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Elected Black Men Stand Tall in Face of Adversity
Black men have no problem being
portrayed negatively in the media
spotlight of America's mainstream
media. They are no stranger to that.
The high level of incarceration,
unemployment and lack of higher
education are just the tip of the ice-
berg that make headlines.
Yet, for those who consciously
give up their privacy to join the
ranks of public service, inviting all
- whether willingly or unwillingly
to examine their daily lives, stand-
ing tall against accusations have
steadily become a trend.
At the other end of pointed guilty
fingers you have one who has been
judged guilty by association in the
court of public opinion, an adulter-
er and admitted drug user, an
embezzler and another who had an
illicit affair on "company time"
If you were to call them by name
they would include Democratic
presidential candidate Barak
Obama, New York Governor David
Paterson, Louisiana Congressman
William Jefferson and Detroit
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
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The Sigma Chapter, Jacksonville;
of the Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.,
hosted the Fifty-Fifth Annual
Southern Regional Conference last
weekend at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel. The Sigma Chapter also cel-
ebrated the 50th Anniversary of the
Chapter during the Conference.
The theme for the four day cele-
bration which drew attendees from
across the state was "50 Years and
Florida Governor Charlie Crist's
greeting to the Sorority lauded the
Sorority's dedication to student
nurses and registered professional
nurses through-out the nation. He
Continued on back
Shown above are participants in the Hunt
Easter Extravaganza at Simonds Johnson
Over 400 area children and parents participated in the First Annual East
Egg Hunt sponsored by the Tony Boselli Foundation in Simonds-Johnson
Park. The celebration put on with the help of supporting organizations
included potato sack races, egg hunts, a donut eating contest, free food and
activities for all ages. Prizes for the golden egg and most eggs found
included cash and books. Next up for the community oriented non profit
will be a Mother's Day Banquet at First Timothy Baptist Church. Other
participating organizations included Families of Slain Children, S.O.A.P
(Save Ourselves A P) Women of Power and T.H.U.G.Z
Mayor and Presidents Commit to a College
Education for ALL Jacksonville Youth
(L to R) Nat Glover, higher education ambassador; UNF President John A. Delaney; Mayor John Peyton; Betty Burney, chair of the Duval
County School Board; Lois Becker, senior VP of Academic Affairs at JU; Steve Wallace, FCCJ president; and Ed Pratt-Danals, Duval County
Superintendent. Amandine Benomar photo
The presidents of the University
of North Florida (UNF),
Jacksonville University (JU),
Edward Waters College (EWC) and
Florida Community College at
Jacksonville (FCCJ) joined
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton,
Duval County School Board Chair
Betty Burney and Nat Glover, who
has been serving as an ambassador
to higher education in Jacksonville,
to announce a major scholarship
program that makes a college edu-
cation affordable and obtainable to
Duval County Public School stu-
dents from low-income families.
Beginning in the fall of 2008, The
Jacksonville Commitment will pro-
vide the financial support necessary
to obtain a college education to
public high school students with
limited family income. The pool
will consist of students who qualify
for the Federal Free and Reduced
Lunch Program and reside in Duval
County. The students with the most
need will become Commitment
Scholars first. Over time, more stu-
dents will be accepted as
UNF, JU and EWC are guarantee-
ing the entire cost of a four-year
degree, including tuition, books,
meals and housing for those stu-
dents who choose to live on cam-
pus. FCCJ is guaranteeing the cost
of a two-year degree and books,
with the student then transferring to
UNF, JU or EWC to obtain a bach-
"If Jacksonville is going to pros-
per, we must ensure that our citi-
zens are well educated," said
Glover. "Too many high school
students don't think a college
degree is possible because of the
cost. The Jacksonville Commitment
is our way of eliminating the cost
barrier. This program is an alterna-
tive to poverty and an anti-crime
measure." In 2006, UNF hired
Glover, the former sheriff, as a spe-
cial advisor to work with students,
administrators, the School Board
and area colleges to reduce the
drop-out rate and encourage youth
to seek higher education.
Approximately 9,000 Duval
County students in the 9th, 10th,
llth and 12th grades financially
qualify for The Jacksonville
Commitment; however, the stu-
dents still must meet the admis-
sion's standards of the institution
they wish to enter.
The City of Jacksonville is provid-
ing the initial funding for this schol-
arship program and Mayor Peyton
is pledging $1 million for The
Jacksonville Commitment in the
next fiscal year. The four local col-
leges are raising private support to
compliment the city's funding as
the program grows.
The four schools are also helping
to fund the program through exist-
ing scholarships and will be build-
ing their endowments for perpetual
funding for the program.
"The Jacksonville Commitment
has the potential to dramatically
change our community," said UNF
President John A. Delaney. "No
longer will young people from low-
income families have to choose
between going to college and sup-
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When the Tax Man
Cometh Pay or Die
Who knew that Joe Louis the first
African American Heavy Weight
Champion of the world was
dogged by back taxes for most of
"Betrayed," an HBO documentary
of Joe Louis, chronicles how the
I.R.S. literally stalked and gar-
nisheed most of this American
icon's income until he married an
attorney who was able to negotiate
a fair settlement.
To this day, one of the major rea-
sons people, celebrities in particu-
lar, experience financial difficul-
ties results from not paying income
Most recently, Wesley Snipes and
let's not forget another heavy
weight champion Mike Tyson.
However, tax liens are not limited
to the rich and famous. If you are
considering or have not filed taxes
in a few years it could be a costly
mistake and here's why -- PENAL-
Here's a primer on the on the
types of penalties that the I.R.S.
can levy ...
Failure to File
Let's take the first penalty----fail-
ure to file. According to the I.R. S.
most folks who don't file actually
would have received a tax refund.
You only have three years to file
for a refund so you could be leav-
ing money on the table. If you are
someone who procrastinates you
can also file for an extension. You
will need to send the I.R.S. a check
for what you believe you owe. The
failure to file penalty is 5% per
month or a maximum of 25% on
the amount owed.
Failure to Pay
If you don't file and owe money
the penalties on the back taxes can
really add up. The amount is 0.5%
per month until the balance is paid
in full. The I.R.S. recommends that
you file and negotiate a payment
plan. Yes, you can pay back taxes
on an installment plan and you will
have to pay interest and penalties.
If you owe back taxes the I.R.S.
will charge you interest on the
unpaid balance and the rate
changes every three months.
The impact of the combination of
penalties is how Joe Louis' situa-
tion went from bad to worse as his
tax bill ballooned from 500,000 to
over a million dollars. The longer
you wait the more it will cost you
in the long run. If you have a com-
plex situation it makes sense to
obtain representation from an
attorney who specializes in tax law.
You know what they say -- the
only thing guaranteed in life is
death and taxes.
Best Buy Co.
Inc. is turning to
urban market presence. The two
companies have entered into a
multiyear agreement. Best Buy
won't be the first company to seek
out MJE to assist in getting
increased multicultural consumer
traffic. In fact, MJE has worked
with such companies as Aetna,
Starbucks, Burger King,
NASCAR, T.G.I. Friday, and 24
Headquartered in Minneapolis,
Best Buy is opening more stores
in highly populated, racially, and
ethnically diverse locations. The
company will specifically look to
MJE to help grow the business by
better understanding the needs of
local communities and how to
connect with them more effective-
ly, says Herschel Herndon, Best
Buy's vice president of multicul-
tural relations. The retailer also
hopes MJE can help enhance man-
agement's "ability to create jobs,
train, retain, and develop employ-
ees and to create value in commu-
nities by developing local busi-
ness partnerships and supporting
urban development which helps
everyone," Herndon says.
Best Buy has reason to assume
MJE can deliver. According to a
recent poll conducted by con-
sumer research company,
Yankelovich, roughly 57% of the
African Americans and Hispanics
polled in 16 states that represent
MJE's business markets indicated
that they are more likely to pur-
chase from businesses associated
with Magic Johnson.
While these findings may "reflect
back to the respect African
Americans have for Johnson's
basketball career and the chal-
lenges he has faced, but yet
endured," says Robert
Cunningham, president of
Columbus, Ohio-based Reach the
Target Consulting, it also reflects
the successful decisions Johnson
made about with which companies
to partner with. "Magic has select-
ed those businesses that are
affordable and are within the reach
of the day-to-day consumer,"
"One of the other things we
learned in this study is that people
like the fact that I've created jobs
in the community, through my
businesses, and they know that
when I bring a business to the
community, the track record is that
other businesses follow," says
Johnson, adding that his business-
es have a solid local presence-85
cities in 21 states.
Herndon says "the beauty of this
new relationship with Magic
Johnson Enterprises is that it isn't
just about marketing or about
advertising. It allows us a chance
to learn together, collect the differ-
ent perspectives to co-create
something that is beneficial for
Gold seems to be the hot com-
modity for these perilous times.
Investors who are looking for a
place to stash money have pushed
the price of gold to an all time high
of $1,000.00 per oz. What a differ-
ence a few years can make. In
December of 1999 the price of gold
was at 326.00 per ounce. In less
than 10 years the price has tripled.
So what's behind the demand for
gold?You can blame the falling dol-
lar and fear of inflation on
investor's current love affair with
the precious metal. Rising prices
and lower purchasing power are
two of the main reasons why
investors' hedge their portfolio's as
gold prices have historically
increased with inflation..
Slipping, It's All About the Bling
You don't have to be a hedge fund
manager to invest in gold. Here are
a few ways you or your financial
advisor can position some of your
greenbacks into the precious metal:
Mutual Funds Portfolio man-
agers invest in mining companies
which benefit from the rise in pre-
Exchange Trade Funds -
Goldshares (GLD), which is an
ETF which share price is based on
the underlying price of gold bul-
Gold Coins Collectors buy
coins for their antiquity and
investors can purchase as a way of
profiting from the price of gold.
Gold carries risk just like any
other investment and the price can
fall as precipitously as its' recent
In other words, proceed with cau-
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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
New York Gov. David Paterson discusses marital infidelities as his
wife Michelle Paige Paterson looks on during a news conference at the Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stands as his attorney Dan Webb Senator Barak Obama has stood firm on his decision not to abandon
state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Paterson has saidthat he used cocaine in addresses the media during a news conference in the mayor's office in his longtime friend and pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright (right). A deci-
his 20s and smoked marijuana when he was younger. Detroit this week. sion that has gained him respect and is still controversial.
Elected Black Men Still Stand Tall in the Face of Adversity
Continued from page 1
Over the course of the last
month (with the exception of
Cong.Jefferson ), the mainstream
media has kept the lives of the men
at the top of the headlines.
Ironically, all of them men have
faced the accusations head on with
a refusal to bend.
Sen. Obama has been found
guilty of association in the court of
public opinion of his relationship
with his former pastor, renowned
Pastor Jeremiah Wright. Based on a
few sermons the world renowned
pastor has made from his church
pulpit, many called on Obama to
denounce his friend of twenty
All Her Success
As a junior student of the
Advance Certificate of Education
program (AICE) through the
University of Cambridge in
England as well as the National
Honor Society, Felicity Price
knows she hasn't come this far by
good parenting alone. The
Mandarin High School student who
is a member of Dr. Marvin
Zander's St. Paul AME Church
credits Christ as her motivation to
demonstrate her maximum poten-
tial. Beyond being president of the
Young Peoples Division and
singing in the church choir, the teen
also volunteers at Shands Hospital
and other local schools. Miss Price
is showing no signs of slowing
down, this spring, she will be trav-
eling with classmates to Italy as
well as competing for the title of
Miss Mandarin High School.
years, something he refused to do
despite a decline in polls.
"I couldn't turn my back on Rev.
Wright anymore than I could on my
own Grandmother," said Obama in
a highly televised address on race.
Though many are still upset, he
has won high praise for not follow-
ing the coward route and dismissing
a long term relationship for a vote.
"It shows me the character of a
man," said Yancy Coates. "I don't
agree with what Wright said but I
would have less respect for Obama
had he succumbed to the pressure."
As the mainstream media tries to
keep the controversy up, the full
context of what was said in the ser-
mon has started to come to light,
something that should have been
done in the beginning.
Rather than waiting for someone
to come forth to blackmail or extort
money from him, New York
Governor David Paterson has by far
beaten anyone to the punch. Over
the course of the last week, imme-
diately after entering his oath of
office, the new governor revealed
he and his wife had both had
numerous affairs in addition to this
week disclosing pass drug experi-
There obviously must be some
benefit to full disclosure, his recent
revelations about adultery have not
hurt Paterson's popularity, Siena
Institute Poll spokesman Steven
Greenberg told Newsday. In a poll
released this week, the institute
found 58 percent of voters of those
polled view Paterson favorably,
compared with 10 percent who see
the new governor unfavorably.
Paterson is New York's first
African American governor, as
well as the state's first legally blind
governor due to Elliot Spitzer step-
ping down last week for relations
with a call girl.
In the increasingly hot seat is
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
The one-time rising star and
Detroit's youngest elected leader,
was charged Monday with perjury
and other counts after sexually
explicit text messages contradicted
his sworn denials of an affair with a
long time friend and top aide.
He and his alleged lover,
Christine Beatty face a total of 12
charges including perjury, obstruc-
tion of justice and misconduct in
office. They were filed after an
almost two month investigation by
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym
Worthy. Her office is looking into
allegations that Kilpatrick and
Beatty gave false testimony during
last summer's whistleblowers trial.
Worthy says her case is not about
sex but about principle. The Detroit
City Council has already voted and
asked the Mayor to step down and
he has refused saying it was time to
Despite the charges, Mayor
Kilpatrick says he'll carry on with
city business. He says he's confi-
dent he'll be exonerated once his
case is heard in court.
Perhaps the most scandalous
case belongs to Louisiana
Congressman William Jefferson.
Currently, the congressman faces
16 charges stemming from his
involvement in business ventures in
West Africa. The government
alleges that Jefferson, through com-
panies run by his family, received
nearly $400,000 in bribes and mil-
lions of shares of company stock
for using his influence to promote
contracts for U.S. companies in
Nigeria and other African nations.
Jefferson maintains his innocence.
Rep. Jefferson's appeal of his trial
judge's refusal to throw out bribery
charges before the Fourth Circuit
Court of Appeals resulted in what
will likely be a months-long post-
ponement of his trial which was set
to begin in late February. He claims
grand jury witnesses discussed con-
stitutionally prohibited details of
his legislative work, claiming his
Congressional work is protected by
the Constitution's so-called "separa-
tion of powers."
If he's convicted, Jefferson could
get 235 years in prison. The New
Orleans Democrat faces counts that
include racketeering, soliciting
bribes, fraud, money-laundering
and obstructing justice in connec-
tion with business deals in Africa.
In August 2005, the FBI raided
Jefferson's Washington, D.C. town-
house and allegedly found $90,000
in the freezer that prosecutors claim
was part of $100,000 an informant
had handed Mr. Jefferson days ear-
lier in a northern Virginia parking
garage. Mr. Jefferson maintains his
innocence and says there is "an
honorable explanation" for the
money. Two of his former business
associates have already gone to
prison and acknowledged their
parts in a scheme to funnel money
to companies controlled by Mr.
Jefferson and members of his fami-
ly in exchange for him helping pro-
mote a telecommunications busi-
ness in Nigeria and Ghana. Still he
won't step down and justmight get
re-elected again next year.
Amazingly enough with all of
the negatives facing Black men in
America, no matter how high above
the norm one is supposed to be,
trouble still finds them. Whether it
be guilt through association or
guilty because of wrongdoing, the
old adage stands true that a black
person has to work twice as hard to
get half as far because every move
will be scrutinized.
"Oh yeah that is definitely true."
Said Marcus Webb who works in
the corporate arena, "We can't get
away with half of what they do. Do
you think white men never embez-
zle or have affairs? They do all the
time, it's just that we're the one who
get caught" said Webb.
Currently the Obama campaign
is trying to move on to more press-
ing issues while the Governor says
he will continue to have it 'all in the
open' to forsake any unforeseen tur-
bulence. Kilpatrick, who simply
ought to know better is refusing to
step down and has already been
charged along with the woman he
has had his liaison with and Rep.
Jefferson just may manage to get
his self re-elected again next year.
It is amazing the resilience of
these elected officials and to know
they actually desired the public eye.
It is even a greater challenge to see
them remain there "for the people".
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5 Reasons Blacks Should Vote in Record Numbers This Year
"Any change, any loss, does not
make us victims. Others can shake
you, surprise you, disappoint you,
but they can't prevent you from act-
ing, from taking the situation
you're presented with and moving
on," wrote author Blaine Lee. "No
matter where you are in life, no
matter what your situation, you can
always do something."
Is it that type of thinking that
blacks should take into the upcom-
ing presidential elections. Those of
us who talk and write about politics
have been complaining about voter
apathy for several years now.
We have been trying to figure out
why minorities haven't been turn-
ing out to vote. And of course, the
youth vote has been nonexistent.
This year all of those notions go
out the door. African Americans
and youth of all races are poised to
change the political landscape.
Youth in every state around the
country have voted in record num-
bers during the presidential pri-
mary elections. When it comes to
voting, blacks seem to be "back in
stride again" as Frankie Beverly
So although the motivation to go
out and vote seems to be there I
thought that I would give folks sev-
eral clear reasons to go out and vote
in record numbers.
These are in no particular order
so feel free to organize them in
whatever way you deem necessary.
1. The Iraq War yes it should
probably be at the top of everyone's
list. I still don't understand why this
country is not up in arms. I have
only been writing about the war for
five years or so. We are only talk-
ing about 4,000 American lives
being lost over that time period.
No big deal right especially
considering the American people
were tricked, bamboozled and led
astray regarding the rationale for
going into Iraq.
I remember when this war started
and the White House said that they
anticipated the war costing some
$50 billion a year.
That would be a great deal con-
sidering that's what it is now cost-
ing every three months. By the end
of 2008, it is estimated that the total
spent on the war will be approxi-
mately $875 billion.
That's a lot of money that could
help families in need. That's a lot of
money that could help with fore-
closures, job training, college
financial aid, etc.
I could focus the bulk on this
article on the Iraq debacle, but I
must move on.
2. Foreclosure Crisis now many
folks are missing the boat on where
the blame lies. There is a regulato-
ry issue that people are not thinking
about. Bush and his administration
dropped the ball and did not do a
good job of getting control of this
mortgage crisis earlier.
Hundreds of homes are being lost
every week in this country and
someone fell asleep at the wheel on
this one. The mortgage industry has
never been closely regulated so
when these sub-prime lenders
where handing out loans like the
old fashion government cheese
program, some agency or regulato-
ry body should have stepped in.
It is an issue that no one wants to
take ownership of, but the White
House's lack of a response on this
matter speaks volumes. And many
experts say that Bush's proposed
plans are too little too late.
3.Gas Prices should be at the top
of everyone's list. I will not even
get into the details that I normally
dive into when talking about gas,
but it is amazing to me that like the
Iraq War, more people are not rais-
We have a president that a few
weeks ago said on national televi-
sion that he didn't realize that gas
prices were so high. Need I say
I am confused somewhat. How
do you invade a country and take
control over its natural resources
(e.g., oil) and gas prices still con-
tinue to rise? Seems like we should
be getting gas at a discount.
Companies like FedEx and UPS
are really feeling the pain that us
normal everyday folks are. Of
course, these companies are still
making millions of dollars in prof-
its, but high gas is certainly devas-
tating their bottom line.
4. It's the Economy Stupid -
speaking of gas prices, foreclosure
rates and government spending on
the war, all of these factors into our
As the economy has continued to
lose steam in the year's first quar-
ter, the economy is again emerging
as the single most important ques-
tion of the presidential campaign.
Consider this when campaign sea-
son began the Iraq War was the
number one campaign issue.
Now if you go back to 1992
when Bill Clinton beat George
Bush Sr., it was the economy that
took Bush under. Same story here
in 2008, the economy will be a
major bone of contention. It is
affecting the lives of all classes of
5. Historical Perspective -
Senator Barack Obama is poised to
make history. Not only is he head-
ed towards becoming the first
African American to be nominated
by a major political party to run for
president, but also he has estab-
lished a movement of change that
Many African Americans,
including myself, never thought
that we would see the day that a
black man could cross over and
become a legitimate candidate. And
none of us felt this way because of
a lack of strong qualified black
politicians, but because of the his-
tory African Americans have had in
this great country.
It's interesting that the news
media is making such a major deal
out of Obama's former pastor's
comments condemning America.
What the popular media does not
understand is that African
Americans still feel disenfran-
chised in this country.
Blacks still feel that we deal with
some of the same issues we dealt
with 40 years ago so when our pas-
tors get up in the pulpit and preach
the gospel intertwining social
issues they are speaking from the
perspectives of their congregation.
Now I don't endorse or condone
the comments of Obama's pastor. I
think that they are off base, but the
essence of his comments are rooted
in the frustrations blacks have as it
relates to the fight for equal rights.
It's hard for many white
Americans to understand why such
rhetoric would be so prominent
because many whites still don't get
it. And the "it" is simple. Although
this great country has come a
"might long way" as my grand-
mother would say, there are still
miles to go in this journey for racial
And if you are not a black man or
woman it is hard for you to under-
stand the challenges African
Americans still face.
Signing off from the Jacksonville
Free Press, Reggie Fullwood
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Gospel Singers Gospel Fest Banquet
Local Gospel Singers can showcase their talents and take their place as
the "The Best Gospel Singer" in the City, Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 4 p.m.
This showcase for Gospel Singers will be presented at the Scottish Rites
Masonic Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street, Jacksonville. There will be First,
Second and Third Place Cash Prizes.
For registration information or tickets which include a meal and the
Gospel Fest, visit "Here's to Your Health," 1440-13 Dunn Ave., or the
Gospel World, 3000-48 Dunn Avenue.
Christian Spring Break 2008
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, New Covenant Ministries located at 2360 St.
Johns Bluff Road will present Spring Break 2008. Florida's biggest
Christian event ever. The free televised event will include Christian rock,
rap, worship, praise, dance, give-a-ways and a video shoot. The event kicks
off at 7 p.m. For more information call 641-7600.
First AME of P.C. Healing Service
First AME Church of Palm Coast invites the public to experience God's
healing power at a healing service on Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m. God can heal
any sickness or disease. Experience the healing through the Rev. Gillard S.
Glover and his team at the Church located at 91 Old Kings Road North.
The church is also forming a teen church for youth ages 12 to 18. They
will be part of the history-making for the first youth community choir in
Palm Coast. The First A.M.E. Youth Community Choir will get its start
Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. The teens need not be members to participate.
For more details, call the church at (386) 446-5759.
Tru Houses' Crusade Against Violence
Tru House Deliverance Temple will have their 6th Annual Crusade
Against Violence on Saturday, March 29th from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Festivities will kick off at the church located at 1893 Rowe Avenue. It will
feature music, speakers and food. For more information call 766-1666
Gospel Celebration to Highlight
Points of Excellence Awards
On Saturday March 29, 2008, Northwest Behavioral Health Services will
host it's 4th Annual Points of Excellence Awards Celebration featuring The
Bethune Cookman University Inspirational Gospel Choir, gospel artist
Vickie Farrie, The Ritz Voices, and the First Baptist Church of Mandarin
Worship and Praise Team.
The event is scheduled to take place at The Times Union Center for the
Performing Arts-Moran Theater at 7:00 p.m. beginning with a Silent
Auction. Six community leaders will be honored for their contributions in
the areas of Healthcare, Education, Economic Development, Faith
Leadership and Public Service and a special recognition for the Sara Cotton
award for community service:
For event/ticket information call 781-7797 ext 32/33.
Supporters of Rev. Jeremiah Wright
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The Truth About Trinity (http://truthabouttrinity.blogspot.com/) is a blog
.. .-. that attempts to show the positive aspects of Chicago's Trinity United
;Als Church of Christ and its retired Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the wake of his
past sermons that have been labeled as anti-American. The blog's writer, a
Member of the church, aims to "give the world a perspective from the inside
out." Also available is the Trinity YouTube channel
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[the] church from [its] point of view."
., Virginia is Site of Womens'
I ^ ? "Don't Block My Flow" Conference
S... w Pastor Lyle Dukes, conference host; speaker Pastor Deborah Dukes;
SPastor Juandolyn Stokes; Rev. Dr. Carolyn Showell and vocalists Tamela
Mann and Beverly Crawford will gather together April 23-25 at the Harvest
Life Changing Church, 14401 Telegraph Road in Woodbridge, Virginia for
the "Don't Block My Flow Womens Conference."
''' The conference offers preaching, teaching, workshops, prayer and praise
Achieve success in every area of your life, finances, relationships,
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COGIC to Launch New Movement on 40th King Anniversary
Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the
exact hour and at the same pulpit
that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
preached his last sermon at Mason
Temple 40 years ago, Bishop
Charles E. Blake, presiding prelate
of the Church Of God In Christ, the
denomination in the world, will
launch a post-civil rights campaign
to reclaim poor black children in
U.S. inner cities and in Africa.
Bishop Blake will lead his first Pan
African Leadership Summit in
Church and private-sector leaders
and policy intellectuals from the
U.S. and abroad will join Bishop
Blake in Memphis as he outlines a
new programmatic and policy agen-
da. "We now move beyond the poli-
tics of protest and racial complaint
to an interracial and ecumenical
movement to rebuild black civil
society with interventions and pro-
grams that measurably reduce black
fatherlessness and black-on-black
violence," said Bishop Blake.
As a part of the Summit, Bishop
Blake will challenge leaders to work
together on domestic and interna-
tional policy initiatives. "On the
40th anniversary of Dr. King's last
sermon, we first call upon black
churches to commit our time, talent
and treasure to saving those black
youth who have been left to suffer
and die in our cities and on the con-
tinent of Africa. We invite Senators
Hillary Clinton, John McCain and
Barack Obama to stand with us at
historic Mason Temple as a concrete
gesture of reconciliation and to send
a message to the world that we as a
country care for the most neglected
children of our society and the
world," said Bishop Blake.
Other noted participants include
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Rev. Dr.
Frank Madison Reed III, and Prof.
John J. Dilulio Jr., Director of the
Robert A. Fox Leadership Program
at the University of Pennsylvania
and first Director of the White
House Office of Faith-Based and
Community Initiatives. The Summit
is open to the general public.
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Thursday morning at Mason
The two day event will consist of
various key strategy sessions
regarding Bishop Blake's urban and
foreign policy agenda. Thursday,
April 3 at 7 p.m. at Mason Temple,
Bishop Blake will outline the
specifics of the Reclaiming Our
Black Children Campaign, which
will focus on working with violent
and gang-involved black youth and
their families and fathers. On
Friday, April 4 at the National Civil
Rights Museum, he will outline the
basic elements of a black church
foreign and development policy
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Art After Dark
Each spring the Florida Theatre
hosts Art After Dark. The event is a
showcase for the works of our com-
munity's most exceptional unrepre-
sented emerging visual artists. It
will be held on Friday, March 28th
from 7 10 p.m. The event provides
patrons an opportunity to view and
purchase works by these fabulous
artists. All of the artwork show-
cased is for sale, and 90% of the
proceeds go directly to the artists.
For tickets call 355-2787.
Friday at the
Beginning Friday, March 28th
and every Friday from 11:00 am till
5:00 p.m. come to The Tigers Den
at Edward Waters College located
at Kings Road and Tyler Street .The
'Tigers will have FREE live enter-
tainment, talent shows, free studio
time, vendors selling jewelry, food,
clothes, shoes while networking
with other Jacksonville organiza-
tions. For more information call
Laveranues Cole and
Mom Book Signing
Football star Laveraneus Cole and
his mother Dr. Sirretta Williams,
will be signing her new book
"When Your Seasons Collide"
which focuses on offering families
a breakthrough from the strong-
holds of abuse. The event will be
held on Saturday, March 29th at
UNF's University Center Room
1088, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For
more information call Cristin
Jordan at 607-4873.
Workshop Helps You
Save Your House
Wealth Watchers Inc. is hosting a
Housing Preservation Expo on
March 29, 2008 at the Beaver
Street Enterprise Center located at
1225 West Beaver Street,
Jacksonville, FL 32204 from 9:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free food and
daycare will be available. The
Expo will provide participants with
detailed information on how to pro-
tect homeownership and prevent
against foreclosure and declining
home values. Counselors will meet
individually with homeowners. To
register, call 904-265-4757 and
leave your name and phone number.
JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local Orga-niz-
ing Committee Inc., for the
Millions More Movement will have
an Open Meeting on Sunday,
March 30, from 6:00 p.m. til 8:00
p.m. at 916 N.Myrtle Avenue. The
public is encouraged to attend ..If
you are sincerely concerned, and
want to improve the quality of liv-
ing conditions in your community
come join us as we strive to make
positive changes. For questions or
more information about the organi-
zation, visit www.jaxloc.com, or
World Golf Village
Art and Home Tour
On March 30th from 12-4 p.m.,
the Neighborhoods of World Golf
Village will present its annual
Spring Art & Home Tour. The free
tour will feature four beautiful
homes with artwork displays from
area artists. For more information,
call Davidson Realty, Inc. at (904)
Local best selling author Brenda
Jackson will be doing a book sign-
ing of her latest book, "Her Little
Black Book" on Thursday, April 3
at 6:30 p.m. The signing will be at
Regency Park Books-A-Million,
9400 Atlantic Blvd.
The Art of Spoken
Word at the Ritz
The First Thursday of every
month at 7:00 p.m., the lobby of the
Ritz is transformed into a stage for
poets and poetry lovers of all ages.
Show off your own talent for verse,
or just come, listen and soak up the
creative atmosphere. The next open
session featuring free admission
will be held on April 3rd. Call 632-
5555 for more information.
Ritz Amateur Night
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, April 4th at
7:30p.m. On the Ritz stage will be
some of the hottest talent in
Jacksonville! 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. Call 632-
5555 for tickets or more informa-
Beaches Blues Festival
This year's Springing the Blues
Festival pays tribute to Alligator
Records and its founder, Bruce
Iglauer, on April 4-6 at the Sea
Walk Pavilion in Jacksonville
Beach. Alligator artists schedule to
appear include Tinsley Ellis,
Cephas and Wiggins, Lil' Ed & the
Blues Imperials, Michael Burks,
Eric Lindell and Smokin' Joe
Kubek & B'nois King.
Performances will take place on
two stages over the course of three
days. Events are free and open to
the public. For more information
go to www.springingtheblues.com.
Funk Fest 2008
Concert at Metro Park
Funk Fest 2008 will take place on
Saturday, April 5th at Metropolitan
park. Featured artists include
Morris Day and the Time, Big
Daddy Kane, Betty Wright and the
Gap Band. The show starts at 5 p.m.
For more info call 223-3587.
Jax Children's Chorus
Auditions at Brentwood
The Jacksonville Children's Chorus
holding fall semester auditions for
children grades 2-12 on Monday,
April 7, 2008 at Brentwood
Elementary School from 6-7 p.m.
The school address is 3750
Springfield Blvd. To schedule an
audition, call (904) 346-1636.
The Duval County Extension
Service will have a free gardening
workshop entitled "Flying Flowers
- Planting for Butterflies". Come
learn the basics needs of the
Lepidoptera family. Do you know
the differences between butterflies
and moths? It will be held on
Tuesday, April 8th from 2-4 PM at
the Webb Wesconnett Regional
Library, 6887 103rd St. Call 387-
8850 to pre-register.
Florida Forum Lecture
with Tiki Barber
The Florida Forum Lecture series
will continue on April 8, 2008 with
broadcaster, former NFL pro and
author Tiki Barber.
Tiki Barber retired in 2007 holding
every NY Giants rushing record and
tied with two other NFL players for
yards rushing and receiving. The
three-time Pro Bowl player was
both a scholar and an athlete at the
University of Virginia. Tiki joined
NBC in 2007 and will split his time
as a correspondent between the
Today show and NBC's Football
Night. Barber is also an award-win-
ning children's book co-author. For
ticket information call 202-2886.
On April 12th at 6:30 p.m., the
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will
host its 13th annual
ExZOOberation fundraising gala
benefiting the Zoo. The theme for
this year's event is "A Night in
TUSKany" using an Italian theme,
with an animal twist. Cocktails and
hors d'oeuvres will be served in the
Zoo's new Stingray Bay interactive
exhibit and then guests will enjoy
animal encounters, entertainment, a
silent and live auction, a delicious
dinner and dancing. For tickets or
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Bill Cosby in Concert
Veteran comedic entertainer Bill
Cosby will be returning to
Jacksonville for two performances
at the Times Union Center for
Performing Arts. The shows will be
on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 5
p.m. and 8 p.m. For tickets or for
more information call 353-3309.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society will be meeting
on Saturday, April 12th at 10:15
AM. The meeting will be held at the
Mandarin Regional Library, 3330
Kori Road.This month's topic is
Publishing Your Writings", a follow
up to our March Meeting of
"Bringing Your Ancestors to Life"
writing workshop. The meeting is a
free and open to the public. For
additional information, call (904)
"Cure by Design"
Fashion & Luncheon
The 9th annual "Cure by Design"
Fashion Show and Luncheon will
be held Wednesday April 16, 2008,
at 11:00 a.m. There will be a
Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction,
Lunch and Couture Fashion Show
featuring celebrity models and can-
cer survivors. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph
Boulevard. This event is a celebra-
tion of life, survivorship, and the
fight against cancer. For ticket
information, contact the American
Cancer Society 904-391-3608.
Leadership Jacksonville will have
their 13th annual Celebration of
Leadership honoring Barbara
Drake, Noah Henderson and Teala
Milton on Thursday, April 17th
atthe Hyatt Regency. For tickets or
more information, call 396-6263.
Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God will be on the stages of the Ritz
Theater April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Loosely based on the Gospel of St.
Matthew, this two-act musical
played on Broadway from 1976 to
1979. For tickets call 632-5555.
JCCI will host a free workshop on
"The Power of Networking:
Relationship Building Skills" with
Juanita Ecker. Relationships open
doors everyday- Does your rolodex
serve your needs? Are you a wall-
flower at social events?
Participants are asked to sign up
ASAP for the Wednesday April 23
workshop that will be held from
8:15 noon at the Schultz Center.
Seats are limited. Reserve your
spot by contacting Lashml@jcci.org.
Annual Fair Housing
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission will present a day of
workshops to educate the commu-
nity on fair housing. It will be held
Saturday, April 26th from 8:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk Hotel. Workshop topics
include: Updates of Title VIII of
The Fair Housing Act; Predatory
Lending ; Getting a House/Keeping
a House; Budget Wise
Housing Resources in a Multi
Cultural Society; Mortgage
Banking/Bad Credit Burs Money.
To register by phone call 630-2489.
Tour of Homes
The Riverside Avondale
Preservation Association will have
their 34th Annual Spring Tour of
Homes on Saturday and Sunday
April 26 and 27th throughout the
historic district. The self guided
tour of neighborhood homes will be
throughout the day until 5 p.m. For
tickets or more information, call
One Jax Humanitarian
The 2008 Humanitarian Awards
Dinner presented by Onejax, will be
held on April 29th at 6 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel. The event honors
those who have demonstrated a
commitment to serving the commu-
nity. This year's honorees include
Gertrude Peele, Michael Korn,
James Burt and Deboarah Pass. For
more information, call 354-1529.
Elexia Coleman-Moss will facili-
tate the workshop "Women in
Leadership: Where are we headed?"
on Thursday, May 1st. This con-
versation to examine the recent and
current involvement of women in
leadership roles in our community.
Join us from 5:30 7:00 to explore
ways that women are engaged and
encouraged to participate and what
our future holds. The forum will be
held at JCCI headquarters located at
2434 Atlantic Blvd. Reserve your
seat by e-mailing Lashun@jcci.org
This year's 45th Annual Isle of
Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be
held on May 2, 3 & 4. Located in
historic Fernandina Beach, FL,
when not feasting on shellfish or
other festival fare, visitors can
enjoy the works of over 300 award-
winning artists and craftspeople and
their creations in various mediums.
The festival also boasts an excellent
showing of fine antiques and col-
lectibles, including furniture,
depression glass, jewelry, crystal
and coins. Visit www.shrimpfesti-
val.com or call 866-4-AMELIA.
Universal Sisters is a program
designed to address the unique
health concerns of women of color.
The one-day event will feature
dynamic keynote speakers, break-
out sessions, and free health screen-
ings, and will take place at the
Hyatt Hotel on Saturday, May 3
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seating is limited, and women are
encouraged to get their tickets early.
Tickets are available by calling
(904) 549-2938 or visiting wjct.org.
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All Black Cast of "Cat On a Hot Tin
Roof" Worth the Trek to New York
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose graces the stage as a sexy
"Maggy" trapped in a loveless marriage with her alcoholic husband
"Brick", played by Terrance Howard
If you get the opportunity, make plans for travels to New York, a must
see is the all black production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. The Debbie
Allen directed ensemble cast is on a limited run at the Broadhurst Theater
through June. All star castmates of the classic include James Earl Jones,
Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Giancarlo Esposito and Academy
Award nominee Terrance Howard among others. Terrence Howard will be
breaking from the cast replaced by Boris Kodjoe from April 15 mid May.
Adapted from the Tennessee Williams's classic, the play centers around
"Big Daddy" (Jones), one of the most powerful men in Mississippi black
or white and his dysfunctional family including his doting wife (Rashad)
that he can't stand, his favorite son who is an alcoholic (Howard) and his
gold digging adulterous wife (Rose). Taking place over a sultry southern
evening, family members show all facets of humility, greed, jealousy, love
and pride that have brought sold out audiences to their feet. The cost of the
arts isn't cheap, tickets will cost you anywhere from $75-$250.
Following in the foot steps of the stellar production of The Color
Purple", Cat's audience is also predominantly Black. A good sight to see
considering for years,producers of Broadway shows didn't see people of
color as valuable consumers. Also currently on Broadway is "Passing
Strange", a musical chronicling the much used African-American term
"Passing" Full of melodic live rock music, the all Black cast follows the
autobiography of"Stu" an upper middle class member of the Black bour-
geois class who longs to play "rock music" instead of following the given
path chosen for him by birth..
Next up on the Broadway stage will be Laurence Fishburne in the one
man play "Thurgood" and Morgan Freeman in "The Country Girl" both
opening in April. This summer, Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls..."
will make a powerful return in addition to August Wilson's "Fences".
Acccording to recent news
reports, times are really hard for the
Jacksons' right now.
Before being discovered, the
brothers and their family lived a
meager existence in Gary, Indiana.
After being discovered by Motown,
they gained fame and fortune as the
Jackson 5 (and The Jacksons). But
Here is a rundown of their current
state of affairs according to the
Melbourne Herald Sun
Joseph Jackson, 79
The Jackson dad hustles various
girl groups in Las Vegas. He has
previously filed for bankruptcy.
The Jackson -
matriarch is still a
stay-at-home mum -
and believed to be
the only family
member in contact with Michael.
She has also pre-
viously filed for
ner. She bought
her mom a Vegas home in anticipa-
tion of losing the family's mansion,
Hayvenhurst, to foreclosure. Like
ers at Hayvenhurst
have not been paid
Has little contact with the family
after she declared Michael guilty
during the 1993 molestation case.
She lives with her rich boyfriend in
and earns extra
S Re b b i e
now the brothers are back to square
one, according to the New York
Post and other media outlets.
While Michael's financial status is
suspect and Janet is said to be worth
$150 million, most of the brothers
are struggling mightily.
For instance, 51-year-old
Marlon is said to be stocking
The oldest, she's married to suc-
cessful businessman Nathaniel
Tito Jackson, 55 -
Formed a blues
band several years
ago and plays at
small venues for
$500 to $1,500 a
Mi c h a e l
U-e Jackson, 49
On the verge of
ranch as well as
Encino, Calif., home. He's hiding
out in Las Vegas and repeatedly
makes promises to his brothers
while sabotaging any attempts by
them to ply their musical trade.
Randy Jackson, 46
Does odd jobs like changing tires
to support' himself. He was
Michael's business manager during
the 2005 molestation trial but ran
into serious problems with friends
after he persuaded three people to
take out lines of credits against their
homes to help Michael pay his
Through June I,
shelves at a San Diego supermarket.
46-year-old Randy is fixing cars
in Los Angeles, while hoping that
Michael will gift him with $1.5 mil-
Also, according to the story,
Jermaine, 54, shuttles back and
forth from his girlfriend's home in
Ventura County, Calif., to his par-
ents' mansion in Encino, where
Jackie and Randy still bunk.
Naturally the article asks the
bottom line question: how did this
sad state of affairs happen? The
answer: A slew of bad investments,
poor advice, bankruptcy, stubborn
pride, divorces, IRS debt and child
The Jacksons' were once at the top of the world, on the charts and t
the the bank selling over 100 million items as a group alone.
attorney fees and Michael stiffed
Marlon Jackson, 51
Lives in San Diego, where he
works stocking groceries at a Vons
fell on hard times
three years ago
when he was
forced to leave his
and move into an
America hotel with his wife, Carol.
Jackie Jackson, 56
The oldest son started an Internet
clothing business and is trying to
produce records by his sons.
Nothing has panned out.
Jermaine Jackson, 54
Splits time between the parents'
Hayvenhurst mansion and his girl-
friend's home in the San Fernando
Valley. With more than $5 million
in federal, state and other liens
against him and a 1995 bankruptcy
filing, he doesn't work or have a
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S. Clinton and Obama Rest
Up for the Long-haul Race
As part of the anniversary festivities, the organization presented a (L-R) are Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Sigma Chapter Founding
check to the NCNW Reed Educational Center for Tween Girls at the Members: Helen Bangeron; SE Regional Director, Danneta Brown;
Anita K. Bass Luncheon. Shown above is co-chair Wilma Lauray pre- Barbara Shuman; National President Lillian Stokes; and Albertha
senting the funds to NCNW State Convener Gertrude Peele. Bevel; Jacquelyn Felder, a founding member is not pictured.
"50 Years and Soaring Set the Tone for Chi Eta Phi
continued from page 1
congratulated the Sorority for their
hard work and their dedication
invested in future generations
which has impacted the lives of
The conference also received
greetings and salutations from
Florida State Senator Anthony
"Tony" Hill, Florida
Representative Audrey Gib-son,
Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton,
City Councilwoman Mia Jones,
City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee,
the National President, Chi Eta Phi
Sorority Inc., Lillian Stokes; and
the 16th Southeast Regional
Director, Darneta G. Brown.
Dr. Barbara Darby, President,
North Campus, Florida Community
College, Jacksonville; delivered the
Keynote Address at the Banquet.
Dr. Darby began her career with the
College as an Adjunct Professor of
Nursing in 1979. She was inaugu-
rated President of the North
Campus, which serves approxi-
mately 7,000 students, in 1998. She
is married to John Darby Jr.
Many of Jacksonville's outstand-
ing leaders participated in
Conference and Anniversary
events. Soror Wilma Lauray
presided at the Anniversary
Banquet, with music provided by
Mr. Rodney Hurst. Chi Eta Phi
Sorority Sigma Chapter Basileus
Annette Rodgers delivered the
Welcome. Rev. Rudolph W.
McKissick Sr., Pastor, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, deliv-
ered the Invocation and Blessing.
Soror Jacquelyn Lee gave the
First Supreme Anti Basileus
Mildred Fennel introduced the
Banquet Speaker, Supreme Basi-
leus Lillian Stokes. Following a
rewarding speech by the Supreme
Basileus, Soror Darnetta Brown,
Southeast Regional Director gave
A highlight of the conference
was the welcome extended to new
Chapter Members, Sorors:
Jacqueline Dynes, Annette
Harrison-Jerido, Thelma Hall,
Veneree Hall, Bernice Israel,
Wendy Jackson, Veronica Lanier,
Michelle Scott, and Ferquita
The Sigma Chapter Officers are:
Basileus, Annette Rodger; Anti
Wilma B. Lauray; Tamias, Barbara
Shuman; Tamiochus, Arlene
Coleman; Historian, Rometa
Porter; Dean of Pledgees, Julia
Paul; Chaplain, Helen Bargeron;
and Parliamentarian, Alberta Bevel.
The Sigma Chapter, Chi Eta Phi
Sorority Inc. includes Sorors:
Janice Austin, Kena Brown, June
Dowdell, Jacquelyn Dynes, Lois
Gibson, Thelma Hall, Veneree Hall,
Lorine Brooks-Hilll, Barbara
Hopkins, Bernice Isreal, Wendy
Jackson, Juanita James, Mattye
Jefferson, Annette Jerido, Veronica
Lanier, Jacquelyn Lee, Debra
Lewis, Marian Roulhac, Michelle
Scoot, Ferquita Stokes, and
Hillary Clinton and Barack
Obama took a much-needed rest
from their presidential campaigns
on Easter Sunday as their tight race
for the Democratic nomination
looked set to drag on for months.
Republican John McCain, who has
locked up his party's nomination,
returned from an overseas trip
where he tried to polish his foreign
policy credentials and prepared for
a fundraising swing through
Western states this week.
While McCain concentrated on
travel and raising money, the
Democrats, who pulled in record
amounts of funds last month,
focused on the next prize in the pri-
mary race -- Pennsylvania, which
holds its contest on April 22.
The contest is crucial for Clinton,
who is behind Obama in the num-
ber of accumulated pledged dele-
gates who, at a party convention in
August, will determine the
Democratic nominee for the
November 4 election.
Her campaign said on Saturday
that strong fundraising showed
Democrats were not ready for the
Obama-Clinton race to end, but it
had to knock down suggestions that
she was facing pressure to drop out.
New Mexico Gov. Bill
Richardson, an ambassador and
energy secretary under Pres. Bill
Clinton, seemed close to calling for
the former first lady to step aside
when he endorsed Obama.
Clinton Communications Director
Howard Wolfson said the race had
been declared finished before only
to find the New York senator
bounce back with wins in New
Hampshire, Ohio and Texas.
"Senator Clinton has been counted
out many times in this campaign,"
he told reporters. "Each time voters
decided that they were not prepared
for the campaign to be over, and
and the campaign continued."
The Democratic race is likely to
go on until at least June, when the
last few races are held.
So both candidates are resting up
for the long haul ahead.
Clinton took last weekend off
from active campaigning and
resume scheduled events in
Pennsylvania on Monday.
Obama, who campaigned in
Oregon on Saturday, was taking a
vacation with his family to the U.S.
Obama suffered in the polls from
the Rev. Wright controversy last
week, slipping in national polls, but
a recent Gallup daily tracking poll
indicated he had made up lost
ground, showing 48 percent of
Democrats favored him compared
to 45 percent for Clinton.
The March 19-21 survey of 1,264
Democratic and Democratic-lean-
ing voters had a margin of error of
plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Clinton had a 7 point edge over
Obama in a similar Gallup poll
taken March 14-18.
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