By Heather Timmons (Quartz) Donald Trump is well known for insulting people who criticize him. But African-American women who challenge the president and his administration are both more likely to be singled out for spite and likely to face a wave of raciallytinged insults and threats from the extremists among TrumpÂs fan base. The administrationÂs latest target is Myeshia Johnson, the pregnant widow of an army sergeant killed in Niger this month. After sheappeared on Good Morning America this morning (Oct. 23) to confirm earlier reports that the president had seemed unsympathetic and forgotten her husbandÂs name during a condolence call, Trump quickly implied that she had been lying: The trolls have been unleashed: Joe Walsh, a pro-Trump former Illinois Congressman said soon afterward that because Johnson had criticized the president, Âwe have a right to attack her.ÂŽ Johnson is an ÂopportunistÂŽ who is being Âpaid to degrade her husband,ÂŽ social media users claiming to be Trump fans now claim. Frederica Wilson, the African American congresswoman from Florida who made the details of TrumpÂs phone call with Johnson public last week, has also faced the ire of the administration. On Oct. 19, White House chief of staff John KellyVolume 30 o. 50 October 26 ovember 1, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Rental Properties Can Make Good Investments, but They Come with RiskPage 2 Confederate FlagÂs Symbolism is Clear Â… Monuments ot So MuchPage 4Fly Jock Tom Joyner Announces RetirementPage 9 Book Gives it to you Straight from Your Gay Best FriendPage 7 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED School to Swap Confederate LeaderÂs ame for Barack ObamaÂsA Mississippi school announced plans to change its name, which honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis, to something that better reflects its student body. Davis Magnet International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson will be renamed for President Barack Obama starting next year, Parent Teacher Association President Janelle Jefferson told the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees that the community voted in favor of the name change. The student population of Jackson Public Schools is 98 percent black. Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, from 1861 to 1865. He was arrested in 1865, and the U.S. government charged him with treason. After being imprisoned for two years, he was released in 1867. Jacksonville also has a middle school named in his honor.Campaign for Children of Soldier Killed in iger ow Over $714KA GoFundMe campaign to pay for college expenses of the three children of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in Niger, has raised over $639,000 as of this weekend. Johnson, a Florida native, was killed earlier this month when ISIS militants ambushed U.S. soldiers and Nigerien troops that were on joint patrol. The family held a private funeral for the slain soldier on Saturday. The campaign was created on Oct. 16 and has a goal of $1 million. ÂRole Model Sgt. Johnson leaves behind two children, ages 2 and 6, along with his beloved wife and soulmate Mrs. Myeshia Johnson,ÂŽ the GoFundMe campaign reads. ÂMrs. Johnson is currently pregnant with their third child. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, is establishing a Role Model Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson Scholarship to benefit his children by providing money towards their college education.ÂŽAbout Two Dozen FL Players Protest During SundayÂs AnthemsDays after the NFL declined to change its rule on the national anthem, about two dozen players protested around the league last Sunday. 22 players were counted protesting during the anthems in some way before day games. Some took a knee, others sat on the bench, stayed in the tunnel or raised a fist. On Sept. 25, days after President Donald Trump said players should be fired for protesting during the anthem, more than 200 players protested. On Sunday, the Seahawks and 49ers had the most protesters. 1,110 Black Residents Buried in Unmarked Graves MemorializedIn Gainesville, Georgia it is well known that a portion of the Alta Vista Cemetery contained a section of unmarked graves bearing the remains of black residents. Since its establishment in 1872 until the 1950s, 1,146 black bodies were unceremoniously buried in the back of the cemetery. Last week, locals from the town of about 40,000 gathered to pay tribute to the residents who had for so many decades gone unrecognized unveiling a seven-foot, black granite obelisk and six benches placed in lieu of headstones to honor the interred. On the obelisk is written, ÂThis memorial stands as our testament that these citizens are important to this community and we embrace them as our own.ÂŽ During the ceremony, small flags were placed on each gravesite to help the public see them from afar. The decision by officials to publicly recognize those buried in Gainesville's unmarked graves came in 2015, after the racially motivated massacre of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to the monuments, some friends, family and loved ones left everyday ÂmarkersÂŽ Â„ like wooden crosses and rocks Â„ on individual grave sites.ivea Tries To Promote Skin Lightening In AfricaSkincare brand Nivea has been slammed for an advert that shows a black woman using their products to lighten her skin. The advert for Nivea's Natural Fairness shows the model's complexion changing as she applies the skin cream, boasting that it had made it 'visibly lighter'. Since its appearance in several African countries, Nivea has been slammed on social media and accused of racism, with some calling for a boycott. The TV advert and accompanying billboards have appeared across Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon and Senegal. This comes on the back of a Dove advert which was accused of being racist because it showed a black woman taking of a skin coloured t-shirt to reveal a white woman. The model in the clip later defended Dove, saying it was being perceived as racist because it had been taken out of context and did not show the whole advert which showed women of many skin colours changing into each other. The Dangerous Way the Trump Administration Talks About Black Women Pictured l-r are Sickle Cell advocates Eunice Rogers, Selena WebsterBass, Wanda Patterson, President Ben Green, Larry Rogers, Anest McCarthy, Dr. C.B. McIntosh and walk coordinator Alpha Hay.Annual Sickle Cell Walk Keeps DiseaseÂ Awareness Alive in Jax Seasoned Legal Eagles Inspire College and High School Students to LegalCareers Thousands of First Coast citizens joined forces in pink for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in downtown Jacksonville. For seven straight years, the ÂFine Fabulous Females Achieving Success Â team has walked to raise funds and awareness about breast cancer. Standing (L-R) is Audrey Harley, Gayle Hardy, Alice Venson, Pamela Prier, Carolyn Newton, Madeline Scales-Taylor; kneeling Shemeka Wright and Anai Harley. The team is led by Mrs. Alice Venson who is dedicated to eradicating the disease. LifePoint Career Institute graduated 20 students from their Hospitality Management Training and the Nursing Assistant Tutoring Programs. Both courses required students to complete a 10 week curriculum. Upon graduation, Hospitality Management Training graduates earn their American Hotel and Lodging certification. Over 80% of the students have gained jobs from completing the program. LifePoint Career Institute has partnered with Goodwill Temps, a training and staffing company to assist the students in job placement. To participate, you need only to be over the age of 18. The next class will start Monday, October 30 for both Hospitality Management and Nursing Assistant Tutoring. For more information, contact Debbie McClendon at www.freshministries.org Fine Fabulous Females Achieving Success Against Breast Cancer Shown congratulating the graduate are Dr. Robert V. Lee III, Roszona DeSue, Hospitality Management Training Program graduate Sabrina Samuels and Carolyn Campbell.Free ursing and Hospitality Training Readies Participants for the Workforce Show l-r is EWC Professor Ekee Ehrlich, Judge Lester Bass, Trial Clerk India Ellison and Attorney Al Perkins. A local Duval County judge, attorney and trial clerk all participated in a mock trial with over 40 students from Edward Waters College and Ribault High School. Edward Waters College Professor Ekee Ehrlich and her students drafted the script for the trial. During the actual trial, the students conducted themselves like seasoned attorneys and impressed the judges and attorneys who witnessed the mock trial. The programÂs goal is to expose the students to the legal profession with insights as to how the criminal justice system works, and the fundamentals of trial practice, in addition to familiarizing them with the courtroom. Over 100 supporters dedicated to the elimination of sickle cell disease rallied together for the annual 5K Walk for a Cure for Sickle Cell. WalkerÂs warmed-up and trekked the three-mile stint to the finish line through downtown Jacksonville. Since 1971, the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) has served as the only local voluntary chapter of the national organization working full-time to resolve issues surrounding sickle cell disease and heighten community awareness of prevention. The walk is usually held during September, National Sickle Cell Month, but had to be rescheduled due to north FloridaÂs hurricanes. Continued on page 3
Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press October 26 ovember 1, 2017 Convention Center Park-n-Ride Jacksonville Landing Armsdale Park-n-Ride EverBank Field Kings Avenue Parking Garage Beaches Lot Little League (Wingate) Park JTB Park-n-RidePhilips Hwy. at JTBArlin g to n E x py.Le m Turne r R d.Penm an Rd. 3rd St.B ea ch B lvd Atlantic Blvd. J.Turner Butler Blvd. Blanding Blvd. Bay and Hogan SATURDAY OCTOBER 28 3 h f t r o o s n o p o s i d a R s s e r p yX Xp a d e m a e G e is no JTan g Ho d an ay Be: Ther ease not *pl ot at the Landing. All tick A parking l e is no JT ound trip e r s ar et ot at the Landing. All tick 10 d R R d r e e r rn Tu ur m m T e e m L Le x E E x n to g n i l Ar95 95 .dvlB c i ic tnaltA. d lv B ch a e B. St d 3r d R n a m n Pe py y. x St d 3r g 5.29d v l lv B Bl g nidnalB 17 d. lv B erl t BuernurT.J Rental Properties Can Make Good Investments, but They Come with RiskMaybe your financial house is in order. Your debt is manageable or paid off. You have an emergency fund and now you're looking for ways to grow your wealth. Or, perhaps you're planning ahead by learning about different investments options. Have you considered becoming a landlord? Rent prices tend to rise over time, providing an inflation-protected income into your retirement years. You also might be able to cash in big later if the unit's value increases. It doesn't always work out that way, though. Some landlords wind up with a trashed property after evicting a tenant or lose their savings in a natural disaster. In between the extremes of easy, hands-off income and total ruin are the everyday concerns, benefits and risks that most landlords face. A few risks you could face as a landlord. Investment property mortgages tend to be a little more difficult and costly to secure than primary residence mortgages. It can also be harder to take cash out of investment properties Â… either with a cash-out refinance or a home equity line of credit. In other words, you might not have access to the money during an emergency. Owning a rental property outright can be risky as well. Especially if you're placing a significant amount of your savings in a single investment, the lack of diversification could put you in a precarious situation. Those aren't the only risks you could face when owning a rental. Finding and keeping good tenants. Landlords learn from experience that it's worth leaving their rental empty for a month or two rather than pay for an eviction or expensive repairs later. You can pay for professional tenant screening reports or credit reports and call applicants' references before offering a lease. Covering your expenses. Between taxes, insurance, repairs, maintenance and mortgage payments the monthly and one-off costs can quickly stack up. Some landlords lose money because their rental income doesn't cover their expenses, but they won't be able to attract tenants if they raise it. If the housing and rental markets drop, you could be stuck losing money each month or selling the property at a loss. The time or cost of managing a rental property. Becoming a landlord is often far from a hands-off job. When the phone rings in the middle of the night because the roof is leaking, you'll need to figure out how to solve the problem. You may be able to hire a property management company to take on this work for you, but they often charge about 8 to 12 percent of your rental income or a flat monthly fee. Even with the risk involved, there are countless examples of successful landlords. Many find the experience so rewarding that they purchase additional investment properties. Set yourself up for financial success. What separates the successful and sorrow-filled landlords? Luck certainly comes into play, but you can also take steps to get started on the right foot. Try to determine a property's capitalization rate, the estimated annual return, before making an offer. To calculate the capitalization rate, divide the annual net income by the property's purchase price. Your net income will be your rental income, which you can approximate based on rental prices for similar properties, minus your costs, such as maintenance, upgrades, vacancies and emergencies. You may need to consult an accountant to understand how your new tax situation can affect your costs. Cap rates tend to change depending on the area and type of property. But regardless of what's considered "good" in your area, you can use this formula to compare different investment opportunities. Bottom line: Many people focus on the positives of owning investment property. An extra income and potential to build equity with their tenants' money seems too good to be true, and it just might be. If you're going to be successful, you should acknowledge the risks that come with the territory and plan accordingly. American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault is retiring his post after more than three decades at the credit card company. The board of directors has named Stephen Squeri, 58, as the incoming chief executive officer and chairman of the board. He has served as vice chairman since 2015 and previously ran the company's global corporate services group. He will take the helm on February 1, 2018. Chenault, 66, first joined the company in 1981 after graduating from Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School. He quickly climbed the ranks and was named president and chief operating officer in 1997. He has held the top job since 2001 and is one of the country's most prominent African American business leaders. He is also one of the best-paid executives in the financial services industry, taking home $22 million in 2016. The company has long focused on well-heeled consumers and earned a reputation for stellar customer service. However, it has struggled in recent years amid increasing competition. For instance, it lost a lucrative partnership with Costco in 2015, which had accepted only AmEx cards for a sixteen-year stretch. It has also had a difficult time maintaining an edge in the rewards category as other credit card issuers attempt to lure customers with increasingly enticing introductory bonuses and rewards. ÂBillionaire Warren Buffett, who first invested in American Express in 1964 and is now the company's largest shareholder, voiced his support both for Chenault's leadership and the change in the corner office. ÂKen built on its storied history Â… not by abandoning traditional strengths, but by building on them and adding new ones," he said in a statement. Kenneth ChenaultAmerican Express CEO Kenneth Chenault is Retiring After 16 Years Help Improve CityÂs Diversity by Hosting a Living Room ConversationAt OneJax we know that listening to each otherÂs personal stories and experiences profoundly affects how we see our neighbors and ourselves. At a time when our communities and the country are divided politically and culturally, it is imperative that we re-establish civil discourse Â… one of the keys to democracy. What better way to do this than in our own homes among friends and family? Can you imagine the positive energy the Jacksonville area would experience if every household had a meaningful conversation about building a more inclusive social, political and religious community? Having a Living Room Conversation in your home allows individuals with different perspectives, backgrounds and experiences to come together to share their diverse and rich perspectives in a safe space. We need civil conversations about the issues that impact us all now more than ever. Get started today within your circles of influence! Living Room Conversations is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on revitalizing civil discourse through conversation. Living Room Conversations offers an open-source format to facilitate structured conversations among people of differing views and backgrounds. Through these conversations we hope to increase understanding of various issues, build relationships and pave the way for collaborative and inclusive problem-solving. For more information, please visit www.livingroomconversations.org. To request and receive a Living Room Conversations: Opening Homes, Opening Minds Guide, please email OneJax at firstname.lastname@example.org. 23-year old Ofo Ezeugwu is the CEO and co-founder of Whose Your Landlord (WYL), a free service that provides renters with landlord reviews so that they can be better informed about the properties that they want to rent. The web site exposes landlords who try to scam unaware consumers in the marketplace, and also provides community insights and reveals the best available apartment listings. During an interview with TheGrio.com, Ofo comments, "Our goal at Whose Your Landlord is to inform renters on better practices when it comes to finding their housing. We are creating a platform that through transparency, access to information, through reviews based on commission of property, safety, respect we are able to gauge who are doing a good job in the market and who is doing a poor job. You name and shame those folks and highlight who they are too." The app already more than 500,000 listings. For more details, visit www.whoseyourlandlord.com Landlords Hate This App (But Renters Love It!)
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 October 26 ovember 1, 2017 Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed over $32 billion and counting to our public education system and has sent over 750,000 students to college and beyond on Bright Futures Scholarships. Every time you play, you grant FloridaÂs brightest the opportunity to achieve their dreams and ultimately boost the stateÂs economy, all while funding the next generation of students. Your ticket is their ticket Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Celebrating his 65th birthday with family and friends, school administrator Seabon Dixon, III was all smiles for his Florida Agriculture Mechanical University (FAMU) theme gathering. At least 60 guests showed up to commemorate a milestone fit for the newly social security recipient! Seabon was born and raised in Jacksonville, where he attended and graduated from Stanton High School class of 1970 and a 1975 graduate of FAMU where he excelled on a football scholarship. The birthday soire embraced a bevy of catered Caribbean cuisine, a house DJ and bartender serving up specialty cocktails! Dixon gathered guests in the family room and beamed, ÂAt the age of 65, IÂm blessed and not stressed. I am living my best life now,ÂŽ he said. Seabon Dixon Celebrates 65th Birthday Shown l-r is his sister Roylene Coleman, friend Rebe Thornton, Seabon Dixon, III and sisters Shirley Atkins and Willie Mae Pannel.Ira Willis Photo The Dangerous Way the Trump Administration Talks About Black Women continued from front called Wilson, 74, an Âempty barrel.ÂŽ He also accused her of having taken credit for getting funding for an FBI building in Florida during a 2015 speechÂ„a false accusation, as video of WilsonÂs speech shows. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sandersrepeated the Âempty barrelÂŽ phrase in a press conference; former Sheriff David Clarke, a spokesman for a pro-Trump political committee,called Wilson a Âbuffoon;ÂŽ and Trump himself has called her ÂwackyÂŽthree times on Twitter. Trump has used similar language about critics who are not black women: He called New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd Âwacky,ÂŽ TV show host Mika Brzezinski ÂcrazyÂŽ and Âdumb as a rock,ÂŽ and her co-host Joe Scarborough Âpsycho.ÂŽ HeÂs also called Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor, a Âchained lunaticÂŽ and CNNÂs Don Lemon Âthe dumbest person in broadcasting,ÂŽ insulted a senatorÂs height, and accused Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post, of using the paper as a Âtax shelter.ÂŽ Trump using his perch as president and the resources of the White House to target black women is particularly chilling because the consequences include a barrage of threats and abuse from TrumpÂs far-right supporters. During the presidential campaign, one of the underlings of Trump adviser Steven Bannon led a deliberate campaign of hate against Leslie Jones, a black actor, that drove her from Twitter. Since the White House criticized Wilson, her office has been overwhelmed with threatening phone calls and one man in Illinois was visited by police after he said on Facebook he was looking for Âten good men to help carry out a lynching.ÂŽ Pro-Trump discussion groups are mocking her, and now Johnson. Other African American women singled out by Trump include ESPN anchor Jemele Hill. After she called Trump a Âwhite supremacistÂŽ on Twitter, he said she was the reason ESPNÂs ratings were slipping. Sanders, from the White House press room, said Hill should be fired,and Trump supporters took to social media to harass her. (Hill was suspended for two weeks). Maxine Waters, a black congresswoman from California, has been calling for TrumpÂs impeachment since he took office, and has faced a host of threats as a result. She recently asked the House Financial Services Subcommittee how Congress should deal with the Âthe KKK, the white nationalists, the extremists, the alt-right.ÂŽ ÂIf you look at the YouTube, you see how much they want to kill me and others,ÂŽ she said. Many white men who have criticized Trump donÂt get the same backlash. The president has never tweeted about author Stephen King, who has publicly called him everything from Âan idiotÂŽ to a Âfake president.ÂŽ Minnesota senator Al Franken regularly questions TrumpÂs mental health, his fitness for office, and calls him a liarÂ„but Trump also has never responded on Twitter. Billionaire Tom Steyer recently started a multi-million dollar ad campaign calling for TrumpÂs impeachment. So far, Trump and the White House havenÂt said a thing. Recently, JP Morgan Chase and the JAX Chamber Foundation developed a partnership to impact economic development in the New Town Success Zone. Key to the programÂs success was the development of an infrastructure that supports a wide range of entrepreneurs (for-profit and not-for-profit). Two small businesses emerged as winners of the first pitch held at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center: Paul Stewart Photography and Deli Goodies Cafe. Fourteen non-profits showcased their ideas with five emerging as finalist to compete for a $2500 prize. Through its JAX Bridges entrepreneurial training program, the JAX Chamber Foundation will host two future pitch contests and cash prizes for non-profits in 2018, upcoming paid internship opportunities for Edward Waters College business students in 2018, and a new JAX Bridges cohort for the winter. In order to pitch, participants must enroll in a version of JAX Bridges. Carlton Robinson, the VP of Entrepreneurial Growth at the JAX Chamber remarked, ÂWe are grateful that the organization has been trusted by JP Morgan Chase to be stewards of their investment and ecstatic about the early foundation of building infrastructure for entrepreneurs in the New Town Success Zone.ÂŽ Shown are pitch judges Kemal Gasper (BB&T), Ken Justice (WJXT), Dania Frink (Johnson and Johnson) and Susan Appleton (Appleton Communications) grading the pitches for 2017 fall registrants.Local Creators Have Opportunity to ÂPitchÂŽ to Jax Chamber Version of Shark Tank SIGHTS & SCENES | SIGHTS & SCENES | SIGHTS & SCENES Southern WomenÂs Show Celebrates 30 years of Empowering WomensÂ, Mind, Body and SoulsThousands of women from all walks of life gathered for the annual Southern WomenÂs Show held over the weekend at the Prime Osborn Center. The real excitement began when you arrived at the convention center to peruse vendors selling creative and festive wares. To add to the celebration, anyone born in 1988 was given complimentary admission to the show. Headlining the agenda was FridayÂs Girls Night Out, SaturdayÂs Mother Daughter Day and Sunday was Teachers Day, all teachers were admitted free. Shown in the photos (LR) are Tondelayo Means and Krystal Goggins and Foureratou Seyni and Michael Khalid.
ÂThe past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here,ÂŽ once wrote Peter Finley Dunne. The issue of Confederate flags and monuments in public places is one that embodies the cultural and racial gap that exists in this country today Â… especially in the South. Those who fly the flag or wear it on a hat or bumper sticker consider themselves as simple proud Southerners Â… I suppose. No surprise to anyone, but many feel that the Confederate flag and certain monuments dedicated to ÂSouthern HeroesÂŽ being proudly displayed in public places are very offensive. Both sides of this issue are very passionate. The difference is that one side is celebrating a heritage of hate, bigotry and vicious racism and the other side recognizes the great history of American diversity, pride and resilience. One side is stuck glorifying the past and the other side is looking towards a better America in the future. There is a reason that Barack Obama did not win one ÂTraditional SouthernÂŽ state. Sure he won Florida twice, but the Sunshine State is unique because of the millions of northern immigrants and the stateÂs diversity in population. ItÂs an issue that is closely related to the flying of the confederate flag Â… it has to do with both race and social ideologies. As I just said, the proponents argue that the Rebel flag is simply a sign of Southern pride. As the proud banner of Southern patriotism, this criss crossed ban of stars is supposed to represent the SouthÂs struggle against the oppression from the North. The monuments of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Southern leaders of the Civil War era are in place to simply recognize each heroÂs great deeds right? Sounds a bit ridicolous to me, but some even go as far to say that the Civil War was solely about stateÂs rights not slavery. UmmmÂƒ. sure! The opponents Confederate flag and monuments say that both represent a sign of the legacy of hatred and racism that was so openly endorsed in the South. Over a century after the flags creation, it remains at the center of a cultural struggle between old and new, tradition and change, and heritage or hate. For me itÂs very simple. The flag sends a message that who ever flies it or places a bumper sticker on their vehicle is proud of its heritage and proud of what it represents Â… years of racism, lynching, segregation and those who feel that they are a part of a superior race. The monuments are a different story though. I am not convinced that all monuments of Civil War era historical figures are necessarily bad or represent hatred and racism. Follow my line of thought for a moment. Several Southern cities have monuments of General Robert E Lee displayed someplace prominent. Here are the facts. General Lee served as a military officer in the U.S. Army, and later became the legendary general of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. But letÂs take a further look at LeeÂs resume. He served as a captain in the Mexican War, and was slightly wounded during service, and in 1852, he was appointed superintendent of West Point. So here is my point Â… although Lee led the Confederate army and may have had racist or hateful intent, he is still an important historical figure in American history. A monument of Lee may generate the same disdain or uneasiness as the Confederate flag for some, but for others it is simply a recognition of a historical figure in U.S. history. Again, for most African Americans (and I should stress the word ÂmostÂŽ) and people not of southern heritage the flag is a reminder of decades of slavery, racism and segregation. The ÂRebelÂŽ flag is a reminder of the hundreds, if not thousands of blacks that were lynched, raped and brutally murdered in the South. ItÂs a symbol of hate, ignorance and bigotry, which dominated the landscape of the Southern states. Some feel that monuments to Civil War heroes represent the same symbolism. I often times wonder if those who glorify the Confederate flag have ever read the Confederate constitution, which says, "The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states, and shall have the right of transit and sojourn in any state of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired." So it is extremely hard to separate heritage from hate when the heritage that flag supporters speak of is deeply rooted in the hatred and injustice of African Americans. Another example of this racist Southern ÂheritageÂŽ that some want to hold on to can be found in Confederate vice president Alexander H. Stephens famous Cornerstone speech in 1861 in Savannah, Georgia. Stephens said: "Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea [in the U.S. Constitution that all men are created equal]; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests upon the great truth, that the Negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery -subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition." Need I say more? The Confederate Flag should not be featured on any official government or public buildings, seals or property. ThatÂs not debatable. Monuments of some Southern leaders, however are worth a real conversation about each personÂs contribution to ÂAmericanÂŽ history Â… not just their Civil War records. Signing off from Tallahassee, Reggie FullwoodThe Value in Being UnreasonableBy Raynard Jackson Paraphrasing my buddy, British playwright George Bernard Shaw, ÂThe reasonable man adapts himself to the world, the unreasonable man adapts the world to himself; therefore, all progress is dependent upon the unreasonable man.ÂŽ Jesus Christ was unreasonable enough to think that by challenging the social and class norms of his day, he could draw all men unto God; Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm, the founding editors of the FreedomÂs Journal, were unreasonable enough to fight the vicious stereotypes about freed and enslaved Africans using the Black Press nearly 40 years before the Civil War; Martin Luther King, Jr. was unreasonable enough to believe that, through non-violence, he could melt the hatred in mankind. Because of their unreasonableness, all four of the above-mentioned people had a global impact on the world, with their effects still being felt to this very day. In a similar manner, President Trump, Steve Bannon, Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), will have a similar impact, specifically on the Black community. Transformative change rarely comes from expected quarters. Jesus Christ was a lowly carpenter; Cornish and Russwurm were upstart journalists; King was a wanna be preacher plucked out of obscurity. Yet, their lives are still relevant to our world long after their deaths. TrumpÂs presidential campaign was all about transformative change and totally upending the status quo and the establishment, globally. Trump shifted the conversation about the Black vote from, ÂWill he get any Black votes?ÂŽ to ÂHow many Black votes will he get?ÂŽ This type of paradigm shift is a marketerÂs dream. TrumpÂs recently departed senior adviser, Steve Bannon, is likewise transforming the Republican conversation about engagement with the Black community from ÂWhy bother?ÂŽ to ÂLetÂs work together on common goals.ÂŽ A few weeks ago, I took about twenty, very successful Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs, some of them hard-left Democrats, to meet with Bannon, and without exception, they all expressed their willingness to join forces with Bannon to focus on creating a more conducive economic environment for the small and minority business community to thrive in. I will have a major announcement in this regard coming soon. Reps. Gosar, Buck, McMorris Rodgers and I have all become fast friends based on a common belief that the Republican Party needs to do a much better job cultivating relationships within the Black community, especially with Black entrepreneurs. They, along with their respective staffs, went all in with their support last month of my 527 Super PACÂs first annual economic policy forum. Black Americans for a Better Future gathered one hundred top Black entrepreneurs from across the country under the theme, ÂA Republican Vision for Creating Opportunities for Black Entrepreneurs.ÂŽ Gosar and BuckÂs respective chiefs of staff, Tom Van Flein and Ritika Robertson, were invaluable in making our event a great success. Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers sent her staffer, Rachel Barkley, to announce to our group that she [McMorris-Rodgers] wanted to begin a long-term conversation with these minority entrepreneurs and invited us to work with her, as a member of House leadership, to actively be part of the legislative process on the presidentÂs tax reform bill. Barkley, along with her office colleagues, Molly Drenkard and Nate Hodson have been such a joy to work with. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALOctober 26 ovember 1, 2017 Confederate FlagÂs Symbolism is Clear Â… Monuments Not So Much By Julianne Malveaux While White men are beating Black men on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, while a ÂloneÂŽ White wolf is shooting people from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and while the word ÂterroristÂŽ is hardly used to describe these men, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), under the leadership of the racist Attorney General Jeff Beauregard Sessions, has thought up a new way to oppress Black people. Despite the fact that there is no evidence of an organized Âmovement,ÂŽ the FBI has described Black people that have rallied for racial equality and criminal justice reform as ÂBlack Identity Extremists,ÂŽ who pose a domestic terrorist threat to police officers. We have seen domestic terror threats, though there are those of limited intelligence, who cannot fathom them. The man who shot up an Orlando, Florida nightclub was a domestic terrorist. Dylan Roof, who worshipped with the parishioners at an A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. then murdered nine of them, was a domestic terrorist so highly regarded by law enforcement, that they bought him a meal from Burger King. The massacre in Las Vegas was a domestic terrorist, but the FBI is manufacturing evidence to focus on African Americans, who embrace Black identity and social activism. ÂForeign Policy,ÂŽ the magazine and website that broke the story of this new classification of ÂwokeÂŽ Black people, shared the FBI document online that links Black identity with extremism and threats to police officers. The document mentions Black Lives Matter, although the connection between Black Lives Matter and anti-police violence has not been established. For the FBI to identify ÂBlack Identity ExtremistsÂŽ (BIE) as domestic terrorists is to declare war on Black people. After all, what does it mean to be a ÂBlack Identity Extremist?ÂŽ Does it mean we love our Blackness and refuse to back down when we are attacked? Does it mean that we revel in our identity and use every available platform (thank you, Colin Kaepernick) to lift our voices up against injustice? Why is this embrace of Blackness so frightening to other people? They prefer us silent, docile, grateful and acquiescent. They demand no such acquiescence from thosewho gleefully walk through civilized streets of places like Charlottesville and parry racist chants like ÂYou will not replace us, Jews will not replace us!ÂŽ ThatÂs domestic terrorism. Call it like it is, instead of inventing a Black movement that does not exist. Andrew Cohen wrote about the FBI report for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and said that Âthere is no ÂBIE movement,ÂŽ because it only exists in the barren minds of those within the Trump Administration that want you to believe that there is some sinister, Black force out there bent on attacking police officers. No journalists or academics have discovered and chronicled such a movement or its leaders. No such leaders have come forward to say they are a part of such a movement. No one has killed a cop in the name of such a movement. The only citations to the movement, Foreign Policy tells us, come from Âinternal law enforcement writings made over the past two months.ÂŽ Journalist Sam Fulwood III, writing for the Center for American Progress Action Fund news site ThinkProgress.com, describes the FBI report as an Âominous siren call coinciding with President Donald TrumpÂs penchant for stoking racial divisions in the country.ÂŽ He says that Âthe administration views criminalizing communities of color as a way to shield police from scrutiny and score points with a base of Wite voters.ÂŽ WeÂve been here before. We can start with Marcus Garvey, who dared to dream of Black independence and paid a horrible price for it. Fast forward to the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, and so many others identified as Âenemies of the state.ÂŽ J. Edgar Hoover submitted a five-line request to get Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Âs phone lines tapped, because he was an alleged Communist. The FBI report said that the ÂBlack Identity ExtremistÂŽ movement began after a Ferguson, Missouri police officer unnecessarily killed Michael Brown. Andrew Cohen noted that the FBI report listed six cases where so-called BIE perpetrators killed police officers. These cases were so isolated, that if these men had been White, they would have been classified, as Dylan Roof was, as mentally ill or troubled. Instead, the FBI figured out another way to demonize Black people. Meanwhile, according to The Washington Post, 180 Black people have been shot and killed by police, so far, this year. Six instances of BIE folks allegedly killing police officers is a pattern, but 173 Black folks being shot by police officers is business as usual? This so-called BIE nonsense is racist and pathologically creative. It suggests that any Black person, who has issues with so-called law enforcement is suspect. I stand with those who choose to protest ignorance, ugliness and nonsense. Those who embrace their Black identity are not terrorists; we are healthily self-confident. We are at risk, as we have always been, when injustice prevails.Did the FBI Just Declare War on Black People?
October 26 ovember 1, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 17 23, 2017 AZ EE Z C ommunications Inc. Vol. XXIV No. 12Â’Alcorn State Sports PhotoSWAC leaders battle at Grambling HomecomingLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor Grambling State or Alcorn State has been at the top of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) food chain for the last three seasons. And the two stalwarts are right back in the thick of things in 2017. BCSP No. 2 Grambling State (5-1, 2-0 W) leads the SWAC West Division and BCSP No. 4 Alcorn State (5-2, 3-0 E) leads the East as they head for a big showdown this Saturday (2 p.m.) at Grambling's homecoming. To say this week's game is likely a preview of the Dec. 2 SWAC Championship game in would be stating the obvious. Alcorn State, winner of the last three East Division titles, then playing under head coach Jay Hopson defeated West Division champ Southern 38-24 for the 2014 SWAC title, the 1994. In the 2015 title game, Hopson's Braves met West Division titleist Grambling, in its second year under head coach Broderick Fobbs and came away with its second straight league crown in a 49-21 win. Last season, Fobbs and Grambling won their second straight West Division crown and man Fred McNair in the championship game. The G-Men roared back from a 17-0 halftime Martez Carter and QB Devante Kincade to defeat the Braves 27-20 and earn the 2016 title. In the four years since Fobbs took over at Grambling, he has a 4-1 record vs. Alcorn State with his only loss coming in that 2015 title game. Perhaps the most scintillating of his wins vs. the Braves was a 35-34 overtime thriller before a packed house in Lorman, Mississippi in 2015 at Alcorn State's homecoming. Expect another packed house for another homecoming showdown Saturday. Alcorn (31.0 points per game) and Grambling (29.3 ppg.) are 1-2 in the SWAC in scorond (ALC 21.6 ppg.) in scoring defense. Alcorn leads in total offense (440.9 ypg.) and rushing offense (211.3 ypg.) while Grambling has the league's stingiest run defense (62.7 ypg.). Alcorn's De'Lance Turner (112.6 ypg., 3 TDs) and Grambling's Carter (88.2 ypg., 5 TDs) are 1-2 in rushing while Alcorn's Lenorris Footman cade (194.0 ypg. 8 TDs) are 1-2 in passing. The team that rushes the ball best is likely to BATTLE FOR SWAC SUPREMACYFRED McNAIR: Alcorn State head coach looks SCORESSATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 CIAA MEAC SIAC SWAC INDEPENDENTS B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N NORTH CAROLINA A&T NEXT: GRAMBLING STATE NEXT: NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL NEXT: ALCORN STATE NEXT: VIRGINIA STATE NEXT: BOWIE STATE NEXT: SOUTHERN NEXT: HAMPTON NEXT: HOWARD NEXT: ALBANY STATE NEXT: CIAACE N TR A L IN TERCOLLEG IA TE ATHLET I C ASSOC IA T I O NINDEPENDENTS W LLangston 6 0 Tennessee State 4 3 W. Va. State 4 3 Lincoln (Mo.) 1 5 Texas College 1 6 Cheyney 1 6 Edward Waters 1 6BCSP INDY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Juwawan Etheridge RB, WEST VA. STATE 17 carries for 100 yards and 2 TDs (1, 3) in win over Concord. DEFENSE Chris Collins, LB, TENN. STATE 12 tackles, all solos, in loss to Austin Peary. SPECIAL TEAMS NA NEWCOMER NA 2 0 1 7 B L A C K C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L (Standings and Weekly Honors) SIACSOUTHER N IN TERCOLLEG IA TEATHLET I C CO N FERE N CE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Albany State 3 0 5 2 Benedict 3 1 4 2 Fort Valley State 3 1 3 3 Clark Atlanta 2 3 3 4 Morehouse 2 3 3 4 WEST DIVISIONMiles 4 1 4 3 Tuskegee 3 1 5 2 Kentucky State 1 2 2 5 Central State 0 4 1 6 Lane 0 5 1 6SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Trent Mays Jr., QB, CENTRAL STATE Completed 20 of 36 passes for 334 yards and 1 TD and rushed for a TD in win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. DEFENSE Terance Leatherwood Jr., LB, TUSKEGEE 7 tackles, 2.5 for losses including 2 sacks in win over Jackson State. NEWCOMER Slade Jarman Jr., QB, FORT VALLEY STATE 19 of 24 for 293 yards and 4 TDs (31, 22, 52, 8) in win over Lane. SPECIAL TEAMS Nick Christiansen P/PK, MILES 5 PATs, 43.0 avg. on 5 punts, 2 inside the 20. Long punt of 60 yards.SWACSOUTHWESTER NATHLET I C CO N FERE N CE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Alcorn State 3 0 5 2 Alabama A&M 3 1 3 4 Miss. Valley State 1 2 1 5 Alabama State 1 2 1 5 Jackson State 0 2 0 6 WEST DIVISION Grambling State 2 0 5 1 Southern 1 1 3 3 Prairie View A&M 2 2 2 4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 2 2 5 Texas Southern 0 2 0 6SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Damion May QB, ALABAMA A&M 10 of 13 passing for 168 yards and two TDs (47, 12), rushed for 47 yards on 9 carries with two TDs (7, 8) in win over MVSU. DEFENSE Trae Ferrell Jr., LB, ALCORN STATE A sack, 2 tackles for loss, a forced fumble vs. PV. SPECIALIST Hunter Hanson Fr., PK, ALABAMA STATE Had 11 points on 3 FGs (35, 28, 40) and 2 PATs. NEWCOMER Darryl Pearson R-Fr., QB, ALABAMA STATE Came off the bench to complete 9 of 11 passes for 126 yards, 2 TDs (8, 67), rushed for 19 yards in win over TSU. MI D EA STER NATHLET I C CO N FERE N CEMEAC ONF ALL W L W LNC A&T State 4 0 7 0 N. Carolina Central 3 0 5 1 Hampton 3 0 4 2 Howard 2 1 3 3 Bethune-Cookman 2 1 3 3 Norfolk State 2 1 2 4 Morgan State 1 2 1 5 SC State 1 3 2 4 Florida A&M 1 3 2 5 Delaware State 0 4 0 6 Savannah State 0 4 0 6MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE & ROOKIE Caylin Newton, Fr., QB, HOWARD Completed 16 of 21 passes for 285 yards, 2 TDs (49, 26), 10 carries, 81 yards vs. DelState. Totalled 366 yards of offense. DEFENSE Elijah Anglin LB, HOWARD Led Bison with 9 tackles, 6 solos, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks for -6 yards, returned a fumbled 96 yards for a TD vs. DelState. SPECIALIST Uriel Hernandez PK, BETHUNE-COOKMAN Scored all 12 points in 12-9 win over SC State on four FGs (34, 37, 32, 33). Was 4-of-5 on FG attempts. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Marley Conley Sr., OT, NC CENTRAL 90% grade with 5 pancakes and no sacks vs. GWU. DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 2 0 4 0 6 0 Virginia Union 2 0 4 0 5 2 Bowie State 1 1 3 1 6 1 Elizabeth City State 1 1 2 2 4 3 Chowan 0 2 2 2 2 5 Lincoln 0 2 0 4 0 7SOUTH DIVISION Saint AugustineÂs 2 0 3 1 3 4 Fayetteville State 2 0 2 2 3 4 Winston-Salem State 1 1 2 2 4 3 Shaw 1 1 2 2 3 4 Livingstone 0 2 0 4 0 7 Johnson C. Smith 0 2 0 4 0 7 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEKQB Cordelral Cook, R-So., VSU 13-21-0, 234 yds., 2 TDs (36, 55), 17 carries, 100 yds., 3 TDs (55, 6,3) vs. BSU. OB Trenton Cannon, VSU 19 carries, 234 yards, 1 93-yard TD run vs. BSU. OL Calvin Montgomery SAU DL Lonte Morton Jr., VUU 11 tackles vs. Chowan LB Vincent Thomas ECSU 15 tackles, 12 solos, 1 sack, 5 tackles for loss, forced fumble vs. Lincoln. WR Jaiden Reavis VUU 5 receptions, 129 yards, 3 TDs (43, 52, 20) in win over Chowan. SPECIAL Jake Ford P, SAU 42.3 avg. on 6 punts. DB Sterling Hammond So., VUU 11 tackles, 1 int. vs. Chowan. ROOKIE Donshel Jetton Fr., FSU 63 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, 80 yards on KO returns vs. JCSU.COACH Reggie Barlow, VIRGINIA STATE Led undefeated Trojans to 47-35 win over nationally-ranked Bowie State.. UNDER THE BANNER 2017-18 SWAC HOOPS PICKS: Texas Southern's men and women are preseason picks to win titles in the 2017-18 Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball season. The picks, made by SWAC head coaches and SIDs, were part of the conference's annual media teleconference on Wednesday, October 11. all-SWAC team while Grambling State had four and Alcorn State forward Reginal Johnson was voted as the men's player of the year while Grambling guard Shakyla Hill was picked as the top women's player. MEN PLAYER OF THE YEARCO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR FIRST TEAM G F C SECOND TEAM G F C PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH WOMEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR ALL-SWAC FIRST TEAM G F C ALL-SWAC SECOND TEAM G F C PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH OFFENSE TARIK COHEN RB, Chicago (Rookie, NORTH CAROLINA A&T ) Had 150 allpurpose yards and threw a TD pass in win over Baltimore. Cohen ran 14 times for 32 yards, caught one pass for 14 yards, returned three kickoffs for 67 yards with a long of 37 yards and returned two punts for 37 yards with a long return of 21 yards. His 21-yard pass to tight end Zach Miller went for a second quarter TD. Cohen also lost a fumble. DEFENSE CHRIS BAKER DE, Tampa Bay (6th season, HAMPTON solos, with one tackle for loss in loss to Arizona. SPECIAL TEAMS MARQUETTE KING, P, Oakland (6th season, FORT VALLEY STATE) Four punts for 56.5-yard average, all four downed inside the 20, in loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.For games of October 12-16, 2017SWAC SHOWDOWN; VIRGINIA STATE ENTERS NATIONAL POLL; SWAC MAKES HOOPS CHOICES DeLance Turner THE STAT CORNER HBCU FOOTBALL TEAMS IN NATIONAL POLLSNCAA DIV. II AFCA COACHES POLL VIRGINIA STATE D2FOOTBALL.COM TOP 25 st VIRGINIA STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS)COACHES POLL NORTH CAROLINA A&T GRAMBLING STATE STATS POLL NORTH CAROLINA A&T GRAMBLING STATE NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL Johnson Martez Carter G A M E S T H I S W E E K SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21CIAA MEAC ESPN3 Liive ESPN3 10:30 p.m. SIAC Aspire TV SWAC INDEPENDENTS come out as the winner. In other words, everything is in place for a classic showdown. And its homecoming. It should be exciting. In the CIAA, former nationally-ranked Bowie State (6-1, 3-1, 1-1 N) was knocked from the unbeaten ranks and the top of the CIAA North Saturday 47-35 by undefeated Virginia State at the Trojans' homecoming. The Bulldogs will attempt to bounce back as they entertain (1 p.m.) North Division co-leader Virginia Union (5-2, 4-0, 2-0 N). the AFCA Div. II Coaches Poll at 21st nationally, travels to winless Lincoln (0-7, 0-4, 0-2) for the Lions' homecoming (1 p.m.). Saint Augustine's (3-4, 3-1, 2-0 S) pulled off a shocker in upsetting three-time South Division champ Winston-Salem State Saturday, 17-14. The Falcons will now play (2 p.m.) for the division lead at South co-leader Fayetteville State (3-4, 2-2, 2-0 S). The MEAC heads down the stretch with North Carolina Central BCSP No. 1 North Carolina A&T and BCSP No. 8 Hampton Â… undefeated in dable opponent this week. Defending champion N. C. Central (5-1, 3-0 MEAC) is at home (2 p.m.) to face Norfolk State (2-4, 2-1). North Carolina A&T, up to 11th nationally in the FCS Coaches Poll, hosts (1 p.m.) Bethune-Cookman (3-3, 2-1) and Hampton (4-2, 3-0) has its homecoming vs. Florida A&M streamed live on ESPN3. Albany State (5-2, 3-0 SIAC), up to 10th in the latest BCSP ranking, leads the SIAC East Division as it travels to homecoming (2 p.m.) at Clark Atlanta (3-4, 2-3). Aspire TV is carrying the game live. Second-place Benedict (4-2, 3-1 E) is in for homecoming (2 p.m.) at Morehouse (3-4, 2-3). West Division leader Miles (4-3, 4-1) is hosting (4 p.m.) Lane (1-6, 0-5). Secondplace Tuskegee (5-2, 3-1) is at homecoming (1:30 p.m.) at Kentucky State (2-5, 1-2). Hill BCSP NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEKANOTHER WAY TO BEAT YOU: North Carolina A&T and MEAC star Tarik Cohen TOP PERFORMANCESPASSING RUSHING RECEIVING TACKLES SACKS INTERCEPTIONS
Â A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing .ÂŽ George Bernard Shaw This is one of my favorite quotes because it holds so much value. One of the best lessons we can learn in life is that we will have setbacks. Everyone will. Period. The next best lesson we can learn is that setbacks donÂt need to stop or control us. Instead, lifeÂs setbacks can become valuable lessons on the road to happiness and fulfillment. LetÂs take a look for common setbacks and ways to navigate them. Grief is one of the most difficult emotions to manage. Particularly in the cases of an unexpected death or death under tragic circumstances, the shock of the loss can lead to an onslaught of emotion that can bring our own happiness to a standstill. The key to successfully managing this shock and devastation is to try to remember to celebrate the life of the person you loved more than you remind yourself of the circumstances of their death. ItÂs also a good idea to remind yourself that it will get better. Perhaps not today, perhaps not tomorrow. DonÂt rush grief. Allow yourself to fully experience your grief and to heal. The loss of a job can have more than dire financial setbacks. It can mean the loss of self-definition. Losing a job does not mean you need to lose sight of yourself. In fact, it can be an opportunity for valuable self-discovery or rediscovery. It can be an opportunity to turn a skill or hobby into a thriving business. It can also be the opportunity to find a different kind of work that might prove more fulfilling. Very few people go into a marriage anticipating divorce. Similar to the loss of a job, the demise of a marriage can bring on many questions of fault and blame. The sudden loss of your lifeÂs partner can leave you questioning yourself, your image, appearance and sexuality. Support groups and trained professionals can help you learn to navigate divorce in healthy ways and to come to terms with the loss of your marriage. You found love before and love will not elude you when youÂre ready to find it, again. Few things are more difficult to deal with mentally, physically, and emotionally than a sick child. The demands they make on your time and attention frequently pull you away from everything else going on around you. While this is a setback that can leave you with lifelong responsibilities, it neednÂt leave you with lifelong guilt or regret. One of the best ways to take care of your child is to take care of yourself. You cannot care for them if you are not at your best. Life has many setbacks, many obstacles, many twists and turns. These setbacks are never easy to deal with, but they can be learned from. Remind yourself of how youÂve handled and come through previous setbacks, strive for optimism, and be honest with yourself about your emotions along the way. Allow yourself to simply feel. Life is a journey Â… one that should be enjoyed despite its occasional disruptions. Remember these wise word of Lucy Maude Montgomery, ÂTomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it.ÂŽ Henry Madison ÂI Was ever Enough UntilÂŽ Conference Featuring Les Brown The ÂI was Never Enough UntilÂŽ conference featuring motivational speaker Les Brown, Grayson Marshall and Dr. Adrian Gentry will take place Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m. 7 p.m. New Covenant Ministries is under the leadership of Bishop Wiley and Dr. Jeana Tomlinson. The church is located at 2360 St Johns Bluff Rd S. To register visit www.iwneu.com.Second Missionary Baptist Church and Pastor Anniversary The 167th anniversary celebration of Second Missionary Baptist Church and the 31st anniversary of Pastor Odell Smith, Jr. is scheduled for November 5, 8, 9, 10 & 12th. This yearÂs theme is: Â Standing on the Promise of God ÂŽ. Scripture is Genesis 12:1-8. Guest speaker is Reverend Timothy Simmons, Pastor of St. Andrews Baptist Church. Nightly services will begin at 7 p.m. at the church located at 954 Kings Rd. The PastorÂs appreciation banquet will be held at the Marriott Hotel, 4670 Salisbury Rd., on November 12th at 4 p.m. For tickets call (904) 354-8268.Faust Temple Church of God in Christ 76th Church Anniversary The Faust Temple Church of God in Christ, located at 3328 Moncrief Rd will hold their 76th church anniversary, October 26, 27 and 29th. Nightly services at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday morning service at 11 a.m. Dr Clarence L. Jones, Sr. is the pastor. The church is asking everyone to come out and praise God for 76 years of great joy, perseverance and endurance. Come fellowship and rejoice as the church praises Pastor Jones and missionary evangelist Lady Lulu Jones. For additional information call (904) 353-1418. Gateway Baptist Union and Association SessionsGateway Baptist Union and Association sessions will take place Wednesday, October 25th, Thursday, October 26 Friday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. Fellowship service is Sunday, October 29th at 4 p.m. Location is Greater Moncrief Missionary Baptist Church at 1453 W. 22nd St., Reverend Q. Thomas is the pastor. Reverend J. Merritt is the moderator. For more info call (904) 354-2954.SCOC Celebrates Homecoming, Anniversary and Gospel Songfest The Northside Church of Christ 40th Annual Homecoming and 63rd Church Anniversary annual event celebrating the Theme: Preparing for the FutureÂƒLiving in the Present kicks-off Saturday, November 4th with the 17th Annual Community Day and "Fish Fry" from 12 Noon Â… 5 p.m. which features a free all you can eat "fish fry", face painting, mega slide, basketball, and lots of fun, food, music and fellowship for all ages. The NSCOC Revival will take place from November 6-10, 7 p.m. nightly and on Saturday, November 11th at 5 p.m., the excitement continues with the Annual Gospel Songfest Praise Party, presenting acapella music. The festivities will conclude with Homecoming events on Homecoming Day Sunday, November 12th with the church homecoming breakfast, worship service, dinner and program. All activities take place on the church grounds located at 4736 Avenue B. For more info call (904) 765-9830.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 your information to 904-765-8611, e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com or bring by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press October 26 ovember 1, 2017 Greater Macedonia Baptist Church1880 West Edgewood Avenue The doors of Macedonia are always open to you and your family. If we may be of any assistance to you in your spiritual walk, please contact us at 764-9257 or via email at GreaterMac@aol.com. Seeking the lost for ChristMatthew 28:19 20 Dr. 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. 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 ÂMiracle at MiddayÂŽ 12 noon 1:00 p.m. Weekly Services Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10:40 a.m. Worship with us LIVE on the web visitwww.truth2powerministries.org Grace and Peacevisit www.Bethelite.org Bishop Rudolph McKissick, Sr.. Pastor Emeritus by Rev. Manson B. Johnson THE BIG IDEA: To review men in the Bible that God called and used in His service to make Him great among men. BIBLE FACT: God uses His own sovereignty to process and to call whom He wills into His employment to represent and to serve Him. How God Chooses A Man God calls the man (Divine invitation) God breaks the man (Divine motivation) God makes the man (Divine dedication) God blesses the man (Divine inspiration) God uses the man (Divine exaltation) David: GodÂs greatest king (Discovering the king in you) Within every man and every boy, there is a leader-king. God uses a process in life to help the king within a man or boy to rise to be recognized by others. Within this evolving leader-king is something that God wants him and those around him to take note. So, every man and every boy must be consciously aware that God is busy at work in the heart and soul bringing out the emerging leader-king. Day by day, year by year, incident by incident, action by action, occasion by occasion, God is introducing new leader-kings to life, living, and how they fit in and at the same time represent the GREAT GOD they serve. Have you discovered the king in you? The ruler, the decision maker, the activist, the get-it-done, the succeeder, the progresser, the winner, the champion and other unquestionable positive actions that make others recognize and know the king in you. Every man and every boy has a king within him. He may be still emerging (cf. Romans 12:3). David is GodÂs greatest king. I. God chooses His kings while they are young. Great kings are not made overnight. II. God makes His leader-king at unusually unsuspecting timely opportunities. III. God tests His leader-king with a series of on-the-spot training that challenges his trust, his strength of will and his integrity. A. David: Serving faithfully under a bad king; B. David: Making friends that matter; C. David: Serving faithfully under the continuous pressure of envy and jealousy; D. David: Acted wisely as he served a bad king; E. David: Serving as a target for trickery and deception; F. David: Sustained and fed by God on the run from his enemy; I Samuel 21:1-6 G. David: Spares the life of Saul, his enemy, and honors God with his heart; I Samuel 26:112; 22-25. OVERCOMERS: The Road of Life Has Many Setbacks Men God Chooses for His GreatnessThe atural Man/Boy (flesh) vs. The Spiritual Man/Boy (faith) Unreasonablecontinued from page 4 announcement to make with their office by the end of this week. The fascinating thing about Gosar, Buck, and McMorris Rodgers is that even though they donÂt have many Blacks in their congressional districts, they recognize that recruiting more Blacks into the Republican party is incredibly important and the right thing to do; and itÂs also good for America. So, now I have built serious relationships with a group of unreasonable elected Republicans, consultants, staffers, and operatives, who are just unreasonable enough to believe that Black voters have value and are worth cultivating relationships with. They believe that Black voters should have a voice and input into legislation that effects all Americans and are willing to provide that forum and opportunity. So, why am I so optimistic? Because, I am very unreasonable. Last Chance for High School Students to Apply for 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy High School students participating in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence will experience a once-ina-lifetime career-inspiring weekend Â… but thereÂs only a few weeks left for students to apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Applications close on Oct. 31 for the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. For more than a decade, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired young minds nationwide by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities. Each year, students participate in handson, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership qualities and networking strategies, and are inspired by celebrity speakers and special guests who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. The program has produced many success stories, inspiring students to become authors, nurses, pilots, doctors, journalists and engineers following the three-day all-expenses-paid experience at Walt Disney World Resort where the theme parks become vibrant ÂclassroomsÂ leading to career discoveries and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime. Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through Oct. 31, 2017. 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FOR INFORMATION CALL TAY AT (904) 438-99175308 N PearlStreet, Jaksonville,FL32208 | (904) 240-1688 Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 Accoding to a popular auhor, in today's society, every woman needs a gay best friend, someone who gives it to her straight, no chaser, about life, clothes, and relationships. NeNe from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," has her gay best friend, Dwight Eubanks. "Sex In The City" sweetheart, Carrie Bradshaw often turns to her gay best friend, Stanford, and "Will and Grace" set it off first detailing the symbiotic relationship between a woman and her gay best friend. From the inner-city to suburbia, the gay best friend smart, sympathetic, and straight-talking is who every woman needs in her life. But, just in case you are in need of some realistic advice and comfort and don't have a gay best friend's door to knock on or number to text, Terrance Dean is coming to the rescue with the release of his latest book, Â Straight from your gay best fioend The Straight-Uup truth about relationships, work, and having a fabulous lifeÂŽ. The book offers direct and to-thepoint insights on some of life's most challenging issues. Dean helps women discover the power they need for a life of abundant success, prosperity, and happiness with loving relationships. The book dispenses practical advice and tips on creating healthy relationships from a place of love. Dean is the quintessential gay best friend speaking candidly to women on healing their souls of past hurts in order to tap into their fabulousness. Be it family, friends, career, love,and intimate relationships of all kinds, he dishes advice mixed with a little sass, wit, humor, forwardness, and spirituality. "First and foremost, we are men. We know men,ÂŽ says Dean. We know how we act, and what we will do in various situations. We're the best ally for a woman who needs advice on her relationships and love life. Trust me, we are not going to steer women wrong. We can also be that go-to person for a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and the straight truth about everything. We're not in competition with our good girlfriends, nor do we have an ulterior motive. We are not trying to sleep with our girlfriends, and we certainly won't borrow your best fashions and not return them." Dean also dedicates a chapter to one of the most controversial topics down-low gay men. He expresses, "Well, the down-low phenomenon is not just prevalent in the black community, but in all communities, including whites, Latinos, and Asians. Unfortunately, when people hear the term down-low, they associate it with the black community. I feel there should be more open discussions in all communities around sex and sexuality. We're so afraid to have those discussions, though, that it's crippling us as a result, we have an alarming rate of HIV infection among women. People are scared to talk about gay sex, bisexuality, and down-low. If we talk about it then we have to admit it exists. As long as we avoid talking about it, we are keeping it in the closet, and we are keeping ourselves in the dark." New book promises to give it to you Âstraight from your gay best friend Ladies Take ote: Character ever Goes Out of Style By Beverly Gadson-Birch Within the past couple of months, two women were associated with men who had recently been charged with a crime. Ladies, we need to talk! Is it worth going to jail for Mr. Cool, pants sagging, drug pushing, still living with momma pimp? Think about it! Relationships arenÂt made in heaven, marriages are. Through relationships, we get to know the person we hope to spend the rest of our lives with. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it just doesnÂt. Do not lower your standards to be in a relationship because you think your biological clock is ticking down. It is better that your biological clock ticks down than to have children with a loser that ticks you off. You must know when to count your losses and move on. DonÂt worry too much about the time ÂinvestedÂŽ into a relationship. If you must walk away, walk! When you think back over what you invested into the relationship and what you received, be thankful for higher return. There is always something in the back of your mind that lets you know when something in the relationship isnÂt right. When the relationship takes a nosedive, be careful. You not only have to know when to quit but how to quit. Every relationship is different. DonÂt think you know all there is to know about a person. There are crazies out there that rather see you dead than with someone else. Be careful how you exit a relationship! Life is about making informed decisions. This article is intended to improve lives. If you really want to live, listen up women; stay away from losers. This is not about male bashing; itÂs about staying away from negative influences and out of jail. Read on, there are some really good men out there looking for good ladies. Keep it real! You canÂt date Joe for ten years then drop him like a hot potato when fast talking, marijuana smoking, sports car riding John comes on the scene. Unlike Joe, John is one of those smooth, short sleeve muscle flexing, shiny head, six pack hulks that you canÂt wait to get up with. He is that knight in shining amour that you had been dreaming about. Joe has lost some of his flavor over the years but his financial support and presence have been steady. Since sweet talking John came on the scene, Joe canÂt do anything right. You donÂt like the way Joe dresses. He isnÂt fly enough. He doesnÂt want to go out anymore. You tolerated Joe because he is a hard worker who doesnÂt shun his responsibilities. Joe pays the rent, pays the car note and takes you shopping. But no, thatÂs not enough for you anymore. After several weeks into the relationship, you come to your senses that John just looks good, smells good and is no good but you just love being with him. So, you sweet talk Joe into taking you back. You promised Joe that the relationship is over. Really? You are playing Joe for his money but loving John. You like JoeÂs stability because his name is ÂmanÂŽ. He provides for you and the children. But, on the other hand, you like that good ole sweet loving, sports car, bustinÂ the sag John. You canÂt make a decision; so, you play both. You are playing a dangerous game. The next thing you know you are in over your head with Cool John. Cool John robs a bank while you wait outside in the car. When picked up by the police Cool John implicates you in the robbery and off to jail you go. Your life is spinning out of control. Stop and think ladies! Is there a defining point in your life when you stop playing games with men? How far are you willing to go? to prison? Your deceitful past is bound to catch up with you. Mothers, spend time with your children! Your children are the best investment you can ever make. You are investing in potential engineers, doctors, teachers, nurses, etc. You do your children a disservice when you invest more time in a relationship than in them. Spend time training your daughters to be ladies and your sons gentlemen. When did responsible parenting become Âold fashionedÂŽ or ÂoutdatedÂŽ? Character never goes out of style. It only improves with age. Ladies, yÂall know better. Leave those zeros alone until they get to at least an 8 to 10. Do not lower the bar. Do the math! Zero from zero leaves, what? ZERO Book Promises to Give it to You Straight from Your Gay Best Friend
Rocky Horror Picture ShowRocky Horror Picture Show, the 1975 musical comedy horror that centers on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help will take the stage October 28th at 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. For tickets and more visit www.FloridaTheatre.com.TBI Happy Harvest DayTotal Beauty Institute presents ÂHappy HarvestÂŽ day on Saturday, October 28th, 1 4 p.m. Enjoy hair and fashion shows, vendors, music, food, bounce house, train rides and more! Location is 5308 Pearl St. in the Pearl Street Plaza. For more info contact Tay at (904) 438-9917.Miles Jaye Halloween Masquerade BanquetMiles Jaye Davis Productions presents a Halloween Masquerade banquet featuring Jazz Vocalist Akia Uwanda at the Miles Jaye Manhattan Jazz Caf and lounge, Saturday, October 28th at 7 p.m. For tickets and more info call (904) 661-1137. Sesame Street Live ÂSesame Street LiveÂ featuring Sesame Street characters, Big Bird, Elmo, Kermit the Frog, Ms. Piggy, Count Dracula and more, Sunday, October 29th, 7 p.m. at the Time Union Center located at 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.African Village BazaarAfrican Village Bazaar showcasing local vendors and small businesses at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, located at 829 N Davis St., will take place the last Sunday of every month, Next Bazaar is scheduled for Sunday, October 29th 126 p.m. To become a vendor and for more info visit www.african-villageinc.org.The Sound of MusicThe new national touring production of The Sound of Music, by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, II will premier in Jacksonville October 31 ovember 5th at the Florida Times Union Center located at 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.fscjartistseries.org.Community Job FairSenator Audrey Gibson and State Representative Tracie Davis ÂJobs For You!Â Community Job Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31st 8 a.m. 1 p.m. at Florida State College at Jacksonville Advanced Technology Center located at 401 W. State St. Come dressed for success, attend workshops and more! For more info contact Teresa Williams-Elam at (904) 359-2553.Gen Wow Girls ProgramGeneration WOW is a program that focuses on the teenage girl; sharing the lessons of the positive and the possible through a yearlong mentorship program Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, ovember 1 2 6: 30 p.m. at the Lazzara Performance Hall, 1 University of North Fl Dr. For more info visit www.genwnow.com.Communicating Across Cultures Lecture SeriesFlorida State College of Jacksonville Living Library Lecture series presents: ÂCommunicating Across CulturesÂŽ dialogue is scheduled for Wednesday, ovember 1st, at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Bobbi de Cordova-Hanks. Location is FSCJ North Campus Auditorium located at 4501 Capper Rd. For more info contact Katie Jackson at (904) 633-8393.Agape TopGolf Tournament The Agape Community Health Center TopGolf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, ovember 2nd 2 6 p.m. on TopGolf grounds located at 10531 Brightman Blvd. For more info call the Center at (904) 760-4904.Comedian Gary OwensComedian Gary Owens is back in Jax, Friday, ovember 3rd, 8 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at Forsyth St. on Friday, ov. 3 at 8pm. Owen currently stars in the BET reality series, The Gary Owen Show, and his next Showtime comedy special I Got My Associates will airs later this year. For tickets and more info visit www.florida theatre.com.Rethreaded Women Empowering Women The Rethreaded Women Empowering Women Networking event is scheduled for Thursday, ovember 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at Rethreaded located at 820 Barnett St. Come get to know other women in the community who want to make a difference! For tickets visit ww.904tix.com.ational Veterans Small Business Week Attend the National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) event to learn about access to capital and more scheduled for Thursday, ovember 2nd, at 9 a.m. at the SBA-North Florida District Office located at 7825 Baymeadows Way Suite 100B. This is a free event available to Veterans, Service Members, National Guard, Reserves and spouses. To register contact Natalie Hall at (904) 443-1902.JCC Dancing with the StarsJacksonville ChildrenÂs Chorus presents ÂDancing with the StarsÂŽ featuring local celebrity dancers, Saturday, ovember 4th at 8 p.m. at Lazzara Hall at UNF located at 1 University of North Fl Dr. For tickets and more info visit www.jaxdwts.com.Historic Springfield PorchfestJacksonvilleÂs Historic Springfield Porchfest will be held Saturday, ovember 4th at 12 p.m. at Henry Klutho Park, 204 W. 3rd St. Enjoy this community music festival featuring food trucks vendors, music and more! For more info email email@example.com.SYTYCD TourSo You Think you Can Dance Tour, the 14-time Emmy Awardwinning show that sparked AmericaÂs fascination with dance, will captivate audiences Saturday, ovember 4 at 8 p.m. at ThrasherHorne Center St. located at St. Johns River State College campus at 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida. The Season 14 tour lineup includes the 2017 Top 10 winners. For tickets and more info visit www.THcenter.org.CWM Glitz AffairClara White Mission and Citi presents ÂGlitzÂŽ a red carpet affair scheduled for Saturday, ovember 4th 6 9 p.m. Location is Citi Corporation located at 14000 Citi Cards Way. For tickets, sponsorship and more info call (904) 3544362.Pancakes and PearlsTerrelle Smith and Koture Cosmetics present ÂPancakes and Pearls,ÂŽ Saturday, ovember 4th, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Zsa Zsa Lapree Art Gallery located at 233 E. Bay St. For tickets and more info call (904) 891-2951.Military Appreciation LuncheonVystar Credit Union and Jax Chamber presents their 15th Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for Monday, November 6th at 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Speaker is Rear Admiral Sean S. Buck, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command. The luncheon honors the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the many veterans of past wars living in Northeast Florida. Location is the Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 Coastline Drive East. For more info visit www.myjaxchamber.com.obutu Cappella QuintetNobutu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel will appear Tuesday, ovember 7 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets visit www.jaxevents.com/venues/ritz-theatreand-museum.San Marco Library Book ClubJoin the San Marco Library located at 1513 Lasalle St., Tuesday, ovember 7, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the book ÂKinfolkÂŽ by Pearl S. Buck. A story about family relationships and exploring one's identity, this novel will explore the cultural question of family duty versus self fulfillment. For tickets and more info call (904) 396-7597. Paychecks for PatriotsAre you a veteran looking for a job! Attend the CareerSource Northeast Florida ÂPaychecks for PatriotsÂŽ scheduled for Tuesday, ovember 7th, 9 1 p. Free workshops and more! Locstion is Florida State College at Jacksonville located in the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center located at 401 W. State St. For more info visit www.careersourcenefl.com.AACP MeetingThe NAACP general membership meeting of the NAACP is scheduled for Thursday, ovember 9th at 7:15 p.m.at the NAACP office inside the Beaver Street Enterprise Center located at 1225 W Beaver St. Meetings are every second Thursday of the month. For more info visit www.jaxnaacp.org.JRE Lee FAMU Alumni MeetingLet's get those fangs up and continue to strike by attending the JRE Lee Jacksonville FAMU NAA Chapter next meeting is Thursday, ovember 9th, at 6 p.m. at the FAMU College of Pharmacy located at 2050 Art Museum Drive, Building 4800 Suite 200. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.Ken Amaro Bowtie Golf TournamentThe 6th annual Ken Amaro Bowtie Golf Tournament benefiting Northwest Behavioral Health Services will be held on Friday, ovember 10th, 7:30 a.m.at Deercreek Country Club located at 7816 McLaurin Rd North. The experience includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, beverages, diddy bags, prizes, renewed friendships and competition. To register, RSVP and for more info call (904) 781-0600 ext. 411.The Golden utcrackerThe Golden Nutcracker, a contemporary twist on the original holiday classic will premiere with a five-show run ovember 10-12, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street. The contemporary ballet features multiple genres of dance including pointe, modern, jazz, tap, West African, Caribbean and praise, performed by more than 250 dancers ages 5 to adult. For tickets and more info visit https://goldennutcracker.jcalegacy.org.Junior League Unique Boutique The Junior League of Jacksonville will bring its third annual ÂUnique Boutique: Shop-for-a-CauseÂŽ celebration to The Riverside House, located at 2165 Park St., ovember 10th at 6 p.m. Saturday, November 11th at 10 a.m. and Sunday November 12th at 11 p.m. for the ÂBrunch on the Lawn .ÂŽ Come enjoy hors dÂoeuvres, drinks, raffle prizes, music and shopping! For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.jljacksonville.org.African Children's ChoirThe African Children's Choir will perform Friday, ovember 10, 7 p.m. at San Jose Baptist Church, located at 6140 San Jose Blvd. African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances well-loved children's songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites Concerts is free and open to all. For more info call Lydia Sherwood at (360) 733-2149.P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub MeetingPeople Reading for Information, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) 24th Anniversary book club meeting is scheduled for Saturday, ovember 11, at 5 p.m. The book for discussion with the author is ÂA WAVES DesireÂŽ by Emerson Perry. Enjoy a Caribbean style buffet dinner and meet the author at Island Tropics Restaurant located at 2527 N. Main Street. To RSVP and for more info contact Felice Franklin at (904) 389-8417.MOCA Fall Family DayMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Fall Family Day will take place Saturday, ovember 11th at 11 a.m. at MOCA located at 333 N. Laura St. Celebrate the arts with a fun filled day of activities. Family Day is free and open to the public. For more info visit www.mocajacksonville.unf.edu.The Dancing Bones ConcertThe Dancing Bones, Rip Junior, and Gone to Plaid concert are scheduled for Saturday, ovember 11th at 8 p.m. at The Hourglass Pub & Coffee House located at 345 E Bay St. For more info contact Matt Bahr at (407) 756-3601.Second Sunday at StetsonThe Stetson Kennedy Foundation will host the ÂSecond Sunday at StetsonÂsÂŽ musical series and artistic events at his home ÂBeluthahatcheeÂŽ each month located at 1523 State Road 13, St, Johns County, ovember 12th 2 4 p.m. The afternoon event features musicians Charlie Robertson and Joe Mark. To make a reservation and for more info contact Leigh Cort at (904) 806-3613. 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Radio heavyweight Tom Joyner is hanging up his mic. The 67-yearold recently shared the news on his morning show that he plans to retire in 2019. ÂWe will continue to be reachable, relevant and ready to super serve our audience in true Tom Joyner Morning Show fashion,ÂŽ the host told listeners. ÂThe celebration will be epic as we remember the guests, the laughs, the tears, the bits, the unforgettable moments weÂve shared together Âƒ and, of course, weÂll be making new memories along the way.ÂŽ He then added, ÂWhen we go off the air each morning, I never say goodbyeÂƒand IÂm not saying it now!ÂŽ The respect JoynerÂs peers have for him is unmatched, with The Daily Show correspondent and Kiss 104.1 afternoon host, Roy Wood Jr. sharing on his own show, ÂTo call him only a radio DJ is a disservice. Radio has only amplified his mouthpiece and mission to encourage and uplift the black race. He doesnÂt spin records and chase a paycheck. He figured out a way to use his platform to help people and save lives.ÂŽ ÂIn this world of fake news, I hope itÂs a lie,ÂŽ Wood added. ÂJayZ said he was going to quit three albums ago!ÂŽ Joyner has been hosting The Tom Joyner Morning Show since 1994, facing off with radio rivals such as Rickey Smiley, Russ Parr and Steve Harvey over that time. In 1998, he became the first African-American to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The Daily Mail Online, however, has falsely reported that Joyner is being forced into early retirement next year by his company, REACH Media, and owners and distributors of the syndicated show. The matter was cleared up in a statement from Melody Talkington, the companyÂs vice president. Her statement reads: ÂAny stories that suggest major changes to the Tom Joyner Morning Show are inaccurate. Tom Joyner is under contract with REACH Media until the end of 2017. We expect that REACH will continue to syndicate TomÂs show beyond that date and for as long as he would like to be on the air. There has always been refinements and updates to the show as well as market changes due to local conditions, and there may be some in the future; but Tom Joyner and the Tom Joyner Morning show continues to be strong and is a daily Party with a Purpose. REACH is committed to Tom Joyner for the long term who remains committed to radio, his audience and the future. ÂŽ October 26 ovember 1, 2017 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! 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Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter for Rap Anthology Exhibit byShantell Jamison The Smithsonian launched a 30day Kickstarter campaign on Monday for its ÂSmithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and RapÂŽ exhibit to be housed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to a press release from the museum. The compilation is described as Âa powerful cultural statement told through an unequaled combination of music, text and stunning visuals.ÂŽ It will be produced and released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, and includes nine CDs, more than 120 tracks and a 300page book with extensive liner notes, the release states. Also included will be essays penned by artists and scholars, along with Ânever-before-published photographs from the National Museum of African American History and CultureÂs collection.ÂŽ ÂThe Kickstarter campaign to produce a hip-hop and rap anthology is one of the most important projects on contemporary history that the Smithsonian will ever undertake, because it shows that SmithsonianÂs work is as much about today and tomorrow as it is about yesterday,ÂŽ said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. ÂHip-hop is a musical revolution that embodies the voice of an entire generation and thatÂs why itÂs important for the museum to partner with the hip-hop community and Folkways Recordings to tell this story. Hip-hop helps us to understand the power of black music and the impact of African American culture on the world.ÂŽ The ÂSmithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop will serve as the museumÂs first collection to include music from every major label, as well as dozens of independent label recordings. It will explore important issues and themes in hip-hop history, but provide a unique Âwindow into the many ways hip-hop has created new traditions and furthered musical and cultural traditions of the African diaspora.ÂŽ ÂWe have always been passionately committed to documenting and celebrating music with strong social impact,ÂŽ said Huib Schippers, director and curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. ÂHip-hop began in the 1970s as a distinctly African-American urban culture that has since become a global phenomenon. This box set is a perfect addition to our catalog.ÂŽ Lupita yongÂo Shares Story of Sexual Harassment from Harvey WeinsteinLupita NyongÂo is the latest Hollywood star to call out Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment, revealing sheÂs had uncomfortable encounters with the disgraced film executive whom she first met as a student at the Yale School of Drama. NyongÂo wrote of the experience for The New York Times, where she recalled an incident that took place after she was invited to a movie screening at WeinsteinÂs house, where he claimed they were going to watch one of his competitorÂs films with his family. Once they arrived, NyongÂo alleges the producer led her into a bedroom and offered to give her a massage. She declined. ÂI thought he was joking at first. He was not,ÂŽ she wrote. ÂFor the first time since I met him, I felt unsafe.ÂŽ Forced to think quickly on her feet, the Black Panther star says she offered to give Weinstein a massage instead because Âit would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times.ÂŽ Weinstein then took it a step further, telling the Oscar-winner that he wanted to remove his pants, which prompted NyongÂo to head for the door. ÂI didnÂt quite know how to process the massage incident. I reasoned that it had been inappropriate and uncalled-for, but not overtly sexual,ÂŽ she wrote. ÂI didnÂt know how to proceed without jeopardizing my future. But I knew I would not be accepting any more visits with Harvey Weinstein,ÂŽ she said. While that would be their only one-on-one interaction, the talented thespian did accept a group dinner invitation from Weinstein years later, where he, once again, showed his true colors. ÂBefore the starters arrived, he announced: ÂLetÂs cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal,'ÂŽ she wrote. ÂI was stunnedÂƒ. He told me not to be so nave. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing.ÂŽ After declining, she was told to leave the dinner, but still felt the need to ask Weinstein if they were still Âgood.ÂŽ She claims he said, ÂI donÂt know about your career, but youÂll be fine.ÂŽ Over a year later, Weinstein apologized while saying he was ÂashamedÂŽ of his actions, but NyongÂo had him all figured out. ÂI made a quiet promise to myself to never ever work with Harvey Weinstein.ÂŽ Tom Joyner Announces Retirement
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