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Community Servants Killed
in Jacksonville and Seattle
This was not a good week
for servants of the communi-
ty as firefighters and police
officers and the Secret
While three Secret Service
personnel were placed on
leave because Tareq and
Emanuel Porter II, Fisthnise Saint
Jacksonville Firefighter Breux, 18 Michaele Salahi were able to
get into the White House
without invitation, others lost their lives.
In Jacksonville, Fireman Emanuel Porter II was shot down with his
own gun by 18-year-old Fisthnise Saint Breaux at a gas station. She said
she was holding the gun but did not pull the trigger.
The most tragic was the shooing death of four officers at a coffee shop
in Lakewood, Washington.
Maurice Clemmons, 37, performed an execution-style murder of the
.- . four officers. Clemmons had a lengthy prison
record but was commuted about ten years ago by
former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. It is report-
ed that he had meant to kill more, including school
children. He had a 'target' list. He was found and
killed before he could continue his killing spree.
About six have been arrested for aiding him in his
get away, includ-
Maurice Clemmons, ing his half broth-Community'-ContinuedA-7
Killer Caught After Years
Anthony Michael Chatman, 43,
of Jacksonville, was finally
charged with the 1995 murder of
Patricia Hammond, who was 31
and the mother of two. After
Chatman's arrest .for burglary in
May, his DNA, which is now
taken upon arrest, was matched
with the stabbing of death of Ms.
ran over by car.
In Houston, Porsha Thompson waited for a parking space at a Wal
Mart the day before Thanksgiving when a Dodge Durango pulled
around her and hit her car. When she got out to see the damage, the
Dodge ran over her and left WalMart. She is on life support.
Empty Cupboards and refrigerators
The U. S. Department of Agriculture's
Economic Research reported that almost one in
four children in the U. S. are without the needed
amount of food. The report says that nearly two
1 million black households with children are food
1 insecure, an increase of 25 percent over 2007.
The Florida Department of Children and
Families reported that a record number of food
stamp recipients are in Jacksonville. Fifteen per-
cent of Duval County residents are receiving
food stamps, up 42 percent from last year.
Nearly one out of every four children in Jacksonville are now benefit-
ing from food stamps, up 23 percent from last year. The department has
new services to help food stamp recipients.
Using the U.S. Census Bureau's most recent population estimates, it is
estimated that 127,000 people in Duval County are now receiving food
stamps. This includes 50,155 children aged 18 and under who are being
helped by food stamps.
The DCF has established the "My ACCESS account" service to make
it easier for food stamp recipients to save time and get the information
they need through the Internet rather than standing in long lines.
A partnership has been formed with the Farmers Market on West
Beaver Street to receive fresh fall food stamp lings.
The department said that the Second Harvest Food Bank and the
Farmers Market has been helpful in their effort to feed the hungry.
NE Florida has been ranked number one in the state for the percent of
food stamp benefits determined accurately.
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Blacks Making More
History in Space
captain, Leland Melvin and Dr. Robert Satcher Jr.,
an orthopedic surgeon joined the Atlantis crew.
When the space program started, there was no
hope of a black joining a crew to go into space.
However, on November 16, 2009, the Atlantis
returned to earth with a. smooth touchdown
with seven astronauts returning. NASA, since
July, has been under the direction of Dr.
Charles Bolden with two of the crew members
being African Americans. The crew delivered
and installed two large pallets of supplies and
space parts while being in space for 11 days.
The Atlantis' final flight will be in May and the
program sets to. end in late 2010 or early 2011.
Tyler Perry Donates
One Million to NAACP
The NAACP, the country's
Oldest and largest civil rights
organization, announced that
acclaimed film director Tyler
Perry has donated one mil-
lion dollars, marking the
largest gift ever given by an
individual. In addition,
Perry purchased several
Tyler Perry NAACP commissioned
Jacob Lawrence lithographs
and additional lithographs by celebrated artists
Jonathan Green, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam
Gilliam. The gift, which will be distributed over
the next four years, was made to commemorate the
organization's Centennial anniversary.
"We are honored that Tyler Perry chose to support
the NAACP," said Julian Bond, Chairman of the
NAACP. "Tyler is a courageous pioneer in bring-
ing positive images of African American culture
and struggles to the screen. His remarkable jour-
ney from poverty and childhood abuse to become
one of the world's most successful filmmakers.
The richest athlete in the country,
golf star, Tiger Woods had a car
accident at his home that created a
. investigation by the media. The
Florida Highway patrol issued a
citation.for reckless driving after a
Tiger Woods fire hydrant and tree was struck
but there were many questions by
others, especially since his wife had busted the rear
window of his Escalade.
After much investigation and women pointing out
as having a relationship with Woods, he finally apol-
ogized to his family and admitted his "transgres-
Now the question of his 'clean' image is on the line
so, through it all, he and his wife, Elin, are rewriting
their prenuptial agreement from the original $20 mil-
lion after ten years of marriage (married in 2004) to
be shorten to seven years and a series of staggered
payments to total $75 million. Of course, Elin Wood
must remain a dutiful wife, show up at events and
sign a non-disclosure about their personal life.
Ike J. Williams III
isian Jesse Williams iII, passes.at 8 ears orAge
Photo by FM Powell III, The Florida Star
Isiah Jesse Williams III, "Ike", is a
Jacksonville native, born, September 27, 1931.
He is known for his dedication to the
Jacksonville community, leaving only to attend
school, serve in the U. S. Army and practice
law in New York City.
Mr. Williams started his newspaper career at
The Florida Star and moved on to begin his
own, with the Jacksonville Advocate and The
Northeast Florida Advocate, both serving the
African American community for almost 30
years. After closing those papers, he served as
Publisher Emeritus of The People's Advocate
until his death on November 25, 2009.
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Harvey said they
Share grateful to
41 for still believing
Commissioners James Brooks in them as they
and Cornell Harvey, Brunswick continue to work
for the people.
They both won on December 1, 2009.
Florida House Democratic Leader
Franklin Sands (D-Weston) issued the fol-
lowing statement concerning new federal
investigative reports concerning defective
drywall found in homes in Florida:
"I offer my strong support for urgent state
and federal action to assist-property own-
ers devastated by defective drywall in
their homes and businesses.
"In the most significant investigation of
its kind, the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission announced that it has
found a possible link between problem
drywall, hydrogen sulfide gas levels in
homes with that drywall, and corrosion in
"Defective drywall, including product
that has been imported from China, has
led to catastrophe for many residents in
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Dr. Marian Wright Edelman
Children's Defense Fund
Nationally, one in three Black
boys and one in six Latino boys
born in 2001 are at risk of
going to prison during their
lifetimes. Although boys are
more than five times as likely
to be incarcerated as girls, the
number of girls in the juvenile
justice system is significant and
growing. This shamefully high
incarceration rate of Black
youths is endangering our chil-
dren at younger and younger
ages and poses a huge threat to
.our nation's future. America's
cradle to prison pipeline is put-
ting thousands of young people
on a trajectory that leads to
marginalized lives, imprison-
ment, and often premature
death. The Children's Defense
Fund's Cradle to Prison
Pipeline Crusade is commit-
ted to dismantling the pipeline,
however long it takes. First, we
must prevent children from
entering the pipeline. Then we
must help children already
trapped in the pipeline find a
way out rather than locking
them into a lifelong spiral of
arrest and incarceration.
September 7th marks the 35th
anniversary of the Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency
Prevention Act (JJDPA), bipar-
tisan legislation based on a
broad consensus that youths
and families involved with the
juvenile and criminal courts
should be protected by federal
standards for care and custody
while ensuring community
safety is upheld. The JJDPA
Promising Models for Reforming
Juvenile Justice Systems
five models that can be repli-
cated elsewhere. The Models
for Change initiative is work-
ing in four core states-Illinois,
Louisiana, Pennsylvania and
Washington-and 12 partner
states to create improved state
and local system reforms that
can be adapted and shared. The
initiative was established in
response to the push in the mid-
1990s to treat young offenders
as adults. The reforms are
based on several key principles
including fundamental fairness;
addressing the developmental
differences between youths and
adults; paying attention to indi-
vidual strengths and needs and
youth potential; and stressing
responsibility and safety.
The Models for Change initia-
tive is intervening in critical
areas including establishing
to detention; "right sizing," or
ensuring that consequences for
youths in trouble are individu-
alized and developmentally
appropriate; improving collab-
oration among mental health,
substance abuse, child welfare,
juvenile justice and education.
professionals; addressing racial
and ethnic fairness in juvenile
justice systems; and highlight-
ing the need for aftercare and a
process to connect youths
returning from residential
placement with follow-up serv-
Another promising example
is the Juvenile Detention
Alternative Initiative (JDAI)
being replicated in 100 juris-
dictions in 24 states and the
District of Columbia. It focuses
on the juvenile detention com-
ponent of the juvenile justice
system and the fact that youths
are often unnecessarily or inap-
propriately detained at great
expense with long-lasting neg-
ative consequences for both
public safety and youth devel-
opment. Its strategies include
using new or enhanced alterna-
tives to detention; developing
tools; paying special attention
to youths waiting in detention
because of probation viola-
tions, writs and warrants, or
pending placement; and timely
case processing. It also focuses
on reducing racial disparities
and improving conditions in
And the results are impressive.
The' Santa Cruz County,
California, JDAI developed an
objective screening process to
detain only high-risk offenders,
engaged families in assessment
and intervention, created cul-
-turally responsive alternatives,
and established community-
based detention for low- and
medium-risk youths and wrap
around services that could be
delivered in the community at
day treatment sites. They
sharply reduced both their
detention population and juve-
nile crime and saved the county
millions of dollars by avoiding
the construction and staffing of
a new detention facility .while
reducing the juvenile hall pop-
ulation from an average of 50
youths per day in 1996 to 20 in
2008. Juvenile felony arrests
are down 36 percent and mis-
demeanor arrests dropped 43
percent between 1996 and
These examples show that the
pipeline to prison is not an act
of God or inevitable but a
series of choices that can be
changed with strong leadership
and a focus on meeting child
and youth needs.
has significantly contributed to
reductions in juvenile crime
Reauthorizing this important
legislation this year will help to
protect children from the dan-
gers of adult jails, improve
safety for children in custody,
and increase fairness by requir-
ing states to take steps to
reduce racial and ethnic dispar-
ities. As Congress gears up for
reauthorization, this is a good
time to look at several promis-
ing approaches across the
country that are changing the
juvenile justice paradigm from
punishment and incarceration
as a first resort to prevention,
early intervention and rehabili-
tation that put children onto a
path to productive adulthood.
The state of Missouri used a
rehabilitative and therapeutic
approach to overhaul its juve-
nile justice .system that has
been hailed as a national model
for juvenile justice reform. The
philosophy behind Missouri's
program is to treat, youths as
potentially productive mem-
bers of society instead of lost
causes in a prison cage. The
results are clear. Missouri's
juvenile recidivism rate has
only eight percent of those
incarcerated coming back into
juvenile custody and eight per-
cent going into Missouri's pris-
ons. It is one of the best success
stories in the country.
A number of other states are
working to improve their
response to children and youths
who have been adjudicated and
placed in detention using effec-
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The Other Side of Jacksonville
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views to be presented weekly. We have agreed to do so with the understanding
that the articles written would not promote violence or hate. Let it be known that
the views and opinions expressed are not those of The. Florida Star owner or
staff It is being accepted because some writers and readers feel their feelings
and fears are not being heard.
WHERE ARE OUR CITY COUNCIL PERSONS AND
There is a big debate going on in Jacksonville, Florida but it is quiet. The. other
problem is that we as a community of Americans of African descent do not
read enough or pay enough attention to local politics that has the greatest influ-
ence in your life. Yes, Obama is the President of our great nation, but now we
must turn to local.politics. The big debate that is beginning to take place is
whether we should have an elected Sheriff or an appointed Sheriff by the
Mayors office in the future. There are problems with both of them but they both
must be equally considered with facts. It seems to me, if the city council persons
who we voted for are really interested in how things impact our lives, they, should
be .holding community meetings to open the debate to everyone concerning an
elected Sheriff vs. an appointed Sheriff. That might be a little too much to ask of
them, you think? The Sheriff of Duval County has absolute authority to do
what ever he desires with no oversight from the Mayor or City Council based
upon the new State laws in Florida. Even if we had a citizen review board, we
could not subpoena the Sheriff, his officers or his records. This seems like
absolute authority that for 8 years can be an absolute dictatorship, abuse of power,
and corruption. Again, the fox cannot watch the hen house. Power corrupts
absolute! This is with an elected official. The second issue is an appointed posi-
tion. This does give some leverage and accountability to the community and the
Mayor and City Council. The problem now is that you can have two corrupted
officials, but when the election time come, you can get rid of both of them; you
can demand a citizen review board and you can have an independent law enforce-
ment organization such as FDLE to investigate all shootings, tasing, police abuse
and put the internal affairs office in check by demanding it from the Mayor. This
is with an appointed official. But where are our city council and state repre-
sentatives in all of this?
At the local level they can have community meetings, at the State level they
legislate law and should be in the debate of how this all came about and shar-
ing with the community. No, wait, they don't tell us one thing and do some-
thing else do they? Do they really respect us, or just during election time and
give out a few hotdogs, boil a few crabs, and provide a little bar-be-que? We
are worth more than this; our lives and children lives are at stake. All we are
saying is that we need our local and state representatives to be more active, vocal,
and keep our community informed on all of the issues. We believe it is time to
take a serious look at who represent Americans of African descent in
Jacksonville, Florida and stop asking them to do anything and demand that they
do all they can for the entire community. No, wait, could it be that builders, attor-
ney's, business people' who give them money also tell them what to do? Just the
other side of Jacksonville! Even a 9th grader can understand this. Stop asking
for our votes to support any of you until you do something to help all of us, meet
when we call and come when we ask, your report card is on the way.
THE STA R
R 5. 2009
Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services 1
FIRST CHURCH OF PALM COAST continues with
their 17-Year Anniversary with guest speaker Bishop
Rudolph McKissick, Jr., senior pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church in Jacksonville. McKissick will
bring his choir for the celebration. The date is Sunday,
December 13th, 5 p.m. Be there at First Church, the
pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, at 91 Old Kings
Road North in Palm Coast. The telephone number is
DOWNTOWN HISTORIC CHURCH TOUR -
Downtown Vision, Inc. is pleased to present the third
annual Downtown Historic Church Tour. Mark your
calendar for Saturday, December 5, 2009, from 1-5 p.m.
to tour a century of sanctuaries in one afternoon. Begin
at the Main Library and stroll through the streets of
Downtown with family and friends and explore. Church
staff will be available at each of the ten historic church-
es to share the architectural and historical highlights on
this self-guided tour. While several churches are within
walking distance, trolley service is provided along the
tour route, and is included in the ticket price. The tour
includes: Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, Faith United Church of the
Living God, Inc., Greater Hill Temple, First Baptist
Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United
Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church, Old St. Andrews, St. John's Episcopal
Cathedral, and St. Philip's Episcopal. For more infor-
mation call (904) 451-3344.
PONTE VEDRA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH will
been on the night of Jesus' birth. The town is filled with
a cast of over 200 portraying the local townspeople,
I -=s ^^~
goods and wares in the marketplace. Pet live animals
along the way asck throu seek the lowly manger and Christ
Child. Don't misnow in its seveonderful family event
December 11-12 from 6:00pm-8:30pm. For more infor-
mation, call the church at (904) 285-8225 or visit the
web site www.pvpc.com. The Churhtown is located at 4510
Palm Valley Road. Free parking with frequent shuttles
is available at the PGA TPC Parking lot. Please note
that Bethlehem is an 8,000 square foot city.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Wgoodeelchs and wares in the mare available to help visitors
who need assistance. PVPCsthe lowly manger and Christmas Eve services
will be 4:00pm, 5:30pm and 10:00pm; Regular Sunday
services are athe churc9:00 and 10:304) 285-8225 or visitam.
DURKEEVILLE HISTORY CENTER, 1293 W.
19th St. Come join use www.pvpcat.com. The Annual Durkeevile
Historical Society Christmas Party and meet the follow-
ing authors who will have copies of the works listed
below to sign and sell: Grace Brown Galvin, Tiffany
Galvin Brown, Ph.D. and Ronald Galvin, authors of
Stanton (Florida's First Black High School); Rodney
Hurst, It Was Never About a Hot Dog and a Coke;
Marsha Dean Phelts, American Beach and the
American Beach Cook Book; Carolyn Williams,
Historic Photos of Jacksonville. Reception with
refreshments. Free and open to the public. For
information, contact the Durkeeville Historical
Center at 598-9567.
BELIEVERS IN CHRIST CHRISTIAN CENTER
will be having a Pastoral Anniversary Celebration hon-
oring Drs. Don anChristmas Party and Deborah Bernard for 15 years of
dedicated service to ministry on December 6, 2009 at
5:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center,
located at 2101 Dixie Clipper Drive. For more informa-
tion, contact the church office at (904) 908-8858.
THE 18TH ANNUAL "CAROLS BY CANDLE-
LIGHT" concert at Deermeadows Baptist Church
promises to be a memorable event for you and your
guests. To represented December 6th and 7th (Sunday
& Monday), 7 p.m. nightly, at 9780 Baymeadows Road,
this year's "Carols by Candlelight: A Celtic Christmas"
theme will feature the outstanding Deermeadows Choir
& Orchestra, as well as guest artists, Ceol Na Tioarna.
Genering admission is free and doors will open at 6:30
In Loving Memory of
A Devoted Father &
ROBERT J. BLUNT, JR.
Sunrise: Aug. 10, 1955
Sunset: Dec. 2, 1986
We can never be separat-
ed from those we
love...because God leaves
us with memories to hold
and love that doesn 't pass away.
Forever in our hearts: Parents -Tommie & Ida
Thomas; Children -Fidel (Madie) Blunt, VaShawn
Blunt-Wynn (Jerome, Jr.) and; Grand -Jerome T.
ST. NICHOLAS BETHEL BAPTIST & BABY-
BOYY PRODUCTIONS presents "The Soulful One" -
Patric Robinson in concert Saturday, December 5th at
2:00 p.m. St Nicholas is located at 2606 San Diego Rd.
Come experience an afternoon of traditional gospel and
songs of inspiration. Patric will use his energy, love of
music, and unwavering vocal styling to stir the emo-
tions with such favorites as: The Lord's Prayer, Joshua
Fit The Battle, Touch The Hem Of His Garment, We'll
Understand It By And By, The Rose, Danny Boy and
more. No ticket sales/Donations only (suggested dona-
tion $10.00)., The pastor is Rev. Dr. R. W. Jackson. For
additional information call: (904) 791-9986. Babyboyy
Productions website: patrickbiz.com
THE SAINT MATTHEW BAPTIST CHURCH is
presenting a "special service of love" for Brother
Dexter Thomas, a devoted
musician to- this church.
This special service will
convene on the second
Sunday, December 13th at
6:30 p.m. at the church
located at 3731 Moncrief
Rd. All fellow musicians
and singers of this city, as
well as the public are cor-
dially invited to share with
us in showing our love for
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SAlmighty GodFather ofall mercies and giver ofall
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.
ALLEN, Corine A., 71,
died November 28, 2009.
BAGGS, Hattie, died
November 23, 2009.
BARNES, Rose Mary,
died November 27,2009.
COHENSON, Steven R.,
died December 1, 2009.
COLEY, Willie F., III,
died November 23, 2009.
FELDER, Jimmie L.,
died November 26,2009.
GARR, Jamie Elaine, 12,
died November 28, 2009.
GEORGE, Joyce A.,
died November 27, 2009.
Alphonso West Mortuary,
GLASS, John died
November 23, 2009.
HALL, .Eugene, died
November 27, 2009.
HARRIS, Eric Anthony,
died November 28, 2009.
HENRY, Dewitt T., died
November 29, 2009.
JONES, George, died
November 28, 2009.
KING, Diane L., 52, died
November 30, 2009.
died November 24, 2009.
LUNDY, Carrie A., died
November 27, 2009.
Ann, died November 24,
MITCHELL, Crystal D.,
died November 29, 2009.
PRESHA, James, 61,
died November 24, 2009.
PRESSLEY, Willie, died
November 24, 2009.
RAMIREZ, Ivette, died
November 30, 2009.
ROBERSON, Terry, died
November 27, 2009.
STEPHENS, Doris, 43,
died November 27, 2009.
died November 29, 2009.
TILLMAN, Lula P., 98,
died November 23, 2009.
Jr., died November 26,
"Ike," 78, died November
'The Church Directory
I "Come and Worship With Us"
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .....................................9:30 a.m .
Sunday Morning ,
Intercessory Prayer................ 10:45 a.m. -
Morning Worship ..................11:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m.
Bishop Eric Lee, Pastor '
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus -
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W worship Service ............................... . 10:00 a.m.
Church School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... 8:30 p.m .
"Glory Hour" Bible Study . .. . . . . . 10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jireh" Bible Study : . . . . . . ....... . . . 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry ........... 10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion Ministry ........................... 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
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 morning W orship................ ..................................................... 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday........................................... Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday........ ................... ............. Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
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"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
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Sunday Worship -----------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study -------------------Tuesday & Friday----- 7:00 p.m.
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-A 97th Birthday Celebration ~
On November 8, 2009, Mrs. Cecile Johnson
Walker's celebrated her 97th Birthday at a local restau-
rant. Over forty (40) family members and friends were
present for this momentous occasion.
Her son Charles Walker wrote: "Since her birth in
1912, she has been blessed by being a wife, mother,
grandmother, and great .grandmother. From 1941 -
1950, while she periodically worked two (2) or (three)
3 jobs, she took her children to. college with her. In
1951; she earned a B.S. Degree from Florida A & M
University. In 1969, she earned a M.S. Degree from
Florida A & M University. For over 30 years, she
worked for the Duval County School system as an
Elementary School Teacher, Visiting Teacher for ele-
mentary and high school students, as well as an In-
School Suspension Teacher. She has seen, felt, learned,
taught, and enjoyed many things; despite having
endured various trials, she realizes that her blessings:far
outweigh her suffering. Throughout her lifetime, she
has enjoyed having a close relationship with Jesus
Christ her Savior and with many friends that continue to
have a wonderful, positive effect on her life. Ms.
Walker, a good God-Fearing lady, has learned through
the hard times to lean on the Lord and has been willing
to be a person that others in her family and community
can lean on. Her family and friends are very thankful
that she continues to live a full life."
May we all be as bless as Mrs. Walker!!
Celebrating 87 Years Of Sisterhood
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. celebrated 87
years of sisterhood, service and scholarship on
November 12, 2009. Members of the Gamma Omicron
Sigma chapter of the sorority held a Founders Day
Luncheon on November 14th to honor the occasion.
More than one hundred people gathered at the Omni
Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville for the event. Past
presidents of the local chapter paid tribute to the seven
women who founded the organization by reading a brief
history on each one. Then the current, local chapter
president, Mrs. Dessie Mathews, lit candles in their
honor. Dr. Cleo Higgins, former national president of
Sigma Gamma Rho, recited, an original poem that she
dedicated to the founders and her sorority sisters.
Florida State Senator Tony Hill was the guest speaker.
He talked about unity and the importance of everyone
being involved in the community. The sisters of Sigma
Gamma Rho also awarded a $1,000 scholarship 'to
Georgina Showers, a student at Edward Waters
College and member of the sorority.'
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on
November, 12, 1922 at Butler University in
Indianapolis, Indiana. The seven ladies who started the
organization endured racism and sexism, but still perse-
vered. Members of the sorority strive to live up to the
motto "Greater Service, Greater Progress."
Members of the Gamma Omicron Sigma chapter
are committed to service to the Jacksonville communi-
ty. They sponsor a youth symposium that focuses on
young people making healthy choices, hold a Christmas
party for senior citizens at a community center, give
away school supplies and back packs through the
national sorority project, Operation Big Book Bag,
work with Sisters Network, in the fight against breast
cancer and so much more.
There Are Now Five Generations
"From Mrs. Inez Christopher Asque to James
'Carl' and Betty Asque Davis, Sr. to James C.
'Jimmie' and Mrs. Suzanne Davis, Jr. to Ms. Tiffany
Nicole Davis and the blessed birth of Xavier James
Roland Davis the family is now five generations
strong", states James Carl 'Jimmie' Davis, Jr. And the
James 'Carl' Davises, Sr. traveled to Omaha, Nebraska
recently to witness the Baptism of their very first great-
grandchild. While in Omaha they also had the joy of
attending their oldest granddaughter Ms. Tiffany Nicole
Davis' graduation from Kaplan University.
It was a 'whirlwind' of festivities that included a
Family Brunch. It was also marvelous for the local
Davises to hear their son Jimmie's percussion perform-
ance with Omaha, Nebraska's Sacred Heart Catholic
Church Choir. Jimmie Davis has followed in his
father's footsteps, not only with both his Air Force and
law Enforcement careers but also as a percussionist.
The wish for the both families is that they could
have stayed longer to enjoy their first great-grandchild
for a little longer. More frequent visits from both states
are on the agenda.
The younger Davises, Jr. are very proud of their
younger daughter Ms. Mariah Davis who was chosen
among only a few high school freshmen as a member of
Marian Catholic High School's Select Choir and will be
traveling to Chicago, IL for a concert next spring.
I think a Chicago trip is in the making!!
Mrs. Cecilia Walker with her family hat included several generations. Photo
courtesy of Charles Walker
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Members of Gamma
Omicron Sigma Chapter,
Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority. Photo courtesy
of Sigma Gamma. Rho
SS- .ijjany vicole Davis jot-
Little Xavier in his Halloween lowing Kaplan University
'Frog' costume. graduation ceremony.
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James carl ana Mrs. suzanne Daviason
Davis, Jr. with their daughters Mses. Tiffany
Nicole and Mariah Man Davis and grandson
Xavier James Roland Davis.
Little Xavier with 'his great-grandparents-James
'Carl' and Mrs. Betty Asque Davis, Sr. and
Roland and Mrs. Betty Davidson and Mom Ms.
Tiffany Nicole Davis.
Little Xavier with his I
maternal grandmother Father Tom Fangman prepares Little Xavier
Mrs. Suzanne Davidson and his Mother for Xavier's Baptism.
MEMORIAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
Welcomes Program Celebration Guest
Speaker: Abel A. Bartley
Ph.D., Florida State University, 1994
108 Hardin Hall
Professor Bartley, a native o
Jacksonville, Florida, is the director of
the Pan African. Studies .program. He
joined Clemson in 2004 from the University of Akron, where he
taught for ten years and helped build a vibrant Pan-African studies
program. He is also the author of several essays on race, politics,
and the Civil Rights movement. Professor Bartley's most recent
book, "Keeping the Faith" explores race, politics, and social devel-
opment in Jacksonville between 1940 and 1970.
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The City of Jacksonville Benefits from Leaders and Lay Members
of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Major Denominational Gathering
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) continues to play a major role in
society through spiritual growth, tourism, education, economics, and mission ventures
in our communities and beyond our borders. On December 16, 1870, in Jackson,
Tennessee, The Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America, (now, The Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church as of 1954) was organized in the South by freemen follow-
ing the Civil War in relations to 70,000 (free slaves) congregants.
Organized in the South, but now includes approximately 800,000 congregants and
more than 3,000 congregations in the United States, the Caribbean, and western, east-
ern, and southern Africa.
The CME Church established its national publishing headquarters in Memphis,
Tenn. Its ministries have included sponsorship of four historically Black colleges -
Miles College (Birmingham, Alabama), Lane College (Jackson, Tenn.), Paine College
(Augusta, Ga.), and Texas College (Tyler, Texas). In 1944, the CME Church founded
the Phillip School of Theology is a part of the consortium that makes up the Inter-
Denominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Leaders and lay members of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church from the
states of Alabama and Florida in addition to visitors from across the nation are visiting
Jacksonville. This major denominational gathering will be Friday through Saturday,
December 11-12, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel under the
directorship of Bishop Lawrence L Reddick III, with the support of the local host pas-
tor Reverend Clarence Kelby Heath of Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 North
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III, the Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal
District, comprising of Florida and Alabama, calls this meeting a primary link between
the mission of the international denominations and its local churches. Pastors and other
clergy and lay members of the congregations will represent the 225 congregations of the
Fifth Episcopal District (comprising of approximately 29,000 congregants).
The theme for the gathering is the denomination's theme: "From Good to Great: The
Jesus Challenge" is a significant part of the denomination's program that will be
expressed through sermons, and other presentations to the meeting. Another vital part
of the gathering is the reporting of apportionments from local churches to support the
denomination's program and the program of four regions, which comprise of the Fifth
Episcopal District (North Central Alabama, Birmingham, Southeast Alabama, and
Friday, December 11, 2009, 11:00 a.m. Registration Site: Crowne Plaza Hotel; 1:30
p.m. Afternoon Session Site: Crowne Plaza-Hotel Speakers addressing the subject
under discussion, "The Ships that Sail from Good to Great" are Mr. James H. Perkins,
Moderator, Director of Christian Education, North Central Alabama Region
'Rev. Wendell Oldham, Presiding Elder, Monroe District; Pastor, Lewis Temple
CME Church, Grambling, Louisiana
The Rev. Dr. Charles E. Holbrook, Sr., Jackson State University and Pastor,
Lynch Street CME Church, Jackson, Mississippi
Dr. Adrian Evans, Director of Christian Education, Southeast Alabama Region,
Bishop State College, Mobile, Alabama
Rev. Charles B. Williams, Jr., Director of Evangelism and Missions, Birmingham
Dr. Leo Pickett, General Secretary of Ministry of Men, Atlanta, Ga.
The Rev. Dr. Vanessee J. Bums, Pastor, Carter Tabernacle CME Church, Orlando,
Rev. Alfred Tharpe, Sr., Mt. Ararat CME Church, Alexandria, Alabama
Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey, Miles College, and Pastor, of Poplar Springs CME
Church, Northport, Alabama Friday, December 11, 7:30 pm, Evening Worship
Site: Central Metropolitan CME Church, 46.11 Pearl Street (904) 354-7426
Evening Worship Speaker: Bishop Othal Hawthorne Lakey is the 44th CME Bishop
of the Sixth Episcopal District for the state of Georgia denomination's congregants. He
is the denomination's Chair of Christian Education, Chair of the Commission on
History and Archives, Chair of the Commission Merger with the AME Zion Church. He
has served 30 years as a panelist on the national syndicated television program, The
American Religious Town Hall, Bishop Lakey is the author of several publications
including the History of the CME Church. Saturday, December 12, 9:00 A.M., Morning
Session/ Closing Message Site: Crowne Plaza
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, 1201 Riverplace
Blvd., (904) 396-8873.
The Gathering Closing Speaker -The Rev. Dr.
W. E. Lockett, Pastor of Metropolitan CME
Church in Houston, Texas
Rev. Lockett, through faith, under the guid-
ance of the Holy Spirit and God's Will led the .
church congregants through a challenging period .. -
"On Sunday morning, December 25, 2005, '
Christmas Day, the church structure was com- -7
pletely destroyed by fire. Under his pastoral lead- .
ership, on Sunday, June 7, 2009, God restored
what was lost and Pastor Lockett led the congre- ,
gants into the newly built church. Through the
church vision, the congregants entered into an '
educational and economical light, sponsoring
scholarships, and establishing businesses to serve *.. ,
the needs of the people. Worship: Rev. Dollie Howell
Pankey, Pastor, Poplar Springs
CME Church Northport, Alabama.
.ev. Dr. rW. L.Locket, Pastor
Metropolitan CME Church Houston,
Stewardship Rev. Dr. Vanesee Burns, Pastor Texas -Closing Message December 12,
Carter Tabernacle, Orlando, Florida. Afternoon 2009, 9:00 am Crown Plaza
Speaker* Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel.
Presiding Prelate, Sixth Episcopal CME
District (State. of Georgia) Evening
Worship Speaker December 1th, 7:30
pm Central Metropolitan CME
Bishop and Mrs. Lawrence L. Reddick III
Presiding Prelate, Fifth Episcopal CME -
District (Florida and Alabama Regions)
Denominational Gathering Leader of
225 Congregations, comprising of
approximately 29,000 congregants
Mentorship: Dr. Leo Pinkett General Secretary
of Ministry to Men Atlanta, Georgia. Afternoon
Speaker (s) *December 11,, 2009, 1:30 pm,
Crown Plaza Jacksonville RiverfrontHotel
Leadership: Rev. Dr. Charles' E.
Holbrook Sr., Pastor, Lynch Street CME
Church Jackson, Mississippi Afternoon
Relationship Rev. Wendell Oldham, Presiding
Elder, Monroe. District, Pastor, Grambling,
Louisiana. Afternoon Speaker *
The Missionary Institute of the Fifth Episcopal District CME
Church Presents: "Bad Girls of the Bible"
Thursday Friday, December 10-11, 2009, Presentations
Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 N. Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206
Reverend Clarence Kelby Heath, Host Pastor (904.354-7426, Church Office).
Missionary Institute of the 5th Episcopal District
Study Course: "Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs, Author. "Bad Girls of the
Bible" is a ten hour certificate study course based on a novel approach to bible study
and discipleship, and the scriptural biblical truth about ten bad women (Eve, Potiphar's
wife, Lot's wife, the Woman at the Well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and
the Sinful Woman) and God's grace that changed their lives forever.
Presenter: Sister Brenda Buie, Treasurer, Missionary Institute Florida Region,
Clearwater Missionary Institute Registration and Schedule
Pre Registration: $37 (includes $12 for dinner)
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 2:00-10:30 pm, Course Study (Dine at 5:30 pm)
Friday, December 11, 2009, 9:00 atn-12:00 pm, Course Study
Central Metropolitan CME, 4611 N. Pearl Street, (904.354-7426)
Edith P Bryant, Director, Missionary Institute Fifth Episcopal District Friday, December
11, 7:30 pm, Evening Worship Site: Central Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 Pearl
Street (904) 354-7426.
Evening Worship Speaker: Bishop Othal Hawthorne Lakey is the 44th CME
Bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District for the state of Georgia denomination's congre-
gants. He is the denomination's Chair of Christian Education, Chair of the Commission
on History and Archives, Chair of the Commission Merger with the AME Zion Church.
He has served 30 years as a panelist on the national syndicated television program, The
American Religious Town Hall. Bishop Lakey is the author of several publications
including the History of the CME Church.
Afternoon Speakers photos not shown: Discipleship: Dr. Adrian Evans, Director
of Christian Education, Northeast Alabama Region; Membership: Rev. Charles B.
Williams, Jr., Director of Evangelismn/Missions, Birmingham Region; and Rev.
Alfred Tharpe, Sr. Mt. Ararat CME, Alexandria, Alabama.
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Lawyer Continued from A-1
As a member of Phi Beta Sigma for more than 50 years, he held many positions. He was also
involved in many civil rights movements and became friends with powerful leaders such as Cong.
Adam Clayton Powell and Malcolm X. He was also a lifetime member of the NAACP, the Masonic
Lodge and a founding member of the National Business League.
Mr. Williams received many awards, including the State Onyx Award for communications in
2005, which he dearly cherished. He was very instrumental in helping the Brotherhood of Black
Firefighters to form their union, as another one of his good gestures.
Williams is survived by his devoted wife of ten years, Marilyn Wilkerson-Williams, daughter
Helen Rogers and sons, Rodney Williams, Isiah Williams IV, Mark Benson, grandchildren, sister,
and a host of family and friends.
Homegoing service will be held at St. Paul AME Church at 6910 New Kings Rd, Friday at 11:00
a.m. Interment will be at The Jacksonville Memorial Cemetery. Donations, not flowers should be
sent in his name to The Alzheimer's Association Central and North Florida Chapter.
TALKING TO AN ATTORNEY
By Burney Bivens, Esq., LFD
Uncontested vs. Contested
Generally, there are two types of divorces in Florida: uncontested and contested. Uncontested
divorce is when both parties are in agreement to all matters. Contested divorce is when the parties
are not in agreement to all or just some matters or even just one matter. There are several matters
to considers in a divorce.
The following is a list of the majority of things parties tend to disagree on.
Real property Personal property Vehicles Debts Bank accounts Retirement accounts *
Alimony/Spousal support Child support Parental responsibility and Time-sharing for minor
children Medical and health insurance
When both parties are in an agreement of all issues, the cases are relatively simple and move
through the court system faster than contested divorces. Of course, each case has its own circum-
stances and therefore, it is difficult to predict a timetable as to when all the documents will be com-
pleted and ready for the Judge.
There are several documents that must be completed in both a contested and an uncontested
divorce because even when the parties agree, the court has responsibility to be certain that there is
no undue influence and most importantly the court has responsibility to insure that the children
have been properly addressed in terms of time-sharing with both parents and child support.
In filing a divorce, the first document is a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document
will outline the issues involved in the marriage.
The next document that is required of both parties is a financial affidavit, where the parties list all
of their income, expenses and liabilities and all of their property.
When the parties are in an agreement, then the parties will generally work out between themselves
how the, property and debts will be divided. With respect to child support, there is a formula that
is generally used based on the income of both parties that will determine the amount of child sup-
port to be paid. For an uncontested divorce, all of these issues are worked out between the parties
and is written up in a document entitled Consent Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. This
means that all the issues have been outlined and both parties have review it and agreed to it and
If children are involved, before the case can be presented to! the Judge for the final hearing, both
parties must attend a parenting class.
This allows the parties to take a quick course to understand while the husband and wife maybe
divorcing each other, neither party is divorcing their children and therefore, the children should be
treated fairly and not used as a bargaining chip between the parties. Once the class has been suc-
cessfully completed, the court will be notified and then the case can go before the Judge for a final
At the final hearing, when all issues have been agreed upon in a Consent Judgment, the Judge will
be certain it has jurisdiction over the case. This means that at least one of the parties in the divorce
have been a continuous resident of the State of Florida for at least 6 months before filing the case.
The Judge will then want to be satisfied that no undue influence or duress was used in obtaining
the Consent Final Judgment and that both parties signed freely and voluntarily. Once the court is
satisfied that proper procedures have been followed, the Consent Final Judgment will be signed and
the case is completed.
Contested divorces are much more complex and will be discussed in another article.
This article is submitted by Burney Bivens, Esq., LFD of the law firm Bivens, Jones & Associates and Aaron and Burney
Bivens Funeral Home. During the nett several months a series of articles will appear regarding legal issues and funeral service
related issues. Mr. Bivens has practiced law in North Florida for 27 years and has provided legal representation to the funeral serv-
ice industry for more than 25 years and is also a licensed funeral director with his son. For questions on legal issues call the law
office at 904-264-3412. For questions regarding funeral services call Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home at 904-
Community Continued from A-i
er. The family members and friends who aided Clemmons in elud-
ing capture have been arrested and charges filed.
Clemmons was shot dead early Tuesday morning after a confronta-
tion with a lone Seattle police officer investigating a stolen vehicle
on a quiet street. The weapon of one of the four murdered officers
was allegedly found in Clemmons' possession.
Clemmons was shot in the torso by one of the murdered officers,
Greg Richards, before leaving the crime scene, and was therefore
suffering from his injury.
The murdered officers were Tina Griswold, 40, Ronald Owens, 37,
Sgt. Mark Renninger, 39 and Greg Richards, 42.
Many are more concern about how easy it is for someone with a
criminal record and mental issues to acquire a gun.
The country has had too many mass shootings because of easy gun
In 2007, 1.2 million pistols, 1.5 million rifles and more than a mil-
lion shotguns, revolvers and other types of firearms were manufac-
tured in the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. -This does not include the num-
ber of guns imported to,the U. S., According to the report, in 2000,
at least one million guns were imported to the U.S.
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LOCAL FLORIDA/GEORGIA SECTION-B
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Story and Pictures by Marsha Dean Phelts
surged upon learning that
The Color Purple was com..
ing to. town, featuring
Angela Robinson as the
sultry "Shug Avery." It
seems like yesterday
(2006) when half of a gag-
gle of Roslyn Burrough's
classmates and friends
bombarded New York City
to see Oprah Winfrey's
production of this musical
on Broadway. In spite of
the fact that millions had
read Alice Walker's book
since it's release in 1982
and- even millions more
saw The Color Purple
when Steven Spielberg
directed the movie three'
years later in 1985, there
was an air of excitement
about The Color Purple
The Musical coming to
town. \ .
This review of. the
show is not written in
sequence but in chit-chat.
excitement that surrounded
The Color Purple. The
Color Purple spans a period
of forty years, from 1909-
1949 in rural Georgia. and
tells of a saga that address-
es'a much hidden side of
abuse. Oprah Winfrey's
musical written by Marsha
Norman brings this story to
the stage, using sustaining
principles such as truth,
hope, faith, love to shed
light upon the darkness and
pain this story exposes. The
Church Ladies (every
church has got them)
Lynette Dupree, Kimberly
Ann Harris, Virginia Ann,
Woodruff and Yolanda
Wyns, weave the storyline
from beginning to end. It
was the Church Ladies who.
through song told of
"Celie" who had been
"ruint two times" by the
time she was 14-years-old.
Early in the production the
audience wept as,"Celie's"
father snatched "Baby
Adam". from her "arms
moments after its birth..
Later in the saga, tears too
hard to fall froze as an
unmerciful scene played
out during Phyre Hawkins
or Brandi Massey as
"Celie's" visit with "Sofia"
in jail and when Doug
Eskew "Jailer" released
"Sofia" to the custody and
service of' the white
When the Florida
College at Jacksonville
Artist Series brought the
musical to town last month,
the First Coast celebrated,
turning out in unprecedent-,
ed numbers to see our own
Angela Robinson, a Raines
graduate and daughter of
Marilyn Robinson and the
late "Big Rob, Willie
Robinson play a leading
As "Shug Avery,"
Angela shimmed on stage
at the Times-Union Center
like a locomotive backing
into 'the Jacksonville
Terminal our moment had
come. Upon seeing
Angela/"Shug Avery," the
audience cheered and by
the time she soloed in,
"Push the Button," accom-
panied by the Ensemble,
the audience had worked
themselves into. a unified
roar. During the night club
scene, "Shug Avery,. the
Talk of the Town," turned
"Harpo's Juke Joint" out.
She looked absolutely
glamorous in stilettos, with
a red ostrich feathered
headpiece, wearing a gold
beaded butt. fitting three-
quarter length, shag, tee-
strap gown. This gown so
fitted "Shug" that each
pone carved a niche into
grooves of its own.
At "Harpo's Juke
Joint," there was a party
going on, and like any good
party, a, fisticuff broke out
as the results of a ninety
some pound "Squeak" call-
ing "Harpo's" wife,
"Sofia," a.few bad names.
Then like a mosquito all up
in an elephant's face,
"Squeak," slapped "Sopie,"
...and the brawl rolled all
over the floor.,
. Celie, Mister, i Shug
Avery, Sofia, Harpo, etc.
and etcetera, (the list is
long) were among the main
characters in the show,
however; it must be noted
that each and every per-
former, whose foot crossed
the stage floor, starred and
each played their role as
the show's main character.
An unforgettable scene
came from Doug Eskew in
his role. as "Preacher;" as
he led the spirited congre-
gation in the singing of
"Make a Joyful Noise Unto
the Lord."... "Preacher,"
held his note so long the
-audience thought that they
would pass out. Another
audience engaging moment
came wheh "Sofia" drank a
cold glass of lemonade
served by "Celie" in
"Mister's" .front yard.
While drinking the lemon-
ade, "Sofia" tilted her head,
shoulders, back and waist
in a ninety degree angle
(nearly bending over back-
wards) as she swallowed.
The startled audience want-
ed to lend "Sofia" a hand to
keep her from falling. 'But
our help wasn't necessary,
for when "Sofia" finished
the lemonade, she stood
upright. Sighs of relief
oozed from the audience.
(This is a scene that you
need to see for yourself as
my description isn't ade-
quate). Throughout the
show, "Sofia" was getting
down and "Harpo" was
right along with her. When
"Harpo" removed his shirt,
the audience lost all fibers
of practiced theatre deco-
rum and went wild. The
very same ecstatic reaction
came as "Harpo" and
"Sofia" crooned to each
other the song, "Any Little
Thing I Can Do For You?"
The week that The
Color Purple The Musical
Angela "Shug Avery" ana deloris wityara
catch up on fun memories ofAmerican Beach
played in Jacksonville will
be recalled with fondest
memories. There were
activities for the cast going
on all over town and per-
formers enjoyed the south-
ern hospitality extended
throughout their stay.
For starters, a Cast
Party was held immediate-
ly follow the opening
night's show at The Ritz
Theatre Museum at
LaVilla. It was a treat to
rub shoulders, mix and
mingle with this ,warm
group of actors, actresses,
singers, musicians, and
dancers with global experi-
ences. Cameras were going
off all over the Ritz and the
cast members were as at
home as are regulars of the
The following day,
Roslyn "Auntie Roz"
Burrough, a Broadway per-
former herself, invited the
cast to her home. Here
they had the opportunity to
spend time with Linda
Twine who conducted The
Color Purple throughout its
two-year stay on
Broadway. Roz's home
was flooded with the cast,
,those on stage as well as
behind the scenes movers
ahd shakers of the produc-
tion. And of course, Auntie
Roz's network of friends
and. supporters of her 'Hip
Hop Teens and Peanut
Show Gang. helped wel-
come her cronies from
Broadway into her home.
The atmosphere was
electrifying and the' com-
radeship contagious. You
.couldn't distinguish the
cast from the locals for no
one was a .stranger at
Auntie Roz's. So engaged
im fellowship, locals com-
pletely forgot to get their
playbills, and souvenir pro-
gram books autographed.
All enjoyed the bountiful
six course lunch as if it
were the last super. So-o-
o-o Good and seasoned to
palate perfection was each
and every dish that covered
the eight foot long table.
Over multiple choices
of decadent desserts served
from the top of Roz's 10
foot grand piano, Omar
Dickinson, the Music
Director for Bethel
Institute played, while
Horace Rogers (the charac-
ter Grady, Shug Avery's
high yaller boyfriend) sang
and Linda Twine scored the
music for him.
Throughout the day,
Walter Guise. gave much
needed massages to the
cast and Auntie Roz's
guests. At the end of the
memorable week of
November 17-22, Auntie
Roz was off to New York,
but not before arranging for
cast members to visit-her
church, Shiloh Baptist and
several local churches.
What a whirlwind of
excitement in the River
City with The Color Purple
and Angela Robinson's
Coming' to Town.
Adam Wade who portrays 01' Mister and
remembered by fans from The Guiding Light,
chats with Connie Hall
Long time friends Dr. Jannetta Norman, Margauritte
Baker Latimer, National Alumni President of Edward
Waters College and Geraldine Oneal Orr enjoy recep-
tion for cast at The Ritz Theatre and Museum at
Casts mingling with sponsors, Yolanda Wyns
the Church Lady and understudy for Sophia,
Stu James, aka Harpo, K. L. Brooks of
V101.5, Felicia P Fields who portrays the
character Sofia, and friend.
Adam Wade who plays o1' Mister
graphs for fans at the cast party.
Stu James, a Morehouse graduate, who plays
the role of Harpo was a cute as Squeak pro-
claimed, poising with Hilary Johnson, publi-
cist for Florida State College at Jacksonville
Lynnette Dupree (Church Lady) with her husband,
Charles Richardson who was traveling with the cast
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ready for the BIGGEST Class Reunion Jacksonville has ever seen. December 27th.
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Call (904) 998-3053 for more information.
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"Masterworks Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Monday,. December 7th. at Saint John's
Cathedral in historic downtown Jacksonville. Enjoy an evening of holiday
favorites by Mack Wilberg Z. Randall Strooper, John Rutter, plus the beautiful
Christmas Oratorio by Carmille Saint Soens. The concert will feature ballerina
Olivia Gormendia; Lela LaBarbera, harp; and accompanists Ted Munn and Corol
Calvert. Admittance is a free will offering and will take place to defray expenses.
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p.m., Cumberland Sound Ferry / Acoustic Performance, ferry ride out of St. Marys,
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more information, call 904-261-9972.
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ASSOCIATION for a Christmas toy giveaway. We are asking for NEW toys to be
brought by the studio at 3890 Dunn Ave by Thursday, December 10th. Following
is a list of toys to consider: Dolls, MP3 players, Cameras, Jump ropes, Hand held
toys, Learning/teaching toys (Fisher Price, Leapfrog, etc.), Bicycles, Balls
(Basketballs, baseballs/gloves, soccer, etc.), Games, Remote control cars, Gift
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at 904- 766 9955. Thank you.
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unwrapped toys during October; November and December each year, and distrib-
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by our Goo Goo Express Wash on Wednesday, December 9th and make a cash or
toy contribution, you will receive a FREE.CAR WASH. In addition to your dona-
tion and free car wash, you will notice a Marine in uniform from the local Marine
Corps Reserve Unit standing guard with your contributions. Goo Goo Express
Wash would also like to thank our partners; Warsaw Chemical, Innovative Control
Systems and Sonny's The Car Wash Factory who are helping to make this spe-
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Jacksonville. Tuesday, December 8, 2009 from 9:00 a.m.to 11:00 a.m. Breaking
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BURGLARY BUT NOTHING WAS TAKEN
Officer was dispatched to Atlantic Blvd (Lighthouse Bay Apartments) in ref-
erence to a burglary report.
Upon arrival, he met with the victim. Victim stated that he left his residence
today around 1700 hours and that he went to work and got off around 2000 hours.
Victim stated that he came straight home and walked to the front door to go inside.
He then stated that the front door was locked and he used a key to open it. Victim
stated that when he opened his front door he noticed all his belongings were moved
around. He said that the kitchen table was broken, the couches were turned over and
the electronics on the TV stand were thrown to the ground. Victim advised that he
then walked into his bedroom and noticed that the bed was over turned and the TV
was missing. Victim stated that he then noticed that his rear door was kicked in. He
looked out into the rear hall way and noticed that his TV was sitting at the bottom of
the stair well.
Victim made several statements that nothing from the apartment was missing.
He also stated several times "man, it's like they were looking for something."
He advised that he thinks his ex-girlfriend may be responsible. He stated that
the only reason he thinks she may be responsible is because he was cheating on her.
He gave me a name of Ebony. Victim could not provide any further information on
Ebony. He would not tell the officer where she lived or how to contact her. Victim
advised that he was with Ms. Ebony for four years. He was not able to provide any
description or even a date of birth for Ms. Ebony. Officer attempted to identify Ms.
Ebony via a search of DAVID and Master Namie with negative results.
Another .Officer walked into Victim's apartment. Officer observed that his
kitchen table was broken. He also observed the rest of his belongings disturbed and
thrown about. While walking through the apartment Officer noticed several small
plastic baggies laying about the floor. I.also noticed a large amount of tobacco on the
coffee table. He made a comment about the materials officer observed and how they
were consistent with narcotics. Victim's attitude changed and he stopped answering
An ET was assigned by Communications. Officer conducted a neighborhood
canvass with negative results. He was not able to make contact with subject "Ebony"
due to the lack of information obtained from the Victim. Patrol efforts suspended.
Officer was dispatched to a battery at Post Street. Upon arrival, he made con-
tact with the victim, who advised of the following: The victim stated he and the sus-
pect have been dating the last two years and were in an intimate relationship.
The victim said he and the suspect do not live together. The victim advised
he came to the victim's residence to get his wallet that he had left in the victim's vehi-
cle earlier that day. The victim reported when he came to get his property he and the
suspect got into a verbal argument. The victim also stated the suspect gave him his
wallet, and when he checked it he discovered his money was missing. The victim
said he went back to the suspect's residence to find out where his money was. The
victim advised the suspect opened the door and threw a twenty dollar bill on the
ground. The victim reported when he went to pick the money up, the suspect hit him
on the left side of his face with a right handed punch.
The victim further stated he got' into another verbal argument with the sus-
pect. The victim said the suspect then got a knife and pointed it at him saying she was
going to hurt him. The victim advised he then left and called police.
Officer made contact with the suspect at her residence. The suspect stated the
victim came to her residence and was banging real loud on her door and yelling. The
suspect said she opened the door and gave the victim back his wallet. Then advised
when the victim came back to her door, she put a twenty dollar bill in the victim's
hand. The suspect reported she told the victim to leave and she never hit him. The
suspect also stated the victim would not leave and continued to yell at her. The sus-
pect said she left the front door and walked back into her residence. The suspect
advised the victim followed her inside and would not leave. The suspect reported the,
victim finally left after she told him several times. The suspect further stated she
never grabbed a knife and pointed it at the victim.
Witness 1 stated she was inside the victim's residence when the incident
occurred. The Witness said she observed the suspect and victim arguing. She also
advised she told the suspect to give the victim back his money. She did not see the
suspect hit the victim or see the suspect point a knife at the victim.
The Witness also stated she heard the suspect tell the victim to leave the residence
several times before he left.
Officer did not see any marks or any swelling on the victim's face. The vic-
tim signed a signature form and wrote a statement. Police gave the victim the appro-
priate paperwork and advise him of a safe shelter. An ET was not called due to there
were no injuries to the victim. Police will contact the State Attorney's office to obtain
a warrant for the suspect's arrest. Patrol efforts continuing.
A dispatch was made to 25th Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. Upon
arrival, Officer met with the listed victim Ms. 0.
Ms. 0 stated that she was at her listed residence when her ex-boyfriend, Mr.
B(Suspect #1) came over to see their children. Ms. 0 stated that the two got into a
verbal argument, and Mr. B grabbed Ms. 0's keys from her hand. Mr. B then stole
the listed car (Vehicle #1) and fled in an unknown direction.
For information: Ms. O stated that Mr. B was just released from prison. Investigation
revealed that that Ms. O is the listed owner of the vehicle.
Officer then contacted Mr. B through the listed phone number. Mr. B stated
that he did in fact take the keys, but the next day Ms. O stated that she was going to
sign the car over to him. Mr. B stated that he lent the car to an unknown friend. Mr.
B agreed to meet the officer at a street comer with the listed vehicle.
While police were conducting the investigation, Ms. O stated that the vehicle
was down the street at the 1400 block of East 25th Street. Two Officers found the
listed vehicle. Inside the vehicle police discovered Mr. P (Suspect #2) was in active
physical Control of the vehicle. Mr. P was arrested for trespassing in a conveyance
and transported to PTDF.
Ms. 0 filled out the auto theft affidavit. Ms. 0 signed for the return of the
vehicle. Case not cleared pending state attorney's disposition.
I -I ARIES
Look into joining groups that
can give you hands-on advice
about business. Don't overdo
it. Don't overspend on enter-
tainment, on children, or make
poor investments. Put your
energy into home renovations.
Lovers will be less than
accommodating, and deci-
sions regarding personal
direction a necessity. You can
invest in profitable ventures.
Don't make promises.
Misunderstandings at work
could easily lead to your
They will jump at the chance
to do something without you
if u sounds like more fun A
long discussion is in order if
you wish to clear the air.
Don't bother complaining, do
the work 'ourself You will
attract potential lovers, but be
sure that they're unattached.
Talk to superiors about
problems that you feel are
getting out of hand.
Residential moves will be
hectic and may be unsatis-
factory. You can handle
situations that require
contact with institutions
or large corporations.
Don't get upset.
You will benefit through hid-
den assets and property invest-
ments. Build on friendship
rather than starting out in an
intimate encounter. There is
not much you can do to allevi-
ate the problem, but consider
putting some extra work into
your house. Do your chores
and get on with the things you
F I LEO
You will be quite excitable
this week Romantic
encounters will develop
through colleagues Think
twice before eating spicy
foods: you may have prob-
lems with your stomach.
Female .colleagues may be
able to help you'get the job
i JI SCORPIO
Family responsibilities are
mounting. Your dramatic nature
may be too much to handle. You
should visit a friend or relative
who hasn't been feeling up to
par. Be honest in your commu-
nication and don't lose your
cool if someone backs you into
Traffic will be busier than
you anticipated, so try to
get a head start if you have
made plans to travel. Look
into intellectual and physi-
cal games that will test
your abilities. Chances are
you could get stuck with a
colleague's job unexpected-
ly. You can get ahead if you
work diligently behind the
You may have to explain your
actions to your family. Put
your energy into your work or
moneymaking ventures rather
than into your emotional life
this wueek. You may want to
tell someone how you really
feel. Pleasure trips will ease
the tension between you and
1^ | VIRGO
Social gatherings will be con-
ducive to meeting new poten-
tial mates. Sports, physical
fitness programs, exercise in
general will make you feel
better and show some pretty
quick results. You may want
to get involved in financial
investments presented to you.
Try not to upset others with
I | SAGITTARIUS
.Make changes to your
home that will be pleasing
to everyone involved. Past
partners are likely to reap-
pear. You will feel com-
pelled to, do some travel-
ing. Advancement can be
yours if you put your
efforts into work related
Don't overspend on entertain-
ment, on children, or make
poor investments. You will
have to control the way you
feel. Expressing yourself in
novel ways should lead you
down new avenues. Your pur-
suits may end up being fruit
Three Teens Rob A Man
Officer was flagged down by a Victim westbound Arlington Expressway
prior to the Matthews Bridge.
The victim stated he was robbed by three unknown suspects at the Raceway
gas station. The victim stated he was walking down Cesery Blvd and he got
approached by three young unknown males. The males asked the victim to pur-
chase some black and mild cigars for them at the Raceway gas station. The victim
stated he said no and they reached out and grabbed a $20.00 bill that he was hold-
ing. The victim stated he attempted to get his money back and the suspects began
battering him. Officer observed a laceration to the victim's forehead and a cut to his
right back shoulder. The victim further stated the suspects took his watch. The vic-
tim stated he fought back and he was able to get away from the suspects. The sus-
pects were last seen traveling on foot in an unknown direction of travel. The victim
described the suspects as two young black males and one young white male. The
victim was unable to provide a clothing description of the suspects. All three sus-
pects were described as young (15 to 16 yrs old), thin build, and both black male
suspects had dreadlocks.
The victim stated he called the police at the gas station but he grew impa-
tient waiting for an officer to respond.
The victim advised he was trying to get a ride back into the downtown area.
The victim kept stating that he did not wish to file a police report. The victim fur-
ther refused rescue to treat him for his injuries. The victim also refused to have an
ET respond to photograph his Injuries. Officer transported the Victim to the bus sta-
tion. Patrol efforts suspended.
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STEVE HARVEY COLLECTION
November 30, 2009 December 6, 2009
DECEMBER 5, 2009
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The Florida & Georgia Star stnX tou u1 ignt
Correspondent: Scott Jurrens extraordinaire
Photographer: Joseph Lorentzon A a r o n
The unbeaten and Gator placekicker Caleb
number 1 ranked Sturgis added the extra
University of Florida point and the Gators led 7-
Gators hosted the Florida 0.
State University In the 2nd quarter,
Seminoles Saturday Sturgis added a 37-yard
November 28, 2009 at field goal. With 3:59 left
"The Swamp" in in the quarter, Tim Tebow
Gainesville, FL and took added another 18-yard
no prisoners by crushing rushing touchdown to his
their intrastate rivals by collegiate total. And just
the lopsided score of 37- before the first half ended,
10. Tebow connected again
The game's first scor- with Hernandez on a 37-
Tebow celebrates completing his last Gator game in
ing came with 6:48 in the
1st quarter when the
Gator's quarterback Tim
Tebow threw an 18-yard
yard bomb for a touch-
down. The extra points
were good and so the half
ended with the Gators
In the 3rd quarter,
Tebow and the Gator
offense continued their
domination .with a 39-yard
touchdown to Riley
Cooper. The Seminoles
managed -to block this
point after' kick. The
Seminoles managed a late
drive in the quarter and
the Seminoles placekicker
Dustin Hopkins nailed a
20-yard field goal.
Early in the 4th quar-
ter, Tebow scored a 1-yard
rushing touchdown and
Sturgis nailed the extra
point attempt. Tebow was
then pulled from the
game, his last regular sea-
son game as a Florida
Gator. The Seminoles
drove with 6:03 left to
play and scored their only
touchdown of the game on
a 9-yard toss from quarter-
back from E.J. Manuel to
The- game final:
Gators 37; Seminoles 10.
At the. end of the
game, Coach Urban said
"I don't want to say good-
bye. The good thing is
we're not done. The nega-
tive is we're done in this
Tebow finishes his
Gator career holding 24
Florida records, 13
records and 4 NCAA
records. He ellipses such
former Gator greats such
as Danny Wueffel,
Emmitt Smith and Steve
The Gators finish with
a perfect regular season
(12-0) for the second time
in school history and have
the nation's longest win-
ning streak at 22 games.
The Seminoles end their
season with a 6-6 record.
The Gators now can
fully focus on the SEC
Championship game at the
Atlanta Georgia Dome
versus the Alabama
Crimson Tide (12-0) on
December 5, 2009 at 4:00
PM EST which will be tel-
evised by CBS.
number 2) defeated a stub-
born Auburn team with'
only 1:24 left in the game
to emerge undefeated with
a winning score of 26-21.
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Championship game will
likely be considered the
top team in the nation and
vie for the 2009 BCS
Last year, Florida and
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SEC Championship game
The Gator faithful applaud a Gator perfect season
The end of an era as Coach Meyer and Tebow hug.
with Florida winning 31- claiming a third national
20. The Gators are now championship in four
two wins away from years.
University of Florida Dominates at National Guard FLW College
Fishing Southeast Regional Championship On Lake Monroe
Auburn University finishes second and third
iNov. 23. 2009) The
1Universitr of Florida team
of Jake Gipson and
Matthew Wercinski both
of Niceville, FL, won the
National Guard FLW
College Fishing Southeast
on Lake Monroe with five
bass weighing 7 pounds,
12 ounces on Monday
with a three-day total of
16 bass weighing 30-1.
For their efforts, the team
won a Ranger 177TR with
a 90-horsepower Evinrude
or Yamaha- outboard
wrapped in, school colors
and $25,000 for the
University of Florida.
Things turned out
rather nicely for the two
Niceville natives who
really felt the pressure
today. Their teamwork
really paid off in the end
as they never gave up;
catching their last fish
with just minutes left to
go in the tournament.
"I was freaking out,"
said Wercinski a junior
finance major. "Then I
switched bait and started
using a baby brush hog
and caught 'the number
five fish with 25 minutes
left before our check-in
time. I caught a third fish,
which' would have made
our limit, but it was too
short so I had to throw it
back. That hurt, we
thought we were going to
have to catch a limit every
day and to come in one
short was really scary."
"We were using speed
worms, watermelon red,
all weekend, added part-
ner Gipson, a senior in
industrial and systems
engineering. "But today
we had to downsize' and
use the baby brush hog.
We were fishing top water
and the bite was best
%\hen the sun was out.
w which is unusual: we were
really getting a reaction
Rounding out the top
five teams are Auburn
University Shaye Baker
of Reeltown, Ala., and
Dennis Parker of
Prattville, Ala., (18 bass,
27-11, $25,000); Auburn
University Richard Peek
and Caleb Rodgers both
of Centre, Ala., (14 bass,
University of Central
Norman of Fort Myers,
Fla., and Dustin Lauer of
South Bend, Ind., (12
bass, 19-5, $8000) and
Young Harris College -
Clint McNeal of Hickory
Flat, Ga., and Brad
Rutherford of Lavonia,
Ga., (11 bass, 19-2,
"My heart is just rac-
ing," said Baker of
Auburn University as he
took the stage at weigh-in.
"Coming into this tourna-
ment our goal was to
make the National
Championship. Last night
I went home and my heart
started pumping faster and
faster and I said, now it's
time to win! We came out
today and fished with all
our heart. We tried to put
the pressure on and keep it
close; but we just couldn't
get the big one."
"Dennis and I found
an area that'had a lot of
fish; it was a clear creek at
the north end of the lake.
We kept catching a lot of
small ones but just could-
n't get the big bite. We
saw them in practice so
knew they were there, but
we just couldn't coax one
The top five teams
from the Southeast
Regional have each
earned a spot in the
National Guard FLLW
College Fishing National
Knoxville, Tenn., April
10-12, 2010. They will be
fishing for a top prize
package of $100,000 and
a chance to compete in the
2010 Forrest Wood Cup.
Qualified teams in the
Alabama; North Florida;
University of Central
Florida; University of
Florida; University of
Tennessee; University of
Tennessee, Martin; and
Young Harris College.
The National Guard
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horsepower Evinrude or
wrapped in school colors
for the winning club and
$50,000 for the school
they represent to $15,000
for fifth, split between the
club and school.
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be declared the National
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MY TIME WITH CONDUCTOR LINDA TWINE-
By: Nuri Sami
It was a Tuesday night,
a school night, and as I stood in
line waiting for my ticket and
considering that my math
homework had yet to be fin-
[isbed, I knew I would.be up
long past my bed time, yet as
my friend and I found our seats
only seconds before the show
started, I could only think about
ho it as worth it. This,was
my first time ever seeing a live
Broadway production, and
what better play to see than
"The Color Purple"! Of course!
Nuri Sami, 10th grade student, Douglans Anderson The show was wonderful! Full
School of the Performing Arts of beautiful music and elabo-
rate dances, some heartbreaking, some breathtaking, and some very surprising...'
Well at least for me, because I'm only sixteen, if you know what I mean.
On Tuesday night, the show was conducted by Sheila Walker, a wonderful
musical director, but on Wednesday I would get the privilege of interviewing Linda
Twine, the original conductor of "The Color Purple" on Broadway. This was actual-
ly my second time speaking with Ms. Twine about her life and career as a Musical
Director, Conductor and Composer. I'd had the pleasure of interviewing her over the
summer as a member ofAuntie Roz's HIP HOP SHOP, (Roslyn Burrough's teen pro-
gram). During our first meeting I learned that afterearning her master's degree from
Manhattan School of Music, Ms. Twine became a music teacher. While living in
New York she worked as an accompanist to other musicians and was asked to fill in
for the keyboardist in the Broadway production of "The Wiz," This turn of events
eventually lead to her holding the distinction of becoming one of the first black
female conductor on Broadway. Since then she has been musical director as well as.
conductor for many Broadway shows including, to name a few: Ain't Misbehavin,
Jelly's Last Jam, Big River, Purlie, Lena Home: The Lady and Her Music, The Wiz
and The Color Purple.
When I asked her what she thought of the current conductor, Ms Sheila
Walker, she replied; "Oh she's good! She's good! She has a hard job! Much harder
than mine was because they play in a different city every week. Every city has to
have a big band rehearsal with the horns and the string quartet, and I think they have
to pick up a bass player too, so that's very difficult. They have two shows on
Sunday and Monday is a travel day but on Tuesday at 9:00 am they are in orches-
tra rehearsal. It's very hard physically. There isn't much time for anyone to relax or
take a break. If you look at the program you can see that she's done a lot of plays,
many more than I have. I'd heard about her you know...Another black female con-
ductor. She was doing Ragtime and that was a big ole' hit at the time. Sheila Walker
was conducting in Los Angeles. Then one night she came to see The Color Purple.
She leaned over in the pit and I said; "You know I been hearing about you!" So we
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finally met." When I first met Linda she admitted she was a bit shy and as I've come
to know her I recognize that although she is an award winning Broadway conductor,
she is not boastful so she didn't share with me that she is partly responsible for Ms.
Walker being the current conductor of the tour.
"Did you see differences in the tour and the Broadway production?" I asked.
"I could see some differences; some of the cast was cut. We had three chil-
dren, young Harpo, young Nettie and young Celie, also, some of the dancers. There
were these incredible dancers who had been gymnasts in Africa and they would look
like they were flying through the air." Linda continued; "One of the dancers came up
to me ... you know they like to mock me because I'm a stickler for enunciating and
things like that and I know I say a lot of things people can mock me for real well"
she laughed. "Some of the dancers that are on tour come through New York and I
-train them before they come out with their vocal parts.
I said; everyone was waiting for you backstage. They all kept asking, where
is Linda? Where is Linda? How did you feel when you went backstage? At this ques-
tion Linda's eyes lit up and her voice came out as if she were singing happy notes.
"Oh my goodness... It was just amazing! My voice was way up there!" she said joy-
ously reliving the moment. "I just ..., I said Angela, I'm back! It was just like a big
ole' family reunion! (Angela Robinson played the last Shug Avery on Broadway
with Linda and is one of several Broadway cast members who are currently touring
with the company.)
Hall of Fame Inductee
Ms Linda Twine is kind,
reserved .and quiet
about the all awards and
credits attached to her
name, but she knows
the fast paced schedule
of touring well having
conducted the European
tour of Body and Soul
and conducting the
Harlem Symphony in
Osaka Japan. She also
,composed Sisters of
Freedom performed by
the Harlem Spiritual
Ensemble. As our con-
versation exited inter-
view mode she proceed-
ed to ask me a few ques-
tions. I could only hope
that my life will be as
interesting as hers one
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ACT's New Junior Blogger Says Students can "Turn it Around"
ACT has posted the latest ACT Prep Talk podcast featur-
ing a student blogger who will begin sharing her story with other
students beginning January 2010.
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provides a broad array of assessment, research, information, and shown that they are shining stars that excel
program management solutions in the areas of education and athletically and academically. We as a
workforce development. Each year, ACT serves millions of peo- community need to support their efforts in
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RED CARPET PARTY A HUGE SUCCESS FOR
EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS PRECIOUS
On November 20th, 2009
beginning at 5:30 PM., 150
young people, ages 15 to 23
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attended the Hollywood feature
film "Precious, which took place
at Hollywood Theatre River City
Market Place Mall. Several
organizations came together to
directly subsidize the youth in
.. ; attendance, including Charles
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Society and Edward Burr who
directly sponsored .62 youth,
.;.. .RearAdmiral Gene Kendall who'
directly sponsored 44 youth,
Bethel Baptist Institutional
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directly sponsored 26 youth, and
Abundant Life Church which directly sponsored 14 youth. Gail Leonard also
invited 19 students from Virginia College.
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treasure, organization and influence, which will. help move forward the many
young people who are at the very bottom of society's social economic grid.
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America's recovery because of the gift given at the premier. The movie
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young people, places where their burdens of shame are lifted and where the
view of hope is uncluttered."
Several adults who attended the Red Carpet premiere party and
screening volunteered to join the Jacksonville Branch of the national
CARES Mentoring Program, which was founded by former Essence editor
Susan L. Taylor in 2006.
From the reaction of the youth, the movie made a huge impact in this
community and greater Jacksonville. Also emerging from the evening of
"Precious", an agency in Jacksonville that trains tutors has donated twelve
weeks of training for the mentoring program's young tutors.
The Jacksonville mentoring and tutoring has already begun at
Gateway Bookstore in the Gateway Mall, each Thursday. Dorothy Pitman
Hughes, Rear Admiral Gene Kendall and Virginia White are managing the
local mentoring program. For entering into training or registration informa-
tion, call 904-386-9703.
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CUSTOM DESIGNED & INSTALLED
GLASS AND VINYL ENCLOSURES
CARPORTS AND CANOPIES
*Minor Home Repairs
*'Exp. & Reasonable Rates
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DECEMBER 5, 2009
F RIBAULT RIVER HOME
2301 RIBAULT SCENIC DRIVE
Lovely, well appointed home with nearly new appliances. Flooring- both tile and
carpeting. Formal LR and DR, Breakfast Nook & Breakfast Bar, Pantry. Fireplace
in Family Rm. Custom window treatments, high ceilings, split bedrooms. Fenced
backyard and beautiful patio waiting for a family to enjoy. Move-in-Ready.
Betty Asque Davis, GRI,
CDPE Multi-Million Dollar
and President's Award
REALTOR Watson Realty Corp. REACTORS'
Business 904 571-1182 Watson Realty Corp.
Fax 904 285 5330
SIf your house is currently listed this I not intended as a soliciaton. An Equal Housing
SOpportunity Broker. '
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