By Rep. Cedric L. Richmond If youÂve been to a Black Lives Matter rally or tweeted the related hashtag recently, then the FBI might consider you a ÂBlack Identity Extremist,ÂŽ at least according to a report published by one of the nationÂs top law enforcement agencies. In October, an internal FBI report titled ÂBlack Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,ÂŽ was leaked to the publicÂ„raising concerns of activists, civil rights groups, and policy makers, including myself and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The report concludes, based on a limited total number of incidents, that: ÂÂƒit is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence. The FBI assess[es] it is very likely this increase began following the 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent Grand Jury November 2014 declination to indict the police officers involved.ÂŽ These unsubstantiated conclusions are troubling, especially in the context of the FBIÂs history of targeting African American activists and leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. But what is more troubling is the FBIÂs creation of the term ÂBlack Identity ExtremistÂŽ and the definition of it. According to the report, Black Identity Extremists are individuals who, Âin response to perceived racism and injustice,ÂŽ commit violent acts in Continued on page 2 Volume 31 o. 1 ovember 16 22, 2017 Jacksonville,Florida PRSTSTD U.S. Postage PAID Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 662 75 Cents Florida Lottery Winner Using his $52M to Transform Blighted CommunitiesPage 10 Trump is Talking About Drug Addiction, But Show me the MoneyPage 4At 102 AmericaÂs Oldest Runner Shares Her SecretsPage 9 Seven 2018 Changes in Social Security that Could Affect Your MoneyPage 2 75c RETUR SERVICE REQUESTED Kennesaw Five Will Return to Field After Anthem ProtestA Georgia university which moved its football cheerleaders inside a stadium tunnel after a group of five black cheer squad members knelt during the national anthem has decided to let them again take the field during pre-game ceremonies. Their protest before a September game at the public university outside Atlanta, prompted a barrage of emails and calls from furious school boosters. In a letter to students and faculty, Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens said that freedom of speech must be protected. Olens added that the cheer squad will be allowed on field before the singing of the national anthem at the upcoming game Saturday Â„ a return to the original pregame ritual used before the controversy.Mike Tyson Sent Back to U.S. After Chile Denies EntryChilean authorities say theyÂve denied former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson entry to the country and are sending him back to the U.S. ChileÂs equivalent of the FBI said last week that Tyson doesnÂt meet requirements for entry, apparently due to his criminal record. Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant. He also has been convicted of assault and cocaine possession. The Chilean Police of Investigations also said in a tweet that Interpol agents would escort him to a flight back to the U.S.. Tyson came to Chile to take part in a promotional event for a TV channel. In 2013, he was forced to scrap promotional appearances in London because the convictions barred him from entering Britain.Courts Side with Maryland HBCUs in Case Over Education Disparities A federal judge has ordered Maryland to remedy the lack of investment in the stateÂs historically black colleges and universities, in an effort to resolve a lawsuit over inequality in public higher education. Since 2006, a coalition of alumni from MarylandÂs four HBCUs have been locked in litigation with the state to dismantle what they say are vestiges of racial segregation. The group says Maryland has underfunded Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and allowed other state schools to duplicate their programs, placing pressure on enrollment. Over the years, the coalition has called for increased funding and merging the University of Baltimore with Morgan State, the stateÂs largest public historically black school, to achieve parity. The state must now establish a set of new, unique and high-demand programs at each HBCU and will have an appointed independent monitor who will create the programs, building on each schoolÂs strengths. The monitor will also be able to provide annual funding for marketing, student recruitment, financial aid and any related initiative over the next five to 10 years, according to the order.AACP Calls for Hate Crime Charge for Harassment of Black RoommateThe Connecticut chapter of the NAACP is calling for a felony hate crime charge to be filed against the white former University of Hartford student who was accused of smearing body fluids on her Black roommate's belongings and putting spoiled clam dip in her products. Although Brianna Brochu was charged on Oct. 28 with misdemeanor criminal mischief and breach of peace, the NAACP wants a hate crime charge filed immediately. ÂFinally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons [on] her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesnÂt shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie,ÂŽ Brochu wrote in photos posted on Instagram. Police say their investigation is complete and they will seek a hate crime charge. The Hartford State's Attorney says investigators are waiting to talk with Brochu's roommate before deciding how to proceed.Looking for Minority Federal Judge Appointments? Forget About It!President Donald Trump is nominating white men to AmericaÂs federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that more closely reflects the nationÂs diversity. So far, 91 percent of TrumpÂs nominees are white, and 81 percent are male. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans and Hispanics in the mix. The last president to nominate a similarly homogenous group was George H.W. Bush. The shift could prove to be one of TrumpÂs most enduring legacies. These are lifetime appointments, and Trump has inherited both an unusually high number of vacancies and an aging population of judges. That puts him in position to significantly reshape the courts that decide thousands of civil rights, environmental, criminal justice and other disputes across the country. The White House has been upfront about its plans to quickly fill the seats with conservatives, and has made clear that judicial philosophy tops any concerns about shrinking racial or gender diversity. Is the FBIÂs Focus on ÂBlack Identity ExtremistsÂŽ the New COINTELPRO? (L-R) Wilene Dennis (P.R.I.D.E co-founder), author Emerson Perry and Felice Franklin (P.R.I.D.E co-founder)PRIDE Book Club Celebrates 24 Years In the heart of the Urban Core, the Kemetic Empire/Sankofa Initiative broke ground on their new multicultural center that will be located on Kings Road this week. ÂThe center will be dedicated to preserving and teaching the richness and beauty of culture through economics, arts, agriculture, life skills and infused with entrepreneurial teachings with a holistic approach of African principles,Â said the centerÂs Executive Director Diallo Sekou. Sankofa is a Ghanaian term that means Âgo back to the past and bring forward that which is usefulÂŽ. The ultimate goal of the center is to improve the conditions of the surrounding community which has been stricken with blight, poverty and crime. The Sankofa Initiative chose the Kings Road area for several reasons including its dense African American population, cultural identification, and the opportunity for the community to take ownership of its resources in the surrounding area. The area, also home to Edward Waters College, has suffered a steady socio-economic decline for the past 40 years. The facility, as shown in the artist rendering, will be home to entrepreneurial and life skills classes, art auctions, a community garden and will serve as a hub for community events and meetings. ÂIÂm proud of my team and the resources and help from the community it took to get to this point. Everyone here today is a part of history. We will be working diligently to improve cultural initiatives in the Myrtle/Kings Road area,ÂŽ said Sankofa Initiative Cultural Center Founder and Director Diallo Sekou. The 4,000 square foot facility will house classrooms, a mini theater, art gallery, conference center, and a rooftop garden. They are currently accepting bids from contractors to complete the work. The facility is targeted to open in Spring 2019 Cultural Center Set to Open Spring 2019 on Kings Road The People Reading for Inspiration, Discussion and Enjoyment (P.R.I.D.E.) Book club, the cityÂs oldest book club serving people of color, celebrated itsÂ 24th Anniversary on Veterans Day. Local author and retired Navy veteran Emerson Perry was the featured author who presented his debut novel book, A Waves Desire The book is a mix of romance filled with mystery and drama. The reader learns how military families thrive, survive and love each other through crisis. The event was highlighted with personal interaction with the author where members learned about the author and how he intertwined his own naval experiences with the characters in his book. Author Emerson Perry is a graduate of William M Raines High School and has been married to his high school sweetheart for 34 years. P.R.I.D.E. has met monthly focusing on a different book and at different venues. Its selected books have covered diverse genres often with visiting authors. Throughout their 24 year tenure, P.R.I.D.E. has read and discussed 288 books. Annual Freedom Fund Dinner Honors Black Achievement The Jacksonville Branch NAACP held their 52nd Annual Freedom Fund dinner to a sold out crowd at the Hyatt Riverfront. Hundreds of supporters were eager to hear featured speaker, White House Correspondent April Ryan, tell her story relating to media biases and disruptions as she shared the connections between presidential elections and White House politics. A highlight of the event is the presentation of honorees who accepted their awards for their community service and civil rights activism in the community. Established in 1917, the Jacksonville Branch of the NAACP has been active in the community. The historical organizationÂs local record includes crusading for local civil rights such as reaching an agreement after thirty years in court to desegregate Jacksonville schools, voter registration and racial profiling. Shown are community trustees involved in the ground breaking (L-R)Mosnar am Lrac, Malchi Beyah, Ashley McDonald, Black Commission members Greg and Lauren Cephus, Roosevelt Watson III, City CouncilmanGarrett Dennis, Mary K. Rourke, Diallo Sekou, Angela Sekou, Felecia Mitchell, Kenneth Covington, Angie Leatherbury, Shawana Brooks and Urban League President Dr. Robert Danford. Shown are honorees(L-R): Dr. Randall Bryant ( Elizabeth Means Health Award ), Rev. Reginald Gundy, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church ( Sallye B. Mathis Community Service Award ), Corey Wilborn ( Willie F Dennis Civic Engagement Award ), AACP President Isaiah Rumlin, Cadet Jamilia Wilson ( Major Allan Rogers ROTC Award ), George Gillis ( Rutledge H. Pearson Civil Rights Award ) and Jackie Simmons, Jr. ( Olivia Gay-Davis Education Award ). CGriggs photo
By: Sean Williams Social Security can be called the most important social program in the United States. As of Aug. 2017, 61.5 million people were receiving benefits, and more than 42 million of those folks were retired workers. Many of these retired workers -62% to be exact -count on their monthly stipend from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for at least half of their income. Social Security in 2018 could look a bit different Put plainly, there's no more important time of the year for Social Security beneficiaries than mid-October. You see, in mid-October, the SSA announces its annual changes to Social Security. Just as the U.S. economy isn't static, neither are the payment, tax, and qualifying guidelines that are tethered to Social Security. Let's take a look at the seven biggest changes to Social Security in 2018. 1. Social Security beneficiaries are getting a raise Make no mistake about it, the headline figure that everyone's been waiting for is now known, thanks to the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' September inflation data. In 2018, Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 2% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). While that may not sound like much -it works out to about $27 more a month for the average retired worker -it's actually the best inflationary increase we've seen in six years. If you're looking to send a thank you card for the increase -don't. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which shut down refineries and drilling platforms and were responsible for pushing gas prices higher by 6% in August and 13% in September, are wholly responsible for pushing inflation higher during the third quarter. The average inflation reading from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is the tether used to calculate inflation for Social Security. Also, don't break out the champagne on account of a 2% raise. A majority of recipients may actually see little or no raise at all. If you're enrolled in Medicare and have your Part B premiums (outpatient services) deducted from your monthly Social Security stipend, and you've been protected by the hold harmless clause in recent years, you're liable to have some, or all of your raise eaten up by Medicare. Hold harmless is the clause that ensures Part B monthly premiums don't rise at a quicker annual pace than Social Security's annual COLA. 2. The maximum monthly payout rose quite a bit Should you have earned enough throughout your lifetime to qualify for the maximum monthly benefit at full retirement age, you can expect a pretty sizable jump in your monthly payout in 2018. According to the SSA, the maximum payout at full retirement age -the age at which you become eligible to receive 100% of your monthly payout -will increase $101 a month, to $2,788 a month, next year. When calculating your payout, Social Security takes into account your length of work history and earnings history. In particular, it accounts for your 35 highest-earning years. This better-than-$1,200 annual increase is for retired workers who were able to earn more than the maximum taxable earnings cap -the point at which payroll taxes on Social Security cease -every year for at least 35 years. The downside is that not too many people are going to be dancing in the aisles for this increase. Just one in 10 Americans tend to earn more than the maximum taxable earnings cap each year, and it's difficult to do so for a period of 35 years. 3. Wealthy Americans will owe a little bit more in 2018 The average working American is likely to be thrilled to find out that wealthier Americans will be paying a bit more into Social Security next year. In 2017, workers were required to pay a 12.4% payroll tax into Social Security on earned income between $0.01 and $127,200. This $127,200 figure is what's known as the "maximum taxable earnings cap." Next year, it'll be rising to $128,700, an increase of $1,500. There is, however, a pretty big exception that folks should be aware of. If you're employed by someone else, the company you work for usually covers half of your Social Security responsibility (6.2%). This means most Americans typically pay 6.2% of their earned income between $0.01 and the maximum taxable earnings into the Social Security program. 4. The full retirement age is on the rise Something you won't find in the SSA's Social Security changes release is the fact that the full retirement age is rising in 2018. Next year, newly eligible retirees who were born in 1956 will have to wait until they're 66 years and four months old before they'll be able to receive 100% of their monthly retirement benefit. That's a two-month increase from 2017 for those born in 1955. For those not familiar with the way Social Security claiming works, you become eligible at age 62, with your benefits growing by 8% annually until age 70. In other words, the longer you wait to claim, the more you'll get. Your full retirement age is your 100% payout. If you claim at any point between age 62 and a month before your full retirement age, your benefits will be permanently reduced. If you lay claim to your benefits at any point after your full retirement age, you can actually earn more than 100%. 5. Withholding thresholds for early filers will climb, once again One aspect of Social Security you may not realize is that if you enroll prior to your full retirement age and you're still working, the SSA can withhold part, or all, of your benefits based on how much you earn per year. In 2017, early filers who were under the full retirement age and had earned income over $16,920 a year ($1,410 a month) would have $1 in benefits withheld for every $2 in earned income over $16,920. For 2018, this threshold is inching up by $10 a month to $17,040 annually. We're also going to see a similar change made for those folks who claim Social Security during the year they're set to reach full retirement age but aren't there yet. In 2017, $1 in benefits could be withheld for every $3 in earned income over $44,880 ($3,740 a month) if you haven't yet reached full retirement age, but will do so late this year. Next year, this threshold is set to increase by $40 a month ($3,780) to $45,360 annually. It's also worth noting that if the SSA withholds your benefits and keeps you from double dipping between Social Security income and working wages, you don't lose your benefits forever. Once you cross full retirement age, you'll get them back in higher monthly payout. 6. Disability income thresholds inch higher If you receive disability income from Social Security, you're also in line to see a small bump up in what you can earn each month and still qualify for disability payments. Remember, Social Security isn't just for retirees. More than 10 million people qualify for monthly disability payments from the SSA. According to the SSA's press release, folks who aren't blind will see their maximum monthly threshold increase by $10 a month to $1,180. Meanwhile, legally blind folks can earn up to $1,970 a month, a $20 permonth increase over 2017. If nonblind or blind people receiving Social Security disability cross these thresholds in monthly earnings, their benefits can be stopped. 7. Qualifying for Social Security got incrementally harder Last, but not least, it's going to be just a tad bit harder for working Americans to qualify to receive Social Security benefits when they retire. First of all, no, you're not automatically given Social Security as a U.S. citizen. In order to qualify, you have to earn 40 lifetime work credits, of which a maximum of four can be earned annually. In 2017, you were able to earn a lifetime work credit for every $1,300 in earned income. Therefore, $5,200 in earned income was enough to max-out your coverage credits for the year. As we head into 2018, it'll now require $1,320 in earned income per lifetime work credit, or $5,280 for the full year. Big changes are afoot for Social Security, so make sure you're in the know! Page 2 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 16 22, 2017 Truck TaxiMoving & Delivery Licensed & Insured 904-563-6492 Offering you a full range of quality services that includes a full range of accounting services (audits, reviews, compilations, and nontraditional engagements) for small businesses and tax services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts. Darryl Jackson, CPA provides extensive professional experience with a wide variety of industries and clients DARRYL R. JACKSON, C.P.A., P.A. Enterprise Center 101 East Union Street, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL32202 904-633-8099 www.drj-cpa.com2018 Social Security Changes That Could Affect Your Bottom Line FBIExtremistcontinued from page 1 the name of those beliefs, and, in some cases, desire a Âseparate Black homelandÂƒsocial institutions, communities, or governing organizations within the United States.ÂŽ The report continues: ÂThe mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, use of strong rhetoric, or generalized philosophic embrace of violent tactics Âmay notÂ (emphasis mine) constitute extremism, and may be constitutionally protected.ÂŽ I think the words Âmay notÂŽ leave people who organize under the Black Lives Matter movement and other well-meaning African American activist groups vulnerable to the type of monitoring and manipulation that the FBI engaged in as part of COINTELPRO, a counter intelligence program that unfairly and, in some cases, unlawfully destroyed movements, careers, relationships, and lives. IÂm also concerned about the FBIÂs definition of Âextremism.ÂŽ The question becomes: What does the FBI consider extreme? The report never provides an answer to that question and further complicates the issue on page 4 in talking about the case of Micah Johnson, the African American man who shot 11 police officers in downtown Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016: ÂJohnson searched and liked social media pages of BIE and Black separatist groups, and had been ousted from a local BIE group for being too radical, according to an open source news article.ÂŽ Here are some other questions I have: Why is one of the most powerful federal law enforcement organizations in the nation relying on news articles to figure out whether Johnson was kicked out of a local Black Identity Extremist group? Also, if this is a problem thatÂs on the rise as the FBI indicates, why isnÂt clear and convincing incident data illustrating this included in the report? Finally, is the FBI devoting as much time on this issue as it is on White extremism? If they are, then they are not spending their time wisely when it comes to domestic extremists. White supremacist violence is even more concerning in the context of the 2016 election, the current political climate, and President TrumpÂs decision after white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va., to morally equate white supremacists with anti-racist protestors. A few weeks after the FBIÂs ÂBlack Identity ExtremistsÂŽ report was leaked, the Congressional Black Caucus met with Facebook about ads that Russian operatives purchased through the social media platform to target the Black Lives Matter movement. During the meeting, the caucus explained to Facebook that their social media platform plays a role in how African Americans are perceived across the country and around the world. In this case, the perception Facebook played a role in creating was negative and could have had life and death consequences. The FBIÂs ÂBlack Identity ExtremistÂŽ report is an example of how perception becomes reality and affects peopleÂs lives on the ground. In response to a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus, FBI Director Christopher Wray agreed to meet. We hope he walks away from the meeting with this understanding. We also hope heÂs able to answer our questions.
For decades the City of Jacksonville has sponsored the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast unifying the city and highlighting area youth for one January morning. In the past, the breakfast has been presented by a cadre of corporate partners and organizations. This year however, two longtime very noticeable hosting staples say they will not participate. As first reported by the Florida Times-Union, the heads of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference backed out of the breakfast because they believe their groups have not been involved in the planning. In a letter to Mayor Lenny Curry dated Nov. 9, the leaders including NAACPPresident Isiah Rumlin and Rev. Levy M. Wilcox, SCLC President, wrote that the goal of the annual breakfast has been to showcase progress and city efforts to open dialogue across racial lines. ÂFor our organizations to participate in this even without a real seat at the table is disrespectful to the memoryÂŽ of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the leaders wrote. The Mayor's Office released a statement expressing surprise at the letter. ÂThe mayor greatly values and supports this annual observance, which reflects and celebrates the spirit of his administration,ÂŽ the statement read. "In an effort to build on these efforts and promote greater inclusiveness and representation of diverse communities, the mayor commissioned a Host Committee to help plan the event." The Mayor's Office also pointed out the groups have been invited to participate and said the NAACP has backed out of meetings. The action should not come as a surprise. Last year, groups including the NAACP, SCLCand the Urban League said they were considering boycotting the breakfast in 2018 in what they say was inaction by the mayorÂs office on correcting racial disparities, The 31st annual MLK Breakfast scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. by H.T. Edney U. S. Rep. Maxine Waters says she has made the impeachment of President Donald Trump her Ânumber one priorityÂŽ and that she will soon Âunveil impeachment resolutionsÂŽ for supporters to read and educate others. ÂIÂve decided to put my career on the line to make the removal of this president my number one priority. To make the removal of this president my number one priority because he not only does not deserve to be president and heÂs dangerous but he has undermined the whole democracy,ÂŽ Waters told hundreds in the audience at the 90th Anniversary reception of the National Bankers Association (NBA). ÂIÂm about to unveil impeachment resolutions so that you can read it and you can see itÂs about collusion, itÂs about obstruction of justice; itÂs about violation of the emoluments clause. We are going to make sure everyone gets copies of it because I want you to talk about it. I want you to talk about it everywhere you are and explain it to other people so that people understand that yes it is possible.ÂŽ Although, there has not yet been proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, numerous Trump associates have been found to have been in touch with Russians during his presidential campaign against Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. A special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, have announced charges against three advisers to the Trump campaign. Former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has turned himself in to the F.B.I. and pleaded not guilty to a 12 count indictment that includes millions in laundered money. ManafortÂs longtime advisor, Rick Gates, also a Trump campaign associate, has also been charged and has turned himself in while pleading not guilty. A third Trump associate, George Papadopoulos, former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, has pled guilty to lying to the F.B.I. and has been cooperating with investigators, according to the FBI. Federal investigators believe Russians contacted Papadopoulos through intermediaries in order to offer ÂdirtÂŽ on Clinton through thousands of emails, according to widespread reports. ÂIt was about getting Trump elected and preventing Hillary Clinton from getting elected. And maybe when Mr. Mueller gets finished doing his job and connecting the dots, weÂre going to see exactly what happened,ÂŽ Waters told the bankers in anticipation of the charges. Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 3ovember 16 22, 2017 Since 1988, the Florida Lottery has contributed over $32 billion and counting to our public education system and has sent over 750,000 students to college and beyond on Bright Futures Scholarships. Every time you play, you grant FloridaÂs brightest the opportunity to achieve their dreams and ultimately boost the stateÂs economy, all while funding the next generation of students. Your ticket is their ticket Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Dancers from the Golden utcracker included (L-R) Shellise Topey, India Johnson, Simone Matchett and Alexandria Williams.Talented Youth Showcased as Golden utcracker Kicks Off Holiday Season ÂThe Golden Nutcracker,ÂŽ a contemporary ballet which includes all genres of dance, debuted last weekend to sold out audiences at the Ritz Theater. The performance was under the direction of local artist Kezia Rolle. The performance included dance styles such as classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, West-African, Caribbean, liturgical, gymnast, and aerialist were all infused for the exotic stage show which gives the classic ÂNutcrackerÂŽ an ethnic twist. Over 100 dancers participated in the production. The play was sponsored by Jacksonville Centre of the Arts, a local performing arts theater that promotes diversity in the fine arts, such as dance, music, art and theatre for youth. Slavery Memorial in the Works at State CapitalThe Florida House will vote on whether to create a state memorial to honor slaves and acknowledge the cruelty of slavery. A bill (HB 67) to create a memorial on the Florida Capitol's grounds cleared its final committee stop and now heads to the full House. The House will consider the legislation during the session that starts in January. Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee says the memorial would honor the men, women and children who were enslaved and haven't been recognized for their contributions. The bill language recognizes the "injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States." A similar bill died last year when it was blocked by a Republican senator who's a descendent of a Confederate soldier. AACP and SCLCPull Out of City Sponsored MLK Breakfast Rep. Maxine Waters Declares Trump Impeachment to be Her Âumber One PriorityÂ Fans Overjoyed Jaguars Headed to Week 11 Vying for PlayoffsStarting off week 10, the Jaguars won their third consecutive games and advanced to 6-3 on the season after taking down the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17, in overtime at EverBank Field. The win marked JacksonvilleÂs first time with three consecutive victories since weeks 12-14 of the 2013 season, and the Jaguars are now three games over .500 for the first time since week 14 of the 2010 season (8-5). The win also marked JacksonvilleÂs first overtime victory ending a streak of five straight overtime losses. Next up on the roster is an away game against the Cleveland Browns and next home stadium game is December 3rd versus the Indianapolis Colts. Shown is Jaguar fans Lisa Daniels, Renee Settles, Beverly Mays, Tina Adair and Danielle Russell. Rep. Maxine Waters
Drug addiction is an extremely powerful force, and America is in the midst of an opioid crisis. The drugs kill some 90 people a day Â… about the same as car accidents. The crisis seems to worsen everyday because of the nature of the drugs. We are no longer simply talking about crack cocaine and other cheap illegal drugs Â… opioids are far more dangerous in many ways. Research has determined that when opioids act on the brain, they trigger the same processes that give people feelings of pleasure from activities like eating, but they do it far more intensely. According to the Associated Press, ÂOpioids also make some brain cells pump out a chemical messenger called dopamine, which encourages more drug use. Over time, that can produce craving that continues even long after someone stops using opioids, which can lead to relapse.ÂŽ Two years ago, President Obama traveled to West Virginia, which is the state that is home to the highest rate of heroine overdose deaths in the nation to hear directly from citizens of that state and to announce new policies aimed at attacking the problem. HereÂs what I have learned about all drugs Â… from opioids like heroine or crack cocaine Â… they donÂt discriminate. Drugs affect black, white, young, old, rich and poor. The affect of this monster tears families apart and consistently devastates communities. And perhaps there is no better case study than any inner-city community in any mid-size to large metropolitan area. But wait Â… thatÂs the assumption that most of us have. But this opioid crisis has become much worse in rural and suburban America. We are dealing with a class of drugs that slowly weaken peopleÂs selfcontrol if taken over time. Just look at entertainers like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and many, many others. Whether we are talking about illegal or prescription drugs, the toll is great. When President Obama announced that his administration would take steps to increase access to drug treatment and expand the training of doctors who prescribe opiate painkillers his efforts were applauded. Not so much with President Trump whom last month directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Sounds good right? The problem is that The Donald fell short of fulfilling a promise to declare Âa national emergencyÂŽ on opioids. Why not declare the national emergency? The answer is as simple as politics Â… because then it would have triggered the rapid allocation of federal funding to address the issue. Talk is cheap, but in order to curb this drug crisis money is needed and the efforts that President Obama started need to be expanded. How serious is this issue? In 2016 some 59,000 people died from opioid overdoses in the United States, according to data compiled by The New York Times. ÂThe most deadly thing about cocaine is that it separates you from your soul,ÂŽ said Quincy Jones. Powerful words. Not only did President Trump not offer any federal funds, he showed us just how out of touch he is with the reality of this drug crisis. During a press conference last month, he said that the government would produce Âreally tough, really big, really great advertisingÂŽ aimed at persuading Americans not to start using drugs in the first place. Really dude! Yet another ÂI canÂt believe that this clown is presidentÂŽ moment. Over the past decade, there has been a steep increase in the number of heroin overdoses nationwide, with deaths from the drug quadrupling. Experts also say that many who abuse heroin initially used prescription painkillers. As I said Â… drugs donÂt discriminate. They impact rural and urban America. President Obama committed to using $133 million in new spending to curb overprescribing increase the amount of overdose data collected and expand access to Naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. President Trump has yet to make any real financial commitments towards the opioid crisis. ÂAmerica is hemorrhaging lives by the day because of the opioid epidemic, but President Trump offered the country a Band-Aid when we need a tourniquet,ÂŽ said Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts. ÂInstead of a commitment to emergency funding for our states and communities, President Trump offered empty words and halfmeasures.ÂŽ Now is not the time for politics, but for real solutions. Mr. Trump please put the federal money where your mouth is. Signing off from downtown Jacksonville, Reggie FullwoodBlack Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Must Respect the Black PressBy Rosetta Miller-Perry Throughout history, the Black Press has been the best friend that Black celebrities, athletes and politicians have ever had. The Black Press often covers Black public figures from the very start of their careers, before theyÂre ÂdiscoveredÂŽ by the mainstream media, all the way through to their ascension to star or leadership status. Before they became household names, had hit records, secured multi-million dollar contracts or became leaders in the United States Congress, it was the Black Press that was always there for their press conferences and events, often giving them extensive coverage when the mainstream media might only give them a brief mention in the B-section of their newspapers or 15 seconds at the end of an evening news segment. When the mainstream media finally discovers these same Black celebrities, athletes and politicians and they attain a certain degree of fame and success, suddenly, they think itÂs okay to snub the Black Press. Now they donÂt have time to give interviews to Black newspapers or magazines; thereÂs no time to make the visits to Black radio stations, where they once made regular appearances; their (usually) White public relations and management staffers guard their time and appearances carefully, and shun Black-owned media. These same public relations firms often discourage their Black clients from working with Black-owned media companies and advertising with the Black Press. This is a disgrace, because when things go bad and these Black celebrities want to get ÂtheirÂŽ side of the story out, the first place these folks run to is the Black Press. If there is a story about political corruption, infidelity or other alleged crimes involving a Black public figure, the mainstream mediaÂs attitude is usually Âguilty until proven innocent.ÂŽ ItÂs the Black Press that usually takes the Âinnocent until proven guiltyÂŽ approach, urging fairness and caution, telling readers, listeners and viewers to wait until all the evidence is in, frequently reminding folks of all the great things that their favorite hero did in the past. The Black Press remains the advocate for Black celebrities, athletes and politicians, even now, despite the fact that so many of them seem oblivious to our existence. That is why, increasingly, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies, that reach more than 20 million readers in print and online every week, is reminding these Black public figures that Black newspapers are their champions and defenders 24/7, and that we have backed them in good times and bad. While the classic case of a Black superstar, who ran away from the Black Press for years and then returned at the eleventh hour, remains O.J. Simpson, it is instructive to see how mainstream media is covering the NFL in the wake of Donald TrumpÂs garbage claims that the players are somehow Âdisrespecting the flag and the militaryÂŽ if they kneel during the playing of the national anthem, a claim that was and continues to be absolute nonsense. The Black Press backed Colin KaepernickÂs protest against oppression and police brutality from the beginning, and continues to do so. The Black Press supports Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett and other players who have responded positively in the wake of criticism. Black newspapers have printed the entire Star-Spangled Banner, including its verses supporting slavery, while many mainstream publications have bought into the Trump idiocy. When conservative newspapers and publications attacked ESPN commentator Jemele Hill for her tweets about Trump, it was the Black Press that offered unqualified support. WeÂve been there through decades of attacks on Black leaders, and we remain vigilant to the constant character assassination and innuendos lodged against Black public figures at the local, state and national levels. 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City Chronicles Diatribes on life in the African-American Diaspora by Reggie Fullwood GUESTEDITORIALovember 16 22, 2017 Trump is Talking About Drug Addiction, But Show Me the Money by Jesse Jackson Donald Trump defines his administration as against all things Obama. Beneath the current presidentÂs insults and outrages, his lies and antics is a remarkably consistent attempt to undo his predecessorÂs entire legacy. With Republicans in total control of the White House and the Congress, Trump can dismantle much of what Barack Obama accomplished, but he will ultimately fail to overturn his legacy. Obama had the right moral compass; TrumpÂs reaction will not be sustained. Consider the contrast: Obama passed health care reform, enabling 20 million more people to afford health insurance. The centerpiece of his Affordable Care Act was the expansion of Medicaid to cover more than 10 million low-wage workers and their families. Trump and Republicans still vow to repeal Obamacare. Their plans include harsh cuts in Medicaid and Medicare. Trump continues to invent ways to undermine Obamacare. He may do damage, but he will not succeed. After Obama, Americans have come to accept that affordable health care is a right, not a privilege. In Maine last Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly voted to extend Medicaid, despite the passionate opposition of the stateÂs Trump-lite governor. On health care, Obama was on the right side of history; Trump gets it wrong. Obama helped create the Paris climate agreement, getting virtually every country in the world to agree to the necessity of addressing global warming. His climate policies helped accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. Trump denies the reality of climate change, and he pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Accord and has systematically reversed ObamaÂs policies. The damage Trump will do is incalculable, but he will fail. Even the Pentagon understands that climate change is a real and present danger. Obama was on the right side of science; Trump gets it wrong. Obama inherited an economy that was losing 800,000 jobs a month, as financial speculation had blown up the global economy. He saved the auto industry, bailed out and tightened regulation of the banks, passed the largest stimulus plan in our history, and saved the economy, cutting unemployment by more than half and setting a record for consecutive months of private sector growth. Trump is systematically deregulating the banks and corporations, and slashing vital public investment and services. He benefits from the momentum of the Obama economy, but as his plans take hold we will witness a return to bobbles and busts as the financial casino heats up. Obama saved the economy; Trump is putting it back at risk. Obama declared that inequality had reached unsustainable extremes. He let some of the Bush tax cuts for the rich expire and imposed higher taxes on the wealthy to help pay for health care. He called for raising the minimum wage and pushed to enforce worker protections and labor laws. Trump sides with the plutocrats. His tax plan would lower taxes on the rich, eliminate taxes on massive estates, allow investors to continue paying at lower tax rates than their secretaries, and expand incentives for multinationals to move jobs and report profits in tax havens abroad. Inequality continued to get worse under Obama, but he understood the threat. Trump gets this wrong. Obama taught us that the war on terror, like all wars, must eventually come to an end. He sought to close Guantanamo and to get the U.S. out of Iraq and Afghanistan. He resisted immense pressure to escalate in Syria and Ukraine. He signed a nuclear treaty that required Iran to dismantle its potential nuclear weapons program. Trump campaigned against the wars, but since becoming president he has escalated across the board in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq while embracing Saudi ArabiaÂs massive war crimes in Yemen. He pledges to tear up the Iranian accord despite the urgings of his advisers. Obama understood the importance of law and diplomacy. Trump gets this wrong. Obama sought to bring Americans together, across lines of race, religion and region. He built a rainbow coalition that won a majority of the popular vote twice. He celebrated the recognition of LGBTQ rights and defended voting rights. Trump has consistently sought to drive us apart, practicing a race-bait politics that appeals to our fears. He won office despite losing the popular vote. His Justice Department turns a blind eye to efforts to suppress the vote. ObamaÂs administration was remarkably free of corruption. His family was a model that parents could point to across the country. Unlike every modern president of both parties, Trump refuses to release his tax returns. His administration has been marked by scandal and conflicts of interest from day one. Agency after agency has had its mission subverted from the top. Barack Obama was not a perfect president. He faced entrenched partisan obstruction from day one. But in stormy weather and treacherous crosswinds, his moral compass pointed us in the right direction. Dr. Martin Luther King taught us that the Âarc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.ÂŽ He knew, however, that justice is not inevitable. Its advance comes from the struggle, work and sacrifice of citizens of conscience. And that is why TrumpÂs misdirection will fail Â„ not simply because it is wrong but because Americans in large numbers are not willing to go backwards. It is easy to lose faith. The damage that is being done at home and abroad is immense, but as the old gospel song teaches, ÂWeÂve come too far, we canÂt turn back now.ÂŽTrumpÂs Assault on Barack ObamaÂs Legacy Will Fail
ovember 16 22, 2017 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press Page 5 FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14 20, 2017 AZ EE Z Communications Inc. V ol. XXI V, N o. 1 6Â’VSU Sports PhotoA&T, Alcorn punch postseason tickets LUT WILLIAMSBCSP Editor After last weekend's results, you can add North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State to the list of teams advancing to postseason play. NORTH CAROLINA A&T The undefeated BCSP No. 1 Aggies defeated Savannah State 36-17 Saturday to move to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference The win not only earned head coach Rod Broadway and A&T no less than a share of the MEAC regular season title but also clinched a berth in Celebration Bowl III against the SWAC champion on Dec. 16 in Atlanta. A&T's win coupled with North Carolina Central's last-second 13-10 loss to BethuneCookman and Howard's 28-24 win over Norfolk State means only BCSP No. 5 Howard has a shot at tying the Aggies for the MEAC crown. For that to happen, Howard (7-3, 6-1 MEAC) would have to win Saturday (1 p.m.) in Hampton (5-5, 4-3) while A&T loses its season-ending rivalry game (1 p.m.) vs. NCCU (7-3, 5-2). A win by the Aggies gives them the outright MEAC crown. This will be the fourth straight season A&T enters the season-ending game with NC Central with a chance to take the outright title. The Aggie have come up short three straight times. Jerry Mack led the Eagles to a 21-14 upset win in Durham over the Aggies that combined with several other results from that day to create a NCCU, Bethune-Cookman South Carolina State and Morgan State Celebration Bowl, Mack's troops downed A&T 21-16 on the road in Greensboro resulting in a three-way tie Despite the loss, A&T got the inaugural berth in the Celebration Bowl based on conference tiebreaking procedures. A&T went on to win that pion Alcorn State LET THE PLAYOFFS BEGINREGGIE BARLOW: Leads undefeated Virginia State Div. II playoff game vs. West Georgia.SCORESSATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES CIAAVirginia State 42, Fayetteville State 19 SIAC Tuskegee 13, Fort Valley State 6 MEAC SC State 33, Hampton 15 SWAC INDEPENDENTS Falkner 49, Edward Waters 3 Langston 38, Wayland Baptist 19 Lyon College 41, Texas College 3 W. Va. State 45, W. Va. Wesleyan 28 Tenn. State 26, SE Missouri 23 1. NORTH CAROLINA A&T tion Bowl. NEXT: 2. GRAMBLING STATE NEXT: title. 3. VIRGINIA STATE NEXT: vs. West Georgia. 4. BOWIE STATE NEXT: playoff game vs. Delta State. 5. HOWARD State, 28-24. NEXT: Closes regular season at Hampton. 6. ALCORN STATE shutout of Miss. Valley State. NEXT: SOUTHERN NEXT: 8. BETHUNE-COOKMAN NEXT: 9. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL Fell 13-6 to BethuneCookman on Hail Mary pass. NEXT: TUSKEGEE Championship Game. NEXT: Season over. CIAACENTR A L INTER C OLLEG IA TE ATHLET IC ASSO CIA T I ONINDEPENDENTS W LLangston 10 0 Tennessee State 6 4 W. Va. State 6 5 Lincoln (Mo.) 1 9 Texas College 1 9 Edward Waters 1 9 Cheyney 1 10BCSP INDY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE & NEWCOMER Michael Hughes, QB, TENNESSEE STATE Completed 9 of 14 pazses for 196 yards and two TDs (28, 9) in win over Tenn Tech. DEFENSE Justin North, LB, TENNESSEE STATE 6 tackles, 3 solos, 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble and 1 sack vs. Tenn. Tech. SPECIAL TEAMS Lane Clark, PK, TENNESSEE STATE Was good 2 PATs in win over Tenn. Tech. 2 0 1 7 B L A C K C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L (Standings and Weekly Honors) SIACSOUTHERN INTER C OLLEG IA TEATHLET IC CONFEREN C EFINAL CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Fort Valley State 5 2 5 5 Albany State 4 2 6 4 Clark Atlanta 2 4 4 6 Morehouse 2 4 4 6 WEST DIVISION Miles 4 2 6 4 Central State 0 6 1 9 Lane 1 5 2 8SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OFFENSE Hoderick Lowe Sr., RB, TUSKEGEE DEFENSE Osband Thompson Sr. LB, TUSKEGEE SIAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAROFFENSE Justin Hardy, RB, Miles MarQuel Shelton, DL, Miles Slade Jarman, QB, FVSU Kevin Porter, FVSUSWACSOUTHWESTERNATHLET IC CONFEREN C E CONF ALLEAST DIVISION W L W L Alabama State 3 3 3 6 Jackson State 2 4 2 8 Miss. Valley State 1 5 2 8 WEST DIVISION Grambling State 6 0 9 1 Prairie View A&M 3 3 4 5 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1 5 2 8 Texas Southern 1 5 1 8BCSP SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Norlando Veals Sr., WR, ALCORN STATE Hauled in 9 receptions for 253 yards and 3 TDs (16, 62, 66) in win over Mississippi Valley State. DEFENSE Vernon Moland R-Jr., DL, ALABAMA A&M tackles, 5 solos, 4 sacks for -20 yards, 5 tackles for -25 yards, 1 forced fumble vs. JSU. SPECIALIST Trevor Vincent, Sr., P/PK, ALABAMA STATE 3 downed inside the 20 vs. Grambling. NEWCOMER Neiko Hollins R-Fr., QB, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 25 of 43 for 410 yards and four TDs in win over UAPB. MI D EA STERNATHLET IC CONFEREN C EMEAC ONF ALL W L W L Bethune-Cookman 5 2 6 4 Hampton 4 3 5 5 SC State 2 5 3 6 Savannah State 2 5 2 8 Delaware State 2 6 2 8 Morgan State 1 6 1 9 MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OFFENSE Anthony Philyaw Sr., RB, HOWARD 20 carries,193 DEFENSE & ROOKIE Bryan Cook Fr., DB, HOWARD Three tackles and two picks, one late in the game as Bison downed Norfolk State. SPECIALIST Javaunie Fancis Jr., P, B-CU Averaged 44.9 yards on 9 punts, long of 58 yards, 1 inside 20 vs. NCCU. OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Brandon Parker Sr., OT, NC A&TFINAL DIV CONF ALLNORTH DIVISION W L W L W L Bowie State 4 1 6 1 9 1 Virginia Union 3 2 5 2 6 4 Chowan 2 3 4 3 4 6 Elizabeth City State 1 4 2 5 4 6 SOUTH DIVISION Fayetteville State 5 0 5 2 6 5 Saint AugustineÂs 4 1 5 2 5 5 Winston-Salem State 3 2 4 3 6 4 Johnson C. Smith 2 3 2 5 2 8 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK CHAMPIONSHIP GAME VSU Trenton Cannon Sr., RB, VA. STATE FSU Stevie Green, So., RB, FAYV. STATE CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR OFFENSE Trenton Cannon Sr., RB, VIRGINIA STATE Led rushing TDs Also led the league in KO returns averaging 34.1 yards per return with another 2 TDs. DEFENSE Sterling Hammond Sr., DB, VIRGINIA UNION Led COACH\ Reggie Barlow, VIRGINIA STATE Led Trojans to perfect 9-0 regular season record and North Division title. NC A&T WINS MEAC, ALCORN WINS SWAC EAST; VIRGINIA STATE, BOWIE STATE IN D2 PLAYOFFS Last season, both teams came into the showdown in Durham undefeated (7-0) in conference play. NCCU downed the Aggies 42-21 champion Grambling State 10-9 in Celebration Bowl II. So despite the fact that NCCU has no shot at a title this season, the Aggie-Eagle match up is still fraught with suspense. Rod Broadway and in his seven years leading the program but they get the proverbial monkey off their backs by years. Lose, and well, it won't be pretty. Even a loss by A&T and win by Howard would not knock the Aggies out of the coveted bowl game in Atlanta. The Aggies (over Charlotte) and Bison (over UNLV) both have wins over FBS opponents but A&T has an outwhile Howard does not have a non-conference FCS victory. The MEAC tie-breaking procedure gives 4 points for an FBS win and 2 points for an out-ofconference FCS win. That formula gives A&T a 6-4 advantage over Howard. Howard and A&T did not meet in head-to-head competition this There's also plenty at stake in the Howard vs. Hampton match up. alone in second place with a win in head coach Mike London's around makes London a legitimate coach of the year candidate and freshman quarterback Caylin Newton who has led the resurgence, a shooin for league freshman of the year honors and a legit player of the year candidate. Hampton and head coach Connell Maynor are vying for their second 6-5 overall record in the past three seasons. The Bethune-Cookman (6-4, 5-2) vs. Florida A&M ( 3-7, 2-5) season-ending showG A M E S T H I S W E E K THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 SWAC SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 MEAC Florida State vs. Delaware State in Tallahassee, FL 12n 37th Florida Blue Florida Classic TV ESPN Classic SWAC INDEPENDENTS NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFF GAMES Bowie State vs. Delta State in Bowie, MD 1p THE STAT CORNER HBCU FOOTBALL TEAMS IN NATIONAL POLLSFOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS) Tied th 8th CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAPS CIAAVirginia State 42, Fayetteville State 19 Undefeated North Division champ Virginia State scored on its Fayetteville State 42-19 in the CIAA Championship Game before a crowd of 3,766 in Salem, Va. Saturday. VSU star running back Ttenton Cannon named earlier in the week as the league's offensive player of the year, opened the scoring on a 10-yard run and broke loose in the second half for 73and 79-yard scoring jaunts as the Trojans (10-0) pulled away to the win. carries, 88 yards on three kickoff returns and 37 receiving yards to total 311 all-purpose yards while wining the game's MVP award. Trailing 21-0 at the break, FSU made a game of it in the second half getting two third-quarter touchdowns to pull within 21-7 and 2813. But Cannon's 73-yarder late in the third quarter was followed by margin. In addition to Cannon, VSU QB Corderal Cook (13-23-0) threw for 169 yards and one score and ran for 59 yards including a 26-yard third-quarter score. Senior LB Branton Lynch led the VSU defense with 12 tackles including 1.5 sacks. FSU running back Stevie Green totalled 144 rushing yards on 22 carries and scored on a 15-yard third quarter run to earn his team's MVP award. FSU freshman quarterback Richard Latimer Curtis Burston (5 catches, 89 yards) with a 37-yard to open third quarter scoring and a second-year head coach Reggie Barlow. On Sunday the Trojans were seeded second in the NCAA Div. II round game Saturday.SIACTuskegee 13, Fort Valley State 6 Tuskegee running back Hoderick Lowe scored on 6and 5yard touchdown runs and the Golden Tigers defense held Fort Valley State to just two Juan Serna cats in the SIAC Championship Game in Fort Valley, Ga. The grind-it-out affair saw neither TU quarterback Jamarcus Ezell (4-12-1, 55 passing yards) or FVSU QB Slade Jarman (6-16-0, 38 yards) pass for 100 yards or throw for a touchdown. Lowe scored appeared to have it stopped on a third down play. terception of Ezell by Cameron Young early in the second quarter that carried into Tuskegee territory. The ensuing 9-play, 20-yard drive carried down to the Tuskegee 16 before Serna put thru a 33-yard kick to bring the 'Cats within 7-3 2:33 before the half. Justice Owens' fumble was recovered by Aaron Dore at the TU 49. good. The teams exchanged punts in a scoreless third quarter. On TU's 81-yard drive that he capped with his 5-yard TD run. The PAT was goal by Serna with just over 4 minutes to play but had just one more possession that didn't get beyond its own territory. scores. Jamari Clark led the FVSU rushing attack with 20 carries for 80 yards. Linebacker Osband Thompson had 14 tackles to lead the TU defensive effort. The Golden Tigers (9-2) were denied a Div. II playoff berth when down at Orlando's Florida Classic is also set for this Saturday (2 p.m.). ALCORN STATE The BCSP No. 6 Braves of Alcorn State (7put up 746 yards of total offense in shutting out Mississippi Valley State 59-0 Saturday to claim its fourth straight SWAC East berth. It's the second division crown in head coach Fred McNair's two years at the helm of the Alchampion Grambling State championship before losing 27-20. Grambling went on to post a 10-9 win over MEAC champ North Carolina Central in Celebration Bowl II. Alcorn State closes out the regular season this week (2 p.m.) at Jackson State (2-8, 2-4). Alcorn's championship game opponent will be the winner of the Grambling State/Southern showdown on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25) in the New Orleans SuperDome at the Bayou Classic 3, 5-1) are both off this week in advance of the division-deciding game.North Carolina A&T Celebration Bowl bound; Alcorn State in fourth straight SWAC Championship GameALL-CIAA FOOTBALL HONORS FIRST TEAM OFFENSE TE OL mond, r-Sr., BSU WR QB RB son, r-Sr., BSU KR PK Gene Carson, Jr., BSU DEFENSE DL LB DB Carlo Thomas, Sr., man Kamara, r-Sr., BSU PR William Flowers, So., BSU P Matthew Trau, Sr., FSU ALL-CIAA SECOND TEAM OFFENSE TE OL WR QB RB Stevie Green, KR PK DEFENSE DL LB DB Johnny LitBeugre, So., FSU PR P r-Sr., BSU PLAYER OF THE YEAR Trenton Cannon, Sr., RB, Virginia State DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Sterling Hammond, Sr., DB, Virginia Union SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gene Carson, PK, Bowie StateNCAA DIV. II PLAYOFFS SUPER REGION II Virginia State Bowie State in Bowie, MD 1 p.m. Undefeated CIAA champion Virginia State 100) and fellow CIAA member Bowie State (9-1) got berths in the 28-team NCAA Div. II football playoff gion II. VSU, who defeated Fayetteville State 42-19 Saturday in the CIAA Championship Game to complete its undefeated season, is seeded second in the region gia (8-3). also have a 34-31 loss to the region's top seed, Gulf the another Gulf South playoff team, Delta State (8-3). Bowie State, whose only loss was to Virginia State (47-35), is seeded 4th in the region and will host Delta State (8-3) Saturday at 1 p.m. Delta State lost its three games in Gulf South play 1) is the third seed in the region and will host sixthB C S P F O O T B A L L T O P T E N ALL-SIAC FIRST TEAM OFFENSE QB TE WR RB Justin Hardy, OL DEFENSE DL LB DB PK P KR PR SECOND TEAM OFFENSE QB TE WR RB OL DEFENSE DL LB DBPK P KR Deandre PR Brett Sylve, KSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Hardy, RB, Miles DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR : FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR : MarQuel Shelton, DL, Miles NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR : Slade Jarman, QB, FVSU COACH OF THE YEAR : Kevin Porter, FVSU Cannon
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.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.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. Page 6 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 16 23, 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 Pastor Otis Moss III Shares 3 Ways to Get Involved in the Green Revolution ChicagoÂs South Side gets more media coverage for its gun violence than for its gardens, but Trinity United Church of Christ is telling a different story. Trinity, a massive 8,500 member, five-generation, predominantly African-American church led by a visionary pastor, has joined the green church revolution in the heart of the South Side. Their witness is a timely one. As the perils of climate change come to an ever-more furious boil, how the church responds is as much a matter of leadership as it is morality. Leadership, because it takes a mammoth effort to mobilize such a large community toward anything, and morality because the stakes are dangerously high. Enter Dr. Otis Moss, III, the pastor of Trinity. Rev. Moss has helped lead the rising tide of Black churches speaking out for the environment. Under MossÂ leadership, Trinity has planted the George Washington Carver community vegetable garden (which teaches young people about gardening and science), started a Black farmerÂs market in a food desert, swapped out toxic cleaning chemicals for non-toxic ones, and mobilized millions of dollars to build a green roof (a roof covered in vegetation that absorbs rainfall and regulates temperature and accommodates solar power). Our planet is groaning for prophetic churches that can live resurrection truth in the midst of a warming climate. ItÂs why I was particularly eager to speak to Rev. Moss. Most of us may not be part of a church with thousands of people, but we do live on the same planet, and so we must all act. I hoped to find out how we might be a part of this moral call to lift up our communities with an environmental response. Here are three key insights that came from my conversation with Pastor Moss to get the rest of us started: Start with understanding your own experience Embedded in each personÂs story are all of the elements needed to develop a care for the earth. ItÂs just a matter, as Jesus said, to have the Âeyes to see.ÂŽ Spend time outside? Care about health? Want global stability (or security) and peace? Want to fight racism? Eat food? All of these can be trail markers to discover a care for the earth, even if the term ÂenvironmentalistÂŽ is too loaded. For Moss, his familyÂs experience in the rural South made the cause personal. ÂThe kernel for all of this [greening the church] really came from my childhood and witnessing my parents speak about their experience of the South, growing up, witnessing my mother and father being very conscious about food and food justice,ÂŽ he said. ÂThen I went to Morehouse College, and I was part of a community of men and women who were very concerned about these issues.ÂŽ This concern wasnÂt just for distant polar bears; this was for his community, for his family (indeed, MossÂ wife is a food justice advocate and has played a tremendous role in this effort), and for the future of Trinity. He leads not from the ÂconceptÂŽ of good environmental ideas; rather, these efforts are a matter of personal identity and fundamental values. Expect push back Moss stepped into a long lineage of beloved leadership at Trinity, and he pushed for greening the church while he was (relative to TrinityÂs 56-year history) the new kid on the block. Launching this initiative was not easy. ÂI received very typical church push back. I was the new pastor with the new idea, so people said, ÂWe donÂt know you, therefore if you make a suggestion we push back.ÂÂŽ The first step was making sure that everyone was talking about the same thing. ÂEnvironmentalist,ÂŽ Âgreen,ÂŽ and ÂsustainabilityÂŽ all are loaded words, and they resonated differently with TrinityÂs elder members in particular. ÂWhen I made the announcement to renovate TrinityÂs roof to be a green roof, I went to the barber to hear what people were saying, because barbers hear a lot from the community,ÂŽ Moss said. ÂHe told me that one of the older members said, ÂThat new young pastor wants to put green on top of the church!ÂÂŽ To clarify vocabulary, Moss created small groupsÂ„especially with the seniors. Once he could sit down with ten people at a time to share the vision, the community came alive. Suddenly, elders were telling stories of their motherÂs herbal remedy, or grandparents growing organic food on the land before ÂorganicÂŽ was even a concept. The seniorsÂ„some of whom were previously opponents of the projectÂ„became evangelists for a green church. From there, it was a matter of bringing in as many trusted voices to speak to as many groups of people that were in the church: inviting a local actress to speak to the youth; bringing in a medical professional to convince the congregation. Moss is a prolific preacher, but he counteracted resistance to this project not by speaking more, but by listening and bringing in a chorus of voices to do the ÂpreachingÂŽ for him. Talk about Jesus and be the church While plenty of secular non-profits plant gardens and green roofs, the church uniquely offers to the healing of the planet a narrative (and power) of the Gospel and the tenacity of Gospel-people. ÂThe church has a unique location of being a village,ÂŽ said Moss. ÂI know of no other institution that has the ability to bless a baby, care for an elder, fund a scholarship for a teenager, work with a couple on the verge of divorce, organize a neighborhood after a shooting, visit people in jail, advocate against mass incarceration, have a farmers market, employ people who come out of prison, and help people understand how all of that is related to what [theologian Paul] Tillich calls Âthe ultimate concern,Â the love of Christ.ÂŽ Grounded in the liberating love of Jesus, the church can move powerfully into environmental spaces offering a completely unique witness. Each of our communities faces an overburdened Creation. We have a difficult road ahead. Despite all of this weight, MossÂ last words of advice ring true for anyone getting desiring to defend GodÂs Creation: ÂI would suggest that whatever you start, do it with a deep sense of prayer and with laughter.ÂŽ Dr. Otis Moss A Houston federal judge has given FEMA three weeks to decide if its going to change its policy of denying disaster relief to religious institutions, rejecting FEMA's attempt to delay a challenge by three Texas churches. Since the devastation by Hurricane Harvey in late August, FEMA has denied houses of worship access to federal disaster aid grants due to their religious status while allowing other nonprofits and businesses to apply, but Judge Keith Ellison has given the agency until Dec. 1 to change that policy. If FEMA fails to change the policy within the deadline, the judge said he would issue a ruling. "Christmas may come early for hard-hit houses of worship in Texas Â„ the court has set the clock ticking on FEMA's irrational religious discrimination policy," Daniel Blomberg, counsel at Becket, the nonprofit religious liberty law firm that represents the churches, said in a statement. "It can't come soon enough." Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle and Rockport First Assembly of God, which were among the first to respond in Harvey's aftermath and continue to provide aid to their communities, sued FEMA in September. Last month, a Roman Catholic and a Jewish group submitted friend-of-the-court briefs siding with the three evangelical churches. The Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston pointed out in its brief that FEMA's policy is "especially unfair," given that many houses of worship are often at the "very forefront" of providing "immediate aid to persons in need, regardless of faith, in the aftermath of serious tropic storms and other natural disasters." The Congregation Torah Vachesed synagogue of Houston noted that Hurricane Harvey was "particularly unforgiving" to the city's Jewish community. "Despite this, Jewish institutions have been greatly involved in relief efforts throughout Houston. FEMA's policy against funding otherwise qualifying religious institutions, however, would deny these same institutions equal access to public assistance to repair flood damage," it wrote. Secular groups, such as the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, said earlier that FEMA's policy should remain as is. "The government can help many individuals and nonprofits rebuild, but not churches. It is a founding principal of our nation that citizens may not be taxed in support of religion and churches," FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor argued. "Discriminating against houses of worship Â„ which are often on the front lines of disaster relief Â„ is not just wrongheaded, it strikes at our nation's most fundamental values," said Blomberg. In September, four Republican senators introduced a new bill, Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act, which is aimed at giving houses of worship the right to receive federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters. Judge Gives FEMA 21 Days to Change Policy Banning Churches From Receiving Disaster Relief
Continuing their tradition of working with people of all faiths, the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers held an introductory First Aid Seminar at the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater for members of the Nation of Islam. Certified EMT Rev. Kieram Litchfield, from the non-profit Polaris International Disaster Response Team, instructed attendees on how to apply tourniquets, the basics of CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver. Attendees also learned of the unique spiritual first aid to emergency situations called assists, used in relieving emotional shock and trauma. "Assists" are an adjunct to, but do not replace, medical procedures. ÂThis training gave me a lot of insight and information on how to respond to disasters and help myself and others,ÂŽ said Sister Annie Muhammad. ÂIn any event I will use the information I learned today. 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DonÂt just advertise in The New York Times or The Washington Post; also do business with NNPA member publications; continue to make appearances at Black radio stations; order subscriptions to Black publications, in print and online. Our subscriptions and advertising rates are more reasonable than those of the big corporate newspapers, and despite what some advertising firms say, weÂre more trusted in the Black community than ÂgeneralÂŽ market publications. ItÂs time for the Black celebrities, athletes and politicians who say they value entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to do business with the Black Press. Why should Black public figures financially support our mainstream competitors, exclusively, who have very few connections to the Black community? The Black Press was there for our Black entertainers and politicians passionately sharing their stories with our readers, listeners and viewers when no one knew who they were, we celebrate their success and we wonÂt assume guilt if something goes wrong, or desert them when theyÂre wrongfully accused and dragged through the gutter by the mainstream media. So, to the Black celebrities, athletes and politicians that think that theyÂre too big for the Black Press: recognize and support us as weÂve recognized and supported you all along. Nearly half of American adults are at risk for major health problems because of high blood pressure, according to a new scientific guideline that redefines the dangerous condition and provides tactics for doctors to detect, treat and prevent it. People with readings of 130 as the top number or 80 as the bottom one now are considered to have high blood pressure, according to the guideline released by the American Heart Association. High blood pressure used to be defined as 140/90. The change means 46 percent of U.S. adults are identified as having high blood pressure, compared with 32 percent under the previous definition. A blood pressure of less than 120/80 still will be considered normal, but levels at or above that, to 129, will be called Âelevated.ÂŽ The new guideline is designed to help people take steps to control their blood pressure earlier, according to the authors. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke Â… the two leading causes of death in the world. Still, the guideline Â… in the works for about three years and based on hundreds of studies and clinical trials Â… doesnÂt suggest a massive increase in the number of people who will need to take medication to control hypertension. Check Yourself: ew High Blood Pressure Guidelines Issued Members of The Links, Incorporated throughout the country are known for providing service to their respective communities. Jacksonville, home to two chapters, remains on par with their colleagues for being change agents in the city and beyond providing much needed services to youth, seniors and abroad. Nationally, the organization recognizes the month of November as a time to honor friendship Â… one of the twin pillars the 71 year old non-profit was founded. Recently, JacksonvilleÂs Bold City Chapter held a painting night to spend time with each other outside of their community service activities as one of their events recognizing National Friendship Month. The members enjoyed camaraderie and fellowship loaded with laughs and libations at Painting With a Twist as they renewed their bonds of friendship. Shown above are Bold City members (TOP)L-R: Jeanine Ferguson, Chapter President Pamela Prier and Wanda Willis. (BOTTOM)Melissa Adams, Janice elson, Jacquie Gibbs and Ivy Archer showing off their artistic talents.Bold City Links Celebrate ational Friendship Month Member of the international disaster response team trained members of the ation of Islam on disaster relief basics at the Scientology Information Center in downtown Clearwater.Church of Scientology Trains ation of Islam Members in Disaster Relief Eating Out Tips When Trying to Lose Weight1. Pay attention to the descriptions on the menu. Avoid dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batterdipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfredo and au gratin. Instead, choose more vegetables and leaner meats. 2. Stay hydrated with water. 3. Undress your food. Choose olive oil or vinegar for salads, salsa on a baked potato, and mustard for sandwiches. 4. Special order. Swap side dishes for vegetables without sauces. Switch fried foods to broiled, steamed, or grilled. 5. Sharing is caring. Split an appetizer, entre, or dessert with someone. DonÂt eat it all. 6. Eat mindfully. Pay attention to what you eat and savor each bite. Chew your food more thoroughly and avoid rushing through the meal. Being mindful also means stopping before you are full. Mindful eating relaxes you, so you digest your food better and you feel more satisfied. How to Survive Thanksgiving with a Dysfunctional Family For some families, holidays are just another excuse to get together to eat good food and to have a good time. TheyÂre not looking for articles like this one because theyÂve somehow figured out the formula for successful family togetherness with minimum stress. If you have a challenging family, itÂs only human to be a bit incredulous and then more than a bit jealous to see other folks living out the holiday fantasy when youÂre just trying to live through it. Just because itÂs always been that way doesnÂt mean youÂre doomed to a lifetime of Thanksgivings where you just grin and go to your happy place until, thank goodness, itÂs over! You can make a difference. You may even be able to start to enjoy your personal dysfunctional crowd. With a little planning and some social engineering, you can take control of the situation and make this Thanksgiving feel better. First, make an honest appraisal of the family. ItÂs not new information that your mother doesnÂt like your sisterÂs husband or your grandmother is going to want attention for her latest ache and pain. ItÂs not news to anyone that so-and-so has to be the center of attention or soand-so somehow gets her feelings hurt every year. Instead of denying these realities, plan for them. (You get extra credit if you can find a way to have a sense of humor about them too.) Then consider using the following tips totry to avoid at least some of the usual family drama. 1. Line up some co-conspirators. Chances are youÂre not the only one who is irked by your familyÂs dysfunctional routines. Figure out who can help make things different. 2. Ask your co-conspirators to brainstorm ways to give challenging relatives an assignment. 3. Invite Âbuffers.ÂŽ Most peopleÂs manners improve when outsiders enter the scene. If you can count on your family to put their best feet forward for company, invite some. (If not, donÂt.) 4. Take charge of seating. Have some of the younger kids make place cards and assign seats. Folks are less likely to switch places when admiring kidsÂ handiwork. 5. Give kids a way to be included. Then set them free. Kids are simply not going to enjoy being trapped at a table with adults (especially dysfunctional adults) for extended periods of time.
Light The ightJacksonvilleÂs ÂLight The NightÂŽ event is scheduled for Friday, ovember 17th, at5 p.m.,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 located at 128 E Forysth. 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, ovember 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.McKenzie's Run The McKenzie Noelle Wilson foundation is excited to announce the 8th Annual McKenzie's Run, 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, Saturday, ovember 18th, at 9:30 a.m. Starting run location is EverBank Field. The Foundation is dedicated to helping young people find their purpose in an increasingly complex and challenging world. For more info visit www.jaxevents.com.BruvalBruval Craft Beer Fest is scheduled for Saturday, ovember 18th at 12 p.m. Location is Seawalk Pavilion located at 75 1st St. N. at Jacksonville Beach. Bruval is a one-day event celebrating craft breweries. For tickets and more info visit www.bruvaljax.com.DCPS Form Your FutureThe Duval County Public Schools will host ÂForm Your FutureÂŽ on Saturday, ovember 18 9 a.m. 1 p.m. at Florida State College at Jacksonville located at 401 West State St. Parents and students can get help filling out FAFSA forms, while entering a chance to win scholarship money. For more info call Laureen Ricks at 390-2211.Craft and Vendor FairThe 5th annual free fall craft and vendor fair is scheduled for Sunday, ovember 19th at 10 a.m. at the World Golf Village located at 500 S. Legacy Trail, Saint Augustine, Florida. For more info call (904) 940-8000.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 a omelet station, desserts and Turkey! For reservations call (904) 270-0025. Christmas Tree LighteningThe Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, ovember 24th at 7 p.m. at the Jacksonville Landing. For more info visit www.jacksonvillelanding.com.Bridgewater Carter Davis in ConcertThe Bridgewater Carter Davis blues, rock and soul band will be in concert Saturday, ovember 25t h at 7 p.m. at Colonial Oak Music Park located at 33 Saint George St., St. Augustine,Fl For more info call (904) 342-2857.Saxophonist Dave KoxDave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour takes the stage at the Florida Theatre, Saturday, ovember 25th, 8 11 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E. Forsyth St. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Black & White Charity BallSterling Joyce and Jacqueline Davis present the ÂBlack and White Charity Ball,ÂŽ scheduled for Saturday, ovember 25th at 7 p.m., at Jazzland, located at 1324 University N. Come out and give thanks, dance and enjoy the evening! For tickets and more info call (904) 240-1009.ÂFool For LoveÂ Stage Play AuditionsAuditions for ÂFool For Love,ÂŽ the play that depicts reality and fantasy, as past and present collide in the masterwork by Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright Sam Shepard, is seeking African American actors for the roles. The date of audition is Sunday, ovember 26th at 1:30 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre, located at 11 Old Mission Ave St. Augustine, Florida. For more info visit www.limelight-theatre.orgAfrican Village BazaarAfrican Village Bazaar showcasing local vendors and small businesses at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, located at 829 N. Davis St. Next Bazaar is scheduled for Sunday, ovember 26, 126 p.m. To become a vendor and for more info visit www.africanvillageinc.org.SJP General MeetingThe Simond Johnson Park Community general meeting Agenda I scheduled for Thursday, ovember 30th at 6 p.m. at the Bradham Brooks Library community room located at 1955 Edgewood Ave. Agenda includes: Christmas Dinner Dance, Community Volunteering, 2018 Scholarship Prayer Breakfast and Community Reunion Weekend. For more info call Yvonne Brockington at (904) 613-6251.Augusta Savage Sculpture GardenThe rescheduled Augusta Savage Sculpture Garden presented by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts located at 2445 San Diego Rd is set for Thursday, ovember 30th, from 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Augusta Savage is an AfricanAmerican sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. For more info contact the school at www.dcps.duvalschools.org/anderson.Free ChildrenÂs Advocacy TrainingNortheast Florida Healthy Start Coalition presents NEFL Children's Advocacy Training, Friday, December 1st, 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. at the Jessie Ball duPont Center, located at 40 East Adams Street. Learn techniques to inspire, motivate and educate policy makers on your key issues. Keynote speaker is former Sheriff and Edward Waters College President Nat Glover. To register and for more info visit www.jaxkids.org.EFC Annie ProductionDecember 1-17th, the Northeast Florida Conservatory proudly presents ÂAnnie,ÂŽ the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about the adventures of everyoneÂs favorite redhead orphan. Location is the Conservatory Production Hall located at 11363 San Jose Blvd., Bldg. 200. To reserve your ticket or for more info contact Richard Dickson at (904) 374.8639. Rotary Club Christmas Tree LighteningThe Rotary Club of Bartram Trail and Westminster Woods on Julington Creek invites the community to their 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2nd, starting at 5:30 pm. Location is Westminster Woods on Julington Creek, 25 FL13. For more info contact Denise Jones at the Rotary Club of Bartram Trail at (904) 240-7522.This Wonderful LifeThis Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully acted by Jeremy Kendall. Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, the production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity will appear December 2, 8 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre, located at 829 N. Davis St. For tickets and more info call 632-5555.LetÂs Move JacksonvilleThe LetÂs Move Jacksonville healthy living event signed by students (ages 11-18) as part of their community leadership program is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd at Klutho Park located at 204 W. 3rd St. The fun-filled day includes games, fitness activities, demonstrations, healthy food samples and health screenings. For more info call (904) 924-0756.America at a CrossroadsDinesh D'Souza, famed filmmaker, best-selling author of the book ÂThe Big LieÂŽ and renowned public policy maker is the keynote speaker at America at a Crossroads on Sunday, December 3rd 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225 Coastline Dr. For more info call (904) 705-6439.Benghazi Military Honors CeremonyAmerica at a Crossroads annual Benghazi military honors ceremony will take place on Sunday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Downtown Jax located at 225 E. Coastline Dr. To reserve your table and purchase a ticket contact Beth Heath (904) 705-6439.Hip Hop utcrackerÂHip Hop NutcrackerÂ is a contemporary re-imagination of TchaikovskyÂs timeless classic with special guest emcee Kurtis Blow takes place Sunday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at the Florida Theatre located at 128 E Forsyth St. A fulllength production featuring a cast of hip-hop dancers and a live DJ. For tickets and more info visit www.floridatheatre.com.Educational ForumGiving children a strong start in life gives children a strong start toward becoming all that they can be! Join the Jax Educational Forum panel Monday, December 4th, from 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Come learn how teachers, parents/caregivers and school leaders can help our students to be more successful. Location is the Jessie Ball duPont Center Lecture Hall, located at 40 E Adams St. To register please visit www.jaxpef.org/publicforum.JBJ Urban Core DiscussionThe Jacksonville Business Journal discussion on the urban core being transformed and setting the stage for an exciting future. Come hear from those who getting things done and moving downtown on Tuesday, December 5th, 3 6 p.m. at Intuition Ale Works located at 929 E Bay St. For more details email email@example.com Film Dialogue Panel DiscussionThe 13th Film followed by panel with feminist, activist, author, and co-founder of Ms. Magazine Dorothy Pittman Hughes, Thursday, December 7th, 6 9 p.m. at the Corazon Cinema and Caf located at 36 Granada Street, Saint Augustine, Florida. Produced by Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the 13th Film explores the history of racial inequality, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with AfricanAmericans. For tickets and more info call (904) 679-5736. 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by Jessica Bennett Former NFL baller Antonio Cromartie knows why he no longer plays for the league, believing he was let go by the Colts because of his decision to take a knee last year. While any player would be understandably shaken after facing such an ordeal, Cromartie has adjusted to life as a full-time dad amazingly well. Alongside wife Terricka, the two run a rambunctious household while raising six children together. The former New York Jet has 14 kids total, a fact that often overshadows the true character of the dedicated family man. In their new USA series The Cromarties, Antonio and Terricka hope to show fans and haters alike what their life is really like. Here, the couple discuss children, co-parenting, the NFL and whether Antonio would return to the league if asked to never take a knee again. Q: Did you always want such a big family? Terricka: Well, I come from a big family and I always wanted a big family, but I didnt anticipate my family would grow to be this big. I wouldnt necessarily say we planned it, but at this point were enjoying it. Q: Terricka, I know youre used to the reality TV cameras from your time on E!s Candy Girls, but what made you decide to invite the cameras into your home and get a more intimate look at your personal life? Terricka: I think for me, our family has always been in the public eye. Theres this perception of our family that the media has portrayed, but its not a true account of who we are. I decided it would be a good idea to showcase us in true life, and thats what made me want to pursue this opportunity. It gives us the opportunity to tell our own story. Antonio: For me, this is the first time Im really having cameras in my face every single day, showing our lifestyle. It really just shows us in a different light, and shows me as a man, as a father, as a husband, differently than the media has made me out to be at times. Q: How have the kids responded to be filmed every day? Are some more camera shy than others? Terricka: Overall, the kids have reacted extremely well to the cameras. We knew Jagger, of course, would be Mr. Lovable, all up in the camera, but we were surprised at how they all became break-out stars during the filming process. Its amazing watching their personalities shine. What was your initial reaction when you found out you were pregnant after Antonio had a vasectomy? Terricka: We were very surprised since we thought it was no longer a possibility. And not only was I pregnant, but I was pregnant with twins! So the shock grew from, how am I pregnant at all? to were having not one, but two more babies?! We really didnt know what to say, what to do or how to explain this to our kids. We held on to it for a while until we could process the fact that this happened and that, pretty soon, we were going to have two more kids in the house. We took a little time to let the reality sink in, and at the end of the day we were blessed with two beautiful babies, and we couldnt have been happier. Q: Antonio, how do handle coparenting with your other childrens mothers, especially with so many kids involved? Antonio: Well, we both co-parent with them. We try to have open communication with them so that if they cant reach me, theyre able to reach her. At the end of the day, its not about me, its not about them, its about the kids. We co-parent with some, and there are some that wont cooperate with anything, so we just try to do the best that we can with all of them and keep it going from there. Terricka: Its nice, because the kids are at an age where they have their own phones and are able to call their dad whenever they want. Even Antonio and I have different views on parenting. Co-parenting is a process and we take it day-by-day. Q: Antonio, how have you adjusted to life as a full-time dad after 11 years in the FL? Antonio: I think Ive adjusted pretty well. During the off-season Im home for 4-5 months, so Im able to take the kids to school, pick them up from school, take them to different activities and everything. It was different during the season, when Terricka was really doing everything. Now Im able to help and be more consistent. It isnt too bad once you have game plan. Notice I said game plan because everything is a playbook in my head. Q: Do you miss the game? Antonio: I miss it, but Im not done, you know? Im not retired or anything, I just know my worth. Once its clear that the NFL isnt considering your worth, then you get a better picture of whats really important and what you should put your energy and time into. Q: As the first player on the Indianapolis Colts to take a knee last year, what were your thoughts when President Trump referred to your peers as sons of b*tches for doing so? Antonio: There were nothing but Black players taking a knee. He basically called all the Black players SOBs, and not just football but basketball and even baseball now. Yet, he refused to call out the white supremacists who rioted and killed someone in Charlottesville, somehow they were good people, but these Black players are SOBs. Taking a knee is a non-violent way to protest. The thing about much of White America is that they dont take heed to AfricanAmericans who protest peacefully. When we are peaceful, they try to turn it into something it isnt to create a false uproar. It isnt about disrespecting the flag or the military, its about police brutality and social injustice. Most of the guys who have taken a knee have military backgrounds, including family members who have served, so its nothing against our troops. You were released from the Colts shortly after your decision to take a knee last year, with many believing that to be the reason you were let go. Considering this, and the fact that you have a large family to support, if you were offered a deal from a respected team that was financially fair, but required you agree NOT to take a knee, would you consider it? Antonio: Honestly, no. Theres just too much going on in my community. Until White America can look through the eyes of a Black man, nothing will change. Even we as Black people sometimes dont want to face whats going on within our communities because some of us crossed over into a different tax bracket, but these issues affect the communities that raised us, so it affects us all. The Cromarties airs Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. on USA. by Alisa Gumbs Ida Keelings life story is rife with motivation. The 102-year-old began working at age 12 to help provide for her immigrant family, lived through the Great Depression and the Civil Mights Movement, raised four children as a single mother, and then set world records as a runnerin her 90s. Keeling is sharing that inspiring story in her memoir, Cant othing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself in the Race Against Time, which will be released next February.h. I was feeling so blue, Keeling writes of the period after her two sons were murdered, less than three years apart. My psyche had slowed down and it felt like I was moving around in a bowl of thick oatmeal. Not a pleasant feeling, but me and the icky sensation were becoming well acquainted. Too well. Keeling credits her daughter Cheryl, herself a runner, with saving her life by pleading with her to run for the first time at the age of 67. Running is an answer to grief, stress, obesity, bad health, and bad habits, Cheryl writes. It is a survival tool. More than 30 years later, Keeling is sharing some motivation from her journey: Stick it out, even when it hurts It was my first race. I took off and all these people was rushin past. It felt like somebody pulled a sheet off me; it was horrible, Keeling writes, but I said I cant slow down now. I got to keep going. I started thinking this is too much, then all of a sudden, I started picking up a little speed and I thought, gee maybe this is good for me. The way you talk to yourself matters The gun sounded, and I was off, putting to shame younger couch potatoes, excuse givers, or plain old slackers who mightve been well accustomed to convincing themselves that they were too over the hill to compete, Keeling writes. Thats the thing about feeding yourself negative information. It always slows you down. Surround yourself with the right people I absolutely refuse to tolerate drama, Keeling writes, adding I just dont have time for people who live only to cause trouble. Just find the nice, kind, supportive people and bring them into your circle. Let the others find God in their own way and in their own time. ovember 16 22, 2017 Page 9 Mrs. Perrys Free Press Get your Free Press on the go! Seach for us on Facebook at The Jacksonville Free Press or visit us on the web at www.jacksonvilleFreePress.comP P H H O O T T O O S S | | N N E E W W S S | | C C O O M M M M E E N N T T A A R R Y YStop by our offices located at Stop by our offices located at 1122 West Edgewood Avenue 1122 West Edgewood Avenue Jacksonville, Florida 32208 Jacksonville, Florida 32208 The Cromarties Talk ew Show, Surprise Kids & Antonios Life-Changing Decision to Take a Knee 102-Year-Old Runner Ida Keeling Offers Advice on How to Keep Going in Memoir Cant othing Bring Me Down
GQ Magazine has named Colin Kaepernick as its ÂCitizen of the Year.ÂŽ In a special December issue of the magazine, Kaepernick paired with GQ as well as ten of his closest allies and friends to Âreclaim the narrative of his protest.ÂŽ The magazine calls Kaepernick Âthe man who became the movementÂŽ and referenced the fact that, four years ago, Kaepernick had been on the cover as one of the rising stars in American football. ÂIn 2013, Colin Kaepernick was on the cover of this magazine because he was one of the best football players in the world. In 2017, Colin Kaepernick is on GQÂs cover once againÂ„but this time it is because he isnÂt playing football. And itÂs not because heÂs hurt, or because heÂs broken any rules, or because heÂs not good enough,ÂŽ GQ wrote in the piece. But rather than speaking for himself about his protests, Kaepernick has vowed to keep his silence on the matter, and instead, the piece features ten people close to the former 49ers quarterback who spoke about what the protest means to them and what we can do, as a nation, to keep speaking out against injustice. Page 10 Ms. PerryÂs Free Press ovember 16 22, 2017 Pick up a weekly ad for the rundown on our current specialsÂ„including BOGOs! Available in stores or online at publix.com/savingstyle. p u b l i x c o m / s a a v i n g s t y l e bySelena Hill (BE) After winning a $52 million lottery jackpot in 2010, Miguel Pilgram used his winnings to launch his own real estate company, The Pilgram Group, and invest in properties across South Florida. Now, the successful businessman is committed to reviving Sistrunk Boulevard, a notorious corridor in downtown Fort Lauderdale once known as a thriving Main Street for African Americans. Known as the Âhistorical heartbeat of Fort LauderdaleÂs oldest black community,ÂŽ Sistrunk Boulevard runs through the cityÂs black business district. It was named after James Sistrunk, a black physician who helped establish the first African American hospital in Broward County in 1938. During this time, segregation laws banned African Americans who lived west of the tracks from crossing over to the east side after dark. After desegregation, Sistrunk Boulevard gradually declined into an area plagued by gun violence and riddled with drugs and abandoned buildings. To restore the distressed community to its original days of glory, Pilgram has purchased three buildings and plans to build a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants, and a center for performing arts. ÂFor me, itÂs [about] preserving the community as a whole,ÂŽ Pilgram told an NBC local affiliate station in South Florida, adding that Sistrunk was once a hub of Âsuccess for businessmen.ÂŽ According to community activist and legal specialist Edduard Prince, foreign developers are ÂdroolingÂŽ to invest in Sistrunk. However, far too often, areas like Sistrunk are then stripped of their cultural identity while native residents are pushed out through gentrification. ÂThe black residents of the community know that theyÂre in [a] prime location, they know that theyÂve been fighting for years, and developers are drooling over the property,ÂŽ Prince told the station. PilgramÂs plan for development, however, is to preserve the area for local residents. ÂI was raised in a similar environment,ÂŽ he told The Sun-Sentinel. ÂThere is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.ÂŽ Florida Lottery winner Miguel PilgramFlorida $52 Lottery Winner Plans to Rebuild Historic Black Community Kaepernick is amed GQ MagazineÂs ÂCitizen of the YearÂ GQ wrote in the piece. The piece also noted: HE IS STILL, TO THIS DAY, OE OF THE MOST GIFTED QUARTERBACKS O EARTH. AD YET HE HAS BEE LOCKED OUT OF THE GAME HE LOVESÂ„BLACKBALLEDÂ„BECAUSE OF OE SIMPLE GESTURE: HE KELT DURIG THE PLAYIG OF OUR ATIOAL ATHEM. AD HE DID IT FOR A CLEAR REASO, OE THAT HAS BEE LOST I THE YEARLOG STORM THAT FOLLOWED. HE DID IT TO PROTEST SYSTEMIC OPPRESSIO AD, MORE SPECIFICALLY, AS HE SAID REPEATEDLY AT THE TIME, POLICE BRUTALITY TOWARD BLACK PEOPLE. 2017 Elections Round Up: Major Victories in State Elections for African Americans If last weekÂs elections are any indicator of what is possible in the 2018 mid-terms, there will be even more to celebrate in a yearÂs time. Not only did the states of New Jersey and Virginia vote in the Democratic candidates for governor (Philip Murphy and Ralph Northam, respectively), each state also elected their first and second African-American lieutenant governors, Sheila Oliver and Justin Fairfax. Fairfax is the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia in 25 years. Two major U.S. cities also voted in mayors of color: Melvin Carter became the first black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Vi Lyles was elected Charlotte, North CarolinaÂs first African-American female mayor. Additionally, Andrea Jenkins, who became the first openly trans woman of color elected to the city council of a major U.S. city, will represent Ward 8 of Minneapolis. Another big city council seat win came from Mazahir Salih, the first immigrant to do so in Iowa City. Salih moved to the US from Sudan in 1997. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles (l) and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter (r) Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (l); Minneapolis City Councilmember Andrea Jenkins (r) SUBSCRIBE TODAYONLY $40.50 a YEAR and in your mailbox by Friday!CALL 634-1993 TODAY