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Volume 21 No. 38 Jacksonville, Florida January 17-23, 2008

Does Candidates Invoking of the
"Dream" Serve Them or the Public?

by J. Jones, BAW
Politicians love to quote Martin
Luther King, Jr.
His sweeping oratory, his ability
to make the impossible seem not
only attainable, but downright rea-
sonable, his transformation of chal-
lenge into lofty goal are the stuff of
inspiration, the stuff that candidates
dream will translate into votes.
Certainly senators Barack Obama
(D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (D-
N.Y.) have cited King's words as
they have crossed the country seek-

ing votes for the Democratic presi-
dential nomination as they seek to
transcend race and gender.
And yet the irony seemed lost on
both that their recent war of words
over each other's civil rights bona
fides escalated just days before the
birthday of the man who used his
rhetoric to demand equality for all
In his victory speech after win-
ning the Iowa caucus, Obama
echoed the theme of hope, harmony
Continued on page 13.

Onyx Awards Laud Community's Best and Brightest

Ann and Bernard Williams (Publisher's Award), Dr. Chester Aikens (Excellence in Business), Dr. Michael Henry (Excellence in Education),
Rev. Rodney J. Washington ( ), Joan Turner (Excellence in Community Service), Susan Hamilton (Cultural Diversity), Daryl McKenzie
Honoree; Dr. Constance Hall; Honoree and Elnora Adkins recieved the Posthumous Award for her sister Olvia Gay-Davis. T Austin photo

Complete with paprazzi and a red
carpet, Onyx Magazine publishers
Lester and Lillian Seays, presented
their 3rd Annual NE Florida Onyx
Awards, last Saturday evening at

the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel.
A formal dinner set the pace for
the evening as The Honorable
Glorious Johnson, City Council-
woman; delivered greetings on

behalf of the city. John
Montgomery, M.D. gave greetings
on behalf of Winn Dixie; and Rev.
Dr. James Sampson, president of
the Florida Baptist Convention,

gave the Invocation.
Dr. Theresa B. Hodge, 2008 Onyx
Awards General Chair, delivered an
overview and enlightened the atten-
dees Continued on page 11

Magnet Mania, Inspires and Guides Students

Chamber Breakfast Honors King I
Thousands turned out for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's Thousands of parents and students converged on the Jacksonville
Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast. Guest speaker for the event was Fair grounds for Magnet Mania, the school sponsored event that
Hattie Hill of Hattie Hill Enterprises who dynamically explained to the showcases programs at area public schools. Shown above is mom
audience the importance of helping our youth to be successful adults. The Eleanor Sweet accompanying her son William Jr. to the event Magnet
visitor was proud to see so many males being honored as future leaders in Mania. The two left armed with information that will help decide the
the program. Shown above following the occasion are Rep. Audrey Gibson young scholar's future among the school system;s dozens of programs.
and Joanne Manning, T. Austin photo For more highlights, see page 5


Black Exploitation
Shows are
Popular, But
Continue to be
Damaging to
Black Culture
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y 17-23, 2008

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Racial harassment still infecting the workplace

Many of us are marveling at how
seemingly far our society has come
given a man with an African
American heritage is being consid-
ered a serious candidate for presi-
dent. But in the workplace, attitudes
toward many black workers are
anything but inspiring.
Racial harassment is up to record
levels in offices and factories across
the country, and we're not talking
just the use of the "N" word. Racist
graffiti, Klu Klux Klan propaganda
and even physical threats including
the display of hangman's nooses are

included among the intimidation
"It is shocking that such egregious
and unlawful conduct toward
African American employees is still
occurring, even increasing, in the
21st century workplace, more than
40 years after enactment of the
landmark Civil Rights Act of
1964," says David Grinberg,
spokesman for the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity
Commission, also known as the
Racial harassment cases have

more than doubled since the early
1990s, hitting an all-time high of
6,977 in 2007, according to EEOC
data. (Blacks file nine out of 10 race
harassment charges.) From fiscal
2000 to 2007, the EEOC received
51,000 racial harassment charge fil-
ings nationwide, already over the
number received during the entire
The big racial harassment payouts
tend to get the headlines. Earlier
this month, Lockheed Martin Corp.
agreed to settle a case and pay $2.5-
Continued on page 14

Shown above, H.K. Matthews signs autographs of his book for Potter's House Christian Academy Students.
Florida Civil Rights Icon Addresses Past and Present

Civil Rights Battles with Students on King's Birthday

Over 500 students from The
Potter's House Christian Academy
attended Rev. HK Matthews' tribute
to civil rights-both past and present
this week. Matthews, a civil rights
icon and minister, discussed his
civil rights battles over the years
and how he is currently dedicatiflr'
himself to parental choice in educa-
tion as an extension of his life's

work. Matthews is a revered figure
in the Florida civil rights movement
and he marched with Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma.
Matthews then worked tirelessly in
Pensacola and other Florida cities
in the struggle for equality.
In addition to highlighting history,
the assembly celebrated the
progress the civil rights movement

has made and was also a mouth-
piece stressing school choice, espe-
ically when it comes to low income
parents. Taking place on Dr. King's
birthday, Matthews discussed his
tumultuous battles over the years in
which he was jailed over 35 times.
Over 300 Potter's House students,
receive school choice scholarships,.;,
KFP Photo.

EWC Alumni Closer to Goal of 25 New Chapters
The EWC National Alumni
Association has a vision of charter-
ing twenty-five new chapters in
2008. The organization recently
got closer to achieving that goal
with the installation of the
Marianna Panhandle and Madison
Chapters. National Alumni
President Marguerite Warren stated,
"Alumni participation is a tool used
to rate colleges and universities
throughout the country. Greater
numbers of EWC graduates are
pledging their support of our alma
mater. This is a direct reflection of .
the positive things happening on
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alums to get excited and involved."
The new chapters have already
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fundraising and recruitment of stu- Pictured left right: Dr. Roy Mitchell (Class of '63 and Immediate
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Black Exploitation Shows are Popular,

But Continue to be Culturally Damaging

Whether you watch Flavor Flav
and his "Flavor of Love" show,
Jerry Springer or one of those judge
shows it is painfully obviously that
black exploitation continues to
make money for networks.
And I am certainly not being a
hypocrite, I often find myself sit-
ting on the sofa cracking up over
the stupidity of some of these

to see a ton of crying on Oprah, but
no buffoonery. No sister girls fight-
ing over their baby daddy, who by
the way isn't paying child support
for any of his children.
No you will not see two sisters
fighting over who will marry their
midget uncle on Tyra or Montel.
Now you may see some shows that
are a bit of a stretch, but for the
most part the black talk show hosts

Boy" all the time.
He was sort of the softer side of a
very serious intense Public Enemy
rap group that focused many of its
songs on black empowerment and
awareness. Flav certainly wasn't the
guy in the group who could articu-
late the black struggle, but he was
clearly on board with the group's
Back then, Flav dressed pretty
wild, but if you fast forward to
today you will see him dressed in
more pimp-like clothing, which
subtlety reminds us that he's a play-
boy/pimp. What's even funnier is
that he changes clothes at least
three to five times a show one
clown outfit after another.
His wardrobe consist of large
clocks (hanging around his neck) of
all types, three piece pink, lavender
and whatever other color you can
think of suits and top hats.
The premise of the show is very
simple, especially if you have seen
shows like "The Bachelor." Flav is
basically looking for a "soulmate"
and women compete for his love or
to be the one. Throughout the sea-
son the women get various opportu-
nities to prove the love throughout
various dates and challenges.
The buffoonery takes place
weekly as these women argue and
fight for Flav's attention and did I
say that they literally fight for his
attention. In one episode, one of the
ladies actually used the bathroom
on the floor, and no I am not talking
about "number one," she number
two'ed (if you know what I mean).
Yes, as ridiculous as it sounds,
that's the type of idiotic behavior
have goes on during this show. It is
very entertaining because you never
know what stupidity is going to

happen next, but it is very embar-
rassing from a pure social perspec-
tive. Many of these women end up
having sex with Flav and going on
ridiculous dates to places like
Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The producers specialize in mak-
ing these young black women look
like fools.
The scariest part about the show
is that fact that it's third season is
slated to start in a few weeks. That's
right the show's third season. It's
sister show or spin off show, "I love
New York" just finished its second
The "I Love New York" show uti-
lizes the same concept as Flava
Flavs show, but the show is cen-
tered on a female from Flava of
Love season one whose nickname
is New York same buffoonery -
different sex.
Again, while the shows is enter-
taining I would loose my mind if
my daughter or sister was on any
television show making complete
fools of themselves. Much like the
way talk shows take advantage of
those who "don't know any better"
as my grandmother would say, Flay
and the show producers don't seem
to have any real respect for these
The young lady who was the
finalist in the last year's Flava of
Love season finale even left her
daughter back home for several
weeks to be apart of the show. What
sort of message does that send to
your child?
It is sad, but black folks are still
making fools of themselves on tele-
vision, which is ridiculous concern-
ing all the positive images we could
be portraying. But I guess positive
images don't sale shows and gener-
ate ad dollars. Where's the Cosby
Show when you need it?
John Jacob, of the National
Urban League once said, "As a peo-
ple, we must remember that we are
not as weak as we have allowed
ourselves to be painted, and we are
not as strong as we can be."
Signing off from a loveseat with a
remote in hand "Yeah Boy,"
Reggie Fullwood

over "Flavor Flav" as he

Most of us sit there and say the
exact same thing who are these
people and why are they embarrass-
ing black folk like this. It seems like
every episode of Jerry Springer or
Maury, is about some estrange rela-
tionship or paternity test that will
determine which of the four men
this young black woman is sleeping
with is the father or her third child.
Or one of my favorites show
titles, "I sleeping with my sister's
man and I am going to let her know
on national television."
Again, you sit there and wonder
who are these people and why
would they air their dirty laundry
on nationalt v? Of course, know
that a fight must break out in every
show. You know that things have
gone too far when Jerry Springer's
former security guard from the
show now has his own talk show.
On the other end of the spectrum
there is Oprah, Tyra and Montel,
who have talk show as well, but
they don't specialize in the buffoon-
ery like some of these other shows.
You may see Tom Cruise making
a fool of himself by jumping up and
down on a sofa and you are certain

Reality Check
After winning in Iowa, Barack
Obama was quoted as saying "If
there's any African-American voter
out there who still thinks Whites
won't vote for me, they just need to
read the papers this morning and
that should put that to rest."
Earlier his wife, Michelle Obama,
in speaking about skeptical Blacks,
was quoted as saying that she
"understood that veil of impossibil-
ity that keeps us down and keeps
our children down-keep us wait-
ing and hoping for a turn that may
never come. It's the bitter legacy of
racism and discrimination and
oppression in this country, a legacy
that hurts us all."
The sentiments expressed by the
Obamas may accurately reflect the
position of some Black folks, but a
significant number of us refuse to
get excited about a political candi-
date who can speak about every
issue under the sun, except White
supremacy, the issue which basical-
ly defines this country. We find it
difficult to swoon over a candidate
whom many White liberals and
White conservatives are gushing
over because he has "transcended
race." The Obama campaign takes

constantly calls himself.

are much more classier than the
Springer's of the world.
And you can't really be mad at
Springer or Maury because they are
not forcing people to be guest of
their shows we are actually going
for free in most cases. I guess using
the term free isn't fair because they
do get a round trip ticket to New
York or whatever city and paid
hotel accommodations.
Talk about selling yourself short,
it's ridiculous they way African
Americans are being portrayed on
many of these shows. And moving
on to my favorite buffoonery of all
- "The Flavor of Love." This show's
popularity is based on the fact that
former rapper and Public Enemy
hype man Flavor Flav, is probably
one of the most unattractive tacky
dressing brothers on the planet.
I often find myself watching the
show because it is so unbelievable
that women are actually fighting
over "Flavor Flav" as he constantly
calls himself. Many of you who
don't watch the show may recall
that Flavy was the guy in Public
Enemy that wore the big clocks
around his neck and said "Yeah

me back to 1987 when L. Douglas
Wilder was elected governor of
Virginia and David Dinkins was
elected mayor of New York City.
My position at that time was that
those elections would be a major
blow to the development of a seri-
ous Black political movement (not
campaign) in this country since they
would give an illusion of our having
made significant political gains.
That is exactly what happened. A
few friends of the two men may
have benefited from their elections.
But we as a group of people gained
absolutely nothing. Good old-fash-
ioned common sense tells us that it
is impossible to transcend race in a
country in which White supremacy
has been a prevailing ideology for
its entire existence. Those same
White liberals and White conserva-
tives, backed by their Negro allies,
use words such as "transcending
race" the same way they use the
words "political correctness"--- that
is as a weapon with which to attack
those who refuse to downplay the
role of White supremacy as an inte-
gral part of this country's very core.
To recognize this is not to suc-
cumb to despair, as implied by
Michelle Obama.Rather it is to

avoid the temptation of becoming
the type of Black person who is
ready to exault over any indica-
tion, no matter how small that
White supremacy is no longer a
political, economic and cultural
Our position is not one of wal-
lowing in despair but to urge our
people, especially the younger ones,
to remember that while White
supremacy is alive and well, there is
no justification for succumbing to
it. Instead we must create and exe-
cute effective measures to out-
think, out-plan and out-maneuver,
those who practice it. White
supremacists are not supermen and
superwomen. Anyone seriously
committed to organizing our people
should read Chapter 15, "The Shape
of Things to Come: A Master Plan",
in Chancellor Williams' book, titled
"The Destruction of Black
Civilization: Great Issues of the
Race 2500 BC to 2000AD".
The plan that he provides in his
book for organizing our people will
do more to promote and protect our
economic, political and cultural
interests than the election of anyone
to any national political office that
requires one to "transcend race" in a


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January 17-23, 2008

I often find myself watching the show because it is
so unbelievable that women are actually fighting

Do Poor and

Wealthy Blacks

Live in Two

Different Worlds?

By William Reed
When you hear a black person saying they don't see race, watch out!
"Color blind blacks" are usually also middle-class in terms of their income
and outlooks. There is such a widening gulf between the values of middle
class and poor blacks that we no longer can think of blacks as a single race.
A Pew Research Center survey found Black college graduates who say that
"the values of middle-class African Americans are more closely aligned
with those of middle-class whites than those of lower-income blacks".
More and more there are two kinds of African Americans the ones with
education and jobs and those with neither. The problem is that the more
"color blind" blacks become the more they gravitate toward whites and
away from their brethren at the bottom of the economic ladder. A majori-
ty of black Americans surveyed blamed individual failings, not racial prej-
udice, for the lack of economic progress by lower-income African
Americans. The report said in 1994 60 percent of African Americans
believed racial prejudice was the main thing keeping blacks from succeed-
ing economically; and only 33 percent blamed the individual. This year,
53 percent said individuals were responsible for their own condition. At
the same time, the survey found most blacks believed racial prejudice was
still a widespread problem. Sixty percent of African Americans surveyed
said blacks often faced discrimination when they applied for jobs or looked
for housing.
One result of shifting views on individual responsibility may be changes
in blacks' attitudes toward immigrants. In 1986, 74 percent of blacks said
they would have more economic opportunities if there were fewer immi-
grants; today, 48 percent feel that way. Most blacks and whites who par-
ticipated in the poll agreed that immigrants tended to work harder at low-
wage jobs than workers of their own groups.
On the topic of diverging values, the values of blacks at the top of the
economic scale are different than those at the bottom. Forty-four percent
of blacks polled in 1986 said they saw greater differences created by class
than by race. Today, that figure has grown to 61 percent. The feeling holds
for blacks with less than a high school education: 57 percent of those sur-
veyed said middle-class blacks are more like middle-class whites than they
are like poor blacks.
Overall, the survey found that there has been a convergence of values
held by blacks and whites. Blacks and whites have become more cultural-
ly integrated and, therefore, less-affluent blacks feel more estranged. The
survey also found that pessimism about economic prospects has grown sig-
nificantly among blacks. Fewer than half of those polled, 44 percent said
they expected life to get better. Twenty years ago, 57 percent had said they
thought life would improve.
Blacks up and own the economic scale do not see the kind of forward
momentum they'd saw in earlier times. One reason for the pessimism may
be that the condition of the black middle class appears to be more fragile
than that of whites. Middle-income African American families appear to
have tremendous difficulty passing on their middle-income status to their
children. About 45 percent of black children who grow up in middle-class
families will slip into a lower-income bracket in adulthood. About 16 per-
cent of white children and about 45 percent of black children were unable
to match their parents' success and slipped into a lower socioeconomic
bracket in adulthood. .
African Americans of all stripes are highly patriotic and concerned about
a concentration of economic power as are whites. They share the general
belief in the benefits of hard work and are equally admiring of those who
acquire wealth through hard work. And while they are far more support-
ive of government help for the needy than are whites, two-thirds of blacks
are concerned that too many low-income people depend on government
aid. While middle-class blacks tend to be more "color blind," the survey
found blacks on all sides of the economic divide less upbeat about the state
of black progress now than at any time since 1983.

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World renowned stylist Eugene Eubanks has settled in nicely at A.
Phillip Randolph School of Technology where he is the chief
instrustor. Uner Eubank's guidance, hundreds of new cosmetologists
are being educated in the First Coast area and will graduate ready to
be licensed for a career in cosmetology. Above, Eubanks oversees a
students giving a complimentary manicure at Mania. One of the many
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Teachers and administrators alike were available to meet and
answer qestiqosfor,students and parents. Above, Principal Jennifer
Brown otyf(Qtga, lemetay,,bem,,ed proudly on, the B graded,
school's diverse population.

Before students head on to Douglas Anderson and Lavilla School of
the Arts, they can attend Brentwood Elementary. Fortunately for
attendees, the 5th grade mimes shown above had nothing but good
things to say about their school's artistic programs.

Florida Council on the Social Status of Black

Men and Boys Releases Recommendations

by G. Lewis, SFS
The Florida Council on the Social
Status of Black Men and Boys,
which has spent almost a year gath-
ering information, is making public
its recommendations in five areas to
improve the lives of African-
American males.
The council was charged with
studying a number of adverse fac-
tors, including high death, homi-
cide, arrest and incarceration rates;
poverty, violence, drug abuse,
health issues and poor school per-
formance, that disproportionately
affect black men and boys.
The 76-page report, which was
compiled from research and four
public meetings held throughout the
state, was released on state
Attorney General Bill McCollum's
Web site and will be presented for-
mally to the governor and the
Legislature Jan. 22 in Tallahassee.
The recommendations were made
to encourage black men and boys to
take more responsibility for their
lives and the state to develop pro-
grams that correct the negative con-
"If the top 15 recommendations
of this report were implemented it
would better the lives of black men
and boys and the community
through personal accountability,"

Blacks make up 50.4% of Florida's penal system

said Levi Williams, a Fort
Lauderdale attorney who was chair-
man of the council.
"It would put the focus on suc-
cessful outcomes and address prin-
cipal needs in education, health,
safety and housing, and jobs and
careers," he said. "It also would
increase and expand black-owned
The report highlights a number of
disparities between black males and
the rest of society:
*68 percent of white students
expect to attend college, compared
with 46 percent of African-
American students.
*19.6 percent of blacks had no
health insurance in 2005.

*23.4 percent of blacks live
below the poverty level, compared
with 10.2 percent of whites.
*84 percent of black youth in
grades 9-10 performed below grade
level in reading and math on the
FCAT, and African-American
males are almost twice as likely to
quit school as white students.
Among the recommendations is
establishing a network of local
councils in each of the state's 67
counties to improve the social sta-
tus of black men and boys at the
local level. Ten other states have
similar councils, including
California, Pennsylvania and South

Jax Loses one of Oldest Citizens

Leota "T-Canty" Davis at 107

St. and Dr. Rudolph W. McKissick
Jr. Until her latest years Mrs. Davis
went about her lifelong daily activ-
ities as if she were 40 or 50 years
Mrs. Davis served her church as a
Deaconess, Secretary to the Sunday
School, and in other capacities.
Her work career included twen-
ty-seven (27) years of service as a
valued employee at the historical
Afro-American Insurance
Company. At one time her name
was almost synonymous with the
Her memberships included the

Wilder Park Senior Citizens Club,
the NAACP, and other organiza-
tions. She was appointed to the
Florida Council for Aging by for-
mer Mayor Hans Tanzler; and to the
MOB and JEO Committees by for-
mer Mayor Jake Godbold.
Following her retirement, Mrs.
Davis added many more hours to
her community service. She devot-
ed a lot of time with the Foster
Grandparent Brentwood Parent
Child Center, the Cancer Society
and while still driving, chauffering
other seniors for visits to doctors
and other errands.

Walt McNeil
Gov. Appoints

2nd African-

American to Lead

Corrections Dept.
short of just completing his first
year as the state's juvenile justice
chief, was given a big promotion
this week when Gov. Crist made
him the second African American
in state history to lead Florida's
prison system.
McNeil takes the reins of the $2
billion Department of Corrections
as the state budget shrinks and the
number of inmates swells past
95,000. By year's end, about
100,000 people will be locked up,
triggering the likely need for $649
million more in prison construction
spending next year.
Inheiriting adversity, advocates are
pressing federal court challenges to
Florida's lethal-injection proce-
dures and the state's treatment of a
fast-growing segment of the prison
population: mentally ill inmates,
some of whom had been repeatedly
pepper-sprayed by guards.
McNeil said he would like to
expand faith-based prison pro-
grams, having participated in a fed-
eral prison program when he was a
police chief in Tallahassee, FL. He
also said the plight of mentally ill
inmates "screams out" for more
African-Americans comprise
about 16 percent of the state popu-
lation and 50.4 percent of the
prison population, .

Ms. Leota Davis
By Camilla P. Thompson
Leota G. Davis has been affec-
tionately called "T-Canty" by
friends and associates. She was
indeed an unique lady. Born on July
16, 1900 in the heart of the LaVilla
area at 1060 West Ashley Street,
Jacksonville. Her parents were
Thomas Nelson and Minnie
Underwood Glover Sr.
Mrs. Davis lived a long and
fruitful life for almost 107 and one-
half years. As an adult she became
the wife of Evington Bernard Davis
Sr. and they became the parents of
Evington Jr. and Cynthia Davis
Rodgers; and the grandparents of
two grand-daughters: Maya
Rodgers and Naila Rodgers who
were the apples of Mrs. Davis' eye.
She was a loyal and devoted
member of the Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church, where her
homegoing service was held today,
January 17, 2008. The service was
conducted by her beloved Pastors,
Reverend Rudolph W. McKissick

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Baptist Ministers Conference 10th
Annual Dr. Martin Luther Jr.
Celebration Services Jan. 14 15
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval and Adjacent Counties will
present their 10th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Services
Monday, January 14rh and Tuesday, January 15th.
Rev. C. E. Preston, Pastor, and the Membership of St. John Missionary
Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road; Orange, Florida, invite the Orange
Park and adjacent communities to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2008.
Rev. James B. Sampson, President of the Florida Baptist Convention;
and Pastor of the First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4835 Soutel
Drive, invite the Jacksonville and adjacent communities to the Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, January 15,
9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King
Prayer Breakfast Saturday Jan. 19th
Churches, Pastors their Congregations, and members of the Jacksonville
and adjacent communities are invited to the 9th Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Prayer Breakfast, at 8 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2008; at the
Philippian Multi-purpose Center, 7540 New Kings Rd.
Individual tickets and tables of eight are available. To obtain tables and/or
tickets, please call Rev. James Sampson at (904) 765-3111.
EWC President to speak at AME 11th
District Scholarship Worship Service
The 11th Episcopal District Lay Organization of
the African American Methodist Episcopal
Church will hold a Scholarship Worship Service
at 7 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2008. The
Scholarship Worship Service will be held at the
Greater Grant Memorial African Methodist
Episcopal Church, 5533 Gilchrist Road, where
The Reverend Tony DeMarco Hansberry is
A highlight of the Scholarship Worship
Service will be the guest speaker, Dr. Claudette
Williams, President of Edward Waters College, and the recognition of
scholarship recipients. Scholarship donations will be accepted, and the
pubic is cordially invited.

St. Paul AME to host Boylen Haven

Alumnae Dr. Martin L. King Tribute
The Boylan Haven Alumnae will present their Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Tribute at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2008 at the St. Paul
African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings Road; where The
Reverend Marvin C. Zanders III, is Pastor. The Ribault High School
Chorus, directed by the noted Eugene White, will provide musical selec-
tions. Jacksonville Transportation Authority CEO Michael Blaylock will
be the keynote speaker. Some of our city's earliest African American bus
drivers will give reflections. The program promises to be enlightening,
inspirational and educational. The community is invited.

St. Pius V and

Crucifixion Catholic

Churches to hold Family Game Night
St. Pius V and Church of the Crucifixion Catholic Churches will host
their 2nd Annual "Family, Dinner and Game Night II" on Saturday, January
26, 2008, at 6 p.m. at St. Pius V Catholic Church, 1470 West 13th Street.
Games will include "Scrabble," "Jenga," "Battleship," video games,
cards, and more. Spaghetti dinners will also be served, takeout will also be
available. Price includes dinner and two free raffle tickets. For more infor-
mation, call Mrs. Cummings at (904) 463-2392.

Former Mrs.USA to speak at Women
for Christ Luncheon, Feb. 12th
The Women for Christ of Jacksonville, will hold their Annual Luncheon
for the twenty-third year at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at
the Prime Osborn Convention Center. In keeping with their tradition a
Christian woman speaker will be presented, this year it is the former Mrs.
USA, Sheri Rose Shepherd.
Mrs. Shepherd and Dr. James Dobson are seen on the #1 acclaimed tel-
evision show, "Focus on the Family." As a young woman she battled
severely overweight, depression, and an eating disorder. Her books Life is
Not a Dress Rehearsal, Preparing Him for the Other Woman: A Mother's
Guide to Raising her Son to Love a Wife and Lead a Family, have been fea-
tured on Lifetime Television for Women and NBC's Inside Edition. Sheri
Rose reminds her audience that they are dearly loved by the lord and are
here for a "divine purpose."
For ticket information please call (904) 642-5570 or visit website at:

Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary
Take to the "Street"to March and Clean
The Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 1953 West 9th
Street, Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Sr. & Jr., Pastors; are calling on the commu-
nity to join them on Saturday, January 26th as they take to the streets to
reach out to those in need of a relationship with Christ. You are invited to
join in as we "Take Back Our Community!
Come back Sunday, January 27th for 10 a.m. Worship and enjoy Brunch
and Fellowship following the service. For more information, call 534-0145.
Come Hear "Healing Spiritually"
"Healing spiritually: The Relevance of Christ Jesus' Example today" is
the topic to be presented by Mr. Ryder Stevens, a former Army Chaplain,
now engaged in the full time practice of public Christian Science healing.
A warm invitation is extended to the community to attend this free lecture
at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1505 N. Second Street, Jacksonville
Beach. Childcare will be provided for very young children.
Zion Hope Missionary Church &
Pastor Anniversary, Jan. 18th & 20th
The congregation of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2803
West Edgewood Avenue; continues the Anniversary Celebration of the
Church and Reverend Clifford J. Johnson Jr., Pastor.

City Invites Families to Dream the Dream
The City's Community Services Department invites Jacksonville families
to celebrate the life of one of the United States' greatest leaders at "Dream
the Dream: A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
A portion of the Kids Kampus sidewalk will be designated as the "Walk
of Dreams." In a fun and educational opportunity for children, attendees
will have the opportunity to commemorate this important date by drawing
and writing their dreams with sidewalk chalk.
Festivities will be held from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21st at
the Kids Kampus, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd.
The event will also feature live entertainment and an art show with dis-
plays by local elementary school students. Everything will be free and
open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or to
purchase concessions from an on-site food vendor.
For more information about this and other JaxParks events, visit
www.jaxparks.com or call (904) 630-CITY (2489).

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Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
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Dinner and Bible Study
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Come share in Holy Communion on 1stSunday at 4:50 p.m.

Radio Ministry
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Jacksonville Baptist

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Pastor Rudolph
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Disciples of Christ

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Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m. A
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Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m. Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
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worship with prayer, praise and power!

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
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by Bishop Donald Hilliard
"Do not conform any longer to
the pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of
your mind." Romans 12:2
Have you ever had to change a
behavior? It is not fun, pretty, or
cute. It does not tickle the fancy, or
make you shout for joy, it makes
you want to cry.
Finding out that you are now
allergic to a favorite food, or that a
favorite supplier has gone out of

SuperBowl Vocal
"My Song, My Way" a new
online vocal contest, has been
launched in conjunction with the
2008 Super Bowl Gospel
Celebration (SBGC) February 1 at
7:30 p.m. at Phoenix Symphony
Hall in Phoenix, Arizona.
Contestants will get a chance to
win a VIP trip to Super Bowl XLII
(two tickets) with hotel, roundtrip
airfare and gioundi transportitiofn
accommodations; perform live on

business, or maybe that you have
been downsized from a job can all
force you into an instant and painful
Marriage is a transformation
unique to any other. To go from one
to two to become one is confusing
on its own, but true and achievable
none the less. One key; learn to use
"unity phrases."
What is a unity phrase? The hap-
piest couples use them all the time.
It is sacrificial language eliminating

separate ideas. It is defensive
language that bars outsiders
from intruding. "Unity phras-
es" give advance warning to
others that you two are one.
What is a unity phrase?
Here are a few simple exam-
ples: "we are going to look at
some appliances today, we are
not sure about which camp to
choose, I'll check with my
wife/husband to see if we are
available." These are unity

Contest Looking for Gospel Wonder

stage with the NFL Players Choir,
and live the "superstar" lifestyle
for the entire weekend.
To enter, contestants must upload
their solo a Capella video singing
any song, their way. Entry require-.
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visiting www.mysongmyway.com.
The deadline to enter the online
contest is January 28, 2008 by 12
Midnight EST. The winner will be
announced and posted at

www.mysongmyway.com on
January 30.
The Super Bowl Gospel
Celebration, the only Gospel
music event sanctioned for Super
Bowl weekend by the National
Football League, celebrates the
best of the human spirit.
Artists confirmed, to date,
include Patti LaBelle, Bonnie
McClurkin, Martha Munizzi, Cece
Winans and Marvin Winans.

Suceeding Aainst the Odds

phrases, they give priority to your
spouse, and take power away from
(no offense intended) outsiders.
Marriage is a priority relation-
ship. It overrules everything else,
but God. Yes, I'll say it again,
everything else but God. That takes
some getting use to, some adjust-
ment, some real honest to goodness
work-are you ready to work?
Are you ready for transforma-

African American male enroll-
ment in colleges and universities
has significantly increased through-
out the years thanks to the available
resource and guidance programs.
The American Council of
Education found that there are
many more white males enrolled in
school than African American
males. An estimated 708,000
African American males, versus 4.6
million white males, were enrolled
in education programs in 2007.
Georgia has committed to produc-
ing resource programs for African
American students.
Senior Vance Patton said that col-
lege, "has always been a priority in
my life. I know about the other bad
things out there, but I want to grow
and be successful." Patton also
mentioned that an increase in popu-
lation has helped the African
American male statistics grow in

The University System of
Georgia's African-American Male
Initiative has dedicated their time
and efforts into making sure these
males receive the opportunities that
will allow them to succeed and
graduate with a degree. The AAMI
has been awarded the ability to give
$60,000- $100,000 to Georgia col-
leges by the Board of Regents. The
AAMI has given $10,000 to Albany
State University, Atlanta
Metropolitan College, Coastal
Georgia Community College, Fort
Valley State University, Savannah
State University and the University
of Georgia according to Board of
The AAMI is devoting the money
to these universities and colleges to
help maintain and continue the pro-
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How to Choose a New
Haircut for the New Year

Well ladies it's a new year and
we're all looking for ways to bet-
ter ourselves. Some of you might
even want a new look to go with
that new attitude. Well, a new
haircut might just be the thing
you're looking for. What a better
time than now to make that move.
I say changing your style with the
seasons is always a smart move.
Now when I say haircut I don't
mean that ten dollar trim you
should already be getting; I mean
a haircut that will give you that
extra pep in you step. There are
some things to consider before
you get in that chair. Haircuts are
a very personal thing, and just
because something looks good on
the woman in the cubical next to
you does not mean it will look
good on you. Be very mindful of
your personality, how much time
and energy you can dedicate to
the daily styling of your hair and
lastly the shape of your face.
I always tell my clients to look
through magazines and on TV to
see what the current trends are.
But be careful, a lot of these
celebrities and TV personalities
have "secret hair" that they are
not telling us about. Try to find
someone with a similar style and
face shape as your own. And yes,
the shape of your face should
weigh into your decision on
which style you choose, but don't
let it consume you. And please,
I'm not suggesting that you copy
someone highlight for highlight
or cut for cut, of course you
should infuse your personality
into anything you do. After
you've found something show it
to your stylist and both of you

discuss whether or not this cut
will work best for you.
Some of the cuts that are hot
right now are the same ones
we've seen before. The classic
bob, asymmetrical, and styles
with "choppy" layers are all very
popular. Each of these hot styles
all has its pros and cons. Take for
example the bob and the asym-
metrical styles. We've all seen
someone come from the hair-
dresser with a bad cut and a few
months later it looks raggedy.
Ladies, you have to remember
your maintenance. To keep that
cut looking sharp you should be
getting it trimmed every two
weeks. Styling products are
another tool in your maintenance
arsenal of hair care that you
should update with a new cut. To
keep a smooth look, say for that
new bob, I suggest wrapping
lotions Silky straight or silky
milk. After styling the hair fin-
ishing up with a shine infusion
serum; and if you have naturally
curly hair try moister retention
gel by Affrim. And if you want to
go for the spiked look, for those
cuts with choppy layers, ask your
stylist for Rewind by Redken or
Crew Classic, which is an over
the counter product. Most impor-
tantly, remember not to be afraid
to try something new and if you
don't like it- hey its only hair it
will grow back. This year be
bold, be daring, and just be you!
If you would like to ask
Dyrinda a please email her at:
DS Spa and Salon is located at
9810 Baymeadows Rd Suite #2.
She can be reached at 645-9044.

EBONY Magazine in Search

of Bachelors and Bachelorettes
Calling all Bachelors and Bachelorettes! Want to be featured in the most
popular magazine for African-Americans in the world? Well, here's
your chance. EBONY Magazine is looking for intriguing singles ages
21 and older to apply. If selected, a short and photo will appear in a
future issue of the magazine for its 12 million readers to see!
The application must be filled out by the interested bachelor or bache-
lorette. Names cannot be submitted on anyone's behalf.
Go to http://www.ebonyjet.com/shopjpc/promotions/index.aspx to
download the application. The deadline is March 15, 2008.
Women's Heart Healthy Stories
Sought from the First Coast
For every heart, there is a story. That's why the Go Red For Women
movement is looking for survivors, family members, friends or heart
health professionals to share their stories at the first-ever Nationwide
Casting Call, led by Marie Osmond.
Go Red For Women is calling on real women from the First Coast to
participate in a casting call. Women will get the chance to become the
official "Heart of Go Red" and represent the movement in 2008-2009,
including the opportunity to appear in a television special on women
and heart disease.
From February 1- 22, 2008, women are asked to share and submit
their stories at www.GoRedForWomen.org.


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

EWC Alumni Ass.
January Meeting
The next meeting of the Edward
Waters College Alumni Association
is Thursday, January 13th at 6:30
p.m. in the Assessment Center.
Please remember to bring your non-
perishable food item to the meeting.

UNF Women's Center
"Feminist Art" Event
The UNF Women's Center and the
University Gallery will host a lec-
ture on "Feminist Art and Feminist
Aesthetics," presented by Dr. David
Fenner, dean of The Graduate
School, on Thursday, Jan.17, at 11
a.m. in the University Gallery on
campus. This event is free and open
to the public. Fenner will present a
variety of images that connect to or
illustrate feminist art and will con-
clude with a discussion of feminist
aesthetics. For more information
about the lecture, contact DeeAnne
Crookham at (904) 620-2528 or by
e-mail at d.crookham@unf.edu.

Jax Children's
Chorus Auditions
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus (jaxchildrenschorus.com) is
holding spring semester auditions
for children grades 2-5 on
Thursday, January 17th at
Southside United Methodist Church
from 4 5 p.m. The church is locat-
ed at 3120 Hendricks Ave. To
schedule call 346-1636.

EWC Alumni Kings
Road Clean-Up
The Alumni Association, in part-
nership with the Student Affairs
office of Edward Waters College,
would like to invite you to partici-
pate in the first monthly clean-up
campaign of the Adopt-A-Highway
project. The activity is scheduled
January 19, 2008, 9:00a.m. to
11:00 a.m. We will be cleaning our
adopted highway, Kings Road,
from the Main Post Office to
Division Street. Please come out
and help us make a positive change
in our neighborhood.

Genealogical Meeting
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their regular
monthly meeting, January 19,
2008, at 1:30 p.m., at the Webb-
Wesconnett Branch Library, 6887
103rd Street. The speaker will be
Dr. Carolyn Williams, Professor of
History at UNF. She will discuss
African-American History and
Genealogy; From Slavery to
Freedom; African-American
Migration from Fort George
Island to Jacksonville, 1870-
1910." For additional info, contact
Mary Chauncey at 781-9300.

MLK Breakfast
The Dr. M.L.King Memorial
Foundation's Community Breakfast
will be held on Saturday, January
19th at 8:00 a.m. This year's event
will recognize youth and held at
Historic Mt.ZionAME Church, 201
E. Beaver Street. The public is wel-
come to join in honoring the legacy
of Dr.King and recognizing the aca-
demic achievements of the honor
students at selected Duval County
Schools. To secure tickets call 807-
8358 or email:mlkfdnorg@att.net,

Childrens Diversity
Celebrated in Concert
In lieu of a discussion for January,
the Jacksonville Diversity Network
is sponsoring a Children's
Performance to showcase the tal-
ents and skills of the children in thw
community.Featured will be the
Jacksonville Mass Choir under the
directorship of Deborah J.
McDuffie; dancing with the St Pius
Youth Ministry Dancers and spo-
ken word by Minister Joseph
Tolbert and Marcus Miller of For
Real Ministries. Sunday, January

27, 2008 Time: 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
The event will be held at the

Karpeles Manuscript Library
Museum, 101 W 1st Street. Call
356-2992 for more information.

Comedian Katt
Williams in Concert
Funny man Katt Williams and
Friends will be in concert on
Saturday, January 19th at the
Florida Theater. You have seen him
In the Next Friday series and his
own HBO special. For tickets, call
Ticketmaster at 353-3309.

Participate in the
King Holiday Parade
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in the annual parade honor-
ing the memory of the late civil
rights leader. For details, contact
Brother Andre X at 768-2778.

Old Timers Flag
Football Reunion
The Old Timers are back and are
presenting their annual football
reunion honoring Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. The Reunion will be held
on Monday, January 21st from 8
a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lonnie Miller
Park. There will be no game this
year but festivities will include a
cookout and music by DJ Roach.
Everyone should bring their own
food and grillz. All kids eat free.

50th Annual Ebony
Fashion Fair
The 50th Annual Ebony Fashion
Fair, featuring the best of the best in
fashions from the nation's top
designers hosted by Alpha Jax
Foundation, Inc.to benefit the com-
munity projects of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be held on
Friday, January 25th at the
Florida Theatre, 128 E Forsyth
Street. For more info, call 998-9183
or email myraann@aol.com.

Men in Black
January Jam
The Men in Black are sponsoring
their 2nd Annual 'January Jam' on
Saturday, January 26, 2008, at the
Scottish Rite Masonic Cathedral.
Located on 29 W 6th St. corner of
Main St. The Doors will open at 8
pm and close 'round midnight.
There will be door prizes, dinner
and dancing! For more information,
call 904-226-0405.

St. Pius Hosting
Family Game Night
St. Pius V and Church of the
Crucifixion Catholic Churches are
hosting "Family, Dinner and Game
Night II" on Saturday, January
26, at 6p.m. at St. Pius V Catholic
Church, 1470 W. 13th Street.
Everyone is invited to come and
enjoy "family fun" for all ages
including "Scrabble," "Jenga,"
"Battleship," video games, cards
and more. Spaghetti dinners will
also be served. For more informa-
tion, please call Ms. Cummings at

Train to be a
Hospice Volunteer
The Community Hospice of
Northeast Florida will host
Volunteer Training during a three-
day session starting on Tuesday,
January 29-31 from 9 a.m. 5
p.m. It will end at various times
daily. Training will be held at the
Sanctuary at Mount Calvary 4751
Walgreen Road. Volunteer oppor-
tunities range from administrative
tasks such as greeting visitors at our
inpatient centers to direct patient
care services like visiting patients
and providing respite for care-
givers. For more information call
904-407-7064 for information and
to register by Friday, January 25.

FCCJ Artist Series
Presents A Kids Life
FCCJ Artist Series will present "A
Kid's Life" a heart warming, musi-

cal filled with upbeat music, daz-
zling dance and adorable charac-

ters. The play is about Zack, an
adorable 5 year old boy and his
beloved golden retriever and best
friend, Starsky. Over the course of
the day, Zack and Zoe encounter
many new friends. It will be for one
night only on Tuesday, January
29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson
Center for the Arts. For tickets or
more information call 632-3373.

Master Magician
David Copperfield
Master Magician David
Copperfield will present An
Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion
on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 for
two shows at 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. at
the Times-Union Center, Moran
Theater. Call the FCCJ Artist Series
for tickets at 632-3373.

Planning ahead for Spring
Plant Propagation
Made Easy
On Thursday, January 31st,
there will be a free plant propaga-
tion workshop from 6:00 -8:00 p.m.
at the West Branch Library, 1425
Chaffee Road South. Staffers from
the Duval County Extension Office
will host the workshop on how to
take cuttings of your favorite plants
or your Mother's heirloom plants
and propagate your own. There
will be a hands-on activity on how
to make seed pots to start your
spring garden. This is a free pro-
gram, but registration is required.

Call 387-8850 to register.

Bobby Jones and Peabo
Bryson to Highlight
Zora Festival
ORLANDO The 19th Annual
ZORA! Festival will take place
January 26 February 3, 2008.
This year's event features appear-
ances from entertainers, including
Peabo Bryson, inspirational Gospel
leader Dr. Bobby Jones, actress
CCH Pounder and the legendary
actress Miss Ruby Dee. For full fes-
tival schedule and details, visit

Club Meeting
The February PRIDE book club
meeting will be held on Friday
February 1, 2008 at the home of
Marie Carter. The book for discus-
sion will be HOW TO DUCK A
SUCKAH: A Guide to Living a
Drama-Free Life by Big Boom.
Dinner will be provided. For more
information, call 389-8417.

Kingsley Plantation
Heritage Celebration
The public is invited to join the
tenth annual Kingsley Heritage
Celebration each Saturday in
February from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for
a special afternoon event. One of
the highlights of the event series
will be a descendants' reunion on

February 23, 2008, which is free
and open to the public.
Presentations will offer unique
insight into both the lives of the
enslaved who toiled on Fort George
Island as well the lives of the
owner's families, including the
Kingsley family. For more infor-
mation, call 904-251-3531.

EWC Alumni Host
"I Love EWC"
Valentine's Gala
Calling all Tiger alums and
friends! The Edward Waters
College Alumni Association is
sponsoring the first annual "I Love
EWC" Valentine's Gala on Friday,
February 8, 2008 from 8:30pm -
1:30am at "The Place," located at
1748 S. Main Street, at the intersec-
tion of 8th and Main Streets, next
door to Carl's Main Street
Restaurant. Attire is business casu-
al, and red-and-white. Tickets may
be picked up from EWC alumni, at
the EWC Alumni Affairs Office,
Call 470-8252, 766-3056, or email
slpowell@ewc.edu for more infor-

Fort Mose Black
History Reenactment
The Fort Mose Historic State Park
will celebrate the first free black
community in the United States on
February 9th from 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Re-enactors in period clothing will
tell the story of Fort Mose in "Flight

to Freedom" a living history event.
In addition, the St. Augustine
Garrison will perform Colonial
Spanish military drill, give demon-
strations of musket and cannon fir-
ing. For event details or informa-
tion about volunteering, contact
Kathryn Getz at 904-823-
2232.10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
The park is located at 15 Saratoga
Blvd. in St. Augustine, FL.

Ritz Black Broadway
The Ritz Theater will present
Raisin' Cane featuring Jasmine
Guy. The special performance will
be held on Saturday, February 9th
at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $28.50. Call

Free Investor Seminar
at the Library
The Jacksonville Public Library
will offer a free Investor Education
seminar at Pablo Creek Regional
Branch Library, 13295 Beach
Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246,
from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
Saturday, February 9, 2008. This
seminar will educate the public
about investing wisely for retire-
ment and is designed to help indi-
viduals make informed investment
decisions, whether in their compa-
ny-sponsored retirement accounts
or in their private savings accounts.
Seating is limited; and advance reg-
istration is required. Call 992-7101
to register.

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Boylan-Haven Holds 23rd
MLK Day Celebration
The Boylan-Haven Alumnae Association will present Michael
Blaylock, Executive Director and CEO of the Jacksonville
Transportation Authority as the keynote speaker for their 23rd Annual
Martin Luther King Day Celebration. Accompanying Blaylock will be
some of the early African American bus drivers who integrated the
Jacksonville Transportation Authority more than 40 years ago. The
Ribault High School Chorus ( Eugene White, director) will be on the
hour long program that begins at 11:00 at St. Paul AME Church, 6910
New Kings Road. This event is free and the public is invited. For more
information contact chairman, Camilla P. Thompson, 356-0110.
This is the 23rd annual free celebration that Boylan-Haven Alumnae
have sponsored in honor of the works of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Boylan-Haven was a private all girls school for boarding and day stu-
dents in the Jacksonville community from 1885-1959.

City Invites Families
to Dream the Dream
The Recreation and Community Services Department invites
Jacksonville families to celebrate the life of one of the United States'
greatest leaders at "Dream the Dream: A Celebration of the Life of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr."
A portion of the Kids Kampus sidewalk will be designated as the
"Walk of Dreams." In a fun and educational opportunity for children,
attendees will have the opportunity to commemorate this important date
by drawing and writing their dreams with sidewalk chalk.
The event will also feature live entertainment and an art show with
displays by local elementary school students.
The event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to
bring a picnic lunch or to purchase concessions from vendors.

100 Black Men Hold 5th Annual
Infinite Scholars College Fair
The 5th Annual 100 Black Men of Jacksonville Infinite Scholar
College Fair will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at the
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The col-
lege fair is hosted by 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc., a chapter of
the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and will feature more than 30
national, regional, and local colleges and universities to include
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). Schools that
attended this event in the past include Miami of Ohio, Purdue
University, Grambling College, Alabama A&M, Bethune Cookman,
North Carolina A&T, University of Florida, Florida A&M, Florida
State, and many others.
For more information call Michael Jones at 683-951.

All Class Reunion for

Technical High School
An all-class reunion is set for March 2009 for alumni of Technical
High School. The school was opened from 1947-1977. The reunion is
for anyone who ever attended the school, whether it was part-time, full-
time, sometime... be they student, faculty, staff or friends.
Come h~ave fun,laugh, cry, and enjoy. Tour the' old school and dance
the night away. Photos of the "first" graduating class of 1947 and the
class of 1954 will be onhand in addition to previous reunions of sever-
al different classes. For more information, contact Nina Dodd at 904-
424-1873 or via Email: techreunion@bellsouth.net

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about the Philanthropic Arm of
Onyx Magazine, the LBS
Foundation Inc. LBS benefits
young victims of Sickle Cell
Anemia. Funds from the Onyx
Awards will enable young victims
to attend summer camp at Camp
Boggy Creek. It is fulfilling effort
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of Onyx and the Seays.
Ms. Melanie Lawson WJXT,
Channel 4; served as Emcee for the
awards presentations. Presenters
were: John Demps, Sylvester
Thomas, Elizabeth Means, Kenneth
Middleton, Katherine Foster, Bracy
Taylor, Semon Cull, Tim Williams,
Esq., Richard Black and Cheryll

Recipients of the 3rd Annual NE
Florida Onyx Awards and their win-
ning categories are: Dr. Chester
Aikens, Excellence in Business;
Clara McLaughlin, Excellence in
Communications; Joan Turner,
Excellence in Community Service;
Dr. Michael Henry, Excellence in

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Education; Darryl R. Hall,
Excellence in Music and
Performing Arts; and Susan Owens
Hamilton of CSX, Excellence in
Cultural Diversity.
Mrs. Elnora G. Atkins received
an Award posthumously for her sis-
ter, Mrs. Olivia Gay-Davis.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Williams,
owners, Bernard's Beauty Supply;
received the Publishers Award. Dr.
Wendell P. Holmes, Funeral
Director, received the Lifetime
Achievement Award.
The 2008 Winners from NE
Florida will now compete in the
State Onyx Awards on March 29,
2008 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in
Orlando, Florida.
Two Jacksonville winners gar-
nered State Awards last year, they
were Dr. Helen Jackson and Rita E.
Perry, publisher, Jacksonville Free
Entertainment for the evening
was provided by Genesis, Kai Alece
& Band, and Yvonne Harris.
The 3rd Annual Northeast
Florida Onyx Awards Committee
included: Phyllis Bell-Davis,
Margie Cody, Semon Cull, Ben
Davis, Ben Green, Anthony
Grissett, Theda Jackson, Sandra
Lane, Rita E. Pdfry,' Jean Reddick
and David Williams.


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Dallas, TX Feb. 14, 2008 Houston, TX Feb. 15, 2008 Atlanta, GA Feb. 27, 2008
Creedmoor, NC Feb. 28, 2008 Fort Washington, MD Feb. 29, 2008

McDonald's is deeply honored to pay tribute to the rich musical legacy of African-American
music, Please join us in celebrating a tradition which fills our hearts with peace, lifts our
spirits and inspires us to jump for joy, For details, visit www, aRi \ com

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Blacks in Government
Annual Convention
8/11, New Orleans, LA
Black Data
Processing Association
Annual Convention
8/06, Atlanta, GA
African Marketplace
and Cultural Faire
8/08, Los Angeles, CA,
Bill Pickett Rodeo
8/16, Atlanta, GA,
Chicago Carifete
8/16, Chicago, IL,
JVC Jazz Festival
8/8-10,Newport, R.I.,
Missouri Black Expo
8/08, St. Louis, MO,
JVC Jazz Festival
8/08, Los Angeles, CA,
Martha's Vineyard Festival
August 10th 2008
Oak Bluffs, MA, Northeast USA
Port Royal Music Festival
8/08, Port Royal, Jamaica,
Soul Music Jazz Fest
8/08, Virginia Beach, VA,


African Marketplace and
Cultural Faire
9/08, Los Angeles, CA,
Black Enteprise/Pepsi
Golf & Tennis Challenge
Aug. 28. Sept. 1, Carsbad, CA
Chicago Jazz Festival
9/08, Chicago, IL,
Philadelphia Live Arts
Festival and Philly Fringe
9/08, Philadelphia, PA,
Verizon Wireless American
Music Festival
9/08, Virginia Beach, VA,
Art & Soul Festival
9/08, Oakland, CA,
Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival
9/08, West Bend, WI,
African American Street Festival
9/08, Nashville, TN,
National Black MBA Association
9/08, Location TBD,
National Sales Network

9/08, Washington DC,
Bill Pickett Rodeo
9/20, Washington DC,
Los Angeles Black Business
9/08, Los Angeles, CA,
Monterey Jazz Festival
9/08, Monterey, CA,
Ebony Black
Family Reunion Tour
9/08, Location TBD,
Sedona Jazz on the Rocks
9/08, Sedona, AZ,
San Francisco Blues Festival
9/08, San Francisco, CA,

Bermuda Jazz Festival
10/08, Bermuda,
NABFEME International
Women's Leadership Summit
10/08, Location TBD,
Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon
(Afro-Latin Groove)
10/08, Hollywood Hills, CA,
Black College Expo
10/08, Washington DC,
event calendar.htm
American Black Film Festival
10/08, Los Angeles, CA,
World Creole Music Festival
10/08, http://worldcreolemusicfes-

Midwest Black Bridal Show
11/08, St. Louis, MO,
National Association of Black
Scuba Divers
11/08, Location TBD,
Anguilla Tranquility
Jazz Festival
11/08, Anguilla,
International Art Expo
11/08, Philadelphia, PA,
African Diaspora Film Festival
11/08, New York City, NY,
World of Chocolate
Holiday Event
11/08, Chicago, IL,
Bill Pickett Rodeo
11/21, Las Vegas, NV
I Roc The Mic
Conference and Awards
11/08, Miami Beach, FL,

Join over 50,000 attendees at the
19th Annual ZORA Festival which
takes place January 26 February 3,
2008. This year's event features
appearances from entertainers,
including soul sensation Peabo
Bryson, inspirational Gospel leader
Dr. Bobby Jones, critically-
acclaimed actresses CCH Pounder,
beloved festival supporter and leg-
endary actress Miss Ruby Dee and
more. Festival organizers have
announced a lineup of exciting
events that are fi-ee and open to the
public, lower street festival ticket
prices and reduced parking fees.
Attendees will explore the festi-
val's theme, Ritual and Spirituality
in the African Diaspora: An
Exploration of the Zora Neale
Hurston Legacy through a variety
of public talks, exhibits and con-
certs. The festival kicks off with the
opening of the newest exhibit at the
Zora Neale Hurston National
Museum of Fine Arts ("The
Hurston") entitled Kindred Spirits.
This exhibit brings to life the festi-
val's theme of religious rituals and
symbolic practices among people of
African descent. Through the less
well-known form of installation art,
artists Betye Saar and Mildred
Howard will captivate the senses
and stimulate thought. Featuring
mystical themes, the exhibit pres-

Dr. Bobby Jones
ents a unique artistic genre derived
by what the artists call "making
art," and explores how art is made
from "myth and ritual, memory and
place, religion and family,
metaphor and symbolism, music,
light, tradition and found objects."
Throughout the nine day festival,
attendees will have the opportunity
to celebrate Zora Neale Hurston's
legacy through appearances by four
other noted female figures. An
Evening with the Poet features the
celebrated Sonia Sanchez; In
Conversation with Louise
Meriwether, a veteran literary voice
who was the first Black story ana-
lyst in Hollywood's history, and the

Costume contests and even a caribbean Light Skin vs. Dark skin
themed water gun war highlight the trip.

Sail on the Fantastic Voyage

Where can you find artists like
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly,
Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson,
Stylistics, The Superstars of Jazz,
Mark Curry, Roy Ayers, Miki
Howard, Tom Browne, Wayne
Henderson, Lonnie Liston Smith
and Dominique in the middle of
nowhere? The answer is simple, the
annual Tom Joyner Fantastic
Voyage. This years evetn will be
held onthe Freedom of ther Seas
May 18-25. Taking off and return-
ing from Miami, Fl, the boat will
visit Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos,
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlotte
Amalie, St. Thomas and Coco Cay,

The cruise is dubbed the "ulti-
mate party with a purpose" as
$1000 of the trip is tax deductible.
Whether you're coming to relax,
to have fun in the sun, or to party
seven days (and nights) straight,
you won't be disappointed, partici-
pants will find book clubs, art auc-
tions, work-outs, musical and com-
edy performances, beach
parties...and more.
The Fantastic Voyage, raises
more than $1M each year to keep
students in school at Black
Colleges and Universities.
For tickets or more information,
call 972-980-SAIL

Peabo Bryson
author of several books including,
Daddy Was A Number Runner. And
the annual Zora Neale Hurston Arts
and Humanities Lecture will be
delivered by award-winning actress
CCH Pounder, currently of the hit
FX series "The Shield."
Noted actress of the stage and
screen and beloved festival support-
er, Miss Ruby Dee, will make a spe-
cial appearance at the festival's gala
dinner with a reading of Boscoe and
the Devil, a folk tale she has adapt-
ed from the work of Arthur P.
The annual HATitude! brunch is a
must-see event which celebrates
Zora's illustrious flair for trend-set-

ting hats. Attendees are given the
chance to walk a fashionable mile
in Zora's shoes by showcasing their
favorite hat. Celebrated hat design-
er Harriet Rosebud will be display-
ing some of her original pieces as
well as unveiling an exclusive
ZORA! collectible. This event open
to men, women and children and a
hat is required for entry. Attendees
will enjoy a theatrical performance
by members of the Orlando's
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Cat has been revived on
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Candidates Are All About "the Dream", But for Who's Benefit P

Continued from the front
and transcendence, invoking
images of King and President John
F. Kennedy.
Clinton, whose campaign style has
largely been cool and pragmatic,
was asked about comments by the
Illinois senator that there was some-
thing, perhaps, un-American about
criticizing a message of hope.
"Dr. King's dream began to be
realized when President Lyndon
Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act
of 1964. It took a president to get it
done," Clinton replied.
She never saw the blowback com-
Almost immediately, Clinton was
accused of diminishing King's role
in the civil rights movement. House
Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-
S.C., who earlier had declared him-
self neutral in the primary races,
said he might have to rethink his
position before the the critical South
Carolina primary on Jan. 26.
Many read the remarks to mean
that a black man may have had the
dream, but it took a white person to
make it a reality.
David Campt, a race relations
expert who was a senior policy
associate with the Clinton adminis-
tration's Initiative on Race, said the
nature of politics and the nation's
inability to talk about race in a truly
thoughtful way has simply height-
ened an argument that would nor-
mally be charged to the political
"And because we do such a poor
job as a nation in dealing with these
issues, we are more scared political-
ly," Campt said.
"Conversations about race should
be nuanced; they should be prob-
ing; they should be explanatory,
they should be subtle," Campt said.
"What the campaigns are trying to
do is point out that the other guy is
being wrongheaded, stupid or
Political campaigns by their very
nature, he said, don't provide much
opportunity for thoughtful dis-
course. "What we should be look-
ing at is what are the respective
roles of Martin Luther King and
L.B.J? ...You don't have conscience
without King. You also don't have
legislation without Johnson."
And it didn't come as easily as the
nation's collective memory would
like to recall it.
The legend that has developed
over the past 40 years that suggests
King and Johnson were like-mind-
ed and joined arm-in-arm to get
civil and voting rights legislation
through Congress.
The truth, however, is the two had
a difficult relationship that was not
rooted in trust. And it didn't take
just a president to get it done, as
Clinton suggested, but several pres-
idents and congressional sessions
and a lot of wheeling, dealing, and
marching to get it done.
Even after the passage of the
1965 Voting Rights Act, many in
the movement distrusted Johnson.
Johnson convened a spring confer-
ence on civil rights, noting that
200,000 black people had registered
to vote in just 10 weeks after the
passage of the bill. It was probably
the only thing for which he received
unanimous applause.
There were disputes between
White House staff and civil rights
leaders over how aggressively the
administration should pursue an
end to segregation, and King,
"groping for a productive balance,
spent two days in the jobs work-
shop without making quotable
remarks for or against the pace of
achievement," while other back-
room political wheeling and dealing
went on among the participants and
the racial summit deadlocked on a
number of issues.
In the first volume of the series,
"Parting the Waters: America in the
King Years," Branch chronicled
King's dealings with President
Dwight Eisenhower and his vice
president, Richard Nixon, in their
efforts to push through civil rights
"I'm not surprised that race has

become an issue in this presidential
race," said Breea Willingham, a
journalism professor at St.
Bonaventure University in New
York. "It was inevitable. This is pol-
itics, and there is no such thing as a
'fair fight.' However, it's unfortu-
nate that race has become the issue
and is overshadowing what should
be the real issues at hand. It seems
everyone is running off the mouth

about nothing."
Perhaps the message got through
to the candidates.
After a rally in Reno, Nevada,
Obama expressed concern about the
"tenor the campaign has taken in
the last couple days."
I think that I may disagree with
Sen. Clinton or Sen. Edwards on
how to get things done, but we
share the same goals. We're all
Democrats, we all believe in civil
rights, we all believe in equal

rights," Obama told reporters. "I
think they're good people, they are
patriots, and they are running
because they think they can lead
this country to a better place. And I
don't want the campaign in this
stage to degenerate into so much tit-
for-tat back-and-forth that we lose
sight of why all of us are doing
He also said he would speak out
against any of his supporters if he
finds they engage in attacks that he

believed were misleading or unfair
and expressed hope that the other
campaigns would do the same.
In a statement released by her
campaign soonafter, Clinton said it
was time to "seek common
Interestingly, when King went to
Memphis to lead the march with
striking black sanitation workers,
he had asked his trusted lieutenant
Ralph Abernathy to speak on his
behalf the night before the march,

according to "At Canaan's Edge."
Abernathy drove through squalls
of rain, as tornadoes were predicted
for the area, to the Mason Temple
where the speech was to be held.
Once he got there, he realized that
the disappointment that King was
not there was palpable. Instead of
going to the podium, Abernathy
went to a pay phone and called
King and urged him to come.
When King arrived, his entrance
stirred something nearing bedlam.

Abernathy introduced King with a
lengthy speech, noting that King
was the son and the grandson of
preachers, and that he, King's
"dearest friend and near brother,"
also was a preacher.
And then, Branch wrote, "King
had not yet decided whether to
become president of the United
States, Abernathy added, 'but he is
the one who tells the president what
to do.'"

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What do you do about harassment in the workplace

continued from page 3
million to a black electrician who
claimed he was harassed on a daily
basis. He was threatened with
lynching and once told: "If the
South had won then this would be a
better country."
But cases like this with smaller
monetary penalties are numerous,
although they may not get as much
press coverage.
According to an EEOC lawsuit
involving AK Steel settled last
February, workers were allegedly
subjected to Nazi symbols, nooses,
KKK videos, and graffiti with mes-
sages to murder blacks. In January
2007, EEOC settled the racial
harassment suit against the compa-
ny for $600,000.
And in July 2006, Home Depot
paid a $125,000 settlement in a suit
that alleged, according to the
EEOC, "that a black former night
crew lumberman/forklift operator
was subjected to a racially hostile
workk environment because man-
agement coiddhed racial remarks
by his supervisors who called him
'black dog,' 'black boy.'" One man-
ager even was charged with stating
"that the Supreme Court had found
black people to be 'inferior.'"
These over-the-top acts at major
corporations, probably have you
scratching your head wondering
what ever happened to diversity
training, the endless videos on race-
relations etiquette and human
resource departments hell bent on
weeding out such behavior.
Despite all these efforts that
expanded greatly in the 1990s,
hatred and ignorance apparently
remain alive and well. There are a
host of reasons racial harassment is
escalating, according to labor
experts, everything from a strug-
gling economy that has caused
major job insecurity to more people
of color in the workplace, and even
some blame violent video games.
But whatever the reason, the bot-
tom line for a worker who experi-
ences such hostility is they are often
stuck between a rock and a hard
place when such bias occurs.

Reporting such behavior often leads
to retaliation, an increase in the
harassment, or years of litigation, as
happened in the recent Lockheed
Martin case and employee Charles
"I endured it way too long," says
Daniels about the harassment he
suffered at the hands of four
coworkers and one supervisor. He
made several complaints to man-
agement but was told by an HR
manager, of all people, that "boys
will be boys."
While we think of cases of harass-
ment typically hit the rank and file,
some legal experts have seen an
uptick in black managers being
harassed. Judy Broach, an attorney
who represents workers, says she's
seen many black managers quit
their jobs in disgust because of
"I think there is now a sense that
it's OK to display some degree of
racial insensitivity" that wasn't OK
ten years ago, she adds, because
many people wrongly thinklthae-..
time is over for special treatment
because "blacks have achieved so
much. Companies are relaxing stan-
dards and we're sliding back-
The influx of Gen Yers may also
be contributing to the rise in report-
ing of such harassment, surmises
Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity
Officer for Monster.com. "The
younger generation isn't as tolerant
as the baby boomers," he explains.
Myrtle Bell, an associate professor
of management for University of
Texas at Arlington, says it's all
about the sluggish economy.
"The economy is much worse than
it has been, so when times get tough
people who feel entitled begin to
feel things are being taken from
them so they take it out on people
whom they feel get things unjustly,"
she explains.
In the case of Daniels from
Lockheed Martin, he decided to
take his issue to the EEOC and
won. Raymond Cheung, the EEOC
attorney who led the agency's case,
says, "To combat the harassment

and threats faced by Mr. Daniels is
at the heart of why the EEOC was
created.This man had the courage to
stand up and make public what hap-
pened to him, in an effort to ensure
that it would not happen to anyone
Alas, not everyone has the where-
withal to make such a journey, nor
would his or her efforts be guaran-
teed to lead to such a victory. In
fact, less than 20 percent of race
complaints ever end up with some
sort of monetary or work-related
wins, says Bell.
So what's a worker to do?
First off, find a place to work that
you know is friendly to your race,
gender or sexual preference. Bell
says people searching for a job
should do their homework beyond
just what salary or benefits are
offered. Talk to workers about their

experiences at the company; check
out social-networking sites like
Facebook; and find out if the com-
pany has affinity groups, or pro-
grams for minorities.
This kind of research should be
done on your own time before you
send out your resume or at least
before you go for the interview.
Stay away from talking about affin-
ity groups and the company's treat-
ment of race issues unless the hiring
manager brings it up. Some hiring
managers or recruiters, afraid of lit-
igation, may take this as a sign
you're a troublemaker.
If you're already in a job where
harassment is taking place, use
some logic to diffuse the situation.
Maybe you are dealing with a
manager or coworker that isn't
aware how his or her words, or pic-
tures on their desk offend you.

Kerry Patterson, who co-authored
"Crucial Confrontations: Tools for
Resolving Broken Promises,
Violated Expectations, and Bad
Behavior," says he sat in on a meet-
ing recently where a manager from
the South was referring to certain
workers at "darkies."
"A black colleague in the room
said: 'You know what, in lots of
parts of country that's an insulting
term. I'd rather you not use that,'
and he said, 'Ok,'" Patterson
explained. "It didn't go to court or
end up in a fist fight."
If common sense does not prevail
or you just don't want to confront
the harasser, you should first find
out if your employer has a protocol
on how to handle these situations
and follow it. Also, advises Bell,
you have to document everything
that happens and save any e-mails

or notes that support your claims.
In cases where your boss is the
harasser, you don't go to your boss,
or his or her supervisor. Head for
the HR department and state your
case, including a written account of
what's been happening.
There is always the EEOC if noth-
ing comes out of your complaints.
(Check out the EEOC's Web site for
how to file a charge.)
But if a court fight is not for you,
Bell suggests you consider leaving
your employer because years of
harassment can do damage to your
body and soul.
Unfortunately, Bell adds, this type
of bias against blacks isn't going
away anytime soon because it's
engrained in our society.

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TAX FRAUD TRIAL: Actor attends serv-
ice at nearby church before heading to Ocala
Wesley Snipes made sure he was prayed up
before attending the first day of his tax fraud trial
Monday in Ocala, Florida.
The actor, charged with multiple counts of tax
fraud, took part in a prayer session organized by
22 pastors at a nearby church. Afterward, the "Blade" star headed to the
U.S. District Court house to begin jury selection in his trial.
Snipes, 45, is charged with six counts of failing to file tax returns,
two counts of fraudulently claiming tax refunds and one count of con-
spiracy to defraud the government. He faces 16 years in prison if con-
victed on all counts which comes to the sum around $38 million.
Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman
says he saw a memo from White House
staff assistant, Paris Dennard, indicat-
ing the film "The Great Debaters"
would not be screened for the
"There will not be a screening here at
the White House. I could not get time
on President Bush or Mrs. Bush's cal-
endars," Dennard was quoted as saying
in the memo.
Among the films that made it onto Bush's screening schedule are
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Charlotte's Web" and "Glory
Road," according to the White House Web site.
Friedman writes: "Dennard, of the White House's office of Legislative
Affairs, told me when I spoke to him Friday morning that 'there were
never plans to screen the movie officially at the White House."'
Oprah Winfrey is getting her own TV network. OWN
- for Oprah Winfrey Network will debut next year
in nearly 70 million homes with cable and satellite, part
of a deal announced Tuesday with Discovery
Communications. It will replace the Discovery Health
The announcement builds a media empire that already
includes the top-rated TV talk show, a magazine, a satellite radio net-
work, a Web site and TV movies made under her banner.
She will be chairwoman of the network, owned 50-50 by Discovery and
her company, Harpo Productions Inc. In return for taking over a network
already operated by Discovery, Winfrey gives half ownership of the
Oprah.com Web site.
LAILA ALI AN 'EARLY' RISER: Former boxer to supple-
ment 'Gladiator' income with CBS' 'Early Show.'
Laila Ali has booked yet another television gig.
The retired boxer and current co-host of NBC's
breakout hit "American Gladiators" begins a new
job this morning as contributing correspondent to
CBS's "The Early Show."
"I'll be doing pieces that are inspiring. I hope peo-
ple walk away from what they see feeling good,"
Ali, 30, tells People. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
Ali, the daughter of boxing icon Muhammad Ali,
was asked by People if she would consider yet
another side job competing in Gladiator stadium?
"Uh, no," says Ali with a laugh. "Doing a bunch of different chal-
lenges and having TV involved, it's not my type of thing. It's more fun
commentating and watching them from the sidelines."

Latifa Opens New Movie, Latest Jenny Craig Spokesman

Queen Latifah has officially
begun her reign as Jenny Craig's
newest celebrity client, but she
wants women everywhere to know
that she's not doing it to fit a certain
"I do not want to get skinny I do
not need to fit into a bikini," she
said, "but a tankini could work."
Her campaign isn't about weight
loss it's about being healthy. That's
why she signed on and joined the
likes of Kirstie Alley and Valerie
"I'm not depressed or anything,
like I felt I was eating myself to
death," she said. "It's not that for
Losing just five to ten percent of
her body weight will help Queen,
real name Dana Owens, reduce her

risk of developing diabetes.
"Anywhere from 15 to 25 pounds
or so would be good for me," she
The "Mad Money" star, a proud
voice for plus-sized women, also
says she doesn't feel pressure to be
thin in Hollywood.
"I would never had made it this
far if I tried to be like everybody
else," she said. "If I worry about
trying to fit in someone else's mold,
you are not going to like the person
I become."
Callie Khouri, the Oscar-winning
screenwriter of Thelma and Louise,
directs thie comedy about three
Federal Reserve employees (down-
on-her-luck Diane Keaton, single
mom Queen Latifah, and ditzy
Katie Holmes) who steal tons of

Queen Latifah, left, Diane Keaton, center, and Katie Holmes during
a scene from 'Mad Money.'

bills by stuffing them in their

All Star Tribute Held for Oscar Peterson

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, left, and Oscar Peterson Quartet pianist
Monty Alexander perform during a memorial for Canadian jazz leg-
end Oscar Peterson in Toronto last weekend. Artists including Herbie
Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Phil Nimmons and Measha Brueggergosman
were among those scheduled to honor the legendary artist.
A bevy of music legends gathered for some 12 hours. A giant portrait
at a Toronto concert hall on of Peterson hung over the stage as
Saturday to honor Oscar Peterson, the pianist was remembered for his
the late jazz pianist who rose from love of life, people and music.
working-class beginnings in
Montreal to become a major influ- A *
ence on generations of musicians.
Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones
and Nancy Wilson were among the
talent on hand to perform musical
tributes to the jazz great, who died
of kidney failure on Dec. 12 at his
home near Toronto. He was 82.
"He's on his second journey. The
first is birth and the second is
death," Hancock told the audience,
according to Reuters. "So enjoy
your journey, Oscar. I wish you
More than 2,500 attended the free
show, most of them standing in line

"He is leaving a legacy of a very,
very, very strong commitment to
the jazz world. What he has done is
set the path for so many of us. We
will have other great jazz artists
coming up, but there won't ever be
another Oscar Peterson," jazz
pianist Oliver Jones, Peterson's
friend and prot6eg, told Reuters.
"I owe him everything. He's irre-
placeable," pianist and jazz com-
poser Hancock said before playing
a somber, solo piano piece.
"I am truly thankful to God that I
was able to meet someone that I
admired all my life," singer and
composer Stevie Wonder said in a
taped message played during the
ceremony. "The man played the
piano so well that you could hear it
sing, dance and feel every single
note and chord."
Wilson was brought to tears as
she sang a goodbye song to
Peterson. "Nobody who I have ever
loved has left," the Grammy-win-
ning jazz singer said. "They are
always here."

Latifa didn't mind spreading the
love during gilming of the movie.
The actress gave the cast and crew
something to look forward to every
Friday on the set where gave cash
away. The rapper-turned-
singer/actress came up with a "five
dollar Friday" ruse that would give
runners, camera operators and
interns the chance to go home for
the weekend with a big cash bonus.
The generous Chicago star
explains, "It was actually my way
of giving back to the crew.
Sometimes you get to throw a bar-
becue or do something special but
usually I know that the crew people
are working really hard and every-
body is not making the same
amount of money we are. Each
Friday, crew members would write
their name on a five dollar bill and
puts it into a bucket and at the end
of the day somebody picks a bill out
and whoever's name is on the bill
wins all the money. Latifah, real
name Dana Owens, had a way of
sweetening the deal further: "I'd
double the money every Friday. It
could be a lot of money, so don't tell
the IRS (tax authorities at the
Internal Revenue Service)."


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