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Volume 27 o. 42 August 21-27, 2014 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 50 Cents Air Officer Crowned Miss Black USA 2014Page 12 Michael Brown Another Example of Racial Challenges Facing AmericaPage 4EWCHolds Rites of Passage Service for Incoming FreshmenPage 5 Actress Tina Lifford Set to Ignite Jax with a Play, a Book Signing and Artist SymposiumPage 11 50c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED BlackWomen in the PentagonWin Hair WarWomen of color serving in the Army, Navy and Air Force scored a victory this week when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the three branches have revised and expanded their ethnic hairstyle policies. The Marine Corps is conducting a force-wide survey about whether twists or dreadlocks should be permitted while in uniform and will hold a special meeting of its uniform board later in the year. The military came under fire this year following complaints that the rules discriminated against women who wore twisted braids, cornrows and dreadlocks and using words like "matted and unkempt" to describe them was frankly racist. Such terms have been removed from service grooming policies and the three branches have also authorized additional hairstyles. "These changes recognize that traditional hairstyles worn by women of color are often necessary to meet our unique needs, and acknowledges that these hairstyles do not result in or reflect less professionalism or commitment to the high standards required to serve within our Armed Forces," Fudge said in a statement commending Hagel "for his prompt attention and response to the concerns expressed by women of color serving within our Armed Forces and to the women of the Congressional Black Caucus."Teens Make App to Rate PoliceThree teens in Georgia have created a mobile app they hope will help prevent the next police shooting of an unarmed young person. It's called Five-O, after the slang term for police, and it's the brainchild of siblings Ima, 16, Asha, 15, and Caleb Christian, 14, who live in a suburb of Atlanta. Here's how it works: After interacting with a cop, users open the app and fill out a Yelp-like form on which they can grade the officer's courtesy from A to F, check a box if they were verbally or physically abused, and add details about the incident. They can view ratings on other cops and police departments across the country, participate in community forums, and check out a Q&A titled "Know Your Rights." Ima Christian says their parents encouraged them to think about how they could respond productively to incidents like Brown's death. "One of the things they really stress is that we focus on finding solutions," she told Mother Jones. "We really hope that Five-O will be able to give every citizen a voice when interacting with the police." But the Christians say Five-O isn't just for outing bad cops; they hope it will help also highlight good policing. "We want people to be able to document if the police are very courteous or if they save your cat or something," Ima says.Alpha Phi Alpha to Pay for Browns FuneralStanding in their tradition of service and social justice, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has offered to pay the entire costs for the memorial and funeral services of Michael Brown, the 18 year old teen who was shot to death by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. Al Sharpton and Kimora Lee Simmons are among other notables who offered to pay the services, but Alpha has stepped to the plate and requested that the expenses not be shared with any other person or organization. Browns services, under the direction of Austin A. Layne Mortuary, Inc., are incomplete at this time.40% of Worlds Population will be of African Descent by End of CenturyIn 1950, Africa only made up 9 per cent of the worlds population right. But according to a report by the United Nations, that will change by the end of the century; the numbers will increase substantially, with 40 per cent of humanity being of African descent. The greatest boom in population is occurring in the poorest and most fragile countries, such as the impoverished West African nation of Niger, where the average woman has 7.5 children, the UNICEF report says. The nexthighest fertility rate is in a neighbouring country, Mali, where the average woman has 6.8 children.St. Louis KKK Vows to Help Officer Who Shot Michael BrownThe local branch of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) has vowed to help the officer, six year veteran Darren Wilson, accused in the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. The fatal shooting of the 18-year-old occurred as he was walking home from a convenience store, has ignited several days of protests. The KKK has announced their commitment to financially support Wilson. While for some this is shocking, others view this as just another attempt for the white hooded trolls to get the attention they crave. The South Carolinabased New Empire Knights of the KKK said its Missouri chapter is raising money for the white police officer who shot and killed the AfricanAmerican teen who they have called a thug.Ž According to law enforcement, the shooting followed an encounter involving a police officer, Brown and another person Saturday afternoon, but additional confirmed details are scarce. Since then multiple riots have ensued. Up to 300 officers have been on the scene and 32 people have been arrested and could face charges of burglary, larceny and assault. Groups and elected officials have joined the conversation calling for a full and open investigation. by Nayaba Arinde and Craig D. Frazier While heavy armored vehicles roll down the streets of Missouri, the outrage simmering dangerously over the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has gone viral. Stop the killer cops!Ž is the cry from angry protestors in Missouri, but it could quite easily be the chant on the streets of Staten Island after the chokehold death of Eric Garner or the yell of grieving protestors in South L.A. after the shooting death of mentally handicapped Ezell Ford this week. The national crisis of the epidemicŽ of police misconduct is leading to broken windowsŽ of a different type, rather than New York Police Commissioner Bill Brattons policy justifying the NYPD code of conduct. Almost a week after the police shooting death of Brown in Ferguson, Mo., fires are still burning, and there are still daily confrontations betweens cops and the enraged community. Indeed, Ferguson is alight with fury as that community responds with anger to the latest police shooting. Several days of animated reaction have taken over the streets, with images of defiant and challenging protests, youths running through stores, tear gas, and riot shield confrontations with fully armored cops flashing daily on TV screens and swamping the Internet. The communitys anger is palatable, even on these New York streets in the wake of Garners death and the chokehold assault of seventh-months pregnant Rosan Miller, to name just two headline incidents. Across the nation though, emotions are mirrored, what with an allegedly prone and compliant Ford being shot in the back by an LAPD officer. Brown was killed by police Saturday, yet authorities are still withholding the name of the officer. Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson decided against releasing the officers name Monday after social media and phone threats targeted another officer who was falsely named as the killer. Jackson told the Associated Press that the officer had been with the force for about six years and was patrolling his assigned area when he saw Brown and Dorian Johnson walking in the street. Witnesses say that a scuffle ensued after the officer asked the teens to move to the side. Browns hands were reportedly raised when he was shot multiple times. At least four people, including two officers, suffered injuries at a vigil for the teen, and 47 people were arrested in the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting. Reports say 300 police officers from at least 15 different departments were called to Ferguson when angry crowds began smashing windows, setting fires and looting businesses in the area. Michael Brown Sr., the teens father, called for people to refrain from violence. I need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way, so we can get something done about this,Ž he said. Dont be a traitor to Michael Brown in the name of you mad,Ž said the Rev. Al Sharpton at a press conference with other AfricanAmerican leaders this week. Dont betray the gentle giant that Brown was by allowing your anger over his killing to lead to violence.Ž By George E. Curry Occasionally, police officers behave in such as dastardly manner that it captures international attention. There was the 1997 famous video of four White LAPD officers taking turns clubbing and kicking Rodney King nearly beyond recognition after a high-speed automobile chase. In 1999, on the opposite coast, an unarmed, 23-year-old Amadou Diallo was killed after four policemen fired 41 times into his Bronx, N.Y. apartment, striking him 19 times. In New Orleans, Robert Davis, a retired elementary school teacher, was returning to his hometown after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to inspect the damaged family home. He went to the French Quarters to purchase some cigarettes. Four White officers, who suspected him of public drunkenness, accused Davis of resisting arrest and began beating him. An Associated Press producer filmed a video that showed no indication of resistance. Timothy Thomas, 19, was shot to death in Cincinnati in 2001 by Patrolman Stephen Roach. The officer said he thought Thomas was armed … he wasnt. The shooting touched off the largest urban unrest in the U.S. since the L.A. uprising a decade earlier. And the list doesnt stop there: Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Frank Jude, Jonathan Ferrell, Kathryn Johnson, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Standsbury, Jr., Kenneth Chamberlain and so many more. Three more names were added to the list in the past month: Eric Garner of Staten Island, N.Y.; Ezell Ford of Los Angeles, and now Michael Brown, the 18year-old unarmed victim in Ferguson, Mo. Police kill African Americans more frequently than you may realize. According to stats compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, an unarmed African American died at the hands of an armed White police officer at the rate of nearly two per week from 2005 to 2012. Over that 8-year-period, 400 police killings were reported per year. White officers killed a Black person, on average, 96 times per year. Of those, 18 percent of the African Americans killed were under the age of 21, compared to 8.7 percent of Whites. As bad as those figures are, they grossly understate the problem. The FBI statistics are based on the voluntary reporting of law enforcement jurisdictions. Currently, approximately 750 of 17,000 law enforcement agencies regularly report their figures to the FBI. That means if the ratio holds true for all 17,000 agencies, the annual 96 Black deaths at the hands of White cops could be as high 2,170 a year or almost 42 (41.73) per week … nearly six per day (5.94). To be conservative, lets presume that the death rate for the nonreporting law enforcement agencies is only half of those now reporting. That would still be approximately three Blacks killed by a White police officer every day. According to Officer Down Memorial Page, which catalogues the deaths of all law enforcement officials, 416 cops were deliberately killed in the line of duty from 2005 to 2012, an average of 52 a year from 2005 to 2012. Using the most conservative data, Blacks are twice as likely to be killed by police as cops are to be murdered in the line of duty. In most of the high-profile cases of police killing unarmed Blacks, there was no justification for the use of deadly force. One case, Tennessee v. Garner, grew out of an incident in Memphis where a Black 8th grader was shot fleeing from a home burglary after stealing a purse. The judges said cops couldnt shoot someone simply because they were escaping. In another case, Graham vs Connor, the judges said police have the duty to protect the public. Therefore, its okay to use force in apprehending violent offenders. But in the Memphis case, police would not be allowed to shoot at a non-violent offender even following the commission of a crime. Of course, personal prejudice enters the picture long before an officer pulls his or her gun. When we ask police officers directly, Who looks criminal?, they choose more Black faces than White faces. The more stereotypically Black a face appears, the more likely officers are to report that the face looks criminal,Ž according a study in Stanfords Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. In addition, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found that, most white officers (95 percent) do not believe police are more likely to use physical force against blacks and other minorities than against whites in similar situations. The majority of black and other minority officers (69.5 percent) believe persons who look like them are more likely to receive physical force from police.Ž .But Blacks are treated differently from Whites … even when they are part of the law enforcement hierarchy. As Attorney General Eric Holder recounted before the NAACP last year, I was stopped by a police officer while simply running to catch a movie, at night in Georgetown, in Washington, D.C. I was at the time of that last incident a federal prosecutor.Ž If that can happen to Eric Holder in Washington, you know what can happen to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. White Cops Kill at Least 2 Blacks Each Week Is Police Brutality a ational Epidemic?


Rachel Brothers A Canadian woman has been awarded monetary damages after an arbitrator found that she was fired for not being Black enough. Rachel Brothers, who is biracial, worked as a Regional Educator for the Black Educators Associations office in Kentville, Nova Scotia, in 2006 for 11 months before she was fired that December. In a ruling released by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Board of Inquiry Chair Donald Murray determined that Brothers was the victim of workplace discrimination. He ordered that the BEA compensate Brothers $11,000 Canadian, plus 18 months worth of interest, for general damages and loss of income. Murray wrote in his decision that Brothers had been successfully undermined in her employment by one of her subordinates: Catherine Collier. It is clear to me that Ms. Brothers was undermined in part because she was younger than, and not as Black as, Ms. Collier thought that Ms. Brothers should be.Ž Collier had lost out on the job that went to Brothers, but as a longer-tenured employee, she had the ear of the BEAs leadership. Brothers testified that Collier told her that her skin color would present a problem with the Black community served by the BEA, because Brothers couldnt officially represent themŽ because she wasnt Black enough.Ž Brothers assistant also testified that Collier asked her, Are you even Black?Ž Murray called Colliers behavior appalling.Ž In staff meetings, multiple colleagues made mention of Brothers skin color and her age. In one instance, another coworker, Crystal States, told Brothers that she should go work for whiteyŽ because she is light-skinned. These comments were corroborated by Claudette Colley, a former colleague whom Murray termed the one truly independent witness in this matter.Ž (States testified that her comment should actually be seen as a compliment.) Ultimately, Murray concluded that Acting Executive Director Jacqueline Smith-Herriott„who is also biracial„was aware that insensitive comments were being made and did nothing about it. Her actions,Ž Murray wrote, demonstrated that her office was persistently deaf when those concerns involved Ms. Brothers or Ms. Brothers assistant.Ž The BEA claimed Brothers was fired because of expense-report inconsistencies (for which she reimbursed the association) and because she was considered a probationary employee„both of which Murray repudiated. His conclusion: The only remaining articulable reason for Ms. Brothers termination on the evidence before me is that Ms. Brothers color was causing the BEA a problem. They solved the problem by terminating Ms. Brothers.Ž The Black Educators Association said in a statement that it is reviewing Murrays decision and will consult with legal counsel on next steps: Where the BEA is a nonprofit organization, any decision to incur legal costs and divert human resources must be weighed against the value of putting these resources to use ensuring the development of an equitable education system, so that African…Nova Scotian learners are able to achieve their maximum potential, as the BEA has done for the past 45 years.Ž According to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Associations website, convening a board of inquiry is a last-ditch effort to help resolve a human-rights complaint. A board of inquiry is an independent administrative tribunal separate and apart from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.Ž The NSHRCs commissioners decide if a board of inquiry is needed, and the chief judge of the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia selects someone from a 10-person roster to serve as the boards chair to arbitrate the dispute and, if necessary, to rule on it. MichaelStewart Michael Stewart, Jacksonville Aviation Authority's Director, External Affairs, was recently elected president of the Florida Airports Council (FAC) at the group's annual conference in Jacksonville. Stewart, who joined JAA in 2004, will serve as FAC president for a one-year term, beginning Oct. 1. He is the third JAA executive to serve as FAC president since 1971. "We're thrilled about Michael's selection for this prestigious post," said JAA Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman. "No doubt, Michael's leadership and enthusiasm for advancing our industry will greatly benefit Florida Airports Council and its members over the next year." FAC is an association of publicly-owned and operated airports, airport professionals, and experts in the fields of airport design, development, and improvement, as well as aviation trades that support the airport industry in Florida. FAC consists of 19 commercial airports, 76 general aviation airports and more than 250 corporate, affiliate, associate, educational members and two student chapters. "I'm excited about this opportunity to serve as president of Florida's leading aviation association," Stewart said. "I hope to build upon all the great work FAC has done for Florida's commercial and general aviation airports." Stewart said his priorities for FAC over the next year include developing a succession plan to replace FAC's long-time executive director, Bill Johnson; creating a self-sustaining funding source for FAC's leadership development program; and, ensuring that more of our smaller, general aviation airports are involved in the associaPage 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press August 21-27, 2014 Make sure youre talking to the right people. Speak with HUD-approved housing counselors, free of charge, at the Homeowners HOPE Hotline. IF YOURE FACING FORECLOSURE, TALK TO YOUR GRANDMA SECOND. CALL THE HOPE HOTLINE FIRST AT 888-995-HOPE. Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment OpportunityMichael Stewart Elected President of Florida Airports Council by Kareem Copeland TALLAHASSEE, Fla. „ Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has the opportunity to accomplish what only one other player has achieved „ win the Heisman Trophy twice. Twenty-three underclassmen have won the award, but Ohio State running back Archie Griffin was the only one to pull off the feat. He is shocked that he remains the lone double winner since the awards inception in 1935. Until recently, the majority of winners were seniors or juniors that could turn pro. But five of the last seven winners have been sophomores or redshirt freshmen. Griffin, the Heisman trophy winner in 1974 and 1975, believes it is more difficult to win the award in back-to-back years than it was 40 years ago. For him, the off-the-field distractions were more stressful than any defense. Ill never forget that I was trying to do everything for everybody and (coach) Woody (Hayes) called me into his office,Ž Griffin said. He told me, You know what? Its going to make you soft. You cant do everything for everybody.Ž But unlike Griffin, who admitted it was a goal, Winston said he hasnt even thought about a second Heisman. Winston said he is more concerned with a second national championship. Coach Jimbo Fisher said he and Winston have talked about the award, but not about winning another. There will be plenty who will. The demands and expectations are higher than when Griffin made history. Winston is the leading candidate heading into the season with the defending national champion Seminoles likely beginning the year ranked No. 1. The Seminoles and Winston have tried to manage his off-the-field commitments. Winston made few public appearances during the offseason. He was the closer on the baseball team, finishing with a team-best 1.08 ERA, and accepted a handful of football awards. Winston was honored in his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama, and his Hueytown High School jersey was retired. There was also a trip to the ESPYs. Winston is however no stranger to unwanted attention. He was suspended for three baseball games and completed 20 hours of community service after admitting he stole $32 worth of crab legs from a local grocery store in April. He faced criticism nationwide and was the subject of taunts and jokes in print, online and on social media. Winston was able to handle what Fisher described as distractions during the national championship run. Winston was investigated for an alleged sexual assault, but wasnt charged by the attorney general. Heisman Repeat Wont Be Easy for FSUs WinstonJameis WinstonWoman Fired Because She Is Not Black Enough Democrats Pay BlackStaffers 30% Less for CampaignWorkby Tim Mak If youre a person of color hoping to get hired by a political campaign, heres the ugly truth: Youll probably get paid less than your white counterparts, if youre even hired at all. On both sides of the aisle, there is a racial pay gap in campaign politics. Asian, Black and Latino staffers are paid less than their white counterparts, according to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute. For example, African-American staffers on Democratic campaigns were paid 70 cents for each dollar their white counterparts made. For Hispanic staffers, the figure was 68 cents on the dollar. And a recent study by PowerPAC+, funded by a major Democratic donor, revealed that less than 2 percent of spending by Democratic campaign committees during the past two election cycles went to firms owned by minorities. Political operative Michael Gomez Daly worked on two congressional campaigns in 2012 with similar budgets. On one campaign, Daly, who describes himself as a very light-skinned Hispanic,Ž was brought in as a field director, primarily for his skills as a Latino operative who could reach out to the Hispanic community. On the second campaign, where they did not know he was Hispanic, I just came in as Michael Daly, instead of that Latino operative,Ž he said. Right off the bat they offered me twice the amount for the same job.Ž Most of the operatives interviewed for this article, all of whom have years of experience in campaign politics, said they had to make an early, conscious decision to avoid being pigeonholed as a specialist in minority outreach. For minority campaign staffers, they said, the path to enduring success lies in saying noŽ to jobs like that early on in your career. Most minority staffers get hired in campaigns in field jobs, and field jobs pay less,Ž explained Jamal Simmons, a Democratic political operative. The problem is: they dont hire African Americans, Latinos in the parts of the campaigns where they spend the most money. The most money in campaigns is spent in communications, polling and data. In those parts of the campaign, its very much mostly white.Ž Conventional campaign wisdom is that voters best respond to pitches made by those who are similar to them. But this limits the roles that minority campaign staffers are able to play.


By Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) … Twenty years after signing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,Ž the United States continues to struggle with racial disparities in every major sector of American society. A coalition of American civil and human rights groups, submitted a report titled, Falling Further Behind: Combating Racial Discrimination in America,Ž to the Committee on Ending Racial Discrimination (CERD) that governs the international convention. The report detailed myriad disparities that still exist in the criminal justice system, education, voting, education, housing and immigration. CERD is an independent panel of experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its state parties,Ž according to the website for the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Countries that ratify the CERD treaty must review federal, state and local laws and revise or repeal policies that perpetuate racial discrimination. The shooting death of another unarmed Black teenager by a police officer, this time in Ferguson, Mo., has garnered international interest, including the attention of CERD that met recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The death of Michael Brown, has not only shocked the conscience of the nation, it has shocked the conscience of the world,Ž said Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations devoted to the promotion and protection of civil and human rights. There seems to be a pattern of excessive use of force by some police officials in communities around the country, which has raised serious concerns about the level of training these officers have received in the course of the regular preparation to become police officers and the oversight of exercised by individual departments on the behavior of individual officers.Ž Henderson, former Washington bureau director of the NAACP, said that the Justice Department should review and prosecute, where appropriate, the cases in which law enforcement used excessive force and deadly force against unarmed individuals and suggested cutting federal funding to state and local law enforcement agencies that continue to violate civil and human rights of the people that they have sworn to protect. The world is watching the United States response to these tragedies and we must take swift action to release new federal guidance that will prohibit the use of racial ethnic and religious profiling by law enforcement,Ž said Henderson. The Department of Justice should review and prosecute where appropriate the cases, in which law enforcement used excessive force and deadly force against unarmed individuals and when appropriate cut federal funding to state and local law enforcement agencies that continue to violate these principals.Ž Henderson added: By taking the necessary steps to address these issues we can and must halt this terrible trend.Ž Henderson said that the United States ratified the international treaty in 1994 and joined the world community in its obligation under the treaty to take steps to reduce racial discrimination and disparities within our borders. Minorities are significantly underrepresented in public schools, despite the fact that the number of black and Latino students have increased. A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Northwest „ The Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color: Getting More Teachers of Color into the ClassroomŽ „ revealed that while much has been done in the past 25 years to substantially increase the number of minority teachers, high levels of attrition has offset that success. If you spend time in almost any major school district in America today, you will notice that the students often do not look much like the teachers. In fact, in some areas, the students dont look anything like their teachers,Ž said Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at CAP. There is a significant demographic gap in the largely white teaching profession and an increasingly diverse student population,Ž he said. Released on July 7, the report revealed that black and Latinos are more likely to work and remain in high-poverty, hard-to-staff urban schools and districts than their white counterparts; in fact, they often consider it their duty to do so. Whats more, minority teachers usually are committed to the success of children of color, and they affect a wide range of student academic outcomes, the reports authors said. They also serve as powerful role models for all students and prove that teaching can be a viable career for minorities. Deaundra Francis, of Northeast who holds a Masters of Public Administration, said there are three major hurdles facing minorities who aspire to become teachers. After working at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Teacher Prep Student Support Services program, we found that black, low-income, first-generation college students had barriers that prevented them from completing their education degrees,Ž Francis said. Because its required by most states and higher education institutions to pass the Praxis I and II exams as well as all required courses, minorities have not been able to do so and they change their majors to something more compatible,Ž she said. The second barrier is the financial and family obligations which may hinder future progress toward an education degree and the third barrier that I propose has to do with culture.Ž Melissa Mesku, also of Northeast, who works for New Worker magazine, said she once taught at a high school in a povertystricken New York neighborhood and circumstances made it difficult for her to continue her career. Im a woman of color and I taught English as a second language [ESL] for refugee and immigrant students and most of the newer teachers were also minorities at my school,Ž Mesku said. I stayed for a year. 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Philip Randolph Park was the site of the Eastside L.O.V.E. Arts and Vendor Market. Vendors selling jewelry, clothes, and fruit sat in the hot sun as attendees searched for the best deal. Parents and children enjoyed refreshments, bouncy houses, face painting and train rides. Eastside and Northside L.O.V.E. (Lifting our Various Enterprises) Organizers promote taking pride in your neighborhood and supporting small businesses in a safe environment for children. The next Lifting Our Various Businesses is the Northside L.O.V.E. event scheduled for Saturday, September 13th at Lonnie Miller Park, 5054 Soutel. For more information or to participate in Lifting Our Various Businesses events call 755-5281. Pictured with Fresh Fruit vendors Rosemary Bland Gordon and Mildred Bland Taylor are Eastside Love organizers (left to right) Lee Johnson, Alena Johnson, Angie Nixon, Yolanda Copeland and Leandrew Mills, III. 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By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Many African Americans feel like there has been an unofficial war declared on Blacks, especially young Black males. Just in the past month alone, there have been the police murders of Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), Ezell Ford (Los Angeles, and Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.). Each of these victims were all unarmed, young, Black and male. In each instance, there were credible witnesses or video recordings that recounted events very differently from the official police version. Based on what we know so far, I think all the policemen involved in these unjustified deaths should be convicted of murder and sent to jail. As abhorrent as these actions were, they should spark a larger, separate conversation about the images that we have created around Black life and Black culture. To reiterate, regardless of these images, there is no justification for killing those young Black men. Lets be clear about that. But lets be equally clear and courageous enough to take another look at what we are contributing to the misperceptions and stereotypes of us as a race. This is a separate conversation from what happened in New York, LA and Ferguson, Mo., but this is as good a time to hold it as any. For the past 30 years, we have created images of Blacks in the most negative of lights. For those who would say its just music, its just a movie, its just a reality TV show; I say now there is just another Black body lying in the streets of America. Before you go to war, the first thing that is needed is to create a psychological operations campaign (psy-ops). This is a tactic that the military uses to marginalize its targeted population so that when the troops are sent in to destroy this group, there is no public outcry. Just look at how the U.S. military vilified and demonized former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and terrorist Osama Bin Laden before we set out to kill them. Upon their deaths at the hands of the U.S. military, the American people cheered because we had devalued and marginalized them before the American people. I cant help but ask the Black community, have we unleashed a pys-ops campaign on our own people? In the horror movie series Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein did not set out to create a monster; but rather he was a scientist playing around in his laboratory. As a result of this experimentation, he created a monster that neither he nor society could control. In a similar manner, one could argue that Blacks, specifically in Hip-Hop, have experimented in the laboratory called a recording studio; and by exercising their First Amendment Right of freedom of speech and expression through music, they have created their own version of Frankenstein. In the beginning, like with Frankenstein, people marveled at this new creation and people were willing to pay to see and hear it. There was Rappers Delight,Ž there was The Message,Ž and there was Fight the Power.Ž Then, the imagery and lyrics took a twisted turn under a perverted interpretation of the First Amendment called keeping it real.Ž Now, the establishment, especially the police, had become the enemy. Hip-Hop became a counterculture movement that turned into a monster that could no longer be controlled. Women became bitches and hoes,Ž men became hypersexualized thugs who were only out to force themselves on your daughters and to get rich or die trying.Ž When rap music started, it was a verbal extension of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in the spirit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; it was about the uplifting of our community and providing a voice to those often without a voice. Then in the 1990s, rap took a more militaristic tone with the creation of gangsta rap.Ž This too, was an verbal extension of the Civil Rights movement; but more in the spirit of Malcolm X on steroids. These artists represented those in the hoodŽ who felt trapped and abused by the system. They felt like no one cared about them and that life was about the here and now … immediate gratification; so screw the future. They wanted to get theirs now.Ž They wanted to live fast, even if it meant dying young. This ultimately led to the thugŽ culture, personified by hit movies like Scarface, New Jack City and Carlitos Way; each glorified the criminal lifestyle. Then you had the crack epidemic of the 1990s with the violence that it brought into the hood. All these factors combined to create a narrative that Black life was worthless and Black youth brought no value to society. Its too bad the rap world didnt heed the words of Chuck D, KRSOne, Doug E. Fresh, Heavy D, MC Lyte, Kool Moe Dee. D-Nice, Daddy-O and others on the all-time classic, Self Destruction,Ž which had as its chorus, SelfDestruction, ya headed for SelfDestruction (repeat).Ž Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. Where does one begin with the discussion about whats going on in Ferguson, MO? Perhaps it is best to be consistent and start with a quote like I normally do. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, A riot is the language of the unheard.Ž I dont have to tell the story of Michael Brown. By now, most people know what happened. In fact, a colleague of mine is in Turkey and posted a picture of a Turkish newspaper showing the full-page article about Ferguson, onInstagram. So there is no doubt that the world is watching. But why riot, why protest, why raise hell? Brown was shot at least six times, all to the front of his body, according to the preliminary results. Four bullets went into his right arm, and he was shot twice in the head. Here is where the story gets the most controversial. Some witnesses said they saw a scuffle between the officer and Brown at the police car before the young man was shot. Of course, police said Brown struggled with the officer and reached for his weapon. But several other witnesses said Brown raised his hands and was not attacking the officer. Initially, the police refused to even tell the family and public how many times Brown was shot, because of the pending investigation.Ž I cant imagine how upset the family was; and of course … the public was enraged as well. The family brought in high-profile forensic pathologist Michael Baden to do a private autopsy. According to Baden, the bullets that struck Brown were not fired from close range, as indicated by the absence of gunpowder residue on his body. This totally contradicts the polices story that Brown attacked the officer. So for those who dont understand, this article probably will not help you get there, but in the view of most of Black America … enough is enough. Michael Brown is another example of an unarmed African American teen being shot and killed by an armed white man. Regardless of the type of person Brown was, there are some facts that are crystal clear … Brown was unarmed, and was shot multiple times and killed. Enough is enough … and black people are tired of listening to armed assailants like George Zimmerman and the Ferguson police office who say that they feared for their lives so they were justified in killing our youth. Enough is enough … and blacks are tired of being told that,"this has nothing to do with race.Ž Well, we are not ignorant. Race has been and will continue to be an issue in America because we refuse to have honest dialogue about our differences. I hate that I have to constantly remind my teenage son to be careful when interacting with police and even older white men in general. Of course, we should all teach our children to be respectful of authority and their elders, but that can only go so far when you are minding your own business and someone starts harassing you, like with the Jordan Davis case. And in this great country of ours, equality still continues to be an issue. I often think of a quote from Langston Hughes who said, "I swear to the Lord I still can't see why Democracy means everybody but me." Enough is enough … African Americans are tired of watching videos like the one we saw of Eric Garner being placed in a chokehold by NYPD, listening to him say "Ican't breathe, I can't breathe,Ž and then watching him die minutes later. So in many ways, Ferguson is a build up of local and national racial tensions. And the scene is intense. There have been days of peaceful and not so peaceful protest. Protesters have marched every day since the murder of Brown saying, "Hands up, don't shoot,Ž and "No justice, no peace.Ž Many others were singing church hymns according to reports from the scene. Amidst the peace has been some violence and disarray. A handful of protesters have thrown rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails at police. Officers have responded by firing stun grenades and tear gas canisters. So why riot? Over the past several years, African Americans have dealt with the murders of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and now Michael Brown; but there are so many more unarmed black men that have died the same way. There are names like Eric Garner, Dante Parker, John Crawford, and Ezell Ford who have all faced similar deaths. So what is the value of a black life in America these days? Brown is another young black man who will not be at thetrial to tell his side of the story. Focusing on Ferguson for a moment. This is a community that has deep-rooted systemic problems. The town is a predominately black community with a mostly white police force. Only three of the city's 53 officers are AfricanAmerican. This is a town that is basically a suburb of St. Louis and is located 10 miles north of downtown. According to the most recent census, 67 percent of Ferguson's residents are black; 29 percent are white, and its a fairly young town with an average age is 31. But again, Ferguson is a real life microcosm of the challenges this country still faces regarding race and the racial inequalities that still exist. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once said, I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred, and the mistrustƒWe must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.Ž Page 4 Ms.Perrys Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, Id like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $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: 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 Lee Daniels City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Rep. Reggie Fullwood Michael Brown Another Example of Racial Challenges Facing AmericaAugust 21-27, 2014 Black Americans Threat From Whites Wearing BadgesThe disjointed, gap-laden manner in which Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson revealed the name of the police officer who shot 18-yearold Michael Brown to death … all the while alleging that Brown had robbed a convenience store a short time before their encounter … should convince any thinking person that that communitys White power structure is engaged in a cover-up. Jacksons behavior only increased the already-voluminous questions about the actions of the officer, Darren Wilson, in his confrontation with Brown on August 9, and about the rough-house, violent conduct of the police under Jacksons command during the following week. Indeed, one could start by asking why Jackson would release those two pieces of highly sensitive information, which, of course, he had in his possession all week, without first consulting with Gov. Jay Nixon and Capt. Ron Johnson, the state Highway Patrol leader whom Nixon had brought in to end the violence„from freelance looters and police. Why not do that and then, release the information at a news conference with Gov. Nixon and Capt. Johnson at his side? Heres one answer: Because Jackson and city officials are still craftingŽ the rightŽ story of what happened that ended with Wilson shooting Michael Brown multiple times.Ž So, hes branded Michael Brown a criminal … red meat to those wholl grasp at anything to exonerate Wilson and the police of wrongdoing. Michael Browns death is joined with the recent police killings of Eric Garner, of New York City; and Ezell Ford, of Los Angeles, and a long, tragic list because it exemplifies a particular societal phenomenon: unarmed Black civilians who were not apparently engaged in any wrongdoing killed during a sudden confrontation with White police officers. Ironically, one perspective on why these tragedies recur again and again can be gained from considering what happened to Raymond Wilford, a Black Seattle resident, on the same day of Michael Browns death, Saturday, August 9, as he walked to meet a friend at the mall. According to news reports, as Wilford approached the mall where a peaceful pro-Palestinian rally was underway, he was suddenly accosted by a White man who was shirtless, and, witnesses later said, had been harassing the demonstrators with racist slurs. Much of the brief confrontation between Wilford and the man was captured in pictures and a video taken by a photographer who had been covering the demonstration. Wilford, taken aback, raised his fists as if prepared to defend himself against the man whom he said was saying a bunch of racial stuffŽ to him and had also raised his hands as if to fight. But neither man threw any punches. Thats when the White mall security guard appeared and, according to Wilford and several witnesses, completely ignored the shirtless White man who was yelling and actually walking toward him, and sprayed Wilford with pepper spray. In the video, witnesses can be heard yelling to the security cop, You maced the wrong guy!Ž The video also shows the security guard grabbing Wilford, now disabled by the pepper spray, by the arm and pulling him into the mall, the both of them followed by witnesses shouting that Wilford had done nothing wrong. A Seattle police officer, who had arrived late to the confrontation, told the witnesses not to interfere. Meanwhile, the shirtless White man just walked away. He still hasnt been identified. Wilford told the Seattle Times that in the mall, he was given baby shampoo to wash his face, then after 25 minutes, released at the order of a police officer. Wilford, a father of two, said the security guard apologized to him before he was released, but that hes considering filing a complaint. The injury Raymond Wilford suffered was minor.Ž Thats precisely why it underscores the potential threat from White men wearing badges of some sort of authorityŽ Black males … face every day. If that Seattle mall security guard had had a gun, would Raymond Wilfords name now be on the long list of unarmed Black men, women and children killed by Whites with badgesŽ in questionable circumstances? Broadening the focus of our questioning, does the desire to controlŽ Black people … or the fear of Black people … that drove the security guard to such rash and wrong action also infect some number of police officers in localities all across America? Is that fundamentally why Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and Ezell Ford were killed? For me, the answers to those questions and a series of other questions they provoke are on tragic display in the video of Raymond Wilfords unjustified arrest, which he survived, and in the video of Eric Garners unjustified arrest, which he did not. Do We Perpetuate Black Stereotypes?


The 2014 football season will mark the fiftieth season of football being played at William M. Raines Senior High School. The first game ever played was on September 10, 1965, against the Engineers of the former Stanton Vocational High School. The game was held at the current James P. Small Ballpark with Raines being victorious by the score of 45-7, and gave them a 2-1 record. (The first home game for the Vikings that year was played on September 24 against Sol Johnson High from Savannah, GA.) Under former head coach Earl S. Kitchings, Raines would finish the year with an 8-1-1, winning the first conference championship in school history [Gateway 5] along with being runner-up in the Big 9 North Conference of the FIAA. The team placed nine players on the AllCounty including: Ken Burrough, Charles Collins, Ronald Denson, John Fields, Rickey Holden, Gilbert Long, Randall Malpress, Harold Thomas, and Bill Thomas. Each earned First Team honors. Raines High once held the distinction of having had more players to play in the NFL than any other high school in the nation. The list contains 35 players. The Vikings will play their home opener [against another predominantly black high school from the segregation era] when they host Northwestern of Miami on September 6, 2014 at 7 p m. Other activities are being planned for the game. Named for former principal and local educator William Marion Raines, and under the leadership of the first principal Dr. Andrew A. Robinson, the school has graduated over 12,000 students, including hundreds who have distinguished themselves in the areas of academics, business, entertainment, music, and sports. The opening of William M. Raines Senior High School occurred on January 25, 1965, and to honor the tradition and legacy of this historic school, a yearlong celebration will begin with the Founders Day Assembly, January 25th, 2015. For more information, contact The Raines Anniversary Steering Committee via email: August 21-27, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 5 Every year Edward Waters College freshmen participate in a week-long Rites of Passage ceremony for New Student Orientation. On Sunday, August 17th, the 2014 theme was entitled FamilyŽ. All incoming freshmen and new students convened in the Milne Auditorium to begin a week to learn the core values of the College. EWC is Florida's oldest historically black college with a 54% male student population. The hot topic for the students was the recent Ferguson, Missouri shooting of black male Michael Brown. With the nation in an uproar over the shooting, many EWC students expressed that the shooting really hit home. EWC black male campus programs include the EWC Black Male College Explorers and Call Me MISTER where topics like "are black males a threat?" are discussed openly. Maurice Miller a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity was in the audience, We the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Inc are in support of Mike Brown and his Family and the fight against inequality in any form. The tragedy in Ferguson could have been any of us in this picture. This is just one of many examples of how we young Black men are targeted even when walking the right path. This is a true shame that this young man life was cut short of his true potential.Ž In protest of the Ferguson shooting, EWC students took a "Please Don't Shoot I'm Un Armed" photo. Pictured are Alpha Phi Alpha students and alumni Maurice Miller, Roland Sickles, Kadeem Bell, Jhon Shellman Roland Young and Bobby Bogan.EWC Rites of Passage Ceremony Supports Michael Brown Raines High School Celebrating 50th Year of Sports and Education Empowerment Resources, Inc., (ERI) continued its celebration of 10 years of service to the Jacksonville community at the Give 10Ž Mixer last week at Havana Jax. The mixer was put on by the organization to reveal its new website, showcase its 10 Year Success Booklet, and share volunteer opportunities with attendees. At the mixer, guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers as they learned about the work ERI is doing in the community. Founding Executive Director, Elexia Coleman-Moss, unveiled the organization's new website where visitors can make donations, complete volunteer applications or even apply for ERI's signature program, Journey Into Womanhood. The evening also included a showcase of Empowerment Resources' 10 Year Success booklet. This booklet summarizes the organization's work by displaying statistical data, showcasing the three signature programs, and detailing its goals for the next five years. For example, in the Journey Into Womanhood program section of the booklet the data reveals that high school graduation rates among program participants is significantly higher than local graduation rates. I am pleased to see the results from our 10 years of service,Ž said Elexia Coleman-Moss, I get to see the impact on an individual level everyday in the work that we do, but to see what we've accomplished over 10 years has been truly amazing.Ž For more information about Empowerment Resources visit www.empowermentresourcesinc.or g or call 904-268-8287. Empowerment Resources, Inc. is a private 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, that has empowered more than 600 youth and adults in Duval and surrounding counties through its signature programs, Journey Into Womanhood, Life Skills Workshops and Parenting Education. Its programs help meet the needs of the community by exposing families to valuable resources. Gabrielle Torres, Ashley Trapp-Woodard, Elaine White, Elexia Coleman-Moss and Sophia Perez enjoy the eveningEmpowerment Resources Shares Successes at Give 10 Mixer Deeply rooted in the schools commitment to prepare scholars for college, SHARP is the mantra at Valor Academy of Leadership representing the importance of being Self Aware, Humble, Appreciative, Respectful and Persistent. In addition to being SHARP is the expectation to look SHARP, as young men are required to wear a uniform daily of slacks, shirt, tie, vest, dress-shoes, and the signature Valor blazer, embodying the honor, integrity, pride and responsibility that distinguishes Valor Scholars. Mr. Cleve Warren, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Valor Academy, will deliver the keynote address for the Trailblazer Ceremony on Saturday, August 23rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Open Arms Christian Fellowship (2763 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218) with a reception immediately following. Enrollment for grades 6, 7 and 9 remains open but space is limited. For more information about enrollment or the event, visit, call (904) 469-8195. www.nefl21 1.orgServing Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Putnam, Columbia, Suwannee and Hamilton counties Your Access to Information and Referrals for Human Services, 24 / 7. Get the Help You Need 211CALL-Valor Academy to Present Scholars at Inaugural Trailblazer Ceremony


Page 6 Ms. Perrys Free Press August 21-27, 2014 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Pastor Landon Williams 8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Morning WorshipTuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM Sunday 2 PM 3 PM **FREE TUTORIG FOR YOUTH I EGLISH, SCIECE, HISTORY AD MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.  Walk in My Shoes Ž Communitywide Shoe DriveWalk in my ShoesŽ 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 will end September 1st. For more information and bag pick-up call the Women of Color Cultural Foundation at 683-1757 or email Call to the CommunityThe Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is soliciting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies. Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver Street Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit or call 240-9133 or email P.U.SH. Ministry Annual Worship and Word ServiceThe Refreshing Women Pray Until Something Happens Ministry will celebrate their annual Worship and Word Service, September 21st at 4 p.m. This years theme is Women Igniting A revolution,Ž taken from 1st Samuel 17th verse. The speaker is Eldress Mary Palmer of Lawtey Florida. The location of the event is Power of Faith Church, 3910 Atlantic Blvd. at 4 p.m. A talent show will held and the Ms. RWPM P.U.SH 2014 will be crowned. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information contact Reverend Mattie Freeman at 221-7322 or email or via the web at 9th Annual "Tournament of Unity" Fundraising EventOn Saturday, August 30th at 7 a.m. join Northside Community Involvement for their 9th Annual Charity Golf "Tournament of Unity" on the Ocean Links Golf Course at the Omni Resort Amelia Island resort, 6800 1st Coast Hwy, Fernandina Beach, FL. Event is open to all male and female amateur and professional golfers. PGA Golf Clinic is at 7:30 a.m. The "Tournament of Unity" raises funds to support the services of low or extremelyŽ low income children and families to assist with child development, families and children intervention, and transitional housing. For any questions contact Jerry Harper at 302-5141 or visit Philip Episcopal Church Weekend Fundraiser St. Philips Episcopal Church will be hosting a Fundraiser September 12th13th and September 26th-27th. On both Saturdays, there will be a car wash, a DJ, raffles, wii video game competition, dominoes, and card games for adults. Lunches will be served on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fundraiser will assist with the repair cost for the church buildings. For further information call the church office at 354-1053 or email Saint Paul Lutheran Church Presents a Praise Connection ServiceThe Saint Paul Lutheran Church 2014 Praise Connection is scheduled for Sunday, September 28th, at 4 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Reverend James Wiggins Jr.-Pastor, 2730 W. Edgewood Avenue. The event serves as the official debut of the A'saph Worship Team. Refreshments will be served immediately after the event. For more Information, contact the founder Jasmine J. Bullock at 352-708-0277. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464 Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Church school 9:30 a.m. Bible Study 6:45 p.m.Midweek Services Wednesday oon Service Miracle at MiddayŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web Grace and Peacevisit Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus GodHead Prayer Ministry Presents Couples Banquet, Clarion CallŽ Tamela Mann in Concert at Titus Harvest DomeTitus Harvest Dome presents gospel artist and actress Tamela Mann, live in concert, Saturday, August 30th at Titus Harvest Dome Spectrum, 12335 Atlantic Blvd. Come hear Tamela sing her Stellar Award winning hit Take me to the KingŽ. For tickets and more info call the church at 724-6769 or visit Missionary Baptist Fun in the SunŽ DayCome join Eugene L. White, Pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church, 347 W. 21st Street for a Fun in the SunŽ day! Enjoy bouncing houses, water slide pool, face painting, refreshments, Saturday, September 13th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the church office at 634-0931.Wayman Ministries' Women of Virtue 2014 Womens ConferenceAugust 22-24th. The theme is More Like HimŽ. Event highlights include Sisterhood Night, Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m. at Wayman Chapel, 8855 Sanchez Road. Enjoy food, games and fellowship! The conference workshops for youth and adult women will be held at Spirit of Life, 1176 Labelle Street, Saturday, August 23rd, 9 … 1 p.m. The Closing Worship Service is Sunday, August 24th at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Pastor Sharon Y. Riley of Orlando, Florida. For more information or to register visit or call 739-7500.First ew Zion Missionary Baptist Christian Womens ConferenceFirst New Zion Missionary Baptist Church invites the Jacksonville Community to thier annual Christian Womens Conference that continued through August 23rd. The theme is Christian Women Working and Worshipping through the Power of Prayer.Ž The conference agenda continues as follows: Conference Banquet, Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m. Sister Virginia Hayes, Womens President of Florida General Baptist Convention is the guest speaker; Conference Workshop, Saturday, August 23rd at 8:30 a.m., Sister Faye Cummings is theme speaker and Sister Carolyn Simpson-Harold is the keynote speaker. Workshop leaders: Sister Denise Smith, Sister Carolyn Brown and Lady Kathy McQueen. All worship services are free and open to the public! First New Zion Missionary Baptist Church is located at 4835 Soutel. Dr. Reverend James B. Sampson is the Pastor. For more information call 765-3111. Pastor Alfred and Jemima Mumphrey Apostle Debrah Gordon-OsagiedeGodhead Prayer Ministry is inviting the Jacksonville Community to their Couples/Singles Banquet, Saturday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. The banquet will be held at The Hilton Garden Inn, 9745 Gate Pkwy. Hosting the event are Pastors Alfred and Jemimma Mumphrey and Apostle Debrah Eunice Gordon-Osagiede. They are also planning the Clarion CallŽ 2014 Revisited. The theme is A Time For Gods Favor and RestorationŽ, August 29th and August 30th at 6 p.m. On Sunday August 31st at 1 p.m. celebrate the closing service. The Clarion Call location is the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 4888 Lenoir Avenue. For more details and info call 476-6357 or email or via the web at Admission is free and open to the public. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ 2nd Pastoral Anniversary Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is celebrating their Pastors Elder Clarence L. Sr., and Elect Lady Missionary Lula Jones second pastoral anniversary, Thursday and Friday August 21 and 22nd at 7:30 p.m. and ending Sunday, August 24th during the 11 a.m. worship service. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is inviting the community to come and share with them on this special occasion. Faust Temple Church of God in Christ is located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. For additional information call the church office at 353-1418.Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Celebrates 122 YearsThe community is invited to join Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church in celebrating 122 years of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The anniversary celebration will continue on Sunday, August 24th with the Rev. H. B. Charles, Jr., pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church; the Rev. Dr. Kelly E. Brown, Jr., pastor of Greater Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church and their choirs and members are special guests for the 4 p. m. service. Everyone is invited to attend these services of praise, worship and powerful preaching. Emanuel Missionary Baptist is located at 2407 Rev. S. L. Badger, Jr. Circle. For more information call the church office at 3569371. The Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson is pastor.OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event date will be printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 7658611or e-mail to


According to David Proost, a psychologist in Dallas, Texas who specializes in child and adolescent psychology, social media use can turn into a problem when a teens sense of self worth relies on peer approval. Whether they're posting from the football game bleachers or on a family vacation, teens can access social media anywhere and at all times. And because of the constant connection, it can be dangerous for young people overly concerned with others' opinions. They may feel like they can never escape the social environment and are constantly faced with peer pressure. Proost says, spending extended portions of time every day updating your profile or looking at others profiles could indicate an addiction or impact your mental health. "There is that danger that one negative comment can send you down this spiral of ridicule and depression,Ž he points out. He adds that parents should look for changes in behavior or if a teen seems stressed by social media. While it's typical for teenagers to isolate themselves with their phones, drastic changes in mood could be a red flag. The mental health outcomes that were starting to look at now are things like body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety,Ž Proost says. We are starting to see those things creep up and be related conditions to excessive [social media] use.Ž What Can Parents Do? Because older generations often don't understand photo filters and hashtags such as #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and #MCM (Man Crush Monday), young people are exploring new social territory without guidance or limits. By navigating this new terrain alone, some run into problems. In moderation, selfies and social media can be positive tools for self-expression. Proost says parents can help their teen have a positive online experience by allowing access to social media when they feel their son or daughter reaches an age when they can handle it. Knowing how long your teen spends online is also important to ensure they're not spending an excessive amount of time on social networks. While schools may teach about cyberbullying and online predators, it's important for parents to educate their teens on the mental dangers of social media addiction and advise them to not post anything too personal or identifying information such as their cellphone number or address. Pamela Rutledge, a media psychologist and director of the Media Psychologist Research Center in Newport Beach, Cal., tells parents, Its really important to talk to kids and not lecture them,Ž With most teenagers, making pronouncements doesnt work nearly as well as negotiating,Ž she added. Proost says, Parents should also help their teens form an identity independent from their online profiles. Empower them to explore their strengths and develop their skills,Ž Because teens decision-making abilities are still developing, it's imperative to always keep the discussion about healthy online behavior open. Its all about balance … balance of purpose as well as balance of use,Ž Rutledge says. Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. Until now, it hasnt been clear exactly how stress impacts health and promotes disease, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh said they have found that chronic psychological stress is associated with the body losing its ability to regulate the inflammatory response. Prolonged stress alters the effectiveness of cortisol, which regulates the inflammatory response because it decreases tissue sensitivity to the hormone,Ž said Sheldon Cohen, a professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellons Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Cortisol counts as a steroid hormone thats activated in the body when theres a prevalence of stress. Inflammation is partly regulated by the cortisol and when cortisol isnt allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control,Ž Cohen said. Health officials said when it comes to stress; no group has more anxiety than African-Americans. Now, more than ever, blacks are facing a reduction in income, a lack of adequate employment, housing discrimination and other issues that can trigger mental health problems. Also, those in African-American and other minority communities are less likely to access care for mental health issues because of the stigma that surrounds depression, a lack of self-esteem and other problems, said Sophie Clark, the executive director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) in Southeast. Researchers said major depression has been discovered to be the single largest cause of disability in the world and, despite that fact, it routinely goes unrecognized, undiagnosed and untreated. Mental health issues are more [common] than most people realize,Ž Clark said. The stigma surrounding mental health issues affect everyone, but it has a greater impact in communities of color.Ž At least 10,000 District of Columbia residents suffer from mental health issues, according to figures obtained from NAMI. Officials said African-Americans shouldnt wait for assistance and they must also take the initiative in letting their physicians and loved ones know if theyre experiencing mental health problems. Dr. Kisha Davis, director of community outreach for the Casey Health Institute, an integrative medicine center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, said blacks tend to rely on family, religious and social communities for emotional support rather than turning to health care professionals. The care providers they seek may not be aware of an important aspect of the persons life,Ž Davis said. In a study produced in July by the medical journal, General Hospital Psychiatry, researchers found that blacks with depression and another chronic medical condition, often dont receive the proper mental health treatment. Those who do seek treatment for depression are likely to receive medications from a primary care provider and are less likely to get care from specialized mental health providers, said the study authors at Carnegie Mellon. Consequently, those patients rarely receive the standard mental health care thats recommended in the guidelines provided by the American Psychiatric Association. People who have depression are more likely to develop other diseases and vice versa,Ž said Amma A. Agvemang, one of the studys authors. We found depression treatment below par for minorities, even those with co-morbid diabetes or hypertension. Having a mental illness makes both more complex to treat, and the rate of obtaining depression treatment remains low for this population,Ž Agvemang said. Health care experts also remain adamant that many of the problems associated with mental illness can be traced to stress. Regardless of race or background, all would do well to avoid stress. The immune systems ability to regulate inflammation predicts who will develop a cold, but more importantly it provides an explanation of how stress can promote disease,Ž Cohen said. When under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control, and consequently, produce levels of inflammation that promote disease. Knowing this is important for identifying which diseases may be influenced by stress and for preventing disease in chronologically stressed people.Ž August 21-27, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 7 DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 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 Oklahoma Pastor Indicted for Embezzling $900kWhat Parents, Kids Should Know About Social Media Pastor Willard Jones TULSA, Oklahoma The pastor of the Greater Cornerstone Church in west Tulsa has been indicted for financial fraud. Pastor Willard Lenord Jones, 63, is charged with three counts of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. Jones is the executive director of the Greater Cornerstone Community Development Project, located on 41st West Avenue. The community center offers a range of social services, ranging from help with food and clothing to health services. Court documents say as executive director, Jones solicited millions of dollars in donations for the center, then diverted $933,507.80 of those funds for his own use. According to the indictment, Jones began using funds belonging to the community center in 2007, transferring money from community center bank accounts to church bank accounts and moving the money into his personal bank accounts. Prosecutors say Jones also withdrew large sums of money from the church bank accounts which he then spent on himself. Prosecutors say Jones filed a false income tax return for 2011 in which he failed to report $390,061 in income. The government says Jones spent some of the money on construction on his home. According to the indictment, the dates and amounts were: August 29, 2011: $6,201 September 6, 2011: $13,710 October 5, 2011: $5,911 Prosecutors say he also spent the money on luxury items including hotels, restaurants, casinos, cars and liquor. The government says if convicted, Jones would have to forfeit his home in the 1900 block of North Santa Fe Place in Tulsa. He will also have to forfeit a Rolex 36MM watch as well as a mahogany mink full length fur coat with a "J J Jones" monogram with matching hat and gloves. If convicted, Jones would also face up to 20 years on each of the wire fraud charges and three years on the charge of filing a false tax return. A person who answered the phone at the Greater Cornerstone Community Development Project said the organization has no comment on the charges. Stress a Key Factor in Mental Health


The Wiz Stage Aurora Theatrical Company 100 Youth Voices presents ŽThe Wiz,Ž Saturday, August 23rd at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Wiz is a Broadway musical with the lively and dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul! For more information call 765-7372 or visit Stage Aurora is located at 5800 Norwood Avenue.Valor Academy Trailblazer CeremonySave the date for Valor Academys Trailblazer Ceremony, Saturday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. at FSCJ North Campus, 4501 Capper Road. Join Valor Academy as they commemorate the inaugural year by presenting Valor Schools as learners, leaders and trailblazer during a rite of passage celebration. Keynote Speak is Cleve Warren. For more information call 469-8195 or visit Fish Fry & Book SaleThe Durkeeville Historical Society will hold a Fish Fry and Book Sale, Saturday, August 23rd, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at their headquarters, located at 1293 W. 19th Street. For more info call 598-9567 or email Shrine CircusThe Morocco Shrine Circus is coming town, and it is bigger than ever! This years Circus SpectacularŽ runs through August 24th at the Morocco Shrine, 3800 St. Johns Bluff Rd S. Witness Americas Got Talents own Chicago BoyzŽ dazzling the audience with their acrobatic and basketball skills, or acrobats taking on the Spanish WebŽ. For more details visit or contact Kameshia Washington at Kameshia.Washington@cfmedia.n et or call 232-3001. Eat Up Downtown Eat Up Downtown is when local eateries collaborate to bring delectable meals at even more mouthwatering prices. Each restaurant has created an exclusive three-course menu that will leave your stomach and wallet full but begging for more! The eating will take place through August 24th, 6 to 11 p.m. For more details visit or call 634-0303.BCs Tina Lifford in The CircleŽJoin the Alhambra for a performance featuring Tina Lifford from NBCs ParenthoodŽ with two shows of The CircleŽ August 24th and 25th. The Circle centers around seven women in a Sister Circle. For more information visit or call the box office at 641-1212. The Alhambra Theatre is located at 12000 Beach Blvd.Seniors Citizens Strut The RunwayOn Saturday, August 23rd come watch as senior citizens strut on the runway with senior citizen models from Jacksonville and Atlanta as they model in the first annual Senior On The Runway Fashion ShowŽ at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Seniors ranging from ages 55-89 will entertain the audience with the finest clothes, shoes, and accessories that money can buy! For more information contact Carrie T. Hamilton at 957-7324 or email, Knife & Military ShowGun collectors and concealed weapons holders attend the North Florida Arms Collectors Gun, Knife and Military Show at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. S aturday August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th. The show is at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. For more information visit or call 633-6110.BCs Tina Lifford in The CircleŽJoin the Alhambra for a one-of-akind play featuring Tina Lifford from NBCs ParenthoodŽ with two shows of The CircleŽ August 24th and 25th. The Circle is a play about the inner journey seven women take in a Sister Circle a special way women support one another as they navigate through life. For more information visit or call the box office at 641-1212. The Ritz Sound and Vocal Auditions Calling all Middle School and High School Singers! The Ritz Sound and Vocal Performers is holding auditions, Thursday, August 28-29 at 4:30 p.m., 829 N. Davis St. Download your application online at or call 807-2010.Comedian Don DCŽ CurryComedian Don DCŽ Curry prolific standup comedian and headliner in top concert venues and comedy clubs across the country plays the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road, August 28th to 31st at the Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Road. Call 2924242 for tickets.Tom Joyner Family ReunionThe TJFR is set for Labor Day weekend in Kissimmee at the Gaylord Palms, 6000 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, Florida, August 28th to September 1st. Enjoy the party with a purpose and meet national celebrities, attend seminars, vendors and concerts! For more details call 407-248-9191or visit Hammond in ConcertReggae singer Beres Hammond known in particular for his romantic lovers rock and soulful voice will appear in concert, at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Friday, August 29th at 7 p.m. For more info visit or call 209-0399.Kingsland Catfish FestivalThe 32nd Kingsland Catfish Festival is now a one day event to be held Saturday, August 30th, 9 … 6 p.m., The festival's theme this year will be Remember when it was 1982?Ž. For more details visit www. or call 800-433-0225.Jax Unity Fest ConcertUnity Fest Concert starring Future and Tamar Braxton, plus Travis Porter, Currensy, Que and Chanel West Coast, Hosted by Bigga Rankins, Saturday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. For more information call 636-0507 or visit & Music FestivalJerome Brown presents the BBQ & Music Festival, Saturday, August 30th Labor Day Weekend at Metropolitan Park, 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Enjoy a BBQ cook-off competition, local musical guests, food and fun! National Jazz artist Najee and Rapper Kurtis Blow are the headliners. For more details email or call 683-6756.First ThursdaysFirst Thursdays Jacksonville is scheduled for September 4th at 12 noon at Jacksonville Urban League, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 903 W. Union St. Become a member and support the premier professional networking organization for Black, small and women owned businesses. For more info call 374 9313. Ritz Theater Museum and Amateur ightCome out to the Ritz Theatre, 829 N. Davis St. Friday, September 5th at 7:30 p.m. and see who has talent in Jacksonville. The only place in the City of Jacksonville where the audience is the judge! Hosted by Octavius "the Voice" Davis. Come cheer on the talent and enjoy special live band performances. For tickets call 807-2010 or visit Lorber FusionCalling all jazz lovers. Jeff Lorber Fusion is known to keep your toes tapping, Saturday, September 6th at 7 p.m. Featuring songs from his latest album, which is his strongest yet at the Ritz Theater, 829 N. Davis St. For tickets visit or call 8072010 or visit Cell WalkathonThe Sickle Cell 18th Annual Walkathon takes place, Saturday, September 13th at 9 a.m., FSCJ Downtown Campus, 101 W State St. The walkathon is held to increase the knowledge and understanding of sickle cell disease as a health problem through professional standards of administration, health care, public relations and fundraising. For more information call 271-0604.Run for the ArtsSupport the Riverside Fine Arts Association Arts and have fun while you run/walk for the arts. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13th at Bold City Brewery, 2670-7 Rosselle St. and takes you through the Riverside Neighborhood. For more info call 389-6222.Brighter Beginnings Health FairThe Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities presents a Brighter BeginningsŽ community Health Fair, Saturday, September 13th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Edward Waters College, 1401 Grunthal. St. Vincents 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 Willie Roberts at 308-7558. 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August 21-27, 2014 Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 9 Flipping Through the Free Press Files Bernard and Marion Gregory visiting the Free Press Betty and Tom Pettway with Joan and Bishop Philip R. Cousin Leo Dennis and Emma Morgan Dr.EvelynYoung and Mack Freeman Annette Brown and Lynette Jones Reggie Fullwood striking a pose in his first year of public office Betty Holzendorf and Tony elson Augusta, Georgia Metro Courier Publisher Barbara Gordon, Sylvia Perry and Kamil Ojoyo on the air! Mrs. Arnolta MamaŽ Williams 1997 Oldtimers Fun at the Park


Ms. Perrys Free Press Page 10 August 21-27, 2014 ’FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 19 25, 2014HOMECOMINGS SCHEDULE; TWO NEW HOOPS COACHES AT GRAMBLING; NEW PAINE AD BCSP Notes Stills gets promotion at MEAC NORFOLK, Va. The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced the promotion of Sonja Stills to Senior Associate Commissioner for the conference. Stills is entering her 13th year at the MEAC. Named as the Associate Commissioner for Administration & Compliance a year ago, Stills will now serve as the conference's Senior Associate Commissioner and continues her role as the conference's Senior Woman Administrator. Since her arrival to the MEAC, Stills has held the positions of Assistant Commissioner, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner and Director of Compliance. She also serves as the Coordinator of the MEAC Cheerleading Championships. She serves as the conference's liaison to the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, Executive Committee, Athletic Academic Support Association and Delegate Assembly. She also serves on the Policy Committee for the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association. Ms. Stills also served on the NCAA Legislative Council. She received her bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University in 1993 and her master's from Hampton University in 1996. She is a 2002 graduate of the Sports Management Institute and a 2008 graduate of the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement.Hinson returns to Fayetteville State FAYETTEVILLE, NC … Fayetteville State University has announced the hiring of Lamont Hinson in the department of athletics as the Assistant Athletics Director and Sports Information Director. Hinson will serve in an executive leadership role and be responsible for athletic media relations as a direct report to the Director of Athletics Hinson rejoins the FSU family after serving nearly six years as the director of sports information at Johnson C. Smith University Prior to relocating to Charlotte, NC, Hinson served two years as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Fayetteville State. In his post at Fayetteville State, Hinson will serve as the institutional representative to the media for all athletic activities; as well as work alongside the University Public Relations Director. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, coordinating media relations and game operation activities; writing and distributing press releases and media guides; maintaining the athletic website and compiling team statistical information. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Hinson graduated cum laude from Fayetteville State in 2003 with a bachelor's in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. He later earned a master's in Business Administration and in Sports Management from Barry University in 2006.Ratliff-Bowens new SID at Shaw RALEIGH, NC Shaw University has hired Lindsee Ratliff-Bowens as its new Sports Information Director (SID). As SID, Ratliff-Bowens serves as the public relations liaison for the University's athletics department, connecting the media, community, students, alumni and other University constituents with Shaw Athletics. Additionally, she provides statistics, writes sports and sport … related articles, and distributes information to the public through the athletic website, press releases, social media networks and other appropriate communication channels. Ratliff-Bowens received both her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in public relations and her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from North Carolina State University. Prior to coming to Shaw, Ratliff-Bowens interned in Shaw's sports information department where she provided statistics and wrote game stocompleting her undergraduate degrees she also has served as a student volunteer for NC State's Athletics Communications department.Steiner-Wilcoxson named head softball coach at Alabama State MONTGOMERY … Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson who led AuburnMontgomery to the 2014 NAIA national championship, has been named head softball coach at Alabama State In six seasons at AUM, Steiner-Wilcoxson led the Warhawks to three consecutive NAIA Tournaonship in program history. AUM won at least 30 games every season, including 40 or more victories in the past three seasons. Steiner-Wilcoxson compiled a 234-97-2 record at AUM. Last season, Steiner-Wilcoxson led the Warhawks to a 44-7 record, including a school-record 24-game winning streak. AUM won the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 25-1 record, as she earned SSAC Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in her career. During her tenure, AUM was ranked in the NAIA Coaches Top-25 Poll for 44 consecutive weeks, including 22 straight weeks inside the top 10. In the NAIA postseason poll following the 2012 season, AUM entered Warhawks spent the past two seasons ranked in the Top 10 and were the unanimous No. 1 selection in the 2014 postseason edition. Prior to AUM, Steiner-Wilcoxson had a three-year stint at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., where she launched the Eagles softball program in 2005. At Reinhardt, she compiled an 84-80 overall record, including a 55-31 record in conference games. In her second year at the helm at Reinhardt, Steiner-Wilcoxson was named the 2006 Southern States Athletic Conference Softball Coach of A 1994 graduate of Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala., Steiner-Wilcoxson was a four-year starter in softball, volleyball and basketball, earning 12 varsity letters. She was inducted in the RHS Hall of Fame in 2006.STILL AT IT: Strong athletic programs and marching bands are key indicators to the health of black colleges says former FAMU President, Dr. Frederick Humphries.W ireImage.comKEEP HOPE &HOMECOMINGSALIVE ANOTHER GRAMBLING HOOPS HIRE: Grambling State basketball coaching vacancies for both its men's and women's programs. According to a "Breaking News" report on the Grambling State University Mighty Tiger Football Team Facebook Page, the school has hired Nadine Domond as its next head women's basketGrambling athletics department. Domond would succeed former head coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs who is now the interim athletics director. Cage-Bibbs missed all of last season due to neck surgery and assistant coach Lou Hamilton as interim coach during Cage-Bibbs' absence, has been hired as an assistant at Delaware State job. Domond played for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA following a four-year career at Iowa. She played overseas in France, Poland and Israel before beginning her coaching career as a graduate assistant for CageBibbs at Hampton in 2002. Domond was head coach for Northrop Grumman Apprentice School from 2005 to 2007 and most recently served as founder and director of ND Basketball, an organization that "provides personal basketball training, group and team training, motivational speaking, evaluations and coaching clinics. She becomes the second head basketball coach hired at Grambling State in the past month. Shawn Walker the head coach at Elizabeth City State for the past 12 seasons, was reportedly hired in late July to replace Joseph Price who was let go along with Athletics Director Aaron James in a house cleaning earlier this summer when interim president Cynthia Warrick took over. Walker's hiring by the university though his name aphead coach. Walker played for Elizabeth City State „ totaling 1,461 points during his career „ in the early 1990s and took over the women's basketball program in 2001 before switching over to the men's side in 2002. He was voted the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Coach of the Year in 2008 after led ECSU to its third CIAA Tournament title in 2007. Walker previously served as the head coach at Voorhees College (South Carolina) from 1997 to 2001 and was a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock in 1995-96. Formal announcements from the athletic department on both hirings are expected once the contracts are approved by the state board that oversees colleges in the Louisiana system. PAINE SELECTS KOHN AS A-D: Selina B. Kohn female athletic director at Paine College during a morning press conference. a collegiate program in the AikenAugusta area. She also becomes the second female athletic director in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) joining Penny Minter of Lane College. Kohn served as Paine's associate athletic director and senior women's administrator before taking the program's top position. She replaces Tim Duncan who stepped down last month to become athletic director at Clayton State. Kohn is a former standout basketball player at Albany State who also had successful stints as the head basketball and volleyball coach at Paine. She won two SIAC Coach of the Year awards and two tournament titles in an eight-year stint as head basketball coach before stepping down after the 2005-06 season. UNDER THE BANNERWHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS Domond Walker LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor It's just past halfway through August but the North Carolina A&T State University Foundation has already announced that Gladys Knight will be the headliner at the "Alumni" concert as part of homecoming festivities on the weekend of October 25. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes will also be featured. Tickets are on sale now starting at $120 per. Such is the case at black college homecomings. The line-up for homecoming entertainment is perhaps more important than the game itself. By the way, the Aggies are hosting Florida A&M in the homecoming game, for what that's worth. The homecoming list on the BCSP this week (see 2014 HOMECOMINGS) is primarily to let fans and partisans know when their beloveds will play, not necessarily whom The entertainment line-up is perhaps more imporStillsSEPTEMBER 27 Tennessee State vs. Florida A&M 6:00pm CT OCTOBER 4 Alabama A&M vs. Grambling State 2:00pm CT Savannah State vs. Norfolk State 2:00pm ET Southern vs, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5:30pm CT OCTOBER 11 Bethune-Cookman vs. Howard 4:00pm ET Chowan vs. Bowie State 3:00pm ET Concordia-Selma vs. Wesley Coll. 12:00p CT Jackson State vs. Miss Valley State 2:00pm CT Livingstone vs. Saint Augustine's 1:30pm ET Miles vs. Central State 4:00pm CT Norfolk State vs. Delaware State 2:00pm ET Prairie View A&M vs. Alabama State 2:00pm CT Virginia Union vs. Lincoln (PA) 1:00pm ET West Virginia State vs. WV Wesleyan 1:30pm ET OCTOBER 18 Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern 2:00pm CT Bowie State vs. Virginia State 4:00pm ET Central State vs. Concordia-Selma 1:30pm CT Cheyney vs. Lock Haven 1:00pm ET Delaware State vs. NC A&T 2:00pm ET Grambling State vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff 2:00pm CT Howard vs. Florida A&M 1:00pm ET Kentucky State vs. Miles 1:30pm CT Langston vs. Wayland Baptist 2:00pm CT Lincoln (MO) vs. Texas College 2:00pm CT Lincoln (PA ) vs. Elizabeth City State 1:00pm ET Miss Valley State vs. Pr. View A&M 2:00pm CT Morehouse vs. Albany State 2:00pm ET Morgan State vs. NC Centra 1:00pm ET Paine vs. Edward Waters 2:00pm ET W-Salem State vs. St. Augustine's 1:30pm ET OCTOBER 25 Albany State vs. Clark Atlanta 2:00pm ET Benedict vs. Morehouse 2:00pm ET Edward Waters vs. N. News Appr. 3:00pm ET Elizabeth City State vs. Chowan 1:30pm ET Fort Valley State vs. Paine 2:00pm ET Lane vs. Miles 2:00pm CT NC A&T vs. Florida A&M 1:00pm ET St. Augustine's vs. Fayetteville State 2:00pm ET Shaw vs. Johnson C. Smith 1:00pm ET Texas Southern vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff 2:00pm CT Tuskegee vs. Kentucky State 1:00pm CT Virginia State vs. Lincoln (PA) 2:00pm ET Va.-Lynchburg vs. Wesley College 1:00pm ET NOVEMBER 1 Clark Atlanta vs. Paine 2:00pm ET Fayetteville State vs. Livingstone 2:00pm ET Florida A&M vs. Norfolk State 3:00pm ET Hampton vs. Morgan State 2:00pm ET J. C. Smith vs. Saint Augustine's 1:00pm ET SC State vs. Savannah State 1:30pm ET Texas College vs. Wayland Baptist 2:00pm CT NOVEMBER 8 Ark.-Pine Bluff vs. Prairie View A&M 2:30pm CT NC Central vs. Hampton 2:00pm ET Stillman vs. Clark Atlanta 1:00pm CT NOVEMBER 22 Alabama State vs. Stillman 1:00pm CT 2014 HOMECOMINGSHomecoming Team in Bold tant. That should not be particularly surprising. After all, the purpose for homecoming is to come back to your college home, revisiting your alma mater and the old friends and old haunts you used to frequent. The game is just what all the extra festivities surround. But it is perhaps the homecoming game itself, and perhaps more importantly, all black college football games that should reclaim the forefront and the spotlight. With HBCUs of all kinds, public and private, facing mounting funding and enrollment challenges, now is not the time to de-emphasize athletics. "When I came to homecoming (last season) and the stadium was half full, I'd never experienced that," said Dr. Frederick Humphries, president of Florida A&M from 1985 to 2001. "We always had the problem of not having enough seats to hold all of the people who would get into the stadium." The best indicators for black colleges and Homecomings, athletics do matterthe two things that give the greatest visibility to the institution are "the athletic program and the marching band," he was quoted by Tallahassee Democrat reporter St. Clair Murraine saying in a speech given to a Rattlers' athletics support group this week. "If you were to put it in priority where you should spend some money; you keep your athletic program strong and keep your marching band strong," Humphries said. He was particularly addressing a $3 million shortfall in FAMU's athletic budget that has caused the school to cancel its golf and men's tennis programs. Former Winston-Salem State Chancellor Alvin Schexnider doesn't agree. He told Alex Mullins, a North Carolina A&T graduate and current associate producer for CBS writing for Al Jazeera America last October, that "HBCU alums like to go back for homecoming, CIAA, MEAC (sporting events) and all of that, but so much of what we get involved and excited by is social, and higher education is a serious business. It's a serious enter"This needs to be a year of reclamation; restoring enthusiasm, restoring loyalty, restoring a commitment. . You all need to declare a new day; we are moving forward and we are going to make things happen."prise, and if we don't get serious about it, a lot of the institutions that we say we love so much won't be around." While greater support for athletics is not a versities, Humphries believes they are a step in the right direction. "This needs to be a year of reclamation; restoring enthusiasm, restoring loyalty, restoring a commitment to Florida A&M," he said. "We can't have naysayers; people who doubt and let the doubt overcome them in terms of what they are willing to do. "This year, we need to all get behind Florida A&M and don't accept negative viewpoints about the university. You all need to declare a new day; we are moving forward and we are going to make things happen." Humphries' message is a clarion call to all HBCU alums and supporters to get behind the universities and their athletic programs, including attendance at homecoming and all other games.Former Florida A&M President, Dr. Frederick Humpries on returning health to the universtiy and its athletic programs Kohn Hinson Ratliff-Bowens SteinerWilcoxson


by Lynn Jones Actress Tina Lifford will be in town this weekend and next week to educate and motivate local thespians on the business of acting. As a young eight year old girl growing up in Evanston, Illinois, Tina Lifford dream was to become a well-know actress. My father told me that actors didnt make enough money and were unhappy. I believed him and pursued acting as a hobby,Ž she said. At age 28, Tina heard a voice inside her heart that screamed, If you do not try acting you will be 40 years old and unhappy.Ž Eventually Tina listened to her heart and acting class director and upon his referral Tina grabbed her first screen actors guild role on the 80s hit show Knots Landing, where her first scripted words were Thank you very muchŽ. Tina continued, Now that I hear those words, I realize that I am thankful for all the great things that have happened to me as an actor. Currently Im in my 4th season on the NBC show Parenthood and many people recognize me from playing Otis Williams Mom in the Temptations story!Ž Tinas trip to Jacksonville came to fruition when she met Former WNBA President and Jacksonville resident Donna Orender in Los Angeles backstage at her play The Circle. The Circle is a play about the inner journey seven women take in a Sister Circle. A Sister Circle is a special way these women support one another as they all navigate the choppy waters of their lives. Donna and I met and we hit it off and she asked if Id be interested in bringing The Circle to Jacksonville. Of course I said yes and the rest is history.Ž When shes not in front of the camera, or presenting her stage play she conducts straight talk workshop experiences that provide uncommon skills for creating a fulfilling life and navigating life challenges to actors. Tinas advocacy is to teach the business of acting and provide the tools for actors to step into their destiny and delete any fears that they may have to achieve their goals. We will have a book signing and symposium too. I am so excited to come to Jacksonville for the play and to inform aspiring actors that the lies of negative selfperception are false and Im here to nurture and help you growŽ. Tina proved her father wrong and has been a working actress in Hollywood for more than twenty years, starring opposite icons such as Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner, Sydney Poitier, Danny Glover and many more. Shes starred in more 90-television shows, and been a voice in more than 40 films. Tina Liffords scheduled Jacksonville events includes her book signing of her book, The Little Book of Big Lies, Friday August 22nd at San Marco Book Store, 1971 San Marco Blvd; The Circle stage play August 24th and 25th at the Alhambra Dinner Theater, 12000 Beach Blvd; The actors, artists, entrepreneurs and anyone with a dream symposium, Tuesday, August 26th, 6 … 9 p.m. at the American Lung Association, 6852 Belfort Oaks Place. For more information call 638-8056 or visit Director Woody Allen could use some good press. Last Oscar season, allegations that he sexually assaulted his daughter years ago popped back up, almost derailing the nomination of Cate Blanchett for his most recent film Blue Jasmine. Well, the New York Observer sat down with Allen recently for a profile of the filmmaker and he said some things about diversity in his films thats raising eyebrows. Hes horrified when I bring up the subject,Ž wrote Roger Friedman for the Observer. We talk about the new generation of wonderful black actors like Viola Davis and wonder if theyll ever be cast in a Woody Allen film. He doesnt hesitate to respond: Not unless I write a story that requires it. You dont hire people based on race. You hire people based on who is correct for the part. The implication is that Im deliberately not hiring black actors, which is stupid. I cast only whats right for the part. Race, friendship means nothing to me except who is right for the part.'Ž Allens comments are incredibly telling about the lack of diversity in Hollywood. They suggests that there is limited thinking around what stories require black actors „ presumably ones where their being black is central to the narrative. What such thinking fails to understand, however, is that blackness is not always central in the lived experiences of black people. Conversely, Allen failed to explain „ and perhaps the interviewer didnt ask „ why his films on life and romance in New York City require white actors. August 21-27, 2014 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press The Free Press would love to share your event with our readers We do have a few guidelines that need to be followed 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check or money order. 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5Ws of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! NBC Parenthood Actress Tina Lifford Ignites Jax with a Play, Book Signing and Artist Symposium Drivers: $5,000 Sign-On Bonus!Great Pay! Consistent Freight! Great Miles on this Regional Account. Werner Enterprises:1-855-515-8447 Employment Opportunity by Ryan Pearson LOS ANGELES (AP) After five decades in show business, the man who shaped Motown with instantly recognizable hits like "My Girl" and "Tears of a Clown" says he can't stop writing. Smokey Robinson says he scribbles down lyrics on a pad or leaves a fragment of a tune on his own voice mail whenever inspiration hits. "I write on the plane, on the bus, on the train, I write in the bathroom," Robinson said in an interview. "I do have a bunch of songs that I'm very anxious to record." But you won't hear any of that material on his latest album, "Smokey & Friends,"released this week. The collection of Robinson tunes pairs the legendary singersongwriter with Elton John, Mary J. Blige, James Taylor, CeeLo Green, Miguel, Steven Tyler and more. Robinson, who is on a U.S. tour, talked about his duets collaborators and his love of being on the road. GETTIG A HOLD OF FRIEDS On "Smokey & Friends," Robinson sang "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" in-studio with longtime friend Steven Tyler, while the other tracks were pieced together electronically from separate recording sessions. Each collaborator picked a favorite song written by Robinson. Elton John, a Robinson friend for three decades, chose "The Tracks of My Tears," first recorded by the Miracles in 1965. "When we're around each other, we have a great time. Neither one of us is from affluency," Robinson said of John. "So when you come up like that and your dream is to be in show business or to sing or play and you get the chance to really do it and earn your living, and it's your life it's a wonderful thing." BACK ITO THE STORM Robinson heard John Legend cover his song "Quiet Storm" in concert and told the 35-year-old soul crooner backstage that he should record a version of it. "I look at people like John and I know that the future of show business is in good hands," Robinson said. The two join up on a new version of the tune, which in 1975 marked Robinson's return to the industry after a brief hiatus. "I'm very close to that song," he said. "It became a radio format and there are `quiet storm' stations all over the country now." MARY'S METAMORPHOSIS Robinson says he's been watching and listening to Mary J. Blige since she debuted in 1992 as the "queen of hip-hop soul." "Mary has done a metamorphosis from when I first met her," he said. "She came from having the image of the hip-hop world into what she has now. And that's a whole other vision of her. ... She's very spiritual. And she's one of the greatest singers ever." On the duets album, Blige sings "Being With You," first recorded by Robinson in 1981 on his solo album of the same name. GEERATIOS OF SMOKEY FAS Robinson, 74, has been performing for over five decades and won't be stopping anytime soon. He gets a spark of energy from seeing parents in the audience holding infants. "The first time I saw those people, they were on their parents' laps. There's everybody there from 6 months to 100, and they're of all races," he said. "I'm not going to get that anywhere else. I'm not going to get that same feeling, that same vibe, that same energy, anywhere else." There's no after-party after each two-hour show nowadays, though. "That was the party for me. I'm going to my hotel now. I'm going to watch some TV until I wind down and go to sleep. But it is a party," he said. "That's why I still do it." Smokey Robinson Taps Heavy Hitters For ew Duets Album Woody Allen: Wont Hire Black Actors Unless the Story Requires ItŽ Kevin Hart Engaged to Eniko Parrish Actor and comedian Kevin Hart proposed to his longtime girlfriend Eniko Parrish on this week, announcing the happy news on Instagram. The day was especially sweet for Parrish, who was also celebrating her 30th birthday. "Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman in the world. Today is your day babe & we are going to party like it's 1999....I love you so much. I'm a better man because of you. The Real Husbands of Hollywood star and the aspiring actress and model have been dating for five years. Hart was previously married to Atlanta Exes star Torrei Hart from 2003-2011.


Any time you are considered a subculture, its important to have your own reward system. If you try to assimilate, you will always be looking for validation from the majority group. That can do damage to your psyche,Ž Karen Arrington, founder of Miss Black USA Pageant, said. Miss Black USA contestants celebrate their own unique traits and differences.. They define their own standards of beauty, which come in various shades and sizes.Ž This years Miss Black USA Pageant, themed, Redefining Black Women,Ž was recently held at the University of the District of Columbias Arts Theatre and the finalists affirmed Arringtons assessment. The newly crowned Miss Black USA 2014 … Jasmine Mone Alexander, 25, who entered the pageant as Miss Black Colorado USA … epitomizes beauty, brains, and character far removed from stereotyped images of African-American women. Alexander, who holds a bachelors degree in communications and masters degree in human services/executive leadership from the University of North CarolinaCharlotte, said, One of the first endeavors I will undertake as Miss Black USA 2014 will be promoting the Heart Truth Campaign … which teaches women about heart disease and how to prevent it. One in four women dies from heart disease so I really want to push healthy eating and healthy lifestyles among young girls. Additionally, I want to bring more attention to the efforts of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. There are so many missing children and those who are victims of molestation and trafficking. These issues are dear to the Miss Black USA organization, so I will be working to bring awareness to them.Ž Amanda McCoy, Miss Black USA 2013, and Miss Black USA Junior Teen 2014 both shared Alexanders sentiments and her desire to empower and uplift other young women. My reign as Miss Black USA 2013 opened so many doors for me and created opportunities I never thought possible. I was so excited this past year to be able to minister to so many young girls and just because the reign ends doesnt mean that you give up the crown … technically you do, but you continue to carry it in your heart, so I will continue that work now that I have completed my reign,Ž McCoy said. For Kennedy Byrd, 13, a firsttime pageant contestant, her desire to help others as well as a love for the stage … especially dancing … led her to take a chance at the crown. Following her victory, Byrd, a North Carolina native, said she was eager to roll up her sleeves and use her title to help others. It feels great to have been crowned Miss Black USA Junior. I am ready to get going and jump into a number of community service projects. Specifically, I want to work with orphanages or kids who need help building their selfesteem,Ž Byrd said. Page 12 Ms. Perrys Free Press August 21-27, 2014 2014 Weekly ad in hand. Coupons in pocket. BOGO-vision on. Its time to Air Force Officer Wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title President Obama has taken a brief respite from his vacation to return to Washington for briefings on Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri. On Monday morning, he met with Attorney General Eric Holder and also spoke with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill to discuss unfolding events in the Missouri town. Obama had harsh words for the "small minority" responsible for the violence and looting that took place over the weekend. He said that he understands the passion and anger prompted by the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, but said that such behavior "only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos" and undermines justice. He also said that the constitutional rights to speak freely, peacefully protest and to report on it in the press must be "vigilantly safeguarded" and condemned excessive force by police. "In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear," Obama said, adding that he hopes to change both perception and reality through programs like his My Brother's Keeper initiative. "But that requires that we build and not tear down. And that requires that we listen and not just shout. That's how we're going to move forward together: by trying to unite each other and understand each other and not simply divide ourselves from one another." The president announced that Holder will travel to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with FBI agents and officials who are conducting a civil rights investigation into Michael Brown's shooting death. He also will meet with community leaders, "whose support is so critical to bringing about peace and calm" there. On Tuesday, Ronald Davis, who heads DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services, will travel to Ferguson to work with police officials on the ground. Despite the president's call for peace and calm last Thursday, chaos has escalated in Ferguson, prompting Nixon to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard. Obama said he would assess the National Guard's impact to determine whether it is helping or hindering the situation. BET Networks will air a onehour news special, hosted by Marc Lamont Hill and Keke Palmer, on Michael Brown's death and the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri. President Obama with Attorney General Eric HolderObama: In too Many Communities Young Men of Color Are Objects of Fear byStacy Brown Terrence Morgan has heard the stories over and over. Black men are absent from their childrens lives. An African-American woman stands more likely to be a single mom than any other race. Morgan, 33, who has two sons, ages 6 and 4, lives in Southeast next door to a close friend who only sees his child once a week. I just couldnt live peacefully without being active in my sons lives,Ž said Morgan, a medical assistant. Its in the inner-cities, all over the news, black men abandon their children or black women have to struggle alone. Thats just not me, though,Ž he said. A 2012 federal government survey revealed that 15 million American children live in households without fathers; a stark increase over a 1960 study that showed just 11 percent lived in homes without a dad. However, by most measures, black fathers have proven to be just as involved with their children as other dads in similar living conditions … or more so … according to the latest study released in July by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Center for Health Statistics in Atlanta. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials looked at the role that American fathers play in parenting their children. Much of the CDCs previous research on family life, which the agency explores as an important contributor to public health and child development, has focused exclusively on mothers. However, the latest information reveals that the stereotypical gender imbalance in this area doesnt hold true and African-American dads are just as hands-on when it comes to raising their children. In fact, in its coverage of the study, the Los Angeles Times noted that the results, defy stereotypes about black fatherhood,Ž because CDC officials found that AfricanAmerican dads are more involved with their children on a daily basis than fathers from any other racial group. The CDCs report further revealed that nearly half of black fathers living apart from their young children said they played with them at least several times a week, 42 percent said they fed or dined with them that frequently, and 41 percent said they bathed, diapered or helped dress them as often „ rates on par with or higher than those of other men living apart from their children. CDC Study Shatters Myth about Black Fathers