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Nine Quit Missouri Black Caucus
ST. LOUIS (NNPAj Nine legislators have quit the Missouri
Legislative Black Caucus in protest of the way caucus chairman state
Rep. John Bowman handled a meeting scheduled to elect officers in a
body that included new members who \on in the recent general election.
According to several of the legislators. who quit the caucus. Bowman
would not recognize many of the members ho attempted to speak at the
meeting. This was controversial in part because Bowman didn't produce
minutes or bN laws and his agenda had it settled that he \\as president of
the caucus this year, when some considered it open to dispute w whether his
position had been interim.
Bowman was voted president earlier this Near after a special meeting of
The caucus was called to oust state Rep. Ted Hoskins and state Rep.
Rodney Hubbard from their leadership positions in the wake of a fracas
over school choice lobbyists directed by Hoskins.
Hoskins and Hubbard were among the group that quit the caucus on
Thursday. Also quitting the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus on
Thursday% were state Rep. Connie Johnson. state Rep. Maria Chappelle-
Nadal. state Rep. Jonas Hughes. state Rep. Martin Rucker, state Rep.
Michael Brown. Nasheed and El-Amin.
They have filed to be recognized as a ne\% caucus. Urban Progressive
Caucus. which will also include state Rep. Talbo\. a Hispanic.

African-American Veterans

Memorial Under Restoration
Kimball. \W.V- Plans are moving along to restore the nation's first and
only remaining memorial to African American veterans of \World War I.
Constructed in 1928. the classical Greek-style building \was designed by
a group of black McDo\well Count- businessmen who served in the xvar.
In 1991. the monument was burned to a shell in what was believed to
be an arson fire. Most of the restoration has been done o'er the past three
years with $1.3 million in donations from individuals and businesses and
through grants and government funding.
As the onl\ memorial to African American \ veterans of World War 1. the
memorial honors 400.000 people.

Black Students Make Demands

at Indiana University
Black students at Indiana UniixersirN Purdue University at Indianapolis
are demanding a campus center for black students, an African-American
studies program and $'S.000 for black organizations.
Black student leaders said they want an answer from the university3 b\
5 p.m. Wednesday or the\ will call for the resignation of certain officials
at the Indianapolis campus.
Chancellor Charles Bantz said he expects to have a response by
Wednesday. but he's not sure whether he'll have an answer for every
Earlier this month, the university pledged to improve communication
and respect and increase funding for the student groups. but black student
leaders rejected the response and called it too vague.
About 15 percent of the 30.000 students on the campus are black.

TV One the New BET? Network

to Add One Million Subscribers
TV One, the joint entiree cable channel tailored to African-American
viewers. sa\ s it t ill add another 1 million households with its latest cable
The Siler Spring-based company says TV One %%ill launch this fall on
Time Warner cable systems in Milwaukee: Buffalo, N.Y.: and Los
Angeles and on Comcast systems in San Francisco and the New Mexico
cities of Albuquerque. Los Alamos and Santa Fe.
Radio One has a secondary headquarters in Baltimore and owns two
radio stations in to\ in.
The channel debuted in 2004. It currentlN reaches about 33 million
cable TV households.

First Time is a Charm for

History Making Miss Texas

Miss Frisco Shilah Phillips was cro'\ned Miss
Texas. last weekend making her the first
African-Amnjerican "oman to represent the Lone
Star state in the MNliss America Pageant.
While most pageant contestants go through the
motions a couple times before winning a crown,
Phillips \\on as a first-time participant. The
twvenh -fout r ear old decided to entei the world d
of pageantry after hearing about it from a friend.
"I nef er got inol .ed before because I thought
it was just a beautN pageant." she said. "I didn't realize that it \%as a schol-
arship organization. If I had kino\in about it earlier. I would ha'.e got
involved at a much younger age."
Though some might find entering at the state level competition some-
what intimidating, Phillips was very comfortable. "The people ere so
wonderful and the girls were so accepting of me. They are really good
people," she said. "There's a lot of horror stories you hear about beauty
pageants and pageants in general, but the;, xx weren't true."
"I feel so honored to have that title, and I feel that many more [African-
American women] will enter the sstem knowing that the\ have a
chance," said Phillips.

Volume 20 No. 44 Jacksonville, Florida November 16-22, 2006

Despite Advances Black America Still Far Behind

Decades after the civil rights
movement, racial disparities in
income, education and home own-
ership persist and some are even
growing in the United States.
White households had incomes
that were two-thirds higher than
blacks and 40 percent higher than
Hispanics last year, according to
data released by the U.S. Census

White adults were also more like-
ly than black and Hispanic adults to
have college degrees and to own
their own homes. They were less
likely to live in poverty.
"Race is so associated with class in
the United States that it may not be
direct discrimination, but it still
matters indirectly," said Dalton

Conley, a professor at New York
University and the author of "Being
Black, Living in the Red."
"It doesn't mean it's any less pow-
erful just because it's indirect," he
Home ownership grew among
white middle-class families after
World War II when access to credit
and government programs made

Alltell Stadium Event Coaches Fathers on How to Be an All Pro Dad
The Pro Dad Experience held at Alltell Stadium brought together father's from across the community to educate
them on how to be an "All Pro Dad". fathers were encouraged to bring their children to the event on the Jaguar's
practice field. The three hour forum featured "10 Ways to be an All Pro Dad" presentation for the fathers while
kids played supervised interactive games on the field. Shown above enjoying the event are Andre Walker held by
NFL Jaguar Donovin Darius # 20 and Andre's dad, KeAndre Walker FMPowell Photo

buying houses affordable. Black
families were largely left out
because of discrimination, and the.
effects are still being felt today, said
Lance Freeman, assistant professor
of urban planning at Columbia
University and author of "There
Goes the 'Hood." Contd. on page 3

NAACP President
Lamblasts Mayor's
Actions in Letter
In a letter addressed to Mayor
John Peyton, NAACP President
Isaiah Rumlin blasted the Mayor
for referring to the NAACP as "just
a sounding board."
"In pursuant to our conversation,
I am very disturbed and appalled,"
said Rumlin.
The letter went on to educate the
Mayor on some of the NAACP's
collective history in the fight for
civil rights.
The letter also again requested a
date of when the Mayor was going
to designate an agency 'consultant
to review union labor relations
issues as recommended by the
Human Rights Commission as it
pertains to the issues within the
Jacksonville Fire Department It
also cited several current examples
where African-American employ-
ees are still being overlooked.
"Again, the NAACP is appalled
by the lack of leadership you have
shown." Rumlin concluded.
At press time, the Mayors Office
had scheduled a press conference
in regards to the issue.

Thousands Attend MLK Ground Breaking for

Nation's First Memorial to an African-American

Dignitaries turn the earth with gold-toned shovels at the ground-
breaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the
National Mall in Washington and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., overcome
with emotion, center, with Yolanda King, second from left, and Rev. Al
Sharpton, left, take part in the ground breaking ceremony.

President George W. Bush and
civil rights leaders on Monday
broke ground for a memorial to
Martin Luther King, the first monu-
ment to an African-American on the
National Mall.
"The King Memorial will stand on
a piece of ground between the
Jefferson and Lincoln memorials
and, by its presence in this place, it
will unite the men who declared the
promise of America and defended
the promise of America with the
man who redeemed the promise of
America," Bush said.
Nearly 5,000 people, including TV
talk show host Oprah Winfrey, for-
mer President Bill Clinton and poet
Maya Angelou braved the cold to

celebrate the life of the Nobel Peace
Prize winner.
Speakers quoted King's sermons
and speeches and paid tribute to his
belief that non-violent protest could
help end discrimination against
black Americans.
"As we turn these shovels we are
just beginning to turn the dirt, and
as we turn this dirt at this ground,
let us go back to our communities
and turn the dirt there," said former
King aide Andrew Young, urging
attendees to continue the slain
leader's work against racism, pover-
ty and violence.
Democrat Barack Obama from
Illinois, the only African-American
in the U.S. Senate and a possible

presidential candidate in 2008,
wondered what to tell his daughters
when they visit the monument.
"I will tell them this man gave his
life serving others," Obama said. "I
will tell them this man tried to love
somebody. I will tell them that
because he did those things they
live today, with the freedom God
intended, their citizenship unques-
tioned, their dreams unbounded."
Construction officially begins on
the crescent-shaped four-acre (1.6
hectare) site in the spring and is
scheduled to be completed in 2008.
The memorial's centerpiece will be
a "stone of hope," a boulder
engraved with King's image and
words from his "I Have a Dream"

speech, which he delivered on the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial in
Organizers have already raised
$63 million toward the estimated
$100 million cost of the project,
which is located on the National
Mall, a large park at the center of
Washington that contains memori-
als to presidents and the nation's
When the memorial is finished, 40
years will have passed since King
was shot to death on the balcony of
a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. By
then, the 39-year-old Baptist minis-
ter had helped boycott buses in
Alabama to change segregation
laws and led demonstrations that

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Loan Co-Signing The Facts You Should Know

by George Fraser

MSetting Goals
It is a basic exercise in any endeavor, biut it is as %ital
in networking as in grocery shopping: To make
yourself sit down and list your goals on paper. By writing down your
goals and dreams, you give them life. Without goals, your networking
'may be aimless and non-productive. Without direction, you may
encounter only frustration. It is okay to set general long-term goals, but
it is best to set specific goals for the short term.
Understanding and executing all of the principles and recommended
guides to success will not help you unless you define long-term and
short-term goals, and use the skills and principles of effective network-
ing to attain them. Here are a few sample goals to help you get started:
I'd like to change my career next year.
I'd like to increase the size of my business by 20 percent in the next
'twelve months.
I'd like to become known as an expert in my field and make new
friends in my field.
I'd like to start my own business
I'd like to date a single Black professional who shares my interests.
How many more goals can you think of that fit your specific needs
and aspirations? Remember that as you grow and evolve, you must con-
tinue to modify, evaluate, and retool your goals. Ask yourself:
What are my immediate goals, my short-term goals, my long-term
Why are these goals important, and am I truly committed to them?
When do I realistically expect to achieve my goals?
How will I know I have achieved them?
Know this: You can begin the work of building and cultivating
your network once you are clear on your goals and committed to
them. Commitment is a key, because your commitment will drive
your planning, enthusiasm, and presentation to your potential net-

'Chamber's Women Business O

Program Currently Acceptin

The Jacksonville Women's
'Business Center (JWBC) is seeking
'Women business owners, mentors
-and sponsors to participate in two
of its four mentoring programs:
A THENAPowerLink and
Marketing Matters.
"Our business mentoring pro-
grams provide local women busi-
ness owners with valuable insight
And access to expertise," said Gwen

The Jacksonville Children's
,Commission of the City of
Jacksonville, FL, will require the
,professional services of a con--'
sultant/firm to! provide
Consulting Services for
Screening/Training of
Volunteer Mentors for
Jacksonville's Youth (P-10-07).
All interested persons can contact
the City of Jacksonville,
Department of Procurement
Office, 117 West Duval Street,
Suite 335, Jacksonville, FL
32202 or phone Charles
Robertson @ (904) 630-1196 for
a copy of the RFP or you can
download the RFP @, go to Procurement
Office, go to Professional
Services, Request for Proposals.
The City of Jacksonville is an
Equal Opportunity Employer and
encourages expressions of inter-
est for the described services
from Jacksonville Small and
Emerging Businesses
(JSEB)/Minority Business
Enterprises (MBE). Replies must
be delivered to the City of
Jacksonville, Department of
Procurement, Attn: Professional
Services Specialist, 117 West
Duval Street, Suite 335,
Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Proposals must be received no
later than 4:00 p.m., Friday,
December 8, 2006.

Griggs, Advisory Board Chair for
the JWBC. "A proven form of busi-
ness development support, mentor-
ing teaches business skills, fosters
relationships with professional
advisors, and empowers women
business owners with a road map
and practical know-how to reach
their company goals."
Sandy Bartow, JWBC executive
director, says volunteer mentors
and sponsors have a unique oppor-
tunity to contribute to the economic
prosperity of the entire community
one person, one company at a time.
"Mentors and sponsors often

Did you know that three out of
four cosigners are ultimately asked
to repay the loan?
That's according to the Federal
Trade Commission, which also
reports that in most states, if you
cosign a loan for someone who
misses a payment, the lender can
immediately collect from you with-
out first pursuing the borrower.
Mike Sullivan, director of educa-
tion for Take Charge America, a
national non-profit credit counsel-
ing agency, says problems often
arise when the cosigner and bor-
rower do not have a complete
understanding of what cosigning
"We find that families and friends
often cosign for their loved ones
without reading the fine print," he

said. "Cosigning is more than help-
ing someone qualify for a loan. A
cosigner is ultimately telling the
lender that he or she is responsible
for the loan."
Sullivan describes four facts every
cosigner needs to know:
Once you cosign, there's no
going back. A cosigner cannot
change his or her mind mid-way
through the term of the loan.
Unexpected events like job loss and
divorce need to be taken into con-
sideration before signing on the
dotted line.
Cosigning a loan may prevent
you from obtaining credit for your-
self. If you cosign a loan, the loan
amount is counted as one of your
obligations. That liability could
prevent you from qualifying for

another loan or line of credit.
A cosigner could be forced to
pay more than the loan amount. If
the borrower skips a payment or
can't pay the loan, late fees and col-
lection costs can also be forwarded
to the cosigner. If legal action is
needed to obtain the money, cosign-
ers may also have to pay for attor-
ney fees.
- A cosigner's wages and property
can be garnished if the lender sues
and wins. If you do cosign a loan,
be sure that you have the financial
backing to pay off the loan without
going into debt. Failing to repay
the loan or fees will negatively
affect your credit score.
Sullivan says if you do decide to
cosign a loan, there are steps you
can take to protect yourself.

75% of co-

signers are

asked to

repay loans

"Contracts and other legal docu-
ments are referenced when disputes
arise, so it's important that both the
borrower and cosigner have copies
of everything," he said. "Cosigners
can protect themselves further by
asking the lender to notify them in
writing if the borrower ever misses
a payment. That could prevent a
trail of extra fees."

Is Joint Property the Single Solution For Heirs?

by Sherman Jones
Wanting to pass personal proper-
ty quickly and efficiently to a loved
one is a goal common to many.
Perhaps you wish to guarantee that
your grandchild will inherit the
vacation home. Or, perhaps you
want your brokerage account to
pass to your son or daughter, avoid-

wner Mentoring

g Applications

express a sense of personal satisfac-
tion knowing their efforts have
made a positive impact on the suc-
cess of a small business owner."
Applications for the program will
be accepted through November 30.
Applications for Marketing Matters
will be accepted from November 15
to December 15, 2006. Each pro-
gram begins in January. For more
information, applicants may contact
Pat Blanchard, (904) 924-1100, ext.
252 or pat.blanchard@myjaxcham- For mentoring informa-
tion, contact Sandy Bartow, (904)
924-1100, ext. 224.


Upgrade Spreader Trim System
Blount Island Marine Terminal
JAXPORT Project 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 14, 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

ing the probate process completely.
In both cases, a common choice is
the use of joint ownership with the
right of survivorship (JTWROS).
At first glance, JTWROS property
may seem like a good way to
accomplish your goals, but before
you use this common solution, con-
sider some potential risks.
One clear and popular benefit of
using joint tenancy with rights of
survivorship is that upon one
owner's death, his share is automat-
ically transferred to the surviving
owners) free of the cost and delay
of probate. What may be less popu-
lar if understood, however, is that
JTWROS property gives each
owner an equal "undivided interest"
in the entire property.
Each owner is entitled to full use
of the property and to his share of
any income it produces. When you
create a JTWROS, you may be giv-
ing up full control. For example, if
you desire to sell or refinance your
property after naming a new joint
owner, the new joint owners) must
give their approval. Of even more
concern, if newly-named joint own-
ers were to find themselves in
financial trouble, they'dr theircredL
itors may be able to force a sale of

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the property and receive a propor-
tionate share of the property's
value. Therefore, caution should
always be taken when titling a bank
or brokerage account in JTWROS.
Trying to name an alternate benefi-
ciary for joint property in your will
also may prove frustrating.
Remember, the property will pass
to the joint owner outside the pro-
bate process and the directions of
the will. If you decide you want
someone else to inherit the proper-
ty, you may need the current co-
owner's approval.
A possible solution would be to,
instead of placing property in
JTWROS, consider a revocable liv-
ing trust. You are able to name the
persons) you want as beneficiary,
and that decision is revocable
(changeable) at any time. A
Transfer On Death (TOD) agree-
ment may also address the desire
for efficient transfer to beneficiaries
and retain the same beneficial qual-
ities of joint property. A TOD agree-
ment affords the owner the ability
to designate who brokerage account
assets will pass to, by-passes pro-
bate upon death, and does not
expose 'account assets trithe afore-
mentioned problems .. .

A common misconception with
JTWROS property is that it will
lower estate taxes. This is not true.
The value of the property is includ-
ed in the taxable estate in propor-
tion to ownership and exposed to
tax. The first-to-die's estate will be
taxed on the share of the property
that he or she actually owns and, for
this reason, it is important to keep
records of the funds each person
The haphazard titling of property
in JTWROS could also expose you
to a gift tax consequence, depend-
ing on the value of the property.
There are a few exceptions such as
bank accounts, securities held in
street name and savings bonds.
These transfers are taxable gifts
only when the gift becomes "com-
plete," occurring when the newly
named co-owner exhibits owner-
ship over the property.
Of course, this brief article is no
substitute for a careful considera-
tion of all of the advantages and
disadvantages of this matter in light

of your unique personal circum-
stances. Before implementing joint
property or any significant financial
' planning srrategr. contact aiid con-
sult with your financial planner.



We Wish the Jacksonville Community

A Happy Thanksgiving"

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2719 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32209
(904) 765-1641 Fax: (904)765-9579


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::- Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you
want. In fact, in any decision -. :, .*.: rental, sales, or i ,',,-; it is
against the law to consider race, color, ,'.. origin, religion, sex,
.1 :i;i'' or o 'r- i.v status. If you think you've been denied housing,
please call us. Fair Housing. It's not an option. It's the law.

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Caucus Chair Foresees Many Leadership Rolls

U.S. Representative Melvin L.
Watt (D-N.C.), Chair of the
Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC), shared his thoughts after the
Democrats regained control of the
United States House of
"The American people have spo-
ken and African Americans, in par-

By. Hazel Trice Edney
NNPA Washington Correspondent
Democrats recaptured control of the
House and Senate last week, Black
Democrats won more than half of
the 13 statewide offices they com-
peted for while Black Republicans
won none, debunking what the
GOP had billed as "the year of the
Black Republican."
The Black Democratic wins yield-
ed one governor, two lieutenant
governors, one attorney general,
one secretary of state, one state
treasurer and one commissioner of
labor. Black Republicans ran for
governor in Ohio and Pennsylvania
and for the U. S. Senate in
"It was a great year for
Democrats," says David Bositis,
senior analyst for the Joint Center
for Political and Economic Studies,
referring to both Black and White
party members. Only 11 percent of
Blacks voted for Republican con-
gressional candidates, according to
exit polls conducted by Edison
Media Research and Mitofsky
International for the Associated
Press and television networks. That
percentage is consistent with the
share won by Republicans in the
2004 presidential race.
Terone B. Green, a Black
Republican operative in Virginia
widely known for his outspoken-
ness and activism, says the Black
Republican losses were fueled by
more than just opposition to extend-
ed U.S. presence the Iraq.
"People are going to say it's the
war, but Republicans just don't
have a solid strategy to prevail in
the Black community," he
explained. "You can run a Black
Republican all you want to, but it's
clearly evident that Black folks
don't believe in them because
Black Republicans do not prop up
African-Americans in any signifi-
cant way. Black people just don't
trust Republicans. That's the bot-
tom line."
Much of that distrust comes from
the failure of Republicans to sup-
port issues favored by African-
Americans. On the last NAACP
Report Card, 98 percent of all
Republicans in Congress received
Fs, compared to only 2 percent of
In recent years, only two Black
Republicans have won U. S. House
seats. They are former Connecticut
Rep. Gary Franks (1992-1997) and
Oklahoma Rep. J.C. Watts (1994-
2003). They were the only Blacks
elected to the House since 1932 and
both won in districts that were at
least 90 percent White districts. The
only Black Republican elected to
the Senate since Reconstruction
was Sen. Ed Brooke who served

ticular, have overwhelmingly voted
for new leadership in Congress and
around the country. In the new
Congress beginning in January, the
CBC will have three new Members.
I congratulate and welcome U.S.
Representatives-elect Yvette Clarke
of New York, Keith Ellison of
Minnesota and Hank Johnson of

International and Cultural Awareness

Highlighted at Links' Project PRAISE

The Bold city Chapter of Links continued their ongoing signature chap-
ter program, Project PRAISE at Highlands Middle School bringing inter-
national awareness to the 100+ Team UP student participants. The pro-
gram, under the directives of Gwen Mitchell, enlightened the students to
Haiti, African dance traditions and even the African-American cultural tra-
dition of Kwanzaa. Shown above teaching students a few African words
and the origins of Kwanzaa is Ok Sun Burks (right) assisted by Highlands
student Tiana Cooper.

from 1967 to 1979.
Republican Party Chairman Ken
Mehlman, who had boasted that
this would be the "year of the Black
Republican," now says he will
leave the chairmanship by January
after this year proved to be the year
of neither the Black nor White
"Give us a chance, and we'll give
you a choice," he told the annual
conference of the Conservative
Political Action Committee in
Washington, D.C. in February.
Blacks rejected that choice, accord
ing to exit surveys.
Green says, "They just don't get
it. They want people that they feel
comfortable with. But they need to
find Black candidates that can real-
ly identify with the Black commu-
nity." So far, that has been an uphill
All three of the statewide Black
Republican candidates failed to get
more than 25 percent of the Black
vote. They were: Ohio Secretary of
State J. Kenneth Blackwell, who
lost his gubernatorial bid with 20
percent of the Black vote; former
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
Lynn Swann, who lost his
Pennsylvania gubernatorial bid
with 13 percent of the Black vote;
and Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael
Steele, who lost his senatorial bid
received 25 percent of the Black
vote. No Black Republicans ran for
lower statewide offices.
Republican National Committee
spokeswoman Tara Wall argued
that this election represented
"That's historic for any Republican
to get 25 percent of the Black vote.
We have definitely made strides,"
she says. You can compare that with
the last Republican that ran for that
seat in '88...I think we've made
great strides."
That candidate was conservative
Republican activist Allen Keyes,
who got 14 percent of the Black
vote in that campaign, losing to
incumbent Democrat Paul
"So, I think you see that there is an
increase of the number of African-
Americans who are voting for
Republicans," says Wall. "This is
just the beginning. This is not the
end. These three folks have very
bright futures in this party."
Of 13 Democrats who ran in the
Nov. 7 elections, seven won: Deval
Patrick Massachusetts' governor-
elect; David Patterson, New York
Lt. Gov.-elect; Anthony Brown,
Maryland Lt.Gov.-elect; and three
who were re-elected, Thurbert
Baker, Georgia attorney general;
Jesse White, Illinois secretary of
state; Denise Napier, Connecticut
treasurer and Michael Thurmund,
Georgia commissioner of labor.

These new Members will all be
powerful forces to help the CBC
move forward with our agenda. In
addition, we expect the new com-
mittee leadership in Congress to
include several members of the
CBC: U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-
Michigan) as Chair of the House
Judiciary Committee; U.S. Rep.
Charles Rangel (D-New York) as
Chair of the House Ways and
Means Committee; U.S. Rep. Alcee
Hastings (D-Florida) as Chair of the
House Intelligence Committee;
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-
Mississippi) as Chair of the House
Committee on Homeland Security;
and U.S. Rep. Juanita Millender
McDonald (D-Califomia) as Chair
of the House Administration
Committee. Additionally, U.S. Rep.
James Clyburn (D-South Carolina),
the current House Democratic
Caucus Chair, is positioned to
become the Majority Whip, the
third highest ranking position in the
United States House. Mr. Clyburn
would be the second African
American member to ever hold this
important position. Overall, the
Members of the CBC will continue
to be leaders in making America
work for all Americans and will
help enact legislation that will close
the disparities gap between the rich
and poor in our country. We look
forward to working with
Democrats, Republicans and
Independents to advance the CBC's

The six losing Democrats were: U.
S. Rep. Harold Ford (D-Tenn.),
candidate for U. S. Senate;
Mississippi senatorial candidate
Erik Fleming; Georgia state super-
intendent of education candidate
Denise Majette, a former congress-
woman; South Carolina secretary of
state candidate Cheryl Footman;
Ohio state auditor candidate
Barbara Sykes; and Ohio Supreme
Court candidate Ben Espy.

Mother Daughter Venture Equals Quality Tme at the Fair,
Every year First Coast residents look forward to the splendor of the fall and especially the Fair. No mat,
ter what age group you fall into, young and old alike enjoy the variety the Fair has to offer. Enjoying tho
festivities in a mother daughter gathering are (L-R) Ashley Williams, Darlene Williams, Claudia West;
Shannon West, Stephanie Williams and Aliyah Williams who took in the sights and sounds on the Fair'l
final Saturday afternoon. FMPPhoto

Huge Racial Disparities Still Exist

Continued from front
Home ownership creates wealth,
which enables families to live in
good neighborhoods with good
schools. It also helps families
finance college, which leads to bet-
ter-paying jobs, perpetuating the
cycle, Freeman said.
"If your parents own their own
home they can leave it to you when
they pass on or they can use the
equity to help you with a down
payment on yours," Freeman said.
Three-fourths of white households
owned their homes in 2005, com-
pared with 46 percent of black
households and 48 percent of
Hispanic households. Home owner-
ship is near an all-time high in the
United States, but racial gaps have
increased in the past 25 years.
Black families have also been hurt
by the decline of manufacturing
jobs the same jobs that helped
propel many white families into the

middle class after World War II,
said Hilary Shelton, director of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People's
Washington office.
Among Hispanics, education,
income and home ownership gaps
are exacerbated by recent Latin
American immigrants. Hispanic
immigrants have, on average, lower
incomes and education levels than
people born in the United States.
About 40 percent of U.S. Hispanics
are immigrants.
Asian Americans, on average,
have higher incomes and education
levels than whites. However, they
have-higher poverty rates and lower
home ownership rates.

The Census Bureau released 2005
racial data on incomes, education
levels, home ownership rates and
poverty rates Tuesday. The data are
from the American Community
Survey, the bureau's new annual
survey of 3 million households
nationwide. The Associated Press
compared the figures with census
data from 1980, 1990 and 2000.
Shelton, of the NAACP, called for
more government funding for pre:
school programs, improving public
schools and making college mor,
"Income should not be a signifi-
cant determining factor whether
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2006: Anything but 'The Year

of the Black Republican'

- Black adults have narrowed the gap with white adults in earning
high school diplomas, but the gap has widened for college degrees:
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Democrats Benefit from "Absolute Power Corrupting Absolutely"

My grandma used to always say,
be careful what you ask for because
you just might get it. And that's
actually the position Democrats are
in. Last week was a monumental
day for the Democratic Party win-
ning both the House of
Representatives and the Senate
back from Republicans.
The country clearly spoke and
change is what the American peo-
ple wanted. The question that many
political "experts" have asked is if
last week's vote was a vote for
Democrats or a simple a vote
against George Bush and the
Republican Party.
It's obviously that the war in Iraq
was the primary issue that has
turned voters against the GOP, but
the corruption associated with fed-
eral contracts related to the war and
probably a half dozen other issues
are to blame as well. I will not even
talk about the Congressman Foley
Names like Karl Rove, Donald
Rumsfeld and Dick Chaney also
helped lead to the undoing of the
Republicans control of the Federal
government. What's that old quote
about power? "Power corrupts, and
absolute power corrupts absolute-
Even the GOP top strategist, Karl
Rove, had to recently admit that he
underestimated the American pub-
lic's sentiment about the war and
corruption in the White House.

Now Rove realizes that enough is
truly enough.
"The profile of corruption in the
exit polls was bigger than I'd
expected," Rove told TIME maga-
zine. "Abramoff, lobbying, Foley
and Haggard [the disgraced evan-
gelical leader] added to the general
distaste that people have for all
things Washington, and it just
reached critical mass."
"There is nothing essentially
wrong with power," said Martin
Luther King Jr. "The problem is
American power is unequally dis-
With nearly 3,000 United States
troops dead and we may never
know the true number of Iraqi citi-
zens that have died; the American
people rejected the conservative
agenda for this country. By the
way, isn't it interesting that the
national Republican got so far
away from their traditional values
that it is hard to figure what the
GOP stands for.
What happened to that old mantra
of reducing the size of government,
spending less money and reducing
the federal deficit? Washington
Republicans started walking
around touting the fact that debt
isn't necessarily bad, it's a good
thing in some cases. Talk about the
world being turned upside down.
Next, Bobby Brown will have a
show on Nickelodeon encouraging
kids to say no to drugs.

Or better yet, Michael Jackson
might even become a black man
again I guess I'm getting a little
carried away, but you get the point.
Republican no only lost power in
Congress, but lost a vote that was
becoming critical to their base.
Gains among Hispanic voters dis-
appeared in last week's election,
and some party leaders are blaming
harsh rhetoric on immigration for
the reversal.
Really! You can't have key party
leaders saying let's build a wall
around America to stop illegal
immigration and expect Hispanic
voters to stick with you. This is a
blow to the GOP because the
Hispanic vote helped George W.
Bush get re-elected in 2004.
In 2004, when the president was
at the top of the ticket, 44% of
Hispanics surveyed after they cast
their ballots said they voted
Republican. Last week's election
told a totally different story, the fig-
ure dropped to 29%.
With a fast growing population of
Hispanic voters, both sides of the
aisle will be courting them in future
This week, the U.S. Senate
named its new leadership. Harry
Reid, D-Nevada, said that he will
prove that Democrats can work
with Republicans. "They've set a
very bad example in not working
with us," he said. "We're not fol-
lowing that example. We're reach-

ing out to them."
Reid also said he pledged to
change the tone of the Senate dur-
ing the 110th Congress and to "treat
the minority (Republicans) as they
did not treat us. We realize that the
only way to accomplish anything is
on a bipartisan basis," he said.
There Democrats go again; being
nice guys, which I generally agree
with, but it's hard when you know
that the other side would not have
been as nice to you.
House Democrats will select their
leaders on this week. Nancy Pelosi
of California, will become the new
Speaker of the House, and make
history in the process. Pelosi is the
first female speaker in U.S. history.
She will have a pretty big task
ahead of her considering there are
more than 50 incoming House
freshmen. On the Senate side there
are is a 10-person freshman class of
eight Democrats, one Republican
and Democratic-leaning independ-
ent Bernard Sanders of Vermont.
Now the real work begins for the
Donkeys. It's easy to complain
about someone's driving when you
are in the passenger seat. But let's
see how Democrats handle things
now that they are control well, not
complete control. George W. is still
driving, but at least there's an extra
brake on the passenger side of the
car now.
Signing off fromthe Capital
Reggie Fullwood

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Why They Can't Go Home
By Judith Browne-Dianis
In a recent trip to New Orleans, I met with several residents of public
housing who remain displaced. We met to talk about what they want. As
the\ went around the room to introduce themselves, each of them stood tall
and gave their name and stated loudly\ and unequivocally, "I want to come
home." What a simple phrase loaded \with profound meaning and yet
deserving a complex response in the context of post-Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans. Nlan\ of these residents were born and raised in New
Orleans public housing
developments: they are working mothers, grandmothers and elderly and
disabled women and men. TheN haie known no other place than their
beloved New Orleans. Yet. the- are now living in foreign lands of
Houston. Memphis. Phoenix. Atlanta and Baton Rouge. They are strug-
gling in these faraway places unemployed, no transportation to get to a
job, no health care, and no family or friends nearby. They are depressed,
some talk of committing suicide. others are suffering from extreme high
blood pressure. y\et others ha\e had psychological breakdowns. With each
conversation about coming home. the\ cry the% lived through the storm
to end all storms: the\ lied surrounded by water for three, four, and five
das. waiting, w waiting. waiting for someone to rescue them. And, now.
more than one .,eai later, the\ remain in strange, unfamiliar places longing
to go home. They cannot comprehend it. One woman ask, "why kick a
poor person \when they're down?"
So. why can't they go home? Public housing in New\ Orleans is alleged-
ly some of the worst government subsidized housing in the country. So
much so, that the five years ago the federal government took it over. With
the feds at the helm, not much changed before Hurricane Katrina other than
a reduction in the number of public housing units pushing low-income
Black families out of the cirt. Then the levees broke. It opened up an
opportunity, for massive urban renewal and displacement of poor people.
So, the fix is on. The city. developers and the feds are planning for the
largest mnban renewal and Black iemo, al in the history of the United States.
Public housing has to be the first to go. In fact, in the days after Hurricane
Katrina. a pleased Congressman Baker of Louisiana proclaimed, "[w]e
finally cleaned up public housing. \\e couldn't do it. but God did."
Residents of public housing do not take this statement lightly. To them,
IHuricane Katrina should not been an excuse to get rid of them or their
homes. The\ wv onder holw the go\ ernment can get aw ay w ith keeping them
out of the city. w~ile man;, of their homes were untouched by the flood
waters. Why wvxeren't the\ able to just go back when the flood waters sub-
sided and the rest of the ci'\'s residents went home? Why did the govern-
ment spend millions of dollars boarding up their homes instead of repair-
ing them? i-he% xw\ant truthful answers but the\ get none. They just wait
and hope. The.'\e been told it ma\ be an~\\ here from three to five years
or more before they can come back to public housing. These residents real-
[l don't need answers, the. understand the plan. 'The know they are no
longer welcomed.
But it's their city too: it's a city w hose culture requires their presence. It's
a tourist economy\ that needs their cooking. their music and most of all,
their labor. It's their home and they're coming home regardless. They
know\ it's all a waiting game -- and the\ plan to win.
Most disturbing is the question: w here is the outrage? Hundreds of thou-
sands of people left New, Orleans to escape the flood; many remain dis-
placed and many are suffering. But he-re is a aroup of surx ixors who have
homes to return to habitable homes: but the go, ernment has locked them
out. In the face of an extreme shortage of affordable housing, one vo'nders
\i hy the citr and feds \would want to demolish perfectly habitable afford-
able housing. WhN can't the. go home? Because the. are poor. Black and
marginalized and thus, no one cares. Their struggle to return is about them
indti duall and collecti el. but it is also a fight about decency justice and
the search for the soul and conscience of America.
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Go From Here?

by B.B. Robinson
There are many black Americans
today who yearn for a more com-
plete connection with their African
ancestry. Many believe this link is
necessary to complete their cultural
identity. For some, this effort goes
no further than wearing African
attire. For others, it means per-
forming a great deal of serious
research in a quest to find the ori-
gins of their lineage.
Fortunately for those people,
technology is making such research
easier. The Washington Post
recently reported that a DNA sam-
ple can now be used to trace blacks
to the African tribes from which
they descended. Oprah Winfrey
used it to find that she descended
from the Kpelle tribe of modern-
day Liberia, and Quincy Jones was
traced to the Mbundu or Kimundu
tribe in present-day Angola.
For those who lost the link to
their homelands during the African
slave trade, this genealogical serv-
ice can be a godsend. It helps them

gain a psychological link to the
past, a sense of connection to the
African homeland and the confi-
dent feeling that comes with having
knowledge of one's heritage. To
know one's origin is to know who
one is and what one's ancestors
achieved. It's also important
because it can help ensure that past
evils and misfortunes are identi-
fied, understood, and never repeat-
But with every silver lining, there
can be a cloud. Not everyone is
emotionally ready to deal with such
information. If knowing one's his-
tory fosters animus toward those
whose ancestors may or may not
have been responsible for creating
a disconnect with one's heritage,
then that knowledge can be delete-
Since life is about perpetually
growing and moving forward, one
should not become embroiled in
hatred and anger. Admittedly, the
more we learn about our past, the
greater the tendency will be to

become infuriated about what hap-
pened to our ancestors. We should
not be swayed by these emotions,
however, because hatred is not pro-
ductive nor the way forward.
Obtaining new knowledge about
our genealogical links to Africa
should not be allowed to contribute
to the creeping fragmentation of
America. Recently, two Brookings
Institution scholars James Hunter
and Alan Wolfe released a book
entitled Is There A Culture War? A
Dialogue on Values and American
Public Life. While Hunter and
Wolfe write about political, reli-
gious and social fragmentation, we
must be mindful of a deep divide
that is emerging in America due to
ethnic fragmentation, which brings
with it adverse political, cultural
and economic consequences that
can tear America apart.
Black Americans deserve to reap
the benefits of 400 years of being
key contributors to building
America, and we should be careful
to protect our interests by not con-

tributing to the nation's disintegra-
Without a doubt, however, blacks
are still resolving our schizophre-
nia over our place in America. We
must choose between full integra-
tion and continuing as a "nation
within a nation." Some may argue
that this is partly outside of our
purview because the larger society
must first decide whether it is will-
ing to accept the black America
that it created. An alternate view is
that blacks must insist on our right-
ful role as an integral force in shap-
ing America's future.
The bottom line is that black
Americans must continue to move
forward. Let's use all available
tools to uncover our origins, the
history of our ancestors and learn
how we came so far.
We must use this knowledge wise-
ly as a source of strength and
wellbeing and not as a source of
hate that will fragment America.
Only we can decide where we go
from here.

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Gilmore Returns to Hardwood
Former NBA All-Star and five-time ABA All-
Star, Artis Gilmore will return to the basketball
court on Nov. 19 at the UNF Arena as a member of
the Jacksonville Jam. he signed with the team this
week. The team will be playing the South ALA
Bounce in the match up that begins at 6 p.m.
Gilmore, a local resident of Jacksonville is known
by his nickname "The A-Train" and his outstanding
performance in both the NBA and ABA.

Pearls & Cufflinks Gala Celebrates Mission's 102nd Anniversary

Q: My child's school calendar says that kids are out of school for
Christmas on December 22 through January 3, but I saw something
that also said Dec. 21st is a holiday. Is that a part of the Christmas hol-
A: December 21st is one of the weather days, approved by the Duval
County School Board as make-up for any school cancellations due to
inclement weather. If there are no school closings prior to Dec. 21st, stu-
dents are not required to attend school on Dec. 21st. This day is not a part
of the Winter Break (December 22-January 3) schedule. In addition, stu-
dents will not be required to attend school on January 4th (Planning Day)
and January 5th (In-service Day). They are expected to return to school on
January 8th. For a copy of the full school calendar, call 390-2126 or log on
to the district's Web site at
Q: Will all high school students be given laptop computers?
A: There are no current plans to issue laptop computers to students. You
may have read an editorial in the local newspaper earlier last month that
referenced this. The superintendent and Technology Staff recently present-
ed to the School Board the results of a technology study/plan that high-
lighted that $93 million would be required to update all schools' technolo-
gy systems. There are no current funding plans to meet these needs. Nearly
50 percent of Duval schools are over 50 years. In addition, there are vary-
ing degrees of outdated computers, software, and materials throughout the
district that create enormous challenges for addressing technology needs.
Research shows that students need access to computers three to four hours
per week for quality learning. The superintendent and School Board are
committed to comprehensive solutions and strategies designed to level the
playing field for all students.
Q: Who is the board member for Susie Tolbert?
A: Betty Burney, District V, is the Duval County School Board member
for Susie Tolbert. If you have a specific question or need for information,
please call the School Board office at 390-2293. Earlier this year, the
School Board adopted a Constituent Services policy designed to receive,
monitor and track inquiries and responses in a timely manner. In addition,
Ms. Burney is conducting a meeting for parents and community members
on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Paxon School for the Advanced Studies, 3239
Norman Thagard Blvd.
Please submit your School Talk questions by email to, by fax at 390-2659, or by mail to
Duval County Public Schools, Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207-8182.

Local talent such as Brenda
Kelley wowed the audience.

Shown above at the Stewart table are: (L-R) Ronald Belton, Charlotte Stewart, Lydia Wooden ,Chloe
Mims, Lauretta Mims, David Dwight, Edythe Abdullah and Master of Ceremonies Michael Stewart.

Cheryl Manning, Laina Hayes, Wendy Riggins, Arty Hammonds, Jr.,
Valerie Hammonds and Kearston Hammonds.

Supporters, volunteers, past
clients and others converged on
CitiBanks campus to celebrate the
102nd anniversary of the Clara
White Mission and the 130th
Birthday of it's founder, Dr. Eartha
M.M. White at the Pearls &
Cufflinks Gala. The Mission is the
oldest and largest non profit began
by an African-American in the
Jacksonville area serving a variety
of clients from homeless to youth.
The Black tie affair included a
silent auction and diverse vignettes
of local talent including Kezia
Justice, Carol Alexander, Rahman
Johnson, Brenda Kelly and more.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the
evening was Arthur Crofton and
Michael Stewart.
The gala celebrated the Mission's

Shown above (L-R) are Gerri Walker, Joann Manning, Karen
Richardson and Mission Director JuCoby Pittman sitting: Pamela
Biggins, Patricia Cooper and Peggy Johnson. FMP Photo
new transformation into a one stop acy programs, daily meals and cul-
community development center by tural awareness for the homeless
restoring lives through job training, and disadvantaged community.
housing initiatives, youth and liter-

Zora! The 18th Annual Zora
Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts
and Humanities, an international
celebration, is set for January 20-
28, 2007, in Historic Eatonville,
Florida. The Association to
Preserve the Eatonville Community
Inc. (PEC) presents the festival
annually. Food, Fashion and Decor
Celebrate the African Diaspora in
Everyday Life. The Festival kicks

off on Saturday, January 20th to
celebrate the life and work of the
20th Century writer, folklorist and
anthropologist, Zora Neale
Hurston. It also celebrates the sig-
nificance of her hometown,
Eatonville, the nation's oldest incor-
porated African American munici-
pality; and it celebrates the cultural
contributions ofAfrican Ancestry to
world culture. It will feature a 2-

day symposium for college bound
students; HATitude! Which cele-
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God's Ark of Safety Ministries Celebrates
14th Church and Pastor Anniversary
God's Ark of Safety Ministries Inc., 722 West 21st Street, Dr. Corene
Williams, Pastor and Founder; will celebrate their 14th Church and Pastor
Anniversary, Thursday, November 16th thru Sunday, November 19, 2006.
Bishop John Harrod, Prince of Peace World Wide Assemblies of
Restoration, of Coca Beach, Fl; will deliver the Word at 11 a.m. on
Saturday, November 18th. Bishop William Todd of Philadelphia, PA;
Presiding Prelate Bishop of Worldwide Assemblies of Restoration; will
deliver the message at 12 noon, on Sunday, November 19th.
The community is invited to share this occasion.

Southside Church of God in Christ
(COGIC) to Host Annual Fall Festival
The Women in Ministry of the Southside Church of God in Christ will
host the Annual Fall Festival on the grounds of the Southside Church of
God in Christ, 2179 Emerson Street, Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. The festival is lots of fun for everyone.
There will be Food, Games and much more for all. The community is
invited to come, and bring a friend.

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.

Celebration & Praise Service to Feature
Singing Groups from all over Florida
Elder Robert Jackson and the New Spirit Travelers, with Evangelist
Mary Herring are sponsoring an "After Thanksgiving Celebration and
Praise Service" at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2006. This program
will be held at Angel Square, 5133 Soutel Drive.
Special guests include: The Spiritual Harmonizers, of Evinston, FL; the
Inspirational Daughters of Faith, of Gainesville, FL; God's Chosen
Vessels, of Palatka, FL; and the Gospel Silver Tones, of Daytona Beach,
FL. Many other groups are expected. It's an "Open Door".

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Greater New Mt. Moriah M.B. to

Hold 31st Pastoral Appreciation
The Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1953 West
9th Street, Percy Jackson Sr. D. Min., Senior Pastor; and Percy Jackson Jr.,
D.D., Co-Pastor; will present their 31st Pastoral Appreciation for Rev. Dr.
Percy Jackson Sr. The Appreciation programs will be held at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, November 19th. The special guests will be Rev. Dr. Rudolph W.
McKissick Sr., Bethel Baptist Institutional Church; and Bishop Edward
Robinson, Southside Church of God in Christ, with their congregations and
choirs. The community is invited.

West Union Missionary
Baptist Celebrates Dual Day
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 chairpersons; Dea. Andre Bell and
Dea. Michael Ray, 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.
West Union Missionary Baptist is known as the Church of the 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.

Charles Spencer to Keynote El Bethel
Annual 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
honored individuals from the community 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 call 710 -1586.

Services to be held Saturday

for Mrs. Annie Williams Wynn

The community was saddened
Friday, November 10, 2006 as the
word spread that a beloved member
of the community had passed, Mrs.
Annie Williams Wynn.
Mrs. Wynn was born on February
24, 1921 in Lily, Georgia. Her par-
ents were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
(Mamie) Williams. She attended
local schools in Lily. She and her
late husband, Charlie Wynn chose to
make their home in Jacksonville.
To this union seven children were
born: Charlene Ward, Helen (Julian)
Christopher, Bertha (James)
Cromartie, Charles Wynn, Barbara
(Michael) Williams, Joseph Ronald
Wynn, and Suzette (Charles)
Grandchildren are: Pamela Ward,
John Ward, Mark Jordan, Walter
Wynn, Rechelle Wynn, Angel
Jackson, Vernon Lizzmore Jr., Erick
Wynn, Christopher Wynn, Gerald
Wynn, Kenneth Wynn, Michael
Jackson Jr., Ela Jackson, Joseph
Wynn, Dartario Wynn, Chaturrio
Thaxton, Kimberly Wynn, Adrian,
Wynn, William Wynn, and Chamae
Wynn Wilcox.
Mrs. Wynn was also blessed with
forty-four (44) great grandchildren.

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Mrs. Annie WIlliams Wynn
She is also survived by one brother,
Joseph (Sarah) Williams; and two
sisters: Mildred McKenzie and Rosa
Brown, of Femrnandina Beach, FL.
At press time, funeral arrange-
ments were being scheduled, but are
expected to be at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, at St. Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church, 5863 Moncrief
Road, Rev. Ernie Murray Sr., Pastor.
Funerals by T. S. Warden, 810
West 44th Street, in charge. For
more information, please call (904)

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

Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
S9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
t The Word from the Sons
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Pastor Rudolph 3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor Come share nheoly OommwHloa on 1st Swnliv at 45 9 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 u

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.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Join Us for One of Our Services
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Novemberl6-22. 2006

Problems Crop

Up Nationwide
for Poll Workers
Electronic voting machine prob-
lems frazzled voters and election
workers in dozens of precincts last
week delaying voters in Indiana
and Ohio and leaving some in
Florida with little choice but turn to
paper ballots instead.
With a third of Americans voting
on new equipment and voters navi-
gating new registration databases
and changing ID rules, election
watchdogs worried about polling
problems even before the voting
began Tuesday.
Although turnout generally is
lower in midterm elections, this
year was the deadline for many of
the election changes enacted in the
wake of the Florida balloting chaos
of 2000.
The 2002 Help America Vote Act
required or helped states to replace
outdated voting equipment, estab-
lish statewide voter registration
databases, require better voter iden-
tification and provide provisional
ballots so qualified voters can have
a say if something goes wrong.
Nearly half of all voters were
using optical-scan systems that ask
them to fill in blanks, with ballots
then fed into a computer.
Thirty-eight percent were casting
votes on touchscreen machines that
have been criticized as susceptible
to hackers.
Election experts say both types of
voting machines are bound to cause
Touchscreens may display incor-
rect ballots or fail to boot properly.
Voters using optical-scan equip-
ment might circle a name instead of
filling in a box.
Several Florida counties stocked
up ahead of the election with extra
voting machines, paper ballots and
poll workers on standby.
Apart from the state's infamous
chads in 2000, Florida voters have
struggled with poorly trained poll
workers, trouble tallying electronic
votes and precincts opening late or
closing early.

Tiger Woods


Golf Courses
As a child, Tiger Woods liked to
draw imaginary golf holes. Now,
he's going to get paid for it.
Last week Woods announced the
formation of Tiger Woods Design.
He has already begun reviewing
projects and bids for potential golf-
course sites around the world and is
excited about his new venture.
The top-ranked golfer in the
world and winner of 72 tourna-
ments, including 12 major champi-
onships, Woods sought advice from
many experienced designers before
starting his own firm. He wanted to
be sure he understood what he was
embarking on.
"I've spent a lot of time talking
with experts in this field, gathering
as much information as possible
about what a great course should
be," Woods said. "Friends like Jack
Nicklaus and Tom Fazio have been
tremendous help by sharing their
support and advice. I hope I can
bring as much to this industry as
they have over the years."
"I think he'll do quite well," said
noted golf course architect Rees
Jones. "He's the biggest name in
golf, and he'll command a big fee.
"It's good for the interest of the
game. He's going to have to go
through a little bit of a learning
curve to get his ideas on the
ground. It's a craft; you learn by
doing it.
"My only advice would be to limit
himself to good projects, clients
and sites. Concentrate on the game
while he's still the best."
Woods has played golf on almost

every continent in more than 20
countries. It's no secret his favorite
course is the Old Course at St.
Andrews. He appreciates natural
conditions, history and tradition;
expect his new courses to reflect
that taste.
"There are golfers everywhere
who may never get a chance to play
a links course in Scotland, a tree-
lined course in America or the sand
belts of Australia," said Woods.
"Hopefully I can bring some of
those elements into their back-

Ward Connerly Kills Affirmative Action in Michigan

voters of Michigan voted to ban
affirmative action programs in the
state's universities and its govern-
ment. The initiative, known as
Proposal 2, passed, 58 percent to 42
percent despite the fact that it was
criticized by civil rights advocates,
feminists, academics and political
leaders of both the Democratic and
Republican parties.
An ad-hoc organization, By Any
Means Necessary (BAMN) filed a
lawsuit in U.S. federal district court

in Detroit on Nov. 8 to stop the
implementation of the election.
The NAACP released a statement
criticizing the outcome.
' 'It goes without saying that we are
disappointed," NAACP President
and Chief Executive Officer Bruce
S. Gordon said in a statement. "This
is a setback. It is clear that we have
work to do to convince our fellow
citizens that affirmative action has
made us stronger as a nation and
still has a role to play.
The ban was passed in light of sta-

tistics that show that the University
of Michigan has been a leader in the
enrollment of Black students. The
Journal of Blacks in Higher
Education released U.S.
Department of Education statistics
in its Nov. 9 edition that said
Michigan had 1,834 Black students
- the highest number among the
"Top 30" universities.
Michigan has 39,000 students, with
25,000 in the undergraduate divi-
sion and 14,000 in the graduate/pro-
fessional schools. {The Journal}


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Michigan is recognized around the
world as one of the finest public
universities in the United States.
Even as the Michigan legislature
has cut funding in recent years, the
university has made up for it by its
successful fundraising.
Unlike many flagship state uni-

versities, Michigan does not have a
quota on the number of out-of-sthte
students. Plus, unlike states such as
Texas, there is no law that mandates
that the valedictorian of a central
city school must get a scholarship
to the institution.
Proposal 2 passed under the nmis-
nomer of "The Michigan Civil
Rights Initiative," which stated, in
sum, that race could not be a factor
in admissions to the state's universi-
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November 16-22, 2006

Finding Ways to Manage Anger El B Women's


by Cherisse Edwards
What stirs up anger in you? Is it
work, school, traffic, your spouse, a
slow computer, deadlines, unful-
filled goals, debt or lack of sleep?
These are just a few of the stimu-
lants that trigger the normal but
unpleasant emotion called anger.
Expressing anger in a healthy
manner can be difficult for some
people. It may feel like a forbidden
or dangerous emotion. Your child-
hood experiences often determine

way in which you deal with frustra-
tion. If you have a history of abuse,
you may have learned to cope with
anger in the following ways:
o Violence
o Suppression
o Silent treatment
o Screaming
Does what you learned as a child
about anger serve you today? Or, is
it damaging relationships?
Balancing internal reactions and
verbal/nonverbal responses can be

challenging. Letting off steam and
assertively voicing frustration is
normal and acceptable. However,
choosing your battles wisely may
be less detrimental to your relation-
There are productive methods for
communicating anger. Yielding to
the temptation to "snap" may give
you a false sense of satisfaction.
Verbal and nonverbal aggression
can often lead to regret and further
Dannie Jacobsen shared her expe-
rience with managing anger:
Q: When did you realize you need-
ed help managing your anger?
A: My fiance would comment on
my yelling during disagreements. I
thought it was normal to scream
when I was angry. I did not realize
how it affected the other person. I
was screaming in traffic one day
and realized I needed help.
Q: How has your reaction to anger
affected your professional relation-
A: I would usually have an atti-
tude or give my coworkers the
silent treatment. That just made me
feel worse.
Q: How has anger management
therapy helped you?
A: It helps me to reflect on what I
have learned about anger through

my past experiences. My counselor
and I practice role reversal. It gives
me a better idea of how other peo-
ple feel when I react with rage or
passiveness. I am more conscious
now about how I react.
Often, it is not what we say but
how we respond that determines the
quality of our daily interactions.
When you feel yourself becoming
angry with someone during a con-
versation, stop talking. If it is possi-
ble, remove yourself from their
presence, or just be silent for a few
seconds to organize your thoughts
and response.
External circumstances are not
always controllable. You cannot
control all of the injustices in the
world or every person's behavior.
Yet, you are in control of choosing
how you respond to other people
and situations.
Medical experts believe that a
healthy approach to communicating
anger and avoiding furious out-
bursts is better for the body. Being
in a state of constant upset is physi-
cally stressful. It can lead to a sup-
pressed immune system, ulcers, and
a number of other illnesses.
The first steps towards managing
your anger are acknowledging the
problem and being willing to

7 Ways to Ward Off Holiday Weight Gain

.-4s the winter months approach, the most common excuse for not exercising is weather! If'hen we see the fall rain fall
and feel the cool weather, it's so easy for us Floridians to get under the covers and sleep the day away.! Below are seven
sure-fire ways to get you excited about working out and eating healthy before '0"' comes rolling in!

1. Rent Mories
No. I don't mean the kind of
movies that turn \ou into an ice-
cream eating couch potato for 90
minutes! I'm talking about workout
%ideos Next time Nou're at the
Sideo store, rent a new aerobic
video. Exercise to the % ideo three to
four times a week and then %when
you return it. get another one!
Changing youw workouts fre-
quently will keep .our body guess-
ing so that \ou won't hlut a stall in
sour weiglht-loss. Plus, having a
new workout e\ er couple of \weeks
will help keep you interested in
exercise. Shrinking )our waistline
in the comfort of your warm and
cozy home also dissolves the
excuse of cold weather causing
your lack of interest in exercise.
Of course. you're also got to
watch your diet. Of course, signing
up for eDiets can really help this
time of year. eDiets offers support
from experts and peers, healthN
recipes, shopping lists, convenience
plans and a lot more
2. Holiday Cheer -- hold the fat
For a dieter, the workplace can be
absolutely torturous during the hol-
iday months. Mountains of
Christmas cookies in eter, cubicle
and bo\l Is of colorful foil-covered
chocolates on e\eiy desk seem to
tempt us. BefMioe ',ou gi'.e in. think
about these nunbeis.
Nine Hershey Kisses hate 230i
calories and 13 grants of fat! A few\

handfuls of these a day could seri-
ously ruin \our diet.
1 small slice of fruit cake can
quite easily tall\ up to a whopping
30U calories If a cake like this is in
the office, it's easy to keep nibbling
and not notice that instead of just
one small piece you've had a total
of three rather large pieces.
A good way to aoid the holiday
junk-food overload, while still
keeping the holiday spirit, is by
making \our own healthier treats so
hiugh-calorie desserts don't tempt
you. Put a newx spin on the annual
holiday cookie brownie smorgas-
bord often found in the workplace
and making a few dozen chocolate-
covered straw cherries instead.
Co-workers will impressed by
your elegant choice of sweets --
filled with vitamin C and healthy
3. Do the Math
If sou think Nou just can't asoid
the fat-laden baked goods that seem
to be popping-up everywhere, think
about tlhs: If you eat 300 calories
more than usual from today until
Ness Years. you will have gained
about 5 pounds!
4. Shopping
Yes. you read right! Shopping not
onil makes your wallet lighter, but
also has the ability to help you, the
shopper, become smaller! During
winter when holiday sales and gift
buying aie most abundant, shop-
ping can be a great low-impact cai-
dio ssoikout. A walk around the

null, searching for or exchanging
gifts, can easily add up to 3 miles or
movie of total distance. Just make
sure to steer clear of the food court!
In addition, it is pretty much unani-
mousl, agreed upon that the one
place busier than the mall is the
mall parking lot! Avoid the stress of
searching for the closest spot b\
searching for the FARlHEST spot.
While ever\ other car is meander-
ing in and out of parking rows in
desperate hopes of finding that one
miniraculous empty spot. \ou L~ill
sate time and burn calories by
walking farthei.
5. Multi-Task
Holidays = cooking + baking.
Cooking + baking = lots of down
time. When the casserole's in the
oven or the cake is rising, take that
time to do a quick %workout right in
the middle of \our kitchen. Jump-
rope for 10 minutes. do squats and
lunges right in front of your oven.
glab a can or two of gra\), use them
as dumbbells, and swoik on your
biceps and triceps! It may sound
odd. but this is the perfect wayv to
sase time and get a workout while
6. Spoil your dinner
Holiday parties often result in
total binges because there is just so
much food and it all looks and
taste,, amazing! A'oid binges by
eating a bit before attending the
part\. Try to eat some lean protein
since it will keep you full longer
and may help you avoid mindless

snacking later.
Once you're at the part look for
the healthiest options. Opt for vep-
etable-based snacks. If you must
drink, opt for diet soda with hard
liquor. Steer clear of cream\
eggnog! Also, remember that holi-
day parties have a lot more to offer
than food. Mingle. make news
friends, have fun with old ones --
and stay' away from the snack table'
7. Resolution Time!
That's right. It's time for the PRE-
New Year's resolution! Many peo-
ple start the beginning of the Nexw
Year with strong-willed resolutions
to lose or maintain weight.
However, as the 12 months wear
down, life seems to get in the way
of our good intentions and our
%weight-loss goals fall to the side-
lines. Making a resolution in
November for January I st forces us
to see that there is a light at the end
of the tunnel, which is quickly
Some of you may be thinking that
these rules seem a bit too strict; it is
the holiday season so it is certainly\
healthN to indulge a bit. It's OK to
hase a slice of Aunt Judy's famous
sweet potato pie on Thanksgi\ ing.
or a few of Grandma's melt-in-
sour-mouth cookies. But it's also
important to work them offi
Make a promise to eat healthier
and workout harder on the days
piior to your indulgence. If sou
plan your indulgences and prepare
for them, those delectable holiday

- gm In g L.I Ii5 E Lu'g rW I' i' Iw- I I'L
A group incarcerated rapists and date rapists were interviewed on what
they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts :

11 The first thing men look for
in a potential victim is hairstyle
They are most likely to go after a
x\oman with a ponytail, bun, braid
or other hairstyle that can easily be
grabbed They are also likely to
go after a %woman with long hair.
W-omen with short hair are not
common targets.
2) The second thing men look for
is clothing. The\ \will look for
vxomen who's clothing is easy to
remote quicklN. Man\ of them
carry scissors around specifically
to cut clothing.
3) They also look for women on
their cell phone, searching through
their purse or doing other activities
while walking because the\ are
off guard and can be easily oer-
4) Men are most likely to attack
& rape in the early morning.
between 5: 00 a.m. and 8:30a.m.
5) The number one place \women
are abducted from attacked is gro-
cery store parking lots. Ntunber
two is office parking lots garages
Number three is public restrooms
6. These men are looking to grab
a \oman and quickly mo'e her to
another location \where the. don't
have to \worry about getting
7) Only 2%'1 said the\ carried
weapons because rape carries a 3-
5 year sentence but rape with a
weapon is 15 -20 .\ears.
8) If Lou put up any kind of a
fight at all, they get discouraged
because it onl\ takes a minute or
two for them to realize that going
after Nou isn't worth it because it
will be time-consuming .
9) These men said the\ would not
pick on women who have umbrel-
las, or other similar objects that
can be used from a distance,, in
their hands.
Keys are not a deterrent because
you ha\e to get really\ clo-se to the
attacker to use them as a weapon.
So. the idea is to convince these
guys you're not worth it..
10) Several defense mechanisms
taught are: If someone is follow-

ing behind you on a street or in a
garage or with you in an elevator
or stairwell, look them in the face
and ask them a question, like what
time is it, or make general small
talk: "I can't believe it is so cold
out here". "we're in for a bad win-
ter." Now you've seen their face
and could identify. them in a line-
up: Nou lose appeal as a target.
11) If someone is coming
toward \ou. hold out your hands
in front of .ou and yell STOP or
STAY BACK!Most of the rapists
this man talked to said they'd leave
a woman alone if she yelled or
showed that she would not be
afraid to fight back Again, they
are looking for an EASY target.
12) If you carry pepper spray
this instructor was a huge advo-
cate of it and carries it with him
wherever he goes.) yell I1 HAVE
PEPPER SPRAY and holding it
out %\ill be a deterrent.
13) If someone grabs you you
can't beat them with strength but
\ou can by outsmarting them If
\ou are grabbed around the waist
from behind, pinch the attacker
either under the arm (between
the elbow and armpit) OR in the
upper inner thigh VERY VERY
HARD. Try pinching yourself in
those places as hard as you can
stand it: it hurts.
14) After the initial hit, always
GO for the GROIN You might
think that you'll anger the guy and
make him want to hurt you more.
but the thing these rapists told our
instructor is that they %want a
woman who will not cause a lot of
trouble. Start causing trou ble and
he's out of there.
15) When the guy pins his hands
up to you, grab his first two fingers
and bend them back as far as pos-
sible with as much pressure push-
ing down on them as possible!
16) Of course the things we
always hear still apply. Always be
aware of )our surroundings, take
someone with you if you can and
if you see any odd behavior, don't
dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!

I Tip from The Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on
your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND
IT TO HIM Toss it away from you .... chances are that lie is more
interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for
3. If you are ever till'own InTo t e trunk of a car, kick out the back
tail lights and stick your arm out tffr7fUrP",W start waving like
crazy. The driver won4t see you, but everybody else will. This has
saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eat-
ing, working, etc., and just sit (doing tneir cneCKbook, or making a
list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!)
If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE
OFF, repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and
speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If
the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as
the car crashes bail out and run. It is better Man naving hein find
your body in a remote location.

Reginald L. Sykes, Sr. M.D.P.A.


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Quick and Easy Holiday Cooking


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Cherry Glazed Ham
Makes 10 to 12 servings
1 10lb. fully cooked whole ham
I c. Smucker's Cherry Preserves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
3 tablespoons water
Place ham on a rack in a shallow
baking pan. Bake,. uncovered, at
325F about 1-1/2 hours (or until
thermometer registers 140F).
Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine
cherry preserves, vinegar, corn
syrup and spices. Cook and stir
until boiling. Reduce heat; simmer

two minutes. Stir in almonds.
Remove from heat. Set aside 3/4
cup of the glaze. About 15 minutes
before the meat is done, spoon
glaze over the ham, basting occa-
sionally. Remove ham from oven;
place on a heated serving platter.
Stir the water into reserved 3/4-cup
glaze; heat and serve along with

Holiday Season 2006: Give
new life to your holiday
menu this year with tasteful
touches to traditional fare
and bring a festive attitude
to this cherished event.
A beautifully browned bird
is the centerpiece. But this
year it sports a blast of big
Fixing the Foolnroof Fea

Hosting dinner should be fun
ahead and enjoy celebrating with t
-Serve a perfect, succulent turk
one with a Volk disposable cooking
provides a guaranteed indication of
rate to within + or -20F. The disp(
vides a juicy turkey done to perfect
in roasting convenience. For more i
-Look for chef-designed seasonin
beautifully balanced, intriguing fl

Tuxedo Strawberries
Makes 24 to 26 strawberries
24 to 36 strawberries (about two
1-pint baskets), stems intact
1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons Crisco All-
Vegetable Shortening or 2 table-
spoons Crisco@ Stick, divided
1-1/2 cups white chocolate,
Line a large baking sheet with
waxed paper. Wipe strawberries
clean; dry with paper towels.
Place semi-sweet chocolate chips
and 1 tablespoon shortening in a
microwave-safe glass bowl. Cook
at 50 percent power, or defrost, for
45 seconds. Press finger into choco-
late to see if it is melted, if not, heat
for another 45 seconds.
Repeat process until chocolate is
soft and shortening is melted. Stir
until mixture is smooth. Repeat
process with white chocolate and
remaining 1 tablespoon shortening.
Holding a strawberry by its green
top, dip 3/4 of berry into melted
white chocolate. Let excess choco-
late drip off. Repeat with remaining
berries. Place on waxed paper-lined

flavor. The secret? All-natu-
ral and versatile seasoning
blends, which add contem-
porary flavor twists through-
out the menu. The juicy,
succulent turkey is cooked to
perfection when you use a
disposable cooking timer,

guaranteed success. As a
complement to the meal,
consider pouring food-
friendly wines that are
vibrant and pleasing.
Try out these treats on your
holiday menu, which is fes-
tive, contemporary and

which makes roasting a promises to be memorable.

st dishes. Chef Paul's Magic Seasonings offer a range
and festive. Plan of versatile and appealing flavors with all-natural
and festive. Plan
those you love. ingredients that contain no MSG or preservatives.
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timer. This timer your holiday meal, check out recipes and tips from
Chef Prudhomme at
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"'side of the t uxedo "lapel." Repeat
side of the berry. Place on waxed
paper-lined sheet.
Dip each cooled white chocolate-
dipped berry at an angle into the
semi-sweet chocolate, creating one
side of the tuxedo "lapel." Repeat
the process at an angle on the other
side of the berry. Place on waxed
paper-lined sheet.
Place a small amount of melted
semi-sweet chocolate into a small

plastic zipper bag. Cut the tip of the
comer, creating a very small open-
ing. Pipe decorative buttons and
bow ties onto strawberries.
Refrigerate until chocolate coat-
ing is firm, about 1 hour.
(Can be prepared 8 hours ahead,
but they are best eaten the same
day. Keep refrigerated.)

Makes: 10 to 12 servings
1 (10- to 12-pound) turkey with
Pop-Up timer
36 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in
3 tablespoons Chef Paul
Prudhomme's Poultry Magic and 2
tablespoons Chef Paul
Prudhomme's Meat Magic (or 5
tablespoons of either blend)
1 medium onion, peeled, quartered
and separated
2 celery ribs, cut in half crosswise
1/2 large green bell pepper, cored,
seeded and cut into 2-inch strips
2 large carrots, scrubbed and cut in
half lengthwise
Combine the two Magic Seasoning
Blends in a small bowl and mix
Remove, but do not discard, large,
fatty deposits found inside flaps by
breast and tail cavities of turkey.
In a 10-inch skillet, render turkey
fat over high heat. Discard all but 1
tablespoon and return to skillet.

Slow Roasted Turkey
Add garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of
Magic Seasoning Blends. Saut6
until garlic just begins to turn
brown and soft, about 2 to 3 min-
utes. Remove from heat and drain.
Blot with paper towels to remove
any remaining fat. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 325F. Work fin-
gers between breast meat and skin
to form pockets. Place cooled
sauteed garlic evenly inside these
pockets. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of
Magic Seasoning Blends inside
breast cavity, then place vegetables
inside the cavity. Position carrots
last because they're easiest to put in.
Sprinkle the remaining Magic
Seasoning Blends evenly over out-
side of turkey. Place turkey in large
roasting pan and roast uncovered
until tender and golden brown,
about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. Turkey is
ready when indicated by Volk dis-
posable cooking timer (or internal
temperature of 1700F). Remove
turkey from oven; reserve pan drip-

pings for Spiced Fig and Pear
Gravy. Let turkey stand for 15 to 20
minutes before carving.

Candied Butternut Squash
Makes: 12 servings
1 teaspoon Paul Prudhomme's
Vegetable Magic
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 12-ounce package butternut
squash, 1/2-inch dice
In 1-quart saucepan, combine
Vegetable Magic, lemon juice,
water, sugars, butter and vanilla.
Cook over medium heat until liquid
is somewhat thick, about 12 min-
utes. Add squash and cook until
squash is fork-tender, and liquid is
thick and syrupy, about 12 minutes


Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
My Grandma's Cobbler
2-4 c. sliced fresh or frozen fruit
1 c. sugar
Mix together in a bowl and let sit at room temperature
for 30 min-2 hours.
Place 1 stick of real butter in a DEEP bowl and place
in a 350* oven. (Make sure the bowl is deep since the
batter will rise and fall during baking)
Mix Batter together:
1 c. sugar
3/4 c. flour

2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
When the stick of butter is melted, remove bowl from
the oven. Pour in the batter..DO NOT STIR..then drop
in the sugared fruit...DO NOT back in the
oven. Bake for 1 hour 15 min to 1 hour 30 min. or until
a knife poked all the way into the middle shows no
uncooked batter.
Let cool to room temperature so it comes together;
otherwise it will be runny.
It will be gooey, fruity, and chewy. Serve warmed with
vanilla icecream.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Downtown Living Tour
Did you know that Downtown
Jacksonville has more than 1,000
residential units under construction
and over 1,000 residential units to
begin construction in the coming
months? The 2006 Downtown
Living Tour will be held on
Saturday, November 18, from 10
a.m. 4 p.m., $10 per person. The
tour will include the 20+ new and
in construction housing develop-
ments in the downtown area. For
more information on tour sites and
exact times, call 366-6600, ext.

Reunion Meeting for
Roosevelt Apt. Residents
A planning meeting is underway
for a Neighborhood Reunion of res-
idents who lived in the Roosevelt
Apartments, Venus and Mars Court
area from 1950 thru 1975.
The "Neighborhood" for this
reunion is between Myrtle Ave. and
Boulevard, from 8th Street to M.L.
King Exp. The next meeting will be
held at 3 p.m.,on Saturday,
November 18th at the Agape New
Life Christian Center, 2030
Phoenix Ave. For additional info
call 608-6902 or (904) 703-2751.

Get Checking Class
The Duval County Extension
Service is offering a Get Checking
seminar on Saturday, November
18, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
Duval County Extension Service,
1010 N McDuff Ave. Participants
develop a spending and saving plan,

learn the latest tips for using credit
wisely and choosing and using
financial services. The class is espe-
cially beneficial for those with
bounced checks. Upon completion
of the class, eight local banks will
open accounts for them. Call 387-
8850 to register.

BRATS Food Drive
The Gamma Rho Omega B. R.
A. T. S. (Brilliant, responsible,
alert talented scholars), will have
their first annual food drive benefit-
ing 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 communi-
ty is asked to bring donations of
non-perishable food items and gift
cards to purchase turkey and hams.
For more info 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-

Johnson Branch Registering for Youth and
Corporate Basketball and Cheerleading
The James W\eldon Johnson Family YMCA is, currently registering for
basketball and cheerleading and youth basketball registration for boys and
girls between the ages of 4 to 15 until November 30th. Registration is also
open for Corporate League Basketball. This league is designed for com-
panies and local businesses who would like to incorporate fitness and fun
among it's employees. The YMCA encourages restaurants, grocery stores
and also major corporations to participate. Registration is currently open
and will end Dec. 8th. If you should have any questions, please call 765-
3589 for more information.

Do You Know an

Unsung Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and put-
ting someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
gift certificate from Publix Supermarkets.

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looms for display and discussion.
Food will be available. For addi-
tional information please contact
Mary Chauncey (904) 781-9300.

Meeting for Stanton
Alumni and Faculty
Alumni, your presence is needed
at a meeting at 6 p.m. on November
20th at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. This is the monthly plan-
ning meeting for the first Stanton,
New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational Annual Gala scheduled
for April 28, 2007. For additional
information call Ken Reddick at
764-8795 or Charleyne Martin at

Help Center Annual
Golf Tournament
The Help Center, Inc., A transi-
tional Living / Recovery &
Treatment Facility, will host its 6th
Annual Golf Tournament, Monday,
November 20, 2006. Registration
starts at 7:30 AM. Shotgun start at
9:00 at the Hidden Hills Country
Club. The entry fee includes
Practice Range Balls; Captain's
Choice Format, lunch and
Presentation of Prizes following
play. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd Places, Longest Drive,
Longest Putt, Closet to the Pin,
Hold in One Prizes on all Par 3s,
Door Prizes, and Raffle. For more
information call 633-9383, ext 10.

Landing Tree
Lighting Ceremony
The 20th Annual Tree Lighting
Ceremony will take place Friday,
November 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in
The Jacksonville Landing's center
courtyard. This year's tree comes to
Jacksonville from Sugar Mountain,
NC and was personally selected by
10-year-old Zachary Lowe, the son
of Landing General Manager Janice
Lowe. It is estimated that more than
40,000 lights and more than 400
ornaments are being used to deco-
rate this year's tree. The evening
will conclude with a large fireworks
display, courtesy of the City of
Jacksonville, on the St Johns River.
For more information call 353-1199
ext. 1010

Annual Nutcracker
Tour of Homes
The Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village presents the sixth annual
Nutcracker Tour of Homes, a free
holiday home tour featuring beauti-
ful homes decorated in themes
inspired by The Nutcracker ballet.
The homes on the tour will be open
to the public Nov. 24 -Dec. 3, 2006
from 12-4 p.m. daily. For informa-
tion, call (904) 940-5000.

See the Play "I Just
Wanna Be Right"
Harvest Fields Entertainment will
present the play "I JUst Wanna Be
Right" starring recording artists
Sabrina Walker and Vickie Farrie.
Show dates are November 26, 27
and 28th at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101
West 1st Street in Springfield. For
more information, call 356-9292.

18th Diversity
Network Social Night
The Jacksonville community is
invited to join the Diversity
Network for a night of fun, fellow-
ship and discussion for the 18th
Diversity Network Social Night.
The event will occur at Ninth &
Main St. (Nosh) on Tuesday, Nov.
28th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.The event
will include a social and appetizers
from 6:30-7:00 and the program
starts at 7:00 with discussion to fol-
low. The subject is "Cultures of
Middle East: The current tenants of
the Cradle of Civilization".
For more information or to RSVP,

National AIDS Quilt on
Display at City Hall
In observance of National AIDS
Day, once again at Noon the AIDS
Memorial Quilt ceremony will be at
the City Hall. Come at 11:30 and
participate in the ceremony or come
at noon to observe on Wednesday,
November 29th. Quilts will be
hung from the balcony and placed
on the floor by volunteers to com-
memorate the lives of those who
have died of AIDS. World AIDS
Day Memorial Service scheduled
for December 1, 2006.

Teams Sought for
Scrabble Soiree
The 2006 Scrabble Soiree Letters
for Literacy event consists of teams
of six to eight players competing
against each other as well as the
clock, to achieve the highest scor-
ing Scrabble Board. The event, ben-
efitting Learn to read, will be held
on Thursday, November 30th from
6 9 p.m. at St. John's Cathedral in
Downtown Jacksonville. For more
information or to register call
Heather Corey at 399-8894.

Holiday Blues
The Human Services Council
hosts a Brown Bag Mini Workshop
series to bring information about
programs and services for clients to
front line staff. Sessions are free
and open to all. "Holiday Blues:
Dealing with Seasonal Depression"
is the topic of the December 6th
Brown Bag Workshop. Seating is
limited so please RSVP to 396-
3052. The event begins at noon.
Those attending are encouraged to
bring a brown bag lunch. For more
information call 396-3051.

Yuletide Swing
The St. Johns River City Band
"Big Band" will present their annu-
al Yuletide Swing on Friday,
December 8th at 7:30 pm. in the
Jacoby Hall at the Times Union
Center. For more information call

Leadership Workshop
Jacksonville Community Council
Inc. Forward is holding a
Leadership Development Workshop
on Friday, Dec. 8 called "River'
City's Revolution: Through and
Around Jacksonville Government."
The workshop will be held from
noon until 4:30 p.m. at the
Renaissance Room in City Hall in
downtown Jacksonville. There is
no charge for all JCCI and Forward
members. The fee for non-members
is $50, which includes a year long
member to JCCI Forward. Space is
limited. Please RSVP by calling
396-3052 or email
For more info call 396-3051.

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6th Annual Signature
Gala Ball
Join Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa
Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi for
their annual fundraiser ball on
Friday December 29th from 9 p.m.
- 2 a.m. The event will be held at
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. Elite band will be
performing and there will also be a
DJ. This is always one of the
biggest events of the year with over
1,000 people expected. Tickets are
available now from a member of
any of the sponsoring organiza-
tions. $50 in advance, $60 at the
door. Formal attire.

100 Black
Men College Fair
The 100 Black Men of
Jacksonville, Inc. will present the
4th Annual College Fair on
January 20, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. -
3:00 the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel.Over 50 college
representatives will be on hand to
interview and answer questions and
scholarships will be awarded on
site. In addition, information on
financial aid and other resources
will be available. Students are
encouraged to bring their tran-
scripts. Students need to pre-regis-
ter online at for
a pass to the event. For more infor-
mation call (904) 616-7727.

Musical and Dance
Tribute to Ray Charles
The UNF Fine Arts Center will
YOU" a dazzling tribute to the
genius of Ray Charles direct from
London. The performance features
a stunning cast of soulful singers,
sassy dancers and electrifying
musicians performing the super-
stars hits in glitzy style! The per-
formance will be on Thursday,
January 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the
UNF Fine Arts Center. For more
information, call 620-1921.

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Free Press Files

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

Join us as we glimpse

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The Jacksonville Free Press unveiled Jacksonville's Five Most Influential in a program at the Ritz with over 600 attendees there to receive the commissioned poster in 2000. In attendance were Tanyaa Weathersbea,
Sir Spencer Cobb, JuCoby Pittman, James & Sandra Richardson, Ron Baker, Mozelle Bruton, Eleanor Hughes, Sharon Coon and the late William Brown who was also one of the judges.

Sollie and Mary Mitchell at an Alpha event.

Frankie Whitfield, Doris and William Scott and Mrs. Emma McCoy.

Delta Sigma Theta Members Marguerite Warren, Dr. Barbara
Young and Persephone Coleman share a sisterly camaraderie.

Sigma Gamma Rho Chapter circa 1995.

NAACP Elections: (left -frame) In this late 80s photo, the late Bob Ingram, Lewis Carter and Bernard
Gregory (left) are shown awaiting the results of a highly contested NAACP election between Mack
Freeman and Bill Randall. Also participating in the elections were Fred Matthews and Attorney Tom
Fallis.. Bill Randall, who was elected president, eventually ran for congress on a Republican ticket against
Corrine Brown.

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Jacksonville community advocate, dentist and attorney, Dr. Chester Aikens has been around the country and hobnobbed with a variety of celebrities. He is shown above (1-R) with Senator Bill Nelson, former NAACP
head Ben Chavis now with the Nation of Islam as Benjamin X and with former President William Jefferson Clinton.

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Deconstructing Tyrone: The Myth, Image

and the Dissecting of the Black Man

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Journalists Natalie Moore and
Natalie Hopkinson didn't exactly
know what they were getting into
when they decided to write about
black masculinity. They found out
after researching and writing about
the topic that there is a lot more to
the black man than meets the eye.
Tailoring a book surrounding the
myths, frailty, stereotypes and mas-
culinity of the black man was one

topic that both, at the beginning,
had a difficult time digesting. But
with some prodding by family, rela-
tives, mentors and a publisher giv-
ing them the thumbs up, Moore and
Hopkinson decided to put a book
together on the subject.
The end result of the project,
"Deconstructing Tyrone," is a 234-
page literary work that speaks
bluntly about the image, or mis-
guided image of black men we too
often see through the eyes of biased
media misrepresentation and per-
*sonal assumptions.
Moore and Hopkinson offers read-
ers a valiant, complex and searing
effort to shake up those stereotypes
and myths of the black man through
the lens of their journalistic skills
,and own personal experiences.
In "Deconstructing Tyrone,"
Moore, a former reporter with the
Detroit News and Associated Press,
and Hopkinson, a staff writer at the
-Washington Post, illustrate a por-
'trait of humanity of the black man
'in this day and age. Moore and
-Hopkinson effectively detail the
-challenges, drive, complexity, adu-
lation and envy of black men. They
keep it real. No punches are pulled.
Not only is "Deconstructing
Tyrone" a powerful, sometimes raw
take of black masculinity during the
hip-hop era, Moore and Hopkinson
also carefully examines strongholds
that affect the African American
community as a whole.
In a recent sit-down interview,
Moore and Hopkinson explained
why they decided to tackle the sub-
"It was hard to write, like how it
was going to come together, con-
ceptualizing it and how we formed
it," Moore said. "But the book is
journalism. There's reporting in
every chapter. We also wanted this
book to look at gender relations,

too. When we were talking about
relationships, we were thinking
about not talk radio relationships,
but gender relations. Half of the
chapters we're interviewing black
men, the other we're interviewing
black women. We also wanted to
explore how this impacts black
women. We are a community.
We're talking about racial uplift,
but we're also critical of these
hyper-masculine images.
Women do not like (rap-
per) 50 Cent. The book
is abstract in some
The book is also laced
with candor, humor,
arm-chair dialogue and
solid reporting that gives
readers a new perspec-
tive of the black man in
the Hip-Hop Generation.
"One of the things that
we used to talk about in
undergraduate school is
the crazy black man syn-
drome," said Hopkinson,
who is married with two
children. "This is arm-
chair observation. [But]
we noticed that certain
men, when they reach a
certain age-you know
like white men may have
a mid-life crisis. Black
men have something totally differ-
ent. We used to joke about the crazy
black man syndrome. Doing the
book, we realized that they are not
crazy. It is society that's crazy.
Black men are not crazy."
To solidify their work, Moore and
Hopkinson devote chapters to poli-
tics, hip-hop, gay fatherhood mas-
culinity, the raising of young black

men, the criminal justice system,
and women and their relationships
with their fathers.
"We went back to our brainstorm-
ing," Hopkinson said. "We're like,
'okay, we're going to do this book
about Tyrone.' But then we began to
think about how we were going to

do that. What are the main ways
Tyrone is portrayed in the media?
You got your sports. You got your
politicians. You got your crime.
We're going to give you a different
look at this."
Prsently on tour to promote
"Deconstructing Tyrone," Moore
and Hopkinson adamantly say the
book is to uplift, not male-bash.
"Everyone asks us is this male-
bashing," Moore said. "Anytime
you say a black woman writing
about black men...We're not male
bashing. We're writing about rela-
tionships. We put it out there what
our mission is. And we don't want it
to be taken as this is mother's note

about black men. These are our
experiences, our reflections. We
wanted to make that clear."
What is also clear is that there is
no magic wand to present a clear
definition of who the black man is,
said Hopkinson.
"It's really impossible to do a por-

Jeffery Miller, Henry Sellers, Tommy Miller and Almarie Miller enjoy
the view from their Club seats at the game.

Jaguar running back Fred Taylor doesn't seem to pleased at the
game. The Jaguars were defeated in their stadium by the Houston
Texans 13-10 making their stats for the season 5-4. Next up is a
Monday night football challenge with the NFC Division East leaders
New York Giants (6-3) lead by former Jaguars Coach Tom Coughlin.

trait of the black man," Hopkinson
said. "We're just throwing out some
vignettes that will challenge what
your perceptions are about the
black man. We won't be the last to
write a book on Tyrone and black
masculinity. This is not the first
time and it won't be the last time.
What we really tried to do in the
book is to give information and per-
spective to give to people-tools to
think about.
"We're talking about black men
and the challenges they have. It
goes back to the crazy black man
syndrome. They're not crazy. It is
rough out there. So, we're trying to
shed some light on that."

Door to Door White Collar Marijuana

Service Busted in New York

Pot dealers in New York are
apparently willing to make house
calls to white collar customers in an
attempt to service clientele unwill-
ing to travel to the hood.
According to a report by the
Associated Press, experts say home
delivery is far from a new concept,
but it has been growing in popular-
ity in recent years as dealers are
adopting a more corporate style of
satisfying customers.
Chris, a 37-year-old salesman in
Manhattan, dials a pager number
and gets a return call from a dis-
patcher who takes his order for
potent strains of marijuana. Several
hours later, a well-groomed deliv-
ery man sometimes a moonlight-
ing actor or chef shows up with
his order of weed neatly packaged
in small plastic containers.
"These are very nice, discreet peo-
ple," said Chris, who spoke to The
Associated Press on condition only
his first name be used. "There's an
unspoken trust. It's better than
going to some street comer and get-
ting ripped off or killed."
Last year, the Drug Enforcement
Administration announced a
sophisticated drug operation nick-
named the Cartoon Network. After
using wiretaps and surveillance and

making undercover buys, DEA
agents arrested 12 people in the
drug ring, which operated out of a
roving call center taht processed
some 600 orders a day from doc-
tors, lawyers, Wall Street traders -
even on Christmas, investigators
One former customer named
Lucia, a 30-year-old employee at an
entertainment cable network,
recalled blatant deals done at the
company's Manhattan headquar-
ters. Executives and employees
would pool their orders as if they
were buying lunch together, then
await the arrival of a courier, Lucia
The cost was $60 for one plastic
case holding two grams of marijua-
na a steep markup, but worth it
because of convenience and quality,
she said. "It was kind, kind bud,"
she said. "Yummy stuff."
Cartoon's alleged mastermind,
John Nebel, "should have been the
CEO of a Fortune 500 company,"
said his attorney, Steve Zissou.
Instead, Nebel, who is awaiting
trial, could get a minimum of 10
years in federal prison if convicted.
Prosecutors also are demanding the
forfeiture of $22 million in cash,
homes, cars, motorcycles and a boat

owned by him and his cohorts.
Authorities conceded the home
delivery trade will-probably survive
because of the high demand for
marijuana and the low penalties for
dealing it.

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Today's political and economic landscape has changed radical-
ly-as have the implications for the black male athlete of the Hip-
Hop Generation. The success of the black pioneers in athletics
and politics have created more opportunities for more black men
to become college educated, created more black male millionaires,
and created more arenas where black talents are celebrated and
worshipped on an international stage.
Still, some things haven't changed. Arenas are largely filled with
white faces, casting their gaze on largely black contenders. One
pro athlete was likened to "a monkey in a cage," Dave Zirin writes
in his fascinating book 'What's My Name, Fool? Sports and
Resistance in the United States. 'An integrated sports media work-
force continues to depict white athletes as "intelligent" and black
athletes as "natural." The advertising, sports, and entertainment
industries trade and profit heavily on the perpetuation of stereo-
types of black physical brawn at the expense of black players'
intellectual capabilities. -- Excerpts from "Deconstructing Tyrone"

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Entertainment World Mourning Sudden

Loss of R&B Crooner Gerald Levert

The death of soulful and smooth
singer, song itter aiid producer
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lished reports.
Since the 1980s, Levert, who was
the son of legendary O'Jays mem-

could sing to women what
wanted to hear and say what
wanted to say to women,"
Chuck Gamble, executive

-ddie president for Philadelphia
e r t International Records and Gamble
nelt- and Huff Music. During his career,
the Levert made a number of hits such
s of as "Cassanova," "Baby I'm Ready,"
with "(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My
a a I Mind" and "Baby Hold on to Me,"
nd a a duet with his father.
atic He got his start as a member of
pres- LeVert, which included his brother
Sean and friend Marc Gordon.
-'He Music veteran Harry Coombs
worked with Philadelphia
International Records during the
70s and 80s and launched the
group. He remembers Levert Sr.
providing him with a demo tape of
the three young men.
"I said if I think they can sing I'll
tell you that, if I think they can't
sing I'll tell you that too," said
The group sounded almost identi-
cal to the O'Jays, said Coombs,
who also recalled Gerald Levert
filling in for his father during a con-
cert in recent years.
"I closed my eyes two or three
songs deep in to the show and
thought it was Eddie Levert up
there," said Coombs.
Although Levert paralleled his
father in many ways, he possessed
they his own style and niche in the R&B
men industry.
said He wrote popular tunes such as
vice "Practice What You Preach," sung

by the late Barry White.
Levert also produced artists such
as Troupe and the Rude Boys and
did work with Patti Labelle,
Yolanda Adams, Teena Marie,
Mikki Howard, and many others.
His solo debut came in 1991 when
he released the album "Private
Line." In 1997 he joined with R&B
singers Johnny Gill and Keith
Sweat to form the group LSG.
The group's self-titled album sold
more than 2 million copies and fea-
tured the hit "My Body."
His 2002 album was titled The G
Spot" and in 2005 he released
"Voices." His upcoming album was
entitled "Do I Speak for The
"All of us at Atlantic are shocked
and deeply saddened by his untime-
ly death. He was one of the greatest
voices of our time who sang with
unmatched soulfulness and power,
as well as a tremendously gifted
composer and accomplished pro-
ducer," read a statement issued by
Atlantic Records.
Among his survivors are his four
The public memorial service for
R&B singer Gerald Levert will be
held on November 17th at the
Cleveland Convention Center
Music Hall in downtown
Cleveland. The family will also
have a private memorial service.

Prince Opens Las Vegas Club Gig

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People arrive for the opening night of Prince's 3121 club at the Rio
Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last weekend.

Prince unveiled a low-production
but high-energy show as he debuted
a new weekly casino gig, giving no
indication he plans to become the
next Wayne Newton.
Under a deal announced this
month, he will perform shows for
the next several Friday and
Saturday nights in the 3121 club at
The Rio casino-hotel just off the
Las Vegas Strip.
The move surprised fans who
have dubbed the star now more

than 20 years past his megahit
album and movie "Purple Rain" a
pop, funk and soul innovator. Las
Vegas, a place once known for
showcasing stars in the twilight of
their careers, wasn't expected.
"I just didn't think he was at the
has-been stage, yet," said Pat Ellen,
a 36-year-old social worker from
Chicago, before the show.
But organizers and bandmates say
the man who once changed his
name to a soundless symbol is sim-

ply taking his own tack again.

"I think he wants to bring a new ele-
ment to Vegas; that's the whole
point, to bring a new, fresh vibe,"
said Maya McClean, a Prince
spokeswoman and half of the back-
up group performing with the star,
The Twinz.
The club renamed from Club Rio
- and an album released in March
are named after the street address of
the Los Angeles home where Prince
once held intimate, private- per-
formances for the few and lucky.
The new show is intended to recap-
ture the private party feel in a small
The shows are expected to run "a
couple of months" before the group
goes on tour, McLean said.
Unlike many properties that spend
millions on theater makeovers and
elaborate productions for new stars,
The Rio did little more than add a
coat of purple paint, said Marilyn
Winn, the casino's president. The
club fits about 700 people.
"Prince is all about great music.
We didn't want anything that we
thought would detract from the
great music," Winn said.
The performance started at mid-
night and ran nearly two hours, later

and longer than most Las Vegas
shows. Tickets cost $125.
The show included an even mix of
classics and new material, guitar
solos, soulful ballads and funk. His
racy hits, such as "Cream" and
"Kiss," were a contrast to the tamer
songs released since the star
became a Jehovah's Witness.
"You don't have to be dirty to be
sexy," Prince advised the Sin City
audience, before launching into a
,sweet love -song '."iLet me show
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The legendary blues singer Ruth Brown, 78, is V
said to be on life support in a Las Vegas hospital,
reports Roger Freidman of Fox 411. He writes:
"Ruth, whose biggest hit was 'Mama He Treats
Your Daughter Mean,' has been a pioneer in the
music business in many ways. An original per-
former at the start of Atlantic Records, it was Ruth
who got Atlantic to put up an endowment for the
foundation to save other artists."
Video cameras were rolling last week as
comedian Katt Williams was released from a
Los Angeles jail on weapons charges. W
4 hen asked "how did it go" in jail, Williams
responded: "It's jail. I don't recommend it on
the day your DVD comes out. Thanks every-
body for buying it."
:l As previously reported, Williams was
stopped and detained on a weapons charge at
Los Angeles International Airport. A stolen
gun was found in his briefcase after he was
stopped at a security checkpoint, according to airport police.
The 35-year-old Cincinnati-born comic was taken to a city police sta-
tion and booked under the name of Micah S. Katt Williams for investi'-
gation of illegally possessing a firearm. He was released on bail after
serving three days in an L.A. jail.
A new book due this month about Walt Disney further exposes the late
movie titan as a racist against African Americans and other ethnic
groups. In his biography "Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American
Imagination," Neal Gabler reveals that Disney regularly used racial epi-
thets when referring to blacks, and called an Italian band heard in the
animated classic "Pinocchio" a "bunch of garlic eaters." When animator
David Swift told him he was moving to Columbia Pictures, "Walt called
him into the office, feigned a Yiddish accent, and said, 'OK, Davy boy,
off you go to work with those Jews. It's where you belong, with those
Federal prosecutors are denying a widely-report-
ed story from Daily Variety that claims they struck -t
a deal with actor Wesley Snipes that allowed him to
avoid jail time on tax charges.
"No agreement has been reached with him; what
we are doing is we are talking to his representative
and making arrangements for him to turn himself in .
to face the charges, because he's out of the country," 'in j I,4
Tampa federal prosecutors' spokesman Steve Cole .
told AFP. "There's no agreement, nothing negotiat-
ed about the charges."
Variety reporter Patrick Frater acknowledged in the New York Times
that he failed to fully verify a story in which he claimed Snipes had
reached a deal with U.S. authorities to pay $13 million allegedly owed
in back taxes on an installment plan. Frater said he spoke only to three
hssiciates .of Snipes;,but not to prosecutor.
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