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Former Felon
Saving Souls One
Brother at a Time
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NY Lenders Overcharged Minorities
NEW YORK Two mortgage brokerage companies must compensate
445 black and Hispanic borrowers who were systematically charged
higher fees than white clients.
HCI Mortgage and Consumer One Mortgage must pay $665,000 in
restitution, according to a settlement between the companies and the state
Attorney General.
The state sued the mortgage firms after an investigation of GreenPoint
Mortgage Funding, a unit of Capital One Financial, uncovered the dis-
criminatory practices.
HCI, Consumer One and U.S. Capital Funding all did "substantial busi-
ness" with GreenPoint, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. In
March 2007, Capital One agreed to pay $1 million in compensation. The
suit against U.S. Capital Funding has not been resolved.
The settlements will "ensure mortgage brokers comply with the law and
offer fair and legitimate rates to all New Yorkers," Cuomo said.
The investigation found that Hispanic and black borrowers who used
HCI Mortgage paid around 50%, or about $2,500, more than white
Thousands of Dumped
Shoes Going to Haiti
MIAMI Thousands of shoes were dumped accidentally from a truck
on the southbound Palmetto Expressway in Miami causing significant
traffic last week. Many of these shoes will now reach the feet of some of
the neediest people in the world.
The charity group Soles for Souls has intentions of using the shoes they
can to donate to Haitians. Meanwhile, the FHP is trying to figure out
where the shoes came from. If the driver comes forward, he will proba-
bly have to pay a hefty fee for cleanup costs.
Two lanes were completely blocked during the morning rush hour
before they were all swept to the side of the road. A private contractor
was hired to use a front-end loader to pick up the shoes by the dozen and
load them onto a large dump truck.
Authorities are investigating where all the "lost soles" came from.

Cops Kill Handcuffed Man
The attorney for a 22-year-old Black man who was shot to death by a
Bay-Area California policeman on New Year's Day says he will file a
$25 million lawsuit, and is demanding that prosecutors charge the officer
with murder.
A videotape recorded by a passenger
on the train shows an officer with the
Bay Area Rapid Transit Police
Department standing over Oscar
Grant sII of Hayward, CA as he is lay-
ing facedown and handcuffed. The
officer then fires a bullet into Grant's
back as fellow officers look on.
The shooting took place just before 2 a.m., after five officers arrived at
the Fruitvale station in response to reports of a fight on a train. It has not
been confirmed whether Grant was involved in the altercation.
"I've drafted a notice of claim against BART for $25 million I plan to
submit officially," said Atty. John Burris, adding that the officer had vio-
lated Grant's civil rights and caused his wrongful death.

HBCU Back in Business for Now
Historically Black Morris Brown College is back in business after pay-
ing $100,000 toward the water bill it owes to the city of Atlanta.
Morris Browni College The 127-year-old campus had asked the court to
order the city to turn its water back on, saying that it would never be able

Last week, Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk ruled that the college
had one more chance to deal with the $380,000 bill it owed the Atlanta
Department of Watershed Management, some of which dated back four
years. The agency cut the water offon Dec. 12, shortly after the school's
holiday break, because it had reneged on its payment plan.
Newkirk ordered the service restored if Morris Brown paid $100,000 by
the end of the day. He ordered school officials to make another payment
of $214,000 by Feb. 14.
"It's about the life of a college that's been here for 127-plus years," said
Morris Brown President Stanley Pritchett said. The institution has raised
$115,000 over the past week.

Jena 6 Teen Survives Suicide
Attempt Due to Media Attention
MONROE, La. A teen convicted in the "Jena Six" beating case shot
himself in the chest and was taken to the hospital last week, days after his
arrest on a shoplifting charge, police said.
Mychal Bell's wound from a 22 caliber firearm wasn't life threatening.
Bell was one of a group of black teenagers who once faced attempted
murder charges in the 2006 beating of a white classmate at Jena High
School. The charges for all of the defendants were reduced.
The severity of the original charges brought widespread criticism and
eventually led to more than 20,000 people converging in September 2007
on the tiny central Louisiana town of Jena for the largest civil rights
march in decades.
In the Jena case, Bell eventually pleaded guilty to a juvenile charge of
second-degree battery.
Bell, the only one of the six who has been tried, has been living in a fos-
ter home in Monroe and attending school.

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Volume 23 No. 15 Jacksonville, Florida January 8 14, 2009

Race Relat

Much Wor

Jacksonville think tank JCCI
released their fourth race relations
report this week since the last 2002
report, which showed that the city
still had much work to do when it
came to striving for diversity.
Covering six different areas, the
report reveals much of what we
already know, but more important-
ly, it broadly shows in black and
white what we are thinking as a
What makes the report so vital, is
that it comprehensively documents
progress, provides new insights and
fresh views on the issues, and indi-
cates where work needs to be done.
Education continues to be a major
issue as minority students remain
behind. As students progress

u through
^ the Duval Countr i
Public Schoolsk sig-
nificant gaps persist among'
whites, blacks and Hispanics in
academic achievement and educa-
tional outcomes as minorities con-
tinue to lag behind. White respon-
dents were twice as likely as
Blacks to say that black children
have an equally good chance at a
quality education.
Economic disparities are continu-
ously widening. Although the
median family income for whites
declined, the percentage and real
dollar decline for blacks were
much greater. The disparity in the
percentages of children living in

Clergy Partnering with ISO to

Shown above at the recent Gun collection sponsored by Project CRIME are (
Mark Griffin, Rev. Alton Coles, Rev. Marva Mitchell, Rev. Ricardo Bright, I
NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin and Rev. Micheal Mitchell. Seated are JSO o
Bishop, Doug Howell and Robert Nelson. T Austin Photo

low-income households is wide
with Hispanic children are more
than twice as likely to be living in a
low income household as com-
pared to whites, and black children
are living in low-income house-
holds even more frequently.
On a business level, the percent-
age of total dollar value of the
City's contracts awarded to
black contractors has decreased
and continues to remain very low

Hispanic and
other minorities.
As opposed to their while counter-
parts. Jackson ille's Black citizens
continue to make a disproportion-
ately higher investment in their
housing when compared to their
white counterparts. Jacksonville
residents seem to be building a
shared perception of these dispari-
ties in housing. Both races were
less confident that Jacksonville's
black population has fair housing
In reflection of national statistics,
Continued on page 3

Combat Rise in Crime
Rising violence gripped the city
Last year, and much as a nationwide
study found, young black males
were at the center.
Nationwide, a recent study says the
number of homicides involving
black juveniles rose dramatically
from 2002 to 2007.
The report calls it America's tale of
two communities: one prosperous
and safe, the other poor and crime-
ridden. After all, FBI statistics
showed murder rates down 1.3 %
nationwide from 2006 to 2007.
Yet homicides involving young
African-American men as victims
rose 31 percent and as perpetrators
by 43 percent over a five-year peri-
;od, according to the report out of
Northeastern University in Boston.
Project C.R.I.M.E. (Clergy
Response to the Indifference to the
Murder Epidemic) recently contin-
ued their efforts to keep firearms off
of the streets by kicking off the first
Saturday of the New Year by volun-
teering their time and energies at the
standing back row) Rev. Gateway Mall.
Rev. Granville Reed Ill, The initiative was began in 2006 by
officers on hand Donald Pastor Mark Griffin of Wayman
Chapel AME Church.

CME Youth Share in Inaugural Dream


Shown above are Inaugural Historic Symposium Essay Contestants (L-R): Nathaniel Brown, Leann Thompson, Jason Johnson, Orlando
Palmer, Jenell Edwards, Patrick Wilson, Cornelius Heath, Monica Wilson and Robert Gaines.

Central Metropolitan CME
Church's Commission on Social
Concern is sharing in the Inaugural
Dream by hosting a essay contest
for middle and high school stu-
dents. The participating students

will write essays on the topic:
President Elected, Barack Hussein
Obama, II: Public Servant,
Community Organizer, Attorney,
and educator. Contestant's written
essays are to include Obama's early

life and career, family and personal
life in addition to his cultural and
political image.
The public is invited to join in the
celebration for a Symposium
Reception honoring student essay

participants, January 20, 2009,
from 5:00-6:00 p.m, 4611 Pearl
Street. Following the reception is
the Youth Public Forum, from 6:00
pm -7:30 pm. For more informa-
tion, call 354-7426.

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New Year's Resolutions to Help Your Personal Finances

1. Don't incur any overdraft or
non-sufficient funds fees.
Overdraft fees are more expensive
than any other conceivable type of
short-term borrowing. Instead of
paying up to $40 for as little as a $1
overdraft, keep track of your
account balance. Ask your bank if
they offer free online banking, and
check your balance regularly to
avoid any surprises. Young adults
and low-income Americans are dis-
proportionately bearing the brunt of
the expensive and often hidden
2. Make a budget and eliminate
unnecessary expenses. By keep-
ing track of your budget, setting
realistic goals, and putting money
aside for unexpected expenses, you
can ensure that you aren't increas-
ing your debt in 2009. Everyone
has items in their budget that could
be cut or replaced. Whether it's
substituting free office coffee for
your $3 morning latte or cancelling
the newspaper subscription (most

newspaper content is available
online now anyway), a few small
choices to cut expenses can make a
big difference in your year-end bot-
tom line. Cutting that $3 per day
coffee out of the budget saves you
more than $750 over the course of
the year!
3. Pay your bills on time. Our
most recent financial literacy sur-
vey showed that 1 in 3 Americans
paid a bill late in 2008, and most of
those people had the money to
make the payment! The interest
rate charged on late bill payments is
more expensive than any other bor-
rowing option, except bank over-
draft fees. And each bill you pay
late can be another red mark on
your credit score.
4. Find out what your credit
score is. Lenders use credit scores
to determine whether or not you
qualify for a loan, what the interest
rate on that loan will be, and how
high your credit limits are. Know
what your credit score is -- and how

to improve it -- so that you can save
money on interest and ensure you
won't be left out in the cold when
you need a loan.
5. Reassess all of your fixed
bills. The cell phone, cable, or
insurance plan you signed up for a
couple years ago might not be the
best available plan for your budget
today. Can you cut down the
amount of monthly minutes you are
paying on your cell phone?
Eliminate your home phone entire-
ly? Cancel those premium chan-
nels? Raise the deductible on your
insurance? Going through each of
these bills one by one will almost
certainly yield results.

IMPACTjax, the young
professionals program of
the Jacksonville Regional
Chamber of Commerce,
recently announced its -.
2009 Leadership Team. The
team will be led by 2009
Chair Kristen Nimnicht of
Lat Purser & Associates
and Chair-Elect Steve
Kowkabany of Neptune Fire
Protection Engineering.
Additional leadership team mem-
bers include committee chairs:
- Erik Dellenback, Professional
Development Committee, Gator
Bowl Association; Suzie Hutto,
Social and Cultural Committee,
CSX; Stephanie Holmes, Service
and Giving Committee, CSX; Ben

Parker, Governmental Affairs
Committee, Fidelity Investments;
and Raychel George, Membership
Services Committee, Clockwork
Marketing Services.
IMPACTjax is the young profes-
sionals program of the Jacksonville
Regional Chamber of Commerce
and the premier venue for
Jacksonville's next generation of

leaders to connect with each
other and the community.
N With more than 600 members,
) IMPACTjax serves a built-in
network of contacts for 21-35
year olds who currently live in
the Jacksonville area. Through
focusing its energies on net-
working, volunteerism, public
policy, personal and profes-
sional development, and economic
development in the city,
IMPACTjax engages its members
in activities that keep them con-
More information about
IMPACTjax is available online at, by calling
(904) 366-6684 or by e-mailing

Beaver Street Enterprise to host "Thriving in a New Economy" Workshop

The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center (BSEC) will host"Thriving
in a New Economy", a panel work-
shop that is designed to show small
business owners that in spite of the

Preparing for a Financial Super Bowl

A financial Super Bowl
By Jason Alderman
As it does every year, Super Bowl
mania is sweeping the nation. 60
percent of recent survey responders
said they would be inviting family
and friends over to watch the game,
spending an average of about $170
on refreshments. How do your
plans and budget stack up?
Once all of the chips have been
eaten and the stadium lights have
gone out in Tampa Bay on February
1, you don't necessarily have to
banish football from your mind
until next fall: You can keep the
football spirit alive year round and
at the same time teach your kids
some valuable lessons about man-
aging their personal finances by
playing a game called Financial
Jointly developed by the National
Football League and Visa,
Financial Football is a lively inter-
active game that teaches personal
financial management skills to
young adults. It can be played for
free on the Web or downloaded to
your cell phone and played at any
Financial Football combines the
structure and rules of the NFL with
financial education questions of
varying difficulty. You can play it
with your kids one-on-one or by
forming teams. Racing against the

clock, teams gain yards and score
points for answering questions cor-
rectly, and lose yardage for wrong
Players pick home and visitor
teams from among the 32 AFC and
NFC teams, then choose the game
length and level of question diffi-
culty to make the game either more
or less challenging. There is a stan-
dard edition for teenagers and a
more advanced version for college-
age young adults.
Since first being introduced a few
seasons ago, Financial Football has
really caught on. The online version
has been downloaded more than
200,000 times and 19 state govern-
ments have distributed the game to
all their high schools, making it a
component of their financial educa-
tion curricula.
Here are a few of the many ques-
tions Financial Football players are
1. Before entering your credit card
number online, first make sure: (a)
The website is secure; (b) You
understand the site's privacy state-
ment; (c) You trust the company
you're buying from; (d) All of the
2. Who is NOT allowed to access
your credit report? (a) A potential
landlord; (b) Your employer; (c)
your relatives; (d) financial institu-

3. Which of the following is true
about bankruptcy: (a) Bankruptcy
will stay on your credit report for
10 years; (b) Bankruptcy gets rid of
all debts; (c) Bankruptcy allows me
to protect my property by hiding it
or giving it away; (d) All taxes are
dischargeable when you file for
4. Which of the following is NOT
important in determining your cred-
it-worthiness? (a) Your current
debt; (b) Your current salary; (c)
Your past credit payment history;
(d) Your parents' income.
How many did you get right? If you
answered four correct, you scored a
touchdown. Getting three right is a
field goal. Only two is a punt. And
one or fewer is a fumble. The cor-
rect answers are: l(d); 2(c); 3(a);
and 4(d).
To learn more about Financial
Football, play the game or down-
load a free copy, go to Visa's free
personal financial management site,
Practical Money Skills for Life
Regardless of how much you plan
to spend for your Super Bowl gath-
ering, if anything will make learn-
ing about money management fun
and get your kids engaged in this
vital subject, it's Financial Football.

present economic conditions, many
of our local small businesses have
found their niche' and are thriving,
not just barely keeping their doors
Participants are encouraged to
come and learn what successful
business owners and business
strategists are doing to keep their
doors open and how they too can
translate these successful strategies
into their best business practices for
survival. So, as buyers are holding
onto their money, stores are closing,

businesses are downsizing and
bankruptcy seems to be the norm
instead the exception, it is possible
for businesses to thrive in this new
Confirmed panelists include
BSEC Board of Directors Fred
Blum of Augustine Asset
Management and Joe Whitaker of
the Jacksonville Economic
Development Commission along
with a representative of the Small
Business Development Center at
UNF. In addition, successful

BSEC Clients will be in attendance.
The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center (BSEC), a FreshMinistries
initiative, is a full-service small
business incubator in northwest
Jacksonville. Visit www.bsecen- for more information.
The workshop will be Thursday,
January 15, from 11:30 to 1p.m.
The cost for the general public is
$15 and free for BSEC tenants.
Lunch will be provided.
For more information or to
RSVP, call 355-0000.

Foreclosure affects more than just you.
It affects your whole family.

A million families will face losing their homes
this year. Call today for real help and guidance.
Because nothing is worse than doing nothing.


Will their commute be longer, tougher, more
expensive? Or will they have more choices about
how they live, work and travel?

You may not think about these transportation issues
every day, but we do. The North Florida Transportation
Planning Organization (formerly the First Coast MPO)
is the independent regional agency that plans for future
transportation needs, seeks and coordinates funding,
and mobilizes resources through outreach and
consensus building.

One of the TPO's most important roles is to develop the
Long Range Transportation Plan the blueprint for our
region's transportation future. Please join us in creating
the 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan by attending an
upcoming public workshop. We need to know how you
envision traveling in the future, your values and priorities,
and what tradeoffs you are willing to make.

Only you can tell us what you envision.

For more information call (904) 306-7500 or


Public Workshops
All workshops are 5:30 7:30 p.m.

St. Johns County
Tuesday, Jan. 20
Switzerland Point Middle School
777 Greenbriar Road
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Ramona Boulevard Elementary
5540 Ramona Boulevard
Nassau County
Thursday, Jan. 22
David Yulee Room
FCCJ Nassau Center
76346 William Burgess Boulevard
Monday, Jan. 26
Highlands Regional Library
1826 Dunn Avenue

Transportation Planning Organization


St. Augustine
Tuesday, Jan. 27
The Meeting Room
Ponce de Leon Mall
2121 US 1 South
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Regency Square Library
9900 Regency Square Boulevard
Clay County
Thursday, Jan. 29
Fleming Island High School
Teacher Training Center
2233 Village Square Parkway
Southeast Duval County
Monday, Feb. 2
FCCJ Deerwood
9911 Old Baymeadows Road

IMPACTjax Selects 2009 Leadership Team

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PICTURED (left to right) Charles flowers, A. Ray Brinson, and Dr. Alvin G. White. Flowers and White
are the 2008 New Year's Day Tournament Winners. A. Ray Brinson is the commissioner for this group.
Flowers and White Claim Championship at

Annual College Bowl Bid Whist Tournament

President Barack Obama, the 1958
Matthew Gilbert High School
Football team and Vernon King
have in common? They are all
singing the popular tune made
famous by the legendary songbird,
Etta James, "At Last!"
Retired DCSB Educator and one
of the founding fathers of the annu-
al College Bowl Bid Whist
Tournament finally proclaimed a
victory in the fiercely competitive
annual New Year's Day event. This
tradition began in the late 40s or
early 50s with a handful of men,
including King meeting at a friend's
house armed with delicious food
prepared by the wives to watch
football and play cards. The group
grew and is consistently around 20
most years. The youngest player in
'09 was 48 and the oldest will turn
85 soon. The competition has con-
sistently been held annually and
many of the players have never
missed as game. Hosted this year
by Eghet Leonard at his Belle Rive
Clubhouse, Commissioner Brinson
declared that the 2008
Championship Trophies belonged
to Alvin G. White and his partner,
Charles Flowers. The pair won with
a record of 18 & 10 and a winning
percentage of 64.3. The winners
also received a cash prize and
"Bragging Rights for One Year!"
Rodney Hurst and his partner,
Mathis Daniel have claimed the top
prize 5 out of the last 10 years, but
were upset this year by White and
The friendships among this close

knit group are valued relationships.
There are brothers, a father & sons,
cousins, brothers-in-law, and best
friends. Everyone has a good time
and no one leaves until the Bid
Whist winners have been declared.
Originally, Whist, the forerunner
was played in complete silence. In
1495, Henry VII had forbidden the
lower orders from playing card
games except at Christmas, so the
games became "hidden". The
silence was taken to be a prerequi-
site for heavy-duty thinking.
Ironically, it was really a survival
tactic for the powerless.
Bid Whist eventually evolved
and it has become very popular
among African Americans, and the
silence credo fell by the wayside.
At this Annual New Year's Day
event there was a lot of trash talk-
ing, razzing and selling of "wolf
tickets". The occasional silence is
sometimes interrupted with a "joke"
quite often from one of the King
brothers (Vernon & Arthur). The
commissioner sometimes is called
on to rule on an unusual situation.
There are about as many rules as
there are players. Bid Whist enthu-
siasts have added, deleted and devi-
ated from the original rules to cre-
ate a game they prefer. The key is to
cover rules at all Bid Whist
Competitions. Even that does not
always work and the resolution is
the rule of the Commissioner.
On parting, King said, "can you
believe this is the first time I have
son this event in all these years that
I have played? Even more remark-
able is the fact that I finished dead

last in 2008 and won it all this year.
"At Last!" The rest of the group,
"Wait til next year!" Interested?

Race Relations


Free class will teach how to grow

and cultivate Florida landscaping
Get the latest information on plants, shrubs and trees with the Extension
Service's "Think Natives" class. Participants will learn how to identify,
plant and maintain wonderful Florida Friendly species. It will be held on
Thursday, January 29th from 2-4 PM at the Webb-Wesconnett Library,
6887 103rd St. The class is free, but pre-registration is requested. Call 387-

Yale Taps Jag as First African-

American Head
Jacksonville Jaguars assistant Tom
Williams has been hired at Yale,
becoming the first black head foot-
ball coach at the Ivy League school.
Williams, 38, would be the first
African-American head football
coach in Yale's storied history.
Williams joined the Jaguars in
2007 as an assistant special teams
coach and this past season he was a
defensive assistant coach.
Williams, who played linebacker
in college, was a captain of the
1992 Stanford team that went 10-3
and won a share of the Pac-10 title.
An undrafted free agent, he spent
the 1993 season on the San
Francisco 49ers' practice squad but
returned to Stanford the next year to
earn a master's degree in university
administration. While there, he
served as a graduate assistant under
coaching legend Bill Walsh.
In 1996, Williams joined the
coaching staff of the University of
Hawaii, where he spent three sea-
sons, including one as the Rainbow
Warriors' defensive coordinator. He
then moved on to the University of
Washington, where he served as the
linebackers coach under Rick

Football Coach


Tom Williams
Neuheisel from 1998 to 2001, until
returning to his alma mater in 2002.
Prior to the NFL, Williams spent
11 seasons as an assistant at the col-
legiate level. He has coached at
Hawaii, Washington, Stanford, and
San Jose State.
This will be Williams' first head
coaching job. He earned his mas-
ter's degree from Stanford in uni-
versity administration.
Williams will be replacing Jack
Siedliecki who retired from coach-
ing after 12 seasons at Yale.

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heart disease death rates have
widened between black and white
residents and have increased signif-
icantly for both minorities.
One of the most revealing statis-
a| tics show that while African-
Americans comprise 29 percent of
Jacksonville's population, they are
52 percent of its jail and
prison admissions. In addition,
Black youth ages 10-17 are twice
as likely to be referred to the
Department of Juvenile Justice as
their white peers.
One area where the races agree are
in politics. More than half of
I sonville residents of all races
provides receive they have little to no influ-
IVIo IVd v ice on the local government's
decisions. It is evident that while
historic elections can spark conver-
sation around race and ethnicity in
America today, on the First Coast,
perceptions of white, black, and
Hispanic residents differ signifi-
cantly around the questions of race
relations in Jacksonville and the
opportunities for fair treatment
throughout the city. While this is
the fourth report, it will no doubt
not be the last.

Read Often and Tell
Somebody. Knowledge
is the Opposite
of Ignorance!

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January 8 14, 2009

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Why Powerball's Millions Don't Excite Me

Maybe I am wrong, and those of
you who partake in the state's lot-
tery system will have to forgive me,
but this new Florida Powerball
really bothers me.
For most of us, playing the lot-
tery is harmless fun. I must admit
that every "blue moon," which ends
up being maybe once a year, the
wife and I send $1 on one ticket
and find it humorous.
Hey, spend a dollar, maybe win
enough money to not have to ever
work again sounds great right?
While some of us view gambling
as simply casual fun and even fan-
tasize about what we would do with
our riches, the reality for some peo-
ple is not a dream, but a nightmare.
It's about as bad as a dog chasing
its tail. An estimated 3 to 4 percent
of U.S. adults have a serious prob-
lem with gambling.
Sure the state is in a major budg-
et crisis and the funds made from
the lottery will help fill the gap and
of course most of the funds go to
education right?
Several years ago I took my first
trip to the Bahamas and went into
one of the local casinos. I have
never been big on gambling, but
"When in Rome..." I quickly
noticed that you didn't see many
Bahamians in the casinos gambling
and inquired as to why that was.
I was told that the locals were
forbidden in the casinos for several
reasons, but the one that really

caught my attention was the notion
that gambling would have a nega-
tive effect of the lives of those who
were already poor.
I always kept that thought in the
back of my mind. That's like some-
one who is poor becoming addicted
to drugs or even cigarettes.
Talk about making a bad situa-
tion worse throwing an addiction
on top of you struggling to take
care of yourself or your family.
I can't tell you the number of
times I have walked into a conven-
ient store and seen a hand full of
men or women hovering over the
lottery kiosk with scratch off tick-
ets in hand scratching away.
For some of these people the
addiction is obvious. And it's not
simply an addiction to gambling,
but an addiction to a dream the
dream of getting rich.
But who are these people who
the Powerball might lure into it's
addictive net? I say that most of
them are working class individuals.
Why does it seem like the poorest
people are the ones who spend the
most money on the lottery?
How many people do we know
that play the lottery every single
week? I know people who are so
obsessed about the lottery that they
think that the week in which they
don't play that's when their lucky
numbers will drawn. Hence, one
must play every single week.
And again, I understand the

state's need for additional revenue
streams, but they way the lottery is
sensationalized through radio, tele-
vision and print ads gives the state
I have desperately been search-
ing from some study that addresses
this issue.
According to the American
Psychological Association (APA),
"Addictive gambling is sometimes
referred to as the 'hidden illness,'
because there are no visible physi-
cal symptoms".
The APA classifies compulsive
gambling as a mental health disor-
der of impulse control. What's
interesting and surprising to me is
that teens are about three times
more likely to become pathological
gamblers than adults. I guess it
shouldn't surprise us considering
teens often like sponges and are
more easily influenced.
It is interesting to also note that
compulsive gamblers across age
groups also use tobacco, alcohol,
marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs
more often than do other groups.
The state of Florida has not done
much to address gambling prob-
lems, but states like Nevada and
New York have had to deal with
gambling addictions for years now,
and have organizations dedicated to
helping addicts.
Getting back to what APA called
a hidden illness, nobody really
knows how many people have
developed an addiction by playing

Lottery games. In fact, because
states have so many types of lottery
games it would be almost impossi-
ble to track.
In 2005, the New York Council
on Problem Gambling found that
40 percent of calls to its hot line
were by people with troubles relat-
ed to lottery games and the next-
highest category is casinos.
In an article in New York's The
Journal News newspaper, Jim
Maney, executive director of the
council said, "There's just not a lot
of research" speaking about the
growing addiction to the Lottery.
But for gamblers, he said, the
Lottery is "the biggest problem in
New York State."
One major problem with Lottery
addition is the casual nature of it.
Typically, there are some physical
symptoms of drug addiction, but
with gambling there are very few
physical signs.
I am not lumping all lottery play-
ers in the same pot, but much like
alcohol and cigarettes over
indulging in the lottery could make
a bad financial, social or emotional
situation much worse. So don't get
caught up in that "you have to be in
it to win it" mentality
Most of us are still trying to fig-
ure out the real percentage of lot-
tery funds that actually go towards
education spending.
Signing off from Quickmart,
Reggie Fullwood

Accuracy in Media Can Beat the Double Standard

by William
By portray-
t ing "diversi-
ty" in their
e productions,
O .1N media is able
to continue
misinformation practices through
the voices of black "pundits".
When asked on network TV, "What
should President-Elect Barack
Obama do about the Middle East
and crisis occurring in Gaza?" the
30-something black female haugh-
tily responded: "First he has to take
care of genocide in Darfur, and
then we'll get around to the
Like the "talking head" lady,
many African Americans have been
misdirected into active collabora-
tion in an unseemly international
status quo. The media, lobby
groups and the politicians have "the
talking head lady" looking to cor-
rect situations "in all the wrong
places". As we watch nightly news
reports on Gaza, it's important to
note that they report limited facts
about the situation and often over-
look crimes perpetuated against the
Outside of America, world lead-
ers say what is taking place in Gaza
and Palestine is genocide and label
it "the world's worst humanitarian
crisis". Genocide is defined as "the
deliberate and systematic destruc-
tion, in whole or in part, of an eth-
nic, racial, religious, or national
group". The Gaza Strip is the
world's worst urban ghetto. The
situation is man-made; everything
that sustains the Palestinian people
has been targeted for destruction:

schools, hospitals, businesses, cul-
tural institutions. The economic
conditions the US and Israel have
imposed has caused the 1.5 million
people to experience a long-term
deterioration. A "humanitarian
implosion" has occurred there. The :
conditions are squalid, movement
is all but impossible, supplies of
food and water, sewage treatment
and basic healthcare are at peril, the
economy has collapsed, unemploy-
ment exceeds 50 percent and hospi-
tals and schools are failing.
The US is the only country in the
world that describes events occur-
ring in Darfur as "genocide". In
spite Sudan's and its African neigh-
bors' protestations, Americans have
bought into the "genocide in
Darfur" story. Even African
Americans seek Western military
"peace-keepers" intervention to rid
the region of "Janjaweed" and
other media-manufactured ghosts
and goblins. Blacks have been
misdirected to support Western
intervention in Africa at the
expense of genocidal practices
we've helped generate in Palestine.
Diversity distributors of news are
"just doing their job" when they
overlook the horrific life conditions
in Gaza: living under occupation;
being regularly targeted by incur-
sions, attacks on the ground and
from the air; being ethnically
cleansed, arrested, incarcerated,
tortured, and slaughtered on any
pretext. Little is said by main-
stream black news reporters about
Gaza people being in enclosed pop-
ulation centers, detained by closed
borders, checkpoints, electric
fences, and separation walls while
their land is systematically stolen in
violation of international law to
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their economic structure creates a
daily hell for the Palestinian popu-
lation. Nearly 95 percent of all
Gaza's factories have closed; and
Israel's economic blockade on the
coastal territory and repeated clo-
sures of electricity and fuel sources
contribute to the humarfitarian cri-,
Isn't it time people recognize the
horrible double standard at play
here? United Nations resolutions
have called for Israelis to withdraw
from this occupied territory, yet the
Israeli government, with US back-
ing, ignores them. Israelis appro-
priate Palestinian land in open defi-
ance of international law and over-
whelming international condemna-
tion. Through the media, military
and domination of the World Bank
the US continues engaging in
unjust international practices. It's
sad that among the establishment

media's "diversity" an array of
black "Talking Heads" have
emerged to maintain America's
past practices.
On the issue of genocide, we've
been hoodwinked. In contrast to
the TV lady, black leaders in the
past ha'e been outspoken propo-
nents for justice to Palestinian peo-
ple. In place of those willing to hoe
the establishment line, the rest of us
need to show the way to justice in
the Middle East and the world. Our
integrity as a people, let alone our
own experience with injustice and
oppression, demand that we step
forward, speak out, and insist on a
change in US policy towards the
Palestinians. Ask yourself: "Since
when have an illegally occupied
people been wrong in demanding
and fighting for their human rights
and land?" and their cause not been
worthy of our support?

Will America Lose Another

Generation of Black Males?
by Phillip Jackson
THE PREVIOUS generation of young black males was destroyed between
1985 and 2005. No amount of crying, cursing or hand-wringing can change
this because that generation is gone.
We need only walk down any city street in almost any predominantly
African-American community to see residue of the broken lives millions
of young black men nationwide. Few people spoke out effectively and even
fewer engaged in actions to prevent this silent genocide. The mass destruc-
tion of black American males has been effectively ignored by almost every-
body -- the government, the media and most of the philanthropic commu-
nity. Even most of our black churches and black communities still stand by
and watch the horrible loss of our young black men.
The resulting negative educational, social, spiritual and economic impact
of a generation of black males' shattered lives is also ultimately a devastat-
ing loss to our entire society.
Of course, every single young black man will not be lost, but here are some
facts: Only 2.5 percent of the 102,000 black males in Chicago public schools
are projected to graduate from college by age 25. And only 19 percent of
black males in Indianapolis and 20 percent in Detroit even graduated from
high school in 2006.
Testimony before the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee in
2007 revealed that only 50 percent of black men in New York City were
employed and that, nationally, 72 percent of black male high school
dropouts were unemployed.
All of these statistics forecast an abysmal future for black America. These
inexcusable, catastrophic outcomes constitute an unnatural disaster. Black
America, along with all of America, pays dearly for its collective ineptitude
and willful neglect of the nurturing, mentoring, educating, developing and
saving of young black men. No plausible justification exists for a country as
great as America to lose another generation of black youth.
Ask yourself: Who are young black women going to marry? Who will be
good fathers to tens of millions of black children? Who will build and main-
tain the economies of black communities? Who will be the anchor upon
which to build strong families in the black community? Who will young
black boys emulate as they grow into men? Will black America be a viable
and valuable community in 20 years? Or is the better question: Who cares?
Will the election of America's first black male president cleanse its con-
science for destroying a past generation and absolve it of guilt for annihilat-
ing the next generation of young black males? What a cruel hoax to believe
that if a black man can become president, then black men do not have prob-
lems that America is obligated to address. Yet black America cannot trade
one black man in the White House for the million-plus black men languish-
ing in American jails and millions of black boys failing in American schools.
In the absence of broad public policy ushering in comprehensive systemic
changes, future generations of young back males are destined to continue
destroying themselves, their families and their communities. American
social, economic and governmental systems have greatly contributed to the
destruction of young black men who have, in turn, become weapons of mass
destruction against black-American communities. All the while America
continues its moral-high-ground facade concerning international human
Those voices who call for black men to "step up and be men" are not only
wasting their breath but are also part of a seemingly intractable problem.
Correcting the issues of black men will require a comprehensively struc-
tured, sufficiently financed, professionally managed, ethically led and com-
mitted multipronged effort to systemically address and shift the cascading
negative outcomes for black men and boys.
Failure of will
The real shame of this catastrophe is not that America can't save young
black males; it is that America won't save young black males. The resources
required are minuscule compared to recent governmental bailouts and
expenditures. Saving young black males is an investment in America. It is as
much a spiritual battle as it is a physical and emotional battle. A successful
effort to save young black males must also address habits, attitudes and
behaviors that have pushed black men to the precipice of irrelevance, obso-
lescence and non-existence. To date, precious little is in place to stop the on-
going annihilation of young black males.
Phillip Jackson is founder and executive director of The Black Star Project
in Chicago.

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Teneesse Thomas Selected for Kennedy Fellowship

The John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts recently
selected Jacksonville resident
Teneese Thomas for its fellowship
program for the 2008-2009 season
as part of the Kennedy Center
Institute for Arts Management.
She is currently working on sever-
al projects with the Kennedy
Center's Development Depart-
Established in 2001, the program
offers up-and-coming arts man-
agers close working relationships
with experienced arts profession-
als, hands-on work opportunities
in three various departments at the
Kennedy Center and the opportu-
nity to work in one of the most
artistically diverse performing arts
centers in the United States.
Fellowships are full-time and last
ten months, starting in September
and ending in June.
In Jacksonville, she served as the

Teneese Thomas
Production Manager of the Ritz
Theatre & LaVilla Museum. For
the past six years, she worked
directly with Executive Director
Carol Alexander in season plan-
ning and logistical coordination of
the Ritz's music and theater pro-
gramming, bringing a variety of
classic and contemporary perform-

ances to the Jacksonville
Community such as Raisin' Cane,
Your Arms Too Short To Box With
God, Sophisticated Ladies, Ain't
Misbehavin' and others. She
directed and produced the Ritz's
popular monthly variety show
Amateur Night at the Ritz. Her
most recent directing credits at the
Ritz include Flyin' West and
August Wilson's The Piano
While completing her fellowship,
Teneese is gaining experience in
Development and has worked in
the Dance Programming
Department where she assisted
with coordinating performances
for 2008 Olympic Performers
Shen Wei Dance Arts, the San
Francisco Ballet, and the Joffrey
Ballet. She has also contributed to
the restructuring and revision of
the website for
the Kennedy Center.

Obama's Win Brings

a First for Black Press

Barack Obama's election as pres-
ident is prompting major changes in
the nation's black press, ushering in
a series of firsts that editors say will
reshape print, Internet, radio and
television coverage aimed at
African-American audiences.
Essence, the top selling magazine
among black women, will have a
full-time White House reporter for
the first time. Ebony magazine will
add a White House reporter, either
full-time or as needed. Its sister
publication, Jet magazine, will have
a weekly two-page Washington
report in every issue.
And Black Entertainment
Television is scrapping its usual
fare of videos and sitcoms for a
four-hour live broadcast of
Obama's swearing in just as the

Pastor "Walks the Walk", Preaching and

Teaching Hard Earned Lessons from Experience

By Cristin Jordan
On any given Wednesday night,
you can find "Brother Mike", as he
is affectionately known by the
Word of Life Community Church
congregation, in the first pew on the
left. This particular night however
he isn't preaching.
Tonight, is about teaching.
Joined by at least three other
young men sitting behind him, the
men freely discuss scripture, and
often their lives for thirty minutes
following Bible Study.
In his quest to impart his learned
wisdom it's not uncommon for
Brother Mike, to lean on some of
his personal experiences to drive
home a point. Nothing is off limits,
including the two decades he spent
in jail and prison. As well as abuse
of drugs.
"No it's nothing that I'm embar-
rassed me being who the
Lord made me I can share with
them, said Brother Mike who's real
name is Michael Williams.
In 2000 Brother Mike said he got
out for good. Now he freely tells
his story because he believes that
others who may also be looking for

their way will be able to learn from
his mistakes and hopefully avoid
the hard lessons he had to learn.
"I use that[his past] as a testimony
to give all the glory to God," he
proudly says.
In his words, his story is a testimo-
ny to the awesome power of God
because no one could have helped
him overcome the addiction and the
life of crime that gripped his life.
"It shows people God can change
your life if you surrender onto
him," said Brother Mike.
That surrender came to him
through a vision. While incarcerat-
ed, his life flashed before him one
night in his cell. One image after
another each one worse than the
one before. He saw himself com-
mitting armed robbery and smoking
crack. It was his life and he didn't
like it. That's when he said he cried
out to God to change and since then
he hasn't been the same.
"I just confessed to the Lord I was
tired of living that way. I was really
at the bottom and there was no fur-
ther I could go. I recalled what my
grandmother would say, 'call upon
the Lord and he'll save you,'" said

Brother Mike relays his life experience through scripture.

Brother Mike.
Pastor Rod Hendrix who has
preached with Brother Mike at
Word of Life Community Church
for the past four years said there
was never any doubt of him joining
him in the pulpit.
"I saw how God really changed his
life. It's incredulous to believe he
had done those kind of things but
you can see he's what a man of God

should be," said Pastor Hendrix,
"my co-pastor's past isn't a prob-
In a few weeks the church will
celebrate an anniversary... and
Brother Mike said he's excited to
see where God takes the church.
Reflecting on all he's been through
he said, "there were some things I
had to learn and some things I had
to unlearn".

leading cable network in black
households did for both party E
conventions last summer, and
on Election Day. TV One will ]
do the same, airing 21 hours of
inauguration coverage through-
out the day.
In some ways, the moves mark
a return to a time when the -
black press particularly mag-
azines were newsier. Jet first
published photos of the battered
and swollen body of Emmett
Till, sparking outrage and galvaniz-
ing a still-young civil rights move-
"Who we are is really evolving
right now, in this post-civil rights
era," said Bryan Monroe, vice pres-
ident and editorial director of
Ebony and Jet. "Our readers really
need the black press."
The press as a whole has faced
charges of pro-Obama bias -
including respected names like
PBS' Gwen Ifill, who is black but
the magazine editors say they know
they must provide balanced cover-
age to their readers.
Yet, if what happened to Tavis
Smiley, a popular guest on the Tom
Joyner Morning Show and host of
his own PBS show, is any guide,
serious questioning of Barack
Obama might not always sit right
with black audiences.
Smiley ended up leaving his post
as a commentator after he was
roundly criticized for taking a
stance on Obama-his point, he
said, was that folks should kick the
tires before getting on board.
The latest issue of Essence has
two different covers-Barack or
Michelle-and features famous
African-Americans, ruminating on
the moment. Ebony named a person
of the year for the first time in its 63
year history, dedicating its entire
January issue to Obama.
The moves are also an indication
of the deep ties Obama formed with
the black press and by extension
the black community over the
course of the campaign. Black sup-
port for the president-elect was 95
percent, a record.
"We did do a very good job of fos-

Full time white House reporter
White House reporter
Weekly two page Washington report
live coverage of the ceremonies
Full time white house reporter
tering strong relationships during
campaign... and the community had
unprecedented access," said Corey
Ealons, the campaign's director of
African-American media. On
weekly conference calls during the
general election, Ealons said he
would put the campaign's core
issues heath care, joblessness,
education in the context of the
black community.
For Ebony, the nation's oldest
black magazine with a monthly
readership of 12 million, the cover-
age paid off the Chicago-based
magazine landed Obama's first
post-election interview.
The newsier turn, is due, at least in
part, to the black brain drain from
mainstream publications, due to
massive industry buyouts and lay-
offs. And black publications like
Ebony and Essence have reaped the
rewards, landing reporters and edi-
tors from top newspapers like The
Baltimore Sun, Newsday and the
Boston Globe and organizations
like Knight Ridder.
"There is a sense of going to back
to the roots of where we used to get
our news," said Barbara Ciara,
president of the National
Association of Black Journalists
(NABJ). "When we first learned of
something that was going to happen
in our community it hit the black
press long before it hit the main-
BET, long criticized for running
too many booty shaking music
videos, is in the process of expand-
ing their news coverage beyond the
current 25 hours a month. But don't
expect "Meet The Press" or a night-
ly news-style broadcast.

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New Year Revivial at Historic Mount Zion AME

Revive, renew and reconnect
through praise, worship and song at
the New Year Revival, Thursday
and Friday nights, January 22 23,
2009 at Historic Mount Zion AME
Church, as the anointed Reverend
Michael C. Edwards, senior pastor
of Tabernacle Baptist Institutional
Church, brings souls to Christ as the
revival evangelist. Worship service
will begin nightly at 7:00 pm. The
church is located downtown at 201
E. Beaver Street, on the corner of
Newnan and Beaver streets, and has
an elevator for easy access;
Reverend F.D. Richardson Jr. is the
pastor. The public is invited to
come out and be revived in the
Reverend Edwards, a
Jacksonville native, is a graduate of
Florida State University and has a


Tabernacle Baptist, Edwards serves
Executive Secretary for the Florida
General Baptist Convention, Inc.
with President Rev. Dr. James B.
Sampson. He is the author of two
soon-to-be released books, "A
Single Revelation", a Christian
book for singles and the other
directed for singles' ministries enti-
tled "Single By Choice or By
Force". A proud family man, he and
his wife Faydra, are the parents of
four wonderful children.
For additional information or
transportation, please call the
church office at (904) 355-9475.

Rev. Edwards
Master's of Divinity Degree from
the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School
of Theology at Virginia Union
University in Richmond, VA. In
addition to his pastoral duties at

Masonic Events to honor 33rd Degree Masons

FAMU Alumni Local Attorney Offers Opportunity

Meeting on Sat
Jacksonville's FAMU Alumni
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Meeting" at the Jacksonville FAMU
Pharmacy Building (2050 Art
Museum Dr- Suite 200) on
Saturday, January 10th at 10 a.m.
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Plant Free Trees for Arbor Day
In honor of Arbor Day, the Duval
County Extension Service will pro-
vide free tree seedings on Friday,
January 16th from 10-12:00 Noon.
Call 387-8850 to pre-register

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Dr. Augustus Cox
The Union Grand Commandery
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Grand Commander at 8 p.m.,
January 10, 2009 at the Crown
Plaza Hotel. For more information
about this Testimonial Banquet, call
Russell or Gwen Earl at 783-9185.
Dr Cox recently became Honorary
Past Grand Master of Florida PHA
and Past Most Eminent Grand
Master of the Grand Encampment
of Knights Temple of the United
States of America for his untiringly
service of 65 years in Masonry with
43 years in the consistory, serving 4
years as Commander in Chief..
The Tillman Valentine Consistory
No. 22 Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Free Masonry PHA,
will honor Dr. Augustus H. Cox, 33
Degree, Saturday, January 17, 2009,
at 29 West 6th Street.

January 12th
The current class leaders of Old
Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational High Schools will meet
Monday, January 12, 2009 at 6 p.m.
at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street
(First Street Entrance). The meet-
ing's main agenda will be the dis-
cussion of plans for the 3rd All-
Class Stanton Gala to be held on
May 2, 2009.
Representatives from all classes
are encouraged to attend. For more
information, contact Gala Chairman
Kenneth Reddick at (904) 764-8795

for two(2) Students to Travel to D.C.
High School Seniors can try for a trip to the Inauguration of President
Barack Obama by writing a 100 Word Essay on the importance of this
Election. Prominent Jacksonville Attorney Eddie Farah has partnered
with Rev. Kenneth Adkins, former Jacksonville resident and Public
Relations Firm owner, and The First Jordan Grove Baptist Church of
Brunswick, GA; to sponsor a round-trip fare on a luxury motor coach to
the Inauguration, and hotel accommodations at the Baltimore, Md.
Berkshire Marriott, for the for two high school seniors that write the win-
ning essays.
Students entering the contest must complete a 100 word essay on the
importance of this election. All entries can be emailed to: Pastor Kenneth For more information, please call (912) 577-3729 or
(904 405-9498. Winners will be announced on WJXT-Channel 4, and
their photograph will appear in the Jacksonville Free Press.
Join MAD DADS to help address the
Rise in Young Black Male Shootings
You don't have to be a "Dad" to participate in Crime Prevention
Activities with MAD DADS, the national organization working to help
prevent the deaths of our young Black Males. that continues as we enter
a new decade. MAD DADS is continuing community organizing, neigh-
borhood watches and neighborhood canvasses to break "the code of
silence" to aid in the prevention of more deaths.
Elder Donald Foy, Chapter President is working with Bishop Vaughn
McLaughlin, Pastor of The Potter's House Christian Fellowship. These
two strong men are asking other Community Leaders, Pastors, and mem-
bers of the community to join them in the effort to save more lives from
vicious, usually unprovoked attacks in our communities. For more infor-
mation, please call (904) 781-0905.
Central Metropolitan CME to Hold
Inaugural Community Symposium
The Central Metropolitan CME Church, Clarence Kelby Heath, Pastor;
located at 4611 North Pearl Street; invites the community to attend a
Symposium, entitled: Barack Hussein Obama 44th President of the
United States Inaugural. Tuesday, January 20, 2009. An Interfaith
Service and Breakfast will begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Witnessing
of the Historic Changing of America History Satellite Viewing of
President Obama's Swearing-in Ceremony, with an audience "Talk
An Inaugural Reception will begin at 5 p.m..
A Youth Public Forum/Audience Talk Back will follow at 6 p.m.
All of the events on Tuesday, January 20th are FREE and open to the
public. Students, parents and the general public are welcome.

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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

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

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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

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

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

Come share In Hol Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

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

Grace and Peace

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

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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A New Day for America

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Shown above are the wedding party: Bridesmaids: Rolanda Joanice, Lauren DuBose, Shanda Harvey,
Tolu Adebanjo, Sabina Frederick; Jr Bridesmaid Olivia Powdar, Maid of Honor Crystle Williams, Matron
of Honor Laurilyn Archibald, Bride Alicia and Groom Justin Williams, Flowers: Keziah Hill, Michala
Magee,Tamia Hill, Ring Bearer Macaire Magee, Usher Ty'Kayle Walker, Ronaldo Segu, Usher Michael
Magee, Jaysen Williams Best Man, Groomsmen's: Jerome Hill, Kevin Hill, Afrifah Bobbie, Lance Morley
and Ahmad Kasem. FMP Photo
Family and Friends Witness Mr. and Mrs.

Justin Williams Exchange of Vows in St. Augustine

The former Alicia Phillip, daugh-
ter of Alpheus and Patricia Phillip
recently exchanged vows in Holy
Matrimony with Justin Williams,
son of Martin and Prudence
Williams at the Ancient City
Baptist Church in St. Augustine,

Florida. The couple had previously
married in a private ceremony in
Mrs. Phillips is a graduate of the
University of Florida College of
Law and is a member of Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority. The groom

also graduated from the University
of Florida where he majored in
Engineering. He is a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Following a cruise on Mexican
Riviera, the couple will reside in
san Jose, California.

Shown above is Rahman Johnson and M.K. Asante at the screening.

The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla
Museum celebrated the 5th day of
Kwanzaa by presenting the pre-
miere screening of the film "The
Black Candle".
If you make an observation, you
have an obligation, believes the
film's director M.K. Asante Jr. who
was also present to answer ques-
tions about his film making experi-
"When I observed that there was
no film that celebrated Kwanzaa
and the African-American experi-
ence," he said, "my obligation was
make it."
During a two -year journey, the
twenty-six year old Asante wrote,
produced and directed The Black
Candle, the first-ever documentary

Some of us believed that
America could change. The elec-
tion of Barack Obama as the 44th
President of the United States has
changed America! From the
moment that the announcement of
Mr. Obama's winning the
Presidential race, America
Joy rang out throughout our
country. Whites embraced Blacks,
Blacks embraced Whites, both
embraced Hispanics, and others, the
rich, the ordinary, and the poor.
America was unified! It was a
moment that God graced America.
The Jacksonville Free Press
joined forces with The Ritz
Theatre/LaVilla Museum to hold an
"Election Watch Party," and opened
the party to the public. It was a
patriotic scenario with local citizens
of all colors in attendance. There
was a live band and plenty of food,
courtesy of Jerome Brown's Bar-B-
Que and Hooter's Restaurants.
There was much anticipation and
excitement. Senator Anthony
"Tony" Hill, Pastor R. J.
Washington, and Congresswoman
Corrine Brown, all spoke to the
enthusiastic crowd.
Mrs. Yvette Ridley chose to cel-
ebrate her Election Night Birthday
at this gathering accompanied by

about this African-American/Pan-
African cultural holiday (www.the- It was filmed
across the United States, Africa,
Europe and the Caribbean and its
cast includes some of the best and
brightest from the hip-hop and the
civil rights generations such as
Chuck D, Amiri Baraka, Kiri Davis
and Maya Angelou.
"It's not just a film about
Kwanzaa, it's a celebration of the
Black experience," Asante said.
Kwanzaa is a time when we
honor our heritage, give special
thanks for the harvest of good in
our lives," said Angelou, who nar-
rates the film.
Photo by Greg Miller

both her daughters, Helen and
Elaine..She received a standing
ovation as the crowd serenaded her
with "the Birthday Song." It was a
night that she would never forget.
The crowd, estimated at between
900 and 1000 grew restless as the
poles closed. All watching intently
from their seats at tables, while oth-
ers watched in the main auditorium.
Ben Frazier and Rita Carter
Perry, WPDQ and WZAZ Alumni
(WPDQ at one time was #1 in our
city); decided to get the party
going, while everyone waited for
the returns to start coming in. They
asked the band to play some "lively
music" and began dancing. The
dance floor quickly filled up,
relieving some of the tension of
apprehension, and waiting for the
election results.
As the evening wore on the
crowd grew more excited, and
when the big announcement came,
strangers were hugging strangers,
and many shed tears of joy. The
party flowed to the streets as every-
one danced in the streets surround-
ing The Ritz, a perfect historical
location for the celebration.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with
his lovely wife, Coretta, along with
Mrs. Rosa Parks and the many oth-
ers who sacrificed and made the
stand for equality, must surely have
been smiling down from Heaven.
The Dream was fulfilled. The elec-
tion of a black man to the presiden-
cy, signaled equality for all citizens.
I remember the last time that I
saw Dr. was a March in
Detroit. Senator Bobby Kennedy
was running for president but he
marched that day with Dr. King.
Ethel Kennedy was pregnant with
their youngest child. Senator
Kennedy appeared at a rally in Los
Angeles the next evening. He was
assassinated. The assassinator was
apprehended by a football star of
that era, the legendary Rosie Grier.
During that visit to Detroit,
Motown Records recorded Dr.
King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Dr. King and the many other mar-
tyrs did not die in vain. The Dream,
total equality, has been fulfilled
The election of Barrach Obama

is a true ( i
state- ,
ment of
We have new "Hope". May God con-
and been a
partner to
"true change" in
America, in our lifetime.
Americans, all Americans, now
have new "Hope". May God con-
tinue to bless America!
Now, just 2 months later,
Americans throughout the country
"are trying to get to Washington, to
witness the Inauguration of
America's "First President of
Color." Millions are expected.
Of course, our Free Press Editor
Sylvia Perry will be there! She
booked her flight weeks before the
Election and made a call to friends
to arrange "a visit".
We as a people must sacrifice for
"our" children, all of our children,
to help them prepare themselves for
the future. We must instill in all our
children, not just those that we have
birthedd", but all our children the
importance of education and repu-
tation, that will help them take their
place in the world today and tomor-
row. We are the guardians of the
flock! We must go back to watch-
ing out for and nurturing all the
children of our neighborhoods. As
my child grew up, I had the policy
of making all her friends and asso-
ciates my children too. That is
something that we all must do. We
must share whatever knowledge,
and experience we have with all the
children. It can be very rewarding.
There are no bad children, a child is
influenced by those that nurture
him or her, it can be a "bad" person,
or it can be a good person, or you!
I cannot express to you the pride
and love I felt when "my children"
surprised me with a birthday cele-
bration during the summer. The
magnitude of the party and the
many friends and associates in
attendance did not surpass the love
I felt from "my children." They are
truly my pride and joy.
Rita E. Carter Perry, Publisher
Jacksonville Free Press

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Are Discount Prescription Drug Cards Worth it?

In all likelihood, you have prob-
ably seen them whether you are at
Walgreen's, CVS, or any pharmacy
across America, discount prescrip-
tion drug programs seem to be
offered everywhere. You can
peruse an array of discount pre-
scription programs online, and
emails are often sent to elicit
enrollment into different plans. So,
what exactly are discount prescrip-
tion drug cards?
Let us take a look at Walgreens as
an example. Called the "Walgreens
Prescription Savings Club," mem-
bers have access to discounts on
over 5000 brand name and generic
medications. More specifically,
400 of the generic prescriptions are
priced at $12 for a 90 day supply.
For $20 a year, an individual can

receive reductions in the cost of
many of the medications he or she
already uses. An entire family
would pay only $35 a year.
Other discount prescription drug
programs do not charge any fee.
For instance, YourRxCard allows
you to download a free prescription
drug card online, instantly provid-
ing you access to savings up to
75% off all FDA approved drugs at
57,000 pharmacies across the
United States. This site lists the fol-
lowing as the benefits of the pro-
gram which are instant:
* No deductibles or waiting period
* No pre-existing exclusions
* Everyone qualifies
YourRxCard even offers a med-
ication pricing tool to find out how
much your prescription will cost,

as well as a pharmacy locator to
find pharmacies in your area that
participate in this program. Are
programs such as these considered
a form of affordable health insur-
The answer is, quite simply, no.
Although discount prescription
drug cards provide a savings for
individuals and families who
require an assortment of medica-
tions, they are not really a form of
affordable health insurance.
Instead, they are more of a supple-
ment to existing health insurance.
However, even if one does not have
health insurance, he or she still can
utilize the benefits from these types
of programs in order to receive
lower costs for prescriptions that
are necessary to obtain.

Breast Cancer Deadlier

Among Black Women

Younger black women who get
breast cancer are far more likely
than other afflicted women to have
a particularly aggressive and lethal
form of the disease, a study found.
The findings suggest that biology
may help explain why breast cancer
is deadlier in black women younger
than 55 than it is in white women in
the same age group. Other studies
have blamed inadequate screening
Since 1990, the average annual
breast cancer death rate for younger
black women in the United States
has been 15.4 deaths per 100,000

Nursing Industry Desperate to Find New Recruits

Please accept a high-paying job
with us. In fact, just swing by for an
interview and we'll give you a
chance to win cash and prizes.
Sounds too good to be true, espe-
cially in an economy riddled with
job cuts in nearly every industry.
But applicants for nursing jobs are
still so scarce that recruiters have
been forced to get increasingly

One Michigan company literally
rolled out a red carpet at a recent
hiring event. Residential Home
Health, which provides in-home
nursing for seniors on Medicare,
lavished registered nurses and other
health care workers with free cham-
pagne and a trivia contest hosted by
game-show veteran Chuck
Woolery. Prizes included a one-year
lease for a 2009 SUV, hotel stays

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Resolutions a reality. Many of you
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women say they don't like braids
because they can thin your hair
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Make sure your braids are not too
tight. If the braids are too tight
they will pull out your hair.
Speaking of braids I'm a big fan
of sew-in weaves; that way your
hair is protected because it's sewn
in. You can also try a quick weave
if you haven't done so yet. A
Quick Weave is hair that is bonded
in on top of a cap. For the most
part the cap will stay on, or you
can get one that will come on or
off. The good thing about a quick
weave is that you can have it cus-
tom designed for your hair.
Another good thing about a quick
weave is that the majority of your
hair will be protected under the
A custom wig or a lace front
weave are other options. If you
want a bit of glamour at the gym
you can always add a ponytail.
Now if you were to ask me my
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sew- in. Personally I think they
look pretty natural and the weave

itself will maintain its style for
you. Of course there are different
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and dinners.
"We're committed to finding ways
to creatively engage with passive
job seekers," said David Curtis,
president of the Madison Heights-
based company.
The shortage has been operating
since World War II on an eight- to
10-year cycle, industry experts say.
Each time the number of nurses
reaches a critical low, the govern-
ment adds funding and hospitals
upgrade working conditions. But as
the deficit eases, those retention
efforts fade and eventually the old
conditions return, often driving
nurses into other professions.
"We recently had a hiring event
where, for experienced nurses to
interview just to interview we
gave them $50 gas cards," said Tom
Zinda, the director of recruitment at
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in
the Milwaukee-area city of
Glendale. "We really try to get as
creative as we can. It's a tough posi-
tion to fill."
Recruiters across the country have
tried similar techniques, offering
chair massages, lavish catering and
contests for flat-screen TVs, GPS
devices and shopping sprees worth
as much as $1,000.

Even strong salaries aren't doing
the trick. Registered nurses made an
average of $62,480 in 2007, rang-
ing from a mean of $78,550 in
California to $49,140 in Iowa,
according to government statistics.
Including overtime, usually abun-
dantly available, the most experi-
enced nurses can earn more than
The U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics predicts about 233,000
additional jobs will open for regis-
tered nurses each year through
2016, on top of about 2.5 million
existing positions. But only about
200,000 candidates passed the
Registered Nurse licensing exam
last year, and thousands of nurses
leave the profession each year.
Several factors are in play: a lack
of qualified instructors to staff
training programs, lack of funding
for training programs, difficult
working conditions and the need for
expertise in key nursing positions.
Many recruiters have looked for
employees overseas, and about one-
fourth of the nurses who earned
their licenses in 2007 were educat-
ed internationally, most in the
Philippines and India.



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population, versus 9.3 per 100,000
for younger white women.
"It's been long known that breast
cancer in African-American women
is a far less common disease than in
white women. But when it occurs, it
seems to be more aggressive and
harder to treat," said study co-
author Dr. Lisa Carey of the
University of North Carolina's
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer
In the study, researchers identified
cancer types by looking for certain
proteins in tumor tissue taken from
496 women in the Carolina Breast
Cancer Study. The women had been
diagnosed between 1993 and 1996.
A quick-spreading form of breast
cancer called the basal-like subtype
appeared in 39 percent of pre-
menopausal black breast cancer
patients. It accounted for 14 percent
of breast cancer cases in older black
women, and 16 percent of those in
non-black women of any age.
Genetic profiling of cancer sub-
types has led to a new generation of
targeted drugs that have shown star-
tling success. But for the basal-like
subtype, no targeted therapies yet
exist and doctors must use more
conventional chemotherapy.
The research may lead to a better
understanding of what causes the
aggressive subtype of breast cancer,
said Dr. Eric Winer, director of the
breast oncology center at Dana-
Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
He was not involved in the study.
He said it is unclear whether this
subtype is occurring because of an
inherited predisposition or because
of something in the environment

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Breast cancer is less common
among black women than white
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that black women are more likely to
be exposed to. He added that dis-
parities in access to treatment still
probably account for much of the
higher mortality rate among young
black women.
In the study, death rates remained
higher for younger black women
even when the basal-like subtype
cases were removed from the data.
That suggests that other factors
such as access to screening and
treatment also play a role.
"Biology is only part of the puz-
zle," Carey said. "Access to health
care is very important."
Margaret Rosenzweig of the
University of Pittsburgh School of
Nursing, who was not involved in
the UNC study, said black women
may be less likely than white
women to follow through on their

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Diana Spicer, Mary Walker, Norma white, Francina Dunbar, Pamela Prier, Gracie Chandler, Shelly
Thompson and Santhea Brown. SEATED: Josephine Porter, Ruth Waters, Barbara Shuman, Jean Aikens,
Deloris Mitchell and Bertha Hodge.
Bold City Links Culminate Year With Holiday Soiree

The Bold City Chapter of Links
said goodbye to 2008 and wel-
comed 2009 with great anticipation
at their annual year ending holiday
celebration hosted by Mrs.
Josephine Porter. The industrious
women's service organization had
much to celebrate as they continued
to make inroads in the community
through their services to the youth

of Jacksonville and preparations for
the 2009 calendar year. The private
party included catered delicacies
and camaraderie among the close
knit sister Links and their spouses.
The upcoming year already has a
full calendar with continuing and
new projects on the horizon. In
addition to encourage over rage
youth to be promoted to their cur-

rent grade level, the chapter is also
establishing a clothes closet for stu-
dents at EWC. The Bold City
Chapter will also be single handed-
ly sponsoring the organization's
Southern Area Conference in May
bringing an anticipated 1,000 atten-
dees to the First Coast for a four
day confab designed to energize
and educate the membership.

Inauguration Day 2009 Schedule
8:00 AM -Gates open for ticketed
attendees if you have tickets, it
will be wise to arrive early with
huge crowds and heavy security.
10:00 AM Preliminary festivities
begin, including music by The ,
United States Marine Band, The l' --
San Francisco Boys Chorus, and the
San Francisco Girls Chorus.
11:30 AM- If you have tickets to .

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Call to Order and Welcoming .
Remarks: Senator Dianne Feinstein .
Invocation: Dr. Rick Warren : _
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A newly-launched free Internet
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explore their African heritage the
way whites have long been able to
chart their migration from Europe.
Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade Database
ndex.faces) is the result of 40 years
of research by hundreds of scholars.
It allows African-Americans to
trace the routes of slave ships that
transported 12.5 million of their
ancestors from Africa as early as
the 16th Century.
Two years ago, Emory University
researchers, funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities,
began compiling maps, images and
other records of about 35,000 slave-
trade voyages from Africa to North
America, Brazil, the Caribbean and
Europe, according to the Chicago
Tribune. It is the first time such a
large amount of data on the subject
has been available to the public.
"Everybody wants to know where
they came from, and for people
from Europe, it has been possible
for several centuries now to trace
migrant communities," said David
Eltis, a history professor at Emory

of Events
President of the United States, and
will to the best of my ability, pre-
serve, protect, and defend the
Constitution of the United States.
Barack Obama will give his inau-
gural address, speaking to the
nation and world, for the first time,
as President of the United States.
Afternoon Parade down
Pennsylvania Avenue from the
Capitol to the White House. The
start time has not yet been
Evening There are many inaugu-
ral balls held around Washington,
DC. They generally take place in
the evening; times vary check
each ball's web site for details.
Commander-in-Chief's Ball, host-
ed by President Obama for men and
women in uniform only.

and a director of the project. "Now
it is possible to do the same for peo-
ple of African descent."
"The records for people of Africa
and the Americas are better than the
records of connections between
Europe and the Americas for the
simple reason that slaves were
property," he said. "No one cared
what happened to free migrants.
They did care what happened to
slaves, because they were making
money from them."

While the database can establish
the regions slave ships launched
from in Africa and where they
arrived in the United States, it gen-
erally is impossible to determine
which ancestors were on board,
researchers said, because the
records have African names that
were changed when the slaves
arrived in North America.
"The data certainly is not going to
be helpful in tracing individual
ancestors. You can't say your ances-
tor came on this vessel, except in a
tiny handful of cases," Eltis said.
"What it can do is provide context.
The big advantage is that it estab-
lishes connections between parts of,
Africa and parts of the Americas."
Since 2003, a Washington, D.C.,
company called African Ancestry
Inc. has offered mail-order DNA
tests for $349. In recent years, other

DNA research projects have been
developed, attracting such celebrity
clients as Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee
and civil rights icon Andrew Young.
The problem with DNA testing,
according to researchers, is that
insufficient samples of DNA have
been collected from Africa, making
it difficult to provide matches from
many parts of the continent. The
Voyages database will help rein-
force DNA data, researchers said.
"People may not be able to trace

their particular ancestor, but it is the
most complete accounting of indi-
vidual lives, individual ships, indi-
vidual journeys to date," said Leslie
Harris, an Emory genealogist and
author of "In the Shadow of
Slavery: African Americans in New
York City, 1626-1863."
The database, which is expected to
become a classroom tool, contains
the records of 10.5 million slaves,
more than 85% of the slave trade. It
identifies more than 67,000 of them
by their African name, age, sex, ori-
gin and place of embarkation.
Though many Americans view
slavery as a U.S. phenomenon, the
United States represented only 4
percent of the slave trade, far
behind Brazil, the leader, which
imported about 45 percent of the
slaves, Eltis said.

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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


1st Jordan Grove Miss. Baptist
The First Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church will leave on Monday,
January 19th at 7:30 a.m. from the church located at 2004 MLK Blvd. in
Brunswick, Georgia. They will return at midnight on Tuesday, January 20th.
$380 ticket price includes transportation in a luxury motorcoach and lodg-
ing at the Berkshire Marriott in Baltimore, MD. For tickets or more infor-
mation, call Pastor Adkins at 912-577-3729.

People of Color
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.

Cong. Corrine Brown
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.

Osborn Convention Center. For
tickets or more info call 366-6600.

PRIDE Book Club
January Meeting
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/information, call 693-
Health Fair
There will be a free community
health fair on Saturday, January
10th from 1- 3 p.m. at 2421 West
Beaver Street. Free testing will be
provided for diabetes and stress.
Magnet Mania
Are you ready to learn 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
Old Timers
Cookout Reunion
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
and friends.

Annual Ringling
Brothers Circus
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
Bailey Circus will be in town
January 22-25 at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. Call 353-3309 for

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
more information.

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
All A-BOARD! Interested in
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
the tools and basics of board serv-
ice. Classes begin on Tuesday,
January 27th from 5:30 7:30
p.m. Apply today by mailing

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.

Author Lecture
on Ethics at UNF
Dr. Naomi Zack will discuss
"Ethics of Disaster" at 7:30 p.m. on
Monday, Feb. 2, at the University
Center on the University of North
Florida campus.
Zack has spoken widely and writ-
ten numerous articles on the issues
of race, gender and 17th century
philosophy. She has also authored
several books, including ,
"Philosophy of Science and Race,"
"Bachelors of Science: Seventeenth
Century Identity, Then and Now,"
"Race and Mixed Race" and the
short textbook "Thinking about
Race." Tickets for this free lecture
can be ordered online at

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

Betsch to Keynote
Kingsley Celebration
The 11th 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 EWC Choir.
The guest speaker will be Dr.
Johnnetta Betch Cole Kingsley
descendant and former president of
Spelman College. The Kingsley
Heritage Celebration recognizes the
culture that evolved amongst slave
communities despite the oppression
of slavery and celebrates their
determination and strength. For
more information, call 904-251-

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!, Denzel Washington celebrated his 54th
S w birthday on Dec. 28 in the Turks and Caicos,
'w y says the New York Post. "During a boat ride
V j to the island where his party was held he
jumped overboard and challenged his son to a
swimming race," according to a source.
Washington lost the competition, but won
over guests like Star Jones and Turks and
< Caicos Premier Michael Misick at his 25-per-
son party, where everyone enjoyed Dom
S Prignon and platters of lobster.
Lamman Rucker will star in the TV version
of Tyler Perry's "Meet the Browns" series
that premiered this week on TBS. Rucker I
plays Leroy Brown's nephew Will Brown, a I
gynecologist in his early 30s who is married ; -
with two kids. He provides free medical serv- -
ices to the residents of Mr.
Brown's home he's transformed into a small
quaint geriatric dwelling filled with quirky
characters. Meanwhile, a lively fraternity
house bustles with collegiate activity next door. "Meet The Browns" also
stars David Mann as Mr. Brown, Tamala Mann and Denise Boutte.
The New York Post is reporting that Jennifer
Hudson is being courted to perform at the swearing
in of President-elect Barack Obama, in what would
be her first appearance since the October murders
of her mother, brother and nephew.
"Organizers want Jennifer to sing 'The Star-
Spangled Banner' at the Inauguration on Jan. 20," a
source told Page Six. "They are talking to Jennifer
about it. It would be the first time she performed
since the murders. She is from Chicago and a huge Obama supporter."
Hudson sang the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention
in Denver in August.
The former "American Idol" contestant is already booked to perform on
Feb. 6 at the Recording Academy's MusiCares Person of the Year gala hon-
oring Neil Diamond.
Fox411 columnist Roger Friedman gives an update on the celebrities
who have paid $50k to attend Obama's inauguration ceremony next month.
He writes: "Island DefJam's L.A. Reid has put in $50,000; Magic
Johnson sent in $25,000; Steve Ballmer CEO, of Microsoft, added
$100,000; 21-year old Matthew Palevsky, son of philanthropist Max
Palevsky, opened his piggy bank and got out $25,000; tech billionaire Rick
Aversano among others.
So far, Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard,
Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Robert Zemeckis, Berry Gordy, "Cosby
Show" producer Marcy Carsey and Tom Hanks have each paid $50,000 to
attend the ceremony.
In the $25,000 group: director Reginald Hudlin, former Motown presi-
dent and Democratic supporter Clarence Avant, Lionel Richie's ex wife
Brenda, James Farentino's ex-wife Debra, and "Terminator" producer Gale
Hurd, who's also the ex-wife of both Brian DePalma and James Cameron.

The Curious

Case Actress

Sof Taraji

She has graced the lineup of films
such as Baby Boy, The Family That
Prays, Talk to Me, Hustle & Flow
among others. Most recently,
actress Taraji P. Henson plays Brad
Pitt's mother in The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button. With an
impressive resume and A-list cast-
mates, she has nowhere to go but
up. Join in for a little Q&A with
one of Hollywoods
Were invasive paparazzi a prob-
lem on the set of Benjamin
Oh my god, they risked their lives
to get those pictures and I felt so
bad for Brad [Pitt] and Cate

P. Hen
J [Blanchett].
There was one especially scary
" episode when cameras followed
Cate and her young sons into
W Whole Foods. She was so nerv-
ous. She had to send for a decoy
van, and she sat in the backseat
shivering. Another time, some
guy followed Brad's security
.to one of his homes and stole
his trashcan.
And the biggest miscon-
ception is that since they're
huge stars, they're untouchable.
That's exactly it! I pray that it
never gets that out of control for
me. Already, it's a little insane
when I go back home to D.C.
The locals must be so proud.
They are, but I'm still not used to
people knowing my name. I'll be
walking down the street and some-
one will say, "Taraji!" And, of
course, I'm thinking it's somebody
I know. So I'm all like, Hey, how
are you? The last time I was home,
these people were screaming, "Oh
my god, that's Taraji Henson!"
That's when I'm like, Okay, what
terrible things are you going to do


to me?
In what ways
does acting
fulfill you cre-
Baby, I've
always been a
ham. I used to
pose in front of
the mirror as if
I was in a photo
shoot every sin-
gle day. I love
every aspect of
the business.
I've spent a lot
of money on

formal training
and it's just something that I can't
imagine not doing. What I find so
fulfilling is that art really does cre-
ate life, and it can change lives,
save lives. My hope is to change
lives through my craft. When I
work, it's like I loan out my body. I
speak to my character at night. I'm
like, Use my body as a vessel, and
talk through me.
It must have been intimidating
to work alongside Cate Blanchett
and Brad Pitt.
Here's the thing: I've never con-
sidered myself a B-list actor. Early
on, I made a list of the people I
wanted my name to appear along-
side, so while filming, I felt like I
was where I belonged.
What was your first big break?
It was when my manager signed
me. For the audition, he said, "Do
two monologues and knock my
socks off." After the second mono-
logue-I was feeling pretty
cocky-I sat down in front of him
and said, So, did I knock your socks
off? And right then and there, he
took them off and gave them to me.
What's the secret to your profes-

sional success?
John Singleton told me that my
strength is in my eyes. He told me,
"You don't have to say anything-
all you have to do is think it and it
will come through in your eyes."
Can you recall your biggest
"Hollywood moment"?
Singing at the Oscars. I remember
thinking, Okay, you always wanted
to be here ... Now what?
You must have been so nervous.
Well, I had lost my father two
weeks prior to the broadcast. I knew
I had to get through the perform-
ance, and I knew he would have
wanted me too, so I locked into a
zone, and don't remember anything
of it.
What is the worst thing you've
read about yourself?
They announced on
that I was doing a three-episode arc
on Eli Stone, and until then I had
never really read the blogs. But I
scrolled down and there was one
comment that said, "Well, that's
just great-she was horrible on
Boston Legal, she delivered her
lines so wooden and she's a horrible
actress." I chuckled for a minute.
And then I got really angry, but I let
it go. You can't please everybody,
and I most definitely don't try to.
Awards season is coming up, and
expectations are high for your
performance. Part of you must be
just dying to take home Oscar.
Absolutely! Those are your peers in
that audience-those are past Oscar
winners. It's like God reaching
down and saying, "Yes, Taraji, you
are the one!" But you know what? I
would like to be the first African
American female to take home
more than one, for leading and sup-
porting. I think that's how this
whole thing is going to end.


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