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HIV/AIDS Down, Drug-resistant Staph up
Found to be passed in Gay Sex, Plus
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ed by researchers at the
University of California, led
by Bunh Diep, states that a
Sdrug-resistant strain of
potentially deadly bacteria,
has moved beyond hospitals
and beginning to appear in
sexually active gay men.
"Once this reaches the gen-
eral population, it will be
Once this reaches
the general popula-
tion, it will be truly
Home Invasion Robbery and
ed as stolen and'tried to stop it. The suspect and five oti
truly unstoppable," said
Diep. "That's why we're
trying to spread the message
According to the reports,
this superbug can cause
life-threatening and dis-
figuring infections and
can often only be treated
with expensive, intra-
venous antibiotics. It
Americans in 2005,
according to a report pub-
lished in the Journal of
the American Medical
Association in October.
The report states that'
about 30 percent of all
people carry ordinary
staph chronically. It can
HIV/AIDS-continued on A-7
On last Friday, the suspect, Larry Nelson Robinson,
21, according to witness, armed with a pistol, walked to
he front door of a house in the 4500 block of Melissa
Ct. W and ordered one suspect on the ground demand-
ng money and jewelry. He then demanded another to
kick in the front door, breaking the door frame; asking
one of the victims, "Where is the s--t." They ordered the
victims to empty their pockets and then took one of the
victim's red SUV that was parked in the driveway.
An officer observed the vehicle the next day as one list-
her black males began to flee since the vehicle crashed
prior to the officer stopping it.
The suspect was, detained and searched where marijuana was found in his right rear pocket. An arrest was made
and all three of the victims identified the suspect in a photo spread advising he had a black semi-automatic gun.
..a.. During an investigation, stemming from
San allegation, Darrell Lewis Gilyard who
was at the time, pastor of Shiloh
Metropolitan Baptist Church, stepped
down from his pulpit and later resigned.
No charges were originally filed but
after an investigation, the suspect, Darrell
L. Gilyard, was charged with
Rev. Darrell Lewd/lascivious conduct with a victim
Lewis Gilyard, less than 16 years of age. The report
showed that Gilyard did solicit a person
under sixteen years of age to commit a lewd act by sending
her lewd text messages and requesting her to send him lewd
text messages back. There were two victims.
Victim number one was born on October 13, 1993 and
potential victim number two was born on October 9, 1991.
The complainant was 33-years of age.
The suspect reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
with his attorney. He was read hisrights and signed a rights
form. The suspect invoked and his attorney declined for him
to make a statement. The suspect was arrested and charged,
and later released on bond.
Arrests at Mandarin
The fight after school at Mandarin High led to two
arrests and the suspension of ten boys and one girl, all
Black, said Mrs. Andrea Wells, the mother of the girl
Mrs. Wells told The Florida Star that all of the stu-
dents expelled were from the "Choice" program and
came from Ribault and Raines. She said the school
had originally placed all of the children from Ribault
and Raines in the special learning program, without
testing them, solely, on an assumption, including her
daughter who was skipped from tenth to twelfth grade
and had been a part of Ribault's High School/College
There are many issues with these children being
expelled and the staff at Mandarin said Mrs. Wells. A
meeting is scheduled with parents of all of the stu-
Brunswick Arrest Two
Brunswick police have
reQived the cooperation
of the community with its
19 murders in 2007. A
tip led them to Bernard
Robinson, 19, who was
Bernard Marion arrested for the murder of
Robinson, 19 Cobb, 24 John Steven Mitchell, 43,
on December 1, 2007.
Robinson was arrested while sleeping in an upstairs
apartment in McIntyre Court. He was charged with
shooting Mitchell in the back of his head.
Also at the McIntyre Court apartment was Marlon
Cobb, 24, who also was arrested for an aggravated
assault that occurred on August 12. It was ironic that
the arrest was made after the police, the mayor and the
commissioners became involved with the people.
McIntyre Court was one of the areas that the group
decided to visited.
Pastor Kenneth Adkins of First Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church and a spokesman for the
city, said he feels Brunswick and other cities could
quickly solve problems if the community leaders
would also take a hands on approach to the problems.
There are now only two 2007 unsolved murders in
Brunswick since they began their campaign to stop the
Eddie and Tracey Married? No?
Yes, Eddie Murphy, 46, father of
six, and Tracey Edmonds, 40,
S traded vows on New Year's Day,
2008 in French Polynesia in a
ceremony that was not legally
binding. It was a symbolic union
Eddie Murphy and that they say was representative
film producer, of their deep love, friendship and
Tracey Edmonds. respect that they have for each
other on a spiritual level, but that is as far as they will
go. "We have decided to remain friends, not mar-
ried"said the couple. The couple became engaged in
July. They did not comment on their engagement.
Public Relation Subcommittee Meets
The ten member public relations subcommittee held
its first meeting this week in answer to the mayor's call
to galvanize our citizens to become involved and to find
nontraditional ways to get the word out about programs
and initiatives that can have an impact on the city. The
group, chaired by Will Ketchum, consist of Diane
Brunet, Hazel Campbell, Maria Coppola, Hester Clark,
Reggie Fullwood, Clara McLaughlin, Paul
McCormick, Ben Frazier, Bryand Rollins, Melissa Ross
and Neill Vining. They were very vocal about their
concern that the committees are diverse, not only
racially and culturally, but also by zip codes, in order to
truly solve Jacksonville's violence crises. They all
agreed to work with other subcommittees and made sin-
cere commitments to the cause.
Because the Steering Committee and the
Subcommittees must follow the Sunshine laws, Elder
Donald Foy, president of Jacksonville's MAD DADS
resigned since he works daily with the founder of MADI
DADS, Eddie Staton. He did recommend other com-
munity leaders and strongly recommended that persons
who are from neighborhoods where murders have
occurred should also be invited to serve.
Florida Gets New Song.
announced the new:
state song selected for
Florida. It replaces'
Stephen Foster's song,
The Swanee River
which Mr. Hill and
others felt had unac-
State Senator Tony Hill of ceptable lyrics and
Jacksonville and the finalist Jan was not representa-
Hinton, a music teacher from tive of the state.
Pompano Beach. The new song isI
Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky.
Hinton is not a Florida native but she does live in the
state. Stephen Foster was not a native and never even
visted the state.
Martin Luther King Jr
Parade on Monday, January 21 beginning at 9:00
a.m., starting at the Federal Reserve Bank on
Water Street and ending at Metropolitan Park by
the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Foundation. Many activities are planned as acts
of joy, celebration, reflection, and introspection.
The Willie Gary Classic Foundation will host the
5th Willie E. Gary/Martin Luther King, Jr.
Luncheon on Thursday, January 24 at 12:00 noon
at the Be The Lite Conference Center located at
5865 Arlington Expressway. The Honorable
Ambassador Andrew Young will be the keynote
speaker. Ambassador Young was with Dr. King
when he was assassinated. Tickets are $25 and
essay winners will be announced.
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Schedule of Events and Services
ZION HOPE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
cordially invites each of you to help us celebrate our
Church and Pastor Anniversary, January 13th, 18th
and 20th, at 2803 W. Edgewood Ave. Our services will
begin at 7:00 p.m. nightly, except for Sunday, January
13th services will begin at 3:00 p.m. Please make plans
to attend this most memorable occasion. Deacon
Thomas and sister Lashawnda Norris, Jr., Chair, Co-
Chair, Sister Ellen Donald-Harris, Co-Chair and Sister
Rosa Wright, Program Coordinator/General
Administrator, Rev. Clifford J. Johnson, Jr., Pastor.
4TH ANNUAL WOMEN IN WHITE SERVICE,
Sunday, January 27, 2008 at the Queen Esther Church
of God In Unity, located at 1747 McQuade St,
Jacksonville, FL, with Elder Benjamin Hoover, Pastor.
Speaker Elder Annette Rhodes, Youth Minister. Come
out and enjoy the Word of God from the Woman of
THE UNITED MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
will honor their pastor, Rev. Dr. Morris J. Halyard in an
appreaciation service. This special service will be held
on January 20, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. The church is located
at 347 West 21st St. They can be reached at 634-0931
for additional information. The public is invited.
DISTRICT #34 OF GENESIS MISSIONARY BAP-
TIST CHURCH will be featuring the "Bold City Mass
Choir" in concert on Sunday, January 27th at 4:00 p.m.
A spirit-filled program has been planned. The church is
located at 241 South McDuffAvenue where Rev. Calvin
O. Honors is the Pastor. The public is cordially invited
to attend. For more information, please call Sis. Erica
Turner at (904) 389-2923.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST extends a welcome to
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4409 Soutel Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32208
Tel: (904) 766-9671 Fax: (904) 766-2354
Jacqueline Y. Bartley
Assembly of God, Inc."
(Lane Avenue & 1-10)
Pastor Cecil and January 20, 2008 Pastor Garry and
-Pauline Wiggins 815 a.m.& 10:45 a.m. Ki Wiggins
"2008 and The Blessing"
Breaking Generation Curses
Speaking & Living out The Blessing in
our homes and daily lives
* How to be Blessed while the U.S. economy is suffering
Curbing the problem of violence in our city
SOUTHWEST CAMPUS CLAY CO.
5040 CR 216, Middleburg, FL 291-1426
Starting February 3rd, Sunday Surge. A Sunday morning
Youth Service designed just for Junior Highers! Grades 6-9
ST. MARYS GA CAMPUS
901 Dilworth Street (912) 882-2309
January 20, 2008
A Better You: Living The Spiritual
Breakthrough You Need
Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship and KIDS Church at 10:45 a.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Service at 7:00 p.m.
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32205 (904) 781-9393
10:45 am Service Interpreted for Deaf at Central Campus
the community to attend a FREE lecture by Ryder
Stevens of Auburn, Washington, on Tuesday evening,
January 22nd at 7:30 p.m. The topic is "HEALING
SPIRITUALLY: THE RELEVANCE OF CHRIST
JESUS' EXAMPLE TODAY." Mr. Stevens is a former
Army chaplain now engaged in the full time public
practice of Christian Science healing. The lecture will
be held at 1505 N. Second St., Jacksonville Beach.
Childcare will be privided for very young children.
FRIENDSHIP PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH'S
MALE CHORUS will be celebrating their 14th
anniversary on January 26th at 6:00 in the evening with
many choir and groups of the city. Elder B. Shiffield,
Pastor. The church is located at 1106 Pearce St. in
Jacksonville. Phone (904) 353-7734.
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In Loving Memory
Sept. 27, 1978 Jan. 15,; 1999
We will always dream, patiently
waiting for dreams to come true.
Looking to the future. "Ne-Ne", our
lives are not the same without you. You
will always be in our hearts. Love,
Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother,
Aneshia Z. Davis Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins,
"NeNe" and other Relatives.
Russell Zell Lavender
Feb 14, 1921 Jan 12, 2008
Russell served in the United
States Army in WWII. He was a
small businessman, realtor and
pastor. He and his brother Willie
owned and operated Lavender
Home Builders, Lavender Wrecking, and the first Black
Bailbondsman Company in Savannah who posted bonds for the
arrests of several civil rights leaders during the 60's civil rights
protests. He served on the board of trustees with State Bank dur-
ing Toomer & Perry.
Russell believed in the family and into the legacy he created.
He faithfully extended a hand to his fellowman to the equivalent
of every human being. He rescued many, the oppressed, from
prejudicial and indigent hardships.
He leaves behind a legacy of offsprings to cherish his memory,
born from his devoted wife: Violet Gray Layender (surviving)
Jacksonville, FL.: Regenia, Viette, Russell, ,Velda, Rhonstedt,
Rhoderick, and Viezelle; and from George Eller Lavender
(deceased) Savannah, GA.: Rhonda, Georzell, Russell, Rossi,
Greta, Runessa, and Rodney. One surviving brother of Savannah,
GA, Willie James Lavender; 25 Grandchildren, .8 Great-
Grandchildren, loving nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives
and devoted friends.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2008
at 11:00 a.m. at The First African Baptist Church in Savannah,
GA. Interment Services: Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Hunter
Army Airfield, Savannah, GA.
The family would like to ask in memory of Russell Lavender,
Sr., that in lieu of flowers, to donate blood at the local FL/GA
Blood Alliance or to the Bone Marrow Foundation.
Almighty God, Father of all mercies and giver of all
comfort: Deal graciously, we pray thee,with
those who mourn, that casting every care on thee,
they may know the consolation of thy love,
through Jesus Christ our LORD.
AUSTIN, David, Sr.,
died January 8, 2008.
BULLARD, David Lee,
died January 12, 2008.
died January 12, 2008.
CARTER, Jimmy, died
January 8, 2008.
DARBY, John, Sr., died
January 8, 2008.
DAVIS, Autumn D., died
January 9, 2008.
DOBBINS, Phyllis, 70,
Died January 12, 2008.
died January 10, 2008.
died January 8, 2008.
GREEN, Verdell, died
January 9, 2008.
HUDSON, Shirley, died
January 8, 2008.
JONES, Gloria Y., died
January 14, 2008.
JONES, Morris, died
January 11, 2008.
KING, Isaiah T., died
January 10, 2008.
LANG, Calvin, died
January 14, 2008.
died January 12, 2008.
PARKER, Allene, died
January 13, 2008.
K., died January 9, 2008.
R, 60, died January 12,2008.
ROSS, Rev. Lavon., died
January 13, 2008.
TOLIVER, Vineta, died
January 13, 2008.
UPSON, Gladys, died
died January 12, 2008.
Wade, died January 12,
The Church Directory
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m ,,,
Sunday Morning Worship .......................11:00 a.m.
Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays N '
(Old Sanctuary)....................................11:00 a.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting............. ........ 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............... 8:00 p.m.
Rev. Eric Lee, Pastor
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Worship Service...........................................................10:00 a.m.
Church School..........................................................................8:45 a.m .
Fulfillment Hour Bible Study.................................................. 6:30 p.m.
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday...............................10:00 a.m.-12:00 Noon
Joy Explosion Ministry....... .... .... .......................................... 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
2036 Silver Street Jacksonville, FL 32206
Rev. R. L. Gundy, Pastor
(904) 354-7249 Church
Bible Power Enrichment Hour
Sunday School...........................9:15 10:15 a.m.
Baptism-Praise & Worship
Youth Church-2nd & 3rd Sundays
Fellowship Hall...................................10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Noonday Prayer:...............................................12 Noon
Inspiration Wednesday Worship Service...................6:00-8:00 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, Youth Bible Study & Activities
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School............................... ..... ......................... 9:30 a.m.
M orning W orship..........................................................................11:00 a.m .
Tuesday...............................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday...................................................... ...... Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School --- --------------------------10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship -------------------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study -.----.--------------Tuesday & Friday------ 7:00 p.m.
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An Elegant Holiday Reception
As the holiday season was winding down, friends
and family members continued to celebrate the fall
wedding of Ms. Kyllan Brown and William Cody at
the Holiday Inn at Baymeadows. The young Codys had
married on September 8, 2007 in Dallas, Texas fol-
lowed by an exquisite reception hosted by the bride's
parents, Reverend and Mrs. Lawrence Brown. The
Wedding Rehearsal Dinner and the Post-Wedding
Breakfast was hosted by the groom's parents, Dr. and
Mrs. William Cody. And although the wedding was
held in Dallas, Texas many of The Cody's friends
joined them in Dallas for the wedding.
"I could never surpass the beautiful storybook wed-
ding and reception hosted by Reverend and Mrs.
Brown. However, I did want to introduce my new
daughter-in-law to our friends and associates when she
and William came to William's hometown for the holi-
days," stated Mrs. Cody.
Wanting the holiday party to be very special when
the newlyweds were introduced to the First Coast, Mrs.
Cody enlisted the services of Event Planner Mrs.
Linda Belton. Mrs. Belton had assisted in planning
ThetCodys 25th Wedding Anniversary and Mrs. Cody
kne'v that she was the person to build on her ideas for
the holiday party.
Mrs. Cody's idea for the party was that it would
take on the characteristics of an elegant winter holiday
party. And it was indeed! With winter white with red
and silver accents were the chosen colors both for the
holidayseason and the newlyweds' Delta Sigma Theta.
and Kappa Alpha Psi respective affiliations.
Lighted white birch trees positioned throughout the
ballroom gave the room the ambience of a "Winter
Wonderland". Guest tables and chairs were covered
with white linens accented with red napkins and tall
arrangements of fresh red and white roses, dendrobium
orchids and crystal snowflakes. The white covered
chairs were adorned with red sashes
Dr. and Mrs. Cody introduced, the bride's parents,
Reverend and Mrs.Brown along with the newlyweds
William and Mrs. Kyllan Brown Cody to the guests as
they entered the ballroom. Guests were invited to enjoy
hors d'oeuvres of cheese and fruit from an exotic water-
fall display and punch from a flowing fountain.
Libations were also very plenteous.
Ms. Mary Key, Catering Director at the
Baymeadows Holiday Inn assisted Mrs. Cody in select-
ing the Asian influenced menu for the affair. Two
Stir-Fry/Carving Stations provided a bountiful dinner
fare for party guests.
Designed and created by Mrs. Belton and her assis-
tants Mrs. Carol Gamble and Mrs. Henrietta Collier,
the cake table featured a specially designed four tier
white cake with silver accents and crystal snowflakes.
White urns held the large floral arrangements flanking
the cake table and Roman Columns draped in white iri-
descent tulle was in the background.
Guests 'danced the night away' as The Elite Band
played, only taking a break for the Kwanzaa Ceremony
for the day and the surprise Mini 'Motown' Concert
presented by Jacksonville performers The Natural
It was a lovely celebration for the newlyweds and
Mrs. Cody called on the 'right' people to carry out her
Bert and Mrs. Demetria Livingston
greet Mrs. Brown mother of the bride
and Mr. and Mrs. William Cody. Photo
courtesy of The Codys.
Mrs. Kyllan and William Cody cut the
'Winter Wonderland'cake featuring crys- Mrs. Kyllan and Wliam Cody sharing a moment
tal snowflakes at the Holiday Reception on the dancefloor. Photo courtesy ofhe Codys.
hosted by Dr. William and Mrs. Betty
Cody. Photo courtesy of The Codys.
William Cody with his paternal grandmother Mrs. Nona
Carter. Photo courtesy of The Codys.
Reverend and Mrs. Lawrence Brown, Dr. and Mrs. William
Cody giving tributes to the newlyweds and all of the longest
married coupled in attendance. Photo courtesy of The Codys.
mance oy local songster 'i ne laturat rutn. rnoto courtesy o
Little Miss Joi Johnson assists 'Auntie' Betty
Dr. and Mrs. William Cody share a moment on Cody light a candle in the Kwanzaa Kinara.
the dance floor. Photo courtesy of The Codys. Photo courtesy of The Codys
Roderick McMorries on trumpet with The Elite Band.
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HIV infections mainly because many now believe HIV is not as dangerous so they
have become more relaxed in their behavior.
While HIV/AIDS is declining world wide, the same is not true in the black com-
munity. Black women account for 49 percent of all new cases of HIV/AIDS said the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which makes it even more critical for
the Black community to be extremely careful.
Most people carry staph in their noses. Staph infections looks like raised red dots
on the skin. If it is not treated, it will swell and fill with pus. There are ways you
can avoid this infection and it is imperative that a person wash their hands and gen-
itals with soap and water after making contact. According to the reports, this new
strain is spreading rapidly and is difficult to treat because it is resistant to at least
three other drugs, clindamycin, tetracycline and mupirocin, according to studies.
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The Death of Old Guard Civil Rights
During the Democratic debate in Nevada on 1/15/08 the Clinton and Obama
camps seemed to declare peace. Unfortunately, that peace act is virtually irrelevant,
as the damage had been done. The fact is that this week John Lewis, Jesse Jackson,
and Andy Young with the assistance of former President Bill Clinton and Senator
Hillary Clinton have driven the last nail into the coffin of the old guard American
civil rights movement.
The Clinton campaign now finds itself knee deep in a "GOP-like" dirty tricks bag.
Someone in the campaign'calculated that elevation of race talk would make it more
difficult for the Obama campaign to reach out across lines of race, class and culture.
Put another way, they thought that it would frighten off whites. Simultaneously, the
Clinton campaign sought to suppress vote in Nevada by preventing thousands of
low-income workers from voting. D. Taylor, the head of Nevada's Culinary Union,
said of Bill Clinton, "He is in support of disenfranchising thousands upon thousands
of workers, not even just our members... They tried to disenfranchise students in
Iowa. Now they're trying to disenfranchise people here in Nevada, who are union
members and people of color and women."
In a matter of weeks, the legacies of the Clintons and the giants of the civil rights
movement have been denigrated. Based on last week, I dare say that the only civil
rights organization that Dr. King would salute today is the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference (SCLC) whose spokesman, Joseph Lowry, recently said in
Atlanta, "Black people are very upset... Senator Clinton said that Martin didn't
amount to much until Lyndon Johnson got a hold of him. If she said she didn't mean
that, I believe her, but it was still divisive. Regardless of how she meant it." Lowery
said he would like the campaigns to have more discussions about important issues,
not things that are "distracting and divisive."
Some in the old guard seemed to be affected by disorders of old age that affect
memory and judgment. For example, Andy Young remarked that Bill Clinton was
every bit as black as Barack Obama and that Clinton had probably bedded more
black women during his lifetime than the senator from Illinois. Clearly, Dr. King's
able right hand never has uttered such a statement during his prime. Then Andy
Young said that he'd called his connections in Chicago about Obama and been told,
"They don't know him." We know that Andy Young graduated from Yale Divinity
School and was ordained in the Congregational Church, now the United Church of
Christ (UCC). We know that Senator Obama is a member of Trinity United Church
of Christ in Chicago. We know that African-American UCC churches are relatively
few in number... Perhaps Andy Young's memory was off.
Although he was older, I grew up. in New Orleans in the same church, Central
Congregational Church that Andy Young attended. Andy's father was my family's
dentist. In 1953 on a train trip my father took from New England to New Orleans,
Andy boarded the train in New Haven. He and my dad rode together side by side all
the way to New Orleans. Andy's beneficial impact on civil rights, the south, the
nation and the world was one of the reasons I decided to attend divinity school.
Thomas Jefferson called Benjamin Franklin an "ornament of the age and country in
which he lived." That is the way I had thought of Andy Young.
Regretfully, this most distasteful episode of Campaign 2008 tarnishes the legacy
of many ornaments of the civil rights movement, as well as those of President and
Senator Clinton. These events signal the end of old guard civil rights movement and
the commencement of post civil rights strategies focused on the advancement of
bottom-up economic development and the defeat of trickle-down, global and
domestic economic terrorism.
Henry B. Thomas
University Professor ,
Thomas can be reached at email@example.com
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MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES
CERTIFIED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA COMMISSION
ON MINORITY ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
AS WELL AS ALL OTHERS
Sealed bids for furnishing all labor and material and performing all work necessary and incidental to the completion
for Westside K-8 School No. 274 will be received byAjax Building Corporation at the jobsite Office of Ajax
Building Corporation at 5701 TRLR-l Silver Plaza. Jacksonville. FL 32208 until 2:00 p.m. Local Time, on the
corresponding bid dates listed:
Bid Group I: Completed. BP 1.1 Site Surveying, BP 1.2 Material Testing, and BP 2.1 Sitework.
February 27, 2008 BP 3.1 CIP Concrete. BP 4.1 Masonry. BP 5.1 Structural & Misc. Steel, BP 7.1
Bid Group2 2: 00 PM Roofing, BP 8.1'Doors & Hardware, BP 13.1 Fire Protection, BP 15.1 Plumbing,
BP 15.2 HVAC Systems and BP 16.1 Electrical.
BP 6.1 Casework, BP 7.2 Sprayed Fireproofing, BP 8.2 Windows, Curtainwall, and
B Group: February 27, 2008 Storefront, BP 9.1 Drywall, BP 9.4 Acoustical Ceilings, BP 10.3 Walkway Covers,
Gro 2:00PM BP 11.1 Food Service Equipment, BP 14.1 Hydraulic Elevators, BP 15.3 HVAC
Instrumentation & Controls, and BP 15.4 HVAC Test & Balance.
BP 2.2 Landscape & Inigation, BP 2.3 Chain Link & Ornamental Fencing, BP 8.3
Februa 29, 2008 Overhead Coiling Doors, BP 9.2 Cerainic & Quarry Tile, BP 9.3 Carpet & Resilient
Bid Grop 4: 20 PM Flooring, BP 9.5 Painting & Coatings, BP 9.7 Epoxy Wall/Ceiling Finishes, BP
10.1 Miscellaneous Specialties, BP 10.4 Toilet Compartments & Accessories, and
BP 12.1 Window Treatment.
BP 1.3 Final.Cleaning, BP 9.6 Wood Gym & Stage Flooring, BP 10.2 Lockers, BP
Bid G February 29,2008 10.5 A/V Equipment & Projection Screens, BP 10.6 Signs &,Plaques, BP 11.2
Group: 2:00PM Theater & Stage Equipment, BP 11.3 Athletic Equipment, and BP ].2 Bleacers,
Fixed (Gym & Track).
Each bid must be accompanied by.a Bid Bond on the form enclosed in this package, certified check or cashier's
check in an amount no less than five percent of the total amount of the base bid as guarantee that the bidder will, if
awarded the contract, enter into a written contract, satisfactory in form, containing a penalty clause and requiring
workers' compensation and public liability insurance and approval of subcontractor by Ajax Building Corporation
and will give a Performance and Payment Bond on the forms enclosed in this bid package to Ajax Building
Corporation in the full amount of the contract price within seven (7) days after acceptance. Bidder must be a
licensed Florida .Contractor.
Contract documents, as defined in Subcontract Agreement form, may be exanined at the office of Ajax Building
Corporation, 5701 TRLR-I Silver Plaza. Jacksonville. FL 32208.
Interested bidders may obtain pre-qualification forms by contacting Ajax Building Corporation's office. Only
bidders meeting pre-qualification criteria may bid. Bidders must submit a completed experience questionnaire and
financial statement on the form entitled "Bidder Qualifications Questionnaire", incorporated herein by reference.
The subcontractor's financial condition must demonstrate that adequate feied and liquid assets and equipment are
available to properly perform the Subcontract.
Prequalified bidders can obtain contract documents from Ajax Building Corporationat 5701 TRLR-I Silver Plaza.
Jacksonville. FL 32208.
Documents for Westside K-8 School No. 274 are scheduled to be available on February 4, 2008. A set of contract
documents may be obtained by providing a refundable deposit (conditional) in the amount of $250.00. Costs for
postage shall be separate and non-refundable. Additional sets may be purchased for the cost of reproduction and
handling. Checks for refundable deposits must be separate from purchased sets and postage. All checks shall be
made payable to Ajax Building Corporation. No bid documents will be distributed within seven (7) days of date of
No bids may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt of same for a period of sixty (60) days.
Proposals shall be sealed and plainly marked, "Bid", with name of project, bid package number, name and address
of bidder, time and date due.
The Construction Manager reserves the right to reject any and all bids received and to waive any and all
informalities or irregularities in regard thereto.
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& immediately bear right on to the south service road. Comfort Suites Is about two blocks on left) on the below listed
dates and times.
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January 12, 2008
was an exciting day for
Jaguars were in the play-
offs for a chance to play
in the Super Bowl and
the Third Annual Onyx
Awards of Northeast
Florida was held. The
affair again proved to be
the most prestigious
event of the new year.
This year, the black-
tie, red-carpet gala was
held at the Hyatt
Riverfront and started
with a VIP reception, fol-
lowed by entertainment,
dinner and the awards
Johnson gave a welcome
from the city and
Channel 4's anchor/news
person Melanie Lawson,
was the mistress of cere-
provided by Conrad
Lewis and Company,
Genesis and Yvonne
Harris with a finale by
Kai Alece & Band.
The highlight of the
evening was the presen-
tation of the various
community awards to
persons on the First
Coast who have demon-
strated excellence and
Dr. Theresa Hodge,
chairperson for the
Awards Committee said,
"We are excited about
this opportunity to show-
case some of the great
leadership from this area
while we also bring
attention to the sickle cell
disease that historically
strikes mostly African
Americans." The Onyx
awards help educate the
community and provide
financial support for
children with the disease.
awards were in business,
munity service, educa-
tion and music and per-
forming arts. The win-
ners of those awards
were, Dr. Chester Aikens
for Excellence in
Joan Turner, Excellence
in Community Service,
Dr. Michael Henry,
Excellence in Education
and Darryl Hall,
Excellence in Music and
awards went to Susan
Owens Hamilton of CSX
for Cultural Diversity.
The Publisher's Award
was presented to Mr. &
Mrs. Bernard Williams
and the Lifetime
Achievement Award was
presented to Wendell P.
Posthumous Award was
a special presentation to
the family of Olivia Gay-
Davis for her long serv-
ice to the Jacksonville
funds were presented to
the Sickle Cell
Foundation by Lillian
and Lester Seays, pub-
lishers of Onyx
This was a magnifi-
cent event that will cul-
minate in Orlando on
March 29, 2008 at the
Rosen Centre Hotel
when winners of the
competitive awards will
again be presented at this
statewide televised black
tie and red carpet event
to see who will be
awarded the state award
for the different cate-
gories. Special invited
guests are Presidential
Governor Charlie Crist,
Tuskegee Airman, Actor
Philip Michael Thomas,
Golf Legend Robert Lee
Elder, Dr. Johnnetta
Betsch Cole, Doug
Williams, MVP Super
Bowl XXII and Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority
national president Dr.
Louise Rice. The event is
open to the public and
are strongly encouraged
to attend. For informa-
tion call: (904) 254-
7230. Help to celebrate
these hard working
Floridians, meet some
Florida celebrities and
support the Sickle Cell
Committee Member Ben Green,
Sickle Cell Representative.
Clara McLaughlin of lhe rlonraa ana reorgia
Star received the Excellence in Communications
Award and Wendell P Holmes was presented the
Lifetime Achievement Award
THE 6TH ANNUAL
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Susan Owens Hamilton of
CSXfor Cultural Diversity.
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Thursday, January 24, 20081 7:30 PM
Honoree: The Honorable Corrine Brown
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SDavid Baker 22- ,' irs
Baker Someone is Sending Me Flowers
Haydn "tondon" Trio No. 3
Ravel Chansons Madecasses
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2
Alison Buchanan S opano, Judiy Dines rFvte, Kelly l-k- Tomnpns Vion,
Kerinet LaLw Ceu and Terrence Wilson Piano
S I Joan Turner (shown with husband)
Dr. Chester Aikens for received the Excellence in Community
Excellence in Business Award Service Award.
Darryl Hall for
Excellence in Music & Mrs. Ann Williams and Mr. B,
PerformingArts Award received the Publisher's Award.
Honorees, Nominees and Winners of the 3ra Annual Northeast rioriaa
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HEALTH H7 COMMON DANGER SIGNALS OF DISEASE GENERAL INFORMATION
By Ulysses W. Watkins, Jr., M.D.
As a general precaution against disease and as a measure that you will probably take most common-
ly for the rest of your life to preserve your health, it is important that you become familiar with some com-
mon danger signals of disease so that you will not do what many people have done, that it is put off hav-
ing these checked out until it's too late.
The following are the signals that you should watch for:
1. PAIN,- Persistent or sharp pain anywhere in the body, whether it is chest,
abdominal, head or limbs, particularly if it occurs over and over. Special
mention needs to be made of abdominal pain (or stomach ache as it is
2. FATIGUE "That tired feeling" without immediately obvious cause
(such as a late party the night before).
3. WEIGHT CHANGE, unexplained.
4. PERSISTENT RECURRENT HEADACHE.
5. FEVER of unknown cause.
6. BLEEDING (hemorrhage) from the skin, nose, rectum or any other
body opening except for a women's monthly periods.
7. INDIGESTION, recurrent, unexplained.
8. INSOMNIA (sleeplessness).
9. SKIN CHANGES. Dr. Watkins, Jr., M.D. can be heard live S
10. PERSONALITY CHANGES. Director for the Most Worshipful Prince
11. VISION CHANGES.
12. SWELLING, anywhere on the body.
13. LUMPS (or growth).
15. COUGHING and HOARSENESS.
16. SORE THROAT, which hangs on for more than a day.
17. LOSS OF APPETITE, or difficulty swallowing.
18. EXCESSIVE THIRST, especially when accompanied by excessive
or painful urination (wetting).
19. DIZZINESS, giddiness or vertigo.
20. BOWEL, HABIT CHANGES Bowel movements that look black
21. RED OR SMOKY-LOOKING URINE.
22. IN MEN, DISCOMFORT OR DIFFICULTY WHEN URINATING
23. IN WOMEN, BLEEDING OR UNUSUAL DISCHARGE FROM THE
24. IN WOMEN, VAGINAL BLEEDING OR "SPOTING" that occurs
between usual menstrual periods or after menopause.
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The Fight Is Not Over, Says Civil Rights Icon
*d 1 H.K. Matthews
More than 500 students assembled to hear Matthews discuss his civil rights battles and his current
Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events eight for equality
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 15, 2008-
The Rev. H.K. Matthews addressed a crowd of
THE BOYLAN-HAVEN ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION will present Michael T ev. H the dd a cro
Blaylock, Executive Director and CEO of the Jacksonville Transportation over 500 students and local dignitaries at The
Authority as the keynote speaker for their 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Day Potter's House Christian Fellowship on
Celebration on January 21st. Accompanying Blaylock will be some of'the early Tuesday. Matthews shared his experiences
African American bus drivers who integrated the Jacksonville Transportation during his fight for equality that began in the
Authority more than 40 years ago. The Ribault High School Chorus ( Eugene 1950's and how his battle for civil rights is
White, director) will be on the hour long program that begins at 11:00 at St. Paul still underway.
AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road. This event is free and the public is invited. Matthews, civil rights icon and minister,
For more information contact chairman, Camilla P. Thompson, 356-0110. This is is a revered figure in the Florida civil rights movement. He marched with the Rev. Dr. Marti
the 23rd annual free celebration that Boylan-Haven Alumnae have sponsored in Luther King Jr. in Selma, and then worked tirelessly in Pensacola and other Florida cities in the
honor of the works ofMartin Luther King, Jr Boylan-Haven was a private all girls struggle for equality.
school for boarding and day students in the Jacksonville community from 1885- Matthews has dedicated his life to being a guardian of civil rights and continues to fight for
1959. basic liberties. The Reverend has recently determined that parental choice in education aligns
THE JOHNSON FAMILY YMCA, located at 5700 Cleveland Rd., Jacksonville, with his continued fight for equal opportunities and delivering this liberty is an extension of his
FL, now has youth soccer registration open for children ages 4 to 13. The YMCA life's work.
will also conduct a free soccer clinic February 2, 2008 at the Bob Hayes Sports "The fight for parental choice brings flashbacks of the civil rights movement, during which
Complex. The Y will provide each child that particpates in the clinic a free soccer I was jailed thirty-five times as a political prisoner for the staging of various protest demonstra-
ball. For more details, please call The Johnson Family YMCA at 765-3589. tions," Matthews said. "It shouldn't matter the color of your skin, or your socioeconomic sta-
2ND ANNUAL STANTON GALA -Alumni, faculty and staff of Old Stanton, New s-we are all Americans and havethe right to a great education."
tus-we arenall Americans and havethe right to a great education."
Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools mark your calendar for May 3, 2008,
tntrime Osborn Con Vction Ceer. F hools marddional information andr fr My 3, Matthews stated his support for Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, a Florida non-
Prime Osborn Convention Center. For additional information and meeting dates
contact Kenneth Reddick-Gala Chairman at 904-764-8795 or visit the website at: profit, that empowers parents to choose the best school for their child by providing scholarships
stantonhighschool.org to low-income families. Currently, there are over 20,000 children throughout Florida benefiting
THE EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA JACKSONVILLE provides from this program.
Neurological Care Assistance and Case Management Services to persons with The assembly was held on King's birthday and launched the school into Black History
Epilepsy and or Seizure Disorders. We are located at 5209 San Jose Blvd., Ste 101. month. Matthews' fight for educational freedom is fueled by the staggering statisticsfacing
For more information, call (904) 731-3752. African Americans. According to the Harvard Civil Rights Project, less than 50 percent o
ADDICTION COUNSELING for families in eed of drug or alcohol addiction African American students graduating, with males even lower at 38 percent.
counseling, NARCONON ARROWHEAD can help. Narconon offers free coun- Among the dignitaries who attended Matthews' celebration was Representative Terry Fields
seling, assessments and referrals to centers nationwide. Please call us at 800-468- (D-Jacksonville) who continuously pledges his support ofparental choice in education and hon-
6933 or log onto www.stopaddiction.com for answers today. ors his promise of representing his constituents' best interest.
JUSTICE COALITION KICKING OFF SPONSORSHIP DRIVE FOR 6TH "Parental choice is a bold and powerful idea that I will continue to support," Rep. Fields
ANNUAL "TOGETHER WE CAN" BREAKFAST it's an important annual said. "I am here today to celebrate the civil rights victories that we all enjoy due to the dedica-
fundraiser to help raise support of the Justice Coalition's mission of assisting inno- tion ofRev. HK Matthews as well as other civil rights heroes and to illustrate the bipartisan sup-
cent victims of violent crimes. Thursday, February 21, 2008 from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 port of the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program."
a.m. Will take place at the FOP Headquarters located at 5530 Beach Blvd., Lady Narlene McLaughlin, wife of Bishop McLaughlin who founded The Potter's House
Jacksonville, FL 32207. Sponsorships are available only to businesses and organi- Academy in 1996, introduced Matthews to the students and welcomed him into the school.
zations of the First Coast communities and are being offered at two levels, the The Potter's House Academy currently educates over 300 students who are benefiting from the
Justice Level for $3,000 a table and at the Crime Stopper level at $1,500 a table. Step Up For Students Scholarship, locally administered by Children First Florida.
Each table seats eight people and a southern style buffet breadfast will be served. "It is such an honor tostand
Current sponsors include: Builders FirstSource, Firehouse Subs, Contemporary before such a distinguishedndi-
Business Services, McGinley Paving, and JB Coxwell. For more information, before such a distinguied indi-
please contact the Justice Coalition's executive director, Ann Dugger at (904) 783-6312. vidual who has dedicated his life
STAYING THE COURSE: ADULT LITERACY PILOT PROGRAM to the betterment of others,"
"Staying the Course" is a pilot project to improve adult learner persistence. The McLaughlin said. "The students
program will offer a three month education series which includes 1.5 hours of small at Potter's House are talented and
group education, one hour of individualized tutoring, and an audio listening activ- aspire to do great things with
ity each week. Four series are scheduled throughout 2008. The first series will their lives. We are committed to
begin in January. To receive more information, please contact the Jacksonville providing a quality education to
Public Library Foundation at: Center for Adult Learning, Jacksonville Main each of these children that will
Library, 630-2426. lay a solid foundation for a suc-
POLLING LOCATION CHANGES FOR THE JANUARY 29TH ELECTION cessful and fulfilling future."
- Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland announces the location At the conclusion of the gen-
changes of 22 of Duval County's 285 voting precincts. The new polling locations eral assembly, Matthews joined 55 of the upperclassmen at Potter's House to have a roundtable
will appear on both the voter registration card and on the voter's sample ballot, discussion on his life's battles and answer questions generated by his presentation.
which will be arriving in homes beginning Friday,. January 11th. Voters are encour-
aged to check their registration card and their sample ballot to confirm their polling About Step Up For Students
location before going to vote. The Elections Office will staff the old voting The Florida Corporate Tax Credit Scholarship Program also known as "Step Up For
precincts with workers from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. to provide voters with maps Students" provides K-12 scholarships that allow over 20,000 low-income Florida students to
and directions frim a laptop comuter to help voters locate their new polling loca- attend a private school or out-of-district public school: Step Up For Students scholarships are
tion. Voters may also visit the website: www.duvalelections.com or by calling the funded by corporations that redirect up to 75 percent of their corporate state tax liability to a
Elections Officer at (904) 630-1414. For more information, contact Tracie Collier at (904) qualified Scholarship Funding Organization in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. One
630-8026 or (904) 219-0792. hundred percent of corporate contributions go directly to fund scholarships not a single penny
can be used for administrative costs. For more information, visit www.stepupforstudents.com
P a |.,
AJ NUARY 19 2008
. .. ...
Youngest African American to Receive Ph.D. in
Engineering from Northwestern University is
the New Dean of FAMU's CESTA
Abdullah, the youngest
African American to
receive a Ph.D. in engi-,
University, will now
serve as the dean of
College of Engineering
arrived at FAMU in
1996 as an assistant
professor at CESTA.
"I am excited about
the opportunity to lead
the academic, research
and extension programs
at CESTA," said
Abdullah. "I look for-
ward to working with
the students, faculty
and staff to make our
college the best that it
served as a professor in
the Department of Civil
Engineering at the
FAMU-FSU College of
Engineering and, most
recently, as the associ-
ate vice president for
his B.S. from Howard
University and his M.S.
and Ph.D. from
University. He is a
member of the National
Society of Black
Engineers and the
American Society of
Prior to coming to
served as an adjunct
professor at Chicago
State University, an
engineer and assistant
project manager at
Jackson and Tull
Chartered Engineers in
Chicago, IL and as a
research and teaching
Abdullah is an inter-
researcher and educator
with expertise in earth-
quake and wind engi-
neering. In particular,
his interests are centered
on the vibration control
of civil engineering
research, which is cur-
rently funded by the
Foundation, includes the
placement and design of
output feedback con-
trollers, optimization of
algorithms for discrete
robust control design
and minimization of
This premier program
emphasizes the .impor-
tance the Foundation
places on the early
development of academ-
ic careers dedicated to
stimulating the discov-
ery process, in which the
excitement of research is
enhanced by inspired
teaching and enthusias-
tic learning. It combines
in a single program, the
support of research, and
education of the highest
quality and in the broad-
In addition to these
research areas, Abdullah
also collaborates with
other faculty in areas as
Makola M. Abdullah
broad as the use of com-
putational fluid dynam-
ics in fluid separation
and optimal placement
of turbines on a wind
farm. He has given lec-
tures in the United
States, Japan and South
Africa and has written
more than 25 technical
Abdullah has been
recognized by FAMU
for his outstanding
research and funding.
His commitment to
increasing the number of
African Americans in
science, math and engi-
neering is a primary
appeared on the former
Television, (BET), pro-
gram "Teen Summit"
and he is active in com-
munity mentoring pro-
grams in Tallahassee.
tion includes Teacher of
the Year at FAMU in
Grantsmanship Award at
FAMU in 2003;
Graduate Teacher of the
Year at FAMU in 2002;
Black Engineer of the
Year in 1999; National
CAREER Award in
Teaching Award at
University in 1994;
Award in the
Department of African
Affairs at Northwestern
University in 1994;
Student Service Award
from the Society of
University in 1994;
Teaching Assistant of
The Year Award from
the National Society of
Black Engineers at
Northw e stern
University in 1993.
He is a member of
XDX Fraternity and
Tau Beta Pi
'~ Page PR 4 /January 19, 2008 The Star
-Whassup in Hollyhood
By Rych McCain/feed-
Sax man Kirk Whalum
in association with Los
Angeles' 94.7 The Wave
have brought back Jazz
Wednesdays to the popular
BB King's Blues Club
located on the world famous
Universal Studios City
Walk. R&B singer Sammie
will be performing at the
Journey Academy School
Aid Concert Series in Ft.
Meyers, FL., on January 20.
The concert will be held to
raise money for the Journey
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This event will be hosted by
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With stellar production by
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Republic's new artist 2
Pistols first single "She's
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Project MuszEd is a
non-profit 501-C organiza-
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instruments, music lessons
and theory, performance
and scholarship opportuni-
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They are currently in a fund
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First Sunday; stars Ice
Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy
Morgan, Loretta Devine,
Michael Beach, Keith
David, Regina Hall, CJ
Sanders, Jr., Malinda
Williams and Chi McBride.
It was written and directed
by David E. Talbert and
produced by David E.
Talbert, David Mcllvain,
Tim Story, Ice Cube and
Matt Alvarez. Music by
This film is your typical
with not many surprises.
Two bungling thugs i.e.,
Durell (Cube) and LeeJohn
(Morgan) are in dire straits
for cash so they decide to
rob a church. That's not a
very good thing to glorify or
make light of, because some
easily impressed fools may
try it in real life. The term
"it's just a movie," only
applies to rationally think-
ing people not crazed,
gang-banging thugs! The
flick has it funny moments
and a few serious ones. The
gospel music was off the
hook! Katt Williams as
Ricky the eccentric choir
director easily stole the
show in this one. The man is
a comic genius. Young CJ.
Saunders, Jr. as Durell's son
Durrell, Jr., shows much
development in his acting
The sistah's in this
movie are to die for.
Malinda Williams as the
pastor's daughter Tianna
and Regina Hall as Durrell's
ex-wife Omunique are eye
candy at its bests with the
solid acting to back it up.
Loretta Divine as sister
Doris has firmly established
herself as America's
Mom. Her birthday scene
with Morgan in the church
kitchen may bring a tear to
your eye. Most movie goers
should like this film.
David E. Talbert:
Man and Talent
By Rych McCain
Photos courtesy of Screen
It has been written that
there is not a box office
big enough to contain the
creative voice of multi-
award winning writer,
director and producer
David E. Talbert. His list
of successful stage plays
is too long to print out but
if you are a live theater
person and have been
blessed to live in a town
where Talbert's plays
have appeared you know
what we're saying. Of his
twelve block buster stage
plays which include
"Love on Lay-Away,"
"He Say She Say," "A
Fool and His Money, "
and his latest "Love in the
Nick of Time" starring
Morris Chestnut, have
been seen by an amazing
2.5 million fans. His work
has received an astound-
ing 24 NAACP Award
nominations and won
five, including Best
Playwright for "The
Fabric of a Man. "
The soundtrack to
Talbert's eighth play,
"His Woman His Wife,"
hit the Top 20 on
album charts while his
debut novel "Baggage
Claim, became an
instant national bestseller,
climbing to #2 on the
"Essence" bestseller list.
In home video, Talbert
pioneered the concept of
inspirational plays on
DVD by making his sev-
enth play, "Mr.. Right
Now, the first ever avail-
able. His plays are now
enjoyed on DVD in over
20 countries,, spanning
Talbert earned a
Bachelors Degree in
Marketing from Morgan
State University and then
went on to study film at
New York University. His
latest offering, the film
FIRST SUNDAY, is also
his film directorial debut.
It commanded the #2 box
office spot with a hefty 17
million dollar gross for its
release weekend. When
asked is it tough to write
lines for the likes of Katt
Williams and Tracy
Morgan? Talbert laughs
and says, "With comedi-
ans of their caliber, you
just basically lay out a
blue print for them to fol-
low." In reflecting back to
his last project, the stage
play "Love In a Nick of
Time," Talbert mentioned
how that play came about
because Hollywood was
playing a waiting game
with a film project he was
involved in at the time.
The scheduling kept
being changed. The ques-
tion was always is it on or
off? They were playing
"yes" "No" ping pong.
Talbert responded by
saying, "You know what,
I'm going to get back to
doing what I do. I stopped
"waiting," which is what
Hollywood does and I got
back to "creating." For
me it was getting back to
doing what I do and stop
asking permission for
Hollywood to say it's OK
for you to create, it's OK
for you to do projects.
What is the difference
between Talbert the film
director and stage play-
wright? He explains,
'"Being away from tour-
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working in film; Tim
Story (director of
Barbershop) who was my
producer/partner on film,
really taught me the dif-
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telling a story and show-
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almost a year and a half
with him retrained my
mind as a director. Before
as a play write, I was only
looking for people to say
my lines. But .working
with him as a film direc-
tor I ask how I can bring
those lines to life. So now
we're painting a picture
and not just hearing won-
David E.Talbert is a
major Hollywood talent
that is gaining more and
more recognition for the
genius and quality of a
body of work that will
continue to grow and live
forever in cinema, stage
and literature history.
Ice Cube and producer David E. Talbert
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the women presented a driver's license that did not
match her face. When questioned about the differ-
ence in look, the suspect stated that she was the per-
son on the license. The officer ran a check and found
that the suspect matched another female that had
three outstanding warrants. The face of the person
with the warrants also matched the suspect that was
talking with the officer. The suspect was then finger-
printed and it was discovered that her fingerprints matched the fingerprints of the
person with the outstanding warrants also. ID & records confirmed that the suspect
was in fact the person with the warrant, not the person she claimed to be. Had the
suspect successfully used the victim's ID, the victim would have been listed erro-
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resulted in an adverse affect of the real owner. The suspect was read her rights and
PIZZA BANDITS- The Domino Pizza delivery male stated that he went to an
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apartment. One took the pizza and the other pretended he was looking for money.
The suspect who was pretending to look for the
money told the delivery man he locked himself out
of his apartment and would have to go around back
to get the money. The two men walked away with
the pizza and after a few minutes, the deliveryman
Knocked on the door and looked in the windows and
Noticed the apartment was vacant and the men had
i left the area. In a search of the area, the men were
VIOLATION OF INJUNCTION AND
REPEATED VIOLENCE An officer was dis-
patched to the 6000 block of Kinnon Drive regarding the suspect violating an
injunction for protection. When the officer arrived, the suspect was in the front yard.
When asked who called the police, he stated, "Yeah I called, I need to go to jail. I'm
violating an injunction." The victim approached the officer with her three children
and advised him that she and the suspect were married but separated, pending a
divorce. She confirmed the injunction and stated that when she arrived home, she
observed the suspect's truck and saw through the rear window that her house was in
disarray. The suspect said, "I'm an idiot. I did something stupid. I just vandalized
my own house." The officer went into the house and discovered extreme damage to
the interior of the house and the front burglar bar. The suspect had smashed the large
fish tank and water was running all over the floor, leaving the fish exposed; he had
smashed the microwave, the big screen TV, bed, headboar,d, master bedroom and
had left the water running in an attempt to flood the house.
The damage made the house uninhabitable. The officer turned off the water to pre-
vent further damage, had the victim to fill out
paper work and arrested the suspect.
MAN FOUND DEAD IN BATHTUB -An offi-
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block of Cleveland Road in reference to a death.
When the officer arrived he was told that the vic-
tim was found dead in the bathtub. The corn- /
plainant advised that she had last seen the victim
about 10:30 p.m. the night before when she went
to bed., She advised that the victim was on sever-
al medications for treatment of H.I.V., a condition
he had had for about ten years. She further
advised that the victim had not had new prescriptions since July 2005 and the doc-
tor advised that he had several "no shows" for his appointments. The victim's date
of birth was 8/19/58 and his death was listed as undetermined. The victim was
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Close to 10,000 Jaguar fans gathered at the Bud Zone last weekend to
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before that, when the Jaguars played and beat the Steelers, there were around
5,000 fans at the Bud Zone in the south end zone of Jacksonville Municipal
Stadium. Learning from the experience of not having enough space, rest-
rooms, and of course beer the week before, the Jaguars opened the entire
southern half of the stadium for more space. On game day, that's about
25,000 seats for fans. There were more staff last weekend and twice as many
kegs of draft beer was on hand. The larger area also allowed 24 extra places
the fans could buy food and drinks from.
Both big screens showed the game and the earlier playoff game too. Fans
that couldn't make it to the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts knew this was
the next best thing to being there. The doors opened at 4:00 p.m. and there
were already hundreds of fans there waiting to enter. Admission and parking
were free, but some fans gathered outside to grill and have a good time
before, during and after the game.
Although, the Jaguars lost the game, fans enjoyed the game and some
stated that the Jaguars is still a great team and that they are proud they got
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Are Dr. King's Dreams Thriving or Dying In Sports?
Stunning new book examines Blacks' sporting wins and losses
CHAMPAIGN, IL---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. might
not have imagined eight-digit salaries or Madison Avenue
sponsorships for American black athletes, but the social
reformer would likely be disappointed by other aspects of
today's sporting landscape. In his book, Souled Out? How .I
Blacks Are Winning and Losing in Sports ( 2008, Human
Kinetics), author Shaun Powell starts a national dialogue on
the changes on the black sporting scene since Tommie Smith
and John Carlos used the 1968 Olympic sports spotlight to
enact social change with their legendary black gloved salute.
Black athletes' behavior warrants examination, according to Powell, especially
during MLK and Black History Month observations. "Because of the high status and
media visibility we give athletes, their behavior cuts deeper and reaches farther," he
states. "That's not particularly fair; all they do is play ball. But such is the celebri-
ty-worshipping world we created."
Powell commends athletes like Dwyane Wade, Warrick Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr.,
Elton Brand, Tiger Woods and tennis' Williams sisters for how they represent the
race in various regards. Simultaneously, Powell cringes at the examples set by other
high-profile black athletes who use the spotlight for over-the-top celebrations,' in-
your-face confrontations and even crime. "These are the images commonly attached
to black athletes," he says, "only because a few are willing to play those roles. When
they do, they cultivate stereotypes. They give ammunition to the bigots and the igno-
In addition to Powell's observations from more than twenty-five years covering
sports, Souled Out? includes comments from athletes like Terrell Owens, LeBron
James and Tiger Woods, and the first-hand views of noted sports sociologists Dr.
Harry Edwards and Dr. Richard Lapchick, as well as icons like Willie Davis, Torii
Hunter and Wayne Embry.
While much has changed for African Americans since the 1968 Olympic salute,
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in which he lives, where there are no gang issues, rotting neighborhoods, substan-
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Black athletes may never be judged only on the content of their character, but
ultimately, Powell hopes current and future black athletes recognize the opportunity
sports presents to affect change--within sports or the greater black community. For
more information on Souled Out?, visit www.SouledOutBook.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shaun Powell has been a sports columnist at Newsday in New York since 1993.
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Miami. Through his career he's covered every major sporting event, including the
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1522 W 30th
Offered For S102,900
* 4 Bedroams
0 Mature Landscaping
SRoyal Terrace SubdBi
* Thtditinal Style
* Conciate Block Coist
* Central Cbooing A;C
One Owner Home, Situated On A Large. Lt. Detached Two Car Garage. Property Has.
Pecan Tree And Other Planft
102 Coquina Ct-Ponte Vedra Beach
Offered For $279,000
* 2 Bedrooms
* 2 Full Baths
* Gated Community
* Oakbridge Subdiv
* One Story Style
4 Sawgrass Players Club
* 1421 SqFt
* Central Cooling A/C
Lovely 2 BR/BA Home With Beautifully Updated Kitchen W/ Granite Countertops, Cherry Cabinets and
Stainless Appliances, Hardwood Floors In Kitchen, LR/DR,Double Sided Fireplace. Great Cul-De-Sac
Location. It Is Move-In-Ready!
For more information and/or a private showing call:
Betty Asque Davis
Watson Realty Corp
615 Highway AIA
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Office: 904 285-6300
Office Fax: 904 285-5330
Office: 904 473-1502
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