After a 14 year tenure, Senate Democrats elected JacksonvilleÂs Audrey Gibson in a narrow 8-7 vote to replace Jeff Clemens as the next leader of the caucus in a secret ballot this week. Clemens, D-Lake Worth, resigned from his Senate seat on Oct. 27 after admitting he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist. Gibson, D-Jacksonville, defeated Orlando Democrat Randolph Bracy in Monday night's election. Gibson, who has served eight years in the House before her 2010 election to the Senate, will take over as the Senate minority leader after the 2018 elections, when Democrats hope to flip several seats in a chamber where Republicans now hold a 24-15 majority. ÂThe next task is to see where there are opportunities to elect more Democrats, so that we do get closer to 20. In that you find balance, and you truly have the voice of all Floridians," Gibson said. Clemens' abrupt departure rocked Senate Democrats, who were pumped up after recapturing a formerly Republican-held MiamiDade County seat in a September special election. Senator Gibson serves as chair of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security Committee and on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Her other committee assignments include: Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development, Commerce and Tourism Committee, Judiciary Committee, Regulated Industries Committee, and Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. With the deaths of four American servicemen in Niger, a window has opened onto U.S. operations in West Africa Â… an area barely known even to U.S. legislators who have sent U.S. soldiers there in harmÂs way. The latest soldier to die on a tour in the French-speaking region is Texas-born Staff Sergeant, Logan J. Melgar, a Latino. His death in Mali is attributed to strangulation and two elite members of the US Navy Seal Team Six are being investigated for his murder. MelgarÂs Special Forces teammates were there at the request of Paul Folmsbee, U.S. ambassador to Mali for a previously undisclosed and highly unusual clandestine mission to support French and Malian counterterrorism forces battling Al QaedaÂs branch in North and West Africa, as well as smaller cells aligned with Al Qaeda or the Islamic State, according to the New York Times. The Navy SEALs were assigned to help with training and counterterrorism missions. They took part in two operations in Mali before MelgarÂs death, according to the Times. While Americans are being deployed to Âadvise and assist,ÂŽ as military officials say, and not engage in combat missions, military plans for the region suggest greater engagement with insurgent groups on the ground. Few details are available about the attack that killed Sgt. La David T. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright in early October in a part of Niger where they apparently thought they would encounter no enemy fire. ÂYouÂre going to see more actions in Africa, not less; youÂre going to see more aggression by the United States toward our enemies, not less; youÂre going to have decisions being made not in the White House but out in the field,ÂŽ South Carolina Sen. Lindsey O. Graham said after a briefing by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on a possible expansion of the U.S. military's ability to use lethal force in Niger. Meanwhile, neither the U.S. nor France has offered a plan to lift Nigeriens out of extreme poverty and French companies maintain a stranglehold on NigerÂs uranium mining, setting prices, and keeping most of the profits. Volume 30 o. 52 ovember 9 15, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Is Your Mate Making You Fat?Page 7 Our Vets Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Â… Even in the Face of InequalityPage 4Lebron James has Replaced Michael Jordan as the Present Day Sports IconPage 13 Bishop Marvin Sapp Shares Dating Struggles as a Widower Raising ChildrenPage 6 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Oprah Blesses an Atlanta Middle School With $5MOprah is at again! While visiting the Atlanta Ron Clark Academy in celebration of the middle schools 10th anniversary she gave them a present like no other. She surprised the school by blessing them with $5 million to show her support for the nonprofit academy last weekend. The money will be used to build the schools performing arts program which the school was raising money for. They managed to raise $7 million on their own. This is not the first time Oprah has helped the school. Back in 2011, she met the founder of the school Ron Clark who called, Âone of her alltime favorite teachers.ÂŽ She also attended the schools 2010 graduation as a speaker. This year she was there to recognize the schools work in influencing the lives of its students over the years.Florida State Becomes 3rd University To Suspend Greek LifeFlorida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension this week of the schoolÂs 55 fraternities and sororities following the death of a freshman pledge. Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, died after he was found unresponsive following a party. Police said there were indicators that alcohol may have been a factor. Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester after the February hazing death of 19-year old Timothy Piazza. Louisiana State had a one-month suspension and continues to ban alcohol at Greek parties after the hazing death of 18-year old Maxwell Gruver in September. During the suspension, the only events Greek life members may conduct are meetings with the university or their national chapter. They also cannot have any organized participation in homecoming activities.Hunger Strikes At Spelman & Morehouse to Change School PolicyAt least 25 students have gone on a hunger strike at Spelman & Morehouse college to change school policy in hopes of being able to donate unused meals to needy students. Starting on November 2, 2017, students who have joined are passionate about the strike and the changes it can bring. The goal of the hunger strike is to get the colleges and their campus food provider Aramark to set up a way for students with paid college meal plans to donate unused meals to needy students. Depending on the institutions, the program allows students to give their already paid for meals to students in need or homeless people in the surrounding community. Administrations from both colleges are looking into the safety of students on the hunger strike and into hopefully implementing the program in their schools.White Supremacists Embrace Papa JohnÂs As ItÂs ÂOfficialÂ PizzaPapa JohnÂs may be the official pizza of the National Football League, but after CEO John Schnatter blamed protesting NFL players for the companyÂs drop in stock price over the last year, a white supremacist publication has decided to embrace the brand as its own, reports the Courier Journal. A columnist at racist outlet The Daily Stormer has claimed Papa JohnÂs as its ÂofficialÂŽ pizza. The site posted a photo of a pizza pie with pepperonis arranged in a swastika. The caption reads ÂSieg Heil Pizza.ÂŽ Peter Collins, the senior director of public relations at Papa JohnÂs, said the company was taken off-guard by the endorsement. The endorsement from white nationalists follows a week of roasting from other pizza companies after Papa JohnÂs blamed its sluggish sales on NFL players protesting racial injustice.Jesse Jackson and John Singleton Accused of Sexual HarassmentÂThe RootÂŽ writer-producer Danielle Young came out on Monday with claims that she had been sexually harassed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and by filmmaker John Singleton. Young recalled how, during a meeting where Jackson was a keynote speaker at an event, everyone wanted to take pictures with him, and of course, she was one of the group vying for a picture. ÂI walked toward Jackson, smiling, and he smiled back at me. His eyes scanned my entire body. All of a sudden, I felt naked in my sweater and jeans. As I walked within armÂs reach of him, Jackson reached out a hand and grabbed my thigh, saying, ÂI like all of that right there!Â and gave my thigh a tight squeeze,ÂŽ she wrote in a piece on The Root detailing her experience. ÂI did what most women in an uncomfortable position do: I giggled. And I continued to giggle as he pulled me in closer, stared down at my body, smiled and told me he was only kidding. The entire time, my co-worker snapped photos,ÂŽ she said. All Eyes Fixed on West Africa as U. S. Role in Combat Grows APRI Kicks Off Season of Thanks With Seniors at Morris Manor Pictured from left to right: President of u Chapter Charlotte Marie Williams, Assistant Southeastern Regional Director Essie Knowles, Southeastern Regional Director Deborah Cartwright-Clough, Southeastern Regional Journalist Debra Waye and the Southeastern Regional Historian Theresa Spencer. Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. had the honor of hosting their Regional and Assistant Regional Directors during a site visit the weekend of November 3rd thru November 5th. This site visit was the beginning of the planning phase for Eta Phi BetaÂs 2019 Southeastern Regional Conference, which will be hosted by Nu Chapter. Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. The sorority is a business and professional womenÂs sorority with chapters throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands. The women of Eta Phi Beta exemplify their motto "Not for ourselves, but for others." Eta Phi Beta Nu Chapter Host Regional Leaders Audrey Gibson Chosen to Lead Senate Democrats Sen. Audrey Gibson Shown are APRI volunteers Angela Corker, Doris Orr-Richardson, and Marsha Dean Phelts at the event. Volunteers from the Jacksonville Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute are getting into the Thanksgiving spirit early by continuing to host the 28th annual Thanksgiving luncheon at Morris Manor Senior Center. The annual event includes themed activities honoring Mr. Randolph and his history of involvement within the community and the labor movement. Volunteers handed out gift bags and non-perishables along with a hot lunch to all of the residents. Morris Manor has a total of 168 units, all of which are Section 8 assisted living units and is intended for low income, elderly persons. Shown (L-R) are ladies of Raines wearing the shirts of the alma mater included Barbara Harrity, Andrea Sapp, Caroyln Herring Carol Collier, Sharon Smith and Cheryl Wilson. Raines Wins 48th orthwest Classic But Fellowship Reigns Supreme The Jacksonville high school football regular season came to a close last weekend with the annual Northwest Classic. The annual match up between northside rivals Raines and Ribault High School brings out a tailgating like no other! Thousands of alumni from both schools engaged in a bevy of weekend activities that bring back memories and more of their high school years. The Vikings (9-1), who likely secured the top seed in Region 14A with the victory, inflicted the most painful blowout in the Classic rivalry since they topped the Trojans 39-0 in 2006. While both teams had already clinched playoff spots last week, this game had plenty at stake for bragging rights. For the first time in three years, the Northwest Classic trophy will reside on Raines Viking Way. Raines now leads the all-time series 34-14 as well.
Page 2 Ms. Perrys Free Press ovember 2017 If you have mortgage problems, call 888-995-HOPE for one-on-one expert advice from this free government program.Youre not alone. What will happen to us if we lose the house? Did you know that three out of four cosigners are ultimately asked to repay the loan? That's according to the Federal Trade Commission, which also reports that in most states, if you cosign a loan for someone who misses a payment, the lender can immediately collect from you without first pursuing the borrower. Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, a national non-profit credit counseling agency, says problems often arise when the cosigner and borrower do not have a complete understanding of what cosigning entails. "We find that families and friends often cosign for their loved ones without reading the fine print," he said. "Cosigning is more than helping someone qualify for a loan. A cosigner is ultimately telling the lender that he or she is responsible for the loan." Sullivan describes four facts every cosigner needs to know: Once you cosign, there's no going back. Acosigner cannot change his or her mind mid-way through the term of the loan. Unexpected events like job loss and divorce need to be taken into consideration before signing on the dotted line. Cosigning a loan may prevent you from obtaining credit for yourself. If you cosign a loan, the loan amount is counted as one of your obligations. That liability could prevent you from qualifying for another loan or line of credit. Acosigner could be forced to pay more than the loan amount. If the borrower skips a payment or can't pay the loan, late fees and collection costs can also be forwarded to the cosigner. If legal action is needed to obtain the money, cosigners may also have to pay for attorney fees. Acosigner's wages and property can be garnished if the lender sues and wins. If you do cosign a loan, be sure that you have the financial backing to pay off the loan without going into debt. Failing to repay the loan or fees will negatively affect your credit score. Sullivan says if you do decide to cosign a loan, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. "Contracts and other legal documents are referenced when disputes arise, so it's important that both the borrower and cosigner have copies of everything," he said. "Cosigners can protect themselves further by asking the lender to notify them in writing if the borrower ever misses a payment. That could prevent a trail of extra fees." bySherman Jones Wanting to pass personal property quickly and efficiently to a loved one is a goal common to many. Perhaps you wish to guarantee that your grandchild will inherit the vacation home. Or, perhaps you want your brokerage account to pass to your son or daughter, avoiding the probate process completely. In both cases, a common choice is the use of joint ownership with the right of survivorship (JTWROS). At first glance, JTWROS property may seem like a good way to accomplish your goals, but before you use this common solution, consider some potential risks. One clear and popular benefit of using joint tenancy with rights of survivorship is that upon one owner's death, his share is automatically transferred to the surviving owner(s) free of the cost and delay of probate. What may be less popular if understood, however, is that JTWROS property gives each owner an equal "undivided interest" in the entire property. Each owner is entitled to full use of the property and to his share of any income it produces. When you create a JTWROS, you may be giving up full control. For example, if you desire to sell or refinance your property after naming a new joint owner, the new joint owner(s) must give their approval. Of even more concern, if newly-named joint owners were to find themselves in financial trouble, they or their creditors may be able to force a sale of the property and receive a proportionate share of the property's value. Therefore, caution should always be taken when titling a bank or brokerage account in JTWROS. Trying to name an alternate beneficiary for joint property in your will also may prove frustrating. Remember, the property will pass to the joint owner outside the probate process and the directions of the will. If you decide you want someone else to inherit the property, you may need the current coowner's approval. Apossible solution would be to, instead of placing property in JTWROS, consider a revocable living trust. You are able to name the person(s) you want as beneficiary, and that decision is revocable (changeable) at any time. A Transfer On Death (TOD) agreement may also address the desire for efficient transfer to beneficiaries and retain the same beneficial qualities of joint property. ATOD agreement affords the owner the ability to designate who brokerage account assets will pass to, by-passes probate upon death, and does not expose account assets to the aforementioned problems. Acommon misconception with JTWROS property is that it will lower estate taxes. This is not true. The value of the property is included in the taxable estate in proportion to ownership and exposed to tax. The first-to-die's estate will be taxed on the share of the property that he or she actually owns and, for this reason, it is important to keep records of the funds each person contributes. The haphazard titling of property in JTWROS could also expose you to a gift tax consequence, depending on the value of the property. There are a few exceptions such as bank accounts, securities held in street name and savings bonds. These transfers are taxable gifts only when the gift becomes "complete," occurring when the newly named co-owner exhibits ownership over the property. Of course, this brief article is no substitute for a careful consideration of all of the advantages and disadvantages of this matter in light of your unique personal circumstances. Before implementing joint property or any significant financial planning strategy, contact and consult with your financial planner. There are many major corporations in the marketplace that demonstrate a strong outreach to our community. You see Black people in their ads, you see their ads in our publications, hear them on our radio stations. They sponsor those events, institutions and special programs that are important to us. They have a large work force that includes Blacks in a variety of responsible and productive positions and they purchase our products, skills and services. In general, they have a high profile and a good image in our community. They deserve our support; it's called reciprocity! List those companies that come to mind. If you don't know the company, list the brand and buy their products and services. For those who do not make your list, reduce your spending with them by 25% per year over the next four years until you have gotten them out of your system. BUYINGGUIDE: Company Name: _________________________ Brand Name: ____________________________ Company Name: _________________________ Brand Name: ____________________________ Company Name: __________________________ Brand Name: ____________________________ Company Name: _________________________ Brand Name: _____________________________ In the 21st Century we must break this addiction of supporting those who take us for granted and do not support us! There are about 100 national companies that show up all the time, let's do business with them and boycott the rest! That's Power networking. POWER NETWORKING MINUTE by George Fraser Networking Using The Hammer of Reciprocity Is Joint Property the Single Solution ForHeirs? Loan Co-Signing The Facts You Should Know PUBLIC NOTICEThe Jacksonville Children's Commission of the City of Jacksonville, FL, will require the professional services of a consultant/firm to provide Consulting Services forScreening/Training of VolunteerMentors forJacksonville's Youth (P-10-07). All interested persons can contact the City of Jacksonville, Department of Procurement Office, 117 West Duval Street, Suite 335, Jacksonville, FL32202 or phone Charles Robertson @ (904) 630-1196 for a copy of the RFPor you can download the RFP@ www.coj.net, go to Procurement Office, go to Professional Services, Request for Proposals. The City of Jacksonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages expressions of interest for the described services from Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB)/Minority Business Enterprises (MBE). 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Page 3 Ms. PerryÂs Free Pressovember 9 15, 2017 Every Week since 1986, the Jacksonville Free Press has brought news for and about the African American community about you, to you. Our goal has been to deliver useful information that can enhance your life, as well as, the life of your children, elders and the community. Every Week since 1986, first from the Afro-American Insurance Building, 101 East Union Street to 1603-1 West Edgewood Avenue. From 1998 2013 in our first building at 903 West Edgewood Avenue and now our present home at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue, the Jacksonville Free Press has produced a quality appealing publication featuring entertainment, civil rights, business, educational, social and political news in addition to other events and articles. The publication is mailed to subscribers every Wednesday. On Thursday, it has been available on newsstands, and local subscribers have received it at their homes. Every Week the Jacksonville Free Press has brought you columns written by local persons of note: such as Dr. Maude Lofton, in the early years and historian Mrs. Camilla Perkins Thompson, for many years. Our writers have also included the many columnists connected to the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). Local writers such as Dr. James Crooks, the column Points to Ponder by Sylvia Perry, City Chronicles by Reggie Fullwood and From the Sidelines by Charles Griggs have graced the Free Press pages over the years. Every Week it has not always been easy, but the joy comes as each issue is reviewed, and the inspiration begins to fire for the next issue. We Thank our many subscribers for joining us in this effort. We thank our advertisers for making the Jacksonville Free Press their choice to reach you. We thank those who have volunteered their times and talents, and our employees who have chosen to call the Free Press their home. We also extend a very special thank you to the organizations and other entities that have chosen to honor the Jacksonville Free with awards and recognitions of merit. Rita Perry Publisher Emeritus Lynn Jones Rhonda Silver Phyllis Mack Marretta Latimer Bruce Burwell Marsha Oliver Charles Griggs David Wright Shadidi Amma Sadie Guinyard Diallo Sekou Rahman Johnson Robert Clauson Tony Hill Reggie Fullwood Camilla Thompson Jacquie Haynes Frank Powell Anthony Barlow Dr.Chester Aikens Tonya Austin Rometa Porter Dr. Maude Lofton Sylvia Perry Publisher
Last weekend at a restaurant in JacksonvilleÂs overly teeming St. JohnÂs Town Center, I heard two gentlemen talk about why they will no longer be watching NFL games anymore. The older white men talked about how those players were disrespecting the flag and our veterans. Of course, I didnÂt engage the two men with an opposing opinion, but it just reinforced the fact that issues like NFL players kneeling during the national anthem are simply a matter of perspective and tolerance. Some have also made it a political issue, which simply distorts the facts and misrepresents the real reason the kneeling began in the first place. So letÂs put politics aside and talk about a group of Americans that make the ultimate sacrifice for our country Â… our veterans. VeteranÂs Day will be recognized this week, and it is a holiday that reminds us of the sacrifices many men and women have made fighting for our country. In fact, risking ones life for his country is truly the ultimate sacrifice. Benjamin Franklin once said, ÂNever has there been a good war or a bad peace.ÂŽ We honor all veterans on this day, but I think special recognition must be given to those who fought for a country they loved that refused to consider them as ÂtrueÂŽ citizens. And this is not some radical message intended to stir anyone up, but recognition of the black soldiers who fought for this country during very turbulent times Â… dealing with open racism and segregation. One of the most troubling stories I have ever heard was from a senior citizen who was attempting to explain to me the various racial, social and financial hurdles he had gone through in his life. He talked about serving our great country in WWII and coming home to be treated like a secondclass citizen. In fact, he talked about military dogs being treated better than African American soldiers. He recalled being on a train in Europe in which German prisoners were able to ride in passenger cars, but black soldiers had to ride in the back of the train Â… often with cattle and other livestock. So while African American soldiers fought in many battles and died on many battlefields, blacks still were never good enough to be considered as equals. Back in the homeland blacks continued to be discriminated against and lynched in record numbers during WWII. And throughout the South, the racist legal system we know as "Jim Crow" segregated people by race in restrooms, hotels, restaurants, and most other public accommodations. My grandfather was good enough to drive trucks in the military supplying goods and supplies, but he wasnÂt good enough to eat at a diner in downtown Jacksonville or use the same restrooms as whites in Hemming Plaza. ÂMy country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where our fathers died, Land of the pilgrims pride,ÂŽ were hardly words that related to the true conditions facing black soldiers. Not only was the U.S. military segregated during World War II, but black soldiers were also excluded from most victory parades that followed. And although many history books donÂt tell us that African Americans truly played a prominent role in the United StatesÂ victories in WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen escorted bombers on runs in North Africa and parts of Europe and never lost a bomber. The 761st Tank Battalion, known as the ÂBlack Panthers,Â landed in France four months after the D-Day invasion and later liberated concentration camps. It wasnÂt until thirty-three years after the war ended; the group received the Presidential Unit Citation. Some would say why talk about these past injustices, letÂs move forward. I agree, but I am not talking about the past to upset any one, and I am not advocating reparations for these injustices, just simple recognition. Sometimes simple recognition goes a long way. The United States has the most powerful military in the world, and we historically have stood ÂunitedÂŽ against terrorism, evil dictators and injustice around the world. Unfortunately we have never been united against racism, bigotry and discrimination. But the past is the past, and as we continue to evolve as a young nation, we have to acknowledge past injustices and learn from them. AmericaÂs strength is our diversity. ThatÂs what our solider fight for Â… justice, equality, opportunity and freedom. We give honor to all veterans, and thank them for their continued sacrifice and commitment to this country. Reggie FullwoodAccepting the Challenge to Ensure Future LeadershipI once asked the first African American billionaire, Reginald F. Lewis, what single word best defined the most determinative factor that led to his monumental financial success? Mr. Lewis answered, ÂPreparation.ÂŽ To accept or to meet the challenges of life, one must first be prepared. Attaining a quality education is one of the best methods for self-development and self-preparation. The long history of African American progress is inextricably linked to our access and attainment of a good education. From Frederick Douglas, to W.E.B. Dubois to Booker T. Washington, the goal of education for Black people was paramount to achieving freedom, justice and equality in America and throughout the world. Today in 2017 that goal is still a top priority for 47 million African Americans across the nation. It is important to recall lessons from our history to continue the struggle against the forces of racism, oppression and economic inequality. Shortly after the slave insurrection led by Nat Turner in southern Virginia in 1831, the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi all passed laws making it a felony to teach a Black person how to read and write. Education and preparation to meet lifeÂs challenges for Africans in America were once against the law. It was illegal to educate our people in those states. It was against the law in the South for Black people to educated before the Civil War in America. My great, great, great grandfather, The Rev. John Chavis, defied those terrible laws in 1838 and was beaten to death as a result. This subject is personal but not limited just to my familyÂs legacy. While those laws no longer exist, the issues of education for millions of African Americans are still today most important and life-advancing. Thus, it is important to assert and to rearticulate o the critical importance of supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). I proudly serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Equality Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) that represents all the HBCUs and PBIs (Predominantly Black Institutions. There is no question that these educational institutions continue with academic excellence to provide the majority of Black college graduates in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics (STEAM). At a recent national conference of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in Washington, DC, Koch Industries reaffirmed its contribution of more than $26 million to the TMCF. Support of HBCUs cuts across the partisan political divide in America. The fact is Koch Industries Âaccepted the challengeÂŽ and step up to the plate and gave an unprecedented amount of financial support to both the United Negro College Fund ($25 million) and to the TMCF. Accepting the challenge of providing more funding for the higher education of Black Americans should not be reduced to partisan politics. This is about improving the quality of life for Black America and for all communities who yearn for freedom and equality. As a graduate of Howard University, I know that HBCUs deserve the support of corporate America. LetÂs hope that other corporate leaders will also accept the challenge of financially supporting HBCUs. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr is President and CEO of the ational ewspaper Publishers Association (PA). 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 9 15, 2017 Our Vets Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice Â… Even in the Face Inequality by Dr. Julianne Malveaux For all of this AdministrationÂs efforts to kill (as in Ârepeal and replaceÂŽ ) the Affordable Care Act, it is still the law of the land, and still available (and required). However, since 45 and his team have declared it all but dead, they have shortened the enrollment period from three months to a mere six weeks, from November 1December 15, 2018. Additionally, the department of Health and Human Services has drastically cut the budget for outreach. This time last year, there were television and radio announcements, billboards on buses, and other reminders that people should enroll for health care if they donÂt get health care from their job. This Administration hopes that people will not enroll for care, so that they can then crow that people ÂdonÂt wantÂŽ health care. But some faith leaders have pledged to use their pulpits to remind their congregations to get enrolled for health care. Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, the first Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, an activist who melds faith with public policy, and a spiritual advisor to many Black leaders, has developed a toolkit for communities of faith to help them do the work that our government wonÂt in encouraging people to enroll for affordable health care. The effort has a title, #SOULSTOENROLL and is in action on all social media platforms. A weekend campaign that will begin November 12, include suggestions for faith leaders, a sample bulletin announcement, PSA, and social media tips. In other words, the faith community is being encouraged to treat health care enrollment like any other grassroots organizing campaign and get involved in it. Back in the day, before social media, we used to talk about Âthe drumÂŽ, or the ways we shared information in the Black community. Lots of our radio stations, or programs, were called Âthe drumÂŽ because they were our ways of sharing information. Now faith leaders are taking the drum viral to ensure that people who donÂt get the word because of lack of government outreach, will get it through churches and through the Internet. We will rely on these methods of communicating more and more, as this administration attempts to contract, not expand, the information people need to get essential health care (and other services). The toolkit and other resources are proof that our community has the ability to out organize the evil that is seeping out of Washington. ÂWokeÂŽ members of Congress are working with Rev. Skinner and others to get the word out Â… Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) had his PSA up BEFORE the enrollment period opened on November 1, and some members of Congress have PSAs posted on their webpages. But everyone wonÂt log on to a Congressional website to get access to the PSA. ThatÂs where the churches and community organizations come in. Once upon a time we could mobilize. Without any Internet, 250,000 people managed to get to Washington, DC for the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. Mimicking that effort, and using both word of mouth and the Internet, a million plus women made it to Washington DC for the post-inaugural WomenÂs March. Now we have the opportunity to rally millions to participate in benefits of the Affordable Care Act. There are consequences to not enrolling. If you havenÂt enrolled by December 15, you may have to wait a whole year before getting access to affordable health care and the subsidies available under ACA, and you may have to pay a fine for not enrolling. Some states (California, Washington, Minnesota, DC, Colorado and Massachusetts) will allow enrollment until January, but most will close enrollment on December 15. Even with a longer enrollment period, the best thing to do is to ensure that those you know who need ACA benefits enroll early. Helping people enroll for ACA benefits is not only a public service, but it is also an act of resistance to 45Âs attempts to undermine President ObamaÂs signature piece of legislation. To be sure, ACA is not perfect, but it is responsible for expanding the base of people who can get affordable health insurance. This example of Faith in Action may be a template for other ways to use the church to organize resistance. The novelist Dr. Daniel Black (author of Perfect Peace) recently gave a talk in which he described our churches as the backbone of the Black community. Disagree with your pastor, or with the sermon if you will, he said, but still get to church for the sense of community that can only be found there. While the Black church is less impactful than it was in 1963 when most of us could be reached through church announcements, it is still a place where we gather and share information. If you donÂt usually go to church on November 12, consider making your way there to check this campaign out (or encourage your pastor to participate).All Souls to Enroll Faith in Action
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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 will conclude with a revival 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.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 Olivia Young at (904) 502-6472. Historic Mt. Zion Church Yard SaleHistoric Mt. Zion Church located at 201 E. Beaver St. is having a yard sale Saturday, November 18th, 8:30 1:30 p.m. Come peruse or trade items to sale. For more info contact 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 10 & 12th. This yearÂs theme is: Â Standing on the Promise of God ÂŽ. 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.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.OneJax Thanksgiving ServiceItÂs the OneJax 100th Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service, ÂReasons for HopeÂŽ event takes place Thursday, November 16th, 6 7 p.m. In a world divided, this service reminds us to treat one another with kindness and to be grateful for all that we have. Location is Congregation Ahavath Chesed Temple located at 8727 San Jose Blvd. For more information call (904) 6201529.Greater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church ovember ActivitiesGreater Missionary Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 5730 Sawyer Avenue under the leadership of Reverend J.C. Green presents ÂHarvest Day,ÂŽ Sunday, November 19th at 11 a.m. services. On Thursday, November 23rd attend Thanksgiving services at 11 a.m. and November 28th at 4 p.m. attend the Deacon and Deaconess Anniversary celebration. All are welcome to attend and rejoice and praise the church fall activities commemoration. For more info contact the church office at (904) 768-2725. Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church 7th Pastor's AnniversaryMt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church is celebrating its 7th Pastor's Anniversary, honoring the church Pastor, Reverend Freddie Sumner, Sunday, November 19, and Sunday, November 26, at 4 p.m. The theme is ÂPreaching the Word of Faith,ÂŽ from scripture Romans 10:14. Church celebration colors are royal blue, black or silver. Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church is located at 9319 Ridge Blvd. For more info call the church office at (904) 527-1763. OTICE:Church news is published free of charge. Information must be received in our office 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. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 9 15, 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 Bishop Marvin Sapp Shares Dating Struggles as Widower Raising Children Bishop Marvin Sapp is opening up about some of his struggles with dating after his wife died seven years ago. Sapp, the 50-year-old gospel singer and senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, got candid with Rolling Out concerning his dating life this week. After his wife, MaLinda Sapp, died from colon cancer in 2010, he admits that his focus has been on raising their children. Now that all three are in college and out of the house, Sapp is thinking about moving forward with his own personal life. However, he did acknowledge that he had trouble dating women in the past who did not understand that he was not ready to pursue marriage when his attention was solely on his children. "During the process, I obviously dated, but some, most, or all, did not understand why I would not commit and move to that place of trying to be married. They needed their dad and they needed their dad's undivided attention," Sapp told Rolling Out. "So I made a decision to make that sacrifice to be their everything because I knew that if I was their everything that once I got them to a place where they were mature enough to be able to move on with their lives and to succeed in every area, I would have time to be able to find life and find love again. I don't want to be alone." Sapp also reflected on his marriage to MaLinda. "I am a better married man than I am a single man. I was married my whole adult life," he said. "I was with my wife from 23 to 43. The single life is very different." He went on to add, "I'll find a boo one day." Sapp and his wife were the head pastors at Lighthouse Full Life Center Church before she died. In a previous interview with The Christian Post he opened up about her wanting him to live a full life after she passed away. "The greatest gift my wife gave me was a statement before she passed," Sapp told CP. "She knew that there was nothing else that they could do, she literally said to me, 'honey if you want me to be happy in my transition, promise me after I transition that you will live.'" Fans of Sapp may not be surprised to see him being so transparent about his personal life. He previously told CP why he often used his platform to share personal aspects of his life. "I've been blessed to have a huge following on social media and I know the reason why I have that following is because I'm really transparent and I try to share my heart Â„ things that I've learned and what I have experienced," said Sapp. "I just believe that if you do that and if you do it from the right place, God gets the glory. That's what it's all about." Northside Church of Christ celebrated its 40th Annual Homecoming and 63rd Church Anniversary and Gospel Acapella Songfest over the weekend with the theme, "Preparing for the FutureÂƒLiving in the Present". The annual event kickedoff with the 17th Annual Community Day and Fish Fry which featured a free all you can eat fish fry, face painting, mega slide, basketball, food, music and fellowship for all ages. On Saturday evening the excitement continued with the annual Gospel Songfest Praise Party, presenting acapella music to inspire and stir the soul. The weekend of events concluded with Homecoming Day on Sunday that integrated breakfast, worship service, dinner and program. Shown at the fish fry are church members Jasmine Jackson, Joya Jackson, eisha Hinton and Tatrice Shotts.SCOC Celebrates Annual Homecoming and Fish Fry Weekend Marvin Sapp and Family
ovember 9 15, 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! Dr. Chester Aikens305 East Union Street in Downtown Jacksonville North Florida Obstetrical & Gynecological Associates, P.A. Within a month or two of HIV entering the body, 40% to 90% of people experience flulike symptoms known as acute retroviral syndrome (ARS). But sometimes HIV symptoms donÂt appear for years, sometimes even a decade, after infection. ÂIn the early stages of HIV infection, the most common symptoms are none,ÂŽ says Michael Horberg, MD, director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente, in Oakland, Calif. One in five people in the United States with HIV doesnÂt know they have it, which is why itÂs so important to get tested, especially if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner or use intravenous drugs. Here are some signs that you may be HIV-positive. Fever One of the first signs of ARS can be a mild fever, up to about 102 degrees F. The fever, if it occurs at all, is often accompanied by other usually mild symptoms, such as fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and a sore throat. ÂAt this point the virus is moving into the blood stream and starting to replicate in large numbers,ÂŽ says Carlos Malvestutto, MD, instructor of infectious diseases and immunology in the department of medicine at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. ÂAs that happens, there is an inflammatory reaction by the immune system.ÂŽ Fatigue The inflammatory response generated by your besieged immune system also can cause you to feel tired and lethargic. Fatigue can be both an early and later sign of HIV. Ron, 54, a public relations executive in the Midwest, started to worry about his health when he suddenly got winded just walking. ÂEverything I did, I got out of breath,ÂŽ he says. ÂBefore that I had been walking three miles a day.ÂŽ Ron had tested HIV positive 25 years before feeling so tired; fatigue during acute, or newly contracted, HIV might not be so obvious. Achy Muscles & Joint Pain ARS is often mistaken for the flu, mononucleosis, or another viral infection, even syphilis or hepatitis. ThatÂs not surprising: Many of the symptoms are the same, including pain in the joints and muscles and swollen lymph glands.Lymph nodes are part of your bodyÂs immune system and tend to get inflamed when thereÂs an infection. Many of them are located in your armpit, groin, and neck. Sore Throat & Headache As with other symptoms, sore throat and headache can often be recognized as ARS only in context, Dr. Horberg says. If youÂve engaged recently in high-risk behavior, an HIV test is a good idea. Get tested for your own sake and for others: HIV is most infectious in the earliest stage. Keep in mind that the body hasnÂt produced antibodies to HIV yet so an antibody test may not pick it up. (It can take a few weeks to a few monthsfor HIV antibodies to show in a blood test). Investigate other test options such as one that detects viral RNA, typically within nine days of infection. Skin Rashes Skin rashes can occur early or late in the course of HIV/AIDS.For Ron, this was another sign that he might not have run-of-the-mill allergies or a cold.ÂŽThey were like boils, with some itchy pink areas on my arms,ÂŽ Ron says. The rashes can also appear on the trunk of the body. ÂIf [the rashes] arenÂt easily explained or easily treated, you should think about having an HIV test,ÂŽ Dr. Horberg says. ausea, Vomiting & Diarrhea Anywhere from 30% to 60% of people have short-term nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea in the early stages of HIV, Dr. Malvestutto says. These symptoms can also appear as a result of antiretroviral therapy and later in the infection, usually as the result of an opportunistic infection. ÂDiarrhea that is unremitting and not responding at all to usual therapy might be an indication,ÂŽ Dr. Horberg says. Or symptoms may be caused by an organism not usually seen in people with healthy immune systems, he adds. Weight loss Once called ÂAIDS wasting,ÂŽ weight loss is a sign of more advanced illness and could be due in part to severe diarrhea. ÂIf youÂre already losing weight, that means the immune system is usually fairly depleted,ÂŽ Dr. Malvestutto says. ÂThis is the patient who has lost a lot of weight even if they continue to eat as much as possible. This is late presentation. We still see a lot of these.ÂŽ It has become less common, however, thanks to antiretroviral therapy. A person is considered to have wasting syndrome if they lose 10% or more of their body weight and have had diarrhea or weakness and fever for more than 30 days, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dry Cough Have a bad cough that Benadryl, antibiotics, and inhalers donÂt seem to fix? This symptomÂ„an Âinsidious cough that could be going on for weeks that doesnÂt seem to resolve,ÂŽ Dr. Malvestutto saysÂ„is typical in very ill HIV patients. ight Sweats About half of people get night sweats during the early stages of HIV infection, Dr. Malvestutto says. These can be even more common later in infection and arenÂt related to exercise or the temperature of the room. Similar to the hot flashes that menopausal women suffer, theyÂre also hard to dismiss, given that they soak your bedclothes and sheets. ail Changes Another sign of late HIV infection are nail changes, such as clubbing (thickening and curving of the nails), splitting of the nails, or discoloration (black or brown lines going either vertically or horizontally). Often this is due to a fungal infection, such as candida. ÂPatients with depleted immune systems will be more susceptible to fungal infections,ÂŽ Dr. Malvestutto says. Yeast Infections Another fungal infection thatÂs common in later stages is thrush, a mouth infection caused by Candida, a type of yeast.ÂŽItÂs a very common fungus and the one that causes yeast infections in women,ÂŽ Dr. Malvestutto says. ÂThey tend to appear in the mouth or esophagus, making it difficult to swallow.ÂŽRon woke up one day to find white patches on his tongue. He had thrush. For him, ÂIt was not bothersome other than I didnÂt like having it.ÂŽ The infection was hard to get rid of, but finally cleared up after Ron started taking drugs to combat HIV. Confusion or Difficulty Concentrating Cognitive problems could be a sign of HIV-related dementia, which usually occurs late in the course of the disease. In addition to confusion and difficulty concentrating, AIDS-related dementia might also involve memory problems and behavioral issues such as anger or irritability. It may even include motor changes: becoming clumsy, lack of coordination, and problems with tasks requiring fine motor skills such as writing by hand. Cold Sores or Genital Herpes Cold sores (oral herpes) and genital herpes can be a sign of both ARS and late-stage HIV infection. Having herpes can also be a risk factor for contracting HIV. This is because genital herpes can cause ulcers that make it easier for HIV to enter the body during sex. And people who have HIV tend to have more severe herpes outbreaks more often because HIV weakens the immune system. Tingling & Weakness Late HIV can also cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy, which also occurs in people with uncontrolled diabetes. ÂThis is when the nerves are actually damaged,ÂŽ Dr. Malvestutto says. These symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and antiseizure medicines such as Neurontin (gabapentin). Menstrual Irregularities Advanced HIV disease appears to increase the risk of having menstrual irregularities, such as fewer and lighter periods. These changes, however, probably have more to do with the weight loss and poor health of women with late-stage infection rather than the infection itself. Infection with HIV also has been associated with earlier age of menopause (47 to 48 years for infected women compared to 49 to 51 years for uninfected women).Recognize the Symptoms of HIV Your AIDS test expires everytime you engage in risky behavior. Stay Strong. Get tested. Is your mate making you fat?From your first kiss to your first time meeting each otherÂs families, relationships offer many exciting, and stressful, experiences. It can also be a stressful experience for your waistline as well. According to research from the journal Obesity, dating and cohabiting can lead to weight gain. The 2009 study looked at 1,293 dating, cohabiting and married romantic couples, and found that over five years, women who were dating put on an average of 15 pounds, and those living with a romantic partner gained 18 pounds. Men also have an increased risk of becoming obese as they stay in a relationship, but not as much as women. Why? Researchers say that when people, particularly women, start a new relationship, they often adopt some of their partnerÂs less-thanhealthy behaviors. In addition, they may cut back on workout time to spend more time with their new partner. Easy Steps To Avoid Relationship Weight Gain Stay Home More Dining out can be hard on both your wallet and your waistline. Save cash and some calories by eating at home. Find a healthy recipe together, go to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients, then spend the night making a healthy dinner together. Once dinner is ready, light some candles, turn on some music and enjoy your romantic evening in. Be More Active Together Dates that involve more activity, such as dancing, bowling, walking and skating, give you the opportunity to burn some calories and get to learn more about your loved one. Watch Your Portions When youÂre going on a lot of dates, itÂs easy to get wrapped up in conversation and not notice how much youÂre eating. You might even order foods you normally wouldnÂt eat, such as heavy appetizers or decadent desserts. When the date of your dreams asks you out for ice cream, itÂs hard to say no, right? So instead of saying no, think small. When youÂre out, be sure to put your fork down between bites, order healthy foods whenever possible, and remember to listen to your hunger signals. Drink Smart. Dating seems to revolve around food and drink. Meeting for cappuccinos and cocktails can make it very easy to consume hundreds of calories without even realizing it. So be mindful of what you eat and drink. 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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.Military and Veterans EventCalling all active Duty Military and Veterans for a complimentary sandwich and cake on Veterans Day, Saturday, ovember 11th 11 a.m. 10 p.m. at Mission BBQ, located at 8440 Blanding Blvd. Come honor veterans and enjoy viewing hangings of military memorabilia, photos, patches and flags that will stir your memories. For more info call (904) 712-0252.Homebuyers SeminarThere will be a free home buyers seminar on Saturday, ovember 11th 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m.at Premier Coast Reality located at 1403-1 Dunn Avenue. Speakers include Family foundation, River City Insurance and 5/3rd Bank. For more info contact Jackie Boyd at (904) 608-5646.Rocky Horror ShowThe Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, a screamingly funny, sinfully twisted salute to sci-fi, horror and B-movies, Saturday, ovember 11th 7:30 p.m. at 1904 Music Hall located at 19 N Ocean St. For tickets and more info visit www.1904musichall.com.JaxbyJax Literary Arts FestivalFSCJÂs JaxbyJax, Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville, the annual literary arts festival returns on Saturday, ovember 11th, 1:30 9 p.m. to showcase the communityÂs thriving writing scene by sharing the voices of local writers. 28 writers will present a variety of works from poetry to novel excerpts and more! For CorkDistrict/Riverside locations and more info visit www.fscj.edu/jaxbyjax.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. Hurricane Relief EventJoin Wealth Watchers at the Legends Center for a Road to Recovery Disaster Relief event on Monday, ovember 13th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Legend Center located at 5130 Soutel Drive. Gain info on home repairs due to Hurricane Irma, applying for FEMA Services, food, mortgage assistance, job training or job placement assistance. To register and for more info visit www.wealthwatchersfl.com.AACP Freedom Fund DinnerGet your tickets for the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner scheduled 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.Civic Cinema The Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street new project ÂCivic CinemaÂŽ is a series of four classic Hollywood movies. Each screening is free and will be followed by a panel discussion of local experts on the movieÂs subject. The first presentation is Tuesday, ovember 14, 7 p.m. featuring ÂA ll the PresidentÂs Men .ÂŽ For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com. JacksonvilleÂs Longest TableThe JAX Chamber 2nd annual Longest Table community dinner will take place Tuesday, ovember 15th at 5 p.m. The Longest Table is a shared meal at one table that stretches hundreds of feet along Independent Drive to foster conversation and build relationships across economic, racial, religious and ethnic background. For tickets contact Matt Gaynor at 366-6614.Donna Summer/ Barry White Tourovember 15-19 at 5:50 p.m. itÂs the Donna Summer and Barry White Experience dinner show at the Alhambra Dinner theater located at 12000 Beach Blvd.. ItÂs a trip back to disco and soul era for a tribute to two great artist. For more information visit www.alhambrajax.com.Cruise Ship RecruitingThe Norwegian Cruise Ship Recruiting will set sail Thursday, ovember 16th 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel located a 245 Water St. Find a new job and an exciting career. Register to attend at http://bit.ly/2ymdQWF.Jax Chambers ÂGet Plugged InÂŽArlington and Downtown Chamber councils ÂGet Plugged InÂŽ networking affair, Thursday, ovember 16th, 5 8 p.m. at Tom Bush BMW located at 9875 Atlantic Blvd. To register and for more info email Arlington Council VP Brian Bush at brian.bush@tombush.Light The ightJacksonvilleÂs ÂLight The NightÂŽ event is scheduled for Friday, ovember17th, at EverBank Stadium. ÂLight The NightÂŽ is an inspirational evening event that brings together family, friends and co-workers to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer. For more details visit www.lightthenight.org. Oyster RoastThe annual Oyster Roast fundraiser is the best party of the year for oysters and seafood, live music and an auction, Friday ovember 17th, 7 11 p.m. Location is the Garden Club of Jacksonville, 1005 Riverside Avenue. For more info visit www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org.Mike Epps is Back!Comedian and actor Mike Epps is back in Jax, Friday, ovember 17 at 7 p.m. at the Florida Theatre downtown. For tickets visit www.floridatheatre.com.Cirque Dreams MusicalCirque Dreams Holidaze Broadway musical and family show is on the scheduled ovember 18th 19th at the Times Union Center located at 300 Water St. For tickets and more info visit www.fscjartistseries.org.Kingsland Catfish Festival The 35th Annual Kingsland Catfish Festival is Saturday, November 18th, 9 a.m. 9 p.m. in downtown Kingsland, Georgia on Hwy US 17. For more info visitwww.KingslandCatfishFestival.comOut of the Closet Clothing SwapOut of the Closet Clothing Swap is scheduled for Saturday, ovember 18, 11 a.m. 4 p.m., at the UNF LGBT Resource Center, located at 1 UNF Dr. Building 58 E, room 1111. Bring your clothes and accessories in wearable condition and swap with your friends and any remaining items will be donated to charity. For more info call the center at (904) 620-4720.Running With the Possibilities SummitAttend the ÂRunning with the Possibilities SummitÂŽ scheduled for Saturday, ovember 18th, 10:30 a.m. 3 p.m. Keynote speaker is Comedian/Edutainer Terry Harris and features Fishers of Men CEO Alvin W. King and Life Coaches: Dianne Tribble, LaRonda Howard and Pam James; dancer Sheenah Thrasher and comedian K. Webb. Location is the Salem Center located at 7235 Bonneval Road. For more info call (904) 613-9437.BBBSEFL Margarita JÂVilleThe rescheduled Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida Margarita JÂVille event will take place Saturday, ovember 18th, 6 10 p.m. at One Ocean Resort and Spa, Atlantic Beach. Shop local boutiques, vibe to live music, island inspired cuisine, auction, raffle and more! For tickets and more info www.bbbsnefl.org.Interfaith etwork CoalitionThe next meeting of the Interfaith Network of the NE FL Human Trafficking Coalition will be Tuesday, ovember 21st at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Baptist Association, 2700 University Boulevard S. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Casa Marina Thanksgiving DinnerCasa Marina Hotel located at 691 1st Street North, Jax Beach, Thanksgiving Day Brunch is on schedule for Thursday, ovember 23rd 11 a.m. Â… 3 p.m. Enjoy a holiday menu complete with breakfast omelet station, desserts and Turkey! For reservations call (904) 2700025. 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ovember 9 15, 2017 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Page 9 Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 Brenda Smith Celebrates Golden 50th Birthday This past weekend, realtor and entrepreneur Benda Smith celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends in downtown Jacksonville at the River City Brewing Company. The themed ÂLive Life Like Its GoldenÂŽ catered affair was complete with assorted tapas, signature cocktails and a DJ spinning nostalgic hits of the 70Âs. Brenda is a native of Jacksonville, a 1985 graduate of Ribault High school and has been married for over 20 years to Ollie ÂChuck" Smith and the mother to two children. Shown enjoying the celebration (L-R) are Teri Cheeks, Myrtis Floyd, Brenda and Ollie Smith and Roland and Nichelle Gissandanner. Shown enjoying the show is Yvette and Donald Young with sons Donald Young Jr., and daughter Daesha A. Young. Louis Vanleer PhotoBlue Angels Air Show Entertains Spectators and avy Personnel The ew York Attack Was Labeled 'terrorism.' The Texas Shooting Wasn't. Here's Why This past the weekend Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville hosted the 2017 Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air show to showcase ultimate flying acts. The skies were transformed into the backdrop for the exciting air acts and military demonstrations known around the world. The event was free and presented a dynamic sky show highlighted by the world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels along with other military and civilian flight teams. The air station was complete with live entertainment, a street festival featuring aircraft static displays, military vehicles, simulators, recruitment booths, a childrenÂs area and more! NAS is the birthplace of the Blue Angels, the United Sates NavyÂs flight demonstration squadron with aviators form the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest for flying aerobatic team in the world after the French Patrouille de France formed in 1931. Since 1946 the Blue Angels have flown for more than 260 million spectators and are inspired by a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. NAACP Set to Change Tax Status to Engage Politically By Lauren Victoria Burke After being eclipsed in recent years by Color of Change, Black Lives Matter and other younger, more tech savvy and politicallypointed groups, the nationÂs oldest and largest civil rights organization will change its tax status. The groupÂs leaders said that the new tax status would allow them to be more aggressive politically. During a call with reporters, NAACP officials announced that the civil rights group will transition from a 501(c)(3) to 501(c)(4) designation. The change will allow the organization to be more partisan and politically focused. However, the tax designation does not allow political work to be the Âprimary activityÂŽ of the organization. Even though the NAACP is 108 years old, the organization is struggling to modernize and stay relevant in a rapidly-evolving, social media-driven landscape that requires speed and strategic communications skill. In October, the NAACP named Derrick Johnson as its president. He was elected by the NAACPÂs board to serve for three years. New NAACP President Derrick Johnson is a native of Detroit, Michigan who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He is a long-time member of the NAACP, who was elected Vice Chair earlier this year and served as the interim president after Cornell Brooks was forced out. Johnson attended Tougaloo College before earning a juris doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. The NAACP ousted Brooks in the spring of this year, a few months before the groupÂs annual convention in Baltimore. by Doug Criss It's understandable that the New York truck attack -the deadliest terror attack in New York since 9/11 -was called terrorism. The suspect, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, said he was inspired by ISIS, and other ISIS sympathizers have used vehicle-ramming attacks overseas to kill scores of people in recent years. But armed terrorists around the world have also charged into public spaces, firing indiscriminately at innocent people, just like Devin Kelley did when he killed more than 26 people Sunday at the First Baptist Church in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas. The massacre -the worst in Texas' history and the fifthworst in modern American history killed about 4% of the town's population. At a news conference, Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the San Antonio division of the FBI, said "at this time we don't have a terrorism investigation open." So why isn't the Texas church shooting being called an act of terror? Part of the confusion stems from the fact that the world has never really settled on a standard definition of "terrorism." The US Code of Federal Regulations defines it as "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives." But it is not a standalone criminal charge. "There is not a domestic terrorism crime as such," FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a Senate hearing in September. "We in the FBI refer to domestic terrorism as a category but it's more of a way in which we allocate which agents, which squad is going to work on it." So once again, it all comes down to motive. Was there a political or ideological agenda behind the attack? In another example, from March of this year, a white man named James Harris Jackson stabbed to death a black man in New York and said he did so as a "practice" run for more killings of black people. Jackson was charged with murder in the second degree as a hate crime. But Jackson also faces a terrorism charge in the case -murder as an act of terrorism in the first and second degrees. Some attacks, at first glance, seem like they should be labeled terrorism. But they're not. There are legal distinctions to calling an act of violence a hate crime or terrorism. And because labeling something as terrorism has legal ramifications, it is not applied lightly. Federal officials work with a very specific definition of when something is an act of domestic terrorism. It has to have three characteristics: an act that takes place in the United States, that's dangerous to human life, and is intended to intimidate civilians or affect government policy by "mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping." Consider the Fort Hood shooting in 2009. To the victims at the Texas base, it was an act of terror, when Maj. Nidal Hassan opened fire on his fellow service members, killing 13 people. But again, even though the attack met some of the criteria, federal authorities never used the terrorism label. Avoiding the label made it easier for them to pursue the death penalty. At the end of the day, does it really matter if something is or isn't labeled a hate crime or an act of terror? The pain and anguish felt by the survivors of such violence and the victims' families is just as unbearable ... no matter what you call it.
Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 10 ovember 9 15, 2017 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) B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N G A M E S T H I S W E E K THE ORF 7 13, 2017OVEMBER NF O EEK W GOLDEN LIONS (8-2) TUSKEGEE GOLDEN LIONS (8-2) TUSKEGEE2 0 1 7 F O O T B A L L T WILDCA AT ALLE T V VA FOR2 0 1 7 F O O T B A L L TS (5-4) TE A AT EY ST TA GOLDEN LIONS (8-2) DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ON W E ST A TE A A T I TER C OLLEG N IN OUTHERS1 6 L ast 1 4 SIAC Championships: 2-0, L ast 1 4 itle G ame: T SIAC 1 4 3 5 -2 8 W ime vs. FV S U : T L ast 30-20-2 ime vs. FV S U : All T NR R anking: 2017 B CSP 4 -0 est: 2017 SIAC W 8 -2 verall: 2017 O ECORD R EAM T vs. GOLDEN LIONS (8-2) DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ONC E N ERE NF OCC I THLETA1 6 L ast 1 4 2-0, L ast 1 4 1 44 1 1 4 31 10 ...... 9 23 W .........@ L ane............. 2 8 6 1 L .........@ F indlay............. 0 1 6 W .....Atlanta Clark ......... 30 20 L .......Albany State........... 7 6 W....State @ Alabama .... 1 48-2 C H A M P I O N S H I P G A M E V I I 2 0 1 7 F O O T B A L L DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ON E AST T WILDCA AT THLETA TE A A T I TER C OLLEG N IN OUTHERSSIAC Championships:itle G ame: T SIAC ime vs. T L ast vs. T U : ime All T 2017 B CSP 2017 SIAC E ast: verall: 2017 O ECORD R EAM T2 4 W...Atlanta Clark @ .... 31 L .......@ Southern........ 1 4 W 2 8 O T T ... 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G A.... 7 W .........M orehouse........ 5 2 1 9 W ..@ Central State.... 2 4 1 4 W ............L ane.............. 37 hamps wn cPORTER KEVINH ead CoachCareer R ecord: Same At FV S U : 10-10, .5 00 ( 2 nd year) T U : 0-0 R ecord vs. vila (' 10 ) A Alma M ater: COACH'S RECORD hampsPORTER KEVINH ead Coach Bethune-Cookman 41, Morgan St. 28 MEAC irginia Union 39 irginia State 40, V V s 31, Shaw 14 AugustineÂ Saint Johnson C. Smith 27, Livingstone 14 -Salem State 22 Fayetteville State 23, W A) 3 0 Chowan 73 Lincoln (P PA Bowie State 77, Elizabeth City St. 21 CIAA NOVEMBE Y Y, TURDA AY SASCORES Bethune-Cookman 41, Morgan St. 28 irginia Union 39 Johnson C. Smith 27, Livingstone 14 -Salem State 22 Bowie State 77, Elizabeth City St. 21 NOVEMBER 4 INDEPENDENTS al exas Southern 38, Miss V Va T Te A&M 31 iew Southern 37, Prairie VArkansas-Pine Bluf Grambling State 31, A&M 22 Alabama Alcorn State 47, Alabama State 13, Jackson State 3 AC SW WA uskegee 50, Miles 20 T Atlanta 0 Morehouse 40, Clark Lane 28, Central State 20 collegiate Inter Central Athletic collegiate ter Editor BCSPLUT WILLIAMSSIAINDEPENDENTSalley State 21A&M 31 f26 s PineBluf ff A&M 22 Alabama State 13, Jackson State 3 Atlanta 0 State alley F ort V Va Association Athletic collegiate ence Confer Athletic Southern In LUT WILLIAMS, CIAA to cr C SIA CIAA to cr State Slade Jarman wn c o CIAA to cr Union lem State a lley Mississippi V Va hamps wn c Bowie State th City State Elizabe lem State inston-Sa W hamps irginia V inston-Sa Benedict 20, Kentucky State 16 a lle y St a A lban y State 34, Fort V Va SIAC Savannah State 35, Delaware St. 21 35, Norfolk State 7 A&T North Carolina North Carolina Central 14, Hampton 6. A&M 26 Howard 37, Florida MEACof MEAC and SW Critical games in last two weeks Benedict 20, Kentucky State 16 alley State 9 Savannah State 35, Delaware St. 21 35, Norfolk State 7 North Carolina Central 14, Hampton 6. William Jewell 13, Lincoln (MO) 3 irginia State 35 V Urbana (OH) 36, W ynchburg 0 a-L ennessee State 60, V T Te Southeastern 77, Edward W exa T Te OK Panhandle St. 34, Langston 14, SAGU 10 Kutztown 65, Cheyney 0 MEAC AC regular seaso n d SW WA Critical games in last two weeks South Division ESPN3. William Jewell 13, Lincoln (MO) 3 irginia State 35 ynchburg 0 aters 12 Southeastern 77, Edward W exas College13 AC regular seasons Critical games in last two weeks ASPIRE State Fayetteville irginia State V uskegee T Tu en Smothers Lor Chauncey Jackson Jarman Chauncey Jackson een Stevie Gr enton Cannon r T Tr enton Cannon Bethune-Cookman Howard North Car olina A&T Car olina Central North Car State Savannah MEAC Benedict V. 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B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N Div NCAA 's waits Sunday A Regulan season over State, All over Elizabeth City (9-1) vs. Fayetteville State. Championship CIAA A : T T: Union, 40-39 to take irginia (9-0) Edged V State. Alabama Bluf Arkansas-Pine f eld o f ff (8-1) H TE Hosting Savannah State. Norfolk State, Ran by (9-0) A&T A A B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N ff ff f playof II 77-21. State, vs. Fayetteville State. Union, 40-39 to take 31f, Bl u f 35-7. Norfolk State, B C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N ONCOS (6-4) BR YETTEVILL A AY F FA S OU T H DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ON A TE A A T I TER C OLLEG N ITR A L N ECECORD R EAM T irginia Union vs. ONCOS (6-4) T E A AT LE ST TA S OU T H DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ONN O I T A A T I SS O CAC I THLETA T H DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ON NORANS (9-0) OJ TR GINIA ST VIRTHLETA TE A A T I TER C OLLEG N ITR A L N ECECORD R EAM T T H DI V ISI ON C H A M PI ONANS (9-0) TE A AT ST TA N O I T A A T I SS O CAC I THLETECORD At NC Central. : NEXT T: BETHUNE-COOKMAN 9. week. (6-3) OUTHERN S 8. AC E ast t i t le c li nc h SW WA TE A AT ALCORN ST TA 7. Norfolk State. (6-3) Outscored Florida ARD HOW WA 6. Hosting Bethune-Cookman. : NEXT T: AROLINA C ORTH N 5. pairings. (5-4) Defeated Morgan State, BETHUNE-COOKMAN NEXT 37-31. iew Got by Prairie V all ey H ost i ng Mi ss i ss i pp i V Va : NEXT AC East title. A&M, 47-22 to Alabama (6-3) Defeated NEXT A&M, 37-26. (6-3) Outscored Florida Hosting Bethune-Cookman. Edged Hampton, 14-6. (7-2) ENTRAL C AROLINA 41-28. (5-4) Defeated Morgan State, Bye : NEXT alley State. A&M, 47-22 to Hosts : NEXT Edged Hampton, 14-6. RICHARDH ead Coach Career R ecord: Same .5 00 ( 2 nd year)R ecord at F S U : 10-10, R ecord vs. V S U : 0-0 ('99) A&T Alma M ater: N C. COACH'S RECORD3 ( L ast 0 9) Championships: CIAA A 2, 1-1 itle G ames: T CIAA 1 5 33-20 W ime vs. V S U : T L ast 9 -1 8 -2 ime vs. V S U : All T NR R anking: 2017 B CSP 5 -2 2017 CIAA: 6 4 verall: 2017 OECORD R EAM T .5 00 ( 2 nd year), 1 5 4 0 2 6 73 4 7 56 56 33 44 1 4 VIRGINIA W22 .....Salem State @ W...... 23 W2 6 ... @ L ivingstone ..... 2 8 W31 .... St. Augustine's ..... 3 4 W1 6 ..... @ J. C. Smith ..... 4 1 W21 ........... Shaw ............ 2 4 L64 ....... B owie State ....... 31 4 7 L .. irginia U nion @ V ... 4 0 45 L ..... E liz. City State ..... 4 2L31 .......... 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Smith ..... 44 10 W @ N orfolk State ... 1 4 TE 9-0 A AT S T I RGINI A A BARLOW REGGIEH ead CoachCareer R ecord: 65 44 730 ( 10 years)R ecord at V S U : 17-2, .894 ( 2 nd year)R ecord vs. F S U : 0-0 Alabama State ('95) Alma M ater: COACH'S RECORD1 ( L ast 1 4) 1 Championships:5 3-2 itle G ames:20-33 L, 1 5 ime vs. F S U :1 8 9 -2 ime vs. F S U : 3 rd R anking: 2017 B CSP 7-0 2017 CIAA: 9 -0 verall:ECORD BARLOW REGGIEH ead Coach At South Carolina State. : NEXT T: Suf (5-4) ON HAMPT 10. G A M E S T H I S Delaware State vs. Morgan State in Dover South Carolina State vs. Hampton in Orangeburg, SC vs. Savannah State in Greensboro, NC A&T North Carolina Howard vs. Norfolk State in W MEAC T SA AT ff At South Carolina State. NC Central, 14-6. home to f ere d l oss at S u f W E E K, DE Delaware State vs. Morgan State in Dover South Carolina State vs. Hampton in Orangeburg, SC vs. Savannah State in Greensboro, NC ashington, D.C Howard vs. Norfolk State in W 1 NOVEMBER 1 Y Y, TURDA AY G A M E S T H I S NC Central, 14-6. CCIAAC I THLETAN ITR A L N E2 3 Union irginia V 1 4 State Bowie 0 5 State irginia VL WNORTH DIVISIONDIV FINAL 2p 1:30p 1p 1p C K C O LN O I T A A T I SS O CA TE A A T I TER C OLLEG A 2 0 1 7 B LMC I THLETAD I4 6 2 5 1 9 1 6 0 9 0 7L W L W ALL CONF5 N. 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TDs (10, 4, 28, 97, 1, 1, 4), 1 20 carries, 304 yards, 7 OB Robert Chesson, BSU 17-25-0, 299 yards, 1 Amir Hall, BSU QB Bryan Redmond, BSU OL YERSOFTHEWEEK PLA AY CIAA A 5 0 Livingstone 3 2 Smith C. Johnson 4 1 Shaw 2 3 State Winston-Salem 1 4 s AugustineÂ Saint 0 5 State Fayetteville SOUTH DIVISION5 0 Lincoln 4 1 State City Elizabeth 3 2 Chowan 2 3 Union irginia V12p 12p 12p 2p 2p 1p TX 1p 5p 2p North Carolina Central vs. Bethune-Cookman in Durham, NC 2p 8 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles TD catch in win over ECSU. 20 carries, 304 yards, 7 TD vs. ECSU. 17-25-0, 299 yards, 1 YERS OF THE WEEK10 0 7 0 8 2 5 2 7 3 5 2 4 6 3 4 5 5 2 5 4 6 2 5 10 0 7 0 6 4 5 2 6 4 3 4 4 6 2 5DEFENSE (27, 35, 8, 24, 23) in win over Morgan State.\ 23-30-0, 354 yards, 5 B-CU ., QB, Sr arry Brihm L OFFENSE YERSOFTHEWEEK MEACPLA AY 1 State Delaware 1 State SC 1 State Morgan 2 A&M Florida 2 State Savannah 3 State Norfolk 4 Bethune-Cookman 4 Hampton 5 Howard 5 N. Carolina Central Atlanta. in 40-0 win over Clark TDs (15, 4, 60, 24) of 16 passes for 166 yards and 4 MOREHOUSE ., QB, Sr aylor Kivon T OFFENSE YERS OF THE WEEK SIAC PLA AY 5 1 Lane 6 0 Central State 4 2 Kentucky State 2 4 Miles 0 6 uskegee TWEST DIVISION4 2 Morehouse 4 2 Clark Atlanta 2 4 Albany State 1 5 Benedict(27, 35, 8, 24, 23) in win over Morgan State.\ TDs 23-30-0, 354 yards, 5 8 1 6 6 2 5 8 1 5 7 3 5 7 2 4 5 3 2 4 5 2 4 5 2 3 6 1 2 7 1 TDs (15, 4, 60, 24) Completed 12 MOREHOUSE 8 2 9 1 7 3 4 6 2 8 6 4 6 4 4 6 2 7DEFENSE iew vs. Prairie V TDs (31, 5, 4, 15) 34, 405 passing yards, 4 SOUTHERN ., QB, Sr ustin Howard A OFFENSE YERS OF THE WEEK AC PLA AY SW WA 4 1 Southern exas T Te 4 1 f Bluf Arkansas-Pine 3 2 A&M iew V Prairie 1 4 Southern 0 5 State Grambling WEST DIVISION4 1 State Jackson 4 1 alley State Miss V Va 2 3 State Alabama 3 3 A&M Alabama in loss to Urbana. 5 solos 1 tackles, with 1 Jackets Led WVSU So., DL, arius Goode D DEFENSE 16) in loss to Urbana. receptions for 134 yards and three A . V VA W ., WR, Jr Quinton Gray 52 yards) in win over VUL. TD grabs of 43 16 and 18 yards and 1 receptions, SSEE TENNE WR, Patrick Smith OFFENSE YERS OF THE WEEK P L A AY INDY1 Cheyney 1 aters Edward W 1 exas College T Te 1 Lincoln (Mo.) 5 a State V Va WTDs (31, 5, 4, 15) 22 of SOUTHERN YERS OF THE WEEK7 1 4 7 2 4 5 3 3 3 6 1 1 8 0 8 1 4 7 2 4 5 3 2 6 3 3 in loss to Urbana. ellow the Y Led TDs (13, 12, receptions for 134 yards and three 13 TE A AT ST TA TD grabs of 43 16 and 4 TE A AT ST TA SSEE 9 8 8 8 5 irginia State vs. Fayetteville State in Salem, V V Championship Game TV CIAA alley State vs. SIAC Fo rt V Va SIAC Championship Game Streamed Live on ESPN3 GAMES CHAMPIONSHIP ayland Baptist vs. Langston in Plainview W ennessee State vs. SE T Te Cheyney vs. Edinboro in Cheyney A eville State in Salem, V VA Aspire-DirecTV 381 Championship Game TV GA all e y u s k egee i n F t. V Va T alley State vs. SIAC SIAC Championship Game Streamed Live on ESPN3 GAMES TX ayland Baptist vs. Langston in Plainview TN ennessee State vs. SE Missouri in Nashville, A P PA Cheyney vs. Edinboro in Cheyney Broncos beat WSSU to claim S. Div Y ETT E A AY F COACH Richard Hayes, TFL, 2 picks vs. Livingstone. 1 yards, 2 for -1 Six tackles, 3 solos, 1 sack DB Carlo Thomas, JCSU TDs vs. Lincoln. yds., 3 CHOW ., QB, Fr itt ROOKIE Bryce W s, vs. ECSU. T A AT P BSU PK, Gene Carson SPECIAL ., 148 y 7 rec LINC ., Sr Andre Price WR 13 tackles, one hurry vs. WSSU. FSU Seth Johnson LB for loss vs. Livingstone.4:30p 2p 2p 2p 12p title. Broncos beat WSSU to claim S. Div His T E A AT E VILLE ST TA TFL, 2 picks vs. Livingstone. Six tackles, 3 solos, 1 sack 1-16-0, 128 1 CHOW on 1 1 1 for 1 BSU Chowan. s ., v ds ., 148 y 13 tackles, one hurry vs. WSSU.NC A&T ., OT Sr Brandon Parker OFFENSIVE LINEMAN yards including 83-yard return for a Returned 3 punts for 66 yards, 3 kickof SA ., WR/KR, Fr Jamichael Baldwin SPECIALIST TDs (24, 40, 37), 141 yards (17 carries) 1 3 15-28-0, 294 yards, ARD HOW WA ., QB, Fr Caylin Newton ROOKIE fourth-quarter interceptions in win over Hampton. NC CENTRAL ., CB, R-Jr Davanta Reynolds DEFENSE igers a 20-16 win over Kentucky State. T TD with 3:04 left to give returned punt 91 yards for a BENEDICT ., WR/KR, Fr illis Johnny W TEAMS SPECIAL TDs in win over Miles. carries, 2 TUSKEGEE ., RB, Sr Justice Owens NEWCOMER including 3 sacks for -16 yards in win over Clark with 14 tackles, 8 solos, 4.5 for -19 yards in losses Led MOREHOUSE LB, David Smith, DEFENSETD vs. DelState. fsfor169 3 kickof ff TE A AT ANNAHST TA V VA A AV AMU. 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V VA W PK, Patterson, Kole TEAMS SPECIAL L in loss to Urbana. 5 solos 1 tackles, with 1 Jackets TDs (33, 43) in win over 10 TE A AT ST TA ALCORN AA&M. s. 17 points vs. TE A AT RN ST TA ALCO vs. JSU. wo T Tw TE A AT ST TA A A ech. T enn T Te to Completed 20 of 35 passes for 331 yards and TE A AT ST ESSEE 44.8 yards on four punts, three downed inside the veraged A Av TE in loss to Urbana.
ovember 9 15, 2017Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 11 Donna BrazileÂs ew Book Looks at Failed Election Bid The former head of the Democratic National Committee says she considered initiating efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice President Joe Biden. Donna Brazile makes the revelation in a memoir being released Tuesday that has renewed deep divisions within the Democratic Party. The Washington Post obtained an advance copy of "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Breakins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House." Brazile writes that she considered initiating Clinton's removal after she collapsed while leaving a 9/11 memorial service in New York City. Clinton later acknowledged she was suffering from pneumonia. But Brazile says the larger issue was that her campaign was "anemic" and had taken on "the odor of failure." Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez tried to calm the rival factions Saturday with a statement on new procedures intended to make the next primary more fair. Brazile writes that after considering a dozen combinations to replace Clinton and her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine from Virginia, she settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey as those with the best chance of defeating Trump. Ultimately, the former DNC head says: "I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them." It was unclear whether Biden was willing to step into the race or even whether he discussed the idea with Brazile. A spokesman for the former vice president didn't respond to a request for comment. Brazile writes that on Sept. 12, 2016, the day after Clinton collapsed, Biden's chief of staff called saying the vice president wanted to speak with her and that her thought at the time was, "Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?" The Post report gave no further details and it was unclear whether the book elaborates on this. As for Brazile's powers to determine the party's candidate, she writes that as party chair she would oversee the process of replacing a nominee who became disabled. In an excerpt published earlier by Politico, Brazile says she believed a joint fundraising agreement signed between Clinton and the DNC "looked unethical" and that she felt Clinton had too much influence on the party during a competitive Democratic primary with rival Bernie Sanders. During the nomination process for the 2016 election Democrats argued among themselves over whether Clinton was being given an unfair advantage over Sanders, a Vermont independent who sought the party's nomination with the backing of its more liberal members. On Saturday, Perez issued a statement saying he and the DNC leadership were committed to ensuring that the nomination process in 2020 will be "unquestionably fair and transparent." Among the reforms he said he developed after listening to Democrats across the party spectrum was ensuring that "no candidate participating in our presidential nominating process gains any unfair advantage Â„ real or perceived Â„ during our primary season." He also said the debate schedule would be decided in advance rather than negotiated after all candidates had entered the race. Perez also pledged to ensure that all joint fundraising agreements would be transparent, including the new Democratic Grassroots Victory Fund agreements developed with the 50 state parties. `Three Jacksonville area students have been selected to serve as executive supporting officers for Florida YMCA Youth In Government (YIG), a program that has given students around the state the opportunity to serve as part of a youth-run, youth-led model government process since 1957. The three students Jaelyn Taylor (Stanton High School) as the secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Rachael Bitutsky (Stanton HighSchool) as the director of Legislative Affairs for the Executive Office of the Governor and Alex JamesWilliams (Lee High School) as the legislative whip of the Williams HouseÂ„will attend the 2018 YMCA Advocacy Days in Tallahassee from Jan. 20-24. All three have been participants in YIG for multiple years and are among delegates selected through an application process. During each yearÂs Advocacy Days, selected youth representatives have an opportunity to interact with members of the state legislature and join YMCA CEOs, volunteers, and staff from across Florida as they advocate for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility policies during the legislative session. The National Youth Advocate program is a partnership with the YMCA of the USA's Government Relations and Policy Office to train students to be effective advocates for themselves and the Y's mission, while providing them the opportunity to interact with national-level policymakers. Through YIG, teens from across the state meet in their local clubs throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state, and to propose possible legislation to make state government more efficient. As a result of the program, young people learn about the democratic system and are trained in parliamentary procedure, legislative committee process, debate, press relations and lobbying techniques. Duval Students Among Delegates Selected for Youth in Government ProgramJaelyn Taylor Alex James-Williams Apri Ryan American Urban Radio Network's White House Correspondent April Ryan will be the keynote address for the 52nd Annual Jacksonville Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Dinner on Tuesday, November 14th at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Jacksonville Hotel. ÂWe are thrilled to welcome Ms. Ryan to Jacksonville and to honor those persons in the community who are continuing to fight for freedom and equality,ÂŽ said Isaiah Rumlin, president of the branch. This week, April Ryan said despite President Trump's low approval rating we have yet to see any "kryptonite" that will "make him go out for the count." On a recent edition of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Ryan said Trump is "trying to find his way out," which means he has to double down with his base and "galvanize" them with positive talk about Confederacy and Charlottesville. Ryan also said talk of the "forgotten man," is something that "strikes the chord" of his base of the "uneducated" "white male." In a recent interview she shared the importance of black women telling their own stories: ÂItÂs not just important for black women to tell their stories, but ALL women. Maxine Waters was talked about by Bill Reilly about her hair, and then Sean Spicer tells me stop shaking my head. I didnÂt realize the women who were going through issues. I had so many women come up to me crying, I couldnÂt believe it. IÂm like Âwhy are you crying?Â [They say] ÂIÂm going through this at my job.Â The Freedom Fund Dinner annually honors those in the community who work to ensure the political, educational, equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Past honorees have come from fields as diverse as religion, sports, local/state/national elected office, medicine, small and corporate business, jurisprudence, education, and the military. White House Correspondent April Ryan to Keynote Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed over $31 billion and counting to our public education system and has sent over 750,000 students to college and beyond on Bright Futures Scholarships. Every time you play, you grant FloridaÂs brightest the opportunity to achieve their dreams and ultimately boost the stateÂs economy, all while funding the next generation of students. Your ticket is their ticket to a brighter future. 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ovember 9 15, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 12 Flipping Through the Free Press Files Jessica Golden, Frances Fields, Rochelle Knighten, Shicoa Knighten, Dishari Gauldin, Jaguars CJMosley #99 and Terrance Knighton #96 AKA Summer Camp: Jordon Webster, Terrius Vinnette, Leon Flethcer, Jr., Artist Adrian Pickett Jr., Kevin Bradley and Gabriona Bell Jaguars players Christmas giving: Fred Taylor, Reggie Hayward, Marcus Stroud, Quinn Gray, Clint Ingram, Mike Peterson and inset little Dante Ray filling up his basket! Author Chris Gardner signing autographs for Penelope Shoots and Christina Pusey First Lady Ida McClendon and daughters Melody Drayton, Bev McClendon and Patricia Brown FL Player Laveranues Coles and Ken Adkins JTAExecutives JohnFord and Michael Blaylock Black Catholics: Ella Simmons, Gwen Robinson, Joan Grace and Antoinette Feliciano Young Warriors EmanualWashington and Diallo Sekou Councilman Johnny Gaffney and the legendary singing group the Whispers Judge James Ruth receiving the Robert C. Lechner Elected Official of the Year award. Florida Governor Charlie Crist with Kirby Smith Elementary Student Travis Powell Lacree Carswell presents an award to Joan Turner Pastor Diamond and Reverend Herb Anderson Author Carl Weber (center) with fans Marshelle Berry and Tyhedra Wilson Jaguar Player Kirk Morrison #55 and Fans Links Betty Davis and Maretta Lattimer AACP Life members and 1964 March on Washingon marchers: Lloyd Pearson and Sandra Thompson Troy Mcash, Angela Holsey and Leroy Brown Ernestine Bivens and Gail Holley Jacqueline Holmes, Reverend Wendell Homes and Warren Lee Activist Michael Eric Dyson with Marquiette Andrews and Jasmine Hurst Dr. Charles and Jolita Simmons Sallye Mathis Awardee Donald Foy and Attorney Wayne Hogan Attorney Earl Johnson with Martin Luther King, III
ovember 9 15, 2017 Page 13 Mrs. PerryÂs Free Press Call 877-4DAD411 or visit www.fatherhood.gov be a dad today.Take time to A childhood only lasts 6,570 days. NOW ON SALE! Jan. 31 Â… Feb. 11Times-Union Center fsc j artistseries.org | 904-632-5000Groups (10+): 904-632-5050 OW N OW N S O OW N A N S OW E! L Jan.3T 3 1 Â… 1 FebTimes-Union Center b.11n Center Disneyfsc j artistserie artistseries.orgGro |904-632-56 : 904 0+) 1 ( ps u Gro 50000 5 50 23 Did R. Kelly Really Abuse and Starve His Ex-Girlfriend? Since 1996, singer and songwriter R. Kelly has been the subject of sexual misconduct allegations by young women. And now his latest ex-girlfriend, DJ Kitti Jones, is claiming that he abused and starved her. ones, a former DJ for the hip-hop and R&B station 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, told Rolling Stone that during their two year relationship, Kelly controlled every aspect of her life Â… her clothes, when she could use the bathroom, and when and if she could contact her family and friends. She also reportedly had to Âstand up and greet daddyÂŽ every time he entered the room. She wasnÂt the only one Jones says that the rumors of Kelly having a ÂstableÂŽ of women are true. She says in early 2013, she was moved to his recording studio where she was forced to stay with his two other girlfriends. She says he took away their phones, starved them, and forced them to participate in threesomes. She also says that Kelly enjoys urinating on women while they are engaging in group sex. Later in 2013, Jones says she finally left Kelly, after she convinced him to let her visit her son. She met with him again soon after to try and retrieve some of her personal items, but she claims thatÂs when he abused her again by physically attacking her on his tour bus. Kitti Jones and R. Kelly It appears another celebrity couple have called it quits! Jill Scott has officially filed for divorce from husband of 17months, Mike Dobson, according to Bossip. The 45-year-old songstress cites, Âirreconcilable differencesÂŽ and Âinappropriate marital conduct that such further cohabitation would be unsafe and improper,ÂŽ according to court documents obtained by the site. Despite her reasons, Dobson spoke with Bossip about the separation, saying the Philly songstress is an ÂevilÂŽ woman who ÂblindsidedÂŽ him with divorce papers, as he never cheated on nor abused her. ÂSheÂs an evil woman. IÂm telling you. ItÂs like what Jill Scott wants, Jill Scott gets. People are in her ear, and if someone comes in to challenge, they made me be the bad guy and that got me outta there. SheÂs got issues.ÂŽ Dobson continued, ÂThereÂs no men in that family, thereÂs only women. And when a man comes in, itÂs like a challenge. SheÂs made other men look bad, but IÂm not the one. I said (to her) ÂyouÂve met your match.ÂÂŽ ÂShe likes to have men that she can control. YouÂre not gonna control me. WhatÂs right is right, and whatÂs wrong is wrong.ÂŽ He went on, ÂShe likes to emasculate men Â… thatÂs her problem. I told her, sheÂs from Philly, but IÂm from New York, and if you want to try to disgrace me, try to slander me, I can fight dirty.ÂŽ Scott was previously married to Lyzel Williams from 2001 to 2007, and was also engaged to her son, JettÂs father, Lil John Roberts. BET is planning to air a TV biopics about the life and career of singer Bobby Brown. It will be a follow-up to the networkÂs recordbreaking hit series, The ew Edition Story The series will also be one of the last to be released about the BrownHouston family, as productions have already been released about his late wife Whitney Houston (on Lifetime) and daughter Bobbi Kristina (on TV One). Millions of people tuned in to watch The New Edition Story, and BET well knows that fans will be just as excited about the Bobby Brown two-part miniseries. Even more, the network is hoping to get even higher ratings and more favorable reviews. Actor Woody McClain, who played Bobby Brown in The New Edition Story, will continue in his role and the miniseries will follow BobbyÂs career from the time when he broke up with the group to pursue a solo career. Reportedly, the series will also get into his personal life including his controversial marriage to Whitney Houston and a rumored relationship with singer Janet Jackson. Currently, there is no exact premiere date, but BET says that The Bobby Brown Story will definitely air sometime next fall. Following ÂThe ew Edition Story,ÂŽ BET is ow Planning to Air ÂThe Bobby Brown StoryÂŽ Bobby Brown and Woody McClain who most recently played him. Husband has Choice Words for Jill ScottÂs Divorce Filing Decision by Bryan Windhorst On a June day outside downtown Chicago in 2001, a 16-year-old LeBron James had just finished a workout at a local gym when a high-end sports car pulled up. James was in town to play in an AAU event and had gone to see the workout guru, who was teaching him how to do some beginner weight training. Several NBA players came to Grover's gym for pickup games, including Antoine Walker, who was one of James' first league acquaintances. When a 38-year-old Michael Jordan emerged from the car, James was in awe. Jordan was a few weeks away from starting his last comeback with the Washington Wizards. They spoke for about 15 minutes before Jordan moved on. It was the first time the two had met, and James had a memory for life. "Michael talked to him about the pressure of dealing with expectations," Grover remembered. "He told him to take care of his body and to keep his circle small. And he told him to always do his homework." This week, James will play in his 1,072nd career NBA game, tying Jordan. Jordan was 40 at the end of his career. James is seven years younger and still appears to have years left in his prime. But with James at the same point, the Cavs star has accomplished something Jordan gave to him at a young age: inspiration. James was part of a generation of young players inspired by Jordan. He wears it on his chest with the No. 23 each night. But now that James is 15 seasons in with three championships and four MVP Awards, he has moved into the Jordan role. The crop of young players entering the league now grew up watching James, playing his role in video games and pretending to be him on their driveways, just as James used to do with Jordan. "It still feels surreal that I played against him," Chicago Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen said after facing James for the first time last month. "That's a dream come true for me because he was my favorite player when I was growing up." James entered the league the year after Jordan retired. He can now see the link with the roles reversed. "That's an honor to see young guys wearing my shoes or guys talking about me being an inspiration to them," James said. "It's also a tribute to myself being in this league and still being able to do it at a high level 15 years later. Anytime I get the opportunity to see some of the younger guys in the league now play that looked at me as inspiration and used me as inspiration, that means a lot." Like many other things, James learned it from Jordan, 1,072 games ago. "That's always been a part of my job," James said. "Without even knowing it, that was always a part of me being a part of this league, to Lebron James has Replaced Michael Jordan as the Present Day Icon Michael Jordan and LeBron James
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