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During NAACP Protest
RALEIGH, N.C. -About 140 people have been arrested during the
latest weekly demonstration led by the North Carolina chapter of the
NAACP against the state's Republican-led General Assembly.
Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended the rally late
Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building. Hundreds later
entered the building, with those intending to get arrested wearing
green wrist bands.
Those arrested were taken away in plastic bindings. They bring the
total arrested in the weekly demonstrations to about 300. The rallies
have taken place nearly every Monday since April.
Hundreds more waited outside to cheer on those arrested as they
were transported to a detention facility.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
has spearheaded demonstrations to protest cuts to social programs,
changes to voting laws and other issues championed by the GOP.
Glove Sells for $373,000
A baseball glove worn by Jackie Robinson in the 1955 and 1956
World Series has been auctioned for $373,002.
Steiner Sports said the glove was sold Sunday in an online auction
by Steiner Sports Memorabilia. AJackie Robinson Louisville Slugger
bat, thought to be from the 1956 season, sold for $114,000. The buyer
and seller didn't want to be identified.
In addition, Steiner Sports says that Mickey Mantle's signed 1960
contract with the New York Yankees was sold by his family for
$39,930. Danny and David Mantle, sons of the player, are donating the
money to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.
In New York City, 25 Shot,
Three Dead, in One Weekend
Gun violence rocked New York City as 25 people were shot in a 48-
hour period in mayhem that touched four of the city's five boroughs.
Over the last weekend, the shootings resulted in the death of a 21-
year-old man in the Bronx, and the wounding of an 11-year-old girl,
who was left paralyzed by a shooting. A second man, a 40-year-old,
was shot in East Harlem. Shortly after, in another incident, a twenty-
five year old, was killed outside of the public housing complex where
he lived in Brooklyn.
The rash of violence was particularly shocking for a city whose lead-
ers take pride in having one of the lowest rates of shootings and mur-
ders for a major American city. Staten Island was the only borough
where no shootings took place over the weekend.
The weekend violence represented about 5 percent of the 440 shoot-
ings in New York so far in 2013. That figure is 23 percent lower than
the 574 people shot in New York in the same period last year.
Kwame Kilpatric Seeks
Jail Release for Injured Knee
Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, is seeking to be
released from prison, arguing that a knee injury that requires surgery
will render him unable to leave town and that he is not a flight risk.
Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 to 2008, was convicted
in March of several felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud
and racketeering. He is in custody while awaiting sentencing.
The former mayor suffered a knee injury on the same day of his con-
viction. United States District Court Judge Nancy Edmonds has so far
denied numerous requests by Kilpatrick's lawyers to allow him to
leave prison while awaiting sentencing.
Kilpatrick's mother, former United States Congresswoman Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick, had offered her Detroit home as collateral to ensure
her son will appear in court for sentencing.
In his earlier attempts to be released from jail, Kilpatrick stated
through his lawyers that he was not a flight risk because his finances
had dwindled dramatically and he didn't have money to leave town.
Drawing Racist Backlash
A new Cheerios commercial which features a
mixed-race family has drawn a slew of racist
comments online. The remarks were so over-
whelmingly negative that Cheerios was forced to disable the com-
The cereal company posted the "Just Checking" ad this week and
commentators responded with hateful and hurtful references to "Nazis,
'troglodytes' and 'racial genocide,'" according to Adweek.
But there were more positive reviews for the commercial than hate-
ful ones left on the Cheerios Facebook page. "Cheerios, there is noth-
ing better than standing behind your beliefs in advertising, even if it
upsets some ignorant people," wrote Aly Fetzer.
Others in interracial relationships expressed being happy to see their
lives represented in the commercial. "Being in an IR relationship, I
value seeing other IR couples, especially displayed in the media,"
wrote Jann Robinson.
The "Just Checking" commercial has received over 267,000 views
and close to 3,195 likes on Facebook.
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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to
Investigate "Stand Your Ground" Law
The U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights has approved an investiga-
tion into the controversial "Stand
Your Ground" law. The organiza-
tion will decide whether the law
that 24 states currently follow, has
Focus was put on the law follow-
ing the killing of Trayvon Martin by
former neighborhood watch volun-
teer George Zimmerman in
February 2012. He was not arrested
inunmmediately after the incident and
later plead self-defense, citing the
"Stand Your Ground" law, which
allows people to use deadly force in
instances where they feel threat-
The commission evenly split
between Republicans and
Democrats voted 5-3 to laimunch the
investigation on Friday. Democratic
The parents of Trayvon Martin remain steadfast in justice for their son.
Commissioner Michael Yaki has which may cost close to $100,000
been pushing the investigation, to carry out.
"We're going to take our own cut
at it, go down, dig through records
at the district attorney, police level
and other things, and start going
through ... to see whether or not, as
some people suspect, that there is
bias in the assertion or the denial of
Stand Your Ground, depending on
the race of the victim or the race of
the person asserting the defense,"
Yaki told The Huffmington Post.
Zimmerman waived his right to
seek immunity under the "Stand
Your Ground" law at a hearing in
April. His lawyer Mark O'Mara
says he may seek immunity later.
Zimmerman, who goes to trial on
June 10, pleaded not guilty to the
second-degree murder charges.
Zimmerman's trial begins next
week on June 10th despite numer-
ours requests for a delay.
Phi Delta Kappas Teach Youth the Importance of Giving Back
FRONT l-R) Marriah Franklin, MIDDLE: Wanda Mitchell, Makila Bird, Neasha King, Jana
Harrington, Betty LeRoy, Advisors in red shirts; BACK: Jelania Harrington, Ashley Stodgen, Jarrod and
Jarrell Williams with advisors Betty LeRoy and Wanda Mitchell and Flora Parker, Basileus.
The National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa, Inc., Delta, Delta Chapter,
Xinos and Kudos recently spent
time with the senior residents at the
Lakeside Nursing Home and pro-
vided them with toiletries.
The Xinos and Kudos, their youth
volunteer organization, sang songs
to the residents, while parents and
advisors stood by praising the
young adults for their community
service efforts. At least three times
a year, the Phi Delta Kappa Chapter
visits seniors, and serves dinner to
Chapter member Rebecca
Highsmith smiled, "We prepare our
Xinos and Kudos for community
service and also instill in them per-
sonal values and the passion for
caring for others."
The National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa, Inc. is an organization of
professional female educators with
133 chapters throughout the coun-
try, Barbados, and Monrovia,
Liberia. The next stop for the Xinos
and Kudos is the area conference in
Pensacola, June 14th June 16th.
At the conference, the Xinos (9-12
grade girls group) and Kudos (9-12
grade boys group) compete in ora-
torical presentations, debate current
issues, attend educational work-
shops and tours relevant to self-
improvement and academic
achievement, visit local colleges
and universities, display talents
through music, song, dance, arts,
crafts, and live in a supervised hotel
Good Times: 85% of Black America Overwhelmingly Happy
A study released this week has
found that 86 percent of African-
Americans are overwhelmingly sat-
isfied with their lives. Sixty percent
believe they will eventually achieve
the American dream of homeown-
ership and financial security,
according to a report by NPR.
Sixteen percent of African-
Americans believe they will never
achieve this goal, while twenty-two
percent said they already had.
Asked a wide array of questions
about economic status, health care
access, and overall quality of life,
respondents painted a positive pic-
ture of the black experience. Fifty-
three percent of those polled said
their lives have steadily improved
over the years.
Crime was listed by a majority of
respondents as their primary con-
cern, but healthcare access and job
security remained pressing issues.
Despite the fact that most blacks
reported having better access to
quality healthcare than ever before,
with 47 percent reporting to be
"very satisfied" with their options,
in 2011 one in five African-
Americans lacked health insurance
according to government statistics.
Many were found to be con-
cerned that a job loss, or a health
emergency resulting in a large med-
ical bill, could result in a significant
Black women: Not seeking
long term relationships
In the area of love and relation-
ships, more black men than black
women reported difficulty in find-
ing mates. Forty-three percent of
black men said they were looking
for a significant other, but only 25
percent of women were seeking the
Two-thirds of single African-
Americans between 18 and 45 said
they were not looking for a
longtermn relationship at all.
(Marriage was not a subject of the
poll, only longterm relationships.)
women appear to
have more security
than men, and so '
women [might] see .
less men who bring *
financial security to
the table," said
professor of public
Blendon, a co-direc-
tor of the study.
He also speculated
that, based on studies
showing that black women take the
earning power of potential mates
into higher consideration than other
women, their higher educational
attainment compared to black men
overall renders them less interested
The economics of
Economic stability strongly
determined how African-Americans
rated many other factors in their
lives due to a stark contrast in
blacks' self-assesment of their
assets. Study authors noted a 50-50
split between blacks describing
themselves as being in "good" or
"excellent" financial shape, versus
those feeling as though they are
"not good" financially or "poor."
Another interesting split? About
half reported living in all-black
areas at 47 percent. Fifty-one per-
cent live in areas with just a few
blacks. Continued on page 3
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press June 6-12, 2013
Taking out a 30 year fixed rate
loan may be the most affordable
mortgage for staying within your
budget. You may feel like you're un-
able to pay more when you first take
out a mortgage, but it is during those
early months and years that the
greatest amounts of interest are
Loans are interest-heavy in the be-
ginning but can be reduced with
larger payments against the princi-
pal. The faster you pay down the
principal on the loan, the faster your
equity grows. Take a look at your
loan amortization schedule and you
will see exactly. For example: If
you take out a thirty year loan for
$200,000 at 4% interest, and only
make the minimum monthly pay-
ment of $954, over the course of the
loan you will pay $343,739.
If you are current on your pay-
ments there are two options for
slashing the amount of interest you
pay over the course of a loan. (If you
are behind on your payment the
extra payments will go toward
catching you up.) Option one is to
see if your lender accepts bi-weekly
payments. With bi-weekly pay-
ments, you pay half of the monthly
mortgage payment every 2 weeks,
rather than the full balance once a
month. This is comparable to 13
monthly payments a year, which can
result in faster pay-off and lower
overall interest costs. 1 do not sug-
gest using bi-weekly payments be-
cause usually your lender charges
you to set the program up, also if
your lender withdraws half of the
monthly payment from your bank
account every half of the month, but
apply the payments to your loan
only once a month (as thy did be-
fore), you will save nothing at all.
The second option to paying off
your loan faster is to make an addi-
tional One Twelfth (1/12) payment.
For instance, if your mortgage pay-
ment is $954 a month, add another
$79 and let the lender know you
want it applied to the principal only.
The additional one twelfth payments
like the bi-weekly payment is conm-
parable to making 13 monthly pay-
ments over a year. In this scenario
the small change will allow you to
pay off approximately four years
faster and save, yourself $21,000!
The higher the interest rate the
more dramatic the change will be.
For instance the same loan at a 7%,
interest with the additional one
twelfth payment will be paid off six
years and three months earlier and
save you over $68,000.
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for Home Care
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a parent or other relative has had sonal or
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Four Steps to a Rich Retirement
by Richard Daughterty
Social Security is worth waiting
for. Many of us pre-retirees tend to
underestimate how important Social
Security benefits could be to us, es-
pecially late in retirement when our
other assets might be nearing deple-
tion. Social Security accounts for the
majority of income for 76 percent of
recipients older than age 80, accord-
ing to the nonpartisan Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities.
As you probably know, if you
delay taking Social Security, to as
late as age 70, your monthly benefits
will be higher. So unless you're in
poor health or have no other income
to rely on, delaying can be a shrewd
move, ensuring you a greater in-
come stream in those later years.
Fortunately, that message seems to
be getting through to more Ameri-
cans than I used to. As recently as
1995, more than half of all Social
Security recipients started benefits at
62. But according to the Center for
Retirement Research at Boston Col-
lege, that number has been on a
stead decline ever since, save for a
brief upward blip during the dismal
economic year of 2009.
Now and then during my time
here, a clever reader has suggested
taking benefits at age 62 and simple
investing the money. I suppose that
might work for some people. But
they would have to achieve invest-
ment returns high enough to over-
come the reduction for taking early
benefits as well as beat the bonus of
8 percent a year for delaying from
full retirement age (66 for most peo-
ple now) until age 70. That seems
like a risky proposition and frankly,
a lot of hassle at a time in life when
most of us hope to have less of both.
401(k)s remain decent savings
options. It continues to amaze me
how fashionable 401(k) bashing has
become. It's true that many of us
have far less in our accounts than
we're going to need for a worry-free
retirement, but the plans themselves
are not the problem. In fact, they
have some very fine qualities, in-
cluding an up-front tax break, tax-
deferral on earnings, employer
matches, and easy, automatic contri-
butions. If you have access to a 401
(k) or similar plan at work and it's
reasonably well managed with an
adequate array of investment
choices, I believe the best thing you
can do is fund it to the maximum if
you have the income to do so. That
might not be enough to support you
in the style you deserve, but it's a
good start toward that goal.
Taxes shouldn't be the main
focus of your planning. Sure, taxes
are annoying, and they don't magi-
cally disappear after we retire. But
I'm convinced that many of us put
too much emphasis on them in a
number of retirement-related deci-
That may be particularly true in
our choice of where to retire.
Though past generations of retirees
tended to stay put, the group just
now reaching retirement age seems
to be more easily persuaded to relo-
cate to places promising a lower tax
burden. That's fine, as long as you
are aware of the trade-offs that could
be involved. l'd rather pay a little
more in taxes and enjoy an area with
good public services than save a few
bucks and live in a place where the
public library can't afford to keep its
Money isn't everything. One of
the great pleasures of this job has
been working with my colleagues in
the Consumer Reports National Re-
search Center on our annual retire-
ment surveys. Though most of our
questions have focused on money
matters, a key finding year after year
is that having lasting friendships,
hobbies, and other interests can
make a tremendous difference in
your long-term happiness post-
work. In fact, those social factors,
rather than the financial ones, appear
to be the best predictors of overall
satisfaction in retirement.
uires a certain level of care
tance, intermittent skilled
care.) It won't pay for per-
homemaker services if that's
help that's needed.
states allow Medicaid recip-
lire almost anyone for home
hluding relatives. But eligibil-
benefits vary by state, so
e local Medicaid office.
or your relatives are paying
ocket, contact a local Area
on Aging for information
of funding, such as social-
programs or grants. To find
information, type "local Area
on Aging office" and the
f your state into a Web
Eldercare Locator, a public
f the U.S. Administration of
an connect you to services
ors in your relative's area.
'd like help coordinating and
ng a family member's care,
ly if you don't live nearby,
;ht want to hire a certified
-care manager. They're
o evaluate a family member
recommend specialists, and
the quality of care on an on-
sis, if needed. The more than
embers of the National Asso-
f Professional Geriatric Care
rs are required to adhere to a
term-care insurance policies might
help with some of the expense. De-
pending on where you live, expect to
pay $300 to $800 for an initial as-
sessment and $100 to $200 an hour
for follow-up services.
Look for a geriatric care manager
who has at least three years of expe-
rience with clients needing the same
types of services as your relative,
Boothroyd says, and make sure to
ask for references.
Identify the Aid You Need
The U.S. Department of Labor
projects that home health and per-
sonal-care aids will be the nation's
fastest-growing occupations by 2020.
Before you hire anyone, make sure
your relative will accept home care.
Many older or ill people resist be-
cause they see it as a sign hat they've
losing their independence, or they
simple don't want strangers in their
home. Consider asking your relative
to try the services for a few weeks.
After a couple of weeks most people
realize they do like having some
help, she says.
If you get the go-ahead, you might
want to hire a homemaker aide if
your relative needs help with house-
hold tasks such as housekeeping,
laundry, shopping, and preparing
meals, but not personal hygiene.
Homemaker aids (also called per-
sonal-care assistants or companions)
provide what's considered "hands-
If the services your relative needs
are more personal, a home health
aide (also called a home-care aide)
might be the best choice. He or she
can provide hands-on help with such
activities as bathing, dressing and
eating, as well as household tasks.
The hourly rate is usually higher than
a homemaker aide's.
If the services required are prima-
rily medical, such as wound care or
home chemotherapy, the best choice
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People with HIV are fathers, grandmothers, friends and neighbors. They
are people you pass on the street and people you meet. And they have one
important characteristic in common with us all: they are human beings.
The Faces of HIV project offers an intimate look at Florida residents living with
HIV and AIDS through captivating portraits, insightful interviews and poignant
journal writing. To watch their stories, read their journals and to view the
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A PROJECT FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
might be a nurse from the visiting
Nurse Associations of America.
Check Out Candidates
If you find help through a full-ser-
vice agency instead of hiring some-
one on your own, it will handle
background checks, make sure the
caregiver are licensed in your state (if
required), and take care of paying
them. The agency will also provide a
replacement if the person you hire
can't work because of illness or an-
other reason. If you hire someone on
your own instead, be aware that she
might be untrained and that you'll
need to find alternate help if she can't
work on a particular day.
One potential drawback to using an
agency, however, is that their work-
ers might cost as much as 30 percent
more an hour. And they might not be
able to perform some duties because
of legal restrictions, which vary by
state. "In New York, home aides
can't give clients eye drops," Zucker
cites as an example. "If that's a
needed responsibility, hiring pri-
vately might make sense." A geri-
atric-care manager should be able to
help you find caregivers who can be
hired privately and a payment service
that will take care of their salary and
After you find two or three poten-
tial caregivers, arrange to meet at
your relative's home. Ask each can-
didate to tell you about his or her
work history and experience. Also
ask about any special training in
care-giving they have received. For
example, if wound care is needed, do
the applicants known how to change
dressings and watch for signs of in-
fection? Offer a copy of a checklist
of your relative's needs and ask aides
if they're comfortable doing the tasks
outlined. When you check their ref-
erences, make sure you ask about
their attendance and punctuality, at-
titude and competence.
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Makeover Parties by LaGrace
Delight from Head to Toe
By L. Jones
Over the weekend, LaGrace Cosmetics held a beauty social that was
energetic, spiritual, and revitalizing! Based out of the River City, the com-
pany launched their natural mineral cosmetics and skincare line in 2007,
building one of the most progressive and luxurious cosmetic and skin care
lines for the healthy skincare market. The "5 Ways to Redefine You-the
beauty social" is a one of a kind experience that targets the wholeness of
a women's being. The beauty social events are interactive and help to build
spiritual, financial and physical grace to all who attended. Founder Lady
Keva stated, "If your life's reality isn't producing the life that you have
always dreamed of, then it's time to restore, revive, renew, repent, and
redeem, by changing yourself; redefining you simply means to give your
Bernard Thomas Named MWKF's
Student Athlete of the Year
Recently Mali Vai Washington
Kid Foundation held their
Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
In all, 16 students in middle and
high school were awarded a
scholarship to be used to lessen
Ithe costs of college tuition.
8th grader Bernard Thomas
earned the prized Student Athlete
of the Year award! Bernard and
other scholarship winners will be
recognized for their achieve-
ments during the 17th Annual
Merrill Lynch/Bank of America
Gala on Thursday, October 17th.
To date, MWKF has awarded
more than $650,000 worth of
scholarships to students enrolled
min our programs through the support of local donors and Take Stock in
Grants Available from US Labor Dept. to Provide Job Training, Employment
Services for 1,900 Homeless Female Veterans, Veterans with Families
The U.S. Department of Labor
today announced the availability of'
up to $5 million to fund 16 or more
Homeless Female Veterans and
Veterans with Families grants.
Approximately 1,900 veterans will
receive job training and related
services to help them succeed in
"Much too often, those who have
given so much to the nation face a
difficult transition to civilian life
continued from front
An oddity of the poll revealed that
African-Americans, regardless of
their level of financial well-being or
places of residence, find their local
entertainment options unsatisfying.
Movie theaters and nightclubs in
their locales were described as being
just not up to snuff, garnering worse
ratings than schools or police depart-
ments even for those in low-income
What was not surprising was the
revelation that most African-
Americans consider religion to be
important to their lives. Thirty-three
percent said it is the most important
thing in their lives, while 60 percent
said it is very important or somewhat
Happiness has many
factors, not just economic
Only 36 percent of blacks said they
had encountered negative social
experiences because of their race,
such as receiving sub-par service in
stores or being treated as though they
were less intelligent, in the past year.
This study is a follow-utip of a sim-
ilar poll of African-Americans con-
ducted by Harvard in 2002. In the
previous study, 90 percent of blacks
responded that they were satisfied
with their lives compared with 86
Happiness levels are not easily cor-
related to self-perceived financial
status for blacks, study authors note.
"People view their lives in very
complex ways; it's not just one-
dimensional." Blendon said.
and struggle to find a job that
matches Iheir talents," said acting
Secrclary of Labor Seth D. Harris.
"The grants announced today will
help provide support and job assis-
tance for veterans and their fami-
lies, and open doors for career
Funds for the grants are being
awarded on a competitive basis to
state and local workforce boards,
local public agencies and nonprofit
organizations, tribal governments,
and faith-based and community
organizations. Grantees must be
familiar with the areas and popula-
tions to be served, and have demon-
strated that they can administer
effective programs and coordinate
their efforts with various local, state
and federal social service providers.
Homeless female veterans and vet-
erans with families may receive
occupational, classroom and on-
the-job training, as well as job
search and placement assistance,
including follow-up services.
The solicitation for grant applica-
tions is available at
applicants seeking more informa-
tion should visit
http://www.dol.gov/vets or contact
grants officer Cassandra Mitchell at
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Happy Fathers Day to the Real Fathers Out There
Next Sunday marks the annual
celebration of Father's Day. Like
most real fathers, it's hard to get
excited about a day that recognizes
you for doing what you are sup-
posed to do. Bring on the custom-
ary not so nice tie, socks and a
pack of t-shirts from Grandma and
Of course, for dinner I am sure
that it will be some meal of my
choice and I will definitely get the
"big piece of chicken." There will
not be much fanfare, but I am a
Dad and we are accustomed to
playing second fiddle to Mommy.
I typically get off easy on
Father's Day not many "real"
dads in my life anymore, but that's
nothing new especially in the
African American community.
Over my years, I have coached
youth baseball and football teams
and I assure you that seeing fathers
involved in their children's lives
was not a normal site. Yes, it's an
unfortunate reality, but true.
I remember growing up watch-
ing shows like The Jefferson's,
Good Times, Different Strokes,
etc. and all of these shows had pos-
itive father-figutres. Even a show
likeGood Times that featured a
very poor black family, the Evans,
living in the Chicago projects had
a strong father figure.
They may have been dirt poor,
but James Evans was there work-
ing hard, being a good role model
for his children.
Unfortunately, television is tele-
vision and sometimes it's not a
reflection of reality, but a series of
storylines meant to entertain. In
reality, too many black children
are being born to single family
households, and young African
American fathers are not taking
care of the responsibilities that
they helped make.
So what does Father's Day actu-
ally mean? Like comedian Chris
Rock says, "All we get is the big
piece of chicken." Us fathers also
get tools kits, underwear and
socks. But hey, it's the thought that
counts. Some so-called "fathers"
don't even deserve a cheesy tie or
1 wish that we could give out
wake up calls for Fathers Day.
Wouldn't be cool if we could go
around hitting wanna be fathers
and M.I.A. daddies upside the
head with a plastic baseball bat
that actually knocked some sense
You could easily argue that if
more men were involved in their
children's lives crime would be
down and more of our youth -
especially young men would have
more of a sense of direction.
I always find myself being criti-
cal of the black folk while at the
same time recognizing the hills, no
the mountains that we have had to
climb in this country.
Yes I am headed there slavery
devastated the black family more
than drugs, crime and poverty ever
could. In fact, one could easily
argue that the break down of the
black family is a direct result of
Frederick Douglas said it best,
"Of my father I know nothing.
Slavery had no recognition of
fathers, as none of families."
If you ever read his autobiogra-
phy you would get a strong under-
standing of the brutality of slavery,
and not just from a physical per-
spective, but also from an emo-
tional and social point of view.
Black women would basically
have children and raise them until
they were old enough to be sold,
hence never seeing their child
So the disconnect that many men
have with their children or respon-
sibilities maybe rooted in slavery,
but that's no excuse for today's
neglect from many "fathers." I
admit that being a black man in
America or anywhere is hard, but
again, that's no excuse at all for
not being apart of your child's life.
Arthur Ashe said, "Being a black
man in America is like having
Now that I have officially kicked
some in the butt and others else-
where, let's look at the other side
of the coin. On the other side are
the thousands of black men that are
being responsible fathers. Almost
all of my friends and family mem-
bers that have children are very
involved in their children's lives.
These are the gentlemen that
truly deserve to be recognized this
Sunday. Fathers Day is the day that
we should thank Dads for raising
us and establishing a strong foun-
dation for our futures.
There certainly are not a ton of
Dr. Heathcliffl Huxtables out there,
but there are a bunch of James
Evans who are not rich or even
middle class, but work hard every
day to take care of their families
and you have to admire and appre-
ciate that fact.
It's extremely important that
fathers provide the leadership and
stability that children and families.
Our children shouldn't be looking
solely at professional athletes and
entertainers as their role models -
the best feeling ever is for your
child to say that they want to be
Happy Fathers Day to all of the
real fathers out there. Enjoy your
big piece of chicken and maybe a
back rub. Well, now I am getting
carried away, but a brother can
Signing off fromin Sunday dinner,
Why is this Florida
Prison Still Segregated
For decades now, racial segregation has been against the law in
America. Whether it's schools or hospitals or businesses, it is illegal -
and, to most people, immoral to discriminate based on a person's
skin color. Unfortunately, the kinds of things we take for granted in the
day-to-day world don't always extend to what goes on behind bars.
According to a five-year Department of Justice investigation released
last week, the Escambia County Jail in Florida is guilty of doing sever-
al things wrong over the years, including not doing enough to keep pris-
oners safe from assault and providing inadequate mental health servic-
es to inmates. Things have gotten so bad for mentally unstable prison-
ers that Escambia sends about one inmate per month to the hospital fol-
lowing an incident of self-harm.
But according to the Justice Department, one of the jail's misdeeds
stood out from all the rest for its truly astounding archaic roots: Prison
authorities had for decades been segregating Black prisoners from the
rest of the jail's population, essentially creating a "Blacks only" unit.
The Justice Department said that not only was segregating Black pris-
oners a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection
Clause, it also added fuel to the prison's racial problems by asserting
white racial superiority [PDF]:
The Jail's decades-long practice of housing some prisoners in housing
units designated as only for black prisoners ("black-only pods") dis-
criminates against African-Americans on the basis of their race, con-
tributes to prisoner perceptions that the Jail favors white prisoners over
black prisoners, and makes the Facility less safe by fanning racial ten-
sions between prisoners.
Escambia County told the Justice Department last month that they had
finally integrated their prison, after decades of segregation, but one
wonders how much damage had already been done.
Being in prison is one of the most demoralizing and, sadly, violent
things a person can go through in America today. Add on to that racial
tensions aggravated through codified racism from prison authorities and
it's easy to understand why Escambia was a hotbed for violence and
mental health woes. This in mind, how many young men emerged from
Escambia angrier and more conflicted than they would have been had
the jail not gone out of its way to degrade them with segregation? How
many of those young men returned to a life of crime?
One of the worst things about American prisons is that many of them
exist ostensibly to punish their occupants, not rehabilitate them. As that
practice continues, we can't be surprised when so many former prison-
ers, many of whom feel worthless and full of rage, return to lives of
by Kemba Smith
It's should come as no surprise
that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
is taking steps to rid the states of
laws blocking people with felony
convictions from the ballot box.
Earlier this month Census' data
revealed that in the 2012 elections
black voter turnout was higher than
white voter turnout for the first time
in history. This was a great achieve-
ment, but hidden within this
achievement was the painful detail
that a 100 year-old voter suppres-
sion tactic still had a negative
impact on voter turnout. According
to the New York Times the state-by-
state practice of blocking people
with felony convictions from the
polls, played a major role in
decreasing black voter turnout in
the 2012 election, especially lbr
Voter turnout is highly impacted
if the Census removes the nearly
4.4 million citizens. In an analysis
by Bernard L. Fraga, the voter
turnout rate jumps from 61.4 to 68
percent for black men. For black
women, the difference is more than
The numbers are stark, but not
surprising and they come at the
expense of millions of disenfran-
chised citizens. After all, the analy-
sis shows what felony disenfrian-
chisement was always intended to
do, which is not to serve as a tool
for crime and justice, but to sup-
press the vote particularly for conm-
munities of color.
Shortly after the Emancipation
Proclamation and shift in black
influence, black codes and grandfa-
ther clauses were put in place to
stop the growth of black voters. At
the same time, felony lists were
amended to include crimes conummit-
ted by blacks, like petty theft, and
exclude crimes committed by
whites, like rape. This bolstered
felony disenfranchisement laws
already in place. Delegate Carter
Glass announced that it would
"eliminate the darkey as a political
factor" at the 1901 Virginia
Commonwealth Convention. The
intent was explicit.
Today the intent is less explicit,
but the result is the same. In
Florida, Kentucky and Virginia
alone, these laws disenfranchise
more than 20 percent of their black
adult voting-age population. Nearly
one in 10 black men nationwide
cannot vote because of state laws
barring people with felony convic-
tions fiomn the polls.
These disenfranchised voters are
our. neighbors, coworkers, fellow
citizens and taxpayers. A ring of
bad choices, and a zero tolerance
minimum sentence, sent an abused
young woman to jail and into a vot-
ing rights battle that lasted 12 years.
Another mistake 15 years ago,
stopped a Florida mother and law
graduate from taking the bar exam
and voting in elections. For Dennis
Gaddy in North Carolina, a bout of
bad luck and poor financial deci-
sions threw him into a quagmire of
re-entry obstacles, including being
blocked from the polls. The stories
are limitless. Without the high visi-
bility of those stories, the disenfran-
chisement of the formerly incarcer-
ated will continue unchecked.
A evolving narrative
But moves to restore voting
rights in states like Delaware,
Virginia, and Iowa are proof that
the narrative is gradually changing.
Delaware state legislatures recog-
nized it as a matter of rights and
empowerment. The state Senate bill
sponsor referred to this year's his-
toric state Constitutional amend-
ment as a right that they must guar-
antee to voting aged citizens that
are returning to society and reestab-
lishing their lives. After making
restoration of rights a priority this
year, the Virginia's governor offi-
cially announced his plan to restore
the votes of all non-violent offend-
ers last week and the change could
restore the votes of more than
100,000 Virginians this year.
For Virginia, Delaware and
remaining states, the fight to amend
the state Constitution and expand
automatic restoration of rights to
people who have paid their debts
and are returning to society will
We must reverse 100-year old
practices designed to disenfranchise
citizens based on the color of their
skin. Let's hold our democracy to
dithe highest standard-- where all
citizens, including those that have
paid their debt to society, can vote
on Election Day.
By William Reed
Do you still believe what U.N.
Ambassador Susan Rice was saying
during her infamous five Sunday
show appearances? By now, we all
know that these appearances con-
tained "inaccurate information."
Clearly, President Obama and
Congressional Democrats went to
great lengths to defend Rice's role
in the aftermath of the 9-11 attack
on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,
Libya. Over the past months, Rice's
defenders claimed that her initial
public assessment regarding the
attack on the Consulate in Benghazi
was a "spontaneous protest" in
reaction to an anti-Islamic film that
had aired on YouTube.
The question now is about Blacks
and their ethics. Is it acceptable that
Black officials leave concepts of
truth and honesty at the office door?
Some say that the statements that
Rice made were "just her following
orders." In the latest iteration about
what happened in Benghazi,
Gregory Hicks, a foreign service
officer and former deputy chief of
mission in Libya, testified before
Congress that "I was stunned, my
jaw dropped and I was embar-
rassed" in response to Rice's series
of television appearances last Sept.
Do you view it as "just partisan
politics" when Rep. Stephen Lynch
(D-Mass.) said the talking points
Rice used were "absolutely" altered
and incorrect? At the heart of what
is being labeled "a cover-up," is
Rice, an African American, who in
September conveyed what has been
proven to be "false and inaccurate
information" about why the four
Americans were killed in Benghazi.
Are you one of many who think that
Republicans who signed a letter
telling President Obama:
"Ambassador Rice is widely
viewed as having either wilfully or
incompetently misled the American
public" as being racist'?
"Racism and sexism" have been
alleged toward those who oppose
Rice. Rep. Marcia Fudge, a
Democrat from Ohio and chair of
the Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC) said, "It is a shame that any-
time something goes wrong, they
pick on women and minorities."
Does that equate to racism if you
criticize Rice for promulgating
Be you a Black Democrat or
Republican, it must be something
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VOWELS: Former SWAC
and SIAC Commissioner
takes over as director of
athletics at NCAA Div. I
I HOUSTON GETS SWAC CHAMPIONSHIPS;
SIAC, SWAC NAME ALL-SPORTS WINNERS
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
DAVID 'DEACON' JONES SUCCUMBS:
David "Deacon" Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive
end whom some consider the greatest defensive player in
1 NFL history and credited with coining
the football team 'sack,' died Monday
at the age of 74.
He died of natural causes in his
,. J -- Anaheim Hills, Calif., home, the Los
S Angeles Times reported. The news-
paper cited his stepson.
Deacon Jones Jones' NFL career started in 1961,
when he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the
14th round (186th overall) out of Mississippi Vocational
(now known as Mississippi Valley State). Jones spent
his first 11 seasons in Los Angeles, where he teamed with
Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy to form
"The Fearsome Foursome" -- one of the most famous de-
fensive lines in NFL history. Jones was selected to seven
consecutive Pro Bowls with the Rams from 1964 to 1970
and made eight overall.
Few would disagree with former Rams coach, the
late George Allen, who labeled Jones as the "greatest de-
fensive end of modem football." Jones, also a two-time
NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was nicknamed "Sec-
retary of Defense" by Rams fans. Jones later was named
"defensive end of the Century" by Sports Illustrated in
1999. Jones was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of
Fame in 1980.
VOWELS NAMED DETROIT MERCY AD:
DETROIT, Michigan Former SWAC and SIAC
Commissioner Robert C. Vowels was named last week
as the new Director of Athletics at University of Detroit
Mercy. Vowels will oversee the 19 men's and women's
athletic teams in the University's Division I intercollegiate
Vowels most recent position was NCAA Vice Presi-
dent of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs where
he led a department of 26 NCAA staff members and
oversaw a budget of $17 million.
While at the SWAC, Vowels, a graduate of the N.
C. Central School of Law, revised the conference's stra-
tegic plan and negotiated a multi-year media agreement
with ESPN/ESPNU. During his time at SIAC, Vowels
oversaw the expansion of the conference to 11 institu-
tions and negotiated the first multi-year TV deal.
HOUSTON GETS SWAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:
NEW ORLEANS The Southwestern Athletic
Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted
unanimously to relocate the 2013 Toyota SWAC Football
Championship and 2014 Basketball Tournament to Hous-
ton, Texas for the next three seasons.
The football championship game will be held at Reliant
Stadium, home of the Houston Texans from 2013 through
2015. The basketball tournament will be housed at the
Toyota Center, the home of the NBA Houston Rockets
from 2014 through 2016.
The 2013 Football Championship is scheduled for
Saturday, December 7, while the basketball tournament
is slated for March 11-15, 2014.
THE STAT CORNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS N BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
SWAC ALL-SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS
SADIE MAGEE /
BARBARA JACKET AWARD
1 -Alabama State -91.0
2 Prairie View A&M 89.0
3 Jackson State 77.0
4 Miss. Valley State 72.0
5 Texas Southern 68.5
6 Southern 57.0
7 -Alabama A&M 52.5
8 -Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42.5
9 Alcorn State 40.5
10 Grambling State 40.0
C.D. HENRY AWARD MEN
1 Prairie View A&M 72.0
2 Jackson State 66.5
3 -Alabama State 62.5
4 Texas Southern 57.0
5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50.5
6 Mississippi Valley State 44.5
7 Alcorn State 42.5
8 Alabama A&M 38.0
9 Southern 37.0
10 Grambling State 36.5
1 Prairie View A&M -161.0
2 Alabama State 153.5
3 Jackson State 143.5
4 Texas Southern 125.5
5 Miss. Valley State 116.5
6 Southern 94.0
7 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 93.0
8 Alabama A&M 90.5
9 Alcorn State 42.5
10 Grambling State 36.5
Spring Sports Round-Up
J.C. Smith's Williams, St. Aug's Jones
named top female and male track athletes
NEW ORLEANS Danielle Williams of Johnson C. Smith and
Jermaine Jones of Saint Augustine's were named national athletes of
the year award winners for the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track &
Field season as chosen by the nation's coaches in the U.S. Track & Field
and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Williams, a junior from St. Andrew, Jamaica, turned in a pair of all-
time performances in winning both the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA
Division II Outdoor Championships, in addition to a runner-up showing
in the 100 hurdles. She blazed to the win at 200 meters in an all-time Divi-
sion II record 22.62 after having run a 22.63 during the prelims. Her win
at 100 meters came in 11.24, giving her the win by more than a quarter of
a second and the No. 4 wind-legal mark in division history. Her runner-up
performance in the 100 hurdles in 12.89 makes her the third-fastest per-
former in DII history.
She did not lose a final at either 100 or 200 meters throughout the du-
ration of the outdoor season, including CIAA titles at 100 and 200 meters
and the 4x100 relay to go along with a second-place 100 hurdles finish.
The award capped an amazing few days for Jones, a Wilmington,
N.C., native. Jones ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 relay team
which set the DII record twice at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in
Pueblo, Colo. The Falcons ran 39.01 during preliminaries and followed
up with a time of 38.91 in the finals. The 4x100 team, which includes
Taffawee Johnson, Ramaan Ansley and Burkheart Ellis, Jr., are the
only relay squad in DII history to run under 39 seconds.
Jones also won the 200 dash and finished third in the 100 dash on
last Saturday in career-best times of 20.57 and 10.34, respectively. His
running helped lead the Falcons to the NCAA DII men's outdoor crown
over the weekend. Last Wednesday, Jones received his award for winning
Atlantic Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year.
"We are proud of him," said George Williams, the legendary St. Aug
track & field head coach and athletic director who has led the Falcons to
33 NCAA DII men's and women's titles combined.
The CIAA Championships in April 2013 served as a prelude to the
DII Championships for Jones, who was named CIAA Most Valuable
Men's Track Performer after claiming both the 100 and 200 titles and run-
ning on the winning 4x100 relay team.
"The key this year was working harder," Jones said. "Listening to
the coaches more and taking it more seriously. I thank God, my parents,
the coaches and my whole team, both women and men. My teammates
supported me a lot because there was a time when I didn't want to finish
workouts but they got me through it."
Jones is the third person from St. Aug chosen national USTFCCCA
outdoor athlete of the year since the award's inception in 2006. Joe Kin-
dred was named men's top field athlete in 2008 and 2009 and Kwonya
Ferguson won the women's field athlete award in 2007.
A two-sport standout, Jones excelled in football the past three years
as a wide receiver for the Falcons. He has 10 career touchdown recep-
tions, mainly on deep passes.
"We are glad football let us have him the past two years," Williams
said. "It is great to have him."
JCSU's Graham, St. Aug's Williams and
Chapman win national track coaches awards
NEW ORLEANS Black college coaches won three of the four U.S.
Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) na-
tional coach of the year awards as chosen in a vote by the nation's coach-
George Williams of Saint Augustine's and Lennox Graham of
Johnson C. Smith were named National Coaches of the Year, while Saint
Augustine's Sandy Chapman was named a National Assistant Coaches
of the Year.
Williams, in his 38th season at Saint Augustine's, led the Falcons to
Jones G. Williams
a sweep of both the NCAA Div. II indoor and outdoor
championships. With a winning score of 105 points in
the outdoor competition, Williams' Falcons posted the
highest winning total since Abilene Christian's 108/ in
2009. His student-athletes claimed two individual titles
and two relay titles, including an all-time DII record
38.91 in the 4x100; two more student-athletes finished
Chapman runners-up and four others finished third in their events.
The title is the first for Saint Augustine's since 2010.
Saint Augustine's entered the championships with a nation-best 23
entries into the meet, including 16 in the sprints and hurdles. The Falcons
also claimed the CIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships by a wide
margin, scoring 213 points to Virginia State's 123 behind nine event ti-
Graham, in his sixth season with the Johnson C. Smith program, led
his team to its highest outdoor national finish in program history in a nar-
row runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with 54 team
points between just eight entries. His Golden Bulls made a marked im-
provement in National Championships performance from a season ago,
when they finished in a tie for 13th with just 16 points. The Golden Bulls
won four events three individual events and the DII-record-setting
4x100 relay at 44.05 and finished second and third, respectively, in
two others. Danielle Williams set an all-time DII record at 200 meters
in 22.64 and the No. 4 time in DII history at 100 meters in 11.24, while
Samantha Elliot ran the second-fastest 400 hurdles race in DII history at
Graham also guided the Lady Golden Bulls to a CIAA Outdoor Track
& Field Championships title behind six event titles.
Chapman, in his 10th year with Saint Augustine's, helped coach the
Falcons to one of the more dominant championships performances in re-
cent Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships history. Entering
the meet with a nation-best 23 event entries into the championships, in-
cluding 16 entries in the sprints and hurdles, his Falcons scored 105 points
and won four event titles and set an all-time DII record in the 4x100 relay
Jackson State, Savannah State fall
in NCAA Div. I baseball playoffs
SWAC champion Jackson State (34-22) opened its NCAA Baseball
Tournament run in the Baton Rouge Regional with an 11-7 loss to host,
and No.1 seeded, LSU on Friday afternoon and was eliminated in a 15-1
loss to UL-Lafayette Saturday at Alex Box Stadium.
Designated hitter Aneko Knowles had four hits in five at bats, one
run and one RBI vs. LSU. Right fielder Fred Hampton had three hits
with two runs and two RBI. Charles Tillery had two hits and two RBI.
Second baseman Stephen Curtis had two hits and scored the only run vs.
ULL. Third baseman Gary Thomas had two hits and drove in the only
Florida State scored ten runs in the first three innings en route to
a 10-0 shutout of MEAC champion Savannah State Friday in the first
round of the Tallahassee Regional. The Tigers (33-23) were eliminated in
a 3-2 loss to Alabama on Saturday.
Right fielder Mendez Elder had two hits in the loss to Florida. Short-
stop Todd Hagen and second baseman Darien Campbell and right fielder
David Richards each had two hits vs. Alabama.
Morehouse men, Albany State
women top SIAC All-Sports
The men of Morehouse College and wom-
en of Albany State University have captured
the SIAC Commnissioner's All-Sports Awiards
for the 2012-2013 athletics season. It is the
fifth award for the Maroon Tigers in the past six
years and ninth women's title in the past decade
for Lady Golden Rams.
Morehouse scored a total of 41 points to
claim this year's Commissioner's Cup, winning
conference titles in cross country and track,
along with its runner-up finishes in basketball,
tennis, and golf.
With a solid performance during the spring
season, Stillman College finished in second
place. The Tigers men's programs were led
by its baseball team winning their sixth SIAC
Championship in seven years and its men's ten-
nis team, which won its first title in school histo-
ry. Stillman also received a boost from its track
team, which finished third overall at the SIAC
Track and Field Championships.
Tuskegee University finished in third place
in the men's standings. The Golden Tigers foot-
ball team won the 2012 SIAC Championship.
Its baseball team earned a second place finish,
while the tennis program finished in third-place.
In a close finish. Albany State's women
scored 34 points, which was three points more
than runner-up Benedict, and six greater than
third-place Clark Atlanta.
ASU picked up conference titles in cross
country and softball. They also received points
from runner-up finishes in volleyball and track
Benedict won the programs first track and
field championship in the spring, while earning
runner-up finishes in cross country, basketball,
The SIAC Commissioner's All-Sports Tro-
phy is presented to the athletic department with-
in the conference that has excelled in both men's
and women's sports. A scoring system of 10
points for conference titles, 7 points for runner-
up finishes in championships, and 4 points for
third place is used to determine the All-Sports
Points for football are based on the results
of the championship game. Men's & women's
basketball, a single-elimination tournament,
does not offer a consolation game, so no points
are awarded for third place in those sports.
Praire View A&M wins
SWAC All-Sports Award
Prairie View A&M has solidified its claim
as one of the SWAC's best programs after win-
ning the James Frank SWAC Commissioner's
Cup Award for overall program success for the
second straight year. The Panthers also won the
CD. Henry Award for the top men's team in the
league while finishing second to Alabama State
by a mere two points in the race for the women's
Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award.
Prairie View A&M totaled 161.0 points to
claim the Frank Award. The Panthers won two
first place titles in men's competition as they
won championships in tennis and indoor track
& field. They also recorded three second place
finishes (baseball, cross county, outdoor track
& field) and two others in the top five. In the
women's competitions, Prairie View A&M had
six top five finishes, including the school's sec-
ond consecutive bowling championship and
two second-place finishes in outdoor and indoor
track & field.
The Panthers outdistanced Jackson State
in the race for the Henry Award 72-66.5, while
Alabama State was third in the men's standings
with 62.5 points. A mere two points was all that
separated PV from sweeping all three awards for
the second straight year as Alabama State won
the Magee/Jacket Award by a margin of 91-89.
NC A&T women to play
in 2013 Preseason WNIT
GREENSBORO, NC The North Caro-
lina A&T women's basketball team is one of 16
teams selected to compete in the 2013 Preseason
Women's National Invitation Tournament. The
official tournament bracket with first-round
opponents, game dates and times will be an-
nounced next month.
It is A&T's second appearance in the Pre-
season WNIT, after posting a 1-2 record in the
2009 Preseason WNIT. A&T is also the third
HBCU and second MEAC team to have par-
ticipated twice in the Preseason WNIT, joining
Grambling State and Hampton.
The WNIT invites 16 teams every year to
its preseason tournament. There are over 300 Dl
programs in the country.
"North Carolina A&T State University re-
ceiving an invite lets us know that there is an
established standard of excellence in women's
basketball here," said A&T head coach Tarrell
Super Bowl champion GM
to speak at Tuskegee
The Tuskegee University National Ath-
letics Association (TUNAA) will sponsor a
fundraising gala, "An Eve-
ning with Ozzie Newsome,"
at 7 p.m. on June 21 at the
Kellogg Conference Center
on the Tuskegee University
Campus. Proceeds from the
Black Tie affair go to the Io-
Newsome lantha E. Spencer Memorial
Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Newsome, an alumnus of the University of
Alabama, is general manager of the Super Bowl
champion Baltimore Ravens and a member of
the Pro Football and College Football Halls of
Famne. He is a native of Leighton, Ala.
Tickets are $125 per person, with $90 be-
ing tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased
by cash, check, money order or credit card.
For rooms, contact the Kellogg Center at 334-
727-3000 or 800-949-6161. Mention TUNAA
Gala to get the rate. For additional information.
please contact Janmes Arrington, TUNAA Exec-
utive Director, at 334-724-4711/334-552-1157.
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Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service. The show will be air
Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 99. Any Pastor wishing to come
on the show in the near future are welcome, and can have their church name
and worship service added to the Community Shout or Roll, by sending
their, church name, address and time of service to P.O. Box 350117
Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more information, call Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman at 220-6400 or email email@example.com.
The El-Beth-El Development
Center 4th Annual Banquet
The Officers and Board Members of The El-Beth-El Development Center
will host its 4th Annual "Stop the Violence Recognition Banquet" on
Thursday, June 20th, at 6:30 p.m. The banquet will be held at the
Community Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall located at 623 Beechwood
Street. The 2013 honorees are : Paula D. Wright- Duval Comunty School
Board (DCSB), Antty. Robert Fishback, David Hodges, Private Investigator,
Atty. Refik W. Eler, Chief Assistant Public Defender, Maria Machin,
President of LULAC, Lt. Mathew Nemeth, Director of Police Athletic
League, Jackie Perry- Director of Beaver Street Enterprise, Dr. Nikolai P.
Vitti, DCSB Superintendent, Rita Perry, Publisher, Jacksonville Free Press,
Michael Carralero, District Manager of Walgreens Store. The guest speak-
er for the evening is Judge Gary P. Flower. Eight youths will also be for
outstanding achievement. For more information call 710 -1586.
St. Paul Missionary Celebrating
134th Anniversary & 5th Convocation
From June 23rd through June 26th St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will
celebrate their 134th Church Anniversary and 5th Annual Convocation with
guests from around the country and the St. Paul Ministries congregation.
Beginning Sunday morning June 23rd Bishop L. Spenser Smith of Impact
Nation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be the speaker. In the evening at 6 p.m.
enjoy the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Concert. On Monday at 7
p.m. is Bishop Eric D. Games of Tabernacle of Praise Cathedral, Brooklyn
New York. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. is Bishop Brian D. Moore, of Life Center
Church, North Charleston, South Carolina. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church Pastor John E. Guns will conclude this
spiritual assembly. For more information contact Debbie McNeil at 843-
Honoring The Life and Legacy of
Former Slave Rhoda L. Martin
The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center cordially invites you to
share in The Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center's 6th Anniversary
Musical Extravaganza. Mother Rhoda L. Martin was born in South
Carolina in the year of 1832, and moved to Florida after the Civil War. This
year's spectacular will be held Saturday, June 8th, at 5 p.m. in the sanctu-
ary of Holy Church of the Living God Revival Center, 1700 Francis Ave,
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 where Bishop Percy J. Golden is the Pastor. If
you'd like more information about this event email Bishop Percy Golden at
ASALH 10th Annual Membership
Luncheon at Bethel Baptist
The James Weldon Johnson ASALH Branch invites you to attend ASALH
10th Annual Membership Luncheon. The theme is "Crossroads of
Freedom," featuring keynote speaker Dr Daryl Michael Scott, National
President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and
History and Professor of History at Howard University
Saturday, June 29th at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215
Bethel Baptist Street. For more information call 487-5707 or email cgw-
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.asalhjacksonville.com.
Durkeeville Historical Society
Come enjoy Durkeeville's Juneteenth celebration festivities, Friday, June
14th Wednesday, June 19th. On Friday, June 14th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
enjoy the meet and greet reception. Saturday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. is the District of Soul event. On Sunday, June 16th from 1 la.mrn.-7 p.m.
is the Father's Day in the park father/son game and grill-off at J.P. Smalls
Baseball field. On Monday, June 17th, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. enjoy the Night of
the Arts, followed by the Literacy Awareness (book signing), Tuesday, June
18th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. To round off the festivities is the Juneteeth
Celebration Historical Walking Tour/Lumninaria, Wednesday, June 19th,
from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. For more information email
email@example.com or visit www.durkeevillehistoricalsociety.org
or call 598-9567. Durkeeville Historical Society is located at 1293 W. 19th
Mt. Nebo 42nd Missionary Baptist
Church and 26th Pastor Anniversary
Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church located at 8778 Lake Placid Dr. E.,
invites one and all to the blessings of their 42nd church anniversary and
26th anniversary of the shepherd Reverend Will A. Waldrop along with the
first lady Saundra Waldrop. The celebration takes place June 9th at 4 p.m.
and June 10th & June 12th at 7:30 p.m. The theme this year is "On assign-
ment for the Lord". The anniversary scripture theme is St. John 20:21,
"Peace be unto you: my Father hath sent me, even so I send you." For more
information call Monica Howard at 766-6472.
Join Billy McGraw Celebrates 67
Years of Life at Jerusalem Missionary
Billy L. McGraw cordially invites Jacksonville to celebrate his 67th birth-
day featuring Reverend Walter Ellis & the Country Boys and other artist,
Saturday, June 22nd at 6 p.m. The celebration will be held at Jerusalem
Missionary Baptist Church, 2010 Westmount St. For more information call
Vacation Bible School at Summerville
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, James W. Henry, Pastor is gear-
ing up for vacation bible school. The week consists of bible studies, games,
crafts and fitness activities. Vacation Bible school begins Sunday, June 9th
at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and continues Monday, June 10th through Friday, June
14th from 6 9 p.m. An exciting time awaits each family member! For
more information call 598-0510.
A.M.E. Revival: Breaking Strongholds
The A.M.E. Church of the Master Lay Organization will be hosting a
revival on Saturday, June 23rd. Elder Virgil Jones, Jr. of Philippian
Community Church will be the messenger. The service begins at 4 p.m. and
the theme is "Breaking Strongholds". A.M.E. Church of the Master is
located at 5637 Vernon Rd. For more details call 766-7834.
Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received
in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week
you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be
printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803
or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
Seeking the lost for Christ .
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Sexless Marriage-on Purpose: A Christian
Couple's Commitment to Abstinence after Wedlock
What's the point of being married
if you're not having sex with your
I thought the reasoning for mar-
riage, in part, was to spend quality
time with your soul mate, which
also includes monogamous sexual
But Jon and Darla
Crocker, who have been
married for two years,
never consummate their
marriage. What do I mean?
They have never had sex.
"If it was holy before,"
Darla says, "it must be
What does "double-
holy" mean anyway? Do
they really believe they'll
get additional brownie
points from God because they are
not having sex after marriage? But
Jon and Crocker have been husband
and wife for 25 months of marriage
without any sexual contact.
Sometimes after dinner they will
kiss in the kitchen and "start having
bedroom thoughts," Darla says, but
they never fall to pull back. Darla
breaks away to spray cool, misted
water on her face. Jon eats a whole
raw potato to take himself out of the
What? This has gone from
strange to downright crazy.
And here's a thought: Jon and
Darla claim to be good Christian,
but is this truly a "Christian" mar-
riage? In the Bible, Genesis 9-7
says: "As for you, be fruitful and
increase in number; multiply on the
earth and increase upon it."
If there is no sex in their mar-
riage, there certainly can't be any
"multiplying" or having children
and expanding their family, so
they're not even following the work
of God or the path that God has
intended for them as a married cou-
There's more: Jon and Darla say
they have no plans to have sex and
they feel no pressure to be sexually
intimate. After abstaining so long
before marriage "a few extra
years is nothing," Darla said.
"Of course, we don't lord it
over any other couple who
decides to have sex after mar-
riage, but for us it's about
staying faithful to the absti-
nence message and the holi-
ness involved with that," says
Jon. "For us, true love waits,
and waits and waits." Wait for
what? No sex? And what
right-thinking man eats a raw
potato to intentionally suppress his
desire to have sex with his wife? So
I'm left to ask: What's the point of
marriage? It seems to me that Jon
and Darla are just random room-
mates two people in a strange rela-
tionship living in the same house.
Friends without benefits.
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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
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What are some great homemade
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skin you've always wanted with-
out spending a fortune?
A little known secret is that you
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Grab some honey (organic, if
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Whip up this cleanser to gently
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*Gently massage into skin for at
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*Rinse well with warm water.
Daily Toner for Oily Skin
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How to Cope When a Parent Dies
The loss of a parent is a horrible
thing for anyone to endure.
The world learned recently that
rapper, actor and entertainer Andre
3000, originally from the group
OutKast, is dealing with the recent
loss of his mother.
Having both old and young fam-
ily members die At different parts
of my life always sent me into a
state of reflection. The universal
thing that I found after each loss is
that a healing process has already
begun and I just needed to find the
tools to help it along.
Here are a few things to help you
deal with the loss of a parent:
Time. People say that time heals
everything. I feel that time doesn't
actually heal the pain completely,
but it definitely can help lessen the
pain of losing a parent. For months
after losing my dad, I would break
down in tears at the drop of a hat.
Anything that reminded me of him
would cause tears. Eventually, as
time passed, 'those moments of
despair weren't as frequent. So
time does help.
Let Yourself Break Down.
When faced with the loss of a par-
ent, there is nothing more natural
than to shed tears. Sometimes it
may take a few days for the reality
of your loss to hit you. You may be
very busy dealing with the funeral
and all of the arrangements that go
with it, but when things settle
down and you finally have time to
realize that you have indeed lost
your parent, most people will
break down. I have found that this
is something my body needed to do
when dealing with the loss of my
parent. Go ahead and cry or
scream. It will make you feel a lit-
Turn To Loved Ones.
Sometimes it is easier to grieve the
loss of a parent when you do so
with a loved one who is dealing
with the same loss. Your family
and friends can be a great support
during this time in your life. If you
have siblings that are enduring the
same parental loss, lean on each
other. You need them and they
need you. Your family knows what
you are feeling since they are prob-
ably feeling the same emotions.
Read Books. When dealing with
the loss of a parent, it might help to
read a book about grief. There are
thousands of books out there that
discuss how to deal with the loss of
a parent. Do a search at any book
store or library and you will find
something that pertains to you and
the emotions that you are feeling.
Get Counseling. If you find that
you are unable to deal with the loss
of a parent on your own, you may
benefit from counseling. There are
many wonderful counselors and
therapists out there that specialize
in grief. You may even be able to
find some that will provide their
services free of charge, or who will
accept your insurance.
Get Spiritual Support. If you
are religious, it may be comforting
to turn to it to help you deal with
your loss. Many religious leaders
will happily support you while you
are grieving. Prayer helps many
people get through this stressful
Celebrate Themn. Doing some-
thing in remembrance can also
help. Plant a tree, make a donation
Study: Stroke Victims
Strokes are most common in old
age, but new research suggests that
lifestyle choices are putting young
people increasingly at risk for
stroke. In a study, researchers found
the rate of strokes among adults
younger than 55 nearly doubled
between 1993 and 2005. Among
African Americans, it climbed from
83 to 128 per 100,000.
The researchers said they could
only speculate on possible explana-
tions. One might be that doctors are
detecting strokes in young people
more often both as a result of bet-
ter brain imaging technology and of
being more vigilant for strokes in
"But I really don't think that's the
major reason," said lead researcher
Dr. Brett M. Kissela. "We're defi-
nitely seeing a higher incidence of
risk factors for stroke now," he said.
Those risk factors include obesi-
ty, diabetes and high blood pres-
"And if you're developing them
at the age of 20," Kissela said, "then
you may have a stroke at a young
A researcher not involved in the
study agreed that better diagnosis
and a real increase in young peo-
ple's risk of stroke are both proba-
bly at work.
"Now MRI allows us to detect
smaller strokes," said Dr. Mitchell
S.V. Elkind, of Columbia
University in New York, who co-
wrote an editorial published with
the study. "Strokes come in all
shapes and sizes," Elkind said. That
includes subtle symptoms like mild
degrees of blurry vision, weakness
or numbness. In the past doctors
might not have thought "stroke"
when a relatively young person had
symptoms like that. And MRI
scans, which can detect subtle brain
damage from stroke, were not used
often back in the 1990s. Kissela's
in memory ol your parent to their
favorite charity, or just do some-
thing that your loved one enjoyed.
You could even choose an activity
to do every year, on the day of their
passing, in remembrance of your
parent. Or, you may have a birth-
day party for your parent when
their birthday rolls around. Doing
anything in remembrance of them
will help you remember that they
are still a part of you.
Talk. Talking about your parent
can actually comfort you. It can
even bring you joy. Talk with a
loved one or with friends about the
things your parent liked, about the
thiings you did together, about the
places they had visited. Tell your
children about their grandparent,
and the things you think your par-
ent would have liked your children
to know about them. Talking can
help so much.
Remember, nothing can take the
place of a parent. But hopefully,
and prayerfully, these tips can help
ease the day-to-day loss of the
great people that helped create
team found that in 1993-1994, only
18 percent of all stroke patients in
their study had an MRI. By2005,
that figure had risen to 58 percent.
The Importance of the Study:
Kissela said the findings under-
score the importance of a healthy
life style to stave off stroke risk fac-
tors in young people. He also said
younger adults shouldn't see them-
selves as "invincible" and instead
get to the doctor to see if they do, in
fact, have health problems like high
blood pressure or cholesterol. Also.
since more severe strokes may
cause permanent disability, they
could be particularly devastating tc
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By Judy Seals-Togbo
We have seasons throughout the
year when we celebrate various
aspects of the human experience:
whether it is the winter holidays,
Mother's Day in May, or even
Halloween in the fall, we take time
to focus on each at a time to focus
on each at a time we have expecta-
tions and activities in place to com-
memorate each special day.
June is the season for Men; it is
Men's Health Month. And how
exactly do we celebrate the men in
our lives? We can acknowledge or
publicly their important role in our
lives, we can thank them for all
their hard work and sacrifice in pro-
viding for their families. Best
Father's Day gift you could give
him is a gift of health encourages
him to visit a healthcare profession-
al, to eat healthy and to exercise
African American men experience
even a higher life-expectancy gap -
of seven years when compared to
African-American women; it is no
secret that they need to pay more
attention to their bodies. The ten
leading causes of death for African
Americans are, Heart Disease,
Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes,
Unintentional Injuries, Nephritis,
Nephrotic Syndrome, & Nephrosis
(Kidney Diseases), Chronic Lower
Respiratory Disease, Homicide,
Septicemia and Alzheimer's
Disease. Smoking prevalence is
higher among men (22.3%) than
women (17.4%). They don't seek
medical help as often as women;
according to Center of Disease
Sa younger person.
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, regardless of age, be aware of the
potential symptoms of a stroke,
which include severe headache, a
Sudden loss of coordination or bal-
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d body) and trouble seeing, speaking
or understanding speech. Most
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June is the
Control and Prevention (CDC)
women are 100% more likely to
visit the doctor for annual examina-
tions and preventive services than
But it's not all their fault, men are
taught from an early age to work
and play through pain, and that "big
boys don't cry," and this attitude
lingers with them through adult-
hood. Moreover, too many men
define themselves by their work,
which can add to stress.
There are also health conditions
that only affect men, such as
prostate cancer and now testos-
terone. Many of the major health
risk that men face like colon can-
cer or heart disease can be pre-
vented and treated with early diag-
nosis. Screening tests can find dis-
eases early, when they are easier to
treat. It's important to have regular
checkups and screenings, and June
is a great opportunity to get
Problems generally get worse
when ignored, and men are pretty
good at ignoring their health. At a
recent Dialogue on Men's Health
meeting comprised of national
health leaders, the barriers men face
in dealing with their health was a
point of discussion, and experts in
the field agreed that men them-
selves are also a barrier by not pay-
ing attention to health messages.
They also shared that men are most
likely to go for checkups when
urged to do so by someone they
Anchored by a Congressional
health education program, Men's
Health Month is celebrated across
the country with screenings, health
fairs, media appearances, and other
health education and outreach
activities. Community outreach
leaders, churches and healthcare
providers will be working to raise
awareness of preventable health
problems and encourage early
detection and treatment of disease
among men and boys all throughout
Whether you are a spouse, daugh-
ter, son, mother, sister, or a friend,
you can make the biggest differ-
ence in helping the men you care
about live a healthy and productive
life. So encourage them to see a
healthcare provider in June, or bet-
ter yet you set the appointment for
7. ,^1 TT What to do fronm social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
D.I.P. Foundations "Strike Out
Violence" annual fundraiser takes
place Saturday, June 8th. Stop by
as D.I.P raises awareness against
domestic violence. D.I.P. provides
care, comfort and leadership to
those who are hurting. For more
information visit www.dipfounda-
tion.org or call 438-4347 or email
Art Class at the Ritz
Artist Glendia Cooper presents
"Made From Clay" Art Class at the
Ritz, Saturday, June 8th from
10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. For more
information call 632-5555 or visit
Bold City Links 20th
The Bold City Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated, will present
their 20th anniversary gala on
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfriont. Themed "20
Years of Serevice: The Bold Cito
Chapter Stoy"', the black tie event
will include dinner, live music and a
silent auction. Tickets are $65.
Contact any member or call 634-
1993 for more information.
FAMU Alumni Meeting
The J.R.E. Lee Chapter of the
FAMU National Alumni
Association will hold its monthly
meeting, Saturday, June 8th at 10
a.m. The meeting will be held at
FAMU College of Pharmacy-
Jacksonville Campus, 2050 Art
Museum Dr., Bldg 4800 Suite 200.
Membership dues and endowment
contributions are still being accept-
ed. For more information call Dr.
Ephraim Riggins, at 307-1962.
& Resources Fair
Operation New Hope is hosting its
3rd annual Health and Resource
Fair for low-income families,
Saturday, June 8th at Foy's
Eastside Open Air Market from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is located
at 825 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd.
For more information call Earline
Rowe at 354-4673 or visit or e-mail
& Zumba Fitness
The Jacksonville Urban League
invites the community to a
Walkathon and Zumba fitness day,
Saturday, June 8th. From 7:30 a.m.
to 8:30 a.m. is the Walkathon, 9 -
11 a.m. is Zumba fitness. Enjoy a
day of learning healthy living and
eating right lifestyles at Raines
High School, 3663 Raines Avenue.
To register or for more info call
366-6482 or visit www. jaxul.org.
The P.R.I.D.E. June bookclub
meeting will be held Saturday, June
8th at 3 p.m. The book for discus-
sion is "This Child Will be Great"
by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The host
is Debra Lewis and the meeting will
be held at 2416 Christi Lake Ct. For
more information or call 693-9859.
Summer Jazz Series
The City of Jacksonville Beach is
proud to present the line up for this
year's ammual Summer Jazz Concert
Series scheduled for Sunday, June
9th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the
Sea Walk Pavilion. Enjoy nmsical
artist Phil Perry, Joey Sommerville,
Jonathan Fritzen and the Groov
Band. Bring your blankets or lawn
chairs! For more information call
Job & Resource Fair
Mayor Brown and Congress-
woman Corrine Brown are hosting
the 2013 Job & Resource Fair,
Monday, June 10th from 9 -2 p.m.
Employers will be at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center, 1000
Water St. For more information call
630-2489 or visit www.coj.net.
Impact JAX 101
Attend ImpactJAX. a young pro-
fessionals program of the JAX
Chamber as Jacksonville's next
generation of leaders connect with
each other and the community. The
next meeting is Tuesday. June
llth. 5 -7 p.m., the location is 5 W.
Forsyth St. For more information
Try Out for Amateur
Amateur Night Auditions will be at
the Ritz, Thursday, June 13th. Get
ready to showcase your talents!
Audition times are from 5 -6:15pm.
The Ritz is located at 829 North
Davis Street. For more information
call 632-5555 or visit www.ritz-
Jax Branch NAACP
Attend the Jacksonville Branch
NAACP general monthly meeting,
Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. The
meeting will be held at NAACP
branch office, 1725 Oakhurst
Avenue. For more information call
764-7578 or email jaxnaacp@com-
Crawford in Concert
Comedian Lavell Crawford will be
on stage at the Comedy Zone, June
13th-15th. Known as BET 's
ComicView host, Lavell made a
splash in the industry by headlining
Laffapalooza, the longest running
urban comedy festival. For show-
times, tickets and more information
visit www.comedyzone.com or call
292-4242. The Comedy Zone is
located at 3130 Hartley Rd.
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Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
is hosting a Motown concert in the
Gardens. Local band KTG will
have you swaying to all your
favorites, including the Temptations
and Marvin Gaye. Hear the soul-
ful sounds, Friday, June 14th, 7 to
9 p.m. at the Cummer Museum of
Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave.
For more information call 899-6038
or visit www.cummer.org.
Help celebrate the Juneteenth
Festival beginning Friday, June
14th through Sunday, June 16th
2013 at Riverside Park (Park and
Post Streets). Friday's festivities
include a Juneteenth Prayer
Breakfast at Historic New Mt. Zion
AMEC. On Saturday, June 15th
enjoy the opening ceremony and
the history of Juneteenth. On
Sunday June 16th enjoy a church
worship and choir fest, hear Buffalo
Solider history, and community
economic empowerment dialogue.
For more information call Aleta
Alston-Toure' at 631-1674 or email
Come enjoy Durkeeville's
Juneteenth celebration festivities,
Friday, June 14th Wednesday,
June 19th. On Friday, June 14th,
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. enjoy the
meet and greet reception. Saturday,
June 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is
the District of Soul event. On
Sunday, June 16th from lla.m.-7
p.m. is the Father's Day in the park
father/son game and grill-off at J.P.
Smalls Baseball field. On Monday,
June 17th, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. enjoy the
Night of the Arts, followed by the
Literacy Awareness (book signing),
Tuesday. June 18th from 6 p.m.-9
p.m. To round off the festivities is
the Juneteeth Celebration Historical
Wednesday, June 19th. from 6 p.m.
- 9 p.m. For more information email
ciety.org or call 598-9567.
Durkeeville Historical Society is
located at 1293 W. 19th Street.
Stage Aurora presents "A Soldiers
Play" June 15th at 7 p.m. and July
19th July 21st is the Aurora
Jacksonville Black Arts Festival.
For more information call 765-7372
or visit www.stageaurora.com.
Wop at the Ritz!
Motown meets Doo Wop at the
Ritz, Saturday, June 15th. Enjoy
the sounds of Motown Doo Wop at
the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street. For
more information visit www.ritz-
jacksonville.com or call 632-5555.
Free for Fathers at
Dads swim and play free at
Adventure Landing, Sunday, June
16th. Buy one full-priced water
park daily admission and get dad's
water park admission for free!!!
Adventure Landing is located at
1944 Beach Blvd. For more infor-
mation call 246-4386 or visit
Youth of all backgrounds are
invited to take part in a performing
arts for a 5-week summer camp
June 17th through June 19th. For
more information call 765-7372 or
Earth Wind and
Fire in Concert
Classic R&B group Earth, Wind
& Fire will be in concert, Friday,
June 21st, at St. Augustine
Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. For more
information visit www.staugam-
phitheatre.com or call 209-3759.
The Stanton Alumni Gala week-
end is scheduled for Friday, June
21st and Saturday, June 22nd at
the Wyndham Jacksonville
Riverwalk Hotel. 1515 Prudential
Dr. Enjoy a fun filled gala weekend
featuring trivia games, a sing along,
prizes and more. Don't miss it! For
tickets or more information call
Kenneth Riddick at 764-8795 or
at the Ritz
Artist Gil Mayers will present
"Designed to Provoke: Art that
Inspires Thought and Action" on
Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
For more information call 632-5555
or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.
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Have you ever wondered if you were related to
someone famous? Did you grow up hearing stories
about a distant relative and wonder if they were
true? Or are you curious about what part of the
world your family really came from?
If so, you 're not alone. Millions of people are ask-
ing the same questions and trying to find the
A success story
Amanda Bloom, of Huntington Beach, Calif, heard a family mystery
story from her mother that she just had to solve. Amanda's grandfather
served in World War II. While he was gone, his first wife placed their son
and two daughters in an orphanage. Amanda's mother, born from a second
marriage, didn't find out about these siblings until she was a teenager and
had always wondered what had become of them. As a present for her moth-
er's 60th birthday, Amanda began the search to find them.
Does Your family
have a historian?
Why not you! Take the
summer months to learn
from your elders.
Also family reunions
are fantastic opportunities
to document collective
stories of our
She started by joining
Ancestry.com, the largest
online source of family his-
tory information. She was
able to learn some research
techniques and started
searching records in the
26,000 databases of infor-
mation. "1 obtained copies
of my grandfather's naval
records, confirming his
children's birth names and
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then found birth and death
records on the site and used
census records to learn
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"I made my mother's lifelong dream of knowing her siblings come true,"
said Amanda. "I found her brother living in the Midwest. I was a little
apprehensive to contact him, but when I did, it was one big cry fest!" liHe
told Amanda that she had filled a void that had been with him his entire
life. He was only six-years old when the family was split up, and had spent
his life wondering what had happened to his sisters. Together, they later
found his sisters and have all since met and grown very close.
1 I' IInvolving children in your genealogy
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Some activities include:
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What's your story?
So what secrets are waiting to be discovered about the people who made
you who you are today? "Our roots influence us in ways we can't even
imagine," said Loretto Szucs, a genealogist at Ancestry.com. "Studying
your family history actually lets you discover more about yourself."
With online databases and research tools, it's easier than ever to start put-
ting the pages of your family story together, preserving your heritage and
passing it on to future generations.
Create a family tree.
You can easily create a family tree online with what you already know.
Begin with yourself and add your parents and grandparents. Record each
person's name, birthplace, birth date, death place and death date. If you
don't know the exact information, take your best guess vague clues can
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Search historical records.
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Besides online content, what family treasures are hidden in your shoe-
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cates. Scan these items and add them to your family tree helping to pre-
serve them for future generations. Older relatives, in particular, can often
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Collaborate with a community.
Search other peoples' family trees and communicate with them through
online message boards or other social networks. You can share informa-
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Share your discoveries.
Share the excitement by inviting family members and friends to view
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We're all reflections of the ancestors who came before us from our nat-
ural talents to the places we live and traditions we honor. Understanding
our ancestors truly helps us understand ourselves.
For more on how to discover your family's story, visit
Family history research is one of
the fastest-growing hobbies in
America. In fact, nearly 80 percent
of Americans are interested in or
are actively researching their fami-
ly history. And getting started is
easy. With the help of the Internet,
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research site such as Ancestry.com,
in just five to 10 minutes you can
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Digging Up r11odr4"
There's a wealth of data available online, but you need
to know where to look. According to Szucs, records such
as these are constantly updated with new information.
Census records can tell you where your ancestors
lived, where they were born, what their occupation was,
names of family members and other clues.
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istration cards hold personal statistics such as height,
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your relative served in, and whether they were injured
or received commendations.
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customizing and sharing the information with
others. Create a digital photo book that tells your
family story in an easily assessable way.
tos and start uncovering hints that
can link you to clues in resources
such as census and military records.
-In one to two hours, you can
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frame a set of family pliotos and
records from the site.
-In just one weekend, you can
create a full memorial page for a
LOCAL RESOURCES FOR LEARNING FAMILY HISTORY
When it comes to learning about your history it's not always just about the
internet. Locally the Jacksonville Genealogical Society and the Study of African
American Life and History (ASALH) are great resources that meet monthly.
To find the next Genealogical meeting, email email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org for ASALH.
June 6 12, 2013
Mrs. Perry's Free Press Page 9
-, Eric Holder Determined to Remain in Office
Jack McCain, Renee Swift, Cindy McCain and Sen. John McCain.
Sen. McCain Welcomes New
Daughter-in-Law of Color
The son of U.S. Senator John
McCain, Jack McCain, recently
wed Renee Swift in San Francisco.
The bride wore a gown fit for a
fairy tale with a tiered tulle ball
gown skirt and a strapless bodice
with a sweetheart neckline. The
groom wore a striking military
The nuptials were followed by a
reception at the California
Academy of Sciences, which was
attended by the entire McCain clan.
Mitt Romney attended the rehearsal
dinner on May 31 hosted at the
Jack McCain, 27, and Swift, 29,
met in Guam. Swift is a captain in
the United States Air Force
Reserve, while the younger
McCain is a lieutenant and helicop-
ter pilot in the Navy. Jack McCain
is stationed in Guam.
The newlywed couple plans to
honeymoon in Africa, representa-
tives for Senator McCain con-
firmed to People magazine.
Atty. General Eric Holder
Despite pressure from
Republicans and even some Obama
aides, Attorney General Eric Holder
is for now signaling he has no
intention of stepping down in the
wake of a controversy over the
Department of Justice seizing the
phone records of journalists from
the Associated Press and Fox News.
Bloomberg News reported
Tuesday that Holder had last week
"gathered his top aides last week to
deliver a message: He was fine, and
they all needed to stay focused and
get their work done." And in a
move designed to signal he under-
stands the fury of journalists over
the phone records, allies of Holder
have participated in stories with by
the Washington Post and
Newsweek that paint the attorney
general as concerned about striking
the right balance between stopping
national security leaks and protect-
ing the ability ofjournalists to gath-
For now, Holder, the first-ever
black attorney general, is essential-
ly in the same place he was during
Obama's first four years in office:
hated by Republicans, respected but
not beloved by liberals, and sup-
ported by key officials in the
administration like Obama senior
adviser Valerie Jarrett but viewed
by others as a political liability.
A number of Republicans have
called for him to step down, but so
far no Democrats have done so,
allowing the White House to por-
tray the controversy over Holder as
another example of the intense par-
tisanship of congressional
Despite the Republicans' atten-
tion on Holder, keeping him in
place has two obvious benefits.
First, the president himself does not
want to jettison a longtime ally who
was an adviser during the 2008
campaign and whose wife, Sharon,
is a close friend of Michelle
More importantly, removing
Holder would force Obama to battle
with Republicans to confirm the
next attorney general. The GOP
would use those confirmation hear-
ings to dredge up every controversy
of Holder's tenure and potentially
still not confirm a new attorney
Racing for Change: Group Encourages African-American Women to Try Distance Running
Throwing on a pair of running
shoes and heading out the door is
one of the cheapest, simplest forms
of exercise. But when two college
friends took up running to bum off
some of the freshman 15-pound
weight gain, their families and
friends couldn't relate.
"[They] would ask us what we
were doing, andt when we said 'run-
ning,' they would look baffled,"
said Toni Carey. She started running
shortly after graduating college by
watching her friend Ashley Hicks
take up the sport. Both Carey and
Hicks are African-American, and
they say they also felt excluded at
the races they attended.
"We would be the only black peo-
ple there," Carey says, "It was like,
'are you guys in the right place?'"
That's likely because Carey and
Hicks are, in fact, a rarity. The 2013
National Runner survey, an annual
report by Running USA of nearly
25,000 American runners, showed
that only 3.3 percent of African-
Americans were classified as "core
runners" -- defined as those who
compete in races and train year-
round. That's compared to 88.1 per-
cent of runners who were white, 5.2
who were Hispanic and 4.1 who
were Asian or Pacific Islander.
(Respondents could select more
than one ethnicity, so that's why
those numbers add up to more than
So Carey and Hicks decided to do
something to encourage their com-
munity to join the activity they
loved. They began by blogging
about their races and training, and
then, Carey says, "It took a life of
That was 2009, and "it" became
Ashley Hicks and Toni Carey founded Black girls RUN! in 2009 to
get African-American women interested and excited about distance
running. Since the launch of their original running group four years
ago, Black Girls RUN! has grown, now with about 70 groups across
an online group called Black Girls
RUN! Today, nearly 70 running
groups exist across the United
States, with about 61,000 members.
The Black Girls RUN! Facebook
page has over 70,000 "likes," and
the Twitter feed has almost 17,000
Carey and Hicks were also moti-
vated by the obesity epidemic
greatly affecting African-American
women: According to government
statistics, four out of five African-
American women are overweight or
obese; and African-American
women are 70 percent more likely
to be obese than non-Hispanic
white women. African-American
women are also affected more by
diabetes and high blood pressure,
both of which are linked to genet-
ics, poor diet and lack of exercise.
Not many African-American
women are lacing up their sneakers
to participate in one of the most
cost-effective forms of exercise.
One factor may be that African-
American women work out less
than other groups of women to
begin with. A 2012 Wake Forest
University survey showed that
more than half of African-American
women report working out less than
75 minutes a week, which is below
the recommended 150 minutes.
"I always tell people to just come
walk with us," Carey says. "Our
group ranges from walkers to ultra-
marathoners. We never leave any-
one out there by herself. We have a
saying, 'no woman left behind.' If
everyone finishes, we'll still be out
there waiting for you until the end.
Black Girls Run meets in
Jacksonville. Search for them on
Facebook to join up.
FAMU Hazing Defendant
Says He Protected the Victim
FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner says he did not attack victim
Robert Champion, who died during a marching band ritual in Orlando
Turner, 27, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and felony charges and
says he protected Champion as he took kicks and punches from a group
of band mates during a process called "Crossing Bus C." Turner's
lawyer, Carlus Haynes, wants Turner's manslaughter count tossed out.
"Mr. Turner's action of serving as protector did not in any way cause
the injuries that resulted in [Robert Champion's] death," Haynes said,
according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Fourteen former FAMU band mates have been charged with
manslaughter in Champion's death. Four have pleaded no contest to the
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