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By Freddie Allen (NNPA) Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress. A study of the relationship between the presence of African American teachers in schools and African American students access to equal education in schools found that fewer African Americans were placed in special-education classes, suspended, or expelled when they had more teachers of color, and that more African American students were placed in gifted and talented programs and graduated from high school, stated the report. Teachers of color also have, an affinity for infusing their classrooms with culturally relevant experiences and examples, setting high academic expectations, developing trusting student-teacher relationships, and serving as cultural and linguistic resourcesas well as advocates, mentors, and liaisons for students families and communities. A study titled, Teacher Diversity Revisited reported in May 2014 that learning from and networking with a multicultural teaching staff is also important for preparing White students for a workforce and society where they will no longer make up the majority. CAP researchers said that male teachers of color are more than twice as likely to ditch the classroom for another career than female teachers of color. Continued on page 3 City leaders and elected officials joined came together in City Council Chambers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The keynote speaker of the evening was U.S. District Court Judge Brian J. Davis who spoke poignantly about the countrys struggles with civil rights through its 238 year history. He reflected on the challenging past of the nation and its struggles to reach the Founders ideals of liberty and justice for all. Judge Davis reflected on brave individuals both nationally and locally Continued on page 3 Mayor Alvin Brown, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, State Representative Reggie Fullwood and Pat Garaghty, the Chairman and CEO of Florida Blue recently joined a star studded team of City Councilmen and civic and business leaders for a fierce match up against student athletes. However, despite a string of 3 point shots from Charles Griggs (Health Department) the teenage All Stars rallied to a 64-61 victory! The teams came together to help the I'm A Star Foundation raise funds and awareness for the 1,900 homeless students in Duval County Public Schools. Sheriff Rutherford, Councilmen Reggie Brown, Doyle Carter, Bill Gulliford and Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland fought hard to keep up with the energetic teens. For the second year Larry Roziers coached the victorious Allstar team. This year NBA Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore and Rev. Clifford Johnson came on to assist the students. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti was looking for friendly revenge against the students and almost pulled it out. Members of the Jacksonville Giants were on hand along with Leon Baxton, Communities In Schools, to assist in the event. Students were selected by the school system and represented schools throughout the district. This year's student team included male and female athletes. Volume 27 o. 36 July 10-16, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Dr. Jeremiah Wright: Christians Should Work Together, Uplift Black CommunityPage 6 Study Reveals that Locking Up Juveniles Likely Makes Them Adult CriminalsPage 4Locked Up, Left Behind: Juvenile Justice System Failing Southern YouthPage 10 What Does TV Teach Us About Black Families?Page 9 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Michelle Howard Becomes avy's First Female Four-star AdmiralThe U.S. Navy has promoted Vice Adm. Michelle Howard to admiral, making her the first female fourstar officer in the Navy's 236-year-history, the White House aoounced. Howard, who was the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship, will become vice chief of naval operations, according to her online Navy biography. "Her historic career is taking a next step today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Howard's promotion comes nearly six years after Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody became the U.S. military's first female four-star officer. Howard, a 1982 graduate of the Naval Academy, made history when she commanded the amphibious dock landing ship Rushmore in 1999, Earnest said.Former Louis Vuitton Employee Suing Brand Over Racial CommentsLouis Vuitton is in hot water for racist remarks reportedly made by a former manager at the brand's shop inside a London department store. Former Louis Vuitton employee Oliver Koffi is reportedly suing the luxury label for racial discrimination and harassment, Fashionista reported. According to Koffi, a store manager told an African employee that "black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor" in a "cold and serious" manner, which created a "hostile and intimidating" work environment. The manager later told Koffi that the statement was a joke. According to reports, this manager, who no longer works at the store, had a history of making racist comments. Koffi reportedly recorded the manager making some of these comments. "He went on a rant about black people and other races and religions. He jumped from subject to subject, making comments about other races and religions. He made comments about Barack Obama. All of his comments were derogatory and a clear illustration of his prejudices towards other races and religions," Koffi said.ewspaper headline calls Obama The ***er in the White House The N*gger in the White House thats the headline for a recent articled published in the WestView News, a newspaper servicing residents of New Yorks Lower West Side. The racially insensitive headline was in reference to President Obama and is printed above an opinion piece written by author and journalist James Lincoln Collier. In the article, Collier actually writes in support of Obama and calls out far-right voters who hate Obama because he is black. The simple truth is that there is still in America an irreducible measure of racism, Collier writes. Americas increasing tolerance of far-right opinion has made racism more acceptable, he adds. However, many readers thought the headline was a cheap and vulgar way to bring shock value to a story and criticized the author and editor for publishing such an offensive headline. In a statement released by the publications editor/publisher George Capsis, Collier wanted to use the word to shock us into accepting that there are people who believe and use this outrageous word, according to the New York Post.The 4th of July Weekend Produced 82 Shootings and 16 deaths in ChicagoThe grim news about gun violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend 82 shootings and 16 deaths has stunned the nation. But it has also caused another round of sober reflection among residents of the nations third largest city, who contend that more must be done to stem the violence. Rahm Emanuel, Chicagos mayor, promptly called for an end to gun violence, saying there was a need for better policing, improved education, stricter gun laws and for building a sense of community to address the citys gun violence. But many in the city, which has seen its share of violent weekends year after year, insist that the problem is complex and that it should be approached in a number of ways. They add that carnage-filled weekends further demoralized a public that has grown frightened and dismayed by living in a city with high rates of violence. Chicago has developed a national reputation for urban violence, the result of gang activities and drug-related attacks. The violence of the Fourth of July weekend represents the highest level of gun violence so far this year, the Chicago Tribune reported. Malcolm London, a 21-year-old poet and teaching artist with Young Chicago Authors, was less reluctant to assign blame to officials in power, specifically the citys mayor. Im 21 and I fear not only the people who live around us, but Im also afraid of the people who are supposed to be protecting us, London said. Ive come to the conclusion that more gun control doesnt eliminate gun violence. Im more interested in bringing jobs ... community centers, youth programs. Students Ball It Out for the Homeless The Im A star Teams following the game Mr. and Mrs Josephus owan As the sun rose on Monday, July 7, at 6:30 a.m., in front of family and friends, Josephus Nowan and Miriam Solomon married at Stockton Park and spoke vows of trust. Josephus and Miriam meet through a mutual friend and began chatting online and eventfully became friends and next came marriage. With a combined family of 4 children, Josephus and Miriam look forward to many years of wedding bliss. Josephus is an U.S. Army Sergeant, while Miriam is continuing her studies at the University of North Florida as she completes her Bachelor of Arts Degree. By sunset Josephus deployment took him to Korea for one year where he will await his brides arrival. Parents of the groom Paul and Linda Nowon beamed with pride as the brides parents, Denise Connor and Albert James, welcomed their new son. R. Silver photo Solomon-owan uptials Shown above at the awards ceremony (L-R)is Walette Stanford, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission chair, Mayor Alvin Brown, Mary Ann Pearson, Patricia Pearson and Rutledge Pearson, Jr. City Tributes 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Acts All Students Benefit from Minority Teachers Remembering Freedom SummerThe Ritz Theatre and Museum presented Remembering Freedom Summer, 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 shared stories from the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement. The historians and storytellers reflected on this pivotal time in our nations history followed by a Q&A from the audience. Shown above is Dr. Jim Crooks with Rodney Hurst.
Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 10-16, 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. by Charlene Cromwell A new research report on Americas still-growing student loan debt found that its financial effects can last a lifetime. According to Demos, a national, nonpartisan public policy organization, 39 million Americans have used student loans to fund college education. An education debt of $53,000 will lead to a $208,000 lifetime loss of wealth. If current student borrowing trends continue, student debt will reach $2 trillion by 2025. Additionally, a $1 trillion in outstanding student debt will lead to a total lifetime loss of $4 trillion for affected households. Though a college education remains the surest path to a middleclass life, evidence has begun to mount that student debt may be far more detrimental to financial futures than once thought, particularly for those with the highest levels of debt: students of color and students from low-income families, states the report titled, At What Cost: How Student Debt Reduces Lifetime Wealth. Lost lifetime wealth, according to the report, will reduce two-thirds of retirement savings by $134,000 with the remaining third being lost from lower accumulations in home equity. Demos attributes these wealth losses to loan repayments and the amount of time required for repay them in full have on savings and delays in buying a first home. Further, the report warns of the risks that spiraling student loan debt has on the nations economy. Student debts financial impact wont just be felt by the nearly 39 million Americans who currently have student loans. The drag of student loans on indebted households purchasing power and ability to save will slow an already-sluggish growth for the entire U.S. economy, the report stated. If we wish to avoid this fate, we need to take immediate action to both reduce the burden of existing student debt and prevent future debt from piling up even higher. Other key findings show: Nearly 80 percent of Black students in the class of 2008 graduated with student debt averaging $28,692, while student debt for White graduates occurred with 65.6 percent and at a reduced debt load of $24,692; Approximately 75 percent of students earning Bachelors degrees from families earning less than $60,000 incurred debt; by comparison, students earning the same degree from families earning more than $100,000 incurred debt at a rate of 45 percent; Students enrolled in private forprofit schools incurred the greatest average debt at $33,050; followed by private, non-profit schools with an average of $27,650 in debt; The lowest student debt was incurred at public universities with an average of $20,200. Debbie Goldstein, executive vicepresident with the Center for Responsible Lending said, This rising burden on American young people impairs their ability to build wealth through savings, homeownership or other investments in their financial future. The problem is particularly serious for students of color and also for those who attend for-profit colleges, which leave students with much larger debts and a higher risk of default. 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. BlackWomen in Good Shape for Loan Approval African-American women, who have long complained of the negative impact of predatory lending, appear to be coveted candidates when it comes to getting loans, according to a study by researchers at the University of Iowa. The study, called Status Effects in Lending Markets: The Importance of Gender and Race ," indicates that lenders perceive African-American women as favorably as they do white males. Lenders, the report says, are inclined to lend Black women sums equal to what they would lend white men. The reason: African-American females are generally perceived as single mothers who are industrious and hardworking, the report states. The study is based on past research suggesting that lending markets tend to work against certain groups. Evidence shows that disparities in funding outcomes are partially due to the actions of lenders, Harkness said. I wanted to know what borrower characteristics lenders were picking up on. The report's results are particularly striking because Black women have long complained of being at the bottom of the list of desirable prospects for lenders. Predatory lending and discrimination have been the focus of years of complaints from Black women and men on lending practices. Harkness said she decided to test her theory by assembling hundreds of undergraduate students and alumni from West Coast universities, some of whom were in the banking or financial industries. Harkness then gave the participants a hypothetical $1,000 and asked them to look at fictional loan applications and determine how much money to loan. The gender, race and education of applicants varied, but their financial profile was the same. The report indicated that education factored prominently into how lenders viewed borrowers and thus their decision to lend. However, It didnt wipe out the impact of gender and race, Harkness said. She added that some cultural stereotypes consistently influenced how much money the study participants were willing to lend. For example, African-American men were viewed as least competent and received the least amount of funding, followed by white women.Student Loan Debt Reduces Lifetime Wealth For the first time ever, it is likely that debt collectors and credit bureaus may be subject to federal supervision. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a rule on Thursday that would allow the organization to oversee the nations largest debt collectors and consumer reporting agencies, such as Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, who, until now, have largely evaded federal scrutiny. Our proposed rule would mean that those debt collectors and credit reporting agencies that qualify as larger participants are subject to the same supervision process that we apply to the banks, Richard Cordray, the new director of the bureau, said in a statement. The CFPB estimated that under the proposed rule, they would oversee about 175 firms that account for about 63 percent of the debt collected from consumers each year. The news comes in light of the fact that for years, collection agencies have been accused of targeting African-Americans In 2010, Allen Jones, a Black man from Texas, was awarded a $1.5 million settlement after a debt collector allegedly left him racially charged messages, including one in which the collector told Jones to "go pick some [expletive] cotton fields." Additionally, debt buyers have often failed to notify African-Americans that they are being sued. Joanna D., a single mother of Buffalo, New York, for example, was sued by debt buyers three times. In one lawsuit, though she is not married, the buyer claimed to have served Joannas husband. In another, the buyer claimed to have served her in person, describing her as white, though she is African-American. In another, the buyer claimed to serve her at a location she has never lived. In response, the buyers obtained automatic default judgments against her in all three lawsuits, according to the nonprofit New Yorkers for Responsible Lending. The new CFPB plan will seek to eliminate cases, like these, of wrongdoing. The power to oversee nonbanks was the main component of the CFPBs new design and they have already put some of their power to use as hearings on payday lending and plans to propose new rules for mortgage servicers have already been convened. The proposal to oversee debt collectors and reporting agencies now enters a 60-day comment period. The bureau expects to finalize the rule by July, the two-year anniversary of the agencys creation. According to the FTC, the following are practices that are off-limits for debt collectors: Harassment. Debt collectors may not harass, oppress, or abuse you or any third parties they contact. For example, they may not: use threats of violence or harm; publish a list of names of people who refuse to pay their debts (but they can give this information to the credit reporting companies); use obscene or profane language; or repeatedly use the phone to annoy someone. False statements. Debt collectors may not lie when they are trying to collect a debt. For example, they may not: falsely claim that they are attorneys or government representatives; falsely claim that you have committed a crime; falsely represent that they operate or work for a credit reporting company; misrepresent the amount you owe; indicate that papers they send you are legal forms if they arent; or indicate that papers they send to you arent legal forms if they are. Debt collectors also are prohibited from saying that: you will be arrested if you dont pay your debt; theyll seize, garnish, attach, or sell your property or wages unless they are permitted by law to take the action and intend to do so; or legal action will be taken against you, if doing so would be illegal or if they dont intend to take the action. Debt collectors may not: give false credit information about you to anyone, including a credit reporting company; send you anything that looks like an official document from a court or government agency if it isnt; or use a false company name. Unfair practices. Debt collectors may not engage in unfair practices when they try to collect a debt. For example, they may not: try to collect any interest, fee, or other charge on top of the amount you owe unless the contract that created your debt or your state law allows the charge; deposit a post-dated check early; take or threaten to take your property unless it can be done legally; or contact you by postcard.Have You Fallen Victim to Debt Collectors? Back to School Clothes Give-A-WayThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc., a non-profit local organization, will 'Give-A-Way Clothes for school children only on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The location is 916 N.Myrtle Avenue between Kings Road and Beaver Street from 11:00 a.m. til 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement, visit the website www.com/jacksonvilleloc.org, or call 904-240-9133,904-354-1775 Financial donations and other donations are accepted.Ask-A -LawyerThe next Ask-A-Lawyer event will be held Saturday, September 14th, 9 a.m. 12:00 p.m., at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) downtown campus, 401 West State Street, Rooms T140 and T141. 1215. Licensed, pro bono attorneys will talk to individuals, one-to-one, in 10-15 minute interviews to answer legal questions and provide guidance. For more details call 3568371, Ext. 363 or visit www.jaxlegalaid.org.. Drivers: $1,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account.Werner Enterprises: 1-888-567-3110 Employment Opportunity
Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 3 July 10-16, 2014 Beverly Davis On Monday, June 30th, SensiCare Services, Inc. celebrated its Opening Ceremony at Beaver Street Enterprise Center! This is a dream come true, remarked Founder and CEO, Beverly Davis to the eagerly awaiting audience of family, friends and colleagues who attended. Sensi-Care Services, Inc. is addressing a growing need in the aging population of Northeast Florida. There are too many people being placed in nursing facilities when they would be happier and healthier living in their own homes. We offer the services that can make it possible for them to age in place, said Davis. After retiring from her career as a U.S. Naval Officer, working predominantly in human services, Davis earned her Masters Degree in Health with a concentration in Aging Services Management at the University of North Florida. Were honored that Beverly Davis has chosen to grow her new business at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, said Executive Director Jackie Perry. Sensi-Care Services, Inc. is just the type of far-sighted company we want to see more of in this community. By providing much-needed service to our seniors, Beverly Davis and her staff will improve the quality of life for all of us. For further information on Sensi-Care Services, Inc., call 466-1922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Introduce Groundbreaking Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Continued from page 1 Black male teachers also told researchers that feelings of isolation or being the only Black male on the faculty increased their, desire to leave their current schools. When male minority teachers get certified in their main subject, they are only half as likely to leave the field as are other teachers. In an effort to address the lack of minority teachers and to retain the ones currently in our nations classrooms, CAP report suggested states should develop innovative approaches to teacher preparation in both university-based and alternative-certification programs. Researchers also proposed higher benchmarks for teacher-training programs. The CAP report also cited the Education Departments recruitment campaign aimed at preparing 80,000 Black teachers for classrooms across the country by 2015 to provide students not only with high-quality educational experiences, but also to present them with role models with a variety of cultural experiences, as well. There is a need for more teacher-preparation programs to embrace calls for higher quality and candidate expectationsindeed, to marry the call for quality and diversity, stated the report. Improved preparation will go a long way toward minimizing the number of new teachers that enter our schools ill-equipped and quickly exit through the revolving door. The report concluded that policymakers needed to shift their focus to retaining effective minority teachers, while supporting the efforts of minority professionals seeking to enter the field. States and school districts have the power to remove barriers to the retention and success of teachers of color. Those that do not address these barriersby, for example, supporting high-quality teaching and reforming school conditions will continue to face high turnover, destabilized faculties, and unsatisfactory student achievement levels, the report stated. Communities of color must advocate for effective teaching and encourage their children to prepare to enter a rigorous and demanding profession. The report calls for access to not only high-quality education opportunities, but also a high-quality and an equally diverse teaching force. The CAP report said that effective teachers play a pivotal role in producing high performance students, and conversely that less experienced teachers often contribute to achievement gaps between Whites and non-Whites. Minorities account for nearly half of the students in public schools in the United States, but less than 20 percent of teachers are non-White. According to a 2011 study by The National Center for Education Information (NCEI), more than 80 percent of teachers are White and less than 10 percent are Black. At 70 percent, White females account for the majority of all teachers. Only 2 percent of all teachers are Black men, underscoring the paucity of Black male role models in U.S. public schools. A 2014 report by the Childrens Defense Fund said that more than 80 percent of Black students cant read at grade level and in 2010 less than 70 percent were graduating from high school in four years. Black students also received 1 in 6 out-of-school suspensions, compared to their White peers who received 1 in 20 out-of-school suspensions. All Students Benefit from Minority Teachers Black Arkansas Woman amed Oldest AmericanFor her 116th birthday, a south Arkansas woman celebrated with a party, cake and a new title. According to the Gerontology Research Group, Gertrude Weaver is now officially the oldest confirmed living American and the second-oldest person in the world. "Most people want to know, 'Well, can she talk?' said Vicki Vaughan, a staff member at Weavers nursing home. "Her health is starting to decline a little bit this year I can tell a difference from last year, but she still is up and gets out of the room and comes to all of her meals, comes to activities. She'll laugh and smile and clap." The research group, which consults with the Guinness Book of World Records, determined Weavers age by analyzing U.S. Census records. A 1900 Census listed Weaver as 2 years old, putting her birthday in 1898, the research groups database administrator Robert Young told AP. Weaver revealed that trusting in the Lord, hard work and loving everybody are the top three factors for her longevity. "You have to follow God. Don't follow anyone else," she told the Camden News this week. "Be obedient and follow the laws and don't worry about anything. I've followed him for many, many years and I ain't tired." As for the world title, Japans 116-year-old Misao Okawa currently holds the number one spot. "Normally, 116 would be old enough to be the world's oldest person," Young said. "There's kind of heavy competition at the moment." ewly Opened Business Helps Seniors Stay at Home Continued from page 1 who stood up to injustice and fought for civil rights for African Americans, culminating in the landmark 1964 legislation. The program, sponsored by the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (JHRC), included musical performances by Psalmist Cheryl Harris and a video featuring a photo montage of iconic images from the civil rights era. Mayor Alvin Brown presented a proclamation recognizing July 2, 1964 as an important and pivotal date in United States history. The proclamation also acknowledged the founding of the JHRC in 1967 and its role in continuing the fight for civil and equal rights for all. JHRC Chair Walette Stanford accepted the proclamation from the mayor on the JHRCs behalf. The Civil Rights Act changed our nation and our city, said Mayor Brown. Even though we now live in an America thats more true to its promise of equal opportunity, our civil rights struggle is not over. As we remember all those who fought tirelessly against injustice 50 years ago, we must also commit ourselves to carry their spirit forward to make an even better America, an even better Jacksonville. Awards were presented to Jacksonville NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin and Rodney Hurst, former Youth Council president of the Jacksonville NAACP. Posthumous awards were received by the families of Rutledge Pearson, former state president of the NAACP, and William H. Maness, former Fourth Judicial Circuit Judge, who were honored for their contributions in the struggle for civil rights. City Tributes 1964 Civil Rights Acts Pictured left to right at the event are Adillah Sharif, Imam Umar Sharif, Brother Irving X, Minister Mark X, Professor Griff and Zaza Ali R.Silver photoLegendary Conscious Rapper Professor Griff of Public Enemy Addresses Jacksonville Audience On Sunday June 30th Masjid AlSalaam held a lecture series with Zaza Ali and Professor Griff of the popular 80s conscious rap group Public Enemy. Zaza Ali is a soon to be published author of a book titled Black Matters. A powerful speaker and analyst, she addressed issues such as genetically modified foods, environmental racism and chemtrials. Her concerns were very real. Our youth need to aspire to become scientist, finding solutions to correct environmental damage. We are living near toxicants, asbestos, and more, she said. A survey revealed over 96% of African Americans living in these polluted areas are affected by exposure to lead. Professor Griffs jaw dropping topics included, the Origin of the Christian Religion, Caesars Messiah, The Invention of Christ, the Flavians creation of the Christian Religion and more. According to Griff, Nagas are the Black Gods and we have gone from Naga to Niggers and Blacks. Educating ourselves can transform our egos into a higher being. To know thyself is to know God. Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center set off fireworks a day before the official 4th of July holiday with an open house to celebrate the residents and their facility remodeling and improvements. Executive Director Connie Bend introduced the staff members, while President of the Lakeside Family Council Claude Simmons remarked, We are proud to announce that we are featured in the U.S. News and World report as one of Americas Best Nursing homes. Over the past few months, the facility has undergone many renovations including landscaping, architectural enhancements, wood flooring, and interior decorating. The restaurant style dining area is now enhanced with lowered ceilings, fine art work, soothing music and a warm-burning fireplace creating the ambience of the New Lakeside Bistro. Shown above standing are staff members Vera Moorey, Debra Brown, Chantel Spicer and Claude Simmons. Sitting is residents John Thorpe and Lorraine Tooks, Residence Council VP. R.Silver photo Lakeside Nursing Named One of Nations Best Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY), will introduce the REDEEM Act, groundbreaking bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for formerly incarcerated individuals to reintegrate into society and provides greater rights to juvenile offenders. The amendment comes on the heels of an amendment offered several weeks ago by Senators Booker and Paul that would prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from arresting and prosecuting people in compliance with their state medical marijuana laws. Senator Paul also has a bill with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that would provide federal judges more discretion in sentencing. A bipartisan bill reforming mandatory minimums introduced by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) has already passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and is awaiting floor action. The fact that two young and rising stars of both parties, both rumored to be considering future White House runs, are so passionately embracing criminal justice reform shows how politically popular these issues have become, said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. Voters want reform and smart elected officials know that. This legislation is good policy and good politics. According to an analysis by NJ.Com, the REDEEM ACT would, among other things: Repeal the ban on federal welfare benefits for those convicted of drug violations. Provide states with incentives to raise the age of criminal responsibility when suspects are automatically tried as adults to 18. Under the bill, states that set it at 18 would get an advantage in applying for Community Oriented Policing Services grants. Automatically expunge criminal records for children under 15 who have been convicted of non-violent crimes, and seal the records of those 15 to 17, meaning offenders could lawfully claim they do not exist. Create the "first broad-based federal path" for adults to petition to seal criminal records, and allow employers who request FBI background checks of applicants to see only "relevant and accurate information." Ban solitary confinement of juvenile inmates except "in the most extreme circumstances." The U.S. has almost five percent of the worlds population, but nearly 25% of the worlds prisoners. It incarcerates more of its citizens in both per capita and absolute terms than China, North Korea, Russia or any other country in the world. The per capita incarceration of young black men exceeds that of South Africa under Apartheid. A significant portion, more than half in the federal system, are there for drug offenses. Once released formerly incarcerated individuals can legally be discriminated against in employment and housing, and in some cases can be prohibited from voting for life. The war on drugs is filling U.S. prisons with nonviolent offenders, said Piper. As our country moves towards legalizing and regulating marijuana and rolling back punitive sentencing it is important to expunge peoples records, remove the barriers they face, and reintegrate them back into society
By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist The purpose of the law is simplethose who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public. President Lyndon B. Johnson, July 2, 1964 July 2 marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnsons signing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination and segregation based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. First introduced by President John F. Kennedy shortly before his 1963 assassination, the Civil Rights Act also offered greater protections for the right to vote and paved the way for another historic achievement one year later the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Momentum for the legislation picked up following the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the National Urban Leagues Whitney M. Young, along with 250,000 activists and citizens, gathered to demand Jobs and Freedom for people of all races who were locked out, left out, and disenfranchised. President Kennedy, a Massachusetts liberal, introduced the bill in June of 1963, just five months before his assassination. It was up to his appointed successor, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, a former United States Senator from Texas with deep southern roots, to carry it over the finish line. Despite extreme opposition, especially from his former southern Congressional allies, President Johnson successfully navigated the bills passage. He signed it into law surrounded by Dr. King, Whitney Young and a multi-racial group of civil rights activists. It was only 50 years ago that it was legal in some states to deny Blacks the right to eat in the same restaurants as whites, to sit in the same movie theaters or even to apply for the same jobs. Thankfully, that is no longer true anywhere in America. We have also seen other gains, including a rising Black middle class and an increase in African American high school graduation rates. However, there is still a wide opportunity gap in America. According to a recent USA Today article, In almost every economic category, blacks have been gaining, but not by enough. Median family income (in inflationadjusted dollars) is up from $22,000 in 1963 to more than $40,000 today, still just twothirds of the median for all Americans. Black unemployment remains twice the level of white unemployment, similar to where it was in 1972. The black poverty rate has dropped from more than 40% in the 1960s to about 27% today; child poverty similarly has dipped from 67% to about 40%. Those numbers still are glaring, however. And the gap in overall wealth is more than 5-to-1 between whites and blacks Perhaps the most visible demonstration of the progress we have made over the past 50 years is the 2008 election and the 2012 reelection of Barack Obama as Americas first Black president. But even that achievement has been met with a backlash, as right wing voter suppression efforts have risen since President Obama first took office and the United States Supreme Court essentially gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 last year. Obviously, 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, our work is not yet done. As we noted last week in our statement in support of the Voting Rights Amendment Act now before Congress, The National Urban League believes there is no better and fitting tribute to the men and women who 50 years ago fought for and died to secure a Civil Rights Act and a Voting Rights Act than to pass the VRAA this year before the November mid-term elections. We cannot focus only on a celebration of progress. We must also ensure there is a continuation of the very equality and opportunity that are at the core of this countrys democratic values. Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League. The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place, said Marian Wright Edelman. And that is the essential challenge we face as we deal with juvenile offenders how do we punish and reform without pushing youth towards a path of chronic crime as adults. It is an issue that many have devoted their lives to studying, and most experts agree that locking juveniles up versus diverting them to reform programs is bad for the youth offender, and the overall community. A study released last week called Safely Home," argues that the deeper kids go into the juvenile justice system and the higher the level of security in which they're detained the less likely it is that they will ever be rehabilitated. According to the Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center study, "Institutions provide virtually none of the supports the community can youth need to learn how to function and make good decisions within the community, and having the support of caring, competent adults and access to safe and positive people, places and activities is what leads to good long-term outcomes. Kids can't access these supports in isolation." Heres a reality of life all kids make mistakes, but in the past we have treated too many of our young men and women like they were incapable of being reformed. If we are going to help our children, we have to have fewer students arrested at school for nonviolent offenses. We also have to actually use the civil citation alternative and other community-based options to incarceration. Advocates for Smart Juvenile Justice reform want to focus more on prevention and rehabilitation; and also on intervening at the first sign of trouble, providing services to deal with the underlying issues that lead to young people offending. And sending troubled kids to adult prisons is not the answer. We have to figure out a way to stop our children from being transferred into the adult system. Florida is a unique state in so many ways some good and some bad. While the trend nationally has been to promote alternative methods of punishment, Florida leads the nation and Duval County leads the state in sending youth to the adult court system. We have to promote community programs that provide family therapy, individualized mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and anger management classes for young offenders. Experts say these options are criticalbecause they keep youth offenders where they're most likely to find support. James Baldwin said it best, Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. In other words, by placing so many youth in the adult system, we are essentially creating Frankensteins monster. The Safely Home report argues that removing kids from their communities may lessen "any perceived immediate risk to the public," but that incarceration doesn't change the course of their lives. "Risk factors that make youth vulnerable to incarceration cannot be eliminated through incarceration," the report says. "In fact, many of the environmental and social factors that contribute to youth incarceration get worse, not better, with incarceration." And diversion programs save cities and states money.Generally, youth reform programs can deliver the same services for a fraction of the cost, serving three to four times as many young offenders. The report cites the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center, which found that of 3,523 high-risk youth living at home and supported by an intensive community-based program nationwide, 86 percent remained arrest-free while in the program. I realize that the flip side of this coin is that some repeat and/or violent offenders have received multiple chances and should be treated as adults. Well, there certainly are those people, but they dont make up the majority of the population of kids that I am talking about. We know the issue now we need the political and community will to refocus our efforts on reforming our youth who make mistakes versus the system automatically dropping the hammer on every kid it can. In the words of Judge William Hibbler, Children dont stop being children when they commit a crime. Signing off from the Duval County Juvenile Detention Center, Reggie Fullwood Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $38.00 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. The Jacksonville Free Press has its view, but others may differ. Therefore, the Free Press ownership reserves the right to publish views and opinions by syndicated and local columnist, professional writers and other writers which are solely their own. Those views do not necessarily reflect the policies and positions of the staff and management of the Jacksonville Free Press. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-3803 Sylvia PerryPUBLISHER Rita PerryPublisher Emeritus CONTRIBUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood, E.O.Huthchinson, WilliamReed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta Latimer, Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver, Vickie Brown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson. by George Curry City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood July 10-16, 2014 ew Study Shows that Locking Up Juveniles Likely Makes Them Adult Criminals Democrats Aint LoyalBy George E. Curry Rev. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore was widely criticized recently for quoting a line from a popular Chris Browns song: Hoes Aint Loyal. Bryant could have avoided controversy and been on point if he had instead said, Democrats aint loyal. They aint, to borrow the vernacular. Although people of color comprised 45 percent of Democratic voters in 2012, less than 2 percent of the $1.1 billion collected over a 4-year period by the three primary Democratic fundraising committees went to people of color defined as U.S. residents who are African American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Native American according to the 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report by PowerPAC+, a national advocacy organization that helps elect progressives to office by building on the political power of the multiracial majority in America. Actually, the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) figures are even smaller than reported because the study counted any firm that had a person of color as a principal owner, not the more commonly accepted definition requiring that they be the majority owner. The research was compiled from Federal Election Commission reports filed by the three largest Democratic fundraising committees: the National Democratic Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Even amidst the massive infusion of outside money, the Democratic Party remains the largest source of funds for Democrats seeking office (other than the Presidency ). Each cycle, the Party takes in hundreds of millions of dollars and uses these funds to provide the national electoral infrastructure and support those of the states, the report stated. It explained, While most of the media attention falls on the mega-donors who make significant financial contributions to the Democratic Party, in the aggregate, small donors actually contribute more to the Partys finances than do the mega-donors. Indeed, donors who made contributions of less than $200 provided a full third of the Partys financial resources over the past two cycles, having donated over $371,345,529. According to the report, Well over half a billion dollars was spent on these consultants over the past two election cycles, an amount that represents approximately half of the funds raised and disbursed by the Party. But few of those dollars found their way to people of color. Overall, of 285 firms receiving disbursements from the Democratic Party in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles, only 14 or 4.9 percent were MBE firms. Five of the MBEs were polling firms, three provided communications services and six provided political strategy services or IT. Among the 14 firms, four of them received 87 percent of all dollars disbursed to MBEs. They were, in order, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc., $2,206,772.50 (25 percent of all MBE Research, dollars); SKD Knickerbocker, $2,138,671 (24 percent); Brilliant Corners Research, Inc., $1,908,369.26 (22 percent) and Thoughtworks ($1,328,464.92). Peter D. Hart, whose firm received the most MBE dollars, is a White male. Yet, highly-respected Black pollster Ronald L. Lester received only $45,670.00 from the Democratic Party, according to the report. Brilliant Corners, headed by Cornel Belcher, an African American, was third among MBEs with $1.9 million. Dewey Square Group, with Minyon Moore, African American, and Maria Cardona, a Latina, on its team received only $81,054.73, or 0.9 percent of MBE dollars. Among the studys recommendations: Conduct a disparity study to diagnose the problem; Set goals for diversifying contract awards; Make a plan to increase access and capacity and Measure progress and hold decision-makers accountable. In 2014, the Democratic Party has no credible excuse for such poor performance. Even with an exaggerated definition of what constitutes a Minority Business Enterprise, Democrats fall short. Todays voter looks quite different from the model voter of even 50 years ago who was much more likely to be male, have a job with a union that afforded him time off to vote during the work day, and have access to an array of news sources that offered some semblance of balanced reporting on the candidates and their positions, among other things, the report stated. Today, women, especially those not married, form a core part of the Democratic Partys base, as do Voters of Color. To put it bluntly, these voters are already the largest constituencies within our Party, and their influence will only increase over the coming decades. Diversifying spending with Black vendors, Black media and African Americans who offer professional services does not detract from the Partys overall goal. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to win, the report observed. And winning among todays multiracial and ever evolving electorate requires cultural competence at its finest. This report should be followed up with others, including an examination of spending by Republicans. As the report noted, It is deeply disappointing that we are even having this conversation in 2014 If People of Color are smart and talented enough that one of them can serve as leader of the free world, then they are certainly smart and talented enough to run political campaigns for Congress, Senate, and the White House. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-inchief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Unfinished Business: 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964Although people of color comprised 45 percent of Democratic voters in 2012, less than 2 percent of the $1.1 billion collected over a 4-year period by the three primary Democratic fundraising committees went to people of color defined as U.S. residents who are African American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or ative American
July10-17, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 8 14, 2014ST. AUG'S NEW HOOPS COACH; COACH, AD OUT AT GRAMBLING; NBA SUMMERLONG JUMPER: BethuneCookman's Kenneth Fisher LEAPING INTO HISTORY BCSP NotesMorgan State's Ian Chiles on Washington Wizards Summer League team NORFOLK, Va. Former Morgan State big man Ian Chiles will play for the Washington Wizards in the Las Vegas Summer League. At 7-2, 260 pounds, Chiles blossomed in his senior season under head coach Todd Bozeman and had the best year of his career at Morgan State last season. Chiles, a native of Cliffside team all-MEAC performer last season and helped his team earn a berth in the tournament championship game. Chiles was one of two playtop ten in scoring (15.6 ppg.), percentage (.549) and blocked shots (3.0 bpg.). His 92 blocks ranked 16th nationally in Div. I. rebounds. Morehouse's Darrius Williams added to Orlando Magic squad in Summer League ORLANDO Former All-SIAC guard and Morehous e standout Darrius Williams was added to the roster of the NBA's Orlando Magic Pro Summer League team. The organization announced last week its 20-man roster featuring 11 guards. Williams, a two-time AllSIAC guard, was the Maroon Tigers' leading scorer and top rebounder the last two seasons. Last season, Williams led the SIAC in scoring (21.8) and minutes played (36.6) and the team in rebounding (7.0) and assists (3.0). For the 2012-13 season, Williams led the league in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg). He helped guide Morehouse to a 20-4 season, which included tying a school record 14-game win streak. He also played strong safety on the MHC and was a two-time All-SIAC selection in football. Other black college players on NBA Summer League rosters are former Norfolk State standout Pendarvis Williams on the Las Vegas Summer League squad of the Houston Rockets and Tennessee State product and NBA Development League standout Robert Covington on Houston's Orlando Summer League roster.Alabama State men's hoops team to play in Summer tournament in the Bahamas The Alabama State University men's basketball team will be one of 14 NCAA programs to play in the "Summer of Thunder 2014" Tournament held in Nassau. There are 13 international teams from the Dominican Republic, France and Puerto Rico during the foreign tour which is being hosted by the Bahamas Basketball Federation and Complete Sports Management, August 2-25. "We're very excited and it is a great opportunity to go out and get some play in for the summer," Alabama State Head Coach Lewis Jackson said. "We want to go out and have some fun and let the kids enjoy themselves, have a good time, play some basketball and it also gives us some time to get some practice in." "We are looking forward to the trip and want to make it fun, but at the same time we are looking to gel and try to come together as a team." ished tied for second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 12-6 conference record. The Hornets, who lost in the SWAC Tournament Texas Southern also played in the postseason College Insiders Tournament (CIT) losing to Sam Houston State in Jamel Waters (14.1 ppg.) and DeMarcus Robinson (10.1 ppg.). The foreign tour will run over the course of 23 days with the Hornets ST. AUG'S ELEVATES JOHNSON: RALEIGH, N.C. The Saint Augustine's University named MarQus Johnson as its head men's basketball last week. Johnson was elevated to head coach after two seasons as assistant men's basketball coach at Saint Aug's from 2012 to 2014. Prior to returning to SAU, Johnson was head coach of the Cary Invasion, a semi-professional basketball team based in Cary, N.C. Under his guidance, the Invasion was 22-5 in two seasons and won the Continental Basketball League (CBL) regular season and tournament championship. The Invasion was also runner-up in the Tobacco Road Basketball League (TRBL). He was previously an assistant coach at Saint Aug's from 2008 to 2010 before heading to the Cary Invasion. "He has been a faithful assistant under Coach [ Lonnie ] Blow twice and Coach [ Tony ] Sheals once," said SAU Athletic Director and legendary Track & Field Head Coach George Williams "I think it's time to give him his due and see where he can take the program. I have the Johnson is well-known in the Triangle area. A Knightdale, N.C., native, he was an assistant coach at North Carolina Central and Shaw in addition to Saint Augustine's. Johnson has a stellar reputation for developing positive relationships with the student-athletes. "I am honored and humbled while also being appreciative of the opportunity that Saint Augustine's University [Interim] President Dr. [Everett B. ] Ward and Coach Williams have given me," said Johnson. "I will work diligently and with great passion to take this program to new heights. Our goal will be to recruit young men who not only value the opportunity to play collegiate basketball but also have a sense of urgency in every aspect of winning. When I say winning, I mean on the court, in the community and, most importantly, in the classroom." Johnson was an assistant coach on the SAU men's basketball team which captured its second CIAA championship in school history during the 2009-2010 season. That squad advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament and earned a national top 25 ranking.JAMES, PRICE OUT AT GRAMBLING: Grambling State University interim president Cynthia Warrick has hit the ground running. The Monroe, Louisiana News Star has reported that athletics director Aaron James and men's basketball coach Joseph Price have been relieved of their duties. "I didn't foresee it coming, but I do understand when you change president I've been in the system long enough a lot of times the presidents have the people they want to bring into different positions, and I do understand that," James told The News-Star Tuesday. James said he received a letter from the presidents James previously served as a kinesiology professor. Grambling declined comment on the matter and released a statement Tuesday evening that didnt mention "I have started the process of making several strategic changes in my administrative team, which is a customary practice in transitions such as this," Warrick said in a statethese decisions even more important, and I am committed to assembling the best talent possible in order to move the University forward." James, a former Grambling basketball star who played for the Tigers from 1970 to 1974 then went on to the NBA Meanwhile, Price is out after just two seasons at Grambling. Price was 5-52, including an 0-28 season in 2013, but he was brought into a tumultuous situation with Grambling facing stiff APR penalties. The Tigers were ineligible for the postseason last season, but Price helped increase APR enough to lift the ban for 2014-15. Sources indicate that current head women's basketball coach Patricia Cage Bibbs will be named interim AD.UNDER THE BANNER scheduled to play their exhibition games during the second week of action. ASU will leave for the Bahamas Aug. 12 and return Aug. 17. They are scheduled to open play against the Providence Storm on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. On Thursday Aug. 14, ASU will play the Pyramid Food Rockets at 8 Legends All-Stars on Friday Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. All games will be played at the 2,500-seat Sir Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau. "We are going to get the chance to play some older guys who have played the game and understand the game and play at a high level," Jackson said. "It is a great opportunity for us because we were so young last year and these guys will have a chance to go out and see how much they have improved over the summer before we get into seasonal play." NCAA rules allow foreign tours by intercollegiate teams once every four academic years. The other participating NCAA teams are North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Mississippi, Morehead State, Northern Arizona, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Portland State, Whitman College, Louisiana Tech and Stanford. tunity to go over and play (Bahamas)," Jackson said. "Again, we want to see how much our guys have improved, but we want them to have a good time. Some of these guys would not have this opportunity if it were not for basketball to go and make this trip. So we are excited about what it can bring to us." "We are planning on taking in some sights. I think we play late games so we want the guys to get out and have a real good experience. We are going to try and blend in some tour time as well as getting in some time to play basketball. It is going to be a fun trip for everyone." The Bahamas trip is part of the Global Sports Invitational the Hornets have been involved in the past several years. Along with the trip to the Bahamas, this year's participation in the Global Sports Invite has ASU traveling to Utah to play in a multi-team tournament hosted by the Utes. The other teams in the tournament along with ASU and host Utah are Texas-Pan American and North Dakota. The tournament will be played Nov. 26-29.SWAC announces hiring of Donyale Canada Donyale Canada has been named the Associate Commissioner for Championships/Senior Womens Administrator for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner Duer Sharp announced this week. Canada, previously served as the Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball Operations for the Mid American Conference. Canada was the staff liaison to the Senior Administrator governance body of the MAC Joint Committee and was primarily responsible for all women's basketball operations and the sport management of men's soccer and track and A native of Texas, Canada also served as Director of Sports Services for Conference USA, and was responsible for the administration and championship oversight for several of C-USA sports. Canada also spent three years at the Ohio Valley Conference as the Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Senior Woman Administrator. She oversaw the event management of 18 OVC championships and assisted with the administration and marketing of the OVC Baseball and Basketball Tournaments. She also worked six years (2006-12) at the NCAA. Canada earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, with a specialization in sport management, from Texas A&M University in 1997. While in College Station, she was a member of the Aggie women's basketball and NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" and she was an NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Track Price EUGENE, Ore. Bethune-Cookman jumper Kenneth Fisher made a huge leap on Saturday (July 5) at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, both in his career and for the Wildcat program. The freshman surpassed the school record in the long jump at the USA Track & Field (USever berth to represent team USA. The East Point, Ga. rookie earned second place in the long jump event, hitting a careerbest distance of 7.84m (25-08.75 ft.) on his third attempt to register a new program record in the event. That key jump also afforded Fisher the track athlete to represent Team USA in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships. "This is monumental for our vastly growing program," B-CU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Donald Cooper said of Fisher's accomplishment. Bethune-Cookman won this year's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship for the "Whenever we can help cast a positive spotlight on our university, we love it. Kenneth MEAC champ sets school record, earns berth on World Juniors team ChilesFisher has been committed from day one to doing just that. Coach Tyree Price continues to do an outstanding job as our jumps coach." "Hats off to both gentlemen for representing B-CU in such a fashion," Cooper added. "We look forward to Fisher continuing the success of this season at World Juniors. Fisher's previous career high was 7.78m at the MEAC Championships, allowing him to earn the conference individual title in the event. However, Fisher surpassed that mark twice on Saturday, hitting 7.79m (25-06.75 ft.) in his fourth jump of the day as well. An honorable mention All-American, Fisher is just the third Wildcats athlete to represent team at the World Juniors. Last summer, thenfreshman Tristie Johnson was selected to compete in the 200 meters and as the anchor on the USA 4 x 100m relay at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. In 2008, then-freshman Ronnie Ash competed for Team USA in the 110 meter hurdles at the NACAC Under 23 Championships in Toluca, Mexico. For the IAAF World Junior Championships, Fisher will be on familiar ground, competing at Hayward Field for the third time this year. This event is an international event for junior-aged athletes (19 years old or younger on December 31st of the year of the competition), organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations. It has been held biennially since 1986. This year's event will run from July 22-27.Places second in long jump at Junior Nationals Kenneth Fisher Johnson Williams BAHAMAS BOUND: Canada
Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 10-16, 2014 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M. Church Community Health FairNew Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, Rev. ShaReff 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 bounce house for the kids, vendor products and presentations by leading health experts. For more information call 210-5393.Camp Restoration Youth Summer CampCamp Restoration for Youth Summer Camp (ages 5-15) is June 16th through August 25th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.at the New Life Fellowship A.M.E. Church, 1451 Mount Herman St. The camp will serve hot breakfast and lunch. Activities include academic enhancement, arts and crafts, youth development, crime awareness and bullying, field trips, games, charter building (self-respect), sports, exercise activities and more! Hurting Families with Children in Crimes, Inc. 6th Annual Camp. For detailed information contact site Director Linda Dayson at 755-9863. Walk in my Shoes Communitywide Shoe DriveWalk in my Shoes is a Communitywide Shoe Drive to collect 3,000 Bags of gently worn shoes for needy families. You or your organization can help by collecting at least one plastic bag containing 25 pairs of gently worn shoes per bag. All sizes, styles and color shoes for men, women, boys, girls will benefit the Adolescents Choosing Excellence Youth Programs. The Shoe Drive is July 1st to September 1st. For more information and bag pick-up call the Women of Color Cultural Foundation at 683-1757 or email email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. orthside Community Involvement Jamboree on Avenue B Carnival The Northside Community Involvement Inc. is making it happen at their 1st Jamboree on Avenue B Fundraising Carnival, Saturday, July 26th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NCI Community Resource Center, 4990 Avenue B. The event will include carnival games, free carwash, garage sale, food, water slides, raffles, health screenings, mini-golf course, dunk tank, bingo, prizes, and some good old school music and more! This fantastic event has something for the whole family to enjoy. Take a pause for a worthy cause and have some fun!!! For more information contact Rhynett Chatman at 314-3521.Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Hold Family, Friends and Community Day Abyssinia Missionary Baptist Church Family, Friends and Community Day Event will take place Saturday July 19th at 10 a.m. with Sr. Pastor W. Diamond. The free event will be held at 10325 Interstate Center Dr and is open to the public. This year, Abyssinians efforts will provide visitors from the Duval and surrounding counties an opportunity to enjoy an amazing day of free food, fun and fellowship in the sun with an array of outdoor activities for the entire family. Attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, give-a-ways, compete for cash prizes and tour Abyssinias New Generation of Excellence state of the art Youth Center. For additional information call the church at 696-1770 or email email@example.com or visit online at www.abyssinia.org. 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 SCOGIC 2014 Homecoming Community CelebrationCome fellowship and enjoy a special celebration for Southside Church of God in Christ 2014 Pastor's Anniversary honoring Bishop Edward Robinson Sr. and Lady Cynthia Robinson commemorating 35 Years as Pastor & First Lady of Southside Church of God in Christ. Festivities will include Medicine for The Soul. .Fun & Laughter Comedy Night, Saturday, July 12th at 6 p.m. Wear your 70s and 90s clothes and win a door prize best dressed. The anniversary event takes place July 24th through July 27th. The celebration event times are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. The Southside Church of God in Christ is located at 2179 Emerson Street. For more information call 398-1625 or visit www.southsidecogic.com.Faust Temple Church of God in Christ Women In Ministry EventFaust Temple Church of God in Christ will celebrate Women in Ministry Sunday, July 20th at 11 a.m. with Co-Pastor and National Evangelist Jacquelyn Jones as guest speaker, from the Old Ship of Zion church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Evangelist Jones has traveled extensively in the states and foreign lands including Africa and the Holy Land, preaching the Living Word of God. Evangelist Jones is a preacher, can preach and will preach and carries the living word of god everyone she goes. Faust Temple Church is located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. Elder Clarence L. Jones, Sr. serves as the pastor. For more information call 353-1418. Religious leader Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr., the retired pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former mentor to President Barack Obama, urged Christians to unite and work together as the Body of Christ, during his speech at the 108th Annual Session of the National Baptist Congress A School of Methods for Christian Training. He also stressed the importance of people combining their efforts to correct the problems affecting the Black community. His comments reflected the conferences theme, Equipping Others for the Work of Salvation, which focused on Ephesians 4:11-13. The conference, held June 8 through June 13 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, provided churches, pastors and individuals with resources to enhance their spiritual development and theological training. Wright explained that in the scripture, the Apostle Paul uses an analogy between the Body of Christ and the human body to indicate that Christians must function as a community. Just as the body has many parts that work in congruence to operate the entire organism, so must Christians act jointly to accomplish the goals of the church. He noted that unity did not mean uniformity, expressing that Christians had different spiritual gifts. He also clarified that diversity did not mean divisiveness, commenting that Christians, although varied, were called to work in tandem. He further preached that different did not mean deficient, stating that one Christians spiritual gifts were not better than anothers. Wright later combined the importance of working as a community to the uplifting of African Americans. The fact that we have a Black president isnt enough, Wright said. We should be focused on the whole notion of deficit. He mentioned that African Americans should collectively operate to end the mass incarceration of Black males, the privatization of prisons and public schools, the decimation of the public school system, and gang violence. To emphasize his point, he compared African Americans to a miners canary. He detailed that long ago, canaries were used in coal mining to detect when toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane were in a mine. The gases would kill the bird before affecting the miners. Signs of distress from the bird told minors that conditions were unsafe and that they should leave. Every time canaries kill-over from unemployment, every time canaries kill-over from a lack of social services, crowding in tenements, gang violence, [and] every time canaries kill-over from educational problems, somebody does a study on the canaries. Theres nothing wrong with the canaries. Fix the environment. Theres a toxic environment, Wright said. On another note, he clarified that he had no hatred toward Whites, even though many of his sermons and speeches conveyed a consistent theme of Black liberation. Black liberation theology is not racist. It talks about seeing things from an African-center, not from a Eurocentric point-of-view, Wright said. He stated that, too often, people are taught things from a European perspective, but are taught very little about other perspectives. He added that those who deemed him a racist only made those assumptions based on the negative portrayals theyve seen of him in the media. Conference activities included worship services, general assemblies, adult and youth theology classes, dance, mime, and drill team presentations, workshops, youth oratorical contests, a gospel choir concert, the play Mamas Girls by the award-winning playwright Garret Davis, the First Ladys Fashion Show, and the Praise and Laughs Christian Comedy show. Conference attendees also explored various attractions around the city, some of which include the African American Museum, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Arboretum, Six Flags over Texas and the AT&T Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys. Next years conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 21 to June 26. Dr. Jeremiah Wright: Christians Should Work Together, Uplift Black Community St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church Youth Revival Stop! Look! Listen! St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to their annual Youth Explosion, Saturday, July 12th, 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 13th, 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services. The Revival will conclude with a three day youth revival Monday through Wednesday, July 14-16 at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Family Life Center, 5863 Moncrief Rd. Come and support our youth! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Family & Friends DayGreater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church, 5730 Sawyer St. will celebrate their annual Family & Friends Day, Sunday, July 20th at 9:45 a.m. Reverend J.C. Green and his congregation is inviting everyone to come fellowship in the services and the annual Sunday school anniversary. For more information call the church at 764-5333.Summerville Missionary Baptist Flea Market & Mens Day FestivitiesOn Saturday, July 12th, at 11 a.m. the Men of Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, James W. Henry, Pastor will have a fundraiser selling fish, chicken and bar-b-q dinners. The open-air flea market will take place Saturday, July 19th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both events will take place at the church located at 2842 Mars St. For more information call the church office at 598-0510. Bishop Edward Robinson Sr. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.
July 10-16, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 Need to increase your sex drive? Want a healthy and natural way to do it? Try introducing any of these 10 foods into your regular diet. Your bedroom might be useless for sleeping afterwards! Blackberries Bedroom boredom no more! Blackberries and their seeds will help get your mind in the mood for a fun and magical night. This fruit is enriched with a phytochemical that increases sexual endurance. According to FitnessMagazine.com, the consumption of 10 blackberries a few hours before the big night should help you put on your best performance. Broccoli Keri Glassman, registered dietitian and author of The New You Diet says, Vitamin C aids in blood circulation to organs and has been associated with an improved female libido. Broccoli has a high vitamin c content offering. Eat it raw or cook it lightly. The more you cook it the less nutritional value it offers. Steamed or sauted is best. Cloves According to BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal, clove extracts produce an increase sexual desire. This superfood of sex is great because it can be cooked in many different ways. You can brew it in your favorite tea or even infuse it into your favorite dish. For added benefit, cloves are good for ridding of bad breath, making your kiss-ability even at an all time high. Figs He wont be able to get his hands off of you after a feasting on a few of these. Figs are an excellent stimulant for increased pheromone secretion. For an added benefit they make you more fertile too! Watermelon According to a study from the University of Guelph in Canada, a slice of watermelon is a sweet libido-booster. This may seem to be impossible since about 92% of this fruit is simply just water, but the other 8% is full of nutrients that help with sexual health. Researchers from Texas A&M describe watermelon as having viagra-like effects to the human bodys blood vessels and increases libido. What is a flu emergency? Normally, people recover from the flu after within a week or two. But sometimes, the flu can lead to dangerous complications that require emergency care. The CDC estimates that 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized because of the flu every year. 36, 000 thousand die from the flu annually. While infants, the elderly, and people with certain diseases or a weakened immune system tend to be the most vulnerable, a flu emergency can happen to anyone. Here are some flu emergency facts that you need to be aware of. What Are Flu Emergencies? Serious flu-related complications include: Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia is one of the most serious complications of the flu. Untreated, it can be life threatening. Muscle inflammation (myositis) Central nervous system disease Heart problems such as heart attacks, inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis), and inflammation of the sac around the heart (pericarditis) Worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes Reyes syndrome, which is a serious illness that occurs most often in children. What Are Flu Emergency Symptoms? If you, or your child, develop any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately, since medical treatment is often necessary. Coughing up bloodor greentinged mucus; croup, which causes a loud barking cough Wheezing Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or rapid breathing Pain or pressure in the chest Confusion Bluish colored lips or nails High fever that last longer than normal A constant cough that lasts longer than expected and/or worsens over time Who Is At Risk For Flu Emergencies? Those at increased risk of flurelated complications include: Newborns and children up to 5 years old (especially children under the age of 2) People over 65 Pregnant women People who live in long-term care facilities Caregivers of children or the ill People with chronic diseases such as asthma, neuromuscular or lung disease or heart problems. People who have depressed immune systems, either from disease or its treatment How To Handle A Flu Emergency If you or a family member suffer from any flu emergency symptoms, it is extremely important to either call a doctor immediately, or to go to the emergency room. 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 How to Handle a Flu Emergency African-Americans Twice as Likely to Have Alzheimers or other Dementia Know the Warning Signs According to the Alzheimers Association 2013 Facts and Figures report, AfricanAmericans are about twice as likely to have Alzheimer's disease, or another dementia than whites, but less likely to have a diagnosis. Many people dismiss the warning signs of Alzheimer's, believing that they are merely a part of typical aging. While there are currently no treatments to stop or even slow the progression of Alzheimers, early detection and diagnosis can allow for earlier use of available treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help maintain independence longer. Delays in diagnosis mean that African-Americans are not getting treatments when they are most likely to be effective at improving quality of life, as well as taking critical steps to educate themselves on Alzheimers and establish support networks. The Alzheimers Association provides resources and materials for many diverse audiences, including information and issues that might be of concern to African-Americans. As we continue to advocate for more research, programs, services and funding, we want to be sure that everyone we serve has access to all the information they need to feel empowered and confident in facing the many challenges that this disease presents, says CEO, Kay Redington. "And, our 24/7 Helpline is available at any time for questions, assistance and support. Alzheimers Association 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers 1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. 2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. 3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. 4. Confusion with time or place. 5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. 6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. 7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. 8. Decreased or poor judgment. 9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. 10. Changes in mood and personality. For more information on the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimers disease and available resources, call the Alzheimers Association toll-free, 24/7 helpline at 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org. NORTH FLORIDAOBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL Associates, P.A. Personal Individualized Care Comprehensive Pregnancy Care Board Certified Family Planning Vaginal Surgery Osteoporosis Menopausal DisordersLaparoscopy William L. Cody, M.D. B. Veeren Chithriki, M.D. St. Vincents Division IV 1820 Barrs Street, Suite 521 Jacksonville, Florida 32204 (904) 387-9577 Complete Obstetrical & Gynecological Care Laser Surgery N o r t h F l o r i d a O b s t e t r i c a l & G y n e c o l o g i c a l A s s o c i a t e s P A R o b o t i c S u r g e r y L a s e r S u r g e r y Testing But o Treatment for HIV Positive BlacksWASHINGTON (NNPA) Even though Blacks get tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS more than other group, health care providers continue to struggle to get Blacks into treatment and keep them there, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a three-year period, Blacks accounted for 60 percent of people tested for HIV When Blacks test positive for HIV, 75 percent get linked to care and 48 percent are retained in care, compared to 54 percent of Whites who stay in treatment after testing positive for HIV, according to the CDC. Researchers for the CDC study considered a person linked to care if they receive one or more CD4 (count or percentage) or Viral Load test performed within 3 months after HIV diagnosis during 2010. According to the report, because of the low number of Blacks in care for HIV, only 35 percent have achieved viral suppression, compared to 39 percent in the total population of people living with HIV in the United States. The numbers are lower for Black heterosexual males and Black MSMs (men who have sex with men). Thirty-seven percent of Black MSMs achieved viral suppression, followed by 29 percent of Black heterosexual men who achieved viral suppression. Donna Hubbard McCree, associate director of Health Equity for the HIV/AIDS Prevention division at the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention at the CDC said that viral suppression is the outcome of being in care, staying in care, being on meds and adhering to your meds. She added that achieving viral suppression allows patients to get the HIV virus levels low enough to be healthy and reduce transmission to others. Some clinicians have said that the CDC report on linkage to HIV care for Blacks doesnt tell the whole story. Lisa Fitzpatrick, a CDC-trained medical epidemiologist and infectious diseases physician at the United Medical Center in Southeast, Washington, D.C., suggested that if CDC only used the pool of HIVpositive individuals who were in care instead of counting all people who tested positive for HIV, their numbers for retained in care and viral suppression would be higher. Fitzpatrick said that people who are HIV-positive and not in care cant clinically achieve viral suppression, so it makes more sense to start from the pool of people that are in care. Blacks account for 44 percent of the new HIV infections and 44 percent of people living with HIV in the United States. According to the CDC, there was a 21 percent drop in HIV infections among Black women, but McCree said that it was too early to call the decline in numbers a trend. Despite the decrease, Black women still accounted for nearly two-thirds of all new infections for women and suffer HIV infection rate that is 20 times higher than the rate for White women. Black men account for 31 percent of all new HIV infections, according to the CDC report, and the rate of new infections is six times higher than the rate for White men. The exponential growth of HIV infections among Black men is largely driven by the infection rates of Black men who have sex with men (MSMs). Black MSMs accounted for more than half (51 percent) of the new infections, followed by heterosexual females (25 percent) and heterosexual males (13 percent). In a 2008 study, 28 percent of Black MSMs were HIV positive compared to 16 percent of White MSMs. Phill Wilson, the chief executive officer of the Black AIDS Institute, the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused on Blacks, said that being a Black male and being gay can make it harder for people who need treatment to get it. Its the double jeopardy at the nexus where racism, homophobia, and sexophobia the fear of talking about sex come together, said Wilson. The combination has created barriers to the actual research on the [Black MSMs] or the desire to do research in this population. Wilson noted that Black men also suffer higher rates of unemployment than their White counterparts. Not having a job can end up closing another door to health care for Black men. According to the Labor Department, Black men 20 years old and over had a 12 percent unemployment rate in January, compared to White men in the same age group who had 5.2 percent unemployment rate. The unemployment rate for Blacks teens (16-19 years old) is the highest in the nation at 38 percent, compared to White teen jobless rate was 17.5 percent. Although Wilson said that the Affordable Care Act would help some Blacks get treatment for HIV/AIDS, most Blacks live in southern states where many Republican lawmakers refused to expand Medicaid, blocking millions of state residents from affordable health care. In September 2011, the CDC awarded $55 million in grants to 34 community-based organizations to focus on HIV prevention, testing and education among gay, bisexual and transgender youth of color. In a statement on the grant program, Jonathan Mermin, director of CDCs Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said the AIDS epidemic cannot be overcome without effectively addressing the severe and rising toll of HIV infections among gay and bisexual men of color, who continue to be hardest hit by this disease. atural Aphrodisiacs: Foods that Spice up the Bedroom Ethics Commission Seeks to Strengthen Public CommentThe City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission has sent a formal request to Attorney General Pam Bondi for a legal opinion to clarify the new right to public comment law (Section 286.0114 Florida Statutes, effective date Oct. 1, 2013.) This new law requires all local government Boards and Commissions in the state to allow the public to comment at public hearings. The request seeks to close loopholes in the statute that may otherwise deny the public the ability to effectively influence the outcome of government proposals and legislation. The Ethics Commission asks for clarity on the publics right to comment at each hearing or on each vote in local government decision-making. For additional information, contact Carla Miller, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Ethics Commission, CarlaM@coj.net, (904) 630-1476 or Joe Jacquot, Ethics Commission Vice-Chair, (904) 402-0303. 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
P.R.I.D.E 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, by John Oliver Killens. For more info call Felice Franklin at email@example.com or call 261-0175.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 www.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd.Brighter Beginnings Health FairThe Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities presents a Brighter Beginnings community Health Fair, Saturday, July 12th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Edward Waters College> Community Faith Ministries will provide information on basic nutrition for mother and baby, parenting skills, newborn care, SIDS risk, breastfeeding, social and life issues. For more information call Nurse Roberts at 308-7558.Comedian Monique and Friends TourOn July 12th catch actress, talk show host and comedian Monique and comedy friends Arnez J, Gary Owens and Charlie Murphy at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now!!! For more information call 630-3900.Lil Boosie in ConcertLil Boosie in concert at 8 p.m. at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Saturday, July 12th. For more information call 859-1139 or see more at www.jaxevents.com.Congressman James Clyburn Book SigningMayor Alvin Brown and Congresswoman Corrine Brown are inviting the community to a reception honoring Cong. James Clyburn, (D-SC, 6th District), for a book signing of his book, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black. The free event will be held Sunday, July 13th at 4 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre. There will also be a Q&A. For more information call 630-3690 to reserve your spot or email ASpears@coj.net.orman Studies Silent SundaysThe Norman Studios Silent Film Museum announces the launch of Silent Sundays, a monthly silent film screening, Sunday, July 13th, at 4 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle. The debut event features A Florida Enchantment Find out more at www.normanstudios.org or call Devan Stuart at 742-7011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Stage Aurora Presents The Wiz, Arts FestivalStage Aurora presents Frank Browns classic play The Wiz, July 18th though July 19th. The weekend will also feature Stage Auroras 7th Annual Jacksonville Black Arts Festival that includes visual arts, children activities and food! For more information visit www.stageaurora.org or call the box office at 765-7312 or email email@example.com.Cheryl Underwood Comedy ShowComedian Cheryl Underwood will host the License 2 Laugh 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! The date is Saturday, July 19th at 8 p.m. at the Moran Theater-Times Union Center, 300 W. Water St. For more information call 633-6110 or visit www.jaxevents.com. 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 Potters 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 728-2054.High School Golf CombineCome be a part of the Bluegrass High School Golf Combine. Show your skills in front of college scouts and coaches, July 24th and 25th at the University Club of Kentucky, 4850 Leestown Road, Lexington Kentucky. You can register online at www.kjgf.com or locally contact the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, 2907 Spring Glen Rd at 379-2697 or visit www.hjgt.org or email email@example.com. Mrs. International 2014 CompetitionThe Mrs. International 2014 competition will be held July 25th through August 2nd at the TimesUnion Center, 300 Water St. The event will give each contestant the opportunity to learn about customs and family life in other countries, along with the chance to share her beliefs and make new friends during the entire week of activities. For more details call 633-6110.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 www.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located 3130 Hartley Rd.Comedian Earthquake in ConcertComedian, actor and voice artist Earthquake will shake the Comedy Zone with laughter July 25th and 26th. For tickets and more details call the Comedy Zone at 292HAHA or visitwww.comedyzone.com. The Comedy Zone is located at 3130 Hartley Rd.Master Gardener ProgramRegister for the Master Gardeners class and receive in-depth training in horticulture. Training topics include: basic plant science, entomology, plant pathology, nematology, vegetable gardening, fruit culture, woody ornamentals, lawn management, plant propagation and more. Classes are on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. starting July 30th Oct. 1st. Classes are at the Duval County Extension Office and in Nassau County. For more details call Becky Davidson at 255-7450.Senior Prom Hollywood ightsOn August 1st at 6 p.m. put on your dancing shoes and join the City of Jacksonville at the Prime Osborn Center, 1000 Water St., in celebrating more than 30 years of the Senior Prom! Enjoy a sit down dinner entertainment, dancing and door prizes. For more information call 630-7392 or email or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.Senior Prom Hollywood ightsOn August 1st at 6 p.m. put on your dancing shoes and join the City of Jacksonville in celebrating more than 30 years of the Senior Prom! Enjoy a sit down dinner entertainment, dancing and door prizes. For more information call 630-7392 or email or visit email@example.com.Ritz Jazz Jamm Calendar of Events!Dont miss Jazz Jamm at the Ritz Theater! Tickets on sale now for the following performances: August 2nd its saxophonist and flute player Jackiem Joyner. For more information access www.ritzjacksonville.com or call 632-5555. The Ritz is located at 829 N Davis St.Maxwell Summer Soulstice TourRetro and Neo soul artist Maxwells Summer Soulstice Tour is scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Concert location is the Times-Union Center, 300 Water St. For more information call 6336110 or visit www.musze.com. St. Vincents Brighter Beginning Health FairSt. Vincents Brighter Beginnings and the Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Health Fair will take place at Edward Waters College, 1401 Grunthal St., Saturday, August 9th, 1 3 p.m. Gain information on mother and baby nutrition, parenting skills, newborn care, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, breastfeeding and social life issues. For more information call Willie Roberts at 308-7558. Eastside Love Vendor FairThe Eastside community will receive a whole lot of love Saturday, August 16th at the Eastside Love Arts and Vendors Market from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Park, 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Local business owners and area non-profits, artists and performers will come together to expose their various talents, products and services. For more information contact Angie Nixon at 610-7103. 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July 10-17, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press by T. Pendleton, BAW Black families on television are pretty darn fascinating and, due to reality TVand Tyler Perry there are more of them than ever before. If youve been watching closely, there are many things you can learn from TVs black families. You can learn about husband and wife relationships; you can learn how to raise your children and handle careers, important life issues and more. Black TVfamilies are a broadcast primer on how real black families live, love and work. Dont believe it? Well, here are the things weve learned about black family life from watching TV. Black people live well even on Good Times. If you watch black families on TV, you would think that all black families live pretty well. Even on Good Times, the classic TVshow about a black family living in Chicago's projects, made black folks look pretty good. If you notice, the Evansapartment was always immaculately clean, despite the five people living there. No roaches or rodents despoiled their space, and they even had artwork and sconces on their walls. The Cosbys definitely lived well in their Brooklyn brownstone, and Rev. Runs and Terry Crewsfamilies live in pretty nice mansions. The family on Whats Happening lived in a comfortable home, as did the families on 227. Even Huey, Riley and Grandad on The Boondocks live in a huge, expensive home in the burbs. The Jeffersons were one of only a few black families on TVto live in an apartment but dont forget, it was a deluxe one in the sky. If there are any black people living in abject poverty, you wont see that on TVunless its on the news. Black people have uncommonly cute children. When have you ever, ever seen a black family that doesnt have at least one precocious child living in the household? Whether it was Kady on My Wife and Kids, Bobby on All Of Us, Penny on Good Times or Olivia on The Cosby Show, somehow a super-cute black child always finds their way to a black family, even if theyre not born into it. TVkids rarely have screaming tantrums in supermarkets, whine, complain or dress poorly. Their hair is always done, and they even have cute friends. If theyre teenagers, youll never see one with a bad case of acne; if they do have it, it will just be a simple pimple. Teenagers always get dates, and their dating dilemmas revolve around things that are easily solved. Black families love to sing or dance together. On just about every single black family TV show, there is at least one episode where everyone has to break into song or dance. Maybe its to celebrate a birthday; maybe its a song that comes on, and everyone has to groove to it, or maybe its like the famous Candy episode on The Cosby Show, where Cliff and Claire Huxtable sing this jazz classic to each other. We can understand if youre Fantasia or Monica or Keyshia Cole, but all this breaking into song on other shows? Well, apparently thats just how black folks do. Usually, this singing or dancing can also solve any relationship issue between parents. Black TVparents almost never get a divorce, and if they do, things will work out amicably in the long run (See Half and Half All of Us, House of Payne, etc.) If the Daddy works, the Mama doesn't need to (or won't be seen at work). One thing weve learned from watching black family shows is that the mama doesnt have to go to work as long as a daddy is in the household. Florida Evans, Jasmine Simmons of Runs House Ella Payne on House of Payne, Neesee James on All Of Us, Rebecca Crews on The Family Crews and lets not forget Tiny and Toya of Tiny and Toya. (In their cases, even if the man is in jail or they divorce him, working is not an issue.) Even wives with careers like Claire Huxtable and Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were rarely seen actually working. Big Dee Dee on All of Us didnt work, but her husbands first wife, who was single, did. In fact, on black family shows, its the single women who work. Think Terry and Maxine, the sisters on Soul Food, the series. Single Terry worked; married Maxine did not. Of course, baby sis Bird worked, but since her husband, Lem, had issues with regular employment, we figure she had to. Single black people live fabulously. If you are single on a black family show and have a job ANYkind of job your apartment or house will be fabulously decorated; you will always have enough money for fabulous clothes; you will have a constant stream of boyfriends or girlfriends who, even if undesirable in some way, are always good-looking. You will always have a group of hilarious, similarly single and fashionable friends who are regularly available for drinks, dinner or gatherings at your fabulously decorated home. Think Half and Half. Also, if you are single, you will probably be ageless and able to adopt a precocious child, like Willona did on Good Times. White people are forcomic relief. We could just site The Jeffersons as an example, but just about every black family show ever made has white folks thrown in for comic relief. Either its a bumbling white person, a white friend who has no clue about basic black culture, a white couple who are bemused by the actions of their black friends or a white person who draws laughs when they try to do something shady to black folks, and the black folks outsmart them. There is a bit of an exception for reality shows as many of them are wrapped around celebrities. On these shows, white folks are usually still clueless about authentic black culture, but profiting in some way, shape or form off the black artist/celeb at the heart of the show, so they do make an attempt to be savvy. Black folks always have one dumb ormanipulative friend or relative. If you watched either The Way It Is or Fantasia for Real, youll understand why relatives can be an issue on black family shows. (Note to Fantasia: Taking care of grown men, even if they shared your childhood and last name, is not helping them or you.) But it doesnt stop there. Look at Calvin on House of Payne or Dirk on All of Us. Then there are the dumb relatives, like Junior on My Wife and Kids. During the shows entire run, he never revealed more than three brain cells. However, Jazz on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a personal favorite, if only because in real life, Jeff DJ Jazzy Jeff Townes is one of the worlds greatest deejays. Lets just call that casting against type. EUR EURGOSSIP GOSSIP SCOOP SCOOP Morris Chestnut on the IRS HotlistActor Morris Chestnut has joined the ranks of the many celebrities who are behind on their taxes. According to the DETNews, he owes more than $215,800 in delinquent federal taxes. Public records show, IRS filed a tax lien in the amount of $217,817 against Chestnut and his wife on January 7, 2010 with the Los Angeles County Recorded of Deeds. Apparently, Chestnut does not agree with the amount listed in the lien and is disputing it. Chestnut co-stars in an ABC television series, "V" which is set to return Tuesday(Mar 30) 2010. Smithsonian Says No to O.J.The Smithsonian has given O.J. Simpsons acquittal suit a big hell to the no after announcing today it wants no part of the outfit. The decision comes one day after a judge approved the donation as the solution to a long court battle between Simpson and Fred Goldman over the clothing. According to the Associated Press, Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas says the suit is not appropriate for the museums collection. The agreement between Simpson, Fred Goldman and Simpsons former sports agent, Mike Gilbert, provided that if the Smithsonian turned it down, they would seek another museum or institution of higher learning. Simpson wore the suit on Oct. 3, 1995, when he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.RapperDMXto Healdine Church FundraiserRapper DMX is being advertised as the headliner of a gospel rap extravaganza at his church. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, is scheduled to take the stage at Morning Star Sanctified Church, where he and his family have been members for the past eight months. According to Pastor Barbara King, DMX wanted to help raise money for repairs. Tickets for the show, which hes doing for free, ranges from $35-$40. The event is amping up security because theyre unsure of what kind of crowd the convicted felon will draw, TMZ reported.Bills will not offerowens contract next seasonWide receiver Terrell Owens will not be offered a new contract by the Buffalo Bills, the NFLteam said on Saturday. The decision means Owens, a former Dallas Cowboys All-Pro, will become an unrestricted free agent on March 5, the Bills said. The 36-year-old caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns during his only season with Buffalo. He also caught his 1,000th career pass last season, becoming the sixth NFLplayer to reach the milestone. He ranks third in NFLall-time receiving with 14,951 yards. What Does TVTeach Us About Black Families? The Evans Family Whats Happening The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire The Jeffersons House of Payne The Cosbys DENNIS MANARCHY 2006 UNCF ALL RIGHTS RESERVEDUNCF helps thousands of deserving students. But we have to turn away thousands more. So please give to the United Negro College Fund. Your donation will make a difference. Visit uncf.org or call 1-800-332-8623. The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, 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. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! Emmett Pinkston served in the military for 30 years, first in the Marines, then in the Air Force, then in the Army. He helped coordinate security for President George W. Bush during the G8 Summit on Sea Island, Ga., in 2004, and worked as an intelligence analyst in Iraq from 2005 to 2007, some of the deadliest years of the war. But when he tried to get a job as an airport security worker in 2011, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration turned him down, citing a credit report that showed him $8,000 in debt. To Pinkston's disbelief, the TSA described him as a potential security risk. "They said there was a possibility that I would be vulnerable to bribes to let people through the gate," he recalled. "I was absolutely no security risk to any airport or port or any operation in this country," he added matter-of-factly. The wide use of credit checks by employers has kept many Americans out of work, contributing to the country's epidemic of joblessness and possibly leading to discriminatory hiring practices, according to a new report by Demos, the New York-based policy and advocacy organization. In essence, the debts incurred during the recession have prevented people from getting back on their feet and paying back what they owe, trapping them in a vicious cycle of debt and unemployment. In a survey conducted last year, Demos interviewed more than 1,000 low and middle-income households carrying credit card debt for three months or longer. "Among job applicants with poor credit, one in seven were advised they would not be hired because of their credit," said Amy Traub, the author of the report. Many had gone into debt after becoming unemployed during the recession. Others lacked health coverage and owed money to hospitals, or had children to support. "As a society these aren't generally reasons why we say someone should get a job or not get a job," said Traub. Tanya Clay House, the public policy director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, noted that black and Latino households are more likely to have poor credit than white ones, perhaps because of the high rate of unemployment among minorities: 13.8 percent of AfricanAmericans and 9 percent of Latinos are unemployed, compared with 7 percent of whites. Clay House argued that policymakers could increase employment in black and Latino communities and boost the nation's overall economic well-being by forbidding the use of credit checks by employers. "This is something that has to be done in concert with any type of jobs employment programs or anything else that is done with the economy," she said on a call with reporters. Norm Magnuson, a spokesman for the Consumer Data Industry Association, questioned the reliability of Demos' information. "Employers don't necessarily tell people we're not hiring you because of bad debts," he said. "There are a lot of reasons they dont hire you." In response, Traub cited a 1970 law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which requires employers to tell rejected applicants if a credit report played any role in the decision not to hire them. Bad Credit May Be Keeping You Unemployed
CHICAGO, Illinois After burying her husband, Tracey Richardson took all her paintings off the walls. She would have packed up the rest of her rental apartment, too, if she could afford her escape plan. After he died, I wanted a house real bad, Richardson, 45, said. The kind of home they lived in when they were first married. Or the house her grandparents owned. Richardson, however, is still trying to get there. She has a better job now, making about $19,000 a year working as a part-time assistant at her cousins dental office. She earns extra money styling hair on the side and has worked to improve her credit score, too. But a home of her own is still out of reach. Before the housing crisis, lawmakers and lenders might have gone out of their way to help aspiring homeowners like Richardson. In the name of expanding affordable homeownership, banks made record numbers of loans, both good and bad, to lower-income Americans. In 2007 alone, more than 930,000 people earning less than $50,000 got mortgages, according to data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. The subprime market spawned mortgages that didnt even require borrowers to verify their incomes, and lenders deliberately targeted African-Americans and other minorities. Its now far more difficult for those from modest means or anyone with a less-than-pristine credit score to buy a home. And the barriers to homeownership are especially high in neighborhoods like Bronzeville, the African-American enclave on the south side of Chicago where Richardson lives The neighborhood is still dotted with the remnants of Bronzevilles golden years: murals of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, who played in the local clubs and lounges; the stately greystone home of civil rights-activist Ida B. Wells. But that was also the time when blacks were restricted from buying property anywhere outside of select areas. Once the Supreme Court struck down such discriminatory laws in 1948, Bronzevilles black middle class fled; Ida B. Wells became the namesake of the housing projects that took their place. Now Richardson wants to get out, too and not just to another rental. I just want to have my own land, she says. But lenders keep turning her away. You need $20,000, one bank told her. No, they couldnt help her with a down payment. Good luck. So Richardson has spent the past three years staying in the rental apartment where her husband died of a heart attack, at the age of 40 and where their eight-year-old daughter Faythe found his body. Outside her door, the shootings have gotten so bad that Richardson insists that Faythe, now 11, spend part of every week with her grandparents in suburban Homewood. The Ida B. Wells Homes down the street from her apartment were torn down years ago, but the violence hasnt stopped. One day I was going to my mailbox, she says. By the time I got back, someone got shot. She imagines owning a house where she can bring Faythe back home for good, take up painting again, and host her three grown children from her previous marriage. So I could have dinner. Family dinner, she says. Black and Hispanic homeowners suffered disproportionate losses in the 2008 housing crisis, as predatory lending wiped out what few assets they had. But in the midst of the recovery, theyre dealing with a second crisis: The fear of another housing bubble could now keep them from getting a loan. Forty-three percent of AfricanAmericans now own their own homes, according to the Census Bureau, down from 49% in 2004; its now at the lowest level since 1995. Among Hispanics, its 46%. By comparison, more than 73% of white Americans are currently homeowners. While the worst mortgage practices are now banned, all kinds of other credit has evaporated as well, depressing homeownership rates even further among minority Americans. Thats a big reason why the racial wealth gap has grown so large. By 2010, whites had six times the average wealth of blacks and Hispanics, according to the Urban Institute far greater than the 2:1 income gap between the groups. The Pew Research Group, drawing on different data, estimates that the median white household has twenty times the wealth of a black household. Page 10 Ms. Perrys Free Press July 10-16, 2014 Weekly ad in hand. Coupons in pocket. BOGO-vision on. Its time to save.publix.com/save The most disadvantaged, troubled students in the South and the nation attend schools in the juvenile justice systems, the 2014 report from the Southern Education Foundation begins. The document, Just Learning: The Imperative to Transform Juvenile Justice Systems into Effective Educational Systems raises a number of questions: If so many children with educational needs are segregated or incarcerated, what will become of them and the society they will enter once they age out of the system? Are their needs being met? What can be improved? Data within the report suggests that the current condition the juvenile justice system is in creates the potential for lifelong disadvantage for many youth who are a part of the system. Dr. Kent McGuire, president of the Southern Education Foundation, is concerned by what he saw in the report. The first thing I think we need to remember is that were talking about kids, not adults, he said. Kids need help and support as they grow up, as they develop, and theyre entitled to and deserve opportunities to learn through education so that they can participate fully in the economy and the democracy. The president noted that all children have such needs, be they in an off-campus alternative school, a boot camp or high school in a suburban community. So were talking about school, McGuire said. The good news is that theyre set up to do education. The bad news is, from our look in, is that the education function, we think, gets short shrift. He said if education was understood to be a primary focus to juvenile justice the dividends would be greater in the future. In terms of lower recidivism rates, high school graduation rates and smoother transitions into postsecondary opportunities and the world of work, McGuire stated. So theres just lots of reasons, before we even get to the cost associated with the population of that system, lots of reasons to get the education piece right. The report from 2010 suggests that there were 70,000 young people across the U.S. detained within the system on any given day. About one-third of those kids were found in 15 states of the Southern U.S. McGuire reflected upon how those numbers got to be so high. Most things we come to worry about dont happen overnight, which means that theyre long, slow, developing trends which take a trained eye to see, he admitted. To some extent, he praised aspects of the No Child Left Behind legislation for identifying problem areas for many school-aged children. On the other hand, [theres] this preoccupation with accountability to the absence of what Ill call capacity-building, McGuire criticized. Its one thing to hold adults accountable; its another to actually help them get better results. Weve done a lot of one. We havent done very much of the other. Many kids within the system have learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional problems, and are behind in their education to begin with, the SEF report cites. The report also notes that, of the total number of youth detained in 2010, almost two-thirds did not involve any wrongdoing directly against another person. Most kids in the system were there not due to violence, but because of property damage, drug issues, or they had been unruly, incurred technical violations, or had committed a status offense, the SEF said. Locked Up, Left Behind: Juvenile Justice System Failing Southern Youth A photo reveals a male juvenile in his cells, as another photo shows the hands of a male juvenile, both at Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center in Mendota, Wisconsin. The images are part of an exhibit, Juvenile In Justice, that photographer Richard Ross hopes will bring changes in the way the nation deals with the approximately 70,000 youths held in detention or correctional facilities across the country nightly many no more serious than skipping school. Buying a Home: The American dream that wont dieAn abandoned home in Englewood, on the South side of Chicago, a declining neighborhood that went into free fall after the housing crisis.