johnson Akinleye assumed
duties on May 1, 2006 as Vice
President for Administration in the
Office of the President at Edward
Waters College .
In this capacity, Dr. Akinleye
assists the President, Dr. Oswald P.
Bronson, Sr., in the day-to-day
administration of the College,
works with the office staff in the
President's Office, as well as other
services as requested by the
Dr. Akinleye is the past associate
provost for Bethune-Cookman
College, where he was employed
since 1989 in various positions. He
received his Doctor of Philosophy
in 1991 from Howard University
and his undergraduate degree from
Alabama A&M in 1982.
Children's Home Society of
Florida's (CHS) Buckner Division
will be hosting free informational
meetings on international adoption
in July, August, September and
Those interested in adopting chil-
dren from China, India, Thailand
and many other countries are invit-
ed to attend Holt International's
"How to Adopt" informational
meetings at CHS, 3027 San Diego
Road, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
The dates of the meeting are: July
15, September 16, August 12
and October 14.
Prospective parents can learn
firsthand from families who
already adopted children from
overseas. Holt social workers will
speak, answer questions and be
available to help families begin
For more information, please call
Tracy McDade, Adoptions
Program Director at 493-8305.
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Ms. Perry's Free Press -Page 9
June 22 29, 2006
I Me Parr,'e Froi..PriD.nQcv
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Jazz in June along the
Get a jump on summer with Jazz
in June, every Saturday in June
from 6 9:00 p.m. along the
Northbank riverfront! This exciting
new event will feature live jazz
music at four out door riverfront
locations, including The
Jacksonville Landing, Plaza III
Steakhouse, the Hogan Street gaze-
bo and the Pearl Street gazebo adja-
cent to CSX. Artists and crafts peo-
ple from the Ponte Vedra Cultural
Center, the First Wednesday Art
Walk and the Hemming Plaza
Farmers' Market will set up dis-
plays and exhibits along the river
between each location, and there
will be two outdoor bars positioned
to quench your thirst. For more
information call (904) 634-0303
Abyssinia Missionary Baptist
Church is sponsoring a marriage
conference for married and engaged
couples to be held at Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church on
Friday, June 23rd. The church is
located at 10325 Interstate Circle
North near Dunn Avenue and will
be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The
conference will continue on
Saturday June 24, 2006 from 9 a.m.
to 12p.m.. The conference will con-
clude with a special presentation
and worship service at Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church at 10
a.m. Sunday June 25, 2006. All are
invited to attend. register contact
the church office at 904-696-1770
or email email@example.com.
Straight from Broadway, the
entertaining "Stomp" will be on the
stage of the Moran Theater at the
Times Union Center. The interna-
tional percussion sensation has gar-
nered an armful of awards and rave
reviews, and has appeared on
numerous national television
shows. The play will be in town
June 23 25th with nightly and
matinee shows. For more informa-
tion call 632-3373.
Mark your calendars for Learn to
Read's 2nd Annual Alphabet Affair.
The "Barnyard Bash" will be held
on Friday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
at the Haskell Company, 111
Riverside Avenue. Guests will
enjoy food, fun & all the extras. The
event is LTR's annual fund raising
event that raises funds as well as
community awareness about adult
illiteracy. For more information,
Experience the best of Latin
America right here in Jacksonville
at the annual Fiesta Playera June
25th in Downtown Jax headquar-
tered at Metropolitan Park. Call
798-9111 for more info.
This one-of-a-kind Fashion event
is for curvy girls who want more
than what the Jacksonville land-
scape has to offer in the realm of
plus size clothing. This show will
thrill and excite. The event will be
held on Sunday, June 25th at 5p.m.
at the Ritz Theatre & Lavilla
Museum. Call 537-1600 for more.
or visit www.dangerouscurvesjack-
Pro Bowl Tackle, Marcus Stroud
of the Jacksonville Jaguars and
Kiwaukee Thomas, invite the com-
munity of Jacksonville to partici-
pate in their 5th Annual Celebrity
ALL-STAR Weekend, June 22 -
25, 2006. The festivities will start
on Thursday, June 22nd with a
FREE skating party for the entire
family and climax with a celebra-
Po 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
tion of Stroud's 28th birthday. The
itinerary of the entire weekend can
be found online at www.mar-
from this event will go to benefit
the Marcus Stroud Foundation.
The public is invited to join them
for their club meeting, on Monday
June 26th from 7:00-8:30 p.m., fol-
lowed by an anniversary celebra-
tion and networking event thru
10:00 p.m. The group meets
Monday nights at the Atlantic
Theatres located at 751 Atlantic
Blvd., Atlantic Beach. A
Toastmasters club is a "learn-by-
doing" public-speaking and leader-
ship training workshop. For more
information on upcoming meetings
and membership please contact
Viviane Barry, President of Beaches
Area Toastmasters: 904-610-8807,
The Ritz Theater and LaVilla
Museum will have the opening
"Through Our Eyes" Exhibit recep-
tion on Thursday, June 29th from
5:30 7:30 p.m. Local artists will be
in attendance displaying their medi-
ums that will be featured in the
exhibit. Works inspired by the his-
tory of Jacksonville's African-
ABC's of Grant
The American Society for
Concerned Citizens (ASCC) will
host a half-day grant-writing work-
shop from 9:00 am. 1:00 p.m. enti-
tled The ABC's of Grant Writing on
Wednesday, June 30 and July 1,
2006 at the Baymeadows
AmeriSuites Hotel. For more infor-
mation, contact Art Brown at (866)
On Saturday, July 8th at 9:30
a.m., the Worship Place Church will
host the Annual Mad Dads
Some of the youth participating in the ACT SO Showcase are shown above. They include (L-R) Front:
Lorie Varlac, Gabriella Cenci, Jeron Fruge, Charnae Wynn, Farrin Brown, (Back) Vanessa Long, Terry
Jecoby Young, Brittany Hart, Tyrone Ponder, Jarell Harris, Jereme Raickett and Theresa Patterson.
NAACP Youth Showcase The Jacksonville Branch NAACP will have their 2006 ACT-SO Showcase
on Saturday, June24th. Participants will display original art, sculpture, paintings and photography and a wide vari-
ety of entertainment will be performed ranging from dramatics and oratory to dance and vocal. The showcase will
begin at 6 p.m. at the EWC Adams-Jenkins Building. For more information, call the NAACP office.
Membership Breakfast. The church
is located at 2627 Spring Glen
Road. Join the organizations as new.
and old members are welcomed.
PRIDE Book Club
The next book club meeting will
be held at the home of Rena Smith
on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:00 -
4:30 pm. The book for discussion
will be SO YOU CALL YOUR-
SELF A MAN by Carl Weber. The
August meeting will be held on
Saturday, August 5, 2006. The book
for discussion will be THE
COVENANT WITH BLACK
AMERICA by Tavis Smiley. The
meeting will be hosted by Marsha
Phelps at AmericanlBeach.For more-
information, email feliceF@bell-
Doing Business with
The Florida Minority Supplier
Development Council is hosting a
workshop on "How to do business
with the Walt Disney World
Resort". This workshop will be
given by Disney World execs and is
Call ".'Th Plci
being held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.,
Tuesday, June 13th at the Hyatt
Regency Jacksonville Riverfront,
225 E.Coastline Drive. You must
RSVP to attend this meeting. Please
call Debbie Armstrong at 904-356-
0040 or visit www.fmsdc.org .
Paxon Class of '91
Bon Voyage Party
Calling all Mighty Eagles! This is
the year of the Paxon Class of 91'
15 year Class Reunion and big
things are planned for you. The
class will be hosting a Bon Voyage
Party on July 15th at 7:30 p.m. at
Dave & Busters. This party is the
prelude to a the cruise planned for
July 21-24. For more information
call (904) 588-2621 and/or
Omar Tyree will be signing his
latest book WHAT THEY WANT
on Thursday, July 20th at 6:00 pm
at Wal-Mart, 12100 Lem Turner Rd.
For more information go to
Jax Housing Auth.
Annual Talent Show
Calling all public housing and
Section 8 residents in grades 1 -
12th. The Jacksonville Housing
Authority & The Resident
Advisory Board will be hosting the
Annual Talent Show Competition
on Saturday, July 29th at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Participants are asked to sign
up to show their talents and win
cash prizes.. Call 366-6096 or 786-
9433 for more information.
Ensemble Auditions i
Plan ahead now for auditions for
the Florida Community College
Repertory and Ensemble Dance
Companies. Auditions will be held
on August 30 at 6 p.m. at the
Florida Community College South
Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.in the
Wilson Center, Bldg. M, Room
2110. Intermediate dance skill level
required. For more information call
904.646.2361 or e-mail
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Friends and Family Celebrate Colonel Promotion of James Ruth
Master Bo'Travis, Alfred Austin, Glenn Davis II, (standing) Vivian
King and Alynne G Horne.
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Wife of the honoree, Mrs. Michellene Ruth (front) flanked daughter
Shaina Ruth, Keely Johnson and Bryce Johnson.
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Ruth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bridgewater and aunt Mrs. Ruth
Col. Ruth with his pastor, Rev Marris Halyard and former
Jacksonville Sheriff Nat Glover.
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Maggie Dalles, Selie Little, Travis Willis Powell and Ann Willis.
Continued from front page
He is currently serving his fourth
term. He is presiding jurist for all
civil and criminal matters assigned
to the court, including jury trials,
landlord-tenant issues, traffic
infractions, divorces, child support
enforcement and numerous bench
Born in Palatka, Ruth has spent
most of his life in Jacksonville. He
attended Florida State University
on an athletic scholarship after
Ribault High School graduation. He
earned a Bachelor of Science in
Criminology, Master of Science in
Public Administration, and his Juris
Colonel Ruth joined the Florida
National Guard in 1982, after serv-
ing an assignment in the U.S. Army
Reserve. He has held posi-tions
Civil Rights Organizations
Continued from front
The threatened boycott of CNN
also makes a statement to compa-
nies headed by Black CEOs, putting
them on notice that they will not be
exempt because of their race.
In his letter to Richard Parsons,
the African-American who serves as
CEO of Time-Warner, Jackson com-
plained about "the patterns of exclu-
sion in front of the camera and
behind the scenes from booking
and talent producers, executive pro-
ducers, anchors and hosts, commen-
tators and guests" as well as issues
"At our convention this week in
Chicago, a broad coalition of
African American and Latino organ-
izations including the NAACP,
LULAC, National Action Network
and many others addressed the
cultural lock-out by the media.
Many feel humiliated and offended
by the images projected across tele-
vision screens around the world."
On the panel, Sharpton said that
when leaders have organized suc-
cessful campaigns in the past, the
White-owned media has rarely
given them credit.
"A lot of our people think that civil
rights organizations are of the past
or don't score victories," Sharpton
said. "That's because when we
score, it goes unannounced.
"This year alone, we were able to
make boot camps in Florida illegal -
a clear civil rights victory,"
Sharpton said. "We were able to
turn around New Orleans, in terms
of voter rights and voter participa-
tion a clear victory. None of which
was covered by the (White) media."
Rep. Mel Watt, chairman of the
Congressional Black Caucus, said
the issues outlined by Gordon have
been longtime staples of the CBC.
"The only thing I argue with is your
notion that you can take those few
items and compact them into one or
two things, he said.
Theodore Shaw, director-counsel
of the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, said he was con-
cerned by a series of race-related
cases the U.S. Supreme Court has
decided to accept.
"The question before the court now
- it may be framed differently is
whether it will be legal or constitu-
tional in this country to take any
Maj. Gen Burnett pinned the new Colonel as his wife Michellene Ruth assisted on their 5th Anniversary.
Colonel Ruth stands proud with his Kappa Brothers: Tommy Chandjer, Alfred Austiju,,, Rev. M.,ris
Halyard, Dr. Solomon L Badger III, Col. Ruth, Frederick Munzie and Curtis Miranda.-, ... -. .
Advocate for the 50th Area Support the Bronze Star, Meritorious the Florida Distinguished Service
Group. Service Medal, Global War on Cross.
Ruth's military awards include Terror Expeditionary Medal, and
from company executive offi-cer to
command Judge Advocate in his
twenty-six years with the Florida
In 2003, he was mobilized to
support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Although Judges qualify for ex-
emption from federal mobilization,
Ruth elected not to take the exemp-
tion and was deployed overseas for
12 months as the command Judge
action voluntarily or consciousl', to
do anything about racial inequality .
That's what at stake now."
He said he and Arnwine's group.
among others, would wage to legal
battle in the courts and that others
should focus on action outside of
"We cannot win legal battles these
days unless we change the political
context that we find.ourseli es : part
of," Shaw said. "Law without polit-
ical struggle is like a ship hliout
water it's not going anoiheie.
What we need more than ajtiling
else is a movement -give it to tus."
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Author Invites Women for the C
Ultimate Diva Makeover Weekend
Since Michelle McKinney
Hammond's bestselling book The
Diva Principle was released world-
wide in early 2004, women have
been giving themselves their own
extreme makeovers. "It's a "diva"
movement stemming not from nips
and tucks or skin-firming treat-
ments, but from helping women
discover a new life-giving "diva-
tude," says McKinney Hammond.
McKinney Hammond re-defines
the word "diva," encouraging
women to embrace the original
meaning of the word divine -
toward becoming the ultimate
woman God intended for them to
McKinney Hammond recently
launched spiritual, emotional and
physical renewal weekends for
women, The Diva Weekend
Getaway. The next "Diva Weekend"
will be held especially for single
women August 4-5, 2006, at the
Hyatt Regency O'Hare (Chicago),
followed by a power-filled week-
end for all women January 12-14,
2007, at the Hyatt Regency
McCormick Place in Chicago.
At the Diva Weekend Getaway in
August, women will enjoy an
exclusive screening of a new docu-
mentary called Soulmate, by
Hollywood award-winning produc-
er Andrea Wiley, whose credits
include numerous high profile net-
work comedy series including The
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Jamie
Foxx Show, The Steve Harvey
Show, and most recently, The
Parkers, on which she served as co-
executive producer. Soulmate
explores the national phenomenon,
which has rendered 42.3% of all
African-American women single
and childless according to recent
United States Census Bureau fig-
ures, and reveals how many of
these highly accomplished profes-
sional women have found both hap-
piness and purpose in their lives
despite being single.
"These weekends are all about
helping each woman discover the
secrets to overcoming issues that
keep her from living the life she
wants and getting the love she
needs," says McKinney Hammond.
For more information, visit
www.thedivaprinciple.com, call 1-
866-391-0955 or email confer-
and PAP Test
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Jacksonville: Healthy Men hosted
the inaugural "Boys 2 Men"
Symposium and Community
Basketball Challenge, June 15 and
17. The basketball game was held at
Andrew Jackson High School, 3816
Main Street. The "Boys" shocked
the "Men" by winning the game 50-
48 on three-point basket at the
buzzer by Kirk Foster of the First
Baptist Church of Oakland.
"This was a great opportunity for
the men of the community to come
together and get to know some of
out younger brothers," said Ken
Pinnix of the 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville. "I can't believe they
beat us on that last second shot, but
we'll be back next year ready for
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and churches participated in the
basketball game that pitted local
professionals and community lead-
ers against local youth. The event
highlighted the importance of
cross-generational mentorship and
the need for physical activity for a
Men Team: Rev. Torin Dailey -
First Baptist Church of Oakland;
Wayne Rogers Community
Volunteer; Reggie Fullwood -
Jacksonville City Council; Ken
Pinnix 100 Black. Men of
Jacksonville; Vincent Johnson -
Shands Jacksonville; Larry Steele -
HOT 105.7 FM; Charles Griggs -
DCHD; Dorsett Watson -
Community Volunteer Troy Nichols
- Community Volunteer and
Rodney Bryant HOT 105.7 FM
Boys Team: Troy McNair Hip-
Hop Economy Network (coach).
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Kaadir Sharrieff, Tyrone Lee,
Ronald Jenkins, Gordon Coffey,
George Scott, Darius Liggett,
Carlos Foster, Trenton Crawford,
Jamaal Colman, Kirk Foster, and
The game was a part of the
DCHD's Men's Health Month
activities. The purpose of Men's
Health Month is to increase aware-
ness of preventable health problems
and to encourage the early detection
and treatment of diseases among
men and boys. The month also rein-
forces the opportunity for men to
adopt the healthy practices of good
nutrition, regular physical activity,
stress management and periodic
check-ups. Other events being held
during Men's Health Month include
a "Boys 2 Men" Health Symposium
and a City-wide Preventive
Haven Hospice is recruiting vol-
unteers to provide comfort to
patients and their families or to
help in administrative roles. Haven
Hospice is a community based not-
for-profit organization that has
served north Florida for more than
27 years. The Haven Hospice net-
work serves patients and their fam-
ilies throughout a 16-county area,
and has become one of the most
accomplished end-of-life care
providers in the country.
Whether you like to work with
patients or behind the scenes, tal-
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greatly needed. Haven Hospice
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Straight Talk with Comedian Sheryl Underwood
by Jawan Murray, BV
'Comic View' host Sheryl
Underwood has a lot on her plate.
Her Platinum Comedy Series
Deluxe Edition DVD 'Too Much
Information' is a hot seller; she
wrecked Tom Joyner's Fantastic
Voyage cruise with her standup rou-
tine; she's opening for Eddie Griffin
at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
in August, and continues to be the
chair of the National Executive
Board of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority,
Inc. In addition, Underwood has a
sitcom in development. "I think the
sitcom is going to work this time. I
think I am really going to get it,"
she said beaming.
I caught up with the Hollywood-
'based funny woman recently, and
since its Black Music Month, I
wanted her to talk about some of
the more prominent personalities in
urban music. Staying true to her
DVD title, Underwood talked
music and a whole lot more.
One-Year Anni-versary of Luther
Vandross's Death: "I got a few men
in my life right now that when a
Luther record comes on, it makes
me respect my love for them even
more. He may not be here with us
physically, but he'll always be here
with us in spirit. Luther is the per-
son that everyone has got to gage
their ability in the music business
up against. Luther got me some of
the best sex I ever had. and I appre-
ciate Luther. I ain't the prettiest
woman in the world, but you throw
a Luther record on and everybody is
Her Wedding: "I need Smokie
Norful to sing at my wedding. But I
got to get engaged first. I need
someone to put that out there on the
Rumors about Whitney Houston:
"What I know about Whitney is that
it ain't over between her and Bobby
Brown. She can rebound from this.
She can make a comeback album
and get herself together. If Janet
Jackson can lose all that weight,
then Whitney Houston can pull her-
self together and come on back in
On Meeting Bobby Brown: "I met
Bobby but I was trying to get with
his daddy, Pops. I'm trying to get in
the family the old-school way.
Bobby was having a good time on
[Tom Joyner's] cruise. He was
'Being Bobby Brown,' which is the
title of his show, but he wasn't
doing anything that any other mar-
ried man on the boat wasn't doing.
He was sowing a little bit of his
wild oats, but still remembering
that he got a crazy ass wife named
Whitney Houston. Hell to the naw!
Whitney the type of fool who
would have come up on the boat
and whipped his butt."
Her New Music Industry Crushes:
"I heard that T.I. done broke up with
the girl [from Xscape] so I am try-
ing to get a little T.I. action. I can't
go no younger than that. I was look-
ing at Chris Brown, and then some-
one said I was a little too old for
that. Feel free to hook a sister up."
Kirk Franklin's Porn Addiction:
"Let me tell you something, I sat
with Kirk Franklin and I told him
don't you ever go on Oprah
Winfrey's show confessing to noth-
ing! You can tell who Oprah like
and don't like. She did not respect
the confession that Kirk was trying
to make. And why not be addicted
to pom? Aren't there worse things
to be addicted to? Some people are
addicted to things that will kill you.
Porn ain't never killed nobody! Kirk
wants off porn? I am going to make
some porn that's going to stop
Kirk's addiction to porn. He's going
be like, 'In the name of Jesus, I
Robert DeNiro to Direct Missy Elliott Biopic
DeNiro's Tribeca Films, along
with Missy's manager Mona Scott,
S-f .-* will produce an as-yet-untitled
biopic of the entertainer for
The journey to Universal began
with a pitch to Scott from writer
Dianne Houston, who penned the
screenplay based on Elliott's life.
IScott helped flesh it out a bit
I before taking it to longtime friend
Jane Rosenthal, DeNiro's partner
.., at Tribeca Films. The company
S-*I decided to produce the project
SElliott, bom 1971 in Portsmouth,
IVa., began writing and performing
Missy Elliott Robert DeNiro with the girl group Sista in the 90s
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott ,none other than the sista-loving before moving and becoming a
always thought her life story would Robert DeNiro, the dream is about producer and eventually a solo
make a good movie. And thanks to to come true in a major way. artist more than 10 years ago.
Original King of Comedy "Dolemite" Hospitalized
the Devil's Son-
in-Law, has been
P hospitalized in
I nglewood, CA.
Suffering from a serious undis-
closed illness, the 80-year old orig-
inal comedy king is in good spirits
in the Intensi e Caie Unit. He is.
requesting the good thoughts and
prayers of his many fans locally
and around the globe.
Rudy Ray Moore is a living leg-
end and a cultural treasure to the
black community. Comedian,
singer, film actor, and film produc-
er he is a an icon best known as
Dolemite, the uniquely articulate
character from the 1975 film
Dolemite, and its sequel, The
Human Tornado. The persona was
developed during his .earlier sttard-
up comedy records.
In the true spirit of his alter ego,
Dolemite, Rudy Ray Moore sends
this message from his hospital bed,
"Steve Harvey and others have
used the title "The Kings of
Comedy" but I am the true king!
They never paid me any respect,
the youngsters you know, but that's
ok, because I'm still standing! It
was Red Fox and then I and Slappy
White." Though in- serious con-
qitin, a tribute is bojng planned to, .,
honor Moore while he i.s still alike.
RUBEN STUDDARD POCKETS $2M IN LAWSUIT
"American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard found himself -
the champion of another big -event last week after
receiving a $2 million judgment in his I.:suitd -
against an ex-manager.
Last year, Studdard sued Ronald W. Ed%. ards '
and Edwards' promotions company, Sez Inc. for'
misappropriating more than S246,000 of the' ,
singer's money. Jefferson County Circuit Judge
Scott Vowell awarded Studdard $500,000 for his I,
actual losses and another $1.5 million in ptl"I
tive damages, reports The Birmingham Ne- s
According to the judge's ruling, Edwards stole money from Studdard's
checking and other bank accounts, improperly used his credit cards and
even dipped into Studdard's stash to repay a $10,000 bank loan.
Despite selling more than 2.2 million records, Edwards' actions left
Studdard with bad credit and difficulty in finding financing to purchase a
home, according to Vowell's order.
WOMAN SUES MIJAC FOR $100M
A former Michael Jackson fan who claims to have been harassed by the
superstar through song dedications over the radio is suing him for $100
million, according to an online court records uncovered by TMZ.com.
Helen M. Harris-Scott says she began sending Jackson fan letters
"declaring my love and admiration" in 1986, when the singer was at the
height of his "Thriller" fame. Because Jackson was shy, Harris-Scott
writes in her court declaration, he chose to communicate with her through
"others who would call me and hint, and ask questions.
These people would call Harris-Scott and tell her to listen to a radio sta-
tion, "where Michael would dedicate songs, and communicate through
music," the woman writes. But, those dedicated songs soon became nega-
tive, and she began receiving messages along the lines of, "you're not good
enough," she claims.
To get away from Jackson's negativity, Harris-Scott says she moved to
San Francisco. But there, she says, the harassment by Jackson and his
alleged henchman only increased. Harris-Scott claims Jackson was behind
her food and water being tampered with, her doorbell constantly ringing,
her flattened tires and her car being keyed. She also says she was stalked
by Jackson impersonators, who "represent him in public on several occa-
sions, sometimes showing up with the family."
.PRINCE, BEYONCE BOOKEND BET AWARDS
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ceremony in Los Angeles.
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R io2006 BET Awards on June 27, while her boy Prince is
7 ? scheduled to close the show in what organizers are
billing as a "Grand Opening, Grand Closing" event in
Los Ang eles.
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secret...e\en to the show producers... at this point," BET
said in a statement. Other confirmed performers include nominee Jamie
Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne and
Mary Mary. Previously announced show talent Mar) J. Blige and T.T. \ ill
,round out the set list, "along with a few-surprises," the net\ ork promises'.
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Sylvia Moy Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
NickAshford, Janie Bradford, of Motown Records, and Valerie Simpson, recall "old times" at Motown with
Sylvia with siblings Melvin P. Moy and Attorney Celeste Moy
The "Posse" Celeste Moy. Esquire: Dr. E. Barbara Wilson, Sylhia Moy. and Publicist Rita Perry. This col-
laboration dates back over forty years.
Hal David. Chairman & CEO, Songwriters Hall of Fame; andInductee Will Jennings, 2006 SWHF; con-
by R. Perry
New York, NY What do Paul
Anka, Ashford & Simpson, Burt
Bacharach, Thom Bell, Irving
Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, James
Brown, Sammy Cahn, Hoogy
Carmichael, Steve Cropper, John
Denver, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan,
Duke Ellington, Barry, Maurice and
Robin Gibb, W. C. Handy, Isaac
Will Jennings, Billy Joel, James
Weldon Johnson, Scott Joplin,
Jerome Kern, Francis Scott Key,
Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jay Lerner,
Curtis Mayfield, Johnny Mercer,
Willie Nelson, Cole Porter, Smokey
Robinson, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil
Sedaka, Pete Seeger, Billy
Strayhorn, Jule Styne, Jimmy
Webb, and Sylvia Moy, have in
common?. All are songwriters and
all are members of the Songwriters
Hall of Fame. Songwriters, who
created some of the best known,
longest lasting and most memorable
songs in history.
Sylvia Moy joined their ranks at
the 2006 SHOF Awards Gala held
on Thursday, October 15th at the
Marriott Marquise. Moy strolled
the Red Carpet escorted by her
brother, Melvin Moy, who penned
the hit "Home Cooking", recorded
by Motown's Junior Walker. She
was also accompanied by her sister,
and attorney, Celeste Moy, of
Washington, DC; and long-time
friends. Rita E., Perry, of
Jacksonville. FL; and Dr. Barbara
Wilson, of Detroit, MI. Perry is
publicist for Moy, her studio,
Masterpiece Sound. and her record
labels. All are native Detroiters.
Early in her career at Berry
Gordy's famed Motown Records,
Moy emerged as a songwriter/pro-
ducer working with the late Henry
Cosby, who joined Moy as 2006
SWHF inductee; and Mickey
Stevenson, but was now acknowl-
edged as a producer, as there were
no female producers at that time. In
other words, it was a "man's world".
However, these production collabo-
rations produced such hits as
"Uptight", "My Cherie Amour", "It
Takes Two", "I Was Made to Love
Her," and others.
Her body of work also includes
theme music for the movies Dead
Presidents":, "It Takes Two", and
"Mr. Holland's Opus". Also. televi-
sion shows: "Blossom". "The
Wonder Years". and "Growing
Pains". Moy has also recei ed six
Grammy nominations, and 20 BMI
Cosby is survived by his wife,
Patricia; sons, Kevin and Henry
Cosby Jr., and William; and five
If you're like most women, you want to look toned in your summer shorts and tank tops with-
out giving up the foods you love. A recent survey by Boca Foods found that more than half of
women feel guilty about the foods they eat at least two to three times a week, and almost 20 percent of
women feel guilty every time they eat. Between backyard barbecues and beach parties, that's a lot of time spent
feeling guilty when you should be soaking up the summer sun. There are simple recipes that allow you to cook and eat
in a more healthful way while still enjoying the delicious foods you love.
Awesome BBQ Burgers 2 frozen Boca Foods Meatless Original Chik'n Patties Sesame Soy Drizzle Sauce
Serves: 4 2 teaspoons country Dijon mustard 1/4 cup dark sesame oil
1 10-ounce package frozen Boca Foods Meatless 2 teaspoons horseradish sauce 2 tablespoons Japanese rice vinegar
Original Burgers 2 lettuce leaves 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup barbecue sauce 4 slices Italian bread, toasted 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup light cream cheese spread 4 tomato slices Asian-Style Ground Cooking oil for pan (approximate-
4 hamburger buns, split, toasted 4 medium slices fresh buffalo mozzarella ly 2 tablespoons)
4 lettuce leaves 1. Microwave patties as directed on package. 1 pouch (1 cup) frozen Boca Foods Meatless Ground
1/4 of a medium cucumber, thinly sliced 2. Mix mustard and horseradish sauce until well Burger
1/2 of a medium avocado, peeled, sliced blended. 1 teaspoon fresh, minced ginger
1. Grill burgers as directed on package, brushing with 3. Place lettuce on 2 toast slices. 1/2 clove garlic, minced
barbecue sauce during last 2 minutes of grilling time. 4. Top evenly with tomatoes, patties, mustard mixture 1/4 cup chopped green onion
2. Spread cream cheese on bottom halves of buns. and mozzarella. 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
3. Top evenly with lettuce, burgers, cucumbers, avo- 5. Cover with remaining toast slices. 1. Wrap lettuce in paper towel and refrigerate until
cados and top halves of buns. Asian-Style Lettuce Wraps ready to serve.
Serves: 2 2. Whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce
Sassy Chik'n Sandwich 4 crisp, green leaf lettuce leaves, washed and dried and sugar for drizzle sauce; set aside.
Serves: 2 1 cucumber, chopped 3. Heat oil to coat large nonstick skillet or wok.
.l.. .. -.. .4. Add
ground burger, cook and stir on
medium heat about 3 minutes (until about half way
5. Add ginger and garlic and heat about 2 1/2 to 3 min-
6. Stir in green onion and bean sprouts and cook about
1 minute more, just until heated through. Don't over-
cook bean sprouts; recipe tastes best when they still
have some crunch left.
7. Lay lettuce leaves flat on plate, divide cucumber
evenly on each leaf.
8. Scoop 1/4 ground burger mixture (about 1/4 cup) on
9. Drizzle sesame soy sauce (about 2 teaspoons) onto
inside of lettuce wrap, and roll up lettuce wraps.
Special extra: Sprinkle ground burger mixture with
chopped peanuts before wrapping.
Serving suggestion: This is a good amount for two
people as an appetizer. To serve as an entrde, add 1 cup
of steamed rice before wrapping, or simply provide it as
a side for your guests.
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