Last Sunday, faith leaders and impacted community members gathered in front of the Advance America on Edgewood Ave., a payday lending storefront, and held a news conference and Prayer Walk to call on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission to sponsor a proposal that would put a rate cap of 30 percent on predatory payday lending on the ballot. Payday loans carry average annual interest rates of more than 278 percent, and between 2005 and 2016, payday lenders collected more than $2.5 billion in fees from Floridians. In 2015 alone, these predatory practices cost families in Florida more than $300 million. ÂAfter much prayer, the African Methodist Episcopal Church has decided to increase its efforts to end payday lending abuses in Florida,ÂŽ said AME Bishop Adam J. Richardson of the 11th Episcopal District. ÂThis is an economic assault on the poor by the payday lending industry and there is an absence of meaningful legislation protecting the most vulnerable among us. The faith community has been called to stem the tide of despaircaused by payday lending.ÂŽ Pastor Lee Harris, Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church, Rev. Rachel Gunter Shapard, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida, and impacted community members participated in the news conference and Prayer March, ending at ACE Cash Express on Kingston Street. ÂWe are faith leaders who have seen up-close payday loans trap people in our congregations and communities in a cycle of neverending debt,ÂŽ said Rev. Shapard. ÂWe have seen the damage to family financial stability that these loans cause. We stand here as a moral voice in support of a constitutional amendment to cap the interest rate of loans at 30 percent in Florida. Families sometimes need emergency loans, but we must stop the exploitation. We must stop the predatory practices of the payday loan industry. We must end the debt trap.ÂŽ byRushern Baker On November 4, 1952, Dr. Helen Kenyon addressed the WomenÂs Society of Riverside Church in New York City and opined that, ÂEleven oÂclock Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America.ÂŽ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often paraphrased the quote. Today, sadly, our public schools best reflect Dr. KenyonÂs and Dr. KingÂs sentiment as the most segregated place in America. The rampant re-segregation of American public schools poses a greater threat to the trajectory of AmericaÂs progress than terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and Russian meddling in our elections. Sixtytwo years after Brown v. Board, the GAO (Government Accountability Office) reported that from the years 2000-2014, both the percentage of K-12 public schools in high-poverty and the percentage of African American and Hispanic students enrolled in public schools more than doubled, and the percentage of all schools with so-called racial or socioeconomic isolation grew from 9 percent to 16 percent. Research shows that racial and socioeconomic diversity in our classrooms leads to higher than average test scores, greater college enrollment rates, and the narrowing of achievement gaps. These gains donÂt just apply to poor and minority children eitherÂ„every student benefits from learning and engaging with peers from different backgrounds. Today our public schools are more segregated than they were 40 years ago. As an advocate for children and families, and as a public servant, who has fought for more resources continued on age 2 Volume 30 o. 51 ovember 2 8, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Joys and Pains of a WeavePage 7 Thank you! We ow Have Confirmation That Russia Helped Elect Donald TrumpPage 4Protesters Arrested During LA Marches to be Awarded Up to $1,000 in ClassAction SettlementPage 10 Gabourey SidibeÂs Directorial Debut Inspired by ina SimonePage 9 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Jackie RobinsonÂs Specially Made Dodgers Cap Sells for $590KJackie Robinson is still making history. His game-worn Brooklyn Dodgers cap, specially designed to protect him from racially motivated beanings, sold for a record $590,994 at auction last weekend. The sale broke the record for the most paid at auction for a hat, eclipsing the $537,278 paid for a 1934 Babe Ruth Yankees cap in 2012. RobinsonÂs blue cap came from his widow, Rachel. Dating from before the advent of batting helmets, the padded cap, with three protective metal plates sewn in the lining, was worn by the Hall of Famer during the Â1947-48 period,ÂŽ according to an auction letter from Rachel Robinson. Lelands said the cap Âis representative of both baseball and the race issue, highlighting the tensions of the period.ÂŽ While breaking baseballÂs color barrier in 1947, Robinson was named Rookie of the Year, batting .297 with 12 homers, 48 RBIs and 29 stolen bases.AACP Issues Travel Advisory Against American AirlinesThe NAACP is warning travelers Â„ in particular, African-Americans Â„ that their safety could be compromised if they fly American Airlines, citing a series of "troublesome conduct" by employees. The travel advisory is the latest from the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, which issued a similar advisory for Missouri after various accusations of discrimination. In the case of American Airlines, "the growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that cannot be dismissed as normal or random," newly installed NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement, adding that he wants a meeting with the airline's leadership. The NAACP said travel advisories are issued when it believes "conditions on the ground pose a substantial risk of harm to black Americans." The advisory for Missouri Â„ the first of its kind Â„ remained in effect through the end of August, when a law that prompted that travel warning formally went into effect.Model Discovered at HowardÂs HomecomingBeauty is in the eye of everyone on the internet. Anok Yai, 19, is about to have her world turned upside down in the best way all because of a viral photo on Instagram. Yai, who attends Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, was invited to Howard UniversityÂs homecoming where photographer, Steven Hall asked to take a photo of her. The photo received over 39,000 likes and hundreds of comments praising the studentÂs beauty. She has shared that three modeling agencies had already reached out and she would consider modeling as a part-time gig while she is in school studying biochemistry. ÂHonestly, I think that people get so used to seeing themselves that people donÂt see their own beauty because they see it every day,ÂŽ she said.Steve HarveyÂs Ratings TankSteve Harvey is attempting to save his new talk show by distancing himself from President Trump after his ratings took a hit due to fallout for taking a meeting with Trump in January. The 60-year-old relaunched his daytime show when his previous program was set to be canceled because the host refused to sign his contract because he wasn't getting a raise and couldn't move his show to Los Angeles. As a result, Harvey's talent agency decided to launch a new show, simply retitled Steve, for the comic based in Hollywood in an effort to keep the show going. The retooled show premiered on September 5 after a few months of preparation, and both ratings and reviews for the program have been less than stellar. Sources close to the production told DailyMail.com they believe the poor numbers reflect a fallout from Harvey's black audience after he met with Trump in January. Now Harvey is turning on the president in a desperate bid to save his show, recently proclaiming on his radio show: 'Meeting with Donald Trump was the worst mistake of my life.' For the first time, his once popular talk show was being beat by Wendy Williams in the ratings and he's neck and neck with Jerry Springer and Rachael Ray. Segregating Public Schools WonÂt Make America Great Again Shown is DCPS interim Superintendent Dr. Patricia Willis (center) surrounded by DCPS board members Warren Jones and Paula Wright.ÂCourage in CrisisÂŽ Presented to DCPS for Service During HurricaneIn recognition of the tremendous relief efforts provided by Duval County Public Schools during Hurricane Irma, the district was awarded a ÂCourage in CrisisÂŽ honor by the Council of Great City Schools, a national association of urban public school districts. The award was presented to DCPS Superintendent Dr. Patricia Willis during the districtÂs recognition ceremony for all employees who served during the storm. Eleven of the 12 facilities designated as hurricane shelters were district schools. Before the storm, employees helped prepare each shelter school and distributed more than 2,000 cots, 300 animal cages, 800 sleeping mats and 1,400 blankets. During the storm, DCPSstaff were also at each shelter school around the clock to provide support. Afterwards, staff worked to assess damage, clean and sanitize schools, clear debris and ensure campuses were safe for reopening. In total, approximately 466 employees were involved in Hurricane Irma relief efforts. City Prepares to Say Goodbye to the Legendary Sen. Arnette Girardeau Faith Community Joins Together for Prayer Walk to Advocate for Predatory Lending Protections Shown is Pastor Lee Harris of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church flanked by other clergy leaders. byRodney Hurst Dr. Arnett Elyus Girardeau, Sr., trailblazing Florida politician and local dentist passed away last week at the age of 88. A native of Jacksonville, he was born to English Girardeau Sr. and Annette Limbric Girardeau and was the youngest of six children. He graduated from Stanton High School in 1947 and received his undergraduate degrees from Howard University and the Howard University School of Dentistry. Arnett and Carolyn Lee were married August 27, 1966 in Raleigh, North Carolina. They celebrated 51 years of marriage August 2017. Dr. Girardeau was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1976, where he served as a member of the Corrections Committee, and as the chairman of the Justice Model and Correctional System Subcommittee. He was one of founding members of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators, serving as both vicechairman and chairman. Dr. Girardeau was elected to the Florida Senate in 1982 as FloridaÂs first Black senator since Reconstruction. In 1989 Senator Girardeau became the firstÂ„and so far onlyÂ„Black person to serve as pro tempore of the Florida Senate. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 3rd, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 9114 Norfolk Blvd Jax, Fl, 32208 from 5 7 p.m. Homegoing services will be on Saturday, November 4th, at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist St. Jax Fl, 32202 at 10 a.m. Funeral services are entrusted to J.E. Fralin & Son. Sen. Arnette Girardeau
By Lynn Jones As a resource for connecting communities throughout the First Coast where diverse perspectives are valued, the Leadership Jacksonville class of 2018 recently participated in an Education Day to enrich their knowledge of the cityÂs public school system. The 56 classmates spent a day making site visits to provide classmates a first hand view of the inner workings of Duval County Public Schools. Their tour included Ed White and Raines High Schools. Classmates were eager to visit the ÂCÂ rated schools up close to gain a perspective on the current educational climate within the school district. The group visited with the staff and witnessed classroom behaviors and teacher instruction. As they entered the Ed White Military Academy of Leadership, classmates were saluted and escorted to the library for an informational and debriefing session. The military and leadership magnet school offers course progression plans tailored to individual student interest and goals. Students have the option to earn industry certifications in the IT Business Leadership Program, college credits through Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, or earn college credits to work toward an AS Degree in Cyber Security through FSCJ. Highlighting the tour was Raines Highs School, where the motto is: ItÂs not just a school, itÂs a mindset Before entering the school many of the classmates admittedly had their doubts about the schoolÂs academic performance and visual appearance. Their premonitions were quickly dispelled when they were immediately directed to a conference room upon their entrance where they each received a ÂRainesÂŽ gift bag. At the head of the table, were the schoolÂs premier scholars, who shared the positive aspects of their high school while impressing their visitors with eloquence. When given an opportunity for questions, the Leadership Jacksonville classmates were so in awe that few had any and shared they were surprised of the cleanliness of the school that was void of metal detectors and visiting the classrooms was a total eye opener. Approximately 90% of Raines seniors were enrolled and passed at least one college course, and 93% of its seniors graduated with a high school diploma. As a result of these accomplishments, Raines has earned a state grade of ÂCÂŽ. William M. Raines opened its doors in 1965 as a result of Âseparate but equalÂŽ in Jacksonville for Black students. Ahead of its time, it was a state of the art institution designed to inspire excellence in and out of the classroom. The school was named in honor of William Marion Raines, a prominent black educator in Jacksonville and principal at Matthew Gilbert High School from 1938 until his death in 1950. 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ÂWhat will happen to us if we lose the house?ÂŽ Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 Segregating Public Schoolscontinued from front for students, I believe we must act boldly to save free, high-quality public education for all. Some of the very leaders tasked with solving the negative effects from school re-segregation offer shortsighted policies that exacerbate racial and economic divisions. The ripple-effect, consequences of their misguided thinking remains the greatest policy foible of the modern era. Lazy logic behind bad policy feeds a perception that that the achievement gap exists simply, because poor and minority students learn differently than their wealthier, White peers. Rather, it is directly tied to declining enrollment, lower property values, and the dwindling resources available to tackle mounting challenges in the communities that surround underperforming public schools. The greatest irony remains that those promoting harmful education policies use the same language of Âgiving every child a chance at a high-quality educationÂŽ to pitch their tax-dollar-poaching and resource-pilfering experiments to parents. Rather than making public education a number one priority, a HungerGames-like competition for vouchers and charter schools leaves parents and students fending for themselves. The families that lose the education lottery end up at schools with increased needs and declining resources. In Maryland, our GovernorÂs BOOST voucher program set aside $5 million dollars of public money to help 2,400 families pay for their childÂs education. Yet, 80 percent of the families receiving these grants had children who were already enrolled in private schools. Vouchers, whose American roots can be traced back to some Southern statesÂattempts to avoid integration, perpetuate segregated education and are nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to cut off funds to public schools. It gets even worse. Some communities have simply seceded from the larger school district, as weÂve seen in Alabama and Tennessee, to keep from integrating their schools. Since 2000, the U.S. Justice Department has released 250 communities from their desegregation orders and consequently facilitated their financial and administrative secession from their school districts. After all those factors lead to a dip in school performance, students and their communities are stigmatized as Âfailing.ÂŽ Schools close. Quality of life drops; economic prospects dwindle; public safety decreases; and the cycle repeats, so that higher needs populations receive even fewer resources. The debate over how we improve public education canÂt begin with state-funded segregation, which harms communities and students, especially our most vulnerable. LetÂs secure our childrenÂs futures and the future of America by making a meaningful investment in quality public schools for all.Leadership Jacksonville Classmates Exposed to Benefits of the Urban Core Education in the City Shown lr are Raines students: Diop Kee (Mr Raines, 2nd Runner Up), Joseph Smith (Mr. Raines, 1st Runner Up), Trevon Laidler (Mr. Raines), Diamond Boston (Miss Raines), Asia Mitchell (Miss Raines, 1st Runner Up) and Doneisha Solomon (Miss Raines 2nd Runner Up).
Simone Bridges is a popular youth chef and the owner of Goddess Food Factory located on Atlantic Boulevard. Her pastries have received raving reviews by celebrity chefs, radio hosts, athletes and local residents. On Halloween eve, Chef Simone was featured on Steve HarveyÂs new talk show and shared her recipe for success as she showed him how to make her famous Snicker Brownies. Chef Simone is a student at Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts. Her love of Science and Mathematics has also coined her the nickname of the STEMchef. She incorporates the academic concept of STEM into her baking, especially when teaching her popular cooking classes for kids. Due to an overwhelming number of requests for her recipes and her love for STEM, she created ExS.T.R.E.A.M. Baking Subscription Boxes. The unique custom boxes are obtained through monthly subscription in which she infuses baking and cooking with Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. As a motivational speaker, Simone has spoken to audiences of all ages about kitchen safety, her appreciation for food, good moral character, marketing, branding, financial budgeting, and entrepreneurship. Although, sheÂs only 12 years old, she has already begun to build a strong culinary resume. The pastry princess remarked, ÂMy vision is to inspire young kids around the world and share my love of baking and cooking with everyone and to own a chain of bakeries and restaurants,ÂŽ she said. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3 ovember 2 8, 2017 Brentwood Library Reopens Remodeled to Delight and Inspire Urban eighborhood Shown at the celebration (L-R) is speakers for the occasion Kathleen Krizek (Branch Manager), Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins (former JPL BOLT member and President), Jennifer Gilthrop (Interim JPL Director), Sharon Coon (Founder and chair of the Friends of the Brentwood Library) and recent advocate chair/organizer of the JPL Friends Groups for the JPL Library Budget, City Councilman Sam ewby and Reverend Philip Mobley (Former Chair, Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission) Florida/ Georgia WeekendThe players make the game, but the fans make the experience legendary. The annual FloridaGeorgia fan experience includes bands, basketball and BBQ to make the Florida-Georgia experience complete. Fans drive from miles around to set up their home away from home in RV City for a world-famous tailgating experience. EverBank Field was filled to capacity with a sold out crowd of 82,000 seats for the rivaly which began in 1933. Georgia defeated Florida 42 to 7. The overall rivaly has Georgia leading Florida with 51 wins compared to FloridaÂs 43 with two ties. Hamming it up during the pre-game tailgating event at Everbank Field are rivals Johnny Parks (Florida) and Willie Foster (Georgia). R. Liner photo Bessie Coleman Among Honorees for JIAHall of Fame Bessie Coleman The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration with the unveiling of the first Hall of Fame honorees at the Aviation Gallery. Bessie Coleman, Ruth Law, Laurie Yonge, Charles Lindbergh, and Thomas Cole Imeson are the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees of the GalleryÂs permanent exhibit. ÂBessie Coleman, 1892 1926, was the first black woman to earn a pilot's license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license in just seven months from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation. She tragically died in Jacksonville on April 30, 1926, when she was thrown from her aircraft while preparing for a flight demonstration. The Aviation Gallery and Aviation Hall of Fame are located in the Jacksonville International Airport terminal lobby. For more information about JAA, please visit www.flyjacksonville.com. Sights & Scenes Harvest FestivalPearl Street Plaza was crammed over the weekend with hundreds of beauty school members, students, neighborhood residents and city council members to celebrate Total Beauty InstituteÂs inaugural Happy Harvest day event. The parking lot was turned into a vendor fair and a fashion show runway. Neighborhood children enjoyed bounce houses, train rides and face painting, as parents enjoyed the vendors and eagerly awaited the raffle giveaway of a boutique designer purse. Patrons also enjoyed free food and a tour of the TBI hair showroom, classrooms and ÂHollywood HallwayÂŽ that showcases photos of entertainment stars that have had their hair styled by The Beauty Institute owner Tonia Bell. Shown above at the event are Melinda Bunche, Michael Cobb, Tonia Bell and Happy Harvest Raffle winner Eva Mitchell. After the closing in August 2017 for renovations, the Brentwood Public Library is now open for everyone to enjoy. On Monday, October 30th, the grand reopening kicked off with a ceremony and ribbon cutting followed with the Friends Annual Fall Festival. Brentwood reopened following a two month closure to replace carpet, repaint the interior, add six computers and a fresh new interior. The annual Fall Festival showcased a haunted scene, a costume contest, trunk or treat games, story times and much more! The community is invited to peruse the newly renovated library and enjoy the modernize facility and high tech computers for children, youth and adults. The library first opened in 1961. Simone Bridges on the Steve Harvey showLocal Student Rises to the Top on Steve Harvey Show
Speculation is just that conjecture, rumor, assumption or basically opinions based on incomplete information. This week we found out for certain that the speculation and supposition surrounding President Trump and his campaign or should I say his successful campaign for the presidency of the United States, could all be true. Not only did TrumpÂs campaign manager and other lieutenants get indicted by Special Counsel Mueller, but we also learned more about the role Russia played in helping Trump get elected. LetÂs just pause for a moment to break this issue down to its most elementary level. A foreign government, a large super power that the U.S. has had tensions with for decades decided to mettle in an American election for President. This is monumental and unheard of. Russia has apparently poured millions of dollars into manipulating the American public through social media pages and websites like YouTube. Never before in U.S. history (that we know of) has this been done. I am not saying that this is an act of war, but itÂs an act of disrespect, defiance and down right dirty politics. A foreign nation decided that they wanted help pick the U.S. President that best suited their political interest. These are unchartered waters for Congress and the federal government. Is this treason? Are there any international laws that govern these kinds of underhanded actions? This week, Facebook admitted to lawmakers in DC that 126 million of its users may have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives. Yes, 126 million Facebook users saw Russian Âfake newsÂŽ and propaganda related to the 2016 presidential elections. According to the Washington Post, ÂTwitter also told congressional investigators that it has identified 2,752 accounts controlled by Russian operatives and more than 36,000 bots that tweeted 1.4 million times during the election.ÂŽ And then there is Google, which also admitted this week for the first time that its platforms were also compromised by Kremlin operatives. Apparently, Russian agents uploaded over a thousand videos to YouTube on 18 different channels. ThatÂs a lot of content. In fact, thatÂs enough content to help push an election towards one candidate or another. And we know that the Russians wanted Trump, and thatÂs who they helped with all of their resources. But here is the million-dollar question for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube executives. Do the companies have the ability to substantiate allegations of collusion between Russians and the Trump campaignÂs social media efforts? That is the smoking gun that could really spell trouble for Trump. So that everyone understands how bad this is and could be Â… let me bring this issue full circle. The Russians basically played on the fears of white America. Putin and his agents certainly did not cause the current racial tensions that exist today in America, but they essentially poured gasoline on a small flame and made it a wild fire. Russians were very clever according to the research done by social media companies. They created content to imitate American commentary on politics and social matters. And they did not just pick any old social issue Â… they selected key wedge issues that would play on the fears of many white Americans. Issues like the need for stronger immigration laws, the rise of Muslim militancy and black activism from police shootings were the subjects they chose. Fast-forward to November 2017, and the seeds planted by the Russians have grown into dangerous weeds. With racial tension and distrust of government being prominent headlines in our daily lives, we can thank the Russians for their help. We now know the extent in which Russia tried to sway public opinion towards Trump, and with the indictment of campaign chair Paul Manafort and others for Âconspiracy against the United States,ÂŽ who knows what other revelations will come from the special counselÂs investigation. And then there was the Commander in Tweets response to the indictments. This is yet another indication that the man is not only a Narcissist and master manipulator, but is just plain insane as well. Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, ÂThe Fake News is working overtime. As Paul Manafort's lawyer said, there was "no collusion" and events mentioned took place long before he came to the campaign.ÂŽ UmmmÂƒ. OK! Then he added, ÂI hope people will start to focus on our Massive Tax Cuts for Business (jobs) and the Middle Class (in addition to Democrat corruption)!" This is another classic case of deflection from The Donald. I have a feeling that before this investigation is over, Trump will need more than the Russians to get him out of trouble. Signing off from an undisclosed Twitter account, Reggie FullwoodNFL Must "Provide a Better Platform" on Racism and Criminal Justice Reformby Marc Morial "We want to make sure we are understanding what the players are talking about, and that is complex." Â… National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year began kneeling during the National Anthem at the start of games, he explained: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder." Only a handful of players had joined his protest by the start of the current season, until President Trump urged the team owners to fire the protesters. At the next game more than 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in protest. Owners, coaches and staff joined the players in a demonstration of solidarity. As a lifelong football fan and mayor of a city that hosted two Super Bowls during my term, I worked closely with the NFL over the years and I am keenly aware of the untapped capacity of the League to address the systemic racism at the root of this current protest. More than 70 percent of NFL players are Black, yet the League has made no comprehensive effort to address the reality of the communities where many of their prime performers are raised and educated. ThereÂs precious little examination of the process by which many these players are forced to overcome the racial and social challenges barriers that stood Â… and continue to stand in their way. The National Urban League has long urged the NFL and the team owners to make a serious effort to address the concerns of men and boys of color. Following a meeting of NFL owners and players this week, Commissioner Roger Goodell said "We're not afraid of the tough conversations. That is what we are having with our players Out of those discussions, they understand that the owners and the NFL really do care about their issues and what we can do to make their communities better.ÂŽ San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid called the discussion a great starting point, but he would continue to protest Âuntil we get more concrete plans and to where I feel like I don't need to protest anymore because the NFL is providing a better platform." Many of the players, for their part, are putting their commitment to social justice into action. Kaepernick has fulfilled almost all of a pledge to donate $1 million from jersey sales to organizations working in oppressed communities. Anquan Boldin, whose own cousin was shot and killed by police, and Malcom Jenkins, whose brother struggled to rebound from a juvenile marijuana conviction, have created a Players Coalition of about 40 players who work on criminal justice reform issues. The League needs to support and encourage this work and expand its scope so that it can, as Reid said, Âprovide a better platform.ÂŽ The work of individual players Â… and coalitions of players Â… is exemplary, but we need a concerted league-wide effort to address issues of racial justice. Page 4 Ms.PerryÂs Free Press SUBSCRIBE TODAY SUBSCRIBE TODAY Yes, IÂd like to subscribe to the Jacksonville Free Press!Enclosed is my check __ money order __for $40.50 to cover my one year subscription.AME _________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________STATE____ZIP________ DISCLAIMERThe United State provides opportunities for free expression of ideas. 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Edgewood Ave. Jacksonville,FL32208Email: JfreePress@aol.com TELEPHONE (904) 634-1993 Fax (904) 765-8611 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. City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALovember 2 8, 2017 Thank You Russia, We Now Know That You Helped Elect Donald Trump By Dr. Julianne Malveaux I never thought I would miss President George W. Bush, our 43rd president, and IÂve never much thought of him as a great, or even a good speaker; but the speech he gave at a conference convened by the George W. Bush Institute was simply eloquent, excellent, thoughtful, and compelling. After keeping a low profile for the past eight years, he spoke up to decry the fact that Âbigotry seems emboldened.ÂŽ Bush said that, ÂBullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children.ÂŽ Why did George W. Bush choose to speak so forcefully, in a speech that did not mention Â45,ÂŽ but was at least partly directed at him? Perhaps, it was the violent protests in Charlottesville; he and his father, President George Herbert Walker Bush, issued a joint statement denouncing White supremacists, something that it took Â45ÂŽ forever to do. The younger Bush was blunt when he said, ÂBigotry or White supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.ÂŽ I knew that I would miss President Barack Obama (44). Like his predecessor, he has kept a low profile since leaving office, stepping out very briefly to campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam and to reflect on the challenges we face in our democracy. Like President Bush, President Obama did not refer to Â45ÂŽ by name, but his speech in Virginia was a repudiation of virtually everything that our prevaricating current president stands for. ÂSome of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed,ÂŽ said Obama. ÂThat has folks looking 50 years back. ItÂs the 21st century, not the 19th century. Come on!ÂŽ Seemingly scolding the current administration, Obama said, ÂInstead of looking for ways to work together to get things done in a practical way, weÂve got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry, to demonize people who have different ideas, to get the base all riled up, because it provides a short-term tactical advantage.ÂŽ Watching Presidents Bush and Obama reminded me of how far the quality of our nationÂs leadership has fallen. I saw two men who, with absolute class, reminded us of our nationÂs values and everything that is repugnant about the current administration. The contrast is the persistent crassness of Â45,ÂŽ an illspoken, bumbling, coarse, and classless individual. He never met a fight he could not pick and escalate, never met an opposing viewpoint he could not demonize. He has belittled everyone he has disagreed with, from his own inner circle to football players he does not even know, calling them Âsons of bitches.ÂŽ In his entire eight years of service, President Obama never disparaged his predecessor, President George W. Bush, even as he cleaned up some of his messes. In his several months of leadership, Â45ÂŽ has missed no opportunity to criticize President Obama. If I had a dollar for every time President Obama critiqued President Bush, IÂd barely have enough money for a fast-food meal. If I had a dollar for every time Â45ÂŽ disparaged President Obama, I could dine at the nationÂs best restaurants for a full week! Class is visiting Walter Reed Army Medical Center to look in on wounded soldiers, or hosting White House luncheons for Gold Star families. Crass is calling widow Myeshia Johnson, never mentioning her deceased husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, by name, and telling her Âhe knew what he signed up for.ÂŽ Class is refusing to disparage either predecessor or successor. Crass is trashing anyone and everyone, including his predecessor. Class is disagreeing with dignity and civility. Crass is name-calling, challenging people to IQ tests, making fun of ill and disabled people, making fun of war hero and veteran Senator John McCain (RAriz.) for being shot down and captured during the Vietnam War. To be sure, I donÂt think that Â45ÂŽ maliciously called Myeshia Johnson in an attempt to cause her pain. I think he simply does not know how to talk to people, and we have plenty of evidence. The recent book, ÂThe Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a PresidentÂŽ (Macmillan, 2017) explains that the sociopathic narcissist we elected is so fundamentally flawed that he could easily imperil our very survival by pushing us into war. Â45ÂŽ told Myeshia Johnson Âhe knew what he signed up for.ÂŽ So did the nearly half of our nationÂs voters when they chose crass over class.45 Makes George W. Bush Sound Oh So Eloquent
ovember 2 8, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 31 NOVEMBER 6, 2017 AZ EE Z C ommunications Inc. V ol. XXI V, N o. 1 4Â’FVSU Sports PhotoThree Div. titles up for grabsLUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor The outcomes of several season-ending games this Saturday will determine three of the four participants in Nov. 11 Championship games in the CIAA and SIAC SIAC Already in for the SIAC title game as winner of the East Division is Fort Valley State who has, for once, its traditional season-ending Fountain City Classic game Saturday (2 p.m.) with rival Albany State in Columbus, Ga. not determining the division winner. The Wildcats (5-3, 5-0 SIAC) and secondyear head coach Kevin Porter clinched their second straight division title and championship game berth with a 52-7 win over Morehouse last Saturday coupled with Albany State's 17-12 loss to Benedict The loss knocked Albany State into third in the East at 5-4 overall and 3-2 in SIAC play and left Benedict (6-2, 4-1) in second place. FVSU defeated Benedict 31-28 in overtime back on Sept. 23. The West Division champ and spot opposite FVSU in the SIAC championship game will be determined in Tuskegee, Alabama Saturday Tuskegee (7-2, 5-0 West) and rival second-place Golden Bears of Miles (6-3, 4-1 W) meet in their traditional Alabama showdown and season-ender. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 as part of the league's recent deal with the network. Since an embarrassing 61-0 loss to Findlay straight wins. Miles has won four straight since its 34-9 loss to Albany State on Sept. 30. Tuskegee has turned to sophomore quarterback Jamarcus Ezell (951 yards, 5 TDs, 4 ints.) during the win streak. Senior running back Hoderick Lowe (619 yards, 68.8 ypg., 7 TDs) has been the workhorse of the ground game. Miles has averaged 34 points and 400 yards since freshman Joseph Cambridge took over at quarterback after the Albany State loss. In four games, Cambridge has thrown for nearly 600 run for two scores. Behind league-rushing leader, junior Justin Hardy (1,081 yards, 120.1 ypg., 11 TDs), the Bears also are the top rushing team (210.6 ypg.) in the SIAC. CIAA The CIAA will have both its championship game participants representing the North and South Divisions determined in games Saturday. So many tie-breaking scenarios are in play that the CIAA Championship Committee met early Tuesday morning to clarify and then communicate the tie-breaking procedures. DOWN TO THE WIREWAITING IN THE WINGS: Kevin Porter's Fort Valley State squad clinched SIAC East Saturday and waits for title game opponent.SCORESTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 26SIAC Miles 38, Clark Atlanta 17 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 CIAA Bowie State 86, Lincoln (PA) 14 Fayetteville State 28, Livingstone 26 Saint AugustineÂs 24, J. C. Smith 0 Virginia State 26, Chowan 23 Va. Union 37, Elizabeth City State 21 W-Salem State 27, Shaw 21, OT MEAC Bethune-Cookman 24, Hampton 21 Florida A&M 34, Morgan State 31 Howard 28, South Carolina State 20 NC Central 42, Delaware State 14 Savannah State 27, Norfolk State 9 SIAC Benedict 17, Albany State 12 Fort Valley State 52, Morehouse 7 Kentucky State 32, Lane 5 Tuskegee 45, Central State 0 SWAC Alabama State 21, Alabama A&M 16Grambling State 50, Texas Southern 24 Jackson State 24, Miss Valley St. 5 Prairie View A&M 34, Bacone 17 Southern 47, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 40 INDEPENDENTS Ariz. Christian 56, Texas College 0 Fairmont St. 34, W. Virginia State 27 Langston 27, Panhandle State 14 McKendree 36, Lincoln (MO) 12 Millersville 59, Cheyney 7 Tenn. Tech 30, Tennessee State 26 1. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (8-0) Bye week. NEXT: At Norfolk State. 2. GRAMBLING STATE (7-1) Won its homecoming 50-24 over Texas Southern. NEXT: At Arkansas-Pine Bluff. 3. VIRGINIA STATE (8-0) Edged Chowan, 26-23. NEXT: Closes regular season hosting Virginia Union. 4. BOWIE STATE (8-1) Throttled Lincoln 86-14. NEXT: Closes regular season at Elizabeth City State. 5. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (6-2) Won at homecoming over DelState, 42-14. NEXT: At No. 9 Hampton. 6. HOWARD (5-3) Won at SC State homecoming, 28-20. NEXT: At Florida A&M. 7. ALCORN STATE (5-3) Off last week. NEXT: Hosting Alabama A&M. 8. SOUTHERN (5-3) Outscored Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 47-40. NEXT: Hosting Prairie View A&M. 9. HAMPTON (5-3) Bowed to Bethune-Cookman, 24-21. NEXT: Hosting No. 5 North Carolina Central. 10. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (4-4) Knocked off then No. 4 Hampton, 24-21. NEXT: Hosting Morgan State. CIAACENTR A L INTERCOLLEG IA TE ATHLET I C ASSOC IA T I ONINDEPENDENTS W LLangston 8 0 W. Va. State 5 4 Tennessee State 4 4 Lincoln (Mo.) 1 8 Texas College 1 8 Cheyney 1 8 Edward Waters 1 7INDY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Patrick Smith WR, TENNESSEE STATE 7 receptions for 152 yards and 3 TDs (16, 30, 16) in loss to Tenn Tech. DEFENSE Ebenezer Okundeko, LB, TENNESSEE STATE 8 tackles, 4 solos, 1.5 for -10 in losses, 1 sack for -9 yards vs. Tenn. Tech. SPECIAL TEAMS Kole Patterson, PK, W. VA. STATE Averaged 44.8 yards on four punts, three downed inside the 20 vs. Fairmont State. NEWCOMER Michael Hughes, QB, TENNESSEE STATE Completed 20 of 35 passes for 331 yards and three TDs (16, 30, 16) in loss to Tenn. Tech. Threw two picks. 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) SIACSOUTHERN INTERCOLLEG IA TEATHLET I C CONFERENCEADJUSTED CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L # Fort Valley State 5 0 5 3 Benedict 4 1 6 2 Albany State 3 2 5 4 Clark Atlanta 2 3 4 5 Morehouse 1 4 3 6 WEST DIVISIONTuskegee 5 0 7 2 Miles 4 1 6 3 Kentucky State 2 3 3 6 Central State 0 5 1 8 Lane 0 5 1 8# Clinched Division titleSIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Justin Hardy RB, MILES 177 yards on 17 carries and TD runs of 10 and 86 yards in win over Clark Atlanta. Went over 1,000 yards on season. DEFENSE Walter Tucker, Sr., Dl, FORT VALLEY STATE Six solo tackles, 4 for losses, 3 forced fumbles, 1 sack vs. Morehouse. NEWCOMER Tajee Steele Fr., WR, FORT VALLEY STATE 5 receptions,101 yards, 36-yard TD catch vs,Morehouse. SPECIAL TEAMS Juan Serna Sr., PK/P, FORT VALLEY STATE 7 of 7 SWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLET I C CONFERENCE CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Alcorn State 3 1 5 3 Alabama A&M 3 2 3 5 Alabama State 2 2 2 5 Miss. Valley State 1 3 2 6 Jackson State 1 3 1 7 WEST DIVISION Grambling State 4 0 7 1 Southern 3 1 5 3 Prairie View A&M 2 2 3 4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 3 2 6 Texas Southern 0 4 0 7SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Austin Howard Sr., QB, SOUTHERN -Hit on 22 of 32 passes for 338 yards and 5 TDs (63, 7, 15, 4, 6) in win over UAPB. DEFENSE Ronnie Scott Sr., DB, ALABAMA STATE Returned pick 59 yards for TD and had one pass break-up. SPECIALIST Trevon Vincent Sr., PK, ALABAMA STATE Average 40.4 yards on 7 punts with a long of 48, three downed inside the 20. NEWCOMER Anthony Stubbs Jr., LB, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M Six tackles, 1 sack, in win over Bacone. MI D EA STERNATHLET I C CONFERENCEMEAC ONF ALL W L W LNC A&T State 5 0 8 0 N. Carolina Central 4 1 6 2 Hampton 4 1 5 3 Howard 4 1 5 3 Bethune-Cookman 3 2 4 4 Norfolk State 3 2 3 5 Florida A&M 2 4 3 6 Morgan State 1 4 1 7 Savannah State 1 4 1 7 SC State 1 5 2 6 Delaware State 1 5 1 7MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Jaicen Murphy Wr., QB, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL10 catches, 189 yards, 70 & 36 TD grabs vs. DelState. DEFENSE Todney Evans R-Jr., DL, BETHUNE-COOKMAN Team -high 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 break-ups vs. Hampton. ROOKIE Chauncey Caldwell Fr., QB, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL Completed 17 of 29 passes for 242 yards and TD passes of 50 and 70 yards vs. DelState. SPECIALIST Yahia Ali PK, FLORIDA A&M 4 of 4 on PATS, 2 FGs in win over Morgan State. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Nick Leverett R-So., OT, NCCU 6 pancakes vs. DSU. DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Virginia State 4 0 6 0 8 0 Bowie State 3 1 5 1 8 1 Virginia Union 3 1 5 1 6 3 Elizabeth City State 1 3 2 3 4 5 Chowan 1 3 2 3 3 6 Lincoln 0 4 0 6 0 9SOUTH DIVISION Fayetteville State 4 0 4 2 5 4 Saint AugustineÂs 3 1 4 2 4 5 Winston-Salem State 3 1 4 2 6 3 Shaw 1 3 2 4 3 6 Johnson C. Smith 1 3 1 5 1 8 Livingstone 0 4 0 6 0 9 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEKQB Amir Hall, Jr., BSU 14-19-0, 238 yards, 6 TDs (18, 6, 11, 18, 39, 48) in win over Lincoln (Pa.). OB Trenton Cannon, VSU 26 carries, 164 yards, 2 TDs (31,1) in win over Chowan. DL Jerrell Nimmons ECSU 6 tackles, 3 solos all sacks for -35 yards, 4 tackles for -38 yards, blocked FG vs. VUU. LB Keshawn James Fr., DE, FSU 13 tackles, 3 for losses vs. Livingstone. WR Lansana Sesay BSU 4 receptions, 139 yards, 2 TDs (39, 48) in win over Lincoln. SPECIAL William Flowers DB, BSU 186 all-purpose yds. returning punts for 89 and 43 yards, 2 solo tackles. DB & ROOKIE Jaleel Scroggins, SHAW Led Bears with 13 tackles, 12 solos, 1 interception vs. WSSU. COACH Richard Hayes, FAYETTEVILLE STATE Led Broncos to comeback 28-26 win over Livingstone. OFFENSE Â… ISAIAH CROWELL RB, Cleveland (4th season, ALABAMA STATE) Totalled 118 yards, rushing for 64 yards on 11 carries including a 26-yard touchdown run and catching 4 passes for 54 yards including a 36-yard reception in loss to Minnesota. Crowell also lost one fumble. DEFENSE Â… ANTHONY LEVINE SR., CB, Baltimore (6th season, TENNESSEE STATE) Two solo tackles, one a sack of Miami QB Matt Moore, in win over Dolphins. SPECIAL TEAMS MARQUETTE KING, P, Oakland (6th season, FORT VALLEY STATE) Punted four times for 153 yards (38.25-yard average) with a long of 51 yards and one downed inside the 20 vs. Buffalo.FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAMES TO DECIDE TITLES IN SIAC WEST, CIAA NORTH AND SOUTH THE STAT CORNERWHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS HBCU FOOTBALL TEAMS IN NATIONAL POLLSFOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS)COACHES POLL 7th NORTH CAROLINA A&T (8-0) Last week 6th 12th GRAMBLING STATE (7-1) Last week 13th STATS POLL 9th NORTH CAROLINA A&T (8-0) Last week 7th 13th GRAMBLING STATE (7-1) Last week 15thNCAA DIV. II AFCA COACHES POLL16th VIRGINIA STATE (8-0) Last week 17th 20th Bowie State (8-1) UnrankedD2FOOTBALL.COM TOP 25 18th VIRGINIA STATE (8-0) Last week 18th NCAA DIV. II SUPER REGION TWO Regional Rankings 3. Virginia State (7-0) 5. Bowie State (8-1) 8. Miles (6-2) 9. Virginia Union (6-2) through games of October 28, 2017 G A M E S T H I S W E E K SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 CIAA Shaw vs. Saint AugustineÂs in Durham, NC (HC) 12p Commemorative Classic Livingstone vs. Johnson C. Smith in Salisbury, NC 1p TV Broadcast Aspire-DirecTV 381 Virginia State vs. Virginia Union in Petersburg, VA 2p Elizabeth City State vs. Bowie State in Eliz. City, NC 1:30p Winston-Salem State vs. Fayetteville State in W-S, NC 1:30p Lincoln (PA) vs. Chowan in Lincoln University, PA 5p MEAC Hampton vs. North Carolina Central in Hampton, VA 1p Norfolk State vs. North Carolina A&T in Norfolk, VA 1pBethune-Cookman vs. Morgan State in Daytona Beach, FL 4p Florida A&M vs. Howard in Tallahassee, FL 4p Savannah State vs. Delaware State in Savannah, GA 5p SIAC ESPN3 Live Tuskegee vs. Miles in Tuskegee, AL (HC) 1p Lane vs. Central State in Jackson, TN 2p Benedict vs. Kentucky State in Columbia, SC 2p Morehouse vs. Clark Atlanta in Atlanta, GA 2p 28th Fountain City Classic Albany State vs. Fort Valley State in Columbus, GA 2p SWAC Miss Valley State vs. Texas Southern in Itta Bena, MS 1p Jackson State vs. Alabama State in Jackson, MS (HC) 2p Alcorn State vs. Alabama A&M in Alcorn State, MS 2pArkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State in Pine Bluff, AR 2:30p Southern vs. Prairie View A&M in Baton Rouge, LA 4p INDEPENDENTS Texas College vs OK Panhandle State in Tyler, TX 12n Cheyney vs. Kutztown in Cheyney, PA 12p Lincoln (MO) vs. William Jewell in Jefferson City, MO 1p West Virginia State vs. Urbana (OH) in Institute, WV 1p SAGU vs. Langston in Waxahachie, TX 2p Tennessee State vs. Va-Lynchburg in Nashville, TN 2p Edward Waters vs. Southeastern in Jacksonville, FL 7p Undefeated Virginia State (8-0, 6-0 N) is on top of the North Division race and can keep things simple by defeating rival Virginia Union (6-3, 5-1 N) for the division title and championship game berth. A VSU loss however opens the door to both VUU and Bowie State (8-1, 5-1), who closes with a date (1:30 p.m.) at Elizabeth City State A VUU win and loss by Bowie State gives the division title and title game berth to the Panthers. A win by VUU and a win by BSU creates a three-way tie at 6-1 for the division title and brings point-differential into the equation. VSU is +12 due to its 47-35 win over BSU. BSU is +18 due its 40-22 win over VUU. That means that VUU will have to beat VSU by a minimum of 19 points to secure the division title. Less than a 19-point win will give the title to BSU. If VUU beats VSU by exactly 18 points, BSU will win the division by virtue of its head-to-head win over VUU. In the South, Fayetteville State (5-4 overall), Saint Augustine's (4-5) and Winston-Salem State (6-3) are all tied with 4-2 records in CIAA play. FSU has a win over Saint Augustine's and SAU has a win over WSSU. FSU closes the season at WSSU Saturday (1:30 p.m.) and takes the division crown and championship game berth with a win. A WSSU win and win for Saint AugustineÂs in its seasonender vs. Shaw (12 noon) would give the S. Div. title and championship game berth to St. AugÂs by virtue of its head-to-head win over WSSU. A Shaw win and WSSU win would give the S. Div. title and championship game berth to WSSU. MEAC The MEAC race is also heating up as the seaplace North Carolina A&T (8-0, 5-0 MEAC) returns to action at Norfolk State (3-5, 3-2) Saturday (1 p.m.). The Aggies, in the Top Ten nationally in the AFCA Coaches Poll (7th) and STATS Bethune-Cookman knocked off Hampton Saturday, 24-21. Norfolk State suffered a tragedy before last week's game against Savannah State when freshman defensive tackle Nickola Ackles was shot and killed Friday night. The Spartans, coming off a big win over NC Central, lost to SSU, 27-9. The Spartans have to regroup from that loss and the loss of their teammate. "We're all going through a tough time," said NSU head coach Latrell Scott on Tuesday's MEAC teleconference. Tied for second behind the Aggies at 4-1 in league play are North Carolina Central (6-2 BCSP NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEKThe top eight teams in each of the four Super Regions of the NCAA are invited to the Division II Playoffs.The Final NCAA regional rankings will be the playoffs beginning at noon on Saturday, November 18.overall), Howard (5-3) has critical games to keep their championship hopes alive. ard travels to Tallahassee, Florida for a 4 p.m. date with Florida A&M (3-6, 2-4). BethuneCookman (4-4, 3-2) hosts (4 p.m.) Morgan State (1-7, 1-4) and Savannah State (1-7. 1-4) hosts Delaware State (1-7, 1-5) to round out the MEAC schedule. SWAC In the SWAC East, Alcorn State (5-3, 3-1 E) can move a step closer to its fourth straight East Division crown when it entertains (2 p.m.) second-place Alabama A&M (3-5, 3-2 E). Also in the East, Jackson State (1-7, 1-3) has its homecoming (2 p.m.) vs. Alabama State (2-2, 2-5) and Mississippi Valley State (2-6, 1-3 E) hosts winless Texas Southern (0-7, 0-4 W). Grambling State (71, 4-0 W) and Southern (5-3, 3-1 W) try to stay on course for their annual showdown for the division crown in late November, Grambling plays (2:30 p.m.) at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-6, 1-3) while Southern has a tough date at home (4 p.m.) vs. third-place Prairie View A&M (3-4, 2-2 W). Prarie View's only SWAC losses are by backto-34-21 scores to Grambling and Alcorn. B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N NORFOLK, Va. Â… Morgan State has the top team and top player in 2017-18 Mid Eastern Ahletic Conference men's basketball according to voting by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. The Bears outpolled Norfolk State for the top spot and Bears' 6-8 senior forward Phillip Carr was selected preseason player of the year. Teammate Tiwian Kindley the Perhaps as a sign of the league's balance, the three preseason all-conference teams have one player from every team except South Carolina State MEN 2017-18 PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH First place votes in parentheses 1) Morgan State (13) 305 2) Norfolk State (3) 292 3) N.C. Central (6) 279 4) Hampton (2) 276 5) Savannah State (1) 195 6) Maryland Eastern Shore 177 7) S.C. State (1) 153 8) Howard 139 9) Bethune-Cookman 136 10) Delaware State 119 11) Florida A&M 113 12) Coppin State 103 13) North Carolina A&T 79 PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Phillip Carr, Morgan State FIRST TEAM Phillip Carr, 6-8, Sr., F, Morgan State; Tiwian Kendley, 6-5, Sr., G, Morgan State; Zaynah Robinson, 5-11, Sr., G, Norfolk State; Brandon Tabb, 6-4, Sr., G/F, Bethune-Cookman; Charles Williams 6-6, So., G/F, Howard SECOND TEAM Jermaine Marrow, 5-0, So., G, Hampton; Dexter McClanahan, 6-4, Jr., G, Savannah State; Desmond Williams, 6-6, Sr., F, Florida A&M; Ryan Andino, 6-1, Sr., G, Maryland-Eastern Shore; Alex Long, 6-8, Sr., F, Norfolk State; THIRD TEAM Dejuan Clayton, 6-2, So., G, Coppin State; Davaris McGowens, 6-7, F, NC A&T; Pablo Rivas, 6-6, Sr., F, NC Central; Kavon Waller, 6-6, Sr., F, Delaware State; Marcus Barham, 6-5, Sr., G, Florida A&M NORFOLK, Va. Â… Delaware State junior forward NaJai Pollard was selected as the MEAC Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year while defending champion Hampton was selected as the preseason favorite to win the MEAC women's crown. 1. Hampton (13) 320 2. Bethune-Cookman (7) 292 3. North Carolina A&T (5) 271 4. Norfolk State 232 5. Howard 223 6. Florida A&M 185 7. Maryland Eastern Shore (1) 184 8. Morgan State 166 9. Coppin State 155 10. Savannah State 97 11. Delaware State 93 12. South Carolina State 78 13. North Carolina Central 70 2017-18 PRESEASON ALL-MEAC TEAMS FIRST TEAM NaJai Pollard, 5-11, Jr., F, DSU; Genesis Lucas, 5-7, r-Sr., G, CSU; Kayla Roberts, 6-1, Sr., G/F, NSU; Ashanti Hunt, 5-11, Jr., G, B-CU; Monnazjea Finney-Smith, 6-1, G/F, HAMP SECOND TEAM Breanna Farrar, 5-6, Fr., G, MSU; Bryeasha Blair, 5-4, Gr., G, SCSU; Jephany Brown, 6-0, Sr., G/F, HAMP; Alexus Lessears, 6-3, So., C, NC A&T: Shakerrya Morrison, 6-0, Sr., G/F, FAMU THIRD TEAM Jordan Strode, 5-8, r-Sr., G, NSU; K'iynn WIllias, 5-3, Jr., G, HAMP; Keyera Eaton, 5-8, Jr., UMES; Chance Graham, 5-11, So., C, CSU; Tykyrah Williams, 5-10, Sr., F, MSUMEAC unveils 2017-18 hoops picks Carr Pollard #9 Tuskegee RB Hoderick Lowe #8 Miles RB Justin Hardy vs.FOR THE SIAC WEST DIVISION TITLE CIAA SOUTH Still In The CIAA MixCIAA NORTH For games of October 26-30, 2017
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 WestEdgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208.Pastor Appreciation Dinner for Historic Mt. Zion Pastor Pearce EwingCome worship and celebrate the PastorÂs Appreciation Dinner for Historic Mt. Zion Senior Pastor Reverend Pearce Ewing, Sunday, November 12th at Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church located at 201 E. Beaver St. Anniversary committee members Wanda Mitchell (chairperson), Ken Jones (activities) and Olivia Young (publicity committee) is inviting the community to share in the blessings of this historic event. For more info contact the Olivia Young at (904) 502-6472. 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.Pure in Heart Deliverance Outreach Annual WomenÂs ConferencePure In Heart Deliverance and Outreach Ministries International located at 8672 Lem Turner presents the ÂGirl, IÂve Got to get Myself Together, Let the Lord Make Me Better!ÂŽ 13th Annual WomenÂs Conference community event on Saturday, November 4th, from 9 a.m. 1 p.m. This yearÂs theme is Â Let us search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord ,ÂŽ Lamentations 3:40. Come and enjoy powerful messages, prophetic ministry and teachings from dynamic women of God. Conference keynote speaker is Minister Kandi Hinmon-Boone of F.I.G.H.T. for the Families Fellowship in Wilmington, DE and Prophetess Lucy Polk of Arcadia, Florida. Conference is free and open to the public. For more details call (904) 338-2896.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. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 2 8, 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 10th Annual EWC Day Held at St. Philips Church St. PhilipÂs Episcopal Church hosted their annual ÂEdward Waters College DayÂŽ performance featuring the Edward Waters College Concert Choir. This year marked the 10th year the church has hosted the concert in support of the college. Musical selections performed genres including everything from traditional gospel to contemporary. The annual Sunday celebration marked the last year President Nathaniel ÂNatÂŽ Glover will serve as college President. Senior Warden Noel McKetty stated on behalf of the Vestry and the church congregation, ÂIt is indeed an honor to have President Glover and his cabinet worship at St. PhilipÂs Episcopal Church.ÂŽ The program also included tributes to flutist Linda Witsell and Mercedes Robinson, who served on the Edward Waters College Day Committee and were generous supporters. Clara B. Paula, the late mother of longtime Chairperson, Carlottra Guyton was also recognized. Carlottra smiled and shared, ÂMy mom is the one who inspired my vision to come up with the idea for the concert, watching her work at St. CyprianÂs Episcopal Church in St. Augustine, Florida way my motivation,ÂŽ she said. All proceeds during the 10 years the concert has been held have been donated back to the college. A reception was held immediately following the concert in the church auditorium chaired by church member Gloria Morrison and assisted by the ladies of the church. Shown (L-R) is Dr. Marvin Grant, Kortney Wesley, Arelia Donnaldson (event co-chair), Dr. Anna Hammond, EWC President athanial Glover, Carlottra Guyton (organizer), Anita Walden, George Dandelake, LJ Holloway and Dr. Rigo Gomez Faith Leaders Call Out Segregation of American Church on Reformation's 500th Anniversary In the spirit of the legendary 95 thesis of German priest and scholar Martin Luther addressing widespread abuse in the Church in his day, the Mosaix Global Network led by Mark DeYmaz, presented 95 theses from an international group of church leaders calling out the segregation of the American Church on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. "Systemic inequities and racialization within the American Church have unintentionally undermined the very Gospel we love and for which we live. An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God's love for all people as proclaimed from segregated pulpits and pews," DeYmaz, who is also founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, wrote in his thesis. "Jesus both commands and expects believers Â„ individually and collectively Â„ to love God and our neighbors; biblically speaking, those very different than us. Indeed, the Apostle Paul's entire life and ministry was devoted to advancing a Gospel of Gentile inclusion in opposition to an otherwise all Jewish understanding of the Gospel, local church, and coming Kingdom of God. For nearly 20 years, then, I have been asking myself and seeking to address one simple question: If the Kingdom of Heaven is not segregated, why on earth is the local church?" he asked. Luther's 95 theses, which he posted on the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517, sparked reformation in the Church by questioning widespread abuses in the Catholic Church, such as the corrupt practice of selling "indulgences" to absolve sin. The document led to the division of the Catholic Church and gave rise to Protestantism which was shaped by Luther's ideas. The modern day leaders who contributed to the collection of 95 theses on the enduring systemic segregation of the American Church by race, class and culture say it is time for true reformation on race relations. "If you cannot imagine yourself in a multiethnic church, how in the world can you imagine yourself in the multiethnic Kingdom of Heaven? Pursuit of the vision is not easy, but it's a vision worth pursuing; and more than that, worth the preparation for Heaven, now," Ed Stetzer who is Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, said in his thesis. Other leaders such as the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil, teaching pastor at Quest Church and professor of Reconciliation Studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, said the credibility of Christians to "address the issue of reconciliation has been called into question."
ovember 2 8, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 7 The Jacksonville Free Press would love to share your event with our readers. GUIDELINES 1. All unsolicited photos require a $10 photo charge for each picture. Photos can be paid by check, money order or credit card, 2. Pictures must be brought into our office to be examined for quality or emailed in a digital format of .jpg or .bmp. 3.Everyone in the picture must be named. 4. All photos MUST be received within 5 days of the event. OEXCEPTIOS. 5. Event photos must be acconpanied by a story/event synopsis including the 5WÂs of media: who, what, when, where and why. in addition to a phone number for more information.Call 634-1993 for more information! When it comes to beauty and looking your age, black women are very lucky. Because of darker skin pigmentation and the heightened amount of melanin in the skin of women of color, there is a minimum amount of flaws and imperfections that appear with the coming of age, such as: crowÂs feet, wrinkles and sagging skin. And even though we know that weight gain knows no race, women of color wear their weight differently; usually in the lower half of the body, and at times this too can increase with each birthday. The truth is that a great nutrition plan, diet regiment and exercise will all help to ensure that you stay on Mother NatureÂs good side. In the meantime, a little extra help doesnÂt hurt. Here are a few simple tips that can keep people asking, ÂHow old did you say you were again?ÂŽ 1. Buy a good bra, not just a pretty one Sometimes we get a little too taken with lace, sheer and embroidery and forget the best thing of all is the fit. Most overweight women wear bras that let their breasts fall too low, making them look older and heavier. However, a good bra can make you look leaner and slimmer. If you are unsure, get fitted in the lingerie department of your favorite department store. You will see the difference next time in your favorite shirt 2. Make it a point to add color in yourwardrobe Because black women come in so many shades, why limit yourself to dark and neutral colors. Venture outside of the box. Try beautiful pastels and earth tones, and even some vibrant patterns. Try bright colors on your good features and dark colors on problem areas. Since black women come in all colors, so should the wardrobe. Color will make you look much younger. 3. Know yourself is knowing yoursize Another common mistake that plus-size women make is that they squeeze in the wrong size trying to look thinner. But, the unfortunate and blatant truth is that this only makes you look bigger and older. Women believe that if they risk going up a size than they have to eventually deal with that weight gain, which might be true. But who says that you have to look terrible while waiting to lose the weight. If you look your best at any weight, you might find yourself in a better frame of mind to take on a diet and exercise routine. 4. Boot camp on boot cuts Please, please, please ladies; throw out tapered and ill-fitting jeans. As mentioned, black women tend to carry weight at the bottom making a lady looking larger and shorter. If you want to make your hips appear slimmer, try boot cut jeans. These jeans flare out at the knee and give you the appearance of being slimmer and taller. 5. Accessorize YourWardrobe Black women are naturally beautiful. To enhance that beauty, try a host of attractive accessories. Scarves, long dangling earrings, pins, handbags and shoes all help you look very attractive before and after you lose weight. After all, itÂs very hard to notice problem areas on your body when you are adorned with an array of eye-catching accessories. Lastly, donÂt try so hard to be noticed, just being yourself will get you plenty of attention. Black is beautiful no matter what! Dr.Chester Aikens Joys and Pains of a WeaveI know you've heard that weaves can be bad for your hair, but I'm here to tell you once and for all that's not the case. At least that shouldn't be the case. There are all kinds of hair extensions, but the one that gets the worst wrap by far is bonding. Bonding is a process where you use a special glue to glue hair onto your scalp. Just the act of bonding alone shouldn't scare you from giving this process a try. Bonding, when done correctly, will not take your hair out. Of course the flip side of that is when you have it done incorrectly, then you have trouble. People who bond hair in incorrectly, and use excessive amounts of glue are setting you up for disaster. The problem as you can imagine then comes when you try to remove the hair which is stuck by mounds of glue! We do a fair amount of extensions at Salon PK ...We've seen people who've come in and their hair is balding around the edges, and others who have extreme breakage. It is so sad because it could have been avoided. One of the problems is that people want their extensions to last longer than they are supposed to. So they use entirely too much glue. The latex bond which is a type of glue that is commonly used is much weaker glue than the original. Each day you wear a bonded weave it gets looser and looser and it should. This way you won't have any problems removing the weave from your hair. You don't have to pull the hair from your scalp and spray tons of oil to try and get it out. Bond remover is the best thing since the invention of paper. With a little common sense and an ounce of patience it will gently remove the hair. I recommend 30 second bond remover. Typically a fresh set of bonded extensions should last about four weeks. That's provided you shampoo your hair every two weeks. However if you shampoo your hair every week it's going to last for only two weeks. Please, please, please don't try to re-glue your hair yourself. I tell my clients to call me and let me take care of it. I do that for no charge because if you try I bet you're going to end up with a glob of glue in your hair. That little corner that maybe lifted, leave it alone. No one can see it. Don't pick up the glue, like I just said, if I'm your stylist simply come see me instead. I have worn extensions for a long time, and I still have a full head of hair. I've grown many clients hair by giving them extensions. Extensions can give your hair a break from all of the curling irons and stress we place on our hair. There are so many people that do it wrong. Trust me a weave doesn't have to cause the damage that we've heard about. Taking memory out of the equation we don't notice a good weave. Agood weave can be virtually undetectable. Abad weave will stand out. 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Anon-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough). ACHES Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold. Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu. STUFFYNOSE Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week. Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu. CHILLS Chills are uncommon with a cold. 60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills. TIREDNESS Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold. Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu. SNEEZING Sneezing is commonly present Sneezing is not common. SUDDEN SYMPTOMS Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days. The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains. HEADACHE Aheadache is fairly uncommon with a cold. Aheadache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases. 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Greater Jacksonville Agriculture FairThe 2017 Greater Jacksonville Agriculture Fair starts this week ovember 1st 12th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds located at 510 Fairgrounds Place. Since 1955 the GJAF has been educating, enlightening and informing the NEFL about science, the arts, agriculture and horticulture. For tickets and more info call www.jacksonvillefair.comComedian 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.Puttin' on the RitzPuttin' on the Ritz, the show formerly known as Amateur Night has a new name, but it's still the same great show and will take place Friday, ovember 3rd, at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theater located at 829 N. Davis St. To audition and for more details contact Ritz Executive Producer Deb McDuffie at (904) 504-2763.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.SYTYCD TourSo You Think you Can Dance Tour, the 14-time Emmy Awardwinning show will captivate audiences Saturday, ovember 4 at 8 p.m. at Thrasher-Horne Center located at St. Johns River State College campus, 283 College Drive in Orange Park, Florida. The Season 14 tour lineup includes the 2017 Top 10 winners. For 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 and more info call (904) 354-4362.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 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.Zimbabwe Quintet: obuntu in ConcertNobuntu, the female acappella quintet from Zimbabwe will take place Tuesday, ovember 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theater located at 829 N. Davis St. The performances range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. For tickets and more info visit www.jaxevents.com.San Marco Library Book ClubJoin the San Marco Library, 1513 Lasalle St., on 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 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.m. Free workshops and more! Location is Florida State College at Jacksonville located in the Advanced Technology Center, 401 W. State St. For more info visit www.careersourcenefl.com.Journalist Tom BrokawThe Florida Forum speaker series presents American television journalist and author Tom Brokaw, Wednesday, ovember 8th, at 7 p.m. Location is the Times-Union Moran Theater located at 300 Water St. For tickets call 630-CITYAACP 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 email@example.com.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 more info visit https://goldennutcracker.jcalegacy.org.Blues is Alright TourThe Blues is Alright tour featuring Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear and more acts take the stage Friday, ovember 10th at 8 p.m. Location is Veterans Memorial Arena located at 300 A. Phillip Randolph Blvd. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.Momma's Boy the Stage PlayThe stage play ÂMomma's BoyÂŽ will be at the Times Union Moran Center located at 300 Water St. will be on stage, Friday, ovember 10th at 8 p.m. The Priest Tyaire directed play focuses on a woman determined not to be the wife that needs a man, but the wife a man needs! For tickets and more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.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. For more info contact Leigh Cort at (904) 806-3613.Accentuate Boutique Taste of the Holidays Accentuate Boutique presents "Taste of the Holidays," Sunday, ovember 12th at 4 p.m. Come out and meet local chefs from the First Coast at Regency Square Mall located at 9501 Arlington Expressway. Enjoy food, vendors, door prizes, music, fashion show and more! Special Guest from Atlanta, Georgia is classical Mime Robert Hayes. For more info contact Michael Cobb at (904) 6257937. AACP Freedom Fund DinnerGet your tickets for the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner schedule for Tuesday, ovember 14th at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Hotel downtown. The Guest speaker is White House Correspondent April Ryan. For tickets contact thw Jacksonville Branch NAACP Secretary Sandra Thompson at (904) 265-4702. Beaches Democratic Club MeetingThe Beaches Democratic Club provides programs to inform voters about local, state and national issues and Democratic Party candidates seeking office. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at the Neptune Beach Activity Center located at 2004 Forest Avenue. The next meeting is Tuesday, ovember 14th at 7 p.m. For more info contact BDC president Joe Burt at (703) 628-1891. 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by Jessica Bennett ItÂs been eight years since Gabourey Sidibe left an unforgettable first impression in her debut film, Precious. Since, the Academy-Award nominated actress joined Fox hit Empire while simultaneously working on her directorial debut. SidibeÂs new film, The Tale of Four, brings us into the lives of four Black women: Saffronia, Sarah, Peaches, and Sweet Thing. If these four characters sound familiar, itÂs because they were drawn from the 1966 Nina Simone classic, ÂFour Women.ÂŽ The 34-year-old actress uses SimoneÂs timeless narrative to addresses the harrowing realities of the mothers, daughters, and undaunted revolutionaries fighting back against police brutality and the specter of mass incarceration today. In an interview with Refinery 29, the filmmaker shares exactly why she chose to speak on these issues. ÂAs I do with most things IÂm afraid of, I talk about them, make them audible, hoping that addressing the fear will alleviate it. ThatÂs what the film is about: addressing it, saying it out loud, and hoping that through sharing my fear and my outrage that it will cause more outrage and more fear.ÂŽ Both Tiffany Haddish and Chance the Rapper are having a great 2017, and will be wrapping up the year with appearances on NBC mainstay, Saturday Night Live Haddish will make her SNL debut Nov. 11 along with musical guest Taylor Swift while the Chicago MC will follow her up one week later on the 18th alongside musical guest Eminem. While this will be the Girls Trip starÂs first time appearing on the iconic series, it will be the third appearance for Swift, who is promoting her upcoming album, Reputation. Chance, on the other hand, has appeared on the late-night program twice before as a musical guest, but will be playing the part of host this time around. This will mark EminemÂs seventh appearance. ovember 2 8, 2017 Page 9 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! Seach for us on Facebook at The Jacksonville Free Press or visit us on the web at www.jacksonvilleFreePress.comP P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S | | C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y YStop by our offices located at Stop by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Music Icon Fats Domino Dies at 89Antoine ÂFatsÂŽ Domino, known for iconic rock ÂnÂ roll standards such as ÂAinÂt That a Shame,ÂŽ passed away last week at 89 years old. The legendary pianist died due to natural causes. Along with fellow rock ÂnÂ roll pioneers Chuck Berry and Ike Turner, Domino helped craft the sound of one of the worldÂs most influential genres. His 1949 song ÂThe Fat ManÂŽ is largely considered one of the first rock ÂnÂ roll records, according to Rolling Stone. ÂThey call me the Fat Man, because I weigh 200 pounds,ÂŽ he sang. ÂAll the girls, they love me, Âcause I know my way around.ÂŽ He followed the popular track with more than 30 Top 40 hits, including 23 gold singles. In fact, he sold more records than any 1950s figure with the exception of Elvis Presley. His version of ÂBlueberry Hill,ÂŽ a song written in 1940, reached the No. 2 spot on the Billboard charts and remains DominoÂs highest-charting record. The icon was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.Actor Robert Guillaume Dead At 89Star of stage and screen Robert Guillaume passed last week at 89. Guillaume, best known for his roles on Benson, The Robert Guillaume Show, and The Lion King, died at his home after battling prostate cancer. Guillaume's career spanned more than 50 years and included Primetime Emmy Awards forBenson and Soap, as well as a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for The Lion King's read-a-long book. In 1990, Guillaume lost his son, Jacques, after the 33-year-old succumbed to a long battle with AIDS. Guillaume suffered from prostate cancer according to his wife Donna Guillaume. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the actor suffered a troubled childhood as the son of an alcoholic mother living in poverty. His wife said he died peacefully. ÂHe kinda went the way everyone wishes they could, surrounded by love and in his sleep,ÂŽ she said according to CNN. Guillaume has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in his Missouri hometown and one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.ETERTAIMET LEGEDS SAYGOODBYE TiffanyHaddish Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations, and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Tiffany Haddish and Chance the Rapper Tapped to Host ÂSaturday Night LiveÂ Gabourey SidibeÂs Directorial Debut Inspired by ina Simone Classic Singer Janet Jackson and her brother Randy Jackson have visited their childhood home in Gary, Indiana, and talked with local high school students. The Jacksons made the visit last week a day after Janet Jackson's concert in the Chicago area. Janet Jackson told students at Roosevelt High School that she started crying when she saw the small house. She said, "me and my family are so blessed. I'm so thankful." The 51-year-old said she was 8years-old the last time she was in Gary. The family moved out of the industrial city about 30 miles southwest of Chicago after the Jackson 5 recorded their first album in 1969, when Janet Jackson was a toddler. She also told students she misses performing with her siblings. 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Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 2 8, 2017 One Comm W One Comm ing T k uni One Comm t ing T y t uni her t or WSee how at publix.com/community ing T k orSee how at publix.com/community t e og T To See how at publix.com/community her t. See how at publix.com/community Protesters Arrested During Marches for Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge to be Awarded Up to $1,000 in Class-Action Settlement Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem Sunday.Houston Texans Stage Mass Protest of Team OwnerÂs ÂInmateÂ Comments The Houston Texans, incensed by team owner Bob McNairÂs poorly worded description of players as Âinmates,ÂŽ staged a mass protest during the national anthem prior to HoustonÂs game against the Seattle Seahawks. Virtually all Texans knelt for the anthem, locking arms or holding hands on the sideline. National media in attendance put the number of players standing at about 10. At the NFL ownersÂ meetings last week, McNair had expressed frustration with the way that the protest had affected the NFLÂs business, and said, ÂWe canÂt have the inmates running the prison.ÂŽ He apologized on at least two occasions for that unfortunate turn of phrase, but players were not convinced. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins left the TexansÂ facility on Friday after learning of the comments. The Texans had discussed several options for protest prior to SundayÂs game, including kneeling, sitting, remaining in the locker room during the anthem or peeling the TexansÂ logo off their helmets. Clearly, the protest was large, one of the most significant by any single team to date, but not unanimous. This marked the first time any Texans players had protested during the anthem. Offensive tackle Duane Brown had raised a fist last season, the only demonstration the Texans had shown since protests began in the 2016 preseason. On Friday, Brown called McNairÂs comments Âembarrassing, ignorant and frustrating.ÂŽ Nearly a year after protesters in Baton Rouge were arrested during marches for 37-year-old resident Alton Sterling Â… who was killed by police while selling CDs outside of a store Â… a federal judge approved a class-action settlement Friday, Oct. 27 that awards up to $1,000 to dozens. One of the most high-profile activists to be involved with the settlement was DeRay Mckesson, who was arrested along with 69 others. Besides cash payments, the victims will have their records expunged free of charge, the Associated Press reports. U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles gave the final approval regarding the settlement after a hearing with McKesson and other plaintiffs. The 69 plaintiffs will ultimately be rewarded amounts ranging from $500 to $1,000 out of the total value of the settlement estimated at $136,000. ÂIt obviously is a matter that touches on a lot of sensitive issues and had the potential for being very contentious and destructive,ÂŽ deGravelles said. Kira Marrero, a 24-year-old plaintiff from New Orleans, was arrested while protesting the policeinvolved shooting of Sterling. ÂIÂm definitely glad that weÂre getting some justice, though at the same time itÂs a really painful memory to dig up,ÂŽ she said. ÂIÂm still pretty heartbroken, I guess, by everything that happened. I think everyone who knew me trusted that I wasnÂt out there breaking the law and that clearly something was wrong.ÂŽ While this is a step in the right direction, the deal only settles one of many outstanding lawsuits against Louisiana law enforcement agencies. by Rory Moulton Every year, the non profit organization the Sydney Peace Foundation presents their Peace Prize to activists fighting for positive social or environmental change. The prize, which includes a $500,000 award, provides a platform for the activists to increase their reach and spread awareness for their causes. It has been presented annually since 1998 and is a valuable form of recognition of non-violent, influential activism. This year, the Sydney Peace Prize has been awarded to the Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLM) and will be accepted by the three activists who co-founded it: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. This marks the first time the Prize has been awarded to an organization rather than an individual. They awarded the prize to BLM Âfor building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism. And for harnessing the potential of new platforms and the power of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice.ÂŽ The Black Lives Matter movement began in July 2013, after George ZimmermanÂs acquittal of the murder of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin, when Garza wrote an open letter on Facebook titled, ÂLove Letter to Black FolksÂŽ. She wrote: ÂBlack people, I love you. I love us. We matter. Our lives matter.ÂŽ Shortly after this, Cullors created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and Tometi created an official website and social media profiles. Now, four years later, Black Lives Matter is a highly influential movement with chapters all over the globe, working together and fighting against police brutality, injustice in the workplace, violence against trans and gender non-conforming people of colour, and all other manifestations of racial inequality. While the Black Lives Matter movement is primarily active in the US, it is significant that the movement and these three women in particular are being recognised in Australia with this award. Black Lives Matter Wins $500K Sydney Peace Prize BLMfounders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi