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New Orleans Sheriff Draws Criticism

for Plan to Target Black Youth
A sheriff in suburban New Orleans has again upset black leaders, this
time by suggesting deputies would stop, search and run background
checks on young black males congregating in high-crime areas.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harr, Lee said last week he was abandoning the
plan. but made no apologies for it during a news conference conference
with Dannarns King. president of the local branch of the National
Association for the Adx ancement of Colored People.
"I would prefer to present murder rather than solve a murder. But
apparently not everyone feels that way." Lee said.
"There are no other people in this conununir, more \worried about solk -
ing crime and preventing murder than the black community. But not by
stopping black people and harassing them for doing nothing." King
The number of murders has increased in Jefferson Parish this year 45
between Jan. I and Oct. 26. compared with 27 for the same period in
2005. Tw\ent -nine of the victims and 30 of the suspects have been black.
"If \ve see tno young blacks driving a rinkl-dink car in a predomi-
nantly white neighborhood. theN'll be stopped." Lee has said in the past.

Black Suicide Attempts Worse than Thought
More U.S. blacks attempt suicide than pre% iously thought, according to
a landmark study that could help explode the mynh that black suicides are
rare because of a mind-set that took hold during sla\er\y.
The first nationally representative study to look at attempted suicide
among blacks found that about "0.000 of them try to kill themselves each
year and 4 percent, or roughly 1.4 million. attempt suicide at least once
in their lives.
That lifetime iate is similar to that of whites but higher than the 2.8 per-
cent found among blacks in previous survey's.
Other research has shown that the actual suicide rate in w hites is about
twice as high as in blacks. though rising rates among ,oung black men
have narrowed the racial gap.
Still. there is a common misconception that suicide is rare in the black
comnmunits because of cultural and religious beliefs dating back to slav-
ern times. The study strengthens evidence showing that belief is false.
said luniersitN of Michigan researcher Sean Joe, the study's lead author.

Frat Suspended Over 'Hood' Party
BALTIMORE Johns Hopkins Universit, has suspended the Sigma
Chi fraternity because of a "Hallo\veen in the Hood" part that drew
protests by black students..
The in\ itation to the party, posted on the Web site Facebook. encour-
aged guests to wear regionall clothing from our locale" with je\\elr
including "bling bling ice ice. grills" and "hoochie hoops."
The part\, held Saturday night at the fratemitr house, featured a skele-
ton pirate hanging on a noose.
Black Student Union members protested the part\ saying the appear-
ance of the image and the language on the in\ itation highlighted racial
tensions at Hopkins and the strained relations berteen the university and
the surrounding comuntmity.
Protesters held signs show ing a historical lynching next to a picture of
the fraternity's skeleton.
Uniersit. officials suspended all the fraternity's actii ties pending a
full investigation. President William Brod\ said in a statement that he
was personalll, offended" and called the matter "deeply disturbing."

Former Boxing Champion Trevor

Berbick Found Dead- Man Arrested
KINGSTON. Jamaica A 20- ear-old man w\as arrested in connection
with the killing of former heavyweight champion Trexor Berbick, \\ho
\%as bludgeoned and left to die in a church courtyard next to his family's
home in a ruial hamlet.
'4, Several residents of the remote farming commu-
nity in Norwich district said the suspect was
I involved in a land dispute w ith the troubled boxer.
Berbick, beset by legal problems following his
retirement from the ring. lost his heavyweight
title to Mike Ty son and \\as the last boxer to fight
NtLiammiad Ali.
After beating Ali in 1981 in a unanimous deci-
sion in the Bahamas. Berbick went on to win the WBC heavy\ weight title
four y ears later in a decision over Pinklon Thomas. Berbick's reign w\as
short, howxe\ver, as a 20-., ear-old T, son knocked Berbick out in the sec-
ond round in 1986, to become the N otngest heavyweight champion.

Black Democrats Cross Party Lines

To Back Steele For U.S. Senate
MD A coalition of black Democratic political leaders from Prince
George's County led by former county executive Wayne K. Curry have
endorsed Republican Michael S. Steele's bid for the U.S. Senate
The support from Curry, five County Council members and others bare-
ly a week before Election Day reflects their continued disappointment
that the Democratic Party has no African American candidates at the top
of the ticket and a sense that the county is being ignored, officials said.
Steele, who as lieutenant governor is the first African American elect-
ed statewide in Maryland, said he was humbled by the support.
"I said I did not want this [campaign] to be so much about party but
.bout the people," he said.

50 Cents

Volume 20 No. 42 Jacksonville, Florida November 2 8, 2006

Activists Ready for Poll Problems on Election Day

by H.T. Edney
Six years after the 2000 election
fiasco that disenfranchised more
than a million African-Americans,
voting advocates and election offi-
cials are taking steps to avert any
serious problems during Tuesday's
high stakes election.
"We truly have concerns, which is
why we've been pushing for prepa-

ration. It's because we do believe
there's going to be a lot of chaos at
the polls," says Melanie Campbell,
president and chief executive offi-
cer of the National Coalition on
Black Civic Participation. "Folks
who want to disenfranchise are
going to be working overtime to
intimidate and suppress Black vot-
ers, Hispanic voters, women, sen-

Urban League Luncheon Honors

Community Trendsetters

iors, the most vulnerable at the
Short-staffing at polls because of
budget crunches, confusion over
new voting machines and other
election procedures on Nov. 7, will
likely be exacerbated by very close
races as Democrats and
Republicans compete for control
over the House and Senate.
"It's a very highly contested elec-
tion. That's for sure," says
Campbell. "There's nothing to
make us believe that there are not
going to be problems at the polls. A
key is giving people what they need
in order to do everything they can
so that if they've got problems,
they'll know it before Election
Campbell says prospective voters
should be clear in advance that they

are indeed registered to vote and
where they must vote.
Unity '06, a campaign that has
been led by a coalition of major
Black organizations convened by
the NCBCP for every national elec-
tion since 2000 provides a national
hotline that is available this week
and on Election Day to give this
information to any voter who calls.
The federal Help America Vote Act
has required each state to establish
a Voter Registration Database,
which Unity '06 has made easily
accessible by a toll-free number, 1-
866-MyVotel (1-866-698-6831) or
at The
number can also be used for a per-
son to make a complaint about any-
thing that has occurred at a voting
poll or if a voter needs legal coun-
cil. Continued on page 3

Saluting Unsung Hero

Bertha Watkins Richardson

Councilwoman Mia Jones, financial journalist Kelvin Boston and
Jacksonville Urban League President Richard Danford.
The Jacksoville Urban League recently held their 32nd annual Equal
Opportunity Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront. Keynoting the
event was author and financial expert Kelvin Boston. Community leaders
were onhand to receive awards including Elizabeth Means, recipient of the
Clanzel T. Brown Award and corporate awards were presented to
Wachovia, United Way and Convergys.

Mrs. Bertha Watkins Richardson
at the tender age of 77 is one of the
busiest people you will find.
The savvy internet knowledgeable
senior citizen is involved in every-
thing from teaching other seniors to
drive to kingdom building at her
church. A devoted member of Mt.
Vernon Missionary Baptist Church,
she faithfully teaches a Sunday
School Class where she also serves
as a counselor and secretary. her
duties don't stop there. She is also a
member of the Nurses Ministry, and
the Matron of District 11.
Mrs. Richardson is a retired nurse
of 25 years who retired from Old
Duval Medical Center shortly
before it became known as Shands.
Her first volunteering capacity was
with the American Cancer Society
where she served for 10 years.
Currently, she is an Eastern Star, a

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Mrs. Bertha W. Richardson
Driver's Education teacher, member
of Richardson Heights AARP and
President of Better Living
Neighborhood Association. All this
while currently recovering from hip
She is married to Earle Laurence
Richardson for 63 years (and count-
ing), the mother of 9, grandmother
of 21, great grandmother of 39 and
great-great grandmother of 1.
Her roster of successful children
include FBI Agents, a state trooper,
medical professionals and military
officers among others.
"My children sometime ask me if
they need an appointment to see
me." she says with a smile.
A self proclaimed people person,
Mrs. Richardson says it has been a
dream of hers to one day open a
center that will cater to both the
youth and the seniors of our com-
"It's my lifetime goal to help oth-
ers in need that my living will
hopefully not be in vain." she said.
At a time when many her age are
sitting back enjoying the fruits of
their labor, Mrs. Richardson contin-
ues a plethora of activities from the
heart. Bertha Watkins Richardson is
an ordinary woman doing extraor-
dinary things, in' her home, her
church and our community she is
an inspiration to all She simply has
a heart felt will to serve. When car-
ing is your calling God will truly
make room for your gifts.
The Jacksonville Free
Press and Publix
Supermarkets are
pleased to salute
Bertha l.chardson

The former massive westside military base was home to the navy for
many years but now has residential and recreational uses.

Early voting has begun in
Jacksonville and one of the key
issues voters will decide on is a ref-
erendum related to the city's sup-
port of a master jet base being relo-
cated to Cecil Field.
In 1993, the Navy closed NAS
Cecil Field as a part of the Base
Realignment and Closure (BRAC)
initiative. The property was deeded
over to the city in 1999, and por-
tions of the 17,000 acres were then
sold or given to entities like the
Jacksonville Aviation Authority,
Florida Community College of
Jacksonville (FCCJ) and the city's
Parks and Recreation Department.
Last week, a study funded by the
Jacksonville Regional Chamber of
Commerce concluded that keeping

Cecil Commerce Center as a busi-
ness park would generate more
money and jobs for the region than
it would as a Navy base.
The study, done by Fishkind &
Associates of Orlando, further stat-
ed that commercial activity at the
center would expand the city's tax
base and create spin-off businesses
in the area. By 2015, the commerce
center would directly and indirectly
employ 27,780 people, with
employment jumping to almost
70,000 people in the next decade
and a half, assuming that the center
is built-out in line with the expecta-
tions of city leaders.
The mayor and other city leaders
have been meeting with community
gr ups throughout the region

expressing their concern with con-
cept of the Navy coming back to
Cecil Commerce Center. African
American elected officials have
also weighed in and are united in
their support of developing Cecil as
a commerce center and not a master
jet base.
In fact, this week many voters will
receive a direct mail piece that
highlights the support of black
elected officials like
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
and City Council members Pat
Lockett-Felder, Mia Jones, Gwen
Yates and Reggie Fullwood.
"For us it's about economic devel-
opment and job opportunities for
our side of town as well," says
Councilwoman Lockett-Felder.
"We believe that if Cecil continues
to develop as a business center their
will be,high wage job opportunities
for people on the Northside of
Pastor Michael Jackson of
Springhill Baptist Church reiterated
that same message. "This issue isn't
just about the west side of town.
The Navy has repeatedly said that
they are not interested in locating a
master jet base here, and we need to
focus on creating higher paying job
opportunities at Cecil," said
Continued on page 5



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African American Religious and Political

Leaders United Against Cecil Field Referendum


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by George Fraser
Ways to Break the Ice
Without Creating a Chill
SYou are primed, pumped, and ready to rock. You've
got your introduction down; you know your agenda
for the long and short terms; you're looking good, feeling good. You're
ready to effectively network!
Now, here are some sample conversational openers to get you thinking
As the owner of a business, what do you find to be the two or three
greatest challenges you face?
What exactly do you do in your job day-to-day?
What are the most interesting aspects of your work?
In your educational training, what were the most useful things you
How do you relieve the stress of your work?
How did you get into your line of work?
What books have you read that have been helpful in your career?
Note: Now, remember, you don't just charge up to a person or a
group and start firing at will. Wait for a break in the conversation,
or for someone to turn to you for a comment or introduction. And
be ready to think on your feet!

Bid Openings: Thursday, November 16, 2006
For the following:
Request For Proposal (RFP) No. 1-07/LG General Banking Services

ITBS-014-07/LM Custodial Supplies (MBE Sheltered Market)
Sealed bids will be received prior to 2:00 P.M.
Duval County Public Schools, Purchasing Services Department, 4880
Bulls Bay Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32219 (904) 858-4848
If you have any questions please call (904) 858-4863

Upgrade Spreader Trim System
Blount Island Marine Terminal
tio :, r' rFAXPORTPkioject No. B2007-02
JAXPORT Contract No. EQ-1229

November 6, 2006
Sealed bids will be received by the Jacksonville Port Authority until 2:00
PM, local time, December 7, 2006, at which time they shall be opened
in the Public Meeting Room of the Port Central Office Builidng, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, for Upgrade Spreader Trim

All bids must be submitted in accordance with specifications and draw-
ings for Contract No. EQ-1229, which may be examined in, or obtained
from the Contract Administration, Procurement and Engineering
Services Department of the Jacksonville Port Authority, located on the
second floor of the Port Central Office Building, 2831 Talleyrand
Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. (Please telephone 904/357-3018.)

Bid and contract bonding are required.
The JSEB Participation Goal established for this project is 5%.
Louis Naranjo
Manager Procurement and Inventory
Jacksonville Port Authority

John Carlo, Inc.

Currently accepting qualified individuals for
the following positions:


Submit resume by:
Fax (586) 226-7262 or (904) 696-6530,
E-mail to,
or apply in person at 14165 N. Main St Jacksonville, FL32218


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they will be opened in the First Floor Conference Room, 2831
Talleyrand Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32206, for Security Guard
Services. A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal conference will be held at
2:00 P.M. on November 16, 2006, at the above location.
All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request for
Proposal 07-01, which may be obtained after 8:30 a.m. on November 2,
2006, from
Procurement Department
2831 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32206




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November 2 8, 2006 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3

AKA's Honor

Young Artist
Continuing in their commitment to
inspire and encourage the arts, mem-
bers of the Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority's Arts Committee recently
celebrated fourteen year old visual
artist Chea Brown in a special pro-
Accompanied by her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jerome Brown, the Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts freshman
was presented to the membership to
unveil a 24 x 36 canvas rendition of
the "Pink Tea Rose" a flower sym-
bolic of the sorority. The painting will
be a permanent fixture of the sorority
In addition to other pieces of her
work on display, Chea also completed
a miniature "Rose" to the member-
ship. She plans to go to college and
pursue a degree in architectural or
fashion design.

Activitists Ready for Elections


Shown above are Arts Committee members (L-R) Karen Jenkins, Theresa Hodge, celebrated young
artist Chea Brown holding a miniature rendition of the "Tea Rose" and Committee Chair Myra Morrison.

Continued from front
In some states where races are
especially contentious, lawyers,
poll monitors and additional volun-
teers will be at precincts to assist
voters in an "Election Protection"
program led by the People For the
American Way Foundation, the
NAACP, and the Lawyers'
Committee For Civil Rights Under
Law, all also accessible through 1-
Unity has released a list of "Seven
Things You Need to Know Before
Election Day to Protect Your Vote."
In addition to whether a person is
registered to vote and where to
vote, the other five are whether you
will be in town on Election Day;
whether there are identification
requirements for voting in your
state; advance knowledge of indi-
vidual Election Day rights; where
to file a complaint if necessary and
know that if you arrive at the polls

African American Religious and Political Leaders United Against Cecil Field Referendum

Continued from front
He adds, "As Cecil Field grows
we need to make sure that jobs are
not only available for those who
live on the Westside, but for African
Americans throughout the city that
are looking for career opportuni-
Right now, the businesses at Cecil
employ nearly 3,000 workers, a fig-
ure they expect to see jump by 37
percent in the next 14 months. The
employment figures will rise even
more in the following years,
Fishkind said, because the com-
merce center is now a different
place than it was when the city
received it in 1999. Since then,
more than $200 million in public
funds have been invested in the site,
and the highway infrastructure
around the park is in the process of
being upgraded, making it more
attractive to prospective businesses.
Last week, at the Jacksonville
Coalition of African American
Preachers (JCAAP) meeting, an
overwhelming majority of the pas-
tors in attendance said that they
were not in favor of the Cecil refer-
endum and questioned the need for
the issue to even be on the ballot.
According to the City Council and
Mayor's Office, many African
American pastors have committed
to helping defeat the ballot initia-
tive. Pastor Fred Newbill of First

Timothy Baptist Church and former
chairman of the JEDC says, "The
city has made a substantial invest-
ment into the Cecil Commerce
Center spending over $200 million
to clean up the base and prepare it
for new jobs and new companies."
"FCCJ has spent some $30 million
on their new campus and the School
Board has spent millions on three
new schools," adds Newbill. "We
can not afford to throw that type of
investment down the drain. We
need to be about creating high wage
job opportunities for the people of
this city, not chasing the Navy when
they don't want to relocate here."
If the Navy did decide to return to
Cecil, the city and any entity with
ownership interest would have to
deed their property back over to the
military for free.
Councilwoman Yates, who repre-
sents District 8 says, "One of the
top issues in my district is job cre-
ation and Cecil Commerce Center
gives us the best opportunity to pro-
vide jobs to for the people I repre-
The proponents of the referendum,
a group called Vote Jacksonville is
being led and funded by a Ponte
Vedra Beach businessman. The
group is seeking to have the Navy
relocate its master jet base from
Oceana Naval Air Station in
Virginia to Cecil on the Westside.

. Many have expressed concerns
with the tactics of Vote
Jacksonville. The group's advertise-
ments make the referendum issue
seem as though voters are voting
for or against the military.
"This referendum vote has nothing
to do with this city's support of the
military," says City Councilman
Reggie Fullwood. "Jacksonville is a
great military town and we appreci-
ate the Navy being a vital part of
our local economy. And we appreci-
ate our brothers and sisters who
serve even more."
Fullwood adds, "This is about a
small group trying to force an issue
that the City Council and Mayor
agreed not to pursue over a year
ago. The head of the Navy has gone
on record saying that the current
location of the base in Virginia is
their preference."
While there has not been much
talk about this referendum in the
black community, African
American preachers and politicians
see this issue as being vital to their
goal of creating better paying jobs
and training programs particularly
for people living on the Northside.
"The continued development of
Cecil Commerce Center provides
an opportunity for continued
growth and development for the
westside, while creating job oppor-
tunities for people across the com-

L to

Cecil Commerce Recreation Center now serves many community pur-
poses including teaching seniors to dance.
munity," says Councilwoman Mia The election is Tuesday,,
Jones, a long time proponent of November 7th.
economic development initiatives.

before they close, you still have the
right to vote even with a long line.
Answers to some of the seven
items can be researched state by
state on, a web-
site compiled by the National
Association of Secretaries of State.
Gracia M. Hillman, chair of the
bi-partisan U.S. Election Assistance
Commission, established by
Congress four years ago to oversee
the distribution of $3 billion to
states. for election improvements
and the creation of new standards
for voting machines, says voters
will need all the help they can get.
"Voters may feel overwhelmed.
It's one thing that you'll have to
study what the candidates' posi-
tions are. And if there's referenda
on the ballot; then you've got to be
knowledgeable about the referenda.
And on top of all of that, there are
new voting procedures," says
Hillman. "It's a lot."
Currently, Republicans dominate
both the House and the Senate.
Democrats are striving to win at
least 15 seats in the House and at
least six in the Senate in order to
gain control of Congress. For
Blacks, a Democratic majority in
the House could mean important
committee chairmanships for four
members of the Congressional
Black Caucus, veteran
Congressmen John Conyers (D-
Mich.) of the House Judiciary
Committee, Charles Rangel (D-
N.Y.), of the House Ways and
Means Committee, Bennie
Thompson (D-Miss.) of the
Homeland Security Committee;
and Juanita Millender-McDonald
(D-Calif.) of the Administration
Florida has been identified as one
of the 10 states at risk. Among oth-
ers are Arizona, Colorado, Indiana,
Maryland and Ohio.
Florida, which recently experi-
enced problems auditing totals
from new optical scanners and has
also changed its voter identification
requirement from allowing voters
;without state or federal identifica-
tion to sign an affidavit to allowing
voters without government-issued
I.D.'s to only submit a provisional

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November 2 8, 2006

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0Vote Your Pocketbook
S by William Reed
r Who are you voting for? Do you %ote for people
based on expectations they will positively impact
your pocketbook?
With $230 million-a-week in establishment-funded
campaign ads coming at them, many African
"- .American voters are more caught up partisan politics
than voting their own interests. Bottom-line, whether Conservative or
Liberal, the average black has just eight cents for every dollar the average
white voter has in his pocketbook.
Since the 1960s, the voting franchise has been touted as a primary means
by which African Americans voices can be heard and their issues
addressed. Factually, the benefits of "One Man, One Vote" have :,et to
materialize in meaningful ways for blacks. Long before Election Day,
political campaign contributors effectively exclude black's power in deter-
mining who runs for office, which wins and gets the ear of officials once
they are elected. By the time black voters cast ballots, enshrining their
"political power," it's all over but the voting. Usually, options for us have
been eliminated forcing us to pull the lever of "the lesser of the two evils".
Campaign contributions not votes are the currency of American
democracy. The 2006 election for control of the House of Representatives
and Senate will be the most expensive midterm election ever. Candidates,
national political parties and outside issue advocacy groups will spend
$2.6 billion to influence 472 federal contests and pad war chests of incum-
bents not running this year.
Who rules America? Voting is manipulated by money that comes from
less than 2 percefit 6f the population. Money paying for the 2006 elections
home-stretch advertising, voter mobilization and other campaigning is
coming from the same industries and interests that ha',e been the principal
campaign contributors of past elections. Business interests, lawyers, the
real estate industry. Wall Street and "retired" contributors account for
about three-quarters of all contributions. Republican interests candi-
dates, party committees and conservative advocacy groups will spend
$1.4 billion on this election. Democratic interests will spend $1.2 billion.
Whoever pays to publicize a candidate and get voters who favor their
positions into the election booth rules. Such forces neutralize progres-
sive issues and candidates and effectively manipulate African Americans
voting around issues of political parties' ideologies instead of ones that
directly impact our own pocketbooks. Black voters get caught up in
"mainstream issues," at the expense of their own. because contributions
from status-quo-onented wealthy whites dilute and deceive African
American's political power and priorities.
In 2004, black voters constituted 11 percent of the electorate. Little
more than half of eligible black voters turned out, but 88 percent of them
voted for Democrat John Kerry. One black voter in 10 voted for Bush and
even less, 2 percent, voted for Ralph Nader the only presidential candidate
for president that even considered the concept of reparations.
In 2006. no major political party will likely engage in activities and leg-
islation to establish race-specific actions regarding affirmative action,
urban development set-asides or education and training programs. Blacks
looking for emnpowerment through the electoral system are untutored in
America's traditional political system, that being both parties operate for
the benefit of the establishment.
When it comes to political enfranchisement, black voters dance to the
establishment's tune. Hle who pays the piper calls the tune 99 percent of
money raised by federal candidates comes from wealthy whites.
Residents of Manhattan's Upper East Side 10021 zip code (99 percent
white) provided the most money to politicians in the 2000 and 2002 elec-
tions. This %wealthy enclave contributed more federal campaign money,
$310 per adult, than all African American zip codes. In contrast, residents
of an o\ erwhelmingly African American Harlem Zip code a few blocks
north, 10039. paid less than 50 cents per adult.
Touting that control of the Congress and many state legislatures at stake,
black leaders and institutions mobilize voters toward political parties' pri-
orities instead of black-specific issues. Can black voters continue the par-
ody portraying themselves as Liberals, Conservatives and political parts
activists at the expense of gaining party promises to promote public poli-
cy issues that positively impact our pocketbooks'?

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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reggie Fullwood

Imagine investing in a home in a
great new subdivision. Because
\ou were in a gro\.ing area, you
were able to get \our 2.500 square
foot home for ma\ be half of what
\ou would hate paid ift\ou were on
the Souithside or near the beach.
You invested in a area of town that
\%as on the upsw ing. Ten \ears ago
a military base once existed in the
area no\\ know n as the Cecil
Commerce Center, but no\w in its
place there is a business center, a
junior college campus. Equestrian
Center and other resources.
Not onlx is the Commerce Center
developing, but the entire \Westside
region has taken off w ith commer-
cial and residential growth. In fact,
some S.000 homes ha'e been built
around Cecil since the Na%\. left.
Today those same home owners
are faced \with the potential of the
Na\y returning and the go ernment
either taking their home because
the\ are too close to the natal base
or the\ ma,, ha'e to live with the
noise associated with a jet base.
For the record, a master jet base
can train 24 hours a da. so \e are
not just talking about a little engine
noise during \working hours. \\e are
talking about the potential of hear-
ing and feeling jets flying above
throughout the day and night.
In fact, the Na\- say-s that if they
reopen Cecil, there could be a jet
fly ing oer head every 3 minutes,
2-4 hours per da\,. e er. week of the
\ear. And the noise for those living
within fite miles of the base would
be just like standing in the middle
of a rock concert.
No-% stop imagining that % ision
because it could be \enr real if
somehow\ the Na%\ came back to
Cecil Field. Now that %%e are deal-
ing \with that \which is real. also
think about the city's in\estnent in
the region. The Jacksonville
Airport Authority o\\ns a large
chunk of the land. and has gone on
record saying that the\ are not will-
ing to gi% e it back % without a fight.
FCCJ has in ested millions in a
campus that will serte the city's
fastest gro\\ ing area and focuses
much of its curriculum on the high
\\age area of aeronautics.
A stud\ released last week shows
that Cecil Commerce Center's cur-
rent economic actilirt represents
4,900 jobs in the Northeast Florida
region and more than t1.5 billion
in annual economic impact. If left
to grow\ on its current course, the
center could produce S3.2 billion in
annual economic activity within n

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Don't Be Fooled the Cecil Referendum

is all Smoke and Mirrors: Vote No

eight years.
Also within those eight years,
Cecil Commerce Center is expect-
ed to employ 27,780 persons with
an average wage of $53,416, com-
pared to the $50,095 average wage
and 12,000 jobs that would come
with relocation of the jet base.
City leaders, and African
Americans in particular have long
talked about the need for high wage
job opportunities for our con-
stituents, and Cecil Commerce
Center could be the economic
engine that provides those opportu-
nities to not only the west side of
town, but northwest as well.
The small group of proponents say
that the Navy coming back would
generate 31,000 new jobs. What
they will not tell you is that a vast
majority of those jobs are non-
civilian, and while they may equate
o 'some local economic opportumni-
ties, pri\ ate development is still the
better option.
I could continue to talk about the
quality of life and economic devel-

opment issues associated with this
issue, but let me cut across the field
for a moment.
The Navy is not interested in
reopening the base in Jacksonville.
Let me say that again in Ebonic
terms: the Navy ain't down with
coming back to Jville. In fact, the
Navy's top brass, including its sen-
ior admiral and the chairman of the
Senate Armed Services Committee,
says that the country's national
security is best served by the Navy
remaining in Oceana.
So many of you may be wonder-
ing why we are even having this
discussion, because when I explain
the issue to people that's the first
question they ask me. Well, we are
having this discussion because a
small group lead by a businessman
who's not even from Jacksonville,
are trying to force the. issue..,
Think about it from this perspec-
tive --if the Navy actually wanted to
come back, do you think they
would be using a local business-
man as their advocate? The federal

government could come and take
over City Hall if they wanted to. If
the Navy really wanted Cecil Field
back, they could get the former
base back.
The reality is that the Navy is not
interested, and this small, but vocal
group has painted the picture that
the referendum that voters will see
on the ballot is as simple as you
being for or against the Navy. All
of us support the Navy.
Jacksonville is a great military
town and we appreciate the Navy
being a vital part of our local econ-
omy. So don't be fooled by the
rhetoric and propaganda that this
vote has anything to do with your
support of the military. Like many
other issues, once you pull back the
* carpet you see the dirt and see that
the devil is in the details. The right
vote on Election Da) is a no vote
on the Cecil referendum.
Signing off from the public gym-.
nasium at Cecil Field,
Reggie Fullwood

It's Not All Good Between Bush and Black Pastors

by Jasmyn Connick
It isn't happily ever after between
conservative Black pastors wooed
by the GOP and the White House.
Black pastors are furious after
reading in former White House
aide David Kuo's tell-all book that
Bush referred to pastors from one
major Black denomination as "car-
ing only about money."
And as if that wasn't enough,
these same Black pastors are now
crying foul because after they
bucked and shucked for the
President and were assured that
they would receive money from his
faith-based initiative, the bulk of
the money has gone to white organ-
izations, leaving black churches
out on the sidelines.
Didn't they know that Black is
Black, regardless of whether
they're red or blue?
Plain and simple. The Black pas-
tor's were bamboozled. In return
for selling out their pulpits, all they
got was their photo taken with the
President, a meal, and a tour of the
White House. All the while, the
President publicly applauded their
efforts and behind closed doors
gave the money to white organiza-

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Now this same group of Black
pastors wants to demand a new
conversation with Bush. A conver-
sation for what? Haven't they
learned their lesson?
In the words of rapper Kanye
West, President Bush doesn't care
about Black folks.
Many of today's mega church
pastor's live a lifestyle that you and
I will only dream of. From private
jets to mansions for homes, they've
successfully made a living using
our emotions and pocketbooks.
And they're greedy too.
It isn't enough that they're raking
in millions of dollars a year from
you, they also want a government
Aside from polarizing an entire
community on issues of so-called
morality, Black pastors who
aligned themselves with conserva-
tives haven't accomplished any-
thing beneficial for Black America.
With their multi-million dollar
churches, private jets, and newly
installed "ATM machines for God,"
the current state of the Black
church is laughable.
Churches are no longer focused
on building up and taking care of
the community, but about how to

make the pastor rich.
While many of these conserva-
tive Black pastor's share things in
common with the President, like
opposing gay marriage, abortion,
and speaking improper English, it's
not going to be enough for these
pastor's to be taken seriously by
this Administration. From the
beginning, they were being used
for photo ops only.
I could have told them that.
Screaming bloody murder before
the November elections to get
attention is not going to keep
Republicans from going down.
My advice to these Black pastors
is to either try and save face and get
with the rest of Black America in
guaranteeing that the Democrats
take control of the House and
Senate, because they are more like-
ly to look out for our interests on
the issues we really care about or
they can continue to shuck and
buck for dollars that they aren't
ever going to receive from a
President who could care less about
Because frankly speaking, no
one cares about the fact that they
weren't paid off but them.

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Gullah Heirs Defy History of Blacks Losing Their Land

by B. Smith
Hilton Head, SC The land is
beautiful, and valuable: 21 acres on
Hilton Head Island, along a creek
with vistas of sunsets and docks
where shrimp boats tie up.
Matthew Jones paid $225 for this
parcel -- a pittance now, but a for-
tune for a former slave in the 1880s.
And through the years, through the
generations, the land only grew in
value, until Jones' descendants were
sitting on a gold mine.
But would they be able to keep it?
Or would divisions in the family
force them to sell, perhaps for less
than they might earn otherwise?
Many black families have lost
their land under similar circum-
stances, through partition sales
ordered by courts. In a 2001 series
"Torn From the Land," The
Associated Press documented
scores of land takings in 13
Southern and border states over the
past 160 years.
But it appears this will not happen
to the Jones parcel. With the help of
a South Carolina corporation,

Matthew Jones' 180 heirs have
formed a limited liability corpora-
tion to develop their property on
this upscale resort island. Gateway
Development plans to help them
build a 26-unit condominium com-
plex with tennis courts on the land
their forefather bought.
The Hilton Head property, if sold
outright, could fetch $4.5 million.
"By developing it, the income
would be $16 million, and they will
retain the heritage of the land," said
Adolph "A.D." Brown, a developer
who is Jones' great-great-grandson.
He is president of Gateway and the
Jones Family LLC.
The Jones parcel is heirs' property
-- land that has passed down
through a family for years without a
will. After generations, dozens or
scores of descendants may have a
claim to it.
With no clear title, any heir can
seek his or her share of the value of
the property. Since the land can't be
split into dozens of pieces,' judges
often order the sale of the entire
parcel and split the proceeds.


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Condos will now occupy the land bought by Jones' (inset) great great
grandfather as a slave with profits shared by his descendants.

Sometimes third parties such as
developers buy an interest from a
single heir and then take the others
to court to force such a sale.
Blacks have been especially vic-
timized by the process, because
they have, been less likely .to -file
wills. And as blacks migrated,
many lost ties to the land and to

family they left behind, and were
willing to collect a few dollars for
tracts they'd never seen.
Several states -- Alabama, North
Carolina and Georgia, among them
-- have instituted laws to protect
heirs from losing their land. South
Carolina has passed a new law that
gives family members the right of

first refusal to buy out their rela-
tives' interests if they are pressing
to sell. The land is appraised, and
they are given 45 days to pay fair
market value.
Gateway is promoting another
solution -- limited liability compa-
nies. Family members form corpo-
rations that own the land, and
become shareholders; any relative
who wants to sell must do so to
another family member or to the
company itself.
That's the path chosen by the heirs
of Matthew Jones.
Adolph Brown was born and
raised in New York, but his mother
is from South Carolina. He recalls
how, many years ago, another par-
cel of family land on Hilton Head
Island -- handed down through his
grandmother's side of the family --
sold at a partition sale for pennies
on the dollar. Then, he heard that
the Jones' land was in peril.
"I got word that some of the heirs
were restless and wanted to sell,"'
Brown said. "But I said, 'I'm not
going to let happen to this piece

what happened to the last piece.'"'
Some of the family members had
approached attorney Horace Jones
to help them clear title to the prop-
erty so it could be sold. Brown sug-
gested that instead of selling, the
family consolidate the title and
form a limited liability corporation
to develop the tract.
The effort involved tracking down
descendants across the country.
"The good thing is the family was
large but they kept in touch with
each other" through reunions, said
Brown knew this was probably
the last chance for the Jones heirs to
come together and keep their prop-
erty. In the future, he said, there
would be too many descendants to
Gateway was formed as a result of
Brown's discussions with Jones
regarding the family land, with
Jones becoming the company!s vice
president for business and legal
affairs. The company works largely
with blacks on development proj-

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Clara White's Birthday

Celebration Gospel Fest 2006
The Clara White Mission will host the Clara White's Birthday
Celebration Gospel Fest 2006, at the Zion Hope Baptist Church, 2803,
West Edgewood Avenue, Rev. Clifford Johnson, Pastor; Sunday,
November 5, 2006, at 5 p.m.
Special guests include: Recording Artist Victoria Farrie, Nu Testament,
Golden Clouds, Lil Jessie & The Miracles, Shirley & The Sons of
Harmony, Jerry Cannon & The Caravans, Elder & Evangelist Gregory
Vickers, Elder Robert Jackson and the New Sprit Travelers, Nu Sound
Gospel Singers, the Spirit & Truth Dancers, Ella Mae Chappell, the
Sisters of Praise, and Al Andres. There will be an open door. All donation
proceeds will go to benefit the Clara White Mission.
Wear your "Prettiest Hat" to the

"Hatitude Event" at West Union MB
All ladies are invited to wear your "prettiest hat" and come to the
"Hatitude Event" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2006, at the West
Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1605 West Beaver Street, Rev. Leroy
C. Kelly, Pastor. The acclaimed actress and singer, Roslyn Burrough,
known to many as "Auntie Roz" of The Auntie Roz Peanut Show, will be
the special guest Mistress of Ceremonies.
Victory AM-1360 WCGL to Host

27th Anniversary Celebration
The community is invited to the 27th Anniversary Celebration of
Victory AM 1360 Gospel Radio Station, "Where Christ Gets Lifted."
The celebration will commence at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 4th,
at the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ (COGIC), 2581 West
Beaver Street. The celebration will feature The Christianaires, The
Anointed Pace Sisters, and Troy Sneed. For more information, call (904)
766-9955, or visit
St. Philip's to present Five Gifted

Sopranos in Concert November 19th
Five gifted sopranos: Annie Hightower, Margarett Ferguson, Shawnda
Mack, Lula Odongo and Phillis Varnado, will be presented in a sacred
concert at Saint Philip's Episcopal Church, 321 West Union Street, at 4
p.m. on Sunday, November 19th.
This concert will honor Saint Cecelia, patron saint of church music.
Classical, sacred and spirituals by well known composers from the
Baroque period to the present, will be sung. The sopranos will be accom-
panied by Mr. Henry Mack, church organists.

Charles Spencer
Charles Spencer
Charles Spencer

to Keynote Role

Model Banquet
The Officers, board and members
of The El-Beth-El Divine Holiness
Church will host it's Annual
"Successful Role Model" Banquet
on Thursday, November 30,2006 at
6:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of
Police banquet hall located at 5530
Beach Boulevard. Keynoting the
event will be Charles Spencer, ILA
District Vice President.
Since 1980, the church has hon-
ored individuals from the commu-
nity for outstanding achievements,
leadership and their contributions
This year's honorees are: Edye
McCowan Fresh Ministries; Dr.
Chuck Ways Optimum Health
Chiro-Care; Dr. Frank Hurst Hurst
Chiropractic Clinic; Lt. Bobby L.
Deal Police Athletic League; Mr.
Jaamal Anderson A.J.
Construction and Attorney
Reginald Estell, Jr.
For tickets or more information

West Union Missionary Baptist
Church, 1605 West Beaver Street,
Leroy C. Kelly, Pastor; is inviting
the community to join them as they
celebrate their Annual Dual Day,
Sunday, November 19, 2006.
"Christian Sisters & Brothers
Committed, Standing on a Solid
Rock" is this year's theme. "Solid
Rock" is the theme song. Sis.
Valerie Redmond & Sis. Kimberly
Simmons are serving as chairper-
sons; Dea. Andre Bell and Dea.
Michael Bell, are co chairpersons.
Dr. Brenda Simmons, Executive
Dean for the Liberal Arts and
Workforce programs at FCCJ,
North Campus; will be the keynote
speaker for the 11 a.m. service.
Dr. Simmons is a native of
Jacksonville with numerous degrees

Youth and Young Adults of the
community are invited to participate
in the 2006 Youth and Young Adult
Conference at First New Zion
Missionary Baptist Church, 4835
Soutel Drive, Dr. James B.
Sampson, Pastor; Rev. James J.
Sampson, Conference Director; and
Sis. Vernetta Young, Youth Director
promise a spiritual enlightening
conference and fellowship for all
young people.
Beginning with Revival Services
at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
with Lecturer Min. James Smith, on
Thursday; and the Message by Rev.
Marvin McQueen Jr. The Lecturer
on Friday will be Min. Alvin
Hodge, and Elder Terry Hill Jr. will

Dr. Brenda Simmons
Keynote Speaker
including a doctorate from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania.

West Union Missionary Baptist is
known as the Church of the

deliver the message.
The Conference begins on
Saturday with Breakfast and regis-
tration at 8 a.m. Workshops &
Topics include: Sex Education,
Artisha Allen, Facilitator;' Money
Budgeting, Anthony O'Neill;
Spirituality, Tony Baker.
Mid-Day Workshop will be at
12;30 p.m., Rev. Lawson J. Boddie
will deliver the message. Food and
Fellowship will follow.
First New Zion will celebrate its'
Annual Youth Day at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, October 29th. Rev. Percy
Jackson Jr. will deliver the message.
This conference is free and open
to all youth and young adults. For
more info call (904) 765-3111.

Friendless, all are invited to worship
on Dual Day; and at all times.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m.,
Morning Worship Service at 11 a.m.
and Baptist Training Union at 4 p.m.

Northside C.O.C.

Celebrates 52nd
Anniversary &

29th Homecoming
A Fish Fry will kick off the 52nd
Anniversary and Annual
Homecoming Celebration at the
Northside Church of God in Christ,
Bro. Charlie McClendon, Pastor.
The Free Community Fish Fry will
begin at noon on Saturday,
November 4, 2006. There will
activities for children, teens and
adults. All the fish you can eat!
Also, jumpy things, old-fashion
games, face painting, cotton candy,
honey drippers, and a host of other
fun activities for all to enjoy until 5
p.m. FREE! All are invited.
Homecoming Revival begins on
Sunday, November 5. The theme is
"A New Beginning." Four dynamic
guest speakers will headline events
beginning with Bro. Thomas
Fitzgerald, of Forney, TX, Sunday
and Monday, November 5th & 6th.
Bro. Devin Jackson, of Hunts-
ville, AL, Tuesday and Wednesday,
November 7 & 8th; Bro. Orpheus
Heyward, of Atlanta, GA, Thursday
and Friday, November 9 & 10th;
Bro. Samuel Pounds, of Rockford,
IL, on Sunday, November 12th.
For a complete schedule, more
info or a free ride, call 765-9830.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Join us for our Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.

Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

Pastor Landon Williams

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.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
Early Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
1st Sunda) 3:45 p.m.

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Bible Study 7:00 p.m.

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
Sunday Sermon

November 5th
8:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
Fresh Wind Fresh Fire Part H
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Qualifications: Teenagers between the ages of 12-18 looking for answers
to life's difficult questions.
Description: Be a part of a vibrant youth ministry with a heart to meet
your needs and where you are.
Meet 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday

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W.Union Missionary Baptist Celebrates Dual Day

First New Zion M. B. to Host Youth

and Young Adult Conference

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

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November 2-8, 2006

Tell the Bug
Fall is upon us, a time when folks enjoy cool-
er climes, sunnier skies and football fantasies.
One thing people don't enjoy about fall, howev-
er, is the emergence of that nasty nemesis the
flu bug. Following one bit of advice may just
eliminate the threat altogether.
Get a flu shot.
"No vaccination is 100% effective, but one
thing that people can do that will give them-
selves the best chance of surviving the flu season
unscathed is the influenza vaccination," says Dr.
Ajay Sood, Chief Medical Officer for Solantic
walk-in urgent care.
According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, the stark reality is that 10-20%

What is Influenza (the flu)?
Influenza (flu) is a serious disease
of the nose, throat, and lungs. It can
make you sick for a week or longer
with coughing, fever, aching, and
more. It can lead to pneumonia and
make already existing health prob-
lems such as diabetes, asthma, and
heart disease worse.
Why should I get a flu shot?
Each year in the U.S. about
36,000 people die from flu-related
causes. Getting a flu shot is
theBEST way to protect yourself
from the flu.
Who should get a flu shot?
Everyone who is 6 months or
older can benefit from the protec-
tion of a flu shot.
- The Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) recommends that the fol-
lowing people be among the first to
get vaccinated each year because

to Fly Away with a Flu Shot

of Americans get the flu each year, 130,000 peo-
ple are hospitalized and nearly 36,000 die each
year resulting from the flu.
It's estimated that nearly 70 million work days
are lost each year due to flu-related causes and
while there is no cure, the vaccination will help
significantly reduce the number of cases and
decrease the severity of infections.
In scientific studies, the effectiveness of the flu
shot has ranged from 70% to 90% in healthy
people younger than age 65 when there is a good
match between circulating viruses and those in
the vaccine. The vaccine may be less effective in
older people or people with weakened immune
systems. However, these people still benefit

they are at high risk of serious flu
- People who are 50 years or older
- People of any age who have ever
had a heart attack, have heart dis-
ease, have lung disease such as
asthma, emphysema or chronic
bronchitis; have diabetes, HIV, a
blood disorder, kidney disease, or a
weakened immune system
- Children age 6 months and older
until their 5th birthday
- Pregnant women
- People who live in nursing homes
or assisted living facilities
People who have health prob-
lems that make it difficult to breathe
or swallow
- CDC also recommends that peo-
ple who care for or live with anyone
listed above get a flu vaccine. This
includes healthcare workers.
How does the flu shot work?
The flu shot helps your body fight

the viruses that cause the flu. It does
this by teaching your
immune system to recognize flu
viruses, so that it is "primed" or
ready, to fight the disease if you
are exposed to it.
What are the side effects of the
flu shot?
The most common side effects are
soreness or redness where the shot
was given. These symptoms go
away in a few days. Other side
effects such as fever or aches are
extremely rare. In clinical trials,
there was no difference in side
effects between people who got the
vaccine and people who got a
placebo ("sugar pill"). The risk of
severe allergic reaction is less than
1 in 4 million.
Can the flu shot give me the flu?
No. The ingredients in the vaccine
cannot cause the flu. The flu virus-
es in the vaccine are dead.

from getting the vaccine because it helps pre-
vents severe illness, hospitalization and death
from the flu.
Despite the supposed abundant supply of vac-
cine this year, experts warn against waiting for
symptoms. "Once you come down with the flu,
the vaccine will be of no use to you. The best
time to receive the flu shot is during October and
November so your body will have time to build
resistance to this year's strain," added Dr. Sood.
He also cautioned people against thinking a flu
shot from last year will provide protection this
year. "Each year, the exact strain of the flu virus
changes slightly due to adjustments to vaccines
- so it is best to receive the flu shot annually."

When should I get a flu shot?
Most people need only one flu
vaccine each year. Children under
nine years old getting the flu shot
for first time, should get two shots,
one month apart. The best time to
get a flu vaccine is in October and
November. But because the flu sea-
son typically peaks between
January and March, vaccination in
December or even later can be ben-
eficial in most years.
Anyone under 3 years of age will
need /2 adult dose given in 2 doses.
Any child who has received the
vaccination previously will only
need one dose.
Can this shot help protect me
against colds and other respirato-
ry diseases?
No. This vaccine protects only
against the flu viruses contained in
the vaccine.

'Unbeweavable' Hair Fashion for Black Women

DALLAS (NNPA) It's twisted,
braided, permed, and weaved.
Sometimes it's left natural or
locked, and even covered with a
wig. What phenomenon is so versa-
tile? It is a Black woman's hair and
the options she exercises in the
styles she wears.
While some criticize the different
coiffures and claim, that styles like
permanent to, tr gghten the hair
and extensions and weaves to give
S.long locks are sup-
pressed desire
to "look
-' white and
claim the
stles and
braids are
connection to
the African
h her-

itage, others dispute both claims
and have varied reasons for the
choice of hairdos.
Brenda Wall, a psychologist and
head of the sociology and psychol-
ogy department at Grambling State
University, said the variety of hair-
styles worn by Black women is a
form of self-expression. "Long
before Madame C.J. Walker Black
, wpmen yvere doing things .with
their hair. In some cases it is ethnic
expression, but for the most part it
is \ hat they choose to do."
She said women are often catego-
rized because of their hairstyle, but
the\ have different reasons for
what they do and the reasons are
Black women express themselves
in different ways, she said. "It is a
reflection of our culture and the
choices people make in terms of
self esteem and confirming who
the\ are. We have so many mani-
festations. Some like styles to get
attention and some just like
\Vall said, "We must embrace our
beautN and not trade our beauty
for someone else's standard."
> She said standards are imposed
on % omen, whether it's the size
dress one should wear or style of
hair one should wear.
Although she usually wears her
hair in braids or twisted sections,
Isoke Brown said it has nothing
to do with her ethnicity. "I am a
dancer and I want a hair style
that I don't have to worry about

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ed out when I dance." Currently
she is wearing the twisted style that
involves adding synthetic hair into
one's hair and twisting the two
together. Brown said the style lasts
about two months and cost her
about $180.
On the other hand, some women
opt to go natural for other reasons.
*Kimberly Myers, a hair stylist.
and promoter of natural, hair, said
she has worn dreadlocks for about
seven years. Her hair had been
damaged by the chemicals in the
perm, so she cut her hair to about
two inches, and let it be natural.
Now her husband has joined her
and wears "locks" too.
Myer said her inspiration was
also her daughter, Kendra, who
went natural after chemicals also
damaged her hair. Myers said
Kendra refuses to wear locks, so
she pressed her hair with a hot
comb, sometimes called a straight-
ening comb.
Myers said some women do not
wear natural styles because of the
reaction they get from other people
and the stereotypes associated with
wearing one's hair natural. "It's not
always an ethnic thing, but natural
hair is not for everyone. My hus-
band wears his locks in corporate
America. At one time, that would
not have happened," she said.
Madame C.J. Walker is credited
with popularizing straightening
Black women's hair in the 1920s,
so the concept is not new. Weaving

goes back to early Egypt and dif-
ferent forms of wrapping hair with
other material can be traced back
hundreds of years. Now everything
that's old is new again.
While some women choose
weaves for longer hair, Julia Harris
said she wears a weave because of
thinning hair. Harris, a cosmetol-
ogy instructor, said one can "safely
wear a weave for two to three
months at a time. It then needs to
be taken out and redone or the hair
should be given a rest.
Jones said the idea of trying to
look White with a weave never
occurred to her.
She said, in addition to thinning
hair, people wear weaves to have a
different color of hair without
dying their own, or just to have a
different look.
Hair weaving is more than going
to the store and buying some glue
and hair and sticking on the hair.
Although hair weaving is nothing
new, weaving techniques have
changed an-in some cases -
improved. For more than 30 years,
cosmetologists from throughout the
country have met annually at the
National Hair Weaving Association
convention to keep updated on the
latest in hair weaving and related
areas Dallas was host to the group
this year, which was founded by
Dallas cosmetology icon Velma
The owner of Velma B's Beauty
Academy, Brooks said she devel-
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Six Life Lessons to Reflect on During

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For most of us, October means
relief from the summer heat, a pro-
fusion of bright autumn leaves, and
of course, little ghosts and witches
ringing our doorbells. But the
month is significant for another rea-
son, too. For twenty years, it's been
recognized as National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month, a time to
raise awareness about the disease
that will strike over 200,000
women in 2006. And for Ruth
Haag, October is the time to reflect
on the profound life lessons this
dreaded disease can teach us.
"Almost everyone has a story
about how breast cancer touches
our lives," says the author of Hope
All Is Well There. Love, Nancy:
Letters from a Friend with
Breast. "There are many tragic sto-
ries, certainly, but there are also sto-
ries of hope, perseverance, and love
that transcend illness and death.
Haag's book is a compilation of
her correspondence with Nancy
Caplan, a friend who passed away
from the disease in 2003. Its letters
and e-mails chronicle her friend's
experiences with breast cancer and
her quest to find happiness and
meaning in life after diagnosis.
In recognition of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month-and in memory
of her dear friend-here are six life
lessons that Haag gained from her
friendship with Nancy during her
fight with the disease:
Life Lesson #1: Laughter really
is the best medicine. "Nancy
always maintained her sense of
humor," says Haag. "I think that is
one of the things that comes across
the most in her letters and e-mails,
and some of the telephone conver-
sations that I had with her. I remem-
ber one story she relayed in an e-
mail, about an invitation she
received to a brunch being hosted
by a Bible study group. She wrote,
'I wasn't invited to the Bible study,
just the brunch. They must think
I'm a heathen.'"
Life Lesson #2: No matter what,
keep living a full life. "After she
was diagnosed with breast cancer,
Nancy didn't lock herself in a room
and hide away from the world for
very long," says Haag. "She chose
to live with breast cancer. And in
our letters and e-mails, she was
always telling me about something
she was doing: trips to the beach
and Europe, visiting family and
friends, helping her husband with
his business, redecorating the
kitchen, and so forth. She greeted
life's challenges with a lot of spirit."
Life Lesson #3: Family and
friends are crucial. "Nancy's family
and friends showed how prolific
and powerful our connections with
others can be," says Haag. The final

letter in the book, written by her
husband, Jason, reads, "I have
never seen a tighter family unit than
Nancy's parents and siblings..In
addition to our family and friends, I
have observed numerous acts of
kindness from doctors, nurses, and
others in our lives. This has con-
firmed my faith in humanity."
Life Lesson #4: Selflessness is
key to a rich and happy life.
"You'd think that a woman fighting
breast cancer and juggling all kinds
of other activities in her life would-
n't have time to help anyone else,"
says Haag. "Not true for Nancy.
She never failed to ask me how my
family was doing, or how things
were going with my business. At
one point, she even helped me
resolve some shoulder pain I was
having. These are small things that
we should all do for each other, and
Nancy worried about others to the
Life Lesson #5: Friendship mat-
ters. "All of these life lessons are
part of one major point of life: the
importance of friendship," says
Haag. "My friendship with Nancy
spanned eighteen years, and only in
the first two years did we live in the
same city. For the next sixteen
years, we communicated weekly by
letters. Nancy was a great friend,
never failing to send me some of
her kind words, even when she was
extremely ill. I will never forget or
stop cherishing the friendship I had
with Nancy. I was reminded what a
great friend she truly was when an
early reviewer of my book com-
mented to me, 'I wish I could have
been Nancy's friend, too.'
Life Lesson #6: Not all cancers
are curable. "I didn't realize until I
was doing research for the book,
that Nancy's breast cancer was not
the type that was curable," says
Haag. "I remember telling her that
she could 'fight' it, when she found
the first lump. I knew that some
people had a lumpectomy and radi-
ation, and then never had a recur-
rence. I admire the fact that she
volunteered for treatment studies,
when she could have just said, 'No,
I don't want to do it anymore."'
"Almost everyone knows some-
one who has been diagnosed with
breast cancer," says Haag. "By
sharing Nancy's letters and e-mails
through this book, I hope that I can
encourage women to educate them-
selves about the disease. But more
important even than that, I want
them to think about the larger les-
sons of life that we're all here to
learn. I loved my friend Nancy and
I miss her-and I consider it an honor
to share her, and her wisdom, with
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about them -- are on the Rise

Democrat Harold Ford Jr. right, smiles as he poses for a photograph
with a supporter in her Halloween witch costume during his campaign
for U.S. Senate in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Race Casts Shadow Over

Tight US Senate Race

NASHVILLE, United States -
One of the tightest races in the US
legislative elections has devolved
into racially-charged mudslinging
aimed at a man who hopes to
become the first African-American
elected to the, senate from a
Southern state.
In a Republican party television
ad, Democratic candidate Harold
Ford is the object of a bare-shoul-
dered blondes flirtations who talks
of meeting him at "a Playboy party"
and later winks, saying "Harold,
call me!" in a stage whisper.
The blonde, according to some
critics, is a not-so-subtle attempt to
prompt a negative reaction toward
Ford among voters hostile toward
sexual relationships between black
men and white women.
"It is unbelievable," said John
Geer, a Vanderbilt University polit-
ical science professor who has
authored a book on political adver-
tising. "Ive seen thousands and
thousands of ads and never before
one that brings up interracial sex."
The ad, sponsored by the
Republican National Committee,
was pulled last week after it
sparked a national backlash, but
was just one of several that have
more subtle race-related messages
in the Tennessee campaign.
One was a radio commercial aired

by Ford's opponent, Bob Corker,
that plays the sound of beating tom-
toms -- which critics have called
"jungle drums" -- while the narrator
portrays Ford, who currently serves
in the House of Representatives, as
a product of Washington.
The music shifts to a symphony
orchestra when the narrator hails
Corker's Tennessee roots as a busi-
nessman and former Chattanooga
mayor in an ad titled "D.C. versus
The campaign between Ford and
Corker is one of a handful of con-
tests in the November 7 midterm
elections that will decide whether
Republicans continue to control the
Senate. That and the prospect of an
African-American being elected
from a state that was part of the
Confederacy during the Civil War
have added heat to the contest.
The only time that a black has
served in the senate from a
Southern state was in the
Reconstruction era after the Civil
War, when senators were chosen by
state legislatures, not by popular
Ford was elected to the US House
in 1996 at age 26 -- just after grad-
uation from the University of
Michigan law school -- after his
father, then-US Rep. Harold Ford
Sr., chose not to seek re-election.

Pop diva Madonna's recent
decision to travel to Africa and
adopt David Banda, a one-year-old
Malawi boy, has touched off a
firestorm of emotions, ranging from
accusations that she used a star sta-
tus to bypass the normal adoption
channels to raising questions about
why people adopt overseas while so
many children go unadopted at
While the "Material Girl" is the
latest celebrity to grab headlines for
international adoption, she is not
the only one. Actors Angelina Jolie
and Brad Pitt, for example, became
the proud parents of a Cambodian
boy, Maddox in 2002, and an
Ethiopian girl, Zahara last year.
These celebs are hardly alone. In
fact, they are a part of the growing
number of Americans who adopt
But because of their celebrity, the
stars often find themselves at the
center of attention and controver-
sy. Questions have been raised
about why celebrities choose to
adopt children from other countries,
while there are currently half a mil-
lion children in America's foster
care system. Of those children,
114,000 are waiting to be adopted.
However, some think that criticism
is unfair.
"There are parents out there who
have a heart for rescuing a child out
of an orphanage in Africa and then
there's a person that has the heart
for rescuing a child out of foster
care and they're not the same per-
son," said Susan Orr, associate
commissioner of the Administration
of Children, Youth and Families
Children's Bureau of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human
"Scolding somebody because
they've gone to China to rescue a
baby girl so she doesn't die, and
saying, 'Why didn't you adopt this


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12-year-old here in Alabama?' is
not helpful because it's true this 12-
year-old girl needs help, but that
parent didn't have the heart for that
task," she said.
Tom DiFilipo, president and CEO
of the Joint Council on
International Children's Services
said the numbers of international
adoptions have exploded since the
early 1990s when countries such as
China and the Soviet Union were
going through major political
changes and relaxed its policies to
allow international adoption.
DiFilipo heads the largest associa-
tion of non-profit international
adoption agencies and child advo-
cacy groups in the U.S. that links
together more than 200 organiza-
tions that serve 51 countries.
DiFilipo said his organization sup-
ports more than 75 percent of all
children internationally by U.S. cit-
izens in some way during the adop-
tion process.
"Madonna's not the story," he
said. "The story is the fact there are
literally millions and millions of
children just in Africa alone. And if
you start to add India and China and
South America, we're talking tens
of millions of children that are
legitimate orphans that need homes.
That's the story to me," he said.
"That's what we care about."
State Department statistics also
show the boom over the years. In
1990, 7,093 visas were issued for
international orphans. By 1998, the
number of visas issued doubled to
more than 15,000.
China, Russia, Guatemala and
South Korea have consistently been
the top four countries with the most
orphan visas granted by the State
Department for the last decade.
China leads with 7,906 visas in
Both Madonna and Jolie have
adopted children from Africa, but
few African nations are even on the
State Department's visa list. In
2005, the African nations with the
most orphan visas were Ethiopia
(441), Liberia (182) and Nigeria

S. IM.-. I -
A child stands beside a cot at the Home of Hope orphanage where
Madonna's adopted son David Banda lived in Mchinji district, 112
miles northwest of the capital Lilongw. A judge in Malawi adjourned
to November 13 a hearing into an attempt by rights groups to block
Madonna's adoption of the Malawian born boy.

(65). Two other majority-Black
nations made the list: Haiti (231)
and Jamaica (63).
DiFilipo says African nations
aren't high on the list for a number
of reasons. The biggest being stiff
residency requirements that most
American have no time for.
"If you're looking for a large num-
ber like Russia or China, there is no
such country in Africa or Sub-
Saharan Africa that has 1.3 billion
people in it so you're not going to
see 8,000 kids coming out of one
country," he said. "And most
African countries have residency
requirements that preclude inter-
country adoption. Some of them
have three years."
Malawi is one of those African
nations with a strict residency
requirement, which is one of the
reasons why Madonna's recent
adoption is raising eyebrows.
According to the State Department,
"Adoptive parents must be a resi-
dent in Malawi to adopt," and
"Adoptive parents must foster a
perspective adoptive child for 24
months in Malawi before an adop-
tion may be finalized."
DiFilipo admits that celebrities
like Madonna have brought mtuch-
needed publicity to nations that nor-

mally fly under the radar of most
Americans, and even since Jolie's
adoption of Zahara, the numbers of
Ethiopian adoptions have
"There's been a tremendous
amount of phone calls and inquires
into the agencies over the past cou-
ple of weeks inquiring about
Africa," he said. "Look at those
Ethiopia numbers. It's the fastest
growing country in terms of inter-
country adoptions percentage-
Ethiopia accounted for 54 orphan
visas in 1994. In 2000, the State
Department issued 95 visas to
Ethiopia for adoptions. The number
jumped to nearly 300 in 2004 and
last year Ethiopia moved up to the
seventh country on the State
Department's list with 441 visas
Stevens said that she wasn't sure
if one race has a tougher time than
another in recruiting adoptive par-
ents, but no matter what race, it's
still difficult.
"What I do know is Black people
step up... We recruit African-
American families to make sure
there are enough choices in the pool
to allow for children f6 stay conl-
nected within their community."

'Unbeweavable' Hair Fashion for Black Women

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-oped hair weaving and hair exten-
sion processes about 40 years ago
before it was popular. She also is
involved in training hairdressers in
the "art and skill" of hair weaving.
She said people involved in the
conventions are "a group of innova-
tors that have think tanks to pro-
mote methods and techniques of
hair weaving."
"So many people are going to the
store and getting glue and hair and
damaging their hair," Brooks said.
There are differences in how the
do-it-yourselfers and professionals
operate. Brooks said a professional
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Brooks said she had customers
whose hair she has weaved for
years. She did not say exactly what
she charges, but she said is a
"believer in living and let live. And
helping others get a start." She said
there is more money in weaving
than in any other area of cosmetol-
ogy. Some people make up to
$1,000 a day with more paid for an
entertainer clientele.
Although many comedians and
others joke frequently about hair
weaves and people that wear them,
Brooks said if a person has a pro-
fessional job, a weave is difficult to
detect. Even her 30-year-old
grandson was fooled by weave
wearers he knows. She said he was

ranting about weave wearers and
wanting a "natural woman."
"I asked him if he loves his sister,
his mom, and his grandmother. He
said 'Of course I do.' And I then
told him that all of us wear weaves.
He couldn't believe it."
Wall said Black women are sim-
ply exercising the options available
to them. She said she changed her
hairstyle at different times.
Recently someone told her they
were going to give her a weave.
"Hook me up," she replied.
Wall said making a hairstyle
choice is "just the freedom and the
willingness to step out, change up
and do what works for you."


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Free Press Files

Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free Press pages. Join us as we glimpse
back at some of the events that helped shape our newspaper into the publication that it is today.

Jaguar Aaron Beasley signs on to be the "Jaguar of Record" in a
fanfair celebration for the Clara White Mission as it's executive
Director, JuCoby Pittman looks on.

Before he was President. George Bush was Governor of Texas. In
this 1998 file photo, the Governor entertained Urban League mem-
bers, including JUL President Richard Danford at the Gov.

At a Continental event in the late 90's, the Jacksonville
Chapter hosted the regional meeting of the National organ-
ization. Shown at the pretty hat luncheon highlighting
excelling youthare Countess Whiteside, Deidra Franklin
and Brenda White.

Members of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 98 held a variety of
activities during their graduation weekend. Shown above is Vince
Cameron, Bruce Barefoot, Eleni Durkee, the late Flossy Brunson and
Desmond Waters preparing for a scavenger hunt.

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In celebration of their 30th anniversary at the church, the first lady
and pastor of BBIC Estelle McKissick and Rudolph McKissick, SR.
smile among their celebration cakes in this 90's photo taken at the

Ms. Charlotte Osgood and Gertrude Peele serving the community at a
planning meeting in this late 90's photo.

Jacksonville Continentals Jean Baker, Elvina Parker, Clara Whitten, and Pat Warren.

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Before she left for Hollywood to star in movies with Denzel
Washington, Assandra Freeman was a student at Douglas Anderson
School of the Arts. While there she won a Full Scholarship from
Toyota as a young Black Achiever. She is shown above with her father,
the late Mack Freeman accepting her scholarship.

The Daniels' ladies (L-R) Lisa, momAlma and Michelle, share a laugh with
the late Rev.C.B. Dailey.

During her bid for the state house seat, then NAACP President Willye
Dennis had the support of State Senator Bettye Holzendorf and her
Councilman King Holzendorf.

Jacksonville Continentals Gayle Hardy, Vera White
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Fl Memorial University Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter and all surrounding county chapters of
Florida Memorial University will be having a Presidents Meet and Greet
with Dr. Karl Wright. The event will take place on Friday, November 3rd
at 6 p.m. in the Education Building of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
For more information, call 764-4439 or 781-7797 ext32.

Lincolnville Festival Will
Celebrate Oldest City's Black Heritage
ST AUGUSTINE The African-American heritage of the Nation's oldest
city will be celebrated with music, food and fun when the Lincolnville
Festival returns to St. Augustine's Historic Lincolnville on November 3rd
through 5th.
The festival gets underway on Friday with live R&B music, food, arts
and crafts. Saturday features narrated tours of Historic Lincolnville sites,
live country/pop, jazz and dance music throughout the day and a special
"Soul Food" contest. On Sunday, the day's entertainment features great
gospel music along with more food and more fun.
Festival hours are Friday, 5 tolO p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and
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Amateur Night at The Ritz
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p.m. Come to Amateur Night at the Ritz, where you will see some of the
hottest talent in Jacksonville! Like the Apollo's show in Harlem, contest-
ants compete for cash prizes and the cheers or jeers of the audience decide
who goes home with the cash. Tickets are available at the Ritz Theatre at
632-5555 or you can purchase them online at
AKA Scholarship Gala
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc-Pi Eta Omega Chapter will have
their 4th Annual "20 Pearls Scholarship Gala and Silent Auction" on
November 3rd from 9 PM-1AM at the Jacksonville Marriott. Attire is
semi-formal. For Ticket Information or Sponsorship Opportunities, please
call 982-2820 or 874-3374 or email us at
MMM Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc. for the Millions More
Movement will sponsor 'A Fish Fry' on Saturday, November 4th from
noon to 6 p.m. at the comer of Myrtle Avenue and State Street .For sale will
be fish dinners, fish sandwiches, cold sodas and bottled water The public
is welcome to Come out and enjoy a tasty, clean well cooked, healthy meal.
Proceeds help to prevent crime in our communities through education and
self help .If you need more information call 904-355-9395 904-768-2778
Phi Delta Kappa Teach-A-Rama
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta Chapter will host
its annual Teach-A-Rama on Saturday, November 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon. This year's activity will be a FAMILY AGENCY FAIR held
at Ribault Middle School Media Center, 3610 Ribault Scenic Drive.
Come and learn about: parenting workshops, education/tutoring, budget-
ing/finances, abstinence program, family counseling, and much more.
Food will be served. For more information, please contact Lillian Porter at
514-1975or Sharon Robinson at 924-1680. The entire family is invited.

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Agape Fall Health Festival
The Agape Health Center Fall Health Festival will be held on Saturday,
November 4th from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Agape Community Health
Center, 1760 West Edgewood Ave. The community is encouraged to bring
the entire family out for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screen-
ings. The festival will also include free refreshments, music, step shows,
clowns, and workshops. For more information call, 904-301-4900.
Bikers Boat Ride Extravaganza
Urban Biker Council Presents the "Bikers Boat Ride Extravaganza",
Saturday November 4, 2006. Parking and boarding will take place at the
Chart House Restaurant. Tickets are $20.00 (obtain your tickets early,
because they are going fast). For more information please contact: All 4
One M/C at 904-312-1574 or 904-312-1575.

Durkeeville Historical Society's Music Fest
The Durkeeville Historical Society 7th Annual Music Fest honoring the
memory of Jacksonville's songwriter, Charlie "Hoss" Singleton will be on
Saturday, November 4th at 7 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple at 29 W. 6th
Street. The event will feature local live bands. The music director and
emcee of the program will be Singleton's son and musician Warner
Singleton. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For more info
call 353-8897.
Sankofa Artists Market
The Second Annual Sankofa Artists' Market will be held the weekend of
November 4th and 5th at the Springfield Women's Club located at 210
West 7th Street. The free art fair will feature works and creations by local
and nationally renowned African-American artists and craftsman. He
juried two day event will open with an evening reception on Friday.
Featured creations will include jewelry, clothing, fine art, dolls, table ware,
furniture and stationery. The times for the event are from 11 a.m. 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Ann Chinn at 598-1502.
Crafternoon Benefiting Children's Home Society
Crafternoon benefiting Children's Home Society will be Saturday, Nov.
4, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach.
The event is for kids ages 2-102 that features more than 10 hands-on craft
stations including tie-dye T-shirts, tile painting, cookie decorating, poster
painting, candle holder making and more. in addition to food, dance groups
and live music. The event is free to call 493-7739 for more information.

Lasting Model Fashion Show
LIFE The Image Company celebrates 9 years with their annual fashion
show on November 4, 2006 at the Ritz Theatre & Lavilla Museum. 18
Phenomenal models, women (including full figured) teens and 3 male
models will don the designs from area stores. The show is characterized by
its glamour, elegance and beauty. For more information contact 537-1600
or by e-mail:

Volunteer Recruitment Open House
The Community Hospice of Northeast Florida will host a Volunteer
Recruitment Open House on Thursday, November 9th from 3 6 p.m. at
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 4751 Walgreen Road.
Community Hospice volunteers help improve the quality of life for patients
and families at the end of life. Volunteer opportunities range from admin-
istrative tasks to direct patient care services such as visiting patients and
providing respite for caregivers. There will be refreshments and door
prizes. For more information call Liz Kirce, at 904.407.5202.

Author Nora Roberts Speaks at UNF
The University of North Florida Women's Center, will bring bestselling
author Nora Roberts to the UNF campus on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.
Roberts will be visiting the First Coast to promote her latest release "Born
in Death." She will be speaking about her new book and participating in a
question-and-answer session followed by a book signing with Roberts.
For more information call (904) 620-2528.

Pearl and Cufflinks Gala
The "Pearls and Cufflinks," Gala to benefiting the Clara White Mission
will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, 2006. The evening begins with a recep-
tion at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. Festivities
will be held on the Citi Cards Campus, 14000 Citi Cards Way in
Baymeadows. The fundraiser celebrates the Mission's 102nd anniversary
For more info call the Mission at 354-4162.
PRIDE 13th Anniversary
PRIDE Book Club will celebrate their 13th Anniversary on Friday,
November 10th at 7 p.m. at Mill Cove Golf Club, 1700 Monument Road.
The cost for the event including dinner is $3 5.The book for discussion with
the author will be a handful of life: a novel by local author Sean Watts. For
more information, call 389-8417 or via email at
Millions More Regional Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., for the Millions More
Movement are hosting the Southern Regional Local Organizing
Committees for the Millions More Movement.This event will be held on
Saturday, November 11th at Edward Waters College Milne Auditorium
from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The theme is Bringing Millions More To The
Movement .Discussiond will be held on finance ,job creation,developing
effective organizations, galvinizing communities, becoming an entrepre-
neur, self help, self knowledge and unity. It is free and open to the public.
.For more information call 904-355-9395 or visit
Evening of Remembrance
The holidays are special times when we join with family and friends to
celebrate seasonal traditions. But they also have a way of reminding us of
our grief. While usually filled with joy, these days can be very difficult to
face after the death of a loved one. Join Haven Hospice for a time of shar-
ing and support at our bi-annual memorial services. Refreshments will be
served. The service will be held at the River Garden Hebrew Home, 11401
Old St. Augustine Rd., at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th. For more
information, contact: Nina Powell at (800) 727-1889.

An Evening with Faith Ringold
Artist Faith Ringold will present a captivating forum surveying her career
from the 1960s to the present. Ringold will share unique stories and
imagery capturing politics, civil rights, humor, jazz and her southern roots.
Ringold's artistic talents combine painting, quilted fabric and storytelling
with historical and cultural commentary that speaks to women and minor-
ity populations. It will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 6 -9
p.m. For more information call 632-5555.

BRATS Food Drive
The Gamma Rho Omega B. R. A. T. S. (Brilliant, responsible, alert
talented scholars), will have their first annual food drive benefiting the I.M.
Schulzbacher Center for the Homeless on Saturday November 18th at the
AKA House located at 1011 West 8th Street from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. The com-
munity is asked to bring donations of nonperishable food items and gift
cards to purchase turkey and hams. For more information call 619-2776.


Rachelle Ferrell
at the Ritz
Neo jazz soul artist Rachelle
Ferrell will be at the Ritz Theater
for one performance only on
Saturday, November 18th. For
tickets and/or more information,
please call 632-5555.

Jax Genealogical
Society Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting November 18, 2006 at
1:30 p.m. at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street. The
meeting is the annual "Heirloom
Day and Social," where members
bring their family treasures or heir-
looms for display and discussion.
Food will be available. For addi-
tional information please contact
Mary Chauncey (904) 781-9300.

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Andre Bei
Andre Benjamin, half of the
OutKast outfit and also known as
Andre 3000, has always been a
rather animated artist. But now the
rapper/singer/producer/actor has
taken that characteristic even far-
Benjamin is the producer, co-cre-
ator, and star of a new series on
Cartoon Network: "Class of 3000,"
a play on his stage name.
The new show follows Benjamin's
character, Sonny Bridges, who
leaves an unfulfilling career in the
music business to return to his old
high school in Atlanta to take a
music teacher gig. There he leads a
group of seven prodigies in their
journey in through music.
Yet another project for the
Renaissance man, Benjamin told
the EUR that this latest outlet is just
another place for him to showcase

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njamin Steps to Head of the Class

Andre Benjamin
his love of music.
"I don't think it just lends itself to
being a rapper or a country artist,
[or] some rock stars." Benjamin
said about his smooth transition
into acting. "I think it's just another
way to express yourself, another
way to be free. And that's all, you
know, that musicians are living for,

just an avenue to do it, basically."
Benjamin and the producers at
the network have been working on
this project for more than two years.
It was an idea that sparked more of
an "Adult Swim" (mature audi-
ences) type series based on the
"Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"
disc and molded into the more
primetime "Class of 3000."
"What we wanted to do was make
something really creative and
something like a place for artists,
musicians, and actual, like, visual
artists. So I think we've kept that
going, you know, for the two years,
and it's finally about to blast,"
Benjamin said.
The show expects a lot more
development as there's talk that the
series will feature guest appear-
ances from some of Benjamin's
music star friends. He also said that

a soundtrack disc is certainly some-
thing they're talking about, too,
since every episode will have a
song that the kids perform.
Benjamin said that at the end of the
season or perhaps the middle, there
will be a collection of the songs
written, produced, and performed
by him. Plus, as it takes place at a
performing arts school, Benjamin
revealed that episodes will also
delve into the art of drama, writing,
etc. It's kind of like "Fat Albert"
meets "Fame."
With the recent movie "Idlewild"
under his belt and now the premier
of the Cartoon Network show com-
ing soon, Andre 3000 fans find it no
wonder the artist hasn't toured. But
Benjamin said that it's not the proj-
ects that have taken him from the
music stage it's love lost.
The show premieres Nov. 3rd.

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.l 1 One of Richard Pryor's six children has filed a
lawsuit against his widow, accusing her of forging
his last will and testament, reports the San
Francisco Chronicle's Web site.
Daughter Elizabeth Pryor is hoping a judge will
rule illegal a will signed by her father shortly
S- before his death, when he was allegedly debilitat-
ed by multiple sclerosis. That final will left the
S bulk of his estate to his widow Jennifer. Elizabeth
will argue to reinstate an earlier will in which he
.* split his fortune among his kids.
A family friend tells the National Enquirer: "The kids have declared war
on Jennifer to get what they believe is rightfully theirs."
Pryor died of a heart attack on Dec. 10, 2005, at the age of 65. He remar-
ried his wife, Jennifer Lee, in 2001, 19 years after they divorced.
According to a demographic report by the League of American Theaters
and Producers, more than 75% of Broadway audiences were Caucasian
over the past year, but other racial groups were up about 6% from the pre-
vious year, with black audiences rising by about 175,000 to approximate-
ly 610,000. Many African Americans were drawn to the Great White Way
in 2006 to see "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple" and Usher's
appearance in "Chicago."
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that Ella
Fitzgerald will be honored in next year's Black
Heritage series of stamps. Fitzgerald is known as I
the first lady of song for her great vocal range,
flexibility and the joy and excitement she brought
to music.

Among the three films actor Tom Cruise is considering for his next proj-
ect is a Spike Lee-directed drama called "Selling Time," which would star
the famous Scientologist as a man who sells back chunks of time in his life
for a chance to relive and change the worst day of his life.
According to Daily Variety, Cruise and Lee have met several times to
discuss the project, and the two are currently working on a rewrite of a
script by Dan McDermott.

O.J. Simpson is denying reports that he was paid $3.5 million to write a
S' book in which he describes a hypothetical killing
S"of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend
Ronald Goldman. The National Enquirer reported
that Simpson's autobiography would include a
uit B segment in which he describes how he would
have killed the pair in an allegedly fictional man-
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been paid 35 cents, much less $3.5 million. If anyone comes out with such
a book, I'll go on every talk show and call it crap."


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