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The Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. paid tribute to the seven charter members that set the foundation for what has become one of the most highly recognized and influential organizations in the city of Jacksonville. The commemorative banquet celebrating 89 years of service, mentorship and achievement was held at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel. Special salute was given to 50 Year Members of the organization, Past Polemarchs (Presidents), and those that recently passed away including Dr. Chester Aikens. Fraternity brother Mayor Alvin Brown served as the keynote speaker. Other program participants were Presiding Elder Tony D. Hansberry and former Presiding Elder Dr. Robert L. Mitchell of the AME Church. The Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. was established on February 27th, 1925, becoming the first Greek letter organization bothin the city of Jacksonville and thestate of Florida. Womens History Month Calendar Honorees UnveiledTen local women who were selected by the Mayors Commission on the Status of Women for recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Jacksonville community were honored today at a breakfast reception hosted at the University of North FloridaUNF. This years theme is Standing Strong, Standing Together: Jacksonville Women Working to Create a Stronger Community Of the ten women, four were chosen to be featured on acommemorative poster, which was unveiled at the breakfast. Honored were Sandy Bartow, Patricia Pat S. Blanchard*, Amy Buggle, Elexia Coleman-Moss, Donna Orender, Susan Ponder-Stansel, Judith A. M. Smith, D.M.*, Brenda Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D. Ann E. A. Williams, Ph.D.* and Carolyn Williams, Ph.D.* (posthumous). *Featured on poster Volume 27 o. 21 March 27 April 2, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Companies Reaching Up and Out for Powerful and Plentiful Black DollarsPage 2 Health Care Expansion Ends This Month Thousands are Still AvailablePage 4Inaugural HonHers Event Draws Local Female AchieversPage 3 Jordan Davis Worried He Wouldnt Make It in LifePage 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED A Change May Be Coming to States Stand Your Ground Law Last week, Florida lawmakers approved a bill that would cover those who fire a warning shot if they are in danger. The Florida House is moving toward a compromise deal between supporters and critics of the state's Stand Your Ground law. A committee approved Thursday a measure that covers those who display a weapon or fire a warning shot if they feel they are in danger. The bill was inspired by Marissa Alexander, who was charged with aggravated assault after firing a shot in a domestic violence incident. She was originally sentenced to 20 years in jail. Her new trial will begin on July 28. A Florida legislative committee introduced a proposal that would put other restrictions on Stand Your Ground. Those who initiate a violent confrontation would not find immunity under it. Also neighborhood watch groups would not be able to pursue or confront suspects. Moreover those who shoot in self-defense are not immune from being hit with civil suits by innocent bystanders who are hit by bullets. Controversy surrounding the morality of the law was brought to national attention after the killing of Trayvon Martin by former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012.Black Preschoolers More Likely to Face SuspensionBlack students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm. The suspensions and disparities begin at the earliest grades. Black children represent about 18 percent of children in preschool programs in schools, but they make up almost half of the preschoolers suspended more than once, the report said. Six percent of the nation's districts with preschools reported suspending at least one preschool child. Overall, the data show that black students of all ages are suspended and expelled at a rate that's three times higher than that of white children. Even as boys receive more than two-thirds of suspensions, black girls are suspended at higher rates than girls of any other race or most boys. Nationally, 1 million children were served in public preschool programs, with about 60 percent of districts offering preschool during the 2011-2012 school year, according to the data. The data show nearly 5,000 preschoolers were suspended once. At least 2,500 were suspended more than once. Hispanic children made up nearly one-third of all preschoolers, but they made up 25 percent of the preschoolers suspended once and 20 percent of preschoolers suspended more than once.Student Files $5 Million Claim in Racial Dorm Room HarassmentsAn African-American student who was a victim of an alleged hate crime by his three white roommates has filed a $5 million claim against San Jose State University. The victim, Donald Williams Jr., 17, was a freshman at the school this past fall, according to InsideBayArea.com. Williams said his alleged attackers tied a metal bicycle lock around his neck and nicknamed him three-fifths and fraction in reference to slavery. They also wrestled him to the ground, locked him inside his room by blocking his door with furniture and hung a Confederate flag in his window. The three have plead not guilty to the allegations. In February, San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi said he failed Williams in addressing this incident. Qayoumi said future precautions will be taken to prevent this from occurring again such as additional training for resident assistants. He also said a task force would be implemented to further investigate the incident. By failing to recognize the meaning of a Confederate flag, intervene earlier to stop the abuse, or impose sanctions as soon as the gravity of the behavior became clear, we failed him. I failed him, Qayoumi said in a statement. Following news of the incident, students on campus organized a demonstration to show support for Williams. University of Alabama SGA Votes Down Integrating Greek SystemThe University of Alabamas Student Government Association (SGA) Senate voted down a resolution that supported the full integration of the schools Greek system. The resolution was voted on last week during the last meeting of the 20122013 Senate. If it was not voted on, the resolution would have died because it would not have been able to carry over to the 2014-15 Senate, reports the universitys newspaper The Crimson White. According to the paper, one of the resolutions sponsors, thinks it may have failed to pass due to some of the Greek senators, who may have felt the specific wording was too critical of the Greek system. The resolution was proposed in response to reports published in The Crimson White last September four traditionally white sororities reportedly blocked two black girls from pledging. The resolution can be rewritten and resubmitted during the Senates next turn.Pastor Dies After Confessing AdulteryA Connecticut pastor reportedly passed away after he revealed a startling confession to his congregation. Bishop Bobby Davis, who was a pastor of the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, asked churchgoers to stay after service service Sunday and confessed to his parishioners that he had committed adultery. According to the Connecticut Post, a member of the church told the paper that Bishop Davis admitted to having an extra-marital affair with hopes of asking forgiveness from his parishioners. The crowd responded with mixed reactions and he reportedly suffered a fatal heart attack moments after. After the service on Sunday, the bishops family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago, churchgoer Judy Stovall told the newspaper. He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness. Investigation into Davis death is still ongoing and the official cause of death is still being determined. However, the Huffington Post has obtained a statement from the Bridgeport Police Departmenet: We have had numerous inquiries about a pastor who suffered a medical crisis at Miracle Faith World Outreach on Harriet Street and later died, said spokesman Bill Kaempffer. Detectives interviewed dozens of people who were present and reviewed video that was taken by a member of the church. Based on that investigation, investigators are confident that there is no criminal element. According to the churchs website, Davis and his wife founded the church in 1967. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Donned in their green and black attire, members of the Bold City Chapter of Links, Incorporated joined their sisters from around the state for a day of advocacy in Tallahassee, Florida. Links arrived by plane, trains and automobiles in the states capitol to voice their issues to the state legislature. The Bold City Chapter, one of the states nineteen, had the largest contingency present for the day long event. Their activities included a buffet breakfast with Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince, joining the Florida Black Caucus for lunch with political commentator Dr.Marc Lamont Hill and an afternoon symposium with Atty. Ben Crump on the Stand Your Ground Law. Over seventy Links attended Links Day at the Capitol to make their voice heard. Also in attendance were members of the Jacksonville chapter which included Pat Bivins, Kia Mitchell, Chandra Jordan and Karen Smith. Shown above are members of the Bold CityChapter of The Links, Incorporated present in Tallahassee for the annual Links Day at the Capitol (L-R): Marsha Oliver, Diana Spicer,Willetta Richie, Melissa Adams, Gwen Mitchel-Lane, E. Jean Aikens, Dr. barbara Darby, Roslyn Mixon-Phillips, Katrena Grant, Wanda Willis and Rometa Porter. Links Make Their Voices Heard to States Lawmakers Pictured (L-R): Gregory Flowers, Mark Chapman, Dennis Gamble, Mayor Alvin Brown, Cleveland Ferguson, Linnes Finney, Frank S. Emanuel and Herman Miller. R. Silver photo. Jax Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Celebrate 89th Year
Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 27April 2, 2014 Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. JASMINE GREENMonitor Support Technician, Shands HospitalJOB RESOURCES at EmployFlorida.com helped Jasmine choose a career path and nd a job she loves.Employ Florida is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The Employ Florida telephone number may be reached by persons using TTY/TTD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. Disponible en Espanol. 1-866-FLA-2345EmployFlorida.com Ever see an inner-city schoolyard filled with white, Asian and black teens shooting hoops? Or middleaged white and Latino men swigging beer and watching the Super Bowl on their black neighbor's couch? Or Asians and Latinos dancing the night away in a hip-hop club? All it takes is a television. Yes, that mesmerizing mass purveyor of aspiration, desire and selfawareness regularly airs commercials these days that show Americans of different races and ethnicities interacting in integrated schools, country clubs, workplaces and homes, bonded by their love of the products they consume. Think about one of Pepsi's newest spots, "Refresh Anthem," which debuted during the Super Bowl. The ad, which features Bob Dylan and hip-hop producer will.i.am, is a collage of images from the '60s and today that celebrate generations past and present. Whites and blacks are shown returning from war, surfing, skateboarding, dancing and waving American flags at political rallies, while a boyish Dylan and a presentday will.i.am take turns singing the Dylan classic, "Forever Young," each in his signature style. Or, take the latest hit spot from E TRADE, which stars the E TRADE Baby, a 9month-old white boy, and his newest buddy a black infant who, from his own highchair, agrees with the wisdom of online investing even in a down economy. Ads like these are part of a subtle, yet increasingly visible strategy that marketers refer to as "visual diversity" commercials that enable advertisers to connect with wider audiences while conveying a message that corporate America is not just "in touch," racially speaking, but inclusive. It wasn't always like this. For much of the past century, "minorities were either invisible in mainstream media, or handed negative roles that generally had them in a subservient position," says Jerome Williams, a professor of advertising and African-American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. "Today, you're starting to see a juxtaposition of blacks and whites together, doing the things people do ... Now, advertisers are not in a position of pushing social justice. But to the extent that they can put whites and blacks together in situations, I think that's a good thing." These "multiculti" ads may be evidence of the vitality of assimilation, America's distinctive, master trend. To advertisers, though, they're simply smart business a recognition of a new cultural mainstream that prizes diversity, a recognition that we are fast approaching a day when the predominant hue in America will no longer be white. And yet, some critics wonder if depicting America as a racial nirvana today may have an unintended downside that of airbrushing out of the public consciousness the economic and social chasms that still separate whites, blacks and Latinos. Even on Madison Avenue, which is generating the inclusive messages, recent studies find few nonwhites in decision-making and creative positions within the advertising industry itself. Are multiculti ads, then, an accurate barometer of our racial progress, a showcase of our hopes in that direction or a reminder of how far we still have to go? In the days when Aunt Jemima appeared on boxes of pancake mix as a servile "Mammy" character a plump, smiling African-American woman in a checkered apron and a kerchief advertisers aimed largely for the so-called "general market," code for white consumers, rather than smaller, satellite "ethnic" markets. Whites still hold most of the economic clout in the United States 85.5 percent of the nation's annual buying power of $10 trillion, according to a 2007 study by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia. If current trends continue, demographers say, nonwhites will be in the majority in America by 2042 a prospect not lost on advertisers, says Melanie Shreffler, editor of Marketing to the Emerging Majorities, an industry newsletter. Marketers "aren't turning out multicultural ads for the good of society," says Shreffler. "They recognize there is money involved. If you skip out on a group that is going to be half the population by 2042 good heavens, who are you marketing to?" Need an Attorney? 214 East Ashley Street Jacksonville, Florida 32202 904-354-8429 Over 30 years experience of professional and courteous service to our clients Accidents Workers Compensation Personal Injury Wrongful Death Probate Contact Law Office of Contact Law Office of Reese Marshall, P.A. Reese Marshall, P.A. Still image from the E-Trade Baby "Wings" commercial. HUD 1-800-669-9777 TDD 1-800-927-9275 www.fairhousinglaw.orgThe Federal Fair Housing Act protects your right to live where you want. In fact, in any decision regarding rental, sales, or lending, it is against the law to consider race color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or family status. If you think youve been denied housing, please call us.Fair Housing. Its not an option. Its the law DISCRIMINATION SAYS THEY CANT BE NEIGHBORS. THE LAW SAYS THEY CAN. ,. Companies Reaching Up and out for powerful and plentiful black dollars -African-American buying powerhas risen from $318 billion in 1990 to $845 billion in 2007 a 166 percent gain. Whites' buying powerrose 124 percent during that period. -The combined buying powerof AfricanAmericans, Asians and Native Americans was $1.4 trillion in 2007, a gain of 201 percent since 1990. Meanwhile, the economic clout of Latinos rose by 307 percent, to $862 billion, overthat span. -The numberof black-owned companies rose 45 percent from 1997 to 2002 4 1/2 times fasterthan the national average and theirreceipts grew slightly fasterthan all others. Native American-owned businesses increased by 67 percent, Asian firms 24 percent, Latino companies 31 percent. -The black population grew 27 percent from 1990 to 2007, compared to 15 percent forwhites and 21 percent overall. And the percentage of multiracial citizens, though just 1.6 percent of America's 302 million people, is swelling at 10 times the rate of white population growth. -Black college graduates earn 80 cents forevery dollarmade by theirequally qualified, counterparts, and salaries of $100,000 are disproportionately less likely forBlack managers and professionals. -Sixteen percent of large advertising firms employ no black managers orprofessionals; in the overall labormarket, 7 percent of companies are without blacks in those positions. -Blacks are only 62 percent as likely as whites to work in the powerful "creative" and "client contact" functions. African-Americans' median income is just 61 percent that of whites, and blacks are twice as likely to be unemployed. Whites 65 orolderreceive 25 times as much income from retirement investments as elderly blacks, and poverty rates forblack children are 2 1/2 times higherthan forwhites. Companies are npow farmore conscious of what they put on their products and who they are marketed too. The images above were popularstillwell into the 70s. If You Travel forMedical Treatments This one's tremendously helpful if you need frequent medical treatments outside the home, such as physical therapy, regular blood work, or even chemotherapy. The IRS allows you to deduct mileage if the drive is "primarily for, and essential to," medical care. The IRS evaluates the standard cents-per-mile allowance each year. For 2008, it was 19 cents a mile between January and June, and 27 cents a mile between July and December. If this little-used tax break applies to you, take advantage of it! If You Pay PMI on yourmortgage When you take out a first mortgage with less than 20% down, you pay a monthly private mortgage insurance (PMI). If you took your mortgage on or after January 1, 2007, that PMI expense is now deductible. Simply use Line 13 on Schedule A-the same form that you use to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes. Your lender should make this easy by telling you the amount of your PMI premium in Box 4 of your Form 1098. This deduction is scheduled to disappear after 2010, so make the most of it. Good News for Investors Funny how so many investors can be SO careful with what they put in their portfolio, yet can be almost careless when it comes to deducting investment-related expenses on their taxes. Don't let that be you! Be sure to write off any and all investment publications you subscribe to. And don't forget other expenses, such as your broker's annual fees, mileage for visits to your broker, safety deposit boxes and other investment fees you may pay directly. If You Lost YourJob Did you look for a job in 2008? If you looked for a job in the same field and at the same level as the one you left, you might be able to deduct your job search expenses as "miscellaneous itemized tax deductions." And even if didn't get the job, your expenses may still be deductible. Possible deductions include agency fees, resume preparation, advertising, postage, long-distance phone calls, and travel. You can claim these jobseeking expenses as long as the amount of all miscellaneous itemized tax deductions is more than 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). If You Have Child UnderAge 17 Here's another tax credit if you have children under 17 living at home: You can reduce the amount of taxes you owe by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under the age of 17 through the Child Tax Credit. The amount of this credit begins to reduce once your income reaches $75,000 or more ($110,000 for married, filing jointly and $55,000 for married, filing separately). The credit does not affect the exemptions you take for dependents -in fact, you can take it in addition to your exemptions. So if you have two children under 17, you can take up to a $2,000 tax credit. Miscellaneous Medical Expenses If you have chronic bronchitis or asthma and your physician has told you that you need to add an air conditioner or a humidifier to your home, this type of equipment can be partially deductible. Also included are specialty beds or mattresses, portable oxygen tanks, heaters and even special telephones. You can even deduct the additional electricity costs needed to operate these prescribed necessities. Remember that as far as ANYmedical expenses go, only the amount over 7.5% of your income is deductible. Also make sure that the medical expenses are for you, your spouse, or any dependents for whom you paid more than half the support. Be Aware of Overlooked Available Tax Deductions Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity The Cummer Musem of Art and Gardens is excited to announce its most recent exhibition A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: Photography from the High Museum of Art. The Cummer is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The exhibit, on view through November 2, 2014, contains 22 black and white photographs taken by an array of photographers, journalists, artists and activists, who documented the societal struggles that swept the nation during the 1950s and 60s. The twenty-two works that will be on display in the exhibition are only a small fraction of The High's collection, which includes more than 250 photographs that document the social protest movement, from Rosa Parkss arrest to the Freedom Rides to the 1963 march on Washington, DC. The photographs in this exhibition capture the courage and perseverance of individuals who challenged the status quo, armed only with the philosophy of nonviolence and the strength of their convictions. The images were made by committed artists, activists, and journalists, who risked injury, arrest, and even death to document this critical moment of growth in our nation. The tenacity of these dedicated and gifted individualson both sides of the cameracontinues to inspire social justice advocates today. For more information on the exhibit visit the www.cummer.org or call the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens at 356-6857.Coach Roach & Master Bos Birthday CelebrationCoach Marvin Roach and William Master Bo Travis are having a birthday party and you are invited! The celebration takes place, Saturday, March 29th at 6: 30 p.m. at Bos Barber Shop, 6712 Van Gundy Rd. For more information call 765-4212. Photographs include the one above by Unknown Photographer, Rosa Parks Being Fingerprinted, Montgomery, Alabama, February 22, 1956, Gelatin silver print, Purchase with funds from Sandra Anderson Baccus in loving memory of Lloyd TevisBaccus, M.D., 2007.113. Cummer Presents a Civil Rights Commemorative Photo Exhibit Companies Reaching Up and Out for Powerful and Plentiful Black Dollars
The Navy Federal Credit Union Awarded Friends of Brentwood Library a grant for $1,000.00 to support the mission of The Friends of Brentwood Library (FOBL), founded by Sharon Coon. A community project established by Central Metropolitan CME Lay Ministry, the FOBLs mission is to combine community resources to enhance the library environment. The FOBL are also organizing a Community Celebrity Readers Club to promote academic excellence in language arts and invite the community to volunteer one hour a year to read to kids. A Community Celebrity Readers Club luncheon and Unveiling of the Hall of Fame Celebrity Readers will take place Monday, April 28th at noon. FOBL Activities include monthly meetings, the second Thursday, from 4:30 5:30 pm at Brentwood Public Library, 3725 N. Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206. 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Aging in-laws have never r 7 e er mb e em t te s 6 Sep ugus 6 SepY TER S AP MY YS AL MADCTEPS 9 S THE 3 Shown above is FOBLfounder Ms.Sharon Coon accepting a check from Eeva Pakarinen, Bank Manager, avy Federal Credit Union Betty Burney, Donna Deegan, Penny Dickerson, Santhea Brown, Mayor Alvin Brown, Brenda Franklin, Roshanda Jackson.Inaugural HonHers Event Draws Local Female Achievers Mayor and Mrs. Alvin Brown hosted the inaugural HonHers event on last week at the Schultz Center for Teaching and Learning, in celebration of the accomplishments of the everyday woman. The event featured local women from various backgrounds and industries who discussed the inspirations, achievements and motivations that affected and transformed their lives. The event highlighted the simple notion that the smallest accomplishment from the woman next door can significantly shape our community. The theme of the event I A.M. focused on women who Inspire, Achieve and Motivate. Todays event is about promoting opportunity and offering support and resources to help women succeed in Jacksonville, said Mayor Alvin Brown. My vision is to make Jacksonville a city of opportunity for everyone. We need to support and encourage everyone to develop their full potential. I want every woman to be able to make the most of that opportunity to succeed. The featured speakers were Betty Burney, founder and executive director of the Im a Star Foundation and former Duval County School Board Member; Donna Deegan, founder and president of The Donna Foundation; Penny Dickerson, college professor and writer; Brenda Franklin, community volunteer and businesswoman; and Roshanda Jackson, executive director of Northside Community Involvement, Inc. During a question and answer dialogue moderated by Special Assistant to the Mayor Angela Spears, the women discussed networking opportunities, equal pay and the importance of education in achieving personal and professional success, among other topics. The session wrapped up with audience members asking questions and offering comments to the panelists. Various representatives from local organizations and the City of Jacksonville were also on-hand to provide resources and offer support to audience members. Friends of Brentwood Library Gets Funding Boost, Invites Celebrity Readers Charlie Crist Looking for Summer InternsKnow anyone who wants to go above and beyond to help elect the next Governor of Florida? The campaign is looking for talented, smart, and hard-working summer interns to join the team. If you're interested -or you know someone who might be -applicants can send their cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Interns will get first-hand experience in fundraising, communications, grassroots organizing, digital strategy, and everything that goes into running a state-wide race. No previous campaign experience is required. Shown above (L-R) are Felicia Cruz (Vice President), Patricia Gillum Sams (President) and Iranetta Wright (Program Director).Jack and Jill Elects ew Leadership The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., elected new leadership into the chapter. Their leadership change included Vice President Mrs. Felecia Cruz and Program Director Mrs. Irenetta Wright. The Jacksonville Chapter of 60 families is a part of a national organization of 30,000 families with children ages 2 to 19, dedicated to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
October 1, 2013 signified a critical date for President Barack Obama. Its the date that the feds officially rolledout healthcare expansion, the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare whatever you want to call it. Politically, the stakes have been high for Democrats and Republicans. Democrats and the President actually think that healthcare expansion will work and point to programs like Medicare, which is widely considered one of the most successful federal programs ever implemented. Dems also point out that when Medicare was first proposed there was major oppostion to the concept of universal health care for seniors. President Reagan called Medicare Social Medicine, which again we know now works extremely well. Republicans have done their best to not only discredit the President and healthcare expansion, and the intensity of their efforts has not decreased. Some say that Republicansare actually nervous that healthcare expansion may actually work. Remember, this wasnt some new Democratic idea. We know that as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romneysuccessfully implemented statewide universal healthcare. The problem for the President and Dems is that the healthcare roll out stumbled out the gates with website issues and delays. Obamas approval rating has taken a nose dive since the challenges with the roll out. But whats so surprising about the opposition to the Affordable Healthcare Act is that its nothing new. The concept that people should be required to buy health coverage was fleshed out more than 20 years ago by a number of conservative economists, embraced by scholars at conservative research groups, including the well-respected Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. If you look back at the 1993 Republican Healthcare Plan it mirrors President Obamas. The individual mandate, as it is known, was seen then as a conservative alternative to some of the healthcare approaches favored by Democrats like creating a national health service or requiring employers to provide health coverage. The 2013 Florida Legislative Session ended without the state embracing or accepting billions in federal dollars forheathcare expansion. Republicans in the Florida House of Representativesbasically ensured that 1.2 million Floridians will continue to go without access to affordable healthcare, and Florida's families will not benefit from the 120,000 permanent jobs that would have been created. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that whole job creation factor? If we expand healthcare, we could potentially create up to 120,000 new jobs in the state. One more nugget of information if we would haveexpanded healthcare last year, the feds would have covered100 percent of the costs associated with the medically needy program. This would provide $430 million in savings to the state budget every year. That would be an additional $430 million that could be used for education, infrastructure, etc. Yes I know, you are thinking what most of my Democratic colleagues and I have been thinking its a no-brainer to do the expansion. Not only would we be able to provide healthcare for over 1 million people, but save the state $430 million annually and create 120,000 jobs. Whats there to even talk about? Well we know the traditional party-line rhetoric about the failing federal government. We hear about federal debt and how we shouldnt take this money because we dont know if the feds will keep their promise over time. A weak argument when you consider the fact that every single year, the state budget is made of some $26 billion dollars in federal funds. Yes, thats right between federal funding of education, transportation, housing and other needs we are already getting a ton of federal dollars each year. The federal government has never defaulted on their priorities to the states. Getting back to the importance of March 31, 2014. The deadline is here for those Americans who don't have health insurance dont miss out on a opportunity to potentially save your life. President Obama has been clear the goal is to make healthcare more affordable while extending coverage to millions of people who don't have it. Now is the time to act. Signing off from a local insurance agent, Reggie Fullwood Gainful Employment Rule Throws Black Students for a Loss Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on 1 million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it easier for low-income minority students to access college, the Department of Education has launched an unprecedented assault on this same community through a new proposal that will cut thousands of college programs that disproportionately serve poor communities, single working mothers, veterans and other at-risk populations. At a time when American employers desperately need an educated, skilled workforce to sustain economic recovery, a confused and conflicted White House is hurting the underserved communities it claims to support. On March 14, the Department of Education published its new proposed Gainful Employment rule. The rule is a rehashed patchwork of regulations concocted several years ago in an attempt to prevent abuse of the federal financial aid system. Rejected through legislative process and shot down in federal court only a few years ago, the administration has nonetheless resurrected the policy and repackaged it in an 841-page proposal that will decimate college programs and career-focused vocational training currently serving one million students. The proposed regulation, which applies primarily to proprietary (for-profit) colleges and universities, would make academic programs ineligible for federal Title IV financial aid if they fail to meet arbitrary formulas primarily related to student debt and earnings a few years out after graduation. Put more simply, students who dont command high enough starting salaries relative to their student loans will find their programs eliminated without any solution for continuing their educational career. If the rule is enacted as proposed, thousands of vocational training and educational programs will disappear, creating an $8 billion shortage in the higher education market and many aspiring students left out in the cold. Students pursuing careers in public service, which often pay lower starting salaries, like teachers, social workers, nurses and other allied health careers will be barred from receiving the same federal aid as their peers seeking high paying jobs. The same is true for those pursuing their passions in culinary training, design, animation and other careers in the arts. This will hurt employers like hospital systems, hotels, restaurants and food service companies who heavily recruit qualified talent from programs threatened by the rule. Perhaps the biggest problem with the ill-conceived Gainful Employment rule is that it discriminates against programs that are sought primarily by low income minorities and other non-traditional students. From poor working families, to single mothers to veterans and other special needs communities, there are millions of Americans who dont fit the mold or plainly werent accepted for a typical college experience. In order to gain the skills, training and credentials needed to secure and maintain a job, many of these individuals enroll in proprietary vocational programs. President Obamas Gainful Employment rule penalizes these programs almost exclusively while applying completely different standards for private non-profit schools with the exact same curriculum. At the same time, the schools who serve more affluent populations of traditional suburban teenagers are protected from the presidents biased standards. Not only is the Department of Education proposing an unprecedented program that discriminates against certain types of schools, the Obama administration has not produced any plan to compensate for the loss of 6 million students who will be displaced and dejected before the decade is over. No regulation of this type and this complexity has ever been enacted in higher education. The collateral damage of this proposed rule is great and the risk to these communities and to our fragile economy is very real. Continued on page 7 Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $36.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. 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But the SBAs 8 (a) program figures can be broken down by race and thats where she was being disingenuous. I specifically asked her twice about the status of Black businesses under Obama and twice she was less than forthcoming. Now, I know why: The Obama administrations record of guaranteeing loans to Black businesses is worse than it was under George W. Bush. Yes, that was documented recently by the Wall Street Journal in its analysis of data for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. Black borrowers received 1.7% of the $23.09 billion in total SBA loans. The percentage is down sharply from 8.2% of overall SBA loan volume in fiscal 2008. By number of loans, black-owned small businesses got 2.3% of the federal agencys roughly 54,000 loans last year, down from 11% in 2008, the newspaper reported. Major banks are encouraged to make SBA loans to small businesses for up to $5 million, with the federal agency agreeing to cover as much as 85 percent of any loss. Financial institutions share responsibility for the drop in loans to African Americans. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bank of America made 1,400 SBA loans in fiscal 2007. For the latest fiscal year, however, that figure fell to just 247 borrowers. But the total loan amounts remain relatively unchanged, reaching $40.2 million in 2007 to $40.7 million for the last fiscal year. Thats part of a larger trend by banks coming out of a recession to favor larger deals over smaller ones. According to the SBA, their average loan is $426,796, more than double the average of $192,919 in 2005. Thats problematic for African Americans because 80 percent of the loans to fund Black business are for $150,000 or less. The housing market decline has also had an adverse impact on African Americans. Of course, everyone acknowledges that the Great Recession was a drag on business, both big and small. Other ethnic groups had a hard time obtaining business loans in a depressed economy, but they are recovering at a faster rate than Blacks. This is the fallout from the recession and housing bust, J. Patrick Kelley, a deputy associate administrator of the SBA, told the Wall Street Journal. The borrowers hardest hitare the last to see a recovery come to them. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, Black business owners made up 49.9 percent of all minority owners in 2012. Asians made up 29.6 percent and Hispanics 10.3 percent. Overall, Blacks own 14.6 percent of U.S. businesses and women own 36 percent. When it comes to Black businesses, there is good news and bad news. A Census Bureau press release, dated Feb. 8, 2011 stated: From 2002 to 2007, the number of black-owned businesses increased by 60.5 percent to 1.9 million, more than triple the national rate of 18.0 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureaus Survey of Business Owners. Over the same period, receipts generated by blackowned businesses increased 55.1 percent to $137.5 billion. Black-owned businesses continued to be one of the fastest growing segments of our economy, showing rapid growth in both the number of businesses and total sales during this time period, said Census Bureau Deputy Director Thomas Mesenbourg. Now the bad news: Of the 1.9 million Black-owned businesses, 1.8 million had no paid employees in 2007. Because 82 percent of business startups, both large and small, require capital beyond the owners personal assets, access to capital remains a major concern. Minority small business owners are disproportionately denied credit when they apply for it even after controlling for other variables such as business credit scores, personal wealth, and revenues. These findings hold true particularly for black and Hispanic business owners, according to an issue brief by the SBA. The variation of home ownership can also be a factor. Home ownership may provide an important catalyst to small business growth, but it may also serve as a barrier to entry for prospective entrepreneurs, the SBA said. For instance, business growth can bridge the wealth gap between minorities and non-minorities across geneder. Among existing businesses, home ownership significantly decreases the probability of loan denials and can be critical to such growth. According to Census data, 78.2 percent of business owners owned homes in 2012. Research shows that 72.6 percent of Whites own homes, 58.7 percent of Asians, 47.2 percent of Hispanics and 43.8 percent of Blacks. Clearly, a number of factors contribute to whether Blacks own their own businesses. The SBA must play of stronger role in opening the doors for Blacks, not just minorities. George E. Curry, former editorin-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) Obama Worse than George W. Bush on SBA Loans
March 27 April 3, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 25 31, 2014HOOPS TOURNEY RECAPS; NEW COACH AT CENTRAL STATE; BOWLING CHAMPS AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 34ELITE TEAM: Head coach Leon Douglas guided the SIAC champion Golden Tigers of Tuskegee to Wednesday's D2 quarterTUSKEGEE HOLDING IT DOWNLUT WILLIAMS BCSP Editor Three weeks into the 2014 basketball postseason and SIAC West Division and tournament champion Tuskegee is the only NCAA black college team still standing. gers (21-11) completed a dominating run through destroying No. 3 seed Delta State 80-59 in the championship game to earn a spot in this week's NAMENT RECAPS). coach Leon Douglas they join seven other regional champions. 26 at 2:30 p.m. CST (3:30 p.m. Eastern) at the Ford Center in Evansville. The game was to be streamed live on ncaa.com. tainly not playing like it. State. They are just the second team along with Saint Joseph's in 2010 to win its region as an eight seed. Montgomery Advertiser Metro State. "It doesn't bother me at all." "My guys have bought into everything we're Alabama and NBA star. "We've done a great job to this point but the job is not complete." The Roadrunners were the top-ranked team season. is the leading scorer during the NCAA Tournament among the teams still playing as he has avThe Roadrunners are also getting 16.1 tional title in Evansville the last time the tournament was held there in 2002. Tuskegee has gotten major contributions Richard Dixon He and 6-2 senior guard Javier McKinney Tuskegee Sports PhotoTuskegee left to carry the mantle TOURNAMENT RECAPSMEN NCAA DIV. II SOUTH REGION Championship Tuskegee 80, Delta State 59 SIAC men's champion Tuskegee completed a run through the NCAA Div. II Point guard Kevin May had 24 points while backcourt mates Elliot Dean and Javier McKinney tallied 15 and 14 Leon Douglas troops will take on Div. II No. 1 Metro State (31-1) Wednesday at NCAA DIV. I First Four Cal Poly 81, Texas Southern 69 SWAC champion Texas Southern got 38 Aaric Murray Jose Rodriguez Tigers' (19-15) 20 bench points. NCAA DIV. I EAST REGION Second Round Iowa State 93, North Carolina Central 75 MEAC champion North Carolina Central 93-75 win. Jeremy Ingram's 14 points. But the Cyclones shot Emmanuel Chapman tallied 10 points with 4 assists. Junior center Karamu Jawara added 16 points. Norfolk State 54 to within 56-54 on a Rashid Gaston got no closer. Malcolm Hawkins Brandon Goode added 12. Sam Houston State 71, Alabama State 49 Alabama State's Brandon Graham had 13 points and DeMarcus Robinson Penn State 58, Hampton 65 the CBI Tournament. Sophomores Brian Darden (22 points) and DeRon Powers (19) led the Pirates (18-15). WOMEN NCAA DIV. I STANFORD REGION First Round Hampton 61 MEAC champion Hampton was Michigan State 91-61. The Lady Pirates (28-5) came in with the highest seeding (12th) in MEAC history and riding an 18-game win streak but but was never able to cut the lead below 30. Seniors Nicole Hamilton and Alyssa Bennett led Hampton Malia Tate-DeFreitas with just 4 points. The Lady Pirates are now 0-8 in NCAA appearances. NCAA DIV. I LINCOLN REGION First Round UConn 87, Prairie View A&M 44 SWAC champion Prairie View A&M LeReahn Washington had 14 points and was the only PV player to reach double digits. WNIT First Round Texas Southern 72 Brianna Sydney tallied 21 points but was Texas Southern WNIT First Round South Florida 56, North Carolina A&T 50 Christina Carter led NC A&T (24-7) with WNIT game.team's scoring leaders at 17.1 and 14.1 points per swingman Graham Olatunji made the SIAC all-tournament team. Elliot Dean scored 31 points in the regional win over Florida Southern. Five-seven point guard Kevin May tallied 24 points in the championship game and was named game winning streak may have been the 88-80 overtime victory over Fort Valley State in the SIAC tournament championship game. Elite Eight since Alabama A&M made the last has made three other appearances in the NCAA South Region play in 1979. back in it this season. to Drury by one point in last year's championship West Liberty took the Atlantic Region title and the Southeast Region. Southern Connecticut State and Central Missouri games will be carried live on CBS Sports Network The national championship game is Saturon CBS.BCSP NotesPearl takes football reins at Central State Cedric Pearl Alabama A&M Central State University announced last week. the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). He will replace E.J. Junior was hired as head coach at Central State in March 2009. Anthony Jones' Morehouse November. Tuskegee Morris Brown Cotchery out at Miles Miles College announced last week that head men's basketball coach Will Cotchery would not be returning. son losing by eight points to eventual champion Tuskegee in the SIAC Maryland-Eastern Shore wins its seventh MEAC Bowling title University of Maryland Eastern Shore Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championship and seventh overall with a 4-3 victory over Florida A&M University in Chesapeake. The Lady Hawks raced out to a 3-1 lead against the No. 6 Lady Ratoverall title with a 182-130 victory. Mariana Alvarado during team games on Friday. Head Coach Kayla Bandy Joining Alvarado on the All-Tournament Team is teammate Megan Buja North Carolina A&T's Emily Strombeck Katherine Jones Florida A&M and Norfolk State's Thea Aspiras complete the team. Virginia State outlasts Fayetteville State for CIAA Bowling crown Virginia State rallied past Fayetteville State CIAA Bowling Championships winning both Ronald Simms, Jr. second match to take home the trophy. Amber Seay was selected Most Valuable Bowler in the decisive game in the second match which clinched the championship. The Trojans won the seventh game 200-180. Ashley Wade and Shayla Lightfoot Nicole Sciortino Saint Augustine's Crystal Mujica Virginia State.Alabama A&M takes 2014 SWAC Bowling championship Alabama A&M Alabama State 4-2 to take the SWAC bowling championship Sunday at the Bowling International Training and Research Center. Nicole Kleutgen was tabbed as this year's Most Valuable Alexandra McIntyre Jeff McCorvey NCAA DIV. II ELITE EIGHT Tuskegee THE TUSKEGEE GOLDEN TIGERS ELITE EIGHT SCHEDULE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 S. Conn.State (30-2) vs. C. Missouri (27-5), 12 noon Tuskegee (21-11) vs. Metro State (31-1), 2:30 p.m. Drury (28-3) vs. West Liberty (29-3), 6 p.m. S. C. Aiken (32-3) vs. Chico State (25-7), 8:30 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Drury/W. Libery vs. SCAU/CSU, 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Pearl
Americas Promise Alliance, a national partnership founded by Gen. Colin Powell and devoted to improving the wellbeing of young people, has selected Jacksonville as the site of a GradNation Community Summit. Alma Powell, chair of Americas Promise Alliance, will open the April 4 event at the Main Library Downtown along with keynote speakers. The Summit engages the city in a nationwide campaign to increase high school graduation rates and college readiness among young people. Mayor Brown announced Jacksonvilles selection as a member of the GradNation movement on March 3, joining 99 other communities across the country that will host similar summits through 2016, and have pledged to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate nationwide by 2020 with the support of Americas Promise. Jacksonvilles graduation rate is at an all-time high of 72 percent, with a 75 percent graduation rate statewide. The GradNation Community Summit as part of Mayor Browns Education Initiatives including Mayors Mentors, which pairs trained volunteers to provide support to at-risk middle school students, and Learn2Earn, which provides a week of college immersion at local universities to high school students who would be the first in their families to attend college. For more information about the Jacksonville Summit and to learn how to get involved, visit coj.net/edsummit. Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 27-April 2, 2014 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday 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 TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. St. John Missionary Baptist Hold Church and Pastors AnniversarySt. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg, FL 32068 will be celebrating the Church's 133 years of existence and Dr. C. Edward Preston Sr, Pastor 24 years of service. The celebrations will conclude Sunday, March 30th at 4 p.m. Come and experience the move of God and be blessed with singing, praying, and preaching at these services. For further information call 272-5100.MLK Candlelight Vigil at Mt.ZionApril 4, 2014, marks the 46th anniversary of one of the saddest days in United States history the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Join the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. Friday, April 4th, to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a candlelight vigil, and a strong, but quiet appeal for peace at home and abroad. The vigil takes place at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver Street, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more details call 463-2425 or visit www.mlkfdnorg.com. Marcus Stroud Gospel Fest Brings Top Talent to JacksonvilleMarcus Stroud and 99 Wayz Entertainment will present the 1st Annual Gospel Fest 2014 Friday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Pak, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. Be prepared for a day filled with praise and worship featuring the best of the best in gospel. On stage is Grammy Award Winner Erica, singer and songwriter from the Contemporary Gospel duo and star of WE television series Mary, Mary. Urban gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Grammy award winner LeAndria Johnson, gospel singer and songwriter artist Jessica Reedy. Grammy Award nominee singer, songwriter, producer and gospel legend Dorothy Norwood. Stellar Award nominee singer, songwriter and former NY Mets player Todd Dulany. For more information call William Davis at 469-4465.Ultimate Praise, The Musical at Union Progressive Missionary Baptist Ultimate Praise, The Musical will be on stage, Saturday April 12th at 6 p.m. at Union Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Corinthian R. Morgan, 613 Pippin Street. Featured guests on program include Reverend Frank Evans and the Cleftones of Atlantic Beach, Florida, The Anointed Sisters of Praise of Jacksonville, Florida, The Mighty Golden Jubilees of Jacksonville, Florida, The A'saph Worship Team of Jacksonville, Florida, the Mass Choir and Praise Dance Team of Union Progressive. For more information contact Sister Jasmine Bullock at 352-708-0277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at Midday 12 noon1 p.m. The Word from the Sons and Daughters of Bethel 3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Palm Sunday Passion Musical Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Reverend Pearce Ewing Sr., presents Passion a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ through music, word and dance! Guest conductress is Elaine Olp of Phoenix Arizona. Elaine Olps hold a Masters Degree in Education and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. church combined choirs will also participate under the leadership of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Musical Director Kevin Howell and pianist Rogers Sears. The Passion takes place on Palm Sunday, April 13th at 5 p.m. at 201 East Beaver St. For more information call 355-9475.Power of Music PresentationThe Rose Black Foundation for the James V. Brooks Scholarship Fund will host an evening of music at the Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ, located at 2297 Edison Avenue on Sunday, March 30th at 4 p.m. All band alumni members matriculated under the instruction of James V. Brooks, as well as church choirs of the city having served under James V. Brooks are cordially invited. For more details and scholarship information contact Marva Salary at 764-2150 or email email@example.com.Zion Hope Baptist Pew Rally ServicesThe family of Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Reverend Clifford Johnson, Jr. requests your presence at their Pew Rally services, Sunday March 30th at 3 p.m. The preacher for this service will be Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr. of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and the BBIC choir. Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2803 Edgewood Avenue. For additional information call the church office at 764-9353 SCLC Memorial DinnerThe Southern Christian Leadership Conference presents the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial dinner and awards program for legends, pioneers and trailblazer, Saturday, April 26th, 6 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Deerwood, 10605 Deerwood Park blvd. For more information call Opio Sokoni, Chapter President at 422-6078 or visit www.sclcjax.org.SL Comedy ShowA Funnybone and Fresh to Life Entertainment presents Saturday Night Laughs comedy show, Saturday, April 19th at 7 p.m. at Household of Faith Ministry Center, 1410 W. Edgewood Ave. Featuring comedians AJ, Lady A.J., Funnybone and Mz. Jenn. For more information call 412-6321. aturopathic Herbalist Dr. Scott Whitaker at Masjid El-Salam Join Dr. Scott Whitaker Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor and author with over 20 years experience in herbology, iridology, homeopathy, natural healing and detoxification. Hear Dr. Whitaker, Sunday, April 27th at 1 p.m. at Masjid El-Salaam, 1625 North Pearl Street. For more information visit www.salaammasjid.com or call 359-0980.Concerned About You Free Health SymposiumThe Concerned About You Health Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 9 a.m. -1 pm. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street. For more details contact Cora Reed at 645-0634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.JLOC Call to the CommunityThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is soliciting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies. Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street. You can also call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email email@example.com. Financial donations and other donations are accepted. OTICE: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. Elaine Olps College Park, GA. Dr. Creflo Dollar, pastor, teacher and founder of Creflo Dollar Ministries (CDM), releases his latest image and video hosting by TinyPic book, Overcoming Fear: Eliminating the Bondage of Fear, today. The book teaches Christians that fear is not an abnormal part of life, shouldnt be tolerated as such, and how God can bring victory. Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health (www.statisticbrain.com) reveal the majority of Americans struggle with all sorts of irrational and unnecessary fears from fear of public speaking to fear of death. Unfortunately, fear is just as rampant among professing Christians as it is in the public at large The seeds of Dollars latest book grew out of his own experience with fear. A tragic death in his family resulted in a seed of fear being planted in his soul that surfaced when I married Taffi, the founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International writes. That fear took root and wasnt uprooted until Dollar trusted God and had it releases from his life. Millions of people live under the stronghold of fear, said Dollar. Their lives are stunted, limited and even controlled by it. Ive experienced what can happen when Satan and his spirit of fear gain a foothold in our lives. But there is victory, and Im eager to tell my story, and the story of how God can bring us victory over this debilitating condition. Overcome Fear tackles a variety of common fears that most people face, including phobias, the fear of failure, the fear of abandonment and the fear of intimacy. While those fears may be commonplace, Dollar sets out to remind readers of Gods covenant, which is full of promises that cover every possible area of fear. When we learn-or remind ourselves-about Gods covenant and His promises to us, we can begin to escape the bondage of fear in our lives, Dollar continued. Its truly amazing what our lives can look like when we embrace these promises. We move from taking tepid steps to launching ourselves into all the possibilities that life and God have in store for us. Creflo Dollar is founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga., which serves more than 30,000 members, and World Changers Church-New York, which hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week as well as many fellowship churches located throughout the U.S. With more than 30 years in ministry, Dollar is committed to bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people all over the world, changing the world one person at a time. New Book Shows How God Can Bring Victory Educators Join Mayor in Hosting Gradnation Community Summit
After living his entire life in Toledo, Ohio, Angelo Byrd happened upon an opportunity to move to Atlanta several years ago at age 25. The move from Ohio, he said, set him on a course of professional and financial success that has caused him to never look back. Living in Atlanta, he said, has offered him an opportunity to live among far more fellow AfricanAmericans in an area where he finds more varied and interesting things to do culturally. There just are more of us and more of us in prominent roles, said Byrd, who is now director of transportation for J.B. Hunt, the large transportation company, in an interview with BET.com. I feel more comfortable in a place where Black people are doing important things. I feel there is more of an advantage to being here. According to demographers, Byrd is hardly alone in his desire to abandon the North to go to the southern portion of the United States. The pattern goes against the prevailing pattern of the 20th century, when African-American migration from the South to northern cities was one of the great movements that shaped the country and its history. But slowly, in small but detectable numbers, AfricanAmericans are starting to reverse that trend. It is largely based on economics. With jobs become more difficult to find in northern cities, areas that became more expensive to live in, more Black citizens began to look for work in southern cities where the cost of living was far lower. The United States Census of 2000 represented the first time in recent memory when the Black population increased in the South. By the census of 2010, roughly 57 percent of the nations Black residents were in the South, the highest number in five decades. Blacks who have relocated tend to be either retirees or well-educated, well-off middle agers with children, said John Giggie, associate professor of history and director of graduate studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. They move to experience a lower-tax environment with less expensive housing options, to reunite with family members and to return to what many call their original home or a place where generations of prior family members had lived and sweated, Giggie added. Younger migrants in particular are drawn to southern cities with strong economic portfolios in banking, law and commerce, such as Richmond, Charlotte and Atlanta, he added. That was a point made by Reginald Pincham, who moved from Queens, New York, to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1996 and now is director of enrollment and student services for Central Piedmont Community College. The cost of living here is a lot lower and its a very convenient location with a good quality of life, said Pincham, who is married and has four children, in an interview with BET.com. I have more control over the environment my kids have to deal with, he added. Its been a good situation for our whole family. Giggie said the migration pattern may well have an effect on the politics of the region, explaining that these new residents tend to be more liberal and are largely Democratic in their voting habits. Since the New Deal, most African-Americans identify themselves as Democrats, and this holds true for Blacks moving from the North to the South, he said. These migrants could affect southern politics in two broad ways. March 27 April 2, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 Loud & Clearand Current FTRI clients: If your phone isnt working properly or your hearing has changed, or should you no longer need your phone or are moving out of Florida, call FTRI at 888-554-1151 for assistance. Eight-month-old Santiago Mendoza (pictured) can in no way be a bouncing baby boy because he is just too heavy to even be picked up! At 44 pounds, the Republic of Colombia baby is making headlines around the globe as one of the worlds fattest babies. Doctors at a Bogot clinic are now scrambling to make sure that the big bundle of joy has some semblance of a quality of life, so they have placed him on a diet of fruits and vegetables and have decided to wean him off formula in order to whittle him down 17 pounds, reports El Espectador. According to Santiagos mom, Eunice Fandino (pictured), her son was born with an anxiety condition, so whenever he cried, she fed him either breast milk or formula to quiet him down. Fandino admitted that Santiago is obese as a result of her own ignorance. Now Fandino is fretting about her childs obesity and is seeking help so that he can live. Im worried about his obesity, Fandino told RCN Television, I dont want him to continue like this. So God willing, the treatment theyre going to give him for his heart will work to reduce his weight. I will take the doctors instructions and definitely carry them out at home. Santiago has been examined by a host of specialists cardiologists, endocrinologists, and bariatric doctors and they all concur that if the morbidly obese child does not lose weight, he is doomed to suffer a host of medical issues, such as diabetes, severe joint problems, hypertension, and heart disease. The childs medical team feel that he will need long-term treatment in order to combat obesity when he is older, which includes education about healthful eating choices and physical activity. 44 Pound Baby Put on Vegetarian Diet African-Americans ow Moving to Southern Cities, Saying There is a Better Quality of Life for Them There As a teen, Kathy Senior spent every dime buying records each week and as an adult she started collecting music and had a record library going back to the 1930's. Eventually Kathy became the event coordinator for the Department of Children and Families until she retired March 25, 2011. After retirement Kathy started her DJ business 7 years ago and often rented different venues to host adult parties and events. Due to the growing need for a venue in Northwest Jax in 2013, Kathy started Confetti's Event Center. She recently opened Confetti's Event Center II in the Murray Hill area partnering with Arica Bridges of Lavish Moments.com Like many other little girls Arica Bridges always dreamed of having the picture perfect wedding and the most memorable birthday party. I would often make creative suggestions to my mom about what I wanted my party to be like. Little did I know, I was already an event planner, she said. Kathy and Arica have teamed up to present a full service conference center at the Confettis Event Center located at 3325 Plymouth Street Suite 16. For more call email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3184011. Pictured l to r: Shana Ingram, Kathy Senior, Arica Bridges and Shannon Ingram. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Inspires Through Song by Lynn Jones Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africas Cultural Ambassadors to the World, were assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph Shabalala, then a young farmboy turned factory worker. Ladysmith is the name of Josephs hometown, a small farming area between Durban and Johannesburg. Forward to 2014 and Ladysmith Black Mambazo is celebrating over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within their singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those fifty plus years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience. Their singing efforts have garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people, organizations and countries. We recently sat down with Veteran Ladysmith Black Mambazo group member Albert Mazibuko who spoke about his of 20 years with Ladysmith, I have been traveling around the world for 20 years with Ladysmith and meeting the great people of the world. I experienced Apartheid which was so painful and if you have been oppressed, you know that there is nothing you can do. Through music we made things better. We share our music with others because music is contagious. During apartheid we put ourselves in problem situations when traveling and when we didnt answer the police questions, wed bribe them with our music. The police would say wow, and every time they would let us go! Even the judges at court stated this music is too beautiful to get stopped. It has been a wonderful journey and South African life was not easy. We discovered that music is powerful. Music transforms you in the higher being. We have to write the songs that inspires people and go for the goal.. I hope we have succeeded. We had the opportunity to sing for Mandela and have received Grammy awards. We are truly blessed. Ladysmith Black Mambazos has provided film soundtrack material for Disneys The Lion King, Part II as well as Eddie Murphys Coming To America, Marlon Brandos A Dry White Season, James Earl Jones Cry The Beloved Country and Clint Eastwoods Invictus. Musician and singer-songwriter Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazos first worldwide release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy Award in 1988. Since then, the group has been awarded three more Grammy Awards nominated a total of fifteen times. Shown above (L-R) are Confettis owners: Shana Ingram, Kathy Senior, Arica Bridges and Shannon Ingram.Confettis Opens Second Event Venue on Westside
100 Black Men SocialThe 100 Black Men of Jacksonville (J100) Social Networking event takes place Friday, March 28th at The Hyatt Riverfront Hotel, 225 East Coastline Drive, Suite 4104, 6 9 p.m. The event is to raise funds and increase membership and network. Proceeds to benefit the Jacksonville Day Resource Center. For more information call Tillis Devaughn at 255-8803 or via the web at www.100blackmenjax.org.Free Spring Garden & Plant ClinicsThe Duval County Extension Master Gardeners are offering Plant Clinics Saturday, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5th from 10 -2 p.m. Gardeners will answer your gardening questions, give out gardening publications and will accept soil samples for pH only. If you would like directions on how to take a soil sample go to: http://duval.ifas.ufl.edu/documents/Howtotakeasoiltestsamplew eb.pdf. For more information and locations call Becky Davidson at 255-7450 or email email@example.com.Chris Tucker Live at the Comedy ZoneAmerican actor and comedian best known for playing Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film Chris Tucker will be performing at the Comedy Zone, March 28 30 The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Road. For tickets and more information visit www.comedyzone.com or call 292-4242.Concerned About You Health The Concerned About You Health Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29th from 9 a.m. 1 pm. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 29 West 6th Street. For more details call Cora Reed at 645-0634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Riverside Arts MarketThe Riverside Arts Market is Jacksonvilles premier destination for art lovers, treasure hunters, music fans and foodies alike. Enjoy the market Saturday, March 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 715 Riverside Ave. For more information call 389-2449 or visit www.riversideartsmarket.com.Aaron Bing in Concert Exciting and fresh, tender yet powerful, Aaron Bing offers his own brand of Jazz to the stage Sunday, March 30th at the TimesUnion Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W Water St. For more information visit www.aaronbing.comor call 633-6110.orth Jacksonville Childrens TheaterMt. Sinai Missionary Holiness Church, Inc. will kick-off registration for the North Jacksonville Childrens Theater Tuesday, April 1st. Forms are available at the Clanzel Brown Community Center, 4415 Moncrief Road every Tuesday from 12 2 p.m. If you need more information call the center at 7655282.MLK Candlelight VigilApril 4, 2014, marks the 46th anniversary of one of the saddest days in United States history the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Join the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc. Friday, April 4th, to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a candlelight vigil, and a strong, but quiet appeal for peace at home and abroad. The vigil takes place at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church, 201 E. Beaver Street, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more details call 463-2425 or visit www.mlkfdnorg.com. A Raisin in Sun at Stage AuroraThe classic stage play A Raisin in Sun will be at Stage Aurora, 5164 Norwood Ave, March 28th to April 6th For more information call 765-7372 or visit www.stageaurora.org.SOJA in Concert!SOJA brings Reggae and Zeitgeist to Jacksonville's Florida Theatre, Thursday, April 3rd. Come hear Hot-rod reggae grooves and thought-provoking lyrics. For tickets and more infor call 355-5661 or visit www.floridatheatre.com. The Florida Theater is located at 128 East Forsyth Street.Spoken Word & Poetry Enjoy Spoken Word and Poetry Night at the Ritz, Thursday, April 3rd. For more information call 6325555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. Ken Ford Headlines Ritz JammThe Ritz Jazz Jamm presents the King of Strings Ken Ford. Kens provocative playing and passion for strings on the electric violin have enthralled fans of all ages, as well as peers from diverse genres, from jazz to blues, R&B to hip-hop and more. Hear Ken Ford, April 5th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 North Davis Street. For more information call 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com. Magnolia Gardens Community Reunion and Resource FairThe Magnolia Gardens Community Reunion and Resource Fair will take place Saturday, April 5th 2 5 p.m. at 5805 Begonia Road. Numerous agencies will be on hand to provide valuable information on workshops, legal aid, social services, health screening, bouncey houses, scholarship presentations for local High School students, entertainment, free food, prizes and much more! For more information contact Carolyn Herring at 629-3102.P.R.I.D.E. April Book Club MeetingThe People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) book club meeting will be held Saturday, April 5th at 2 p.m. at the Durkeeville Historical Society, 1293 W. 19th Street. The book for discussion is: The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, by Steve Stoute. For additional information contact Felice Franklin at 3898417.Ritz Jazz JammJazz Jamm is preparing for a spring concert series on Saturday, April 5th with jazz violinist, Ken Ford. Kens infectious energy takes the violin center stage with amazing artistry and creativity. The concert takes place at the Ritz Theater, 829 North Davis Street. For more information call 632-5555.One Spark From April 9 13 creators from all over the world will light up downtown with projects in art, innovation, music, science and technology. Creators will showcase their best ideas for a chance to access $310,000 in crowdfunds and cash awards, 3.25 million dollars in capital investments and direct contributions from more than 150,000 attendees and backers around the globe. For more information visit www.beonespark.com or call 2500070. Mike Epps is Back!Comedian Mike Epps 2014 worldwide After Dark Tour is coming to Jacksonville Friday, April 11th at the Times Union Moran Center, 300 W. water st. Tickets on sale now! For more information call 633-6110 or visit www.mikeepps.com.Oyster Jam Music FestIts the 2014 Oyster Jam! Enjoy an Oyster roast, craft beer, vendors and live music, April 12-13th at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. The Jam starts at 10 a.m. For more information email email@example.com or visit online at www.theoysterjammusicfestival.com.St. Johns Town Center Art Fair Kindly consider previewing the St. Johns Town Center Art Fair, Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th and preview some of the most talented artists in the country. Enjoy eclectic art, live music and register to win a free art giveaway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.artfestival.comor call 561-746-6615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.K.O.V.A. Talent SearchKeeping Our Voices Alive (KOVA) productions presents So you think you can perform, Saturday, April 12th at 6 p.m. at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum and Library, 101 W. 1st St. K.O.V.A. is searching for singers, dancers, poets, dramatists, comedians, and entertainers. Turn your dream into a reality and compete for cash prizes, exposure and fun! For more information contact Khamil L. Ojoyo at 635-3813.EWC 4th Annual Golf TournamentEdward Waters College is gearing up for their 4th Annual Golf Tournament, Monday, April 14th at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start of 8:30 a.m. The EWC Golf Tournament will be held at the Deerwood Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Dr. For more information contact Wanda Willis at 470-8251 or email email@example.com or visit www.ewc.edu.comA. Philip Randolph Organization celebrates 125th BirthdayThe Jacksonville Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph organization is celebrating A. Philip Randolphs 125th Birthday and the 35th year of his passing. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th, on the campus of Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Rd, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. The Jacksonville Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph organization is seeking all Pullman Porters and their family members to join the chapter on this momentous occasion. For additional information call Flora Peterson at 635-0655.Women, Words and Wisdom The Womens Center of Jacksonville presents the 2014 Speaker Series, Women, Words and Wisdom. The series continued with Audrey Moran on Tuesday, April 15th, and Tuesday, May 20th with Chevara Orrin. Lectures will be held at the Riverside House, 2165 Park Street. Each event begins Page 8 Ms. Perrys Free Press What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene Call 874-0591 to reserve your day! *Grand Openings Weddings Anniversaries Birthdays * Church events Celebration Dinners* Reunions Showers Commemorate your special event with professional affordable photos by the Picture Lady! AROUND TOWN AROUND TOWN March 27 April 2, 2014 P P l l a a n n n n i i n n g g Y Y o o u u r r S S p p e e c c i i a a l l E E v v e e n n t t ? ? 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The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and Babyface are working on new music for the icon. Franklin held an exclusive and small party Saturday in New York City for her birthday. Washington entered the Ritz-Carlton Hotel quietly, though the crowd got excited after realizing it was the Oscar winner under a baseball cap. Franklin thanked the actor for attending. Just hours earlier, she saw him onstage in the Broadway play, "A Raisin In the Sun." Her longtime musical collaborator, Clive Davis, also attended. The singer was all smiles at the event. She said in an interview that she's working on new music with rapper Andre 3000 and singer-songwriter Babyface. "Babyface is working on the tracks," she said. He's also guest starring with Toni Braxton in the Broadway musical "After Midnight," which celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Their stints in the show run through March 30. "So, I'm just waiting for him to finish that so he can finish my tracks please," Franklin said. "And I think Andre 2000 is it two or three? 3000 is going to be doing some of the tracks with him." When asked what she wants for her birthday, Franklin said. "I'm looking for a record deal for my granddaughter Victorie, and my son Kecalf." They both performed recently at the BET Honors special, which paid tribute to Franklin. "I would be happy with that," she said. Earlier this month, Franklin performed at the White House alongside Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott and other soul singers. "What a shoutin' good time we had," she exclaimed. "The White House is still rocking right now!" March 27 April 2, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! The Jacksonville (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Gamma Omicron Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc recently. presented the Diamond Rhoyale Masquerade Jubilee last weekend at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The evening included live musical entertainment by The Groove Coalition and DJ Kommitted in addition to prizes for Best Dressed & Best Mask. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organizations charitable initiatives and scholarships including a collection of crayons & coloring books to be donated to children at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. JordanDavis Worried He Wouldnt Make It In Life By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) Filled with doubt about his future, Jordan Davis, a 17 year-old student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School began to cry one night sitting on the patio of his fathers condo in Jacksonville, Fla. Like most teenagers, longing for his own identity and independence, Jordan wanted to work and was having a hard time finding a job. He didnt feel great about his grades, either. He said, Dad, I dont think Im going to make it, Ron Davis, Jordans father remembered. I cant find a job. Im not doing that well in school. I just dont think that Im going to make it. Ron Davis reassured his son and told him that he wasnt alone. You have two parents behind you, you have loved ones behind you, Davis told his son that night. Dont think that youre in this world by yourself, youre going to make it. Jordan dried his tears and hugged his father. Looking back, Ron Davis said, maybe he knew more than what I knew at the time. Maybe he saw something. In 2012, Jordan was living with his father in Jacksonville, Fla., but still maintained close ties with his mother, Lucy McBath, in Atlanta, Ga., and visited often. McBath said that people gravitated to her son, Jordan. He could light up the room with his quick smile and he loved to laugh. Inside, however, he kept questioning whether he could make it. Sitting in his mothers kitchen in Atlanta, Jordan said, Mom, what would you do if I died? Shocked, McBath replied, Why are you asking me these questions, Jordan? I need to know how you would handle it, Jordan answered. McBath told her son that God promised her that he would live a long fruitful life, that he would get married and give her grandchildren one day. Jordan continued to press, telling his mother that he needed to know that she would be okay, that she would be able to go on. McBath finally told her son that she would be devastated, but she would find the strength to go on. This time it was the teen reassuring one of his parents. Ill be good, youll be the ones that will be suffering, Jordan told his mother. Ill be in Heaven with Jesus. Ill be fine. Im not afraid to die. On November 23, 2012, a few months before his 18th birthday and only a few days before he was scheduled to begin a new job working at McDonalds, Jordan Davis, an unarmed Black teenager was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station by Michael Dunn, a White, computer programmer. Dunn said that he feared for his life after starting an argument over loud music playing in the teens SUV. He claimed to have seen a weapon hanging out of the SUV driven by one of Daviss friends. But no witnesses confirmed his account and nor was a weapon ever found. What is beyond dispute is that Dunn continued to fire bullets into the SUV while t Davis and his friends were fleeing. Struck three times, Davis sat in bleeding to death while Dunn fled the scene without notifying police. In February 2014, Michael Dunn was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder, but the jurors could not agree on the first-degree murder charge connected to Jordan Davis shooting death. They probably didnt want it to be, but the element of race is always there, said Lucy McBath. The fact that Michael Dunn was able to describe Jordan as a thug and describe his friends as thugs, those kinds of words are very specific and play a huge role on peoples opinions and ideas. During Black Press Week, the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation honored Ron Davis and Lucy McBath for their work advocating for gun control and repeal or reform Stand Your Ground laws nationwide. That law right there creates all of the loopholes and all of the confusion for jurors on how to decide those self-defense cases, said McBath. Davis doesnt hold any hope for the law to be repealed in Florida, but he says that the law can be rewritten and thats what theyre fighting for. The way its written, it takes into account the mind of the shooter, said Davis. The victim has no sayso. Why should the shooter be able to make up a story in his mind about why he shot and killed that other person? In Florida, a judge decides whether Stand Your Ground can be applied. Davis wants that decision placed in the hands of a jury. Ron Davis created The Jordan Davis Foundation to provide educational and travel opportunities for young people across the nation to expose them to different cultures and allow them to explore the world outside of their own neighborhoods. Lucy McBath founded The Walk With Jordan Scholarship Foundation to provide educational and financial support for students attending four-year colleges and technical training schools. We have to educate children to let them know whats out here and let them know at a young age that they can rally to change the laws, said Davis. A new trial date has been set for May 5, but may be delayed to allow time for Michael Dunns new lawyer to prepare for the case. McBath said that they cant just depend on Jordans verdict alone for justice. We dont have a choice to be anything, but optimistic, said Lucy McBath. We will continue to work to change the laws no matter what the verdict is. Shown above is the Diamond Rhoyale Masquerade Jubilee committee Back row: Greg Williams, Julius Collins, Mardrecas Trotter, James Perkins, Dennis Gamble, Joe Briscoe; Front row: Jeremy Franklin, Kaisha Johnson, Cheryl Sabb, Shelonda Prince, Ebony Fisher and Ansen Goyens. Kappa Alpha Psi and Sigma Gamma Rho Join Forces to Present the Diamond Rhoyale Masquerade Jubilee Aretha Celebrates a Star Studded 72nd Birthday Shown in attendance are Cong.Sheila Jackson Lee, Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin and Denzel Washington.
Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press March 27 April 2, 2014 Walmart wants to match Publix ad prices. Think about it.Theyll do it, tooif you ask. Or you could save yourself some trouble and enjoy shopping more than 35 BOGOs every week at Publix. Shown above at the state capitol are Congresswoman Brown, Drucilla Young-SGA President and Ebonee LoweJob Corps Students Enlightened and Inspired at State Capitol Young Gifted and Black Young Gifted and Black: Miami Student Offered 150 College Scholarships byWills Robinson He began piano lessons at the age of five, and threw his first football at the age of 12. Now, Chad Thomas plays nine musical instruments and is one of the best high-school players in the country a feat that has seen the 18-yearold receive 150 college scholarship offers. Thomas, who maintains a 3.3 grade-point average at Booker T. Washington high school in Miami, is an AllAmerican Athlete and has taken up the piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums, according to the Miami Herald. The teenage sensation, who also helped his school football team to a national title and back-to-back state championships, was only three years old when he developed a passion for music, after his grandmother played him gospel music. He then picked up a guitar as a toddler and was signed up for piano lessons when he was just five. Before becoming a football star, Thomas had to persuade his parents to let him play because he suffered from asthma and a slight heart murmur. Thomas' football coach Tim Harris told the paper: 'I thought he was full of it when he told me he played all these instruments. Then he started playing them in front of me ... I was impressed.' He has been touted as the third best defensive end in the country and is so passionate about football, he normally cries before a game. When he was seven, his grandmother died, and he was forced to look after himself because his parents were constantly working. 'I just took it upon myself to learn how to play the instruments that I hear in the songs', he said. When Thomas is not studying, he is performing his own tracks at clubs and at parties. One of his songs he produced with local musician Lil Dred has been downloaded 245,000 times on SoundCloud. He has been under the media spotlight this week, after signing a national letter of intent for the University of Miami where he is set to play next year. Thomas was offered a scholarship for both music and football. The teenage sensation added: 'Its always been in my mind to go to school there. 'Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know Ill always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.' Chad Thomas maintains a 3.3 grade point average at high school He started playing football at age 12 and is now an AllAmerican Defensive end helped his team win a state and national championship Plays the piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums Talented: Chad Thomas, 18, maintains a 3.3. grade point average at Booker T. Washington High School and is an All-American athlete, despite the fact he only started playing football at the age of 12 Detroit, MI Detroit is a city of many problems, and unfortunately the students there seem to be most affected. The Associated Press is reporting that since the year 2002, Detroit Public Schools enrollment has declined from more than 160,000 to now just around 50,000. As a result, more than 200 schools have closed in recent years due to depopulation, leaving only just 97 schools in operation. In addition, violence is extremely high specifically gang violence. In one study that recently surveyed 1,300 high school students, 87 percent said someone in their family had been shot, murdered or disabled as a result of violence in the past year. And it gets even worse. Here are three other major problems the city faces: #1 Dangerous School Buses: The Detroit city public bus system is considered by many to be inefficient and crime-ridden. The mayor wants add video cameras to them all. #2 High Infant Mortality Rates: Detroit has some of the highest rates of premature births, underweight babies and infant mortality. These numbers are also high among teen pregnancies. #3 Parks Not Well-Maintained: Reportedly, only 25 of the Detroits 300 parks were in well-maintained condition last summer. This means that teens and families have less safe and well-kept places to hang out. Because of this, the mayor is urging churches to launch an adopt-a-park program that might allow 50 more to be revived. Detroit, once the home of the famous Motown Records, was a booming city for African Americans in the 1960s and 1970s. But in the 1980s, the city began to be experience major urban problems such as homelessness, high crime, gentrification, and more. Earlier this year, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for corruption. Students at the Jacksonville Job Corps Center recently attended the Stand Your Ground Rally at the state capitol at the invitation of Congresswoman Corrine Brown. While in Tallahassee, students heard presentations from activist Al Sharpton, Rep. Corrine Brown, State Senator Audrey Gibson, the parents of Trevon Martin and Jordan Davis, Radio personality Tom Joyner and many others. Congresswoman Brown provided a tour of the capitol, visits to the House and Senate Chambers and an opportunity for JJC students to interact with congressional interns. The interns talked to the students about their goals and opportunities once they left Job Corps. Student employee Michael Anderson who is currently in the carpentry trade at Job Corps said this is a life changing experience and I will never forget it or Congresswoman Brown. Jacksonville Job Corps center trains about 425 students per year. The centers top priority is to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and to help place them into meaningful careers. 200 Schools in Detroit Have Closed, 87% of Students Say They Know Someone Whos Been Shot and 3 Other Major Problems in the City