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The Jacksonville free press
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by Freddie Allen Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastestgrowing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Today, women of color are the majority owners of close to onethird of all women-owned firms in the nation,Ž stated the report. Increased access to business capital … including microenterprises, venture capitalfunded firms, and crowd funding … has helped the number of women entrepreneurs grow substantially.Ž Traditional careers often come with cultural and structural roadblocks that devalue the work of women, especially Black women. Black women made 64 cents and White women made 78 cents for every dollar that White males made. Black women brought home about $600 a week compared to White women who earned a median of $722. From 1997 to 2013, the number of female-owned firms in the United States grew by 59 percent … one-and-a-half times the national average,Ž stated the report. The number of businesses owned by Black women skyrocketed by 258 percent over that time period. In 2013, more than 1.1 million Black women owned businesses. At 13 percent, Black women also hold the largest share of businesses owned by minority women. According to the CAP report, African American women are starting businesses at a rate six Continued on page 3 Volume 27 o. 33 June 19-25, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Arthritis Warning for Women Who Love Wearing High HeelsPage 7 Do RealŽ Fathers Get Enough Recognition?Page 4Businessman Accused of Swindling Black Mega Churches of Millions Arrested on Fraud ChargesPage 2 Harlem Meets Hip-Hop in Honor of J.W. Johnson, Tupac at the Ritz TheatrePage 2 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED JP Morgan Accused of Predatory LendingThe city of Miami is accusing JP Morgan Chase & Co. of contributing to the housing crisis through a decade of preying on minorities through risky mortgage lending. The bank was sued last week for discriminatory practices. These include high cost loans to minorities and refusal to refinance on the same terms it extended to whites, leading to defaults and foreclosures.Ž The lawsuit claims that these acts violate the U.S. Fair Housing Act. JP Morgan spokesman Jason Lobo says the bank will fight against these accusations and that "the Miami City Attorney's claims are baseless and stand contrary to our long record of providing affordable housing to lowto moderate-income families across the region.Ž Just weeks ago, Los Angeles filed similar claims against the bank. Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp are also under fire from the two cities for issuing unaffordable home loans to minorities. Miami leads the country in foreclosures and the lawsuit claims that JP Morgan is partly to blame.Study Finds Black Resilience Contributes to Unemployment Rate A study conducted by Valerie Wilson of the Economic Policy Institute found that the discrepancy between Black and white unemployment is the highest it has been since 2007, and that Black resiliency is to blame. Over the past year, without fail, African-American unemployment has exceeded white unemployment by at least 200 percent. In the past two months, the Black unemployment rate was 2.2 times greater than the overall rate. Researchers say that part of the disparity is a result of AfricanAmericans being less likely to give up the search for a job than other unemployed workers.Ž Explained simply, there are more unemployed Blacks who continue to seek work, stay in the labor force and are labeled as unemployed.Ž Discouraged workersŽ arent calculated in the unemployment rate. These workers are those persons not in the labor force who want and are available for work, and who have looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months, but were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.Ž As of June 6, 697,000 persons were classified as discouragedŽ among the marginally attached, and in a breakdown, 7 million people were unemployed, but not counted in the work force. Overall, the countrys unemployment rate remains at 6.3 percent, the lowest it has been since 2008.Black UPS Employees File Racial Discrimination LawsuitThe Associated Press reports that eight current and former employees at UPS in Kentucky filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company. The men claimed to be treated poorly and that they received harsher punishments because of their race. The plaintiffs allege that, at one point, a black effigy hung outside of their managers office. As for the alleged Black effigy, the lawsuit claims that a dummy with a dark brown toboggan as its head hung in front of the managers office. According to the lawsuit, the dummy was used to show proper ladder use and was tied around the neck to keep it from falling. The men are suing for unspecified damagesŽ and their attorney, Luke Morgan, told the Associated Press that attempts were made to reconcile out of court, but UPS "has given them the runaround." Racist name calling and intimidation tactics are included on the list of offenses the men allege happened in the lawsuit. The statement that prostate cancer was called a black diseaseŽ was also cited as an incident.Trial In FAMU Hazing Case Pushed BackORLANDO, Fla. „ A judge has postponed until September the trial of five remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major to allow defense attorneys more time to prepare. Judge Renee Roche agreed during a hearing Monday to delay it the trial that was set to begin next week until Sept. 22. Attorneys for three defendants asked the judge for a continuance, citing difficulty taking depositions of potential prosecution witnesses. Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion of Decatur, Georgia. Seven accepted plea deals of community service and probation for what prosecutors called minor roles. Jessie Baskin pleaded no contest and was sentenced to a year in jail in March. Pictured left to right, Dahlia Al-Haleem, Dzestinee Q. Glenn-Bland, graduates of Ribault H.S. and Avery Chatmon, a graduate of Atlantic Coast H.S. ot present are Octavia McMillian, Raines H.S., QuaLexus Cross, Hope Christian Academy and Paris Carter Edward Waters College. The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. awarded scholarships in the amount of $500 each to five graduating High School Seniors last weekend: Dahlia Al-Haleem and Dzestinee Q. Glenn-Bland, graduates of Ribault H.S,; Avery Chatmon a graduate of Atlantic Coast H.S. Not present to be personally congratulated were: Octavia McMillian, Raines H.S., and QuaLexus Cross, Hope Christian Academy. One deserving undergraduate at Edward Waters College Paris Carter was awarded the Eugenia Brown scholarship for excellence in academics. The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. congratulated the scholarship recipients for a job well done and encouraged the students to let their light shine on all of their future endeavors. Zetas Invest in Area Youth by Awarding Thousands in Scholarships Shown above receiving information from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is Jonathan, Francine Gallman and Ronschelle Landler. KFP photoCOJ Job Fair Helps Thousands with Career Goals, Workshops and Employment Opportunities by Lynn Jones Job candidates trekked to the Prime Osborn Convention Center to participate in Mayor Alvin Brown and Congresswoman Corrine Browns 2014 Citywide Job and Resource Fair. Over 150 employers participated in the job fair. The Job Readiness Workshop Making a Good ImpressionŽ was scheduled as early as 7:45 a.m. and filled to capacity. Other workshops included, Finding Resources/Answering Difficult Questions,Ž Dressing for Success,Ž Using Social Media,Ž From Resume, Interview to Job Offers,Ž Background/Getting Bonded,Ž Job Expectations, Understanding Paper Checks, Direct Deposit or Pay Cards,Ž and more Local Community Relations and Employment Specialists provided advice on career goals and community resources. Councilman Reggie Brown spoke to the crowd, and thanked the job seekers for coming, We appreciate you coming out to the Job Fair and the City of Jacksonville is committed to ensure that you have the resources to find a job, speak to experts and attend workshops. We want you to be successful.Ž Black Women are Taking Care of Business Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Black JudgesThe Senate made history this week with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Gayles, confirmed 98-0, is the nation's first openly gay AfricanAmerican man to be confirmed to the federal bench. His vote came just after the Senate confirmed Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. She marks some milestones of her own as the first black lesbian federal judge in two decades and the second one in the nation's history. President Obama has appointed more female judges than any other president, breaking the record previously set by President Bill Clinton. He has also appointed more Hispanic judges than any other president, breaking the record previously held by President George W. Bush. Obama has also appointed more Asian-American judges than all presidents combined and has nominated 12 openly gay federal judges. Last month, the Senate confirmed the first Native American female federal judge. in the nation's history. Judge Gayles


Ephren Taylor by Phillip Lucas ATLANTA A businessman accused of swindling churchgoers out of millions of dollars in an investment scheme was arrested Tuesday on fraud charges, federal prosecutors in Atlanta said. The arrest of Ephren Taylor II, 31, came a week after he was indicted by a federal grand jury, prosecutors said. Taylor and a co-defendant are charged with conspiracy and multiple counts each of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering, according to the indictment. Taylor, former chief executive of North Carolina-based City Capital Corporation, is accused of convincing members of mostly AfricanAmerican church congregations across the U.S. to invest in small businesses „ such as juice bars and gas stations „ when prosecutors claim he really used their money to pay personal expenses. Taylor and another former City Capital executive, Wendy Jean Conner, conspired between April 2009 and October 2010 to defraud hundreds of investors out of millions of dollars, prosecutors said, adding that Taylor travelled the country presenting "Building Wealth Tour" seminars to churchgoers. Authorities say Taylor, originally of Overland Park, Kansas, told investors a portion of the company's profits would be donated to charity. Aside from pushing fraudulent small business investments, prosecutors say Taylor also convinced victims to invest in sweepstakes machines „ computers loaded with games that allow players to win cash prizes. Taylor told victims the machines would generate 300 per cent returns on their investments and were 100 per cent risk free. Taylor also convinced investors to use self-directed retirement accounts to make their investments and used victims' retirement money to pay City Capital's business expenses, personal expenses and pay returns to some investors, prosecutors said. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in April 2012 accusing Taylor and Connor of defrauding investors out of more than $11 million. A federal judge ordered City Capital to forfeit nearly $15 million in profits, interest and civil penalties. Cathy Lerman, a Florida attorney representing some of Taylor's victims in a class action lawsuit, said she's now pursuing third-parties suspected of helping further the scheme. Lerman said she began pursuing Taylor in 2007 and was unaware the case would balloon to include victims across the country. "As a lawyer with 30 years of experience, this is the first time I've ever had to talk clients out of committing suicide," Lerman said. Dozens of clients, she said, have faced foreclosure and unexpected medical bills after losing their life savings and unwittingly destroying their families' financial stability. "The shame of that never leaves you. I don't care what happens in life, that never leaves you," Lerman said. One of Lerman's clients, Joann White, 67, of Belleville, Michigan, said that after seeing Taylor appear on television to talk about his book she invested in what she thought was a laundry service run by college students and a gas station looking to capitalize on alternative fuel sources. "I kind of just got caught up in what I heard about him and the good he was trying to do," White said. "It just sounded like a win-win situation for everybody." White said her retirement savings disappeared and her family was pushed to the brink of homelessness when there was no money to pay the mortgage. White said she was also unaware of how far-reaching the conspiracy was. Most recently Taylor was in the news for settling with several members of Bishop Eddie Longs church he had swindled. More than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and the alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor. Thirteen former members of Long's Lithonia, Ga., megachurch, although neither he nor Taylor have admitted to any wrongdoing. Long had endorsed Taylor to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregants as his "friend" and "brother" during a financial seminar in October 2009. Taylor managed to convince members to invest nearly a million dollars into ventures that were essentially nonexistent. It was through church visits that the self-declared "social capitalist" targeted victims, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which filed charges against Taylor in 2012. The SEC alleges Taylor had been "running a Ponzi scheme that targeted investors in church congregations," in filed charges that included his company City Capital Corporation and its former corporate officer, Wendy Connor. Taylor, who the SEC said raised approximately $11 million dollars between 2008 and 2010, used investors' money to pay off other investors, and cover personal expenses like his company's payroll and rent. Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 19-25, 2014 WARNING! DISCRIMINATES AGAINST BLACK COMMUNITY BY DISCRIMINATING AGAINST BLACK PRESS By shopping and purchasing products from, Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. and Ashley Furniture Homestores you are sponsoring discriminatory marketing practices against your historic community institutions, THE BLACK PRESS.We, 165 African American Newspapers Nationwide are asking you not to patronize or buy products or services from outlets that fall under the corporate name of Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. By utilizing discriminatory marketing practices against African American newspapers they are, in our opinion, discriminating against us and your community in general. BLACK CONSUMER WAKE UP!Do Not PatronizeThose advertisers that dont include your Black newspapers! 350 300 250 200 150 100 0($ IN MILLIONS)WHITE OWNEDBLACK OWNEDASHLEY ADVERTISING DOLLARS SPENT IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS OVER $350 MILLION ALMOST 1/2 BILLION$0 DOLLARS SUPPORT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESS!SUPPORT THIS OUR FAIR SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE FUTURE OF YOUR HISTORIC BLACK NEWSPAPERS.Go to for further information. WHY BOYCOTT ASHLEY?Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. spent no measurable amount with Furniture will spend over $36 million with newspapers by the end AN OUR FAIR SHARE EDITORIAL Mastermind Arrested After Defrauding Church Members of Millions Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Employment Opportunity Drivers: Company & O/O's. All Drivers Paid by Mile.Loaded & Empty. o-Touch Freight. 50% Drop & Hook. 1-800-588-7911 x225 By Jason Alderman By now, most people know about the perils of identity theft, where someone steals your personal or financial account information and makes fraudulent charges or opens bogus accounts in your name. With medical identity theft, someone gains access to your health insurance or Medicare account information and uses it to submit phony insurance claims, obtain prescription drugs or medical devices, or treatment in your name. Besides its high cost, medical ID theft also can have deadly consequences: Suppose someone poses as you and gets an appendectomy; if you later entered the hospital with abdominal pain, your medical file would show that your appendix was already removed and you could be tragically misdiagnosed. Here are a few tips for avoiding medical ID fraud and steps to take if it happens: Your medical files are often full of information ID thieves crave: account numbers for Social Security, health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, contact information, email address, etc. All it takes is one stolen employee laptop or an intercepted piece of mail or email to leave you vulnerable. Sophisticated thieves will also hack computer networks of insurance companies, pharmacies, medical equipment suppliers and others who have access to your medical records. And unfortunately, the black market for stolen information is so tempting that employees have been known to steal data. Common signs of medical identity theft include: Provider bills or insurance Explanation of Benefits (EOB) forms that reference medical services you didn't receive. (Verify all dates, providers and treatments and look for duplicate billing.) Calls from debt collectors about unfamiliar bills. Medical collection notices on your credit report. Just as you shouldn't hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse whether they washed their hands, so you should feel free to ask what security precautions their business office takes to protect your information. Here are a few preventive measures to take: Never reveal personal or account information during unsolicited calls or emails. Be suspicious if someone offers you medical equipment or services and then requests your Medicare number. Never let people borrow your Medicare or insurance card to obtain services for themselves. Not only is this illegal, but it could be disastrous if your medical histories become intermingled (think about differing allergies, blood types, etc.) Don't Fall Prey to Medical Identity Theft


Continued from front the national average, and their 2.7 million firms are currently generating $226.8 billion in annual revenue and employing almost 1.4 million people.Ž As the country grows more diverse, the success of businesses owned by minorities, specifically women of color, will take on a greater role in American economy. A 2009 Center for Womens Business Research study found that the 8 million U.S. businesses that are majority owned by women had an economic impact of $3 trillion annually that translated into the creation and/or maintenance of more than 23 million jobs, a total that made up 16 percent of all U.S. jobs,Ž stated the report. Given the rates of growth among women of color businesses, these positive impacts to the nations economy stand to grow even further.Ž That doesnt mean its easier for minority women to start and own businesses. They often encounter the same hurdles in entrepreneurship that they face climbing the corporate ladder, including limited access to mentors and exclusion from elite networks.Ž Minority women dont often possess the personal wealth that allows men and White women to invest in their own businesses. The report said that Black women with children possess zero median wealth. Women often turn to credit cards (63 percent), business loans (13 percent) and personal loans (11 percent) to fund their start-ups. Once they get their businesses off the ground, minority women achieved varied levels of success, with companies owned by Black women earning about 74 percent less than the average for all womenowned firms, according to the CAP report. Businesses run by White women made 9.5 percent more than the national average. 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The youth presided over each plenary session and new officers were elected. Jarrell Williams was elected secretary of the Kudos and Mariah Franklin was elected parliamentarian of the Xinos (both are members of Delta Delta Chapters youth groups and will serve for two years). The youth of Delta Delta Chapter was awarded 1st place in individual talent with a creative praise dance by Lanitha Godfrey and Kudos Jarrell and Jarrodd Williams, Jelani Herrington, and Julian Clark were awarded 2nd place in group talent. Kennedy Matthew, a graduating Xinos, received 3rd place in the oratorical category. The Xinos also won 3rd place for their Activity Book. Wanda Mitchell and Betty J. LeRoy, Basileus served as advisors. Shown above in attendance are Julani Harrington, Jarrell Williams, Jarrodd Williams, Julian Clark (Front Row) Mariah Franklin, and LaNitha Godfrey. Millers Soul Food Kitchen Serves Patrons in Honor of 2nd Anniversary The Millers Soul Food Kitchen held their 2nd annual Customer Appreciation day June 14th, and served hundreds of loyal patrons at the popular northside drive thru eatery. Patrons lined up to purchase dinners sold at a discounted price. Entertainment was provided by DJ Dr. Feel Good. Owner, Latonda MillerLittles wanted to express her thanks and invited the community to come back and visit the Soul Food Kitchen. Rhonda Silver Photo Harlem Meets Hip-Hop in Honor of J.W. Johnson, Tupac The Ritz Theater and Museum presented a From the Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop, A birthday Celebration,Ž honoring iconic figures James Weldon Johnson born June 17, 1871 and Tupac Shakur, born June 16 1971. The two men were honored with poetry verses by artist Mal Jones. Mal Jones began his segment with the pouring of libations We pour libations to celebrate our ancestry and 100 years ago today, James Weldon Johnson began his journey and Tupac was also a pioneer in the world of music.Ž Visual artist and singer Lawrence Walden sang James Weldon Johnsons black national anthem, Lift every voice and singŽ. Walden commented, As a visual artist in addition to my performing as a vocalist I have rendered album covers in the past for many individuals, but the Harlem Renaissance is an era that made jazz an icon, then hip-hop came along and Tupac made his mark.Ž The event was free and open to the public to culture lovers of all ages. Pictured is Poet Mal Jones and Lawrence Walden pictured in front of a Harlem Renaissance collage of African-American authors, historians and jazz artist. byWillie B. Hall William M. Raines recently hosted a community event that was the brain child of its principal who is also an alumnus of the school. The first annual Amazing R.A.C.E (Raines Alumni and Community Extravanganza). This event was sponsored by the Raines PTSA in partnership with the Duval County School Board, Jacksonville Transportation Authority & The Sams Club. This event allowed the alumni from 1965 to the present an opportunity to tailgate with a purpose. During this tailgating event, alumni & parents were solicited to become a volunteers and active members of the schools support organizations. These consist of PTSA, SACS and Athletic/Band Boosters. Currently, William M. Raines is the only DŽ high school in Duval County. This event helped to keep the community informed about the trajectory of the school and the passion the community has for it. In addition, the PTSA invited the community, parents, and feeder pattern school students to the campus to view some of the school programs such as band, chorus, dance, ROTC, AICE, Dual Enrollment, and more. There was no fee to enter or eat. Bounce houses were proved for younger children and face painting stations. Urban Trust Bank also provided financial literacy to parents. JTA provided transportation to the Paxon, Butler, Scott Park, Simon Johnson Park, Palm Terrace and St. Clair Evans Elementary areas. Miss Raines and her court served as greeters for the event. The Viking Band entertained everyone along with the varsity cheer leaders, viking chorus and the JROTC. Raines is the longest serving historically black high school still predeminately serving students of color. Shown above are members of the Raines Class of 1993 at the Amazing RACE. W. Hall photo Black Women are Taking Care of Business


Last Sunday marked the annual celebration of Fathers Day.Like most real fathers, its hard to get excited about a day that recognizes you for doing what you are supposed to do. Bring on the customary not so nice tie, socks, a pack of t-shirts from Grandma, and maybe dinner. Of course, we dads always get dinner, and its usually some meal of our choice; and we definitely get the big piece of chicken.Ž Typically, there has not been much fanfare, but as dads we are accustomed to playing second fiddle to Mommy. I typically get off easy on Fathers Day … not many realŽ dads in my life anymore, but thats nothing new … especially in the African American community. I have coached youth baseball and football teams over the years, and I assure you that seeing fathers involved in their childrens lives was not a normal sight. Yes, it is an unfortunate but true reality. I remember growing up watching shows like The Jeffersons, Good Times, Different Strokes, etc., and all of these shows had positive father-figures. Even a show likeGood Times that featured a very poor black family, the Evans living in the Chicago projects had a strong father figure. They may have been dirt poor, but James Evans was there working hard being a good role model for his children. Unfortunately, television is television; and sometimes its not a reflection of reality, but a series of storylines meant to entertain. In reality, too many black children are being born to single family households, and young African American fathers are not taking care of the responsibilities that they helped to create. So what does Fathers Day actually mean? Like comedian Chris Rock says, All we get is the big piece of chicken.ŽWe fathers also get tools kits, underwear, and socks. But then again hey, its the thought that counts. Some so-called fathersŽ dont even deserve a cheesy tie or socks. I wish that we could give out wake up calls for Fathers Day. Wouldnt it be cool if we could go around beating wannabe fathers and M.I.A. daddies upside the head with a plastic baseball bat that actually knocked some sense into them? You could easily argue that if more men were involved in their childrens lives, crime would be down and more of our youth … especially young men would have a greatersense of direction. I always find myself being critical of black folk, while at the same time recognizing the hills no the mountains that we had to climb in this country. Yes I am headed there … slavery devastated the black family more than drugs, crime, and poverty could ever do. In fact, one could easily argue that the breakdown of the black family is a direct result of slavery. Frederick Douglas said it best, Of my father I know nothing. Slavery had no recognition of fathers, as none of families.Ž If you ever read his autobiography you would get a strong understanding of the brutality of slavery, and not just from a physical perspective, but also from an emotional and social point of view. Black women would basically have children and raise them until they were old enough to be sold, hence never seeing their child again. So the disconnect that many men have with their children or responsibilities may be rooted in slavery, but thats no excuse for todays neglect from many fathers.Ž I admit that being a black man is hard in America and many other places; but again, thats no excuse at all for not being a part of your childs life. Arthur Ashe once said, Being a black man in America is like having another job.Ž Now that I have officially kicked some in the butt and others elsewhere, lets look at the other side of the coin;there are thousands of black men that are responsible fathers. Almost all of my friends and family members that have children are very involved in their childrens lives. These are the gentlemen that truly deserve to be recognized this Sunday. Fathers Day is the day that we should thank Dads for raising us and establishing a strong foundation for our futures. There certainly are not a ton of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtables out there, but there are a bunch of James Evans who are not rich or even middle class, but work hard every day to take care of their families and you have to admire and appreciate that fact. Its extremely important that fathers provide the leadership and stability that children and families. Our children shouldnt be looking solely at professional athletes and entertainers as their role models … the best feeling ever is for your child to say that they want to be like you. Happy belated Fathers Day to all of the real fathers out there. Hope you enjoyed your big piece of chicken, and maybe a back rub. Well, now I am getting carried away, but a brother can dream … right! Signing off from Sunday dinner, Reggie Fullwood By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist The first detailed study of the relationship between diversity and the bottom line in the Hollywood entertainment industry has found that although diversity pays … literally …people of color and women are still woefully underrepresented throughout film and television. The study titled, 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report: Making Sense of the Disconnect,Ž was conducted by the Ralph J. Bunch Center for AfricanAmerican Studies at UCLA. It looked at 172 theatrical films released in 2011 and 1,061 television shows that aired during the 2011-12 season. It looked at race and gender and key production roles, including cast diversity, the shows creator, the writer, the director, awards and domestic and international box office. Frequent moviegoers represent just 10 percent of the population, but purchase half of all movie tickets, the report stated. It is important to note here that minorities are overrepresented among the ranks of frequent moviegoers, those who contribute most to overall box office.Ž it said. In 2011, minorities accounted for 44.1 percent of frequent moviegoers, a figure that exceeded their 36.3 percent share of the overall U.S. population.Ž But you wouldnt know it by the roles people of color play in the industry. Historically, there has been a death of gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in film and television … both in front of and behind the camera,Ž the report stated. This reality has meant limited access to employment for women and minorities and to a truncating of the domain of media images available for circulation in contemporary societyƒMedia images contribute greatly to how we think about ourselves in relation to others. When marginalized groups in society are absent from stories a nation tells about itself, or when media images are rooted primarily in stereotype, inequity is normalized and is more likely to be reinforced over time through our prejudices and practices.Ž The report found that although people of color represent 36.3 percent of the population, in film: Of the 172 films examined for 2011, only 10.5 percent of the lead roles were played by people of color and most of them were in such Black-targeted movies as Jumping the BroomŽ and Tyler Perrys Madeas Big Happy Family.Ž Women, who make up 51.2 percent of the population, were cast as leads in only 25.6 percent of the movies. Over half of the films (51.2 percent) featured casts in which minorities were 10 percent or less. People of color directed 12.2 percent of the films studies, most directed at a targeted audience. Women directed 4.1 percent of the films. Minorities wrote 7.6 percent of the films, mostly ethnic-niche films; women wrote 14.1 percent. In television: People of color were in only 5.1 percent of the lead roles Women accounted for 51.5 percent of the lead roles in comedies and dramas, matching their share of the population. People of color accounted for 15.4 percent of the broadcast reality shows. Of show creators, only one was a person of color … who created Greys Anatomy,Ž Private PracticeŽ and Scandal,Ž all on ABC. The report proves that diversity pays. ..The 25 films that were from 21 percent to 30 percent minority posted a median global box office of $160.1 million …a figure considerably higher than the medians for all other diversity levels,Ž the report found. By contrast, the 88 films that fell into the 10 percent minority or less interval did not fare as well in terms of global box office, posting a median figure of $68.5 million.Ž The report added, If we consider return on investment, which factors a films budget into the analysis, we see a similar pattern.Ž In fact, the return on more diverse films was significantly greater,Ž the report found. Yet, Hollywood continues to travel down the same old tired road. The 2014 Hollywood Diversity Report has documented an apparent disconnect between the industrys professed focus on the bottom line and actual staffing practices in film, broadcast television, and cable,Ž the report stated. That is, while films and television shows with casts that reflect the nations racial and ethnic diversity were more likely to post high box office figures or ratings during the study period, minorities and women were nonetheless woefully underrepresented among the corps of directors, show creators, writers, and lead actors that animates industry productions.Ž The report concluded, This disconnect does not bode well for the future of the Hollywood industry. Women already constitute slightly more than half of the U.S. population, and more than a third of the population is currently minority and the population continues to diversity at a dizzying rate. The bottom line for the Hollywood industry … theatrical film, broadcast television, and cable …would be advanced by implementing forward-looking project development and staffing practices that are in sync with these changes.Ž George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the ational ewspaper Publishers Association ews Service (PA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook. 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Reggie Fullwood June 19-25, 2014 Do RealŽ Fathers Get Enough Recognition?Hollywood Gets a Low Diversity Rating Did UCF Make a Deal with the Devil?When the Koch Foundation gave the United Negro College Fund $25 million, it set off a maelstrom of comments in cyberspace and real time. How dare the UNCF take money from the Koch brothers, some asked. They ought to send it back, said others. One woman told me she would never give to UNCF again because of the Koch donation. Another says the Koch donation changes her perception of UNCF. The donation will provide $18.5 million in scholarships, money that is badly needed to get some of our young people out of school, especially with the cuts so many experienced because of reduced access to the Parent Plus loan. Another $4 million will go to the 37 UNCF schools for general support, again to make up some of the losses that came from reduced enrollment due to Parent Plus. The remainder goes to UNCF for their general support. Whats wrong with this picture? Koch scholarships will be awarded to students with good grades, financial needs, and an interest in studying how entrepreneurship, economics and innovation contribute to well-being for individuals, communities, and society.Ž Sounds like conservative free markets to me. More than that, it sounds like granting scholarships to further the Koch government-reducing, free market focus. Koch protects its interest by having two seats on the five member scholarship committee, with the other three from the UNCF. While nonKoch interests are the majority, it will be interesting to see if a donor can sway a committee. What else? The Koch brothers are making the most of this gift in the media. Rarely have I seen so many headlines generated by a gift of that size. $100 million, maybe. $250 million, surely. But while $25 million will mean a lot to the UNCF, schools such as Harvard would likely consider it nothing more than a modest behest. The Koch brothers must think theyll get some positive publicity from their gift, and they obviously have the PR team to pitch it. Furthermore, these are the very Koch brothers who have supported voter suppression efforts. They would reduce the size of government, which means the Pell grants that so many students depend on would shrink in size. What one hand gives, in other words, the other takes away. If the Koch brothers would fight to maintain or increase the size of the Pell grant, fewer would look askance at their gift. Instead, many see this as the cynical manipulation of a deep-pockets donor who gets much publicity from their gift. It kind of reminds me of the Donald Sterling gift to the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP. After Sterlings racist rant, his donation was returned. Still, the NAACP was in the process of giving him a second lifetime achievement award prior to his verbal rampage. Indeed the 2014 outrage against Sterling had elements of class bias. The multi-million dollar players werent angry when he discriminated against African Americans and Latinos in the slum housing he owned … which cost him a couple of million dollars to settle with the Justice Department … but they were dismayed when he made negative comments about them. Their earlier silence equaled acquiescence to Sterlings racism; their protest suggested that they would get angry only when rancid racism was directed at them. Do basketball players really think that Sterling is the only NBA owner who harbors racist views? Those owners have enough sense not to articulate them publicly. If they know that other owners share Sterlings views then they condone closed door racism, not the open door kind. If they are aware, and dont care or share, they are making deals with the devil. If the Koch brothers are the devil, then most of our organizations are making deals with the devil. Look at the list of sponsors for any African American organization or event. Sit through a board meeting, and listen to folks review possible sponsors, many corporate. There are goodŽ corporations whose diversity portfolio is robust, and then there are those who need a little help. The need for funds notwithstanding, are we for sale for the price of a table or a few salmon (used to be chicken) dinners? On the other hand, when the New York Times criticized the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for its corporate support, Elsie Scott, the thendirector said that if we spent money on certain products it was only right that we get their support. Does this apply to the Koch donation? Unfortunately, too many African American organizations buy what we want and beg for what we need. Many in the African American community have $25 million to give to the United Negro College Fund. Many could spend the dollars to support our students. The fact that we do not leaves us vulnerable to contributions like Koch, contributions that come with strings and, perhaps, a conservative agenda. Should UNCF President Michael Lomax send the money back? Only if someone steps up to replace it. The $18.5 million for scholarships represents 3,700 scholarships for students. If the $4 million is divided equally among 37 schools, it means $108,000 per school, enough to hire back one of the people laid off and to support some programs. Should Michael Lomax lay down with the devil? Where is the angel? Look at the list of sponsors for any African American organization or event. There are goodŽ corporations whose diversity portfolio is robust, and then there are those who need a little help. The need for funds notwithstanding, are we for sale for the price of a table or a few salmon (used to be chicken) dinners?


June 19-25, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 x ’FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 17 23, 2014NEW HOOPS COACHES AT FAMU, MVSU AND WILEY; FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS SETSPEEDSTER: Desmond Lawrence, NC A&T wide receiver in football, earns all-American status in track in the 100 meters.TWO-WAY STARAlabama State Sports Photo BCSP NotesPayne to be new men's hoops coach at MVSU Mississippi Valley State Former Wiley College Andre Payne is Chico Potts Sean Woods Lawrence, Holloway earn D1 track All-American honors North Carolina A&T senior Desmond Lawrence Everett Bruce Timothy Walls Sean White Titus NEW FAMU MEN'S HOOPS COACH: Byron Samuels returns to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Florida A&M University Clemon Johnson Hampton University WILEY PROMOTES HARTSFIELD: Wiley College Andre Payne Mississippi Valley State UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Haywood Gerald Wright Theo Wilds, Loreal Smith Alexandria Spruill Shakia Forbes Hampton Trey Holloway Frazier sues NC Central; Joins HSRN broadcasts Former North Carolina Central University Henry Frazier III stemming from his Independent Weekly Heritage Sports Radio Network Prairie View A&M Bowie State Labor Day Classic Texas Southern Prairie View A&M Omarr Bashir Lamont Germany Charlie Neal CIAA Southwestern Athletic Conference SamuelsSWAC Football Media Day July 18 at Birmingham Marriott The Southwestern Athletic Conference James Spady Alabama A&M Broderick Fobbs Grambling State Harold Jackson Jackson State Rick Comegy Mississippi Valley State SWAC Commissioner Address Photo Opportunities Season Preview by Head Coaches Championship Promo SWAC Preseason Teams Announced SDN Video Stream and SDN Radio SWAC Audio Drops Print Media Interviews One-on-one TV Interviews CIAA Football Media Day set for July 24 in Durham Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Mark James of Virginia Union University Kienus Boulware from Winston-Salem State University Livingstone The Lincoln University Cheyney University MEAC Football Press Luncheon kicks off on July 25 in Norfolk Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina A&T Alabama A&M in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Gettin' ready for some football Frazier 2014 FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS/ PRESS LUNCHEONSSouthwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Friday, July 18 Birmingham (AL) Marriott Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Thursday, July 24 11:30 a.m. Downtown Durham (NC) Marriott Center City Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Friday, July 25 Norfolk (VA) Waterside MarriottTHE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Andre Payne Desmond LawrenceTrey Holloway


Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press June 19-25, 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 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. 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 Temple Church of God in Christ Annual Vacation Bible SchoolVacation Bible School will be held at Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is located at 3328 Moncrief Road, Clarence Jones, Pastor. There are classes for everyone including arts and crafts for children. Free Snacks will be provided! For additional information call the church at 353-1418 or visit Walk Warriors Tent MeetingFaith Walk Ministry Warriors, 4862 Soutel Dr. invites the community to come see signs and wonders by the power of God, June 18th to June 22nd, starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. and Sunday June 24th at Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, evening June 14th at 7 p.m. Come and be healed, refreshed, released, reclaimed and souls saved and delivered through the powerful teaching of the word of God. For more information call Warren A. Cooper, Sr. pastor at 466-2325.Florida Gospel Legends Awards ShowThe 6th Annual Florida Gospel Legends Awards Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th at 6 p.m. at the Florida Theatre, 128, E. Forsyth St. The ceremony recognizes the elite voices in the Jacksonville community that have put song into the hearts of the faithful and buoyed spirits. For more information call 355-5661 or visit St Paul Lutheran Hosts Community Day, Health Fair, Walk and CookoutSt Paul Lutheran Church is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Community Day and Health Fair on Saturday, June 21st, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prior to the health fair, the church will have a health walk with the YMCA. The walk begins at 8:15 a.m. On Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m. enjoy Tailgate for JesusŽ, outdoor worship and community cookout. Enjoy an informal worship and praise service, special music, entertainment, games, inflatables, dunking tank, a bake/cook-off, free BBQ dinner. From June 23 27, sign-up for Vacation Bible School, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Vacation bible school activities include: bible lessons, crafts, music, fine arts, supper, fellowship and transportation is available. For more information contact Naomi Mungin at 765-4219. The church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Avenue, James Wiggins Jr., Pastor.Bethel Baptist Institutional Walk-AThon and Line Dancing for EducationOn June 14th at 8 a.m., at the corner of Bethel Baptist and Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. Streets, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church will sponsor its 17th Juddie Lawson Memorial Walk-A-Thon for Education. The walking publicŽ is invited to participate. The Walk was suggested by Juddie, a devoted servant and visionary member of Bethel, as one of the many initiatives of Bethels 160 Year Anniversary. All Line Dance Groups in Jax are invited to join Bethel Baptist and bring a donation to help college students further their education. For more information call 354-1464.Church Community Health FairNew Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, Rev. ShaReff Rashad Pastor Present a Community Health Forum, Saturday, July 12th, 9 a.m.-1p.m. at New Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, 880 Melson Avenue. This FREE health fair includes blood pressure checks, vision, dental, glucose and cholesterol screenings, BMI an domestic violence information. A registered pharmacist will be onsite to answer your medicine questions. Enjoy bouncey house for the kids, vendor products and presentations by leading health experts. For more information call 210-5393. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at MiddayŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web Grace and Peacevisit Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus St. Paul Missionary Baptist 135th Anniversary and 9th Convocation St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 135th Church Anniversary and 9th Convocation celebration with activities that include on Friday, June 20th the Rip the Runway Celebration Banquet at the Terrace Suites at Everbank Field; Sunday, June 22nd through Wednesday, June 25th the celebration will conclude with the theme:  We are Partners: The Legacy Lives On ,Ž with Sunday morning service at 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. with Bishop Brian Moore, Life Center Cathedral, Charleston, SC, and Sunday evening at 6 p.m. hear Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr., Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. On Monday, June 23rd at 7 p.m. hear Dr. T. Latrell Penny, Shabach World Cathedrals, Sumpter, SC, Tuesday, June 24th at 7 p.m. hear Apostle Carlos L. Malone, Sr., The Bethel Church, Miami, Fl., and Wednesday, June 25th at 7 p.m. hear St. Pauls own Bishop Designate John E. Guns will close out festivities. For more information call 768-7112 or visit www.spmbcjax.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 or call 240-9133 or email WoodMt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church 43rd Church Anniversary and Pastors 27th Anniversary OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to Mount Moriah A.M.E. by Rev. Manson B. Johnson Bible Fact: God uses a combination of spiritual characteristics to bring Christians to the point to glorify God. The Big Idea: Growing Christians exhibit more positive spiritual qualities on the inside that cause them to get more personal blessings from God; while at the same time, they also become increasingly more effective and highly attractive to sinners in the world. Lesson 7: The Strength of Perseverance/Faith Wilma didnt get much of a head start in life. A bout with polio left her left leg crooked and her foot twisted inward so she had to wear leg braces. After seven years of painful therapy, she could walk without her braces. At age 12 Wilma tried out for a girls basketball team, but didnt make it. Determined, she practiced with a girlfriend and two boys every day. The next year she made the team. When a college track coach saw her during a game, he talked her into letting him train her as a runner. By age 14 she had outrun the fastest sprinters in the U.S. In 1956 Wilma made the U.S. Olympic team, but showed poorly. That bitter disappointment motivated her to work harder for the 1960 Olympics in Rome…and there Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals, the most a woman had ever won. „Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, Jan, 1992, p.10. How does perseverance/faith act or what does it look like? PERSEVERANCE: keeps going when inner strength is gone and the human will keeps telling you to give up or stop or you cant make it one step further. To keep advancing on hope when everything else is going. To succeed at something when you or others think you cannot get it done. Perseverance is doing better than your best. Quotes about perseverance: The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.Ž Vince Lombardi The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.Ž Confucius, Confucius: The Analects It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.Ž Confucius Many of lifes failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.Ž Thomas Edison If you are going through hell, keep going.Ž Winston Churchill 2. Where does perseverance/faith come from? Perseverance comes from hope and hope is the mother of faith and faith is the mother that births every creation, invention or success; Hebrews 11:1, 3 Perseverance comes from the unction of patience to keep doing what you are doing to get the results you desire; Ephesians 6:13 Perseverance is initialized in prayer and works together with the Holy Spirit against the enemy of God, Satan; Ehesians 6:18 3. What is the outcome or reward for having perseverance/faith? People that do not show forth perseverance/faith receives nothing from God; James 1:6-8 People that press their point in a certain matter trusting God for their outcome and do not quick will arrive at a peaceful, prosperous, powerful place that is preserved just for them; Hebrews 11:6-9 God honors perseverance/faith with great reward: Ruth was rewarded for her diligence not to quick seeking to know Gods will for her life; Ruth 2:16 A dead father-in-law; a dead husband; a dead end future in Moab She was motivated by hope not to quit following Naomi Joseph was rewarded for not quitting against unbelievable personal crises in his life; Genesis 41:37-44 Job was rewarded for his will not to quit but to trust God with his outcome; Job 13:15; 23:1-12; Job 42:10-12 Strengths of Christian Believers Southside Church of God in Christ True Vine MessageThe Southside Church of God in Christ, 2179 Emerson St. presents "Do it for the True Vine Sunday," powerful sermon message from Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr., Sunday, June 22nd at 11 a.m. Come show support and wear your t-shirts! For more information call the church office at 3981625.Emmanuel Missionary Baptist to Hold Vacation Bible School and Community Family Fun DayJoin Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church for vacation bible school, June 23rd through June 27th, nightly from 6 p.m. to 8.m. There will be classes for children and adults with snacks provided. The Community Family Fun Day will take place Saturday, June 28th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy games, entertainment, food, prizes, waterslides and bouncey houses for the kids! Come join the fun and fellowship. For more information contact the church at 356-9371. Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2407 Rev. S.L. Badger Jr. Circle Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson is the Pastor.St. Paul AME Church Honors Graduates, Vacation Bible InstituteSt. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Road will sponsor their Annual Graduates Recognition/Scholarship on Sunday, June 22nd, following the 10:55 a.m. worship service. This event will be held on St. Paul's Campus in the James M. Proctor Center. Dinner will be served. The Brooks-Johnson Vacation Bible Institute will be held Sunday, June 29th through Wednesday, July 2nd. Friends and the public are invited to share in all activities. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor. For more information call the church at 764-2755 or visit


If you want to kill your sex life (if youre a man) or feeding your man salt. This topic and many other salt related diseases are reported in a new book, Salt: Black Americas Silent Killer by heart surgeon Dr. Surender Neravetla. Studies have indicated that one out of every three men over the age of 50 have erectile dysfunction (ED) and up to 40 percent of all men over age 40 will experience ED at some time in their lives. No wonder tens of millions of men are now spending up to $5 billion a year on ED drugs including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. And those are the men who have sought treatment. A 2013 study revealed that only a quarter of the men experiencing ED ever seek treatment. Most men will experience trouble getting or maintaining an erection at some point in their lives. Only 25 percent of those affected are considered to have ED. The immediate physical reason behind not being able to get or keep an erection is simple. Despite a man being sexually aroused or stimulated, not enough blood flows to his penis to trigger an erection. The causes for this lack of blood flow are more complex, ranging from psychological to medical. What can you do to address a condition that involves the brain, nerves, hormones, and blood vessels, as well as emotions? One solution that wont cost you a dime is to simply hold the salt and salty processed foods. Heres whats behind the salt-ED connection. We know that eating salt very often leads to hypertension. That alone can cause erection challenges, since high blood pressure can damage arteries thereby impeding blood flow to the penis. Once you have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, you will need to go on medications to control that condition. The most popular medication prescribed for hypertension is thiazide diurectic (hydrochlorothizide) due to its relative safety. The list of side effects is only two pages instead of the usual ten or more. One of those side effects, however, happens to be ED. Dozens of other drugs commonly used to treat high blood pressure as well as hypertension-related heart failure are rendering men impotent. Considering the fact that drugs that deal with high blood pressure and heart disease are selling at an even greater rate than ED drugs, one can only assume that even more men are going to wind up needing both types of medications unless they cut back on salt and lower their risk for hypertension. A mans biggest fear in life is losing his ability to perform sexually. Most women arent exactly enamored about the idea either. So why are we continuing to do the one thing that is contributing to erectile dysfunction? Americans sex life is in big trouble and a tiny condiment that most of us use every day is partially to blame. The solution is simple. If you want to keep it up, put down the salt. For more information about the dangers of eating salt check out Salt Kills and Salt: Black Americas Silent Killer by Surender R. Neravetla, MD, FACS with Shantanu R. Neravetla, MD.Also, visit June 19-25, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 The Free Press of Jacksonville would love to share your event with our readers!GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. Call 634-1993 FOR MORE IFO The Metro Courier Women who wear high heels or badly-fitting trainers could be putting themselves at risk if arthritis, experts are warning. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists said there could be an arthritis crisisŽ due to increasing levels of obesity and poor footwear. A poll of 2,000 people for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists found that a quarter of women wear high heels every day or frequentlyŽ. But experts warned high heels can alter the bodys posture and increase pressure on the foot, ankle and knee joints, increasing the risk of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by stress to the cartilage and can result from injury or from general wear and tear on the joint. The poll also found that 77% of both men and women do not wear shoes designed specifically for the sport they are doing. This can cause injury and stress on the joints, increasing the risk of the debilitating condition. Feet First. Professor Anthony Redmond, a podiatrist and arthritis researcher from the society, said arthritis could occur at any age, not just as we got older. He said there were some simple ways of helping to prevent it. Choosing the right footwear will help minimize the stress placed on the feet and joints during everyday activity and helps reduce the risk of injury and joint damage. For daily wear, the recommendation is to opt for a round-toed shoe with a heel height of no more than an inch and with a shockabsorbent sole to help minimize shock to the joints. Professor Redmond warned that if people wear trainers while doing exercise trainers they should be designed specifically for the sport they are doing. Those who wear trainers that are not designed for sporting activity are placing themselves at real risk. With forces through the joints exceeding eight times the body weight during some sports, the importance of matching the right footwear to the activity cannot be overstated.Ž The survey also found that while 65% have suffered stiffness or pain in their lower body and feet, only half have sought help for their symptoms. Experts say people should be on their guard because arthritis is on the rise, 60% of cases in feet. Professor Redmond said: If you do experience frequent pain in your feet or ankles, dont ignore it, as something can always be done. Some forms of arthritis start first in the feet and early treatment is vital to achieving the best longterm outcome.Ž If you think you can can spot a person with HIV, consider this: Did you even spot the error in the “rst six words of this headline?ANYBODY CAN HAVE HIV. USE PROTECTION.Right now, AIDS is the leading cause of death among African-Americans aged 25 to 44. If youre having unprotected sex, youre at risk. Be smart: Use protection, and get tested. For a testing site near you, text your zip code to 477493. How Salt Affects Erectile Dysfunction Arthritis Warning For Women Who Love Wearing High Heels Swimming pools are a much greater danger to black children and teens than they are to other kids, a new government study shows. Black children ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at a rate more than five times that of white children, the research found. That suggests a lot of blacks are not learning to swim, said the lead author, Dr. Julie Gilchrist of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swimming is a life-saving skill, not just another sport, she said. The racial differences were smaller for drownings in lakes or other bodies of water. Experts think that's because relatively few blacks go boating or participate in other water activities. Drowning is a major cause of death in children and young adults, and researchers have long observed a higher rate in African-Americans. The report released Thursday looked at racial differences in far greater detail, by age and by where youths drown. Among whites, drowning rates peak in toddlers but then decline dramatically around age 5 and stay down. Experts think that's a result of swimming lessons kicking in. Among blacks, the drowning rate for toddlers is lower, but it doesn't drop off the same way as children get older. An earlier study showed that nearly 60 percent of black children surveyed were unable to swim or felt uncomfortable in the deep end of a pool, compared to 31 percent of white kids. That stems from cultural differences, experts believe. Generally, more white families spend recreation time at pools or beaches, and more white parents make sure their kids can swim, Gilchrist said. About 21,000 children and young adults drowned from 1999 through 2010, according to the CDC study. Overall, the black drowning rate was about 40 percent higher than the rate for whites. The rate for Hispanics was roughly the same as for whites and the Asian rate was slightly lower. The rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives was the highest „ about double the white rate. Another CDC study released Thursday found each year between 3,000 and 5,000 people go to the emergency room with injuries from pool chemicals. Children under 18 now account for nearly half of those treated. That could suggest a growing carelessness in keeping pool chemicals away from kids, said Michele Hlavsa of the CDC, the study's lead author. Common problems include cough, headaches or shortness of breath from inhaling chemical dust or vapors and irritated skin or eyes from chemical splashes. Whose to Blame? In Pools, Blacks Drown at Far Higher Rates PRIDE Book Club Celebrates Art and Works of James Weldon JohnsonThe PRIDE Book Club recently participated in the celebration of James Weldon Johnson in the gallery of The Ritz Theatre and Museum amongst the artwork that pays tribute to him. The avid book readers also viewed the museum and robotic story of the Johnson brothers. The book discussed was The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man written by James Weldon Johnson in 1917. Members in attendance included Vonda Harmon, Vanessa Boyer, Lecreatia Seaborn, Shelly Casey, Linda Cooper, Carmen Jones, Priscilla Williamson, Delores Brooks,Debra Lewis, Gwen Lee Green, Vickie Scotland, Felice Franklin, Jennifer King and Diane Williams.


An Evening in Wine Country The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is excited to present an An Evening In Wine Country,Ž Friday, June 20th at 6 p.m., at the University of North Florida University Center, I UNF Dr. Enjoy a fun-filled evening featuring a fabulous selection of wines from around the state. Paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres and an array of tantalizing fruits, cheeses and desserts, music and more! For tickets and more details visit or contact Darby Stubberfield at 396-4435 or by email at Jazzland Celebrates 4th AnniversaryCome celebrate Jazzlands 4th Anniversary, Saturday, June 21st, 8 p.m. to midnight. Lot's of guest Jazz musicians and special tributes. Enjoy door prizes and give-a-ways. For more information call 240-1009 or visit Jazzland is located at 1324 University Boulevard North.JHA & HUD Housing FairThe Jacksonville Housing Authority will host its 12th annual homeownership, health and career fair at the Brentwood Community Center, 3465 Village Center Dr., Saturday, J une 21st at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come talk to vendors, employers, training programs and healthcare resources. For more information and details call Jacqueline Yeawolo at 366-6401.JCDC Health & Community FairThe Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation will be jazzing it up with a health and community fair at the District of Soul office complex, 3416 Moncrief, Saturday, June 21st, 9 … 2 p.m. For more information call Gerrie Hardin at 598-9196. There will be HIV testing, vendors, health screenings and more.DCSB District 4 Candidate ForumThe Florida New Majority, the NAACP Jacksonville Branch, Teen Leaders of America and Forgotten Majority is inviting the community to attend a Duval County School Board District 4 Candidate Forum, Tuesday, June 24th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 1301 N. Myrtle Avenue. Come participate in the forum and have an opportunity to meet and greet the candidates. To submit questions or for more information contact Angie Nixon at or call 610-7103.School Board Education PanelSchools out, but the work to rally our community around public education wont stop this summer. Attend a community meeting Thursday, June 26th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Friday Musicale, 645 Oak Street. The event features a panel discussion among three former Duval County School Board members. Come ask questions and discuss what the community can do to increase voting during school board elections. For more information call 356-7757 or visit The Rules of Racism Doc at the RitzCome view Hidden Colors 3 … The Rules of Racism,Ž Thursday, June 26th at 7:30 p.m. The documentary is about the cultural history of African Americans, identity and race in America by bestselling author, public speaker and radio host Tariq "Elite" Nasheed. For more information access or call 632-5555. The Ritz is located at 829 N Davis Street.Valor Vision Community Meeting The Valor Academy of Leadership Board of Directors and Leadership Team cordially invites the Jacksonville community to join them for dinner as they share and celebrate the Valor Vision, Thursday, June 26th, 6: 30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Special guest is District 10 City Councilman, Reginald L. Brown. For more information call Ywana Allen at 469-8195 or visit Womens etworking EventThe Jacksonville Urban Leagues Community Training and Employment Center will host their 1st Women Empowering Women Networking Event,Ž Friday, June 27th 5 to 8 p.m., at 903 W. Union St. The theme is: As One Woman Prospers, So Does Her Community.Ž The host for the evening 106.5 Radio personality Steven St. James. For more details contact Center Director Julia M. Henry-Wilson at 723-4007 x473 or email Remembering Freedom SummerŽ at the Ritz Theatre The Ritz Theatre and Museum presents Remembering Freedom Summer,Ž a conversation with Charles E. Cobb, Jr. and Rodney L. Hurst. On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, two long time activists and authors will share stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement, Wednesday, July 2nd, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join these dynamic historians and captivating storytellers reflect on this pivotal moment in history. Bring your own brown bag or purchase lunch onsite from food truck vendors! The Ritz Theatre and Museum is located at 829 N. Davis Street. For more information call 807-2012.Beautiful Bodies CompetitionCalling all artist, fashionistas and fitness pros to attend the Beautiful Bodies competition at the Jacksonville Landing. Dr. Beautiful Bodies is a three-week competition inviting individuals and groups to compete on the riverfront stage during Downtown Art Walk. Naturally Smart presents the competition on Wednesdays July 2nd and August 6th from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Compete for cash and prizes and enjoy musical and comedic entertainment. For more info email Rights Act of 1964 Celebrated at City HallCelebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Wednesday, July 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St. For more information call 630-3609 or email 4th of July FireworksThe official Fourth of July Celebration in Jacksonville will be held Friday, July 4th, 5 10 p.m. at the Shipyards on Bay St., Coastline Drive along the Northbank Riverwalk and at The Jacksonville Landing. Join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating Independence Day with live entertainment, interactive activities, food and beverages, and a spectacular fireworks display. For more information call 630-2489.Riverside Arts Market to host 4th of July Fireworks Viewing The Riverside Arts Market is excited to invite Jacksonville residents to a special Independence Day 4th of July Fireworks viewing party under the Fuller Warren Bridge from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 4th. Enjoy live music, local brews and your favorite food vendors. For more information call Heather Bailey at 389-2449 or email Book Club MeetingThe next People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) Bookclub meeting will be held Saturday, July 12th, at 4 p.m. at the home of Marsha Phelts, 5400 Ocean Blvd, American Beach Fernandina, Beach, Fl. 32034. The book for discussion is, The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd,Ž by John Oliver Killens. For more info call Felice Franklin at or call 261-0175.Raines Class of 74 40th Class Reunion The Raines Class of 1974 40th class reunion will take place July 25th to 27th. The 3-day reunion includes a Friday night meet and greet at 7 p.m., at the Potters House Kingdom Plaza banquet room, 5310 Lenox. The evening will be filled with fun, music, karaoke, and good food! On Saturday at 2 p.m. is the classmate barbecue at Carvill Park, 1302 Carvill Avenue. On Sunday July 27th is church service. For more info contact Renetter Randolph via email at or call 728-2054.Comedian Earthquake at Comedy ZoneComedian Earthquake will be in concert, July 25-26 at the Comedy Zone. Earthquake has participated in many different comedy tours, including Def Comedy Jam, Laffapalozza and more! For tickets and more information call 2924242 or via the web at The Comedy Zone is located 3130 Hartley Rd.Jax Childrens Chorus AuditionsThe Jacksonville Childrens Chorus is holding their final open audition for grades 1-12 for the 2014-15 Season on Thursday, June 26. For more information call 3531636 to request an audition time.TJMS Comedian DominiqueComedian Dominique is bringing laughter to the Comedy Zone, July 10th through July 12th Fans enjoy her raw, uncut comedy style. For tickets call the Comedy Zone at 292-HAHA or visit The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd.Cheryl Underwood Comedy ShowComedian Cheryl Underwood will host the License 2 LaughŽ comedy tour featuring Lavell Crawford with special guest comedians Lavar Walker and Tim Murray whose comedic antics will have you gasping for air from gut busting laughter! 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June 19-25, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 9 Flipping Through the Free Press Pages Trudy Lawton of One Church-One Child and Rev. Frederick ewbill Tony Hill, Raiford Brown, Former Jacksonville Mayor Ed Austin, Willie Dennis and Bernard Gregory. Aaron Mervyn viewing Augusta Savages  Gods Trombone Ž Rahman Johnson and Shadidi Amma at the Kuumba Festival Then Sheriff at Glover celebrating her 100th birthday with Mrs. Leota Davis. Dr. and Mrs. A.B. Coleman at an event for Alpha Phi Alpha Jax AACPPresident Isiah Rumlin at the annual MLK Breakfast. Ruth Solomoncelebrating her 85th birthday. Girl Scouts, Markayla Brooks, AllisonBush and Kayerra Robinson Clarence Richardson of Florida Community College of Jacksonville Charlotte Osgood at a CW event. Josephine Fiveashe accepts the AACP Lifetime Achievement recognition Former TVHost Lydia Stewart promoting reading advocacy. Popular Jacksonville 50s quartet The Four Speeds: James Hartley, Willie Wilson, Marvin "Roach" Robinson and Bennie Goodman Carlotra Guyton, JuCoby Pittman and Sylvia Perry at a reception in the home of Cynthia and Ron Austin in honor of new Mayor JohnDelaney. Sylvia Floyd presenting award to Otis Story Gertrude Peele accepting award from Lillie B. Johnson International Longshoreman Charles Spencer teaching members the benefts of the ILA. Bold City Links distribute info on minority organ donations: Kathy Wilson, Sandra HullRichardson, Janice elson, Brenda Miller and Deloris Mitchell


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