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Emancipation Celebration, Jan. 1st
at 2nd Missionary Baptist Church
The Lincoln-Douglas Memorial Emancipation Proclamation Assoc. has
presented many outstanding well known speakers at this annual celebration
which will be presented this year on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the
Second Missionary Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road, in downtown
Jacksonville. The program will begin at 10:45 a.m.
The words of Fredrick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln resound
as Fredrick Douglas and other abolitionists are recognized. Each year an
outstanding student recites the Frederick Douglas address, a highlight of the
event. Dr. H. T. Rhim Sr., Pastor of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church
which is located in the center of Jacksonville's historic "Black Bottom" will
be the guest speaker.
Dr. Odell Smith, Pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church, chairman
of the Emancipation Proclamation Association and Mrs. Gayle Kendall,
2nd Vice President and program chair, invite all to this celebration which
will be another outstanding witness to the reflection on the past, "as we
forge into the future! All are welcome.
Help those at Trinity Rescue Mission
All churches are being asked to invite their memberships to gather all
sizes of coats, jackets and sweaters for men, women and children. The
ladies of PRMC want to help those in need, and are asking you to join in
the effort. Arrangement to pick up your donation can be made.
Call Trice Williams at (904) 472-8454.
Scottish Rite Free Masons to Honor
Cox 33 Degree
The Tilllman Valentine Consistory
No 22 Ancient and Accepted
Scortish Rite of Free Masonry PHA
\%ill honor Dr. Augustus H. Cox 33
Degree KYCH, who recently
became Honorary Past Grand
Master of Florida PHA and Past
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Grand Encampment of Knights
Temple of the United Stats of
America for his untiringly service
of 65 years in Masonry with 43
\ears in the Consistory, serving 4
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Claim Your Victory: Ten Principles
to Get the Life You've Always Wanted I I '
by Bishop T.D. Jakes
Loneliness is rooted in a lack of
intimacy with yourself. Loneliness
is also rooted in the myth-bought
into by far too many women-that
having someone ensures you'll
never be lonely. It ensures no such
thing. Mates leave, they die, they
change. Even if you end up with a
life partner, saddling one person
with the responsibility for making
you happy is a weight that can
break that person's back. If you're in
turmoil, and someone else enters
that atmosphere, they join the tur-
moil. So we've got to stop indulging
these false perceptions of happily
ever after. Spend more time alone
with yourself, being introspective,
meditating, truly getting to know
the woman you are. That's the only
way out of loneliness into your very
own joy. You don't have to be in a
personal, intimate relationship with
a man to have a significant life.
Find fulfillment in giving to other
people, serving the community, the
environment, animals, God's cre-
ations. Get a life.
KNOW THAT YOU MATTER
Self-loathing is subtle, stealthy,
evil. When we were children, some-
one may have told us, "You're
dumb. You're stupid. Why aren't
you more like your brother or your
sister?" We were compared with
someone's ex-girlfriend or ex-wife.
As a result, we end up thinking
everyone else is wonderful. You
must stop fixating on yourself in
this manner. Spend time on the
inner woman, the woman God
wants you to see. God will show
you your unhealthiness, your mis-
perceptions about yourself. You
will begin giving yourself permis-
sion to think you're important too.
LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND
Do not make your healing from
long-held insults and injury contin-
gent upon someone acknowledging
the harm she's done to you. That
may never happen. If someone
else's apology is a prerequisite for
your healing, you may never get
well. You can be healed, whether or
not you get a formal apology. And
that is your choice. Holding on to
past hurts only eats up energy better
OWN YOUR FINANCIAL
Many of us have not been taught
commonsense investing. Too often
we choose clothing, cars, food and
fun over real estate, stocks, annu-
ities and other goods that, in the
long run, tend to accrue value. In
this time when many women are
primary breadwinners, it's essential
to be savvy about money. Identify
financial habits that are taking you
down, see them as the enemy, and
wipe them out. As the saying goes,
"God bless the child that's got [her]
own." Fund your future by invest-
ing regularly, even if it's in modest
HONOR YOUR 'ME' TIME
Busyness is sometimes born of
arrogance: "Yes, I can be every-
thing to everybody." Our lives, like
plants, keep growing and growing.
But one must exercise discretion.
An exhausted, worn-out woman is
no earthly good to herself or anyone
else. You need time to recoup and
regroup, or you will end up deplet-
ed, dysfunctional, moody, unhappy
and hard to be around. We're finite
resources. Learn to relax. Take
some "me" time, without any guilt.
All of nature teaches us that we
need to recuperate. Leaves turn
brown in the fall. Sap runs down the
tree in the winter so that spring can
PRIORITIZE YOUR RELA-
When the liabilities in any rela-
tionship outnumber the assets, that
relationship is bankrupt. And all
relationships have liabilities. To
determine whether you and the
other person can possibly work
things out, ask yourself whether
remaining connected spiritually,
emotionally and financially to that
person is more fruitful than discon-
necting. Just because you need to
excise someone from your life is
not a strike against you or the other
party, only a sign that the two of
you are a bad mix.
FOCUS ON YOUR PURPOSE
All of us are affected by what
other people think, say and do in
response to who we are. Yet if
pleasing other people becomes the
goal, you will spend the rest of your
life chasing down your critics. And
if satisfying the critics becomes
your goal, you'll never have peace.
Finding peace requires zeroing in
on your singular, divinely ordained
purpose, the task or tasks that God
has assigned especially to you. God
has a role for you to play that may
be quite distinct-no better or worse-
from what's designated for the next
REVEL IN SUCCESSES
Often we don't give ourselves
permission to succeed. Nor do we
appreciate people who look like us
and are successful. Surround your-
self with those who won't compete
with you but will revel in your suc-
cess and somehow see your ascent
as a reflection of their own possibil-
ities. And don't forget that success
is not just cash in the bank or
degrees on the wall; it is living out
your life's purpose. It is being all
you can be.
MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR
Some of us are under the miscon-
ception that our kinfolks are the
only folks with deep, dark secrets.
But I've got 12,000 families in my
church, all with some drama.
Puberty, marriage, divorce, midlife,
menopause-just plain living-bring
out drama. What matters is how we
manage the drama. If, for example,
as the current wife, you've got anx-
ieties about your husband picking
up your stepchildren from his ex-
wife's home, arrange to help him
ferry the kids back and forth. Try to
establish a rapport with both the
kids and the ex-wife. If, as another
example, you think your sister is
crazy and apt to fly off the handle in
your presence, don't deal with her
when you're tired or irritable.
Family drama is not the same as
workplace drama: You can change
jobs; you cannot fully detach from
the people you are committed to
loving. Manage family relation-
ships in a way that gives you the
greatest peace, which might
demand putting up some bound-
aries-and examining the role you
play in the buildup of that drama.
CELEBRATE YOUR LIFE
Jealousy is an outgrowth of not
realizing who you are and what you
possess. It's born of fear that some-
one has a better life than yours,
even though the people you envy
are not without their own insecuri-
ties, pains and unrequited dreams
and hopes. Focus on your accom-
plishments, not your failures. Count
your blessings. Celebrate the life
you've been given.
Organization of the Year JLOC
The Jacksonville Free Press is pleased to laud the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions
More Movement as our Organization of the Year. The action oriented non-profit organization of men and
women present monthly community outreach Fairs to the urban community at large providing free clothing
and food. In addition, they give free haircuts to children and additional food baskets for Thanksgiving and
Christmas. To be a recipient, all you have to do is be present at the events held on the comer of Myrtle Avenue.
membership in the organization is free and requires only a desire to better the community. Clothes, furniture
etc., is clean, current and on hangers. Shown above are Mr and Mrs. Harold Sirmona with their children, par-
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ticipate, call 240-9133.
Hats off to the membership of J-LOC as they continue to make a difference in the community!
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All the World's a
Last week, the world lost one of
its brightest stars when legendary
actress, dancer and performer
Eartha Kitt succumbed to cancer at
the age of 81. She was indeed a sur-
vivor who inspired so many with
her "purr-fect" ambition and zest
One of Jacksonville's own shin-
ing stars has felt the inspiration of
Kitt as he worked with her during
his decade-long artistic journey.
Darryl Hall too shares Kitt's senti-
ment and remains committed to
refining his craft, creating a history
that he has since enjoyed writing. A
few days following Kitt's death, I
interviewed Darryl Hall about his
world on stage.
Q: Tell me about yourself.
I was born, reared, and educated
in the northside community of
Jacksonville. A graduate of William
M. Raines High School and the
University of Florida (B. S. in
Architecture), I am currently
Founder and CEO of Stage Aurora
Theatrical Company, Inc. having
received many special awards:
2008 Recipient of the Individual
Arts Award presented by the
Cultural Council of Greater
Jacksonville (Cited by Mayor John
Peyton); Recipient of the 2008
Onyx Award for Excellence in
Music and the Performing Arts, and
Voted Best Theatre Group by
WJXT-4 Jacksonville Hot List. I
also serve as a State Panelist for
funding of statewide community
theatres for the Division of Cultural
Q: What is Stage Aurora?
when was it founded? its mission?
Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company, Inc. was established in
1999 and received non-profit status
in 2000. Our mission is 'to enlight-
en the mind by way of the Arts
through the African-American
experience'. Our goal is to produce
'theatre that enlightens'. We pro-
duce dramas, comedies, and musi-
cals of the African-American expe-
rience in an effort to build bridges
of communication between all cul-
Mr. Darryl Hall
Q: Does the name have any spe-
Stage Aurora is a ministry.
Therefore, I felt that the name had
to reflect Godly influence; hence,
Aurora for Heavenly Light.
Q: When did you first become
interested in the arts?
Well, throughout all my years of
education, I was always involved in
some type of arts program includ-
ing the Marching Band at Raines
High School. I can also remember
performing in a Kindergarten pro-
gram as well as in the 1 st grade as a
Police Officer in the school's show.
Also, as a Senior at Raines, I
entered the high school talent show
and won first prize. That began the
sparks of interest in the Arts.
Q: What has been the most
exciting performance or event
you have experienced?
There have been numerous excit-
ing performances that have taken
me around the world, international
and national tours; among them: the
lead role of The Conjure Man in
Blackbirds of Broadway European
Tour, Sesame Street Live National
Tour, and the Broadway Tour of
Cinderella starring the late Eartha
Kitt. I worked opposite Phylicia
Rashad in Stormy Weather and
T'Keyah Crystal Keymah in Stage
Aurora's production of Miss Ever's
Boys. Other favorite experiences
include Linda Eder: The Holiday
Concert at the Palace Theatre on
Broadway, New York City Opera's
Porgy and Bess at Lincoln Center,
and the Broadway Gospel Choir at
Q: You have lived in other cities
where art and cultural activities
are more prevalent. How does
Jacksonville compare? How has
New York City is the capital of
the musical theatre industry with its
annual number of Broadway musi-
cals and plays. Jacksonville, in
comparison to NYC, varies as it
relates to interest and diversity. In
NYC, the theatre industry cele-
brates diverse theatre through vari-
ous cultures: the Irish Repertory
An Evening of Dance Celebrating
Black History Month
Friends: James, Mary, and
George (For 3-7 year olds)
Youth and Teen production of Frat
House with the 100 Youth Voices
Senior Talent Competition
Theatre, Classical Theatre of
Harlem, Puerto Rican Travelling
Theatre, and the Pan Asian
Repertory Theatre, just to name a
few. There is never a question, as in
Jacksonville, of 'why are you
founding a black theatre'. But, as
we are continually pressing forward
by the power of God, we have bro-
ken through many obstacles. We are
evolving. We continue to receive
tremendous support from the com-
munity. Our last production,
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity
directed by Noble Lee Lester was
well attended as well as Crowns.
And productions of Dreamgirls and
Darryl Reuben Hall's Frat House,
both at the Florida Theatre, were
sold at near full-capacity. To date,
Stage Aurora has produced over
What is the most rewarding
thing about your career? Most
Although it's extremely difficult
at times, the rewarding component
of my career is founding my own
theatre company as a means to 'give
back to the community' and pro-
duce 'theatre that enlightens' that I
hope will enlighten lives. The most
challenging is convincing the city
that Gateway Town Center is a safe
haven in our community.
Who is/was your mentor?
My mentors, of course, are
Edward and Dolores Hall... my sup-
portive and loving parents.
Finish this sentence Theatre is
Theatre has the power to enter-
tain, educate, and enlighten. And
also has the power to bring diverse
cultures together under one roof for
Finish this sentence People
should... always love one another
and keep God first in all you do.
Sir Knight Arthur Mincey
to be Honored
The Union Grand Commandery
#22 Magnanimous Order of
Knights Templar masons
Commonwealth of Florida, Inc.
P.H.A., will honor Sir Knight
Arther James Mincey 33rd Degree
KYCH Right Eminent Grand
Commander with a Testimonial
Banquet on January 10, 2009 at 8
p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel, For
more information, call Russel or
Gwen Earl at (904)783-9185.
Stanton Class of '48
Elects New Officers
the Stanton High School class of
1948 recently elected new officers
at their Holiday Party.
Among the newly elected leader-
ship will be: President Andrew
Daigeau; Vice President- Robert
Manning; Recording Secretary -
Etta Ruth Williams and Treasurer -
In addition to electing officers,
classmates passed new By-laws
and celebrated the season with fun,
games and door prizes.
For more information on upcom-
ing meetings, call 356-3612.
Free Online Webinar on
Adopting Children of Color
Adoptions from the Heart (AFTH), a licensed non-profit adoption agency,
will hold a free online webinar on January 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. EST. partic-
ipants will learn about the many programs available on adopting African-
American and bi-racial children. Currently there is a critical need for the
adoption of children of color. It is open to anyone living in the U.S. and a
licensed social worker will be online to answer questions. Registration is
required and a link and phone number will be sent to connect you to the
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for House Seat
Onyx Awards Laud Communi
Pat Felder Cwmn. Mita Jones
As the national race begins to heat
up, things will definitely get to the
boiling point around Jacksonville
with the much speculated
announcement by Councilwoman
Mia Jones that she has entered the
race for the House of
Representatives. The District seat
is being vacated by Rep. Terry
Fields who will be forced out due
to term limits.
Both candidates share a very sim-
ilar political resume having been
two term council members and
publicly endeared by their con-
Each One Teach One Charles Griggs knows the value of mentoring. Citing several positive male
influences in his life as a youth growing up in Jacksonville, he hasn't hesitated to continue the much needed
process of setting the much needed example for young Black males. After successfully raising his own son who
is now in college, Griggs mentors not one but three young men. Shown above is Cody Floyd, Brandon Mitchell,
Charles Griggs and TeeJay Jones en route to a sporting event and guys day out. Keep up the good work Griggs!
Ann and Bernard Williams (Publisher's Award), Dr. Chester Aikens (Excellenc
Rev. Rodney J. Washington ( ), Joan Turner (Excellence in Community Sern
Honoree; Dr. Constance Hall; Honoree and Elnora Adkins recieved the Posthuir
Brown Goes Unchallenged for Ninth Consecutive Term
They used to selected group of elected officials longtime member of the Committee realign wartime funding to s
try and unseat the automatically re-elected because no on Transportation and services like housing and ve
o u t s p o k e n one stepped forward to challenge Infrastructure, Brown will likely affairs, according to David Si
Congresswoman. them. focus on transportation in the one of her staffers.
Now, they don't Brown, 61, represents Florida's upcoming term, including highway Currently Cong. Brown, w
This week Rep.
was among a
third congressional district, which
includes DeLand. Brown could not
be reached for comment Monday.
According to her staffers, as a
and road improvements. And, like
most Democrats, Brown is banking
on a Democratic White House win
to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and
supporting Sen. Clinton in the pres-
idential nomination campaign, has
been working to get Florda's ballots
counted towards the race.
Pearson Receives Small's Foundation Humanitarian Award
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. FMPow,,e Photo
Willye Dennis (left) and Nathaniel Farley (right) present Lloyd Pearson with the Humanitarian Award.
The JP Smalls Foundation, Inc held its 3rd Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Philippians Multi-purpose
Dining Hall. The dinner was an emotional affair filled with the history and ambiance of the roles models and
leaders who have fought for justice in these United States. Former NAACP Chair Ms. Wyllie Dennis served as
the Mistress of Ceremonies and presented Lloyd Pearson with the Humanitarian award. Ms. Dennis spoke of the
role models of the 1950's and 1960's and noted that "Mr. Pearson has been a friend and advocate to many" Mr.
Nathanial Farley stepped to the stage and cried as he thanked the audience for their support and participation and
how "this would not be possible without the help of the Jacksonville community". KFP Photo
Shown above is the artist rendition of the center.
City Breaks Ground on New
Center Benefiting City's Northside
Russel A. Earl, Sr.
Earl Elected to
Masonic Top Post
Most Eminent Grand Master
of the Grand Encampment of
Knights Templar Masons
is a Jacksonville native
The First Floridian to head the
National Masonic Body is a 33rd
Degree Past Grand Commander of
the Knights Templar Masons of
Florida and a Jacksonville native.
Russell A. Earl Sr., was elected and
installed as the United States of
America & it's Jurisdictions PH..A.
Inc., at the group's 82nd Annual
Conclave, held in Boston, Mass.
Power of Prayer Brings 1000+ Together
A crowd of over 1000, including Pastor Rudolph McKissick and Rev.
Peter Church, attended The Greater Jacksonville Prayer Breakfast at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel last week. The Prayer Breakfast was
organized by First Coast Christian Outreach under the direction of Rev.
Peter Church, Executive Director. Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, former
Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, was the guest speaker. "God's promises are
true, and his strategy for Jacksonville involves you," he told the receptive
audience. Dan Murphy photo
North Florida HBCUHall ofFame Inducts Honorees Shown talking to Big Boom following his lecture are (
North Florida HBCU Hall of Fame Inducts Honorees Freeman (Mrs. Boom), Adina Monroe and Kim Blackshe
Shown above are Inductees (L-R): (standing) Willie Walker, Brenda Simmons, Nathaniel Whether you have daughters, friends or are single yourself, I
Washington, Sr. (seated) Demetral Wester and Lavonne Mitchell, who received the posthu- to teach women, "How to Duck a Suckah". In addition to, "If
mous recognition for her late husband Roy Mitchell. The six black College graduates were proclaimed pimp turned preacher made a stop in Jacksonville
inducted at ceremonies held at Edward Waters College. Ritz Theater.
ty's Best and Brightest
e in Business), Dr. Michael Henry (Excellence in Education),
'ice), Susan Hamilton (Cultural Diversity), Daryl McKenzie
ous Award for her sister Olvia Gay-Davis. T. Austin photo
MMM Delivers with Dignity to Community's Underserved
Throughout the year, the Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement (JLOC) gave
away food and clothing to the city's needy. They also provided free haircuts to youth. Held in the
urban core off of Myrtle Avenue, anyone in need is encouraged to come and take their choice of free
clean quality clothes and a hot meal courtesy of the all volunteer organization. The clothes are organ-
ized and clean while the food is fresh and cooked to order. Composed of men and women from all
walks of life, the group was brought together after the Millions More March in 2005. Since then the
group, represented in various cities, works to better the lives of others.
For more information about the organization, visit their website at www.jaxloc.com ,or call at 904-
City Restores Relocated
Historic Brewster Hospital
Shown above are participants in tne Hunt
Easter Extravaganza at Simonds Johnson
Over 400 area children and parents participated in the First Annual East
Egg Hunt sponsored by the Tony Boselli Foundation in Simonds-Johnson
Park. The celebration put on with the help of supporting organizations
included potato sack races, egg hunts, a donut eating contest, free food and
activities for all ages.
Reception Honors School Board Leadership
Shown above at the resopration kickoff are (L-R) Diane Melendez,
Councilwoman Glorious Johnson, Councilman Warren Jones, Lois
Gibson, Liz Means and Lamont Cruse, son of Vera Cruse.
Celebrity Book Signings at Gateway Mall
While in town to kick off a mentoring initiative, celebrity authors and
community activist visited the Gateway Mall Book Store to sign copies of
their recent books. Shown above is (L-R) standing: Jackie Gray and Von
Alexander with author of numerous best selling self-help books Susan
Taylor of Essence Magazine and Thomas W. Dortch, National Chairman
100 Black Men of America and author of The Miracles of Mentoring: The
Joy of Investing in the Future. FMP Photo
In a reception paying tribute to past, present and future leaders,
Duval County School Board (DCSB) members Betty Burney and
Brenda Priestly Jackson were the guests of honor at the Ritz Theater
last week. Hundreds attended the event organized by a local leader-
ship team. Shown above is JaxPort Chief Financial Officer Ron Baker
presenting DCSB Chairwoman Betty Burney with a soaring eagle in
recognition for her achievements .:
-rusade to Enlighten Women
^*i'iew ts tJ *r in1
-R) Sheila Thomas, author Big Boom, Lauren
ar at the Ritz Theater. KFPP hoto
iest-selling author "Big Boom" is on a national tour
You Want Closure, Start With Your Legs", the self-
on his crusade for a lecture and book signing at the
Remembering Charles Simmons
The Jacksonville City Council honored Charles Simmons, Jr. last week
with a special resolution commemorating his life's work and career.
Shown above accepting the honor in his memory are sponsoring council-
man Warren Jones, son, Dr. Charles Simmons, III and his wife Jolita
Simmons. Simmons, who past in April, was active in a host of social and
civic organizations spanning over fifty years of contributions to the
Jacksonville community.. FMP Photo
Shown aboveis Valerie Crispin and Tanita Collier making sure they are all in sync as they assist the soon
to be re-registered voters with instruction from Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland G Dennis Photo
Local Politicos Make Good on Promise to Restore Felon's Voting Rights
Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland recently partnered with area elected officials to present a
voting restoration workshop. Longtime proponent of the legislation passed by Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007, Sen.
Tony Hill helped organize the event with local attorneys and other community leaders which also included a free
workshop and a job fair. Centrally located at the Supervisor of Elections Branch Office in Gateway Mall, over
one hundred attendees anxiously reapplied to have their rights restored. Due to the legislation, former felons may
now be eligible to regain the right to vote, the right to serve on a jury, the right to hold public office and the right
to apply for certain occupational licenses.
100 Event Yields Admissions Info and
On-the-Spot Scholarships for Area Youth
The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. presented its 5thAnnual Infinite
Scholars Scholarship Fair at the Wyndam Hotel last weekend with over
300 students in attendance. Over 100 colleges and universities were on
hand to deliver on the spot scholarships, admissions information,and
financial aid. Pictured are:(L-R) Cydni Griggs (Wolfson High School),
Brandon Mitchell (Raines High School), Cicely Harpe (Recruiter, South
Carolina State University), Ken Pinnix (100 BMJAX), Sha'Terraca
Williams and Nyasha Poiter (Paxon School for Advanced Studies) and
Kevin Cotton (100 BMJAX).
Election Yields Old and
New Faces in City Politics
SWith a lower thsn expected voter turnout, big deci-
sions were made in the future of Jacksonville politics..
Potentially ascending to the throne as the Democratic
candidate of the City Council District 10 Seat is
Reggie Brown who had run unsuccessfully twice
before. He is trying to take the place of Mia Jones who
vacated the seat for her bid to the State House which
Tommy Hazouri she successfully won. Also witnessing a change of the
guard is State Attorney in waiting Angela Corey who will make histo-
ry as the first female to hold that post. Another fresh face is Ken Manuel
who will face political veteran Stan Jordan for a District 11 Duval
County School Board seat. Also returning is former Jacksonville
Mayor Tommy Hazouri who will keep his seat on the School Board.
December 26 January 7, 2009
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Rather than resolve to lose 20
pounds this month, to never cat
refined sugars again or to always
eat whole grains over the white
stuff, why not resolve to make one
simple resolution that supports any
weight loss resolution?
Resolve to make adequate rest
your highest priority. According to
the "Sleep in America 2005" poll
conducted by the National Sleep
Foundation, adults are getting a
mere 6.9 hours of sleep a night on
average, despite recommendations
of 7.5 to 10 hours.
Research shows that lack of sleep
can contribute to poor job perform-
ance, difficulty concentrating, irri-
tability, increased sickness and yes,
weight gain. In a recent study pub-
lished in the American Journal of
Epidemiology, women sleeping 5
hours a night were one third more
likely to have substantial weight
gain, to the tune of more than 30
pounds over the 16-year study peri-
od, than those who slept at least 7
hours a night.
There is much speculation about
why chronic lack of sleep leads to
weight gain. Some scientists cite
hormonal variations which create
disregulations in appetite and blood
sugar control leading to chronic
overeating and corresponding
"People who sleep a natural, con-
sistent amount generally maintain a
more regular hormonal system than
those who do not," says Dr.
Douglas B. Kirsch, a Clinical
Instructor in Medicine at Harvard
Medical School and Medical
Director for Sleep HealthCenters in
In addition to the hormonal pitfalls
of too few hours of
shut eye, there is
the issue of dwin-
dling willpower to
stay adherent to a
sound diet when
sleep is low and
fatigue is high.
"Fatigue plays a
key role in your
chances to get to
the gym and to
healthy for the
rather than stop-
ping off for fast
food," notes Dr. Kirsch.
Guarding against fatigue by
resolving to sleep roughly 8 hours a
night will not only balance your
hormones, but will bolster your
willpower to exercise and eat
healthy. Who knows, with reduced
fatigue, you may even be inspired
to park the car in the far corner of
the lot to sneak in a few extra calo-
Here are some helpful tips to start
the New Year off on the right side
of the bed:
Get up at a regular time every-
day, including weekends. While it
may sound downright dreadful to
be waking at six in the morning on
a perfectly good Saturday, keeping
a regular wake
time helps you
fall asleep easier
at night, which
overall. Plus, as
long as you are
awake at your
regular time, feel
free to lounge in
bed for awhile
yourself to phys-
ically be out of
bed. The key is
that your body
has received the "time to wake up
signal" at the usual time, regardless
of the day of the week.
Avoid heavy meals right before
bed. Ideally, stop eating 3-4 hours
before bedtime so that your body
has a chance to do some digesting
before you go into sleep mode.
Avoid daytime naps, unless you are
especially worn out. If you must
nap, keep it to 45 minutes or less.
You want to take the edge off of
your sleepiness, not go into your
deepest sleep in the middle of the
Avoid caffeine after lunchtime.
Giving up the mid-afternoon latte
may seem like an insurmountable
challenge, but limiting caffeine
later in the day will help ensure a
better night's rest. Often people are
convinced caffeine does not affect
their sleep because they fall asleep
without difficulty. However, caf-
feine can wreak havoc on the quali-
ty of your sleep and thus, deny your
body precious time in the deepest
sleep cycles during the night.
Create a bedtime ritual. Tuck the
kids in, pack the lunches, feed the
dog or do whatever chores require
your attention in the evening, and
then allow adequate time to
unwind. For some, this can mean
bubble baths, candles, or soothing
music, but it can also mean simply
turning off the evening news for
starters. The important point is to
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Dandruff is a bit more complicat-
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have it worse than others.
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won't hurt you need to be more
proactive when it comes to deal-
ing the problem and getting it
under control. For instance at my
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to bring the dandruff to the sur-
face. Then we usually wash with
a good anti-dandruff shampoo that
will invigorate the scalp.
Personally I like Tea Tree oil.
There are actually shampoos on
the market that contain Tea Tree.
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care for Alzheimer's patients, challenging behaviors and more.
The workshop will be held on Saturday, january 31st from 8:30 a.m. 2
p.m. at the Mary L. Singleton Center, 150 E. First Street.
The Keynote speaker will be Carol O'Dell, author of "Mothering
Mother," a daughter's memoir about caring for her aging mother.
The workshop is free and open to the public but reservations are required.
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A Pictorial Tribute to Notables We've Lost in 2008
Singer and actress Chris Calloway
and daughter of the late show-busi-
ness legend Cab Calloway, died of
breast cancer. She was 62.
Napoleon "Nappy Brown" Culp
Napoleon "Nappy Brown" Brown
Culp, a blues and R&B singer best
known for his 1955 song "Don't Be
Angry and his 1957 version of
"Night Time Is The Right Time,"
died of respiratory failure. He was
Jheryl Busby, who served as
Motown Records' president and
CEO, passed away in his Malibu
home this year. Cause of his death
is unknown. He was 59.
Florida native son Bo Diddley, a
founding father of Rock 'N' Roll
whose innovative guitar effects
inspired musicians worldwide, died
of heart failure. He was 79.
Gene Upshaw, the NFL Players
Association executive director who
made this generation of players
very rich, died after a battle with
pancreatic cancer. The Pro football
Hall of Famer was 63.
Cedella Marley Booker
Cedella Marley Booker, the moth-
er of Reggae musician Bob Marley,
died of natural causes. She was 81.
Rep. Julia Carson
Rep. Julia Carson, the first
African American and the first
woman to represent Indianapolis in
Congress died of lung cancer. She
Johnnie Carr, who joined her
childhood friend Rosa Parks in the
historic Montgomery Bus Boycott
and kept a busy schedule of civil
rights activism up to her final days,
died at 97.
Imam W. Deen Mohammed
Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the
rebellious son of the late Nation of
Islam leader Elijah Muhammad
who broke from Black Nationalism
and guided his followers toward
mainstream Islam, died of heart dis-
Actor Julius Carry, best known for
his role as Sho'Nuff in the movie
"The Last Dragon" and later had a
recurring role on TV's "Murphy
Brown," died of pancreatic cancer.
He was 56.
Zelma Henderson, a Kansas beau-
tician and last surviving plaintiff in
Brown v. Board of Education of
Topeka, the landmark federal
desegregation case of 1954, died
after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was 88.
MMiriam Makeba, the South
African singer and activist, died
this year after suffering a heart
attack following a benefit concert in
Italy.' She was affectionately
referred to as "Mama Africa" for
Charles "Chuck" Dryden
Lt. Col. Charles "Chuck" Dryden,
one of the last surviving World War
II pioneering Black pilots known as
the Tuskegee Airmen, died of natu-
ral causes. He was 87.
Sean Levert, a third member of
the 1980s R&B trio LeVert and a
son of the lead singer of the
O'Jays, Eddie Levert, died after
falling ill while serving a jail term.
Sean launched a solo career in
1995 with the album "The Other
Side," which yielded the charting
singles "Put Your Body Where
Your Mouth Is" and "Same One."
He was 39.
Stubbs, best known as the chief
voice of the Motown R&B group
The Four Tops died at his home in
Detroit after a long battle with can-
cer. Stubbs, whose voice was fea-
tured on hits "Baby I Need Your
Loving" and "I Can't Help Myself
(Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," was
Eartha Kitt, the self-proclaimed
"sex kitten" had a sultry voice and
catlike purr attracted fans even as
she neared 80. Dubbed the "most
exciting woman in the world" by
Orson Welles, Kitt's career
spanned six decades, from her start
as a dancer with the famed
Katherine Dunham troupe to
cabarets and acting and singing on
stage, in movies and on television.
The singer, dancer and actress was
Michigan Rapper MC Breed (real
name Eric Breed), best known for
his songs "Ain't No Future in Yo
Frontin" and "Gotta Get Mine" (a
collaboration with Tupac), passed
away this year from kidney compli-
cations. He was 37.
Soul singer and arranger Isaac
Hayes, who won Grammy awards
and an Oscar for the theme from the
1971 action film "Shaft," was found
unconscious next to a still-running
treadmill. He was pronounced dead
after paramedics attempted to
revive him. He was 65.
Mildred Loving, a Black woman
whose anger over being banished
from Virginia for marrying a White
man led to a landmark Supreme
Court ruling overturning a ban on
mixed marriages, died from pneu-
monia. She was 68.
Bernie Mac, the actor and come-
dian who teamed up in the casino
heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and
gained a prestigious Peabody
Award for his sitcom "The Bernie
Mac Show," passed away from
complications due to pneumonia.
He was 50.
J.L. Chestnut, a prominent author
during the Civil Rights Movement
and the first Black attorney in
Selma, Ala. Died of kidney failure.
He was 77.
Rudy Ray Moore
Raunchy 1970's comedian Rudy
Ray Moore, who played a flashy,
wisecracking-rhyming gaudy pimp
in the 1975 movie "Dolemite," died
from diabetes complications.
Moore's popularity inspired a gen-
eration of rap stars, including
Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes and 2
Live Crew, who invited him to per-
form on their projects. He was 81.
Known as the "Godfather of
Rocksteady" and a member of the
International Reggae and World
Music Awards Hall Of Fame,
Jamaica-native Alton Ellis passed
away in London. He was 70.
Henrietta Bell Wells
Henrietta Bell Wells, who served
as the inspiration behind the lone
female character in Denzel
Washington's 2007 movie "The
Great Debaters," died at the age of
96. She was the last surviving
member of the 1930 Wiley College
Ernie Holmes, the two-time All-
Pro football star who played for the
Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972-1977
and won two Super Bowls as an
anchor of the team's Steel Curtain
defense, died in auto accident when
his car left the road and crashed
near Lumberton, Texas. Later in his
career, he played with the New
England Patriots. He was 59.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
"A Night of Hope"
with Joel Osteen
"A Night of Hope" with Joel and
Victoria Osteen will be an evening
of praise and worship where atten-
dees will hear an inspirational mes-
sage fro internationally known pas-
tor and his wife and music of Cindy
Cruse Ratcliff and the Lakewood
Band and Ensemble. Osteen is the
pastor of America's largest church -
the 45,000 strong Lakewood
Church in Houston, Texas. It will
be held on Friday, January 2nd at
7:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial
Arena. Call 353-3309 for tickets.
The Crew Social Club
after New Years event
The Crew is doing it grown and
sexy with an after New Years event.
It will be held at The Knights of
Columbus, 1501 Hendricks Ave. on
Saturday, January 3rd. This is a
BYOB affair, Admission is $10 and
food will be provided. For tickets
contact Pam 904-504-9595 or Big
Community and business leaders,
diversity managers and HR profes-
sionals interested in learning from
and networking with leaders in
diversity and inclusion initiatives
should are encouraged to attend the
2009 First Coast Diversity
Conference. This is an opportunity
to hear their stories and tell your
story to move "Beyond the Basics
of Inclusion.". It will be held on
Thursday, January 8th at the
Hyatt Regency. Visit www.fcdc-
summit.com or call 998-4560 for
Dr. Mae Jemison to
Keynote MLK Breakfast
Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first
African American woman in space,
will be the speaker for the
Jacksonville Chamber of
Commerce's 22nd Annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Breakfast. It will be
held on January 9, 2009 from the
7:00 9:30 a.m. at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. For
tickets or more info call 366-6600.
PRIDE Book Club
The January meeting of PRIDE
Book Club will be held on Friday,
January 9th at 7:00 p.m. hosted by
Debra Lewis. The book for discus-
sion is "The Bond: Three Young
Men Learn to Forgive and
Reconnect with Their Fathers." For
directions or more information, call
Are you ready to leam about all of
the different magnet programs
Duval County School Board has to
offer? You need to be at the annual
Magnet Mania on January 10th,
2009. It will be held at the
Jacksonville Fairgrounds from 11
a.m. 3 p.m. and is for parents, chil-
dren, family and friends of area stu-
dents to learn more information
about the magnet programs, special
academic programs and charter
Martin Luther King
Jr. Day of Service
Hands On Jacksonville is working
together with several organizations
to host an important day of service
on January 17th in honor of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day called
the Global Peace Tiles Project.
Volunteers are needed for set-up
and break down of project area, to
assist children in creating Peace
Tiles artwork and to engage com-
munity members and parents in the
day of celebration in the 32208 zip
code. For more information, call
The Annual Old Timers Cook Out
and reunion will take place from 8
a.m. 8 p.m. on Monday, January
19th at Lonnie Miller Park. Bring
your own food and grills with
music by DJ Roach. This event is
sponsored by Ronald "Track" Elps
Ebony Fashion Fair
The Annual Ebony Fashion Fair
sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority will be held on Friday,
January 23rd, 2009. Call the
Florida Theater at 355-2787 for
Zora Neale Hurston
Festival Bus Trip
The Clara White Mission is spon-
soring a bus trip to the Annual Zora
neal Hurston Festival in Eatonville,
FL on Saturday, January 24, 2009
The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m.
from the Gateway Shopping Center
Parking Lot and return at 7:00 p.m.
Bus price includes transportation
and refreshments (admission not
included.)For more information call
Wynton Marsalis in
Concert at UNF
Jazz musician and trumpeter
Wynton Marsalis will be in concert
on Wednesday, January 24th at
7:30 p.m., playing at UNF Fine Arts
Center. For ticket information,
please call (904) 620-2878.
JCCI Training Series
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serving on a Nonprofit Board of
Directors but don't know what that
really means? Apply to the JCCI All
A Board Training Class to learn
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John Legend in Concert
Grammy award winning artist will
be in concert at the Florida Theater
on Monday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $50. Call 355-2787
for tickets or more information.
Legends to Highlight
Jax Blues Festival
On February 8th 2009,
Jacksonville will get a major case of
the BLUES! Playing the Veteran's
Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m., will
be Mel Waiters, Jeff Floyd, Theodis
Ealey, Bobby "Blue" Bland,
Clarence Carter, Latimore, Marvin
Sease and Sir Charles Jones all
sharing the Veteran's Memorial
stage! Tickets can be purchased at
all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmas-
ter.com or charge by phone 904-
Betsch to Keynote
The llth Annual Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will be held
on Saturday, February 21st at 2:00
p.m., the event also features a musi-
cal presentation by the Edward
Waters College Choir. The events
special speaker will be Dr.
Johnnetta Betch Cole Kingsley
descendant and former president of
Spelman College. The Kingsley
Heritage Celebration recognizes the
rich culture that evolved amongst
slave communities despite the
severe oppression of slavery and
celebrates their determination and
strength. For more information,
Sinbad in Concert
Clean cut family comedian Sinbad
will be returning to Jacksonville for
one performance only on Friday
March 20th at 8 p.m. at the Florida
Theatre. Call 355-2787 for more
Trip to Presidential Inauguration
Join People of Color to the Martin Luther King Celebration and
Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC. Buses will leave Jan. 18, 2009
and return Jan 21, 2009 For more detail please call 904-768-2955.
Travel with Cong. Brown to DC
Congresswoman Corrine Brown is coordinating a bus trip to Washington,
D.C. for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. The bus will depart from
the Gateway Mall on Sunday, January 18th at 9PM and return on
Wednesday, January 21st at 12-noon. Ticket price includes transportation,
lodging at the Hilton Baltimore, 2-meals, and a Congressional Gala. Call
635-0635 for tickets or more information.
Ice Skate for Free
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex will be hosting two open house events to
kick off the winter sports season this January. The first event, being held on
Saturday January 3, 2009, is for the Learn to Skate and Figure Skating
programs. On Saturday, January .20, 2009 you can learn hockey. ,
The Learn to Skate and Figure Skating event will be from 10:30 AM until
12:45 PM. From 10:30 AM until 11:15 AM, the first 100 participants will
enjoy FREE ice-skating. This will be followed by a brief ice skating exhibi-
tion. The first class of Winter Learn to Skate Session will begin that day at
1 PM. Space is limited for the class, so secure spot by registering on-line in
advance for the eight-week skating session at
www.jaxiceandsportsplex.com. For more information contact Jacksonville
Ice & Sportsplex at www.jaxiceandsportsplex.com or call (904) 399-3223.
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Top Entertainment Stories of 2008: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
This was a year of shocks and surprises, and tri-
umphs and tragedies in the wide world of entertain-
ment. From the surprise wedding nuptials of pop
superstar Mariah Carey to actor/rapper Nick
Cannon, to expected separation of TV personality Star
Jones Reynolds from investment banker Al Reynolds,
2008 has been eventful to say the least. As the year
drew to a close, Academy-Award winner Jennifer
Hudson seemed to be sitting on top of the world, with
a new movie and an eagerly-anticipated debut album.
Weeks after its release, her happiness came to a crash-
ing halt with the horrifying murders of her closest
family members, and the country grieved with her.
The Jacksonville Free Press revisits their story, and
the others that captivated us in 2008.
Mary J. Blige 50 Cent Tyler Perry
The Juice Is Loose
Some of the most absurd news that actually gained traction earlier this
year implicated Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, Black film trail-
blazer Tyler Perry and hardcore rapper 50 Cent in a federal steroid probe.
In January, Albany, New York's 'The Times Union' newspaper alleged that
the above-mentioned black notables "may have received or used perform-
ance-enhancing drugs. The newspaper credited "unidentified sources" for
the story. Blige, who turned 38-years-old the day before the report sur-
faced, immediately shot down the rumors immediately. Perry and 50 Cent
didn't. No more came from the "story."
Girlfriends No More
On Feb. 11, The CW network announced its abrupt cancellation of the
beloved sitcom, 'Girlfriends.' Starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks
and Persia White, the Mara Brock Akil-helmed series helped build an
audience for The CW (formerly UPN) after weathering many scheduling
storms and casting shuffling. It was the only primetime TV show center-
ing on black women. It was on the air for eight years and didn't even get
a season finale or conclusion. What a classy send-off to something so
Although she's known to sing sultry songs
about love and lost love, best-selling pop
singer Mariah Carey has kept a relatively low-
profile when it comes to her romantic life 'f
since getting divorced from former record
industry big-wig Tommy Mottola. It came as a
surprise to the public when reports surfaced
that the 'Vision of Love' songstress secretly
tied-the-knot with actor/rapper Nick Cannon in early May. Some thought
it was a publicity ruse to help drum up sales for her recently released
album project. But then "Mimi" (her nickname) started stepping out more
and more with the much younger Hollywood notable.
No "Get Out of Jail Free Card" for Rap Stars
The one thing we can always count on when doing "year-end round-
ups"? Hip hop stars getting in trouble with the law. It's an unfortunate
commonplace in the entertainment news arena. On March 27, rap vixen
Remy Ma was convicted of assault,, weapon possession and attempted
coercion after allegedly shooting a galpal in a Manhattan pizzeria. The
former Terror Squad front-woman eventually got sentenced to 8 years. On
the same exact day in another city chart-topping rap superstar T.I. plead-
ed guilty for allegedly trying to buy unregistered machine guns and
silencers. His sentence was much softer; little prison time after he com-
pleting a period of community service. Lastly, on Aug. 22, rambunctious
hip-hop lyricist and reality TV fixture Da Brat was sentenced to three years
in prison for striking a woman with a rum bottle at an Atlanta nightclub.
Bobby Brown Bustin'Loose in Tell All
Former R&B chart-topper turned reality TV star Bobby Brown really
stepped out on his own when manuscripts of his tell-all-memoir leaked to
the media in March. Titled, 'Being Bobby Brown: The Truth and Nothing
But ...,' the book has the former New Edition singer letting loose on an
array of controversial subjects (ex-wife Whitney Houston thinking she was
white), dishing dirt on fellow celebs (Usher Raymond stealing his moves
Janet Jackson causing him to drink heavily) and making startling self rev-
elations (his excessive drug abuse). The book, which was supposed to be
released last spring, has yet to be released.
No More Fairy Tales for Star
Though many would say that they knew it wouldn't last long, a media
frenzy ensued when it was learned that former talk show personality Star
Jones Reynolds filed from divorce from her husband Al Scales Reynolds,
after only three years of marriage on March 26.
Entertainers Stun with Back 2 Back Deaths
Every year we mourn the deaths of some of our greatest celebrity nota-
bles. While it's nothing that we look forward to, it is a part of life. When
comedian Bernie Mac was pronounced dead on Aug. 9 after a week-long
hospitalization for pneumonia, the black Hollywood community experi-
enced a major loss. A day later, R&B music trailblazer Isaac Hayes unex-
pectedly died, too. The eerie irony of both deaths is that the two revered
stars were stars of the forthcoming movie, 'Soul Men,' directed by
Beyonce Get's Jay-Z to "Put a Ring On It"
What do you do when you have everything money can buy ,the number
one song in the country and a squeaky clean reputation? If you are super-
stars Jay Z and Beyonce you make it official and as her number one song
says, "Put a Ring On It". The music moguls, both multi-millionaires in
their own rights, were married in a secret candlelight ceremony in April of
this year in his Tribeca, New York home.
Hot & Heavy Teen Romance
Teenybopper heartthrob Chris Brown called himself setting the record
straight about his romantic interludes with chart-topping fashion plate
Rihanna saying he was single and attempting to diffuse rumors in March.
But photos of the two teenagers canoodling poolside and going on shop-
ping sprees heated up the internet and tabloids proving the contrary.
Regardless of what their relationship status was or is, the 'No Air' crooner
said he just wasn't ready to "settle down."
The 2008 presidential election had a profound impact on America, caus-
ing partisanship to rear its ugly head. Before it came down to Democratic
versus Republican, there was heated discourse about two of the
Democratic front-runners seeking the party nomination. In the black
media world, influential broadcasting czar Tom Jovner supported Senator -
Barack Obama, while TV personal r fa\ i-Slmiley (wl, I3-a ,J 1lungfiie ..-
correspondent on Joyner's top rated syndicated morning show) thumped
for Senator Hillary Clinton. A backlash from Joyner's wide reaching audi-
ence caused Smiley to sever ties with the show in April 2008.
No 'Lil' Feat At All
New Orleans born rapper Lil' Wayne gave birth to the biggest selling
debut album in 2008. Despite his album, 'Tha Carter III' being leaked on
the web two weeks prior to its June 10 release, the thuggish-ruggish lyri-
cist (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) cracked the million mark and went
platinum with 1,005,000 albums sold during the first week of release. The
project, which has already yielded a string of awards, is up for "Album of
the Year" for 'The 51st Annual Grammy Awards.'
Hudson Loses Three Family Members
Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson was looking at a full
circle moment in her promising career when her long-awaited debut music
project was finally released in September. The critically-acclaimed opus
was the prelude for the high marks the former 'American Idol' finalist
received for her latest dramatic role in 'The Secret Life of Bees.' Just days
after the Gina Prince-Bythewood-helmed flick opened in theaters,
Hudson's closest family members were brutally shot and killed in her
hometown of Chicago. On Dec. 1, estranged family associate William
Balfour became the prime suspect of the murders of Hudson's mother
(right), brother and 7-year-old nephew (center).
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