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The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
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Rita Luffborough Perry
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Volume 27 o. 23 April 10-16, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Win Tickets to the Alhambra Hit Play T h e C o l o r P u r p l e With Our Trivia ContestPage 9 Voting Rights is Still a Critical Issue in 2014Page 4Wise Ways to Spend Your Tax RefundPage 2 Plus Size Woman Seeks to Change PerceptionsPage 7 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Report Says Al Sharpton Spied on the Mafia for the FBIRev. Al Sharpton was involved in spying on the mafia for a joint organized crime task force that was overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a report the Smoking Gun released this week. News of Sharpton's involvement with the FBI first surfaced in 1988, but hundreds of documents acquired by the publication reveal further details. Sharpton was known as informant "CI-7" and during the mid-1980s his informant work primarily targeted the Genoveses, the country's most infamous crime family. The report stated he secretly recorded conversations using a microphone in his briefcase. Sharpton has denied being an informant and said he became involved after his life was threatened in a music industry-related dispute. I was never told I was an informant or I had a number or none of that,Ž he told The Daily News. Whether or not they used some of the other information they got during that period for other purposes, I dont know.Ž The Smoking Gun reports: In an interview Saturday, Sharpton again denied working as a confidential informant, claiming that his prior cooperation with FBI agents was limited to efforts to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities, as well as the swindling of black artists in the recording industry. He also repeatedly denied being flippedŽ by federal agents in the course of an undercover operation. When asked specifically about his recording of the Gambino crime family member, Sharpton was noncommittal: Im not saying yes, Im not saying no.ŽCharles Stone, Pioneering Champion Of Black Journalists, Dies At 89Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89. He passed at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, NC. He'd been a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina for 14 years starting in 1991. Many who helped launch the NABJ credited Stone as the driving force behind its founding, said the association's current president Bob Butler. "Chuck chaired the first meeting and became the first president. He provided the rudder that steered NABJ at a time when being a member was not always easy. Some employers back then told members to choose between their jobs and NABJ," Butler said in a news release. After serving as a Tuskegee Airman in World War II, Stone was a writer and editor at influential black publications in New York, Washington and Chicago through the early 1960s, using his writing to urge the Kennedy administration to advance the cause of civil rights. Subsequently, he served as an adviser to U.S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell of New York. His reputation grew after he was hired as the first black columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, where he worked as a columnist and editor from 1972 to 1991. He was known for being outspoken on discrimination, police brutality and racism.Jesse Jackson Jr. Moved to Alabama Prison for Bad BehaviorFormer U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a federal prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement. Sources say the 49-year-old former Chicago congressman had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison and a guard took exception to that. As a result, the longtime South Side politician was placed in solitary confinement for four or five days more than a month ago. A hearing was held, the source said, and Jackson was cleared of any wrongdoing and asked for a transfer to another prison. The source said family members were concerned about Jacksons welfare after the incident and went to visit him in prison. Jackson is serving a 21/2 -year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally using campaign money. He entered prison last October and is due to be released on Dec. 31, 2015, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Jacksons wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, and their two children. Sandi Jackson, who also pleaded guilty to charges related to looting campaign funds, was sentenced to a year in prison and has been living in Washington. She will serve her time after her husband is released. Judge Disqualifies MLK Jr.'s Estate Lawyer From obel Peace Prize CaseA judge has ruled that a lawyer for the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. cannot participate in a dispute over the ownership of King's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize. The slain civil rights icon's estate, controlled by his sons, is locked in a legal dispute with his daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, over ownership of the items. The Martin Luther King Jr. Estate Inc., which is run by Martin Luther King III and Dexter Scott King, wants to sell the items, while Bernice is opposed to the sale. The Bible and peace prize medal are being held in a safe deposit box controlled by the court pending the outcome of the dispute. Bernice's lawyers had asked Fulton County Superior Judge Robert McBurney to disqualify the estate's lawyer, William Hill, and his law firm because he was appointed by another judge to help resolve a similar 2008 dispute between the King children and the entities they control. McBurney issued an order last week granting that request. The Jacksonville Job Corps Center celebrated Womens History Month with a different celebration each week throughout the month of March. Over 100 female students and staff participated in the weekly events. The four week agenda included topics covering skin care, Dressing for SuccessŽ and a health segment covering cancer and other health issues relating to women. The month long celebration was culminated by a luncheon featuring a panel discussion of diverse issues and concerns affecting women. Three panelists shared their heartfelt stories of triumph over despair; their journey included sexual abuse, drugs and incarceration. The panel was composed of Au Sani Wilks a student at the Job Corps Center whose story gripped the audience with compassion and admiration. Kathleen McDaniel, Founder of Grace Ministries and community advocate Chevara Orrin. SGA Officer Clema Newby stated Ive learned more about being a woman in one day than I knew for 22 years. An extra highlight of the luncheon were male the servers who are members of the Men of Distinctionan on center organization of young males working to become better men. Job Corps is a taxpayer-supported education and career technical training program administered by the United States Labor of Department. The program helps 16 to 24 year old men and women improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program serves about 47,000 students each year at 125 centers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. JobCorps Focus on Women Inspires and Informs The fact that African-Americans around the nation are stuck in an economic slump is not exactly news. But the National Urban League's recetly released annual State of Black America report shows that Blacks are not only faring less well than whites but are also losing ground to Latinos. According to the report, 13.1 percent of African-Americans are unemployed compared with 6.5 percent of whites and 9.1 percent of Latinos. This year, in addition to providing national statistics, the report for the first time ranks unemployment income inequality for approximately 80 American cities with the highest African-American and Latino populations. "The equality index, unemployment numbers and wealth numbers show there's an economic crisis in Black America," said NUL president Marc Morial. "I'm excited that for the first time the report shows the dynamics that are the great divides that exist on a national level and at the community level." It found, for example, that the smallest unemployment gap was in Georgia's Augusta-Richmond County area, where 13.3 percent of Blacks are unemployed compared to 8.5 percent of whites. The biggest gap was found in Madison, Wisconsin, where 18.5 percent of Blacks are unemployed compared with 4.4 percent of whites. The report also found that Riverside, California, has the smallest income gap between African-Americans and whites at $44,572 and $57,252 a year, respectively. Conversely, the Twin Cities metro area in Minnesota showed one of the largest income gaps at $28,744 a year for Blacks compared to $71, 376 for whites. According to Morial, the differences exist for various reasons, but he hopes that communities will use the report "to start a conversation between elected officials, community organizations, constituents and others to determine what needs to be done to address those issues. "We have some thoughts about some solutions. One is increasing the minimum wage and the other is passing a broad transportation infrastructure bill that is large and significant enough to fix broken roads, bridges and infrastructure across the nation." The Status of Black America Underemployed Dont Trash Jacksonville! City Payment of $2 Per Tire Brings Thousands to Metro Park to Cash In City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee was among elected officials Ever Banks parking lot on hand for the tire buy back to clean up the city. byDebbie Delgado The City of Jacksonville and City Council hosted a Tire and Sign Buy-Back event last weekend at the EverBank Field parking lot as part of efforts to curb neighborhood and urban blight. More than 23,000 tires and 6,000 illegal signs were collected, resulting in a payout of $41,255 to the community. At the first-time event, approximately 3,000 Duval County residents turned out to trade in up to 10 tires for $2 per tire, and up to 40 illegal snipe signs for 50 cents per sign. This event was a great success for our city,Ž said Mayor Brown. ŽIts a terrific example of community spirit in action when so many residents of Jacksonville take the initiative to step forward and help us keep our city clean. It makes a real difference for our neighborhoods and our environment. Id like to commend and thank our many volunteers and city employees for their assistance at the event. When we all work together, we can make great things happen.Ž The event was a collaboration between the City of Jacksonville and the City Councils Ad Hoc Committee on Jacksonvilles Neighborhood Blight, which is chaired by Council Member E. Denise Lee. The committee was formed by City Council President Bill Gulliford to examine the status of blight in neighborhoods throughout the city. This is major community engagement. This is what we are looking for, working together. Government cant do everything,Ž said Council Member Lee. I am excited. My adrenaline is off the chart.Ž Thousands of residents showed up as early as 6:00 a.m., two hours before the official opening time. A steady flow of cars made their way along Bay Street, with event traffic backed up around the stadium. Participants waited as long as an hour for the opportunity to drop off tires and signs and make a little cash. The event was over at 2:00 p.m., and new arrivals had to be turned away. Shown above are panelists at the Job Cops event (L-R) Au Sani Wilks, Kathleen McDaniel and Chevara Orrin.

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By Jason Alderman One of the few positive outcomes of the 2008 financial crisis was that it helped shine a light on the importance of understanding and staying on top of your credit profile. Along with that heightened visibility, however, has come a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding … particularly around the all-important credit score. "The consequences of not maintaining a sound credit score can be very costly," says Anthony Sprauve, senior consumer credit specialist at FICO. "A low score can bar you from getting a new loan, doom you to higher interest rates and even cost you a new job or apartment." Five factors are used to determine your credit score: payment history (usually around 35 percent of your score), amount owed (30 percent), length of credit history (15 percent), newly opened credit accounts (10 percent), and types of credit used (10 percent). Fortunately, if your credit score has taken a hit, you can initiate several actions that will begin improving it almost immediately. Just be aware that it can take many years to recover from events like bankruptcy or foreclosure. First, find out where you currently stand by reviewing your credit reports from each major credit bureau (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Look for negative actions your creditors might have reported as well as errors and fraudulent activity, which you can challenge through the bureau's dispute resolution process. You can order one free report per year from each bureau through the government-authorized site, www.AnnualCreditReport.com; otherwise you'll pay a small fee. You might also want to order your credit score. Lenders use credit scores to supplement their own selection criteria to determine whether you are a worthy credit risk. Several types are available, including FICO Score, VantageScore (a competing model jointly created by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and proprietary credit scores from each of the three bureaus, among others. Scores typically cost from $15 to $20 each. Note: You may see offers for free credit scores, but they're usually tied to expensive ongoing credit-monitoring services you may or may not want. Read the contract carefully. Here are a few tips for improving your credit history: Always pay bills on time and catch up on missed payments. Set up automatic payments for recurring bills and automatic minimum credit card payments if you often miss deadlines. Sign up for text or email alerts telling you when your balance drops or payments are due. Never exceed credit card limits. Monitor your credit utilization ratio (the percentage of available credit you're using). Try to keep your cumulative utilization ratio … and the ratios on individual cards or lines of credit … below 30 percent. Transferring balances to a new card for a lower rate will slightly ding your credit score … although it won't take long to recover. But be careful the transfer doesn't increase your utilization ratio on the new card. Make sure that card credit limits reported to the credit bureaus are accurate. Don't automatically close older, unused accounts; 15 percent of your score is based on credit history. Each time you open a new account it slightly impacts your score, so avoid doing so in the months before a major purchase. Pay off medical bills, as well as parking, traffic and even library fines. Once old, unpaid bills go into collection, they'll appear on your credit report. "Bottom line, don't lose hope," says Sprauve. "The negative impact of past credit problems will gradually fade as recent good payment behavior begins to show up on your credit reports." Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 3-10, 2014 Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE 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 Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment OpportunityDemystifying Credit Scores Last year the IRS doled out over 110 million income tax refunds averaging $2,803. Another way to look at it is that collectively, Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $310 billion in 2012. Part of that is understandable: If you don't have enough tax withheld throughout the year through payroll deductions or quarterly estimated tax payments, you'll be hit with an underpayment penalty come April 15. But the flip side is that by overwithholding, you're essentially giving the government an interest-free loan throughout the year. If you ordinarily receive large tax refunds, consider withholding less and instead putting the money to work for you, by either saving or investing a comparable amount throughout the year, or using it to pay down debt. Your goal should be to receive little or no refund. Ask your employer for a new W4 form and recalculate your withholding allowance using the IRS' Withholding Calculator (at www.irs.gov). This is also a good idea whenever your pay or family situation changes significantly (e.g., pay increase, marriage, divorce, new child, etc.) IRS Publication 919 can guide you through the decisionmaking process. Meanwhile, if you do get a hefty refund this year, before blowing it all on something you really don't need, consider these options: Pay down debt. Beefing up credit card and loan payments can significantly lower your long-term interest payments. Suppose you currently pay $120 a month toward a $3,000 credit card balance at 18 percent interest. At that pace it'll take 32 months and $788 in interest to pay it off, assuming no new purchases. By doubling your payment to $240 you'll shave off 18 months and $441 in interest. Note: If you carry balances on multiple cards, always make at least the minimum payments to avoid penalties. The same strategy will work when paying down loans (mortgage, auto, personal, etc.) Ask the lender to apply your extra payment to the loan principal amount, which will shorten the payoff time and reduce the amount of overall interest paid. Just make sure to ask whether there's a prepayment penalty before trying this strategy. Boost your emergency fund. As protection against a job loss, medical emergency or other financial crisis, try to set aside enough cash to cover six to nine months of living expenses. Seed the account with part of your refund and then set up monthly automatic deductions from your paycheck or checking account going forward. Increase retirement savings. If your debt and emergency savings are under control, add to your IRA or 401(k) accounts, especially if your employer matches contributions; remember, a 50 percent match corresponds to a 50 percent rate of return … something you're not likely to find anywhere else. Finance education. Enroll in college courses or vocational training to gain additional skills in case you lose your job or want to change careers. Your employer may help pay for job-related education. You can also set money aside for your children's or grandchildren's education by contributing to a 529 Qualified State Tuition Plan. As an incentive, the government allows your contributions to grow tax-free until they're withdrawn. And finally, to check on the status of your refund, go to the IRS's Where's My Refund site. You can usually get information about your refund 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of your e-filed return or about four weeks after filing a paper return. SPENDITWISELY

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Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 April 10-16, 2014 File your income taxes for Free and save the fee! Visit RealSensejax.org or call United Way by dialing 2-1-1 for more information. Loud & Clearand Current FTRI clients: If your phone isnt 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. Downtown Jacksonville's premier cigar lounge and bar launched the photo exhibit "Cigar Smokes" alongside CM Creative and 8W Media companies. The exhibits photos were created by Christa Merix of CM Creative and Charles Griggs Jr. of 8W Media. According to the artists, the photos represented an essence of cool and embodies the style and sophistication that can be seen throughout the bar. Each photo gave you a glimpse into the "cigar lounge experience". Griggs, and Merix decided to collaborate on the exhibition during Art Walk because we wanted to show the essence of our version of coolŽ stated Charles Griggs, Jr. The former classmates have been friends from elementary school to graduates of Douglas Anderson High sSchool. They reconnected after Griggs returned from touring in China and she acquired her bachelor's degree from the University of Florida (UNF). Griggs smiled, From that point we decided to team up and pursue our like interests in the different areas of creative photography. It is very advantageous of us to grow and learn from each other in order to accomplish our own individual goals. Together we have a combined vision that truly brings art to lifeŽ Shown above is Christa Merix of CM Creative and Charles Griggs Jr. of 8W Media. The childhood friends collaborated on the recent art exhibit Cigar SmokesŽ currently on display.Homegrown Artists Display Their Creativity With Cigar Smokes Exhibit The ACA Deadline Has Passed … ow What? by Ron Harris ATLANTA … The March 31 deadline has passed, but millions of Americans signed up for the Affordable Care Act just in time to soon begin receiving the benefits of the federally-backed program, which offers access to healthcare to millions of previously uninsured Americans. While they wait to receive the insurance cards that will allow them access to primary care physicians, gynecologists, ophthalmologist, dentists and other medical specialists, thousands of previously uninsured Georgia residents have already seen the benefits of ACA. Atlanta accountant Richard Rose, owner of Richard Rose, C.P.A., in College Park, said he received an immediate boost to his business from ACA enrollment. Prior to ACA, Rose said he paid $250 a month for his administrative assistants health insurance plan. Under ACA, it dropped to $60 a month, he said. That is a sizeable deduction,Ž said Rose, whose firm is in the middle of handling his corporate clients year-end tax returns. His administrative assistant, Verna Todd, said she switched from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Human Health Insurance under ACA, and after her first doctors visit, everything seems to be just fine. It was just a physical where everything was supposed to be free,Ž Todd said, and I havent gotten a bill yet. Under the old plan, I had a $30 co-pay.Ž Additionally, she said, the amount of her hospital deductible dropped by 40 percent, to $3,000 from $5,000. President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday afternoon that 7.1 million people had enrolled for the program prior to the March 31 deadline. So many logged on Monday that the federal site, Healthcare.gov, twice stopped accepting applications because it could not handle the volume. Obama said considering the hiccups involved with the launch of the website. He was pleased at the number and this moment marks a positive change in health care services in the United States. Now, that doesnt mean that all the problems in health care have been solved forever,Ž Obama said in a White House press conference. Premiums are still rising for families who have insurance, whether you get it through your employer or you buy it on your own „ thats been true every year for decades. But, so far, those premiums have risen more slowly since the Affordable Care Act passed than at any time in the past 50 years.Ž  Its also true that, despite this law, millions of Americans remain uncovered in part because governors in some states for political reasons have deliberately refused to expand coverage under this law. But were going to work on that. And well work to get more Americans covered with each passing year,Ž he said. More than 240,000 Georgians have signed up for insurance under ACA in the past five months, according to Dante McKay, 40, state director for Enroll America/Get Covered America. McKay, an Atlanta native and graduate of Clark Atlanta University, said his organization reached out to a broad demographic across the state. When they approached taxi cab drivers to enroll them for insurance, they attacked us like ants,Ž McKay said. EWC Call Me MISTER Scholarship Program Accepting Applications 100 African American teens from 10 local high schools have been invited to Edward Waters College for the official inception of the Call Me MISTERŽ scholarship program. The program will kick off on Monday, April 14th at 11 a.m. in the Milne Auditorium, 1658 New Kings Rd. The Call Me MisterŽ scholarship is open to African American males majoring in elementary education and pays for the last two years of course work. Participants will hear a panel discussion about The Importance of African Americans in EducationŽ held prior to the event from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you have questions, contact Dee Registre, EWC Coordinator of Public Relations at 470-8050 or visit www.ewc.edu or email or email d.registre@ewc.edu. Open Enrollment at All Male Academy The enrollment period for Valor Academy of Leadership is now open. Valor Academy of Leadership is a revolutionary single gender, free public charter school for males that is committed to preparing youth of Northwest Jacksonville for college success. The school is located at 4819 Soutel Drive. Applications for 6th grade and 9th grade are being accepted for the inaugural 2014-2015 school-year and can be completed by visiting the school's website at www.valoracademyjax.org or call (404) 429-1112 or email yallen@profectuslearning.org.

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Thomas Jefferson once said, "Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights. Unfortunately, in our great country the fundamental right to vote guaranteed to citizens by the U.S. Constitutions has not always been as easy and obvious. Throughout history,insuring equal rights of women and minorities has always been a challenge in America. We should always recognize the past sacrifices that so many Americans made for the right to vote, and reaffirm our commitment to the importance of the freedom to vote. Three years ago, the Florida Legislature passed voting laws that set the state back because that legislation restricted access to the polls. Democrats fought against those changes, but the voting reform bill passed anyway. This bill placed restrictions on voter registration and reduced the number of days available for early voting; moves clearly aimed at limiting Democratic turnout. A year later, after long lines at the polls during the 2012 elections and more national embarrassment for the state, the legislature reversed the changes from the prior year. Protecting the right of citizens to vote is still very relevant today. Senator Geraldine Thompson and I have sponsored legislation that would require the Florida Attorney General to petition the Florida Supreme Court to review any changes to the states voting laws. While Republican leadership refuses to hear the bill … its critical that the fight to protect voting rights continues. We all know that thousands, perhaps tens of thousands have died in this country and around the world for one of the most fundamental rights that we have as citizens … the right to vote. Its hard to imagine that in the year 2014, this country is even having a discussion about a citizens right to vote or making it more difficult for citizens to vote. Just over 45 years after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, we are still fighting against those who want to limit voting. What made the 1965 Voting Rights legislation so brilliant was that it did not simply outlaw discrimination at the ballot box … it also gave voters new tools to ensure fundamental fairness in the voting process. If Congress had not taken action back in 2007, some of these important components would have expired. For years, we have fought for ways to make it easier for citizens to vote … we started early voting, increasing polling locations, absentee ballots, and a host of other initiatives aimed at making voting more accessible and easy. My Republican friends say that we have made voting too easy, and although none of them can point to any real fraud (less than 1 percent here in Florida) they have pushed voter suppression bills through the legislature in every state in which they have a majority. Talk about a solution in search of a problem. The Voting Rights Act was the centerpiece of the 1960s civil rights movement; the law ended poll taxes, literacy tests, and other election devices that had been used for decades to keep blacks from voting. As he pushed for the passage of this historic feat, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for a hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law.Ž It was highly contested in the 60s and still contested by some today. This whole thing started with the murders of voting-rights activists in Philadelphia and Mississippi, gaining national attention along with numerous other acts of violence and terrorism. Finally, the unprovoked attack on March 7, 1965 by state troopers on peaceful marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama en route to the state capitol in Montgomery; it was the proverbial straw that broke the camels back.Ž This blatant act of racism persuaded the President and Congress to overcome Southern lawmakers' resistance to effective voting rights legislation. President Johnson issued a call for a strong voting rights law and hearings began in Washington; and soon after, a bill was crafted that became the Voting Rights Act. Who better to sum the struggle for civil rights and justice up than someone who fought on the front lines? I was at a church service about five years ago and Georgia Democratic Congressman John Lewis was visiting with Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Representative Lewis talked about his days as a young man in the Civil Rights Movement. To hear his testimony sent a chill through my body. He gave a similar testimony on the House floor a few years back saying, I had a concussion. I almost died. I gave blood; some of my colleagues gave their very lives,Ž Lewis passionately spoke, while other civil rights leaders like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, looked on from the gallery. Yes, we've made some progress; we have come a distance,Ž Lewis added. ŽThe sad truth is, discrimination still exists. That's why we still need the Voting Rights Act, and we must not go back to the dark past.Ž In the mid 1800s, Nancy Neuman wrote, "Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy...It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me." Thank you to those who fought, sacrificed and died for all citizens to have the right to vote. Signing off from the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office, Reggie Fullwood Acceptance by 8 Ivies Doesnt Remove Racial StigmasBy George E. Curry You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again. First the news: In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this fall? A first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., the 17-year-old violist and aspiring physician applied to all eight, from Brown to Yale. The responses began rolling in and by late last week when he opened an e-mail from Harvard, he found hed been accepted to every one. School district officials provided scanned copies of acceptance letters from all eight Monday. Yale confirmed that it was holding a spot for Enin. The feat is extremely rare, say college counselors „ few students even apply to all eight, because each seeks different qualities in their freshman class. Almost none are invited to attend them all. The Ivy League colleges are among the nations most elite. Comments posted on the news website reddit leave little doubt that even with all of Enins accomplishments, many people will never see beyond his race. The comments show appalling ignorance not only about race in the United States, but about the college admission process itself. A person with the sign-in name of Hairlesswalkingchimp wrote, Im gonna get real with you reddit; no matter how pissed this makes you it doesnt change the fact that he would not have had this absurd success if he was a white kid.Ž A writer identifying himself as Jetusan asked, Are you just as pissed that 30% of admissions at Harvard are legacies? How many are less qualified white people, I wonder?Ž Thats a point most critics miss. Universities, including Harvard and Yale, admit a certain number of students in each class based on whether a parent attended the Ivy League institution. They call them Legacy AdmissionsŽ and thats how George W. Bush got admitted into Yale, following in the footsteps of his father and his fathers father. Other students are admitted because a parent made a major donation to the university. I am surprised that no one has mentioned that for the seven other schools he chooses not to attend, 7 students will be chosen from the schools respective wait list, and lets be realistic, odds are they are white.Ž Overlooked in some of the posts is the fact that college admissions deans try to construct a balanced class, not robotically picking applicants based on grades and SAT scores. Ivy Leagues dont want well rounded applicants, they want a well rounded class,Ž wrote house_music_420. Its much easier to get in if you do something out of the ordinary and are really good at it instead of being pretty good at many things. Ive talked to college admissions people and they all say that they are trying to build a well rounded class. For example 10 people from my high school applied to Stanford and the only one who got in had a 3.5 GPA (lowest of the 10) and a 2030 SAT (lowest of the 10) and he was in my class struggling mightily.Ž Comeonreally8 wrote, I am an admissions interviewer for one of the top ivies and I see a HUGE number of minority applicants with top grades, great SATs, and great leadership in their extracurriculars and they are rejected just as often as the non-minority applicants. So everyone saying OMG ITS ONLY BECAUSE HES BLACK calm down, being a minority is not some free pass to get into college.Ž One person wrote, There are 1000s of spots for white students to get in but when they fail to do so, they blame it on the 50 black students that they let in every year.Ž Writer, JadeChaosTheory, noted: Just by being white we have a ton of advantages in general … minorities need the boosts where they can get it.Ž He explained, He [Enin] could graduate college with flying colors and still struggle to find a job/move up in the workplace because casual racism is a real and prevalent thing and there is an innate fear of people of color in positions of power.Ž Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id 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. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writers which are solely their own. Those views do not necessarily reflect the policies and positions of the staff and management of the Jacksonville Free Press. Readers, are encouraged to write letters to the editor commenting on current events as well as what they wouldlike to see included in the paper. All letters must be type written and signed and include a telephone number and address. Please address letters to the Editor, c/o JFP, P.O. Box 43580 Jacksonville, FL 32203. (o CALLS PLEASE)MAILTO: JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS P.O. BOX 43580, JACKSONVILLE, FL 32203 MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 43580 Jacksonville, FL 32203 PHYSICAL ADDRESS 903 W. Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-3803 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. by Dr. George Curry City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood April 10-16, 2014 Voting Rights is Still a Critical Issue in 2014 By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Whenever there is a steady series of public questions being raised about the powerŽ of Black Americans, you should always first consider the motive and purpose of the questions. Such was the case recently when Richard Prince wrote a column, which was posted on The Root, titled: Is The Black Press Still Powerful?Ž Of course the answer is Yes, the Black Press in America is still powerful.Ž What was the underlying motive for this question being asked? I wonder if Prince, a long-time employee of the Washington Post, has ever written a column titled, Is The White Press Still Powerful?Ž I seriously doubt it. There is a larger contextual reality that also needs to be considered. The truth is that during past year, there has been a consistent series of so-called mainstreamŽ news articles, editorials, and blogs that have questioned the relevance, power and legitimacy of Black-owned businesses and institutions. In addition, during this same time period, the effectiveness and contemporary purpose of our traditional civil rights organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) have been called into question. A few months ago the New York Times published story that questioned whether Howard University and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were still relevant and worthy of continued existence. It is not a mere coincidence that some of these news articles and blogs are being written again by supposedly well-intentionedŽ African Americans. We certainly support and defend the right to freedom of the press and the right of all people to express themselves. Of course, the press has the right to be wrong. With that right, however, goes a responsibility not to distort the truth. This is not about neither freedom of the press nor freedom of speech. This is about the issue of racism and its proclivity to define and question reality. This is about the fact that we still live in a society that continues to be undergirded by the ideology of White supremacy that presupposes the false notion of Black inferiority. And as long as that is the case, there will be a need for powerful Black institutions. The Black Church is powerful. The Black Press is powerful. HBCUs are powerful. The NAACP and SCLC are still needed. While we have made considerable progress in the last 50 years, we still have not overcome racism and its negative impact on Black America. And that fact is sometimes conveniently overlooked by Black journalists who work for such Whiteowned outlets such as the Washington Post and The Root. For me and my codefendants in the civil rights case known worldwide as the Wilmington Ten, this is a personal matter when someone takes issue with the present-day powerŽ of the Black Press. In 1972, the Wilmington Ten were unjustly sentenced to a combined total of 282 years in prison in the state of North Carolina. We were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of arson and conspiracy to assault charges doing a 1971 racial riot over public school desegregation in Wilmington. A little more than a year ago, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the Black Press USA, launched an effective national campaign to get an official Pardon of InnocenceŽ for the Wilmington Ten. For more than 40 years, many in the established media in the U.S. had published articles about the alleged guiltŽ of the Wilmington Ten. In fact, the New York Times published a story in the late 1970s under the headline: The Case Against the Wilmington Ten.Ž By the end of 2012, however, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue agreed with the NNPA-led effort as she issued an unprecedented Pardon of Innocence to each member of the Wilmington Ten. Gov. Perdue courageously stated, This was a case of naked racism.Ž We are, therefore, grateful to Gov. Perdue for her historic act and for her candor. We are also very grateful to all of the Black newspaper publishers and writers throughout the United States who continue to uphold the proud banner of the Black Press. Lets us never underestimate the enduring value and respect of all our Black-owned businesses and institutions. Of course, we always open to constructive criticism and recommendations concerning how to strengthen the economic status of the businesses that are vital to our forward progress. However, it would be a tragic error to assume that because we now have a Black American as president of the United States, there is no longer a need to sustain the very institutions, organizations and businesses that have contributed so much to our progress. I thank God for the powerful Black Press in America. We all should be more supportive of the Black Press, Black Church, HBCUs, and our ongoing struggle for freedom, justice and equality not only for Black Americans, but also for all people across the nation and world. The Power of the Black Press Still Reigns Supreme

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April 10-16, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 ’FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 8 14, 2014"BAAD" TEAM BLACK COLLEGE ALL-STARS UNVEILED; BASEBALL, SOFTBALL STANDINGS AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 36CO-POY: North Carolina Central guard Jeremy Ingram joins Livingstone's Mark Thomas as BCSP basketball players of the year for the 2013-14 season.POSTSEASON AWARDS & MOVESNCCU Sports Photo BCSP NotesWinslow to become FAMU athletic director Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow Sr. is the new athletic director at Florida A&M, sources said Monday. Winslow, 56, was expected to be introduced as the school's AD on Wednesday, sources said. Previously, Winslow was vice president for athletics and wellness at Lakeland College in Plymouth, Wis., from August 2012 until resigning on March 29, 2013. Prior to his eight-month stint at Lakeland College, Winslow was athletic director at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, for four years. Winslow played nine seasons (1979-87) with the San Diego Chargers. the best tight ends in NFL history. He graduated from the University of Missouri -he's also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame -and earned a law degree from the University of San Diego in 1993. At Florida A&M, Winslow replaces Michael Smith who had been serving as the school's interim athletic director for the past 10 months. Smith had replaced Derek Horne years at the helm.Brown named to permanent position as Prairie View A&M women's hoops coach Prairie View A&M University Dawn Brown as its head women's basketball coach. Brown, who served on an interim the program moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1982. "Coach Brown has done a tremendous job in continuing the overall success of the program on-and-off the court," said Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson. "She stepped into the position last summer and immediately proved herself as a solid motivator, teacher and recruiter. Coach Brown has the desire to move the Prairie View A&M women's basketball part in the program's success over the past four seasons." the Lady Panthers to their fourth consecutive NCAA Women's Basketball Division I Tournament appearance and the team's fourth straight SWAC Tournament Championship this past season. Since joining the PVAMU women's basketball program as an assistant coach in 2010, the Lady Panthers are a perfect 12-0 in postseason play with Brown on the bench. Prior to becoming interim head coach, Brown served as the team's assistant coach for three seasons along with adding the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator during the 2012-13 campaign. Before coaching at Prairie View A&M, Brown spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Tougaloo College A 2005 graduate of Jackson State University she had a two-year career as a student-athlete with the Lady Tigers and helped capture the 2002-03 SWAC regular season co-championship. Garvin granted contract extension at South Carolina State ORANGEBURG, SC„ South Carolina State University has announced that head men's basketball coach Murray Garvin has been of30, 2018. men's basketball program," said SC State President Thomas J. Elzey "His expertise as well as his personal devotion to each student-athlete is a testament to the culture of excellence he fosters, both on and off the basketball court. ball program in three seasons. SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Albany State 16 0 23 15 Benedict 11 5 17 18 Paine 10 6 12 23 Clark Atlanta 6 12 8 24 Morehouse 1 13 7 27WESTStillman 16 0 23 13 Kentucky State 8 9 12 29 Tuskegee 6 8 11 17 Miles 7 10 12 19 LeMoyne-Owen 3 11 6 24 Lane 0 11 2 16 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Alexander Davie, Jr., OF, KSU Hit .524 (11of-21) with 2 HRs and 2 doubles. Also had 7 singles, 4 steals and 4 walks in seven games. PITCHER Justin Vreeland, P, STILLMAN Pitched six shutout innings in one game, allowing six hists and no walks facing 25 batters. Jordan Mata, Jr., P, STILLMAN Pitched six scoreless innings with six Ks allowing .174 batting average.CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L Alabama State 14 1 26 10 Alabama A&M 6 5 13 19 Jackson State 6 6 23 12 Alcorn State 5 9 5 27 Miss. Valley State 1 11 1 25 WESTERNArk. Pine Bluff 10 4 10 21 Texas Southern 9 4 12 19 Prairie View 7 7 12 15 Grambling State 6 9 8 22 Southern 1 9 5 16 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Moses Charles, So., INF, ALCORN STATE Hit .478 (11-of-23) with 5 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 RBI and 15 total bases, .750 slugging percentage and .520 on-base percentage. Also had 2 steals. PITCHER Darius McClelland, Sr., P, TSU Picked with 6 Ks, no walks and no earned runs.MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LDelaware State 5 4 14 10 Norfolk State 6 5 9 18 Coppin State 6 5 8 17 Maryland-E. Shore 3 6 5 17SOUTHERNNC Central 9 5 14 17 Bethune-Cookman 9 6 17 17 Florida A&M 8 6 11 19 NC A&T 6 9 11 20 Savannah State 3 9 12 21 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Cameron Cecil, Sr., INF, DSU Batted .455 (10-for-22) 8 runs scored. Had a grand slam, a triple and a career-high 6 RBIs in a 19-10 win vs. Norfolk State. Also had 34 putouts. PITCHER Terry McNabb, Sr., NCCU Pitched a complete game shutout in win over NC A&T with 9 Ks and allowing three hits. ROOKIE Justin Burrell, Fr., 3B, NSU Batted .353 (6-for-17) with 8 RBIs and 6 runs scored. CONF ALL W L W LChowan 15 5 16 21 Winston-Salem State 12 4 26 13 Virginia State 12 7 22 15 St. Augustine's 6 10 14 24 Elizabeth City State 4 12 7 17 Lincoln 2 13 2 25 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Ray Crawford, Jr., Util., WSSU Hit .522 (12 of 23) with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs. Slugging percentage of 1.000. Scored six runs in 4-2 week. PITCHER Bryan Rivera, Jr., P, ST. AUG'S Threw two complete shutouts in two games, 5-hitter with 12 Ks and walked two in 9-0 win over Va. State. Fired a four-hitter with 7 Ks and no walks in 7-0 win over Chowan. DEFENSE Levi Grassley, Sr., INF, WSSU 29 putouts, 4 assists, no errors in 4-2 week. COACH Charles Whitaker, ST. AUG'S Moved into fourth place after winning two of four vs. VSU and 1 of 2 vs. Chowan. 2 0 1 4 B L A C K C O L L E G E B A S E B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors thru 4/6/14) MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEAC CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LHampton 3 0 11 11 Norfolk State 3 0 9 15 Maryland-E. Shore 3 2 6 25 Coppin State 2 3 5 13 Delaware State 0 0 13 7 Morgan State 0 3 3 10 Howard 0 3 1 16SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 3 0 13 22 Florida A&M 2 1 3 10 NC A&T 2 2 10 16 Savannah State 1 2 17 15 S. C. State 0 2 5 10 NC Central 0 3 1 9 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Whitney Williams, So., 3B, NSU Hit .538 (11-for-26) with 3 doubles, 3 HRs and 11 runs scored. Assisted on 23 putouts. PITCHER Alyssa Barker, So., P, CSU Pitched two shutouts vs. UMES and Howard. Complete game shutout vs. UMES with 4 Ks. Compiled 1.40 ERA in 30 innings. ROOKIE Kayla McNair, Fr., 1B, NSU Hit .542 (13-for-24) with 3 HRs, 10 RBIs.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCE DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L Jackson State 11 0 19 23 Alabama State 7 4 12 19 Miss. Valley State 5 6 7 29 Alcorn State 2 6 5 24 Alabama A&M 1 7 9 26 WESTERNTexas Southern 8 2 17 14 Southern 6 5 6 28 Grambling State 4 6 9 14 Prairie View 2 6 6 17 Arkansas Pine Bluff 2 6 5 27 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Aleesa Yanez, C, ALABAMA STATE Had 6 RBI in three-game series vs. MVSU. Had four hits, 1 HR while going 4-for-10 at the plate in series sweep. PITCHER NA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATEATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONCIAA DIV CONF ALL NORTH W L W L W LVirginia State 9 1 15 1 18 7 Chowan 6 2 11 3 13 27 VIrginia Union 4 4 6 7 6 8 Elizabeth City State 2 4 3 9 5 16 Bowie State 3 7 6 9 7 23 Lincoln 0 6 0 11 0 13SOUTHW-Salem State 6 0 11 1 19 10 St. Augustine's 3 1 6 4 11 17 J. C. Smith 4 2 7 5 11 17 Fayetteville State 4 2 7 5 9 18 Shaw 3 5 3 9 4 20 Livingstone 0 10 2 13 5 16 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Katrina Bartlett, Jr., INF, WSSU Hit .524 (11 of 21) with 2 HRs, 1 triple, 1 double, 9 RBIs and 9 runs scored. PITCHER Jessica Mattia, Sr., VSU Got 37 Ks in Mercedes Hargett, Fr., WSSU 4 appearances, 3 starts, 25.2 innings, 4 wins, 0.82 ERA, 3 earned runs, 29 Ks. DEFENSE Sade Holmes, Jr., OF, VSU Four putouts and no errors in two games vs. Chowan.SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLIGIATEATHLETIC CONFERENCE CONF ALL EAST W L W L Albany State 13 3 15 17 Clark Atlanta 13 11 19 17 Benedict 10 9 20 15 Fort Valley State 5 17 5 38 Paine 1 19 5 25WESTTuskegee 14 4 19 10 Stillman 14 7 16 25 Miles 6 4 8 22 Lane 12 10 16 10 Kentucky State 9 10 13 22 LeMoyne-Owen 0 9 0 18 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Alia Willliams, Sr., C, CAU Hit (.684) HRs with 19 RBI, 15 runs and 2 steals. Chelsea Hall, Fr., IF, CLAFLIN 11 of 19 triple, 16 RBIs, 11 runs scored and 9 steals. PITCHER Ashley Savange, Sr., P, STILLMAN Recorded 18 Ks with two walks in 16 innings over three games. Posted a 2-1 record 3 complete games, 2.62 ERA. 2 0 1 4 B L A C K C O L L E G E S O F T B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors thru 4/6/14) Sheals released at Saint Augustine's RALEIGH, N.C. … Saint Augustine's University announced last week that Tony Sheals has been relieved of his duties as head men's basketball coach In his only season as head coach, Sheals led the St. Aug's men to a 13-16 overall reSouthern Division. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately. at Virginia Union Virginia Union University men's basketball coaching position in late March and the list included then Saint Augustine's Head Coach Tony Sheals Shields was released by Saint Augustine's the next day. Morgan and Anthony Peeler. Butler has spent the past nine seasons as head coach of the women's basketball team at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). During his nine seasons, Butler has amassed 131 wins, two Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) national championships, two ICAA Coach of the Year awards and two NCAA Tournament appearances. A 1998 graduate of VUU, Butler played for legendary coach Dave Robbins and helped the Panthers capture three straight CIAA championships and make four NCAA Division II appearances. Vance Harmon has been coach at Henrico High School, located just outside the Richmond County line, for the past 10 years. During that time he compiled a 212-65 record which included six trips to the Virginia High Richard Morgan brought more than a decade of NCAA coaching exin 2009. Beyond his coaching experience, Morgan was a decorated collegiate player at the University of Virginia. an assistant coach at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Before his time with Appalachian State, Morgan served two stints as an associate head coach at Hampton University for three years. as an assistant at East Carolina University. Peeler has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach for the Virginia Union University Men's Basketball team after a standout collegiate playing career at the University of Missouri and the NBA. Sheals has coached on the high school, collegiate and professional levels for more than 20 years, including Florida State, Bethune-Cookman Towson and Delaware State Prior to coming to St. Augustine's, Sheals spent the last three seasons at Florida A&M University, where he was the Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach. Sheals was head coach at Bethune-Cookman (1994-1997) and Delaware State (2000) and was named MEAC Coach of the Year in 1995.WinslowBrownGarvin Butler ShealsMEN'S "BAAD" TEAM OF BLACK COLLEGE ALL-STARSFIRST TEAM Aaric Murray, 6-10, Sr., C, Texas Southern (21.6 ppg., 7.5 rpg.); Brandon Davey, 6-6, Jr., F, Fort Valley State (18.9 ppg., 8.7 rpg.); Jeremy Ingram, 6-3, Sr., G, North Carolina Central (20.8 ppg.); Mark Thomas, 5-10, Sr., G, Livingstone (21.4 ppg.); Patrick Miller, 6-0, Sr., G, Tennessee State (23.7 ppg.) PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Jeremy Ingram and Mark Thomas TOP COACH LeVelle Moton, North Carolina Central SECOND TEAM Calvin Godfrey, 6-9, Sr., F, Southern (15.9 ppg., 8.9 rpg.); Emilio Parks, 6-7, Jr., F, Johnson C. Smith (18.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg.); Justin Black, 6-3, Sr., G, Morgan State (18.9 ppg.); Jody Hill, 6-3, Sr., G, Livingstone (18.8 ppg.); James Daniel, 6-0, Fr., G, Howard (21.0 ppg.) THIRD TEAM Ian Chiles, 7-2, Sr., C, Morgan State (15.6 ppg., 6.5 rpg.); Richard Dixon, 6-7, Sr., F, Tuskegee (16.7 ppg.); DuVaughn Maxell, 6-8, Sr., F, Hampton (14.9 ppg., 7.3 rpg.); Amere May, 6-4, Jr., G, St. Augustine's (19.3 ppg.); Marquez Jones, Jr., G, WSSU (20.4 ppg.) FIRST TEAM Alyssa Bennett, 6-1, Sr., F, Hampton (17.7 ppg., 9.4 rpg.); Lamesha Deal, 6-0, Sr., C, Virginia State (14.9 pgg., 8.1 rpg.); Jasmine Grice, 5-9, Sr., G, Florida A&M (25.2 ppg.); Ashley Watts, 5-6, Jr., G, Paine (26.0 ppg.); Jazzmin Parker, 5-10, Jr., G, Texas Southern (18.8 ppg.) TOP PLAYER Ashley Watts, Paine TOP COACH David Six, Hampton SECOND TEAM Jasmine Jefferson, Jr., F, Southern (12.0 ppg., 8.5 rpg.); Kyra Coleman, Sr., F, Coppin State (17.1 ppg.); Nicole Hamilton, Sr., G, Hampton (13.1 ppg., 6.1 rpg.); Amber Calvin, Sr., G, Fayetteville State (16.4 ppg.); Jeannette Jackson, Jr., G, Prairie View A&M (18.8 ppg.) THIRD TEAM Deja Middleton, Sr., C, Fayetteville State (13.4 ppg., 11.9 rpg.); Rachel Gordon, Sr., C, Norfolk State (11.2 ppg., 11.7 rpg.); Ericka Sumpter, Sr., Clark Atlanta (16.6 ppg., 9.4 rpg.); Telisha Turner, Jr., G, Univ. of Dist. of Columbia (19.0 ppg.); Kendra Coleman, Jr., F, Southern (17.4 ppg.); MurrayDaveyIngramThomas Bennett DealGriceWattsParker Miller High-scoring senior guards Jeremy Ingram of North Carolina Central and Mark Thomas of Livingstone lead the 2013-14 BLAC K COLLEGE SPORTS PAGE "Baad" Team of basketball all-stars. ever MEAC regular season and tournament titles and nament championship. Ingram scored 20.8 points per game while grabbing regular season player of the year and tournament MVP honors for NCCU. Thomas scored at a 21.4 points per game clip and did likewise for the Bears, earning regular season and tournament outstanding player honors. Six-ten center Aaric Murray Texas Southern also took home both awards in the SWAC selection. SIAC regular season Player of the Year Brandon Davey of Fort Valley State and black college scoring leader Patrick Miller of Tennessee State round out the WOMEN'S "BAAD" TEAM OF BLACK COLLEGE ALL-STARS This year's top black college scorer on the women's side also led all of NCAA Div. II scorers and for that reason wins this year's BLAC K COLLEGE SPORTS PAGE Baad" Team Player of the Year. Paine junior guard Ashley Watts put in a robust 26.0 points per game and takes home the award for her outstanding accomplishment. Florida A&M senior guard Jasmine Grice the MEAC player of the year, was just behind Watts in the Hampton senior forward Alyssa Bennett won the MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award while averaged 17.7 points an 9.4 rebounds per game and is also SWAC Player of the Year Jazzmin Parker whose 18.8 points per game led the Lady Tigers to their fourth straight SWAC Tournament crown, and CIAA Player of the Year, senior center Lamesha Deal who led the Lady Tro

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Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 10-16, 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. Ultimate Praise,Ž The Musical at Union Progressive Missionary Baptist Ultimate Praise,Ž 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 352708-0277 or email jasminejbproductions@gmail.com.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 LaughsŽ 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.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 1312@comcast.net. Financial donations and other donations are accepted.Saint Paul Lutheran Celebrates 58th Church Anniversary & Sermon SeriesReverend James Wiggins, Jr., and the Saint Paul Lutheran Church will celebrate their 58th Church Anniversary Instruments of GraceŽ Study and Sermon series continuing Palm Sunday, April 13, Topic: Grace … You Can Rest Now, Text: Ephesians 2:1-10; Resurrection Sunday, April 20, Topic: Instruments of Grace, Text: 2nd Corinthians 9:6-15; 58th Church Anniversary, April 27, Guest Preacher, Rev. Dr. John Nunes; Sunday, May 4, Topic: Grace … You Matter to God, Text: Ephesians 1:1-10. For more information call the church at 765-4210. Saint Paul Lutheran Church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Avenue. Zion Hope Homecoming CelebrationZion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Clifford Johnson, presents Homecoming 2014,Ž Saturday, April 12th 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday evening, April 13th at 3 p.m. Guest Speaker is Reverend Jeffrey Rumlin of Dayspring Baptist Church. Come one, come all and be Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church special guest. The theme is Let the Love our Brethren continue,Ž scripture 1 John 3:23. Enjoy free food, games, face painting, bouncer, music and more! Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church is located 2803 W. Edgewood Avenue. For more information call 764-9353.Anointing and Healing Sacrament Good Friday at Great MacedoniaPastor Landon L. Williams, Sr. of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, presents, Anointing and Healing SacramentŽ event, Good Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. The church is located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue. For more information call Verdell Wells at 764-9257 or email vwgmbc@hotmail.com. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at MiddayŽ 12 noon 1:00 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, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Palm Sunday PassionŽ Musical Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Reverend Pearce Ewing Sr., presents PassionŽ a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus the Christ through music, word and dance! Guest conductress is Elaine Olp of Phoenix Arizona. Elaine Olps 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 PassionŽ takes place on Palm Sunday, April 13th at 5 p.m. at 201 East Beaver St. For more information call 355-9475. 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.OneJax Pastoral ConferenceThe OneJax Pastoral Care Conference takes place, Friday, May 2nd, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The University of North Florida, 1 UNF Drive. Hear from national and local experts in the field of pastoral care and behavioral health on topics from domestic violence to faith struggles. Participants will be challenged to fully hear and thoughtfully respond to the voices of human struggle and suffering on the journey toward health and healing. For more information call 620-1529 or email onejax@unf.edu.St. Joseph Missionary Celebrates Church and Pastor AnniversarySt. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend H.T. Rhim will celebrate the 84th anniversary of the church and the 44thh anniversary of Pastor H.T. Rhim. The celebration will begin Sunday, April 13th, continuing on Sunday, April 27th and concluding on Monday, April 28th. All services will begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to share in this 84th anniversary as various pastors in the city will deliver the nightly messages. The church will observe Resurrection day services, Sunday, April 20th. Sunrise service starts at 6 a.m. followed by breakfast in the cafeteria. At 9 a.m. is the Resurrection (Easter Pageant) and worship service at 11 a.m. For more information call 356-2359 or visit www.stjosephblackbottom.org or email dedrop485@aol.com. The church is located at 485 W. 1st Street.Church of the Crucifixion Yard SaleOn Saturday, April 12th, Reverend. Chukwudi O. Callistus Onwere and the Church of the Crucifixion is having a yard sale from 9 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a day of yard sale fun! For more information call the church office at 7655284. Church of the Crucifixion is located at 3183 W. Edgewood Avenue.Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Revival and Good Friday ServiceReverend Freddie Sumner, Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist, church located at 9319 Ridge Boulevard, will be celebrating a three-night revival each night at 7 p.m. beginning Monday, April 14th through Wednesday April 16th. The guest speaker is Pastor Jeremiah Robinson, Jr., of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina, Florida. The theme and scripture for the revival is Hope beyond the Cross,Ž John 20: 19-20. On Friday, April 18th at 11:55 a.m. Mount Lebanon will also celebrate Good Friday service with seven Pastors from Jacksonville bringing the Seven Last WordsŽ and preaching the anointing and power from on high. The public is invited to celebrate as Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist celebrates the risen savior. For more information contact the church at 527-1762. Elaine Olps Saint Paul A.M.E. Holds Series of Lenten and Holy Week ServicesSaint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings Road, continues the observance of the Lenten Season by holding worship services. On Palm Sunday, April 13th, at 6 p.m., featuring the renowned Edward Waters College Concert Choir, at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. On Tuesday, April 15th, the Reverend. Dr. Lisa Allen-McLauren, Associate Professor of Worship and Music of the ITC of Atlanta, Georgia and pastor of Saint Paul CME church, Athens, Georgia will proclaim the word of God. On Wednesday, April 16th at 7 p.m. witness the Easter drama," The Easter Story," presented by the Fine Arts Ministry and the Department of Christian Education. Maundy Thursday, reenactment of the lords supperŽ observance is scheduled for April 16th at 6:30 p.m. On ResurrectionŽ Sunday, April 20th, Sunrise Service is slated to take place at 5:30 a.m. Church School will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the Latter Rain Worship Service will be held at 10:55 a.m. Friends, family and the public are extended a special welcome to share in all of the services. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders,ll is the pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church For more details contact the church at 764-2755 or via the web at www.stpaulamejax.com or email chreed10@bellsouth.net.West Union Baptist Church Revival Messenger SeriesThe Eastern District of the Union St. James Association will conduct a RevivalŽ to be held at West Union Baptist Church, 1605 W. Beaver Street, April 16-18 at 7 p.m. The revival messengers for the events are as follows: Wednesday, April 16th, Reverend Anthony Webster, of Peace Baptist Church; April 17th, Reverend Louis Parker of New First Corinth Baptist Church; and April 18, Reverend Jeremiah Robinson, Sr. of Royal Tabernacle Baptist Church. The combined choirs of the Eastern District will be serving. Come and take part in the celebration as the Eastern District Goes to the ResurrectionŽ. For more information email scthomp60@gmail.com or call the church at 353-0681.Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church Easter Service and Activities The Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church, Pastor Michael C. Edwards, is inviting the community to their Good Friday service, Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. The Easter Resurrection service is Easter Sunday, April 20th. The program theme is He Did It For Me!Ž. Sunrise Worship Service is from 8 … 9 a.m. Church school classes take place 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Worship Service is from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tabernacle Baptist Institutional Church is located at 903 East Union Street. For more information call 3563362 or visit www.tbicjax.com or email michaelcedwards@msn.com.Wayman Ministries 4th Annual Good FridayŽ concert Wayman Ministries will present their 4th annual Good FridayŽ concert, Friday, April 18th at 7 p.m. at the Spirit of Life Worship Center, 1176 Labelle Street. The concert is Free! Featuring the legendary Vanessa BellArmstrong, plus BETs Sundays Best, Season 5 finalist Jamarien Moore. For more information email wandapradio@gmail.com or call 739-7500 or log onto www.wayman.org.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Women in WhiteŽ ProgramThe Deaconess Ministry of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to share in the celebration of their 6th annual Women in WhiteŽ program, Sunday, May 18th at 4 p.m. The theme is Stand Fast,Ž Galatians 5:1. Featuring the spiritually uplifting voices of the H. Alvin Green, Memorial Alumni Chorale of Edwards Waters College. Come on in the house of the Lord, and share in this spirit filled celebration. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2407 S. L. Badger Circle, Reverend Herb Anderson. For more information call 764-9264.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 Pastor Rhim Dr. John unes

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April 10-16, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations,and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, and estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients Pictured l to r: Apostle Valencia Lamon, Apostle Deloris Lamon, Pastor Saundra Priester and Pastor Joann Crapps of ew Life Fellowship Church. R. Silver photo.Alabaster Conference Spotlights Spirituality and Renewed FaithThe 10th annual Alabaster Box Conference was held April 5th at the New Life Fellowship church in downtown Jacksonville. Initially the conference reached out to women, but this year showcased the testimony of Pastor Chris Langley of Light of the World Christian Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. Apostle Valencia Lamon is the visionary who began this great work 10 years ago while living in Jacksonville, but since then her mission work has expanded to Africa and beyond. Apostle Valencia Lamon has now relocated to Atlanta, but is committed to holding the annual conference which offers refreshing spiritual knowledge, renewing of the mind, and rejoicing in the victory in Christ. According to scripture Mark14:1-9, a costly alabaster flask was broken and poured on Jesus head to anoint his body for burial. Plus Size WomanSeeks to Change Perceptions What really is the difference between thickŽ or curvyŽ or plus sizeŽ? Over the past fifteen years, the definition of those who dont normally fit the traditional size has changed. One curvy woman stripped down on Hollywood Boulevard to protest the way L.A. thinks about bodies. Amani Terrell, who weighs 260 lbs, strutted down Hollywood Boulevard in a brightly colored bikini to prove she has nothing to hide. You cannot seek validation from other people. The world is very cruel,Ž Terrell said in a FOX news television interview. You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself.Ž She also says shes trying to fight the idea that bigger women always feel bad about their bodies. Theres a misconception that big women have low self-esteem. I dont have low self-esteem.Ž She went on to say that being plus-size women in Los Angeles is tough. Thats all you see are thin women,Ž she explained. I came up with this idea because I live in Hollywood and theres this mass hysteria of perfection in this town. Theres a misconception that big women have low self-esteem. I dont have low self-esteem.Ž As a result of being on the strip. There were only a few naysayers but Terrell said I still love myself regardless.Ž Kenyan Woman Admits to Infection 300 Men with HIV Nakuru, Kenya … A Kenyan woman has admitted that she has purposely infected over 300 men with the HIV virus. And she told the Kenyan Daily Post that shes doing it in revenge for a man who had unprotected sex with her while she was drunk, and gave her the virus. The woman, whose name remains anonymous, is only 19 years old and said that she was a virgin until she went clubbing with some students at a local university. She claims that she woke up the next morning, she realized that one of the guys had sex with her while she was intoxicated. She asked the boy if he used a condom and he told her yes,Ž but when taking a bath she noticed semen in her vaginal area. I wanted to commit suicide, I feared getting pregnant and HIV,Ž she said. And sure enough, in time, she did find out that she was HIV positive. And thats when she decided to get revenge on as many as possible. I buried the good girl in me and become a bad girl,Ž she said. According to the Kenyan Daily Post, she has confessed to infecting 324 men, 156 of which are students at the Kabarak University where she studies. She says the rest are married men, lecturers, lawyers, celebrities and politicians. 2,000 men in the East African nation, the Kenyan Daily Post reported. Lori Ramos Cavallo compares being a new caregiver to being CEO of a Fortune 500 company straight out of high school. No prior experience. No qualifications. No idea where to start. My Mom went from being completely active to needing care overnight,Ž said Cavallo, who cared for her mother for eight years following a devastating stroke. You dont prepare for that mentally, financially or emotionally. Its a struggle.Ž To help stroke caregivers, the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, developed Caregiver Guide to Stroke.Ž The free guide includes sections on emotional support, communicating with the health care team, managing the effect of a stroke, legal resources, financial support and health coverage. The American Stroke Associations Together to End Stroke initiative acronym F.A.S.T. to help people remember common warning signs of stroke. F … Face Drooping A Arm Weakness S … Speech Difficulty T … Time to call 911 For care giving or general stroke inquiries, email TogethertoEndStroke@heart.org or call 888-4-STROKE (888-4787653). Stroke Guide Designed to Help New Caregivers By Dedrick D. Henry Sr. Florida will be parting ways with the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) in 2015, a mainstay in the states schools for more than 41 eyars. Pam Stewart, the states education commissioner, announced last month, that she had approved a six-year contract with a not-for-profit outfit to develop a new test that students will be required to take a year from now to reach graduation requirements. Stewarts decision to approve the $220 million contract with American Institutes for Research marks yet another significant step toward the states transition away from the FCAT, which has attracted both praises and scorn due to the way it has transformed the states public schools and graduation rates. The new tests will include more than the multiple-choice questions that are a framework for many standardized tests, including the FCAT. Paper and pencil will first be used to complete the tests initially, but schools will gradually transition to online testing. Students will be asked to create graphs, interact with test content and write and respond in different ways than they would in traditional tests.Ž The new questions will assess higher order thinking skillsŽ that are part of the higher expectations included in the states new standards. Former Gov. Jeb Bush made the FCAT the centerpiece of his A-through-F school grading system. The test results were not only used to evaluate schools and their learning procedures, but also to determine whether third-graders should be held back or whether high school students were fully equipped to graduate. The debate over the FCAT even triggered the change in state law over when the school year would start and end. The new test will be based on a new set of standards that are based largely on the contentious Common Core State Standards. Florida officials added to the math and English standards as well as a requirement for cursive writing. But this change has not ended the backlash against Common Core. Florida was initially part of a national consortium developing a Common Core test, but the state pulled out of the Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness at the urging of Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders. New Test to Replace FCAT Fight Back AgainstSpring AllergiesSpringtime brings warmer weather, outdoor family fun, BBQs, ballgames, and for many Americans, the start of allergy season. While making plan for outdoor activities this spring, keep in mind that each year, Dallas ranks high on the list of top 100 Allergy Capitals. Dr. Travis Stork, ER physician and host of the Emmy Award-winning talk show The Doctors, has partnered with Church & Dwight Co. Inc., the maker of Arm & Hammer Simply Saline nasal mists, to share his top five tips to ring in spring for a healthy and congestion-free spring season. Keep it simple and natural The overuse of over-the-counter nasal decongestants can actually cause your congestion to return much worse than when it first appeared. Using products that are drug-free and derived from natural ingredients can help. Know when to work out Staying active and exercising for at least 30 minutes a day is a great way to fight off illness, but for allergy sufferers, be sure to plan workouts accordingly. Pollen counts are highest in the morning, so its best to plan to work out during a time of day when pollen levels are a bit lower. Allergy-proof the house Allergens exist indoors and outdoors, so take steps to make your home allergy-proof. A simple way to keep allergens at bay is to wipe your feet and take off your shoes when entering the home. You can also prevent mold by keeping the indoor air dry with a dehumidifier and remove allergens by cleaning the floors with a vacuum that has a HEPA (highefficiency particulate air) filter. Mind the children Congestion-causing allergens are everywhere … on the bus, in the park, on our clothes and even in our hair. To avoid any impact on your family fun this spring, especially for the little ones, Stork says, Keep congestion remedies on hand, like Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Baby Nasal Relief for both infants and kids.Ž Wash away those allergens Dont ditch your favorite outdoor hobby just because you suffer from allergies, ditch the allergens stuck to clothes, bedding and bags. After a day in the garden, at the ballpark or family picnic, remember to wash clothes, bedding and bags as often as possible.

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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 attendees and backers around the globe. For more info visit www.beonespark.com or call 250-0070. Jax AACP April MeetingThe Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP April meeting will take place Thursday, April 10th at 7:15 p.m. Location is 1725 Oakhurst Avenue. The Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP meets every 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information contact Phyllis Williams-Young at 764-7578 or visit www.jacksonvillenaacp.com or email jaxnaacp@comcast.net.Mike Epps is Back!Comedian Mike Epps 2014 worldwide After Dark TourŽ 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.Oyster Jam Music FestIts 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 info@theoysterjam.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 anabelle@artfestival.com.K.O.V.A. Talent SearchKeeping Our Voices Alive (KOVA) productions presents So you think you can perform,Ž 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.orthwest CDC Walk and RunThe Northwest Community Development Corporations SŽ Trail Walk and Run for Health and Wellness, takes place, Saturday, April 12th The walk and run starts at 9 a.m. at the Emmett Reed Community Center, 1093 W. 6th St. For more information call 598-9196 or visit www.nwjcdc.org. San Marco Art Festival The San Marco Merchants Association is proud to announce the return of the 15th annual San Marco Art Festival, Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy artsy displays, shopping and dining! Location is 1971 San Marco Boulevard. For more information visit www.artfestival.com or call (561) 746-6615. Ritz Chamber Players Flute and Harp RecitalThe Ritz Chamber Players presents A Flute and Harp RecitalŽ artists perspective recital series, Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. The recital takes place at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street. For more information call Terrance Patterson, Executive and Artistic Director at 472-4270 or visit www.ritzchamberplayers.org or email terrance@ritzchamberplayers.org.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 wanda.willis@ewc.edu or visit www.ewc.edu.com.Johnson Branch Give to the YŽ CampaignThe Johnson Family Branch YMCA is having a Give to the YŽ campaign luncheon on Monday, April 14th at 11 a.m. at 5700 Cleveland Rd. For more information call 765-3589 ext. 8 or email lmelvin@firstcoastymca.org.Stage Aurora Theatrical AuditionsThe Stage Aurora Theatrical Company is holding auditions for the following stage plays: Colored MuseumŽ is scheduled for Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15th; "The Wiz" will take place Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27th. Both auditions will take place at Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Looking for singers, dancers, and actors! Seeking multicultural youth, children, teens, and young adults! For more details call Stage Aurora at 765-7372 or visit Owww.stageaurora.org.A. Philip Randolph Organization celebrates 125th BirthdayThe Jacksonville Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph organization is celebrating A. Philip Randolphs 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 Womens Center of Jacksonville presents the 2014 Speaker Series, Women, Words and Wisdom.Ž 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 at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 722-3000. Ledisi in Concert!Grammy nominated powerhouse Ledisi is coming to the Florida Theater, Wednesday, April 16th at the 8 p.m. For tickets and more details call 355-5661 or visit www.ledisi.com. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., 6th Annual Public MeetingThe Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., will host its 6th Annual Public Meeting, Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. This meeting is free and open to the public. The meeting will recognize local high school students for their academic achievement as Kappa Scholars, community organizations, and men and women from all walks of life. It will be held at the City Council Chambers, 117 W. Duval St. For more information contact Etoye Flornoy 728-6168.Comedian DeRay Davis at Comedy ZoneComedian-turned-actor DeRay Davis can most recently be seen and heard in movies "21 Jump Street", "Jumping the Broom" and his own Showtime special. Hear DeRays jokes April 17 … 19 at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road. Visit www.comedyzone.com.Genealogical Society Monthly MeetingsThe next Jax Genealogical Society monthly meetings are scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 17th at 1:30 p.m. The JGS is a group of people who enjoy talking about family research and sharing information on the resources and repositories. Meetings are the third Saturday of each month at Webb-Wesconnett Library, 6887 103rd Street. Visit www.jaxgen.org. Amelia Island Jazz Festival The Amelia Island Jazz Festival, 3rd annual Big Band BashŽ will be held Saturday, April 19th, 7 p.m.10 p.m., in the ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. Come hear The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guests, in a salute to America's legendary big bands. For further information visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or call 504-4772. Kids Eat Free at Applebees on EasterApplebee's restaurants throughout Jacksonville will be celebrating Easter by inviting families to come dine on Sunday, April 20th, and kids will eat FREE. Enjoy Applebees kids menu with healthier options. For more information or you have any questions call your Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar or visit www.applebees.com. 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1.The Color Purple was nominated for 11 Academy Awards.. How many did they win? 2.Who directed and codirected the Color Purple? 3.Name a significant award won by the Color PurpleŽ? 4.In what state, did Color PurpleŽ take place? 5.Who produced the Broadway musical adaptation of the novel (based on the film) The Color PurpleŽ 6.In what city did Celie start her pants sewing business? 7.Name at least five original actors that portrayed characters in the original production of the Color PurpleŽ 1982 film? (Print actors name) 8.What US Office does Mr./Albert contact for Netties trip back to Georgia? 9.What adjective did Shug use to describe Celie on their first meeting? 10.What was Danny Glovers/Mr/Albert character profession? 11.What are the names of Celies children? 12.How many children did Harpo and Sofia have? 13.What continent did Nettie move to? 14.What was the name of Shugs boyfriend? 15.What was the requirement of Celies dowry? 16.What is the name of Harpos night Club? 17.What local Jacksonville native actress played Shug on Broadway? 18.What other local theater has also produced the Color PurpleŽ? 19.What did Mr/Albert hide from Celie? 20.How does Celie want to spice-upŽ her father-in-laws lemonade? April 10-16, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press 9 0 4 -6 4 1-1212 | alhambrajax.com DINNER SHOW!NEW MENU FOR EACH SHOW! 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Previous brand ambassadors for the company include actresses Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Winslet. Nyongo is best known as the beautiful Oscar-winning actress that co-starred in 12 Years a Slave, but she also co-starred in the 2014 film Non-Stop alongside Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. Regarding her new endorsement deal, she comments, I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a womans freedom to be herself.Ž Both 2013 and 2014 have been very successful for Nyongo. In addition to winning an Oscar for best supporting actress, she also won an MTV Movie award, a NAACP Image award, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a Golden Globe award. She also won an award from nearly every major film festival around the world. Nyongo, who is Kenyan, was born in Mexico City but grew up in both Mexico and Kenya. She currently resides in New York City. Win Tickets to The Color Purple! yongo amed new Lancome Spokesmodel Singer Chris Brown's assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it. Lawyers for the Grammy-award-winning singer had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors abused the grand jury process to prepare for trial. Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said prosecutors used the grand jury to "freeze" the testimony of the alleged victim in the case, a man who says Brown and his bodyguard punched him outside a Washington hotel in October. Geragos called the incident "the most investigated misdemeanor of all time." But Judge Patricia Wynn agreed with prosecutors that they had a right to use the grand jury to assess the strength of their case. "I am persuaded that there was no abuse," Wynn said. Wynn also on Monday ordered that Brown and his bodyguard be tried separately. Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, will start his trial April 17. Brown's trial will begin after Hollosy's ends. Both cases will be decided by a judge, not a jury. Hollosy is expected to testify during Brown's trial that he is the one who punched the man. Hollosy told police he struck the man when he attempted to get onto Brown's tour bus. Prosecutors have described the incident differently in court documents. They say Brown first punched the man when he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two women. They say Hollosy then struck the man. A court document says the man Brown and Hollosy are accused of hitting was treated for a fractured nose and injuries to his face and head. At the time of the alleged assault in Washington, Brown was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. Soon after his arrest in Washington he entered rehab for anger management treatment, but he was jailed in mid-March after violating the treatment facility's rules. If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars, under the terms of a court order in the Rihanna case. Neither Brown nor Hollosy were present in court Monday. A spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, which had been transporting Brown to the area for his trial, confirmed late Monday he is now being held at a facility in the Washington area. Chris Brown's Assault Case Is Going Forward How would you like to win two tickets to the Alhambras hit production of The Color Purple? With only two weeks left to see it, here is your opportunity to view the show. Fax or email the correct answers to the following trivia questions to win. Send to JFreePress@aol.com com or fax to 904-765-8611. Actor/musician Chris Brown

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The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2014 scholarship program. The foundation, established by rapper Jay-Z and his mom aims to enhance the lives of young people. The foundation is unique because it offers scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools, students who have earned only a GED, students with grade point averages of 2.0, and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. Applicants must demonstrate a strong desire to pursue higher education. In 2013, 176 scholarship recipients were selected and 70% of them had household incomes below $40,000. In addition, 74% of them came from single parent homes, and 58% are first-generation college students. The program provides individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and re-applies each year, from admission to graduation. The scholarship grant can be used to pay for tuition, books, lab fees, travel and certain living expenses. Those who qualify to apply include all high school seniors, undergraduate (2-year or 4-year) college students, and even students at vocational/ trade schools. All applicants must also be U.S. citizens, 25 years old or younger, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. In addition, all recipients are required to give backŽ by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. For more details about the program and/or to apply, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/05/shawn-carterfoundation-scholarship.html Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press April 10-16, 2014 Female Soldiers Protest ew Racially Biased Army Grooming Regulation Construction of Museum of AfricanAmerican Music Planned for 2015 A new museum chronicling African-American music legends will begin construction as early as 2015, after years of fundraising efforts in Nashville. The National Museum of African-American Music will be part of the redevelopment of the Nashville Convention Center, according to the Tennessean.com. The planned 16,000 square-foot institution will pay homage to Nashvilles Jefferson street, also known as Music RowŽ where Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix and local artists like Freddie Waters and Earl Gaines played at various venues along the strip. President and CEO H. Beecher Hicks of the museum says the building will honor Black artists past and present who have impacted popular music, from Aretha Franklin and B.B. King to Beyonc. The museum has already started hosting programs for children to educate them about early instruments.Rapper Jay-Z Gives Back With His 2014 Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship Deadline is April 30th By Julissa Catalan, Diversity Inc. Thousands of Army soldiers are asking President Obama to override a new grooming regulation, which many believe is racially biased against Black women. This week, Army Regulation 670-1„which includes new rules on hairstyles, grooming, tattoos and uniforms„went into effect. Soldiers have seven days to observe these standards. The list of new rules gives specifics on hairstyles that include: € Braids and twists must remain under a quarter of an inch in diameter; € Cornrows must be uniform and also remain below a quarter of an inch; € Dreadlocks are banned. The newly released document goes on to describe details of acceptable versus non-acceptable examples, even including photos for a reference point. Many women arguing against the new regulations are Black, and feel that these changes are targeting them in particular and thus affecting them most. Most of the women modeling the unauthorized hairstyles in the manual are Black„a point that solidifies their case. Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard started the White House petition. She wears her hair in two twists and says she is, kind of at a loss now with what to do with my hair. Ive been in the military six years, Ive had my hair natural four years, and its never been out of regulation,Ž she continued. Its never interfered with my head gear.Ž Twist are a popular option for Black female soldiers because it makes it easy to take care of in the field,Ž she said. Per the Armys definition, twistsŽ are two distinct strands of hair twisted around one another to create a rope-like appearance. Most Black women, their hair doesnt grow straight down, it grows out,Ž she said. Im disappointed to see the Army, rather than inform themselves on how Black people wear their hair, theyve white-washed it all. Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 6701 offer little to no options for females with natural hair,Ž Jasmine said in her petition. The changes are racially biased, and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent,Ž she goes on to say. Staff Sgt. Mary Johnson echoed her sentiments on Army Sgt. Maj. Ray Chandlers Facebook page. As far as the twists, that really limits females with curly/kinky hair,Ž she said. I cant simply pull my hair back due to excessive knotting. I proudly wear twists in a professional manner every day and only took them down on the weekends..Ž Jacobs said she would probably have to start wearing a wig to her battle assembly because she does not want to damage her hair by putting it up in cornrows nor by chemically relaxing it. Wigs and extension are permitted according to the new manual. I talked to my first sergeant, and he said we would face non-judicial punishment if were out of reg,Ž Jacobs said. So I either get a wig or be NJPed, all because of the way my hair grows naturally.Ž We feel let down,Ž she continued, I think, at the end of the day, a lot of people dont understand the complexities of natural hair. A lot of people, instead of educating themselves, they think dreadlocks and they think Bob Marley, or they see women with really big Afros and they think thats the only thing we can do with our hair.Ž Many hairstyles are acceptable, as long as they are neat and conservative,Ž said Army spokesperson Paul Prince. In addition, headgear is expected to fit snugly and comfortably, without bulging or distortion from the intended shape of the headgear and without excessive gaps. Unfortunately, some hairstyles do not meet this standard or others listed in AR 670-1.Ž When asked for comment on the criticism, Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, said, "The requirement for hair grooming standards is necessary to maintain uniformity within a military population. Many hairstyles are acceptable, as long as they are neat and conservative. In addition, headgear is expected to fit snugly and comfortably, without bulging or distortion from the intended