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African American Exec Promoted
to President of Jewelry Retailer
Jewelry retailer Zale Corp. has just promoted
57-year-old African American executive Theo
Killion to president of the company. His duties
include overseeing the operation of customer,
employee, and store support, reports Black
Formerly Zale Corp's executive vice presi-
dent of human resources and legal and corpo-
rate strategy, Killion's new duties will also
include management of the loss prevention
department, which handles security for the
TheKillion company and as well as all of its stores.
Thee Killion David Sternblitz, a spokesman for Zale, says
Killion's appointment is an example of Zale's ongoing commitment to a
diverse work force.
"We have a diverse management team, and that is reflected in our over-
all hiring practices," Stemblitz says.
Before joining the Irving, Texas-based company in January, Killion
served as an executive recruiter at executive search firm Berglass &
Associates. He also served as executive vice president of human
resources at Tommy Hilfiger where he led the company's global human
resources efforts. Killion is a human resources veteran with more than 30
years of experience in the industry..
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Web Says White Supremacists
Hoping an Obama Presidency will
Spur a "Change in America"
Conventional wisdom suggests that racists are tossing and turning at
night over the prospect of a Black man in the White house. But, word is,
White supremacists are looking forward to a Barack Obama presidency,
Organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-
Defamation League, which make a living keeping their eye on White
supremacy activity, estimate that there are roughly a quarter-million
active hate-group members nationwide. One of those haters, 65-year-old
Richard Barrett, a member of the Nationalist Movement, believes that
Obama is just the catalyst needed to get White folks to unite. "Instead of
this so-called civil rights bill, for example, that says you have to give
preferences to minorities, I think the American people are going once
they see the 'Obamanation' they're going to demand a tweaking of
that and say, 'You have to put the majority into office,'" Barrett told The
Associated Press. Duke, in a recent essay posted on his Web site, titled,
"Obama Wins Demo Nomination: A Black Flag for White America,"
wrote that "Obama is a visual aid for White Americans who just don't get
it yet that we have lost control of our country, and unless we get it back
we are heading for complete annihilation as a people."
Volume 23 No. 15
Don't Believe the Hype:
by J. Washington
The year was 1984, and the state
was Iowa. A white man who had
just voted walked out of his
precinct caucus and saw the Rev.
Jesse Jackson standing outside.
"I did all I could," the man told
Jackson ruefully, "but I just couldn't
bring myself to pull the lever and
vote for you."
L. Douglas Wilder laughs as he
relates the story Jackson once told
him, the sting eased by time and
Wilder's vantage point as the
nation's first elected black gover-
Now it's a quarter of a century
later, and the man everyone's talk-
ing about is Barack Obama, the
Illinois senator holding a slim lead
in many polls. But can the polls be
trusted? A central question about
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B Questions Cast Doubt on Presidential Polls
wasn't changed ever, there is widespread disagree- to come within shouting distance of
people lie to ment about whether Obama is sub- the presidency.
* themselves ject to the predicament known as Given that surveys can have trou-
-ss to vote for the Wilder or Bradley Effect ble uncovering the truth about
whether in the privacy of the voting many things besides race, plus the
t past, the con- booth, white people will actually massive technological, demograph-
-s. Today, how- pull the lever for the first black man Continued on page 8
"Darkie" Removed from Florida State Song
With the stroke
n this week,
ics once speak-
, to darkiess"
d yearning for
e old plantation
:" yielded to
"giving welconm...of flowers... of
light" as legislation sponsored by
Senator Tony Hill creating
Reuben Studdard ofAmerican Idol fame, spent the day on the First Coast
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Velvet Teddybear Enlightens First
Coast on Sickle Cell Disease
Reuben Studdard of American Idol fame, spent the day on the First Coast
to enlighten citizens on sickle cell disease. Though not diagnosed with the
disease, the crooner became involved through his mother's advocacy of
sickle cell awareness. Sickle Smart Education Day was celebrated at St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church and included a free Bar-be-cue and auto-
graph signing. KFP photo.
Florida's new state anthem: "Where
the Sawgrass Meets the Sky"
"This is a process long overdue,"
said Hill, who last year was the
driving force behind a statewide
competition to find a replacement
for the controversial "Old Folks at
Home," penned by Stephen Foster
and adopted as the official state
song by the Florida legislature in
1935. Also known as "The Swanee
River," the tune was seen by many
as racist because of its references to
slavery and plantation life.
"Where the Sawgrass Meets the
Sky" was written by Jan Hinton, a
music teacher who lives in South
Florida. It w as chosenas the contest
winner from among the 240 entries
submitted. The bill sponsored by
Senator Hill and, in the House, by
Rep. Ed Homan (R-Tampa) endors-
ing the winning tune as the state
anthem was passed during this
year's annual Legislative Session.
America IAm Visits Ritz
Shown above is Janita East and Ethelyn Wiggins at the exhibit
reviewing the "Denied not Defeated" mural on Frederick Douglass.
"America I Am", the traveling bus exhibit that will culminate with the
opening of the "America I AM: The African American Imprint" exhibit
opening in November made a stop in Jacksonville last week at the Ritz
Theater for one day only. History buffs loaded the interactive bus through-
out the day to view artifacts and read historical memorabilia on Black
America. They also had the opportunity to record their own version of oral
history that will become a lasting part of history and the greatest oral his-
tory project undertaken.
Hundreds Brave Summer Showers to Gi
Educated and 'Vote' at Annual HobNob
As campaign season kicks into high gear, Jaksonvillians are doing their part to educate themselves, hundr
took advantage of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's opportunity to "Hob Nob" with the candidates
week. Held at Metropolitan Park, local candidates and their supporters were on hand to meet and greet vote
addition to answering questions. Shown above are Valerie Williams, Cheryl Brown, Yvonne Mitchell and
Katina Fisher who braved the rain to participate in the free event that also included food and beverages. A
light of the Hobnob is the mock election of the presidential election where Democratic candidate Barack
Obama won by 56% an unusual event for a city that usually votes Republican.
S Govt. Survey
Says 78% of
A federal government agency
released the results of a study last
week which says that given "the
direction we are going" within the
next 40 years all adult Americans
will be overweight.
The study's conclusion drew a lot
of media attention with several
experts expressing doubt that such
a projection could actually occur.
However, drawing less attention
was an assertion in the study that
78 percent of Black adult women in
America are already overweight or
obese. The study was compiled by
the government's Agency for
S; Healthcare Research and Quality.
,One of the lead researchers Dr.
et Lan Liang cautioned that while
trends point to Americans becom-
ing increasingly obese, "genetically
S and physiologically, it should be
impossible" for all adults to
eds become overweight.
last The study was published in the
ers in current edition of the journal
Obesity and it warns that those at
high- greatest risk for becoming obese
are Mexican Americans and
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A week of Winners,
Losers and Hope
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August 14-20, 2008
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Obama Campaign Going True Grassroots ,
with Salons and Barbershops
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Obama campaign organizer Maria Cole of Juno Beach gives cam-
paign literature and voters registration forms and information to
Eddie Cason of West Palm Beach during at Tony's Barber Shop in
Lake Park. (MR-SS photo)
by G. Lewis
Barack Obama's campaign went
looking for unregistered black vot-
ers in barbershops and beauty
salons across the state last weekend
in a new outreach effort to African-
"There are nearly 600,000 eligible
but unregistered black voters across
the state," said Bobby Gravitz, an
Obama campaign spokesman. "We
dropped off posters, registration
materials, and we will continue
going in barbershops and beauty
salons until Oct. 6."
While the campaign is still organ-
izing its list of barbershops and
salons, staff members and volun-
teers worked shops in Fort
Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami,
Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota,
Tallahassee and Tampa.
The nationwide campaign kicked
off last weekend in Atlanta. The
Obama campaign is trying to regis-
ter the more than 8 million African-
Americans who are eligible to vote
but not registered.
Sen. John McCain, the presumed
Republican nominee, faces a diffi-
cult task in trying to attract black
voters but will do some outreach to
African-Americans, his Florida
campaign staffers said.
McCain recently appeared at the
National Urban League convention
in Orlando. The campaign did not
give specifics on how it would
appeal to black voters in Florida.
Black voters in presidential cam-
paigns have overwhelmingly sup-
ported Democrats since 1964. The
McCain campaign is encouraged by
recent polls showing 15 percent of
black voters support him in Florida.
The Obama campaign also has its
challenges. For black voters to
make a difference for Obama, he
has to get them to the polls. Fewer
than 60 percent of newly registered
black voters went to the polls in
2004, compared with about 74 per-
cent of all new white voters.
Local Experts Say Options Are Available for Those in Forclosure Crisis
By Kortney Wesley
Like so many other homeowners
*Edward Smith (he asked us not to
use his real name) isn't in a good sit-
uation right now where his mort-
gage is concerned. About three
years ago he decided to refinance
his home. Even though Smith
admits he didn't completely under-
stand everything he was signing, he
said he really didn't expect his pay-
ments to jump more than two hun-
dred dollars a month. What's worse
is that Smith who's seen a cutback
in hours at his job could see his
payments climb even higher
because when he refinanced hle got
an adjustable, rate ,mortgage which
means his payments aren't stable.
what kind of rate
we had until we
got a letter saying
the rate was going
E up," said Smith.
behind on his pay-
Carla Carter ments, foreclosure
expert Carla Carter from C Carter
Realty Group said the first thing
Smith and others who are in his sit-
uation should do is pick up the
According to Realty Trac, an
organization which tracks foreclo-
sures, Jacksonville ranks 33rd in the
country when it comes to foreclo-
sures; and for that reason, Carter
said what many homeowners don't
understand is that banks don't want
to take your home. With so much
inventory, Carter says its in the
banks best interest for the home
owners to keep their homes.
"It's important to talk to the mort-
gage company maybe they will
modify your mortgage so that you
can keep your home," said Carter.
Below are three options Carter
said everyone whose behind on
their mortgage should consider.
1). Don't procrastinate. As soon
as you realize you're going to be
late with your mortgage or as soon
as you fall behind call whoever
owns your loan and ask for help.
Carter said you need to ask for the
Loss Mitigations Department.
Carter said banks and mortgage
companies have teams in place to
address these sort of issues. She
said it's unfortunate that many
homeowners don't understand that
there are options to help them. For
instance you can inquire about refi-
nancing your loan. If your credit is
good you maybe able to get a better
rate and thereby lower your pay-
ments. Or your lender could do a
workout which would involve put-
ting you on a payment plan to help
you get caught up on your past due
amount. Lenders are also able to
apply your past due amount to your
principle so that you will be caught
up on your payments.
2) If you can't work out afford-
able payments with your lender
then another option is a short sale.
A short sale is when your lender
agrees to let you sell your home for
less than it's worth. With a short
sale the lender does indeed take a
loss but something for some lenders
is better than nothing.
3) Finally depending on how
much equity you have in your home
you may want to try and sell it.
Carter admits the market isn't what
it used to be adding that it's a buy-
ers market but it's better to sell your
home if you can instead of letting it
go into foreclosure.
"I've helped people with short
sales and I've just helped people
with their circumstances. I've been
able to help people with the options
they have," said Carter.
As far as Smith is concerned, he's
taking Carters advice. He's going to
call his lender and see what options
are available to him. Smith said he
realizes that his mortgage is his
number one priority and,, "[my]
mortgage situation is going to get
worked out. I have faith in God that
it is going to get worked out, "he
The Voice ofBusiness
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An affiliate of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce
JaxBiz would like to thank the fol-
lowing candidates for supporting
Northeast Florida Businesses.
Ken Manuel School Board District 1
Increase academic achievement for all students.
Improve the High School graduation rate.
Build and expand collaborative partnerships between
the school district, businesses and community groups.
W.C. Gentry School Board District 3
High priority on early education, Pre-K through
Make school relevant through career and
Revisit school discipline, eliminate or greatly
reduce out-of-school suspension and truancy.
Betty Burney School Board District 5
Increase proficiency levels for all students.
Equity and adequacy for neighborhood schools.
Decrease the drop-out rate.
Tommy Hazouri School Board District 7
Recruiting and retaining the best teachers.
Encourage early literacy, focus on Pre-K.
Better enforcement of Code of Conduct to make our
King Holzendorf- School Board District 1o
Soaring Crime: creating and providing jobs to keep
people off streets.
Education: better career programs, after-school
and summer programs.
Economic development in blighted areas.
Dick Brown City Council At-Large Group 2
Local Economy: aggressively recruiting new business
and new jobs.
Jacksonville City Budget: cuts in expenses to phase
in public safety enhancements.
Infrastructure in support of port expansion.
Jay Plotkin State Attorney Fourth Judicial Circuit
Protection: Citizens must be protected against
Prosecution: Career criminals and crimes involving
firearms need enhanced penalties.
Prevention: Continue to promote programs that
target at-risk juveniles, keeping them in school
and out of criminal activities.
Bill White- Public Defender- Fourth Judicial Circuit
Enforce the law and ensure that it is applied
equally to all.
r Ensure the constitutional right of every person to
have a fair trial with the best possible defense.
Continue to manage the Public Defender's Office
with effectiveness and efficiency.
Florida House District 12: Endorsement Pending
Mia L. Jones Florida House District 14
Top Issues and Priorities:
Rising Crime Rates: Strengthen support base for
returning ex-offenders, work to provide a first rate
Juvenile Assessment Center in Jacksonville.
Economic Expansion and Infrastructure.
Strengthen opportunities within Community
Redevelopment Areas for growth and development
of small business within underserved communities.
Mario Rubio- Florida House- District 17
Top Issues and Priorities:
Education: We must have a skilled workforce in
order to attract new businesses to the state.
Economic Development: In order to expand Florida
businesses we must invest in infrastructure, education,
workforce housing and improvements in public safety.
Regulations: Government mandates place a
considerable financial drain on businesses and
consumers. Mandates need to be reviewed and
eliminated if they do not benefit the vast majority
Elaine Brown Florida House District 18
Top Issues and Priorities:
Florida's Economy: Become more business-friendly
and more aggressive promotion of tourism.
Education: Empower local school districts, reduce
state education bureaucracy.
Insurance: Encourage competition and reduce
Mike Weinstein Florida House District 19
Top Issues and Priorities:
Education/Workforce Development: relevant curriculum
and locally controlled education.
Good Business Environment: foster jobs, better
prepared workforce and less regulation.
Smaller Government: more local control and
responsibility over educations, taxes, and waterways.
Elected Leaders Take Time to Mentor Future Politicians
While many people may think the only time they see our elected officials is during campaign time, they only
need to ask a local youth. Through participation in the Boys State program, youth have the opporuntity to get up
close and personal with the political process. Shown above between State Rep. Terry Fields and Councilman
Warren Jones is Eddie Bennett, a senior at First Coast High School attending an event for Barack Obama. The
aspiring politician is President of the National Honor Society, a member of Young Democrats in America and
Editor in Chief for the school year book. Councilman Jones a former Boys Sate member was eager to encourage
Eddie in his quest to represent the Florida American Legion Boys State, a "leadership action program" where qual-
ified male high school juniors take part in a practical government course. Boys State is designed to develop a
working knowledge of the structure of government and to impress the fact that our government is just what we
make it. Along the way young men have the opportunity to learn the political process. Each level of government
will be run by those delegates who are elected to serve. Instruction will be presented on the law and court system,
parliamentary procedure and Florida political history. Eddie acknowledged that Boys State has "allowed me to
understand the significance of State Government versus National Government". KFP Photo
Male Leadership Joins Forces to Aid Plight
of Duval County's Sexually Active Teens I -
Shown above are event orgnizaers (L-R) Dr. Gary L. Williams,
Pastor First Baptist Church of Mandarin, Dr. William Liptrot of
Bethel AME Church, Tallahassee, Dr. Aaron Hilliard, Duval County
Health Department and Senator Tony Hill. KFP Photo
by Lynn Jones
It's definitely not dinner table con-
versation but maybe it should be.
The startling statistics rocking
Duval County say that there was a
92% increase in STDs reported
among African American males
between the ages of 15 and 19.
Even more disturbing, 25% of
Black females 15-19 is infected
with a sexually transmitted disease.
The free event, held at the First
Time is Running Out for Free IRS Money
Baptist Church of Mandarin includ-
ed speakers, information and frank
talk deemed "an intense discussion
of abstinence and sexually transmit-
Organizers hoped the conference
served as a wake-up call on sexual
awareness highlighting the epidem-
ic rate of sexually transmitted dis-
eases among youth in Duval
The open forum will included a
general session and age appropriate
break-out sessions for boys and
girls and a special break-out session
for parents. Students age 13 and
above along with their parents were
invited to attend.
Workshop topics included
"Abstinence: The Ultimate Goal",
"Making Wise & Healthy
Decisions", "STD 101", and
"Parents It's a Family Affair".
"The power packed sessions left
teens empowered and educated to
wait on becoming sexually
involved," said Cecily Amos, a 16
year old attendee.
Back Row: (L-R) Jesse Wilcox, Ken Covington, Daryl Waters, Levi Ingram and Renetta Ford. Front
Row- Earl Kitchings, Loretta Hansberry, Angela Peterson, Herbert Nixon and Gwen Masline.
Raines Class of '72 Issues Call Out for Classmates
Members of the William M. Raines Class of 1972 are inviting all Vikings to attend planning meetings for their
upcoming 36th Reunion Celebration next summer. In addition to planning the reunion, the committee is also plan-
ning a December social. Their next meeting will be held on September 6, 2008. For more information, call Ms.
Gaffney at 393-9836 or e-mai LAlpha@aol.com
Smiley Kicks Off Talented Tenth
HBCU Tour at Bethune C-U
We have all heard the phrase, if
something sounds too good to be
true, it usually is. Well in this case
there are no tricks. It is the govern-
ment stimulus package.
Recent press indicates millions of
low-income seniors on fixed
incomes, disabled veterans, dis-
abled people receiving Social
Security, and some retired railroad
workers, are all eligible for the
rebates. The problem is people
don't think they qualify because
they do not file tax returns.
There is no catch. Simply fill-out
a (1040A) form that asks basic
questions like: name, address,
social security number, and your
yearly income. Sign the form, and
mail it. THAT'S IT.
The refunds vary, but average
about $300. And wouldn't that be
helpful with easing the JEA price
increase, food bills, health care, and
skyrocketing gas prices.
Don't miss out. The filing dead-
line is October 15, 2008. For infor-
mation contact the IRS at 1-866-
234-2942, or you can go to their
National show host Tavis Smiley
Influenced by the teachings of
W.E.B. DuBois, television and
radio talk show host Tavis Smiley
targets college students for the
future of Black leadership and
hopes to inspire new leaders from
five of the nation's universities.
The Talented Tenth HBCU Tour,
will kick off this fall with visits to
Bethune Cookman University,
Alabama A&M University,
University of the District of
Columbia, Southern University and
A&M College at Baton Rouge and
South Carolina State University. "I
created this tour to enlighten,
encourage, and empower students
to think about what their own lead-
ership legacy will be. That is what
they can do today that will echo
throughout their communities,
careers, and ultimately throughout
history," said Smiley.
"I'm convinced that the students
who attend these institutions of
higher learning are the scholars, the
exceptional the leaders of the
future. They possess the courage
and talent to set the standard for the
next generation of leadership for
At each of the campuses, Smiley
will lead a two-hour interactive dis-
cussion on the characteristics of
successful role models in the areas
of business, public service, religion
and academia. And, he will chal-
lenge the students to develop their
leadership guiding principles. The
title sponsor, the U.S. Navy, will
host a special session to examine
how leadership skills developed
within its organization has helped
many achieve a lifetime of success.
The special session will be open to
students on each campus.
Smiley's lecture also will address
the existing issues and challenges
of Black leadership, while empha-
sizing examples of ethical, effective
and transformational leadership for
Read Often and
Jacksonville Journey Wants Your Input
The City Council's Public Health & Safety Committee is hosting com-
munity meetings around the city to listen to your concerns on the follow-
ing topics: Public Safety and Jacksonville Journey's impact on the City
budget. You and your neighbors are requested to share your ideas and sug-
gest possible solutions on any issue pertaining to the City of Jacksonville.
City and JSO staff will be present to answer questions on public safety and
proposed safety initiatives. For further information or dates and locations,
contact Cheryl L. Brown, Director, at 630-1377 or Councilman Clay
Yarborough, Chair of Public Health & Safety at 630-1389.
Jax: A Good Town for Negroes
The Jacksonville Diversity Network will present Dr. Carolyn Williams,
UNF History Professor for a presentation on Jaksonville called, "A Good
Time fo Negroes". Organizers they they're guessing that most of what you
know about the history of African-American lives in Jacksonville is less
than positive, which is why they are hosting a special presentation in
August to highlight a broader history of black life in the city. It will be
held on Thursday, August 28, 2008, 7:00p.m. 8:30 p.m. at the The
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101 W. 1st Street, 32206; 1st and Laura
Streets. RSVP to JacksonvilleDiversityNetwork@gmail.com.
Free PSAT Testing
On Saturday, September 13, 2008, The Princeton Review of North
Florida will offer a stress-free, fear-free, and cash FREE practice PSAT.
The practice test will take place at The Princeton Review's Jacksonville
office from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
A free follow-up scores back session will be held in Jacksonville at The
Princeton Review office on September 24 from 6:00 7:30 pm to explain
students test score report and help families begin the college admissions
For more information about these events or to register, please visit
PrincetonReview.com/events or call 800-2Review.
FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE
BID NUMBER: FWC 08/09-19
BID TITLE: Cattle Grazing on
Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area
PRE-BID OPENING: August 11, 2008 @ 3:00 P.M.
BID OPENING: September 4, 2008
CONTACT PERSON: Jeri Bailey @ (850) 488-3427
For a complete copy of the bid, go to:
or FAX your request to (850) 921-2500.
Under provisions of Chapter 101.71, Florida Statutes, notice is hereby given of a change
in polling places for the PRIMARY ELECTION to be held AUGUST 26, 2008 in Duval County, Florida.
FROM: TO: REASON:
01G St. Matthews Lutheran Church TERRY PARKER BAPTIST CHURCH St. Matthews hosted two precincts.The relocation
6801 Merrill Road 7024 Merrill Road of 01G places the precinct within the precinct
Jacksonville, Florida 32277 Jacksonville, Florida 32277 boundaries which is required by law.
02A The Fathers House WATSON REALTY The Father's House is being sold.
1820 Monument Road 2490 Monument Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32225 Jacksonville, Florida 32225
02C Hope Community Church THE FELLOWSHIP at CELEBRATION
New location is within the precinct boundaries and
1710 Kernan Blvd. North BAPTIST CHURCH
1710 Kernan Blvd. North BAPTIST CHURCH allows more space for the voters and the poll worker
Jacksonville, Florida 32225 13720 McCormick Road staff.
Jacksonville, Florida 32225
02R Good News Baptist Church Combined the precinct of 02R into Good News Baptist Church desired to host only one
precinct 02G. Voters will continue to precinct.This solution will provide more space for
vote at Good News Baptist Church. voters and poll worker staff worker.
03D Isle of Faith United CHRIST CHURCH at SAN PABLO Christ Church was not available for the January
Methodist Church 2002 San Pablo Road 29th election. The precinct has moved back to the
1821 San Pablo Road Jacksonville, Florida 32224 original polling location for the Primary and General
Jacksonville, Florida 32224 Elections.
03R Pablo Creek Regional Library FIRE STATION #59 Pablo Creek Library hosted two precincts. The
13295 Beach Boulevard 14097 William Davis Parkway relocation of 03R places the precinct within the
Jacksonville, Florida 32246 Jacksonville, Florida 32225 precinct boundaries which is required by law.
05C San Jose Catholic Cultural Church JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY CHURCH San Jose Catholic Cultural Center hosted two
3619Toledo Road 8111 Old Kings Road South precincts.The relocation of 05C places the precinct
within the precinct boundaries which is required by
Jacksonville, Florida 32217 Jacksonville, Florida 32217
05H San Jose Catholic Cultural Center SAN JOSE CHURCH of CHRIST San Jose scheduled construction that will be in
3619 Toledo Road 6233 San Jose Boulevard progress during the Primary Election.The precinct
Jacksonville, Florida 32217 Jacksonville, Florida 32217 will move back to the original location for the
11C Oceanway Assembly of God OCEANWAY COMMUNITY CENTER Oceanway Assembly of God is unavailable for the
12240 Sago Avenue West 12215 Sago Avenue West Primary Election.The precinct will move back to the
Jacksonville, Florida 32218 Jacksonville, Florida 32218 original polling location for the General Election.
7 JERRY HOLLAND DUVAL COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
(904) 630-1414 www.duvalelections.com
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August 14-20, 2008
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Three Brothers One Wins and Two Lose
Gas Prices Falling,
but For How Long?
Is it me, or are gas prices going
down significantly? Who would
have ever thought that I would see
$3.71 a gallon gas and think that I
was getting a great deal?
What's the cause of this madness -
I had just gotten used to gas being
$4 a gallon and having to choose
between going to the movies and
dinner or filling up my tank.
We shall see just how far gas
prices decrease. Maybe it's because
President Bush is at the Olympic
games hob nobbing with world
leaders that prices have dropped.
Or maybe the oil companies have
run out of space to store all of their
record profits so they are giving us
Either way, it's a welcomed
Making History Without
Thinking About it
Speaking of the Olympics is it
me or are the games sort of fun to
watch go around. I find myself
glued to the TV rutting for any
American in any event. And to my
utter surprise Sunday night I found
out the US Swim Team included a
young black man who was not only
apart of the team, but help the relay
team when a gold medal.
I stand extremely impressed.
Cullen Jones is the young man's
name, and he became only the third
African American ever to win an
Olympic medal in swimming. We
all know that black folk don't really
excel in water sports.
In fact, most sisters don't even like
to get their hair wet! Yeah, I know I
will hear about this comment at a
In an interview with NBC, Jones
said, "I was told, 'You could change
the face of swimming by getting
more African-Americans into
He added, "At first I was like,
'Really, me?' I never got into it
thinking I could do something like
that, you never do. I just liked to
Jones will undoubtedly become
and instant inspiration and hopeful-
ly more black youth will get inter-
ested in swimming. In fact, blacks
should really look beyond the tradi-
tional sports we excel in [football,
basketball, spades] and try sports
that are not mainstream.
And yes, I know that spades is not
a sport, but most of us play it like it
Jones was the third leg of the team
that set a world record in the 400-
meter freestyle relay on Monday
with teammates Michael Phelps,
Garrett Weber-Gale and anchor
I can barely remember the 2004
Olympics, so this year's excite is
much welcomed. I even enjoyed
seeing President Bush huddled up
with the U.S. basketball team
telling the boys to "Get a W for W."
Yes, it was corny, but kind of funny
in a conservative kind of way.
Bernie Mac and
Isaac Hayes Pass
Speaking of funny, my favorite
King of Comedy passed over the
weekend at a very young age. How
can it be?
I remember the first time I saw
Bernie Mac it was on Def
Comedy Jam. I remember saying
who is this funny talking dude with
the load colors on. I didn't realize
that he would become a comedy
icon and go on to become a major
Mac, who was 50, died Saturday
from complications relating to
pneumonia. He also battled with
sarcoidosis, a chronic disorder that
can cause inflammation in the
What made the weekend ever cra-
zier was finding out the next day
that Isaac Hayes had passed.
Hayes, 66, died Sunday after col-
lapsing at his home near Memphis.
We still don't know the cause of his
death, but regardless it was still
devastating to many fans, friends
He was one of soul music's top
songwriters in the '60s, and then
became a renowned R&B superstar
in the '70s and then began starring
in several movies throughout his
The other eerie part about the
death of the two stars was that they
co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in a
movie coming out in November
called, Soul Men. The movie is
about two estranged soul singers
(Mac and Jackson) who reunite to
honor their deceased bandleader.
In Mac, a Chicago native, one
could argue that his best years still
lay ahead of him considering he
was sort of a late bloomer in the
Hayes had a long career as a
musician and actor. I remember
meeting Hayes when is visited
Jacksonville with Congresswoman
Corrine Brown. I remember think-
ing that this guy is really as cool in
person as he is on TV.
Well, two great entertainers have
been passed in one weekend. My
grandmother says that deaths come
in threes; I am hoping that she's
wrong this time.
Signing off from the my family
room watching Olympic gymnas-
tics, which I can't believe that I'm
admitting to watching,
The Death of Black Politics
When I read Matt Bai's piece
in the New York Times with the
title above, I thought that he was
fooling, but it turned out to be a
serious article that put forth much
of the thinking that has passed for
this "post-Black Power" even
"post Civil Rights" generation.
On second thought however, I
am not so sure that this hasmuch
to do with generation, except for
the fact that some of the successes
of the previous generation ushered
in a new class of more affluent
Blacks who eschew the tactics of
the past, not because they are
unsuccessful, but that in the cur-
rent atmosphere, they believe it
cost more personally to deploy
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was
not universally loved by Black
people and was hated and feared
by many of the Whites who now
put him on posters. The primary
reason was that he and many of his
generation made the White estab-
lishment and the Black who were
connected to them uncomfortable
with the system of practices built
on a racist hierarchy.
The courage to challenge it by
some in that generation was not
universally exercised by most
Blacks because they felt they had
much to lose: jobs, prestige,
friends and even the support of rel-
atives. I can conceive of that being
a major problem today when a
larger Black middle class which
has always led the struggle for jus-
tice now feels that so entrenched
that it does not have to deploy the
tactics of the past, not because they
would not be successful, but
because they would be personally
vulnerable in the new corporate
atmosphere, embarrassed, or lose
the support of friends and relatives
even more today.
I appreciate the generational fea-
ture of the new digital revolution
and the use of the internet and
other electronic technology to do
modem organizing. But when all is
said and done and the information
is disseminated about the injustices
taking place, it takes courage to act
upon that information.
In fact, as a leadership scholar, I
have always felt that of all the
characteristics of leadership, the
courage to act was the most impor-
The courage to act produces the
pressure for change and it always
will. That is one of the laws of the
use of power.
It is the responsibility of civil
rights activists in any generation to
make the pain and suffering that
results from racist oppression visi-
ble to systemic leaders so that it
can be corrected.
That is why they are not loved,
either by those who control
American institutions, those who
shape media images or even their
own people many times.
Just recently, the courage to
mobilize the masses of Blacks by
civil rights leaders created the visi-'
bility of the oppression of Blacks
in Benton Harbor Michigan, high-
lighted Don Imus' racist insults to
the young Black women of the
Rutgers University basketball
team, demanded redress from the
federal government to the disaster
of Katrina, showed the injustice of
the killing of Sean Bell by the New
York City police, forced the nation
to look at what was happening to
six young blacks who faced a legal
lynching in Jena, Louisiana,
demanded the Justice Department
treat the emergence of nooses as
hate crimes and so on. The digital
revolution was important to these
mobilizations, but it did not place
the power of marching feet and the
pressure that created for corrective
I understand the great yearning
for Blacks who have reached the
standard of American affluence not
to have to mobilize to demand jus-
tice. But until justice comes, that
will be their responsibility because
they have access to greater
resources than the poor. The myth
that electing a Black president will
resolve these problems, is created
by some uncomfortable Blacks, the
media and institutional leaders
who pine for the emergence of
non-confrontational Black leaders
because they work within the sys-
tems they control.
We need institutional Black lead-
ers, but they have other responsi-
bilities. I remember that in the mid-
1970s, the Congressional Black
Caucus had to make a proclama-
tion that they would hence forth
not be considered civil rights lead-
ers, but legislators, that they could
not take on those kinds of issues
and tactics. Their task was to pass
the laws that either corrected or
It is still true today. We need the
division of labor in Black leader-
ship to be understood and support-
ed, especially by Blacks, even if
the media does not. So, the only
circumstance in which Black
Politics disappears is if racism dis-
appears, so that those who suffer
from it need not take extraordinary
measures to achieve justice. In this
sense, we don't live in a "post"
anything era, because the chal-
lenges are still here.
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Dwight Memorial Committeee Honors Excellence in Scouting
banquet was not held this year, this
affair was presented to recognize
the honorees. The purpose of the
committee is to support programs
and activities which provide oppor-
tunities for all cub and boy scouts in
the Baden Powell District to experi-
ence the benefits of scouting.
Funds raised by the David H.
Dwight Sr. Memorial Committee
for Scouting provide summer
camperships for Cub Scouts and
Boy Scouts, and support other scout
special events. Over the approxi-
mately 20 years the work of the
S...... ....- committee has been "labors of
love" as its members reached out to
business, organizations and individ-
ual contributors to help every fami-
ly in the Baden-Powell District
afford the "Scouting Experience."
PICTURED (left to right) are the honorees with their plaques and some of the Dwight Committee
Members: Front row: Lydia D. Wooden, the Honorees: Catherine Clark, Harley Brown, Mrs. Ishmon
Johnson, who received the post humus award for her husband; Charlotte D. Stewart and David Dwight Jr.
SECOND ROW: Laura Lee, Lavinia Mathis, Beverly brown, Martin Jackson (in the background), Mona
Norris and Carolyn Bradley.
In an article last week entitled
"12,000+ Deltas Meet for 49th
Confab in Orlando". The number of
founders for the sorority was listed as
23 instead of correctly as 22.
Rice: US Would be
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Rice says the
nation would be safe under a
Barack Obama presidency and
that she is ruling out a shot at the
vice presidency under either
Obama or Republican John
In an recently released interview
with Politico and Yahoo News,
Rice was asked if she would feel
secure with a president Obama.
"Oh, the United States will be
fine," she responded. "I think that
we are having an important debate
about how we keep the country
safe," she said, pointing to the
Middle East and Iraq.
"Those are important judgments
for the American people to make."
McCain has vied to portray the
Illinois senator as a dangerous bet
for US security given his relative
niiuf e Vrama
During their primary race,
Obama's defeated Democratic
rival Hillary Clinton ran a now-
infamous ad that questioned
whether he had the right leader-
ship mettle to cope with a foreign
policy crisis in the dead of night.
Rice, occasionally mentioned as a
potential running mate for
McCain, demurred when asked if
she might serve as second-in-com-
mand to his Democratic rival.
"I don't need another job in gov-
ernment with anybody. Look, I'm
a Republican, all right? Senator
McCain is a fine patriot and he
would be a great president," she
"But there's something to be said
for fresh blood," Rice added in
reference to the running mate talk.
"And I know that there are a lot of
very good people who could be
his vice president."
by Charlotte Stewart
A special Recognition Reception
was held in the Conference Room
of the North Florida Council Boy
Scouts of America Building for a
presentation to the 2008 David H.
Dwight Sr. Memorial Committee's
Honorees. These outstanding
scouters/community leaders are:
Harley Brown, Assistant
Scoutmaster, St. Pius V Catholic
Church Troop 74; Catherine Clark,
former Cub-Scout Den #78 Leader
at Little Rock Baptist Church; and
the deceased Ishmon Johnson, for-
mer Scoutmaster and Cub Pack
The awards were individually pre-
sented. Mr. Brown's trophy was
presented to him by his son Darian
Brown, an Eagle Scout who came
to town from Camp Springs,
Maryland for the presentation. Ms.
Clark's presenter was Mrs. Carolyn
Bradley and Mrs. Ishmon Johnson
received the post humus recogni-
tion for her late husband. Each pre-
senter made short but interesting
remarks highlighting the work of
these dedicated leaders of boys.
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Atlantic Beach Women's Connection
The Atlantic Beach Women's Connection will meet on Wednesday
September 3rd from 9:30-11:00a.m. at the Selva Marina Country Club,
1600 Selva Marina Drive in Atlantic Beach. The speaker Jill McGahan will
share how she went from "most dependable" to least dependable" and
back again. "Going Full Circle the Hard Way". There will also be a
fashion show featuring clothing and accessories. All area women are wel-
come and encouraged to attend!
For more information call Kate 534-6784.
Jax Gospel Announcers Guild to Hold
Conference & Award Celebration
The Radisson Hotel, 4700 Salisbury Road will be the headquarters for
the Jacksonville Gospel Announcers Guild Conference and Award
Celebration, Saturday, August 30th, so make your plans now to attend.
The VIP Gospel Industry Roundtable featuring Stellar Awards Board
Members, Top Gospel Labels, National Gospel Radio Announcers, man-
agers, and producers; will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 30, 2008..
Make your reservations now by calling (904) 766-2266.
Headliners at the conference include Bishop Bruce Allen, Twinkie Clark,
CBS-47's Dawn Lopez, Pastor Merry Racheal, V. Michael McKay, NtoU
Magazine, Dr. Yvonne Capehart, VShawn Mitchell, Ken Amaro, Destiny
Praise Atlanta, and the UNF Gospel Choir.
FHA Title 1 Money for Repairs
The FHA Title 1 Program has money to loan for Homeowners with fixed
rates for needed repairs, Replacement windows and doors, Central Heat &
Air, Roofing, Electrical and Plumbing upgrades, Room Additions, Kitchen
and Bathroom Remodeling. To learn more, please call (904) 398-4571.
National Worship Beyond Measure
Retreat Kicks Off in September
Lance Williams announces the True Worship Retreat 2008: "Worship
Beyond Measure: An Intimate Experience." The retreat kicks off
Thursday, September 11th, with featured performances by Tye Tribbet, with
multi-Stellar Award winning artist Dewayne Woods & many others.
The retreat will be held at the Christian Pentecostal Church, 971 Clinton
Avenue in Irvington, NJ from Thursday September 11 Saturday,
September 13. On Friday, September 12 "The Intimate Place" Concert will
highlight the ministries of Lance Williams & True Worship, Maurette
Brown-Clark, and JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise, along with other premier
Gospel artist s' "..
Each nightly event begins at 7:30 p.m. and general admission is free
(preferred seating has a fee). For preferred seating or to register for the sem-
inars/workshops logo onto www.TrueWorship.org.
Pastor Ernie Murray
Women's Conference Set for
Wayman Chapel August 15 -17
The Women of Wayman (WOW) Chapel AME's Women's Ministry will
present "WOMEN'S CONFERENCE 2008: TAKING AUTHORITY
OVER OUR LIVE"!, August 15-17, 2008, at the church located at 8855
Events include: Friday, August 15th: 6:30-9:30 pm LADIES FEL-
LOWSHIP & GAME NIGHT All women are invited to a night of fun,
food and fellowship. Saturday, August 16th: 8-8:30 a.m. Continental
Breakfast & Registration followed by workshops on topics such as "Being
True To Myself', "Why Am I Here?", "It's My Dream", "I Have The
Authority" and "What Are You Waiting For" with classes for adults and
youth. Closing services will be held on Sunday, August 17th with speaker
Dr. Cynthia Griffin andmusic provided by Sisters In Song.
All are welcome. For more information, call (904) 739-7500 or log onto
Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church Celebrates 116 Years
The community is invited to share with Emanuel Missionary Baptist
Church in celebrating 116 years of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The anniversary celebration will begin Tuesday, August 19, 2008, and close
out on Sunday, August 24, 2008, with the dedication of a new Fellowship
Hall following the 11:00 a.m. morning service.
Nightly services will begin at 7:15 p.m. with Pastor Clifford Johnson and
Zion Hope Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, Pastor Kelly
Brown and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 and
Pastor James Sampson and First New Zion Baptist Church on Thursday,
August 21, 2008.
The church is located at 2407 S. L. Badger, Circle East. Rev. Herb
Anderson is pastor. For further information, you may call the church at
First AME of Palm Coast
Continues Celebration of Women
The Women of First Coast AME Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, in
Palm Coast, FL will continue their women's celebration with a Women's
Revival; Saturday, August 30, a Health and Beauty Pamper Party, acces-
sorized by vendors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the culmination of Women's
Day on Sunday, September 14, at the 10:45 a.m. service.
The women are wearing shades of purple for the service. A wonderful
meal has been planned, and a Women's Day Choir is under\a\. directed by
Sophia Booker, for making adoration at the actual event of \\omen's Day.
Also on schedule is their Third Annual Music Workshop and Concert
conducted by Music Direct Michael Booker. It will be held on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, August 8-10, 2008.
Lord's Supper & Baptism
3rd Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
Noon Day Worship
Youth Church 7:00 p.m.
Violence Awareness Hour Hosted by
Disciples of Christ August 16th
The Outreach Ministry of the Disciples of Christ Quench the Violence
will be spearheading a Violence Awareness Hour on Saturday, August
16th. All outreach ministries and prayer warriors are invited to join them
as they canvass MoncriefRoad targeting comers from 13th Street to Soutel
Drive. There will also be a continuous Hour of Prayer in support of this
effort. For more information or to participate, call the church at 765-5683.
New Generation Christian Fellowship
The New Generation Christian Fellowship is celebrating the dedication
of its new facility and the community is invited..
Grammy-award winning Bishop Bruce Allen, Pastor of The Church
Fellowship will lead the celebration at 7 p.m., on Monday evening, August
25th. The community is invited. For directions or more information, please
call (904) 631-7134 or 591-6382.
Haven's Women Ministry Sat. Service
God's Treasure House of Prayer Ministry Inc., The "Haven for Women
Ministry" will hold service at 12 noon on Saturday, August 23, 2008, at the
Gates of SouthPoint, 7035 Phillips Highway, Suite #30 (off JTB). All are
welcome. For information, please call (904) 887-5188.
Summertime Gospel Showcase
The First Annual Summertime Gospel Showcase Showdown will be pre-
sented at 6 p.m., Saturday, August 23, 2008 at One Accord Ministries
International Inc., 2971 Waller Street (off 1-10 & McDuff). It will be a
showcase like none ever seen before, promises the presenters: First Lady
Productions, JDG Ministries, and ERRUPT Studios. This showcase will be
an opportunity for all aspiring Gospel and Christian Hip Hop artists.to pres-
ent their talents along with other unsigned talented artists in an all out
SHOWDOWN for the title and the grand prize.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 3-song demo, a photo shoot,
album cover artwork, CDs, Radio Airplay, and much more.
Register now as spaces are going fast, just call (904) 425-0806; or go to
www.myspace.com/summertimegss. DEADLINE is August 16.
God's Treasure House of Prayer
Anointing Service set for August 16th
God's Treasure House of Prayer Ministry Inc., Apostle Ruth E. Young,
Founder; will hold an Anointing Service att,7330.p.i., Saturday. August
16th, at the Gates of Southpoint, 7035 Phillips Highway, Suite 30 (near J
TB). You are invited to bring your bottle of oil to be blessed. Come and be
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Ailing Gospel Legend Rev. Timothy Wright
Wants Only "to Return to the Pulpit"
According to NY Daily
News writer Rich Schapiro,
Rev. Timothy Wright, who was i
critically injured in an automo-
bile accident last month, wants
nothing more than to get back
in the pulpit, preaching to his
Unfortunately, Wright, 61 -
also known as the "Godfather i I
of gospel" still cannot
breathe, eat or walk on his own O
more than a month after the
horrific crash that killed his f
wife and grandson.
"Can I go to church?" Wright Rev. Timothy Wright
asked his son last week inside The Grammy Award-nominated
his hospital room at a New Jersey pastor was moved to the Kessler
rehabilitation center, Schapiro Institute for Rehabilitation in West
wrote. "He says that all the time," Orange on Thursday, but his veter-
David Wright, 30, said as he ans insurance doesn't cover the
stroked his father's shoulder. $4,033-a-day treatment he needs.
Wright has been incapacitated His family, joined by the Rev. Al
since the July 4 accident that took Sharpton, is asking for donations to
the life of Betty Wright and his 14- continue rehabilitation. Sharpton
year-old grandson, D.J. The said his goal was to raise $100,000.
founder of Grace Tabernacle "The insurance that he had cov-
Christian Center in Crown Heights, ered him as far is it could,"
suffered a severe spinal cord injury, Sharpton said. "Now, he must
a broken jaw, broken ribs and mul- depend on the insurance of his
tiple fractures in his legs. friends and his supporters."
First Baptist of Oakland Hosts Back to School Jam
Vanessa Thomas ,Bria Odom Amber Odom, Valerie Crispin, Shelby
Salter and Claudine Brown enjoy the day.
Over 1,000 brand new backpacks stuffed with school supplies were dis-
tributed at the First Baptist Church of Oakland's Back to School Jam on
last weekend at A. Philip Randolph Park.
The church, aided by a long list of community sponsors, presented one
of the city's largest back-to-school events. In addition to the backpack
giveaway, there was free food, games, and live entertainment on the main
stage. The Back to School Jam also included a Health Fair, where students
received immunizations and physical exams all free of charge. KFP Photos
Cullen Jones Wants to Change the Face of Swimming
The Centers for Disease Control Bejing, Sabir Mul
and Prevention says drowning is the broke ten American
second-leading cause of accidental Maritza Correia, the
death among children, and African American woman to
Americans between the ages of 10 an Olympic team,
to 14 are five times more likely to Ervin, the first Africa
drown than white children the same win a gold medal in
Experts suggest the
problem is linked to slavery. When
Africans were brought to America,
neither they nor their children, were
allowed to swim for fear they
would escape. Later, segregation at
beaches and pools kept African
Americans out of the water. That
compounded with the fact, that few
pools were built in African
American communities, and they
were not encouraged to swim
resulted in a disproportionate num-
ber not being able to do so.
But that's slowly changing.
African American athletes like,
Cullen Jones, competing in this
summer's Olympic Games in
is hoped their accon
the world of swimmir
aged other African
participate in the sport
life saving skill.
reeling from winning
in a relay that is
called one of the
races in sports history
is just starting to dig
reaching impact his
have on a sport thai
"I was told, 'You co
face of swimming b)
win a spot on
in American to
re some of the
ming,' Jones, 24, said. "At first I
was like, 'Really, me?' I never got
into it thinking I could do some-
thing like that, you never do. I just
liked to swim."
opens up another chapter of us
working together to get more kids
Jones is all too aware of the
importance of knowing how to
African Americans between the ages of 10 to 14 are five
times more likely to drown than white children the same age.
But ears of training have led
Jones t t the top of the Olympic
poddiuin and he is ready to
use his new position in
the public spotlight to
spread his love for
I \ swimming to
when he returns
home to the
er with teammates
S and anchor Jason Lezak
set a world record in the
4010-mneter freestyle relay on
NMonday at the Beijing Games.
Jones is just the third African-
world's leg- American swimmer to medal in an
d swimmers. It Olympic Games, and today, as the
nplishments in third leg of the relay that anchor
ng will encour- Jason Lezak brought home in a dra-
Americans to matic finish, he became just the sec-
rt and learn the ond to win gold.
Hours after his win, Bank of
Jones is still America announced they are going
Olympic gold to sponsor his Cullen Jones Tour, a
already being series of clinics and swim meets he
most exciting is organizing in order to promote
y. And now he more children from minority back-
est the longer- grounds to get in the pool.
t is lacking in
uld change the
y getting more
"I was amazed," Jones said. "The
fact that they're willing to put forth
money to help me with something
that I see as being a need in my life
and wanting to try to help, just
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swim, having almost drowned at an
amusement park as a child. That
brush with death directly resulted in
his parents' getting him into swim-
ming. Now, he is hoping to impart
the lessons he learned on his jour-
ney to the children who come
through his tour.
"I'm just thankful," Jones said.
"Some people say that relay is
going to be one of the best sports
moments ever, and just to be a part
of that not only is it going to help
,my movement of diversity it's
just an honor."
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pay for it? I know I don't want to are no mix-ups as to what you are
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We all know we're supposed to
drink eight, 8oz glasses of water a
day, but how many of us really do?
The excuses I've heard, for not
drinking water, range from "I don't
like the way it tastes" to "I'd drink
it, but it makes me go to the rest-
room too much." These excuses are
trivial in comparison to the benefits.
Water, makes up 50 to 60% of our
bodies, regulates body temperature,
helps our breathing, transports
nutrients, carries away waste, pro-
motes clear and vibrate complex-
ions and helps our muscles func-
tion. Even with all of these benefits,
water is still one of the most neg-
lected parts of the African
American diet. Some of us go an
entire day without one glass!
An often overlooked benefit of
water, is its ability to aid in weight
loss. The more hydrated you are,
the quicker your metabolism works.
When you are dehydrated even
before you start becoming thirsty -
your liver has to help the kidneys
function and can't metabolize fat as
quickly. Your metabolism slows
down, causing some unwanted fat
If your body is used to not getting
water, it actually stores more in
ankles, hips and thighs. In other
: Drinking water is a healthy way to
r avoid snacking. Drinking water can
make you feel full. Drink a glass
when you normally snack, and have
"', one before your meal and right
S before going out.
Drinking water is not the only way
to stay hydrated. Milk, juice and
other liquids even some fruits and
vegetables are good sources of
S water. Avoid caffeinated beverages
,J. (coffee, soda), as they actually
cause you to lose fluids and become
Adding water to your diet is not as
hard as it may seem. Try using
some of these tips to get your rec-
ommended daily dose of H20:
Take a water break instead of a
smoke break at work.
Set a rule with your water glass:
once it's empty, it gets filled back
up right away.
- Drink orange juice or eat fruit in
- Order water at restaurants instead
of soda. Even if you have some-
thing else to drink, have water too.
Weekends are the toughest, so be
aware of your water and fluid
intake throughout Saturday and
Sunday. Keep more than one water
bottle in the fridge so you always
have a cold one.
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words, it doesn't trust you to keep
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realizes the water will keep coming,
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The Factor of Race in Polling Could Prove Troubling
Continued from front
-ic and cultural changes in play, this
question is contributing to an
almost unprecedented air of uncer-
tainty surrounding this year's polls.
In 1989, Wilder polled as many as
15 points ahead in the days before
the election for Virginia governor,
but squeaked into office by a
minuscule 6,700 votes. David
Dinkins had a similar experience
that year, when he became New
York City's first black mayor. And
the phenomenon was first noted in
1982, when Tom Bradley endured a
stunning defeat in the California
governor's race after exit polls indi-
cated he was the winner.
The reason for these disparities? A
significant amount of white people
did not admit that race played a role
in their voting decision, pollsters
and academics say. Another factor:
When the person asking the ques-
tions was black, respondents were
more likely to say they favored the
In the recent Democratic primary,
exit polls in 28 states overstated
Obama's actual share of the final
Andrew Kohut, president of the
Pew Research Center, doesn't think
people are lying to pollsters today
about their support for Obama,
"because I don't think there's a lot of
stigma in saying you're voting for
John McCain." Kohut said it's not
like polls are asking, "Do you want
to vote for the white guy or the
But he did see potential for error
based on the people who decline to
participate in polls, whom he
describes as largely lower-income
whites more likely than the popula-
tion at large to have racially intoler-
"The real frailty of our polls is that
we get very high refusal rates, and
we survive because the people who
we interview are like the people
who we don't interview on most
things," Kohut said. "(Racism) is
not one of them."
So are current polls accurate? "I
don't know," Kohut said, "and to be
honest with you, this is something
every pollster I know is concerned
Wilder, now the mayor of
Richmond, Va., said his internal
polls during the governor's race
showed it to be much closer than
most people thought. "It was clear
that people were having the first
opportunity to vote for an African-
American, and there was uncertain-
ty," he said. "You know, 'Is he going
to be fair, is he just going to look
out for his own people. And who
are his own people?' I think we've
come a great distance from that. I've
seen the progress."
So is Wilder ready to bury the
"No, I won't say that," he said with
a laugh. "I won't go that far."
Daniel J. Hopkins will. The
Harvard University postdoctoral
fellow examined data from 133
gubernatorial and Senate elections
from 1986 to 2006 and concluded
that the effect vanished in the early
1990s as racially divisive issues
such as crime and welfare reform
receded from the national stage.
Hopkins said that race could play
a larger role if it is injected into the
campaign as it often is in the wan-
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
10th Annual Toast
to the Animals
Tickets are now available to the
Jacksonville Humane Society's
10th annual "Toast to the Animals."
The wine tasting event is Aug. 15 at
the Florida Theatre from 6- 9 p.m.
This year's event will feature
gourmet hors d'oeuvres, desserts
and more than 200 varieties of wine
in addition to a live and silent auc-
tion. Tickets are available at
www.jaxhumane.org or by calling
Stanton Class of '55
The Stanton High School Class of
1953 will celebrate it's 55th class
reunion, August 14-17th. The
activities will be held primarily at
the Airport Clarion Hotel. Planned
activities include a day cruise, fish
fry, banquet and a memorial serv-
ice. For more information, contact
Ronald Johnson at 302-0265.
8th Annual Blodgett
8th Annual Blodgett Reunion
Weekend will take place August
15-17 at various locations. The fes-
tive celebration includes a "Get
Acquainted Night", "Family and
Friends Day" and Worship services
at Bethel Baptist Inst. Church's 11
a.m. services. For more informa-
tion, contact Elizabeth Bing at 765-
from Lito Sheppard
On Friday August 15th from 2-5
p.m., NFL pro Lito Sheppard will
be distributing free backpacks to
area Jacksonville Youth. The
Former Raines Viking and current
Philadelphia Eagles wil be at the
Mitchell Center, 1010 Acorn St.
distributing 250 backpacks on a
first come first serve basis.
Participants will also receive free
entry into a back to school celebra-
tion accompanied by a D.J. and
refreshments and a chance to win a
Ribault Class of 1978
The Ribault class of 1978 will
have it's 30th social social gathering
on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at the
Commonwealth Holiday Inn start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Call 651-0567 for
more info or to stay connected.
How to Grow Your
Is your grocery bill out of control?
Want to learn some ways to reduce
that bill? Try growing your own
vegetables. The Duval County
Extension Office is offering a
hands-on workshop on how to start
your own vegetables from seeds.
The class will be held on Saturday,
August 16th, from 10 a.m. noon
at the Extension Office, 1010 N.
McDuff Ave. You will take home
$3 nnalylca 32 ipCds) $42,ousideof it
your own planted seed try and light
refreshments will be served. Call
387-8850 to pre-register.
Grown & Sexy All
The Jericho Lodge #606 and
Ladies of Essence Chapter #655
will present a Grown and Sexy
Dance on Saturday August 16,
2008, 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. at the Knights
of Columbus Hall, 1501 Hendricks
Ave. This is an all white attire affair
and partyers are encouraged to
dress to impress. Contact Sis. K.
King, 904-537-8629 for more infor-
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society will hold their monthly
meeting at the Clay County
Archives in Green Cove Springs,
with Claude Bass as host. The
meeting time will be at 1:30 p.m. on
Saturday, August 16th. Mr. Bass is
archivist with many, many interest-
ing stories to pass on. For addition-
al information please contact Mary
Chauncey at (904) 781-9300.
Dinner and Dance
Men in Black are sponsoring their
Annual 'Summertime Dinner and
Dance' on Saturday, August 23,
2008, at the Scottish Rite Masonic
Building, 29 W 6th St. (corner of
6th and Main St.) The doors will
open at 8 p.m. There will be door
prizes, dinner and dancin.! For
more information, call 904-226-
Reggae Legend Beres
Hammond in Concert
Reggae legend Beres Hammond
will be in concert for one show only
at the Plush Nightclub. The show
will be on Thursday, August 21st.
For tickets or more information,
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee Inc.(JLOC), for the
Millions More Movement will
sponsor a 'Clothes Give-A-Way' on
Saturday, August 23, 2008, from
11:00 a.m. til 5:00 p.m. at 916
N.Myrtle Ave.,between Kings Road
and Beaver Street. For questions or
further information about the
Millions More Movement visit
www.jaxloc.com,or cal 904-240-
An Afternoon with
Charles Cobb, Jr.
The Jacksonville Public Library's
African American Collection
Author Series will feature author
Charles Cobb, Jr. on Saturday,
August 23rd at 2:00 PM Cobb is
the author of On the Road to
Freedom: A Guided Tour of the
Civil Rights Trail.
For more information, call 630-
FCCJ Family Literacy
Fair at North Campus
The Sixth Annual FCCJ Family
Literacy Fair will be held on
Saturday August 23, 2008 from 10
a.m.-2 p.m. It is free and open to the
public. The annual event includes
live performances by celebrity
readers, storytelling, age-appropri-
ate reading activities and lists, free
books, face painting, prizes, sur-
prises and free lunch. For reserva-
tions or more information call 904-
766-6553.FCCJ's North Campus is
located at 4501 Capper Road.
Gospel Artists Sought
for Talent Showcase
The Jacksonville Gospel
Announcers Guild is looking for
soloists & groups to take part in
their upcoming Gospel Industry
Showcase, Aug. 30th in
Jacksonville. Showcase your talent
to industry professionals, record
company execs, national radio
announcers, Stellar Award board
members and more. For details,
call (904)766-2266 or log onto
The Atlantic Beach Women's
Connection will meet on
Wednesday September 3rd from
9:30-11:00a.m. at the Selva Marina
Country Club, 1600 Selva Marina
Drive in Atlantic Beach. The speak-
er Jill McGahan will share how she
went from "most dependable" to "
least dependable" and back again..
"Going Full Circle the Hard
Way".' There will also be a fashion
show featuring clothing and acces-
sories. All area women are welcome
and encouraged to attend!
For more information call Kate
at the Ritz
The monthly Amateur Night at the
Ritz will take place on Friday,
September 5th at 7:30 p.m. Some
of the city's hottest talent in
Jacksonville will compete for cash
prizes and the cheers or jeers of the
audience decide who goes home
with the cash. Tickets are available
at the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum, Times Union Performing
Art Center. Call 632-5555 for more
Book Club Meeting
PRIDE Book Club will have their
September meeting on Friday,
September 5th at 7 p.m. hosted by
Ros Richardson. The fiction book
for discussion will be "On the
Eighth Day She Rested" by J. D.
Mason. For more information, con-
tact Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
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 244-4472 or 353-5737
or email SCDAANFC@comcast.net.
Ebony and Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. will present their
fifth annual Ebony and Ivory Gala
Saturday, September 13, 2008,
7:00 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville
Hotel. The Ebony and Ivory Gala is
a black-tie affair where women who
have made significant contributions
in health, education, and economic
development are recognized in
addition to a community service
agency. For additional information
contact Dr. Helen Jackson at 635-
5191 or on-line at woccf.org.
with Rodney Hurst
The Jacksonville Public Library,
as part of their African-American
author series, will present
"An Afternoon with Rodney
Hurst", author of, It Was Never
About a Hotdog and a Coke. The
free forum will be held on
Saturday, September 27th at 2:00
PM at the Main Library.
Viewing at the Library
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "Government by
Gaslight" on Thursday, Oct. 2,
2008. The event will include a
viewing of a documentary that first
aired on Channel 4 in 1966 and
encouraged support for the
Consolidation movement in
Jacksonville. After the viewing,
Harry Reagan and Norm Davis, for-
merly of WJXT-TV4, will discuss
the role of the media in creating
support for Consolidation. It will
begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Hicks
Auditorium Main Library, 303 N.
Laura Street. Call 630-BOOK for
The Main Library will host a pro-
gram entitled: "A Bold New
Revolution: 40 years later" on
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. A modera-
tor and three distinguished scholars
will discuss how Jacksonville has
fared under Consolidated govern-
ment in the 40 years since it was
implemented. The forum will kick
off at 11 a.m. in the Main Library,
Hicks Auditorium, Conference
Level, 303 N. Laura Street. For
more information call 630-BOOK.
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)
Basketball in Jax
Local residents will be able to
check out professional basketball
right in our own backyard with an
NBA pre-season basketball game
between the Orlando Magic vs. the
Miami Heat. Tickets go on sale
June 9th for the game that will be
held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,
October 18, 2008 at the
Jacksonville Memorial Arena. For
tickets or more information, call
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Andrew Jackson Class of 1973 Celebrates 35 Years
Official Class picture of the Jackson Tigers Class of 1973 35th Reunion
The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville served as the official host hotel of the 35th reunion of the Jackson High School Tigers. The celebration held over the weekend of August 8th, included a Hospitality suite, Midnight Karaoke
dancing, cocktail party, formal banquet and group breakfast.In addition to posing for their group picture, the classmates also broke up into the feeder Elementary Schools they attended. FMP Photos.
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As a kid, I remember listening to
Arthur Godfrey, a 1950's TV Star,
crooning the song Count Your
Blessing. Godfrey's craggy voice
forcefully belted out the refrain,
"when I'm worried and I can't sleep, I
count my blessing instead of sheep
and I fall asleep counting my bless-
ing." When you went to sleep last
night, were you counting your bless-
ing or were you tossing and turning,
while worrying about your problems?
Do you have friends that complain
about the inadequacies of their
spouse, or the lack of achievement of
their children or the problems on their
job or the flaws in their home or
shortcomings of their friends or even
the failings at their church? They are
probably like most Americans that are
media conditioned to feel inadequate!
According to the media, we all should
be skinnier, sexier, healthier, wealthi-
er and wiser. Our kids should be like
the Beaver and our home life like
Ozzie and Harriet.
We are conflicted when the media's
projection of the "good life" meets the
reality of our "real life" and we per-
ceive ourselves coming up short.
Even with all of their supposed inade-
quacies, our spouses, children, jobs,
homes, friends and even our churches
are in most cases a blessing in our
lives and we are a complimentary
blessing to them.
What is a blessing?
A blessing is in the eye of the behold-
er. To be able to see is a blessing to
the blind; to be able to walk is a bless-
ing to the crippled; to have a home
and family is a blessing to the home-
less; and to live in freedom is a bless-
ing to those under persecution. What
are your blessings? How do you
count them? Why is this important
and where do you start?
Start counting your blessing right
now. If you are reading this column
you are more fortunate that almost
two billion people in the world that
cannot read. Get a piece of paper and
start your list. First, look at yourself,
next look at your relationships and
finally look at your family's outlook
for the future. Where are your bless-
ings and how can you be a blessing to
Mental and physical fitness
How are you blessing your body'?
What you read, listen to and watch
will significantly impact your success
or failure. You can think your way
into failure or success to a large part
depending on what you allow into
your mind. Likewise, our bodies will
respond to what we eat, drink or oth-
erwise ingest. Like our minds, our
bodies, if not exercised regularly, will
operate at less than peak efficiency.
Family and relationships
Our family and relationships define
who we are. Last year, I attended a
funeral that had more than a thousand
people in attendance. The deceased
was not a celebrity or public official;
however he had touched the lives of
many through several community
roles that he had performed. The pro-
gram was fairly normal, with the
exception of tributes by several of his
nieces, nephews and close friends.
All expressed their gratitude for his
positive attitude, his ability to share
and the blessings that he bestowed
upon them. Who are you blessing ?
Career and finances
Most of our adult life will be spent
on a job. If the job is one that you
enjoy and you are good at, it will be a
blessing. However, if it is one that
you don't enjoy, you will only go
through the motions until the end of
each day. Is your job a blessing? If
not, how can you change it to be more
exciting or do you have to move on to
something more in line with your
Your finances allow you to provide
for your family's security and well
being. Have you established personal
financial goals? If so, are you on a
track? If not, what can you do to pro-
vide for your family's long-term secu-
rity and well-being?
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Live each day as if you will die
tomorrow, but plan as if you will live
forever. When you go to bed tonight,
count your blessing and when you
wake up tomorrow be a blessing to
those around you.
Michael G Shinn, CFP Registered
Representative and Advisory Associate of
and securities and investment advisory
services offered through Financial
Network Investment Corporation, member
SIPC. Visit www shinnfinancial.comn..
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