Year old "Precious
by Parents Finally
in the Courts
Is OJ Simpson
Serves on First
Philadelphia Police Chief Calls on
10,000 Black Men to Patrol Streets
Philadelphia's beleaguered Police Chief
Sylvester Johnson has called on 10,000 black
men to volunteer to help patrol the city's streets
in an effort to reduce crime and violence.
Johnson, who is black himself, is hoping that
the plan will help curb the violence in the
nation's sixth-largest city, where nearly 44 per-
cent of Philadelphia's 1.5 million residents are
The police chiefs efforts come on the heels
of a crime-ridden year, with more than 294
homicides recorded so far in 2007. According to the report, more than 80
percent of the murders involved handguns, with young black men repre-
senting a disproportionately high percent of such crimes.
Johnson, who has lead the Philadelphia police department for seven
years, hopes the introductions of his
"Call to Action: 10,000 Men, It's a New Day" will be implemented on
Oct. 21, three months before his planned retirement.
Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News, Johnson explained rationale
idea behind the new program. "It's time for African-American men to
stand up," Johnson said. "We have an obligation to protect our women,
our children and our elderly. We're going to put men on the street. We're
going to train them in conflict resolution."
HBCU NC A&T Audit's Reveal $2
Million in Mismanaged Funds
Greensboro, NC The new school year at North Carolina A&T State
University in Greensboro began with the revelation that a state audit has
uncovered close to $2 million in mismanaged funds.
The audit documents instances of fraud and mismanaged federal grants
and other funds, including $380,000 in vending receipts that were divert-
ed to a spending account for former chancellor James Renick, who
stepped down last year and is now a senior vice president at the American
Council on Education in Washington.
According to University of North Carolina system policy, the vending
money was supposed to be set aside for scholarships, student financial
aid, reconciliation of campus debt and student activities. Instead, accord-
ing to the audit, the money was spent on alumni events, travel by
Renick's wife, commissions for artwork, and even a $150,000 annuity for
an unnamed faculty me The report was forwarded to the FBI, federal
prosecutors, the state Bureau of Investigation and the Guilford County
District Attorney's office. Copies also went to the Governor and the state
attorney general's office.
All of the employees who were involved in the scandal have been
removed from their positions, and some face criminal charges.
Bonds' No. 756 Ball Generates
More than Initial Estimates
SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run
ball was auctioned last weekend for $752,467, well more than the esti-
mates by memorabilia experts.
Home run No. 755, the ball that tied the record, went for $186,750,
according to Sotheby's/SCP Auctions. Both final prices included the win-
ning bid plus a 20 percent buyer's fee, according to the auction houses
handling the sale.
Bonds broke Aaron's record of 755 with a shot into the right-center field
seats on Aug. 7 off of Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik in San
Matt Murphy, a 21-year-old student and construction supervisor from
New York, emerged from a scuffle with the record-
breaking ball after paying $100 for a $12 ticket dur-
ing a layover on his way to Australia from his
Experts had predicted the ball that tied Hank
-' Aaron's home run record would fetch about
1. $200,000, and that the record-breaker would be
sold for least $500,000.
While the price for No. 756 exceeded expecta-
tions, the ball did not come close to the $3 million
that was paid for St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire's single-sea-
son home run record ball in 1998.
Most memorabilia experts believe Bonds' last career home run, which
will set the new record, will garner more than $1 million.
GOP Presidential Hopefuls
Beg Off Black-sponsored Debate
Washington, DC U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls are citing
scheduling conflicts for declining an invitation to a debate at an African-
Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney have sent their regrets
to the organizers of a Sept. 27 debate at Morgan State University in
The New York Daily News said Saturday the decision by so many of the
top GOP contenders has irked debate organizers, who see it as a snub of
the black vote.
A spokeswoman for the Giuliani campaign told the News the accelerat-
ed campaign schedule this year has made it difficult for candidates to
attend every debate to which they are invited.
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Volume 21 No. 27 Jacksonville, Florida September 20-26, 2007
Do Republicans Value Blacks? -
by H.T. Edney
NNPA- Only one of seven
Republican candidates showed up
for the NAACP presidential forum
this summer. That one was
Congressman Tom Tancredo. All
eight Democrats attended.
Not one Republican presidential
candidate showed up at the
National Urban League's summer
conference. Four Democrats came.
All four top Republican candidates
have declined to participate in the
PBS-Tavis Smiley "All-American
Presidential Forum" scheduled for
Sept. 27 at historically Black
Morgan State University. All eight
Democrats attended the forum at
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Hate. It's an awfully strong word.
Thesaurus.com describes it as
being "to loathe", "to despise" or to
"look down on contemptuously."
Yet, when considering Republican
presidential candidates' apparent
diversion to facing Black audiences
and Black issues, even some of the
most faithful Black Republicans
say that "hate" though strong -
sometimes doesn't appear that far
"Hate is a strong word. But I can
see how some might think that they
do," says former U. S. Rep. J. C.
Watts of Oklahoma. "I say this
respectfully, but they're running
Continued on page 2
Millions More Brings Dignity to Needy
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee for the Millions More
Movement once again brought dignity to the spirit of receiving and giving
as they hosted an inner city "Clothes Give-A-Way" last weekend. After
collecting clothing donations over several months, thousands of pounds of
clothes were cleaned and organized for the public to choose as they wish.
The give-a-way held off of Myrtle Avenue also included school supplies
and furniture. A. Neal photo
Shown above is Gov. Charle Crist, Free Press Publisher Rita Perry
and Marc Little at Edward Waters College. FMP Photo
Governor Tours and Listens to
Community on Jacksonville Visit
Florida Governor Charlie Crist had a full day's itinerary last week ded-
icated to Jacksonville's minority community. While in the City, the
Governor keynoted the UNCF Luncheon and met with business leaders at
the Beaver Street Enterprise Center and Edward Waters College.
While lending an open ear to area leadership's concerns which included
the Black male crisis and education, Gov. Crist also assured participants he
is following through on his pledge to allow former felons the right to vote.
He along with Sen. Tony Hill who facilitated the day's event, attributed the
administration's future success to a bipartisan relationship based on Crist's
many elected positions held within the state government.
Florida's Voting Laws
A voter registration law wrongly
barred thousands of Florida resi-
dents from taking part in the 2006
election and should be thrown out,
the NAACP and others said in a
federal lawsuit filed this week.
The law prevents voters from reg-
istering if their driver's license or
Social Security card doesn't match
what is on the registration form.
Opponents of the law say it, and
First Senior Affordable Luxury Apartment
Community Opens on the Northside
After years of neglect, Jacksonville's northside community is finally receiving breaths of fresh air. Earlier this
year, the beleaguered section of town witnessed the opening of a movie theater and shopping plaza with River City
Marketplace, now the area's seniors have an affordable community of their own with the opening of Christine
Cove. Located on Soutel Drive, the project is the brainchild of former council man now developer Reggie
Fullwood. Shown above at the opening are principles of the 96 unit garden style apartment complex who all
worked to make it happen: Tony Nelson (Urban Core Enterprises), Councilman John Gaffney, Councilwoman
Mia Jones, Lloyd Boggio (Carlisle Development CEO) and Reggie Fullwood. The complex located at 3730 Soutel
Drive consists of one and two bedroom units and the rental rates which range from $590-$700 includes use of the
pool, clubhouse, health club, computer lab, library, car care area and barbecue grill. Children are only allowed to
visit and residents are limited to seniors 55 and older. Headshots Photo
similar requirements in a number of
states, have caused myriad prob-
lems. Legitimate voters have been
thwarted for having a maiden name
on a driver's license instead of a
married name, or because of data-
base input errors that make one
digit wrong in a birth date, oppo-
Plaintiffs in the suit filed in U.S.
District Court include the Florida
State Conference of the National
Association for the Advancement
of Colored People and the Haitian-
American Grassroots Coalition
The lawsuit claims that more than
20,000 people had their voter regis-
tration either slowed down, or
denied, because of difficulties in
matching registration data with
information in Florida in 2006.
The law "creates an illegal precon-
dition to registering the state's vot-
ers ... that will unlawfully disen-
franchise thousands of Florida citi-
zens in the 2008 election cycle," the
The process is faulty in part
because it is too subject to user
error, the lawsuit said. For example,
people would have their application
thrown out if they fill out a registra-
tion form and accidentally reverse a
couple of digits in their 13-digit dri-
ver's license number, the suit said.
The NAACP and the other groups
are asking a judge to prevent the
law from being enforced and to do
so by the end of the year because
Dec. 31 is the registration deadline
for the 2008 presidential primary.
In 2006, a federal judge barred the
state of Washington from enforcing
a similar law. That state subse-
quently agreed with voting rights
groups to let people whose names
do not perfectly match information
in other government databases be
allowed to register -- but election
officials now flag their names and
require additional information
before their ballots are counted.
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Empty podiums at the NAACP summer convention awaited Republican presidential candidates. But only
one showed up.
Do Republicans Even Value Black People?
Continued from front
very White voter demographic
In an interview with the NNPA
News Service, Watts, the former
lone Black Republican in Congress,
now a Republican strategist, did not
tow the party line.
"Look who they are surrounding
themselves with. Who are they lis-
tening to? Where are the African-
Americans in their inner-circles?"
he asks. "Where have the
Republicans been on the Jena Six
case?...Where are those same peo-
ple that were crying fowl in the
Duke rape case? Why have they not
cried fowl in the Jena Six?"
This is not the first time that Watts
has broken ranks with his over-
whelmingly White counterparts.
As a member of Congress, he
remained a supporter of affirmative
action. Even now, he implies
Republicans are hypocritical on
affirmative action, a bread and but-
ter issue in the Black community.
"How can Republicans say, 'We're
opposed to affirmative action', but
then we're tweaking the tax code to
help some corporation? How can
you say you're opposed to affirma-
tive action but, you've got 27 per-
cent of the United States Army who
are Americans of African descent,
but you have the defense industry
who spend less than one percent of
their money with Black
firms?...Again, when Black people
peel the onion and see all of this,
you think, 'Woe, woe. Something is
wrong with this picture.'"
On the other hand, Republican
National Committee Chairman
Mike Duncan signals that all is well
between Republicans and African-
"Republicans campaign with
African-Americans the same that
they campaign with other
Americans. They talk about their
values," Duncan says. He lists
"lower taxes, less government, indi-
vidual responsibility and a strong
national defense" as Republican
Republican remedies are simply
different, Duncan says.
He notes the wealth gap between
the typical White family and the
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"'We lower that gap through eco-
nomic opportunity...Closing the
economic gap is a big part of this,"
he says. He says loans from the
Small Business Administration, a
focus on education through No
Child Left Behind, and increasing
funding to historically Black col-
leges and universities are tackling
Bureau of Labor Statistics num-
bers give no evidence of a closing
economic gap between Blacks and
Whites. In the eight years of the
Bush administration, the jobless
rate for African-Americans has
remained consistently double that
of Whites. Also, a majority of
Republicans consistently receive
nearly all Fs on the NAACP
Congressional Report Cards on
economic and education issues.
Duncan says he has no influence
on whether Republican candidates
speak to Black audiences. But, he
says the reason they haven't is
largely due to conflicts in priorities,
scheduling and strategies.
No excuse, says Tavis Smiley, host
of the All-American Forums being
aired live by PBS at historically
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September 19-26, 2007
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"Preparing for the Downturn"
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Preparing for an economic down-
turn is like preparing for a major
storm. You know that it is going to
happen, however the big questions
are when, where, how much dam-
age will you suffer and will you be
able to recover? With the current
upheaval in the housing market and
the resulting global credit crunch,
the winds of an economic downturn
are blowing stronger than anytime
in the last five years. The questions
that you and your family have to
answer are, in the short term, how
will a downturn affect your
employment, incomes and
lifestyles? Looking at the long
term, how will a downturn affect
your funding for longer term goals
such as housing, education and
An economic recession is defined
as a decline in real Gross Domestic
Product for two or more successive
quarters of a year. This is a period
of significant decline in economic
activity spread across the economy.
A recession is characterized by
higher unemployment, declining
personal income and lower industri-
al production. According to the
National Bureau of Economic
Research (NBER), our last reces-
sion bottomed out in November,
2001 and the U.S. has been in an
economic expansion or growth ever
A Downturn Survival Kit
There are several steps that you
can take to minimize the impact an
economic downturn may have on
you and your family.
Employment- If you are employed
by a company, the decision about
whether you stay or go is going to
be made by someone other than
yourself. Outside of seniority rules,
the individuals with the most diver-
sified job skills may have an advan-
tage in keeping their jobs. To make
yourself more valuable, take advan-
tage of opportunities to get addi-
tional training and broadening your
Keep your resume up to date and
maintain a broad professional net-
work outside of your current
Emergency Fund- Build up a short
term savings account, with a bal-
ance equivalent to 3-6 months of
your expenses. The purpose of an
emergency fund is to carry the fam-
ily through short term emergencies,
such as job loss, physical disability
or a natural disaster. An emergency
fund will preclude the use of credit
cards with interest rates of 18-26%
Reduce Your Debt- The impact of
debt is magnified during an eco-
nomic downturn. Individuals with
heavy debt loads are stretched to
the limit and beyond. Late pay-
ments are compounded by late fees
and interest charged on interest.
Do not create any additional debt
in slowing economic times. If you
have credit card debt, begin to work
it down now.
Investments- During an economic
downturn most investments are
affected negatively, however the
effects may be minimized by hav-
ing a well diversified portfolio. If
you work for a company, don't hold
more that 5-10% of your net worth
in company stock. If you have a
401K retirement plan, spread your
investments among several funds.
If you have investments outside
your company plans, select a good
mutual fund company and go for
Talk to Your Family- Discuss your
financial concerns with your fami-
ly. Let them know that you are
expecting an economic downturn.
Be open and honest and get their
ideas for managing the situation.
Downturns can present some
financial opportunities. Because of
slower economic activity, retailers
are generally more open to "make
deals" on price and terms. In a
downturn, "cash is king" so those
individuals with financial liquidity
may be able to acquire assets at sig-
nificant discounts. Finally, since
interest rates are generally lower, it
may be easier to refinance mort-
gage loans at lower interest rates.
Just like major storms, economic
downturns are a regular part of life.
You and your family can success-
fully weather a downturn if you are
prepared with your downturn sur-
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Enough is enough. I have sat on
the sidelines for too long and can't
take it anymore. If I drive down the
street one more time and see one
more young black male with his
pants hanging off of his butt I am
going to lose my mind.
Being a big fan of Hip Hop not
only the music, but the culture as
well, I gleefully wear my baggy
jeans and Air Force Ones in my
leisure time, so I certainly have an
appreciation for the way young
Besides I am still young. I guess
that's a relative statement consider-
ing the fact that a teenager would
probably consider me an old dude.
I will self term my style of dress -
"Hip Hop conservative."
With that said, I can tolerate
baggy clothes and spending big
dollars on athletic shoes, but the
one thing that has worn on me is
this pants hanging off your but
showing your boxers thing.
It's such a ridiculous fashion
statement when you have young
guys walking down the street hold-
ing their pants up with one hand
while their pants hang directly
below their but. And here's the
other crazy part of this fashion
statement a lot of these young
men actually have on belts.
I am not one that likes govern-
Boy, Pull up Your Pants!
ment laws aimed at controlling the
way a person expresses his or her-
self, but I am afraid to say that I
would probably support some local
or state legislation aimed at forcing
young men to pull their pants up
and not expose themselves.
Again, I am a Hip Hopper myself
in many ways, but some of these
young men have taken this pants
off the but thing too far.
Last week I wrote about this hope-
less attitude that many inner-city
youth have and this extreme baggy
pants thing is just another example
There was a time when neighbor-
hoods were closer knit and neigh-
bors looked out for each other's
children and youth actually
respected adults. Yeah, it seems
like those days are long gone
Most of us realize that it's proba-
bly not very wise to approach a
young man on the street and sug-
gest that he pull his pants up. It's
sort like a crapshoot because you
never know what type of response
you will get.
Chances are that it will not be a
I remember the good old days
when all I wanted was a pair of
shell toe adidas so I could be like
Run DMC. I guess that's like say-
ing I remember the good days
when gas was like 95 cent a gallon
and $10 filled my Honda Civic up.
Those days are long gone and so
are the glory days of hip-hop.
I remember when this whole
'pants hanging off the butt' thing
first started years ago, and I
assumed that it was another passing
fad. Then the next evolution was to
deliberately allow your pants to
hang underneath your but and
allow your boxer shorts or boxer
briefs to show. Again, I ignored it
for years, but I have recently
reached the boiling point.
Here's the bigger problem with
this issue it's a much deeper
dilemma than the indecent expo-
sure angle. It's the lack of respect
and careless attitude that these
young men have towards life in
Unfortunately, this style of dress
is perpetuated by and reinforced by
today's hip-hop artist. From artist
like Lil Wayne and Jim Jones to the
many artists who portray this
"thug" lifestyle many youth are
simply following a negative trend
that seems to have more lives than
that coyote in the cartoons chasing
I keep thinking that this style will
go away, but like the coyote, it
keeps coming back for more.
At some point you would think
that some of these gentlemen will
eventually look in the mirror and
say what am I doing this looks
terrible, but again the lack of not
only respect for others, but respect
for themselves is lacking.
"Unless we learn the lesson of
self-appreciation and practice it we
shall send our lives imitating other
people and deprecating ourselves,"
said Aida Overton Walker nearly
100 years ago. Her words are
extremely valid today.
I guess should give my disclaimer
and say that black youth are not the
only one's wearing this style I keep
referring to. White skateboard kids
and others also wear this style, but
normally in a slightly different
manner it doesn't seem to be as in
your face as the inner city youth.
I know that many others reached
their boiling point years ago, but it
took me a little longer to get there.
Enough is enough boy pull your
Signing off from the Fresh
Festival Concert with my baggy
pants and belt pulled up to my
of how young men express their
lack of respect for others.
If I walked around like that as a
teenager my grandmother, mother,
aunt, uncle, father, next door neigh-
bor, mail man or whoever would
have straightened me up without
I was always taught that when you
leave the house you are represent-
ing not only yourself, but your
family as well. So looking "any
kind of way" as my grandma would
say wouldn't work. And most of us
realize that our communities have
changed so drastically.
Can Even O.J. Be a Victim of a Police Rush to Judgment?
by. E. 0
long that anyone who thinks he's
stupid enough to commit robbery
in of all places Las Vegas has got to
be nuts. The world's best known
accused and acquitted double mur-
der defendant seems to have a
point. His mug is known far and
wide, and any and everything he
does generally makes news. And
when it doesn't he makes sure that
he turns up at a sports card signing,
makes a reality show pitch, or takes
a failed shot at a self-confessional
book to grab some headlines and
further stir the public's hate
So why did Simpson according to
police feel that he needed to charge
into a hotel room and snatch and
grab some sports memorabilia from
two collectors, at gunpoint no less?
Why not call the police if the items
as he claims are his and have them
recover them? Simpson says the
explanation is simple. The police
won't lift a finger to help him.
That's a clumsy, but tactful way of
saying that he's a marked man, and
that police have had it in for him
ever since he beat the double mur-
At first glance this seems to be the
desperate rant of a guy who's prone
to lie, cheat, and as most think kill.
But beyond his vehement protest
that he's innocent, Simpson also
knows that playing the anti- police
card might resonate if ever so slight
with some. There's no evidence at
this stage of the case that Simpson
was framed, or that Las Vegas
police licked their chops at the
thought of getting him back in a
legal noose. He was at the hotel,
the goods were taken, and a rob-
bery complaint was filed.
From the day that he beat the dou-
ble murder rap and walked out of a
Los Angeles court a decade ago, he
has gone wherever he pleased and
done what he pleased. He's at times
been trailed by a pack of doting
former fans, and celebrity gawkers.
There is no evidence that police in
any of these cities have routinely
subjected him to a special get
Simpson profile. Yet, Simpson's ill
gained notoriety and perverse
celebrity virtually guarantee that
the legal hammer will drop espe-
cially hard on him at the first whiff
of criminal wrongdoing. There is
little chance that given the savage
public mood toward him and the
two person truth squad of Fred
Goldman and Denise Brown con-
tinually wagging the guilt finger at
him that Simpson would get bene-
fit of the doubt on any charges
against him, and he, of all people,
should know that.
Since the bloody and mangled
bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson
and Ron Goldman were found in
the walkway of his Brentwood,
California apartment a more than a
decade ago, it seems that time has
stood still with him. Tongues still
furiously wag at the mention of the
murders and at him. If a poll were
taken today, a majority of the pub-
lic will still rage that Simpson is a
murderer who skipped away scot-
free, and that the trial and his
acquittal were a farce and a blatant
travesty of justice. But there are
also some who would contend that
Simpson was victimized by a
biased criminal justice system and
the verdict to acquit was a just one.
Simpson didn't invent or originate
this sometimes ugly divide in pub-
lic opinion about celebrity guilt. It
has always lurked just beneath the
surface. But his case propelled it to
the front of public debate and
anger. The horde of Simpson media
commentators, legal experts and
politicians that branded the legal
system corrupt and compromised
also fueled public belief that justice
is for sale. Simpson's acquittal
seemed to confirm that the rich,
famous and powerful have the deep
pockets to hire a small army of
high priced, high profile attorneys,
expert witnesses, experts, and
investigators that routinely mangle
the legal system to stall, delay, and
drag out their cases, and eventually
allow their well-heeled clients to
weasel out of punishment. Even
when prosecutors manage to win
convictions of or guilty pleas from
celebrities, their money, fame,
power, and legal twisting often
guarantee that they will get a hand
slap jail sentence, if that.
Whether the police did indeed as
Simpson claims rush to judgment
and grossly overcharged him, and
he eventually stands trial, the chat-
ter from most will be that a killer is
finally getting at least some of his
due. Others will say that even
Simpson can be a victim of a vin-
dictive and unforgiving criminal
justice system. The truth as always
may lie somewhere between the
two views. In any case, Simpson
will do his best to make sure that a
public that believes that everything
he says is a lie believes that even he
can be falsely accused. A second
non-trial of the century, anyone?
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While sagging did gain its start in the U.S. prison system, it
was not a style authored by imprisoned homosexuals intent
upon advertising their wares. Sagging pants became the behind-
the-bars thing thanks to ill-fitting prison-issue garb: some of
those incarcerated were provided with clothing a few sizes too
large. That oversizing, coupled with the lack of belts in the big
house, led to a great number of jailbirds whose pants were
falling off their arses. (Belts are not permitted in most correc-
tional facilities because all too often the lifeless bodies of their
inmate owners have been found hanging from them.).
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Keeping it Real:
SThe Black Caucus
." by Willliam Reed
The best and brightest illustration of black
political empowerment will be in Washington,
SDC September 26th through the 29th. During
that period, the Congressional Black Caucus -% ill
be holding its 37th Annual Legislative
Conference (ALC). The ALC is considered the premier African American
conference on public policy and issues. Over 30,000 students, political) -
active -and-connected citizens, corporate representatives, vendors, legisla-
tors, and big-name entertainers will gather this year for 4-days of exhibits,
luncheons, V.I.P. receptions, dinners, parties, panel discussions and w ork-
ALC Weekend is the platform the nation's 42 African American Members
of Congress will use "to share progress of their work on legislative items
that are of critical concern to their constituents". Socially the ALC is "the
place to be-and-be-seen". From coast-to-coast, people with good go\ em-
ment and corporate jobs will gather in the nation's capital to join
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Members "to focus on issues that chal-
lenge Black America".
Back in the day, in 1971 the CBC was formed with the specific aim of
challenging President Richard Nixon's conservative civil rights and social
welfare policies. In 1976, CBC Members formed a nonprofit foundation to
carry out public policy research and hold conferences on issues related
causes for black equality.
The formation of a caucus for blacks was hardly unique. In both the
House of Representatives and the Senate, members often organize infor-
mally into groups based on their shared interest on an issue. There are cur-
rently 200 such "caucuses," that shape Congress' legislation. When they
were focused on blacks' political empowerment, CBC Members and ALC
attendees annmiallI compiled legislative agendas and an "Alternative
Budget" But, as the ALC has evolved in number and stature of govern-
ment and corporate executive attendees; and CBC Members have increased
their clout in Congressional Committees and their partly's leadership. the
Weekend's black political empowerment achievements ha\e w\aned.
Broad political empowerment among all African Americans may still be
a project in the making, but CBC Members and their fundraising arm. the
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), have arrived on that
issue. Each ALC raises more than $30 million for CBCF programs. In the
name of their companies, black corporate executives in tu.\edos and long
gowns "host" a multitude of CBCF events with hefty "donations". Prime
Sponsors of ALC events shell out $500,000. Exhibit sites go for as much
as $250,000 and the cheapest seats at the CBC Awards Banquet are $750.
This year's ALC theme is "Unleashing Our Power." Officials say that the
theme is designed to "challenge legislators and citizens to use their collec-
tive power to level the playing field for African Americans, and recognize
the historic number of CBC members leading congressional committees."
In comparison to the successes of other caucuses in attaining their legisla-
tive goals, ALC attendees and CBC Members have lost their w\ay.
Instead ofartention to the fashions on display. ALC attendees should start
getting real African Americans are a racial minority n a country where
racism is a fact of life. founded on economic and imperialist racism. As
CBC members hate gained more clout and status in the Congress, they
have adhered more to established procedures to maintain the status-quo
As the ALC's corporate executive attendees hale increased their patronage
of the c\ ni. the agend.s tIh.\ promonite are those of their employers.
Despite the plattormss CBC Membeis and ALC attendees hold. African
Americans' issues still sit on the legislative back burner. At this point, the
ALC and CBC are hardly pillar foundations of an African American-ori-
ented interest group that is bringing our issues to the forefront.
The ALC holds out the promise of being an African American interest
group. It is an ideal conference to gather and process information about the
nation's policies. Such sessions should be equipping participants with com-
prehensive information, analyses and strategies they can use to affect
change. Instead of planning the day 's networking and part) events, while
the\ are in Washington. Black America's best and brightest would do the
cause of their people better b\ actually engaging themselves and CBC
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Bennie and Bill Jenkins
Robert and Deloris Mitchell
Grey skies and the promise of inclement weather didn't stop Jaguar fans
from coming out and witnessing their team's first win of the regular sea-
son. With a new quarter-back at the helm of what some called a "messy"
win. the Jaguars beat the Atlanta Falcons 13-7. The Jags will next meet up
with Denver this weekend before returning home for a bye week.
Free Forum to
of the Drum
in Jazz Music
The public is invited to the next
Wakaguzi Forum which will pres-
ent "Jazz and the Ngoma".
The ngoma (drum) has been said
to be the foundation instrument for
the evolvement of Jazz. How did
its use spawn Jazz? Percussionist
Ryan Sinclair, will explore this
subject and related issues more in
depth with a lecture and mini-per-
formance using multiple drums.
Mr. Sinclair is the director of the
Ngoma Thunder African Dance &
The program, which is free and
open to the public will be held on
Monday, Sept. 24th from 7- 9:00
p.m. in the Edward Waters College
Assessment Center Atrium.
Jax Native Among BCU Court
Daytona's Bethune Cookman
University recently crowned it's
first Queen under its' newly
acquired University status. The
HBCU chose Jasmine Cornell of
Arlington, Virginia to represent the
Standing alongside Miss BCU r
will be none other than
Jacksonville's own Rebecca ..
Williams who was also crowned
Miss Sophomore. The former Miss
Delta Teen is the daughter of Rev.
and Mrs. Moses Williams. .
During a coronation held at
BCU's Performing Arts Center, all
of the class and organizational
queens paraded across the stage,
creating a scene reminiscent of the Attending the BCU Queen coronation are Derya Williams, Miss
Harlem Renaissance, which was the Sophomore Rebecaa Williams and her Godmother Carlottra Guyton.
theme of the event. Dr. Trudie head and adorned her with a robe of University with grace, dignity, and
Kibble Reid, President of BCU, maroon and gold. Dr. Reid chal- academic excellence.
placed the crown upon Cornell's lenged Miss BCU to represent the
Nebraska Senator Sues God "to Make a Point"
Sen. Ernie Chambers
The defendant in a state senator's
lawsuit is accused of causing untold
death and horror and threatening to
cause more still. He can be sued in
Douglas County, the legislator
claims, because He's everywhere.
State Sen. Ernie Chambers sued
God last week. Angered by another
lawsuit he considers frivolous,
Chambers says he's trying to make
the point that anybody can file a
lawsuit against anybody.
Chambers says in his lawsuit that
God has made terroristic threats
against the senator and his con-
stituents, inspired fear and caused
"widespread death, destruction and
terrorization of millions upon mil-
lions of the Earth's inhabitants."
The Omaha senator, who skips
morning prayers during the legisla-
tive session also says God has
caused "fearsome floods ... horren-
dous hurricanes, terrifying torna-
He's seeking a permanent injunc-
tion against the Almighty.
Chambers said the lawsuit was
triggered by a federal suit filed
against a judge who recently barred
words such as "rape" and "victim"
from a sexual assault trial.
The accuser in the criminal case,
Tory Bowen, sued Lancaster
District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront,
claiming that he violated her free
Chambers said Bowen's lawsuit is
inappropriate because the Nebraska
Supreme Court has already consid-
ered the case and federal courts fol-
low the decisions of state supreme
courts on state matters.
"This lawsuit having been filed
and being of such questionable
merit creates a circumstance where
my lawsuit is appropriately filed,"
Chambers said. "People might call
it frivolous but if they read it they'll
see there are very serious issues I
U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf,
in an order last week, expressed
doubts about whether Bowen's law-
suit "has any legal basis whatsoev-
er" and said sanctions may be
imposed against Bowen and her
attorneys if they fail to show cause
for the lawsuit.
The media typically does not allow
rape victims names to be publicized
however the victim requested her
name be used because of the judges
Cheuvront declared a mistrial in
the sexual assault trial in July, say-
ing pretrial publicity made it impos-
sible to gather enough impartial
City has Call Out for Local Artists to
Display Works for Art in the Park
The Department of Parks, Recreation is now accepting applications from
local artisans for booths at JaxParks' Art in the Park. Applications will be
accepted through Monday, Oct. 1 for the city wide free event.
Art mediums are limited to drawing, painting, photography, pottery and
sculpture. A portfolio submission is required prior to acceptance.
If selected, display booths will be provided free of charge by JaxParks.
Those wishing to sell artwork must pay a vendor pad fee. Space is limit-
ed. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at Riverside Park, 753 Park St. Art in the Park provides an opportunity for
residents to browse exhibits, participate in demonstrations and enjoy per-
formances by some of Jacksonville's local artisans and entertainers.
For more information or to obtain an application, call 630-3538.
All meetings: 4:30 7:30 p.m.
Formal presentation: 6 p.m.
Monday, October 15
Regency Square Library
9900 Regency Square Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Wednesday, October 17
(Near Bus Transfer Site)
5258 Norwood Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Tuesday, October 16
FCCJ Deerwood Center
9911 Old Baymeadows RD
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Thursday, October 18
FCCJ Kent Campus
3939 Roosevelt Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205
To share plans and take public comment regarding Jacksonville's future transit
system's Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. This study will
document community and environmental resources that would be affected by
the purchase of parcels to preserve right-of-way for BRT stations.
The meeting will be an open house where citizens can review and
discuss the study with staff, and provide input. A formal presentation will
begin at 6 pm., followed by a comment period. Copies of the Draft Tier One
EIS will be available for review starting on September 10, 2007 at the Regency
library address listed above and at one of the following locations:
100 N. Myrtle Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Southeast Regional Library
10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256
1755 Edgewood Ave. W
Jacksonville, FL 32208
Main Library (downtown)
303 Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
6887 103rd Street
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Anyone requiring special accommodations should contact
Winova Hart at 630-3185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org no later
than seven days prior to the meeting you wish to attend.
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Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Genesis Missionary to hold "Pack the Greater Grant to Hold Gospel and
Ministry 2007 Serious Praise Service
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Pastor; at the Father's House Conference Center, 1820 Monument
Road, Bldg. 2, Jacksonville, FL 32225; invites the community to share in
2007 Serious Praise Service, at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, September 29th.
Communion will be served.
First Timothy Baptist to Celebrate
47th Church Anniversary, Sept. 23rd
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Rev. Fred Newbill,
Pastor; invites the community to the celebration of their 47th Church
Anniversary at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2007. First Timothy
invites you to celebrate "The Harvest" with them.
Special Service Celebrates 4th
Anniversary of Rev. Alesia Scott-Ford
St. James AME Church, 535 McIntosh Avenue, Orange Park; invites the
community to join them as they celebrate the 4th Anniversary of their
Pastor, Rev. .Dr. .Alesia Scott-Ford. The second commemo-ration serv-
ice will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2007. Churches, their
congregations, and the community are invited.
Greater Macedonia's to Host
"Hattitudes" Saturday Sept. 22nd
The Marriage & Couples Ministry of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church,
1880 West Edgewood Avenue, Dr. Landon L. Williams, Pastor; invites the
community to join them as they present "Hattitudes" at 5 p.m., Saturday,
September 22, 2007. You do not want to miss this presentation!
2007 "Ladies Night Out' Women's
Conference set for Saturday, Sept. 22
Women and young ladies of the community are preparing now to be sure
and be present for the 2007 "Ladies Night Out" Women's Conference and
Expo, is set for Saturday, September 22nd, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street. To register, visit
WWW.BETHELITE.ORG. or call (904) 354-1464.
The Workshop Topics include: "Retire from the Circus", "Learning to
Juggle Work, Motherhood and Spiritual Needs", "Building Confidence in
your Competence", and "Conquering the Superwoman Syndrom". All reg-
istrapts will receive a gift, T-shirt, and lunch. There will also be door prizes
andisurprises!nThe-,9th Annual "Ladies Night Out", service will be Friday,
September 21st at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. For more
information, call Liane Freshwater at (904) 354- 1464
Pews" program, on Sunday Sept. 23rd
Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, 241 South McDuff Avenue;
Rev.Calvin 0. Honors, Pastor; will sponsor a "Pack the Pews" program,
Sunday, September 23, 2007, at 4 p.m.
Elder Michael Johnson, Pastor of New Community Baptist Church, of
Atlantic Beach will deliver the "Spoken Word". The New Community
Baptist Church Choir will render "service in song." The community is cor-
Rev. Leon Washington, Pastor of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church
of Kinlaw, Georgia; will deliver the message on Sunday, September 20th,
at 5 p.m. The Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church Choir will render the
service in song. The community is invited.
Gregg Temple AME to Hold Come
Together Day September 29th
Greggs Temple AME Church, 1510 West 45th Street will hold
a Community-wide "Come Together Day" 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Saturday
9, 2006;. sponsored by the ACP Youth Council "STOP Campaign Mock
N-Word Funeral. Health and Community Service Organizations are invit-
ed, for information, please call 766-1139.
Program to honor Historic Mt. Zion
AME's History, Sunday, Sept. 23rd
The Blanche Coleman Friendly Club of Historic Mt. Zion AME Church,
201 E. Beaver Street, where Rev. F. D. Richardson Jr.is Pastor; will pay
homage to the church's rich tradition of Christian stewardship and commu-
nity service on Sunday, September 23, 2007.
Former Pastor and Retired AME Presiding Elder, the Reverend Thomas
B. DeSue, will deliver the Museum Day Word at the 10 a.m. Morning
Worship Service. Church school begins at 8:30 a.. in the lower auditorium.
The Blanche Coleman Club is the oldest auxiliary of the Church, and it
fosters goodwill, humanitarian endeavors and historian preservation. Mrs.
Alexis Goodman is president; Ms. Lucretis Williams and Mrs. Vivian
Toston are the program chairs for Museum Day. The community is invit-
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be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5
p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior
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the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to
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ASSEMBLY OF GOD
(1-10 & Lane Avenue)
.,6:00 p.m. Rev. Roger Brumbalow, GA Superintendent for Assemblies of God
6:00p.m. Rev. Roger Brumbalow, GA Superintendent for Assemblies of God
SSunday School 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Night 7:30 p.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-781-9393
Website: www.evangeltempleag.org Email: email@example.com
10:45 a. R Service Interpretvice Inter ed for Deaf @ Central Campus
Motown Explosion September 21st
The community is invited to gather with the Greater Grant Memorial
AME Church Family, at 5533 Gilchrist Road (off Sibbald) at 7 p.m. on
Friday, September 21,2007.
Rev. Marcus King, Mary Davis and Rev. Tony Hansberry, and other
outstanding singers of the city, will be singing to fill your inner soul with
a touch of God's Melodies.
Rev. Hansberry and the Greater Grant Family would love to have you
as their special guest.
Disciples of Christ
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Morning Worship ,
Second Sunday '
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m. Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West
Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Join us for our Weekly Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
Dinner and Bible Study
at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.
Grace and Peace
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.
Ralio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
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HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
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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.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m.
LTheodoors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance
to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol. :]
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Church Celebrates 200th Anniversary in Ethiopia
Rev. Calvin Butts
On September 15, the Abyssinian
Baptist Church in the City of New
York, one of the oldest African-
American institutions impacting
America, and the nation's first
mega-church, continues its 18-
month bicentennial celebration,
Abyssinian 200: True to Our God,
True to Our Native Land, by return-
ing to its roots -- Ethiopia.
The primary purpose of the first-
ever, two-week pilgrimage is to
embark on a spiritual and mission-
ary journey that will reconnect
Abyssinian with the people and
country for which it is named and
strengthen ecclesiastical ties with
the nation that is its sacred land.
This momentous journey is a core
component of a series of major
events and activities commemorat-
ing the church's 200th anniversary
in November 2008.
In 1808, after refusing to partic-
ipate in segregated worship services
at a lower Manhattan church, a
group of free Africans in America
and Ethiopian sea merchants
formed their own church, naming it
Abyssinian Baptist Church in honor
of Abyssinia, the former name of
Ethiopia. In 1954, former Ethiopian
Emperor, Haile Selassie I, present-
ed Abyssinian's pastor, Rev. Adam
Clayton Powell, Jr., with the
Ethiopian Coptic Cross. This cross
has since become the official sym-
bol of the church.
"As we celebrate 200 years of
Abyssinian Baptist Church as an
empowering center of spiritual and
community transformation, we are
eager to embark upon this befitting
journey to our native land of
Ethiopia," said Rev. Dr. Calvin 0.
Butts, III, pastor of Abyssinian.
"The African-American church has
long been a galvanizing force in the
active building of beloved commu-
nities in the United States. We seek
to further advance that cause as part
of our global mission gaining
first- hand knowledge during our
pilgrimage that will aid in our con-
sideration of a viable, long-term
course of action supporting the peo-
ple and progress of Ethiopia."
BET has tapped multi-platinum
recording artist, Kirk Franklin, to
host the new original series Sunday
Best, along with Grammy Award-
winning gospel superstars Bebe
Winans and duo Mary Mary who
will serve as judges and mentors in
the channel's nationwide search for
the next best gospel artist. Sunday
Best premieres Tuesday, October 2
at 8:00 pm, ET/PT.
From one of the executive pro-
ducers of the hit series "American
Idol," Sunday Best will scour the
country's storefront churches,
parishes and mega-churches to find
the best undiscovered singers in
The top five finalists will be
coached by artists from the gospel
and secular worlds as they strive to
win the Sunday Best title. The win-
ner will receive a recording con-
tract, a Toyota Camry, as well as
cash and prizes for their church.
Thousands of hopefuls from who
,answered the-iall to audition for the
title of Sunday Best, will be nar-
rowed to twenty finalists in the first
In the second half of the season,
the contestants will perform LIVE
and viewers will have the chance to
vote for their favorite contestant via
phone and text messaging.
America's next best gospel singer
will be crowned Sunday Best on
Tuesday, December 4th.
"Sunday Best is our opportunity to
celebrate our own," said Franklin.
"The phrase that the best talent is
from the church can no longer be an
opinion. It must now be a reality."
L. R. Burns Choral to hold Reunion at
Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ
The L. R. Bums Choral will hold their 1st Reunion, Saturday,
September 29, 2007, at the True-Way Church of the Risen Christ, 2297
Edison Avenue. This will be the L. R. Bums "First Good Old Fashion
Gospel Singing Reunion since they first performed at Easter Sunrise
Service at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, under the Pastorship of
The Late Samuel Dozier Davis. The L. R. Bums Choral will present a pro-
gram of Spirituals, Hymns, Gospel and Songs. It is open to the public.
St. Gabriel to Celebrate Patronal Feast
Churches and the community are invited to join St. Gabriel's
Episcopal Church, 5235 Moncrief Road as they celebrate their Annual
Patronal Feast at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2007.
The Guest Speaker, Reverend Robert Taylor, will address the theme:
"Power to Serve."
Who's the Real Boss? U.S. Companies Struggle
to Accommodate Employees' Religions
What happens when an employee's
freedom of religion crosses paths
with a company's interests? A
recent article in The Conference
Board Review looks to answer this
In "Workers' Rites," TCB Review
explores how expression of religion
in the workplace often challenges
businesses to find appropriate solu-
tions to employees' requests.
"Obviously, you can't fire some-
one just because her faith differs
from yours," writes associate editor
Vadim Liberman. "But what hap-
pens when you face situations that
aren't so black and white-when the
beliefs and practices of customers
and co-workers come into play, not
to mention the intricacies of
As religion increasingly collides
with corporate policies and prac-
tices, companies are asking what is
and isn't permissible behavior for
workers and for themselves.
Last year, the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission received
2,541 claims of religious discrimi-
nation in the workplace-almost 50
percent more than a decade ago.
And according to the New York-
based Tanenbaum Center for
Interreligious Understanding, 66
percent of employees report "evi-
dence of religious bias at work."
So what's a company to do when
it finds itself in a thorny predica-
To find out, the article examines
numerous real-life scenarios of cor-
porations struggling with how to
balance an employee's religious
beliefs with their own goals. Each
case was presented to diversity con-
sultants, employment attorneys, and
representatives from religious
organizations for their recommen-
dations in order to show what com-
panies did right, did wrong, or what
they didn't do at all. For example:
What if... you operate a restau-
rant chain whose dress code forbids
visible tattoos, but one worker
refuses to abide by the code
because doing so would cover
markings that his religion demands
be kept exposed?
What if... you run a tech-sup-
port company, and a technician
refuses to provide help to a client
that manufactures violent comput-
er-software games? A devout
Christian, she claims that servicing
the customer would violate her
faith. You explain that no other
accounts have available openings,
but she still objects.
What if. . it's customary for
your salespeople to go for drinks
with clients, but one of your work-
ers refuses to imbibe? Doing so, he
says, contravenes his Mormon
faith. But you believe his absti-
nence impedes his ability to sell
What if... you have a contract
agreement with a union that stipu-
lates that all your workers must
become members of the union, but
one recently hired employee refuses
to join? He says doing so would
violate his religious beliefs.
What if... a group of Christian
employees objects to your compa-
ny's portion of diversity training
dealing with gays and lesbians? To
protest, they silently read the Bible
when homosexuality comes up dur-
ing a training session.
Each of the above was an actual
court case, and the article outlines
how each case uncomfortably twist-
ed its way to a conclusion.
"If nothing else, these examples
illustrate what to do-or, rather, not
to do-in order to avoid lawsuits,"
says Liberman. "But accommodat-
ing a worker's faith is about more
than just steering clear of a judge.
It's also a means to retain good tal-
ent. There's no sense in perpetuat-
ing problems with a productive
employee if you can reasonably
accommodate his religious convic-
In the end, just remember: "reli-
gious beliefs need not be accept-
able, logical, consistent, or compre-
hensible to others in order to merit
protection," according to the law.
As more workers assert their reli-
gious rights at work, that very well
may be corporate America's new
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Black universities. He said the absence of the top four Republican can-
didates at the forum will reveal how they really feel about Black people.
" The message we should take from this is that we are not a priority for
them. That's the only message I know," Smiley says. "I think it's a funda-
mental lack of appreciation for the role that we play in America. I believe
that their disrespecting Black and Brown folk by not appearing at these
debates... is going to become a watershed moment in this campaign."
Love or hate, Republicans must wake up, says Watts.
"As much as we would love to have a color-blind society, we are very
naYve to think that we are," says Watts, an ordained minister. "And I'll go
another step further. We are very naive to think that we're ever going to get
there. And I don't think that's a bad thing. God didn't mean for us to be a
color blind society. God didn't mean for all of us to be White or to be
Black. God is the author of another person's skin color. So, if diversity of
color is okay for God, it ought to be okay for Republicans."
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Diabetes: Equal Opportunity Disease?
Some populations have higher
rates of diabetes. African
Americans, Hispanic Americans,
American Indians, Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders
develop type 2 diabetes more often
than white Americans. But obesity
and physical inactivity may be
greater risk factors than a person's
Diabetes is a disease in which the
body has problems producing or
using insulin, a hormone needed to
convert sugar, starches and other
food into energy. For people living
a Western lifestyle-with low phys-
ical activity levels and a high-fat,
high-sugar, low-fiber diet-a fami-
ly history of type 2 diabetes is one
of the strongest risk factors for get-
ting the disease. But people living
in non-Westernized areas appear to
get less type 2 diabetes regardless
of their genetic risk.
Among Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders, for example, tra-
ditional plant- and fish-based diets
are being replaced with more ani-
mal protein, animal fats and
processed carbohydrates. This
Man to Man
could be a reason why diabetes is a
growing problem among those pop-
ulations in the United States.
People who are inactive and eat a
diet high in fat and low in fruits and
vegetables are at higher risk for
developing type 2 diabetes.
"Being overweight and sedentary
is an unhealthy combination," said
Dr. James Gavin, III, past chair of
the National Diabetes Education
Program and clinical professor of
medicine at Emory University's
School of Medicine. "It becomes
even more risky when you add a
genetic susceptibility to type 2 dia-
A crucial fact revealed by diabetes
research is that, whatever your eth-
nic background, if you are at high
risk for developing diabetes, you
can still lower your chance of get-
ting it by losing a modest amount of
weight, lowering the fat and calo-
ries in your diet, and increasing
your physical activity to 30 minutes
a day, 5 days a week.
If you are 45 or older, especially
if you're overweight, talk to your
health care provider about testing
for diabetes and prediabetes.
Questions You Must Ask
Before Starting A New Medicine
As African Americans we suffer from a number of health disparities.
Some factors are beyond our control (such as genetics) and other are
well within our ability to change immediately. Often times we don't
receive the best treatment caused by lack of communication with our
doctors. We simply do not ask enough questions about our condition
and the medications that we may be taking.
When being prescribed a new medicine it is important to be well
informed about the drug. Taking any kind medication isn't as simple as
swallowing a pill. Medicine can only help if taken as prescribed. Don't
be afraid to ask your doctor or pharmacist questions. A well-informed
patient makes healthier decisions. You can never be too careful when it
comes to healthcare. The American Heart Association has compiled a
list of questions you may want to ask your doctor before starting a new
What is the name of the medication?
Is this the brand or generic name?
What is this medication supposed to help with?
How, when, and for how long do I take it?
What foods, drinks, and other medications or activities should I
avoid while taking this medicine?
What are the possible side effects?
What do I do if they occur?
Is there any written information available about the medication?
What happens if I miss a dose of my medicine?
How often will I have to get the medication refilled?
How will I know that my medicine is working?
What are the risks of taking this medication?
What are the risks of NOT taking this medication?
Are there any less expensive medications for my condition?
What Prostatitis is and Why You Need To know About It?
Prostatitis is a usually painful con-
dition of the prostate gland, the
small walnut-shaped organ that lies
just below a man's bladder and sur-
rounds the urethra. The prostate
gland produces most of the fluid in
What causes prostatitis?
Often the cause of prostatitis is
not known. About half of the men
with prostatitis have no signs of
inflammation, so no exact cause can
be determined. The men who have
signs of inflammation, 10% have a
bacterial infection. A few men have
prostate inflammation without
What are the types of prostatitis?
To describe the variation in caus-
es of prostatitis, health profession-
als divide the condition into- five
* Acute prostatitis is an infection
of the prostate. Symptoms usually
* Chronic bacterial prostatitis is
a long-term infection of the
prostate. Symptoms usually devel-
op gradually; intermittent flare-ups
alternate with periods of relief.
Chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain
syndrome, inflammatory (previous-
ly called nonbacterial prostatitis), is
a painful inflammation of the
prostate without a detectable infec-
Chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain
syndrome, noninflammatory (previ-
ously called prostatodynia), is a
painful prostate without detectable
infection or inflammation.
prostatitis is an inflammation of
the prostate that does not cause pain
or other symptoms.
What are the symptoms of pro-
The symptoms are similar for all
types of prostatitis, with the excep-
tion of acute prostatitis and asymp-
tomatic inflammatory prostatitis. In
the acute form of the disease, symp-
toms are severe, come on suddenly,
and include fever and chills.
Signs of the chronic forms of pro-
statitis may be milder and come on
gradually over weeks or months
and may include:
A frequent urge to urinate,
although you may pass only small
amounts of urine.
* A burning sensation when urinat-
Difficulty starting urination,
interrupted flow (urinating in waves
rather than a steady stream), weak-
er-than-normal urine flow, and drib-
bling after urinating.
Excessive urinating at night
Consider the Power of
Forgiveness for True Happiness
by Syleena Jackson
Have you ever heard the song
"Bag Lady" by Erykah Badu?
Many individuals are journeying
through life with emotional and
psychological baggage from a vari-
ety of past hurts. Some may have
resentment or anger against a par-
ent, relative, or friend who has
"wronged" them in the past.
Holding on to negative feelings and
attitudes has a direct effect on your
health. The excessive baggage you
are carrying around can prevent you
from getting the happiness you
deserve. Live, love, hurt, forgive,
move on, and be happy.
We are products of our life expe-
riences and it is easy to allow past
events to effect our current thoughts
and feelings. Unpleasant and unfair
actions by others can remain in our
mind for a lifetime. People (even
those that say they love us) can be
mean and hurtful at times. It is not
easy for many of us to forgive oth-
ers, especially if we feel that we
have a good reason to be upset with
the other person.
You have, however, a decision to
make. Either you can let the weight
of past hurts keep you down, or you
can make a determined effort to
change the situation. I suggest that
you consider forgiveness as a pow-
erful tool that can help. The ability,
compassion, and wisdom to forgive
one another for past wrongs, hurts,
and misunderstandings is one of the
greatest attributes any of us can
possess and exercise.
Can Do For You?
When you and I truly and honestly
forgive others for their wrongs
toward us, we are set free in our
own minds, souls, and spirits by our
creator in heaven. You are really
freeing yourself from the negative
and unproductive feelings that hold
you back from the blessings in store
for you! The moment that one sin-
cerely and freely forgives another,
something wonderful and good
happens to both the forgiver and the
forgiven. The capacity for both to
love one another is increased and
strengthened. New horizons for
greater, more treasured and
enriched relationships are resurrect-
ed and made alive by the divine
spirit of love.
Can you imagine how many mar-
riages and strained family relation-
ships would be healed and restored
with love and genuine respect if
individuals would truly forgive
each other? Take a chance, make
the first step if you have to. You
will be rewarded. Even if the per-
son that you are forgiving does not
respond, you will feel better when
you release negative feelings.
God freely forgives us of our tres-
passes and we have no more impor-
tant responsibility than to extend to
others the forgiveness, which we
can expect, from him. If we refuse
to forgive others, what right do we
have to expect kindness and for-
giveness to be extended to us?
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A sensation of not completely
emptying your bladder.
* Pain or discomfort in your lower
back, in the area between the testi-
cles and anus, in the lower abdomen
or upper thighs, or above the pubic
area. Pain may become worse dur-
ing a bowel movement.
* Pain or vague discomfort during
or after ejaculation.
* Pain in the tip of your penis.
How is prostatitis diagnosed?
Your doctor can often diagnose
prostatitis after asking questions
about your symptoms and past
health and doing a physical exam,
including a digital rectal exam.
Shea Butter comes from the kar-
it6 (which means "life") tree in
South Africa. It grows naturally in
the grasslands of west and central
Africa and does not need any spe-
cial cultivation, nourishment or
It takes at least 25 years for a shea
tree to produce large number of
fruit. About the size of a small avo-
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eaten and the 'nuts' or seed kernals
inside are saved for their creamy
medicinal shea butter. Using no
chemicals; shea butter is extracted
by a century old process to preserve
all the beneficial properties.
Today, shea butter is acknowl-
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nourishing, enriching and toning
properties for skin and hair. There
are only two categories of shea but-
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nutty/smoky scent, and is smooth
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pressed, it means not processed and
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The ideal shea butter (unrefined)
should feel creamy and smooth and
be absorbed into your skin quickly.
Pure shea butter contains Vitamins
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fatty acid profile, and promotes
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Shea butter enables your skin to
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SWhat to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
at the River Club
Executive Circle Promotions will
present "Mixing with the Stars", a
multicultural networking and jazz
reception at The River Club on
Friday September 21st from 5:00
PM 9:00 PM. For more informa-
tion, email tpeacock@executive-
Movies in the Park
Residents of the Historic Arlington
are invited to enjoy an evening
under the stars with JaxParks'
"Movies in the Park." Families are
welcome to picnic on the lawn of
Bruce Park while watching the film
"Are We Done Yet?," rated PG. The
film will be shown on Friday, Sept.
21st at 7:30 p.m. The Park is locat-
ed at 6549 Arlington Road.
Attendees may bring lawn chairs,
blankets, picnic food and non-alco-
holic beverages. Dogs are wel-
come, but must be leashed and
picked up after. Call 630-4100 for
The James Weldon Branch of the
of the Association for the Study of
African American Life and History
will hold its 4th Annual
Membership Luncheon on
Saturday, September 22 at the St.
Thomas Family Life Center, 2119
Rowe Avenue. The Luncheon will
begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be
keynoted by EWC President Dr.
Claudette Williams. Regular meet-
ings of the organization that pro-
motes Black history and culture are
held the fourth Saturday of each
month at the Jacksonville Urban
the Civil Rights Era
The Ritz Theater will continue its
special civil rights series in con-
junction with their exhibit of the
Montgomery Bus Boycott with a
lecture on. Saturday, September
22nd at 11:00AM. Featured will be
Abel Bartley, Ph. D., Associate
Professor of History at Clemson
University and the Ritz Scholar in
The Dorothy Gaines Banks
Scholarship and Awards Banquet
will be held on Saturday,
September 22nd at the Bethelite
Conference Center. The Banquet is
an annual event sponsored by the
First Coast Black Nurses
Association. The goal of the event
is to award students who are cur-
rently enrolled in an accredited
School of Nursing with funding
toward successful completion of
their program. Participants can
look forward to an evening full of
information, entertainment, recog-
nition, and dinner. For more infor-
mation call 904-563-4645.
3rd Annual Puerto
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail
JDRF Moonlight Gala
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auction at the 7th Annual Miracles
in the Moonlight Gala, "A Magical
Night for a Cure" to be held on
Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront. Proceeds will
benefit the Diabetes Research
Foundation. Tickets are still avail-
able for the event by calling (904)
739-2101 or e-mailing northflori-
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1st Annual Picnic
The Jacksonville Diversity
Network will have their first
Annual Picnic on Sunday,
September 23rd from 2 p.m. until
at Boone Park, 3700 Park
Street.The family affair will be a
great time to relax and have fun in
the spirit of diversity. For mroe
information, email luciusl@bell-
A Before You Tie The Knot, a mar-
riage preparation class, is offered at
the Duval County Cooperative
Extension Office. The couple must
attend together to receive a certifi-
cate of completion. The class ful-
fills the state requirements and a
$32.50 discount on the marriage
license is given and the waiting
period required upon applying for a
license is waived. The next class
will be held September 28, 2007,
from 9:00-2:30. To get a registra-
tion brochure, call Stephanie or
Sandra at 387-8855.
From Billie to Badu
After a sold out performance in
June, the critically acclaimed pro-
duction, From Billie to Badu,
returns to the Karpeles Manscript
Museum.=. The production tells the
story of women in music through
the lives of Billie Holiday and
Erykah Badu and presents their
story through spoken word poetry,
music, dance and visual artists. The
event will happen Saturday,
September 29th 8:00 p.m. at the
Museum 101 West First Street in
historic Springfield. Admission:
For more info, please call 626-2812
Jax NAACP Youth
Host Mock Funeral
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
Youth Council will have a Mock N
Word Funeral and Community
Come Together Day on Saturday,
September 29th at Greggs Temple
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AME Church located at 1510 West
45th Street. Community agencies
and organizations are invited to par-
ticipate. For more information, con-
tact Ms. White at 766-1139.
Preparing the Fall
There will be a free class on land-
scape preparation held this
Thursday, October 4th from 5:30 -
7:30 PM The class will be held at
the West Regional Library, 1425
Chaffee Road S. participants will
learn how to plant and prune trees
the right way. Get the landscape
ready for fall and learn about the
pests and diseases that appear at this
time of year. Call 387-8850 to pre-
Night at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
October 5tth. Like the Apollo's
show in Harlem, contestants com-
pete for cash prizes and the cheers
or jeers of the audience decide who
goes home with the cash. Tickets
are available at the Ritz Theatre &
LaVilla Museum and Ticketmaster
outlets. Call 632-5555.
PRIDE Book Club
The next PRIDE book club meet-
ing will be held on October 5th at
7:00 pm. The book for discussion
will be SHE AIN'T THE ONE by
Carl Weber and Mary Morrison. For
more information, email
Angie Stone in Concert
The Florida Theatre welcomes
songstress Angie Stone on
Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 8 PM
The Grammy-nominated R&B
singer has a lot more to her resume
then just singing-add in songwriter,
keyboardist, record producer and
actress and then you've got Angie.
For ticket info call 355-3787.
Up & Cummers
The Up & Cummers, the Cummer
Museum of Art & Gardens' young
professional affinity group, will
host Fashion Forward: Big Apple
on September 21, 2007.
The theme for the Up & Cummers'
third fashion show is based on the
Joseph Jeffers Dodge: A Passion
for Art exhibition being held at the
museum October 9, 2007 to
February 2008. This exhibition will
provide insights about Dodge's
development as a painter and the
passion that inspired him jazz.
The fashion show will be held at
The Cummer and will feature two
fashion shows, each 30 minutes,
will emphasize New York inspired
fall fashions from Jacksonville area
boutiques and Love Brigade. For
more information, call 356-6857.
"It was Never About
a Hotdog and a coke"
On Tuesday, October 9th from
6:00 8:00PM, the Ritz Theater
will present an eyewitness account
of Ax Handle Saturday by Rodney
Hurst, former member of
Jacksonville's NAACP Youth pro-
gram, political activist, educator
and author. Call the Ritz at 632-
5555 for mor information:
Plants & More
Learn about plants that work best
for Duval County, including salt-
tolerant varieties. Get the latest on
fertilizer rules, how they affect you
the homeowner, plus current water-
ing practices. The free class will be
on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 from
1:00- 3:00 PM at the Beaches
Branch Library 600 3rd Street in
Neptune Beach. Call to pre-register
Do you want to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is Wednesday, October 10th
from 5:00-6:15 p.m.. This is your
chance to show your skills to all of
Jacksonville-right on the Ritz
stage! Please bring accompaniment
music. All ages and talents wel-
come! Your piece must be no longer
than 3 1/2 minutes. Auditions are
closed to the viewing public.For
more information call 632-5555.
Sinbad in Concert
The Florida Theatre will present a
return engagement of the popular
comedian and actor Sinbad on
Friday, October 12, 2007 at 8 PM.
Known for his clean, insightful
humor and compelling storytelling
ability, the veteran performer has
appeared several times in
Jacksonville to help raise money for
social service and civic organiza-
tions. Tickets are available from the
Florida Theatre Box Office at 355-
2787 or online at www.floridathe-
AKA An Evening
On Friday, October 12th, the Pi
Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority will present an
Evening of Scholarship and
Philanthropy. The event will be
held at the University Center at
University of North Florida from 9
p.m. 1 a.m. Tickets are available at
the door in advance and and the
attire is Semi-Formal. For more
information call 982-2820 or 728-
100 Black Men
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
will have their annual B.V. Gregory
Scholarship and Student of the Year
Award Banquet. The annual event
will be on Saturday, October 13th
at the Omni Hotel starting at 7 p.m.
Keynoting the event will be motiva-
tional speaker, author and entrepre-
neur Dr. Calvin Mackie. For tickets
or more information, call 924-2545
or email email@example.com.
Ashford & Simpson
at the Ritz Theater
Grammy Award winning artists
and Motown originals, husband and
wife duo Ashford & Simpson will
be in concert for one night only at
the Ritz Theater. The concert will
be held on Saturday, October 13th
at 8 p.m. For tickets call 632-5555.
National College Fair
FCCJ will host the National
College Fair of Jacksonville on
Saturday, October 13th from 9
a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Admission is
free. The fair will include represen-
tatives of over 100 colleges and uni-
versities, sessions on college plan-
ning, financial aid and college test-
ing. Students are encouraged to
bring their transcripts for on the
spot scholarships. For more info
The Faith Club
Onejax will present an intimate
discussion with the authors of the
New York Times Bestseller The
Faith Club. Three mothers from
three faiths Islam, Christianity,
and Judaism got together to write
a picture book for their children
highlighting the connections
between their religions. Their dia-
logue led to provocative, honest,
and candid discussions ultimately,
resulting in increased respect and
appreciation for the things that each
holds dearest. The event will be
held at FCCJ Kent Campus
Auditorium on Tuesday, October
16th at 6 p.m. RSVP's are appreci-
ated at 354-lJAX (1529).
Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Sophisticated Ladies Music of the
great Duke Ellington. The special
performance will be held on
Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 pm.
Tickets $28.50. Call 632-5555.
Jax Urban League
60th Anniversary Gala
The Jacksonville Urban League
will have their official 60th anniver-
sary celebration on Saturday,
October 20th at the Hyatt
Riverfront Hotel. This black tie
affair will feature delectable cui-
sine, dazzling era designs, popular
vocalists, and live entertainment.
The Equal Opportunity Awards
recipients will also be presented
during the gala. For information
contact Mrs. Finley at 366-3461.
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Republican Frontrunners Snub PBS
Televised Debate with Journalists of Color
Fashion designer Marc Ecko poses with Barry Bonds' record-break-
ing home run baseball.
Public to Decide Fate of Bond's Ball
After shelling out $752,467 in an
auction to win Barry Bonds' his-
toric 756th home run ball, fashion
designer Marc Ecko is allowing the
public to have the final say on its
"I bought this baseball to democ-
ratize the debate over what to do
with it," Ecko wrote on the Web
site, www.Vote756.com. "The idea
that some of the best athletes in the
country are forced to decide
between being competitive and
staying natural is troubling."
On the Web site, voters can choose
one of three fates for the ball: send
it to the Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown, stamp an asterisk on
it referencing Bonds' allegations of
steroid use, or remove it from
Planet Earth entirely inside of the
next space shuttle to launch.
Ecko, who revealed himself as the
winning bidder of an online auction
for the ball, said he plans to
announce the results after voting
ends Sept. 25.
Bonds hit his 756th home run last
month to break Hank Aaron's long-
standing record of 755.
The face of black journalism on
television in the 21st century is
Tavis Smiley of PBS and so it is
natural that he be the moderator
among a panel of journalists of
color for the All American
Presidential Forum to air on public
television on September 27.
This time around the Republicans
will face the proverbial music not
unlike their Democratic counter-
parts back on June 28th of this year.
Ray Suarez of The NewsHour,
columnist Cynthia Tucker of The
Atlanta Journal Constitution and
NPR's Juan Williams will be along-
side Smiley for the forum.
Inspired by the book "Covenant
with Black America," the forum
will engage candidates on issues
from health care, to Katrina relief
and the economy. Our Lee Bailey
shared a phone call with Smiley to
discuss the event. But Tavis wasn't
ready to talk about how historic the
forum will be but, rather, how the
Republican frontrunners appeared
to go out of their way to not be pres-
"The word frontrunner has taken
Jackson and Sharpton Demand
Equal Justice in Jena, Louisiana
Two civil rights leaders urged
Jena residents to demand equal jus-
tice, and one called for an investi-
gation of the district attorney who is
prosecuting six black teenagers
charged with serious crimes in the
beating of a white classmate.
The Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al
Sharpton both said they would join
thousands of people expected in
Jena on Sept. 20 to protest the teens'
treatment. That is the day that one
of the six, Mychal Bell, is to be sen-
tenced on an aggravated second-
degree battery conviction. Bell
faces up to 15 years in prison.
"After that, if we need to, we'll go
to Baton Rouge and see the gover-
nor and The.Legislantre." Sharpton
The "Jena Six" case drew protests
after five of the six teens were orig-
inally charged with attempted sec-
ond-degree murder and conspiracy
to commit murder, carrying sen-
tences of up to 80 years in prison.
The sixth was charged in juvenile
The beating victim, who is white,
was treated for injuries at a hospital
and released the same day, and a
motive for the alleged Dec. 4 attack
at Jena High School was never
Sharpton said he would ask for an
investigation by the state attorney
general and judicial oversight agen-
cies into the actions of LaSalle
Parish District Attorney Reed
Walters, who has led the prosecu-
The Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to
about 200 people at a school
Sunday in Jena, where he urged the
town's 3,000 residents to come
together white ministers and black
ministers talking and white parents
and black parents talking.
"Why be fighting when we can
turn to each other and find common
ground?" Jackson said. "Jena is too
small not to move together."
He said he planned to try to meet
with Bell, who remains in jail and
unable to post bond, as well as offi-
cials at the courthouse.
"We don't want this community to
be permanently scarred," Jackson
The beating came amid tense race
relations in Jena, a mostly white
town in north-central Louisiana.
After a black student sat under a
tree on the school campus where
white students,traditionally ..pngre-,
gated, three nooses were hung in
the tree. Students accused of plac-
ing the nooses were suspended
from school for a short period.
a whole new meaning for me," said
Smiley. "I didn't know it meant
being out front and running from
people of color."
Tavis' demeanor when interview-
ing even the most staunchly right-
wing individuals has always been
one of respect, curiosity and even
admiration for some of those indi-
viduals' qualities, but he dispatched
with the niceties prior to getting on
the phone with Mr. Bailey.
"The frontrunners, specifically
Mr. Romney, Mr. McCain and Mr.
Guiliani, have said to us they will
not be on stage at Norfolk State
University on September 27th. All
the Democrats showed up in June,
but the front running Republicans
have said they will not be there.
They have also told Univision that
they will not be there for the
Hispanic debate. So, collectively,
what the Republican frontrunners
have told both black and brown
Americans is that we don't appreci-
ate you, don't value your issues and
you're not a priority to us."
It has been no secret that since the
demise of the Dixie-crats of the
1960s, Republican presidential can-
didates have appeared to put it
mildly uninterested in issues sur-
rounding the nation's ethnic minori-
ties. We're sure someone as educat-
ed as Mr. Smiley is aware of that.
But witnessing it up close and per-
sonal had to sting a bit.
"You can't go through an entire
primary process and refuse to talk
to black and brown voters," he con-
tinued. "It's unconscionable, it's
untenable, it's unthinkable and no
one should be elected president in
2008, in the most multi-cultural,
multi-ethnic, multi-racial America
ever and, in the process, ignore and
ditch those voters. If you're not
going to talk to all of America then
you don't deserve to be president of
all of America."
Ever the quite polite "Black
Kronkite," Smiley's demeanor
always appears to be gentlemanly
and gracious, but he was obviously
disappointed in the actions of some
of the Republican candidates and
spoke in a frank manner throughout
"I don't care if you're black,
white, brown, female, Republican
or Democrat. That applies to every-
body. I think America is going to
look very hard at what these
Republican candidates are saying to
black and brown America by refus-
ing to show up and address their
What would make a person miss
out of being a positive part of histo-
ry? We don't know, and neither
does Mr. Smiley.
"Their motivations? I don't know
why they're not going to be there,
but I do know that, by them not
showing up, it's a missed opportuni-
ty. You can't continue to say that
you can't get black and brown's
attention and that you can't get their
eyes focused on you and then, when
a legitimate platform is offered to
you, you choose not to show up!"
"(They need to) admit that
(they're) not interested and to all my
black Republican friends: J.C.
Watts, Armstrong Williams, Colin
Powell, Condeleeza Rice ... the list
goes on and on ... to all my black
Republican friends, I don't wanna
hear it anymore! If you want black
folks to take your party seriously,
then your party ought to take black
African Americans have been
wrestling with party affiliation for
at least 50 years. At one time it
appeared to be a cut and dry deci-
sion as to who to vote for. But the
black conservatives have been try-
ing to sway the masses to the other
side of the aisle. Their war cry is
getting louder and louder, but Tavis
Smiley isn't trying to hear it.
"That old notion that black
Republicans say, 'You're owned by
the Democratic party and we need
to get off the plantation.' Well, you
know what? If you think we're on
Veteran broadcast journalist will
moderate the debate. He says the
'show will go on".
the plantation then you're entitled to
that point of view. But, your mas-
ters won't even show up to address
So why would anyone want to
tune in to watch a debate where no
one is showing up to debate?
Smiley said that the debate will still
go on and that five Republicans
candidates: former Arkansas
Governor Mike Huckabee,
California Congressman Duncan
Hunter, Texas Congressman Ron
Paul, Congressman Tom Tancredo
of Colorado and Kansas Senator
Sam Brownback, will be on hand
to make their case for the highest
office in the land.
"The majority said they are com-
ing. We've got five who say they
are coming and, Fred Thompson
just got into the race so we're still
working on him. I've made it clear
to all of these candidates that if you
show up there's a podium with your
name on it and a bottle of water for
you. If you don't show up there's a
podium with your name on it and a
bottle of water. The nation is going
to see at least three empty podiums
representing Romney, Guiliani and
The All-American Presidential
Forum will still take place a week
from today on September 27 and
will air on PBS at 9pm Eastern.
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Howard U. to Develop
Largest Black Gene Bank
HBCU to study blacks' DNA to determine why certain
diseases disproportionately affect African Americans
In a move designed to help med-
ical professionals better understand
why blacks are more at risk for cer-
tain diseases, Howard University's
College of Medicine announced
Tuesday that it would develop the
nation's largest bank of DNA col-
lected from people of African
The Genomic Research in the
African Diaspora, or GRAD,
Biobank will be created through a
partnership with Chicago-based
database company First Genetic
Trust. Organizers say they will col-
lect the DNA of 25,000 people over
a five-year period. Volunteers will-
ing to provide blood samples or
cheek swabs will be recruited first
through clinics and hospitals asso-
ciated with the College of
Medicine, and later through the
medical school's alumni network.
The GRAD Biobank is not the
only effort in the nation to study the
genetic makeup of certain racial or
ethnic groups as it relates to dis-
ease. Researchers from the
Oklahoma Medical Research
Foundation are currently looking
for black families to participate in a
study on systemic lupus erythe-
matosus, or lupus, a disease that is
four times as likely to affect blacks
According to Gail Bruner, clinical
coordinator of the lupus study,
researchers have found that in dif-
ferent racial and ethnic groups, dif-
ferent sets of genes seem to be con-
nected to the disease, which causes
one's immune system to attack
healthy tissues and organs. Through
the study, researchers hope to figure
out which genes are involved in the
development of lupus in black
Americans so they can develop
more targeted therapies.
Another program funded in part by
the National Institutes of Health,
called the International HapMap
Project, will look at DNA from
people in Nigeria, Japan, China,
and the United States to figure out
why certain people are susceptible
to certain diseases.
Dunston acknowledges that his-
toric events, such as slavery and the
Tuskegee, Alabama, syphilis exper-
iment--in which black men were
injected with the disease-- may
make blacks hesistant about provid-
ing genetic information to
"We don't forget [history] but we
also [can't] let the fear of being
exploited keep us from gaining
knowledge to help us better under-
stand the nature of a disease and
how to treat it. If we want to under-
stand our genetics, we have to par-
Researchers have found that the
DNA sequence of any two people is
99.9% identical. However, the .1%
difference, no matter how slight,
could affect a person's risk for dis-
Once the DNA has been collected
through the GRAD Biobank,
researchers will be able to chart the
genetic differences and similarities
among black people with certain
diseases, particularly those ail-
ments that disproportionately affect
the black community, such as dia-
betes and high blood pressure. Such
information could eventually help
researchers better predict who is at
risk for certain diseases and may
even lead to the creation of cures or
Lizzie Jenkins Elected President of
Dem. Black Caucus of Florida
Jenkins was elected President of the
Democratic Black Caucus of
.- Florida. The group held its election
in Orlando, FL.
Ms. Jenkins of Alachua County,
pledged to work with the other
newly elected officers to help reen-
ergize the Caucus and move it for-
ward to elect democratic candidates
for Federal, State and local offices.
Other elected officers are Dr. H.
Bruce Miles, 1st VP Hillsborough
County, Bess McElroy, 2nd V -
Dade County, Susie Copeland,
County and Dianne Hart,
Lizzie Jenkins Hillsborough County, Treasurer.
Over the past weekend Ms.Lizzie
Where Have All the Black Models Gone?
Amazingly, New York's Fashion
Week came and went without
reviving the storm over stick-thin
models. But Women's Wear Daily
reports on a new controversy
inspiring fashionista activism: the
lack of black models. Famed fash-
ion photographer and "America's
Next Top Model" judge Nigel
Barker told WWD, "Everyone is
always talking about the weight
issue, I think they should be talking
As of last week, a number of high-
profile fashion insiders are doing
exactly that. A forum, "The Lack of
the Black Image in Fashion
Today," was held at the Bryant
Park Hotel in new York and was
led by models Naomi Campbell,
Iman, Liya Kebede and Bethann
Hardison. It seems there's plenty to
talk about -- the discussion
spanned more than two hours.
Indeed, out of the 101 Fashion
Week shows covered on Style.com,
31 didn't use black models at all;
those that did "opted for one or
two," reports WWD.
Hardison, who organized the
event, said that as hard as it was for
her to break into the industry as an
African-American model in the
60s, it has only gotten harder for
black models: "I feel it's the worst
it's ever been." She added: "In the
United States of America, this is
the one industry that still has the
freedom to refer to people by their
color and reject them in their
work." Part of the problem, said
civil rights attorney Daniel Wolf, is
that designers, modeling agencies
and fashion magazines believe they
have a legal right to discriminate
based on race; he said they're
wrong and recommended that
agencies sign the same percentage
of black models that are in the
modeling population at large.
The good news is that the forum
wasn't just a whole lot of talk. The
participants have resolved to wage
a campaign against racism in the
fashion industry and meet with the
Council of Fashion Designers of
Industry veterans Bethann Hardison, Iman and Naomi Campbell
speak at the Symposium on the lack of Black models.
America to formally discuss the class-action law suit against the
issue. There was even a brief dis- industry's worst discriminators.
cussion of the possibility of filing a
Protest Held in Front of BET President's Home
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The Rev. Delman L. Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton leads the protest
Washington. Marissa Newhall WP
by M. Newhall
More than 500 people demonstrat-
ed peacefully outside the
Washington home of Debra Lee,
Black Entertainment Television's
chief executive last weekend
demanding that the network stop
airing what they call demeaning
and offensive portrayals of African
Led by the Rev. Delman L. Coates
of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in
Clinton, MD, members of the
Enough Is Enough Campaign said
they will return every weekend
until Lee addresses their griev-
Lee was not home during the
protest but said in a telephone inter-
view that she was disappointed with
the several attempts over the pre-
ceding week to arrange a meeting
with the group had failed. She also
said BET plans to launch 16 "bal-
anced" shows by year's end.
The campaign, which Coates
began six weeks ago, is calling on
corporations to divest from popular
culture that portrays black men as
"pimps" and "gangsters" and sexu-
ally objectifies black women.
Joining protesters from the church
were members of the National
Organization for Women, the
Feminist Majority Foundation and
the National Congress of Black
Several security guards blocked
three gates around Lee's home
while protesters marched and
chanted for nearly two hours. Police
watched the protesters from the
sidelines who had been granted a
In an Aug. 23 letter to Lee, Coates
requested a meeting. Lee said that
she did not receive the letter until
last week, after she had learned
about the protest through a news
release. Lee said Coates was told
that if he brought the protest to
BET's corporate headquarters in
Northeast Washington, she would
have spoken to him there. "I believe
in freedom of speech, but if you
really want to have an impact, the
best way is to have a conversation -
- not to protest in front of someone's
house," Lee said. "I'm always will-
ing to talk to our viewers."
Coates, 34, said yesterday, "Her
people made a meeting conditional
upon canceling the rally at her
In describing the campaign last
week, he said he was "deeply con-
cerned about the increasing coarse-
ness of American popular culture.
At some point, we have to ask our-
selves what kind of world we want
to leave to our children."
Founded by African American
businessman Robert Johnson 27
years ago, BET has an 18-to-34
demographic. It has long been criti-
cized for airing music videos that
some believe perpetuate negative
stereotypes of blacks. The network,
now owned by Viacom, has recent-
ly been attacked for such programs
as "Hot Ghetto Mess," which had
its name changed to "We Got to Do
Better" after complaints, and "Read
a Book," a satirical animated pub-
Little Girl Known as Precious Doe to Finally Receive Justice
The girl who remained nameless for years, decapitated and killed by her parents will finally have her day in court
Kansas City, MO Nearly five
years ago, the nation was rocked to
find out that a young black little girl
was found decapitated in Kansas
City and no one even wanted to
claim the body.
Nameless and headless, the little
girl became known as Precious Doe
in a massive media campaign espe-
cially throughout the African-
American media to find the girls's
parents. Last week, more than six
years after she died, Precious Doe
has finally received a little justice.
Michelle Johnson the mother of
the girl admitted her role in her
Johnson pleaded guilty to felony
second-degree murder, endangering
the welfare of a child, abandonment
of a corpse and tampering with
physical evidence all related to
the death of 3-year-old Erica Green.
As part of her plea agreement,
Johnson, 32, is expected to testify
in the February death penalty trial
of her husband, Harrell Johnson,
28. He is accused of inflicting
Erica's fatal injuries inside the
Kansas City house where the
Johnsons allegedly let Erica slowly
die before dumping her body in
In exchange for Michelle
Johnson's plea and testimony,
Jackson County prosecutors will
recommend a 25-year sentence.
In her courtroom testimony, she
admitted she did not seek medical
help for the girl after her father
kicked the child in the head and put
her into a coma for hours. She
admitted leaving the decapitated
corpse and helping hide the head.
Assistant prosecutor Tim Dollar
asked her, "You understand but for
your agreement to provide testimo-
ny, the state would not have entered
into this agreement?"
"Yes sir," she said.
A Circuit Court Judge will sen-
tence her after she testifies against
her husband, whom she married
year after Erica died.
Precious Doe may not have had a
name for years but she was far from
a nameless murder victim she
made people care about murder,
said Alonzo Washington, an anti-
crime crusader who helped keep
public interest in the case alive.
It made people realize, he said,
that "when we throw away our chil-
dren, we throw away our future."
Police Sgt. Dave Bernard, who
worked on the case to the point of
obsession for years, praised prose-
cutors for "a critical step to get this
witness on board."
The plea is the latest development
in a case that rallied an outraged
Police officers searching for a lost
elderly man found Erica's body
April 28, 2001, near 59th Street and
Kensington Avenue. Three days
later, a volunteer searcher found
Erica's head in a trash bag.
Community members distributed
fliers about the case, came up with
the Precious Doe nickname and
demanded to know the girl's real
(L-R) For years, young Erica Green was known only as Precious Doe. The only descriptive picture authorities had to go on was an artist ren-
dering (2nd left). Crying court last week, Michelle Johnson pleaded guilty to felony second-degree murder and other charges in the death and
decapitation of her 3-year-old. Her testimony will put her accomplice and murderer Harrell Johnson (right) away for good.
name and who killed her. Artists
produced likenesses of her face in
an effort to help identify her.
Hundreds attended her burial in
December 2002. But the mystery
Police exhumed her body in July
2003 to create a new bust of her
likeness the fourth image police
released, and the fourth that failed
to generate key tips.
About a year later, in July 2004, a
tipster from Oklahoma started call-
ing police and telling them that his
grandson's wife, Michelle Johnson,
had told him she was Precious
Doe's mother and that her husband
killed the girl. The tipster called
police again and again about 50
times before also responding to a
newspaper advertisement about the
case in spring 2005. After that,
detectives finally took the tipster
seriously and broke the case.
So the community finally learned
the name of the child Michelle
Johnson gave birth to in prison a
girl raised for her first three years
by her Oklahoma foster mother,
Two years ago, Brown said her life
changed when she learned of
Erica's murder. She cried every day
thinking of the girl's final days of
abuse, she said.
"The hurt is still there," she said.
"I miss my baby. ... Nothing can
"She didn't cry unless she wanted
something. The minute she got
what she wanted, her crying was
Harrell Johnson is charged with
ending her crying forever.
According to court records:
Michelle and Harrell Johnson
drove Erica to Kansas City where
they stayed with friends. One night
when Erica would not go to bed,
Harrell Johnson, high on PCP and
alcohol, struck Erica and knocked
her head against the floor. The cou
did not get help as the girl lay dying
for about 10 hours later sneaked
the body out of the house, cut off
her head with hedge clippers and
dumped the body in the woods.
It was four long years before any-
one knew her name.
In that time, Bernard became so
obsessed with investigating the case
that his family even set an extra
plate for the unidentified girl at hol-
iday meals. His wife said he suf-
fered nightmares and worked
relentlessly to solve the case as
family members stood by, helpless.
Bernard and his 19-year-old son
helped carry Erica's white casket
from the hearse to her grave when
Erica was reburied at Memorial
Park Cemetery in August 2005.
Bernard's wife, Maria Bernard,
wrote a poem that she read during
"She's lived with us every day,"
Maria Bernard said then.
For years, the little girl known
only as Precious Doe lived with
many others throughout the nation.
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Paris Hilton and 50 Cent? l l (
What will the $50 million dollar
heiress do next? In the past couple
of years we've seen a marketed L -
porno tape, a brief jail term and
multiple DUI charges among a host
of other uneventful reported experi- '
ences. She is shown right attending *'
a party with "gangster rapper" 50
Cent. Be careful Ms. Hilton, you -
know they say... once you go Black, -
you never go back!
JADA TO WRITE AND DIRECT FILM FOR WILL
Jada Pinkett Smith has been tapped to write
and direct "The Human Contract," a feature-
length motion picture to be produced by her
and husband Will Smith's Overbrook
t hr Entertainment, reports FilnJerk.conm.
The story revolves around Julian Wright, a
charming and successful businessman who
hides a secret from the rest of the world which
tears his soul apart every day.
With his personal life a complete mess, Julian
happens to meet Michael Reed, a gorgeous stranger who entices him to
forget his rigid corporate world and try a more bohemian lifestyle.
It's a decision that will not only affect his own life but those of his boss
and co-workers, as well as inspire his half-sister Rita to re-examine her life
with her abusive husband. Production will begin on Nov. 12.
CHEAPER TO KEEP HER? STRAHAN'S AUCTION
BELONGINGS TO PAY DIVORCE SETTLEMENT
Some 221 items accumulated F'
throughout the seven-year mar- i
riage of New York Giants line-
backer Michael Strahan and his
ex-wife Jean were placed on the
auction block last week in an ,
attempt to satisfy a divorce set- i-
The former couple made .
$250,000 from the sale at the Some think Jean Strahan made out
Morristown Armory in New like a fat cat in her divorce from Mike
Jersey, which included contents
of their former upper Montclair mansion. A judge ordered them to split the
profits as part of a divorce settlement that saw Jean Strahan get $15.3 mil-
lion plus $18,000 a month in support for their twin daughters, reports the
New York Daily News.
Items up for bid included a 14-piece Continental Baroque-style carved-
walnut dining room suite valued at up to $25,000, a Renaissance Revival
carved-oak sideboard cabinet valued at up to $18,000, and a late-18th-cen-
tury or early-19th-century oil painting called "The Rape of Europa" valued
at up to $18,000. Other items included antique furniture, sculptures, car-
pets and other Strahan belongings. Jean Strahan even bought back some of
her own furniture for $32,000, reports the Daily News.
EDMONDS DISHES ON PROPOSAL
In the October issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Tracey Edmonds gets
candid about the day she became engaged to Eddie Murphy.
She says the actor popped the question in
July while they were watching TV. He walked
over to her casually, and then surprised her by
getting down on bended knee, she recalled.
S.,. When she asked him what he was doing, he
replied, "I'm about to ask you to marry me,"
S... before he presented her with a canary yellow
square diamond, surrounded by two white dia-
monds in a platinum setting.
when I first saw it."
Wedding plans are currently underway, she adds, but the nuptials will
not be on the grand scale of her lavish ceremony with Kenneth "Babyface"
She tells the magazine she envisions "a very intimate ceremony," stat-
ing, "My bridal party would be much smaller than my first wedding."
However, the small affair will still cost a pretty penny if she gets her
way because she's hoping to take the plunge in "a romantic, secluded
spot outside the United States."
Is O.J. Getting Worse Treatment as Payback?
News conferences. a slew of
felony charges, a perp walk in
handcuffs and detention in a hold-
ing cell without bail -- it's clear
authorities aren't giving O.J.
Simpson any celebrity breaks.
Police insist such treatment is
prudent for a man whose name is
synonymous with a slow-speed
chase from officers in a white Ford
Bronco. But legal experts are ques-
tioning whether Simpson is being
singled out for extra-tough prosecu-
tion in his casino-hotel robbery case
as payback for his murder acquittal
more than a decade ago.
"It is regrettable that America has
not gotten over the O.J. Simpson
criminal case," said Carl Douglas,
who was co-counsel with Johnnie
L. Cochran in Simpson's 1995
"The fact that he is being held
without bail seems unfair and over
the top," Douglas said. "O.J. has
always been able to satisfy his obli-
gations to the court. He cooperated
with the authorities in this case. He
is not a flight risk. And he certainly
can't hide anywhere."
At least six plainclothes police-
men, accompanied by a handful of
hotel security guards, arrested
Simpson on Sunday at The Palms
casino-hotel. He was accused of
leading an armed heist of sports
memorabilia. Simpson said he was
only reclaiming possessions that
had been stolen.
"By our standard, there was no
major show of force," Sgt. John
Simpson was handcuffed and
taken in a police vehicle to the
Clark County Detention Center to
be booked on six felonies, includ-
ing two counts of robbery with use
of a deadly weapon. If convicted of
the charges, he could get up to 30
years in state prison on each rob-
bery count alone.
Simpson became inmate number
Justice of the Peace Douglas
Smith, who made the decision to
hold Simpson without bail, was
"concerned about the flight factor"
and because Simpson had no ties to
the Las Vegas area, said Judge
Nancy Oesterle, who addressed
An apparent audiotape of
Foxx stands above his star on Hollywood Blvd.
Foxx Receives Hollywood Star
On Friday, Jamie Foxx took his
official place among Tinseltown's
elite with the unveiling of his star
on Hollywood Blvd's Walk of
"My grandmother's gotta be
spreading her wings and flying
around in heaven, just so happy,"
Foxx said in his acceptance speech
[see footage below], honoring the
woman who raised him in Tyler,
Texas. "This is one of the most
amazing days of my life."
Flanked by his daughter, Foxx
received the 2,347th star on the
famous boulevard, in a spot right
outside of the Kodak Theater where
he picked up an Oscar in 2005 for
his portrayal of Ray Charles in the
motion picture, "Ray." The same
year he was nominated for a best
supporting actor Oscar in the Tom
Cruise film "Collateral."
The ceremony came two weeks
before the release of Foxx's newest
film "The Kingdom." He stars with
Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper
as members of a U.S. counterterror-
ism unit chasing after the master-
mind of a bombing in Saudi Arabia.
Simpson's standoff with
men he accused of steal-
ing his memorabilia
begins with the ex-NFL
star demanding, "Don't
let nobody out of here."
"Think you can steal my
s-- and sell it?" the voice
identified as Simpson's
In the audiotape ,
released by the celebrity
news Web site
TMZ.com, a man
believed to be Simpson
is heard shouting ques-
tions while other men Form
yell orders to the people ferred to
in the room. Las Vegas,
The recording was Las Vegass
made by Thomas in connect
Riccio, co-owner of the Plans are
auction house Universal including t
Rarities, according to ly weapon,
TMZ. Simpson has said each.
Riccio called him several weeks
ago to tell him collectors were sell-
ing some of his items.
Riccio did not immediately return
a call for comment Monday, but he
told TMZ he believed Simpson was
planning to confront Alfred
Beardsley, who was allegedly plan-
ning to auction off the memorabilia.
Another collector in the hotel
room, Bruce Fromong, said the
meeting was set up as if the men
were customers, but when they
arrived, it was clear something else
was going on.
"The door burst open and they
came in almost commando style,
O.J. Simpson and some of his peo-
ple, I guess you would call it, with
guns drawn," Fromong told ABC's
"Good Morning America" Monday.
"O.J. at that time was saying, 'I
want my stuff. I want my stuff.'
"The thing in my mind as soon as
FL player O.J. Simpson, right, is trans-
the Clark County Detention Center in
Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. A prosecutor in
says O.J. Simpson 'is facing a lot of time'
tion with an alleged armed robbery.
to charge him with several felonies,
wo counts of robbery with use of a dead-
which could carry a maximum 35 years
I saw him, I'm thinking, 'O.J., how
can you be this dumb? You're in
Fromong said Simpson later left
him a voice mail message telling
him some of Fromong's things were
"mixed up" with his and asking
how he could give them back.
"It's like a bad dream," Beardsley
said. "I'm sad that O.J. is in cus-
Simpson has said he was accom-
panied by men he met at a wedding
cocktail party, and that they took
It was merely a confrontation
with no guns, Simpson said. He
said autographed sports col-
lectibles, his Hall of Fame certifi-
cate, a photograph with former FBI
director J. Edgar Hoover and video
from his first wedding were all his,
and that they were stolen from him
and were about to be fenced by
Still Solid Ashford and
Simpson to Perform at the Ritz
Ashford and Simpson say they are
still going strong after four decades
in show business, and find it partic-
ularly gratifying to get close to their
audience at their current gig.
The husband-and-wife team will
be appearing at the main stage of
the Ritz Theater on October 13th.
The couple, fresh off a stint of
cabaret style performances, say
they prefer the smaller venues.
"You move differently than you do
when you're filling the stage at
Radio City," Nick Ashford told the
,New York Daily<.News. "You have
to be bigger than life. If they are
close enough, people can see every
wrinkle in your face."
"When you're that close to the
audience, it's like you're under a
magnifying glass," added Valerie
They have been top songwriters
and singers since the 1960s and
'70s, penning such classics as
"You're All I Need to Get By" and
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
and recording hits such as "Solid."
The couple are also working on a
musical adaptation of E Lynn
Harris' "Invisible Life," a gay com-
"It says things people need to hear
about being gay," Simpson said.
There's no one way to write a hit
song, Ashford said.
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