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Volume 27 o. 26 May 1-7, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Finding Joy and Passion in Worshipping AlonePage 6 Clippers Owner Finally Got What He Deserved But Was it Enough?Page 4Creator of Carols Daughter Files BankruptcyPage 2 otorious Gangster Queen of Philadelphia Writes Tell All from Spoiled Girlfriend to Drug LordPage 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced team owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from any association with the Los Angeles Clippers or the NBA and fined $2.5 million. The fine is the maximum allowed under the NBA Constitution. The fine money will be donated to organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination efforts. About 75 percent of the players in the NBA are Black. Silver also stated that the Board of Governors will be encouraged to force a sale of the Clippers. These sanctions come after recorded audio was made public of Sterling allegedly making racist comments to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Forbes estimates the Clippers value at $575 million. Sterling purchased the team for a reported $12 million. Forced to sell the team, he could make a profit for at least $500 million in profits. The firestorm that culminated in Silver placing a lifetime ban on Sterling was revealed after the website TMZ posted nine minutes of an audio tape of a secretly-recorded conversation between Sterling and Stiviano, his mistress who describes herself as a descendant of Mexicans and African Americans. Another website, Deadspin, posted Continued on page 3 SCLCTributes Local Icons an LegendsStudy: African American Exposure to Polluted Air 38% Higher than WhitesCommunities of color across the United States are exposed to disproportionately high rates of pollution, according to engineering and environmental researchers at the University of Minnesota (UM). Researchers looked at the variations in pollution exposure across race, income, education attainment and other categories, and found race to be the dominant determining factor. The study, titled National patterns in environmental injustice and inequality: Outdoor NO2 air pollution in the United States, found that African Americans and other minorities breathe in air with 38 percent more noxious nitrogen dioxide than Whites because of their close proximity to power plants and the inhalation of vehicle exhaust. Lower-income Americans and those with lower education attainment also were exposed at higher rates than their richer and more educated counterparts, respectively.Chicago to Build Barack Obama College Prep High SchoolCHICAGO A new selective enrollment high school will be built for the 2017 school year and will be named after President Obama. The Barack Obama College Preparatory High School will eventually enroll 1,200 students from across the city. This will be CPSs eleventh selective enrollment high school. It will open in the fall of 2017 with an inaugural freshman class of nearly 300 students and will add subsequent grade levels each year following. The $60 million school will be located near the old infamous Cabrini-Green public housing project and will replace a park. Selective enrollment schools are highly competitive. Applications for these schools grew 8 percent this school year with 16,440 students vying for one of approximately 3,200 seats throughout the district. As in years past, more than 2,400 students this year who qualified for admissions into a selective enrollment school were denied because there were not enough seats available.Teacher Fired for Giving 15-year-old Student Lap Dance on Birthday A Houston, Texas, schoolteacher has told a court she gave a 15-year-old student a lap dance for his birthday because the rest of her class convinced her to do it. Felicia Smith was defending herself against a charge of participating in an improper relationship with a student. Police confirmed they had obtained a video that showed the 42-year-old teacher putting her head between the pupils legs while she was on her knees. She also apparently grinded against the teenagers body and he is said to have slapped her rear end during the incident on February 26. Aldine Independent School District said Smith had been removed from campus during the investigation. She posted a bond worth $30,000.Jordan Davis's Mother Calls on RA to End 'Egregious' Gun LawsThe mother of Jordan Davis, Lucia McBath, has joined with Mothers Demand Action for Gun Sense in calling for the National Rifle Association to end "egregious" gun laws. McBath is in Indianapolis with the organization this week for the NRA's annual meeting. They are taking the fight to reform gun policies that have led to the death of her son and others to state houses nationally after feeling sidelined by the politics of Washington, D.C. In February, Davis's killer, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder. The first-degree murder count was declared a mistrial after a jury could not reach a decision on it. Dunn is expected to face a retrial this year. Lucia McBath writes: With the recent launch of Everytown for Gun Safety, the dual forces of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns have now become the most organized grassroots movement in this country that is working to end gun violence.Graduation Rate of African-American High School Students IncreasesAfrican-American public high school students graduated at 68 percent in 2012 a 9 percent increase since 2006, according to a new report released by the Department of Education. The overall high school graduation rate in America is at 80 percent, the highest in history. Some of those gains are credited to the increase in African-American and Latino graduates, since 2006. There were also fewer reports of "dropout factories," schools that graduate less than 60 percent of its students. Nearly a quarter of African-American students attended these schools in 2012. A decade ago, 46 percent of Blacks attended a dropout factory. Researchers are now aiming to reach a 90 percent graduation rate nationally by the year 2020. In order to achieve that next milestone, authors of the report suggest that educators aim to improve outcomes for special education students. Also the racial and income gaps must be closed, particularly in big cities, where students still graduate at 60 percent or less. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Jacksonville, Florida hosted their annual Black Tie Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dinner and Awards Program for legends, pioneers and trailblazers last weekend. The keynote speaker was Dr. C.T. Vivian, a close aide to Dr. King. He was considered the strategist and a fearless spiritual leader during the civil rights movement. Along with an award from the SCLC of Jacksonville, Vivian was also given a key to the city by Mayor Alvin Brown. C.T. Vivian was introduced to the audience by another civil rights icon, fellow honoree J.T. Johnson. J.T. was one of the young people fighting to integrate pools in St. Augustine at the Monson Motor Lodge. Many will remember that acid was thrown into the pool by a segregationist as Johnson and other activists swam. When Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize, he wore a tailed tuxedo, says SCLC President, Opio Sokoni. Why not honor Dr. King by dressing up in our best to give awards to those who are currently carrying on the dream of the man who embodied peace, says Sokoni. The theme for the evening was, New Leadership and a New Generation Carrying the Torch. Opio Sokoni, a young and successful activist with many talents, is the new president and graduate of Howard University School of Law. The evenings activities included a riveting prayer by a young and brilliant Bradford Hall, followed by songs from Evangelist Catrice Caldwell and group C by 3. The evening was highlighted by civil rights videos and words that reminded the crowd of over 200 that racism is not over. Honorees included: Dr. C.T. Vivian, J.T. Johnson, Pastor R. L. Gundy, Terry Gilliam (President's Dedicated Member Award), Dr. Chester Aikens (Posthumous), The Church of Jacksonville, Ernest Davis and the Voo Swar Restaurant and Lounge, Dr. Michael Hallett, Atty. Neil Henrichsen, Jacksonville Progressive Coalition, Reverend Dr. E.I. Norman, Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation, Pastor Landon Williams and the City of St. Augustine. SHown (L-R)Kumasi Aaron, Mistress of Ceremonies, SCLCPresident Opio Sokoni, Dr. C.T. Vivian and honoree Terri Brown-eal Shown above are the local cast of The Color Purple (L-R) with fans Antonio Solomon, Deslone Solomon, Angela Roberts, K. Sidney Bronson, Michelle Grant, Akia Uwanda, Tarra Conner-Jones, Cey-Wan Herah, Director, Todd Booth, Kaila Justice, Princess adia Hopkins and Jereme Rickett. Local thespians delighted thousands of theater lovers with the recent run of The Color Purple at the Alhambra Dinner Theater. The Alice Walker classic was brought to life with the professionalism of the original Broadway production as guests enjoyed good times and a delicious gourmet dinner. Arts patron Debra Clark reminisced, I remember the Alhambra from the early 90s. The dinner was superb and the play was dynamic. I will return to the Alhambra soon. I love the culturally diverse and entertaining performance, she said. Color Purple Wraps Alhambra Run Following Weeks of Sold Out Performances BABans Team Owner for Racist Comments Participants and organizers included (L-R) Eugene Darius, Ahmad Smith, Donald Marshall, II, Kelvin Key. Jr., Coach AJ, Valencia Hawkins and Jay Kennedy, Jr.Shooting Hoops ot Guns Last weekend, the newly developed non-profit organization Shooting Hoops Not Guns held their 1st annual Motivational /Life Skill speaker series. The free forum was held at the Westconnect Library. Over 50 participants listened to speakers discussing staying focused, having passion and going with your gut feeling. The innovative non-profit was developed to educate, elevate and influence Jacksonvilles Westside male residents, 18-25. The goal is to teach and encourage young males through sport activities, life enrichment, money management, motivational, educational and career enhancement, events and seminars. The secondary goal is to spread awareness of gun violence in the community and teach prevention through positive alternatives. Founder and organizer, Founder Valencia Hawkins remarked, My 21-year old godsons best friend, who was like a nephew died from gunshot fatality. Youth are killing each other with guns and our goal is to put as many role models in front of them as we can. Shooting Hoops Not Guns next event is and exhibition basketball game, Saturday, May 17th at 4 p.m. For more information call 891-5019 Valencia Hawkins, President or via the at: www.shootinghoopsnotguns.com.
Consumer Reports A few years ago, my friend Phyllis told me that her husband was retiring from work as a music teacher in New York City public schools. David, then 59, would get a decent pension, continued health coverage, and a break from a stressful job. But Phyllis, then 57, was worried. What would he do with his time while she was off at work? Indeed, the first couple of months were trying for both of them. David helped more with chores, but he also spent hours on the computer and took frequent naps. Phyllis feared he would get depressed without more stimulation. He needs to find something more to do, I recall her saying, or hes going to drive me nuts. David eventually found a satisfying niche-several, in fact. He swam more at the local Y and made new friends there. An accomplished double double-bass player, he played gigs with local orchestras. He volunteered to coach immigrants to read and began teaching music to preschoolers part-time. And when two of their three kids left the nest, Phyllis, who still worked, felt a shift. Find Common Ground According to Richard Johnson, senior fellow and director of the Program on Retirement Policy at the Urban Institute, a think tank in Washington D.C., only about half of couples retire within two years of each other. They may find it unappealing or impractical to jump off the treadmill in tandem. One partner may not be ready to call it quits. A layoff, disability, or illness may precipitate an unplanned retirement. The pair may still need employer-based health coverage or income from a full-time job. So what contributes to happiness in the one-retiree home? When the retiree uses his newfound time to pursue interests, life can be more satisfying for him and less stressful for his working spouse, says Dorian Mintzer, Ph.D., a therapist and retirement transition coach in Boston. Fights can erupt if the spouse who still works feels she has to find ways to keep her nonworking partner engaged. I see the healthiest adjustments when people communicate and figure out their expectations, roles, and responsibilities, Mintzer says. If the husband is home, the wife may feel he should take over the household chores, and he might not want to. Or opposite: She may complain that her husband has reorganized the whole kitchen. Strategize with Social Security Couples need to adapt financially, too. Those with time to plan can use Social Security claiming strategies to reap higher benefits. In one scenario, both partners delay Social security retirement benefits so that they continue to build in value. At the same time, one spouse claims a spousal benefit, a bonus that wont reduce their retirement benefits. Its worth up to half of what the other spouse would get from Social Security at full retirement age (currently 66). That file and suspend gambit works best when both partners are at least full retirement age. Take, for example, a couple both 66. The wife retires now, but the husband plans to work to work until age 70. The husband claims retirement benefits but suspends payments until age 70. The wife claims the spousal benefit now. When both turn 70, they claim their own retirement benefits, which have grown by 32 percent. ail Down Insurance The need for employer-based health insurance often means that one spouse must keep working. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now requires insurers to accept policyholders regardless of age or medical history. They cant charge older customers more than three times what the youngest ones are paying. That development may encourage more people to retire. Ive already seen evidence of such a change. Next to a New York Times web article on the ACA, for instance, was this comment from Barbra in Venice, Calif.: My husband is a 69year-old university professor. I am a 55-year old woman with a pre-existing condition (cancer). Now, since I cannot be tossed from my plan for said preexisting condition, my husband can retire. Thats good news for Barbara, and hopefully for a lot of others. But once her husband is home, hed better not rearrange the silverware drawer. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press May 1-7, 2014 Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity WARNING! 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Elmer, stated most of Carols Daughter stores have been unprofitable since 2010. Prior to filing bankruptcy the company terminated 29 employees and closed five of its seven stores. The stores which have remained open are in Brooklyn and Harlem. Mr. Elmer said the company hopes to use its time in bankruptcy to consolidate and reorganize operations for its remaining stores. Products are also for sale on its website and outlets such as Sephora, Macys, Target and the Home Shopping Network. This is not the first time the creator of the brand has faced bankruptcy. By the age of 28 Lisa Price was forced to declare bankruptcy after owing the IRS tens of thousands of dollars. A few years later Price managed to start her company with on $100 cash, without credit or loans. She built her company slowly until she could pay off her enormous debt. Price created her company out of a passion to bridge the gap for the lack of cosmetics designed specifically for African-American women. She has since developed her company into the empire that Carols Daughter has become today. Before being featured on the Oprah show in 2002 the New York Citybased company was generating nearly $2 million in revenue annually with approximately 200 clicks on the website daily. After the mogul Oprah Winfrey showcased the brand on her show Carols Daughters site crashed after it received 17,000 visitors within 10 seconds. Of course, it recovered and skyrocketed to a $20 million brand. Price built her company from the ground up; evolving from a small home-based business to a multimillion dollar company. Here are a few secrets to success Price said she learned along the way. Have a sincere and cohesive team: It takes a village when building a company. Price said it is important to have a team that really believes in the brand and understands the visionary. Do not be afraid: It is important to fight fear and take risks. It is not effective to dwell on the unknown or what might happen if a risk is taken. Price is more afraid of what might happen if she does not do something than what could happen if she does. Adjust when necessary: She adjusted her initial plan to open more independent stores in lieu of pursuing partnerships which would not deplete the cash flow as much. The result was fantastic. Do not substitute positive thinking for getting busy: Being a positive thinker is good but that cannot take the place of taking an active role in how things form and play out. Check your ego: Although Price is the creator of the brand she had to guard against the big ego that goes along with being an entrepreneur. It is important to be accountable to others and to allow them to offer input into the decision-making.She Still Works, He DoesntHow to deal financially and emotionally with staggered retirements
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The Jamboree guests included Jaguars players Jonathan Cyprien and Jordan Todman, Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville, and the Jaguar Roar Cheerleaders along with students from various Duval County schools. The events mission was to showcase a fun-filled healthy day and celebrate the joy of family with activities for every age. Festivities included bounce houses, basketball, hula hoops and musical entertainment. Free healthy fare included fresh smoothies, granola bars, fresh fruit and water. Youth also received BMI, vision, pediatric spinal and additional screenings. Adult screening and services included, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, BMI, vision, bone density wellness coaching and chair massages. LA Clippers Owner Banned from NBA and Fined $2.5M Pictured left to right Brentwood public library staff Margaret Miles, Aquilla Stewart, Sharon Coon, Gloria Armstrong and Betty Williams. Brentwood Library Unveils Community Celebrity Readers Club The Friends of the Brentwood Library Community Celebrity Readers Club Luncheon was held this week at the library TV anchor Ken Amaro was the host of the event with approximately 40 civic, business and community leaders in attendance. The Celebrity Readers Club Honor Wall was unveiled in the library with the names of the Community Celebrity Readers Club members. Highlights included Tia Mackey Leathers, Director of Prenatal and Community Involvement for Duval County Public schools was the guest speaker and Rep. Reggie Fullwood presented the Friends with a proclamation supporting the FOBL in their efforts to make a difference in the lives of students in the Jacksonville community. Jacksonville Beach was the location for One Ocean's Jazz Brunch. Jazz guitarist Fats Lewis held court on the patio playing hits from the Motown era, the 50s and modern day sounds. Pictured are brunch guests, Moncia Fayne, Jazz Guitarist Fats Lewis and Crystal Russell. The next Ocean One Jazz brunch is May 25th. Last weekend, over 15 restaurants participated in the Taste of St. Johns Town Center, a family food festival featuring delectable tastes and beverage sampling. Foodies also enjoyed free live music, entertainment and fabulous shopping. Shown above are Khalia Lowe, Shakira Britton, with Chef Chad of Moxie Kitchen. Continued from front a 15-minute version of the tape on its site. On the tape, the man identified as Sterling, told his mistress, It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that youre associating with black people. Do you have to?You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that and not to bring them to my games Im just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you dont have to have yourself with, walking with black peopleDont put him (Magic Johnson) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And dont bring him to my games. Magic Johnson was not amused. He took to Twitter to say, Cookie and I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner. I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African Americans. The NBA conducted a three-day investigation to verify the voice on the tape was that of Sterling. The central findings of the investigation are that the man whose voice is heard on the recording and on a second recording from the same conversation that was released on Sunday is Mr. Sterling, and that the hateful opinions voiced by that man are those of Mr. Sterling, Commissioner Silver said at the news conference. On another side of the world, at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Obama called the comments incredibly offensive racist statements. He told reporters, When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you dont really have to do anything, you just let them talk. Sterlings long-time estranged wife, known as Shelly, also denounced her husband. Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband, she said. My children and I do not share these despicable view or prejudices. In fact, one daughter, Joanna Sterling Miller, told TMZ Sports, I am devastated and saddened by the cruel and insensitive comments expressed in these audio tapes. Her husband, Eric Miller, who works in the teams front office, told TMZ, I find the statements and representations made by the Clippers team owner to be deplorable and disgusting. There is no room in sports or society in general, for racism. He added, If these comments should happen to cost me my employment with the team, it is but a small price to pay to speak out against ignorance and racism. Meanwhile, Clippers sponsors have begun abandoning the team. Mercedes-Benz USA, used car dealership chain CarMax, Virgin America airline and the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. announced that they are terminating their sponsorships of the Clippers. At least 10 others Kia Motors, Red Bull energy drink, Diageo (the liquor company whose brands include Johnny Walker and Smirnoff), the Commerce Hotel and Casino in Los Angeles, Lumber Liquidators, Yokohama Tire, LoanMart, Carona, AQUAhydrate and Sprint said they are suspending their advertising and sponsorship programs with the team. Because of community support FOBL will be able to: provide a deserving student a guitar, give children books to read and ship books to veterans in combat.
To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness, said William Pickens. When the news came out about the racist remarks recorded by the girlfriend of the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, many were shocked. The millionaires comments were not only racist, but wet back to a time of slavery and indentured servitude. Here was an NBA owner saying that he doesnt want his girlfriend taking pictures with black men and definitely doesnt want her bringing African Americans to his teams games. Really? In one of the recordings Sterling says that he takes care of black players as if they were his pets. According the TMZ recording, the girlfriend asked him, "Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?" Sterling responded, "I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I haveWho makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?" Again, all I can say is Really? You have got to be kidding me. As if the players dont earn the money they make as if the fans come to see his old useless self. The fans come see the players, not the owners; hence the players create the value and fan base. In over 15 minutes of Sterlings racial rants were some of the most offensive comments ever caught on tape. These comments from a man that has built a great portion of his wealth from a professional sports league that is nearly 80 percent black. He bought the San Diego Clippers in the early 1980s around the time that he began his career as a divorce and personal-injury lawyer. He also successfully started working in real estate, which lead to him being sued in 2006 by the Justice Department for housing discrimination. The suit reported that he didnt want to rent to blacks in Beverly Hills and to non-Koreans in Korea town. So if you think that his recent comments are ridiculous, the Justice Department probe said he didnt want to rent to black people because they smell and attract vermin. Really? In the same report, Sterling says that doesnt like Mexican men because they smoke, drink and just hang around the house. And then there was former NBA great and former Clippersgeneral manager Elgin Baylor who filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against Sterling. So heres another million-dollar question why hadnt the NBA done something to this guy before the recent incident? He is obviously a racist, bigot, and totally out of touch. In the recording he basically tells the girlfriend that she can do whatever she wants with Magic Johnson just dont do it in public because it would embarrass him. He obviously cares about appearances and perception so much that as adult he changed his surname from Tokowitz to Sterling. Really? This Sterling issue has made it hard to ignore the reality of the NBA its always been about white men owning and trading mostly black men. This new plantation system doesnt bother me because these players are paid millions of dollars and obviously have a strong players associationand receive other benefits as players. So my friends and I have been debating the issue of if the Clippers players should have played in Sundays basketball game. It is really easy for us folks on the sideline to say what we would do. We are always big and bad when we dont have to actually make the decision. Clearly none of the players really wanted to play, but to boycott a game without allowing the NBA to fully investigate the matter would have been a bit premature at least in my opinion. The players sent a message by turning their warm up jerseys inside out, which was a passive statement, but again, I felt that it was appropriate. My more militantfriends say that there is no way that they would have played in Sundays game, and they would essentially boycott future games. Let me say this when you play sports in high school, college or professionally you play for your teammates, coach and fans. You dont play for owners, college president or principals. You play for those guys that you have shared blood, sweat and tears with so its hard to make a decision not to play. At the end of the day Sterling or Tokowitz got what he deserved. On Tuesday of this week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from basketball and a $2.5 million fine. He also said that the National Basketball Association "will begin immediately" to force Sterling to sell the team. One of my favorite basketball commentators, Dick Vitale tweeted, Awesome Baby after hearing about the ruling. Perhaps my favorite former NBA superstar said it best when Michael Jordan said, As an owner, I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views." He added, As a former player, I'm completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA -or anywhere else -for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed." Nuff Said! Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie Fullwood Howard Made the Right Call in Honoring DiddyBy Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have had a long tradition of pursuing and encouraging excellence. Howard University in Washington, D.C. is considered by many to be the flagship of HBCUs. It one of the leading institutions of higher education in United States with a global brand of high achievement and historic contributions to the empowerment of Black America and to all who strive for human progress. I am a proud graduate of Howard University and a strong proponent of the evolution of hip-hop culture and entrepreneurship. Therefore, I am extremely pleased that Interim President Wayne A. I. Frederick selected Sean John P. Diddy Combs to deliver the 2014 commencement keynote address. This is another example of President Frederick, a well-respected faculty member and an accomplished scholar, providing Howard University with effective leadership during a period that the university is searching for a new president. As soon as President Frederick made the announcement that Sean Combs would be the commencement speaker, there was an immediate outcry by those who felt that Combs, who dropped out of Howard before graduating, was an inappropriate choice. I beg to differ. A true education is not strictly defined by whether one graduates from college. Would anyone dare call Mya Angelou, who didnt graduate from college, uneducated? Should she be banned from delivering commencement addresses? If we going to go by that standard, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, both Harvard dropouts, wouldnt be welcome on college campuses as commencement speakers. Even if that werent the case, Howard University has had a long and distinguished tradition of pushing the envelope when it comes to determining both what is ultimately good for the university and what is good for Black America without apology. And selecting P. Diddy is nothing to apologize for. At a time when some misinformed critics of HBCUs are questioning their relevancy, it is the perfect time to honor this icon. And judging by the reaction of those directly involved the graduating class, the student body, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni it was the right call. President Frederick emphasized, We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker. He sat in classrooms where our students sit, walked The Yard, and like many students, his entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard. We know he will inspire our class to work hard and to always strive for excellence. Some doubters say Howard University is taking a big risk by inviting Sean P. Diddy back to the campus to speak at the graduation ceremonies and presenting him with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities. Yet, we know that some risks if this is actually one are worth taking. There are millions of Americans of all colors who have a positive lifestyle and consciousness today as a direct result of the evolution of hiphop culture. This single act of institutional courage by Howard University by officially recognizing the outstanding achievements of Sean Combs will make Howard even more relevant to todays youth. Combs will be honored along with such other dignitaries as Wolf Blitzer, CNNs lead political news anchor; Dr. Clive Callender, former LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Professor of Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine and the first physician to perform a transplant at Howard Hospital; Benny Golson, internationally renowned jazz legend; and Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. On May 10, Howard University will present more than 1,800 graduates with degrees. President Frederick stated, In selecting the individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees, Howard University continues the tradition of indentifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the advancement of their fields and the world. Sean John Combs is the chairman, CEO and founder of Combs Enterprises, one of the worlds premiere groups of companies and global brands. Recently, Time magazine and CNN recognized Combs as One of the most influential Businessmen in the world. P. Diddy Combs is known and admired my millions of people as a master brand-builder, pop culture icon, trend-setting entrepreneur, and a champion of youth education. Over the past 30 years, I have seen first-hand how Combs continues to be a respected leader in hip-hop culture who always gives back to communities in need. Thank you, Howard University for your courage and your wisdom in honoring Sean John Combs. Excuse me, Dr. Sean John Combs. 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By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Roberts Supreme Court decided last week that voters in the state of Michigan had the right to ban affirmative action policies in college admissions. Michigan is one of many where mediocre White students challenge the fact that African American students, far more qualified than they, have been admitted to college. This has happened in Texas and California, among other states. These challenges to affirmative action have roots in the 1976 Bakke case, where the 38-year-old Alan Bakke sued because his application to medical school was rejected and he felt that he was displaced in favor of a minority student. The Supreme Court ordered Bakke admitted to the University of California at Davis, and also ruled that affirmative action was permissible under law. What bothers me most about these anti affirmative action cases is the implicit White skin privilege that compels them. College admissions are an art, not a science. Students whose parents contribute generously to a college get an edge. In the name of diversity, a student from California, regardless of race, may get a bit of an edge at Dartmouth or Columbia. A violist, newspaper editor, or budding sports star, might also get a break. Meanwhile obdurate and privileged Whites dont go after these people. Their ire is directed toward African Americans and other people of color. Justice Sonia Sotomayor got it completely right when she said that race still matters. When the Supreme Court upholds these anti affirmative laws they deny history. Make it plain. The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, a scant 60 years ago. Affirmative action policies were developed shortly after that so that the formerly closed doors of academia could be opened. Affirmative action had a short shelf life before it was challenged in 1978, just 14 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. The opponents of affirmative action say that the color blindness that the Civil Rights Act mandated prevents remediation from past discrimination. What about contemporary discrimination? The University of Michigan, in its admissions policies, has evaluated students by a points system. Students get extra points if they have participated in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. How many high schools in troubled Detroit, have access to these classes. Yet the people of Detroit pay taxes to support a college that discriminates against them/ When the anti-affirmative action crowd talks about fairness do they take this into consideration? When University of Michigan admits do not reflect the demographics of Detroit, arent the Whites who attempt to dominate the welfare recipients of the state? The attempt for fairness is misplaced when anti-affirmative action proponents want people of color to pay for a university system that gives White people preferential treatment. In a few weeks we will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. While it took some time for Brown to be implemented, it was a Supreme Court decision that opened doors to equal education for those who have been discriminated against. With the most recent affirmative action case, the Supreme Court has chosen to slam doors in the face of those who have experienced historical discrimination. This Supreme Court, collectively, has behaved no better than Southern night riders who would stop at nothing too exclude African Americans from participation in education, voting, or owning property. This court is no better than the administrators at the University of Georgia who denied Charlayne Hunter Gault and Hamilton Holmes admission, despite their qualifications. This court has legalized educational segregation, and Sonia Soyomayors blistering attack on her colleagues reflects the sentiments of millions of people who are tired of this court trampling on their rights and history. Justice John Roberts is 59 years old. He attended college when long excluded people of color were admitted because of race-conscious policies. What are his resentments toward his classmates who, equally qualified, may have displaced some of his friends? Does everyone who has been displaced have grounds for a lawsuit? What impact will Roberts have on race matters in the future? While Justice Sotomayor is on the court to check him, and while her opinions will have some weight, she and her colleagues will not be able to outvote the myopic conservative majority. Roberts led the cabal that slammed the door in the faces of people of color. His justice is a just us attempt to reinforce White privilege. Supreme Court Continues to Limit Affirmative Action
May 1-7, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 29 MAY 5, 2014COVINGTON WINS D-LEAGUE ROY AWARD; SPRING SPORTS, PENN RELAYS RESULTS AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 39TOP HURDLER: JC Smith's Samantha Elliott won the 400 meter hurdles at last week's Penn Relays, one of four black college individual winners at the historic event. RITES OF SPRINGJCSU Sports Photo MID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACSOFTBALL CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LDelaware State 10 2 27 11 Norfolk State 12 3 18 20 Hampton 9 3 19 18 Coppin State 5 5 10 20 Maryland-E. Shore 4 7 7 35 Howard 3 14 4 35 Morgan State 1 10 4 17SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 10 1 20 27 Florida A&M 5 5 16 26 NC A&T 7 7 15 23 Savannah State 5 6 21 19 S. C. State 3 8 10 24 NC Central 3 8 7 31 PLAYERS OF THE WEEKPLAYER Taylor McDougal, Sr., INF, MSU 6-for-8 with 2 RIB, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 runs vs. UMES and DSU. PITCHER Rachel Meagley, Sr. DSU Five hits, 1 run, including a 1-hitter vs. Drexel, 2 Ks vs. Howard while giving up 4 hits, 1 run. Ashleigh Minter, Sr. ,FAMU inning no-hitter vs. SCSU. Struck out 5 vs. Troy and SCSU. ROOKIE Vanessa Ciocatto, Fr., P, DSU In two games, 12 innings, 4Ks. SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCESOFTBALL DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L ^ Jackson State 16 1 26 27 Alabama State 11 6 16 22 Miss. Valley State 9 8 11 34 Alcorn State 5 12 8 37 Alabama A&M 3 14 11 33WESTERN^ Texas Southern 15 2 27 16 Southern 8 9 10 34 Prairie View 7 10 11 27 Grambling State 6 11 11 20 Arkansas Pine Bluff 5 12 9 35 ^ Clinched Division title PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER NA PITCHER NA M E A C & S W A C B A S E B A L L & S O F T B A L L (Results, Standings and Weekly Honors thru 4/28/14) Spring Sports Round-Up COVINGTON D-LEAGUE TOP ROOKIE: NEW YORK, April 19, 2014 -Houston Rockets rookie Robert Covington out of Tennessee State who has played on assignment with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, was named last week the 2014 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league's 17 head coaches. The award reccontributed to his team's success during the course of the season. Covington (6-9, 215) played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season games on assignment from the Rockets, 41 as a starter. He averaged a team-high 23.2 points, good for second-best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 aging a Vipers-best 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals, secondhighest in the league. During the regular season, Covington led the team in scoring 21 times and was the Vipers ures in 41 of his 42 games in Rio Grande Valley, recording two 40-plus point games and four additional 30-plus point outings. A 2014 NBA D-League All-Star, Covington scored an NBA D-League All-Star record 33 points, 22 of which MVP honors in the game. He connected on 12 of his 23 shots, including four-of-eight three-pointers at NBA AllStar festivities in New Orleans. signment with the Vipers," said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. "He embraced the opportunity to develop all aspects of his game in the NBA D-League and proved that he is able to perform at a professional level. I congratulate him on such a successful start to his career and look forward to watching his progress with the Houston Rockets." the 2014 NBA D-League Playoffs, averaging 18.3 points Iowa Energy, a series the Vipers won in three games. game second-round playoff game against the Santa Cruz Warriors. Rio Grande Valley currently trails the Warriors 1-0 in the best-of-three series. Undrafted in 2013, Covington has appeared in seven games with the Rockets this season.PENN RELAYS RESULTS: Black college teams and individuals results from last week's 2014 Penn Relays. Samantha Elliott of Johnson C. Smith won the College Women's 400 Meter Hurdles Championship (56.63). Roxroy Cato of Saint Augustine's won the Men's 400 Meter Hurdles (50.70). Dejon Wilkerson of St. Aug's was second (7.88m) in the College Men's Long Jump Championship and eighth (14.99m) in the College Men's Triple Jump Championship. David Shaw of St. Aug's won the Men's College Division Long Jump (7.44m) and was fourth (15.12m) in the College Men's Triple Jump. Shakinah Brooks of St. Aug's won the Women's College Division Long Jump (6.02m). Johnson C. Smith's Danielle Williams LSU's Jasmin Stower (12.89) in the College Women's 100 meter Hurdles Championship. Gayon Evans of Maryland Eastern Shore College Women's 100 meter dash Championship. Desmond Lawrence of North Carolina A&T placed third (10.39) in the College Men's 100 meter dash Championship. Christina Epps of Coppin State was fourth (12.98m) in the College Women's Triple Jump Championship. Alicia Terry en's Triple Jump. Deandra Daniels of Coppin State (1.76m) in the College Women's High Jump Championship. Johnson C. Smith ( Gawayne Stephenson, Rajiv Service, Waynee Hyman, Joshua Cunningham North Carolina A&T meters. Saint Augustine's (Daniel Jamieson, Taffawee Johnson, Burkheart Ellis Jr., Jermaine Jones) LSU in the College Men's 4x100 meter Championship of America. Saint Augustine's (Joshua Edmonds, Johnson, Jamieson and Jones) pionship of America. Saint Augustine's (Lassiter, Livingstone, Brooks, Thomas) was second (44.95) and JC Smith (Quince, WIlliams, Richards, Elliott) ters. Saint Augustine's DIstrict of Columbia UMES lege Women's 4x400 meters. Saint Augustine's ( Cato, James Quarles, Kevaughn Hewitt, Edmonds) lege Men's 4x400 meters. UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS CovingtonMID EASTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEMEACBASEBALL CONF ALL NORTHERN W L W LDelaware State 13 6 24 13 Norfolk State 11 10 15 24 Maryland-E. Shore 8 11 13 26 Coppin State 8 13 10 29SOUTHERNBethune-Cookman 12 9 20 26 Florida A&M 11 9 19 23 NC Central 12 10 17 26 Savannah State 9 11 15 28 NC A&T 8 13 15 28 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PLAYER Charles Sikes, Jr., RF, SSU 13-for-20 (.650) with 10 RBI on 3 doubles, 3 HRs. PITCHER Montana Durapau, Sr., B-CU Threw a four-hitter, with 9 Ks vs. College of Charleston. Gave up no runs with one walk. ROOKIE Carlos Ortiz, Fr., OF, NCCU Went 7-for15 (.467) with 6 RBI on three HRs, including a two-run HR with 4 RBI vs. FAMU.SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASEBALL DIV ALL EASTERN W L W L ^ Alabama State 21 3 33 16 Alabama A&M 9 8 17 27 Alcorn State 8 11 8 36 Jackson State 8 13 26 21 Miss. Valley State 3 14 3 31 WESTERNArk. Pine Bluff 14 6 19 25 Texas Southern 12 7 21 25 Prairie View 10 10 18 24 Grambling State 11 13 14 28 Southern 4 15 8 24 ^ Clinched Division title PLAYERS OF THE WEEK HITTER NA PITCHER NAAlbany State sweeps SIAC track titles ROCK HILL, S.C. Albany State took both titles at the 2014 SIAC men's and women's Belk Track in Rock Hill, S.C. The Lady Rams scored 229 points to take the women's title. On the men's side, Albany State totalled 194 total points for the crown. Both the Albany State men and women capped Final awards were given to the top performers of the meet. Jonnise Pierce ( Benedict ) won the Women's Track MVP Award. Krishanda Campbell-Brown ( Benedict ) won the Women's Field MVP Award. Pierce also won the Cleve Abbott Award that goes to the male or female who scores the most points during the meet. Pierce scored 44 points. Albert Murrey from Albany State was named the Men's Track MVP. Javonte BrooksBrown out of Kentucky State won the Men's Field MVP Award. Kenneth Taylor Albany the Most Outstanding Coach for the men and women.Kentucky State takes SIAC golf crown BESSEMER, Ala. The Kentucky State men's golf team used a solid performance on the SIAC Golf Championship Tournament to secure the conference crown at the Woodward Golf & Country Club in Bessemer, Alabama, with a score of 991. The Thorobreds, who trailed Morehouse by one stroke heading into the third round, put Sophomore Joseph White (74/82/79, 235) ing the championship tournament in a tie for third place with a 235 total. KSU head coach Harry Stinson was named the Most Outstanding Coach. Dominique Worthen of LeMoyne-Owen held on for the individual low scorecard of the tournament. Worthen, the 2014 SIAC Golfer of the Year, shot a 78 on Wednesday for a tournament total of 224.Tuskegee claims SIAC softball crown HAMPTON, Ga. The Tigerettes of Tuskegee defeated the Lady Rams of Albany State 11-7, to claim the 2014 SIAC Softball Championship today at Gerald Matthews ComTuskegee pitcher Latifah Kelly the 2014 SIAC Starting Pitcher of the Year, pitched the walk, one hit and one run en route to earning MVP honors and a spot on the All-tournament team.Stillman takes SIAC baseball title OZARK, Ala. The Stillman Tigers won two games Saturday, 10-2 over Albany State and 8-7 over Tuskegee to take the SIAC baseball championship, the Tigers seventh title in eight years. Stillman pitcher Ashton Johnson went 2-0 in the tournament, pitching 14 innings and registering a 0.64 ERA with seven strikeouts. He was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Stillman head coach Donny Crawford was named the event's most outstanding coach. It is the fourth consecutive title for Stillman. The Tigers will now await the pairings of the 2014 NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament with the location still to be determined. Bethune-Cookman wins inaugural MEAC men's golf title SAVANNAH, Ga. The Bethune-Cookman men used even-par rounds from Ryan Fricker and Matthew McKnight at The Crosswinds Golf Club early Sunday afternoon, cruising to the inaugural Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship. Sophomore Leon Fricker Both Frickers were named to the All-Tournament Team, in addition to Savannah State's Travis Roe and Maryland Eastern Shore's Mike Veverka Under the direction of Loritz "Scooter" Clark men's golf becomes the second B-CU program to claim an MEAC title during the 201314 season. For his efforts, Clark was named the Most Outstanding Coach of the tournament. Ryan Fricker (69-69-72=210, -6) earned the individual trophy and picks up the automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament. This will be the second consecutive appearance for Fricker in the postseason, competing in the Tallahassee [Fla.] Regional a season ago as an at-large With the tournament win, Bethune-CookNCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. The NCAA Division I Mens Golf Selection Show will air Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. on the Golf Channel. S.C. State sweeps MEAC tennis titles, again CAYCE, S.C. South Carolina State defeated Norfolk State 4-1, to win the 2014 MidEastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's Tennis Championship title while the Lady Bulldogs got by Bethune-Cookman 4-2 to take the ladies title. The men's title is the seventh consecutive and the 12th overall for the Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs won their 10th consecutive and the 11th overall crown. Daniel Vala who tallied a 2-0 singles mark and 3-0 record in doubles, was named Outstanding Performer. South Carolina State (10-7) receives the NCAA Division I Men's Championship. The Division I Men's Tennis Selection Show will air Tuesday, April 29 at 5 p.m. on NCAA.com. The Lady Bulldogs' Intissar Rassif won the winning point with a thrilling 7-5, 7-6 win over B-CUs Maria Sablina Rassif who was 3-0 in singles and 1-1 in doubles, was named the Outstanding Performer. SCSU (13-5) receives the conference's auWomen's Championship. The Division I Women's Tennis Selection Show will air Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. Alabama State sweeps SWAC men's and women's golf ALEXANDRIA, La. The Alabama State men's golf team won its third straight SWAC Championship Wednesday at Oak Wing Golf Club. panding it on day two, the Hornets shot a team with score of 865, setting a school record. "Theyre a young group, but you can see the maturity in them," said three-time SWAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year Dr. Gary Grandison whose SWAC Tournament team consisted of one junior, three sophomores, and one freshman. Brandon Ferrier won low medalist honors for the second straight year, with a one-under par of 12-under par 204, also setting a school record. The Hornets will learn their NCAA Tournament destination Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m. live on the Golf Channel. The Hornets will return to action May 9 in the PGA Minority Golf Championship. Alabama State defended its championship title capturing the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship on Tuesday at Links on the Bayou. ASU followed a 306 on day one with a 312 overall while making the all-conference team. ASU was powered by championship MVP Jenelle Kraakman ASU will play in the Tallahassee (Fla.) NCAA Regional at the Southwood Golf Course on May 8-10.Alcorn State men, Southern women take SWAC tennis titles NEW ORLEANS, La. Freshman of the Year Nischay Rewal's victory over Takura Mlambo lifted Alcorn State to a 4-2 win over Alabama State to claim the 2014 SWAC Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday at the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center. Darnesha Moore defeated Akshatha Ananth to hand Southern the women's title, 4-1 win over Jackson State. Alcorn State (9-8) stayed unbeaten in league competition winning its eighth champiMVP Ernesto Santillan played at No. 1 for the Braves. Moore earned tournament MVP after capturing the win at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Her vicen's tennis conference tournament crown. Alcorn State will face an opponent to be announced during the NCAA Selection Show via online stream NCAA.com on Sunday, April 29 fate at 5:30 p.m.Grambling men, 'Bama State women take SWAC outdoor track titles NEW ORLEANS The Grambling State ence title and Alabama State's Lady Hornets captured their ninth title on Sunday at the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium. GSU scored 141 points to earn their 10th men's title overall, earning Bertram Lovell Coach of the Year honors. The ASU women straight season that they have taken home the SWAC Triple Crown (Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track and Field). with 123 points, while Prairie View was third in second place with 130.5 points. Individually, Erick Thomas from Arkansas Pine Bluff was the men's Most Outstanding Field Performer scoring 30 points. Thomas won the discus and the javelin. Daniel Kibet of Mississippi Valley State was the meet's Most Outstanding Runner for the second straight year. Kibet earned a total of 33 points winning the 5000 meters and the 10,000 meters. Sireta Roach of Arkansas-Pine Bluff earned Most Outstanding Women's Field Performer rolling up 22 points through four events. Artrailia LaSane of Alabama State claimed the Most Outstanding Track Performer accolades, the 1500 meters and steeplechase (10). Alabama State's Ritchie Beene was named the 2014 SWAC Women's Outdoor Coach.
Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press May 1-7, 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. 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 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Ladies Inspiration Day at SCOCThe Northside Church of Christ 36th Annual Ladies Inspiration Day will be held, Saturday, May 3rd, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The speaker is Anisha Jackson and Catherine Grant. The theme is Sisters shining brightly lighting the world, Matthew 5: 14-16. For more information call the church office at 765-9830 or via the web at www.nscocjax.org. Northside Church of Christ, Brother Charlie McClendon, Pastor is located 4736 Avenue B. 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 Midday 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 Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates Pastors 14th AnniversaryThe community is invited to share with Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church in celebrating the 14th Anniversary of Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson as Pastor on Sunday, May 4th, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pastor Carlos Wilson and the members of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Hattiesburg, Mississippi will the special guests at the 11 a.m. service. The celebration will close with a 4 p.m. service with Pastor Eugene Diamond and the Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church family as special guests. The church is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger Jr. Circle. For additional information, you may contact the church office at 356-9371.2014 Kings & Queens of Clean ComedyThe 2014 Kings and Queens of Clean Comedy benefit event will take place Saturday, June 28th, 7 p.m. at Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church, 10325 Interstate Center Drive. Proceeds from the event benefit the AnnieRuth Foundation. To volunteer or details on tickets call 200-7202 or email email@example.com.Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Women in White ProgramThe Deaconess Ministry of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to share in the celebration of their 6th annual Women in White program, Sunday, May 18th at 4 p.m. The theme is Stand Fast, 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.Saint Paul Lutheran Celebrates 58th Church Anniversary & Sermon SeriesReverend James Wiggins, Jr., and the Saint Paul Lutheran Church will continue their celebration of their 58th Church Anniversary Study and Sermon series through May 4th. Invite family and friends to share in the worship, fellowship, study and growth opportunities available during our anniversary celebration. On Sunday, May 4th, the topic is Grace You Matter to God, Ephesians 1:1-10. Guest Preacher is Dr. John Nunes. Dr. Nunes is the former president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, leading staff in 17 countries in working to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering worldwide. byCindi McMenahin Do you know what it's like to sit in church, week after week, and feel lonely? For years, Debe longed to have her husband Randy worshiping alongside her. She was tired of sitting in church, singing songs of praise and taking notes on the pastor's sermon alone. Her heart ached for her husband to experience what she did through music and sermon. Because her heart was focused on her husband's need to be there, Debe remembers filtering every sermon through her husband's life. Randy needs to hear that, she would think. Or, This verse is for Randy. After several years of worshiping alone, Debe became discouraged and sometimes even depressed that her husband was not joining her in the most important quest in her life, and she was not growing because of it. She finally decided it was time to leave the marriage so she could find someone who would share her heart, worship alongside her, and encourage her in her walk with God. But Debe's pastor talked her out of it. He encouraged her to start focusing on her growth with the Lord, not her husband's. As Debe began to do that, she discovered that there was a whole new side of God she never really knew before. Worshiping alone then took on a whole new dimension, Debe said. "The intimacy of my worship began to increase as I looked to God and not Randy's presence beside me to fill the longings of my heart. It became more one-on-one with Jesus and me. My spiritual and even emotional needs were being met during those times." The day Debe realized that worship was not about who was or wasn't sitting next to her was the day she really learned to worship. And she also came to realize that being alone in worship could be a wonderful thing! Embrace the Alone Times There are powerful stories in the Bible about women who were alone in worship. One of them was Hannah, the mother of Samuel. She knew well what it meant to worship alone, pray alone, and carry burdens on her heart alone. She desperately wanted a child more than anything else on earth. And one day she bitterly poured out her heart to God about it. She told Him of her longings, her sadness at seeing all the other women around her with children, her frustration that she couldn't give her husband a child, and her sorrow at being the brunt of jokes from her husband's other wife. She prayed, cried, and told God that if He would give her a child, she would give him back to the Lord for service in the temple all his life. This woman laid it on the line with God, and she did it alone. Her husband, Elkanah, must have been in another part of the temple worshiping and offering his sacrifices. But Elkanah didn't need to be with Hannah. God met Hannah there as she prayed and worshiped alone. And He gave her that child she prayed for. After weaning her son, Hannah again went to the temple, but this time she went to praise God for His gift to her and to leave her son with the priest. And she appeared to do that alone, as well. Do you ever wonder why she didn't ask her husband, Elkanah, to pray with her for her child? Do you find it odd that it's a mother's prayer and song of praise that is recorded in First Samuel 2 and not one that is shared by the father, too? I tend to think that Hannah had such a deeply personal experience with God when she begged for a child that she wanted to be alone when she went back to God again. In her earlier visit to the temple, she had some "pouring out" to do and she did it alone. Later, after being given a child, she had some praising to do, and apparently she wanted to do that alone. It was personal -between her and God. And it didn't matter to her, apparently, whether or not a man or someone else was beside her. My friend, Sara, can relate. "Prayer is such a deeply personal thing between me and God, and I treasure those times alone with Him. My husband does pray with me, when I ask him to, but why would I want anyone else in the room with me when I'm pouring my heart out to God?" God had to show me a pastor's wife who many times feels alone in worship because my husband is in the pulpit ministering, rather than being alongside me that praying to Him, and worshipping Him should always be a priority, no matter what the situation, and no matter who comes along.When Youre Weary of Worshiping Alone We Shall Overcome serves as the background music for most documenting the civil rights movemen, which occurred 50 years ago. But few Americans know the background of the song, which links together Black trade union activists, a radical training school for activists, college students who started the Southern sit-in movement, two folk singers, and a president of the United States. The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movements remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence. The songs origins go back to a refrain that slaves would sing to sustain themselves: Ill be all right someday. Southern Black churches adopted the song and by 1901 a Methodist minister, Charles Tindley, published a version entitled, Ill Overcome Someday. In 1945, Black members of the Food, Tobacco, and Agricultural Workers Union from Charleston, S.C. revised the song as part of their struggle and sang it on their picket lines. They sang: We will overcome, and we will win our rights someday. Two years later, several of the unions activists brought the song to Highlander Folk School, an inter-racial training center in rural Tennessee for labor and civil rights activists founded in 1932 by Myles Horton, an educator and minister who believed in the social gospel. Zilphia Horton, Myles wife and Highlanders music director, learned the song from the tobacco workers and included it in all of her workshops. In 1947, she taught it to folksinger Peter Seeger, who was a frequent visitor to Highlander. Seeger made a few changes to the tune, including turning We Will Overcome to We Shall Overcome. Seeger also gives credit to civil rights leader and frequent Highlander participant Septima Clark for the word change.) Highlander was a hotbed of radical ideas and a frequent target of racist Southern politicians, who were outraged by its interracial meetings and its flagrant violation of segregation laws. It was one of the few places in the South where whites and blacks-rank-and-file activist and left-wing radicals-could meet together and participate as equals. For safe traveling, white and Black members from the same town never attended the same workshop. In the 1950s, Highlanders focus began shifting from union organizing to civil rights. Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, James Lawson, Fannie Lou Hamer, John Lewis, Stokely Carmichael and many other activists in the freedom movement attended Highlanders workshops. After the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in its Brown v Board of Education ruling in 1954, Highlander brought local civil rights activist together from throughout the South for a ten-day workshop to discuss how to get local school districts to carry out the courts decision. Rosa Parks, an NAACP leader from Montgomery, Alabama was one of the participants. She recalled: One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. I was 42 years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people. The Highlander experience strengthened Parks resolve, showing her that it was possible for blacks and whites to live in an atmosphere of complete equality and without what she called any artificial barriers of racial segregation. A few months after attending that workshop, she refused to move from the segregated section of a Montgomery bus. Her act sparked the bus boycott that galvanized the citys black residents and triggered a new phase of the civil rights movement.The Little-Known Story of We Shall Overcome
May 1-7, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 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 Joint pain is a common ailment for many adults and knee pain is the worst offender. That all too familiar popping, cracking and stiffness often associated with the knees are not only inconvenient, embarrassing and sometimes painful, but they are signs that your knees need attention. Take heed to these tips for protecting your knees and walk strong for many years to come. Manage weight properly. Our bones are pretty strong and with the muscles wrapped around them they are able to hold up a few dozen pounds with ease. Yet, when too much weight is put on the body the joints become stressed out from having to hold up excess body mass. To take the stress off your knees, which hold up the majority of your body weight, stay within a healthy weight range that will give your knees a break. If you do not know the healthy weight range for your height and age, consult your physician for the specifics. Wear shoes with support. The feet are at the very end of the body and they support the pressure of gravity weighing down on pounds of muscle, bones and fat. Due to the amount of pressure the feet are under daily, it is important to have shoes that support your weight to take extra stress off the knees that often receive the backlash of pain when the feet fail to hold up. If you have flat feet (my feet are as flat as a board), then wear shoes that have arch support or a bit of height leverage (a short heel) to make sure the feet can properly carry you through your day with ease. For the ladies, high heels are super cute and are a major purchase during the spring/summer season, but when purchasing these towering beauties, make sure to buy shoes that have a platform if the heel is four inches or above. The platform will put less stress on your knees with every step you take. Tighten up those thighs. The thigh muscles (hamstrings and quads) are some of the largest muscles in the body and are responsible for keeping the knees strong and the legs moving properly. If you are having more stress than normal weighing down on your knees, then it is time for you to hit the lunges and leg presses to strengthen those muscles! The stronger your hamstrings are, the more they can support your knees. You will experience a bit of pain during the tearing of the muscles to build them up, but your knees will thank you later! Avoid activities that are hard on the knees. Bent Out Of Shape: How To Protect Your KneesJ u s t G o t t a H a v e I t ?Shopaholics Have Characteristics Similar to Drinkers, GamblersThe Metro Courier What is compulsive shopping? People who shop till they drop and run their credit cards up to the limit often have a shopping addiction. They believe that if they shop they will feel better. Compulsive shopping and spending generally makes a person feel worse. It is similar to other addictive behaviors and has some of the same characteristics as problem drinking (alcoholism), gambling and overeating addictions. Compulsive shopping or spending can be a seasonal balm for the depression, anxiety and loneliness during the December holiday season. It also can occur when a person feels depressed, lonely and angry. Shopping and spending will not assure more love, bolster self-esteem, or heal the hurts, regrets, stress, and the problems of daily living. It generally makes these feelings worse because of the increased financial debt the person has obtained from compulsive shopping. How can you tell if you are a compulsive? Shopaholics, when they are feeling out of sorts, shop for a pick-meup. They go out and buy, to get a high, or get a rush just like a drug or alcohol addict. Shopping addiction tends to affect more women than men. They often buy things they do not need. Holiday seasons can trigger shopping binges among those who are not compulsive the rest of the year. Many shopping addicts go on binges all year long and may be compulsive about buying certain items, such as shoes, kitchen items or clothing; some will buy anything. Women with this compulsive disorder often have racks of clothes and possessions with the price tags still attached which have never been used. They will go to a shopping mall with the intention of buying one or two items and come home with bags and bags of purchases. In some cases shopaholics have an emotional black out and do not remember even buying the articles. If their family or friends begin to complain about their purchases, they will often hide the things they buy. They are often in denial about the problem. Because they cannot pay their bills their credit rating suffers, they have collection agencies attempting to get what is owed, may have legal, social and relationship problems. They sometimes attempt to hide their problem by taking on an extra job to pay for bills. How do you control and treat this condition? It is recommended that spending addicts seek professional counseling or a selfhelp group to deal with this problem. Addictive behaviors tend to come in clusters, so if you have an eating disorder, a problem with drugs or alcohol, or gambling, you may be a candidate for shopping addiction. Many communities have credit counseling centers that will also help with shopaolism. How do I prevent shopping binges? Pay for purchases by cash, check, debit card. Make a shopping list and only buy what is on the list. Destroy all credit cards except one to be used for emergency only. Avoid discount warehouses. Allocate only a certain amount of cash to be spent if you do visit one. Window shop only after stores have closed. If you do look during the day, leave your wallet at home. Avoid phoning in catalog orders and dont watch TV shopping channels. If youre traveling to visit friends or relatives, have your gifts wrapped and call the project finished; people tend to make more extraneous purchases when they shop outside their own communities, Take a walk or exercise when the urge to shop comes on. If you feel out of control, you probably are. Seek counseling or a support group such as Debtors Anonymous. When her husband unexpectedly died in December 2012, Dayna Johnson says, the funeral home took advantage of her grief and her wallet. Showing her prices only for expensive funeral packages and insisting that regulations allowed it to charge for certain services whether she used them or not, the funeral home persuaded her to spend more than $18,000, Johnson says, which caused her to go into debt. Having since seen what others paid for funerals, she thinks she should have spent less than half amount. In my heart of hearts, I believe they saw me driving up in my SUV and thought, She can afford this, Sefcik says. People trying to make fast arrangements for an unplanned funeral are especially vulnerable to such funeral-home upselling, says Lisa Carlson, executive director of the Funeral Ethics Organization and co-author of Final Rights (finalrights.org), a consumer guide. The pressure to upsell may only get worse as big corporations buy more funeral homes and baby boomers increasingly choose simple cremation over more lucrative burials with funeral service. How to Protect Yourself Choose your options. Meet with loved one to decide what to do with the body. State law dictates the person responsible for making funeral arrangements-usually the spouse, followed by adult children. Unless your religion requires burial within 24 hrs, youll have several days to make arrangements. Decide between cremation and burial. Direct cremation, without a formal viewing and service, is usually the least costly option, between $700 and $1,200. Most costly is a full-service funeral with burial, especially if you need to purchase a cemetery plot. If youre undecided, call the cemetery first to see whether the thousands of dollars a burial adds to the cost will make cremation a consideration. Calculate how you will pay. Generally, the deceased estate is responsible for reasonable funeral expenses, which take priority over other debts. But until the estate is settled, you will have to dip into your own pocket or ask family members and friends to chip in. So set a budget, and dont let anyone guilt-trip you into spending more than you can afford. Shop around. Start at the website of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (funerals.org), a nonprofit consumer-protection organization. It has a lot of helpful information, including, in the FAQ section, tips for reading a funeral homes price list. Also go to funeralethics.org/rights.htm to review your states rules governing such matters as embalming, caskets and vaults, burial, and cremation. Contact more than one facility, even if you have a trustworthy referral. Taking the time to make three to five home calls can save you anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 for exactly the same thing. The federal Funeral Rule can prevent funeral directors from taking advantage of people at a vulnerable time. Among its requirements, funeral homes must provide prices by telephone and a general price list when you visit, even if you dont request one. Some facilities list prices on their websites. The rule also prohibits funeral homes from compelling you to buy unwanted products or services, such as a casket, which the law allows you to buy from other sources or even make yourself. Ways to Save Know before they go. Dont authorize a funeral home to remove the deceased until youre sure its the facility you want to use. Once the body is moved, the charges start. Transferring it to another facility only increases the cost. Comparison shop online. Avoid package deals promoted by the funeral home. Many third-party sources sell caskets, urns, and other funeral products online; we found caskets for as low as $822 at walmart.com. Many sites offer quick delivery. Alternatively, you can use online prices as a basis for negotiations with the funeral home. But never reveal your overall budget or youll probably spend every penny of it. Cremation caskets and burial containers. Dont let a funeral director insist that you cant use a less costly cremation casket for viewing instead of the more expensive rental casket that many funeral homes offer, in some cases for $800 or more. We found cremation caskets for $370. Many states dont require a casket or outer container for burial, but cemeteries might. Embalming. Some states mandate embalming only if the body is not disposed of within a certain amount of time, usually about 24 to 48 hours. The funeral home might require embalming if there will be a public viewing, but refrigeration is often an option. Seek government help. If you dont have money to pay for a funeral, many states have programs that can help. Contact the local social-services office. Social security provides a one-time funeral payment of $255 to the surviving spouse. When You Need to Make Funeral Arrangements Immediately Administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities say these institutions are vital now as they were decades ago. Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College, explains the impact HBCU's have on the nation's African American students. "...HBCU's only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors, 40 percent of all masters, and 50 percent of all doctorates that are earned and awarded in this nation," he said. Colleges and universities are putting a greater emphasis on preparing students to work in a global workforce with people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Although largely African American, HBCU's say they are able to meet the demand. "While the student population may not be very diverse, the instructors, the faculty, the staff members with which they engage are very diverse," said French. Students at Talladega College, another historically black school, find their experience to be both nuturing and rewarding. "You have people that look like you who have done what you want to do and they serve in the capacity of teaching you and guiding you. I believe the teachers here don't just serve a role of just teaching. They are counselors, aunts, and uncles," said Derek Brumfield, a student at Talladega College. "The faculty and staff know their role. Their role is to give us the proper information and our role is to be receptive and use it," said Clinton McCoy. Joshua Ware is a junior at Talladega College. He went from a majority white high school to an HBCU and found the transition to be rewarding. "My previous school...didn't care about me much. Some people were still racist. They didn't care about me," said Ware. Then I come to this environment and I have all of this unconditional love." President of Talladega College, Dr. Billy Hawkins, explains its the family atmosphere that HBCU's provide that benefits its students. He says now and for years to come, such schools are and will be necessary in funneling educated African Americans into the workforce. "Its because of that belief that we instill in these students. You are special. You can succeed academically and when you leave here you can do anything that you choose to do," said Hawkins. Why HBCUs Are Still Crticially eeded HBCU's only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors
Comedian Carl Strong in Jax!Carl Strong's brand of high energy comedy, blended with his love of music and the Motown greats; includes impressions, singing and characters in his performance come to Jacksonville April 30th May 3rd The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Road. For tickets and more information visit www.comedyzone.com or call 292-4242. World of ationsHave you ever wanted to visit a foreign country? Travel through the World of Nations celebration and experience the cuisine, artistry and customs from lands near and far, May 1st 4th at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd. Pack your bags and bring your family, friends and neighbors for an exciting adventure around the world! For more details call 630-3690 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Shrimp FestivalThe 51st annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival takes place, Thursday, May 1st to Sunday May 4th. Enter the downtown area starting at the corner of 8th and Centre Streets and visit the antiques, art and food booths as you stroll down the Historic business district of this fair town. Enjoy shrimp and more shrimp! For more information visit www.shrimpfestival.com. Ritz Amateur ight Join the Ritz Theater and Museum for this perennial audience favorite, Friday, May 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. Modeled after Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, contestants compete for cash prizes and let the audience be the judge. Tickets on sale now!! For more details call 632-5555 or email RitzTheatre@coj.net.P.RI.D.E May Bookclub MeetingPeople Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E) will meet Friday, May 2th at 7 p.m. The host is Donna Padgug, 11862 Narrow Oak Ln S. The book for discussion is The Ways of White Folks stories by Langston Hughes. For more information call Felice Franklin at 3898417 or email email@example.comP.R.I.D.E. Bookclub MeetingThe next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. The meeting host and location is the home of Donna Padgug. The book for discussion is The Ways of White Folks stories by Langston Hughes. For more information regarding directions or details call 703-8264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Roy Ayers plays Ritz JammsRoy Ayers, the American funk, soul, and jazz composer and vibraphone player, is back at the Ritz Jazz Jamm, Saturday, May 3rd, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hear Roy play your favorite tunes at the Ritz Theater, 829 North Davis Street. For more information call 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.Justice Rally for Michael ChatmanThe Justice League United National President and CEO Bobby Worthy will host a non-violent rally calling for an investigation for the illegal incarceration of Michael Anthony Chatman, Saturday, May 3rd at 2 p.m., Duval County Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street. Call 422-9906.Florida Majority Youth and ALCU Joint MeetingThe Dream Defenders youth organization, the Florida New Majority, Teen Leaders of America and the ACLU of North Florida will meet, Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to discuss and address issues affecting Black and Latino youth in Florida. The event is geared towards youth ages 11-23 and will held on the campus of EWC in the Milne Auditorium. For more info, call 610-7103.Historians Wanted for Ashley Street MusicalCalling all local historians! Oral histories of Jacksonville are currently being collected to be used to choreograph the On Ashley Street musical play. Historians are invited to share insightful memories of the history of the historic LaVilla community where for decades was the spine of the predominately African American entertainment and business in Lavilla. Please visit the Rits Theater on Saturday, May 3rd, at 10:30 a.m. For more information call the Ritz at 632-5555.Comedian Aries SpearsHear comedy from Aries Spears, May 8th 10th at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd. From being a regular on Foxs Mad TV, starring in feature films, appearing on national talk shows, Aries stand-up, are becoming recognized and appreciated throughout the entertainment industry. For more information call 292-4242 or visit www.comedyzone.com. Jax AACP Monthly MeetingThe next NAACP monthly meeting will focus on five game changers: education, health, economic sustainability, civic engagement, criminal and juvenile justice. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 8th at 7:15 p.m., at 1725 Oakhurst Avenue. For more info email email@example.com or visit 764-7578 or via the web www.jacksonvillenaacp.com.The Colored Museum Play at Stage Auror aNext up at Stage Aurora is the New York award-winning musical The Colored Museum playing May 9-11 for Mother's Day weekend at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood Avenue. For tickets and more details call 765-7372 or visit www.stageaurora.org.Cher Closer to the Truth ConcertIts official! The one and only Cher will stop in Jacksonville Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Jacksonville, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. For more details call 6303900.Growing Great Girls WorkshopThe First Coast Girls Initiative Growing Great Girls annual workshop takes place Friday, May 16th 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keynote presented by Dr. Catherine SteinerAdair, internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author. Enjoy an awards luncheon and roundtable discussion. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fcgijax.org or call 382-9692.DHS trip to Historic St. Augustine ExhibitTravel with the Durkeeville Historical Society to Historic St. Augustine Florida, Saturday, May 17th to view the Journey: 450 years of the African American Experience. Bus departs at 8 .m. returns to Jax at 5:30 p.m. For more information email email@example.com or call 598-9567 or visit www.durkeevillehistoricalsociety.org.Genealogical Society Monthly MeetingsThe next Jax Genealogical Society monthly meetings are scheduled for 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. 34th Annual Jacksonville Jazz FestIn the heart of downtown Jacksonville the Jacksonville Jazz festival is set for May 22 to May 25th. For more details and jazz lineup call 630-7282 or visit www.makeascenedowntown.com. Trip to Historic St. Augustine ExhibitTravel with the Durkeeville Historical Society to Historic St. Augustine Florida, Saturday, May 17th to view the Journey: 450 years of the African American Experience. Bus departs at 8 a.m. and returns to Jax at 5:30 p.m. For more information call 598-9567.Model African Union Summit On May 17th, the Model African Union Summit will be held at the Emmett Reed Center from 10 a.m. until 4. p.m. The Model African Union Summit is a middle school competition designed to increase awareness of the role, structure and performance of the African Union, highlight key economic, social and political-security issues facing the African continent. All participants must pre-register. For more information call 888.271.1170 ext. 7 or visit www.miciahdeleston.com.Women, Words and Wisdom The Womens Center of Jacksonville presents the 2014 Speaker Series, Women, Words and Wisdom. The series continues on Tuesday, May 20th with Chevara Orrin. Lectures will be held at the Riverside House, 2165 Park Street at 6:30 p.m. For more info call 722-3000. OneJax 2014 Humanitarian Awards The OneJax 2014 Humanitarian Awards Dinner will take place, Thursday, May 22nd, at 6 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, 225 E. Coastline Dr. This special event honors those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Jacksonville Community. Honorees include: Preston H. Haskell, PE., Nina Waters, Eleanor Ashby, Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., Ronald Elinof, DDS and William Cody, MD. For tickets and more information call 6201529 or visit www.onejax.org.Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul in ConcertAll the way from the Tom Joyner Morning show welcome comedians Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul to the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd., May 22 25. 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By Crystal Victoria By day, Thelma Wright was a loving mother and entrepreneur. By night, a notorious drug lord, dubbed by the Biography channel as Phillys Gangster Queen. In the early 80s, Thelma met and fell crazy in love with Jackie Wright who introduced her to the street life and the drug game. After years of marriage, Jackie was brutally murdered leaving Thelma the challenge of taking over the drug game. While juggling a small business, hefty drug deals, and her son, Thelma quickly became susceptible to the dangers of her illegal side activities. One day she made a decision to get out of the game for good, and before long made a permanent escape from the vicious cycle of drug dealing. Today, years later, shes a motivational speaker and positive mentor to young women in the Philadelphia area. Her vivid memoir With Eyes From Both Sides , has been adopted by the biography channel for the show Gangsters Americas Most Evil and Thelma has appeared on numerous radio shows and in magazines nationwide. Crystal Victoria: After watching your documentary on A&E, I was led to learning more about you and your story. Can you tell us a little more about your book, W ith Eyes From Both Sides ? Ms. Thelma Wright: Well, I had been talking about writing a book for over 15 years, due to the many layers of my life. The process began after being approached by an AList actress, who wanted the option to purchase my story. Before moving forward, I had to be honest with my son, Jackiem, and tell him who is mother was in the past. He had knowledge about things that went on with me. Jackiem knew about his father because I had told him various things about him over the years. As he got older, I told him more about his father, but I never told him about me. So after the meeting with regards to the movie, I felt it was time to write the book, but it was first and foremost important to tell my son the truth about me. My son reassured me, that he was okay with everything that would be discussed. I didnt really know how the book would be received, and there was a lot more that I could have put in the book. The response has been great, and I will be doing another book in the near future. With Both Eyes From Both Sides, is a story that was time to be told. Before writing my book, Id heard various things about my husbands death and what went on, but it was time for me to set the record straight, it was a form of release for me. Crystal Victoria: You overcame those obstacles as a young woman. In your experience how has this entrepreneurship journey been for you? Ms. Thelma Wright: In my younger years it was pretty sweet, but when I decided to walk away from the drug game and go work into the work force it became difficult for me. Im sure a lot of women out here have experienced what Ive experienced in the work force. You just want to work and provide for yourself and family, but youre met with all types of adversities. From prejudice to people acting in an adverse way because you wear nice clothes, or you look nice, or whatever. Its been difficult for me in the work environment. A lot of times it would cross my mind that maybe I should have stayed in the drug games. I was my own woman and my own boss. It just wasnt a healthy environment; nor was it the right thing to do. It wasnt a safe environment and definitely wasnt a good environment in which to raise my son. After writing the book, Ive actually been treated differently and sometimes discriminated. Working with women whom have transitioned from drugs, alcohol, and mental health treatment has given me the opportunity to see the other side of life. I was on the side creating a lot of problems and contributing to a lot of problems. The women I work with have given me the opportunity to see what was created from drug use and dealing. This is my way of giving back. Ive decided to start my own foundation, The Thelma Wright Foundation to Empower Women. Its a lot that goes on with us as women, and black women in particular are met with a lot of adversities. Our number one concern is with being a woman, and our number two concern is with being a black woman. Its a bittersweet journey. But this foundation is something that I feel I must do, as well as motivational speaking. This is not just for women but for people who have been involved in the streets, in the game, and to help others understand why you should stay out of that lifestyles. Once again, its not a healthy environment for you, our family or loved ones! You only have two options being the game..death or jail!!! It is important for me now to reach back and to give back. So often I get comments, Why didnt you go to jail, or why werent you arrested? Because I stepped out before that could happen. Eventually being arrested or going to jail was going to happen. People dont understand about Statue of Limitations. There is a statute of limitation on everything except murder. Because I wasnt involved with any murders my destruction came in selling the product. I never physically harmed anyone or had anyone harmed. I may have wanted to, but didnt. I was blessed not lucky, but blessed that God was with me. I believe angels were sitting on my shoulders, and I walked away from the life not to ever look back. Crystal Victoria : Its interesting to hear your last comments because people have a tendency to judge others whom are honest about their past mistakes. How do you handle that and keep yourself in good spirits to move forward? Ms. Thelma Wright: First and foremost, I understand that is to be expected, I understand that everybody is not going to embrace me. Its really not important. Recently, I just lost a contract. This was a nonprofit organization that was supposed to be empowering women. My documentary was re-aired October 1, 2013, they found out about it, cut my contract in midstream, and impacted my livelihood. It kind of knocked the wind out of me for a minute. I was like Wow! Did I do the right thing? Were human! Its only normal that youre going to feel that way when situations like that happen. You have to understand that everybody is always not going to understand. Everybody is not going to embrace you. They werent where you were, and so will not understand how or why you got there. Maybe you dont know why or how you did what you did at that time. I remember writing my book and feeling like what the hell was I thinking when I was doing all of those things? Or how did I do that? Really! But I did what I thought needed to be done. You will hear me say, What works for me may not work for you, may not work for Mary, may not work for Jane. Was it the right thing to do? No! But I did it and survived. If we can tell our stories and help somebody else, maybe they will reconsider the negative thoughts of us doing what we did. If I sell one book, Im happy; of course if I sell fifteen books thats wonderful, but if I sell one book, Im happy. I had a close friend ask me about the domestic situation and why I wrote that in the book? I answered, Because if happened. So to answer your question, I just keep my head up, Crystal. I understand that its part of the territory. Some people get it, some people dont. Crystal Victoria: So are you open to mentoring also or just speaking engagements? Ms. Thelma Wright: Oh Absolutely! I mentor and get calls all the time form the ladies where I worked as a property manager. I worked for a non-profit organization for four years, and thats when I wrote the book. They still embrace me. I go over there about once or twice a month, and host Power Hour with the ladies. I talk with them, give out my number and email, and remain open and honest. In my older age, Ive learned we dont get everything at home. I came from a two-parent household and had loving, supportive parents, but didnt get everything at home. There were two ladies that were mentoring me when I working in high school. One was black and one was white. They didnt have any children of their own and embraced me. I learned a lot of things from them, and my grandmothers. I learned from other ladies older than myself with modeling situations and etiquette, and various things. So to me, we as women should embrace each other, especially women of color. We have a problem complimenting one another; people dont understand those things affect young girls. Self-esteem issues have a lot to do with decisions that we make. If we can embrace one another as our sisters and let them know that theyre cute, pretty and intelligent; they can do whatever they want to do if they put their mind to it. We should let them know there is somebody that cares about them. So mentoring to me is very important. Crystal Victoria: What advice do you have for parents especially mothers that want to explain past mistakes to their children in a comfortable way? Ms. Thelma Wright: Something my mother told me about talking with my son about his father was Do not tell him anything unless he asks you, if he asks you, youll know hes ready. My son started to ask me about what his dad actually did, and what he sold in 2003. He was a sophomore in college. In other words, you cant just drop it on them. You have to pick your timing; you have to slow walk it. You will know as a parent when its the right time. Depending on what you tell them, you want them to be able to handle it. Never try to give it to them all at once. Spoon feed them. Crystal Victoria: How do we get your book and inter act with you? Ms. Thelma Wright: My website is www.thelmabwright.com, you can purchase my book on my site. You can follow me on Twitter, @ThelmaBWright, and my Facebook page link is facebook.com/ThelmaBWright. Anyone can also purchase the book at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well. May 1-7, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press byEthan Sacks A real life scandal seems to have cost Scandal star Columbus Short his job. The 31-year-old actor released a statement Friday confirming his exit from the hit ABC drama, which comes amid charges he put a knife to his wifes throat and threatened to kill her. Tanee McCall filed for a restraining order against her husband after the April 7 domestic disturbuance in which Short is also accused of choking her while accusing her of sleeping with other men, TMZ first reported. Shorts most recent arrest followed a spate of other ugly incidents. In February, he was arrested and accused of attacking his wife in front of their children, and again two weeks later for pushing her in a separate incident. Then Short was busted a month later for allegedly punching a guest at an engagement party. McCall has since filed for divorce, asking for custody of the couples 2-year-old daughter. That may have been too much drama for Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes. At this time I must confirm my exit from a show Ive called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today, Short said in the statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for (my character) Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. The writers have a convenient out since Shorts character already faced an uncertain future in last weeks Scandal season finale. In a cliffhanger, Harrison Wright was facing down the barrel of a gun from a would-be assassin. Columbus Short (2nd from r.) is leaving Scandal in the wake of several recent arrests stemming from domestic abuse allegations. Columbus Short Leaving Scandal Amid Domestic Violence Allegations An Exclusive Interview with Thelma Wright Gangster Queen of Philadelphia Pebbles Hits Viacom With a $10M Lawsuit for TLC Biopic The former manager of TLC is suing Viacom for defamation, saying the biopic on the Grammy-winning R&B group made her seem like an unethical and dishonest businesswoman. Perri Pebbles Reid accuses Viacom International Inc. and Viacom Inc. of making multiple false and defamatory statements about her in Crazysexycool: The TLC Story. The movie premiered in October on VH1, which is owned and controlled by Viacom. The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Atlanta seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $30 million in punitive damages. It also asks a judge to force Viacom to retract the movie and promotional materials and to block further publication of the movie and promotional materials. A spokesman for Viacom did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Monday. TLC was made up of Rozanda Chilli Thomas, Tionne T-Boz Watkins and Lisa Left Eye Lopes. The two-hour movie chronicles their rise to fame, their drama-filled love lives including Left Eye burning down the house of lover and former NFL player Andre Rison group spats, and financial struggles, despite two multiplatinum albums. The movie told a story of Ms. Reid as a conniving and dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked three innocent girls and exploited their talent for her own personal gain and in the process negatively influenced their personal lives and deprived them of fair compensation, the lawsuit says. That is false, the lawsuit says, arguing that Reid never controlled the groups attorneys or accountants, never withheld the terms of a contract from the group and always paid the members of TLC what they were owed. The film has damaged Reids reputation as a businesswoman and entertainer, the lawsuit says, adding that, Viacom abandoned journalistic and literary integrity and ignored fundamental canons of journalistic and literary conduct by publishing false and defamatory accusations with actual malice. Shown above are TLC and their former manager Pebbles on the right.
Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press May 1-7, 2014 Edward Waters College (EWC) and the EWC Alumni Association unveiled a historical marker in front of the Centennial Building, the campus' oldest facility last week. Founded in 1866, Edward Waters College is the oldest historically black college and private institution in Florida. The College was established by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to help educate newly freed slaves. After the school moved to Jacksonville from Live Oak, its campus was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1901. In 1904, new land was obtained and work was started on the school's present campus. The Centennial Hall was built in 1916 and named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the AME Church. The Classical Revival style building was designed by the firm of Howells and Stokes of Seattle, Washington. The building was renovated in 1979 and serves as the college's main library. Centennial Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Shown above (L-R) Malachi Beyah, Jacksonville Alumni Chapter President, Roland Young, EWC Student Government Association, Eric Daniel Johnson, EWC ational Alumni President, Dr. Anna Hammond, EWC Vice President and COO, Gwendolyn Lee-Green, Grant Coordinator, James Tarver, Jacksonville Alumni Historical Chair and athaniel Glover, College President .EWC Receives Historic Marker Jacksonville Deltas Donate Hygiene Kits (S.I.S. Kits) for Schools in Haiti The members of the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. filled suitcases and boxes with Stay In School Reusable Feminine Hygiene Kits (S.I.S. Kits) for young girls in need. These kits traveled with one of JACs members, Reverend Mary Campbell McKinney, to The Ecole Primaire Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cynthia M.A. ButlerMcIntyre Campus (The Delta School) in Cherette, Haiti. Rev. McKinney, former Missions Coordinator of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, vividly recalls in her mission travels to more than 20 countries including Africa, Haiti, and Jamaica. The request for sanitary pads always outweighed her ability to provide young girls and women with more than a months supply. Generally speaking girls in developing countries are absent 3-6 days of school a month because they lack resources to purchase expensive disposable sanitary supplies. Upon receiving approval, the chapter began collecting materials washable shields, sewing items and funds for the S.I.S. Kits. Some JAC members sewed shields, others donated socks, toothbrushes and school supplies. Members of the CME and AME church, employees of Jo Anns Fabric/Craft store also sewed, ironed, placed snaps, inspected, donated fabric, panties, sewing kits, washcloths, safety pins, Ziploc bags for privately laundering soiled pads and tote bags for discreet transport of the feminine products. The S.I.S. Kits project is ecologically friendly, economically viable, educationally supportive, hygienically healthy, and socially/psychologically empowering. The hope is to provide more girls with the opportunity to take back their seats in the classroom. Rev. McKinney plans to provide the school with a sewing machine and powerful enough generator to teach the girls how to sew and to make the pads themselves. Those with entrepreneurial spirits could sew and sell them to earn income. Anyone interested in making the kits or donating to the S.I.S. Kits project, contact Rev. McKinney at 619-8342, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reverend Mary Campbell McKinney teaches the female sudents of the School in Cherette Haiti, how to use their S.I.S Kits donated by the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The Jacksonville Children's Commission (JCC), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will partner to provide nutritious snacks and lunches to Jacksonville children from Monday, June 9, 2014 through Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. JCC is currently seeking community partners to help serve free lunches and snacks to alleviate child hunger in low-income neighborhoods in a safe, effective and efficient manner. To qualify as a summer food site, your site must be in an area where there is a school with at least 50 percent of its students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program, allow access to all neighborhood children, and provide the food free of charge. Nutritionally-balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school lunches are not available. To apply to become a serving site this summer, visit www.jaxkids.net, Nutrition Services, Summer Food Service Program page and download the site application and site letter or call (904) 630-6430 by Friday, May 2, 2014. Childrens Commission Seeking Food Service Sites