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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Jacksonville Fla
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Potters House
Celebrates 20 Years
of Ministry and 30
Years of Marriage
for Bishop Vaughn
Page 7

S I.The One Free

Thing You

Can Do to

Ease Off

Page 8

Mandela in London for 90th

Birthday, HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert
LONDON Former South African president
Nelson Mandela is in Great Britain ahead of a
90th birthday concert in his honor in London's
Hyde Park.
The three-hour gig June 27th, headlined by
veteran rockers Queen alongside the likes of
I Razorlight and Simple Minds, will also sup-
port Mandela's 46664 campaign against
South Africa is one of the countries worst
hit by HIV, with 5.41 million people living
with the illness. Mandela himself lost a son to AIDS in January 2005.
The benefit event also marks the 20th anniversary of the Free Mandela
concert at London's Wembley Stadium in 1988, which reached a world-
wide television audience of 600 million. He was freed two years later.
Precisely 46,664 tickets went on sale at $127 each. Previous 46664 con-
certs have been held in Cape Town; George, South Africa; Madrid; and

Woman Sues Victoria Secret Over Thong
A Los Angeles woman is suing lingerie manufactur-
er Victoria's Secret claiming that a faulty staple link-
ing ajeweled-heart decoration to her thong caused her
permanent eye damage.
Macrida Patterson, 52, said she was putting on hier
new Victoria's Secret "low-rise v-string" thong when
a design problem caused the decorative heart to pop
off and hit her in the eye. Claiming permanent dam-
age to her cornea, Patterson filed a product liability
lawsuit against the popular chain on June 9 in Los Angeles Superior
Patterson and her lawyer were interviewed on NBC's "Today" show last
week. Host Meredith Vieira repeatedly asked her attorney to disclose the
monetary damages being sought, to no avail.

Imus Links Comments to Sarcasm
U.S. radio personality Don Imus on Tuesday defended linking a foot-
ball player's race to brushes with the police as Imus tried to dampen a
brewing race controversy over remarks he made one day earlier.
During his breakfast show on Monday on Citadel Broadcasting Corp's
ABC Radio Networks, Imus discussed Adam "Pacman" Jones, who was
suspended by the National Football League in April 2007 because of his
link to a Las Vegas triple shooting.
A colleague of Imus commented on how many times Jones had been
arrested since he had been drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, and
Imus asked what color he was. Told that Jones is black, Imus responded:
"Well, there you go. Now we know."
But on Tuesday Imus said during his show: "Obviously I already knew
what color he was. The point was to make a sarcastic point.

UN Says Scheduled Fair Run Off

Vote in Zimbabwe Impossible
UNITED NATIONS Outraged at the turmoil in Zimbabwe, the U.N.
Security Council declared that a fair presidential vote is impossible
because of a "campaign of violence" being waged by President Robert
Mugabe's government.
The 15-nation council said late Monday it "condemns the campaign of
violence against the political opposition ahead of the second round of
presidential elections," which has resulted in the killing of scores of
opposition activists and other Zimbabweans.
The move came after opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew
from the vote reportedly fearing for his safety and police raided his
Harare headquarters, hustling away dozens of his supporters.
George Sibotshiwe, a spokesman for Tsvangirai, said the politician had
received a tip that soldiers were on the way to his home Sunday, after he
had announced he was pulling out of the runoff scheduled for Friday.
Recent bloodshed widely blamed on supporters of Mugabe has killed
dozens of opposition activists and other Zimbabweans.

Kroger Settles Discrimination Suit

by Black Employees for $16M
Kroger Co. has agreed to a $16 million settlement of a 2001 class-
action lawsuit filed by 12 black Kroger employees or former employees
who alleged that they were illegally discriminated against.
The company did not admit any wrongdoing or liability, according to
the terms of the agreement. The lawsuit was filed in Kentucky.
The consent decree calls for Kroger to pay $16 million into a settlement
fund, from which all claims and the plaintiffs' legal expenses and fees
will be paid. The consent decree suggests, hypothetically, that about $10
million might remain to pay claimants after legal fees and other costs
have been subtracted.
The decree includes all black, full- and part-time Kroger employees
from Nov. 29, 1997, until the date of the pending preliminary approval of
the settlement by the court.
Payments will be prorated based on gross wages paid to eligible
claimants during the claim period, except that 84 percent of the settle-
ment funds (after payment of legal expenses) will be distributed to hourly
workers and 16 percent to managerial workers.

Soul Food Festival
Concert Brings

8,000 to Metro
Park for Classic

Soul Music and
Renewed Kinships
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50 Cents

Volume 22 No. 7 Jacksonville, Florida June 26 July 2, 2008

Mayor Pledges to Curb

Crime with No Tax Hike

Alter recei% ing recommendations.
from Jacksonville Journe\. the
independent committees sanctioned
b\ the Ma\or's office to sole
Jacksonville's ills. Ma\or John
Petion has announced that he will
propose a budget for the upcoming
fiscal \ear that includes one of the
largest public safety investments in
JacksonIlle's historN and does so
without raising ta\es.
"Improving public safety, and
taking back our town is the most
immediate challenge facing our
cit," said Pe\ion "\e are at a
watershed moment in Jackson ille's
histon, and failure to invest in
efforts to help turn the tide of crime
xwill have a long-term. devastating
impact on this cit- "
The ma ior credited the Journey
committees with providing a road
map for the community but said it
is his job to implement it, especial-
ly in die wvake of hard fiscal times.
"Ultimately, I've made the deci-
sion to do what every family and
business in this community is doing
- tighten our belt, prioritize spend-

ing and work to get as much value
as possible for evern cent in order
to fund this public safety) invest-
ment without raising taxes." he
While the full budget will be pre-
sented to the Jackson ille Cit.
Council on Jul\ 14. the mavor said
that funding for the public safety
initiative \as found within the cur-
rent budget through expense reduc-
tions and innovations
Pevton also indicated that while he
supports all of the recommenda-
tions put forth bN the committees.
he has asked the Steering
Committee to focus its final recom-
mendations on those items that
should be the responsibility) of local
government. He outlined his priori-
ties for public safer finm ..nn.-
officers in nei
Keeping yt
streets in after-school facilities,
summer programs, and, needed sus-
pension centers and;
Providing ex-offenders with

Poor Economy Forcing States

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Obama Greets Packed House in Jax
Presumed Democtratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama sprinkled
some of his magic over Jacksonville last week stopping in for a fund rais-
er with a minimum $500 ticket. Shown above is the Sen. Obama greeting
a mob of supporters as attendees such as Gwen Leahheart and Shelly
Thompson gladly wait for the opportunity to shake his hand. FmPoweiPhoto

to Make Cuts Felt by Everyone June 27th is National

by A. Huggins
With a new fiscal year beginning
in most states next week, budget
cuts are about to bite. That means
less money for school children in
Florida, the end of help with utility
bills for poor Rhode Islanders and a
good chance tuition will increase at
Auburn University in Alabama.
"Everything is rising and you have
to wonder -- when is it going to
stop?" said Lauren Hayes, an
Auburn senior. She's expecting a
tuition hike, after state lawmakers
reduced higher education funding
by $157 million and the university
responded by proposing a $660

increase for in-state students.
Overall, the state fiscal picture is
gloomy and the pain from reduc-
tions -- many of which take effect
July 1 -- will be widespread.
The fee doesn't sit well in
Shamong Township, a 46-square
mile municipality with a budget of
less than $3 million and several
state-owned properties, including a
park and state forest.
"The state really is our biggest res-
ident, and now they're going to
charge us to police themselves,"
township administrator Sue
Onorato said.
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HIV Testing Day
national HIV Testing Day is Flori*dul I,
portant observance in newh
st Florida. Why? Because n
)uval County Health H[IV a'ndfi- t.
nent estimates there are highest. .r
an 6000 people living with infants.
-fD i Nr thn ti Fl id Th '

who are not registered.
Additionally there is likely more
that 1500 people infected in the
Jacksonville are, but do not know
their status. This underscores the
need for testing.

Stanton Class of '48 Celebrates 60th Reunion

Shown above (L-R) are C/O '48 president Andrew Daigeau, C/O '48 treasurer and newsletter editor Johnestine
Staley Young-Daigeau, reunion co-chairperson and C/O '48 business manager Iola McMickens, and C/O '48 mem-
ber Henry McMickens. Andrew and Johnestine Daigeau reconnected and got married after the 50th class reunion,
while Henry and Iola McMickens have been married for more than fifty years. The four recently connected with
their other Stanton classmates to celebrate their 60th reunion. The Blue Devils held a variety of events over the
weekend to commemorate the Stanton heritage. For more photo highlights, see page 5. M. Latimer photo.

the b0-01 .r

Each year, on June 27, Health
organizations all over the country
offer special events in recognition
of national HIV Testing Day.
Events include free HIV testing and
counseling, educational presenta-
tions, and HIV-prevention incen-
The theme for this year's NHTD
is "Take the Test, Take Control."
Participation in National HIV
Testing Day is a critical first step in
taking control and responsibility
over one's health. It sends the mes-
sage to those at risk from those
already living with HIV. The mes-
sage is that there are powerful rea-
sons for learning one's HIV status.
Many community organizations
and county health department clin-
ics will offer free HIV testing and
educational materials. The Bridge,
located at 1824 Pearl St., will offer
free HIV testing from 8:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m. The Center for Women
and Children will offer free rapid
HIV testing. Rapid tests provide
results in 20 minutes. The Center
for Women and Children is located
at 515 W. 6th Street and will offer
testing from 9:00am 2:00pm on
the 27th.
The CDC estimates that more
than 1 million Americans are living
with HIV, and one quarter of those
people are unaware of their infec-
tion .
For more information, call 253-

Should We


the 4th

of July?
Page 4

U.S. Postage
Jacksonville, FL
Pemit No. 662

City Sponsoring Foreclosure and Intervention A' l

Classes to Assist Area Homeowners in Crisis

The City of Jacksonville's
Housing & Neighborhoods
Department has partnered with
the Jacksonville financial com-
munity to help residents find
effective ways to buy and keep
their homes in Duval County.
Upcoming Foreclosure
Intervention and Financial
Education workshops will pro-
vide education and assistance in
several ways. The first step is
for prospective participants to
register with the Housing and
Neighborhoods Department by
calling 630-CITY and ask for a
referral to one of the city's
"housing counselors".
Additional free services include
foreclosure counseling, strate-
gies for mortgage recovery,
financial education classes and
in some cases, financial assis-
Foreclosure Prevention classes

are available on the following
Saturday June 28
Time: 9:00 2:00
Where: Small Business Center,
5000-3 Norwood Ave.
Register: Call 630-CITY
Monday June 30
Time: 4:00 6:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY
hen: Wednesday July 2
Time: 9:00 11:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY
Monday July 7
Time: 4:00 6:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY or
Family Foundations (max. 30)
Wednesday July 9
Time: 9:00 11:00

Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY
Saturday June 12
Time: 9:00 2:00
Where: Small Business Center,
5000-3 Norwood Ave.Register:
Call 630-CITY
Monday July 14
Time: 4:00 6:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY or
Family Foundations (max. 30)
Wednesday July 16
Time: 9:00 11:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-
CITYSaturday June 19
Time: 9:00 2:00
Where: Small Business Center,
5000-3 Norwood Ave.
Register: Call 630-CITY
Monday July 21

Time: 4:00 6:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY
Wednesday July 23
Time: 9:00 11:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY
Saturday June 26
Time: 9:00 2:00
Where: Small Business Center,
5000-3 Norwood Ave. Register:
Call 630-CITY
Monday July 28
Time: 4:00 6:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY or
Family Foundations (max. 30)
Wednesday July 30
Time: 9:00 11:00
Where: Family Foundations -
1639 Atlantic Boulevard
Register: Call 630-CITY

So You're Ready to Buy that Ring!

If you thought men dreaded
shopping, imagine the pres-
sure of a whole other mis-
sion in mind-finding the
perfect engagement ring.
Holidays and the summer
months are the most popular
times to get engaged.
"This is a really busy time
of year for jewelry retailers,
with a lot of first-time buyers
making big purchases," says
Susan Eisen, an Accredited
Senior Appraiser and Master
Gemologist Appraiser with
the American Society of
Appraisers, "but it can go
much more smoothly if the
consumer is well educated about
the process."
Most people don't buy fine jew-
elry often, and many engagement
ring shoppers are making their
first, and possibly only, major
jewelry purchase, so the thought
of buying an expensive diamond
or colored gemstone brings the
fear of not getting a good deal
and not knowing the quality of
what you are paying for. Or, even
worse, the fear of buying a ring
the person won't like. Don't be
deterred says the American
Society of Appraisers, a few
pointers can takes the uncertain-
ty out of a holiday jewelry pur-
Know what quality of stone
you are buying. All stones
should carry documentation
about any treatment the stone has
received to improve its appear-
ance. Most expensive diamonds
are sold with a grading report
noting the quality of a stone. For
diamonds, look for a report from
- an independent lab like the
Gemological Institute of
* America (GIA) or the American
Gem Society (AGS). If the dia-
mond you are considering does-
n't have a report, then you should
get one. However, the grading

report ill not tell )ou the \alue;
you need an appraisal for that.
Colored stones seldom carry an
independent grading report, and
should be also be appraised.
Know what the value of what
you are buying. To understand
the value of the jewelry, con-
sumers need to get an appraisal.
Even before you go shopping, an
appraiser can help you get the
best value for your money and
can give advice as to what styles
best hold their value over time.
Most reputable jewelers will let

)ou borrow the je\\elr) to take
them to an appraiser. Some
require that you purchase the
item and then allow you a period
in which you can have it
appraised and return it for a full
refund if it doesn't meet your
expectations. Be sure to ask
about a store's refund/exchange
policy in case you have to return
the item for any reason.
Choose an accredited
appraiser with professional
credentials. Choose an appraiser
who is an accredited member of

a nationally recognized appraisal
organization, such as the
American Society of Appraisers
(ASA), as well as a Graduate
Gemologist of the Gemological
Institute of America (GIA) or the
Gemmological Association of
Great Britain (FGA). The
appraisal should be done for a set
fee, not for a percentage of the
value of the property-that's
"When making a fine jewelry
purchase, make sure you under-
stand the return policy, have a
thorough description of the item
written on your receipt and get it
appraised right away," says
Martin Fuller, ASA, Master
Gemologist Appraiser. "An
appraisal at the time of purchase
will give you confidence and
peace of mind, as well as a docu-
ment useful for insurance pur-
To learn more about jewelry
appraisals or to find an ASA
accredited gems and jewelry
appraiser in your area, visit
www.appraisers.org or call (800)

Number one for high gas prices is Sierra Leone topping over $20 US
per gallon.
U.S. Gas is Cheap Compared to Most

Despite daily headlines bemoan-
ing record gas prices, the U.S. is
actually one of the cheaper places
to fill up in the world.
Out of 155 countries surveyed,
U.S. gas prices were the 45th
cheapest, according to a recent
study from AIRINC, a research
firm that tracks cost of living data.
The difference is staggering. As of
late March, U.S. gas prices aver-
aged $3.45 a gallon. That compares
to over $8 a gallon across much of
Europe, $12.03 in Aruba and
$18.42 in Sierra Leone.
The U.S. has always fought to
keep gas prices low, and the current
debate among presidential candi-
dates on how to keep them that way
has been fierce.
But those cheap gas prices which
Americans have gotten used to -
mean they feel price spikes like the
ones we're experiencing now more
acutely than citizens from other
nations which have had historically
more expensive fuel.
Cheap gas prices have also lulled
Americans into a cycle of buying
bigger cars and bigger houses fur-
ther away from their work leaving
them more exposed to rising prices,
some experts say.
Price comparisons are
not all created equal.
Comparing gas prices across
nations is always difficult. For
starters, the AIRINC numbers don't
take into account different salaries
in different countries, or the differ-
ent exchange rates. Obviously, buy-
ing $8 worth of gas with a euro -
currently valued at about $1.55 to

Sharpton Denies Newspaper Claim of "Shaking Down"

Rev. Al Sharpton has released a
statement condemning the New
York Post for publishing articles
that accuse him of shaking down
corporate CEOs through threats of
The most recent article, pub-
lished Sunday by writers Isabel
Vincent and Susan Edelman,
claims that several companies
donated thousands of dollars to
Sharpton's National Action
Network after the civil rights
activist threatened to accuse them
of racist practices.
Anheuser-Busch, Macy's and
Colgate-Palmolive are among the
companies cited by the Post that

contributed over $50,000 to NAN
in the past year.
Sharpton denies the newspa-
per's allegations in the following
statement from his media rep,
Rachel Noerdlinger, titled
"Where's the Shakedown?"
"The New York Post continues
its efforts to undermine the civil
rights movement with articles that
mislead the public. New York
Post reporter Isabel Vincent
writes an article entitled
"Sharpton Shakedown; Boycotted
CEOs write checks to Rev. Al,"
even though the article had no
evidence of shakedowns or corpo-
rations claiming that their contri-

butions to NAN were in any way
coerced or intended to buy
To the contrary. Ms. Vincent
conceded that every corporation
she spoke with had nothing but
positive things to say about NAN,
even if they did not agree with
every NAN program or effort.
None mentioned feeling "shaken
down," either on or off the record.
Further, the Post, in its typical
fashion, omitted facts that contra-
dicted the article's shakedown
premise. Most notably, Ms.
Vincent did not include one exam-
ple of when Reverend Sharpton
and NAN spoke out critically

Put the Brakes on Debt

By Jason Alderman
I hope this is one column you'll
read and say, "Whew, I'm glad
that doesn't apply to me." I'm
talking about what can happen
when someone's debt spirals out
of control and they don't know
where to turn next.
Many people spend far beyond
their means and don't save ade-
quately for tomorrow's needs or
emergencies. Some are only one
mishap away from disaster.
Suppose you lost your job, your
mortgage readjusted at a much
higher rate or you incurred a cat-
astrophic medical bill: What
would you do?
Before you find yourself
trapped in a cycle of debt collec-
tion or worse, bankruptcy -
here are a few warning signals
and steps you can take to right
the ship:
Know what you owe. Some
folks have no idea how much
they spend each month nor how
that compares to money coming
in. Before they know it, they're
struggling to make minimum
payments and may even miss a
few payment deadlines, which

can lead to costly late fees and
elevated interest rates.
If you don't already have a
budget, create one right away.
Visa Inc.'s free personal financial
management site, Practical
Money Skills for Life, features
an easy-to-use, downloadable
tool called My Budget Planner
that can help you track income
and expenses and make spending
adjustments where necessary
Don't hide from problems. As
soon as you realize you're having
difficulty paying bills, proactive-
ly call your creditors. Don't wait
for them to contact you and cer-
tainly don't ignore their calls or
correspondence. It's far better to
work out a payment solution
together than to let your options
For example, many credit card
companies will lower interest
rates or work out repayment
schedules for stable customers -
but you have to ask first. And
mortgage lenders today are much
more open to renegotiating loan
terms if it means keeping you as

a paying customer versus fore-
closing (which is far more costly
and inconvenient for them). The
Federal Housing Administration
offers comprehensive advice on
avoiding foreclosure, including
links to local housing counseling
services, at
Get help. If you feel trapped,
resources are available.
Legitimate credit counseling
agencies can teach you responsi-
ble money management skills
and, in extreme cases, help nego-
tiate repayment plans with your
creditors, often securing lowered
interest rates and waived late
fees. But use the utmost caution
when choosing an agency; unfor-
tunately, many unscrupulous
firms prey on indebted people at
times when they're most vulnera-
If you don't have a recommen-
dation from a trusted acquain-
tance, look for members of the
National Foundation for Credit
Counseling (www.nfcc.org). The
Federal Trade Commission pro-

vides a guide for choosing a cred-
it counselor, including questions
to ask them
Seek agencies that:
Have been in business at least
five to 10 years and have no
unresolved consumer complaints
with the Better Business Bureau
Charge reasonable fees that
are spelled out in writing.
Will waive or reduce fees for
the financially destitute.
Offer personalized advice tai-
lored to your situation.
Don't pay their employees on
commission (potential conflict of
Don't automatically steer you
into a debt management plan
(DMP) many people don't need
a DMP unless their situation is
truly dire.
Don't make outlandish prom-
ises for example, no firm can
erase negative but true infor-
mation from your credit report.
Remember, you didn't get into
this fix overnight; it may take
time to get back on your feet.

against companies after they had
contributed to NAN, such as cor-
porations from the music industry
whose offices were marched on
for their promoting indecent
music lyrics, or criticizing Pepsi
for its use of a rapper in an ad
campaign whose lyrics were
offensive, or Comcast who had a
reporter who made an offensive
statement. In addition, notwith-
standing the fact that NBC has
long sponsored NAN events and
has been honored in the past,
Reverend Sharpton led the charge
against them to fire Don Imus.
Further, the Post skillfully omit-
ted that most corporate contribu-
tions to NAN are made in connec-
tion with sponsoring an event,
such as a convention or dinner,
and their contribution is made in
exchange for corporate sponsor-
ship, promotion and advertising;
not much different than when
Macys places an ad in the Post.
Obviously, neither the Post with
its advertising revenues, nor civil
rights organizations or other char-
ities with their events supported
by corporations, could fully func-
tion without receiving financial
support from those where there
are disagreements.
The 8 companies the Post high-
lighted in its "Shakedown" story
are dealt with below, Noerdlinger
Fact 1: Colgate Palmolive was
never threatened with a race rally
and reporter Vincent admitted to
NAN that in her view there was
no pressure placed on Colgate
Palmolive to contribute.
Fact 2: MGM Mirage. Ms.
Vincent admitted that the Post had
no information that NAN received
funds from MGM Mirage. NAN
is unaware of any funds received
from this corporation.
Fact 3: General Motors. Ms.
Vincent omitted that Reverend
Sharpton had been critical of
General Motors, including threats

the dollar is much easier on the
wallet than paying with dollars.
And then there's the varying dis-
tances people drive, the public
transportation options available,
and the different services people
get in exchange for high gas prices.
For example, Europe's stronger
social safety net, including cheaper
health care and higher education, is
paid for partly through gas taxes.
Gas price: It's all
about government policy.
Gasoline costs roughly the same to
make no matter where in the world
it's produced, according to John
Felmy, chief economist for the
American Petroleum Institute. The
difference in retail costs, he said, is
that some governments subsidize
gas while others tax it heavily.
In many oil producing nations gas
is absurdly cheap. In Venezuela it's
12 cents a gallon. In Saudi Arabia
it's 45.
The governments there forego the
money from selling that oil on the
open market instead using the
money to make their people happy
and encourage their nations' devel-
Subsidies, many analysts say, are
encouraging rampant demand in
these countries, pushing up the
price of oil worldwide.
In the U S ,.the federal tax on gas
is about 18 cents; gallon, pretty
low by international standards.
But those relatively low gas taxes
make it hard now for Americans to
deal with gas prices that have risen
from around $1 to over $4 a gallon
in the last seven years.

of boycotts for years prior to
NAN receiving minimal support
from GM.
Fact 4. Chrysler. Ms. Vincent
omitted that Chrysler was actually
a defendant in a class action law-
suit where it was alleged that the
company was discriminating
against African Americans apply-
ing for car loans. Neither
Reverend Sharpton nor NAN
were plaintiffs in that case or in its
settlement. When the case was
settled, Chrysler was obligated to
contribute to charities.
Fact 5. Forest City Ratner. Ms.
Vincent misleadingly writes that,
4 years after Reverend Sharpton
blasted Forest City Ratner for
"low wages," he made a "dramat-
ic flip flop" and supported them.
Rather than stating the objective
facts that Forest City's practices
have changed dramatically, she
resorts to using subjective quotes
by Reverend Sharpton to defend
the shift, which obviously could
be interpreted as self serving, and
therefore a weaker defense.
Fact 6. PepsiCo. Although
Reverend Sharpton made clear to
Ms. Vincent that he has been crit-
ical of Pepsi as recently as last
year, she did not include that as a
fact in her report.
Fact 7. American Honda. Ms.
Vincent failed to make clear that
Reverend Sharpton and NAN sent
such letters to all corporations
based upon their performance,
and riot whether they contribute to
NAN, thereby giving the false
impression that American Honda
was shaken down in exchange for
a donation. Further, there is no
evidence whatsoever, as the head-
line suggests, that there was a
threat of a race rally or boycott
against them.
Fact 8. Macys. Reverend
Sharpton has been critical of
Macys before, during and after
NAN received financial support
from Macys to offset event costs.

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I 1 Dr. Benjamin Carson Awarded Medal of Freedom

Shown above are several members of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. This group
received an award for the largest number of fraternal attendees at the local Pan-Hellenic Appreciation Day
held at Edward Waters College. From (L-R) are Harvey Harper, Kiambe Tunsil, Rahman Johnson, George
Maxey, Dr. Alvin G, White, Julius Collins, Matt Thompson and Hillie Howard, Jr.
Kappas Garner Top Honors at Pan-Hellenic Appreciation Day

The Jacksonville Chapter of the
National Pan-Hellenic Council
recently honored members of local
Greek Letter organizations at the
Greek Appreciation Day held at the
Jenkins-Adams Center on the cam-
pus of Edward Waters College.

The ceremony honored members
of various fraternities and sororities
for outstanding work during the
year. During the event a panel of
local educators discussed education
strategies in the community and
how local Greeks could make a

positive impact. From mentorship
to sex-education in public schools
the panel of active and retired edu-
cators pledged to work with their
respective organizations to improve
local opportunities.

Citizens Feeling State Cuts All Across the Country

Continued from page 1
A midyear survey of state finances
by the nation's state budget officers
showed state spending nationally
will grow by just 1 percent in the
new fiscal year. That's down from
average growth of 6.7 percent over
the last three decades.
The survey also found that 18
In Florida, basic spending oi
children will drop by $131 per stude
bonuses for schools that earn top gr
the state will shrink to $85 per stude
** In California, with the nati
biggest anticipated deficit at $17 bill
Arnold Schwarzenegger has propose
cuts in Medi-Cal, the state's health i
program for poor families and child
In New Jersey, lawmakers h
posed eliminating free state police p
rural communities that lack police d
ments. Under the plan, those commit
would pay a combined $12 million f
service, the first time they're being c

states reported their upcoming
budgets will be smaller than spend-
ing plans for the current year.
If all the states cut budgets or raise
taxes to get out of the red, it will be
the equivalent of pulling about $35
billion out of the national economy,
said Ray Scheppach, executive
director of the National Governors
Cities are feeling the pinch, too.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
reports that growth in the nation's


360 metro economies has slowed to
1.4 percent this calendar year and
will rise to just 1.5 percent next
year. That's about half the growth
rate of recent years.
Economists say it all adds up to a
much bigger problem than just the
loss of student funding here or free
police service there. State and local
government purchas-
?n school- ing in the first three
nt And months of this year
ades from alone was about $1.8
nt from trillion, considerably

above federal purchas-
ons es of $1.02 trillion.
ion, Gov. If states and cities
ed deep keep trimming, it
insurance affects the whole
tavepro- "State and local gov-
atrols for ernments are not going
epart- to be in any vanguard
nites to pull the economy
For the out of its lethargy,"
charged a said Ken Mayland of
ClearVie w
In Rhode Island, Gov. Don
Carcieri on Friday signed a $6.9
billion budget that makes deep cuts
to social welfare spending and
repeals an energy assistance pro-
gram for the poor.
"It's a disaster, it's unbelievable,"
said Henry Shelton, coordinator of
the George Wiley Center, which
lobbies on behalf of poor families.
"They're balancing it on the backs
of the people least able to afford it."

Carcieri defended the budget as a
turning point in the state's econom-
ic problems.
"In the face of a severe fiscal cri-
sis, we have worked together to
reduce spending and balance the
budget without raising taxes," he
said in a statement.
In Tennessee, the state wasn't able
to pour an extra $100 million into
school funding that was anticipated
as part of an overhaul of how
Tennessee pays for education.
For Murfreesboro City Schools,
that means delaying a plan to hire
more teachers to keep the pupil-
teacher ratio low at the pre-K
through sixth-grade district.
"It is what it is -- facing the hard
cruel facts that the economy is not
doing as well," said district finance
director Gary Anderson. "It just
means we've got to evaluate every-
Schwarzenegger's latest proposal
to fix California's budget would cut
back health care for recent immi-
grants, raise income requirements
so only the very poorest residents
qualify for some programs and cut
the reimbursement rate for doctors
who serve Medi-Cal patients.
"When you make cuts of this mag-
nitude, everybody's going to see it,
whether it's waiting time in an
emergency room or in the kinds of
health services that are available in
their communities," said Anthony
Wright, executive director of the
advocacy group Health Access



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President Bush last Thursday pre-
sented the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the nation's highest civil-
ian award, to leaders in medicine,
government, the judiciary and the
Bush talked about Dr. Benjamin S.
Carson's mother. Carson performed
the world's first successful opera-
tion separating twins joined at the
back of the head in 1987.
Carson's mother raised him and his
brother alone.
"Every week the boys would have
to check out library books and write
reports on them," Bush said of
Carson's mother. "She would hand
them back with check marks as
though she had reviewed them,
never letting on that she couldn't
Carson is director of pediatric neu-
rosurgery at Johns Hopkins
Children's Center in Baltimore.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. attended the
ceremony for the 2008 recipients.
He will portray Carson in an
upcoming movie.
In a ceremony in the East Room of
the White House, Bush lauded and
joked with five recipients and
Annette Lantos, who accepted the


U.S. President George W. Bush (R) awards the Medal of Freedom
to Dr. Benjamin Carson (L), a pediatric neurosurgeon, during a cere-
imony at the White House in Washington June 19, 2008.

award on behalf of her late hus-
band, Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif.
Other honorees included
The Medal of Freedom was estab-
lished by President Truman in 1945
to recognize civilians for their
efforts during World War II. The
award was reinstated by President

Kennedy in 1963 to honor distin-
guished service. It is given to those
deemed to have made remarkable
contributions to the security or
national interests of the United
States, world peace, culture, or
other private or public endeavors.

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After the Declaration of
Independence was signed by our
forefathers the document's chief
author, Thomas Jefferson, was dis-
appointed at many of the amend-
Jefferson had condemned slavery
in his original draft. He wrote in a
letter, "The clause too, reprobating
the enslaving the inhabitants of
Africa, was struck out in compli-
ance to South Carolina and
Georgia, who had never attempted
to restrain the importation of
slaves, and who on the contrary
still wished to continue it."
While Jefferson may have been a
major opponent of slavery, no bill
of the magnitude of the Declaration
of Independence can be passed
without some considerable conces-
sions being made.
Unfortunately, slavery was one
of those concessions.
It is no secret that blacks have
always played prominent rolls in
building the foundation of this
great country without much recog-
nition of our contributions. It's no
secret that Independence Day was
celebrated for years while blacks
were enslaved and segregated in
this "independent" nation.
So many holidays are celebrated
without Americans understanding
the original purpose of the day. My
question is simple: because the
abolition of slavery was deliberate-
ly left out of the Declaration should

Holiday is
blacks even recognize the Fourth of
July as our holiday as well?
The great black leader and aboli-
tionist Frederick Douglas asked the
same question on July 5, 1852,
when he gave a speech at an event
commemorating the signing of the
Declaration of Independence.
During his speech he simply
asked, "What, to the American
slave, is your 4th of July?"
Douglas adds, "This Fourth of
July is yours, not mine. You may
rejoice, I must mourn."
In what probably has become his
most popular speech, Douglas
asked the crowd, "What have I, or
those I represent, to do with your
national independence? Are the
great principles of political free-
dom and of natural justice, embod-
ied in that Declaration of
Independence, extended to us?"
A nation founded on the princi-
ples of freedom and justice for all
certainly has never lived up to its
creed. Winston Churchill once said,
"The price of greatness is responsi-
bility." Our great nation has not
always accepted the responsibility
of providing a level playing field to
all of its citizens.
So as Douglas challenged his
audience over 150 years ago, I
would challenge you today to think
about our country and if it has lived
up to its creed. You probably do not
have to think long.
For so many years America's

the Fourth of July?

Declaration of Independence, the
nation's most cherished symbol of
liberty, was a false document.
The first sentence of the second
paragraph was the largest false-
hood. "We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are creat-
ed equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalien-
able Rights, that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
In theory it sounds great. It
sounds like the founding fathers
were truly dedicated to equality,
justice and opportunity, but we
know that history tells a much dif-
ferent story.
Douglas goes on to add in his
speech, "I say it with a sad sense of
the disparity between us. I am not
included within the pale of glorious
anniversary! Your high independ-
ence only reveals the immeasurable
distance between us. The blessings
in which you, this day, rejoice are
not enjoyed in common."
Getting back to the irony that for
years we celebrated this country's
"independence" while a large por-
tion of our citizens (e.g. African
Americans) didn't share the same
liberties as the majority.
Of course so much as changed
since the Declaration of
Independence. African Americans
have truly achieved in this country.
Racism and discrimination are no
longer at the forefront of American

That doesn't mean that issues
don't still exist. The nations first
black presidential nominee from a
major political party is dealing with
racism and bigotry as I write this
column. But the question still
lingers should blacks celebrate
the 4th of July?
We should celebrate because
blacks help make America what it
is today the most powerful nation
in the world. And while I may crit-
icize my country and it's policies I
love being American. Despite our
nations past, I still think that this is
the best country in the world for
African Americans to live.
Blacks have always been a for-
giving people. Despite the injus-
tices my grandfather faced he still
served his country in the military.
He still worked as hard as he could
to provide for his family and he
still insisted on buying only
American cars and trucks.
For all of the contradictions of
the past, many opportunities await-
in the future. We should celebrate
Independence Day because we can
find solace in the fact that America
would not be a great nation without
us. Without our physical abilities,
intellect and will to survive and
achieve the "American Dream"
would be shallow.
Enjoy your Fourth of July!
Signing off from a cookout near
you, Reggie Fullwood

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t The Debt: What

America Owes Blacks
by William Reed
Is America ready to pay reparations for its sins of slav-
Segments of Americans are gearing up to oppose
Senator Barack Obama because they fear he will be
more considerate of the debt America owes to Blacks. Anti-Obama whites, in
particular, are concerned he'll get into the White House and put Blacks on
track for "a reparations gravy train".
CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper put Black Reparations on track to
be a part of the presidential dialogue during the South Carolina Primaries.
The African-American vote in South Carolina was very important, and that
made the reparations question relevant in the Democratic Debate. At that
event former Senator John Edwards said I'm not for reparations.. .but I think
there are other things we can do to create some equality that doesn't exist in
this country today" he said, going on to talk about inequities African
Americans experienced paying mortgages in Charleston, S.C., where the
debate was held.
When Cooper asked Sen. Barack Obama about reparations he sidestepped a
yes or no answer instead preferring to redefine reparations to make it part of
a broader conversation about economic justice. "I think the reparations we
need right here in South Carolina is investment, for example, in schools."
Obama said.
To comer Obama and nail all the candidates down, Cooper asked for a show
of hands and questioned: "Is anyone on the stage for reparations for slavery
for African-Americans?" The only "yes" came from Congressman Dennis
Kucinich who said: "The Bible says we shall be and must be repairers of the
breach. And a breach has occurred. We have to acknowledge that. It's a breach
that has resulted in inequality in opportunities for education, for health care,
for housing, for employment. And so, we must be mindful of that. But it's
also a breach that has affected a lot of poor whites as well. We need to have
a country which recognizes that there is an inequality of opportunity and a
president who's ready to challenge the interest groups -- be they insurance
companies or mortgage companies or defense contractors who are taking the
money away from the people who need it. Yes, I am for repairing the breach.
Yes, I am for reparations".
From then on, reparations have been an issue in the campaign. America
owes Blacks $700 billion to $1.9 trillion for unpaid labor that built the coun-
try's infrastructure, including the U.S. Capitol. While Obama dodges the
issue, his "old church, Trinity United Church of Christ, lists "The Debt: What
America Owes To Blacks, by Randall Robinson (Penguin Putman Inc., 2000)
as recommended reading". In The Debt, Robinson argues that America still
owes an enormous debt to Africans and African Americans for the incalcula-
ble damage that backs have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of two
hundred and fifty years of slavery and segregation. Robinson says his book
"Is about the great still-unfolding massive crime of official and unofficial
America against Africa, African slaves, and their descents in America.
Whether the monetary obligation is legally enforceable or not, a large debt is
owed by America to the descents of America's slaves. To do what is neces-
sary will require a virtual Marshall Plan of federal resources."
Barack does not claim "forty acres and a mule" as his birthright. But, was
part of Trinity's flock in 2001, when the congregation passed a resolution
declaring: "the institution of Slavery is internationally recognized as crime for
which there is nio, statue of limitations". Obama was in the, pews in 200,7
when Dr. Jeremiah Wright. was the keynote speaker at the N'COBRA nation-
al conference in Philadelphia.
Barack's birthright brothers many whites; but Wautella Graham of the
National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA) breaks
the question of slavery into four categories of involvement: victims, collabo-
rators, perpetrators and beneficiaries and makes the point that, "Even immi-
grants and people whose ancestral line contains no slaveholders should pay
reparations, since every American benefits from slavery". Slavery victimizes
free blacks to this day. All American people are responsible for the debt
America owes."


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Stanton Class of 1948 Celebrate 60 Years with Gala Weekend

C/O '48 members Lillie Paschal Hamilton, Bertram Bruton, Fannie
L. Blue Morton and Marie Barney Boston. Bruton traveled from
Colorado to participate in the reunion.

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Seated(L-R) : Sacia Pandley (C/O '48 spouse); classmates Marjorie
Frazier and Frances Cook Johnson. Standing: Johnnie Pandley and
Willie P. Johnson, both members of the C/O '48.

C/O '48 publicist Joyce Brown-Blakely Lawson (front center) is
joined by grandson Donnie James, daughter Joy Lawson, husband
Edwin "Butch" Lawson and granddaughter Rebecca Lawson.

C/O '48 member Robert Francis and guest Pearl Griffin viewing the
reunion class display.

James "Coach" Day (C/O '48 spouse), C/O '48 vice president
Margaret Day, Marjorie Manning (C/O '48 spouse) and C/O '48
reporter Robert Manning.

Reunion chairperson and C/O '48 recording secretary Carlotta
McIntosh presents the award for "outstanding service" to C/IO '48
welfare chairperson Ulysses Carter.

by Marretta Latimer
At seventy-seven years of age,
Johnestine Staley Young-Daigeau
maintains a schedule that would
exhaust most people half her age.
She doesn't spend a lot of time
looking back she's too busy with
present and future endeavors.
This past weekend was an excep-
tion. She and approximately fifty
other members of the Stanton Class
of 1948 celebrated a milestone -
their 60th class reunion. "Sixty
years is a long time. We give God
the glory and praise and are thank-
ful to be here to remember just how
special and important high school
was for us," said Young-Daigeau.
The reunion group convened at
the Clarion Hotel for three days of
activities that included a memorial
breakfast and an awards' banquet.
Several members even traveled
across the country Bertram
Bruton from Colorado, Bobby
Covington from California and
William Walden from the Northeast
- to share and reminisce.
Many classmates swapped stories
about children and grandchildren.
Others reconnected with old friends
and discussed their careers. "Do
you know it's been 21,900 days
since we left Stanton?" said
Margaret Day. "I am now a retired
educator from Duval County Public
Schools and proud to say my
daughters followed in my footsteps.
One is a teacher, and the other is a
Bertram Bruton, the owner of a
successful architectural firm, talks
about how Stanton prepared him.
"I've had a great life, and Stanton
played a role in my success. I've
had the chance to do design and
development in Colorado and here
in Jacksonville," said Bruton. "One
of my most fulfilling projects was
working on our dear old alma
mater. I suppose I'll keep on work-
ing until my daughter takes over the
Amidst the conversations about
family and work experiences, C/O
'48 members focused on one thing
- "taking a trip down memory
lane." They shared memories of
proms and other activities, music,
teachers, segregation, and their
hopes and dreams.
In 1948, all "negro" or "colored"
children from communities around
Jacksonville attended Stanton. "I
lived in South Jacksonville when it
was still 'the woods.' A group of us
walked about one-half mile to the
nearest city bus-stop, rode in the
back of the bus, often being told to
get up and give [white] students our
seats," said Joyce Brown-Blakeley
Lawson. "When the bus reached
Bay Street, we would depart and
walk to Stanton High School on
Broad and Ashley Streets. In spite
of this, I received a perfect atten-

dance medal for my senior year."
Most members of the C/O '48
didn't let the challenges of racism
hinder them from enjoying their
high school years. "You have to
remember segregation was a way of
life. We were used to separate
drinking fountains and bathrooms,"
said Ernest Jameson. "But our
community was so close-knit. I had
great friends from the Southside
like Graham and Andrew, and from
the Eastside like Johnny Higgins.
Everyone knew each other."
That idyllic time period included
listening to radio programs like
"Amos and Andy," bee-bop music,
swooning and the sounds of Count
Basie and Sarah Vaughn. "We have
memories of Machine Gun Kelly,
Bonnie and Clyde, and J. Edgar
Hoover. We ate huge 'double dip'
cones of ice cream for five cents at
Berries' parlor," said Andrew
Daigeau. "We were no longer
called adolescents, but became
teenagers who wore bobby socks,
saddle oxfords, army boots and
baggy blue-jeans."
"Remember when sugar, meat,
coffee, cheese and butter were
rationed?" said Robert Manning.
"We even lived through meat-less
days, but all of this taught us
patience, endurance and a desire to
forge ahead."
The major source of encourage-
ment for the C/O '48 came from
their teachers. Classmates remem-
bered Professors Anderson and
Charles Brooks, Coach James
Small, Mr. Tolbert Jackson and

Myrtle Williams (C/O '48 spouse) and C/O '48 chaplain Rev. Gerald
Williams. All photos by M. Latimer
Mrs. Thelma Hair Jones all who
were "skillful, knowledgeable and
demanding of respect."
"Those were the good old days,"
said Carlotta McIntosh. "We had u l i
teachers that were genuinely con- u b lic
cerned, and we looked out for each
other. Stanton was just a wonderful
Despite the great time classmates
had reconnecting and remembering,
the members of the C/O '48 decid-
ed this would be their last five-year
reunion. "Because of advancing
age, health and expense, this will be
the last time we gather formally like
this," said Andrew Daigeau, the
C/O '48's president. "But we still
have the opportunity to get together
annually. Stanton hosts a gala To share informa
every year that involves every grad- the Downtown E
uating class. We need to support study preferred al
that event. It will give us the oppor- Transit imp
tunity to share memories and great
times with our class and others.
We'll also still get together for
lunch and to have fun. This isn't an
ending, simply a new beginning."

C/O '48 members Robert "Bobby" Covington, Mary Bradley Cole,
Emmett Paige and Lee Brown. Covington traveled from California to
participate in the reunion.' .. '- nj ,. I )i

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Wayman Chapel Missionary Society
to host Fellowship Tea, June 28th
The Women's Missionary Society of Wayman Chapel AME Church,
8855 Sanchez Road, will present their 2nd Annual Fellowship Tea at 10
a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2008. "Everyday, Growing Stronger in Mind,
Body, Spirit" is the theme. The event includes seminars on health & beau-
ty, massages, and a fashion show. FREE health screenings will be available.
Dr. Helen Johnson of the Duval County Health Department will be the
guest speaker for the luncheon. Information: www.wayman.org.

Disciples of Christ "Quench the
Violence" Fun Day for All
Pastor R. LeCount and the membership and officers of the Disciples of
Christ Christian Fellowship, 2061 West Edgewood Ave., invites the com-
munity to come out and enjoy FREE food, clothes, games, shoes, and much
more when they sponsor "Community Fun Day" with the theme: "Quench
The Violence" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Health Screenings, Music and much
more, FREE! For directions, please call (904) 765-5683.
Rev. Gilbert Pickett St., will be the guest preacher, along with the Eternal
Praise Ministry of Mount Horeb Baptist Church, Corona Queens, New
York; will be the speaker for Morning Service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June
29th. The community is invited.

Donna Richardson Joyner to address
Shiloh Health Fair June 28
Ladies attend the "Women's Wellness & Health Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Saturday, June 18, 2008. Receive a
gift bag as you enter. Over 30 booths with samples, information, and more
will be available. Workshops on Stroke Prevention, "Becoming A First
Time Mom, Healthy Dieting and Heart Health," will be available.
Donna Richardson Joyner (Mrs. Tom), the fitness guru will discuss "9
Fruits of Good Health" at 11:30 a.m.
Exhibitors include: Bernard's Beauty Supply, Curves, Mona Vie, Mayo
Clinic, Brooks ReHab, and many more. This fair promises to focus on the
"total woman." Information, call (904) 354-1214.

Gospel Night Competition June 28th
The 1st Annual Expanding Minds Competition will give you an oppor-
tunity to show off your talents at "Gospel Night Out" beginning at 4 p.m.,
Saturday June 28, 2008. The Joint Heirs Christian Center is located at 2100
Dunn Avenue.
Directed by Michael White, there are three categories of performers:
Solo & Group Singers, Dance & Step Groups, and Spoken Word & Rap.
For more information, please call (904) 887-3309.

Faust Temple COGIC to Celebrate
Pastor's Anniversary July 11-16th
The members of Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, 3328 Moncrief
Road, will celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of Bishop R. L. Dixon and First
Lady, Missionary Martha Dixon at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 11, and
Wednesday thru Friday, July 16-18th. The celebration closing will com-
mence at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, July 20th. The community is invited to all cel-
ebratory activities.

New Life Community to Present
Breakthrough Evening of Praise
The Jacksonville Chapter of the GMWA Mass Choir, Dr. Dontavies
Boatwig of Atlanta, and WCGL 1360 Victory, will be featured along with
other artists at the "Breakthrough Evening of Praise", at 6 p.m. Saturday,
July 12th, at the New Life Community Church, 11100 Wingate Road (at
Dunn Ave.), Jacksonville. The community is invited.
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist to host 27th Annual Women's Day, July 20th
"God's Promises to Virtuous Women" (Ruth 3:11) is the theme for the
27th Annual Women's Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2008,
at the St. Andrew Baptist Church, 2900 West 45th Street. First Lady Sandra
Waldrop will be the guest speaker. Sis. Roberta Cotton, Chair Person; Sis.
Jackie Bracelet, Co-Chair.

Greater New Hope AME Church to
Celebrate Women's Day Jubilation
The Greater New Hope AME Chuirch, 2708 N. Davis Street, where Rev.
Mary F. Davis is pastor; will celebrate "Women's Day Jubilation" at 11
a.m., Sunday, June 29, 2008. The Theme is "God's People Serving in
White." Rev. Ruby N. Lowe, Pastor of Robert Mt. Pisgah AME Church,
in Atlantic Beach, FL, will be the guest speaker. Sis. Doris Sanders, chair-





Caucus to hold "Face to Face" Forum
The Duval County Chapter of the Florida Democratic Black Caucus
invites the community to attend their premiere "Face to Face Forum"at 5
p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2008. The Forum will be held at the Beaver
Street Enterprise Center, 1225 West Beaver Street.
This will be an opportunity for an Evening of conversation, Camaraderie,
and Community with our Elected Local and Stqte Officials. Its an oppor-
tunity that you do not want to miss.
Robert Flowers,, Chapter President; Reginald Brown and Gayle Kendall
are the event co-chairs.

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

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

Lord's Supper & Baptism
. ^: d Sunday 7:00 p.m,.

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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Mt. Moriah Missionary to hold
Summer Revival June 25 28th
The Greater Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist church, 1953 West 9th
Street, Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson Jr., Senior Pastor; Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson
Sr., Pastor Emeritus; invites the community to join them for their Summer
Revival at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday, this week.
The guest speakers will be Rev. Marcus Hawkins of Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church, Madison, FL; Rev. Antoine Hutchins of The Sanctuary of
Mt. Calvary, Jacksonville; and Rev. Reggie Edwards of Central Missionary
Baptist Church, Hollywood, FL.
You are invited to come dressed down to Worship and have fun for the
2008 Church Picnic & Fun Day, at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 29th.
If transportation or for directions, please call (904) 354-0145.

Paul Porter Leaving the Christianaires,
Group Seeking New Lead Singer
The Christianaires recently announced that Paul Porter, one of the found-
ing members, is leaving the group to pursue a solo career. Paul has been a
key component and featured artist for the group for thirty years.
During that time they have become one of the top quartet groups in thp
world. In 2007 the group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame
and is widely known for their electrifying and anointed performances.
Porter has also been an intricate part of the group's difficult struggles to
prominence in the Gospel music industry. The Christianaires thoughts and
prayers are always with him as he moves on to face new challenges.
The Christianaires will also take the opportunity to grow. Members
Tyrone Porter, Ronald Brown, Charles Porter and Christopher Dean are
committed as ever to continuing the music ministry in the same tradition.
Charles Porter will take the helm as their featured/primary lead singer.
The Christianaires are also actively seeking an additional lead singer.
Interested parties should contact Nu Horizon Booking and Management at

Christian Poetry Contest
A $1000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest spon-
sored by Golden Poets Guild. There are 50 prizes totaling $5,000.
To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 601
16th Street, #C-115, Golden, CO 80401. Or enter online at www.freecon-
test.com. The deadline for entering is July 26, 2008.
Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. A typical poem,"
says Contest Director Audrey Mellon, "might be a love poem, or nature
poem, one that inspires the reader."
IBe sure your, name and address appears on the page with your poem. If
you wish a winner's list please enclose a return address envelope.

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


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or Pastor

Weekly Services

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

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

Come share In lHoly Communion on 1st Sunday at 4.50 pm.

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.

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

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

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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 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

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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Bishop Vaughn and Lady Narlene McLaughlin

Celebrate 20 Years of Ministry, 30 Years of Marriage

Shown above (L-R) is Elease Morgan, mother of the honoree, Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin, First Lady
Narlene McLaughlin and her mother Beatrice Jackson at the event. FMPPhotos

Shown above are Nichelle English, Tara Williams, Michelle Gardner, Sandra Sablon and Waundra

Inspiration from the Lord gave
the power to Bishop Vaughn and,
Lady Narlene McLaughlin to
accomplish the establishment,
growth, and accomplishments of
their marriage and ministry. Truly
servants of the Lord, their ministry
not only has led many to salvation,
but has satisfied many needs of the

community, with ..facilities that
establish growth in,the mind, ;body
and spirit from the cradle to the
grave. The Potters House Christian
Fellowship has grown to become
one of the largest congregations in
the city. A school was established to
provide quality education The
Potters House Christian Academy,

has also produced winning basket-
ball teams, as well as, outstanding
students. The Potters House
acquired the former AT&T property
on Normandy Blvd. where the
school was established. Most
recently The Potters House
acquired the former Normandy
Mall with larger facilities for the
Sanctuary which occupies about
one-half the property; and the Mall
which has brought Christian mer-
chandise as well as needed items to
the renovated Mall.
Bishop and Lady Narlene
McLaughlin having achieved much
success in their marriage and min-
istry, had much to celebrate. A
highlight of the formal dinner and
celebration at the Hyatt Regency
was the filmed reflections of their
life and the growth of The Potters
House that was presented by
Paulette Madison, Pat Taylor,
Cynthia Rivers, and Elder Michael
Shaw. A reception followed din-

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(L-R) Valerie McLaughlin, Matthew McLaughlin, Annette Jones, Velma Killette, Rita Franklin, Nicholas
Dupont, Elease Morgan and Vance Killette.

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Celebrating the honorees were (L-R) Seated: Clyde Doe, Sonja Doe, Jennifer Davis. Standing: Latesha
Crosby, Veronica Watts, Schevell Golden, Zelina Turlington and Michelle Mays.

Pentecostal Group Backs Televangelist Protest
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is being backed by a group of
Pentecostal ministers and churches in his refusal to cooperate with
Senator Grassley's probe into the churches spending practices according
to an article written by Lillian Kwon/Christian Post Reporter.
The Assemblies of God International Fellowship released a statement
saying the investigation, led by Senator Charles Grassley, into the finan-
cial records of six prominent ministries "seems to be crossing a legal
The group said that laws have been enacted to separate church and
state but then they try to intrude into the churches' affairs while deny-
ing the church the ability to discuss state affairs.
Grassley launched an investigation last November, requesting finan-
cial records and answers to questions regarding the organizational and
personal finances from ministries led by Joyce Meyer, Kenneth
Copeland, Paula and Randy White, Creflo Dollar, Eddie Long and
Benny Hinn. All have members that are in the millions and they collect
tens of millions of dollars each year in donations.

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CNA Cheryl Foreman Dedcates Life to the Field of Nursing

An over used and highly unrec-
ognized field is that of nursing
assistants. It is often those individu-
als who assists medical practition-
ers who we rely on for the "TLC"
given to patients. To help raise
awareness about and respect for
nursing assistants, the week of June
12 19 was established as National
Nursing Assistants Week. With
commitment and experience, these
professionals help patients with
daily personal care, providing the

kind of compassionate care and
support that in our time of distress,
we all would like to receive. In cel-
ebration of the field, the
Jacksonville Free Press would like
to recognize Cheryl Foreman, a 20
year industry veteran who works at
Community Hospice.
It is 8 a.m. and Cheryl Foreman,
Community Hospice's CNA sched-
uler, has begun to schedule the 45
CNAs who will provide personal
care such as bathing, changing
linens and feeding for 300 a
patients that day. A CNA her-
self, Cheryl has worked for
Community Hospice since 1988
and plans on continuing to do so
until her retirement. She consid- -
ers her work a ministry and a
blessing. She claims, "It is the
best thing that ever happened to
me because I am doing God's work
and I care. Being there for our
patients and making sure that their
needs are met is what matters
Cheryl was the first CNA for
Community Hospice, visiting six to
eight patients a day all .over
Northeast Florida. Through the
years, she worked her way up to
senior CNA and coordinator, serv-
ing alongside and supervising other
CNAs in the field. She is now
scheduler, responsible for dispatch-
ing and overseeing the entire CNA
team for Community Hospice. A
CNA at heart, Cheryl comes to
work in her uniform ready to help
whenever or wherever needed.
Her experience has taught her to
deal positively with the emotional
ups and downs that come with the
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gate. Often, patients also
will disclose their innermost active at

feelings to CNAs. From experience,
Cheryl understands the emotions
her CNAs are dealing with and pro-
vides support and wisdom along the
Cheryl has created a family legacy
at Community Hospice. Her
daughter works in the admissions
department and her daughter-in-law
is a patient care team assistant for
the care team that serves patients on
the northwest side of town. She is

her church,
Resurrection Baptist-Christian
Center where her husband, Glenn
Sr. is the pastor and son, Glenn Jr. is
co-pastor. Cheryl leads the
women's ministry and teaches chil-
Over the years, Cheryl has learned
that material things are not impor-
tant. Her mantra is simple, "Life is
precious. Do what you can do
today because tomorrow's not
promised to you."

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Blue, Johnny Gaffney, Cheryl Quarles, John

Rilex and Darryl

Lavell Williams, Leah Yisrael, Addie Rivers, Tamika Brewer, and
Sharonda Calvin.

Classic Soul and Old School Grooves

Hit the Stage at Metropolitan Park

It wasn't all about the fun for the Saturday evening, there was also
voter registration taking place courtesy of the Obama campaign.
Shown above is Penny Fanroy being registered by Kimberly Miller.

Alexiz Roberts McMillon, Carlottra Guyton and Pat Thomas.

Damion Thompson, Carrose Thomas, Rod Mills,
Frank Allen, Sam Mushatt and Russell Motley

by Lynn Jones
Kinfolks Records promoter and
Jacksonville native Pat Williams
brought the "Soul Food Festival"
concert to Jacksonville last week-
end at Metropolitan Park
Headliners included the soulful
Peabo Bryson belting out his pow-
erful solo hits 1978's "Feel the
Fire", and.. "I'm so into you";
Straight from Baltimore the group
Dru Hill featuring Mark "Sisq6"
Andrews who's hit "Thong Song"
was a major pop success; The leg-
endary Howard Hewitt formerly of
Shalamar singing his hit "I'm For
Real,"; British neo-soul singing
group Loose Ends singing
"Hanging on a string" and the main
headliner of the evening, the one
and the only Whispers!
The Whispers took the stage and
immeditaely whipped into notable
hits from their first platinum album
"And the Beat goes on." The classic
"Lady," written by group member

Nicholas Caldwell, proved it is still
a favorite at concerts along with
their hits "Just Gets Better with
Time" and "Rock Steady". The
Whispers thanked the audience for
their support over the years and
gave testimonies to their health and
the longevity of their careers. The
crowd went wild and was dazzled
by the music that brought back
memories and recollection of days
gone by.
The concert drew over 8,000 atten-
dees and tailgating began as early as
3:00 p.m. Vendors featured a vari-
ety of food to purchase and fami-
lies young and old sat on blankets,
while lovers hugged and kissed the
night away. The concert kicked off
at 6:00 p.m. and ended around
11:00 p.m.
Jacksonville is one often stops on
the Soul food fest tour. Mary Cobb
of Jacksonville was a part of the
Blackarazzi and stated, "I felt good
and enjoyed myself, the Whispers

Event host from V101.5 included Dr. Doom, Mike Smith, Renee
Simone, KJ, Jo-Jo, Shawnee and TJ. FMPowellPhotos

were awesome it was a pleasure,
they really performed and there is a
Promoter Pat Williams created the
Soul Food Fest as a love for jazz to

a sound that Kinfolks Records can
sell. Pat summed of the concert
series with these words, "the Soul
Food Fest was created to generate a
platform to guarantee an audience

Dru Hill reunited to delight their fans with some of the group's hits.

nationalities. In essence we're all
kinfolks." He continued, "the con-
cert creates a platform for the 35 -
65 year old generation."
Next years Soul Food Festival will
include an "avpetizer" hapov hour

event the Friday before the concert
to greet out of town guests, promot-
ers, and featured artist. Wow what
a great time!!! And the beat goes
on, and on and on!!!
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Free Trash into
Treasure Class
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension Office will present take-
home ideas for recycling for your
garden and how and what to com-
post. The will also teach about the
basic mulches and where to use
them. The "Trash into Treasure"
class will be held on Thursday,
June 26th at the Webb Wesconnet
Regional Library, 6887 103rd Street
from 2 4 p.m. This is a free class
but registration is requested. Call
Becky 387-8850 to pre-register.

Lawyers Show Their
Talent in Variety Show
Former Jacksonville Mayor and
UNF President John Delaney will
host "There Ought to be a Law"
variety show presented by the
Jacksonville Bar Association. The
concert's theme is "Legends" and
you'll witness the first-ever all
lawyer performance as Jacksonville
celebrates the legal profession's
contribution to the arts. They'll be

singing, dancing and acting, from
"Chicago" and "Annie Get Your
Gun" show tunes to the soulful
sounds of Al Green, Nat King Cole
and Billie Holiday.
It will be held on Friday, June
27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Times
Union Center of Performing Arts.
For more information call 399-

CATS the Musical
The show that revolutionized
musical theatre is coming to the
Times Union Center's Moran
Theater in Jacksonville for 5 per-
formances June 27 -29th, 2008.
Direct from Broadway, "Cats" is
the longest continuously touring
show in American theatre history.
For tickets or more information,
call (904) 632-3373.

Book Signing
There will be a book signing with
Jason Michael, author of Strength
of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman
Story. It will be held on Saturday,
June 28, 2008 at 1:00p.m. at The

Volunteers Needed
Looking for a rewarding opportunity to reach out and help in your com-
munity? Haven Hospice is looking for volunteers for the Jacksonville/St.
Augustine area. Volunteers are matched based on time, interest and skills.
Opportunities include areas of patient/family care, administrative assis-
tance, fund raising, pastoral care, bereavement, speaker's bureau and com-
munity events. Join Haven's volunteers and make a difference!
For more information, call Sandra Francis at (904) 733-9818 or (904)

Gateway Bookstore 5238 Norwood
Avenue (next to Gateway Shopping
Mall). Call 536-1745 for more

Summer White Party
Uptown Saturday Night will fea-
ture a Summer White party on
Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 8
p.m. 2 a.m. at the Mill Copve Golf
Club, 1700 Monument Road. The
event will include free food, live
jazz, spoken word and a DJ. Fo
more information call 742-1203.

To Philly With Love
Concert at UNF
The Jacksonville Mass Choir will
present a "To Philly With Love"
concert on Saturday, June 28th at
7:30 p.m. inside the UNF Lazzara
Performance Hall. This event will
feature praise & worship at its best
as well as the sounds that made
Philly famous such as the O'Jays,
Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle,
Barry White and more. For tickets
or more information, call 504-2763.

JLOC Open Meeting
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc, for the
Millions More Movement will have
an open meeting on Sunday, June
29th, 6:00 8:00 p.m. at 916
N.Myrtle Avenue. This meeting is
free and open to the public .If you
are sincerely concerned, and really
want to improve the quality of liv-

ing conditions in your community
come join JLOC as they work to
make positive changes, and end the
violence through positive educa-
tion. For questions or more infor-
mation visit their website:
www.Jaxloc.com, or call 240-9133.

Spoken Word
at the Ritz
On Thursday July 1st, the Ritz
Theater will present a free evening
of spoken word. You are welcome
to participate or listen. For more
information call 632-555.

Art Walk at the Ritz
The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum invites the public to spend
an evening with the artists of their
latest "Through Our Eyes" Exhibit
with the First Wednesday Art Walk
and Artists' Market.. You will also
be able to purchase art direct from
the artists. "Hot Summer Jazz" will
be performed by PM Experience.
Admission is free for the July 2nd
event held from 5:00 8:00pm. For
more information call 632-5555.

Atlantic Beach
Women's Connection
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will have their next
meeting on Wednesday July 2nd
from 9:30-11:00a.m. It will meet at
the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Dr. in Atlantic

Beach. The speaking topic will be
"In America, is Everybody
Insane?". There will also be a trib-
ute to teachers. For more informa-
tion, contact Kate at 534-6784.

Comedy Show at the
Florida Theater
Some of the funniest urban
comics will be performing at the
Florida Theater on Saturday, July
5th. Tooth Pic, Terry Harris, Marvin
Dixon, Bro'Man and Benji Brown
will grace the stage for the show
starting at 7:30 p.m. The $20 tickets
can be purchased by calling 355-

Auntie Rox Hip Hop
Camp for Teens
The Aunti Roz Hip Hop SHOP
(Hip Inner People Help Other
People),will bring their exciting
summer experience to tweens and
teens (ages 11-17) to three summer
locations as they build character
while discovering their innate tal-
ents The five week session will be
held from July 8 August 7.
For more information, call 713
0885 or visit www.auntieroz.com

How to Create a
Florida Friendly Yard
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will teach how to
plant in proper places, how to get
rid of invasive plants, poisonous
plants, new fertilizer and watering
rules and an "how-to" on cuttings
and more. It will be held on July
9th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the
Duval Co. Extension, 1010 N
McDuffAve. Pre-register by calling

Book Club Meeting
The July meeting of PRIDE Book
Club will be held on Friday, July
11th and the book for discussion
A WIFE by Naleighna Kai. For
more information call Romona
Baker at 384-3939 or 703-3428.

Are You Ready to
Become Involved?
Are you ready to get involved
with the Jacksonville community?
JCCI will be hosting an orientation
for all of their programs on July
15th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Chairs from the forum, market-
ing, recruitment, social, training
and workshop committees will be
available to answer your questions
whether it be through advocacy or
hands on experience. RSVP your
attendance or questions to
Lashun@jcci.org. The Jacksonville
Community Council Inc. is located
at 2434 Atlantic Blvd.

How to properly main-
tain your Florida yard
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office will teach proper
pruning, getting your trees hurri-
cane ready, how to keep down the
weeds, how to get acquainted with

the bugs in your yard, recycle ideas
and more. It will be held on
Wednesday, July 16th from 10
a.m. 2 p.m. at the Duval Co.
Extension, 1010 N McDuff Ave.
Pre-register by calling 387-8850.

Kite Workshop at
Fernandina Beach
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Fort
Clinch State Park will host a Kite
Workshop on July 19. The program
will begin with a short introduction
to the history and basics of kite fly-
ing. Attendees will have the oppor-
tunity to create their own kite and
fly it on the beach.
The event will take place at 10:00
a.m. on Saturday, July 19th at Fort
Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic
Avenue. Call the park to sign up as
participation is limited. For addi-
tional information, call (904) 277-
7274 or visit

Frankie Beverly and
Maze in Concert.
Join veteran soul crooner Frankie
Beverly and Maze along with Keith
Sweat, Trey Sonz and Carl Thomas
at the Veterans Memorial Arena on
Friday, July 25th for the first
annual Back to Camp Concert.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Call 355-3309
for tickets.

Horsin' Around
The City of Jacksonville will pres-
ent "Horsin' Around", an educa-
tional seminar for youth and adults.
The free forum will be held on
Thursday July 31st from 5:30 -
9:15 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Equestrian Center, 13611
Normandy Blvd.- Topics covered:
Stretching your hay supply, emer-
gency preparedness for horses,
guide to basic vet care (signs and
symptoms), riding trails in Florida
and Composting 101.Call Brad
Burbaugh at 387-8850 to pre-regis-
Sickle Cell
The time is now to get your teams
together to walk for sickle cell. The
Annual Sickle Cell Walk-A-thon
will be held on Saturday,
September 6, 2008 at Florida
Community College Jacksonville
(FCCJ) Downtown Campus loca-
tion. Registration begins at 8:00
am, the run begins at 9:00 am and
the walk will begin promptly at
9:15 am. If you have any questions,
please call (904) 244-4472 or (904)
353-5737 or email me at

Annual Southern
Women's Show
Satisfy your cravings at the
Southern Women's Show! Don't
miss savvy shopping, creative
cooking ideas, healthy lifestyle tips,
trendy fashion shows, great celebri-
ty guests, and fabulous prizes. The
show will be held October 16-19,
2008. For information call (800)

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Jill Scott Announces Engagement
Jill Scott is apparently hearing wedding bells
again. The songstress was performing at Carnegie
Hall over the weekend when she announced her
H engagement to Jon Roberts, the drummer in her
According to Parlour, Scott had performed sev-
eral encore songs when Roberts presented her with
a bouquet of flowers and a kiss.
She told the crowd about their engagement and
was met with wild cheers and applause. Afterward, she gave the audience
another encore.
This time last year, Scott was in the midst of divorce proceedings with
her husband of five years, Lyzel Williams, a DJ and graphic artist. They
dated for seven years before exchanging vows in the fall of 2001 in
Williams was the source of inspiration for many of Scott's songs, includ-
ing "He Loves Me."
Hendrixx Guitar Headed to Auction
The guitar that Jimi Hendrix set afire at the
London Astoria in 1967 is headed for the auction ..
block. After being in storage for 40 years, the 1965
Fender Stratocaster is to go under the hammer this
summer, reports WENN. It's thought to be the first
guitar that the late rock star sent up in flames.
-Jennifer is a Diva Mommy!
Jennifer Lopez is reportedly back to being a diva
after giving birth to her twins. According to the
New York Post's Page Six, she was shopping last
-- -week at the Catherine Malandrino boutique on
Manhasset's Miracle Mile, near where she lives
with husband Marc Anthony. "She demanded the
store be shut down for her to shop alone, but they
said, 'Absolutely not,'" reports a spy. "Then one of
her eight-person entourage, including two body-
guards with their guns showing, was yelling at the clerk that Jennifer gets
a 50 percent discount. Jennifer also tried on about a million outfits, then
just threw it all in a pile in the dressing room and didn't buy one thing."
Prosecutors Want Snipes Behind Bars
Wesley Snipes is currently free on bail pending
an appeal of his tax conviction, but it may not be
for long if the U.S. Attorney's Office has its way.
They want the actor to begin serving his three-year
prison sentence immediately.
Judge William Terrell Hodges had ruled that he
could remain free on bail because he doesn't pose a
flight risk, but prosecutors filed a request Thursday
saying the "Blade" star shouldn't be allowed to
roam free following his sentence.
"We want him in custody, Steve Cole, the
spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, tells the Associated Press." He's
been convicted by a jury. He has been sentenced to three years and he
should be in custody."
In April, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison after he was found
guilty of failing to file his taxes for five years. But his lawyers secured a
bail request last month to allow Snipes to remain free on bond while they
try to appeal the convictions.
Last week, prosecutors sent Snipes a "cost of prosecution bill" that
demands repayment for the $217,363 they spent convicting him on tax


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Michael Baisden's Dark Days Looking Really Bright

Radio bad boy Michael Baisden is
ready to begin his second season of
his late night series "Michael
Baisden After Dark."
Rejoined by his accomplices,
comedian George Wilborn and
music artist Morris Day, the new
season began on TV One last week.
The panel-formatted talk show and
its host have been known to bounce
around some hot topics and perti-
nent issues, and Baisden revealed
that fans can expect even more
exciting and engaging shows this
"It's hot. I love it," he said of his
sophomore season on TV. "This is a
lot of fun. It's a great way to put a
face to the voice for them and
chance for me to see them. What's
better than that?"
Not just another talkathon, the
variety show features a panel dis-
cussion with celebrity guests
around hot topics such as obesity,
the price of success, and the new

kings of Hollywood. Each episode
also features musical performances,
audience interaction, and comical
man-on-the-street interviews by
The season's first panel got heat-
ed with singer/songwriter Tamia,
music producer Irv Gotti, and inspi-
rational author lyanla Vanzant. The
musical guest was 80s sensation
Midnight Star. The episode got the
season off with quite a bang thanks
to some aggressive banter between
Gotti and Vanzant, with Gotti look-
ing like the bad guy, er boy.
"It just turned out that way,"
Baisden said of how the show went
down. "I had no preconceived idea
of what the interview would be like.
It just evolved into what it evolved
into. But he stayed cool."
The show host said that it didn't
get too out of hand on the set,
because of the overall respect the
parties had for one another.
With that, Baisden guaranteed

that there were many other exciting
episodes to match this season's ini-
tial show.
"Oh, they're all good," he said.
"From the first season, one of the
things that I wanted to make sure
that happened was that we had the
right guests. I was not happy with
some of the guest that were chosen
in the first season. With this season,
everybody all the artist, all the
guests we were able to get people
who were more consistent with my
radio audience. Morris Day and the
Time performed, which was the
first time, I believe, they've per-
formed on television in 15 years.
It's very exciting."
Baisden said that there are very
few changes in the TV show.
However, some fans might say that
the theme of the TV production
feels a bit more like his popular
radio show. Still, Baisden assures
that that's just happenstance. He
said that he considers the shows

Michael Baisden
two completely separate entities.
Baisden said that he only plugs
the TV show occasionally on his
radio gig. He believes that mention-
ing his other projects, such as his
four books or "Baisden After
Dark," isn't very professional.
"I don't feel comfortable doing
that. I want people to focus on what
I'm doing, not what I've done," he

Roby's Latest is Truly "One in a Million"

By Kenya Yarborough
New York Times bestselling
author Kimberla Roby Lawson is
giving readers a little something to
tie them over between novels. The
scribe, who in the past put out one
book per year, released a novella
this month in anticipation of her
2009 offering.
"I only decided to do it because
my readers are always asking me if
I would do more than one book a
year," she said. "So I did this novel-
la. It's a little bit shorter than a nor-
mal sized novel. It's a very quick
and hopefully fun summer read."
The new book is called 'One In A
Million,' and it introduces a new
character apart from the unscrupu-
lous Reverend Curtis Black that her
fans have learned to love (and hate).
The protagonist in 'One In A
Million' is loving wife Kennedi
Mason, who has some great news,
but is thwarted by some bad news.
"The situation is that she has this
great news. The kind of news that

been seeing someone for the last
two years. He tells her that he's not
in love with her, he wants a divorce,
and he's moving out. So of course
she's devastated. She's sitting there
thinking this can't be true."
But what makes the
story really iT aIs
interesting v o oR
is that the
good news
Kennedi had
to share was
that she'd just
won $50 mil-
lion. That's
right, that's just
the first chapter.
Clearly, she's a
pro. But with 11
books under her
belt and a household (
name in African-
American literature
circles, it's interesting
to find out that Lawson
Roby is still a bit nerv-

most people-. ope- for, but, ney.er.v is about her-latest release .
think -will--happen for them,"A'--"I'm always-on pins and-needles.
Lawson described. "She can't wait when I've written a book; waiting
to tell her husband, but when she to hear what my readers' response
tries and tries to tell him he says he will be," she said, "but even more
has something to tell her first. He's so because this is a different story





for me. It's a shorter story and it is rest of the story. "It will be interest-
that idea of what would happen and ing for readers to see how this turns
I hope it will make people think out. This takes place in the state of
about what would they do if they Illinois and in the state of Illinois, if
were in that particular situation." it is not an inheritance of some sort
Sometimes money that a family member of a friend or
tG -u 101 will really ruin peo- someone has left you because they
JN t ple. And then it was died, then it is considered marital
Just the novelist in property."
I me to ask, 'What if Though not her infamous scan-
the husband didn't dal-in-the-church story line,
know and he told Lawson thinks the book has the
her all this. He's intrigue her fans have come to love
feeling pretty from her. And just to help them hold
good about out, she's even brought in the good
telling her and Rev. Black for a bit mention in
he's leaving 'One In A Million.'
and all this?' "Rev. Black makes a tiny appear-
SHe finds out ance in this book. I guess I can't let
after the fact him go all the way, but it's not his
and of story at all. For January '09 I have a
O course he's book coming out called 'The Best
Going to of Everything' and you'll see Curtis
want his quite a bit then. It's a story centered
half. He's on his eldest child; his daughter
going to think he's entitled who goes on to marry a minister
to it. And that's how our story herself, except this is a wonderful
begins" .-.- -.nian.-e's a true4 ,
'-'Most--readers are going4o.want-fathera4eves himihartthiredd.im.a,.
him to have it and that's the fight to be his assistant pastor, but what
and the struggle," she continued readers will find out in that book is
and explained that some legal that Alicia Black is definitely her
research was in order to develop the father's daughter."

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