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Dillard Students Ordered to Return

FEMA Aid Received During Katrina
Hundreds of Dillard University students in New Orleans who received
financial aid from FEMA are being asked to return the money because,
according to federal officials, they were never eligible for the aid.
FEMA spokeswoman Rachel Rodi says the glitch occurred when stu-
dents incorrectly claimed college dorms that were damaged by the storm
as their primary residence.
"Students who lived in a dormitory owned or managed by the school
will not qualify for housing assistance because dormitories are not con-
sidered a primary residence," Rodi said.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, began sending
out the repayment letters in late July following an investigation in early
May of fraudulent claims, says Freddye Hill, Dillard's vice president of
campus life.
Students are also accused of making unnecessary claims on items that
were actually Dillard property.
According to Rodi, students have 30 days to pay the money back in full
or agree to an installment plan. But they can appeal the demand for
repayment by explaining in writing why they feel FEMA's decision was
incorrect. They can, for example, supply additional information, such as
a utility bill or any other kind of bill with an address to prove that it was
their primary residence.

Va. Lawmaker Rather 'Celebrate

Juneteenth' Than Apologize for Slavery
Virginia - A state legislator who enraged Black leaders by saying
Black Virginians "should just get over" slavery is now proposing that the
state celebrate Juneteenth, the June 19 observance of slavery's end,
instead of offering an apology for slavery, according to The New York
Times. The legislator, Delegate Frank D. Hargrove, an 80-year-old
Republican, said last week that he opposed a legislative resolution offer-
ing an official apology for slavery because no one living today was
involved in it. Virginia's Black leaders demanded an official censure of
Mr. Hargrove and an apology from the Republican Party. Mr. Hargrove
said yesterday that a Mississippi minister called and recommended the
Juneteenth resolution as an alternative to a slavery apology.

Nigerian Preacher to Hang for 'Sin'

Burnings of Church Members
A Nigerian court sentenced a Lagos preacher to a hanging death for
setting members of his congregation on fire and killing one woman.
Emeka Ezeuko Kingsley, known as Rev. King, was found guilty of one
count of murder and five counts of attempted murder after accusing six
members of his Christian Praying Assembly church of sinning by having
extra-marital sex, pouring gasoline over them and then setting them on
fire. Rev. King allegedly told members of the congregation that he was
Jesus Christ, a claim that gave him the power to punish sins. He claimed
to be innocent of the charges, and his lawyer said he is likely to appeal.

Black Graduation Rates on the Rise
Good news: the nationwide enrollment of black students in college is
the highest it has ever been. Bad news: the national graduation rate is still
below 50 percent.
This January, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE) found
that the average graduation rate, defined as receiving a degree within six
years, for black college students has increased four percent over the past
three years but currently stands at 43 percent, 20 percentage points below
the 63 percent average graduation rate for white college students.
Harvard is the national leader nationwide in black graduation.
In its report, the JBHE also investigated the black student graduation
rates between different types of schools and found that public state
schools and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) were
likely to have some of the lowest graduation rates for black students. Of
the HBCU, Spelman College has the highest black student graduation
rate at 77 percent. Twenty of the HBCU schools, however, have two-
thirds or more of black students failing to earn a diploma.
The study discussed several influences on graduation rates, including the
racial climate at the school and the size of the black community. The
report found that a large black community and a welcoming atmosphere
increased the success of the students, while preparation level and family
background also impacted student performance.

Dreamgirls Gets Four Oscar Nods
The Oscar nominations were released this week and to no one's surprise
"Dreamgirls" garnered the most nods. The Motown inspired production
received a total of 8 nominations. But what's shocking is that the film
failed to earn a best picture nomination.
As expected, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson were both nominat-
ed for best supporting actor and actress, respectively for their roles in
"Dreamgirls." Other nominated categories,include art direction, costume
design, sound mixing and original song (three).
Murphy will face "Blood Diamond" star Djimon Hounsou in the sup-
porting category, while Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland"
and Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness" received best actor nomi-
nations. Whitaker and Hudson are the favorites to win their categories
say Oscar watchers.
The 79th Academy Awards will be telecast live from the Kodak Theater
in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb 25 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern on ABC-

Volume 20 No. 45 Jacksonville, Florida January 25-31, 2007

Family Affairs Is the Decline of the

Black Family More Fiction Than Fact?

by J. Jones BAW number for black women is even whole story, cal trajectory of the black commu-
The statistics would have you higher -- 70 percent. Coupled with "Statements on the decline of the nity," Wattleton said. "The struc-
believe the black family is an statistics that say the out-of-wed- black family and its imminent ture of the family has been disrupt-
endangered species. lock birthrate is also about 70 per- demise are greatly exaggerated," ed in profound ways in a historical
The New York Times previously cent, there is an image that sug- said Faye Wattleton, president of context ever since we came to this
reported that for what experts say gests, for whatever reason, that the Center for the Advancement of country ... black women have been
may be the first time, a majority of black Americans have abandoned Women and a longtime advocate in a position of raising families and
American women -- 51 percent -- traditional family arrangements. for reproductive rights and health, being head of the household histor-
are living without a husband. The Numbers, however, do not tell the "You have to look at the histori- ically." Continued on page 3

.100 Black Men Collll ege Fair Award
ILibrary Unveils Free Black

Shown above is the Steering Committed for the 100 Black Men '
Scholarship Fair
100 Black Men College Fair Award

Hundreds on Spot Scholarships Shown above is Mrs. Charlotte Stewart and calendar honoree Edna
Members of the Jacksonville Chapter of 100 Black Men recently pre- Alexander in the field of broadcasting.
sented their Fourth Infinite Scholars College and Scholarship Fair. More The Jacksonville Public Libraries unveiled their Black History Month
than 500 students attended the event in search of on site college admissions calendar portraying local notables in Jacksonville's Black History. Each
and scholarships." Held at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, over 50 college month, the calendar highlights with pictures various professions in fields
representatives were on hand to award on site scholarships and college such as architectural, publishing, education, church and military. In addi-
admission. In addition, information on financial aid and other resources tion each day in the twelve month calendar includes a significant point in
were available. The free event required students to bring their transcripts Black history The calendar is available free of charge at area Libraries
to be eligible for the opportunities. and Burger King Restaurants.

Community Forum Shows Character Counts in Ending Violence

by Dana Maule
Jacksonville's status as the murder
capital of the state Florida has
natives and lookers-on asking 'what
are we doing to make Jacksonville
safe'. Community and business
leaders along with parents have put
on their thinking caps to become
symbols of safety and demand jus-
tice through the newly formed
Character Counts Coalition.

Last week, the coalition
rallied the community at City Hall
to synergize and brainstorm how to
decrease the crime rate in
Jacksonville by asking attendees to
join various organizations targeted
toward our youth and their parents.
Executive Director of
Character Counts, Gail Keith
alongside Sheriff John Rutherford
were available to educate and to

ensure all in attendance that meas-
ures have been taken to stop the
violence on the street. Also in atten-
dance was President of MAD-
DADS Donald Foy, Rudolph
Porter, Executive Director of the
Justice Coalition of Jacksonville
Ann Duger, and actor/poet "Odd
Rod" among many other concerned
At the meeting, Sheriff Rutherford

expressed his satisfaction with
community policing. He is confi-
dent that it builds relationships
between law enforcers and the peo-
ple. Community policing "answers
the question 'Are you here to pro-
tect or oppress'" says Rutherford.
"There have been 14,000 positive
contacts in targeted communities"
as a result of this method to stop
crime. Continued on page 3

Cody Floyd Chosen for National "Best In Youth "Award

Cody Floyd
Jacksonville native and Ribault
Senior High 9th Grade student
Tyrone Cody Floyd was selected
from thousands of submissions to
be recognized in Nestle's Very Best
in Youth competition.
The 16 year old student in the
Early College Admissions Program
at the Northside School will join his
mother, Tonya Austin, and twenty-
four other youths traveling from

around the country in Los Angeles,
California this summer. Honorees
are awarded an all expense trip paid
for two to the ceremonies in addi-
tion to spending cash. All of the
outstanding youths will be profiled
in a book to be published in the
summer of 2007.
Cody learned of the Nestle com-
petition when he traveled to
Washington, DC at the NAACP
National Convention, and was
moved to enter.
"I'm so proud of his accomplish-
ments" his mother said.
At 16 years old he's respectful and
obedient. Those character traits are
shared by everyone who meets the
youngster from teachers and coach-
es to friends and family. In addition
to being a ir niber of West Union
Baptist Church, Floyd is also active
in school and community activi-
ties.. Tyrone Cody Floyd has main-
tained a 3.5 GPA, and is currently a
Honor Roll student with a dual
enrollment at FCCJ. He aspires to

attend college at Florida State
University where he plans to enter
the field of Sports Management,
and his long-term goal is to become
a lawyer with a private practice.
One of the categories of Nestle'
Best in Youth asks 'What type of
contribution have you made to the
betterment of the community?'
Here's some of how Floyd
"Along with seven other teens, we
have formed a community service
group called the Gamma Rho
Omega BRATS (Brilliant,
Responsible, Alert, Talented,
Scholars) sponsored and supervised
by the wonderful Ladies of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. We
assist the blind, help them with lug-
gage, finding rooms and even tak-
ing the service animals for relief
walks at the Annual Convention
held here in Jacksonville, FL. said
Floyd. The BRATS also serve as
Peer counselors for Camp Soaring
Eagles, a summer camp for inner

city children, and adopt homeless
shelters in the city to help collect
books for the children's library in
the shelter. Cody's attributes don't
stop there, he is also a Certified Life
Guard, giving free swimming les-
sons year round at public and pri-
vate pools to underprivileged chil-
dren ages 6-to-12.
The person Tyrone wrote he
would most want to be like was his
mother. He speaks of her strength
and determination, her compassion
and her selfless spirit. "She's a sin-
gle parent, but that does not in any
way mean she is weak." She takes
care of her mother, who is legally
blind, works at a local Funeral
Home and runs her own catering
business named after him. Tyrone
calls her hard but fair but a 'shero'
nonetheless in his heart and mind.
"The best part about winning the
award is that I get to treat my moth-
er for a change. said Cody. "I have
the opportunity to give back to the
one who has given me so much."

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Owning Multiple Casinos and Cable Ventures Pushes Don Barden's Net Worth Into the Hundreds of Millions

-. i by George Fraser

8 Starting Your Own

Networking Event: Part 2

This week's PowerNetworking Minute is a follow-up to "Starting Your
Own Networking Event: Part One". I believe every city in America
could benefit from networking opportunities for Black professionals and
business owners. Because of this belief, in 2007, the PowerNetworking
Preview Series will encourage effective networking across America.
Continuing from last week, and in addition to more information that I
will share with you next week, here are more SuccessTips on how you
can start your own networking event:
Establish a date and regular time for the event. I have found Tuesdays,
Wednesday, and Thursdays to be best-attended days for such events.
Generally I scheduled them for right after work in a convenient down-
town location. A professional decorum should be encouraged.
Find a place to have the forums. Often an upscale soul food restaurant
and bar or a local hotel will be willing to be a supporting sponsor and
provide a ballroom or meeting room free, in exchange for advertising,
bar receipts, and catering.
Select your speakers well in advance, anywhere from six months to a
year before the date of the event. The top professional speakers need a
lot of lead time. The key to making this kind of networking event mem-
orable and successful is your choice of speakers and topics.
Action Steps: The rule of thumb: use a speaker with "marquee
appeal" (a famous local or national name); or create a really
provocative title for your topic (for example, "Why Are Black
Businesses Failing?"), then build a credible panel or speaker around
it. Both strategies work well.

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You Can't Divorce Your Debts
Q: Under a court filed divorce agreement, my ex-wife kept our vehi-
cle that was registered in both of our names. The vehicle was eventu-
ally repossessed about four years later by the creditor and now
appears on my credit report as a repossession. Because my ex-wife was
to be responsible for payment of the vehicle under the divorce agree-
ment we made at the time, can the repossession be removed from my
credit report?
A: When you divorce your spouse, you do not divorce your creditors. The
divorce agreement stated that your wife was to keep the vehicle and there-
fore make the regular payments as well; sadly she did not. But even though
it was supposed to be her responsibility to make the payments, you are still
a co-debtor of the vehicle loan and therefore you are legally responsible for
the vehicle payments, no matter what your divorce agreement says.
Creditors don't care that you got divorced. Their only concern is that
payments are made on time by at least one of the people who signed their
names on the dotted line. Because your name was one of them, the repos-
session will be listed on your credit report, and unless the information is
untrue, it cannot be removed.

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In a friendly competition with his
buddies, Don H. Barden bowls
three consecutive strikes.
"I never play to lose," he says.
How true.
Barden quit college broke and
turned his first million 15 years
later. Using capital from one ven-
ture to quickly finance the next, he
built his net worth to more than
$100 million and is today one of the
wealthiest black businessmen in
Five years and five casinos later
after gaining his first casino license
in his hometown of Detroit, MI,
Barden, the first and only African
American to own a casino in
America's gaming capital Las
Vegas, is gearing up for his annual
anniversary celebration to com-
memorate five years of successful
ownership of the Fitzgeralds Casino
Barden Cos. Inc. -- a mix of con-
struction, broadcasting, distribution
and casino businesses is at or near
the top of the nation's black-owned
industrial and service companies.
"I'm on a mission to prove that a
poor, young African-American
from a very large family, from
humble beginnings, can rise to the
top in America in a free enterprise
system," he says.
Barden says he isn't looking to be a
billionaire, though he admits he
wouldn't mind.
"It's bragging rights," Barden says.
"It's prestige. We'll become role
models for young people."
At 62, he already has the kind of
success that allows him to hobknob
with Joe Dimaggio at Bryant
Gumble's golf tournament, keep
company with Namibia President
Sam Nujoma and teach President
Clinton the Hustle following a state
dinner with South Africa President
Nelson Mandela.
Through it all, his friends say, he
remains unchanged from the kid
who drove a tractor on his parents'
"The Don Barden I know today is
the same Don Barden I knew when
all he had was 5 cents in his pock-
et," says longtime friend Andy
At his weekly bowling game,
Barden is just one of the guys. His
name is stitched on the back of his
shirt, he smokes Winstons and
wears a plastic wrist support. But
his pinstriped pants, cellular phone

and glistening jewelry hint that he's
a businessman.
"Don, I beat you by one point!"
says buddy Dave Wilson, a Conrail
regional manager.
"That's the last time," Barden
responds. "So you better enjoy it."
Barden works hard to make sure he
Barden learned about hard work as
the ninth of 13 children on the fam-
ily's 9 acres in Inkster. There, the
Bardens grew vegetables and raised
chickens and pigs to help feed
"We were poor," Barden says. "The
work ethic I developed, I gained
from my parents."
There were other lessons along the
way -- like the time he was 18 and
rebuilding auto parts.
"I noticed that the owner of the
store was up at the front counter
with a beautiful white shirt on,
making all the money, and I was the
guy in the back doing all the hard
work," he says.
"That gave me the motivation to try
to be successful with my own busi-
He scraped together money to go
to Central State University in
Wilberforce, Ohio. When it ran out
after a year, he dropped out.
He moved in with a brother in
Lorain, Ohio, in 1964 and started
the first in a series of odd jobs. He
worked as a mover, plumbing and
heating company laborer, short-
order cook and shipbuilder.
Then, at age 22, he opened
Donnie's Record Shop. He started a
weekly newspaper a year later and
in 1968 began an advertising and
public relations business.
His first big boost came in 1971,
when he learned military recruiters
were looking for office space. He
mortgaged his home and bought a
building for $25,000. He remodeled
it, rented it to the military, and
cleared $200 a month.
Two years later he sold the building
for $50,000.
Next he bought an $85,000 build-
ing. Later he built a $1 million
building. Then a $3.1 million build-
He joined the Lorain County
Chamber of Commerce, was elect-
ed to a city council seat, played golf
with community leaders. For a
decade, he hosted a weekly TV
news program -- and read the TV
trade magazines.

Don H. Barden quit college with no money and turned his first million
15 years later. His net worth is beyond $100 million and he's one of the
wealthiest blacks in America. In the background is his office in
Detroit's Renaissance Center.
Cable TV had possibilities, he He beat out 20 applicants to win
thought, and he invested $2,000 one of two riverboat gaming licens-
each in two cable franchises in es in Gary.
Lorain and nearby Elyria. When he Thomas Crump, a Gary business-
sold a few years later, he cleared man who worked for Barden during
$400,000. the casino application process, says
Next came a $3.4 million cable Barden didn't let anything get in his
franchise in Inkster. Later he had way -- not even a group of his sup-
franchises in Romulus and Van posed partners.
Buren Township. Crump says he was among 11
By the early 1980s he was worth investors who were to own 15 per-
about $6 million, cent of Barden's project.
Then he put all but $1 million on "When it came down to finalizing
the line to win a Detroit cable fran- everything, he kind of backed out
chise. The risk paid off. When he on his commitment to me and the
finished selling his cable interests local group down here," Crump
in 1994, he had cleared $115 mil- says. "I feel very much used."
lion. Barden says the group wouldn't
He expanded his holdings, build- put up enough capital. "There's no
ing his work force to 1,500 people. free lunch," he says.
Revenues were $93.2 million in Barden still visits his Gary casino
1996, and he expects to clear $130 every other week. Sometimes he
million this year. dines with customers, giving them
His wife, Bella Marshall Barden, advice on how to beat the odds.
the former finance director in "I want them to win," he says. "I
Mayor Coleman Young's adminis- want them to be happy. I want them
tration, runs Barden's real estate to come back.
enterprise and the Namibia, Africa, "I don't want them to win too
office, much, though."
Mrs. Barden says the couple puts The Detroit native purchased
business behind them at home and Fitzgeralds Casinos in Tunica,
spend time with their 15-year-old Mississippi; Blackhawk, Colorado;
daughter. But at work, she says, he's and Las Vegas, Nevada in
the boss. December 2001. He also owns
"As people will tell you, when it Majestic Star Casino and purchased
comes to Barden Cos., there's only Trump Casino Hotel in December
one Barden," she says. 2005 presently known as Majestic
When Indiana legalized casinos in Star Casino II both located in Gary,
1992, Barden was winding down Indiana.
his cable interests. He saw yet Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel located
another new venture, in downtown Las Vegas on the
"I decided to pursue that industry world famous Fremont Street. Its
because it had a lot of similarities to upcoming 5th year ANniversary
cable," he says. "I'm into entertain- celebrations will beheadlined by
ment." Ashford and Simpson.
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Less Than 1 Percent of Pittsburgh

Schools Have Black Male Teachers : i

By. Christian Morrow
Pittsburgh Public School District
employs 2,562 teachers. Of these,
777, or 30 percent, are male. Of
these, 102 are African-Americans,
meaning the district's percentage of
Black male teachers is .39 percent.
The national average, though still
small at 2.4 percent, is six times
Though the district did not
respond to questions about how this
dearth might be addressed, within
the current climate of right-sizing
and its attendant school closings
and personnel cuts, getting more
Black male teachers into the class-
room would be difficult at best.
Clemson University in South
Carolina began trying to address
this problem in 1999 with the cre-
ation of the Call Me MISTER pro-
gram. It offers up to $5,000 a year
in tuition and other assistance in
return for graduates teaching in
South Carolina schools.
Enrollees are chosen in part from
an applicant pool derived from edu-
cationally underserved Black
American communities, particular-
ly high schools. Since its inception
the program has graduated 20
teachers and has another 150 in the
In growth areas like Nevada or
Florida where the need for all
teachers is at a premium, hiring
bonuses and other incentives are
being offers in some districts.
Recruiters in Leon County, Fla. for
instance have been told to offer
qualified Black candidates a con-
tract "on the spot."

Neither Florida nor Pennsylvania,
however, has a university offering a
program like Clemson's.
George Gensure, staff representa-
tive for the Pittsburgh Federation of
Teachers said the union is in favor
of recruitment efforts, but any hir-
ing bonuses for new Black male
teachers would "be a problem" in a
district that laid off 200 teachers.
Another often-cited impediment to
recruiting is the low starting
salaries offered new teachers. In

Pittsburgh, the 10-step salary ladder
ranges from $35,500 for applicants
with a bachelor's degree, and
$37,500 for those with a master's
degree to $69,500 and $73,500
Gensure said the district has an
answer for that also.
"They can hire someone at any
step on the pay scale," he said. "We
have no say in that. We don't repre-
sent anyone until they're hired."

Cong. Brown to Lead House Transportation
Committee's Railroads, Pipelines, and
Hazardous Materials Subcommittee

Cong. Corrine Brown
Last week, Jacksonville's own
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
accepted the position of Chair of
the House Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure's
Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous
Materials Subcommittee. The

Character Counts in Jax

Continued from page 1
Another tactic that has built rela-
tionships and trust among the com-
munity and the police force is the
Sheriffs Advisory Counsel, better
know as SHADCO. This support
group meets monthly and is com-
posed of people who share their
views of the community's status.
They also used the meetings to dis-
cuss how they feel. about their
neighborhood and any concerns
they may have about the violence in
the city.
"SHADCO creates accountability
and allows monologue," comment-
ed Rutherford. Currently, SHAD-
CO has 17 branches and services
every part of town.
Many of the crimes committed
have been by young men. Affiliates
of SHADCO and Character Counts
believe that the best way to help
violent kids is to target the parents.
According to Gail Keith, Character

Counts helps parents be better.
"Some parents don't care and some
are absent," say's Rutherford. "We
need more parenting programs to
teach parents how to deal with out
of control kids."
Character Counts is a character
development and ethics training
organization dedicated to strength-
ening the character of
Jacksonville's youth and adults by
teaching core ethical values called
the 6 pillars of Character:
Trustworthiness, Respect,
Responsibility, Fairness, Caring
and Citizenship.
Sheriff Rutherford acknowledged
the frequency of violence has
decreased, however "the severity
and the gratuitous nature of severe
violence" has become the issue.
"The community has a lot of good
things going on, we just have to
continue to work," he said.
We can promote character by

Congresswoman made the follow-
ing statement:
"I am extremely pleased to take the
position of Chair of the Railroads,
Pipelines and Hazardous Materials
Subcommittee, and look forward to
the upcoming session in the 110th
Congress to advance the
Democratic agenda." said Brown.
"As incoming Chair of the sub-
committee, I plan to make rail safe-
ty and security top priorities, and
will begin the year by leading the
subcommittee towards reauthoriz-
ing federal railroad safety pro-
grams. In reality, this is something
which we have already begun, since
we are currently working with the
Homeland Security Committee to
develop comprehensive rail and
transit security legislation. I also
plan to direct the subcommittee to
concentrate on a long-term Amtrak
reauthorization bill, as well as hold
an oversight hearing on the recently
enacted pipeline safety legislation."

making individual commitments to
get involved with an organization.
Attend meetings with Character
Counts and SHADCO. Make your
face known and support you very
own community.
Jacksonville really does care
about character and Gail Keith has
ignited public awareness of good
character in this city and its impor-
tance in our businesses, schools and

Friends that Play Together Stay Together- Local youth band PM Experience,
who have highlighted area events for the past five years will soon be graduating and going off to college. Five of
the band's eight members who attend area public schools will be attending colleges and universities next fall,
many with talent scholarships. The group, formed as a novelty while in Jr. High school, quickly became a highly
sought after entertainment commodity performing at every everything from local weddings and celebrations to
events for Shaquille O'Neal. Shown above are Jeremiah Hunt (Bass), Jahaan Sweet (Keyboard), Arthur Ward
(Drums), Charles Griggs (Trumpet), Stephon Williams (Trombone), Jaren Walker (Tenor Sax), Brian Walton
(Alto Sax)and DeMario Fort (Alto Sax). In celebration of their upcoming graduations', the band will perform a
tribute night at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum on Friday, April 6th where they will also introduce their new
CD. Fans of P.M. Experience won't have to miss them too much, the remaining members will continue perform-
ing with a new crop of talented musicians to carry on the tradition.

Tots N' Teens Presents Free

S. Mary Bethune One Act Play

FSU Lauds First
Lenny Hall, Florida State's first
black basketball player, fights to
hold back the tears as he is recog-
nized by the fans prior to the start
of the Florida State-Miami basket-
ball game, Saturday, Jan. 20,
2007, in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Tots and Teens Theatre will
present a Faith, Scholarship,
Service honoring Dr. Mary
McLeod Bethune.
This one woman play offers an
opportunity to travel back more
than 60 years ago and have a con-
versation with one of Florida's edu-
cation visionar-
ies. Hear the
words of Dr.
arlan McLeod
!~Bethune as
portrayed by
... Ersula Knox

T hro ugh
the inter-
: retation

of Ms. Odom the audience will
gain an insight into this nationally
known educator, civil right activist
and presidential advisor. The stories
of her life, and her thoughts on the
Supreme Courts landmark Brown v
Board of Education.
The event will take place on
Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 3:30
pm at the Jacksonville Public
Library main building, 303 North
Laura Street, in Jacksonville.
This presentation is open to the
public and sponsored in part by the
Tots N Teens Theatre, Inc., James
Weldon Johnson Institute of
History and Culture, and the
Jacksonville Public Library African
American Collection.

Black Family Fact or Fiction

Continued from page 1
What's missing for many black
families, Wattleton said, is the tra-
ditional extended family, the net-
work of relatives who provided a
communal environment for fami-
lies. Just as blacks migrated from
the south to the north in the early to
mid-20th century in search of eco-
nomic opportunity and became
physically estranged from family,
today's mobile society continues to
keep black families separated from
the support of extended family.
To characterize subsequent fami-
ly separations in the black commu-
nity as a pathology, Wattleton said,
"is really the wrong perspective to
take on this."
Societal inequities also affect out-
comes for many black families,
Wattleton said, noting that schools
in many communities are deficient,
and when black men do get in trou-
ble with the law their sentences are
disproportionately longer than for
their white counterparts and job
opportunities are inadequate as
"I think this traditional family
context is an artifact of someone's
imagination," Wattleton said.
"We've always had different con-
stellations of family structures."
"We need to probe the stats more,"
said David Campt, author of "The
Little Book of Dialogue," a consult-
ant on diversity and family issues.
"The numbers say there are only so
many women with long-term rela-
tionships, but there are a whole
bunch of families not in a formal
family structure," including step-
parents, domestic partners who
never married but live in nuclear
family structures and relatives --
particularly grandparents -- who

rear the children.
The main criteria, should be "what
is the degree to which the child is
exposed to adults who will help
usher them into teenhood and adult-
hood; what's going on with those
adults and (fostering) consistent
relationships that work to nurture
us," Campt said. "We have always
been more of a communal people."
However, "these kinds of connec-
tions are increasingly difficult to
create and maintain," said Alvin
Poussaint, professor of psychiatry
at Harvard Medical School and an
expert on media images and the
needs of children and families.
The burden on single mothers par-
ticularly is enormous, according to
"There is a lot of strain if they
have to do it all alone. Support is
needed from their families; other-
wise, a lot of women will develop a
lot of the signs of stress and strain,"
he said.
It's easy to become discouraged
when one considers that 800,000 to
1 million black men are impris-
oned, and many of them are already
fathers. "How any were already
never with the children, estranged
from the mother?" Poussaint said.
And it's difficult, he added, for par-
ents to model good behavior for
their children if they themselves
were victims of bad parenting.
In the absence of kinship relation-
ships, Poussaint said, programs that
promote the involvement of fathers
or that provide support for working
parents become increasingly impor-
"Boys & Girls Clubs, settlement
houses, YMCA, Big Brothers/Big
Sisters become essential," he said.


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History Made on the Gridiron, is the White House Next?

In the year 2007, I find it simply
amazing that blacks are still having
"firsts." Let me explain myself. On
last Sunday, Lovie Smith, the
coach of the Chicago Bears foot-
ball team, became the first African
American head coach to make it to
the Superbowl.
Later on, that same day, the head
coach of the Indianapolis Colts,
Tony Dungy, also a black man also
made it to the big game.
Hard to believe isn't it? In the not
so long history of the National
Football League (NFL) no other
black or minority head coach has
ever made to the big dance. I guess
it's not too hard to believe because
the NFL really only recently had
more than a couple of black head
This year made history. In fact, for
the first time ever you may get
black folk saying that they don't
care who wins the Superbowl
because it guaranteed that an
African American head coach will
finally lead a team to victory in the
NFL's big game.
The blacks have been waiting 41
years for the first African-
American head coach to pace the
sidelines at a Super Bowl. Now
there will be two, and one will be
the winner. Well, I guess could pit
the light skinned coach (Dungy)
against the dark skinned coach
(Smith). That was a joke by the
Actually, the bigger winner in this
scenario is the American people.
Some may not think so, but sports

can often be a microcosm of socie-
ty. Dungy and Smith's appearances
in the Superbowl are bigger than
some people realize.
By the way, these guys are like
best friends. Smith worked for
Dungy when he was the coach at
Tampa Bay. They talk to each other
on a regular basis and their families
are close. Man, it's hard to play or
coach against one of your boys.
I remember playing high school
football, and my coach would
always attempt to get my best
friend and I in the bull ring against
each other so that we could go at it.
Of course, it never quite worked
because coach realized that we
would never go full speed and
when taking each other on.
I have a feeling that the
Superbowl will be quite different
from my high school football prac-
tices. These close friends are also
competitors who started this foot-
ball season with one key goal to
win the big game. So friendships
will be put aside and the gloves
will definitely come off as the two
teams square off against each other
in two weeks.
Black coaches have made it to
their championship game more in
other sports like basketball. There
has never been an issue with blacks
getting coaching opportunities in
the NBA.
It may surprise some, but Major
League Baseball has actually had a
black coach to appear in the World
Series three times. Dusty Baker
lost one and Cito Gaston won two

World Series with in 1992 and
1993 with the Bluejays.
So professional football was cer-
tainly long over due, and this year's
game is definitely historic. In the
post game interview Dungy said
that having two black coaches in
the Superbowl means a lot. He also
said, "I'm very proud to represent
African-American coaches. I'm so
proud of Lovie. The Bears are a
great team."
And Smith certainly has a lot of
"Love" for Dungy as well. In his
post game interview he comment-
ed, "Tony Dungy has done an
awful lot for our game. He hasn't
had a chance to coach in the Super
Bowl. I would love to see it." He
didn't know it at the time, but that's
exactly what Lovie is about to see -
he and Dungy get their chance.
Obama Ready to Make a Run for
My initial thoughts about Barrack
Obama running for President of the
United States were that it's too soon
for him considering that he was
elected to the U.S. Senate some
three years ago.
I must say that my opinion has
certainly changed a great deal. If
you look at all of the candidates on
the Democratic side of the race,
and there are plenty to look at,
Obama is the least qualified as it
relates to national politics.
However, no other candidate has
the appeal that he has. No other
candidate has the background and
life story that may intrigue so many

He had very humble beginning
growing up in a single family
household in Hawaii to a mother
who grew up in Kansas. His father
was from Kenya and made it to the
United States on a scholarship to
the University of Hawaii, which is
where his parent met.
Obama received an undergraduate
degree from Columbia University,
and went on to earn his law degree
from Harvard in 1991, where he
became the first African-American
president of the Harvard Law
Review. Obama began his political
life as a community organizer in
inner-city Chicago.
And you all know the rest of the
story he went from Illinois State
Senate to U.S. Senate.
Here's the deal with Obama, he is
an idealist that if got organized
could become very popular. Like
Bill Clinton he is very much to the
center on most major political
issues, but he has a lot of appeal to
the far left of the Democratic Party
as well. Standing in Obama's way
is Hillary Clinton who has a ton of
money and a great political
If it comes down to Clinton vs.
Obama it may be a battle that pits
the "Barack Movement" against
Clinton's organizational abilities.
It's still too early to make sense of
the race for President, but you have
to give Obama credit, he is a fight-
er and is determined to make histo-
Signing off from the Barack band-
wagon, Reggie Fullwood

The Hypocrisy of White Gay America

By. Jasmyne Cannick
After 24 hours of protest by White
gay America towards "Grey's
Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington
after accusations from fellow gay
co-actor T.R. Knight of Washington
referring to him as the f-word and
Washington's mistake of using the
word at a press conference at the
Golden Globes, the gays have won.
In an editorial I penned yesterday, I
referred to the protest as something
that reminds of 1876 in the Deep
South, when a White woman would
scream rape at the hands of a Black
man, and that Black man was then
dragged out of his home into the
middle of the night and beaten and
lynched by an angry White mob
without any proof or evidence, just
the word of his accuser. It was
another case of guilty until proven
At the end of the day, the issue for
me and many Black Americans was
the fact that in the beginning this
was the issue of one man's word
against another and without any
further evidence, all of White gay
America pounced on Washington
defending their beloved Knight.
But for the most part that's the
way it always goes.
And in the end, as I said yesterday,
Isaiah was wrong for using the
word at the Golden Globes, he
could have said "the f-word"
instead of repeating the entire slur
again. However, it really didn't
matter because the gay mafia's
wheels were in motion and they
smelled meat, dark meat. And
whether Isaiah apologized or not, it
was all down hill for him anyway.
Once you're labeled as a homo-

phobe in the entertainment industry
it's pretty hard to shake that wrap.
But something about this whole
thing reeks of White privilege, gay
power, and what I commonly refer
to as the hypocrisy of White gay
The gay mafia didn't have a prob-
lem defending their pretty boy
Knight whose career will probably
sky rocket now that's he's out of
the closet. However, at the same
time, there's been no protest

launched against Charles Knipp, a
White gay man who dresses up in
blackface as a character he calls
Shirley Q. Liquor and describes as
an "inarticulate Black women on
welfare with 19 kids."
Set to perform during Black
History Month in West Hollywood,
this self-described comic has built
an entire career of promoting the
most negative and vicious stereo-
types of Blacks, in particular Black
women. In broken English, Liquor

makes comments like "axe your
mamma how she durrin" and mis-
uses words like "ignunt." Knipp
mocks the Black American holiday
Kwanzaa and makes fun of stereo-
typical Black names in a music
video entitled, "Who Is My Baby's
Daddy?," even going as far as to
use sexually transmitted diseases as
names of Black children. Knipp's
portrayal of Black woman played
out on stage in city after city -
Continued on page 5

Having it All: Lady, Lover, Friend,

Employee, Wife, Mother... President?
by Valarie Fluellen In 1851, Harriet Tubman started the body and it protects the most vital
Hillary Rodham Clinton Underground Railroad, which is organs of the body, the heart anc
announced this past week that she is responsible for freeing hundreds of lung. We are protectors, supporters
officially in the run for President of slaves. Eleanor Roosevelt was the and helpers who are capable o:
the United States and is in her first woman to speak before a enduring much for the overall good
words, "I'm in and I'm in to win", national convention, worked to Secondly, we were created to pro-
Women are making strides of late, abolish child labor, established a vide comfort and companionship
as we can see with the election of minimum wage, fought for It is natural for us to love and nur-
the first female House Speaker, women's rights and civil rights for ture, but we are also designed to be
Nancy Pelosi. What bothers me is African Americans. Women have feminine. In no way does feminini-
that it has taken what has seemed and will always be trail blazers and ty equal weak or inferior and ii
like an eternity for women to feel pioneers, in public and private life, most certainly has nothing to dc
comfortable enough to come from while juggling wife and mother- with sensuous sexuality. Our femi-
the shadows to publicly do the work hood duties. ninity is what makes us intriguing
we have been doing behind the As women continue to blaze a trail desirable, and at times taken foi
scene since the beginning of time. to make their mark in history, I granted.
Is this country ready for a woman hope we do not forget the purpose How does this relate to a prospec-
president? If your answer is no, for which we were created and lose tive female president? The rele-
how are we so different from the our femininity. Let us not abandon vance is simple. As we make greal
people of the United Kingdom and what separates and makes us so strides and accomplishments in out
Liberia? England was lead politi- unique from our male counterparts. society today, we must always be a
cally by Margaret Thatcher as Woman was made from Adam's rib "Lady" in the process. Cheers tc
Prime Minister for more than 11 by the Grace of God and that has women who are being recognize
years and Liberia elected their first meaning beyond the fact that we as they break ground upon new
female president just last year. came from his side. First, we were horizons. Honor to those who will
Many of history's greatest leaders fashioned from the ribcage. The not compromise their femininity foi
were women from all walks of life. ribcage provides support to the fame.

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Affirmative Action Gone Awry
by William Reed
i* Due to George W. Bush & Company, the
State of the American Union is bad and get-
Sting worse. Due to incompetence, the
,y Presidency of George W. Bush appears head-
~-- ed toward historical disgrace. Bush's admin-
. . istration is on track to be ranked on the low-
*" est tier of U.S. presidential administrations:
and may be recorded as the worst administra-
tion in all American history'
With black Secretaries of State beside him at
the helm; history will record Bush &
Company as "disasters" in foreign policy for
the way they've handled the situations in the Middle-East and their
response to Hurricane Katrina. Using his brand of affinnative action,
President Bush appointed America's first black Secretar. of State. and the
first black \%oman to that post.
Under Bush, the office of the Secretary of State became the principal
Cabinet affirmative action post; and he managed actions imnol\ing position
to the point of gross incompetence. Many corporations place their quota-
hires in departments the\ consider the least important to their bottom line.
From the beginning. Bush has deemed diplomacy and foreign relations
"irrele% ant." and staffed that Cabinet position accordingly.
Looking back on the disaster he caused, Bush's first black Secretary of
State Colin Powell now says he opposed the adventure in Iraq and
"reluctantly read" the Company's WMD propaganda at the UN. After
Bush's first term Powell disappeared and was replaced ith Condoleezza
Rice. who proceeded to slavishly mouth George W.'s bombastic rhetoric
and inept policies at her etery stop.
%hlcen the devastation of Hurricane Katrina was at its height and rapper
Kanve 'est was carted off television for saying: "George Bush doesn't care
about black people"; Dr. Rice's toady response was, "I resent the notion
that the President of the United States would somehow decide to let people
suffer because the\ were Black. I found that to be the most corrosive and
outrageous claim that anybody could have made, and it was wholly and
total\ irresponsible."
Absurdity. both Bush and Ms. Rice were on vacation during the Kanrina
crisis. Instead of trekking to the Gulf Region, Rice went to New York.
After viewing the Monty Python musical "Spamalot!" at the Shubert
Theatre. w\ hen the lights went up after the performance and Rice was rec-
ognized. she was booed. The day before, Rice had gone shopping at
Ferragamo's pricey Fifth Avenue leather-goods boutique and a protester
shouted: "Ho\v dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and
homeless'" at hei.
Bush's tenure is marked by incompetence in foreign relations. The admin-
istration has borrowed more money from foreign governments and banks
than the pre\ ious 42 U.S. presidents combined. Throughout the first 224
years (1776-2000) of our nation's history, the first 42 presidents borrowed
a combined $1 01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institu-
tions. America is borrowing $1 billion a day, and during 2001-2005,
Bush's Administration borrowed $1.05 trillion.
With Condi and Vice President Cheney at his side, Bush's initial estimates
of costs going into the Iraq War were inadequate. Now, the war's cost
could top $2 trillion as $279 million in tax money is spent every 24 hours
in Iraq. When Bush entered office in 2001, the US had a budget surplus of
$127 billion. OMB estimates now the deficit to be $188 billion in 2008.
In less than five years, Bush & Company have nearly doubled the national
debt to $8.2 trillion; to the point every citizen's share totals $27,910.
A very low standard of performance has applied at the highest levels of
the executive branch. As the curtain closes on Bush & Company and its
experience in governing and affirmative action; Black Americans across all
political spectrums need an apology from the Conservatives for hating
worked to mutate affirmative actions in politics to the point that it's no
longer politics toward the advancement of the masses of African
Americans; but appointments of blacks wiling to sacrifice all to worship at
the alter of Republican idols and idiots. President Bush has proven inept in
office and has stained the concept of Affirmative Action while ignoring the
racist acts that remain central features of American realities.

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Bobby Womack and Fred Hammond

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The Annual Zora Neale Hurston
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festival which will culminate
ZORA! Festival '07, January 26-
28. Soul legend Bobby Womack
and Gospel sensation Fred
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Bobby Womack headlines the
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White Gay Hypocrisy

Continued from page 4
are ones that portray Black women
as being on welfare, living in the
projects, illiterate, sexually promis-
cuous mothers who don't know
who their children's fathers are,
alcoholics, and drug addicts.
But let's look a bit closer at the
hypocrisy I spoke of.
I already mentioned that the gay
mafia has said nothing about
Knipp, but do you want to know
why? Because they're the ones
responsible for selling out his
shows as he tours around the coun-
Knipp doesn't bring his shows to
the people he's degrading. No, he
books his shows in White gay
Mecca's like L.A.'s West
Hollywood, New York's Chelsea
District, San Francisco's Castro
So let me get this straight, no pun
intended, it's not ok for the Black
guy to use the f-word, but it is ok
for the White gay guy to dress up in
blackface and perform parodies that

mock Blacks.
I once made the comment that if
Knipp were making fun of Jews his
act would have been canceled a
long time ago, but I think I'll
change that to include gays as well
given the recent incident with
I learned a long time ago that as a
Black lesbian, my place was with
Blacks. The same racism and clas-
sism issues that exists between
Blacks and Whites in general,
applies to the gay community as
well. I may have issues with the
occasional homophobic Black pas-
tor or rapper, but at the end of the
day, we as Blacks know what dis-
crimination and racism is because
we've dealt with it all of our lives.
So when it happens, we can call it
out. Unfortunately, when it comes
to the gay community, if it's not
affecting their rosy White lives,
then they couldn't give a damn. But
hey, isn't that what White privilege
is all about? J asmyne Cannick is a social
conmmentalor and activist.

Q: How can I enroll my child in the Early College program at
Ribault high school ? Do I need to schedule a tour as part of a mag-

net program requirement?
A: The Early College High
School Program at Ribault High
School is not a Duval County mag-
net program. It is instead a special
academic program that enables eli-
gible students to participate in cur-
riculum offerings that may award
them an AAdegree from FCCJ
while achieving a high school
diploma. As a result, parents and
students are not required to follow
the magnet application process
(however, magnet transportation is

available). To learn more about
the Early College High School
program at Ribault and your
child's eligibility, please contact
Ribault High School at 924-3092
ext. 147.
Q: When is the deadline to
enroll my child in a magnet
A: Students interested in attend-
ing a Duval County magnet school
should submit applications to the
Magnet Programs office by

February 28, 2007 (4:30 p.m. If
the application is mailed to Du\al
County Public Schools, Magnet
Office. I7l Prudential Dri\e,
Jackson\ille. FL 32207 it must
be postmarked b% FebruarN 28
F'\ed .applications are not accept-
ed For additional magnet pro-
gram information contact the
Magnet Programs office at (904)
390-2082. (Note please be
patient when contacting the office
by phone; during magnet applica-
tion time, the office receives a high
volume of calls).
Q: When will the FCAT test be
The writing portion will be
administered to Duval County
public school students in grades 4,
8, and 10 on February 6 and 7. The
reading, math and science portions
are scheduled to be administered to
students in grades 3-10 between
February 26 and March 9.



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Good Shepherd M. B. to

Observe Anniversaries
The Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church,
Rev. Pemell Raggins, Pastor; will observe the 2nd
Anniversary of the Church, and the Pastor's Second
Anniversary, starting January 28, 2007.
The Anniversary Celebration events will be held
at 29 West 6th St., and will continue at 4 p.m. on
Sunday, February 11, 18 & 25, 2007. The communi-
ty is invited.

Holsey Temple CME Invites All to
Family & Friends Day, January 21st
Holsey Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, 3484
West 1st Street, Rev. Desi Echoles, Pastor; invites the community to join
them for the celebration of "Family & Friends Day" on Sunday, February
21, 2007. Rev. Roosevelt Langford of Franklintown United Methodist
Church will deliver the message at the 4 p.m. service.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. Morning Service begins at 11 a.m.
Ms. Rontrece James, Chairperson.

St. James AME of Orange Park to
hold Winter Revival Jan. 25-26th
The St. James AME Church, 535 McIntosh Ave., Orange Park; Rev.
Alesia Scott-Ford, Pastor; will host its Annual Winter Revival, Thursday
and Friday, January 25-26th. Services will commence nightly at 7 p.m.
The theme for the Revival is "Come Alive Through the Holy Spirit and be
Revived." The Revivalists are Rev. Derrick Rice ofAtlanta, GA; and Rev.
John White III, of Tallahassee, FL.
A special Revival Bible Study will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,
January 24th. All are invited to attend all services, and be blessed.

St. Paul AME Hosting 4-F Ministry
on Wednesday for the Entire Family
St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, Reverend Marvin Zanders, II, Pastor; invites all families in the
community to attend their new 4-F Ministry, 5:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. on
Wednesday. The 4-F Ministry is Bible Study for the whole family, a time
of renewal.

2nd Four Seasons Tea, on Jan. 27 Resurrection Baptist Church

The Greater New Hope AME Church Musical Program will present their
2nd Annual Four Seasons Tea at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27th, at
Highlands Elementary School, Multi Purpose Room, 1000 DePaul Drive.
The community is invited to come out and enjoy this special event which
will feature a Musical program.
All will enjoy a Feast of a variety of foods representative of each Season
of the year. There will also be a Grand Prize Drawing for a Trip to the
Bahamas. Tickets are available for adults and children. For more informa-
tion, please call (904) 699-5056.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry 2007 Serious Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Building 2; invites the commu-
nity to share in 2007 Serious Praise Service, Sunday, January 28, 2007.
When Praises go up, Blessings come down.
Rev. Mattie W. Freeman is Founder/Pastor. Associate Pastor, Evangelist
Ethel Pritchard, will deliver the message. The community is invited to
Genesis Missionary Baptist to
Celebrate 25th Anniversary
The Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuffAve., Rev.
Calvin O. Honors, Interim Pastor; will celebrate the Church's 25th
Anniversary, February 7 11, 2007. The Church Anniversary Banquet will
begin the celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 3rd, at the Riverview
Community Center, 9620 Water Street (off Lem Turner Road). Rev.
Michael Guerin, Pastor of Renewed Faith Ministries, will be the banquet
speaker. For more information, please call the church office at (904) 389-
Services commemorating the anniversary will be held at 7:30 p.m. night-
ly Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 7-9th. The observance will
conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 11th. The community is invited to
all services.
Sis. J. McCall and Sis. E. Foster are the Co-Chairpersons.

Church Step Groups Invited to Contest
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company is looking for Church, Community,
and School Step Teams to register for their Annual Step Off 2007, on
February 17, 2007. The Step Off will be held at the FCCJ North Campus
in the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium. All teams must register by February 1,
2007. To register or for more information, please call (904) 765-7372.

to Honor Pastor & First Lady

The member of Resurrection Baptist Church Christian, 6046 Moncrief
Road, invites the community to Appreciation services for Pastor, Rev.
Glenn F. Foreman Sr. and First Lady Cheryl D. Foreman. The theme for the
occasion is "Faithful Founder, Leader, Preacher, Counselor and Friend," (I
Corinthians 4: 1-2).
Services will be held nightly January 24-26, 2007 at 7 p.m. The
Celebration will conclude at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 28th.
"Reclaiming Our Children" is the
Theme for 1st AME Men's Gathering
On Saturday, January 27, 2007, at 9 a.m., First AME Church, 91 Old
Kings Road North, Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor; will host a "Men's
Gathering". The theme is "Reclaiming Our Children." The "Gathering" will
kick off with a "Men's Only Breakfast" at the Palm Harbor Educational
Center, at the Church, followed by a "Men's Only Teaching Workshop," led
by the Rev. Billy Whyte of the Palm Coast Community Church.
All are welcome to attend the service at noon when The Rev. Gillard S.
Glover will preach. For information or directions, call (386) 446-5759.
Vision Baptist Church to present "All
Day Saturday" Youth Event Feb. 10th
Vision Baptist Church, 8973 Lem Turner Road, Pastor J. Marcellas
Williams; will host an "All Day Saturday" Youth Event on Saturday,
February 10, 2007, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be packed with fun
activities that are geared toward enhancing our youth's knowledge about
Christ. There will be Games, Gifts, Prizes, the Mall, and a trip to Regency
AMC Movies to see "The Pursuit of Happiness."
The event will introduce young people to other saved young Christians
that will allow them to form new wholesome relationships. Pastor Williams
believes that our saved young people will have a better influence on those
who are unsaved.
For information or to sign up your child, call Pastor Williams at (904)
765-6083 or 468-7887, no later than Saturday, Jan. 27th
St. Philips Episcopal to Present the Lives
of Richard Alien and Absalom Jones
St. Philips Episcopal Church, comer Pearl & Union Streets, will present
"A Celebration in Story and Music" of the lives of Richard Allen in the
African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church; and Absalom Jones in the
Episbopal Church. The program will be presented at 4 p.m. on Sunday,
February 11, 2007, a reception will follow. The public is invited.

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

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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

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

Noon Day Worship

Youth Church 7:00 p.m.

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

Join us for our Weekly Services

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

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

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

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

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



Central Campus
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
January 28th
Jim Raley 6:00 p.m.
***********Drama**** *********

Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames
Sun., Feb. 18 6:00 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 19 7:30 p.m.

Pastor Garry & Kim Wiggins

Southwest Campus
Hwy 218, across from Wilkinson Jr. High
Our Church Family is Growing! Don't Miss Out!
Come Sunday and Experience Something Fresh.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.

Pastor and Mrs. Coad

5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: Email:
10:45 a.m. Service Interpreted for Deaf@ Central Campus

Great.r. .eon


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

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.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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Rev. Pernell Raggins


Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

January 25-31, 2007

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Churches Urged to Study

Race and Environment
Churches across the country are being encouraged to discuss the links
between race and environment. A recently published resource from the
National Council of Churches USA (NCC), "Environmental Racism: An
Ecumenical Study Guide," is available to congregations for use in their
church education programs.
"It is important to recognize that seven out of ten African Americans
still breathe air that does not meet federal air quality standards and that
a disproportionate number of communities of color have toxic waste
sites in their backyards," says Cassandra Carmichael, director of the
NCC's Eco-Justice Programs.
"The National Council of Churches is committed to justice for all of
God's people and for all of God's creation," says the Rev. Brenda
Girton-Mitchell, NCC's associate general secretary forjustice and advo-
cacy. "A disproportionate number of communities that are impacted by
environmental pollution are communities of color. As Christians, we
must commit ourselves to addressing environmental racism so that all of
God's people can live in a healthy and secure environment."
The "Environmental Racism: An Ecumenical Study Guide" can be
downloaded by signing into the NCC Eco-Justice network at:

Sometimes armed and poten-
tially dangerous they will make the
ultimate sacrifice for men and
women of the cloth. Serving as pro-
tection and gatekeepers to promi-
nent pastors and their flock at
churches around the nation, they
are church security, literal guardian
Churches were once a safe place,
observes Bishop T.D. Jakes of The
Potter's House. And since they no
longer are, The Dallas Morning
News Reports, Bishop Jakes and
The Potter's House is offering the
third annual security conference
called S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Security
Training Offering Procedure
Protection Education and Direction
beginning Feb. 28, 2007 in
Grapevine, Texas.

"It appears that evil and wicked-
ness is abounding in an unprece-
dented way," he said in a statement
on the conference website.
"It seems to be aimed at those of
us who seek to do God's will.
"Regrettably today, there seems to
be a growing cynicism against the
work of the Lord and his workers,"
the Bishop continued.
At the 3rd Annual S.T.O.P.P.E.D
Conference, The Potter's House
security department will equip sev-
eral thousand pastors to counter
both obvious and hidden threats
that the church faces today, inter-
nally and externally.
With reports of violent crimes and
hate related activities at houses of
worship in news headline, churches
are not evil-proof.

"I think it's time churches recog-
nize that we're no longer segregat-
ed from violence and crime," Sean
Smith, director of security at the
Potter's House, told the Morning.
Two Baptist churches in
Greenville, N.C. and a string of
churches in Alabama were the tar-
gets of larceny last year. According
to the Christian Post, Forbes
Magazine says mega-churches are
like corporations and are more at
risk for certain crimes. Criminal
activity that has been reported
within the churches such as embez-
zlement, theft and sexual abuse
mimic crimes that happen in corpo-
Attendants can expect a new addi-
tion to this year's conference,
Scenario City, a hands-on session

Bishop Jakes will
lead the conference.
that will unmask the myths and
expose the realities of church secu-
rity, The Potter's House reports.

Commentary: If Black Folks Really Want Barack Obama

to be President, Here's What We and He -

Must Do

by Deb Mathis, BAW
If Barack Obama stays in the pres-
idential race beyond the exploratory
stage, he will not be the only one
with work to do for his candidacy.
Black Americans who are cheering
for him have some heavy lifting of
our own -- mainly, to fight off the
temptation to hold Obama to unfair
and unreasonable expectations.
For example, we will have to
accept that he will have to do more
bending, compromising and delay-
ing than most of us claim we would
do if given that much power and
attention. After all, our audience of

friends, family and colleagues is
generally homogenous and benign.
A presidential candidate has to woo
hundreds of millions who make up
the most diverse nation on the plan-
et. There are more different races,
religions, distinctly regional mores,
economic ranges and lifestyles here
than some whole continents can
boast. As the senator will learn --
and surely must know already -- not
only can you not please all of the
people all of the time, it's hard as all
get-out to keep half content.
This means, too, that he won't be
able to be as straight-up about mat-

ters of controversy or contention
nor as confrontational as we might
like. Obama may want to, but we
must be understanding when he
smiles at Dick Cheney and shakes
his hand all the while we are wish-
ing he would, to repeat the dour
vice president himself, tell him to
go jump off a bridge.
And let us not get out of sorts if he
doesn't work race -- particularly
blackness -- into every speech and
conversation. And when he doesn't,
let's not start calling him a sell-out
and an Uncle Tom, because there's
nothing in his history or his reputa-

Hip-Hop Churches: The New Face

of Christianity or Sacrilegious?

Harlem, NY On an average
Thursday evening in Harlem one
could almost miss the Greater Hood
Memorial Zion AME Church -- it's
tucked away on a nondescript block
with hardly any foot traffic.
Yet, what makes Greater Hood
stand out is the scores of teens
milling about on its steps -- loung-
ing around, sipping soft drinks and
waiting for services to begin.
That's right, church!
Greater Hood has been the site of
the Hip Hop Church for about six
months and the service is certainly
reflective. As one walks over
Greater Hood's worn burgundy car-
pets and into the wood-paneled
sanctuary, there are dozens of teens
dressed in hoodies and jeans, doing
the chicken noodle soup and free-
styling at the altar.
The teens lead the prayers over
popular backbeats (including The
Game's "One Blood" and Cam'ron's
"Touch It Or Not" -- changing the
words to be more appropriate for
the venue); the offering is taken
during Jim Jones' "We Fly High" --
with shouts of "Ballin'!" coming
from the amped crowd.
To some it's a bit disconcerting --
is this church or the club? Throw
your hands in the air, to be sure. But
this certainly ain't grand mama's
house of worship.
All of this makes perfect sense to
old-school legend and founder of
the Hip Hop Church, Kurtis Blow
(who now goes by Kurtis Walker).

"When you go to a rap concert,
you see Jay Z on stage, you scream
your loudest," says Walker. "You
see 50 Cent up there; you're losing
your mind. But when you go to
church, why can't we have that
same intensity? I know that God is
most incredible. So why don't we
give him that same praise?"
With a generation more familiar
with Kanye West's "Jesus Walks"
than the Bible's shortest verse,
"Jesus wept" -- it seems appropriate
that the spirit of hip-hop is making
strong inroads into today's church
Not only is gospel music becom-
ing more secular by incorporating
the beats and vernacular of hip-hop
into its music, first made popular by
Kirk Franklin's groundbreaking sin-
gle "Stomp," which flooded urban
radio, but there now exists a thriv-
ing genre of hip-hop being dedicat-
ed to the Lord.
There are no hard numbers on
how many hip-hop churches or
services exist in the nation today,
but increasingly, more Christian
denominations from AME to
Baptists to Episcopalians,
Methodists and Seventh Day
Adventists are reaching out to their
young people by Rapping for God,
Crunkin' for Christ or just plain ole
Holy Hip-Hop. From Houston to
the South Bronx where hip-hop
itself originated, the youth (and
those who love them) are taking
that old boom bap to the sanctuary.

tion that would be deserving of that
slight. Besides, he won't need to
raise the issue. America can talk
about color-blindness all the live-
long day, but it has not and will not
forget that the man from Illinois
with the infectious smile and the
cool, confident demeanor is a black
man with a black wife and two
black children. He won't have to
introduce race into the discussion;
it's in his skin.
I raise these issues because, short-
ly after Obama arrived on Capitol
Hill two years ago, some supporters
began expressing doubts about
whether he could "keep it real."
Indeed, following a raucous,
flood-lit debut during that first
week in Washington, the rock star
freshman seemed to fade into the
woodwork. He sank into the rou-
tines of senatorial work and, except
for his very presence in hearings
and on the chamber floor, left little
to remember.
But rare is the politician who
comes out swinging and lives to
swing another day. Such big-foot-
ing can easily be taken for arro-

gance and often
rightly so -- and if
there's one thing the
egotists on the Hill :
won't tolerate, it's a i '
blatant egotist.
Subtlety and plausi- '
ble deniability -- ..'
those are key. You
may not have to pay
to play, but everyone
has to play to stay.
Which brings us to
what our role is: To
hear the man out, lis-
ten to his programs'
and his promises and
his propositions; to
weigh them on the
scales of realism and
probability; to
refrain from asking
him to be bull-head-
ed and unyielding
since we've got that ,
now, and we see
where that's gotten
And his job? In exchange for our
leniency and benefit of the doubt, to

remember who's got his back and -
- where it really counts -- to make
sure he's got ours.

It -"-
Rap pioneer Kurtis Blow
founded the church
"I always knew that there was an
incredible amount of spirituality
that went into hip-hop," explains
Walker, who officiates the weekly
hip-hop church service at Greater
Hood and travels the country lead-
ing similar services elsewhere. "We
call it a musical youth ministry, so
we're trying to reach the kids and
teach them about Jesus and the
Bible and God in a language that
they understand.
"Jesus, when he was around and
walking in the flesh, he was a
teacher and a preacher," Walker
continues. "And he analyzed his
audience. Like if he was with the
farmers, he told stories about sow-
ing the seed, and building your
house on solid rock. And this is
what we're doing today with the hip
hop church."

i i

Potters House Hosting Church Security Conference

Please join us as we continue

to Celebrate"Our 50th Year"

of Exemplary Service to the

Jacksonville Community

Wendell P. Holmes, Jr., FDIC

Jacquelyne S. Holmes, Assistant

Tonva M. Austin, Assistant

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

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January 25-31, 2007

The Rewards and Demands of Caring for an Aging Parent

Beth Witrogen McLeod had never
even heard the term "caregiver"
until six months after her parents
died. But during the roughly two
years that she served as their pri-
mary caregiver -- from 1991 to
1993 -- she amassed a wealth of
knowledge on the topic.
Her caregiving journey inspired
her to write a 1995 series for the
San Francisco Examiner, The
Caregivers, in which she explored
the burgeoning trend of adults car-
ing for aging parents. In 1997, she
left to write a book, Caregiving:
The Spiritual Journey of Love,
Loss, and Renewal. Each received a
Pulitzer Prize nomination.
Witrogen's immersion into the
unfamiliar world of family care-
giving began when her 69-year-old
father, who had a recurring type of
cancer, failed to improve with sur-
gery, and her 70-year-old mother
was diagnosed with amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's dis-
ease) with dementia. Suddenly, she
was flying back to Wichita, Kan.,

every six to eight weeks on unpaid
leave from her newspaper job to
assist her terminally ill parents.
"I was just stunned by what their
needs were all the time, I didn't
really have much family that could
help, and I didn't know about the
network of aging services," she
said. "So, things sort of got pieced
together through that time, but it
was never organized."
Caregiver is a role for which adults
are often ill prepared. Sometimes
people are thrust into it when Mom
has a stroke or begins showing
signs of dementia, or when people
begin to worry about Dad living
alone in a big house with lots of
stairs, explained Suzanne Mintz,
president and co-founder of the
National Family Caregivers
Association (NFCA).
But care-giving experts say it is a
role that is becoming more visible
as the nation's baby boomers strug-
gle to secure the resources they
need to help their ill and elderly
parents, often while balancing the

demands of their own career and
Nationally, more than 50 million
Americans care for chronically ill,
disabled or aged family members or
friends in any given year. Most
family caregivers are women, typi-
cally a 46-year-old caring for her
widowed mother. All told, family
caregivers provide an estimated
$306 billion a year in unpaid serv-
ices, according to the NFCA.
"In terms of preparation, I think
it's important for people to think
about the what-ifs," Mintz suggest-
ed. "What if Mom has a stroke or
heart attack or falls and breaks her
hip or we think her safety's at risk?
What are we going to do?
Assuming Mom doesn't live any-
where near the kids, who could be
the first responder? Does Mom
have all her paperwork in order?"
Mintz had that conversation with
her own brother, after her 89-year-
old mother, who lives in Florida,
had a bad concussion, prompting
terrible headaches and a problem

with her eyes. "And so, I called him
up and said, 'Who knows what's
going to happen here, but if some-
body has to go down immediately,
you're more flexible than I am
because I can't leave my husband
by himself,' she said. Mintz is a
family caregiver for her husband,
Steven, who has multiple sclerosis.
Preparation is critical because the
toll that care-giving can exact is
immense. Continued on page 9

Women and Asthma: Control the Problem

Many women with asthma become
overwhelmed by it and let it control
the way they live their lives. Dr.
Monica Kraft, Director of Duke
University's Allergy, Asthma and
Airway Center, who will be fea-
tured in an upcoming television
special entitled "Breathing Easy:

Women and Asthma" talks about
effective ways in which women
with asthma can accomplish goals
and live the life they want.
"One of my patients decided that
she wanted to start running at the
age of 48, but after a quarter mile
she was wheezing and coughing,"
says Dr. Kraft. "Together we
worked on ways to enable her to

run. She now has a goal of com-
pleting a 10k running race."
In the show Dr. Kraft advises that
if you have asthma, it's important to
put yourself first and not let asthma
control your life. You have to find
the right doctor with whom you can
build a long-term relationship
because on-going follow up is the
key to managing your asthma.

- Find out what you can about asthma so you can identify the symp-
toms and how it might be affecting your life. There are many great
informational tools out there including websites like www.asth-
- Think about your rescue inhaler use- do you use it more than twice
a week? Do you use it at particular times?
- Try to identify the specific environments or situations that trigger
symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest-tightening, lung burning,
wheezing and coughing.
- Identify what you feel if and/or when you wake up at night
- Identify what you feel when you first wake up in the morning.
What medications have you taken in the past that are or aren't
related to asthma?
- What medications are you currently taking?

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million worth of therapeutic nico-
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quitters who lapse after starting a
New Year's quit attempt. The give-
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smokers a chance at keeping their
New Year's resolution to quit smok-
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found that while New Year's is the
most popular time to try quitting

(36 percent of annual quit
attempts), only 11 percent of New
Year's quitters stay off cigarettes for
two months or more, and more than
two-thirds (68 percent) resume
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quit attempts fail within 48 hours.
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State Prison Inmates Outliving People on the Outside I

State prison inmates, particularly
blacks, are living longer on average
than people on the outside, the gov-
ernment said Sunday.
Inmates in state prisons are dying
at an average yearly rate of 250 per
100,000, according to the latest fig-
ures reported to the Justice
Department by state prison offi-

cials. By comparison, the overall
population of people between age
15 and 64 is dying at a rate of 308 a
For black inmates, the rate was 57
percent lower than among the over-
all black population 206 versus
484. But white and Hispanic pris-
oners both had death rates slightly

above their counterparts in the
overall population.
The Justice Department's Bureau
of Justice Statistics said 12,129
state prisoners died between 2001
through 2004.
Eight percent were murdered or
killed themselves, 2 percent died of
alcohol, drugs or accidental

injuries, and 1 percent of the deaths
could not be explained, the report
The rest of the deaths 89 per-
cent were due to medical rea-
sons. Of those, two-thirds of
inmates had the medical problem
they died of before they were
admitted to prison.


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Shown above at the event is Community Hospice chaplain Victor Cole who opened the event with a benediction flanked by Susan Ponder-
Stansel, CEO and President of Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and Larry Solberg, M.D., Ph.D, Mayo Clinic. Shown right is Sen. Tony
Hill was on hand to discuss the important role that hospice care plays in the local community.

Grand Opening Dedication Held for New Hospice Facility

The community was recently
invited to learn what hospice care

was all about with the Open House
held by Community Hospice. Over

300 pecp!e were on hand for bless-
ing of the Dr. Gaston J. Acosta-Rua

Baltimore's First Black Female

Mayor Begins First Term

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, right, is sworn in to office by Clerk of the
Court Frank Conaway Sr., in Baltimore. Baltimore's first female mayor faces
the challenges of the city's violent crime and an ethics investigation as she
takes over the mayoral term of new Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

BALTIMORE Baltimore's first
female mayor faces the challenges
of the city's violent crime and an
ethics investigation as she takes
over the mayoral term of new
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
If that isn't pressure enough, she
also faces a crowded field of
prospective opponents in this
November's mayoral election all
of whom are eager to pounce on
any mistakes.
Sheila Dixon, 53, took over for
O'Malley last week with plans to
seek her own four-year-term. A
Democrat in an overwhelmingly
Democratic city, she has already
won two citywide offices for City
Council president, most recently in
Dixon has said she wants to focus
on strengthening neighborhoods by
making the city cleaner and increas-
ing cooperation between the city's
law enforcement agencies.
At a news conference last week,
she summed up her overall goals

Rites of Passage

Program for

Young Ladies

Now Accepting

Journey Into Womanhood, a local
program that promotes leadership
development in teen girls ages 9-
16, is currently recruiting for their
2007 Class. The rites of passage
program has been designed with
concepts targeted specifically for
female youth and addresses the
issues that plague girls and their
voyage into womanhood. The ses-
sions include workshops, field trips
and community service projects.
Topics for the workshops include
character development, educational
enrichment, etiquette, money man-
agement, abstinence, and a parent
support group.
The next workshop session will be
on January 27, 2007. For more
information, e-mail or
visit their website at www.empow-

this way: "Cleaner, greener, effec-
tive, efficient transparent govern-
ment, working in partnership with
the community, enhancing many of
the initiatives that we've been
working on."
Her long roots in city politics and
the power of incumbency make her
stand out as a frontrunner for a full
term, said Matthew Crenson, a
Johns Hopkins University political
"She's got name recognition,"
Crenson said. "She has had the
opportunity to form lots of
alliances, and I think they will
probably serve her well."
Prospective opponents include

City Councilman Keiffer Mitchell
Jr., Delegate Jill Carter, high school
principal Andrey Bundley and
Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway
Dixon, who has two children and
is the aunt of Maryland basketball
star Juan Dixon, who now plays for
the Portland Trail Blazers, is a long-
time student of karate and former
elementary school teacher with a
master's degree in educational man-
Her family has not been immune
to the pain of a city plagued by
drugs: Her brother and sister-in-law
were heroin users who died of
Dixon becomes mayor following
275 homicides in 2006 six more
than in 2005. She has pledged to
improve relationships between
police, prosecutors, court officials
and parole and probation officials.
Dixon has been dogged by a state
investigation relating to her
involvement with city money that
went to companies employing her
sister and her former campaign
chairman. The city ethics board
cleared Dixon of ethics violations
last week.
In October 2003, Dixon stopped
employing her sister after the city
ethics board ruled she was improp-
erly hired as an assistant. Other city
council members also had to fire

Center for Caring by Bishop Victor
Galeone, Diocese of St. Augustine
and for tours of the 16-bed, 27,000
square foot facility. The site, locat-
ed at 5450 Ramona Boulevard on
the city's Westside, will also include
a 9,600 square foot building for
offices and storage for durable
medical equipment.

Jonathan Plummer

Terry McMillan's Ex to Write Tell All

It's been over a year since author
Terry McMillan went on the
"Oprah Winfrey Show" to air the
pain and bitterness over her ex-hus-
band's revelation that he is gay -
and still there is thick, soupy drama
surrounding the former couple's
ugly divorce.
According to the San Francisco
Chronicle, McMillan's ex-husband
Jonathan Plummer has signed a
book deal with Simon & Schuster
to pen a fictionalized story based on
his relationship with McMillan,
whose own account of their initial
meeting in Jamaica was the blue-
print for her novel and film "How
Stella Got Her Groove Back."
"He is like a "%$* Duracell, and
I want him out of my life, and he
won't let me out of his life. I can't
live like this,' McMillan told the
newspaper during an emotional
interview that saw both rage and

Learn How to Make Strawberry Preserves
The City of Jacksonville Canning Center will offer a workshop on
Thursday, February 22 from 9AM to Noon. Learn how to make strawber-
ry preserves and take some home for the family to enjoy. The cost is
$20.00 per person which includes all materials. You will take home
approximately (3) V2 pints. Space is limited. You must pre-pay to register.
Call 387-8860 for any questions.
Learn How to Grow and Cook with Herbs
The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced its first in a series of gar-
dening classes, "Growing and Cooking with Herbs." The class is scheduled
for Saturday, February 3, 2007, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Zoo's
PepsiCo Education Campus. Linda Cunningham, master gardener, mem-
ber of multiple herb organizations, and owner of Cunningham's Floral
Designs, will be the guest speaker. Class attendees can register in a free
drawing to win a basket filled with gardening goodies, along with a gift
certificate for a free, one-year, family membership in the Jacksonville Zoo
and Gardens. For more information or to pre-register, visit the Zoo's Web
site at

Caring for Your Aging Parent

Continued from page 1
Witrogen now teaches an online
course through Barnes & Noble
University called "Taking care of
Your Aging Parents." In it, she cov-
ers issues that caregivers are likely
to confront along their journey,
from legal and financial matters to
emotional and self-care concerns.
"I did not eat well, I did not
hydrate well, I did not rest,"
Witrogen recognized after the fact.
She also suffered severe depression
during her mother's ordeal.
Care-giving's toll, of course, varies

depending on circumstances.
"If you're helping Mom with the
groceries every week and her
finances once a month and she's
still living on her own, that's very
different than 24/7 care-giving and
Mom's living with you," Mintz
observed. Plus, if your parents have
money to buy services, say hiring a
home health aide, that makes things
a lot easier, she said. "But for many
people, the money isn't there."
Witrogen suspects that she and her
husband, who died last year, spent
$20,000 in the one month that her

tears from the author.
The Chronicle also received sev-
eral e-mails from McMillan,
including this plea: "I just do not
want to end up dead because no one
did anything to stop him.'
The "Waiting to Exhale" writer
filed for divorce from Plummer in
January 2005 following 6 1/2 years
of marriage. That was not long after
Plummer -- 23 years her junior --
disclosed he was gay and had been
seeing men on the down low.
In the months that followed,
Plummer revealed that McMillan
used gay slurs in letters and phone
messages to him, and even left him
a bottle of Jamaican hot pepper
sauce on which she wrote, "Fag
Juice Burn Baby Burn," and
scrawled "Jonathan's fag boyfriend
fag" on a photo of a friend.

Youth Entries
The Jacksonville Branch
NAACP ACT-SO Program is
requesting all interested 9th 12th
grade students to apply for this
year's competition.
Interested may enter up to three of
the following categories:
Sciences, humanities, performing
arts, visual arts and business for
scholarships and recognition on
both the local and national level.
Applications are in the
Guidance Office of area high
schools or may be obtained by
contacting Jacquelyn Holmes, at
620-0363 Applications are to be
returned by January 31, 2007.

parents died, considering the cost of
plane trips, rental cars, funerals and
other bills that had to be paid.
Yet, despite the stress and strain of
care-giving, her experience also
proved to be life-changing in pro-
foundly positive ways.
"You learn to live day-to-day, you
learn to live more in the moment,"
Witrogen said. Most of all, you
learn how to give and receive love.
"We create a more loving world by
doing this, by being caregivers,"
she insisted. "It's a higher calling.
I'm convinced of it."

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Ebony Fashion Fair
The 49th Ebony Fashion Fair will
be held on Friday, January 26th at
the Florida Theater beginning at 8
p.m. Proceeds from the fashion
extravaganza will benefit commu-
nity projects of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority's Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter. Every ticket price includes
a choice of a one-year subscription
to Ebony or Jet and other raffle
opportunities. For tix or more info ,
contact Levon Burnett at 272-4055.

Auditions for Disney's
High School Musical
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
is having open auditions for their
main stage production of Disney's
High School Musical for youth 8-
18. The auditions will take place on
Saturday, January 27, 2007, from
12-6pm at FCCJ North Campus in
the Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium
4501 Capper Road. Disney's High
School Musical production will be
held on March 10-11, 2007 at the
North Campus. For more informa-
tion please call Stage Aurora at

Millions More
Clothes Give-A-Way
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement will have a clothes
give-a-way on Saturday, January
27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The location will be 900 Myrtle
Ave. ,between Kings Road and
Beaver Street. If you have any
questions or just want to learn more
about the Millions More Movement
visit website,or
call 904-355-9395,904-768-2778.

Onyx Awards
Once again, Jacksonville is in the
spotlight with the annual Onyx
Community Awards sponsored by
Onyx Magazine. Beginning at 5
p.m., on Saturday, January 27th.
Th evening is a night of high
recognition for local leaders. The
event will be held at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. For more event
details, call (904) 254-7230.

Legal Aid Health Care
Town Hall Meeting
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and
other health care provider advo-
cates are sponsoring a Health Care
Issues Town Hall Meeting about
Medicaid Reform, Medicare Part D
and Mental Health issues. It will be
held at the Downtown Public
Library from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m on
Tuesday, January 30th. The public
is invited to attend. For more infor-
mation, call Atty. Pardo at 356-
8371 Ext. 315.

JDN Explores Why a
Black History Month
The 19th Diversity Network's
Social Night will explore the ques-
tion, "Why a Black History
Month." The group invites the pub-
lic for a night of fun, fellowship
and discussion.
The event will be held at Ninth &
Main St. (Nosh) on Tuesday, Jan.
30, 6:30-9:00. The Program starts at
7:00 with discussion to follow pre-
ceded by appetizers and socializing.
For more information, email
Free Class on
The Duval County Extension
Service will offer a free class on
landscaping entitled, "Good and
Bad Guys in the Landscape" -
Natives & Invasives. The class will
be held on Wednesday, January
31st from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. The class
will be held at the Argyle Branch
Library, 7973 Old Middleburg
Road. Participants will learn to use
native plants in the landscape and
how to identify and control inva-
sives. Hands-on activity included.
Call to register at 387-8850.

Jamie Foxx in Concert
Actor, singer, comedian Jamie
Foxx will be in concert for one
night only on Wednesday, January
31st at the Times Union Center. The
show starts at 8 p.m. and the multi-
faceted artist will be joined by
Fantasia. For tickets call 353-3309.

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ers or putting someone else's needs before their own? A
friend that goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer?
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Registration Open
for the 2007 Step Off
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
is looking for community, school,
and church step teams to register for
their annual Step Off 2007 to be
held February 17, 2007 at FCCJ
North Campus in the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium. All teams must
register by February 1st. To reg-
ister or for more information please
contact Stage Aurora at

Black Art Collection
The Walter O. Evans Collection of
African American Art will be on
display at the February 1st
through April 17, 2007 at the The
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
located at 829 Riverside Avenue.
For more information, call (904)

PRIDE Book Club
The next meeting of the year for
PRIDE Book Club will be on
Friday, February 2nd at the home
of Marie Carter. The book for dis-
cussion will be A SIN AND A
SHAME by Victoria Christopher
Murray. In it's 14th year, PRIDE is
the city's oldest and most active
ethnic book club. Friday February
2nd at the home of Marie Carter.
The book for discussion will be A
SIN AND A SHAME by Victoria
Christopher Murray. For more
information call 389-8417.

Own a Picasso
The R. Roberts Gallery will be
holding a charity auction benefiting
Habitat for Humanity on Thursday,
February 8th from 7-9 p.m. The
auction preview begins at 6 p.m.
The special auction will feature
original works by Pablo Picasso,
Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and
Georges Braque. The gallery is
located in the shops of historic
Avondale, 3606 St Johns Avenue.
For more info, call 388-1188.

Links Western Gala
The Jacksonville Chapter of Links

will have their annual Western Gala
- "a celebration of country soul" on
Saturday, February 10th, 7:30
p.m. at the Jacksonville
Fairgrounds. For more information,
Contact any Jacksonville Chapter
Links member. or e-mail thewestern-

NCNW Presents Sweet
Honey in the Rock
The National Council of Negro
Women will present Sweet Honey
in the Rock in concert on Saturday,
February 10th at 10 a.m. at the
Florida Theater. Proceeds will ben-
efit NCNW programs. For tickets or
more information, call 634-0367 or

Bro. of Firefighters
Valentine's Dance
The Jacksonville Brotherhood of
Firefighters will be having a
Valentine Dance on Saturday,
February 11th at Square One in
San Marco. Included in the ticket
price will be dinner and drinks in
addition to live jazz. For tickets or
more information, call Liz
Henderson at 813-9738.

Universoul Circus
The world famous Universoul
Circus will be in Jacksonville on
their annual tour at the Gateway
Shopping Plaza, February 13-19.
For tickets and showtimes, call 353-

Tavis Smiley Keynotes
UNF MLK Luncheon
Tavis Smiley, author, political
commentator and talk show host,
will be the guest speaker at the 26th
Annual UNF Martin Luther King Jr.
Scholarship Luncheon. The pro-
gram will be held on Friday, Feb.
16, from noon to 2 p.m. at the
University Center Banquet Hall on
the UNF campus. Tickets can be
purchased at the UNF Ticket Box
Office in the UNF Fine Arts Center
at (904) 620-2878.

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American Beach Tea
The Peck Center, located at 516 S.
10th Street in Fernandina Beach
will be the site of the American
Beach Association's Silver
Anniversary President's Day Tea
beginning at Noon. The February
19th Tea will honor the
Association's past presidents
including founding president Ben
Durham, Frank Morgan, Sr., Bobby
Dollison, Henry Lee Adams, Jr.,
Annette Myers and Carlton Jones.
The organization received a charter
from the State on February 26,
1982. For more information, call

West African Dance
Show at UNF
Mande! The Evolution from Bare
Feet to Blue Jeans, a west African
dance production featuring
Jacksonville based dance troupe,
Culture Moves 101, and Guinean
drum group, Bassikolo, will be in
performance on Thursday,
February 22nd at 7 p.m. at the
UNF Robinson Theater. For more
information, call Christa Sylla at

Learn to Can Your
Own Preserves
The City of Jacksonville Canning
Center will offer a workshop on
Thursday, February 22 from 9 AM
to Noon. Learn how to make straw-
berry preserves and take some
home for the family to enjoy. The
cost is $20.00 per person which
includes all materials. You will
take home approximately 3 /2 pints.
Space is limited. Call 387-8860 to
register or for more information.

Stage Aurora Presents
Miss Evers Boys
Stage Aurora brings to life the
shocking true story that exposes a
40-year government backed med-
ical research effort on humans
which led to tragic consequence.
Starring in the play will be national
actress T'Keymah Cristal Keymah.
The historical Tuskegee
Experiment always was made into a
movie. The production will be pre-
sented at the Ezekiel Bryant
Auditorium on February 23 25th.
For additional information please
call 765 7372.

AA Chamber
Heritage Breakfast
The First Coast African-American
Chamber of Commerce will have
their 9th Annual Heritage Breakfast
on Friday, February 23rd at the
BeTheLite Conference Center
beginning at 7:30 a.m. The theme
for the event is "Continuing the
Legacy of a Dream". For tickets or
more information, call 652-1500.

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold a seminar on
February 24, 2007 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church in Riverside. The
speaker will be J. Mitchell Brown,
MA, who specializes in profession-
al genealogical research in the
south. Specific topics will be dis-
cussed at a later time. For addition-
al information please contact, Mary
Chauncey, (904)781-9300.

Operation Magnet
Application Dropoff
Operation Magnet Application
Drop-off will be held on Saturday,
February 24, 2007 from 8 a.m. -
12 p.m. parents can drop off appli-
cations in person as the application
deadline is February 28th. The
Magnet staff will be available to
accept applications or answer ques-
tions in the lobby of the central
administration building, 1701
Prudential Drive. For more infor-
mation, contact Carmen White at

Candidates Forum
There will be a free candidates
forum sponsored by Abyssinia
Missionary Baptist Church on
Thursday March 1st at the church
located at 10325 Interstate Center
Drive beginning at 7:30 p.m. For
more information, contact Anna
Matthews at 764-3616.

Four Tops &
Temps in Concert
Motown recording artist The
Temptations and The Four Tops
will be in concert together at the
Florida Theater on Sunday March
18th, 2007 at 8 p.m. For ticket
information call 355-2787.

World of Nations
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent the 15th Annual World of
Nations Celebration March 29 -
April 1st at Metropolitan Park. The
event celebrates the many diverse
cultures of the First Coast and
throughout the world. For more
information call 630-3690.

Leadership Jax
Celebration of Service
Leadership Jacksonville's
Celebration 2007 honoring
Community Trustees will honor
Bob Helms, Wachovia, Peter
Rummell, The St. Joe Company and
Madeline Scales-Taylor, Mayo
Clinic. The event will be held on
Thursday, April 26, 2007, at the
Prime F. Osborn Convention Center
from 6:15 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Master
of Ceremonies is Jacksonville
Chamber of Commerce President
Wally Lee. For tickets or more info
call 396-6263.

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Youth Wanted for Stage

Aurora's 100 Youth Voices
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company is looking for youth ages 8 18 to
join the 100 Youth Voices Musical Theatre Program, a community out-
reach activity. Its mission is to nurture the development of performing
arts and music education through a series of workshops, classes, and
public performances. Through the program, the youth perform concerts
and skits at several venues in Jacksonville. Events are scheduled up to
April 2007 including a mini stale production of Disney's High School
Musical in March. For additional information call 765 7372.

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Colts coach Tony Dungy holds up his AFC Trophy following the game and Bears Coach Lovie Smith (right)
celebrates on the field with his wife Mary Anne following their victory over the New Orleans Saints.

History was made Sunday after-
noon when the Chicago Bears and
Indianapolis Colts won their
respective NFC and AFC champi-
onship games. After 41 years, not
one, but two blacks will head to
the Super Bowl.
Lovie Smith did it Sunday on a
snowy afternoon in Chicago. Four
hours later, his good pal and mentor
Tony Dungy joined him. Not one,
but two black coaches will be
meeting in the nation's biggest
sporting spectacle.
It's historic. And it's about time.

"It means a lot," Dungy said after
his Indianapolis Colts beat New
England 38-34 in the AFC title
game. "I'm very proud of being an
African-American. I'm very proud
of Lovie."
And Smith equally so of Dungy.
"We have to play someone and, in
my perfect world, I would like to
see the Colts be that team," Smith
said after his Chicago Bears pum-
meled the New Orleans Saints 39-
"Tony Dungy has done an awful
lot for our game," Smith said. "He

Diversity Contest for Kids
A week after Americans honored and remembered the legacy of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Campaign to Restore Ci\ il Rights
(NCRCR) announced a national essay and quote contest for students
about diversity in public schools
Students under the age of twelve can participate in the quote contest
by submitting their own briefanswer to the question. -"\\-1 is diversi-
ty important in our public schools?" Students ages twelve to seventeen
can participate by answering the same question. Students can send in
submissions beginning today and all entres are due bN March 30. 2007.
Winners will be announced by April 16. 200"'.
First place winners in each categor-\ will be awarded cash prizes and
finalist will receive gift certificates. Quotes and essays r% ill be judged
for originality, understanding of the issue, clarity and style. (More
details on the quote and essay contest rules, prizes, and submission
details are available at www.rollback .)

Los Angeles Experiencing

Rise in Racial Attacks

Los Angeles has seen a rise in
gang violence, with an increasing
number of gang crimes which
appear to be driven by racial hatred,
police sources said.
There is a trend that Latino gangs
are indiscriminately targeting
African American residents in what
appear to be campaigns to drive
blacks from some neighborhoods,
according to the Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD).
The vast majority of the most seri-
ous gang crime remains intra-
racial: Latinos attacking Latinos,
blacks attacking blacks.
Last year there were more than
2,700 black-on-black or Latino-on-
Latino incidents compared with
more than 500 interracial attacks.
In cases where gang-related homi-
cide, aggravated assault or robbery
crossed racial lines, LAPD tracking
shows an 11 percent jump in inci-
dents from 2002 to 2006; from 213
to 240 black-on-Latino attacks; and
from 247 to 269 Latino-on-black

attacks. As those interracial crimes
rose, intra-racial gang attacks fell
by 23 percent, from 3,577 to 2,780.
Of homicides, aggravated assaults
and robberies committed by black
gang members, about 2 in 10 are
against Latinos. About 1 in 10 of
the crimes committed by Latino
gang members are against blacks.
Police find it harder to determine
the intent behind the attacks --
without an admission of motiva-
tion, and often without even a sus-
pect to question.
Knowing why a victim was tar-
geted by a gang member is difficult:
Was it skin color? Did they or fam-
ily members have direct ties to
gangs? Was it just bad luck?
Mistaken identity?
In a city where blacks and
Latinos make up 96%of known
street gang members and often live
in proximity, it would not be unex-
pected that the two groups account
for the vast majority of interracial
gang crime, said the paper.

hasn't had a chance to coach in the
Super Bowl. I would love to see it."
Now he will.
It wasn't all that long ago that the
NFL's best jobs were off-limits to
blacks. Never mind that three-quar-
ters of the league's rosters were
filled with black players or that
there were qualified black assis-
tants. When the time came to hire a
new coach, they were passed over,
time and again.
Meanwhile, white coaches who
had done little to distinguish them-
selves in their previous jobs got

Mike Tomlin joined thehistory
ranks too this week being tapped
to head the Pittsburgh Steelers
additional chances. It was the old
boys' network at its worst.
Art Shell and Dennis Green paved
the way in the modern era, and
Dungy took it a step further.
When the Bears and Colts take the
field in Miami on Feb. 4, men of
color who dream of being in the
center on the grandest stages will
see that the door has been blown
wide open.
"Being the first black coach to lead
this team, of course our players
knew about it and they wanted to
help us make history," Smith said.
"So I feel blessed to be in that posi-
tion. I'll feel even better to be the
first black coach to hold up the
world championship trophy."

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If he doesn't, at least he'll have the point we
consolation of knowing Dungy will. it."
Whether he wanted to be or not, Mear
Dungy has long been the standard has joint
bearer for minority coaches. He was NFL. Y
just 25 when he became the NFL's Steelers
youngest assistant, taking a job on Vikings
Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh staff. Three Tomlin
years later, he was the defensive replacing
coordinator and the odds-on after coa
favorite to advance, years.
Oh, he got plenty of interviews. Fox
But somebody else -- somebody sides ha
white -- always got the job. multi-ye
Smith's odyssey was equally be comp
bumpy: Tulsa, Wisconsin, Ohio million
State, Tampa Bay, St. Louis. Those with the
were only a few of the stops he "It's
made in his 20-year journey to becoming
become a head coach, coach in
"When you have an opportunity football
like this, of course you want to take of respe
advantage of it," Bears running what the
back Thomas Jones said. "Any time humblin
you're the first person to do any- in but, a
thing, regardless of your race or al footb
anything like that, it's special." competil
Smith and Dungy know the The da
responsibility they carry. Unlike longer a
baseball or basketball, it is still making
news when a team hires a black Dungy 1
coach in the NFL. Even bigger er. Bet
news when a black man is hired to Sunday,
run the front office. inspired
With every big victory, they who hav
remove another thorn of prejudice, words c
"I'm happy for both coaches," good en
Colts defensive end Dwight two rol
Freeney said. "I hope we get to the equal fo

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while, another black man
ed the coaching ranks of the
Yesterday, the Pittsburgh
named Minneapolis
defensive coordinator Mike
their next head coach,
g Bill Cowher who retired
aching the Steelers for 15

Sports reports that the two
ave agreed to terms on a
ear deal that is believed to
parable to the four-year, $10
deal Cam Cameron reached
Miami Dolphins.
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ig only the third Steelers
n 38 years. "These are great
people. I've got a great deal
ect for what they do and
ey've done. It's just a very
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January 25-31, 2007

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FAMU Grads Taking Hollywood by Storm

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FAMU graduates Gregory Anderson and Rob Hardy(lst inset) produced the hit film "STomp the Yard", an ode to their days at Florida A&M
. Anika Noni Rose (left) is shown with her Dream girls co-stars Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson.

What do movies "Dreamgirls" and
"Stomp the Yard"\ have in com-
mon? The two Hollywood block-
buster have graduates of Florida A
& M University in key rolls.
Screenwriter Gregory Anderson
got his start at FAMU ("Stomp the
As audiences across the country
dance down the aisles to pop cul-
ture movie "Stomp the Yard", the
creation of the film's storyline has
proven to be just as exhilarating.
Conceived by writer Gregory
Anderson in the mid 90's, the film is
an ode to fraternities and sororities
at Historically Black Colleges and
Universities. This has special reso-
nance because while writing the

original draft, Gregory was a stu-
dent at FAMU where he and his
classmates Rob Hardy and Will
Packer (Producers of "Stomp the
Yard") dreamed of making it in
Hollywood. After college, Gregory
worked on the script, as he pro-
duced independent films with Rob
and Will, but eventually other proj-
ects took center stage. Gregory
hoped one day they could bring that
story to life.
In 2004, when the opportunity
arose for a possible movie to be
made, Gregory, a member of
Omega Psi Phi, quickly dusted off
the script from his parent's garage.
But, taking a script written about
frat life in the 90's and giving it a

new millennium spin proved to be
another journey altogether. "I was
inspired by Cameron Crowe; a
powerful storyteller. I remembered
he spent a year posing as a high
school student in preparation for
writing the movie, Fast Times at
Ridgemont High." Taking a cue
from Crowe, Greg returned to
FAMU to gain a deeper sense of
authenticity as he rewrote the script.
Next up for Gregory is the Warner
Brothers / Asylum Records film
"American Dream" which he pro-
duced as the President of Tri
Destined Films.
FAMU graduate Anika Noni Rose
had one of her dreams come true,
when she starred in the film adapta-

tion of the Broadway hit musical
"Dreamgirls". Ms. Rose plays the
part of Lorrell Robinson opposite
Beyonc6 Knowles (Deena Jones)
and former American Idol contest-
ant Jennifer Hudson who has the
role of Effie White.
Rose won Broadway's 2004 Tony
Award as Best Actress (featured
Role--Musical) for the hit play
"Caroline, or Change." Rose has
been described as "a perfect size
one with the voice of much larger
gospel or R&B star."
Dreamgirls which hit theatres in
December and already garnered
Golden Globes was directed by Bill
Condon of "Chicago" fame.

Alicia Keyes and Common Make Big Screen Debut Together

Alicia Keyes and Common
In their motion-picture debuts,
Grammy-winning singer Alicia
Keys and hip-hop artist Common
join an array of stars-including Ben
Affleck (Hollywoodland), Andy
Garcia (Ocean's 12), Ray Liotta
(Identity), Jeremy Piven
(Entourage), Ryan Reynolds (The
Amityville Horror), Peter Berg
(Collateral), Taraji Henson (Hustle
& Flow), Chris Pine (Just My
Luck), Martin Henderson (The
Ring) and Jason Bateman (The
Break-Up) in Smokin' Aces, a new
dark action-comedy that will be
released this week.
The wild story begins when FBI
Deputy Director Stanley Locke
(Garcia) has just dispatched his top
agent, Richard Messner (Reynolds),
and Messner's veteran partner,
Donald Carruthers (Liotta), to
Buddy "Aces" Israel's (Piven) not-
so-secret hiding spot in Lake Tahoe.
Their mission: protect the sleazy
Vegas magician from a mob boss
aid to have performed over 130

contract murders-upon whom Aces
has agreed to turn state's evidence
to save his own skin.
As the mob learns of his betrayal,
they put a million-dollar bounty on
Aces' head. They don't care who
does him, just as long as it is quick.
Now, a wild menagerie of merce-
naries, mass murderers and gor-
geous guns-for-hire descend on
Tahoe to do the deed matter
who gets in their way.
Keys, in her inaugural role in film,
plays bad -girl/street assassin
Georgia Sykes. On approaching her
for the part, producer Liza Chasin
recalls, "I'm not sure Alicia ever
thought she'd make her film debut
playing a girl packing a gun,
dressed like a hooker. I credit her
for flying in the face of that and
saying, 'My audience knows me for
who I am as a singer, but I'm going
to give them something unexpected
for my turn as an actress.'"
Keys initial reaction to the script,
she says, "The more I read it, the
more intrigued I became. It was not

only so interesting that each charac-
ter had its own life, but I loved the
way that every story combined into
the next story. Everything you
thought that it was, it was not. By
the time I got to the end, I was
Keys also works with another
newcomer to the world of film, hip
hop artist and Grammy nominee
Common-who won the role of Aces
right-hand man and steadfast sec-
ond-in-command, Sir Ivy. The
bodyguard has some hard choices
to make when it all starts going
down for his boss, and Carnahan
was looking for an actor who could
portray "the calm center of the
storm and a man who has great
nobility-understanding that the 11th
hour is upon them."
Common says about his first act-
ing role, "I've been writing songs
for 20 years. This was new to me.
The words become yours, but
you're saying somebody else's
words, hitting certain marks, learn-
ing where your light is. This is such

a good way to express yourself: a
way to tap into yourself and do
things that you don't do as a music
Keys also paired by her booker-
big pimpin' Loretta Wyman-with an
equally ruthless partner to smoke
Aces. Sniper Sharice Watters,
played by Taraji Henson, is a little
woman with a big gun. Henson,
who received acclaim for her role
as Shug in Hustle & Flow, found
playing Watters a fun exercise in
style and attitude. She was not only
required to physically transform
herself from a naturally striking,
petite actress-putting on no make-
up, wearing her hair in cornrows
and developing a badass attitude-
she found herself using language
that was brutally street and crazy
smooth. Her attraction to the script,
Henson reflects, "The most amaz-
ing writers to me are the ones who
write dialogue well. Joe Carnahan
is writing for mobsters, girls from
the hood, straight-laced people. It
was just brilliant."

Murphy Rock and Tucker to Star in new
Film Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Chris
-Tucker are set to star in a new heist flick from
director Brett Ratner that aims to put a black twist
on the popular "Ocean's Eleven" franchise.
| --, According to Fox 411 columnist Roger Friedman,
-Ratner is also reportedly in talks with Denzel
Washington to play one of the film's bad guys.
The as-yet-untitled project is being penned by
Russell Gewirtz, who wrote the screenplay for
Washington's recent film "The Inside Man," and Universal has signed on
to produce and distribute the movie.
Friedman writes: "Watch for Ratner to add more heavy hitters once
the script is finished. These could include young actors like Derek Luke
or Anthony Mackie, comedian Martin Lawrence and some older actors
too, like Sidney Poitier or even Bill Cosby."
CW Still Loves Chris

"Unrder the creative guidance of .*
Chris Rock and Ali LeRoi and per- :
fonnances from an incredible talent- '
ed cast. "Everybod y Hates Chris"
has consistently proven itself to be
one of the best comedies on telev vision, said Dawn Ostrofa, President.
Entertainment, at the network's Winter Press Tour session in Pasadena.
"Producing one great episode after another, this is a sho\ that we want
viewers to associate with The CW. We couldn't be happier to bring it
back for another season."
"Everybody Hates Chris"- executive produced and narrated by Chris
Rock and based on his childhood in Brooklyn averages a 1.0 rating
with 2.a2 million ieners ford tle CW nt ing for 159th among this sea-
son's broadcast TV shows.It averaged 4.26 million viewers last season
when it was on UPN, which merged with The WB to form the CW.

Halle Doesn't Do the Help
An Orange County painting company hired to enhance cabinets in
Halle Berry's L.A. crib for $57,000 has reportedly been ordered not to
speak to the actress without being spoken to first. According to TMZ, the
contract also states that any worker is prohibited to approach Berry while
in the home or on the premises.
"Everybody Hates ChBrown Mo- exeved to Undisclosed Spot
Rk The bod\ of soul legend James Brown was report-

ith illi edl. transported from a guarded room at his Beech
n's bo Island, S.C. mans miion where it has been since Dece.
Swhen30th to an undisclosed location, reports the

Hallesociated Press. A decision has et to e made on
S O ge the singer's final resting place.
AHll s previously reported. Brown's six adult chil-
.... ..' dren are planning to put the body in a mausoleum,
spk to and are hoping to seek advice from Elvis Presley's
family on turning Brown's home into a museum like Graceland.
Meanwhile, has obtained ai copi of Brown's will, which
does not contain the names of his longtime partner Tomi Rae Hnie or
their 5-year-old son James Brown Jr.
According to the Web site, the will leaves his si other children "fur-
niture, appliances, furnishings, pictures, silverware, china, glass, books,
jewelry, wearing apparel, boats, aundmobiles, and other iehicles..."
Hynie is expected to contest the will, which was signed by the
Godfather of Soul in 2000.
Godfather of Soul in 2000.

Controversy Surrounding Isaiah Washington Continuing to Escalate

The contro-
versy sur-
backstage at
the Golden
Globe awards
continues to
pick up
steam, with the actor firing his pub-
licist and gay rights groups stating
that his apology Thursday after-
noon was "too little too late."

The latest news in the debacle,
reports TV Guide, is Washington's
dismissal of his longtime publicist
Cynthia Snyder and hiring of Allen
Mayer and Kelly Mullens, who
reportedly specialize in crisis man-
agement. Mayer has put out fires
for the likes of R. Kelly, Tommy
Lee and Paula Poundstone, reports
Meanwhile, a number of TV crit-
ics and gay media Web sites are
calling on ABC to fire the "Grey's
Anatomy" star for using the word
"faggot" in reference to gay co-star

T.R. Knight, reports the Los
Angeles Times. Activist groups are
also wondering aloud why the
show's African American creator,
Shonda Rhimes, has not done more
to diffuse the situation.
"Thanks for the apology, Isaiah
(still waiting for yours ABC and
Ms.Rhimes), but it's too little, too
late," wrote Michael Jensen for, a gay media web-
site. "As for ABC, what are these
people thinking? Why haven't they
fired this joker as of yesterday?"
"Perhaps most disappointing in

all this is that 'Grey's' creator
Shonda Rhimes, who is to be laud-
ed for the diversity of the show's
cast, has never really addressed the
use of the epithet head-on," wrote
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette TV critic
Rob Owen on his newspaper televi-
sion blog.
An online petition was created
last week in support of Washington
being axed for his actions.
Inevitably, another online petition
has been launched in an effort to
keep the actor in his role as Dr.
Preston Burke.

The controversy didn't seem to
hurt the ratings of "Grey's
Anatomy," as Thursday's episode -
with several poignant scenes
between Dr. Burke and Knight's
character Dr. George O'Malley -
drew 21.9 million viewers to nar-
rowly beat out CBS' "CSI" (21.3
Last week, ABC issued a state-
ment declaring its "great dismay"
over Washington's "inappropriate
language" and adding that the
actor's "actions are unacceptable
and are being addressed."

Morris Chestnut Makes Joins Theatre Circuit in Touring Stage Play

by White, MH
Morris Chestnut burst into promi-
nence 15 years ago as the beloved
yet doomed Ricky in John
Singleton's breakthrough hit, Boyz
N The Hood.
Women have been swooning since,
transfixed by the actor's chocolate-
hued good looks and lips that seem,
well, how best to put this, eternally
puckered for someone's embrace.
Chiseled good looks aside,
Chestnut, 38, is a man with some
A dozen-plus movies later includ-
ing The Best Man, Two Can Play
That Game and GI Jane, he is hop-
ing to win fans in a new medium:
the theater. He makes his theatrical
debut this month at Miami's James
L. Knight theatre in the BET spon-
sored/David E. Talbert's play Love
in the Nick of Tyme. It will be his
first stage play and, believe it or
not, he's nervous. Scared silly, he
In the film world, "I'm sort of an
old hat at that, you know what to
expect," he says.
Not so in theater, where there are
no multiple takes, no editing.
When the curtain goes up, he
faces a theater audience that will let

him know -- instantly -- whether
he's up to snuff.
"With this, theater, I really have
no idea what's gonna happen, but
it's one of the exciting parts about
doing stage plays because that's a
new intensity for me.
"In film, you get one good take
and you're done. In theater, you
have to give that one good take
eight times a week."
The play is about a man who finds
perverse pleasure in thwarting the
love interests of his son's mother, a
woman he no longer wants.
It's a classic man-behaving-selfish
tale, says Talbert, the award-win-
ning playwright/director who
recently produced the Jamie Foxx
TV special Unpredictable. He does-
n't want her, but he also doesn't
want anyone else to have her.
"He just wants to circle the
wagon," says Talbert. "This will be
her journey of letting go ... to dis-
cover that she is worth it."
Relationships are somewhat of a
specialty for both men, who -- to
the disappointment of some of their
female fans -- are both married.
Throughout his film career
Chestnut has routinely played
someone's love interest -- whether

in the giddy, early stages of a new
love affair or the bitter break-up
phase. Talbert has built an empire
writing books and plays about rela-
tionships, including the award-win-
ning His Woman, His Wife.
"It's an issue that will never go out
of style. How we love one another,
how we love ourselves, how we get
someone to love us the way we
want to be loved. Affairs of the
heart are always the hottest topics,"
Talbert says.
The two met last year on the set
of the Foxx special.
"Once he and I had the opportuni-
ty to talk, we quickly realized how
much we had in common,"
Chestnut says. "We had some of
the same theories and visions. It
was a perfect match."
In Chestnut, who will also serve as
co-producer, Talbert says he's final-
ly found someone who is as
demanding as he is.
"I'm not used to it," Talbert says
with a laugh.
"Most actors are like, love me, see
me, feel me, adore me, only yellow
M&Ms in my dressing room. Not
'The calls I get [from Chestnut]
are, 'how are we doing with the

casting, let me hear them sing,
who's doing the make-up, the
wardrobe,' and for me it's a breath
of fresh air because it's another set
of eyes from a different perspec-
This is Talbert's 15th year as one of
the most renowned playwrights on
the black theater circuit. It is a pas-
sion -- writing, producing and
directing -- that has saved him from
himself. It's also become a business
model for other blacks in the enter-
tainment business who want to do
more than just show up to work, he
"You see more actors forming pro-
duction companies, empowering
our images, owning our images and
that's key," says Talbert. 'That's a
shift in the paradigm to the
Hollywood model, which says, 'We
pay you to star in it, we own it and
God bless you if you're lucky to get
an invitation to the premiere,' he
This play, he believes, is his most
ambitious, most significant project
to date.
"This is the first time in a touring
theatrical production of African-
American actors that a film star of
[Chestnut's] caliber will play the

The touring "Love in the Nick of Tyme" by David Talbert (left)
stars Morris Chestnut as the leading man.

lead," Talbert says.
"For me as a director and play-
wright that is something that I'm so
looking forward to, to directing
him, he's got presence ... the same
energy that jumps off the screen
will come off that stage and you
don't want to miss that experience
And if that presence fails well,
there's a plan B.
"There's a rain scene . and he

walks up under it, his shirt gets real
sticky," Talbert says.
But wait, here's a better ending,
says Chestnut, tongue in cheek.
"They need to stay for the curtain
call 'cause that's when David
Talbert comes out nekid ... with a
mike and says how you feeling?
Did you have a good time? He
wants you to leave there with some-
thing to talk about."


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January 25-31, 2007

SWhite Atlanta Suburbs Push

Id i for Secession from Black Areas

Shown above in attendance are (L-R) (kneeling) Yuwnus Asami, Princess Rashid, Marsha Hatcher, Pam Barnett, Jelena Gallon, Roxanne
Hilbert, (standing) Traci Mims-Jones, Solomon Dixon, Suzanne Pickett, Gil Mayers, John Wise, Annelies Dykgraaf and Keith Doles.

FCCJ Artist Exhibits Features Works of Ethnic Artists

"Subliminal Visions: Abstract and
Non-objective Works", an exhibit
by The Jacksonville Consortium of
African American Artists (JCAAA)
opened recently at FCCJ North
Campus. The exhibit features a
variety of works by artist that com-
pose the Jacksonville Consortium
of African American Artists.

JCAAA is a non profit organiza-
tion whose mission statement is "To
foster an environment which
encourages African American arts
and artists to flourish". The group
consists of visual and performing
artists, as well as individuals inter-
ested in supporting JCAAA's goals.
It is a diverse group and new mem-

bers are welcome with no artists
being excluded on basis of race or
gender. The goal of the organization
is to draw attention to and help
artists overlooked by mainstream
galleries and corporate collections
when it comes to funding and dis-
play opportunities.
Art work on display includes pho-

tos, pastels, steel sculptures, digital,
mixed mediums and oils. All of it is
available for purchase.
The exhibit is free and open to the
public and can be viewed Mon.-Fri.
at 7:30 a.m.; closing at 9 p.m.; Fri.
at 5 p.m. It is closed on weekends.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 16.
Call 766-6786 for more info.

by D. Gross
A potentially explosive dispute in
the City Too Busy to Hate is taking
shape over a proposal to break
Fulton County in two and split off
Atlanta's predominantly white,
affluent suburbs to the north from
some of the metropolitan area's
poorest, black neighborhoods.
Legislation that would allow the
suburbs to form their own county,
to be called Milton County, was
introduced by members of the
Georgia Legislature's Republican
majority earlier this month.
Supporters say it is a quest for
more responsive government in a
county with a population greater
than that of six states. Opponents
say the measure is racially motivat-
ed and will pit white against black,
rich against poor.
"If it gets to the floor, there will be
blood on the walls," warned state
Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta
Democrat and member of the
Legislative Black Caucus who bit-
terly opposes the plan. Fort added:
"As much as you would like to
think it's not racial, it's difficult to
draw any other conclusion."
The legislation calls for amending
the Georgia Constitution to allow
the return of Milton County, which
succumbed to financial troubles
during the Depression and was
folded into Fulton County in 1932.
The former Milton County is now
mostly white and Republican and
one of the most affluent areas in the
nation. Atlanta and its southern sub-
urbs are mostly black, are con-
trolled by Democrats and have
neighborhoods with some of the

highest poverty rates in America.
(Buckhead, a fashionable Atlanta
neighborhood of clubs, restaurants
and mansions, would remain in
Fulton County.)
"The only way to fix Fulton
County is to dismantle Fulton
County," said state Rep. Jan Jones,
the plan's chief sponsor. "It's too
large, and certainly too dysfunc-
tional, to truly be considered local
Jones, a former marketing execu-
tive who lives in the Fulton suburb
of Alpharetta, cited the county's
troubled library and public transit
systems and a jail that was taken
over by a federal judge because it
was filthy and unsafe. He denied
the move is racially motivated.
Milton County would have a pop-
ulation of about 300,000, instantly
making it Georgia's fifth-largest
Residents of north Fulton repre-
sent 29 percent of the county's pop-
ulation of 915,000 but pay 42 per-
cent of its property taxes, according
to a local taxpayers group. A split
would lead to the loss of $193 mil-
lion in property taxes alone for
Fulton County.
About 25 miles to the south in
downtown Atlanta, the Rev. J. Allen
Milner said he is afraid the tax rev-
enue loss would have a devastating
effect on those who need govern-
ment help the most.
"If you take that money out of
their coffers, human services will
suffer greatly," said Milner, a black
man who runs a homeless mission
and is pastor of the Chapel of
Christian Love Church.


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