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Detroit City Council Takes Steps

Towards Mayor's Ouster
DETROIT The Detroit City Council has taken
the first step toward removing Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick over a scandal involving explicit text
messages to his former aide.
S The council's 5-4 vote Tuesday begins a process
aimed at removing Kilpatrick. Council members
also voted to ask Gov. Jennifer Granholm to
remove the mayor and voted to publicly censure
The nine-member Detroit City Council agrees
that Kilpatrick violated the City Charter by not
divulging a confidentiality agreement that kept secret references to
embarrassing and sexually explicit text messages between the mayor and
his ex-top aide. But the group is split on what actions to take.
The mayor's offices have claimed the council's actions are politically
motivated.Prosecutors have charged the two with perjury and obstruction
of justice.
The text messages between the mayor and former Chief of Staff
Christine Beatty were revealed earlier this year. The two had testified
during a whistleblowers' lawsuit that they did not have a romantic rela-

Alabama State University

Must Face NCAA Accusations
A university founded by nine former slaves has been accused of at least
668 violations in four sports, according a newspaper.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that historically Black Alabama
State University has been charged by the NCAA with changing athletes'
grades without the knowledge of instructors, improperly providing
money and lodging for players and ,-
allowing at least one party attended ..
by athletes, where a stripper per-
formed, among other infractions.
About 500 of the accusations pertain
to football team violations. None of
the coaches or athletic department
staff at the school during the five-year
investigation period remains, a lawyer
for Alabama says.
"I don't have any comment about it," says L.C. Cole, an ex-football
coach charged with five violations. "I've moved on and whatever comes
out of it comes out of it."
Cole now coaches in the Canadian Football League. Alabama will go
before an NCAA committee to face the accusations in early August.

Michael Jackson Says Neverland

Ranch Foreclosure Averted
Michael Jackson was glad to forego a foreclosure sale on his Neverland
Ranch set for this week after a loan on the California property was sold
to Colony Capital, a large real estate investment firm.
The loan, which sources familiar with the matter said was about $23.5
million, had been held by Fortress Investment Group, a New York-based
private equity and hedge fund group. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa
Barbara County was slated to be auctioned off on May 14 after Jackson
defaulted on loan payments.
In a press release, Jackson said he was in discussions with Colony and
its founder, Tom Barrack Jr., "with regard to the ranch and other matters."
Colony, a Los Angeles-based firm that has invested more than $39 billion
since its founding in 1991, is "very comfortable" holding the loan while
it negotiates payment terms, a person familiar with the situation said.
The formerly high-flying singer and songwriter saw his career slammed
a child molestation trial in 2005. Even though he was acquitted on all
counts, he has faced significant financial problems in recent years.

U.S. Offering 5 Million

for Rwandan Genocide Suspects
The United States has revived a program offering rewards of up to $5
million a head for information leading to the arrest of 13 suspects in
Rwanda's genocide.
Called the "Rewards for Justice" program, it offers bounties to bring to
justice those most responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
But in recent years the program lost its impetus and the goal is to
relaunch the plan, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
or DRC, where most of the fugitives are believed to be hiding.
State Department officials said the campaign aimed to secure the arrest
of 13 people indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
The court, based in Tanzania, is trying architects of the genocide.
Posters and other materials advertising rewards will be distributed in the
DRC. In addition, a 24-hour telephone hotline had been set up listing
numbers both internationally and locally. Details are available on
Among those sought are former government ministers and Felicien
Kabuga, who is accused of providing logistical support to the so-called
Interahamwe militias. His last whereabouts are believed to be Kenya,
which last week froze his assets in the country.
Kabuga, a wealthy Hutu businessman, is accused of bankrolling
Rwandan militias who killed some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate
Hutus in 100 days of bloodshed in 1994.

Volume 22 No. 3 Jacksonville, Florida May 15-21, 2008

Numbers Show Black Americans

Obama Moving On US Democratic presidential hopeful
Illinois Senator Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at the
Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Obama looked beyond his crushing defeat to Hillary Clinton in this week's
West Virginia primary but was already cranking up a general-election bat-
tle against Republican John McCain.

Commit Less
For those who think that the dis-
proportionate number of African
Americans who get arrested and
locked up is bona fide proof that
Blacks are more likely than Whites
to commit crimes, a new study
shows why such claims are so
Human Rights Watch, an interna-
tional, independent nongovernmen-
tal organization, found that Blacks
are arrested and imprisoned for
drug-related crimes at a much high-
er rate than White offenders, even
though Whites commit far more

River Region Pays Tribute to Nurses

(L-R) Standing, from left, Alicia Montgomery (Nurse), Gloria
Hanania (Director of Treatment Services), Susan Cochran (V.P. of
Operations), Dorris Robinson-Gregg (Nurse), Alicia Simpson (Nurse).
Seated, from left, Jackie Logan (Nurse), Shelia Gordon (Nurse),
Minerva Bryant (V.P. of Clinical Operations), Kay Fullwood
(President of the Board of Directors), Judith Soffler (Nurse
Practitioner). Not in photograph: Missy Simmons (Nurse).
National Nurses Week, May 6th to the largest health care profession,
12th was devoted to highlighting are working to improve health care.
the diverse ways in which nurses, From bedside nursing in hospitals

and long-term care facilities to the
halls of research institutions, state
legislatures, and Congress, the
depth and breadth of the nursing
profession is meeting the expanding
health care needs of America.
Locally, River Region Human
Services celebrated by treating the
agency's nurses to a buffet lunch at
the Ramada Inn in Mandarin. The
organization provides treatment for
HIV-AIDS,mental health, and sub-
stance abuse.

Drug Crimes
drug offenses in the United States.
In fact, the group says in its report,
Targeting Blacks: Drug Law
Enforcement and Race in the
United States, a Black man is 12
times more likely to be sent to
prison for a drug offense than a
White man, and a Black woman is
five times more likely to go to jail
for a drug offense than a White
In 16 states, Blacks get prison
time for drug offenses at a rate 10
to 42 times higher than their
White counterparts, the study
Such conservative commentators
as Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson,
Neal Boortz and Ann Coulter con-
sistently argue that racial profiling
by police is justifiable because
Blacks commit more crimes. But as
groups like the NAACP, the
National Action Network and the
ACLU repeatedly have pointed out,
if cops are only seeking criminal
behavior among Black motorists
and in Black neighborhoods, those
arrested, and ultimately incarcerat-
ed, will be African Americans. And,
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Chandler Elected First African-American
Woman to Head League of Women Voters
Former Jacksonville City
Council Member Gwen "Dr. Gwen"
Chandler was recently installed as
the President of the Jacksonville
League of Women Voters.
The Installation Luncheon high

Academically Excelling Eighth Graders

Recognized by Duval County School Board
Shown above (L-R) are Peggy Malone, Ernest Montel, Megan Hughes, Spt. Ed Prat Dannals, Briana
Hughes, Cassandra Cherry and Takesha Hughes at the Awards Ceremony. FMP Photo

Forget waiting until high school
graduation to laud high schieve-
ment, the Duval County School
Board recognized recently to stu-
dents that their academic prepara-
tion matters and is appreciated.
More than 750 eighth-grade stu-
dents were recognized this week for
their high academic achievement at
the annual Duval County Public
Schools (DCPS) Eighth Grade
Recognition Ceremony, held at the

UNF Arena.
These students have maintained a
grade point average of 3.5 or higher
throughout middle school.
"The academic achievement of our
students is one of our highest prior-
ities, and I am honored to recognize
these students who have strived to
consistently maintain good grades,"
said Superintendent Ed Pratt-
Dannals. "We are also proud of the
dedicated teachers and administra-

tors at each of our middle schools
who work hard every day to ensure
that our students achieve their
After having their names
announced, students were presented
with medallions and walked across
the stage to be recognized by
Superintendent Pratt-Dannals and
School Board Members. They also
received certificates signed by their
principals and the Superintendent.

Dr. Gwen Chandler-Thompson
lighted Chandler and the work she
has done with the League for more
than ten years.
No stranger to history making
posts, Chandler was the first
African-American elected county
wide to the Jacksonville City
Council since Earl Johnson in 1963.
She served as the At-Large Group
5 Representative from 1995 2003.
"It is truly an honor to be selected
as the 2008-2010 President for the
First Coast League of Woman
Voters. I am looking forward to
working with the league to ensure
that voters are better educated
which will improve voter turnout
in Jacksonville", said Chandler.
Chandler, has already began
preparation in working with imme-
diate Past President Dr. Carol
Spalding and the leadership team to
plan additional candidate forums
and other community based activi-
ties such as assisting community
groups with organizational elec-
tions. Her Presidency comes at a
very visible time for the League as
they plan to host the 2009 League
of Women Voters State Convention
in Jacksonville.
Area politicos are excited about
the League's new president.
"The Ist Coast League of Women
Voters will be served well under the
leadership of Dr. Gwen", said State
Representative Jennifer Carroll.


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7 Top Financial Questions for

Divorced Parents of College Students

Any parent can get confused
when applying for federal stu-
dent aid for a college-bound stu-
dent. For divorced parents, how-
ever, it can be more difficult. In
order for a student to get finan-
cial aid from the United States
Department of Education
(EOD), his or her parents must
fill out a Free Application For
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
When the student's parents are
divorced, the rules for the form
can be tricky. Among the most
commonly asked questions for
divorced parents with college-
age students seeking federal
financial aid:
1. Which parent should fill out
the financial application forms
for a college-bound student?
Sigler said "Families will some-
times, mistakenly, include the
income information for both legal
parents. The FAFSA is requesting
information from just one par-
ent...." Sigler said. Kantrowitz said
the parent who fills out the form
isn't necessarily the parent who has
"primary custody" as the court
defines it. It should be, he said, the
parent the child lives with most
often is the one who should fill out
the forms. In situations where par-
ents split custody 50-50, "...the
financial aid office will likely
choose whichever parent has the
highest income." In the event that a
student's parent hasn't maintained
contact with the child, Kantrowtiz
said he or she is simply not the cus-
todial parent. "Only one parent's
household income information is
included on the FAFSA, so the stu-
dent would likely use the informa-
tion for the parent who is still
around," Sigler added. One answer
does not fit all situations.
Generally, there is probably little
impact on the student's financial
2. If you're not divorced yet,
how should the forms be filled
Not all parents are officially
divorced when it comes time to file
the application for student aid.
Both Kantrowitz and Sigler said if
a couple is separated and planning
to divorce, they are considered
divorced in terms of financial aid.
"If the separation is with the intent
to divorce, and the parents are liv-
ing in separate locations, there is

no difference in qualifying for aid.
The reason is because it is appro-
priate to list only the information
for the custodial parent's house-
hold," Sigler said. Kantrowitz,
however, warns that co-habituating
parents who claim they are separat-
ed do not count as separated. "If
the husband is living in the base-
ment and the wife upstairs, that
doesn't count ... it has to be two
separate residences," he said. "That
is often a misconception, and the
schools will generally be suspi-
cious if the separate residences is
something temporary is like a hotel
3. What happens if a parent gets
divorced while the student is
attending college during the
school year?
In some situations, Sigler said,
the student's parents may divorce
during the school year. "If a sepa-
ration or divorce is one of those
unexpected situations that occurs
and the FAFSA was already com-
pleted with both parents' income
information, the family should
work directly with the financial aid
office at the student's school to see
what adjustments can be made to
the FAFSA," she said. "The school
will determine if it is appropriate to
change the data, and the school will
actually make the changes."
4. What happens if parent
divorce during the school year?
According to Kantrowitz a popu-
lar trend among divorce cases is to
establish a college support agree-
ment, which determines what, if
any, financial aid the student will
receive from either party.
Kantrowitz said an agreement
could range from a pre-determined
amount of money to pay for tuition,
living expenses or other college-
related bills. When a custodial par-
ent fills out a FAFSA, however, he
or she is required to list any money
received as part of a college sup-
port agreement. This money is con-
sidered like any form of income.
5. Does it matter if the student
was claimed as a dependent on
tax returns?
"How the student is or is not
claimed on the parents' taxes is not
a factor in determining which par-
ent's information is to be includ-
ed... on the application. "The rea-
son is because the divorce settle-
ment might specify who gets to

claim the child as a dependent or
parents may choose to claim the
child as a dependent on alternating
years," Sigler said. And while
many parents read the FAFSA
instructions accurately and only
provide one of the parent's house-
hold information, if taxes are filed
jointly, some parents get confused.
As an example, Sigler said: "The
FAFSA will ask for the amount on
XYZ line of the tax return.
Frequently (the parent filling out
the form) will remember to exclude
the ex-spouse's income where it
asks for the father's income and the
mother's income, but they forget to
also adjust the AGI (adjusted gross
income) and taxes paid amounts to
reflect the portion relating to the
custodial parent's income."
6. If a parent remarries, must
he or she refile a federal aid
It depends. All of the questions
on the application -- not just the
income questions -- are used to cal-
culate the expected family contri-
bution and the amount of aid a stu-
dent receives, Sigler said. So the
number of people in a household,
the number of dependents in col-
lege, the age of the older parent or
stepparent in the household and
even the state of residence can
impact the expected family contri-
bution. The lower the family con-
tribution, the more eligible a student
is for aid. That expected family
contribution "may go up or down
after the parent remarries," Sigler
said. To find out if you should
refile, check out this federal aid
calculator called FAFSA4caster at"
7. Should a stepparent's income
be considered in the application?
"The (custodial) parent's and the
stepparent's income information is
to be included..." Sigler said. Why?
Federal college aid officials con-
sider all the resources sustaining a
parent's household, which includes
a stepparent's income, even though
the stepparent doesn't contribute to
the student's education. A prenup-
tial agreement between the custodi-
al aprent and the stepparent has no
bearing on the application. "Two
individuals cannot make an agree-
ment that is binding on the third
party," Kantrowitz said. "Both
incomes and assets are going to be


Managing Your Cash Flow

by Michael Shinn
by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Have you ever stopped to think
how much money you will make
over a working career? You may
not realize it, but you will take
home a fortune from earned income
alone. For example, if you earn
$60,000 per year, over the next 20
years you will earn $1.6 million!
That's a tremendous amount of
money! Where did it all go?
Managing your cash
If you want to achieve your finan-
cial goals, you have to manage the
major source of your potential
wealth your cash. Effective cash
management can help you establish
liquidity and build wealth. Below
are my five steps to cash manage-
Five steps to cash management
Step 1- Start by gathering your
financial records for the past three
months to determine your monthly
net income and expenses. Since
income and expenses can vary from
month to month, you may have to
estimate some cash flow items for
all twelve months to come up with
a monthly average.
Step 2- Create a Cash Flow
Worksheet. This will give you a
baseline for your monthly cash
flow. You can setup your own
spreadsheet or use online resources
such as: or or retail
software programs like Quicken or
Microsoft Money. Subtract your
monthly expenses from your
income. Hopefully, you will have a
positive cash flow. This could mean
one of two things, either you have
under estimated your expenses or
you have money left over at the end
of each month that you can use for
savings. If you have a negative
cash flow, this means you will fall
short at the end of each month and

have to come up with extra money.
Step 3- Use your Cash Flow
Worksheet and track your actual
expenses for several months. At the
end of each month, tally up all of
your income and expenses, using
your pay stubs, checkbook, credit
card statements and receipts. Buy a
pocket-sized notebook to keep
record of out of pocket cash
expenses, such as taxi fares, lunch-
es, haircuts, movies, magazines,
etc. It will take about three months
to get a good handle on your
expenses. Now compare your actu-
al income and expenses with your
original estimate and readjust your
Step 4- Analyze your cash flow
statement. Have you maximized
your income potential? Would
overtime or a second job for a few
months allow you to remove the
albatross of bad debt from your
life? Look at your expenses. Are
any of them out of line, such as
clothing, entertainment, eating out,
transportation, etc? Consider alter-
native ways to reduce expenses

such as; buying clothes during sea-
sonal sale periods, cooking meals at
home, or using public transporta-
tion. It's all a matter of choice.
Pay yourself first
Step 5- Establish a savings goal of
between 10 to 20% of your gross
income. You are probably thinking,
"Sure I want to save, but I can bare-
ly pay my bills." The secret is to
save first and spend what's left over.
Savings must be the first item in
your budget every month. Pay
yourself first, because you do all
the work. Many families setup
automatic saving withdrawals from
either their paycheck or checking
account. If you don't see the
money, you are less likely to spend
Some might say that this seems
like a lot of work and it is! But,
think of the time as an investment.
An investment, that will help lead
you and your family down the road
to "Financial Success." If your
financial position is not where you
want it to be, you have to take con-
trol and make it happen!

Be shrewd when passing along assets
If you're among the 45 percent of Americans who've already written a
will, you may think you've done everything necessary to ensure a smooth
transition of your assets to your heirs. Not necessarily.
Some people draft their will but never amend it, even after important
life-changing events. Others lose out on favorable tax advantages avail-
able when they transfer assets to beneficiaries while still alive.
Here are a few tips for more effectively settling your affairs:
First, calculate your net worth. Draw up a list of all personal property
(house, car, jewelry, furniture, etc.) and other financial assets and accounts
such as IRAs, 401(k) and pension benefits, bank accounts, investments and
stocks. This can be a helpful exercise when deciding how to allocate your
More importantly, periodically reviewing your list might reveal whether
you've been spending your savings too rapidly, thereby providing an
opportunity to re-jigger your budget and curb harmful spending habits.
For help creating a workable budget, check out the tools on Visa Inc.'s free
personal financial management site, Practical Money Skills for Life

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EYESP T E I IP SE : Ihe Tourn a e P ay ers C m oh ip at Sa grass

Angela Bell poses with TPC friends Richard Danford, Artis Gilmore
and Joyce Morgan- Danford. FMP Photo

Paul Whitt, Bernard Williams and Paul Martinez.

Harry Hallback, Darneasz Houston, Cheryl Houston and Vernon
Thomas brave the heat with water and visors.

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Keasuha Haynes with parents Michele and Jerome Haynes with Supt. School Board Chairwoman Betty Burney with Chante Stephens.
Ed Pratt- Dannals (3rd right). FMP Photo

Bold City Links Award Diligent Youth with Laptops rug Crimeyp
Continued from front

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Shown above are some of the program's students with (far right) Bold City Chapter President Ruth Waters
and program director Josephine Fiveashe. T Collier photo

as many civil rights leaders and
legal scholars note, in addition to
often racist police officers, the
American judicial system has a fair
share of racist prosecutors and
racist judges who are all too will-
ing to convict Black defendants.
Two-fifths of Black inmates are in
prison for drug crimes, compared
to one-fourth of Whites who are
drug offenders.

Kendia Thomas, Briana Hughes and Mia Whitehead.

A study by the independent
Sentencing Project, released along
with the Human Rights Watch
report, found that drug arrests
among inner-city Blacks shot up
225% since 1980, compared to a
70% spike among Whites.
"The alarming increase in drug
arrests since 1980, concentrated
among African-Americans, raises
fundamental questions about fair-
ness and justice," said Ryan King,
policy analyst for The Sentencing
Project and author of the study,

Disparity by Geography: The War
on Drugs in America's Cities. "But
even more troubling is the fact that
these trends come not as the result
of higher rates of drug use among
African Americans, but, instead,
the decisions by local officials
about where to pursue drug
One in 15 Black men are locked
up in the United States, compared
with one in 106 White men, the
Pew Center on the States, a
research group found recently.

The Bold City Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated held its closing
activity for their "Bold City Links
Academic Success" Program -- an
ongoing activity that began earlier
this school year for overage 6th
grade African American male stu-
dents, The program's goal was get-
ting at least 85% of them promoted
to the 8th grade by the end of this
school year. The initiative has been
successful with 90% of them going
to the 8th grade.
Parents of participants were in
attendance along with program par-
State Senator Anthony "Tony"

Hill was the guest speaker. A strong
supporter of the program, he
brought words of encouragement
and inspiration for the young stu-
dents. He also brought a surprise
guest with him, Attorney Wayne
Hogan. Mr. Hogan stated that he
wanted to contribute to the program
to support the initiative that pro-
gram partner Senator Hill spoke so
passionately to him and presented a
check for $5,000 to the chapter.
Funds will be used for activities
such as day trips to area colleges
and universities, the State Capital
and the Kennedy Space Center; vis-
its to various art exhibits and pre-

sentations as well as other educa-
tional ventures, and participation in
projects geared towards good health
and wellness awareness.
Gifts, resulting from Senator Hills'
generosity were presented to partic-
ipants in recognition of their
accomplishments. They included
laptop computers, MP-2 players
and copies of Duval County's
School Board Member, Mrs. Betty
Burney's book, 'If These Chains
Could Talk'.
In order to receive the computers,
the students had to have attended
each one of the weekly enrichment
sessions provided by the chapter.

Jax Black Nurses Association Recruiting New Members

Shown above at the recruitment are L-R (seated): Joi Copeland, Janneice Moore and Deborah Daniels.
(standing)Chauntel McKenzie, Onika Jones, Marilyn Campbell, Shirley Marshall, Jackie Lee, Rosa
Holsey, Deborah Brabham, Helen Ancrum, Michelle Scott, Robbin Bray, Tanisha Alexander, Celestine
Smith, Latess Stephens, and Danita Burch.

The First Coast Black Nurses
Association (FCBNA) recently
held its 2008 membership drive at
FCCJ North Campus. Twenty-five
attendees learned about the mission
and history of the organization that
included a visual presentation high-
lighting the organization's work
and a presentation of scholarships
to local nursing students. The fes-
tivities concluded with an opportu-

nity for the nurses to network with
members and interested attendees.
The First Coast Black Nurses
Association, Inc. is a professional
organization of Registered Nurses,
Licensed Practical Nurses, and stu-
dent Nurses who contribute to
improving the quality of life in per-
sons who share the African heritage
and other ethnic groups in Duval
County and its surrounding areas.

Throughout the year the organiza-
tion hosts educational events target-
ed for nurses and nursing students,
healthcare workers or related fields,
and laypersons in the community.
The next free community sponsored
event will be held June 7, 2008
from 8am-2pm at the UF Home
Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff
Avenue. For more information,
call (866) 433-0579.

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Obama at Finish Line: So When Will Hillary Clinton Concede?

Unless something crazy and
outlandish happens over the next
few weeks, Senator Barrack
Obama will be the Democratic
Party candidate for President. Yes, I
know it's hard to believe, but a
black man will be a major party's
candidate for the White House.
With Obama a few steps away
from the Democratic Primary fin-
ish line, it looks like America's
cynicism his candidacy has been
proven invalid.
The only thing that could derail
this train is if Senator Hilary
Clinton discovered some college
photos of Obama at a frat party
with three strippers, a panda bear
and some Islamic militants doing
something strange with a goat.
With that being highly unlikely,
the proverbial fat lady hasn't started
singing, but she has certainly
stepped up to the microphone and
is clearing her throat.
Senator Clinton currently trails
Obama in all critical election cate-
gories super delegates, pledged
delegates and the popular vote.
At the beginning of this year,
Clinton led the super delegate race
by more than 100.
What a difference a day or two

makes. Obama now leads in the
race for super delegates, 277 to
Clinton's 273, and his overall dele-
gate count is 1,869 to 1,697.
Of course Clinton has vowed to
stay in the race until someone gets
enough delegates to clinch the
nomination. At one point, no one
thought that either candidate would
make it to the 2025 super delegates
required by the party.
Now that super delegates are
pledging their support to Obama
and some are leaving Clinton, it
looks like Obama will reach the
required delegate count.
I am certainly no quitter, but
sometimes the writing is clearly on
the wall. Senator Clinton has been
successful at extending a process
that could have been over a couple
of months ago. You have to admire
her tenacity and ability to survive.
But just like a boxer that fights
maybe one fight too long, she could
easily hurt herself and the
Democratic Party's chances in
November by not giving up.
There will definitely be a politi-
cal cost associated with this long
Democratic primary. Obama didn't
get too bloodied by Clinton and
company, but he has taken some

major hits, which could hurt him in
the general election against
Republican Senator John McCain.
Not that Republicans need any
help in digging up dirt and using
scare tactics against Democrats, but
much of the rhetoric used by
Clinton will be revamped and put
on steroids by Republican strate-
So when is when for Clinton?
Is she waiting on the right deal?
Is it the vice presidency or a
Supreme Court nomination or help
paying off her campaign debt?
The whole Obama/Clinton ticket
has been talked about for a while
now so it's certainly not new news.
And although a USA
TODAY/Gallup Poll, shows that 55
percent of Democrats and
Democratic-leaning independents
would like Illinois Sen. Barrack
Obama to choose Clinton as his
running mate, that's not likely to
Anytime two candidates have
fought the way these two have bat-
tled over the course of this election
season, it's awfully hard to simply
kiss, make up and join the same
The camps don't like each other

and the candidate certainly are not
in each other's fan club. Neither
Obama or Clinton are openly
rejecting the idea, but both camps
feel that it's too early to talk about
it although the writing is clearly
on the wall.
One risk Clinton runs is splinter-
ing the Democratic base. Many
Obama supporters and party loyal-
ist are starting to resent Senator
Abraham Lincoln once said, "If
once you forfeit the confidence of
your fellow citizens, you can never
regain their respect and esteem."
In 1973 a flamboyant
Muhammad Ali felt that he was
invincible. He went into a fight
with an experienced slugger name
Ken Norton and lost. Like Clinton,
Ali was favored in the fight. She
could learn a lot from him.
After defeat he said, "I never
thought of losing, but now that it' s
happened, the only thing is to do it
right. That's my obligation to all the
people who believe in me. We all
have to take defeats in life."
Signing off from the Obama vic-
tory headquarters,
Reggie Fullwood

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Joshua Packwood, second from
Douglas at Morehouse College.
ATLANTA From his first day at
Morehouse College the country's
only institution of higher learning
dedicated to the education of black
men Joshua Packwood has been a
His popularity got him elected
dorm president as a freshman. His
looks and physique made him a
fashion-show favorite. His intellect
made him a Rhodes Scholar finalist.
His work ethic landed him a job at
the prestigious investment banking
firm Goldman Sachs in New York
But it's his skin that has made all of
this an anomaly. This month,
Packwood is set to take the stage
and address his classmates as the
first white valedictorian in
Morehouse's 141-year history.
The 22-year-old from Kansas City,
Mo., will graduate on May 18 with
a perfect 4.0 GPA and a degree in
He could have gone elsewhere, to
a school like Columbia, Stanford or
Yale, but his four-year journey
through Morehouse has taught him
a few things that they could not, and
he makes it clear that he has no
"I've been forced to see the world
in a different perspective, that I
don't think I could've gotten any-
where else," he said. "None of the
Ivies, no matter how large their
enrollment is, no matter how many
Nobel laureates they have on their
faculty . none of them could've
provided me with the perspective I
have now."
When Packwood applied to
Morehouse, he had frequent con-


right, talks with junior Brandon

versations with George Gray, an
alumnus who was a recruiter at the
school. Gray was impressed by
Packwood's credentials and spent
months trying to talk the sought-
after senior into choosing
Morehouse over other elite schools.
"He had outstanding numbers,"
said Gray, now director of admis-
sions at historically black Philander
Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.
"He was the kind of kid we were
looking for to be a presidential
After several conversations,
Packwood began to suspect that
Gray had no idea that he was white.
His suspicions were confirmed
when one of Gray's calls caught
Packwood in the middle of track
"Don't let the white kids walk you
down," Gray quipped.
"Wait," Packwood responded.

"You know I'm white, right?"
Silence. Uneasy laughter.
"The challenge was to get the best
student that we could, and Josh def-
initely fit that," Gray said.
And for Packwood, knowing that
he had been picked on his merits,
and not as a token white recruit,
made the difference.
"That said I could come here and,
ironically, be accepted for who I
am," Packwood said. "I thought I
made the right decision then, and I
know I made the right decision
It was not as if this was the first
time Packwood experienced life in
the minority. He was among the few
white students in his class at
Grandview Senior High School in
Kansas City, Mo. He has mixed-
race siblings and his mother was
married to a black man. Packwood's
experiences growing up have
helped him navigate black culture
while remaining comfortable with
his own complexion.
Packwood's mere presence on
campus wouldn't make history at
this school founded by a black min-
ister and cabinetmaker two years
after the end of the Civil War.
Howard Zehr, Morehouse's first
white student, graduated in 1966,
and there have been dozens of other
whites on campus since.
And so Packwood turned down
Columbia University, postponing
his dream of living in New York
City. He ignored some in his family
who warned that he might not have
the same opportunities he would

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have as a Columbia graduate, and
headed South.
Packwood still laughs when he
remembers his first day on campus,
wandering the grounds and getting
stares from black classmates who
wondered if the freshman wasn't a
wayward student from Georgia
Tech or Georgia State.
After convincing the photographer
to take his student ID, Packwood
headed to his room in Brazeal Hall.
Shortly after, his roommate arrived
with his mother. Four years later,
Packwood still can't get over the
irony: After years of being one of a
few blacks at majority-white
schools in Dallas, Phillip Smithey
had come to Morehouse to get the
"black experience."
Instead, he was sharing a room
with the only white guy in his class.
But Morehouse embraced him,
and Packwood became an unlikely
ambassador for the school.
Wendell Marsh, a junior English
and French major who is black, said
talking to Packwood as a high
school senior helped make up his
mind to come to Morehouse.
"Right now we live in a time
where people say the black institu-
tion is obsolete, that you can get a
better education at a majority insti-
tution," Marsh said. "To see a white
guy who had declined Harvard for
Morehouse, I figured it was good
enough for me."


Shown above is facilitator Elixia Coleman-Moss guiding the questions
in the open forum.

Local Women in Leadership Subject

of JCCI Public Forward Forum

JCCI Forward recently held a
forum open to the public to exam-
ine the recent and current involve-
ment of women in leadership roles
throughout our community. Nearly
50 people attended the event,
including local leaders Gwen Yates,
Audrey Moran, Alberta Hipps and
Mia Jones.
Questions asked at the forum
included:: Why is there a lack of
gender balance on the current City
of Council? Are we on the right
track? And what can we do better?
The first of its' kind for JCCI, par-
ticipants were able to explore the
many different ways that women
are engaged and encouraged to par-

ticipate in the life or our communi-
ty and what the future holds in
business, government, education
and other sectors. One of the
noticeable leadership deficiencies
discussed was the decrease in the
number of women running for and
winning city council seats during
the last local election in Duval
County. Of the 19 available council
seats, women held ten of those
positions in 2003, compared to
three in 2008.
Elexia Coleman-Moss, Founder
and Executive Director of
Empowerment Resources Inc.,
facilitated the Forum.


Supplemental Notice from Miami-Dade County Circuit Court







The Engle Class Action was filed in 1994 and went to trial against the tobacco industry in July 1998. Howard A.
Engle, MD., et al., (Plaintiffs) v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris, Inc., Brown & Williamson Tobacco
Corp., individually and as successor to American Tobacco Co., Lorillard Tobacco Co., Lorillard, Inc., Liggett Group,
Inc., Brooke Group Holdings, Inc.f/k/a Brooke Group, Ltd., Inc., Councilfor Tobacco Research U.S.A. and Tobacco
Institute (Defendants), Case No. 94-08273 CA (22) Dade County Circuit Court. This Notice addresses a distinct,
unprecedented monetary fund (the "Engle Trust Fund") created for the class by Susan and Stanley Rosenblan,
counsel for the class.


You may be qualified to receive money from the Engle Trust Fund if you (or your decedent) have suffered, presently
suffer, or have died from diseases and medical conditions (listed below) caused by addiction to cigarettes that
contained nicotine. The disease or medical condition must have been first diagnosed or first manifested itself on or
before November 21, 1996. YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN JUNE 16, 2008, TO BE ELIGIBLE TO
RECEIVE A SHARE OF THE ENGLE TRUST FUND. You will be required to submit contemporaneous,
verifiable proof to support your claim. You will also be required to submit your claim under penalty of perjury.

aortic aneurysm
bladder cancer
cerebrovascular disease (including stroke)
cervical cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COPD (including emphysema)
coronary heart disease
(including cardiovascular disease,
hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis,
coronary artery disease and
arteriosclerosis, angina, abnormal blood
clotting, blood vessel damage, myocardial
infarction (heart attack))
esophageal (throat) cancer

kidney cancer
laryngeal (throat or voice box) cancer
lung cancer (including adenocarcinoma,
large cell carcinoma, small cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma)
complications of pregnancy
oral cavity/tongue cancer
pancreatic cancer
peripheral vascular disease
(including Buerger's disease)
pharyngeal cancer
stomach cancer


At the hearing on April 15, 2008, the Court set a schedule for the allocation and distribution of the Engle
Trust Fund. Qualified Engle class members MUST register by mail or online no later than June 16, 2008,
to be eligible to receive a share of the Engle Trust Fund. Registration does not assure qualification to share
in the Engle Trust Fund.

Individuals who received a copy of this Notice by mail should have also received a copy of the Registration Form
that must be submitted by the June 16, 2008, deadline. To obtain another Registration Form, if necessary, contact
the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1 (888) 420-1666; send an email to EngleTrustFund(;
send a written request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101;
or download a copy of the Registration Form at Alternatively, class members may
submit Registration Forms online at no later than midnight on June 16, 2008.

The Claims Administrator will mail letters acknowledging receipt of each Registration Form. The letters will request
and identify all additional information and paperwork necessary to determine whether you qualify for a share of the
Engle Trust Fund. The letter will also provide specific information regarding deadlines. Class member paperwork
must be submitted to the Claims Administrator by August 1, 2008. Distribution by the Claims Administrator shall
be equally made on a per smoker basis.


You may hire counsel, at your own expense, to represent your interests in connection with the allocation and
distribution of the Engle Trust Fund money or the Court-appointed Trustee will determine how your interests will
be represented. If you have an attorney who represents you (or your decedent) with regard to a tobacco claim,
please consult your attorney regarding this notice and the applicable registration and claims deadlines.


Do not call or write the Court. the Trustee or the Clerk of the Court for further information. Any inquiries or questions
concerning this Notice or the distribution and allocation process should be directed to the Claims Administrator by
toll-free phone at 1 (888) 420-1666; by email to EngleTrustFund(; or by sending a written
request to Engle Trust Fund, c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., P.O. Box 013241, Miami, FL 33101.

DONE and ORDERED this 18th day of April 2008 /s

David C. Miller
Circuit Court Judge


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Greater Mt. Salem to Hold Revival
The Greater Mt. Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 2335 Moncrief
Road, Pastor C. E. Banks will hold Revival Services at 7:30 p.m. nightly
May 14, 15 & 16th. The community is invited.
Pastor Darin Bolden, of First Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina
Beach, Florida; will be the guest revivalist.

Dr. Vera Goodman & Anointed

Praise Debut CD on May 17
The community is invited to meet Dr. Vera J. Goodman & Anointed
Praise, at Gospel World, 3000 Dunn Ave., Suite #48; 12 noon to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, May 17, 2008. This Electrifying Praise CD is listed #18 on the
Top 20 Gospel Chart. Your CD will be autographed. Come and be a
blessing, and receive a blessing. For more information on Dr. Vera
Goodman and Anointed Praise, please call (904) 425-0806.

Greggs Temple AME to Hold

Annual Women's Day Celebration
The community is invited to join the pastor, Reverend Patricia
McGeathy and the congregation of Greggs Temple AME Church, 1510
West 45th Street; for their Annual Women's Day Celebration, May 18th.
Services will commence with Sunday School at 9 a.m., and will continue
at 11 a.m. Morning Service. Sis. Flo Rush-White, Chairperson.

1st Timothy Hosting Youth Camp
First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103 Biscayne Blvd., Frederick D.
Newbill, Pastor, will provide a Summer Haven for children 5-12 years of
age, at Camp First Timothy. Camp activities will include First Tee Golf,
Movies, MOSH, the Jacksonville Zoo, and much more. Registration is
now underway on a first come, first served, basis. For more information,
please call the Church Office at (904) 757-9878.

Plan Now to Attend Family & Friends

Weekend at Believers of Christ Temple
The Believers of Christ Ministries, 5318 "C" Street, Pastor M. 0.
Drinks and First Lady Tanya Drinks, invite the community to enjoy the
annual "Family & Friends Weekend", now thru Sunday, May 25, 2008.
"Intercessory Prayer and Blessings Night" kick off the weekend at 7
p.m. Friday evening. The "Fun Day & Cook Out" will begin at 10 a.m. on
Saturday morning: Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning
Service begins at 11:15 a.m.. The Choir Concert will commence' t 5 p.m.,
Sunday evening. Come, and be blessed.

Brunswick Celebrating First Year Anniversary of Pastor Ken Adkins

Community leaders from all
across the Golden Isles will come
together on Sunday, May 18th at 6
p.m. to celebrate one year of serv-
ice for Rev. Kenneth Adkins, Pastor
of The First Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church, one of
the fastest growing churches in
Southeast Georgia. The former
Jacksonville resident and owner of
Kenneth Adkins Public Relations,
has had a tremendous impact on our
community, said Brunswick City
Commissioner James Brooks. "His
leadership has filled a much need
voided from the clergy in our com-
munity" Brooks went on to say.
In March of last year Jordan
Grove embarked on a new begin-
ning by electing Reverend Kenneth
Adkins as the new pastor. His
impact was felt immediately within
the Glynn County community.
"Serving God While Serving
Others" became the new anthem of
the church.
The first outreach was the clothing
give-away in May. The success of
that outreach spring boarded Jordan
Grove into the next and first major

initiative the Back to School Give-
In August ,Jordan Grove not only
blessed over 500 children in this
community with backpacks and
school supplies the children were
also blessed with a back-to-school
bash behind the church.
Over 700 young people played on
5 bounce houses, two of which
were water slides while visiting the
free refreshment stands which
served popcorn, cotton candy, hot-
dogs and drinks. The Glynn County
Fire Dept. stopped by to drop off
After the violent deaths of three
children in this community, Pastor
Adkins launched a new initiative
entitled "Take Back the Streets".
Jordan Grove hosted two communi-
ty meetings with Pastor Adkins
serving as moderator and facilitator.
These meetings were attended by
the Mayor, County Commissioners,
Chiefs Matt Doering and Edna
Johnson along with members of our
local school board, civic leaders
and pastors of this community.
In these meetings, pastors were

Stanton Class '78 Reunion June 8-15th
Alumni of the Stanton High School Class of 1978 are seeking their class-
mates as they plan for their "30th Year Reunion", June 8-15th.
Activities will include a Cruise, Black/White Ball, and a Sunday, Church
Service. Class members are asked to call Darlene Neal, 699-4089, Linda
Robinson, 8868-1880, or Barbara Belfield, 612-7348.

Westside Church of Christ Homecoming
The Westside Church of Christ will celebrate their 78th Homecoming,
May 17-25th, with the theme "Knocking at Heaven's Gate in 2008 -
Examine Me Lord'. Festivities will kick off on May 17th with the Westside
SSingersin , 7 pm. Activities throughout the week include Bible
Study at 9:00 a.m., Worship Service, a dawn Beach Walk at the beach and
a Mass Bible Study. The church is located at 23 West 8th Street.For more
information call (904) 353-5063.

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

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
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Bible Study 7:00'p.m.
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Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams

8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

The doorsof Macedniaeawaspentoyoanw anyas tan

asked to adopt high crime housing
areas near their churches and to
provide help to those communities
by instituting the following initia-
tives: after-school tutorial and men-
toring programs, boy and girls
scout troops, and neighborhood
watch programs. Many of the pas-
tors have adopted these areas and
have begun to set-up these initia-
tives to help defray crime in these
troubled areas.
"Thanksgiving in the Hood"
became one of the church's largest
outreaches last year. Pastor Adkins
wanted help feed the families of
this community for Thanksgiving.
He stated to the church that he had
led an effort similar to this in
Jacksonville and wanted to apply
the same concept in Brunswick.
Even though the name Jordan
Grove had grown in influence and
stature there were still many detrac-
tors. However, Pastor Adkins nei-
ther the church members were
moved by the negative.
Because of the Pastor's leadership,
not only was the church able to feed

Pastor and First Lady Adkins
5000 for Thanksgiving, there was
enough food in each of the three
bags of groceries to feed those fam-
ilies for a month. The success of the
program was so positive that when
the church decided to do the out-
reach again for Christmas the con-
cept was taken to another level.
Jordan Grove not only gave away
food but clothing and gifts to the
children of this community.
The church is located at 2004
Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in
Brunswick, Georgia.
Kudos on a great first year!

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

Grace and Peace

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Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.


A church

that's on the

move in

worship with

prayer, praise

and power!

Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.

2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683

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

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Jamaican Church Leaders Fighting

Government's Plan for Casinos

church leaders
are urging leg-
islators to
reject a plan by
Prime Minister
Bruce Golding
to boost tax
revenue by licensing the poor
Caribbean island's first gambling
"Allowing casinos on the island
would spread vice, threaten social
values and ruin families," said
Rev. Henley Bernard of the
United Church in Jamaica and the
Cayman Islands.
"It seems incredible that those in
charge with the administration of
the country's affairs should even
think of introducing an activity
which has shown to produce an
increase in crime, violence and

moral degradation," Bernard said.
Golding last month said he had
green-lighted a proposal by a
group of international investors to
build Jamaica's first casino in the
tourist Mecca of Montego Bay -
earmarking revenues for health,
education and security spending.
Parliament will consider this bill
in coming weeks. Lawmakers so
far said little, but church leaders
have blocked previous casino
pitches and vowed to fight
Golding's proposal.
Jamaica, a nation of nearly three
million, now has a few hundred
slot machines at various hotels.
Golding's proposal would allow
casinos to apply for licenses, if
their plans include a minimum
$1.5 billion investment and plans
for an adjoining hotel with no
fewer than 1,000 rooms.

Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ to Install New Pastor

They call the
37 year-old a
"Hip-Hop pas-
tor" because
you may hear
him include in
his sermon,
names like leg-
.. endary rapper
Rev. Otis Moss Tupac Shakur.
Rev. Otis Moss III will take the
pulpit over as head of the Trinity

United Church of Christ, known as
the church of presidential candidate
Senator Barack Obama, in June.
The 8,000 member church makes
Trinity the nation's largest United
Church of Christ congregation.
Moss's ascent follows the retire-
ment of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
whom Obama angrily has
denounced for his "divisive and
destructive" remarks.
It will be a shift from more than

three decades under the leadership
of Wright, a preacher bom of the
civil-rights era. Moss was assistant
pastor at Trinity for two years and is
a Yale Divinity School graduate.
His father is a prominent preach-
er and former adviser to Martin
Luther King, Jr. Moss' sermons
often feature quotes and stories of
the late civil rights leader, who offi-
ciated at his parents' wedding.
All in all, the married father of two

is a popular leader known for his
contemporary style and ability to
draw youth to church events. He
has declined, so far, requests for
interviews from The Associates
Press, but answered several ques-
tions by email and said that his
father is a "major influence" in his
life and that his main message is
"love and transformation." He did
not answer any questions about
Rev. Wright.

AME's Continue Planning St. Louis Convention Despite Boycott Threats

The A.M.E. Church announced
that it will still hold its convention
in St. Louis, MO despite boycott
threat by local blacks unhappy with
the city's white mayor. They object
to last year's dismissal of the city's
first black fire chief, Sherman
More than 40,000 delegates,
church leaders and other A.M.E.
visitors from around the world will

meet July 3 11, 2008.
The U.S. church, which has roots
dating back to 1787, claims two
million members in three dozen
countries. Mayor Francis Slay
joined a dozen A.M.E. leaders at a
news conference to announce the
convention. Slay is the target of a
recall effort by a group of black city
Bishop John Richard Bryant,

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Shukura Sentwali talks about her
Ghana, where she plans to move
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them -- even as a black man moves
closer than ever before to the White
So she's heading home.
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Philadelphia presented by Fihankra
International, which is overseeing
the development.
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she said, her voice in staccato. "We
need to use all of our energy and
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nomic, political and social base."
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The 52-year-old said she'll miss
her friends and family in the U.S.
Some may join her later.
She plans a return trip to Ghana
later this year to see the progress on
her three-bedroom, 1,901-square-
foot home.
The plan for the house, along with
the title to the property, rests in a
folder overflowing with other
papers about Ghana. Her annual
site fees -- similar to property taxes
-- cost about $750.
Her site rests in an area called Ye
Fa Ogyamu, which means "We
have passed through the fire."
It's nestled among scores of trees,
the Volta Lake and steep moun-
tains. Temperatures are tropical,
and Sentwali said the people are
welcoming. They're almost
relieved to find a black person who
considers herself "an African born
in America," she said.
"I'm just one of those Africans
who has a deep connection. Even
before stepping foot on the conti-
nent, I wanted to go home, to
Africa," she said.

Nana Theresa Simmons, a
Fihankra International board mem-
ber based in Michigan, shares
Sentwali's enthusiasm for the proj-
ect, which has been in the works
for more than a decade.
"We have to put in lights and
water," she said. "But we're pulling
Bomani Chekadino, a longtime
friend of Sentwali, said he is also
considering moving to Ghana.
"Why wouldn't a person want to
have a foothold from where they
are from?" he said. "Why wouldn't
a person want to know their identi-
fication in history without being
told; they could see it firsthand for
little of nothing."
Chekadino said he knows there
are some black people who will
ridicule the idea.
"And they should because it's not
for them," he said. "They need to
be right here where they love it."
A strong black identity
Sentwali grew up among 1960s
activists -- members of the Black
United Front, the Northeast Area
Patrol, the Kansas-City based
Black Panther Party and, in the
1970s, the African People's
Socialist Party.
Those activists imparted to her the
beauty of blackness, called her
"African," and affectionately dis-
cussed Africa as "the motherland."
Sentwali doesn't consider those
groups radical, especially since she
boarded one of the first school
buses across town in the 1970s to
integrate Hadley Middle School.
Sentwali said she and her neigh-
borhood friends were taunted just
for being black.
She hungrily read books that chal-
lenged the inferiority of Africans.
She identified with the writings and
lives of civil rights activists
Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey.
She homed in on Garvey, who
pushed for repatriation and inde-
pendence in Africa.
Through those books and through
these people, she developed a

strong black identity -- an identity
that allows her to evaluate the
experiences of black Americans
against the Declaration of
Independence's guarantee of "life,
liberty and the pursuit of happi-
Those experiences include 200-
plus years of free labor by African
slaves. The 35 blocks of Tulsa's
"Black Wall Street" being burned
down in 1921. The federal govern-
ment wiretapping and undermining
black political leaders of the 1960s
and 1970s through the Counter
Intelligence Program, also called
Cointel Pro.
And she points to how some white
people are angry or afraid at the
thought of someone other than a
white man running the country.
Exit polls in several states' 2008
primaries showed that the majority
of voters who considered race a
factor in their vote supported a
white candidate.
"The attack against African people
has been comprehensive," Sentwali
said. "It has been physical, emo-
tional and psychological."
I For more information on the-
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photograph of the genuine fra-
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executive officer of Zain Africa (C), shows a school teacher how to
work on a computer for the first time at the Millennium Village project
in Dertu, a remote pastoral and nomadic society in northern Kenya.
Telecommunications company Zain announced a joint partnership
with Sony Ericsson to provide telecommunication connectivity to
Dertu and added that the partnership is designed to bring mobile com-
munication and the internet to approximately 400,000 people in 10
African countries where the project is working.

Kenyan Women Live in Fear A woman is robbed as she returns
with goods in the Kibera slum after post-election riots in Nairobi, in this
January 5, 2008 file photo. To the outside world, life in Kenya may have
returned to normality as a power-sharing accord drew the line under some
of the worst tribal clashes since independence from Britain. But for many
Kenyan women the terror goes on.

Zimbabwe Presidential Election Continues with a
Runoff Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirayi at a news conference in Pretoria,
South Africa, Saturday, May 10, 2008. Zimbabwe's top opposition
leader said he will contest a presidential runoff and will soon return to
his homeland. Morgan Tsvangirai, addressing reporters in South Africa,
said his supporters would feel 'betrayed' if he did not face Zimbabwean
President Robert Mugabe in the runoff.

Nigerian Women Boom Book Market Catering to Their Lifestyle and Culture

Book seller Yahaya Adamu waits for customers at his street-side
stall in Kano, Nigeria. Each evening, headscarf-shrouded women
seeking romantic advice gather at book stalls lining a rush-hour
intersection in Nigeria's Islamic heartland. With the sun setting red
behind a nearby mosque, the women thumb through northern
Nigeria's unique, female-authored literary offerings: cheaply
bound but popular volumes that address issues confronting women
in a Shariah society: courtship, polygamy and the meaning of love.

KANO, Nigeria Each evening,
headscarf-shrouded women seek-
ing romantic advice gather at book
stalls lining a rush-hour intersec-
tion in Nigeria's Islamic heartland.
With the sun setting red behind a
nearby mosque, the women thumb
through northern Nigeria's unique,
female-authored literary offerings:
cheaply bound but popular vol-
umes that address issues con-
fronting women in a Shariah soci-
ety: courtship, polygamy and the
meaning of love.
While hardly bodice-rippers by
Western standards, the controversy
surrounding what academics call
"Kano market literature" is
increasing with the books' reader-
ship. Conservative scholars and
clerics in Nigeria's north deride the
tomes as pulp fiction that degrades
Islamic and indigenous cultural

mores. A top Islamic leaders
recently set fire to a pile of the
But female readers say the vol-
umes with such titles as "Edge
of Fate," "False Love" and
"Undeceiveful Heart" help
them navigate contemporary life
and their titles are proliferating
rapidly, pitting younger women
against a predominantly male, con-
servative elite.

"Women are not only writing for
pleasure, no, we are writing
because we are seeing what is hap-
pening in the society and we want
a lot of corrections," says Binta
Rabiu Spikin, a 32-year-old single
woman who was raised in her
grandfather's home, which includ-
ed four wives.

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- Aby Samb, 59, sits with other mothers whose sons have died trying to
reach Europe, at Thiaroye on the outskirts of Senegal's capital Dakar,
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"We want amendments made.
That's why we write."
The books are mostly written in
the local language of Hausa. They
extoll the values of true love based
on feelings, rather than family or
other social pressures. Some also
carry anti-drug messages.
Several volumes instruct women
on how to send loving text mes-
sages to their intended mate's
mobile phones: "Knowing I can
love U with the distance between
our hearts makes my love 4U
Still, readers hoping for Kama
Sutra-like instruction .in male-
female relations' will be disap-
pointed. The story lines in most of
the novels highlight issues facing
women and girls, particularly their
relations with men.
Many men in northern Nigeria
have up to four wives, in keeping
with Islamic injunctions, frequent-
ly forcing women who may not be
natural allies to live together in
close quarters. Multiple wives is
far less common in Nigeria's pre-
dominantly Christian south.
The books don't normally offer
instructions on how to deal with
this family set up, but instead offer
a picture of the household dynam-
ics, so that women will know what
to expect.
Other volumes take on a dreami-
er approach, with women openly
flirting and dancing closely with
men in public. In reality, that's a
rarity in northern Nigeria, where
public modesty and chastity are
encouraged in women. Readers
say the books help them under-
stand female adult life.
"Now we're living in a modern
society, but there are still things
they don't tell you," says Maryam
Muhammed Haladu, a 20-year old
devotee of the books. "Some
ladies, when they're married, they
don't know what to do. They don't
know how to take care of a man,
how to seduce him."

But even the depiction of men
and women together rankle some
conservatives. Throughout the
ages, cultural mores were transmit-
ted by village leaders and through
families in an oral tradition.
Arab slave and spice traders
brought Islam to the Hausa people
in 1300s. Later, English colonial-
ists who ruled Nigeria until its
1960 independence applied the
English alphabet to the Hausa lan-
guage, allowing for a written histo-
ry. The British encouraged Hausa
writing with competitions in the

Over the decades, Hausa speakers
developed a thriving literary tradi-
tion in their own language, which
is rare in Africa, where many lan-
guages had no written tradition
until colonialists brought script.
But until computers and cheaper
means of publishing arrived in the
late 1990s, when Shariah or
Islamic law was installed in the
area, male cultural elites controlled
the presses.
With the recent explosion of
communication technology,
women have found ways to pub-
lish their books, too. About 100 of

the Kano chapter of the Nigerian
Writers Association are now
female, a massive increase since
the turn of the century when mili-
tary rule ended and mobile phone
and other technology blossomed in
"I do think (the books) have
some prophetic qualities, in terms
of where Islamic and Hausa cul-
ture is headed," says Novian
Whitsitt, an associate professor at
Africana studies at Luther College
in Iowa, who has studied the phe-

Riots sparked by skyrocketing
food prices and the rejection of
Somali shillings by local vendors
were met with bullets in the
Somali capital, Mogadishu,
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Anger spiked when some traders
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food purchases. Desperate condi-
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some 20,000 protesters who
chanted: "We want our right to
live," burning tires, stoning
motorists and breaking store win-
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cereal prices have increased
between 110% and 375 percent in
the past year while central
Somalia has endured its worst
drought in recent memory.
Meanwhile, Somali militants are
vowing revenge after U.S. planes
targeted and killed an Islamist
chief. It was reported Moalim
Aden Hashi Ayro and 11 others
when it bombed a house in
Somalia's central town of
A new report by Amnesty

Nelson to Celebrate 90th in UK Elder statesman and former
president Nelson Mandela will celebrate his 90th birthday and raise money
for AIDS awareness at a benefit concert in London next month. Precisely
46,664 tickets will go on sale for the three-hour extravaganza on June 27,
in support of the former president's 46664 campaign against HIV/AIDS.
The campaign is named after Mandela's prison number during his 27-year

A man brandishes a knife while others carry old bank notes dur-
ing a demonstration against record-high inflation in Mogadishu.
Police opened fire in Mogadishu on Tuesday to disperse thousands
rallying against soaring inflation and food prices, witnesses said,
a day after gunshots from the security forces killed five in similar

International also documents spi-
ralling violence, including gross
acts of murder committed by
Ethiopian troops in Somalia who
are backing up the country's
shaky transitional government.
Some 6,000 civilians were report-
ed killed and more than 600,000
were forced to flee their homes in
the Somali capital. Mogadishu,

last year.
"The people of Somalia are
being killed, raped, tortured.
Looting is widespread and entire
neighborhoods are being
destroyed," Michelle Kagari,
Amnesty's deputy director for
Africa, said in a statement from
Nairobi that accompanied the



South Africans March Against Economic Racism
South African union members march in the streets of Johannesburg in
April. Whites in South Africa earn five times more than their black
counterparts on average, according to a new study, illustrating the
enduring legacy of apartheid 14 years after its abolition.

People Take to the Streets in Protest of

Skyrocketing Food Prices in Somalia

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Links Old School Gala
The Bold City Chapter of Links
will present their annual Old School
gala on Friday, May 16th at Alltell
Stadium. The 70s themed event
includes a soul food buffet, prizes
for best attire. For tickets or more
information, e-mail or contact
any Bold City member.

Susan Taylor
Book Signing
Former Essence Magazine Editor
and social activist Susan Taylor will
be in Jacksonville for a book sign-
ing and conversation on her new
book, "All About Love". It will be
held on Friday May 16, 2008 from
2:30 4:30 pm at Gateway Book
Store, 5238 Norwood Ave. RSVP
your attendance to Dorothy Hughes
at 765-9582 or dorothyhugh-

Jax Asso. of Black
Comm. Meeting
The Jacksonville Association of
Black Communicators will hold
their next meeting on Saturday,
May 17th at 10 a.m. at the Times-
Union Auditorium on Riverside
Avenue. The agenda will include a
discussion about the upcoming
Candidate's Forum as well as a
Community Forum/Reception. For
more information, email

NJCDC Health and
Neighborhoods Day
Partnering with Mali Vai
Washington, Northwest
Jacksonville CDC is hosting its 4th
Annual Health and Neighborhoods
Day event. There will be free health
screenings, and lots of fun and
games for the kids. The event will

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be held on Saturday, May 17th
from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Mali
Vai Washington Youth Center in
Emmet Reed Park at 1096 West 6th
Street. For more information, call
Felicia at 904-764-1805 for more

Genealogical Society
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting on May 17, 2008 at 1:30
p.m. in the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd Street. The
meeting will be a "round table" dis-
cussion for anyone with questions
on solving their family history
research. Bring your questions and
ideas to the meeting. Let everyone
know what has worked for you in
your research. For further informa-
tion please contact Mary Chauncey
at (904) 781-9300.

Need a Job?
Cong. Corrine Brown will be host-
ing her annual Fair in the lobby of
FCCJ's Downtown Campus on
Monday, May 19th from 9 a.m.- 2
p.m. Dozens of local employers
will be in attendance for on-the-
spot interviews for a variety of
positions. Participants are asked to
bring resume's and dress your best.
In addition, there will be a series of
job readiness workshops to help a
person to brush up on their inter-
view skills. For more information
call 354-1652.

Audition for
Jax Mass Choir
The Jacksonville Mass Choir
(JMAC),a contemporary choir for
young adults ages 13-21, will hold
auditions on Monday, May 19th at
6 p.m. at the Unity Church of
Jacksonville, 634 Lomax Street.
The group performs contemporary
gospel, spirituals, Motown, and
patriotic music along with other
genres. Auditioners are asked to
prepare a selection of choice read-
ing music is not a requirement.
For more information, contact
Deborah McDuffie at 504-2763.

Up & Cummers' Wine
Tasting and Reception
The Up & Cummers of the
Cummer Museum of Art will have a
wine tasting and reception on
Tuesday, May 20th from 5:30 p.m.
to 7 p.m. The event will be held at
the Urban Flats in Ponte Vedra
Beach, 330 A1A North, Suite 208.
Ticket prices include wine sampling
and appetizers. For more informa-
tion about the event contact Connie
Thiemonge at (904) 899-6007 or
e-mail at

Code of the
Street Discussion
JCCI is hosting a discussion of
Code of the Street: Decency,
Violence and the Moral Life of the
Inner City on May 20th. Dr.


Michael Hallett, chair of the
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Department at UNF, will open with
short remarks about Jacksonville,
violent crime and the importance of
Elijah Anderson's work. It will be
on Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7
p.m. at JCCI, 2434 Atlantic Blvd.
Space is limited, please RSVP by
calling 396-3052.

Jax Children's
Chorus Auditions
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus is holding auditions for
children in grades 2-12 on Tuesday,
May 20th from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at
Orange Park United Methodist
Church, 152 Stowe Avenue, Orange
Park, FL. To schedule an audition
time, call (904) 346-1636 or visit

Class on
Watering Issues
A staffer from the Duval County
Extension office will be presenting
a class on Watering Issues and
Ideas on Wednesday, May 21 from
10-1PM. You will learn about low
flow irrigation, see a rain barrel
demonstration, and learn about
drought tolerant plants for here and
now. The location is at the Duval
County Extension 1010 N McDuff
Ave. The cost is $5.00. Call Becky
at 387-8850 to pre-register.

Amateur Night
Would you like to compete in
Amateur Night? The next audition
date is Thursday, May 22, 5-6:15
p.m. This is your chance to show
your skills to all of Jacksonville-
right on the Ritz stage! Auditioners
should bring accompaniment music
no longer than 3 1/2 minutes. All
ages and talents welcome!
Auditions are closed to the viewing
public. Call 632-5555 for more

Kuumba Festival
The 21st Annual Kuumba Cultural
and Arts Festival is scheduled for
May 23rd and 24th at a variety of
venues throughout the city. This
year's two day event will feature
our traditional Kings and Queens of
Africa Parade, Health Fair,
Workshops on key issues facing the
First Coast African American
Community, the Youth Tent as well
as Art Exhibits. Vendors from
throughout the area will be there
along with plenty of music, dance
and more. Call (904) 327-1261 for
info or visit

Open Discussion with
the School Superint.
The community is invited to par-
ticipate in an open discussion with
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannels on
Friday May 23rd starting at 9 at the Ritz Theatre. For more
information call 327-126.

Jacksonville Journey
Community Meeting
The public is invited to attend a
community meeting to hear about
action steps, provide your feedback
and learn how you can help create a
safer, more prosperous Jacksonville
with the city's Jacksonville Journey
initiative. The next open meeting
will be on Thursday, May 29th at

FCCJ. It will feature an exhibition
fair highlighting the program rec-
ommendations and committee pre-
sentations beginning at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit or call 630-CITY.

First Wednesday
Art Walk
Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour
of Downtown galleries and muse-
ums, as well as cultural venues,
restaurants and businesses on the
first Wednesday of every month,
rain or shine. Choose your own
route, or begin at Headquarters at
100 N. Laura St. The next one will
be held on Wednesday, June 4th.
For more details go to: www.down-

COMTO Bowl-A-Thon
The Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials (COMTO),
will have their 3rd Annual Bowl A
Thon on June 14th. Teams of three
will compete for packages and
awards. There will be food, fun,
prizes, and lots of fund raising. The
Jacksonville Chapter is raising
money to support the General and
Scholarship Funds. It will take
place at Bowl America, 11141
Beach Blvd. beginning at 1:00 p.m.
For more information, contact
Endya Cummings at 630-3197.

Cooking Camp
for Kids
Youth ages 12-18 are open to reg-
ister for the UF Extension Service's
Cooking Camp for Kids. The one
week camp will be offered June 17-
20 or June 24-27 from 9 3 p.m..
Camp programming includes culi-
nary and food safety, nutrition,
meal planning, bread making,entree
dishes, salads, breakfasts and
desserts will be taught. Adult volun-
teers will assist the participants.
Extension offices are located at
1010 N. McDuffAvenue. To regis-
ter or more info call 387-8855.

Gilbert Class of 1968
The Matthew William Gilbert
High School Class of 1968 is hav-
ing their 40th reunion June 20-22,
2008. The banquet will be held June
21st at 7pm at Jacksonville
Marriott Hotel 4760 Salisbury Rd.
For more information, contact
James Wright at 303 9897 or Lydia
Jackson at 904 765 9224.

Soul Food
Music Festival
Area radio stations will present a
Soul Food Music Festival on
Saturday, June 21st at
Metropolitan Park. Classic artists
including the Whispers, Peabo
Bryson, Loose Ends, Dru-Hill and
Howard Hewett will be performing.
Gates open at 4 p.m. and showtime
is at 6 p.m. For tickets or more
information call 1-888-512-SHOW.

"Portraits of Music"
Musical at the Beach
The Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc
will sponsor their annual musical
"Portraits of Music" featuring the
church ladies cast members from
Broadway's "The Color Purple".
On Sunday June 22nd at 5:30pm
at the Historical RITZ Theatre
Tickets are $30. For more informa-
tion call Ms. Sullivan at 305-8654.

Appeal For Your Excess Clothes
The Millions More Movement Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., a non-profit organization is now
in the process of gathering clothes for it's next 'Clothes
Due to the extended cold winter weather Jacksonville is
experiencing if you have extra jackets, gloves, caps,
sweaters, coats, blankets please bring them to 916 N.Myrtle
Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through
Saturday. JLOC will also come pick up your donation.
For more information, vist their website at : or call 904-240-9133.

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Mr. Star Jones tearing up the social scene after divorce announcement
Two New York newspapers reported this week
that Al Reynolds has been a fixture on the social
scene accompanied by young ladies ever since

The Post's Page Six says Reynolds "hit club
Home late last week with a new buxom lady
friend, where he was drinking and dancing till the
wee hours."
The column quotes a cocktail waitress at the club
who said: "He was at the bar with her. She was a
pretty big girl. They were dancing to hip-hop and bobbing their heads. He
had on a white button-down [shirt], open with a diamond necklace hang-
ing out. And he was drinking all night with his pinky in the air."
Meanwhile, the Daily News' Full Disclosure column claims Reynolds, a
Florida Memorial University professor, has decided to expand his dating
options by joining the social networking site
As of press time, he had 36 online friends and still listed himself as mar-
ried on his page.
Also, The Game will return for a third season
The CW network announced that it has given a
series order to "Stylista," a new reality series from
former supermodel Tyra Banks and Ken Mok, and
renewed "Girlfriends" spinoff "The Game" for
another season.
Tyra's "Stylista" follows fashion fans as they
compete for a job at Elle magazine, according to
Banks and Mok are executive producing the
series along with Eli Holzman, Desiree Gruber and
Jane Cha. Mok's 10 by 10 Ent., Banks' Bankable shingle and Magic
Molehill will produce with Warner Horizon.
Meanwhile, The Game has survived the axe that brought down its
launching pad "Girlfriends." The CW has renewed the sitcom for a third
season and will likely pair it with "Everybody Hates Chris" on its new
Friday schedule, Variety reports.
Dallas Cowboy makes guest appearance on
'Under One Roof' "
Critics of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell a1M
Owens say he has a flair for the dramatic, but
what about for comedy? ,
The NFL star will find out soon enough when
he tackles his first sitcom, the MyNetworkTV
show "Under One Roof." T.O. makes a guest
appearance as the long-lost brother of the show's
star, Flavor Flay.
In the plot, Owens tries convincing Flav and
sitcom sibling Kelly Perine that they're all brothers in hopes of getting
them to invest in his Web site.
"I see dollar signs," Owens said of his character to The AssociatedPress.
"I'm tryingtd'kiiid of smooth my way into the family, but Flav is not buy-
ing it. It's a lot of funny dialogue. It was a good time."
Owens said this role will help him decide whether or not Hollywood
will be his next career move following retirement from football.
"I know what's the breadwinner for me," he added. "But definitely I'm
looking forward to doing some acting after football, in the offseason next
year. I think I did well enough that they even may bring me back for some
recurring roles. It's a start for me, and I don't like to fail at anything I do."
Vanessa Williams received her bachelor of fine arts degree from
Syracuse University Saturday and also delivered the con-
vocation address to graduates of Syracuse's College of
Visual and Performing Arts, according to reports.| --
The 45-year-old actress-singer, who dropped out of '
Syracuse nearly 25 years ago to become the first black
Miss America, encouraged her fellow graduates to "treas-'
ure this moment."
"These days are irreplaceable and are the beginning
of the rest of your life," she said, according to The Syracuse Post-Standard.
Upon receiving her diploma, Williams raised it to show her mother
and children. She attended Syracuse's drama department as a musical the-
ater major from 1981-1983. She earned the remaining credits for her
degree through industry experience and performances on stage and screen.

Interview by K. Williams
Born in South Bend, Indiana on
July 30, 1964, VivicaAnjanetta Fox
is of both Native and African-
American heritage.
After graduating from Arlington
High School in Indianapolis, she
moved to California to attend
Golden West College just south of
Los Angeles.
Since earning an associate's
degree in Social Sciences, she's
embarked on an enviable showbiz
career which began with bit roles
on such daytime soap operas as
Days of Our Lives, the Young and
the Restless and Generations.
The 5'7" fashion plate parlayed
that success into appearances on sit-
coms like The Fresh Prince, Family
Matters, Who's the Boss and
Martin. Next, she made the jump to
the big screen, landing her big
break opposite Will Smith in
Independence Day in 1996. She
subsequently co-starred in Booty
Call, Batman & Robin, Soul Food,
Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Two
Can Play That Game, Kill Bill 1,

and Kickin' It Old Skool.
The beguiling vixen has been
picked as one of People Magazine's
50 Most Beautiful People in the
World (1997), one of the 10 Sexiest
Women by Black Men Magazine
(2001), and one of the 40 Hottest
Hotties over 40 by VH1 (2005).
Here, she talks about her two latest
pictures, The Cover, a drama about
brothers on the down-low, coming
to DVD on 5/13, and Three Can
Play That Game, a sequel to her hit
battle-of-the-sexes comedy which
was released on DVD earlier this
Kam Williams: What interested
you in making Cover, a movie
about brothers on the down-low?
Vivica A. Fox: I think it's some-
thing that's been a little taboo in the
African-American community. And
also, I wanted to take advantage of
the opportunity to work with [direc-
tor] Bill Duke.and some of the other
actors who got involved with the
KW: Do you think you'd be as sup-
portive of your best friend in real-

life as your character was of
Aunjanue Ellis' in this picture?
VF: I try to be a supportive and
real friend who would look out for
her and tell her the truth.
KW: What do you think a young
black woman should learn to do
from this film to prevent this from
happening to her?
VF: I definitely hope that she
would always be inquisitive. If your
womanly instinct tells you some-
thing ain't right, girl, check it oIir
Sometimes, we have atendeinc', to
trust, especially if you're been
with a man a long time.
But you might just warn to 1ol-
low your instincts to make sure
that everything is alrighi
KW: Especially given the
high HIV+ rate among married
African-American females
VF: Yeah, Bill gave me tlhai
incredible stat. So, I sax. prac-
tice safe sex, and look ou.r lor
yourself first at all time,
KW: Well, Mr. Duke de-erxe'
some praise for tackliiin ai taibo_.
subject in making a mo\ ie that \\as
long overdue.
VF: It was enlightening and eye
opening, wasn't it?
KW: Yep.
for the position of assistant.
McCall, wanting to appear
approachable and professional,
made mistakes during his interview
of Chandler. Again, McCall
allowed his insecurities to affect his
decision-making. Because
Chandler seems experienced and
knowledgeable, McCall hired him.
If he had checked Chandler's refer-
ences, however, he would have dis-
covered some discrepancies.
Eventually, Chandler "steals" both
McCall's job and his girlfriend.
Chandler also embezzled money
from his and McCall's employer
and framed McCall for the crime.
McCall looses his career, his rela-
tionship and, later, his home. While
homeless, McCall's eyes are
opened, and he gains something he
never had before self-respect.
"There's Always a Reason" teach-
es readers that before you can truly
be successful, you have to, first and
foremost, love and honor yourself.
Respect starts within and, once you
have that, you learn there's a "rea-
son" for everything.
Review by Marniclat

VF: And scary, but it made you
think. That's why we're hoping that
the word of mouth will spread and
that people will want to check it
out. It has really good acting as well
as being very informative.
KW: Have you become aware of

being on the down-low in your per-
sonal circles?
VF: I have a lot of friends who are
in the fashion and entertainment
industries, in general. One of the
reasons why I like having what I
call my gay boyfriends is because
they can warn you and keep you in
the loop.
KW: Why did Three Can Play
That Game go straight to video?
VF: I was disappointed because it
was totally funny and really good,
and had a built-in audience. But as
one of the film's producers, I was
glad that I got the sequel done, and
got to employ some African-
American actors that I hadn't had a
chance to work with.
KW: What would say are the ele-
ments of success?
VF: Dedication, persistence and
KW: The Columbus Short ques-
tion. Are you happy?
VF: Yeah, I'm in a good space in
my life right now.
KW: Thanks for the time, Vivica.
VF: You are so welcome, and
spread the word.

by William Fredrick Cooper
Have you ever wondered why cer-
tain events occurred? Have you
ever questioned why the wrong
things happened even when you did
the right things? In William
Fredrick Cooper's latest novel,
"There's Always a Reason,"
protagonist William McCall
asked himself those ques-
tions repeatedly after expe-
riencing a series of life-
shattering events. Cooper
tells McCall's story from
a first-person perspec-
tive, making McCall's
experiences very per- /
sonal and very real to .i, t'
readers. j
In the backdrop of i
the "city that never ,,
sleeps" New Yo:k
City readers meet Mt. all. a
just reaching "middle age," but still
a novice in love and relationships.
McCall is a person of integrity, one
who trusts and loves deeply and
blindly. He assumes that because
he is giving and trustworthy others
have the same qualities.
Unfortunately, McCall learns how
wrong his assumptions were.
McCall was enjoying life. He was
in a loving relationship with a
woman named Anna Daniels,
whom he planned to marry. He's
just received a promotion to manag-
ing clerk of one of New York City's
largest and most prestigious law

Despite McCall's personal and
professional success, he remained
insecure. Childhood experiences
and previous adult relationships left
him unsure of himself and vulnera-
ble to others. As result, McCall
missed the clues that would indicate
to him that his girlfriend
wasn't ready
for a monog-
Samous, com-
mitted rela-
-' ionship. And
i lMcCall made
lthe mistake of
". ; n wanting to
Sqi',s;tion Anna and
simply "let some
things go."
Disaster appears in
the form of Markham
Chandler. McCall
interviewed Chandler

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